Zoos help frog with no croak

Braintree and Witham Times: A golden mantella frog, which attracts a mate with clicks not croaks

9:21am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A frog with no croak and the world's biggest lizard are among the top 10 reptiles and amphibians avoiding extinction with the help of zoos, a report has said.

Darling and Brown reunite to say No

Braintree and Witham Times: Postal votes are starting to arrive in households across Scotland

1:13am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Alistair Darling will be reunited with former prime minister Gordon Brown today as the two men join forces to campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

RBS fined £14m over mortgage advice

Braintree and Witham Times: Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined 14.5 million pounds by the City regulator

7:33am Wednesday 27th August 2014

State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was today fined £14.5 million after the City regulator found "serious failings" in its advice to mortgage customers.

Farage confident of seat success

Braintree and Witham Times: Nigel Farage is to contest the South Thanet constituency next year

7:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Nigel Farage has admitted he could be replaced as Ukip leader if his party fails to win a seat at next year's general election.

Police chief backs passport removal

Braintree and Witham Times: Would-be jihadis should lose their British passports Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said

9:18am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Would-be jihadis who go to fight abroad should be stripped of their British passports, the country's most senior police officer has said.

Secret of herding sheep discovered

Braintree and Witham Times: A study found rounding up sheep successfully is a deceptively simple process involving just two basic mathematical rules

8:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sheepdogs could find their job taken over by robots after scientists learned the secret of their herding ability.

Downsized Nato 'can't fight Russia'

Braintree and Witham Times: General Sir Richard Shirreff says Nato cannot defend itself against Russian adventurism because of military downsizing

1:13am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Western Europe would not be able to defend itself against Russian intervention because of the progressive dismantling of military capability, one of Britain's most senior generals has warned.

Civil partnership conversion plea

Braintree and Witham Times: Laws enabling same-sex marriage in England and Wales were passed last year

3:04am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A couple campaigning for a change to the rules governing the conversion of civil partnerships into full marriages are presenting a petition to the minister responsible for equal marriage today.

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