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Israeli NGO blames occupation for Palestinians' poor living standards

Jerusalem: Israel's military, civil and administrative occupation of the West Bank has led to a dramatic decline in Palestinians' living conditions, according to a Israeli human rights group B'Tselem's report.

On Wednesday, the organisation's website featured "The Invisible Walls of Occupation" analysing the effects of the occupation on Burqah, a village in Nablus township whose inhabitants are subjected to severe travel restrictions, massive land-grabs and stifling planning.

UN political chief criticises Israel for settlement plans

United Nations: UN political chief Wednesday said Israel's new settlement plans in East Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state, urging meaningful negotiations toward the goal of a two-state solution.

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Jerusalem, Jeffrey Feltman, UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, acknowledged that recent heightened tensions over unilateral actions, provocations and access restrictions at holy sites in Jerusalem are contributing to a volatile situation, Xinhua reported.

US trys to ease spat with Israel

Washington: The US Wednesday tried to calm down a war of words with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dismissing comments by an anonymous US official as "counterproductive."

The senior US official's description of Netanyahu as "a chickenshit" drew a sharp response from the Israeli leader Wednesday, who countered that Israel's "supreme interests" -- with the security and unity of Jerusalem being the main one "are not the main concern of those anonymous officials who attack us and me personally", xinhua reported.

Israel launches aerial surveillance in Jerusalem to fight riots

Jerusalem: The Jerusalem mayor's office announced Wednesday the launch of an aerial surveillance unit that would help security forces curb a wave of riots in Arab neighbourhoods in the eastern part of the city.

Initially to be made up of five observation balloons operated by ex-military personnel and deployed in close proximity to the city's Palestinian neighbourhoods and villages, the unit will provide police and other security agencies with "real-time intelligence on disturbances, mass gatherings, and hurling of rocks, petrol bombs and fireworks," according to a statement.

10 killed in fresh Libyan clashes

Benghazi: At least 10 people were killed Wednesday in violent street clashes between the Libyan army and armed Islamic groups in different parts of the eastern city of Benghazi, military and medical sources said.

"Benghazi Medical Center on Wednesday received ten dead bodies of street war battles and clashes in the city of Benghazi," Xinhua quoted a source as saying.

Since Wednesday morning, the army units, backed by Haftar's armed supporters, have been engaged in fierce street battles with Islamic militants in different areas of Benghazi.

Pakistan lodges protest with India over civilian death

Islamabad : Pakistan Wednesday lodged a protest with India through diplomatic channels over alleged cross border firing that killed a 70-year-old man.

The civilian was killed in Rawalkot sector "due to indiscriminate firing by the Indian forces", Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

"Condemning the incident, Pakistan called upon India to restrain its security forces from firing on civilians, and stop the ceasefire violations across the LoC and the Working (International) Boundary," the statement said.

India, Oman sign agreement on legal cooperation against crime

New Delhi : India and Oman Wednesday signed an agreement on legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and anti-terrorism.

The agreement was signed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and visiting Omani Commerce and Industry Minister Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.

"The agreement provides for substantial engagement in the areas of pursuing and eliminating transnational crimes and terrorism in its different forms," a home ministry statement said.

It said the memorandum of agreement contains provisions for transfer of documents, records and assistance in investigation.

Saudi Arabia does not allow dual nationality

Riyadh : The Kingdom does not allow dual nationality, said Mohammad Jasser Al-Jasser, spokesman for Civil Status. However, the citizenship of a Saudi female will not be revoked if her husband alone obtains a foreign nationality.

Indian Haj pilgrims stranded for 80 hours as plane held up in Fujairah

Jeddah Indian Haj Mission’s flawless and excellent services for the pilgrims got tainted with the 11th hour mess caused by the country’s national carrier Air India that resulted in pilgrims being stranded for nearly 80 hours in Jeddah.

Pakistan apex court trashes pleas against 2013 polls

Islamabad : The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday dismissed all three petitions that challenged the 2013 general elections. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk heard the peitions.

The petitions sought the 2013 elections to be declared null and void, alleging rigging and claiming the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) used faulty magnetic ink. The petitions called upon the apex court to order fresh elections.