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  • Coronation Street's villainous Pat Phelan is back - as actor Connor McIntyre returns to Weatherfield

    Pat was last seen heading for Dubai after swindling the Windass family.

  • Are we really heading towards World War III? Twiteratti think so

    The Turkish military's bombing of a Russian jet over Syria's border has pulled the trigger for Twitteratti who see the latest action as a prelude to World War III. Only three hours after Turkey announced it had shot down the Russian war plane for violating its airspace, the phrase World War III picked up rapidly and was trending in almost all regions in the world. A fuming Russia called Turkey a "backstabber" and "accomplices of terror" and warned of "significant consequences." Most see Russia in the near future stepping up the heat on Turkey – a significant Nato member, who may be backed by the US and other western allies. While Russia and Turkey have boasted of fighting the Islamic State (Isis), the fact remains that each has its own objectives in mind.

    International Business Times
  • Tim Wonnacott quits Bargain Hunt in wake of suspension rumours

    Tim Wonnacott has stepped down from the BBC's Bargain Hunt after reportedly being suspended from the show.

    Press Association
  • Autumn Statement: Chancellor confirms £155.65 flat-rate state pension

    The flat-rate state pension will pay £155.65 week, the chancellor has announced. In April 2016, a flat-rate state pension will replace the existing two-tier system. In his Autumn Statement speech chancellor George Osborne announced the new single-tier system will pay a minimum of £155.65 a week. However, as many as one in three retirees will not receive the full flat rate as they will not have made sufficient national insurance contributions (NIC).   The rate of the basic state pension from April 2016 was confirmed by the chancellor to be £119.30 from April 2016. Individuals will need at least 10 ‘qualifying years’ of NICs to qualify for any state pension at all, and 35 qualifying years to receive

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  • This Man Drove a Million Miles To Save 30,000 Dogs

    Greg Mahle drives a tractor trailer 4,200 miles across the country twice a month. He’s not carrying supplies for a major retailer or delivering packages for a shipping company.

    Yahoo Travel Contributors 59 mins ago
  • Jodie Marsh Casually Reveals That She Is Now A Mum

    When Jodie Marsh revealed that she had tied the knot to Jamie Placido in a top secret Barbados ceremony back in August, we naively assumed that she was done with her share of surprises for the year 2015.

    Stephanie Soteriou
  • ‘Not in our neighbourhoods’: New York Mafia sends warning to ISIS

    Man linked to Gambino crime syndicate sends warning

    Rob Waugh
  • Tiny Dog Survives Brutal Torture After Teens Break His Neck And Set Him On Fire

    Teenagers tortured a beloved family dog in what an RSPCA inspector has described as the “worst ever” unprovoked attack. 

    Yahoo News
  • What Is a Mourning Moon? Why You Should Care About Tonight's Full Moon

    It's an important moment in the Pagan religion.

  • Jay McGuiness wants to ‘cut off toddler’s hands and feet and put him in a bag and kick it’

    Jay McGuiness may regret saying this… While appearing on It Takes Two, the Strictly star went off on one about a toddler who had been dancing along with one of his performances; saying he wanted to cut off his hands and feet because he was so cute. After watching the clip, the 25 year old said: “I just want to cut off his hair and hands and feet - and squeeze him - and put him in a bag and kick it. Cute.” Riiiiiiggggghhhhhttttt… Baby Ray’s mum has since taken to Twitter to say she didn’t take any offence to The Wanted singer’s comments, but she would quite like to keep her son in one piece. In fairness to Jay, Ray is probably the cutest kid we’ve ever seen.

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  • This is America's new $13 billion warship

    The US Navy is just months away from adding the most expensive warship in history to its fleet...

    Business Insider
  • Putin says Turkey's leaders back 'Islamisation' of Turkish society - agencies

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Turkey's political leaders had been encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying. Speaking a day after Turkey shot down one of Moscow's jets, Putin said: "The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday," the TASS news agency quoted him as saying.

  • Gay Teacher’s Perfect Response to Homophobic Mom

    A drama teacher’s response to a homophobic parent’s decision to withdraw her child from class has gone viral this week. Michael Neri is a theater producer in Birmingham, England, and runs a drama school for kids called Talking Props. “You have a strong reputation for performing arts which encouraged me to sign my children up for classes,” the mother wrote in a text message. “I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas.

    Rachel Bertsche
  • These Are The Names Belonging To The UK’s Nicest And Naughtiest Children

    Does your child have a nice or naughty name? [Photo: Rex]

  • 8 ‘healthy’ foods and drinks that are actually bad for you (8 photos)

    Trying to drop a few pounds to fit in to that little sparkly little number you plan on wearing to the office holiday party? These foods and drinks may seem healthy, but might be stopping you from finally dropping that last little bit of weight before holiday party season goes into full swing.  All photos via Thinkstock

    Melissa Dunne
  • Putin's Response to Turkey: Words or Actions?

    Nov. 24 -- Turkey has downed a Russian fighter jet near the border with Syria after repeated warnings that it was in violation of Turkish airspace. Bloomberg's Andrew Barden examines the potential response and retaliation from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance."

    Bloomberg Video
  • Axed 'Strictly' Star Jamelia Claims Show Is 'Fixed'

    Jamelia has made some bold claims about ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ potentially being fixed, after she lost out to Peter Andre in last week’s dance-off, and was sent home. The ‘Loose Women’ panelist found herself in the bottom two with the ‘Mysterious Girl’ singer, but three of the judges decided to save Peter, despite Jamelia getting a higher score. It’s not the first time that ‘Strictly’ bosses have been accused of favouring Peter Andre, who was seen as this series' star signing.

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  • X Factor's 4th Impact break silence on being 'shoved' by Lauren Murray

    Twitter went into meltdown on Sunday after Lauren Murray seemingly shoved 4th Impact as they celebrated being put through to next week's live shows during Sunday night's X Factor. The girl band posted a video to Twitter explaining that it was a misunderstanding: "Hello guys, we are 4th Impact and we want you to please stop telling [Lauren] anything because she loves us a lot and we love Lauren. It wasn't bad, okay? We love you!" Meanwhile there were also some rumours circulating that Lauren had called one of 4th Impact sisters a "sl*g" during Sunday night's show. Which is pretty unlikely, especially as there's all those cameras around broadcasting to the nation and that. The dental receptionist

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  • Leeds man 'wanted to buy pig parts to desecrate mosques' as UK Muslim hate crimes rise

    A man in Leeds allegedly tried to buy pigs' heads and feet from a butcher because he wanted to "desecrate as many mosques as possible". The incident was reported to the Leeds Muslim Community Safety Forum, which raised it during an event aimed at tackling Muslim hate crimes. Attendees at the event in Beeston on 24 November were told that the West Yorkshire Police had seen a sharp rise in reports of hate crimes against Muslims.

    International Business Times
  • DVLA Reveals 2016 Number Plates Considered Too Rude For The Road

    For most of us, the number ‘16′, which will appear on all new car number plates from March, simply and innocently indicates the year. 

    Anthony Pearce's Blog