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2006-09-03 07:59:29

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Iranians the Holocaust was "an undeniable historical fact" on Sunday after meeting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who caused outrage in the West when he said it was a "myth." Annan also condemned an exhibition of Holocaust cartoons in Tehran that was staged by an Iranian newspaper in retaliation for the September publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad in Danish and other European newspapers....

2006-07-08 11:44:47

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a journalist in Democratic Republic of Congo early on Saturday, a day after foreign donors called on the government to guarantee press freedoms ahead of historic elections this month. A local media watchdog said independent journalist Mwamba Bapuwa, who had recently criticized the government and survived a previous attack several months ago, was shot at his home by unidentified intruders who took his mobile phone. The killing comes...

2006-06-21 14:23:51

MIAMI (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Miami's public school system on Wednesday, saying its ban on a children's book about travel to Cuba was unconstitutional. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted to order the removal of the book, "Vamos a Cuba" and its English-language version "A Visit to Cuba," from school libraries last week after a parent complained that it painted an overly favorable picture of life in the Communist-ruled island...

2006-03-15 10:29:25

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's public prosecutor decided not to press charges on Wednesday against a newspaper for violating Danish blasphemy law by printing 12 drawings of the Prophet Mohammad which triggered widespread Muslim anger. "I have today decided not to institute criminal proceedings in the case of Jyllands-Posten's article 'The Face of Mohammad', published on September 30," prosecutor Henning Fode said in a statement. Although the cartoons, one of them portraying the...

2006-03-10 09:10:42

By Per Bech Thomsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Only an official apology by the Danish government to all Muslims for offence caused by the Prophet Mohammad cartoons will prompt the lifting of the boycott of Danish goods, Muslim preachers said on Friday. An official apology "is absolutely necessary ... because your government has not dealt with them (Muslims) respectfully," Islamic scholar Tareq al-Suweidan told a conference hosted by the government in an attempt to ease tension over the...

2006-02-27 13:32:12

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union said it regretted Muslims had found cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad offensive but denounced violence directed against EU citizens in reprisal attacks over the images. The cartoons first published last year in a Danish newspaper and since reprinted in other European papers sparked worldwide protests by Muslims who believe it is blasphemous to depict the Prophet. Dozens have died in violence related to the protests from Africa to Asia. Foreign...

2006-02-27 02:16:15

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Winning hearts and minds in the war against terrorism needs a balanced dose of freedom and religious tolerance, the president of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, said on Monday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's comments came amid continuing protests in the Muslim world against the publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad, which have sparked fears the issue is playing into the hands of Islamic militants....

2006-02-26 02:08:39

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shouting slogans and waving banners, more than 1,000 Muslims in Hong Kong mounted a protest on Sunday to denounce cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad. "Mockery is not humour," "We want peace, don't harass us," read some of the banners the Muslims brandished in Chater Garden, a favorite weekend gathering place for foreign domestic helpers. It was the second peaceful protest in 10 days by Hong Kong's Muslim community, a usually quiet and almost invisible...

2006-02-25 17:10:09

DOHA (Reuters) - The United Nations, Arab states and the world's largest Islamic body called on Saturday for restraint and dialogue to ease tensions over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. The cartoons first published last year in a Danish newspaper and since reprinted in other European papers have sparked worldwide protests by Muslims who believe it is blasphemous to depict the Prophet. Dozens have died in violence related to the protests. "All of us now join to renew our call for...

2006-02-23 09:47:30

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - A German court on Thursday convicted a businessman of insulting Islam by printing the word "Koran" on toilet paper and offering it to mosques. The 61-year-old man, identified only as Manfred van H., was given a one-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service, a district court in the western German town of Luedinghausen ruled. The conviction comes after a Danish newspaper printed cartoons...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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