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How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

There is a troubling hidden pattern behind success stories of high school graduation: though the percent of students earning a diploma is at an …

Egypt’s Ad Hoc Economy

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has portrayed himself as a figure who could bring not only political but also economic stability. His government …

What Is An Atheist ?

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in <i>The Winter's Tale</i> by Shakespeare)<p><b>ATHEIST</b>. <i>noun</i>. One unconvinced about the God of his epoch.<p>I am supposing human ingenuity will arrest or repair human degradation of the planet, …

Inside RNC’s Hottest Ticket: The Big Gay Islamophobia Party

“A jihadi walks into a gay bar, and the bartender says, ‘What’ll you have?’ The jihadi says, ‘Shots for everyone!'” …is not the joke you expect to …

Skyscraper on fire in Dubai (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

A fire has broken out in Sulafa Tower, a skyscraper in the Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates. Videos showing the 75-story structure engulfed in …

Charlize Theron: HIV spread through sexism, racism, homophobia

<b>Durban (CNN) —</b> Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was born and raised in South Africa, where she grew up around HIV and experienced people dying from AIDS. Now 40, she blames society -- not the infection -- for why the virus still persists.<p>On Monday, Theron took the stage before 18,000 doctors, …

South Africa

President Xi urges Chinese Muslims to resist religious "infiltration"

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Muslims should promote social harmony and resist illegal religious “infiltration”, President Xi Jinping said while visiting a mosque in a heavily-Muslim part of western China, state media reported on Thursday.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a speech at the celebration …

Brexit is going to totally obliterate everything good in the British economy

Earlier on Wednesday, the Office for National Statistics dropped its most recent data on the state of the UK's jobs market, and to say things look good would be an understatement.<p>Unemployment is at just 4.9%, a low not seen in more than a decade, and employment is at 74.4%, higher than at any point …

EU vows to toughen up trade defences against cheap Chinese imports

European commission promises action against foreign producers flooding world markets with subsidised goods<p>The EU executive has vowed to toughen up Europe’s trade defences in a bid to prevent industry from being overwhelmed by artificially cheap Chinese imports.<p>The European commission promised …

Israeli parliament passes controversial impeachment law

<b>Israel's parliament has passed a law that would allow it to impeach an MP who incites racism or supports armed struggle against the state.</b><p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the measure ended an "absurd situation" whereby someone who "supports terror" was allowed to serve in the Knesset.<p>But …

Church Fights State Over What It Preaches, Practices on Sexuality and Gender Identity

A small Iowa church has entered a legal battle with the state government over what the congregation considers censorship of biblical teaching on …

Civil Rights

Why You Should Care that Some Companies are Profiting from the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to make governments more transparent, but some companies are using it to make big profits.<p>Among the litany of calls for more government transparency and the demands for easier access to government information, there is one very interesting fact shared by …

EPA

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the …

U.N. chief: Make sure Iran nuclear deal benefits Iranian people

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world powers on Wednesday to ensure a historic nuclear deal with Iran delivers “tangible benefits to the Iranian people” after Tehran complained it was not fully benefiting from sanctions relief.<p>U.N. Secretary-General Ban …

The Bank Of Central Banks Reveals The Biggest Threat To The Global Financial System

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is in the unique position of serving global economic stability in general… and central banks in particular.<p>It functions as a master hub for all the world’s central banks. It settles transactions among central banks and other international organizations. …

U.N. memo questions Britain's Security Council veto power

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations officials have questioned if Britain is worthy of being a veto-power on the Security Council after the country withdrew police officers from a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan during recent violence without consulting the world body, according to an …

Saudi clerics renew fatwa against playing 'Pokemon GO'

Saudi Arabia's top clerics renewed a religious edict that warns against playing Pokemon — this time as the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon GO".<p>First issued in 2001 when the game was played with cards, the decree says Pokemon violates Islamic prohibitions against gambling, uses …

Almost 1,000 startups died in India in the last two years

Here’s the bitter truth about entrepreneurship in India: Over 40% of startups set up in the last two years have already shut shop.<p>Since June 2014, some 2,281 Indian startups had begun operations across a range of sectors, including e-commerce, health technology, robotics, logistics, business …

Appeals court: Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act

<b>(CNN) —</b> A federal appeals court said Wednesday that Texas' voter ID law, which critics consider to be one of the strictest in the nation, violates the Voting Rights Act.<p>The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, sent the case back down to the lower court for consideration of the …

Theresa May must exploit Europe's woes to get the best deal for Britain

Today, our new Prime Minister will complete her trip to the EU’s two most influential capitals – Berlin and Paris. As she does so, the focus in Britain is on what kind of Brexit deal we might get from Angela Merkel or François Hollande. But the reality is that both continental leaders face domestic …

When Was America Last Great? Here's What Republican Delegates Said

Christopher Morris—VII for TIME<p>Christopher Morris—VII for TIME<p>Landon Nordeman for TIME<p>Landon Nordeman for TIME<p>Landon Nordeman for TIME<p>Christopher …

The returning jihad: ISIL in Southeast Asia | Politics

Until recently much of the violence caused by extremists in Southeast Asia has been as much about local conditions as Islamist ideology. The return of local jihadists from the Middle East threatens to change this.<p>As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group continues to lose territory …

So far it’s been the US, not China, that has flouted international law

The American public relations war against China over conflicting claims in the South China Sea has been a no-brainer. If Beijing defies the Permanent …

China

There is no ‘war’ on blacks – or cops

Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. It goes on and on. The killing of black Americans by police seems to have become numbingly routine. Too many young black men, dead for no good reason.<p>Then came Dallas. The protest in Dallas began on a hopeful note – a peaceful …

What Russia thinks of Brexit – and how it could gain from a fractured Europe

President Putin denies that Russia welcomes Britain’s vote to leave the EU – but it offers a possibility of weakened sanctions and a shift in power relations<p>What should you drink to mark Britain leaving the European Union? That was the question pondered by Russian state television’s ringmaster, …

Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, becomes law

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel adopted a law on Monday that critics say targets Israeli rights groups critical of the right-wing government’s policies and which supporters see as a blow against foreign interference in their country’s affairs.<p>Stickers bearing the logo of Peace Now, an Israeli NGO that …

This statistic shows why Trump supporters are anti-trade

If it wasn't clear before how strongly that's resonating with voters, here's another statistic from a recent article in the Wall Street Journal: According to the Journal, 89 of the 100 US counties with industries most exposed to Chinese imports voted for Trump in the Republican primaries. …

Sanders’ final win: Climate action in the Democratic platform

Pushed left by backers of Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic leaders adopted a draft platform over the weekend that commits the party to a more …

Supermarkets encouraging families to spend £700 a year on uneaten food, MPs say, as Government launches waste inquiry

Supermarkets are encouraging families to waste £700 a year on food, according to MPs, as the Government launches an inquiry into how the UK is wasting £16 billion a year on uneaten produce.<p>Politicians on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee condemned supermarkets for "pushing …