- Newsmaker: US Acts to Prevent Saudis from Financing Terrorism
A high-level government task force wants President Bush to issue an ultimatum to Saudi Arabia to crack down on people who finance terrorism within 90 days or face unilateral American action. That-s according to an article today-s Washington Post by Douglas Farah, who discusses the request by the National Security Council and the possible consequences of such a challenge to US efforts in the Gulf and to Saudis with assets in the US.
- Reporters Notebook: Fatwa Issued against Nigerian Journalist
Nigeria-s plan to host the Miss World pageant offended Muslims in that country-s northern states. Though the contestants are now safely in London, Nigeria remains in crisis as the state of Zamfara has confirmed a Muslim death sentence against a writer accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed. Michael Peel of the Financial Times, has more on the fatwa that-s been issued against fashion writer Isioma Daniel.
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