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Six people have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after footage appeared on the internet apparently showing Korans being burnt.

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The pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 has been hit with a bill for more than $180,000 (£115,000) by the city of Gainesville, Florida, for the disruption his stunt caused.

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Violence continues over threat to burn Koran

Two protesters were killed and several more injured as for a third straight day violent demonstrations swept Afghanistan yesterday in response to the threats made by a US church to burn copies of the Koran.

Confusion in the US, fury and bloodshed around the world

A protester was shot dead and at least 11 others were injured in Afghanistan yesterday as rallies against the plan by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Koran – apparently now abandoned – turned violent.

Leading article: A small step back from mayhem

It is a measure of the interconnected nature of the world that a decision by a small-time Florida pastor could be met with relief around the globe. Terry Jones suspended his plan for a Koran-burning to mark today's anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 in response to a report, not subsequently confirmed, that the controversial Islamic Centre would be moved from its intended site near Ground Zero.

'More tea, pastor?' A tense meeting with the extremist igniting global outrage

In the end, Terry Jones saw reason. But just a few hours earlier, his mind had been very far from magnanimous gestures of conciliation.

John Walsh: God is so many things to so many people

For a chap who probably doesn't exist, a man-invented metaphysical construct, God has been everywhere this week. He's been more in the news than Wayne Rooney's "well-brought-up" hooker. First Professor Stephen Hawking informed us that you didn't need God to kick-start the universe, and that it had created itself out of nothing, a bit like Piers Morgan. Then Baroness Greenfield, professor of "synaptic pharmacology" at Oxford, confronted the professor and said it would be a shame if young people thought that, to be a scientist, you had to be an atheist.

US pastor calls off 'offensive' Koran-burn plans

The pastor who planned an "International Burn-a-Koran Day" on September 11 called off the protest tonight after his plans were widely condemned.

Barack Obama condemns Koran-burning plan

US President Barack Obama today condemned a preacher's plan to stage a burning of the Koran saying it would be "a recruitment bonanza for al-Qa'ida."

We will burn hundreds of copies of the Koran, insists Florida church

Pastor Terry Jones is sticking to his plan to send an incendiary anti-Islam message – unless God gives orders to the contrary

White House warns Florida church not to burn Koran

Stunt to mark 9/11 anniversary would risk US troops in Afghanistan, says Petraeus

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