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Iranian minister thinks nuclear deal possible before deadline

Vienna : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed here Tuesday that he believed it is still possible to reach an agreement on his country's nuclear programme before the Nov 24 deadline.

On his arrival in the Auatrian capital, where negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 Group, comprising China, Russia, the US, France, Britain and Germany are set to conclude in six days, Zarif said agreement is possible as long as there is political will for it to happen.

Saudis not to pay insurance fee for unskilled Indian maid

Makkah : Saudi sponsors need not pay medical insurance of unskilled housemaids from India who carry a passport with a stamp of ECR (emigration clearance required), the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said in a circular.

"The medical insurance fee that citizens used to pay to recruitment firms at the time of hiring unskilled housemaids with an ECR passport is not valid now and hence the employer need not pay the amount,” the Saudi Gazette reported Tuesday citing Saudi Press Agency.

Pakistan's Tahirul Qadri ends alliance with Imran Khan's party

Islamabad : Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has parted ways with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), PAT chief Tahirul Qadri said Tuesday.

Addressing a party convention, Qadri said: “Those who are part of status quo and involved in corruption cannot become our allies.”

He said that the parties have different programmes, according to a Geo News report.

Qadri alleged that formation of a joint investigation team for probing the Model Town tragedy was a futile practice.

IS executed 1,434 people in Syria since 'Caliphate' proclaimed

Beirut : The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group has executed at least 1,434 people in Syria since it proclaimed an Islamic Caliphate over the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq last June, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) director Rami Abdurrahman told Efe news agency.

In a telephone conversation Monday, Abdurrahman indicated that 884 of those killed were civilians, and some 700 of that total were members of the Al-Shaitat tribe who have been fighting against the IS in the northeastern province of Deir al-Zor.

20 people arrested following murder of Bangladesh professor

Dhaka : Bangladeshi police have arrested at least 20 people for questioning over the murder of a prominent university professor who was hacked to death, several years after he led a push to ban students wearing full-face veils.

Hamas slams Israel for stopping UN probe team

Gaza : The Islamic Hamas movement Monday slammed Israel for not allowing the UN inquiry committee to reach Gaza to probe the results of the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Hamas spokesman in Gaza Sami Abu Zuhri said in an e-mailed press statement that banning the UN inquiry, which belongs to the Human Rights Council, from arriving in Gaza showed that Israel wanted to cover up war crimes.

Delhi-Lahore bus fare hiked

New Delhi : The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has sharply hiked the cost of travelling on its Delhi-Lahore Bus service from Rs.1,500 to Rs.2,400, an official said Monday.

This is the first hike since February 2008 when fares were fixed at Rs.1,500 per passenger.

The service was launched by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in March 1999.

Foreign leaders fondly recall Nehru's legacy

New Delhi : Foreign leaders Monday fondly recalled their countries' links with India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai saying that Nehru was a household name in his country.

Karzai was speaking at the inaugural function of an international conference on Nehru's worldview and his legacy - Democracy, Inclusion and Empowerment - organised by the Congress to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru.

Riots in Jerusalem after Palestinian man found hanged

Jerusalem : Rioting occurred overnight in the Arab districts of East Jerusalem after the body of a Palestinian driver was found hanging in a bus belonging to an Israeli company, media reported Monday.

Palestinian press reports identified the driver as Yusuf Hassan Ramuni, 32, a father of two, and said he was killed by Jews.

His body was found Sunday night in an industrial area in West Jerusalem and Israeli police ruled that his death was a suicide as his body showed no signs of violence.

Malaysia monitoring IS members

Kuala Lumpur : The Malaysian government and police are monitoring those Malaysians who are fighting for the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical organisation and planning to return to the country to spread their extremist ideologies, Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar said Monday.

“Police are aware that these extremists have the intention to spread their beliefs to people in Malaysia,” Wan Jaafar said.