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News in Brief -(03-04-2018)

April 03, 2018 00:00:00

17 school girls in Kabul hospital after poisoning

LASHKAR GAH, Apr 02: Up to 17 students of an Afghan girl school were mysteriously poisoned in southern Helmand province on Monday, Daud Shah Safari, head of the provincial education department said. "Up to 17 students of a girl school were mysteriously poisoned in their classroom in provincial capital Lashkar Gah today morning and have been taken to hospital," Safari told Xinhua. This is the first time that such incident happened in the restive province, the official added. — Xinhua

Latvian president endorses language reform for Russian schools

RIGA, Apr 02: Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis approved on Monday a reform on transition to education in the state language at the country's ethnic minority schools, the presidential press service said. "Education in secondary schools in the Latvian language will ensure equal opportunities for all young people to get good education and make a living in Latvia, to study and work here," Vejonis said. — TASS

Mexico presidential candidates open race slamming Trump

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Apr 02: Mexico's top presidential candidates launched their campaigns Sunday vowing to take a harder line against Donald Trump, with the leftist front-runner saying his country is done being the US president's "pinata." — AFP

Morocco threatens UN buffer zones in disputed Sahara

RABAT, Apr 02: Morocco's government is threatening to take control of UN-monitored buffer zones in Western Sahara amid concerns that the mission is failing to keep out Polisario Front independence fighters. The warning Sunday came as the UN is preparing a report this week on whether to extend its 27-year-old peacekeeping mission for Western Sahara, claimed by both Morocco and the Polisario. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Sunday that the Polisario recently moved members to the UN-controlled areas of Bir Lehlou and Tifariti. — AP

France braces for mass rail strikes

PARIS, Apr 02: France braced Monday for the start of three months of rolling rail strikes, the first in a series of walkouts affecting everything from energy to garbage collection as President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda comes up against resistance. Staff at state rail operator SNCF will walk off the job from 7.00 pm (1700 GMT), kicking off stoppages on two out of every five days which unions warn will cause major disruption for France's 4.5 million train passengers. — AFP

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