Argos predicts Christmas toy list dominated by dolls and Lego as parents start shopping

Dolls and Lego will dominate Christmas gift lists this year, with one in seven parents already shopping for the big day, according to a major retailer.
Females lay up to two eggs in their nest and they are incubated by both parents for 30 to 40 days.

Penguin chicks hatch at Belfast Zoo

Just in time for Father's Day, nine pentoo penguin chicks have just hatched at Belfast Zoo.

Undated Lauren Owens Photography handout photo issued by the Dogs Trust of dog-mad bride Kim Davies, 29, and her new husband Jason who were escorted down the aisle to exchange their vows by Maddie (right) and Flea, both of whom were rescued by Mrs Davies.

Dogs take the lead as page boy and flower girl at owner's wedding

Two formerly homeless dogs starred as page boy and flower girl in their animal-loving owner's wedding day, even walking her down the aisle.

An argument

Brits say in-laws in blame for marriage rows

Millions of married Brits wish they could divorce their interfering in-laws, a new study has found.

Facebook to hire 3000 extra staff to review videos of crime and suicides

Facebook has announced it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos of crime and suicides following murders shown live on the social network.

Cheryl's Instagram page announcing the arrival of her baby boy

Cheryl and Liam Payne 'name baby son Bear'

Cheryl and Liam Payne have reportedly named their baby son Bear.
An overweight child

Obese children ‘four times more likely’ to develop Type 2 diabetes

Obese children are at four times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, warns new research.

Two-year-old girl almost died after swallowing car key battery

Parents have been warned of the dangers of lithium batteries following a near-fatal incident when a toddler swallowed a lithium cell battery which fell out of a button car key

A pet dog

One year on from law change 450,000 dogs still not chipped

Vets have welcomed the news that almost 710,000 dogs have been microchipped in the last twelve months, following the introduction of the new dog microchipping law.

Rhino statues Kyela and Lankeu (mother and baby), in Nairobi National Park in
Kenya, join Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Globe turning green for Saint Patrick's Day

What do the Big Banana in Australia, an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in Addis Ababa and two rhino statues in Nairobi have in common?

Undated handout photo issued by the Peckham Society of a jumping spider (Phidippus mystaceus) feeding on a tree-dwelling moth caterpillar as spiders devour up to 800 million tons of prey each year, making them one of the world's most voracious predators, research has shown.

Spiders outdo humans as they chomp though 800 million tonnes of prey a year

Spiders devour up to 800 million tonnes of prey each year, making them one of the world's most voracious predators, research has shown.
Ball pit

Children’s toy recalled over safety fears

Smyths Toys Stores has recalled a popular product amid safety fears.
Portstewart strand

National Trust announces FREE open days

The National Trust, Northern Ireland’s leading conservation charity, is opening up its special places in Fermanagh for free on March 4 and 5 and many of its other places across Northern Ireland on March 11.
Shauntelle Tynan

WATCH: Teenager breaks European cancer treatment fundraising record

An Irish teenager has broken a European record for the most successful appeal for money for cancer treatment.
The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Ebony Horse Club, visits the charity's Brixton riding centre to celebrate the club's 21st anniversary.

Camilla charms grumpy Shetland pony at Ebony horse club

The Duchess of Cornwall has used her horse-whispering skills on a grumpy old Shetland pony during a visit to an inner-city club.

Up to six hours of screen time doesn’t harm kids after all

Up to six hours of screen time doesn’t harm kids after all

Children who spend up to six hours a day playing computer games or watching telly aren't doing themselves any harm after all, according to new research.

On the mobile

Mobile phone SOS system for elderly could save NHS ‘millions’

An entrepreneur has launched an ‘SOS’ service for the elderly which turns any mobile phone into a personal alarm and promises to save families and the NHS millions of pounds a year.

Pictured (LR) at the announcement are Phelim Devlin, Kevin Quinn and Kieran Quinn, Directors of Crumlin Road Gaol; Carol Ramsey, Director of Strategic Planning Division at Department for Infrastructure and John McGrillen, Tourism NI Chief Executive.

Crumlin Road gaol locks in five-star rating

Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian era prison, Crumlin Road Gaol has been graded and awarded a five-star visitor attraction rating.

Dublin Zoo undated handout photo of a healthy eastern bongo calf that has been born at the attraction bringing the Zoo's bongo herd to five.

Zoo welcomes second critically endangered Bongo calf in two years

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a bongo - one of the rarest antelope species in the world.

Jean McCullagh and her daughter Sheila Mills

Asda welcomes a first-time 102-year-old shopper

The amazing 102-years- ‘young’ Jean McCullagh from Larne received a welcome belated birthday surprise this week in the form of her first shopping trip to her local Asda.

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