Following last week’s violence by Islamic extremists over an online trailer mocking the Prophet Muhammad a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has today published cartoons caricaturing the founder of Islam.
The provocative move has been justified by editor Stephane Charbonnier as ”not really fueling the fire,” but commenting on “the news in a satirical way”.
However, the offices of the magazine are being guarded by riot police and French embassies are on alert today around the world. Read more »
The Independent reports today on another twist in the News of the World phone hacking story as it reports that police have evidence that suggests a private detective agency carried out a burglary while working for the now defunct News International-owned tabloid.
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The New York Times reports on a radical move from New York in the fight against obesity as the New York City Board of Health yesterday approved a ban on the sale of large fizzy and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and cinemas.
The ban, which comes into effect next year, is the first restriction of its kind in the US and was championed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg despite many New Yorkers saying they are uneasy about the plan. Read more »
Burger giant McDonald’s, home to the Big Mac quarter pounder, is to open a vegetarian-only restaurants in India next year marking a first for the fast-food chain.
The move follows up on existing changes to menus in its Indian restaurants where beef, seen as sacred by Hindus, and pork, seen as unclean by Muslims, have already been dropped from menus. Read more »
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