Cash for parental schoolwork support

Parents in two urban areas in England are to be offered money to attend a parenting academy to learn how to support their children’s schoolwork.

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Climate change and Haiyan

American conservationist M. Sanjayan tells Rosemary Church how climate change will continue to impact the Philippines.

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Ten minute appointment rule removed

GPs in England will no longer have to offer appointments lasting at least 10 minutes under changes agreed with the government.

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Pakistan determined to fight economic, security challenges: PM in Colombo

COLOMBO: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated on Friday the commitment of his government to a long-term strategy of sustained and inclusive growth by providing equal opportunities to all Pakistanis, reported Radio Pakistan. He was addressing the first Executive Session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo on Friday. Speaking on the summit theme “Growth and Equity: Inclusive Development,” the Prime ...

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Madrid: Pressure grows as trash piles up

A Madrid street cleaners strike that has left trash piling up for two weeks appears headed for a pivotal point on Saturday, when city hall aims to enforce minimum trash pickup services.

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Angry Fraser-Pryce may refuse to run

Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may refuse to run in major events unless her country’s athletes receive more support.

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F1: McLaren takes chance on rookie

On the same day a young rising star is given his big break in Formula One, one old-timer is given a chance to kick-start his motorsport career.

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Savile ex-driver to deny sex charges

Jimmy Savile’s former chauffeur and flatmate Ray Teret appears in court accused of abusing young girls over several decades.

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Australia backs Sri Lanka at Commonwealth summit

COLOMBO: The opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was marked by subtle references to allegations against Sri Lanka’s weak human rights records. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, expressing his support for the country, said “We are here as much as to praise as to judge.” He added it was important not to isolate countries emerging from conflict. Speaking in ...

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Robot cow-herder a hit with farmers

Researchers at the University of Sydney are testing a robot to herd cows. Early results show that cattle have adapted to it well and farmers are keen on the idea.

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