Your world: The news this week

08/10

Donald Trump visits Las Vegas after shooting massacre

Donald Trump used a politically delicate visit to Las Vegas in the wake of the deadliest mass shootings of modern times to praise the courage of victims and police on Wednesday, but flatly refused to engage in a wider discussion about gun violence.

Despite a renewal of efforts in Washington to reform the country’s gun laws, the US president declined to answer a question about the country’s problem with gun violence. “We’re not going to talk about that today,” he said.

 

Turkey shells Syrian rebels in coordination with Russia

Turkish forces have clashed with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fighters in Idlib province on the Syria-Turkey border, activists and a monitor reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Sunday that the Turkish troops exchanged fire with the rebel alliance near the village of Kafr Lusin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that Turkey would implement a deal agreed with Russia and Iran to reduce violence in Syria’s northern province of Idlib, in cooperation with Free Syrian Army opposition fighters.

In fighting has plagued much of the Syrian opposition in recent years of the conflict, exacerbated by external pressure and the designation of rebel groups as terror organisations.

 

Denmark moves to ban the niqab

Denmark is expected to become the next European country to restrict full-face coverings, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, a few days after Austria took a similar decision.

Most parties in the Danish parliament backed some sort of ban on facial coverings on Friday.

The three-party centre-right minority government, its ally the Danish People’s Party and the main opposition Social Democrats have all said they are in favour of a ban, though they are still discussing how the ban should be designed and enforced.

 

10 year old can be held as terror suspects, Australia confirms

“Terrorism” suspects as young as 10 could be detained for up to two weeks without jimbooba-times-696x393charge under a new anti-terrorism law, Australia’s justice minister has confirmed.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said if children were detained under the new law, there would be protections in place, such as having an adult present.

WA Labour Premier Mark McGowan said: “Obviously if you don’t have this and if people are released they can go and destroy evidence, or even worse, they can go and detonate whatever material might have, so you have got to have proper precautions.

“We are dealing with the civil liberties of terrorists and I don’t particularly care about the civil liberties of terrorists or potential terrorists, so I think these are appropriate safeguards or precautions.”

The new counter-terrorism measures have sparked outrage among civil liberty and privacy groups.

 

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