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Eric Pickles speaking at the conference today

Government review of affordable housing 'will deny millions a home' 'will deny millions chance to own home'

Nearly two million families could lose their only chance of a home if developers are freed from the legal obligation to build houses at "affordable" prices, critics warned yesterday.

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Australia plans marine reserve the size of India

Australia has announced an ambitious plan to create the world's largest network of marine reserves, with fishing to be restricted and oil and gas exploration banned in the most sensitive areas.

Labour attacks 'Minister for Daybreak'

He is the Government’s most prolific media operators.

Bee populations have declined dramatically in recent decades

Pesticide that kills bees ‘must be banned’

The Government has been accused of failing to act on increasing evidence of the environmental damage done by "nerve-agent" pesticides, after France banned a pesticide product still widely in use by British farmers on their crops.

Black bear put down after eating Canadian murderer

Canadian conservation officers have put down a black bear which they think ate the remains of a convicted murderer.

Unesco fears the health of the Great Barrier Reef is at risk from development of sites such as Origin Energy’s coal seam gas plant

Queensland dismisses UN report that reef is 'at risk'

Across the globe, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is recognised as one of the world’s natural wonders. But in Queensland, home to the vast, picturesque reef, the government is apparently less impressed.

Communities offered £17m cash boost

Communities in England were today offered £17 million to help them take advantage of a new scheme allowing them to build facilities like family homes, shops, children's playgrounds and community halls.

ANGELA MERKEL: German leader’s party suffered its worst defeat in North Rhine Westphalia

Angela Merkel's party humiliated by shock election defeat

German voters reject austerity programme in favour of pro-growth opposition in state poll

It is unclear whether a virus or underwater sound waves from oil exploration are causing the deaths

Mystery of mass dolphin deaths in Peru

Maritime scientists in Peru are trying to solve a mystery that has turned stretches of the country's beaches into a grim dolphin morgue.

Scientists continue to investigate dolphin deaths off Peru

Scientists and Peruvian officials are investigating a mass die-off of hundreds of dolphins along the South American country's coast.

Submerged vessel 'may be war grave'

A suspected submerged submarine has been discovered in Northern Ireland, the Government has said.

Rescue workers in the collapsed mine

Nine trapped miners rescued after Peru cave-in

Nine miners have been rescued after spending five days trapped in a collapsed gold and copper mine in Peru.

Highest water bills set to be cut by £50

Britain's highest water bills are set to be cut by £50 a year after a £400 million handout to a private company cleared Parliament tonight.

President Sarkozy at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school

Did campaign that played to the far right trigger actions of killer?

The horrific school killings in Toulouse fell like a bombshell on the French presidential election campaign.

There were 2,181 rough sleepers in England in 2011, up 413 from 1,768 on the same night the previous year

Rough sleeping in England up by 23 per cent

New data has revealed the number of people sleeping rough in England has risen by 23 per cent in a year.

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