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Branson to persevere with space bid
Wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed in Mojave (AP)

Branson to persevere with space bid

Sir Richard Branson has said he will persevere with his space tourism venture following the death of a pilot killed when a rocket crashed during a test flight in California.

World news

Spacecraft explodes on test flight

Spacecraft explodes on test flight

A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot.

Sport news

Texas boycott denied

Texas boycott denied

A threatened boycott of this weekend's United States Grand Prix by a trio of Formula One's smaller teams has been comprehensively denied.

Business news

Property firm boosts UK network

Property firm boosts UK network

The owner of Martin & Co estate agents has boosted its national presence with a £6 million deal to buy chains including Parkers and CJ Hole.

Technology news

Microsoft pledge on Office for Macs

Microsoft pledge on Office for Macs

After a long wait, Microsoft has said it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers - but not until next year.

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Craig critical of 'boring' X Factor

Craig critical of 'boring' X Factor

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood says he watches ITV talent show X Factor to look for people to cast in musicals but is already "bored" with the current series.

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