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Afghan deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul

Kabul : An Afghanistan deputy minister for public works was kidnapped Tuesday in northern Kabul, sources said.

"Gunmen kidnapped the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Wahid, in Khair Khana locality. One of his security guards was wounded in a short exchange of fire," a security official told Xinhua.

Officials of the Afghan interior ministry confirmed the kidnapping.

Efforts were underway to rescue the abducted official, the source said, adding that the police launched an investigation into the incident, which took place at early Tuesday.

Underwater search for missing Malaysian plane continues

Canberra : A mini-sub hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was prepared to make a second mission to the remote Indian Ocean seabed Tuesday, officials said.

The Bluefin-21 is expected to continue search Tuesday, "when weather conditions permit," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said.

The Bluefin-21 was supposed to cover an area of 40 on its first day Monday underwater, using side sonar to create a 3D image of its surroundings.

Suez Canel SEZ to create nearly 25,000 jobs

Cairo : The Suez Canal - Special Economic Zone(SEZ) in Egypt at the investment of $4.8 is expected to create nearly 25,000 jobs, Egypt's ministry of investment, trade and industry said.

The Tahrir complex at Ain Al-Sokhna in Suez Governorate will also generate 50,000 indirect job opportunities in the petrochemicals industry, a ministry statement said.

The project is expected to produce annually 1.36 million tonnes of ethylene and polyethylene, which are used in packaging, detergents and electronics.

Musharraf's treason case hearing resumes

Islamabad : The special court constituted to try former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf Tuesday resumed his trial for high treason after his formal indictment last month.

Justice Faisal Arab, who heads the three-judge court, is hearing the case pertaining to high treason charges against the former army strongman, Dawn online reported.

Musharraf was indicted in the previous hearing March 31 where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Syria misses deadline for chemical weapons removal

United Nations : The international mission in charge of removing chemical weapons in Syria has voiced its concerns that Syria has missed the April 13 deadline, which Damascus pledged to get rid of all its stockpiles of chemical weapons, a UN spokesperson said Monday.

The Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) "were concerned that Syria has missed the 13 April timeline", Xinhua quoted UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as saying at a daily news briefing.

Egypt court lists Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as terrorist group

Cairo : A court in Egypt Monday ruled that the Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis be listed as a terrorist organisation.

As one of the most active militant groups in Egypt, the group, whose name means "Worriers of Jerusalem" in English, has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on Egyptian police and military in Sinai and Nile Delta cities since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July, Xinhua reported citing the state-run Nile TV.

65 percent of Syria's chemical weapons removed: OPCW

Damascus : About 65 percent of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed so far, Syria-based joint mission of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Monday.

The statement said that the 13th consignment of chemical arms was delivered to Syria's Latakia port and was shipped out on cargo ships Monday, raising the total removals to 65 percent, Xinhua reported Monday.

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the OPCW, described these movements as "necessary and encouraging," according to the statement.

UN chief enquires about Palestinian's peace process with Israel

Ramallah : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to enquire about the latest developments in the peace process with Israel.

Abbas Sunday briefed the UN secretary general about the latest developments of the peace process, mainly after Israel's refusal to release the fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners.

The UN chief underlined the need to maintain the peace process and continue negotiations to reach real peace for the sake of regional stability.

Saudi Arabia cracks down on funding of militants abroad

Riyadh : A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 13 persons to varying jail terms for financing jehadis outside Saudi Arabia.

The criminal court in Riyadh Sunday sentenced 13 men to jail from one to ten years on charges of providing financial support to fighters outside the country using a charitable organisation as a cover, and supporting Al-Qaeda’s terrorist operations, Arab News reported Monday.

The convicts were also barred from leaving the country for a stipulated time ranging from three to seven years.

Iran to sue US over UN envoy's visa refusal

Tehran : The Iranian parliament has given a 10-day ultimatum to the government to file a lawsuit against the US for denying visa to Iran's UN envoy-designate, an official said Monday.

"The official mechanisms for following up the case have been activated, and are underway," Press TV quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying.

The US's decision not to issue a visa for Hamid Aboutalebi is a breach of international treaties, and runs contrary to the agreement between the UN and the US government, Afkham said.