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Snooker: John Higgins' Masters plan is to prove he remains a threat

John Higgins, the four-times world champion, is no stranger to success. But even Higgins, regarded as one of snooker's greatest ever players, has found silverware hard to come by in recent times. Since winning the World Championship at the beginning of May 2011, the 37-year-old has failed to win any of snooker's three major titles – the World, UK Championship or Masters.

Revealed: Climate change led to decline of Maya civilisation

One of the world’s great civilisations was forced into terminal decline by successive dry periods culminating in a prolonged drought, according to a study that throws fresh light on the mysterious disappearance of the Maya in Central America around 1,100AD.

A drought? No, it's just environmental stress

When is a drought not a drought? When it's an area of environmental stress due to rainfall deficit, of course. The less-than-catchy term to describe Britain's current state was suggested yesterday by the Environment Agency as it struggles with public perceptions over what "drought" really means.

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