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Over 230 killed in Syria since launch of US-led attacks

Beirut : At least 233 people have died in Syria since the airstrikes launched by the US-led international coalition against Islamic State (IS) positions, the manager of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abderrahman, told Spanish news agency Efe Tuesday.

Abderrahman said during a phone conversation that at least 211 jihadis had died since Sep 23 when the coalition started its bombardments in Syria.

The activist added that this figure includes at least 60 members of the Nusra Front, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Libyan Islamist alliance rejects reconciliation talks

Tripoli : Libyan Islamist armed alliance Libya Dawn Tuesday rejected the UN-brokered reconciliation talks with the Libyan parliament, sticking to a "military solution" to the current crisis in Libya.

According to a statement issued by its information office, Libya Dawn said it will not stop its military operations until all "counter-revolutionaries" are hunted down and accused the internationally recognised parliament, now exiled in the eastern town of Tobruk, of masterminding airstrikes against the Libyan people, Xinhua reported.

Israeli settlers seize houses in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem : Dozens of Jewish settlers, escorted by heavy police force, took over at least seven empty buildings in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem Tuesday.

The buildings are located in the Wadi Hilweh neighbourhood of Silwan, only some 300 metres across from the volatile area of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound and the Jewish Western Wall, Xinhua reported.

A few Palestinian youths hurled stones at the force.

One of them attempted to enter one of the seized buildings, but failed.

IS releases third video of British hostage

Beirut : The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical organisation has published a third video of British journalist and hostage John Cantlie in which he criticizes US President President Barack Obama's strategy against the militants.

Cantlie, in the five-and-half-minute-long recording, introduces himself as "the British citizen that was abandoned by his government and a long-term prisoner of the Islamic State".

Afghanistan, NATO sign agreement

Kabul : The Afghanistan government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Tuesday signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) here.

Afghan Presidential Advisor on National Security Mohammad Hanif Atmar and NATO's senior civilian representative to Afghanistan Maurits R. Jochems signed the agreement, Xinhua reported.

Under the agreement, a limited number of NATO forces, probably more than 2,000 service members, would remain in Afghanistan after the 2014 pullout of troops to provide training and advice to Afghan security forces.

Afghanistan, US sign Bilateral Security Agreement

Kabul : Afghanistan and the US Tuesday signed the long-awaited Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) to allow a limited number of troops to remain in Afghanistan after the drawdown later this year of the NATO-led troops in the country.

Afghan Presidential Advisor on National Security Mohammad Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments, Xinhua reported.

Under the agreement, the US would keep around 10,000 military service members in Afghanistan to train and advise the Afghan security forces.

Netanyahu's UN speech provocative: Palestinian officials

Ramallah : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN General Assembly in New York was provocative to Palestinians, officials said.

Netanyahu Monday said that the Hamas movement and the Islamic State (IS) are two branches of a toxic tree, and that he is seeking to reach a historic solution to bring a better future to the Israeli people, Xinhua reported.

Palestine's chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat said that Netanyahu's speech was misleading and undermines efforts to resume a fruitful and constructive peace process.

98,000 denied Makkah entry for Haj

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has barred 98,000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits, media reported Tuesday.

The authorities also did not allow 25,216 vehicles to enter into the holy site because they were not licensed to carry pilgrims, Arab News reported.

Police seized 85 vehicles for violating other Haj-related regulations.

Makkah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah inspected checkpoints and checked the operations at other major entry points to the city.

10 new polio cases in Pakistan

Islamabad : Ten new polio cases have been reported in Pakistan, raising the total number of such cases to 184.

The health department officials have said the cases were registered from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Karachi, Geo TV reported Tuesday.

According to officials, the count of polio cases is increasing every year.

Fifty-eight cases were reported in 2012 and 93 in 2013.

Pakistan stands at the top of the last three polio endemic countries in the world - the other two being Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Israel slams militant Islamists in UN address

United Nations:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday lashed out at militant Islamists in a speech at the UN, saying Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Islamic State (IS) "share a fanatical creed".

"ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree," Xinhua quoted him as saying in an address at the general debate of UN General Assembly, using an alternate acronym for the extremist group. "When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common, all militant Islamists share in common."