British Airways plane heading to Gatwick with 172 people on board bursts into flames on runway at Las Vegas airport as it prepares for take-off - but miraculously just two of the 172 on board are injured

British Airways plane bursts into flames on Las Vegas' McCarran Airport before take-off

The British Airways flight bound for London Gatwick was taxiing on the tarmac at McCarran Airport on Tuesday night when it suddenly caught fire. Terrified travelers on other flights captured the plumes of smoke coming from the Boeing 777 as those on board were forced to jump down the evacuation slides and run away from the blaze. The plane was quickly evacuated, with only two people taken to a local hospital for treatment after suffering minor injuries. There were 159 passengers and 13 crew members on board at the time. It is not yet known what caused the fire but images appear to show it coming from the engine. One runway was shut but flights continued to depart on remaining runways.

Ten UK jihadis on drone kill list: Are these the ISIS fanatics to be targeted next in unmanned RAF raids over Syria? 

Are these the ISIS fanatics to be targeted next in unmanned RAF raids over Syria?

RAF Reaper drones have been authorised to take out ten suspected British jihadis including nine men and one woman who are currently believed to be hiding out with ISIS in Syria. Among those on the hit list are Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John, left and Nasser Muthana, right. Also on the list are (top row from left) Abdel Majed Abdel Barry, Siddhartha Dhar, who is one of Anjem Choudhary's henchmen and Mohammed Hadi, who has been dubbed Osama bin Beiber. (Centre row from left) Omar Hussain, Aseel Muthana and convicted drug dealer Aine Davis. (Bottom row from left) Amer Deghayes and Khadija Dare, who was the first woman to decapitate a westerner.

Amal Clooney blasts Maldives human rights as she meets with the former President in his high-security jail cell just days after his local lawyer was ambushed and stabbed 

Amal, the wife of actor George Clooney, spent a number of hours with Nasheed in the high security prison, as part of her team's efforts to secure the release of the politician.

MPs shame the charity chiefs exposed by the Mail: Bosses apologise for scandalous treatment of vulnerable donors 

Mark Goldring (pictured), the chief executive of Oxfam, said fundraising practices were 'unacceptable,' as bosses at Britain's biggest charities were ordered to appear before MPs.

Mother bought 12 packets of cocaine for her daughter's 18th birthday so they could 'have a good time' but is spared jail as it 'would be bad for the family' 

Nicola Austen (pictured), of Tunbridge Wells, booked a limo to London to celebrate her daughter's turning of age. She also acquired no less than 12 packets of the Class A drug to take on board.

Headmaster and female teacher face being struck off after they were filmed having sex in his office by a pupil

The sex tape shows the pupil in a corridor outside the head teacher's office at the Swansea school. Headmaster Graham Daniel and chemistry tutor Bethan Thomas, pictured, were heard having sex.

'Betrayal' of hundreds of thousands of women set to miss out on new £148-a-week state pension due to complicated rules

Official data shows that of the first 1.2million people to claim the flat-rate pension, only 80,000 women will receive the full amount.

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Just another day at the firm for our record-breaking Queen: Official picture released on the day Her Majesty surpasses reign of Victoria shows monarch still hard at work 

The Queen's official picture released on day her reign surpasses that of Victoria

The Queen was described as a 'beacon of womankind' by celebrity photographer Mary McCartney who captured the image of the monarch  sitting at her desk in Buckingham Palace. Later today, she will pass the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and 216 days between 1837 and 1901. The exact moment the Queen passes Victoria's milestone is not known because there is no precise time for the death of her father George VI - who died in the early hours of February 6, 1952. But it is thought he died at 1am, so at around 5.30pm the Queen will make history with Buckingham Palace calculating she will have reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and about 30 minutes.

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: Let's be frank: The young woman who became Queen in 1952 could not have imagined the Britain of today 

Elizabeth II today becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history, overtaking her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record of 63 years and 216 days on the throne.

Fairytale weddings and royal babies: Queen watches Charles marry Diana before welcoming her grandchildren into the world, the historic news stories of our monarch in the 1980s 

In the latest installment of a series of features to mark the Queen becoming Britain's longest serving monarch, we look back at her 63 year record-breaking reign in papers.

Charities to get £1.1billion lifeline from money raised from 5p charge for plastic bags under new rules coming in next month

Bags will continue to be handed out at the till in England generating proceeds for good causes, including funding cancer care nurses, hospices, Children in Need and hundreds of local charities.

Jump NHS waiting list... by having your op in Calais instead: Kent patients go free in France (but they have to pay travel costs) 

The deal would see South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group pay for patients to have minor operations and a range of medical procedures at the Centre Hospitalier de Calais, pictured.

Teenager accused of murdering 15-year-old for his bicycle was handed in by his PARENTS and his mother told police: 'He's involved, he did it' 

Alan Cartwright was cycling ahead of his four friends along the Caledonian Road in Islington in February last year when a gang of three robbers stepped into the group's path.

E-cigarettes make teenagers four times more likely to move on to real smoking, health experts warn

Teenagers using e-cigarettes are far more likely to begin smoking real cigarettes researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered after a new survey.

Sexism row after top lawyer compliments woman barrister's 'stunning' LinkedIn picture... then claims he was talking about the 'professional quality' of the photo 

Alexander Carter-Silk compliments woman barrister's 'stunning' LinkedIn picture

Married father-of-two Alexander Carter-Silk, 57, was accused of 'disgusting' sexism last night for messaging high-flying barrister Charlotte Proudman, praising her LinkedIn photo (pictured left). Mr Carter-Silk (right) said the 27-year-old should 'win a prize' for her photograph, adding it was 'the best I have ever seen' on the professional networking website (inset). Miss Proudman - who is the same age as Mr Carter-Silk's daughter - responded saying she found his message 'offensive' and that she was not on LinkedIn 'to be objectified by sexist men'.

Now Chrissie Hynde attacks today's lewd pop stars branding them 'sex workers' who have created a 'pornography culture' 

In an obvious reference to scantily-clad stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, the former Pretenders lead singer branded them 'sex workers' for selling music by 'bumping and grinding' in their underwear.

I'd rather have been raped by a man, says woman 'sexually assaulted by female friend who used bandages and a sex toy to pretend she was male' 

Gayle Newland, 25, is said to have befriended the woman, also 25, by posing on Facebook as a man named 'Kye' and the couple later had sex in hotels. Chester Crown Court (pictured) heard.

Children as young as SIX questioned by police over sending indecent images as number of child arrests increases five-fold 

New figures show that since 2012 more than 1,000 children in England and Wales have been spoken to by police in connection with the sharing of indecent photos.

High speed line work at London's Euston station will last SEVEN years longer than planned - and cost £250million more 

The work at London's Euston station was due to finish by 2026 but will now last until 2033. It is part of the ambitious project to link London and the North with 225mph trains.

Oh, no they didn't! Theatre scraps Snow White's dwarves because audiences don't feel comfortable with the word

De Monfort Hall in Leicester has instead renamed their Christmas production 'Snow White and her Seven Friends', claiming they did 'not feel comfortable' with the term 'dwarf.'

Making people start work before 9am is 'torture' says sleep expert, who wants the business and school day to begin at 10am 

Forcing staff to work nine-to-five leaves their bodies exhausted and stressed as a result of sleep deprivation, says Dr Paul Kelley. Pupils should also have a staggered school start time, he said.

Pictured: Astonishing moment a Hungarian camerawoman deliberately TRIPPED migrants who were fleeing police - including a father carrying his terrified young child

Hungarian camerawoman sacked after she is filmed tripping up migrants

The woman, who was working for Hungarian television channel N1TV, was filming the crowds of Syrian refugees as they fled police across a field from Roszke camp on the Serbian-Hungarian border. Footage taken by another cameraman showed her deliberately sticking her leg out (left) as a man carrying a crying child ran past her. In the clip, the refugee can be seen falling to the floor (top right; bottom right) before appearing to shout at her. The camerawoman has now been sacked with immediate effect. Outraged social media users took to Twitter to condemn the woman's actions, labelling her 'pathetic' and 'disgraceful'.

Making a break for freedom: Desperate migrants try to flee baton-wielding police at holding area near Hungarian border

The man was among a number of refugees who tried to escape a holding area near the village of Roszke today, angered at the treatment by police.

Nearly half of Britons think we're taking too many Syrian refugees: Poll exposes gulf between opposition parties and public opinion  

Poll revealed 45 per cent of adults questioned said the figure was too high, while one in four - a total of 27 per cent - said they backed David Cameron's decision to allow 20,000 refugees into the UK.

The migrant baby born at sea: Touching moment coast guard cradles a newborn wrapped in a sheet moments after its mother had been rescued from sinking dinghy

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Including a woman who gave birth to a boy on board of one of the Coast Guard patrol boats, while those heading for the port of Lampedusa

The woman, believed to be Nigerian, had been attempting to cross the sea on a rickety dinghy with around 100 other migrants and refugees when it began to deflate.

Refugees going on holiday in the country they fled meant I couldn't get a haircut, says Tory MP who claims people are pretending to be Syrian

Adam Holloway, Conservative MP for Gravesham in Kent, hit out at refugees who have reached safe countries embarking on dangerous journeys to reach mainland Europe.

Corbyn in loyalty probe after FAILING to show up for most important Commons vote since election

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Jeremy Corbyn - who is the runaway favourite to take over as Labour leader on Saturday - did not bother showing up in last night's crucial EU referendum vote, MailOnline can reveal.

Tories attack BBC over 'pro-EU bias': Former Cabinet minister says presenters are 'devastatingly disappointed' at Eurosceptism

Tory Eurosceptic MP Bernard Jenkin, pictured, clashed with the BBC's James Naughtie on the Today programme yesterday. Mr Jenkin said the BBC had a 'cultural bias' in favour of Brussels.

Rise of the 'dinner party anti-Semite': Top Tory slams middle class racists happy to tolerate Jewish slurs

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Sajid Javid condemned the 'respectable, middle class people who would recoil in horror if you accused them of racism' but who perpetuate 'myths and slanders about Jews' among friends.

Summer-born children MUST be allowed to delay starting school, says minister in attack on councils' treatment of parents

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Schools minister Nick Gibb vowed to rewrite the rules to make clear that youngsters must be allowed to join reception classes even after they turn five and not be forced to skip a year later.

Jolie's war on ISIS: Hollywood star tells Parliament how jihadis are using rape as 'the centrepoint of their terror' as she recalls horror of meeting girls as young as seven who were brutally assaulted

Angelina Jolie tells Parliament ISIS uses rape as 'centrepoint of their terror'

Jolie, who is giving evidence to a Lords committee, said jihadist fanatics in the 'most aggressive terrorist group in the world' were using sex attacks as a 'very effective weapon'. The actress and human rights activist is giving evidence to a Lords committee on sexual violence in conflict, warning it is being used in every country. She said the use of rape by ISIS as a 'policy' was a new horror that the world had not seen before.

The Tomb Raider seemed at home among the peers. Well, she is used to ancient relics: QUENTIN LETTS sees Angelina Jolie in the House of Lords 

Angelina Jolie, spoke expertly, without melodrama, about victims of sexual violence she had met, as she gave evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee, writes QUENTIN LETTS.

MICHAEL BURLEIGH: Sinister yes, but it's right to to use these spies on the sky 

By all accounts the drone strike in Syria on the two British jihadis Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin - as well as a third person in their vehicle - was ruthlessly clinical writes MICHAEL BURLEIGH.

'If they die, they'll have been asking for it': Father of British jihadis from Cardiff says they deserve to die in RAF drone strike 

The father of Nasser Muthana, pictured, and his brother Aseel, from Cardiff, fears they may be next to die in an RAF drone strike.

Student who wanted to become a Jihadi bride is jailed for 15 months for helping a terrorist travel to Syria after striking up an online romance with him 

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Angela Shafiq, 22, pictured, advised Mohammed Ahmed, from Birmingham, about travel documents and how to get past border controls before he left Britain to join rebels in the war-torn country.

ISIS in the crosshairs: How Britain is carrying out daily missile strikes in Iraq to destroy their bunkers, trucks, boats and stockpile of deadly weapons

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As debate rages over the drone strike in Syria which killed British jihadi Reyaad Khan, the Ministry of Defence released a dossier detailing almost 300 precision strikes carried out in the last year.

Romeo Beckham leads out England alongside Wayne Rooney as his dad David uses 'connections at FA' to arrange mascot role

Romeo Beckham leads out England alongside Wayne Rooney as his dad David uses 'connections

A member of the Beckham family led out the England team for their fixture against Switzerland, however this time it was not former captain David Beckham.  Instead it was his son Romeo, who was given the privilege of walking out on to the Wembley Stadium turf alongside Wayne Rooney in his role as team mascot.  Former England and Manchester United midfielder Beckham said he used his 'connections' at the Football Association to give Romeo the chance to line up alongside Rooney as a late 13th birthday present.

England 2-0 Switzerland: Wayne Rooney breaks Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record after Harry Kane's strike

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NEIL ASHTON AT WEMBLEY: For once there was a feel-good factor around Wembley Stadium, a real buzz about the national team again after Wayne Rooney kept good on his promise to score his historic, 50th goal for the country.

My time to shine, dad! Matilde Mourinho upstages father Jose at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in VERY racy dress... as he picks up one of the top prizes

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The Chelsea manager and his 18-year-old daughter certainly impressed the crowds at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards on Tuesday evening.

Bob Geldof lays into George Osborne over migrant crisis... but still crowns him Politician of the Year at GQ Awards night'

Chancellor George Osborne, right, described Bob Geldof , left, as 'the guy who introduced my generation to the challenges of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa' after receiving his GQ award for politician of the year.

Tudor fisherman cast their nets as far away as Canada: Research shows 16th century ships were travelling 2,000 miles for catch

The study of 11 cod bones on the Mary Rose, pictured, which sank in 1545, suggests that it was demand for fish that fueled the colonisation of North America, were bounties were plentiful.

Britain is sitting on a £173bn debt time bomb - and with interest rates set to rise it's ticking even louder 

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An investigation by Money Mail has uncovered the startling rise in debt levels due to people splashing out on new cars, TVs, conservatories and home improvements.

Briton fighting for his life after a SORE THROAT turned to complete organ failure is stranded in Spain and facing a triple amputation because his local hospital in Manchester doesn't have a bed for him

Brit fighting for life with Castleman Disease is stranded in Spain

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Matthew Parkes was on holiday in Majorca with his wife Pamela (pictured together top left) and daughter Sophia, four, when he complained of a sore throat. The 38-year-old was taken to a private hospital (bottom left), where the symptom developed into pneumonia, organ failure and septic shock. He must now have a hand (shown right) and both feet amputated - but cannot fly home to Manchester because nearby intensive care unit Wythenshawe is full. Hospital bosses from Wythenshawe confirmed the unit is full and said they are hoping to admit Mr Parkes as soon as possible.

Get ready for 5G: Verizon to begin trials next year of tech that could boost mobile downloads by TEN times

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The announcement aims to accelerate the deployment of the new wireless system that could unleash innovation and new services such as driverless cars and remote surgery.

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James splashes out on £1million holiday home in David Cameron's Cornwall getaway village

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Erotic novelist E.L.James has splashed out some of her £75million fortune on a clifftop property overlooking the beach in Polzeath, Cornwall.

Alan Titchmarsh laments the demise of hanging baskets in towns which he says provide people with 'spiritual uplift' 

Colourful hanging baskets can give us a 'spiritual uplift' which makes us all feel a lot better, according to gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh.

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary smiles as he's freed from Belmarsh prison on £15,000 bail after four-day delay

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, 48, appeared in good spirits as he was driven out of London's Belmarsh Prison today after a bail hitch delayed his release from the top security jail by four days.

Thousands of NatWest customers hit by yet another technical glitch leaving them unable to withdraw cash at ATMs or pay at tills 

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Branch staff told irate customers that the bank's systems had failed nationwide, meaning millions of people may have been locked out of their accounts.

Ex-Church of England Bishop, 82, who once described Prince Charles as a 'loyal friend' admits sexually abusing 18 teenagers and young men over a thirty-year period

Today, weeks before his trial was due to start at the London's Old Bailey, Ball, dramatically pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office between 1977 and 1992, admitting assaulting several young men.

That'll soften the blow! Hedge fund boss ordered to hand over £337million in Britain's biggest divorce is now set to scoop a £57million windfall 

Chris Hohn ordered to hand over £337m in divorce now set to scoop a £57m windfall 

Sir Chris Hohn (right) was last year told to hand over £337million following the collapse of his 15-year marriage to Jamie Cooper-Hohn (left). The couple - who have homes in London, the US and the West Indies - had fought over assets totalling more than £700million at the High Court before a judge finally settled on the staggering sum. But Sir Chris, 48, was handed £56.8million after delivering the best results at the The Children's Investment Fund (TCI) since the financial crash.

Flower power: Drug found in crocuses could help beat breast, bowel and lung cancers, new research reveals 

A drug made from crocuses wiped out tumours in tests - and is thought to work against almost all types of cancer, including breast, bowel, lung and prostate.

Paula Radcliffe: I categorically deny that I have resorted to cheating in any form

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MATT LAWTON: Paula Radcliffe has strenuously denied being a drugs cheat after admitting some of her blood tests have been rated as suspicious.

Why you want to grow older in Switzerland...but not South Africa: Report ranks world governments according to how they're coping with ageing populations

To track how countries manage ageing populations, charity Age International has released its third annual Global AgeWatch Index which ranks countries in terms of quality of life and health.

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread plans price rises to pay for government's new national living wage, as trading cools in August

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The leisure company said it was developing plans to deal with the new legislation which comes into force in April next year, including 'productivity improvements' and 'efficiency savings'.

Police recruits being investigated for misconduct over Shoreham air disaster messages allegedly sending selfie from the site with the caption 'human barbecue' 

The two recently recruited constables - who have not been named - are facing an internal investigation from Sussex Police's professional standards department over the damaging claims.

Generation mobile zombie: 1 in 10 look at their phone as soon as they wake up - and almost 50% check it at least 50 times a day

The figures come from the Deloitte Mobile Consumer report which surveyed 4,000 people in the UK. They show almost half of 18 to 24-year-olds check their smartphones within five minutes of waking.

Sandstorm engulfs the Middle East killing eight people and causing hundreds to be hospitalised with respiratory problems 

Sandstorm engulfs the Middle East killing eight people

Large parts of Lebanon (pictured main and bottom right), Syria, Israel (top right) and Cyprus were shrouded in a thick cloud of dust from the storm that began sweeping into the region on Monday. In Syria, government warplanes and helicopters carried out fewer strikes as a result, but at least six people died across the country from respiratory failure, a monitor said. Lebanon's health ministry said two women had died at hospitals in the eastern Bekaa Valley region because of the storm.

Euro vote for ban on cloned meat and milk after shoppers spend years eating so-called 'Frankenfoods' without knowing 

MEPs have called for a ban on the sale of all products from cloned animals and their offspring after the European Commission proposed a ban on breeding cloned animals in member states.

Terrifying moment fire eater is engulfed by flames mid-show... and his partner carries on with the performance 

The unnamed man was performing at an event in Ufa, Russia, when his T-shirt caught fire. Footage shows his desperate bid to get his clothes off before running through the crowd to get water.

Could the West ACCIDENTALLY start a war with Russia? Warning over aggressive military exercises - as U.S. fears build-up of Putin's forces in Syria could spark conflict

The European Leadership Network, a group made up of members from both Russia and Europe, has warned that relations are heading towards Cold War levels of hostility following events in Ukraine.

Pope Francis reforms marriage annulments, allowing thousands of divorced and remarried Catholics 'living in sin to rejoin the Church'

Pope Francis has reformed the church's procedures for marriage annulments in a bid to prevent Catholics from divorcing their first partner outside of the church and remarrying in sin.

China cracks down on middle aged women dancing noisily in public squares after annoyed residents begin throwing coins, rocks and faeces to make them stop

The women, known as 'damas', who have become famous for their routines performed to loud music in public, annoyed one Beijing man so much he fired a gun into the air to make them stop.

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SARAH VINE: How some aristocrats bring out the Corbyn streak in me

I'm no one's idea of a rabid revolutionary, but every now and then something comes along to stir my inner Jeremy Corbyn. It first happened a few years ago when I sat next to Earl Spencer.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: A record-breaking rock of constancy  

With her dislike of fuss, the Queen is said to have wanted today to pass like any other, claiming no credit for overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest reigning monarch in our history.