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Mystery Deepens Over World's Biggest Explosion In Russia
  • Blast over Siberia flattened 80 million trees and left charred reindeer carcases
  • Explosion on June 20, 1908 was felt in Britain and lit up sky in Europe and the US
  • Italian scientists initially thought Lake Cheko filled a 'missing' meteorite crater
  • But Russian experts say it is 'not young enough' to be a crater lake caused by the explosion
Three Puppies Are Pulled From Devastation Of Italian Hotel
  • Desperate calls for help were 'not taken seriously' at first, it has been claimed
  • As a result the rescue operation only got into gear 2.5 later, reports suggest
  • Rescuers say they are in a 'fight against time' to find survivors in Hotel Rigopiano
  • Hotel was hit by 60,000 tonnes of snow after earthquakes struck on Wednesday
Allo Allo Star Gorden Kaye Dies In His Care Home Aged 75
  • Gorden Kaye died today in a care home at the age of 75, his former agency has confirmed this morning
  • BAFTA-nominated English comic actor is best known for BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! which ran during the 1980s
  • Kaye had rarely been seen on screen following the end of the long-running show, which concluded in 1992 
  • In 1990 he was seriously injured when a plank blew through his car windscreen during a storm
Son Furious As Care Staff Call His Dead Father A Crackhead
  • Alfred Siddle, 63, died at Ingleton House in Ingatestone, Essex, in October 2016
  • His son Alfie, 33, rang the home to speak with a carer who had helped his father
  • Office thought they had put the phone down but Mr Siddle heard them chatting
  • Staff then accused the grandfather of taking cannabis and crack before his died
Us Uk Trade Deal To See Tariffs Dropped And Workers Moving
  • Focus of PM's meeting with Trump in Washington will be Nato, Russia and trade
  • Trade deal could see tariffs scrapped and workers given freedom to move 
  • May will be first world leader to meet President Trump in the White House
  • Trump calls her 'my new Maggie' and he returned Churchill bust to Oval Office
British Naturism Member Launches Naked Exercise Class
  • Helen Smith led circuits-style workout class for ten people in Southampton
  • Class attended by those aged 33-70 included jumping-jacks and push-ups
  • It is 'gentle boot-camp style exercise with partner games and teamwork'
  • Class is nude but participants can wear trainers for exercises if they wish 
Beyonce Drag Act's Fears For Friend Corrie Mckeague
  • Friend who appeared on talent show tells of his devastation at disappearance 
  • Mother Nicola Urquhart says she doesn't expect to find her son, Corrie, alive
  • She organised an independent search for him in site known for gay cruising 
  • The RAF gunner, 23, vanished during a night out with friends on September 24 
Dereck Chisora Spared A Driving Ban After Appeal
  • Dereck Chisora was spared a driving ban and points  after appealing a sentence for having no insurance on his Bentley Continental Sport Supa in November
  • The former Commonwealth Champion was stopped by police in Hyde Park
  • Croydon Crown Court heard he 'honestly believed' he was insured at the time
  • Insurance arranged by Chisora's friend Johnson Boeteng, known as 'Jay' 
Police Won't Punish Cyclists Riding On Pavement
  • New initiative in Camden will see offenders spared ticket for riding on pavement
  • Cyclists caught riding on pavement will be asked why they are doing so 
  • But they will get in trouble if they force pedestrians out of the way 
  • London borough one of the most popular areas for cyclists in the country 
  • Scheme introduced by pro-cycling officer Sergeant Nick Clarke 
Murderer Rena Salmon 'making Devoted Daughter Homeless'
  • Rena Salmon, 56, murdered her husband's pregnant lover Lorna Stewart in 2002 
  • Salmon served a 14-year prison sentence for the murder and has been released 
  • Her daughter, Jasmin, now 24, stood by her and was living with her in Liverpool
  • But the killer has turned on the body piercer in a dispute over a £50,000 flat 
Avalanche Survivors Pulled From Italian Hotel 'ate Snow'
  • Two men and two women were pulled from the shattered ruins of Hotel Rigopiano late on Friday night
  • On Friday four children and a woman were saved after rescuers detected smoke from fires the group lit 
  • Francesca Bronzi said: 'The worst thing was the thirst, I was constantly wetting my lips with ice, dirty snow'
  • But rescuers said today they had detected no signs of life at the hotel while working there overnight
  • Five people have been confirmed dead and rescue workers are now concentrating on finding more bodies
  • The avalanche hit the hotel at the bottom of a mountain in a remote valley in central Italy on Wednesday 
Former Reservoir Turned Into Stunning £895,000 Hidden Home
  • Robert and Ann Hardy bought Woolbrook Reservoir in Sidmouth, Devon, in 2008 from South West Water
  • Spent three years and £800,000 turning into a unique home with glass-lined rooms and open-air courtyard
  • Despite all the glass, due to the curve of the building The Reservoir is not overlooked by any neighbours
Uri Geller Told Theresa May She'd Be Pm Two Years Ago
  • Famous illusionist invited May to his £15m home in her Berkshire constituency
  • Geller says he told the then-Home Secretary of his premonition in his garage
  • Says May 'laughed but I was right... I don't know whether it was intuition, psychic powers or telepathy'
Teacher Parents Take Children Out Of School For 16 Months
  • Trip began in October 2015 but will return for eldest to start secondary school
  • Girls have enjoyed an incredible range of amazing experiences in 27 countries
  • They've sea kayaked in the Norwegian fjords and swum with sea lions in Spain
  • But they still study two mornings a week with both books and education apps 
Spirit Image Looks Like Jason From Friday The 13th
  • Staff at New York Italian Kitchen in Wakefield reported many strange sightings
  • Called East Drive Paranormal Team after recording glass being thrown from bar
  • Male spirit 'gave people headaches' and appeared on thermal imaging camera
  • They believe he was a prisoner hung at the former police station up the road 
Icelandic Woman, 20, Missing For 8 Days Is Found Dead
  • Birna Brjansdottir, 20, was found dead on a beach south of Reykjavik on Sunday
  • More than 725 volunteers took part in the biggest search and rescue operation in Icelandic history in hopes of Brjansdottir
  • Two Greenlandic sailors have been held in connection with her disappearance
  • Iceland has one of the world's lowest crime rates and homicides are rare
Helen Bailey's Mother Says She Was 'uneasy' About Fiance
  • Eileen Bailey, 88, said she was 'uneasy' about her relationship with her fiance
  • She also said she was concerned for her daughter's state of mind before death
  • The writer was found three months after being reported missing from her home
  • Ian Stewart, 56, is accused of drugging and killing her for her £4million fortune
Internet Troll Says He's Is 'glad' At Cancer Teen's Death
  • Youngster was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer last year
  • He battled the disease, defying doctors predictions, but died this weekend
  • Below statement announcing his death, an online troll posted a vile message
  • Police have been contacted and Twitter has been urged to delete the account 
Bolton Council Gives A Personal Injury Law Firm A Grant
  • Asons Solicitors accused of threatening to move his business out of Bolton
  • Local council agreed a deal for £300,000 grant to help refurb an office
  • Asons has installed a pool table,  hangout zone, communal PS4 and other perks
  • Boss Dr Imran Akram is a supercar lover who bragged of buying 6 Lamborghinis 
  • Company said:  'The Lamborghinis were a personal investment. Imran doesn’t currently own one' 
Swansea Man Broke Into Ex's Home To Steal Her Underwear
  • Kyler Brophy went on the rampage when he saw his ex Chloe Rees with a soldier
  • He threw a hammer towards her and broke into her home - stealing underwear 
  • Brophy, of Swansea, admitted breaching a restraining order and criminal damage and was jailed for two years after a hearing at Swansea Crown Court 
Cardiff Mother Jailed For Plotting Rape Of Daughter
  • Paedophile Stuart Bailey met mother and other women on dating website
  • He encouraged her to send her explicit pictures of her young daughter
  • Mother bought sleeping pills to drug youngster as the pair plotted a rape
  • Bailey is jailed for 13 years as mother is handed a nine-year jail term 
Oxford University Is Ordered To Face A Landmark Trial
  • History graduate and former student Faiz Siddiqui is suing Oxford University
  • He claims bad tuition meant he only got a 2:1 rather than a first-class degree
  • Oxford University had applied to the High Court to have the claim rejected 
  • But a judge has ruled the university must face a trial as they have a case to answer 
Anti-rhodes Activist Accepts £40k Rhodes Scholarship
  • Joshua Nott was a key publicist behind the Rhodes Must Fall movement 
  • The student from Johannesburg said he would never toast Cecil John Rhodes
  • However, he will receive almost £40,000 in Rhodes's name to study law
  • A statue of Cecil Rhodes has been removed from Cape Town university
Trump's Senior Staff Members Get Sworn In During Ceremony
  • Trump held his first swearing in ceremony inside the East Room Sunday
  • Before the ceremony, Trump shared he received a 'beautiful' letter from former President Barack Obama that was left for him inside Oval Office
  • Trump told his top advisers that they are in the White House not to 'help ourselves' but to 'devote ourselves to the national good' 
  • In total, 30 senior staff members were sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence
  • Group included Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus and Omarosa Manigault 
  • Ivanka Trump was present in the audience to watch the proud moment 
Medal Awarded To A Crimean War Soldier Lost In The Mud
  • Tobias Neto found the Victoria Cross medal buried in mud near the River Thames
  • Mr Neto believes it belonged to a Crimean War solider who was given the medal
  • The story of private John Byrne, from County Kilkenny, has now been revealed
Amir Khan Misses His Brother's Wedding Party
  • The former world champion's brother Haroon celebrated his marriage to wife Arifa in front of 1,000 guests in a lavish bash at Bolton FC's Macron Stadium 
  • Amir Khan was 5,000 miles away in San Francisco preparing for his next bout 
  • Amir's wife Faryal Makhdoom posted a naked picture of Haroon online in rift
  • The model has been in a long-running dispute with the Khans over abuse claims 
Corbyn Refuses To Say He'd Send Troops To Defend Nato Ally
  • Hard-left Labour leader says he's 'not in favour of anybody invading anywhere' 
  • Comes amid heightening concerns over Russian aggression and future of Nato
  • Trump complained US had 'subsidised the armies of other countries' for too long
  • Corbyn says it's 'hypothetical' to ask whether he'd send troops to Eastern Europe
Trident Fiasco 'covered Up By No10'
  • Missile was fired from HMS Vengeance during test in June near coast of Florida
  • Reported malfunction took place just before vote on renewing Trident
  • Theresa May was accused of omitting any reference to the failed test 
Lee Rigby's Mother Was Forced To Relive Her Son's Murder
  • Lyn Rigby said that her treatment by the authorities was 'absurd and shocking'
  • Christopher Spivey claimed the murder of Fusilier Rigby in London was 'staged' 
  • Mrs Rigby called to court where an image from son's murder shown as evidence
An Ice Cream To Lick Heart Disease?
  • Scientists have created a variety of ice-cream that is heart-friendly
  • Treat is packed with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in foods
  • Studies have shown they have a beneficial effect on blood vessels
Isis Leader Al-baghdadi 'critically Injured In Airstrike'
  • ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said to have been critically injured in airstrike 
  • Comes amid reports a fanatic in charge of executing women has been killed 
  • Abu Abdel Rahman killed by unknown gunman in Mosul, security source claims
  • Source claims he was assassinated by gunmen who killed him 'right on the spot'
Berkeley To Make Homes Built Almost Entirely In Factories
  • Berkeley Group undertaking push on improved pre-fabs called 'modular' homes
  • Houses pre-built before arriving on-site, shaving 19 weeks off construction time
  • Sixteen models to debut at Berkeley's Kidbrooke Village site, southeast London
  • Rise in pre-fabs echoes that seen during housing crisis that followed end of WW2
Stevenage Teacher Had Affair With A 15-year-old Schoolboy
  • Alexandra Sharman repeatedly had sex with boy 'over an extended period'
  • He later sent her a threatening letter and told GP he was victim of 'sex abuse'
  • Doctor told police of teacher's behaviour but victim refused to press charges 
  • Teacher is found guilty of unacceptable conduct and banned from teaching
Weneed1 Student Offered £5m For A Money-saving Website
  • American investors offered Mohammed Ali more than £5m for his business idea
  • The 16-year-old created groundbreaking money-saving website in his bedroom
  • Launched first company aged 12 and created own video game and financial app
  • Said he rejected offer because idea 'is worth millions' and thinks value will rise 
Amir Khan And Wife Faryal Speak Out About The Sex Tape
  • Amir Khan and wife Faryal say sex tape may have been leaked by family or friend
  • She said: 'I feel like someone’s done it out of revenge. I wish we knew who did it'
  • Boxer missed his brother Haroon's wedding party as he trained in San Francisco
  • Harroon once allegedly compared Faryak to Michael Jackson in 'plastic' tweet 
  • Amir's wife Faryal Makhdoom in a long-running dispute with his family
  • She has accused family of physically and mentally bullying her over three years 
  • Amir said: 'I want things to be back to normal. I love my wife and my family'
Mother Drove With Children While Over Drink Drive Limit
  • Sarah Wilkinson, 33, was visiting her mother on December 30 with her children
  • Wilkinson, of Hebburn, enjoyed some wine before an argument broke out
  • Had 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath - three times legal limit
Cancer Risk Of Making Your Roast Potatoes Too Crunchy
  • Food Standards Agency says overcooking spuds could increase risk of cancer  
  • It is based on concerns about acrylamide, which is caused by browning process 
  • The FSA advises people to eat more boiled, mashed and steamed foods
  • Burnt toast also makes an appearance on the FSA's danger list 
Margaret Thatcher Was Given Secret Driving Lessons
  • Margaret Thatcher took a new £19,000 Rover 800 for a spin in 1986
  • In preparation she practiced driving the same model at Chequers 
  • She pulled the short demonstration off with aplomb and even reversed
Defenceless Dog Was Shot In The Face 50 Times In Turkey
  • English bull terrier Eric was shot point blank with a shotgun several times
  • The creature had more than 50 lead pellets embedded in his skin and bone
  • He was injured in Turkey before March 2015 when he was adopted in the UK
  • Owner Liz Haslam took him to the vet to be checked out for suspected abscess 
  • She was told by vets surgery to remove pellets would be 'too extensive'
The Queen Sports A Bright Outfit For Church
  • The 90-year-old monarch wore a peach-coloured jacked and hat for the service at the Norfolk estate 
  • She was was also wearing black gloves as she arrived smiling in the Bentley, just before 11am, this morning 
  • The Queen has only made a few public appearances this year, since being struck down with a heavy cold 
Mother In Iran Has Her Five Year Prison Sentence Confirmed
  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in Iran in April 2016 when trying to leave
  • She was with her daughter, Gabriella, when authorities seized her passport
  • Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, claims authorities in Iran believed she was a spy
Mother Raped By Two Professional Footballers
  • Judge ruled that David Goodwillie and David Robertson raped Denise Clair 
  • Lord Armstrong found Ms Clair, now 30, was too drunk to consent to sex
  • Ms Clair said pair offered her cash in attempt to reach out of court settlement
Theresa May Confirms She'll Meet Donald Trump On Friday
  • PM says focus of her meeting with Trump in Washington on Friday will be Nato, Russia and trade  
  • 'Special relationship enables us to say when we think things are unacceptable'
  • May will be first world leader to meet President Trump in the White House
  • Trump calls her 'my new Maggie' and he returned Churchill bust to Oval Office
  • May says she looks forward to welcoming Trump to Britain 'sometime this year'
Outrage As Prison Service Refuses To Say If Killers Free
  •  Timy Babamuboni, 15, and his brother Diamond, 17, were convicted of killing  Zainab Kalokoh in August 2005
  •  In 2007 the judge, sentencing them as juveniles, jailed them for eight years but  said it  would  have been double if they had been adults
  •  The pair refused dental tests which would have proved their real ages
  •  Diamond was due to be deported back to Nigeria at the end of his sentence
  •  HM Prison Service REFUSES to confirm if they have been released or deported
Isis Carry Out Mass Execution Of 'spies' And Iraqi Solders
  • Grim footage shows prisoners having their throats cut and others being shot
  • The men had been accused of spying or were captured members of Iraqi forces
  • The sickening video was filmed in Kirkuk, south east of ISIS stronghold, Mosul