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Modi calls for greater cooperation with Bangladesh in energy

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday called for greater cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of energy, power, infrastructure and tourism.

As visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali called on him, Modi reiterated India's resolve to continue extending full support to efforts of Bangladesh for its socio-economic development.

"In this context, he called for greater cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of energy, power, infrastructure development and tourism," a PMO statement said.

Lahore high court terms Qadri supporters' detention illegal

Islamabad : Terming the arrest of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers as unlawful, the Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday directed the authorities to apprise the court in written after releasing the arrested political activists, a media report said.

Cleric Tahir-ul Qadri's party PAT had challenged as illegal the arrests of 56 of its workers in a petition, DawnNews reported.

17 killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad : A total of 17 people were killed and 55 others wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq Friday, police sources said.

Seven people were killed and 28 others were wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in the Karada district of central Baghdad just before noon. Several nearby shops and civilian cars were destroyed by the huge blast, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Sharif accuses protesting parties of incitement to mutiny

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday accused two protesting parties of "inciting people to opt for mutiny" but made it clear that a few thousand people would never succeed in their "sinister designs" to derail the system.

Several thousand supporters of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and religious leader Tahirul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) have camped in Islamabad for five weeks to press their demand for the resignation of the prime minister.

France launches first airstrikes against IS in Iraq

Paris : France's President Francois Hollande said Friday French jets have launched first airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq where they seized major towns and threatened the region's security.

"This morning, at 9.40 a.m., our Rafale jets launched the first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," Hollande said in a statement issued by his office, according to Xinhua.

IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq

Baghdad : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed Friday.

The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local media.

Dhuluiya has been under IS control for more than two months.

Earlier in July, Iraq had warned that the IS militants have taken control of a huge former chemical weapons facility northwest of Iraq's capital Baghdad.

15,000 illegal expats arrested in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : More than 15,000 illegal foreign workers were arrested in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah city for violating the country's residency and labour regulations, a media report said Friday.

The arrests were made over the past few months, Arab News quoted police spokesperson Aati bin Attiyah Al-Qurashi as saying. He added that those arrested included beggars and street vendors as well as cleaners of cars on streets.

India initiates work to link Northeast with Bangladesh port

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala : India has taken the first steps to construct a Rs.70 crore ($11.5 million) bridge over the Feni river in Tripura to access Bangladeshi ports for transporting goods and heavy machinery from other parts of the country to the landlocked and mountainous northeast and to boost trade and tourism, officials said.

Pakistan court to try Sharif, Zardari, others for money transfer

Lahore : The Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday decided to start ex-parte proceedings against 61 politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari, in a case against alleged illegal transfer of assets to foreign countries.

A petition filed said that prominent politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and former president Asif Ali Zardari, had transferred their assets to foreign countries via illegal means, Dawn online reported.

Pakistan court acquits PM, brother in money laundering case

Islamabad : A Pakistani court Friday cleared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif of all charges pertaining to a money laundering case filed 14 years ago.

During a hearing presided over by Justice Anwar Ahmed at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court, the Sharif brothers were acquitted of all corruption charges, including possession of illegal assets, Dawn online reported.

Justice Ahmed said the cases were pending for 14 years and not a single witness had appeared in court.