Appeals by 45 Russian athletes against Olympic bans rejected PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russia’s desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes — including several medal favorites — into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before Friday’s opening ceremony. The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the
Legislation banning full-face Muslim veils in public spaces has gone into effect in Austria. The government says the law, which says faces must be visible from the hairline to the chin, is about protecting Austrian values. It comes ahead of a general election later this month which could see gains by the far-right Freedom Party.