Catalan president Carles Puigdemont(inset) called moves by Spain to sack his government 'the worst attack since Franco' in a passionate speech delivered in the centre of Barcelona. Protesters(left and middle, in the Placa de Catalunya) waved Catalan flags and held aloft banners as they listened to Mr Puigdemont speak in a central square. The mention of Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator during the country's Civil War, will bring back painful memories for Catalans(pictured right are images from 1936 showing a fighter, top, and crowds protesting against Franco's oppression). The dictator clamped down on Catalan autonomy and tried to supress its native language. Mr Rajoy said his government wanted to restore the law, ensure regional institutions were neutral and guarantee public services. The measures must now be approved by Spain's upper house, the Senate, where a vote is scheduled for October 27. If the Senate passes the proposals, the Catalan parliament will continue to operate as normal until it is dissolved.
'I've had enough, I'm done': Priscilla Presley, 72, becomes the latest celebrity to quit Scientology 40 years after joining religious sect when husband Elvis died!
Priscilla Presley, 72, has become the latest celebrity to walk away from the controversial Church of Scientology, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Presley, pictured, is believed to have joined Scientology after the death of husband Elvis. Scientology, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1955, has been the subject of controversy for years. Both Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman - ex-wives of Top Gun star Cruise - have quit the church, as have actress Demi Moore and filmmaker Paul Haggis. The latter described it as an 'evil cult', adding: 'Everyone who's left has left quietly. Everyone is so scared; all the well-known people.'
Medical student who was spared jail for stabbing boyfriend because of her 'extraordinary' talent may exploit loophole to go back to her studies at Oxford
Lavinia Woodward, 24, was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for stabbing her boyfriend in the leg. Due to the university's disciplinary procedures, a staff panel that will decide whether she should be expelled cannot make their ruling until she states her desire to return. It had been thought that Woodward would leave the university voluntarily. Her legal counsel, James Sturman, QC, said she was 'reluctant' to return because she was feared for being recognised.
Brian batters Britain: 'Weather bomb' storm grounds British Airways jets and halts ferry services with 70mph winds and huge waves causing travel chaos
Dozens of flights and ferries have been cancelled today as a result of Storm Brian. British Airways have cancelled 10 flights to and from London Heathrow to try and slow the pace of arrivals at the UK's busiest airport. Brittany Ferries have cancelled eight ferries, largely to and from Plymouth and Portsmouth, and a knock-on effect is expected for the rest of the weekend. P&O Ferries is warning that Dover-Calais services on Saturday are being delayed by up to an hour because of bad weather. Meanwhile, train operators and network rail are running at reduced speeds as a precaution for the 70mph winds from Storm Brian. This comes after Britain was battered with 40ft waves after the storm descended on the south western parts of the UK.
'Assaulted with a goalkeeper glove and forced to simulate sex with a mop': FA probes sickening 'hazing' abuse of young football stars after Manchester United's class of '92 speak about their own humiliating experiences
Led by Clive Sheldon QC (inset), the inquiry has interviewed about 15 alleged victims, and is planning to speak to more than 20 more. It is understood Mr Sheldon is also trying to establish whether clubs knew about initiation ceremonies. Members of Manchester United's celebrated youth team dubbed the Class Of '92 have previously described their initiation ceremonies at the club. David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Robbie Savage are among those who have spoken of the hazing rituals, with Beckham revealing he was forced to perform a sex act while looking at a photograph of a senior player.
Palace goes into wedding mode: Prince Harry has won over Meghan's mother... but what about the 'father of the bride' - a retired lighting director who lives in a sleepy corner of Mexico
He is the man who, if the speculation proves true, should be preparing to take centre-stage at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. After all, as the father of the 'bride', it is Thomas Markle (pictured left with an 11-year-old Meghan) who would normally be expected to walk his daughter down the aisle, giving her away in the time-honoured fashion. More than that, tradition dictates that it is his permission that Prince Harry should seek before proposing. What a curious turn of events that would be: the man fifth in line to the Throne seeking consent from a retired lighting director who lives in a sleepy corner of Mexico. While Harry has been seen in relaxed conversation with his girlfriend's mother Doria (inset) at the Invictus Games in Toronto, and has reportedly introduced Meghan to members of the Royal Family - including, it was claimed last week, the Queen - her father has remained firmly in the shadows. And that is just the way he likes it.
'It was romantic with VERY believable chemistry!' Strictly's Shirley Ballas fuels rumours that Mollie King and AJ Pritchard are MORE than just dance partners after their latest steamy performance
Critiquing their Viennese Waltz, she remarked 'It was romantic with VERY believable chemistry!' with a wry glint in her eye. The sizzling chemistry wasn't only hinted at by Shirley. Presenter Claudia Winkleman also added her comments into the mix 'flagging the chemistry' too.
Oxford don who advised Government on religion denies raping French author and threatens to sue after she named him on Facebook
An Oxford don who advised the Government on religion has been accused of raping a glamorous French writer. Professor Tariq Ramadan, 55, who regularly appears on the BBC and Channel 4 as an expert commentator on Islam, strenuously denies the claim lodged by Henda Ayari, 41, with the French prosecutor. Ms Ayari claims it happened in a Paris hotel in 2012 but until now she has been too 'scared' to complain to police. Her lawyer says she felt 'encouraged' by the slew of allegations made against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Rio and Kate's first break since she quit showbiz: Bikini-clad former TOWIE star cosies up to beau on holiday in Dubai after she quit the limelight to focus on his family
She quit showbiz to focus on life with her beau and his children. And Kate Wright proved just that, as she enjoyed a trip to Dubai with footballer Rio Ferdinand and his three children Lorenz, 11, Tate, nine, and Tia, six, where the duo proved just how happy they are while cosying up poolside, as she lay on his chest in an extremely sweet display, The 24-year-old former TOWIE star showed off her sensational figure in a scanty black bikini as she chilled out alongside her beau and his family in the plush hotel, while he displayed his athletic physique.
Pay £48BILLION for a Brexit deal by Christmas: EU leaders make demand as they prepare to start talks on trade deal with Britain as soon as next month
In a meeting held after Theresa May (left) attended a Brussels summit yesterday, EU leaders gave the order to prepare for a trade deal. However the talks will only go ahead if the Prime Minister agrees to pay the eye-watering sum, according to reports. An unnamed senior diplomat reportedly said that leaders would accept £30billion for future commitments. Along with the 18billion offered for the transition period between 2019 and 2021 this would amount to £46billion. News of the possible deal comes after Emmanuel Macron (top right) threw cold water on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough. Meanwhile, German chancellor Angela Merkel (bottom right) yesterday said she was hopeful of beginning formal trade talks with the UK in December.
X Factor star Talia, 32, reveals she was almost killed by a violent ex-boyfriend who hurled her against a concrete wall
She's the vibrant X Factor hopeful who has impressed the show's judges with her stunning voice and gregarious personality. In fact, she is already a favourite of Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger and is being widely tipped for a place in the show's finals. But behind her smiles, Talia Dean has been hiding a devastating heartache that nearly saw her killed by her ex-boyfriend. Miss Dean, 32, who works as a VIP concierge at Heathrow airport where coincidentally she found herself accompanying her X Factor mentor Miss Scherzinger, was left for dead by the man she loved after he smashed her head on a concrete wall while grabbing her around the neck.
'You're a dishonest party animal': Ex Miss UK who tried to cheat her way to compensation by faking sickness on holiday in Cyprus is slammed by judge
As a former Miss United Kingdom, Rachelle Noon (right) is well used to revelling in the spotlight. But last week, she came under its glare for a far less glamorous reason - after a court ruled she had tried to cheat her way to compensation by faking sickness on holiday. The 28-year-old model (pictured left on holiday) was ordered to pay thousands of pounds to tour operator Thomas Cook after a judge ruled her 'dishonest'. She and her partner Karl, 31, had claimed food at their hotel in Protaras, Cyprus, made them so ill they were virtually unable to leave their room.
Arrogant Ramsay has plunged a knife through my heart over my son's death: As chef says his latest TV project was inspired by losing a friend to cocaine, the victim's mother blasts Gordon for exploiting the tragedy
Last week, Gordon Ramsay made his debut as a presenter of prime-time documentaries - in this case, a two-part investigation into the widespread abuse of cocaine - and the hot-headed chef was at his impassioned best. As he explained to the viewers, this latest mission has a truly personal inspiration - thanks to the tragic, drug-related death of a former colleague and protégé, a young man he described as 'an amazing chef and one of my best mates'. David Dempsey (pictured, right) was 31 and a rising star in the Ramsay empire when he fell 40ft to his death from the window of a luxury flat in 2003. But his mother Eileen Dempsey (pictured, left), 67, says the documentary represents little more than a cynically insensitive attempt to cash in on her son's untimely death.
Harvey claims he's cured! Weinstein completes sex addict rehab in ONE WEEK then blasts accuser Lupita Nyong'o as a liar for her claims he forced her to massage him
A psychologist taking part in his treatment said that Weinstein would remain in Arizona for a month or so after his week of outpatient 'intensive therapy' ends on Saturday. Weinstein was 'invested in the program' and had focused on 'dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy,' the psychologist told the outlet with Weinstein's permission. The psychologist downplayed previous reports that the 65-year-old film producer had fallen asleep in group sessions and ranted about conspiracy theories.
British tourist, 23, is found 'safe and well' after he was 'kidnapped by a Hanoi taxi driver' just hours after arriving in Vietnam but mystery surrounds where he has been
Connor Leslie from Aberdeen was with two friends for a night out in Hanoi when he went missing in a taxi which stopped round 50 yards from around their hotel. Mr Leslie's friends took a photograph of the man they said said drove them last night, inset, before they got into his cab. Mr Leslie, pictured last night, left, was last seen in the taxi wearing a white patterned shirt and white t-shirt. He has since been found safe and well, friends told MailOnline.
How Faye Dunaway helped to save Mick Jagger from drug binge that 'turned him blue': Oscar-winning actress and her husband rescued Rolling Stones singer, book claims
Jagger (pictured left in the 1970s and inset) 'turned blue' before being rescued by the Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway (right) and her husband, singer Peter Wolf. The episode is detailed in a new book about the iconic American music publication Rolling Stone, exclusive extracts of which feature in today's Event magazine. In one incident, Diane Chess, the wife of the influential rock publicist Marshall Chess, recalls a traumatic afternoon in the mid-1970s when she and her husband found themselves battling to save Jagger's life in their New York apartment.
Is pole dancing the new Pilates? Celebrity fitness fans swear by it, even middle class mums are giving it a whirl, and as AMY OLIVER discovered, it's anything but erotic!
It is 3.30pm on a grey, weekday. Other mums are gathering at the school gate or scoping the freezer aisle, but AMY OLIVER (pictured, right, in pink) is halfway up a 10ft metal pole, clinging on for grim life. She's asking if pole dancing is the new Pilates, with the discipline being so popular Countryfile's Julia Bradbury (pictured, left) has a pole in her west London home.
The British city trader who fought ISIS... and won: Ex public schoolboy gave up high-flying career to help liberate Raqqa and narrowly cheated death in an ambush that killed two of his comrades
Macer Gifford, 30 - believed to have been the only UK national to fight in the battle for the city - was a currency trader before he joined Syrian rebel groups. In 2014, Mr Gifford watched with horror the TV reports of IS atrocities, including the beheading of UK hostages by British fanatic 'Jihadi John'. He ignored the pleas of his family and friends not to go to the warzone as he had no military experience. Mr Gifford fought IS as an unpaid volunteer for three years and his remarkable experiences culminated in the battle for Raqqa - the capital city of the jihadis' so-called caliphate. During IS's reign of terror, Raqqa was the scene of horrific public executions, while men thought to be gay were thrown to their deaths from rooftops. Mr Gifford, who attended £23,000-a-year Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire, told The Mail on Sunday how he took part in terrifying close-quarter battles in Raqqa in which he almost died.
Amir Khan 'sent sleazy texts to teacher and told her he dumped Faryal after she became obsessed with looking like Kylie Jenner'
Boxing star Amir Khan (left) has been accused of sending sleazy texts to a single mum in which he called his wife Faryal Makhdoom (right) a 'Kylie Jenner plastic surgery obsessive'. The former champion bombarded the teacher named Sophie with a string of flirtatious messages and urged her to send him raunchy videos.
How the Calais Jungle turned into a DESERT: A year after the infamous refugee camp was cleared, it is now a barren wasteland
These stunning aerial pictures from above Calais show how the former site of the 'Jungle' migrant camp has been retaken by mother nature (top right) and how different it looked from a year ago (top left). Around 10,000 migrants used to live at the makeshift camp in France until the squalid camp was pulled down by French officials in 2016. The port city camp was popular with migrants who hoped to try to clamber onto trucks in the desperate hope that they would make it to Britain. Checks are still carried out by at the site (right) as migrants still desperately try to enter Britain.
Battle over couple's £5m legacy to National Trust they ended up despising: Tycoon left fortune to the charity in his will... before a row over its plans for a bird hide near his home
The National Trust is to collect a £5.5 million legacy after a bitter legal row over the wills of a wealthy couple who detested the charity. Property tycoon Michael Collins, 78, who suffers from dementia, made a will in 1990 leaving almost all his fortune to the Trust. But he and wife Christine, pictured inset, later clashed with the charity over plans to erect a large bird hide on the boundary between their garden and a country estate it owned. Mrs Collins led protests and the plans were eventually overturned. Despite their subsequent hatred of the Trust, a ruling at the High Court last week means that attempts to get Mr Collins's original will changed so the charity does not get the money have failed. Mrs Collins died aged 65, in 2014, weeks after contracting an aggressive form of cancer. Her husband is now in a nursing home. As they never had children, when Mrs Collins died, her half of the couple's property assets transferred to her husband's estate and are subject to his original will. The large bequest is the proceeds from the sale of the couple's former property in Kensington, West London, which was sold for £4.5 million last April, and their cottage in Gloucestershire, which went for nearly £995,000 in December 2015. The High Court ruling by Judge Jeremy Cousins QC followed an application from the executors of Mrs Collins's estate.
'Sleep tight angel': Friends and neighbours leave poignant messages as police continue to question mother over death of 'lovely' three-year-old daughter at £400,000 home
Bethan Colebourn is believed to have lived with her science teacher mother Claire, 35, in a bungalow (main) in the leafy town of Fordingbridge in Hampshire. She was also the daughter of Michael Colebourn (inset), 37, who is the chief executive of Trimline, a highly regarded marine interiors firm based in Southampton. On one bouquet, a handwritten message reads: 'I didn't know you little one but you are in our thoughts. Bless you, rest in peace.' (inset left) While another says: 'Sleep tight angel.'
It's the ape escape! From Kent to the Congo, we follow four very special gorilla brothers on their incredible journey home
Fubu is a 25st western lowland gorilla, and although he doesn't know it yet, he's en route to freedom, in convoy along with three half-brothers - Kouyou, Kebu and silverback Kangu. All were born and bred at The Aspinall Foundation's Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, and its sister sanctuary Port Lympne, owned by casino owner and conservationist Damian Aspinall.
The Queen is vibrant in pale pink as she watches comeback kid Frankie Dettori race to victory in Champion Stakes at Ascot
The Queen (left) was all smiles today as she watched comeback kid Frankie Dettori (top and bottom right) dash to victory at Ascot. The 46-year-old Italian emerged victorious in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with his horse Persuasive.The 91-year-old monarch looked vibrant in a pink bouclé coat with a bluish hue with large pearl buttons. and matching feathered hat at the Ascot event. The head of state accessorized with a matching feathered hat and a Launer 'Traviata' handbag. Described as the 'richest raceday in the British calendar', the QIPCO British Champions Day is the finale of the European Flat racing season.
My wheelchair warrior dad: Film producer tells how his father became the first person paralysed by polio to live outside hospital and inspired his new movie Breathe
I am a film producer, always looking for stories, but it took me a long time to work out that I had a great one under my nose. If I had been a writer, I might have penned a memoir or a novel. But making a movie about my parents' life seemed too risky - what if I didn't get it right? But the more I thought about their story, the more I realised how remarkable my parents were, writes JONATHAN CAVENDISH, the producer of Breathe. Left: Andrew Garfield as Robin and Claire Foy as wife Diana in the film. Right: Jonathan with his father in the 60s
Are these the chicest mums-to-be ever? The envy-inducing pregnant women dominating social media with the snaps that prove you CAN be stylish while expecting
Pregnant ladies often want to shroud themselves in yards of fabric and forgo fashion for nine months but there's a new breed of yummy mummy-to-be dominating social media and their impeccable pregnancy style is envy-inducing. Using hashtags such as #maternitystyle, #chicmama and #dressingthebump, these super stylish pregnant ladies flood Instagram with their pregnancy style snaps. The ladies, L-R: Holly Scarsella, from London, Annabel Mottram, from the West Midlands, and Megan Stevens, wear stylish gowns, trendy dungarees and elegant beachwear to skim their burgeoning bumps - and look just as good as they did pre-baby.
The moment Bullingdon Club members are kicked out of the Oxford college where they have their annual photograph as watching students jeer them and play the Benny Hill theme tune
Oxford University's Bullingdon Club members were embarrassingly escorted from Christ Church College when they attempted to recreate a modern-day version of the famous 1987 picture that featured former prime minister David Cameron and current foreign secretary Boris Johnson on the steps of the college. Their humilatating ejection, which happened in June, was because the group had not obtained permission to take the photograph but is also symbolic of the social transformation in higher education. On Wednesday, Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, hosted a Diwali celebration in the college dining hall, culminating in a performance by a transgender Indian dancer and fire-juggling in Tom Quad. Pictured: A promotional shot for Channel 4's When Boris Met Dave.
Royally broody? Smiling Queen Letizia hoists baby into the air as her husband King Felipe of Spain looks on adoringly
Spain's Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI were welcomed into Porenu village in Villaviciosa, Spain, where the Spanish beauty was pictured admiring an adorable baby - sparking speculation that she wants a third child. Queen Letizia, 45, wore a long-sleeved pale blue shirt and coordinated with her husband Felipe, 49, who wore a striped pale blue shirt and turquoise tie. The royal couple are already proud parents to Leonor, Princess of Asturias 11, and Infanta Sofía of Spain, 10.
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Great half-term rip-off: Parents' anger as holiday and theme park giants charge adult prices for 12-year-olds
Cash-strapped parents are being forced to pay adult prices for children at many of Britain's most popular attractions, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed. Astonishingly, dozens of theme parks and historical sites - which will be packed this week with families enjoying the schools' half-term break - define anyone aged 12 and over as an adult and bump up the price. Flights and seven nights at a four-star hotel in Majorca for parents and two 11-year-olds costs £3,682. But the price of same holiday leaps to £4,832 once the children are 12 and four days at Disneyland rises from £616 to £688. Thorpe Park hikes its prices from £200.80 to £214 and a £102 trip to Warwick Castle jumps to £108.
They blew the bloody neighbours up, too! Italian Job producer reveals how special effects team got carried away and packed the van with too many explosives - shattering windows on nearby houses
An explosion during the 1969 cult classic movie The Italian Job which prompted Michael Caine's iconic line also destroyed the windows of nearby houses in south London, the film's producer has said. Michael Deeley said that while on location in Sydenham Common, top right, the special effects crew used too much explosives when blowing up a repainted post office van.
US national anthem singer kneels at basketball game as President Trump launches petition to pressure NFL players to have to stand
During the home opener for NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Friday, singer Justine Skye took to her knee after she finished singing the national anthem. As required by league rules, the players remained standing during the anthem but it has been reported that the Nets did lock arms during the performance. The act of taking the knee was started by Colin Kaepernick, last football season, in a way to protest police brutality. President Trump launched a petition campaign on Friday in hopes to pressure the NFL to make players stand for the national anthem.
Portman Lodge (pictured, with its maze) is an elegant, Regency-era house in Blandford Forum, Dorset. It is set on the edge of the village of Durweston and overlooks the water meadows of the River Stour. The Grade II-listed property was built in 1830 - and was bought in 2002 by Adrian Fisher, 66, and his wife Marie, 65 (left).