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Swiss canton backs burqa ban

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Voters in the Italian speaking Swiss canton of Ticino have become the country’s first district to back a ban on face-covering veils.

However, the move still needs the approval of the federal parliament.

Those in favour claim the burqa is a barrier to integration but rights groups claim the ban discriminates against Muslims.

Amnesty International said the vote was a “black day for human rights in Ticino”.