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Oxford University promises 25% of places to disadvantaged

University of Oxford is promising a “sea-change” in admissions, with plans for a quarter of students to come from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2023. The university wants to tackle accusations that it is socially exclusive. Oxford will soon announce that 60.5% of its most recent intake are from state schools – the highest since the 1970s. But vice-chancellor Louise Richardson says ...

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Brexit bill: Cabinet backs PM’s Brexit compromises offer

The cabinet has agreed Theresa May’s plan for her Withdrawal Agreement Bill, including compromises intended to attract the support of Labour MPs. It includes the idea of a temporary customs relationship until the next general election, and measures on the environment and workers’ rights. The bill will be put to a vote in early June, and if it fails, the ...

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Brexit: Theresa May plans ‘bold offer’ to get support for deal

Theresa May says she intends to make a “bold offer” to MPs in a final attempt to get them to approve her Brexit deal in the next few weeks. Extra protections for workers are expected to be among the proposals, with Mrs May trying to win over the support of some Labour MPs. The PM needs to secure cross-party support ...

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Prince William opens up about mental health pressures

The Duke of Cambridge has said he felt “pain like no other pain” after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William made the disclosure in a BBC TV documentary about mental health. He said the “British stiff upper lip thing” had its place when times were hard, but people also needed “to relax a little bit and be ...

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1 year after wedding: Harry and Meghan have new home, son

Photo: Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England. Sunday, May 19, 2019 marks the first wedding anniversary of the besotted couple. London, May 18 : It’s been an eventful first year of marriage for Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle, now ...

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Labour-Tory Brexit talks end without deal

Talks between Labour and the government aimed at breaking the Brexit impasse have ended without an agreement. Jeremy Corbyn said the discussions had “gone as far as they can”, blaming what he called the government’s “increasing weakness and instability”. Theresa May said the lack of a “common position” over a further referendum in Labour had made talks “difficult”. The PM ...

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President in London for health checkup

Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem receives President Abdul Hamid at Heathrow Airport. Photo: Courtesy Dhaka, May 16 : President Abdul Hamid reached London on Wednesday afternoon (local time) for health checkup. Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem received the President at Heathrow Airport, said Press Minister of Bangladesh High Commission in London Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury. ...

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Theresa May agrees to timetable to choose successor

Theresa May has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June. The agreement follows a meeting between the prime minister and senior Tory MPs who are demanding a date for her departure from Downing Street. If she loses the vote on her Brexit plan, already rejected ...

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Brexit: MPs to vote on withdrawal bill in early June

Theresa May is giving MPs another chance to vote on Brexit in early June – whether or not the government and Labour have reached a deal by then. A vote on the bill that would pave the way for Brexit was “imperative” if the UK was to leave the EU before MPs’ summer recess, Downing Street said. Labour sources say ...

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London set for world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus

London will have the world’s first hydrogen-powered doubledecker transports on its streets one year from now, as the capital strides up endeavors to handle its polluted air. Transport for London (TfL) has requested 20 of the transports, which cost around £500,000 each and just transmit water as exhaust. Just as cutting pollution fumes emission, the transports will keep running on ...

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