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Georgian teacher converts airplane into kindergarten classroom

A headteacher in the Georgian city of Rustavi has found an unusual way to get children’s early education off the ground — by transforming an aeroplane into a kindergarten. Gari Chapidze bought the old but fully functional Yakovlev Yak-42 from Georgian Airways and refurbished its interior with educational equipment, games…

Two nuclear power plants shut down in aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

WASHINGTON — Two US nuclear power plants were shut down early Tuesday in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, but the plant operators stressed there were no risks to the public. New Jersey’s main power company PSEG Nuclear shut down its Salem 1 unit on the Delaware river, saying most of…

Bank of England official: Occupy movement was right about global recession

The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector. Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers…

Census: Black South African household incomes surge but lag behind whites

Incomes of black South African households have surged 169 percent in a decade, but whites still take home six times more money 18 years into all-race democracy, a national census showed Tuesday. The country’s third democratic survey Census 2011 highlighted apartheid-era inequalities despite blacks making up nearly 80 percent of…

Romney to attend ‘storm relief event’ Tuesday in Ohio

Mitt Romney will participate in a “storm relief event” in Ohio on Tuesday, his campaign said, as the Republican candidate seeks a role in helping Americans cope with a brutal superstorm one week before the US election. The campaign provided few details late Monday of Romney’s participation in the event…

Explosive traces ‘found on crashed Polish presidential jet’

Traces of explosives have been discovered on the wreck of the Polish presidential jet which crashed in Russia in 2010, killing then president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people, a newspaper reported Tuesday. “Tests have confirmed the presence of TNT and nitroglycerine on 30 seats. The substances were also found…

Russia ‘returns to Stalin-era show trials’: Memorial

Russia’s leaders are using Stalin-era tactics against the opposition including show trials and camp sentences, one of its most authoritative rights groups warned Tuesday. Memorial rights group slammed the treatment of activists after two members of the Pussy Riot feminist rock group were sent to prison camps for a protest…

Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power in UK, study says

Renewables will provide enough power for one in 10 British homes by 2015 if current growth rates continue Renewable energy will overtake nuclear power in the UK by 2018, if current rates of growth continue, and will provide enough power for one in 10 British homes by 2015, according to…

Mitt Romney winning newspaper endorsement race in swing states

Republican contender for presidency attracts press support in key states Further to Ewen MacAskill’s piece about the Des Moines Register endorsing Mitt Romney, it is clear that the Republican contender is winning the newspaper endorsement race where it counts. A list drawn up by Poynter shows that Romney is leading…

Saudis to build major Islamic center in Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic centre complete with a university and a mosque in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister said Monday, describing the project as “grand and unique”. Estimated to cost up to $100 million, the centre on a hilltop in central Kabul will house up to 5,000 students,…

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