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May 13th, 2010
05:29 PM ET

Muslim woman a first in UK government

Sayeeda Warsi trained lawyer from Dewsbury in northeast England.

Chalk up another "first" for the new British government. Not only does it have the youngest prime minister in almost 200 years and the first peacetime coalition government in nearly 70, it has the first Muslim woman to be a full member of the Cabinet.

She's Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative who was named minister without portfolio. It's not immediately clear what her responsibilities will be, a spokesman for the government said.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Politics

May 13th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Police: Swedish cartoonist object of attempted attack

Lars Vilks was defiant in the face of suggestions that his work insults Muslims.

The Swedish cartoonist whose depiction of the prophet Mohammed as a dog has elicited death threats was the object of an attempted attack Tuesday at Sweden's Uppsala University, police said.

The cartoonist, Lars Vilks, was not hurt, though a police officer was, said Jonas Eronen, commissioner with the Uppsala police. Two people were arrested, he said.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith Now • Islam

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