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School Choice: A Subject Both Candidates Support

The right to choose the school you want your child to attend has been the subject of court battles and bitter political debates. Still, both President Obama and Mitt Romney have made school choice a cornerstone of their efforts to reform public education.

New French President Sees Popularity Crash

Just five months after electing President Francois Hollande, many French are now despairing that he cannot deliver on the vision they voted for. What’s worse, some wonder if Hollande has a plan at all.

Turkey sends jets to border in response to presence of Syrian helicopter

Turkey has scrambled fighter jets to its border with Syria for the first time since warning its southern neighbour that fast escalating tensions between the two former allies could lead to war.

Al-Qaida-linked Islamists in Mali threaten French citizens after UN move

Islamists in Mali threatened Saturday to “open the doors of hell” for French citizens, in a statement following the adoption by the UN Security Council of a plan to oust al-Qaida linked militants from occupied territory.

Tour de France head wants no rider to inherit Lance Armstrong’s titles

The Tour de France organiser, Christian Prudhomme, has called forLance Armstrong‘s seven victories in the world’s greatest cycle race to be erased from the record books following the release of a US Anti-Doping Agency report which said there had been systematic doping at the Texan’s US Postal Service team between 1999 and 2005.

Deepwater Horizon pipe ‘responsible for new oil slick in Gulf of Mexico’

Government scientists have definitively linked a new oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico to the BP oil spill disaster of 2010.

Analysis: Biden rekindles controversy over administration’s Libya statements

(Reuters) – The Obama administration’s latest verbal bungle over the chain of events leading to the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, rekindled the controversy over the incident on Friday and offered new ammunition to Republican opponents.

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