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It 'only' takes 38 minutes to fall through Earth's core

• Originally it was thought the journey from one side of the Earth to the other - such as London to Antipodes Islands - would take 42 minutes• 
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Earth Science

Ukip's angry, left-behind voters are not going away

Nigel Farage draws his support from financially struggling white people who have completely lost faith in the political system. They're anxious about the future, angry about inequality, and they will still be here after May 7

Ukip has achieved remarkable things. Last year, at the European Parliament …

Nigel Farage

Richard III: we are definitely burying the right body, say archaeologists

Last week Dominic Sellwood argued that archaeologists cannot be sure the skeleton in the Leicester car park really is Richard III. Professor Lin Foxhall from the University of Leicester says she is pretty certain they have the right man

Is Leicester Cathedral re-burying the right body this week? …

Richard III

Zimbabweans threaten to dig up the grave of Cecil Rhodes

The grave of Cecil Rhodes in Zimbabwe could be dug up amid anti-colonial protests in South Africa

The grave of Cecil Rhodes in Zimbabwe could be dug up after anti-colonial protests.

Rhodes is buried at a site he chose, known as World's View, in the Matopos Hills, half-an-hour's drive south of …

Cecil Rhodes

The crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii restored

Villa of Mysteries, which was destroyed in AD 79 by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and its neglect left Italy at risk of losing EU funding

Italy unveiled the restored crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii on Friday, showing off a rare success story as …

Italy

Nigel Farage: the American Rand Paul is my soulmate from the Tea Party

In the ninth and last exclusive extract from his new book, The Purple Revolution, the Ukip leader reveals his kinship with a leading member of the Republican Right

The by-election in Newark in June 2014 was triggered when Patrick Mercer, the Conservative MP, stood down after he was exposed for not …

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage attacks 'bankrupt' voting system after predictions Ukip will come second in 100 seats

Ukip leader calls for electoral reform after research suggests the party could take between 10 and 15 per cent of votes at the election but win just half a dozen seats

Nigel Farage has called for the "bankrupt" first past the post electoral system to be scrapped after new research found the UK …

Voting

Game farm owner confirms elephants will be barbecued for Robert Mugabe's birthday

Tendai Musasa says he may even throw in a crocodile to show his gratitude for Mr Mugabe, whose regime helped him take control of a previously white-owned Victoria Falls game conservancy

A Zimbabwean game farm owner who has pledged two elephants, two buffalo, two sable antelopes and five impalas for …

Robert Mugabe

More than half of Brits would vote to leave the European Union

Norway's Europe minister warned Britain not to copy its own situation outside the EU, which leaves it unable to influence key economic rules it must …

Norway
Asia

John Maynard Keynes was literally high when he carried out the most important economic negotiations in British history

It’s a little-known fact that John Maynard Keynes was dosed up on mind-altering drugs when he carried out one of the most important economic negotiations in British history.

The ageing economist was suffering from heart disease when he was sent away to secure Britain’s post-war loan with the …

On the front line against the Dracula tax: Eurosceptics meet for first conference

Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman strode into the room with firm handshake at the ready, steely glint in his eye and free copies of his book …

United Kingdom

A Star Came Within 0.8 Light-Years Of Our Sun 70,000 Years Ago

Britain's Roswell: the truth behind the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident

Did an extra-terrestrial craft land in a Suffolk forest during the winter of 1980? The maker of a new film, The Rendlesham UFO Incident, believes so

Dubbed “Britain’s Roswell”, the Rendlesham Forest incident, which took place over a series of nights in December 1980, continues to fascinate UFO …

Paranormal

Pak successfully test fire new stealth cruise missile

Islamabad: Pakistan successfully test-fired a new indigenously developed cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads up to …

Pakistan detains 10,616 suspects after school attack

Islamabad: Security forces in Pakistan have detained 10,616 suspects on different charges after the savage Taliban attack on an army-run school last …

An insight into life in the labour camps of North Korea

With all the hacking hype and Poehler-Fey putdowns regarding the controversial film The Interview, some of the focus on North Korea and the daily life …

Asia

Europe could be torn apart by the wrong sort of Eurosceptics

In Greece, France, Spain – and increasingly in Italy – populist parties have emerged as the greatest internal threat faced by the European Union since its inception

My enemy’s enemy isn’t always my friend. As a Eurosceptic, you may think that I would be delighted by the rise of parties across the …

Europe

Kim Jong-il demanded $10billion, food and fertiliser from South Korea

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has revealed he refused to pay anything for holding summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il …

Adolf Eichmann hoped his 'Arab friends' would continue his battle against the Jews

Over Christmas I finally got around to reading Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth. I cannot recommend this book – newly translated from the German – highly enough. It challenges and indeed changes nearly all received wisdom about the leading figure behind the genocide of European Jews …

Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day

The Telegraph disclosed the existence of Nazi gas chambers and the “mass killing” of Jews almost three years before the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan 27, 1945

It was under the headline “Germans murder 700,000 Jews in Poland”, that this newspaper reported the “greatest massacre in the world’s …

Holocaust

Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel

A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist is set to be published.

Cool Stuff

Magna Carta’s lesson

When the Great Charter was signed in 1215, hundreds of copies were sent to every town in the kingdom, says Christopher Booker

Already there is much pious 800th-anniversary talk about Magna Carta, as the foundation of those liberties now supposedly under threat from Islamist psychopaths. Back in …

Magna Carta

Ukip is now a national 'major party', regulator rules

Ukip will be allowed two party election broadcasts on commercial broadcasters for the first time during the campaign - like the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats

Nigel Farage has received a huge boost after a Government regulator said the UK Independent Party would be ranked as a “major party” at …

United Kingdom

Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life

Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.

The new worlds double the number of …

Space

Europe's bond yields fall to lowest since the Black Death

'What we are seeing is the "Japanification" trade. The eurozone is sinking into corrosive deflation,' warns RBS

Bond yields have plummeted to record lows across the eurozone as deflation becomes lodged in the system and markets bet on a blitz of asset purchases by the European Central Bank this …

Europe

Ukip outraged at Northern Ireland drivers not getting Union flags on driving licences

Ukip’s Northern Ireland branch is outraged that they will not be getting Union flags on their driving licences along with the rest of the UK.

United Kingdom

Greek expulsion from the euro would demolish EMU’s contagion firewall

Should EMU leaders choose to cut off liquidity support for the Greek banking system they might find that their contagion defences are a fiction

We know from memoirs and a torrent of leaks that Europe’s creditor bloc came frighteningly close to ejecting Greece from the euro in early 2012, and would …

Contagion

North Korean defector details 'human experiments'

A former officer in Pyongyang's armed forces says mentally and physically disabled children are used as subjects in chemical weapons experiments in …

Asia

North Korea scrambles to stop The Interview reaching its borders

Task force has been set up inside hermit state to stop copies being smuggled in, as rumours abound as to who was actually behind the Sony hack

North Korea has set up a dedicated military team given the task of keeping The Interview away from the eyes of its citizens.

Pyongyang has been widely blamed …

Asia