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The breakaway threats are the latest evidence of turmoil after the fall of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s autocratic regime last year.

One sign is the resurfacing of old grievances and tribal conflicts Gadhafi suppressed.

Tribal leaders in eastern Libya announced earlier that they were considering forming an autonomous state, called Barqa, over almost half of the country.

The state would have its own parliament, police force, courts and capital in Benghazi, the country’s second largest city.

SYRIA

Arab leaders want Syria to halt crackdown

BAGHDAD Arab countries, divided over how to stop Syria’s bloodshed, plan to call for the Syrian regime to halt its crackdown on civilians, let in humanitarian groups and free detainees, according to recommendations Wednesday by foreign ministers preparing for a summit this week.

Even before Arab heads of state began their Thursday summit in the Iraqi capital, Syria sharply rejected any measures they take.

A Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdessi, said Damascus would “not deal with any initiative” that might come out of the 22-member Arab League.

The rejection reflects Damascus’ refusal to work with the league after the body suspended Syria’s membership as punishment for the bloody crackdown on protesters demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad.

The U.N. says that over the past year more than 9,000 people have been killed in the violence.

IRAN

Turkey’s premier in Iran for talks on nuke program

TEHRAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials were to discuss Tehran’s disputed nuclear program and the crisis in Syria with the visiting Turkish prime minister Wednesday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran from South Korea, where he attended a nuclear security summit and also held talks with President Obama.

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