Finland has one of the widely acclaimed public educational systems in the world. The country, which was at the top in the 2006 PISA ranking, by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), still ranks among the top countries. To study the system and replicate its success, India recently sent a team...
A Spanish rescue boat carrying about 310 rescued migrants has arrived at the port near the city of Algeciras, in southern Spain on Friday morning. The vessel of the charity Open Arms said that it was "the only safe port available in the Mediterranean," to dock. Italy and Malta had refused...
Estonia, a small Baltic nation is leading the rest of the world in using technology for governance. The country of 1.3 million people has digitalised almost every government service, to increase transparency and boost economic growth. Ranging from birth registration to apply for a driving license to getting prescription -- the...
Condemning the huge divide between the world's rich and poor, Pope Francis urged the people of the rich world to live a simpler and less materialistic life. In his Christmas message, the 82-year-old head of the Roman Catholic church urged Christians to remember Jesus' humble birth story. "Standing before the manager,...
At least nine homeless people have died since October in Germany due to low temperature, says figures compiled by an NGO. According to the German body that tracks homelessness (BAGW), four of the deaths were reported in the port city of Hamburg, two in Düsseldorf and one each in Cologne,...
A third of the UK's military arms deals worth an estimated £39bn approved between 2008 and 2017 went to nations identified by the government as among the worst for human rights, says an analysis by Action on Armed Violence. Bsed export control data from the Department for International Trade, the...
Violence against refugee children in European Union borders is increasing, despite a major drop in refugee and migrant arrivals, says a new report by Save The Children. The NGO reported that of the 6,300 children surveyed, 1,376 reported violent rejections at the border. Excessive use of force by police was...
An 82-km-wide crater filled with ice is the latest photo sent back to earth by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission. The Korolev crater, located in the northern lowlands of Mars, is filled by water ice (not carbon dioxide ice), with a depth of some two kilometres. A beautiful #winter...
Germany has closed down its last hard coal mine, Prosper-Haniel, marking the end of 155 years of coal mining at the colliery in the industrial Ruhr Valley. During the closedown ceremony on Friday at the colliery in Bottrop town, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier received the last piece of local coal from...
Denmark has announced that it will build a detention centre at a tiny island, currently home to a contagious diseases laboratory, to house migrants who were denied asylum due to a criminal record, but cannot be deported due to a risk of torture or execution in their home countries. The...

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