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Muslim students could be forced to abandon hopes of a university place under the new fees and loans regime which will come into place next year.

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The practice of charging English students to study in Scotland, while Scottish students attend universities there for free is to face a challenge in court.

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Universities started putting up the "full" signs last night as the scramble for places continued.

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German researchers have discovered a carcinogenic substance in a flask believed to have belonged to Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago, raising the possibility that she may have accidentally poisoned herself.

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