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Three get death penalty on terror charges in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Three terror suspects have been sentenced to death and 19 others have been given varied jail terms in Saudi Arabia for their role in various terror acts, media reported Tuesday.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh Monday awarded the death penalty to a Saudi, a Chadian and an Egyptian, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The court has awarded prison terms ranging from nine to 33 years to 19 suspects.

Judges also slapped fines on some of the convicts and a travel ban or deportation on some others.

The convicts can appeal the verdict within 30 days.

Two killed in Kabul blast

Kabul : At least two people were killed and three injured when a bomb blast rocked the fifth district of Afghanistan's capital Kabul Tuesday, the country's interior ministry said in a statement released here hours after the incident.

"Two innocent civilians lost their lives and three others, including a student and an employee of Kabul Municipality, sustained injuries as a roadside bomb struck a car in Kota-e-Sangi locality at 7.40 a.m. today," the statement added.

Bilawal Bhutto facing threats to life

Islamabad : Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari faces threats to his life from the Jundallah militant organisation, media reported Tuesday.

The government of Sindh has ordered law enforcement agencies "to ensure extreme vigilance" and take "special measures" to secure Bhutto, Dawn online reported.

The provincial government, in what was intended as a confidential letter, shared intelligence of a plan being formulated by the group to target the PPP chairperson.

Thousands of southern Yemenis rally for secession

Sanaa : Tens of thousands of southern Yemenis took to the streets across the southern port city of Aden Tuesday demanding that the formerly independent South secede as they celebrated the anniversary of the independence from British occupation Oct 14, 1963.

The anti-unity rallies come a day after the Yemeni president named a new prime minister in a bid to end a prolonged crisis gripping the country.

Palestinian president preparing for Gaza visit

Jerusalem : Palestinian authorities Tuesday said that security preparations are under way for President Mahmoud Abbas who is set to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2006.

“There is a lot of talk about the president going, but the goal of the visit is yet to be worked out,” The Jerusalem Post quoted a Palestinian official as saying.

Abbas is expected to make a major announcement from the Gaza Strip and "it could be about new Palestinian elections, a unity government between Fatah and Hamas or lifting of the siege on Gaza", the official said.

US-led coalition attacks IS-held refineries in Syria

Beirut : Warplanes of the US-led international coalition have struck several oil refineries under the control of Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zur bordering Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Tuesday.

Four airstrikes set fire to the refineries located in the al-Mazra area near al-Mayadin city controlled by the jihadis.

The London-based NGO said that some of the targeted refineries were operated by civilians, not the IS.

Palestinians under 60 barred from Al-Aqsa mosque

Jerusalem : Palestinian pilgrims under the age of 60 were Tuesday barred from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque in Old Jerusalem, a day after clashes with Israeli police.

Many worshippers trying to enter the compound were turned away by police, who prevented all but those aged over 60 from entering the site, forcing many Palestinians to offer their dawn prayers on the streets, Al Jazeera reported.

Police used stun grenades to disperse many of the younger worshippers who objected to being blocked from the site.

British parliament 'symbolically' recognises Palestine state

London : A motion forwarded by Labour MP Grahame Morris seeking recognition of Palestine state was passed with a huge majority in the British parliament.

In the late Monday night vote, 274 members favoured the motion against 12, London-based Asian Lite newspaper reported.

Recognising Palestine as a state would be a "symbolically important" step towards peace, British MPs supporting the motion said during the debate. They highlighted Israel's disproportionate attack on Gaza last summer in which over 2,000 people were killed.

Iranian team leaves for new n-talks in Vienna

Tehran : The Iranian negotiating team has left for a fresh round of talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy programme scheduled to be held in Vienna, media reported Tuesday.

The team is being led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Press TV reported.

Zarif is scheduled to meet European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who heads the team from the P5+1 group -- the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany -- Tuesday night to discuss the progress of the nuclear talks and the agenda for the negotiations.

Security heightened at Bangladesh court after terror threat

Dhaka : Security measures have been heightened Tuesday at Bangladesh's Chittagong court after it received a threat of a suicide bomb attack.

Abdur Rashid, general secretary of the Chittagong Bar Association, said the association's executive committee member Manas Kumar Das received a phone call threatening to blow up the court, reported.

"The man, who was speaking, said that a suicide squad will attack the court today," Rashid said.

After the threat, security was immediately heightened at the court premises.