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Cory Bernardi Slams Pauline Hanson's Senate Burqa 'stunt'
  • Pauline Hanson shocks the Senate by walking into the chamber wearing a burqa
  • The Queensland Senator was pictured in the Islamic garb in Parliament Thursday
  • Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi said he doesn't like stunts
  • Her appearance was met with outrage and laughter from her fellow senators
Girl 'raped By Grandfather' Writes Letter To Grandmother
  • Megan Morrison said in court  she was raped by grandfather Malcolm Harrison
  • He denied charges and was later found in a burning car in a suspected suicide
  • Miss Morrison bravely speaking out resulted in estrangement with grandmother
  • Now, after confiding in her mother Vanessa White and waiving her anonymity to speak out her ordeal, the teenager hopes to rekindle their 'strong relationship' 
Couple Arrested At Manchester Airport After Getting Drunk
  • Darren Stanway, 39, and his wife Nadia, 34, drunk beer and three bottles of wine
  • They ended up having a foul-mouthed bust up after missing their flight to Malta
  • Mr Stanway told police: 'I'm going to f***ing sit here and drink my f***ing beer'
  • Stanway was fined £260 following a hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court
Incident At Dutch Radio Station May Be Hostage-taking
  • Unknown man threatened female employee of Dutch public radio
  • She was forced into the building where the man held her hostage
  • The man was arrested and the woman attended to by paramedics
Duke Of Beaufort Who Was Owner Of Badminton Estate Dies
  • David Somerset, the 11th Duke of Beaufort, died in his sleep yesterday 
  • Left behind widow, Miranda, and children Harry, Anne, Edward and John
  • Leaves behind £315million including 52,000-acre Badminton Estate
'soft' Irish Border Plan Will Let Eu Migrants Into Uk
  • Migrants from EU will be able to enter Britain via Ireland after Brexit happens
  • They will not have to face border checks because of Common Travel Area
  • Free movement of UK nationals between Ireland and UK in place for a century
  • EU nationals would be 'caught' by UK employment system if they tried to get jobs
More Than 4,800 University Courses Still To Be Filled
  • Unprecedented number of university courses are on offer on A-level results day
  • More than 4,800 courses are on offer at top universities through clearing today
  • Overall, more than 100 institutions are now offering courses through clearing 
Isis Destroy Tree 'being Worshipped As A God' In Syria
  • ISIS affiliate Khalid bin Walid Army seen hacking at a large tree with a chainsaw
  • The fanatics in Syria feared it was 'polytheistic' and being worshipped as a god
  • Extremists have destroyed many archaeological relics, deeming them pagan
Prince William Felt Diana With Him At Her Funeral
  • Prince, 35, opens up in BBC documentary to mark 20th anniversary of death
  • Harry recalls people's hands being wet from wiping away their tears 
  • Diana, 7 Days features those in 'eye of storm' in days following her death
  • Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will also feature in documentary  
Four Confederate Monuments Are Removed In Baltimore
  • Work crews used heavy machinery to haul the monuments away in Baltimore early Wednesday morning
  • The monuments torn down included a Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statue and one dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland
  • A Roger Taney monument and a statue for soldiers and sailors was also removed
  • Crews began removing the city's Confederate monuments late Tuesday and finished around 5.30am on Wednesday 
  • The dismantling of the monuments comes after a deadly rally by white nationalists protesting plans to remove a Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday 
  • Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she acted swiftly to avoid the same violence as Charlottesville
  • Despite the increase in Confederate monument removals, there are more than 700 still standing in the US
Antonio Reyes-minana Infected Lovers With Hiv
  • Antonio Reyes-Minana had unprotected sex with two men in 2008 and 2012
  • This was despite the 25-year-old, of Nottingham, knowing he was HIV-positive
  • Victims found out they had contracted virus during routine screening in 2012
Silent Witness' Liz Carr Stabbed In The Head In London
  • Liz Carr was attacked while she was with her carer near London's Euston station
  • The actress was approached by a man who was armed with scissors in each hand
  • The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital and is still recovering from a slash wound
  • She thanks co-star Emilia Fox, who tweeted saying 'thank goodness' she's alive 
Birmingham Bin Strike Costing Taxpayers £40,000 A Day 
  • Feud between city council and Unite union has now entered its seventh week 
  • Union believes new restructuring plans would mean threaten jobs of 120 binmen
  • But residents have to wade through mountains of filth and first strewn in streets 
Brexit Secretary David Davis Attacked Online By Ex-aide
  • David Davis was accused of being workshy and a bully by James Chapman 
  • Chapman claimed Mr Davis displayed bullying behaviour to Diane Abbott
  • The former aide also alleged Mr Davis had Nigel Farage on speed-dial
  • Accusations were among 250 tweets in Mr Chapman's tirade yesterday
  • Mr Davis is understood to deny many of Mr Chapman's allegations against him 
Gavin Bowditch Is Sentenced For Spying On His Wife
  • Gavin Bowditch, 38, grew paranoid that wife Helen, 33, was being unfaithful
  • Teacher from Somerset came up with a 'devious' plan to uncover the 'truth'
  • Installed secret camera under their TV and a GPS tracking device on her car 
  • Bowditch was found guilty of stalking and given 16-week suspended jail term
A-levels: Near 45k Last-minute Uni Courses Still Available
  • 416,310 people have taken up places so far, down 2% compared with last year
  • Many options still available for students hoping to start degrees this autumn
  • It's claimed some universities are lowering entry levels to attract students
  • More than 4,800 Russell Group courses potentially have places on offer
  • The number of UK 18-year-olds gaining a place is 201,270, a similar level to last year, and the highest number recorded on A-level results day.
  • A total of 26,090 EU students have been placed, a fall of 3% compared with last year, but still the second-highest recorded.
  • The number of international students accepted has increased by 4% to 30,350.
  • Record numbers of UK 18-year-olds from the poorest backgrounds have been accepted on to courses - 21,470, in total. However, the most advantaged teenagers are still almost two-and-a-half times more likely to win places.
  • If you just missed a grade then you could consider appealing an exam result by getting it reviewed
  • Look for vacancies in Ucas Clearing, with more than 4,800 courses on offer at top universities. Some 65,000 students got a degree place through Clearing last year
  • Consider other options such as a gap year, work or an apprenticeship
  • Speak to a careers adviser via the Department for Education's exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000
  • Get in touch with Ucas via 0371 468 0 468 or on social media on Facebook or the Twitter handle, @ucas_advisers 
Is Victorian Sex The Key To A More Passionate Love Life?
  • The practice of karezza encourages a focus on intimacy rather than orgasm 
  • The phrase, which is taken from the Italian word for 'caress', was coined by Chicago obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Alice Bunker Stockham in 1896
  • By not having a 'finish line' couples will experience sexual energy for longer 
  • Smiling, with eye contact 
  • Gazing into each others eyes for several moments 
  • Synchronised breathing 
  • Cradling, or gently rocking, your partner’s head and torso 
  • Holding, or spooning, each other in stillness for at least twenty minutes to a half-hour 
  • Wordless sounds of contentment and pleasure 
  • Stroking, hugging and massaging with intent to comfort, rather than gain something 
  • Lying with your ear over your partner’s heart and listening to his or her heartbeat for several moments 
  • Touching and sucking of nipples/breasts 
  • Gently placing your palm over your lover’s genitals with intent to comfort 
  • Making time together at bedtime a priority, even if one partner has to get up and work on something afterward
Cyclist Accused Of Killing A Mother Is To Give Evidence 
  • Cyclist, 20, crashed into mother-of-two as she crossed a road in east London
  • Charlie Alliston on trial for manslaughter and causing harm by 'furious driving'
  • The then 18-year-old said today a front brake 'wouldn't have made a difference'
  • Alliston hit Kim Briggs before he 'jumped up, turned around and just went blank'
  • Courier had no idea bike was illegal on roads and says employers never told him 
A-levels: Around A Quarter Expected To Get Top Grades
  • Boys are likely to outperform girls again in A*s and could also close gap with female classmates in As too
  • Last year 25.8% of A-level entries got A* or A, compared to 25.9% the year before and 27% five years ago
  • New system now implemented includes AS results no longer contributing towards a final A-level mark
  • But PM's former policy chief Nick Timothy says A-level students are being forced into costly degrees
  • If you just missed a grade then you could consider appealing an exam result by getting it reviewed
  • Look for vacancies in Ucas Clearing, with more than 4,800 courses on offer at top universities. Some 65,000 students got a degree place through Clearing last year
  • Consider other options such as a gap year, work or an apprenticeship
  • Speak to a careers adviser via the Department for Education's exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000
  • Get in touch with Ucas via 0371 468 0 468 or on social media on Facebook or the Twitter handle, @ucas_advisers 
  • The number of UK 18-year-olds gaining a place is 201,270, a similar level to last year, and the highest number recorded on A-level results day.
  • A total of 26,090 EU students have been placed, a fall of 3 per cent compared to 2016, but still the second highest recorded.
  • The number of international students accepted has increased by 4 per cent to 30,350.
Andrew Pierce On How Sarah Champion Was Seen As A Traitor
  • Sarah Champion resigned from the front bench in failed coup against Corbyn
  • She has never really been forgiven for making enemies of Corbynistas
  • Her fate seemed to have been sealed when she appeared in The Sun
  • Moderate MP Luciana Berger was threatened with de-selection while on maternity leave
A Quarter Of Trainee Gps Want To Work As Stand-ins
  • A quarter of trainee GPs intend to shun a full-time job in the NHS by becoming locums
  • They are put off permanent posts by the long hours and intense workload
  • Warwick University research found many planning to take a career break
  • Each GP costs the taxpayer £500,000 to train, including fes and living costs 
Billionaire Zabludowiczes In Battle With Historic England
  • Poju and Anita Zabludowicz want to expand their north London art gallery
  • Historic England has objected to the plans, claiming they would 'cause harm' 
  • The Zabludowiczes own an extensive art collection and are worth about £1.5bn
Saudi Arabia Threaten To Shoot Down Qatari Passenger Jet
  • Saudi state TV broadcast a story outlining when a passenger jet could be hit
  • It was claimed Saudi Arabia could hit the jet if it strayed across the border
  • Saudi Arabia is one of four Gulf countries to close its airspace against Qatar
  • The Saudis claim a civilian jet can be attacked under international law
North Korea Loses Faith In Kim As 'fewer See Him As A God'
  • Practising religion in North Korea is 'punishable by jail, torture or execution'
  • But a defector claims many are abandoning the notion that Kim Jong-un is a God
  • Citizens are increasingly turning to Christianity despite the risks this presents 
Hope Hicks To Serve As Interim White House Comms Director
  • Hope Hicks, 28, will serve as the White House's interim communications director, it was announced Wednesday  
  • She will be the youngest person to hold the position, which was created in 1969 
  • Hicks is Trump's longest-serving aide, and worked as his press secretary on the campaign
  • When he won the presidency, Trump created a new position for Hicks in the White House - director of strategic communications   
Vodafone Adds £1-a-month Charge To A Million Contracts
  • New fee has been added to every new monthly contract taken out since February
  • Vodafone says service offers customers protection against harmful websites
  • 'Secure Net' software included on monthly contracts as a 'free three-month trial'
  • Customers say they are not warned that they will be charged when the trial ends
Brexit: Britain To Demand No Barriers At The Irish Border
  • Ministers will say their top priority is keeping the frontier free of border posts
  • The UK will demand that there should be no CCTV cameras on the Irish border
  • The Government will say that Brussels could agree to there being no checks
Up To 360,000 Cats Have Been Stolen In A Year
  • Thefts of cats has risen by 40 per cent in the past two years, survey reveals
  • Celebrity favourite pedigree Bengal breed is the most frequently taken 
  • Less than 20 per cent of cats reported stolen are recovered by the police 
Hms Queen Elizabeth To Reach Portsmouth This Morning
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth will arrive in her home dock of Portsmouth this morning for the first time 
  • 65,000-tonne carrier is largest warship ever to be built in UK and will be Navy's flagship craft for 50 years
  • The 920ft-long ship will undergo further tests in Portsmouth and will not enter service until 2020 
  • Ship known as 'Big Lizzie' will remain without aircraft until flying trials are conducted in the US next year
  • Weight: 65,000 tonnes
  • Length: 920 feet
  • Top speed: Upwards of 25 knots
  • Flight deck size: 230ft by 920ft - the equivalent of three football pitches
  • Keeps 45 days worth of food onboard
  • Is made up of 17 million parts
  • 28 million hours have been spent designing and building the carrier
  • More than a million feet of pipes inside the ship
What Age Would You Give Your Child A Mobile?
  • Mothers have taken to Mumsnet to debate the age kids should own a phone
  • The poster wanted her 10-year-old to have one and she'd monitor it closely 
  • Other parents said they'd give their child one age five, seven or 11 
Haddington Teen Scarred After Drain Cleaner Attack
  • Emily Bowen poured drain cleaner into a viola case owned by Molly Young, 17
  • She described that today as being 'like someone holding a blowtorch to your leg'
  • The 18-year-old admitted carrying out the attack at Knox Academy, Haddington
  • Bowen was sentenced to 21 months in prison and banned from contacting her
Devon Hotelier Arrested After Hurling Rocks And Glass
  • Shirley Bothroyd, 59, was apprehended by police who were called to incident
  • Pictures emerged of five police officers dragging her out of her £1.5million hotel 
  • Ms Bothroyd is well known for running Devon hotel like real-life Fawlty Towers
Care Home Assault Cases Double
  • Number of reported assaults in care homes has more than doubled in 3 years 
  • Police forces from across England and Wales heard of almost 2,500 assaults 
  • Officers recorded a staggering 5,400 reports of crimes in care homes last year 
Dublin Shooting: Woman Seriously Injured And Pair Killed
  • Mother-of-six Antoinette Devoy, 42, was shot dead in a machine-gun attack
  • Her friend  Clint Sheridan also died in the attack in front of terrified children
  • The attack's target, Ms Devoy's brother Derek, was holding a baby at the time
  • He fled over a fence but the baby suffered a head wound being thrown to safety
  • Neighbours told of the horrific scene as they battled to save the victims
  • Police sources said the attack marked a 'new low' in an ongoing gang war 
Most Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Planes Grounded
  • Iconic Spitfires, a Hawker Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber kept out of the air
  • A historic aviation expert has warned of a 'wider issue' with the engines 
  • But the BBMF claims the grounding is a mere precaution after a routine check 
Elderly Neglected By Nhs Because Loved Ones Won't Complain
  • Ombudsman survey of 600 middle-aged adults uncovers harrowing neglect
  • A man called 999 after a hospital fall as he couldn't summon a doctor or nurse
  • Sixty-seven per cent of respondents who complained said it made no difference
  • And 19 per cent claimed patients are not treated with dignity or respect 
Melbourne, Vienna And Vancouver Most Liveable Cities
  • Australia and Canada both have three of the world's top ten most liveable cities
  • Damascus in Syria named bottom of The Economist Intelligence Unit rankings
  • London, New York, Paris and Tokyo are all named outside the top ten list
  • 'Several' US cities have seen declines amid 'protests held over Trump's policies'
Georgia Mother Mauled By Pit Bulls Dies Of A Stroke
  • Tracy Dowdy Fain passed away Tuesday, a week after suffering a brain aneurysm and stroke 
  • The Georgia mom was taking her son Ethan to a doctor's appointment to remove stitches after his December dog mauling
  • Ethan Fain, aged seven, lost his right ear and required 300 stitches when a neighbor's two pit bulls attacked him last Christmas 
  • During his August 7 post-op appointment, Ethan's mother complained of a headache, then fell unconscious 
  • Doctors performed emergency surgery during which they discovered a major aneurysm in her brain  
First Photo Of Chloe Ayling 'kidnapper's' Arrested Brother
  • British model is said to have been drugged and transported in a bag in Italy
  • She was held for six days as her captors tried to auction her for £270k online 
  • Police investigating her kidnapping have today arrested Michal Konrad Herba 
  • He is the West Midlands-based brother of chief suspect Lukasz Herba 
Missing Bedfordshire Dad Wayne Jeffs Is Found Dead
  • Wayne Jeffs, 29, went missing on April 6 from his home in Biggleswade, Beds
  • His partner Carla Holbrook reported him missing and a search was launched
  • Dog walker found his body four months later in a field near his home on Saturday
  • Ms Holbrook recently gave birth to their son, Jack, and said he's just like Mr Jeffs 
Liverpool Flat 'destroyed By Tenant From Hell'
  • Steve Parry, 55, bought two properties in Wavertree, Liverpool to help him retire
  • But he was left thousands of pounds out of pocket after tenants wrecked a house
  • Shocking photos show cupboard doors hanging from hinges and smashed doors
Radio 4's The Archers Delves Into Sexual Health
  • The 66-year-old show's latest plotline comes after themes of violence last year
  • A BBC spokesman says episodes have always sought to reflect everyday life
  • But Twitter users condemned 'moralising' dialogue about a split condom
  • Brook clinic's Laura Hannah praised the show for raising 'vital awareness' 
Ipads Thrown Over Prison Fences As Contraband Flows In
  • Contraband is being thrown over the fence of HMP Haverigg in West Cumbria 
  • Its rural location and long long fence make it easy to smuggle in banned devices 
  • Last year 13,000 mobile phones and 7,000 sim cards were recovered in prisons 
  • Prisoners filmed with what appear to be guns while weighing drugs to sell 
Grand 18th Century Country Home Has New Owner After Raffle
  • £800,000 18th Century Melling Manor in Lancashire won in a £2 raffle by Marie Segar from Warrington 
  • Former owner Dunstan Low started the competition after he was unable to sell the property on the market
  • He bought it for £435,000 in 2014 after 'falling in love with it' but was unable to find work in the area
  • Mr Low, 37, said he has made almost £900,000 from ticket sales, which were bought as far away as Australia 
The Life Hacks That Everyone Needs To Know
  • Internet users share all manner of clever, and cost-effective, life hacks online
  • Many involve cookery tips and tricks including how to reheat food perfectly  
  • Household tips are also popular including storage fixes and cleaning tricks