1711: The number of people injured in clashes outside the US embassy in Cairo has risen to 224, according to the Egyptian health ministry.
1710: “A big advance” has been made in the investigation into the attack in Benghazi, new Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur has told the AFP news agency. “We have some names and some photographs. Arrests have been made and more are under way as we speak,” he said.
Raja Imran Manzoor Khan, Luton, England, emails: You can be anti-Islam and have your views about it as a religion and faith but where Muslims feel aggrieved is when the person they most love and admire is ridiculed and poked fun at. Why his personality is attacked again and again in the name of freedom of expression when it hurts billions of Muslims and no action taken to stop it, is a question every Muslim asks.
1658: Several Egyptian Islamist groups have called for a mass protest over the film on Friday. The Muslim Brotherhood, Salafist parties, the Sufi Coalition, and non-religious groups including a football fans’ group and the Revolutionary Youth Union are planning to take part in the protest after Friday prayers.
1654: Viewings of extracts of the film on YouTube have risen dramatically on Thursday, even as some governments have tried to block access to them, BBC Monitoring reports. One clip dubbed into Arabic has gone from having over 30,000 views on Wednesday to over 1m on Thursday.
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