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Trudeau on Quebec face-cover ban: not our business to tell women what to wear

Canadian prime minister responds to provinces law obliging niqab or burqa wearers to unveil on public transit or while receiving government services flexed its majority to vote in a law banning face coverings for those offering or receiving services from government departments, as well as municipalities, school boards, public health […]

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Fury at ‘Bodega’ tech startup that aims to put corner shops out of business

Bodega, which markets glorified vending machines where users can buy groceries, boasts: Eventually, centralized shopping locations wont be necessary A tech startup called Bodega that hopes to replace mom-and-pop shops with unmanned boxes that rely on an app and artificial intelligence is facing a massive backlash from immigrant business owners […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

Official says some language in the book makes people uncomfortable although copies will remain in school libraries To Kill a Mockingbird, racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book makes people uncomfortable. The Sun […]

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Unesco: Israel joins US in quitting UN heritage agency over ‘anti-Israel bias’

Trump administration has been preparing for a withdrawal from world heritage body for months, which Israeli PM praises as brave and moral decision The United States has formally notified the UNs world heritage body Unesco that it is withdrawing its membership of the organisation citing continuing anti-Israel bias. The announcement […]

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Dove apologises for ad showing black woman turning into white one

Brand says it missed mark after being accused of racism in campaign promoting body lotion Dove has apologised after publishing an advert on its Facebook page which showed a black woman turning into a white woman. The brand was accused of racism over the online advertising campaign and it later […]

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Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

Food crisis dwarfs the more publicized challenges of restoring power and communications, three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Federal officials privately admit there is a massive shortage of meals in Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) say that […]

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Catalan referendum: preliminary results show 90% in favour of independence

Spanish prime minister defends violent response to poll, as raids on ballot stations by riot police leave hundreds of Catalans injured Catalan officials have claimed that preliminary results of its referendum have shown 90% in favour of independence in the vote vehemently opposed by Spain. Jordi Turull, the Catalan regional […]

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The Guardian view on Catalonias referendum: the Spanish state has lost | Editorial

Editorial: Police brutality has ignited the political crisis. Can Madrid and the pro-independence movement find a way forward? Spain is in crisis, and its prime minister appears to be in denial. The run-up to Sundays referendum on independence for Catalonia made it clear that the country was in trouble. But […]

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Monsanto banned from European parliament

MEPs withdraw parliamentary access after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller Monsanto lobbyists have been banned from entering the European parliament after the multinational refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory […]

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