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Islamic State accused of ethnic cleansing

London : New evidence uncovered by human rights group Amnesty International Tuesday indicates that the Islamic State (IS) Sunni militant organisation has launched an ethnic cleansing campaign in northern Iraq against religious minorities.

A report released by Amnesty International presents a series of accounts from survivors of massacres who describe how dozens of men and boys in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq were rounded up by IS militants, bundled into pick-up trucks and taken to village outskirts to be massacred in groups or shot individually.

Pakistan Supreme Court issues notices to parties

Islamabad : The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notices summoning all parties after hearing a set of petitions against the sit-in protests by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) here.

The notices were issued after petitioner Zulfiqar Naqvi pleaded before the court that all parliamentary parties be summoned so the ongoing political deadlock can be resolved, Dawn online reported.

'Retaliate to Pakistani constraints, counter China vis-a-vis Japan'

New Delhi : India should deploy counter-constraint policies against Pakistan since historic reconciliation is not a "credible possibility", eminent diplomat Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary and chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, has said.

In an indirect reference to Pakistan's overtures to separatist leaders, which led to cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks with the country last month, Saran said Pakistan was using asymmetrical strategies to impose "significant constraints" on India, which made retaliation a necessity.

13 killed in Baghdad bomb blasts

Baghdad : As many as 13 people have been killed in two explosions in Iraq's capital Baghdad Monday, a police source said.

Thirteen people were killed and 45 others injured when two car bombs exploded in Bayaa area in south Baghdad, Xinhua quoted the source as saying.

The massive blast also destroyed several nearby buildings and vehicles.

Iraq has been witnessing some of its worst violence in recent years.

First batch of Pakistani government Haj pilgrims arrive

Jeddah : The first Haj flight arrived in Jeddah from Peshawar on Sunday carrying pilgrims under the official Government of Pakistan Scheme.

Global housing firm: Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years

Jerusalem : An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.

Temporary halt to Makkah Haram expansion

Makkah : Sultan Al-Qurashi, the head of projects at the Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said all development work at the Grand Mosque would be temporarily halted from the middle of this month.

He added this was due to the Haj season, which witnesses huge numbers of worshippers and pilgrims, but all maintenance work would continue as usual. He pointed out the contracting company is finalizing the installation of escalators, lifts and bridges before the break, while work will resume after the end of the Haj season.

Indians in Saudi Arabia asked to get machine-readable passports

Riyadh : The Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia has appealed to all Indians living in the kingdom to get machine-readable passports issued as soon as possible, a media report said Monday.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will phase out non-machine-readable passports by Nov 24, 2015, Arab News quoted Indian embassy spokesperson Surinder Bhagat as saying.

"Foreign governments may deny visas or even entry on old passports," he said.

"This is why Indian citizens living across the kingdom are advised to change their passports as soon as they can."

Nigerian troops, Boko Haram militants exchange gunfire

Abuja : Heavy gunfire was heard Monday from the scene of a gunfight between Nigerian security forces and suspected members of the Boko Haram in the restive northeastern state of Borno, residents said.

Heavy gun shots were heard at Goneri, a community in Bama, the second largest city in Borno State, residents told a Xinhua reporter via phone call.

Ibrahim Mohammed, a leader of a youth volunteer force, said the attack by the militants was repelled by the security forces who promptly responded to a distress call by residents.

Saudi preacher jailed for praising IS

Riyadh : A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a preacher to five years in jail for praising the Islamic State (IS) Sunni militant organisation during an Eid sermon at a mosque in Riyadh in 2013, a media report said Monday.

Riyadh's special criminal court also convicted the preacher, who was not named, of financially supporting terrorism, and slapped a five-year travel ban on him, an Arab News report said.

The preacher had earlier received a letter from the ministry of Islamic affairs ordering him to stop delivering sermons at the mosque.