Asteroid 2012 DA14 in "near miss" with the Earth, will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday


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Asteroid in ‘near miss’ with the Earth: Object capable of destroying London will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday Scientists say there no chance the space rock will hit the planet But the asteroid could collide with satellites disrupting your mobile phone DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago. It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time on Friday. Experts have calculated it will stay at least 17,200 miles (27,681km) away – easily far enough to be safe, but a very close shave in astronomical terms

Unions now provide 81 per cent of donations to Labour as they have given 20 million since Miliband became leader


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Unions now provide 81% of donations to Labour as they have given 20million since Miliband became leaderIt marks a steep 22 per cent rise from Gordon Brown's leadershipTories claim Ed Miliband is even further in thrall to union baronsLargest donor is Unite with 7.5 million given over two years | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 31 December 2012 Labour has banked more than 20million in funding from unions since Ed Miliband became leader. The money accounts for 81 per cent of donations to the party over the past two years. It marks a steep rise from Gordon Brown's leadership, when unions provided 59 per cent of donations to the party.

Big business makes more money but pays less tax as small firms are hit harder


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Big business makes more money but pays less tax as small firms are hit harderCorporation tax payments by UK's largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000A report warned cash payments could cost families over 200 each yearInvestigation found profits of big businesses have risen by 65% to 329bn | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 28 December 2012 Strong criticism: Lord Oakeshott slammed the 'culture of collusion' between large companies and HMRC The full extent of tax avoidance by big business was laid bare yesterday on a ‘black day’ for taxpayers. Despite soaring profits, corporation tax payments by the UK’s largest firms have fallen by more than a fifth since 2000

Downton Abbey Christmas Special: Hoots m"lud! Nessie"s in McDownton

Hoots m'lud! Nessie's in McDownton | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 13 December 2012 Apparently, the Downton Abbey Christmas Special finds the entire Grantham household transplanted to Scotland. They have decamped to Duneagle Castle, home of the Marquess of Flintshire.

Spectacular photos of snowmobilers riding snowy border between Sweden and Norway


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On the road to snow-where! Spectacular shots of snowmobilers riding snowy border between Sweden and NorwayPhotographer Havard Dalgrav, 25, captured scenes of the 'snow motorway' Riding snowmobiles for fun is illegal in Norway, pictured to the right, but legal in Sweden, pictured to the leftGroup travelled unhindered along the 10,000 mile long route | UPDATED: 16:17 GMT, 12 December 2012 This spectacular snowy route marks the border between Sweden and Norway – and is perfect challenge for adventure-loving snowmobilers. But this group are quite literally treading on a thin line – because to their right is Norway where riding a snowmobile for fun is illegal while to their left is Sweden where it is allowed. Strict laws in Norway mean unless it is work related, riding snowmobiles is against the law.

Gordon Brown has not spoken for a year in Parliament… but he has jetted off abroad on 28 trips and earned more than 2m in fees and expenses since…


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Gordon Brown has not spoken for a year in Parliament… but he has jetted off abroad on 28 trips and earned more than 2m in fees and expenses since leaving No 10He ploughs all the money back into his public and charitable activitiesTory MP accuses ex-Prime Minister of 'casual disregard' for his constituents | UPDATED: 16:33 GMT, 9 December 2012 Under fire: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not spoken in the Commons for a year Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months

Can you spot the danger drinker? Volunteers kept drinking diaries so doctors could analyse health risks


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Can you spot the danger drinker These brave volunteers kept diaries of a week's drinking so doctors could analyse the health risks. The results were startling | UPDATED: 08:08 GMT, 4 December 2012 Many people believe that because they never get drunk they aren't doing their liver any harm We are among the biggest drinkers in Europe and the Government has announced plans for a minimum price for a unit of alcohol to tackle this

Ahoy me hearty! Jolly Roger flag flown atop Second World War submarine resurfaces – four decades after it went missing


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Ahoy me hearty! Jolly Roger flag flown atop Second World War submarine resurfaces – four decades after it went missingGordon Brown, 66, of Gosport, Hants, found the flag, which belonged to the HMS Tantalus in his sister's atticThe flag had been given to his father Jack, a crew member on the submarine, but lost when he died 40 years ago | UPDATED: 20:55 GMT, 2 December 2012 Flying the flag: Gordon Brown with the Jolly Roger from Second World War submarine HMS Tantalus which has resurfaced after 40 years missing A Jolly Roger flag flown atop a World War Two submarine has resurfaced – after going missing for 40 years.

Girl, 3, died in house fire made worse by piles of clutter around family home


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Girl, 3, died in house fire made worse by piles of clutter around family home that made 'normal living virtually impossible'Doors in house could not be closed because of clutter in the wayGrandmother describes girl as 'a non-stop bundle of energy' Amelia Brown died as a result of smoke inhalation | UPDATED: 19:20 GMT, 30 November 2012 A three year old girl died in a house fire made worse by piles of clutter which set alight and created toxic smoke that overwhelmed her. Amelia Brown was in a first floor bedroom of her home in Grinacombe Moor near Lifton, Devon, when the house caught fire last December.

Millionaires" exodus: Two thirds of Britain"s top earners "deserted the UK" after 50p top tax rate was introduced


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Millionaires' exodus: Two thirds of Britain's top earners 'deserted the UK' after 50p top tax rate was introduced The number of people declaring incomes of more than 1m slumped from 16,000 to 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new tax rules in 2010The amount of tax paid by top earners fell from 13.4billion to 6.5billion as a resultTopTories describe the tax hike as 'ideological' and claimed that the rich will now pay a greater share of the tax burden under the Coalition | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 28 November 2012 Around two thirds of Britain's highest earners deserted the UK after the 50p top rate of tax was introduced, according to figures. While some 16,000 workers declared an income in excess of 1million in the 2009/10 tax year to HM Revenue and Customs, that number dropped to just 6,000 after then Prime Minister Gordon Brown brought in the new tax rules. Tax paid by the top earners fell from 13.4billion before the top tax rate came in to 6.5billion in 2010/11.