Muslim World News
Ramallah : A member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement was shot before dawn Wednesday in the West Bank city of Nablus, medics and eyewitnesses said.
Witnesses said an elite Israeli army commando force sneaked into the old city of Nablus and opened fire at two members of al-Aqsa Brigades, Fatah's armed wing.
Medics said the al-Aqsa Brigades member called Ammar Aynaboosy was killed and his colleague injured in the attack.
Dhaka : The government has decided to withdraw two officials of its high commission's labour wing in Kuala Lumpur for their alleged "inefficient handling" of stranded Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia.
The decision was taken on the basis of recommendations of a delegation that visited the Southeast Asian nation recently to probe the problems of the workers, The Daily Star reported Wednesday. The two officials were not named.
Dhaka : Medical experts in Bangladesh have urged the government to update the Lunacy Act of 1912 to provide legal rights to those suffering from mental disorders and bring it on par with the laws in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.
On the occasion of the World Mental Disorder Day Wednesday, psychiatrist Mohit Kamal said: "A draft proposal in this regard was prepared by the National Institute of Mental Health a few years ago, but it is gathering dust."
Islamabad : The pendulum in Pakistan's Supreme Court continues to swing with a 10-member bench hearing a petition against President Pervez Musharraf's eligibility for re-election being reconstituted and increased to 11.
One judge of the previous bench has been dropped and two others inducted. The new bench will resume the hearing of the case on Oct 17.
Islamabad : Red corner notices issued through Interpol against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto are to be withdrawn even as she has petitioned the Sindh High Court for a seat in parliament under the women's quota.
The notices will be withdrawn "in the light of the government's reconciliation policy", Dawn Wednesday quoted interior ministry spokesman Brig. (retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema as saying.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (IANS) Bangladesh's Election Commission may advance the general elections by three months to October from December 2008, despite political and logistical problems.
Civic elections to five city corporations -- Dhaka, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal -- between March and April next year may be the forerunner to the general elections.
The voter lists for these five cities will be ready by January, Chief Election Commissioner A.T.M. Shamsul Huda said Tuesday.
Cairo, Oct 10 (Xinhua) Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Ahmed Bin Helli has described the US Senate's plan to divide Iraq into three regions on ethnic and religious bases as "aberrant".
Bin Helli told reporters Tuesday that the plan would further complicate an already bad situation in Iraq, said an AL statement.
Bin Helli also noted that the upcoming meeting of the interior ministers of Iraq's neighbouring countries due in Kuwait Oct 23 would assert the necessity of preserving Iraq's unity and territorial integrity.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (IANS) With the government unlikely to heed the demand that they be released, it will be a lonely Eid for Bangladesh's jailed former prime ministers and about 150 high profile prisoners charged with corruption.
The army-backed interim government has launched a drive against crime and corruption that has netted over 200,000 persons, choking the prisons.
The two women leaders, Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina are, however, lodged in separate bungalows in the country's parliament complex, vacant since the elections were called off.
Tehran, Oct 10 (RIA Novosti) Iran has built an air base not far from its border with Afghanistan, Iranian television reports said.
"The base is designed to enhance the combat readiness of our armed forces in standing up to possible aggression against our country," General Ahmad Migani, Iranian Air Force commander, said at the base's opening ceremony Tuesday.
Paris, Oct 10 (IANS) The French National Assembly has approved a project to build a branch of the famous Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi under a 30-year cultural agreement between the UAE and France.
The project entails development of the museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel on Al Sadiyat island off Abu Dhabi. It is expected to be opened in 2012, WAM news agency said.
The agreement allows the Abu Dhabi Louvre to borrow masterpieces from major French museums, including the Louvre, to be displayed for 6-18 months.
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