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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

North Sea plunge helicopter recovered

A helicopter which ditched in the North Sea has been returned to shore.

The Sketch: Sparkling profits of a dark and dirty conflict

Mercenaries and diplomats, soldiers and journalists, politicians and hookers – they all came to Paddy's Bar. Some of the most powerful among the clientele were the diamond dealers whose profits had grown hugely as Sierra Leone suffered, a land torn apart by slaughter, rape and ritualised mutilations.

Rig gas leak plans 'progressing'

There has been "significant progress" towards plans to stop a gas leak on an offshore platform, the operator has said.

Something To Declare: BMI domestic flights; Kenya; Eastern Easter; Icelandic spectacular

Bargain of the week: BMI domestic flights

Record 70 million use Heathrow airport

Heathrow was used by 70 million passengers in a year for the first time in the 12 months to April, after booming demand saw planes as well as the runway busier than ever before.

Heathrow reaches 70m passenger milestone

The UK's busiest airport, Heathrow, saw 70 million passengers pass through its terminals in a 12-month period for the first time in March.

Alex McLeish has been heartened by the efforts of his young players

We want to delay United's title victory, says McLeish

The Aston Villa manager, Alex McLeish, is ready to spoil any potential Manchester United title party planned by his mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson, for Sunday.

Carteham School driver, Ben Dillon, in his final race. His school is the national champions of BSKC 2012

Students win dream McLaren F1 prize at karting championship

Over 600 teams with more than 1850 students entered the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) this year for a chance to not just win a trophy but to win a visit to the famous McLaren Technology Centre.

Green light for gas leak 'kill' bid on Scottish platform

Plans to "kill" a gas leak on an offshore platform by pumping mud into it can go ahead, experts said today.

Saved... from a toy snake

A woman who called in animal rescue after finding what she thought was a 5ft-long snake in her loft was left blushing after it proved to be a novelty draught excluder.

European Commission approves bmi takeover

The controversial takeover of UK airline bmi by British Airways' parent company was approved by the European Commission this afternoon - but with conditions attached.

North Sea flare 'of no immediate concern' to gas leak

Operators of an offshore platform which is leaking gas have said there is "no immediate concern" about a flare still alight on it.

The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday

Attempt to stem gas leak at oil rig may take months

It could take another six months for oil engineers to drill a relief well to the leaking gas field beneath an offshore platform in the North Sea.

Poll maps out areas of best and worst commuter behaviour

Commuters are most chivalrous in Chelmsford but grumpiest in Gloucester, according to a poll.

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The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
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Inside a church for Born Again Christians

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Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

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Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

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Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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