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Swiss region votes for ‘burqa ban’

Posted by on 23/09/2018
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Swiss region votes for ‘burqa ban’

Swiss region votes for ‘burqa ban’

Islamic Central Council of Switzerland slams ban as ‘Islamophobic’ GENEVA: A second Swiss canton will introduce a regional “burqa ban”, after voters in St Gallen yesterday emphatically backed prohibiting all face-covering garments in public spaces. At the same time, voters across Switzerland resoundingly rejected initiatives aimed at boosting local farming and promoting more ethical and […]

Pirates kidnap 12 on Swiss cargo ship off Nigeria

Posted by on 23/09/2018
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Pirates kidnap 12 on Swiss cargo ship off Nigeria

Pirates kidnap 12 on Swiss cargo ship off Nigeria

GENEVA: A gang of pirates took hostage 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo ship they attacked in Nigerian waters, the vessel’s operator has said. Massoel Shipping said its bulk carrier MV Glarus, with 19 crew, came under attack early Saturday morning as it transported bulk wheat from Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos to the southern […]

Britain’s PM faces new resistance in Northern Ireland

Posted by on 22/09/2018
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Britain’s PM faces new resistance in Northern Ireland

Britain’s PM faces new resistance in Northern Ireland

DUBLIN: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s renewed pledge to deliver Brexit without dividing the UK was met with contradictory ultimatums Friday from Northern Ireland’s unionist and nationalist parties. May returned from a bruising EU summit in Salzburg to deliver an impassioned televised address in which she blamed Brussels for the impasse and demanded “respect” for […]

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

Children involved in the crash came from three families THE HAGUE: Four children from a Dutch daycare centre died yesterday when a train smashed into their electric cart at a crossing in an accident described as the “worst nightmare of any parent”. A fifth child and the woman driving the vehicle were critically injured in […]

Tensions rise as EU prepares for Brexit

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Tensions rise as EU prepares for Brexit

Tensions rise as EU prepares for Brexit

Two sticking points in the talks — must be “reworked” SALZBURG: EU leaders met yesterday to prepare for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after public clashes with Britain over who should give ground but signs of a shift on both sides over the key issue of Ireland. After pitching her Brexit plan to the […]

U2’s Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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U2’s Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

U2’s Bono and Pope discuss Irish sexual abuse crisis

Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards he is an extraordinary man who is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland. Bono and the pope spoke for more than 30 minutes at a meeting to team up the rock star’s ONE organization, a […]

Car hits pedestrians outside UK mosque

Posted by on 19/09/2018
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Car hits pedestrians outside UK mosque

Car hits pedestrians outside UK mosque

LONDON: Police in London launched an investigation yesterday into a possible hate crime after a car hit a crowd outside a mosque, injuring three people. The collision, in Cricklewood in north London in the early hours of yesterday, followed the occupants of the car allegedly directing “comments of an Islamophobic nature” at the group, according […]

Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Posted by on 19/09/2018
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Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Morocco playing cat and mouse with Africans heading to Europe

Number of people reaching Spain hits 38,000 TANGIER: African emigrants are defying a campaign by Morocco to keep them away from land and sea crossings to Spain, which has become the main entry point to Europe for migrants and refugees following crackdowns elsewhere. Moroccan police conduct regular raids of areas popular with people from elsewhere […]

Smugglers pave path for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe

Posted by on 18/09/2018
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Smugglers pave path for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe

Smugglers pave path for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe

Migrants pay on average 3,000-5,000 euros for a complete trip MADRID: They scale barbed-wire topped fences and cross the sea in inflatable boats or jet skis-more than 36,000 migrants entered Spain this year seeking a better life in Europe. Almost all of them relied on smugglers to make the crossing. Ousman Umar, who made a […]

Higher security €100 and €200 notes unveiled

Posted by on 17/09/2018
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Higher security €100 and €200 notes unveiled

Higher security €100 and €200 notes unveiled

FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank yesterday unveiled new versions of the 100- and 200-euro banknotes, saying new security features would make them harder to counterfeit. Like other second-generation notes in the “Europa” series introduced since 2013, the new paper money includes different holograms in a silver strip and an “emerald number” showing the denomination – […]

In Sicily, pope denounces the Island’s ‘blasphemous’ mafia

Posted by on 15/09/2018
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In Sicily, pope denounces the Island’s ‘blasphemous’ mafia

In Sicily, pope denounces the Island’s ‘blasphemous’ mafia

‘You can’t believe in God and belong to the mafia’ PALERMO: Pope Francis denounced the mafia’s “blasphemous” existence yesterday during a visit to Sicily to honor a priest murdered by the mob 25 years ago while trying to save youngsters in poor neighborhoods from falling into their hands. The brief visit, which will see the […]

Harassment, anxiety and debt: the working life of young UK women

Posted by on 13/09/2018
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Harassment, anxiety and debt: the working life of young UK women

Harassment, anxiety and debt: the working life of young UK women

Young women in Britain are paid less and harassed LONDON: Young women in Britain are paid less and harassed more at work than men, with most reporting that their job negatively affects their mental health, a survey found yesterday. Almost one in five young women surveyed in England and Wales said they were paid less […]