Sir Lankan Muslim women question the new face veil ban imposed by the government after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, while some of them call it a misstep that encourages anti-Muslim sentiment.
Speaking at her Conservative Party's congress, Angela Merkel said the Muslim attire has no place in German society.
Bulgaria joins Switzerland, France and a host of other countries which prohibit some form of the burqa or niqab. Ruling party GERB says the ban aims at improving surveillance and national security.
The bill narrowly passes through the lower house of parliament. It still has to be approved by the upper house as well as the government before it becomes law.
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