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Arab ministers blame Israel for peace talks' deadlock

Cairo: Arab foreign ministers Wednesday held Israel fully responsible for the ongoing "dangerous stalemate" of the Middle East peace negotiations, following their meeting at the Arab League headquarters here, Xinhua reported.

During the meet, requested by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the ministers held Israel responsible for the current peace deadlock due to its rejection of the two-state resolution that gives the Palestinians the right to establish their own independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital city.

25 killed in Syrian twin bombings

Damascus: At least 25 people were killed and 107 wounded Wednesday in two car bomb blasts in Syria's Homs province, a local media report said.

The bombings rocked the Al-Khadram Street in Karm Allouz neighbourhood of Homs, the report said, adding that the blast caused heavy damage to property as well, Xinhua reported.

The bombs were detonated in a swift succession.

More than 150,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in Syria since the conflict started in 2011.

23 killed, 113 injured in Iraq attacks

Baghdad: At least 23 people, including a journalist, were killed and 113 wounded in a string of attacks carried out in different parts of Iraq Wednesday, police and medical sources said.

The incidents came on the 11th anniversary of the entry of US troops into the Iraqi capital city and the fall of the regime of the then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

The deadliest attack left nine killed, including a reporter, when several neighbourhoods in Fallujah city, located 50 km from Baghdad, were bombarded with mortar rounds.

Iran should not bow to pressure in n-talks: Khamenei

Tehran: Iran's nuclear negotiators should not yield to pressure by the world powers in the ongoing nuclear talks, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.

"The negotiators should not accept any forceful rhetoric from the other side, and Iran-IAEA relations should be ordinary," Xinhua quoted Khamenei as saying.

He implied that the Iranian negotiating team should not undertake any extra obligations vis-a-vis the UN nuclear watchdog.

13 kg bomb defused in Karachi

Islamabad: Security personnel Wednesday successfully defused a 13-kg bomb in a Karachi locality averting a calamity in Pakistan's largest and populous city, the Dawn online reported.

A Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team after receiving a tip-off about the presence of the bomb near residential apartments on Khalid Bin Waleed Road recovered it and later succeeded in defusing it.

BDS personnel found the bomb in a fertiliser sack. The bomb was connected with a detonator device and contained two and a half kilograms of explosive material, the report.

Indonesians vote in parliamentary elections

Jakarta: Indonesians flocked to polling stations Wednesday to cast their votes in parliamentary elections held simultaneously across the nation.

They will choose 560 members of the House of Representatives (DPR), 132 members of Regional Representatives Council (DPD) at the national level, 2,112 members of provincial legislative assembly, and 20,257 members of the district/city legislative assembly.

Bangabandhu was an illegal PM: BNP leader

Dhaka: Two weeks after making a startling claim that Ziaur Rahman was Bangladesh’s first president, senior BNP leader Tarique Rahman said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an "illegal" prime minister.

Rahman made the comment at a function, organised by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at the Westminster Hall in London Tuesday, Wednesday reported.

He said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the "first illegal prime minister of Bangladesh" as he had apparently defied the declaration of independence made April 10, 1971, when the first government was formed.

3 killed, 34 wounded as car bombs explode in Baghdad

Baghdad: At least three people were killed and 34 others injured in four car bomb explosions across Iraq's capital Baghdad Wednesday, the country's interior ministry said.

One of the blasts early Wednesday morning hit a busy intersection in the Shiite district of Sadr City in the eastern part of Baghdad, leaving a civilian dead and six others injured, a ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Another car bomb struck New Baghdad district in the southeastern part of the capital, killing a civilian and wounding eight others.

23 killed, dozens injured in Islamabad blast

Islamabad: At least 23 persons were killed and scores of others injured in a huge explosion at a vegetable market in the Pakistani capital city Wednesday.

Initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted inside a fruit box in the Sabzi Mandi area on border between the capital Islamabad and garrison city Rawalpindi, Geo News reported.

The box was one of many containing fruits that were brought from Burewala, Arifwala, and Pakpattan in Panjab province.

Iranian women on Facebook want to shun veil: Study

London : Use of social media can influence attitudes and behaviours to a greater extent, even empower women too. According to a promising research, Iranian women who use Facebook may be willing to display pictures of themselves without a veil.

"Among women in Iran, the duration and amount of daily Facebook activity is associated with their desire to wear a traditional head-covering and their willingness to put photos without a veil,” explained Sean Young from David Geffen school of medicine, University of California.