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South Sudan granted IOC membership

Kuala Lumpur: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the full recognition of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of South Sudan at the 128th IOC session here.

IOC president Thomas Bach welcomed the South Sudan NOC, represented by its president Wilson Deng Kuoirot and its secretary general Tong Chor Malek Deran, into the Olympic fold and presented them with a certificate of recognition and an Olympic flag on Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Israel bans Gaza, West Bank footballers from playing in Palestinian Cup

Ramallah (Palestine): The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) postponed the Palestinian Football Cup final after Israel banned West Bank footballers from playing in Gaza.

The PFA said in a statement on Sunday that the match was scheduled to be played between West Bank city Hebron Sports and the Gaza-based al-Shuja'eya in Gaza, reports Xinhua.

"The association decided to annul the match after the Israeli authorities banned the football players in Hebron to cross from the West Bank to Gaza through Israel," said the statement.

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu: Pakistan troops overnight violated the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control (LoC) and international border in four sectors of the Jammu region.

"Pakistan army opened unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Mandi sectors of Poonch district at 9.30 p.m. yesterday (Sunday)," a defence spokesman told IANS here on Monday.

"They also started firing at our positions in Balakote sector of Rajouri district around the same time. Our troops responded to Pakistan firing."

NRI voting rights: Expatriates’ organisations to exert pressure on authorities

By Shafeeq Hudavi, TwoCircles.net,

Kozhikode: Upholding the demand to materialise the voting rights of NRIs in the upcoming elections in the local self governing bodies the expatriates’ organisations are all set take various measures.

NASA captures Earth flyby of 'space peanut'

Washington : NASA scientists have captured a peanut-shaped asteroid that approached close to Earth last weekend. The next time an asteroid will approach Earth this close will be in 2054.

The asteroid named 1999 JD6 appears to be a contact binary -- an asteroid with two lobes that are stuck together.

On July 24, the asteroid made its closest approach to Earth at a distance of about 7.2 million kms, or about 19 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

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300 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists jailed in Egypt

Cairo : An Egyptian court sentenced 300 loyalists of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for three to 10 years in prison over violence charges.

A criminal court on Saturday sentenced 31 people to 10 years and 269 to three years after being convicted of committing acts of violence, possessing weapons and belonging to the brotherhood group, Xinhua reported.

Three family members of bin Laden killed in UK plane crash

London : Three family members of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were killed when a private jet crashed in Britain's Hampshire county, a media report said on Saturday.

The victims included Laden's stepmother Rajaa Hashim and sister Sana, reported The Telegraph citing sources. Laden's brother-in-law Zuhair Hashim is also believed to be among the dead. The pilot, who was reported to be Jordanian, was also killed.

Taliban releases audio of new leader

Kabul : The Afghan Taliban on Saturday released an audio tape of Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who was elected the new leader of the insurgent group earlier this week.

The half an hour audio was sent to local media by Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, who said the statement was delivered by Mansoor during an allegiance meeting held on Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency.

In his first statement, the new Taliban leader called for unity among Taliban members while urging his fighters to continue Jihad or holy war to re-establish Taliban's Islamic Emirate.

India, Bangladesh enclave residents get freedom after 68 years

Dhaka : On Saturday, when the clock struck 12.00 a.m., around 52,000 inhabitants of 162 enclaves in Bangladesh and India got the taste of freedom for the first time in 68 years, officially becoming citizens of either of the two countries.

It was also the moment when the tiny pockets of land -- or enclaves -- in each other's territories got merged with their respective countries, bringing an end to one of the most complicated and confusing border disputes in the world, the DailyStar reported.

Protein implicated in Alzheimer's may have a brighter side

Melbourne : Researchers have discovered that a protein involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease also has properties that could benefit human health.

A shorter form of a protein called beta amyloid is present both in diseased and healthy brains, said the study that could help researchers better understand how Alzheimer's develops.

"We know that the shorter form of beta amyloid is present in the diseased brain, but we now know that it is abundant in healthy brains as well,” said lead researcher Simon Drew from University of Melbourne in Australia.

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