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As the Middle East Burns, Obama Talks Tax Returns


The afternoon headlines:


As a precaution amid rising anti-American protests, diplomats in the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, have started destroying classified material.


In a rare public appearance, the leader of the militant Hezbollah group exhorted hundreds of thousands of supporters Monday to keep up the campaign against an anti-Islam video that has unleashed deadly violence and anger at the United States across the Muslim world.

Meanwhile in Pakistan:

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against the film torched a press club and a government building in the northwestern town of Wari, setting off clashes with police that killed one demonstrator and wounded several others.

And in Afghanistan:

Demonstrations turned violent outside a U.S. military base in Kabul, where about 800 protesters burned cars and threw rocks at Camp Phoenix. Many in the crowd shouted “Death to America!” and “Death to those people who have made a film and insulted our Prophet.”

And in Indonesia:

Hundreds clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, hurling rocks and firebombs and setting tires alight. It was the first violence seen in the world’s most populous Muslim country since international outrage over the film exploded last week. Eleven policemen were rushed to the hospital after being pelted with rocks and attacked with bamboo sticks, while four protesters were arrested and one was hospitalized.

Meanwhile at home . . .

President Obama today sharpened a personal line of attack on his Republican rival, mocking Romney’s tax proposals and renewing a charge that he is an outsourcing “pioneer.” “I’ve actually done my own taxes,” Obama said, showing a hint of disdain for Romney at a rally in Eden Park.

Tags: Barack Obama , Islam , Mitt Romney


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