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Pundit donates £500 to hospital

A US-based terrorism pundit who faced ridicule on social media after describing Birmingham as a no-go area for non-Muslims has donated £500 to the city's children's hospital.

Steven Emerson made the payment after issuing a string of apologies to British media outlets over his "terrible, inexcusable error" during a weekend broadcast on Fox News.

Billed as an expert on terrorism-related issues, Mr Emerson was widely mocked by Twitter users after informing Fox viewers that Birmingham was "totally Muslim" and was not visited by people of other faiths.

Mr Emerson is also facing an on-line petition calling for him to make an on-air apology in America, which has attracted more than 3,500 signatures.

In a statement confirming that it had accepted a donation from Mr Emerson, a spokesman for Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities said: "We would like to thank Mr Emerson for his donation.

"The money he has donated will go towards improving the lives of thousands of patients and their families who are treated at our hospital each year.

"We hope that the public reaction to his comments have shown what a fantastic city Birmingham is to live and work in."

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