EU firms free to ban Muslim headscarves, court says

Companies in the EU can ban Muslim employees from wearing headscarves to work, a senior jurist has said in a case involving British security firm G4S. The headscarf ban “may … be justified in order to enforce a legitimate policy of religious and ideological neutrality pursued by the employer”, Juliane Kokott, a German advocate general […]

The head scarf, modern Turkey, and me

BY ELIF BATUMAN In 1924, a year after founding the Turkish Republic on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country’s new leader, abolished the Ottoman Caliphate, which had been the last remaining Sunni Islamic Caliphate since 1517. Having introduced a secular constitution and a Western-style civil and criminal legal code, Atatürk […]

Prince died without a will, sister says

Prince left no will, according to documents filed Tuesday by his sister, Tyka Nelson, in probate court for Carver County, Minn., where the beloved pop icon died suddenly last week at his Paisley Parkcompound. “The Decedent died intestate,” Nelson said in her petition for the appointment of a special administrator to deal with Prince’s estate, which has been widely reported […]

Palmyra’s ancient Triumphal Arch resurrected in London’s Trafalgar Square

A replica of a 2,000-year-old Syrian monument demolished by ISIS militants has been built and unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square. The scale model of Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch, which was destroyed in an act captured on an ISIS video, has been reconstructed using 3-D printing technology and photographs of the original. The new structure was built […]

Iranian woman defies authorities to run male-only marathon

An Iranian woman defied the rules of Iran’s international marathon, which was only open to men, and ran the 26 miles from Shiraz to Persepolis on April 9. Mahsa Torabi, an Iranian mountaineer and runner, wanted to compete in “I run Iran”, Iran’s first international marathon, which was organised by a tourism organisation with the […]