In Afghanistan at least eight people have been killed in an attack on a United Nations compound.
The violence in Mazar-i-Sharif erupted as hundreds demonstrated over the burning of the Koran by a pastor in a United States church last month.
Afghan police fired into the air in a bid to disperse the protesters who were chanting, “Death to the USA, Death to Israel” as they gathered for Friday prayers.
A United Nations spokesman in Kabul confirmed that there had been deaths at the mission in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif but declined to give further details.
Its understood foreign workers are among those who have been killed while reports indicate two were be-headed.
And in Kabul about 200 hundred anti US demonstrators protested outside the American embassy.