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Issue No. 2444

Chile students win on fees

The Chilean government is set to pass a law that includes free university tuition—one of the main demands of the recent student protests. 

It comes just months after tuition fees were scrapped in Germany.

But the Chilean reform operates within the constitution imposed by former dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The law means fees will be paid by the state. 

And powerful private bosses will still own the universities.

Boko Haram and military clash

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram came under attack from the military of Chad and Niger on Monday of this week.

Boko Haram’s leader had appeared on the radio the previous day pledging allegiance to Isis. 

But the organisation gets its support because of the war in north eastern Nigeria. 

Boko Haram is brutal. But national government forces have killed more locals than it has. 

Egyptian regime hangs protester

The military-backed regime in Egypt has carried out its first hanging of 180 mainly Muslim Brotherhood supporters. 

A court upheld death sentences against them last month.

The interior ministry announced last Saturday that it had executed Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan Abdel-Nabi. 

The cases relate to the period of mass protests after the fall of Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013. 

The authorities claim a police station near Cairo was attacked.

The statement referred to the hanging as the “first to be executed of those involved in violent clashes”.

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Tue 10 Mar 2015, 16:47 GMT
Issue No. 2444
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