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Rice University Study: Smartphones May be Detrimental to Learning

Houston, TX.  A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn. The research paper “You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Cannot Make Him Learn: Smartphone Use in Higher Education” appeared in […]

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Greeks Stand Tall, Defiantly Reject Europe’s Bailout Terms

Athens, Greece. Greeks have voted against accepting a bailout from the European Union in return for more spending cuts. Early results suggest the ‘No’ camp won with around 61 percent of the vote. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Athens, all eyes are now on Europe’s response. By Henry Ridgwell.   Tweet

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U.S. Dominates Japan, Wins Women’s World Cup

Washington, D.C.  United States forward Abby Wambach (20) and United States defender Christie Rampone (3) hoist the trophy after defeating Japan in the final of the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at BC Place Stadium, July 5, 2015. Women’s Soccer – USA vs Japan by Joel Solomon – Flickr: Women’s Soccer. Licensed under CC BY […]

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AIDS ‘Human Rights Issue,’ Ban Declares, Launching New U.N. Report

New York, N.Y.  Ending the AIDS epidemic – in all places and all communities – is essential to realizing the vision of a life of dignity for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Barbados at the Caribbean region launch of a major new United Nations report the calls for scaling up an inclusive, rights-based […]

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Iconic Norman Rockwell Exhibition to Open at U.N. Headquarters

New York, N.Y.  Part of an ongoing series of global events marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a special exhibition is set to open at the world body’s New York Headquarters bringing together legendary artist Norman Rockwell’s original United Nations drawing, his Golden Rule painting, and a collection of work that reflects his […]

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Greek Lawmakers Approve Bailout Referendum

Athens, Greece.  The Greek Parliament voted late Saturday to accept Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ call for a referendum July 5 on proposed reforms needed to get bailout funds. Tsipras issued a defiant call to Greeks to reject what he called an “insulting” bailout offer from foreign creditors. “The day of truth is coming for the […]

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Obama Eulogizes Church Shooting Victims in Charleston

Charleston, S.C. President Barack Obama has delivered a eulogy for the pastor killed with eight other African Americans inside a church last week in Charleston, South Carolina. Obama said, “we are here to today to remember a man of God who lived by faith.” He described the Reverend Clementa Pinckney of the Emanuel African Methodist […]

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Supreme Court Opens Same-Sex Marriage to All Fifty States

Washington, D.C.  The United States Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the country, essentially invalidating laws in some states barring same-sex marriage. Here’s how people reacted to the news. Photo courtesy of Tom Morris, WikiCommons. Graphic issued today from the White House. Tweet

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Why We Should Be Worried that the Bangladeshi Government Has Ignored All Recent Blogger Deaths

Why We Should Be Worried that the Bangladeshi Government Has Ignored All Recent Blogger Deaths

U.N. Recommends Taxing Tobacco to Curb Deadly Global Epidemic

Rice University Study: Smartphones May be Detrimental to Learning

Greece’s Tsipras Briefs Obama on Bid for Eurozone Loan

Ban: Education ‘Essential to Vision of a Life of Dignity for All’

Nervous Investors Unload Chinese Stocks