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Haj piligrimage to continue despite MERS increase

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia is ready for the annual Islamic haj pilgrimage despite an increase in cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection, the health ministry said Monday.

"We are working hard to control the spreading of the virus and are ready for Haj season," Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia said.

"We have long and competent experience in mass gathering medicine as an international reference in this field," Xinhua reported al-Rabia as saying.

Egypt's presidential registration ends with two candidates

Cairo: Egypt's electoral commission has ended registrations for next month's presidential election, leaving the race between former military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, a media report said Monday.

The first round of the election is slated for May 26 and 27, with Sisi widely expected to win easily after the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July, Xinhua reported.

According to the Presidential Electoral Commission, Sisi has collected 188,930 signatures and Sabahi 31,555.

Pakistan, China hold joint military exercise

Islamabad: A two-week Pakistan-China joint military exercise started Sunday near the garrison city of Rawalpindi, the military said.

Flags of both countries were hoisted and national anthems played to mark the opening of the joint military exercise in a ceremony, Xinhua quoted Pakistani army's media wing as saying.

"The joint exercise is aimed at sharing mutual experience and information in medical field through a comprehensive training program in near real time environment," it said.

Saudi Arabia to launch hotline for domestic workers

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will soon launch a hotline to receive complaints from domestic workers in eight languages, a local daily reported here Sunday.

The call center, which will be under the labour ministry, will also answer inquiries and inform domestic workers of their rights and duties, Xinhua quoted Al Eqtisadia newspaper as stating.

Saudi Arabia to launch hotline for domestic workers

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia will soon launch a hotline to receive complaints from domestic workers in eight languages, a local daily reported here Sunday.

The call center, which will be under the labour ministry, will also answer inquiries and inform domestic workers of their rights and duties, Xinhua quoted Al Eqtisadia newspaper as stating.

15 Afghan Taliban killed since Saturday

Kabul : A total of 24 militants have been killed in different parts of the country during security operations launched by Afghan police with the help of army since Saturday, the government said Sunday.

"Units of police in conjunction with the national army have carried out series of cleanup operations in Logar, Kandahar, Kunduz, Farah and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours during which 15 Taliban rebels have been killed, one injured and 10 others arrested," Xinhua quoted interior ministry in a statement.

There was no immediate reaction from the Taliban.

12 killed in attacks across Iraq

Baghdad: Twelve people were killed and 39 others wounded in separate attacks across Iraq Sunday, police said.

Five people were killed and 15 injured when two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests tried to break into the Shiite college of Imam Kadhim in Ur district of Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a police source as saying.

One of the attackers blew himself up at the entrance of the college while the other one was shot dead by the guards, the source added. Three policemen were among those killed.

US drone strike kill 30 Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen

Sanaa: At least 30 Al Qaeda fighters were killed and many others injured Sunday when a US drone carried out an attack against a terrorist training centre in Yemen, an official said.

The US drone Sunday struck a training camp and convoy, composed of four vehicles carrying armed terrorists, in Abyan province, killing up to 30 militants and injuring dozens of others, Xinhua reported citing a military official on condition of anonymity.

The attacks took place in the mountainous region of Mahfad in the province.

Abdullah leading in Afghan presidential poll

Kabul: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah led in the Afghanistan presidential election with 49.75 percent of votes cast in the April 5 poll counted so far, chairman of the election commission Mohammad Yusuf Nuristani said Sunday.

Nuristani said Abdullah was leading with 44.4 percent of the votes, followed by Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai with 33.2 percent. Zalmai Rassoul is in third place with 10.4 percent, Xinhua reported.

The initial results were based on 49.75 percent of the vote from all 34 provinces in the country.

Sexual attempt on Indian boy in Dubai mosque

Dubai: A court in the UAE Sunday adjourned till April 27 the hearing in a case relating to the attempted sexual assault on an 11-year-old Indian boy in a mosque in Dubai.

A Pakistani technician, 57, identified only as DK, has been accused of raping the boy in a mosque's washroom Jan 9 this year, Gulf News reported.

The suspect took the boy to the washroom and then removed his trousers, the court heard.

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