Muslim students exempted from shaking female teacher’s hand in Swiss district

Courtesy Dawn News GENEVA: Some male Muslim students in Switzerland will no longer need to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that has caused an uproar and consternation in the country. Education authorities in the northern Swiss municipality of Therwil, in the canton of Basel-Country, reached the controversial decision after two male…

Nusra Front, Syrian rebels attack government forces near Aleppo, gain ground

Courtesy The News International BEIRUT: Syrian rebels and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front have mounted an offensive against Syrian government forces and on Saturday took a strategic hill south of Aleppo from government control, a monitoring group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the offensive began on Friday, and Syrian government and allied…