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Dutch Govt. To Ban Islamic Face-Covering Veils

The Dutch government has said it will ban face-covering veils worn by some Muslim women.

The government said in a statement that it "believes the wearing of clothing that completely or almost entirely covers the face is fundamentally at odds with public life, where people are recognised by their faces," and that "Face-covering clothing...goes against the principles of equality between men and women, especially women."

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also announced tougher rules for immigrants and asylum-seekers wanting Dutch nationality who, in the future, must prove they have earned income and haven't received financial assistance or benefits for at least three years.