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A solemn homecoming today outside Washington D.C., the remains of four Americans killed in Libya will return to the U.S. today. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were on hand for the ceremony at Joint Base Andrews. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
With somber music playing, guards carried the flag draped caskets of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information management officer Sean Smith and two former Navy Seals who were protecting the consulate in Benghazi, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to them, she also demanded that leaders in the region restored security after violence spread over what she called an awful internet video.
The people of Libya, Yemen and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob.
President Obama says the U.S. will stand fast against violence in these difficult days. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Washington.
In Jerusalem, Israeli police fired tear gas at a crowd of Palestinians who joined Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and Asia to target U.S. embassies and those of their western allies who protest the anti-Muslim video that despaired Islam's prophet Muhammad. They scaled the walls of the US embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, and set fire to part of the German embassy. In Nigeria, soldiers reportedly clashed with youths following Friday's prayers. Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi called for restraint in Cairo, where police fought with protestors near the US embassy. A marine rapid response team arrived in Yemen's capital today as protests erupted at the US embassy there.
Speaking today to an annual gathering of religious conservatives in Washington D.C., Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan covered a range of topics. NPR's Don Gonyea reports Ryan included an attack on White House handling of anti-American violence in the Muslim world that claimed the life of a U.S. ambassador.
Ryan opened by expressing condolences for the US lives loss before launching into this strong critic.
American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. Only by the confident exercise of the American influence are evil and violence overcome.
Though the bulk of Ryan's speech was on other topics, repeating assertions that the president has failed economically. He also did something neither he nor Mitt Romney have done much of which is to deliver a lengthy criticism of the president on the issue of abortion. Don Gonyea, NPR News, Washington.
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