The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia advised on its website that demonstrations were possible there and that American should use caution. An embassy official there said it was policy not to discuss security measures.
Higher security was evident around the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, including searches of vehicles nearby. Police blocked about 400 marchers belonging to two Islamic groups who were proceeding through streets near the Baitul Mokarram mosque, several kilometers from the U.S. Embassy in the capital.
Associated Press writers Julhas Alam and Al-Emrun Garjon in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Sean Yoong in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia; and Jon Gambrell in Lagos, Nigeria; contributed to this report.