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School’s unexpected closure for Muslim holiday angers parents

Parents at an east London school are furious because they were given just three days notice that the school would be partially closing for the Muslim holy festival Eid al-Adha.

Chobham Academy, an independent mixed academy with 1,800 pupils ranging from ages three to 18, informed parents last week its nursery, reception, and Year 1 and 2 classes would not be held on Monday due to a high number of staff requesting leave for religious observance, giving families just days to find childcare arrangements.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice which could not be helped and for the disruption to the beginning of the new academic year, the school s primary principal, Mark Elms, said in a letter to parents

PICTURED: Muslims mark start of Eid al-Adha holiday

By Associated Press 1 Published: 11:47 GMT, 12 September 2016 | Updated: 11:49 GMT, 12 September 2016 e-mail 2 CAIRO (AP) Muslims worldwide are celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” the most important Islamic holiday that commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim also known as Abraham to Christians and Jews to sacrifice his son before God stayed his hand.

During the holiday, which ends Thursday, Muslims slaughter livestock, distributing part of the meat to the poor

British tourist killed in Phuket when his scooter slams into a pickup truck

A British tourist has been killed in Thailand after his scooter slammed into a pickup truck that is believed to have turned into his path.

The 44-year-old, named locally as Michael Fraser Macpherson, from Gloucester, was killed instantly in the collision on the holiday island of Phuket