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Eurovision, a stage for geopolitical conflicts?

Vienna - Behind the kitsch, glitz and smoke machines of the Eurovision Song Contest -- hosted Saturday by Vienna -- hide more serious international geopolitical tensions, says the creator of the world's first university course on the popular music competition.

Teachers strike in France to protest school reforms

Paris - Teachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars.

Two students shot dead at Chile protest: Police

Santiago - Two students were shot dead Thursday in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso when protests against President Michelle Bachelet's education reform efforts turned violent, police said.

Microsoft announces there will be seven editions of Windows 10

Ahead of its launch this summer, Microsoft has revealed what different editions of Windows 10 will be offered at release. This time around there will be six desktop builds with pricing to suit while the variant for smartphones will be "Windows 10 Mobile".

Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

New York - Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

Russian court upholds firing of teacher for being gay

Saint Petersburg - A Russian court has thrown out a complaint from a gay teacher in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg against her dismissal for "immoral" behaviour, a gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

Australia Islamic school 'bans running' over virginity fears

Melbourne - An Islamic college in Australia is under investigation after claims that its principal has banned girls from taking part in running competitions because they might "lose their virginity".

Ex-Italian premier Enrico Letta quits parliament

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta announced Sunday he will resign from parliament for a job heading up the international affairs school at the elite Sciences-Po university in Paris.

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warns

Birut - Poverty, gender discrimination and violence are keeping more than 12 million children in the Middle East out of school, despite efforts to expand education, the UN children's agency warned Wednesday.

Singapore high school maths problem stumps the Internet

Singapore - A maths problem that first appeared in a test for Singapore's elite high school students has baffled Internet users around the world after it went viral, prompting a rush of attempts to solve it.

Want to learn more about technology? Try these courses

Whatever your experience level, there are some great courses available online to teach you more about the world of technology. Covering skills from programming and web development to network management, everybody can learn new skills in their own time.

Suspect sought after North Carolina college shooting

Washington - One person was shot and reportedly killed Monday on a community college campus in the southern US state of North Carolina, and the suspected gunman was still on the run, officials said."Lock Down. This is not a drill.

White backlash as colonial statue comes down in South Africa

Cape Town - As preparations were made to remove the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town Thursday, white groups launched protests to protect what they see as their heritage.

Only a third of countries reach 2015 education goals: UN

Paris - The UN gave a third of the world's countries a passing grade Thursday for efforts to provide universal basic education, but said most governments had failed on a pledge made 15 years ago.

Fraternity to sue over Rolling Stone 'rape' story

Washington - The fraternity named in a discredited Rolling Stone feature about an alleged gang rape on a US college campus said Monday it will take legal action against the iconic pop culture magazine.

Rolling Stone apologises and retracts college 'gang rape expose'

Washington - Rolling Stone magazine withdrew and apologised for a discredited story about a gang rape on a US college campus Sunday, publishing a review of the debacle that found "avoidable" failures in basic journalism practices.

India police arrest 1,000 over fresh exam cheating scandal

New Delhi - Police in eastern India have arrested around 1,000 aspiring constables for using "middlemen" to sit their exams for them, in the latest cheating scandal to hit Bihar state, an official said Monday.

Minecraft to be given free to every school in Northern Ireland

Every secondary school in Northern Ireland is to receive free copies of the massively popular computer game Minecraft after the title was recognised for its unique educational potential and ability to teach children about the world.

Myanmar protesters defiant at court hearing

Yangon - Angry relatives gathered outside a Myanmar court Wednesday to show support for dozens of activists, arrested after a police crackdown on a student-led protest and facing charges that could see them jailed for nearly a decade.

Arabic pledge sparks controversy at New York school

New York - It was intended to celebrate language and diversity. But reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

Spain's school dropout zone Andalusia votes for jobs

Spain - Daniel, Alejandro and Adrian had never had a real job before, but a few days before an election in their Andalusian home region one landed in each of their laps as if by magic.

US First Lady urges Cambodian girls to hold leaders accountable

Siem Reap - Michelle Obama called on schoolgirls to stay in school to push for equality and hold their leaders accountable on Saturday during the first trip by a sitting US president's wife to Cambodia.

Op-Ed: Bill to bypass high school end-of-course exams hurts education

Austin - To graduate from high school in Texas, you must pass standardized tests: Algebra I, English I and II, Biology, and U.S. History. With many students unlikely to pass them all, the state Senate has just passed a bill allowing exemptions. It's bad law.

Italy's cabinet green-lights school reform bill

Rome - Italy's cabinet on Thursday adopted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's school reform bill, which he said would see 100,000 substitute teachers given permanent contracts and extra funds designated for teacher development.

Op-Ed: U.S. Millenials' weak job skills due to 'cover your *ss' teaching

When it comes to comparing our low academic test scores against other wealthy nations, we typically point to the fact that we test ALL of our high school students...while other nations only test their top performers. But a new test should give us pause.

Myanmar police arrest scores in violent student rally crackdown

Yangon - Myanmar arrested 127 protesters when baton-wielding police dispersed a student rally Tuesday, as the second crackdown in days deepens fears that authorities are returning to the repressive reflexes of the junta era.

US university expels fraternity over race chant video

Washington - The University of Oklahoma banned a major fraternity from its campus Monday over a YouTube video that shows some of its members singing a racist chant.

Op-Ed: Opposing Kathleen Wynne’s sex-ed doesn’t make you 'homophobic'

Toronto - Last month, the Ontario Liberal government released the latest sex-ed curriculum, which drew a positive reaction. But there were 500 people that protested outside of Queen’s Park, prompting the premier to refer to them as “homophobic.”

Myanmar student protesters defy deadline to disperse

- Student protesters calling for education reform on Tuesday defied an order to disperse in a tense standoff with hundreds of riot police in central Myanmar.

Ex-principal 'sorry' for sex abuse at elite Australian school

Sydney - A former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge.
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Ugandan students
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Marea Verde Mijas informing the public about the dangers of budget cuts in education.
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The English Language and Literature Teaching Block at the Thomas Alleyne Academy, Stevenage.
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Engineering students at Saint Louis University in Spain
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Protest in Malaga, Spain on April 15, 2012
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Graduation caps worn by students
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Students holding their report cards
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Enlightenment through education
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Protesting cuts to distance education in Alberta.
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Student learning through a software program in Stanford U
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Boys at St. Andrew's College in Toronto
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Strike by teachers and students in Spain, May 22, 2012
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A Primary School in Lyon France
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Souljah Fyah entertaining at the protest to stop funding cuts to distance education.