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Iraqi PM accuses Kurds of providing base to terrorists

Baghdad : Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Wednesday accused the Kurds of providing a base for the operations of terrorist groups, promising to free all lands seized by the militants.

"We will never be silent that Arbil become a base of operation for Daash (Arabic first letters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria or ISIs), Baath, Al Qaeda and other terrorists," Maliki said in his weekly televised speech.

Pakistani opposition seeks Sharif's disqualification as MP

Islamabad : Pakistan's opposition party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Wednesday filed a petition with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to seek the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a member of parliament on the basis of some allegations, media reported.

According to the reports, two members of parliament from PTI, Murad Saeed and Ali Muhammad Khan, filed the petition which called for the disqualification of Sharif as a member of the National Assembly or the lower house of parliament.

11 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes

Gaza : At least 11 Palestinians were killed Wednesday in a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip, medical sources said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, a health ministry official, said two teenaged brothers were killed in an Israeli air raid on Shuja'ya neighbourhood in east of Gaza City, Xinhua reported.

A woman in her twenties and her two-year-old baby were killed when an Israeli jet bombed their house in Zaitoun neighbourhood, south of Gaza City, al-Qedra said, adding that another woman and her 14-year-old son were also killed in Israeli air raids.

Khaleda Zia's graft case deposition deferred

Dhaka : A court here has again deferred the recording of testimony in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

The deposition was to take place in a makeshift court at the Alia Madrasa in old Dhaka Wednesday, reported.

Special judge Basudeb Roy set July 27 as the new date after the defence sought more time.

The new date was allowed as a petition challenging the legality of judge Roy's appointment is awaiting hearing in the appellate division July 23.

UN chief calls for maximum restraint as violence escalates in Gaza

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his “deep concern” over the escalating violence in Gaza, and reiterated his call to all parties to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilisation.

"The secretary-general condemns the recent multiple rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. These indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop," said a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson in New York.

Pakistan seeks peaceful solution for Afghan election crisis

Islamabad : Pakistan Wednesday called for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of differences over the presidential run-off election in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The call came a day after one of the presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, rejected the preliminary results, which has raised concerns about a looming political crisis.

Afghan media had earlier reported that Abdullah was set to announce a parallel government in a speech to hundreds of supporters in Kabul Tuesday but delayed the announcement after a call from US President Barack Obama.

Pakistan-India content exchange will push connect: Veteran Pakistani actress

By Radhika Bhirani,

New Delhi : She grew up watching the films of Bollywood's late ethereal beauty Madhubala, has enjoyed new wave Indian gems like "Parineeta" and "Barfi!", and loves to catch up on "Comedy Nights With Kapil". But Samina Peerzada, a veteran actor-filmmaker from Pakistan, says exchange of content from Pakistan to India has been "long-awaited" and will help find a connect.

EU urges Afghanistan to probe fraud in presidential poll

Brussels: The European Union (EU) Tuesday called on the Afghanistan authorities to properly investigate the "serious" allegations of fraud in presidential election.

"We note the publication of the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan and the fact that these results are subject to further audits," Xinhua quoted an EU spokesperson as saying in a statement.

The EU has called on the Independent Election Commission to cooperate fully with the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission and the United Nations.

Syria urges global community to stop Israeli aggression

Damascus: Syrian government Tuesday urged the international community to stop the "Israeli aggression that is threatening the peace and security in the region".

Israel has escalated its brutal aggression on the Palestinian people and continued its crime by committing a massacre against the civilians in the Palestinian territories, especially Gaza, Xinhua quoted Syrian foreign ministry as saying in statement.

Israel's "bloody campaign" runs counter to its pledges and the 4th Geneva Agreement, the ministry said in the statement.

Iran not to strike any deal compromising its rights

Tehran: Iranian government said Tuesday that Tehran will never strike a deal with the six world powers which ignores or undermines Iran's rights.

"We do not accept to reach a solution at all costs as we insist on our rights," Xinhua quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad- Javad Zarif as saying. "We are trying to find an acceptable, logical and long-term solution."

"I hope the other side will be ready to see the realities, take our word seriously and accept that the Iranian nation has never withdrawn under pressure."