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Latin America closes ranks behind Palestinians on Gaza crisis

Bogota : Bolivia has joined the majority of Latin American governments in condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza, announcing that it will demand visas from Israelis.

Meanwhile, Venezuela said it would send humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza after unsuccessful appeals to end the violence.

Most Latin American countries have condemned the offensive, which has left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead over the past 24 days and five of them -- Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Brazil and Ecuador -- have recalled their ambassadors in Israel.

Jihadis impose restrictions on women's clothes in Syria

Beirut : The extremist Islamic State (IS) has imposed restrictions on women's clothes in the areas they control in the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor, bordering Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Thursday.

According to SOHR, the jihadis have released a statement in Deir Ez-Zor province with rules for the clothes to be worn by people in the province.

Algerians observe minute of silence in solidarity with Gaza

Algiers : Algerian officials Thursday declared their country's solidarity with the distressed population in the Gaza Strip by observing a minute of silence, a symbolic gesture of support for Palestinians as Israel continues to pummel the embattled coastal enclave.

Officials Wednesday announced that a minute of silence, as well as a short five-minute pause from work, would be observed midday Thursday in all public and private Algerian institutions in remembrance of the Gazan victims of Israeli airstrikes and in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Turkish expatriates start voting for new president

Ankara : The process of voting for the next Turkish president has started for Turkish expatriates, Turkey's Supreme Election Board (YSK) said Thursday.

According to the YSK, the overseas electorate can vote at embassies, consulates and other designated areas in their country of residence between July 31 and Aug 3, Xinhua reported.

Only about 178,959 of the more than 2.7 million eligible voters living abroad have made online registrations to cast their ballots in the first round of the presidential elections, YSK said.

Gaza toll 1,363 as Israel calls up more reservists

Gaza/Jerusalem : The toll in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has escalated to 1,363, the Palestinian health ministry said Thursday even as Israel called up more reservists to bolster its military.

The victims include 315 children and 166 women, Xinhua reported.

About 7,600 Palestinians have been injured, including 2,307 children and 1,529 women.

More than 240,000 Palestinians, or one out of every eight Gazans, have been displaced.

The ministry said that 15 of its staff members have been killed and 16 others wounded during the offensive.

Israel to summon 16,000 reserve troops

Jerusalem : The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) were Thursday instructed to summon 16,000 more reserve soldiers amid the ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of reserve soldiers to 86,000 even as the toll in the coastal enclave in the current offensive touched 1,360.

The order followed Wednesday's five-hour meeting of the cabinet, which voted to push forward and increase the military operation in Gaza, as Operation Protective Edge entered its 24th day Thursday.

25 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul : Security forces have killed at least 25 Taliban militants in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Police personnel backed by the army killed them in operations in parts of Wardak, Nangarhar, Faryab and Kandahar provinces since Wednesday, Xinhua quoted a ministry statement as saying. Five militants were also captured.

Bodies of 19 people recovered from Karachi beaches

Karachi : At least 19 bodies of people who drowned during Eid celebrations have been recovered from two beaches in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, media reported Thursday.

Twelve bodies were recovered from Clifton beach Wednesday night and six more bodies were recovered Thursday morning, Dawn online reported.

A body was also found at Hawks Bay Thursday.

Rescue efforts are still underway to recover the four missing bodies from a total of 23 people who drowned Wednesday.

US denounces shelling of UN school in Gaza

Washington : The US Wednesday condemned the shelling of a UN school in Gaza but refused to pinpoint Israel for it.

The US does condemn the shelling of a UN school in Gaza which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians, including children and UN humanitarian workers," Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Eric Schultz telling reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington D.C.

Malaysian police officers head for MH17 crash site

Kuala Lumpur : Sixty eight Malaysian police officers left Wednesday night for Kiev to secure the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and help experts carry out their assessment.

"We will be assisting the 12-strong forensic personnel who are currently in Kharkiv identifying the victims," Xinhua quoted Malaysia's Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar as saying at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

He said the officers would be briefed on safety measures and would be equipped with ballistic helmets and bulletproof vests for their mission.