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At least 20 Syrian tanks were delivered to Beirut's southern suburbs yesterday and apparently handed over to fighters of the Shiite Muslim militia Amal. A Lebanese Defense Ministry spokesman said the ministry was aware of the arrival of the tanks but he was not authorized to give details.Skip to next paragraph
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Syria has sponsored a security plan for Beirut worked out with Muslim leaders in an effort to end fighting between Muslim militias which has rocked the city.
2 Soviet transports destroyed at Kabul, Afghan rebels say
Afghan guerrillas blasted a major Soviet air base with rockets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, and claimed to have destroyed two transport planes in what Western sources said Tuesday was one of the biggest raids in years. Western diplomatic sources confirmed guerrilla reports that their forces launched a big raid Saturday on the Soviet air base and military complex at Kabul airport.
Ambassador-designate to US is recalled by South Africa
South Africa has recalled its ambassador-designate to the United States ``for consultation,'' a foreign-affairs spokesman said yesterday. He declined to give reasons for the recall. Meanwhile Black leader Desmond Tutu said he would refuse to renounce the use of civil disobedience in the fight against apartheid and rejected it as a condition to meet with President Pieter W. Botha.
On Monday, Mr. Botha threatened to send home hundreds of thousands of foreign blacks working in South Africa if the UN Security Council continued to consider economic sanctions against South Africa, the government radio said.
House delays Pentagon bill in snit over concessions
The House Democratic leadership Tuesday delayed until September any floor vote on a bill authorizing Pentagon spending for the next fiscal year. House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. (D) of Massachusetts said House Democrats were upset about concessions to the Senate during a House-Senate conference committee. The chief complaint by House Democrats is that the bill authorizes a Pentagon budget of $302.5 billion, or more than $10 billion above the figure approved last month in the House version of the defense bill.
Rival groups fight in Sikhs' holy city
Rival Sikh groups fought in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar Tuesday. The Press Trust of India said the fighting pitted opponents and supporters of Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowal, who signed an agreement with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi last week to end violence in the Punjab. The battle erupted when Mr. Longowal, head of the main Sikh political party, the Akali Dal, arrived for a meeting of his supporters to discuss the peace plan.
Saudis lift restrictions on Iranian visitors to Mecca
Saudi Arabia Monday reversed its decision to limit the number of Iranian pilgrims visiting the Islamic holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. In response, Iran had threatened to cut off all pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia for Sunday's ``action against Islam,'' according to Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Cyprus.
The limit would have meant only 100,000 Iranians could make the pilgrimage known as the Haj, which culminates in ceremonies in August. In 1984, 155,000 Iranians made the trip.
Attempt to cut US standards on fuel economy is waylaid