Hundreds protest as DeVos calls for change in public education
15 October 2017 | 3:00 pm
While protesters demonstrated outside, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she wants to change the education system and make it better for students during a speech at a conservative think tank in Bellevue, Washington, on Friday.
5 Jan 2021
US law student David MacMillan and his friend got more than just groceries during a recent supermarket trip in Washington, DC, as they were each offered a shot of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, after health care workers had not shown up for their appointments to get the doses. MacMillan posted a recording of himself getting the shot on TikTok, where it had been viewed more than 700,000 times.
16 Jan 2021
Germans have been told to avoid central Washington, DC, following Wednesday's storming of the Capitol building. It's one of several advisories the German Foreign Ministry carries about travel to the United States.
16 Jan 2021
A 2-meter-high fence lines the area around the Capitol. National Guard soldiers are patrolling the building and Capitol police roam the surrounding streets. The scene has changed dramatically since last week's riots.
24 Jan 2021
Twitter has locked the account of the Chinese embassy in the US following a tweet it says violated its stand against "dehumanizing" people. The embassy had posted that Uighur women were "no longer baby-making machines."
14 Feb 2021
Washington DC residents and tourists visit the National Mall to see the US capital's landmarks covered in snow after the biggest snowstorm in two years hit the city. At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, giant pandas made the most of the weather by sliding and rolling in the snowfall.
4 Mar 2021
UNICEF, the UN's Children's Fund, says schools for more than 168 million children have been shuttered entirely by the coronavirus pandemic, with countries in the Caribbean and Latin America among the worst affected.
9 Mar 2021
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, discussed the country’s state of literature, religious practices, commercialization of arts and culture.
21 Mar 2021
Consecutive lockdowns in the restive region for security and COVID reasons, coupled with a shutdown of high-speed internet and mobile connectivity, have hurt students' educational opportunities.
26 Mar 2021
Despite a severe shortage of foreign exchange (forex), overseas education continues to drain the country’s resources, as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, admitted $80 million weekly disbursements for personal travel allowances or payment of overseas school fees. The amount, which translates to $960 million yearly, is disbursed to banks to enable Nigerians to meet their forex responsibilities. This is after a recent report indicated that Nigerians spend £30 million (about N20 billion) yearly paying tuition in the United Kingdom alone while the country’s education system grapples with challenges of underfunding, poor remuneration, and obsolete teaching facilities.
18 Apr 2021
Unable to go to school due to the pandemic, Yoselin spends her days at her mother's work, playing with a cellphone or sleeping on the ground. Rafael looks bored following class behind a computer screen. And Carolina Castillon decided to take her children out of the system to homeschool them instead. This is the reality of education in Panama across social classes amid the pandemic, where children have not set foot in a classroom in 16 months, making the Central American country the one with the largest number of days without face-to-face education in the world, according to a UNICEF report.
15 May 2021
The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria has pledged his country's partnership with the Sokoto state government in the area of Education, Infrastructure and Agriculture.
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Tiger Woods says he is feeling “stronger” than he did at the Masters ahead of the PGA Championship. Woods is still recovering from injuries he sustained to his foot and leg in a car crash last February. Woods made his return at the Masters in April but found the hilly terrain of Augusta tough, and he faded after two rounds.
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The Chinese economy is slowing down markedly as strict lockdowns send big cities into hibernation. Repercussions will be felt in Germany, too.
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A man has been sentenced to over 17 years in federal prison in connection with Mac Miller's death in September 2018.
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