Pregnant women told to stay at home to stop spread of swine flu among most vulnerable

Government advice based on the Royal College of Midwives urges pregnant woman to avoid crowds and travel on public transport, particularly during the rush hour

'The most trusted man in America': News legend Walter Cronkite dies at 92


President Barack Obama led tributes yesterday to the legendary American TV newsman Walter Cronkite after his death in New York at the age of 92.

World's oldest mother kept cancer secret from twins

Maria Carmen del Bousada

The world’s oldest mother kept her terminal uterine cancer secret from her twins. Maria Carmen del Bousada said her two-year-old sons Cristian and Pau were too young to understand.

Give us the money or we'll blow up your cranes: How laid-off French workers got compensation

Hardliners: The work force assembled £250k of cranes in the company yard (file picture)

Staff at JLG placed four canes with a total value estimated at £250,000, in a car park and surrounded them with gas cylinders and kindling.

Tourists banned from swimming off French Riviera after shark spotted near beach

Bay of tranquility: But the appearance of a shark has left tourists in Antibes shaken

Bathers saw a 'large grey fin' skimming through the water and ran screaming out of the sea on the French Riviera yesterday.

'If you find me dead, it won't be an accident': How Russian oligarchs' favourite English lawyer met his horrifying death

Boris Berezovsky / Stephen Curtis

A dramatic new book about the super-rich Russians in Britain raises disturbing questions about the 'accident' that ended Stephen Curtis's life.

Captured on camera: The moment suicide bomber blew himself up in luxury Indonesian hotel killing eight


These are the last seconds in the life of one of the two suicide bombers today brought death and carnage to two luxury hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

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The airplane hotel: For high-fliers who want to keep their feet firmly on the ground

Plane hotel

A vintage four-engine plane that's been converted into a five-star hotel, it boasts a whirlpool, sauna, bar, kitchen, flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet - and doesn't even leave the ground.

How 'Nazi gnome' making Heil Hitler salute could get artist jailed

14-inch gnome giving Nazi salute

German artist Ottmar Hoerl has landed himself in hot water after producing 700 gnomes giving a Hitler-stylei salute which breaks the country's strict laws against the use of Nazi symbols.

Meet Dare: The two-legged dog who knows how to get ahead of the pack

Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog

He may only have half the limbs of a normal dog, but Dare the Shetlie dog hasn't let them stop him having twice as much fun as other canines. The three-year-old dog had a rocky start to life after having his back left leg chewed off when he was a week old, and having a front leg amputated after it was badly broken in several places.

Pictured: Iran rocked by fresh clashes as protesters renew calls for fresh elections

Opposition demonstrators flash victory signs during a protest in Tehran

One of Iran's most powerful clerics today declared his country was in crisis as he helped spark the biggest show of dissent in weeks.

Hillbilly heaven: Free machine gun with every pick-up truck purchased

Max Motors ad

During August, all sales at Max Motors in Butler, south of Kansas, will be accompanied by a voucher for a complimentary semi-automatic weapon, owner Mark Muller announced.

Stop using racism to excuse failure, Obama tells black America

President Barack Obama walks off stage following a rally in New Jersey last night

Speech was first time he has directly confronted the issue of race since making history six months ago as the first black president to move into the White House.

Three men held in fresh plot to blackmail BMW heiress in lurid sex tape scandal

Susanne Klatten

Billionaire BMW heiress Susanne Klatten has been targeted again by blackmailers in Germany just months after a former lover was jailed for extorting money from her.

Smiling Pope leaves hospital after surgery on wrist, broken after slipping in the bath

Operation: Pope Benedict waves as he leaves hospital after treatment

The 82-year-old underwent minor surgery yesterday after the accident while on holiday in northern Italy.

British teenager critically ill after she was hit by lightning while on jet-ski in Mexico

Critical: Amy Brislen, seen here with a friend, was on holiday when the accident happened

Amy Brislen, 19, from West Derby, Liverpool, was taken to hospital in a coma but her condition is believed to have stabilised after intensive treatment.

Seal hunt journalists 'attacked and arrested' by Namibians

Namibia says its seal population must be controlled

A British journalist investigating a controversial seal hunt in Namibia has been attacked and arrested, campaigners said.

Madonna breaks down in tears as she pays tribute to two men - one British - who died in stage collapse

Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour 2009 in Stadium San Siro in Milan

Charles Prow, 32, and Frenchman Charles Criscenzo, 53, died as they prepared a stage for the French leg of the singer's Sticky and Sweet tour.