Al-Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar 'killed in Mali' as Chadian armed forces destroy terrorist base Belmokhtar is believed to be among several rebels killed when Chadian armed forces 'completely destroyed' a terrorist base in northern Mali One-eyed terror chief said to be behind the Algeria hostage crisis in JanuaryA total of 37 workers were killed at an oil facility – including six Britons for acts of terrorism. It is believed Belmokhtar first became interested in jihad as a schoolboy before travelling to Afghanistan to support the mujahadeen fighting in the Civil War. He later joined the Islamist GIA fighting in the Algerian Civil War where he lost his left eye while mishandling explosives
Economy SHRANK by 0.3% at the end of 2012, raising fears of a triple-dip recessionOffice for National Statistics announces negative growth for final quarter of last yearResulsts mean there was no growth overall for the whole of 2012 Nick Clegg admits government was wrong to cut funding for big building projects, damaging jobs and growth Boris Johnson says it is time to 'junk the rhetoric of austerity'IMF chief economist says the Chancellor should use the Budget in March to 'take stock' and change course , raising fears of a triple-dip recession. The figures are a devastating blow to David Cameron and George Osborne who were last night seen dining out in the Davos ski resort hours after being told of the grim economic figures.
'We heard gunshots… we found her in a pool of blood': Relatives describe how British girl, 8, was fatally shot in head on family holiday to Jamaica Imani Green, of London, shot on Friday night in Duncans, Trelawny ParishGirl abroad for winter holiday with mother Donna, 47, and sister Jamila, 19 Struck in head by bullet from 9mm pistol and hit in shoulder by second bullet By Leslie Larson and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 05:04 GMT, 13 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 13 January 2013 Relatives today described the dramatic scenes when an eight-year-old girl was shot dead on a family holiday in Jamaica after an assailant opened fire at a grocery store
Now that's what you call REAL plane spotting! Enthusiasts come within inches of death after military aircraft misses the runway Crowd of 1,000 watching final landing of military plane on Ballenstedt airfield in Saxony-Anhalt, central Germany But pilot of 31-ton Transall C-160 aircraft suddenly reported he couldn't see start of runway from his cockpitBrought aircraft down on a side road where spotters were standing and they almost ended up being crushed | UPDATED: 23:36 GMT, 26 December 2012 For an intrepid band of plane spotters it was the most dramatic experience of their lives – and almost the last thing they saw. A crowd of about 1,000 had gathered to watch the final landing of a military plane which was about to be decommissioned after many years of service
Britain struck a deal with EU countries to send their criminals home. So how many have gone NONESince December 2011 prisoners from within the EU can be forced to serve their sentence in their home countryPrevious government allowed opt outs for Poland and Ireland, the two countries with the most inmates serving time in Britain Meanwhile 38 prisoners were returned to the UK | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 25 December 2012 Must change: More foreign prisoners should be sent home to serve their time says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling Britain was hit by a fresh foreign prisoner fiasco last night after it was revealed that a much- trumpeted EU transfer agreement has spectacularly backfired
The silliest Christmas stories of the season! A collection of festive tales that are sure to make you chuckle By Sam Webb PUBLISHED: 19:58 GMT, 23 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 23 December 2012 By now many of us will have eaten too many mince pies, maybe hit the sherry a little bit hard and probably had at least one argument with a relative or an over-excited child in the grips of sugar delirium.
Children could choose to die under new euthanasia law considered in BelgiumProposals submitted to parliament by Socialist PartyThey are likely to be approved by other parties laterIncludes 'incurably ill' minors 'capable of discernment'Parliament also asked to include Alzheimer's patients | UPDATED: 17:00 GMT, 19 December 2012 Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die.
Just what did this photographer capture in this 'Ghostly' man of the mountains Brocken Spectre is actually a person's shadow cast onto low-lying cloudsLight diffraction causes figures to be surrounded by a multi-coloured 'halo'Stunning examples photographed in Ukraine's Chatyr-Dag mountain regionAccording to climbers' superstition, whoever sees one will die the next day | UPDATED: 18:48 GMT, 19 December 2012 This eerie ghost-like figure left a group of trekkers stunned when it suddenly appeared over a mountain range, but it was nothing more than the rare natural phenomenon known as a Brocken Spectre.
Pictured: Incredible 'tsunami' of clouds roll over mountain top to engulf city | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 This is the dramatic moment a city in Switzerland looks like it is about to be engulfed by a giant tsunami – although the apparent tidal wave is actually just thick clouds rolling in over a mountain range. As thousands of people went about their everyday business in Geneva, behind them a mammoth tsunami appeared to be about to tear through the city. But the spectacular scene was really just an optical illusion caused by clouds sweeping across the Saleve mountain range, which overlooks the city, on December 5 this year.
Going out with a bang: Nasa prepares to crash probes into the surface of the moon in dramatic finale to year-long lunar mission The twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft will crash on Monday nightMarks end of a year-long mission to the moon | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 14 December 2012 A year-long mission to learn what lies beneath the lunar surface will culminate next week with Nasa crashing a pair of small robotic science probes into the moon.