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Indonesian province orders headscarves for Muslim flight attendants

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh have ordered Muslim flight attendants to wear headscarves when flying into the ultra-conservative Islamic region, officials confirmed on Wednesday. Aceh is the only province in the predominantly Muslim country to implement Islamic law. Muslims elsewhere practice a moderate form of the religion, leaving women free to choose whether to cover their heads. The regional government, allowed greater autonomy under a 2001 peace deal with the central…

Melania Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia without headscarf

Melania and Ivanka Trump both arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday without their heads covered, as required by law in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The First Lady and First Daughter were both dressed modestly but neither wore a traditional headscarf. Both made some concession to local sensitivities and wore almost entirely covered. Melania Trump wore a sleeved black robe with a gold belt, while Ivanka Trump wore a black-and-white dress with long sleeves. Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz also shook Mrs Trump’s hand…

EU court rules workplace headscarf ban legal

LUXEMBOURG: European companies can ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday in a landmark case. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said it does not constitute "direct discrimination" if a firm has an internal rule banning the wearing of "any political, philosophical or religious sign." The Luxembourg-based court was considering the case of a Muslim woman fired by the security company G4S in Belgium after she insisted on wearing a…

Turkey lifts ban on army officers wearing Islamic headscarf

ISTANBUL: Turkey's army is lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday. The move, ordered by the defence ministry, applies to female officers working in the general staff and command headquarters and branches, it said. Women may wear the headscarf underneath their cap or beret so long as it is the same colour as their uniform and does not cover their faces. The reform will come into force once it is published…

Austrian minister calls for hijab ban for public servants

VIENNA: Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz said on Friday he wanted to ban public servants, including school teachers, from wearing the Islamic headscarf. Kurz, of the Christian Conservative People's Party (OVP), is working on a draft law with Muna Duzdar, a junior minister from the OVP's senior Social Democrat coalition partner who has an Arab family background and is Muslim. If passed by parliament, the nationwide ban would be stricter than laws in France, where only the full body…

Muslim woman fired for wearing headscarf wins legal battle in Switzerland

BERN: Swiss court has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who was fired by her a longtime employee after she began wearing headscarf, marking one of the first such rulings in Switzerland, media reported Sunday. A regional court in Bern ruled last month that a 29-year-old Serbian woman was fired without just cause from a dry cleaning business, and ordered the company to dish out back-pay and damages to her, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported. The woman, identified only as Abida, was fired in January 2015 from a job she had…

Swiss court faults employer for firing woman over headscarf

GENEVA: A Swiss court has ruled against a company that fired a longtime employee after she began wearing the headscarf, marking one of the first such rulings in Switzerland, media reported on Sunday. A regional court in Bern ruled last month that a 29-year-old Serbian woman was fired without just cause from a dry cleaning business, and ordered the company to dish out back-pay and damages to her, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported. The woman, identified only as Abida, was fired in January 2015 from a job she had held for…