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Hollande vows 'all measures' to fight Syrian Jihadists

Paris : President Francois Hollande Tuesday voiced determination to fight against the rising menace of Syrian Jihadist by taking "all measures" to prevent his nationals from joining conflict in the country and put at risk French security.

"France will take all measures to dissuade, prevent and punish those who are tempted to fight where they have no reason to be," Xinhua quoted French president as saying.

Abbas sets new conditions for peace talks with Israel

Ramallah : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that he will accept to extend the peace talks with Israel if the latter releases the final group of Palestinian prisoners and freezes settlement construction.

If Israel believes in the two-state solution, it should negotiate with the Palestinians to set the borders of both countries within a period of one month, two months, or three months, he added.

"But they (the Israelis) must freeze settlement activity during the negotiations time," Xinhua quoted Abbas as saying.

Arab lawmakers criticise Israel over enlisting more Christians

Jerusalem : Arab lawmakers Tuesday criticised Israel's plans to raise the number of Christian conscripts for the Israeli army, calling it a divisive policy for the Arab community in the country.

The remarks came after the Israeli Army Radio revealed Tuesday that voluntary conscription notices will be sent to all Christian Arabs of enlistment age in the coming days, instructing them to report to recruitment stations for preliminary screening, Xinhua reported.

Expatriates have decisive role to play in the future of India: SDPI Chief

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Jeddah : Indian community employed in the Gulf countries have a larger and decisive role to play in shaping the future of India, said A Saeed, National President of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). He was speaking during an impressive reception given to the national leaders of SDPI on their short visit to the Kingdom.

Kadam's remarks on Muslims, Pakistan his personal view: Shiv Sena

Mumbai : An embarassed Shiv Sena Tuesday distanced itself from party leader Ramdas Kadam's "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" remarks at a rally attended by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, terming these as "his personal view".

Worried by the fallout of the remarks, a Shiv Sena spokesperson said that "the statements do not echo the sentiments of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena".

"It is his personal view. The party's stand on Hindutva is clear, and voiced by Uddhav (Thackeray) time and again," the spokesperson said.

Four militants killed, eight captured in Afghanistan

Kabul : At least four militants were killed and eight others were detained Tuesday as security forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan, the country's interior ministry said.

"The special forces of national police launched cleanup operations in Dahnai Ghori district in northern Baghlan province Tuesday and so far eight militants including two commanders, namely Mullah Ghayor and Mullah Janan, have been captured and four others were killed," Xinhua quoted an interior ministry statement as saying.

'Partition was not best solution, only led to India-Pakistan confrontation'

Sonipat (Haryana) : Partition was not necessarily the best solution for India and Pakistan as it only led to confrontation between the two neighbours that led to wars with disastrous consequences for development and democracy. This was among the views expressed at a day-long India-Pakistan youth dialogue here.

Pakistan test-fires n-capable ballistic missile

Islamabad : Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile Tuesday, the military said.

The 290-km short-range surface-to-surface Hatf III (Ghaznavi) ballistic missile can carry nuclear and conventional warheads, Xinhua reported citing an army statement.

"The successful launch concluded the field training exercise of the Strategic Missile Group of Army Strategic Forces Command," the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Pakistani president postpones official visit to Nigeria

Abuja : Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain has indefinitely postponed a three-day official visit to Nigeria, citing some pressing concerns in his country, officials said Monday.

Hussain's visit was initially billed to begin Monday, but embassy officials in Nigeria said the Pakistani leader, while seeking to postpone the visit, did not actually give details of the "pressing concerns" that affected the long scheduled trip to Nigeria.

Australia mulls more aid for Syrian refugees

Amman : Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said here Monday that his country is looking into increasing aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan, local media reported.

Bishop made the remarks at a meeting with Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Xinhua reported.

Australia is aware of the challenges Jordan is facing due to hosting a large number of Syrian refugees and that it is looking into increasing aid to Syrian refugees in fields of education and health, Bishop said.

According to official data, there are about 600,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan.