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KSA allocates scholarships for 3,000 Syrian students


RIYADH: The Saudi government has decided to allocate 3,000 scholarships for Syrian students in various public academic institutions of higher education in the Kingdom.  The Ministry of Education (MoE) has directed 23 local universities to accept the above number of Syrian students for the academic year 1436/1437 A.H.  MoE sources said that the scholarships, granted under the directive of Custodian ... Read More »

Japanese, Canadian win Nobel for neutrino work


STOCKHOLM: Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for determining that neutrinos have mass, a key piece of the puzzle in understanding the cosmos. “The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the Universe,” the Royal Swedish Academy ... Read More »

Oregon gunman was turned away from firearms academy


ROSEBURG, Oregon: The gunman slain by police after he killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon college was once turned away from a firearms academy by an instructor who recalled finding him “weird” and “a little bit too anxious” for high-level weapons training. Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, who moved to Oregon from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, ... Read More »

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10

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WASHINGTON: Microsoft began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, aiming to revive the tech giant’s fortunes, especially in mobile and the “Internet of Things.” The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The US tech giant is hoping the new ... Read More »

UK, Canadian, US students about to join terror group?


KHARTOUM: Twelve students including British, Canadian, Sudanese and US citizens are feared to have left Khartoum for Turkey to try to join Daesh, their university said on Sunday. Another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the same private University of Medical Sciences and Technology traveled to Turkey in March and it is believed they crossed into Syria. “We ... Read More »

Busted Pakistani firm ‘sold 1,198 fake degrees to Saudis’


RIYADH: A Pakistani firm under investigation for fraud allegedly sold 1,198 fake degrees to Saudis between 2011 and 2015, a local publication reported on Wednesday. Pakistani authorities have already arrested the owner of Axact Company, Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh, in Karachi for allegedly selling thousands of fake degrees to customers worldwide during this period.   Police raid the office of Axact ... Read More »

UK fasting ban on students criticized


LONDON: Several primary schools in London are forbidding students from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, because of concerns for the children’s health. The Barclay School and three other Lion Academy Trust schools sent a letter to parents saying Ramadan comes at the hottest time of the year and at a particularly busy time of the school year with ... Read More »

Investigators raid ‘fake degree factory’


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani investigators Tuesday carried out raids on a firm accused of running a global fake degree empire, officials said, confiscating computers and holding employees for questioning as the scandal deepened. The firm Axact was accused by the New York Times of running a network of hundreds of websites for phoney universities complete with paid actors for promotional videos, as ... Read More »

The trip that transformed me – The teacher

By Mia Simon 16 April 2015 Danielle Harmeling walked into the big, empty school room where she would be teaching in Indonesia and studied the white walls and blackboard. But the headmaster beside her was focused on something else entirely. “[He] pointed at my sandals and told me that I would have to put on shoes covering the skin,” Harmeling ... Read More »

Egypt tightens campus security over new unrest fears

CAIRO — As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard at Cairo’s universities to quash any repeat of protests that turned campuses nationwide into battlefields. The authorities have tightened security at 12 leading universities across the country. About 16 students were killed in the academic year that ended in April. An Egyptian security man from a ... Read More »

Turkey lifts scarves ban at high schools

ANKARA — The Turkish government announced it was lifting a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf at high schools, in a move denounced by opponents as undermining the basis of the country’s secular society.   Turkey had long banned women from wearing hijab in courts and universities. (Courtesy: On Islam) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who co-founded the ruling Islamic-rooted ... Read More »

Thousands of students rally for democracy in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: Hong Kong students on Monday began a weeklong boycott of classes, gathering in their thousands for what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against China’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. Student activists crowded onto a campus on the northern outskirts of the city, many sheltering from the hot summer sun under ... Read More »

Devastated Gaza children back to school amid tears

GAZA CITY: As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children returned to school in Gaza on Sunday, Azhar recited a poem eulogizing her father, killed by Israeli shelling in the enclave’s recent conflict. “Daddy, what can I tell you, if I say I love you it’s not enough,” the nine-year-old, who was beginning the fourth grade, read to a classroom of ... Read More »

IS advance closes 8 Iraq universities

BAGHDAD: Eight universities across northern Iraq have been shuttered and appear unlikely to open soon after the sweep of extremist fighters through the region. After students and faculty members fled the advance of militants with the Islamic State, the fighters have settled into dormitories on at least one campus and Iraqi soldiers are using another campus as a base. The ... Read More »

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