Bulgaria bans burkas and other garments covering the face

Bulgaria on Friday passed a nationwide law banning garments that cover the face, including burkas, from most public places.

France's Hollande rejects nationwide burkini ban

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday rejected the idea of a new law to ban the burkini, the full-body bathing suit designed for conservative Muslim women.

Austria's presidential candidate calls burkini ban "ridiculous"

Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday called the idea of banning burkinis "ridiculous," according to news agency APA.

French minister says burkini ban would be "unconstitutional"

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Monday slammed controversial plans to ban the burkini, a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women, as "unconstitutional."

Top French court overturns controversial burkini ban

France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on wearing the full-body burkini swimsuit following a legal challenge.

Protesters don beachwear in Berlin to fight French ban on burkinis

Dozens of people equipped with beach towels, water pistols and swim goggles throw a party in front of the French Embassy in Berlin to protest bans on the full-body bathing suits.

Tension in French government over burkini as top court deliberates

There were tensions in the French government over the controversial burkini ban on some beaches as the country's top court deliberated Thursday whether the ban is discriminatory.

Burkini allows women to have freedom and fun, says Australian creator

Invented in 2004 by an Australian woman, the burkini has come under attack in Germany and France. Banning the full-body swimwear would rob many women of the freedom to have fun in public, says its...

Minister says burkini bans not right for Italy

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano doesn't see the ban on burkinis in some areas of France as a model for his country, according to statements made in an interview with Italian newspaper...

French prime minister defends burkini bans, but eyes no national law

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an interview published Wednesday that he understood the decisions by local mayors to ban Islam-influenced full-body swimming attire at the beach, but...

Cannes mayor bans burkini at beach for the summer

The mayor of the seaside city of Cannes in southern France has banned non-secular bathing attire, including the Islam-influenced burkini, citing security reasons for the decision.