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Op-Ed: Mindless learning — Student lack of critical thinking major issue

Lincoln - An English professor in Nebraska recently made statements which go to the core of basic learning. She says her students will simply accept any information they’re given without question. This is "mindless education" at its worst.

Libyan militia occupy residential annex of US embassy in Tripoli

Tripoli - Libyan militia members believed to be from Misrata took control of a residential annex of the US Embassy in Tripoli although there is no report of any breach of the main embassy compound.

Gerard Way drops first single from new solo album

The break-up of My Chemical Romance in March of 2013 was not the end of music for frontman, Gerard Way. He was already deep in the creation process of his solo album when he announced signing with his previous label in May of this year.

Ukraine soldiers battling Russian tanks at Lugansk: Kiev

Lugansk - Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank contingent in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, accusing Moscow's army units of moving into large cities in the region.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw - Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Review: Brett Kissel tugs at the heart on new single 'Tough People Do' Special

Canadian country star Brett Kissel is back with his latest music video for his new single, the poignant "Tough People Do."

Climate focus at UN small islands summit in Samoa

Apia - A major United Nations conference on small island nations began in Samoa on Monday, with the emphasis on helping them survive the pressing challenge posed by climate change.

Feds seeking trains to haul nuclear waste, but where to take it?

The federal government is looking for a few good trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. There is just one problem with this. The trains wouldn't have anyplace to go.

The image that sparked a social media hate campaign in France

This innocent photograph of eight kindergarten children in Paris, posted on the Facebook page of the French Ministry of Education last Monday, has since received a storm of insults and racist comments, because of the children’s skin colour.

Review: 'BioShock' brings the terror of Rapture to the iOS Special

The iOS port of 'BioShock' brings all the terror of Rapture that was experienced in the classic game in the palm of your hands.

Fan Expo Canada: Odds and ends Special

Toronto - While Fan Expo Canada provides numerous opportunities for shopping, autographs and photo-ops, there were plenty of interesting panels to see as well. Here are quick summaries of four of them, followed by photos from the event.

Iran FM to meet EU's Ashton in Brussels Monday

Brussels - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to hold talks with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton in Brussels Monday, following fresh US sanctions on entities linked to Tehran's nuclear programme.

Knifeman kills 3 children in China school attack: Media

Shiyan - A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school on Monday, reports said, in the country's latest attack against youngsters.

Willem Vedovi: the Challenges of the Art Market - Interview Special

Brussels - A successful art-lover, Willem Vedovi is the co-founder of one of the most renowned art gallery in Brussels, the gallery Vedovi. In this modern and contemporary art gallery he has been running together with his brother Paolo Vedovi since 1995.

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

Islamabad - Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying the political crisis gripping the nuclear-armed nation.

N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

Pyongyang - North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said.

Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

Maseru - A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting.

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Hong Kong - Hong Kong activists launched their fightback Monday against Beijing's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, heckling a senior Chinese official in angry scenes after hopes for full democracy were crushed.

LAPD treatment of blacks in spotlight after high-profile cases

Los Angeles - Treatment of blacks by the Los Angeles Police is back in the spotlight after several high-profile cases sparked allegations of abuse: a young, unarmed man killed, a woman beaten, and a producer arrested with no cause.
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