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  • Ethiopia rubbish dump death toll rises

     Ethiopian officials have now confirmed that 65 people died in theweekend's landslide at a rubbish dump in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    The search for more victims is continuing and funerals for some of those who have died have already taken place, reports the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza.

    A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.

    The area has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa's rubbish for more than five decades.

    Rescuers are using bulldozers and even bare hands to move tonnes of debris as the search for survivors and dead bodies continues

    Three days mourning declared in Ethiopia after rubbish dump deaths

    Ethiopia's parliament has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the rubbish dump collapse in the capital, Addis Ababa, as recovery operations continue.

    Seventy two people have now been confirmed dead following a landslide at the weekend.

    More bodies have been retrieved from under the debris of the rubbish dump nearly three days after the landslide destroyed makeshift houses at the Koshe landfill. 

    Many are still missing and authorities fear the death toll could rise even further. 

    Rescue operations have been going on day and night at the site and city authorities say they will continue until everyone is accounted for. 

    Family members are waiting at the site to hear news of their missing loved ones:

          A woman carries a photograph as she mourns her family members suspected to be missing following a landslide


    The government and locals living in the area have traded accusations about what triggered the landslide. 

    Residents say an ongoing construction of a biogas plant caused it but the government has dismissed the claims insisting people had refused an offer to be relocated.

    The country’s prime minister has pledged to carry out an investigation of the disaster. 



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  • European court rules employers can ban women from wearing Islamic headscarves and religious symbols


    Two women from France and Belgium brought case after being dismissed from work for refusing to remove hijabs AFP/Getty Images

     The European Court of Justice has ruled that companies can ban employees

      from wearing the Islamic headscarf and other 

    religious symbols.

    It is the first case of its kind amid a series of legal disputes over the right for Muslim woman to wear the hijab at work.

    “An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,” the court said in a statement.

    However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer's services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination.”

    Two employees in Belgium and France had brought the case to the ECJ after being dismissed for refusing to remove their headscarves.

    The Belgian woman had been working as a receptionist for G4S Secure Solutions, which has a general ban on wearing visible religious or political symbols, while the French claimant is an IT consultant who was told to remove her headscarf after a client complained.



    The ECJ’s advocate general recommended that companies should be allowed to prohibit headscarves as long as a general ban on other symbols was in place last year.

    Their advice in the French case was that a rule banning employees from wearing religious symbols when in contact with customers was discrimination, particularly when it only applied to Islamic headscarves.

    The ruling, which sets a EU-wide precedent, came a day before the Netherlands’ parliamentary elections, which have been dominated by issues of integration and identity.

    Dutch MPs voted in support of a partial ban on full-face Islamic veils last year, but no law has yet been implemented, while prohibitions have been implemented in France, Belgium, Bulgaria and parts of Switzerland.






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