Bird Flu hits northern England ~ link ~
A duck-breeding farm in northern England has been closed off over an outbreak of bird flu.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says it might be linked to outbreaks in the Netherlands and Germany, but said it had yet to identify the strain, although the deadly H5N1 had been ruled out.
Highly contagious Bird Fly in the Netherlands ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~
Strange all these new diseases popping up all over! Stirling
Amsterdam: Dutch authorities on Sunday said they had found the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands.
Authorities say it's the same highly contagious strain found earlier this month in Germany and the same one that has sparked massive poultry culls in Asia.
Pope Francis to visit USA and UN in September 2015 ~ link ~
Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families.
The pope is due to visit Turkey and European institutions in Strasbourg, France, in two separate trips this month. In January, he travels to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, making his second trip to Asia.
PM cameron says Second Global Crash Looming ~ link ~ link ~
David Cameron warned last night that the global economy risked another crash and said in an article that 'red warning lights' were 'flashing on the dashboard of the global economy' and the eurozone was 'teetering on the brink' of another recession.
Here is your global recovery in 24 charts ~ link ~ Do take a minute to view this one at the link. Stirling
Russia send another aid convoy to eastern Ukraine ~ link ~
The convoy, which consists of about 20 trucks, is said to be carrying power generators and oil for electricity plants that were heavily damaged during the months-long fighting in the east.