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UN Security Council reform effort gets broad backing; China, Pakistan oppose move

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : The top diplomat heading the efforts for Security Council reforms has unveiled a framework document to pave the way for text-based negotiations amid broad support for his effort to spur the long-stalled process and vehement opposition from China and Pakistan.

Saudi-led air forces bomb Houthi-controlled air base

Aden, Yemen: The Saudi-led coalition forces launched a fresh air strike against a Houthi-controlled air base in Yemen's southern province of Taiz on Thursday night, a government official told Xinhua.

"The headquarters of the Tariq military air base was bombed by the Saudi-led air forces, causing huge damages," the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

A military source confirmed on phone "the air strike destroyed some air defences and missiles inside the air base of Tariq controlled by the Shiite Houthi group."

Arab League announces support for coalition against Houthis

Cairo: The secretary general of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, announced on Thursday the league's full support of the coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Al-Arabi justified Operation al-Hazm Storm, the name given to the joint offensive, as it occurs in the context of "a large Arab and regional alliance against certain targets of the Houthi coup, in response to a request from Yemeni President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi, who represents legitimacy".

European Imams join forces against extremism

By Anasudhin Azeez,

London : Imams from Britain and Europe gathered here on Thursday to condemn the atrocities taking place in the name of Islam and issued an appeal to all Muslims to reclaim the "digital space from those who wish to tarnish their faith".

Over 120 Imams attended an anti-extremism summit in the British capital and released a digital magazine to promote the true face of Islam, Asian Lite daily reported.

AAP says Bhushan, Yadav have quit; they deny

New Delhi : The rift in Delhi's ruling AAP escalated on Thursday with the party claiming that senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had quit its national executive but the two denied this.

Making the announcement, party spokesman Ashish Khetan said both Bhushan and Yadav appeared to be dead set against the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP's best known face who took power on February 14.

"They say one thing in private and another in public," Khetan told the media, adding he had been involved in days of close-door discussions with both men.

Qatar reliable source of energy for India: Mukherjee

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said India deeply values Qatar "as a reliable source of energy" and it was time that the two countries convert their commercial synergies into a deeper energy partnership through joint ventures in refineries and petrochemicals projects in India.

Mukherjee said India and Qatar share deep and rich historical connections based on geographic proximity and cultural commonalities.

Netanyahu begins talks to form new Israeli government

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday began negotiations for the formation of the next government, a process that will continue at best until the second half of April.

Negotiations kicked off with delegates of Netanyahu's Likud Party, which won the March 17 elections with 30 seats, to be followed by a series of meetings in parliament with parties such as the ultra-orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism, Efe news agency reported.

Bangladesh president, PM honour martyrs on Liberation Day

Dhaka : Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid tributes to martyrs of the Liberation War at the National Memorial in Savar to mark the 44th anniversary of the country's Independence Day.

The day marks the beginning of the fight by Bengalis in erstwhile East Pakistan for freedom, bdnews24 reported.

Bangladeshi officials enter India, sent back

Agartala : Four Bangladeshi intelligence officials who illegally entered Tripura were beaten up by villagers but were allowed to go back after Indian officials intervened, police said on Thursday.

Four other intelligence officials ran back to Bangladesh when these four were pounced upon by villagers in Boxanagar in Sipahijala district, police sources said here.

The incident took place on Wednesday night. The Bangladeshi officials, said to be district level intelligence officials, reportedly entered India in search of illegal drugs.

Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units on Thursday, after it launched operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The Saudi aerial deployment enabled the Royal Saudi Air Force to take control of Yemen’s airspace early Thursday.

Reports also emerged that top Houthi leadership Abdulkhaliq al-Houthi, Yousef al-Madani, and Yousef al-Fishi were killed, and head of the Revolutionary Committee for the Houthis, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, was wounded.