British police seize over $400,000 suspected funds for IS

London: British police have confiscated 250,000 pounds (about 401,713 dollars) of suspected funds for the Islamic State (IS), the anti-terror authorities said Monday.

Most of the money was seized from travellers departing from Manchester Airport to Turkey, who were suspected of supplying cash for militia fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Nepal parties agree to elect new president after constitution promulgation

Kathmandu : Nepal's major parties have agreed to elect a new president and vice-president soon after the promulgation of the new constitution, party leaders said Monday.

A meeting of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC), a committee responsible for thrashing out the contentious issues of the new constitution, decided to elect a president and vice-president once the new constitution was promulgated, Xinhua reported.

The parties would abide by this agreement under the transitional provision of the new constitution.


12 sentenced to death in China's Xinjiang

Beijing : A court in China's Xinjiang autonomous region Monday sentenced 12 people to death for organising terrorist attacks that killed 37 civilians in Shache County July 28.

Those sentenced to death included Osman Ablet, Yuwup Ablet and Jume Qadir. According to the court, Osman Ablet joined the terrorist group led by Nur Memet, who police shot dead during the attack, and slashed at passing drivers with a knife, killing three. Yuwup Ablet also joined the group and killed five people while Jume Qadir smashed cars and killed two people.


Ukraine's Donetsk Republic offers support to MH17 investigation

Moscow : Eastern Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic's prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko Monday said that he and his people are ready to offer support to international teams investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

MH17, enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, was shot down near eastern Ukraine July 17 killing all 298 passengers and crew on-board.


Nepal may miss key deadline in constitution-drafting process

Kathmandu : Nepal's political parties are likely to miss the mid-October deadline for preparing the first draft of a new constitution as stipulated by the country's Constituent Assembly, party leaders said Saturday.

Failure to meet this deadline will cast doubt on whether the country will be able to promulgate the new constitution by Jan 22, 2015, as planned, according to Xinhua.


New Belgian government sworn in

Brussels : New Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and members of his government were sworn in by King Philippe at a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Brussels Saturday.

"I pledge allegiance to the king, obedience to the constitution and the laws of the Belgian people" is the oath that the ministers take before the King, and is repeated in front of the press.

Earlier in the day, King Philippe accepted the resignation of outgoing prime minister Elio Di Rupo and appointed Charles Michel as his successor, Xinhua reported.


Malala 'really happy' to share Nobel prize with an Indian

London: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai Friday said she is "really happy" on sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with a person from India and both have decided to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for the award ceremony in Oslo.

The Pakistani teenager, shot in the head by Taliban militants in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education, has been jointly awarded the prize with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Andolan's (save childhood movement) fame.

'The true winners today are the world's children' : UN chief

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday hailed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai saying, "The true winners today are the world’s children".

Ban said that because of Satyarthi's "heroic work, the world has moved from denial about abusive child labour to acknowledgement, awareness and action. He has successfully brought together the key elements for success in the fight against the worst forms of child labour" moral outrage, personal commitment, and societal engagement.

Three jailed in Finland over terror activities

Helsinki: Three people were imprisoned in Finland Friday for participating in terror activities in foreign countries.

The National Bureau of Investigation of Finland (NBI) arrested the three suspects earlier Tuesday and the Helsinki District Court decided Friday to jail them.

According to NBI, the three men were captured in the Finnish capital region and its surrounding area. The detained suspects have been all identified as Finnish citizens, and at least two of them are native Finns who converted to Islam, said Finnish media.

Ex-Dutch soldier tried to recruit jihadis: Report

Brussels: A former member of the Dutch armed forces has been attempting to recruit soldiers at the Volkel military airbase in the southwestern Netherlands and persuade them to join the radical Islamist cause, media reported Friday.

Officers at the base reported the incident to the security services earlier this week and the incident is now under investigation, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Such bids to recruit jihadis inside a military base were "extremely ominous", sources told the newspaper.