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The Netherlands has raised its national risk level of a terrorist attack to "substantial" before the launch of a film made by a right-wing politician that is expected to be critical of the Koran.

Afghan journalist jailed for distributing Koran

In the Soviet-occupied Kabul of the late 1980s, Ahmed Ghous Zalmai was a charismatic television and radio host, the people's favourite enemy of the state. He survived the Soviet tyranny – but would not be so fortunate under the Western-backed "democracy" of President Hamid Karzai. Since October 2007, he has been in prison for helping to distribute translated copies of the Koran.

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Netherlands braced for Muslim anger as politician releases 'anti-Islam' film

For a film that lasts just 10 minutes and for which no one has even seen a trailer, it is creating one hell of an uproar. The cinematic debut from the anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders has forced the Netherlands to wrestle with the limits of its age-old tradition of free speech and stirred up anxieties about a multicultural society.

James Fergusson: Muscle alone won't solve Afghanistan's problems

Gordon Brown's announcement that it is time to start talking to the Taliban is welcome whatever the Americans may say. But it is only a start. British officers say privately that more water, electricity and roads are needed to make any political deal stick

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