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Full extent of cash crisis facing Health Minister laid bare  

The looming cash crisis for new Health Minister Robin Swann has been spelt out in a Department of Finance 'factsheet' - with almost £500m needed just to cope just for next year.

Arab students in Israel twice as likely to drop out than Jewish peers  

23,178 Israeli students dropped out during the 2017-2018 school year

'This is not how sequoias die. Its supposed to stand for another 500 years'   -1%

Giant sequoias were thought to be immune to insects, drought and wildfires. Then the unthinkable happened: trees started to die – and scientists began the search for answers

Photographs by Mette Lampcov

The fable of the giant sequoia tree is an enduring tale of America’s fortitude. Standing quietly on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, the Californian giants can survive almost anything – fire, disease, insect attack, cold years, hot years, drought – so the story goes.

The largest living organisms on the planet can grow over 90 metres (300ft) tall. When they do die after 3,000 years or so, the oldest trees, known as monarchs, usually succumb to their own size and collapse. Their giant trunks will rest on the forest floor for another millennia.

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How to plan big home improvements without losing money  

New year, new bathroom. Or kitchen, extension, garage conversion…

He got his start tap dancing at age 3. Hes now a top arts student in the country.   15%

When Ulises Otero was 3 years old, he ran into a tap dancing class and started stomping his feet. Fast forward 15 years and Otero, now 18, has been named … Click to Continue »

HRW Report: China an Increasing Global Threat to Human Rights  

Human Rights Watch has released their 30th annual “World Report” review of human rights by country. In the introduction to this year’s report, HRW Executive

Oscar nominations 2020: The full list  

Every film, actor and director in contention at this year's ceremony

Justice Department sues L.A. property manager for allegedly sexually harassing female tenants   25%

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against a Los Angeles property manager for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting female tenants for 14 years.

How public art is reinvigorating Australia's cultural landscape   -4%

Following the opening of Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects at the Art Gallery of New South Wales late last year, questions surrounding public art’s ability to foster critical discussion have returned to focus.

Sandi Toksvig has quit 'The Great British Bake Off'   46%

Sandi Toksvig is leaving her presenting role on popular UK reality cooking show "The Great British Bake Off" after three years.

Corvette wins North American Car of the Year Award  

The Chevrolet Corvette won the North American Car of the Year Award at an event in Detroit on Monday morning. In addition, the Kia Telluride was named SUV of the Year and the Jeep Gladiator won Truck of the Year.

Here's how Senior Bowl can help Detroit Lions in 2020  

The 49ers drafted WR Deebo Samuel after working closely with him last year. What will the Detroit Lions glean from the Senior Bowl this year?


Florida Legislature has hot issues to consider this year. Here are five to watch  

It’s finally here: 2020. The year where political news threatens to consume vast amounts of the national bandwidth as the presidential election cycle churns with increasing ferocity. But before the … Click to Continue »

Tottenham reveal Harry Kane is set for surgery on hamstring injury  

The England captain limped out of the defeat to Southampton on New Year's Day

Chemicals in tap water are causing thousands of cancer deaths across Europe but the EU probably wont do anything about it   5%

Each year, more than 6,500 cases of bladder cancer, roughly five percent of all cases in Europe, are found to be attributable to exposure to trihalomethanes (THMs) in drinking water – and it’s all perfectly legal.
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Free breakfasts for poorer pupils in Wales   20%

From September, a pilot scheme will provide extra money to Year 7 children on free school meals.

Our Planet Matters: Climate change explained  

It's been linked to a year of extremes – from bushfires to torrential rains – but what is it?

Corvette, Telluride, Gladiator are North American Car, Utility and Truck of the year  

The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year were announced Monday in Detroit with the Corvette, Telluride and Gladiator taking top honors.


Bad Boys for Life Review: In a Minivan, but Still Riding  

After probably years of high-powered agent, studio and management negotiations, the boys are back.

You Really Can Lower Your Car Insurance Cost   17%

After years of increases, auto insurance has become a budget pain point for many. But experts say there are ways to keep your rates down.

Kfar Sava leads Israeli cities for household income   -10%

At NIS 27,104 ($7,800) a month last year, the town's average was 6,000 more than the national average

Ethiopian, Yemeni or Ashkenazi? Traditions behind Rosh Hashanah breads   -20%

Whether you like dipping a bit of challah into a bowl of honey or go for the Sephradi bolo, the meaning behind round baked goods connects Jewish communities worldwide on the New Year

In historic first, Israel's national baseball team qualifies for Olympics   -3%

The blue and white will be competing against five other teams in Tokyo next year

Prolific director Walter Hill sells Malibu beach house for $8.2 million   8%

On Malibu's Broad Beach, action director Walter Hills has sold his oceanfront home of 15 years for $8.225 million.

Tanks, infantry, helicopters & motorcyclists: India marks Army Day with annual military parade (PHOTOS)   10%

India has kicked off its annual Army Day celebrations with an elaborate military parade in Delhi. This year’s commemorations will feature the first woman officer leading an all-men unit.
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Top Democrats go to war with Facebook and Zuckerberg  

A few years ago, then President Barack Obama was appearing at dinner and on stage with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Nancy Pelosi was heaping praise on COO Sheryl Sandberg for "inspiring women across the world to believe in themselves."

Who says vegan latkes arent delectable?   37%

Starring leeks, yams, buckwheat and chard – recipes for vegan pancakes that are great on Hanukkah and all year long

Genetic sequencing of measles suggests a much older history for the virus  

Tests on lungs from 1912 say disease may have existed 2,300 years ago. If correct, findings could have implications for maintaining long-neglected archives.

Neobank Volt raises $70 million to target the 'digitally comfortable'  

Volt has raised $70 million bringing the neobank a step closer to its planned listing on the Australian Stock Exchange later this year.

ICYMI: Meghan living the dream, marry a prince, quit the job, but keep the cash!   -2%

Meghan Markle has shown every little girl how to live the dream: Find your prince, marry him, quit the job after a few years, keep the cash, and sign for Disney.
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Germany: Far-right extremists handed hefty jail terms   6%

The five men and one woman received jail terms between two years and 10 months, and six years. One of the charges was membership of a far-right group whose name roughly translates as The Free Comrades of Dresden.

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures readies new fund, Beijing office   -10%

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, a unit of the kingdom’s energy company, is preparing to start a new fund this year after completing $500 million in investments.The new fund will also be roughly

Whats on TV Tuesday: Leslie Jones and the Democratic Debate   20%

Leslie Jones looks back at her life in a new stand-up special, and the first Democratic presidential debate of the year airs on CNN.

Cambodia: Opposition leader Kem Sokha goes on trial   50%

The trial of the prominent Cambodian opposition leader on treason charges has been seen as a sign that democracy is under threat in a country ruled by strongman Hun Sen for 35 years. Critics say the trial is a "circus."

Mortgage rates remain low   -15%

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.65 percent, compared to 4.45 percent a year ago.

Column: Do women regret their abortions? Absolutely not!   14%

A long-term study finds that women are relieved right after they have abortions and are still relieved five years later.

Stocks Soar as Traders Mood Brightens   10%

Over the last year, investors’ outlooks shifted strikingly, with little improvement in economic and corporate conditions.

The Five-Way Race for Best Picture Begins   39%

When it comes to Oscar’s top prize, this is the most wide-open competition in years. Which film has the right factors to go all the way?

Hong Kongs capital market can expect a robust pipeline of midsize IPOs this year, says one of the citys top bookrunners   -9%

Hong Kong’s capital market, which ranked top in global initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2019 for the eighth time in 11 years, can expect a “robust pipeline” of deals this year as multinational corporations mull secondary listings, said one of the city’s top bookrunners.The typical deal size this year will range anywhere from US$200 million to US$2 billion, considerably smaller than Alibaba Group Holding’s US$13.9 billion secondary listing that gave Hong Kong the 11-month push past the…

Jurgen Klopps Liverpool come full circle to show Jose Mourinho the long road ahead at Tottenham   11%

Klopp returned to the same London office where he held his first squad meeting as Liverpool manager four years ago, though that journey looks set to bear fruit much more than what the future holds for Tottenham and Mourinho