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Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report

Safari operators enraged as Zanu-PF rewards the faithful with stolen share of lucrative trade

Senior officials in Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party are forcing safari operators to give up the profits from lucrative ranches in a ruthless takeover of Zimbabwe's foreign-owned properties reminiscent of the regime's previous seizure of white farmers' land.

Andrew Buncombe: Should India help save the world?

Yesterday, I went along to hear India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh reveal some important new figures about the estimates regarding the country's emissions of CO2 over the next two decades.

Senior Tory faces deselection fight

A Tory frontbench MP faces deselection after falling out with senior figures within her local party.

Environment ministers pressed on cuts

Environment ministers refused to admit today whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' budget was being cut.

Another minister deserts Brown

Environment minister Jane Kennedy today quit the Government, saying she had been forced to do so because she would not give an assurance of loyalty to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Labour MP Morley quits over mortgage expenses

Former Labour minister Elliot Morley is to quit as an MP after claiming £16,800 in taxpayer-funded allowances for interest on a mortgage he had already paid off.

MPs hit by angry public backlash

Labour MP faces criminal investigation into £13,000 claim for mortgage already paid off

Christmas Island bat 'months from extinction'

Australian government accused of jeopardising fate of tiny pipistrelle

Stormont facing a climate change rift

Stormont First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have told Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) that climate change is “one of the most serious problems” facing the planet.

Portugal PM vows to defend honour over mall

Portugal's prime minister, Jose Socrates, is embroiled in an alleged corruption scandal over permission granted for a British development on protected land outside Lisbon.

'Council homes for life' under threat

Council tenants could lose their right to a home for life under reforms being considered to cut waiting lists, it emerged today.

Ireland bans traditional lightbulbs

About half of the traditional lightbulbs on sale in Ireland will be banned next March, under Government plans announced today.

Brown to set up economic crisis team in reshuffle

Gordon Brown will create a powerful group of ministers and officials to lead the Government's response to the global financial crisis as part of a cabinet reshuffle to be announced today.

Peru's army on standby as jungle unrest grows

Peru is considering sending in the army to break up protests by Amazonian Indians who claim the government is preparing a massive land grab in the country's remote jungles.

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