No bail for 'anti-Islam filmmaker'

A California man linked to an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world has been held without bond at his bail hearing in Los Angeles for violating the terms of his probation.

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Reports: Pakistan minister announces $100,000 bounty for anti-Islam film maker

Pakistan's federal minister for railways, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, has announced a bounty of $100,000 on the maker of the American film 'Innocence of Muslims', according to local media.

He made the comments at a press conference this morning and said he was aware his statements were against the law, but that he was prepared to commit the crime.

He also said that the Taliban and al Qaeda would be rewarded if they killed the film maker.


Protesters burn church in northwest Pakistan

Demonstrators burned the Sarhadi Lutheran Church in the city of Mardan in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, but police said no one was hurt. The inside of the church was completely gutted.

"They grabbed the son of our Bishop but the local administration helped us a lot at that time because they (attackers) were trying to burn him," claimed senior congregation member Jamshed Masih.

"I personally saw some of the people who were carrying the stuff in bags and were coming out from inside (the church)," he added

On Friday thousands angered by an anti-Muslim film made in the US ignored pleas for peaceful rallies and rampaged in Pakistan. Nineteen were killed police said.

Scores hurt in Bangladesh film protest clashes

Scores have been hurt after battles between police and hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka. They were protesting against a film produced in the US that disparages the Prophet Mohammed.

Police in the city fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the stone-throwing demonstrators, who were from around a dozen Islamic groups.

Police said the clash erupted on Saturday morning when they tried to stop the protest.

Witnesses said the protesters burned several vehicles, including a police van, during the battles.

The protesters announced a nationwide general strike on Sunday to protest against the police action.

19 dead in Pakistan anti-Islam film protests

KFC damaged in Karachi. Credit: APTN

A day of fatal violence has left sections of Karachi in Pakistan's in ruins and 19 people dead after protests against an anti-Muslim film took place across the country.

Damaged building in Karachi. Credit: APTN

The clean up operation was continuing in the city after demonstrators destroyed and burned banks, shops, cinemas and Western fast-food restaurants on Friday as Pakistan's holy day for the Prophet Muhammad turned into a day of gunfire, tear gas and arson.

Damaged building in Karachi. Credit: APTN

Thousands raging about an anti-Muslim film ignored requests for peaceful rallies and rampaged in Pakistani cities, in battles with police that killed 19 people and touched off criticism of a government decision to hold a national holiday to proclaim devotion for the Prophet Muhammad.


Muslims call for peaceful protests over US film and French cartoons

There have been some violent protests today over an anti-Islam film and cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammed in a French magazine.

Some Muslims have called for the violence, which has claimed the lives of at least 15 people in Pakistan.

Protesters speak of a culture war with the West

As fresh protests take place over an anti-Islam film and cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammed in a French magazine, some Muslims enraged by attacks on their faith spoke of a culture war with the West.

Abdessalam Abdullah, a preacher at a mosque in Beirut's Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj al-Barajneh told Reuters:

They hate him (the Prophet Mohammad) and show this through their continued works in the West, through their writings, cartoons, films and the way they launch war against him in schools.

Another 23-year-old protester said:

They hate us and want to get rid of our culture and we will resist. We should reject all aspects of their culture too.

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