HRW Warns Of Education Crisis As Girls Drop Out Of School

  Human Rights Watch has said the world is looking away as an education crisis involving girls grips Afghanistan. The World Bank, along with the Afghan government and its donors, should use its new education program to reverse the declining number of girls in school in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday in a letter to the bank. The anticipated $300 million donor-funded World Bank project, Education Quality Reform in Afghanistan (EQRA), is to be submitted for approval to the World Bank’s executive board in the coming weeks. A…

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‘Lives Are At Risk,’ Hillary Clinton Warns Over Fake News, ‘Pizzagate’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke about the dangers of the promulgation of fake news on Thursday after conspiracy stories involving her campaign spurred violence recently. “The epidemic of malicious fake news and fake propaganda that flooded social media over the past year, it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said. She was referring to the “Pizzagate” incident in D.C. this weekend, which came to a terrifying head. A man believing a fake news story that Clinton and her aides were running a child…

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Hillary Clinton warns fake news can have ‘real world consequences’

Hillary Clinton issued a call to action against the “epidemic” of fake news in a rare public appearance since her unexpected loss to Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee warned that the proliferation of false news stories online can have “real world consequences”, alluding to an incident over the weekend in which a man opened fire at Comet Ping Pong after reading a false news story that purported the DC pizzeria was harboring children as part of a sex ring led by Clinton. No one was injured. “This is not…

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Hillary Clinton warns of ‘fake news epidemic’

Losing US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for urgent action to stop the proliferation of “fake news”. Mrs Clinton said it was an epidemic with “real world consequences” that threatened America’s democracy. She urged the private and public sector to combat the numerous false reports, propaganda and malicious stories that had been spread over the past year. She herself has been the target of fake news, including the “pizzagate” story. It wrongly stated during the election campaign that a paedophilia ring involving people at the highest levels of…

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Housing crisis will consign seniors to a more lonely lifestyle, scholar warns

The housing crisis, left unchecked, will collide with the country’s ageing population to create unprecedented social dislocation in years ahead, a professor of public health says. Otago University’s Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman said a largely unexplored dimension of the housing “crisis” involved how falling or stagnant home ownership rates would impact the elderly. “The [elderly] are not going to be ageing in one place. They’re going to be moved around like everyone else,” she said. SUPPLIED Economist Shamubeel Eaqub of Sense. Partners says piecemeal Government approaches to housing have failed. The percentage of owner-occupied…

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Beware of high-pressure telemarketers hawking health insurance plans, department warns

Consumers should beware of high-pressure telemarketers selling health plans that won’t protect against tax penalties for being uninsured, the Nebraska Department of Insurance says. Telemarketers are pushing the plans now because consumers may be hearing about the upcoming Nov. 1-Jan. 31 open enrollment period for individual insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, which requires people to have health insurance or face tax penalties. The federal website HealthCare.gov is the place to sign up for health plans, not through telemarketers saying they are from the “national enrollment center” or the “national…

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