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Shun negative politics, says Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said it was the need of the hour to shun negative politics and use energy for the country's progress, and anyone hindering development will be held accountable.

Sharif is facing pressure to step down from protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) of Tahir-ul-Qadri.

Abdullah Abdullah causes political stalemate in Afghanistan

Kabul : Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah Wednesday boycotted the audit of votes cast in June, sparking a fresh crisis in the country.

A day after threatening to boycott the process, which they consider to by "politically influenced", observers from Abdullah's party did not show up for the audit.

"We warned yesterday (Tuesday) that if our demands are not taken into account, our observers would not be present in the audit and that we would boycott the process," Abdullah's party member Mujib Rahman Rahimi said.

India, Pakistan hold flag meet to defuse border tension

Jammu : India and Pakistan Wednesday held a flag meeting on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir to defuse tension between the two countries.

The commander-level flag meeting between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers was held at Nikowal post in Akhnoor sector of the international border in Jammu district at 3 p.m. Wednesday, BSF sources told IANS in Jammu.

Eight arrested for inciting youth to join IS in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : As many as eight people have been arrested for luring youth in Saudi Arabia into joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the country's interior ministry said here Wednesday.

Interior ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said the arrests were made in a security operation in northern Riyadh, Monday, Arab News reported Wednesday.

The crackdown was based on a royal decree issued in March ordering punishment for anyone joining or aiding terrorist or extremist organisations on the Saudi Arabian government's blacklist.

Hamas lauds Egypt's support for Palestine

Gaza : A day after Egypt brokered truce between Hamas and Israel, the Gaza-based militant group Hamas appreciated Cairo's historical role in supporting the Palestinian cause.

Hamas's spokesperson Sami Abu-Zahri lauded Egypt's role in reaching a ceasefire agreement in Gaza. "We have welcomed the Egyptian role in reaching a truce deal since the start. We went to Cairo for that purpose," MENA quoted Abu-Zahri as saying Wednesday.

The conflict in Gaza ended Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed on an open-ended ceasefire, putting an end to seven weeks of bloodshed.

Pakistan's Air Force chief visits Sri Lanka

Colombo : Pakistan Air Force chief Tahir Rafique Butt arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday on a three-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke.

Air Chief Marshal Butt will call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and hold meetings with the country's top military leadership including Secretary of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the chiefs of security forces, Xinhua reported.

He will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with his Sri Lankan counterpart Air Marshal Gunatilleke.

US confirms death of its suspected jihadi in Syria

Washington : An American citizen was killed in Syria where he was allegedly fighting alongside jihadis of the Islamic State (IS), the White House said.

"Douglas McArthur McCain was in Syria and we can confirm his death, without giving more details," EFE reported Wednesday citing National Security Council (NSC) spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden's statement.

"We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from travelling abroad to participate in jihad," Hayden added.

Leave Islamabad's protest venue: Pakistan SC

Islamabad : In the second such direction, the Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday ordered the two parties leading anti-government sit-in protests to clear out of Islamabad's Constitution Avenue area by Thursday.

The two parties are seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

A five-member larger Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk heard petitions filed by bar associations across the country against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-ins at the apex court and parliament here, Dawn online reported.

Ruckus in J&K legislative council over India-Pakistan talks

Srinagar : There was pandemonium in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council here Wednesday over the tabling of a resolution seeking resumption of India-Pakistan talks.

The resolution said dialogue is needed so that tension along the border between the two countries is eased.

Devender Rana of the ruling National Conference (NC), who intended to table the resolution, was allowed by the chairman to speak on the resolution.

UN chief welcomes Gaza truce deal

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday welcomed the ceasefire deal reached between Israel and the Palestinians.

"A brighter future for Gaza and Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility," Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement.

"After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the ceasefire would be utterly irresponsible," Xinhua reported citing the spokesman.