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Harvard University's admissions office does not discriminate against Asian-American applicants, a federal court has ruled in a long-awaited decision. The judge rejected the claim that white, black and Hispanic applicants were given preference over Asian counterparts with similar grades. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said the court would not dismantle a...
Australian police have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly running down and killing 20 kangaroos with his car. The dead animals - which included joeys - were discovered on Sunday strewn across suburban streets in a town south of Sydney. Police said they suspected the attacks had been carried out during...
Boris Johnson will set out details of his "final" negotiating offer to the EU on Wednesday in pursuit of a "fair and reasonable" Brexit compromise. The prime minister will address the Tory conference before submitting new proposals, intended to form the legal text of a new Brexit deal, to Brussels. Only...
The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years. The calved block covers 1,636 sq km in area - a little smaller than Scotland's Isle of Skye - and is called D28. The scale of the berg means it will have to be...
BBC director general Lord Hall has reversed a decision to partially uphold a complaint against Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. He told staff that Munchetty's words were not "sufficient to merit a partial uphold" of the complaint against her. She had been found to have breached the BBC's guidelines over comments she...
Japan has increased its consumption tax for the first time in five years, bringing the long-delayed policy into effect despite concerns it may knock the economy. On Tuesday, the country raised its sales tax rate from 8% to 10%. The new rate applies to nearly all goods and services, though most...
US fashion retailer Forever 21 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In a statement, the company said it planned to "exit most international locations in Asia and Europe". It comes as traditional retailers continue to struggle against rising competition from online rivals. Forever 21 said it has...
Sports company Asics has apologised after screens outside a flagship store in Auckland, New Zealand, showed pornography for several hours. The content played on the store's promotional outdoor screens above the entrance until staff arrived at 10am on Sunday to open the shop. The Japanese sports company said hackers had gained...
"I entered university to get a better life, but I don't have hope for my future," 20-year-old Dicky Cheung tells me. Dicky and his friends are students, but behind their camaraderie and carefree smiles lies an anxiety about their futures. They met me in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong and...
The US and Japan have agreed an initial trade deal that will eliminate or lower tariffs on certain products traded between them. Duties on some agricultural goods will be removed or lowered, while digital products will also benefit. US President Donald Trump said the world's first and third largest economies achieved a...

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