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2/05/06 World News: Protesters in Beirut Set Fire to Danish Embassy over Mohammed Cartoons


Protesters in Lebanon have set fire to the Danish consulate in Beirut over the publications of political cartoons depicting the image of the Prophet Mohammed.
Witnesses say Lebanese troops used tear gas and water cannons today (Sunday) to disperse rioting demonstrators. Other violent disturbances also were reported throughout the capital, some in Christian neighborhoods. Several injuries are reported.
Meanwhile, Afghan officials say peaceful demonstrations against the caricatures were held in the eastern part of the country today (Sunday).
Saturday, protesters in Syria set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies, and damaged the Swedish mission.

Iran says it has ended all voluntary cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, after the agency voted to report Tehran's disputed nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told a news conference today (Sunday) Tehran has stopped all voluntary measures undertaken in the past several years. He says Iran will continue to honor its commitments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Earlier, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government was still open to negotiations despite Saturday's vote by the I.A.E.A.'s board of governors.

Surviving passengers of an Egyptian ferry that sank in the Red Sea say the captain abandoned his burning ship by lifeboat, leaving hundreds of passengers and crew on board to fend for themselves.
Western news reports quote still other survivors as saying the Egyptian captain had refused to turn back when the fire was discovered only an hour after leaving port in Saudi Arabia.
An official of the ship owner told Reuters (news agency) late Satuday that the captain is still unaccounted for.

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