The US embassies in Egypt and Libya were attacked by rioters enraged by an amateur film which insulted the founding prophet of Islam. An attack on the US consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans, including the Ambassador. Barack Obama vowed to catch the killers. Egyptian rioters stormed the embassy in Cairo and hoisted an Islamic flag.
The defence minister in Yemen survived an assassination attempt that left 12 people dead, when a bomb exploded near his office in the capital Sana’a.
Tareq Al-Hashemi, Iraq’s vice-president, was sentenced to death in absentia for alleged murder. He blames the prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki, denouncing the trial as being politically motivated.