BBC World News 2012-09-15
BBC news with Julie Candler.
The wave of protests over a film made in the United States that mocks the Prophet Muhammad has spread farther across the Islamic world. James Robbins has the details.
More than a thousand protesters converged on the German embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. Some managed to break through the outer wall, then smashed windows and set fire to at least one vehicle. The nearby British mission was also attacked but the perimeter was not breached. Police fired tear gas at crowds in the American embassy. In Tunis, protesters broke into the US embassy compound starting a large fire and the American school nearby was looted. In Egypt, the governing Muslim Brotherhood has withdrawn its calls for nation wide protest. But demonstrations continue to spread beyond the Arab world to include India, Malaysia and Indonesia too, the country with the world's largest Muslim population.
President Obama has attended a ceremony to mark the repatriation of the remains of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans killed in an attack on the US consulate. As the coffins arrived in an air force base near Washington, Mr. Obama said that the killers would be found and punished.
We will bring to justice those who took them from us. We will stand fast against the violence and our diplomatic missions. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect Americans serving overseas, whether that means increasing security at our diplomatic posts, working with host countries which have an obligation to provide security. And making it clear the justice will come to those who harm Americans.
The Czech government has announced a total ban on all alcoholic spirits. It is in response to an outbreak of alcohol poisoning that has so far left 19 people dead. That has been blamed on bootleg spirits tainted include industrial chemical methanol which was sold cheaply at markets and outdoor kiosks. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
The Health Ministry ban affects the sale of all spirits containing more than 20% of alcohol that is pretty much everything apart from beer and wine, and an unprecedented decision in the country where alcohol is regarded as part of the nation's identity. Police appear to be closing in on those responsible for bottling and distributing the bootleg spirits. A total of ten people have been arrested, 5,000 liters of spirits together with hundreds of counterfeit labels have been seized.
The British royal family says it has launched legal action in France against a French magazine which published topless photographs of Prince Williams' wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. Williams and Kate are suing the French publishes of magazine Closer, alleging their right to privacy had been violated. The pictures were taken while the couple was on holiday at a private chateau in France. The magazine's editor said the couple had been visible from a nearby road.
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The Indian cabinet has decided to allow foreign supermarket chains to enter its multi-billion-dollar retail market. The proposal was first announced a year ago but the congress let government back track after protest from coalition partners. From Delhi, Andrew North.
Retailing giants like Tesco and America's Walmart have been trying to get deeper into India's huge market of 1.2 billon people for years. Both companies do already have a presence here, yet until now restrictions on foreign investment have prevented them from setting up their own branded stores. India's beleaguered government beset by corruption scandals is gambling by loosening up such controls. It can revive both the sagging economy and its own political fortunes.
The South African government says it will not tolerate what it calls illegal gatherings as it tries to end a wave of strikes in the mining industry. The Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said the carrying of dangerous weapons and threats of violence would be dealt with accordingly. Shortly afterwards police fired tear gas to break up a demonstration by miners who want a substantial pay rise. Four of South Africa's gold and platinum mines have now been closed.
Brazilian police are sweeping through a poor neighborhood at the city of Rio de Janeiro after the murder of a policeman on Thursday. They say they have arrested a suspect and seized ammunition of the same type used in the killing. The policeman was shot dead on patrol in the Rocinha neighborhood. Police and soldiers moved into the sprawling neighborhood in November last year as part of their efforts ahead of the 2014 football World Cup to restore order to areas largely run by gangs.
Pope Benedict has praised the coexistence of Lebanon's Muslim and Christian communities which he said could serve as an example to the Middle East. The Pope appealed for peace and announced fundamentalism of all religions. He was speaking on the first papal visit to Lebanon in 15 years.