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Pakistan: Taliban Says It Will Close, Destroy All Girls’ Schools

December 26, 2008

The Taleban have ordered the closure of all girls’ schools in the war-ravaged Swat district and warned parents and teachers of dire consequences if the ban is flouted.

In an announcement made in mosques and broadcast on radio, the militant group set a deadline of January 15 for its order to be obeyed or it would blow up school buildings and attack schoolgirls. It also told women not to set foot outside their homes without being fully covered.

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“Female education is against Islamic teachings and spreads vulgarity in society,” Shah Dauran, leader of a group that has established control over a large part of Swat district in the North West Frontier Province, declared this week.

Teachers said that they had little choice but to comply. The Taleban have destroyed more than 125 girls’ schools in the area in the past year. Swat, once a relatively liberal area and a popular tourist destination, has in the past few years become a heartland for Pakistan’s Islamic militancy, which fashions itself on the conservative Taleban movement in Afghanistan.

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Russian Wins Miss World 2008

December 13, 2008

Ksenya Sukhinova from Russia was crowned Miss World 2008 after beating 108 other international beauties in a glittering African extravaganza held in South Africa on Saturday.

“And Miss World 2008 is Russia,” announced Julia Morley, head of the Miss World committee that organises the event.

Miss Ghana (R) poses with some of the 112 Miss World candidates ...
Miss Ghana (R) poses with some of the 112 Miss World candidates in November 2008 at the Pedi cultural village in the mountains at the Legend resort Limpopo, in the South African northern province. More than 100 of the world’s most beautiful women compete Saturday for the Miss World crown, after a month traveling in South Africa, with some decidedly unglamorous moments on safari.(AFP/File/Paballo Thekiso)

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The second runner up was Gabriel Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago and the first runner up Parvathay Omanakuttan of India.

Miss Russia Ksenya Sukhinova (C) is crowned the 58th Miss World ... 
Miss Russia Ksenya Sukhinova (C) is crowned the 58th Miss World.  First runner up Miss India Parvathay Omanakuttan (L) and Second runner up Miss Trinidad and Tobago Gabriel Walcott at the 2008 Miss world pageant held in Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.(AFP/Paballo Thekiso)

Ksenya Sukhinova from Russia blows a kiss after being crowned ... 
Ksenya Sukhinova from Russia blows a kiss after being crowned Miss World 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Sukhinova from Russia beat 108 other international beauties in a glittering African extravaganza held in South Africa on Saturday.(AFP/Paballo Thekiso)