April 22nd, 2010
06:18 AM ET

World update: Belgium expected to ban the burqa

Belgium could become the first country in Europe to ban face coverings worn by observant Muslim women.

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Thursday:

Veil backlash - The Belgian parliament is expected to push through a vote to ban the wearing of the Muslim veil in public in the country. The move comes after Switzerland voted to ban the building of further minarets and a French parliamentary committee recommended a partial ban on Islamic face veils. Read the full story

Election debate - As the leaders of the UK's three main political parties prepare to clash again Thursday in the second of three televised debates, a surge in support for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats has thrown the British election campaign wide open.  Watch the debate live on CNN.com

Volcano travel - Flights across Europe are expected to return to "100 percent" on Thursday - a week after ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace and stranded thousands of passengers around the world. 

 Samaranch funeral - Longtime International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch will be buried Thursday in Barcelona, Spain. Samaranch, a Barcelona native, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in the city aged 89. 

Kyrgyzstan elections - Kyrgyzstan's interim government has set an October 10 date for parliamentary and presidential elections after massive protests led to the ousting of the country's president.

Toyota ratings - Moody's, the international ratings agency, has downgraded Toyota and its subsidiaries over the automaker's capacity to repay debt. The company also saw its ratings plummet in the annual Forbes Magazine list of the world's leading companies. Last year, Toyota was ranked number 3. This year, it is number 360.

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  1. Joseph R.Tettey

    The question is why do these people choose to hide their faces in security zones etc.What culture would demand so much from a human being and more so from a woman.They should lock themselves in their homes if they dont want to be seen and their male conterparts should not threaten violent reprisals against societies that dont want such.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. George Douglas

    Thank God Belgium has the stones to do this. It is about time that the whole world rejects the primitive radical fanatical religion for what it is. It is a religion based on subjugation of women and violence or killing to keep it that way. Their so called prophet married a tiny girl as one of his wives.In the USA we call that a pedophile. Islam promotes too much violence and killing to let people go around with their faces covered. The cowardly Islamic terrorist men sometimes use the full covering dress to hide themselves as they kill innocents. No civilized country should even allow Muslims to live there.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |