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May 4, 2001

Academics and students at Venezuela's Central University were hurt as radical students fought with moderates seeking to end a month-long occupation over university reforms.

Adis Ababa
Hundreds of police broke up a student meeting called on Monday at Addis Ababa University to discuss a return to class. Students are staying away until police free all the 3,000 held after riots in the Ethiopian capital. Most students were freed at the end of last week.

A US Fulbright scholar, who denied selling marijuana while engaged in postgraduate research at Voronezh State University has been sentenced to three years in a Russian prison. John Tobin was said by prosecutors to be carrying a matchbox that contained the drug as he left a nightclub in January.

About 40 students are occupying the central administration at Harvard University to try to persuade officials to pay a "living wage" to janitors, kitchen staff and security staff.

Talks between Austria's government and university teachers over plans to restrict academic tenure have broken down. The government, which plans to make state-run universities more autonomous, says the new tenure terms will foster flexibility and diversity.

Charles University has cancelled a series of seminars on political extremism and said it will discipline the organiser after neo-Nazis were invited to speak.

Police said a night of fires and street violence near the University of Northern Colorado stemmed from a party that got out of hand. Police were pelted with rocks and bottles, but just two small injuries were reported and no arrests were made.

A £50 million private university, the Macao University of Science and Technology, is to be completed by 2006. It is being sponsored by wealthy Macao celebrities and is receiving support from mainland universities.



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