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'Gaza rebuilding might take 100 years if Israeli blockade persists'

Gaza: An international charity organisation Thursday warned that rebuilding the Gaza Strip following last summer's military offensive by Israel might take "100 years," if the eight-year-old Israeli blockade persist.

"It could take 100 years to complete essential building of homes, schools and health facilities in Gaza unless the Israeli blockade is lifted," said an Oxfam report, said Xinhua.

Pakistan army chief warns India ahead of talks

Islamabad : Days before the visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar, Pakistan Army Chief Gen.Raheel Sharif Thursday warned India of a "befitting response" to any provocation along the Line of Control (LoC).

"Let there be no doubt that any provocation along LoC and Working Boundary would meet a befitting response," he said .

18 killed in another Afghanistan avalanche

Kabul : At least 18 people were killed and 10 wounded after an avalanche hit a village in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan, the latest in a string of casualties caused by natural disasters within the past few days, authorities said Thursday.

"Locals uncovered 18 bodies and rescued 10 wounded people after the avalanche struck parts of Tang Shewa village in Mahmay district in the wee hours of Thursday," Sayyed Abdullah Dehqan, head of the provincial disaster management authority, told Xinhua news agency.

Pakistan summons envoy from India for consultations

Islamabad : Pakistan summoned its High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit for urgent consultations on the upcoming visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to Pakistan.

Basit has reached Islamabad and is briefing top officials of the foreign office engaged in planning parleys with the Indian foreign secretary, Dawn reported citing sources.

Basit is also expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his key advisor Sartaj Aziz.

He is expected to brief them over the latest issues between the two countries.

Indian teacher in Qatar forced to quit over Modi caricature

Doha : A woman teacher in an Indian school in Qatar's capital Doha has reportedly been forced to quit her job after she posted a caricature of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her Facebook page, media reported Thursday.

According to the report in The Peninsula daily, the incident took place last week triggering a big controversy among a section of the expatriate Indian community who said the Photoshop caricature was an insult to Modi.

Kuwait hands out relief aid to 1,440 Syrian families in Jordan

Kuwait City : Kuwaiti Higher Committee for Relief distributed humanitarian aid to 1,440 Syrian refugee families in Jordan as part of Kuwait's wide-scale campaign purposed to deliver financial and food aid to Syrian refugees.

The campaign aids Syrian families who are in need and residing in Amman and northern areas, head of the delegation, Dr Walid Al-Anjari told KUNA, adding that this comes within the framework of celebrations of Kuwait national holidays.

Netanyahu condemned for opposing Iran's n-talks

Washington : US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong in opposing the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers.

Netanyahu Wednesday intensified his criticism of the US-led nuclear talks with Iran, accusing the world powers of "giving up on their commitment" to stop Tehran from getting nuclear weapons, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan government fears terrorists' reprisal over executions

Islamabad: Pakistan's interior ministry Wednesday warned that banned outfits in the country could wage terror attacks to bring to a halt executions of their operatives, media reported.

The ministry in a letter written to the provinces stated that a banned outfit sought help from Al Qaeda for carrying out attacks in the country, however, after refusal from there it joined hands with another banned militant organisation, ARY news reported.

It stated that the organisation may hold common people captive for the release of its affiliates kept at different jails.

FBI arrests three men planning to join IS

New York: The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) Wednesday arrested three New York residents who allegedly were planning to join the Islamic State(IS) and commit terrorist acts in the US, officials with the agency and the Justice Department said.

Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and Abror Habibov, both citizens of Uzbekistan, and Akhror Saidakhmetov, a citizen of Kazakhstan, were facing charges of conspiracy for supporting that terrorist group.

10 held for refusing polio vaccines to children in Pakistan

Islamabad: Police have registered cases against 160 people and arrested 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan after they refused to administer polio vaccines to their children during the ongoing anti-polio campaign, media reported Thursday.

The cases were registered under Section 144 in Nowshera district after the parents refused to let their children receive anti-polio drops, Dawn online reported.

Police initiated a crack down to arrest the remaining accused.