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13 million pupils in OECD nations 'failing at 15': Report

Paris - Around 13 million pupils in OECD countries have failed to attain a sufficient level of proficiency in either reading, maths or science by the time they reach 15, according to a new study released by the think-tank on Wednesday.

World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Paris - The world's tourism map is being redrawn at lightning speed as holidaymakers switch preferences prompted by terror attacks, epidemics and migrant crises.

West's advantage in military tech 'eroding': Think-tank

London - Western superiority in military technology is "eroding", notably at the hands of China and Russia, a leading think-tank said Tuesday in its annual report on the state of militaries around the world.

At least 2,297 journalists killed since 1990: IFJ

Brussels - At least 2,297 journalists and media workers have been killed in the last 25 years, with Iraq ranking as the most deadly country, the International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday.

Refugee crisis triggering rights clampdown: Human Rights Watch

Istanbul - European governments have responded to fears of terrorism and an influx of Muslim refugees by cracking down on basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Wednesday.

Brazil in steep slide on corruption index: Transparency International

Berlin - Brazil, plagued by a scandal surrounding state oil giant Petrobas, registered the biggest plunge on the corruption index of watchdog Transparency International, which warned that emerging economies are struggling to shake off graft.

Islamic State 'brand' spreading worldwide: Experts

Paris - The Islamic State group may be losing ground in its strongholds of Iraq and Syria but as the attack in Indonesia this month showed, the jihadists are rallying other groups under their banner, analysts say.

North Korean bomb test a setback for arms control

Washington - Even as world powers work to implement the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea's apparent detonation of a new bomb marks a stark setback for global anti-proliferation efforts.

World prepares to welcome New Year despite terror fears

Sydney - Global New Year's Eve festivities are set to begin under tightened security, with Brussels scrapping celebrations as fears of jihadist threats cast a pall, just weeks after brutal attacks in Paris.

Dutch King urges solidarity in 'turbulent times'

Den Haag - Dutch King Willem-Alexander made a passionate appeal to his people to show solidarity with those in need, saying in a Christmas Day message the country must not give way to fear.

In Christmas message, pope speaks out on conflicts, migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis offered a Christmas message Friday of mitigated hope for an end to the world's conflicts, backing recent accords on Syria and Libya and praising those who shelter migrants."We pray...

Pope expected to call for reconciliation on Christmas Day

Vatican City - Pope Francis was expected to appeal for reconciliation of fractured communities in his Christmas Day blessing Friday, as the world takes stock of a year of violence and suffering that saw hundreds of thousands flee their homes.

Attacks cast pall over Christmas in Paris and around the world

Paris - It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month's jihadist attacks.

Fact file: Same-sex marriage around the world

Paris - Slovenians on Sunday shut down efforts by their national parliament to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples -- the second time they have voted in a referendum against changing the law.

Global disaster costs fall in 2015: Swiss Re

Zurich - The economic cost of disasters across the world dropped in 2015 to around $85 billion (78 billion euros) from $113 million last year, reinsurance company Swiss Re said on Friday.

The Paramount clocks in at No. 11 as highest club venue worldwide

Huntington - The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island keeps on moving up in the Top 100 Club Venues list, compiled by Pollstar Magazine.

World sings, lights up in solidarity with wounded France

Paris - Stirring renditions of "La Marseillaise" rang out Saturday from Dublin to New York as global landmarks were bathed in the French colours and thousands marched in solidarity with Paris after attacks that left at least 129 dead.

World sings, lights up in solidarity with wounded France

Paris - Stirring renditions of "La Marseillaise" rang out Saturday from Dublin to New York as global landmarks were bathed in the French colours and thousands marched in solidarity with Paris after attacks that left at least 129 dead.

Obama leads chorus of world outrage over Paris attacks

Washington - US President Barack Obama led a chorus of global condemnation of a wave of attacks in Paris on Friday that left more than 120 people dead, as nations pledged solidarity with France.

G20 fails to deliver on anti-graft pledges: Transparency

Istanbul - World powers have failed to deliver on bold pledges to close down corporate loopholes that allow the corrupt to easily hide their ill-gotten gains, Transparency International said on Thursday.It said in a report that up to $2 trillion (1.

World energy use to grow one-third over 25 years: IEA

Paris - Global energy use is set to grow by one-third over the next 25 years, driven mostly by emerging economies, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.

Study claims half the world's sea turtles have eaten plastic

A new study was released and it claims that half of the planet's sea turtles have eaten some form of plastic at some point in their lives.

Criticism of 'xenophobic' Hungary mounts after border clashes

Atenas - Hungary came under mounting criticism Thursday over its treatment of migrants and refugees, with the UN's rights chief saying its policies appeared to be shaped by anti-Muslim sentiment and "xenophobia".

Cultural heritage a casualty of war

Damascus - Islamic State militants have destroyed two of the most important temples in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, as they press their campaign to wipe out some of the Middle East's most important heritage sites.

Siberian statue carries secret code 7,000yr before writing began

The Shigir Idol is the world's oldest known wooden statue. Built in 9,000 BC, it bears a secret code which nobody has ever been able to decipher. Even more startling is that it was written 7,000 years before writing was thought to have begun.

Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa

Milan - Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

Shares chase Wall Street higher despite China fears

Hong Kong - European and Asians stock markets chased Wall Street higher Thursday after days of wild swings, but dealers warned that the spectre of the slowing Chinese economy means more turbulence ahead.

Wall St rallies but markets still gripped by China fears

New York - US shares rallied strongly Wednesday after a top Federal Reserve official hinted the bank would not raise interest rates, but there was little sign that the global financial turbulence rooted in China's market meltdown was over.

Europe, US markets rally on China rate cut

London - European and US shares rebounded on bargain-hunting Tuesday as China cut interest rates after fears of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy sparked a "Black Monday" rout across global markets.

Market turbulence raises fresh worries over global economy

Washington - A roller-coaster ride on global markets, which saw some bourses record their largest one-week losses since 2008 as they took fright at a Chinese sell-off, have raised fresh worries over the strength of the global economy.
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