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Brazil removes ban on WhatsApp after protests

The blockade shocked Facebook, which owns Whatsapp, and led to benefits for competitors like Telegram and Viber<p>A Brazilian judge has lifted a ban on WhatsApp after a lower court banned the messaging app for 48 hours, causing outages for millions of people in Brazil and neighbouring countries.<p>The …

The incredible plan to make money grow on trees | Sam Knight

One of the most cutting-edge projects to tackle climate change is being pioneered in one of the most remote, undeveloped countries on earth. Does it have any hope of succeeding? By Sam Knight<p>One day about five years ago, Frank Nolwo, a compact, quietly spoken boat skipper from the upper reaches of …

Papua New Guinea

How fast your heart beats predicts if you will die early

It’s enough to make your heart beat a little faster. A new study suggests that resting heart rate can be used as a ‘death test’ to predict your chance of keeling over in the next two decades.<p>Although doctors have known for some time that people with low resting heart rates are usually fitter and …

Which areas will see the biggest house price rises by 2020?

Better job prospects, rising wages and a more stable economy will drive a five year wave of activity in home sales and a surge in house price growth, especially in the South East of England.<p>Analysts at the property group JLL have predicted that the cost of the average home in the South East will …

The most prosperous countries in the world, based on happiness and financial health

The UK took fifteenth place, having achieved the biggest turnaround in any major developed economy<p>Norway has been named the world’s most prosperous country for the seventh year running, while neighbouring countries Denmark and Sweden also make the top five in a ranking of 142 countries across the …

Winter is coming: the new crisis for refugees in Europe

From Lesbos to Lapland, refugees are bracing for a winter chill that many will never have experienced before. Some will have to endure it outside<p>Record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October – just in time for the advent of winter, which is already …

Save the Children

‘Burning UFO wreckage’ in London suburb mystifies police

Police in Kingston in southwest London, had a close encounter of the third kind early on Saturday morning when they discovered a UFO-like object in the middle of a road.<p>Police in the London suburb were alerted to a mysterious fire next to a traffic light on Malden Road at about midnight between …