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Egypt's banned group leader remanded in custody for third time

By Xinhua

Cairo : The Higher State Security Prosecution of Egypt on Monday decided to remand a senior leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in custody for 15 days for the third time, the official MENA news agency reported.

Essam el-Erian, along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members,was remanded in custody pending investigation, said the report, without elaborating the date of the previous two decisions by the Higher State Security Prosecution.

Celebrations as 'indoor politics' revives in Bangladesh


Dhaka : Sweets were distributed and thanksgiving prayers held in many party offices in Bangladesh as political activity - albeit only indoors - revived after nine months, but the dissent-ridden BNP was stopped from reopening its office to apparently avoid a showdown amongst workers.

With the government's decision to relax curbs on indoor politics coming into effect, hundreds of leaders, workers and supporters gathered at their party offices. They exchanged greetings and hugged each other, as many met for the first time in months.

Al-Qaida to release new bin Laden video soon

By Xinhua

Cairo : A new video of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will soon be released, the group's media arm said on Monday on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

As-Sahab, al-Qaida's media arm, made the announcement on Monday on a website used by Islamist militants.

The website quoted the announcement as saying that "soon, God willing, testaments of the martyrs of the New York and Washington conquests."

"Testament of the martyr... Walid al-Shehri, presented by Sheikh Osama bin Laden, God preserve him," it added.

At least 57 injured in attack on Israeli military base

By RIA Novosti

Tel Aviv : At least 57 Israeli soldiers were injured, some seriously, as a result of a rocket attack Tuesday on a military training base, an Israeli army spokesman said.

The Qassam rocket, launched by Palestinian militants, exploded in the centre of the training base, located close to the border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Hamas forces storm home of caretaker gov't minister in Gaza

By Xinhua

Gaza : Dozens of Hamas security forces stormed on Monday afternoon the home of Ashraf el-Ajrami, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs in Salam Fayyad's caretaker government in Gaza City, his neighbors and witnesses said.

They said they saw at least ten members of Hamas force breaking into the house in al-Twam neighborhood in northern Gaza City, adding they saw them walking around in the yard's house.

Erekat : Abbas, Olmert agree to free Palestinian prisoners next week

By Xinhua

Ramallah : Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed on Monday that President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert had agreed on releasing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

Erekat, a long-time confident of Abbas, told reporters at the end of Abbas-Olmert meeting held in Jerusalem.

According to Erekat, the release of Palestinian prisoners will occur at the first week of the Muslims' holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on Thursday.

Suicide truck bomb kills 8 in N Iraq

By Xinhua

Mosul, Iraq : Eight Iraqi civilians were killed and 20 others injured in a suicide truck bomb attack in a village near Mosul in northern Iraq on Monday, a local police source said.

"A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden truck in the Maragvillage in the Zummar town, and blew it up in the afternoon," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The powerful blast resulted in the killing of eight people and wounding of 20 others, along with damaging several clay houses in the village, the source said.

Pakistan's former PM resumes exile in Saudi Arabia after expulsion

By Xinhua

Riyadh : Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived the Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah on Monday after his expulsion from Pakistan, Saudi sources said.

Sharif's plane touched down in Jeddah following his expulsion by the Pakistani authorities after returning from exile hoping to ignite a popular campaign to oust President Pervez Musharraf, the sources said.

Sharif had lived for seven years in Saudi Arabia after President Musharraf sent him to exile in Saudi Arabia in 2000 after his government was toppled in 1999.

Russian, UAE leaders hold talks to boost bilateral ties

By Xinhua

Abu Dhabi : Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on Monday with his counterpart of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to boost bilateral relations, the official Emirates News Agency reported.

During the meeting, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AlNahyan expressed his hope that Putin's visit would enhance consolidation of relations between the two countries on political, economic, commercial, cultural and scientific fields, the report said.

Olmert, Abbas issue joint statement

By Xinhua

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Palestinian National Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued a joint statement at the end of their meeting, which says "both leaders wish to contribute to the success of the upcoming international conference."

  The joint statement issued following Olmert and Abbas talks on Monday in Jerusalem. The talks were in an effort to narrow differences over Palestinian statehood ahead of a U.S.-sponsored conference in November.