Last year around 890,000 asylum-seekers, more than 70 percent of them Muslims, entered the country. Around a third came from Syria. Many of them do not want to go to Turkish mosques because they do not understand the sermons. They prefer to worship where people speak Arabic. Yet in these mosques, other problems arise. They are often short of funds, or else supported by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. Some back ultra-conservative or highly literal interpretations of Islam, such as Wahhabism
The kingdom may have stretched its current limits by extracting a record of around 10.7 million bpd this year... one reason why Riyadh pushed so hard for a global deal to cut production. Riyadh... felt the burn of cheap oil this year...as the reality of its costly war in Yemen and the task of shaking up its economy to create thousands of jobs began to sink in. The government is trying to boost non-oil revenue and modernize the economy through an ambitious reform plan called "Vision 2030."
U.S. officials have warned the country will likely face a higher risk of... attacks as IS urges supporters to launch attacks at home instead of joining its fight in the Middle East. Even if Trump tones down his anti-Muslim comments... analysts say his statements during the campaign trail were enough to fuel the militants' propaganda machine. "Militant groups... depend on... convincing Muslims in the Western world that the West hates them and won't ever accept them as part of their society."
Fifteen years after the U.S. declared drug-resistant infections to be a grave threat, the crisis is only worsening...as government agencies remain unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a healthcare industry that often hides the problem ... Even when recorded, tens of thousands of deaths from drug-resistant infections – as well as many more infections that sicken but don’t kill people – go uncounted because federal and state agencies are doing a poor job of tracking them.
Banks have financed companies responsible for rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia to the tune of billions of dollars ... Southeast Asia is home to some of the world's most diverse rainforests, but they have come under threat in recent years due to large-scale expansion in industries such as palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber and timber ... at least $38 billion worth of commercial loans and underwriting facilities were provided to 50 companies in these sectors between 2010 and 2015
Coal supporters blame competition from natural gas, weak demand from China and government pollution controls they call a “war on coal.” All those forces hampered an industry where the largest investor-owned companies are mired in bankruptcy. Yet there’s something more to the coal story and the fall of industry behemoths ... For mining families in West Virginia and beyond, a blur of Wall Street deals altered the industry’s decades-old pledge to mining communities.
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court...upheld the method all 50 states use in drawing legislative districts by counting every resident and not just eligible voters...Writing for the court, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that elected legislators "serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote." Ginsburg said non-voters, including children, have "an important stake in many policy debates," including education, and sometimes need help navigating government bureaucracy.
the mosquito that spreads...the Zika virus...is now present in about 30 states and hundreds of thousands of infections could appear in Puerto Rico ... if Congress does not provide emergency Zika funding, U.S. officials likely would be forced to redirect money currently dedicated for research into malaria, tuberculosis and a universal flu vaccine.
The FDA eased access to Mifeprex by updating the prescribing information on the drug's label...expanding use to 70 days of gestation from the current 49 days, cutting the recommended dose of the drug and reducing the number of required visits to a doctor. In practice, many abortion providers had moved away from the previous restrictions over the years but...Texas, North Dakota and Ohio have laws that restrict medication abortions by requiring prescription...strictly according to the old label
Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country ... "Some say the conditions in Finland and the lengthy asylum process did not meet their expectations" ... Hostility to migrants has also increased in Finland ... 4,100 ... had so far canceled their applications and that number was likely to reach 5,000 in the coming months