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January 7, 2019 6:23 PM Seven die in massive Alps snowfall from Germany to Italy

At least seven people have died in the Alps during a weekend of heavy snow, with skiers facing a high avalanche risk in Austria, Germany and Italy. Two separate avalanches killed two German skiers in Austria's Vorarlberg mountains. A third skier died in Pongau district, near Salzburg. In Bavaria, a skier died when a tree collapsed near Bad Tölz. An avalanche 128

January 5, 2019 4:00 AM UK announces Iraq explosive clearance funds

The UK is to give an extra £5m to help clear Islamic State (IS) explosives in Iraq, the government has announced. The Department for International Development (DfID) funding is in addition to the £24.9m the UK has contributed to demining projects in the country since 2015. The UK is committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid - spending 104

December 6, 2018 4:12 PM Indiana school banned Gay-Straight Alliance from saying ‘gay’ and ‘LGBT’

A lawsuit has alleged that a Gay-Straight Alliance group at an Indiana school was ordered to change its name and avoid using the terms “gay” and “LGBT+.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit against Leo Junior/Senior High School in Leo-Cedarville, Indiana, a small town with a population of 3,600. The lawsuit alleges that students 94

December 6, 2018 12:11 PM Barnaby Joyce: Schools should keep right to expel transgender kids

Australia’s former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is facing anger after suggesting faith schools should keep the right to discriminate against transgender children. The former leader of Australia’s Nationals made the comments as the country’s parliament debates plans to eliminate exemptions for faith schools that permit them to discriminate against 69

November 29, 2018 3:03 PM St Andrew's Day: When was St Andrew first recognised as patron saint of Scotland?

ST ANDREW'S DAY is a national festival celebrated by the people of Scotland and other Christian nations - but when was St Andrew first recognised as Scotland's patron saint? The annual holiday of St Andrew’s falls on November 30 and is marked by a bank holiday in Scotland, where schools and businesses shut for the day. St Andrew is regarded as the first 46

November 20, 2018 10:05 AM Christmas Jumper Day 2018: When is Christmas Jumper Day in the UK?

THE FESTIVE season is fast approaching and with it comes all things Christmas; food, drink, clothes and presents. When is Christmas Jumper Day in the UK? Christmas Jumper Day is a day for you to don your most festive Christmas attire all in the aid of charity. Workplaces, schools or even at home you can dress up in your Santa sweaters, Christmas pudding 64

November 13, 2018 7:32 PM Alternative provision schools: 'We all deserve an education'

Research by the BBC has revealed that the number of fixed-term exclusions in the most deprived areas of England has gone up by over 70% in the last four years - four times the rate of the least deprived, which has risen by 15%. Nearly 50,000 pupils are now taught in alternative provision - schools which provide education for pupils outside of mainstream 48

November 13, 2018 1:31 PM Paradise: Before and after the town's wildfire destruction

The town of Paradise in Butte County in northern California has been engulfed by the deadliest wildfire in the state's history. Thousands of the town's structures were completely destroyed in just a matter of hours as the blaze, named the Camp Fire, tore through the area. Before and after images across the community show the extent of its destruction 48

November 12, 2018 9:23 PM FORTNITE WARNING: Police issue alert after children targeted by predators

Sergeant Jean-Luc Tremblay with the Richelieu Saint-Laurent police said the predator, or predators, tried to infiltrate groups of friends by offering them a chance to advance their game in exchange for providing revealing photos. The authorities have been working with schools to discuss the methods these sick individuals are using to lure minors into a sextortion 61

November 6, 2018 12:16 AM Finland's schools ditch traditional classrooms for open-plan learning

Welcome to the school which has ditched traditional classrooms in favour of open-plan learning. It's part of a wider schools refurbishment programme in Finland that's set to take place over the next 10 years, in order to improve building standards. The concept of open-plan learning has been applied to around 100 Finnish schools already, including this one in Oulu. Finns 46