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Iran speaker praises nuclear negotiators, asserts independent policy

Tehran : Speaker of the Iranian parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, has praised the team that negotiated the nuclear deal with the world powers for observing the redlines, but said that Iran would continue its independent foreign policy, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

The nuclear negotiations helped to defeat the enemies' plot to isolate Iran in the world, Larijani said on Sunday.

Bengal CM, Bangladesh minister discuss border enclaves

Kolkata : Bangladesh Minister for Land Shamsur Rahman Sherif met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday and said the border enclave issue would soon be resolved.

"On border enclaves, she said there will not be any problems. We will solve the border enclave issue," Sherif said after meeting Banerjee at the state secretariat "Nabanna" in neighbouring Howrah district.

He said there was no specific discussion on how it would be done and "today's meeting was a courtesy call".

Indian ship to make last trip from Yemen to Djibouti on Tuesday

Thiruvananthapuram: An Indian ship will make its last journey from war-torn Yemen's Hodeidah port to Djibouti with stranded Indians on Tuesday, an official said here.

Speaking to IANS, R.S.Kannan, CEO of Roots-Norka (the state agency looking after the welfare of the Kerala diaspora) said the ship was supposed to depart on Sunday but for some reason it has been held up.

Iran suspends Haj pilgrimage protesting sexual assault

Tehran : Iran has decided to suspend the Umrah Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia until the perpetrators behind the sexual assault on two teenaged Iranian pilgrims are punished.

Speaking at a local gathering on Monday, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati confirmed that the Haj and Pilgrimage Organisation has been ordered to suspend all Umrah Haj pilgrimages until Saudi Arabia punished the perpetrators behind the sexual assault, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency.

Photo exhibition traces life of Afghans living in Kolkata

New Delhi : Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's timeless story "Kabuliwala" resonates perfectly with the Afghan community living in India. And capturing these connections is an ongoing photo exhibition in the capital that traces the life of Afghans living in Kolkata.

Iraq sacks 300 officers to reform army

Baghdad : Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday sacked over 300 army officers as part of his efforts to enhance security capabilities while the country fights the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

"Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sacked more than 300 officers from the defence ministry as part of a restructuring plan to make the army more effective and efficient in confronting the risks facing Iraq and to protect its national security," an official statement said.

Car bomb hits Moroccan embassy in Libya

Tripoli : A bomb exploded near the Moroccan embassy in Libya's capital city of Tripoli, causing significant damage to the compound, security sources said on Monday.

The blast took place on Sunday night, Xinhua news agency reported.

The bomb was believed to be planted in a car parked in front of the embassy and the blast severely damaged the building, an officer said.

No casualties were reported.

Affiliates of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have claimed responsibility for the attack in several online posts.

Israeli PM concerned that Iran may comply with n-deal

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced fear that Iran will comply with a nuclear deal reached with six major world powers earlier this month until a final deal is sealed by the end of June, a media report revealed on Sunday.

Obama hopeful about Iran n-deal despite Khamenei's comments

Panama City : US President Barack Obama expressed optimism that major world powers and Iran could finalise a deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme despite strong words this week from Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

At the Americas summit in Panama on Saturday, Obama said he was not surprised at the way Khamenei characterised the framework agreement, explaining that Iran has its own politics on the issue and "hardliners" who need to be satisfied, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Lakhvi's release not step in right direction: Pakistani daily

Islamabad : The release of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, from a Pakistani jail at this time is not a step in the right direction, Pakistani daily Dawn stated on Sunday.

Lakhvi's release has thrown “a fresh hurdle in the possibility of dialogue between Pakistan and India resuming anytime soon”, the newspaper said in an editorial.

The alleged terror mastermind's release had led to a predictable exchange of accusations between the two countries, the daily noted.