Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dominican Merchants Close Border Market amid Haiti Goods Ban

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dominican Merchants Close Border Market amid Haiti Goods Ban

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Gender parity lacking in majority of schools

More than half of the world's countries have failed to achieve gender parity in education for girls in primary and secondary schools, according to a new United Nations report.

The document released Friday by the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO focused on the evolution of education for girls since 2000, when 164 countries agreed on common education goals.

Athough 62 million girls are still denied their basic right to an education, the number of out-of-school girls has declined by 52 million in the last 15 years, according to the Paris-based organization.

Child marriage is a persistent barrier to girls' education. UNESCO statistics show in 2012 that almost one in five women married were between 15 and 19 years old.

Country suspends trade with Haiti over ban * Merchants in the Dominican Republic have shuttered the biggest border market for trade with Haiti amid that country's ban on some goods entering by land.

Haiti has banned 23 products from crossing by land its border with the Dominican Republic, seeking to improve tax collection and ensure better quality control. As of Oct. 1, such things as drinking water, flour and construction materials can arrive only by air or sea.

On Friday, Dominican traders in the market town of Dajabon began a strike to pressure Haiti to scrap its ban. Union leader Freddy Morillo says the work freeze at Dajabon is "indefinite."

Turkish editor detained over critical tweets * Police in Turkey have detained the chief editor of an opposition English-language newspaper for posting tweets critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bulent Kenes, editor-in-chief of Today's Zaman, was taken away from the newspaper's headquarters in Istanbul on Friday as supporters chanted: "Free media cannot be silenced!" The detention was televised live.

A court issued a warrant for his arrest for tweets that a Turkish prosecutor says insult Erdogan. Kenes, who received a suspended sentence earlier this year for insulting the president, denies the accusation, insisting he is exercising his right to free speech. …

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