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Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study finds

Harvard rated Asian American applicants lower on personality scores than other students, study findsHarvard admissions officers consistently rated Asian American students lower on “personal qualities” than students of other races, according to admissions data analysed as part of a racial discrimination lawsuit against the prestigious university. A study of 20 years’ worth of admissions data shows Asian American applicants to Harvard scored much better than all other racial groups on measures of academic merit, but worse on subjective analyses of their personal qualities completed by Harvard admissions staff. In fact, the study found Asian Americans had the lowest admission rate of any racial group between 2000 and 2019, despite having higher test scores than every other racial group over the two-decade period.



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World Cup: More than 1,200 UK football hooligans blocked from flying to Russia

World Cup: More than 1,200 UK football hooligans blocked from flying to RussiaDozens of football hooligans have failed to surrender their passports ahead of Thursday's World Cup opening ceremony, raising fears they could attempt to travel to Russia. Police are now visiting known hooligans who have yet to hand over their travel documents in a bid to ensure they remain at home. Latest Home Office figures show that 58 people banned from travelling to the World Cup have not surrendered their passports since the exclusion period began on June 4. Of the 1,312 individuals subject to football banning orders preventing them from travelling to overseas games, 1,254 have either handed over the documents voluntarily, been forced to do so or did not have a passport in the first place. Police are in place at UK ports to stop any suspected troublemakers trying to get to  to the tournament, which promises to open with a spectacular ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Officials say they are confident that few, if any, hooligans will succeed in getting to Russia, and if they do they will be met by a huge security operation. Nick Hurd , Minister for Policing and the Fire Service said: "The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder. “The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.” Metal detectors and security near the entrance to Red Square, Moscow Credit: Aaron Chown /PA Football banning orders lasting up to 10 years aim to stop hooligans travelling to international fixtures and if breached can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month jail term. Officials will be keen to avoid a repeat of scenes at Euro 2016 in France, when England fans were involved in violent clashes, including with Russia supporters. Around 10,000 fans are expected to travel from the UK to Russia in the coming days, with each required to have a unique fan number allowing them access to the games. There is a large police presence in parts of Moscow, with airport-style scanners and searches in operation around Luzhniki Stadium ahead of kick off. Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK’s national lead for football policing, said: “Ahead of the World Cup, a comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding. “The legislation used for banning orders is the most effective of its kind, and affords us the ability to ensure the vast majority of England supporters travelling to Russia are genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the tournament.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage The warnings come after the head of the German football association said the German secret service had identified threats from terrorist groups intent on attacking the tournament. Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, admitted there was no guarantee fans would be safe from the threat from a lone-wolf extremist. He said: "We know from our secret service there a lot of videos from different terrorist groups which say they want to do something during the World Cup and they request their followers to do actions. "I think the security administration is so good that groups who were active will be seen and they will prevent a big terror act, but you can never, ever, say it is impossible for a lonesome terrorist to make something. He added: “It is clear that in a country like Russia you need security and it's in our interest, in the interests of our team, of our fans to have security. On the other hand it should not be so much that it overloads everything so we must find a wise, middle way." World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Mr Grindel, who was in Moscow for the Fifa Congress which on Wednesday awarded the 2026 World Cup to a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the US, suggested the British government’s boycott of the World Cup was “unwise”. Officials from the English FA and British Government and Royal Family are not expected to be present, following the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March. But Mr Grindel said: "If you play in Russia, this is not similar to supporting everything Mr (Vladimir) Putin is politically doing, but the point is to build bridges between the civil societies.”



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Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists Warn

Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Way Faster Than Expected, Scientists WarnThe Antarctic ice sheet is melting at a faster rate than at any previously



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Trump Says North Korea Summit Agreement Is Far More 'Comprehensive' Than It Actually Is

Trump Says North Korea Summit Agreement Is Far More 'Comprehensive' Than It Actually IsSINGAPORE ― President Donald Trump hailed the summit agreement signed by him



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Singapore summit a victory for Kim Jong Un, but better than war

Singapore summit a victory for Kim Jong Un, but better than warNicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, points out that while Kim Jong Un will be able to use his meeting with Donald Trump for propaganda purposes, the attention encourages him toward normalcy and moves both sides farther from all-out war.



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Is Stevia Safer or Healthier Than Artificial Sweeteners?

Is Stevia Safer or Healthier Than Artificial Sweeteners?Stevia is a plant-based sweetener—but is it bad for you? Our nutritionist has the verdict on this controversial ingredient.



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The Latest: Hawaii lava destroys more than 600 homes

The Latest: Hawaii lava destroys more than 600 homesHONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Kilauea volcano's eruption in Hawaii (all times local):



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Israel strikes hit more than 30 Gaza 'military targets': army

Israel strikes hit more than 30 Gaza 'military targets': armyIsrael’s military struck more than 30 “military targets” in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave, the army said. Army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists the rocket and mortar fire at Israel was the most extensive since a 2014 war as was Israel’s response. “We just concluded a significant aerial strike where we struck more than 30 different military targets belonging to terrorist organisations,” Conricus said.



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California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 Million

California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $  6 MillionHe said he doesn't know what caused his lucky streak.



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Passenger plane crashes in Cuba, killing more than 100 people

Passenger plane crashes in Cuba, killing more than 100 peopleBy Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) – More than 100 people were killed in a fiery crash of a Boeing 737 passenger plane in Cuba on Friday, with just three seriously injured survivors in hospital after being pulled from the wreckage, officials and state media said. The aircraft, on a domestic flight to Holguin in eastern Cuba, crashed shortly after taking off from Havana at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT).



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