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Mr Daniel was leading a party of three in a white-out when he stepped over the edge of a cliff

Girl who sought cancer treatment in Mexico dies

A terminally-ill seven-year-old girl who travelled to Mexico for specialist cancer treatment has died two days after returning to Scotland

Parking your car at the airport is more expensive than parking a plane there

Why it's cheaper to park a light aircraft at the airport than a car

If you thought it was expensive to leave your car in Britain as you jet off on holiday, you were right

BA to launch new services

British Airways will start a number of new services in winter 2012/13 following its takeover of the bmi airline.

Buying beats renting in Britain's towns and cities

It now costs 14% more per month on average to rent a home compared to running a mortgage on an equivalent property

HMRC workers strike over job cuts

Tax offices were closed today and calls to telephone inquiry lines were met with a recorded announcement because of a strike by tens of thousands of Revenue and Customs (HMRC) workers.

Harley strikes late to ensure Scotland remain unbeaten

Samoa 16 Scotland 17

Debutant Harley's late try helps Scotland edge Samoa

Scotland 17 Samoa 16

21 years for man who raped and murdered pensioner in sheltered housing

A convicted sex offender who raped and murdered a vulnerable pensioner in her sheltered housing home has been jailed for at least 21 years.

London slips down rankings of world's most expensive cities

If you think the UK in general and London in particular are expensive locations for foreign businessmen – think again.

Study abroad: It’s fun to expect the unexpected

Adapting to a new country can present pleasant surprises

FirstGroup plans overhaul of its bus services

FirstGroup put more of its bus services on the block today after admitting fuel costs, lower demand and reduced subsidies were hurting the division.

Far from the madding crowd: Jake Williams

Life as a hermit: 'My life is a great adventure'

For nearly 30 years, Jake Willams has lived as a hermit in the Scottish wilderness for thirty years. He explains why he could never go back to a 'normal' life

Operation to kill gas leak on North Sea oil platform is 'complete success'

A gas leak on a North Sea oil platform has been stopped, according to the operators.

Total begins bid to 'kill' gas leak on North Sea oil platform

An operation to stop a gas leak on a North Sea oil platform has got under way.

Fenton in 2007

Professor Sandy Fenton: Scholar of Scottish antiquities

Sandy Fenton was among the very greatest scholars of the Ethnology and Antiquities of Scotland of this age – or of any age. For 15 years he was a member of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, from 1979 to 1994.

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