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Terror havens in Pakistan unacceptable; India true partner: Obama

New Delhi: Sending a clear message to Pakistan, US President Barack Obama has said "safe havens" of terrorism within that country were not acceptable and described India as a "true global" partner.

Obama also called for those behind the Mumbai terror attacks to be brought to justice.

Saudi king Abdullah dies, half-brother succeeds him

Riyadh:Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died of complications from pneumonia early Friday and was succeeded by his half-brother Salman, the Saudi Arabian royal household said in a statement. He was 90.

"With great sorrow and grief, His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning," Xinhua quoted the Saudi royal court as saying.

Mother of IS-held Japanese hostage calls for release of son

Tokyo: Junko Ishido, mother of a Japanese hostage held by the Islamic State (IS) militants, called Friday morning for the release of her son, Kenji Goto, hours before the 72-hour deadline given by the IS.

Ishido said at a press conference that Goto is not an enemy of the IS and Japan is also not a foe of Islamic countries but a country which maintains friendship with those countries, Xinhua reported.

She said Goto became a father of a baby a couple of weeks earlier and is not aware of it.

Pakistan to import fuel worth $400 mn

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the finance ministry to urgently arrange for PKRs.4,000 crore (nearly $400 million) to import petrol and furnace oil for two months in the wake of the fuel crisis that has hit the country, a media report said Friday.

Dawn said Sharif asked the finance ministry Thursday to arrange for the money to import at least 10 shiploads of petrol and furnace oil.

JuD says will continue to operate in Pakistan

Islamabad:The Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) Thursday said it would continue its "charity work" across Pakistan, in its official response to the ban imposed by the government, media reported.

Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday that the bank accounts of JuD have been frozen and foreign travel restrictions imposed on the organisation's leader Hafiz Saeed, Dawn online reported.

JuD, in an e-mailed official reaction, accused Pakistan of having banned the organisation under pressure from the US to "please India".

Saudi King Abdullah dies

Riyadh: King Abdullah died early Friday of complications from pneumonia and has been succeeded by his brother Salman, the Saudi Arabian royal household said in a statement.

"His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning," the statement said.

The monarch was hospitalised Dec 31 for medical tests.

India, Pakistan trade fire on international border in Jammu

Jammu: Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire overnight on the international border in Samba district of Jammu after the BSF reacted to 'suspicious movements on the border'.

"At 10.55 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) BSF troops at the Regaal border post of Samba district noticed some suspicious movements following which they fired four to five rounds of light machine gun fire," a senior police officer said here Friday.

"Pakistan Rangers at the Dhandhar post on their side also fired a few rounds in retaliation."

Pakistan not on the brink but on a rethink: Experts

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : Pakistan is not on the brink, and recent developments have led it to change its policy towards its western neighbour Afghanistan and the same may be possible on its eastern side provided India enters into a dialogue, experts say.

Saudi Arabia seeks closer educational ties with India

Aligarh : Saudi Arabia is keen to intensify bilateral ties with India with education being a priority, said Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammad Al-Sati during his address at Aligarh Muslim University.

While addressing the University Polytechnic Wednesday, Al-Sati emphasised on close educational ties between the two countries.

Pakistan, India must hold talks at all costs: Kasuri

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : India and Pakistan must hold talks at all costs, said Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri whose forthcoming book reveals how tantalisingly close the two countries came to a solution to the Kashmir issue in 2007.

"If America and (North) Vietnam could hold talks in a Paris hotel every Tuesday despite bombing equivalent to five atomic bombs going on Vietnam, then India and Pakistan can do likewise," Kasuri told IANS in an interview at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 Thursday.

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