The Trump travel ban on Muslim-majority countries may be associated with preterm births among women, study says

The 2017 travel ban imposed by the Trump administration on seven Muslim-majority countries may be associated with an increase in preterm births among women from those countries residing in the United States, according to a new study.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Researchers found an increase in preterm birth rates among women from countries on the 2017 travel ban.

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Researchers found an increase in preterm birth rates among women from countries on the 2017 travel ban.

The study, published last week in the journal Social Science and Medicine, analyzed preterm birth rates among women from countries impacted by the travel ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Researchers found an increase after the ban, with a preterm birth rate of 8.6% between February and September 2017. That percentage rose from 8.5% before the ban, between January 2009 and December 2016.

By comparison, US-born, non-Hispanic White women held a steady 8.6% preterm birth rate throughout the time frames.

The 0.1 percentage point increase may not

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Italy announces Christmas travel ban

a person walking in the rain with an umbrella: A travel ban between different regions will be in place from 21 December to 6 January

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A travel ban between different regions will be in place from 21 December to 6 January

Italy has outlined strict coronavirus curbs for Christmas, including a ban on travel between different regions from 21 December to 6 January.

A curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 will also be in place.

Restaurants can open in some regions until 18:00 but only takeaways are allowed in other parts of the country. Ski slopes must close until 7 January.

It comes as Italy announced its highest daily Covid death toll since the pandemic started, with 993 fatalities.

“We cannot let down our guard,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told a news conference.

“We must eliminate the risk of a third wave which could arrive in January – and not less serious than the first and the second,” he added.

There will be travel exceptions for work, medical reasons or emergencies.

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‘Foreign Office needs to end cruise ship ban’

British cruise line Saga Cruises has become the first cruise operator to be awarded Shield+ accreditation from Lloyd’s Register for coronavirus risk management – the highest category of health assurance granted by the maritime safety experts.

The accreditation recognises enhanced safety procedures put in place to reduce the risk of infection, transmission and a subsequent coronavirus outbreak on board two Saga ships: Spirit of Discovery and the line’s brand new ship Spirit of Adventure who is due to set sail for the first time in May 2021. Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph, Nick Stace, Saga’s chief executive of travel, said: “We want to create the safest place in the world to see the world, and that’s what I think we can do with this [the Shield+ accreditation].”

“I can’t see how you could be safer, than to be on one of our ships. We test five days in advance of

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The travel ban families hoping to be reunited

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One of President Donald Trump’s earliest and most controversial moves was a travel ban on people from certain nations he said were deemed a security threat to the US. Joe Biden has promised this will be one of the first policies he reverses.

The ban – which now applies to 13 countries – has survived many legal challenges, but for some families it has meant years of separation.


‘My child turned five yesterday. We have been apart his whole life.’

Afkab Hussein is a Somalian lorry driver who has never lived with his sons.

When he first moved to Ohio in 2015, Afkab Hussein planned for his pregnant wife to join him the following year.

But while his wife and children now live in Kenya, they are Somali citizens – and Somalia was one of the countries on the first iteration of the travel ban.


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Joe Biden Has Promised to End Trump’s Muslim and African ‘Travel Ban’. But Its Legacy Will Be Felt for Years

Afnan Salem’s father, a Somali citizen living in Malaysia, has been waiting three years for United States immigration authorities to allow him to come to Ohio to live with his family. But Trump’s severe travel restrictions on many visas for those with citizenship from more than a dozen predominantly African and Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, means he is, at least temporarily, barred from entry.

a group of people posing for the camera: Demonstrators protest President Donald Trump's executive immigration ban at O'Hare International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Demonstrators protest President Donald Trump’s executive immigration ban at O’Hare International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Under previous Administrations, Salem’s father would likely have been able to come to the U.S. without complications: Salem’s brother is a U.S. citizen and has filed for a visa on their father’s behalf. Trump’s travel ban—often referred to as the Muslim and African ban—changed that calculus, making it much more difficult, and often impossible, for family members from certain predominately Muslim

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Marlborough locals plan ‘massive party’ after freedom camping ban

The Marlborough District Council has changed its freedom camping bylaw for the fourth time in 14 years. Photo / Brya Ingram

Residents of a small Marlborough community that has rallied against freedom campers plan to have a “massive party” after the council agreed to close a camp site in their bay.

Marlborough’s freedom camping rules changed again on Friday after a quick vote at an extraordinary meeting.

It was the fourth time the Marlborough District Council had changed its freedom camping bylaw, now called the “responsible camping control” bylaw, in almost 14 years.

The region had flip-flopped between banning freedom camping in all but some parts of the region and allowing campers everywhere except certain sites.

Friday’s vote put an end to camping at all but five of the council’s camping sites, and required visitors to be self-contained.

The decision was a major win for Double Bay residents Kathryn Omond

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Major changes to cruise holidays after COVID ban lifts

Buffets will be gone and COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for passengers on cruise ships when the industry resumes, the world’s largest cruise industry association says.

The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has revealed the proposed changes and new protocols passengers can expect if the Federal Government’s ban on cruising ends, as anticipated, on December 17.

Changes will include mandatory pre-boarding tests for passengers and crew, daily temperature checks, and a tight limit on passenger numbers.

Food buffets will not make a return to ships.

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Domestic cruises contribute around $5 billion to the Australian economy each year, but the industry has been at the centre of two infection flash points during the COVID-19 crisis, with the Diamond Princess outbreak off the coast of Japan and the Ruby Princess fiasco in NSW.

The Federal Government’s ban on cruising expires on

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There’s currently a ban on camping in these three emirates

Camping UAE

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Camping UAE

As the five-day weekend approaches, many desert lovers in the UAE may have been looking forward to some camping.

However, if you previously had plans in place you may need to rethink them, as there’s currently a ban on camping in three emirates.

It’s been announced by authorities in the emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah that overnight camping is currently not permitted and fines will be given for those found violating the current guidelines.

Sharjah’s police force confirmed on Friday that the emirate’s Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management team had imposed “a ban on staying at beaches overnight remains until further notice”.

Meanwhile, last week it was confirmed by the commander-in-chief of the Fujairah Police, Major-General Mohamed Ahmad bin Ghanem Al Kaabi, that camping of “any kind including tents and caravans in all regions of

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England adds Estonia, Latvia to quarantine list, lifts travel ban on Denmark

FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing protective masks walk with their luggage at Gatwick Airport, as travel restrictions are eased following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Gatwick, Britain July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – England added Estonia and Latvia to its traveller quarantine list, meaning that from Nov. 28 people arriving from those two countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

Shapps also said that a total travel ban on Denmark, announced on Nov. 7 in response to concerns over outbreaks of coronavirus on Danish mink farms, would be lifted on Nov. 28. However, Denmark will remain on the quarantine list.

The minister said Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, Aruba and several Pacific island nations had been added to the safe travel list, meaning that people arriving from those countries from Nov. 28 will no longer need to self-isolate.

A new quarantine

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White House close to lifting Europe COVID-19 travel ban: Reuters

  • The White House is considering a removal of travel restrictions for most non-American citizens from Europe and Brazil, Reuters reported Wednesday.
  • President Donald Trump has not made up his mind, but the plan is supported by members of the White House coronavirus task force and other agencies, according to Reuters.
  • The US barred entry by most travelers from Europe in March as coronavirus infections surged there, but the US outbreak has now spent months as the world’s most severe.
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The White House is considering lifting its restrictions on inbound travel to the US from Brazil and most of Europe, Reuters reported early Wednesday.

The news comes with the US continuing to report the most daily coronavirus cases of any country.

Reuters cited five US government and airline officials saying an end to the ban was close.

It reported that the plan was supported

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