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Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza complained in a letter released this week that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May used what he described as bigoted stereotypes against Mexicans in a Sunday broadcast.

“It is utterly incomprehensible and unacceptable that the premiere broadcaster should allow three of its presenters to display their bigotry and ignorance by mocking the people and culture of our country with such vehemence,” the ambassador wrote in the letter.

GERMANY

German state bans Muslim face veils

BERLIN | Hesse, a state run by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, on Wednesday became the first German region to ban Muslim face veils for public-sector workers.

Hesse Interior Minister Boris Rhein announced it was “not acceptable” for a teacher in Frankfurt to wear a face veil because “public-sector workers are obligated to have neutral religious and political views.”

The decision was prompted by a local teacher who told her school she wanted to wear a burqa in the classroom after returning from maternity leave.

From wire dispatches and staff reports