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Tucson shooting reported globally as evidence of charged U.S. political climate

Front pages across the globe broke news of the Tuscon, Ariz., shooting.

A reader from the United States, Adnan Almao, wrote in Arabic: "I'm really concerned that the attacker's name will be found to be Jared Loughner Bin Laden."

The state-run Fars News Agency in Iran posted a statement from the head of a group it identified as Families of Iranian Victims of Terrorism denouncing the shooting.

"No doubt, the terrorist move carried out in the United States displayed that the inauspicious phenomenon of terrorism has posed a serious threat to all people's security everywhere."

In Pakistan, a country still in shock from the religiously motivated assassination of a provincial governor last week, the attack in Arizona was barely noticed. Newspapers ran reprints Sunday of international wire stories on the attack, but there was no public debate or official comment.

Pakistan has been reeling from the Jan. 4 slaying of Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, who was gunned down in apparent revenge for his outspoken stance on the need to reform the country's harsh blasphemy law.

The killing has unleashed a frenzy of emotion among rightist Muslim groups, who are hailing Taseer's assassin as a hero and demanding that the government drop all proposals to amend the law, which makes it a capital crime to insult the prophet Muhammad.

Staff writers Anthony Faiola, Pamela Constable, Aaron C. Davis and Will Englund contributed to this report.


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