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Protests Continue Over Prophet Cartoon


Protests against the publication of cartoons in Europe depicting the Prophet Mohammed are continuing across the Muslim world despite appeals for calm.

Three people were killed in Afghanistan when police opened fire to disperse demonstrators. Protests were also held in India and Indian Kashmir Monday.

In Somalia, a teenager was killed when demonstrators attacked police. Relatively peaceful protests were held in Mali and Nigeria.

In Tehran, Iranian protesters threw fire bombs at the Austrian and Danish embassies. Protesters burned Danish diplomatic posts in Syria and Lebanon over the previous two days.

Protests were held in several other countries, including Indonesia.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Muslims to accept the apology from the Danish newspaper that first printed the caricatures. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy also appealed for calm.

The White House condemned the violent protests and urged governments to take steps to lower tensions.

The cartoons, including one showing Mohammed wearing a bomb as a turban, appeared in a Danish newspaper in September before being reprinted in various European cities.

Islam prohibits any depiction of prophets.

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

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