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UN fails to reach agreement on Gaza statement

NEW YORK, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - The UN Security Council failed to reach an agreement on a Gaza statement due to differences between the U.S. and Arab nations, Russia's UN envoy said after negotiations on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, the Security Council failed to reach a consensus. Today, before the negotiations began, during a meeting between a permanent representative from Libya and deputy permanent representative from the U.S. a conclusion was made that it would be impossible to reach an agreement due to the latest amendments to the text," Vitaly Churkin said.

CAIR-Cincinnati to host 'Islamophobia' Panel

Cincinnati – (IINA)January 29 – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH) will host a panel discussion entitled “Beyond Stereotypes: Islamophobia and the War on Terror” at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 3. The event is part of a series of discussions taking place around the nation, addressing the issue of "Islamophobia," or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims.

Zalmay Khalilzad planning to stand for Afghan Presidency: report

LONDON, Jan 29 (APP)- A report in the Tuesday edition of British daily ‘The Guardian’ has claimed that senior British Foreign Office officials believe the Afghan-born US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, is planning to stand for the presidency of Afghanistan and played a complex role in advising the current president, Hamid Karzai, to block the appointment of Lord Ashdown as the UN envoy to the country.

Severe winter in Afghanistan claims 300 lives

By DPA

Kabul : The number of people killed in heavy snowfall, avalanches and freezing weather across Afghanistan in the past month has risen up to 300, officials here said Tuesday.

According to the Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA), 25 provinces have been affected while the western province of Herat, with 137 weather-related fatalities, was the hardest hit.

In the neighbouring provinces of Farah, Badghis and Ghor about 125 people have died and many others have become sick because of the cold.

EU calls for democratic and transparent polls in Pakistan

By EuAsiaNews

Brussels : European Union Foreign Ministers held an exchange of views on the latest developments in Pakistan, in the run-up to general elections on 18 February during their meeting here on Monday.

The foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries in a statement " highlighted the need to hold free and fair elections by this new date, allowing for a democratic and transparent electoral process under proper security conditions."

They emphasised that stability and further progress on

the path towards democracy are amongst the most important

Government silence is surprising on Gaza blockade & on Arun Gandhi: Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan

By M.A. Baig, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: Renowned Middle-East affairs expert Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan lectured on 'Blockade of Gaza Strip and callousness of humanity' at Jamaat-e-Islami Hind headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday, 26th January.

UN rights expert on religious freedom voices over Israeli restrictions

By NNN-APP

United Nations : The security restrictions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory are intrusive, disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary, a UN human rights expert has stated.

The expert, Asma Jahangir, a prominent Pakistani lawyer who is also the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, warned that the Israeli curbs restrict the access of Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship at their holy places.

Iran calls for bolstering ties with Egypt

By IANS

Cairo : Iran said Tuesday its ties with Egypt have been deepening as could be seen by the visits of top officials to each other's countries.

Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, the advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made this statement after arriving in Cairo Tuesday to attend the parliamentary session of the Islamic countries, official IRNA news agency reported.

Sri Lanka to host 15th South Asian summit; Iran to be observer

By KUNA

New Delhi : The 15th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to be held in the Sri Lankan city of Kandy from July 27 this year, is likely to see Iran's participation as an observer nation.

"Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse visited Kandy yesterday to review all facilities and security arrangements for the summit," a Sri Lankan government official told news agency Press Trust of India Tuesday at the capital city Colombo.

Solana to address European Parliament on Gaza, Iran

By KUNA

Brussels : European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will address the full session of the European Parliament (EP) here Wednesday on the situation in Gaza and on Irans nuclear issue.

On Monday, Solana briefed the EU Foreign Ministers Council on his meeting with Irans top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Brussels last week.

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