German right-wingers

BERLIN, April 30 (UPI) -- German officials said they will try to stop right-wing extremists from committing "spiritual arson" by posting caricatures of Mohammed outside mosques.
4 deny attack plot over Danish cartoons

4 deny attack plot over Danish cartoons

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 13 (UPI) -- Danes reacted with anxiety and dismay to this week's opening of a trial of four men charged with plotting to attack a newspaper that published caricatures of Muhammad.

Norwegian court sentences three for terrorism

OSLO, Norway, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The Oslo, Norway, District Court convicted three men of plotting terrorist actions against Norwegian and Danish targets, officials said.

9 years for Somali who attacked cartoonist

AARHUS, Denmark, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Somali refugee was sentenced to nine years in a Danish prison Friday for trying to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

Creator of Mohammed bomb cartoon retires

ARHUS, Denmark, June 8 (UPI) -- Kurt Westergaard, the Danish artist who created a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, said he has decided to retire.

Famous Danish cartoonist mulls retirement

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 22 (UPI) -- Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist who became famous or notorious for his depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, is thinking of hanging up his pencil.

Somali attacker linked to al-Qaida, Clinton murder plot

AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Danish authorities have expanded the investigation into the attempted murder of an illustrator who drew a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, with the suspect accused of having plotted a similar murder attempt against U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Suspect had been arrested in Clinton plot

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A man charged with trying to kill a Danish cartoonist was arrested last year in an alleged plot to harm U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, officials said.

Somali man charged in cartoonist attack

AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Danish police said Saturday they have charged a Somali man who allegedly tried to enter the home of a cartoonist who has attracted the anger of Muslims.

Intruder at Danish cartoonist's home shot

AARHUS, Denmark, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Danish police said they wounded a man Friday at the home of Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist who drew Muslims' anger with his drawings of the Prophet Mohammed.

Danish cartoonist not planning Jordan trip

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard says he is not planning to go to Jordan to face a trial over his controversial caricature of Mohammed, the founder of Islam.

Cartoonist honored for Mohammed portrait

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 23 (UPI) -- The Danish artist who drew a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban has received a press freedom award.

Mohammed cartoonist goes to court

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 11 (UPI) -- Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard reportedly is trying to block further publication of his drawing of Mohammed with a bomb coming out of his turban.

Reprinting cartoon sparks Afghan protests

HERAT, Afghanistan, March 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of Muslims in Afghanistan Saturday protested the reprinting of a political cartoon that sparked riots when initially published in Denmark.

Namesake of cartoonist gets death threats

AABENRAA, Denmark, March 4 (UPI) -- A Danish man sharing the same name as a controversial cartoonist who drew caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed has been given official protection.
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Kurt Westergaard (born 13 July 1935) is a Danish cartoonist who created the controversial cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban. This cartoon was the most contentious of the 12 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, which met with strong and sometimes violent reactions from Muslims worldwide. Since the drawing of the cartoon, Westergaard has received several death threats and murder attempts. As a result, he is under constant police protection.

Westergaard was born on 13 July 1935 in the village of Døstrup, in the Himmerland area of Jutland. He grew up in a conservative Christian (Inner Mission) environment in Himmerland, going to Sunday school. Westergaard was introduced to Cultural Radicalism during high school in the 1950s, which he experienced as an "epiphany" and a liberation from the religious subjugation of his childhood.

Westergaard is a trained schoolteacher, educated at Ranum Seminarium. After working as a teacher for some time, he later enrolled at the University of Copenhagen to study psychology. He subsequently worked as a teacher for handicapped children, and has been principal of a school in the Djursland area for the handicapped.

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