Scuffles break out near torch relay in Australian capital

Scuffles broke out at the Olympic torch relay Thursday in Australia, and one protester leaped into the path of the flame before being quickly dragged off by police. The relay run was not interrupted by the man, seen in live television footage to sit down cross-legged about 10 meters (yards) in front of the torch runner before being hauled away. Other scuffles occurred at locations away from the torch, including one at which three Tibetan women lay down in the path of a convoy of vehicles at Parliament House. Police dragged them away, and one of the women appeared to have lost consciousness. Another protester shouted "Stop killing in Tibet, stop killing in Tibet" as he was led away by police. In all, at least six people were detained by police at isolated demonstrations.