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2006-02-08 04:35:58

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - At least two more Afghans were killed and 16 wounded on Wednesday in fresh protests against cartoons depicting Islam's most revered prophet that have enraged Muslims around the world. Tens of thousands of Muslims have demonstrated in the Middle East, Asia and Africa over the drawings, first published in Denmark, then Norway and then several other European countries. At least eight people have died in related violence. Six have died in Afghanistan...

2006-02-07 16:40:29

By John Acher OSLO (Reuters) - The head of Norway's press association, whose life has been threatened by Muslims angered by satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, said on Tuesday the right to offend others was crucial to freedom of expression. Amid spiraling unrest over the images, Per Edgar Kokkvold, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Press Association, told Reuters in an interview he was unafraid and would continue to defend the right to publish offensive material. He neither...

2006-02-07 11:08:57

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush called Denmark's prime minister on Tuesday to voice support for the Nordic country, whose embassies are the target of violent protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. "I am happy to inform you that just a few minutes ago, President Bush called me to express support and solidarity with Denmark in the light of the violence against Danish and other diplomatic missions," said Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "We agreed...

2006-02-07 08:56:51

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police killed four protesters on Tuesday in some of the worst violence to erupt over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which have provoked a deepening crisis between Europe and the Muslim World. British troops were ordered to the Afghan town of Maymana to restore order after crowds attacked a NATO base of Norwegian troops with guns and grenades and police opened fire bringing the protest death toll in the Middle East and Asia to...

2006-02-07 06:04:36

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police opened fire on a mob trying to storm a NATO peacekeeping base housing Norwegian troops on Tuesday as protests over cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad flared again. One person was killed and several wounded in Maymana, Faryab province, when police opened fire to break up the crowd of about 1,000 protesters, police chief Khaliullah Ziaye said. A resident of Maymana said the crowd threw petrol bombs and stones at the camp manned by Norwegian...

2006-02-07 04:54:01

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Denmark urged its citizens on Tuesday to leave Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, as Islamic outrage over a cartoon controversy continued to rage across Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia. A day after Iran said it was severing trade ties with Denmark -- where political cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad first appeared -- Copenhagen's ambassador to Indonesia urged his countrymen to leave Indonesia to avoid possible...

2006-02-07 04:06:11

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Thousands of Islamists rallied in Pakistan's conservative northwest near the Afghan border on Tuesday to protest against cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad published in Western newspapers. Shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) and "Down with America" around 5,000 Islamists paraded through Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province, which is ruled by an Islamist coalition made up of several pro-Taliban groups. Another 5,000 people rallied...

2006-02-06 13:12:53

By Raheb Homavandi and Saeed Komeijani TEHRAN (Reuters) - Fresh protests erupted across Asia and the Middle East over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Monday, despite calls by world leaders for calm after Danish diplomatic missions were set ablaze in Lebanon and Syria. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed alarm and urged restraint but oil giant Iran, which is reviewing trade ties with countries that published the cartoons, vowed to respond to "an anti-Islamic and...

2006-02-06 12:50:30

By Per Bech Thomsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - For years, Scandinavian countries have been among the most generous with aid to the Muslim world, but that generosity has stood for little in the scandal over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. In the past week, Scandinavian embassies have been set ablaze in Syria and Lebanon and bans have been put on Danish exports, creating a row that threatens to unravel the substantial goodwill Scandinavia had in the Middle East. Despite the vast...

2006-02-06 10:15:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday condemned acts of violence related to Muslim anger over publications of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad and called on governments to take steps to lower tensions. Danish diplomatic missions have been set ablaze and ransacked in Syria and Lebanon in recent days over the cartoons, which were first published in Denmark. "We condemn acts of violence wherever they occur in relation to the concerns over these cartoons, and that's why...


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