Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria on Friday ordered the closing of seven mosques and the scrutiny of the right of dozens of Turkish imams to remain in the country, citing suspected violations of an Austrian law that bans “political Islam” or foreign financing of Muslim institutions. Roughly 600,000 Muslims, most of them Turks or of Turkish descent, live in Austria, a country of 8.8 million.
Protesters have taken to the streets across the US to demand officials “count every vote” amid efforts by the Trump campaign to stop the democratic process. Demonstrations were organized by voters on both sides in cities such as Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Minnesota. While most were Biden supporters trying to resist claims by the Trump camp that counting should be stopped, Republican supporters made similar calls in states they have lost or are trailing behind.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with his French counterpart amid controversy over recent comments he made about free expression. Mr Trudeau expressed Canada’s solidarity with “the people of France” following the recent terror attacks. Mr Trudeau’s remarks last week about freedom of expression were criticized in both Canada and France. There have been calls in some countries for a boycott of French goods.
A Danish vaccine specialist has warned that a new wave of coronavirus could be started by the Covid-19 mink variant. Denmark, the world’s largest mink producer, said on Wednesday that it plans to cull more than 15 million of the animals, due to fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardize future vaccines.
The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region. Forecasters said the now-tropical depression was expected to regather and head toward Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.