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Violence prompted by burning of Qurans continues

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An apology from President Barack Obama over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan hasn't quieted the outrage there.

Renewed protests today claimed at least seven more lives, as thousands of Afghans took to the streets for anti-American demonstrations after midday prayers.

Two U.S. soldiers were shot and killed during one of the protests this week. But the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is calling on his troops to resist any urge to avenge their deaths.

The two soldiers were among at least 20 people who have been killed in four days of violence.

In Washington, a White House spokesman acknowledged that the burning of Qurans had created "difficult circumstances."

The unrest began Tuesday, when Afghan workers at the Bagram (bah-GRAHM') air base noticed that Qurans and other Islamic texts were in the trash that coalition troops had dumped into a pit where garbage is burned. Some Afghan workers burned their fingers as they tried to salvage some of the books.

Officials say the materials had been taken from a library at a nearby detention facility because they contained extremist inscriptions.

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