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Taliban Blamed for Wave of Poison Attacks on Schoolgirls

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Taliban appears to be stepping up its attack on girls getting an education in Afghanistan by launching what is believed to be the third toxic assault on a school in a week.

On Tuesday, local officials in northern Afghanistan said that 160 schoolgirls complained of being poisoned by the Taliban.  The symptoms included headaches, dizziness and vomiting.

Most of the girls were not seriously injured and were released after treatment at a nearby hospital.

Last week, another alleged attack by the Taliban on a school sickened 120 girls.  That was preceded by a similar report of 40 girls being poisoned at another school.

Some conservative Afghan officials have actually blamed the incident ”to mass hysteria among schoolgirls" although their defenders contend the sheer number of victim complaints cannot be tied to mere hysteria.

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Russia: Girls Switched at Birth Want to Stay with Wrong Moms

Yuliya Belyaeva, left, speaks with Irina and her biological father Naimat in Kopeisk. (Valery Zvonarev/AFP/Getty Images)(KOPEISK, Russia) -- A pair of 12-year-old girls who discovered they were accidentally switched at birth want to stay with the mothers who have been raising them rather than go to their real parents.

The girls have grown up just a few miles away from each other in the town of Kopeisk in the Ural Mountains of eastern Russia.

Their mothers gave birth in the same maternity ward just 15 minutes apart in 1999, and their infant daughters were inadvertently given the wrong name tags.

Their true identities were revealed after the ex-husband of Yuliya Belyaeva, one of the mothers, refused to pay for child care because his daughter, Irina, looked nothing like him. After conducting several DNA tests it emerged that neither adult was Irina's biological parent.

"The judge couldn't believe it," Belyaeva told the BBC. "She said she'd only seen cases like this on TV and didn't know what to advise us."

The DNA tests sent Belyaeva on a search for her own daughter. She remembered that when she was giving birth, another woman was also in labor in the same ward. She suspected that the maternity ward had mixed up their daughters.

"I made a photocopy of the DNA test results and went straight to the prosecutor's office. There I lodged an official complaint about being given the wrong baby in the maternity hospital," Yuliya said.

Yuliya finally took her search to the local police who managed to trace her biological daughter living just a few miles away with Irina's natural parents.

"It was true," Yuliya remembered. "Their daughter, Anya, was blonde and looked just like me and my ex-husband. And our daughter was dark-skinned and had dark hair and looked like the other father. He's a Tajik, and she looked just like him."

"Suddenly my whole world turned upside down and inside out,'' she recalled.

While the girls admit that they were happy to have found each other, neither one wants to leave the family they grew up with even though they are not their biological parents.

While both families are getting to know each other and are becoming closer, they're suing the hospital and demanding almost $160,000 in damages.

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