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Fears of new flood of refugees as eight suspected illegal migrants are rescued in English Channel after their tiny rubber dinghy broke down


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A Romanian has been arrested on suspicion of ferrying eight suspected illegal immigrants across the English Channel in an inflatable boat after it broke down just five miles from Dover in Kent, bottom. It is believed that the Romanian national tried to sneak the eight Afghan men under the cover of darkness into Britain when the 50hp engine on board his inflatable boat ran out of fuel. The men were rescued by the RNLI, top right, and towed to Dover, top left.

Incredible landscape photos were all taken with just an ordinary smartphone


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The group of stunning photos are being published in a new book called #IPHONESONLY. It is the first time a collection has been put together with images taken solely by the Apple smart phone. They were shot by landscape and advertising photographer Julian Calverley. He visited lochs in various parts of Scotland as well as parks in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, to capture the landscape and produced these fabulous images. Creative director Wayne Ford, who wrote the book's introduction, said: 'It had never really occurred to him before to use such a device, having always considered his "professional" camera equipment to be the only real choice.'

Family took their 14-year-old Jack Russell to the vet with a cough. . . and they put him down without asking


Nicholas Murphy, inset, is launching an official complaint after his 14-year-old pet Jack Russell Gunner, left, was put down. Mr Murphy said his pet, right, only needed 'stronger tablets' for a persistent cough. He claimed his vet told him 'mistakes happen' after his dog's death.
Nicholas Murphy, inset, is making an official complaint against his vet after his 14-year-old pet Jack Russell Gunner, left, was put down. Mr Murphy said his pet, right, only needed 'stronger tablets' for a persistent cough, when he brought him to the surgery in Worcester. Mr Murphy alleged his vet told him 'mistakes happen' after his dog's death.

Pictured: The damaged wing of plane after two Ryanair jets collide at Stansted Airport causing delays for hundreds of angry travellers


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Customers faced delays of up to three hours after a Warsaw-bound plane and an aircraft from Frankfurt Hahn that had just landed collided in the parking area of Stansted at about 6.45am. Ryanair said the wing tip of one plane and the tail cone of another ‘made contact’, while Essex Police revealed routine breath tests on both pilots returned zero readings and no one was hurt. Both of the planes were Boeing 737-800 models, which can carry up to 189 passengers.

'I'm drinking and smoking because my unborn baby is a BOY': Pregnant model who had boob job on the NHS says she would have had an abortion if she'd known it wasn't a girl


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Former escort Josie Cunningham, 23, has turned to alcohol and cigarettes to overcome her disappointment, even though she knows it will harm the baby. She has vowed to quit, but has said she needs her GP as well as NHS-funded nicotine patches and counselling to help her kick the habit. Her comments come days after she was pictured smoking before getting into a taxpayer-funded taxi, a service she uses every day because she developed 'anxiety' issues after angry people confronted her on the bus. Today, Miss Cunningham also revealed on Twitter that she will be releasing an autobiography at the end of the year.

Working 9 to 5: Hundreds of volunteers sift through mountains of rubbish and recycling at Glastonbury as crowds prepare for a final-day show from Dolly Parton show to banish memories of mud


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Wading through mountains of rubbish bags fit to burst, volunteers are already up to their necks in waste in a bid to protect the fields from yet more damage. Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, has been marred by torrential rain - and the trampling of 175,000 revellers - this weekend. The clean-up will take six weeks and require the help of thousands.

You ART what you eat! Salad arranged in the style of abstract paintings tastes better



Psychologists at Oxford University found that a salad (right) tastes better when arranged to resemble Painting Number 201 (left) by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. So much so, diners are willing to pay twice the price they would for a more rustic salad, thrown together with the same ingredients. Inspired by the results, chef and food scientist Jozef Youssef from London went on to create a range of other dishes inspired by famous works from the likes of Picasso, Magritte and Rothko.

Game OVER! Watch a supersonic ping pong ball smash through a paddle - as homemade bazooka fires items as fast as a fighter jet


An engineer at Purdue University, Indiana, captured a ball traveling at around Mach 1.2 hitting a paddle in slow-motion (pictured), as well as the resulting damage. The air bazooka was built from everyday materials fired the ping pong ball at 400 meters a second, or about Mach 1.2, which is as fast as a fighter jet.

Not so nice after all! The moment gang of dolphins beat a porpoise to death


Marine experts are investigating after a porpoise was allegedly murdered by a pod of dolphins
The lifeless body of a harbour porpoise thought to have been attacked by dolphins (pictured inset) was found floating in Cardigan Bay, West Wales, by a research team on Wednesday. Days earlier, Sea Watch Foundation had witnessed a brutal dolphin-attack (main image) on a harbour porpoise and it is thought to be the same one found dead.

Game of drones: Medieval castles are captured from above in all their regal glory


EXCLUSIVE: Four castles in Wales including famous Caerphilly (pictured), Kidwelly and Laugharne, which inspired Dylan Thomas, have been filmed by drones by the Welsh Government. They wanted to give visitors a fresh perspective on the popular historic sites and to show off the structures' unique features, from elaborate lakes to a great hall built for lavish banquets.

The universe as you’ve never seen it before: 360 degree panoramic timelapses show stunning star trails and ALL the night sky


American photographer Vincent Brady created a special four camera rig to take the 360 degree panoramic images. He travelled around America to capture the night sky in some of the most beautiful National Parks. This image shows the Milky Way Rising Over Delicate Arch, in Utah.

Teaching assistant killed by 15ft wave after going skinny-dipping during New Year storm


Harry Swordy, 27, drowned after going skinny dipping off Loe Bar, a remote spot near Porthleven, Cornwall Harry Swordy (pictured), 27, disappeared beneath the giant waves after wading into the swell off Loe Bar, a remote beauty spot near Porthleven, Cornwall (inset), in the early hours of January 1. His death came as authorities urged Britons to steer clear of coastal areas while the country was pounded by the fringes of the Atlantic mega-storm Hercules. An inquest heard the teaching assistant's body was found washed up two days later and revealed his neck had been broken by the 15ft waves. Coroner Emma Carlyon recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by immersion in rough seas.

It's all over - and we haven't even played three games: England's duds are OUT of the World Cup after Italy fail to beat Costa Rica


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The dreams of England fans have been left in ruins once more after Costa Rica upset the odds by beating Italy 1-0 - condemning Roy Hodgson's men to an early World Cup exit. In their worst performance in the tournament since 1958, losses to Italy and Uruguay in their first two fixtures mean they will be leaving Brazil before the knockout stages. Their future in the tournament was first left hanging by a thread last night after Luis Suarez led the South American side to a 2-1 win in Sao Paulo last night and their fate was sealed this afternoon after Bryan Ruiz's (centre) 44th minute header led Costa Rica to a shock 1-0 win against the Italians, including Mario Balotelli (right). BBC presenter Gary Lineker (left) had temporarily switched his allegiance to the Italians - hoping that a victory will keep the Three Lions dream alive. He later tweeted his disappointment at the result (below left)

Is this the most glamorous World Cup ever? Brazil welcomes the beautiful game's most beautiful fans (so at least England supporters have SOMETHING to smile about)


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Male and female fans from around the world, adorned in the colours of almost all the competing nations, have been captured looking stunned, dejected and jubilant, while maintaining their stylish appearance. Whether they are proudly waving their flags behind them or covered in face paint, these are the fans that typify one side of the beautiful game.

How Dusty Springfield told me the sex secret that could have ruined her, reveals RAY CONNOLLY, who's written a new film about the talented yet tortured singer


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Never admitting that she was exclusively lesbian, and hating the idea that she might be thought of as a ‘big butch lady’, she happily talked to me in 1970 about not being upset that girls ran after her a lot. She was, she said, ‘perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy’.

Life inside my crippled body, by web millionaire Martha Lane Fox who shattered dozens of bones in 2005 car smash


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The 41-year-old, who co-founded online booking agency lastminute.com, broke more than 25 bones in the crash in Morocco in 2004. The impact smashed her pelvis in six places, shattered her right arm and leg, and caused severe internal bleeding which led to a stroke. 'It's not easy being inside me any more,' she said. 'I have to think to move. I'm used to it, but it's still hard. I can't run, I can't drive. I face massive physical challenges every day which can knock your confidence very quickly.'

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  If they come back alive, they should go to jail': Father's fury after British medical student, 20, and his 17-year-old brother go to fight jihad and appear in chilling ISIS recruitment video

Ahmed Muthana from Cardiff, whose son Nasser, 20, featured in a chilling terror recruitment video for ISIS, says he never wants to see him again. Muthana, along with younger brother Aseel, 17, secretly made their way to Syria and the 57-year-old father says if they ever return to the UK, they should be jailed.

Your bill to refurbish Kate's palace is now £4MILLION: New kitchen, nursery and several bathrooms quadruples the cost in a year


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The cost of transforming the Kensington 'apartment' - which has over 22 rooms - into a family home for the royal couple (inset) has soared by £3million in the last year. The vast project has seen Apartment 1A, which had been used as office space since the death of Princess Margaret, refurbished - with a new kitchen installed as well as several bathrooms and a nursery for Prince George. The couple are personally paying for all fixtures and fittings like curtains, carpets and furniture, however. One courtier last night insisted the Kensington Palace project (exterior pictured right, King's Gallery top right and Cupola room, left, both of which are part of the King's State Apartments) actually offered taxpayers 'great value' given the previous state of the flat.

These guys are DEFINITELY missing their stop! Photos of Japanese 'salarymen' in various drunken poses on the train after having one too many at the work party


These chaps are DEFINITELY missing their stop! Photos of Japanese 'salarymen' in various drunken poses on the train after having one too many at the work party
The pictures show men on public transport in Japan on the way home from so-called 'nomikai' social functions, designed to bring colleagues closer together. Customs dictate workers must never turn down the offer of a drink from their boss and the drinking parties are an important part of corporate culture. Workers are often paid a specific allowance to make sure they have no excuses for not attending.

The 550mph Batmobile that flies! California designers reveal matt black flying car powered by a jet engine


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Called the GF7, the $3m California-designed matt black vehicle has folding wings to transform it from jet to car. When in the air, a 3500-lb thrust jet engine can fly to 12,000 m and reach speeds of 550mph. The anticipated road performance is 160 km/h top speed with a 0-100 km/h time of 7-12 seconds.

Spot the whale! Restoration of 17th-century Dutch painting reveals huge beached animal in the background that had been painted over


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Stunned Cambridge University researcher Shan Kuang revealed an entire beached whale when she cleaned the beach scene painted by the artist Hendrick van Anthonissen early in the 17th century. It is believed the whale was painted over by an owner of the painting because they found it offensive.

The bike that NEVER falls over: 'Smart' gyroscope bicycle claims to offer children the fastest method to learn how to ride

A Philadelphia-based company are seeking funding for their Jyrobike (pictured). Using gyroscopes it lets kids learn how to ride without falling over. The bike has a rapidly spinning disc in its front wheel that makes it stable. This means the bike stays upright when a child leans from side to side. Production begins later this year and it will be on sale in January 2015.

From robotic milk maids to self-driving tractors and drones that monitor crops: Scientists reveal the future of farming


Futuristic farmers are embracing technology such as robotic milking machines and drones to make their farms more efficient than ever before. More technology on farms could improve animal welfare, reduce reliance on chemicals and free up farmers' time so they can manage their farms more efficiently, Farmers Weekly told MailOnline
EXCLUSIVE: A Farmer's Weekly survey has revealed British farmers' favourite current and futuristic technologies. Self-driving tractors are on farmers' wish lists, while many already use GPS steering systems to plough straight lines and reduce wastage. Some farmers are starting to use drones to monitor livestock and crops, and many more are expected to follow suit as the technology becomes cheaper and easier to use.

Meet Pepper, the world's first robot that reads emotions: Cute droid knows if you're upset, cracks jokes and offers support


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Tokyo-based firm, Softbank, recently unveiled the £1,130 robot which uses cloud-based artificial intelligence to study gestures, expressions and speech. The 48 inch (121 cm) (48 inch) tall, 62 lb (28 kg) Pepper (pictured top right) has no hair, but two large doll-like eyes and a flat-panel display stuck on its chest. The machine, which has no legs, but has gently gesticulating hands appeared on a stage in a Tokyo interacting with Softbank's chief executive Masayoshi Son (left and bottom right).

The app that lets you shoot round corners: Smart rifle uses Google Glass as a remote sight


The smart rifle works by sending a live video feed from the rifle's sight to Glass - allowing soldiers to simply point their rifle without needing to be in a position to see their target.
US firm TrackingPoint 's smart rifle sends a live video feed from the rifle's sight to Glass or even an iPad - allowing soldiers to simply point their rifle without needing to be in a position to see their target.

The $350 underground beer fridge that means you'll never have to leave the garden


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Do something great for yourself and the environment. The earth cooler is intended for the man who has everything. It?s easy to install in the garden or terrace, and uses no electricity. With the eCool you can always drink a cold beer with good conscience.
The earth cooler is 113 cm in height, 22-30 cm in diameter and weighs 12 kg. It holds 24 cans and can stay installed the whole year. It?s advised to use a garden drill, but can be installed with a shovel as well, if you?re a real man. The earth cooler's top is very well isolated and maintains about the same cooled temperature throughout the whole container.
A Dutch firm has unveiled an underground beer fridge that can be sunk into the garden. It takes advantage of cooler underground conditions to keep beer chilled, and can hold 24 beers. A crank is used to raise the beer and deliver it to the surface.

That's out of this world! Homemade helium space balloon captures breathtaking footage above the Scottish highlands


Barry Fraser, 38, and son Cameron, 12, designed and built a weather balloon which carried an array of cameras and devices 100,300ft to capture photos showing the curvature of Earth
A father and son team from Inverness designed and built the balloon which rose 19 miles (31km) above the Earth to capture its curvature (pictured left) and the sun (pictured top right). Barry Fraser, 38, and son Cameron, 12, created the balloon which carried an array of cameras and devices 100,300ft up. The expensive kit, including a toy astronaut (pictured bottom right) floated back to Earth via parachute and landed in Brora, in the Highlands.

Huge 12 billion-year-old explosion in space has been spotted from Earth - and it could reveal secrets of the early universe


Astronomers using a telescope in Texas (bottom right) have spotted a gamma-ray burst (left). The rare explosion 12.1 light years away was caused by a supernova. Gamma-ray bursts release more energy in seconds (top right) than the sun in its entire 10 billion-year lifetime. Only a handful are thought to happen in a galaxy every few million years
Astronomers using a telescope in Texas (bottom right) have spotted a gamma-ray burst (left). The rare explosion 12.1 billion light years away was caused by a supernova. Gamma-ray bursts release more energy in seconds (top right) than the sun in its entire 10 billion-year lifetime. Only a handful are thought to happen in a galaxy every few million years.

Jack the Ripper 'lived on Flower and Dean Street, and may have died in a mental asylum': Expert uses algorithm to reveal details about London's notorious killer


Flower and Dean Street (marked) was destroyed in the Blitz. But in 1888 it lay between Commercial Street to the west and Brick Lane to the east, north of Whitechapel Road. This map also reveals the locations of each victim's murder and the Ten Bells pub, believed to be where Jack the Ripper used to frequent
A former Canadian police officer ,who pioneered the use of geographical profiling, thinks the Ripper lived on Flower and Dean Street in Whitechapel, East London (marked). The street was destroyed in the Blitz but in Victorian times was part of a slum area. In 1888, detectives conducted door-to-door inquiries along the street, hinting that they were close to catching the killer. Dr Kim Rossmo used the murder locations, a scrap of bloody clothing and an algorithm to calculate the Ripper's likely routes on the days of the murders. This map reveals the locations of each victim's murder and the Ten Bells pub, believed to be where Jack the Ripper used to frequent.

Don't look down! World's tallest tower will feature an elevator that travels at 32 feet a SECOND when it opens in 2018

The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will feature the world's fastest double-decker elevator which will let visitors travel over 2,165ft (660metres) in one go. It will ascend the mighty skyscraper at 32ft (10 metres) a second. The lift will use high-tech carbon fibre cables, and this UltraRope technology is lighter than conventional steel cable.

LIVE: England vs Honduras - Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge and Welbeck lead the line... so, will they impress to earn a start against Italy? Find out and follow all the action from Miami as it happens


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NEW England conclude their World Cup preparations as Roy Hodgson's side go in search of a win over Honduras, hoping to head to Rio on a high note. With just one week to go until the June 14 opening Group D clash against Italy in Manaus, so the likes of Wayne Rooney and Co will be out to impress as they bid to land a starting role. Follow all the action as it happens at the SunLife Stadium in Miami with NEIL ASHTON, ROB DRAPER, MATT BARLOW and DAN RIPLEY.

Woman charged with raping three boys aged between just seven and 10-years-old after her boyfriend came home early to find her naked with ALL of them


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A South Dakota mother was arrested Thursday after being found naked with three young boys by her boyfriend and four-year-old son. Anne Doubler, 30, of Sioux Falls, faces more than a dozen counts after she was discovered with a trio of boys between the ages of seven and 10-years-old, and police believe there are at least three more victims.

Time for an upgrade! Oregon man who lives in a Boeing 727 plans to upgrade to a 747 for his SECOND home made from an aircraft


Bruce Campbell made the 727 his home in the suburbs of Portland and spends six months of the year there but now he wants to build a second plane-home in Japan.
  Bruce Campbell made the 727 his home in the suburbs of Portland and spends six months of the year there but now he wants to build a second plane-home in Japan. The renovation projects have been a passion of his since 1999 when the former electrical engineer had a dream of saving retired jetliners from becoming scrap metal by reusing them.

Wife chased her husband out of a restaurant and shot him dead in the street before killing herself after arguing with him over dinner


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A woman reportedly shot dead her husband in front of a packed suburban Atlanta supermarket before then turning the gun on herself. Paula Strange, 54, is said by police to have shot dead 52-year-old husband Bruce Strange at a Marietta, Georgia Kroger just after 5.30 p.m., authorities said. It happened only minutes after an argument over dinner at a nearby restaurant

Hold on to your hats! Thousands of fans gather at Belmont Stakes to watch California Chrome attempt to win the first Triple Crown in 36 YEARS


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Belmont Park race track was buzzing on Saturday as crowds gathered to watch Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome try for a Triple Crown victory. Racegoers began arriving early in Long Island, with an array of creative headgear - from wide-brimmed sunhats with ruffles, inset, and delicate fascinators to more imaginative offerings that hinted at the rare feat. One man, right, fashioned his Stetson-style hat into a winner's enclosure, and another wore a horse mask and crown in honor of California Chrome who could be the first horse to win a Triple Crown victory since 1978.

'Now, which guy is a hero again?' Wife of soldier left paralyzed and unable to speak after risking his life to save 'deserter' Bowe Bergdahl vents her fury on social media


Shannon Allen, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen, posted a powerful message on Facebook this week
The wife of a disabled Afghanistan veteran who was injured while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has posted a scathing message against him this week, adding a personal account to the rising protests against the negotiations with the Taliban that lead to Bergdahl's freedom.

Then and now: This unique set of photographs shows D-Day locations as you have never seen them before


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As thousands of veterans remember the sacrifice of their fallen comrades who gave their lives during the opening days of Operation Overlord, life at many of the locations that saw the heaviest fighting continues as normal. In a fitting tribute to the fight against Nazi tyranny, young children are enjoying the freedom secured by those brave men and women on those dark days 70 years ago as the allies struggled for a foot-hold on mainland Europe. By the end of the first day, in the region of 160,00 allied troops had made it ashore along a 50 mile stretch of the Normandy coastline at a cost of 4,000 lives. Juno beach is pictured.

Looks like you raised him well! Son surprises dad with '57 Chevy Bel-Air on his 57th birthday after promising to buy it for him as an eight-year-old


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When Mike King was growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, his mother married a man who he describes as 'my DAD, the best thing that ever happened to me.' At eight years old, Mike promised Roger King that he would buy him a '57 Chevy Bel-Air on his 57th birthday. Roger King recently turned 57 - and Mike, now 31, was able to keep his promise, presenting his dad with a classic turquoise Chevy complete with bench seats and spotless interiors.

Hero student who tackled Seattle university shooter has his ENTIRE wedding gift list and honeymoon paid for by strangers


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Members of the public trying to express their gratitude for the actions of Jon Meis, 26 (main-right) - who subdued Seattle Pacific University shooter Aaron Ybarra (inset) - have raised almost $9,000 for his upcoming honeymoon and purchased every gift on his wedding registry (left). Meis is scheduled to marry his long-time love Kaylie Sparks (main-left) on June 21. Friends of the engineering student say he had 'everything to live for' when he risked his life to stop Ybarra, who allegedly went through over 50 shells and was reloading his shotgun when Meis subdued him on Thursday. Ybarra, who is on suicide watch in jail, is sorry for what he did, his lawyer has said.

Sleeping truck driver who hit Tracy Morgan's limo to be charged over crash that left him critical and his long-time friend dead


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Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition in hospital after a limo- bus he was riding in overturned during a six-vehicle pileup in the early hours of Saturday. A dozing truck driver has been cited as the cause of the crash that has left Morgan's writer James McNair dead. The 45-year-old star of 30 Rock was traveling with six others in the bus when it was involved in a collision at the New Jersey Turnpike at 1am. One of the travelers on the limousine bus with the New York-based actor was killed, and Morgan is in intensive care at a New Jersey hospital.

Sotheby's host biggest ever sale of Banksy's work (including his famous piece about an auction called I Can't Believe You Morons Actually Buy This S***)


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More than 70 prints created by the secretive street artist are due to be put up for auction next week in London - even though the curator Steve Lazarides, pictured top right with Stop Me Before I Paint Again, admits Banksy himself would 'hate it'. Among the works in Banksy: The Unauthorised Retrospective, which will be displayed at the Sotheby's S/2 gallery, is Banksy's work Morons, pictured bottom right, which openly mocks auction goers for buying his artwork. There is also Pest Control - Banksus Militus Vandalus, top left, which was secretly installed in the Natural History Museum in 2004, as well as Burger King, which shows a hungry child wearing a Burger King crown, bottom left. Many of the prints have not been seen in public for years and all are expected to fetch between £4,000 and £500,000 at auction - despite some initially selling for just £50.

Impala makes life-saving leap of faith just beyond the clutches of a full-stretched lioness


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As the perfectly camouflaged lioness lunges from cover, swiping its powerful paw across its intended victim's back in the Okavango Delta in Botswana an impala leaps in a desperate bid for safety (top left). The lioness continues its violent assault as the impala sails through the air, (top right). The fleet-footed impala is almost free as the lioness attempts to clamp its jaws into its trailing leg, (bottom left). In less than three seconds, the impala has established an unassailable two-lengths lead on the lioness, who is forced to abandon the hunt, (bottom right).

Mao's Mad Men: Frightening Chinese propaganda posters on show for first time in Britain - with adverts for medicine and cigarettes

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The fascinating trove of 133 posters reaching from 1913 to 1997 has gone on show at the University of Edinburgh, and includes a painter depicting the perfect society (left), China storming ahead of Britain (right), 'ballerina' soldiers of the Red Army (top) and villagers crossing a bridge to Communist 'heaven' (bottom). Many were produced during the Great Famine, when tens of millions of people died. But there are also adverts for cigarettes and British medicine - with more parallels with the West than most would think. The exhibition's organisers, who have acquired the posters from a museum in Shanghai, say it is the largest exhibition of its kind ever held in Britain.

Blooming marvellous! Paris names flower market after the Queen the day after she led tributes to soldiers who fell on D-Day


Gesture: She receives flowers as she walks around the flower market the day after leading commemorations in Normandy
The monarch, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at the market near the Notre Dame Cathedral alongside the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo. It will be known as Marche aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II. Yesterday she spoke of her pride at the courage of the Allied forces who invaded Europe on June 6, 1944 - but warned peace and prosperity can never be taken for granted. Also at the flower market will by Olympic Gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Why can't we cope with grief any more? MADDY PAXMAN on how when she lost her husband, embarrassed friends found her torment impossible to handle


Devoted: Maddy and Michael picutred with their son Ruairi - who was just eight when his father suddenly passed away
At a party the other day I was introduced to another guest, writes MADDY PAXMAN (pictured with late husband Michael and son Ruairi). ‘This is Michael Donaghy’s . . . what should I call you? His widow? His ex?’ my host asked. I thought about it briefly and answered ‘His wife.’ After all, although Michael is dead, I am not married to anyone else. And nor am I likely to be just yet. Michael was hard-wired into my brain and in many ways still is. I think of him a lot and part of me still refuses to believe he’s really gone. Yet it seems that so many people are uncomfortable with what they see as my protracted period of grieving.

Gangs of El Salvador: Intimate photographs reveal daily violence in the underworld of Latin America's infamous slum criminals


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Czech photographer Jan Sochor spent three years documenting rivals from the Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street gangs, which are sometimes described as the only future available to children living in deprived areas of El Salvador's capital San Salvador. One heavily-tattooed teenager who Mr Sochor met swore to leave his gang while he was in prison and turned to God - but was killed for 'knowing too much'. One policeman said: 'Once you get to the gang, it is a commitment to the end of your life.'

Then and now: Unique set of photographs shows how D-Day locations have changed in 70 years


On Omaha beach, where some of the most intense fighting of D-Day took place, US troops help their comrades ashore after their landing craft was destroyed by German fire (top left), now the beach is an ideal holiday location, enjoyed by tourists, (top right). In Caen, which was heavily shelled during the battle for Normandy, Canadian troops patrol, wary of German snipers, (bottom left). The area today, (bottom right) is a popular shopping area now that the scars from the conflict have been healed.
On Omaha beach, where some of the most intense fighting of D-Day took place, US troops help their comrades ashore after their landing craft was destroyed by German fire (top left), now the beach is an ideal holiday location, enjoyed by tourists, (top right). In Caen, which was heavily shelled during the battle for Normandy, Canadian troops patrol, wary of German snipers, (bottom left). The area today, (bottom right) is a popular shopping area now that the scars from the conflict have been healed.

An autumn ultimatum and a very determined mother: Cressida’s cunning plan to win back Harry – and why she’s willing (for now) to ignore his late night calls to Chelsy


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Those who have written off the romance underestimate not only the quiet tenacity of Cressida Bonas, pictured left, but also her formidable mother, Lady Mary Gaye Curzon. Far from slipping into the shadows and waiting for the next beautiful, blue-blooded blonde to take Prince Harry's arm, pictured centre - such as his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, pictured right enjoying herself in Ibiza - it seems mother and daughter have been playing a risky game that could see Cressie back in the royal fold by the end of the summer, writes CATHERINE OSTLER.

'Her words were powerful enough to move a small girl from the South Side of Chicago to the White House': Michelle Obama joins Bill Clinton and Oprah at memorial to celebrate the life of Maya Angelou


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At a memorial for Maya Angelou today, Michelle Obama paid tribute to the award-winning writer, whose powerful words had helped her to the White House. The First Lady, left, was joined at the service in North Carolina's Wake Forest University, where Angelou taught for 30 years, by Bill Clinton, actress Cicely Tyson, and chat show host Oprah Winfrey, center. Oprah, who was a close friend of Angelou's gave a moving speech in honor of her 'spiritual queen godmother and ultimate teacher'. The celebration of Angelou's life was attended by many of those who had been touched by the writer's words, including Good Morning America host Robin Roberts.

Mystery of the jock-odile: Four-foot reptile found dead and partially stuffed in stream on Scottish golf course


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The reptile (main) was found with a cigarette and a bottle in its mouth in a stream (inset) at Carnwath Golf Course, near Biggar in South Lanarkshire. Bizarrely the four-and-a-half foot long creature had also been stuffed - and had straw in its legs. It is still unknown how the animal, which has since been identified as a West African dwarf crocodile, ended up at the site. Officers at animal welfare charity SPCA are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Pranksters give unsuspecting filmgoers the shock of their lives as terrifying figure leaps out at them from a MIRROR


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The stunt, which saw a demon woman slam up against the mirror in a creepy room, was filmed at a cinema in central London during an advanced screening of the new film Oculus. The filmgoers were given a torch and asked to go into the darkened room, with organisers using classic theatre trickery to give them the shock of their lives.

No shame: Ex-boyfriend who stabbed hairdresser to death in frenzied attack in front of colleagues shows his contempt as he is driven away to life in jail


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Asher Maslin, left, made the vulgar gesture on the day he pleading guilty to killing hairdresser Hollie Gazzard, right, while she worked in Gloucester city centre. Maslin knifed the 20-year-old 14 times in front of horrified colleagues as she worked at Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Gloucester city centre. Police say he purchased a knife before heading to the salon after the pair had separated. He pleaded guilty to the killing during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

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