An American amateur anti-Islam film has triggered an attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens, two former Navy SEALs and a State Department worker.
US President Barack Obama said the killing of the US ambassador, the first such incident since 1979, was outrageous and shocking and vowed to track down the killers.
US Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, described the US administration's initial response to the attack as appeasement.
Two weeks ago, the British broadcaster, Channel 4 screened a documentary film questioning the origins of Islam.
Islam, the Untold Story
claimed that there was little written contemporary evidence about the origins of the religion. This sparked more than a thousand complaints since the original broadcast of the documentary.
Meanwhile, the British government has outlined plans to set up secret courts to deal with security issues. It claims the secrecy is needed to protect intelligence sharing relationships with the US and other governments.
Critics however say that the tribunals are intended to conceal evidence of crimes committed by the British government.