Denmark calls to cool spiraling tensions

Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller on Sunday called for the agitators of intense and sometimes violent anti-Denmark protests in Islamic countries to cool the tensions. "It is a critical situation and it is very serious," Moeller said on Danish public radio, shortly after demonstrators set fire to the Danish mission in Beirut. The building housing the Danish and Swedish embassies was burned Saturday by demonstrators in Damascus, Syria, where the Norwegian embassy also was set ablaze. The actions were the most violent of a rising wave of protests over a Danish newspaper's publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which later appeared in other European papers.