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Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos' new book

The publisher of British right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has pulled the plug on his controversial planned book.

Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint announced on Monday that "after careful consideration" they had pulled the book, Dangerous, which had been high on Amazon.com's best-seller lists.

The announcement came hours after the Breitbart editor was disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in the US because of past comments about relationships between boys and men.

He has said remarks he made that could be construed as favouring men and boys having sex were edited wrongly.

Dangerous was originally due to come out in March, but Yiannopoulos had pushed back the release to June so he could write about the uprisings during his recent campus tour.

At the time of his publisher's announcement, it ranked No 83 on Amazon's overall list and No 1 in the sub-category of Censorship & Politics.

More than 100 Simon & Schuster authors had objected to his book deal, announced last December, and Roxane Gay withdrew a planned book.

Some bookstores had said they would not sell his book, although the National Coalition Against Censorship and other free speech organisations had defended the publisher.

Threshold is a conservative imprint that has published books by Republican US president Donald Trump and former vice president Dick Cheney, among others.

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