Obama urges Congress to stop increase in student loan rates

President says rising college costs hold back entire middle class as interest on new Stafford loans set to double on July 1President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to prevent an increase in student loan rates, saying rising college costs hold back the entire middle class and unfairly saddle young people with more debt just […]
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Lee Rigby’s family call for calm as far-right groups plan day of protest

Relatives say murdered soldier had friends of different cultures and would not want his death used as excuse for violenceThe family of Lee Rigby have urged people to “show their respect”, saying the murdered soldier would not want anyone to exploit the event to cause division.Their call came as far-right groups prepared for what could […]
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Far-right groups plan day of demonstrations across England

Anti-racism campaigners warn of ‘day of hate’ on Saturday as English Defence League and BNP prepare for marchesFar-right groups are planning their biggest mobilisation for 30 years this weekend with more than 50 demonstrations planned in towns and cities across England.Anti-racism campaigners have branded Saturday a “day of hate” after identifying 55 English Defence League […]
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David Laws vetoes plan to force schools to check immigrant status of pupils

Liberal Democrat schools minister tells Michael Gove, the education secretary, the proposal is a ‘non-flyer’A proposal to require schools to check on the immigration status of their pupils has been shelved after the Liberal Democrat schools minister David Laws decided the idea would be bureaucratic and difficult to implement.In a sign of the Lib Dems’ […]
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Artists criticise war centenary plan

Open letter to David Cameron describes conflict as a ‘military disaster and a human catastrophe’David Cameron’s plan to spend more than £50m marking the centenary of the first world war has been attacked by a group of actors, writers and campaigners including Jude Law and Michael Morpurgo, author of the children’s novel War Horse which […]
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London bankers plan to dodge new EU crackdown on bonuses

Banks may increase salaries to compensate for EU plans bringing 10 times more London bankers within pay netAn EU crackdown on bankers’ bonuses in the City of London will just lead to a surge in basic salaries and other initiatives to circumvent regulations, experts warned on Saturday.Banks, still unpopular for their leading role in the […]
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Pinewood Studios expansion plan blocked by local council

Lord Grade loses planning permission bid for Hollywood-style development on 100 acres of green beltPinewood Studios, home to the James Bond franchise, has had its £200m Hollywood-style expansion plan for its premises blocked by the local authority.Pinewood, which will be vying to be part of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars movie to be filmed next year, […]
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In praise of … Mr Men | Editorial

Little ones have been lapping them up since 1971; adults are slow learners by comparisonUsing Mr Men to hammer home learning about top Nazis can certainly be damned as tasteless. But when Michael Gove reheated his attack on a history lesson plan that utilised Roger Hargreaves’s creations on TV yesterday, he instead complained of dumbing […]
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Smart meter rollout delayed for year amid energy firm caution

Government postpones £11bn rollout of new household gas and electricity meters as suppliers work on ‘smooth’ switchoverIn the latest reverse on energy policy the government has been forced to delay the introduction of household smart energy meters by at least a year.Smart meters, which are billed as a way to help cut consumer bills and […]
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Should we quit our failing endowment policy?

Q My husband and I took out an endowment plan 17 years ago to cover a £70,000 interest-only mortgage, into which we have been paying £119 a month. We are selling our house so thought that as we had received repeated warnings that the endowment wouldn’t reach the projected amount, rather than carry it forward […]
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