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Israel demolishes homes of Palestinian suspects in teenagers' killing

Jerusalem : Israeli troops Monday demolished the homes of the families of two suspects in the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June, a military spokesperson said in a statement.

A military spokesperson said that "security personnel demolished the residences of Hussam Kawasma and Amer Abu Aysha, and sealed off the residence of Marwan Kawasma in Hebron", Xinhua reported.

Some 250 paramilitary Border Police and dozens of soldiers surrounded the homes, as the demolitions took place, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported.

India axes talks over invite to separatists, Pakistan terms it setback

New Delhi : Taking a tough stand at Pakistan's engagement with Kashmiri separatist leaders, India Monday called off the Aug 25 foreign secretary-level talks, terming unacceptable "the continued efforts to interfere" in its internal affairs. Pakistan described the decision as a "setback" to its efforts to promote good neighbourly relations.

Gunmen hold up Saudi convoy in Paris, rob 250,000 euros

Paris : Eight gunmen attacked a Saudi prince's motorcade, making off with 250,000 euros (about $335,000) and important diplomatic documents, media reported Monday.

In a commando-style operation, the armed men forced the Saudi embassy's motorcade to pull over to the side of the road in northern Paris at 9.15 p.m. Sunday while it was en route to the Bourget airport.

The heavily-armed men did not open fire at the passengers of the vehicle who were all released later, Xinhua reported citing the news channel BFMTV.

Saudi Arabia offers $1 mn more in aid to West Bank

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia will provide an additional funding of one million dollars to support humanitarian operations for Palestinians in the West Bank, media reported Monday.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz approved the additional aid that comes in response to the World Food Programme's (WFP) proposal for benefiting 81,000 Palestinians, Arab News reported.

This support will be provided through the Saudi Committee for Relief for the Palestinian people and would be followed up by the Saudi representatives in the WFP.

Nobel laureates, European leaders appeal for lasting truce in Gaza

Paris : As many as 66 Nobel laureates and 203 members of the European Parliament have appealed to all leaders negotiating for a lasting ceasefire in the besieged Gaza Strip to abide by universal human standards, an NGO statement said Monday.

Peace Lines, a humanitarian NGO, under its "Open the Doors Campaign" supported by 66 Nobel laureates and 203 Members of European Parliament, along with 381 former members of the EP, have also urged the European Union to assume the responsibility to act as a guarantor in this process.

More Indians likely to find domestic jobs in Middle East

By Sanu George,

Thiruvananthapuram : As more and more women in Middle East countries step outside their homes for work, the opportunities for Asians to work as cooks, nannies and drivers in the region are likely to go up, said a migration expert.

S. Irudayarajan, who heads the migration unit attached to the ministry of overseas Indian affairs at the Centre for Development Studies, told IANS that there is an opportunity for semi and unskilled Indians to find jobs in Middle East countries.

Egyptian president, US leader discuss bilateral ties

Cairo : Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met visiting US Congressman Darrell Issa and discussed regional developments and security issues including regional terrorist threats.

"Egypt is US' strategic ally and can contribute to efforts to contain terrorist threat in the region," MENA quoted Issa as saying during a press conference held at the al-Ethadya Palace in Cairo Sunday.

He also assured Sisi that he would be welcomed by the US administration if he decides to visit the country.

US destroys armed vehicles of militants in Iraq

Washington: US warplanes Sunday destroyed 10 armed vehicles of Islamic militants in their continued air raids near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, Xinhua reported.

The Central Command said a mix of fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft were used to conduct 14 air strikes aimed at supporting humanitarian efforts, protecting critical infrastructure, US personnel and facilities, as well as backing up Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (now known as Islamic State).

Pakistan government to hold dialogue with protesters

Islamabad: Pakistani government Sunday announced to hold talks with two opposition political leaders who are leading thousands of their supporters in sit-ins in Islamabad and demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced talks with the opposition leaders shortly after anti-government leader Imran Khan announced civil disobedience movement, Xinhua reported.

Imran Khan told his supporters in Islamabad that he will not pay taxes and utility bills. He also asked the people not to pay taxes and bills.

Five Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Tehran: Five Taliban militants, including a commander, were killed in Afghanistan Sunday as clashes erupted in Kunduz province, police said.

"The clash erupted in Gultapa area in the outskirt of provincial capital Kunduz city at noon, leaving five Taliban rebels including their commander Mullah Akhtar dead on the spot," Xinhua quoted a police spokesperson as saying.

There were no casualties on the police forces, he added.

There was no immediate comment from the Taliban.