Are France’s burkini bans sexist, or liberating?

PARIS — Male officials are dictating what women can wear on French beaches — and people across a wide swath of French society say that’s a good thing. Decrees issued by several mayors this month ban the body-encompassing burkini swimsuit, which France’s secular political class says subjugates women and is incompatible with a country whose…

Islamic State claims responsibility for machete attack in Belgium

ภาพจากรอยเตอร์ Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Twitter. Shortly before the claim, Belgian prosecutors had identified the assailant as a 33-year-old Algerian, K.B., who had lived in Belgium since 2012, saying…