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Rohingya refugee boat capsizes, more than 60 presumed dead

GENEVA – The U.N. migration agency said Friday that more than 60 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead following the …

There's Really No Comparison Between The Trump And Clinton Foundations

The Clinton Foundation and the Trump Foundation have similar-sounding names. And they've both become political targets in this election cycle. Beyond that, charities experts say, they have remarkably little in common. But the differences between them might reveal something about Hillary Clinton and …

Donald Trump

2015 was 'a bad year' for EU human rights

The worsening outlook is largely linked to Europe's management of the global refugee crisis.<p>"It's a crisis of values and fundamental rights," …

Human Rights
Middle East

From Tehran to Atlanta, Lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani Fighting for Human Rights

Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights lawyer who has worked for over a decade in the US South. She was the first woman of color to lead the National Lawyers Guild and as a social justice lawyer has been deeply involved in the movements for immigrants' rights including shutting down the Stewart …

Rights & Freedoms

What London and San Francisco Know About Business and Innovation That Other Cities Don't

London is the world’s best-performing city and San Francisco has the best long-term potential — in terms of economics, talent, culture, technology, …

Innovation

U.N. agency says Syria Kurds block civilians fleeing near Aleppo | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Civilians fleeing an Islamic State offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said.<p>People inspect a site hit by an …

Middle East

Chad's Former President Hissène Habré Found Guilty Of War Crimes

After an unprecedented trial, the former president of Chad has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by a court in Senegal.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that former President Hissène Habré ruled for eight years until 1990.<p>Ofeibea filed this report for our Newscast …

Africa

Africa's Female Philanthropists Are Emerging From the Sidelines

Gates, Bono, Buffett. For centuries, the face of global philanthropy has been distinctly white – and male. But that’s changing. As Africa’s economy …

Emerging Markets
Africa

How a U.S.-Russian Space Rocket Deal Funds Putin's Cronies

Russia's space industry is managed by two officials sanctioned over the invasion of Ukraine. So why is the Pentagon buying $2 billion from it?<p>The …

John Thompson: Shaming is not Teaching

John Thompson, teacher and historian, writes here about two examples of a disturbing trend. In the first one, a teacher writes about her abhorrence …

Education

To Find Progress in Nigeria, Think Local

On May 29, it will be one year since Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari took office. His electoral triumph and no-nonsense style sparked high hopes …

Africa

Austria Is Just the Beginning of a More Polarized World

BERLIN -- Throughout the Western world, sympathies for right-wing strongmen are gaining strength. In the U.S., Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in the polls. In Austria, it came to a showdown between the Green candidate Alexander van der Bellen and the right-wing nationalist Norbert Hofer. …

Sudan: Detained students face an 'increased risk of torture'

Security forces in Sudan have reportedly detained and is currently holding dozens of students and activists. Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on …

Africa

Do teachers care more about schoolwork than your kids do? Here’s how to fix the apathy problem.

Any discussion about the problems in American education — and what is to blame for these problems — will likely include one or all of the usual suspects: inadequate and unequal funding, a lack of resources, underpaid and overworked teachers, over-testing, poverty and heavy-handed legislation.<p>As a …

Teaching

Which is the perfect Greek island for you?

The British love affair with the Greek islands shows no sign of diminishing. Despite recent economic worries and the Syrian refugee crisis, we continue to flock to the country in huge numbers looking for unspoilt island life; unpretentious food and accommodation; quiet beaches; walks through green, …

Minimalist Travel: The World in One Backpack

Escape the oppression of the rolling luggage cart!<p>About two years ago, I spent a lot of time living out of a backpack. My original Minimalist One-Bag …

Poverty Linked To Thousands Of Young Pregnancies During Ebola Crisis

<i>During Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis, thousands of girls became pregnant, some as young as nine. Communities report that there were increases in rape and in girls offering sex for money or services because of poverty bought about by the outbreak.</i><p>At the height of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, …

The Education System Is Rigged Against Low-Income Students, Even In Kindergarten

Students born into poverty enter kindergarten at a disadvantage to more affluent peers. As they advance through the grades, they receive lower test scores. They're more likely to drop out and less likely to enter higher education.<p>The all-too-familiar cycle, in some ways, is getting worse, according …

Education

UN warns of 'rising political tensions' in Congo ahead of opposition protests

Oppositions groups have called for nationwide marches against a court ruling allowing the president to remain in power beyond his limit. The UN chief …

Africa

Escaping the Rat Race

ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, Calif. — Every spring or summer, in lieu of professional help, I ditch civilization for the therapy of the wilderness. I’ve just been backpacking with my 18-year-old daughter on the Pacific Crest Trail in California, abandoning our material world for an alternative …

Heroism

Business is booming in Africa - these 5 charts show how

Tumbling commodity prices and falling Chinese demand have hit African economies hard. But for all the bad news, the continent’s huge and young …

In This Part of Tuscany, No Souvenirs Necessary

We arrived in Punta Ala, Italy, with a packed itinerary. My daughter Meenakshi, then 7, and I were on a weeklong August getaway, and the idea was to use the Tuscan seaside resort as a base to explore the region’s many medieval villages.<p>I had arranged walking tours and cathedral visits galore and …

Italy

Was the Invention of Finance Responsible for Democracy?

The ancient city of Athens paid its citizens for various civic duties, priming them into a mindset that paved the way to participatory government.<p>Athens is most famous as the birthplace of democracy. Although the development of Athenian political institutions has long been the subject of study, the …

Ancient History

To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative

Take a look at your hand, right or left, it doesn't matter. Now imagine every finger represents a word. How many sentences can you come up with?<p><i>I think therefore I am.</i><p><i>Don't sweat the small stuff.</i><p><i>All you need is love.</i><p>Ximena Martinez, from Texas, thought this one was good: "Las naranjas son muy …

Teaching

8 Former Students Thank The Teachers Who Changed Their Lives

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” said the youngest-ever Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai. In recognition of the life-changing impact a teacher can have on her or his students, we partnered with the California State Lottery and asked alumni of the largest public …

Education
Africa