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In pictures: Yoga in Sierra Leone

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:41
Easing psychological effects of war

Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:39

As Hillary Clinton contemplates a 2016 presidential run, it's clear she'll need to answer Benghazi questions in a way that neutralizes conservative attacks and avoids politicizing the issue.

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Don't extend statin use, say doctors

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:33
Proposals to extend the use of statins should be scrapped, according to a group of leading doctors and academics.

How to recover Iraq's second city

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:23
Why Mosul counts and how to get Sunni militants out

A messy 25-year-long nuclear clean-up

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:18
The US town still cleaning up nuclear waste 25 years on

Obama: Soul-searching needed on guns

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:16
President Barack Obama says no other developed nation would tolerate the level of gun violence plaguing the US, as he called for "soul-searching".

You mean you're not on holiday yet?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:05
Who gets stuck with the shortest summer holidays?

VIDEO: Sexual violence in conflict

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:02
The numbers behind the world's sexual violence problem

A visit to Hugo Chavez's socialist city in Venezuela

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:02
Venezuela's socialist city gets residents' approval

VIDEO: What is a zawn, sunwheel and shiver?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:02
Are there 1,000 words for the British landscape?

VIDEO: Venezuela's utopian socialist city

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 15:01
Margarita Fornica shows BBC News around the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's utopian socialist city, Ciudad Caribia.

VIDEO: Bowe Bergdahl's hometown divided

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:52
The hometown of a US soldier is coming to terms with the backlash sparked by his release, exchanged for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay after five years in Taliban captivity.

Anchor Recovered In Puget Sound May Have Been Lost In 1792

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:50

Two amateur artifact hunters have managed to raise a 900-pound anchor to the surface that they believe was lost 222 years ago by one of Capt. George Vancouver's ships.

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England assess Welbeck thigh injury

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:48
England will give an update on Danny Welbeck's fitness on Wednesday after the striker suffered a thigh problem in training.

In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:38

Two years ago, the Missoula county attorney defied the DOJ's efforts to force his office to change the way it handles sexual assault cases. Today, the county won a partial victory.

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Judge: Bad teachers cost kids big bucks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:27

A California Superior Court judge has ruled that teacher tenure "disproportionately" affects poor and  minority students, saying the evidence "shocks the conscience."

The judge sided with the arguments of Harvard economist Raj Chetty, who argued that students can lose millions of dollars in potential future income if they aren't educated properly.

Jennifer Medina is a reporter based in Los Angeles who covers the city for The New York Times. She says the judge's ruling will make teachers more accountable:

"What's at issue here is how teachers are hired and fired. The way teachers are fired is a very long and complex process that makes it very difficult to get rid of teachers that administrators and principals deem ineffective."

Medina says tenure has been viewed by many opponents as the catalyst for a vicious cycle that puts kids at risk. 

"Teachers tend to want to get out of (low performing schools) and so those schools have the highest turnover. When you get a high turnover of teachers it's seen as a less desirable school and you're much more likely to get teachers people want to get rid of. People refer to it as the dance of the lemons."

Medina says this effort in California was bank-rolled by Silicon Valley billionaire David Welch, and he plans on pushing the initiative elsewhere, so this case could have an impact on the entire U.S. educational system.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

Circus employees protest in Mexico

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 14:00
Circus employees protest in Mexico City against a ban on using animals, saying the legislation will leave them and their animals unemployed.

VIDEO: Militants seize Iraq's second city

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:54
Iraq's prime minister asks parliament to declare a state of emergency after militants take control of the country's second city, Mosul.

Hardaker banned for homophobic abuse

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:49
Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker is given a five-match ban after being found guilty of homophobic abuse.

VIDEO: Queues round block at Clinton launch

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-10 13:37
People queued around the block in Manhattan on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Hillary Clinton at the launch of her book Hard Choices.
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