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Coulter talk canceled...

A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.

A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 "threatening" students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat.

"It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event," said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside the hall.

A protest organizer, Mike Fancie, said he was pleased they were able to stop Coulter from speaking.

"What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it's hate speech," he said. "She's targeted the Jews, she's targeted the Muslims, she's targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine."

Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a "bush league" institution in an interview for the Washington Times.


Akon postpones...

R&B star Akon has postponed a planned concert in Sri Lanka following angry protests over a music video he is in where scantily clad women dance in front of a Buddha statue.

Akon, who expressed regret and said he was not previously aware of the statue in the video, would have been the highest-profile international singer to come to this predominantly Buddhist, Indian Ocean island since the end of a brutal 25-year civil war last year.

Sri Lanka said Wednesday it would not issue Akon a visa for next month's concert, and his booking firm confirmed the show had been postponed amid growing outrage at the singer in Sri Lanka.

A mob Monday hurled stones at a private broadcaster that was helping sponsor the event, and a "We Hate Akon" page on Facebook had attracted more than 12,000 members by Wednesday evening.

In the video, "Sexy Chick," women in bikinis are shown dancing at a pool party with a Buddha statue occasionally visible in the background.


Bieber manager jailed...

The manager for teen pop sensation Justin Bieber surrendered to police Wednesday in connection with a fan frenzy last year at a mall in Long Island that sent five people to the hospital.

Scott "Scooter" Braun, awaits arraignment on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance.

His arrest stems from a planned appearance in November by the 16-year-old Bieber at Roosevelt Field Mall.

When the crowd of 3,000 became unruly, Nassau County police canceled the event. But some fans refused to leave, crowding the narrow area outside the clothing store where Bieber was scheduled to sign autographs. Five people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

According to a release from the district attorney, police asked James Roppo, a senior vice president of Island Def Jam Records, to send out a tweet telling fans that the event was canceled. Island Def Jam employees also contacted Braun to send out the tweet. An hour later, no tweet was sent and the crowd remained.

Roppo was arrested for not cooperating with attempts to break up the crowd. When police called Braun, he told them he "was in a meeting in Manhattan without access to a computer," according to the district attorney. When told that he would be arrested, he asked police to make sure they spelled his name right on the warrant, the release said.

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