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Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect

Den Haag - The Netherlands banned the wearing of a face-covering veil, such as a burqa or niqab, in public buildings and on transport from Thursday as a contentious law on the garment worn by some Muslim women came into force.

Swiss government opposes push for national burqa ban

Geneva - The Swiss government on Wednesday opposed an initiative aimed at creating a nationwide burqa ban, saying it was up to the regions to determine if such a ban was appropriate.

German MPs approve partial burqa ban, security measures

Berlin - German lawmakers on Thursday approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa Islamic veil and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks.

Swiss lawmakers approve step towards burqa ban

Geneva - Switzerland's lower house on Tuesday narrowly approved a draft bill on a nationwide burqa ban, the ATS news agency reported, but the measure remains far from coming into force.

France defends ban on Islamic veil despite riots

The interior minister of France defended the country’s ban on wearing full-face scarves in public, after a police check on a Muslim woman ended in a riot in Trappes, a city near Paris.

Saudi cleric says 'baby burkas' would prevent child molestation

A Saudi cleric claims the best way for his country to prevent sexual molestation of young girls is to require them to wear burkas.

Burqa clad women attempt robbery for dowry money

Hyderabad - A mother and daughter attempted to rob the home of a local woman in an effort to raise the dowry money demanded by the daughter's fiances family.

French Muslim jailed for punching nurse who removed wife's burqa

Marseilles - A French Muslim man Nassim Mimoune, 24, was jailed in France for punching a nurse who tried to remove his wife's Islamic burqa during a child birth surgery at a Marseilles hospital on Monday.

France detains women wearing face veils

At least two women have been detained in France for wearing Islamic face veils in violation of a recent law prohibiting women from wearing face veils in a public place.

'Burqa bandits' on CCTV as they rob jewellery store

Kitchener - Three men are being called the “burqa bandits” after they robbed a jewellery store in Ontario while wearing loose-fitting material which covered their bodies and faces.

What's it like to wear a burqa ― A young woman's experience Special

When the burqa debate was raging across the world, a young Pakistani women's rights activist, who doesn't wear a headscarf as a rule, travelled to Jalalabad in Afghanistan to see for herself what it meant to wear one. This is her story.

Young UK school students forced to cover their faces with veils

Girls as young as 11 are being forced to cover their faces with Islamic veils in three English schools – and all with the approval of the country’s official school inspectors.

New Dutch coalition in sight, influenced by Geert Wilders

Den Haag - After 7 months under a care-taker cabinet, it seems that the Netherlands are close to getting a new government over the coming weekend, one which anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has said will bring a 'new wind' blowing across the Low Countries.

Muslim girl prefers jeans to burqa, gets death threats in return

Thiruvananthapuram - A young Muslim girl in the Indian state of Kerala has been receiving death threats for not wearing the burqa, and instead often opting for jeans. She is an aeronautical engineer by qualification striving to get into the country's civil services.

Op-Ed: French parliament bans facial veil with great majority, 246 to 1

French senators passed a bill Tuesday that bans wearing a burqa and other facial veils with a majority of 246 votes to one. If confirmed by the Constitutional Council, expected within a month, the ban would come into effect by March 2011.

No burqa in public places, we are French

By means of the Senate becomes law in France, the ban on women wearing the full Islamic veil in public places. Women can no longer wear the burqa and the niqab in shops, parks, schools, hospitals, transport, in short in all public places.

Muslim woman fined by Italian city for wearing burqa

Novara - An Italian city has fined a Muslim woman for wearing a full Islamic veil in the northern city of Novara after her husband failed to identify her to male police officers, which prompted the local police department to call in a female cop.

Belgian Parliament votes to ban burqa

Brussels - Belgium's lower house of Parliament has voted in favor of a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic burqa and niqab in public, which could make Belgium the first European nation to implement such a law.

France sends clear signal to potential Muslim immigrants

France refuses citizenship to immigrant husband who wants to compel his wife to wear the all-covering veil known as 'burqa'

British police officers wear burqas

South Yorkshire – In the United Kingdom there has been a lot of commotion after a number of female police officers have been walking around wearing burqas for a day in South Yorkshire.

Al Qaeda Group Threatens France Over Burqa Ban

A North African Al Qaeda splinter group has threatened revenge against France for its decision to ban the female covering called the “burqa.” Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed France was practicing “religious terrorism” and spreading hatred.

France debates the legality of the Burqa

French Communist Party Deputy André Gerin has asked the French Parliament to create a Parliamentary Enquiry Commission into the wearing of the burqa in public in France. This comes at a time of increasing criticism of the practice.

Women could endanger their health by wearing burqas

Forget evening dresses and bikinis. The girls who participate in a ten-week-long beauty contest in Saudi-Arabia are disguised in black burqas. And the winner will be the woman with 'the greatest 'inner beauty'.

Lawmaker: Jail Women Who Wear Burqa

A Dutch lawmaker wants to throw women in jail for wearing a Burqa, because "it is a symbol of oppression." No word yet on how long it will take the lawmaker to comprehend the irony.

Why Female Clothing is Sparking Heated Debate in Arab Countries

Across the Muslim world, the controversy over female attire is creating a deep divide: one side encourages less extreme positions on the traditional burqa, and another side wants to uphold religious views on covering women head to toe.

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Adultery, or illicit sex, is treated as a serious crime in the conservative Gulf emirate of Qatar
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