Trump US immigration ban triggers global backlash

Trump US immigration ban triggers global backlash

US President Donald Trump faced a growing international backlash Monday as foreign nations, including key US allies, and chiefs of industry denounced his immigration order. Taking a swipe at diplomats who signed a letter protesting the ban, White House spokesmen Sean Spicer said the document was “blown way out of proportion and exaggerated,” adding, “I […]

Growing global backlash against Trump’s immigration ban

Growing global backlash against Trump’s immigration ban

A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered pace on Sunday as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump’s order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and […]

Sepp Blatter loses appeal against 6-year FIFA ban

Sepp Blatter loses appeal against 6-year FIFA ban

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world soccer body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday. Blatter led FIFA for 17 years, resigning in June last year after several dozen football officials, including former […]

France awards UN chief Ban with Légion d’Honneur

France awards UN chief Ban with Légion d’Honneur

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande on Thursday for his contributions to tackling climate change. The South Korean diplomat helped push through the 2015 Paris Agreement, a deal aimed at moving away from fossil fuels to cleaner energies that was signed by almost 200 countries […]

Poland’s ruling right-wing party rejects abortion ban after protests

Poland’s ruling right-wing party rejects abortion ban after protests

Lawmakers with Poland’s ruling right-wing party voted in a tumultuous parliamentary commission session to reject a proposal for a total ban on abortion. The decision appeared to doom an effort to add further limits to what is already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. However, the proposal must still go to a vote to […]

France’s top court overturns burkini ban in Riviera town

France’s top court overturns burkini ban in Riviera town

France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits in a southern French town amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches. The State Council (Conseil d’État) gave the ruling following a request from the Human Rights League and a […]

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban. “We should be past tolerance in Canada,” Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government’s legislative agenda. Some lawmakers in Canada’s […]

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Two weeks to the Rio Olympics and Russia’s participation is hanging by a thread after a slew of doping accusations. Faced with calls to be banned, some say it would be detrimental to Russia’s national pride and further polarise the giant of the East. As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday announced it was […]

After 30-year ban, gay men in France allowed to donate blood

After 30-year ban, gay men in France allowed to donate blood

Gay men in France were officially permitted to donate blood Monday after having been banned from doing so for 30 years. LGBT rights groups welcome the move, but many remain critical of the strict conditions of celibacy imposed on gay male donors. “It’s the end of a taboo and discrimination,” France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine […]

British military to lift ban on women in close combat roles

British military to lift ban on women in close combat roles

The British military will lift the ban on women serving in combat roles later this year, the defence ministry said on Friday in what Prime Minister David Cameron hailed as a “major step”. The announcement follows a review into whether women are physically strong enough to serve with the infantry, and whether their presence poses […]

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

French authorities on Monday asked unions to scrap plans for a protest march in Paris and limit their demonstrations to a single, static rally in hope that the violence which marred previous days of action can be avoided. Unions have been organizing protest marches for months against a draft law that will overhaul labor rules. […]

Obama slams Trump over Muslim ban

Obama slams Trump over Muslim ban

  Democratic President Barack Obama denounced Donald Trump for his proposed US ban on Muslim immigrants on Tuesday, joining Hillary Clinton in portraying the Republican presidential candidate as unfit for the White House. Clearly annoyed, Obama responded to Trump’s proposed suspension of immigration from countries with a “history of terrorism” after Sunday’s killing of 49 […]

Brexit would mean ‘years of austerity and wipe £40m from UK public purse’

Brexit would mean ‘years of austerity and wipe £40m from UK public purse’

The Institute for Fiscal Studies claims quitting the EU would cause the Treasury to cut billions of pounds from British public services and welfare Brexit would lead to more years of austerity and tax hikes – and wipe £40billion from UK public coffers. In a report setting out the stark consequences of Brexit , the […]