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A man being investigated for slashing the boyfriend of Sugababe singer Amelle Berrabah on Christmas Eve was released on bail a few days after the incident.

Freddie Fuller of Hammersmith, West London, was found with serious injuries to his left arm and leg on Christmas Eve, according to a report from the British news site Digital Spy.

Fuller had spent the evening with Berrabah, one-third of the British pop trio juggernaut Sugababes. It is not believed that Berrabah was with Fuller when the attack took place.

The alleged assailant has not been identified.

Kingdom is cool: Poll shows Brits still back the monarchyNearly 80 percent of Britons polled recently by the British Broadcasting Corp. said the country should retain its monarchy.

In the telephone poll, only 19 percent disagreed with Britain’s continuing its royal lineage, the BBC reported last week.

Asked if the monarchy should end when Queen Elizabeth goes to that castle in the sky, 68 percent said no.

The poll surveyed 1,000 people older than 16 and was commissioned by Prof. Peter Hennessy, a historian and editor of Radio 4’s “Today” program.

When asked if a monarchy will exist here in 30 years, 80 percent said yes.

The youth also appear to be getting in line behind their royal rulers.

A separate poll recently found that nearly 70 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds would keep the royals on their throne, while more than 80 percent thought that Prince William’s girlfriend, Kate Middleton, would make a good addition to the royal family.

Employment institute predicts worst job market in a decadeThe pound may be killing those meager American dollars, but the outlook for the U.K. job market is at its worst in a decade, according to a British employment organization, the BBC reported last week.

Unemployment is expected to rise by about 150,000, to 1.8 million in 2008, which amounts to about 5.8 percent of the workforce, according to statistics released by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

In fact, next year could be “easily the worst since the Labour Government came to power in 1997,” institute representatives said in the BBC report.

Over the past few years, a drop in public sector employment has “been more than offset by rising numbers of private sector jobs,” according to John Philpott, a chief economist with the institute, but that won’t be the case next year.

“But 2008 will be the first year for a decade that the engine of job creation will be sputtering right across the economy,” he said.

U.K. house prices decline for second straight monthHouse prices in the United Kingdom fell for the second straight month in December, a further sign that higher interest rates and tightening credit markets are cooling the British economy, a major mortgage lender reported.

House prices fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in December, following a drop of 0.8 percent in November, the Nationwide Building Society said.

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