One in twelve UK adults admit they photograph attractive strangers on public transport, in the park or at the doctor's surgery claims poll

The survey also claims that almost seven million people in the UK have admitted to taking an intimate picture of themselves

Autographer camera launches: Snap 2,000 pics a day without lifting a finger

Device will sell for £399.99 and aims to capture the "unseen and authentic" moments of your life

Around 4,000 people attended the service near Pozzuoli

May they all rest in peace: Funeral for 38 victims of Italian bus crash

Relatives wept and clutched coffins draped with flowers at a mass funeral held in Italy for the 38 victims who died in Sunday’s bus crash.

Anti-fracking protester is arrested in Balcombe

Police accused of using ‘excessive force’ during Balcombe fracking protest

Officers told to justify painful 'mandibular angle' technique using pressure point behind ear

Baywatch: The beach at Praia Piquinia – at 7.23pm on 20 August 2011

Photography book review: Time & Tide - Photographs from Praia Piquinia, By Christian Chaize with an introduction by Jen Bekman

Featuring colourful beach umbrellas and dreamy blue horizons, this beautiful oversized book offers a breath of fresh air, and evokes fantasies of Mediterranean travel.

Series: Images from the Somme

Since 2009, The Independent has been publishing a series of “lost images” of British and Commonwealth soldiers of the First World War, taken from glass photographic plates which have come to light in attics or barns or rubbish skips in the Somme.

In black-and-white: Photographer Mark Steinmetz sought inspiration from the 1930s to deliver a contemporary depiction of Paris

Steinmetz has reverted to the traditions of the French masters of the early 20th century – albeit with a subversive edge – in order to capture the expressive vitality of a city pulsing with life

Petzval Kickstarter: Hipster photography reaches new heights with 1840 all-brass lens

New York-based photography specialists Lomography have already raised five times their goal to manufacture an all-brass camera lens from 1840.

The “world’s fastest payment system” uses facial recognition technology to authorise transactions

A face worth... whatever your credit card limit is: Facial recognition payment system turns your face into a PIN

A tech start-up based in Helsinki has developed the world’s first facial recognition payment system. Designed to effectively transform your face into your PIN, the terminals use cameras to confirm your identity, meaning all the shopper needs to do is look into the lens and press OK.

The last thing the happy couple expect is for the scene to be interrupted by two axe-wielding, blood-stained maniacs hammering to enter the booth.

Pranksters dress as blood-stained, axe-wielding maniacs to terrify innocent photobooth customers

The situation was set-up by BlackBoxTV to capture how silly people look when scared

A smiling Kim Jong-un is seen being mobbed by a large group of crying women wearing white boiler suits

Such a fungi! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un laughs as he is mobbed by screaming, crying women during visit to mushroom farm

Despot surrounded in scenes more often associated with the likes of Harry Styles or Justin Bieber

Don't have nightmares! Photographer creates controversial images showing young daughters posing in terrifying horror movie scenes

Joshua Hoffine said he was inspired to create the images after reading scary bedtime stories to his four daughters

Hazel Hammersley, a young cancer patient with stage 3 neuroblastoma, with one of her many pizzas

'No More Pizza Needed!' Reddit users overwhelm hospital with takeaway pizza deliveries for two-year-old cancer sufferer

Such was the influx of pizzas from well-meaning Reddit users that children's hospital was forced to post a message on its website

The Weekend’s Viewing: Hooked on the drama of what lies beneath...

Top of the Lake, Sat, BBC2 // Alive: Rankin Faces Death –  a Culture Show Special, Sat, BBC2

Photography book review: Hidden Identities: Unfinished, By Yvonne de Rosa

Hidden Identities: Unfinished documents part of a project with Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity that works to prevent the breakdown of families and to ensure children grow up in a loving environment.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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