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EGYPT: 13 killed in Christian-Muslim clash

Thirteen people died in overnight clashes between Christians and Muslims in the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since last month's ouster of president Hosni Mubarak, it was reported Wednesday. The Health Ministry said about 140 people were injured. The clashes broke out after about 2,000 Coptic Christians blocked a highway south of Cairo as part of protests to demand the rebuilding of a village church that was torched in earlier sectarian violence in Helwan province.


PAKISTAN: Suicide bomb kills 36 at funeral

A suicide bomber struck a funeral attended by anti-Taliban militiamen in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 36 mourners and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest militant attack in the country this year. Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. The blast near the city of Peshawar was not far from the tribally administered regions bordering Afghanistan where militants are at their strongest. Police said about 300 people were attending the funeral for the wife of a militiaman in the Matani area when the bomber struck. Witnesses said the bomber appeared to be in his late teens "We thought this youth was coming to attend the funeral, but he suddenly detonated a bomb," survivor Syed Alam Khan said.


AFGHANISTAN: Iranian rockets for Taliban seized

NATO forces have seized 48 Iranian-made rockets intended to aid the Taliban, the most powerful illicit weapons ever intercepted en route from the neighboring state, officials said Wednesday. The shipment is seen as a serious escalation in Iran's state support of the insurgency, according to NATO officials and an international intelligence official.

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