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  • Japan student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests
    Japan student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Linda Sieg and Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - Wearing shorts and a baggy T-shirt and clutching a microphone, Aki Okuda stands before a crowd, the pyramid-shaped roof of Japan's parliament lit up against the night sky behind him. "No War", "Protect the Constitution", "Abe - Quit!", he chants in a hip-hop rhythm, echoed by the crowd. Okuda, 23, is a founding member of a group of students that has become a fresh face of protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to enact a more robust defence policy - steps critics say violate the pacifist constitution and could ensnare Japan in U.S.-led wars. More »

  • Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests
    Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police Thursday for what he called a "political prosecution" after he was charged over protests which led to last year's mass pro-democracy street rallies. More »

  • Face of Hong Kong student protests charged with two more offences
    Face of Hong Kong student protests charged with two more offences Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Venus Wu and Ever Tang HONG KONG (Reuters) - A student leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations faced additional charges on Thursday in connection with the storming of government headquarters which helped spark months-long street protests last year. Joshua Wong, the 18-year-old leader of student group Scholarism, was charged with unlawful assembly and inciting others to participate in unlawful assembly. The boyish Wong became the face of last year's protests demanding open nominations for the election of Hong Kong's next chief executive in 2017. More »

  • Why should part-time students have to pay fees that full-timers do not?
    Why should part-time students have to pay fees that full-timers do not? Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Nearly 25,000 part-time college students are currently paying fees full-time students are exempt from. It isn’t fair and it doesn’t make any sense says Mary Daly. More »

  • Greece eases capital controls for students and payments
    Greece eases capital controls for students and payments Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Greeks can now transfer up to 500 euros abroad and pay more towards tuition fees under a new incremental easing of capital controls imposed in June to prevent an implosion of the country's banking system. Under a ministerial decree issued in the Official Gazette, bank accounts can be opened for debt repayments, while up to 8,000 euros for student tuition and living expenses paid abroad are allowed per academic quarter. The decree, published on Monday, also said bank transactions related, among others, to foreign exchange spot transactions, interbank lending, derivatives trading, rollovers and transactions which did not materially change the liquidity of the credit institution were permitted, and prior authorisation was not required. More »

  • Trump across the pond? Another firebrand is shaking up UK's Labour. Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Q: Why is Labour holding an election? After his party's demoralizing defeat in Britain's May 7 general election, Ed Miliband stepped down as leader of Labour, triggering an intraparty race to succeed him. Initially, the election looked like it would be a fairly routine affair between a slate of center-left figures with close ties to the party establishment. More »

  • Labour should be learning from Corbyn, not conspiring against him
    Labour should be learning from Corbyn, not conspiring against him Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    If the last 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that negativity is an underrated quality in politics. For a long time political commentators have banged on about the value of positivity. A whole film - No, about the referendum on Chilean democracy - was dedicated to the idea that you offer voters something upbeat and positive instead of political complaints and threats. More »

  • Ken Livingstone: It's the Labour right, not Jeremy Corbyn, who are out of …
    Ken Livingstone: It's the Labour right, not Jeremy Corbyn, who are out of … Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Outside a rally, amid crowds of hundreds overflowing onto the streets, four young people climb onto a building’s windowsill to glimpse the speech inside. In Dundee, there are standing ovations; in Glasgow, far bigger venues are needed at short notice. Jeremy Corbyn has breathed life into electoral politics.This is why Simon Danczuck is out of touch when he dismisses this as being about the far left. There is something extraordinary happening in British politics and it cannot be explained away in that way. The far left in Britain is at its tiniest in decades. ... More »

  • Bond remembered for civil rights work after his death at 75
    Bond remembered for civil rights work after his death at 75 Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Through the tough struggles of the civil rights movement, Julian Bond always kept his sense of humor, and it was his steady demeanor that helped him persist despite the inevitable difficulties involved, his wife recalled. More »

  • Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and activist, dies at 75
    Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and activist, dies at 75 Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Bond's life traced the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group all the way to the top leadership post at the NAACP. More »

  • Labour Leadership Contest: Guide To The Candidates And Their Policies
    Labour Leadership Contest: Guide To The Candidates And Their Policies Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Here are the four candidates who are seeking to replace Ed Miliband - alongside a handy fact file on where they each stand on key issues. More »

  • Anxious Wait As A-Level Students Get Results
    Anxious Wait As A-Level Students Get Results Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    But even if that trend continues, a record number of young people will earn a place on a university course after the Government abolished the cap on the number of places that institutions can offer. Most of those students who fail to get their requisite grades will go into the clearing system, which allows them to apply for vacant courses. With tuition fees now at £9,000 per year, there are concerns that many students will saddle themselves with huge debts that will take them decades to pay off. More »

  • Cracks emerge in Myanmar opposition ahead of November election
    Cracks emerge in Myanmar opposition ahead of November election Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi has expelled 10 members for protesting about the choice of candidates to run for elections in November, after several charismatic pro-democracy leaders were surprisingly excluded. The NLD has yet to say publicly why it turned down prominent public figures, who could have helped unite the party representing the main electoral threat to a government over which the military continues to hold considerable sway. It was not immediately clear why the activists, who had said they would contest the Nov. 8 ballot on an NLD ticket, were turned down. More »

  • China's big-spending tourists pause at stores as yuan drops Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    By Andrew Callus and Wiki Su PARIS/HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Chinese tourists who have become a common sight in the world's major cities fear their wings will be clipped if Tuesday's shock yuan devaluation develops into a deeper dent in their spending power. Shopping for the perfumes and designer clothes that can cost them twice as much at home is a major travel incentive. "So I think I won’t go to Seoul for shopping, but just to Thailand for sightseeing." Huang Ruifen, a shop owner from Guangxi on a shopping trip to Hong Kong, was equally decisive. More »

  • Majority of undergraduates 'happy with degree course'
    Majority of undergraduates 'happy with degree course' Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The number of students who are satisfied with their degree course remains high, according to new research. More »

  • Andy Burnham fights back in Labour leader race with 'help for everyone' …
    Andy Burnham fights back in Labour leader race with 'help for everyone' … Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Andy Burnham will move to regain the initiative in the Labour leadership contest today by publishing a manifesto promising Labour can become the party which "helps everyone get on in life". More »

  • Anti-austerity: A political revolution
    Anti-austerity: A political revolution Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    As austerity punishes and pauperises more people, the counter-arguments to it are becoming more mainstream. More »

  • Grassroots mayors embody Spain's divisions as election nears
    Grassroots mayors embody Spain's divisions as election nears Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By John Stonestreet MADRID (Reuters) - Shortly after she took office in June, Madrid's left-wing anti-establishment mayor Manuela Carmena set up 'Version Original', a website her council uses to rebut media reports it considers "inexact or open to misinterpretation". The former high court judge's team also announced plans to change street names associated with former fascist dictator Francisco Franco and made a show of its anticlericalism. The heady mix of gesture politics and initiatives favouring ordinary citizens over big business drew criticism from some allies and condemnation from mainstream opponents, who called 'Version Original' anti-democratic. More »

  • U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police
    U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all. More »

  • Taiwan protesters vow to escalate action over student suicide
    Taiwan protesters vow to escalate action over student suicide Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Protesters who stormed Taiwan's education ministry after a student committed suicide vowed to escalate their action Friday as the government struggled to defuse the crisis sparked by "China-centric" changes to the school curriculum. More »

  • Hundreds protest in Taipei after student suicide
    Hundreds protest in Taipei after student suicide Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Taipei early on Friday calling for the education minister to resign after a student committed suicide, amid a deepening row over the island's "China-centric" school curriculum. More »

  • Debt warning as university tuition fees tipped to rise to £10,000 a year
    Debt warning as university tuition fees tipped to rise to £10,000 a year Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Tuition fees at some universities could reach £10,000 a year by 2020, it has been suggested. More »

  • Seven Facts About New Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron
    Seven Facts About New Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Meet Tim Farron, the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. He beat rival Norman Lamb by 56.5% to 43.5% in the race to succeed Nick Clegg. More »

  • UK's battered Liberal Democrats elect new leader: Tim Farron
    UK's battered Liberal Democrats elect new leader: Tim Farron Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's centrist Liberal Democrat party on Thursday elected Tim Farron — one of eight Lib Dem lawmakers remaining after an electoral drubbing in May — as the party's new leader. More »

  • UK's Liberal Democrats elect new leader after poll disaster
    UK's Liberal Democrats elect new leader after poll disaster Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Britain's Liberal Democrats, junior partners in the country's coalition government until May, elected a new leader Thursday in a bid to rebuild support which crumbled after a disastrous election result. More »

  • Liberal Democrats elect new leader after election mauling
    Liberal Democrats elect new leader after election mauling Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats, the former junior coalition partners of Prime Minister David Cameron, on Thursday named left-leaning Tim Farron as their new leader, two months after the party was virtually wiped out in May's British election. Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who in 2010 led the Liberal Democrats to their first ever spell in government alongside Cameron's Conservatives, stood down as leader after all but seven of his 56 colleagues lost their seats in the election. Farron, 45, the party's former president, was the bookmakers' favourite for the role. More »

  • English votes for English laws plan attacked in marathon Commons debate
    English votes for English laws plan attacked in marathon Commons debate Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Plans for English votes for English laws (Evel) should be thrown out and begun again, the Government has been told after a marathon Commons debate. More »

  • Evel plans unacceptable: Sturgeon
    Evel plans unacceptable: Sturgeon Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has written to the UK Government to highlight a series of concerns over its currently "unacceptable" plans to implement English votes for English laws (Evel). More »

  • Pay Rise For UK With 'National Living Wage'
    Pay Rise For UK With 'National Living Wage' Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Millions of the country's poorest paid people will see their wages increase after George Osborne announced a new £9-an-hour National Living Wage. Declaring "Britain deserves a pay rise", the Chancellor said over-25s would benefit from the compulsory increase by 2020. Mr Osborne said it would mean a direct pay rise for two and a half million people and that those currently on the minimum wage would see a £5,000 wage increase by the end of the decade. More »

  • New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substance Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis. The 55-year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University, speaks Greek with a British accent and rarely appears in public, let alone wearing the torso-hugging T-shirts Varoufakis favours. As the brainchild of Syriza's economic thinking, Tsakalotos is likely to redouble efforts to put one of the most contentious issues in the five months of negotiations between Greece and its creditors -- debt relief -- back on the table. More »

  • Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards ri …
    Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards ri … Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions -- and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still. The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a military force. It is also an industrial empire with political clout that has grown exponentially in the last decade, benefiting from the favour of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself a former guardsman and, most recently, from the opportunities created by Western sanctions. More »

  • 14 Thai students face seven years in jail for anti-junta rally
    14 Thai students face seven years in jail for anti-junta rally Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    Fourteen Thai students were taken into custody Saturday after staging an anti-coup rally on charges that could see them jailed for seven years, as the ruling junta tightens its chokehold on dissent. More »

  • Chile's emboldened students back on streets to defy government
    Chile's emboldened students back on streets to defy government Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Gram Slattery SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's students were back on the streets on Thursday, four years after their massive protests won wide public support, this time taking on a left-leaning president whose promise of university reform has fallen short of their demands. After President Michelle Bachelet announced major legislation in May to make university free for hundreds of thousands of Chileans, tens of thousands of protesters marched through Santiago's broad avenues asking for quite a bit more. The return of the demonstrations has raised questions about how the government of one of Latin America's most developed economies deals with a potent political bloc that keeps moving leftward and enjoys far broader support than any traditional party. More »

  • Chancellor says no conspiracy in flying out Saudi students
    Chancellor says no conspiracy in flying out Saudi students Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Tech's chancellor said Tuesday that he did not conspire to fly students involved in a grade-changing scandal out of the U.S., despite recently published Saudi Embassy memos saying he suggested removing them from the country to avoid deportation or arrest. More »

  • New graduates face £30,000 debt
    New graduates face £30,000 debt Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    New graduates can expect to face an average debt of more than £30,000 after leaving university, according to a survey. More »