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French mayors refuse to lift burkini ban despite court ruling

Burkini ban continuesA majority of mayors who have banned burkinis in about 30 French coastal resorts are refusing to lift the restrictions despite the country’s highest administrative court ruling that the bans are illegal, leaving the state facing a dilemma about how to react.

More than 20 mayors have defiantly kept in place decrees under which municipal police can stop and fine any women in full-body swimsuits at the beach despite the ruling from the state council that the burkini bans are a “serious and manifestly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms”.

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Haiti's peanut producers oppose 500-tonne US donation

Haiti refuses peanut donationsPeanut producers in Haiti have united to block the delivery of a 500-tonne shipment of nuts from the US.

They say the shipment threatens to undermine the livelihood of thousands of people in the country.

According to the World Bank, extreme poverty in the country has fallen from 31 to 24 percent over the last decade but remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world (with a GDP per capita of $846 in 2014).

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Turkey allows policewomen to wear headscarves

Turkish police women may wear head scarvesTurkey has for the first time allowed policewomen to wear headscarves while on duty as part of their uniform.

Women serving in the police force "will be able to cover their heads" under their caps or berets so long as the headscarf is "the same colour as the uniform and without pattern", said the ruling published in the government's Official Gazette on Saturday.

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Somalia: Al-Shabab gunmen attack beach restaurant

Mogadishu attack on hotel restaurantAt least 10 people have been killed after al-Shabab fighters attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb before entering into a gunfight with security forces, according to police and the group.

"A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there is exchange of gunfire. We have no other details so far," Major Ahmed Ibrahim, a police officer, told Reuters news agency on Thursday.

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Deadly bomb attack hits police HQ in southeast Turkey

Bomb hits Turkey police hqtrsAt least 11 police officers have been killed and 70 wounded in a truck bomb attack at a police headquarters in Cizre in southeastern Turkey, according to the local governor's office.

The bomb was exploded at a checkpoint outside the headquarters on Friday, after the attackers failed to pass the guards there, state media said. The blast was followed by an armed battle between the police and attackers.
How is Turkey dealing with threat from Syria?

Predominantly-Kurdish Cizre is in Turkey's Sirnak province and it borders both Syria and Iraq.

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3 dead, including at least 1 hit by crossbow bolt, in Scarborough

Toronto crossbow attack Three people are dead, including one who was found with an apparent crossbow injury, in the Scarborough area of Toronto on Thursday afternoon.

Toronto police responded to a report of a stabbing incident on Lawndale Road near Mason Road and Eglinton Avenue East and arrived to find two victims without vital signs, who were later pronounced dead, and the person struck by a crossbow bolt, Const. David Hopkinson told CBC News.

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12 Killed in Attack on American University of Afghanistan

12 dead at kabul UStudent Farim Ahmad was in his final class of the day at Kabul's American University of Afghanistan when he heard the first blast. Other students, who had already finished, were gathering in the cafeteria

Then came the smoke, fire and confusion.

Thirteen people were killed in an attack that began Wednesday evening at the university in the Afghan capital, Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, told CNN on Thursday. Two gunmen were killed after police entered a building hours after the shooting started.

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