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Teach Your Children Well

Zimbabwe is recognized as having one of the best education systems in Africa but when I took office as Minister of Education in February 2008 I found it in chaos. Nearly all schools were closed, 90000 teachers were on strike, public exams written the previous year hadn’t even been marked and there were hardly any textbooks in schools. Morale amongst ...

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Weakened Karen continues move toward Gulf Coast

BRAITHWAITE, La. (AP) — Tropical Storm Karen continued to chug toward the Gulf Coast on Saturday, threatening to bring heavy winds and high rains, despite a general weakening of the storm. Officials still urged residents to be vigilant, even as an evacuation order was scaled back in one of Louisiana’s most vulnerable areas. Officials in Plaquemines Parish, La., said the ...

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Defense, diplomacy chiefs sidestep US-Japan SOFA

OSAKA — Thursday’s agreement between the United States and Japan to revise defense cooperation guidelines touched on a number of core issues, such as transferring U.S. Marines to Guam, building a contentious replacement in Okinawa for the Futenma base, and cooperating on ballistic missile defense and cybersecurity. But the meeting between Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, U.S. ...

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Achieving sustainable development: Africa makes gains but gaps exist

Share Twitter Ghana News Share View Comments Africa has made significant progress in the implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a review document has established. The operational review document of the ICPD PoA, however, indicated that gaps still existed in its implementation. The ICPD PoA is a consensus document that ...

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Japanese pension fund may opt for growth stocks

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund plans to boost investment in growth stocks to increase returns and may eventually allocate several trillion yen to such equities, the Nikkei Shimbun reported yesterday. The state-run ¥121 trillion (US$1.24 trillion) fund, the world’s biggest manager of retirement savings, will initially invest several billion yen in a new domestic index focused on returns on equity, ...

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Syria submits more chemical arms details

Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical weapons program that go beyond a Sept. 21 declaration of its poison gas arsenal, the UN said on Friday. The team consists of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands, with help from UN personnel. The UN Security Council on Sept. 27 ...

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Children among five Afghans killed in NATO airstrike

At least five civilians, including three children, were killed overnight in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday. The civilians, aged between 12 and 20, were killed while they were out hunting birds in the area of Saracha, a few kilometers from Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar…

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2 ISAF troops die in Afghanistan, 1 shot by security guard

An International Security Assistance Force servicemember was shot and killed by an alleged contracted security guard Saturday, ISAF reported. ISAF said the suspected gunman was killed, and “ISAF and Afghan officials are assessing the incident.” No details as to the…

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We should treat migrants the way we want our people to be treated – Ban

The United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has evoked Ireland’s longstanding history of emigration and recent past as a destination for migrants at a New York summit. Speaking on the fringes of a UN summit on migration in New York, Mr Ban said that migrants can fulfil their own potential and…

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Efforts to teach Afghan troops to read may be NATO’s lasting legacy

DARLAMAN TRAINING BASE, Afghanistan – As it prepares to start its fifth and final year, the NATO-led $200 million literacy program for the Afghan national security forces quietly has created what is likely to be one of the most important legacies that the international military coalition will leave behind: tens of thousands of previously illiterate Afghans who can now read. ...

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