Swiss region set to ban face coverings: projection

GENEVA (AFP) - Switzerland's Italian-speaking region was on course on Sunday to ban the full-face Islamic veil, projected results from a referendum showed.

The Swiss Italian-language broadcaster RSI said a partial count of votes in the canton (state) of Ticino showed that 65 per cent of the electorate backed the measure to ban the covering of faces in public areas by any group, including Muslims.