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Anti-Islam film is "disgraceful and shameful," UN's Ban says

The maker of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests in two dozen countries abused his right to free speech, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday, noting that the film was a "disgraceful and shameful act." An American actress who starred in the film is suing producers amid claims that original footage was doctored to include religious slander, and the U.S. is investigating possible al-Qaida links to the fatal attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. Reuters (9/19), The Guardian (London) (9/19), The Wall Street Journal (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Ban Ki-moon visited @sesamestreet to discuss #globalhealth his @UnfEWEC initiative: "


"The family of the slain American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens has just launched an impressive online platform to memorialize the late ambassador and help raise funds 'to support activities that build bridges between the people of the United States and the Middle East.' "

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