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January 14, 2011

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Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans against recent statements by Pope Benedict XVI about Pakistan's blasphemy laws, next to burning tires during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamist protesters have demonstrated in three cities against a call by Pope Benedict XVI for Pakistan to scrap its blasphemy laws. The laws stipulate the death sentence for anyone insulting Islam's prophet, Muhammad. Critics say the laws are often used to persecute Christians and other minorities or to settle personal vendettas.

PHOTO: Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo

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