Austria prohibits Islamic dress in public: Austria’s Österreichisches Parlament has passed a series of measures designed to limit traditional Islamic religious dress in public. The new code also requires any migrant seeking permanent residency to enroll in a government integration program of study to learn Austrian customs, practices and the German language.
Under the new law, burkas and niqabs are forbidden from being worn in public. Included in the new laws is a prohibition on the distribution of the Koran.
Set to go into effect in October, fines for violations to the new law can rise up to as much as €150.
Ivory Coast army ends mutiny: A five-day standoff staged by rebellious members of Ivory Coast’s army over bonus pay ended peacefully when President Alassane Ouattara agreed to a deal under which soldiers would be paid $8,400 and an additional $2 million CFA Francs in June.
Among the world’s fastest-growing economies and the world’s top cocoa producer, Ouattara had argued a global collapse of cocoa prices has caused a delay in back payments.
The May mutiny follows a January military uprising in which soldiers rebelled after lodging grievances over pay and living conditions. Soldiers in January seized nine cities, but the revolt ended peacefully after pay was promised.
Rouhani returned to office in Iran: In a victory for Iranian moderates in which 73 percent of eligible voters turned out, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won reelection on Friday by turning back the challenge posed by Ebrahim Raeisi.
Rouhani won 57 percent of the vote in a campaign in which his candidacy was often criticized for his appeal to foreign investment.
Rouhani, who has served in several key government and parliamentary posts in his career, will begin his second term as Iranian president.
Under deal, Damascus quarter cleared of rebels: For the second time in six months, Syrian rebels and their families are being evacuated from former strongholds to rebel-held areas elsewhere in the war-torn country.
Three-quarters of Damascus, Qaboun, Barzeh, and Tishrin, witnessed rebels numbering approximately 1,200 leave under an agreement which will place them in rebel-controlled Idlib Governorate.
Damascus claims agreements to guarantee safe passage elsewhere are the best method to prevent further bloodshed in Syria’s six-year civil war.
Cholera outbreak in Yemen reaches crisis: A deteriorating health situation in Yemen has reached a state of emergency as a rising numbers of reported cholera cases is reaching an epidemic.
Often traced to water supplies infected with fecal matter, cholera is an infection of the intestine which causes vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
Humanitarian and medical groups say the ongoing war in Yemen has prevented needed medical supplies, food and fresh water from reaching the hardest-hit areas.
British-based rights group Oxfam reports 120 are believed dead, with an additional 11,000 effected by the bacterial disease.
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