GCSE and A-level examinations could be brought forward for hundreds of thousands of pupils to avoid a clash with Ramadan under controversial proposals. Teachers and lecturers in England and Wales are pushing for the summer exam timetable to be altered to help Muslim students who will be fasting when they sit papers.

School exam boards and universities are considering the radical shake-up from 2016, when the religious period of Ramadan clashes with the exam season. 

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As people in Britain struggle with the high cost of everyday life and as austerity continues to bite, many people in the UK are struggling to afford what everyone has to pay for sooner or later, their own funeral.

The average price of a funeral in recession hit Britain is £7,622, more than 50 percent of what it cost three years ago. Britain is fast becoming one of the most expensive places to die in the world. 

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An update to UK copyright law means that from 1 June 2014 it will no longer be illegal to make copies of CDs — or ebooks or any other media — that you have bought for personal use.

According to current law, it is actually illegal to copy a CD for backup or to play the music on an MP3 player or mobile. It’s also illegal to format shift an ebook you’ve bought from one device to another. Under new exceptions to copyright law, first initiated by the 2011 Hargreaves Review, people will be no longer be committing a crime by format shifting copies of CDs, ebooks or films they have bought. 

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The country’s most senior judge called for radical reform of the laws on fraud so that corrupt City bankers can be tried and punished.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said: ‘It is vital for the health of our economy and the pre-eminence of London that those who commit financial fraud or engage in bribery and corruption are tried in a criminal court and severely punished.’ 

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In the wake of the Ukraine crisis, European leaders meeting today (20 March) in Brussels will likely limit themselves to adding a few names on the sanctions blacklist and possibly cancelling the June EU-Russia summit, diplomats said, with one slamming the West for losing the ‘propaganda war’ over Crimea.

Speaking to a small number of journalists, the ambassador of an EU country said EU leaders were keeping their “ammunition” to impose sanctions on Moscow, should Russia take aim at Eastern Ukraine, which in his words conveyed the message that the EU has accepted that “Crimea is gone”. 

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