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What the papers say - FINANCIAL TIMES

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G8 nations' preoccupation with terrorism and the war in Iraq is distracting attention from long-term issues of poverty and development in Africa, said World Bank president James Wolfensohn.

He pointed out that cash flow for defence is 15 to 20 times that for development assistance.

African termite mounds are teaching engineers how to design energy self sufficient, environmentally friendly buildings. Under a £421,000, three year research project funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, Loughborough University is investigating the ventilation systems of termite mounds, which regulate internal air quality, temperature and moisture levels.

Jarvis has failed to finish building student accommodation on time leaving some 650 students at Lancaster University without rooms. President of the university Matt Freeman has said the remainder of the £339M contract to build a further 2,000 rooms could now be retendered.

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