Austria's ban on full Islamic veil in force
VIENNA • Austria's ban on full-face Islamic veils came into force yesterday following similar measures in other European countries.
Under the new restrictions, the wearing of full Islamic veils and other items concealing the face is banned in public places and buildings.
Exemptions "under certain conditions" include items such as clown disguises "at cultural events", work wear such as medical masks, and scarves in cold weather, the government said.
UN air operations in Sudan in cash crunch
SUDAN • United Nations humanitarian air operations in Sudan face being grounded because of an acute cash crunch, aid officials say, affecting the delivery of relief to thousands of people in conflict areas.
The UN Humanitarian Air Service has funding that will barely keep it flying until the end of next month, raising the possibility that operations may have to cease from December.
Germany registers first same-sex marriage
BERLIN • Germany celebrated its first gay marriage yesterday as same-sex unions become legal after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights is not over yet.
Mr Bodo Mende, 60, and his partner Karl Kreile, 59, became the first same-sex couple to marry in Germany.