Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of cities around the globe Friday to protest the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Protests flared from Bangkok to Washington, across Europe and into the Middle East. In Yemen, protesters tried to storm the U-S embassy in Sanaa. They retreated when gunfire erupted. At least two people were later found dead.
In Athens, at least 150-thousand people filled the streets and clashed with police near the US embassy.
In Bangkok, Buddhists converged on the U-S embassy, but there were no reports of violence.
Several thousand high school students demonstrated in Paris.
Police in Cairo used water cannon to disperse about four thousand protesters after Friday prayers at the historic al-Azhar mosque.
Activists in Washington staged a sit-in outside the White House. They vowed more and larger protests Saturday in Washington and other cities across the United States.
At the Vatican, a papal spokesman said Pope John Paul was very disappointed at the outbreak of war, and at Iraq's refusal to heed United Nations demands to disarm.
In Jerusalem, Israeli forces clashed with pro-Iraqi Palestinian demonstrators at the Temple Mount in the Old City.