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Britain bans US pastor Jones for 'the public good'

LONDON (AFP) – Britain on Wednesday barred firebrand US pastor Terry Jones from the country, saying the controversial preacher who had threatened to burn the Koran was guilty of "unacceptable behaviour."

"The government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded pastor Terry Jones from the UK," said a spokesman from the Home Office, or interior ministry.

Jones, who triggered an international furore last year with plans to burn the holy book of Islam on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, said he was disappointed with the ban.

"We are very disappointed. We would ask that they reconsider, that the ban be lifted," he told Sky News television.

He was originally invited to speak in Britain at a rally organised by far-right group the English Defence League (EDL) on February 5 in Luton, a town just north of London.

The EDL says it

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Added: Jan-19-2011 Occurred On: Jan-19-2011
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