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Dealing with diversity in the classroom

Today’s news is overwhelmed with questions on multiculturalism, diversity and peace. In this edition we take a look at how education can play a very important role in building intercultural tolerance and respect.<p>Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, but its …

The Syria debate shows MPs have learned the lessons of war

Westminster has shown it is getting better at weighing up the cases for and against intervention<p>In the ancient legend, Prometheus is chained to a rock, where his liver is pecked out by an eagle every day – only to regenerate each night, ready to be eaten once again. As British politics wrestles …

United Kingdom

White House slams Assad's Moscow trip

Washington has decried the 'red-carpet' treatment given to President Assad by the Kremlin. Despite its ire, the US planned to send Secretary of State …

Britain 'sucking up' to China is a national humiliation, says PM's former adviser

Steve Hilton denounces lavish treatment of President Xi Jinping, saying UK should consider sanctions on China ‘not rolling out red carpet’<p>David Cameron will hold lengthy talks with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, at Downing Street on Wednesday as his former strategy adviser Steve Hilton …

United Kingdom

A major economist just explained why the UK's red carpet for Xi Jinping is so ridiculous

Britain is currently rolling out the carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a public display of such desperate and obvious neediness that it's managed to upset both human rights campaigners and British nationalists at the same time. That's a relatively rare achievement.<p>David Cameron and his …

Van Persie, Hiddink and the five people who let Netherlands down in Euro 2016 qualification

The Oranje have fallen a long way since their third place finish at the 2014 World Cup and have failed dramatically to qualify for Euro 2016. Goal takes a look at who is to blame<p><b>COMMENT</b> <b>By</b> <b>Peter McVitie</b><p>Despite a third place finish at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal, Netherlands' Euro 2016 …

Soccer

Support for Malaysia's PM Najib dwindles after scandal | Malaysia

Another group of anti-government voices in Malaysia has added to the chorus of disapproval surrounding the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak.<p>Embroiled for months now in allegations of corruption and embezzlement, the self-styled Demi Malaysia group issued an open call this week for Najib to …

Asia

Are countries obligated to take in refugees? In some cases, yes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hundreds of thousands of migrants are pounding on Europe's invisible doors -- dirty, exhausted and desperate to escape the daily carnage in their homelands.<p>But their arrival also puts a strain on European resources. Germany expects to take in 800,000 refugees and says it will spend at least …

North Africa

Hate crimes against Muslims soar in London

816 Islamophobic offences recorded across UK capital - up over 70% on last year - with women wearing veils most vulnerable<p>The number of hate crimes against Muslims in London has risen by almost three quarters in a year, according to police figures, with women who wear veils particularly …

Hate Crimes

Analysis: China's Military Parade Can't Hide Xi's Battered Credibility

BEIJING — It was officially described as a parade to mark Japan's World War II defeat 70 years ago, but Thursday was more than a naked show of force.<p>For almost an hour, wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and missiles passed through Tiananmen Square, where President Xi Jinping looked …

China

China's Military Parade Is an Act of Transparency

BEIJING -- Just like Mona Lisa, China's development of weapons and equipment has been colored by a dense mysticism. Since the National Day Parade in 1999, the weapons and equipment displayed at the event have caught the attention of the world. To some degree, they reflect the latest developments in …

Why is China's stock market falling and how might it affect the global economy?

What has happened in China?<p>China’s stock market has fallen sharply over recent weeks despite measures by officials in Beijing aimed at calming investors’ jitters and shoring up global confidence in the country’s slowing economy.<p>Shares in China had soared 150% in the 12 months to mid-June as …

Stock Markets

American Flag Flies at Embassy in Cuba for First Time Since 1961

The American flag was hoisted Friday over the U.S. Embassy in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century, marking the end of a Cold War-era diplomatic freeze between two countries 90 miles apart.<p>“We are gathered here because our leaders made a courageous decision to stop being prisoners of …

Cuba

Thousands of lions bred in captivity for South Africa's canned hunting industry

The killing of Cecil, the popular Zimbabwean lion, has bought the debate on "canned hunting" to global attention. In canned hunts, tourists kill …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Study Finds Pollution in China Causes 1.6 Million Deaths a Year

Air pollution in China is responsible for the deaths of about 1.6 million people every year, or about 4,400 per day, according to a new …

Russia bans more foreign foods

Russia, which has been destroying brie and other banned Western foods, may have to rev up the bulldozers again to keep pace with a growing list of prohibited imports.<p>On Thursday, Moscow added more items to the list of banned food and agriculture products from the five counties that support Western …

Russia

To Cut Food Waste, Spain's Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers

At a Basque restaurant nestled in the green hills just outside the Spanish city of Bilbao, head cook Itziar Eguileor gestures toward a dumpster out back.<p>"This all used to go into the garbage," she says, lugging a huge pot of leftover boiled artichokes. "But now, these artichokes, we pack them in …

City Halls

Locals and Olympians Demand Clean Water for Life and Games on Rio's Polluted Coast

An unlikely boat brigade did a lap around Rio’s Guanabara Bay this weekend: racing shells, sailboats, schooners, and traditional line-and-hook …

Migrant crisis pushing Greek island of Kos to the limit

The migrant crisis on the Greek island of Kos is pushing people to their limits.<p>Fights broke out during a registration procedure as more than 1,000 migrants gathered in a long, crowded queue outside a local football stadium.<p>Migrants demanding quick registration blocked the main coastal road staging …

Ministers consider halting benefits for young workers to keep migrant pledge

Government is told EU law means planned restriction on immigrants claiming in-work benefit for four years would need to apply to Britons too<p>Ministers are considering plans to stop young Britons claiming in-work benefits because they have been told that the Tory manifesto pledge to apply such …

United Kingdom

25 Trips to Take in Your Lifetime

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What the River Knows: Bagmati River, Nepal

Changing Planet<p><i>In this series, “What the River Knows,” by Basia Irland, the artist and water activist writes from the perspective of each river, using the first person. Installments are published in Water Currents every other week on Mondays. The first post is about the Ping River in Chiang Mai,</i> …

National Parks

Britain’s rich are thrust into the future. The poor get kicked back into the past

One of the most important experiments of modern times began in Bradford on 17 April 1907 – and it centred on porridge. Officials went into one of the poorest parts of the city, picked about 40 of the most deprived schoolchildren and began feeding them breakfast and dinner for free. The group got …

Dining Rooms

Are we ready to 3D print our own clothes?

Imagine going on holiday with an empty suitcase, checking out the vibe of the hotel bar on arrival, then printing out the perfect dress to match it in your room. Such a delicious possibility could be on offer – one day – thanks to 3D printing. In fact, the work of one fashion student, Danit Peleg, …

Wearable Tech

French farmers block access from Germany and Spain over falling food prices

Over a thousand French farmers have blocked roads from Spain and Germany to stop foreign produce entering the country. The protest follows a week of …

The growth of China's mobile use is mind-blowing

The country has just seen a spectacular stock market collapse that was exacerbated by huge amounts of margin lending to retail investors. Blackrock has warned of an "alarming" rise in private sector debt.<p>GDP growth is now slowing faster than many expected just 12 months ago. A lower-than-expected …

Australian dollar hits fresh six-year low as Chinese factories continue to falter

Chinese manufacturing was sluggish for the fifth month running, a new survey shows, while the strengthening greenback sends the Aussie below US73c<p>The Australian dollar fell to a fresh six-year low and stocks across Asia dropped sharply after more signs of a slowdown in the Chinese economy.<p>The …

Stock Markets

Activists transform anti-homeless spikes into a bed in London

LONDON — London has been hit by an urban planning scourge lately in the form of "anti-homeless" spikes that prevent people from sleeping on the …

Chinese media warn Uighurs against joining Middle East militants

Four were shot while attempting to flee the country. One was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up a shopping mall. Another lost his leg at a squalid training camp overseas.<p>In recent weeks, Chinese state newspapers and TV broadcasters have issued a series of reports warning its citizens about …

China