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Muslims Torch Buddhist Temples in Bangladesh (The Wall Street Journal)
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday. The violence began late Saturday and continued until early Sunday, said Nojibul Islam, a police chief in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. Reuters Many people in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh have been angered in recent days by a film made in California that mocks the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims in Bangladesh and beyond have also been outraged by violence over the border in Myanmar where members of the majority Buddhist community clashed with minority Muslims this year. Los Angeles Times Bangladesh’s English-language Daily Star newspaper reported that the Buddhist who allegedly posted the offensive image on Facebook mistakenly tagged it on his Facebook profile and that his account was closed soon after violence erupted even as police escorted him and his mother to safety. VentureBeat In product news, Facebook Friday updated its standalone Messenger app on iOS to fully support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, while also adding some useful features for chat addicts. In addition to general speed improvements, the Messenger app now lets you swipe left to instantly get access to your favorite Facebook chat buddies, as well as to see who’s online. The Verge The conversation view has been given a fresh makeover with chat bubbles, and you’re now able to pin those you chat with most often to a Favorites section. Unfortunately there’s one area where Messenger for iOS hasn’t reached parity with its Android counterpart: there’s no way of integrating your SMS messages within the app. continued…
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