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The court said in a statement that Martijn is a threat to public order because it “glorifies sexual contact [between adults and children] and presents it as something that should be normal and acceptable.”
Its chairman, Marthijn Uittenbogaard, called the decision “an attack on the freedom of expression.”
Premier threatens early elections
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister threatened Wednesday to call early elections that could tighten his grip on power if the nation’s political factions fail to break an impasse that has all but paralyzed the government.
The impasse also has fueled fears of a possible flare-up in violence by insurgents seeking to take advantage of the chaos. Bombings targeting a Shiite cleric and an anti-al Qaeda militia fighter killed at least 11 people Wednesday in Baghdad.
Mr. al-Maliki, a Shiite, said continued refusals by his political opponents to negotiate a resolution to the crisis would leave him little choice but to call for a new vote.
His threat to hold snap elections comes in response to months of demands for his resignation by Sunni, Kurdish and some Shiite leaders who say he has sidelined them from power. It’s unclear whether they have the political will or enough support in parliament to oust Mr. al-Maliki in a no-confidence vote.
2 bodies recovered in mall roof collapse
ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario — Officials recovered two bodies after dismantling a piece of a partially collapsed Ontario shopping mall on Wednesday and said they are confident no other victims are inside.
The renewed rescue effort came after angry residents shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue.
Police Staff Inspector Bill Neadles of the Toronto-based Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team said the second victim was being removed.
Rescuers had not detected signs of life after detecting breathing inside the rubble early Monday, nearly two days after Saturday’s collapse.
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