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House price slowdown.

The property market looks set to remain subdued during 2006, with prices increasing only by 3%, a building society predicted today.

Nationwide said it was cautiously optimistic about the housing market over the coming year, expecting it to be fairly stable. But following rapid rises during the past nine years, it would take a long time for property to become affordable again and this would act as a brake on price growth.

Plane tragedy

AN AIRLINER trying to land in heavy snow slid off a runway at Chicago, crashed through a boundary fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it yesterday. A child in one of the vehicles was killed.

Birdflu victim

A BOY, five, became Thailand's second bird flu death victim in two months, while Vietnam announced two new outbreaks and China its fifth human case amid concern infection rates could soar this winter.

Ageing crisis

THE NHS faces huge pressure on its finances and workload with soaring numbers of elderly people needing treatment in the next 30 years researchers predicted today.

Deaths probe

A LORRY driver, 36, from Coventry, has been released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Three people died in a crash on the A1 near St Neots, Cambs, yesterday.

Terror arrests

SPANISH police have arrested at least seven Islamic terrorism suspects, it was reported today. The arrests began last night in the Costa del Sol region of southern Spain.

Royal opening

THE Prince of Wales will today officially open an innovative pounds 100m bridge at Klosters, his favourite ski resort in Switzerland.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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