As giraffes face extinction, 7 other animals that could soon be wiped out

It emerged this week that giraffes are at risk of dying out, with their global population having plummeted by up to 40 per cent over the past 30 years. The world's tallest land mammal was classed as 'vulnerable' to extinction on the latest Red List of Threatened Species, published on Thursday. The classification sparked shock among animal enthusiasts, with some taking to social media to express their 'devastation' at the news.

Oxford University students called 'inbred' by ex-Ukip leadership candidate Raheem Kassam

Former Ukip leadership candidate Raheem Kassam has been called out for hurling abuse at Oxford students, just hours after withdrawing from the race. Mr Kassam, a former aide to Nigel Farage, swapped insults with students about their appearance and political views on the Open Oxford Facebook page, commenting that they were "inbred" and "chinless". Posting a link to news coverage of Mr Kassam’s decision to stand down, one Facebook group member said: "Why are Ukip such a farce?"

The VERY tangled affairs of student Tories who now run Britain

When a mischievous student compiled a complex ‘family tree’ purporting to show ‘Who’s Had Who’ among the bright young things at Oxford University in the 1980s, one dashing young man appeared to have a particularly busy love life. But while Ed Vaizey – now Culture Minister – could glory in courting five ladies, his future Cabinet colleague, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, had to settle for one ‘lay line’, as the university’s Cherwell newspaper dubbed the connections in its romantic web.

Are Labour councils going to be the hardest hit just before the General Election? | LabourList

The end of last year saw further swingeing cuts to the collective budget of councils across England. Local council’s spending power will be slashed by 1.8% in the 2015-6 cycle, similar to the cuts imposed in the past two years. Services have been stripped to the bone, with many of the poorest in society suffering at the hands of these cuts, such as Oxford’s homeless, where services were cut by the city council after a budget squeeze. It’s almost expected that councils will face annual squeezes