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Associated Press

Syria reverses ban on Islamic face veil in schools

Associated Press, 04.06.11, 04:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT -- Syria's Education Ministry has reversed a decision that banned teachers from wearing the niqab - the full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman's eyes - and authorities closed the country's only gambling center.

The move appears to be an attempt to please the Muslim majority in Syria as the regime faces pro-reform protests throughout the country that have left more than 80 people dead in three weeks.

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State-run media reported the decisions to allow teachers wearing the niqab to return to work and to close Casino Damascus on Wednesday.

In July, Syrian authorities dismissed 1,200 female teachers wearing the niqab apparently to keep the country's secular identity.

Muslims also were infuriated when Casino Damascus on New Year's Day.

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