In Egypt and Libya, YouTube blocks video that incited Mideast violence

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NEW YORK (AP) – YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad in Egypt and Libya, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video.

Ultraconservative Muslims inflamed by the video stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner. Later Tuesday evening, protesters in Libya burned down the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three members of his staff.

YouTube has continued to leave the video on its site, but has blocked access to it in Egypt and Libya.

The 14-minute video is a trailer to an amateurish, low-budget movie titled “Innocence of Muslims,” which depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse.

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