Some of the 550 families taken hostage by Islamic State were able to return home (pictured centre) while others will be used as human shields by retreating jihadis who have already slaughtered 284 villagers near Mosul. Families have been waving the white flag in vain (left) as terrorists round up villagers in an attempt to hold off advancing coalition forces in the battle for Mosul in Iraq (right). ISIS brutes used a bulldozer to dump the corpses in a mass grave at the city's abandoned College of Agriculture. All 284 victims, including children, were said to have been shot. The country's plight is encapsulated in other incredible photos, which show children doing everyday activities such as riding bikes and playing football, but with huge flames and plumes of smoke rising up in the background after ISIS set oil fields on fire as part of their scorched earth tactics.
Murder probe launched after British man 'who missed his flight' is found tied to a bench at Malaga airport with his trousers and underpants pulled down
Steven Allford, 51, was discovered bound to a bench in an outdoor area near a train stop at Malaga airport with his trousers and pants pulled down. Police are waiting on the results of a post-mortem but suspect he may have been choked to death and possibly sexually assaulted. Murder squad detectives are investigating the mysterious death of the Brit who they believe may have missed a flight. He was discovered by a security guard at 9am today and a police source said although there were no obvious signs of violence there was suspicion of 'foul play' because of the position he was in. The 51-year-old was bound to the bench by a hand and a foot with cable ties.
It's wonderful in Waverley but hell in Hull! League table of most prosperous places to live show it's grim up north - but how does your town rate?
NEW The UK Prosperity Index was published by the Legatum Institute and looks at well-being, as well as economic prosperity. Waverley and Mole Valley, which are both in Surrey, came top of the list, followed by Winchester and St Albans. Other places featuring in the top 20 include the New Forest, South Oxfordshire and Bath. Meanwhile, Kingston upon Hull, Blackpool and Middlesbrough came bottom of the list.
'Lone wolf terrorist left crude bomb on Underground train heading for Westminster and the Shard': Police quiz 19-year-old man Tasered in the street by armed officers
The device found on the train could have been part of a plot to attack the transport network, it is believed. A memo from the Ministry of Defence to staff said the culprit could have planted more. A 19-year-old was detained at 12.20pm on Friday afternoon in Holloway, North London, one day after the item was detonated in a controlled explosion at North Greenwich station. Witnesses described how officers shouted 'armed police, don't struggle´ as they arrested the white bearded man wearing a hoodie, jacket, jeans and trainers, pictured left. Security has been ramped up on London's public transport network since with more officers, including armed police, on patrol at travel hubs and high visibility patrols. Yesterday, passengers were evacuated from the station near The O2 Arena in East London as alarm bells rang and a huge section of the Jubilee line was suspended, pictured right and inset.
Revealed: Princess Margaret rushed into a doomed marriage after receiving a devastating letter from her divorcee love telling her he was getting engaged
Princess Margaret rushed into a doomed marriage with an-about-town photographer Tony Armstrong-Jones (right and inset) after receiving a devastatingly painful letter from her divorcee love, Battle of Britain fighter ace Group Captain Peter Townsend (left). The glamorous union plummeted fairly rapidly into acrimony after their glorious wedding day in 1960.
Psycho at the school gates: Mother terrorised by fellow mum reveals how she was sent abusive texts, death threats and a BOMB HOAX after a mix-up over a child's birthday party invite
Roz Page (pictured left with her daughter, Sophie), a respectable member of the community in Barkingside, Essex was the victim of a sinister campaign by another parent, Claire Mann (right). The origins for Mann's toxic crusade which escalated to death threats and a bomb hoax to the wife of the rabbi at Muswell Hill Synagogue (inset), lay in one of the most petty middle-class concerns - the mistaken belief that her daughter had not been invited to Sophie's eighth birthday party.
It's Putin's Russian rustbucket! How the 30-year-old Soviet-era vessel that sailed menacingly close to Britain has been plagued with breakdowns... and even has to be followed by its own rescue tug boat
The ageing aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (main) sailed menacingly close to Britain yesterday in a provocative manoeuvre. The Soviet-era vessel, leading a flotilla of eight naval vessels, is on its way to the eastern Mediterranean to bolster the Syrian bombing campaign. Equipped with missiles, anti-aircraft guns and torpedoes, the 55,000-ton carrier was escorted by the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan and Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond as it skirted UK territorial waters. The ship, launched in 1985, still bears its communist-era name 'Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov' (inset).
Twenty-six people are injured after a party bus crashes into a railway bridge in London and its roof is ripped off
Five people have been taken to hospital after a night bus crashed into a railway bridge. The collision saw the roof of the double decker bus torn off at around 4am this morning in Tottenham, north London. 21 other passengers who were injured were treated at the scene.
Hillary looks unstoppable but there are still 20 reasons I dread the day she walks into the White House (and free sex from Madonna is just one of them)
PIERS MORGAN: Hillary Clinton is now red-hot favourite to become the first female President of the United States. Of course, it's not over yet. The polls might be as hopelessly wrong as they were about Trump's chances of winning the Republican nomination. I've made it clear that whilst Trump's a friend of mine, I wouldn't vote for, or endorse him even if I could, which I can't. I simply don't agree with him about too many issues from guns and Muslim bans to climate change. However, I wouldn't vote for, or endorse Hillary either. I think she's a dreadful candidate, a sentiment clearly shared by many others as she has attracted the worst approval ratings of any major-party presidential nominee in history - rivalled only by Trump. Here are 20 reasons why I think Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a terrible President.
The father who beat me till I bled: How the Sharpe author whose books are loved by millions was subjected to horrific abuse by the Christian zealots who adopted him as a boy
Bernard Cornwell's most famous creation is Richard Sharpe (inset), swashbuckling rifleman from the Napoleonic Wars and hero of 24 books. Created by Bernard in 1980 and given fresh impetus in the Nineties TV series featuring Sean Bean, Sharpe is still going strong. He has written 50 novels and sold 20 million books worldwide, making him the most prolific and successful historical novelist working today. Pictured, Cornwell with adoptive parents and Christian fundamentalists Joe and Marjorie Wiggins and siblings (left), with his birth father William Oughtred (top right) and with birth mother Dorothy Carroll (bottom right).
'TV has been traumatic tonight': Emmerdale and Coronation Street viewers are left in floods of tears by two of the most dramatic episodes in soap history
His crazed wife sent him plummeting off a bridge on to a busy road in the previous episode of Emmerdale. And fan-favourite James Barton has now died in hospital, leaving viewers of the ITV soap stunned. The farmer, who was hospitalised after being kidnapped, drugged, and pushed off bridge by his deranged wife Emma, passed away in Friday's action-packed episode.
Young woman, 21, arrested after horrific images of cats and dogs being 'killed and tortured' in Russia are shared on social media
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Alina Orlova (right), 21, was arrested while waiting for a flight to St Petersburg. She is accused of torturing and killing cats and dogs with her friend and then posting the footage online. One of the photos shows a cute white kitten with a look of terror in its eyes as a knife is held up to its face. Others are far more graphic - one shows a dog nailed to a wall as if it had been crucified and another dog is hanging by its collar and then shot with an air gun.
Serial arsonist who developed a fascination with fire after saving her family from a blaze as a child is given 14 life sentences after being found guilty of murdering an OAP in a care home inferno
NEW A care home worker obsessed with fire who murdered a 96-year-old resident by setting light to her room has been given 14 life sentences after being convicted of murder. Karen Pedley, 43, (left) was found guilty of the murder of resident Gladys Rowe (inset), and 12 counts of arson, at Truro Crown Court, in Cornwall, on Thursday. The court was told Pedley became 'fascinated with fire' after saving her family from a burning house aged 10. She was hailed a hero at the time for discovering the blaze, and even won a flight on Concorde as a thank you. The prosecution argued that this started a lifelong fascination with fire, which ended with tragic results. Pedley had started the blaze at Rosewyn House care home (right) in Alverton Terrace, Truro, Cornwall, in November 2008, while she was employed there.
'Where is the help? Will there be any help?': Desperate mobile call by helicopter crash survivor surrounded by 19 dead passengers and crew
Alexey Veremev, 42, (bottom right) was seriously injured after the MI-8 (left, top right) came down close to the Arctic Circle in northern Siberia. The passengers were oil workers on their way to the Suzumskoye field. Only three of the people on board survived the horror in 'thick fog' with temperatures of minus 7C. 'Three are moaning, I am the fourth,' the oil worker told the emergency services in his frantic call as he was trapped inside the helicopter which came down on its side.
Elvis the mummy's boy: They shared a bed when he was a child and had their own secret baby language. So did that stifling maternal love sow the seeds of the King's self-destruction?
Elvis Presley grew up in poverty, raised by his mother Gladys in large part, and the pair formed an extremely close bond. But her maternal love could have triggered self-destructive behaviour. The later years of the star were characterised by dangerous weight problems and heavy use of amphetamines. But the singer would never do anything to embarrass his 'mama'.
Revealed: Lindsay Lohan is facing BANKRUPTCY after failing to pay £78,000 in rent on her £3.5million London flat... as ex-fiance demands her arrest 'for taking £24,000 worth of his belongings'
EXCLUSIVE: Lawyers for the landlord of the property (right), which is in the exclusive Knightsbridge area, have issued the 30-year-old American star with papers demanding payment of £77,600, and will petition at court for her bankruptcy on November 8 if she fails to pay up. Solicitors Child & Child hand-delivered a letter to Miss Lohan seeking the unpaid rent for the six months to August. In a further blow, Miss Lohan's ex-fiancé, Russian property tycoon Egor Tarabasov (left), 23, claims she took up to £24,000 worth of his belongings - including a Rolex Oyster watch, designer clothing and a small gold crucifix.
Would you live in a house like this? Estate agent photos of $90,000 home filled with beer cans and trash collected by its party-loving residents becomes the most viewed in America
Forget multi-million dollar mansions, lavish lake houses and sprawling country piles, the most viewed property throughout the U.S. this week is a simple Texas home concealing a nasty surprise. From the outside, the one-story, traditional-style house is unremarkable. Boasting a large backyard with mature trees and three bedrooms, the pleasant looking property in Sanger, Texas, seems a steal at just $90,000.
The proof cycle lanes are lunacy: A car races a bike across three cities. Guess who wins - and what it tells us about our gridlocked roads...
Everyone has experienced the seething frustration that comes with being stuck in traffic. But just why are so many of Britain's towns and cities coming to a standstill? Many motorists believe they have found the culprits - the hundreds of miles of new cycle lanes that take up swathes of roads in our busiest urban areas. Pictured, Harry Wallop cycling in an empty cycling lane on Victoria Embankment (top left), Katherine Clementine sitting in traffic next to the same empty cycle lane (bottom left) and Harry and Katherine after the race (right).
Truth about the wicked stepmother: She was painted as a chatelaine who exploited Diana's doddery dad but 'Acid' Raine Spencer - who has died aged 87 - became a confidante of the troubled princess
Following the death of her husband, the 8th Earl in 1992, and her subsequent short-lived marriage to an impoverished French count, disobliging stories about 'Acid Raine' continued. It was even alleged that, on one occasion, the Princess of Wales had pushed her down the stairs. But following Diana's tragically early death in 1997, it emerged that former stepmother and former stepdaughter had actually become very close during the Princess's final years. Pictured clockwise from top left: Raine as a child with her mother, the novelist Barbara Cartland; right, Raine with Diana; Raine with Count Jean-François de Chambrun, whom she married; and with Earl Spencer.
150,000 mourners in black line the streets of Bangkok for a rousing performance of the national anthem of Thailand in memory of their fallen King
Enormous crowds gathered outside the Grand Palace in Sanam Luang, Bangkok, to sing the anthem and among the mourners was the heir Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. People dressed in black were there to pay tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died after seven decades on the throne, sparking a year of mourning. Among the mourners was the new King in waiting - Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (inset).
Don't mess with Justin! Trudeau gets hands on with angry man who began accosting him in the street and talks him down
A man accosting Justin Trudeau was immediately shut down by the prime minister himself on Friday in Ontario. Trudeau had just left from visiting Picone's Fine Food in Dundas, when the unidentified man tried to get in his face. A series of photos show (above) the 44-year-old Leader of the Liberal Party with his hands placed on the man as the two appear to exchange words. The man, who look seemingly frustrated, did not make any further moves as Trudeau stopped him in his tracks with the placement of his hands on his shoulders. One of the guards with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) also stepped in to help prevent the man from getting any closer to Trudeau.
That's quite enough of that! Hilarious video shows a VERY jealous baby girl frowning and bursting into tears every time her parents kiss
Krissy and Matt Hanneken, from Glen Burnie, Maryland, claim their daughter Ella is 'always happy' - except for when they kiss. A video of them kissing and Ella crying has been watched more than 13 million times. Krissy said: 'Our "always happy" baby girl has a weakness. She gets very sad when her daddy and mommy kiss.'
Taking a leaf out of Kate's book? Queen Letizia of Spain wears a white dress with a red floral print just DAYS after the Duchess (and even copies her shoes)
Letizia, 44, opted for a custom Caroline Herrera frock on Friday that was was strikingly similar to a dress that the Duchess of Cambridge wore for an event at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night. But the similarities didn't end there with Letizia teaming her structured gown with a pair of suede court shoes just like Kate's. The Spanish royal was attending an official engagement on day two of the Princesa de Asturias Awards alongside her husband King Felipe VI of Spain, 48, in Ovideo, Northern Spain.
EXCLUSIVE: Matriarch Rose Kennedy punished her kids with time outs in her closet and the nanny banged their heads against the wall to get them to sleep, reveals JFK's only living sibling Jean, 88, in memoir
Jean Kennedy, the only sibling of John F Kennedy still alive, shares stories of her childhood in her upcoming memoir, The Nine of Us, Growing Up Kennedy, which hits stores on Tuesday. And as second youngest of nine siblings in the family, little did Jean know her siblings would soon occupy major political offices. Her parents Joseph and Rose married in 1914 and began their family in Brookline, Massachusetts, where four children were born before moving to Bronxville, New York, to escape Irish Catholic discrimination and to be closer to Joseph's work in New York City. The family also had a home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, where the family spent their summers and the children learned some of their most valuable lessons.
Heartbreaking photo shows a dog LEFT BEHIND in garbage heap of unwanted furniture after his callous owners moved on
A photo taken of Boo the dog, who waited by a pile of its owners discarded furniture after being abandoned in Detroit, has tugged at the heart-strings of thousands of social media users. Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue founder Devin Oliver told the Daily Dot he heard about Boo after the person who posted to Facebook contacted numerous animal services to have the dog taken in. None of the shelters would come and take Boo. So, Mike Diesel, who works with Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue, began coming out to the site and after a few days built up trust with the lonely dog.
I want a cuttle!: Watch over-friendly octopus clamp its tentacles around diver's face and refuse to let go
Nikolaos Kepesidis and a friend were snorkelling in Greece when they spotted the octopus in the shallows and started filming it, but it soon made a beeline straight for the diver's face (pictured main). What transpires is a scene that could have come out of an Alien film. The creature grips its eight tentacles tightly around the diver's face and snorkelling mask and firmly refuses to let go (pictured inset).
Hell hath no fury like a man scorned: Furious husband attacks 'cheating wife and her lover' after bumping into them on the street
This is the shocking moment a Chinese man beat his wife and her alleged lover after bumping into them. The outraged husband pull around his wife by her clothes while violently kicking the man, said to be her lover. The video also showed that the man calling his mother-in-law, complaining his wife's behaviour to her, after catching the couple in the farmer's market he worked at.
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Found, the battlefield that doomed Jerusalem: Site of Roman emperor' siege in A.D. 70 is found - complete with the stones soldiers used in grisly battle that led to destruction of the Second Temple
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient tower thought to have once stood atop Jerusalem's fabled 'Third Wall,' breached during the Roman emperor Titus' siege of the city 2,000 years ago. The grisly battle ultimately led to the conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple, and researchers have long debated the details of the city's boundaries on the eve of the onslaught in 70 AD. Not far from the tower, the team also found scores of projectile stones that were catapulted at guards who stood atop the tower, providing new evidence of the ancient battle that could be proof of the wall's existence at the site.
Living on the edge: Stomach-churning moment fearless daredevil leaps between two towering skyscrapers
This stomach-churning footage of a daredevil leaping between two skyscrapers in Hong Kong could be the most vertigo-inducing urban climbing video yet. The fearless urban climber is shown scaling what's believed to be the Hollywood terrace buildings and peeing over the abyss. The adrenaline junkie teetere on the precipices of the soaring building before nimbly hopping onto a ledge, then launching himself off one of the blocks.
Meet the Sons of Hulk: Puppies of the world's largest pitbull are now training to become fearsome guard dogs worth as much as £80,000 each
The huge pitbull's puppies could be worth $800,000 if they complete owner's Marlon Grennan's training school to become security dogs. Marlon, 28, is currently training Hulk's puppy, eight-month-old Kobe (pictured with Hulk left). He said: 'My reputation is built on how I breed and train my dogs. I'm looking for the next Hulk - the star of the future. And this dog is the star of the future.' Marlon's Dark Dynasty K9s business supplies protection dogs to high-profile celebrities and billionaires as well as law enforcement around the world. (Hulk pictured with another of Marlon's dogs right)
Never see red again: Ford and Jaguar Land Rover trial new technology that will ensure every traffic light turns green for you
A new system is currently being tested on UK roads as part of a connected car trial that takes information from traffic light roadside units to tell drivers how fast they need to approach for the lights to turn green. Both Ford and Jaguar Land Rover believe it could reduce driver frustration, improve traffic flow and lower vehicle emissions. Pictured, how the system will work allowing drivers to match their speed appropriately.