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5-story building collapses in Sao Paulo suburb 

A five-story building under construction collapsed last night in the Sao Paulo suburb of Guarulhos, although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Glasgow helicopter crash: A rare risk but it makes sense to prevent a repeat

Psychologists and risk experts are always telling us that we fixate far too much on unusual dangers and not enough on the hazards that we confront every day. The Glasgow helicopter crash will no doubt provide another opportunity to highlight our supposed irrationality as people demand inquiries to avoid a repeat of an accident that killed at least eight people, while five people die every day on the UK’s roads.

Compass shares rally as catering giant lands Silicon Valley contract

Shares of Compass jumped after the British catering giant announced it added LinkedIn to its Silicon Valley client portfolio, which include online heavyweights Twitter, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Ebay and Microsoft.

Vince Cable defends Royal Mail float price before MPs after profits double

Business Secretary considered raising the initial price from 330p a share by 20p - approximately £200 million

I'm a Celebrity 2013: Former model Annabel Giles

I'm A Celebrity 2013 contestants: Annabel Giles

Who has left luxury behind to face the bushtucker trials down-under?

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Strictly's Vincent Simone and model Annabel Giles enter the jungle

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Strictly's Vincent Simone and model Annabel Giles join the jungle

Camp life for the celebrities will be shaken up by two new arrivals tonight

For the first time since its launch in 2002, CBeebies has decided to air its first live dramas

Topsy and Tim 2.0: Generations have grown up on the books - now the twins are getting their own TV series

So what can the pair offer today's pre-schoolers, asks Will Coldwell?

Simon Read: Rising energy prices will lead to more winter fuel deaths

I'm not angry at energy giant SSE which on Thursday announced an 8.2 per cent hike in prices from November. The company is just the first of the Big Six to make a move and the others will certainly follow with similar – or higher – increases.

Attention, Nobel Prize winners! Advice from someone who's already won

Paul Nurse recieved a science Nobel Prize in 2001. Here, he shares some words of wisdom with 2013's winners

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he wants to climb Mount Everest

F1: Lewis Hamilton prepares to tackle his Everest...by climbing the real thing once he has retired

Mercedes driver wants to climb a number of mountains once he has retired with an aim of tackling the biggest of them all for charity

Bomb explodes in Spanish cathedral days before pilgrim festival

Nobody was injured in the blast at Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar in Zaragoza

Video: Alastair Campbell rages at Daily Mail deputy editor Jon Steafel over Ralph Miliband article

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell accused Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre of being a "bully and a coward" last night, during a heated discussion of an article that described Ed Miliband's father as "the man who hated Britain".

Laura Marling has moved to California, but don’t expect a sunnier outlook

Music review: Laura Marling, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Whether by accident or design, there’s a sense of great aloneness about the Laura Marling live experience. She stands in the centre of the Usher Hall’s large stage, picked out by a spotlight and with only an interchangeable pair of acoustic guitars for comfort. Not even the usual buzzing fly presence of a guitar technician offers some respite. For reasons she “won’t go into”, she no longer travels with one, which means her shows are “pretty much fifteen percent tuning now. It’s all included in the ticket price.” Yet a stylistic aloneness doesn’t mean loneliness, and we’re very conscious of being one of the nearly three thousand-strong capacity crowd here with her, watching and listening intently.

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