Some key developments Tuesday in the prophet drawings controversy:

* Thousands of protesters rampage through two cities in Pakistan, storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses and a provincial assembly in the country’s worst violence against the prophet drawings. At least two people are killed and 11 injured.

* The provincial council in the Iraqi city of Basra demands the withdrawal of Denmark’s 530-member military contingent from southern Iraq unless the Danish government apologizes for the publication of the drawings. The cartoons were first printed in a Danish paper.

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Will this madness ever end?


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