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A body has been found in the desert close to the spot where a pilot disappeared after crash-landing during the war. The wreckage of the P40 Kittyhawk plane was found perfectly preserved earlier this year, 70 years after the accident, and now it seems that airman Dennis Copping's remains may have been recovered nearby. The bones were located on some rocks four months ago, along with a piece of parachute, about three miles from where the plane landed in the Sahara desert in 1942. A keychain fob with the number 61 on it was found near the remains, along with a metal button dated 1939. But the pilot's relatives claim the Ministry of Defence said that the remains were not those of the lost airman. It has since been established that the bones were never recovered or analysed, leaving open the possibility they may be those of Flight Sergeant Copping. His nephew, William Pryor-Bennett, from Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, has now urged for DNA tests to be carried out as soon as possible. To that end, two British historians and a forensic anatomist have volunteered to travel to Egypt and recover the bones themselves. Mr Pryor-Bennett, 62, said he is ‘appalled’ at the way the matter has been handled. He said: 'The bones suspected to be those of my uncle are apparently still lying in the desert. They were found in June and should have been tested by now.

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So then we considered man-made haunted trails that people purposefully visit to be spooked for Halloween . . . but there are other times when a person is totally alone in some eerie forest that seems a bit enchanted. When the woods seem scary, it could be because you let your imagination run wild. It might be local folklore about a foggy forest, or a moody mist attached to legends and claims that the woods are haunted. How we interpret a setting may be our state of mind at the time, but artists of all kinds have taken to the forest for inspiration. J.R.R. Tolkien used Puzzlewood as his mystical, magical muse that inspired him to create the fabled forests of Middle-earth within The Lord of the Rings. In our Fall Fantasy post, we quoted Vincent Van Gogh as saying, ‘Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.’ Perhaps to truly enjoy these pictures, you may need to think of it like an art game….for each picture, imagine if you were all alone in these woods. We were curious what made the streak of fear strike the hearts of photographers who are out alone in the forest. All of these photos were tagged with words like spooky, dark, scary, foggy, or haunted; on any other day, and different state of mind, these might be interpreted as sweet alone time in nature. But tap into your inner artist and let your imagination run wild to “see” what the photographers saw when these “enchanted” woods seemed “haunted” or “spooky” or just flat-out Brothers Grimm scary.

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Britain began flooding London's streets with 16,000 police officers Tuesday, tripling their presence as the nation feared its worst rioting in a generation would stretch into a fourth night. The violence has turned buildings into burnt out carcasses, triggered massive looting and spread to other U.K. cities. Police said they were working full-tilt, but found themselves under attack -- from rioters roaming the streets, from a scared and worried public, and from politicians whose cost-cutting is squeezing police numbers ahead of next year's Olympic Games. London's Metropolitan Police force vowed an unprecedented operation to stop more rioting, flooding the streets Tuesday with 16,000 officers over the next 24 hours, nearly three times Monday's total. Although the riots started Saturday with a protest over a police shooting, they have morphed into a general lawlessness that police have struggled to halt with ordinary tactics. The riots and looting caused heartache for Londoners whose businesses and homes were torched or looted, and a crisis for police and politicians already staggering from a spluttering economy and a scandal over illegal phone hacking by a tabloid newspaper that has dragged in senior politicians and police. London residents wait to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities. An employee of a looted shop cleans up debris in the aftermath of riots in the Clapham area of London Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. London mayor Boris Johnson, front center, walks away after addressing local residents waiting to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up at after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.

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Five days ago, in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China, two oil pipelines exploded, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air and burning for over 15 hours, destroying several structures - the cause of the explosion is under investigation. The damaged pipes released thousands of gallons of oil, which flowed into the nearby harbor and the Yellow Sea. The total amount of oil spilled is still not clear, though China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 tons (400,000 gallons), as compared to the estimated 94 - 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. The oil slick has now grown to at least 430 square kilometers (165 sq mi), forcing beaches and port facilities to close while government workers and local fishermen work to contain and clean up the spill. Firefighters walk near an oil pipeline blast site in Dalian, Liaoning province, China early on July 17, 2010. Firefighters later extinguished the fire that raged for more than 15 hours after two oil pipelines exploded in the port of Dalian, the Xinhua news agency said. Two workers try to rescue their co-worker (left) from drowning in the oil slick while he was attempting to fix an underwater pump during the oil spill clean-up operations at Dalian's Port on July 20, 2010. Oil coats a boat rope on July 18, 2010 after a huge spill following the fire at the port in Dalian, China.

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Members of the military unfurled a U.S. flag before the Philadelphia Phillies’ home opener baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia on Monday. A woman argued with a Brazilian United Nations peacekeeper during a food distribution at a camp for homeless earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Marta Kaczynski, center, with her husband Marcin Dubieniecki, on her left, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski attended a ceremony at the military airport in Warsaw, where the body of late first lady Maria Kaczynski arrived from Russia on Tuesday.

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The U.K.'s national weather service the Met Office says Saturday's temperature reached 85.8 F (29.9 C) at Gravesend in southeast England. That is the highest October temperature since records began a century ago, beating the previous high of 84.9 F (29.4 C) reached on Oct. 4, 1985. The average maximum temperature for early October is about 59 F (15 C). People boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, central London, on October 1. A woman eats fish and chips on the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England. Crowds of sun seekers fill the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England.

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A Palestinian reacted after seeing a mosque that was gutted by a fire in the Liban al-Sharqiya on Tuesday. Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of setting fire to the mosque in the occupied West Bank, an incident that coincided with a U.S. envoy’s mission to get Middle East peace talks going. Israeli security officers were at the scene investigating the fire but haven’t determined its cause. A Russian military brass orchestra performed during a medal ceremony for British, U.S. and French military personnel who took part in a parade marking the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi troops in Moscow, on Wednesday. Detroit Police Officer Gregory Barrett held a picture of slain Officer Brian Huff, 42, before marching to a memorial service Friday. Officer Huff was shot while responding to a call Monday at a suspected drug house. Four other officers were wounded. The suspect was apprehended.

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Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. In this image released by the US Navy Visual News Service March 19, 2011 shows US Navy file photo taken June 25, 2005 in Persian Gulf. The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) underway while participating in Operation Inspired Siren. Inspired Siren is a bilateral joint exercise between the United States and Pakistan Navies. The U.S. and Pakistan are conducting training in Maritime Security Operations (MSO), air defense, anti- submarine warfare, surface warfare, mine counter measures, electronic warfare, replenishment at sea and command and control. US sailors man the rails as the USS Bataan, the lead ship in the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, pulls out of the Norfolk, Virgina, US Naval Base March 23, 2011 enroute to waters off Libya. A handout picture released on 20 March 2011 by the British Ministry of Defence shows a Tornado jetfighter being loaded with bombs and other munition at the Royal Air Force Base in Marham, Great Britain, in preparation for the launching of RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft for the first UK air combat mission in support of UN Resolution 1973.

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