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Dutch authorities fire Swiss intellectual and TV anchor over links to Iran

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Twenty-five children appear in a Taliban propaganda video wearing the traditional Pakistani shalwar kameez. They sit cross- legged on the ground rocking back and forth reciting the Koran. A white bandana tied across their forehead, reads: "La illaha illala: There is no God but God."

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The far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders is planning a follow-up of his provocative anti-Koran film, Fitna. The outspoken, peroxide-blond leader of the opposition Freedom Party, who has labelled the Koran "fascist", says the new film will deal with the growing Islamisation of Western countries.

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The Father of Locks, By Andrew Killeen

WH Auden wrote that the central plot idea of the detective story is to threaten, then restore, the Golden Age. One of the strengths of Andrew Killeen's powerful historical thriller is that the Golden Age on display is one alien and yet terribly familiar: the Baghdad of Harun al-Rashid, as remembered through the lens of the Thousand and One Nights. Abu Nuwas, the detective here, is both one of the most important of Arabic poets – he wrote in Arabic, but was Persian by birth – and a character who recurs in several tales of the Nights. He was famous both for deep knowledge of the Koran, and for the way his verse subverted both classic forms and religious language to celebrate drinking, bisexuality and falconry: a sometimes licensed, often imprisoned dissenter from a regime which used orthodoxy as a tool of statecraft.

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Dutch MP will ignore UK ban over Islamic film

A right-wing Dutch politician banned from visiting the UK over his anti-Islam views vowed today that he would come anyway.

Dutch MP to be tried for views on Islam

Party leader who made film linking Koran to Nazism accused of inciting race hate

The Blue Manuscript, By Sabiha Al Khemir

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Game of the week - Little Big Planet (PS3), &#163;44.99

Out today, this could be the game that immortalises the PlayStation 3. Although its release was delayed because of references to the Koran in the soundtrack, it's now full steam ahead for the charming title, which features a winsome, customisable hero, Sackboy. This knitted critter is at the heart of LBP and he will welcome players into a world where platforming, social networking and creativity collide. And just when you thought this title couldn't be any more pleasing, it transpires that Stephen Fry narrates the tutorial sessions. Mario, watch your back.

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