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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

George Osborne has been accused of burying a 'stealth cut' in the Autumn statement

George Osborne's 'stealth cuts' will force millions to miss economic recovery

More than three million low-income families risk missing out on the economic recovery even if wages start to keep pace with inflation, according to an analysis for The Independent.

First Utility have suggested that customers cut down on cups of tea and coffee

Energy firm First Utility suggests clients give up tea and shower with other people to cut costs

Shadow Energy minister says advice is an 'insult' to millions of people struggling to pay their bills

Paramilitary police carry crystal meth at Boshe village, Lufeng, Guangdong province, where they seized nearly three tonnes of the drug and arrested 182

Police seize three tonnes of crystal meth and arrest 182 in Chinese village Boshe

More than a fifth of households in the notorious Southern China village are suspected to have been involved in production of the drug

Back to reality: The news you missed over Christmas

Did Christmas presents take precedent over world events during the festive period? Here is a quick round up of the top news stories from the past week

Electricity pylons in the Languedoc, France in Villejust, near Paris

Exclusive: A giant European network of electricity interconnectors is solution to high energy prices, says climate change minister

Ed Davey believes a continent-wide network of underground electricity cables could slash bills

Ed Davey has dismissed Labour leader Ed Miliband’s suggestion that a two-year price freeze would solve the issue of soaring energy bills

Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze a big ‘con’, says Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Mr Davey said that the Labour leader's plan would hit the small, independent, gas and electricity companies much harder than the Big Six suppliers

No Christmas cheer for Debenhams as sales plunge

Shares decline as much as 13% as investors react to the trading update

In a letter sent to Iain Duncan Smith, campaigners warned that disabled people make up two thirds of those hit by the policy

Bedroom tax hits 60,000 families with carers

About 60,000 families living in council homes where there is someone caring for an elderly or disabled relative have been caught out by the “bedroom tax”.

Voting for Ukip in European elections could damage economic recovery, warns Nick Clegg

The Deputy PM says that 'the Liberal Democrats are Britain's Party of In' when it comes to the EU

An alternative nativity play: Invest in early learning, and the circumstances of a child's birth won't matter so very much

Teach First has turned its attention to the very young. But more is needed

Retirement rental hotspots in England and Wales

Homeowners selling their properties in order to turn their equity into cash to boost their retirement incomes

France approves Francois Hollande's 75% 'millionaire tax'

Constitutional council says super tax on salaries above €1 million is legal

Resurgent demand and a falling supply of new homes helped to push house prices up by 4.4 per cent in the last year

House prices set to rise further after jumping 4.4% in 2013

Broader based recovery in housing market dependent on ‘real’ economic growth

Oxford Street in London yesterday was full of shoppers, but another debt bubble could be looming

Low hopes for a happy new financial year in 2014

Consumers who put Christmas on credit are expecting their finances to worsen in the year ahead

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) is to celebrate the work of Richard Rogers, among others

High and mighty: A major new exhibition will show how UK architects changed post-war building design around the world

The show will include coverage of recent projects such as Lord Foster's Reichstag building in Berlin and Lord Rogers' work on Madrid-Barajas Airport

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End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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