Jul 202017

A judge in Germany has banned a Syrian woman from appearing in court unless she removes her headscarf with the claims that “religiously-motivated” attire is prohibited, reported The Independent. The counselor representing the Syrian woman said that the order was made for divorce proceedings in the district court of Luckenwalde, Bradenberg. She also said that the letter warned of legal action against her client if she does not comply but also ordered her to appear in person to present her case against her husband. Stuck in a contradiction, Najat Abokal accused the judge of acting ‘unconstitutionally,’ the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported. She said she would contest the order amid fierce debate over Islamic dressing in Germany. One of her colleagues confirmed the information to The Independent but said no further comment could be given while the case continued. Austria to ban full-face veil in public places A spokesperson for the district court in Luckenwalde said they could not comment, saying the judge was responsible for conduct within the courtroom. The district court defended the decision, telling Tagesspiegel that the judge “is responsible for ensuring rules are adhered to in the courtroom, where religious symbols have no place.” The German parliament has voted in favour of a partial ban on the burqa and other Islamic veils that cover the face, while existing “neutrality” laws can be used to forbid the wearing of any religious or political symbols by some judicial officials. However, these restrictions do not apply to witnesses, claimants, victims or any other participants in legal proceedings, while a [Read More…]

May 252017
Pictures of the day: May 25, 2017

Messages and floral tributes left for the victims of the attack on Manchester Arena lie around the statue in St Ann’s Square in central Manchester. PHOTO: REUTERS An Austrian police officer guards the entrance of a hotel before the arrival of OPEC Oil Ministers in Vienna, Austria. PHOTO: REUTERS Supporters wave their mobile phone torches in the colors of the rainbow during a rally after Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan. PHOTO: REUTERS Forest officials try to rescue an injured elephant who fell into a pond at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India. PHOTO: REUTERS Subaru’s new XV hits a shopping cart carrying water bottles during a collision test demonstration at its factory in Ota, north of Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: REUTERS A man has his photo taken hanging from a bull sculpture outside Las Ventas bullring during San Isidro’s bullfighting fair in Madrid, Spain. PHOTO: REUTERS An excavator wrecks a building as part of an urban transformation project in Sur neighbourhood in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. PHOTO: REUTERS A boy bathes in a stream to cool off from the heat on a hot summer day in Swabi, Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS Dutch Remi Petersee competes in the heats 43 – Round 1 on May 23, 2027 in Biarritz, southwestern France, during the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games. PHOTO: AFP Afghan children use a cloth to catch fish in [Read More…]

Feb 162017

AUSTIN, TEXAS: The Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report released on Wednesday that hate groups in the United States proliferated in 2016 as Donald Trump’s bid for the US presidency energised the radical right. “Trump’s run for office electrified the radical right, which saw in him a champion of the idea that America is fundamentally a white man’s country,” the Southern Poverty Law Center said. The nonprofit civil rights organisation said in its annual census of hate groups that anti-Muslim groups nearly tripled to 101 in 2016 from 34 in 2015. It said hate groups in the United States numbered 917 last year compared with 892 in 2015. British man’s charity donations frozen by US as his name is ‘Islam’ The White House did not respond to a request for comment. At a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, President Trump was asked to comment on an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and to respond to those in the US Jewish community, Israel and elsewhere “who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones.” “We are going to do everything within our power to stop long simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on,” Trump said. “There’s a lot of bad things that have been taking place over a long period of time. “As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends; a daughter who happens to be here right now; a son-in-law, and three [Read More…]

Jun 092016
And so it begins: Portugal relishing easy Group F

KARACHI: Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo will be rubbing their hands in delight as they take on the likes of Austria, Iceland and Hungary in a relatively easy Group F. Austria and Portugal both topped their respective qualifying tables, and have the capacity to run riot in the group stages, despite debutants Iceland showing some promise by managing to finish second in Qualifying Group A. Hungary, meanwhile, defeated Norway in the play-offs to reach the tournament. Portugal may be considering themselves odds-on favourites to top their group but may be in for a surprise from a well-balanced Austrian side that went through qualification unbeaten. Euro 2016:‘Group of death’ not as daunting as it seems Austria PHOTO: REUTERS Austria’s only other appearance in the Euros was in 2008 where they failed to win a single match and were subsequently knocked out of the tournament. However, the current Austrian side is arguably the strongest in their history, backed by the skills of players like top-scorer Marc Janko, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and Stoke City’s Marko Arnautović. Up against Russia, Sweden, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, and Moldova in the qualifying round, the Austrians won nine matches and gained 28 points to top Qualifying Group G. Still, their poor run of form in recent international friendlies can be a source of worry for fans. The side mustered wins against Albania and Malta but suffered defeats at the hands of Switzerland, Turkey, and the Netherlands. Euro 2016: Spain headline tournament’s toughest group Portugal PHOTO: AFP Portugal usually shine in [Read More…]

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