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Pakistan Blocks Cell Phones, Braces for Protests

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has blocked cell phone service in major cities as the country braces for protests against a video that insults the Prophet Muhammad and was produced in the United States. Officials say the service outage has hit 15 cities, including the capital, Islamabad, and the eastern city of Lahore. Friday day has been designated a […]

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Obama Uses Pakistani Television to Denounce Anti-Islam Film

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. embassy in Pakistan is airing a public service advertisement on Pakistani television that features President Barack Obama denouncing an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world. The U.S. State Department said the embassy spent $70,000 to run the 30-second announcement, which features the president talking about America’s history of religious […]

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Georgian Official Steps Down Over Prison Abuse

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia’s interior minister has resigned, amid continuing protests over alleged prisoner abuse that was filmed and aired on Georgian television this week. Bacho Akhalaia said in a statement Thursday that he is resigning because he feels personal responsibility that he failed to eradicate what he called the “horrible” practice of torture in prisons. Before taking […]

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Protests Over Muhammad Depictions Hit Pakistan, Afghanistan

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Protests against the depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad continue, with demonstrators objecting to both an anti-Islam film made in the United States and caricatures published in a French satirical magazine. Police clashed with protesters in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where a crowd of about 1,000 students tried to reach a walled-off area of the […]

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Protests Over Muhammad Depictions Hit Pakistan, Afghanistan

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Protests against the depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad continue, with demonstrators objecting to both an anti-Islam film made in the United States and caricatures published in a French satirical magazine. Police clashed with protesters in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where a crowd of about 1,000 students tried to reach an area of the city […]

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French Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons Despite Muslim Protests

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A satirical French magazine on Wednesday published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a move that threatened to fuel violent protests that Muslims have launched worldwide after a low-budget film emerged from the United States mocking Muhammad. The weekly Charlie Hebdo featured several images of the Prophet in its Wednesday issue, including several of him […]

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Prisoner Abuse Video Sparks Protests in Georgia

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili has vowed to punish those responsible for the torture and rape of inmates at a Georgian prison. Videotape of the abuses was aired on opposition-backed television Tuesday. Mr. Saakashvili spoke Wednesday, ordering police into Georgia’s prisons and vowing “zero tolerance” of human rights abuses. The video sparked protests in the streets […]

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France Plans Embassy Closures After Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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France plans to close its embassies, consulates, cultural centers and schools in 20 countries Friday as a precautionary measure after a French satirical magazine published cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad. The country’s foreign minister says security is being increased at French diplomatic posts as government and religious leaders call for restraint. The weekly magazine Charlie […]

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France Plans Embassy Closures After Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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France plans to close its embassies, consulates, cultural centers and schools in 20 countries Friday as a precautionary measure after a French satirical magazine published cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad. The country’s foreign minister says security is being increased at French diplomatic posts as government and religious leaders call for restraint. The weekly magazine Charlie […]

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US Taking Steps to Protect Diplomats as Protests Continue

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is taking aggressive steps to protect its diplomats, as protests continue against an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. Demonstrations prompted the American consulate in the Indonesian city of Medan to temporarily close on Wednesday, following a similar move by the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand […]

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