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

Children who survived Typhoon Haiyan play on top of the ruins of their destroyed primary school in Guiuan, Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Four million children without food or water in Philippines as aid effort struggles

There is a desperate need for food, water and medicine in the aftermath of the disaster

Firefighters stage fresh strike over pensions dispute

Firefighters in England and Wales staged a fresh strike today in a row with the Government over pensions and were said to be "digging in for the long haul".

An iPad Air - Apple’s latest tablet - reportedly exploded in a Vodafone store in Australia prompting an evacuation

iPad Air 'explodes' in Australian phone store

The shop was filled with smoke prompting an evacuation and fire brigade call out

Typhoon Haiyan: 10,000 feared dead as extent of devastation in the Philippines is revealed and monster storm heads towards Vietnam

Pictures emerged showing the widespread destruction in the Philippines amid reports of survivors 'walking like zombies'

The four students climbed up to the roof of the cathedral but were unable to get down

Durham students in drunken cathedral roof-top rescue

Four Durham students rebuked by dean after drunken prank goes wrong

Refugee Syrian children wait for a medical check up in a corridor of newly opened refugee camp in an old school in Sofia, Bulgaria – a gateway to the European Union for migrants fleeing Syria via Turkey

Any denial of medical care is a weapon of war against Syrians

An immunisation campaign is urgently needed

Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a fresh strike

Firefighters announce fresh strike

Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a fresh strike in their bitter row with the Government over pensions.

A toddler was rescued after falling into the River Mersey

Girl, 3, rescued by crew member after falling from ferry into River Mersey

A toddler was rescued by a ferry crewman after she fell into the River Mersey today.

Walker dies after 300ft plunge in Snowdonia

A walker has died after he plunged more than 300ft off the edge of the Devil’s Kitchen peak in Snowdonia and landed on a path in front of five other climbers.

Fatal accidents on Peru's cliff-top roads are an ongoing issue

Peru 'bus' crash kills 51, including 14 children, on way home from party

The truck full of indigenous Quechua Indians plummeted 650 feet from the road into a ravine

At least 30 dead after Mali boat sinks in Niger River

Sleeping passengers onboard were awoken by the sound of the boat breaking in half

Vietnam deadly fireworks factory blast kills 21 and injures 100

Fireworks and plumes of smoke could be seen for miles outside the factory, which employs 300 people

A section of the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa where searches are being carried out

Second migrant vessel sinks off Lampedusa with 200 aboard

Italian coastguard are conducting a rescue operation

Spider on a pillow is among non-emergency calls to firefighters

London Fire Brigade has revealed some of the strangest requests their control room has received recently

Firefighters and Fire Service staff from Wiltshire gather on the picket line outside

Firefighters to stage five-hour strike next week over pensions dispute

They will walk out between 6.30pm and 11.30 pm on Saturday October 19

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