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Over 4,800 feared dead as quake jolts Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan: More than 4,800 people were feared dead and around 10,000 made homeless following a severe earthquake late Monday at 8:00 pm in northern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.
The quake measuring up to 6.0 on the Richter scale wiped out five villages completely, reports said.
According to the Minister for Water and Natural Resources Haji Mangal Hussein: "The earthquake caused devastation in the eastern parts of Baghlan province, particularly in Nahrin district."
The quake was also felt in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and in Dushanbe, the capital of the Tajikistan.
Akhbarnama launched on www.tnfj.org.pk
By: Salman Alvi
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Annan to meet Iraqi FM for arms inspections
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will hold two-day talks with Iraq's foreign minister next month, urging the return of arms inspectors, who left Baghdad in December 1998 ahead of US and British air strikes.
According to a spokesman for UN chief, Annan and Naji Sabri will meet on April 18th and 19th in New York, US.
END"Annan is hoping for substantive and focused discussions, specifically of the return of arms inspectors to Iraq," the spokesman said.
EU urges Israel on Arafat trip to Beirut summit
By: Sultan Ahmad
CAIRO, Egypt: The European Union has stressed Israel to allow Palestinian President Yasser Arafat travel to Beirut, where a 2-day Arab League summit is to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.
A European Commission spokeswoman said EU leaders had made very clear at a summit this month that Arafat should be given full freedom to travel to Beirut or anywhere else and without preconditions.
Earlier Tuesday, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said his government had not made up its mind on whether Arafat will be allowed to attend the meeting.
Meanwhile Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak advised Arafat not to go to the summit because Israel might not let him back.
Monday, US publicly prodded Israeli Premier Sharon to lift a travel ban on Yasser Arafat and allow him to attend Beirut summit.
China refuses permission to US ship
By: Khadija Chinese
BEIJING, China: China has barred a US warship from making a routine port call in Hong Kong in April, US officials confirm.
According to a spokeswoman for American Consulate in Hong Kong, China did not give a reason for denying a request for the USS Curtis Wilbur to visit the territory next month.
But Beijing has been angry over a Washington decision to let defense minister of Taiwan to attend a private summit in Florida earlier this month.
By: Hassan Ali
Once Jafar bin Affan came to the 6th successor of holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH & HP) Hazrat Imam Sadiq (PBUH)'s residence and seated himself next to him.
He who weeps for Hussein might well weep for Islam itself,
For the principles of Islam have been destroyed, and used unlawfully:
On the day when Hussein became the target of spears,