UK News: British breast cancer death rates fall fastest

Death rates from breast cancer fell faster in the UK than any other major European country, experts said today.

Research from 30 countries found average falls of 20 per cent. Scotland recorded a 30 per cent drop, with 35 per cent in England and Wales, and 29 per cent in Northern Ireland.

Shooting stars tonight

Shooting stars are set to provide a dazzling display of celestial fireworks across the UK tonight.

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Experts have predicted that this year's Perseid meteor shower, which occurs every August, should be one of the most spectacular in recent times.

'Bigotgate' woman is feeling sorry for Brown

Gillian Duffy, the Rochdale grandmother at the centre of the Gordon Brown "bigotgate" row in the general election, says she felt sorry for the former Prime Minister.

Speaking at an event hosted by Rochdale's new Labour MP Simon Danczuk, she said: "I never wanted to hurt the Labour Party at all.

"I felt very sorry for Gordon Brown, because he had everything to lose. He's been in politics a very, very long time, it's his life."

Ryanair safety review

Air accident investigators today recommended budget airline Ryanair review procedures after a three-year-old child fell on to the tarmac while boarding a plane.

The girl escaped with minor injuries after falling through the gap between the handrail and the level platform while getting on a Boeing 737 at Stansted airport.

PM backs booze proposal

David Cameron has signalled his support for a crackdown on cheap alcohol. He said plans to introduce a minimum price per unit of 50p in Greater Manchester would be looked at "very sympathetically". But he made clear he did not want to introduce a national minimum price.

Cornwall: An 11-year-old girl died in hospital after falling around 15ft from a cliff.

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Police called to a beach at Perranporth, found the child had slipped through a gap in a cliff into a water-filled cave.

The girl, who was on holiday with her family from Hampshire, died later in hospital.

Nottingham: Hospital bosses apologised after an elderly patient was put in a room used for storage.

Dora Duggan, 81, from Nottingham, was moved from a ward at City Hospital reportedly because she was being too noisy.