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Muslim World News

DM: Iran's defense equipment renders sanctions "ineffective"

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the high quality of Iran's domestically-made defense equipment has rendered sanctions against the country "ineffective," state-run Press TV channel reported on Monday.

Najjar made the comment Sunday at a conference on the quality of military equipment available to Iran's armed forces, Press TV reported on its website.

Death toll from Jordan bus accident rises to 22

By Xinhua

Amman : The death toll from Saturday's traffic accident on a highway between the Jordanian capital of Amman and the northern city of Irbid rose to 22, The Jordan Times reported on Monday.

A public transportation bus carrying 48 passengers collided with a water tanker near Salhoub Bridge north of Amman, causing the Kingdom's most serious road accident in two years.

The official news agency Petra reported on Saturday that 20 people were killed and 16 others injured in the accident.

Huge fire breaks out in Iraq's central bank

By Xinhua

Baghdad : A huge fire broke out before dawn in Iraq's central bank in downtown Baghdad on Monday, causing no human casualties, an Interior Ministry source said.

The flames, which had broke out at about 2:00 a.m. local time (2300 GMT, Sunday), engulfed most of the four-story building, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Fire engines rushed to the scene to douse the fire which was under control by the morning, the source said.

Iraqi security forces cordoned off the area while experts are investigating the incident, he said.

Russia completes delivery of nuke fuel for Iran's Bushehr plant

By Xinhua

Tehran : The eighth and last nuclear fuel shipment from Russia arrived in Iran Monday morning, completing Russia's promised nuclear fuel delivery for Iran's first nuclear power plant, the official IRNA news agency reported.

IRNA quoted Iran Atomic Energy Production and Development Company as saying that the last shipment has been forwarded to Bushehr nuclear power plant which is being built at the Gulf port city of Bushehr.

Two U.S. soldiers killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad

By Xinhua

Baghdad : Two American soldiers were killed in bomb attacks during the past two days in Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Monday.

A soldier was killed on Sunday when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb explosion in northeastern the capital, a military statement said.

A second soldier was killed on Saturday when a roadside bomb went off near his unit during a foot patrol near Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah, another statement said.

COMSTECH to publish directory of Muslim scientists by end February


Islamabad : The Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) will publish a directory of Muslim scientists working on research projects across the world by the end of February.

The contributions made by the scientists and engineers are being assessed through a set of research performance related to indicators developed by Comstech. The indicators include research articles, competitive research grants and international awards.

Pakistan army kills 25 pro-Taliban militants, recaptures key tunnel


Islamabad : At least 25 pro-Taliban militants were killed Sunday as security forces backed by helicopter gunships and artillery took control of a strategic tunnel in northwestern Pakistan that had been occupied by the extremists.

Militants Saturday occupied the Japanese-built Kohat tunnel near Darra Adam Khel town after security forces launched a major operation in the area to trace four trucks carrying ammunition that had been hijacked by the rebels.

Musharraf says no to increased US military role in Pakistan


New York : President Pervez Musharraf has rebuffed US proposals to let its forces engage in combat operations in Pakistan's restive tribal areas, but both sides are discussing ways to enhance US intelligence gathering missions including surveillance by armed Predator aircraft.

America's top two intelligence officials -- national intelligence director Mike McConnell and CIA director Gen Michael V Hayden -- secretly travelled to Pakistan on January 9 to meet Musharraf, the New York Times reported.

Eight Taliban killed in clash -- police

Eight Taliban insurgents killed in Afghanistan

By Xinhua

Kabul : Eight Taliban militants have been killed in a battle with local policemen in Dihrawud district in the southern province of Uruzgan, a local official said Monday.

According to Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief, an operation was launched in Dihrawud district two days ago and over 400 Afghan policemen took part in the fighting for clearing Taliban insurgents.

"Clashes on Sunday evening in mountain area of Dihrawud district lasted for one hour," said Himat, adding that "eight Taliban militants were killed and the rest fled into the mountain."