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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Muslim Guilty for Role At Protest of Cartoons

LONDON -- A British Muslim who led a crowd in chants of "Bomb, bomb Denmark, bomb, bomb USA" at protests last year of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad has been found guilty of incitement to murder, officials reported Saturday.

Umran Javed, 27, was a leader of a Feb. 3 rally held outside the Danish Embassy in London, prosecutor David Perry said.

Javed, who faces a jail sentence, said he had been caught up in the moment. "They were just slogans, sound bites," he testified.

British television had broadcast images of the protesters carrying signs with slogans such as "Europe, your 9/11 will come" and "Behead the one who insults the prophet."

The protests followed the publication, in Danish and other European newspapers, of cartoons that depicted the prophet wearing a bomb-shaped turban or clutching a dagger.

THE MIDDLE EAST

· RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Hamas's militia in the Gaza Strip illegal. The Islamic movement responded with plans to double its paramilitary unit.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

· COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A bomb on a Sri Lankan passenger bus killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens more, officials said, blaming Tamil Tiger rebels for the country's second bus bombing in as many days.

· MAKASSAR, Indonesia -- U.S. experts arrived in Indonesia's Sulawesi island to help investigate the crash of a jetliner that disappeared with 102 people on board last week after battling fierce winds and storms.

· MANILA -- Philippine troops killed six members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, including one wanted by the United States for involvement in the kidnapping of Americans, a military official said.

· GAUHATI, India -- A second day of bloodshed in India's restive northeast killed at least 21 people, including 13 migrant workers shot while they slept and eight government workers killed by a land mine.

· TOKYO -- Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles -- a dish that has sustained American college students for decades -- has died. He was 96.

Ando founded Nissin Food Products. Faced with food shortages in post-World War II Japan, he thought a quality, convenient noodle product would help feed the masses. In 1958, he introduced Chicken Ramen.

Ando spoke at the company's New Year lunch and enjoyed Chicken Ramen with Nissin employees before falling ill.

-- From News Services


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