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Iraq Border Guards, PKK Deny Turkey Incursion

No Turkish forces have entered north Iraq, border guards and Kurdish rebels said on Tuesday, a day after Turkish security sources said troops, tanks and military vehicles had crossed the frontier.

"There has been no Turkish incursion by soldiers or Turkish forces onto Iraqi soil," said Colonel Hussein Tamer, head of the border guards for Dohuk province in north Iraq along the border with Turkey.

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Iran Hails Liberation of Libya

Iran's foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has sent a message to the new leaders of Libya hailing "the total liberation of the country," the Mehr news agency reported Tuesday.

Salehi said he hoped the Libyan people would exercise their sovereignty by "installing a regime based on religious democracy while preserving the independence and stability of the country with no influence or interference by foreign forces."

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Fuel Depot Blast in Sirte Kills 100

A fuel tank exploded in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after the deposed despot was captured and killed there, a military commander said on Tuesday.

"There was an enormous explosion and a huge fire. More than 100 people were killed and 50 others wounded" in Monday night's blast, National Transitional Council commander Leith Mohammed told Agence France Presse.

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Four killed in Yemeni Military Plane Crash

A Yemeni military cargo plane crashed Tuesday while landing at a base in the southern province of Lahej killing at least four of 15 people on board, a military pilot said.

"Three Syrian technicians and one Yemeni were killed," the source at al-Anad base told Agence France Presse, adding that eight Syrian engineers and seven Yemenis were on board the Russian-made plane.

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Syria Activist Estimates 30,000 Held in Assad Jails

The Syrian government has detained more than 30,000 people since launching a deadly crackdown on opposition protests in March, a leading Syrian rights activist said Monday.

President Bashar Assad's government has turned all the country's main football stadiums into prisons, Radwan Ziadeh, co-founder of the Damascus Center for Human Rights and scholar at George Washington University in Washington, told a press conference at the U.N. headquarters.

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Amnesty Condemns 'Climate of Fear' in Syria State Hospitals

Amnesty International has condemned what it calls the "climate of fear" in state hospitals of unrest-strewn Syria where both patients and medics were being targeted.

"The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition," it said in a 39-page report released late Monday.

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Jordan King Swears in New Reform-Mandated Govt.

A new Jordanian cabinet led by judge Awn Khasawneh took the oath of office before King Abdullah II on Monday, as analysts warned his government could be a last ditch effort for reform.

The king swore in the new 30-strong cabinet of Khasawneh, an International Court of Justice judge, who pledged to push ahead with political reform "at this critical stage of Jordan's history," the state-run Petra news agency reported.

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Tunisia's Center-Left PDP Party Admits Election Defeat

The leader of Tunisia's center-left Progressive Democratic Party, tipped in second place ahead of the country's first free elections, conceded defeat Monday as votes were being counted.

"The trend is clear. The PDP is badly placed. It is the decision of the Tunisian people. I bow before their choice," PDP leader Maya Jribi told Agence France Presse at party headquarters as the Islamist Ennahda party claimed to be in the lead.

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Libya Aims for Govt. in 2 Weeks, Forms Gadhafi Probe

Interim leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil on Monday set a two-week target for Libya to have a new government and said a commission of inquiry is being formed to probe Moammar Gadhafi’s killing.

"We have begun talks (on forming a government), and this matter will not take a month but will be finished within two weeks," the National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman told a media conference in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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4 Killed in Homs, Assad to Head 'National Dialogue Conference'

Syrian forces shot and killed four civilians Monday in the flashpoint central city of Homs, where troops were raking several neighborhoods with heavy artillery fire, a rights watchdog said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one person was killed in the army's operations while the three others were shot dead by security forces and pro-regime militiamen.

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