Kim for First Lady? Kanye West announces he's running for president in 2020 during epic MTV VMAs acceptance speech (but admits he smoked a joint just before going on stage)

Kanye West says in his VMA 2015 speech that he’s running for president in 2020

Kanye West (above) shocked millions during Sunday night's MTV Music Video Awards when he announced he planned to run for president in 2020 - and that he had just smoked a joint before speaking on stage. The outspoken rapper was at the ceremony to receive the Video Vanguard Award, named in honor of Michael Jackson, which was presented to him by Taylor Swift. He also took some time to address his feud with Swift, which came about after he stormed the stage when she accepted the award for Video of the Year back in 2009 over Beyonce. Kanye was joined by his wife Kim Kardashian (left, right) for the evening, who showed off her pregnancy curves in a form-fitting Balmain gown, as well as his in-laws Kourtney Kardashian and Kris and Kylie Jenner.

Now the meddling UN sends a lawyer to Britain for 'absurd' inquiry into whether benefits reforms 'violate the human rights of the disabled'

UN sends lawyer Catalina Devandas Aguilar to Britain to probe benefits reforms

Catalina Devandas Aguilar (left) is expected to visit the UK in the coming months to spearhead an inquiry into claims that Britain is guilty of 'grave or systematic violations' of the rights of the disabled. The inquiry, by the UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will report back on a range of issues, including whether welfare cuts have harmed disabled people. Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger (right) last night described the inquiry as 'the most absurd and offensive nonsense'. An inquiry is only ordered where the UN committee believes there is evidence of 'grave or systematic violations' of the rights of the disabled. It is understood Miss Devandas Aguilar is planning to lead a team of inspectors to the UK in the coming months to talk to campaigners. The investigation threatens to reignite the row between the DWP and the UN over 'politically motivated' attacks on Britain.

A brisk 25-minute walk every day can add up to SEVEN YEARS to your life and cut risk of dying from a heart attack by half

Taking a brisk 25-minute walk a day can add seven years to your life and reduce risk of dying from a heart attack by half, German scientists say.

Horror film director Wes Craven dies aged 76 after battle with brain cancer 

Wes Craven - the iconic horror director known for his work on films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and  The Last House on the Left - has died at the age of 76.

Eight school rules every PARENT must obey: Never mind the children - starting at a new school is a minefield for their mums 

As pencils get sharpened for the new school term, many parents will be worried about sending their 11-year-old to secondary school. Sarah Vine gives you the rules she wishes she'd known.

Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn said the assassination of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was a 'tragedy'

In TV footage which emerged online for the first time last week, the Labour leadership frontrunner criticised the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist in a raid by US special forces.

Ministers tell gipsies to prove they lead a 'genuine traveller lifestyle' if they want to set up a campsite in new clampdown

Councils have an obligation to provide suitable sites for 'settled encampments', such as the infamous Dale Farm (pictured), under the Housing Act 2004.

A life shattered - and the most inspiring love story you'll ever read: How a rugby player who was paralysed in a match fought back to ski, complete a marathon... and win the woman of his dreams 

Paralysed rugby player who thought he'd never find a partner is now engaged

When Matthew King was paralysed from the neck down playing rugby (top right) in his teens, the list of things he could not do seemed endless and insurmountable. He could not move, breathe without a ventilator or go anywhere unattended by his support workers. He had to be washed, dressed, fed and trussed up in a corset each morning to stop his back from crumpling. For three months he could not even speak. It seemed like things would never change but then Matt (bottom right), 28, confounded everyone's expectations - even his own - and forged a new life rich in incident, achievement and purpose. Now, he speaks to the Daily Mail alongside his fiancée Ilona-Roza Kubica (pictured together left).

Blood test to target patients with severe arthritis early: Identifying rogue gene could revolutionise treatment for sufferers

The study by a team from the University of Sheffield and University College Dublin sampled 1,000 Britons and found the C5orf30 gene is the key to rheumatoid arthritis, which could help target treatment.

An alternative to statins? New drug which 'halves cholesterol' with fewer side effects goes on sale in the UK tomorrow 

The drug - the first alternative treatment for people who suffer unpleasant side effects from statins - reduced levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol by 55 per cent in clinical trials.

HMS Hi-tech, the warship of the future: Royal Navy's Dreadnought 2050 has space-age control room, 'see-through' hull and a crew of just 50 

Royal Navy could soon be using remote-controlled warships with 'see-through' hulls 

Futuristic images have emerged of the intimidatingly named Dreadnought 2050, designed by a group of leading British naval experts to push current science and engineering boundaries to the limit. Engineers further believe the warship could be manned by a crew of just 50, compared to the 200 required by current vessels, and features a new-style operations room (inset). The images, released by a group of leading British naval electronics systems companies working with experts Startpoint, offer an insight into the future of naval engineering.

Tax probe into green energy scheme whose celebrity backers included TV presenter Bear Grylls and snooker's Stephen Hendry 

Questions are being asked of a controversial green energy scheme backed by celebrities, as concerns about 'tax avoidance' were raised after the company effectively switched its operation to the U.S.

The Great British Bake Off's most scrumptious recipes: Seven classic cakes you MUST try

As The Great British Bake Off continues its reign over British TV, we reveal seven scrumptious cake recipes that will keep you going whether you're off to a party or just baking for yourself.

A whizzy way to get about or just wheelie ridiculous? SARAH Rainey road tests the 'megaboard' that's got celebs in a spin 

SARAH RAINEY road tests the 'megaboard' that's got celebrities in a spin

A crowd of confused onlookers is gathering to watch. Am I doing some sort of interpretive dance? Or perhaps I am recreating Usain Bolt's infamous tumble with a cameraman on a Segway scooter last week? Well, not quite, says SARAH RAINEY. The reason for my erratic movements is actually under my feet. I'm standing on a 'megaboard', a two-wheeled, battery-powered scooter said to be the newest and trendiest mode of transport.
It's also the latest celebrity obsession. Last month, singer Lily Allen (inset) was spotted zipping her way along the streets of Chelsea on one. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nicole Scherzinger and Brooklyn Beckham have all tried it, too. So, is it worth it?

Never mind my bins, who's that Bond baddie? Councils reveal the bizarre questions posed to call centre staff... including pleas to help with the crossword

The Local Government Association (LGA) has now revealed some of the bizarre and often hilarious queries taken by the customer service hubs, which handle more than 50million calls each year.

George Osborne to give Scottish submarine base a £500million upgrade in show of faith after 'no' vote in referendum

The money is designed to help the Faslane site, home to nuclear-armed Vanguard submarines, become a modern base should the deterrent be renewed or replaced.

EU bureaucrats slammed for splashing £10million of taxpayers' money subsidising TV shows which support its own existence 

British taxpayers are thought to have contributed more than £1 million last year to the scheme, which subsidised the much criticised The Great European Disaster Movie, pictured.

Questions for Tony Blair over claims he launched secret bid to save Colonel Gaddafi before the Libyan dictator was toppled 

According to a new book, the former prime minister called Downing Street in 2011 on behalf of a 'key individual' close to the Libyan leader, saying that the dictator hoped to cut a deal.

Police launch murder probe after world-renowned concert pianist is found dead from multiple head injuries at her home 

Police launch murder probe after Natalia Strelchenko is found dead

Natalia Strelchenko, 38, was found with serious head and neck injuries at a house in Newton Heath, Manchester and despite the efforts of paramedics to try and revive her, she died a short time later. It has emerged that Ms Strelchenko was a world-renowned concert pianist, who worked as an artistic director of the Menestrelles International Chamber Musical Academy and was due to play at several concerts later this year across Europe. A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Would you expect anything else? Bank Holiday washout set to continue with a FORTNIGHT of rain due to fall across country today

UK Bank Holiday weather set to continue with a FORTNIGHT of rain

Those hoping for some reprieve following days of wind and rain will have to contend with yet more wet weather misery, as thundery showers continue to paint a 'wet picture' across south eastern England, London and parts of East Anglia. In keeping with a disappointing summer of cool temperatures and drizzle, forecasters have warned that up to two inches (50mm) of rain could fall across London, Sussex, Kent and Surrey today, with the mercury creeping into the high teens 'if you are lucky'. In Essex, more than half an inch (22mm) of rain is expected to fall within an hour - the equivalent to two weeks of average rainfall. Families were today pictured huddling under umbrellas as they visited the dozens of festivals taking place across the UK. Revellers at Jamie Oliver's and Alex James's Big Festival in Kingham, Oxfordshire (inset) donned wellies and ponchos to ward off the soggy weather, while in Weston-Super-Mare, a lone family were pictured enjoying a picnic on an otherwise empty beach (main image).

Baby food 'triggers a sweet tooth' because they include fruit juice and use vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes, study finds

Scientists have found that commercial baby foods - packed with sweeter vegetables - are so sweet that toddlers never learn to appreciate bitter flavours.

Families' fury as Chilcot report into Iraq war is 'delayed until June 2016' amid claims first draft is badly written and riddled with errors

Military figures complained the draft blamed them for politicians' decisions so
Sir John Chilcot (pictured) is now said to re-examining evidence, meaning it could take nine months to prepare a 'credible version'.

PETER OBORNE: Chilcot must resign - or be sacked!

The moment has come for Sir John Chilcot (pictured), the civil servant who was appointed six years ago to lead the official inquiry into the Iraq war, to do the decent thing and resign, writes PETER OBORNE.

'I love you forever': Heartbreaking final message of Shoreham air crash victim to his fiancee is revealed - as two more of the 11 dead are named

Shoreham air crash victim Mark Trussler's last message to his fiancee revealed

The fiancee of a Shoreham air crash victim has revealed his final words to her before he died in the disaster as police today named two more of those killed. Mark Trussler, 54, told Giovanna Chirico (pictured together left) 'I love you too, forever' in a text message he sent before a Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex, killing 11 people. It comes as Sussex Police today named two more of those killed as friends Dylan Archer (inset left), 42, and Richard Smith (inset right), 26, who were heading on a cycle ride in the South Downs. Meanwhile, the A27 near Shoreham was partially reopened today (right) for the first time since the crash.

Siblings will be guaranteed places at the same school under new plans after parents tell of horrific morning journeys

For the first time Schools Minister Nick Gibb wants to give all siblings an automatic right to attend the same state school.

Children thrive in wet and windy Orkney... where the class sizes are small and there's little danger of being hit by a car 

Youngsters on Orkney have the highest quality of life in the country, according to a new survey, thanks to small primary school classes, high school spending per pupil and little traffic.

From fad to favourite: British farmers start growing Quinoa as demand soars for the one-time health food

The British Quinoa company is growing the crop, which originated in the foothills of the Andes, in Shropshire - with many Britons now eating it every day as a hot meal option.

Britons using homes 'like bank accounts': Boom in remortgaging as homeowners free up cash to help with day-to-day living costs

With homeowners rushing to take advantage of good fixed-rate deals, the typical remortgage loan topped £170,000 for the first time in July - and applications were up by more than a third year on year.

Can this woman match you with a millionaire? This leading dating expert is seeking a wife for a VERY wealthy bachelor. So could HANNAH BETTS make the grade?

Dating expert Kailen Rosenberg is seeking a wife for a millionaire bachelor

'Love architect' Kailen Rosenberg, 48, far right, is looking for a woman to match with an eligible 34-year-old millionaire bachelor with a new puppy - and Hannah Betts, 44, middle, applies for the job. Kailen sizes her up while Hannah falls for the mystery man hook, line and sinker - but is she in with a chance?

You're going to need an EVEN bigger fence! More than 3,000 migrants slip into Hungary in a single day despite added security along its border with Serbia, where toddlers are among those now sleeping in the dirt

Over 3k migrants get into Hungary despite bigger fence along border with Serbia

Hungary has been stepping up efforts to stem the influx of migrants from Serbia, but extending its barbed-wire barrier along the border and building a 13ft high fence. The current razor-wire stretches along the entire 110-mile border with Serbia and is patrolled by border police, but despite this, some 3,080 migrants crossed over on Saturday, the second-highest daily total.

Ban jobless migrants, Theresa May tells PM: Cameron on spot as Home Secretary demands UK regains control of our borders 

The Home Secretary said the principle of free movement within the EU has allowed jobless citizens to move countries in search of work and benefits, putting pressure on public services.

Koran found in Birmingham thought to be the oldest in the world could predate the Prophet Muhammad, scholars say 

The pages, which were discovered at the library of the University of Birmingham last month and are from around 568AD, could predate Muhammad, according to some historians.

DOMINIC LAWSON: I've never been able to picture my wife in my mind - and now I know why 

Although I had never given the matter any thought until now, I am one of those who has no ability to generate an image in my head: that is, I have no mind's eye, writes DOMINIC LAWSON.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Cherie Blair makes a splash on luxury hols with son Euan

The Blairs with President Sirisena before Cherie fell in the pond

Euan Blair, 31, tipped as a potential Labour MP, joined Tony and his mother, Cherie, at a meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.

Outrage as US mother-of-four is charged for accidentally leaving her baby in a shopping trolley at the store and driving home without him - as she tearfully insists she is a good mum and it was a 'horrible mistake'

Arizona mother who forgot her baby in a grocery store says she's a 'good mom'

Cherish Peterson, 27 from Gilbert, Arizona, said she was rushing around a Fry's grocery store trying to buy her nephew candy on Monday when she became absent-minded. The mom-of-four says she had three of  her children with her and in a rush she completely forgot her two-month-old baby boy in the shopping cart in the front of  the store.

Did ISIS-loving sister lure mother and her four children to Syria? Runaway's relative thought to have joined terror group last year

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Zahera Tariq, 33, from East London, who is believed to be on her way to Syria with her four children, may have been lured there by her sister Aisha Tariq, 30, who fled Britain last September.

Wiping yet more history off the face of the earth: ISIS blow up 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in Palmyra in latest outrage at the ancient Syrian city

The cultural atrocity was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It was feared the temple would be the next to be blown up at the Unesco World Heritage Site.

Gran died after being given wrong blood after routine surgery but hospital 'covers it up for FIVE YEARS'

Doris Knight, 85, died after being admitted to the Horder Centre in East Sussex for a knee replacement operation in August 2007.

Pensioner fury as 'despicable' parking warden after he was given £70 ticket as he helped his mother-in-law-100 to the toilet 

Pensioner Jonathan Taylor, 65, from Stoke-on-Trent, was driving with his incontinent 100-year-old mother-in-law when he had to help her to the toilet. Just six minutes later he had been given a ticket.

All aboard the Strictly express! Kristina Rihanoff leads Ola, Craig and the gang to film colourful retro segment for show at Essex railway station

Kristina Rihanoff wows in vintage dress for retro Strictly Come Dancing segment

She has endured a tricky few months. But professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff was all smiles when she was pictured at an old-school Essex railway station, recently - where she was spotted filming a retro segment for the return of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing. The blonde beauty, who was embroiled in rumours about her personal life, seemed carefree again as she wore a peach-coloured dress for the colourful scene alongside Craig Revel-Horwood, Janette Manrara, Brendan Cole and Natalie Lowe. 

Ice cream that doesn't melt: Scientists use protein found in Japanese food to keep treats solid 

The special protein naturally occurs in a Japanese breakfast food called 'natto' made from fermented soy beans and binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, helping scoops stay intact for longer.

My husband told me he's no longer attracted to me. Is there something I can do? ROWAN PELLING offers her advice. 


I've been with my husband for 26 years and thought we'd done well to keep our sex life going. But last week he told me that he's no longer attracted to me, even though he loves me.

The night Jack Nicholson 'offered Princess Margaret cocaine': New book claims Queen's sister declined drugs and danced with John Travlota instead

The night Jack Nicholson 'offered Princess Margaret cocaine'

The actor (pictured left in 1990) is said to have pulled her aside at the glamorous event in Los Angeles and made the offer in an effort to get to know her better. But the princess (pictured right in 1970) declined and spent much of the night drinking and dancing with John Travolta (pictured inset as Danny Zuko in Grease) instead. The anecdote is recounted in a new biography of top Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, who hosted the party for the princess in 1979. After turning down Nicholson's offer, Margaret stayed at the party until 12.30am, dancing repeatedly with Travolta until her friend Prince Rupert Loewenstein - the Rolling Stones' financial adviser - took her home. Miss Mengers was then angry at Nicholson because she felt he had blown her chance to earn an invitation to Buckingham Palace.

The rise of the snoring room: Homes for the wealthy now come with separate his and hers bedrooms as one in six couples now sleep apart 

Sleeping in the same bed as your partner may be going out of fashion with new research suggesting that now one in six British couples choose to sleep in separate bedrooms.

Women are less likely than men to realise they have heart disease... because they check their breasts more than cholesterol

Women are more likely to die following heart surgery than men. The study by the Paris Cardiovascular Research Centre also found that many British women are unaware they have heart disease.

Father-of-two drowns fetching football from river ahead of annual town boat race 

The 40-year-old father-of-two, named locally as James Griffin, drowned after jumping into the River Great Ouse, in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, to fetch a football. The boat race was cancelled.

Triathlete, 34, is missing feared drowned because he failed to pick up his bike after entering lake for swimming stage of race 

The man, named locally as Paul Gallihawk, was taking part in his first triathlon when he entered a lake in Kent for a 750m swim but did not emerge at the shore.

The most promiscuous man who ever lived: New biography of Guy Burgess reveals Cambridge spy would sleep with anyone from 17 to 75 - but his real passion was for treachery 

Cambridge spy Guy Burgess would sleep with anyone from 17 to 75

Guy Burgess (all three pictures) became an agent for the Soviet Union after leaving Cambridge University in 1935. It was well known that he exploited the blackout in wartime London to pounce on and pick up young servicemen for his own pleasure and locked in the drawer of his desk was evidence of his twin vices: a bottle of gin and a book on flagellation. The dangerous flaws in his character were obvious to all, yet his job in the news department, briefing the Press, meant he was privy to almost all material produced by the Foreign Office, including top secret telegraphic communications, along with the keys for decrypting them.

Cropped sweaters, cardigans coats and midi skirts: The new end-of-summer knits that are one of Autumn's easiest trends

The thin knit is an easy and simple way to transition your summer wardrobe to autumn. Light yet cosy, it's versatile and not too bulky. Eliza Scarborough shows you what to buy now.

Would you drink water with added fat? Believe it or not it's the latest health craze. Alice Smellie tries the tongue-coating drink

FATWater, launched by the founder of Bulletproof Coffee, claims to hydrate you better than water. The drink is being touted as a healthy alternative to energy drinks - but experts aren't convinced.

Why has Dave banned anti-EU campaigners? asks ANDREW PIERCE 

Tory eurosceptic MPs have long suspected David Cameron's campaign for a better deal from the European Union is a sham public relations exercise, writes ANDREW PIERCE.

CHRIS DEERIN: Waterways that shaped our cities have been sold down the river 

It is surely a blessing to have a great river on your doorstep, an immortal flowing giant, that was here long before us and will outlast us. Why turn your back? asks CHRIS DEERIN.



Shell oil workers 'are fired after video of them having sex is found by man's angry wife who then sent it to all his contacts'

Shell oil workers 'fired after video of them having sex found by wife'

Two Shell oil workers who filmed themselves having sex in a hotel have been fired after the video was found by the man's angry wife and posted online. Despite being married to other people, Lee Hanlon (pictured top left with his wife Charon), 32, and Amy Maxwell (right), 33, recorded the video during a night spent together at the Premier Inn. However, when it was discovered by Mrs Hanlon, she posted it on messaging service Whatsapp. Mrs Maxwell has said she is still with her husband, but they are moving away from their £465,000 home (bottom left) in Banchory, Abderdeenshire.

Accessorise All Areas: From leopard clutch bags to gold pendants, switch up your style with these three statement skirts

A statement skirt is the look-at-me item perfect for this time of year, as the weather gets colder and event invitations become more frequent in the run up to party season.

FOREVER BEAUTIFUL: Brilliant bases for older skin. Elsa McAlonan reveals the best products to stop foundation going patchy

Beauty columnist Elsa McAlonan answers a question about how dry skin can affect foundation, and suggests hydrating products to help with the problem.

Why going grey is more fun with friends: Scared to ditch the dye? So were these women, until they joined forces

Why going grey is more fun with friends

Denise O'Niell, 52, from Belfast, furthest right, had no support when she went grey. She reached to other women online and found many women who were making the change - and met four new friends along the way. From left to right, Ros Johnstone, 50, Vanessa Mills, 52, Sharon Rogers, 51 and Rachel Tromans, 44, share their stories about taking the plunge and ditching the dye.

'It was their mission to awaken us to the good and fun in life': Memorial held for journalists killed by TV gunman

TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED: Alison Parker, 24, news reporter for Virginia news station WDBJ7, who was shot dead with cameraman Adam Ward, 27, by a gunman during a live TV broadcast.\n\n\n***Pix supplied as a technical service by Tim Stewart News Limited. No copyright inferred or implied***

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, who were gunned down during a live broadcast for the WDBJ local news station near Roanoke, Virginia.

Grieving parents of American journalist Steven Sotloff who was beheaded by an ISIS Jihadi speaks of their pain since his death and their anger at the Obama administration

Shirley and Arthur Sotloff, from South Florida have shunned the limelight since their son, Steven's high profile and shocking death at the hands of ISIS fanatic Jihadi John last year.

It's still August but the gritting lorries and snowploughs are ALREADY out on the roads of Britain 

Lincolnshire County Council has been sending its snowplough and gritting lorry drivers out to learn the routes they will have to cover if snow falls later this year.

Barclays set to become first UK high street bank to accept bitcoin as it starts taking charity donations in the virtual currency

The company is set to partner with a 'bitcoin exchange', or spending platform on which the currency is traded, has two bitcoin 'labs' in London and works with start-ups looking at bitcoin's potential.

This one may not catch on: Teens in Taiwan start social media trend with selfies wearing nothing but plastic shopping bags

Asian trend of women and men wearing nothing but a plastic bag

A new bizarre fashion trend suggests you may have been overlooking the ultimate clothing item. People are stripping naked and posting photos of themselves wearing nothing but a plastic bag, as part of the latest social media sensation in Taiwan. Men and women alike are thrilled with their latest garment, although the transparent bags leave absolutely nothing to the imagination. It is particularly 'cool' to be seen flaunting a grocery bag from convenience store 7-Eleven, which seems to be a popular brand among plastic bag fans.

Terrifying video shows two men driving through the streets of California with a loaded gun 'hunting a man'  

Carlos Gonzalez filmed on periscope as he and Damon Batson drove around the streets of Sacremento with a loaded gun looking for their alleged victim and even firing off the gun.

'Black spider' memos show Prince Charles lobbied Alex Salmond over a stately home, a castle and his own Highlands food brand 

The extracts from seven letters released by the Scottish Government are once again likely to raise questions about the relationship between ministers and the royal family.

'Ooh, you can do a selfie!' Watch the hilarious moment pensioners try to get to grips with a smartphone for the first time 

The 60-second clip, which shows two elderly women and a man from Yorkshire bickering as they attempt to take a photo, has been liked by more than 80,000 people on Facebook and has 28,000 shares.

Don't giggle, but laughing is the new trendy therapy! Marianne Power lightens up to find out whether it really is the best medicine

Don't giggle, but laughing is the new trendy therapy! Marianne Power lightens up to find

Marianne Power, above, thinks she could do with lightening up so she signs up for a laughter class where eight strangers chuckle for an hour at absolutely nothing. Laughter therapy is said to relieve stress and improve confidence, and can equal to 30 minutes in the gym. Marianne finds out if laughter really is the best medicine.

Researchers find World War II Navy tanker nearly 60 years after it sunk near Hawaii 

Researchers made a surprising find when diving in the waters off Hawaii: a large US naval tanker that had been sitting unseen in 80 feet of water for nearly 60 years was sitting largely intact.

Shocking moment 63-year-old is gored in the heart by a bull as he becomes 12th person to die in Spanish festivals this year

The 63-year-old victim was killed at a bull-running festival in Cuellar, 50km south of Valladolid, when the bull rounded a corner and struck him. He has become the 12th person killed by a bull since June.

The golden age of Blackpool: Nostalgic 1950s photos show tourists relaxing on the beach (and there's not a stag do in sight)

1950s photos show Blackpool tourists relaxing on the beach

The photos, which were taken over the August bank holiday weekend of 1954, show holidaymakers relaxing in Blackpool - then one of the most popular and successful British seaside resorts. But within 10 years of the photos being taken, the resort had gone into decline thanks to the advent of cheap air travel and the beginning of package tourism to France and Spain. In recent years, Blackpool has enjoyed a minor renaissance and its star is in the ascendant once more.

Syrian children rescued from Austrian minivan containing 26 migrants DISAPPEAR from hospital where they were being treated 

The two girls and a boy, aged between one and five years old, were suffering from dehydration when police stopped a minivan containing 26 refugees in Austria on Friday.

Don't mix sleeping pills with booze, claim an empty row and never reserve the first few rows to avoid a crying child: The ultimate guide to surviving a long-haul flight

Today's long-haul flights can be an exhausting and agonising experience, but travellers can take a number of precautions to ease the pain - from bringing a book to skipping the booze.

It's enough to make your skin crawl! Shocked woman finds BUGS in her makeup sponge

Stevie Miller, 20, from Mildenhall, Suffolk, assumed the black dots on her applicator were mould. Instead, she found beetle-like insects inside. Her Facebook video has been viewed over 815,000 times.

From the first line of defence against Hitler to £70million beach hut property hotspot: Evocative picture shows how sandy spot in Dorset has transformed over the years

How Mudeford Spit in Dorset transformed from first line of defence to a hotspot 

A picture from 1940 (main image), which was unearthed from the archives at Red House museum in Christchurch, shows a stark landscape, with metal sea defences lining the beach in case of a Nazi invasion. Now, Mudeford Spit, in Dorset, is home to 350 exclusive beach huts (inset) that change hands for more than £200,000 at a time. The new 15ft by 10ft timber chalets have no running water, toilets or mains electricity - but estate agents say the property boom shows no sign of slowing down.

Former champion golfer John Daly taken to hospital after collapsing on the 18th hole during Mississippi tournament

Two-time major winner John Daly was hospitalized on Saturday after the 49-year-old American collapsed on the course while on the 18th hole at a minor tournament in Mississippi.

Moscow is furious over new Norwegian TV show which imagines what life would be like after a Russian invasion 


Jo Nesbo

The 10-episode show starts on October 4 and tells the story of a Russian invasion after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze Norway's oil and gas industry.

Rain? No, just the rainbow! Notting Hill Carnival explodes into life as colourful revellers refuse to let downpour warnings dampen their spirits 

Notting Hill Carnival 2015 revellers ignore downpour warnings

Hundreds of thousands of revellers have descended on the streets of west London for the Notting Hill Carnival, today and tomorrow. Despite grey skies overhead, spirits refused to be dampened. Britain will be lashed with a fortnight's worth of rain tomorrow with a Bank Holiday washout firmly on the cards. Dismal weather warnings are predicting an impending downpour, which will see an inch of rainfall in some parts of the South East. Weather warnings have been issued across London, the east, south east and south west of England as forecasters predicted raging thunderstorms.

Blair's 11th hour plea to 'pull back from the abyss': Former Prime Minister ignores advice not to intervene in Labour leadership race and mocks Corbyn's supporters

Tony Blair (pictured) described Jeremy Corbyn as an 'Alice in Wonderland' option for the Labour Party and said his supporters had embraced the 'politics of parallel reality'.

He must be getting ready for power: Jeremy Corbyn ditches his trademark £1.50 vest and creased shirts in style makeover 

The veteran left-winger and frontrunner in the party's leadership race is said to have made changes to his wardrobe after repeatedly being mocked for wearing the vest.

Swiss rail firm launches separate trains for Chinese tourists after locals accuse them of crowding corridors and spitting on the floor inside carriages

The director of the railway has rejected claims that the special services are discriminatory, saying Asian tourists can ride on other scheduled trains to scenic Mount Rigi, near Lucerne.

ISIS release pictures of their new gold coins they say will 'break capitalist enslavement' - so why are they still paying their deranged gunmen in US dollars? 

ISIS have released a new hour long video, showing off their latest propaganda tool - their very own coin currency. The video shows the smelting of gold, silver and copper coins.

It's a hard life: Hilarious pictures show sleeping youngsters nodding off when it gets a bit too much at the dinner table, in a trolley... and on top of the TV

Pictures show when everything gets too much for these sleeping youngsters

These adorable pictures show youngsters who have fallen asleep in some very unorthodox places - and seemingly uncomfortable positions. One young girl has passed out on top of her sandwich, while another stopped mid-chew for a nap. Many of them appear to have found the toilet a perfect resting place, while one baby has been put to bed on top of a television.

Babies born in a recession are more likely to have lower birth weight and worse health, study finds

Arna Vardardottir's report charted the weight of newborns in the aftermath of the sudden collapse of Iceland's economy in 2008 using the country's national birth register.

Strike by Stansted Airport luggage screeners could cause Bank Holiday Monday disruption for travellers

The workers will be off the job at Stansted from 3:45am to 11:59pm on Bank Holiday Monday - one of the busiest travel days of the summer - to support their claim for a three per cent pay rise.

Amazing video shows heart beating OUTSIDE the body as pioneering technology allows life-saving transplant for young father

An amazing clip shows the revolutionary machine that saved Lee Hall's life in action as it can take donor hearts that have stopped and keep a heart pumping right up until the moment of transplant.

Horreur! French Prime Minister Manuel Valls soaks his shirt through with sweat as he faces down activists in fiery speech

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls soaks his shirt through with sweat

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was pictured today sweating uncontrollably while facing down hecklers during a speech in which he promised to stick to his party's pro-business reforms. Despite managing to complete his comments without major disruption, at the end of his presentation Valls needed to wipe himself down with a towel as his white shirt clung to his body.

Revealed: The video evidence that helped free a British man from Cambodian jail where he was being held on rape charge

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Laycock, 25, from Slough, was held in prison for two days for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman at the Arcadia backpackers' guest house in Kampot, southern Cambodia.

British spy found dead and padlocked in a bag 'had infuriated his MI6 bosses by illegally hacking into secret US data on Bill Clinton'

Gareth Williams (pictured), 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved.

Village elders who sentenced two sisters to be raped face arrest after 100,000 sign petition against them 

A council of men in India ruled the sisters would be raped in Uttar Pradesh (file photo) as punishment after their brother started a relationship with a married woman from a higher social caste.

British holidaymakers take legal action against Thomson Holidays after being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome following dream trip to Dominican Republic

Friends Stephen Robson and Dirk Ord said they had to be hospitalised after they were struck down with gastric illness symptoms while staying at the four-star Dreams Resort and Spa in Punta Cana.

A flooded office, plummeting temperatures and documents mysteriously moving: Terrified workers fear that ghost of an old lady is haunting them after 'face' appears at the window

Ghostly image of old lady's face appears in Birmingham office block window

The manager of Taroni's in Aston, Birmingham, asked his nephew Wesley Topham to take a few pictures of the building for the company's website. But Chris Ward was shocked when saw the ethereal face appear in the window - and is now considering calling in a medium for help. His hardened, five-strong workforce have admitted being scared to enter the 'cold, dank' room the 'ghost' is believed to haunt. They report documents have been mysteriously moved, have heard echoing bangs and felt the temperature plummet for no apparent reason.

Jolly hockey sticks! Countess of Couture Sophie Wessex wears a £935 Peter Pilotto dress for knock-around with her daughter - before they cheer England team to gold medal

The Countess of Wessex wore the frock for a visit to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, where she was due to watch England's ladies take on the Netherlands for the gold medal.

Sad face: Mobile phone firms hit customers with charges three times higher than normal for sending messages with emoticons 

Mobile providers have blamed the problem on older handsets which mistakenly recognise emoticons as picture messages - which are often not included in phone deals.

Paedophile Rolf Harris has two home-made didgeridoos taken off him by prison bosses 

The disgraced entertainer is said to have made one of the wind instruments during art classes at his former prison - HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire. He has since been moved to Stafford prison.

Cristiano Ronaldo spends £20,000 on waxwork of himself to take pride of place in his Spanish mansion 

The Real Madrid player paid for the wax sculpture after making numerous visits to see a similar statue (pictured) of himself in the Spanish capital's Museum of Wax.

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Going grey with friends


Mods take Brighton once more: Veterans return for a nostalgic day out more than 50 years after the Mods fought the Rockers on the seafront

Veterans return for a nostalgic day out more than 50 years after the Mods fought the

Dressed in typical Swinging Sixties and mod-fashions, fans could be seen cruising on Lambretta and Vespa scooters down the seafront on August Bank Holiday Sunday. Brighton is seen as the 'spiritual home' of the mods culture, and the Mod Weekender event, which has been running for eleven years, will see mods enjoy food, live music, and the annual scooter competition near Brighton Pier followed by a cruise to Beachy Head.

The final journey: Forest officials use elephant power to drag the carcass of a female rhino killed in Indian floods 

Seven men removed the rhino's body from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, in the north-eastern state of Assam, using the animals earlier this morning. The rhino is thought to have been killed by flooding.

Kennel Club spat sees jealous rival keying a four-letter obscenity on the car of prize-winning dog owner

Michael Craig found the expletive carved into the front of his car after returning from winning the best of breed competition at the Welsh Kennel Club in Builth Wells, Mid Wales.

'Ow is that, monsieur? Historians claim cricket was invented by the FRENCH 80 years before it was ever played in England 

A letter to King Louis XI in 1478 may contain the first known reference to the sport of 'criquet' being played in the village of Liettres in northern France, though the first evidence of it in England was in 1550.

Swarms of stinging jellyfish from the Indian Ocean are invading the beaches of the Eastern Mediterranean via the Suez Canal

Nomad jellyfish (pictured) caused problems earlier this summer, but they are just one of many potentially dangerous species that have invaded the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal.



Catch me if you can! Toddler and baby gorilla play adorable game of beak-a-boo

Baby gorilla and toddler Isaiah Chute play game of peek-a-boo at Columbus Zoo

Isaiah Chute was with his mother Sherry when he walked up to the enclosure housing Kamoli at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. When the youngster approached the glass, he started banging his chest and caught the gorilla's attention. The mischievous animal quickly runs behind a tree, and the game begins. The boy follows but, as the gorilla pokes his head around the trunk, he switches direction. The playful pair then go back and forth until the gorilla stops just inches away from the glass.

Dating site that only accepts 'exceptionally attractive' people names the winner of its swimwear competition (and surprise surprise she's a model)

Joslyn Stabile, 23, from Boston was crowned the winner after held a swimwear contest, where members of the dating site could rate women's beach snaps.

Strobe like a pro: How to recreate the catwalk's hottest beauty trend at home (and get supermodel cheekbones in the process)

The technique promises to give you a dewy complexion, make you look younger and highlight your best features. FEMAIL writer Deni Kirkova, 25, was given a masterclass at London's Benefit store.

Flight escorted by FIGHTER JETS after cabin crew put passenger's cat in bathroom and she threatened to 'bring the plane down'

Passengers claimed the woman allegedly punched a Condor Airlines flight attendant in the face and made threats to 'bring the plane down' as the Boeing 767 flew from Las Vegas to Frankfurt.

America sinks into the sea: New properties - and even graves - are banned on vanishing island in Alaska as authorities tell residents it's not a case of if their home will disappear but when

Alaska island Kivalina, where new properties and graves are banned

The barrier reef surrounding Kivalina, Alaska (pictured right in 2007), a coastal village located on an island that separates the Chukchi Sea, is getting smaller with every storm. The town of 403 residents, located 83 miles above the Arctic Circle, where beaches are disappearing and ice is melting, could be underwater by 2025, according to the Army Corps of Engineers (one of Kivalina's main drags shown top left and the town's school bottom left). Once protected from early winter storms by a natural barrier of sea ice, Kivalina has been ravaged in recent decades by erosion because climate warming prevents ice from forming until later in the winter.