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

Elderly woman dies after Christmas Day house fire

Mary McConnell, 83, died at the scene of the blaze in Glasgow

Elderly woman dies in Glasgow house fire

An elderly woman has died in a house fire on Christmas Day.

Seventeen dead after Haitian migrant boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos Islands

At least 17 migrants from Haiti died on Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat capsized as it was being towed to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the British territory said.

A police support officer - a section of staff who could strike - walks past a sign outside New Scotland Yard. The Met has cancelled leave for police officers and is making contingency plans in response to the planned strike

Thousands of police staff set to join firefighters in New Year's Eve strike

Strike by staff including 999 call handlers and detention officers is set to coincide with fire fighter walk out on one of the busiest days of the year

Review: "The People in the Trees", By Hanya Yanagihara

The first impressively memorable debut of 2014 arrives with this novel

Kennington bus crash: 32 injured after double decker hits tree in south London

Bus crashed while travelling to King's Cross from south London

British teenager sees avalanche kill triplet brother during ski trip

Austrian police said a guide, who is believed to have been a skier with substantial experience in the resort, will face a criminal investigation

These shepherds, with their 500-strong flock, were stuck for three days due to the heavy snowfall

Postcard from... Turkey

The coach journey from Diyarbakir to Erbil is an arduous one on the best of days. It takes around 12 hours to travel between the two Kurdish cities in Turkey and Iraq, with regular stops for tea and a lengthy wait on the border.

Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Fire crews plan more strikes over Christmas

Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and launch a ban on overtime in an escalation of their long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

Man survives falling in front of New York subway train by ducking down beneath tracks as carriages thunder inches above his head

55-year-old miraculously escapes with only mild bruising to his left hand

Brian Griffin lives!

Brian Griffin returns: Cartoon dog back from the dead in Family Guy Christmas episode

Spoiler alert: The much-loved pet was revived with the help of Stewie

Margaret Hodge slams Serco after it pulls out of GP cover contract

Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

Rescue centre overrun by adorable seal pups in wake of record flood surge

A rescue centre in Norfolk is full to capacity with 100 adorable seal pups following the recent record flood surge that hit Britain.

Coast Guard Captain Gregorio De Falco, right, arrives at the Grosseto court - the court was told hundreds of people were still aboard the shipwrecked Costa Concordia when the commander abandoned the cruise liner in a lifeboat

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino 'fled packed ship', court told

'You saved yourself, but I will make a lot of trouble for you,' Coast Official told the captain after he left the ship

Investigation launched after three die in Bolton house fire

An inquiry is under way after three people died in a house fire.

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