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Hundreds injured as Spain cracks down on Catalan referendum

<b>Barcelona, Spain (CNN) —</b> Spanish national police launched a widespread crackdown on Catalonia's disputed independence referendum Sunday, raiding polling stations and firing rubber bullets in a concerted attempt to deny the vote legitimacy.<p>In scenes that reverberated around Spain, riot police …

Europe

Egypt hunting down gays, conducting forced anal exams - Amnesty | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Six Egyptian men arrested for “promoting sexual deviancy” and “debauchery” on social media will be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their Oct. 1 trial, Amnesty International said on Saturday.<p>Their arrest is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started last …

North Africa

What does North Korea want?

<i>In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week.</i><p>North Korea and the United States have exchanged alarmingly confrontational statements in recent weeks, fueling fears a miscalculation could lead to open military conflict. Yet despite this …

North Korea

Catalan Independence Referendum: What's Behind Divisive Spanish Vote?

Spanish police sealed off buildings Saturday in a bid to prevent the government of Catalonia holding a banned referendum on independence from Madrid.<p>Supporters of Sunday’s poll spent the night in schools that are earmarked as polling stations and pledged to remain there until Sunday to keep them …

Europe

Hacking Children's Learning: Why Gamification Technology Has The Answer

The problem with learning in recent years across all levels of schooling is that, somewhere along the way, we lost how to make it fun. Instead, it’s become a chore or punishment to kids and their parents. In reality, learning should be fun as it once had been.<p>There is hope that fun can be put back …

Education Technology

To Build Critical Thinking Skills, Students Need a Platform

By Shona Rose<p>When I teach writing, many of my students turn in the same work, copied more neatly--despite the hours I have poured over their work …

Pedagogy

Inauguration protesters vandalize, set fires, try to disrupt Trump’s oath, as police arrest more than 200

Protesters made themselves heard in the nation’s capital Friday, leaving a trail of damage along some city blocks, disrupting security checkpoints at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and clashing with police as Trump supporters tried to celebrate.<p>As people poured into the city to watch Trump …

Protest

Trump trade strategy starts with quitting Asia pact: White House | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump said on Friday its trade strategy to protect American jobs would start with withdrawal from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.<p>Newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist at the …

Donald Trump

Valve still working on single-player games — and those Half-Life and Portal movies

Gabe Newell says some things in Reddit AMA<p>Gabe Newell took part in a Reddit “ask me anything” event today, during which the knife enthusiast and Valve co-founder dropped some interesting tidbits on the community, including the fact that the developer is still working on “fully-fledged single player …

DeVos likely to push school choice as education secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration.<p>Betsy …

Education

Pentagon readies aggressive ISIS proposals for Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Defense Department is prepared to provide the new administration with military options to accelerate the war against ISIS in Syria that could send additional US troops into direct combat, CNN has learned.<p>These options would inherently increase the risk for US troops compared …

Middle East

Believe it or not, Barack Obama had Israel's best interest at heart

America has not one but two special relationships: one with Britain and one with Israel. When the two clash, the alliance with Israel usually trumps the one with Britain, as Tony Blair discovered to his cost in 2003. For the sake of the special relationship Blair dragged Britain into a disastrous …

Israel

Obama speaks on Israel, Trump in last White House interview

The increase of Israeli settlements has "gotten so substantial" that it is inhibiting the possibility for an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state," President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president.<p>Speaking to CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama dismissed the idea that there is a …

Obama warns against ditching Iran nuclear deal on first anniversary

At the start of his final week in the White House, Barack Obama issued a warning to the incoming Trump administration about the value of the nuclear deal with Iran.<p>The Trump interviews: what he said about Brexit, Putin, Israel, Syria ... and Twitter<p>Read more<p>“The United States must remember that …

South Asia

The Joy-Cons Are The Real Reason Why The Nintendo Switch Will Succeed

Nintendo is again showing everyone that gaming is all about what you do and not just what you see.<p>After going to the Nintendo Switch event in Tokyo, I’ve had some time to mull over what I think makes the console stand out from its competition. While many focus on graphical potency – thinking that …

Retrogaming

Dear Democrats: Nobody Cares About Your Feelings

Conservatives are much more clear-eyed—and that’s why they win so often<p>Democrats have lost three of the last four federal elections—2010, 2014 and …

If colleges keep killing academic freedom, civilization will die, too

<i>José A. Cabranes, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, was Yale University’s first general counsel and later served as a trustee of Colgate, Yale and Columbia universities.</i><p>Sixty years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren warned our nation that we had a choice. Either “teachers and …

Higher Education

Supreme Court likely to boost public schools' responsibilities to children with disabilities

Supreme Court justices appeared ready Wednesday to clarify and strengthen the rights of the nation's 6.7 million children with disabilities, perhaps by requiring public schools to offer a special education program that will ensure they can make significant progress.<p>The case of a Colorado boy with …

Disability

16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017

Community<p>16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017<p>By Jeffrey R. Young and Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Jan 11, 2017<p>Shutterstock / Rawpixel.com<p>It’s …