France mourns the victims of the knife attack on the church in Nice; Greta brings the protests back online; Taiwanese military officers have same-sex marriage


Top of The World – our morning roundup from the World editors. Subscribe here. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the country is at war with Islamists and can expect more militant attacks on its soil. His statement comes a day after a deadly knife attack in the city of Nice that killed three people in a church. The suspect in Thursday’s brutal incident – Brahim Aouissaoui, a Tunisian who entered Europe through Italy just weeks ago – has been shot dead by police and is in a hospital in critical condition.

French President Emmanuel Macron has sent soldiers to protect key places of worship and schools as part of the country’s highest level security alert. Protesters around the world have been rallying for days against what they call a grave insult to the Prophet Muhammad, as French officials defend the right to free speech to publish cartoons widely considered offensive to Muslims around the world whole.

In the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, tens of thousands of people marched through the streets on Friday and called for a boycott of French goods, waving banners calling Macron “the world’s greatest terrorist”. Protester Akramul Haq said, “Macron leads Islamophobia,” adding, “He does not know the power of Islam.”

While the people of Nice mourned the victims, French Muslim groups also spoke out against hatred and violence. Feïza Ben Mohammed, a journalist based in Nice, quoted the Prophet Muhammad as saying: “Whoever wrongs a Jew or a Christian will find in me his opponent on the day of judgment.” And Fatima Ouassak, lawyer for mothers, denounced “the infernal cycle and the climate of terror” and called for “solidarity, equality, justice and respect for human dignity”.

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As cases of COVID-19 in Sweden increase, climate activist Greta Thunberg announced on Friday that she was resuming her protests online – rather than holding weekly strikes outside the Parliament building in Stockholm. Sweden recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday: 2,820, since the start of the pandemic. Thunberg said on Twitter: “Stay safe, take care of each other and #flattenthecurve! ”

In Taiwan, two female military officers made history Friday by marrying their same-sex civilian partners in a mass wedding. The Taiwanese Defense Ministry called the ceremony “open and progressive” in a statement praising the union of the 188 couples married at the event. Wang Yi, a uniformed major wearing a pride flag alongside his wife, Meng You-mei, said, “I hope to increase the visibility of gay people so that people understand that we are also part of everyday life.

And, in Poland, women’s rights activists are planning what they say will be the biggest protest in Warsaw on Friday night against the highest court’s anti-abortion ruling.

Armenians mobilize to support troops in Karabakh war, as ceasefires fail

Mariam Margaryan lost her job as a tour guide when the clashes started in late September, but immediately offered to volunteer. In Armenia, with less than 3 million people, war directly affects most people. Margaryan has already lost a friend in the conflict and her brother is serving in the Armenian army.

“Now everyone is united, we are together,” says Margaryan. “We share the grief and embrace people we have never met [before]. »

What the U.S. election means for Keystone XL construction in Canada

The Canadian economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. But the small town of Oyen, Alta. Is a rare bright spot that many attribute to the Keystone XL pipeline. Construction on the Canadian portion of the pipeline began last summer, and since then more than 800 temporary workers have come to the area.

But the boom could turn into another collapse if former US Vice President Joe Biden wins next week’s presidential race. As part of its environmental policy, Biden has committed to revoke permits for the US portion of Keystone XL. This would likely end construction north of the border.

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As we enter our eighth month of the new normal: lockdowns, working from home, restricted life – it has pushed us all to seek new opportunities, new ways of being ourselves. Take Jamaican songwriter Janine Cunningham – Jah9 as she calls it. His album, “Note to Self,” dropped as the pandemic began. Nowhere to go, no concert dates to perform. So she doubled down on the other thing she’s really good at: yoga. The spirit of Jah9’s new song collection is all about self-reflection.

In case you missed itListen: Deadly knife attacks on a church in France

A spate of knife attacks on French citizens at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice in the Mediterranean city of Nice on Thursday prompted the government to raise its security alert status to the maximum. And much of the chocolate that the sweet tooth is eating this weekend will come from West African cocoa plantations that use child labor. In addition, the Japanese Prime Minister this week announced his goal to make the country carbon neutral by 2050.

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