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Bahrain shortens deadline for immigrant amnesty-seekers


Dubai : Bahrain will stop accepting amnesty applications from illegal immigrant workers by Dec 1, a month ahead of the expiry of its amnesty deadline, a senior immigration official has said.

In a bid to curb the blatant violation of the country's labour norms, Bahrain had announced a general amnesty scheme for illegal foreign workers last month. It asked all illegal immigrant workers and their employers to regularise their work permits or face heavy penalties.

Syria denies U.S. media reports on Israeli warplanes attack

By Xinhua

Damascus : A Syrian official on Wednesday denied U.S. media reports that Israeli warplanes intruded Syrian airspace last week and attacked weapons for the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement inside the Syrian territories.

The official, who declined to name himself, made the denial in an interview with the Lebanese Manar television station.

The U.S. media reports were not correct, which aimed at diverting the public attention to the Israeli invasion against a sovereign state, the official said.

Arab League resolution reiterates one-China policy

By Xinhua

Cairo : The Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa's spokesman Alaa Roushdi Wednesday said the Arab foreign ministerial meeting, held on Sept. 5, adopted a resolution and reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy.

 Roushdi told Xinhua that the resolution reaffirmed that the Arab countries stick to the one-China policy and attach great importance to strengthening relations with China in various fields.

Turkey urges Iraq to fight against terrorism in line with int'l commitments

By Xinhua

Ankara : Turkey on Wednesday called on Iraq to fulfill its international commitments, especially the UN Security Council's resolutions in regard to fighting against terrorism.

Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that, "Turkey expects Iraq to fulfill its international commitments within the scope of existing good neighborly relations between the two countries."

Abbas' security forces discover Hamas weapons cache in W. Bank

By Xinhua

Ramallah : Security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that they had discovered a Hamas weapons hideout inside a mosque in the West Bank city of Nablus.

"The store contained five automatic rifles, pistols, cartridge magazines, military uniforms and inciting statements for Hamas," a source from the Ramallah-based Palestinian General Intelligence said.

The source accused Hamas of exploiting mosques and turning them into garrisons instead of using them for worship.

Four PKK rebels killed in SE Turkey

By Xinhua

Ankara : Turkish security forces killed four militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, an official statement said on Wednesday.

The four PKK members were killed in a clash with security forces near Kelekci village of Siirt province, the statement issued by Siirt Governor's Office said, adding that operations against the PKK were underway in the region.

Iraqi gov't, opposition divided over U.S. report recommending troops cut

By Xinhua

Baghdad : Iraqi government and opposition were sharply divided over the report made by two Baghdad-based U.S. top brass during their two days of testimony before U.S. Congress.

The Iraqi government hailed the long-awaited testimony as "factual" and "positive," while the opposition saw it as a politically-motivated "courtesy gift" to U.S. President George W. Bush.

Feature: On eve of Ramadan, Gazans feel ever so worried

By Xinhua

Gaza : On the eve of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which falls on Thursday, many Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip felt more dejected and worried owing to an unprecedented economic siege coupled with a lasting internal political crisis.

Most of Gaza's population, totaling nearly 1.5 million, said that Ramadan this year would be the worst one ever.

Clinton award for Bangladesh social worker


Dhaka : Noted Bangladeshi social worker Fazle Hasan Abed will be honoured by former US president Bill Clinton with the first Clinton Global Citizenship Award at a ceremony in New York on Sep 27.

Abed is the founder-chairperson of BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency said Thursday.

Riyadh urges for timetable for key Mideast issues deal

By Xinhua

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia urged Wednesday for setting a timetable to implement any deal on key Middle East issues before holding the U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal made the call in a news conference in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, according to reports reaching here from the kingdom's resort.

The U.S.-sponsored conference "would be pointless unless it addressed key Mideast issues and set a timetable to implement any deal," Faisal told the reporters.