Michael Gove: Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history

Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history, Gove declares as he warns of more strikes by teaching unions Education Secretary calls for longer school days and shorter holidays Warns Britain is not keeping pace with other countriesUnions accused of putting teachers' needs before children By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 18 April 2013 Education Secretary Michael Gove said children needed longer school days and shorter holidays to keep pace with other countries The traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and must be consigned to history, Michael Gove declared today. The Education Secretary said it was wrong that terms were still scheduled for a time when children were needed to help out on farms and most mothers stayed-at-home. And he warned of more strikes ahead, accusing unions of lacking ambition and putting the needs of teachers before those of children in their care.

Afghanistan: Pictures of Kabul

Welcome to Kabul: Panoramic postcards from the war-torn city circled by mountains (and some of them make you want to visit) | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 13 December 2012 Kabul, the war-torn capital of Afghanistan, is not a city for the faint-hearted, and few tourists venture there.

Indonesian villagers duel with homemade whips as part of brutal ritual to "help bring the rain"

Whipping up a storm: Indonesia villagers whip each other in brutal ritual to make it rainThe ritual bouts are an old shepherd tradition known as ujungan Flowing blood is seen as a sign that a plea for rain has been answered | UPDATED: 22:53 GMT, 29 November 2012 These villagers are so desperate for rain they have resorted to an ancient ritual where they attack each other with whips to try and influence the weather.