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SECURITY FORCES, MILITANTS CLASH, LEAVING 17 DEAD

pakistan

More than 100 militants stormed a Pakistani security post in Peshawar on Tuesday, in one of the heaviest attacks in recent months, a senior police official said. He said that two police officers and 15 militants were killed in the fighting.

libya

Gadhafi's fighters shell mountains

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces intensified their campaign to take strategic heights in a western mountain range and targeted a road that many people have used to flee the fighting in Libya, forcing the temporary closure of a border crossing to Tunisia. Also Wednesday, the Libyan government released four foreign journalists and a fifth reached freedom in Qatar after disappearing while on assignment in Syria.

egypt

Army rulers deny amnesty plans

Egypt's military rulers denied media reports that they plan to grant amnesty to deposed President Hosni Mubarak after a wave of popular criticism and calls for new protests. Meanwhile, Amnesty International said Wednesday that Egyptian authorities continue to restrict freedom of assembly, torture detainees and try civilians in military courts, highlighting the urgent need for reform.

iran

Hard-liners call for aide's arrest

A hard-line publication called on security forces Wednesday to arrest President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's closest political aide amid a widening political power struggle over who will shape Iran's next government. The demand by the Ya Lesarat weekly reflects the fierce battles between Ahmadinejad and ultra-conservative groups. Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad said he will participate in the June OPEC meeting in Vienna in his capacity as the country's caretaker oil minister, state media reported Wednesday.

yemen

Mediator gives up on political deal

Yemeni opposition and government leaders say the head of a gulf coalition seeking to broker an end to the country's political crisis has given up and left the country. The Gulf Cooperation Council has sought to mediate a deal through which longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh would leave power in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

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