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Indian in US gets 15 years in jail for backing Hezbollah

New York: An Indian citizen residing illegally in the US has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly trying to provide material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organisation.

Patrick Nayyar, 50, who was convicted in March 2012 after a seven-day jury trial, was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court by US District Judge Robert W. Sweet.

Announcing the sentencing, Preet Bharara, the Indian-American US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, praised the investigative work of the FBI's New York Joint Terrorism Task Force.

N-deal possible in a month: Iranian president

Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that a final nuclear deal between Tehran and the six world powers may be possible within a month.

In a meeting with Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Odyssey Norheim Monday, Rouhani said that Iran has taken positive steps in the previous rounds of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group -- the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany -- last year, Press TV reported.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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