From today's UK papers

August 17, 2001

Guardian

The writer Gore Vidal yesterday compared the executed Oklahoma bomber Timothy Mcveigh to Paul Revere, the hero of American independence.

Times

It is time to abandon the AS-level mess and move to the International Baccalaureat, Tim Hames writes.

Daily Telegraph

The Government should appoint a panel of experts to review the entire system of sixth form exams in the wake of the AS-level fiasco, the Tories said yesterday.

Financial Times

The government insisted that it would hit its target of getting half of all young people into higher education by the end of the decade, as universities yesterday struggled to fill the places already available.

Independent

After hundreds of pupils failed to get their A-level results on time yesterday, headteachers' leaders are demanding an investigation into what went wrong.

Miscellany

Babies born near landfill sites have a very slightly increased risk of some congenital defects and of being born at low birth weight, a study by Imperial College has shown. Times , Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Financial Times , Independent.

A solar system that resembles our own and which might sustain life has been discovered in the constellation that includes the Plough, astronomers as the University of California, Berkeley have announced. Times , Daily Telegraph , Independent.

Japanese educational committees across the country have overwhelmingly rejected a controversial history textbook that has sparked outrage and severely damaged Japan's relations with its Asian neighbours. Financial Times , Daily Telegraph .   

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