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Two IS linked suspects arrested in Morocco

Rabat: Two Islamic State (IS) linked suspects, who were planning to leave for training camps in Syria and Iraq, were arrested in Morocco, the interior ministry said.

The two have connections with foreign extremists and were planning to receive military training in IS camps before carrying out attacks in Morocco, the ministry said in a statement Friday.

One of them had close relations with a criminal group in Fez city. The detentions led to the arrest of four more people in connection with the gang.

Hamas attack kills boy in Israel

Jerusalem: A four-year-old boy was killed Friday evening by a mortar attack on southern Israel by Hamas, authorities said.

The child was killed when a mortar barrage launched from the Gaza Strip hit a car near a kindergarten in Sdot Negev Regional Council near the Israel-Gaza border, Xinhua quoted a spokesperson with the Israeli military as saying.

It is the first Israeli casualty since a fresh round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that dominates Gaza, started Tuesday, Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross, said.

Nearly 200,000 killed since start of Syrian crisis: UN

United Nations: The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, Friday said that more than 191,000 people have been killed in Syria between March 2011 and April 2014, saying that the ongoing fighting there "has dropped off the international radar".

"Pillay said that the number released by her office is more than double the number documented a year ago," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at a daily press briefing here. "But, she said, tragically, the new figure is probably underestimates the real total number of people killed," Xinhua reported.

Two killed in Pakistan firing in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Two people were killed and seven others injured early Saturday in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers on the Border Security Force posts near the international border in R.S. Pura sector in Jammu district, police said.

"Two villagers, identified as Muhammad Akram and his 13-year-old son Aslam were killed and seven people including Akram's wife, his three children and a BSF constable were injured in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers in Jodafarm village of R.S. Pura sector today," a senior police officer told IANS.

Lebanon cautions against repercussions from Syrian crisis

Beirut: Lebanon's social affairs minister Rachid Derbas cautioned Friday that the "country is on the verge of drowning" and it cannot bare anymore the repercussions of the Syrian crisis and Syrian displaced.

Derbas said in a radio interview that the Syrian crisis "is the most dangerous crisis Lebanon has faced since its establishment and could lead to its disappearance and the elimination of its borders," Xinhua reported.

170 illegal immigrants missing off Libyan coast

Tripoli: A wooden boat carrying some 170 illegal immigrants was missing off the Libyan coast near Tripoli Friday, a coast guard official said.

The stowaways were believed from sub-Saharan African countries and intended to go to Italy. Their boat was feared sank some 60 km east of Tripoli in the Guarakouzi area, Xinhua quoted the official as saying.

The official, who did not wish to be named, said the coast guards were searching the boat and survivors in the area.

US targets key financiers of Al Qaeda, Al Nusra Front

Washington: The US Friday imposed sanctions on two alleged key financiers of al-Nusra Front and Al Qaeda, authorities said.

Abdul Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Sharikh and Hamid Hamad Hamid Al-Ali were added to the Department of Treasury's list of specially designated global terrorists, a move that entails sanctions barring American citizens from doing business with them and freezing all of their assets under US jurisdiction, Xinhua reported.

Fearing firing, residents leave border villages in Jammu

Jammu: Faring firing from Pakistani forces, around 2,000 villagers belonging Friday left three villages close to the international border in Jammu district to move to safer places, police said.

Police sources told IANS here that around 500 families Friday migrated out of Korotana, Nai Basti and Vidipur Jatta villages in R.S.Pura sector of the international border in Jammu, fearing firing from Pakistan Rangers.

"These families have taken shelter in two government high school buildings in R.S.Pura sub-division," the officer said.

HC notice to Pakistan mission on child's custody

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday issued notice to the Pakistan High Commission, seeking its assistance on the custody issue of a four-year-old Pakistani girl, who had lost her parents in an accident near Srinagar in June.

A division bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice S.P. Garg asked the Pakistani mission to assist the court by providing details of the guardians of the child seeking her custody.

The court posted the matter for Aug 25.

Austrian humanitarian aid for 100,000 people in Iraq

Vienna : The Austrian government has approved one million euros ($1.3 million) in emergency aid from the Foreign Disaster Relief Fund (FDRF) to the UN in northern Iraq, the country's foreign ministry said in a statement.

“It (FDRF) has launched another initiative: a joint relief operation of the Austrian foreign and defence ministries. Austria is providing Red Cross aid packages to the value of 150,000 euros financed by the Austrian Development Agency operating within the foreign ministry,” the ministry added.