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UK to Cut Student Visas by Half

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The UK government is finalizing plans to cut annual student visa figures by nearly half, from the current 300,000 to 170,000, a media report said amid a sharp fall in students coming to the country from outside Europe. The move comes despite recent UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures indicating there has been a drastic drop in students coming to the UK from outside Europe. The number of non-EU citizens migrating to the UK to study declined from 134,000 in the previous year to 111,000, ONS said in its 'Migration Statistics Quarterly Report: August 2016'. International students contribute, directly and indirectly, USD17.50 billion to the UK economy, making higher education one of this country's most valuable exports.

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Humayun’s Tomb Unites with 11 Cousins

The profile of Humayun's Tomb has been enhanced. Nearly a dozen other garden tombs in the vicinity of the grand 16thcentury Mughal edifice have also been designated as monuments of outstanding universal value by Unesco and recognized as world heritage. While four of these structures got the prestigious tag last year, seven others were included as world heritage property through a notification last month. Officials say this is the first-ever expansion of a world heritage site. In 2015, on the request of Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Archaeological Survey of India, Unesco included Isa Khan's Tomb, Bu Halima's Tomb and Garden, Afsarwala Garden Tomb and Arab Serai Bazaar as part of the world heritage site. In early this year, AKTC proposed further boundary modification, which was forwarded by the Centre to Unesco.

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Six Women in Forbes Magazine's 'The World's Most Powerful People 2016' List

Only six women were featured in a Forbes magazine list of the 74 most powerful people in the world. The women featured were German chancellor Angela Merkel (3), chair of the US Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors Janet Yellen (6), UK prime minister Theresa May (13), International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (25), IBM chairwoman, president and CEO Ginni Rometty (61), and General Motors chairperson and CEO Mary Barra (62). Forbes says its 'Most Powerful People' list "identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most." and represents the magazine's "best guess about who will matter in the year to come." According to Forbes, nine women were featured in the 2015 and 2014 lists.

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2,500-year-old City Discovered in Greece

Scientists have discovered the remains of a 2,500-year-old city in Greece, a finding that can change our understanding of the area traditionally considered to be a backwater of the ancient world. Archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have begun exploring a previously unknown ancient city at a village called Vlochos, five hours north of Athens. The remains are scattered on and around the Strongilovouni hill on the great Thessalian plains and can be dated to several historical periods. The findings can provide important clues as to what happened during this violent period in Greek history.

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Meet the Beggars Driving Fancy Cars in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has started cracking down on beggars, but they are finding new ways to seek alms in the kingdom. Instead of wearing shabby clothes and looking destitute, the beggars are adopting sophisticated ways. They ride new cars and wear new clothes when they approach people. They pretend to be outsiders who are in need of urgent assistance. They all tell the same story, "I am not from this city. My car has run out of gas and I need help." The Grand Mufti has warned the public about believing what such beggars claim and urged people not to give them any money. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development is responsible for investigating the social status of Saudis who beg to ensure they are really in need of help.

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