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Theresa May had an extraordinary confrontation with Jean-Claude Juncker today (above) after EU leaders dismissed her plea for more Brexit concessions and he ridiculed her negotiating strategy. The PM - wielding her handbag - was seen locked in a tense standoff with the EU commission chief as the second day of the summit gets under way in Brussels. Although the sound was switched off, TV cameras caught the pair exchanging what looked to be heated words for at least a minute. The apparent clash, which will evoke memories of Margaret Thatcher's 'handbagging' of EU leaders to secure Britain's rebate in 1984, came after Mrs May's latest appeal for 'legally binding' assurances over the Irish border backstop to save her Brexit deal fell flat. France and Ireland are said to have be spearheading the resistance to more concessions at a stormy Brussels summit - even torpedoing calls for another gathering next month to try to thrash out a way forward.

Brussels has ramped up threats about the consequences of the UK crashing out as Theresa May was brutally rebuffed at a summit.

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: It dawned on me this week that Theresa May is enjoying all of this and what we're witnessing with her dashing around Europe is Fifty Shades of May.

'Bubbly' mother-of-one, 43, who beat breast cancer hanged herself

Dawn Cheetham, from Rochdale, (pictured with her partner) was worried about contracting cancer again. She was described as a 'dedicated, hard-working and intelligent' woman by the coroner. On July 15 this year Miss Cheetham a manager a dental practice had an argument with her partner Jonathan Mellor when he went out with his friends instead of having a date night with her. She was later found dead at home.

KONSTANTIN KISIN: The irony was that I'd first been approached by a student who'd seen my normal set at Top Secret, one of London's best comedy clubs, and clearly enjoyed it.

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Reuben McNulty, who was two months old, was in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked in the early hours of Sunday November 18 in Peterborough.

Strictly Come Dancing has been hit by a fix row in finale week as Joe Sugg's die-hard fans revealed a way they can vote for him to win, even if they don't live in the country reports The Mirror .

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirms that officers responded to a break-in at London property last Friday. 'We attended and identified signs of forced entry,' he said.

Wills and Kate release a family photo for their greeting card

NEW Harry and Meghan have chosen an image showing them with their arms wrapped around each other's waists on their wedding night for their Christmas card, while William and Kate have opted for an autumnal photo with their children on a tree trunk. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared the new photo from their evening wedding reception, showing them hand-in-hand as fireworks erupt in the grounds of Frogmore House, a 17th century royal residence in Windsor near Frogmore Cottage, where they will live from early next year.

Princess Eugenie took to Instagram on Thursday evening to share a sweet throwback snap with her Beatrice, writing: 'TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to cheeky smiles and scrunchies with my sister'.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was an 'historic moment for Irish women.' Those who voted to repeal the eighth amendment won a 66 per cent majority at the referendum in May.

Wardens swooped on the Perry Hill estate in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire in the early hours to catch out residents (pictured) who failed to display their free permits.

At one of our son's friend's birthday party, my wife went to fetch him from a schoolfriend's bash, where she witnessed a scene straight out of that goriest of movies, Reservoir Dogs.

Santa-hatted revellers hit the streets of Britain for the biggest Christmas party night of

Festive revellers stumbled out of bars and pubs dressed as Santa and his elves as Christmas party season swept the nation last night. Celebrating the Yuletide with your colleagues, over a glass of cherry or two, is as traditional as roast turkey and the Queen's speech for most Britons. As the big night approached, workers pulled on their Christmas jumpers, donned the silliest costumes they could find and headed out for a night on the town. Smiling party-goers were spotted enjoying themselves all the way from Newcastle (left and inset) down to Bristol and across to Swansea (right), with many happy to pose for pictures as they painted the town red and green. After a long night of dancing to festive hits, many looked slightly worse for wear as they walked arm-in-arm with friends or tucked into a late night snack on their way home.

London-based stylist Alizé Demange advises renting clothes, investing in key pieces and buying garments made from ethical fabrics - as well as choosing vintage fashion, passing on old items and repairing damaged pieces.

UK Pub chain J.D Wetherspoon has brought a court case against a mystery tweeter who they believe to be a former employee, after several parody accounts of the pub were set up.

Incredible moment boy aged EIGHT takes the wheel to steer car to safety when his mother is hit by seizure while driving at 65mph on busy dual carriageway

Lauren Smith (pictured with her son Ben right) was travelling at 65mph in her Ford Ka along the A120 dual carriageway when she suffered an attack. The 27-year-old started to shake and her hands gripped to the steering wheel as the vehicle began to smash and scrape the central reservation during the incident. Her son, Ben Hedges, leapt from his front passenger seat and took hold of the wheel, before guiding the out-of-control car across two lanes and safely onto a grass verge (left) next to the hard shoulder. 

British astrologist Debbie Frank has revealed the star signs that are most compatible with each other - and those that will have to work more at their relationships - in her new book.

From the meaning behind white nail spots to the correct way to file, here FEMAIL looks at each of the myths and how to keep your nails in immaculate condition this summer.

What happened to the child stars of the biggest Christmas movies?

Tis the season to watch re-runs of the most famous yuletide films but while Kevin in Home Alone and Sam in Love Actually remain timeless on our screens, the child stars of the best Christmas movies have gone on to lead very different lives. (Pictured from left: Johnny Galecki in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Miffy Englefield in The Holiday, Olivia Olson in Love Actually, Mara Wilson in Miracle on 34th Street, Thomas Brodie Sangster in Love Actually and Karolyn Grimes in It's a Wonderful Life)

Sajed Choudry, 42, has died after the attack in Blackburn last month. He had both ears cut off and suffered a collapsed lung and a bleed on the brain. Three men and a boy face murder charges.

Suspected cocaine smuggler Sue Clarke, 70, has been rushed to hospital from jail. She suffered severe blood pressure spikes which risk organ damage. Husband Roger may not know.

Transsexual  'warn others of the reality of becoming transexual' 

Leanne Mill had a sex change in Hove, East Sussex aged 34. She is speaking out to 'warn others of the reality of being a transsexual' but says she doesn't regret her surgery. She says that since her surgery she has lived in a twilight world. Leanne said that she has had a string of dead-end jobs despite being bright. Left, Leanne pictured shortly after her surgery in 1979. Inset, Leanne pictured as boy aged 11. Right, Leanne as she looks today.

Advertising watchdogs are to ban 'harmful' gender stereotypes from TV commercials. Gone will be the traditional, and largely out-dated, view of the housewife.

Black inmate batters Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt

James Acourt, 42, pictured right, was beaten to the floor in Wandsworth prison days into his sentence for drug smuggling after pleading guilty at Kingston Crown Court last week. He is one of five men suspected of the 1993 stabbing of Stephen Lawrence (inset). Fellow inmate Tyrone Archer, 39, pictured left, has refused to discuss his motives for attack. Archer was 13 at the time of the murder and grew up in south-east London.

Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling says the thousands of Daily Mail readers who have pledged their time to the National Health Service should be applauded.

Could YOU adopt one of the UK's most unloved dogs for Christmas?

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London has launched an appeal to find forever homes for some of its longest standing residents, who have lived there for longer than the average 38 days it usually takes to find new homes for dogs. Clockwise from top left: Mistletoe, a two year-old Lurcher; Six-year-old mongrel, Prince; Lucas, a six year-old, Staffordshire Bull Terrier; Dean, a five year-old greyhound; Bear, a two-year-old mongrel and Magic Mike, an eight year-old Shar-Pei.

Sources say Meghan, 37, is 'fed-up' of not being able to 'stand up for herself' as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence regarding rumours of a 'feud' between her Kate.

Poor pupils will not catch up with those better off until 2070 if the pace of change remains the same as since 2011, according to analysis of the Department for Education figures released today.

Rules for England and Wales require officers to note down each occasion they use 'force' in their duties - which includes actions like drawing a firearm or putting someone in handcuffs.

DOMINIC SANDBROOK in his failure to concede defeat Jacon Rees-Mogg has shown how

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: When within moments of Theresa May's victory on Wednesday, the pale features of Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured outside Parliament yesterday main) loomed into view on the television screen, I was fascinated to see how he would react. A gallant loser would have congratulated Mrs May (pictured in Brussels yesterday inset) on her result, pointed out that there were nevertheless 117 Tory MPs who disagreed with her and said something about sticking to his principles but working together in the national interest.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner insisted it was wrong to keep asking the people to answer a question in a different way - predicting a narrow Remain win would mean calls for a third vote.

Moderate Tories have pleaded with Brexit hardliners to end their war against Theresa May and called for 'all sides to come together' and focus on the 'national interest'.

QUENTIN LETTS: Bercow hates Leadsom. It may be because she is a Tory and a Brexiteer. Equally, it may be because this 'stupid woman', as he has called her, has pushed against his bullying bateyness.

Mr May was pictured rubbing shoulders with the stars at the Sun Military Awards on Thursday night as he posed for photographs on the red carpet of the event without wife Theresa.

ANOTHER lottery 'winner' claims they have missed out on £200,000 scratchcard jackpot

Angela Mason (pictured), 57, from Willenhall, West Midlands, says she won last month - soon after Eric Walker, 56, of Sheffield was also refused the top prize for the same scratchcard. The gran-of-four claims to have matched the correct number of symbols on the Pharaoh's Fortune card last month - meaning she's entitled to the prize. Desperately excited with her supposed win, she ran to the Post Office but was told the win could not be verified. And after emailing Camelot, was reportedly told her win was not genuine and that she had not scratched the card properly. She was instead told coordinates she thought were an F5 were actually an E5 (inset is a MailOnline mock-up of her scratchcard).

Stormzy, Adele and Marcus Mumford have teamed up with survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster to demand the removal of 'dangerous' cladding from buildings around the UK.

Laura Burns could not be resuscitated at her home in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, so was taken to Antrim Area Hospital, where she worked as a nurse, and placed on life support.

Ahmed Yousef, 19, still requires intensive physiotherapy a year after being seriously injured when Haider Azad Mirza, 21, drove his Audi A3 at speed into him in Derby.

Slum landlord family crammed 31 migrants into a four-bed London house

The £250,000 paid by members of the Shah family was a combination of fines, costs and a confiscation order after a raid on their £500,000 property in Wembley. Council officers found the Indian migrants were forced to sleep in shifts as night workers would swap with those who had daytime hours. Enforcement officers from Brent Council also found a woman living in a tarpaulin-covered shed (top right) in the back garden (top left) with no light or heat after a raid in 2016. Also pictured: Two of the rooms stuffed full with bunkbeds (bottom left, bottom right) and Sanjay Shah, (inset) one of the property's owners.

The woman who volunteered to have her body embalmed, frozen and sliced 27,000 times

Mother-of-two Sue Potter, who emigrated to the US after surviving Nazi Germany, died at 87 in Denver in 2015 In 2000, she thought she had a year to live so she pledged her body to the University of Colorado. She wanted to be embalmed, sliced up and digitized for the purpose of teaching. But she ended up living 15 years and in that time recorded herself so students understand the woman behind the medical records. She regularly visited the lab to see how her body would be sawed up and photographed, the fridge where she'd be kept, and to meet the students. Now, National Geographic has published an inside look at her 15-year journey in the January 2019 issue of the magazine. Pictured: Dr Vic Spitzer about to pry her titanium hip replacement from Sue's frozen body (top); a cross section of Sue's head, encased in polyvinyl alcohol for stability (bottom right); and Sue, in her final years, shopping in her wheelchair which bears a sticker saying 'God Bless America'.

Other animals flagged up as posing a threat to native UK wildlife include the fox squirrel - the biggest squirrel in north America - which can bully and out-compete existing grey and red squirrels.

The newspaper - which recently claimed all Londoners subsisted on boiled mutton and porridge until well into the 2000s - received thousands of responses to a tweet launching the project.

Hilarious images capture the best moments celebrities photobombed fans

A picture collection shared by Bored Panda shows images of fans with stars. While most pictures with celebs are asked on the street, these show the humorous side to some prominent stars. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Queen Elizabeth II (top left), Prince Harry (top middle), Dwayne Johnson (top right), John Krasinski (bottom left), Michael Cera (bottom middle), and Ken Jeong (bottom right) have made an appearance in funny photobombs. Most of the fans were surprised to find these celebs in the back of their pictures.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress Eliza Dushku reveals $9.5M sexual harassment settlement

Eliza Dushku was reportedly slated to become a full-time cast member on Bull before she reported comments made to her by lead actor Michael Weatherly (top right). The network agreed to pay Dushku (left and bottom right with Weatherly in Bull) a confidential settlement of $9.5million. The details of that settlement have been revealed amid a broader investigation triggered by allegations of sex abuse against former CBS exec Les Moonves (inset).

Researchers at the University of South Australia have accidentally discovered that a particular kind of clay 'attracts' and binds to to flush it out of the body better than a weight-loss drug.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced that town halls would be allowed to put up council tax by 3 per cent from April 2019 without the hurdle of holding a local referendum.

Brits' ultimate sandwich is filled to the brim with stuffing, bacon, cheese, and cranberry sauce, according to Warburtons, who polled 2,000 Brits to find the ultimate festive recipe.

Research carried out by the London School of Economics said fathers become more aware of the challenges girls face when they see their own offspring grow up.

Sir Paul McCartney attends Mick Jagger's party... days after his £10million home is

Sir Paul McCartney (inset) put the drama of his recent burglary behind him as he joined the likes of Noel Gallagher and Chris Martin at Mick Jagger's party on Thursday night in London. The Beatles star, 76, cut a stylish figure for the evening celebrations as he represented his daughter Stella McCartney's fashion label. From left: Poppy Delevingne, Nicky HIlton, Sally and Ronnie Wood, Lily Cole and Lady Mary Charteris.

Nasa's Parker Solar probe snapped the image from behind its revolutionary heat shield. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in August.

Joe Robinson, 25, of Lancashire, has secretly returned to the UK from Turkey where he was on bail having been jailed for more than seven years for 'fighting for terrorist group the YPG'.

The change in the law was passed by Germany's parliament (pictured) in Berlin last night, allowing people to change their first name and gender on their birth certificates retrospectively.

Granddaughter of Julie Andrews tells of night of sex with Dax Shepard behind Kirsten

Former model Kayti Edwards says she rekindled her romance with Dax in late 2009 - two years into his relationship with now wife Kristen - at a private party in Hollywood. In a set of graphic pictures taken in a photo booth at the LA party that night Kayti and Dax are seen passionately making out. Kayti, 41, and Dax, 43 first met in 2005 through mutual friends and they had a 'casual' relationship until she moved to Hawaii. Kayti says it wasn't until after they hooked up that she realized Dax's girlfriend at the time was actress Kristen Bell, the voice of Princess Anna in Frozen. She explains she came forward after she posted a photo on Facebook of her and Dax from that night as a joke and she was contacted about it. 'I would rather tell the true story than have this picture floating around and people running with it.'

Scientists from Nottingham Trent University are hoping to create a pocket containing solar panels that can be woven into clothes and used to charge phones, tablets and fitness trackers.

When a meteor exploded in the atmosphere over Michigan, USA, in January - showering the earth below with fragments - Christopher Rogers and his partner Ashley Moritz went hunting for some.

Japan chose the Chinese character for 'disaster' to define the year 2018 on Wednesday. Last year the country experienced deadly floods, earthquakes and storms that killed hundreds.

PIERS MORGAN: Thank God nobody wants to keep up with greedy, dumb, nudity-loving

RIP The Kardashians. It is with great lack of even a molecule of sadness that I have to report the demise of the world's most vacuous, grasping, sleazy, stupid and annoying family. Ratings for the season finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Sunday night crashed to just 851,000 viewers in the US. After 11 long, tortuous years, it appears America's finally grown sick and tired of watching this tiresome freak-show. Because Kim once made a sex tap, they are everywhere, permeating every pore of our waking life with their tweets, Instagram posts, fashion lines, perfumes, makeup lines and topless selfies.

Nick Rennison picked out this year's best books on science. His selection includes Primate Change by Vybarr Cregan-Reid and Blueprint by Robert Plomin.

Lesbian porn has been crowned the most popular genre of 2018 on the leading adult film sites Pornhub and YouPorn - and it's all largely thanks to female viewers, according to the statistics.

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'Thank you for arguing': Question Time host David Dimbleby gets standing ovation as he makes emotional speech at end of his last ever show - as fans thank 'legend' for being face of politics for 25 years

David Dimbleby, 80, received a standing ovation from the audience at the recording of his final BBC Question Time in Southwark last night (inset top). The veteran broadcaster (left, right, and inset) will be replaced by Fiona Bruce from next week. Politicians, former panellists, audience members, journalists and cameramen have praised Mr Dimbleby's professionalism, unflappability and courtesy during his quarter-century at the helm.

It is the time of year when friends and family come together, but half a million older people are likely to be on their own this Christmas, a survey by Age UK has revealed.

A man who molested a 22-year-old woman on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit as his wife sat next to him has been sentenced to nine years in a US prison, a Judge ruled on Thursday.

A Government-sponsored census found there were 4,751 rough sleepers in England. But Crisis said 12,300 people are sleeping on streets with the rest in woods or vehicles.

Sheffield council has agreed to keep 87 of the 305 'healthy' trees that were due to be chopped down immediately because they are considered dangerous or damaging streets.

West Midlands Police, which says it desperately needs £40million to pay for an extra 500 officers, hired Dr Robert Beckford (pictured) to deliver the session for senior staff.

Customers meant to be flying to Lisbon described the 'scary' moment the jet was turned back to Britain after 15 minutes in the air when two men started fighting over a broken mobile today.

The Daily Mail's three-year battle to win sanctuary for Afghan interpreters has scooped the prestigious Campaign of the Year award at the British Journalism Awards.

CBB star Chloe Ayling claims she's too vulnerable to attend 'kidnapper' trial

British glamour model Chloe Ayling (left and right with boyfriend Lewis G) has been mocked for claiming she is too vulnerable to attend her alleged kidnapper's trial. The 21-year-old said she is too 'worried' to testify at the trial of Michal Herba (inset), who is accused of helping his brother Lukasz kidnap her in Italy in July 2017.  But his lawyers say she can't be vulnerable because she's been flying all over the world for photoshoots and sharing snaps of her jetset life on Instagram.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Gabriel (centre) was joined by his full-siblings including models Lizzy, 34, Georgia May, 26, who has dyed her blonde hair pink, and actor James, 33.

Tim Pender, 57, regularly went to the Old Coastguard in Mousehole, Cornwall, with his ferrets. After being banned from the pub he now takes his pets to a pub in a neighboring village.

Australian scientists found elderly people with type 2 diabetes experienced a significant decline in memory and verbal fluency over a five-year period, as early as 68 years old.

Experts are predicting 'significant' snowfall this weekend, while freezing winds from Russia will also lash the country. The Met Office has issued a snow and ice warning for Scotland and the North.

Some 487,363 Twitter accounts were taken down by the US social media giant (San Francisco headquarters pictured) over child exploitation fears between January and June this year.

For Cath Smith, she once thought her HIV diagnosis meant imminent death but in the decade since diagnosis, she has taken her fight nationwide in a bid to avoid other women suffering the same fate.

The review by the UK-based Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency found teething gels containing lidocaine should only be used when non-medicinal options don't work.

The former foreign secretary remained rent-free in his grace-and-favour flat a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace for three weeks after storming out of the Cabinet in July in a row over Brexit.

'He promised me an award then made me look like a paedophile': US judge's $95m lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen reveals how the prankster gets guests to make fools of themselves

Roy Moore's lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen lifts the lid on how the comedian and makers of Who Is America? repeatedly get guests to make a fool of themselves. In a recent filing he exposed how by making interviewees sign consent of appearance agreements by founding 'made-up' networks and creating false characters, Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS are able to dupe guests. It emerged in response to a motion to transfer a lawsuit from Washington DC to New York on Wednesday as the judge sues the three parties for $95million.

The company ships an average of nine BBC passengers between its New Broadcasting House in central London and the corporation's west London base at White City Place - around five miles apart.

The Daily Mail's literary critics rounded up a selection of the best novels from throughout the year. They chose books from across chick lit, historical, popular, crime and thriller.

Loyalty pays in Britain, but the rewards go not to long-standing customers but to the companies who cash in on them. New figures have revealed how loyal customers are stung.

Aston Martin has vowed to 'create the ultimate expression of the internal combustion engine' before petrol and diesel is banned in 2040 - and we reveal what it sounds like.

A handwritten expletive-ridden note was left on the windscreen of an ambulance in Manchester during a call-out to a critically ill patient. The author was angry that their driveway was blocked.

The survey, conducted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, revealed this year has been the most successful year for common cranes in the UK since they were wiped out for 400 years.

JAN MOIR: Love it or hate it, the unarguable fact about this classic is that it is completely bloody miserable. From start to finish, from first gunshot to last guillotine, it is grim, grim, grim all the way.

For the last decade Wimbledon has felt like it has been bursting out of its skin, but it will breathe easier over the next decade after the addition of a bumper plot of new land.

The ultimate Christmas gifts for gadget lovers of all ages (from just £8.97)

FEMAIL rounded up a selection of this year's best gadgets from online and UK High Street stores to gift tech lovers for Christmas. Top picks include Google Mini, Nescafe Dolce Gusto Lumio, Amazon Fire 7, NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender, electriQ 3D VR glasses all for under £50 (pictured top row left to right). Centre left to right: Lightfoot dashboard; Fitbit Ace; Royole RoWrite; Siesta Charge, Mambo drone. Bottom left to right: FES Watch U; Samsung The Frame TV; Bose SoundSport Free; SUS ZenBook Pro and Canon EOS 200D.

Rocco the parrot, who was rehomed from a Berkshire sanctuary after cursing too much, has been accidentally placing orders on Amazon by chatting to voice-activated personal assistant Alexa.

The messages (pictured) were allegedly sent among members of the University of Exeter's Bracton Law Society, made up of students destined to become lawyers and barristers.

Oluwadamilola Erogbogbo (pictured) had a row with a girl in a nightclub, before following her back to her Cambridge University room and undressing and climbing on top of her, a court heard.

A relaxed General Custer sits next to a Confederate prisoner

NEW A fascinating collection of images from the American Civil war representing both armies have been brought to life via colorization giving further insight into the most studied episode of U.S. history. The selection of images taken over the course of the war which ran from 1861 to 1865, show some famous faces including General George A Custer, a commander who rose to fame as an officer during the war. In of one of the historic photographs, a young Custer sits alongside Confederate prisoner Lieutenant James B. Washington, who was one of his classmates at U.S. Military Academy West Point before the conflict broke out. 

Police discovered Zahid Naseem, 47, lying with his eyes closed on the sofa when the blood-covered body of Christina Abbotts, 29, was lying naked and battered on the bed next door in a Crawley flat.

The convicted predator, 61, bought the one bedroom flat in April in 1981 and currently makes £861-a-month by renting it out, but has been forced to sell to fund an upcoming bid for parole.

Disgusting moment two hunters eat the raw heart of a slaughtered wolf

Shocking footage has emerged of two hunters in Kazakhstan biting and eating the raw heart of a dead wolf. The hunters had slaughtered a pack of wolves after they killed their sheep overnight, but widespread condemnation online has accused the hunters of being the beasts. A few dozen villagers from an unspecified location in Kazakhstan were involved in the slaughter.

The Sports Direct owner is furious with the retailer after he was forced to drastically cut the value of his near 30 per cent stake in Debenhams, wiping £150m from his fortune.

The 15-year-old girl and four others are being treated for injuries after they were bitten by the dog at about 1pm this afternoon in Formby, Merseyside.

Viral prank sees mischievous Chinese shoppers pretending to run away with expensive jewellery - just to see the reaction of the sales staff

The latest viral prank to take over China's social media involves mischievous shoppers, expensive jewellery and panicking sales assistants. The prank, which has recently taken off in China, involves 'potential buyers' trying on necklaces and bracelets at a jewellery store before suddenly making a run for the exit. As bewildered shop assistants leap over the counter and give chase, the practical jokers stop short of the door to admire themselves in front of a mirror, as if they never intended to steal anything - leaving the employee red-faced and flustered.

Katya Edwards rounded up a selection of the best books on animals for gifts this Christmas. Her picks include Papa Goose by Michael Quetting and The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife.

Ysenda Maxtone Graham picked out a selection of this year's best letters and diaries. Her picks include Darling Winston edited by David Lough which features letters between Churchill and his mother.

The UK's first DIGITAL air traffic control centre is at Cranfield Airport

Controllers at Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire have begun using live footage from high-definition cameras to direct take-offs and landings. The technology replicates what can be seen through the windows of the traditional ATC tower via a live feed of panoramic views displayed on 14 screens in an operations room at the airport. It provides the ability to zoom in on aircraft and locate them in times of poor visibility. Pictured (inset) is the air traffic controllers working in the old tower at Cranfield Airport.

Between 1958 and 1985, short children globally were given hormones from cadavers to help spur their growth. It was banned over fears it caused a brain disease - and now dementia, a paper says.

Nancy Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park.

The 66-year-old tycoon, pictured with his wife Tina at a charity auction in Monaco, was named in October as the leading British businessman at the centre of harassment claims, which he denies.

Seven-story car VENDING MACHINE that dispenses vehicles after buyers insert a coin opens

Online retailer Carvana opened the all-glass tower (pictured main) yesterday in Indianapolis with the motto 'Because car buying shouldn't suck'. The structure can hold 26 vehicles at one time and is the first of its kind in the state. Customers can shop more than 10,000 vehicles on Carvana's website and quickly schedule to pick it up from a vending machine or have it delivered to their home. Those who choose the vending experience will meet a Carvana employee at the tower, who'll give them an oversized novelty coin which they insert into a slot (top right). Within minutes, the car is released and they can immediately drive away.

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Luxury £2m two-bed Kensington apartment could be YOURS for just £10

NEW A luxury £2million flat in London's exclusive district of South Kensington is being raffled off for £10 a ticket. Property developers Jonny Jackson and Harry Dee (bottom left) decided to make the unusual offer on the property - located on the famous Exhibition Road next to the Victoria & Albert Museum - due to a drop in the housing market. The pair wanted to guarantee the two-bedroom flat, which also moments away from the Science Museum and Hyde Park, they had just renovated would sell while at the same time as giving a lucky punter a 'lottery win'. Mr Jackson and Mr Dee are aiming to sell a minimum of 300,000 tickets to make the project viable. The £3million revenue would cover the price of apartment itself as well as stamp duty, VAT, and legal and marketing costs.

It's all downhill from here! Rider falls off his snowmobile and can only watch as it descends long slope and crashes into trees

The unnamed thrill-seeker hits an icy rut, loses his grip and falls off while riding his 02 Polaris Edge 800 machine along crisp snow in the foothills of Grace, Idaho. His GoPro helmet camera then shows the multi-thousand dollar snowmobile make its rider-less way down the very long slope. After it crashes into some trees, an enormous repair bill-sounding thud can be heard.

   

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The reality of paralysis: Touching time-lapse video shows a day in the life of paralysed man, 24, as he is hoisted out of bed, washed and dressed by his loving parents 

Zack Collie, from Newport Beach in California, lost all movement from the neck down after injuring his spine in a swimming accident at the age of 15. He and his mother, Amber, 46, can be seen smiling and hugging in the moving video which gives a behind-the-scenes look at his morning routine. The 24-year-old admits he never imagined he would be trapped in 'a body that no longer works' but that his injury has brought him closer to his family.

Almost every year for the past six decades, Wisdom has laid an egg on Midway Atoll, an island in the Hawaiian archipelago.
Now, staff at Midway have confirmed she has done it again.

While the space agency knew InSight had landed within an 81-mile-long (130 km) ellipse on the red planet, there was no way to determine exactly where it touched down within this region.

Cheeky triplets are on Santa's naughty list after being videoed pulling down the huge

Mum-of-four Rebecca Wooldridge (inset with her girls and their dad, David, 49), 44, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, could only watch in dismay as one of the girls, Etta, pulled at a bauble before the huge tree came crashing to the floor - almost landing on her and sisters, Amelie and Maya-Albertine (the triplets are seen left with the tree intact, and right in the aftermath).

   

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