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Attacked Navalny ally will 'never give up' fightAttacked Navalny ally will 'never give up' fight

Leonid Volkov - in his first TV interview since the assault - says his fight against Putin will never end.

Unpaid carers being forced to repay £250m to DWPUnpaid carers being forced to repay £250m to DWP

One claimant unknowingly overpaid Carer's Allowance said the debts she incurred have brought 'considerable financial strain'.

Russia could increase Ukraine attacks, says ZelenskyRussia could increase Ukraine attacks, says Zelensky

Moscow continues to make military gains in the Kharkiv region as Ukraine struggles with resources.

Parasites removed but sickness goes on - health bossParasites removed but sickness goes on - health boss

South West Water says some 16,000 homes and firms are affected but it is clearing the contamination.

AskTen - Nine things you may not have noticed last week!

1. How to encourage gratitude in your team. As we navigate through the demands and challenges of an ever-changing workplace, it's easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Amidst deadlines, meetings, and presentations, we often forget the power of gratitude - the simple act of expressing appreciation for the good things in our lives. When employees feel valued, they are more satisfied, willing to work longer, and motivated to do their best. READ MORE

2. Summer rate cuts may be coming. The Bank of England (BoE) held interest rates steady at 5.25% last week but signalled that a rate cut could be on the horizon this summer if inflation continues to fall. The governor expressed optimism about the direction of inflation, noting "encouraging news" and expectations for it to approach the bank's 2% target in the coming months. However, he emphasised the need for more evidence of sustained low inflation before implementing a rate cut. Meanwhile, GDP grew 0.6% in the first three months of the year, according to latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics - the fastest rate for two years. The stronger-than-expected growth means the UK is no longer in recession. Editor

3. Global trade set to rebound in 2024. Global trade growth is set to rebound sharply this year, according to forecasts from the OECD, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation. Trade in goods and services is expected to rise by 2.3% in 2024 and 3.3% in 2025, driven by easing inflation, strong US economic growth and increased activity in China and East Asia. The uptick has already boosted growth in major EU economies in the first quarter. However, trade growth is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels as geopolitical tensions, regional conflicts and economic uncertainty pose risks. Financial Times

4. World will warm by 2.5C. Almost 80% of some of the world's leading climate scientists believe the world will warm by an average of 2.5C compared to pre-industrial temperatures, and nearly half expect warming to surpass 3C, according to a survey. The respondents were all from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a leading international research body. Just 6% of those surveyed think warming will stay at 1.5C, the target agreed upon by world leaders which is believed to limit the worst impacts of climate change. Scientists said they felt hopeless and scared by a collective lack of global action on climate change, but said they believed that any success in limiting warming was worthwhile. The Guardian

5. Pandemic's top stocks lose $1.5tn. Companies that thrived during the pandemic have seen around $1.5tn (£1.2tn; €1.4tn) wiped off their combined market value since late 2020, S&P Global data shows. The 50 biggest 2020 winners with over $10bn (£8bn;€9.3bn) market cap, led by tech firms such as Zoom and Peloton [one of my holdings], have shed more than a third of their value as remote work and e-commerce trends cooled. Zoom's market cap plunged $77 billion (£61bn/€70bn), while Peloton dropped $43bn (£34bn; €39bn). According to analysts, one of the factors that drove these declines was that many companies' valuations were artificially boosted by ultra-low interest rates rather than solid business foundations. Financial Times


6. Are friends more important than family? Many people say family is the most important relationship to them but for others it’s their friendship group or their community. Friends become increasingly important to health and happiness as people age, according to new research in the journal Personal Relationships. They’re so crucial, in fact, that having supportive friendships in old age was found to be a stronger predictor of wellbeing than having strong family connections.  Which relationships are important to you right now?  Please share your thoughts in our latest poll. VOTE HERE

7. How much to raise a child in 2024? The cost of raising children has soared over the course of the past decade, leaving many parents struggling to make ends meet. Research from investment experts Moneyfarm suggests it now costs more than £220,000 to raise a child to the age of 18. Another study, by SmarTrike suggests that the figure is even higher. They found that the cost of early-years childrearing has gone up 75 per cent over ten years, due mainly to an increase in childcare costs. These figures take into account costs of £23,500 a year to parent younger children thanks to a £15,000 a year average cost of childcare for a child under two. Metro

8. Families with TWO retired generations to surge. The number of families including two retired generations could jump by a third to top one million within the next decade, new research reveals. Some 55 per cent of future retirees expect to give financial support to relatives, compared with 37 per cent of current retirees, according to a study. There are around 813,000 families with two generations of retired people at present, but this will rise by 18 per cent to 963,000 by 2029, and 32 per cent to 1.08million in 10 years' time. The number is projected to reach 1.4million by 2044, according to analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics data on the size and age of the UK population. Daily Mail

9. The UK’s sunniest place has been named. The UK’s sunniest spot has been named and it just so happens to have ‘lovely’ beaches with ‘wonderful views’. The Isle of Wight officially has the honour of receiving the most sunlight. It’s loved by many for its coastal scenery, impressive landscape and mild climate. The island has been a popular holiday destination since the Victorian times and even Queen Victoria herself had a retreat there, which has now become a tourist attraction. New data published this month by the Met Office, which was collected over three decades, found that the Isle of Wight reigns supreme for being sun-drenched. It’s the only UK destination that relishes in more than five hours of sunshine a day. Kent finished in second place, followed by East and West Sussex. Metro

10. The bottom line. The value of the average house is expected to rise £60,000 over the next five years. Estate agent Savills has upgraded its five-year forecast for property price rises, from 17.9% to 21.6%, meaning the average price of a house would rise from £285,000 at the end of 2023 to £346,500 by the end of 2028. The Telegraph

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