Philippine ‘sultan’ who launched Sabah incursion dies

MANILA (AFP) – A self-proclaimed Philippine sultan whose followers launched a bloody incursion into the Malaysian state of Sabah earlier this year died of organ failure in a Manila hospital on Sunday, his wife said.

Jamalul Kiram III, 75 – who described himself as the “Sultan of Sulu” after a group of islands in the southern Philippines – passed away at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram said.

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NRI couple arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges of practicing black magic

Kendrapara: An NRI couple were arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges of practising black magic, official sources said today.

Seikh Nizam and Noor Jehan, from Odisha’s Kendrapara township, had shifted to Turba city of Saudi Arabia few years ago where they claimed to be a healer and mystic.

The couple was arrested last month after authorities reportedly found a variety of occult items in their possession, including herbs, Consulate general office of India office in Jeddah said.

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Explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday asked the Centre to explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire.

Questioning the role of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Omar said that either the Sharif was involved in the ceasefire violations or he was not in control of the situation.

“I don’t understand whether Pak Prime Minister is involved (in the violations) or he is not in control of the situation. But whatever it is, we must strive to defeat these forces, who are trying to destroy the lives of our people living close to the borders,” he said.

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Congress MP Rashid Masood disqualified from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Congress MP Rashid Masood was on Monday disqualified from the Rajya Sabha after he was convicted in a corruption case recently.

Masood was sentenced to four years in jail by a Delhi court in a corruption case.

He has become the first Member of Parliament to lose his seat after a July 10 Supreme Court judgment had removed the immunity for convicted lawmakers.
Masood, 67, was immediately taken into custody by the court.

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At least 16 dead in Nainital bus accident

NAINITAL/LUCKNOW: At least 16 people were killed when a bus in which they were travelling rolled down a gorge in Nainital, police said on Monday.

The incident took place near Kaladungi town Sunday evening. Around 50 people were in the ill-fated bus, which was returning from a marriage held in Barapatthar area.

The driver lost control of the bus while negotiating a turn and the bus skidded off the road and fell down in the gorge after breaking the divider.

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Egyptian gunmen kill three outside church in Cairo suburb

CAIRO: Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Egyptian wedding guests outside a Coptic Christian church in a Cairo suburb on Sunday night, killing three people, security sources said.

The masked assailants shot randomly at the people as they left the church, the sources said. It was not immediately clear if those killed were Christians, they said.

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Efforts continue for Syrian bishops’ release

Turkey continues to exert effort to secure the release of two Syrian bishops who were kidnapped in April.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials told Hürriyet Daily News the negotiation process continued during the talks to free two Turkish pilots and Lebanese pilgrims.

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