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January 17, 2018 5:00 PM Gibbons from Howletts Wild Animal Park, Canterbury, returned to wild Java

Cheeky gibbons have finally been released into the wild after travelling more than 7,000 miles to the Indonesian jungle. Six gibbons made the journey back to their native homeland in Java, Indonesia, after they spent their entire lives at a wild animal park in Canterbury. Keepers will monitor their progress for several months until they are ready to be released 7

January 16, 2018 3:03 PM Veteran BBC radio presenter Ed Doolan dies aged 76

Veteran BBC broadcaster Ed Doolan has died aged 76 following a battle with vascular dementia. The BBC WM 95.6 radio station for Birmingham and the Black Country, the station for which Doolan previously worked, shared the news of his death on Twitter. “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our friend and broadcaster Ed Doolan 6

January 16, 2018 12:51 AM Carillion: Small firms count the cost of collapse

Thousands of small firms working for failed construction giant Carillion are waiting to learn if they will be paid, amid growing fears some could close. Carillion used an extensive network of sub-contractors and local suppliers, paying them almost £1bn a year, according to its latest annual report. Employers' groups are trying to assess the exposure 9

January 16, 2018 12:00 AM EU threat: Switzerland ‘told NOT to make deal with Brexit Britain’ in plot to punish UK

THE EU is pressuring Switzerland not to make a bilateral deal with Britain after Brexit, it was revealed last night. The move appears to be part of a “punishment agenda” by Brussels and has led to concerns that the European Commission is not negotiating with Britain in good faith. A private briefing has raised concerns that the EU is secretly pursuing 11

January 15, 2018 9:52 PM Carillion collapse shows it´s time to `take back control´ of services

The collapse of Carillion is a “watershed moment” that should bring an end to “rip-off privatisation” of public services, Jeremy Corbyn has said. In a video released on social media, the Labour leader criticised an “outsource-first dogma” and insisted “it’s time we took back control”. Mr Corbyn also linked the firm’s collapse with the premature ending

January 13, 2018 2:03 PM BBC star visits homeless charity Harp

Alex Hassell, star of recent BBC period drama The Miniaturist, visited HARP, Southend’s Homeless Charity, to show his support for those fighting to overcome homelessness. The actor, who was born in Leigh, and his wife Emma King, an actress, have been Patrons of HARP since 2016. They recently took a break from their busy schedule to visit the charity 5

January 13, 2018 9:30 AM New volunteer-run community libraries to be introduced across Essex

Six new volunteer-run community libraries could be coming to Essex as a result of a recent consultation on the county council’s mobile library service. Findings from the consultation, which began in September 2017, will be presented to the county council’s cabinet at its January meeting. As a result, six community groups and organisations have come forward

January 12, 2018 11:10 PM Spain 'breaks EU ranks' to DEFY Angela Merkel and back minimum tariff Brexit deal with UK

SPAIN has backed minimum tariffs for a post-Brexit agreement with the UK, despite Angela Merkel taking a much harder line against Theresa May as the PM seeks to unshackle Britain from the Brussels bloc. Both Spain and the Netherlands have agreed to push for a Brexit deal “that keeps Britain as close to the EU as possible”, it has been reported 10

January 12, 2018 7:56 PM U.S. Supreme Court to hear Schlumberger fight over patent damages

Jan 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a bid by Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider, to allow companies to recoup profits lost due to patent infringement when patented technology is used overseas. The case involves a fight over how much rival ION Geophysical Corp must pay for infringing Schlumberger 6

January 12, 2018 6:41 PM Make security strategy include climate again, lawmakers urge Trump

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A group of more than 100 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House urged President Donald Trump on Friday to reconsider the omission of climate change from his administration's national security strategy, saying it is a step backward on science. In December, a new national security strategy document dropped former President 5