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'Specific Threat' Closes U.S. Embassy in UAE

The U.S. Embassy in the Emirates closed Wednesday after receiving a specific threat against it, while anti-American protests in the Mideast and fears of a terror attack on U.S. interests prompted beefed-up security near potential targets. The Americans briefly shut their embassy doors to the public in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday on rumors of a Riyadh explosion that turn out to be false. Security was increased near the already heavily guarded embassy in downtown Cairo, and protesters were chased away from the embassy in Bahrain. Fresh fears stem from Monday’s assassination by Israeli forces of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, founder of the Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip, which prompted immediate calls for revenge against Israeli and American targets. The United States expressed concern about the killing, but Washington is widely viewed in the region as Israel’s protector and as unwilling to curb its actions against Palestinians. Full Story

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