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Mubarak says he allows Gazans into Egypt to buy basic needs

By Xinhua

Cairo : Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Wednesday said he ordered the Egyptian security forces at the Rafah crossing on the Gaza-Egyptian border to allow Palestinians to cross the terminal to buy their basic needs, the Egyptian Nile TV reported.

Gunmen kill 3 Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad

By Xinhua

Baghdad : Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and two others injured by gunmen's small arms fire in central Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.

"Unknown armed men opened fire on Iraqi army vehicles around midday while passing through Baghdad's area of Bab al-Muaadham, killing three soldiers and wounding two others," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb detonated near a youth center in Zaafaraniya district in southeastern Baghdad without causing casualties, the source said.

Israel says worried about chaos on Gaza-Egypt border

By Xinhua

Jerusalem : Israel is worried about the chaos on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and expects Egypt to solve the problem, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

The comment came several hours after thousands of Gazans poured into Egypt after parts of the fence wall at the Gaza-Egypt border were blew up by Gaza militants.

"It is the responsibility for Egypt to ensure that the border operates properly, according to the signed agreements," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said.

Iran's president vows to continue nuclear work

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that his country will continue its nuclear program, one day after a meeting of six major powers in Berlin agreed on the major points of a UN resolution on the Iran nuclear issue.

"The Iranian nation will continue the way in pursuing our rights within the framework of international laws," Iran's state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Pakistan distancing itself from Bhutto murder probe


Islamabad : The Pakistani government seems to be distancing itself from the probe into former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, saying it was for Scotland Yard to deliver the last word on this.

"Despite limited evidence, short investigation time and a mandate to determine only the cause of Bhutto's death, given to the Scotland Yard team, the government is reported to be trying to put the responsibility of complete investigation of the case on the British team," the Dawn newspaper reported Thursday.

Pakistan's low-income groups to get ration cards


Islamabad : In what has been described as a "poverty driven measure", the Pakistani government will introduce ration cards from next month to provide essential food items at subsidised rates to people of low-income groups.

The decision was taken at a meeting convened Wednesday by caretaker Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro to review the performance of the Utility Stores Corporation (USC), which is meant to provide clean and hygienic food and non-food items to people especially to poor section of the society at cheaper rates.

Five sentenced to death for killing jeweller


Dhaka : A Dhaka court has sentenced to death five people, including a woman, for kidnapping for ransom and eventually killing a jewellery trader in October 2006.

Turya Ghosh Roni was kidnapped and killed by a gang led by 29-year-old Shamsunnahar Sheuli and four others, all of whom were convicted by Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Anwar Hossain Wednesday, The Daily Star reported.

The other convicts are Shahdat Hossain Liton, 34, his brother Al Mamun, 26, Abu Syed, 30, and Farhad Alam Hira, 26. Sheuli is Liton's girlfriend, the newspaper said Thursday.

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Belgians' murder


Sana'a : Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for an attack last week on a convoy of Belgian tourists in south-eastern Yemen that left two Belgians and two Yemenis dead, a news report said.

The al-Wasat weekly reported online Wednesday that a leading member of the Al Qaeda branch in Yemen claimed responsibility in a telephone call to the paper.

The claim has not appeared on radical Islamist web sites that regularly post such messages from Al Qaeda.

Security officials refused to comment on the claim.

Canada to boycott global anti-racism conference

By Gurmukh Singh, IANS

Toronto : Canada has announced that it will boycott the UN-sponsored second Durban World Conference Against Racism being held next year.

The Canadian decision has been prompted by its experience of the 2001 conference where Muslim nations' criticism of Israel had led to walkouts by the Jewish state and the US.

Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity Jason Kenny Wednesday said Canada would have nothing to do with such a conference that last time ended up promoting racism and intolerance.

Pakistanis lap up all things 'Benazir'

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS

Islamabad : The name "Benazir" used to be a rare one in Pakistan. But that was until Dec 27, 2007, the day former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed. Today it seems to have been catapulted to brand status.

Some companies have named their edible products like potato chips and sweets after Benazir while people are also naming their children after her.

"Since Benazir's death, 28 children have been born in my ward and out of them six girls and two boys were named Benazir," a nurse at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences told IANS.