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Iran foreign minister leaves for new n-talks

Tehran : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tuesday left for New York to attend a fresh round of negotiations with six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy programme.

Zarif is expected to meet EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday, Press TV reported.

Bilateral meetings are also planned to be held between Iran and the members of the P5+1 group or the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - plus Germany.

14 killed in Pakistan-Afghanistan border attack

Islamabad : At least 11 militants and three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were killed Tuesday in cross-border attack in Pakistan.

The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) said that a group of terrorists from the Afghan side of the border attacked North Waziristan's Dandi Kuch area, Dawn online reported.

Security forces have arrested one militant.

Earlier, 20 militants were killed and five hideouts were destroyed during air strikes in Khyber Agency.

Rain takes toll on Pakistan's historical sites

Islamabad : Pakistan's monsoon rain, which started Sep 3 and has ravaged human populations since then, has taken a toll on ancient ruins as well, media reported Tuesday.

Archaeologists say the ancient Greek and Buddhist ruins at Jandial and Julian near Taxila in Punjab province have suffered visible water damage due to the torrential rains, Dawn online reported.

Last week's heavy rainfall knocked down a ten-foot long section of the four-foot wide limestone and sand wall of the 100 BC Jandial Greek temple.

20 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 20 militants were killed Tuesday during airstrikes in Pakistan's Khyber Agency area.

According to an official, the strikes targeted Tor Dara, Tirah, Jatoi and Rajgal areas of the agency, Dawn online reported.

The official added that a number of militant hideouts were also destroyed.

Khyber is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and the belt lies near the Afghan border.

The Taliban and other Al Qaeda linked groups, who stage attacks in both countries, are known to have strongholds in the zone.

Clashes in Syrian capital

Beirut : Opposition militants managed to infiltrate the al-Zahraa district in the centre of Syria's capital Damascus before they were driven back by government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

The rebels engaged in a firefight with soldiers loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the observatory, a Britain-based entity with ties to the Syrian opposition, said Monday.

Afghan election commission acknowledges 'massive' vote fraud

Kabul : Afghanistan's June 14 presidential runoff was marred by large-scale fraud, the Independent Electoral Commission has said, announcing that it was invalidating 16 percent of the ballots cast.

"There was massive fraud perpetrated by the security forces, governors and members of the IEC. Undoubtedly, much of the fraud happened in coordination with IEC employees," Commissioner Azizullah Bakhtyari said in comments broadcast by Tolo television Monday.

China calls for comprehensive settlement of Iranian nuclear issue

United Nations:A Chinese envoy called here Monday on all relevant parties to adopt a flexible and pragmatic approach to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue in the next phase of negotiations.

Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at a Security Council meeting on the latest work of 1737 Committee, which is tasked with monitoring a set of sanctions against Iran established by Resolution 1737 and subsequent Council resolutions, Xinhua reported.

Malaysia to donate 20 mn gloves for Ebola affected

Kuala Lumpur : The Malaysia government has announced that it has plans to donate over 20 million protective rubber gloves to the five African countries affected by Ebola outbreak.

They will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, BBC reported.

A shortage of protective equipment has been one of the factors in the virus spreading. Health workers in Liberia recently went on strike, demanding more protective equipment.

UAE aid for Jammu & Kashmir flood victims

Abu Dhabi : Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE ruler's representative in the country's Western Region and chairman of Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), has ordered the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance to the victims of the floods, which hit India recently.

He ordered the implementation of humanitarian programme to meet the basic needs and improve lives of people affected by the floods in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, it was reported Monday.

Pakistani court orders murder case registration in activists' killing

Islamabad : A court in Pakistan Monday ordered registration of cases in the killing of opposition activists during the anti-government protests in Islamabad, lawyers said.

Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and the riot police when the protestors tried to march to the Prime Minister's House. At least two protestors were killed and some 500 people, including dozens of police men, were injured in the clashes Aug 31 and Sep 1.