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International students queue all night to register with police

International students are queuing throughout the night in a bid to register with the police before the legal time limit passes. Overseas students need to register with the police within seven days of their arrival. But increased demand – especially in London, where around 30,000 students are waiting to collect a police registration certificate (PRC) – has left officials unable to cope. Mariella Nihabi, 18 from Brazil, has missed the first few days of her course at London College of Fashion because of the delays. “I cannot attend class before I have registered but this is the third time I have tried queuing, today I have been here since 6am. There are people who got here earlier. “It’s horrible – we have to wait here for hours and pay for the travel each time. If they want us to register, they could at least ask us to do it at a police station nearer to where we live.” London Met’s overseas visitor

records office website blames the delays on the large number of international students

international students officer, says it is unclear why is is necessary for students to

registering at the start of the academic year. It asks people not to form queues the night before: “Our queues are currently starting at 12.00am. In the interest of health and safety we would kindly request that you do not start queueing at this time as it forces us to close our queues as early as 06.30am.” It adds: “We operate on a first come, first served basis so it’s advisable to attend early in the morning.” Daniel Stevens, NUS

visit police offices when their information is already held by the UK Border Agency. “There are numerous other ways to avoid the distress being faced by these students including increasing staff numbers, adjusting the amount of time given to students to register, or creating a ticketing system so that students have defined times to register. “It is absolutely unacceptable that students be asked to be queue for hours, often in terrible weather, and be

expected to arrive before 6.30am to have any chance of being seen.” The problems come only weeks after universities minister David Willetts launched a global drive to bolster British universities’ reputation abroad following the removal of London Metropolitan University’s right to sponsor overseas students. The higher education business in international students is worth an estimated £5bn a year to the economy. But a law student from the London School of Economics who has spent the past four days trying to join the queue says British inefficiencies are putting overseas students off. “Obviously this will damage British universities’ reputation. This isn’t the only country that offers international education – the US and Canada do not treat foreign students like this.” Source: guardian.co.uk/ Tuesday 2 October 2012 12.24 BST

Freedom of internet must be Turkey’s parliament protected by governments, authorises military says William Hague action in Syria Democratic governments Hague acknowledged the must protect the freedom of the internet – even when it provokes crises like the recent anti-Islamic video, the foreign

secretary, William Hague, has said. Addressing an international cyberspace conference in Budapest, he said states should always “err on the side of freedom”, even when they found online content offensive or objectionable.

difficulties caused by postings such as the amateur trailer made in the United States which portrayed the prophet

Muhammad as a womaniser and a fool. It was, he said, a “contemptible piece of work” and he deplored the deaths that occurred in the riots it provoked across the Muslim world. He warned, however, that

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Turkey’s parliament has authorised troops to cross into Syria, if required by the government. The decision followed an emergency session in response to a government request for the military action, after two women and three children were killed in a border town by Syrian shelling. The vote was passed 320-129. Turkey has been firing at targets inside Syria, in retaliation for the deaths on Wednesday. Ankara’s response marks the

first time it has fired into Syria during the 18-month-long unrest there. The bill gives the government authority for one year to send troops into Syria or carry out air strikes against Syrian targets. However, government sources have said Turkey is not planning to declare war on Syria. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the priority was to act in co-ordination with international bodies. The UN Security Council is to

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US election: Polls show Romney won TV debate with Obama

US Republican candidate Mitt Romney won the first of three televised debates with President Barack Obama, polls and analysts say. After the 90-minute duel centring on taxes, the deficit and healthcare, polls gave Mr Romney a 46-67% margin with Mr Obama trailing with 2225%.

“The president has a view very similar to the one he had when he ran for office four years ago, that spending more, taxing more, regulating more - if you will, trickle-down government - would work,” Mr Romney said. “That’s not the right answer for America.” Mr Romney pledged not to

Commentators said Mr Romney appeared in command while Mr Obama was hesitant. Mr Obama has led national polls and surveys in the swing states that will decide the 6 November election. The BBC’s Mark Mardell says if the gap narrows or Mitt Romney starts moving ahead of Mr Obama, that will be a huge boost for his campaign, and suggest he could win the White House. However if they hardly budge, then the Republican challenger will be in deep trouble, the North America editor adds. President Obama appeared hesitant, occasionally asking moderator Jim Lehrer, of US public television network PBS, for time to finish his points. The two candidates attacked each other’s economic plans, with Mr Obama describing his rival’s approach as “top-down economics” and a retread of Bush-era policies. “If you think by closing [tax] loopholes and deductions for the well-to-do, somehow you will not end up picking up the tab, then Governor Romney’s plan may work for you,” he said. “But I think math, common sense, and our history shows us that’s not a recipe for job growth.” Mr Romney derided Mr Obama’s policies as “trickledown government”.

reduce taxes for wealthy Americans, and said Mr Obama had misrepresented Mr Romney’s tax plans on the campaign trail. Both camps rushed to defend the respective performances. “The average person at home saw a president who you could trust,” Obama adviser David Plouffe told reporters. “That’s what the American people are looking for.” But senior Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom said the president had spoken “only in platitudes”. “If this were a boxing match, it would have been called by the referee,” he said. Commentators largely agreed that Mitt Romney had performed better. New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said, Mr Obama “did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well”. “But in the end, this isn’t or shouldn’t be about theatre criticism, it should be about substance,” Mr Krugman said defending Mr Obama’s statements whilst charging that “much of what Romney said was either outright false or so misleading as to be the moral equivalent of a lie”. ABC News quoted one of its consultants and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile as saying: “Mitt Romney did

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