Britons died on doomed Flight 4U9525: Foreign Secretary says it's 'likely' Brits among 150 killed in Alps disaster - as it emerges jet was grounded over faults just 24 HOURS before devastating crash

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It is likely that British nationals were among the 150 people who lost their lives when Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 ploughed into an Alpine mountainside at more than 400mph, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said tonight. The announcement came just hours after the first pictures emerged of victims killed when the Airbus A320 crashed in a remote region of the French Alps en route from Spain to Germany (illustrated main). Among the dead were 16 German schoolchildren, six crew and opera singer Maria Radner (pictured left) who was travelling with her baby, one of two on board. Fellow performer Oleg Bryjak (inset, bottom left) from Kazakhstan also died. Tonight it was revealed that the aircraft had been grounded just 24 hours before it took off from Barcelona airport. The plane had suffered technical issues, including a landing gear problem. Photos of the crash site (top and bottom right) show wreckage from the obliterated plane scattered across hundreds of metres, with no pieces of debris larger than a small car.

Jeremy Clarkson 'to be sacked' after BBC investigation finds he did attack Top Gear producer during steak dinner 'fracas'

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Jeremy Clarkson is expected to be sacked today following a BBC investigation into his 'fracas' with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, it has been reported. Clarkson (pictured outside his home yesterday) was suspended two weeks ago for allegedly punching Tymon when he was offered cold cuts of meat instead of a hot steak after a long day of filming. The Telegraph has now claimed Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, will today make a public announcement that Clarkson has been sacked.

Swedish football team narrowly escaped death on board doomed jet after switching flights because connection time at Dusseldorf was too long

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Dalkurd FF, from Borlänge, central Sweden, had initially planned to travel on Flight 9525 to Düsseldorf, but instead split the team over the three remaining flights from Barcelona, via Germany.

SIXTEEN German pupils from the same class die on doomed Germanwings flight - but they nearly missed plane when one student forgot their passport

The students - all of whom are understood to be in their teens - were pupils at the English-speaking Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium in Haltern-am-See, not far from the city of Dusseldorf.

Mother and her eight-month-old son from Manchester among victims of doomed jet after boarding because 'she could not find direct flight home'

37-year-old Marina Bandres from Manchester is believed to have been on the doomed flight from Spain to Germany with her eight-month-old son because she could not get a direct flight to the UK.

Revealed: Safety alert after Flight 4U9525's sister plane went into uncontrollable tailspin just four months ago

The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive last November after an Airbus A321 went into an uncontrollable dive north of Pamplona, Spain before recovering

Torn from their mothers' arms: It's a tale of terrible heartbreak Britain's tried to forget. Hundreds of thousands of mothers forced to give up their babies because they weren't married. Now they want justice

An estimated half a million unmarried mothers in the UK put their babies up for adoption in the 1950s to the 1980s because they were single parents in a society determined to stigmatise illegitimacy. Here, FRANCES HARDY talks to a few of those women who gave up their child and are now supporting the Movement for an Adoption Apology which campaigns for a Government apology over the way society made the women feel. Veronica Smith, 74, a retired nursing manager, co-founded the movement in 2010, having been 'coerced, cajoled and cornered' into having her own baby daughter taken away within a week of her birth in March 1965. Lorna Read, 69, from West London, is also supporting the movement, having given up her daughter Rowan (centre) when she was just six-weeks-old. Ms Read, who become pregnant to an art lecturer 11 years her senior when she was 23-years-old, has since reunited with her daughter (top left), who was renamed Rhiannon Williams by her adoptive parents.

Hospice cancer nurse drowned herself in hot tub four days before she was due to appear at minor disciplinary hearing

Jane Revell, 53, (pictured) who worked part-time at Katharine House Hospice in Stafford, was found dead in a the jacuzzi in her back garden on December 18 last year.

Are YOU washing your hair wrong? Spend twice as long rinsing as lathering, don't shampoo ends and NEVER towel dry... how simple changes can give you glossy locks

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FEMAIL called on the industry's hottest hairdressers to share their insider knowledge on what you're doing wrong and the simple steps to make sure you do it right.

Police marksman vindicated over shooting gangster: Fleeing criminal whose death sparked London riots was holding a gun when officer killed him

ENTERPRISE NEWS AND PICTURES                   7/8/11..PIC SHOWS: Mark Duggan who was shot dead by police marksmen on Thursday and whose death is said to have sparked the riots in Tottenham. He is pictured in a phot oposted in tribute to him in a page set up in his memory on Facebook...See story...

A police investigation concluded that the officer, known only as V53, used 'reasonable and proportionate force' when he shot Mark Duggan, a member of the Tottenham ManDem gang.

Blair 'comfort letters' sent to IRA terror suspects saying they were no longer wanted by police may have been ILLEGAL, damning new parliamentary report says 

A Commons select committee said the 'comfort letters', which assured 187 Republican terror suspects they were no longer being hunted by the police, should never have been written.

Why are Greek statues always NAKED? The extraordinary answer's laid bare in magnificent - if risque - exhibition at the British Museum

01606516: Marble metope from the Parthenon (South metope XXXI). This metope is from the eastern half of the south side of the temple. The South metopes in the British Museum show the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths at the marriage-feast of Peirithoos. Designed by Phidias, Athens, Greece, 438BC-432BC. Width 132cm. © The Trustees of the British Museum.Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art. 26 March-5 July 2015, British Museum

Greeks considered being naked as a heroic state, hence why all athletes competed nude, but to be aroused was seen as a sign of weakness, hence why all Greek heroes have small genitals.

What stops women working out? Fear of being laughed at: Some resort to exercising in garden sheds to avoid being seen 

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Millions of women across the UK are not taking enough exercise because they are afraid of being 'judged', a report by MPs on the Commons' Health Select Committee has found.

Death plunge tycoon's ex-fiancee appears in public for first time since funeral: Scot Young's former partner Reno attends The Royals premiere four months after he died in balcony horror

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Noelle Reno, 31, (left) was spotted at a public event for the first time since her tragic ex-partner was laid to rest in January, attending the UK premiere party for E!'s new show The Royals at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London on Tuesday. Miss Reno, star of Bravo's Ladies of London, suffered a shocking loss when her ex-fiancee, millionaire Scot Young, was found impaled on metal railings outside a luxury flat in Marylebone, central London, in the early evening of December 8 last year. The pair are pictured together right in 2012.

Dangers of buying cheap breast milk on the internet: Experts warn milk sold online should be screened for diseases such as hepatitis and HIV

Breast milk sold online is often cheaper than milk from regulated banks, but has not been screened for disease and contains more bacteria, researchers writing in the British Medical Journal warned.

EVERY ethnic group in Britain wants a cut in immigration: More than half want a 'big drop' in numbers coming to this country

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Home Secretary Theresa May has been pushing for a firm immigration pledge in the next Tory manifesto, after the party failed a target to drop the numbers coming here to 'tens of thousands'.

We didn't expect all those Polish plumbers, admits Blair aide: Senior adviser reveals how Labour chronically mishandled Eastern European immigration

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Sir Stephen Wall, who was Mr Blair's most senior EU adviser between 2000 and 2004, said Labour didn't foresee the attraction Britain would pose to skilled Polish workers such as plumbers.

Tories and Labour neck and neck as Ukip support slips: Parties level on 35% as backing for Farage falls to lowest level since 2013

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The Conservatives and Labour have drawn neck and neck in the polls, both standing at 35 per cent, while Nigel Farage's UKIP has seen support drop to just 10 per cent, according to a new survey. The research, carried out by ComRes, also found that 45 per cent of people polled felt the economy would be better off under David Cameron (centre top) and George Osborne (top right). In comparison, 34 per cent of those polled would prefer the economy under Ed Miliband (centre bottom) and Ed Balls (bottom right).

PM's allies left picking up the pieces over leadership gaffe: Cameron forced to defend comments as senior Tories accuse him of trying to anoint Osborne as successor

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24:  British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to members of 'Age UK' during their election rally at the Queen Elizabeth II centre on March 24, 2015 in London, England. Mr Cameron laid out the Conservative Party's pledges to help older people, and answered questions on his recent admission that he would not wish to stand for a third term were his party to succeed in the next election.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted he had simply given a 'straight answer to a straight question' after announcing he would not bid for a third term during an interview at his Oxfordshire home.

The doomed posed for one final snapshot: QUENTIN LETTS on Yesterday in Parliament 

Posed for one final snapshot: It is the closing week of Parliament and Lib Dem MPs, in particular, know they may be taking final, gulpy stock of 10 Downing Street.

Now Salmond vows to bring down a minority Tory government even if Cameron gets more seats than Miliband

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The former Scottish First Minister said the Scottish National Party would vote down a Tory Queen's Speech if it holds the balance of power after the general election.

Fresh blow for Farage as Ukip candidate quits in protest at MEP who compared Muslim minister to Abu Hamza

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Tim Wilson rounded on Mr Farage for ignoring the widespread condemnation of Scotland MEP David Coburn, who compared a Muslim minister to convicted terrorist Abu Hamza.

Heckled and jeered by a hand full of OAPs: Shouts of 'rubbish', 'lies' and 'answer the question' as PM tries to convince them to vote Tory

Pensioners shouted 'rubbish', 'lies', and 'answer the question' at Prime Minister David Cameron during the 'General Election rally', which was held by Age UK in central London. One audience member even waved his walking stick at the Prime Minister - as he was challenged about spending on social care and agency workers employed by the NHS. Cameron had given a speech outlining his commitment to annual rises in the state pension, protecting the health budget and entitlements to free TV licences and bus passes.

Tory MP Priti Patel accused election rival of sending misogynist and racist tweets - and branding her a sexy Bond villain 

Ms Patel, (pictured) who represents Witham in Essex, has called for John Clarke to be de-selected after he compared her to a 'village idiot' on Twitter. He has since apologised.

Furious row erupts between UK and France as Hollande's ex-partner hits out at 'spiteful' attacks made by Osborne and Cameron

Environment minister Segolene Royal - who was beaten to the presidency in 2007 by Nicolas Sarkozy - said the senior Tories appeared to have abandoned 'the traditional sense of fair play'.

Did Labour use X-ray of a real child abuse victim in poster claiming the Tories would cut the NHS 'to the bone'?

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Medical experts claim the image of a broken leg depicts injuries consistent with a history of violence on a child aged three to five. Labour blamed an extremal ad agency for selecting the photograph.

Osborne refuses to match Labour pledge not to increase VAT again after the election

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne answers questions in front of the Treasury Select Committee in the House of Commons, London on the subject of Budget 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 24, 2015. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

The Chancellor declined to give a 'cast-iron guarantee' to match Labour's pledge not to increase VAT from 20 per cent over the five years of the next Parliament.

The 12,400 mile superhighway from Britain to America: Plans proposed for VERY ambitious road across Russia

The vast Trans-Eurasian Belt Development would span half the globe's circumference, making it possible to get on the Channel Tunnel and drive all the way across Russia to Alaska. The Russian Academy of Science has put forward the plan to President Vladimir Putin (bottom right). The current longest road in the world is Australian Highway 1 at 9,000 miles.

Criminal sneaks into UK three times: Illegal immigrant jailed for eight months after being caught with £4,500 of cannabis at train station 

Vietnamese Quoc Ta, 33, had been deported from the UK twice before he was arrested at Derby train station carrying £4,500 of cannabis. He now faces being deported a third time.

Censorship row over child-friendly app that takes swear words out of ebooks: Writers' fury over editing of their work without permission

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Chocolat author Joanne Harris, 50, who lives in Yorkshire, said censorship starts with crossing out a few words, but ends 'with burning libraries and erasing whole civilizations from history.'

Married father of two, 59, who was arrested on suspicion of murdering missing chef Claudia Lawrence is released on bail

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The man, who is from the York area, was released earlier today after police spent yesterday searching a semi-detached home in a quiet cul-de-sac, and probed another property overnight.

MPs attack BBC for its 'biased EU reporting': Corporation accused of 'falling down severely' in its obligation to provide impartial coverage

The European Scrutiny Committee, chaired by Sir Bill Cash (pictured) says the BBC does not give enough airtime to those who believe Britain should leave the EU or that there should be a referendum.

My eczema was so bad I left a trail of skin flakes when I walked, says woman who says £1.99 PORRIDGE oats are the best remedy

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WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: Amy-Louise James, 25, from Northampton, had such severe eczema she had to change her bed sheets every day because of her weeping wounds. She also scratched so much that flakes of skin fell from her body - forcing her to apologise to strangers for being 'disgusting'. Now she has treated her eczema using Quaker's oats - bought from Tesco for £1.99. Miss James said spreading porridge over her body has improved her skin and she is healthier than she has been in years. She said: 'People don't realise how serious eczema is, they think it's just red skin that's a bit itchy. I had to change my bed every day because there would be so much skin and my eczema wept so much. It was so painful.'

Why being a teenager is harder than ever: New documentary series reveals difficulty of growing up under 24/7 surveillance of social media and smart phones

New Channel 4 show called Teens follows a group of sixth formers from Loughton in Essex for a year. They monitor a million of their texts, tweets, WhatsApp and Snapchat messages.

Is this the first case of breast cancer? Archaeologists find oldest evidence of disease in 4,200 year old Egyptian skeleton

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The anthropological team from the University of Jaen said the Egyptian woman was an aristocrat from Elephantine, the country's southernmost town (pictured)

EXCLUSIVE: The DNA evidence on the kitchen knife and bra clasp used against Amanda Knox is 'like a fictional CSI TV show' says world's leading forensic profiler

The Italian Supreme Court is about to rule on the guilt or innocence of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito,for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Noted professor Peter Gill says the evidence is weak.

EXCLUSIVE: Foxy Knoxy's ex lover Raffaele Sollecito blows a hole in her alibi at time of Meredith Kercher's murder - on eve of final appeal

Raffaele Sollecito (left) and girlfriend Greta Menegaldo, an Italian air hostess, pictured in Milan in February last year. Amanda Knox's former lover has cast doubt on her alibi on the night of Meredith Kercher's murder

Sollecito, 30, has submitted a 306-page court document in an attempt to distance himself from Knox (pictured recently in her home town of Seattle) at their final appeal against their convictions.

'Dear Pikey, you may live in a council house but it doesn't have to look like one': Stroke sufferer receives abusive letter from neighbour for keeping his 'tacky Christmas lights up until March'

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Kevin Franklin got a friend to put up the huge festive display on his Bedfordshire council house after he suffered a stroke in November. He stopped turning them on in January but said they helped calm his autistic son Bradley, 15, and plans to switch them back on for Autism Awareness Month in April. Despite the good cause he has received a poison pen-letter from someone on his street in Dunstable, calling his family 'pikeys' and the lights 'grotesque', 'tacky' and 'an eyesore'.

That's not cushty! Politician drops lawsuit against rival who called him 'Del Boy' but is still facing a £50,000 bill

Neil McEvoy launched the legal action after Labour opponent Michael Michael distributed a campaign leaflet which had his photo superimposed onto the face of the Only Fools and Horses character.

Zero inflation: Rate at lowest level for 55 years... but it raises spectre of deflation

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In an article for MailOnline, the Prime Minister said news that the cost of living was frozen in the last year was proof that 'Britain's getting stronger' and his economic plan is working.

Nasa's Opportunity rover completes a marathon on Mars (although it did take 11 YEARS) 

This illustration depicts some highlights along the route as NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity drove as far as a marathon race during the first 11 years and two months after its January 2004 landing in Eagle Crater. The vehicle surpassed marathon distance of 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) with a drive completed on March 24, 2015, during the 3,968th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity's work on Mars. For this map, north is on the left.

The space agency said the car sized rover's odometer checked in at 26.2 miles. Opportunity and its twin Spirit landed in January 2004 for what was supposed to be a three-month mission.

New £5 coin will honour royal baby's birth after Queen's gives her approval

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The coin marking the new baby's birth, which is expected in April, was signed off by Her Majesty at a meeting of the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace on March 19.

The new middle class of London: Map reveals how soaring property prices in centre of capital are forcing professionals and first-time buyers into new emerging communities

What has been billed as a 'middle-class migration' is seeing domestic buyers move out from Kensington and Chelsea to Chiswick and Clapham. Herne Hill (top right) and Kensal Rise (centre right) are the new 'nappy valleys', while affluent couples who cannot afford to live where their parents did are heading to Kilburn (bottom right). This map shows how London is now split up - with red showing the central market, blue for the established market, and yellow for the emerging market.

Will there be another 'Angelina effect'? After actress sparked surge in mastectomies, experts predict increase in operations to remove ovaries

A key deciding factor in deciding whether a woman should have her ovaries removed is if her cancer risk outweighs the risk of surgical menopause, which can raise the risk of heart disease and dementia.

Stringfellow to be father again at 74: Nightclub boss expecting second child with third wife Bella

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Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow, 74, and wife Bella, 32, are expecting a baby boy, who will be named Jacobi James, 19 months after daughter Rosabella's birth.

Homes where no one works down 600,000 in five years: Forget the kitchen fuss, this is what the Tories should be talking about

The Work and Pensions Secretary's reforms were heavily criticised but news that there are 372,000 fewer children living in jobless homes than 2010 will give a big boost to Iain Duncan Smith (pictured).

Teenagers are happier than ten years ago: 'Facebook generation' less likely to drink, smoke or be bullied 

A growing proportion of 11 to 15-year-olds engage in behaviour that would make their parents proud. They eat fruit and vegetables, take exercise and clean their teeth.

Sportsmail, the winning team: Newspaper wins unparalleled five awards at Sports Journalists' Awards

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Martin Samuel (L) of Daily Mail receives the Sports Columnist Award from Howard Wheatcroft (R) during the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards at Grand Connaught Rooms on March 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

The brilliance of the Daily Mail's sports pages has been recognised at the Sports Journalists' Association 2014 awards ceremony in London with the newspaper winning five top prizes.

Police arrest man who sexually assaulted a sleeping woman on New York subway train after another passenger recorded attack and put it on YouTube . . . instead of intervening

The entire incident was caught on video

Carlos Chuva (pictured far left and inset), 43, of Queens, has been charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault, more than two years after he allegedly groped a sleeping Elisa Lopez (center) on a downtown 4 train. The October 20, 2012, incident was videotaped (right) by another passenger and later shared online, quickly going viral. Lopez, an air National Guardsman, spoke out about the assault in December hoping to draw attention to the case and bring her attacker to justice.

Unfriendly? Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner! Psychologists identify irritable Cockneys, nice Scots and anxious Welsh

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Experts at Cambridge University have marked out a personality map of the whole of Britain, showing the Scottish to be the country's most friendly inhabitants, while Londoners are its least. The Welsh also fare badly, with the researchers declaring them to be exceptionally shy and neurotic. To find out what where we live says about us, psychologists asked almost 400,000 Britons a series of questions designed to assess five key personality traits.

Dangerous daffodils banned from the village green, selfie sticks barred from nightclubs and chippies stopping customers using salt and vinegar - the top 10 health and safety myths revealed

EXCLUSIVE: From daffodils being banned on a village green to a chippy not allowing customers to put salt and vinegar on their meal, here we reveal exactly what is not banned under health and safety.

Police dashboard camera catches moment reckless father raced his BMW down motorway at 142mph - with his terrified six-year-old son in the passenger seat 

Mert Tanay. See MASONS story MNFAST; Police have released the alarming video of a reckless dad who raced down a crowded motorway at 142mph - ignoring the pleas of his terrified six year-old son next to him. Moronic Mert Tanay weaved in and out of traffic in his powerful BMW 323 without indicating and police took TEN miles to catch him. They found his child visibly shaking next to him and Tanay claimed he had been 'distracted' by thinking about his forthcoming wedding - six months away. A court heard the 26 year-old failed to realise he had whizzed past a police car chasing another speeding vehicle on the M20 at Harrietsham, Kent.

Mert Tanay weaved in and out of traffic in his powerful BMW 323 and even failed to realise he had sped past a police car that had been chasing another speeding vehicle on the M20 at Harrietsham, Kent.

Is this the stars' secret to looking great in photos? Women say they prefer the RIGHT side of their face... but psychologists claim the left side is actually more attractive

Do you favour one side of your face over the other? In a poll of 1,000 women, 23 per cent said their right side was their best, compared to 18 per cent for the left and 16 per cent who liked both.

Can washing your hair with Coca-Cola really give you Suki Waterhouse's supermodel locks? One FEMAIL writer puts the bizarre trick to the test 

Suki Waterhouse revealed earlier this week that she uses Coca-Cola to rinse her hair, in order to give it added texture and volume. One Femail reporter put the British 23-year-old model's trick to the test.

'I'm in menopause': Angelina Jolie reveals she had her ovaries removed over cancer scare as photos show loving Brad by her side before she underwent procedure

Two years after the 39-year-old had a double mastectomy to prevent the onset of breast cancer, the actress and filmmaker has now revealed that she has had her ovaries removed as well. The Maleficent star (pictured left in Iraq in January and right just days before surgery with husband Brad Pitt) published a lengthy opinion piece, titled 'Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery,' explaining her drastic decision. With her ovaries and Fallopian tubes now gone, the mother of six has entered early menopause and will not be able to have any more children, she writes in the candid article.

Bad at spelling? Your brain's 'visual dictionary' may be faulty: Scans show we remember words based on how they look

Experts from Georgetown University found neurons respond differently to real words compared to nonsense words and this proves the brain is 'holistically tuned' to recognise complete words.

Could Tesla's Model X be released this year? Prototype vehicle is spied on the Californian highway

A video by Youtuber 'nbkagzw13' claims to show the pure electric vehicle, slightly covered to hide its design features, on the road during a test drive near Palo Alto.

Ex-girlfriend of Sir Terence Conran whose gambling mother cut her out of £2.5million will wins legal fight with investment banker brother over luxury flat

Sunita Day, 45, was disinherited by her restaurateur mother, Pamela Russell, before her death in 2013 but held on to an £800,000 apartment in Battersea, south London.

Are you an extrovert? Then you are more likely to be FAT: Study reveals how key personality traits can change diet 

Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology also found that neurotic people may eat too much high-caloric food to deal with their negative emotions.

An abandoned tank, houses reduced to rubble and children playing on a swing: Haunting images of Kurds returning to the ghost town of Kobane smashed by ISIS

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Six months ago the Kurds were fleeing Kobane as ISIS troops bared down on the Syrian city, now, with the fanatical jihadis driven back into the desert, they can return to their shattered homes. Precious few buildings have been left untouched by the fiercest battle against the Islamic State to date, with Kurdish fighters gunning their way through the streets while coalition warplanes dropped explosives from the skies.At one point the Turkish President said the city was just hours from falling to ISIS, but against all the odds Kurdish fighters recaptured it.

Fighting for Farkhunda: Afghan women protest at lynching of woman beaten to death in the street because she dared to speak out against superstitious mullah

Farkhunda, 27, was pushed from a roof, run over by a car and set on fire before her body was thrown in the Kabul River last Thursday, following the false accusation that she had burned the Koran.

Posing over the bodies of their enemies: Shiite militants brandish their guns in the air as they celebrate the death of an ISIS fighter alongside their Iraqi Army allies 

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: The black-clad Shiite soldiers were seen posing with the ISIS jihadi's corpse at the frontline of fighting close to the central Iraqi city of Tikrit this morning.

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Unique treasures of Lauren Bacall: Precious jewels and works of art go on display before being auctioned off

Items from Lauren Bacall's sprawling Manhattan mansion, which is on the market for $26 million, are set to go under the hammer at Bonhams New York on March 31 and April 1. The auction will feature a number of unique pieces from Bacall's home, including several items which belonged to her first husband Humphrey Bogart.

U.S. will maintain current troop levels in Afghanistan throughout 2015, says Obama, abandoning plans to reduce by nearly half the number of U.S. forces there by year's end

'Based on [Afghan] President Ghani's request for flexibility in the U.S. draw down timeline, the U.S. will maintain its current posture of 9,800 troops through the end of 2015,' Obama said.

Woman who tried 'to boil her husband' with scalding water because he couldn't satisfy her unrealistic financial demands is jailed for four years 

Former special constable Gilbertson, 60, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court today for sentencing after being convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Ken Gregory, 65, suffered horrific burns.

Hugo Boss staff had been warned to move mirror which crushed a four-year-old boy to death, inquest hears

Austen Harrison, of Turners Hill, West Sussex, was crushed by the mirror at the Hugo Boss outlet in June 2013 - nine months after staff had been told the heavy object needed to be secured.

Multi-million pound El Greco masterpiece stolen by the Nazis in 1944 finally returned to rightful owners after 70-year search 

El Greco's 'A Portrait of a Gentleman' had been missing ever since the Gestapo raided the collection of Jewish banker Julius Priester in 1944, stealing 50 valuable paintings.

A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe 

Children climbed on to armoured vehicles while troops stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the Polish town of Bialystok as a U.S. convoy passed through after a NATO exercise.

Devoted husband, 75, kills himself 12 months after surviving suicide pact which ended his wife's life

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Kenneth Brown, 75, from Liss, Hampshire, had been 'living in misery' since the death of his wife Helen in a joint suicide pact which he survived, Portsmouth Coroner's Court (pictured) was told.

Man fined £250 for leaving rubbish in alley behind his house because he says council took FIVE MONTHS to give him wheelie bin 

Kyle Tatton, 24, (pictured) claims he told Stoke-on-Trent City Council about the matter in October 2014 but only received a wheelie-bin earlier this month.

Police hunting thug who is attacking random pensioners in the street for SNEEZING 

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Police have received five reports of a man slapping people in Carlisle town centre for sneezing, including from a 65-year-old woman who was hit on the head after she sneezed.

Water natural! Newborn hippo frolics and nuzzles with loving mum at San Diego Zoo

The baby hippo, who was born yesterday at San Diego Zoo, was filmed Tuesday exploring the waters with its mother, Funani. Zookeepers have not yet determined the name of the hippo calf, who is said to be bonding well with its mother. Observers have said Funani is nursing her newborn regularly - a process which will continue for the next eight months.

Did prehistoric hunters POISON their spears? Stone-tipped weapons may have been coated with toxic plant extracts up to 30,000 years ago

Scientists at the University of Cambridge believe paleolithic hunters used plant toxins to make their weapons more deadly up to 30,000 years ago. They have developed a new test for poisonous residues.

British tourist, 23, drowned at the Great Barrier Reef on her first ever scuba dive 

Bethany Farrell, 23, from Colchester, Essex, was on her first ever scuba dive when she tragically drowned after becoming separated from her instructor during the trip of a lifetime to Australia.

Ancestry.com co-founder, 50, charged with 'sexually abusing a 15-year-old friend of his daughter after giving her alcohol, showing her porn and attacking her during sleepover'

Daniel Taggart allegedly assaulted the victim after his daughter fell asleep at their home in Ohio. He has been charged with object rape, forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse and supplying alcohol to a minor.

Man who took other drivers' speeding points for cash was caught when police realised he had FORTY NINE on his licence

Gordon Burton, 45, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, agreed to say he was behind the wheel when 14 other motorists were caught speeding, flouting a red light or driving without a seatbelt.

The beavers are free! First wild family in England for 800 years is released back into the River Otter

The animals were captured for a series of tests last month, after Natural England gave unprecedented permission for them to be allowed to live free near Ottery St Mary, east Devon.

Suspending teens for taking drugs can BOOST marijuana usage in schools, study finds 

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The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and in Australia, compared drug policies at schools in Washington state and Victoria, Australia.

German undertaker passes out in shock when 'dead' woman wakes up and asks: 'Where am I?' 

The 92-year-old woman had her eyes open and began groaning while lying in a coffin at the Munstermann funeral parlour in Gelsenkirchen, pictured, after falsely being declared dead.

Woman reveals details of her 5:2 marriage: That's five days of sex with STRANGERS and two with her husband (but after 12 lovers she left him for good)

Writer Robin Rinaldi, 50, from San Francisco, had been with Scott Mansfield since the 1990s. After he had a vasectomy she decided to take lovers and negotiated a year-long 'open marriage'.

Be gone, demons! The horrific moment a woman is pinned to the ground writhing in pain as priests perform exorcism to drive out her 'evil spirits' 

The exorcism came to an end when she suddenly gave a strangled cry and closed her eyes, falling backwards exhausted

The 22-year-old woman, identified only by her first name Laura (left), was held down in a church in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Bishop Manuel Acuna (right), 52, ordered a demon to leave her body. As she screamed 'no, no' and shouted abuse at one of the women holding her down, Bishop Acuna was heard muttering: 'Leave, leave her now.' Before the exorcism, locals gathered at the Lutheran Charismatic Church to pray for her soul and redemption. It came to an end when she suddenly gave a strangled cry and closed her eyes, falling backwards exhausted.

Teenage rugby player, 14, fighting for life after collapsing with blood clot on his brain the day after heavy tackle forced him off injured

Connor Lynes, of Hull, East Yorkshire, returned home after playing for his under-15s team on Saturday - but was found collapsed on his bedroom floor the next morning.

Child genius, 3, can already do his 14 times table and count to 10 in four languages including Russian and Japanese 

Michael McBride, 3, of Yate in Bristol,  can already do his 14 times table and count to 10 in Japanese - one of three languages he has taught himself. He has an IQ almost at Mensa level.

'Petite' female firearms officers who won case against police chiefs because guns were too big for their hands say the force is 'malicious' 

Victoria Wheatley and Rachael Giles (pictured) have been signed off sick with stress after they won sex discrimination case against the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in February last year.

Gulf Stream slowdown is faster than ever: Fresh water from melting ice sheets may make European winters colder, warns study

Scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research say the Gulf Stream, which helps to keep Europe's winters mild, has slowed by 15-20 per cent in the past century.

Woman suffering horrendous headaches has 8cm parasite removed from her brain - caused by eating FROGS when she was a child 

Yin Meng, 29, from China's Yunnan Province, had been complaining of headaches for six years when she keeled over at work. She was found to have a parasitic infection called sparaganosis.

The psychedelic image that shows we really ARE all made of stardust: Supernova are 'missing link' of planet formation - and spit out enough dust to make 7,000 Earths

New York researchers have spotted a vast cloud proving that  supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form. They say it contains enough material for thousands of planets. SOFIA data reveal warm dust (white) surviving inside a supernova remnant. The SNR Sgr A East cloud is traced in X-rays (blue). Radio emission (red) shows expanding shock waves colliding with surrounding interstellar clouds (green).

Gatwick police unveil new £11,000 crime-fighting machine that will help them whizz to emergencies at 25mph (but does it look like a Raptor to you?)

The new three wheeled 'Raptor' which is being used by poloice at Gatwick Airport. See SWNS story SWDALEK; Elite airport police will now be able to respond to potential security alerts quicker thanks to a new pair of three-wheeled vehicles ñ that look like DALEKS. Sussex Police officers patrolling Gatwick Airport have been handed two of the Raptor vehicles as part of a month-long trial, in a bid to speed-up response times across the miles of terminal corridors. The three-wheeled personal transporters bear a striking resemblance to the evil Dr Who baddies, because of the curved front and singular headlamp ëeye.í A Sussex Police spokesman said: ìThey will be used by the police community safety team to travel from the police station at the airport to terminal buildings, enabling PCSOs to respond to calls faster than they would on foot and to enhance police visibility.î

Police who patrol Gatwick Airport hope the new crime-fighting machine - a cross between a segway and moped - can improve response times to crimes or complaints from passengers and staff.

Stalker who sent bizarre gifts to former Big Brother star which caused bomb disposal experts to scramble is jailed

Army bomb disposal experts were sent to the offices of Rock FM, in Preston, Lancashire, where Miss Lawler works as a DJ, fter obsessed Ikram Ismail sent her a box containing a burnt Koran.

America IS a melting pot: Scientists map genetic fingerprint of colonisation in the US - and reveal a 'surprising' complexity

A study led by Oxford University has revealed a 'suprising' degree of variation in the ancestry of modern-day Americans after analysing more than 4,000 DNA samples from 64 populations.

The race to find Philae: Mission chief reveals there's a '50:50' chance at the next attempt - but time is running out before the comet drifts away from the sun

EXCLUSIVE: Rosetta mission manager Patrick Martin told MailOnline he is confident of making contact with Philae (shown approaching comet 67P) soon - but there is a race to do so before August.

Prolific thief who targeted rich city workers to steal computers, wallets and phones worth £21,000 in just five months is jailed for three years 

Jobless father-of-three Mario Bustamante-Leiva, 39, targeted City workers in London's exclusive bars, cafes and restaurants. He admitted 22 counts of theft and has now been jailed for three years.

Mother-of-three stunned when she opens her bag of snacks and finds the world's smallest Wotsits 

Ayesha Bhatti, 29, from Derby, found several mini-Wotsits measuring just 1cm long in her 99p multi-pack of the cheesy snacks which she bought at a discount retailer in her home town.

Moment 'wheelchair-bound woman' leapt up and robbed village post office

CCTV footage from the armed robbery in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, on Monday morning, shows two men entering the local post office dressed in long-haired wigs and dresses. One of the robbers can be seen pushing the other in a wheelchair before pulling out a shotgun and crowbar, demanding cash from staff. However, the robbers' plan was foiled by brave passers by, who tackled them as they left the post office, causing them to drop their haul in the street.

Obese nurse who was left with so much saggy skin after shedding 10st that she felt 'more confident when she was fat' spends £20,000 to get her sex life back 

Karen Smith, 42, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was so self-conscious about her baggy skin and drooping breasts, she had an upper arm lift, a tummy tuck, thigh lift, breast augmentation and uplift.

Three police officers questioned over misconduct allegations in mystery death of 13-month-old girl surrounded by official secrecy

EXCLUSIVE The officers from Cumbria Police have been questioned under caution following the death of Poppi Worthington, from Barrow-in-Furness, who died under suspicious circumstances in 2012.

King of kitsch: Fridge magnets, mugs and even Richard III haircuts for £25 on sale in Leicester as critics brand his burial there a 'money-grabbing pantomime'

From fridge magents emblazoned with the king's signature, to a £14.95 Richard III-embossed silk ties, there appears to be something for everyone at the official Richard III visitor centre.

Want to last longer in the bedroom? Get sweaty: Men who exercise have 'better sexual function' 

The optimum amount of weekly exercise is equivalent of 2 hours of strenuous exercise (running or swimming), 3.5 hours of moderate or 6 hours of light exercise, say Cedars-Sinai experts.

Want rice with HALF the calories? Just cook it with coconut oil and refrigerate it overnight before eating

The method increases the amount of resistant starch in the rice, which is indigestible to humans and so lowers calories, scientists from the College of Chemical Sciences, Sri Lanka, discovered.

Is the biggest price cut in history? Gleneagles Mansion that went on sale for £8million - goes for just one TENTH of that price

The five-bedroom Whitehouse (pictured) at Gleneagles (inset) in Perthshire, was billed as 'Scotland's most expensive new home' and advertised at £8million - but when building stalled it sold for a knockdown price of just £861,888. It was marketed to rich foreign golf fans but failed to attract a buyer and development work on it was stopped before it was repossessed by a bank in 2013.

Is this the world's most glamorous Instagram account? Photographer friend of Princess Diana, Kate Moss and Elton John shares his incredible snaps of off-duty stars

From Princess Diana and Elton John to Kate Moss and Carla Bruni, celebrity photographer Dave Benett's Instagram account is an insight into the behind the scenes world of the rich and famous.

Pig called Frances Bacon is dubbed a drunken swine and banned from pub for stealing pints and headbutting drinkers

The micro-pig, who goes by the name of Frances Bacon, eats, sleeps and drinks at her owner's pub, the Conquering Hero in south London - but soon started nabbing food and drinks off the regulars.

Forget emojis, Yahoo says sensors in smartphones and watches could add REAL EMOTIONS to our emails

The head of Yahoo Mail, based in Sunnyvale, California, believes sensors on phones and smartwatches will enable us to reveal more subtle emotions to avoid misunderstandings.

Pet lovers raise £4,000 to help rebuild face of cat that was nick-named 'The Purr-minator' after cabinet fell on him 

Five-month-old Thomas was left unable to eat and in need of a major operation after his jaw was fused shut in the accident at his owner's home on Merseyside.

Jamaican who stabbed his wife to death and seriously hurt two other women in 'ferocious rampage' because he was 'fed up of their nagging' is jailed for life 

Desmond Brooks, 42, stabbed his wife Keisha McKenzie to death in front of their screaming seven year-old son during a horrific 30-minute knife rampage in Brixton, South London last year.

Ex-footballer who fronted £30m investment scheme which left Premier League stars out of pocket blew 39,000 euros on magnums of champagne in lavish four-hour beach party 

A bar receipt alleged to be from one of Michael McIndoe's (pictured) beach parties at Marbella's Ocean Club has emerged, showing how he splashed the cash before he declared himself bankrupt.

Pictured: Horrific bite wounds suffered by albino badger after fight over its territory 

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A male badger was found in an outdoor toilet in Beaminster in Dorset and admitted to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset with wounds to its neck and rump.

'Super salamander' the size of a CAR unearthed: Amphibian dominated lakes and rivers 200 million years ago

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh discovered fossilised remains of Metoposaurus algarvensis in the dried up bed of an ancient lake in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.

Creating a buzz, bumblebee with its own backpack: Insects have trackers attached to find out why their numbers are in such dramatic decline 

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Rural development and the loss of wild meadows are thought to be major factors in the decline in bees. But until now there has been no way to accurately monitor bee movements and so try to help them. The new miniature trackers (pictured on the back of the bees, left and right) are less than 2in long and so light that they can be superglued to the insects' backs. Previous trackers could only detect a bee when it returned to the hive but these will let scientists follow their detailed movements. Inset, a scientist involved in the research with one of the bees.

Radio 1's chart show to be switched from Sunday afternoon to Friday after change in release dates for albums and singles 

Radio 1's Greg James will present the new top 40 run-down, which will be an hour shorter than the current show, from 4pm to 6pm on Fridays as part of his drive-time show.

Madonna isn't banned, we just don't like her song: BBC Radio 1 boss insists single was cut from playlist to make way for more 'relevant' artists

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Madonna performs at the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

BBC Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper has continued the Madonna 'ageism' row by suggesting the singer can return to the youth channel when she releases a 'more relevant' song.

Ryanair reveals new on-time landing jingle after passengers voted to scrap original trumpet-heavy tune

The music is being rolled out on all of Ryanair's planes following a Twitter poll last year that saw customers vote to remove the original recording which included blaring trumpets.

Sex website advertises for brothel tester that should be university educated, speaks French and is 'not afraid of contact'

A Berlin sex business is looking for someone to test their brothels who speaks French and has a business degree. The job involves testing venues for cleanliness and customer service.

Is this the most dangerous film ever made? Celebrity family lived with lions for SIX YEARS as cast and crew suffered broken bones, gangrene and horrific wounds

Noel Marshall's action-adventure film Roar - the most dangerous movie ever made - is making a comeback 34 years after its initial release. The film is infamous for the 11 years it took to make and the injuries that 70 members of the cast and crew received from the 150 untamed animals.

Amazon's Twitch is hacked: Livestreaming site confirms its user's personal details have been compromised

The Amazon-owned site (pictured) confirmed it had been targeted in a blog post, although resisted calling it a hack. It has reset passwords and disconnected linked Twitter accounts.

Saving premature babies is not always kind and can actually prolong suffering, doctors are warned

New guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health also says seriously ill children should have a greater say in deciding whether they want to continue treatment.

Part-time juggler, 70, reveals how he has SIX lovers on the go and attends swingers' parties (with a little help from Viagra)

Colin Francome, from Colindale, north London, has found an alternative way to stay active in his old age - by dating multiple partners and going to sex parties.

Pilot proposes to flight attendant girlfriend at 34,000 feet... but she misses the speech as she is too busy pouring coffee for passengers on Alaska Airlines flight

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Alaska Airlines flight attendant Brandy Hollenbeck's day was going like any other on the flight from Seattle to Juneau until her pilot boyfriend began to tell their love story.

It's just like stepping back in time! Stunning replica of Chauvet Cave and its 36,000-year-old wall drawings to open to tourists

A scaled-down replica of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, located in southern France, is set to open next month - just one and a half miles from the original. The caves are known for their 36,000-year-old art.

The end of whacking the ketchup bottle is nigh! Scientists sign first deal to bring revolutionary non-stick coating to supermarket shelves

The lubricant (pictured in a ketchup bottle) is called Liquiglide and was developed at MIT. Liquiglide has now signed a deal with Elmers Brand Glue and Adhesives.

Siamese twins prove they STILL share something special - three years after doctors separated them at birth

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Rosie and Ruby Formosa, from Bexleyheath in south east London, were born prematurely sharing the same intestines and joint at the abdomen in July 2012 (inset) and a team of 15 doctors spent five hours separating the pair. A life-threatening blockage meant they were transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital for emergency surgery but almost three years on and the identical twins are fighting fit. Their mother, Angela Formosa, 34, says the girls are almost inseparable and are looking forward to their third birthday.

Great-grandfather who bravely lost half his face to rare cancer is given devastating news the disease is now incurable

Raymond Martin, 64, from Newcastle, has facial angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that has caused a gaping hole to develop under his right eye. Doctors say no treatment can now help him.

Rise of the iSoldier: British military kitted out with high-tech vests, augmented reality helmets and wearable chargers

London-based BAE System's Broadsword range (pictured) includes a wearable power pack called Spine. It is made using conductive yarns and energy use can be monitored using an app.

'Don't let me hit that pole!' Amusing video shows mum trying virtual reality gaming system Oculus Rift for the first time

A mother enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when her son fitted her with an Oculus Rift headset. She squeals in excitement as the virtual game takes her for a wild ride.

US mother-of-two learns she was on 'serial killer's hit list' after seeing her photo in History Channel documentary

The Los Angeles woman, only identified as 'Mo', was stunned to see a photograph that her former neighbor, Lonnie Franklin, Jr., had taken of her on the show.

The 'lonely snow leopard': British explorer who overcame sandstorms and walked up to 34 MILES a day during solo trek across Mongolia named top adventurer

Ash Dykes, 24, who is nicknamed the 'lonely snow leopard,' last year impressively spent 78 days alone, crossing 1,500 miles of the unforgiving Gobi Desert and the vast Mongolian Steppe.

Britain sends an extra £180million to defend the Falklands amid fears Putin is plotting to help arm Argentina

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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain's military presence on the South Atlantic territory would be 'beefed up' following the findings of a review by top brass.

Slow and steady! Herbert the tortoise stays true to age-old fable and beats rabbit in pet shop race

Herbert the tortoise proved the proverb still rings true when it shrugged off the distractions of a rabbit named Sven and beat it in a race at the Paws and Claws Pet Store in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Marked out for death: Hostage reveals chilling moment Jihadi John drew sword on face of captive to brand him for beheading

Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, 46, (pictured) who was released a year ago, says he and 18 other hostages were guarded by three terrorists, who all spoke with British accents.

Herd you needed help! Incredible moment two elephants stop 18 wheeler from tipping off side of U.S. highway

A truck hauling some circus elephants pulled off the side of I49 in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. When the truck became stuck in some mud and began to tilt, a trainer had the idea of coaxing two of the beasts out of the truck to help. When the sheriff's department arrived, they found the elephants propping the 18-wheeler with their 5-ton frames.

And we thought royals didn't carry change! Commemorative silver £5 coin to be issued to mark birth of Duchess of Cambridge's second baby

The Queen has approved the release of a crown-sized silver coin to mark the birth of her new great-grandchild next month. Coins struck for the birth of Prince George in 2013 sold out within days.

White House florist 'escorted from the building' after quitting because 'her style clashed with the First Lady's vision'

Laura Dowling, who had overseen flower decorations at the White House for six years, ended her employment with no notice according to sources with 'close ties to current residence staffers'.

How to fund other investments with your pension money: Should you join the army of buy-to-let landlords?

Thousands of people have invested in buy-to-let properties as a way of funding their retirement. But new 'pension freedom' rules will allow many more to join this growing army of landlords.

Animals CAN predict earthquakes: Scientists film behavioural changes as seismic activity increases

Experts led by Dr Rachel Grant of Anglia Ruskin University used data gathered from a series of motion-triggered cameras located in the Yanachaga National Park in Peru.

Pictured: Man who fell asleep at the wheel of his car on a busy motorway - and could not be woken by horrified fellow drivers

Shocking footage has emerged of a driver who was found asleep in his car on a Sydney motorway in the middle of the night. It was filmed by a motorist who was clearly unimpressed.

'It was a story I needed to live': Woman embarks on a series of round-the-world trips over two years to overcome the 'inner emptiness' she felt after the birth of her son 

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Leigh Ann Henion, (left image right, and pictured right with her son) from North Carolina, chronicled her journey in her new memoir Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World. The 37-year-old writer visited a variety of far-off and remote locations during a two-year period, which began shortly after her son's first birthday, returning home in between each trip in order to spend time with her child and her husband.

Apple files patent for a SUPER camera: System uses mirrors and multiple sensors to make photos brighter and clearer

The patent (illustrated) was filed by the Californian firm in 2011 and awarded this month. It details a three-sensor camera that uses mirrors to split incoming light and manage more pixels.

Watch the most amazing high-wire act as Jaguar launch new model by driving it OVER the Thames on cables just an inch thick

British car-maker Jaguar has launched its new XF compact sports saloon in spectacular fashion with the world's first dramatic 'high-wire drive' over water on cables just an inch thick.

'I was mostly worried my dad would see me cry': Piccolo player who movingly wept on live TV after her team's loss explains what happened

Roxanne Chalifoux, a Philadelphia senior, became a viral sensation after she started crying but continued playing her piccolo after the Villanova Wildcats were defeated by North Carolina State.

You shall go to the ball! Detroit uncle wears a princess gown to watch Cinderella with his mini-me niece because she was scared to dress-up alone

Jesse Nagy from Detroit posted a photograph of himself wearing the strapless dress to Facebook on Sunday along with the caption: 'Sometimes you just have to be a princess.'

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This dozy dog really is 'out fur the count'. A home surveillance camera caught the moment Stafford Vaughan's dog Apollo rolled off the couch while sleeping and failed to stir. Footage shows the canine lying still on the floor after the dramatic fall. Vaughan of San Francisco then looks over to check if his pet is okay.

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Briton Paul Rose was on Assumption Island, north of Madagascar, when he found a pair of tortoises having sex. The male tortoise then spotted Rose and started the very low speed chase (pictured).

Precious metals in human poo are 'worth MILLIONS': Scientists say we are flushing away a goldmine

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Golf legend Jack Nicklaus left in tears as he's awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Congress on Tuesday awarded its highest civilian honor to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the gold medal with a few tears, humility and humor. In a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, the House and Senate leadership bestowed the award on Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships that Speaker and avid golfer John Boehner called the 'gold standard.' The 75-year-old Nicklaus recalled the hard work of his parents, praised his family and paid tribute to his wife, Barbara. An emotional Nicklaus told his family that his whole life he wanted to make them proud of him, and 'hopefully I have.'

Brutal nature: Incredible images show a tiger chasing herd of deer before killing its prey in Indian nature reserve

The incredible moment a tiger hunted and sunk its teeth into a helpless deer has been captured on camera by a wildlife photographer. The pictures were taken at a nature reserve in India.

For the homeowner who never wants to grow up: Italian architect designs wooden treehouse as part of eco-friendly project to 'combine childhood dreams with urban life'

Architect Lucinao Pia has designed the 'ultimate' treehouse in Turin, Italy, as part of his '25 Shades of Green' project, which seeks to combine childhood dreams with urban living.

Ladies, take note! Royal Ascot unveils official style guide with a little help from Vogue stylist (and there's even trouser suit options)

Off the track, the Royal Meeting will as ever draw eyes from the international world of fashion. The hats, shoes and dresses at Royal Ascot are as colourful and creative as the jockeys' silks.

Dogs of war: Previously unseen photos show British and German soldiers posing up their pets in WWI France 

Libby Hall, of Hackney in east London, stumbled on a collection of wartime snaps at a market stall which show soldiers posing with dogs. Some of the animals were kept as pets to give comfort in the trenches. Others were used as messengers (left, in France 1918), and could act as scouts for large companies (bottom right, the Army Service Corps in 1917). The pictures, which are being exhibited in London show the high regard dogs were kept in by soldiers, such as by a Staff Sergeant who poses with Hissy and Jack (top right) - pets of the Army Service Corps.

   

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