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  • 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 »

  • Sweet Briar's last class: Why all-women colleges are disappearing Sat, May 16, 2015

    For Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Saturday’s commencement is the beginning of the end. “These institutions can no longer serve their original purpose: providing opportunities for those shut out from the male-dominated world of higher education,” Brian Burton wrote for the Harvard Political Review in 2010. Between 2001 and 2011, female enrollment in all degree-granting institutions rose by more than a third, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In the case of Sweet Briar, the added burdens of a largely restricted endowment and nearly $30 million in debt forced administrators to make a hard decision, the Associated Press reported. 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 »

  • Cameron won big by selling stability over fear
    Cameron won big by selling stability over fear Sat, May 9, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron sealed a surprise election win by persuading Britons to choose the security of modestly rising living standards over an implausible pretender many feared could become the puppet of Scottish nationalists. Blending the promise of "the good life" fuelled by a strong economic recovery with fear of resurgent Scottish separatists calling the shots in a country they want to break up, Cameron steamrolled the opposition Labour Party and won his party's first outright majority in 23 years. "We've had a positive response to a positive campaign about safeguarding our economy," said Cameron, as if he had always expected to win so emphatically. Before it became clear he had won, some in his centre-right Conservative Party feared he had run a dull campaign that failed to shift apparently tied opinion polls. More »

  • Pro-European Clegg: A moderate voice in UK politics
    Pro-European Clegg: A moderate voice in UK politics Fri, May 8, 2015

    The leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, was brought down by the compromises he had to make in a bruising five years as junior coalition partner in Prime Minister David Cameron's government. More »

  • Clegg Expected To Quit After 'Cruel' Losses
    Clegg Expected To Quit After 'Cruel' Losses Fri, May 8, 2015

    Nick Clegg is expected to quit as leader of the Liberal Democrats within hours, according to Sky sources. Among the party's casualties were Danny Alexander and Vince Cable, who were both ousted from their seats. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Business Secretary joined former party leader Charles Kennedy and former deputy leader Simon Hughes in losing their seats. The Deputy Prime Minister retained his own seat but saw his colleagues toppled in a series of reverses that could see the Lib Dems reduced to single figures in the Commons. More »

  • UK's Cameron strong as Scotland debacle ruins Labour bid
    UK's Cameron strong as Scotland debacle ruins Labour bid Fri, May 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — At the outset of a bruising campaign, Prime Minister David Cameron tried a "stay the course" message, arguing that his Conservative Party had brought economic growth back to Britain by sticking to its austerity plan, however painful it might be. More »

  • Can The Leaders Survive The Election Fallout?
    Can The Leaders Survive The Election Fallout? Thu, May 7, 2015

    David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage could all be wondering if they will have a job when the dust settles on the General Election. There is an argument about Nick Clegg's time in coalition that runs along the lines that he is the politician who has achieved the most, with the least power. They need Mr Clegg if they want a Lib Dem coalition. Although Mr Clegg says he has the energy to continue as Lib Dem leader, there's no getting away from the fact he has presided over a crash in party support - even if the Lib Dems perform considerably better than has been predicted. More »

  • Clegg relaxed on 'half-term break'
    Clegg relaxed on 'half-term break' Wed, May 6, 2015

    At times, Nick Clegg's tour of Britain has resembled the world's longest half-term break. More »

  • Schools run mock elections to instill 'British values'
    Schools run mock elections to instill 'British values' Wed, May 6, 2015

    Thirteen-year-old British schoolboy Jeffrey is planning to vote Labour. Not in Thursday's general election, but in a mock vote organised by his school as part of a drive to promote "British values". More »

  • Key dates in Britain's coalition government
    Key dates in Britain's coalition government Tue, May 5, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government came to power in 2010 but could be broken up after Thursday's tightly-fought general election. More »

  • Independent Backs Tory-Lib Dem Coalition
    Independent Backs Tory-Lib Dem Coalition Mon, May 4, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. The Independent has surprised political observers by backing a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government if there is another hung parliament. The newspaper, owned by Russian media tycoon Alexander Lebedev, said a minority Labour administration reliant on the support of the SNP would be "a disaster for the country". Ed Miliband's opposition appear "unready for government" and there would be "justified fury" if nationalists wanting to break up the UK were to wield power, it said in an editorial. More »

  • Once the kingmaker, Britain's Clegg faces election debacle
    Once the kingmaker, Britain's Clegg faces election debacle Mon, May 4, 2015

    SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — At Britain's last election campaign, he was hailed as the most popular party leader since Winston Churchill, an unexpected star who upstaged the two dominant parties. Some even wondered whether he was the "British Obama." More »

  • Anti-Establishment Status Draws Young Ukippers
    Anti-Establishment Status Draws Young Ukippers Mon, May 4, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. Middle-aged, white and yearning for a return to Britain's glory days. Certainly that demographic was packing out the chairs at UKIP's spring conference at the Winter Gardens in Margate. But meet Charlie Leys. More »

  • Weakened in power, UK deputy PM fights to retain seat
    Weakened in power, UK deputy PM fights to retain seat Mon, May 4, 2015

    Britain's deputy prime minister and leader of the centrist Liberal Democrat party Nick Clegg is fighting to retain his seat in parliament and save his political career in a general election this week. More »

  • Miliband: Cameron And Clegg Have Eroded Trust
    Miliband: Cameron And Clegg Have Eroded Trust Sun, May 3, 2015

    Ed Miliband has blamed the "broken promises" by the Lib Dems on scrapping tuition fees and the Tories on curbing immigration for helping "erode trust" in all political leaders. In a move to underline its commitment to its pledges, Labour is having its manifesto engraved into an 8ft high stone which it has specially commissioned. Ed Miliband said: "Nick Clegg and David Cameron have helped erode trust in all political leaders by the way they broke promises on issues like tuition fees and immigration after the last election. More »

  • Lib Dem 'Red Lines' Seek To Restore Trust
    Lib Dem 'Red Lines' Seek To Restore Trust Sat, May 2, 2015

    After weeks of only talking about "priorities", Nick Clegg has issued a flurry of "red lines" and is expected to lay down another one this weekend. The Liberal Democrat leader says he wants to be "categorical" and "unambiguous" so voters know what the issues are that his party will not budge on in any coalition. His people deny the red line move is because of the fallout from the U-turn on tuition fees last time round but there is no doubt the issue still haunts the party. Tim Snowball, an advisor to Nick Clegg until last year, believes the fees issue became about so much more than the policy itself. More »

  • Is a generational battle bubbling beneath Britain's general election? Fri, May 1, 2015

    An 82-year old retiree exits a supermarket in London's Hampstead neighborhood with her shopping stroller half full. Rose need not worry, according to Robin Dick, a college student, directly across the street. As Brits head to the polls to elect a new government May 7, pensions are safe from cuts, while housing prices balloon and tuition fees have been hiked – a sign of how the elderly are being unfairly wooed in the British political system, he says. More »

  • Expo 2015 shows potential as diplomatic backdrop
    Expo 2015 shows potential as diplomatic backdrop Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Expo 2015 world's fair is showing surprising potential as a backdrop for some serious diplomacy as it opens Friday for a six-month run. North Korea stepped out of its isolation as a last-minute participant, ... More »

  • Miliband: I'd Rather Lose Than Do SNP Deal
    Miliband: I'd Rather Lose Than Do SNP Deal Fri, May 1, 2015

    Ed Miliband has said if being prime minister meant a deal with the SNP then there would be no Labour government. It is the furthest the Labour leader has gone on ruling out any agreement with the Scottish National Party, leaving little wriggle room for post 7 May negotiations. As the General Election campaign enters its endgame both Mr Miliband and David Cameron attempted to persuade voters to help them win a majority victory in a week’s time. An ICM/Guardian poll on the TV battle, with 30-minute sessions for each of the three main parties, suggested Mr Cameron was the victor. More »

  • Albania to open files of former Communist secret police Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has passed legislation that gives victims of the country's former Communist regime access to the previously classified files of the hated Sigurimi secret police. More »

  • Question Time special: David Cameron beats Ed Miliband in final TV showdown
    Question Time special: David Cameron beats Ed Miliband in final TV showdown Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    David Cameron has won what could be a crucial pre-election victory after a snap poll showed that the prime minister came out on top of the Question Time leaders' special. The Tory leader faced tough questions over his pledge to cut net migration to less than 100,000 in the UK and his promise to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU in 2017. The event, hosted in Leeds Town Hall and chaired by veteran presenter David Dimbleby, saw a lively audience fire hard questions at the prime minister. At one point, the prime minister pulled out a copy of the infamous Liam Byrne note, which the former Treasury secretary left Cameron's government after Gordon Brown was kicked out of office in 2010. More »

  • Danny Alexander’s revelation of Tory cuts to working families’ benefits is the …
    Danny Alexander’s revelation of Tory cuts to working families’ benefits is the … Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    In spite of what Nick Clegg may say about the LibDems adding a “heart to a Tory government”, I have seen little evidence of this over the past five years. Today, it was the turn of Danny Alexander, the LibDem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, to sneak up and sucker-punch the Tories. More »

  • Election 2015: David Cameron just made a very silly promise and it's our …
    Election 2015: David Cameron just made a very silly promise and it's our … Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    David Cameron's pledge to enshrine in law a promise not to raise income tax, VAT or National Insurance in the next parliament fits the first of these to a tee. The so-called "five-year lock", announced by Cameron to great fanfare on 29 April, is the perfect election giveaway in its utter stupidity. Under the proposed policy, even if another financial crisis were to rock Britain and there was an urgent need to raise government revenue, Cameron is locked in for the next five years: taxes can't go up without a change in the law, which takes time and could prove tricky. In seeking to win the general election for the Conservatives, David Cameron has made a rod for Britain's back in the event of another crash. More »

  • Katy Perry risks China Firework as she dons Taiwan flag
    Katy Perry risks China Firework as she dons Taiwan flag Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The intricacies of cross-strait diplomacy may not have been uppermost on her mind but Katy Perry caused a stir in both Taiwan and China with her politically tinged attire at a Taipei concert this week. More »

  • Senate panel votes to expand tax-free college accounts Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel passed a bill Wednesday that would expand popular tax-free college savings accounts that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. More »

  • Election 2015: Ed Miliband has sexed up his brand but hasn't shed geeky …
    Election 2015: Ed Miliband has sexed up his brand but hasn't shed geeky … Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    It's just as well that most election manifesto pledges get quietly forgotten. Lord Heseltine refutes claims that David Cameron lacks passion. Not only the media coverage and attention devoted to a much wider range of parties, but also because the political outcome has been made so genuinely uncertain by the phenomenon that is Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. In contrast, Nigel Farage has felt like a new product launch that has got lots of trial, looked and sounded good for a while, but is fading now that the established political brands have got their act together on Ukip's protest issues. More »

  • Liberal Democrats - We can be kingmakers with half as many seats
    Liberal Democrats - We can be kingmakers with half as many seats Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and Andrew Osborn EASTLEIGH, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, believe they can return to government even if they lose almost half their seats in next month's election, a senior party source said on Monday. Most polls show Cameron's Conservatives level with the opposition Labour Party before the May 7 election, but neither party is expected to win an outright majority. The Liberal Democrats have seen their poll ratings slump by around two-thirds since forming a coalition with the Conservatives in 2010. The source spoke as Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg held a campaign rally in Eastleigh, southern England, telling supporters his party should not be written off. More »

  • Class sizes fall in universities
    Class sizes fall in universities Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Universities are spending more on facilities and class sizes are falling, a study has found. More »