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Iranians mark Quds Day in solidarity with Palestinians

Tehran : Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied Friday across the country to mark Quds (Jerusalem) Day in solidarity with the Palestinians, condemning Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian land and the ongoing bloody attacks on the Gaza Strip.

In Iran's capital Tehran, the participants chanted slogans and carried banners in the rally, underscoring the trial of Israeli authorities for what they called "war crimes" against Palestinians in Gaza, Xinhua reported.

Muslims in Maharashtra hold protest against Israel

Mumbai : Muslims across Maharashtra held protests, after offering Friday prayers, against Israel for its offensive in Palestine, which has claimed hundreds of lives.

In many major mosques here, special prayers were said against Israel and the US, condemning the continued attacks on Palestinians, especially women and children since the past few weeks.

The Raza Academy and other organisations had given a call for special prayers in all mosques in the city and in Maharashtra for the safety and security of Palestinians.

India's two Gazas: One in parliament, another at UN

By Saeed Naqvi,

Sushma Swaraj's statement on Palestine in the Rajya Sabha so pleased Jerusalem that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman thanked her that evening over the telephone. But the goodwill thus generated was fading by Wednesday when New Delhi, having changed its mind, voted with the resolution at the UN "condemning Israel for disproportionate use of force in Gaza".

UN chief seeks Gaza truce for Eid ul-Fitr

Cairo : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday called for an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in the strife-stricken Gaza Strip during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr that will begin Monday.

"This truce should last through the Eid ul-Fitr holiday period," Ban said in a statement after meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry.

Cease 'activities' in Pakistani Kashmir, China told

New Delhi : China has been told to cease its "activities" in Pakistani Kashmir, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday.

The minister told the Lok Sabha that the government paid close attention to "Chinese activities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir".

"The government has conveyed its concerns to China and asked them to cease such activities," he said, without elaborating.

Further, regular meetings were held between India and China, including at the highest level, to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, the minister said.

Four journalists detained in Iran

New York : The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of them with US-Iranian nationality, a media report said Friday.

Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, Iran's correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the UAE-based newspaper the National, Al Jazeera quoted the CPJ as saying in a statement.

Protect Palestinians in Gaza: Jordanian king

Amman : Jordan's King Abdullah II called on the international community to protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza and stop Israel's ongoing offensive on the coastal enclave.

At a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday, the king said that Jordan will continue to coordinate with the Palestinians and all parties involved to end Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported.

He said Israel's aggression will only result in more disasters and instability in the Middle East.

Bangladesh leading in commercial production of Bt brinjal

Dhaka : Bangladesh is leading the world in commercial production after the country's government gave approval for this last year, according to a leading not-for-profit international organisation that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology with various stakeholders.

Bangladesh approved the commercial planting of four varieties of insect resistant Bt brinjal Oct 30, 2013, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

Foreign Secretaries' meet move to normalise ties: Pakistani daily

Islamabad : That Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries have agreed to meet Aug 25 despite recent clashes across the Line of Control (LoC) deserves to be lauded, said a Pakistani daily Friday.

The decision to hold the talks is indicative of the political leaderships' keenness to move towards a normalisation of relations, the Dawn said in an editorial.

Boko Haram kills 12 in Nigeria

Abuja : At least 12 people were killed in a fresh Boko Haram attack on a remote village in Nigeria's Borno state, residents said Thursday.

The village head and 11 others were shot dead in the attack on Garubula village in Biu area of Borno, Usman Bunu, a resident who witnessed the onslaught, told Xinhua.

He said Boko Haram stormed the village late Wednesday, shooting sporadically and warning residents not to flee.

He added that a local security guard at the village head's palace was among the casualties.