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February 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The president of Turkey approved a pair of constitutional amendments Friday that would allow female students to wear Islamic head scarves at universities. The legislation, which has exposed the deep gap between the Islamic-rooted government and the military-led secular establishment, is expected to face a legal challenge. Turkey's parliament, dominated by members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted party, voted 411 to 103 on Feb. 9 to approve two amendments.
August 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Turkey's ruling party has dropped its attempts to lift a ban on wearing Islamic head scarves in universities, which had infuriated those who said it went against the nation's secular principles and nearly brought down the government. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek signaled the government would not push for a fresh round of legislation to lift the ban, a day after the top court narrowly decided not to shut down the ruling party, which was accused of trying to impose an Islamic regime.
September 25, 2001 | Sandy Banks
It was intended as a simple gesture of solidarity with Muslim women who have become an easy target for our nation's anger these days: What if women from every race, religion and nationality went about their daily routines with their heads covered in the traditional scarves that many Muslim women wear? But when Washington, D.C., student Jennifer Schock posted her idea on the message board of a women's media group, she was stunned by the firestorm of controversy it generated.
November 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The president of Chechnya has called for all women to cover their heads with scarves, the latest in a series of his unofficial orders toughening social customs for women in the mainly Muslim Russian region. The recommendation by President Ramzan Kadyrov during a TV address last week was not a legally binding order.
Announcing the largest clothing recall in history, federal officials said Wednesday that they have directed retailers across the country to halt sales of highly flammable rayon scarves made in India. Ann Brown, who chairs the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, cautioned that the 375,000 chiffon scarves subject to the recall are "extremely dangerous and typically burn faster than newspaper." Most of the scarves are being sold under the brand name of Fashionique II.
July 21, 1991 | JENNIFER MERIN
The fine fabrics that decorate France's most elegant homes, hotels and boutiques have been made popular around the world, largely through the marketing successes of Souleiado, a company that sells distinctive cottons, wools and silk challis in the United States under the Pierre Deux label.
April 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Making lampshades is a likely craft to conquer for the do-it-yourselfer who has already stenciled walls, antiqued furniture and turned bedsheets into slipcovers. "You can make a shade for less than it costs to buy one, you can get the fabrics and colors that you want, and there's the satisfaction that you made it yourself," says Bea Rowe of Yonkers, N.Y.
March 4, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The French Senate gave final legislative approval to a law banning Islamic head scarves in France's public schools on a 276-20 vote, despite Muslim protests. President Jacques Chirac has indicated his support for the measure. It forbids religious apparel. Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses also would be banned, but authorities have made it clear that the measure is aimed at Islamic head scarves.
October 5, 1994 | Reuters
Two schoolgirls and a police officer were slightly injured Tuesday in a scuffle among French police and Muslim militants, the first violence caused by a recent ban on Islamic head scarves in state schools. Police said the clash took place at Mantes-la-Jolie, a Paris suburb. About 600 people met outside a high school to protest last month's ban on "ostentatious religious symbols" in schools.
December 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A presidential panel backed a ban on Islamic head scarves in public schools as France debates how to preserve its secular identity while integrating its large Muslim population. If it becomes law, the measure would also bar other conspicuous religious symbols, including Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses. President Jacques Chirac is expected to announce soon whether he supports the panel's recommendations.
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