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Islamophobia in UK

A conservative British lawmaker and former cabinet member says she was sacked from a ministerial position because of being a Muslim. Nusrat Ghani says she was told that her "Muslimness" was raised as an issue in her being fired as junior transport minister in a cabinet reshuffle in early 2020. Ghani told the Sunday Times that the whip in charge of firing her said the Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues uncomfortable. This echoes remarks from another British politician who accused the government of trying to intimidate and blackmail lawmakers opposing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Several British politicians have voiced support for Ghani's cause, with a fellow Tory MP slamming the treatment as intolerable. The Labor deputy leader has also expressed disgust over the matter.

Tensions over Ukraine

The head of Germany’s navy resigns after his comments on Russia drew strong criticism from Ukraine. Kay-Achim Schoenbach says the German defense minister has accepted his resignation. This comes after the vice admiral called Russia an important country, admitting that President Vladimir Putin probably deserves respect. Kiev reacted by summoning Berlin's ambassador to protest the remarks. Germany has also enraged Ukraine by refusing to deliver arms to the country. Berlin says there’s no consensus among German politicians over the matter. Kiev and its Western allies accuse Moscow of preparing to invade Ukraine while the Kremlin denies the allegation. The US, Britain and several Baltic states have agreed to provide Kiev with weapons. The first batch of the US military aid arrived in Ukraine on Saturday.

Anti-vaccine protests

Unrest growing in some European countries as governments are tightening mandatory coronavirus vaccine measures. People flooded the streets in fresh protests in the French capital Paris. They chanted slogans against President Emmanuel Macron’s covid policies and the vaccination pass that was approved by senate on Friday. As of January 24, people aged sixteen and older will need to show proof of immunization to enter public places. In the UK, thousands marched in London to protest against mandatory vaccines for NHS workers. Public health workers are set to lose their jobs in April if they do not get immunized. Demonstrators also gathered in Sweden’s capital to express opposition to the mandatory pass. The Swedish government has recently expanded its use of the pass.

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