The Times of London, June 18 1998

Taliban close more than 100 private schools

The United Nations called for an emergency meeting with Afghanistan's Taliban religious army after its decision to close more than 100 private schools, many of them educating girls. "The closure will have a devastating impact on welfare of many of the neediest people - particularly women and children." The UN said in a statement released in neighboring Pakistan. Scores of small, home-based vocational training programmes are also to be shut. (AP)

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