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  • 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 »

  • Labour's Corbyn tackles austerity
    Labour's Corbyn tackles austerity Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn will campaign on an anti-austerity platform in the Labour leadership contest after a last-minute surge saw him secure the support needed for a place on the ballot. More »

  • Chile: Riot police deploy tear gas and water cannons as student protest in Santiago …
    Chile: Riot police deploy tear gas and water cannons as student protest in Santiago … Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A student protest on the eve of the Copa America, the South American football championship, turned violent. Police in Santiago used tear gas and water cannons against masked stone-throwing protesters. The mass demonstration attracted 200,000 students, despite reports that President Michelle Bachelet had approved new educational reform legislation. More »

  • Chilean police, students clash on eve of football fest
    Chilean police, students clash on eve of football fest Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to break up a large student protest that turned violent on the eve of the Copa America, the South American football championship. More »

  • Las Vegas Strip Club Targets High School Graduates In New Recruitment Drive
    Las Vegas Strip Club Targets High School Graduates In New Recruitment Drive Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    A strip club in Las Vegas is actively targeting high school graduates in a new recruitment drive, telling applicants it is the perfect way to pay for university More »

  • Fleeing violence at home, Iraqi migrant finds haven in Cambodia Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    By Astrid Zweynert PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In his small restaurant in downtown Phnom Penh, Hashim Fahram serves up fresh, golden falafel having found safety for his family far from his native Iraq. The former blacksmith has been making a living for the past year serving Middle Eastern dishes to residents of Cambodia's capital after fleeing his hometown Fallujah in 2014 with his family to escape fighting between the army and Islamic State militants. "It is much safer here for my family and me," Fahram told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More »

  • Students 'want tuition fee insight'
    Students 'want tuition fee insight' Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    A "whopping" three quarters of students believe universities do not give them enough information about how tuition fees are spent, according to research. More »

  • Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile
    Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile Thu, May 28, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it. More »

  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community
    Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community Thu, May 28, 2015

    RAMLE, Israel (AP) — It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your hands off our schools." More »

  • McDonald’s workers protest “poverty wages” and demand $15/hour
    McDonald’s workers protest “poverty wages” and demand $15/hour Thu, May 21, 2015

    “Out of the kitchens and into the streets.” More »

  • Dutch students rebel over university's corporate turn
    Dutch students rebel over university's corporate turn Sun, May 17, 2015

    Eviction of students occupying Amsterdam university highlights fight against commercialisation of higher education. More »

  • Suspect in death of 2 Chilean students goes before court
    Suspect in death of 2 Chilean students goes before court Fri, May 15, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The suspect in the shooting death of two youths after a demonstration in Chile was ordered on Friday to remain in custody while an investigation is carried out. More »

  • Deaths in Chile student protests
    Deaths in Chile student protests Fri, May 15, 2015

    Two students die in city of Valparaiso as tens of thousands protest against government education policy. More »

  • Today in History Fri, May 15, 2015

    Today is Friday, May 15, the 135th day of 2015. There are 230 days left in the year. More »

  • Chile: 2 people shot to death after student protest
    Chile: 2 people shot to death after student protest Thu, May 14, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities say at least two people were shot to death after a student protest in the port city of Valparaiso. More »

  • Lib Dem leadership race to begin
    Lib Dem leadership race to begin Wed, May 13, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leadership race will formally begin today as nominations open for the job of rebuilding the party after the devastating losses inflicted at the ballot box. More »

  • Lamb highlights Lib Dem failures
    Lamb highlights Lib Dem failures Tue, May 12, 2015

    A Liberal Democrat leadership contender has said a failure to stand up to the Conservatives over the bedroom tax and the loss of trust over tuition fees had undermined support for the party. More »