Lebanon: Security forces in Lebanon say fighting today (Sunday) in the northern city of Tripoli between Lebanese troops and Islamic militants left several people dead and wounded on both sides.
Authorities say Lebanese forces clashed with members of Fatah al-Islam in the Palestinian refugee camp at Nahr al-Bared and in the streets of Tripoli near the camp.
Officials gave differing casualty figures, but media reports indicate at least seven soldiers and three Palestinians were killed and several wounded on both sides in fierce fighting.
By long-standing agreement, Lebanese police and soldiers do not enter Lebanon's refugee camps, leaving security issues to Palestinian militant groups.
Authorities say the fighting began when security forces tried to detain suspects in a bank robbery outside the camp.
Israel – Palestinians: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has warned there could be stronger military action in the Gaza Strip if Hamas fails to stop its rocket attacks on southern Israel.
In broadcast remarks to his Cabinet today (Sunday), Mr. Olmert said, if the political and military steps Israel is taking do not bring about calm, Israel will be forced to intensify its response.
Israel has been pounding militant targets in Gaza since Tuesday in response to Hamas rocket attacks on its territory.
An Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza today (Sunday) killed three suspected Hamas militants. A second strike hit a suspected weapons workshop.
On Saturday, four Palestinians were killed in Israeli air strikes against Hamas.
Afghanistan: Authorities in Afghanistan say a suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people and wounded nearly 35 others in the eastern part of the country.
Interior Ministry officials say the attack occurred today (Sunday) in a crowded market in the town of Gardez, in Paktia province.
Witnesses and officials say the bomber detonated his explosives as a NATO convoy passed by.
A NATO spokesman confirmed there were U.S.-led coalition troops in the area at the time of the blast. It is not clear if any soldiers were hurt. Some witnesses say all of the victims were Afghan civilians.
Saturday, nine people, including three German NATO soldiers, were killed in a similar suicide bombing in the northern city of Kunduz.
The Taleban has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
In another development, a senior Afghan police official says Afghan and NATO forces killed 30 Taleban fighters in a battle today (Sunday) in southern Ghazni province.
Pakistan – Kidnappings: Pro-Taleban Islamic students in Pakistan have released two of four police officers they took hostage Friday outside a mosque in the capital.
A senior cleric (Abdul Tashid Ghazi) at the radical Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, says the two policemen were freed today (Sunday) after authorities agreed to free some of about 10 recently detained Islamic students.
The Islamists have said the other two policemen will be freed when all of their comrades are released from detention.
Pakistani officials have not commented on an alleged exchange deal.
The unarmed policemen were taken captive (Friday) as they patrolled outside Lal Masjid in central Islamabad.
The hard-line students and their leader have challenged the authority of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, setting up their own court last month to enforce a strict Islamic code of justice.
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