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Trade, culture redeem dented India-Pakistan ties

By Shilpa Raina,

New Delhi : India may have called off the Aug 25 foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, but this hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of trade associations and businessmen who are bridging the dented relationship through exhibitions and cultural exchanges to promote bilateral trade between the two nations whose political leadership remains at odds.

The ground situation reflects a contradictory and complicated picture of India-Pakistan ties.

Over three million fled Syria: UN

London : The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Friday announced that over three million Syrians have been registered as refugees and the crisis is only getting worse, BBC reported.

The UNHCR said Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of the Syrians forced to flee their homes.

It said one in every eight Syrians has fled across the border and a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria and half of them are children.

Islamic State release another beheading video

London : The Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing the beheading of a Kurdish man as a warning to the forces fighting the group in northern Iraq.

The video, titled a 'Message in Blood', shows several men in orange jumpsuits said to be captured Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, the BBC reported.

The victim is seen kneeling near a mosque in the IS-held city of Mosul before he is beheaded.

The jihadis warned that others will be killed if Kurdish leaders continue to back the US.

Protest leaders meet Pakistan Army chief

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leaders Friday met the Army Chief Raheel Sharif to find a solution to end the on-going political crisis in the country.

This development came after PTI leader Imran Khan and PAT leader Tahir-ul-Qadri Thursday accepted the role of the army chief as a mediator and guarantor in solving the current political impasse, Xinhua reported.

Israeli opposition criticises Netanyahu's speech on Gaza war

Jerusalem: Israeli opposition leader strongly criticised the speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the military operation in Gaza, saying it is a sad victory, media reported.

On his Facebook page, Isaac Herzog, said Netanyahu lost the confidence of Israelis, especially those in the south and areas close to the Gaza Strip, MENA news agency reported citing the Radio Israel.

The Israeli army won the war in Gaza but the cabinet failed, he said.

"This government failed in every parameter -- economically and diplomatically," Herzog said.

Obama says mulling options against Islamic State

Washington: US President Barack Obama said Thursday he has asked his administration to prepare a range of military options against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.

At a press conference in White House, Obama said he has ordered Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to prepare "a range of options" as he considers future military action, Xinhua reported.

The president, however, admitted that his administration so far does not have a strategy in combating the militant group that has grabbed large chunks of territories in Iraq and Syria.

Over 50,000 remain in shelters in Gaza

United Nations: At least 54,000 people still remained in 78 United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) shelters in Gaza Strip, a UN official said.

Stephane Dujarric, a UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here, quoting a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that about 233,000 displaced people had left shelters in as of Wednesday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

The OCHA report came after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal to end the 50-day long conflict.

IS kills 160 Syrian soldiers in Syria: activists

Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants killed more than 160 Syrian soldiers captured by them in Syria's northern province of al-Raqqa, activists said.

The militants captured the Syrian soldiers while fleeing the al-Tabaqa airbase when the airbase was recently seized by the IS, Xinhua reported citing the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday.

According to a video footage, ten Syrian soldiers stripped off their uniforms and herded in their underwear only toward an unknown location where the militants started summarily executing them.

Army chief to help end Pakistan's political crisis

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul Qadri Thursday accepted the role of the army chief as a mediator and guarantor in solving the current political impasse in the country.

Imran Khan and Qadri told the participants of their separate sit-ins here outside the Parliament House that in the next 24 hours, fresh negotiations will begin with the government in the presence of the army as intermediary, Geo News reported last Thursday.

4,000 Gaza fishermen go fishing in six-mile area

Gaza: As many as 4,000 fishermen in the Gaza Strip Thursday were able to go fishing in a expanded zone, previously restricted to just three miles by Israel, a senior Palestinian official said.

The Israel allowed fishermen to go fishing in an area of six miles, which will be nine miles by next week and will increase to 12 miles within next months according to the agreement reached in Egypt Tuesday.

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