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University College London apologises after ‘dreaming of a white campus’ tweet was deemed racist

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University College London has apologised after its “dreaming of a white campus” tweet was deemed to be racist. The university said it was sorry and had chosen its words “very poorly”, following a backlash from those who interpreted the message as an offensive remark. On Monday, the university posted a message on its official Twitter account which said: “Dreaming of ...
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How technology can help create a happier society

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Google’s lab X is setting out to solve humanity’s greatest challenges – such as the secret of happiness – through incredibly ambitious technological innovations In 2014, my son Ali died following a routine appendectomy. Two days earlier, he had asked our family to sit down at the kitchen table and told us he had something important to say to each ...
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The 17 countries with the highest levels of public debt

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LONDON — The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Survey examines the financial health and risks of countries around the world. While Britain’s public debt is the cause of constant debate and concern for policy-makers and politicians, the ranking shows that Britain is not even among the top 10 countries with the highest levels of borrowing. In fact, debt-to-GDP ratios around ...
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Examiners could be barred from setting papers in courses they teach to pupils, exam regulator says

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Teachers could be barred from setting exam papers under proposals being considered by Ofqual in the wake of the public schools cheating scandal. In a clampdown on exam malpractice, teachers who are also employed by exam boards would only be allowed to write individual questions, which would then go into a “bank” and be selected at random for upcoming tests. ...
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Take a tour of New York’s most expensive neighborhood for renters, where the apartments cost $6,500 a month

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Central Park South is the most expensive rental neighborhood in New York City. The neighborhood’s median asking rent is $6,500 a month. Once known as “hotel row”, many of those accommodations have now been converted into condos and co-ops. One of Manhattan’s smallest neighborhoods is also its most expensive for renters. Just below Central Park, between 5th and 8th Avenues ...
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Oxford academic defends Tariq Ramadan amid claims he is being attacked for being a ‘prominent Muslim’

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An Oxford University academic has defended a colleague accused of sexual assault amid claims he has been smeared because he is a “prominent Muslim”. Professor Eugene Rogan, the director of Oxford’s Middle East Centre, has come to the defence of the Islamic theologian Tariq Ramadan, who is currently being investigated by French police. Prof Ramadan, who is the grandson of ...
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Who are the winners and losers if the Bank of England raises interest rate?

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It is hard to think of another Bank of England decision that is simultaneously as momentous and as inconsequential as this one. The mere fact that the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee is widely expected to raise interest rates this month is a landmark moment all of its own. It would be the first time rates have been lifted in a ...
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UK services firms power ahead to raise hopes slowdown was a blip

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Britain’s powerful services sector accelerated in October as demand picked up and confidence ballooned. It joins the manufacturing industry in growing unexpectedly strongly into the autumn, raising hopes that this year’s slowdown in economic growth could be past the worst. The services sector’s purchasing manager’s index, an influential survey from IHS Markit, climbed to 55.6, up from 53.6 in September ...
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Boss of new ‘dockless’ bike firm: Cycling in London will be as big as in Amsterdam

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Cycling in London could reach Amsterdam levels with almost one in three journeys made by bike, the boss of one of the “dockless” firms launching in the capital predicted today. Zhang Yanqi, 30, co-founder of ofo, set out a vision where cycling became commonplace as millions of commuters used the so-called “Uber for bikes” to complete their journeys. Founded by ...
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Boys’ public school dominance over British elite has ‘diminished significantly’ over time, study finds

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Alumni from elite boys’ public schools do not dominate the upper echelons of British society as much as they used to, according to a detailed analysis of Who’s Who over the past 120 years. The command that Britain’s public schools hold over the highest offices in the country has “diminished significantly” over time, academics at the London School of Economics ...
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