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Charles Manson 'left his entire estate and body to prison pen pal'

Charles Manson has left his entire estate, and the potentially lucrative rights to his likeness, to a pen pal he first met in 2002.That individual, who did not want to be named, said that he began writing Manson in the 90s and finally...

Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council session

A local Japanese politician has stirred debate after she was forbidden from bringing her baby into a council session.In a case that contrasts starkly with the Australian lawmaker who breastfed her baby in parliament, Yuka Ogata...

Shocking pictures show the in-flight mess after a plane was hit by severe turbulence

A total of 11 people were injured after a plane from Taipei to Chicago was hit by massive turbulence on Wednesday.Pictures emerged on Chinese-language media show the Eva Air flight in a chaotic state after experiencing severe...

A psychology professor explains why cult leaders like Charles Manson lure followers in

Charles Manson, who died Nov. 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late-1960s.Manson is undoubtedly a fascinating figure with a complicated life...

Computer programmed to think like a serial killer has creepy hobby

A computer attempting to crack cryptic letters left by the Zodiac killer has a very disturbing side-effect.The Zodiac killer was one of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, leaving behind a string of unsolved murders...

Eugene Robinson: Congress must investigate Trump's alleged sexual misconduct

Powerful men with long histories of alleged sexual harassment or assault are finally being held accountable — except one. That would be President Trump.From movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to television host Charlie Rose to Alabama...

Militants kill at least 235 in attack on Sinai mosque in Egypt

Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.The...

Panic in London as Oxford Circus station evacuated

Hundreds of shoppers in London's most famous shopping street have been seen running away in panic after Oxford Circus underground station was evacuated.Despite reports, police say there is no evidence of shots being fired or any...

Anger as hopes for Argentinian submarine crew fade

Hopes for the survival of 44 crew members of the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan all but vanished yesterday as the country's navy said a "violent event consistent with an explosion" had been detected three hours after the...

Isis sex slave's story of survival

Isis militants have lost the last of their strongholds, but for Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, a new battle is just beginning.Three years after escaping militants in northern Iraq, Murad is unveiling a harrowing memoir, The Last Girl,...

Police clear Manus Island camp

The last asylum seekers abandoned a closed immigration camp on Papua New Guinea yesterday, ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions without power or running...

Instant change, everywhere and at once

Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots "man" the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive...

Hariri: Lebanon's stability is my main concern

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has assured regional bankers that Lebanon's stability is his top concern, one day after walking back his shock resignation that threw his country into turmoil.Hariri, speaking at the Arab Banking...

A race against time for starving Yemenis

For the past few weeks, Saudi Arabia has made it virtually impossible to get food to Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world.Yemen has been tiptoeing toward famine for the better part of three years. It's a man-made crisis...

Is the Crocodile a creature of change?

Zimbabwe's new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves."We are witnessing the beginning of a...

Cheering Zimbabweans greet new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa

Exuberant Zimbabweans greeted the swearing-in Friday of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who takes power after an extraordinary series of events that ousted the world's oldest head of state.Mnangagwa, fired earlier this month as...

Michael Flynn's lawyers 'stop liaising with Donald Trump's team' - sparking speculation of plea deal

Michael Flynn, US President Donald Trump's short-lived national security adviser, has stopped sharing information with the president's legal team, it has been reported – giving rise to speculation that Flynn could be preparing a plea...

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock still had 4000 rounds left

The Las Vegas gunman who killed dozens of people at a concert last month fired more than 1100 rounds and had 4000 more rounds left. The newly released estimate from Sheriff Joe Lombardo offers more detail about the deadliest mass...

US President Donald Trump believes in invisible fighter jets

While bragging about the United States military capabilities, Donald Trump made one of his most bizarre claims to date.Speaking to members of the US Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Day, he told the audience the air force was ordering...

Manus Island men moved by force as police storm centre again

Papua New Guinea police resumed the eviction of refugees from a shuttered Australian detention camp today, with asylum-seekers saying the three-week standoff appeared to be ending.Some 320 detainees remained in the camp on PNG's...

Families of missing submarine crew have been told their loved ones are dead

Families of crew lost in the San Juan submarine have been told their loved ones "are all dead" after an explosion on the day the vessel disappeared, according to reports.Family members today claimed they had already received phone...

US high school teacher filmed 'snorting cocaine' in classroom

A high school English teacher has been arrested after being filmed snorting what appeared to be cocaine in her classroom. Samantha Cox, 24, was marched out of Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, in handcuffs after students...

Families of missing submarine crew have been told their loved ones are dead

Families of servicemen lost in the missing San Juan submarine have been told their loved ones "are all dead" after an explosion on the day the vessel disappeared, according to reports.Family members today claimed they had already...

Trump replies 'MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!' to tweet about his attacks on African-Americans

President Donald Trump kicked off Thanksgiving Day by replying to a tweet that said his latest Twitter feud is part of a racist pattern of attacking prominent African-Americans.Trump's response, tweeted at about 6:30 a.m.: "MAKE...

Current Affair Reporter Ben McCormack's worst nightmare if sent to prison

WARNING: Confronting content Being pelted with human excrement is just one of the possible scenarios facing ex-reporter Ben McCormack if he is sent to prison when he is sentenced on Friday.McCormack risks the same fate as the...

Giant asteroid 3200 Phaethon will brush past Earth near Christmas

A 5km wide asteroid named 3200 Phaethon will brush past Earth just before Christmas.The huge object is named after the Greek demi-god Phaethon, who according to legend almost destroyed Earth, according to the Daily Mail. It will...

'I'm a f***ing legend!': Man filmed threatening people at London Bridge station before Tasered

Warning: Graphic language The moment a man shouts "I'm a f***ing legend" - before being Tasered by police after causing a disturbance and threatening commuters at London bridge train station - has been caught on camera.The video,...

On Trump's Thanksgiving menu: Grievances and calls for gratitude — for him

Comment by Jenna Johnson, of the Washington Post This Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump doesn't seem to be thankful for very much - and seems frustrated that Americans aren't expressing more gratitude for him.At a time when...

'Explosion' heard where Argentinian submarine went missing

Fears for the 44 crew members of the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan deepened dramatically as the country's navy said a "violent event consistent with an explosion" had been detected three hours after the vessel disappeared...

US woman serving 10 years jail for her role in mother's murder does exclusive interview with Dr Phil

Gypsy Rose Blanchard once described the relationship she had with her mother like "a pair of shoes" because they were "never good without the other".Her mother, Dee Dee, was a single mum and full-time carer for Gypsy, who was confined...

Bail for former Kiwi priest extradited on sex charges

A former Catholic priest has appeared in a Sydney court accused of sexually and indecently assaulting seven males aged between 14 and 20 in the late 1980s at a western Sydney school.New Zealander James Joseph Cunneen, 58, was arrested...

US woman serving 10 years jail for her role in mother's murder does exclusive interview with Dr Phil

Gypsy Rose Blanchard once described the relationship she had with her mother like "a pair of shoes" because they were "never good without the other."Her mother, Dee Dee, acted as a single mum and full-time carer for Gypsy, who was...

North Korea: Manhattan and White House top nuclear targets, report shows

Major cities, military bases and the White House are among the top potential targets in a North Korean nuclear strike, an eye-opening report has revealed.The United States mainland is the top target listed in the new report by the...

Democrats' feet to the fire over serial sex claims

Under pressure Senate candidate Roy Moore Accused of sexually assaulting two women decades ago when they were teenagers; about a half-dozen other women have accused Moore of inappropriate conduct. The former state Supreme...

Event 'consistent with an explosion' detected where Argentinian submarine went missing

Fears for the 44 crew members of the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan deepened dramatically as the country's navy said a "violent event consistent with an explosion" had been detected three hours after the vessel disappeared...

The fate of Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace remains unclear

As Zimbabwe today prepared to swear in a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, after 37 years, attention turned to the fate of Robert Mugabe and the wife who just days ago was poised to succeed him.The 93-year-old Mugabe, who resigned...

'Only known photograph discovered' of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett together

A photograph has emerged of what is believed to be the only image of Billy the Kid and his killer Pat Garrett together - and could be worth millions.The pair were once friends who gambled and drank together in Lincoln County, New...

What North Koreans do for fun

The reality of life inside North Korea is often so heavily guarded by its ruling dictatorship that it's somewhat of a mystery to the rest of the world.That's why The Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield — who has covered national...

Insider stories: how foreign fashion models are exploited in China

The faces of foreign models have become ubiquitous in Chinese advertising in recent decades, particularly as a growing number of domestic brands look to give themselves an air of internationalism.The population of foreign models...

Mother who admitted killing her own baby walks free

A mother who admitted suffocating her 15-month-old daughter before throwing her body into a suburban Melbourne creek will be released from custody.Sofina Nikat, 24, was on Thursday sentenced to a 12-month community correction order...

Men stranded for days as crocodiles circled their ute

Two men were forced to sleep on the roof of their car for five days after becoming stuck in a crocodile-infested area of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.Charlie Williams, 19, Beau Bryce-Maurice, 37, and his dog Mindee...

James Bulger's killer Jon Venables back in jail for child porn

Jon Venables, one of the infamous killers of toddler James Bugler, is back in jail after being caught with child porn.The 35-year-old was arrested last week after officials making a routine visit to his home discovered the 'sickening'...

Footage of PNG authorities storming Manus Island to clear 400 men

The Papua New Guinea army has been sent in on Manus Island to clear out hundreds of men still refusing to leave the detention centre."Move, move, you have one hour to move," asylum seekers say the authorities screamed at them as...

Tradie takes on council over homemade backyard waterslide

A group of friends have built a four-and-a-half metre waterslide in their backyard, but the local council want to take it away.Luke Newton wanted to make the most of the upcoming summer and attached the giant green, yellow and orange...

Teen sex slave was sentenced to 51 years in jail for shooting her abuser

WARNING: Graphic content Social media is awash with this face today.The picture shows Cyntoia Brown. In 2004, at the age of 16 she was sex-trafficked by a pimp nicknamed "Kut-Throat" in Nashville, Tennessee.Cyntoia came to be...

Celebrities out in support of teenage sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to 51 years in jail for shooting her abuser

WARNING: Graphic content Social media is awash with this face today.The picture shows Cyntoia Brown. In 2004, at the age of 16 she was sex-trafficked by a pimp nicknamed "Kut-Throat" in Nashville, Tennessee.Cyntoia came to be...

Passenger nightmare: Report reveals AirAsia flight plummeted '11 metres per second'

An AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali that suddenly lost cabin pressure - plummeting 20,000 feet - dropped at a rate of 11 metres per second, a report has revealed.Flight QZ535 from Perth turned back just 25 minutes after take-off...

Pedestrian's terrifying narrow escape with death

A man has narrowly escaped death twice in almost as many seconds after a out-of-control car came hurtling towards him.The crazed car came within inches of hitting the man when it sped down the road and brought a lamp post crashing...

Butcher of Bosnia guilty of genocide in last Balkan war crimes trial

Ratko Mladic, a former Serb warlord who commanded forces that carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Balkan wars, has been found guilty of genocide and other crimes against humanity.An international tribunal has sentenced...

Was wife hired by CIA to kill John F Kennedy?

There are conspiracy theories galore surrounding the assassination of the 35th US president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, which shocked the world on this day 54 years ago.They include the involvement of the CIA, vice-president Lyndon...