Toll from militant clashes in Pakistan up to 70

Fighting between local and Uzbek militants escalated in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, as the death toll from three days of clashes rose to at least 70, security officials said. Militants were exchanging mortar, rocket and assault rifle fire in four areas of South Waziristan, where the clashes broke out Monday, a senior intelligence official said. A senior military official confirmed reports of about 70 dead.