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Palestinian arrested after breaching Gaza border

Jerusalem : A Palestinian youth, armed with a knife, was arrested after infiltrating from the Gaza Strip.

A military patrol discovered signs of infiltration along the border fence Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The suspect, 18, was eventually spotted and arrested in Shokeda, an area situated seven km from the border.

An initial investigation suggested that he crossed the border near Nahal Oz area.

The suspect did not put up a fight but surrendered immediately after realising he had been identified.

Iran foils BBC's plot to 'steal documents'

Tehran : Iran's intelligence ministry has thwarted a plot by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to steal artistic, historical and cultural documents from the country's archive centres, the ministry has said.

The plot by the BBC Persian TV service was foiled by the Iranian intelligence agents following vigilant monitoring, the intelligence ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Four-day polio campaign kicks off in Pakistan

Islamabad : A four-day polio campaign started in Pakistan Monday with an aim to inoculate children against the disease.

The campaign will be carried out across the country except for west Karachi, where a six-day campaign was launched Saturday, Dawn online reported.

Stringent security measures have been taken for volatile areas, particularly border areas between Sindh and Balochistan, where polio workers and doctors have been attacked previously.

Afghanistan sees first democratic transition amidst ‘sigh of relief,’ hope from the new government, and nostalgia for Karzai era

By M Reyaz,,

Afghanistan is all gear up for the first peaceful transition in over four decades – and in fact first democratic transition in its history - with a “sigh of relief” after months of impasse due to electoral related fraud allegations, and optimism for future amidst mixed reactions for the democratic strides in last 13 years.

85 suspected militants surrender in Pakistan

Islamabad : A total of 85 suspected militants have surrendered in Pakistan, media reported Monday.

Khan Wasey, spokesman for the Frontier Corps (FC), Balochistan, said in a statement that the men belonged to various Bugti clans living in Dera Bugti, Dawn online reported.

They had been involved in attacks on security forces in Dera Bugti and other areas of the province.

They laid down their weapons Sunday in the presence of FC Inspector General Major General Muhammad Ejaz Shahid at a ceremony attended by tribal elders and senior officials.

Modi overshadowed Nawaz Sharif at UN: Pakistani daily

Islamabad : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the UN was everything his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif's was not, said a Pakistani daily Monday.

An editorial "Modi at the UN" in the Daily Times said: "Modi continued his charm offensive in the west with a speech to the UN General Assembly that was everything Nawaz Sharif’s was not."

Modi began with a quaint reference to India’s ancient Vedic culture, a running theme in his speech.

He took the opportunity following this to rebut Nawaz Sharif’s speech from the day before.

Pakistan condemns US drone attack

Islamabad: Pakistan Sunday condemned the latest US drone attack in the tribal region of Waziristan which left two people killed earlier in the day.

The drone hit a vehicle near Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan, security sources said.

"The government of Pakistan condemns the US drone strike that took place in Wana, South Waziristan" Sunday afternoon, Xinhua quoted Pakistani foreign ministry as saying.

"Pakistan believes that such strikes constitute a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity and demands their immediate cessation."

Turkey calls for ground action against Islamic State

Istanbul: Turkish president has urged the international community to escalate attacks against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, warning that the armed group could expand its reach beyond Iraq and Syria.

"We see a deeper problem. The situation is now unsustainable as Islamic State gains a global character. We must extinguish the danger before it hits more countries," Xinhua quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying Sunday, while addressing the attendees of a special meeting of the World Economic Forum in Istanbul.

143 killed in clashes against IS in Iraq

Baghdad: A total of 143 people were killed Sunday in the ongoing clashes between the Iraqi security forces and militants, including of the the Islamic State (IS), security sources said.

In Anbar province, Iraqi security forces backed by allied tribesmen and warplanes in the morning repelled attacks by militants, including IS militant group, an Al Qaeda offshoot , on the town of Ameriyat al-Fallujah, some 40 km from Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a provincial security source as saying.

Indian Hajj Mission geared up to serve Indian Hajis

By Hassan Cheruppa,

Jeddah: India’s Haj Mission in Makkah is geared up fully to provide the best ever services to 136,000 pilgrims. The Mission has mobilized its staffers as well as 546 officials, who are on deputation from India, to serve the pilgrims. “By the Grace of Almighty Allah, we have been able to handle and manage the Haj operations very well,” Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak told reporters.