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German hostages released by Philippine rebels

Manila: Two German hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf group have been released, said a senior Philippine military official Friday evening.

Gregorio Pio Catapang, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the hostages were released at around 8.50 p.m. and received medical check-up half an hour later at a military camp, Xinhua reported.

He said the freed hostages -- Viktor Okonek, 71, and Henrite Dielen, 55 -- will be transported to Zamboanga city in a naval vessel.

Pakistan PM's special envoy to visit Afghanistan

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will Sunday send his top security adviser Sartaj Aziz to Kabul as special envoy for talks with the new leadership, officials here said Friday.

It will be the first formal visit of a senior Pakistani official to visit Kabul since formation of the government of national unity in Afghanistan.

Earlier, President Mamnoon Hussain had visited Kabul Sep 29 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. He held meetings with his Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Four men charged with terror offences in Britain

London:Four men, arrested here, have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack after having allegedly sworn an oath to the Islamic State (IS) militant organisation and conducting hostile reconnaissance on a west London police station.

Identified as Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, these individuals were arrested during counter-terrorism raids in London over the last fortnight.

Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli soldiers

Ramallah: Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid in the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, north of Ramallah, Palestinian medical sources said Friday.

Bahaa Samir Badir, 13, was shot late Thursday in the chest and died after being admitted to the Palestinian Medical Complex, one of the main hospitals in the city, the sources added.

An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers entered Beit Laqiya to confront a group of stone-throwing youths.

IS training pilots to fly fighter jets

London: Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State (IS) are training its members in Syria to fly three captured fighter jets, media reported Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that witnesses have seen the planes being flown around a military airport in Aleppo, BBC reported.

Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the SOHR, said IS was using Iraqi officers who were pilots under ex-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to train fighters in Syria.

Philippines approves German hostage rescue bid

Manila: Philippine authorities have given the green light to the police and the army to attempt the rescue of two German tourists being held hostage by the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf which threatened to kill one of them Friday.

"The operation will begin at any moment, but we are identifying the exact location of some of the Abu Sayyaf leaders and members," said Col. Allan Arojado, the army commander on Jolo island where the hostages are believed to be held.

Pakistan Army violates ceasefire on LoC

Jammu: Pakistan Army Friday violated the 2003 bilateral ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, forcing Indian Army to retaliate effectively.

"Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at the Indian positions on the LoC in Hamirpur sector of Poonch district today (Friday) morning using automatic weapons," a police officer said here.

"Indian Army retaliated effectively to Pakistan's unprovoked firing with same calibre weapons. Firing exchanges started at 9.55 a.m. and continued till 10.30 a.m.."

IS threatens French, American citizens in Morocco

Rabat: A new video released by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on the internet features three members who threaten to attack French and American citizens in Morocco.

The toughest threat is uttered by a jihadi in his 30s who speaks French and tells the French people that they are unsafe in France and other countries, and that the IS was going to ask all "brothers" living in France to kill civilians.

"You will not be safe. Every crime you commit, you are going to regret," said the jihadi who is seen armed with a rifle.

Australian jets kill IS fighters in airstrikes

Canberra: Australian jets have carried out at least two airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants, out of a total of 43 sorties by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), officials said Friday.

It is not known how many IS fighters died in the attacks, although defence officers said there had been "multiple" casualties, according to Xinhua.

Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston told reporters here that the Australian forces had been forced to fly more missions over Iraq while the US planes had been diverted to Syria's Kobane town.

Pakistan responsible for most polio cases: WHO

Islamabad:The World Health Organisation (WHO) has held Pakistan responsible for nearly 80 percent of polio cases reported globally.

"The situation is primarily due to a lack of access to children for vaccination, largely owing to a continuing ban on immunisation imposed by militants in the North and South Waziristan, and insecurity and killing of polio workers in the field," said a progress report released Thursday.