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Hamas rejects to extend ceasefire for extra four hours

Gaza : The Islamic Hamas movement said Saturday night that it has rejected Israel's four-hour extension proposal to the just ended UN-brokered 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas and the Palestinian factions didn't agree on extending the humanitarian ceasefire for another four hours, Xinhua quoted Hamas spokesperon Sami Abu Zuhri as saying in a statement.

Gaza toll rises to over 1000

Gaza : The toll in the 19-day Israeli offensive has climbed to 1,030, with the bodies of at least 130 more Palestinians being recovered from rubble across the Gaza Strip, officials said Saturday.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, told reporters that rescue teams, medical crews and paramedics pulled out the corpses from the rubble during a ceasefire on humanitarian grounds in Gaza Saturday, Xinhua reported.

France hosts international meet for Gaza truce

Paris : France Saturday held an international meeting on ways to end the bloodshed and secure a long-term cease fire in the Gaza Strip where an Israeli military offensive has killed hundreds of Palestinians.

With the Israeli air and ground offensive against Gaza entering its 19th day and killing at least 878 Palestinians, top diplomats of France, the US, Britain, Germany, Qatar, Turkey, Italy and a representative of the European Union gathered in Paris "to try reaching a lasting truce in Gaza", Xinhua reported.

85 Syrian soldiers killed by Islamic State militants

Damascus : As many as 85 Syrian government soldiers have been killed over the past two days in attacks launched by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on a military base in Syria's northern al-Raqqa province, activists said Saturday.

The 85 soldiers and officers have been confirmed dead during the twin bombings the IS had carried out at the gates of the 23rd Division base in al-Raqqa and in the clashes that ensued, said UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Afghanistan suspends presidential vote auditing

Kabul : The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) Saturday announced that the presidential runoff vote auditing process has temporarily been suspended and will resume after the upcoming Eid festival.

"The audit process of presidential election runoff ballot papers has been suspended until after the Eid holidays," IEC Chief Yousuf Nuristani told a press briefing here.

Obama urges Afghan presidential rivals to work together

Washington : US President Barack Obama has spoken with the men vying to become Afghanistan's next head of state, encouraging them to follow through with a plan to form a national unity government regardless of the outcome of the audit of ballots from the June 14 presidential runoff, the White House said.

The president commended Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani "for putting the interests of Afghanistan first and committing to working together as partners in governance", the administration said in a statement Friday.

MH17 crash: Malaysian PM to visit Netherlands

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit the Netherlands Wednesday and meet his counterpart Mark Rutte for talks on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed after being shot down over Ukraine, his office said Saturday.

It said that the two leaders would discuss the MH17 crash, especially whether Malaysian pathologists could help expedite the process of identifying the human remains, Xinhua reported.

Iran confirms detention of Washington Post reporter

Tehran An Iranian judicial official has confirmed the detention of Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, a media report said Saturday.

“The probe into the case is still in the preliminary stage, and information on that can be made public only after technical investigations and interrogation,” Press TV quoted the official as saying Friday.

Rezaian, 38, along with his wife Yeganeh Salehi, and two other American freelance journalists were detained in Tehran Tuesday.

Both Rezaian and Salehi has dual US-Iranian nationality.

Iran offers to bring and treat injured Palestinians from Gaza

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Mumbai: Masood Khaliqi, Consulate General of Iran has announced that Iran is ready to take the responsibility of wounded Palestinians and treat them in their hospital. He said, “Gaza is the largest Prison on this earth. Israel is committing a barbarism by killing innocents even bombarded the relief camps.”

25 militants killed in Egypt's Sinai

Cairo : At least 25 militants were killed Saturday during a military raid in Egypt's North Sinai province, an official said.

The military raid started Friday afternoon in the city of Sheikh Zuweid near the Israeli border, the official told Xinhua.

According to the official, the militants belonged to the Sinai-based Al Qaeda inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly terrorist attacks since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi last year.