A new learning regimen requires pupils to show proficiency in 'core competencies' for each subject – with no exceptions. It's called competency-based education. Here's who's trying it and what it entails.
Advocates of competency-based learning see it as a potential game changer for higher education. The approach can make college degrees more affordable, and can assure employers that graduates have mastered a defined set of ideas and skills.
Outsized ambition undergirds a Chinese billionaire's project to create a city in a building that most residents would never need to leave.
It may not be a scientifically validated theory, but economic declines have often followed record-breaking buildings around the world.
Tall buildings are a status symbol; more than 250 taller than 650 feet are in the works across China.
Two years after Libyans ousted Muammar Qaddafi, law and order remain elusive, stymieing rebuilding efforts.
Misurata, a hero of the 2011 uprising, has rebounded quickly. But its ability to support itself – militarily, economically, politically – has strained its relations with the rest of the country.
Libya's light policing of its southern border aids illegal immigration, trafficking, and militant movements.
Data from states with 'stand your ground' laws raise questions about how notions of self-defense are evolving and whether, under such laws, race-based fears are more likely to influence juries.
Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, and others are traveling abroad as never before as the world's growing middle classes get itchy feet.
Many Europeans are finding ways to 'get away' despite the eurocrisis – but their tactics span the spectrum.
Lebanon's economy typically rides a wave of tourism every summer, but Syria's war is scaring off visitors.
Abortion bans that clearly violate Roe v. Wade get the most attention, but more subtle regulations – such as facilities upgrades and hospital admitting privileges – could end up reducing access more.
If any European country could have a US-like fracking boom, it's Poland. But optimism has waned.
When Chevron tried to start exploratory drilling, local farmers moved quickly to stop them.
Americans don't expect to stop hurricanes or floods – they cope with them. The same is increasingly true of firefighting, which is coping with decades of poor fire policy and an increasing number of homes in fire-prone areas. But the new strategy demands hard choices.
After a wave of sexual assault cases in the military, the Air Force is using special lawyers in a venture that top Pentagon officials hope will transform the way the armed forces treat victims.
The Muslim Brotherhood's dominance may be over, but a 'harder' strain of political Islam could fill the void in Egypt.
A timeline of post-revolution Egypt
Signs of any economic duress from the 'sequester' are few and far between four months in. But the $85 billion in federal spending cuts slated for this fiscal year are likely to be felt as summer deepens.
So far at least, wide swaths of America haven't been reeling from the 'sequester.' But more budget cuts are taking effect this summer. Here are three examples of how Americans are starting to feel the impact.
As the US turns to Asia, pressure is rising on the EU to police itself, North Africa, and the Mideast.
The US has long relied on UK military support in foreign campaigns. But can that last much longer?
Evidence is mixed as to the readiness of Afghanistan's Army and National Police to assume the lead in planning and fighting – with the summer combat season likely to be the first big test.
New Iranian President Hassan Rohani showed flexibility and a willingness to compromise when he was the country's top nuclear negotiator years ago.