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Garden villages: Locations of first 14 announced. Image copyright Getty Images England's first garden villages will be built at 14 sites spread across the country from Devon to Cumbria, the government has announced.

Garden villages: Locations of first 14 announced

Ministers have lent their support to 14 planned developments which will each deliver between 1,500 and 10,000 properties and establish new villages. Larger garden towns in Buckinghamshire, Somerset and the Essex-Hertfordshire border were also approved. The 17 new areas could provide almost 200,000 new homes, the government says. The latest plans are in addition to seven garden towns that have already been announced. The plans for garden towns and cities are expected to create new communities with green spaces, good transport links and high quality affordable homes to help tackle a lack of housing.

Train fares rise by an average of 2.3% Image copyright PA Rail passengers are facing higher fares across the UK as average price increases of 2.3% are introduced on the first weekday of the new year.

Train fares rise by an average of 2.3%

The increase covers regulated fares, including season tickets, and unregulated, such as off-peak tickets. More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England. More than 2.3 million families are living in fuel poverty in England – the equivalent of 10% of households, according to government statistics.

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

Almost 60,000 households in Birmingham alone cannot afford to heat their homes. The figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show the West Midlands city is worst affected, with Leeds, Cornwall, Manchester and Liverpool also in the top five local authorities where households face “eat or heat” choices in winter. However, rural areas of England are proportionally the worst affected, with more than 20% of households on the Isles of Scilly classified as fuel poor. Other badly affected areas include Eden in Cumbria, Richmondshire and Ryedale in North Yorkshire, and West Devon. Fuel poverty is calculated by gauging if a household’s income would fall below the official poverty line after spending the actual amount needed to heat the home.

Nottingham hospitals plan: 'Hundreds of beds need to close' Image copyright PA A local NHS restructuring plan to save £600m over the next five years includes a move to cut 200 hospital beds despite current overcrowding.

Nottingham hospitals plan: 'Hundreds of beds need to close'

The cuts proposed - totalling 11.8% of beds at Nottingham's two main hospitals - would happen over the next two years. Health leaders said the bed shortage was caused by patients who could not leave hospitals because of a lack of community support. The proposed cuts are part of the county's NHS "sustainability" plan. The bed reduction is "contingent on other models of care being put in place", a spokesman for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said. The plan also called for "taking beds out of the active care setting by moving them into the community".

Trust chairman Louise Scull said the current was sustainable unless changes were made. "The status quo is simply not an option if we are to deliver a financially and clinically sustainable health and social care system for our patients in Nottinghamshire. Image copyright Thinkstock. Up to 90% of world's electronic waste is illegally dumped, says UN. Up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly $19bn (£12bn), is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the UN Environment Programme (Unep).

Up to 90% of world's electronic waste is illegally dumped, says UN

Computers and smart phones are among the ditched items contributing to this 41m tonne e-waste mountain, which could top 50m tonnes by 2017, Unep says in a new report launched today in Geneva. It follows last month’s UN University report, which outlined how 42m tonnes of electronic waste were thrown out in 2014 at a cost of $52bn to the global economy. Exporting hazardous waste from EU and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Member States to non-OECD countries is banned. However, Unep says thousands of tonnes of e-waste are falsely declared as second-hand goods and exported from developed to developing countries, including waste batteries falsely described as plastic or mixed metal scrap, and cathode ray tubes and computer monitors misleadingly declared as metal scrap.

NYIT Students Turn Plastic Bottles Into Disaster Relief. Feedback - Putting a stop to global food waste. At the epicentre of Delhi's chikungunya epidemic. Image copyright AFP In the Indian capital Delhi's neighbourhood of Karkardooma, the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus is running riot.

At the epicentre of Delhi's chikungunya epidemic

At a local doctor's private practice, many residents lining up outside have similar sounding complaints: severe joint pains, nausea, headaches and fever, all common symptoms of the infection. Overcrowded Tube station incidents rise 3% in a year. Image copyright Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Overcrowded Tube station incidents rise 3% in a year

The best idea to redevelop Dharavi slum? Scrap the plans and start again. By 8am, Dharavi is already noisy.

The best idea to redevelop Dharavi slum? Scrap the plans and start again

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