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NEWSWEEK ISSUE BANNED AS OFFENSIVE TO ISLAM

Pakistani authorities have banned an issue of Newsweek magazine for publishing material they said was offensive to Islam, local media reported Friday.

A government official in Islamabad had ordered the "forfeiture of all copies of the weekly Newsweek of Nov. 22," the state-run agency Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

The issue carried a story about the slaying in the Netherlands of filmmaker Theo van Gogh and religious and ethnic divisions in Europe under the headline "Clash of Civilizations."

An alleged Islamic extremist of Moroccan descent has been arrested in the slaying.

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