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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WKOW) -- The leader of a tiny Florida church says he won't follow through on a plan to burn copies of Islam's holy text if he's able to meet Saturday with the organizers behind a mosque planned near ground zero in New York.

Rev. Terry Jones said if he meets with the imam in New York, he won't burn the Quran. It wasn't clear if he meant the burning would be halted indefinitely or just for Saturday.

Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, told CBS' "The Early Show" he had a commitment for Jones and himself to meet in New York with the imam there.

U.S. political leaders and Muslims around the world have been outraged by news of Jones' plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WKOW) -- A Florida pastor says he's rethinking his decision to cancel a Quran-burning event on September 11.

Pastor Terry Jones says he canceled the event because of an agreement to move a mosque near ground zero in New York City.

The imam of that mosque says there's no deal in place.

Jones is adamant the move was promised.  He says he was lied to.

Another imam involved in negotiations says he only promised a meeting between Jones and the New York leaders.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

Pastor Terry Jones said Thursday that he decided to cancel his protest because the leader of a planned Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its controversial location. The agreement couldn't be immediately confirmed.

Jones' plans to burn Islam's holiest text Saturday sparked an international outcry.

President Barack Obama, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and several Christian leaders had urged Jones to reconsider his plans. They said his actions would endanger U.S. soldiers and provide a strong recruitment tool for Islamic extremists. Jones' protest also drew criticism from religious and political leaders from across the Muslim world.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Christian minister in Florida is canceling plans to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, heeding an international outcry that drew criticism from President Barack Obama and religious and political leaders across the Muslim world.

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