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Stand up for your rights, Imran Khan tells Pakistanis

Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said Sunday that the people of Pakistan must stand up for their rights, when the party holds a rally Nov 30 in Islamabad.

Addressing a public gathering Sunday, the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said that the people of the country have rejected the ruling government and want a change, Dawn online reported.

“On Nov 30, it will be decided if the status quo will succeed, or whether there will be a new Pakistan,” he said.

270 Syrian refugees saved off coast of Cyprus

Nicosia : A boat carrying 270 Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe was towed to the Turkish controlled northern coast of Cyprus after drifting for several hours.

The rescue operation took place overnight between Saturday and Sunday, reported Xinhua citing a Turkish Cyprus media release.

According to the statement, the boat left the Turkish port of Mersin for Italy, a favorite destination of most illegal immigrants from the Middle East.

The authorities controlling northern Cyprus did not comment on the reports.

Focus shifts to 'political agreement' over Iranian nuclear issue

Tehran : Iran and six world powers would now look to negotiate a “political agreement" as a comprehensive deal by the Nov 24 deadline would be “impossible”, Iranian officials said.

"We haven't been interested in extending the nuclear negotiations and we aren't. We are working hard on a framework to reach a political agreement," the official said, Xinhua reported, citing the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Earlier Sunday, a member of Iran's negotiating team at Vienna said that it would be impossible to reach a deal by the Monday deadline, the report said, citing ISNA.

India does not rule out Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC

New Delhi : India Sunday did not rule out a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit, saying that he is keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian leaders as possible.

Answering queries from mediapersons here, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India is for cooperative and peaceful ties with Pakistan.

The prime minister is keen "to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian colleagues as possible", he said.

India to host 4th business conference with Arab League

New Delhi : Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the 4th India-Arab conference here Wednesday to advance ties with a region so crucial for the country's energy security besides accounting for some $200 billion worth of bilateral merchandise trade.

The two-day event is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in association with the Ministry of External Affairs and the 22-member League of Arab States, that is home to some 7.22 million Indians.

30 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul : At least 30 Taliban militants were killed in operations across Afghanistan, authorities said Sunday.

"Operations were carried out by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) against militants in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Farah and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan," Xinhua reported, citing from an official statement.

The ANSF confiscated rounds of ammunition, 10 motorcycles and eight vehicles during the operations, according to the statement.

No general election in Pakistan before 2018: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday that a general election would not be held in the country before 2018.

He thus rejected the demands by the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for early elections, a Dawn online report said.

The PTI has been holding countrywide demonstrations in protest of the government's alleged corruption and rigging in the 2013 general election.

Bahrain sees 51.5 percent voter turnout in national elections

Manama : Bahrain registered 51.5 percent turnout in the parliamentary and municipal elections Saturday, notwithstanding the opposition's call to boycott the elections.

"The turnout today was 51.5 percent compared to the 67.7 per cent in the 2010 elections," said Bahrain's Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, Xinhua reported.

Iran nuclear issue: Kerry holds talks with Gulf foreign ministers

Vienna : US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with the foreign ministers of UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain on the Iranian nuclear issue Saturday.

Earlier, Kerry delayed his departure from Vienna in order to hold intensive negotiations with the Iranian foreign minster over the issue, Xinhua reported.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia -- and Germany are trying to reach a nuclear deal with Iran in the Austrian capital Vienna, with only a few days left to reach the deal.

Over 900 killed by US-led strikes in Syria

Damascus : The US-led anti-terror coalition has killed more than 900 people in its strikes inside Syria during the past 60 days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

The casualties include 52 civilians,72 fighters of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and 758 fighters of the Islamic State militants, Xinhua reported citing the statement.

The casualties were as a result of the US-led strikes in oil-rich fields in Syrian provinces of Hasaka, Deir al-Zour, al-Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib.

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