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U.S. Terminates Funding For Pakistani 'Sesame Street'


The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan says it has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a local version of the American children's program "Sesame Street," amid reports of corruption.

The organization in question is the Rafi Peer Theater Workshop, a local group that jointly developed the show with Sesame Workshop, the creator of the American series.

Embassy spokesman Robert Raines said the United States terminated funding but declined to provide details.

Earlier, Pakistani media reported the cause was due to financial irregularities at Rafi Peer.

The company, however, denied the allegations, saying the United States ended its participation after providing $10 million because of lack of available funds.

Based on reporting by AP and Pakistani media
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