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Young Britons face up to university fees hike

From this September, British students will pay up to €11,000 to study at university, three times more than today's undergraduate students. The rise was implemented by the ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. Many school-leavers are now deciding not to go to university. Those who do go are likely to rack up debts of up to €60,000 before they ever start earning.

By Yong CHIM , Alix BAYLE

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2015-03-27 Portugal

Portugal: Anger at corruption scandals, one year after bailout

It's almost one year since Portugal exited its bailout, but the government is still implementing austerity measures. Taxes continue to rise, and some critics say this has led to...

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2015-03-26 France

French baking taking over the world

France is well known for its culinary traditions and the nation's dishes are already famous worldwide. Now, its bread has become a rising star too, with bakers from across the...

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2015-03-25 Iraq

Iraq's Duluiyah, a symbol of Sunni resistance to jihadists

Iraqi government forces and Iran-backed Shia militia are hoping to soon retake Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, where jihadists have been holding out for several weeks. But...

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2015-03-24 India

India: Beef ban criticised

Cows are a sacred animal in India, a majority Hindu country. But the western state of Maharashtra has gone one step further in protecting the animals: it has banned beef...

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2015-03-23 Ebola

Video: One year on, Liberia on the road to recovery

One year after the first Ebola case was declared in West Africa, we look at the progress made in fighting the deadly disease. Before a new case was confirmed on Friday, Liberia...

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