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Speedo launches ‘burkini’ beachwear for Muslim women

By: Melissa Yeo, Parramatta Advertiser Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) IF YOU’VE ever gone swimsuit shopping and struggled to find the right fit — save a thought for Anisa Buckley. A keen squad swimmer as a young teen, she was turned away from the sport when she couldn’t find the right swimwear. “Once I hit 14 I had to start making do with swimming clothes,” she said. “I would wear light weight long pants and long sleeve cotton shirts because there was nothing readily available. “A lot of pools had policies about wearing clothes at the time so it made it hard for people who wanted to train and wear modest clothes.” In recent years she has rekindled her love for swimming with a group of...

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China bans dozens of Islamic names as ‘extreme’

By: Xin Lin, translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie Source: RFA Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world, RFA has learned. Sources in Hotan, in the southern part of the region, had previously detailed a list of banned names in 2015, but the ban now appears to have been rolled out region-wide. Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj, and Medina are among dozens of baby names banned under ruling Chinese Communist Party’s “Naming Rules For Ethnic Minorities,” an official confirmed on Thursday. An employee who answered the phone at a police...

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Turks vote ‘Yes’ in historic referendum

By: Dorian Jones Source: VOA News ISTANBUL – Turkey’s ruling party has claimed victory in a referendum granting broad new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, authorities announced late Sunday. With 99 percent of the ballots counted, official Turkish media placed the “yes” vote at more than 51 percent, and the “no” vote at just under 49 percent. The head of Turkey’s electoral board later confirmed those results and said official tallies would be released within the next 12 days. Erdogan told cheering supporters outside his official residence in Istanbul that the “yes” camp had secured 25 million votes – 1.3 million more than...

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