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  • Netanyahu's sorry excuse for an apology
    Netanyahu's sorry excuse for an apology 7 hours ago

    Netanyahu's disingenuous apology didn't cut it with the people he insulted with his election-day comments. More »

  • 'No appetite' for second coalition
    'No appetite' for second coalition 19 hours ago

    Voters have little enthusiasm for another five years of coalition, despite broad acceptance for many of the current Government's reforms, a major study of public attitudes has found. More »

  • Luisa Zissman might be confused about feminism on BBC's Free Speech
    Luisa Zissman might be confused about feminism on BBC's Free Speech Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Celebrity Big Brother star said she was “all for women’s rights” but wasn’t a “feminist”. More »

  • Labour pledges investment in youth
    Labour pledges investment in youth Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will pledge to invest £1 billion in Scotland's "young working-class" during a speech in the City of London today. More »

  • Hundreds of students protest at London School of Economics
    Hundreds of students protest at London School of Economics Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Several hundred students protested against fees Thursday at one of Britain's top universities, the London School of Economics, where a group of activists have occupied an administration room for two days. More »

  • Janet Napolitano apologizes for disparaging student protest
    Janet Napolitano apologizes for disparaging student protest Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by an open microphone at a Board of Regents meeting. More »

  • Students have locked themselves into a major UK university – and they’ve a long …
    Students have locked themselves into a major UK university – and they’ve a long … Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    “Our plan is to make our demands as loudly as possible,” an Irish student involved in the action said. More »

  • Labour 'winning on the doorstep'
    Labour 'winning on the doorstep' Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Ed Miliband admits his party's election campaign may not have the financial clout of the Tories - but what they lack in cash they more than make up for in hard work on the doorstep. More »

  • A Small-Scope Budget Of Wi-Fi And Church Roofs
    A Small-Scope Budget Of Wi-Fi And Church Roofs Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The first is that there has been a significant change, since the Autumn Statement in December, in George Osborne's public spending plans should he remain Chancellor for another five years. In the Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne was assuming the Government would be running a surplus of £23.1bn in 2019-20. He has now forecast that the Government would have a surplus of just £7bn in that year. The reason, one must assume, is that the frequent claims by the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls that Mr Osborne intended to "return Britain back to the 1930s" have hit home. More »

  • Osborne unveils pre-poll package
    Osborne unveils pre-poll package Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    In a deeply political Budget seven weeks ahead of the general election, Chancellor George Osborne offered financial goodies to taxpayers, savers, home-buyers and the regions of Britain, while doing his best to blunt Labour's lines of attack in what is expected to be the most tightly-fought campaign of modern times. More »

  • Osborne could unveil spending boost
    Osborne could unveil spending boost Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne has been putting the final touches to the last Budget of this Parliament, amid speculation that he will use it to blunt Labour's lines of attack in the upcoming general election battle. More »

  • 'Don't mention the Prime Minister'
    'Don't mention the Prime Minister' Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    A Tory MP fighting a marginal seat has urged backers not to mention "the Conservative Party or David Cameron" in letters of support. More »

  • China has 'ample' room for stimulus: premier
    China has 'ample' room for stimulus: premier Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a press conference after the closing ceremony of the annual session of China's legislature, the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, ... More »

  • Ed Miliband Unveils Labour's Election Pledges
    Ed Miliband Unveils Labour's Election Pledges Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Ed Miliband has unveiled Labour's pledges for the General Election, covering the economy, the NHS, immigration and tuition fees. More »

  • Labour To Unveil Key General Election Pledges
    Labour To Unveil Key General Election Pledges Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Ed Miliband is due to launch Labour's General Election pledge card, containing promises on the economy, living standards, the NHS, immigration and tuition fees. More »

  • Power proves toxic for Britain's LibDem leader
    Power proves toxic for Britain's LibDem leader Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Shortly before Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg formed a government with the Conservatives in 2010, Angela Merkel is said to have remarked that in coalitions "The little party always gets smashed!" More »

  • Taiwan's new political voices want more openness on China ties Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    By J.R. Wu and Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan is spinning away from China's idealised model of "one country, two systems" as a renewed spirit of democracy sweeps across its political sphere, rousing a new cadre of grassroots leaders critical of a shared future with China. The number of new political parties and advocacy groups has surged following advances by the pro-independence Democratic progressive Party (DPP) in November elections that routed the ruling pro-China Nationalist party from positions in local government. The victory of Taiwan’s main opposition party was preceded by a massive protest by thousands of students in March last year over a trade pact with China. Such political fragmentation will make it harder for China to strike the deals it has been pushing for to pull Taiwan closer into its economic orbit. More »

  • Some young Conservative voters look to Labour for jobs and homes
    Some young Conservative voters look to Labour for jobs and homes Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Some young voters who backed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in Britain's last election are considering turning to Labour in May's ballot because they feel let down by the government's record of creating jobs and opportunity. Reuters spoke to ten first-time voters in the run up to the last election in 2010, when Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown was defeated, and tracked down five of them again recently to get a snapshot of voting intentions among what is classed as Britain's most apathetic group of voters. After five years of spending cuts, cost of living increases and stagnant employment, many disillusioned voters in Europe's sixth-biggest economy have shunned the traditional two parties for anti-EU and anti-establishment voices that may splinter the vote and the United Kingdom as Scottish nationalism surges and a possible EU membership referendum looms. "I just don't think that the government helped a lot with what they promised," sums up Gearoid Lockwood, a Conservative voter in 2010 who is now thinking about supporting Labour. More »

  • Myanmar frees some student protesters arrested in violent crackdown
    Myanmar frees some student protesters arrested in violent crackdown Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    By Aye Win Myint LETPADAN (Reuters) - Myanmar on Thursday freed from jail more than a dozen students detained this week in a violent crackdown in which riot police beat protesters with batons and arrested 127 people after a lengthy standoff. Tuesday's crackdown in the town of Letpadan, about 140 km (90 miles) north of Yangon, followed a standoff of more than a week with security forces who blocked the students from marching to the commercial capital to protest against an education bill they said would stifle academic freedom. At least 14 students were freed from a prison in Letpadan on Thursday and the government plans to release a total of 27, said a district official who requested anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak to the media. "I also want to say to police not to use violence against students," he told Reuters after his release. More »

  • After crackdown on students, Myanmar's will to reform questioned
    After crackdown on students, Myanmar's will to reform questioned Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - A student march through central Myanmar in protest against a new education law began as an unremarkable procession from the country's seat of learning and culture, Mandalay, to the commercial hub of Yangon. "I lived under military rule all my life and I never experienced such a crackdown," said Maung Moccy, a student leader and former political prisoner who said he saw police officers batter unarmed students with wooden batons. "Honestly, I'm afraid they have decided to backslide on democracy." The United States and the European Union, which have backed Myanmar's move towards democracy after half a century of military rule, have condemned the violence in the town of Letpadan, about 140 km (90) miles north of Yangon. The opposition National League for Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and Myanmar's icon of political freedom, demanded an inquiry. More »

  • 13% of young voters to snub parties
    13% of young voters to snub parties Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    More than one in eight young people have already decided they will either not bother to vote on May 7 or spoil their ballot, according to a poll. More »

  • In Myanmar, batons fly as student protesters meet harsh response Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Hundreds of Myanmar police struck out violently against university students and activists protesting a new education law, hitting and dragging them away to trucks, and bringing an ugly end to a month of demonstrations in this small town. Myanmar once had one of the best university systems in Southeast Asia, but standards fell sharply during nearly five decades of military rule. Their protests have spread across the country, and many protesters have worn symbolic straw hats and sung songs that hearken back to historic democratic uprisings in 1988. Police officers swung black batons at the heads of protesters and punched and kicked them. More »

  • Police Lash Out At Burmese Protest Students
    Police Lash Out At Burmese Protest Students Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A student protest in Burma has been broken up by baton-wielding police officers, raising fears that the government is still using junta-style tactics to hold off dissent. Students and monks fled as police blocked roads and rounded up the protesters. Students have been protesting since November 2014 against a new education law. Students said the authorities had reneged on a deal to allow them to march. More »

  • Myanmar riot police break up student protest over education law Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A weeklong standoff between students and security forces in Myanmar turned violent Tuesday when baton-wielding riot police broke up a demonstration over a controversial education law. The students had been marching towards Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city and former capital. Hundreds set out on foot from the central city of Mandalay more than a month ago in a symbolic protest against a new education law they say curbs academic freedom by centralizing state control over higher education. The crackdown comes amid Myanmar’s unsteady transition from military rule to democracy and signals that the country’s reforms are far from complete. More »

  • Myanmar: Riot police break up student protest with batons in Letpadan
    Myanmar: Riot police break up student protest with batons in Letpadan Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Hundreds of riot police in Myanmar charged at students and beat them with batons as they broke up a group of about 200 protesters who had been locked in a standoff with security forces. They made it as far as Letpadan, a town about 140km (90 miles) north of Yangon, where police blockaded them behind vehicles and barriers made of wood and barbed wire. Police said the students could march to a nearby town and then be transported to Yangon in government-provided trucks, but then demanded that the protesters refrain from shouting slogans or waving flags along the way. The protesters, many wearing red T-shirts and bandanas, tried to push their way through the riot police, dressed in helmets and camouflage fatigues. More »

  • Transcript: Dr Zhang Weiwei
    Transcript: Dr Zhang Weiwei Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The full transcript of our discussion with the Chinese scholar on whether China can afford Western-style democracy. More »

  • Red Guard propaganda to papal portrait: An artist profile
    Red Guard propaganda to papal portrait: An artist profile Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Artist Shen Jiawei's paintings of Chinese soldiers during the Cultural Revolution were so popular with Mao's regime that 250,000 copies of his most famous work were made into propaganda posters and distributed throughout the country. More »

  • Turkish boy on trial for allegedly insulting Erdogan
    Turkish boy on trial for allegedly insulting Erdogan Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Trial of 16-year-old boy delayed shortly after it began following his lawyer's request for new judges. More »

  • Miliband vow on pensioner benefits
    Miliband vow on pensioner benefits Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Free TV licences and bus passes for pensioners will be spared the axe under a Labour government, Ed Miliband will declare in the latest salvo of the battle to win the support of Britain's OAPs. More »

  • The countdown is on for the UK general election – and Fine Gael and Labour should …
    The countdown is on for the UK general election – and Fine Gael and Labour should … Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    This election will prove a relevant comparison to next year’s general election in Ireland. More »

  • In Turkey, criticizing the president can land you in jail
    In Turkey, criticizing the president can land you in jail Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) — There's no monarch in democratic Turkey — but you might not know it watching the news these days. More »

  • Entrances to UC Santa Cruz cleared; student protest ends Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — University of California, Santa Cruz officials say student protesters against tuition increases have cleared both entrances to campus. More »

  • Fears of UK campus radicalism rise after 'Jihadi John' unmasked
    Fears of UK campus radicalism rise after 'Jihadi John' unmasked Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The identification last week of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as Mohammed Emwazi, a graduate of the University of Westminster in London, has intensified concerns about whether young Muslims are being radicalised on British campuses. The university said it was "shocked and sickened" by news that Emwazi had been named as the man in a black balaclava whose appearances in beheading videos have made him the defining image of Islamic State globally. He is not the first Islamic extremist to have studied at a British university. According to the government, a third of those convicted of Islamist terrorism offences in Britain had attended universities. More »

  • Baton-wielding Myanmar police force pro-student protesters to flee
    Baton-wielding Myanmar police force pro-student protesters to flee Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Minzayar Oo and Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - Baton-wielding police beat demonstrators showing their support for students blocked from marching into Myanmar's largest city on Thursday, arresting eight and forcing many to flee, activists and witnesses said. About 200 students have been locked in a standoff with police outside a Buddhist monastery in Letpadan, about 140 km (90 miles) north of Yangon, Myanmar's commercial hub, protesting against an education bill that they say stifles academic freedoms. The government has barred them from Yangon, the site of numerous student-led demonstrations, including those in 1988 that sparked a pro-democracy movement that spread throughout the military-ruled country. Dozens of activists, including members of the ’88 Generation who led the 1988 protests, gathered near the golden Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon to show support for the students in Letpadan. More »

  • GOP legislative leaders, Ducey reach deal on budget proposal
    GOP legislative leaders, Ducey reach deal on budget proposal Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Republican leaders in the Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have hammered out an agreement on a budget plan that cuts more money from universities but gives more to K-12 schools than the governor initially ... More »