Math a concern for US teens; science, reading flat on test

Students in Singapore outperform the rest of the world in all categories of the triennial PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey. In science , the results have been stable since 2009, but there was a slight improvement compared to 2006. "Data from previous PISA assessments show how these gender differences are reinforced by the attitudes and inherent biases of parents, teachers and even textbooks", Gurria said. Read More

National Conference can play with anyone's life for chair, says Mehbooba

On former Prime Minister of J&K, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah's anniversary today, his son and National Conference patron Dr. Farooq Abdullah said his father shouldn't be blamed for an Instrument of Accession between Maharaja Hari Singh and New Delhi. Read More

French premier steps down to focus on presidential election

The new premier is a trusted aide to Hollande who served as interior minister since 2015, overseeing the government's response to a wave of terrorist attacks that left more than 200 people dead. "It seems to me that he (Valls) can not embody the future of the left", Hamon said. He has been harshly criticized by other party members after championing tough labour reforms and endorsing a controversial ban last summer on the Islamic "burkini" swimsuit. Read More

Kremlin unsure how to take Erdogan's vow to topple Assad

Two Syrian opposition officials in Turkey told Reuters that the rebel coalition would be called the "Aleppo Army" and would be led by Abu Abdelrahman Nour, a Jabhat al-Shamiyya commander. "We have been discussing these issues with my dear friend Lavrov since yesterday evening", he said. Erdogan also reportedly said that Turkey expected Germany to make more active steps aimed at counteracting the Kurdish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the so-called he Fethullah Gulen Terrorist ... Read More

French Prime Minister Valls to Make Announcement Later Monday

When two journalists published the book "A President Shouldn't Say That" which quotes Francois Hollande disparaging judges, insulting footballers and revealing state secrets, Prime Minister Manuel Valls could not hide his "shame" and "anger". Read More

Battle for Mosul: 1000 ISIS Terrorists Killed

Trump said in September that he would "take the oil" from Iraq , claiming that the Iranians would step in otherwise. A healthcare worker said militants had forcibly taken over an office at the clinic and that several had been there at the time of the attack, along with about 50 patients. Read More

Unrelenting Mamata Banerjee goes home only after army returns to barracks

Unrelenting Mamata Banerjee goes home only after army returns to barracks

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar told Parliament that he is "shocked and hurt" and that it is unfortunate that the Army is being dragged into the controversy because of what he called Mamata Banerjee's "political frustration". The war of words followed a night of drama after Banerjee refused to step out of the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the "sudden deployment" of the army in the area. Read More

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump

Trump won Texas and its 38 Electoral College votes in the November 8 general election. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Read More

Trump again threatens big tariffs on U.S. companies that export jobs

Quick to take credit, Trump tweeted yesterday (4 December) saying that the business which believes in moving jobs out of the USA and then hoping to sell its products back in the country without any trouble or retribution "is wrong". Carrier can pay workers in Mexico about the same per day as it pays in workers per hour. Trump tweeted that Rexnord is "rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers" in IN, referring to the company's plan to close an industrial bearings factory and shift ... Read More

Security increased after threatened attack on LA rail stop

Law enforcement officials said the threat had been relayed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a law enforcement agency in another country, where the threat had originated. Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said law enforcement would be stepped up at the Universal City/Studio City station and elsewhere along the city's rail lines. Read More

Obama, Russia's Putin speak at economic summit in Peru

Obama, Russia's Putin speak at economic summit in Peru

Obama, with just a hint of nostalgia, noted it was their last meeting, and called the two countries' relationship the most consequential in the world. President Barack Obama is meeting with Peru's president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Each year, leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit dress up for their group photo. Read More

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of The Gam..

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of The Gam..

The continent's entrenched rulers such as Jammeh rarely lose elections so the result came as a shock, particularly given that other African leaders have since a year ago changed their country's constitutions to prolong their rule. Ex-President Jammeh's government has been variously accused by opponents and worldwide human rights concerns of serious violations including deaths and disappearances, torture by state intelligence operatives and unlawful detentions and imprisonments which included ... Read More

India looks forward to Trump addressing Pakistan's 'outstanding issues': Swarup

India looks forward to Trump addressing Pakistan's 'outstanding issues': Swarup

In Washington, Mr. Trump's transition team issued a statement, saying the Preident-elect is "looking forward to a lasting and strong personal relationship" with Prime Minister Sharif. without consulting USA officials". Fatemi would meet the US Congress members and Senate and seek their support and cooperation for better ties with the new US administration. Read More

December 1st marks World AIDS Day

The campaign also provides information on HIV, including where to get an HIV test. Basic is funded through state and federal grants and also through some private donations. One in eight people don't know they have the virus, which is why it's important to know your status. "We have seen progress, incredible progress and that is thanks to the concerted, multi-institutional, multi-faceted efforts we have made", she said. Read More

Man arrested after French tourist stabbed to death in NT outback

Man arrested after French tourist stabbed to death in NT outback

Italian woman Maralina Greco has offered a chilling recollection of her encounter with a man she believes was Pande Veleski, who was charged with the murder of 33-year-old Frenchman Philippe Jegouzo on Saturday. "A crime scene will remain in place for the remainder of today", said Wurst. "Police will continue to speak to a number of witnesses to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death", he said. Read More

Eugene's HIV Alliance Celebrates World AIDS Day

He also set a goal for the of 2020: zero deaths from AIDS and zero HIV transmissions through injection drug use. "We would actually care for individuals, their tray would be given to us and we would take it in and take care of them and often we were the only person that was there for the end", said Forbes. Read More

Iraq disputes number killed in battle against ISIS

While insurgent vehicle bombs are nothing new, countering those attacks has become much more hard within the narrow streets and tightly packed homes of Mosul . Reached by telephone near Tal Afar, the official says the attack on the village of Sharea took place Friday night. For the past seven weeks, the Iraqi army - backed by USA -led coalition warplanes and local allies on the ground - has been fighting to retake Mosul , which was once considered Iraq's second most populous city. Read More

Maradona, Messi among those mourning Brazilian team killed in Colombia crash

Supporters of Chapecoense mourn inside Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco , Brazil. The chartered flight from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia to Medellin included 72 passengers and nine crew. Chapecoense was scheduled to play Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final on Wednesday. "Impossible to believe in this tragedy, impossible to believe in the event, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, humans were on ... Read More

Japan's FM meets Putin in St. Petersburg before Tokyo visit

Putin is to travel to Japan later this month to meet the Japanese prime minister and discuss a territorial dispute over the southern Kuril islands which keeps the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending their World War II hostilities. Read More

Brotherly solidarity: William backs Harry's call for privacy

The royal showed his support for Prince Harry's request that his girlfriend Meghan Markle's privacy be respected by the public. In an unprecedented move, Prince Harry released a strongly worded statement condemning the invasion of Markle's privacy at the beginning of the month. Read More

The New York Times Writes: The Case for Mitt Romney

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee dined with Trump at a French restaurant in Manhattan on Tuesday night. Following a high-profile dinner with Trump last night, Romney told reporters he has "increasing hope" the president-elect can lead the United States to a "better future". Read More

Court grants El-Zakzaky, wife bail, fines FG

Court grants El-Zakzaky, wife bail, fines FG

Justice Kolawole also decried the unwillingness of the government to explore an amicable settlement of the matter even after the court had provided it with an opportunity to do so. " I have not been shown any incident report or any complaint lodged by residents around the neighbourhood that the applicant has become a nuisance to his neigbourhood ", said the judge. Read More

S. Koreans to March for 6th Weekend Calling for Park Ouster

Saturday nights traditionally see the largest numbers of moviegoers in Seoul, but with over one million thronging the streets every Saturday calling for President Park's resignation, it's thought that only the keenest customers are braving the crowds. Read More

Southgate warns England players over off-field discipline

Southgate warns England players over off-field discipline

Southgate, 46, earlier told BBC Radio 5 live: "There's a time to have a glass of beer or wine but at the appropriate time and the right level". "I hope where we are sitting now", he replied. On his aims as England manager, Southgate said: "In the most simple terms I want an England team that excites the public, that the supporters like watching and are proud of. Read More

Trump drops threat of new Hillary Clinton investigation

Now Mr. Trump's retreat from that position predictably disappoints some who voted for him, including those who chanted, "Lock her up!" at his rallies. "The president can't have a conflict of interest ". "The symbolism was powerful and all wrong for them", said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief and a journalism professor at George Washington University. Read More