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Briefly World: Oppn boycotts Syria polls

Syrians cast ballots in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assad’s political reforms

Written by Agencies | Published: May 8, 2012 1:09 am

Oppn boycotts Syria polls

DAMASCUS: Syrians cast ballots Monday in parliamentary elections billed by the regime as key to President Bashar Assad’s political reforms,but the opposition dismissed the vote as a sham meant to preserve his autocratic rule.

Iraq court releases Hezbollah prisoner

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court on Monday declared Hezbollah commander Ali Mussa Daqduq,accused of killing US soldiers in Iraq in 2007,not guilty for lack of evidence and ruled that he be set free.

Taliban kill 14 Pak security personnel

Islamabad: The Taliban killed 14 security personnel and beheaded all but one of them,before displaying the heads of two soldiers on wooden poles in North Waziristan region’s Miranshah town,security officials said on Monday.

Bomb kills 3 NATO troops in Afghanistan

Kabul: NATO says a bomb has killed three of its service members in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. The statement did not provide details about the attack nor the nationality of the service members killed.

‘No information on al-Zawahiri presence’

Islamabad: Responding to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement,Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Monday that the government has no information about the presence of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in the country. If anybody has any information,they should share it with Pakistan,Khar said.

Israeli cabinet approves snap polls

Jerusalem: Buoyed by opinion polls and an opposition in disarray,Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet has approved his request for snap polls on September 4. The bill to bring forward the polls is now due for vote in the Knesset (Israeli parliament).

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