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London bus stop
London bus stop
Eric Albert

LONDON – Double-parked cars causing a traffic jam, mothers in a rush, a supervisor watching the gate: the usual end of a school day in South London. Except that the school is Iqra VA, a Muslim primary, and all the mothers are wearing the veil. Five of them even wear a niqab, the full veil that covers the whole face leaving only the eyes for the outside world to see. It is one of the many faith schools spreading across the UK, with full authorization from the government.

"This is a free country. Why is everybody so obsessed with the niqab while no one says anything about the women walking around half-naked?" asked a mother wearing the full veil, who did not want to give her name. She is a British citizen, separated from her husband and converted to Islam less than three years ago. "I don't have a husband and my father is dead. So don't come and tell me that somebody is making me wear it!"

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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