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Arab countries ban 'Noah' citing Islamic concerns

Published on Mar 13, 2014 3:53 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Three Arab countries have banned the biblical epic movie "Noah" because it contradicts Islam, while three more are expected to follow suit, a studio spokesman said Wednesday.

Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates told Hollywood giant Paramount last week that the film, starring Russell Crowe, will not be released in their countries. Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait are expected to follow suit.

The movie was due to open in Egypt on March 26 and the UAE on March 27, just before the movie comes out in the United States and a swath of other countries.

But a Paramount spokesman said: "The censors for Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE officially confirmed the film will not release in their countries.

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