A new global study of educational systems in major nations ranks U.S. 15-year-olds 14th in the world in reading skills, 17th in science and 25th -- below average -- in math.
The results are "an absolute wake-up call for America," Education Secretary Arne Duncan tells the Associated Press. "We have to deal with the brutal truth. We have to get much more serious about investing in education.''
Two rival presidents claim to be in charge of Ivory Coast, in a political standoff analysts fear may reignite violence and a civil war that divided the once-prosperous and stable West African nation.
The Nov. 28 runoff election was meant to heal the West African nation split in two -- north and south -- by a rebellion in 2002.
But the disputed vote has simply deepened the divide. Initial mediation attempts appear to have failed, leaving Ivory Coast with two presidents, two prime ministers, two parallel governments and a major political headache.
A British judge has denied bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who told a London court that he intends to fight attempts to extradite him to Sweden on sex-crime allegations.
Judge Howard Riddle told Assange that he had "substantial grounds" to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into U.K. custody ahead of an extradition hearing next Tuesday. Analysts say his extradition case could drag on for weeks, if not months.