A Ministry of Education notice said schools for girls would be closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with Islamic law and Afghan culture. Photograph: EPA.

After its takeover of Afghanistan last August, the Taliban promised that women’s rights would be protected “within the framework of Islamic law”. As r(...)

The last time the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, they banned female education and most employment. Photograph: AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban have reversed a decision to allow teenage girls back to secondary school despite repeated assurances they could resume classes from Wednes(...)

Padraig Downey with Emirati actor friends

Padraig Downey, who is originally from The Hill of Allen in Kildare, left Ireland in 2002. Having lived in California, New York, Paris and Rome , he h(...)

Public health workers wearing protective gear test members of a church in Gwangju, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

South Korea on Tuesday ordered most schools in Seoul and surrounding areas to close and move classes back online, the latest in a series of precaution(...)

A moist breath zone is the area in which you can feel or smell someone else’s breath. Photograph: iStock

It is regularly cited as the most hated word in the English language and even Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has visibly struggled while using(...)

epa08356906 Workers wearing protective face masks walk at Leishenshan Hospital, in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

China is cracking down on publication of academic research about the origins of coronavirus, in what is likely to be part of a wider attempt to contro(...)

Singapore has halted the use of Zoom’s video-conferencing application for home-based school education following reports of hackers breaching some of the sessions

Singapore has halted the use of Zoom’s video-conferencing application for home-based school education following reports of hackers breaching some of (...)

The  Sorbonne University in Paris is one of a small number of “target universities” which has benefited from a  €10 billion investment programme under the French government’s initiative d’excellence or Idex. Photograph: iStock

Global university rankings have been with us since Shanghai Jiao Tong University started its list of the world’s best universities back in 2003. The a(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/EPA

“You can’t stop a mobilisation by waving a magic wand in a speech,” French prime minister Edouard Philippe warned deputies from President Emmanuel Mac(...)

The qualifications of teachers who qualified abroad are assessed by the Teaching Council to ensure they are of a comparable standard to Irish  programmes. Photograph: iStock

I secured my teaching qualification abroad several years ago. I’ve since relocated to Ireland and want to teach, but have been told I need to be regis(...)

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