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Algeria switches off the internet to stop students cheating in exams - Dotemirates
21/06/2018

Algeria switches off the internet to stop students cheating in exams

Algeria went offline on Wednesday for the start of high school diploma exams, the first in a series of internet blackouts to stop students cheating. Mobile and fixed internet lines were cut across the country for a total of two hours, to coincide with the start of two separate school tests. A third hour-long internet shutdown was planned for later on Wednesday, according to a schedule issued by public operator Algerie Telecom. Internet services were cut "in compliance with instructions from the government, aimed at ensuring the high school diploma tests run smoothly," Algerie Telecom said. The pre-planned blackouts are...


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15/07/2019

China says Canadian citizen detained for drug offenses

China says Canadian citizen detained for drug offenses >> Chinese police have detained a Canadian citizen in relation with a drugs case involving students, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday, an incident that comes amid a deep chill in relations between the two countries. Canada’s government said on the weekend that a Canadian citizen had been detained in the Chinese city of Yantai in the eastern province of Shandong, though did not provide details.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Shandong police had recently discovered a case of foreign students being involved with drugs, one of whom was Canadian.The...
15/07/2019

Britain's Hunt says 'small window' to save Iran nuclear deal

Britain's Hunt says 'small window' to save Iran nuclear deal >> British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that there was still time to save the Iran nuclear deal and that despite the United States being Britain’s closest ally it disagreed on how to handle the Iran crisis. “Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb. There is still some closing, but small window to keep the deal alive,” Hunt told reporters on arrival for a foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels.The Brussels meeting will seek to flesh out how to convince Iran and the United...
15/07/2019

Theresa May condemns Trump's 'go home' remark to congresswomen

British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised US President Donald Trump for calling on several Democratic congresswomen of colour to "go home". The outgoing PM called Mr Trump's words "completely unacceptable", according to her spokesperson.Mr Trump said the women "originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe".He was referring to four congresswomen - three who were born in the US and one who came as a child refugee.His remarks were widely condemned as racist, and as having gone beyond previous statements and actions by the president that drew allegations of racism. Prospective Democratic presidential candidates denounced...

15/07/2019

Australian children take 900km drive in stolen car

Four children packed fishing rods and money into a 4x4 before illegally driving themselves more than 900km (560 miles) across Australia, police say.The three boys and a girl - all aged 10-14 - were discovered safe in the New South Wales town of Grafton on Sunday.They had left Gracemere, in Queensland, sometime earlier in the weekend. One boy reportedly wrote a note to his family to say he was leaving.Police said they would lay charges, but did not specify which ones.The children were not all from the same family and had stolen the 4x4 from one of their parents, authorities...
15/07/2019

Afghan radio station shuts down after threats by suspected Taliban

Afghan radio station shuts down after threats by suspected Taliban >> FILE PHOTO: Afghan women, clad in burqas, walk in Herat province, Afghanistan October 14, 2018. REUTERS A private radio station in Afghanistan has shut down after numerous threats from a suspected Taliban commander who objected to women working as presenters, officials at the radio station said on Monday. The incident comes as the Taliban are discussing a peace deal with the United States that could see them re-joining mainstream society, and that has brought new scrutiny of their attitudes to issues like women’s rights and the media.The private radio...
15/07/2019

Spain: PM Sanchez says talks with far left have failed

Spain's caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, on Monday accused the far-left Podemos (We Can) party of breaking off negotiations on forming a new government, just over a week before he is to face a confidence vote in Parliament. Sanchez accused Podemos' leader Pablo Iglesias of "unilaterally" ending the talks. Sanchez is seeking support from Podemos and other regional parties for a minority government after he and his Socialists won April elections but failed to gain the absolute parliamentary majority necessary to govern alone. The Socialists have ruled out a formal coalition with Podemos, but Sanchez last week said he was...