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Three family members of bin Laden killed in UK plane crash

London : Three family members of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were killed when a private jet crashed in Britain's Hampshire county, a media report said on Saturday.

The victims included Laden's stepmother Rajaa Hashim and sister Sana, reported The Telegraph citing sources. Laden's brother-in-law Zuhair Hashim is also believed to be among the dead. The pilot, who was reported to be Jordanian, was also killed.

Taliban releases audio of new leader

Kabul : The Afghan Taliban on Saturday released an audio tape of Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who was elected the new leader of the insurgent group earlier this week.

The half an hour audio was sent to local media by Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, who said the statement was delivered by Mansoor during an allegiance meeting held on Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency.

In his first statement, the new Taliban leader called for unity among Taliban members while urging his fighters to continue Jihad or holy war to re-establish Taliban's Islamic Emirate.

India, Bangladesh enclave residents get freedom after 68 years

Dhaka : On Saturday, when the clock struck 12.00 a.m., around 52,000 inhabitants of 162 enclaves in Bangladesh and India got the taste of freedom for the first time in 68 years, officially becoming citizens of either of the two countries.

It was also the moment when the tiny pockets of land -- or enclaves -- in each other's territories got merged with their respective countries, bringing an end to one of the most complicated and confusing border disputes in the world, the DailyStar reported.

Protein implicated in Alzheimer's may have a brighter side

Melbourne : Researchers have discovered that a protein involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease also has properties that could benefit human health.

A shorter form of a protein called beta amyloid is present both in diseased and healthy brains, said the study that could help researchers better understand how Alzheimer's develops.

"We know that the shorter form of beta amyloid is present in the diseased brain, but we now know that it is abundant in healthy brains as well,” said lead researcher Simon Drew from University of Melbourne in Australia.

New therapy against cancer

Santiago : An innovative immunological therapy that attacks carcinogenic cells in humans by increasing the body's anti-tumour response was presented in Santiago city in Chile.

The therapy is in the pre-clinical stage and its creator, Claudio Acuna, a researcher at the University of Santiago, has said the therapy will soon be patented in the United States, Xinhua news agency reported.

Malaysia awaiting debris verification results

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia is awaiting a verification as to whether the debris found on Reunion island is from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said on Saturday.

"As of today, I haven't received a detailed verification report," Liow said.

"I would like to emphasise that we are waiting for the verification result and we hope it can be done as soon as possible," Xinhua quoted him as saying.

"In the meantime, let's not speculate on anything."

US House introduces resolution on India's Independence Day

Washington : Ami Bera, Co-chair of Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, has introduced a resolution to recognize India's Independence Day and the significance of the US-India partnership.

The resolution introduced by the lone Indian-American lawmaker commemorates the 68th anniversary of India's Independence Day on August 15, and celebrates the contributions of Indian Americans in various sectors of the American society.

Kalam an 'inspiration', says Ban Ki-moon

United Nations: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's "inspiration" to the world on Friday during a visit to the Indian Mission in New York as a special gesture of condolence.

Ban said: "The outpouring of grief around the world is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his presidency."

"The UN joins the people of India in sending our deepest condolences for this great statesman," he added.

India, Bangladesh to swap enclaves from midnight

New Delhi: With effect from midnight on Friday, India and Bangladesh would swap small enclaves of land in each other's possession - bringing in to effect the implementation of the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement.

The 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India would be exchanged pursuant to the Land Boundary Agreement and the 2011 Protocol, instruments of ratification of which were exchanged during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in May.

'Stateless' enclave dwellers finally getting a country

Dinhata (West Bengal) : Having been "stateless" for 68 long years, more than 51,000 enclave dwellers will finally have a country of their own, when at the stroke of midnight Friday-Saturday, the historic exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh takes place.

Decades of isolation and deprivation has given way to hope and ecstasy as almost all the houses inside the enclaves have prepared some kind of celebrations to mark the historic day when finally they will unfurl the flag of a country they call their own.

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