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3/05/2006 World News: Pakistan Clashes Subside Near Afghan Border


Pakistan Militants: Pakistani officials say clashes between paramilitary soldiers and Islamic militants in tribal North Waziristan have subsided, a day after fierce fighting killed at least 46 rebels.
At least three government troops were also killed in the fighting that erupted Saturday and raged through the night in the towns of Miran Shah and Mir Ali. Authorities say the overnight exchanges of fire eased off early today (Sunday), after army helicopters fired rockets into mountains near the Afghan border.
Witnesses say hundreds of civilians were fleeing the embattled towns Sunday.
Pakistani officials say 21 militants died in Mir Ali, while another 25 were killed in the region's main town, Miran Shah, bordering the Afghan border.

Bush-Pakistan: President Bush is returning home today (Sunday) from his South Asia trip, following talks with Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad.
The two leaders discussed a range of topics Saturday, including the war on terrorism and democratic reforms in Pakistan. Mr. Bush praised the Pakistani leader's commitment to fighting terrorism but warned that more work was needed to defeat al-Qaida.
Earlier in India, Mr. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a landmark agreement to provide U.S. support for India's civilian nuclear projects.

China-Congress: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced at the annual National People's Congress strict action must be taken to calm a restive rural population.
Mr. Wen told nearly three thousand delegates today (Sunday) Beijing must pay closer attention to balancing development in urban and rural areas. He announced a 15 percent increase in spending to create a new "socialist countryside."
Thousands of violent peasant uprisings have broken out this year over land disputes and other poverty-driven concerns. On another key issue, Mr. Wen issued a stern warning to Taiwan not to pursue independence from the mainland. He said anyone who stands in the way of Taiwan's reunification with the mainland will fail.

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