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No weapon supply from Poland to Ukraine: Minister

Warsaw : Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has said that the country is currently not selling any arms to Ukraine.

Siemoniak Monday also said that weapons deliveries might be on the agenda when Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey visits Poland this month, Xinhua reported.

On Sunday, Heletey said that a NATO country had agreed to sell weapons to Ukraine and that the delivery was already on its way.

"Ukraine's defence minister spoke clearly of one country that has started supplying weapons to Ukraine. That country is not Poland," Siemoniak said.

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Ukraine president offers temporary autonomy to rebel-held areas

Kiev : Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has proposed granting temporary autonomy to some rebel-held areas in the eastern part of the country.

The autonomy would last for three years, according to the draft legislation Poroshenko submitted to Ukraine's parliament Monday.

Though the document does not specify the potential autonomous areas, Poroshenko was understood to be referring to districts in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, the principal strongholds of ethnic-Russian separatist militias.

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69th UN General Assembly session to start Tuesday

United Nations : The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly will convene Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York.

On Monday, the 68th session concluded with focus on forming the base for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Xinhua reported.

The Post-2015 Development Agenda is a process led by the UN aiming to help define the future global development framework that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight global development targets which will come to an end in 2015.

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China calls for comprehensive settlement of Iranian nuclear issue

United Nations:A Chinese envoy called here Monday on all relevant parties to adopt a flexible and pragmatic approach to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue in the next phase of negotiations.

Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at a Security Council meeting on the latest work of 1737 Committee, which is tasked with monitoring a set of sanctions against Iran established by Resolution 1737 and subsequent Council resolutions, Xinhua reported.

EU inks deal to support civil society in Ukraine

Brussels : The European Union (EU) and Ukraine have inked a new agreement worth 10 million euros ($12.94 millon) to support civil society in Ukraine, according to a statement issued Monday.

The deal, signed Saturday by EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev, is "designed to enhance the role of civil society in promoting and monitoring democratic reforms and inclusive social and economic development in Ukraine", Xinhua reported.

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70 scientists focussing on Bigfoot research

San Francisco : Seventy scientists from around the world, defying widespread scepticism, have been involved for the past four decades in the search for "Bigfoot", the large and hairy beast allegedly seen in remote areas of the US, Rhettman Mullis, founder and chair of the Western Bigfoot Society, said.

"We are different from other Bigfoot researchers in the sense that we start with the certainty that Bigfoot exists, so we focus our studies on its behaviour and classification within the animal kingdom," Rhettman told Efe news agency.

Sri Lanka committed to implement 13th constitution amendment: MEA

New Delhi : Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to implementing the 13th amendment in its constitution, an official said Monday.

"Our stand is that whatever decision has been taken by Sri Lanka for its people should be implemented. We have been assured by Sri Lanka that they are committed to implement the 13th amendment," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

IAEA needs more funds to monitor Iran's n-activities

Vienna : The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Monday said there was still a funding gap of about 700,000 euros ($904,980) for monitoring Iran's implementation of the deal between world powers and Tehran due to the extension of the accord.

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Over 49,000 vote in Fiji pre-poll

Suva : More than 49,505 electors have cast their votes in Fiji, home to a large Indian-origin population, during a two-week-long pre-poll which commenced Sep 3 ahead of the first general elections in the country in eight years, media reported.

About 66,000 voters living on outlying islands and in remote inland areas are among those who were eligible to vote early in pre-polling ahead of the Sep 17 vote. The country has over 504,588 eligible voters, according to the Fijian Elections Office.

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Swedish opposition 'Red-Green' alliance wins parliamentary polls

Stockholm : Sweden's opposition "Red-Green" centre-left alliance, led by the Social Democratic Party, has defeated the centre-right government in the parliamentary elections, preliminary results showed.

Preliminary results showed Sunday night that the opposition Social Democratic Party gained more than 31 percent of the support, the highest among the competing parties, Xinhua reported.

And, together with the Green Party and the Left Party, the alliance garnered 43.5 percent of the votes, while the centre-right government claimed 39.5 percent.

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