- The far-flung celebrations of Chinese New Year around the world are a reminder of how growing popularity and expanding international recognition of Chinese culture and traditions demonstrate the progress of China's soft power.
- The world’s biggest publisher of children’s titles has skipped Israel from their maps in a school book, a mother of one of the readers found out as she failed to find her motherland to show her little son, the Times of Israel reported.
- Lego will cease production of the ‘Jabba’s Palace’ set following complaints from Austria’s Turkish community that Jabba, the hefty slug-like hookah-smoking alien of ‘Star Wars,’ has a residence that resembles a mosque. Production will end in 2014.
- Part of the Russian University of Theatre Arts in the heart of Moscow has been devastated by fire. For several hours firefighter struggled to save the historic 18th-century building that houses the largest theatrical university in Russia.
- Fashion designer John Galliano, whose reputation has been blemished after the anti-Semitic remarks two years ago, is reportedly hoping to become a mentor in one of the world’s leading fashion colleges.
- An expert on education with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that the economic dominance of the United States is at risk because fewer Americans are pursuing advanced degrees.
- A 16-year-old high school student’s video report for his American Government class earned him an A+ from his teacher. It also yielded a visit from the FBI.
- The president of the Chicago Teachers Union says she expects that educators in the Windy City will return to classrooms as early as this Friday, ending a massive strike that brought the third-largest school district in the US to a halt this week.
- The chances of finding a message in a bottle are about the same as winning the lottery, but one Scottish fishing boat found two in the last six years, breaking its own world record after previously uncorking the world’s oldest message in a bottle.
- Parents in China were lining up to enrol their children in a pricey summer course that promised to turn them into ‘wonder kids’. The course claimed to teach children how to read a book in 20 seconds, or identify a playing card by touch.
- An online school that describes itself as "the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution" is making waves across the world with underprivileged students from 130 countries currently enrolled.
- The twenty thousand visitors from across the globe who come to the Vatican Museums each day will have another reason to check out the legendary treasury in Rome. Starting from August, guests will be able to turn to priests for spiritual advice.