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2006-02-23 01:17:25

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has reprimanded one of its biggest daily newspapers for printing a cartoon lampooning the global controversy over caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The government's move has fanned a hot debate in this mainly Muslim country about where to draw the line between press freedom and respect of religion, because this time it involves a newspaper closely aligned with mainstream Muslim opinion. The English-language New Straits Times had defended its...

2006-02-22 09:49:44

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The far-right British National Party (BNP) said on Wednesday it planned to distribute a campaign leaflet featuring the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which have enraged Muslims around the world. A spokesman for the fringe party, which has no seats in parliament but a handful on local councils, said its use of the images was not intended to cause offence, but illustrated how Islam and Western values do not mix. The party says it is not...

2006-02-21 15:36:02

By Kim McLaughlin COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said on Tuesday weeks of sometimes violent protests against Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad appeared to be calming down, and world political and religious leaders appealed for tolerance. At least 50 people have been killed in the protests that have exposed a gulf of misunderstanding between the West which has defended the right of free speech and Muslims who see the cartoons as sacrilegious and an attack on their beliefs. But...

2006-02-20 09:58:52

By Dawood Wafa JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghans shouted support on Monday for Osama bin Laden and threatened to join al Qaeda during a protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, while Pakistan Islamists vowed to broaden their campaign. In an attempt to cool the controversy, Pope Benedict said the world's religions and their symbols had to be respected. The student protest against the cartoons in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad passed peacefully in...

2006-02-19 14:00:06

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up a banned protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in Islamabad on Sunday and Denmark said its ambassador to Pakistan had returned home for security reasons. The government banned the demonstration after similar protests in Pakistan turned violent, with at least five people killed in the past week. The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six Islamist parties, said its...

2006-02-19 11:13:15

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up a banned protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in Islamabad on Sunday and Denmark said its ambassador to Pakistan had returned home for security reasons. The government banned the demonstration after similar protests in Pakistan turned violent, with at least five people killed in the past week. But the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six Islamist parties, said its...

2006-02-19 07:57:57

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said on Sunday that its ambassador in Pakistan had temporarily returned home because he could not work after violent protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad first published in the Nordic country. The Foreign Ministry said that Danes in Pakistan who need help should apply to the German embassy. "The Danish ambassador in Pakistan, Bent Wigotski, has returned temporarily to Denmark because it is practically impossible for him to do his job under the...

2006-02-18 19:19:54

By Tume Ahemba LAGOS (Reuters) - Deadly protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad spread in Africa, killing 16 people in Nigeria on Saturday a day after claiming 11 lives in Libya. Many of those who died in northern Nigeria were Christians, killed after a Muslim protest over the cartoons turned violent and rioters torched churches, shops and vehicles, police and local officials said. It was the bloodiest protest so far over satirical cartoons of the Prophet, first published in...

2006-02-18 10:38:03

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - The row over controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad forced two ministers out of their jobs in Europe and the Middle East on Saturday after clashes between police and protesters claimed 11 lives in Libya. Initially resisting calls for his resignation, Italian Reforms Minister Roberto Calderoli stepped down after he was widely blamed for bloody clashes in Libya over cartoons of the Prophet which he had made into T-shirts and wore on...

2006-02-18 08:17:51

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of Muslims protested in central London on Saturday to express their anger over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. The Muslim Action Committee (MAC) which organized the event said they expected 40,000 to rally peacefully in Trafalgar Square. A police spokeswoman said 10,000 were present. "We held the rally so the mainstream Muslim community could express their anger," Shaykh Faiz Siddiqi, the national convener of MAC told...


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