Black smoke seen rising above US embassy in Tunis

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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – A large cloud of black smoke has risen around the U.S. embassy in Tunis where stone-throwing protesters and police are waging a pitched battle.

Thousands of demonstrators have massed outside the embassy and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds and raising a flag on which was written the Muslim profession of faith, an Associated Press reporter on the scene says.

Police responded by firing tear gas, and police gunfire could be heard.

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