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  • Countess of Wessex: My daughter’s battle helped me see the plight of so many children

    MARK KEHOE In an extraordinarily candid interview, Sophie shared her joy at 11-year-old Louise finally being able to see properly after having being born with what she described as a “profound” squint. She is now raising support for people across the world with eye problems, explaining: “There is no smile quite like the one that is returned from eyes that once more can see.” Lady Louise’s condition, strabismus, was a result of her premature birth in 2003. She was born by emergency caesarian section weighing 4lb 9oz. Sophie, who lost so much blood that she nearly died, delivered her daughter so fast that Prince Edward could not get there in time. Sophie explained: “Premature babies can often have q
  • This University Challenge contestant stole the show with more than just his brains

    The Oxford University team member had us chuckling at our screens with his familiar looks and odd fears of the buzzer.

  • Social housing for Eastern Europeans TREBLES as top nations living on UK handouts REVEALED

    GETTY Councils and housing associations let 9,128 homes to tenants from 'European Union accession countries' - all of which are in eastern Europe - during 2014/15. This staggering figure has rocketed from the 2,800 properties that were let just eight years ago in 2007/08. During this whopping increase, the percentage of social housing let to UK nationals over the same period fell from 94 per cent to 91 per cent. In 2007 this group consisted of those from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Bulgaria and Romania joined the list in 2008/09, while Croatia was added in 2014/15. Provisional figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government q
  • Spooky Converted Church Complete With Graveyard Up For Sale As Family Home (11 photos)

    House-hunters with a taste for all things ghoulish have a rare chance to make their home in a Gothic church, which has its very own graveyard in the garden. The Grade II listed building, on the market for £450,000, has kept the original stained glass windows, elaborate octagonal church tower and even the ornate altar – now in the kitchen. In the garden there is the occassional gravestone, although prospective buyers are assured visiting mourners are rare. Inside the Lincolnshire property there are three bedrooms tucked under arching beams, a spiral staircase and original flooring.

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  • Paramedic Rushes To Crash Scene In Her Wedding Dress Minutes After Getting Married

    A new bride who just happened to be a paramedic rushed to a crash scene in her wedding dress - just minutes after she got married. Sarah Ray had just got married in Clarksville, Tennessee, when she got a call telling her that her grandparents and father had just been in a car crash. Without hesitation, Sarah made her way to the scene of the crash to make sure everyone was OK - and her proud mum, Marcy Martin, captured the site of her daughter in her wedding gown at the side of the road.

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  • Can You See A Baby Here? You Might Be Psychotic

    What do you see if you stare at the picture?

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  • A battle of wills: mothers of dead soldiers taken to court

    They are united in grief. Two mothers whose lives fell apart when their eldest sons, both aged just 20, were killed on the battlefields of Afghanistan. The torment, however, continues for Lisa Billing and Sharon Leverett. For the two women have been dragged through the courts in bitter disputes over the eve-of-battle wills written by their soldier sons. When the young soldiers were killed in action, they left behind not only grieving mothers but grieving, pregnant girlfriends too. That has led to furious rows in the courts, over who should benefit from hundreds of thousands of pounds in payouts from the Government and from insurance policies. In both cases, The Telegraph understands, the dead q
  • Tom Bleasby pulls out of The X Factor for personal reasons

    The X Factor contestant Tom Bleasby has withdrawn from the ITV singing competition.

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  • Premier League - Paper Round: Rodgers lined up for surprise Prem switch

    Brendan Rodgers may have a new job before long, while the man who replaced him at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, already has his transfer targets lined up.

  • Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

    The 28-year-old Londoner is best known as the white-haired Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, aka Mother of Dragons in the hit TV drama.

  • Putin's boost in battle against ISIS: China preparing to 'team up with Russia in Syria'

    GETTY•IG Russia has carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against the terrorist group over the last few days and Vladimir Putin has now sent the country's most elite special forces team into the war zone. And speculation is heightening that offensive will be bolstered by the China's People's Liberation Army, following a number of reports of military movements in the region backed up by strong words from a senior government member at a United Nations meeting. Reports emanating from the Middle East last week said China was planning on joining the fight against ISIS "in the coming weeks", according to a Syrian army official. While Beijing insists it will abide by the United Nations (UN) in the q
  • Singapore Airlines plane collapses at passenger gate

    Singapore Airlines suffered an embarrassing incident early Sunday when the nose landing gear of a plane retracted at the gate, leaving the front of the plane on the ground.

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  • Now 'rip-off' National Lottery adds 10 MORE balls – slashing odds of winning to one in 45m

    GETTY Players reacted with fury as the biggest change in the 21-year history of the game comes into effect today (Sat). There were growing calls to boycott the new-look draw as the controversial shake-up will see the number of balls increase from 49 to 59. The cost of playing will remain at £2 a line. Incredibly, Lotto operator Camelot swept aside punters’ anger by heralding the “exciting changes” on their website. Meanwhile, the National Lottery’s official Facebook page was bombarded with complaints from players who insisted they had had enough. Last night experts warned Camelot’s desperate bid to win back dwindling players could backfire spectacularly. Professor Ian Walker, a statistician from q
  • Free Retirement Calculator: When Can You Retire?

    Find Out How Soon You Can Retire With Our Free Online Assessment.

  • Real Life Rapunzel Hasn’t Cut Her Hair For 35 YEARS

    Going to the hairdressers can sometimes be a chore but one woman doesn’t bother to get her hair cut at all - in fact, she hasn’t bothered in 35 YEARS. Gu Meiying, 59, has been growing her hair since she was 24-years-old and it has now grown to a staggering 2.52 metres in length.

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  • Mum jailed for checking Facebook while her two-year-old son drowned

    A mum has been jailed after her toddler drowned while she was checking Facebook. Two-year-old Joshua Barnett was playing in their family garden in Beverley, East Yorkshire, on 17 March last year when he fell into a pond. Claire Barnett, 31, was inside her house looking at her phone at the time of Joshua’s death. When she realised what had happened she attempted to save him, but it was too late. She was criticised by a judge at Hull Crown Court for her ‘bad parenting’, and was told she would pose ‘very serious risks’ to any child she had responsibility for. The mum-of-four, who now lives in Nottingham, was interviewed by police and gave officers differing stories about what had happened. She had

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  • Saudi Deal Dropped As Briton Faces Lashes

    The Government has withdrawn a bid for a contract with the Saudi justice system amid a row over the threatened thrashing of a British grandfather. The family of pensioner Karl Andree have been pleading with the UK Government to intervene because they fear the punishment could kill him. Mr Andree, 74, was sentenced to 12 months in jail by a Sharia court after police found home-made wine in the boot of his car in Jeddah last year.

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  • Germany halts taking delivery of Eurofighter jets over flaw

    The German government has once more stopped taking delivery of Eurofighter combat planes after a manufacturing flaw was discovered in the fuselage of the aircraft. The flaw, which does not prevent the jet from carrying out its missions, was caused by rivet holes in the rear part of the fuselage being incorrectly filed off, a German lawmaker from the Defence Ministry wrote in a letter to the budget committee, seen by Reuters. A year ago the German government, which has ordered 143 of the jets in total, temporarily stopped taking delivery of Eurofighters after discovering a similar manufacturing problem.

  • Victoria Beckham rocks androgynous look for German Vogue cover

    The former Spice Girl modelled some sharp, classic styles, with an androgynous theme.

  • Veteran responds to parking bully who says he doesn't 'look handicapped'

    There are the rules of the road and then there are the rules of common courtesy. Sometimes, people go for the whole package and manage to do enough damage to cover both. Take for instance this angry road/parking rager who doesn't seem to understand that some problems are best confronted in person. After the enraged man witnessed what he assumed was a wrongfully parked car in a handicapped spot, he left the following note. First emerging on reddit by user Molochwalker28, the note quickly betrays the writer's short fuse in a few pointed words. The agro writer brings up that he consistently has seen the car being parked in a handicapped spot, emphasizing how the driver clearly doesn't have a handicapped

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  • Inmates May Have Survived 1962 Alcatraz Escape

    John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris managed to climb on to the roof of the prison in San Francisco Bay in June 1962, leaving papier-mache heads in their bunks complete with human hair from the prison barber shop. Alcatraz officials have long believed the three, who were serving time for bank robberies, drowned in the water after they disappeared. But the family of the brothers has begun co-operating with authorities more than 50 years after the escape attempt.

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