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Pakistani leaders to submit spouses' bank details: ECP

Islamabad : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed members of parliament and provincial assemblies to submit annual statement of their spouses and dependents' assets and liabilities by Sep 30, Geo News reported Thursday.

According to an official of ECP, this is a mandatory requirement under Section 42A of the Representation of the People Act 1976 and Section 25A of the Senate (Elections) Act 1975.

Pakistan to name new ISI chief soon: Report

Islamabad : At a time when the Pakistan Army is being viewed as again meddling in politics, the country's top spy agency -- Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) -- may get a new boss with the current ISI chief due to retire in October.

The new ISI chief's name may be announced by next week. The announcement is likely to come along with the appointment of five new lieutenant generals in the Pakistan Army, the Dawn quoted a report published in the BBCUrdu as saying.

Yemen expected to reach agreement with Shia rebels

Sanaa : Yemeni officials expect the government to reach an agreement with the Shia Houthi rebels who are besieging the capital Sanaa in an attempt to force the government to resign.

A website run by the Yemeni defence ministry quoted "high-level" sources as saying that an agreement was expected to be reached to end the conflict with the Ansar Allah (Followers of God) group.

The agreement will include several points aimed at removing tension between both sides, and at forming a new government based on political participation and efficiency, the website said.

China backs India, Pakistan SCO membership

Beijing : China backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as the group has agreed to expand its membership, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.

"We welcome and support India and Pakistan to become new formal members of the SCO at the earliest possible date," Hong Lei said in a press release.

China believed the move would promote the organisation's further development and strengthen its efforts to safeguard regional security and boost common development, Xinhua cited Hong as saying.

14 jailed over terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 14 people to varying jail terms for planning terror attacks in the country, media reported.

The suspects, who are a part of a 29-member terror cell, were jailed for terms between four and 23 years and have been banned from travelling abroad for similar periods by the Special Criminal Court here, Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.

The group, comprising 13 Saudi nationals and a Yemeni, was convicted of planning a suicide attack in a foreign country upon the directives of its leader.

Made in India FUSO trucks launched in Indonesia

Chennai: Commercial vehicle maker Daimler India Commerical Vehicles (DICV) and Japan's Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Japan have launched two new models, both built in India, in Indonesia.

In a statement issued here Thursday, DICV, a wholly owned subsidiary of German auto major Daimler AG, said it, along with Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks under Daimler Trucks Asia, commercially launched FUSO FJ 25T and FI 12T trucks at the 22nd Indonesia International Motor Show.

The new FUSO trucks are rolled out from the DICV manufacturing facility in Oragadam near Chennai.

Iran sentences dancing youths to jail, 91 lashes

Tehran: A group of Iranian youths, who released a video on YouTube dancing to the popular song "Happy" by American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, has been sentenced to six months in jail accompanied by 91 lashes, media reported Thursday.

According to the youths' lawyer Farshid Rofugaran, the six were given the sentence Wednesday, Iran Wire reported.

While the sentence is a suspended sentence, Iranian authorities reportedly can impose it anytime within the next three years.

IS 'warns' US against sending forces to Iraq

Cairo: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has issued a new "warning" to the US, threatening that any ground troops deployed by Washington in Iraq to combat the jihadis would be defeated on the battlefield.

The organisation's Al-Hayat Media Centre released a 52-second video Wednesday resembling a movie trailer, with images of tanks, explosions and soldiers followed by a clip of US President Barack Obama vowing that the US would not get involved in a ground war in Iraq.

Thousands sign up for 2015 Dubai Marathon

Dubai: Regarded as one of the world’s leading marathons, the Dubai Marathon looks set to underline its position as the Arab world’s biggest mass participation event following the launch of online runner registration for the 2015 race.

With more than 25,000 runners expected across the three races - the marathon itself, the popular 10-km and the four-km Fun Run -- the 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is certain to see the biggest field in its history.

Stable Afghanistan important for India and China: Modi

New Delhi: India and China have a shared interest in having a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Thursday.

He said he had a "good talk" with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day official visit to India. The two agreed to strengthen strategic dialogue between India and China.

"We agreed that there is a need for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan," Modi said, adding India and China would enhance cooperation to tackle the challenges of extremism and terrorism.