SEVEN held for attempting hijacking off UK coast.

SOUTHAMPTON - United Kingdom : Seven held for attempting hijacking off the UK coast. A group  of stowaways detained in a special forces raid on an oil tanker off the coast of southern England were arrested on suspicion of attempted hijacking, police said on Monday.

''The seven men have been arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force,'' Hampshire Police said in a statement.


BEIRUT : Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels : Air strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in north western Syria on Monday,'' a monitor said., in the bloodiest surge in violence since a truce almost eight months ago. [AFP].


UNITED NATIONS : Iran pleads against US wars : Iran's foreign minister on Monday urged action at the UN against US unilateralism as he denounced Washington - over wars waged since 2001.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif addressed the General Assembly for a high level session to mark the 75th anniversary of the world body, where the US has been seeking to raise pressure on Iran.

President Donald Trump's administration has imposed sweeping unilateral sanctions on Iran, hoping to end the clerical regime's backing of paramilitary groups in the region. [AFP]


DOHA : Female passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom., in procedures the Australian government on Monday described as grossly disturbing and offensive. [AFP]


STEPENAKART, Azerbaijan : A third attempt at halting weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh collapsed quickly on Monday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading accusations of violating US-brokered ceasefire within minutes [AFP].


NEW YORK: A gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick, a purse with a hidden camera and a hotel room listening device are among items used by Soviet intelligence during the Cold War going up for auction for the first time. [AFP]


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