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Amber Sceats’ dad saved from Singapore death row after he was set up for smuggling cocaine

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A wealthy businessman who was put on death row in Singapore for smuggling in cocaine was only freed when a team of Australian detectives proved he was set up.

Phillip George Sceats, the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore’s Changi Prison.

He watched on in horror as 14 of his cellmates were executed, all the while arguing that he was innocent and had no idea how 90 grams of cocaine made its way into his luggage.

What should have been a romantic getaway to celebrate his 64th birthday in March 2018 turned into a nightmare ordeal when he was stopped at the airport and asked to point out his luggage.

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket – hidden so poorly it was almost as if someone was ‘supposed’ to find the drugs. 

Ms Sceats (pictured), who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation

Ms Sceats (pictured), who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation

Ms Sceats (pictured), who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation

Phillip George Sceats (pictured), the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore's Changi Prison

Phillip George Sceats (pictured), the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore's Changi Prison

Phillip George Sceats (pictured), the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore’s Changi Prison

He was whisked away to prison and informed that if convicted, he faced the death penalty. 

Mr Sceats denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well-known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges.

The lawyer argued Mr Sceats had no reason to smuggle drugs from Australia to Singapore due to the lack of demand.

He would have been the first Australian ever charged with the offence, and the street value of the cocaine halved when compared to the price he would have paid for them in Australia. 

He also passed a lie detector test about the drugs, bank records proved he hadn’t made any unusual withdrawals and no cocaine was found in his system during a drug test.

Methadone was found in his system, but he had a long running prescription for the opioid in Australia, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

As he languished in a Singaporean prison, his family back home hired a powerful team of detectives to help prove his innocence while also maintaining his business interests.

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket - almost as if someone was 'supposed' to find the drugs

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket - almost as if someone was 'supposed' to find the drugs

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket – almost as if someone was ‘supposed’ to find the drugs

Mr Sceats (pictured) denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges

Mr Sceats (pictured) denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges

Mr Sceats (pictured) denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges 

Ms Sceats, who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation.

While her adoptive father was behind bars, Ms Sceats’ empire boomed and Australian celebrities – from Jacenko to actress Samara Weaving and Isabelle Cornish have been spotted wearing her designs.

Notoriously private, her last media interview with Elle in 2015 revealed she idolised her ‘fighter’ mother, ‘who inspires me to push through life’s toughest moments and stay strong in every aspect imaginable’.

The family knew they had to stay strong for Mr Sceats, and often wrote to him and encouraged him to keep his spirits high while behind bars.

He had just 20 minutes’ freedom a day, which he used to read or perform yoga, and otherwise sat in his cell with three other inmates facing death row. 

‘I started losing hope, Mr Sceats said. ‘I saw people disappearing. It was pretty rough. It was very strict regime in there. If you do something wrong they give you the cane on the bare bum.

‘Guards come past your cell every hour. They don’t turn the lights off when you are on the death penalty.’ 

Pictured: The suitcase Mr Sceats pointed out to baggage handlers that belonged to him

Pictured: The suitcase Mr Sceats pointed out to baggage handlers that belonged to him

Pictured: The suitcase Mr Sceats pointed out to baggage handlers that belonged to him

Mr Sceats refused to even consider taking a plea deal, despite knowing he faced the death penalty if convicted. 

His Australian team of investigators and detectives tried to enlist the help of the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police, but claimed they were ignored at every turn.

The primary question his legal team wanted answered was who made the initial tip to Singaporean authorities.

But the AFP said they had no knowledge of the arrest until after it took place, and refused to cooperate further.

Mr Sceats is adamant he saw people wearing AFP hats and clothing in Singapore airport on the day of his arrest, and thinks more should have been done to investigate who set him up.   

On February 18, 2019, his Australian team took a dossier to the AFP with a summary of events and possible person of interest and potential crimes committed in relation to the set up. 

Pictured: A woman modelling Ms Sceats' jewellery pieces

Pictured: A woman modelling Ms Sceats' jewellery pieces

Pictured: A woman modelling Ms Sceats' jewellery pieces

Pictured: A woman modelling Ms Sceats' jewellery pieces

While her adoptive father was behind bars, Ms Sceats’ empire boomed and Australian celebrities – from Jacenko to actress Samara Weaving and Isabelle Cornish have been spotted wearing her designs

The dossier was also sent to his Singaporean lawyer, who forwarded it to Singapore Attorney-General Lucien Wong SC.

On February 23 2019, Mr Sceats’ legal team was told he was going to be freed. 

He was taken out of his cell at 4.30am and spent almost 12 hours questioning what was happening, only to learn he had been freed.

Mr Sceats was so shocked to learn charges had been dismissed his legs gave way. 

But a year on, he is still no closer to learning who falsely accused him of smuggling drugs into the notoriously strict country.

The businessman, who once worked 60 hours a week and dedicated his life to his career, admits he is a shell of his former self after the experience. 

‘I am a broken man,’ he said. ‘I would give anything to know what really happened.’ 

Notoriously private, Ms Sceats' last media interview with Elle in 2015 revealed she idolised her 'fighter' mother, 'who inspires me to push through life's toughest moments and stay strong in every aspect imaginable'

Notoriously private, Ms Sceats' last media interview with Elle in 2015 revealed she idolised her 'fighter' mother, 'who inspires me to push through life's toughest moments and stay strong in every aspect imaginable'

Notoriously private, Ms Sceats’ last media interview with Elle in 2015 revealed she idolised her ‘fighter’ mother, ‘who inspires me to push through life’s toughest moments and stay strong in every aspect imaginable’

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Celebrity hairdresser reveals the common mistakes people make when wearing extensions

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 A celebrity hair extensions expert has revealed the common mistakes made by people when trying to lengthen their hair – and the best ways to avoid damage while using extensions.

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Louise Bailey, who works in the Harrods Salon and also runs  Hair Extensions London,  a salon based in Fitzrovia, revealed the common misconceptions around hair extensions, including why you should always consult a professional before attaching any hair.

Louise, who has a roster of A-listers in her client book, specialises in natural looking extensions and says getting hair from a reputable company is key.

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Louise Bailey, who has runs Hair Extensions London, salon based in Fitzrovia, revealed the common misconceptions around hair extensions, including why you should always consult a professional before attaching any hair

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Louise Bailey, who has runs Hair Extensions London, salon based in Fitzrovia, revealed the common misconceptions around hair extensions, including why you should always consult a professional before attaching any hair

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Louise Bailey, who has runs Hair Extensions London, salon based in Fitzrovia, revealed the common misconceptions around hair extensions, including why you should always consult a professional before attaching any hair

‘Extensions are like designer handbags these days , everyone has them,’ she explained to FEMAIL.

‘But celebs are often paid to promote brands and given free hair, this doesn’t mean their good ones. My top tip would be to always consults a professional and don’t go for a Z-list endorsed brand.

Here, she explains her top tips for those looking for Rapunzel-esque locks.

PICK A BRAND TO MATCH YOUR HAIR TYPE

Louise specialises in tape hair extensions,  which are attached to the hair using a special adhesive tape. 

‘The hair is reusable and can be removed from the hair easily with zero damage to the natural hair.

She recommends using Hair Dreams, which shes describe as ‘a reputable brand within the hair extension industry’. 

The brand uses natural Indian hair, and their tape hair extension can last up to nine months if maintenance it carried out correctly and the hair is looked after well once attached.

Pictured: Before hair extensions

Pictured: Before hair extensions

Pictured: After hair extensions

Pictured: After hair extensions

Pictured, natural hair (left) and right with extensions. The model wars balayage extensions from Hair Dreams, which is Indian hair

‘There’s three main types of hair sold, Russian, Chinese and Indian,’ she explained.

‘You should find the best hair for your ethnicity. Chinese hair is usually straight, while Indian hair is wavy.

‘But Chinese hair is often more heavily processed because it’s naturally darker, while Russian can be more sought after because it can be virgin and each strand is much finer.

A reputable brand is so important, and it’s always worth talking to a professional, as there’s no regulation within this industry of hair processing. 

‘But a reputable brand is so important, and it’s always worth talking to a professional, as there’s no regulation within this industry of hair processing.

‘There’s even been brands taken to court before after hair they claimed was Russian wasn’t.

‘We use Hair Dreams, which has a natural wave so it’s perfect with to style and blend easily with the natural hair making it easy to manage at home.

‘It means women can have a break from straightening and harsh heat styling, you can brush your hair and go.

‘It gives you an everlasting blow dry for a week, you can have a groomed hairstyle all the time.’

Louise specialises in tape hair extensions which are attached to the hair using a special adhesive tape. The hair is reusable and can be removed from the hair easily with zero damage to the natural hair

Louise specialises in tape hair extensions which are attached to the hair using a special adhesive tape. The hair is reusable and can be removed from the hair easily with zero damage to the natural hair

Louise specialises in tape hair extensions which are attached to the hair using a special adhesive tape. The hair is reusable and can be removed from the hair easily with zero damage to the natural hair

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

While Louise works with a limited number of top brands, she recommends steering clear of extremely cheap ones as ‘you get what you pay for’.

‘A good way to to know about a brand is good, look for a hair extension company with years behind its belt,’ she said.

‘Look for a place with A-listers on board as top brands won’t give them away as the product is so expensive.

‘A good way to to know about a brand is good, look for a hair extension company with years behind its belt 

‘To get your hair in good condition while using extensions you have to make sure your colour process is not damaging the natural hair,’.

Louise’s works with a colour-expert and recommends making sure you have a full team on board to make sure both the hair extension and colour service protects the natural hair.

IT’S FOR ANYONE

While many see extensions as something for A-listers and influencers, many of Louise’s clients are over 50.

‘We get a lot of menopausal women come in, where there hair starts to thin and we fill out the hair and make them feel amazing again,’ she explained.

‘We get women that come to us of all ages that have had heavy bleach or even some highlights or the hair has just been over processed and it keeps breaking and doesn’t seem to grow.

‘We fill the gaps with the extensions, when hair is burned from colour we don’t want to burn it even more – we get them on a healthy hair routine allowing the hair to have rest while still looking thick shinny and groomed. 

‘We sort it so its not a wispy fluff anymore she added.

‘I’ve also had patients who have lost their hair from chemotherapy, as soon as hair is four inches, we can attach hair extensions, it saves people having to get wigs and makes them feel themselves again.

IT CAN PREVENT HAIR DAMAGE

‘We do a lot of Balayage extensions as it’s trendy and means you don’t have to colour your hair so much to achieve this look.

‘We get a lot of people that want a new colour and we can colour it all with tape hair extensions – it’s so easy to do.

We get a lot of people that want a new colour and we can do it  all with tape hair extensions – it’s so easy to do. 

‘With Balyage it places the colour properly, which you might not be able to do otherwise as dying it would take hours to do.

‘When applied right, it can prevent damage but you need to find someone really good to apply them, or it can make damage worse.

‘It’s also about them being cut properly and many hairdressers cut the natural hair away as they try to cut it, so make sure you go to a reputable place that uses good hair and knows how to cut extensions well so they don’t cut your natural hair away when trying to blend them. This is a skill in itself.

‘For a great set of hair extensions that don’t do any damage to your natural hair you need a great product and a hair extensions expert to apply and cut them.’

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Queensland election: Deb Frecklington concedes as Palaszczuk speaks

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A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s victory announcement.

Ms Frecklington conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured a majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state. 

Analysts and viewers were left gobsmacked after Ms Frecklington chose to make her concession speech at the exact time Ms Palaszczuk spoke in front of a cheering crowd.

Sky News host Alan Jones took aim at the LNP and said it was being run ‘by three stooges’ after the timing blunder.

‘They’ve lost. Will someone tell her they’ve lost. I just found that extraordinary,’ Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones pointed out that the opposition leader traditionally concedes defeat before the victorious party leader presents their victory speech.

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A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk's victory lap (pictured, in the bottom left-hand corner)

A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk's victory lap (pictured, in the bottom left-hand corner)

A bizarre election day farce saw Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington time her concession speech right in the middle of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s victory lap (pictured, in the bottom left-hand corner)

Ms Frecklington (pictured) conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state

Ms Frecklington (pictured) conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state

Ms Frecklington (pictured) conceded defeat on Saturday night as the Labor leader secured majority government before thanking her party and addressing the state

 ‘Frecklington has been badly let down. I don’t know the lady, but she presents well, she speaks well, but it’s what she says that lets her down,’ he said.  

The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time, meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end.

Political analysts were left shocked, saying they’d never seen it before and Ms Frecklington’s advisers must have failed her with the blunder.

Despite the awkward farce, Ms Frecklington told Liberal National Party followers she intends to remain in the job following the election loss. 

‘Queenslanders have made their decision, and I thank each and every one of them for voting and for upholding our democracy,’ the opposition leader told a function of LNP faithful in Brisbane late on Saturday.

‘This decision is respected by the Liberal National Party. And I am so proud of the campaign that we have fought.’

The LNP looked likely to retain at least 32 seats in the 93-seat parliament. In the last parliament the opposition had 38 seats.

The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time (pictured), meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end

The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time (pictured), meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end

The timing error caused the speeches to air at the same time (pictured), meaning TV and blogging coverage had to switch between the two, or wait for one to end

Political analysts were left shocked, saying they'd never seen it before and Ms Frecklington's advisers must have failed her (pictured, the badly timed speeches playing at once)

Political analysts were left shocked, saying they'd never seen it before and Ms Frecklington's advisers must have failed her (pictured, the badly timed speeches playing at once)

Political analysts were left shocked, saying they’d never seen it before and Ms Frecklington’s advisers must have failed her (pictured, the badly timed speeches playing at once)

‘I will continue to play my part in the Liberal National Party and I will continue as the leader of this great party,’ Ms Frecklington said.

‘The LNP is going to continue to hold the Palaszczuk government to account.

‘We will speak up for those who have been forgotten and left behind. We’re going to fight for the families of this great state because families mean more than anything.’

Following her speech Ms Frecklington insisted she wasn’t trying to spoil the premier’s speech.  

Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion.

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Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion

Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion

Viewers were outraged about the timing error, with many taking to social media to express their confusion

‘It appears Deb Frecklington is not waiting for Annastacia Palaszczuk to finish her speech. She’s speaking now while the Premier is still speaking. Has this ever happened before?’ One user wrote on Twitter.

‘As usual Frecklington can’t read the room and has got her timing wrong. Why is she giving her speech while the PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND is speaking,’ another said.

‘Deb Frecklington doing her concession speech when no one is listening is a metaphor for the entire election campaign,’ one user tweeted.

Another wrote: ‘Wow! How ungracious by Frecklington, giving her concession speech whilst Palaszczuk is giving her thank you speech. No class!’ 

The LNP copped flack from within its own stable throughout the election.

Former LNP premier Campbell Newman reprimanded his own party, saying COVID-19 was not an excuse for their failure to win a majority.

This was also Australia's first ever state election contest between two female leaders, with opposition leader Deb Frecklington conceding defeat (pictured) at exactly the same time as the premier claimed victory - breaking convention

This was also Australia's first ever state election contest between two female leaders, with opposition leader Deb Frecklington conceding defeat (pictured) at exactly the same time as the premier claimed victory - breaking convention

This was also Australia’s first ever state election contest between two female leaders, with opposition leader Deb Frecklington conceding defeat (pictured) at exactly the same time as the premier claimed victory – breaking convention

Wearing pink, Ms Palaszczuk had a message for critics of Queensland's border closure, from her New South Wales Liberal counterpart Gladys Berejiklian to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured in her Inala electorate in Brisbane's south with her mother Laurel)

Wearing pink, Ms Palaszczuk had a message for critics of Queensland's border closure, from her New South Wales Liberal counterpart Gladys Berejiklian to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured in her Inala electorate in Brisbane's south with her mother Laurel)

 Wearing pink, Ms Palaszczuk had a message for critics of Queensland’s border closure, from her New South Wales Liberal counterpart Gladys Berejiklian to Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured in her Inala electorate in Brisbane’s south with her mother Laurel)

‘The LNP primary vote was 36 per cent a year ago. We had a problem prior to the pandemic,’ he tweeted.

Deputy opposition leader Tim Mander defended the LNP’s performance in a ‘tough election’.

‘I’m not going to take any advice off Campbell Newman that’s for sure,’ he said.

‘No doubt it’s a very disappointing result for us. We were very hopeful about a number of those seats that it looks like we’re not going to win.’

Mr Mander refused to lay any blame at the feet of Ms Frecklington.

‘I have absolutely zero criticism of Deb. She’s done a great job under the circumstances,’ he told ABC TV.

‘She’s been full of energy. She’s got better as the campaign went on. There’ll be a lot of learning from this. The last thing I’m thinking about is those type of issues.’

‘We have to go away now and lick our wounds,’ Mr Mander said.

Ms Frecklington was sure to retain her seat of Nanango.

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Muslims protest against Emmanuel Macron in Iraq, India and Pakistan

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French President Emmanuel Macron has said it’s ‘our duty to protect our freedoms’ as furious protests continue to rage across the Muslim world against his comments over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.   

Macron gave a long interview setting out his vision to Qatar-based TV channel Al-Jazeera today. 

‘I can understand that people could be shocked by the caricatures but I will never accept that violence can be justified,’ he said.

‘I consider it our duty to protect our freedoms and our rights,’ he added in an extract of the interview to be broadcast from 1600 GMT. 

Fury against French President Emmanuel Macron continues to rage across the Muslim world as protests were held today in India, Pakistan and Iraq over the premier’s stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons.  

Macron has become the focal point of Islamic fury after defending Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which were used as justification for a teacher’s murder in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago.  

After three people were murdered in Nice Thursday in the latest in a long line of terror attacks in France, Macron said that France will not ‘give up on our values’ despite fury at the caricatures. 

Protests are being staged across the Muslim world, with demonstrations seen this morning in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and India.  

People chant slogans as they set fire to France's flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan today

People chant slogans as they set fire to France's flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan today

People chant slogans as they set fire to France’s flag during a protest against the cartoon publications of Prophet Mohammad in France and comments by the French President Emmanuel Macron, in Karachi, Pakistan today 

Protesters burn effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters burn effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters burn effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today 

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments about Prophet Muhammad caricatures, in Peshawar, Pakistan today

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments about Prophet Muhammad caricatures, in Peshawar, Pakistan today

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments about Prophet Muhammad caricatures, in Peshawar, Pakistan today 

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and depicting French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig, during a rally protesting against the comments of Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen's country's third-city of Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and depicting French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig, during a rally protesting against the comments of Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen's country's third-city of Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and depicting French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig, during a rally protesting against the comments of Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen’s country’s third-city of Taez today 

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today 

Muslim demonstrators hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today

Muslim demonstrators hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today

Muslim demonstrators hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today 

In Dhaka, hundreds of Bangladeshi Muslims took to the streets of the capital for a third consecutive day of protests, chanting slogans such as ‘Boycott French products’ and burning effigies of Macron, who they described as an enemy of Islam. 

At a much larger protest on Tuesday in Dhaka thousands had turned out for a protest carrying banners such as ‘Stop Islamophobia’, ‘Boycott France’ and ‘Lay siege to the French Embassy in Dhaka’. 

In the Somalian capital Mogadishu, hundreds of mostly youthful demonstrators gathered at K4, a busy junction leading to the airport and started chanting anti-French slogans and burning French flags. 

They were responding to calls by clerics in various Somali regions to come out and condemn France and boycott French products.

‘We are going to use our muscles to defend Islam,’ a middle-aged man, Mohamed Ahmed, who was at the demonstration, told Reuters when asked why he was participating. 

A protester carries an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester carries an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester carries an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester jumps on an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

A protester jumps on an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

A protester jumps on an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today 

Protesters throw an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters throw an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters throw an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today 

Protesters hold a placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today

Protesters hold a placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today

Protesters hold a placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron’s comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today 

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Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today 

Demonstrators stand on defaced posters of France's President Emmanuel Macron on a road during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron's comments, outside a French consulate in Kolkata today

Demonstrators stand on defaced posters of France's President Emmanuel Macron on a road during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron's comments, outside a French consulate in Kolkata today

Demonstrators stand on defaced posters of France’s President Emmanuel Macron on a road during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and Macron’s comments, outside a French consulate in Kolkata today 

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron in Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron in Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron in Taez today 

‘We ask people to burn every product of France they come across.’  

Turkish President Erdogan said Wednesday that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to ‘relaunch the Crusades’, heightening a confrontation with France over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have stirred anger in Muslim-majority countries.

In a speech to lawmakers of his AK Party in parliament, President Tayyip Erdogan also said that standing against attacks on the Prophet was ‘an issue of honour for us’, suggesting Ankara may be digging in for a prolonged standoff.

The row with France flared after a French teacher who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was beheaded in France this month. 

The caricatures are considered blasphemous by Muslims.

In a sign of spreading anger at France’s defence of the right to publish the cartoons, demonstrators denounced France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries.

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen's third-city of Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen's third-city of Taez today

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons in Yemen’s third-city of Taez today 

A placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today

A placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today

A placard and banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron are seen during a protest against Macron’s comments considered insulting to Muslims, in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia today 

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron considered insulting to Muslims, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron considered insulting to Muslims, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron considered insulting to Muslims, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia today 

Placards reading "The yellow Devil is in Paris" hang in a window as a mark of a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, in Almaty, Kazakhstan today

Placards reading "The yellow Devil is in Paris" hang in a window as a mark of a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, in Almaty, Kazakhstan today

Placards reading ‘The yellow Devil is in Paris’ hang in a window as a mark of a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments, in Almaty, Kazakhstan today 

‘France down, it insulted our Prophet,’ shouted protesters in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Erdogan sharply criticised Macron at the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health check, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. On Monday, Erdogan urged a boycott of French products.

The Turkish leader again questioned Macron’s state of mind on Wednesday and, in remarks addressed to ‘the West’, described colonial powers as ‘murderers’ for their record in Africa and the Middle east.

‘They literally want to relaunch the Crusades. Since the Crusades, the seeds of evil and hatred have started falling on these (Muslim) lands and that’s when peace was disrupted.’

Turkish officials said separately Ankara would take legal and diplomatic steps in response to a caricature of Erdogan in Charlie Hebdo, which officials called a ‘disgusting effort’ to ‘spread its cultural racism and hatred’.

The cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo showed Erdogan sitting in a white t-shirt and underpants, holding a canned drink and lifting the skirt of a woman wearing an Islamic hijab to reveal her naked bottom.

Muslim activists of different organizations stage a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron, near the French Consulate in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists of different organizations stage a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron, near the French Consulate in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists of different organizations stage a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron, near the French Consulate in Kolkata, India today 

Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists from various organizations participate in a protest against France, near the French Consulate, in Kolkata, India today 

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Kolkata today 

‘Our battle against these rude, ill-intentioned and insulting steps will continue until the end, with reason but determination,’ Turkey’s Communications Directorate said.

State media reported that Turkish prosecutors had launched an investigation into Charlie Hebdo’s executives.

The row has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on Oct. 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of the Prophet in a civics lesson. 

The French government, backed by many citizens, saw the beheading as an attack on freedom of speech, and said it would defend the right to display the cartoons.

Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values.

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today 

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students of Jamaat-e-Islami party shout slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Somalis march during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, along the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday

Somalis march during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron's comments, along the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday

Somalis march during a protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France and French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments, along the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday 

France’s foreign ministry on Tuesday issued safety advice to French citizens in Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Mauritania, advising them to exercise caution. They should stay away from any protests over the cartoons and avoid any public gatherings.

In Cairo, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said freedom of expression should stop if it offended more than 1.5 billion people.

The Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar university, one of the world’s most eminent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, urged the international community to criminalise ‘anti-Muslim’ actions.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo today condemned what he called ‘terrorist’ attacks in France, but also warned that remarks by President Macron had ‘insulted Islam’ and ‘hurt the unity of Muslims everywhere.’

Conservative Islamic organizations in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, have called for protests and boycotts against France, sharing an image of Macron as a red-eyed devilish snail.

‘Freedom of speech that injures the noble purity and sacred values and symbol of religion is so wrong, it shouldn’t be justified and it needs to stop,’ the Indonesian leader, who is known by his popular name Jokowi, said in a televised address.

He added, however, that ‘linking religion to acts of terrorism is a massive mistake. Terrorists are terrorists.’

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