By Steve Stecklow MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. standards-setting body said it would investigate New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc in the wake of a Reuters report that detailed allegations of academic fraud at the company. The American International Recruitment Council, which certifies agencies that recruit foreign students on behalf of U.S. colleges, will investigate the company in response to the report, said Jeet Joshee, AIRC’s president-elect. The article can be read here: http://reut.rs/2gHWbwZ AIRC is a non-profit membership organization comprised of 289 colleges and universities and 78 agencies that refer foreign students to U.S. schools often for a commission.
Afghan security forces have lost control over a small percentage of the terrain they previously held, but are getting better at repelling the Taliban overall, a top US general said Friday. Kabul now directly controls about 64 percent of the country's population of 30 million, General John Nicholson, the chief US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said -- down slightly from 68 percent he cited earlier this year. The Afghans now no longer under government control are not in the hands of the Taliban, but live in areas that are being "contested," he said.