In brief: Magazine to hand over photos of Kate
Paris – Britain’s royal family won a legal victory Tuesday when a French court ordered a magazine to hand over photographs of the former Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, sunbathing topless at a secluded villa in the south of France.
The court decreed that Closer, the glossy celebrity magazine that published the “profoundly intimate” pictures, had 24 hours to comply with the order or face a penalty of $13,000 for every day it delayed doing so. The court also said the French magazine would be fined $13,000 every time it republished or distributed the offending images.
However, the judges said it was not within their powers to prevent the magazine from reprinting the edition containing the photographs. Closer has already declared that it has no intention of doing so.
Warrants issued over controversial film
Cairo – Egypt’s general prosecutor issued arrest warrants Tuesday for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.
The case is largely symbolic since the seven men and one woman are believed to be outside of Egypt and unlikely to travel to the country to face the charges.
Instead, the prosecutor’s decision to take legal action appears aimed at absorbing at least some of the public anger over the amateur film, which portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon.
But some Christians and human rights groups expressed concern that trying people on charges of insulting religion, which also occurred to a degree under the secular-leaning regime of Hosni Mubarak, could only increase now that various strains of Islamists are gaining power.
Among those charged is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian Copt living in southern California and believed to be behind the film. Florida-based pastor Terry Jones, who has said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the video, as well as Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who pushed the video on his website, are also among those charged.
District bans father-daughter dances
Cranston, R.I. – Father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames – those cherished hallmarks of Americana – have been banned in a Rhode Island school district after they were targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU, the self-proclaimed guardian of the nation’s liberty, says such events violate the state’s gender-discrimination law.
The organization challenged their existence following a complaint from a single mom who said her daughter was prevented from attending a father-daughter dance in the Cranston Public Schools district.
The story has created a furor both online as well as in Cranston, a community located south of Providence and considered one of the safest places in America.
The phones at Cranston City Hall were already ringing off the hook bright and early Tuesday morning when staffers unlocked the doors. The outrage prompted a reaction from Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, even though he has no control over the schools.
“I am utterly disappointed to have such a time-honored tradition under attack,” Fung said in a statement that urged parents to turn their fury on the school district.
Oddly enough, the policy change was apparently made months ago but only came to widespread public attention on Monday. That’s when Sean Gately, a candidate for state Senate, announced that he will seek to change the policy back if elected, according to the Providence Journal.