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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...

2006-02-27 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...

2006-02-22 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...

2006-02-18 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...

2006-02-17 04:23:59

HONG KONG (Reuters) - About 2,000 members of Hong Kong's Muslim community shouted slogans and waved posters on Friday in protest against cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. The march was the first of its kind by Muslims in Hong Kong in years, and organizers said the community felt offended by the cartoons, which were first published in Denmark in September but since reprinted in many countries. Many of demonstrators decried weeks of violence over the cartoons, including attacks on Danish...

2006-02-13 15:23:19

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - Uproar in the Islamic world over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad has prompted many in the Middle East to ask why Muslims have rarely mobilized to address other pressing issues such as democracy and human rights. In a region largely dominated by absolute rulers, there has been little momentum for protests against restrictions on political freedom, sky-high unemployment or human rights violations regularly reported by international organizations....

2006-02-13 15:32:23

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - Uproar in the Islamic world over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad has prompted many in the Middle East to ask why Muslims have rarely mobilized to address other pressing issues such as democracy and human rights. In a region largely dominated by absolute rulers, there has been little momentum for protests against restrictions on political freedom, sky-high unemployment or human rights violations regularly reported by international organizations....

2006-02-13 13:32:07

By Samia Nakhoul LONDON (Reuters) - The Danish government should offer an official apology to Muslims over "irresponsible" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad to avoid a clash of civilizations, Syria's ambassador to London said on Monday. "I think it is high time for the Danish government, in order to avoid a clash of civilizations, to express itself more vehemently against these irresponsible caricatures and present an official apology to the believers of the Islamic faith," Sami...


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