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Here’s how British citizens are affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Here’s how British citizens are affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban

    An executive order by President Donald Trump has provoked waves of protest at US airports where those travelling from seven majority Muslim countries have been detained or turned back. Signed on Friday, the order has halted the US refugee programme and banned anyone from the countries - Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Libya from travelling to the country, even if they have already been approved for a visa, have an existing visa or a green card. But it also applies to dual citizens holding a passport for one of the seven and another country, such as Britain. However, with much of the effects of the order still unclear, there is also suggestion that even those with full UK citizenship but born in one of these countries will not be able to travel. Tory MP and fou...
Pakistan could be added to Trump’s ban list
Asia, ENGLISH

Pakistan could be added to Trump’s ban list

    US President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has opened the possibility of the administration extending to Pakistan the temporary visa ban and extreme vetting of travellers imposed on seven countries. Speaking on Sunday during Face the Nation programme on CBS, he said in the passing that Pakistan may be among countries considered for adding to the enhanced temporary restrictions on travel to the US because of terrorism risks. The temporary ban covers only Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Later in the programme, ‘Face the Nation’ host John Dickerson pointed out that the woman involved in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack came to the US from Pakistan on a visa given to fiances. He tried to pin down Priebus and get a more definitive answ...
Starbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees
America, ENGLISH

Starbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees

    US coffeehouse chain, Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years in the 75 countries where it does business in response to President Donald Trump’s order banning travel from seven Muslim majority countries, the media reported. We are living in an unprecedented time, chairman and CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a memo on Sunday, which listed several actions, the company said it was taking to reinforce our belief in our partners around the world. The refugee hiring proposal, Schultz wrote, will begin with a focus on people who have served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel, CNN reported. Schultz also reiterated Starbucks’ support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA), which helps undocumented immigrants who ...
Parliament set to debate Donald Trump’s UK state visit after petition to cancel it gets more than 800,000 signatures
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Parliament set to debate Donald Trump’s UK state visit after petition to cancel it gets more than 800,000 signatures

    Donald Trump's state visit to the UK is expected to be debated in Parliament after senior Conservatives joined hundreds of thousands calling for it to be cancelled. More than 800,000 people had by Sunday night signed a petition calling for the visit, which is due to take place in the Summer, to be abandoned because of the risk it will embarrass the Queen. Senior Conservatives joined Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, in calling for the visit to be suspended while Mr Trump's controversial immigration ban is in place. The internet petition quickly smashed the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for a debate in Parliament, with at one point more than a thousand people signing each minute. However Downing Street sources confirmed that Mrs May will not be withdrawing her ...
Quebec mosque Canada shooting a terrorist attack
Canada, ENGLISH

Quebec mosque Canada shooting a terrorist attack

    Six people died and eight were injured after gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque, a shooting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Monday as a terrorist attack. Police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told journalists that two suspects were arrested following the attack, that police were also treating as an act of terrorism. Trudeau said in a statement that ‘we condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge. Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, city and country. According to witnesses interviewed on local television, two masked gunmen entered the cultural center at about 7:15pm (0015 GMT) on Sunday. The motive of the attack was not immediate...
Washout weather brings mild temperatures before another freeze
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Washout weather brings mild temperatures before another freeze

    A woman walks through the rain in London Britain is facing washout weather this week with warnings of a sharp drop in temperatures later next month. After last week's freeze, the Met Office is forecasting wet and windy weather for the next two weeks, with temperatures a few degrees above average for the time of year. But forecasters warned that the recent cold conditions could return in the second half of February, when a prolonged chill is expected. A Met Office forecaster said: In the coming days, we are all likely to see some rain but there is the potential for the weather to get quite a bit milder, a few degrees above what might be expected for this time of year. It will be unsettled though, windy at time with gales possible in some areas, he said. The Met Office said ...