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U.S. urges Yemen to accept U.N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. urges Yemen to accept U.N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks | Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States expressed disappointment on Wednesday at the Yemeni government's reaction to a U.N.-drafted roadmap to end the country's civil war and urged it to accept the proposal as a basis to begin negotiations on a peace agreement.Yemen appeared to reject the U.N. plan on Tuesday, calling it a "dangerous international precedent" that would legitimize the rebellion against the internationally recognised government #Business #markets #Argentina #lifestyle #article
Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons | Reuters

BERLIN Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rejected an appeal by the girl's parents that she should be excused the classes because a burkini did not conform with Islam's ethic of decency, German media reported.A spokesman for the court could not be reached for comment.Germany is in the grip of a heated public debate about the role of Islam in society as it seeks to integrate more than a million mainly Muslim asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution who have entered this year and last. Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have been punished at the polls in regional elections by voters angry at her open-door policy, on Tuesday proposed a ban on full-face Muslim veils.Her Christian Democrats, who have been bleeding support to the AfD, a populist party that says Islam is incompatible with the constitution, toughened their tone on integrating migrants at a party conference this week. #United States #India #Business #markets #Argentina #Entertainment #Foreign policy
Turkey's purged NATO staff not coup plotters - alliance commander | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Turkey's purged NATO staff not coup plotters - alliance commander | Reuters

By Robin Emmott | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS NATO's top commander said on Wednesday he did not believe Turkish personnel sacked from NATO command were involved in July's abortive coup and has raised his concerns with Turkey about the impact on its armed forces.Curtis Scaparrotti, a U.S general who is NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said some 150 military staff, or half of the Turkish military under his command at NATO, had been detained, recalled or retired from the alliance after the July 15 coup attempt. Asked if he thought they might have been involved in the planning of a coup, Scaparrotti said: "No ... These officers served well here in NATO.""I have a concern about what happened to the people who were working for us," he told reporters following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, saying he had raised the issue with the chief of Turkey's military General Staff."I've said to General (Hulusi) Akar, my concern is that they would follow the rule of law and treat their people appropriately," Scaparrotti said, adding that Akar had promised he would "personally look into their welfare".Reuters exclusively reported in October that Turkish authorities had dismissed hundreds of senior military staff serving with NATO in Europe and the United States following July's coup attempt as part of a wide-reaching security clampdown that has raised human rights concerns. #United States #India #Middle East #Europe #Crime #Security #Argentina
Russia says U.S. bill will restrict its diplomats, pledges retaliation | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia says U.S. bill will restrict its diplomats, pledges retaliation | Reuters

By Andrew Osborn | MOSCOW MOSCOW Russia said on Wednesday it would restrict the ability of U.S. diplomats based in Moscow to travel if a pending U.S #Business #Middle East #Russia #markets #Argentina #Foreign policy #lifestyle
Bangladeshi slum kids work over 60 hours a week to make clothes - research | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Bangladeshi slum kids work over 60 hours a week to make clothes - research | Reuters

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One third of children living in the slums of Bangladesh's capital spend more than 60 hours a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal working limit, a London-based thinktank said on Wednesday. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said 32 percent of children aged between 10 and 14 living in Dhaka's slum settlements were out of school and engaged in full-time work in clothing factories - according to a survey of 2,700 children."Our survey raises serious concerns over the issue of child labour in the supply of garments from factories in Bangladesh to consumers in Europe, the U.S #Legal #Fashion #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #lifestyle
U.S. courts look ahead to Trump as Obama cases fizzle | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. courts look ahead to Trump as Obama cases fizzle | Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's legal defence of some key initiatives including his signature healthcare law is collapsing as courts put cases on hold until after President-elect Donald Trump, hostile to the policies, assumes office on Jan. 20.The pending conservative legal challenges could undo important elements of Obama's presidential legacy if Trump, as expected, opts not to defend the Obama policies in court or simply ditches the initiatives that are under attack.Since Trump's election on Nov. 8, various courts have delayed action in three groups of cases that will not be resolved before Obama leaves office and blocked an administration regulation from going into effect in another.They include a challenge by House of Representatives Republicans to an important provision in the Obamacare law, and cases concerning religious objections to that law's mandate that employers provide health insurance coverage for birth control.They also include Obama's executive action, put on hold by the Supreme Court in June, to spare from deportation millions of immigrants in the country illegally, and his administration's bid to extend overtime protections for workers.Republican-governed states like Texas were behind some of the biggest challenges to Obama policies."We have a host of cases pending against the federal government due to the Obama administration's overreach," said Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has sued the administration on various issues including immigration #India #Business #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #House
Saudi court sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Saudi court sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran | Reuters

DUBAI A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's arch-adversary Iran, Saudi-owned media reported, a ruling that could heighten antagonism between the regional powers.The Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, and acquitted two of them, the Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper said on its website.The defendants - comprising 30 Saudi Shi'ite Muslims, one Iranian and an Afghan - were detained in 2013 on charges of espionage for Iran and went on trial in February. #science #Crime #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment
Violence erupts in Athens on anniversary of student killing by police | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Violence erupts in Athens on anniversary of student killing by police | Reuters

ATHENS Hooded protesters threw petrol bombs and set off fireworks during clashes with Greek riot police in Athens on Tuesday on the eighth anniversary of a teenager's killing by police.The fatal shooting of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in 2008, a year before Greece's economic crisis began, triggered the worst riots seen in Greece for decades and they lasted for weeks.The annual march to commemorate the incident usually draws thousands of anti-establishment and anti-austerity protesters. Tuesday's violence erupted after hundreds marched peacefully in Athens. #Economy #Greece #science #Europe #Argentina #Innovation
Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election in February | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election in February | Reuters

By Gavin Jones | ROME ROME Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday after speaking with the prime minister.The comments will heighten support for a quick vote as the only way to avoid protracted political limbo in the euro zone's third largest economy following Sunday's "No" vote on Renzi's constitutional reforms.The two largest opposition parties, the eurosceptic, anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing Northern League, are both pushing hard for elections.Renzi announced he would step down after his resounding referendum defeat. President Sergio Mattarella told him to stay on until parliament approves the 2017 budget.Moving quickly, Renzi on Tuesday called a definitive confidence vote on the budget, to be held in the Senate on Wednesday, after which he is expected to return to Mattarella with his resignation #Business #Middle East #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #lifestyle
Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to discuss climate policy | Reuters

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to discuss climate policy | Reuters

By Amy Tennery and Timothy Gardner | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a "productive" session.Gore, a Democrat, spent about 90 minutes in meetings at the president-elect's Trump Tower apartment and office building in Manhattan. In addition to seeing Trump, he also met briefly with the Republican's daughter, Ivanka, who attended a series of high-level meetings since her father won the Nov #Business #Middle East #Hillary Clinton #Argentina #United Kingdom #President #lifestyle