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Denmark Urges Nationals to Leave Lebanon


Denmark's foreign ministry is urging Danish nationals to leave Lebanon after protesters, angered over a political cartoon of the prophet Mohammed, burned the Danish consulate.

Riot police used tear gas and water cannons to break up the mob. Lebanese Interior Minister Hassan al-Sabaa resigned following the unrest.

Protesters burned the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, Syria Saturday.

Muslims throughout the region are boycotting Danish goods. Store owners have pulled Danish products from shelves.

The cartoon was first printed in a Danish newspaper and then reprinted in a number of European cities. Muslims call any depiction of the prophet blasphemous.

Muslim and Arab leaders are calling for calm. Lebanese leaders say violence is as harmful to Islam as the cartoon.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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