A police officer stands guard at the entrance of Cumhuriyet, the leading pro-secular Turkish newspaper, in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo)
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Muslim clerics in the Middle East who have denounced last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo criticised the French satirical weekly on Wednesday for publishing a cartoon depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad in its first issue after the killings.While mainstream Muslim leaders around the world have strongly condemned the attack that killed 12 people, many said the decision to print a new cartoon of Mohammad was a provocation that would create a further backlash.An opposition newspaper there, Cumhuriyet, printed a special section of excerpts from the Charlie Hebdo edition.Egypt's Al-Azhar, a thousand-year-old seat of Islamic learning that has described the Paris attack as a criminal act, called on Muslims to ignore the magazine's cartoons, labelling them "hateful frivolity".Saudi cleric Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, denounced the new cartoon as "insolence, ignorance and foolishness".
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