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No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting at SAARC: India

New Delhi : India Friday denied any plans for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, in answer to a query at a briefing, said there is "no such proposal at hand" and that the issue is not under discussion.

He added that no request has been received from Pakistan for such a meeting and that "there is no request that we intend to give".

PLO holds Israel responsible for Mideast peace failure

Ramallah : A senior Palestinian official Friday held Israel responsible for the failure of the Middle East peace process due to the Jewish state's measures and practices on the ground.

Saeb Erekat, the official in Palestine Liberation Organization and a veteran negotiator, said in an official press statement that the Israeli government was fully responsible for the current deterioration and the collapse of peace, Xinhua reported.

Boko Haram seizes control of Nigerian town

Nairobi : Militants of the Boko Haram radical Islamist group have seized the important northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi, days after the government confirmed that ceasefire negotiations were still continuing, media reported on Friday.

Eyewitnesses said that Boko Haram attacked the second most populous town in the state of Adamawa Friday as the group's fighters clashed with Nigerian forces.

Citing the witnesses, the daily Nigeria Today reported that the militants stormed and burned the police headquarters and opened the doors of the prisons.

Court reserves order in Musharraf's high treason case

Islamabad : A special court here Friday reserved judgement on dismissing the high treason case against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf and others till Nov 21.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab resumed hearing of the case earlier in the day during which Musharraf’s counsel Farogh Naseem submitted a rejoinder in the court, Geo News reported.

Sit-ins delayed building powerhouses: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday blamed sit-ins for delaying the construction of powerhouses in the country, as cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan continued protesting with supporters in the capital city for over two months.

While presiding over a special cabinet meeting, Sharif reviewed the performance of three ministries including railways, petroleum and planning and development, Geo News reported.

21 IS fighters killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

Damascus : Twenty one Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in US-led airstrikes against the Sunni radical group's positions in the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, a monitoring group said Friday.

An IS commander and a Danish IS fighter were among those killed, Xinhua reported citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The US-led anti-terror coalition has recently focused its strikes against the IS positions in Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, to keep the group from capturing that strategic city on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Kurdish women fighters, an unprecedented example of equality in Middle East

Madrid : The Syrian city of Kobane, where resistance against jihadis of the Islamic State (IS) has become a symbol of Kurdish unity, is also an unprecedented example of equality for its women, who fight side by side with men in the streets.

The images of Kobane, under siege by the IS for the past 40 days, and especially of women of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) defending their city with a Kalashnikov in their hand and a smile on their face, have been seen worldwide on social networks.

Over 29,000 Pakistanis still in Afghanistan

Islamabad : Over 29,000 Pakistanis who fled North Waziristan because of an ongoing military operation are in Afghanistan, authorities said.

Speaking at a media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam Thursday shared the official figures of those who had migrated to Afghanistan after the start of operation 'Zarb-i-Azb' in North Waziristan in June, Dawn online reported.

Norway to send troops to Iraq

Oslo : Norway announced that it will send 120 soldiers to Iraq.

The soldiers will not "be in direct combat with the forces of the Islamic State (IS). They shall, instead, assist with capacity building of Iraqi security forces", Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Thursday.

Norwegian soldiers will be stationed in Erbil and provide counselling and support for Iraqi security forces in areas near Baghdad, Solberg said.

Somalia's police chief is dead

Mogadishu : Somalia's Police Commissioner General Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Ismail has died, officials said. A probe has been ordered into his death.

The official unexpectedly fell and died in the course of his normal daily business, reported Xinhua.

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the death and said a ministerial commission has been formed to investigate the death of the commissioner who was a close ally to the prime minister.

"We are shocked by the sudden death of Commissioner Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Ismail," said Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed.