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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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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