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Indian man rescued by Oman air force

Muscat: A Royal Air Force of Oman chopper has rescued an injured Indian national who was on board a commercial ship in Omani territorial waters, according to a media report.

The man had sustained serious injuries while crossing the Omani territorial waters, 140 nautical miles off Muscat, the Times of Oman reported on Monday.

A helicopter of the Oman air force was involved in the rescue operation and the injured man was evacuated to the Khoula Hospital for treatment. It was not clear from the report as to how the person sustained injuries.

Najam Sethi likely to take over as interim ICC president

Dubai:Najam Sethi, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) executive committee, is likely to become the International Cricket Council's (ICC) interim president, filling the post left vacant by Mustafa Kamal's resignation earlier this month.

Sethi, who is currently in Dubai ahead of the ICC meeting, is a favourite to replace Kamal, reports espncricinfo.

Sethi, who is also the former chairman of the PCB, was slated to take over from Kamal as the ICC president for a period of 12 months from July 1.

Four ex-US security guards jailed for killing Iraqi civilians

Washington: Four former US Blackwater security guards were sentenced by a federal judge to long prison terms for the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Nicholas Slatten to life in prison after his murder conviction in the killings at a Baghdad traffic circle, Efe news agency reported on Monday.

Three other former Blackwater guards who had been convicted of manslaughter in the killings -- Paul A. Slough, Evan S. Liberty and Dustin L. Heard -- were each sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

Lakhvi's release challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court

Islamabad : The Punjab government on Tuesday challenged in the Supreme Court the Lahore High Court's order releasing Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

In a petition filed in the apex court by the Punjab home department, it was maintained that despite sufficiently strong evidence being present against Lakhvi, the Lahore court's Justice Anwarul Haq ignored it and ordered Lakhvi's release on April 10, Dawn online reported.

Bangladesh transport blockade no longer in force

Dhaka : The opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) has hinted that the indefinite transport blockade called by party chief Khaleda Zia on January 5, is no longer in force, media reported on Tuesday.

BNP member Jamiruddin Sircar dropped the hint after a meeting with the chairperson on Monday, bdnews24 reported.

"There is no more strike in the country. I suppose this is clear enough," he said after the meeting.

The party did not make it clear if the blockade has ended with their chief returning home following a three-month stay at her Gulshan office in Dhaka.

Russia lifts ban on missile system delivery, Iran welcomes

Tehran : Russia's decision to lift a ban on the delivery of S-300 missile system to Iran indicates the political will of the two countries' officials to improve cooperation in all fields, Iran's Defence Minister said here.

"The expansion of cooperation with Russia and improving cooperation with other neighboring countries in various fields can be very effective in establishing sustainable stability and security in the region," the minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan was quoted as saying by Press TV on Monday.

Iran speaker praises nuclear negotiators, asserts independent policy

Tehran : Speaker of the Iranian parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, has praised the team that negotiated the nuclear deal with the world powers for observing the redlines, but said that Iran would continue its independent foreign policy, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

The nuclear negotiations helped to defeat the enemies' plot to isolate Iran in the world, Larijani said on Sunday.

Bengal CM, Bangladesh minister discuss border enclaves

Kolkata : Bangladesh Minister for Land Shamsur Rahman Sherif met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday and said the border enclave issue would soon be resolved.

"On border enclaves, she said there will not be any problems. We will solve the border enclave issue," Sherif said after meeting Banerjee at the state secretariat "Nabanna" in neighbouring Howrah district.

He said there was no specific discussion on how it would be done and "today's meeting was a courtesy call".

Indian ship to make last trip from Yemen to Djibouti on Tuesday

Thiruvananthapuram: An Indian ship will make its last journey from war-torn Yemen's Hodeidah port to Djibouti with stranded Indians on Tuesday, an official said here.

Speaking to IANS, R.S.Kannan, CEO of Roots-Norka (the state agency looking after the welfare of the Kerala diaspora) said the ship was supposed to depart on Sunday but for some reason it has been held up.

Iran suspends Haj pilgrimage protesting sexual assault

Tehran : Iran has decided to suspend the Umrah Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia until the perpetrators behind the sexual assault on two teenaged Iranian pilgrims are punished.

Speaking at a local gathering on Monday, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati confirmed that the Haj and Pilgrimage Organisation has been ordered to suspend all Umrah Haj pilgrimages until Saudi Arabia punished the perpetrators behind the sexual assault, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency.