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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

 

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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:08:57 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Beauty queen refuses to return crown  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:13:28 GMT
Myanmar's first ever beauty queen has refused to give back her $100,000 (£60,300) crown after being dethroned. 
VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:01:16 GMT
BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof. 
VIDEO: China's museum of roast duck  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:58:25 GMT
In 2013 China had a new museum open almost every day of the year on average, resulting in some slightly bizarre attractions 
VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:44:43 GMT
The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares. 
Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:53:44 GMT
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US. 
Thieving monkey hands out money  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:20:01 GMT
A monkey in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh steals money from a home and rains down banknotes on people, reports say. 
UK moves up global economic ranking  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:01:17 GMT
The UK edges up the World Economic Forum's worldwide rankings, but the group warns that the health of the global economy is at risk. 
Credit Suisse investigating traders  Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:13:35 GMT
Credit Suisse is investigating two of its traders in London over allegations of misconduct. 
Gamers take a stand against misogyny  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:35:55 GMT
Thousands have signed an open letter demanding change after a female video blogger received death threats. 
Uber banned across Germany by court  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:12 GMT
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work. 
Police 'incompetence' over Sir Cliff  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:42:06 GMT
South Yorkshire Police are accused of "sheer incompetence" by MPs in the way they dealt with the BBC over a search of Sir Cliff Richard's home. 
Justin Bieber charged with assault  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:41:13 GMT
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan. 
Monkey leaders have different brains  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:16:48 GMT
Neuroscientists discover that primate brains show consistent differences according social status 
Africa's farmers face failed seasons  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:12:35 GMT
African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.