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Swiss parliament approves ban on full-face coverings like burqas, and sets fine for violators

GENEVA (AP) — The lower house of Switzerland’s parliament has given final legislative approval to a ban on face coverings, such as the burqas worn by some Muslim women. The measure passed Wednesday also sets a fine of up to 1,000 Swiss francs for violators. The National Council voted 151-29 for the legislation, which was already approved by the upper house of parliament. It was pushed through by the right-wing, populist Swiss People’s Party, easily overcoming reticence expressed by centrists and the Greens.

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