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Making structural changes to your house will significantly improve its value, according to research by the Nationwide building society. An extra bathroom, bedroom or garage will increase its value by 11 per cent, while carrying out a loft conversion adds 4 per cent.

More than 22,000 congestion charge fines were revoked in the first four weeks of the scheme, London mayor Ken Livingstone has admitted.

According to the Ministry of Defence, in the first three weeks of the war in Iraq the allied forces launched 725 Tomahawk missiles, flew 18,000 sorties, discharged 12,000 precision missiles and dropped 50 cluster bombs.

Nearly 54 per cent of the UK's adult population are ignoring the fiscal pessimists and claim to be 'fairly satisfied'with the current performance of the British economy, new research by online polling firm YouGov has concluded.

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