Protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad
fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan
city of Benghazi, killing one American diplomat, witnesses and the State
Department said. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S.
embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
It was the first such assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in either
country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome
the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar
Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak in uprisings last year.
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