Half a million Austrians have signed a petition calling for a smoking ban in restaurants, embarrassing the ruling coalition of conservatives and far right that has championed both direct democracy and the right to smoke.
Thousands have taken to the streets of Brussels, the heart of the European Union, in protest at the Belgian government’s refugee policy, calling on authorities to adopt a more ‘humane’ approach in dealing with ‘those without papers.’
Egypt has frozen the assets of leading government critic Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, arrested earlier this month over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Sunday.
US gun manufacturers have produced over 70 million firearms since 2008, quickly escalating the production of rifles and the types of semiautomatic weapons used in recent mass shootings, according to data from the US government and gun industry.
Tensions ran high in the Maldives on Friday after a shock Supreme Court decision to clear an exiled former president and eight other convicted political dissidents triggered overnight clashes between police and opposition activists.
US President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant “dreamers” and other contentious issues.
US President Donald Trump says Democrats have surrendered in the fight over the government shutdown, after they joined Republicans in reopening the government that forced hundreds of thousands of workers to stay at home without pay.