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The News Matrix: Monday 27 January 2014

Pregnant woman is taken off life support

What bliss it is to be detoxed and McKeithless

It’s day nine of my 10-day Italian detox, and I have to admit to feeling seriously blissed out. I’m so relaxed that it actually makes me uncomfortable, it being such a rare thing in my existence. I spoke to my wife and kids on Skype, and watched them bickering away back in my normal existence. I told them to calm down and not talk to each other in that manner. Something in my new spiritual persona jarred with them and they all stopped arguing with each other and stared at the screen.

Davos 2014: Mark Carney pours cold water on odds of imminent rise in interest rates

The Bank of England’s flagship policy of forward guidance on interest rates will “evolve” next month, Mark Carney said yesterday, as he sought again to dampen expectations of an imminent rate rise.

Over 200,000 people have contacted their council for help following the last cut to benefits, however councils cannot keep up with the demand

'Bedroom tax' and benefits cuts draining councils’ emergency funds

Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander; Treasury ministers have come under fire from economists after insisting that living standards were finally beginning to rise

Treasury accused of resorting to 'dodgy statistics' to claim raise in living standards

Treasury ministers came under fire from economists today after they insisted that living standards were finally beginning to rise for the vast majority of workers.

GPs are concerned that the NHS data scheme will undermine the 'total confidentiality' of medical consultations

40 per cent of GPs plan to opt out of the NHS big data sweep, due to a lack of confidence in the project

Family doctors are concerned that the “total confidentiality” of GP consultations could be under threat from a major NHS data scheme which will see confidential patient records stored in a national database.

Crime is falling sharply

The mysterious case of the falling criminal offences: burglary and murders down again, statistics show

Burglary and murders are down again, but what’s driving this 20-year drop in offences?

Interest rates: ‘No immediate need for rise’, says Carney, as he seeks to reassure over cost of borrowing

Mark Carney sought to dampen expectations of an imminent interest rate rise on Thursday night, despite the unemployment rate falling to within a whisker of the level at which the Bank of England said it would consider raising the cost of borrowing.

3 bedroom terraced house for sale in James Turner St., Birmingham, West Midlands B18, on with Sprinkbox Properties. Offers over £65,000

Property news roundup: Where do people live?

Plus, homelessness in Scotland, and why so few renters have contents insurance

Flood Re proposals are expected to become part of the Water Bill in mid-2015

Millions could be left without affordable flood insurance

But home insurance premiums are still falling despite floods

Most forces reported a decline in crime, although the City of London had a one per cent

Crime drops to lowest level for three decades

Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

SSE set for huge profit jump after hiking energy bills

Big Six energy supplier SSE has admitted that its customers have been leaving in droves after the hike in household price last year.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney may decide to increase interest rates if unemployment continues to drop

Bank of England seeks to ease rate hike fears as the pound soars

City traders sent the pound soaring following a shock fall in unemployment and the first explicit signal from the Bank of England on how it would handle a hike in interest rates.

Npower chief Paul Massara

Npower chief blames 'old and draughty' houses for rising energy bills

The chief executive of the energy supplier Npower has claimed that energy bills in the UK are higher because the country's "old and draughty" houses waste so much gas and electricity.

Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

The boomerang generation: Forced back to the nest by lack of jobs and high cost of living

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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