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US releases $450 mn of Iran's frozen funds

Washington: The US has taken steps to release a $450-million installment of Iran's frozen funds as part of an interim deal on Tehran's nuclear programme, the State Department said Thursday.

The US took the move after a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran has completed the dilution of the agreed amount of 20 percent enriched Uranium, as stipulated in the deal it reached with world powers in November, Xinhua reported.

Britain slams Israeli settlement expansion in West Bank

London: British Foreign Secretary William Hague Thursday slammed Israel's recent steps towards settlement expansion in the West Bank, stressing that negotiations are the only way to peace, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced Thursday.

"The UK condemns the decisions taken by the Israeli authorities to change the status of a significant amount of land around the illegal settler outpost of Netiv Ha'avot and to create a new settlement in Hebron," Xinhua quoted Hague as saying in a statement.

Palestinians mark 'Prisoner's Day'

Gaza/Ramallah: The Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip marked the Palestinian Prisoner's Day Thursday, as Israel rejected to release the last batch of long-term prisoners and left the US-sponsored Middle East peace talks in a stalemate.

Demonstrations and sit-ins took place all over the Palestinian territories to back around 5,000 prisoners held in Israeli jails and detention camps, including 20 women and 235 children under the age of 18, Xinhua reported.

Israel frees three out of five Lebanese detainees

Jerusalem: The Israel army has released three out of the five people they had kidnapped Thursday near the Blue Line border with Lebanon.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said the men were trying to cross the Israel-Lebanon border, Xinhua reported.

"The IDF soldiers identified suspects crossing the Israel-Lebanon border into Israel. Two suspects were detained and taken in for questioning," the IDF spokeswoman said.

Three men originally crossed the border into Israel, two of them were caught, while the third fled back to Lebanon, an Israeli security officer said.

Pakistan urges Afghanistan, NATO to strengthen border management

Islamabad : Pakistan Thursday urged the Afghanistan government and the NATO to put in place strong measures for better management of Pakistan-Afghanistan border to check illegal cross-border movement.

Tasnim Aslam, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson, said the country has carried an extra burden regarding the protection and management of the border, and Afghanistan and NATO forces must do the same on the other side of the border, Xinhua reported Thursday.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share nearly 2,500 km long border.

India, Pakistan may resume dialogue after Lok Sabha polls

Islamabad : India and Pakistan hope to resume their composite dialogue once the Indian parliamentary election ends, Pakistan's envoy to the US has said.

Jalil Abbas Jilani also said in a talk at Harvard University that there was increasing awareness in both countries that there can be no military solution to their problems.

The News International newspaper reported that Jilani spoke on "Pakistan-India Relations, The Way Ahead" Monday. It was the inaugural event for the Harvard Kennedy School's annual South Asia Week.

18 Taliban fighters killed in army operations

Kabul: At least 18 Taliban fighters were killed and seven injured in Afghan army operations, the defence ministry said Thursday.

The killings took place in the northern province of Badakhshan and the eastern provinces of Logar and Wardak, the ministry said. Seven militants were also wounded, reports Xinhua.

The army also arrested nine militants besides seizing weapons, ammunition and nine motorcycles.

UN official calls for ending Israeli blockade on Gaza

Gaza: A UN official Wednesday described keeping an Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for almost seven years as "a collective punishment", Xinhua reported.

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre Krahenbuhl pledged to defend Gaza and work hard to end the blockade.

Pakistan Taliban favour talks with government but no truce

Islamabad : The Pakistani Taliban has decided against extending its ceasefire but the dialogue process with the government will continue, a spokesperson of the militant outfit said Wednesday.

The Taliban ceasefire expired April 10, Xinhua reported.

The group declared a month-long ceasefire March 1 and later extended it for 10 days.

The government also suspended air strikes against the Taliban hideouts in Waziristan tribal regions during the period.

Egyptian court jails former presidential candidate for seven years

Cairo : An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed a controversial Islamist leader and former presidential candidate for seven years for falsifying his nomination papers.

Hazem Abou Ismael submitted in his nomination papers for the 2012 presidential elections that he was born to Egyptian parents as required by the constitution but it was later discovered that his mother was an American national, Xinhua reported.