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Iranian cleric tones down warning to women following acid attacks

By Artemis Razmipour,

Tehran : A prominent cleric in Isfahan, Mohamad Tagui Rahbar, said Monday that when he recently issued a warning to improperly veiled women he meant to do it with words, not with acid, following several attacks that have disfigured women in the central Iranian city.

"I did not say the warning had to go beyond language," Etemad newspaper Monday quoted Rahbar as saying.

Rahbar condemned the attacks staged by unknown attackers in recent days who threw acid on the faces of women driving cars.

Israeli settlers occupy homes in east Jerusalem

Jerusalem : A large number of Israeli settlers took over two buildings in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem overnight Monday, Israel Radio reported.

The buildings, which contain nine apartments, were allegedly seized by members of Ateret Cohanim, a far-right Jewish organisation dedicated to moving as many Jews as possible to the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, particularly in the Old City, Xinhua reported.

Toll in Libya clashes rises to 75

Tripoli : Nine more people were killed in violent clashes in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi between the renegade general Khalifa Hafter's forces and Islamic militants, taking the total toll to 75, medical sources said Monday.

A security source said the crossfiring was concentrated in Benghazi's Laithi, Boatni and Al-Masakin regions, Xinhua reported.

On Sunday evening, the Islamist militants mounted a bomb attack on Haftar's house, killing a passerby. The pro-secular general was not at the scene.

Iraq's top Shia cleric supports Abadi's government

Baghdad : Iraq's most revered Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Monday met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and expressed his support to Abadi's new government and its fighting against the extremist Islamic State (IS) militant group.

"Sistani welcomed and blessed the formation of the new government and stressed on the necessity for me to be open to other Iraqi factions to preserve the country's national unity," Abadi told reporters after the meeting with Sistani in the holy Shia city of Najaf, some 160 km south of Baghdad.

10 killed in Baghdad mosque bombing

Baghdad : Ten worshippers were killed and some 31 others wounded Monday in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

The attack occurred during the noon prayers when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside al-Khairat Shia mosque at a commercial district in downtown Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"The latest reports said that 10 people were killed and 31 wounded in the suicide bombing in the Shia mosque," the source said.

21 Shia Houthi rebels killed in Yemen

Sanaa : At least 21 Shia Houthi rebels were killed Monday when suspected Al Qaeda militants attacked positions of the group in Yemen.

"The Al Qaeda militants carried out deadly armed attacks against checkpoints manned by Houthi armed men and bombed two Houthi houses in Radda town," an official told Xinhua.

Radda town, in the central province of al-Bayda province, where Al Qaeda terrorists are active, is some 270 km southeast of Yemen's capital Sanaa.

The attack followed sporadic fighting that had started Sunday night, the official said.

Bangladesh mulls online voting

Dhaka : The Election Commission (EC) here is considering allowing poll-time officials to vote online, even though general elections in Bangladesh see voters exercise their right to franchise only through the ballot.

The law will, however, have to be amended before the system can be introduced, bdnews 24 reported Monday.

Israel arrests 13 Palestinians for rioting

Jerusalem: Israeli troops overnight Saturday arrested 13 Palestinians across the West Bank who were suspected of rioting and using violence towards Israeli civilians and security forces, the Israeli army said.

The suspects, who hail from Qalqilya and villages in the Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron areas, are all being held in custody for questioning, Xinhua reported citing an Israeli army spokeswoman.

Seven soldiers killed in Egypt blast

Cairo: Seven soldiers were killed and four others injured Sunday in an explosion targeting their vehicle in Arish city in North Sinai, Egypt, security sources said.

The military armoured vehicle carrying the soldiers was blown up by an explosive device while they were on their way to comb the natural gas station in southern Arish city, the provincial capital of northern Sinai, security sources confirmed to Xinhua.

Arab League delegation supports Iraq's anti-IS fight

Baghdad: An Arab League chief headed delegation arrived in Baghdad Sunday to show support to Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State (IS).

The delegation headed by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi included Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah and Mauritius Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Ahmed Ould Teguedi, Xinhua reported.

The delegation of the pan-Arab organisation is scheduled to meet with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri.

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