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Outgoing top Muslim envoy seeks accord with Christians

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(Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu speaks during the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous)

The outgoing head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Tuesday some Muslim states should broaden rights for religious minorities. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who stepped down on Monday after nine years as secretary general of the 57-country group representing the Islamic world, also said Western countries should do more to combat an increase of prejudice against Muslims there.

Dec 27, 2013
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France may ban provocative black comedian for anti-Semitic jibes

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(Dieudonne M’bala M’bala (R) with anti-Zionist Party leader Yahia Gouasmi and far-right writer Alain Soral (C) in Paris on May 13, 2009 during their campaign for the European Parliament. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes )

France is considering banning performances by a black comedian whose shows have repeatedly insulted the memory of Holocaust victims and could threaten public order, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday.

Dec 27, 2013

France may ban black comedian for anti-Semitic jibes

PARIS (Reuters) – France is considering banning performances by a black comedian whose shows have repeatedly insulted the memory of Holocaust victims and could threaten public order, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday.

He said his ministry is studying legal ways to ban shows by Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a comedian repeatedly fined for hate speech who ran in the 2009 European Parliament elections at the head of an “Anti-Zionist List” including far-right activists.