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American Airlines Flight From Manchester Has To Turn Back
  • Flight AA211 from Manchester to New York JFK was due to take seven hours 
  • It left at 10.23am but turned around and landed back at Manchester at 11.24am
  • Airline says its team will 'get everything squared away and be wheels up again'
British Girl Who Joined Isis In Syria Wants To Come Home
  • Kolsoma Begum, 22, fled to join ISIS with her Muslim-convert husband in Syria
  • British born couple joined Islamic State in 2015 after crossing the Turkish border
  • Now the mother-of-one now wants to return to the UK with her husband 
Anthony Joshua Hasn't Done Bad For Himself In Superfight
  • The 27-year-old Olympic champion doesn’t overturn tables in press conferences
  • Neither does he surround himself with a dodgy entourage or visit strip clubs
  • So how did he make it from the mean streets of Watford to the summit of sport?
European Leaders Open To Northern Ireland Remaining In Eu
  • Northern Ireland voted 55.8% to remain in the EU in last year's referendum
  • The EU is set to prepare a Brexit clause allowing Northern Ireland to re-enter the bloc should it unite with the Republic again
  • The move reflects deal offered to East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • But support for united Ireland is cool, with only 22 per cent keen for reunification
Tate Gallery Staff Asked To Buy Boss Boat For Leaving Gift
  • Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota is to leave in May after 28 years at the galleries
  • A notice in the staff rooms asked people to chip in so he could be bought a boat
  • The Tate later said there was no obligation for staff to chip in to the fund
  • Workers claim those working for contarctors Securitas are paid less for the same job than those who work directly for the Tate, which the gallery denies 
London Hedge Fund Boss 'smashed Glass Over Wife's Head'
  • Guy Mitchinson, 38, is accused of abusing wife Alicia Vidler, 37, last year
  • Couple met as traders and lived together in £3.5m Knightsbridge mansion
  • But after marrying in 2014 Ms Vidler claims he was controlling and violent
  • Mitchenson allegedly beat her over head with glass and attacked her with pillow 
  • He denies three counts of assault and count of controlling or coercive behaviour
Suspicious Packages Sent To Msps At Scottish Parliament
  • Three packages containing 'white power' substance sent to Scottish politicians
  • Police inquiries are under way and security advice has been given to MSPs 
  • Packages said to have arrived with material relating to forthcoming elections 
Jeweller, 27, Weeps As She Is Cleared Of Murder In London
  • Elizabeth Hart-Browne cleared of murdering violent boyfriend Stephen Rayner 
  • She stabbed him three times in the neck following row at their flat in Acton
  • Mother of two told Old Bailey she attacked him during a 'violent struggle' 
  • She called police and told them she 'had just killed the man I love' 
Missing Londoner In Turkey After Two Years With Isis
  • Stefan Aristidou flew to Lanaca airport in April 2015 and went missing days later
  • He has been found two years on with his wife, 40 miles away from Aleppo
  • He claims he went to the ISIS de Facto capital to settle, not to fight
  • His reappearance comes amid reports dozens of foreign fighters are deserting ISIS
Gillingham Teenage Thief Mowed Down And Killed Farmer, 70
  • Thief Michael Johnson, 18, ran down Trevor Hadlow, 70, at farm where he worked
  • Mr Hadlow was trying to stop the teenager from stealing a trailer from the yard
  • The 70-year-old collapsed and died of his injuries and was found two days later
  • Emerged Johnson was wanted for running over traffic warden months previously
Mh17 Witness Fears For Life Over Blaming Russia For Attack
  • Sergey Dubinsky, 54, a retired Russian colonel, has confirmed he ordered a surface-to-air missile launcher into position before plane was shot down
  • But he denies pulling the trigger himself, blaming the 'b******* from Moscow'
  • Serhiy Tiunov, a friend who took Dubinsky's confession, says the colonel's life is now in danger because he knows the identities of the men responsible
  • 298 people were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down in 2014 
Corbyn Refuses To Do Tv Debates With Lib Dems Or Snp
  • Aides to Labour leader make clear he will not take part in debates without PM 
  • Corbyn had led criticism of Theresa May for refusing to go up against him 
  • Lib Dems and SNP demanding broadcasters 'empty chair' both leaders 
Bbc To Air Story Of 2016 Tory Party Leadership Campaign
  • 20 Days – Battle for Supremacy to tell story of 2016 Tory leadership after Brexit
  • Doctor Who actress Jacqueline King has been cast as the winner, Theresa May 
  • Drama's creators say show will 'lay bare the betrayals and blunders of the time'
  • Actors playing David Cameron, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson not yet named 
Second Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Mike Samwell's Murder
  • Michael Samwell awoken by thieves as they broke into his home in Manchester 
  • He rushed outside and died after trying to stop intruders from taking his Audi S3 
  • Thugs allegedly fled scene in the stolen car, found damaged three miles away
  • Men, aged 20 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of Mr Samwell's murder
London Tour Bus Driver ‘shoved Cyclist Off Bike'
  • Tour bus driver Paul Birchmore, 43, allegedly clipped Angus Fitzgerald’s bike
  • When confronted by cyclist he is accused of pushing him into oncoming traffic
  • GoPro footage played to jurors shows Mr Fitzgerald hitting head on moving car
  • Birchmore, of Dagenham, was found guilty of assault by beating on Wednesday
Lloyds And Natwest Customers Suffer Online Banking Problem
  • Lloyds Bank, Halifax  and NatWest customers up in arms following online glitch
  • Many took to Twitter to complain of money disappearing from their accounts
  • Glitch has occurred on what is payday for the majority of the British workforce
Police Van Blocks Queue-jumping Driver In East London
  • The footage, filmed by Alan Crosby, shows a Metropolitan Police vehicle standing up to a blue van as tries to barge into a slip road in Bow, East London
  • Dashcam caught cringe-worthy scenes between the police van and courier car
  • Officers appear to dish out a few words of advice to the hopeful queue jumper
  • Courier Network Systems hit back at the police officer's tactics and said that the vehicle was carrying patient medication that had a limited lifespan
London Police Shoot Woman During Anti-terror Raid On House
  • Heavily armed police stormed a north London house in an anti-terror raid today
  • Five shots could be heard ringing out on Harlesden Road, Willesden, before 7pm
  • A woman in her 20s shot by anti-terror police officers and was taken to hospital
  • Four people arrested and are currently in custody at south London police station
  • Raid is not connected to the Whitehall knife arrest, the Metropolitan Police said
Tube Passengers 'were Saved From A Shrapnel Bomb Attack'
  • Damon Smith allegedly left device on Jubilee line train at North Greenwich
  • He was obsessed with weapons and had pictures of ISIS fighters, court told
  • Forensic investigators found some tape wrapped round device was singed
  • He denies possession of explosive substance with intention to endanger life
Marine A's Wife Says She Feels Like 'a Child At Christmas'
  • Marine A has been released from prison after three-and-a-half years
  • Sgt Blackman convicted of killing Taliban fighter but had sentence slashed
  • His wife has spoken about her joy at her husband finally being released 
Uk Weather Forecast For Bank Holiday Weekend Is Sunny
  • Bank Holiday weekend will be sunny but weather fronts will bring spells rain through Sunday and Monday
  • However some areas could still reach 20C and warmer weather should follow by the middle of next week 
  • High pressure will move in after a week where Britain was hit with unseasonal blast of Arctic air and snow
  • Drivers could suffer Bank Holiday travel chaos with more than 43,000 breakdowns expected this weekend
Teenage Jihadi Admits Elton John Nail Bomb Plot
  • The 19-year-old from Hounslow, west London tried to buy gun and bomb online
  • But he contacted an undercover MI5 officer and was arrested at his home
  • It can be revealed that his brother has also been jailed over a terror attack plot
  • His lawyers have said attack was 'a fantasy' inspired by violent computer games
A Mother Has Given Birth To Healthy Conjoined Twins
  • Chelsea Torres, 22, from Blackfoot, Idaho, had Callie and Carter this January
  • Ms Torres and her husband Nick, also 22, discovered their condition at a three-week scan and continued with the pregnancy despite their slim survival chances
  • The girls share two legs and one pelvis, but their vital organs are totally separate
  • Adjustments have been made, including a custom made car seat and clothing
  • Some people stare at the twins, but people in their hometown are supportive 
No Protection For Children On Social Media Say Kids
  • Four of five pupils report being worried about material on phones and iPads
  • Follows calls for crackdown on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  •  Youngsters have been driven to self-harm and even suicide by online bullies
  • Social media sites will be told to combat cyber-bullying under measures announced yesterday. Ministers will draw up a code of conduct setting out the behaviour expected of firms. It is likely to require they have mechanisms for reporting abuse.
Uk To Take More Child Refugees After Error In Counting
  • Ministers faced backlash when they announced that 350 minors would arrive
  • Was well below the 3,000 campaigners had called for the government to accept
  • Now the Home Office has announced the total will rise to 480
  • Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill admitted that 'due to an administrative error' places had been under-counted and revised the figures
Bradley Lowery Will Not Be A Premier League Mascot
  • Bradley Lowery is too ill to be a mascot at Premier League match this evening 
  • His family said doctors fear the five-year-old's neuroblastoma is progressing
  • The brave youngster, who is set to turn six on May 17, is in 'horrendous pain'
'isis Inspired' Damon Smith 'left Bomb On Tube Train'
  • Devon student Damon Smith made bomb left on Tube on October 20 last year 
  • Device attached to £2 Tesco clock timed to go off on Jubilee Line in Greenwich
  • Chilling CCTV footage shows him calmly get off train before going to university 
  • Smith had interest in Islam and pictures of extremists including Paris terrorist 
Berkshire Pony Nearly Died After Being Savaged By Staffie
  • Anna Bunton said pony Mo was attacked by Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Berkshire
  • Horse 'fought for her life' as it took vets six and a half hours to operate on animal
  • Owner claims police said they couldn't do anything as it was 'animal on animal' 
  • Thames Valley Police said an investigation is ongoing 
Marine Le Pen Upstages Rival Macron With Factory Visit
  • Marine Le Pen paid a surprise visit to striking workers in Amiens on Wednesday while Emmanuel Macron visited union bosses several miles away
  • Whirlpool staff have been protesting over their jobs being relocated to Poland
  • Le Pen pledged to fight for French workers and said Macron supports 'oligarchs'
  • Macron did grace workers with an unscheduled visit later in the day, but was forced to admit he can do nothing to save their jobs
Three 1966 World Cup Heroes Are Diagnosed With Dementia 
  • England stars Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson all have dementia 
  • Sir Geoff Hurst and Gordon Banks raise is for Alzheimer's awareness campaign
  • Banks said: 'They can't even remember us and it's just so sad now, it really is'
  • One person is diagnosed with dementia every three minutes in the UK
British Airways Kick Couple Off After They Demand Upgrade
  • BA flight from London to Kingston diverted to Portuguese island after a fracas
  • Jamaican-born Kwane Bantu, 65, says he was forcibly restrained by cabin crew
  • The cancer sufferer says he wanted to move to business class to stretch his legs
  • A businesswoman from Leeds who tried to help him also removed from aircraft
  • Both were interviewed by Portuguese police and are trying to get back to the UK
  • British Airways says they moved Mr Bantu as he was verbally abusing the staff
  • Earlier it was wrongly reported that a 'couple' had been trying to get an upgrade
Royal Navy's Nuclear Submarine Hits Water For First Time
  • HMS Audacious has been spotted taking her first trip out of dry storage in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
  • 7,400 tonne warship is a part of a new generation of submarines which cost taxpayers more than £1billion
  • Manufacturers BAE Systems' Submarine said this is an important milestone but was not reactionary to global military tensions
Newsnight's Emily Maitlis Faces Competition From Her Son
  • Newsnight's Emily Maitlis reveals her son Milo has taken early interest in politics
  • He is now a ‘Welsh nationalist and libertarian’ who has experimented with 'Brexit'
  • The 46-year-old, who is from a Jewish family, said it had been hard to bring up her children in the Jewish faith as her husband is a Catholic
How Whitehall Attack Followed Isis' Instructions
  • Latest security incident in London comes five weeks after Westminster attack
  • Heightened police presence resulted in officers prevent suspected attack today
  • Middle East expert said it's too early to know how 'significant' the arrested man is
Sunderland Neighbour Who Shot Boy, 15, Is Jailed
  • Steven Thompson, 39, from Sunderland, has been jailed for 11 years
  • Shot 15-year-old boy in the back of the head while he was riding on a motorbike 
  • Air gun pellet lodged in the victim's brain but he survived after being treated in intensive care 
Man Shot By Police Amid 'threat' At Berlin Hospital
  • German police have shot a man at a hospital in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin
  • The suspect was shot in the leg amid reports of a 'threat' at the medical centre
  • Armed police are said to have opened fire in 'self-defence', it has been reported
  • Comes with Germany on high alert after a wave of terror attacks in recent years 
Frozen Brains Will Be Transplanted Into Donor Bodies
  • Sergio Canavero is known for his plans to carry out a human head transplant
  • In a new interview, he has revealed that his next focus will be brain transplants 
  • Many scientists are skeptical about cyrogenic freezing, and believe the process could damage brains beyond repair 
Loophole In Law Could Be Costly For Credit Card Holders
  • Shoppers who spend money on credit cards could be left thousands of pounds out of pocket because of a loophole in the law
  • Anyone who makes a purchase with a credit card should be protected under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act
  • This makes the retailer and the credit card company jointly liable to pay a refund if there is a fault with the product or if it is not delivered
  • But a joint investigation by MoneySavingExpert and ITV's Good Morning Britain has found that apparently valid claims are being rejected
Cardiff Woman Killed Her Love Rival In Car Chase
  • Melissa Pesticcio, 23, is accused of causing the death of love rival Sophie Taylor
  • Ms Taylor, 22, killed when her BMW hit apartment block in Adamsdown, Cardiff
  • Cardiff Crown Court heard she was chased by Pesticcio and ex Michael Wheeler
  • Pesticcio, of Llanrumney, Cardiff, denies causing her death by dangerous driving
Millions Failed By Nhs Gps Who Shut In The Afternoon
  • Report says half of England’s 7,600 surgeries shut down between 8am-6.30pm
  • While many take a two-hour lunch break or have a midweek afternoon off
  • MPs say this leads to ‘worse outcomes’ for patients and overcrowding 
Venezuela Protests Continue As Police Use Tear Gas
  • Thousands are continuing to protest in Venezuela against the Socialist government of Nicolas Maduro
  • Demonstrators were stopped by state security forces launching tear gas in the capital of Caracas
  • The wave of protests since early April against Maduro have sparked Venezuela's worst violence since 2014
Joey Barton Banned From Football For 18 Months For Betting
  • Joey Barton suspended from football and football activity for 18 months
  • Burnley midfielder had admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting
  • It was alleged that Barton placed 1,260 bets on football between 2006 and 2016
  • 34-year-old has also been fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct 
  • Barton said the decision may force him into an early retirement from the game 
  • FA have also will ask FIFA to extend ban worldwide if Barton move abroad
French Intelligence Report Says Assad Behind Gas Attack
  • Attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria, killed scores of people including children 
  • France's military and foreign intelligence services said Assad issued the attack
  • Officials drew up a document based on samples obtained on the ground in Syria
  • Assad declined any involvement, saying claims it was him were pure fabrication 
Battersea Stabbing Is Fourth Death This Week In London
  • Au pair, 24, attempted to give CPR to man who was collapsed after stabbing 
  • Four people have now died in London in less than seven days from knife attacks
  • Teenage boy, 17, was stabbed to death by a masked gang on Monday in Battersea
  • Residents called emergency services after hearing him say 'help me, I'm dying'
  • Darren McLaughlin, 42, was stabbed in Enfield at 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon
  • A 60-year-old man was also found dead after knife attack in Bow on Sunday 
Theresa May Outscores Even Thatcher And Blair In New Poll
  • A poll shows 61 per cent of people think Theresa May is the best person to be PM
  • Blair's best score on the question was 52 per cent and Thatcher hit 28 per cent
  • Corbyn is backed by just 23 per cent of people in the survey by Ipsos Mori