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Afghan Taliban Closes Dozens of Schools

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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A leading U.S. newspaper says the Taliban has closed or partially closed about 50 schools in southeastern Afghanistan. The Washington Post reports the closings this week are in retaliation for an Afghan government decision banning motorcycles in the southern districts of Ghazni province where the vehicles have been used to carry out attacks on civilians […]

Suspected Militants Blow Up Another Pakistani School

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Suspected militants have destroyed another girls school in northwestern Pakistan. Officials say assailants blew up the school in the Mardan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa late Monday. Provincial Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak told VOA last month that some 1,200 schools have been destroyed in Pakistan’s northwestern region in the last few years. The Taliban is active […]

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South Sudan to Phase Out Arabic in Schools

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The government of the newly founded African nation of South Sudan will phase out teaching Arabic in its schools, in favor of English. Under a bill the parliament passed this week, all courses will be taught in English. Arabic will be offered only as another subject, along with such traditional subjects as math and science. […]

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British Schools Sever Ties with ‘Bin Laden Town’

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of British schools in the northwestern English town of Blackburn has decided to sever ties with teachers and students in the northern Pakistani city of Abbottabad, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed May 2. Local authorities said Wednesday the schools cancelled a planned visit by teachers from Abbottabad shortly after the […]

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