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Thousands of UK students have still to receive their loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), even though they are more than a month into term. Latest figures show that 109,000 students, with approved application forms, have still not seen any of the money they are due. Of these, 31,000 loan applications are still being processed, 39,000 are waiting for further information from students and 39,000 have only received basic funding, as their applications have only had a provisional assessment. With the increase of financial hardship during the recession, spurring an increase in applications, should the SLC not have expected a greater number of student loan requests?

Indonesia: False hope from voice in rubble

Rescuers rushed back into the rubble today after a woman's cries for help were reported coming from a collapsed hotel six days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake - but the search proved in vain.

Andrew Buncombe: Munching on tarantulas

One of the great things about Asia is the food - the variety, the freshness and the bewildering styles of cooking. Nowhere is this more true than in south-east Asia, a region of the world where I'm never happier than when sitting down over a simple bowl of noodles. I am having a lot of fun, therefore, reading the highly entertaining story of Ian Walker journey upstream along the mighty Mekong river.

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