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No Diwali sweets exchange at Attari border

Amritsar : The Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday did not exchange sweets and greetings with their counterparts Pakistan Rangers on the occasion of Diwali.

This is the second time within this month that the border guards of both the countries have not exchanged sweets during their festivals.

Both sides broke the tradition and did not exchange sweets and greetings on the occasion of Eid earlier this month.

BSF officials here said that no effort was made to work out the protocol for exchange of sweets Thursday.

Pakistan Rangers breach truce in Kashmir

Jammu : Pakistan Rangers fired at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday, sparking intermittent exchange of gunfire.

A senior police officer told IANS here that Pakistan Rangers fired at the Narain border post of the Border Security Force at Ramgar in Samba district.

"The Pakistani firing started at 10.30 a.m. and is still continuing intermittently," the officer said. The BSF retaliated. "No casualty or damage has been reported from our side."

Libyan army moves towards recapturing Benghazi

Benghazi : The Libya National Army, supported by Major General Khalifa Haftar, has entered Benghazi for the first time in two months.

"A number of special armed forces and other fighters entered the city Wednesday to increase control of the neighbourhoods while Islamist forces were clearly retreating," Xinhua quoted Libya's special forces spokesperson Ahmad Al-Mismari as saying.

"Army units are stationed in Hay Al-Salam in Benghazi after passing through areas in the north-east and centre of the city," an eyewitness said.

Syrian Air Force destroys old war jets captured by IS

Damascus : The Syrian air force destroyed two timeworn war jets, which were captured by the Islamic State (IS) militants in an airbase in Syria's Aleppo province, a senior Syrian military source said Wednesday.

The Syrian air force has destroyed two old war jets captured by the IS in the al-Jarrah airbase in Aleppo, Xinhua quoted the source as saying.

10 injured in blast outside Cairo University

Cairo : At least 10 people, including six policemen, were injured in a blast Wednesday afternoon outside the main gate of Cairo University in Egypt's Giza province, an interior ministry statement said.

"The explosion took place at Nahda Square opposite to Cairo University and six policemen and four civilians were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

Mohamed Sultan, the health ministry's head of emergency care unit, said six people were injured in the explosion and they were transferred to nearby hospitals.

Saudi Grand Mufti: Enemies of Islam spreading evil through Twitter

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said that the enemies of Islam are using social networking sites such as Twitter to spread lies about the religion and attack Muslims.

Two rioters sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : A special court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two men to death and another person to 12 years in jail for taking part in rioting in Qatif governorate.

They were charged with several crimes, including the killing of security officials and attacking a police station, the Saudi Gazette reported Wednesday.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced the three defendants Tuesday.

They were also accused of making bombs, throwing Molotov cocktails at security officers and triggering an explosion by firing at a cooking gas cylinder at a police station.

Warplanes seized by IS destroyed, claims Syrian government

Damascus : The Syrian government has claimed that its army has destroyed two warplanes in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, the official news agency SANA reported Wednesday.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zubi said in a televised interview that the Syrian Air Force had destroyed two of the three old aircraft in the power of the jihadis, as they landed at an abandoned air base in Aleppo.

The Syrian army is searching for the third plane although the IS would not be able to use it, he added.

Kurdish PKK maintains peace process with Turkey

Istanbul : The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has backtracked on its threat to end the peace process with the Turkish government if Ankara did not take certain steps, the founder of the guerrilla group, Abdullah Öcalan, said in a statement Wednesday in the Hurriyet newspaper.

"It is our responsibility that the hopes we are regenerating end in practical reasons", Ocalan said from the jail on Imrali island in the Sea of Marmara where he is serving a life sentence.

25 get jail terms in Egypt terror case

Cairo : A court in Egypt Wednesday sentenced 25 people convicted of terrorist activities to various terms of imprisonment. One person aws acquitted.

The defendants were charged with establishing a terrorist cell in Cairo's Nasr City district to carry out terrorist attacks throughout Egypt, state-run MENA news agency reported.

They were also accused of embracing extremist ideas that advocate attacks on the police and army personnel and state facilities, targeting ships transiting the Suez Canal and attacking foreign diplomatic missions to disrupt public order.