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Africa fear for deadly malaria strain

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Drug-resistant forms of the malaria parasite have been found in South East Asia A drug-resistant malaria parasite found in South East Asia can also infect mosquito species in Africa, a study shows. The … Continue reading

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NHS cash ‘to fall as share of GDP by 2020’

Image copyright Science Photo Library David Cameron is likely to preside over the largest sustained fall in NHS spending as a share of GDP since 1951, an analysis by the King’s Fund says. The health think tank told the BBC … Continue reading

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One million elderly ‘struggle alone’

Image copyright Thinkstock A million older people in England struggling with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing, are being left to fend for themselves, campaigners say. The Age UK review identified more than three million people aged over 65 … Continue reading

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70% in work scheme ‘don’t get jobs’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Nearly 70% of people who go through the government’s main welfare-to-work scheme fail to find sustained employment, a committee of MPs says. The Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee said the £5bn Work Programme – launched in … Continue reading

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Term-time holiday fines ‘unworkable’

Image copyright Tomwang112 Image caption Parents can be fined for taking children out of lessons for holidays A “common sense approach” should be applied to parents in England taking children out of school for holidays, the Local Government Association says. … Continue reading

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Hospitals to get own savings targets

Image copyright SPL Hospitals in England are being given their own individual savings targets as part of a drive to save money. The figures are being sent to 137 hospital trusts by Lord Carter, who has been appointed by the … Continue reading

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Fans ‘left weeping’ as 1D cancel show

Image copyright PA Image caption Liam Payne (L) and his band mates sold out three shows in Belfast One Direction have cancelled a Belfast concert at the last minute after band member Liam Payne became sick and could not go … Continue reading

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Rep. Ryan lays out conditions for seeking speaker’s job

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Paul Ryan will run for House of Representatives speaker if he receives endorsements from all factions of the deeply divided Republican members, a Ryan spokesman said on Tuesday. “If the members agree with his requests and share … Continue reading

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Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: U.S. House member

WASHINGTON Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the panel told Reuters on … Continue reading

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Top U.S. general seeks momentum in Iraq, bucks ‘stalemate’ label

BAGHDAD U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, who took over this month as America’s top military officer, pledged on Tuesday to seek new ways to build momentum in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State and bucked descriptions of the conflict as a … Continue reading

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