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A London showing for 'opinion formers' of a Channel 4 documentary on history of Islam has had to be cancelled due to threats to the presenter, historian Tom Holland of physical violence.
American killed as US consulates stormed over 'Mohamed film'
Protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Mohamed fired gunshots and burned down the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing one American, witnesses and the State Department said. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the US Embassy in Cairo, and tore and replaced the American flag with an Islamic banner.
Yesterday's attacks were the first such assaults on US diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak, in uprisings last year.
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Vatican examines report on sex abuse allegations against a Scottish Catholic Priest.
A DETAILED report on child abuse allegations against a Scottish Catholic priest has been sent to the Vatican for a decision by the Church’s highest authorities.
Father Thomas Mullen, the priest at Our Lady of Lourdes in Dunfermline, was arrested in March last year by officers from Fife Constabulary in relation to allegations of child sex abuse dating back more than 30 years.
But earlier this year, the Crown Office decided to place the possible prosecution of the priest on hold, after Fiona Cameron, the procurator fiscal at Dunfermline, received a report from the Fife force.
A separate investigation into the allegations against the ?71-year-old priest by the Catholic Church in Scotland was then ?ordered by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the head of the Church in Scotland.
Recent reports about the attack on the American Embassy indicate that the assault was planned BEFORE the recent violence over a controversial film broke out.
But whatever the case there is news of anti-US violence breaking out around the Muslim World and one newspaper writes of a 'Firestorm' spreading across the region following the so-called 'Arab Spring' revolutions and the current civil war in Syria.
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France steps up security at embassies as magazine publishes Prophet Mohammed cartoons
France will close its embassies and schools in around 20 countries on Friday because of fears of a hostile reaction to a magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the foreign ministry said.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's "Day of Love for the Prophet" turned into a deadly day of gunfire, tear gas and arson.
Thousands angered by an anti-Muslim film ignored pleas for peaceful rallies and rampaged in several Pakistani cities Friday in battles with police that killed 19 people and touched off criticism of a government decision to declare a national holiday to proclaim devotion for the Prophet Muhammad.
The film, which was produced in the United States and denigrates the prophet, has outraged many in the Muslim world in the 10 days since it attracted attention on the Internet, and there were new, mostly peaceful protest marches in a half-dozen countries from Asia to the Middle East.
But it is Pakistan that has seen the most sustained violence, driven by a deep well of anti-American sentiment and a strong cadre of hard-line Islamists who benefit from stoking anger at the U.S. The new deaths brought to at least 49 — including the U.S. ambassador to Libya — linked to violence over the film.
France banned protests on Friday against cartoons published by a satirical weekly denigrating Islam's Prophet Mohammad as part of a security clamp-down while prayers took place across the Muslim world.
The country's Muslim population, drawn largely from ex-colonies in North and West Africa, shrugged off the controversy as imams in mosques denounced the pictures but urged their followers to remain calm.
The drawings have stoked a furore over an anti-Islam film made in California that has provoked sometimes violent protests in several Muslim countries, including attacks on U.S. and other Western embassies, the killing of the U.S. envoy to Libya and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls said prefects had orders to prohibit any protest and to crack down if the ban was challenged.
"There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," he told a news conference in the southern port city of Marseille.
Iran is behind a series of recent cyber attacks on U.S. banks, according to U.S. national security officials. Senator Joe Lieberman, as well, accused Iran of being behind the attacks on the websites of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America.
The attacks made the websites unavailable to certain customers by overwhelming the sites with massive traffic. Further damage is unknown due to the fact that such information is classified, however the fear is that the Iranians planted malware in the banks’ websites capable of highly significant damage in the future.
A church, Christian school and library, and the homes of two pastors and the head teacher, were looted and torched in Muslim riots against the anti-Islam film in Pakistan.
New bid for assisted suicide in Scotland moves forward.
A Scottish politician has gathered enough signatures from a handful of MSPs to have a second attempt at legalising assisted suicide.
Margo MacDonald MSP, who has Parkinson’s disease, was overwhelmingly defeated on her previous attempt.
But she hopes recent court cases in England, like that of Tony Nicklinson who recently died after failing to change the law on euthanasia, have shifted the public mood.
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