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European Imams join forces against extremism

By Anasudhin Azeez,

London : Imams from Britain and Europe gathered here on Thursday to condemn the atrocities taking place in the name of Islam and issued an appeal to all Muslims to reclaim the "digital space from those who wish to tarnish their faith".

Over 120 Imams attended an anti-extremism summit in the British capital and released a digital magazine to promote the true face of Islam, Asian Lite daily reported.

AAP says Bhushan, Yadav have quit; they deny

New Delhi : The rift in Delhi's ruling AAP escalated on Thursday with the party claiming that senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had quit its national executive but the two denied this.

Making the announcement, party spokesman Ashish Khetan said both Bhushan and Yadav appeared to be dead set against the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP's best known face who took power on February 14.

"They say one thing in private and another in public," Khetan told the media, adding he had been involved in days of close-door discussions with both men.

Qatar reliable source of energy for India: Mukherjee

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said India deeply values Qatar "as a reliable source of energy" and it was time that the two countries convert their commercial synergies into a deeper energy partnership through joint ventures in refineries and petrochemicals projects in India.

Mukherjee said India and Qatar share deep and rich historical connections based on geographic proximity and cultural commonalities.

Netanyahu begins talks to form new Israeli government

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday began negotiations for the formation of the next government, a process that will continue at best until the second half of April.

Negotiations kicked off with delegates of Netanyahu's Likud Party, which won the March 17 elections with 30 seats, to be followed by a series of meetings in parliament with parties such as the ultra-orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism, Efe news agency reported.

Bangladesh president, PM honour martyrs on Liberation Day

Dhaka : Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid tributes to martyrs of the Liberation War at the National Memorial in Savar to mark the 44th anniversary of the country's Independence Day.

The day marks the beginning of the fight by Bengalis in erstwhile East Pakistan for freedom, bdnews24 reported.

Bangladeshi officials enter India, sent back

Agartala : Four Bangladeshi intelligence officials who illegally entered Tripura were beaten up by villagers but were allowed to go back after Indian officials intervened, police said on Thursday.

Four other intelligence officials ran back to Bangladesh when these four were pounced upon by villagers in Boxanagar in Sipahijala district, police sources said here.

The incident took place on Wednesday night. The Bangladeshi officials, said to be district level intelligence officials, reportedly entered India in search of illegal drugs.

Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units on Thursday, after it launched operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The Saudi aerial deployment enabled the Royal Saudi Air Force to take control of Yemen’s airspace early Thursday.

Reports also emerged that top Houthi leadership Abdulkhaliq al-Houthi, Yousef al-Madani, and Yousef al-Fishi were killed, and head of the Revolutionary Committee for the Houthis, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, was wounded.

Modi greets Bangladesh, India's 'enduring friend'

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the people of Bangladesh on their 44th Independence Day, saying that country was an "enduring and important friend for India".

"Independence Day greetings to the people of Bangladesh, a nation that has always been an enduring and important friend for India," Modi said in a brief statement.

Modi also tweeted his greetings in Bengali, the official language of Bangladesh.

Pakistan examining Saudi request to join Yemen operation

Islamabad : Pakistan on Thursday said it was examining Saudi Arabia's request to join the Gulf-led operation against Shia Houthi militias in Yemen.

Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that top Saudi officials had contacted the Pakistani leadership requesting it to join the Yemen operation, Dawn online reported.

A decision has not yet been taken, Aziz said.

Modi to visit Turkey this year: Turkey ambassador

New Delhi : Turkish Ambassador to India Burak Akcapar said here on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Turkey this year and reiterated his country's commitment to a strategic relation with India.

Participating in an Indo-Turkish symposium at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here, Akcapar said Modi's visit will be the first by an Indian prime minister to Turkey after a gap of 13 years.