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Egypt court gives death penalty to seven jihadis

Cairo : An Egyptian military court has sentenced to death seven members of the Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and two to life in prison on charges of planning and executing attacks on the military, media reported.

The attacks, known as the Arab Sharkas case, led to the death of two military officers.

The condemned were charged with planning terrorist operations, shooting at security forces and attacking military facilities. The ruling has been approved by Egypt's grand mufti, a necessary procedure in Egyptian law.

India calls on Israel, Palestine to resume peace process

United Nations : India has called upon Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace process as “dialogue remains the only viable option” to address the issues confronting the region.

In a brief statement at the UN Security Council Tuesday, India's Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, “We remain hopeful that the current ceasefire will be sustainable and both sides will resume the peace process soon, for a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian issue.”

Palestine seeks UN action to end Israeli occupation

United Nations : A Palestinian envoy to the UN Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to support its initiative to end Israel's occupation within a time frame and protect the Palestinians.

At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, said that "it is high-time to move beyond speaking of the two-State solution in theory and time to act forthwith to actualize it", Xinhua reported.

Tahirul Qadri ends protest in Islamabad

Islamabad : Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri ended his sit-in protest Tuesday, only to restart its new stage in December in the port city of Karachi.

Addressing the participants of his sit-in in Islamabad, he told them to pack their belongings and return to their homes. The sit-in lasted for over two months, Geo News reported.

Qadri announced to stage his next demonstration in Karachi Dec 25.

He said the next revolutionary sit-in would be staged in Karachi, adding, PAT would spread protests in all major cities of the country.

Iran supports Iraq's new government: supreme leader

Tehran : Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday said the Islamic republic fully supports the new Iraqi government.

The current situation in Syria and Iraq is the result of "irresponsible policies" of some trans-regional powers and some regional countries, Khamenei said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Xinhua reported.

Khamenei added the Iraqi people and government are well capable of dealing with the security problems in the country and have no need to re-establish security with the help of foreign countries.

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.