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US terms cancellation of India-Pakistan talks 'unfortunate'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : As India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over its envoy's meeting with Kashmiri separatists, the US termed the cancellation "unfortunate" and said it continued to support their efforts to improve bilateral relations.

Burning Sands of International Relations

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

International relation is gravitating towards chaotic world order. The forces of conflict seem to be dominating over those supposedly mandated to maintain global peace. There seems to be conspiracy of silence by the guarantors of peace, as the perpetrators of violence are masquerading like free booters on rampage all over the world.

Obama vows long-term strategy against Islamic State

Washington: US President Barack Obama Monday vowed to pursue a long -term strategy to turn the tide against the Islamic State (IS), as Iraqi and Kurdish forces retook the Mosul Dam from the group under US air cover.

The president, who broke his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, told reporters at the White House that progress had been made since he authorised targeted air strikes on IS militants Aug 7, Xinhua reported.

Israel to strike hard if Gaza rockets renewed

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday evening that Israel is ready to respond forcefully in case rockets firing from Gaza would renew, amid the nearing expiration of the 120-hour cease-fire truce.

"The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) is prepared to strike aggressively (in Gaza) in case the fire from the strip would be renewed," Xinhua quoted the prime minister as saying.

Gaza ceasefire extended for 24 hours: Egypt

Cairo:Egypt announced Monday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend ceasefire in the Gaza Strip for 24 hours, state media reported.

"Both sides have agreed to extend the ceasefire to 24 hours, to continue the ongoing negotiations," reported Xinhua citing an official Egyptian statement, as a five-day truce was set to expire at midnight Monday..

Palestinian delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed also confirmed the statement, saying that his delegation accepted Egypt's call for the extension of the ceasefire by 24 hours.

Obama hails destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

Washington: US President Barack Obama Monday lauded the destruction of chemical weapons stockpiled in Syria, urging Damascus to fulfill its commitment to destroy its remaining production facilities.

"Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," Xinhua quoted the president as saying in a statement.

Israeli offensive cost Gaza billions: Palestinian official

Gaza: Israel's nearly two-month military campaign against the Gaza Strip has cost the coastal enclave an estimated six to eight billion dollars, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.

After over 40 days of an Israeli war and blockade, "the territory is now a devastated area that needs unified efforts in order to reconstruct it", Xinhua quoted Mufeed al-Hasayna, minister of housing and public works in the Palestinian unity government, as saying at a workshop held in Gaza City.

US blacklists two men of Syrian, Iraqi terror groups

Washington: The US Monday added two men from terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq to its list of specially designated global terrorists and imposed sanctions on them.

Said Arif from al-Nusra Front, and Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the official spokesperson and a senior leader of the Islamic State, were targeted by the State Department three days after the UN Security Council decided to add them to its sanctions list, Xinhua reported.

Fake policeman molested Indian student in UAE

Dubai: An Indian woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was kidnapped and molested last year by an man posing as a police officer, a court was told, media reported Monday.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard Sunday that the Indian student, 21, identified only as T.D., was studying in her car with her 23-year-old friend, M.J., when an Egyptian man, 30, identified only as S.A., knocked on the car window, claiming to be a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer, in May last year, The National reported.

Pakistan violates LoC ceasefire again

Srinagar : Pakistani troops Monday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, army officials said. No casualty was reported.

An army spokesman said the Pakistan army opened unprovoked firing at Towars post of the Indian army on the LoC in Toot Mari Gali sector of Kupwara in the afternoon.

Indian troops retaliated effectively, he said, adding that no casualty or damage was reported on the Indian side.