Court orders YouTube blocked for a month
A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq described the film as "offensive to Islam and the prophet (Mohammed)." He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital, where the first protests against the film erupted in September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people. The ruling, however, can be appealed, and based on precedent, might not be enforced. A spokeswoman for YouTube's parent company, Google, said in a statement that the firm had "received nothing from the judge or government related to this matter." The 14-minute trailer for the movie, Innocence of Muslims, portrays Mohammed as a religious fraud, womanizer and pedophile. It was produced in the United States by an Egyptian-born Christian who's now a U.S. citizen.
Ohio mayor quits over claims of gay slurs
The mayor of a southeastern Ohio town has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer "queer" in front of his colleagues and created a hostile work environment. Jackie Welker, council president in the Village of Pomeroy, told the Associated Press that Mayor Mary McAngus, 78, submitted a letter of resignation Saturday. Police Chief Mark Proffitt told the council last week that McAngus referred to Officer Kyle Calendine as "queer" in front of other officers and dispatchers. He said that at one point she said, "I don't like a queer working for the village."
6 killed in shelling of camp for refugees
Six people were killed and more than 50 were wounded Saturday when several dozen mortar shells fell on a refugee camp for members of an Iranian opposition group, according to an Iraqi police official. The camp, on the site of a former U.S. military base near the Baghdad airport known as Camp Liberty, is home to about 3,400 Iranian exiles who are members of Mujahedeen Khalq, or MEK, a militant organization. It was removed from the State Department's terrorist list in September after years of intensive lobbying from many prominent U.S. politicians and former military officers, who viewed the group as a legitimate democratic alternative to the Iranian government. In an email sent to media outlets in Iraq, the military wing of Hezbollah in Iraq, a militant organization believed to have connections to the main Lebanese group and to Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack and warned that others would follow.
Premier threatens to quit over Cabinet
Tunisia's Islamist prime minister said on Saturday he will resign if his proposal to appoint a nonpolitical Cabinet by midweek is rejected. Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali called for that change on Wednesday after Tunisia was thrown into a crisis when a prominent opposition politician was shot and killed in Tunis, touching off violent protests. Jebali's moderate Islamist Ennahda party has already rejected his proposal. But in an interview with the France-24 TV channel, the prime minister said that to change the situation, the government ministers must be replaced by ones without a political affiliation, notably technocrats.