July 6th, 2010
05:41 AM ET

World update: French parliament debates burqa ban

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Tuesday:

Burqa debate - The French parliament begins debate Tuesday on a bill that would ban women from wearing Islamic veils, such as the burqa, that fully cover the face and body. A vote is not expected until next week, after which it goes to the French Senate for a vote likely in the fall.

Iran stoning - A veteran Iranian human rights activist has warned that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, could be stoned to death at any moment under the terms of a death sentence handed down by Iranian authorities. Read the full story

Thai emergency - Concerns about further unrest prompted the Thai government to extend a state of emergency in 19 provinces, including Bangkok, for another three months Tuesday, officials say.

Royal address - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for the first time in more than 50 years. The head of state of the United Kingdom and 15 other U.N. member states, the Queen has addressed the General Assembly only once before, in 1957.

Middle East talks - Middle East peace talks are expected to be the focus when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama on Tuesday.

China sentence - The lawyer for an American citizen sentenced to eight years in prison in China is calling his sentencing "harsh." Xue Feng, a geologist who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was charged with violating China's state secrets.

World Cup - The Netherlands play Uruguay in the first World Cup semi-final in Cape Town on Tuesday. Germany face Spain in the second semi-final on Wednesday.

Australia royalties - An Australian judge ruled Tuesday that the band Men at Work must pay 5 percent of royalities from  their 1980s hit "Down Under" for plagiarizing a popular nursery rhyme.

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