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October 15, 2018 8:26 PM Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances, Harvard legal team claim

BOSTON—Harvard University intentionally uses a vague “personal rating” to reject Asian-American applicants in favour of students from other racial backgrounds, according to a trial that started Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard’s legal team denied any discrimination in its opening statement at Boston’s 6

October 13, 2018 7:57 PM Universite Laval unveils policy banning teacher-student relationships

MONTREAL—A Quebec City university is unrolling a new sexual violence policy that includes a ban on intimate relationships between teachers and their students. Universite Laval’s policy also includes the creation of a centre dedicated to preventing sexual violence and mandatory training for students, teachers and staff. The measures announced Friday conform 39

October 10, 2018 11:50 PM Israel defends detention of U.S. student who allegedly promoted boycott

JERUSALEM—A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Wednesday defended the government’s handling of the case of an American graduate student held in detention at the country’s international airport for the past week over allegations that she promoted a boycott against the Jewish state. In an interview, Gilad Erdan, who oversees the government’s efforts to counter 10

October 9, 2018 8:16 PM Nova Scotia university reassures students after allegations of mishandled assault case

The email was shared with students on Monday as a Canadian Press story about a Toronto-area woman’s experience reporting an alleged sexual assault to the university emerged. St. F.X. swiftly launched an investigation after the woman came forward and found the accused responsible, but then quietly set aside its decision to suspend him for the next academic 8

October 9, 2018 3:19 PM Ontario’s Human Rights Commission joining legal sex-ed challenge

Six students’ families filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in August, claiming the curriculum makes no mention of issues such as gender diversity or the rights of LGBTQ students. The Human Rights Commission says it will join the tribunal’s legal challenge, arguing the document also eliminates key information about consent, putting 10

October 7, 2018 5:56 PM Outcry as Jews create own group in German far-right party

BERLIN—Jewish members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, met in the southwestern German city of Wiesbaden on Sunday to create a Jewish section within the party — a move that drew strong condemnation from other Jews. A leading member of the group, Wolfgang Fuhl, told the German news agency dpa, that only AfD members who were ethnically 7

October 4, 2018 2:02 PM Melania Trump visits Malawi school as part of Africa tour

All the classrooms were outdoors, with the young students sitting shoulder to shoulder in rows on the loose red dirt in their blue uniforms, girls in dresses with red collars and boys in collared shirts and short pants. The students welcomed Mrs. Trump to the school with song: “We are happy today to see you. Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome 8

September 27, 2018 7:58 PM Saudi minister mocks Canadian demands for release of female activists

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador, cancelled future financial investments in Canada, stopped direct flights between the two countries, and are looking for new options for thousands of Saudi students studying at Canadian schools. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — whose tweet was among the ones the Saudis 10

September 26, 2018 1:16 PM Far-right German party’s plans for Jewish section criticized

BERLIN—The far-right Alternative for Germany party has announced it will create a Jewish section within the party, drawing widespread criticism by Jewish groups across the country. One prominent Jewish student group accused the anti-migrant party on Wednesday as being “one of the biggest threats to Jewish ... life in Germany.” “The AfD is not getting 20

September 17, 2018 9:13 PM Second human rights case to challenge government over sex-ed curriculum

Two transgender teens are part of a second human rights case launched against the Ontario government for its use of an outdated sex-ed curriculum. Ryan and Noah, both 15, say using the two-decade-old lessons — which don’t explicitly mention LGBTQ youth — means teens like them are no longer reflected in the classroom. They say that could lead to an unwelcoming 10