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Updated: 11:41 EST

Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs claims 5,900 lives in five months

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has pushed the death toll to 5,927 since he took office in June vowing to get rid of narcotics in the country. The radical leader insists he is not a killer, despite the country's streets being littered with dead bodies due to his crackdown on illicit drugs (main and inset). President Duterte said he is not about to pull the plug on his operation, but would happily allow citizens to enjoy Christmas and New Year in peace if people stopped taking drugs.

Louise Maloney from Greater Manchester goes missing after work Christmas party

This is the emotional moment a woman was told her younger sister had been found alive more than 30 hours after she vanished during a works Christmas party. Make-up artist Kirstie Prince, 27, (pictured right) had mounted a frantic search for mother-of-two Louise Maloney, 24, (left) after she was last seen at 2am on Monday during a party in central Manchester. Boutique shop girl Louise - who rarely goes out - had left her daughter, aged five and son aged three with a babysitter so she could go to her work Christmas party.

Police have closed streets in central Peterborough after a 'beeping' public bin caused a bomb scare.

Unite members employed by Wincanton at an Argos distribution centre in Burton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, will walk out for three days from next Tuesday.

Piers Baker, 41, was left furious after the customer claimed they suffered food poisoning after eating at the Sun Inn in Dedham on the Essex-Suffolk border.

The pair are said to have been out and about not far from his Kensington Palace home yesterday evening as they prepare to spend some time together before Christmas.

Elaine Ford, from Stirling, was giving evidence at the trial of former lover Nathan Gray, who is accused of abducting and assaulting her after she broke up with him.

KFC's Colonel's Club loyalty scheme currently has 1.2 million users in the UK, who were sent an email advising them to change their passwords, although only a 'small number' had been hacked.

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Southern Rail strike chaos sees angry commuters take to Twitter

Management consultant Jim Boyden, 38, is one of the 300,000 passengers who rely on Southern services each day as he commutes to London from his home in Shoreham, West Sussex. As thousands of furious customers took to Twitter to vent their frustration, Mr Boyden shared a photo of his one-year-old Zac (left) with a message (inset) explaining that he will miss the toddler's bedtime story because of the strikes. Thousands of commuters packed on to already crowded London Underground and London Overground carriages, as well as trains operated by other rail companies, as they struggled to find alternative routes to work after their regular Southern trains were cancelled as part of the 48-hour walkout (right, Victoria Underground station).

The fireball crashed down in southern Spain at about 10.25pm on Sunday and the huge streak of light in the sky was witnessed by tourists and residents in the Costa Del Sol.

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Adrian Brown, 38, of Forest Hill, south east London, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and assault.

Zoe Roscoe, 23, from Bolton, was diagnosed with a brain AVM in 2013. She underwent radiosurgery and the mass was removed. But it left with her severe weakness and loss of balance.

Where are the Love Actually cast now 13 years on?

Since its release in 2003, Love Actually has become a bona fide Christmas classic. The singing schoolgirl Joanna (top left), played by Olivia Olson (below left), is now 24, and still singing and acting in LA, while her secret admirer Sam (above, second from left), played by Thomas Brodie Sangster (below, second from left), has appeared in Game of Thrones and the Maze Runner. Martine McCutcheon, who played Downing Street staffer Natalie (above, third from left), was recently announced as a Loose Women panellist (below, third from left), while shy Karl (above, third from right), played by the hunky Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, now stars in the HBO hit Westworld (below, third from right). Hugh Grant, who starred as Prime Minister David 13 years ago (above, second from right), just picked up a Best Actor award for his performance in Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep (below, second from right), and Peter (above, right), picked up Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his role in 12 Years a Slave (below, right).

Not a single hospital or health trust in the UK is thoroughly examining patient deaths to check for avoidable errors, a report from the CQC released today has revealed.

Southern Rail repeated warnings that around 500,000 regular passengers who live south of London should not bother trying to travel as it lost a legal battle to avert the action.

Channel 5's Xmas Excess: Parents Splash The Cash shows mother buy children 96 gifts EACH

Emma Tapping, 28, from the Isle of Man, inset, will be making sure they each get 96 gifts - even though they still haven't used many of the items they were given last festive season. She was accused of 'abusing' and spoiling her children by lavishing them with the gifts that cost £1,500 in 2015, left. But the mother-of-three said the criticism hasn't put her off spending lavishly again this Christmas and this year she started her present-buying in July when she armed herself with a suitcase to carry everything home - and shared a snap of this year's tree on Facebook, right.

Sir Chris Hohn (pictured), 50, divorced his American wife Jamie-Cooper Hohn and was ordered to give her a third of his fortune at the time - £337m.

Turkey is in danger of being overtaken as the centrepiece of the Christmas dinner table. Free-range goose and other more upmarket offerings have seen a surge in popularity.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) who work as counter staff plan to walk out for three days on December 19, 20 and 24. Cash handlers will strike on the 22nd and 23rd.

'You've left me with nothing, I'll leave you with only memories': Father drowned daughter,

Keziah Flux-Edmonds (pictured left) was killed by her father Darren (right with his daughter and wife Nikki), 44, who drowned her in the bathtub of the family home in East Cowes, Isle of Wight before laying her body in the master bedroom. The father-of-one also killed the family's two terrier dogs. Keziah's lifeless body was found with her arms wrapped around her beloved pets Arnie and Maximus. Both the dogs were soaking wet and it is believed Flux-Edmonds drowned them too. Flux-Edmonds, who suffered from depression, was looking after Keziah while her mother Nikki Flux-Edmonds was at work for an hour. He sent her a chilling text 25 minutes after she left the house. The inquest heard the long message began with 'Congratulations' and ended with: 'You have left me with nothing, I'll leave you with only memories.' Keziah's grandmother June Lillian Flux is pictured inset leaving the inquest today.

Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested for the first time there would be a review of the controversial target of spending 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid.

The Mail has led the way in chronicling how British taxpayers' money has been squandered overseas. Here are some of the most egregious examples of how YOUR money has been spent.

With the social care system in meltdown across Britain, JAMES SLACK answers 10 questions on why the care system for the elderly is in meltdown and close to 'toppling over.'

Taking a swipe at Cabinet colleagues opposed to the idea, Hammond said there was an 'emerging opinion' among businesses and 'thoughtful politicians' that a transitional deal after Brexit will be needed.

Fiona Walker, pictured, from just outside Kilmarnock, said she was too frightened to call the police so begged for help on social media instead.

The Lord Chief Justice will consider whether to free the jailed commando Alexander Blackman (pictured) while he awaits the start of a fresh appeal against his murder conviction.

Prince Philip bowls COW PATS at Prince Charles in unseen Royal home videos

The Duke of Edinburgh's softer side was revealed in footage of intimate family moments shown on television today as part of a documentary marking the 60th anniversary of his award scheme. The previously unseen images looked back at the 1960s and touching moments between the Royal couple and their children, with Philip even seen bowling cow pats (inset) for a young Prince Charles to bat away, while the young Prince of Wales was also seen larking about with friends (bottom right). The Duke of Edinburgh was seen messing around in his bathing suit aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, sliding along the wet deck (top right). The hour-long special featured Prince Philip being interviewed by 'daytime television royalty' Phillip Schofield (left). The Duke's youthful good looks in his naval days even drew comparisons with James Bond due from some smitten viewers on social media.

The monarch, who rarely attends funerals apart from for members of the Royal Family, demonstrated her affection for her confidante by joining mourners at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

Sleaford's new Conservative MP, Caroline Johnson, 'took her seat'. One odd thing about this ceremony is that the newly-elected MP always leaves the Chamber, says QUENTIN LETTS

A fake email purporting to be from the Seattle-based retail giant has been sent to thousands of users around the world. The email claims that there has been a problem with a recent order.

According to the international team of researchers, it takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity.

A new review has found that trainer insoles are not effective in preventing over all injuries. The team from Trobe University in Melbourne Australia looked at past studies done on the inserts.

Londoner Tom Wilson was killed in a tragic hockey accident at the age of 22

At 22, Tom Wilson had a job he loved as a trainee surveyor with a London property developer. Then, after a terrible accident at hockey practice last December, he never returned from hospital. Shortly after his death, his family was asked whether they wanted to donate his organs. 'It's a decision you never think you will have to make,' says Lisa. 'It was an extremely selfless thought in the darkest of hours.'

Lee Nutley was found on his sofa in October this year by his father who became worried when his son did not answer the door to his flat on the street where Benefits Street was filmed in Stockton.

Lilibeth Ambler-Lomax was last seen by her father at Huddersfield railway station in West Yorkshire yesterday. The girl was due to get a train to York after visiting her father, but failed to return home.

Ronan Costello, 17, died three days after the collision, which took place during the first half of an under 19s rugby match at the Dram Centre, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on June 11.

A driver broke both his legs when he was run over by his own car during a trip to the beach. The car went so far under the sea at Penmaenmawr, near Conwy, North Wales, only the roof was showing.

Barnaby Cork, four, died on the way to hospital after suffering severe head injuries caused by the collision at Thame Leisure Centre in Oxfordshire. His parents described the boy as their 'world'.

Mother Julie Hewitt, 39, claims she is entitled to a subsidy for her petrol money to drive daughter Connie to school because they live more than three miles away in Bodmin, Cornwall.

Walter Swinburn dead aged 55: Three-time Derby-winning jockey sadly passes away

Walter Swinburn, three-time Derby winner and one of the most talented jockeys of his generation has died. Swinburn, 55, who has been suffering from epilepsy, passed away peacefully at his London home. The former jockey, who also had a brief career as a trainer, will be forever linked with the great Shergar, the 1981 Derby winner.

Karen Kujawa, from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, lost her daughter Elizabeth Buckley when a 'petrol head' on a first date tried to impress the teenager and lost control of his Toyota at speeds of 60mph.

Southern rail passenger carrying infant denied first class seat because she hasn't paid

Tyrone Williams, from Bromley, shared a video that captured the moment when the woman was forced out of her seat despite the fact she had an infant in a sling. The mother sat down in the first class section of a Southern Rail train to Brighton. However, fellow passengers argued that she shouldn't be allowed to sit there because she doesn't have a first class ticket but the mother points out it is a priority seat. Southern Rail say that priority seats in first class are available to ticket holders only unless it has been declassified due to disruption.

Ralph Clarke (shown) told Birmingham Crown Court the offences against the schoolboy were 'something that happened' and said he was 'immune to feelings' following his arrest last year.

Peter Morgan, 54, strangled Georgina Symonds, 25, at her bungalow in Llanmartin, Newport, after discovering she planned to 'fleece him', leave him and work for other men.

Michael Boothman, pictured, lost control of his delivery truck in Lincolnshire in January, having taken a corner too quickly, crashing into Brian Dickenson, 82 and his wife Ruth, 77.

Former billionaire property tycoon Simon Halabi 'hurled racist abuse at a bin man'

Simon Halabi (left), 58, allegedly shouted 'f*** off out the way you black c***' at Carl Thomas when the bin lorry stopped in the middle of the road to pick up rubbish bags in London's Mayfair (right). Halabi, who was once Britain's 12th richest man before declaring bankruptcy in 2010, also branded the 47 year-old West Indian a 'monkey' and a 'peasant' before shouting 'I own this road, I can do what I want', it is claimed.

Rachid Nejjar, 71, of Casablanca, Morocco, allegedly crept up behind four young women watching the ceremony at The Royal Mews outside Buckingham Palace in London.

Nigel McGrath, 45, was found hanged at his isolated farmhouse in west Wales and his partner Tracy Cockrell was dead on the sofa, having been strangled.

Vladimir Bukovsky, 74, pictured, would 'constantly' download indecent material of children, with a particular emphasis on young boys, over a 15 year period, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Grade II listed farmhouse owned by TV mogul David Frank suffers huge fire

A grade II listed farmhouse in Braishfield, Hants, owned by TV mogul David Frank, caught fire after it spread from a nearby property. Fire-fighters were called on Monday at 12.21 pm after the historic red brick and timber thatched house was reported a blaze. David Frank is the founder of the company behind such international hits as The Secret Millionaire and Wife Swap.

Rare etchings, which picture The Artful Dodger, top left, Bill Skypes, top right, Oliver lower left and Fagin lower right are being sold by auctioneers Sotheby's with a pre-sale estimate of £3,000.

Survivors of the crash have instructed expert injury lawyers to take legal action against transport operators.The injured are calling for lessons to be learned so a similar incident can be avoided.

Seven million viewers - a 20 per cent share - watched as Matt Terry was crowned winner of this year's ITV show. It was a drop of 1.4million from 2015, when 8.4million watched.

Jane Austen engraved £5 note spent in Wales

Tiny portraits of Jane Austen have been added to four of the new £5 notes by micro-engraver Graham Short (engraved note right, top and bottom). It was revealed today that one of the notes was spent in the Square Cafe in Blackwood, south Wales (pictured left) at the end of last week. If the cafe owner did not notice, the note could have been given out in change and now be in someone's wallet or circulating.

Just hours earlier a burst main had left this London suburb submerged under 3ft of water, But the clean-up in Stoke Newington was in full swing today as people returned to their homes and businesses.

The red sports car is said to have sent at least one of the pedestrians 'flying over the railings' of a bridge just yards from Battersea Dogs Home in Battersea Park Road (pictured), south-west London, this morning.

An order banning National Action was laid before Parliament today by Home Secretary Amber Rudd - the first time membership of a far-right group has been outlawed in the UK.

The guidance in a document on 'increasing participation in women and girls' football' was spotted by Carol Hughes, deputy headmistress of Lumley Junior School in County Durham.

Syrian forces say they now have control of '98% of eastern Aleppo' 

The Syrian army says it has gained control of 98% of eastern Aleppo (inset), leaving only a tiny enclave packed with rebels and civilians. The military's statement said pro-government forces have seized control of al-Fardous, one of the largest neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo, which has been held by the rebels since 2012. If President Bashar al-Assad seizes complete control of the city it would be his greatest victory yet in the five-year civil war. Zakaria Malahifji, a rebel leader, admitted: 'The situation is extremely difficult today'. Crowds of civilians have (top and bottom right) been seen celebrating the advances in Assad-held sectors of the city, waving their country's national flag in the air along with portraits of the president (pictured).

Brothers Jack and Harry Williams, who co-wrote the hit BBC drama, revealed they were inspired by 'genius' detective Jean-Francois Abgrall, who cracked the case of a serial killer in France.

Pictures from the scene have shown flames engulfing part of the Oceania residences high-rise block on the Palm, Dubai, which appears to have started in one of the penthouses.

The Munich-based European Janusz Korczak Acaedmy are hoping to pair ordinary Germans with their Jewish counterparts so they can talk about their lives and end anti-Semitism.

A previously unknown drawing by Leonardo da Vinci of the martyr San Sebastian has been valued at £12.6m after being brought in for valuation out of the blue by a retired French doctor.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde went on trial today, accused of negligence for allowing the French government to give Bernard Tapie a £338million bailout.

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North Korean guard tries an e-cig after he thought it was a bomb

A baffled North Korean border railway guard took his first puff of an electronic cigarette that he confiscated from British tourist Del Dinsdale (inset). The official thought the e-cig was a 'bomb' but gave it a try once Mr Dinsdale explained it was a vapour cigarette. Strict rules in the communist country means tourists are usually forbidden from taking photos of officials but the guard was so amazed that he happily posed for photos.

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 politician has controversially voiced her backing for Sharia Law being introduced in Europe, calling it 'absolutely compatible' with current legislation.

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.

A Moroccan asylum seeker allegedly followed a woman into the toilet of a nightclub in Germany and raped her when she rejected his advances. The incident happened in the Bar 99 Cent, in Hamburg.

DAMIAN THOMPSON: What a wretched mess! Ministers have decided to raise council taxes in a much too belated attempt to solve the crisis of elderly care.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: One of the benchmarks of a civilised society is that it treats its elderly with dignity and guarantees they will be looked after when they can no longer look after themselves.