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Fox News sorry for 'totally Muslim' Birmingham comments

US TV network Fox News has apologised for remarks made on-air by one of its contributors, who said Birmingham was a no-go area for non-Muslims.

His comments sparked a storm of protest on social media and the Prime Minister called him 'an idiot.' Andy Bevan reports.

Fox News on air apology on Birmingham Muslim claims

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Fox News has issued an on air apology about comments a terrorism expert made saying Birmingham is "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in."

Steve Emerson - who is described as "one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks" on his website - made the comments a week ago while speaking on Fox News about the recent Paris terror attacks.

The next day he apologised after receiving widespread criticism, including from Prime Minister David Cameron who said Mr Emerson was 'clearly an idiot'. In an attempt to make amends, the terrorism commentator then donated £500 to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Fox News waited until yesterday to respond, when Fox News' Judge Jeanne Pirro issued an on air apology, saying it was wrong to let her guest's statements go unchallenged, could find 'no credible sources' for the comments, and that the network deeply regret the errors.

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Missing Beagle 2 located on surface of Mars

The British Beagle 2 spacecraft landed successfully on Mars' surface, David Parker, the chief executive of the UK Space Agency has confirmed.

The probe vanished while attempting a Christmas Day landing on the planet in 2003.

ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha tweeted an image showing where the spacecraft is believed to have landed:

French flag flies at half-mast to mark week since terror attacks

The French flag will fly at half-mast above Leicester Town Hall to mark a week since the start of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Two of the Paris gunmen are shown on footage of the attack Credit: Amateur footage

Seventeen people were killed in the attacks, including twelve at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A book of condolence has been opened at Leicester City Council in memory of those who died.


Fox 'terror expert' donates to Birmingham Children's Hospital

A Fox News 'terror expert' has donated £500 to Birmingham Children's Hospital following his comments that Birmingham was "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in."

Speaking to ITV News, Steve Emerson says he apologises to the people of Birmingham and would love to visit the city one day.

Prime Minister: Steven Emerson is 'clearly an idiot'

The Prime Minister has told ITV News that Steven Emerson is "clearly an idiot".

The Fox News commentator claimed Birmingham is "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in".

David Cameron said he "choked on his porridge" when he heard Emerson's comments. The Prime Minister added that the Fox News commentator should look to Birmingham as "a fantastic example" of a city that brings people of different faiths together.

Birmingham City Council responds to Fox News comments

Birmingham City Council has responded to comments made about the city on Fox News Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Council has responded to comments made about the city by a 'terrorism expert' on Fox News.

“These curious comments clearly have no foundation, and it’s good to see an apology has been issued.

“Birmingham’s an incredible place, rightly held up as an example of how communities can and do live and thrive together.

“We are amazingly diverse, and that’s one of the things that makes us brilliant. All this fuss is a reminder of how it’s always best to check your facts before getting into a debate.

“Maybe Fox News could come and visit sometime, and see for themselves what a great city we have here?”

– Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety
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