The world watched her enter the White House with her parents as a sweet, curly-haired teenager. But now a power-hungry Chelsea Clinton is ‘entitled, bratty and domineering’ – and has even pushed the man who was Bill’s ‘surrogate son’ out of the Clinton Foundation.
Kenan Thompson has revealed the bizarre sex advice Bill Cosby gave to him when the two worked together on the film version of Fat Albert.
Appearing on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Thompson told the host that Cosby said to him that once their movie was released he was going to need ‘two [penises] because women are gonna be all over you.’
Russian jets have begun airstrikes in Syria after apparently only giving the U.S. an hour to remove its planes and officials from the area.
The Russian Defence Ministry said it carried out about 20 flights over the country today but concerns were raised that they were only targeting anti-government rebels, many of whom are backed by the U.S.-led coalition, instead of ISIS-held areas.
London Mayor: Boris Johnson (pictured with his wife Marina Wheeler at London 2012) mischievously threatened to overshadow a major Tory event
Boris Johnson was silenced with more than £90million of public money after he threatened to lob a political hand grenade into a Tory party conference, it was claimed last night.
Lord Ashcroft’s biography of the Prime Minister also claims that he made his old Eton and Oxford adversary his last choice to be Tory candidate for London Mayor.
David Cameron dismissed Mr Johnson as having ‘totally the wrong profile’ and was so desperate to find an alternative that he even approached the Left-wing luvvie Greg Dyke, who he invited to run on a joint Tory/Lib Dem ticket.
When Mr Johnson found out what the PM had said, he jokingly labelled Mr Cameron a ‘f*****’.
Later, he mischievously threatened to overshadow a major Tory event unless given tens of millions of pounds that helped boost his political career in the capital.
On Day Three of the Mail’s serialisation of Call Me Dave, Lord Ashcroft and his co-author Isabel Oakeshott, an award-winning political journalist, reveal how:
- Mr Cameron once replied to a Cabinet minister who told him he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, ‘No, I was born with two’;
- He allegedly asked two undercover KGB officers to get him cannabis during a gap year in Russia. One spy later reported back, ‘Young man, likes drugs, he won’t go too far’;
- Number Ten’s own pollster warned the public has no idea what he stands for;
- Lady Thatcher believed he was shallow, according to friends;
- He pledged allegiance to ALL THREE candidates to replace her in 1990;
- He tried – and failed – to win the endorsement of Sir John Major for his 2005 leadership bid.
Making a point: David Cameron (right) dismissed Mr Johnson (right) as having ‘totally the wrong profile’ – and when Mr Johnson found out what the PM had said, he jokingly labelled Mr Cameron a ‘f*****’
Other option: Mr Cameron was so desperate to find an alternative to Mr Johnson that he even approached the Left-wing luvvie Greg Dyke (left), according to the explosive new biography from Lord Ashcroft (right)
Phone call: With the economic recovery yet to take root, Chancellor George Osborne (left) was desperate to have a ‘quiet conference’ with ‘nothing unexpected’ – and he rang Mr Johnson (right) to instruct him to behave
PM ‘DOESN’T LISTEN TO TOP BRASS’
Cameron should act like Winston Churchill, it has been claimed
Britain will keep making ‘stupid military decisions’ unless David Cameron acts like Winston Churchill and listens to top brass, a senior Tory MP warned last night.
Julian Lewis, chairman of the defence select committee, said heads of the Army, Navy and RAF had been ‘sidelined’ from giving advice to the Government, causing ‘un-strategic’ decisions to be made about Libya and Syria by a ‘bunch of politicians who have a bee in their bonnet’.
Wartime leader Churchill seldom ignored the counsel of all his chiefs of staff, he said.
His blistering attack follows revelations in the Daily Mail yesterday in which the Prime Minister was accused of ‘doing an Iraq’ in Libya and of rank incompetence over Syria.
Dr Lewis’s comments were echoed by two former major generals. Major Patrick Cordingley, who led the Desert Rats in the Gulf, said Britain’s errors in Libya were ‘unnecessary’ and the result ‘predictable’.
He said: ‘Prime ministers seem to want to be seen to be taking action on the world stage. The result has been a disaster in each and every intervention since 2003.’
Major General Julian Thompson, a military historian who commanded 3 Commando in the Falklands War, said: ‘Libya is entirely our fault. We topple regimes without thinking about what might replace them, which might be worse than what was there originally.’
He added: ‘I’m not sure that the mechanics of government when it comes to deciding military and foreign policy are as good as they used to be.’
According to the explosive memoir, Mr Johnson – who won the mayoral contest in 2008 – extracted a massive taxpayer-funded windfall from Mr Cameron and George Osborne to help his re-election campaign in London.
In 2011, with the economic recovery yet to take root, the Chancellor was desperate to have a ‘quiet conference’ with ‘nothing unexpected’.
He rang Mr Johnson to instruct him to behave, noting that in 2009 the Mayor had overshadowed conference by writing a newspaper column, published on the day of Mr Osborne’s own speech, demanding a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
The Mayor replied that he was staring at a ‘blank page’ for his latest column, and that his price for ‘no mischief’ was £90million extra for policing in the capital.
Before he put the phone down, the Chancellor had agreed to hand over £93million.
Mr Johnson told aides: ‘That was the best-paid column ever.’
The book also quotes numerous Tory insiders suggesting the Prime Minister lacks a driving ‘vision’ or is in power for its own sake.
In one insight, it reveals how his own pollster, Andrew Cooper, told him: ‘Most people still don’t know what the government is trying to do beyond making cuts. They don’t know what your vision is.’
Lady Thatcher is said to have harboured her own doubts about his lack of ideology.
One of her former confidants said: ‘She’d say, “If you’re leader, you’ve got to believe in something’.
One Westminster insider who worked with Mr Cameron when he first became party leader said: ‘There’s no guiding philosophy. What is Cameronism? F*** all.’
Meanwhile, friends of Lord Ashcroft hit back at suggestions that he felt he had ‘deserved’ a top Government job in 2010 because of his £8million donation.
One said: ‘Michael’s donations were immaterial as to whether he would receive any sort of “significant” government role after the 2010 election victory.
‘He expected such a role because he had been promised one by David Cameron, who was thrilled with all the work he had done for the party in the five-year run-up to the 2010 election.’
Prime ministers: Lady Thatcher (left) is said to have harboured her doubts about Mr Cameron’s lack of ideology, with one former confidant saying: ‘She’d say, “If you’re leader, you’ve got to believe in something’
Electrical giant Currys refused to repair a customer’s 65in television after it was broken by a fly, because it was an ‘act of God’.
Chris Chamney, 22, from Cosby, Leicestershire, had paid £800 for the LG TV on Boxing Day last year but last week it stopped working and the pixels on the screen went blank.
Look’s like G-Fresh is not just back, he’s also here to stay. He
brings the clean cut visuals to his single “Alantere” (In Search Of
The video was. directed by Daniel Ademinokan “Da Bishop”.
When money is no object, it pays to keep up with the times.
And that’s exactly what one Russian billionaire has done as he has upgraded his £190million superyacht for a new model – at a cost of £260million.
Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko’s ‘Sailing Yacht A,’ which Mr Melnichenko is thought to have named ‘A’ to ensure it is listed first in shipping registers, is taking its first sea trials in Kiel, northern Germany.
From a giant marquee in the grounds of a honeycomb-coloured Cotswold farm, thudding music reverberates into the night.
Blacked-out Range Rovers — the vehicle of choice for west Oxfordshire’s wealthy — are spread across a field like a row of small tanks, dwarfing the sleek limousines and the sports cars with personalised number plates.
This astonishing footage shows medics in Syria performing an emergency caesarean on a woman whose unborn baby has been injured in a missile strike in Aleppo.
A three-day mourning period has been announced in the UAE after the son of Dubai’s ruler died of a heart attack.
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who graduated from Sandhurst in 2002, died on Saturday morning.
The 33-year-old was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the ruler of Dubai and also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
His coffin, wrapped in the Emirati flag, was carried in by several of his brothers.
Prayers were said for the late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his family.
His body will be buried in Umm Harir cemetery in Bur Dubai.
‘Today, I lost a best friend and a childhood companion, my dear brother Rashid,’ said his brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. ‘You will be missed.’
Hundreds of relatives and officials gathered inside the Zabeel mosque to pay their final respects
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum (middle) Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates has a quiet word with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (right)
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed al-Maktoum (left) and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum (right) carry the body of their late brother
President Sheikh Khalifa expressed condolences to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and the Al Maktoum family.
Flags at government departments and institutions flying at half mast as a mark of respect.
‘God bless the deceased young man … We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,’ the Court of the Ruler of Dubai said.
The body of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammad was covered in the flag of the United Arab Emirates
Close: Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum (right) hugging his son Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed al Makhtoum, after an equestrian endurance competition in 2006. The 33-year-old (left) died this morning
Sports fan: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is presented with the trophy by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum after the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year. Three days of mourning have been announced after his death at 33
Work at Dubai government entities is continuing as usual, according to the Dubai Media Office.
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority, which regulates the emirate’s private schools, has said schools will remain open.
Sheikh Rashid was known for his love of horses and was a keen football fan, supporting Manchester United.
A talented sportsman, he also won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics in 2006.
He spent considerable time working with Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation which aims to help provide primary education to all children around the world.
former Grange Hill star recently revealed her battle with breast cancer as a warning to other women, but what happened to the other cast members of the popular Eighties TV show?
These heartbreaking images show the terrifying moment an overcrowded dinghy packed with refugees deflated and left them swimming desperately to shore.
One picture shows a breathless fully clothed father carrying his two-month-old baby boy through the water in a rubber ring as their crammed dinghy collapsed 100m from the Greek holiday island of Lesbos.
Identical twins Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall both have a set of twins each.
But in a remarkable coincidence, the mothers are now both pregnant with their second sets of twins – due two weeks apart next spring.
And their first sets of twins are similar in age, as well.
Bunker’s three-year-old fraternal twins, Kole and Hallie are just 11 months younger than Wall’s twins, Madison and McKell, who are four.
Sia Furler’s unique array of face-coverings may shield her face, but they do little to conceal her identity.
On Sunday night, the 39-year-old Chandelier singer was spotted leaving trendy Japanese restaurant in La night wearing another outlandish mask: a silver, robot-like face piece with no eye, nose or mouth holes.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant as she debuted a flattering new hairstyle for morning prayers at Crathie Kirk church in Scotland on Sunday.
Kate, 33, who will see a return to royal duties over the coming weeks – including an appearance at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup – debuted chic bangs for the occasion.
Having eaten everything from live tarantulas to elephant dung, Bear Grylls insists survival is rarely pretty.
That said, in his case it’s turned out to be beautifully profitable.
On the back of his TV escapades and books, the self-styled adventurer – a former SAS soldier – has become the head of a global business empire worth millions.
Heartbroken: Wendy Faux and her children (left to right) Freddie, 15, Maddie, 11, Jessica, nine, and Georgia, 13
Wendy Faux chokes back the tears as she climbs into her car, waving to her youngest daughter, Jessica, as she walks off, her rucksack slung nonchalantly over her shoulder. A new study term stretches out ahead of her.
Jessica is the last of four children to flee the nest, and Wendy has no idea how she will cope in the weeks until she sees her daughter again. She feels redundant and empty. Her role as a mother is over. It’s all she can do to stop herself running after her youngest for ‘one last kiss’.
This shocking video shows the moment a 16-year-old girl wearing a hijab was struck in the head in an unprovoked attack on an east London street.
A British fanatic killed by an RAF drone was plotting an atrocity at an event attended by the Queen.
David Cameron stunned MPs yesterday by revealing the UK had used military force in Syria without parliamentary authority and against a Briton.
‘There was a terrorist directing murder on our streets and no other means to stop him,’ said the Prime Minister.
A second Islamic State fanatic from Britain, Ruhul Amin, died with the main target, Reyaad Khan, in the secret operation on August 21.
A third, Junaid Hussain, was killed three days later by a US drone in a joint operation with the UK.
Stephen Marvin, a former school friend of Amin, said he deserved his fate. ‘It’s hard to say he didn’t get what he deserved in the end,’ he told ITV News. ‘He was my childhood best friend but he was a totally different person in the last 12 to 18 months so it was hard to sympathise with him.’
Reyaad Khan, 21, from Cardiff, (left) and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, (right) appeared together in an ISIS recruitment video last year aimed at luring jihadists to Syria and Iraq
Reyaad Khan, 21, from Cardiff, was killed in response to a ‘direct threat’ to the British people, the Prime Minister said. Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, was also killed in the attack on August 21
The revelation that Khan, 21 and from Cardiff, had been assassinated in the first RAF drone strike against a Briton triggered claims of extra-judicial killing.
But Mr Cameron insisted the attacks were an act of self-defence and not a softening-up exercise to persuade Parliament to vote for further military action against Islamic State targets in Syria.
Some of the IS plots had been foiled while others were still active, he added.
Asked if he would do it again, the Prime Minister told MPs: ‘If it is necessary to safeguard the UK and act in self-defence, and there are no other ways of doing it, then yes, I would. The choice we were left with was to think, this is all too difficult, throw up our arms and walk away, and then wait for the chaos and terrorism to hit Britain, or to take action in the national interest.’
He said Khan and Hussain were orchestrating attacks on ‘high-profile public commemorations’ over the summer from the IS stronghold of Raqqah.
Targets included VJ Day last month and the VE day commemorations of May 8. The commemorations were attended by scores of war veterans and dignitaries – including the Queen.
Other events in the fanatics’ sights are understood to have been Armed Forces Day in June, which marked the murder of Lee Rigby by two Islamist extremists, and the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in April.
Mr Cameron had been expected to deliver a statement to MPs solely on the refugee crisis caused by the war between IS and the Syrian regime. But, after pledging to provide sanctuary to 20,000 Syrians, he shocked MPs with the revelations about the operation against Khan, who has featured in IS recruitment propaganda.
Ex-Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve said the strikes were ‘draconian’, adding: ‘I strongly suspect it will lead to a legal challenge.’ Kate Hudson of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said it was an extra-judicial killing.
Another British fanatic, Junaid Hussain, from Birmingham was killed by a US drone strike late last month
The Prime Minister said he would stick to his pledge to hold a Commons vote – probably next month – before ordering the RAF to conduct bombing raids against Islamic State terrorists in Syria.
‘I believe that case only grows stronger with the growing number of terrorist plots being directed or inspired by IS’s core leadership in Raqqah,’ he added.
But Michael Clarke, of the Royal United Services Institute, a think-tank, said Mr Cameron appeared to be trying to ‘log-roll a controversial issue through Parliament’ by wrapping it up with the high-profile case involving Khan.
Professor Clarke warned the strategy could backfire because of anger caused by the drone strike.
Lord McDonald, the former director of public prosecutions, said the killing of Khan was legal and justified. He said: ‘It is appropriate to invoke the principle of self-defence and to target him.
Khan, who was previously a straight A student in Cardiff, became a poster boy for ISIS when he appeared in a propaganda video entitled ‘There Is No Life Without Jihad’ in June last year, urging Westerners to join the war.
Later attending St David’s Catholic sixth-form college in the city, he was described by friends as a studious pupil who loved sports.
At the time of his disappearance, Khan’s family said they were desperate for him to come home.
His mother Rukia, 41, pleaded: ‘Please come back before it is too late. You are my only one son. I love you so much.’
But after arriving in Syria in late 2013 along with his friend, 21-year-old medical student Nasser Muthana, Khan changed beyond recognition.
Like many ISIS fighters, he was a prolific Twitter user, frequently posting graphic images and bloodthirsty posts.
In one, he posted gruesome images of the corpses of alleged ISIS victims, tweeting: ‘Guys we caught and executed. This is how they looked less than an hr l8er [sic]’.
He also laughed about witnessing the ‘longest decapitation ever’ and boasted in another: ‘Executed many prisoners yesterday.’
But his Facebook page, which also lists him as a Chelsea FC fan who enjoyed playing computer games FIFA 12 and Call of Duty, reveals how rapidly he transformed from a normal teenager to a bloodthirsty jihadi fighter.
After appearing in the propaganda video with a Kalashnikov assault rifle against his shoulder, his mother said she believed he had been ‘brainwashed’ into joining ISIS.
David Cameron used a speech in the House of Commons to unveil details of an RAF drone strike which killed three jihadis in Syria, including two Britons
Addressing MPs for the first time since their summer break, Mr Cameron said there had been a dramatic escalation in the terror threat against Britain.
There were 15 ISIS-related attacks around the world in the whole of 2014, but this year alone there have already been more than 150.
The Prime Minister announced that six terror attacks on Britain have been foiled this year.
‘If there is a direct threat to the British people and we are able to stop it taking immediate action then as Prime Minister I will take that action,’ Mr Cameron said.
The Prime Minister insisted that the drone strike was ‘entirely lawful’ after taking legal advice from the Attorney General.
‘We were exercising the UK’s inherent right to self-defence. There was clear evidence of the individuals in question planning and directing armed attacks against the UK.
‘These were part of a series of actual and foiled attempts to attack the UK and our allies.
‘And in the prevailing circumstances in Syria, the airstrike was the only feasible means of effectively disrupting the attacks planned and directed by this individual.
Teenager: Before leaving for Syria in late 2013, Khan (circled), was a straight A pupil who loved sports
Reyaad Khan’s Twitter profile picture, which comes under the name the nom de guerre Abu Dujana, who boasted of being prepared to be a martyr
‘So it was necessary and proportionate for the individual self-defence of the UK.’
However, political opponents raised concerns about the decision to launch military action in Syria without first seeking permission from the House of Commons.
Hussain and Khan were ‘actively recruiting’ ISIS sympathisers and ‘seeking to orchestrate specific and barbaric attacks against the West, including directing a number of planned terrorist attacks right here in Britain, such as plots to attack high profile public commemorations, including those taking place this summer,’ the PM said.
‘We should be under no illusion. Their intention was the murder of British citizens. So on this occasion we ourselves took action.
‘Today I can inform the House that in an act of self-defence and after meticulous planning Reyaad Khan was killed in a precision air strike carried out on August 21 by an RAF remotely piloted aircraft while he was travelling in a vehicle in the area of Raqqah in Syria.
‘In addition to Reyaad Khan who was the target of the strike, two IS associates were also killed, one of whom – Ruhul Amin, has been identified as a UK national.
‘They were IS fighters and I can confirm there were no civilian casualties.
Mr Cameron went on: ‘My first duty as Prime Minister is to keep the British people safe.
‘That is what I will always do. There was a terrorist directing murder on our streets and no other means to stop him.
‘This government does not for one moment take these decisions lightly.
Sick: Reyaad Khan (left) and Nasser Muthana (right) – both from Cardiff – featured in a propaganda video last June in which they urged Britons to travel to Syria
The Prime Minister defended the decision to launch military action in Syria without asking for MPs to approve airstrikes in advance
‘But I am not prepared to stand here in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on our streets and have to explain to the House why I did not take the chance to prevent it, when I could have done.
‘That is why I believe our approach is right.’
The premier said the UK’s intelligence agencies had identified the direct threat from Khan.
‘At a meeting of the most senior members of the National Security Council, we agreed that should the right opportunity arise, then the military action should take action,’ he said.
‘The strike was conducted according to specific military rules of engagement, which always comply with international law and the principles of proportionality and military necessity.
‘The military assessed the target location and chose the optimum time to minimise the risk of civilian casualties.
COULD FAMILIES OF DEAD FANATICS NOW SUE THE UK GOVERNMENT?
Britain could be sued by the family of dead ISIS fanatic Reyaad Khan, ministers were warned this afternoon.
David Cameron today repeatedly insisted that the government’s decision to authorise the drone strike was ‘entirely lawful’ and compatible with UN rules because the government was acting in self-defence.
The airstrike was signed off as legal by the Government’s most senior lawyer after intelligence chiefs alerted ministers to Khan’s planned terror plots in Britain this summer.
Under article 51 of the UN charter countries have an ‘inherent right’ to act in self-defence ‘if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations’.
However, the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve tonight warned that the government would be unable to release the secret intelligence which showed Britain was under threat. This would leave the government open to being sued by Khan’s family, who live in Britain.
He told the BBC: ‘I very strongly suspect that in view of the fact that this man was a British national with family in this country it will probably lead to a legal challenge in due course.’
Downing Street has confirmed the full details of the legal justification for the strikes will not be published.
Mr Cameron said Britain’s intelligence agencies had identified the fanatic as a direct threat to the UK. The PM said the National Security Council then agreed that ‘should the right opportunity arise, then the military action should take action’.
‘The Attorney General attended the meeting and confirmed there was a legal basis for action. And on that basis, the Defence Secretary authorised the operation.’
Critics of the 2003 invasion have repeatedly claimed that it broke international law and accuse Tony Blair of taking the country to war on a lie.
‘This was a sensitive operation to prevent a very real threat to our country.’
Friends of Khan’s reacted to the news today, following Mr Cameron’s statement.
Mohammad Islam, a former local Councillor and family friend of Khan’s, told ITV News: ‘Obviously once I heard the news, [I was] very devastated and shocked for the local community.
‘I find this very tragic and upsetting for myself and for the local community. [It is the] same situation for the family.’
He added: ‘The whole community and family are very much devastated and shocked, and they need time to heal their wounds.’
He continued: ‘I’m against radicalism and extremism. I’m trying to campaign against radicalism from the young, vulnerable Muslim kids taken away from the community by those evil-minded ISIS or any groups from the UK.’
People at the mosque used by the family of Reyaad tonight admitted that they had no idea he had been killed by an RAF drone.
Mokaddus Miah, Secreatary of Jalalia mosque in Grangetown, Cardiff, said: ‘If a person has done something bad then he has what’s coming to him. Anyone who wants to do something wrong must be punished. But I would have preferred to see him tried in a British court.’
Another friend, who did not want to be named, believed his parents were not aware he was killed by the RAF.
He said: ‘It is terrible, devastating, for them.’
A member of the mosque who only wanted to be known as ‘Shamsu’ said about British forces having killed Reyaad: ‘It makes it worse because it’s like your own country that’s killed you.
‘But they [the government] should’ve stopped him before he even got there because he’s a child at the end of the day and he’s been manipulated.’
Labour’s acting leader Harriet Harman said she only learned of the August 21 attack for the first time at a briefing earlier today.
Responding to Mr Cameron’s statement, she called for the legal advice justifying the decision to be published.
Ms Harman added: ‘Why didn’t the Attorney General authorise this specific action rather than merely ‘confirming there was a legal basis for it’?’
She continued: ‘What was it about this individual and his actions that singled him out from all that has gone before? Did he represent an ongoing threat or was the threat based on a specific act he was plotting?
Ms Harman said there was a need for ‘independent scrutiny’ of the attack and said David Anderson, the independent reviewer of counter terrorism policy, should review the events.
Last month a major security operation was mounted in central London over fears of an ISIS attack against a VJ Day parade attended by the Queen
Security chiefs disrupted the plot to cause carnage at the events to mark the end of the Far East campaign, during which 30,000 British troops were killed between 1941 to 1945
She told MPs the Labour leadership – due to hand over to the newly elected leader on Saturday – would look at any case for expanding on-going British bombing in Iraq into Syria.
Ms Harman said: ‘We will carefully consider any proposals in relation to military action in Syria the Government brings forward. But we all need to be clear about what difference any action would make to our objective of defeating Isil, about the nature of any action and its objectives, and the legal basis.
PLOT TO ‘KILL THE QUEEN FOILED’ A WEEK BEFORE DRONE STRIKE
An ISIS-inspired terror plot to kill the Queen was foiled just a week before the drone strike was launched by the RAF.
Last month it emerged that intelligence services had uncovered a plan to use an Improvised Explosive Device to murder the Queen, dignitaries and veterans at a VJ Day parade.
A major security operation was launched over fears of terrorists intent on causing carnage at the event on August 15 to mark the end of WWII in the Far East, during which 30,000 British troops were killed between 1941 to 1945.
Downing Street refused to confirm which events were targeted by Khan.
But David Cameron told MPs he was behind ‘plots to attack high profile public commemorations, including those taking place this summer’.
‘Potential action must command the support of other nations in the region, including Iraq and the coalition already taking action in Syria.’
However, Mr Cameron rejected the call to publish the legal advice. The revelations reignited debate about Britain’s future role in wider military action in Syria.’
Mr Cameron was humiliated in 2013 when Tory rebels joined with Labour to vote down a plan to launch missile strikes against the Assad regime.
The Prime Minister, Chancellor George Osborne, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond have agreed there is a ‘strong case’ for action in Syria as well as neighbouring Iraq.
A vote on joining bombing raids against ISIS is expected in the Commons next month.
But the drone strike against Khan was authorised by Mr Fallon at a meeting of the National Security Council to prevent a ‘very real threat to our country’, Mr Cameron said.
‘I want to be clear that this strike was not part of coalition military action against ISIL in Syria – it was a targeted strike to deal with a clear, credible and specific terrorist threats to our country at home.
‘The position with regard to the wider conflict with ISIL in Syria has not changed.
‘As the House knows, I believe there is a strong case for the UK taking part in airstrikes as part of the international coalition to target ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq.
‘And I believe that case only grows stronger with the growing number of terrorist plots being directed or inspired by ISIL’s core leadership in Raqqah.’
RAF Reaper drones had been carrying out surveillance over Syria but ministers had insisted it would require ‘further permission’ for them to use weapons in the country
The unmanned drones are operated from ground control at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire were pilots control the aircraft from more than 2,500 miles away
Brendan O’Hara, the SNP defence spokesman said: ‘David Cameron has got to come clean about his plans following these developments.
‘I have long been concerned about what exactly his plans are to increase military activity – and now we are getting an insight into what may be going on.
RAF DRONES WHICH KILLED KHAN CONTROLLED 2,500 MILES AWAY
Britain has an estimated fleet of 500 drones, but only a small number are armed.
The most controversial are the Reaper drones of RAF 13 Squadron.
These are armed with 500lb Hellfire missiles, which are said to have been used to carry out strikes on Islamist leaders in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Tornado jets and Reaper drones have flown more than 1,000 missions against IS in Iraq, striking 300 targets.
Since October last year, the Reaper craft are only authorised to carry out surveillance in Syria.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said at the time: ‘Reapers are not authorised to use weapons in Syria; that would require further permission.’
However, he authorised their use for the attack on Khan without consulting the Commons.
The unmanned drones are operated from ground control at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire were pilots control the aircraft from more than 2,500 miles away.
‘I fear that David Cameron is planning to use this awful humanitarian tragedy as a smokescreen in order to fulfil his long-held desire to involve UK forces in more military action in Syria
‘The case for bombing in Syria has simply not been made – and any involvement of British service personnel in bombing without the approval of Parliament clearly flouts the democratic decision taken by the House of Commons.’
Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn urged Mr Cameron to invite Iran to a summit of Middle Eastern countries alongside Britain, the US and Russia to try and thrash out a political solution to the war in Syria.
He said: ‘Would you say anything about the welcome remarks made by the Foreign Secretary during his visit to Tehran in which he indicated that because of the new relationship with Iran there was a possibility of a wider political involvement in bringing about some degree of progress, possibly even a solution to the desperate crisis facing Syria of a summit of all the nations of that region plus of course Britain, the USA and Russia?’
But Mr Cameron insisted Britain must be ‘cautious and sceptical’ about Iran because it supports terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
The PM said: ‘Of course there is an opportunity for greater dialogue with Iran now this nuclear deal, which I think is a good deal, has been done.
‘But I think Britain should enter into this in a very cautious and sceptical way.
‘We ought to remember that Iran is still a supporter of terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah which I know you describe as friends but I see very much as enemies
‘And also we need to make sure that Iran is playing a positive role in Syria rather than the road it is now of proposing up the hated Assad regime.’
The announcement came as the Prime Minster confirmed that Britain will take thousands of refugees to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Mr Cameron is to raid the foreign aid budget to fund support for adults and children who are resettled in Britain.
REYAAD KHAN: Isis poster boy who was target of British strike
Reyaad Khan was an ISIS poster boy who appeared in a shocking recruitment video aimed at luring jihadists to Syria and Iraq.
Before his death he could have faced a war crimes trial as he repeatedly uploaded bloodthirsty posts and pictures on social media bragging about the inhumane killings.
In one he posted graphic photographs of the distorted corpses of alleged victims, tweeting: ‘Guys we caught & executed. This is how they looked less than an hr l8er’.
The former college student from the Welsh capital also laughed about witnessing the ‘longest decapitation ever’ and boasted in another: ‘Executed many prisoners yesterday.’
His claims about his involvement in the crimes carried out by a unit of ISIS are now being investigated by the United Nations.
Khan is believed to have been radicalised through extremist websites in his bedroom in Cardiff.
It was all so different back in 2009 when Khan, then 15, was said to be thrilled to meet former Labour minister Mr Balls.
Just a year after the picture was taken, Khan spoke on a film of his wish to rid the world of ‘evil’ and of the problems of growing up in a deprived inner-city area.
He also once said in a Facebook post he wanted to become the country’s first Asian Prime Minister after sitting on a local youth forum.
British ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan (circled, left) from Wales was killed in an airstrike in Syria just six years after he was ‘thrilled’ to meet ex- Labour MP Ed Balls (circled, right)
Going by the nom de guerre Abu Dujana Britani, had previously boasted of being prepared to be a martyr and claimed he was planning ‘fireworks’, meaning to become a suicide bomber.
Confirmation of his death comes after a number of ISIS supporters claimed on Twitter last month that he had died.
Khan – a former pupil at Cardiff’s Cantonian High School in Cardiff – was described by friends as a studious pupil who loved sports.
From there he went to St David’s Catholic sixth-form college in the city.
He left for Syria in 2013 with medical student Nasser Muthana, 21, who was joined in Syria three months later by his younger brother, Aseel, 18.
Nasser had taken £100 from his father to go on an Islamic seminar in Shrewsbury in November, but instead went to Syria.
RAHUL AMIN: Aberdeen schoolboy killed in RAF strike
Aberdeen schoolboy Rahul Amin, who also died in the attack on Khan, appeared in a now notorious recruitment video for Islamic militant group ISIS and fled to Syria after breaking up with his fiancée.
Amin was filmed alongside fellow Britons Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana, both 20, urging other Muslims to fight for Isis in the Middle East.
Wearing wrap-around sunglasses and a white scarf around his head, Amin described jihad as ‘the cure for depression’ in the video.
Amin was educated in Aberdeen after moving from Bangladesh and his family left the Scottish city for Leicester a few years ago
Speaking in front of Isis’s black flag, he says: ‘Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you’ve got, the big car you’ve got, the family you have? Are you willing to sacrifice this, for the sake of Allah?
‘Definitely, if you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this.’
Amin was educated in Aberdeen after moving from Bangladesh and his family left the Scottish city for Leicester a few years ago, according to reports.
Stunned former classmates described how Amin was a ‘really outgoing guy’ who ‘could have done really well for himself.’
He was said to have been ‘brainwashed’ after he became depressed when he split from his girlfriend.
One friend said: ‘I think that was the turning point. He was vulnerable – and that made him easy pickings for the monsters who have brainwashed him.’
JUNAID HUSSAIN: Briton killed by U.S. was no.3 on wanted list
Junaid Hussain, 21, was no.3 on America’s ISIS target list due to his hacking credentials and key role as a foreign fighter recruiter for the jihadi group before the United States killed him in a drone strike.
Hussain, who fled Birmingham in 2013, was married to ‘Mrs Terror’ Sally Jones, a 44-year-old rocker turned Muslim convert from Kent. She met the jihadi fighter online and left the UK with her son to join him in Syria.
Junaid Hussain was married to ‘Mrs Terror’ Sally Jones, a 44-year-old rocker turned Muslim convert from Kent
Jones, who now refers to herself as Sakinah Hussain, reportedly told a British jihadi bride that her husband had not been killed in an airstrike and was alive and well, which David Cameron proved false today.
Hussain’s wide, dubbed Mrs Terror, said she is ‘blessed her husband is still alive,’ according to the British jihadi bride.
Just before his death Jones and her husband made headlines after they sent bombmaking manuals and boasted of ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks to investigative journalists, posing as jihadi brides.
Computer hacker Junaid was well known on social media, frequently creating new accounts in order to threaten terror attacks on the West.
In June this year, he was linked with an IS plot to attack an Armed Forces Day parade in south London.
It was believed the plan was to carry out pressure cooker bomb attack, similar to the Boston Marathon attack in 2013.
The intended targets were soldiers and bystanders on the route. The plan was scuppered only after Hussain unwittingly recruited an undercover journalist.
He told the investigator: ‘It will be big. We will hit the kuffar (unbelievers) hard InshAllah. Hit their soldiers in their own land. InshAllah. Soldiers that served in Iraq and Afganistan will be present. Jump in the crowd and detonate the bomb.
‘They think they can kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan then come back to the UK and be safe. We’ll hit them hard InshAllah.’
A sobbing robber was left begging for his ‘Daddy’ after attempting to attack a woman – unaware she was a martial arts champion.
Would-be mugger Wesley Sousa de Araujo was the one pleading for the police after Monique Bastos took him down with a jiu-jitsu move.
She then trapped his head in between her legs, locking his neck in a ‘lion killer choke’ until the cops finally turned up.
A desperate refugee family have been photographed being dragged off an Austria-bound train by Hungarian authorities who wanted to take them away to a migrant holding camp.
Having finally been allowed to leave Budapest on board trains bound for western Europe after a tense two day stand off with police, hundreds of refugees now face further frustration and delays after their train was halted in the nearby town of Bicske and all those on board ordered off.
The grief-stricken father of the migrant brothers whose bodies washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean phoned relatives after the tragedy but only managed to utter the words: ‘My wife and two boys are dead’.
Little Galip, five, and Aylan Kurdi, three, were on an overcrowded dinghy filled with refugees fleeing the war in Syria when it capsized shortly into the crossing to the Greek island of Kos.
These are the dramatic scenes as a firefighting helicopter pilot lowered down a basket into a swimming pool to quickly refill with water to prevent a rapidly moving wildfire from engulfing the home owner’s house.
Matteo Narzisi watched nervously as the pilot skillfully positioned his Bell 412 helicopter and lowered it into position above the swimming pool in his villa on this hills outside Malaga, on the Costa Del Sol.
The un-named pilot dipped his ‘Bambi’ bucket into the pool allowing it to fill up, before flying off to the fire.
Manchester United spent £36million on Anthony Martial but supporters are forgiven if they do not know much about the 19-year-old France starlet from Monaco.
Martial prefers to stay in, enjoys home-cooked meals by his mum, is a television addict and likes to relax with his family following training sessions and matches.
The striker is married to childhood sweetheart Samantha and the couple have an infant daughter named Toto. They are currently expecting their second child.
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haotic scenes and 16 hour delays hit London-bound Eurostar services overnight as migrants climbed on to the roof of an 186mph train and attempted to break into train carriages.
Passengers on board one train stranded near Calais are understood to have threatened to smash the windows after a power outage left the sweltering carriage in total darkness for five hours.
It’s not unusual for readers to wipe away tears of emotion after finishing a good novel – but this baby may just lay claim to being the saddest little bookworm in the world.
Adorable footage has emerged of a young mother, believed to be from the US, reading her tiny child a story – only for the tot to burst into tears when it comes to an end.
The unnamed mother and baby sit on the floor as she reads out a children’s tale called ‘I am a Bunny’ which appears to captivate the youngster.
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The desert city of Chinguetti, sinking ever-deeper under the sands of the Sahara, is the last place in the world you would expect to find a library.
Yet this crumbling outpost in the west-African country of Mauritania is home to around 6,000 rare books and manuscripts, including some of the oldest Koranic texts in existence which date back to the 9th Century.
It was once the prosperous and bustling trade centre of several ‘trans-Sahara’ trade routes. Traders from all over Europe, north-Africa and the Levant would stop in Chinguetti before moving on to sub-Saharan Africa.
There, they would rub shoulders with poets, doctors, lawyers and scientists who sought wisdom at the ‘City of Libraries’.
Photographer Michael Huniewicz travelled to this oasis of knowledge – home now to just 4,000 people – and heard nothing but silence.
This is the shocking moment Ellie Goulding fans began stamping on each other and brawling at a recent Glasgow gig – prompting the singer to stop the show and plead for peace.
The Burn singer was on stage performing at Sunday’s Summer Sessions event in the city’s Bellahouston Park when a group of women began fighting in the crowd.
The violent clip shows one girl laying on the ground as two women stand over her – one has a handful of her hair, and another stamps on her stomach and leg.
A Muslim couple claim they were ‘blessed by a miracle’ after buying an egg from Iceland with the name of Allah embossed on the shell.
Anisa Jussab, 36, bought a £1 pack of eggs from her local supermarket in Leicester and was about to bake a cake for her husband Farid, 37, when she noticed bumps on one of the shells.
And upon taking a closer look Mrs Jussab discovered the phrase ‘None to be worshipped except Allah’ in Arabic script – leading her to believe that it was a blessing.
Shadae Worrell has claimed that she was set upon outside her home by jealous attackers because she is too beautiful
A young mother has claimed that she was set upon outside her home by jealous attackers who deliberately targeted her face because she is too beautiful.
Shadae Worrell was left with several scars on her face after the attack, which happened as she played with her six-year-old daughter Tyra outside their home in Bristol.
‘Existential and moral ordeal’: Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions in the Argentine pontiff’s latest move towards a more open and inclusive church
Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year.
His decision was revealed in a letter published by the Vatican today in what is the Argentine pontiff’s latest move towards a more open and inclusive church.
In the letter, Francis described the ‘existential and moral ordeal’ faced by women who have terminated pregnancies.
He also said he had ‘met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonising and painful decision’.
The 78-year-old, who has repeatedly urged the Church to show greater compassion, said priests should use ‘words of genuine welcome’.
But said they must also make sure those involved were aware of ‘the gravity of the sin committed’.
The 78-year-old pontiff, who has repeatedly urged the Church to show greater compassion, said priests should use ‘words of genuine welcome’ for women who have had abortions
In church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication.
It can usually only be formally forgiven by the chief confessor of a diocese – known by the Italian term ‘penitenziere’ – or a Christian missionary, Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said.
Francis announced earlier this year a Jubilee year – traditionally a time for remission and forgiveness – which will run from December 8 to November 20.
It will be celebrated not only in the Vatican but in dioceses across the world.
Gemma Wale (pictured outside court) has been fined £150 for bombarding Ghazala Bibi – who lives near her in Bordesley Green, Birmingham – with severe ‘noise pollution’
A mother-of-two who was jailed for making too much noise during high octane sex sessions has been hauled through the courts again on fresh disturbance charges.
Gemma Wale was handed a two-week prison term earlier this year for making her neighbours’ lives a misery with her high-volume fornication.