Need to Know http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24831/all en Rwanda's schoolyard tech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100408/rwandas-schoolyard-tech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Central African country carves out a digital future, one laptop at a time. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jon Rosen </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Rwandan schoolchildren use the XO computer in their classroom. The computer is provided by the One Laptop Per Chlld program. (Jon Rosen/GlobalPost)</p> <p>KIGALI, Rwanda &mdash; As they cram in front of their green and white laptop, Gabiro Vainqueur, 10, and Agape Pacifique, 12, are at odds over their afternoon assignment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100408/rwandas-schoolyard-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know Education Technology Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:56:00 +0000 Jon Rosen 5540835 at http://www.globalpost.com Education: Teaching infrastructure and other new necessities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100225/india-education-fulbright-technology <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How "old" technologies are helping scholars reinvent the New India. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shailaja Neelakantan </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW DELHI, India &mdash; Last summer John Atchley was working for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and writing his application for a Fulbright scholarship to study India&#39;s water crisis when a serendipitous discovery of &quot;The Power Broker&quot; caused him to rethink his plans.</p> <p>Reading Robert A. Caro&#39;s book about the legendary urban planner Robert Moses and the building of New York, including its highway system, Atchley saw parallels to modern-day India.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100225/india-education-fulbright-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Asia-Pacific Education India Tue, 06 Apr 2010 10:49:00 +0000 Shailaja Neelakantan 5528631 at http://www.globalpost.com Teaching Twitter in Havana http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100401/blogging-twitter-sanchez <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Students squeeze into blogger's living room to learn about Wordpress, Wikipedia and the digital revolution. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nick Miroff </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Yoani Sanchez sits with her computer in her apartment in Havana, Oct. 3, 2007. Sanchez runs a Blogger Academy out of her living room. (Claudia Daut/Reuters)</p> <p>HAVANA, Cuba &mdash; As an educational institution, Cuba&rsquo;s Blogger Academy suffers from a few notable deficiencies. Its six-month course doesn&rsquo;t grant an accredited degree, and its single, cramped classroom &mdash; the living room of founder Yoani Sanchez &mdash; isn&rsquo;t even hooked up to the internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100401/blogging-twitter-sanchez" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Americas Education Technology Cuba Fri, 02 Apr 2010 10:57:00 +0000 Nick Miroff 5539060 at http://www.globalpost.com Life, death and the Taliban: Blowback http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taliban/blowback <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What we don't know is killing us. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> C.M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PESHAWAR, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/pakistan">Pakistan</a> — On a dusty plain not far from the border with <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/afghanistan">Afghanistan</a>, mud-brick walls weathered by rain and time still mark the boundaries of what were once sprawling Afghan refugee camps.</p> <p>The walls are a crumbling memory of the first time I came to this frontier town in 1995 to report on what was then a new force in the region, the Taliban.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taliban/blowback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Need to Know Asia-Pacific Pakistan Fri, 07 Aug 2009 14:22:00 +0000 C.M. Sennott 2615208 at http://www.globalpost.com China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted — mostly with toxins from industrialization http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/140418/china-says-one-fifth-its-farmland-polluted-mostly-to Health advocates have identified several 'cancer villages' in China near factories suspected of polluting the environment.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/140418/china-says-one-fifth-its-farmland-polluted-mostly-to" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know China Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:47:36 +0000 The Canadian Press 6125178 at http://www.globalpost.com South Sudan deploys its army to guard a UN base after yesterday's deadly attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140418/south-sudan-deploys-its-army-guard-un-base-after-deadly-attack-y Thursday's attack on the UN base at Bor was blamed on locals who were seeking to punish the Nuer community. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140418/south-sudan-deploys-its-army-guard-un-base-after-deadly-attack-y" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:22:17 +0000 Carl Odera, Thomson Reuters 6125146 at http://www.globalpost.com How Japan is once again angering environmentalists with its whale hunting program http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/140418/japan-once-again-pissing-environmentalists-its-whale Japan has hunted whales under a loophole allowing for lethal research.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/140418/japan-once-again-pissing-environmentalists-its-whale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Japan Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6125066 at http://www.globalpost.com 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico City http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/140418/75-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-mexico-city There were no immediate reports of major damage. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/140418/75-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-mexico-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Mexico Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:51:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124923 at http://www.globalpost.com The deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest claims the lives of 12 Nepali sherpas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/140418/the-deadliest-avalanche-mount-everest-claims-the-lives-12- The avalanche hit the sherpa guides relatively low on the mountain, ministry officials said.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/140418/the-deadliest-avalanche-mount-everest-claims-the-lives-12-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Asia-Pacific Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Gopal Sharma, Thomson Reuters 6124823 at http://www.globalpost.com South Korea arrests the captain of the ferry that capsized earlier this week http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/140418/the-captain-the-south-korean-ferry-sank-was-no More than 500 divers — battling powerful currents in almost zero visibility — have yet to obtain any access to the ferry's interior.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/140418/the-captain-the-south-korean-ferry-sank-was-no" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know South Korea Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse, Yonhap News Agency and Thomson Reuters 6124806 at http://www.globalpost.com Ukraine is pulling back from the abyss, for now http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/140417/ukraine-russia-geneva-agreement <p>The Geneva agreement puts off for the present some very ticklish decisions that Washington and its allies will have to face if Russia and Ukraine can&#39;t find a way to live together. But will it last?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/140417/ukraine-russia-geneva-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crisis in Ukraine Need to Know World Leaders Diplomacy Military Russia United States Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Jean MacKenzie 6124441 at http://www.globalpost.com Nobel-prize winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/140417/nobel-prize-winning-colombian-novelist-gabriel-garcia Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City, a source close to his family said.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/140417/nobel-prize-winning-colombian-novelist-gabriel-garcia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Colombia Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124422 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunmen pretending to be peaceful protesters attack UN base in South Sudan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140417/armed-civilians-pretending-be-peaceful-protesters-attack-un-ba-0 UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said dozens of civilians were wounded, but the exact number of people killed or wounded had not yet been confirmed.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140417/armed-civilians-pretending-be-peaceful-protesters-attack-un-ba-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124420 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish parliament approves wider powers for its spy agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/turkey/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-wider-powers-its-spy-agency The changes ratified by parliament give the agency more scope for eavesdropping and foreign operations.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/turkey/140417/turkish-parliament-approves-wider-powers-its-spy-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Turkey Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:41:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6124341 at http://www.globalpost.com For the first time, NASA has found an Earth-sized planet that could support life as we know it http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/140417/earth-sized-planet-could-support-life-and-may-have-liquid-water-nasa-sa <p>In a historic first, NASA has confirmed the existence of an Earth-sized planet that could support life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/140417/earth-sized-planet-could-support-life-and-may-have-liquid-water-nasa-sa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Space Science Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Sarah Wolfe 6124323 at http://www.globalpost.com