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Over 550 killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

Damascus : At least 553 people have died over the past month in airstikes launched by the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a rights group reported Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) - a London-based NGO - has documented the number of deaths since the beginning of the air campaing Sep 23 until Wednesday night.

IS lost 464 of its fighters, mostly foreigners, the SOHR said.

Indian man reunited with family after 40 years

Dubai : An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said.

Now in his 60s, Abdulla Punathil Usman has been working as a cook in an Arab national's house in Hor Al Anz since early 1970s, the Gulf News reported Wednesday.

Pakistan says India constructing bunkers close to border

Islamabad : Pakistan's foreign office Thursday said Indian forces under the cover of unprovoked firing were engaged in constructing bunkers in locations within five hundred metres of the working boundary.

Speaking to media persons at the weekly briefing in Islamabad, foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said the construction of the bunkers was in violation of the 2010 agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad, Dawn online reported.

No Diwali sweets exchange at Attari border

Amritsar : The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday did not exchange sweets and greetings with their counterparts Pakistan Rangers on the occasion of Diwali.

This is the second time within this month that the border guards of both the countries have not exchanged sweets during their festivals.

Both sides broke the tradition and did not exchange sweets and greetings on the occasion of Eid earlier this month.

BSF officials here said that no effort was made to work out the protocol for exchange of sweets Thursday.

Pakistan Rangers breach truce in Kashmir

Jammu : Pakistan Rangers fired at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, sparking intermittent exchange of gunfire.

A senior police officer told IANS here that Pakistan Rangers fired at the Narain border post of the Border Security Force at Ramgar in Samba district.

"The Pakistani firing started at 10.30 a.m. and is still continuing intermittently," the officer said. The BSF retaliated. "No casualty or damage has been reported from our side."

Libyan army moves towards recapturing Benghazi

Benghazi : The Libya National Army, supported by Major General Khalifa Haftar, has entered Benghazi for the first time in two months.

"A number of special armed forces and other fighters entered the city Wednesday to increase control of the neighbourhoods while Islamist forces were clearly retreating," Xinhua quoted Libya's special forces spokesperson Ahmad Al-Mismari as saying.

"Army units are stationed in Hay Al-Salam in Benghazi after passing through areas in the north-east and centre of the city," an eyewitness said.

Syrian Air Force destroys old war jets captured by IS

Damascus : The Syrian air force destroyed two timeworn war jets, which were captured by the Islamic State (IS) militants in an airbase in Syria's Aleppo province, a senior Syrian military source said Wednesday.

The Syrian air force has destroyed two old war jets captured by the IS in the al-Jarrah airbase in Aleppo, Xinhua quoted the source as saying.

10 injured in blast outside Cairo University

Cairo : At least 10 people, including six policemen, were injured in a blast Wednesday afternoon outside the main gate of Cairo University in Egypt's Giza province, an interior ministry statement said.

"The explosion took place at Nahda Square opposite to Cairo University and six policemen and four civilians were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

Mohamed Sultan, the health ministry's head of emergency care unit, said six people were injured in the explosion and they were transferred to nearby hospitals.

Saudi Grand Mufti: Enemies of Islam spreading evil through Twitter

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said that the enemies of Islam are using social networking sites such as Twitter to spread lies about the religion and attack Muslims.

Two rioters sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : A special court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two men to death and another person to 12 years in jail for taking part in rioting in Qatif governorate.

They were charged with several crimes, including the killing of security officials and attacking a police station, the Saudi Gazette reported Wednesday.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced the three defendants Tuesday.

They were also accused of making bombs, throwing Molotov cocktails at security officers and triggering an explosion by firing at a cooking gas cylinder at a police station.