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Muslims are set to rally across Europe to vent their anger over satirical images of the Prophet Mohammed, a day after Denmark's ambassador to Syria temporarily left the country over security fears. Newspapers across Europe have republished some or all of the 12 cartoons, which first appeared in a Danish newspaper last September, prompting violent demonstrations across the world, particularly in the Middle East.Read here for more
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Iran's hard-line president threatened more changes to the country's nuclear policy on Saturday. "The nuclear policy of the Islamic Republic so far has been peaceful. Until now, we have worked inside the agency [International Atomic Energy Agency] and the NPT [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty] regulations. If we see you want to violate the right of the Iranian people by using those regulations [against us], you should know that the Iranian people will revise its policies. You should do nothing that will lead to such a revision in our policy," said Ahmadinejad.Read here for more
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Denmark is urging its citizens to leave Indonesia citing a threat from an extremist group over the publication of drawings of Islam's Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.
The Danish government has withdrawn its ambassador to Indonesia due to security reason, following the massive protests against the controversial publication of cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda. Read here for more
Indonesia says it is not aware of any specific threats.
Denmark's Foreign Ministry said it had received "a significant and imminent threat to Danes and Danish interests in Indonesia" from the group on Saturday afternoon.
The Danish government also removed envoys from its embassies in Indonesia, Syria and Iran because of "concrete" security threats.
Indonesia's Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda on Sunday termed Denmark's decision "hasty."
"We have given protection to the ambassador and his staff. Moreover, the demonstrations in Indonesia have been relatively peaceful," he said, according to Reuters news agency.
Wirajuda said Indonesia did not have any specific information about threats to Danish citizens, Reuters reported.
Protests have spread around the world over the drawings, which have subsequently been reprinted in other papers, because depictions of the Prophet Mohammed are forbidden under Islam.