Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has sent the death toll top 5,927 in the five months he has been in office having vowed to eradicate the drug problem 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. 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.
How did baby Michael die? Mother's friend who was looking after the five-month-old boy said he fell from a change table - but forensics found 'anal injuries, blood in his nappy and evidence of shaking'
Michael Smedley, a five-month-old baby from Alice Springs who died in 212, ad 26 bruises on his body, as well as cerebral swelling and anal injuries, a coronial inquest heard on Tuesday. The infant died while in the care of his mother's friends Tamara Cole and Oliver Deighton, but no one has ever been charged for his death after medical experts disagreed over his cause of death for four years.
Teacher, 42, shared hundreds of sordid text messages and bawdy poetry with student, 13, he invited to his house before she 'killed herself after he broke off the relationship'
New Zealand schoolgirl Reiha McLelland (left), 13, was likely in love with her teacher Sam Back (right), 42, before the disturbing relationship broke down and she tragically took her life in 2014. An inquest into her death heard from Reiha's psychologist and psychiatrist, who both agreed that the relationship breakdown would have hit Reiha like a divorce.
'I don't want to sit next to a screaming baby': Mother carrying an infant is kicked out of first class seat by passengers who are angry because she didn't have the right ticket... but who is in the right?
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.
'I would like you to accept a donation': Sara Connor's handwritten letter apologising and offering $2,500 in compensation to the wife of the Bali police officer she is charged with murdering... who 'doesn't want a dime'
Australian mother Sara Connor (left), who is charged with the murder of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa, has offered to pay his family $A2500 and maintained her innocence in court on Tuesday - insisting she tried to stop her toyboy British DJ boyfriend David Taylor from killing him. But the widow of Mr Sudarsa (right) rejected the offer (handwritten note, inset) and said she wouldn't accept 'even a cent', instead asking the judge to impose the 'maximum punishment based on Indonesian laws.'
Hundreds flee their homes as walls of flame TWENTY-FIVE metres high tower over NSW towns as bushfires 'lit by arsonists' hit with summer's first heatwave... so are we ready for the worst fire season ever?
Hundreds of families have fled for their lives as a 25m wall of flames swept towards two towns in New South Wales. As many as 250 homes came within metres of being burned down as the two blazes - thought to have been started deliberately - merged and careered towards Abermain and Neath yesterday afternoon. Parents grabbed their children, pets and prized possessions as they desperately abandoned their homes, but many were unable to leave and were told to shelter in place by fire officials. More than 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze last night after it destroyed 119 hectares of land and threatened to rage through the two towns. The infernos came on a day where temperatures reached nearly 40C - and with the heat expected to continue for some time, experts have warned of yet more extreme fires to come.
'You're too fat to shop here': Single mother claims she was fat-shamed in front of shoppers after trying to buy a pair of shorts for her teenage daughter
Debbie Halliwell (far right), a single mother on a disability pension, was reduced to tears in an ICE Design Clothing store (pictured right) in Ipswich, Queensland, last week when a staff member allegedly told her she was 'too fat' to be shopping. The 53-year-old was doing some Christmas shopping for her teenager daughter (left) when the store manager allegedly snatched a pair of shorts out of her hand and put it back on the rack. The CEO of the company vigorously denied the allegations.
'In the grave... six feet under': 'Video message an NRL star's ex-girlfriend sent after posting naked pictures of him in a revenge porn attack'... as she is charged
Brittany Hura, the ex-girlfriend of NRL player Bryce Cartwright, has been captured on video (main) reportedly threatening to kill her former lover and place him 'in a grave six feet under.' The 24-year-old woman is seen in the heated Facebook videos drinking beer, punching a boxing bag and reportedly telling her ex-boyfriend 'you're going to be dead soon, bro.' She allegedly also posted an explicit image of Cartwright to Twitter (inset). Ms Hura was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 'use carriage service to menace/harass or offend and stalk/intimidation with the intent to fear physical harm,' police said.
From Joanna the singing schoolgirl to Liam Neeson's lovesick stepson Sam, where the cast of Love Actually are now (and some careers have fared better than others)
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).
Naked German cannibal killer poses in sandals and socks with an axe in the basement where he murdered and chopped up WILLING victim he'd met online
Police say Detlev Guenzel killed and then partially ate Polish-born businessman Wojciech Stempniewicz in his basement in the mountains near Dresden in eastern Germany. A picture of Detlev, a police forensic specialist, shows him standing next to a skeleton and holding an axe wearing nothing but socks and sandals. Detectives say he spent five hours cutting up his victim's body in the cellar of the house which was a cheap holiday pension for hikers.
The terrifying moment a crazed man tries to smash his way into a car with his BARE HANDS as it waits at a red light - before punching a tourist and two security guards
A man on the rampage on the Gold Coast has tried to smash his way through a car window as it waited at a red light, horrifying the teenagers inside. Terrifying footage shows the raging man grabbing the vehicle's door handles, banging the roof and trying to break through the window of the car. The petrified teenagers inside were forced to wait for a traffic light to change as the crazed man desperately tried to get into their vehicle, but they eventually escaped. After they drove away, the man - who remains on the run - punched a tourist and two security guards, witnesses said.
Young soldier with a promising career as an officer who broke up with his girlfriend and vanished a day after his 24th birthday 'may have been living a double life for 17 years'
A soldier who vanished more than 17 years ago could have been leading a 'double life' in an extraordinary case. A man has told a court he saw Lieutenant Sean Sargent (pictured) at a Brisbane gay bar in the days after he vanished in 1999. A number of previous girlfriends of the lieutenant indicated he could have been gay, and he reportedly broke up with his girlfriend in the weeks before he went missing.
And they call this the 'liberation' of Aleppo? Assad's forces 'shoot 82 civilians in their homes' while '100 children are trapped in a building under attack by Syrian forces'
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: The harrowing footage was captured on camera in the aftermath of a bomb blast as Syrian troops were poised to recapture all of the country's second city. A burning woman can be heard screaming as she rolls on the floor (left) before rescuers come to her aid (centre). Men can also be seen lying in pools of their own blood among the rubble (right). The UN human rights office says it has received reports of forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad killing at least 82 civilians as they entered the last remaining strongholds of the rebels in eastern Aleppo.
It was acceptable in the eighties! Hilarious photos showcase classic haircuts from the decade style forgot - including permed poodle cuts and monstrous mullets
Awkward Family Photos have shared some of the most outlandish hairdos from the decade. It seems that the rule of thumb is the bigger the hair the better with perms and mullets making a regular appearance. Some adventurous men can be seen getting creative with their fronts and sides as well as the back of their head.
PICTURED: Smiling Karl Stefanovic and his food blogger pal Sofia Levin share a giggle as they enjoy drinks on a balcony together in Sydney
Karl Stefanovic, 42, has been pictured enjoying drinks with food blogger Sofia Levin, 27, at James Packer's Bondi apartment. In the images, which were taken late last month, the pair are seen standing atop the beach-front balcony of the luxury abode as they mingled with a small group of other attendees. Dressed in a blue jacket and black T-shirt, Karl was seen laughing on the balcony as he sipped from his wine glass.
Sisters who squat together! Incredibly toned bikini-clad fitness model uses her sibling as a weight while performing reps in viral video
Swedish fitness model Katarina Konow (top left in the white bikini) crouches down in the clip to allow her sister to climb onto her shoulders (top right) - before executing a series of steady squat thrusts (below left and right) with apparent ease. The 24-year-old shows no visible signs of strain as she lifts her equally scantily clad sister, who is the same height as the other girl.
The most heartbreaking, powerful, and astonishing pictures of 2016: News agency AFP releases its best photographs of the year
This collection of images is taken from Agence France Presse, or AFP's 'Pictures of the Year 2016' - a selection of the press agency's most important and powerful photographs from the past year. Every year AFP, which has photographers around the globe, chooses a selection of their most powerful, moving, shocking or fascinating images, offering a look back at the highlights - and lowlights - of the last 12 months. Some of the photographs capture the most important events of the year, while others have been chosen because they encapsulate a particularly poignant, touching, or even funny moment. Seen top, a woman is sprayed by police during a public sector protest against austerity measures in Brazil, bottom left an Iraqi woman holds her cat, and bottom right a Syrian man is pulled out from rubble following an air strike.
Horrifying moment a balaclava-clad man fires shots near two teenage girls during a violent carjacking
A balaclava-clad man who fired shots while holding up two teenage girls in a violent carjacking on the Central Coast of New South Wales has been arrested.Horrifying CCTV footage shows the man approaching the two teens, 17 and 19, as they sit on a boat ramp before firing a shot into the on water. The man, 26, allegedly robbed the girls for their phones, wallets and the keys for their white BMW, which was crashed several hours later.
The Laughing Cavalier was a true gent and the two figures lurking in The Scream were the artist's friends: Secrets behind masterpieces are revealed in new book
Paintings such as The Scream (top-right) and The Laughing Cavalier (top-center) have graced art books and walls for so long now that they almost seem commonplace. But within those paintings - and many more - lie rarely known details (circled in red) that bring them to life all over again. Those details form the basis for Susie Hodge's new book Art in Detail: 100 Masterpieces, CNN reported. These paintings - which also include (counter-clockwise from top left) Joseph the Carpenter, Entry of the Crusaders in Constantinople, are some of the most fascinating and illuminating.
What a difference a year makes! Twitter users share hilarious memes showing the toll 'cursed' 2016 has taken on them
It's fair to say 2016 has been a mixed year, with the deaths of several icons and one of the most divisive Presidential campaigns in living memory. This is being marked on Twitter with a series of tweets jokingly illustrating the toll the year has taken on posters. The memes purportedly show people at the start and end of 2016 - and the change in them is certainly unflattering.
'I can't go to bed because Santa's dead!': Hilarious video shows three-year-old boy trying to worm his way out of going to sleep by saying Father Christmas has passed away
A thee-year-old boy tried to get out of going to bed by telling his father that Santa Claus had died. Ross Fairweather (right, holding his son) of Falkirk, filmed his son Oliver (left and right) giving him the 'news' about Santa. He published the video on Facebook where it has since been viewed more than 286,000 times.
Christmas ROCKS! Heavy metal fan syncs dazzling Christmas light display covering his entire house PERFECTLY to AC/DC song
Footage of Greg Jaeschke's dazzling Christmas light decorations on his home in Shepparton, Victoria, has taken social media by storm. The vision shows the property transformed into a dazzling lightshow, to the strains of the classic Australian rock song Thunderstruck by AC/DC. The display has 280 channels of lights, and he plans to add more in the coming days, when he plans to sync the display to different songs.
Are THESE the ugliest Christmas sweaters yet? Festive enthusiasts showcase their outlandish winter knits from around the globe
For these festive enthusiasts when it comes to Christmas jumpers the busier the better as they share photos of their outlandish sweaters. For many of the festive fans a good pullover needs to include plenty of elements whether that's baubles, tinsel or even fairy lights. Others have included photos of loved ones and even Barack Obama.
A breath-taking mannequin challenge: Free divers take the plunge and film themselves frozen at the bottom of a 20-foot-deep pool without breathing equipment
The video was filmed by Russian professional free diver and teacher Alexey Molchanov, 29, and his students at the Freediving Federation Education Agency in Moscow. Mr Molchanov can hold his breath for a seemingly impossible eight minutes and thirty-three seconds. The group appear frozen in time at the bottom of a 20-foot-deep pool without breathing equipment. The divers 'surf' on top of each other, relax at the bottom of the pool and appear frozen mid-fight. The clip also shows people closer to the surface of the pool as they cling to the side.
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Have a seat in the BIGGEST small town in America: Illinois community puts itself on the map with gigantic sculptures of everyday objects
Casey, Illinois, is home to eight giant inventions that hold the record for largest in their category. Here you can find the world's largest rocking chair, mailbox, knitting needles, crochet hook, wind chime, pitchfork, golf tee and clogs. Jim Bolin created eight of the world's largest objects, including a rocking chair and mailbox.
That's not in the script! Four-year-old playing a shepherd in his school nativity gets so bored on stage he starts chewing his own TOENAILS
Bailey Jordan from Caerwent in Monmouthshire, South Wales, was a shepherd in the school's nativity show and his mother and father were looking forward to watching him perform. But ten minutes towards the end of the 40-minute show last Wednesday, the bare-footed schoolboy lifted his left leg up and started chomping on his nails (right). Earlier, he had also inadvertently shown off his underwear and been seen slapping his face (left), seemingly to keep himself awake through the nativity. His parents Sarah Bailey and Kevin Jordan (centre, together) were stunned, but his mother said she was laughing so much that she wrapped her coat around her face.
From grandeur to ruins: Opulent houses and beautiful motor cars now lie overgrown and crumbling after decades of neglect across Portugal
Crumbling mansions and rusting automobiles are showcased in this photo series taken throughout Portugal. The snapshots capture once grand residences and shiny cars that now are dilapidated. The coastal country has an estimated 735,000 homes that are vacant and there are even tours that show visitors around abandoned buildings. Pictures reveal a peak into homes with formidable high ceilings that have collapsed and flaking paint peeling from the walls.