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US 'disappointed' by Palestinian reconciliation deal

Washington:The US said Wednesday that it is "disappointed" by the reconciliation agreement between two main Palestinian factions, which could "seriously" complicate peace efforts.

Under the Palestinian agreement that would end a seven-year internal rift, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and the Hamas movement would start discussions to form a unity government within five weeks, Xinhua reported.

The timing of the deal was "troubling" and the US is "disappointed" in the announcement, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told a press conference.

15 killed in Iraq violence

Baghdad: At least 15 people, including a candidate for the upcoming parliamentary election, were killed and more than 30 others wounded in two violent attacks in Iraq Wednesday, police said.

Twelve Iraqis were killed and more than 30 others were injured when a car bomb exploded in a popular market in Baabouch village near Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a police source as saying.

Israeli air force strikes in northern Gaza

Jerusalem: The Israel Air Force struck an Islamic fighters cell in the Gaza Strip Wednesday afternoon that was poised to fire rockets into southern Israel, the media reported.

Four people were reportedly wounded in the attack in the city of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, Palestinian media quoted medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory as saying, according to Xinhua.

The Israeli military confirmed in a brief text message that it carried out a counter-terrorism operation with the assistance of Shin Bet, the internal security service, in northern Gaza.

Deal with Hamas boosts two-state solution: Abbas

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the reconciliation deal reached with his rival Hamas movement will empower the principle of the two-state solution.

Abbas said in an statement that the reconciliation agreement reached with Hamas, which controlled the Gaza Strip by force in 2007, doesn't at all contradict with the peace negotiations with Israel, Xinhua reported.

Decide between peace with Hamas or Israel: Israeli PM to Abbas

Jerusalem/Gaza: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Wednesday reports of growing communication between the rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements, demanding that the Palestinian president choose between peace with Hamas or with Israel.

"Instead of moving into peace with Israel, (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) is moving into peace with Hamas," Netanyahu said following a meeting with Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Sebastian Kurz in Jerusalem.

Very much welcome Modi statement on relations: Pakistan envoy

New Delhi: Dismissing seemingly tough statements by the BJP and its allies about Pakistan as "poll rhetoric", Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday said they "very much welcome" BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's latest statement that if he came to power, his government would follow a "balanced" foreign policy in which "no one should be able to intimidate us and neither should we do it”.

Bangladesh court rejects Khaleda's plea to scrap indictment

Dhaka: A court in Bangladesh Wednesday rejected Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia's request to scrap her indictment in the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.

A bench comprising Justices Borhanuddin and K.M. Kamrul Kader issued the order Wednesday after hearing the review petition filed on the grounds that the charges were not framed "properly", reported.

On March 19, Dhaka’s Special Judge Basudev Roy indicted Khaleda Zia in the graft cases.

Palestinian rivals agree on government formation, elections

Gaza: The Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold general elections, a senior Palestinian official said.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the delegation in talks with Hamas, told Xinhua that a transitional unity government would be declared within five weeks and the general elections will be held within six months.

Pakistani envoy welcomes Modi's statement

New Delhi : Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday welcomed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement that India-Pakistan relations should be "balanced" with no intimidation from either side and expressed his country's keenness to work with the new government.

"We are very much encouraged," Basit told media persons here reacting to Modi's statement in an interview to a news channel Tuesday night.

Syria announces name of first presidential candidate

Damascus : The Syrian parliament Wednesday announced the name of the first candidate who registered for the presidential election, media reported.

Muhammad Maher Hajjar, a Syrian parliamentarian, was the first to submit his application for the presidential election, Xinhua reported citing the official SANA news agency.

Registration for the June 3 election started Tuesday.

Hajjar submitted his application to the Supreme Constitutional Court, which is tasked with overseeing the presidential election.