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2006-04-24 07:34:51

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has called for people who ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad to be killed, weighing into the furor that erupted after a Danish newspaper ran cartoons lampooning Islam's holy messenger. "Heretics and atheists, who denigrate religion and transgress against God and His Prophet, will not stop their enmity toward Islam except by being killed," the Saudi-born militant said. Bin Laden's remarks were part of an audio tape which Al Jazeera...

2006-04-24 06:26:25

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has called for people who ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad to be killed, weighing into the furor that erupted after a Danish newspaper ran cartoons lampooning Islam's holy messenger. "Heretics and atheists, who denigrate religion and transgress against God and His Prophet, will not stop their enmity toward Islam except by being killed," the Saudi-born militant said. Bin Laden's remarks were part of an audio tape which Al Jazeera...

2006-04-11 17:42:53

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark on Tuesday reopened its embassy in Syria more than two months after it was set ablaze by demonstrators protesting the publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, the Danish foreign ministry said. The ministry said the Damascus mission was now open to the public but cautioned Danes in Syria to be vigilant as the cartoon row could still induce negative reactions in the country. "Recently, there have been several instances of verbal threats against...

2006-03-10 11:27:45

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the world's largest Muslim body criticized the European Union on Friday for what he described as an unsatisfactory response to the furor over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said that by simply regretting that Muslims found the cartoons offensive, EU foreign ministers had not gone far enough at a meeting in Brussels last...

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...

2006-03-05 00:00:59

By Telly Nathalia and Jerry Norton JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of Indonesian Muslims demonstrated against the United States on Sunday, calling it the world's enemy in general and criticising it over issues including a pending oil deal and cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. Some 5,000 protesters, including many children, gathered in front of the U.S. embassy in Jakarta in the morning, with banners reading "Warning, Bush=evil," "Get out from Muslim countries" and "America...

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....

2006-02-25 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 04:29:32

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Around 1,000 Indonesians staged a protest outside a building housing the Danish embassy on Thursday against cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, two days after the Danish envoy returned to the country. The demonstrators carried a banner that read "Denmark is the Evil of the World." There was no violence during the one-hour rally, watched by around 100 police. Denmark's envoy left Indonesia on February 11 because of a "serious, concrete threat" against the mission by...


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