Russia is spending 2.3tn roubles (£22bn) to shore up its economy as sanctions bite and after its debt was downgraded to junk.

The government also intends to create a bad bank to house the most troublesome loans held by the country’s embattled banking sector and inject more money into investment projects.

Around 60 measures were announced in total, with the National Wealth Fund – a sovereign wealth fund – putting 300bn roubles into the state development bank, Vnesheconombank, to increase lending.

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Experts are pinning their hopes on in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

Just five of the animals remain on the planet, after two adult males died within months of each other at the end of 2014.

At a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, conservationists decided to harvest eggs from the remaining females.

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It was a 124-year-old Welsh family business which took five generations to build up, yet a blunder over a single letter was all that was needed to cause its collapse, leaving the Government with a £9 million legal bill.

A High Court ruling has found Companies House liable for the demise of Taylor & Sons Ltd, after they erroneously recorded that the Cardiff engineering firm had been wound up.

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Alexandria VA- In a case that has received very little coverage from mainstream media, a CIA whistle-blower has been found guilty on all 9 counts against him. Jeffrey Sterling was accused of leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen and revealing a botched CIA program to take down the Iranian nuclear program.

Monday, the jury in the case came back with a guilty verdict on all nine counts. Interestingly, earlier the same day, the jury had sent the judge a message saying they could not reach a verdict on a number of charges. A few hours later the verdict was unanimous.

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Planned strikes by health workers in a row over pay have been suspended after a breakthrough in talks, with a Government offer to increase pay for almost all NHS staff by 1 per cent.

Members of Unison, the GMB and Unite were due to walk out in England and Northern Ireland on Thursday and again next month in protest at the Government’s refusal to accept a recommended one per cent wage rise for all NHS staff.

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