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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher

 

World News From BBC

New Russia drills after Ukraine raid  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:47:07 GMT
Russia announces new military exercises on its border with Ukraine, after Kiev orders troops to move against separatists in the east. 
Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:08:02 GMT
US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward. 
Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:54:01 GMT
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name. 
US medics killed in Kabul attack  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:56:17 GMT
Three American medical staff are shot dead by a policeman guarding a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say. 
Korea ferry disaster school reopens  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:33 GMT
The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again. 
Rio police 'to probe' dancer's death  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:08:47 GMT
Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro say they will conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a dancer which sparked riots. 
Abdullah leads Afghan poll count  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:29:42 GMT
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah remains the frontrunner with 80% of votes counted, although a run-off vote next month is expected. 
US to propose 'fast lane' net rules  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:59:30 GMT
New net neutrality rules will be published next month with some saying FCC will end principle of equal traffic for all. 
Buddha tattoo woman to be flown home  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:05:22 GMT
A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm says she has not been "shown compassion" as she faces deportation. 
Executions upheld in 'secrecy' row  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:33:22 GMT
Oklahoma's high court rules two on death row have no right to learn the source of the lethal injection drugs, clearing the way for their execution. 
Modi in Varanasi as Indians vote  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:22:51 GMT
Narendra Modi, the politician many expect to be India's next leader, submits his election nomination papers as Indians vote in the sixth phase of their poll. 
Tarantino Gawker case dismissed  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:14 GMT
A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay. 
VIDEO: Film features plight of African park  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:22:06 GMT
The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. 
VIDEO: Calm returns to Rio favela after riots  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:07:33 GMT
The BBC's Wyre Davies visits the Pavaozinho complex the day after riots broke out following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police. 
VIDEO: Can Obama perfect the Japanese bow?  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:27:29 GMT
President Obama is under pressure to perfect his Japanese etiquette during his official tour of the country.