The World from Berlin 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

US embassies in the Muslim world were on high alert Friday following days of violent protests against an anti-Islam film. Germany, too, closed several embassies in fear of attacks. Some German commentators argue that the violence shows that Obama's Middle East policies have failed.
There were clashes between police and protesters in Cairo on Friday.

There were clashes between police and protesters in Cairo on Friday.

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Photo Gallery: Storming of German Embassy in Sudan
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Photo Gallery: Storming of German Embassy in Sudan

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Photo Gallery: Anti-American Violence Spreads
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Photo Gallery: Anti-American Violence Spreads

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-- David Gordon Smith