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Indian Muslim groups urge followers to avoid protests over anti-Islam comments

Indian Muslim groups urge followers to avoid protests over anti-Islam comments

RUPAM JAIN and SAURABH SHARMA LEADERS of prominent Islamic groups and mosques in India appealed to fellow Muslims to suspend plans for protests against derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad made by two members of the ruling Hindu nationalist party. The message to eschew big gatherings was circulated after demonstrations took a violent turn last week, leading to the death of two Muslim teenagers and injuries to more than 30 people, including police. "It is the duty of every Muslim to stand together when anyone belittles Islam but at the same time it is critical to maintaining peace," said Malik…
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Morocco condemns publication of Prophet Mohammad cartoons

Morocco condemns publication of Prophet Mohammad cartoons

MOROCCO’S foreign ministry says the continuing publication of "offensive" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad is an act of provocation. French media published the caricatures of the Prophet, which were also projected on some buildings, after the beheading of a French professor by an Islamist radical earlier this month. While condemning savage acts perpetrated in the name of Islam, "Morocco denounces these provocations offending the sacredness of the Islamic religion," the foreign ministry said in a statement. France has faced a backlash from a number of Muslim countries over the cartoons, including boycotts of French products. - Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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France tightens security after Nice attack, protests flare in parts of Muslim world

France tightens security after Nice attack, protests flare in parts of Muslim world

TANGI SALAUN and CAROLINE PAILLIEZ FRANCE has stepped up security nationwide to guard against Islamist attacks after the fatal stabbings at a church in Nice, while protests flared in parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa over French caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. President Emmanuel Macron deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites including places of worship and schools, and the nation was at its highest level of security alert after the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks. Police were holding a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, identified by a French police source and Tunisian officials as…
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Two sentenced to death in Mali over hotel, restaurant attacks

Two sentenced to death in Mali over hotel, restaurant attacks

TIEMOKO DIALLO A Malian court handed a death sentence to a suspected jihadist and his co-defendant on Wednesday, his lawyer said, after he pleaded guilty to shooting five people to death in a 2015 attack and planning two other attacks targeting Westerners that killed 37. In a court appearance in Bamako on Wednesday, Fawaz Ould Ahmed described in detail how he carried out the attack on La Terrace restaurant in March 2015. He said he was also involved in planning a raid that killed 17 at Hotel Byblos in the town of Sevare in August and another that killed 20…
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