Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

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University challenge

An analysis of university applications has suggested that 30,000 students had committed plagiarism when writing personal statements on their forms. An earlier trawl through applications found:

175 applicants were inspired to apply for medicine by an infirm grandfather 234 had developed an interest in medicine after 'burning a hole in my pyjamas aged 8' 370 professed 'a fascination for the way the human body works'.

Source: UCAS Top guns

The government has said it will review arms exports to Bahrain after the suppression of peaceful protests there. Who are the biggest arms exporters and importers?

Arms exported in 2009

USA $10.3bn

Russia $6.8bn

Germany $3.8bn

France $2.8bn

UK $1.6bn

Arms imported in 2009

India $3.2bn

Singapore $2.6bn

Malaysia $2.3bn

Greece $1.9bn

South Korea $1.8bn

Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. …

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