Environment The Nathusius’ pipistrelle weighs just 7.6g and is the size of a human thumb

A tiny bat the size of a human thumb has become the first to be recorded crossing the North Sea from Britain to mainland Europe – before meeting an untimely end in the Netherlands.

The new series of 'The Voice' got underway last weekend

The vex factor: BBC produces 'almost identical programmes to those by ITV', MPs are told - by ITV

ITV makes complaint in its submission into the Culture Committee's inquiry into the future of the BBC

Chatham dockyard's bid for Unesco World Heritage Site status is blocked

Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

Giant Antarctic iceberg ‘could pose hazard to international shipping lanes’, scientists warn

A team of British investigators have been given an emergency grant to track the Singapore-sized ice mass

Aberdeen Airport was forced to suspended flights after an air ambulance came into difficulty on the runway

Aberdeen Airport flights suspended after air ambulance comes off runway

Flights were diverted from Edinburgh to Glasgow until runway re-opened

Alistair Carmichael arrives at 10 Downing Street

'Conspiracy theorist' Norman Baker replacement of Jeremy Browne heads list of reshuffle surprises

David Cameron promoted several women and MPs from working-class backgrounds in the shake-up

Icing on the cake: Antarctica is the trip of a lifetime

Cruise Report: Follow Shackleton to the great White Continent

Antarctica’s monumental icebergs, history of heroic exploration and fearless wildlife give it an allure that is enhanced by its remoteness. The only realistic way for tourists to visit the vast White Continent is by ship. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so it is important to choose carefully.

Search underway after ferry passenger reported missing off coast of Scotland

A search and rescue operation is under way after a passenger was reported missing from a ferry.

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No technical failure on North Sea crash helicopter, says report

An ongoing investigation into a North Sea helicopter crash which killed four oil workers has found the engines  were still working when it hit the water and there is no evidence so far of technical failure.

Scottish independence: George Osborne warns on oil fund

Scotland would have to make large cuts to public services if it wanted to create an oil fund after independence, according to Chancellor George Osborne.

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

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

Aircraft carrying 18 people ditched west of Sumburgh, Shetland

The News Matrix: Saturday 24 August 2013

Helicopter crashes with 18 on board

Luskentyre beach, in the Outer Hebrides, is among the popular destinations

Population boom as thousands flock to Scottish islands

They’re some of the most remote parts of the British Isles, presenting challenges to simple everyday life posed by nowhere else in the UK – just as George Orwell learnt in Jura 60 years ago.

The LulzSec logo and Ackroyd (top-left), Al-Bassam (top right), Davis (bottom left) and Cleary

LulzSec hackers sentenced for sophisticated global cyber-attacks

Two jailed, another sent to young offenders unit and fourth handed suspended sentence

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

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Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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