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Updated: 12:44 EST

Thousands of tourists trapped in Swiss resort of Zermatt

The luxury ski resort Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais is yet again cut off to all traffic - bar helicopters - with authorities citing risk of avalanches as reason for closing roads and rail indefinitely. The Alpine resort said on its website that tourists and others on their way to Zermatt should seek lodging in bigger cities like Zurich, Basel and Bern until the situation stabilizes. It is estimated that around 9,000 tourists are currently trapped in Zermatt, and according to the authorities, it is unclear when the situation will improve.

Images released by the Islamist group show a jihadist in a wheelchair preparing to carry out the terror attack in Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria in front of his own children.

Sergey Terekhov, 53, had let his two dogs out of his Lada car to run before he went on a hunting expedition in Russia's Saratov region. But one canine ended up pulling the trigger of his gun.

Terrorists stormed the luxury Intercontinental Hotel yesterday evening, with fire and smoke seen engulfing the building perched on a hilltop overlooking the Afghan capital.

This is the moment a proud officer poses for a picture after recovering 203 meth tablets from a man's bottom in northern Phayao province. He made the discovery during a probing search.

The outraged visitors - students from the University of Bologna - ordered three steaks and fried fish at the Osteria da Luca near St Mark's Square. They were charged €1,145.

Friends of Brazil Gurung, 33, have revealed he was regularly taking the class A drug and became 'passionately angry' when he found out partner Amelia Blake, 22, planned to leave Australia.

Home And Away cast bid farewell to Jessica Falkholt

The cast of Home And Away attended the funeral of actress Jessica Falkholt ten days after she died. Hundreds of family members, friends and TV stars packed out St Mary's Catholic Church at Ryde, in Sydney, on Monday to say farewell to Jessica (inset bottom), who had her life support switched off following a car accident that killed her parents, Lars, 69 and Vivian, 60, and sister Annabelle, 21. The 28-year-old found fame on the small screen as Hope Morrison on TV soap Home and Away. Past and present stars of the show including Pia Miller (pictured right, hugging Olivia Deeble, who is also pictured top inset), Jackson Heywood and Janet King actress Andrea Demetriades were seen exiting the church together. Left: Her coffin being carried out of the church during the emotional service.

The British women who conquered the Sahara

Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron (left) rode their 600cc single-cylinder Panther motorcycle - complete with sidecar - from London to Cape Town in 1934. On the way, they crossed the Sahara (their route is shown top right) - reportedly without a compass - and were the first people to ever complete the journey on a motorbike. Theresa, from Stowe in Buckinghamshire, was a keen mechanic. At one point she was the only female student on Northampton Polytechnic Institute's engineering course. As the duo's bike suffered serious mechanical failure, her expertise came in very handy. She even rebuilt the entire engine. The pictures will now be sold at Toovey's Auction House in Washington, West Sussex, after being found in an 'unassuming Union Jack box'. They are expected to sell for between £500 and £800. Bottom right: A makeshift raft used to transport the bike across a waterway during the adventure.

As part of the anti-corruption purge ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a number of billionaires are being held at the lavish Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

Kurds protesting about the Turkish military action against the Kurdish YPG militia have been involved in a huge brawl with Turkish Airlines passengers at Hannover airport in Germany.

Police said the boy - Mohammed Hussain - had been repeatedly struck with a blunt object after he managed to run away from the Islamic seminary in Bin Qasim Town, Karachi.

Women begin TWERKING up against riot police during protests over elections in Honduras 

The footage shows two women gyrating their rears against the shields of policemen during a 'national strike' against the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in Honduras. The policemen look confused and occasionally smile awkwardly while the women perform passionately. As crowds look on and cheer at the two women, another joins in. Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds jailed since Hernandez was declared the winner of the November 26 run-off election - after a three-week stretch of often-interrupted ballot counting that stoked tensions and sparked accusations of fraud in the country.

Grace Mugabe's supercars crashed being taken from Zimbabwe

Several of Grace Mugabe's cars, including a £250,000 Rolls Royce Ghost and a Porsche (pictured), were damaged as they were driven at night, in convoy through back roads of Botswana to a safe haven in South Africa. The convoy was involved in a pile-up when a herd of cows wandered into the road. Mrs Mugabe, known as 'Gucci Grace' and 'Dis-Grace' for her violent temper and extravagant spending habits, had organised the transfer after fearing she will lose her ill-gotten gains in a crackdown on corruption in the wake of the bloodless coup which ended her husband Robert's 37-year rule (inset with Mrs Mugabe).

Villagers in Ryanggang Province, at the Chinese border, claim local farming officials have been barging into their homes and taking food intended for their families after last year's bad harvest.

These astonishing pictures show revered Buddhist monk Luang Phor Pian smiling after being exhumed in Thailand, so that his clothes can be changed by his followers two months after he died.

A woman in Buenos Aires has been arrested after allegedly advertising her 15-year-old daughter and niece as prostitutes on the internet. Police raided the house and found a baby born to one of the girls.

The video was taken on the banks of the River Seine, in the centre of all the most popular tourist spots in Paris, including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Orsay art gallery.

The 51-year-old, who won FIFA's 1995 Ballon d'Or winner during his AC Milan days, sealed the runoff vote on Boxing Day and his swearing in, fittingly, was held at a football stadium

Pope Frances admitted that he had 'wounded many' when he said that victims accusing Bishop Juan Barros of covering up sex crimes of a known paedophile were committing slander.

Risking his life for internet fame: Thrill-seeker dangles from the top of a 1,200ft high tower ONE-HANDED in footage that will make your palms sweat 

Tense footage shows a daredevil climber dangling by one hand from a 1,200-foot tower while giving a thumbs up to the camera. Alex Nomernoy, 19, ascends the huge operating tower in Russia with no safety equipment, shimmying up dozens of narrow bars during the terrifying expedition. The thrill-seeker can be seen making a running motion with his feet against the backdrop of stunning panoramic views when he reaches the top.