Thousands of people have turned out around the world to protest war in Iraq.
Security was tight throughout Asia, where marchers shouted anti-American slogans and demanded an end to the US -led war. Students scuffled with riot police in Seoul and demanded that the South Korean National Assembly reject the government's request to send 700 support troops to non-combat missions in Iraq.
Armed riot police in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur fired tear gas to disperse protesters, while authorities in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka used roadblocks to stop thousands of Muslim supporters from marching on the US embassy.
In the world's most populous Muslim nation -- Indonesia -- thousands rallied in the capital Jakarta and elsewhere to protest the war. Usually rowdy protests in Pakistan were somewhat muted ahead of a massive anti-war rally planned for Sunday.
In a rare move in China, officials approved a small anti-war rally in Beijing on Sunday.
More than 10-thousand people in South Africa marched to the U-S consulate in Capetown to chant anti-war slogans and demand the expulsion of American, British and Spanish diplomats.
The French news agency says around 300 women held an anti-war rally in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, with about 50 of the protesters volunteering to travel to Iraq to serve as human shields against coalition attacks.
In Germany, thousands of peace activists formed a human chain around US European Command military headquarters in (the city of) Stuttgart. Thousands of others were expected at rallies elsewhere in Germany and throughout Europe.
Russian media reports say an anti-government rally by leftist party supporters in Moscow unexpectedly turned into a protest against the US -led war in Iraq.