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16th August  2017

If there is a ranking by excellence of universities....then Spain has no institution
among the top 200. It is the only highly developed country without universities in
the top group, in which there are 27 other nations. The United States and United
Kingdom are the best classified followed by France, Germany, Portugal and Brazil.
The 11 best Spanish Universities, all public, are ranked between 200 and 500.

The European Commission provided new light on the origin of the contaminated
eggs . Brussels reported that along with  dozens of farms closed in Holland and
Belgium, there are also four farms closed in Germany and one in France for
having used Fipronil for cleaning. EU ministers will meet on 26 September to
discuss the crisis.

The lack of water in the Spanish marshes has triggered greenhouse gas
emissions. Between January and July, the electricity sector expelled 41.2 million
tons of CO 2 into the atmosphere, 17.2 million more than in the same period of
2016.  Depleted reserves of reservoirs make 2017 look like a bad year in the fight
against climate change.

We have launched a very positive message that makes it clear that beauty is not
restricted to a single size for all women," said Sports Illustrated magazine's
powerful swimsuit director

A fight between tourists at the exit of a discotheque in Gandia (ended Sunday in a
brutal beating of seven young people against one. A neighbor recorded the fight,
in which kicks and punches are repeated on a boy who is on the ground unable to
defend himself. The seven assailants have been fined more than 1,000 euros
each, local police reported.

A young couple assaulted a bus driver at Sant Antoni station in Ibiza. The
attackers, tourists, wanted to enter the privately hired vehicle, with a ticket for
public transport.

Brexit still tops the bill in the UK press although the question of the Irish borders
now intensifies.  Meanwhile, HMS Queen Elizabeth will send a message to the UK's
allies and enemies that the country means business, according to her captain.
The £3billion behemoth is set to be the nation's future flagship.

A poll claimed that two-thirds of Britons do not think the Duchess of Cornwall
should be Queen – and only 19 per cent thought she was fit for the role.

British officials need to ‘step up’ efforts to ‘root out fraud and corruption’ in a
scheme distributing £420million of aid money in Pakistan, a Whitehall report has
warned. This is set against the history of the partitioning of India after the second
World War.

Whilst British courts seemingly apply leniency in their judgements  Khong Tam
Thanh, 22,  Le Michael, 24, and Vu Thai Son, 24, have been jailed for six and a
half years with caning after the sex attack in Singapore.  Glen Friend, 28, from
east London, targeted thousands of children on the phone app and made
a nine-year-old girl strip for him and then shared it with a gang of 10 paedophiles.
He has been jailed for four years.

Despite all the terror attacks a dad and his seven-year-old daughter managed to
sneak into the London stadium and watch athletes competing in the World
Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Jeremy Hunt reportedly spent £44,000 of taxpayers' cash on a private bathroom at
the Department of Health headquarters in London including a designer toilet and
power shower.

Residents and agency staff have been digging in to clear mountains of rubbish
which has been piling up on the streets of Birmingham after the industrial action
started on June 30. The strike is costing around 4o.000 pounds per day.
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