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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...

2006-02-21 13:36:09

By Kim McLaughlin COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's prime minister said on Tuesday the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad was calming down after weeks of violent protest, while he rejected opposition calls for an inquiry into his handling of the crisis. "It is my impression that the development during the last few days has gone in the direction of more subdued demonstrations and statements in large parts of the Muslim world," said Prime Minister Anders Fog Rasmussen. But the...

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...

2006-02-20 03:43:45

By Raja Asghar ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's main Islamist alliance vowed on Monday to hold more protests against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad as authorities freed its leader from a day in house arrest to prevent him leading a weekend rally. The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) alliance said most of the 3,463 opposition supporters it says were detained at the weekend were still being held, but its president, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, was allowed to leave the eastern city of Lahore on...

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...

2006-02-19 06:20:09

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian newspapers on Sunday printed an apology by the Danish paper whose cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad have sparked deadly protests around the world. "Allow me in the name of Jyllands-Posten to apologize for what happened and declare my strong condemnation of any step that attacks specific religions, ethnic groups and peoples. I hope that with this I have removed the misunderstanding," wrote Carsten Juste, the editor of Jyllands-Posten. 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...


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