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Day: October 23, 2018

Brexit: Nobel Prize winners warn May
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Brexit: Nobel Prize winners warn May

    Twenty-nine Nobel Prize winners have warned Theresa May a hard Brexit could cripple science. The world leading scientists banded together in a letter to the Prime Minister, as well as European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, to say a hard Brexit could seriously damage research. The letter, also signed by six Fields Medal mathematicians, said creating new barriers would inhibit progress to the detriment of us all. It came after Ms May announced in the Commons that extending the Brexit transition beyond 2020 would be a last resort and that the deal is 95 per cent complete. Nobel winner and Crick director Sir Paul Nurse, one of the signatories to the letter said: Science and research matter for economic growth health and quality of life and the environment. ...
UN condemns French ban on full-face veils as violation of human rights
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UN condemns French ban on full-face veils as violation of human rights

    The committee called for the women to be compensated and for a review of the 2010 law that forbids people from publicly wearing clothing that conceals their face. The French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners' right to manifest their religious beliefs, the committee said in a statement. It added that it was not convinced by France's claim that the ban was necessary for security and social reasons. The two French women were convicted in 2012 for wearing the niqab, a veil with an opening for the eyes. The ban, rather than protecting fully veiled women could have the opposite effect of confining them to their homes impeding their access to public services and marginalising them, the committee said. The UN Human Rights Committee, made up of independent exp...