France burkini ban: Mayors urged to heed court’s ruling

France burkini ban: Mayors urged to heed court’s ruling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A woman in a burkini in Marseille in southern France About 30 French mayors have been urged to follow a court ruling which overturned a controversial burkini ban in a resort town. France’s top administrative court suspended the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet on Friday on civil liberties grounds. However, a number […]






Turkey allows policewomen to wear Muslim headscarf

Turkey allows policewomen to wear Muslim headscarf

Image copyright AP Image caption Female judges and soldiers are still not permitted to wear Muslim headscarves Turkey has lifted a ban on policewomen wearing the Islamic headscarf. Female officers will be able to wear a headscarf under their caps or berets, provided it is plain and is the same colour as the uniform. Headscarf […]






Italy earthquake: Day of national mourning for victims

Media caption“There could, even now, still be people alive underneath here”, reports Damian Grammaticas reports in Amatrice A day of national mourning has begun in Italy for the almost 300 people who died when a powerful earthquake hit mountainous central regions. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is due to attend state funerals for victims from Arquata, […]






France ‘burkini’: Mayors urged to heed court’s ruling

France ‘burkini’: Mayors urged to heed court’s ruling

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Patrice Spinosi spoke to journalists outside court Mayors of French towns who banned the controversial “burkini” swimsuit have been warned they must heed a court ruling suspending the action. Human rights lawyer Patrice Spinosi said if any mayors did not comply, he would take each case to court. At least […]






Czech-Hungarian call for EU army

Czech-Hungarian call for EU army

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hungarian troops patrol a razor-wire fence on the Serbian border to keep migrants out The leaders of the Czech Republic and Hungary say a “joint European army” is needed to bolster security in the EU. They were speaking ahead of talks in Warsaw with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They dislike […]






Italy quake: Emergency declared as hopes for more survivors fade

Media captionFootage captures an aftershock. The BBC’s James Reynolds describes how it felt Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday’s earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged €50m (£42m) in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to […]






France ‘burkini ban’: Court to decide on beach fines

France ‘burkini ban’: Court to decide on beach fines

Image copyright EPA/AP Image caption The bans largely affect beaches on the French Rivera, but few towns have issued fines France’s highest administrative court is being asked to overturn beach bans imposed by 26 towns on women in full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis”. A human rights group and an anti-Islamophobia association argue the bans are […]






Bad weather takes toll on French wine production

Bad weather takes toll on French wine production

Image caption Grapes in Roussillon: First spring hailstorms, and now soaring temperatures French wine production is likely to be 10% lower this year than in 2015 because of frosty weather in spring and a heatwave now, officials say. A production of 42.9m hectolitres (hl) (944m gallons) is forecast for 2016, down from last year’s 47.8m […]






Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

Media captionFootage captures an aftershock. The BBC’s James Reynolds describes how it felt Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings. More than 4,000 rescue workers are combing through […]






France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

France ‘burkini ban’: Court to rule on beach fines

Image copyright EPA/AP Image caption The bans largely affect beaches on the French Rivera, but few towns have issued fines A top French court is being asked to overturn bans imposed by 26 towns on women wearing full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” on the beach. A human rights group and an anti-Islamophobia association argue the […]






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