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Israeli judo star Tal Flicker wins gold in UAE; officials refuse to play anthem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Winning a gold medal is usually a cause for unmitigated celebration.<p>But not for Israel judo star Tal Flicker as he stood atop the podium at this week's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, having triumphed in the men's half-lightweight division.<p>Instead of Hatikvah, Israel's traditional national anthem, …

Israel

Burundi becomes first country to leave International Criminal Court

An ICC spokesman has confirmed that Burundi's pullout took effect on Friday, a year after the country notified the court of its intention to leave. …

Jah Kingdom: A New Book on the Rastafarian Movement in Tanzania

<i>This post is part of our blog series that announces the publication of selected new books in African American History and African Diaspora Studies.</i> …

Black History

Where Did the English Language Come From?: An Animated Introduction

If you've ever deliberately studied the English language — or, even worse, taught it — you know that bottomless aggravation awaits anyone foolish …

Language

Shocking photo shows Caribbean Sea being 'choked to death by human waste'

A photographer has captured the damage being done to the planet's oceans with a shocking “sea of plastic and styrofoam” image taken near a tranquil Caribbean island.<p>Caroline Power, who specialises in underwater photography, has dedicated her career to highlighting the damage plastic waste is doing …

Pollution

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

next<p>prev<p>A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:<p>EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at …

The real Amazons: How the legendary warrior women inspired fighters and feminists

The warrior women who battled Hercules and courted Alexander the Great were the stuff of legend – yet, as John Man reveals, the myth’s artistic and …

Trump's withdrawal from UNESCO is a huge gift to the Palestinians

<i>Crystal Nix-Hines served as United States ambassador to UNESCO in Paris from 2014 to 2017.</i><p>In the latest in a series of complete abdications of U.S. leadership, the Trump administration has announced plans to withdraw from UNESCO — an organization that promotes core U.S. strategic interests around …

Trump Administration

400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations …

Archaeology

In downtown Dallas, a crowd of 5,000 watched this black man get lynched—and they took souvenirs

Allen Brooks was dragged from the courtroom by an angry mob<p>There isn’t much known about Allen Brooks, the 65-year-old black man lynched in broad …

Black History

When The Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class

Not that long ago, the high school in Pittsfield, N.H., had some of the lowest standardized tests scores in the state and was known as a dropout factory.<p>But over the past six years, the school district has overhauled its approach to education. Now in most classes, grades aren't used to measure …

Pedagogy

The 11 college majors with the highest unemployment rates

According to career site Zippia, which used US Census data to estimate the unemployment rate for people 22 to 25 years old in various fields, there are several areas of study that make job-finding harder.<p>Many of the majors deal with the arts, society, and communication. But some are still related …

MK Gandhi's most ‘indelicate’ gift for Queen Elizabeth (and other stories about Khadi)

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had called him ‘a seditious middle temple lawyer’ posing as a ‘half-naked fakir’.<p>The most iconic …

India

The Tiger Force Atrocities

The memory haunts Bill Carpenter even 50 years after his tour in Vietnam ended. An elderly villager dressed in white had just carted geese over the dark Song Ve River when he crossed paths with Mr. Carpenter’s platoon — a unit known as Tiger Force. The villager sputtered in fear. The angry troops …

Human Rights

'Free Palestine? Why not Balochistan?'

Tommy Robinson, a prominent British nationalist activist, wants to know why the United Nations focuses solely on the Palestinians despite their …

What Sparked the Mongol Conquests?

Genghis Khan's Motivation<p>Early in the thirteenth century, a band of Central Asian nomads led by an orphaned former slave rose up and conquered …

This Arab country is allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. That’s the good news.

Just over a week ago, Tunisia became one of the only countries in the Arab world to allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, flouting centuries of tradition and earning the accolades of human rights groups and activists around the world.<p>The measure has been cited as another example of Tunisia’s …

Human Rights

“Apps 4 EFL” Looks Like An Excellent Site For English Language Learners & Their Teachers

Thanks to Nik Peachey, I just learned about an excellent free site called Apps 4 EFL.<p>The site has a huge variety of ready-to-use interactives and …

23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

Sponsored by Staples From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As I organize my tenth grader for …

Don’t bother, India. That noise was just someone getting lynched in the neighbourhood

Take a close look at the photograph. I know it is disturbing, but you should be disturbed. It is not a photograph you will see on the front pages of newspapers and on your television screens, not because it is disturbing but because it does not matter very much in modern India if two young Muslim …

India

Ethnic tensions bubble in Nigeria in echo of Biafra civil war | Reuters

(Refiles this June 7 story to correct editing credit.)<p>KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - A northern Nigerian state’s governor on Wednesday ordered the arrest of activists for demanding the eviction of eastern Igbo people, amid rising tensions between ethnic groups that hark back to the country’s Biafra …

Africa

What is the Paris Agreement on climate change? Everything you need to know

US President Donald Trump sent shockwaves through the international community in June 2017 when he announced that he would back out of a global agreement to tackle climate change.<p>The Paris Agreement was hailed as a landmark international deal when 194 countries, including the EU and China, signed …

36 Twitter Accounts Teachers Should Follow

Teaching can be isolating. We’ve got to reach beyond our classroom walls to get the support, camaraderie, and professional development we need to be …

Teaching

Teachers, Forgive Thyself or Burn Out Quickly

Psst! Come in closely. I have a little secret I'd like to share with you. It's important, and although obvious, often overlooked...<p>Teachers are human …

Here's a complex ACT geometry question that stops students in their tracks — see if you can solve it

Remember those standardized test questions that always used to stump you?<p>Well, they still exist.<p>And they're still hard to solve, even if you're an adult now and have successfully taken the SAT and/or ACT once or even a few times.<p>We spoke with Tom Rose, the co-founder of Testive, which offers SAT …

The company behind the SAT finally admits what everyone knew: You can game the test

A score on the US college entrance exam known as the SAT is meant to be an indicator of a student’s overall academic prowess—but in reality, as many counselors and teachers already know, it’s more a reflection of how hard they studied for the SAT.<p>After decades of denying that the scandal-ridden, …

College & University

One Man’s Ambitious, Insane Plan To Use An Iceberg To Bring Water To The Middle East

Abdulla Alshehi doesn’t want global warming to waste the perfectly good water trapped in Antarctic ice. Now he just has to strap a floating block of ice to a boat and tow it to the desert.<p>In the United Arab Emirates, where the population more than tripled between 2000 and 2015, groundwater could …

Happy Birthday Rabindranath Tagore: 7 best films based on the Nobel laureate's works

On the 156th birth anniversary of the great Rabindranath Tagore, here are seven must-watch films inspired by Tagores works.

Angela Merkel meets Saudi leaders without headscarf

Angela Merkel took a stand against the Saudi regime by refusing to wear a headscarf when she traveled to meet King Salman on Sunday.<p>She made this move just weeks after Theresa May was praised for declining to cover her head when she went for talks in Saudi Arabia.<p>The country enforces a strict dress …

Saudi Arabia

Japan sends biggest warship to the Pacific as North Korea bolsters nuclear force 'to the maximum'

Japan has dispatched its biggest warship to protect a US military vessel in the Pacific Ocean for the first time in modern history following the enactment of a controversial new security law.<p>The Izumo, Japan's biggest warship since World War Two, left Yokosuka port in Kanagawa prefecture on Monday …