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Militants take hostate 44 peacekeepers in Golan

United Nations: At least 44 peacekeepers have been taken hostage by the militnts in the Golan Heights, a UN spokesperson said Friday.

"The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) reported that 44 Fijian troops were detained and 72 Filipino troops still stranded in the region," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at a daily briefing.

"The United Nations continues to engage with a wide range of parties within Syria, and is making every effort to ensure the safety and security of its personnel," he said.

US identifies citizens fighting for Islamic State

Washington: US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified around a dozen of its citizens, who have traveled to the Middle East to join jihad led by the Islamic State, officials said.

As the group has grown stronger in recent months, more foreigners have gone to Syria to fight in its ranks, which has forced European and US authorities to dedicate more resources to keep them from leaving their countries of origin, the sources said.

IS has become more attractive than Al Qaeda for potential fighters because it rules the territory with strict Islamic law.

Gunmen kill two officials in Yemen

Sana'a: Unidentified gunmen shot dead two officials in Yemen's southern province of Lahj Friday, a security official said.

"An official of the General People Congress party and another official of Lahj local government were gunned down by masked attackers riding a motorbike when they were traveling toward the neighbouring southern province of Aden," a local security official told Xinhua.

Yemeni military officials blamed militants of the Yemen-based Al Qaida offshoot for a series of assassinations and armed attacks, mostly in the country's southern parts.

BSF, Pakistan Rangers hold flag meeting

Jammu : A sector commander level flag meeting was held Friday between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district, officials said.

BSF sources told IANS here that Deputy Inspector General (Jammu range) B.S. Kasana and the Rangers' Sialkot sector commander, Brig. Mateen, represented their countries in the meeting, which was one of the longest, lasting four hours from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., at Octroi border outpost in Suchetgarh area of R.S. Pura sector.

Indians arrested in Kuwait to get consular assistance: Centre

New Delhi : India has taken up with the Kuwaiti authorities the arrest of 25 Indian workers in that country for allegedly killing two Egyptians, an external affairs ministry official said here Friday.

"India's mission has taken up problems with the Kuwaiti authorities. Will provide necessary consular assistance (to those arrested). All need to abide by local laws," the ministry's spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet.

Pakistan expo in Mumbai cancelled at last minute

Mumbai : The second 'Made In Pakistan Expo Mumbai', scheduled to start Aug 31, was abruptly cancelled at the last minute by the organisers Friday.

In a terse statement, the organisers said: "We would like to inform you that due to the ongoing tension situation at the Line of Control (LOC) and on the advice from our partners 'World Trade Centre', we have 'postponed' the 2nd edition of MIPEM 2014.

Bahrain to help treat Gaza injured

Dubai : Bahrain will help 100 people injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza to get treatment in Egypt, a media report said Friday.

Bahrain has pledged $150,000 to fly 100 injured people from Gaza to Egypt for treatment, Gulf Daily News reported, adding that voluntary organisations -- Bahrain Medical Society (BMS), the Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) and the Red Crescent Societies of Palestine and Egypt -- will sign an agreement to this effect next week in Egypt's capital Cairo.

150 militants killed in Syria

Damascus : At least 150 militants were reportedly killed Friday in renewed Syrian airstrikes in the capital Damascus's eastern suburb of Jobar.

The Syrian air forces intensified raids on Jobar just a day after the armed forces declared the commencement of their wide-scale offensive to dislodge the rebels out of the suburb, Xinhua reported.

The Syrian troops started a ground offensive Thursday night amid reports that they have advanced a couple of blocks inside that rebel-held area.

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to slash 6,000 jobs and cut routes as part of a major revamp after suffering the loss of two commercial jets this year, the Straits Times reported Friday.

State wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, which controls the flag carrier, said it would inject 6 billion Malaysian ringgits (around $1.9 billion) over three years into a new company that will house the airlines.

Trade, culture redeem dented India-Pakistan ties

By Shilpa Raina,

New Delhi : India may have called off the Aug 25 foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, but this hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of trade associations and businessmen who are bridging the dented relationship through exhibitions and cultural exchanges to promote bilateral trade between the two nations whose political leadership remains at odds.

The ground situation reflects a contradictory and complicated picture of India-Pakistan ties.