UK wants deal to avoid Northern Ireland Brexit backstop: Minister

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LONDON: Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab wants the European Union to accept assurances that the country will remain tied to the bloc’s rules for longer in return for making a hotly contested so-called backstop for Northern Ireland unnecessary. Talks between Britain and the European Union have stalled over a disagreement over the backstop – an insurance policy to ensure there will be no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland, a former focal point for sectarian tensions, if a future trading relationship is not in place in…

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Girl gamers more likely to pursue science, math degrees

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Researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK found that 13-14-year-old girls classed as ‘heavy gamers’ — those playing over nine hours a week –were three times more likely to pursue a physical science, technology, engineering or maths degree. The study also found that all of girls who were already in PSTEM degrees were also gamers.

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