Photos: The Indian birds and animals on a new list of critically endangered species

° ° ° A large number of the species on the planet are on the verge of extinction or getting there, an analysis by the scientific journal Nature has found. In fact, the loss is so rapid, earth could face mass extinction in a couple of centuries, the study warns. The study … ° MinnPost ° Full-Time Whistle

ASX soars in Santa Claus rally

° ° The West Australian ° The Australian sharemarket joined the global equity buying frenzy on expectations US interest rates would not rise next year, but currency, commodity and bond markets all reflected a cautious view. Following the 2.6 per cent surge on Wall Street last night the … ° ABC Online ° CITY A.M. ° Sky News Australia ° - °

House price growth in only three UK cities – and London’s not one of them

° ° ° House price growth in London is lagging behind some of Britain's regional cities, with values falling 20pc in parts of the capital. Often seen as the driving force behind the country's housing market recovery, London will “act as a drag” on the nation's pace of … ° Businessweek ° RTT News °