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World Bank to Invest in Education for Girls
The World Bank Group plans to invest close to $2.5 billion over five years in education projects to help girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The bank says that about 75 percent of these investments are expected to come from its program for the world's
Vietnam’s Parliament Approves New Prime Minister
Vietnamese lawmakers approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country's new prime minister Thursday. Phuc was the only candidate for the position. He was chosen at the Vietnamese Communist Party's congress three months ago. Vietnam's parliament is not
US Taxes Low Compared to Other Countries
Taxpayers in America pay less in income tax than many Europeans, according to a Pew Research Center report. Belgium has the highest incometax rate , at nearly 56 percent of income, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,
US Reports on Human Rights Around the World
The U.S. State Department's 2015 report on human rights explores rights issues around the world. Many of the issues are linked to long-term problems, such as crises in governance orauthoritarianism . Others relate to violence and threats ofbrutalityby
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Resigns
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Sunday he is resigning. His decision may permit a new government to be formed, possibly ending the country's political crisis. Yatsenyuk spoke on television and wrote on the social networking site Twitter.
Survey: US H-1B Visa Policies Too Restrictive
A survey of American business leaders finds many of them believe the non-immigrant H-1B visa program should be reformed. These visas let American companies employ for up to six years people from other countries who have special skills that American
North Koreans Defect to South Korea
South Korea says a high-ranking North Korean military officerdefectedto South Korea last year. South Korea's defense and unification ministries made the announcement Monday in Seoul. The unification ministry deals with issues between the rival Koreas.
Second Quake Hits Japan
A second powerful earthquake struck southern Japan early Saturday. The quake caused the Japan Meteorological Agency to give and then cancel a tsunami warning for the area. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near the city of Kumamoto on the island of