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Afghan youths throw stones at US soldiers standing at the gate of Bagram airbase during the protest

Outrage in Afghanistan as foreign forces burn Koran

Commander forced into grovelling apology in attempt to placate 3,000-strong mob

Leading article: When will the US learn to take care with the Koran?

The admission that Nato troops at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan "improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Korans" was never going to pass without incident. Sure enough, riots and demonstrations followed, despite the forthright apology of the Nato commander, General John Allen.

Protest over burning of Korans in Afghanistan

More than 2,000 angry Afghans have gathered outside a US airbase to protest against the inadvertent burning of Korans and other Islamic religious materials.

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With David Cameron in Saudi Arabia for his first visit since becoming Prime Minister, it is difficult to avoid the sense of the British Government once again holding its moral nose in the interests of our commercial and political influence.

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'Death penalty for gays' – five accused over leaflet campaign

Muslim men first to face trial under new hate laws for handing out anti-gay flyers near Derby mosque

Riot victims: 'Their mother is broken. She was robbed of two sons in a single night'

At a mosque where the traumatised family of Abdul Mussavir and Shahzad Ali had gathered, people queued throughout the day to pay their respects to a household deprived of two sons. On the road in front of the red-brick building, Abdul Qadooth, the oldest brother, sobbed as friends embraced him.

Opponents of compulsory Hindu education 'should leave India'

A row has broken out in southern India over whether schoolchildren should be obliged to learn a Hindu religious text in the classroom, with the state's education minister further fanning the flames by saying those who objected to the plan should leave India.

Unfavourable divination costs new governor his job

A newly appointed governor in northern Iran has been dismissed after an official divination ceremony to determine his suitability produced an unfavourable result.

American Koran-burning preacher jailed

The militant Christian preacher Terry Jones was briefly jailed after a Michigan court ruled that a protest he planned outside a mosque was likely to provoke violence and ordered him to stay away.

Jail term for man who burned Koran

A man who burned a Koran in front of city centre shoppers has been jailed for 70 days.

Wilders team in bid to discredit judge

The trial of the Dutch anti-Islam politician, Geert Wilders, resumed yesterday with defence lawyers seeking to discredit a judge who ordered the MP to face trial on charges of inciting hatred against Muslims.

Tom Sutcliffe: Tolerance doesn't mean removing the intolerable

Social Studies: The best defence against the offensive and wrong-headed may be restrained indifference

BNP 'Koran burning' charge dropped

A British National Party election candidate accused of publicly burning a copy of the Koran was freed today when the charge against him was unexpectedly dropped.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: No democracy should declare free speech an absolute right

Should those people who set out to provoke unrest and anger – such as those who burn the Koran – be allowed to do so with impunity?

BNP candidate on 'Koran burn' charge

A BNP candidate has been charged after a video appearing to show him burning a copy of the Koran was passed to police.

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