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PARIS — A French court has convicted a man for carrying a weapon at an illegal demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy protesting a video that protesting Muslims say insulted the Prophet Muhammad.
The 24-year-old convert to Islam was sentenced to three months in prison. Saturday's ruling came hours after police detained a man in the western city of La Rochelle suspected Cheap Beats of threatening to decapitate the editor of a French satirical weekly that published lewd caricatures of the prophet on Wednesday amid protests around the world against the amateurish film produced in California.
The swift action in both cases reflects concern in France, where Islam is the second biggest religion after Christianity, about potential fallout from the video and the caricatures. Protests planned for Saturday were banned, and police increased security around the U.S. Embassy, at the main Paris mosque and at other sensitive sites.
A week ago, police detained 151 protesters who suddenly gathered at the U.S. Embassy without authorization and eventually released all but the convicted man, Loic Guibet. Police found a retractable club bearing his fingerprints in a garbage can nearby. Guibet, who works for the French railway and is married, claimed he brought the weapons "preventatively" should a Zionist group blamed for violence in the past show up.
The Sipa news agency quoted him as saying that he "didn't come with the goal of picking a fight."
Guibet was allowed to go free after the sentencing and it's possible he will serve no time at all, which is not unusual in France for prison sentences of less than two years. A judge will decide whether he goes to jail, does community work or wears an electronic bracelet.
Meanwhile, in La Rochelle, police detained a 43-year-old man for questioning after the prosecutor's office opened a probe over a threat, made in an Internet forum against the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo magazine, Sipa reported.
Wednesday's publication of the cartoons by Charlie Hebdo raised concerns that French interests worldwide could face violent protests like the ones targeting the U.S. over the anti-Islam video that mocked Muhammad. France ordered around 20 overseas missions closed Friday, the Muslim holy day, later extending the closures until Monday.
Sept 20 (Reuters) - James Murdoch will be given more responsibility over News Corp's U.S. television operations more than Beats By Dre Cheap a year after he became a central figure in the company's telephone hacking scandal in the UK, two sources familiar with the matter said.

News of the promotion comes on the heels of a ruling earlier on Thursday by a UK regulator that appears to have cleared pay-TV company BSkyB of any connection to the scandal that tainted News Corp last year.

The 39-year-old son of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch will be given a larger, more operational role in the Fox Networks Group, which oversees Fox's broadcast network and its cable channels that include FX, National Geographic and Fox sports channels, according to two people with knowledge of the move.

The Fox News channel will continue to report to Roger Ailes, who also oversees the Fox Business channel and Fox's local TV stations.

The sources did not know what Murdoch's exact title would be because the details were still being hashed out. It is expected that Peter Rice, who was promoted in July to chairman and chief executive of Fox Networks Group, will remain in his role. The Financial Times, which was the first outlet to report the news, said Rice would report to Murdoch.

Murdoch, currently Deputy Chief Operating Officer at News Corp, had been attending strategy meetings for the cable networks in Los Angeles for months, said one person with knowledge of the meetings, although he continued to live in New York City.

The younger Murdoch's promotion was delayed for months while UK regulator Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, investigated whether News Corp was an appropriate owner of BSkyB and whether Murdoch was an appropriate director. It ruled on Sept. 20 that News Corp's 39 percent owned British Sky Broadcasting satellite operation was "fit and proper" to continue to hold a broadcast license. (For more on the Ofcom report see:.

Murdoch was in charge of News Corp's British newspaper arm when the hacking scandal exploded last year at the News of the World tabloid. He was also a former chief executive and chairman of BSkyB.

But the report also criticized James for not properly investigating hacking allegations at the newspaper group.

"In our view, James Murdoch's conduct in relation to events at News Group Newspapers repeatedly fell short of the exercise of responsibility to be expected of him as CEO and chairman," the report said.

Rupert Murdoch Beats By Dre Outlet relented to pressure from investors to split up the company's newspapers and publishing from the entertainment arm to boost valuation of the entertainment assets, which were being discounted because of their association with the struggling newspaper business. The split is expected to be completed in 2013.

There has been much speculation in recent months about how News Corp would cram all of its executive talent into the new entertainment company following the split.

News Corp shares closed 14 cents higher, up 0.5 percent, at $25.02 on Thursday.

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