Paris, Sep 3 (AP/UNB) — French children who are going back to school Monday after summer vacation will have to do so without their mobile phones.
The government passed a law banning phone use in all primary and middle schools for the entire day, including during breaks —with exceptions in cases of emergency and for disabled children.
Pupils are requested to shut down their mobiles or put them in a locker.
High schools can also voluntarily implement the measure. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said it aims to help children focus on lessons, better socialize and reduce social media use. The ban is also designed to fight online bullying, and prevent thefts and violence in school.
The law allows teachers to confiscate phones until the end of the day in cases of non-compliance.
Amsterdam, Sep 2 (AP/UNB) — The Netherlands' counter-terror chief says the country's threat level will remain at four on a scale that tops out at five following a double stabbing at the city's main railway station that officials say had a "terrorist motive."
Dick Schoof says on Twitter that: "Sadly, this reprehensible act fits into the current threat assessment."
A 19-year-old Afghan citizen has been arrested in Friday's attack at Central Station. Two U.S. citizens were stabbed and authorities say they are hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Authorities in Amsterdam say a 19-year-old Afghan citizen who was shot and detained after a double stabbing at the city's main railway station had a "terrorist motive."
The Dutch capital's government said in a statement issued Saturday that investigators reached that conclusion based on the suspect's first statements to police.
The suspect allegedly stabbed two American tourists on Friday before police shot and wounded him. He holds a German residency permit and was identified as Jawed S. in line with Dutch privacy rules.
The Americans are recovering in a hospital. Their identities have not been released. The suspect also is hospitalized.
Amsterdam City Hall says German authorities searched the suspect's home and seized data storage devices that would be analyzed as part of the investigation.
The suspect is to be arraigned Monday at a closed-door hearing. The exact charges he could face have not been released.
The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands says that two people stabbed in an attack at the Dutch capital's main railway station on Friday are both American citizens.
Police shot and wounded a 19-year-old Afghani man immediately after the attack and are questioning him as a suspect.
Ambassador Pete Hoekstra issued a written statement Saturday saying embassy officials had been in touch with the victims or their families. Police say they have serious but not life threatening injuries.
Hoekstra says, "We wish them a speedy recovery and are working closely with the City of Amsterdam to provide assistance to them and their families."
Police say they are still trying to establish a motive for the attack and say it was possibly motivated by extremism.
London, Sep 2 (AP/UNB) — Britain's prime minister has again spoken out against calls for a second referendum on Britain's decision to split with the European Union.
Theresa May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that it would be a "gross betrayal of our democracy" to have another vote.
She said "millions came out to have their say" in the June 2016 vote that set Brexit in motion.
Her embattled government has faced increasingly strident calls for another vote once the terms of Britain's future relations with the EU are known.
The prime minister used the column to defend her "Chequers proposal" that would maintain some ties with the EU, and said she won't be pushed around by EU negotiators.
Britain is expected to leave the EU in March and enter a transition phase.
Moscow, Sep 2 (AP/UNB) — Russians are holding rallies throughout the country to protest a government plan to raise the age for receiving state pensions.
Several thousand people gathered in central Moscow on Sunday for a protest organized by the Communist Party. Other demonstrations were reported in Vladivostok in the Far East, and Barnaul and Novosibirsk in Siberia.
The plan was introduced in June and has passed first-reading in the lower house of parliament. But widespread opposition has persisted and President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings in polls have fallen notably since the plan was announced.
In an unusual televised address to the nation, Putin last week conceded that the pension age for women will be raised only to 60 rather than the proposed 63. The current pension age for women is 55.
The Hague, Sep 2 (AP/UNB) — Dutch police say detectives continue to question a 19-year-old Afghan man suspected of stabbing two American tourists at Amsterdam's main railway station in what is being investigated as an extremist attack.
The suspect, identified only as Jawed S. under Dutch privacy rules, was shot and wounded by police after allegedly stabbing the Americans on Friday.
Police spokesman Ruben Sprong says that the suspect is being questioned Sunday in hospital and is scheduled to appear before an investigating judge on Monday in a behind-closed-doors hearing.
Sprong says the Americans also remain hospitalized with "serious but non-life threatening injuries." The Americans' identities haven't been released.
Amsterdam municipality said Saturday that, based on the suspect's first statements, "he had a terrorist motive." The statement didn't elaborate on what he said.