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Abbas, Kerry discuss ceasefire in Gaza

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday urged US Secretary of State John Kerry to work jointly to ensure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, a media report here said.

Abbas and Kerry discussed recent developments in Gaza over phone, where violence between Israel and Palestinian militants has claimed about 80 Palestinians' lives, Xinhua reported.

The two leaders agreed to keep contacts in order to contain the crisis as soon as possible.

Israel tells Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate homes

Jerusalem: The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Thursday told Palestinians living near the Gaza Strip border to evacuate their homes, media reports said.

More than 100,000 Palestinians residing in areas adjacent to the border received notification from the IDF in a recorded message over the phone that they must evacuate their houses as quickly as possible, Xinhua reported citing the Ynet news website as saying.

Analysts say this move could be read as a possible preparation for an IDF ground operation in the strip or as part of Israel's psychological warfare on Hamas.

Putin calls on CIS special services to counter common threats

Moscow : Special services of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members should be prepared for any possible threats, especially those from Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

"The situation in Afghanistan will not calm down and improve. We must be ready for any scenarios," Xinhua reported Putin as saying during a meeting of security and intelligence services' chiefs of CIS countries here.

US drone strikes harming anti-terror efforts: Pakistan

Islamabad : Pakistan Thursday said US drone strikes were harming the military operation in North Waziristan tribal region aimed at eliminating terrorism.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, during her weekly briefing in Islamabad, condemned the drone strikes in Pakistani territories saying these were counterproductive and unacceptable as these violate the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Seven more killed in Israeli onslaught on Gaza, toll hits 76

Gaza : At least seven Palestinian civilians - three women and four children - were killed early Thursday when Israeli rockets hit their home in Khan Younes, bringing to 76 the toll since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to prevent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

More than 500 Palestinians have been injured in the Israeli onslaught, which entered its third day Thursday, according to medical sources.

Ashraf al Qidra, a Palestinian health ministry spokesman, said two-thirds of the casualties were civilians, mostly women and children.

Saudi Arabia recruits Indian maids to ease labour shortage

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has started issuing recruitment visas for domestic maids from India under a new employment contract finalised by the two nations, media reported Thursday.

UN body starts delivering relief items in Syria

Damascus : The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started an airlift operation to deliver emergency core relief items for 50,000 people in northeastern Syria, the organisation said in a statement Thursday.

The first round of airlifts from Damascus to the province of predominantly Kurdish city of Qamishli started Wednesday, as part of an operation that will involve 11 continuous rotations, Xinhua reported citing the statement.

Wednesday's shipment carried 22 tonnes of non-food relief supplies provided by the World Food Programme.

Six die in Pakistan drone attack

Islamabad : At least six people were killed Thursday in a drone attack by the military in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, media reported.

According to officials, the drone fired missiles at a house and a vehicle in North Waziristan's Dattakhel area, Dawn online reported.

The identities of the victims was not yet known, officials said.

South Asian bodies troubled by spying of Muslim Americans

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : A group of South Asian Organizations says it's deeply troubled by reports that US government agencies have engaged in surveillance of Muslim American civic and civil rights leaders, including Indian and Pakistani Americans.

"As organizations that work directly with South Asian community members, we know all too well that in the post 9/11 environment, the targeting of Muslim Americans has unfortunately become a commonplace occurrence," The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) said Tuesday.

UN envoy slams attack on Somalian government

United Nations: The UN secretary-general's special representative for Somalia Wednesday condemned Tuesday night's attack on Villa Somalia, the seat of the Somali Federal Government in Mogadishu, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said here.

Four people including three militants were killed in an attack overnight on the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The attackers used car bomb explosion and gunfire during the assault.