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19.10.17  /  High  /  Canada – Quebec Bans The Niqab

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19.10.17 Canada Quebec Bans The Niqab

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Image caption It is unclear how many women in Quebec wear the niqab

A Canadian province has passed a controversial religious neutrality law that bars people from wearing face coverings when giving or receiving a public service.

Quebec recently expanded the law to include services provided by municipal and public transit services. Women who wear a burqa or a niqab will now have to show their faces while receiving a government service. Quebec's National Assembly passed Bill 62 by a 66-51 vote. The provincial Liberals, who have been in power since 2014, tabled the bill two years ago. Bureaucrats, police officers, teachers, and bus drivers, as well as doctors, midwives, and dentists who work in publicly funded hospitals and health centres, will have to have their face uncovered. The law will also stop provincially subsidised childcare services from offering religious education. Quebec's Bill 62 does not specifically mention the Muslim faith.

19.10.17  /  Extreme  /  South Africa – Underworld Boss Jerome Booysen Attacked At Cape Town International

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19.10.17 South Africa Underworld Boss Jerome Booysen Attacked At Cape Town International

Image result for cape town airport Alleged underworld boss Jerome Booysen was taken to hospital after he was wounded in a shooting at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday morning. TimesLIVE has established that the businessman was “not seriously wounded”. He was taken to hospital by his bodyguard. A pool of blood was left in the cordoned off area where the shooting happened. It is the third time this year Booysen‚ said to be the leader of the Sexy Boys gang‚ has been shot at. Robbie Roberts‚ director of law enforcement in the City of Cape Town‚ said: “Two vehicles involved at the drop-off point. One person wounded. SAPS will be investigating.” Roberts said the perpetrators fled the scene and were still at large. It is unclear how many people were involved in the shooting but the police would be looking at CCTV footage from the airport as part of their investigation‚ he said. Last month Booysen’s vehicle was peppered with bullets near his Bellville home. In May‚ Booysen was shot twice in the neck in Ravensmead.

19.10.17  /  High  /  Australia – Weather System Will Bring Storms To Melbourne And Sydney

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19.10.17 Australia Weather System Will Bring Storms To Melbourne And Sydney

A weather system is set to bring storms to Melbourne and give Sydney downpours it hasn't seen in months.

And it will continue up the east coast to make sure Queensland stays soaked into the weekend.

After an uncomfortably hot spring night in Melbourne, the city has woken up to cloudy skies that are expected to deliver heavy rain to the area.

"We're going to see widespread rainfall," Weatherzone Meteorologist Jacobus Cronjé told 9news.com.au.

The band of showers moved across Melbourne this morning. The band of showers moved across Melbourne this morning.

"It's a day of contrast for Melbourne because temperatures are unlikely to go beyond 25 degrees."

Melbourne should expect anywhere between eight and 10mm of rain today, with some suburbs likely to receive upwards of 20mm.

The weather system will likely be accompanied by thunderstorms and some gusty winds, Mr Cronje said.

The same low-pressure system is forecast to move east towards Sydney tomorrow, bringing rainfall totals not seen in months.

Up to 25mm of rain is predicted for the city tomorrow, with more than 30mm of rain in some western suburbs.

The much-needed rain comes as Sydney experiences its longest dry spell in 29 years.

Sydney is set for a rainy Friday, with 25mm expected to fall. Sydney is set for a rainy Friday, with 25mm expected to fall.

Mr Cronje said the system will then continue to track up Australia’s east coast, where it will combine with another low pressure trough and bring rain to parts Queensland still affected by heavy flooding this week.

More than 500mm of rain has fallen in parts of Queensland, including the Kolan River and Baffle Creek, over the past few days.

The heavy rain and flooding has forced the closure of at least eight Queensland schools today.

18.10.17  /  Extreme  /  United Kingdom – Country Facing Biggest Terror Threat In Years - Andrew Parker MI5 Head

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18.10.17 United Kingdom Country Facing Biggest Terror Threat In Years - Andrew Parker MI5 Head

The head of MI5 today warned Britain is facing the biggest terror threat of his 34 year career - as he said tech giants have an 'ethical responsibility' to crack down on extremists.

Andrew Parker said extremists are mounting deadly terror attacks with just a few days of planning as the UK sees a 'dramatic' jump in the scale and pace of the threat.

In his annual 'state of the union' assessment of the threat facing the UK, he said extremists are exploiting 'safe spaces' online, hindering intelligence efforts to root them out.

And he issued a fresh challenge to technology firms, saying they have an 'ethical responsibility' to help governments confront the threat.

His stark warning comes after Britain was hit by five terror attacks this year - killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.

Head of MI5 Andrew Parker pictured in London today, said Britain is facing the biggest terror threat of his 34 year career in the intelligence services 

Head of MI5 Andrew Parker pictured in London today, said Britain is facing the biggest terror threat of his 34 year career in the intelligence services

Twenty plots have been foiled over the past four years, including seven in the last seven months.

Speaking in central London today, he said: 'We've seen a dramatic up-shift in threat this year.

'Today there is more terrorist activity, it's coming at us more quickly and it can be harder to detect.'

Security services and police are operating at a scale which is 'greater than ever before', he said.

 

18.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Congo, Democratic Republic of the – DOS Updated Travel Warning

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18.10.17 Congo, Democratic Republic of the DOS Updated Travel Warning

Image result for us department of state Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level - 5): On 16 October 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for the Democratic Republic of Congo, which reads in part as follows: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in many parts of the country. Very poor transportation infrastructure throughout the DRC, and poor security conditions in the Eastern Congo and Kasais, make it difficult for the U.S. Embassy to provide consular services anywhere outside of Kinshasa. All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not rely solely on U.S. government assistance. This replaces the Travel Warning dated March 29, 2017. “Armed groups operate in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Ituri, Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, and the Kasai region. These groups have been known to kill, rape, kidnap, pillage, and carry out operations in which civilians may be indiscriminately targeted. “Congolese military and United Nations forces continue to operate throughout North and South Kivu, Tanganyika, Ituri, and near the DRC's borders with the Central African Republic and the Republic of South Sudan, particularly in and around Garamba National Park and the Kasai regions. Travelers in these regions may encounter troop movements, rebel groups, or militias. Kidnapping for ransom is also common, particularly in North and South Kivu.”

18.10.17  /  News  /  United States – Dow Jones Hits 23,000 For The First Time

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18.10.17 United States Dow Jones Hits 23,000 For The First Time

Image result for dow jones The Dow Jones Industrial Average passed another milestone, topping 23,000 for the first time, as strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson helped push the more than century-old gauge to a record. It's the sixth 1000-point milestone reached in the past 12 months and the fifth since Donald Trump was elected president in November. The Dow average added 0.2 per cent, or 44 points, to 23,000 at 11.06am in New York. Even as political risks persist from Spain to North Korea and Washington, the latest thousand-point climb took only 76 days. The rally came amid a synchronised advance in the global economy with only tepid inflation that has enabled central banks to leave stimulus in place. At the same time, investors are speculating Republicans will deliver tax cuts and corporate profits look set to expand again. Round-number milestones are routinely dismissed by the professional investor class as noise. But it's a sign the bull market just keeps chugging along and investors don't want to miss out, said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Global. "If I'm on the side, does that push me to get in?" he said. "Psychologically do I look at that and say 'I'm missing out on this market, I'm sitting on the sidelines."'
Of course, as the numbers get higher, the proportions get smaller: the trip from 22,000 to 23,000 was 4.5 per cent compared with 8.3 per cent from 12,000 to 13,000. It's still impressive Silverblatt said.
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