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YOUNG people leaving school in Britain face a very bleak future today. Universities are cutting back on the number of places and many applicants are being turned down; those who do get a place face a future in deep debt and it is now harder for school leavers to get a job than it has been for at least 15 years.

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A long-standing injustice

ABDELBASET Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi last Tuesday abandoned his appeal against conviction for the Lockerbie bombing in order to make it easier for the Scottish law courts to allow him to return to Libya on compassionate grounds before he dies, aged 57, of prostate cancer. It another cruel twist to the mountain of injustices that have been heaped on this innocent man that he must surrender his long battle to clear his name - a legal battle that would take longer than his life expectancy - in order to be allowed to return to his home.

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