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31 killed in Iraq violence

Baghdad : At least 31 people were killed and 20 others wounded in the latest violent attacks and conflicts in Iraq, police source said Monday.

Police patrols Monday found 14 unidentified bodies - 11 men and three women - in different parts of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua, noting that most of the bodies had signs of torture and gunshot wounds.

It was not immediately clear when and why they were killed and no group has so far claimed responsibility for the killings.

Bangladeshi plane catches fire at Nepal airport, passengers safe

Kathmandu : A Bangladeshi aircraft caught fire while landing at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Monday afternoon, officials said.

Airport police said the wheels of Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG702 caught fire when it touched down at the airport at around 2 p.m., Xinhua reported.

Fire fighters at TIA soon brought the minor fire under control and the passengers were evacuated.

"The aircraft has now been parked at the airport's hangar and its scheduled return to Dhaka at 3.10 p.m. has been cancelled," a high level source at the TIA told Xinhua.

Tripura to get rice from Andhra Pradesh via Bangladesh Thursday

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala : Rice from southern India to Tripura via Bangladesh is likely to reach here Thursday, bringing to fruition a three-year-long diplomatic and strategical endeavour between New Delhi and Dhaka.

"The first consignment of 5,000 tonnes of rice in small ships from Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh reached Saturday at Ashuganj river port in (eastern) Bangladesh via Kolkata port," Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bhanulal Saha told IANS here.

Iran urges Muslim countries to help end Gaza blockade

Tehran : Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on Muslim countries to step up diplomatic efforts to help end Israel's blockade of Gaza, media reported Monday.

Islamic countries and Muslim member states of the Non-Aligned Movement should take "joint action" at the international level to pressure Israel to stop its siege and attacks on Gaza, Zarif said Sunday.

Zarif had telephonic conversations with his counterparts from Algeria, Jordan, Pakistan, Sudan and Morocco Sunday, Press TV reported.

UN calls for Gaza humanitarian truce, toll reaches 1030

United Nations : The UN Security Council Monday issued an urgent appeal to Israel and Hamas for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza, where 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers have been killed since July 8.

The appeal was made in a presidential statement adopted by the UN Security council at an emergency meeting, which began at 12.04 a.m., Xinhua reported.

"The Security Council urged all parties to accept and implement the humanitarian ceasefire into the upcoming Eid festivities and beyond," the statement said.

Afghans offer Eid prayers in peaceful environment

Kabul : Afghan civilians Monday offered Eid prayers to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan amidst tight security but in a peaceful environment across the country.

President Hamid Karzai offered Eid prayer in the mosque of the Presidential Palace or the Arg in Kabul, which was also attended by civil and military officials, Xinhua reported.

"I am calling upon the Taliban leaders to give up fighting against Afghans and not to facilitate the incursion of foreign terrorists to Afghanistan," President Karzai said after offering his prayer.

The Gaza carnage: Israeli impunity and global helplessness

By K.P. Fabian,

It is difficult, almost impossible, to envisage an early negotiated ceasefire to put an end to the unconscionable carnage in Gaza. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been working hard, but with his hands tied. President Obama has spoken more than once to Prime Minister Netanyahu on the need for a cease-fire, but always deferentially.

Stop violence in Saharanpur, says Pakistani daily

Islamabad : The communal violence in Indian town of Saharanpur should be halted at once before it spreads and becomes uncontrollable, a Pakistani daily said in an editorial.

The violence was a result of a land dispute between the Muslim and Sikh communities in Saharanpur and so far, it has claimed two lives, the Daily Times said in an editorial.

"Saharanpur is a place under direct influence and control of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is suffering intolerance and aggression in the form of religious discrimination," the editorial said.

UN chief appeals Israelis, Palestinians to extend truce

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Sunday urged "in the strongest terms" both the Israelis and Palestinians to extend, for an additional 24 hours, the humanitarian ceasefire that was in effect and mostly observed until early in the day.

The secretary-general "notes the importance for both Israelis and Palestinians to be able to have a break in the violence that has killed too many, marred so many lives, and caused such destruction", Xinhua quoted a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman as saying.

Australia gives $5 mn for Gaza relief

Sydney : The Australian government is providing five million Australian dollars (4.7 million US dollars) in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Monday.

The minister said the funds will provide emergency food, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and psycho-social support and is in addition to Australia's existing commitment to providing 56.5 million Australian dollars (53.1 million US dollars) in development assistance to the Palestinian territories in 2014-15.