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Can global leaders' outcry minimize fallout from Koran burning plan?

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(Read caption) An Muslim protester shouts slogans while attending a rally in Islamabad September 9. Dozens of protesters gathered in Pakistan's capital on Thursday to protest against plans by Pastor Terry Jones, a Florida church leader, to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

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Leaders from across the globe who had never heard of the Rev. Terry Jones before last week are speaking out against the small-time Florida pastor creating a big stir with his plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11.

The torrent of publicity washing over Reverend Jones and his self-declared "International Burn a Koran Day," with a 200-Koran bonfire outside his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., is the latest reminder of how the Internet and the gaping maw of the 24-hour news cycle can turn minor events into global issues.

President Obama, Afghanistan war chief Gen. David Petraeus, and Pope Benedict XVI have all spoken out against Jones, who was expelled from an evangelical congregation he founded in Cologne, Germany, by parishioners angry over his hate-filled sermons and what some have told reporters were his demands for "blind obedience."

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