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Turkey's universities drop Islamic headscarf ban

31 December 2010 Last updated at 07:23 GMT

When Turkish students returned to university in October, they discovered that an official ban on wearing Islamic headscarves had been lifted.

Hundreds of devout Muslim women had previously been barred from some campuses for wearing a scarf.

But the ban was lifted after the governing party said it would back any student disciplined for wearing a headscarf.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Istanbul.