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Government officials in Amsterdam said a 19-year-old Afghan citizen who stabbed two American tourists Friday at the city’s main railway station had a “terrorist motive.” Authorities said they based that conclusion on the suspect’s statements to police. The suspect, who holds a German residency permit and was shot and detained by police, was identified only as Jawed S. because of Dutch privacy rules. Police say the two unidentified Americans have serious but not life-threatening injuries and are recovering in a hospital. The suspect also is hospitalized. U.S.

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Dutch lawmaker cancels Muhammad cartoon contest

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/31/18, 12:55 pm

Dutch politician Geert Wilders canceled a planned Muhammad cartoon contest in the Netherlands after it drew thousands of Islamic protesters this week in Pakistan. Islam forbids depictions of its central figure. Wilders, known for his anti-Islamic statements, said he canceled the scheduled November event following death threats and concerns it could put people at risk. “People’s safety is more important,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

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Pakistanis protest Muhammad cartoon contest

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/30/18, 12:08 pm

Thousands of Islamists continued to march toward the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Thursday to protest a planned contest in the Netherlands featuring cartoons depicting Muhammad. About 10,000 marchers supporting the Tehreek-i-Labaik party called on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to cut diplomatic ties with the Netherlands over the contest held by a far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, known for anti-Islamic statements. Wilders announced the cartoon contest, which is scheduled for November at his political party’s offices in The Hague and has already received about 200 entries.

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