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Softened stance not enough for teaching unions to call off boycott threat

Sats for 11-year-olds may eventually go, says Balls

Ed Balls today indicated Standard Assessment Tests (Sats) for 11-year-olds could be scrapped in the future as he faced the looming threat of a union boycott of next year's tests.

MDC pushes for power-share deal

Zimbabwe's MDC party yesterday ended its boycott of the government, giving President Robert Mugabe a month to settle a new power-sharing deal.

Karadzic plays for time in court debut

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared before the international war crimes tribunal for the first time yesterday, but only to repeat that he needed more time to prepare his defence.

Teaching unions considering boycott to 'stop SATs in their tracks'

A boycott of administering SATs for 11-year-olds by school heads would effectively "stop them in their tracks", the leader of the country's largest headteachers' organisation said yesterday.

25,000 back call to scrap Sats

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for the end of Sats, it was announced today, as industrial action over the tests moved a step closer.

Karadzic 'to end tribunal boycott'

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will boycott his genocide trial again today but will attend a hearing tomorrow on how to get the case back on track, one of his legal advisers said.

School heads receive Sats ballot forms

Teachers and heads across England will begin receiving ballot papers this week as a campaign to scrap Sats tests gathers pace.

Abdullah withdraws from Afghan elections

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has quit an election run-off today after accusing the government of not meeting his demands for a fair vote, but said he was not calling for a boycott.

Abdullah to call for Afghan poll boycott

Last-minute talks under way to salvage run-off elections as President's rival threatens to withdraw

Brown defends SATs amid union boycott fears

PM argues need for accountability to guarantee schools' performance

Karadzic to boycott war crimes trial opening

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has told judges he will boycott the start of his trial for war crimes next week.

One million homes in Britain are empty

The number of UK homes standing empty has hit one million, the highest ever level, a charity has revealed. The Empty Homes Agency reported that more than one in 20 properties have been unoccupied for six months or more, a figure described as "shocking" by homelessness charities.

Zimbabwe cabinet to meet without MDC

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will chair a weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday without members from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party, which boycotted the unity government last week, state media reported today.

Zimbabwe Bennett's terrorism trial to be postponed

Zimbabwe prosecutors agreed today to postpone from Monday the terrorism trial of an ally of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after his lawyers argued that they had been given little time to prepare their case.

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