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Day: September 25, 2017

Girls must wear hijab as uniform at England’s state funded Islamic schools
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Girls must wear hijab as uniform at England’s state funded Islamic schools

    Girls as young as four are being forced to wear the hijab as uniform at state funded Islamic schools, new research has found. More than two in five Islamic schools in England that accept girls require them to wear a hijab as school uniform, according to the research. Some 59 of 142 (42 per cent) of Islamic schools, including 27 primary schools, have a uniform policy which states a head covering is compulsory, the National Secular Society (NSS) said. The body has written to Education Secretary Justine Greening to express its concern over the figures, which also showed eight of the secondary schools and three of the primary schools were state-funded. The research was first reported in the Sunday Times. In the letter, the NSS asks for Muslim girls to be given free choices and...
Not the sex dolls: Sex robots AI coming to market soon
ENGLISH, Life Style

Not the sex dolls: Sex robots AI coming to market soon

    There’s a problem with this story: the robot doesn’t exist. Douglas Hines, the man behind Roxxxy TrueCompanion, has been drumming up publicity for his creation ever since he unveiled her to the public at the 2010 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Even though his website pulsates with throbbing Order Her Now! buttons, no journalist has seen or photographed Roxxxy since 2010, and no one in the surprisingly extensive robot enthusiast community has ever reported owning one. I tried to meet Hines in person many times over the past year while researching a documentary and article on sex robots, and although he was happy to talk over the phone he avoided meeting me when I asked to see Roxxxy in the flesh. Roxxxy, much like the replicants and Stepford Wives of science fic...
Britain’s banks could incur £30bn of losses
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain’s banks could incur £30bn of losses

  Bank of England says banking system requires a contingency plan of £10bn to ward off the threat of bad debt. Banking system needs £10bn contingency plan to ward off the risk of bad debt. Britain’s banks could incur £30bn of losses on their lending on credit cards, personal loans and for car finance if interest rates and unemployment rise sharply, the Bank of England warned on Monday. After assessing the fast growth in the consumer credit market, Threadneedle Street is requiring the banking system to hold an extra £10bn of capital as protection against any future losses after finding that lenders are underestimating their exposure to bad debts in an economic downturn. Publishing its latest assessment of risks to the financial system, the Bank of England also spelt out specific conc...
A Muslim surgeon stabbing at Mosque in Manchester
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

A Muslim surgeon stabbing at Mosque in Manchester

    Dr Nasser Kurdy suffers stab wound in neck while arriving for evening prayers at Altrincham mosque. Altrincham’s Islamic centre Police said they are treating the attack as a hate crime and confirmed they have arrested two men, aged 54 and 32. Sunday 24 September 2017 22.53 BST Last modified on Sunday 24 September 2017 23.54 BST A man has been stabbed outside a mosque in Greater Manchester in an incident that police are treating as a hate crime. The victim, named locally as Dr Nasser Kurdy, an orthopaedic surgeon and imam, was reportedly arriving at the Altrincham Islamic centre, Grove Lane, for evening prayers at 6pm when someone stabbed him in the neck from behind. A friend of the victim told the Manchester Evening News that he had suffered a non-critical 3cm stab wound w...
German elections 2017: full results
ENGLISH, Europe

German elections 2017: full results

    The victory was seen as a bittersweet one for Merkel, with her alliance having lost about 8% of the vote compared to the last election. The SPD was down by almost 5%. The AfD gained more than 8 points on its 2013 result, when it failed to reach the 5% hurdle that would have allowed it into the Bundestag. Thirty-five percent of its supporters were first time voters. Voter turnout stood at 77% a 5.5-point increase on 2013 after voters were urged by leaders of the mainstream parties to turn out in force in an attempt to counter the rise of the right. The country faces weeks of drawn out coalition talks between the parties, about who will form a government with the CDU/CSU. A repeat of the so-called grand coalition between Merkel’s conservative alliance and the SPD would amoun...
Angela Merkel wins fourth term as German Chancellor
ENGLISH, Europe

Angela Merkel wins fourth term as German Chancellor

    Chancellor returns but with diminished authority as first openly nationalist party in decades enters Bundestag. Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term as German chancellor but with her authority diminished, after her conservative bloc secured the lead position in parliamentary elections but failed to halt the march of rightwing populists. Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was celebrating its historic third place success last night, having secured 13% of the vote, according to exit polls, marking the first time in almost six decades that an openly nationalist party will enter the Bundestag. Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrat-led alliance secured 33% of the vote, according to exit polls, about 12 points ahead of her main rivals, Martin Schulz’s centre left Social Demo...