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More arrests in $1.8bn Punjab National Bank scam

Image copyright Getty Images Another three employees of Punjab National Bank have been arrested in connection with a $1.8bn fraud case. Indian federal police said on Monday the latest arrests included two managers of the bank’s foreign exchange department. Last week three people, including two bank staff, were arrested as …

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Jersey to consider paying students' tuition fees

Image copyright PA Image caption The States of Jersey said the estimated cost of attending university in the UK was now about £20,000, “depending on location” The “significant” rise in UK university costs is one of the reasons a British island is looking to increase its funding to students. It …

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Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb

Image copyright AFP Chinese authorities have demanded “severe punishment” for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, Chinese state media report. The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5m (£3.2m), is one of 10 on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Last …

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Lab v lecture hall: Whose tuition fees are you paying?

Image copyright Getty Images On university campuses across England, arts, humanities and social studies students are subsidising those on lab-based science courses, which are more expensive to run. This is because nearly all undergraduate courses come with the maximum £9,250 price tag. Ministers are looking at introducing a more variable …

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Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Court frees 475 suspects

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of suspected members of Boko Haram are in prison When mechanics Taye and Kehinde Hamza agreed to service a vehicle at their workshop in Nigeria’s Bauchi State in 2010, they could never have imagined the years of hell which would follow. The car, it …

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Reality Check

The claim: Cutting tuition fees for university students without changing anything else would make the system less progressive. Reality Check verdict: If no other parts of the system were changed, a simple cut in tuition fees would not help those lower-income graduates who would not repay their loans within 30 …

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Wreckage of crashed Iran plane found, reports say

Image copyright Reuters The wreckage of a plane that crashed in Iran on Sunday has been found, local media are reporting. The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all 66 people on board are feared to have been killed. Heavy wind and snow …

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'University fees need to come down,' says Lord Adonis

Lord Adonis has branded the row over university tuition fees “a mess” on the Today programme. The Labour peer, who helped to design the tuition fee system, said the government had passed the cost of teaching onto students and that needed to stop. He is calling for a reduction “across …

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