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China's Urumqi Bans Burqas

The capital of China's ethnically divided Xinjiang region has banned the public wearing of head coverings traditionally donned by some Muslim women. State media in Urumqi reported Thursday local Communist Party leaders approved the burqa ban during a meeting of the government's Standing Committee. Authorities in Xinjiang have imposed an increasing number of restrictions on Muslim religious life, as they attempt to deal with a worsening wave of ethnic unrest. Hundreds have...

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