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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

To change that is easier said than done. Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign …

Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

You may also wish to use other creative forms of sharing, such as having students create a collage or chart with all of their answers to each …

Teaching

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Holi 2014: The Festival of Colors

This week Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of spring, …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

The world's first underwater museum – in pictures

From algae-encrusted VW Beetles to classical busts covered in psychedelic coral, dive into the magical world of Jason deCaires Taylor’s seabed sculptures. He covers his exhibits – which include a dream collector and a dozing dog – in a cement that attracts growth, then plunges them to the ocean …

5 Easy Tricks to Bust Out of a Bad Mood

Bad moods are the worst, aren't they? Especially the ones that you just wake up with and can't shake. Those are the ones I really dislike. But as I've come to learn over the years, you can either make or break your own happiness. And while sometimes it isn't easy, no matter the circumstances, you …

Happiness

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

In Nigeria, Christian Leaders Urge Interfaith Dialogue With Violent Boko Haram

(RNS) For five years, bombs and bullets from Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram have ripped through churches and their members, raising concerns over the security of Christians in majority Muslim regions of the country.<p>But as similar attacks ignite violent reprisals by pro-Christian militias in …

WW1 bombs polluting drinking water in France and Belgium

Two Belgian workmen have been killed by a First World War shell, which they had dug up on a building site.<p>Every year hundreds of tons of ammunition is found in northern France and Belgium. Now there's also concern that it's contaminating the water table with dangerous chemicals.<p>Angus Crawford …

Water

Iran Is Building a Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In an Iranian shipyard on the Persian Gulf, a non-working mock-up of an American aircraft carrier is …

Lifesaving S Sudan aid stalled at checkpoints

South Sudan's warring parties are blocking food and medicines from reaching thousands of civilians who have fled more than three months of raging conflict, top UN aid officials have warned.<p>Around 50 trucks carrying some 2,000 tonnes of urgent aid supplies are currently held up across the war-torn …

UN report blasts Iran for persecution of Christians, other religious minorities

The election last year of self-professed moderate President Hassan Rouhani has not brought Iran's Christians any relief, according to a new United Nations report which finds the Islamic Republic's Bible believers more persecuted than ever.<p>The detailed report finds Iran has continued to imprison …

Kenyan parliament passes polygamy law

Kenya's parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female politicians.<p>The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person.<p>The proposed …

Gangs target Colombian children

An increasing number of young people in Buenaventura, Colombia, are being forced to join criminal gangs, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.<p>Even though the Colombian government recently doubled the strength of security forces in the city, children as young as nine are being targeted.<p>Young …

Syrian Forces Reclaim Historic Crusader Castle From Rebels

The gray stone crusader fortress Krak des Chevaliers has dominated the principal road from the ancient Syrian capital Damascus to the sea for 900 …

Middle East

Dying Lake Urmia reflects a broader problem in Iran

LAKE URMIA, Iran — An eerie and forlorn tableau greets visitors to the arid shores of this once-vast lake in Iran's far northwest. Rusting ships sit wedged in deep black mud. Stray dogs nibble on rotting planks from long-discarded beach chairs and derelict bungalows.<p>Lake Urmia, long counted among …

How the Russia Sanctions Could Backfire

Vladimir Putin turned up more than an hour late for a speech to Russia’s business elite on Thursday. This was not an insult, however, since he is habitually late. The Russian president once made his (now deposed) Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich cool his heels for four hours while he hung …

Somalis fear 'death-sentence' deportations | Somalia

<b>London, United Kingdom</b> - When Ismail finally touched down on British soil early last year, after being smuggled over land and through the air from Somalia, he believed he was finally on the verge of beginning a new life.<p>"The Britain I had in mind was one in which they welcomed people of different …

Will Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam dry the Nile in Egypt?

<b>Ethiopia is pressing ahead with construction of a major new dam on the River Nile, despite stiff opposition from Egypt. BBC correspondents in both countries report from both sides of an increasingly bitter water dispute.</b><p>Emmanuel Igunza, Ethiopia<p>A vast section of northern Ethiopia has been turned …

Africa

Nearly million people displaced by CAR conflict - UN

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1041000/1041225_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522531627_f68326a7a9ce82e9bc0801290cc53c3c<p><b>The number of internally displaced people in the Central African Republic (CAR) has more than doubled to 935,000 since December, the UN says.</b><p>Around …

Africa

On the Red Couch with Author and Physician Deepak Chopra

Inside Flipboard / December 5, 2013<p>It’s not every day that red couch interviewees respond to our questions with quotes like, “Healing is the return …