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Rwanda's schoolyard tech

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) KIGALI, Rwanda — 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.

Education: Teaching infrastructure and other new necessities

NEW DELHI, India — 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's water crisis when a serendipitous discovery of "The Power Broker" caused him to rethink his plans. Reading Robert A. Caro'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.

Teaching Twitter in Havana

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) HAVANA, Cuba — As an educational institution, Cuba’s Blogger Academy suffers from a few notable deficiencies. Its six-month course doesn’t grant an accredited degree, and its single, cramped classroom — the living room of founder Yoani Sanchez — isn’t even hooked up to the internet.

Life, death and the Taliban: Blowback

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — On a dusty plain not far from the border with Afghanistan, mud-brick walls weathered by rain and time still mark the boundaries of what were once sprawling Afghan refugee camps. 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.

4 French journalists freed in Syria give reason for hope

Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media. Around 30 foreign journalists covering the Syrian civil war have been seized since the conflict began and many, such as GlobalPost correspondent James Foley, are still missing.

4 French journalists freed in Syria after 10 months

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were free and "in good health" on Saturday, President Francois Hollande told AFP.

Experts say South Koreans trapped on ferry could have survived 72 hours if they found air pockets

SEOUL — Desperate search and rescue efforts for hundreds still unaccounted for in a deadly ferry accident in waters off South Korea's southwestern coast continued for a fourth day on Saturday, with the whole country clinging to dim hope of finding survivors.

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted — mostly with toxins from industrialization

Health advocates have identified several 'cancer villages' in China near factories suspected of polluting the environment.

South Sudan deploys its army to guard a UN base after yesterday's deadly attack

Thursday's attack on the UN base at Bor was blamed on locals who were seeking to punish the Nuer community.
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