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  • Alton Towers Victim's 'Inspirational' Picture

    A 17-year-old girl whose leg was amputated after a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has posted an "inspirational" picture of her recovery. Leah Washington, from Barnsley, is seen surrounded by beaming friends and family just a month after suffering life-changing injuries. Miss Washington, who was sitting in the front row of the ride with her boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18,  could receive "several million pounds" in compensation, according to her lawyer.

    Sky News
  • Anger As Distressed Woman Taunted On M3 Bridge

    Police have condemned members of the public who taunted a distressed woman as she stood on a bridge over the M3 motorway. One driver in the traffic jam tweeted Surrey Police, saying: "Tell her to get on with it. The user added: "Surrey police, can't you rubber bullet the jumper on M3/A316 and get the traffic moving?

    Sky News
  • Tennis - Wimbledon 2015: Watson hurting but proud of Serena display

    The British number one famously had a poster of 20-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams on her bedroom wall, as she learned her trade at Nick Bollettieri's school of tennis hard knocks in Florida. Watson took the second with a break and then raced into a 3-0 advantage in the deciding set, only for the always combative Williams to win four games on the spin to reestablish control.

    Sportsbeat
  • France rejects asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

    France swiftly rejected on Friday a request for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The founder of the transparency website had appealed directly to President Francois Hollande, days after Wikileaks published documents showing the United States had spied on successive French leaders, including Hollande himself. "My life is in danger," Assange wrote in a letter to the Socialist president which was published by Le Monde newspaper.

    Reuters
  • Tunisia: Tributes To Beach Massacre Dead

    The Queen, who was at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in his constituency in Oxfordshire, joined millions of people across Britain as Big Ben chimed midday. Back in Britain, sporting events at Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta were delayed to allow fans, competitors and match officials to pay their respects. The football club's playing squad and manager Dean Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder among flowers and scarves when a whistle blew to herald the start of the silence.

    Sky News
  • Michael Buble’s Son Released from the Hospital Following Serious Burns

    Michael Buble’s son Noah has been released from the hospital after he suffered serious burns last week.

    HollyScoop
  • Darwen residents left stunned after seven-foot section cut out of back alley fence

    RESIDENTS in Darwen were left flabbergasted after a seven-foot section was cut out of a back alley fence.

    Lancashire Telegraph q
  • Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank

    Palestinian Authority forces arrested over 100 Hamas members in the West Bank who were planning on carrying out attacks, a Palestinian official said, in the biggest raid of its kind in years. It was the biggest mass arrest in one night since 2007 when Palestinians split after the Islamic militant group Hamas violently ousted forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza, leaving him governing just parts of the West Bank. Hamas will continue attacks against Israelis in the West Bank, he said.

    Associated Press
  • Greek referendum question not factually, legally correct - EU's Dombrovskis

    European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told German newspaper Die Welt that the question Greeks are due to vote on in a referendum planned for Sunday was neither factually nor legally correct. "The suggestions of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund which are to be voted on refer to a credit programme that has expired in the meantime," he said in an interview published on Friday.

    Reuters
  • Reddit In Chaos: Blackout After Worker Fired

    The unpaid moderators of some of link-sharing site Reddit's most-read sections have temporarily hidden them from public view. It comes after Reddit employee Victoria Taylor was dismissed in mysterious circumstances. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has now apologised to the Reddit community for the situation, and asked for moderators to end their protest.

    Sky News
  • Nolan Sister: My benefit case hell

    Singer Linda Nolan has revealed she was "scared to death" at the prospect of appearing in court after she was accused of being a benefits cheat. The 56-year-old, who found fame with the Nolan Sisters in the 1970s, was given a caution by Blackpool Council for failing to disclose her earnings and for overpayment of housing and council tax benefits, and council tax reduction scheme savings.

    Press Association
  • The U.K. May Be About to Create the Perfect HSBC/Lloyds Trade

    Next Wednesday the U.K. government will present a new budget, and analysts expect Treasury chief George Osborne to tackle the topic of the bank levy -- effectively a tax on bank balance sheets that hits HSBC PLC particularly hard. Any changes to that levy could have a big impact on U.K. banks, according to Bernstein analysts, and that could create a trading opportunity. In a note to clients on Thursday, Bernstein said it's expecting a change to the levy, and is therefore recommending to go long HSBC, and short Lloyds Banking Group PLC as we head into next week's budget.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Girls 'marry IS militants' in Syria

    The families of t wo east London schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) have lost hope that the teenagers will return after discovering they have been married off to militants. Police launched an international manhunt for the three Bethnal Green Academy pupils, Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, after they fled Britain in February to become so-called "jihadi brides". The families have confirmed that two of girls have since contacted them to reveal their marriages to what the teenagers called "approved" IS men.

    Press Association
  • One Direction fans are mourning on Twitter over the disappearance of Harry Styles' bulge

    Apparently Harry Styles didn’t read the recent health warnings about wearing skinny jeans that are too tight and his little member has gone missing, according to 1D fans. Directioners took to Twitter to seek answers using the hashtag #HarrysFriendIsMissing

    SNAP.PA
  • Baby escapes unharmed after being locked inside car for 30 minutes in 29 degrees C heat

    AN eight-month-old baby escaped without injuries after being trapped inside a car on the hottest day of the year so far.

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  • Magic picture: Stare at dot on blue woman's face then see a stunning beauty appear in full

    The illusion is called "negative afterimage" and caused by cells located in the eyes, called ganglions. Dr Juno Kim from the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science in Australia, said: "This information is relayed from the back of the eye to the brain via three opponent neuron channels.

    Express.co.uk q
  • This Is How The Universe Could End, Scientists Believe

    Having a bit of a slump? Feeling like it’s all meaningless?Here’s something to put it all in perspective.Scientists at Vanderbilt University predict that when the universe ends, everything tears itself apart as the universe’s expansion spirals out of

    Rob Waugh
  • Arizona Bodies Believed To Be Missing Couple

    An Arizona man has been arrested after two bodies, thought to be of a couple missing for more than a week, were found at his property, authorities say. Michael and Tina Careccia vanished last month and their 2008 Honda Accord was discovered abandoned in the city later that evening. Police have detained Jose Valenzuela, 38, who lives at the Maricopa property where the remains were found.

    Sky News
  • Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

    Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas's production company, Furthur Films. It cited Diana Douglas's husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C.

    Associated Press
  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears.

    AFP