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Pakistani PM Distances Self from Bounty on Head of Anti-Islam Filmmaker

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday distanced his administration from one government official offering to pay $100,000 out of his own pocket to kill the person responsible for an anti-Islam movie made in the U.S. that has inflamed the Muslim world.

Innocence of Muslims, which was produced by Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, touched off riots in dozens of countries, leading to about 20 deaths in Pakistan alone as demonstrators have clashed with security forces trying to maintain peace.

Over the weekend, Pakistani minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said, "I will pay whoever kills the makers of this video $100,000.  If someone else makes other similar blasphemous material in the future, I will also pay his killers $100,000."

The minister, a member of the Awami National Party, which insisted it was Bilour's personal statement, said he'd seek the help of the Taliban or al Qaeda in helping to track down and kill Nakoula, a California resident now in hiding.

A spokesman for the prime minister said on Sunday that the government is "absolutely disassociated" from Bilour's bounty.

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TV Host Who Aired Scenes from Anti-Islam Film ‘Shocked’ by Violent Reaction

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages(CAIRO) -- As the militant group Hezbollah led protests in Beirut Monday against the U.S. and a controversial anti-Islam movie, Egyptian cleric and talk show host Khaled Abdallah, one of the first to broadcast scenes from the film, said that although he had no regrets, he was “shocked” at the fury spreading through the Muslim world.

In an interview with ABC News, Abdallah said that he was never inciting violence and that he deplored it.

Before the demonstrations erupted in Cairo and around the globe, Abdallah showed clips from the controversial film The Innocence of Muslims.

“I hope other media and TV will discuss this film,” he said during his show. “There is nothing as important in our life as the prophet and we defend the prophet.”

Days later, excerpts of the movie had reached the Muslim world, setting off anti-American demonstrations in Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Yemen and other countries.

However, some -- including Libyan authorities themselves, insist the deadly attack that took place in Benghazi was a long-planned terrorist attack timed for the 9-11 anniversary -- and also the result of U.S. State Department officials ignoring warnings an attack was immiment. Ambassador Chris Stevens, a proponent of the so-called Arab Spring movement, was brutally murdered in the attack which left three other Americans dead.

Abdallah said Monday that the rage aimed at the U.S. had been simmering for years and had boiled over when people saw the movie. He hasn’t shown clips from the movie again.

In Beirut Monday, people poured into the streets with fists in the air in a show of anger. Some chanted, “Death to America.” As the Obama administration blamed the rage solely on the movie -- and not the administration's foriegn policy -- on Sunday, thousands of Libyans took to the streets, chanting, "Obama, Obama, we are all Osama."

The leader of Hezbollah made a rare public appearance as well, calling the film that ridicules the prophet Muhammad the worst insult to Islam ever.

He warned that if the U.S. didn’t ban the film, there would be serious repercussions against the U.S. around the world. The group also called for four more protests around Lebanon this week.

“Stop this movie,” one woman said. “Judge whoever did this movie in front of the court.”

There were anti-film protests in at least seven other countries Monday, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and the West Bank.

However, in Egypt, where the demonstrations were first reported, and in Libya, things were quiet Monday.

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Anti-US Protests Spread to More Than a Dozen Countries

Jordan Pix/ Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A wave of anti-American protests broke out in more than a dozen countries Friday with some of the worst violence occurring in Tunisia, Egypt and Sudan.

Three people were killed -- two in Tunisia and one in Egypt -- as protesters battled with police who used tear gas and rubber bullets and sometimes fired into the air in an attempt to keep the demonstrators away from American embassies.

The protests, now in their fourth day, spread to other countries including Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh as well as other countries. Some of the protests drew thousands while others only a few hundred, all of them angry over the movie "The Innocence of Muslims," an amateurish video that mocks the Prophet Mohammed.

In the Tunisian capital of Tunis, thousands of protesters swarmed around the U.S. embassy and several dozen managed to scale an outer wall and set fire to cars parked there. A flag on which was written the Muslim profession of faith was raised until security forces took it down. Black smoke from the fires wafted over the city as protesters and security forces continued a tense stand-off.

In Egypt, President Mohammed Morsi went on state television to denounce the killing of four Americans in Libya and the Muslim Brotherhood retracted their call for a Million Man March. In addition clerics during Friday prayers urged the faithful to remain peaceful.

Nevertheless, thousands poured into the streets around the U.S. embassy which has been reinforced with a concrete wall since protesters got inside an outer perimeter earlier this week to take down and destroy the American flag.

In Sanaa, Yemen, police fired shots into the air and lobbed a barrage of tear gas at a crowd of protesters who were trying to march to the U.S. embassy. In face of the tough police response, the crowd of protesters dwindled to several hundred people.

A squad of about 50 marines arrived in Sanaa Friday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said the elite team was sent in response to the violence, but also as a precautionary measure.

There was little sign of government security in Sudan where crowds attacked the U.S., British and German embassies.

The demonstrators are blaming the U.S. government for the video about the prophet and want an apology from President Obama.

The State Department has been monitoring developments around its embassies around the clock and on Thursday a U.S. intelligence bulletin warned that the violent outrage could be spread to America by extremist groups eager to "exploit anger."

Libyan officials said several people have been arrested for the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died in the assault.

CIA Director David Petreaus told the House Intelligence Committee Friday that they believe a spontaneous protest broke out and that a militant group that possibly had ties to al Qaeda took the opportunity to launch an assault with rifles and RPGs.

The embassy protests have also inflamed U.S. presidential politics.

Mitt Romney and other Republicans said that Obama contributed to the unrest by giving "confused" messages in his foreign policy decisions.

In an interview Thursday with the Washington Post, Mitt Romney's foreign policy adviser Richard Williamson suggested that if Romney were the president, he would have averted the deadly attacks.

"There's a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you'd be in a different situation," Williamson told the Post. "For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we've had an American ambassador assassinated."

Obama, speaking a campaign event in Golden, Colo., Thursday, vowed that the perpetrators who killed Stevens and the other Americans in Libya would be punished.

"I want people around the world to hear me," he said. "To all those who would do us harm: No act of terror will go unpunished. I will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America."

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US Braces for Further Protests in Cairo over Anti-Muslim Film

Ed Giles/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- The U.S. government is bracing itself for the fourth straight day of protests in Cairo and other parts of the Middle East as anger over a U.S.-produced film mocking the Prophet Mohammed continues to grow.

Many protesters have begun to take to the streets in Cairo and more protesters are expected to gather in Tahrir Square following Friday's prayers.

The Muslim Brotherhood has announced that it has canceled their nationwide protests.  The group had previously called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers in front of Mosques in all cities across Egypt "in response to the insults to the religious beliefs and the Prophet."

Overnight, police in riot gear launched tear gas canisters into the sea of violent protesters, who were lighting fireworks, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in return.

Many angry demonstrators are blaming the U.S. government for the film, Innocence of Muslims, and they want an official apology from President Obama.

A U.S. intelligence bulletin warned Thursday that the violent outrage aimed at U.S. embassies spawned by the movie could be spread to America by extremist groups eager to "exploit anger."

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Egyptians Flood US Embassy to Protest Film

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Hundreds of protesters marched on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo Tuesday.

Some climbed the walls into the courtyard and brought down the U.S. flag. They were enraged over an apparently U.S.-produced anti-Islamic video that's on YouTube.

Almost all the embassy staff had left before this. There’s no word of anyone being hurt.

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