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Beirut Mob Burns Danish Mission Over Cartoons

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 5 - Muslims angry over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad clashed with Lebanese security forces setting a building housing the Danish Mission on fire and attacking a nearby church...in the predominantly Christian Achrafieh section of East Beirut...An early morning march through downtown Beirut soon exploded into violence, when a breakaway crowd surged toward a high-rise building that houses the Austrian and Danish Missions, chanting obscene anti-Danish slogans in Arabic and vandalizing cars, office buildings and a Maronite Catholic church nearby. Other protesters burned Danish flags and flags bearing images of the cross...

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