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For Cuba’s traveling dissidents, an anxious return

HAVANA — Taking full advantage of their new license to travel abroad, Cuba’s leading dissidents have been on a whirlwind campaign in recent weeks, denouncing the Castro government on three continents and promising new tactics to challenge its 53-year rule. Now the question is: what happens when they return home?

Chicago may close 10% of elementary schools to address $1 billion education budget gap

Chicago is proposing to shutter more than 10 per cent of its elementary schools — or 61 schools in total — in what would be the largest public school closing in US history, to address a projected $1 billion budget gap for education.

The amazing story of how a school in Syria stays open

IDLIB PROVINCE, Syria — Eight-year-old Fatima Harmadi doesn’t seem very different than most children. She laughs and jokes with her friends as they begin their walk to school at 7 a.m. in the rain, excited to be returning after two weeks away. But it's a wonder her school is open at all. Bombs and artillery have bombarded her village for the past fortnight, forcing her to stay home.

Oxford librarian gets boot after letting students "Harlem Shake"

Oxford university librarian Calypso Nash has been sacked after 30 students participated a rousing rendition of the "Harlem Shake" in the prestigious British stacks.

Steubenville football players found guilty of rape

An Ohio judge has found two Steubenville, Ohio, teenagers guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl while she was drunk, CNN reported. Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, both football players for Steubenville High School, could be detained in juvenile jail until they are 21 years old, the New York Times reported. According to CNN:

Obama library campaign heats up in Chicago, Honolulu

Obama's presidential library is years away from being built, but the campaigns over where it will be located are in full force.  Both Chicago and Honolulu, the president's home states, are vying for the chance to house the library, with a range of public and private efforts already in place. 

Will Wikipedia replace the academic thesis?

KYIV, Ukraine — Click on a Wikipedia topic about optometry in the Polish language or Newtonian mechanics in Ukrainian and the article that pops up may well be a college student thesis. That’s because universities in Poland and Ukraine are exploring new requirements. Instead of cribbing research from Wikipedia for papers that will probably only gather dust, advocates of the idea say students would be better off writing their own Wikipedia articles.

Foreign exchange student says he paid $4,000 to work at McDonald's

A student from Argentina who came to the United States to do a work-study program says he was "exploited" and forced to work unreasonable hours.

Harvard secretly searched dean's email in search of cheating evidence

Harvard University secretly searched the email accounts of sixteen deans, media reported on March 10th, as central administrators looked for information regarding a media leak about a widespread cheating scandal at the internationally renowned institution.

Bee attack in South Africa leaves 44 children injured

A swarm of bees attacked a group of 80 young children during their visit to a bunny park in South Africa.
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A pictures shows bees at an apiary near the central Gaza Strip refugee camp of Bureij on April 19, 2010. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
A massive bee attack is not exactly the best way to end a field trip. But that's exactly what happened to a group of about 80 South African pre-schoolers Friday.
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