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Patten dons robes as Oxford chancellor 

CHRIS Patten, the British politician turned Hong Kong governor turned EU commissioner, has been appointed the 294th chancellor of Oxford University. 

Patten, 58, received the university's statutes, keys and seal from Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Lucas and gave a short speech in Latin. 

Switching to English, Patten said Oxford, his alma mater, could not take its future for granted. “This university, much the best known in the world, has no God-given right, immune to accountability or criticism, to be revered as a national treasure and an asset beyond quantification,” he said. 

Besides Oxford, he is also chancellor of Newcastle University in the north of England. – AFP 

New York schools limit sugar, fat intake 

SODA, hard candy and doughnuts will disappear from vending machines in the United States' largest school system under stricter nutritional guidelines designed to fight childhood obesity. New York schools, which serve about 800,000 meals a day, will also serve lower-fat versions of foods such as tacos and chicken nuggets. And beef ravioli and macaroni may soon be history. 

By 2008, the city expects to abide by federal recommendations that 30% of the calories in school lunches come from fat. School vending machines will continue to sell cookies, potato chips and pretzels, among other snacks, along with all-juice drinks and water. The changes come amid alarm about poor diets and fitness among American children. – AP 

Teacher kicks boy for wrong answer 

A FEMALE teacher in western China kicked a nine-year-old pupil twice in the groin when he got a maths question wrong. The schoolboy needed two operations for his injuries after the incident at a school in Chongqing province, according to the South China Morning Post. An inquiry was launched after the boy's parents complained. – dpa 

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