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Riyadh cuts ties with Tehran after embassy attack
Riyadh : Saudi Arabia's foreign minister announced on Saturday to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and asked all Iranian diplomats to leave within 48 hours, local media reported.
 
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he informed the UN Security Council of the attack on the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran late Saturday, adding that those Saudi diplomats reached Dubai, the UAE, safely.
 
He accused the Iranian authorities of not taking any measure to prevent the attacks against the embassy in Tehran and the consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad.
 
On Saturday, angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi diplomat mission against the Saudi execution of 47 individuals over terrorism charges, including a Saudi Shia cleric, Namir Al Namir, a member of Saudi Shia community.
 
The attacks were a violation to the international agreements, the minister said, also referring to the Iranians' previous attacks on the US and British embassies.
 
He also accused Iran of providing protection for Al-Qaeda through weapon trafficking.
 
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SC to hear plea on ban of diesel-run vehicles
New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear a plea on Tuesday by automobile manufacturers seeking modification of its order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000 cc and above.
 
An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice T. S. Thakur on Monday said the matter would be heard on Tuesday after senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Gopal Subramaniam appearing for the automobile manufacturers Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes and Toyota sought modification of its December 16, 2015 order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles above a 2000 cc engine capacity.
 
The court has imposed the ban in the wake of alarming air pollution during the winter season.
 
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Mopping operation continues at Pathankot air base
Pathankot (Punjab) : Search and combing operation by security forces continued at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base here on Monday morning, over 52 hours after terrorists attacked the frontline air base in Pathankot town of Punjab.
 
NSG and Army commandos conducted a thorough mopping of the entire area where the terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had been cornered, police said.
 
Firing could be heard during the night and Monday morning. Officials said this firing could be linked to the mopping operation.
 
IAF helicopters flew through the night over the air base to assist ground forces in the counter offensive against the terrorists.
 
Army and para-military forces have surrounded the entire air force base, which is spread in a huge area.
 
Four terrorists were killed by security forces on Saturday after a 15-hour long gunfight in which the NSG, Indian Army and IAF commandos were involved, assisted by IAF helicopters.
 
A gunfight between two more terrorists and security forces continued through Sunday.
 
Seven security personnel, including one official of the National Security Guard, one IAF Garud commando and five Defence Services Corps (DSC) personnel were killed in the counter-offensive against the terrorists.
 
"Combing operation continued (on Sunday). This operation is at the completion stage. The operation will continue till the whole air base has been cleared of any intruders," Air Commodore J. S. Dhamoon, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of the Pathankot Air Force Station told the media.
 
Smoke could be seen coming out of the IAF air base in Pathankot, 250 km from Chandigarh, on Sunday evening as the gunfight moved to an end.
 
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