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Very Realistic Portrait Of Prince Philip Is Revealed
  • Astonishingly realistic painting of Prince Philip captures the craggy character as he stands in Windsor Castle
  • His youngest child, Prince Edward, can be seen in a somewhat more eyecatching outfit wearing royal slippers
  • Stunning painting was by artist Ralph Heimans, who painted the Queen's portrait for her Diamond Jubilee
Man Arrested After Kicking His Son In Kyrgyzstan
  • A man in Kyrgyzstan has been arrested after kicking his son who couldn't stand 
  • Shocking video shows the young boy struggling to get up from the pavement
  • The man stares until deciding to send him across the snowy ground with a kick
  • Some witnesses said the boy was having a tantrum before the video started
  • The man was arrested with local media reporting an ongoing police investigation
May's Vow As She Hails 'new Sense Of Optimism' Over Brexit
  • Prime Minister will hail 'new sense of optimism' over Brexit and pledge trade deal
  • Mrs May to promise to ensure that UK 'takes control of border, moneys and laws' 
  •  Comes after Brexit Secretary said he wanted a 'Canada plus plus plus' deal  
  • The Irish government reacted furiously to Brexit Secretary David Davis’s claim that the deal was not legally enforceable, saying it was ‘binding’;
  • Labour was accused of planning to ‘betray’ voters by seeking to allow ‘easy’ EU migration, paying billions to Brussels indefinitely and accepting EU diktats;
  • Mr Davis said he wanted a ‘Canada plus plus plus’ trade deal, but fiercely rejected the idea of the UK copying EU rules and regulations;
  • Ministers were braced for a rebellion from ten or more pro-Remain Tories on a crucial amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill this week.
Milly Dowler Killer Levi Bellfield 'may Confess To Murder'
  • Serial killer Levi Bellfield's mother, 81, has died after battling a lung condition
  • A family member claims he was keeping other crimes a secret because of her
  • They believe Bellfield, who killed Milly Dowler, could confess to more killings
Nine Injured After Fairground Accident In Valencia
  • Nine people have been injured after an octopus fairground ride malfunctioned
  • Witnesses say the arms of the octopus dropped from a considerable height
  • Three children were among those injured followingn a suspected power cut
  • Incident happened in Segorbe district of Valencia during Christmas festivities
Birmingham Burglars Threatened To Hurt Newborn Baby
  • Knives were held to throats of women in the home in Birmingham, police said 
  • Another raid in Small Heath saw gang with screwdrivers steal man's jewellery
  • West Midlands Police has set up a dedicated task force to tackle the suspects 
New Curbs On The Press Would Help Criminals Avoid Exposure
  • Fresh bid to restrict the rights of journalists to inquire into crime and corruption
  • Move involves attempts to change a data law that is going through Parliament 
  • It's feared move will lead to criminals and corrupt politicians avoiding exposure  
  • A second amendment would rewrite law and increase restrictions on the Press
Uk Weather: Birmingham Shuts All Its Schools Due To Snow
  • Schools across the UK have been shut today after the country was hit by a so-called 'snowbomb' yesterday 
  • Thousands of homes were left without power and Brits faced travel chaos as trains and flights were cancelled
  • In particular, Birmingham will grind to a halt on Monday after all of its schools will close because of the snow
  • It means that some 200,000 children will get the day off following the decision by Birmingham City Council
  • Schools in Gloucestershire, London, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Leicestershire and Derbyshire will also shut
  • The Met Office issued a yellow warning for ice in the UK and temperatures are set to drop to -12C overnight 
  • A Dover-bound ferry with more than 300 people aboard ran aground at Calais yesterday afternoon as high winds battered the port. Passengers were stranded for two hours before the vessel was refloated. None was injured. 
Netanyahu Tells Palestinians 'accept Jerusalem As Capital'
  • Benjamin Netanyahu met with Emmanuel Macron in Pair where the pair discussed the Jerusalem situation
  • Macron urged more dialogue and called on Netanyahu to show 'courage' in restarting the peace process, but the Israeli Prime Minister issued his own statement telling Palestinians to 'get to grips with reality'
  • His comments came after a day of violence which saw a 25-year-old Israeli guard stabbed by a Palestinian
  • Fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters in the West Bank and Gaza in a fourth day of anger 
  • Police used tear gas and water cannon on demonstrators outside the US embassy in Lebanon on Sunday 
May Had To Separate Ministers In Bust-up At Commons
  • Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson hurled abuse in row
  • The Prime Minister was forced to step in to break up the bitter argument
  • Witnesses reported the astonishing sight of Mr Williamson and Mr Hammond going 'toe to toe' in the Commons
British Singer Is Found Dead In Her Qatar Hotel Room
  • Friends of Daniella Obeng said she was forced to look for work overseas
  • She had been living with a brain tumour and epilepsy but her benefits were cut
  • It left her struggling to find 'reliable work' in the UK forcing her to travel abroad
  • A friend wrote online: 'Had she received the financial support she was in need of, we believe she might still be with us' 
May Aides 'told Boris And Gove Concession Was Meaningless'
  • Theresa May made key concessions on alignment to strike divorce deal with EU
  • PM committed to maintain soft Irish border but vowed UK would stay together
  • Senior figures have claimed the 'alignment' provision was actually 'meaningless'
  • The clause covers nature of relationship between UK and EU if no deal is reached
  • Labour says UK agreed to keep single market rules but David Davis denied claim 
Boris Johnson In Iran For Talks To Free Zaghari-ratcliffe
  • The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hopes she will be free by Christmas 
  • Mrs Zaghrari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran in April 2016 accused of spying
  • Boris Johnson landed in Iran today to 'lay the groundwork' for the her release
  • Mr Johnson met his Iranian counterpart for diplomatic talks today
  • Afterwards he said he and Javad Narif spoke 'frankly' regarding the case
New Yorkers Join Palestinian Solidarity Protest Rally
  • Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in New York City Friday night 
  • They were protesting Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital 
  • They were met by a number of pro-Israeli counter-protesters 
  • The protests came on the heels of deadly violence between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem on Friday 
  • Both Israelis and Palestinians have claimed Jerusalem as their capital city
Ft Denies 'costing Britain £13bn' After Lunch With Eu Boss
  • FT editor Lionel Barber had lunch with EU chief Jean Claude Juncker in 2017
  • In Brussles the pair scoffed carpaccio and veal, paid for by EU taxpayers 
  • Europhile Barber allegedly told Juncker Brexit bill should be around £52billion
  • Yesterday deal was reached and bill was announced to be maximum of £39bn
  • FT said claims were 'nonsense' and insisted that Juncker mentioned figure first 
British Life Photography Awards Announces Its Winners
  • The British Photography Awards have announced the winners of their competition to document UK culture
  • Awards were given to both amateur and professional photographers who can capture the spirit of Britain
  • Paul Carruthers was the overall winner this year for his image 'Lifeguard' taken on Bantham Beach, Devon 
Asking Prices For Houses Fall By £8,000
  • Across England and Wales, the average asking price in December was £302,865
  • That marked a fall of £8,178 compared with November's average asking price
  • Website Rightmove said the dip is 'symptomatic of the more challenging market'
Sons Talk About Murderer Father Lance Hart
  • Brothers Luke and Ryan Hart have opened up about their killer father, Lance Hart
  • Lance Hart killed his wife and daughter before killing himself in July of last year
  • But his sons have said that warning signs of a murderer can easily go unnoticed
  • They said their father 'generated fear' but did not physically abuse his children 
  • Hart had claimed his children were 'conspiring' against him before the murders 
Medics In Bio Suits At Israeli Embassy For Training
  • Cordon was put in place and decontamination tents were erected in Kensington
  • Paramedics in full bio suits treated 'casualties', played by members of the police
  • Drill was to test the emergency services reaction to an toxic substance incident 
  • Took place as snow came down outside Israeli embassy near Kensington Palace
Lord Kerslake Quits Role As Chairman Of Nhs Trust
  • Lord Kerslake has resigned as boss of King's College Hospital in London today
  • In a statement he blamed cuts to the health service for his shock resignation
  • Lord Kerslake also paid tribute to the 'world-class' care given at the hospital
British Gran Is First To Get New Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Briton Anna Jones has become the first to receive a new breast cancer treatment
  • The 65-year-old grandmother of two has been fighting the disease for a decade
  • She was given a combination of immunotherapy drugs, hoping to extend her life
  • 11,000 breast cancer deaths occur in the UK each year, mostly affecting women
Nhs Asks 10-year-olds If They're 'comfortable In Gender'
  • Some schoolchildren in Year Six have been given the official survey by the NHS 
  • The pupils were asked to tick a correct box to say if they are a 'boy, girl or other'
  • They were asked if they 'feel' the same inside as the gender they were born with
Black And White Photographs Of The Hells Angels Get Colour
  • A photo series from 1960s and 1970s documenting the women of the Hells Angels have been colourised
  • Irish photographer Matt Loughrey uses a digital pen and paper to apply colour textures to the images
  • The newly retouched shots shows the motorcycle gang's female members astride their Harley-Davidsons
  • Hells Angels established notoriety as a 1960s counterculture movement in San Francisco and elsewhere
Ferry Runs Aground At Calais Port In France 
  • The P&O ferry got into difficulty after hitting a gangway during the strong winds
  • Nobody was hurt in the incident though cross-channel services were disrupted
  • Thanfully tugboats were able to pull the ferry back into the sea earlier on Sunday
Chris Rea Cancels Concert Day After Collapse On Stage
  • Singer suddenly fell to the floor 'in a clump' and began shaking, fans said
  • The 66-year-old star is nearing the end of his 37-venue tour
  • Witness Darren Fewins said that the musician had been on stage for 40 to 45 minutes before he fell backwards 
Brexit Tactics Smack Of 'panic', Says Miriam Gonzalez
  • Britain needs to decide what it wants from its trade policy, says Miriam Gonzalez 
  • It needs to be clarified whether or not the UK will move towards US trade rules
  • Gonzalez said the financial services sector has had an 'erratic' attitude to Brexit
  • The former EU negotiator and current law firm head is also married to Nick Clegg
Tory-hating Corbynista Mp Laura Pidock Buys A House
  • Laura Pidcock claimed she was unable to afford to buy a house on her MP salary 
  • She suggested she would like to live in a council house but there aren't enough
  • Land registry records show she has purchased a house in north west Durham 
  • Ms Pidcock claimed she is unable to befriend a Tory MP because out of hate 
Kelsey Grammer Forgives His Sister's Brutal Murderer
  • Frasier star Kelsey Grammer's sister Karen was raped and murdered in 1975 
  • The award winning actor admitted he has learned to forgive the brutal killer
  • Freddie Glenn was sentenced to death for the teenager's rape and murder
  • Grammer told Desert Island Discs said he objects to Glenn getting released 
  • Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 today at 11.15am.
California Braces For High Winds As Wildfires Continue
  • California Governor Jerry Brown said Saturday that destructive winter wildfires will be the 'new reality'
  • Blamed climate change for deadly infernos and urged lawmakers to take heed of natural disasters 
  • Fire crews bracing for high winds that are expected to whip Southern California wildfires Saturday night
  • Gusts of up to 40mph are expected Saturday and up to 50mph Sunday in the Los Angeles area
  • Six fires have destroyed more than 500 buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced 212,000 to evacuate
  • First fire-related death confirmed on Friday after woman was found dead in crash along evacuation route 
Tear Gas Fired Into Crowds After Israel Batters Gaza
  • Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Israel, Palestine and across the world after Trump's move 
  • Terrorists fired rockets from the Gaza strip to Israel last night - one fell short, one was stopped, one hit city
  • In retaliation, Israeli warplanes hit Gaza with missiles targeting military bases and killing two Hamas members
  • Today Palestinian protesters marched on Israel border after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital 
Two More Arrests Over Croydon 50-hour Hostage Ordeal
  • A gang of armed robbers kidnapped a man two days holding him to ransom
  • The 24-year-old, wearing a £9,000 Rolex watch, was lured to a house in Croydon 
  • The victim was ambushed and beaten by armed men who stripped him naked 
  • He was forced to call his parents for a ransom and was beaten when they failed
  • After 50 hours they raided his parents' home before the man was able to escape 
Man Utd And Man City Players Fight In Tunnel After Derby
  • Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday evening
  • United manager Jose Mourinho was also doused with water during the fracas
  • He was confronted by City goalkeeper Ederson after the match at Old Trafford
  • Mourinho wanted City's players to show more respect after their victory
  • United's players were unhappy as they felt City 'rubbed their noses in defeat' 
Lewis Hamilton Buys £18m West London Mansion
  • Lewis Hamilton, 32, has snapped up the seven-bedroom 5,628sq ft property in Kensington, west London
  • Four-times world champion's next contract at Mercedes could make him Formula One's first £45million driver
  • Previous owners of the home include Burberry chief designer Christopher Bailey and financier Ben Goldsmith 
Over 16 Tons Of Beef Go On The Grill In Uruguay 
  • Huge cooking event gets underway in Uruguayan park to smash the record for world's biggest barbecue
  • Chefs from the South American country are preparing huge amounts of beef that will make  38,000 portions
  •  Nearly eight tons of salad were hauled in for the event to accompany the dizzying helpings of meat
Meghan Markle Shows Off A Range Of Yoga Positions
  • Meghan Markle had declared 'Yoga is my thing', describing her beauty regine  
  • Stunning snaps of Prince Harry's new fiancé show she is a woman of her word
  • She has been practicing the discipline since she was a young girl in Los Angeles  
Passengers On Jet2 Flight Injured In Lorry Bus Crash
  • Holidaymakers were on shuttle bus to terminal when lorry crashed into vehicle
  • Several people were taken to hospital, but no one was seriously injured
  • Passenger Donna Autler said: 'The glass went everywhere and the frame of the bus was hanging down. We saw blood and the bus looked like a wreck'
Snow Causes 11-car Pileup In The North-east 
  • The dramatic collision took place at about 8pm on the A19 southbound in County Durham
  • It is thought the road will be closed until at least midnight following crash between A689 and A1027 junctions
  • As much as 13 inches of snow has fallen in parts of UK as forecasters warn some communities could be cut off 
  • Highways England said: 'The incident is expected to cause delays. Please allow extra time for your journey'
Labour's Starmer Hints At Backing For New Eu Referendum
  • Jeremy Corbyn has been struggling to keep lid on Labour divisions over Brexit
  • Sir Keir Starmer says UK must stay aligned with EU single market and follow rules
  • Said Britain should keep handing cash to Brussels and accept 'easy' migration
  • Shadow Brexit secretary gave strong hint at support for second EU referendum
Ella Parker: First Pictures Of Woman Found Murdered Emerge
  • Ella Parker, 29, was found dead at house in Milton Keynes at 2.45pm on Thursday
  • Man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder, the house remains sealed off
  • Friends took to Internet to call her, 'the most bubbly outgoing young lady ever'
84% Of Men Convicted Of Grooming White Girls Are Asian
  • Quilliam study says seven in ten are believed to be of Pakistani-Muslim heritage 
  • The study – likely to provoke controversy – is written by two British Pakistanis
  • Asian gangs abused white girls because they hold entrenched racist attitudes towards them
Miriam Clegg Admits She Cannot Vote In Uk Elections
  • Spanish-born Miriam Gonzalez has never applied for a British passport 
  • Ms Gonzalez, who is married to former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, is a lawyer
  • She said there is an 'undercurrent of hate' which has been caused by Brexit 
  • Attacking PM Theresa May, Ms Gonzalez said she is 'a citizen of the world'  
Thousands Line Paris Streets For Johnny Hallyday Funeral
  • Mourners crowded the streets of central Paris to say a final goodbye to the French music icon at his funeral
  • Hallyday, dubbed the 'French Elvis' died of lung cancer aged 74 on Wednesday and will be buried on Monday
  • President Emmanuel Macron, a fan himself, ordered the large-scale ceremony at Paris' Madeleine Church 
  • Front National leader Marine Le Pen was not present after being told she was not welcome by his family 
Egyptian Archaeologists Discover Mummified Body
  • The tombs were found across the Nile from the city of Luxor in the 1990s
  • But 'both tombs were left untouched' until Egyptian archaeologists started work
  • Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani hopes the discoveries will revive tourism 
Iraqi Pm Announces End Of War Against Isis In His Country
  • Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said his forces had regained control of Syrian border
  • Squadrons of Iraqi helicopters flew over Baghdad carrying Iraqi flags at noon
  • It comes two days after the Russian military announced the defeat of militants in neighbouring Syria where Moscow is backing Syrian government forces 
Armed Raiders Strip Man Naked And Ransack Croydon Home
  • A gang of armed robbers kidnapped a man two days holding him to ransom
  • The 24-year-old, wearing a £9,000 Rolex watch, was lured to a house in Croydon 
  • The victim was ambushed and beaten by armed men who stripped him naked 
  • He was forced to call his parents for a ransom and was beaten when they failed
  • After 50 hours they raided his parents' home before the man was able to escape