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Denmark's Prime Minister Postpones Trip To India Due To Tensions Over Cartoons

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Denmark's prime minister has postponed a planned trip to India because of concern that the visit could provoke new protests against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

India's foreign ministry made the announcement in a statement issued on Saturday.

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's visit was planned before the protests, but the Indian statement said the date will be changed because the timing of the visit is not optimal. A new date has not been set.

The 12 cartoons, including one depicting Muhammad as a terrorist, first appeared in a Danish newspaper in September and have been reprinted in other European newspapers.

Islam considers images of the Prophet blasphemous. The cartoons sparked massive protests in several nations. Some of the demonstrations were deadly.
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