At least 25 people have died in riots this week across Afghanistan ever since U.S. officials revealed that American soldiers had burned copies of the Muslim holy book. On Saturday, more than 1,000 demonstrators clashed with police outside a United Nations compound in the north of the country. Host Scott Simon gets the latest on the unrest from NPR's Quil Lawrence.
Two U.S. troops were shot dead by an Afghan soldier in a day of riots and protests across the country over Qurans that were burned. U.S. forces and Afghan authorities are braced for more trouble following Friday prayers at mosques nationwide.
Fawzia Koofi almost died on the day she was born, but survived against all odds and became the first female deputy speaker of Afghanistan's parliament. Koofi plans to run for president in two years, and in a new memoir, describes her hopes for the country's future.
In a video that underscores how seriously the U.S. military and NATO are taking the incident, the commander of international forces today apologizes four times for what he says was the improper disposal of Qurans at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul.
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