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10 WORLD MONDAY JANUARY 1 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Trump fires up Iranian protests TEHRAN: US President Donald Trump has added fuel to escalating anti-government protests in Iran, warning that the countrys people want change and oppressive regimes cannot endure forever. Mr Trump posted on Twitter two clips of his speech to the UN General Assembly in September in which he took aim at the Iranian regime, which Washington regards as its major adversary in the Middle East. The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Irans people are what their leaders fear the most, Mr Trump said, again quoting from the UN speech. Mr Trump also tweeted in support of the protesters, prompting Irans foreign ministry spokesman Bahran Ghasemi to dismiss his remarks as opportunistic. US Vice-President Mike Pence added his voice, saying: The time has come for the regime in Tehran to end terrorist activities, corruption and their disregard for human rights. And White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: The days of America looking the other way ... are over. Mr Trumps posts came as several hundred anti-government demonstrators clashed with police at the University of Tehran in a third straight day of protests. The protests, described as the largest public display of discontent since 2009, have emerged against a backdrop of rising food and gasoline prices. In rare displays of public dissent, some protesters directed their anger at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Demonstrators attacked a town hall in the Iranian capital as protests spilled into a third night, despite government warnings against any further illegal gatherings. Hundreds of counterprotesters also massed outside the entrance to the university, chanting Death to the seditionists, in a show of support for the regime. Videos shared by social media users outside Iran, but which could not be independently verified, claimed to show thousands marching peacefully against the regime in several cities including Khorramabad, Zanjan and Ahvaz, with chants of Death to the dictator. Reports also spread rapidly that several people had been shot dead by police in the town of Dorud. A swirl of wild rumours, combined with travel restrictions and a near-total media blackout from official agencies, made it difficult to confirm the reports. The authorities appeared to respond by cutting internet access to mobile phones, with the main networks interrupted, at least in Tehran. and we expect this year to be no different, said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which puts on the event. City and state health officials advised people to cover all exposed skin and avoid alcohol, which causes the body to lose heat faster. Extra fire department personnel were on hand to provide medical support, while a meteorologist would be on site with the citys emergency management officials to monitor weather conditions. I dont think its a partisan issue to appreciate the importance of good information and the teaching of tools for navigating the information environment, said Hans Zeiger, a Republican state senator in Washington, who co-sponsored a bill that passed in his state in 2017. There is such a thing as an objective source versus other kinds of sources, and thats an appropriate thing for schools to be teaching. Advocates say the curriculum has not kept pace with rapid changes in technology and studies show many children struggle to fully comprehend online content. New Year revellers brrrrrave frigid Times Square ball drop NEW YORK: Revellers in Times Square were facing one of the coldest New Years eves on record as the mercury hovered at a bitter minus 10C. Brutal weather iced plans for scores of events in the northeast of the US, but not in New York City, where people began gathering in Times Square up to nine hours before the famous ball drop. Hundreds of thousands have withstood very cold weather over the years for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, May says Brexit progress will renew Britains pride LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May said 2018 would be a year of renewed confidence and pride for Britain as it confronts the challenges of n e g o t i a t i n g Brexit, in her New Year message yesterday. Divorce talks between London and Brussels are set to move on to transition arrangements, trade and security next year as Britain prepares to leave the European Union in March 2019. Mrs May (pictured) said 2017 had been a year of prog ress for Britain as it struck agreement on its departure bill, Northern Ireland and the rights of EU citizens in the first phase of Brexit negotiations. I believe 2018 can be a year of renewed confidence and pride in our country, the PM said. However, the British Chambers of Com merce, which represents thousands of firms, warned that business was losing patience waiting for clarity on what will happen once Britain leaves the EU. US push to teach kids to detect online lies IOWA CITY: Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, US politicians are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Politicians in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy. The bipartisan effort has received little attention, despite successful legislation in Washington State, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico. Several more states are expected to consider such bills in the coming year, including Arizona, New York and Hawaii. MARDAN: At a revolutionary school in Pakistan, cadets dream of becoming military chiefs once impossible for girls in a patriarchal country where the army has a major problem with gender equity. Durkhanay Banuri, 13, a student at Pakistans first Girls Cadet College established in 2017 in the conservative northwest brimmed with confidence as she sketched out her life plan. I want to be the army chief, she said. Why not? When a woman can be prime minister, foreign minister and governor of the State Bank, she can also be chief of the army staff. Many women in the region once only dreamt of leaving the house, but Durkhanay and her 70 classmates in Mardan, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province about 110km from Islamabad, are aiming much higher. Cadet colleges in Pakistan, which are run by the Government with officers from the militarys education branch, prepare bright male students for the armed forces and civil service. Their graduates are usually given preference for selection to the army, which in Pakistan can mean their future is secured. They are likely to be granted land and will benefit from the best resources and training in the country. As a result, such colleges play a big role in Pakistans underfunded education system. Hundreds of boys study at cadet colleges, but girls are still not allowed in these elite schools with the exception of the special college at Mardan. Such colleges can help girls qualify to be part of the armed forces, foreign service, civil service, or become engineers and doctors, said retired brigadier Naureen Satti, underscoring its importance in the long fight for equality by Pakistans women. ATTENTION: Cadets on the parade ground at Pakistans first Girls' Cadet College in Mardan. Picture: AFP FEMALE CADETS DREAM OF TAKING POWER