7 Dead in Arab Riots; KFC, Hardee's Burned

White House asks YouTube to review anti-Muslim video
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2012 3:33 PM CDT
Updated Sep 14, 2012 5:47 PM CDT
Lebanese protesters attack American fast food restaurants after Friday prayers in the northeastern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Violent protests continued across the Arab world today and claimed at least seven lives, three of them near the US embassy in Sudan's capital city, NBC News reports. Security officers in Khartoum fired tear gas at about 5,000 angry demonstrators, who were also protesting at nearby British and German embassies. In other developments:

  • Two demonstrators were killed and at least 29 injured outside the US embassy in Tunisia, where angry crowds gathered after setting fire to the American School.
  • At least one person died and 25 others were hurt in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, where protesters torched and ransacked a KFC and a Hardee's restaurant, NBC News reports. Demonstrations there were timed to concur with a 3-day visit by Pope Benedict XVI, according to Lebanese officials.
  • A protester died of birdshot wounds during a battle with police near Cairo's US embassy. He was the first Egyptian fatality during the riots.
  • A large demonstration is underway outside the BMCI bank in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, Huffington Post reports.
  • The White House has asked YouTube to review—but not remove—the anti-Muslim video that apparently sparked the rioting, the Washington Post reports. Administration officials asked "them to review whether it violates their terms of use," said a National Security Council spokesman. (YouTube has already removed the video in protesting countries.)
See our earlier roundups on the protests, including a no-fly zone in Benghazi and Marines arriving in Yemen. (Read more riots stories.)

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