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South African court restricts display of apartheid-era flag

Johanesburg - In a landmark ruling, a Johannesburg court on Wednesday barred the unjustified display of South Africa's apartheid-era national flag, saying such gestures amounted to "hate speech" and "harassment".

South African court restricts display of apartheid-era flag

Johanesburg - In a landmark ruling, a Johannesburg court on Wednesday barred the unjustified display of South Africa's apartheid-era national flag, saying such gestures amounted to "hate speech" and "harassment".

Flagging patience: colonial emblems divide opinion at Hong Kong protests

Fpo - British and colonial-era flags being waved at Hong Kong's anti-government rallies are a vivid rebuke to China's rule but they have also stirred intense controversy among protesters who fear the symbolism plays into Beijing's hands.

EU flags come down in Brexit Britain

Knaresborough - At a flag-making workshop in northern England, orders for Union Jacks are flying off the production line while the EU's blue-and-yellow standard is proving less and less popular.

Japan protests unified Korea Olympic flag with disputed isles

Toukyo - Japan said Monday it had lodged a protest with South Korea over the "unacceptable" use of a unified Korean Olympic flag that features a set of disputed islands.

Sacked Catalan leader kisses Spanish flag in viral video

Madrid - A video of Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont kissing a Spanish flag at the insistence of a man who confronted him over his independence push went viral in Spain on Tuesday.

SEA Games: Oops! Malaysia upsets Indonesia with flag blunder

Kuala Lumpur - Indonesia's president expressed concern on Sunday after Malaysia's Southeast Asian Games organisers mistakenly published the Indonesian flag upside-down in a commemorative magazine, prompting anger amongst fans.

Our Rio stars are out of line, flags furious China

Bejing - Most of the five stars on the Chinese flags being used at medal ceremonies at the Rio Olympics are misaligned, officials said, prompting a diplomatic protest and online fury.

New Zealand rejects flag change, stays with Union Jack

Wellington - New Zealanders voted convincingly against a proposal to ditch Britain's Union Jack from the national flag and adopt a silver fern design, official referendum results showed Thursday.The country's electoral commission said 56.

Police find bomb, IS flag in Brussels search: prosecutor

Brussels - Belgian police on Tuesday found a bomb and an Islamic State flag during a search of a Brussels apartment carried out hours after deadly attacks in the Belgian capital that killed around 35 people, prosecutors said.

New Zealand flag vote — 'beach towel v colonial relic'

Wellington - New Zealanders began voting Thursday on whether to adopt a new flag, in a referendum Prime Minister John Key has called a once-in-a-generation chance to ditch Britain's Union Jack from the national banner.

Philippines wants to ban Madonna after flag furore

Manila - The Philippines said Sunday it was looking to ban Madonna from performing in the country after the US pop diva "disrespected" the country's flag during her concert in Manila last week.

Rhodes scholar wants Rhodes statue removed and French flag banned

A law student at Oxford University in Britain wants to ban the French flag on all campuses. He is also the co-founder of a movement to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

Final voting confirms winner in New Zealand flag referendum

Wellington - A flag with a silver fern on a black-and-blue background was confirmed Tuesday as New Zealand's preferred option if the country decides to replace its current standard that features Britain's Union Jack.

Hollande calls for display of French flags on day of mourning

Paris - President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called on French citizens to deck their homes with the national flag during a day of mourning later this week for victims of the Paris attacks.

New Zealand votes in flag referendum

Wellington - New Zealanders began voting Friday to select a potential new flag, part of a controversial push for the South Pacific country to drop Britain's Union Jack from its national banner.

U.S. Confederate flag supporters charged for 'terroristic threats'

Washington - A group of white Confederate flag supporters in the US state of Georgia have been charged under an anti-gang law for disrupting an African-American birthday party with "terroristic threats," officials said Monday.

How IS's black flag became the symbol of modern jihad

Paris - Whether fluttering over the ruins of a captured city in Iraq or Syria, or in the background of gruesome execution videos, the black flag used by the Islamic State group has become an instantly recognisable symbol of modern global jihad.

Palestinian flag flies at UN, Abbas seeks full status

New York - The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations in a symbolic gesture Wednesday as leader Mahmud Abbas called on the world body to grant them full membership, warning the risk of religious conflict.

Palestinians to raise flag at UN for first time

New York - The Palestinians will raise their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday in what president Mahmud Abbas calls a beacon of hope at a time of growing despair of achieving an independent state.

No fanfare for Vatican flag-raising at UN

New York - The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday ahead of Pope Francis' address, but there will be no ceremony, the Holy See's mission said.

Palestinians invite leaders to UN flag-raising ceremony

New York - Hundreds of world leaders are invited to a ceremony this month to raise the Palestinian flag at the United Nations despite opposition from Israel and the United States, the Palestinian envoy said Tuesday.

Palestinians allowed to raise flag at UN headquarters

New York - The UN General Assembly voted Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in a diplomatic victory in their campaign for statehood.

UN likely to back raising Palestinian flag

New York - The United Nations is expected on Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York in a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

Cuba flag raised at U.S. State Dept as diplomatic ties resume

Washington - The United States and Cuba formally resumed diplomatic relations Monday, as the Cuban flag was raised at the US State Department in a historic gesture toward ending decades of hostility between the Cold war foes.

Confederate flag comes down at South Carolina legislature

Washington - The divisive Confederate flag came down Friday at South Carolina's legislature, drawing a line under a furor rekindled last month by the murder of nine black churchgoers by an alleged white supremacist.

South Carolina set to take down Confederate flag

Washington - The Confederate flag will be gone from the grounds of South Carolina's state house on Friday, three weeks after a mass murder in an African-American church in Charleston once again made it a flashpoint of controversy.

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Charleston - Lawmakers in South Carolina have voted 37-3 to remove from the grounds of the state legislature the Confederate flag -- a symbol increasingly viewed with repugnance following last month's shooting massacre at a black church.

US protester removes Confederate flag from state house

Columbia - A protester scaled a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina legislature at dawn and removed the Confederate flag, officials said, amid fierce debate about the racially charged symbol.

Protesters target Confederate flag after Charleston killings

Columbia - Several thousand protesters gathered under the controversial Confederate flag at South Carolina's state legislature, demanding it be taken down in response to the Charleston church massacre.
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