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Danish Muslims Accept Apology, Protests Continue

The Danish Muslim group that spearheaded protests against a Danish newspaper for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed has accepted the newspaper's apology. But protests against the cartoons continued in the Arab world.

Spokesman for Denmark's Islamic Faith Community, Kasem Ahmad, thanked the newspaper editor and proposed a dialogue about Islam and Muslims.

In the Gaza Strip Tuesday, several thousand demonstrators burned Danish flags and called for an Arab boycott of Danish products. In Baghdad, Iraq's foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari summoned the Danish ambassador to condemn the cartoons.

The Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published the caricatures in September. One showed the Prophet Muhammed wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb. The cartoons were re-published in Norway in January, sparking demonstrations and a widespread boycott of Danish food products in Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, Editor-in-Chief Carsten Juste said he was sorry for having offended Muslims.

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