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Afghan, Taliban peace talks end

Islamabad : The peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives ended on Wednesday, media reported.

Officials of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme held the peace dialogue with Taliban representatives in their first official face-to-face discussions which ended Wednesday morning.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in Oslo, lauded the peace talks.

Sharif said the talks were a "major breakthrough".

'Highly dangerous' terror cell dismantled in Tunisia

Tunis: Tunisian security forces have dismantled a "highly dangerous" jihadist terrorism cell and arrested its members, interior minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli said.

The alleged cell members were planning a series of attacks, Gharsalli said on Tuesday.

Counter-terrorism police seized the cell's entire equipment during the overnight arrests, the minister said.

Investigators identified jihadist 'sleeper cells' before last week's arrests of eight suspects in the deadly gun attack on tourists at the popular beach resort of Sousse in late June, Gharsalli said.

25 killed in suicide bombings, clashes with IS in Iraq

Baghdad : At least 25 people were killed and some 50 others wounded in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants and suicide bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, security sources said.

In Iraq's western province of Anbar, at least eight IS militants were killed and some 20 others wounded in fierce clashes with Iraqi security forces backed by allied militias known as Hashd Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) around the Sunni town of Saqlawiyah north of the IS-held city of Fallujah, a provincial security source told Xinhua news agency.

Afghan officials in Pakistan to negotiate peace with Taliban

Islamabad : Officials belonging to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme, appointed by former president Hamid Karzai to negotiate peace with the Taliban, are in Islamabad for talks with the militants, a media report said on Tuesday.

"A delegation from the High Peace Council of Afghanistan has traveled to Pakistan for negotiations with the Taliban," the Dawn reported citing a post on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's official Twitter account.

Saudi brothers arrested for Kuwait mosque attack

Jeddah: Three Saudi brothers have been arrested on a "strong suspicion" of having links with last month's bombing of a Shia mosque in Kuwait, the Saudi interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The arrests were made in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia after a joint investigation by security authorities in both the countries linked the three brothers "with the parties to the terrorist crime", Saudi Press Agency reported citing an interior ministry spokesperson.

20 killed in Nigeria explosion

Abuja: At least 20 people were killed in a bomb explosion that rocked Zaria city in Nigeria's northwestern state of Kaduna on Tuesday, provincial governor Nasir El-Rufai said.

The explosion occurred in Sabon Gari area of Zaria city, at a centre opened for biometric screening of state civil servants, the governor said.

"I am sad that a terrorist bomb attack just killed 20 people in Zaria. May the souls of our innocent departed rest in peace," the governor said in a statement.

Suicide bombing kills 25 Syrian soldiers

Damascus: A suicide bomber killed 25 government troops when he blew himself up near a military position in the key Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitor group reported on Tuesday.

A suicide bomber with the Al Qaeda-linked militants blew himself up on Monday evening near an orphanage where government troops were stationed, in the Jamiyet al-Zahra neighbourhood, killing 25 Syrian soldiers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Explosion rocks Kabul

Kabul: An explosion ripped through the southeastern part of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

"There (may be) possible casualties," a security source was quoted as saying. The explosion, at around 11.30 a.m., damaged several houses and vehicles.

Government troops cordoned off the area after the blast, keeping people from gathering at the scene for fears that there might be a second blast.

Unofficial sources said it appeared a car bomb targeted a two-vehicle convoy passing by the area where a lawmaker's house was located.

Over 100 die in coalition airstrikes in Yemen

Sanaa: Over 100 people, mostly civilians, died and dozens were wounded in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition against two areas controlled by Houthi rebels in northern and southern Yemen.

According to state news agency Saba, controlled by the Houthis, and witnesses, the strikes on Monday affected two popular markets in the northern Amran province and in the southern Lahesh province.

In Amran, 40 people, mostly buyers and sellers that included women and children, lost their lives in the bombings, said Saba.

Thousands attend the lecture of Dr Zakir Naik at the closing night of Dubai Ramadan Forum 2015

By Mohammed Hidayathullah

Dubai: The 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum, organized by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, concluded on Sunday, July 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims thronged the DWTC Sunday night in order to attend the final lecture of Dubai Ramadan Forum 2015 by renowned Indian Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik.