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Executioners wanted in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s civil service ministry listed on its website eight new job openings -- for the position of executioner. The job responsibilities will likely include beheadings and amputations - two of the most prominent punishments for crimes in the Saudi kingdom, including for drug smuggling, arms dealing, murder, and rape.

The eight positions, as advertised on the website of the civil service ministry, require no specific skills or educational background for “carrying out the death sentence according to Islamic Shariah after it was ordered by a legal ruling”.

Always believed husband was alive: Bangladesh leader's wife

By Raymond Kharmujai,

Shillong : Hasina Ahmed, wife of former Bangladesh minister and BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed who went missing from Dhaka in March, on Tuesday said she always believed her husband was very much alive before he surfaced here in the capital of India's northeastern state of Meghalaya.

"I always believed that my husband (Salahuddin Ahmed) is alive. I do not know where the law enforcing agencies kept him sinc that night when they picked him up from Uttara (in Dhaka) and how he landed in Shillong," Hasina told IANS.

Indonesian envoy wounded in Pakistan chopper crash dies

Jakarta : The Indonesian ambassador who was among those wounded in the crash of a military helicopter in Pakistan earlier this month, died on Tuesday in a Singapore hospital, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said.

Ambassador Burhan Muhmmad, 58, died while undergoing treatment in the Singapore General Hospital since May 12, said Widodo, making him the third foreign envoy killed in the accident, Xinhua reported.

Widodo extended heartfelt condolences to the ambassador's family and relatives.

Bangladesh blogger killings: Kolkata residents demand justice

Kolkata : Around 500 Kolkata residents, including bloggers and authors, have urged neighbouring Bangladesh to ensure protection of right to freedom of expression following the brutal killing of three of its bloggers in three months.

"We demand exemplary punishment to the killers and adequate protection to those who are exercising their rights to freedom of expression, be it a blogger, author or anybody," city-based blogger Arindam Chatterjee told IANS on Tuesday.

Centenarian Paktuna waits still to meet family across border

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Gotlibagh (Jammu and Kashmir) : Pakhtuna says she is over 100-years old. The tales she narrates confirm both her longevity and also the miseries of those bygone years.

Her father, Pakhtoon Khan belonged to North Waziristan (Pakistan). He was arrested by Maharaja Hari Singh's government in late 1920s and was undergoing incarceration when a son was born to the Dogra Maharaja.

"When Karan Singh was born (March 9, 1931), the Maharaja celebrated the arrival of an heir by distributing sweets and releasing prisoners.

Pakistan, Afghan intelligence sign landmark deal

Islamabad : Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Afghan intelligence outfit National Directorate of Security (NDS) have signed a landmark deal for cooperation aimed at curbing terrorism.

The agreement signed in Kabul some time last week, was officially announced by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) late Monday night on Twitter, Dawn online reported on Tuesday.

"MoU signed by ISI and NDS includes intelligence sharing, complementary and coordinated intel operations on respective sides," the ISPR tweeted.

Over 6,500 families displaced in Iraq's Ramadi city

United Nations : More than 6,500 families have been displaced as the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reached the Iraqi city of Ramadi, deputy UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said here on Monday.

Among the 6,500 families that have fled Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province Anbar, over 3,300 families have moved towards the Fallujah area and more than 2,300 families travelled towards the Khalidiyah area, Xinhua quoted Haq as saying.

Turkey to take Egypt's Morsi verdict to UN

Ankara : Turkey will take to the UN Human Rights Commission the verdict of death sentences on former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday.

"We are continuing our consultations firstly with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries. We are reviewing current mechanisms for international initiatives. We plan to start necessary initiatives soon, to at the UN Human Rights Committee at first hand," Kalin told reporters in a press conference.

Iran rejects Saudi Arabia-hosted dialogue on Yemen

Beirut : Iran on Monday rejected Saudi Arabia hosting the three-day dialogues on the Yemen conflict, talks that began on Sunday in Riyadh without representation from the Shia Houthi movement.

Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told reporters here on Monday that "Saudi Arabia is one of the conflict's two parties, so it cannot host the dialogue between the two sides".

He added that the talks should be held in a third, neutral country that is not involved in the Yemeni armed conflict, and suggested that the UN handle the talks.

Six killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

Islamabad : At least six people were killed and two injured in a US drone strike launched in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan on Monday night, media reports said.

A US unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in Zoye Narye area of Shawal valley of North Waziristan, Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan's leading daily Dawn reported.

The strike completely destroyed the compound. Local residents pulled out the bodies and injured from the debris of the collapsed building, according to Xinhua news agency.