Apr 16, 2014

Fewer students going to Japanese schools in Shanghai

The number of elementary and junior high school students attending the two Japanese schools in Shanghai has dropped by 260 to 2,791 in the new academic year that started Monday, school authorities said. Local Japanese trade officials say the reduction was partly the result ...

Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like 'deer in headlights'

Apr 11, 2014

Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like 'deer in headlights'

A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed “like a deer in the headlights” hours later and doesn’t fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the beginnings of a possible mental health ...

U.S. teen stabs 22 in Pittsburgh high school knife rampage

Apr 10, 2014

U.S. teen stabs 22 in Pittsburgh high school knife rampage

A 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before being tackled by the school’s assistant principal. At least five students were critically wounded, including a ...

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

Apr 7, 2014

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

For the first time since the nuclear crisis began, the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, like elsewhere around the country, held opening ceremonies for schools and kindergartens on Monday — albeit at a new location in the neighboring city of Iwaki. Until Monday, ...

U.S. first lady touts equality, education on China tour

Mar 25, 2014

U.S. first lady touts equality, education on China tour

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama promoted ethnic equality, the civil rights movement and religious freedom in China on Tuesday, raising the sensitive issues on a tour meant to avoid politics. “In America, we believe that no matter where you live or how much money ...

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

Mar 11, 2014

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a school that tried to ban students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school ...

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

Feb 27, 2014

Iranian teacher builds robot to teach prayer

An Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging young children to say their daily prayers — robotics. Akbar Rezaie, 27, attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customized humanoid robots. He teaches the Quran to boys and girls at ...

Afghan civilian deaths up in 2013 as war intensifies: U.N.

Feb 9, 2014

Afghan civilian deaths up in 2013 as war intensifies: U.N.

The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 percent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations said Saturday. Overall civilian casualties were up by ...