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300 die due to freezing weather in Afghanistan


Kabul : The number of people killed in heavy snowfall, avalanches and freezing weather around Afghanistan in the past month has increased up to 300, DPA quoted officials as saying today.

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

Bomber who killed Benazir Bhutto identified: TV


Islamabad : A teenager suspected to be member of a squad of suicide bombers who killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has identified the main bomber who blew himself near her car, local TV channels reported on Tuesday.

There was no official confirmation of the report.

Benazir Bhutto was killed in firing and suicide bomb attack in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27 after she addressed an election rally.

Iraqi security finds 17 bodies in Baghdad, some beheaded

By Xinhua

Baghdad : Iraqi security forces found 17 unidentified bodies, some of which were beheaded, in the volatile province of Diyala on Tuesday, a provincial police source said.

"A joint Iraqi army and police force discovered 17 bodies believed to be killed by the al-Qaida in Iraq militant group in a rural area near the city of Miqdadiya, 90 km northeast of Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Some of the bodies were beheaded and the others were intact, said the source, added that all the victims were shot dead.

Gaza petrol stations boycott Israeli fuel shipments in protest

By Xinhua

Gaza : Petrol stations in Gaza on Tuesday refused to receive fuel shipments from Israel except diesel for power plants and the cooking gas.

Mahmoud al-Khozendar, deputy director of the Union of Gaza Service Stations Owners, said the decision was made in a protest against Israeli overt reduction of the fuel supplies needed by Gaza.

He said that most of the petrol stations in Gaza have been closed except those run by individuals who brought fuel over the past five days from Egypt taking chances of tumult at Egypt-Gaza border.

Hamas urges Cairo talks to focus on immediate opening of Rafah crossing

By Xinhua

Gaza : The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which took over the Gaza Strip by force last June, reiterated on Tuesday that Rafah border passage with Egypt must reopen "as soon as possible".

Salah al-Bardaweel, spokesman for Hamas lawmakers, made the remarks one day ahead of planned Hamas-Egypt talks on crossings for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt will host separate talks with Hamas leaders and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah movement and his representatives of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

NATO asks Germany to send combat force for Afghanistan


Berlin : NATO has formally asked Germany to provide combat troops for a quick reaction force in northern Afghanistan to replace a 350-strong Norwegian force that leaves in July, Germany's defence ministry said Tuesday.

The request, which had been expected, has raised fears in Germany of a significant change in the role of the German military in Afghanistan, from a largely reconstruction and training mission to a more combat-oriented one.

Musharraf rejects misperceptions about Pakistan


London : President Pervez Musharraf has rejected the impression in the West that Pakistan was exporting terrorism and said instead it was victim of this menace and confronting it with total dedication and commitment.

Speaking on the topic of “Our vision of providing regional peace and stability” at the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies at the Seaford House on Monday, he said Pakistan’s predicaments were from the 1979 war in Afghanistan initiated by USA and West to oust Soviet Union from that country.

President Musharraf returns home after 4-nation tour


Islamabad : President Pervez Musharraf returned here Tuesday morning after his four-nation visit to European countries: Belgium, France, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Talking to reporters in London prior to flying back home, Musharraf termed his visit helpful in consolidating political and economic ties at bilateral and regional levels.

He expressed satisfaction over his meeting with the leadership of the two countries, interaction with media, talks with business executives and members of Pakistani community.

Arab League chief heads for Kuwait for talks on regional affairs


Cairo : Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa has left for Kuwait for top-level talks on various regional and Arab affairs of common concern.

Ambassador Ahmad Bin Hilli, the general-secretary's assistant for political afairs and member of the travelling delegation, said in a press statement Tuesday that Moussa's visit to Kuwait was part of continuous consultations between the two sides, as well as with Arab leaders on Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian cause.

Suspect in Bhutto's killing identifies suicide bomber: official


Islamabad : A teenaged boy arrested for alleged involvement in the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto has identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up near her armoured car in Rawalpindi last month, a Pakistani official said.

Fifteen-year-old Aitezaz Shah, who was arrested from Dera Ismail Khan town of the North West Frontier Province, identified the bomber as a man named Bilal who belonged to the South Waziristan tribal region, Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah said.