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Damascus hails new UN envoy to Syria

Damascus : The Syrian foreign ministry Wednesday hailed the appointment of Staffan de Mistura who replaced Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN envoy to Syria.

In a statement, the Syrian foreign ministry said that a dialogue with the Syrians is the only way out of the ongoing crisis in the country, Xinhua reported.

The ministry hoped Mistura would stick to neutrality and objectiveness, mainly to respect the national sovereignty of Syria and non-interference in its internal affairs.

Millionaire beggar nabbed in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a beggar, who, it later turned out, has been sitting on a fortune of over $300,000, a media report said Wednesday.

Cash and valuables worth 1.2 million Saudi riyals ($320,000) were seized from the unnamed man of Arab ethnicity by the police from Yanbu port city in western Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Fahd Al-Ghanam, spokesman of Madinah police, said the man was nabbed after he was found begging in dubious circumstances.

Begging is strictly banned in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia allows women to participate in municipal polls

Riyadh : A new law that allows women in Saudi Arabia to vote and contest in municipal elections has come into force, a media report said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers at a meeting chaired by Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Crown Prince Salman Monday approved the legislation that gives men and women equal right to stand as candidates, vote and nominate others in next year's municipal council polls, Arab News reported.

Women were not allowed to participate in the elections in 2011.

Maldives deports 6,400 migrant workers in 2014

Male : Maldivian immigration officials deported 6,400 migrant workers in 2014 and are holding another 159 in detention, an official said Wednesday.

Besides a handful arrested over criminal offences, the others were all undocumented migrant workers, some having worked illegally for over 10 years, Xinhua reported.

A Maldives immigration official said that legal action would also be taken against the employers of migrant workers.

Four more Palestinians killed, toll in Gaza 639

Gaza : At least four more people were killed Wednesday in Gaza, where 635 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have already been killed during Israel's two-week air, naval and ground offensive.

Palestinian officials said that two men were killed in the southern of Bei Lahiya, and a 17-year-old teenager was killed in Khanyounis Ccity, south of Gaza, Xinhua reported.

Another Palestinian man dieed of his injuries in Khanyonis.

13 militants die in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 13 militants were killed Wednesday during air strikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

According to military officials, six militant hideouts were destroyed in the airstrikes in the Shawal mountains and the area near Dattakhel, Dawn online reported.

So far, more than 400 militants, mostly foreigners, have been killed during the Zarb-i-Azb military operation.

The operation was launched by the army June 15 following a brazen Taliban terror attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport June 8.

Pak too could become part of BRICS if it continues to resolve troubles of energy and terrorism: Brazil Ambassador

World cup was a big success, says the Brazilian Ambassador to Islamabad in an interview with TCN.

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Islamabad: Brazil expected 700 thousand people to visit its soil during the World Cup, but the response from the world was more than the expectations as one million people visited the South American country during the football extravaganza,” says the Brazilian Ambassador to Pakistan Alfredo Leoni.

Israel airport safe, says minister

Jerusalem : Israel's Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that the country's airport is safe for landings and take-offs, despite the fact that a rocket fired from Gaza had landed near the airport.

The minister's remarks came after major US, European and Canadian airlines cancelled their flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport located in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, in response to the rocket strike near the airport Tuesday morning, Xinhua reported.

Katz called on US based airlines to return to normal operations.

22 killed in Baghdad bomb attack

Baghdad : At least 22 people were killed and 45 were wounded in a car bomb explosion in the capital Baghdad Tuesday, a source from the interior ministry said.

A suicide bomber blew up himself at a checkpoint in a Shiite-majority district of Kadhimiyah area, north of Baghdad, killing 22 people and injuring 45 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Israel to destroy Hamas tunnels before ending offensive

Jerusalem : The Israeli army Tuesday said that it will not cease its Gaza offensive before rooting out the "terror tunnels" that Hamas are using to sneak into Israel, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tried to broker a peace between the Jewish state and the Islamist Hamas movement.

"The end position of this mission needs to be at a level that these tunnels no longer pose a threat and the majority, if not all of them, no longer exists," Xinhua quoted army spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner as saying.