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Rebels to make case for aid to Clinton and others
Clinton attending Paris conference to consider request for aid from Libyan rebels
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is joining top officials from dozens of countries to hear Libya's rebels spell out what they need in financial aid and other assistance to stabilize the Arab country.

Clinton left Washington on Wednesday night to attend the conference scheduled for Thursday in Paris.

U.S. officials say Clinton hopes to announce that $1.5 billion in Gadhafi regime assets frozen in the United States have been distributed on behalf of the rebels.

Some U.S. lawmakers have asked Clinton to link the release of the assets to the case of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. A State Department official says the administration will continue to press Libyan rebels to review the case but will not hold up the transfer of funds because of it.

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