Princess Charming! The first official pictures of baby Charlotte's christening - taken by Diana photographer Mario Testino

Princess Charlotte in christening photos with Kate Middleton and the Royal Family

The first official pictures of baby Charlotte's christening - taken by Diana's favourite photographer Mario Testino - have been released. William and Kate chose to release four photographs in all. One formal family shot (right) sees (back row, L-R) Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Edinburgh and (front row L-R) Prince William, Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte and the Queen posing for Testino's lens. The couple also released three more intimate pictures of themselves with their children. One photograph shows Kate gazing lovingly at her daughter in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House (left), whilst another (inset left) shows William and George in the garden, the lively toddler laughing straight into the camera. The photographs were taken by Testino in the gardens and Drawing Room at Sandringham House immediately following Princess Charlotte's baptism.

'The benefits cap will make me homeless': Mother-of-eight who rakes in £26,000 a year in handouts claims she will lose her house under George Osborne's £20,000 welfare limit

Marie Buchan 'will lose her house' under George Osborne's £20k welfare limit

Jobless Marie Buchan, 33, from Selley Oak in Birmingham, says the Chancellor's new measures aimed at cutting welfare spending will leave her family on the breadline. Ms Buchan says she is already behind on her rent, and were her handouts to be cut by £6,000 she would be forced out of her taxpayer-funded four-bedroom home.

BREAKING NEWS: Moment M25 is brought to a standstill by illegal immigrants who jumped from a lorry and ran across eight lanes of traffic

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Police were forced to close a section of the M25 motorway this afternoon after a group of suspected illegal immigrants jumped out of the back of a lorry and started running across eight lanes of traffic to flee.

Winner or loser: What was in the Budget for YOU? It's good news for the over 65s and self-employed who will be hundreds of pounds better off - but low-income families will be hit hardest

Osborne's new budget will see young workers, families of four and the self-employed all better off. While low-income families will be more than £2,000 worse off.

Road tax reform will hit drivers of luxury and greenest cars hardest: Families attack 'madness' of £900 annual bill for two cars

Middle-class motorists with 'green' but expensive cars have been able to avoid road tax while poorer families driving older models pay hundreds of pounds a year, George Osborne said.

13million families will be £260 WORSE OFF in Osborne's 'take from the poor' raid on welfare, Institute for Fiscal Studies warns

Paul Johnson, director, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

IFS director Paul Johnson (pictured) said the heaviest burden for making savings from the welfare budget was falling on 'families in work much more than those out of work'.

The ISIS massacre of 770 in Iraq that was so bloody it could be seen from space: 24 fanatics are sentenced to hang after satellite evidence helped bring them to justice

ISIS massacre of 770 in Iraq was so bloody it could be seen from space

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT The bloody aftermath of Islamic State's mass execution of 770 Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit (pictured) was so vast, it could be seen from space. But these crucial images and new footage of the massacre has helped convict 24 of the Islamic State fanatics behind the atrocity. An Iraqi court has sentenced them to hang for their role in killing hundreds of soldiers, but 604 more are still thought to be at large. It was originally thought that 190 troops were slaughtered when the terror group overran and conquered Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in June 2014. But crucial satellite imagery uncovered three new mass execution sites and tripled the death toll.

Politicians and high-profile sex offenders who escaped justice WILL be named for the first time in new child abuse inquiry

The independent inquiry, now headed by Justice Goddard, was initially set up last year amid claims of an establishment cover-up following allegations that a paedophile ring operated in Westminster in the 1980s

Man appears in court facing the ancient charge of hamesucken - for which the penalty used to be death - after 'attacking and robbing 93-year-old woman in her home' 

Graeme Bryden 27, of Stevenston, North Ayrshire, has appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court (pictured) accused of robbery and hamesucken. The latter would formerly lead to execution.

Father's fury over police blunder which left his daughter fighting for life next to her partner's dead body in crashed car for three days

Lamara Bell, 25, and John Yuill, 28, were reported missing on Sunday after they disappeared from a weekend camping trip. Officers found them yesterday morning in a crashed blue Renault Clio.

How long would it take to drive 80 miles at 80 miles an hour? Watch as mother-of-two is stumped by this one simple question (in a video posted by her fiancé) 

Woman is confused by how long it'd take to drive 80 miles at 80mph

Lauren Macklin (pictured), of Hereford, asked fiancé Dave Mapp if he'd prefer 'someone brainy or someone like her.' He then put her mind to the test, asking how long it'd take to travel 80 miles at 80mph. With the device's video camera recording, Lauren is then stumped for a full seven minutes as she first tries to answer the question - and then struggles with her labourer partner's explanation. The video was shared on Facebook and has now been watched more than four million times.

Did China discover AMERICA? Ancient Chinese script carved into rocks may prove Asians lived in New World 3,300 years ago

Author and researcher John Ruskamp claims to have found pictograms from the ancient Chinese Shang Dynasty etched into rocks in New Mexico, California and Arizona.

Co-op customers are charged TWICE for food or petrol as hundreds of thousands are hit by computer error 

A spokesman for the Co-operative said the error occurred on Tuesday. Those affected are expected to have their money credited directly back to their accounts within the next 24 hours.

British man arrested after 'assaulting wife on flight from London to Texas' is company director whose daughter is a weightlifting champion

Darren Halliwell, 48, of Greater Manchester, England, reportedly 'became disruptive' during British Airways Flight 195 as it traveled from London to Houston, Texas, on Wednesday morning.

Man is ordered to pay £100 for washing a six-year-old boy's mouth out with soap when the youngster kicked a pensioner's walking stick and told him to 'f*** off'

Ryan Birtwell fined £100 after washing a 6 year old boy's mouth out with soap

Ryan Birtwell, 23, pleaded guilty to assault at Sunderland Magistrates' Court after confronting six-year-old Alfie Forsyth (left) and shoving a bar of soap in his mouth in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. The court heard how Birtwell had seen the boy kick an elderly man's walking stick and told him to stop, only to be called a 'gay boy' and to 'f*** off' by the youngster. Infuriated Birtwell walked to a shop following the encounter on April 11 and bought a three-pack of soap before returning to Alfie in the park, pinning him down and shoving the soap in his mouth. Speaking after the sentencing, Alfie's mother Lynne Cook admitted her son (together right) had sworn at Birtwell but said 'kids do that king of thing'.

Festival revellers prepare for fun in the sun but they'd better be quick as RAIN is tipped to make a comeback this weekend 

The T in the Park festival is being held for the first time at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire and more than 80,000 people are expected to attend the event over the weekend.

Trend for henna tattoos and hair dyes 'are to blame for a rise in allergies and painful eczema'

Doctors from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust found a chemical in hair dyes and henna tattoos called para-phenylenediamine can cause contact eczema, an itchy red rash.

'It's disgraceful and outrageous': Boris launches blistering attack on Tube drivers for striking as millions of commuters begin the long slog home 

Tube strike in London causes travel chaos for commuters across the city

Thousands of commuters heading into London faced chaos this morning as a strike by tube workers over extra pay brought the city to a standstill. With no London Underground services running, over-ground trains and buses are crammed with people trying to get to work, while roads are gridlocked with those who were forced to drive. As massive crowds gathered on already congested train platforms across the capital, those caught up in the widespread disruption took to Twitter to criticise the industrial action (inset). Meanwhile, police officers were on hand to maintain order as long queues formed at bus stops, including the one outside Stratford station, pictured main.

'Today I got a boat to work - quite liking the Tube strike': How Londoners refused to let striking drivers ruin their journeys 

Messages from those criticising the Tube strike in London today were met with a flurry of posts from those who were set on seeing the bright side - by boating, biking, walking and running into work.

Having a bad day? Why not tweet about it - many did and got free suncream, jeans and other goodies thanks to a PR campaign 

Insurance firm Direct Line has set about 'fixing' commuters' travel-related problems by sending them stress-relief packages, comfortable shoes and sunglasses to battle the ongoing mayhem.

Armed police swoop on Buckingham Palace 'gunman' - only to find he was an artist carrying photos in a cardboard tube 

Artist Ray Fiasco, 21, was stopped by 'about 10' officers wielding semi-automatic machine guns as he innocently wandered past Buckingham Palace.

There's nothing more embarrassing than a British man in shorts: Mens' legs must never be exposed to daylight says COLIN DUNNE

The current heatwave means you can look down any High Street and you'll see what nature never intended you to see - the bare legs of the adult British male, writes COLIN DUNNE.

England's World Cup lionesses get their hands on a REAL trophy... a selfie with David Beckham in the Wimbledon royal box

David Beckham treats mother Sandra to a day in Wimbledon 2015's Royal Box

They suffered a rather disappointing end to their World Cup dream last weekend when they crashed out of the semi-finals with a fluke own goal in injury-time. But England's World Cup lionesses finally got their hands on a real trophy on Thursday afternoon when they were treated to a selfie with football hero, David Beckham, in Wimbledon's Royal Box. After chatting to Toni Duggan and Jill Scott during a break from the women's semi-final, Golden Balls posed for a snap with delighted midfielder Scott. Posting the selfie on her Instagram page almost immediately, she joked that her life is now 'complete' after meeting the sporting legend.

Battle of the grunts: Serena Williams takes on Maria Sharapova in semi-final grudge match at Wimbledon... but who will emerge as the loudest?

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are known for being two of the loudest players on the court, meaning fans in the stands for this afternoon's semi-final were in for a noisy afternoon.

Should they rename it the Middleton Box? Pippa and James are back in the Royal Box at Wimbledon as they cement their place as Britain's biggest tennis fans

The Middletons have certainly been enjoying the sunshine at Wimbledon this year, with parents Carole and Michael, as well as James, Kate and Pippa all taking in the tournament.

Wakey! Wakey! Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale struggles to keep his eyes open in front row of Royal Box during women's semi-finals 

Wakey wakey! Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale appears to fall asleep

It seems the long hours that come with being a government minister got the better of Mr Whittingdale (pictured), who was caught napping in the Royal Box at Wimbledon during the women's semi finals. To make matters worse, he was sat next to the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club Philip Brook (left) - who looked less than impressed. Mr Whittingdale, who was sat a row in front of Commons Speaker John Bercow (inset), was watching the women's singles semi-final between Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza. The thrilling match went the full three sets - but the high-octane match was not enough to keep the Conservative MP awake.

Now the taxpayer won't fund big families: Tax credits to be limited to TWO children to cut bill that's soared to £30billion

The Chancellor has taken an axe to tax credits in the Budget as part of a radical package of welfare reforms, which will leave many families including the Hathaways, pictured, struggling.

A kick up the a*** for business: Osborne says firms have had a 'free ride' and must now pay and train their staff properly

The Budget included plans for an apprenticeship levy on large firms who ignore the skills of their workforce, in a move which one Cabinet minister described as a kick up the 'lazy a***s' of British business.

Labour meltdown over bombshell Budget: Alistair Darling says party is in 'disarray' and has no 'credible economic policy'

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Labour Party Annual Conference at Manchester Central,Greater Manchester. - Head of the scottish 'Better together' Campaign Alistair Darling.

The Labour heavyweight, who spent 13 years in the Cabinet until Labour's 2010 election defeat, said the party was floundering because it did not have a 'credible economic policy'.

Millions wiped off the value of big name shops after Osborne tells them to pay their staff the National Living Wage

A man looks out from a branch of Debenhams department store in Oxford Street in London, England. 
Department stores House of Fraser and John Lewis have announced they experienced good trading over Christmas while shares in Debenhams have fallen following the company's poor sales during the same period. 

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Millions of pounds have been wiped off the value of well-known retailers over fears about soaring staff costs from the new National Living Wage, which will hit £9-a-n-hour by 2020.

Half a million more homes and thousands of miles of new roads key to making Britain more productive, says Osborne

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The Chancellor will unveil a Productivity Plan to tackle low levels of output productivity which he blames on the fact 'we don't train enough or build enough or invest enough'.

The cat that got too close for comfort: Alarming moment tourist came face-to-face with a cheetah when it jumped in his jeep

Kenya tourist comes face to face with cheetah who leaped into his jeep

This curious cat got up close and personal with a tourist while on safari at the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. The wild cat, with its razor sharp claws and teeth, sure is one moggy you'd rather not have curling up on your lap. But, nevertheless, the bold animal hopped into the back seat of a jeep as it drove through the African plains - much to the shock of an Irishman inside. After entering the vehicle, it slowly sauntered over to holidaymaker Mickey McCaldin (main and top right) until it was barely a foot away from his face. The cheeky cheetah was part of a well-known family that Mr McCaldin's group had been tracking for a couple of days.

Britain is punished for outpacing Europe as contributions to Brussels leap by £3.1billion over the next five years

Figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility showed in next year alone there will be a £1.3billion jump in contributions to Brussels than previously expected.

Europe backs down first as EU president concedes Greece's creditors must make a 'realistic' proposal for managing the country's debts 

Donald Tusk said that Greece's creditors must make a 'realistic' proposal for managing the country's huge debt, as Athens faces a midnight deadline to submit reform plans for an international bailout.

Rise of the dinner-table distraction! A THIRD of parents confess to giving their children gadgets to keep them occupied when eating out... while others use junk food as bribes

Research by Bookatable revealed that 34% of parents use gadgets to make their children behave. And 18% also admitted to bribing their children with junk food to make them eat dinner.

How checking your emails in meetings drives your colleagues mad: Research finds workers who multi-task makes others 'annoyed' and 'distracted'

A posed picture of a young professional woman giving a presentation to her work colleagues.

A study, by Harvard Business School academics, found that those who use devices during meetings made 50 per cent more mistakes and 'distracted' and 'annoyed' their colleagues.

How British government carried out secret biological warfare tests on London Tube passengers in 1960s during Cold War

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX Shutterstock (8824a).. Train Station.. VARIOUS - 1964.. ..

Hundreds of thousands of Britons were subjected to 'mock' biological and chemical warfare tests in 750 secret operations, research by University of Kent's Professor Ulf Schmidt reveals.

The London mansion on sale for £20million - complete with cinema, bowling alley, spa and its own GOLF COURSE in the back garden 

London mansion with cinema, bowling alley and GOLF COURSE selling for £20m

The 'exceptional private estate' just 20 minutes from central London has picturesque views, a lavish seven-bedroom house (middle) and two properties for staff boasting a further four bedrooms. But the unique selling point is the ultimate luxury for a sporty millionaire - its own full-size five hole golf course (top left), which even tops its indoor leisure centre and bowling alley (bottom left). It's being sold for £19.5m.

'It's done': One woman reveals why she has never regretted having an abortion... and how she told her ex-partner by text

Writer Thea De Gallier, 25, from London, was nine weeks pregnant when she took a test. She says there was no choice to be made and that she wanted an abortion immediately.

Apple feeling the burn: Watch wearers take to Twitter to share photos of rashes that they claim are caused by the wearable

A handful of Twitter users including an app developer from Yorkshire have shared pictures of rashes and 'burns' they say are caused by Apple's Watch.

Britain's anti-social network: How the middle-aged are lonely and under-25s prefer the internet to talking to neighbours

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A new study examining the way we interact with friends and family reveals the middle-aged are most likely to be lonely and less than half of under-25s regularly stop and talk to people who live nearby.

Police refuse to release picture of 14-year-old given criminal Asbo because it would infringe his human rights - even though the judge says they should 

Jay Coleman, 14, was given a three-year order following a 'catalogue' of theft, dishonesty and criminal damage incidents in and around Birkenhead. But police have refused to release his photo.

Did volcanoes help the rise of Islam? Huge eruptions brought famine and disease to Roman empire allowing Muslim civilisation to spread

Scientists at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno have reconstructed the timing and climate forcing of 300 individual volcanic eruptions extending as far back as the early Roman period.

The sufferers of 'Hikikomori': Inside the bedrooms where almost a MILLION Japanese men lock themselves away for years, surfing the internet and reading manga comics

Hikikomori the condition causing Japanese men to lock themselves inside for YEARS

It's the social and health crisis plaguing almost one million Japanese people. The sufferers of 'Hikikomori' - mostly young men - have such severe social withdrawal they isolate themselves in their bedroom, in some cases for years. One of the few hikikomori experts in Japan, Dr Takahiro Kato, suffered from the condition as a student and is now working to prevent it from having a widespread affect on the next generation. Yuto Onishi (left), 18, from Tokyo had not left his bedroom for almost three years before he sought treatment six months ago. Pictured is right and inset are Japanese sufferers of hikikomori who are featured in a French documentary.

Grandparents who went to Syria with 10 other relatives 'want to flee but ISIS thugs won't let their family come with them' 

Shalim Hussain, whose parents Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, and Minera Khatun, 53, were feared to have joined ISIS in Syria with their family of 10 from Luton, said they are being held against their will.

Jilted husband faces jail after posting 'revenge porn' photos of his wife on Facebook after she admitted having an affair 

David Honeybell, from Nottingham, also set fire to his wife Sarah's clothes and threatened to send explicit photographs of her to her bosses.

Generation 'fat-blind': More than a third of obese teenagers think their weight is 'about right', study warns

Around 40 per cent of obese children incorrectly identified themselves as being the right weight, according to a study by Cancer Research UK.

How sunbathing is more dangerous than driving: Skin cancer kills thousands more people than car accidents each year, study finds

A new study has revealed skin cancer kills 25 per cent more people than car crashes in the UK, while in Australia that figure reaches 71 per cent, according to the latest figures available for 2012.

China cracks down on its super-rich 'fuerdai': Backlash against the VERY spoiled billionaires' children who enjoy Ferraris, money-burning and sex parties

China cracks down on its sex partying, Ferrari-driving 'fuerdai' rich kids

There has been a massive public backlash against China's 'fuerdai' - or 'rich second generation' - who quite literally burn through their billionaire parents' cash (left) on gold-plated Apple Watches for their pet dogs and brand new Ferraris which they treat like toys. The unemployed kids of the country's wealthiest tycoons then show off their luxurious wares and bundles of cash on social media. The public fury against them intensified when 23-year-old Guo Meimei (right), who was considered to be the queen of the fuerdais, was accused of selling sex at a 'drug party' in 2013. She replied by posting an image of £516,000-worth of casino chips online along with the caption: 'To rich to need to sell sex'. The glamorous heiress, who has since admitted to charging for sex, was one of the many fuerdais who were part of the 'Sports Car Club' (inset). Members of the elusive gang share photos of their supercars with each other on messaging apps. President Xi Jinping demanded that these out-of-control children be taught the value of money - so 70 of the billionaires' children were sent to a 'social responsibility' retreat where the fine for turning up late was £103.

How skipping university is as deadly as SMOKING: School leavers aged 18 have 'same risk of early death as smokers'

An estimated 145,000 deaths could have been prevented adults who left school early had left at 18 - the same number of deaths that could have been averted if smokers quit, Colorado scientists said.

Could diabetes trigger DEMENTIA? People with type 2 suffer 'memory loss and declining decision-making skills'

Scientists at Havard believe people with type 2 diabetes lose brain power as their ability to regulate their blood sugar levels falls, resulting in memory loss and declining cognitive function.

Empty 30ft-wide plot of land goes up for sale for £3.5million because it is NEAR millionaire's enclave Sandbanks 

The 30ft wide parcel of coastline in Lilliput, a suburb between Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset, contains only the foundations of a former building and a slightly overgrown driveway

'I have the best family': Liz Kendall hits back at claims she can't be Labour leader because she doesn't have children

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The Labour leadership contest descended into acrimony after an MP backed Yvette Cooper because: 'As a working mum, she understands the pressures of modern family life'.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII's former London love nest goes on sale for £5.35m (but there's no blue plaque due to ANOTHER of her controversial affairs)

Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII's former love nest on sale for $3.5m

Once owned by the American socialite, this Marylebone apartment is where the couple's affair began in 1933 - and is now on sale for £5.35 million. Pictured clockwise from top left: The flat in Bryanston Court on George Street has an opulent dining area, lounge, modern eat-in kitchen three bedrooms.

China's shareholder meltdown leaves markets in chaos, with a tonne of iron now cheaper than a tonne of CABBAGES as experts say 'desperate' Beijing officials 'have lost control'

Shares tumbled in the morning before soaring in the afternoon, bringing much-needed relief from a downward spiral that has seen almost $3trillion wiped off valuations in just three weeks.

Five children left 'screaming in agony' when they suffer severe burns from toxic hogweed plant found growing in park 

Annie Challinor, seven, was left with a permanent scar after her arm blistered when it touched a hogweed plant in Clifton Country Park, Salford. Four teenage boys were also burned.



Tragic downfall of a Hollywood star: Mugshots chart the decline of Can't Buy Me Love actress Amanda Peterson before she was found dead in her apartment aged 43

Can't Buy Me Love star Amanda Peterson's downfall in mugshots

Mugshots of teen star Amanda Peterson reveal the sad downfall of the former Hollywood star in the years before her death. Peterson was arrested four times between 200 and 2012, most recently for DUI and possession of narcotic equipment under the name Priscilla Peterson in 2012. The other arrests were in 2000, 2003, and 2005. She looks dazed and even bruised in other mugshots, and her mother has admitted that Peterson did have a drug problem at one point, but that she had been clean for years.

'Blonde or brunette, I love changing my wig to suit my mood,' says teenage alopecia sufferer, 18, who has embraced going bald

Sian Pennant-Jones, 18, from Portishead, north Somerset, was diagnosed with alopecia totalis and feared she would have to give up her dream career as a dancer, but now loves changing her hair colour to suit her mood.

Grandmother, 44, suffered horrific injuries in attack by a female STRANGER who 'bit her nose and tried to gouge out her eyes' 

Wendy Barber suffered horrific injuries when a stranger allegedly set upon her in the street in North Shields, in Tyne and Wear. She had gone to her daughter's house in an attempt to diffuse a row.

'I wanted people to look at my body instead of my injury': Mother who had ear bitten off in violent attack reveals how disfigurement left her anorexic

Katie Price, 26, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, said she was so traumatised after the incident that she struggled to eat, shrinking from a size 16 to a size eight in three months.

Grieving daughter demands to know why her father, 86, died while waiting five hours for an out-of-hours doctor to visit 

Percy Edward Hardy, an 86-year-old of Ashington, Northumberland, spent his final hours with his family frantically speaking to nurses and doctors on the phone as he battled for breath

Musician filming himself with a selfie stick as he walks through crowds at Pope's massive outdoor mass in Ecuador catches the moment a pickpocket steals his phone

Diego Mino, who plays drums in a local band, was using a selfie stick to film an audience of up to one million people who gathered in the capital Quito on Tuesday for a mass by the Pope.

Saudi comedian receives death threats over his hit show about a would-be terrorist starting his own version of ISIS 

'Selfie', a sketch comedy show which debuted last week on Saudi-owned pan-Arab satellite channel MBC, has won praise from
influential voices in the Middle East for daring to mock ISIS.

Female transgender soldiers who were born male could serve on the front line, reveals Army chief

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Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday that up to 75 British troops and military staff will be sent to Ukraine next month to advise and train government forces. 
PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 25, 2015. The UK servicemen and women will be based well away from the areas of conflict in the east of the country and offer support with medical, intelligence, logistics and infantry training. There has been no decision to move to supplying lethal weaponry to the Kiev government. See PA story POLITICS Ukraine. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Lieutenant General Andrew Gregory said the Army had not yet faced a situation where a woman with all the strength of a man wanted to serve in the infantry.

Warning: graphics violence! Game Of Thrones amazing behind-the-scenes footage reveals the computer tricks used to create epic Hardhome battle

Game Of Thrones behind-the-scenes footage reveals tricks used to create Hardhome battle

No Wildlings were harmed in the making of this video. An amazing behind-the-scenes film has been released revealing the computer wizardry employed to create Game Of Thrones' stunning Battle of Hardhome. The epic brawl between the Wildlings, Night's Watch and White Walkers was easily the most ambitious set piece of the series so far, and one of the most exciting to watch.

Do these images look like alien ships? Bizarre theory claims US Navy photos taken in the 1970s show ET hunting for oil

The black and white images are believed to have been taken from the USS Trepang SSN 674 submarine as it travelled between Iceland and Norway's Jan Mayen Island.

Mentally ill musician 'killed himself after he was taken off disability benefits and ruled fit to work' 

Aaron Lane, who suffered from psychosis, was found dead at his home in Newark, Nottinghamshire, weeks after he was taken off Disability Living Allowance.

Last-minute bookings to Greece plunge by 30% amid debt crisis as tour operators slash prices to get rid of unsold rooms

Tourism bosses are hopeful the debt crisis will be resolved soon and resorts and hotels in Greece will see a bump in last-minute bookings to make up for the loss.

Snakes on a train! Commuters get a shock when a bucket full of EELS being transported to a shop is knocked over on Shanghai subway 

Travellers on Shanghai's busy Line 1 metro still did their best to avoid the slippery customers which were on their way to a seafood market in an eastern suburb of the Chinese metropolis.

Labour MP's horror as beloved moggy Jaffa falls victim to 'serial cat killer' poisoning pets with anti-freeze

Labour MP Graham Jones' cat Jaffa killed with anti-freeze by 'serial cat killer'

Graham Jones, the MPs for Hyndburn in Lancashire, was forced to put down his long haired ginger tom after it was poisoned with anti-freeze. Jaffa is among five pets which have died after eating food laced with anti-freeze over the last 11 months.

Could the World Food diet help you beat disease? From Ethiopian wholegrains to heart-healthy Mediterranean feasts, experts reveals top tips from across the globe

Red wine drunk in France contains an ingredient which encourages the body to to make calorie-burning 'brown' fat. Here, nutritionists share other tips from foods around the globe...

Police say DNA evidence against suspects accused of raping and murdering British backpackers on Koh Tao cannot be retested by defence lawyers as it has been 'lost' 

The evidence is key to the prosecution of Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, both 22, who police say brutally murdered Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24 , on the island of Koh Tao last September.

How to save £20,000 on your wedding: Tying the knot abroad can mean big savings, reveals survey

A recent survey from an online travel agency has found that serious savings may be had for those couples heading abroad for their wedding day, with the average cost tallying between £6,000 - £7,000.

Teenager's father saves her life after donating his kidney in pioneering transplant... despite the fact they AREN'T a match

Charlotte Archer-Gay, 15, from Romford, Essex, had her blood 'cleaned' of antibodies so she could receive her father's kidney, even though they weren't a blood match.

Finally, the end of the soggy sock! Water-resistant Five Water footwear finally ends the misery of squelchy walks in the rain

Detroit-based entrepreneur Jaspreet Singh came up with the Five Water Socks (pictured) after growing tired of having wet feet when he went out running.

It's nearly time for glorious grouse... from Iceland! Budget store will sell the game on shelves at HALF the price of Harrods' birds (but of course the fowl will be frozen)

More famous for selling frozen food staples such as chips, pizza and peas, Iceland is offering its customers the rather more exotic grouse, available in all its stores from 5 August onwards.

Beauty on the beat: Police cadet, 18, makes it to the final of Miss England competition... and says she's ready to juggle career with being a model

Olivia Green, 18, from Skegness, Lincs., will swap her police uniform for high heels when she goes up against nine other women vying for the beauty title next month.

Footballer, 24, dies on pitch after collapsing during trial for non-league team

Junior Dian, 24, collapsed during the second half as he played for Kent-based Tonbridge Angels at Whyteleafe FC in Surrey. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died shortly afterwards.

Extreme Catholic group urges beaches to be 'segregated by sex' in northern Spain so 'sins of the flesh' are avoided

In northern Spain, a Catholic group by the name of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés has posted an image to their Facebook page urging beaches to be segregated so 'sins of the flesh' are avoided.

Are these the world's most expensive picnic baskets? High-end hampers that come with bone china plates, butler service and even a hand-made bicycle

With price tags ranging from £3,000 for an Aston Martin basket to a £550 Fortnum's hamper, these high-end baskets are sure to add style to your al fresco jaunts.

Is your medication affecting your MORALS? Antidepressants make people behave selflessly, while Parkinson's drugs make you selfish, study claims

Researchers at University College London found that citalopram-takers were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to others than those given placebo drugs in an experiment.

What happens if you and your man always want sex at different times? Three brave couples tell how they cope

What happens if you and your man always want sex at different times?  

Research shows men and women seem programmed to want sex at different times of day. While 28 per cent of men feel frisky first thing, only 11 per cent of women do. And a quarter of women want sex at night, compared with 17 per cent of men. Three brave couples tell Helen Carroll how they cope. Pictured: Helen Baker, 45, and Tom, 35, from Kent (left), Vicky Kenworthy, 37, and Andy, 40, from Oldham, Lancashire (top right) and Catherine Howarth, 33, and Richard, 35, from Milton Keynes (bottom right).

Foul-mouthed English tourist guide who called woman a 'Welsh c***' is handed suspended jail sentence and £500 fine

Irene Laird, 64, called a woman a 'Welsh c***' during an outburst in a public park in the Caernarfon area, in the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales.

Could vegetarianism save the world? A move away from meat would cut greenhouse emissions and boost biodiversity, study claims

Our insatiable appetite for everything from burgers to barbecued chicken (pictured) is having a serious effect on the environment, researchers from the UK and Germany claim.

Know the dress code, avoid quiet streets and join a walking tour or cooking class to make friends: Infographic reveals handy do's and don'ts for solo female travellers

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, it's still wise to take certain precautions before jetting off - and after you've arrived - in order to ensure you feel as safe and secure as possible.

RIP the Queen's favourite bone rattler... Killed off by the nanny state! MAX HASTINGS pays tribute to the Land Rover Defender

Last week, the manufacturers in Solihull took last orders for one of the greatest and best-loved vehicles ever built, which will cease production in the next few months, writes MAX HASTINGS.

Jewel-encrusted 15th Century ring discovered by treasure hunter at Wolf Hall monastery

The 15th Century 'love ring' was uncovered near Launde Abbey in Leicestershire, a manor house once owned by Thomas Cromwell, the subject Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall novels.

MPs to have free vote on easing foxhunting ban: Tories confirm plan to water down laws because they believe there is not enough support to push through a repeal 

The Prime Minister will make it legal to kill foxes for pest control and for those foxes to be flushed out by a full pack of hounds, but has stopped short of a repeal because he does not have enough support.

An arresting sight: Ukraine hires attractive men and women for its 'reformed' police department and encourages them to take selfies with locals

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov debuted the 'reformed' police service in Kiev today having replaced 2,000 officers with fresh recruits after they became known for corruption and violence.

The anti-Valentine's Day: Lovers be warned, Wednesday, July 15 revealed to be the LEAST romantic day of the year

Next Wednesday has been named the least romantic date of 2015, according to a new study which analyses dating website traffic, Google searches, and social media data.

Six-year-old boy pleas with police not to investigate his mother after he is found covered in wounds and burn marks wandering the streets of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan boy found covered in wounds pleas with police to leave his mother

Harrowing footage has emerged showing a six year old boy in the southern city of Taraz, Kazakhstan, covered in bruises and burns after apparently being beaten by his mother (left and right). Medics can be seen treating the child in what seems to be a supermarket, though it is unclear how he got there or who called doctors to the scene. As people discuss trying to contact the child's mother, he can be heard shouting 'no, no' as tears well up in his eyes.

Martini not included! Rare Bentley ordered by 007 author Ian Fleming set to sell for more than £1million after being found in Hollywood garage

The R-Type Continental Flashback, ordered by Ian Fleming in 1953, is set to go under the hammer after gathering dust for more than 30 years in a Hollywood garage.

Personal trainer who was staying at Tunisia terror hotel raises £13k for 'heroic' staff members who saved Brit lives

Nathan Priestley was holidaying with his mother when the beach massacre happened. The 21-year-old, from Norwich, spearheaded a fundraising campaign for staff at the two hotels.

Every child should take the citizenship test to prove they understand British values as well as immigrants, says Labour

Labour Party Annual Conference at Manchester Central. - 
Shadow sec. of state for Education Tristram Hunt MP
Pic Bruce Adams / Copy Lobby - 21/9/14

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt called for a 'proper National baccalaureate qualification' in which all pupils are tested on British history and values before leaving school.

Silvio Berlusconi is given a three-year sentence after being found guilty of corruption charges for bribing a senator

The court in southern Italy sentenced Berlusconi to three years in jail and banned him from holding any public office for five years, a judge said in a ruling shown live on television.

Do you know your quaffles from your Pirie pokes? How 16 times more Britons know rules of Harry Potter game Quidditch compared with croquet 

Britons are far more likely to know the rules of Harry Potter's Quidditch than croquet according to a new survey which has warned that the traditional summer game could die out completely by 2037.

Chameleons use their bulbous eyes to switch from stereo to mono vision and catch prey with pinpoint precision

Researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel investigated the chameleon's unusual eyesight by baiting colour-changing lizards with computerised prey projected onto a wall.

Can eating cherries banish your jelly belly? They can trim tummies, soothe exercise pain and even help you sleep

Burlat cherries.

At just less than 100 calories per serving, studies have revealed that cherries can trim our tummies, help to prevent heart disease, make exercise easier and even improve our sleep.

Crime-spree monkey that tormented Chinese community for months finally caught after case of breaking and entering

The monkey broke into a home in Wuhan, China, for snacks. It's the same primate that caused havoc in the community for 6 months. Zoo staff successfully captured the monkey within 2 minutes.

The picture to show your kids the next time they moan about anything: Young homeless boy uses the light from a McDonald's restaurant so he can do his homework in the street in the Philippines 

Homeless Philippines boy uses McDonald's light so he can do his homework

Crouched low behind a improvised wooden desk, the young boy appears to be using the light from the nearby McDonald's restaurant to help see his homework in the darkness. This inspiring photo is believed to be of Daniel Cabrera, a young boy who dreams of becoming either a doctor or a police, who was spotted studying in the streets of the Philippines. Medical student Joyce Torrefranca noticed the boy whilst walking home late at night and felt so moved, she took a quick photo and shared it on her social media page.

How childhood stress can make women FAT: Impact of divorce and deaths can fuel weight gain years later, claims study

Childhood may be a critical period for creating patterns that have a long-term impact on women's weight over time, according to a study by Michigan State University.

NASA's breathtaking new picture of the sun makes it look like a giant marble

epa04837534 A NASA handout made available on 08 July 2015 shows flaring, active regions of the sun highlighted in this new image combining observations from several telescopes. High-energy X-rays from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) are shown in blue; low-energy X-rays from Japan's Hinode spacecraft are green; and extreme ultraviolet light from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is yellow and red. All three telescopes captured their solar images around the same time on 29 April 2015. The NuSTAR image is a mosaic made from combining smaller images.  EPA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/JAXA HANDOUT   EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

This image, presented today at the Royal Astronomical Society's National astronomy meeting in Llandudno, Wales, was taken by NASA's NuSTAR telescope.

From eyelids glued shut to nasty infections... how eyelash extensions are a health hazard and could cause your natural lashes to fall out

With a huge trend for eyelash extensions, soaring numbers of people are visiting eye doctors with infections, Dr Robert Dorin, an expert based in New York, warns.

The danger of online diagnosis: Millions of emergencies are MISSED through symptom checker websites, study warns

Scientists at Harvard Medical School in the US have warned one in eight emergencies are missed by the NHS Choices symptom checker website, casting doubt on the safety of the internet to spot illnesses.

South Carolina House votes 94-20 to REMOVE Confederate flag from statehouse grounds after 13-hour debate

The move early Thursday came after more than 13 hours of a contentious debate, just weeks after the fatal shootings of nine black church members.

Risk to baby from anti-depressants for mums-to-be: Prozac and rival Seroxat can increase change of some birth defects by up to three and a half times 

Researchers in Georgia found anti-depressants could cause problems for unborn babies including heart defects, brain problems and irregular skull shape - but experts stress the risk is still small.

Triplet dies in accidental fall from second-floor flat - one year after her sister was paralysed after being pushed out of a window by the THIRD sibling

Kerry Velloza, 26, died after drunkenly clambering out of the window of her second floor flat in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, following a row with her boyfriend Steen Egan, 38.

They really ARE paved with gold: From New York's Fifth Avenue to Nizami Street in Baku, these are the world's most expensive shopping streets

Those with deep pockets and a keen sense of style, take note. From New York City's iconic Fifth Avenue to Avenue Montaigne in Paris, these are the world's most expensive streets to shop.

Thought economy class couldn't get any worse? The horrifying hexagonal seating that means you FACE other passengers

Zoadiac Seats' hexagonal seating for planes means you FACE other passengers

Economy class may be cramped, but at least passengers can lose themselves in a book or a film if they're not feeling sociable. But those days may be numbered if a bizarre new seating design is adopted. A patent has just been filed by Zodiac Seats for a new 'Economy Class Cabin Hexagon' which consists of alternating forward and backward facing seats.A patent has just been filed by Zodiac Seats for a new 'Economy Class Cabin Hexagon' which consists of alternating forward and backward facing seats.

Now charities are forced into action over cold calling: Bosses agree to clean up their act on boiler room tactics

Bosses of Britain's biggest charities, such as Cancer Research UK's Harpal Kumar, were forced into action yesterday amid a growing outcry over their use of 'boiler room' tactics to pressure the vulnerable.

Will a Briton be the first person on MARS? UK pledges to send humans into space for the first time and sets sights on red planet

The UK Space Agency has said it wants to take a giant leap into manned space missions with its first strategy for human spaceflight. It plans to send astronauts to the ISS and even to Mars.

Men of all ages reveal what they REALLY think when told to 'be a man' for video series...and the answers they give will surprise you

The latest in a series of word association videos by covers the phrase 'be a man', asking men from the ages of five to 50 what their first thoughts are upon hearing the phrase.

Yo-yo diets, sugar binges and too much cardio: Why women's derrieres vanish as they near 50

At 48, Claudia Connell has been surprised to discover that her once curvaceous bottom has all but disappeared. Now on a mission to get it back, she investigates why her pert derriere has gone AWOL.

How Chardonnay got classy: Bridget Jones helped turn it into the naffest tipple around. Not any more 

Chardonnay went from being sought after to frightfully naff. But now, after years in the wilderness, the wine is finding favour - and flavour - again.

Don't go in the water! Tourist filming an Italian beach sunrise inadvertently captures footage of a SHARK stalking its prey

An Italian tourist attempting to film a sunrise over the deserted Punta Prosciutto beach in southern Italy inadvertently captured footage of an aggressive shark stalking its prey.

'Go to Spain, kiss in the rain, save a life': Tragedy of the 17-year-old who completed her bucket list in the most selfless way - by sacrificing her life to save a friend 

17-year-old Rebecca Townsend sacrificed her life to save a friend 

Rebecca Townsend pushed her friend out of harm's way before being fatally hit by an oncoming car on July 2. The Brookfield, Connecticut teenager had already checked off the other items on her list, which she had composed as a high school sophomore as part of a school assignment. Her family found the list on her bed the night she died.

From Mad March hares to leaping deer: British wildlife captured in spectacular style by winning entries in photography competition

The amazing photos of beasts, bugs and birds have been picked from more than 350 entries in the contest by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Forget the 'man in the moon', Pluto has a WHALE: Map of dwarf planet reveals odd shape on surface and a mysterious 'donut'

Nasa scientists in Colorado have produced the best map yet of Pluto's surface from images sent back by the New Horizons space probe and have nicknamed one long dark patch as 'The Whale'.

The Bookkeeper of Auschwitz is told 'you were no little poor sergeant as you like to portray yourself' by victims' lawyers as his murder trial comes to an end

Defendant Oskar Groening (C) is flanked by his lawyers Susanne Frangenberg (L) and Hans Holtermann (R) during a session of his trial on July 8, 2015 in Lueneburg, northern Germany. German prosecutors had said the day before they were seeking three and a half years' jail for the former SS officer known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" in closing arguments at his historic trial. Oskar Groening, 94, stands accused of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder in the cases of deported Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers between May and July 1944.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRISTIAN CHARISIUSCHRISTIAN CHARISIUS/AFP/Getty Images

German prosecutor Suzan Baymak-Winterseel told Groening that he bears more than moral guilt for his role in Auschwitz, adding: 'You were a part of the mass murder of millions.'

Boko Haram extremists 'agree to release 216 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in exchange for 16 brutal terror leaders who are imprisoned by the Nigerian government'

The offer is limited to the 219 students who were taken from a boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, sparking global outrage and a campaign to 'Bring Back Our Girls'.

That escalated quickly! Woman shopper goes absolutely crazy when a clown throws a pie in her face while travelling on opposite escalators at Brazilian mall 

Clown throws pie into woman's face and she goes crazy in Brazilian mall 

Seemingly minding her own business as she takes the escalator, one lady got a sudden shock when a clown slapped a cream pie in her face, prompting a hilarious reaction from the angry woman. Furious at the clown, she begins to storm down the escalator before attempting to hurl her handbag and her shoes at the entertainer. The amusing video was filmed by a series of secret cameras in a shopping centre in Brazil and was shown on a local comedy television show.

Mother finds venomous African spider in grapes she'd bought from Asda and was about to feed to her daughters

Abbi Rigby bought the fruit from her local supermarket in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, on Tuesday and planned to give it to her daughters as an after-school snack before she found the spider.

Make love not war! Fighting speeds up aging... if you're a BADGER

Researchers from the University of Exeter who tracked the animals over 35 years found that male badgers who live near a lot of other male competitors led shorter lives.

One Direction accused of having two faces as they back climate change campaign despite 'often' using TWO private jets 

The group, the richest boyband in British music history with a combined wealth of £70million, have launched action/1D to 'stop dangerous climate change' despite using two planes to travel the world.

Passenger's fury after being charged £20 to retrieve his laptop from lost and found at Edinburgh Airport

The passenger says he was shocked that he had to pay a fee and felt as though he was being 'extorted' by Luggage Point, which is contracted to run Edinburgh Airport's lost and found service.

Armed robbers force shop workers to hand over cash at gunpoint in Brazil until one of the staff realises they have got fake firearms... and then it's payback time 

Brazilian store workers fight back after realising robbers' weapons are fake

It all seemed to be going so well for three robbers, who were raiding a store in Brazil until their hostages realised they were only armed with replica weapons and fought back. The CCTV shows how two of the robbers manage to quickly run out of the store, but for the remaining robber, he was left to face two very angry members of staff. Armed with a chair, one staff member smashes the robber over the head, knocking him to the ground before hitting him several more times with the chair.

Oxford church youth leader 'forced schoolgirl to perform sex act on him then ordered her out of his home so he could watch Gladiator and eat a takeaway' 

Timothy Storey, of Peckham, south east London, also raped the girl, in a small street next to a pub after they got off a bus when she was just 17, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Jump right in! Stunning pictures of the ocean from above which makes you desperate for a holiday

Photographer Tommy Clarke's memorising landscape shots gaze down over sumptuous turquoise landscapes dotted with miniature-looking boats and colourful beach goers.

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A league of their drone: From a cathedral soaring above the mist to swimmers with sharks and paradise islands, the stunning images captured by flying cameras 

International Drone Photography Contest sees stunning images captured

The International Drone Photography Contest saw entrants submit pictures from countries including Brazil, France, the United States, Mexico, Bulgaria and The Netherlands. The overall winner - which scooped the Places category and was voted most popular - was a shot entitled Above The Mist (main) showing the tip of a cathedral, poking through the mist below. Others included a paradise island (inset left) high dives (inset right) and people swimming with sharks.

Ready for my close-up! Group of Pamplona bull runners all holding their phones to take a picture get squashed by raging animal 

The photographs were taken at the entrance to Pamplona's main bull fighting arena and shows revellers risking their lives as lay down and encourage the beast to run over their backs.

Drought shame! Tom Selleck accused of stealing truckloads of hydrant water for his 60-acre California ranch and avocado farm

The Magnum P.I. star and his wife Jillie Mack are accused of dispatching a white truck to a neighboring valley at least 12 times since 2013 to retrieve gallons of precious water.



Pub lunches, punting and countryside drives in a vintage motor are all in a day's work for Instagram's ugliest dog: A-list pup Tuna shares his very British holiday diary

Tuna dog is Instagram’s ugliest pup who shares his very English holiday diary

Chihuahua-Dachsund mix Tuna and his Los-Angeles based owner Courtney Dasher enjoyed a three-day break in the Cotswolds. Ms Dasher shared their photo diary exclusively with FEMAIL, which sees them enjoy a bike ride and traditional pub lunch.

It's a lobster pot of gold! Extremely rare crustacean is caught by fishermen off Scotland

The lobster, pictured, was caught off the coast of Scotland near Dunbar and it is believed that just one in five million have the incredible colouring that led him to a sea life centre - instead of the dinner table.

How did a Ford Capri get in this lake? Mystery after 1982 motor is discovered dumped underwater 

The car, pictured, was found in Lake Regatta near Nottingham during a routine weed inspection and had been being used as a home by a family of eels when it was eventually recovered.

Record Matrix-style action on your PHONE: Group photography app lets anyone film 'Bullet Time' footage

Columbia University researcher Yan Wong has created an app, dubbed CamSwarm, which allows anyone to generate Matrix-worthy action shots using a group of smartphones.

Plane graveyard turned playground: Daring free runners record tricks in the abandoned airstrips of the Mojave Airport

The dramatic footage shows the free runners sliding, jumping and back-flipping from the aircraft and broken wings in the deserted boneyard at Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

Terrifying footage shows couple driving TOWARDS a tornado as it tears through Italian town, leaving one person dead... then slam the car into reverse when they realise the danger they are in 

Couple drive TOWARDS a tornado as it tears through Italian town

The dramatic footage shows the car travelling towards the twister under darkened skies as debris clangs off the vehicle (left). A number of other motorists can be seen slamming on their brakes (right) and desperately putting their cars into reverse as the tornado races ever closer. The couple initially continue on, but quickly change their minds and also slam their car into reverse as a swell of panic rushes through them. The storm tore through the towns of Dolo and Mira, between Venice and Padua, yesterday, killing one driver after picking up their car and sending it crashing back down to the ground.