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House prices outside London 'to see biggest rises' in 2015

House prices in the north west, south east, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside are set to shoot up by five per cent in the coming year - while property in the capital will remain level, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.

It comes as further research from property analyst Hometrack found that house prices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham had grown at a faster rate than London over the three months to November.

The predictions come from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Credit: PA

The RICS predictions state that Northern Ireland and Scotland will see overall increases of four per cent, while the east of England, the East Midlands and the north east are set to see rises of three per cent.

House prices in Wales and the south west are expected to rise by two per cent.

London is the only region due to see no overall rise at all, though property experts have warned of massive fluctuations between different areas of the capital.

Crashes, rows and angry notes: Britain's parking problem

Driving home for Christmas is one thing - but it's when it comes to parking that people in Britain seem to have a problem.

The survey found 19 per cent of drivers have asked someone else to park for them

According to research by one insurance company, 17 per cent of male drivers have had an accident while trying to park, along with 15 per cent of female drivers.

The survey also found:

  • 19 per cent have asked someone else to park for them
  • 21 per cent have had an argument with someone over a parking space
  • 17 per cent had left a note on another car criticising the driver's parking
  • 18 per cent admitted they had illegally used a disabled space in the past

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US 'investigating whether Iran helped in Sony hack'

US investigators are looking at the possibility that Iran helped North Korea in a 'state-sponsored' cyber attack on Sony's film division, government officials have said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told Reuters news agency that the code used to attack the studio bore striking similarities to malware known as 'Shamoon'.

Shamoon is believed by the US to have been used by Iran to target tens of thousands of computers at Saudi Arabia's national oil firm, Saudi Aramco, in an attack in 2012, and against banks and broadcasting companies in South Korea last year.

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Ordinary Russians count the cost of Putin's defiance

Vladimir Putin struck a defiant pose today when he answered questions from journalist for over three hours, without notes.

But on the streets of Moscow signs of the panic gripping his country were all too evident - one high-end car dealer suspended sales as the rouble's plummeting value leaves it uncertain of what to charge.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports.

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