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China ready to build economic corridor with Pakistan

Beijing: China is ready to work with Pakistan to complete a long-term plan by this year-end to build a bilateral economic corridor, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday .

In a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, Li said the two countries agreed to make building of the corridor the focus of bilateral practical cooperation, Xinhua reported.

And the consensus is conducive to forging a China-Pakistan "community of shared destiny", Li added.

12 injured in Lahore blast

Islamabad: At least 12 people were injured in a blast at a shop in Pakistan's Lahore city Geo News reported Friday.

The shop owner said he had been receiving threat calls for the last some days. He said he had informed the police about the phone calls in which he was asked to Rs2 million extortion.

The extortionists had also fired shots at his residence last month, he added.

The Bomb Disposal Squad said that 250 to 300 gram explosive material was used in the blast.

37 killed, 86 injured in Iraq violence

Baghdad: As many as 37 people were killed and 86 injured in a wave of attacks in different parts of Iraq Thursday.

At least 12 people were killed and 55 injured in two car bomb attacks in the evening, police and medical sources said. Seven of them were killed and 39 left wounded when a car bomb went off in Baghdad's Alamein districtin the evening, Xinhua quoted an interior ministry source as saying.

Five people were killed and 16 injured in another car bomb attack near a hospital in Sadr City, a Shiite district of northeastern Baghdad, the source said.

UN releases $9.5 mn for Pakistan's insecurity-hit people

Islamabad: The United Nations has allocated $9.5 million to help meet the needs of over one million people in Pakistan who remain displaced in the country's tribal regions and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, the UN office said here Thursday.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) said the funding comes at a crucial time, as significant humanitarian needs remain in KP province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), yet aid agencies have limited resources to meet those needs, Xinhua reported.

25 killed in attacks across Iraq

Baghdad: At least 25 people were killed and 31 wounded in separate attacks across Iraq Thursday, authorities said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, eight Sunni civilians were killed and eight of their homes and a mosque set on fire when gunmen, believed to be Shia militiamen, attacked the village of Boudjah near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a police source as saying.

Omer al-Hemiary, a leading figure in the Iraqi Islamic party, accused "an influential militia of being behind the sectarian killing".

Turkey calls on Egypt to repeal mass execution

Ankara: Turkish lawmakers called on Egypt's interim authorities to scarp plans to execute 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who were sentenced to death last month.

Turkey's parliament has released a joint appeal signed by the ruling Justice and Development Party, the main opposition Republican People's Party, the Nationalist Movement Party and the Peace and Democracy Party Wednesday, Xinhua reported Thursday.

The declaration stressed that the death penalties would further trigger tension and prompt feelings of revenge in the country.

Five militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul:At least five Taliban militants were killed and eight injured during a clash in Afghanistan, an official said Thursday.

"The clash erupted in Gereshk district, in Helmand province, late Wednesday night and lasted for a while, during which five armed Taliban rebels were killed and eight others sustained injuries," army spokesman Mohammad Rasoul Zazai told Xinhua.

There were no casualties among the army personnel, he said.

United Baloch Army claims responsibility for Pakistan blasts

Islamabad: The outlawed United Baloch Army (UBA) militant group has taken responsibility for two successive blasts in Pakistan which claimed at least 40 lives and left several injured, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Saleem Shahid, a spokesman for the UBA, told the media over telephone that his organisation was behind the bomb attack in the fruit and vegetable market on Rawalpindi-Islamabad border Wednesday, Dawn online reported.

Arab ministers blame Israel for peace talks' deadlock

Cairo: Arab foreign ministers Wednesday held Israel fully responsible for the ongoing "dangerous stalemate" of the Middle East peace negotiations, following their meeting at the Arab League headquarters here, Xinhua reported.

During the meet, requested by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the ministers held Israel responsible for the current peace deadlock due to its rejection of the two-state resolution that gives the Palestinians the right to establish their own independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital city.

25 killed in Syrian twin bombings

Damascus: At least 25 people were killed and 107 wounded Wednesday in two car bomb blasts in Syria's Homs province, a local media report said.

The bombings rocked the Al-Khadram Street in Karm Allouz neighbourhood of Homs, the report said, adding that the blast caused heavy damage to property as well, Xinhua reported.

The bombs were detonated in a swift succession.

More than 150,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in Syria since the conflict started in 2011.