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Friday, October 31, 2008

SYRIA

U.S. Embassy Protected As Crowds Protest Raid

Tens of thousands of Syrians turned out Thursday for a massive government-orchestrated protest against a deadly U.S. raid near the Iraqi border Sunday.

A mile away, hundreds of Syrian riot police formed a protective ring around the closed U.S. Embassy, but the crowds dispersed peacefully after a couple of hours.

Also Thursday, Syria demanded a formal apology for the attack, which it says killed eight civilians, and threatened to cut off cooperation on Iraqi border security if there are more American raids.

There has been no formal acknowledgment of the raid from Washington, but U.S. officials have said the target was a top figure in al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Iran Constructs Naval Bases

Iran has begun building a line of naval bases along its southern coast and up to the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the strategic waterway, an Iranian commander said. Iran has said it will close the strait, through which two-fifths of the world's oil passes, if the United States attacks.

Libya Warned of 1986 U.S. Strike

Libya's foreign minister said the Italian government gave him early warning of the 1986 U.S. raids on Libya, launched from a NATO base in Italy in retaliation for an attack on a disco in Germany. Abdel-Rahman Shalgam was Libya's ambassador in Rome at the time.

Pakistan Quake Death Toll Rises

Children begged for food from trucks passing through Pakistan's quake zone as the death toll from Wednesday's 6.4-magnitude temblor mounted to 215.

BBC Radio Executive Resigns

The head of BBC's Radio 2, Lesley Douglas, resigned, and the broadcaster's highest-paid presenter, Jonathan Ross, was suspended for 12 weeks amid a scandal over lewd messages left on a 78-year-old actor's voice mail.

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