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‘Ghost schools’ haunt Pakistan

Pakistan’s education budget has doubled in recent years — to almost as much as the military’s — but literacy and dropout rates remain abysmal and “ghost schools” persist, a new report said. A staggering 24 million children are not in school and more than half of eight-yearolds cannot read despite …

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Neighbours describe truck attack suspect as ‘loner’ – Bouhlel convicted for road rage

NICE, France, July 15, (Agencies): Neighbours of the man suspected to have killed scores of people in a truck attack on the Nice seafront described him Friday as a loner with no visible religious affiliation, as forensic experts searched his flat. AFP reporters interviewed about a dozen neighbours of the …

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‘Saudi attacks bear hallmark of IS’

WASHINGTON, July 15, (KUNA): CIA director John Brennan said on late Wednesday that multiple attacks on Saudi Arabia last week carry the “hallmark” of the so-called Islamic State group. “Those three attacks were, I think, the work of ISIL,” Brennan said at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington. …

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Terror takes wheel in Nice … kills 84 – Amir condoles

NICE, France, July 15, (Agencies): French leaders extended the country’s 8-month-old state of emergency Friday and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after a Tunisian man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and wounding 202 others. Thursday night’s massacre …

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Russian strikes kill 18 IS fighters in Syria: monitor – US offers Russia new partnership

BEIRUT, July 15, (Agencies): Russian air strikes have killed 18 Islamic State group fighters in central Syria, including near the historic city of Palmyra, over the past 24 hours, a monitor said on Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said European members of IS were among the dead …

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Lebanese paper, editor guilty of contempt: Hariri tribunal – New hearing to be held to discuss sentencing

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, July 15, (AFP): A special UN court set up to try the killers of ex Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri convicted a Beirut-based newspaper and its editor of contempt Friday for publishing information about confidential witnesses in the case. “I find both the accused guilty,” said Special Tribunal for …

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Cameron bows out, May becomes PM

LONDON, July 13, (Agencies): Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron admitted it had not been an “easy journey” as he left office after six years on Wednesday wishing his country “continued success” in its post-Brexit future. Speaking outside the premier’s Downing Street office before making the short journey to Buckingham …

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EU top court split on headscarf bans – ‘Unlawful direct discrimination’

LUXEMBOURG, July 13, (AFP): The EU’s top court faced a dilemma Wednesday after a top legal officer said it was discriminatory for a firm to tell an employee to remove a Muslim headscarf, contradicting an earlier opinion in a separate case. The latest case concerns a woman, Asma Bougnaoui, who …

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Egypt uses shocking tactics against dissidents: Amnesty – Muslim preachers ordered to deliver identical weekly sermons

CAIRO, July 13, (Agencies):A leading international rights group assailed Egyptian authorities on Wednesday, accusing them of abducting, torturing and using other shocking tactics as a tool to stifle dissent over the past year and a half. The country’s Foreign Ministry promptly responded, lashing back at Amnesty International and saying the …

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‘Malaysia, India trafficking ratings too high’ – Ban announces fund to fight violence against children

WASHINGTON, July 13, (Agencies): US lawmakers said on Tuesday they were concerned that Malaysia and India were rated too favorably in this year’s State Department human trafficking report although the report seemed less influenced by politics than last year’s. The US Department of State’s closely watched annual Trafficking in Persons …

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