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Women defiant as Danish ban on niqab takes effect

Posted by on 01/08/2018
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Women defiant as Danish ban on niqab takes effect

Women defiant as Danish ban on niqab takes effect

COPENHAGEN: Hundreds of Danes rallied in Copenhagen yesterday in protest at a new ban on the wearing of face veils in public, accusing the government of infringing on women’s right to dress as they choose. Denmark’s parliament enacted the ban in May, joining France and some other European Union countries to uphold what some politicians […]

Thieves snatch royal jewels in daylight heist

Posted by on 01/08/2018
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Thieves snatch royal jewels in daylight heist

Thieves snatch royal jewels in daylight heist

STOCKHOLM: Robbers who nabbed two 17th century royal crowns and an orb from a Swedish cathedral remained at large yesterday, a day after fleeing their daring midday heist by motorboat. The thieves, who have not been identified, and the jewels are being sought internationally via Interpol, Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt said, noting the objects […]

Flames ravage Greek seaside as wildfires kill 74

Posted by on 24/07/2018
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Flames ravage Greek seaside as wildfires kill 74

Flames ravage Greek seaside as wildfires kill 74

ATHENS: Raging wildfires killed 74 people including small children in Greece, devouring homes and forests as terrified residents fled to the sea to escape the flames, authorities said yesterday. Orange flames engulfed pine forests, turning them to ash and leaving lines of charred cars in the smoke-filled streets of seaside towns near Athens after the […]

Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

Posted by on 24/07/2018
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Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

STOCKHOLM: Danish prosecutors yesterday charged an imam with calling for the killing of Jews in the first case of its kind in the Nordic nation and which sparked political outrage. Imam Mundhir Abdallah, who preaches in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have linked to radical Islam, is accused […]

After the fall of Rajoy, Spain conservatives pick a new leader

Posted by on 21/07/2018
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After the fall of Rajoy, Spain conservatives pick a new leader

After the fall of Rajoy, Spain conservatives pick a new leader

MADRID: Spain’s conservatives pick a new leader yesterday after ex-prime minister Mariano Rajoy was ousted, with his former right-hand woman Soraya Saenz de Santamaria vying against 37-year-old Pablo Casado, who would take the Popular Party (PP) further right. After an acrimonious campaign that saw mystery videos released attacking both candidates in turn, 3,082 delegates will […]

Knife attacker on Germany bus arrested, nine injured

Posted by on 21/07/2018
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Knife attacker on Germany bus arrested, nine injured

Knife attacker on Germany bus arrested, nine injured

BERLIN: Nine people were injured in an attack by a man wielding a knife on a bus in northern Germany, officials said, although his motive remained unclear. The packed bus was on Friday heading in the direction of Travemuende, a popular beach destination close to the city of Luebeck, when a man pulled the weapon […]

19 drown, dozens missing as migrant boat sinks off Cyprus

Posted by on 19/07/2018
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19 drown, dozens missing as migrant boat sinks off Cyprus

19 drown, dozens missing as migrant boat sinks off Cyprus

More than 100 rescued in joint operation NICOSIA: At least 19 migrants drowned and up to 30 were missing on Wednesday after their boat sank in the Mediterranean off the north of Cyprus, local security forces said. The boat was carrying 150 people, reportedly Syrians, when it went down off the coast of the breakaway […]

EU urges member states to gear up ahead of Brexit next year

Posted by on 19/07/2018
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EU urges member states to gear up ahead of Brexit next year

EU urges member states to gear up ahead of Brexit next year

Negotiations could fail and cause greater disruptions BRUSSELS: The European Union yesterday urged EU member countries and businesses to “step up preparations” for Britain’s exit next year from the bloc, underlining fears the negotiations could fail and cause even greater disruption. The appeal came before Britain’s new Brexit negotiator Dominic Raab was due in Brussels […]

UK’s Labour Party hit by fresh anti-Semitism row

Posted by on 18/07/2018
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UK’s Labour Party hit by fresh anti-Semitism row

UK’s Labour Party hit by fresh anti-Semitism row

LONDON: Britain’s main opposition Labour Party was embroiled in a fresh row yesterday over anti-Semitism within its ranks after its new code of conduct designed to address the issue was condemned by Jewish groups and MPs. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of allowing anti-Semitism to spread in the left-wing party. Labour MP John […]

Ex-minister backs new Brexit vote as eurosceptics pressure PM May

Posted by on 16/07/2018
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Ex-minister backs new Brexit vote as eurosceptics pressure PM May

Ex-minister backs new Brexit vote as eurosceptics pressure PM May

May has repeatedly ruled out a second referendum LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May drew fire from all sides yesterday over her Brexit strategy as a former minister described it as a “fudge” and called for a second EU referendum while eurosceptics readied a parliamentary challenge. Former education secretary Justine Greening, who opposed Brexit, said […]

Czech churches cry foul over tax plan

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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Czech churches cry foul over tax plan

Czech churches cry foul over tax plan

PRAGUE: Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule. Under a 2012 law and deals with the state, 17 religious denominations-Christian and Jewish-are entitled to recover assets worth […]

Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

REYKJAVIK: Is it a blue whale or not? The slaughter in Iceland of what is claimed was a member of the endangered species has triggered outrage and left experts puzzled about its true identity. “There has not been a blue whale harpooned by anyone for the last 50 years until this one,” Sea Shepherd, an […]