Thursday 28 May 1998
Bee sting: Which country in the EU has the largest population? For answering that question correctly, Petko Peev, 13, won the US National Geography Bee last week. In the championship round, the other finalist, JB Kizer answered "Russia" which is not in the EU. Peev won a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to Hong Kong for answering "Germany".
Lords at play: In a debate on the educational value of games, Baroness Blackstone said: "There is no reason why children should not opt for chess instead of football." She later added: "I played a lot of Monopoly in my time. But I think I would rather prefer to see children learning to play Bridge ... I had even wondered whether we ought to be introducing poker in schools, but perhaps that's a little dangerous." She then revealed that her grandmother made a lot of money playing poker every afternoon.
Bomb surprise: Lessons in several Russian schools have been disrupted in recent months by a series of fake bomb scares, but bomb-squad operatives were surprised by an incident last week at School No.6 in the city of Votkinsk in western Russia. The explosives were real. The authorities suspect that the perpetrators are the same as in most school bomb scares - students eager for a day off.
Life & Style blogs
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
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- 2 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
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- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final moments of socialite's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests
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