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U.S.: violence in Iraq down, Iran still figures in insurgency

By Xinhua

Baghdad : The U.S. military said Sunday the violence in Iraq has dropped considerably since summer and Iran's role still counts in aiding insurgency despite that it appears to be halting weapon flow.

Violence has dropped by 55 percent here since the U.S. strengthened the crackdown on terror attacks and insurgency since June, U.S. military spokesman Rear Adm. Gregory Smith said at a press briefing.

Civilian casualties were down 60 percent nationwide, and 75 percent in Baghdad, he said.

US general says Iran halting flow of weapons to Iraq


New York : Iran appears to be honoring an informal pledge to halt the smuggling of explosives and other weapons into Iraq, contributing to a drop of bombings by nearly a half since March, a senior US general has said quoted by the New York Times.

"We have not seen any recent evidence that weapons continue to come across the border into Iraq," Major General James Simmons said.

"We believe that the initiatives and the commitments that the Iranians have made appear to be holding up."

US officials upbeat over Iraq security, Iraq seeks fourth talks


Baghdad : The upbeat report the US officials have released about security situation in Iraq helped shape a positive attitude toward the tripartite negotiations of Iran and the United States on Iraq.

Iraqi critics of Iran-US talks on Iraq security are pleased with positive results of the negotiations calling for holding similar talks with Damascus and Riyadh.

IAEA report confirms Iran legitimacy: Envoy


Pretoria : The Iranian ambassador to South Africa said on Sunday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on ran's nuclear program endorsed Tehran's indisputable right to make use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Mohammad-Ali Qane'zadeh also told IRNA that IAEA findings on Iran's peaceful nuclear program proved that the referral of the dossier to the UN Security Council had been an irrational act.

Ahmadinejad: Global situation changing in favor of Muslims


Riyadh : President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that world situation is quickly changing in favor of the objectives of Iranians, Muslims and the believers.

Ahmadinejad made the remark in a gathering of Iranian nationals residing in Saudi Arabia, adding that unilateral and tyrannical relations, based on bullying policy and the interests of certain minorities, are fading now.

Those, who used to influence the fate of governments and nations, are today so weak that they cannot manage their own countries, the president said.

Death toll reaches 1,860 in Bangladesh cyclone - agency

By RIA Novosti

Dhaka : The death toll from a devastating cyclone in Bangladesh has climbed to 1,860, China's Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

The category four cyclone Sidr hit the coast of Bangladesh late on Thursday, with winds reaching 240 km (150 miles) per hour, ripping up trees and leveling houses, as well as causing damage to crops, transport routes, communication and power supply lines. Many coastal districts were flooded.

BJP announces first list of Gujarat candidates


New Delhi : Gujarat's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late Sunday announced a list of 74 candidates for the assembly election next month, with Chief Minister Narendra Modi contesting from his Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad.

The BJP central election committee chaired by party president Rajnath Singh met here to deliberate on the names recommended by the state election committee. Senior leader L.K. Advani also participated in the meeting, committee secretary Anant Kumar said.

Palestinians have the right to fight Israeli occupation - HAMAS


Gaza : The Palestinian people have the right to use all means to defend themselves against the Israeli occupation, said a statement by Hamas on Sunday.

Hamas affirmed that Palestinians must resist the Israeli plans to annihilate their identity and culture, criticizing yesterday's decision by Palestinian Interior Minister Abdullah Al-Yahya to confiscate weapons from the resistance groups.

The statement also condemned the step, saying that it was a clear indication towards aiding Israel against the Palestinian resistance.

Taliban kills abducted cops; hang bodies from tree


Kabul : Taliban in southern Afghanistan have gunned down five policemen, who were kidnapped for some two months and were kept in captivity for the said period.

Residents said bullet-riddled bodies of the five constables were strung from a tree in Deh Rahod district of Uruzgan province.
Police chief of the province Juma Gul Himmat said enemies of the country, the term Afghan officials use for Taliban, were responsible for killing the policemen.

OPEC ends summit, affirming commitment to three themes of the conference