Sleeping on the tracks: Desperate migrants curl up on railway lines in Macedonia as they head to Germany and Austria where convoys of people queue up to help them 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 (main image) 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 departed from Vienna as part of an aid mission started by residents (inset). 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.

Overweight daughter who weighed 40 stone and was put into care as a teenager because her parents could not control her eating has died aged 20

Obese daughter Samantha Packham dies aged 20 weighing 40 stone

Samantha Packham's parents Malcolm and Jan, of Brighton, (pictured with their daughter in 2014, left) 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.

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.

Meet the youngest ever Dragons' Den contestants: Sisters aged 12 and 14 go up in front of the millionaires tonight with a gadget to make sure children ride their bikes safely 

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.

New e-fit shows suspected attacker who dragged woman from her vehicle then brutally raped her in John Lewis car park 

The attack happened in the car park of a store in Manchester on the evening of Friday August 28 and police have also released CCTV footage of showing a potential witness.

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.

How 'dynamite patches' blow away hot flushes...which could offer an alternative to hormone-replacement therapy 

Patches laced with the dynamite ingredient nitroglycerine are being used to treat menopausal hot flushes, offering a possible alternative to hormone-replacement therapy.

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.


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.

There's a fat person inside me - but I'll never let her out: She has the 'obesity gene' and a dodgy knee but Dr Dawn Harper, star of Embarrassing Bodies, insists there is no excuse for being overweight

Not many of us would choose to be fat. Yet speaking to some patients in my clinic, I do begin to wonder whether obesity for some people is almost a self-fulfilling prophesy.

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.

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.

British businessman, 50, shot dead on Caribbean island near the supermarket which he owned 

David Mondesir, 50, who went to school in Enfield, north London, was found sprawled in a pool of blood after being gunned down on the island of St Lucia, where he had lived for the past five years.

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'.

Marquess of Bath's Longleat heir has not spoken to his mother since she claimed 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.

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.

Japan says it's finally safe for residents to go back to town evacuated after Fukushima nuclear disaster

Naraha's 7,400 residents can return to their homes for the first time since the nuclear meltdown, which was sparked by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

'I haven't taken a shower in 12 years': MIT scientist gives up on washing and claims to keep clean by spraying live bacteria on his skin

Chemical engineer and MIT grad Dave Whitlock has not showered in a dozen years because he wants to preserve bacteria on his skin. He helped found a company that sells a spray that contains live bacteria.

'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'.

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.

Angelina McJolie! Star has Scottish lookalike who has turned down a modelling career in favour of an office job 

Student Chelsea Marr's, pictured, similarity to the 40-year-old Hollywood star has seen her take the internet by storm. But she is not a model - she works as an operations manager in Aberdeen.

I saw despair with my own eyes... now we are waking up to the truth: MICHELLE DOCKERY recalls her heartbreaking visit to refugee camp  

It is good news that Britain and other European countries are now understanding that we all need to work to help Syrian refugees, writes MICHELLE DOCKERY.

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.

Amid the tears and tragedy, a very British Good Samaritan: IAN BIRRELL reveals story of the English ex-banker who is helping dozens of desperate migrant children

Distressed by seeing families sleeping rough on the streets of Symi, Andrew Davies (pictured) and Wendy Wilcox launched Solidarity Symi, writes IAN BIRRELL from the Greek island.

More violent clashes in Lesbos as police struggle to cope with thousands of desperate migrants rushing to Greek Island before entering mainland Europe 

Young men fainted in the afternoon heat as officers threatened their batons at the frenzied crowds, all desperate to become documented after a treacherous journey to Europe.

Back in the deep: Refugees capsize their dinghy on the same stretch of coast where tragic Aylan drowned 

Eight men escaped death when their dinghy took on water and began to sink off the coast of Turkey in the same waters where tragic Syrian toddler Aylan died while trying to reach Europe with his family.

British aid to refugees smashes through £1BILLION as Cameron boasts UK is spending more than any EU country

The Prime Minister pointed to figures showing that the UK has already given more to the humanitarian effort than Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Poland combined.

Did SamCam's visit to a refugee camp melt her husband's heart? PM's wife 'convinced him to accept thousands more Syrians' 

The Prime Minister's wife is thought to have helped persuade him to change his mind after having visited a camp in Lebanon two years ago.

Clegg's free school meals 'scrapped to save £600m': Flagship Lib Dem policy set to be axed by Tories 

Nick Clegg (pictured on a school visit) got the policy as the price for agreeing to the Tories' married couples tax allowance but costs are spiralling 'out of control' and officials have launched a major review.

Bring back term-time holidays: New Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warns crippling cost of breaks punishes the poor

MP Tim Farron, LibDem leadership candidate, with local MP Simon Hughes at developments overlooking St Mary's Churchyard, Elephant & Castle

EXCLUSIVE: The party warns that the ban on missing lessons for a holiday is 'socially divisive' because it forces poorer families to break the rules or miss out on holidays altogether.

Scrapping Human Rights Act would put Britain on the same level as Putin's Russia, claims European Union

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L), Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (C) and European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans (R) leave after a news conference as part of a visit about migrant crisis in Calais, France, August 31, 2015. Calais remains an open wound between France and Britain with more than 3000 migrants trying to scale fences and cross the Channel Tunnel to reach Britain.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans strongly rebuked David Cameron as he warned there were 'alarming tendencies emerging' on the rule of law across Europe.

Corbynmania goes global! Taiwan hails Labour favourite as the '66-year-old love child of a Marx, Lenin, Trotsky threesome'

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Jeremy Corbyn has found himself the star of an animated video about UK politics made in Taiwan for audiences across the world. In it the 66-year-old is described as 'hard-lefty comrade Corbyn'.

Up close and personal with the 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,

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.

'They are holding my father to ransom': Turkish hospital refuses to release body of British tourist until his family settle £25,000 bill for three days of intensive care treatment

Heartbroken Danielle Knight, 31, is frantically trying to raise £29,000 so that she bring her father home and bury him after he passed away during a two week holiday to Turkey.

Family's fury as theme park bans 30-year-old with Down's syndrome from going on a rollercoaster on his own 

Gareth Bowen-Jones visited Flamingo Land, near Malton, North Yorkshire, with his mother last week but was disappointed after he was stopped from going on a ride for four hours.

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

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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.

Heartwarming moment the Pope embraces young follower at the Vatican ahead of his whirlwind tour to Cuba and US

The delighted boy, who wore a red and white-striped top and pink-framed glasses, clapped wildly when the Argentinian pontiff picked him up inside Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

Dad joke survivors! Hilarious video sees frustrated children sharing the worst jokes their fathers have ever told them

A group of adorable children have joined forces to create a collection of terrible, yet hilarious, dad jokes they have had to endure in a video titled, 'Dad joke survivors.'

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.

Handled without care: Hermes delivery woman is caught on camera hurling a parcel over a customer's gate before quickly walking off 

A delivery worker has been caught on camera throwing a large parcel over a customer's fence and walking off. The video was posted on social media and has been re-tweeted over 4,500 times.

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

Cancer-stricken mother whose husband died last week vows to fight on for her children

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Coulston, Clare's husband of 15 years, and father to Finlay and Evelyn, pictured together left, died suddenly aged 40 from the effects of Motor Neurone Disease. But more poignant still is the prospect that one day soon the children may lose Clare too. She faces a death sentence after being diagnosed in 2009 with cancer. Now that Paul has gone, Clare's thoughts have turned to her own future, which remains perilously uncertain, and that of her family. But even though her cancer could return at any time, Clare, 39, from Ulverston, Cumbria, is determined to stay positive and strong for the children (together right).

Armed robber mocked prison guards by posting pictures of his own escape - using a banned phone in his new cell

Haroon Ahmed walked out of high-security prison HMP Dovegate with a group of visitors in May. He posted pictures of the escape on Facebook - but only after being recaptured and put behind bars.

Kenyan court says case against British terror suspect dubbed the 'White Widow' should be dropped because police still haven't found her despite three-year hunt 

A Kenyan court has said prosecutors should close their case against British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the 'White Widow', after failing to produce her in court.

Gone in 23 seconds: CCTV catches thief stealing £80,000 Range Rover car in a matter of moments using hacked electronic key 

The Range Rover Autobiography was stolen in August in Hampstead, North London as part of an ongoing steal-to-order campaign organised by sophisticated criminals.

Two pensioners spark huge rescue operation after getting stuck up to their waists in quicksand during stroll across marshland 

The pensioners, who are in their 70s and from Cheshire, became stuck while out walking on the sands at Humphrey Head, in Flookburgh, Cumbria, at around 12pm yesterday.

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...

The house of FUN...with a playground and pool, the Georgian gem that's every child's dream

Josh and Laura De Haan bought the property in the village of Stowting, Kent, in 2007, and they took two years to accomplish all the renovations and innovations.

Car painted with memorable Manchester United moments and star players from club's history goes on sale... for just £790

Manchester United memorabilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but it's unlikely any can compete with this mobile shrine on wheels that has gone on sale in Huddersfield for £790.

The Essex boy made good: Jamie Oliver buys a £10million home in the heart of north London luvvie-land

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, 40, has snapped up an eight-bedroom Grade II-listed property near Hampstead Heath in north London, which is just a stone's throw from where the likes of Kate Moss live.

The £1,500 gadget that could end the curse of sweaty armpits for good by zapping glands with electricity 

The treatment, which costs around £1,500 and goes by the name MiraDry, involves an electronic handpiece, which looks like a supermarket scanner, being targeted at the underarm.

Have scientists found a cure for seasickness? Gadget that applies mild electric current to the scalp 'could eradicate nausea'

Imperial College London scientists are developing a device that will plug into a mobile phone and deliver a short shock to the head via a set of electrodes. They hope it will be on sale within five years.

What Facebook REALLY knows about you: Take the test that can work out your personality based on nothing but your 'likes'

Scientists at Cambridge University, who created the app, say the test can predict your personality more accurately than your friends, colleagues and your parents.

One IS amused! Queen wraps up warm at Highland games as she shares a joke with Charles and Philip while admiring the action 

The Queen visits the Braemar Highland games with Prince Charles and Philip

Draped in a checked blanket, the Queen looked in good spirits as she cheered on competitors at the Braemar Gathering - the biggest event in Scotland's Highland Games calendar. The 89-year-old monarch was pictured laughing and pointing as she took in the action alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles (pictured left). They were joined in the royal pavilion by Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn. As patron of the Games, which are held just a short distance from the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, the Queen joined thousands of spectators to cheer on participants in the tossing of the caber and tug of war contests.

Night Peter O'Toole was so drunk he tried to pay for sex in a nunnery: The hell-raising star's womanising was as notorious as his boozing... but a new biography reveals we didn't know the half of it!

Actress Siân Phillips described her life with troubled Lawrence of Arabia star, Peter O'Toole, as 'intermittently ecstatic or unbelievably dreadful,' during their turbulent marriage.

The 71-year-old great-grandmother who has been on 200 dates with younger men because older gents are 'stiff and boring' 

Margaret Collins, 71, from Newcastle, has been dating online since she was 58 and says she has been inundated with responses. She has now been on 200 online dates - all with younger men.

Historic tall ship Zebu that visited 41 countries, circumnavigated the globe and and survived working as a timber trader for 30 years sinks in Liverpool's Albert Dock

An investigation has been launched by maritime experts to discover what caused the sinking of the Brigantine Zebu in Liverpool's Albert Dock in the early hours of this morning.

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

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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.

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.

PICTURED: Pregnant Spanish racing crash victim who was due to give birth tomorrow killed alongside her partner and five others

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 Coruña in Galicia - show him tenderly patting his girlfriend's belly.

Coalition forces have carried out 21 air strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria this weekend 

The greatest concentration of attacks came near Fallujah, Iraq, where staging areas, a building and a bunker were hit in five air strikes.

Another cub of Cecil the lion is feared dead after being killed by rival male adult that 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.

I will take in migrants, says Pope: Vatican to house two families as Francis calls on Europe's churches to shelter refugees

Pope Francis delivers his speach as he leads the sunday Angelus prayer from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 6, 2015. The pontioff called on every European parish and religious community to take in one migrant family each in a gesture of solidarity he said would start in the tiny Vatican state where he lives. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Is El Chapo back in Mexico? World's most-wanted drug lord seen 'escaping from a hospital after car crash'... Just days after Costa Rica picture emerged

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.

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

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In the Penas Ciudad Barrios prison, in the capital San Salvador, members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, control their own miniature society, complete with a bakery and a hospital.

Borrow my spare home: Finland's millionaire Prime Minister offers his second home 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.



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.

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

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.