Rafael Lautner

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Report: Students in Asia are better problem solvers than in the U.S. - CNN.com

More than 85,000 15-year-olds in 44 countries were tested by the OECD. (File picture)<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- Children in Asian countries are on average better problem solvers than their European and American peers, according to a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.<p>In 2012 the …

Indonesia: Bali 'quiet' as Hindus mark day of silence

<b>Tourist areas and economic centres usually bustling with activity on the Indonesian island of Bali were deserted on Monday, as its Hindu population observed a day of silence, it appears.</b><p>Foreign tourists were required to stay in their hotel compounds, and the island's airport as well as sea ports …

Malaysian credibility challenged over change in last words heard from missing jetliner

It may mean little to investigators that the last words air traffic controllers heard from the lost jetliner were "Good night, Malaysian three-seven-zero," rather than "All right, good night." But to Malaysian officials whose credibility has been questioned almost from the beginning, it means a …

Fukushima Families Return to Homes in 'Hot Zone'

The completion of decontamination work allowed residents of a small part of the Fukushima exclusion zone to return home Tuesday, just over three years after they were forced into exile.<p>The reopening of the Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city inland from the wrecked nuclear station, marks a tiny step …

Death Toll From Mudslide Increased To 27

This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. ET.<p>The search continues in Oso, Wash., for victims of the massive mudslide that swept through about 50 homes and properties on March 22.<p>We reported Monday evening that the death toll stood at 24. Of those, 19 people had been identified. Tuesday morning in …

More Stunningly Surreal Portraits Featuring Wild Animals by Katerina Plotnikova

Since the last time we featured Moscow-based photographer Katerina Plotnikova's incredible portraits of young women holding wild animals, her stunning images have only grown more daring, now featuring even larger and more exotic creatures such as bears, elephants, giraffes, and elk.<p>The …