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Prove abducted pilot still alive: Jordan tells IS

Amman: Jordan said Wednesday that it wants the Islamic State (IS) to prove that the Jordanian pilot abducted by the militant group last month was still alive.

"Jordan has asked the Islamic State (IS) to provide a proof of life for the Jordanian pilot it captured last year (December 2014), but we have not received a reply," Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said in a statement, according to a Xinhua report.

Earlier in the day, the Jordanian government said it was willing to swap Sajida Rishawi, an Iraqi suicide bomber, with captured pilot Muath Kasasbeh.

Seven Houthis killed in suspected Al Qaeda attack in Yemen

Aden: At least seven Shia Houthi fighters were killed and five others injured in a suspected Al Qaeda attack in Yemen Wednesday, an official told Xinhua.

"Unknown gunmen believed to be Al Qaeda operatives attacked the house of a tribal leader allied to the Shia Houthi group in Radda town of al-Bayda province, killing at least seven people inside," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

"The victims were meeting the tribal leader inside the house when the armed attack occurred," the official said, adding that the two sides exchanged fire for about half an hour.

36 killed in clashes with IS in Iraq

Baghdad : A total of 36 people were killed in attacks and clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala Wednesday, security sources said.

Heavy clashes erupted when Iraqi security forces and Shia militias attacked IS militants hiding in Himreen mountainous area in northeast of Baquba, Diyala's provincial capital, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, leaving at least 20 IS militants dead, provincial police chief Jamil al-Shimary told Xinhua news agency.

Bangladesh Inc. request PM, opposition to settle political crisis

Dhaka : The Bangladesh business community Wednesday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia to end the current political crisis which has led to a difficult economic situation.

A delegation of the business leaders handed over memorandums to this effect to Hasina and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Zia, Xinhua news agency reported.

Key ministerial candidates endorsed by Afghan lawmakers

Kabul : Several key ministerial candidates nominated by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani were endorsed by lawmakers at the ongoing national legislative session here Wednesday afternoon.

The Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament, gave its vote of confidence to Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi to lead the ministry of interior affairs, Eklil Hakimi as minister of finance while Salauddin Rabbani was endorsed as the minister of foreign affairs, Xinhua news agency reported.

Bahrain postpones trial of opposition leader

Manama : Bahrain's upper criminal court decided Wednesday to postpone the trial of Ali Salman, opposition leader and general secretary of Al Wefaq Society, until Feb 25, said the public prosecution.

The public prosecution confirmed that the trial would be held in public and media representatives would be allowed to attend the hearing, Xinhua news agency reported. Ali Salman was arrested last month and remains in custody charged with inciting violence.

Al Wefaq has been calling for Salman's release as his arrest sparked riots and vandalism in several areas of Bahrain.

Amnesty seeks sanctions, accountability for Libya war crimes

London : Amnesty International (AI) called on the UN Security Council Wednesday to investigate and impose targeted sanctions for kidnappings, torture and murders committed during the conflict in Libya, some of which it considered as war crimes.

In the report entitled "Benghazi's Descent into Chaos: Abductions, Summary Killings and other Abuses", Amnesty International described the human rights violations carried out during the ongoing armed conflict in the country.

Iran seeks 'quick' nuclear agreement: Official

Tehran : Iran is seeking a quick agreement with the world powers on the nuclear issue, the country's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said Wednesday.

"As (Mohammad-Javad) Zarif has announced in his latest remarks, we want to reach an agreement as soon as possible," Afkham said, adding, "but not at any cost",

The Iranian nuclear negotiators were using every opportunity to narrow down differences with the P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the US plus Germany -- in the run up to a comprehensive nuclear deal, she said in her weekly press briefing.

Hamas, Jihad hail Hezbollah attack on Israeli army

Gaza : The Islamic Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) Wednesday hailed the attack of Hezbollah on an Israeli army patrol on the borders between northern Israel and south Lebanon.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas movement's spokesman in Gaza, said in an emailed press statement that Hezbollah has the right to respond to the Israeli occupation's assaults and attacks, mainly the last one, Xinhua news agency reported.

92 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 92 suspected militants were killed in Pakistan's North Waziristan and Khyber Agency areas in airstrikes on their hideouts, Dawn reported Wednesday.

“In a precise aerial strike in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the afternoon (Tuesday), 53 militants, including 12 foreigners, were killed. Six hideouts, an ammunition dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed,” the report quoted an Inter-Services Public Relations statement as saying.

In another strike in the same area later, 23 militants were killed, the ISPR added.