North Korea: Kim Jong-un"s AUNT Kim Kyong-hui "was driving force behind his rise to leader"

Who really has the power in Pyongyang Kim Jong-un's AUNT 'was driving force behind his rise to leader' Kim Kyong-hui is often only female face on official photographsShe is the daughter of the North Korean Eternal President Kim Il-sungMiss Kim and husband chosen by Kim Jong-il to consolidate son's authority By James Rush PUBLISHED: 15:23 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 The aunt of Kim Jong-un has been credited with being the driving force behind the rise of the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Kim Kyong-hui, who is often the only female face on official photographs of ranks of generals and party leaders, has been tasked with transforming her nephew into a figurehead with a reputation for strong military tactics who is able to handle an international crisis. Miss Kim, who has been a key figure in the family for four decades, and her husband Jang Sung-taek, were chosen by Kim Jong-il to pull the strings behind the consolidation of his son's authority before the old leader died in 2011, The Telegraph has reported

Eric Pickles: Government department spends extra 10,000 on biscuits

It takes the biscuit! Government department spends extra 10,000 on snacks (and guess what, it's headed by Eric Pickles) He promised to ban free food and drink at meetings shorter than four hoursLabour's Diane Abbott reveals expenditure and says biscuit bill must be cut | UPDATED: 14:45 GMT, 30 December 2012 One of Mr Pickles' 50 cost-cutting tips to councils was 'stop providing free food and drink at meetings' Cost-cutting minister Eric Pickles' biscuit bill is up 10,000 on last year as his department spent 42,225 of taxpayers money in just seven months. It comes as Mr Pickles said he had banned refreshments from being served at departmental meetings unless they go on for more than four hours

Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptop

Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptopOlder generation increasingly tech-savvy, according to new researchGrandchildren regularly use social media, e-mail and texting to stay in touchA quarter of those surveyed now own a laptop PUBLISHED: 22:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Hi kids: Around 78 per cent of grandparents say they are competent in online communication. File picture Half of Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed. Instead of picking up the phone, many are now using social networking sites to update their relatives, with nearly a quarter of grannies claiming they are regular users of Facebook

It"s the most awkward time of year! Family photos show off the best festive poses

It's the most awkward time of the year! Family photos show off the best of the worst festive poses | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 12 December 2012 Ugly sweaters, lopsided trees and feigned expressions of merriment – what would Christmas be without your very special and uniquely awkward family The Parental Guidance Awkward Holiday Photo Contest encourages families everywhere to share their nightmare snaps from festive holiday albums. The competition runs until December 19 and the winner will get goody bags of the popular website's books and board games. The new comedy Parental Guidance, released on Christmas Day, stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei