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Is school too shallow?

Basic recall and reasoning skills will not be enough to help today's students to thrive in a future job market, say some educators.

Turkey to keep Qatar military base despite Arab nations' demands

In a historic dispute with Qatar, several Arab nations sent the nation a 13-point list including 'steep' diplomatic and political demands. Turkey has refused to comply with the ultimatums and intends to bolster its military presence in Qatar.

Eurozone economy celebrates growth, though progress not uniform

Several countries are celebrating steady growth in the eurozone economy, which just experienced its best quarter in six years. Surveys of France and Germany reflect that progress, while Italy, held back by debt and other weaknesses, faces more uncertainties.

In terror fight, tech companies caught between US and European ideals

Amid European pressure to crack down on terrorist content, US-based tech companies struggle to strike a balance between American and European concepts of censorship and freedom of speech.

Trump claims he tweeted about secret tapes to keep Comey 'honest'

President Trump tweeted Thursday that to his knowledge, no recordings of his private conversation with former FBI Director James Comey existed.

'The Beguiled' is brittle and vaporous

'The Beguiled' stars Nicole Kidman as the headmistress of a Southern school during the Civil War. When a wounded Union soldier arrives at the school, various women vie for his affections.

'The Big Sick' is best comedy of 2017 so far, and so much more

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani mines his own life for this story of a relationship, which co-stars Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano.

London police intensify investigation around Grenfell fire, with possible manslaughter charges

Law enforcement officials consider charges of manslaughter after a criminal investigation exposes the tragic Grenfell Tower inferno was touched off by a refrigerator fire, in addition to exterior cladding that failed safety tests.

Excitement for solar eclipse builds, but are small towns in prime viewing locations ready for the crowds?

The upcoming total solar eclipse – the first of its kind in 99 years – is expected to attract droves of eclipse chasers to otherwise sleepy towns that lie along the path of total darkness, such as in Madras, Ore.

An offer Finns can't refuse? Helsinki woos car owners to give up their autos.

Other cities have tried legal limits on when and where cars can drive. But in the Finnish capital, officials are trying to make a transit system so easy that it's preferable to car ownership.

Ramadan? There's an app for that.

Millions of Muslims worldwide now are using Ramadan apps to help them observe, and revise, centuries-old traditions: when to eat, when to fast, when and how to pray, and how to donate to charity.

Venezuela crisis raises question: When is buying bonds unethical?

Goldman Sachs stirred an uproar with a May bond investment in Venezuela's state-owned oil company, at a time when citizens there face food shortages and a dictatorial regime.

North Korea denies cruel treatment of Otto Warmbier, says it is 'biggest victim'

After the death of detained American student Otto Warmbier just a few days after his return to the United States, North Korea claims it is being targeted in a smear campaign.

'John Quincy Adams' shares the diary of America's most passionate president

To mark the 250th anniversary of John Quincy Adams's birth, the Library of America has brought out a spell-binding edition of his life-long diary.

The joy of true beauty

A Christian Science perspective: On finding beauty beyond the physical.

A call to 'fear-guard' countries in a pandemic

Health experts drawing lessons from recent disease outbreaks say the world can do more to prevent 'fear contagion.' Doing so will improve the care and comfort needed during a crisis.

Top Picks: The Smithsonian Channel's 'First Ladies Revealed,' the Fresh Air app, and more

'The LEGO Batman Movie' features the return of hit 'LEGO' character Batman, singer Ariana Grande brought together artists including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus to perform a benefit concert in Manchester, England, and more top picks.

Out of work? How volunteering can open doors.

The job search can be discouraging. Service activities offer a number of benefits to those looking for work.

Venezuela's Maduro confronts perils of his reliance on the military

For more than two years he put generals in charge of everything from food distribution to new oil and mining projects, but the increasingly embattled Maduro seems aware that the military could one day engineer his downfall.

Why Medicaid is central to health-care debate

Some Republicans argue that the burgeoning program has become fiscally unsustainable, but advocates say it's more cost-effective than private insurance or Medicare.

Facebook wants to shift its focus to 'meaningful' online communities and connections

In the Facebook Communities Summit Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg moderated a panel to discuss the potential for social media to 'build community' across the world.

New study links recreational marijuana to increase in car crashes

In a study released Thursday, the Highway Loss Data Institute showed that Oregon, Washington, and Colorado saw car crash incidents rise by 2.7 percent since recreational marijuana was legalized in those states.

Chinese food regulation sparks disapproval from 37 nations

In a recent proposal of a WTO regulation regarding foreign food, China asked for an additional inspection guarantee on all imported goods. Those opposed to the regulation say it would affect billions of dollars' worth of products and waste precious resources.

Poverty-free China by 2020? Beijing says it's possible – but steepest climb ahead

While President Xi Jinping's foreign-policy initiatives have made headlines abroad, one of his most ambitious domestic priorities is entering the final stretch: the race to build a 'moderately prosperous society.'

ISIS destroys Mosul mosque, thought to be act of desperation

Members of the Islamic State group blew up the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul on Wednesday. From one perspective, the loss of the 800-year-old mosque is a historic and religious tragedy. On the other hand, the destruction of Mosul's last IS stronghold could signal the group's impending collapse.

After London fire, hundreds of tower blocks tested for flammable cladding

The Grenfell Tower fire sparked safety concerns among London residents. Government inspections and a criminal investigation to examine cladding panels often added to the exterior of tower blocks is now under way.

Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse, archbishop says

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the sexual assault victims of ex-bishop Peter Ball. The Church of England helped to hide the abuse, enabling the bishop's return to ministry for years before being rightfully prosecuted.

As Millennials take leadership roles, it spells change in corporate culture

As young workers move toward the C-suite, companies are making big changes to retain and nurture them – from moving downtown to better aligning businesses with their values.

Her recycling project faced long odds in Lebanon. Still, she persisted.

In a country whose inability to collect its garbage has, at times, made headlines, a feisty octogenarian has been running a recycling project for more than two decades. Neighbors have noticed.

The law that has a soldier's back

As the US military hits out at new targets – Iran, Syria, and various terrorist groups – Congress must renew the legal authority for such actions. Soldiers must know that Americans support an agreed strategy. And foes must know of US resolve.

'Kennedy and King' portrays two giants of 1960s America

President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King are profiled in parallel but unconnected stories.

Order and calm in a precarious situation

A Christian Science perspective: Even in frightening or uncertain circumstances, we can feel the order and calm of infinite Love.

Just how many 'behalves' make a whole?

An obsolete term still has its place in some legal contexts.

Queen's Speech outlines Brexit policies, backed by May's commitment to listen

Following a humbling election, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May promised to be a better listener to Brexit-related business concerns, as revealed in a Queen's Speech dominated by policies aimed at leaving the EU.

Clues from Georgia on Democrats' future

Democratic darling Jon Ossoff lost in the most expensive House race in history. Republicans have won all the special House races so far this spring, but by narrower margins than usual.

An epic case of medical fraud – and the agent who cracked it

This is the story of how a Miami psychiatrist managed to beat the system year after year, but finally met his match in a health-care fraud investigator named Alberico Crespo.

Why Michigan's Iraqi Christians thought Trump would spare their loved ones

After more than 100 Iraqi Christians were rounded up for deportation in June, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action suit on behalf of the detainees. On Wednesday, a federal judge heard arguments on whether to grant an emergency stay.

Moves against Polish museum and Hungarian university stir fears of censorship

In both countries, concerns are being raised about the health of an open society, as one government makes changes at a war museum and the other threatens to close a university.

Civilian oversight of military: How Trump is testing its minimum levels

Civilian control of the military has been a core US value since the founding of the Republic. In Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, Trump seems to be exercising a light touch as commander-in-chief.

4 revelations in Robert Caro's new audiobook

Historian Robert Caro shares some important lessons learned in his new audiobook 'On Power.'

Euroscepticism waning, EU wants to be seen as a solution, says EU's Tusk

The rising tide of anti-EU sentiments since Brexit has begun to ebb, says one EU leader, as political movements characterized by eurosceptic tendencies in France and Britain lose support.

Uber CEO resigns, company hopes to embrace a new chapter of growth

The world's largest ride-service company attempts to end a string of scandals and avoid further toxic leadership as Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick resigns under investor pressure.

US-China security talks on North Korea strain over tensions surrounding US student's death

The Trump administration is likely to put pressure on China to economically constrict North Korea, the isolated nation's largest ally.

Why a good racial mix may also create a sense of comfort at school

A new study suggests that middle-schoolers in more racially diverse schools feel safer and less alone.

France's drive for ethical politics

A new president and his young party have already shaken the traditional political order. Now Emmanuel Macron aims to set tough rules on ethics for French lawmakers. How will his reform differ from that in other countries?

Saudi line of succession decided by royal decree

Saudi king ends the lingering uncertainty over succession, promoting his son Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince and deputy prime minister.

US soccer remembers Tony DiCicco, one of its most influential coaches

The women's US soccer coach lead the team to gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games and then the '99 World Cup crown, igniting a passion for US soccer and women's sports never seen before.

Failed Brussels bombing prompts higher security in Belgium

The incident June 20 mirrors recent attacks in other European capitals, putting Belgium on high alert for lone attackers in populated areas during the tourist season.

'The Trial of Adolf Hitler' details the 'what if' moments of the 1924 putsch

David King's engrossing and well-researched new book provides context explaining why so many tolerated Hitler before and after his failed beer hall putsch.

Love that lifts us up

A Christian Science perspective: Each of us can embrace those around us in prayer, trusting that all have the ability to see and feel Love's healing, reforming power.