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George Osborne's Budget has depressed consumers so much that their lack of confidence in the economy has returned to the levels last seen during the depths of the recession.

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An inquest will resume today into the death of a three-year-old boy who apparently drowned in a garden pond during a family party.

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Two sisters aged just three and four were left alone with their dead mother for two days, police confirmed today.

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House price gains are dropping back, under pressure from economic uncertainty and a growing mismatch between supply and demand, property analyst Hometrack will say today.

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Simon Read: Mixed news for families, but the real pain lies ahead

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23 killed in Bangladesh mudslides

At least 23 people were killed when heavy rain triggered landslides in south-eastern Bangladesh, officials said today.

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