Olympic torch reaches Acropolis amid protestsATHENS, Greece - Torchbearers carried the Olympic flame through the crowded streets of Athens to the Acropolis on Saturday amid heavy security and demonstrations by small groups of protesters.

At the foot of the Acropolis, a pro-Tibet group unfurled a banner reading 'Free Tibet 2008' and lit candles to protest China's deadly crackdown there.

'We don't want the torch relay to pass through Tibet,' said one protester who identified herself only as Klara.

Earlier, police briefly scuffled with a group of anti-globalization demonstrators shortly after the torch relay entered the city.

The relay was not disrupted.

Turkish military says it hit Kurdish rebels in Iraq

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey's military hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq with artillery and air strikes in a two-day operation that killed at least 15 rebels, the military said Saturday.

Turkish military shelled areas in northern Iraq on Thursday after it detected a group of Kurdish rebels preparing to attack Turkish targets from their bases in Iraq, the military said in a written statement. It said 15 rebels were killed in the shelling.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt sharply criticize Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria - Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Syria should be punished for blocking a resolution to Lebanon's political crisis, escalating a dispute between U.S. allies and Damascus that has marred an Arab summit.

The bitter rift raises fears that tensions between Lebanon's U.S.- and Saudi-backed government and the pro-Syrian opposition will increase after the summit ends on Sunday.

For more than a year, Lebanon has been the scene of a proxy struggle between the United States and its Arab allies - who back Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's government - and Syria - an ally of Iran and the Shiite Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Soldiers fire at Somali market

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Insurgents fired mortars at the Somali presidential palace where a top Ethiopian official was meeting with the president Saturday, and witnesses said return fire from Somali and Ethiopian soldiers killed six civilians in the capital's main market.

A security staff member at the presidential palace said President Abdullahi Yusuf and Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin were unharmed.