Maryland School District Takes Religious Holidays Off Calendar – Cbs News

Instead they voted to wipe away all religious holidays from the 2015-2016 school calendar. “The Muslim community is the only one who has to choose between education and religion,” Hannah Shraim said. She said she looks forward to Eid al-Adha every year. “It’s like a Muslim Christmas, so to speak,” she said. The eleventh-grader also takes her studies very seriously. “Hannah is a straight-A student,” her mother May said. “If she misses one day of school she has a panic attack.” “It’s like missing a week of school,” Hannah said.
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Islamic State faces war of attrition in Syria’s Kobane – Yahoo News

View gallery A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter talks on a phone during fighting against Islamic State (IS) group in the IS took over dozens of villages surrounding Kobane, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab, besieging the town’s Kurdish fighters. On October 6, the jihadists reached the gates of Kobane, triggering panic among civilians. Tens of thousands fled across the border into Turkey in fear of the reputed brutality of the IS fighters. The jihadists, equipped with advanced weaponry seized from Iraqi and Syrian troops, then fought their way into central Kobane. But their advance has since faltered in the face of fierce Kurdish resistance and US-led bombings on IS targets. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 600 jihadists and nearly 370 Kurdish fighters have died in the battle for Kobane. View gallery The advance by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the Syrian border town of Kobane, also known as Ain a The fighting also killed around 24 civilians in Kobane, which used to be home to around 150,000 people, most of them Kurds. IS “now faces a war of attrition that is costing it more than its Kurdish adversaries”, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory.
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MOVED ^Amid Russian incursion, president says Ukraine ready to defend itself< UKRAINE:LA _ Ukraine is ready to defend itself against attack amid reports that Russia had again sent columns of troops and military hardware across their shared border, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday. "There are no grounds for panic," Poroshenko said at a meeting in Kiev with heads of security and law enforcement forces, according to the statement posted on the official presidential website. "In two recent months, we have elaborated and implemented serious steps on the preparation of our armed forces and other units to defend Ukraine." Poroshenko was referring to the period since a cease-fire was negotiated between his government and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Both sides have repeatedly accused the other of violating the agreement since it was reached Sept. 5 in Minsk, Belarus. 500 by Sergei L.
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