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WATCH: One such suspected attack came on August 28, when 48 schoolgirls fell ill after a noxious gas filled their school and exits were blocked from the outside.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said in a statement that the United States is "deeply concerned" by the recent poisonings of Afghan schoolchildren in Kabul.

She said that "while details of these attacks are still being verified, Afghan schools, teachers, and students, particularly girls, are regularly targeted by antigovernment elements seeking to destabilize Afghanistan and undermine progress."

Clinton urged the international community to continue to support Afghanistan's government in combating repression and violence against girls seeking an education.

Two schools in the Afghan capital, Kabul, were struck by apparent gas attacks that injured more than 100 schoolgirls, including one that sickened 60 students at a girls school on August 25 and another on August 28 that left 48 young girls in need of medical care.
SALIHORSK, Belarus -- Police have detained a Belarusian activist in the central town of Salihorsk, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Tatsyana Kuchynskaya was detained on August 31 while distributing booklets with the text of a presidential decree on property rents, as well as copies of "The Market And Us" newspaper with the logo of the "Tell the Truth" campaign.

She used her mobile phone while police were detaining her and told RFE/RL that she was also informing customers and traders in the city's agricultural market about a planned open gathering at the Kastrychnik market to discuss the decree.

A duty officer at Salihorsk district interior affairs department told RFE/RL Kuchynskaya was detained for distributing the newspaper and the booklet. According to the officer, it is up to experts to decide on their legality.

The Tell the Truth campaign, organized by the Moving Forward movement leader Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu, encourages Belarusians to speak out about social problems.

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