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A Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban has apologized for offending Muslims. The penitence was part of a settlement between the paper and eight Muslim groups. The apology has been denounced by other members of the Danish media, which previously stood united in rejecting calls to back down in the face of Islamic outrage over the cartoon.

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In recent days, crowds of thousands have gathered throughout the Muslim world -- burning European embassies, issuing threats, and even taking hostages -- in protest over twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that were published in a Danish newspaper The problem is not merely that the cartoons were mildly derogatory The furor primarily erupted over the fact that the Prophet had been depicted at all .

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