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Baby born with her heart growing OUTSIDE of her chest

Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve before a rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on November 22 at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. The condition, ectopia cordis, which was discovered during a scan after nine weeks’ pregnancy, showed the baby’s heart and part of her stomach were growing on the outside of her body. Her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, of Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, said the first scans led doctors to tell them that 'termination' was the only option. And experts, including the consultant cardiologist, have said that they do not know of a case in the UK where a baby has survived such a condition.

Cecil Parkinson's daughter is found dead at 57

Mary Parkinson was well-educated, well-groomed, attractive and well connected — in other words a woman who had been dealt a hand of cards that can make life both worthwhile and rewarding, writes RICHARD KAY. However, appearances can be deceptive. Earlier this week, the 57-year-old spinster, beanpole thin and frail after succumbing to anorexia — the eating disorder that first gripped her as a teenager — was found dead at her £900,000 home in Battersea, south-west London. Friends say her death was being treated as a case of suicide. Mary, the eldest of his three daughters by Ann, the wife who stood by him over his affair with Sara Keays, was the only one to break the family’s long silence over the scandal. Mary is pictured inset bottom, right with her father Cecil, inset top with Cecil and mother, Ann, and left is Sara Keays with her baby Flora.

The UK Gambling Commission, based in Birmingham, has said it is 'alarmed' at the new ways that young peoples and children are finding to gamble.

An inquiry has been launched into the sale of train tickets after a watchdog warned that passengers may have been 'misled' over festive travel.

Under current rules, Afghan interpreters who risked their lives for UK troops on the frontline can only come to Britain if they were employed on an arbitrary date of 19 December 2012.

It comes just months after the company was stripped of its permit in the capital by Transport for London which claimed the global taxi app was not 'fit and proper'.

The North Sea’s most important oil and gas pipeline – carrying 40 per cent of mainland Britain’s crude oil from the North Sea – had to be shut down after cracks were found.

A nine-year statistical analysis, taking in charts and streaming, has revealed Mariah Carey is in fact the most popular with her song All I Want for Christmas is You.

Police watchdog said beat officers need more evidence than just smell of cannabis that someone may have committed a crime before carrying out a stop and search.

In figures that will raise concerns about ‘soft justice’, almost 25,000 violent thugs in England and Wales were spared prison last year.

The competition, endorsed by McFly band member Tom Fletcher, encouraged customers to post pictures of their teatime snacks on social media with the hashtag #crumpetcreations.

Man says Chloe Ayling kidnap plot was 'fabricated' 

The 30-year-old man accused of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling (right) has claimed the whole ordeal was staged and 'fabricated' to make her famous. Lukasz Herba (inset) is due to attend court on Wednesday for allegedly taking Miss Ayling (left), from Coulsdon, south London, and holding her captive in Italy. She is said to have been snatched by a group calling itself Black Death after being lured to a fake modelling shoot in Milan in July. But Herba's lawyer has claimed he said the 'kidnap was a fabrication' and that the pair did it so 'she would become famous'.

At a climate change summit in Paris yesterday, Theresa May said she was ‘very concerned’ by the impact of plastic waste on marine life and pledged to take action.

Experts say up to 300 fibres per litre escape in the waste water from washing machines and that synthetic clothing is 16 times more damaging for the environment than microbeads.

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Student died after walking home in Norfolk

Ian Tang, 20, (left) was wearing only jeans and a T-shirt when he left Club KA in North Walsham, Norfolk, (right) between 2.30am and 3am and went missing - but police have now said they have found a body. The Norwich City College student is said to have been offered a lift home, but said that he would walk back alone. The alarm was raised when he failed to arrive back at his home in North Walsham and a body has now been found around two miles away from the club (pictured on the map, inset). Around 200 people along with firefighters and a local lowland rescue team gathered outside North Walsham police station at 10am on Tuesday to search for him. Others distributed posters appealing for information about the disappearance of the 5ft 8ins tall student who had a tattoo of a woman's face on his left arm. A body was found at 11am on Tuesday by a member of the search party near the village of Swafield, two miles north of North Walsham.

Instead of difficult Latin names like Canis Major and Ursa Minor, a Birmingham team has now drawn up new constellations called Paddington, Bolt and Potter.

A group of 160 women were asked to rank shirtless men and give them an attractiveness rating. The study found that tall and handsome men were still top priority for the women taking part.

Those that live near to a gym and further away from a takeaway are more likely to be slim according to a study. The study which tracked 400,000 people found convenience is key to keeping in shape.

Salford house fire: gang murdered three children in 'feud'

A gang who murdered three young children after pouring fuel down a chimney in Walkden, Greater Manchester, (left) reportedly ran to a nearby house to watch the devastating blaze. Michelle Pearson, 35, (inset, left) and her three-year-old daughter Lia (inset, right, with her siblings Lacie and Brandon), were asleep when their terraced home was set on fire and the pair are 'fighting for their lives' in hospital. Greater Manchester Police said the blaze at 5am on Monday claimed the lives of her daughters Demi, 14, and Lacie, seven, and son Brandon, eight. It has now emerged that Ms Pearson's 18-year-son Lewis may have been involved in a recent dispute with one of the alleged attackers. MailOnline also revealed a recent dispute between rival gangs which saw a dog beaten with a hammer could have led to the arson attack. Footage showed the moment the number one suspect was arrested (right).

Charismatic leader of Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson fuelled speculation about her Tory leadership ambitions last night as she revealed she may stand for parliament at the next election.

Lawyers said Steve McGuirk was ‘compromised’ by his time as a former chief fire officer, when he and others advised the Government on crucial safety issues due to be considered.

Harriet Harman asked Speaker Bercow to permit an Urgent Question on the resignation of Lord Kerslake meaning the parliamentary day was extended by an hour.

Croydon South MP Chris Philp highlighted a development at Baltimore Wharf (pictured), in London’s Docklands, where 87 per cent of 2,999 apartments were sold abroad.

Guidance from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says ‘trans perspectives’ must be visible in the classroom to combat prejudice among pupils.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students (OfS), has told MPs that universities which have ‘less responsibilities’ should be paying their bosses more modestly.

Proposals which could let criminals, rogue business leaders and corrupt politicians escape being exposed will be voted on in the House of Lords today in a fresh assault on Press freedom.

Manchester woman left feeling 'like monster' after attack

Joshua Rossbottom, 30, from Manchester, was drunk when he launched the horrifying attack on his partner which left her needing hospital treatment for bruises and two black eyes (right). The woman, (left) who has not been named, was left needing hospital treatment for lacerations, bruises and swelling after she was attacked. Rossbottom (inset) hurled a ceramic vase at her face and shoved her into a wall during an outburst in the early hours of the morning after he had been drinking in July. When police began to investigate the shocking attack, the thug threatened her over the phone and said: 'I'm coming for you.' He has now been jailed for nine months after he admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of intimidating a witness.

The body of the 29-year-old husband was found on Tuesday morning and a friend with him in Brazil told police they had visited brothels and invited prostitutes back to their apartment.

Pictured: Lis Faulkner, 55, from Edinburgh, was told by doctors she had eczema but she was actually suffering from an allergic reaction to a banned chemical used in household products.

Ex-RAF man Terence O'Halloran paid £1 to park at St Rumbold's Street but was shocked to discover a penalty notice on his windscreen when he returned within the hour last month.

A Kemp's Ridley turtle who was found on a beach in Newquay, Cornwall following a 5,000 mile swim from its natural habitat in the Caribean now recovering in an aquarium.

Irish Ryanair pilots have announced they will go on strike on 20 December, potentially causing travel chaos just five days before Christmas. Eighty-four pilots out of 300 based at Dublin airport will strike.

Birmingham jewellery heist gang jailed for 46 years

This is the shocking moment a gang of armed thugs burst into a jewellers and battered a shop worker with a hammer during an audacious £250,000 heist. Dramatic CCTV shows the robbers storming into the store in broad daylight after Bradley Devine (right, bottom picture) posed as a customer in order to trick staff into opening the door. The five masked yobs then rushed into the SP Green in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter and start pocketing items worth thousands from display cabinets. Gang member Owen Richardson (top left), 21, can be seen violently lashing out with the hammer as he repeatedly attacks a member of staff, who cowers on the floor. Daijon Johnson (right, middle picture) and Jamul Pinnock-Parkes (right, top picture), both 20, ransack the store, while the shop worker is repeatedly stamped on by Richardson. Along with getaway driver Jermaine Davis (bottom left), they have now been jailed.

Connor Richardson admitted throwing a punch on a night out in Old Woking, Surrey, that left his victim needing brain surgery and an operation to fix his cheekbone and facial nerves.

Wayne Chester, 50, is said to have been killed with a single punch outside a McDonald’s in Maidstone town centre on 29 September at around 10.30pm.

Tim Varchmin, 44, was allegedly caught with more than 100 indecent images of children after his devices were seized by police from his luxury apartment in Lancaster Gate, west London.

Felix Gillon is alleged to have been watching porn when he smashed into Kerry Pemberton's broken down lorry on the M69 in Leicestershire. A court heard he threw his phone away after the smash.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was jailed for life for the murder of his adopted daughter Elsie, who suffered a catalogue of devastating injuries including a broken leg, ribs and fractured skull.

Photos show how Britain used to battle through the snow

The first snowflakes of winter 2017 had barely settled before Britain’s schools went into full meltdown this week. As Storm Caroline cast a chilly pall over the UK, one seat of learning after another locked its doors and, with a predictable cry about health and safety, declined to teach its pupils. More than 2,300 were closed on Monday and yesterday — over 48 hours after the first snowfall — scores more were still shut. ‘School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather,’ the government’s website, Gov Uk, declared frostily. But in timorous, post-millennial Britain, what is ‘an emergency’, and how ‘severe’ does weather have to be before life grinds to a halt? Are we, as Max Hastings argued in yesterday’s Mail, becoming ‘a limp-wristed nation, a society of whingers and suers’? As these pictures show, there was a time — well within living memory — when Britain battled through snow and ice. The Big Freeze of 1962-63 lasted until March. It was so cold that the sea froze up to a mile off shore. But the schools — most of them — stayed open.

Stark satellite picture shows blanket of snow in Scotland

NASA has released a stunning satellite image of the Scottish Highlands caked in snow. The image was taken from NASA's Terra Satellite Earth Observing System which is the size of a minibus. The system travels north to south on the daylight side of the Earth and takes pictures as it goes.

Britain will be battered by 50mph winds on Wednesday as slightly warmer temperatures bring rain instead of snow. The Met Office has issued an ice warning as rain may freeze on ground.

An unnamed pedestrian slipped on the frosty pavement in Watford, Hertfordshire and takes a painful fall flat on her back, sending her bags flying as she does so.

Pupils at Patcham High School in Brighton are walking to school in the freezing cold and rain after being banned from buying high street coats in favor of a range of school-approved jackets.

Rosie the fox and Maddy the terrier are old friends who play together daily – so it’s only natural for them to make the most of the frosty weather together.

Dr Daman Mullhi (pictured) used the app to get a price for a journey from Birmingham's Harborne area to Solihull Hospital on Monday but was stunned by the cost.

It was so cold in London last night that fountains in Trafalgar Square froze over. Their contrast trickle was replaced by an eerie quiet this morning as water skidded across the ice.

Mother is ordered to remove Christmas tree on baby's grave

Stephanie Browne, 27, was devastated after being told to take down the 6ft plastic tree from the final resting place of her son Oskar, who died in 2010. Norwich City Council said it was due to 'health and safety' concerns following complaints from other cemetery users.

Cases of meningitis W have rocketed by 922% in eight years

Shirali Patel (right), who achieved A* grades at Harrow, was forced to restart her medicine degree at Cambridge University after spending three months in hospital (left) with meningitis W. Her symptoms began with a sore throat before quickly escalating. Miss Patel (pictured inset with her mother Alvina, father Dee and brother Kelan) is now barely able to remember her ordeal, which left her critically ill. Her story follows Public Health England data which shows meningitis W has struck 225 people since July last year - despite there still being six months left to run before the final amount is calculated. In contrast, the strain infected just 22 people in 2009/10.

Edinburgh restaurant receipt says 'pain in the a** woman'

A furious diner has slammed a restaurant after staff typed 'pain in the a** woman' on her £160 receipt (right). Anna Warrender (left) and her two friends spent £160 on food and Prosecco at Brewhemia in Edinburgh on Saturday night. The friends said they had to wait 45 minutes for food and were given just 15 minutes to wolf down their dessert. The diner responded by giving them one of their £23 bottles of Prosecco on the house. But there was a nasty surprise on the receipt when they took a closer look. Typed in capitals under the name section was the phrase 'Pain in the a** wom'.

Grandmother dies after Leicester explosion destroys houses

A grandmother has died after she was 'crushed by a wall' as she laid in bed when a 'gigantic' gas explosion ripped apart two houses yesterday. Janet Jasper, 79, died during the early hours of this morning after the blast in Birstall, Leicester, reduced her home to rubble. Widower John Jasper (pictured, left, in orange jacket returning to the rubble) was seen making an emotional return to what is left of his home today (inset). The retired electrician, 80, looked battered and bruised as he returned hours after being discharged from hospital. He had a bruise on his left eye and a cut on his nose (pictured, right) as he picked through the remains of his belongings after the explosion next door stuck while he was in his kitchen making a cup of tea.

The Italian-born hairdresser established the first of the famous salons in Clapham, south London, in 1963 with brother Gaetano, known as Guy.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said her father Tony, a well-connected former stockbroker, was left feeling 'humiliated' after he was conned into parting with his money.

Four-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux Elsa (pictured) was found shivering and heavily malnourished by a passer-by at a Birmingham nature reserve on Saturday.

Emma Ferguson, who is now 19, from Glasgow, has posted a photo of herself in hospital after a suicide attempt aged 15 as she revealed she now has a new job, home and boyfriend.

Former Burnley defender Carlisle, 38, and his wife Carrie announced the birth of their daughter, three months early, today.

Dr Alex Boorman (pictured), died after his bike collided with a car on the A19 Easingwold bypass in North Yorkshire on December 7. His girlfriend says he was 'the most wonderful human'.

Thomas Keenan (pictured), 21, was last seen at a petrol station in Maryhill, Glasgow at 5.50am on November 21. His mobile phone and wallet were found by a stranger nearby.

Elise Flitcroft (pictured with partner McCauley) had travelled to Royal Bolton Hospital in an ambulance, where a midwife slammed her for wasting NHS cash.

A set of Christmas lights bought from Woolworths are still going strong - 48 years on. Ross Shaddick, 38, of Plymouth, has pledged to keep the lights burning bright as his mother is in a care home.

Nick Fisher, 54, from Stockport, Lancashire, writes expletive-filled comedy novels - such as 'Ho F******* Ho - B******* to Christmas' - and gives 50p for each sale to the cancer charity.

Gemma Thomas, 40, from Berkshire, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer, and died surrounded by friends and family three days later.

Former Big Brother star Rex Newmark banned from driving

A former Big Brother contestant has been hauled back into court for drink-driving just a month after he admitted attacking his girlfriend Emma Blackman (pictured, right) in a booze-fuelled assault. Chef Rex Newmark (pictured, left), 33, was nearly four times over the limit when he drove his Range Rover over the speed limit in Gordon House Road, Camden, north-west London. Police pulled him over at 11.55am in Gospel Oak, less than a mile from where he lives, the court heard. Newmark is pictured in the show's diary room (inset).

London woman who claimed £250k is jailed for four years

Mother-of-three Tania Amisi (left and centre), who lived in Chelsea Harbour in London, used fake names and different passports to trick local authorities over a six-year period into paying housing and council benefits for properties she did not live at. The single mother arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker aged 12 and was granted indefinite leave to remain. She also put in applications for a further £65,000 that was not paid to her, and claimed benefits on properties which already had tenants as well on her own property. Amisi sparked fury among viewers when she featured in the BBC documentary Britain on the Fiddle in March, which revealed her lavish lifestyle, haul of designer goods (right) and luxury holidays. The 27-year-old made thousands every month from each council, submitting 37 claims against 22 - 21 of which were in London. She blew some of the cash on her £25,000 handbag collection and luxury holidays to the Congo, Ivory Coast, America, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. She then cut off her electronic tag and went on the run in Europe for two years after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud in January 2015 at Westminster Magistrates Court. As he jailed her for four years for 21 offences today, a judge slammed Amisi's lack of remorse in scamming taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Hungarian gangmaster forced slaves to work for 35p

Miroslav Bily (bottom inset), 51, from Derby, travelled to the Czech Republic to pick up his victims and took them back to Britain, where he ordered them carry out gardening and painting before pocketing their earnings. The 'parasitic individual' also made his slaves live in filthy conditions with some staying in a cramped caravan (pictured) and others in a mould-filled house which had dangerous electric wiring and no heating or hot water. One of the victims, Rudolph Csorba (top inset), 52, told police: 'We weren't paid a single penny. When I had been there for about 20 days, I asked him [Bily] where is the money I have been earning. He said he didn't have any.’

Livio Dinaj (pictured), 24, is accused of attacking the young woman within hours of meeting her during a night out at Casablanca’s in Brighton, East Sussex.

Duncan Burns, 24, was accommodation liaison officer at Stirling University in Scotland but forced himself on a 20-year-old student he met on Tinder who 'wanted a relationship with him'.

Errol Hanson knifed Mohammed Savare over 50 times in his garden after finding him clutching his TV in the lounge of his south east London home on 19 June, Southwark Crown Court heard.

The victim, named locally as 25-year-old mother-of-three Janine Bowater, was discovered dead in Thatcham, Berkshire in the early hours of this morning.

Claire Neal's brown and white dog Marley was already subject to a destruction order after biting a group of children in 2015. But the 38-year-old, from Northumberland, let it escape.

Derrick Blackwell from Grimsby was filmed smashing his phone to pieces when paedophile hunters caught him trying to meet up with a 13-year-old girl to take her virginity.

Vitalij Beliuga, 31, plotted to get back into Britain to be with his wife, Svetlana, 29, after being deported for for drug dealing, fraud and violence.

His ex-wife Jo Collings has said she does not believe he killed Lin and Megan Russell in Kent, but is certain he attacked other women.

Christopher Gamlin, 47, from Cardiff, who asked a 13-year-old girl to send explicit photos then made plans to have sex with her in a park has been jailed for almost two years.

Shocking moment marine flare goes off in a refuse worker’s hand and he is forced to take cover as it ricochets around the room 

A refuse worker (pictured) was hit by a marine flare that ricocheted around the room at a recycling in Waterbeach, three miles north of Cambridge, after it was carelessly placed in the trash. Luckily no one was injured but workers later found a second flare which had been mistakenly placed into the recycling bin. The footage was released as part of a drive to stop people putting risky items such as fireworks, batteries and gas cylinders into bins.

Photographs recall Cockleshell Heroes on 7th anniversary

On December 12, 1942, 10 Royal Marines from the Royal Marines Boom Detachment (bottom left) in Portsmouth set out in five canoes from the submarine HMS Tuna, which surfaced at the mouth of the Gironde in south west France. Their mission was to blow up Nazi supply ships 60 miles away in Bordeaux harbour with limpet mines and then escape with the help of the French Resistance. Two men drowned, six were caught or betrayed and executed by Germans, leaving just two survivors of what was effectively a suicide mission. The pair arrived home four months later. However, Operation Frankton succeeded in destroying five ships, which were vital in supplying raw materials such as rubber, oil and tungsten to Hitler's war effort. Retro pictures of the operation have exposed the rough journey of the Cockleshell Heroes to recall the mission. The vintage black and white pictures show a canoe being tested by two marines, while another shows the last snapshot that was taken before the Frankton raid on September 10, 1942 (top left). Other photos show Corporal Bill Sparks (inset, pictured in 1983) casually sticking his head out of a disused aircraft in Palestine, 1944, and the other image shows the results of the Frankton raid to a ship (bottom right).

Millionaire offers chance to win Devon mansion in raffle

A millionaire has put up his £2.3million mansion (centre) near Tiverton, Devon, as a prize in a raffle for £10.50 a ticket, with almost all of the furniture included along with a range of luxury features. The owner, whose identity has not been revealed, said he wants to leave 'with just a handful of possessions' so is leaving white goods and a fully-stocked wine cellar (top left) behind along with an indoor swimming pool, gym and three-hole golf green. Whoever wins the four-bedroom home will also get £50,000 cash, a tractor, quad bike and even the stock of 600 spare light bulbs. Also pictured are the front room (top right), bedroom (bottom left) and garden (bottom right).

Stephen Craven, 18, has kitted his Birmingham home out with over 50 light-up displays and in excess of 25,000 bulbs. He wants to raise money for stroke victims after his mother suffered one.

Mother-of-two Lynn Nolan from Derbyshire spent six months and £850 worth of ingredients baking the fruitcake using 50 kg of icing, 50 kg of marzipan, 240 eggs and four litres of whiskey.

The Prime Minister was booed and heckled by some residents when she visited the scene of the disaster as locals in west London lashed out at authorities over the fire.

Molly Wigmore, 76, died of smoke inhalation at her home in Plymouth, Devon, and an inquest heard firefighters took 90 minutes to arrive from a station little more than a mile away.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is 'more upbeat' after the Foreign Secretary's diplomatic mission to convince the country to drop controversial spying charges against her, her husband said today.

The property in Albert Court in Kensington, London, is up for sale for £9.75m. Carter lived there when he retired in 1932 until he died in 1939. He discovered the tomb of the pharaoh in 1922.

Rowling, who is also marking two decades since the publication of the first book in her best-selling series, has been honoured for services to literature and philanthropy.

The cubs were born at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in October - marking the first time in more than 10 years that Amur leopards have been successfully bred.

South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Olympics

South Korea has conducted a series of security drills to prepare for a multitude of potential terror attacks ahead of hosting the Winter Olympics in the shadow of its hermit nation neighbour.  The dramatic dress rehearsals ranged from hostage situations to vehicle attacks on crowds and even stretched to bomb-dropping drones.  Police and firemen were among around 420 personnel participating in the exercise, held in front of the Olympic Stadium at Pyeongchang, just 80km (50miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea.

Assad is stopped from following Putin on Syrian soil

The Russian President was in Syria yesterday to declare that his alliance with Bashar al-Assad had been a success and that Moscow will start to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. But on the same day, footage shows the Syrian strongman being humbled on his own turf - when a Kremlin serviceman ordered him to wait while Putin walked off in front of him. The clip shows a man in military clothing placing his hand on Assad's arm and urging him to stop walking as Putin advanced with his own officials.

Funeral for leader of Orthodox Jews who died aged 104

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in the funeral procession in Israel of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, (pictured inset) the spiritual leader ultra-Orthodox Jews, who has died aged 104. Police blocked major highways and roads around the cemetery and emergency medical services were on hand to deal with the flood of people clamoring to get a close look. Shteinman wielded considerable political influence and his orders were strictly followed by his representatives in parliament.

Andrea Benatti's wife 'murdered their two children'

Antonella Barbieri, 39, (left) reportedly killed her two children before attempting to take her own life in Suzarra, Lombardia. The wife of former Italian rugby international Andrea Benatti, 38, (left and inset in his Italy kit) allegedly smothered daughter Kim (top right) in the family home before taking son Lorenzo Zeus (bottom right) for a drive and stabbing him to death with a kitchen knife before using the knife on herself. A passer-by found the car and, seeing blood and Barbieri with the knife stuck in her stomach, and called emergency services. She is currently in serious condition in hospital and is expected to be charged once she is stable.

Mushroom cloud dwarfs Sicily's famous volcano Etna

An ominous ash cloud rising above the Etna volcano on Sicily, lighting strikes over a flock of cranes in Nebraska, and a storm developing into a supercell over Black Hawk, South Dakota, were some of the winners of the Siena International Photo Awards. The ash cloud over the Italian volcano, entitled Etna in Erupion, was awarded a 'remarkable' by judges of the prestigious competition. Overall winner was National Geographic photographer Randy Olson's snap of cranes in motion on the Ogallala Aquifer near Wood River, Nebraska, beating entrants from over 161 countries.

The US is backing stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim Jon-Un's regime to halt its nuclear drive

North korea has rattled the international community with a flurry of missile launches and its largest ever nuclear test in recent months in its bid to develop a warhead capable of striking the US.

Thomas Buergenthal, who survived two Nazi concentration camps, branded Kim Jong-Un's prisons 'as terrible or worse' after hearing more than 35 years worth of evidence from defectors.

Satellite images show high level of activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in northwest North Korea, indicating that dictator Kim Jong-Un is building another tunnel for missile tests.

North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A has described how she was forced to have an abortion following her repatriation from China and how starved dead prisoners were fed to dogs.

The tyrant was shown wandering around under clear blue skies on Mount Paektu near the border with China - having apparently scaled it in shiny black shoes and formal clothing.

Saddam al-Hamadi, 26, was arrested by Turkish security forces last month after exploiting an evacuation deal designed to free civilians. He now claims his ex-comrades are flooding to Europe.

US President Donald Trump and Israel's leader Benjamin Netanyahu are shown as prisoners, kneeling before a jihadist executioner in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

The explosion and subsequent fire ripped through the Baumgarten site in eastern Austria, near Slovakia, on Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring at least 18 others.

There was a bullish mood at the talks, with Arnold Schwarzenegger saying it did not matter that Donald Trump had backed out of the Paris climate accord because it still commands widespread support.

The 70-year-old man died of heart failure on a metro train in Mexico City. He was sitting in seats reserved for elderly and disabled people with his head slumped over a hand rail.

Pistorius, who had his murder sentence doubled last month, was waiting for the phone at Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, near Pretoria, when he started a fight with an inmate ‘he knows well’.

Football internationalist Shiva Amini has applied for asylum in Switzerland after she was spotted by Iranian officials wearing shorts and no hijab, playing in a kick about with a group of men.

The three animals were being paraded at Guruvayur temple in the south India state of Kerala when chaos broke out.