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Teacher In Sudan Court Over "Muhammad" Bear

CBS/AP) Britain began a round of delicate diplomacy Thursday as it tried to win the release of a British teacher facing prosecution in Sudan for allowing pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband insisted in talks with Sudan's ambassador to London that the case is based on an innocent mistake, emphasizing Britain's respect for Islam.

Miliband told reporters before the meeting he would not threaten to cut aid over the issue. Officials said they believe a gentle approach is most likely to win Gillian Gibbons' freedom.

"There is an innocent misunderstanding at the heart of this, not a criminal offense," Miliband told reporters before the talks.


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