Archive for January, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 4:35pm

Quebec: Alexandre Bissonnette charged with six murders

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Authorities in Canada have charged Alexandre Bissonnette, a French-Canadian university student known for his far-right views, over a shooting rampage on a Quebec City mosque that killed six people. Bissonnette faces six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder, but has not been charged with any terrorism-related offences, despite Sunday’s attack being widely condemned, including […]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 4:35pm

Austria moves to ban full-face veil in public spaces

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Austria’s coalition government has announced plans to ban full-face veils in public and to restrict eastern European workers’ access to the country’s labour market. The proposals were announced late on Monday as part of a wider government programme aimed at countering the rise of the far-right, anti-Islam Freedom Party. “The full-face veil will be banned in public […]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 4:35pm

Into the wild of Antarctica: Scientists, robots and ‘pancake ice’

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Antarctica – After 12 hours breaking through pack ice, passing groups of penguins and seals on the ice flow, and tracked by pods of Minke whales, we arrive at the edge of the great southern continent. This part of the Antarctic coastline is the windiest place on the planet at sea level and, as we pull alongside the towering […]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 4:25am

Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed placed under house arrest

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Pakistani police have placed Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the alleged mastermind of coordinated attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed more than 160 people, under house arrest in the eastern city of Lahore. Saeed was taken into custody at the headquarters for Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the religious charity he heads, late on Monday, […]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 4:25am

Suspect detained in deadly Quebec mosque shooting

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Quebec City, Canada  – Canadian police have said only one of two men initially detained in connection to a Quebec City  mosque shooting – which killed six people – is now considered a suspect. People bring flowers to the shooting scene [Reuters] The second man, who was initially reported as a second suspect, was now considered […]

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 4:25am

Trump ousts attorney general for defying Muslim ban

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US President Donald Trump has fired the country’s acting attorney general after she refused to enforce his sweeping immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim majority countries. Attorney General Sally Yates earlier on Monday ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending Trump’s executive orders, resulting in her ouster on Monday evening. “The acting Attorney General, […]

Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 4:23pm

Iran: Trump’s Muslim ban ‘will rip our family apart’

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Tehran – Last April, Saeed Ghorbani, 34, a computer engineer, left for the United States after winning a green card lottery. Ghorbani and his wife had applied five times before they finally won it in 2014, and moved a year later to southern California upon a friend’s advice. Saeed’s mother, Nayereh, 54, says her son was […]

Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 4:23pm

Dutch mosques lock doors at prayers after Canada attack

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Four of the largest mosques in The Netherlands said on Monday they will shut their doors during major prayer meetings after six people were killed in an attack on a Canadian mosque. The Blue Mosque in Amsterdam, The Hague’s as-Sunnah Mosque, Rotterdam’s Essalam Mosque and the Omar Al Farouq Mosque in Utrecht said in a […]

Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 4:23pm

Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat named AU Commission chair

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the new chairperson of the African Union Commission, in a vote held at the bloc’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily. Two […]

Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 4:09am

4.1 Miles: Oscar nod for film capturing refugee rescues

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It’s dark outside and Kyriakos Papadopoulos fills out his boat’s log inside a small, dimly-lit cabin. “It’s a nightmare, this agony…” he sighs, his voice worn-out and distant.  “Everywhere we went, there were people in the water. The only thing I’m hoping is that there is no one missing,” he continues, his gaze darkening as the […]

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