New protests over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed have erupted across Asia and the Middle East.
In Afghanistan, police killed three people when they opened fire to disperse demonstrators. In Tehran, Iranian protesters threw fire bombs at the Austrian and Danish embassies.
In recent days protesters have burned Danish diplomatic posts in Syria and Lebanon. A teenager in Somalia was killed when demonstrators attacked police. Protesters also rallied in Indonesia, India, the Gaza Strip, Mali and Nigeria. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged Muslims to accept the apology from the Danish newspaper that first printed the caricatures.
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.