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Yemen leader apologizes to US for embassy attack

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Yemen's president has apologized to President Barack Obama for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, by a mob angry over an anti-Islam film.

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen says nobody was harmed in Thursday's assault. "All embassy personnel are safe and accounted for," spokesman Lou Fintor said.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi also ordered an investigation into the attack. Several hundred protesters stormed the embassy's compound, brought down the U.S. flag in the courtyard, burned it and replaced it with a black, Islamist banner.

Hadi avowed to bring the culprits to justice, saying the attack by a "rowdy crowd" was part of a conspiracy to derail Yemen's close relations with Washington.

The protesters were on the embassy's grounds but did not enter the building housing the offices.

Before storming the embassy compound on Thursday, the demonstrators removed the embassy's sign on the outer wall and set tires ablaze. Once inside the compound, they brought down the U.S. flag and burned it.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has vowed not to allow attacks on foreign embassies in Cairo, saying the Egyptian people reject such "unlawful acts."
 
Speaking during a visit to the European Union on Thursday, Morsi said he had spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama and that he condemned "in the clearest terms" attacks in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Yemen is home to al-Qaida's most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government's counterterrorism campaign. The government on Tuesday announced that al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent U.S. airstrike, a major blow to the terror network.

Crowds protesting at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Wednesday climbed its walls and tore down an American flag, which they replaced briefly with a black, Islamist flag.
 
Barroso says the EU is prepared to make available $645 million in financial assistance to Egypt to support the consolidation of democracy there.

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