Ground Zero mosque plan angers New Yorkers

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An ambitious plan to build a mosque next to New York's Ground Zero has angered residents of the city.

Supporters of the project say the planned multi-storey Islamic centre would transform both the drab lower Manhattan street and the way Americans have interacted with Muslims since nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Boasting a mosque with sports facilities, a theatre and possibly day care, the centre would be open to all visitors to demonstrate that Muslims are part of their community, not some separate element.

But because of the proposed mosque's location, just around the corner from the gaping Ground Zero hole, the plan has upset some locals.

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