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Quebec judge temporarily blocks face-covering law

Quebec judge temporarily blocks face-covering law A judge in Quebec temporarily suspended a new religious neutrality law that bans face coverings for government workers and anyone receiving public services in the Canadian province.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Babak Barin granted a stay of the law, which some have called a burqa ban but does not specifically mention the niqab or burqa.

The judge said Section 10, which the legislative assembly passed in October, cannot be put in force until the government adopts guidelines dictating how the restrictions on face coverings would take place.


Earthquake reported near North Korean nuclear test site

Earthquake reported near N Korean nuvlear site A natural earthquake of magnitude 2.5 was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, Seoul's weather agency said.

The tremor occurred at 7:45 a.m. in Kilju, North Hamgyeong Province, about 2.7 kilometers away from the Punggye-ri nuclear site in the same province, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test at the site on Sept. 3.


Israeli missiles hit army base near Damascus: Reports

Israeli missiles hit Syria

Israeli missiles attacked a military position near Damascus overnight and Syria's air defence system thwarted them, Syrian state television said on Saturday.

The "blatant assault" led to material losses at the site in the countryside around the capital, it said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on reports of the attack.


Argentina 'death flight' pilots sentenced for deaths including pope's friend

Argenitna sentences death pilots

Two former Argentinian military pilots have been given life sentences for their part in the death of a close friend of Pope Francis, who was hurled to her death from an aircraft during the country’s 1976-83 dictatorship.

North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korean military says

N Korea fires ballistic missileNorth Korea fired a ballistic missile from an area north of Pyongyang early Wednesday, resuming its provocative act after a 75-day lull, according to South Korea's military.

"North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at around 3:17 a.m. today," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.


Pope Francis slams politicians that spread violence and racism over immigration

Pope Francis slams politiciansPope Francis on Friday excoriated politicians who foment fear of migrants, saying they were sowing violence and racism, and urged them to “practise the virtue of prudence” to help them integrate.

The pope, who has made defence of migrants and refugees a major plank of his papacy, made his comments in a message prepared for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on Jan. 1 each year.

The message, whose title for 2018 is “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace”, is traditionally sent to heads of state and government and international institutions.


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