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Obama Condemns Koran Burning

In a statement Saturday, President Obama declared last month’s Koran-burning in Florida “an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry,” but said it did not warrant the murders of 20 people in Afghanistan, including seven U.N. workers. Meanwhile, the act’s ramifications were still being felt in Afghanistan, where angry mobs still incensed at Florida pastor Terry Jones’ incineration of their holy text continued rioting Saturday, leaving nine more people dead and bringing the death toll to 20—with more than 80 injured. “No religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people,” Obama said before closing out his statement with a call for common humanity.