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Image copyright Yuwen Wu Image caption Yuwen Wu in 1978, the year she enrolled at Peking University Forty years ago China reinstated its all-important college entrance exam after a gap of more than a decade when the country was plunged into the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. More than five million people sat the exams […]

John Higgins defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter-final of the Scottish Open last year John Higgins will meet Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Scottish Open quarter-finals after both won comfortably in the fourth round. UK Championship winner O’Sullivan beat Michael White 4-1 and John Higgins eased past Ashley Hugill 4-0. Defending champion Marco Fu lost 4-3 […]

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Image copyright Getty Images The government should create a national strategy to combat loneliness, says a report by a commission set up by the murdered MP Jo Cox. The commission, formed by the MP before she was killed in her constituency in 2016, calls for the appointment of a minister to lead action on the […]

Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen have been charged by police in Belfast The leader and deputy leader of far-right group Britain First have been charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour. The charges against the group’s leader, Paul Golding, relate to speeches made at a Northern Ireland […]

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Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The Kepler telescope was launched to detect new worlds using the “transit method” Nasa has found a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System. It’s the largest number of worlds ever discovered in a planetary system outside our own. The star […]

Image copyright Getty Images US teenagers are using marijuana and vaporisers more frequently than they smoke cigarettes, a government study shows. Some 15% of high school students said they had used marijuana within the previous 30 days, found the report for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And 12.1% of students said they had used […]


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