SC rejects Abu Salem plea in fake passport case

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a plea by underworld don Abu Salem, challenging his conviction in a fake passport case by a special court in 2013 and seven year rigorous imprisonment sentence imposed on him.

A bench of Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh dismissed the plea contesting the verdict of the special Central Bureau of Investigation court.

Over 1,700 killed in Iraq violence in July: UN

Baghdad : At least 1,737 Iraqis were killed, and 1,978 others injured in terrorist attacks and violence in July, according to a statement issued Friday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The statement said that 1,186 civilians, including 106 civilian policemen, and 551 Iraqi security forces personnel were killed, while 1,511 civilians, including 177 civilian policemen, were wounded.

An additional 467 security members were wounded in terrorist and violent acts in July, Xinhua reported citing the UN data.

Three militants killed in Assam bomb blast

Guwahati : Three militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) faction that is opposed to any talks were killed Friday in a blast in Assam's Goalpara district, police said.

The three militants were taking shelter in a farmer's house in Mongrey village. A bomb went off in the morning, killing the three on the spot, police said.

Yemen hands over Al Qaeda suspects to Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Yemen has handed over eight suspected Al Qaeda militants to Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday.

The move comes as part of joint security operations between the two countries, and the suspects will be tried in accordance with Saudi laws, Xinhua quoted Saudi interior ministry spokesman Mansour Al-Turki as saying.

He added that two of the suspects ran back to Yemen after they were released from prison in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are on the hunt for dozens of its citizens joining the terrorist network based in Yemen.

14 Palestinians killed in Gaza

Gaza : At least 14 Palestinians were killed and 29 injured Friday in Israeli airstrikes, hours before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

According to medical sources, eight Palestinians were killed early Friday as Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the southern Gaza city of Khanyounis, Xinhua reported.

In the airstrike, 10 people were injured.

Six Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed and 19 injured during airstrikes in eastern districts of Khanyounis, medics said.

27 killed in violence across Iraq

Baghdad : At least 27 people were killed and as many injured in the violence witnessed in different parts of Iraq Thursday in the form of clashes and bomb attacks, police said.

Four policemen were killed and 11 wounded in Salahudin province when several roadside bombs detonated near their patrol on main road in Ishaqi area, some 110 km from Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a police soure as saying.

Subhan's Pakistan link: Delhi Police seeks Kolkata's aid

New Delhi : Delhi Police has approached its Kolkata counterparts for the custody of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Arshad Khan who had provided contact numbers of Pakistan-based terrorist handlers to arrested LeT operative Abdul Subhan.

Police said Subhan came in touch with his Pakistan-based LeT handlers Javed Baluchi and Ajam Cheema with some phone numbers provided by Arshad, who is presently lodged in Kolkata jail.

Muslim priest killed in China, two arrested

Beijing : At least two suspects were shot dead and another arrested after an imam of China's largest mosque was murdered in a city in the country's restive Xinjiang region, police said Thursday.

Jume Tahir, 74, was stabbed after he led early morning prayers at the Id Kah mosque in the county-level city of Kashgar in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region Wednesday.

The suspects resisted arrest with knives and axes that led to their killing, Xinhua reported.

Turghun Tursun, Memetjan Remutillan and Nurmemet Abidilimit were wanted for Tahir's murder.

Maoists blow up trooper's home in Bihar

Patna : Maoist guerrillas blew up the house of a CRPF constable in Bihar's Aurangabad district early Thursday to protest the killing of two people a fortnight ago in a gunbattle with police, officials said.

This is the second such incident within a week in the Maoists affected district when rebels have targeted the homes of security personnel.

Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Upender Kumar Sharma said a group of Maoists surrounded Pipra village and blew up the home of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Contable Vinod Singh.

Gaza toll 1,363 as Israel calls up more reservists

Gaza/Jerusalem : The toll in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has escalated to 1,363, the Palestinian health ministry said Thursday even as Israel called up more reservists to bolster its military.

The victims include 315 children and 166 women, Xinhua reported.

About 7,600 Palestinians have been injured, including 2,307 children and 1,529 women.

More than 240,000 Palestinians, or one out of every eight Gazans, have been displaced.

The ministry said that 15 of its staff members have been killed and 16 others wounded during the offensive.