British doctor 'killed without legal justification' in Syria: Jury

London: A doctor from south London was "killed without any legal justification" in a jail cell in Syria, an inquest jury has said.

The jury at the Royal Courts of Justice said Monday, Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old doctor from Streatham, a district in south London, was deliberately and intentionally killed without any legal justification, Xinhua reported.

Khan, a father of two children, was arrested in Syria 48 hours after he arrived in the country to work in a field hospital in a rebel-controlled area in November 2012, media reported.

US concerned over Israeli decision on new homes

Washington: The US is "deeply concerned" by reports that Israel would build more settler homes in east Jerusalem, the state department has said.

"Israel's leaders have said they would support a pathway to a two-state solution, but moving forward with this type of action would be incompatible with the pursuit of peace," state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a regular briefing Monday.

Pope says Big Bang theory does not contradict Christianity

Vatican City: Pope Francis Monday said the "Big Bang" theory as a model for the origin of the Universe "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it" and that "the origin of the world is not a product of chaos, but is derived directly from the supreme power that created love."

The Pope made the remarks during a speech Monday at the inauguration of a bronze bust depicting his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Burdwan blast: youth arrested from Nepal

Siliguri: A 29-year-old youth was arrested Monday from Nepal in a joint operation by NIA, West Bengal and Nepal police in connection with the Oct 2 Burdwan blast, intelligence sources said.

Yusuf Saikh, a resident of Beldanga in West Bengal's Murshidabad district, was picked up from Kakarbhitta in Nepal Monday evening, the sources revealed.

This is the first arrest abroad with regard to the blast in which militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is purportedly involved.

Veteran journalists hail innovations in world media awards

Beijing : Winners of the World Media Summit (WMS) Global Awards for Excellence 2014 were announced Monday, including reports on Myanmar and killing sprees in America.

Judges and senior journalists have expressed their appreciation of the event's innovative elements, Xinhua reported.

Ted Anthony, director of Asia-Pacific News of the Associated Press, said he was struck by the quality of the work submitted.


EU leaders welcome Ukraine parliamentary polls

Brussels : The European Union Monday welcomed Ukraine's parliamentary elections, and said they expected the early formation of a new government.

"A reinvigorated reform process, including the launching of a country-wide national dialogue, will be crucial in view of Ukraine's political association and economic integration with the EU and to consolidate Ukraine's unity and internal cohesion," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a joint statement, according to Xinhua.


Obama congratulates Ukrainians for 'successful' elections

Washington : US President Barack Obama congratulated the people of Ukraine on holding "successful" parliamentary elections, the White House said Monday.

"Despite a challenging security environment in certain regions, millions of Ukrainians turned out across the country to cast their ballots in an orderly and peaceful manner," Obama said in a statement.


Belgian terror trial resumes

Brussels : Belgium's biggest terrorism trial Monday resumed with the prosecution pushing for maximum sentences for the 47 men accused of plotting to overthrow Western democracies through terrorist acts.

The trial, which started in September, is taking place in Antwerp, Xinhua reported.

It centres on members of an Islamic group, Sharia4Belgium, who are accused of plotting against Western societies, and also of supporting acts of violence in Syria.


Russia to recognise Ukrainian parliamentary poll results

Moscow : Russia is prepared to recognise the outcome of the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday on the LifeNews television channel.

“The way I see it, the elections did take place, although not in the whole territory of Ukraine,” he said.

“I believe that we shall recognise the results of these elections, because it is very important for us to see Ukraine at last has authorities not involved in internal rifts or tug-of-war, pulling Ukraine to the West or to the East, but busy with the real problems that are facing the country.”


Algeria committed to supporting Tunisia after legislative elections

Algiers : Algeria Monday said it is committed to providing its full support to Tunisia, media quoted foreign ministry spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif as saying.

The remarks came amid legislative elections being held in Tunisia, which are taking place in "good conditions" and within "serenity and calm," Xinhua reported citing the official APS news agency.