** US Man Linked to Anti-Islam Film Arrested**
A U.S. official says police have arrested the alleged filmmaker behind the video that sparked weeks of deadly protests across the Muslim world.
Thom Mrozek of the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said Thursday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was taken into custody and will immediately appear in federal court ahead of a bail hearing.
Nakoula - allegedly the real identity behind the pseudonym Sam Bacile, the director of "Innocence of Muslims" - was briefly taken into custody earlier this month for questioning by his probation officer.
The film depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a thuggish deviant offended many Muslims and sparked a wave of anti-American protests that have cost several lives and saw mobs burn U.S. missions, schools and businesses.
The developments came as the United States temporarily withdrew more staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital for security reasons, but said it hopes to return them to Tripoli early next week.
A senior U.S. official, speaking in New York where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is attending the U.N. General Assembly, declined to say how many staff were being withdrawn or discuss specifics.
**Clinton to Host Talks on Syria**
Officials from several Western nations and their allies will meet to discuss coordination efforts among Syria's fractured opposition.
Friday's ad-hoc meeting of selected members of the Friends of Syria group, is hosted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and will include ministers from more than 20 nations and representatives from local revolutionary councils.
A senior State Department official said the meeting, which takes place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, will focus on support to the Syrian opposition, humanitarian assistance and international pressure on the Syrian regime.
The official says the discussions will include unilateral measures which can be taken on the regime including the possibility of sanctions.
The meeting comes a day after the U.N. Refugee agency said up to 700,000 Syrians could flee the conflict-ravaged country by the end of the year.