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Chinese measure aims at easing pressure on students

Chinese measure aims at easing pressure on students

BEIJING, March 28 (UPI Next) -- Many in China think academic pressure on children is out of hand but it is not clear a measure to deemphasize cramming will work.
Yichen Wang
Putin and Crimea: 1945, not 1938

Putin and Crimea: 1945, not 1938

March 28 (UPI) -- Russia’s seizure of Crimea and what may follow are works in progress. With the hundredth anniversary of World War I looming, no one wishes to return to 1914.
Harlan Ullman, UPI Outside View contributor
Five things Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve should do

Five things Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve should do

March 24 (UPI) -- Last week, Janet Yellen sent stocks diving by saying the Federal Reserve could begin raising interest rates as early as next spring.
Peter Morici, Outside View contributor
Low price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheat

Low price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheat

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 23 (UPI Next) -- Pakistani farmers seem to be losing interest in growing wheat because the government has failed to increase wheat price supports enough, growers say.
Shehryar Warraich
EU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

EU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- European leaders said Friday they were frustrated by Turkey's decision to restrict access to the social media website Twitter.

ICRC staff member killed in Darfur

KHARTOUM, Sudan, March 21 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday a Sudanese member of its staff was killed by a stray bullet in the restive Darfur region.
U.N. wants international courts to look into Israeli settlements

U.N. wants international courts to look into Israeli settlements

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 21 (UPI) -- A U.N. special envoy on Palestinian issues said Friday it was time for the International Court of Justice to assess what he said was Israeli colonialism.
Police in Pakistani province awaiting outside training

Police in Pakistani province awaiting outside training

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 20 (UPI Next) -- Officers in Punjab's police department, Pakistan's largest, are seen as undertrained and inefficient, but help may be on the way.
Shehryar Warraich

OPCW: Syrian disarmament near half-way point

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 20 (UPI) -- Nearly half of the declared chemical weapons in Syria have been removed from the country, a U.N. monitoring mission said Thursday.

Johns Hopkins: North Korea working at nuclear, missile sites

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said Thursday work was ongoing at North Korean nuclear and missile sites, but no imminent threat is apparent.

British provincial team ends work in Helmand

LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

Pillay recounts gruesome atrocities in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 20 (UPI) -- The security situation in the Central African Republic remains dire, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday.

EU proposes more economic breaks for Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 20 (UPI) -- The European Parliament said Thursday it was considering a unilateral move to give Ukraine relief from customs duties.
Obama: Good chance for Iranian nuclear deal

Obama: Good chance for Iranian nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- There's a chance for Iran to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement that would benefit its people if the rights steps are taken, President Obama said Thursday.

Lebanese forces show resolve, U.N. mission says

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 19 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military is commended for its commitment to peace in light of its vast security obligations, a UNIFIL official said Wednesday.
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