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  • Mother tells of Elton John rift

    Sir Elton John's mother has revealed why she has not spoken to the star in seven years, and how he said that he "hated" her. Sheila Farebrother told how she believed the multi-Grammy award winning star's husband David Furnish had a controlling influence over the singer's life. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mrs Farebrother explained the rift with her son started over a "petty" argument when he asked her to cut ties with two of her oldest friends, who had also been part of his early success, Bob Halley and John Reid.

    Press Association
  • Formula 1 - Hamilton holds of resurgent Vettel for Malaysia pole

    The Briton, who cruised to victory from the front in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix this month, battled through the traffic just to survive the final cut in Q2 and was rewarded with the 40th pole position of his career. Hamilton clocked one minute 48.834 seconds on his first lap of Q3 and the time was fast enough to hold off all challengers, including Sebastian Vettel, who proved Ferrari's impressive early-season form was no fluke with a solid second place. Four-times world champion Vettel, who looks revitalised since joining the Italian outfit from Red Bull in the close season, backed up his third-place finish in Australia with a scintillating final lap to trail Hamilton by just 0.074 seconds.

    Reuters
  • Pilot 'planned a place in history'

    An ex-girlfriend of the co-pilot who deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane, killing all 150 on board, has told how he vowed to "do something" history would remember him by, according to reports. Anderas Lubitz, 27, had hidden a sick note declaring him unfit to work on the day of the disaster before boarding the Dusseldorf-bound Airbus A320 and piloting it into a mountain in the southern French Alps. According to German newspaper Bild, an ex-girlfriend of Lubitz, identified only as Mary W, said he had told her last year: "One day I will do something that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it." She added: "I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense." And the stewardess, 26, said the pilot, who took a break in his training due to reported "burnout-syndrome", had suffered nightmares and his behaviour had scared her.

    Press Association
  • Kate and William's 'daughter' given direct right to throne in RADICAL new rules

    A radical shake-up which came into force after Australia brought its laws into line with the others, means that if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a girl she can no longer be superseded in the line of succession by a younger brother. Under the changes in the Succession to the Crown Act, a member of the Royal Family can now also marry a Roman Catholic and become monarch but Catholics are still banned from being King or Queen. The new law also replaces the outdated Royal Marriages Act 1772 and means that only the first six in line to the throne need the Queen's consent to marry - replacing a long-standing requirement affecting hundreds of distant royal relations who are descendants of George II. Princess Eugenie, who is seventh in line to the throne, no longer needs her grandmother's permission to wed, while Princess Beatrice still needs the Queen's consent - but only if she gets engaged before the arrival of William and Kate's second child, after which Beatrice drops down to seventh in line.

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  • Sacked 'Top Gear' star Clarkson defends attack victim

    The outspoken former presenter of hit car show "Top Gear" Jeremy Clarkson on Thursday defended the co-worker he attacked in a fracas that led to his sacking by Britain's BBC. Clarkson's contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked a "Top Gear" producer, Oisin Tymon, after a lengthy verbal tirade.

    AFP
  • Dumped fiance Jilted John's snaps from honeymoon with a STRANGER

    John Whitbread, 32, from Donisthorpe, Leicestershire, only met his pretty blonde travelling companion at the airport before the seven-hour flight, after raffling the spare ticket to his dream honeymoon after his fiancée left him. Now John has shared his pictures of his 'whirlwind adventure' in the Dominican Republic with Kelly Wood, 36, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, in which the duo cavort in a pool and pose on the beach.

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  • 'Chilling Revelations' Of Plane's Final Moments

    The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps intentionally sent the jet into its doomed descent. Here are the details of the Airbus A320's final moments that emerged at a news conference given by Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin.

    Sky News
  • Zayn Malik Quits One Direction: Louis Walsh Hints That Perrie Edwards Is To Blame

    With every Tom, Richard and Harry having their say on the real reason Zayn Malik quit One Direction, X Factor judge Louis Walsh has decided to air his view - and he seems to be placing blame on Perrie Edwards. After already admitting that he 'knew' the band were 'having problems', the 62-year-old has hinted that he reckons a certain fiancée has something to do with Zayn's decision. Zayn is a big boy and we're *pretty* sure he's able to make decisions about his wellbeing, his happiness and his future all by himself.

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  • Isis war on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is huge PR own goal

    It is rare that you find similarities between the leafy boulevards and smart cafes of Jerusalem's Jaffa Street and the hectic, traffic-snarled chaos of Ramallah's Al Manara Square, but on El Clasico matchdays the flags in both Israel and Palestine are the same – blue, red and white. The one thing (perhaps the only thing) that Israelis and Palestinians of all stripes can agree on is a love for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, and the few times a year that the Spanish titans meet are the times when the heavy and often ugly tension that so often hangs in the air in both cities is refreshingly absent. A love for Spanish football is something that applies throughout the Middle East and whether you are a Westerner, Arab, Kurd or Jew, you will be expected to come down on one side of the El Clasico divide, and be prepared to defend your choice forcefully and convincingly.

    IB Times
  • Kidnapper Hunted After Young Girl Snatched

    Specialist officers are supporting the young victim and her family. Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh said: "This investigation is very much in its early stages and we are determined to find out exactly what has happened to this young child and to catch the man who has done this.

    Sky News
  • Grand National Ladies' Day: 'Unflattering shots' banned

    Organisers of the Grand National have launched a crackdown on photographers taking unflattering pictures of Ladies' Day racegoers at this year's event. Aintree racecourse boss John Baker told the Liverpool Echo the venue wanted to protect women at the world's biggest steeplechase from "unfair" coverage. It traditionally takes place on the second day of the Grand National race meeting and is frequented by celebrities such as Wayne Rooney's wife Colleen Rooney and Steven Gerrard's wife Alex Curran.

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  • Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said on Thursday any threat to Saudi Arabia would "evoke a strong response" from Islamabad. Sharif chaired a "high-level meeting" in which he said Pakistan enjoyed close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, Saudi officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the U.S.-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge.

    Reuters
  • Co-pilot 'was hospital patient'

    Germanwings crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had an off-work sick note for the day of the disaster and was also a patient at a Dusseldorf hospital. German prosecutors are now pouring over the medical history of Lubitz, 28, who deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps last Tuesday killing all 150 people on board, including three Britons. There were also reports that the captain locked out of the flight deck after Lubitz put the plane into a descent had used an axe in an unsuccessful to break down the cockpit door.

    Press Association
  • Kim Kardashian Ditches Her Blonde Hair As She Takes North West Home From Dance Class

    North West has made our hearts melt for the thousandth time by giving the paparazzi a little wave as she left dance class with mum Kim Kardashian, who's decided to ditch the blonde and go back to black.

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  • Father of 'jihadi bride' schoolgirl attended 2012 Islamist rally

    The father of one of the three schoolgirl 'jihadi brides' attended an Islamist rally led by firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary. Abase Hussen can be seen chanting 'Allahu Akbar' amid dozens of protesters and standing just yards away as the flags of Israel and U.S. are burned.

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  • Carl Jenkinson jokes around with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Twitter - HITC Sport

    The West Ham loanee and the current Arsenal star were messing about on Twitter today. Twitter welcomed a new footballer to the family yesterday, as West Ham's on loan Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson joined. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Tweeted a shout-out for his team-mate on the social networking site, highlighting the fact his pal was now online.

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  • Tories pledge to deport illegal immigrants first, hear appeals later

    Illegal immigrants would be put on a plane before they get the chance to appeal under Home Secretary Theresa May's plans to rip up deportation laws should the Tories be re-elected.

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  • Kelly Brook puts her shapely pins on display in high-waisted shorts

    The actress made the most of the Californian heat as she put her flat stomach and shapely legs on display for a trip to the Cienega Med spa in Beverly Hills. Kelly, 35, drew attention to her flat tum in a white floral crop top which featured a fringed hem.

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  • Huge Asteroid To Fly Past Earth This Morning

    Conspiracy websites once again proclaimed the end of life on Earth this week as a huge asteroid hurtled towards Earth. The 3,000-foot-wide asteroid, 2014-YB35 is passing Earth today - but is in no danger of hitting us. Despite what rumour-mongers Before It’s News suggest, the asteroid 2014-YB35 won’t wipe out life as we know it.

    Rob Waugh