Most public school students in Brazil are in class for about four hours each day. In an effort to get more kids studying full-days, cities like Rio are rushing to build more schools.
Primary school quality in the world's No. 7 economy ranks below impoverished Haiti. But galvanizing Brazilians to boost education for all is no easy task.
A new report finds a decline in the portion of US firms that are young, growing, and creating jobs. Fewer entrepreneurs could mean the economy is shifting onto a slower-growth, lower-prosperity track.
Underlying political gridlock is concern over who will replace King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch.
For many Thais, the military coup last week was a familiar scene. Although Thailand has had 12 successful coups, this one is a sharper turn, with a stronger ideological element.
A successful businessman, an artist, an aspiring public servant, and a mufti are all faces of Pakistan's rising generation – the 60 percent of the population that is under 30. Many are challenging what one Millennial calls a 'culture of dependency.'
The Conviction Integrity Unit formed in Dallas to correct wrongful convictions has become a national model that is slowly changing prosecutors' willingness to reopen the books nationwide.
The push to unionize football players at Northwestern University may be the catalyst to reshape the NCAA and its relationship with students playing big-money sports. The principle of the amateur athlete is at stake.
Next weekend, Europeans will decide who they will send to the EU Parliament – and anti-immigration, anti-Brussels parties look set to take a big chunk of the vote.
What started as an elite university student talking shop in the late 1990s has evolved today into a disparate group of radicals, bank robbers and disaffected.
In Maiduguri, extreme poverty, corruption, and ruthless local soldiers helped shape extremist insurgency.
Ending insurgencies is hard, as are needle-in-a-haystack manhunts in lawless areas where distrust of the government and foreigners runs high.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is revered among Kentucky Republicans. But anti-incumbent sentiment is abroad in the land for the 2014 midterms, and a Democrat is charging hard.
Julius Malema, booted from the ruling ANC and running in tomorrow's election, is promoting radical changes and charging that the ANC has preserved apartheid's economic inequalities. And he's gaining an audience.
Julius Malema, who is challenging ANC incumbent Jacob Zuma in the May 7 vote, tapped into anger over the shooting of striking Marikana miners in 2012 to launch his Economic Freedom Fighters party.
Eighty percent of community college students say they want to go on to four-year schools. But only 15 percent earn bachelor's degrees within six years. Model programs are tackling this transfer gap.
Stocking-trading 'bots' now perform about half of Wall Street trades. As the algorithmic robot traders outpace and outperform the humans, the old guard is crying foul. Sour grapes or real risk?
The winding route of the Boston Marathon through eight municipalities poses a unique challenge for law enforcement. The heightened interest this year means more runners and more spectators.
Israel is preparing to export a portion of its offshore natural gas reserves. The resulting business partnerships could hurdle political obstacles to better relations with neighbors.
Here are the stories of five runners to whom the Boston Marathon belongs. They're running a race that has long been a 26.2-mile-long stage for this city's pride, but this year will be all the more so.
Over half of Rwanda's 11 million people were born since 1994, the year of the genocide. What matters to them is to change the image that comes to mind when one hears the word 'Rwanda.'
Initially reported to be spontaneous, 1994's genocide was long planned, and left more than 800,000 people dead, including about 70 percent of all the Tutsis in Rwanda.
In Mississippi, the GOP Senate primary is a proxy for the national battle between tea party and establishment Republicans. But tea party favorite Chris McDaniel may be in trouble.
Turkey has prospered under the controversial prime minister. But his modernization agenda has also fueled opposition to his rule and exposed his autocratic style.
As foreign troops draw down and a new president takes office, the sort of dealmaking among Afghans that could promote stability might actually grow easier. A triumphant Taliban march on Kabul – or even their old stronghold of Kandahar – is unlikely.