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US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

World
In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state. The case highlights Israel's concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions she is a boycott supporter. An Israeli court has ordered that she remain in custody while she appeals. The weeklong detent...
Defrauded student loan borrowers in limbo in wake of judge's ruling

Defrauded student loan borrowers in limbo in wake of judge's ruling

Finance
A tug-of-war between student borrowers hoping to get tens of thousands of dollars in loans they took out for their education discharged and the government may be a step closer to resolution. A federal judge ruled this week that repeated delays by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of an Obama administration plan to provide debt relief to defrauded borrowers was unlawful. Judge Randolph D. Moss, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., said on Wednesday the Department's action was arbitrary and capricious. "We think this is an incredibly ...
Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

Technology
A Massachusetts college student who was named his high school's valedictorian for his savvy tech skills hacked into unsuspecting investors' personal cellphones, email and social media accounts to steal at least $ 2 million in digital currency like Bitcoin, according to documents provided by California prosecutors Wednesday. Joel Ortiz was taken into custody July 12 at Los Angeles International Airport ahead of a flight to Boston, according to prosecutors. The 20-year-old faces more than two dozen charges including grand theft, identity theft and computer hacking, court documents show. He's held on $ 1 million bail. The Santa Clara County, California, public defender's office, which is representing Ortiz, declined comment. A number listed for his home in Boston was disconnected. The elabo...
University student suicide rates revealed

University student suicide rates revealed

Health
The Office for National Statistics has published higher education suicide rates for the first time.The figures show 95 recorded university student suicides for the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales. This is lower than for the general population of similar ages, but does not include suicides among students at further education colleges.Since the 1950s there have been very few comprehensive pieces of research into student suicides. But a report published last autumn showed the numbers of students disclosing mental health problems had increased fivefold in a decade.Up until now detail on things like age clusters, people's undergraduate or postgraduate status, or comparison with similar-age people who did not enter higher education, has not been ava...
Why you should start paying off your student loans as soon as possible, even before graduation

Why you should start paying off your student loans as soon as possible, even before graduation

Finance
When Ruth B., now 26, graduated from college in May 2014, she already had a few months of student loan payments under her belt. Ruth, who asked that her last name not be used, had taken out federal loans to help cover her tuition and living expenses every year. But in her senior year her family finances changed when her younger brother started college, as well. "My senior year I couldn't count on my mom to help me out, so I took out a private loan from Sallie Mae to cover everything that financial aid wouldn't cover," Ruth said. Ruth realized right...