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 Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Travel Warning Issued to Danes Travelling Overseas


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Beirut, Lebanon: Protesters torched the Danish embassy on Sunday.

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Protesters in London

Other Breaking News

  • The Jerusalem Post today became the first Israeli newspaper to publish the controversial Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad that have sparked furore across the Muslim world. A facsimile of the original page from the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, in which all twelve cartoons were published, on September 30, is featured in today's edition of the paper. It is also available on the Jerusalem Post digital edition, available to paying subscribers only, but not on the paper's free-access website. The Jerusalem Post did not wish to comment on its decision to publish. Read here for more

  • A South African editor has received threats after her paper reprinted one of the cartoons that have angered Muslim groups internationally. Ferial Haffajee, editor of the Mail and Guardian said she had received abusive letters and text messages. Read here for more

  • Australia is waiting for Muslim reaction to the decision of a well-known political commentator to publish cartoons lampooning the prophet Muhammad on his website. Yesterday, ex-chief of staff at the Daily Telegraph Tim Blair published on his website all 12 of the cartoons, alongside examples of Islamist attacks on other religions. These included "vicious anti-Semitic" and anti-Christian tracts found at an Islamic bookstore in Lakemba, Sydney. The examples also included a warning that women deserved to be raped if they wore "Satanic" clothing such as tight jeans and strapless tops. "All of this is far more hateful than 12 Danish cartoons, not one of which depicts the Prophet eating babies or infecting Africans with Aids (as some Islamic publications claimed against Jews and Christians)," Blair wrote. One of the cartoons also appeared in a weekend edition of Brisbane's Courier Mail. But the country's major newspapers and television channels have rejected publication in the wake of violence overseas and warnings at home from a Muslim population already marked by rising tensions. Read here for more

  • Denmark has listed 14 countries it says Danes should not visit unless strictly necessary, amid Muslim outrage over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

    The countries on the Danish foreign ministry's travel advice list are:
    United Arab Emirates.

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    The Danish foreign ministry also recommends against any travel to Syria or Yemen.

    The advice follows protests by Muslims around the world, and attacks against Danish embassies in Syria and Lebanon.

    Norway has also been the focus of protests as the Danish cartoons were republished by the Norwegian press.

    In the Iranian capital Tehran a crowd of about 200 protesters pelted the Austrian embassy with stones, firecrackers and eggs on Monday.

    Austria currently holds the presidency of the European Union.

    Austria's Kleine Zeitung newspaper republished the Danish cartoons on Monday - a move that triggered a strike by about 30 Muslims who deliver newspapers in Graz.

    Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said he was
    ".... horrified to see the wave of violence and attacks and how this is spreading throughout the Middle East at a rapid pace.

    This is clearly a matter of global concern and a matter that demands collective efforts and swift action.

    It is now a case which is much bigger than the issue of the drawings."

    The Danish newspaper which first published the cartoons, Jyllands-Posten, has apologised to the Muslim world for the offence caused.

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