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Pakistan: Nomination papers of 12,443 candidates found valid

By NNN-APP

Islamabad : After the completion of scrutiny process by the Returning Officers (ROs) all over the country a total of 12,443 candidates have been declared as validly nominated for general seats in national and provincial assemblies,while 916 nomination papers were rejected.

For the seats reserved for women and non-Muslims in national and provincial assemblies 512 and 392 nomination papers were found valid respectively.

Bangladesh police refuses to register case against JI leaders

By NNN-PTI

Dhaka : Bangladesh police has refused to register a sedition case against three top leaders of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, accused of opposing the 1971 Liberation War, despite a court order, saying it had not received the mandatory government sanction.

"Sanction of the government is required prior to register a sedition case. But we did not get the sanction yet," the officer-in-charge (OC) of Tejgaon police station Lutfur Rahman told court a day after a magistrate ordered the police to file a case and launch an investigation against the three.

UNHCR: Iraq not safe enough for refugee returns

By Xinhua

Geneva : The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday that security conditions in Iraq are still not good enough for massive return of refugees.

"Currently, the U.N. refugee agency is not promoting returns to Iraq. Many areas are still considered unsafe and conditions are not conducive for return," UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told journalists in Geneva.

"There is a general lack of access to material, legal and physical safety and proper services," Spindler said.

Palestinian farmer killed by Israeli soldiers in Gaza

By Xinhua

Gaza : A Palestinian farmer was shot dead on Friday by Israeli soldiers in his Gaza fields along the border with Israel, local medics said.

The young farmer named Bahjat Abu Daqqa was shot fatally wounded by Israeli fire east of Khan Yunis from an army position along the border fence, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, Abu Daqqa's cousin, who is also a farmer, was also shot wounded.

The Israeli military gave no immediate confirmation about the incident, but said it was looking into it.

Russian FM rejects U.S. call for further sanctions against Iran

By Xinhua

Brussels : Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed a call by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for further U.N. sanctions on Iran concerning its ambitious nuclear program.

"It fully confirms the information that we have: that there is no military element in their nuclear program," Lavrov told reporters after talking with Rice on the sidelines of a NATO ministerial meeting.

But Lavrov, who came to Brussels for a NATO-Russia Council meeting, expressed his strong hope that "these negotiations with Iran will continue."

Bhutto leaves for Dubai to see family

By Xinhua

Islamabad : Former Prime Minister and Pakistan People's Party Chairperson Benazir Bhutto Friday morning left for Dubai on a three-day visit to see her children and ailing mother Nusrat Bhutto, according to the official APP news agency.

"Benazir Bhutto boarded flight EK-613 at 0900 hours (0400 GMT) early Friday," an official of the Pakistan People's Party said.

Bhutto planned to leave late Thursday but she had to return from the Islamabad airport because she was carrying her expired passport.

US keeps aid flowing to Pakistan despite emergency

By Arun Kumar, IANS

Washington : The US has justified keeping aid flowing to key ally Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's government, which has since 2001 received close to $10 billion, bulk of it in military assistance, despite imposition of emergency rule.

After initially concluding that Nov 3 imposition of emergency did not "trigger any automatic aid cut-offs," US State Department has after a review of US assistance determined "that maintaining funding levels for Economic Support Funds and Foreign Military Financing is crucial."

Russian FM rejects U.S. call for further sanctions against Iran

By Xinhua

Brussels : Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed a call by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for further U.N. sanctions on Iran concerning its ambitious nuclear program.

"It fully confirms the information that we have: that there is no military element in their nuclear program," Lavrov told reporters after talking with Rice on the sidelines of a NATO ministerial meeting.

But Lavrov, who came to Brussels for a NATO-Russia Council meeting, expressed his strong hope that "these negotiations with Iran will continue."

Benazir leaves for Dubai to see family

By Xinhua

Islamabad : Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan People's Party chairperson Benazir Bhutto Friday left for Dubai on a three-day visit to see her children and ailing mother Nusrat Bhutto, according to the official APP news agency.

"Benazir Bhutto boarded flight EK-613 at 0900 hours (local time) early Friday," an official of the Pakistan People's Party said.

She planned to leave late Thursday but had to return from the Islamabad airport because she was carrying her expired passport.

New Pakistan judges to again take oath after emergency

By Xinhua

Islamabad : The judges named under emergency would be re-administered oath after restoration of the constitution, Pakistan's Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum said here Friday.

Local press reports quoted Qayyum as saying that a law was being made under which the retired judges would get benefits. The law would also be applicable to the judges deposed under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) on Nov 3.

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