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Hungary town bans mosque construction, hijab, use of muezzin at prayer

BUDAPEST: One of Hungary's main Muslim organisations decried Monday what it said were "xenophobic" steps taken by an ultra-nationalist town mayor to preserve traditional Christian values and prevent immigration. Asothalom, close to the Serbian border, last week banned mosque construction, the use of a muezzin at prayer times and the wearing of clothes such as the niqab and the burkini. The Hungarian Islamic Community (MIK) said in a statement it was "shocked by the increasing xenophobia and serious Islamophobia in…