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From wire dispatches and staff reports

Egypt

Female teacher convicted of child abuse

LUXOR — A court in southern Egypt has convicted a female teacher of child abuse and given her a six-month suspended sentence, after she cut the hair of two schoolgirls for not wearing a Muslim headscarf.

The incident last month in the village of Qurna sparked immediate criticism from civil rights groups and local officials. The case falls into a broader debate in Egypt over personal and religious freedoms following the rise of Islamist political movements.

The teacher, who wears the niqab that leaves only her eyes visible, was transferred to another school as a rebuke. But the father of one of the girls and a national center for childhood rights filed a complaint, accusing the teacher of abuse.

The court on Tuesday also fined the teacher $8.