A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world.
The controversial film, billed as a film trailer, depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a fool and a sexual deviant. It sparked a torrent of anti-American unrest among Muslims in Egypt, Libya and other countries in 2012.
That outbreak coincided with an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. U.S. and other foreign embassies were also stormed in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Katy Perry has been accused by some Muslims of "portraying blasphemy" in the video for her single "Dark Horse." The video features the pop star as an Egyptian queen who transforms suitors into sand by disintegrating them. Shazad Iqbal, from Bradford, England, has started an online petition for it to be removed from YouTube after he spotted one of the suitors wearing a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it. More than 60,000 people have signed. read more
An Indian man fatally stabbed his American wife before killing himself near the Taj Mahal, four months after the couple married near the legendary monument of love, police said Saturday. Erin W. Willinger's body was found with multiple stab wounds late Thursday night in a deserted part of the city, said Agra police chief Shalabh Mathur. Her husband Bunty Sharma committed suicide by igniting cooking gas and causing a massive explosion in his home, Mathur said. read more
Despite the sword in his hand and the traditional robes, it wasn't quite Lawrence of Arabia.
Still, Prince Charles did his best to enter into the spirit of things during a ceremony celebrating cultural life in Saudi Arabia last night.
The heir to the throne joined members of the Saudi royal family in an Ardah sword dance in a stadium in capital Riyadh. read more
Genetically modified purple tomatoes are coming to your table.
Their dark pigment is intended to give tomatoes the same potential health benefits as fruit such as blueberries. The purple pigment, known as anthocyanin, is an antioxidant which studies on animals show could help fight cancer.
Ketchup made from purple tomatoes will have anti cancer properties.