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Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood from elections

Cairo : An Egyptian court Tuesday banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, state media reported.

The verdict comes a few weeks before the country's May presidential elections, the first since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

An anti-Brotherhood group, the Popular Front, filed a lawsuit against "Brotherhoodisation of Egypt," prompting the judge to order the country's election commission to decline any candidacy requests from Brotherhood members, Xinhua reported.

Indian woman jailed in Oman for husband's murder to be freed, deported

Muscat : An Indian woman, who was jailed last year for killing her drunk husband, will be released from jail on compassionate grounds and deported from Oman.

The 40-year-old woman, who worked as a teacher in a school in Sur city in northeastern Oman, was arrested after her 49-year-old husband's unnatural death Oct 25 last year, the Times of Oman reported Tuesday.

Her two daughters also study in the same school.

Iran complains to UN about US visa refusal

London : Iran has complained to the UN about the US denying a visa to Iran's UN envoy-designate, a media report said Tuesday.

Iran's Deputy Envoy to the UN Hossein Dehghani complained that the US had violated its legal obligations under international laws and also wrote to the UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country to request for an urgent meeting, BBC reported.

MERS under control, says Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : The Saudi Arabian government has assured citizens that measures were in place to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that has so far claimed 69 lives in the country.

After a cabinet meeting Monday, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said: "The Cabinet was reassured about the health situation in general and in Jeddah after the minister's (health minister) inspection of several public hospitals in the city."

Jordan to rescue its abducted ambassador in Libya: PM

Amman : Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour Tuesday said that his government will take all measures to rescue its ambassador in Libya, state media reported.

Fawwaz Aitan was kidnapped in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli while heading to work, he added.

Some masked gunmen opened fire at the ambassador's car as he left his house, Ensour said, adding that the ambassador's driver was seriously injured in the incident.

The Jordanian government is coordinating with the Libyan authorities to identify the kidnappers, he added.

Indian among four charged for negligence in restaurant blast

Doha : An Indian man was among four people charged with dereliction of duty that caused gas explosion in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital and led to the death of 11 people, leaving 35 injured here, media reported Tuesday.

The Indian, whose name was not mentioned in the report, was working as a supervisor in a local restaurant, where the explosion occurred Feb 27 , the Gulf Times reported citing local Arabic daily Arrayah.

19 prisoners fall sick in Bangladesh jail

Dhaka : Nineteen inmates of the Bagerhat district jail in Bangladesh have fallen sick due to food poisoning.

They were admitted to the Bagerhat Sadar Hospital Tuesday, Jail Superintendent Md. Amanullah said.

The inmates were down with diarrhoea after having "special food" Monday on the occasion of Poila Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year, reported.

Kuheli Begum, resident officer of the hospital, said the patients were admitted to the diarrhoea ward.

Afghan deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul

Kabul : An Afghanistan deputy minister for public works was kidnapped Tuesday in northern Kabul, sources said.

"Gunmen kidnapped the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Wahid, in Khair Khana locality. One of his security guards was wounded in a short exchange of fire," a security official told Xinhua.

Officials of the Afghan interior ministry confirmed the kidnapping.

Efforts were underway to rescue the abducted official, the source said, adding that the police launched an investigation into the incident, which took place at early Tuesday.

Underwater search for missing Malaysian plane continues

Canberra : A mini-sub hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was prepared to make a second mission to the remote Indian Ocean seabed Tuesday, officials said.

The Bluefin-21 is expected to continue search Tuesday, "when weather conditions permit," Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said.

The Bluefin-21 was supposed to cover an area of 40 on its first day Monday underwater, using side sonar to create a 3D image of its surroundings.

Suez Canel SEZ to create nearly 25,000 jobs

Cairo : The Suez Canal - Special Economic Zone(SEZ) in Egypt at the investment of $4.8 is expected to create nearly 25,000 jobs, Egypt's ministry of investment, trade and industry said.

The Tahrir complex at Ain Al-Sokhna in Suez Governorate will also generate 50,000 indirect job opportunities in the petrochemicals industry, a ministry statement said.

The project is expected to produce annually 1.36 million tonnes of ethylene and polyethylene, which are used in packaging, detergents and electronics.