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Ex American Astronaut John Glenn Dies Aged 95
  • John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95, one week after being admitted  to James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio with an unknown illness
  • He first made history in 1957 when he broke the transcontinental airspeed record, travelling from Los Angeles to New York City in just over three hours
  • He made history again on February 20, 1962 by becoming the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, circling the globe three times
  • Glenn went on to become a Senator for the state of Ohio after his first space mission, where he served for 25 years
  • Made history in 1998 as the oldest man to go into space at the age of 77
  • He is  survived by wife of 73 years, Annie and his children, Carolyn and John Jr. 
Young Russian Soldiers Take Their Dates To This Year's International Kremlin Cadet Ball
  • Young Russian troops enjoyed a night of celebration at the International Kremlin Cadet Ball in Moscow
  • It was hosted at the Gostiny Dvor, the old Merchant Court, with young men in uniform and ladies in gowns
  • The ball was first set up in 2012 and promotes patriotism among the young people of the country
Large Numbers Of Refugees Ditching Islam After Arriving In Europe 
  •  Many Muslim migrants are shedding their religion when they arrive in Europe
  •  Abandoning Islam is most prevalent among Iranians and Kurds, but also Afghans
  •  Millions of migrants have moved to Europe from Muslim countries since 2000 
Second Child Is Hospitalised By Suspected Brown Recluse Spider Bite
  • Lucy Cannon was left with oozing scab after being bitten by spider in Suffolk
  • Came a fortnight after Abbie Kinnaird was left huge bite from spider in Essex
  • Lucy developed cellulitis and was kept in hospital in Ipswich for three days
  • you’re worried about a bite or sting
  • your symptoms don’t start to improve within a few days or are getting worse
  • you’ve been stung or bitten in your mouth or throat, or near your eyes
  • a large area (around 4in [10cm] or more) around the bite becomes red and swollen - your GP may refer you to an allergy clinic for further tests or treatment (read about treating allergies)
  • you have symptoms of a wound infection, such as pus or increasing pain, swelling or redness - you may need antibiotics
  • you have symptoms of a more widespread infection, such as a fever, swollen glands and other flu-like symptoms 
The 330 Sex Pest Police Accused Of Targeting Crime Victims In Just Two Years
  • At least 334 officers accused of 'abusing power for sexual gratification'
  • 'Predatory' police have been 'taking advantage of vulnerable women'
  • Chief constables ordered to 'get a grip' on problem in England and Wales
  •  It has been described as 'most significant corruption challenge' for police
Coronation Screenwriter Tony Warren Leaves Estate To Two Friends 
  • The 56-year-old soap opera failed to make a millionaire of its creator
  • Tony Warren, who died in March aged 79, left just over £431,000 in his will 
  • Warren, real name Anthony McVay Simpson, was just 23 when he created soap
  • The former child actor was openly gay at a time when homosexuality was illegal
Footballers Set To Be Investigated After Using Image Rights To Reduce Their Bills  
  • Forty-three players, 12 clubs and eight agents are under investigation 
  • HMRC  struck secret deals with superstar players, enabling them to reduce their tax bills
  • It involved them funnelling money from image rights into shell companies set up in tax havens 
  • Chief executive Jon Thompson said as a 'football fan', he found it 'odd' players were allowed to get away with this elaborate tax dodge 
Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Advises Over-60s To Keep Working To Stay Healthy
  • Dame Sally Davies says people should work at least until their late 60s
  • For those who leave work earlier, Dame Sally recommends a hobby or volunteering 
  • Traditional retirement age is rising from 65 for men and 60 for women  
  • Life expectancy in old age has risen to its highest ever 
Celtic's Jim Mccafferty 'waged Campaign Of Sexual Abuse Against Players To Cleanse Soul' 
  • Jim McCafferty, 71, admitted he'd attack underage footballers in the showers
  • He said: 'I understand it was wrong, I was wrong and I did wrong and I am sorry'
  • Former Celtic coach and kit man now arrested after going to police in Belfast 
  • Ex-England star Matt Le Tissier claims Bob Higgins  gave him 'naked massage'
  • Bob Higgins was also accused by another player yesterday - but denies claims 
Ex-leyton Orient Player Tells Of His Abuse At The Hands Of Eddie Heath
  • Mother of former Crewe youth player says she wrote to the club in 1989
  • She raised concerns about sleeping arrangement during weekend trips
  • Boss Dario Gradi has previously said he first knew of claims in 1994 
  • Gradi will be interviewed by the FA in their child sex abuse investigation 
The Brexit Blockers: 89 Mps Vote To Defy The Will Of The British People
  • Total of 461 MPs voted in favour of starting Brexit by end of March, 89 against
  • Government wins clear majority of 372 but rebellion was higher than expected
  • Ken Clarke was the only Tory to oppose Brexit, along with 23 Labour MPs
  • Commons vote was on Theresa May revealing Brexit plans before triggering Article 50 by end of March 2017
  • But PM missed tonight's vote because she was in the Middle East on business  
Wife Of Rugby Legend Scott Gibbs Fights For Her Life After She Was Hit By A Motorcycle As The Couple Walked On A Pedestrian Crossing In Italy
  • British Lions and Wales centre, 43, was with his wife Kate, 32, at the time
  • They were walking in Verona, Italy, when she was hit at a pedestrian crossing
  • She suffered horrific injuries including multiple fractures to her skull and spine
  • Gibbs, 43, was man of the tour when the Lions beat South Africa in 1997 
Family Of Murdered Maria Ladenburger Ask For Donations To Refugee Charity
  • Maria Ladenburger was raped and murdered in Freiburg, Germany in October
  • Hussein K., 17 and from Afghanistan, has been linked by his DNA to the murder
  • He came to Germany as an illegal unaccompanied minor in November 2015
  • In online posts, he liked to present himself in the guise of a 'gangster rapper'
Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited For 1977 Rape Charges
  • Roman Polanski plead guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old in 1977
  • He struck a plea deal but then fled the country
  • He won an Oscar for The Pianist, and directed many other acclaimed films  
  • His alleged victim wrote a book about her life in 2013 
Mary Berry, Mel And Sue Given New Shows For Their Loyalty To The Bbc
  • Mary Berry will host two new BBC programmes with cooking at the centre
  • Mel Giedroyc has landed a presenting role in new BBC talent show Let It Shine
  • Sue Perkins will present a documentary exploring the Ganges river in India
Paris Forced To Close Attractions Including The Eiffel Tower After Rat Problem
  • Five parks and the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower have been closed due to rising rat problem 
  • It comes after the city is enforcing traffic restrictions to combat worst air pollution in a decade
  • Cold weather and windless conditions have trapped car exhaust, wood smoke and other pollutants in Paris 
  • Fine airborne particles known as PM10 are approximately 60 percent of levels of Beijing
Mcdonald’s Is Moving European Base To The Uk Despite Warning Against Brexit
  • Fast food giant is set to pay tax on income from outside the US in Britain
  • Base is being moved from Luxembourg after EU launched probe into taxes
  • McDonald's warned before referendum that Brexit would be damaging 
Bbc Asked To Sack Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood After He Admits He 'likes' Tv Rape
  • Craig Revel Horwood, 51, appeared on the hit panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats 
  • Revel Horwood and others on the show were discussing Game of Thrones
  • The Strictly Come Dancing judge said he 'liked' all the sex scenes and 'the rape' 
Theresa May Says She's Fed Up With Whitehall's Term For 'just About Managing' Families
  • May criticises civil service, headed by Sir Jeremy Heywood, for its robotic ways 
  • Calls Whitehall's attitude towards helping hard-working families 'frustrating'
  • The group was nicknamed 'the Jams', much to the Prime Minister's irritation
Homeowners Call Suspended Rubbish Collections Over Christmas A 'public Health Problem'
  • Councils cut bin collections across London and the UK over Christmas
  • The amount of waste increases by almost a third over the festive period
  • Homeowners denounced the decision, calling it a 'public health problem' 
Probe Launched Into 302 Killings By British Troops In Northern Ireland
  • 1,000 ex-sevicemen will have their actions brought under scrutiny in inquiry
  • 238 'fatal incidents' are being investigated by detectives in Northern Ireland  
  • Half of the 302 deaths were activists in the IRA or members of loyalist groups
  • MPs blasted the investigation and described the new probe as a 'witch hunt' 
Exposure To A Gender-bending Chemical Affects A Baby's Development After Just 5 Days 
  • Phthalates are detectable in around 99% of adults, previous research has found
  • But scientists found the chemicals can affect the development of foetus' 
  • However, the link was only made between sperm, not exposure in women 
  • Changes to a growing baby early on can increase the risk of birth defects 
Was Your Mp One Of The 89 Who Voted Against Brexit?
  • Total of 461 MPs voted in favour of starting Brexit by end of March, 89 against
  • Government wins clear majority of 372 but rebellion was higher than expected
  • Ken Clarke was the only Tory to oppose Brexit, along with 23 Labour MPs
Gina Miller's Star Qc Lord Pannick Claims Public Backing Is Not Enough To Trigger Brexit 
  • Nicola Sturgeon's top QC James Wolffe admits Scotland cannot veto Brexit
  • Court's top judge suggests Parliament may have 'ceded its power to the people’
  • Lord Pannick tells judges Theresa May does not have mandate to trigger Brexit
  • He said:  'A referendum has nothing to do with who holds the power' to do it
  • Top judge says that it's 'surprising' he believes vote 'has no consequences' 
  • Lord Pannick says June 23 vote was to 'advise' not decide whether to leave EU
  • Client Gina Miller needs security after man, 55, is arrested over online abuse
Heysham Cannabis Addict Smothered His Seven-month-old Son To Death
  • Mother had said father was 'addicted to weed and violent and abusive'
  • He claimed he slept on top of baby, but injuries revealed horrific attack
  • Father repeatedly changed his story but was found guilty of murder
  • Detective said: 'The injuries inflicted on this defenceless child are obscene'
Essex Nativity Play Cancelled For Year 2 So Students Can Focus On Sat Prep
  • Christine Peden, the head of Pear Tree Mead Academy has cancelled the school's nativity play for just Year 2
  • The reason for the cancellation is for the pupils to focus on their SATs
  • Peden said the children will instead take part in a 'graduation' play at the end of the year
  • Parents expressed outrage saying: 'It is taking away the concept of Christmas in this school, especially when they are all so young'
Prince Harry Touches Down In London For Icap Charity Event
  • Harry, 32, spent two nights with Meghan Markle in Toronto this week 
  • Prince made the diversion en route home from his Caribbean tour 
  • On Wednesday he joined stars taking part in ICAP's charity day in the City
  • Was joined by Sophie, Countess of Wessex as well as actress Ruth Wilson
  • Tulisa Contostavlos, Mollie King and Channel 4's Jon Snow also took part
Prince Harry 'broke Royal Protocol In Dash To See Meghan Markle'
  • Prince Harry may have breached Buckingham Palace protocol by making detour
  • Reported that he boarded a flight to Toronto, home to actress Meghan Markle
  • Costs incurred to taxpayers as a result of extra flights would be met ‘privately’ 
Theresa May Admits She Will Have To Show Her Brexit Plan
  • Prime Minister faced prospect of an embarrassing defeat in the Commons today
  • Will now give MPs vote on timetable for triggering Article 50 by end of March
  • She also agreed to reveal plans for Brexit before negotiations for leaving begin
Secretary Who Witnessed Tunisia Terror Attack Stole £90k From Her Employer
  • Donna Smith took £90,000 from her employer's accounts over two years
  • A court heard she later witnessed the 2015 terror attack and suffered PTSD
  • She was spared jail on a suspended sentence after judge heard of her plight
Us And British-led Coalition Has Killed More Than 50,000 Isis Fighters
  • US official confirms 50,000 ISIS fighters have been killed in past two years
  • Coalition air strikes 'could be more aggressive' if not for fears over civilians
  •  Top brass said 'adolescent fighters' are replacing those killed in action
  • Iraqi troops are still pushing to retake Mosul seven weeks after operation began
Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes Off Of Solomon Islands, With Tsunami Expected In Less Than Three Hours 
  • 'Hazardous tsunami waves' are possible along the coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae
  • It comes after a huge 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Solomon Islands 
The Homes In The Running To Be Named House Of The Year 2016 On Grand Designs
  • A one-time artist's workshop has been transformed into a stunning home with a garden for a roof
  • What was once a single car garage has become a three-storey property with a submerged floor  
  • Grand Designs is visiting the properties that have made the Royal Institute of British Architects' long list 
  • The award honours the most impressive contemporary builds created by UK architects  
Photographs Reveal Coronation Street's Former Set With Rovers Return In Ruins
  • Manchester street was home to the British soap and some of its best-loved storylines for more than 30 years
  • Former set - first used in 1981 - has been allowed to fall into ruin and resembles a dilapidated residential road
  • The famous Rovers Return pub can be seen windowless and completely empty, without its iconic door sign
  • Bosses moved filming from the Granada Studios backlot to nearby MediaCity after a change in management
Boris Johnson Accuses Saudi Arabia Of ‘abusing Islam’ In Extraordinary Tirade
  • Foreign Secretary broke with protocol by launching tirade against Saudi Arabia
  • Boris’ intervention could become awkward for him as he is due to visit the region
  • His remarks are at odds with Theresa May’s praise for the Saudi royal family 
Bungalow Which Can Be Built And Have Family Move In All On Same Day
  • Single-storey homes have been designed so families can move in the same day their house is built 
  • All the bungalows need is to be dropped on their foundations and also connected to gas and electricity
  • The popup bungalows have already been trialed by The Wrekin Housing Trust in Telford, Shropshire
Millie Bobby Brown Tipped To Become One Of The Biggest Names In Hollywood 
  • She got her big break starring in Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things
  • The young actress had to shave her head to take on the role of Eleven
  • She has now been tipped as Teen Vogue’s ‘Breakout Star of 2016’ 
  • Comparisons to Harry Potter actress Emma Watson have already been made 
Colonel Who Quit The Marines In Protest For Alexander Blackman To Be Given A Fair Hearing
  • Colonel Oliver Lee said Sgt Alexander Blackman must be 'treated justly'
  • He said the soldier was under 'acute stress' when he killed dying insurgent
  • Col Lee resigned after being blocked from giving evidence at previous trial
Cancer Patients Should Avoid Chocolate As It Is Found To Make Tumours Spread
  • A key ingredient found in palm oil stimulates a protein called CD36 in humans
  • Experts believe this plays a vital role in tumours spreading around the body
  • It is hoped the 'game-changing' findings could lead to new treatments 
  • Palm oil can be found in hundreds of foods and even some common toiletries 
Prince Charles's Friend Left Fighting For His Life After Being Bitten By A Deer Fly
  • Lord Allen Bathurst spend eight days in an induced coma following organ failure
  • He spent four months in hospital and had to have his hip completely removed
  • The keen huntsman endured six operations as part of his intensive treatment
  • He will return to hospital in the New Year to rebuild his hip and pelvic area  
Lincoln Schoolboy Admits He's Addicted To Spice At Age Thirteen 
  • Jamie Poulton, 13, is addicted to synthetic high Spice and is 'desperate for help'
  • The teenager smokes it on a daily basis to deal with his mental health problems
  • But he says his habit has spiralled out of control and is 'tearing his family apart'
  • His grandmother, who has brought him up, says she does not know what to do
Pakistan International Airlines Flight Pk-661 Crashes Into Mountain And Explodes
  • The plane vanished after taking off from the Northern Chitral region
  • Pakistan International Airlines initially said the aircraft 'disappeared'
  • Janaid Jamshed, one of the country's best known musicians, died in the crash 
  • Two children are among those believed to be on the doomed flight 
  • It was a domestic flight bound for Islamabad, with 41 people on board
  • Officials say it is unlikely that there will be any survivors 
  • Flight PK-661 crashed near the town of Havelian in the north of the country
Riddle Of The Oxford Village And The Chinese Tourists Solved
  • Coachloads of Chinese tourists were turning up in Kidlington, in Oxfordshire
  • It was a puzzle no one could solve and people thought tour operators had got lost or it had appeared in Midsomer Murders
  • However a tour guide has now said it was because visitors were being punished for refusing to pay a hefty surcharge to visit nearby Blenheim Palace 
  • They realised they could buy an entry ticket on the day for £24.90, rather than an advance ticket of £53, so they were dropped four miles away in Kidlington 
The Queen Is Escorted Out Of Goring Hotel After A 'drunk' Intruder Interrupted Her Lunch
  • ' Drunk' intruder ran into the Goring Hotel in London while Queen was inside
  • Her Majesty was having a private lunch when he entered and waved arms
  • He was 'wrestled outside' and inspected before being allowed to go free
  • Hotel director David Morgan-Hewitt protected Queen during the incident 
Matt Le Tissier Says He Had 'naked Massage' At Hands Of Alleged Abuser Bob Higgins
  • Ex-Southampton midfielder claims Bob Higgins gave him 'naked massage' 
  • Higgins has been named by former youth players as an alleged abuser 
  • Le Tissier said the experience was 'uncomfortable' and 'very, very wrong'