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Vienna – ‘Burqa Ban’ Law Signals Rightward Political Turn In Austria

September 30, 2017 at 11:30 PM
Vienna - A law prohibiting any kind of full-face covering, known popularly as the "Burqa Ban," takes effect Sunday in Austria, where the strong support for it portends potential political upheaval in the upcoming national election. Parties campaigning on an anti-migrant message are poised to win on Oct. 15 and to form a coalition government. Such a rightward swing in a country that's had...

Manhattan, NY – Police: Driver Blames Floor Mat For Accident That Injured 3

September 30, 2017 at 11:14 PM
Manhattan, NY - A van driver who hit three pedestrians outside New York's Penn Station has told police it happened accidentally when his gas pedal got stuck on a floor mat. The three people were hit Friday evening. Police say they were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police are investigating the driver's claim the gas pedal got stuck on the floor mat. Witness Mike Lamencusa says...

United Arab Emirates – Dubai Dreams Of Flying Taxis Darting Among Its Skyscrapers

September 30, 2017 at 11:01 PM
United Arab Emirates - With a whirling buzz from 18 rotors, the pilotless helicopter gently lifted off the ground and soared up into the afternoon sky, the spire of the world's tallest building visible behind it. The recent unmanned flight by the German-made electric Volocopter represents the latest step in Dubai's pursuit of flying taxis, which would not seem out of place among the Gulf...

Beijing, China – Tillerson Says US Has Direct Channels To Talk To North Korea

September 30, 2017 at 10:31 PM
Beijing, China - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North's nuclear and missile programs and the countries' leaders spar through bellicose name-calling. Tillerson said the U.S. was probing North Korea's willingness to talk, and called for a calming...

Washington – Under Fire, Trump Blames Puerto Ricans For Slow Hurricane Response

September 30, 2017 at 10:04 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Puerto Ricans on Saturday for the slow pace of relief from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Maria, saying his government, which has come under fire for its response, was doing an "amazing job." Trump took to Twitter early on Saturday to fire back at the mayor of San Juan, the island's largest city. On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz had...

Montpelier, VT – DASHCAM Video: Vermont Police Probe Says No Evidence Of Bias When Brooklyn Rabbi Was Stopped

September 30, 2017 at 08:58 PM
Montpelier, VT - A Vermont state police trooper who pursued and pulled over a speeding New York City rabbi and ordered him at gunpoint to lie on the ground and then with other police handcuffed the rabbi's family has been cleared of wrongdoing. State police and the Department of Public Safety commissioner performed an investigation of the nighttime traffic stop and found "there was no...

Goose Bay, Newfoundland – Air France Plane’s Engine Breaks Apart Midair, Forcing Emergency Landing In Canada

September 30, 2017 at 08:33 PM
Goose Bay, Newfoundland - An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in eastern Canada on Saturday after one of its four engines sustained "serious damage" over the Atlantic, the airline said. Air France Flight 66, originating at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed at Goose Bay in Labrador at 1542 GMT, the airline said, and no one was hurt in the...

Gothenburg, Sweden – 50 Detained As Anti-Semitic Group Marches During Yom Kippur Rally In Swedish City

September 30, 2017 at 08:13 PM
Gothenburg, Sweden - Police said at least 50 people were detained Saturday during a right-wing demonstration in Sweden's second-largest city that left one police officer and several others injured. The rally by the Nordic Resistance Movement in Goteborg, 400 kilometers (248 miles) southwest of Stockholm, featured an estimated 600 people marching in formation in all-black outfits. Some wore...

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