Schooling under duress Pakistani schoolchildren attended their daily classes in a makeshift school on the outskirts of the capital of Islamabad. Threats from militant groups are among many obstacles Pakistani girls and teachers face in getting and providing an education. Others include rampant poverty, harassment and the government’s failure to prioritize education spending. Girls have lower rates of literacy and school attendance.
Weapons trade treaty nears approval
The effort over many years to forge an international treaty regulating the $70 billion annual trade in conventional weapons headed toward fruition with a final draft sent to the governments of all U.N. member states for approval. Supporters, including a majority of member states, hope that the Arms Trade Treaty will be approved by consensus at a final negotiation session Thursday. The treaty would for the first time set international standards for conventional weapons sales, tying them to respect for human rights, the prevention of war crimes and the protection of civilians.
Ruling throws legal system into confusion
An Egyptian appeals court annulled a presidential decree appointing the top prosecutor in a new challenge by the judiciary to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that throws the country’s legal system into confusion. The unprecedented verdict against the decree, which Morsi issued in November, brought to the surface how Egypt’s post-revolution transition has snarled the lines of authority and law, leaving unclear the boundaries between powers of the president and the judiciary and who has the ultimate say in interpreting a deeply disputed constitution.
After loss to brother, Miliband quits
David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who lost a party leadership contest to his younger brother, said he was quitting front-line politics, drawing to an end a fraught sibling rivalry that had divided both a family and a political party. “British politics will be a poorer place without David,” Ed Miliband, leader of the Labor Party, said after his brother announced that he would take a job in New York running the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian and aid organization.
Supreme Court weighs election results
With millions of Kenyans staring raptly at television sets and glued to radios, Kenya’s Supreme Court began hearing evidence to resolve the nation’s disputed presidential election as lawyers claimed there had been instances of blatant voter fraud. According to official election results, Uhuru Kenyatta, a son of Kenya’s first president, clearing the majority threshold by only 8,419 votes out of more than 12 million. But the second-place finisher, Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister, contends that the vote was rigged.
Ashley Judd decides against Senate run
Ashley Judd put an end to speculation about a potential turn from acting to politics, announcing that she would not challenge Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for his Senate seat in 2014. Judd said she needed to focus her energy on her family.