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Latoya Ammons, who is a mother of three, told authorities that demonic spirits caused her 9-year-old son to walk backwards on a hospital ceiling

Postcard from... Galicia

Man punches bear (but he's not sure where)

The couple were alarmed to see a bear's paw, or possibly a head, poking its way into their tent

Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will not get militarily involved in Syria

Conservative backbencher Henry Smith brands Vladimir Putin a 'tosser' amid 'small island' row

Henry Smith used the blunt language on Twitter

Postcard from... Galicia

Hull City fans

When are City fans not City fans? When they’re Hull City Tigers fans

Owner’s decision to ‘rebrand’ football club has split fans of Premier League new boys

'Awoke contemplating murder…': BBC's Nick Robinson apologises after Twitter threat to kill cockerel that disturbed sleep at Suffolk countryside home

Tweets led to debate over whether BBC’s Political Editor understood the true nature of rural life

1966 British actor Christopher Lee in his most famous role, that of Bram Stoker's Dracula.jpeg

‘Vampire' graveyard? Heads placed between legs of decapitated skeletons found in Poland

Rearrangement indicates ancient execution rituals designed to ensure the dead do not return to life, say archaeologists

Russia: Journalist murdered in Dagestan

A journalist in Russia's North Caucasus has been shot dead after repeated threats and an attempt on his life.

Two British women injured in Cuban bus crash

All 16 tourists on board taken to hospital after coach overturned on popular holiday route

Miriam O'Reilly has won her landmark victory against the BBC after a two-year court case

After Falkirk, another selection wrangle looms for Labour - with ageism campaigner versus recent politics graduate

Will Nuneaton candidate be 56-year-old Harman-backed Miriam O'Reilly or 22-year-old local Victoria Fowler?

Rothermere buys rights to beef up control of DMGT

Viscount Rothermere today strengthened his financial hold over Daily Mail & General Trust by buying out a 29.3% voting stake belonging to family members in a £50 million transaction.

Mascot Roary the Lion leads the teams out ahead at Macclesfield - but the club has dropped plans for a fan to pay for a game

Silkmen scrap offer for fan to pay £20,000 to play for 10 minutes

Macclesfield have withdrawn their offer to allow a member of public to play for the club in a competitive fixture in return for payment.

Postcard from... Barcelona

It wasn’t quite “blink and you’ve missed it”, but Christopher Columbus’s 21-day spell as Spain’s largest football fan in history came to an abrupt end on Sunday morning, when a giant replica Barça shirt that had adorned a statue of Europe’s most famous explorer in downtown Barcelona for the past three weeks was removed.

Culture secretary Maria Miller is calling for the support of arts organisations to make the 'economic case' against further cuts

Andy McSmith's Diary: Give war a chance, says Maria Miller, how else would we have created a strong Europe?

Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary is going through a bad patch. She appeared on Today on Monday to talk about the Government’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 war.

A mural of former South African president Nelson Mandela is seen at Regina Mundi church in Soweto

Nelson Mandela in hospital: South Africa holds its breath once more as co-defendant calls for nation to 'release' its hero

The former president’s co-defendant in trial said there was a possibility he would not be well again

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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