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NATO helicopters violate Pakistani airspace

Islamabad : NATO gunship helicopters violated Pakistani airspace by entering territory near its border with Afghanistan, media reported Wednesday.

According to officials, at least five helicopters were seen flying near the border and two of them entered Pakistani territory in Torkham and Pasidkhel, Dawn online reported.

The helicopters remained in Pakistani airspace for 10 minutes and returned without any action.

Sources said the helicopters crossed over through Shamshad mountains situated between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Modi assures Afghan president of India's support as friend, partner

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday assured Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani of New Delhi's support in Kabul's efforts to build a strong and prosperous nation and said India will stand as a friend and partner in the endeavour.

Modi spoke Wednesday with Ghani over phone and congratulated him on his election as president of Afghanistan, a statement from the PMO said.

13 Malaysians arrested for links with IS

Kuala Lumpur : Thirteen Malaysians, believed to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, have been arrested, media reported Wednesday.

"The suspects were detained at several locations in Shah Alam, the capital of the western Selangor state, Tuesday," The Star reported citing Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

The police were constantly monitoring these kinds of activities. "Militancy and terrorism have no place in this country," he said.

Thirty-six Malaysians have been arrested for militant activities since April 28.

Over 1 mn Somalis facing starvation risk, UN envoy

United Nations: The UN envoy in Somalia has warned that despite some political and security gains, the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa country has deteriorated, with over 1 million Somalis who do not have enough to eat.

This number is up 20 percent compared to six months ago, Xinhua quoted the UN secretary-general's special representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, as telling the Security Council Tuesday while briefing it on the situation in the country.

US offers $45 mn bounty for eight terror leaders

Washington: The US said Tuesday it is offering rewards totalling up to 45 million dollars for information on eight key leaders of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organisation.

The US State Department said its Rewards for Justice Programme is offering rewards of up to 10 million for information leading to the location of Nasir al-Wahishi, AQAP's top leader, and up to 5 million dollars each for the information on seven of the group's leaders, Xinhua reported

Pakistan briefs diplomats on border tensions, raises Kashmir plebiscite issue

Islamabad: Pakistan Tuesday briefed the entire diplomatic corps here on the border tensions with India and reiterated its "principled position on the Kashmir dispute" of demand for an impartial plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN Resolutions.

The ministry of foreign affairs briefed the diplomatic corps on the situation arising from the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) by the Indian armed forces, a statement said.

US national shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The two Americans were shot in a petrol station on the east side of Riyadh, the report said.

Police later arrested the attacker. The assailant's identity has not been revealed yet, as an investigation is still underway.

Pilgrim influx benefits Madinah businesses

Madinah : The head of the Tourism Committee and member of Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said pilgrims are expected to spend SR24 billion in Madinah this Haj season.

Jeddah mosque becomes disabled-friendly

Jeddah : A mosque in Jeddah that has started delivering Friday sermons in sign language and uploading them on YouTube has become a social media hit.

Britain's Palestine vote undermines peace prospects: Israel

Jerusalem : Israel Tuesday warned that the British parliament's vote in favour of recognising a Palestinian state risked undermining the prospects for peace.

“Premature international recognition sends a troubling message to the Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make, and actually undermines the chances to reach a real peace,” a statement from the Israeli foreign ministry said.