News A stretch of the M1, the motorway where two men died on Thursday

Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Kent Fire: Smoke plumes seen 20 miles away

A tyre fire has broken out across an industrial state in Gravesend, sending black smoke plumes into the sky that are visible from 20 miles away.

Ammonia leak kills 15 in Shanghai

A leak of liquid ammonia at a refrigeration unit of a plant in Shanghai has left 15 people dead according to state media.

Body of missing schoolboy Andrew Collings recovered from River Cam

Witnesses reported seeing him enter the water on Tuesday evening

A diver works on the wreckage of the Super Puma L2 helicopter which went down in the North Sea with the loss of four lives at 6.20pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh

Shetland helicopter crash: Investigators search seas for black box recorder from aircraft that ditched killing four oil workers, as operators ground Super Puma helicopters

Helicopter Safety Steering Group urged precautionary flight ban until there is 'sufficient factual information' to resume

Cambodian opposition leader threatens protests over poll irregularities

The Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has told thousands of supporters that his party will stage massive protests around the country unless an independent committee begins investigating alleged irregularities in last month’s election.

Those taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival were also fortunate to get the best of the country's weather

Just in time: Sunshine arrives to salvage Bank Holiday weekend

Sunshine and dry skies arrived in the UK today, just in time to salvage the Bank Holiday weekend.

Bravery award for British soldier Andy Peat, who lay on a bomb to try and save injured Danish colleague

Briton recognised with rare Danish honour for his 'extraordinary' courage in disarming an explosive device threatening Danish soldiers and laying over the path of another

Shetland helicopter crash: Super Puma fleet grounded as four killed are named

Aircraft carrying 18 people ditched west of Sumburgh, Shetland

German tourist Jana Lutteropp dies a week after losing arm in Maui shark attack

Jana Lutteropp, 20, had been in a "very critical condition" on life support following the attack in which she lost an arm

Malaysia death toll rises: 37 killed as bus plunges into ravine

Accident occurred near popular tourist resort

A shot of two firemen tackling a blaze at Bredbury Recycling plant in Stockport

Crews battle on after all-night efforts to control recycling plant fire in Stockport

Residents and motorists warned about continuing large plume of smoke

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106 rescued after asylum seeker boat sinks north of Christmas Island

Australian navy ships rush to help those aboard capsized boat in Indian Ocean

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sends aircraft to take 96-stone man to hospital

Ultra-obese 20-year-old weighs the same as two baby elephants

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