1. Egypt clerics warn Charlie Hebdo over Prophet Muhammad cartoon

Egypt clerics warn Charlie Hebdo over Prophet Muhammad cartoon

One of Egypt's top Islamic authorities has warned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo against...

By: | Cairo | Updated: January 14, 2015 11:56 PM

One of Egypt’s top Islamic authorities has warned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo against publishing a new cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of its first issue since Islamic extremists killed 12 people at its offices.

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta, which is in charge of issuing religious edicts, on Tuesday called the planned cover an ”unjustified provocation” for millions of Muslims who respect and love their prophet. The magazine plans to print 1 million copies of its new issue.

The statement said the cartoon is likely to cause a new wave of hatred in French and Western societies and called on the French government and others to reject ”the racist act” by Charlie Hebdo.

A French girl reads a sign that reads "I am Charlie" as they pay their respects to victims of attacks in Paris on the satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" during a gathering in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP)

A French girl reads a sign that reads “I am Charlie” as they pay their respects to victims of attacks in Paris on the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” during a gathering in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP)

The magazine routinely sparks controversy by publishing gritty cartoons lampooning religious and political figures.

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A man poses with the new issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo entitled “Tout est pardonne” (“All is forgiven”), which shows a caricature of Prophet Mohammad, at a cafe in Nice, southern France. Reuters

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