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News in Brief: 4 July 2007

A brief list of news for the day:

Fierce gun battles in Islamabad. “Paramilitary Rangers and riot police fought a daylong running gunbattle with hundreds of heavily armed and well-entrenched militants around their stronghold of Lal Masjid as a six-month-long standoff between mosque’s radicals and the authorities exploded into a major clash on Tuesday, leaving at least 10 people dead and more than 150 injured.” >> News at: http://www.dawn.com/2007/07/04/top1.htm

Hundreds surrender at Pakistan mosque. “Nearly 700 radical Muslim students surrendered at a besieged mosque in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, but thousands of militants remained inside.” >> News at: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSISL18833720070704

Pakistan court raps government. “Pakistan’s highest court has heavily criticised government lawyers for filing “scandalous” material about the country’s suspended chief justice, in a blow to Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president.” >> News at: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3C81E087-DF81-450C-841A-00E95DDDF228.htm

BBC reporter Alan Johnston set free after 114 days. “Yesterday, Hamas gunmen took positions around the stronghold of the Army of Islam, stepping up the pressure to secure his release. Hamas had said it knew where to find him but had not raided the hideout for fear he would be harmed. But yesterday, members of Hamas’ 6,000-strong militia moved on to rooftops of high-rise buildings and deployed gunmen in streets in the Gaza City neighbourhood inhabited by the Doghmush clan. The large, heavily armed family leads the Army of Islam.” >> News at: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2734569.ece

Palestinians get first full wages in 17 months. “President Mahmoud Abbas’s emergency government paid Palestinian Authority workers, excluding some 19,000 who report to Hamas, their first full wages in 17 months on Wednesday. It was able to make the payments because Israel, and the United States and other Western powers ended an economic embargo of the Palestinian Authority after Hamas seized Gaza last month and Mr. Abbas fired the government led by the Islamist group.” >> News at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070704.wpalwages0714/BNStory/International/home

Iraq cabinet approves draft oil law. >> News at: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/70692344-5C9B-404F-B2E3-95158286DEDC.htm

Russia issues warning on missiles. “Russia will take steps to ensure its security if Washington rebuffs its offer of cooperation on missile defence, local media quoted First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov as saying on Wednesday.” >> News at: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/04wire-russia.html?hp

Missile defence plan riles Czechs. >> News at: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/17541.html

Brown’s constitutional reforms aim to restore British trust in politics. >> News at: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article2733249.ece

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