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August 30, 2016 11:31 AM S. African school told to halt 'racist' hair policy

Johannesburg (AFP) - A South African school was ordered Tuesday to suspend allegedly racist hairstyle regulations after black pupils said they had been called monkeys by teachers for wearing banned 'afros'. Local education authorities in Gauteng province gave Pretoria High School for Girls 21 days to re-assess its rules after protests by students triggered 23

August 30, 2016 11:00 AM Pretoria Girls High alumni tell their stories

Yentel Le Roux felt ugly‚ unworthy and ashamed about her hair. The emotions flood back as she describes her inner turmoil after a teacher made comments about her hair. “I felt like‚ well‚ I’m sorry for having this type of hair‚” she says‚ pausing to regain her composure. She holds back the tears. Pretoria Girls High alumni have spoken out in solidarity 25

August 30, 2016 9:06 AM The grievances, and a way forward, in the Pretoria Girls hairstyle furore

GAUTENG education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that a resolution has been reached and all hostilities at the Pretoria High School for Girls will cease. This followed protests over a reported instruction to black pupils to straighten their hair‚ and Lesufi visited the school to address the controversy as more than 4,500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention 15

August 30, 2016 5:27 AM Lesufi on hair protest: It was important that the learners views were heard

Panyaza Lesufi says the most important thing about Monday’s talks at Pretoria Girls High School following a protest over an apparent racist hair policy was that the learners had their say. Talking to 702 on Tuesday morning‚ hours after he suspended the school’s code of conduct that deals with hair‚ Lesufi‚ the Gauteng education MEC‚ said it appeared 19

August 30, 2016 5:00 AM African Governments Start Auctioning Education To Highest Bidders

- To ensure that a goal on free universal quality education for all is a central part of any global post-2015 development agenda. Today’s august gathering of BOSETU membership is critical as we face Union-bashing across the globe. TUs across the globe are facing victimisation, arrest, denial of labour rights and growing overloading of teachers because 12

August 29, 2016 5:20 PM French minister: enemy seeks to divide Muslims, non-Muslims

France's interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it urgent to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith. Bernard Cazeneuve also said it was crucial to tailor the religion to the values of secular France, "a pillar of the republic." He spoke 13

August 26, 2016 10:48 AM Roundup: Search for survivors in Italy quake continues as death toll rises to 267

ROME, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least 267 lives were claimed in the devastating earthquake that hit the central regions of Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, Italian officials said on Friday. Some 207 people died in Amatrice and 11 in Accumoli, two towns in Rieti province close to the epicenter, Italian civil protection emergency chief Titti Postiglione 9

August 26, 2016 9:13 AM When did the world turn against Justin Timberlake and embrace Britney Spears?

Pretend you’re back in 2007 and someone tells you that in 10 years, Britney Spears will be in the midst of a career resurgence — while the Internet is celebrating the second Twitter takedown of Justin Timberlake in two months. First you might ask, what’s “Twitter”? Also, you wouldn’t believe it. In 2007, Timberlake was at the peak of his wildly successful 25

August 25, 2016 6:53 PM Manchester City well-positioned to advance out of challenging Group C

Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic in the Champions League. Here's a look at their European campaign. Group C is not quite the hardest group of the draw, but Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could certainly have been handed an easier start to life in the Champions League with his new club. A return 13

August 25, 2016 4:34 PM Burkini #WearWhatYouLike beach party protest

A ruling is expected in the next 48 hours on whether a top French court will overturn bans preventing women wearing burkinis. Pictures of Siam, a French Muslim woman, being told to remove the garment has angered people. An event in central London invited "self-identifying women" to come to a beach party-style protest wearing "whatever they wanted" 9