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Swiss region set to ban full-face Islamic veil

Nora Illi -- one of the few Swiss women wearing the niqab -- distributes leaflets in Lugano, on September 18, 2013. Switzerland's Italian-speaking canton of Ticino is on course to ban the full-face Islamic veil, according to projected results from a referendum.

Nora Illi -- one of the few Swiss women wearing the niqab -- distributes leaflets in Lugano, on September 18, 2013. Switzerland's Italian-speaking canton of Ticino is on course to ban the full-face Islamic veil, according to projected results from a referendum.  (AFP/File)

Switzerland's Italian-speaking region was on course Sunday to ban the full-face Islamic veil, projected results from a referendum showed.

The Swiss Italian-language broadcaster RSI said a partial count of votes in the canton (state) of Ticino showed that 65 percent of the electorate backed the measure to ban the covering of faces in public areas by any group, including Muslims.

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