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Muslim Protesters Storm US Embassy In Yemen, Marines Dispatched To Libya

BBC, REUTERS (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), CNN (US)

Protestors enraged by an anti-Islam film have stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, following similar rounds of violence in Libya and Egypt that had left four American diplomats dead in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

The BBC reported Thursday morning that protesters have stormed the embassy's security blockade in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, setting vehicles ablaze and gaining access to the building, even as security officials opened fire.

There is nothing more worthy of disdain than bandwagon outrage. Sigh. bbc.in/OrOyuh#Libya#Yemen

— mollifluous (@mollifluous) September 13, 2012

By midday, reporters on the ground in Sana'a said the violent protesters had been pushed back off embassy property.

CNN is reporting that riot police are also clashing with demonstrators outside the US Embassy in Cairo, with protesters throwing Molotov cocktails.

Violence erupted Tuesday night in Cairo and Benghazi, where US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other staff members were killed after an attack on the American embassy.

The heightened tensions in the Muslim world have been prompted by a trailer of an American produced film that allegedly blasphemes Islam's founding prophet, Muhammad.

US officials have confirmed 50 members of the Marine Corps and two warships have been dispatched to the Libyan coast to enforce the security of embassy workers, reports Al Jazeera.

President Barack Obama spoke of the attacks on Wednesday: "No act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.

"We are the one indispensable power in the world," he said.

Reuters last night reported that US officials were examining whether the attack on American diplomats in Benghazi was premeditated.

Reuters cited an official as saying that the incident "bears the hallmarks of an organized attack," linking two Islamist militant factions - Ansar al Sharia and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - as possibly being involved.

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Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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