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US Department of Education Changes College Sexual Assault Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn 2011 guidance on how colleges should handle accusations of sexual assault, saying the policy “failed to ensure fundamental fairness.” A set of interim guidelines has been disclosed. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a release Friday that the interim guidelines “will treat all students fairly.” “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head on,” she said. “There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in…

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US Government Agency Calls For Changes in Afghan Troops Training

A U.S. government auditor blames flawed U.S. planning, training and oversight for the inability of Afghan forces to secure their country from threats and prevent the re-establishment of terrorist havens.  The head of the independent agency warns that billions of dollars could be wasted unless changes are made to the way Afghan troops are trained. The assessment from John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, follows a U.S. decision to send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, an increase of more than 25 percent in…

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