Christians under siege: Funeral for 24 worshippers slaughtered by Islamist suicide bomber

Egypt's Coptic Christian community held a funeral service today for 25 Christians killed as they worshipped at a chapel next to the faith's main cathedral in Cairo - one of the deadliest attacks against them by Islamist terrorists. A jihadist is believed to have lobbed the bomb over the wall, blowing out windows during Sunday Mass at a chapel adjacent to St Mark's Cathedral, seat of the ancient Coptic Christian church. The coffins of the victims were laid in front of the altar today (pictured) as the spiritual leader of Egypt's Orthodox Christians, Pope Tawadros II, led the service. The floor of the chapel was covered in blood (inset) after the attack.

Minutes from an internal meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels suggest introducing a 'filter function of the external borders', according to reports in Germany.

Cologne will have 1,500 police officers on the ground at the city's New Year's Eve celebration this year. In 2015, there were 600 reports of women sexually assaulted by migrant men at the event.

The party of populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders is now the most popular party in Holland after he was found guilty of discrimination against Moroccans last week.

A family is calling for an inquiry after a man was wrongly pronounced dead after a car accident and spent two days alive in a mortuary fridge, only to die hours after his pulse was discovered.

The Syrian army says it has gained control of 98% of eastern Aleppo, leaving only a tiny enclave packed with rebels and civilians. Zakaria Malahifji, a rebel, said: 'The situation is extremely difficult today'.

President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday that Venezuela's largest bank note would be defunct. Citizens rushed to cash machines and only have ten days to exchange their £100-bolivar bills.

Kanga-mew: Cat learns to get around by hopping like a kangaroo after its front legs were 'fried off' by electric shock 

Able, a brown and white moggy, gets around by hopping like a kangaroo. The three-year-old cat's front paws and tail were fried off in an electric shock. He was found lying in an alley in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The accident was so loud that neighbours thought a bomb had gone off. It took two years for Able to fully recover but now he can jump onto high ledges.

AnimaNaturalis activists stage 'heap of carcasses' lie-in during fur trade protests

Dozens of campaigners stripped naked and piled together to imitate a heap of animal carcasses in an area popular with tourists in the Spanish city of Barcelona. In the middle of the activists, Luisa Escribano, 53, and her daughter Barbara, 21, held up a sign reading: 'How many lives just for a coat?' Each year over 60 million animals - including over 32 million in the EU - are killed around the world to make coats and other items from their skin, according to international animal rights group AnimaNaturalis which staged the demonstration.

A manhunt is underway after the gang of four thieves targeted the van on a major road near the town of Dardilly, near Lyon in France.

A man narrowly escaped an assassination attempt with only minor injuries near a Dutch primary school, which was caught on CCTV. The attack took place near a primary school in Amsterdam.

An unlucky squirrel got trapped in a manhole cover after its furry hips wouldn't let him pass through. A passer-by spotted the rodent in Munich, Bavaria where he was eventually rescued.

US Navy searching for Russian submarines feared to have been sent after NATO warships

NATO forces in the eastern Mediterranean are reportedly hunting for Russian submarines which are capable of sinking aircraft carriers. A US Navy Poseidon P-8 jet (pictured, top left) has been overflying the area (inset) in a bid to the find the Oscar Class II submarine (bottom left), which was spotted in the vicinity of the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier (right). The cat-and-mouse chase involving American planes and ships and Russian submarines has echoes of The Hunt for Red October, the Tom Clancy book which was later turned into a film starring Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius.

Photographer Marcos Alberti's 3 Glasses project shows the effect wine has

Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti captured in real-time the effects that wine has on you - and it's written all over your face. His viral project amassed more than 1 million views in its first week. In his project, '3 Glasses' he photographs his subjects when they first arrive, then after one, two, and three glasses of wine.

The 51-year-old, named locally as Mark Woodward, was staying with his girlfriend at the two-star Hostal El Cid in the popular tourist town of Fuengirola when he fell.

One of the suspects was seized in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, the other in Mannheim in Baden-Wuerttemburg, German police have revealed.

Around 400 African migrants forced their way into the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta today, the biggest group in a decade to storm the walled city bordering Morocco in search of asylum.

Aleppo drone footage reveals the devastation of the Old City

Drone footage released by the Syrian army shows the devastating reality of Aleppo reduced to ashes at the hands of rebels. Though the city has largely been reclaimed, the effects of war remain prominent. Bombed-out buildings and destroyed roads, the result of ground fighting and air strikes, could be seen in the footage released on Thursday as the army pressed ahead with an offensive to retake all of Aleppo, once Syria's most populous city.

Brown bears have massive fight over a fish in Russia

The brutal fight took place on the banks of Lake Kurilskoe in Kamchatka, Russia and kicked off over a fish. It was captured by photographer Igor Ivanko who was looking the other when he heard a roar. The massive beasts squared up to each other and stood tall on their hind legs before exchanging blows.

Air France was targeted early on in the interceptions by US National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, GCHQ, according to a report.

The girl was playing outside her Jharkhand home when two men tried to lure her away with sweets. When she refused she was carried away and the duo launched the sickening attack on her.

The hackers had demanded 100 Bitcoin (the digital currency) - which amounts to about $70,000 - and so staff shut down all the ticketing machines in San Francisco, California.

About 60,000 will be returned under voluntary repatriation programmes while the rest face compulsory deportations, the German chancellor revealed.

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has vowed to step down if he fails to convince voters to back a streamlining of the political system that includes curbing the powers of its Senate.

After Austrian leadership candidate Norbert Hofer promised a referendum, Juncker said giving people a vote would be 'unwise' as they could seek to replicate Brexit.

Sapna Shukla is crushed to death by train after mugger pushes her in Mumbai

A mugger has been charged with killing a 24-year-old bank clerk after she fell under a train during a robbery at a station in India. Sapna Shukla (circled, left) lost her balance and fell under the train at Kurla station in Mumbai after being attacked by a teenager who tried to steal a gold chain around her neck. Rafi Malik, 19, was arrested at the station after he was chased and confronted by other passengers (circled, right). BN Shukla travelled to Mumbai yesterday to collect the body of Miss Shukla (inset). He sobbed as he spoke rhetorically to reporters: 'They say she lost her balance. Was it her fault?'

Dramatic moment Russian special forces use a machinegun ROBOT as they 'take out' ISIS war lord behind deadly bombings

Dramatic footage shows anti-terror officers firing into a building after cornering Rustam Aselderov at a secret compound in the Russian city of Makhachkala. Moments later, a weaponised robot trundles into view (left and centre) and is manoeuvred to face the building before opening fire. Soldiers can be seen securing the area (right) after the robot's machinegun had ripped holes in the wall. Aselderov, also known as Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari, and four of his henchmen were 'neutralised' in the raid. The 35-year-old was said to be involved in blasts in the southern Russian city of Volgograd which killed 34 in 2013.

Oskar Groening, now 95, was found guilty in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murders of 300,000 people at Auschwitz in occupied Poland and sentenced to four years in prison.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants work to begin on the new 'super-heavy' rocket which will 'pave the way' for a lunar research station.

A British man and a Dutchman have died after being caught in a huge avalanche while skiing in Tyrol, Austria. The 40-year-old Briton was pulled out of the snow after being swept down a steep slope.

Iran opens theme park where children pretend to attack Israel and Western enemies

Run by the Iranian government, The City of Games for Revolutionary Children, in Mashad, teaches children to fight against enemies including Israel and the US. Young children as young as eight don military uniforms and fight 'battles', and visitors are encouraged to fire rubber bullets at an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Naike Rivelli reveals naked photo was taken by STEP-FATHER and MOTHER

Naike Rivelli (right and naked, left), daughter of Flash Gordon actress Ornella Muti (inset), is well known in Italy for posing for saucy photographs, but this one (left) was labelled 'very aembarrassing' and 'sad'. She posted one on social media of her standing on one leg in front of a mirror, hands covering her breasts and groin captioned: 'Who in the world took this picture of me? The man I don't have? The woman I don't have? The friends who aren't here right now? Who?' before revealing the photographers in an uncropped shot. Her mother's partner Fabrice Kerherve (left in left picture), wearing just underpants and a T-shirt, is taking the shot (left) seen earlier and her mother is lying under the dressing table snapping away with her phone.

Norwegian Sigurd Halvorsen was taking a group of four tourists and two other guides around the Majete Game Reserve in Malawi when the enraged animal rammed into them.

The eight women and four men were also banned from working in the the fashion industry and barred from going abroad after being sentenced in the Iranian city of Shiraz.

Felix Kjellberg, who posts videos under the name PewDiePie, has accused YouTube of being 'a toddler playing with knives' in his rant about losing subscribers.

The Danish Immigration Service suspected 800 migrants were lying about their age and asked the University of Copenhagen to run checks on them - and 600 turned out to be adults.

Julian Assange claims the woman he is accused of raping consented to 'unprotected sex'. He said in a statement he is 'certain' she was not asleep at the time in question.

Paris is suffering its worst winter pollution in a decade even though the city has imposed traffic restrictions and offered free transportation to commuters.

Syrian border between ISIS and Israel sees dust and rain cloud barrier

A huge cloud of dust and rain blew up along the border between Israel and ISIS last week, sparking online claims that it was a biblical storm. Eyewitnesses said the storm seemed to stop at the boundary and be unable to enter the Golan Heights, which tower above the rest of Syria and are occupied by Israeli troops. A video on Facebook shows the soldiers staring at wonderment at the strange phenomenon (pictured) and taking pictures (inset). But one online cynic said it was 'a long shelf cloud and nothing more'.