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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Morning Newsdome: Florida pastor burns copy of the Koran, six months after saying he would

Terry Joness church in Gainesville, Florida
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  • Terry Jones's church in Gainesville, Florida
>> A U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle crashed in Libya today after an equipment malfunction, though the pilots only sustained minor injuries after ejecting from the planes. Italy and the U.K. want NATO to assume command of the no-fly zone, but France doesn't want the organization to play a central role. What does Nobel Peace Prize-winning Barack Obama think? (the Wall Street Journal)

>> Protesters marched for the fifth straight day in Syria challenging the ruling elite. Did they add "oil" to their chants of "freedom" and "peace?" (Reuters)

>> New York Senator Kevin Parker got off the hook for his conviction on two misdemeanor counts from a 2009 incident with a NY Post photographer. He'll get three years of probation and a small fine, instead of jail time. Senators get off the hook? Never! (NBC)

>> Israel's former president Moshe Katsav was sentenced today to seven years in jail for rape. Unlike U.S. senators, even Israeli presidents aren't above the law. (Al Jazeera)

>> And finally: Publicity-seeking Florida pastor Terry Jones, who sparked worldwide protest when he declared he would burn a copy of the Koran in September, was finally deterred when Defense Secretary Robert Gates talked him out of it. Until now! Jones put the Koran on trial on Sunday, found it guilty, soaked it in Kerosene and "executed" it by lighting it on fire on top of a metal tray. Subtle. Can we put the Bible on trial now? (AFP)

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