Tag Archives: The Independant

Top primary school reverses hijab ban after major backlash sees chair of governors resign

A top London primary school has reversed a controversial decision banning children under eight from wearing the hijab to school. The chair of governors who championed the ban stepped down from his role on Friday, as backlash against the decision grew.  St Stephen’s Primary School in Upton Park, Newham, faced sustained criticism over the decision to block girls from wearing the ...

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Syria crisis: Turkish assault on Kurdish enclave threatens to open deadly new phase in bloody seven-year civil war

Turkish soldiers have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria in a move which could mean that the seven-year-long Syrian crisis is entering a new phase. Turkey says that it plans to establish a 19-mile-deep safe zone under its control. According to the Turkish military, its jets and artillery have so far hit 153 targets there. The Kurdish ...

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Southampton's Mauricio Pellegrino comes out firing after Tottenham draw: 'I am not afraid of losing my job'

Mauricio Pellegrino compared football management to sitting in an electric chair after Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s, but nevertheless insisted that he was “not afraid to lose my job.” Southampton, whose run of 11 league games without a win is the worst of any team in England’s top four divisions, took a shock lead against Tottenham ...

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Women's March: Rural Nova Scotia town held a march of 32 protesters

A small rural town in Nova Scotia, Canada held its own Women’s March of 32 protesters – more than double the amount of its march in 2017.  The town of Sandy Cove only has 65 permanent residents and 12 marched last year, according to CBC.  “I think people were surprised that in a very small, isolated rural community that we were ...

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Turkish troops enter Afrin in northern Syria as offensive against Kurds continues

Turkish troops have reportedly entered the Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria as part of the second day of their offensive alongside Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters.  The state run Anadolu Agency said troops pushed 5km (three miles) into Afrin on Sunday a day after Turkish jets attacked the US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The Turkish military has said its offensive, which they ...

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Watford appoint Javi Gracia as new manager hours after sacking Marco Silva

Watford have appointed Javi Gracia as the club’s new head coach hours after sacking Marco Silva. The 47-year-old Spaniard has signed an 18-month contract at Vicarage Road. Silva was dismissed on Sunday morning following the 2-0 defeat by Leicester City on Saturday, with the club issuing a statement to blame Premier League rivals Everton for their approach earlier in the ...

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Tottenham held by Southampton as Harry Kane cancels out Davinson Sanchez own goal

Tottenham Hotspur were victims of their own high standards at St Mary’s this afternoon, frustrated to be leaving Southampton with just one point, which leaves them stuck in fifth place. Under other circumstances this might be source of some pride: against a team fighting for its life, in pouring rain, after going 1-0 down and without Christian Eriksen, their most ...

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Southampton vs Tottenham: Five things we learned as Spurs held by dogged Saints in scrappy contest

Southampton held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in a scrappy match at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon, denting the north London club’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season. Despite their long run without a win in the Premier League, Southampton started well and deservedly took the lead. Ryan Bertrand whipped a low cross into the box which Spurs ...

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Leicester turn down late chance to draw and suffer defeat by Racing 92 as Tigers bow out of Champions Cup

Leicester Tigers regained some pride after a poor European Champions Cup campaign by pushing Racing 92 all the way before going down 23-20 in their final pool game. The Tigers, who have now failed to reach the knock-out stage in three of the last four seasons, finished bottom of their pool for the first time but at least produced a ...

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Trump is a 'pathological liar,' says Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders has commented that US President Donald Trump is a “pathological liar.” The erstwhile presidential candidate was asked on MSNBC to sum up the first 12 months of Mr Trump’s term. Mr Sanders joked: “Has it really only been one year? I thought it was about 16 years.” He said that Mr Trump was an “embarrassment” to the ...

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