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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.

Search for missing Malaysian plane to go underwater

Kuala Lumpur : The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield will deploy a mini-sub Monday to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the country's Joint Agency Coordination Centre confirmed.

"Ocean Shield will cease searching with the towed pinger locator later today (Monday) and deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 as soon as possible," the Malaysian Star quoted JACC head Angus Houston as saying.

Nine killed in Afghanistan attacks

Kabul : At least nine people were killed and three injured in separate attacks in Afghanistan, an official said Monday.

"Local leader Mohammad Habbas and two of his bodyguards were killed in Andar district of Ghazni province in a clash Monday," Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy provincial governor, told Xinhua, adding three anti-Taliban fighters were wounded in the engagement.

Two staff members of Afghan National Solidarity Programme (NSP) were shot dead late Sunday in Takhta Pul district of southern province of Kandahar. They were kidnapped last week.

Palestinians reject Israel's economic sanctions

Ramallah: Palestinian peace negotiators said Sunday that if Israel is going to impose economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), they might halt security coordination with Israel.

During a meeting in Jerusalem, the Palestinian negotiation team refused to extend the ongoing peace talks, which will end later this month, unless Israel agrees to release the final batch of Palestinian prisoners. The Palestinians also demanded a halt of Israeli settlement construction, Xinhua reported.

Abdullah leading in partial election result, Ghani still not out of the race

On Sunday the Independent Election Commission announced the partial result of the Presidential Election. With nearly 10 % votes counted so far, Dr Abdullah Abdullah is leading with 41.89% of votes, while Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is close behind with 37.60%.

Israel backs Jewish settlers in West Bank

Jerusalem : Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon Sunday authorised Jewish settler families to move into a controversial building in the old city of Hebron in the West Bank, media reported.

"Following up with the court's decision... the settling of the house by those who purchased it was approved today (Sunday)," Ya'alon said, adding that a restricted number of families had been allowed to move into the building, Xinhua reported.

The four-story building is located in the old city of Hebron in the part populated by Jewish settlers.