Sleeping on the tracks: Desperate migrants curl up on railway lines in Macedonia as they head to Germany and Austria where convoys of cars queue up to help when they arrive

Refugees sleep on railway tracks on journey to to Germany and Austria

Hundreds of migrants slept on the railway tracks on the border of Greece and Macedonia last night (left; bottom right) as they continued their desperate bid to flee their war-torn homes. Many had bare feet and were wearing the clothes they left in as they huddled together on the sharp stones that jutted out from between the tracks. Their conditions emerged as a convoy of 140 cars (top right) departed from Vienna as part of an aid mission started by residents. Austrians today spoke of their plans to bring refugee families stuck in Hungary to their homes, with police forced to warn citizens they could end up violating laws on human trafficking. Meanwhile, thousands of refugees have already arrived in Germany on 'special' trains put on after Angela Merkel said she would not stop them claiming asylum.

Obese daughter who weighed 40 stone and was put into care as a teenager because her parents could not control her eating dies at just 20

Obese daughter Samantha Packham dies aged 20 weighing 40 stone

Samantha Packham's parents Malcolm and Jan, of Brighton, have spoken out following their daughter's death this summer, saying they paid 'the worst price' for failing to get a grip on her eating earlier. It is thought Samantha (pictured right aged 17), who dreamed of becoming a hairdresser, is the first child put into care because of their weight to die.

Pope calls on Europe's churches to shelter migrants who are 'fleeing death from war or hunger' - as he reveals the Vatican will house two refugee families


Following his own gospel, Pope Francis also announced that the Vatican will offer shelter to two families of refugees, as he addressed the crowds in St Peter's Square on Sunday.

Blocked! As cold callers begin waking victims in the dead of night - here's how to get your revenge on the phone pests

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Jonathan stamp, a funeral director from Market Harborough, Leicestershire was one of hundreds of people recently rudely woken up in the early hours by an automated phone call.

Man in his 50s is arrested after two people are stabbed to death in a London care home

Date: 6 SEP 2015\nThe Care Home in Cecil Road, Ilford where two people were murdered on Saturday evening.

The two victims, a woman in her mid-50s and a man in his mid-80s, were both pronounced dead at the scene - a residential care home in Ilford, north London, on Saturday night.

Faecal matter on the TV remote, bodily fluids on bed sheets and glasses wiped with a filthy cloth: The dirtiest areas of a hotel room revealed

With different guests every night and quick turnaround times for cleaning, hotels can be crawling with germs, and several studies have found alarming amounts of potentially sickening bacteria.

Wife of first openly gay rugby league star says she wanted to 'rip his head off and kill him' after he revealed his true sexuality - but now she's supporting him

Gay rugby star Keegan Hirst's wife Sara opens up about her reaction to his sexuality

Sara Hirst (left) has admitted she was furious and heartbroken when 27-year-old husband Keegan Hirst (pictured together on their wedding day, right) told her they could no longer be together because he was gay. She said she was not angry because he was gay - but because she feared their marriage and whole relationship had been a 'sham'. The rugby world was shocked when the burly prop forward (pictured in action, inset) revealed his secret torment in facing his sexuality while carving out a successful career in one of the world's most macho sports.

Do you know your LOL from you PAL? Government is launching a social media dictionary to help parents understand their children's online code 

The language guide will decode terms that are often used by youngsters online when using anonymous chat rooms to disclose personal details or sending intimate pictures.

Reform in personal banking is finally on the way - but could it spell the end of the free account?

Customers at the counter of the London Joint City and Midland Bank.

Banking in Britain is changing. Next month we will see a glimpse of the future when proposed improvements are announced - affecting anyone with a current account.

Marketing executive spent three weeks in a coma and lost a leg after sleepwalking to her Mini Cooper and crashing into a tree

Collect of Kelly jackson from Birmingham before her accident where she crashed a car while sleep walking. See News Team story NTISLEEPWALK; A female driver has told how she lost a leg after sleepwalking to her car and crashing into a tree. Kelly Jackson spent three weeks in a coma following the horror crash less than half a mile from her home. Tragically, her right leg could not be saved and was amputated above the knee. The 26-year-old had been out with mates earlier that night on May 18, 2013 and sleepwalked from her bed into her Mini Cooper before the collision. The former marketing executive was thrown out of her car and trapped beneath the wreckage after it smashed into a tree on Brook Road in Billesley, Birmingham. Kelly spent four months recovering at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and suffered a brain injury and severe burns. She has also undergone a string of operations to reconstruct parts of her face and still needs more surgery.

Kelly Jackson, 26, spent three weeks in a coma, suffered brain injuries and needed her right leg amputated after sleepwalking to her Mini and crashing it into a tree in Billesley, Birmingham.

Vulnerable man, 46, with learning difficulties killed himself after bullies tormented him and called him names whenever he left his home

Collect of Michael Bevan from Matson, Gloucester,  who killed himself after cruel bullies made his life a misery. See SWNS story SWBULLY; A vulnerable and innocent man killed himself after cruel bullies made his life a misery by calling him names whenever he left his home, an inquest has heard. Tragic Michael Bevan, 46, had learning difficulties but became reclusive after vile tormentors shouted 'paedo' and other names when he went outside. His mother said he was driven to despair by the daily taunts and woken by people banging on his door at night. But his family say Michael - who had never been in trouble with the police - was unable or too scared to speak out and never received the support or help he needed. He was found hanged inside his home in March after his family raised concerns and police broke in. He had put two ligatures around his neck.

Vulnerable Michael Bevan, 46, was driven to despair by the daily taunts from neighbours, which included people shouting 'paedo' at him whenever he left his home in Matson, Gloucester.

Longleat heir claims he has not spoken to his mother since she said his marriage to his half-Nigerian wife would ruin '400 years of bloodline'

Marquess of Bath's Longleat heir has not spoken to his mother since marriage

Ceawlin Thynn, 41, said he fell out with his mother, the Marchioness of Bath, after she questioned his marriage to half-Nigerian wife Emma McQuiston, 29 (together left), over claims of him ruining '400 years of bloodline'. Viscount Weymouth said the row resulted in him banning his 71-year-old mother (right) from attending his wedding and from seeing the couple's 11-month-old son, John. The row erupted when Viscount Weymouth approached his mother in the drawing room of the Elizabethan country house at the sprawling estate in Wiltshire (inset) and informed her he planned to marry the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon. He claims she responded by asking: 'Are you sure about what you're doing to 400 years of bloodline?' Ceawlin has also fallen out with his father, the Marquess of Bath, after taking over the reins at the estate in 2010.

Government orders inquiry into sexist 'lad culture' at universities amid fears it is endangering female students 

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has written to country's university heads ordering them to set up a task force and come up with a plan to 'stamp out' violence against women on campus.

5,500 sex attacks reported in schools with victims and suspects as young as FIVE

Students taking exam in a classroom.


Police have investigated more than 5,500 alleged sex crimes at schools over the past three years, including 600 rapes. Most victims were primary and secondary school children.

Strictly no competition! BBC dance show waltzes its way through ratings war after pulling in ONE MILLION more viewers than rival X Factor 

Simon Cowell was left eating his words as it emerged the ballroom dancing show came out on top when the long-term rivals went head to head for the first time on Saturday night.

Meet Taylor's original BFF: The high school pal who inspired Swift's songs, appeared in her videos and was even her date to the Grammys... but did she make the 'squad'?

Taylor Swift's original BFF Abigail Anderson has been there all along

Abigail Anderson, 25, and Taylor Swift, 25, have been best friends since they met in English class at Hendersonville High School in Nashville, Tennesee, at the age of 15, around the time this photo (left) was taken. The pair have remained close ever since, pictured (right) celebrating New Year's Eve this year, despite Taylor's ever-growing 'squad' of A-list pals, pictured (inset) at last week's VMAs.

After one of the coldest nights of the year forecasters predict Britain's Indian summer will finally arrive tomorrow with temperatures soaring to 24C by Thursday

The predicted warm temperatures, which could reach up to 24 degrees come after the coldest night of the autumn, where temperatures dipped as low as freezing in Shap, Cumbria.

Another of Cecil the lion's cubs is feared dead after 'being killed by rival male' Bubesi who is trying to take over the pride


A second cub from Cecil the lion's pride is feared dead after park rangers found it missing from the pride in Hwange National Park, Zimbawbe. Rival male Bubesi was seen prowling nearby the pride.

Former EastEnders star Paul Nicholls 'filmed smoking crack cocaine after dramatic fall from grace'

The 36-year-old, who was just 16 when he shot to fame playing Jo Wicks, was reportedly caught on film smoking the drug in a friend's flat in his home town of Bolton, it was claimed.

Archbishop of Canterbury pleads with MPs to reject moves to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives

File photo dated 08/12/14 of the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby, who has spoken out about tax avoidance, saying Jesus Christ taught about the importance of people "paying what is due". 

The Most Rev Justin Welby said companies and people should pay their "fair share" in the country where they had made their money, but part of the problem was an "unbelievably complex" tax system.

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The Most Rev Justin Welby said the UK will cross a 'legal and ethical Rubicon' if Parliament backs assisted suicide, which is set to be debated in the Commons on Friday.

Up close and personal with El Salvador gangmembers: Inside the prison that is so dangerous even the guards will not go in

Inside Penas Ciudad Barrios prison that is so dangerous even guards will not go in

In Penas Ciudad Barrios, a maximum security prison in the El Salvadorian capital of San Salvador exclusively housing prisoners who are members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, inmates control their own miniature society. British photographer Adam Hinton, was granted access to the squalid gangland prison, originally built to house some 800 inmates, but now home to around 2,500 Mara Salvatrucha members,

Osborne signals fresh vote on military action on Syria could be called even if anti-war Jeremy Corbyn is elected Labour leader

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The Chancellor said the government did not need 'every member of every party' to back military action and claimed there were 'plenty' of Labour MPs who supported air strikes on ISIS.

FORTY passengers and crew injured after Qatar Airways plane was rocked by severe turbulence

Three children and two flight attendants were among those who suffered minor injuries such as abrasions on the flight from Doha, Qatar to Manila, Philippines, local media reported.

Muslim flight attendant 'suspended by ExpressJet for refusing to serve alcohol because it is against her faith'

Charee Stanley

Charee Stanley, who has been an employee at ExpressJet for three years and converted to Islam a year ago, says she was suspended from the airline.

The image of Syrian toddler Aylan, three, washed up dead on a Turkish shoreline shocked the world - but he is not the only child victim of the migrant crisis

Aylan Kurdi is not the only child victim of the migrant crisis

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: The image of little Aylan's body (right), discovered at the Turkish resort of Bodrum on Wednesday, was shared millions of times on social media and published in newspapers across the globe. It sparked a worldwide debate and led to an outpouring of sympathy, with bunches of flowers left near the shore and petals scattered into the sea as a tribute. But it also points to a wider humanitarian crisis, with dozens of similar pictures (top left; bottom left) emerging in the last month as thousands of migrants continue to desperately flee their war-torn homes. The images are believed to have been issued by the Libyan Red Crescent who regularly report on bodies discovered on the coast of their country.

Borrow my spare home: Finland's millionaire PM offers his second house to migrants as he urges people to 'ask how we can help'

Finland's millionaire Prime
Minister, Juha Sipila, has said he would make his own country home in the north of the country available to refugees. The first refugees will be able to stay there in early 2016.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey calls for Britain to 'crush' ISIS in Syria to end the refugee crisis

Former Arhbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey at the Cheltenham Literary Festival October 2005.  
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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has called on Britain to 'crush' ISIS in Syria and has backed calls for a renewed military effort in a bid to end the ongoing refugee crisis.

UK foreign aid budget will be diverted to house up to 15,000 Syrian refugees in Britain, George Osborne reveals

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Mr Osborne said aid money would be given to councils to support new refugees. It comes amid claims David Cameron is prepared to accept 15,000 people directly from camps on the Syrian border.

PETER HITCHENS: We won't save refugees by destroying our own country

We cannot just give our country away to complete strangers on an impulse because it makes us feel good about ourselves, writes PETER HITCHENS.

Abandoned toys, tiny dust-covered shoes and bombed out windows: Father of tragic Aylan returns to the family home they were forced to leave after ISIS attack

Aylan Kurdi's father returns to family home they left after ISIS attack

EXCLUSIVE: The crumbling house in Kobane, Syria, gives an insight into the devastation that ultimately led Abdullah and Rehan Kurdi to board a boat with their two young sons in their search for a better life. Tiny dust-covered shoes, abandoned toys (bottom right) and children's clothes lie among the bombed-out remains of their home. The picture of Aylan Kurdi's tiny body washed up on a beach in Turkey sent shock waves around the world this week. He died alongside his brother Galip and his mother Rehan. Mohamad Kurdi, the boys' uncle, has spoken to MailOnline about the family's terrifying life in Syria, his own treacherous journey to a refugee camp in Germany and his heartbreak on hearing the news his relatives had died.

From the horrors of starvation in south Sudan to a symbol of protest in Tiananmen Square: Heartbreaking sight of little Aylan's lifeless body is latest in line of powerful photos that have changed history

Aylan Kurdi's body is among photos that have changed history

Etched on people's hearts and minds, the heartbreaking image of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi (inset) has jolted the nation's consciousness and captured the world's attention in a way no other story about the plight of refugees has done in recent months. Here, we look at other powerful photos that had a similar impact on the world, from the emaciated little girl stalked by a vulture in southern Sudan (bottom right) to the terrified face of a nine-year-old girl seen running for her life after a napalm attack during the Vietnam War (top left). We have also focused on iconic photos capturing moments which have changed the course of history, such as the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 (top right) and a citizen making a stand in Tiananmen Square in China (bottom left).

Family from Iraq finally arrive in France after fleeing their home town when it was seized by ISIS a year ago - and are greeted by a pizza buffet

The Mikho family were met at Bellegarde-sur-Valserine train station by a welcoming collective around 8pm on Saturday having made the gruelling journey from Qaraqosh, northern Iraq.

United Nations calls for an emergency evacuation of 17,000 migrants who are trapped and living rough on the streets of the Greek island of Lesbos 

Alessandra Morelli from the UNHCR has said that migrants stranded on Lesbos should be evacuated to the Greek mainland even if they don't have the necessary travel documents.

Long to reign over us: After almost seven happy and glorious decades the Queen is set to become Britain's longest serving monarch after devoting her life to the nation - and here's a picture for every single year 

Queen Elizabeth II is set to become Britain’s longest serving monarch

On September 9, 2015, the Queen will become the longest-reigning monarch in British history when she overtakes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Duty and patriotism have been been themes of her life and now and nearly 90, the Queen has a huge experience of world and foreign affairs. Here a Mail on Sunday special magazine tells the story of some of her most happiest and glorious moments.

With just days to go before the Queen becomes the longest-reigning Monarch she has been voted the greatest ever - beating Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria 

The Queen won 27 per cent of votes in a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, with Elizabeth I earning 13 per cent of the votes and Queen Victoria 12 per cent.

A royal wave: Queen Elizabeth II greets well-wishers as she arrives for the Sunday service at Crathie Kirk alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are currently on summer break at their private Scottish home of Balmoral. They regularly worship at the parish church Crathie Kirk during their holiday.

The Greatest Reign: Happy, Glorious...and the longest to reign over Royal biographer SARAH BRADFORD 

On September 9, Queen Elizabeth II will have overtaken her greatgreat- grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch, having been on the throne for more than 63 years.

A monarch of true majesty: As the Queen breaks remarkable record, John Major - one of her 12 PMs - pays tribute 

She is the most widely travelled head of state in history and 63 years on the throne is, quite simply, an awe-inspiring achievement, writes former Prime Minister JOHN MAJOR.

How you've been slicing your watermelon WRONG: YouTube star reveals how to skin it in four steps... but it's not quite as it seems

Mark Rober reveals a simple trick to skin a watermelon

YouTube star Mark Rober has revealed a clever way to skin a watermelon. The four-minute clip on his channel Creativity, Science, Design has received more than 18,000 views. However, the video demonstrates that you actually need two watermelons, using one for the flesh and the second purely as an outer casing.

Ministry of Defence lavishing £120,000 a DAY boosting its public image (including more than 100 special Twitter accounts)


Military chiefs were attacked today after it emerged taxpayers' money has been used setting up more than 100 official Twitter accounts as part of a £230million PR blitz.

British charities set to ban aggressive fundraising tactics and create 'opt in system' after public outrage over the targetting of vulnerable people

A number of top British charities are set to introduce an 'opt in' system designed prevent them from using aggressive fundraising tactics and passing on people's details.

Pictured: Pregnant woman who was due to give birth TOMORROW is killed alongside her partner and five others at Spanish car rally

Pregnant Spanish racing crash victim Ana Cayazzo killed alongside Miguel Caridad

Nine-months pregnant Ana Cayazzo and her partner Miguel Caridad, both in their 20s, died instantly when a driver lost control of his racing car at a rally in north-west Spain on Saturday. At least another five people are believed to have been killed, including another pregnant woman and child aged eight. Poignant pictures - posted by Miguel on his Facebook page before Saturday's tragedy near La Coru√Īa in Galicia - show him tenderly patting his girlfriend's belly.

Retirement IS good for you: People use their leisure time to get healthy, sleep more and have less work-related stress, according to new research 

After analysing data on retirees from 1994 to 2014, economist Peter Eibich came to the surprising conclusion, with those giving up physically demanding jobs benefitting the most.

Memphis Depay's father insists he would 'love to get back in touch' with Manchester United star as he pleads with son to end 17-year rift  

Memphis Depay of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England.  
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The father Memphis Depay has pleaded with his son to put an end to their 17-year rift. The 21-year-old prefers to be known as 'Memphis' as he does not want to be associated with his father.

Jimmy Greaves stroke fund hits its £30,000 target

Jimmy Greaves, former footballer.

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 4, 2015. Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday and is in intensive care in hospital, his family has said. See PA story SOCCER Greaves. Photo credit should read Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.

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Supporters of Jimmy Greaves have reached the £30,000 target to fund physiotherapy for the former England striker who suffered a severe stroke in May. Greaves, 75, left hospital in June.

Heartbreak of Amber Peat's father as he reveals his daughter had begged social services to let her live with him before she was found hanged in the garden after row with her mum and stepdad

Cinderella schoolgirl Amber Peat’s father reveals heartbreak

Adrian Cook, 40, said his 13-year-old daughter Amber Peat (left) had asked the authorities if she could move in with him in the months leading up to her death in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He said his young daughter had desperately asked social services if she could live with him, with paperwork revealing concerns of 'extreme punishments, constant ridicule and lack of emotional warmth' at the home she shared with her mother Kelly, 34, and stepfather Danny, 31 (together inset). Amber went missing from her Mansfield home on May 30 following a family holiday to Cornwall and was found hanged in a hedgerow less than a mile away four days later. It later emerged the teenager had stormed out of the family home following a row over household chores. Describing his 'special girl', Mr Cook (pictured right holding Amber as a newborn) now claims social workers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire let her down by failing to act when she asked to move in with him last year.

They've lost Daddy. I can't bear for them to lose me too: The cancer-stricken mother whose husband died last week vows to fight on for her children

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Coulston, Clare's husband and father to Finlay and Evelyn, died from the effects of Motor Neurone Disease. But Clare is determined to keep things 'as normal as possible'.

Up to 11,000 more people die each year because they are admitted to hospital at the weekend 

Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the study of 15 million hospital admissions found a clear 'weekend effect' for people admitted between Friday and Monday.

Revealed: David Cameron privately attacked Tory opponents of gay marriage as 'Neanderthals'

CORBY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Prime Minister David Cameron addresses pupils at an assembly during a visit to Corby Technical School on September 2, 2015 in Corby, England. Mr Cameron used the visit to announce plans for another 18 free schools in England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister defied opposition from his own advisers and hostility from Conservative MPs to push through same sex marriage in 2013, a new biography of Mr Cameron has revealed.

The madness behind rules of the millions we're spending on EU vote, by NORMAN LAMONT, former Chancellor of the Exchequer 

The EU referendum must not just be fair, it must be seen to be fair. It will lose all legitimacy if it has not been fought on a level playing field, writes NORMAN LAMONT.

'Every rose is for every abortion I had there': Freed Cleveland 'house of horrors' victim Michelle Knight tells the harrowing stories behind each of her tattoos

Michelle Knight tells the harrowing stories behind each of her 'house of horror' tattoos

Michelle Knight's tattoos tell the harrowing story of her 11-year imprisonment inside Ariel Castro's house of horrors in Cleveland, Ohio, during which she suffered five forced miscarriages and lived in chains. In a new interview with Newsweek , Knight (right), who was 21 when she was kidnapped, reveals why she decided to get each of her inkings after finally being rescued from her prison. She explains that each of the five large roses printed down her left arm (inset) 'is for every abortion I had in the house'. Meanwhile, a teddy bear on her right shoulder (left) was a design she drew while strung up with orange extension cords inside Castro's home. Knight's other tattoos include a baby on her chest, with the words: 'Too beautiful for this Earth'.

New Bond author shoots down fellow 007 writers over too many plot twists which 'Fleming would never have done'

Anthony Horowitz, whose Bond novel Trigger Mortis is published on Tuesday, has suggested his rivals failed to immerse themselves in Ian Fleming's world like he has done.

More women than men in a society means more and better sex for everyone (but fewer marriages)

A higher ratio of women has made sex more frequent and varied, but lessened their marriage prospects, according to Jon Birger's new book 'Date-onomics'.

Jet2 bans 14 passengers for life after their 'aggressive and verbally abusive behaviour' on flight from Glasgow to Tenerife forced plane to divert to Portugal

Jet2 claimed the unruly men were 'aggressive and verbally abusive' towards flight attendants, and the captain decided to divert amid concerns about the safety of staff and other travellers.

Summer's not over yet! Price war breaks out as tour operators slash costs by up to 50% in bid to lure holidaymakers into last-minute breaks

Following weeks of lousy weather in the UK, holidaymakers can save up to £350 per person on September getaways, with some of the cheapest bargains found in Greece and Portugal's Algarve.

Meet the youngest ever Dragons' Den contestants: Sisters aged just 12 and 14 will appear on tonight's show with a gadget that makes sure children ride their bikes safely

Dragons' Den contestants Sky and Kia Ballantyne to present their 'Crikey Bikey' gadget

Inventor Sky Ballantyne, 12, and her sister Kia, 14, of Ross-on-Wye, will present their innovative gadget Crikey Bikey to the formidable Dragons on the popular television show on Sunday. The harness allows the parent to run alongside their child only adding pressure when the little one is about to fall - meaning they learn to balance quicker. Remarkably, the ingenious idea started out as Sky's homework assignment.

David Miliband's hopes of a comeback dashed as new poll reveals he would be beaten by Jeremy Corbyn in leadership bid 

The poll also indicates that it is not only a surge of Left-wing 'entryists' who back Corbyn: Most ordinary Labour voters are behind him and believe he can be Prime Minister.

Harman refuses to say whether ANY of Labour's leadership candidates have a chance of becoming Prime Minister

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Ms Harman suggested the party was no longer 'electable' and pleaded with members to choose a new leader who did not just have 'principles' but could also 'win the support of the public'.

ANNE McELVOY: Let's cuddle up to Corbyn, says Chuka (then kill him off)

ANNE McELVOY: Chuka Umunna, the charismatic, if unpredictable, former business spokesman is calling for an 'elegant withdrawal' from hostilities for the short term.

Has the curse of the Black Widow struck again? Notorious gangster's moll Linda Calvey is single once more after third husband, 84, dies in Spanish hospital

'Black Widow' Linda Calvey is single once more after 3rd husband, 84, dies

Linda Calvey - who was given her nickname after after one police officer mused 'every man she has ever been involved with is either in prison or dead' - is mourning the passing of George Caesar. Her husband of five years died in Spain, where he had gone for his health. Her first husband Micky (bottom right) was shot by police, her second Danny Reece (top right) is behind bars and she was jailed for shooting former lover Ronnie Cook in 1990. But Calvey is now fearing people will label her a gold-digger.

Is the future of video games one year away? New virtual reality system called The Void puts player in the game and plans to open next summer

The Void, a company working to create a virtual reality experience at their facility in Utah, recently allowed a journalist from to go through two levels of what it calls 'the future of entertainment'.

Is your £14m tax scheme Strictly kosher, Tess? BBC star at the centre of 'avoidance' probe with husband Vernon Kay, Dermot O'Leary and Rachel Stevens

Tess Daly and her TV star husband Vernon Kay, along with BBC Radio 2 DJ Dermot O'Leary and former pop star Rachel Stevens, are members of the £14 million Beaumont Film Partnership.

How the world's top tennis players slide because it's quicker than running

The master: Novak Djokovic, pictured in this year's US Open, is renowned for skidding across the court with his legs flailing behind him to reach shots

After analysing hours of matches from the Australian and US Open, a team of scientists says the unusual tactic is regularly used by the top five male players in the sport.



Macari the husky puppy had to have his EYES removed after being horrifically shot in the face and left for dead

Husky puppy is looking for a home after being shot in the face

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: Macari had to have both of his eyes removed (pictured after operation, right and inset) by vets who were desperate to rid him of his agony and feared the eyes would swell up with blood. When they first found him (left), they thought he had been attacked by another animal or even stung by bees. But when Macari underwent further tests and x-rays to find out what had happened to him, the horrified team found pellets lodged in his face. Rescue centre staff are now desperate to find him a home with someone who has experience with dogs, a quiet house with no small children or other dogs and a secure garden.

JFK Jr was blackmailed into standing by Kennedy cousin accused of rape and was forced to support him in court against mother Jackie O's wishes, new book claims

When William Kennedy Smith was accused of raping Patricia Bowman in Florida after a night out of drinking with uncle Ted Kennedy, JFK Jr was blackmailed into supporting him, a new book claims.

Madonna's gay brother defends jailed Kentucky clerk who refused marriage licences for same-sex couples

Christopher Ciccone, 54, posted a Facebook message saying Kim Davis should be given the right to deny the licenses citing her 'religious freedom'.

US warns Putin's foreign minister against dangers of increased aid to Syria's Assad as Russia is 'setting up forward operating base' in war-torn country

Secretary of State John Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday and the State Department said that he had issued a warning about increased military presence in Syria.

Is El Chapo back in Mexico? World's most-wanted drug lord seen 'escaping from a hospital after car crash'

El Chapo was allegedly in Tabasco, Mexico, on Wednesday, where witnesses say he was taken to a hospital after a car crash, but escaped before federal officers arrived.

Eight patients died after waiting on trolleys for 12 hours at a hospital linked to the Stafford deaths


A total of 731 patients were subjected to delays of 12 hours or more after arriving at the A&E; department of Royal Stoke University Hospital in Staffordshire, in January and February.

Hilarious video of a confused man who doesn't know what E-Y-E-S spells takes the internet by storm

New Zealand man is adamant that the letters E-Y-E-S spells 'e-yes'

A man who is adamant that the letters E-Y-E-S spells 'e-yes,' has gone viral after his friend filmed his hilarious confusion. Jeanette firstly asks New Zealand man Don to spell the word 'yes,' to which he does with ease, but on being asked what E-Y-E-S spells, his confusion is palpable. In takes a few minutes for him to register his hysterical mistake, but once he does, he breaks into uncontrollable laughter. 

'I sold my house to fund my campaign': Parliament's winners and losers, six female politicians on the fallout from one of the most dramatic elections to date

This year's general election was one of the most unpredictable in recent history. Some of the winners and losers reveal how their lives and emotions were turned upside-down overnight.

Top Ukip donor cries 'dirty tricks' after his name is found in hacked database of Ashley Madison users 

The email address of insurance tycoon Arron Banks, who heads the £7million referndum campaign to leave the EU, was found on the hacked database of adultery website Ashley Madison.

Let suicide clinics open in UK, say two in three over-50s: Shock Saga findings reveal huge backing for our own branch of Dignitas

Survey of nearly 10,000 Saga members found 61% to be in favour of such a far-reaching change in legislation, which would allow a clinic like Dignitas (pictured) in Switzerland to open in Britain.

Huge Virgin fare rises may force workers to quit jobs as cost of commute soars 

A Manchester-to-London return for some travellers will rise from £54 to £217 after Virgin Trains axed concessions for some customers during peak times.

US student fed up with £500-a-month rent BUILT his own tiny house on campus and now uses solar power and compost toilet to live off the grid

Michigan student fed up with $800-a-month rent on campus BUILT his own tiny house

Christopher Cerk (pictured), a 21-year-old junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that living right next to his institution didn't suit him - and was a waste of money to boot. So instead of dropping an estimated $19,000 renting for his last two years, he poured $13,000 of his own money into raw materials for his own tiny house (exterior top right, interior right). The home, which took him more than a year to build in his spare time, has a compost toilet and solar panels for electricity. He estimates the power supply will be enough to keep his cell phone and laptop running, as well as to power an electric stove. Cerk said he will start having his girlfriend over to stay soon.

Queen of Crime PD James leaves £22m in her will with most going to her two daughters - but they face an £8m tax bill

P.D. James, pictured, also left £90,000 to each of her five grandchildren and her secretary Joyce McLennan, £20,000 to her sister Monica and a total of £83,000 to seven others.

Would you eat FISH ice cream? The world's oddest puddings revealed (but don't worry, they're not all as bad as Japan's frozen seafood dessert)

From Australia's glow-in-the-dark dessert to the Philippines's cheesy sorbet, some of the oddest frozen puddings in the world are revealed. And not all of them sound like a treat for the taste buds.

We can't let the police ruin a silly boy's life in a flash, says RACHEL JOHNSON 

This week we turn to the cautionary tale of Simon, 14 (not his real name). He was alone in his bedroom at his dad's. As you do, he sent a Snapchat image of his undercarriage to a girl of the same age.

Waving goodbye to their families as London burned: Poignant photos show how children were sent to the country during The Blitz as the capital suffered nightly bombing raids

Photos show children being sent to the country during Blitz

On September 7, 1940, the German air force dropped their first bomb on London in what would be the start of eight months of terrifying attacks. More than 43,000 people were killed as terrified families huddled in specially-made shelters for protection and thousands of children were evacuated (left; top right) to the countryside in a desperate bid to keep them safe. One million people were left homeless as 50,000 tonnes of explosives were dropped across the city (bottom right) in an almost nightly pounding, setting hundreds of buildings - including scores of churches - ablaze. Now, the day before the 75th anniversary of the start of the attacks, Dame Vera Lynn - one of wartime's most iconic singer-songwriters - has revealed how she coped with the daily bomb scares.

Entire countries could soon be 'wiped out by a geeky young man in a back bedroom', warns top military historian

Sir Michael Howard, pictured, who served as a military and strategic adviser to Margaret Thatcher, said the 'damage that can be done in cyber warfare now is in principle almost unlimited'.

Boy, 17, chased through an estate by a 15 strong gang before being stabbed to death 

File photo dated 22/01/14 of New Scotland Yard in London. 
The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police has been sold for £370million to a multi-billion dollar alternative investment company based in Abu Dhabi. 

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 9, 2014. The proceeds of the sale - which secured £120m more than the guide price and three times what was originally paid for the site freehold in 2008 - will be invested in technology for police officers such as tablets, smartphones and body cameras. See PA story POLICE Yard. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

A policeman tried to resuscitate the boy after finding him with stab wounds on the St John's Estate in Hoxton, East London.

Bastion on the brink: American Special Forces defend former British HQ as Taliban close in - and Afghan army pays the rebels not to attack 

Camp Bastion, the former British Army headquarters in Helmand, Afghanistan, is in such danger of being over-run by the Taliban that an American Special Forces team has been deployed to protect it.

Back in action: Enormous aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower makes high-speed turns at sea and practices launching fighter jets after almost two years in maintenance yard

USS Eisenhower makes high-speed turns after return to sea

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (bottom left from above), an enormous, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, blasted out to sea off the coast of Virginia and put its tuned-up systems to the test. Footage of the voyage - its first since fall 2013 - was recorded in late August and shows the vessel's huge engines pushing it through high-speed (top right) turns at some 35mph, then sending fighters into the sky with its newly-overhauled catapults (bottom right).

Unmasked: SIXTH man in Cambridge spy ring sent nuclear secrets to the KGB allowing Russia to develop their own atom bomb

Author Andrew Lownie has unmasked a sixth Soviet spy at the heart of the Establishment - Wilfrid Mann, pictured, a brilliant MI6 physicist, who was regarded in Moscow as an agent of great influence.

Fake Krays memorabilia including paintings supposedly 'by Ronnie and Reggie' sold for more than £100,000  

Among the items collectors are thought to have been duped into buying are paintings supposedly done by gangsters Ronnie and Reggie when they were in prison.

Diary of a witch-hunt: In his own words, Paul Gambaccini reveals the pain of being denounced as a sex attacker and demonised by police - all on fantasists' claims

When Paul Gambaccini was arrested over flimsy abuse claims, he was out of work, denounced and shunned by former friends. Now he gives his truly disturbing account of his ordeal.

LIZ JONES: Bake Off is so boring! Give us a real kitchen hero

LIZ JONES questions why people spend two hours watching the contestants on Great British Bake Off make something that viewers could buy perfectly well in Waitrose.

Another McBusted baby! Tom Fletcher and wife announce they're expecting their second child with brilliant video

McBusted's Tom Fletcher and wife Giovanna expecting second child

Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna are expecting their second child together. The McBusted frontman and his long-term partner chose to announce the news in typical fun fashion, sharing an adorable homemade video on the musician's popular YouTube account. The 30-year-old star is already a devoted dad to one-year-old son Buzz and the pair can't wait to expand their little family unit.

Met Office boss slams Emma Thompson and the BBC for 'scaremongering' with claim that the world's temperature will rise by 4C by 2030 

emma thompson and Emily Maitlis on Newsnight

One of Britain's top climate scientists has launched an attack on actress Emma Thompson (pictured right) and the BBC, accusing them of 'scaremongering' over the speed of global warming.

Alan Bennett reveals he has suffered from crippling stage fright since he forgot the lines from his own monologue three times in one show

Bennett, 81, says he is still traumatised by his experience when he stumbled over the lines in a stage production of A Chip In The Sugar, one of his popular Talking Heads monologues.

Locked in the boot, plied with ecstasy and repeatedly raped... by my own father: Daughter who was abused for 30 years tells the devastating story no one in authority ever believed

Bobbi Woodley who was abused for 30 years tells the devastating story no one believed

From the age of four, Bobbi Woodley's father conducted a campaign of rape and abuse under the noses of social workers, the police and prosecutors, who missed chances to stop him. Colin Goss, now 77, (left) was finally brought to justice after a TV appeal and Bobbi's own detective work. He pleaded guilty to seven charges including three of rape and was jailed for 18 years. Bobbi (pictured right today and top about the age when the abuse started) reveals she is 'haunted' by the abuse she suffered.

Wife of Gambian president who committed £20,000 benefit fraud granted British asylum after SAS saved her from West Africa and brought her to UK 

Lady Njaimeh Jawara, wife of Gambia's Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, was ordered to wear an electronic tag after admitting over-claiming housing benefit, council tax and pension credits.

Contract which launched The Beatles' career and signed by all of the Fab Four in 1962 expected to sell for £500,000 at auction 

It is the only contract signed by Epstein and the 'Fab Four' line-up of  Lennon,  Harrison,  McCartney and  Starr

The document - the only contract signed by 'Fab Four line-up (pictured with Epstein) - was signed on October 1, 1962, just days before the release of The Beatles' first single, Love Me Do.

Thinstagrams! The slimming tricks celebrities use to look so trim in their social media selfies

The slimming tricks celebrities use to look so trim in their Instagram selfies

There is now a raft of cheap, easy-to-use software that automatically manipulates photos to make their subjects look thinner. And even celebrities, it seems, aren't immune. Some apps nip in your waist or boost your curves while leaving friends untouched. But the so-called 'skinny filter' apps can leave telltale signs - and when you're sharing the images with millions of fans on Instagram or Twitter, chances are that someone will spot them. And as these celebrity photo 'fails' prove, not every result is foolproof...

A stubble first for university academic who will spend three years studying the history of beards

A man with long beard, hat and lumberjack shirt. 

Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

Dr Alun Withey, an expert in medical history from the University of Exeter, will look at facial hair between 1700 and 1918 and its relationship with masculinity and health.

Police arrest girl and two teenage brothers accused of shooting dead two men in 'extreme violence' rampage in Nashville

Police have arrested three suspects after a 16-year-old boy was shot to death inside of his own home on Friday in Tennessee. Kevin Ibarra was killed at 12:15pm inside of house in Antioch.

'Hold on to hope, faint though it may be': Robin Williams's daughter Zelda posts moving message year after father's suicide

Zelda Williams.jpg

The 26-year-old posted a beautiful picture on Instagram that she called 'Moonrise on the lake' on Saturday, with a heartfelt caption revealing how she has been dealing with her dad's loss.

'I don't think black folks like to camp as much as white folks!' Burning Man founder tries to defend the annual festival's lack of diversity

Burning Man founder Larry Harvey (pictured) claimed that he doesn't believe 'black people like to camp' and that the lack of diversity might be due to 'historic reasons'.

Is this the most epic wedding dance EVER? Bride and groom film incredible seven-minute music video featuring eight songs and ALL 250 guests

Orlando newlyweds film incredible wedding dance featuring ALL their 250 guests

Newlyweds Robert Ly and Teresa Chan, from Orlando, surprised guests at the end of their wedding reception by asking them to dance in their wedding video, which was all filmed in a single take. Friends and family were briefed 10 minutes before filming started, and made do with any props they could find to throw shapes to hits by artists including Taylor Swift to Nicki Minaj.

Millions of pounds worth of paintings stolen from the country mansion of cider heir found by 'The Scream' sleuth

Former Tory MP Esmond Bulmer, of the Bulmers cider dynasty, said the paintings, stolen from his Somerset home were returned after private investigators succeeded where police failed.

A thousand miles of coastline, vibrant souks and one of the largest canyons in the world: Why Oman is the Middle East's best-kept secret

The beachside Al Waha hotel in Oman, a 45-minute drive from the capital Muscat, boasts 22 dining options for guests. Visitors can also take advantage of the hotel's half-mile lazy river.

The new cure for liver disease caused by alcohol abuse and obesity...a simple charcoal pill

A team at the Liver Failure Group at University College London and the Royal Free Hospital in North London have invented a substance that soaks up deadly toxins released in liver disease.

Company behind Ashley Madison 'was running an online escort service'

A shell company owned by Avid Life Media reportedly leased the website in 2013. Avid Life Media owns the website Ashley Madison.

Argentinian man 'locked his wife and 32-year-old autistic son in an iron CAGE and made him eat animal feed and drink petrol'

Argentinian Eduardo Oviedo locked wife and autistic son in an iron CAGE and made him eat

Eduardo Oviedo, 66, (left) has been accused of incarcerating his son, 32, and 61-year-old wife, who is also said to have mental health issues. Oviedo was arrested Friday in the city of Mar del Plata. According to a local prosecutor, the prison cell (top and bottom right) had a dirt floor and was covered in rubble and bricks.

Google's new 'fun fact' feature is a treasure trove of random trivia that will keep you on your computer for hours 

Google has introduced a new fun feature in which you can type 'fun fact' or 'I'm feeling' curious into the search engine and get back all kinds of random trivia.

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That's one happy tail! Beloved pet dog lost in Yellowstone after car accident survives wolves, bears and the wilderness to be reunited with her family 42 DAYS later

Dog lost in Yellowstone National Park after car accident reunited with family 42 days

An Australian shepherd named Jade was found in the Canyon area on Friday, 42 days after she went missing. Jade and her owner, Dave Sowers (bottom left, right), along with his girlfriend, Laura Gillice, were in a car accident (top left) at Yellowstone National Park on July 23 when Jade fled. Sowers said that Jade is doing well, despite losing about 15 pounds and having a small cut on her lip.

Controversial £5billion fighter jet which took 15 years to build dogged by problems every week, says engineer  

The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has already cost £5 billion. It has suffered a series of setbacks including a freak fire and was beaten in a combat exercise by a jet designed 40 years ago.



A land of fire and ice: Mesmerising satellite images of the world's most spectacular landscapes go on display at new exhibition

European Space Agency satellite images displayed at new exhibition in Linz, Austria

Some of the best snaps show incredible detail of places such as the Namib Desert in Namibia (left), the Jungersen Glacier in Greenland (right) and large cities such as London (inset). The stunning shots were captured by European Space Agency satellites as they orbited Earth, and have gone on display at an interactive exhibit in Linz, Austria.

Italy's most alluring lake: Stunning Maggiore is brilliant for breathtaking scenery and culture (but don't mind the bells that sound as a daily wake-up)

Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Lake Maggiore in Italy: a vast bowl of blue water ringed with rolling mountains, which can be reached by a drive through France and Switzerland.

Just one tick bite can give you a fatal allergy to meat: Six Britons have now suffered severe reactions 

The allergy is caused when a tick bites deer, sheep, cattle, horses and pigs, and then bites a human. A substance in the tick's saliva triggers our immune system to overreact to meat.

Back home in darkest Peru, the real-life Paddington bear, thanks to Mail on Sunday readers 

Cholita endured years of abuse at a circus in Peru. Her claws were cut down to stumps and her teeth broken to make her less dangerous. The stress of being kept in a cage made her lose her fur, too.

Fancy a cut-price private island? Six-acre mass of rock with stunning views of San Francisco skyline could be yours for only £3m after desperate owner slashed the cost by £12MILLION

Red Rock Island in San Francisco Bay could be yours for $5m

It offers stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, great fishing opportunities and a guarantee of privacy. And it could be yours for a heavily-discounted price. These photos show Red Rock Island (main and inset) - San Francisco Bay's only privately-held island, which is now on sale for $5million. The six-acre mass of rock and minerals was originally listed for $22million in 2012 - but has since had its price slashed by its desperate owner. The new, discounted cost includes the rights to the island's rock, sand, vegetation and minerals.