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IAEA confirms Iran's commitment to n-deal

Tehran : The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a new report confirming Iran’s commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with the six world powers last year.

The monthly update report by the IAEA indicated that the Iran is continuing to meet its commitments under the interim accord that came into effect in January, Press TV reported.

The report added that Tehran has taken an additional step under the deal and diluted over 4,100 kg of uranium enriched to a fissile concentration of up to two percent down to the level of natural uranium.

Bangladesh bus accident toll rises to 34

Dhaka : The toll in an accident involving two passenger buses in Bangladesh has escalated to 34, media reported Tuesday.

Police said a Rajshahi-bound bus of Keya Paribahan Monday collided head-on with a Gurudaspur Upazila-bound bus of Othoi Paribahan in the Rejir Morh area of Natore district, reported.

The government has opened an investigation into the mishap.

Witnesses and survivors blamed the Keya Paribahan bus for the accident saying it rammed into the other bus while overtaking a truck.

Lebanon to stop accepting Syrian refugees

Beirut : Lebanese government has announced no to accept Syrian refugees anymore, state media reported.

Following the meeting of the ministerial committee in charge of the Syrian refugees' issue, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas Monday said the borders, however, would remain open to people travelling for other purposes.

"Any Syrian national is welcome, but not as a refugee. The borders will remain open but refugees flow will be halted."

Iranian cleric tones down warning to women following acid attacks

By Artemis Razmipour,

Tehran : A prominent cleric in Isfahan, Mohamad Tagui Rahbar, said Monday that when he recently issued a warning to improperly veiled women he meant to do it with words, not with acid, following several attacks that have disfigured women in the central Iranian city.

"I did not say the warning had to go beyond language," Etemad newspaper Monday quoted Rahbar as saying.

Rahbar condemned the attacks staged by unknown attackers in recent days who threw acid on the faces of women driving cars.

Israeli settlers occupy homes in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem : A large number of Israeli settlers took over two buildings in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem overnight Monday, Israel Radio reported.

The buildings, which contain nine apartments, were allegedly seized by members of Ateret Cohanim, a far-right Jewish organisation dedicated to moving as many Jews as possible to the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, particularly in the Old City, Xinhua reported.

Toll in Libya clashes rises to 75

Tripoli : Nine more people were killed in violent clashes in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between the renegade general Khalifa Hafter's forces and Islamic militants, taking the total toll to 75, medical sources said Monday.

A security source said the crossfiring was concentrated in Benghazi's Laithi, Boatni and Al-Masakin regions, Xinhua reported.

On Sunday evening, the Islamist militants mounted a bomb attack on Haftar's house, killing a passerby. The pro-secular general was not at the scene.

Iraq's top Shia cleric supports Abadi's government

Baghdad : Iraq's most revered Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Monday met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and expressed his support to Abadi's new government and its fighting against the extremist Islamic State (IS) militant group.

"Sistani welcomed and blessed the formation of the new government and stressed on the necessity for me to be open to other Iraqi factions to preserve the country's national unity," Abadi told reporters after the meeting with Sistani in the holy Shia city of Najaf, some 160 km south of Baghdad.

10 killed in Baghdad mosque bombing

Baghdad : Ten worshippers were killed and some 31 others wounded Monday in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

The attack occurred during the noon prayers when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside al-Khairat Shia mosque at a commercial district in downtown Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"The latest reports said that 10 people were killed and 31 wounded in the suicide bombing in the Shia mosque," the source said.

21 Shia Houthi rebels killed in Yemen

Sanaa : At least 21 Shia Houthi rebels were killed Monday when suspected Al Qaeda militants attacked positions of the group in Yemen.

"The Al Qaeda militants carried out deadly armed attacks against checkpoints manned by Houthi armed men and bombed two Houthi houses in Radda town," an official told Xinhua.

Radda town, in the central province of al-Bayda province, where Al Qaeda terrorists are active, is some 270 km southeast of Yemen's capital Sanaa.

The attack followed sporadic fighting that had started Sunday night, the official said.

Bangladesh mulls online voting

Dhaka : The Election Commission (EC) here is considering allowing poll-time officials to vote online, even though general elections in Bangladesh see voters exercise their right to franchise only through the ballot.

The law will, however, have to be amended before the system can be introduced, bdnews 24 reported Monday.