Kim Kardashian 'was tailed by two men days before robbery'

Kim Kardashian was tailed by two men in the days preceding her terrifying multi-million dollar robbery in Paris, sources close to the French police investigation have revealed. The two men - described as 'Caucasian' and 'North African' - apparently posed as a plain clothed detective and as a photographer to gain vital 'close surveillance' information for robbery. One even tried to gain access to the Kardashian's exclusive apartment at Hotel Pourtales ahead of the raid in the early hours of Monday morning, investigators believe. The gangsters - who spoke with French accents - have now become prime suspects in the multi-million dollar jewellery theft in which Kim Kardashian begged for her life with a gun at her head. One man was seen acting suspiciously in the photography pack, right, while the other man posed as a detective to gain close access to the US personality at restaurant Ferdi on Thursday night, left.

The robbers avoided a police camera, which was not pointed at the front of Kim Kardashian West's palatial Paris apartment, which she rents for £25,000 a month. The five men are still being hunted.

German bodyguard Pascal Duvier has worked for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West since 2013. He has vowed to track down the five men who robbed the star at gunpoint in Paris on Monday.

Ben Needham police search team demolish Greek farmhouse

Police have started demolishing a farmhouse on the Greek island of Kos in the hope that it might help them solve the mystery surrounding toddler Ben Needham's disappearance. A digger began work today (pictured) and already most of the building has been turned to rubble. Detective Inspector Jon Cousins, from South Yorkshire Police, told reporters the Greek family who own it - who live in Australia - were 'clearly upset' but have agreed for the property to be torn apart in the hope it might provide answers for the Needhams. Ben (inset) vanished while on holiday on the island in July 1991.

Pope Francis stands in front of rubble, with the standing bell tower in the background, of the quake-struck town of Amatrice, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Francis had made clear his intentions to visit the August quake-stricken zone in central Italy, but without announcing a date, indicating that he wanted to go alone "to be close to the people." (L'Osservatore Romano/ Pool Photo via AP)

Powerful photographs show the Pope praying silently alone amid the rubble in the hardest-hit part of Amatrice - which was near the epicentre of the quake.

Pope Francis said Jesus would never have turned away transgender people and revealed he had ministered to homosexuals as a priest, bishop and now as Pope.

Maria Sharapova tested positive for meldonium earlier this year

Five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has had her two-year doping ban reduced to 15 months. This will allow to her to make her comeback at the French Open in May.

Syrian soldiers, backed by Russian air support, have advanced against rebels during intense street battles in Aleppo, after the United States finally gave up on talks aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal.

Italy's coastguard saved at least 200 children - including nine youngsters under five-years-old - in one of the biggest ever rescue missions in a single day on Monday.

Representatives from Egypt, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK and the U.S. all attended the high-level meeting on Monday.

ISIS fighters release horrific mass execution video of militants beheading Syrian rebels

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Islamic State have released the video as a warning to Muslims in Syria thinking of joining US-backed rebel groups trying to overthrow the Assad regime. They say bloodshed will come to those who do not support an ISIS-run Syria, and the video footage shows fighters performing a Nazi salute. At the end of the clip, titled And Allah will be sufficient for you against them, men from the Free Syrian Army are brutally beheaded.

The white ghettos that blight South Africa

Photographer Jacques Nelles has captured life of a poor white community living in the Munsieville township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, in a series of depressing images. Jeanine (left), Irene (top right, with her daughter and grandson) and Chillo (bottom right) all have hard luck stories about their life in the camp. Around 42,000 white South Africans live in poverty, but despite the apartheid era having long gone they tend to live apart from the millions of black South Africans who also live on low or no incomes.

The 400 or so migrants are marching in protest from Belgrade in Serbia to the Hungarian border holding signs pleading the government to open their borders to allow them access to the EU.

Narges Ashtari, 28, originally from Iran but who grew up in Exeter, Devon, says she has been wrongly accused of a little girl's death near an orphanage she runs in India.

A Nigerian actress who has been banned from making films after holding hands with a singer in a music video has made a grovelling apology on Twitter. Rahama Sadau, 22, asked to be forgiven.

The new vocabulary dodges technology on US social media sites that picks up on racist terms by replacing them with seemingly innocent alternatives, such as 'Skittles' and 'Bings'.

Stephanie Keegan, pictured, whose son Daniel died following a year-long battle with PTSD accused Donald Trump of being 'absurd and ignorant' after he accused some sufferers of being weak.

Christopher Patrick Odom, 26, was charged with rape, sexual battery and two counts of official misconduct by a Maury County grand jury. He served with Spring Hill Police Department.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange promises to release leaked documents before US election

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today denied he was planning to 'destroy' Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign during a press conference celebrating the organization's ten-year anniversary. Assange, speaking by video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London said he will release leaked data relating to the presidential election every week until November's poll. He described the information as 'fascinating'.

World's largest sailing superyacht Sailing Yacht A is taken for test run in Germany

It was virtually impossible to miss the world's largest sailing superyacht as it took to the sea for a test run today (left) - thanks in large part to its three mammoth 300ft masts which stand taller than Big Ben's tower. The 468ft-long vessel, owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko (inset with his wife), was reportedly pulled out of the German Naval Yard in Kiel, north of Hamburg, by a tugboat and it eventually built up a speed of 20 knots. But the superyacht, worth an estimated $450million (£313million), was not able to realise its full potential because the three huge sails have not yet been unveiled. They are expected to be tested at some point in the next week. It was imaginatively named 'Sailing Yacht A' by its owner - who hit the headlines in September when he moored his other £225 million superyacht, 'Motor Yacht A', on the Thames.

A French priest stabbed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July has been put on the fast track to sainthood by the Pope. Usually a miracle has to be declared before someone can be beatified.

France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy bragged about his model wife Carla Bruni's breasts during a cabinet meeting, according to a damaging new book by one of his former advisers.

Cars drive along a street under heavy rain in downtown Kingston Jamaica, Sunday Oct. 2 , 2016. An extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew is moving slowly over the Caribbean. It's following a track that authorities are warning could trigger devastation in parts of Haiti.(AP Photo/Collin Reid)

Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic in almost a decade, is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti and Jamaica (pictured) on Monday.

Meals prepared for the ISIS leader and three other commanders of the terrorist organisation were allegedly poisoned in the Be'aaj district, southwest of Nineveh.

North Korea has reportedly seen a surge in incurable diseases and radiation deaths after it carried out its fifth nuclear test.

A Russian company is rolling out children's beds in the shape of the BUK missile launcher, which shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Syrian rebels approach symbolic Islamic State village

Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, backed by Turkey and a U.S. led coalition, are closing in on the village of Dabiq, the site of an apocalyptic prophesy central to ISIS' ideology. Although the village is in relatively flat countryside northeast of Aleppo and holds little strategic value, it is seen by Islamic State as the place where a final battle will take place between Muslims and infidels, heralding Doomsday. Washington believes taking Dabiq could strike at Islamic State morale, as it prepares to fend off expected offensives against Iraq's Mosul and Syria's Raqqa (file image of FSA troops).

Hillary Clinton visits Charlotte church and says US should protect all from gun violence

Hillary Clinton told the congregation of a majority-black church in Charlotte North Carolina that 'she would not be able to stand it' if her grandchildren 'were scared and worried like many across the country.' During her address to the Little Rock AME Zion Church, Clinton invited on stage nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant, who spoke at a packed City Hall meeting on the issue of gun violence. The youngster told officials: 'We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this. We shouldn't have to protest because y'all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights.'

Michelle Obama's ex-chief of staff, Kristen Jarvis, and the President's former secret service agent, Shaun West, have asked the First Daughters to play a starring role in their wedding.

Pope Francis, pictured with his former Fox News communications chief Greg Burke, right, said he would not endorse any of the candidates for US President claiming they all had 'difficulties'.

The defunct Ashburn Colored School building, in Virginia's Loudoun County, was desecrated with 'white power' messages (pictured). A £100,000 project to turn it into a museum was ongoing.

The terror group had been meeting in the village of al-Mahaws to plan an attack on security forces. The news comes as members of a female ISIS cell were arrested in Morocco (file image of ISIS fighters).

India has a history of detaining pigeons over fears they are being used for espionage by Pakistan ©Sajjad Hussain (AFP/File)

Indian border guards intercepted the suspicious-looking pigeon as it flew near the heavily militarised frontier with Pakistan. Police confirmed the bird was carrying a note threatening PM Narendra Modi.

Officials say that the officer, Travis Cole, has been stripped of his law enforcement credentials for using excessive force on Dejuan Yourse during in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Drone footage shows Aleppo as modern thriving town in government-held areas

Syria may not be top of many people's holiday lists for 2017, but its tourism ministry has released a video advertising a side of war-torn Aleppo that can scarcely be believed. Drone footage shows the citizens in the Government-held half bathed in glorious sunshine (pictured left) as they go about their daily business in the surroundings of grand buildings, fabulous gardens and huge swimming pools. It is a stark and harrowing comparison to the other half of Aleppo (right), which is currently being bombed into the ground by missiles from President Bashar al-Assad's troops and the Russian military.

Czech leader says failed asylum seekers should be sent to Greek islands or Africa

The Czech president, Milos Zeman, has called for the hundreds of thousands of economic migrants who have arrived in Europe to be sent to uninhabited Greek islands or even Africa. Mr Zeman said the only solution to the continent's migrant crisis was to deport those not fleeing war and he suggested they could be sent to 'empty parts' of Africa. He claimed 'less than one-third' of the one million arrivals last year were genuine refugees.

Marine Le Pen, pictured, received a major boost in her bid to become French president after an opinion poll suggested she was far more popular than Nicolas Sarkozy among the nation's voters.

The author has sold millions of books (pictured) under the pseudonym since publishing her first work in 1992 - but her real name may have finally been revealed as translator Anita Raja.

Pope Francis speaks with journalists on board the flight from Baku to Rome, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Pope Francis praised Azerbaijan on Sunday as a model for a world divided by violent extremism, sidestepping criticism of the government for the sake of encouraging religious tolerance in an often-volatile region where Catholics are a minority. (Luca Zennaro/Pool Photo via AP)

After a trip to Azerbaijan, Pope Francis has criticised what he called the 'nasty' tendency of schools to 'indoctrinate' children with the idea their gender was something that could be chosen or changed.

Freelance journalist Janina Findeisen is said to have been taken in October last year and had her baby in January but escaped and arrived in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday.

Joachim Kebschull, 61, was taken to hospital after being struck from behind with a lump of timber in an attack in Oersdorf in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Rosa Villar Jarionca, 73, was judged by 40 people who sentenced her to death then but her on a pile of wood and set her alight in the Shiringamazu Alto area of Peru.

15,000 Chinese villagers treated to a street party

More than 15,000 locals have turned out for a street feast to celebrate the rebuilding of their village in China after it was knocked down by developers to make way for high-rise apartment blocks. Residents of the once historic Yangji village in Guangdong province, southern China, dined in their thousands at red tables during the 'housewarming' to celebrate their new 'modern' homes on Sunday. Yangji was just one of 138 villages demolished to make space for the massive housing boom in the nearby city of Guangzhou.

Syrian rescue worker recalls moment he pulled a month-old baby to safety from rubble

Abu Kifah (pictured, inset) was praised as a hero after rescuing the baby (main image) from a suspected Russian warplane attack that left her trapped under rubble for two hours in the northern city of Idleb. His face wet with tears (bottom right), the rescue worker clutched 30-day-old baby Hamida to his chest as she wailed in distress, her yellow baby grow covered in dust from the attack that almost killed her. The volunteer with the Syria Civil Defense team was filmed sobbing helplessly as he rushed the baby girl to hospital in an ambulance. Although the 29-year-old is childless, he said that he felt like, 'I was her father and she was my real daughter.' The footage proved too much for BBC newsreader Kate Silverton (top right), who cried live on air after watching the clip.

Doctors have replaced a Western Australian man's thumb with his big toe in an attempt to restore function after his hands were crushed in a roller during a life-changing workplace accident.

Hanover police said a 19-year-old man living with the woman, 22, in the northern German city discovered the case on Thursday and reported it to police.

Markets around the world were thrown into turmoil this morning after shares in the German Deutsche Bank plummeted nine per cent due to an American authorities fine but, reports of a deal have emerged.

Brazilian man injected himself with oil to become a beefcake with 23 inch biceps 

A 48-year-old construction worker from Sao Paulo, Brazil has doubled his biceps in size from 12 to 23 inches by injecting a potentially lethal oil, synthol, but Valdir Segato (pictured) says he is not big enough yet. He said: 'I've doubled my biceps but I still want to be bigger.' Amazingly he was once an emaciated drug addict (inset, left) who was known as 'Skinny Dog'. Valdir's friend Fernando Carvalho da Silva, said: 'I think the oil thing is stupidity. He thinks it's good and I'm a friend so I stay quiet, but deep down I want to tell him to stop but he doesn't want to. He's happy like that.' The synthol has given him huge muscles in his neck and shoulders (inset, right).

Incredible pictures show hippos battling in a river in Zambia

The pictures were taken from close range in the South Luangwa River in Zambia as the three 1,500kg animals smashed lumps out of each other to be crowned the king of their herd. As a crash of hippos watched on, as well as some crocodiles, Kanwar Deep Juneja from New Delhi, India, defied the advice of his tour guide and got to the edge of the river to snap away. The temperamental beasts squared up to each other, butting heads and opening their huge jaws wide to try and clamp down on the throats of the others.

The featherless lovebird suffers from Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) giving her an oven-ready look and was rescued by vets in Boston before she was adopted by Isabella Eisenmann.

Samson, pictured with owner Jonathan Zurbel, is officially the biggest cat in New York and has a staggering 104,000 followers on his very own personal Instagram account.

A bride surprised her wedding guests in Granada, Spain by dancing as a Star Wars Stormtrooper alongside Britain's Got Talent sensations Boogie Storm for her first dance.