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Pakistan begins 'clean-up' of militants in North Waziristan

Islamabad : Pakistani security forces have started a clean-up operation against militants in Mirali in North Waziristan, the Pakistan Army said Saturday.

"Terrorists are being eliminated and dislodged from their bases in North Waziristan as the operation progresses as per plan," Xinhua quoted a military official as saying.

An army statement said that after Miranshah, the centre of North Waziristan, two important villages of Boya and Degan, known to be large concentration centres of local and foreign terrorists, have been cleared.

Iraqi president Talabani returns home from Germany

Baghdad : Iraqi President Jalal Talabani returned home from Germany Saturday after recovering for 18 months from a stroke, the state media reported.

Talabani arrived at the Sulaimaniyah city airport, some 330 km north-east of the capital Baghdad.

He is scheduled to be transferred immediately to his residency, Xinhua reported citing the state-run Iraqiya channel as saying.

Pakistan condemns US drone strike in North Waziristan

Islambad : Pakistan condemned a US drone strike in the country's North Waziristan tribal region Saturday which killed at least 11 people.

Security sources said the US drone fired two missiles at a compound located in Datta Khel town of North Waziristan, a restive area at Pakistan-Afghan border, early Saturday morning.

They said the missiles fired from the drone struck a hideout of Taliban militants from Pakistan's Punjab province when they were holding a meeting.

Assad appoints new Syrian vice president

Damascus : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Saturday appointed Najah Attar as the new vice president, media reported.

Najah Attar has served as the vice president for cultural affairs since 2006 and the new presidential decree has appointed her as the sole vice president, Xinhua reported citing state-run news agency SANA.

Sources told Xinhua that Assad has appointed Attar in accordance with the new constitution to be his vice president during his third seven-year term in office which officially started July 17.

MH17 never strayed into restricted airspace: Malaysian minister

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said here Saturday that the flight path of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol and used by other airlines.

"It flew at an altitude set, and deemed safe, by the local air traffic control. And it never strayed into restricted airspace," the minister told a press conference.

He called for all parties to protect the integrity of the crash site and to allow the investigation to proceed, Xinhua reported.

11 more Palestinians killed, Gaza toll 318

Gaza : Eleven more Palestinians were killed Saturday in cross-border bombardment between Israel and the Islamic Hamas movement taking the toll in Gaza to 318 on the 13th day of an Israeli operation, Xinhua reported.

A health ministry spokesman said that pre-dawn and early morning airstrikes claimed the lives of 11 Palestinians in the northern and southern parts of Gaza.

The Israeli army started late Thursday a limited ground operation in Gaza after 11 days of bloody air strikes to end rocket fire into Israel.

World's first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai

Dubai : The doors of the first environment-friendly mosque in the Islamic world were opened for worshippers here Friday by Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF).

The Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque on Bur Saeed Street in Deira saw some 3,500 worshippers attending the first Friday sermon by Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi, imam of Madina's Quba Mosque.

Protests continue across country against Israeli attack on Gaza, people turn in large number to express solidarity with Palestinians

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New Delhi: People in large number have been turning up across several towns and cities to protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza. While condemning the attack on innocent civilians, protesters have expressed their solidarity with Palestinians.

All 298 on board MH17 identified

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Saturday confirmed the nationalities of all the 298 people on-board flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine Thursday.

A statement released on MAS' official website said the identified passengers and crew comprised 192 Dutch (including 1 dual Netherlands/USA citizen), 44 Malaysians (including 15 crew members and two infants), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians (including an infant), 10 British (including 1 dual UK/S. Africa citizen), four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos, one Canadian and one person from New Zealand.

China calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

United Nations : China has appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine's Hamas and avoiding of any military ground operations and other actions that may lead to further escalation of the crisis.

Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, Xinhua reported.