Al-Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar "killed in Mali" as Chadian armed forces destroy terrorist base

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

"I think I"ve killed her": Father-to-be"s text message "after kicking and stamping his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to…

'I think I've killed her': Father-to-be's text message 'after kicking and stamping his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to death in alcohol and drug fuelled rage' Tony McLernon accused of killing Eystna Blunnie, 20, in Essex The couple had recently broken up after an abusive relationshipChelmsford Crown Court hears Miss Blunnie had been heavily pregnantMcLernon, 24, from Harlow, denies murdering his former girlfriend By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 11:41 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:09 GMT, 20 February 2013 A man beat his heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend to death and killed their unborn child in a 'brutal and sustained' attack, a court has heard.

French artist Clet Abraham alters road signs… and drives councils mad across Europe

Thirty smile an hour zone: Cheeky artist changes road signs with stickers… and is driving councils mad across Europe French artist Clet Abraham has amended street signs across EuropeHis aim is to entertain and make people think about blindly obeying orders By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 21:42 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 29 January 2013 He is every council's worst nightmare but artist Clet Abraham has a serious message to get across.

Pope"s dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony

Pope's dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 22:47 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 28 January 2013 Releasing a dove is a symbolic appeal for peace. But when the Pope tried it yesterday, it led to quite a flap. Nobody had bargained on a resident seagull who apparently hadn't been listening to the Holy Father's sermon.

Araucaria uses one of his own puzzles to reveal he is dying

Crossword compiler Araucaria reveals he is dying of cancer in cryptic clues By John Hutchinson PUBLISHED: 01:26 GMT, 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:22 GMT, 13 January 2013 Legendary crossword compiler Araucaria decided to share special message in one of his own puzzles to his fans – that he has cancer. The 91-year-old, whose real name is the Rev John Graham, decided that a crossword would be the appropriate way of announcing that he has the terminal illness

How we"re getting our New Year"s phone calls in early as most people are set to contact loved ones around 7pm tonight instead of waiting

We're getting our New Year's phone calls in early: Most people contact loved ones around 7pm instead of waiting until midnightText message traffic peaked at 7.02pm on New Year's Eve last year Four times as many texts as calls were sent on December 31st, 2011 Trend of sending same message to multiple people is behind the change | UPDATED: 03:48 GMT, 31 December 2012 The traditional phone call on the stroke of midnight is a New Year's tradition as entrenched as Auld Lang Syne. But now it seems Britons text their Happy New Year wishes hours ahead of midnight, research has shown. In 2011 traffic peaked at 7.02pm and analysts expect the same trend this year

Universal credit plan "is a disaster in the making", says Minister just months ahead of launch

Universal credit plan 'is a disaster in the making', says minister just months ahead of launchDavid Cameron's new benefits initiative 'set to fail'Universal credit scheme criticised by Cabinet ministerNew system will replace list of unemployment handouts | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 31 December 2012 The universal credit scheme is a disaster waiting to happen, a Cabinet minister has warned. The initiative, which is the centrepiece of David Cameron’s welfare reforms, is due to begin with a pilot scheme in April and a national roll-out in October. Aimed at making it pay to return to work, the single benefit will replace a raft of unemployment and in-work handouts

Anne McElvoy: Tory money men tell Dave to get a grip (and ditch his Eton chums)

Anne McElvoy: Tory money men tell Dave to get a grip (and ditch his Eton chums) | UPDATED: 02:01 GMT, 30 December 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron Even as they trumpet the works of wonder planned for the year ahead, our political leaders reflect their insecurities and shortcomings. David Cameron has lurched from declaring his support for gay marriage to an evangelical Christian message in the hope of placating religious opponents of his plans. It is not the first time the Tory leader has indulged in a cocktail of opportunism and attention-seeking, like a student joining every society at Freshers’ Week in the hope that one of the causes will enhance his CV.

Jimmy Savile"s private letter to former Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher released but other correspondence censored two months ago after child abuse…

Censored, Savile's private letters to Mrs Thatcher: Files edited two months ago… AFTER child abuse claims surfacedLetter from Jimmy Savile to former PM released under 30-year ruleDeclares his love for her in gushing 1980 note written following a lunchAlso refers to his 'girl patients' and says 'they all love you'But other correspondence between the two has been censoredSavile spent 11 consecutive New Year's Eves with Mrs Thatcher | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 28 December 2012 A letter thought to mark the beginning of the warm relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Savile has been made public for the first time.

The text message which put dim-witted would-be burglar Stuart Gibbs behind bars

'Don't ring me when I'm out robbing': The text message which put dim-witted would-be burglar behind bars Stuart Gibbs, of Leicester, jailed for 18 months for the attempted burglary The 24-year-old admitted the offence after police caught him with messageAdmitted a string of later offences including dangerous driving | UPDATED: 14:44 GMT, 26 December 2012 Gibbs admitted attempted burglary and was jailed for 18 months at Leicester Crown Court A would-be burglar has been locked up after police found a text message he sent before trying to break into a house which read: 'I've told you 20 times – don't ring me when I'm out robbing'. Dozy Stuart Gibbs was caught hiding in a shed behind the house in Leicester after a vigilant resident contacted police when she two men acting suspiciously in a neighbour's garden