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IS to release 29 Assyrian Christians abducted in Syria

Damascus: Islamic State (IS) has decided to release 29 Assyrian Christians, who were part of over 200 members of the community kidnapped by the radical group earlier this week, a group monitoring the Syrian war said Saturday.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Assyrian Christian leaders have conducted talks with the IS leadership through mediators to secure the release of abducted members of the community, Xinhua reported.

UN condemns Iraqi heritage destruction by IS

United Nations: The UN Security Council has condemned the destruction of religious and cultural artifacts and burning of rare manuscripts by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Iraq's Mosul city.

In a statement issued Friday, the Council slammed the ongoing barbaric terrorist acts in Iraq by the IS and reiterated its condemnation of the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria, including targeted destruction of religious sites and objects, Xinhua news agency reported.

Cameron defends security services over 'Jihadi John'

London: British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the country's security services amid criticism they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John", from joining Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Cameron Friday said the security services made "incredibly difficult judgments" on Britain's behalf, BBC reported.

His comments came after it emerged Emwazi was known to authorities.

The prime minister said he would not comment on specific cases but urged the public to back the security services.

Bangladesh blogger murdered by professional killers: Doctor

Dhaka: Those who killed US-based blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka were professionals and dealt three blows with sharp weapons "very expertly and brutally" on the right side of the head of the victim who died from profuse bleeding, said the doctor who did the postmortem on the body Friday.

Sohel Mahmud, assistant professor in Dhaka Medical College's forensic department, said there were three deep gashes on the right side of Avijit's head caused by a sharp weapon like a machete, reported.

'Jihadi John should be caught alive'

London: The widow of a man killed by a masked Islamic State (IS) militant known as 'Jihadi John' has said that she wants him caught alive, a media report said Friday.

Dragana Haines says the "last thing" she wants for the man who killed her husband, British aid worker David Haines, is an "honourable death", BBC reported.

India, Pakistan to celebrate richness of Urdu in Delhi

New Delhi: Indian and Pakistani writers Intizar Hussain, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee, and Nida Fazli, among others will participate in an Urdu festival in Delhi to celebrate and explore the spirit of the language.

PTI vows to unite two Kashmirs

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will fight for the rights of the Kashmiri people on all fronts under the leadership of Imran Khan, a party leader has said.

"The Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions," PTI general secretary Jehangir said while addressing a public gathering in Muzaffarabad Thursday, Dawn reported.

He vowed that the PTI would "unite Pakistan-held Kashmir and Indian Kashmir" after coming to power.

Strong earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan

Islamabad: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit northern region of Pakistan, including capital city of Islamabad Friday, media reported.

According to initial details, strong tremors jolted Islamabad, Mansehra, Rawalpindi, Murree, Sawat, Malakand, Shangla Hill, Batgaram and adjoining areas, ARY news reported.

The duration of the quake was around three to five seconds and its epicenter was about 92 km north of Islamabad.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the Met Department said.

US offers bounty for information on two Afghan extremist

Washington: The US has offered rewards of up to $5 million for information on two associates of Afghan extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG).

According to a US State Department statement Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry has authorised a reward of up to $3 million for the arrest or conviction of Abdul Saboor and up to $2 million for Abdullah Nowbahar, Xinhua reported.

Saboor is an explosives expert associated with HIG who is responsible for an attack in Kabul May 16, 2013.

Pakistani prisoner killed while attempting to escape

Islamabad: A prisoner was killed and another injured when four inmates of the district jail in Pakistan's Gilgit city attempted to escape Friday. Two prisoners managed to flee.

Police said security forces have launched an operation to nab the two inmates who managed to escape, Geo News reported.

Police said the two escaped inmates were involved in the deadly Nanga Parbat attack.