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Diplomacy of contrasts: After chiding Pakistan, Modi meets other neighbours

By Arul Louis,

New York : In a diplomacy of contrast, after gently chiding Pakistan in his UN General Assembly speech, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pursued his "neighbours first" policy at cordial meetings with leaders of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal Saturday.

Russia urges cooperation between US-led coalition, Damascus

United Nations : Russia Saturday said the fight against terrorists in Syria by US-led coalition should be structured in cooperation with the Syrian government.

"It goes without saying that the fight against terrorism should rely on a solid basis of international law," Xinhua quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying during the general debate of UN General Assembly.

No development without peace, security: Bangladesh PM

New York : Sustainable development cannot be achieved in the "absence of durable peace and security", said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday as she underlined the importance of a "balanced, pragmatic and ambitious agenda" while the global body frames the development goals for 2016-2030.

Over 6,000 children from India, Pakistan in exchange programme

Kolkata : Attempting to bridge borders and scale boundaries between school children in India and Pakistan, a private initiative has roped in 6,200 students from 37 schools and seven cities for an exchange programme.

Christened "Exchange for Change 2013-2015", the programme aims to create awareness about cultures, similarities and diversities, encouraging sustaining relationships among the children for a peaceful tomorrow.

Want talks with Pakistan without shadow of terrorism: Modi

United Nations:Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that he wants talks with Pakistan without the shadow of terrorism.

Hitting out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for raking up the Kashmir issue at the UN, Modi said that the UN was not the proper forum to solve bilateral issues. He said he was prepared to engage in serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, "without the shadow of terrorism", in his first address to the UN General Assembly.

Indian mission receives nearly 2,800 complaints in Qatar

Doha: As many as 2,792 complaints, including labour law violations, have been received by the Indian mission in Qatar so far this year, a media report said Saturday.

During a community house Friday, Indian Ambassador to Qatar Sanjiv Arora, along with other senior officials, assured the complainants of further follow-up with the local authorities and necessary action, The Gulf Times reported.

Four security men killed in Al Qaeda attack in Yemen

Sanaa: At least four army men were killed Saturday when suspected Al Qaeda militants attacked a military patrol in Yemen, a security official said.

"Masked gunmen in a car without licence plates opened fire randomly on the soldiers while they were stationed near a military outpost in Maifaa region in Shabwa province," the official told Xinhua.

"We have spotted the armed men who are believed to have carried out the attack. Our troops are advancing toward them. The attackers escaped into the desert region," the official added.

33 Indians die during Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: Thirty-three Indians have died of illness or old-age ailments during the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year, a media report said Saturday.

The majority of them have been buried in Makkah, Arab News quoted Indian officials as saying. The first batch of Indian pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia Aug 27.

On Wednesday, an Indian pilgrim hailing from Maharashtra died aboard an Air India flight to Saudi Arabia.

Ghulam Shabbir Hussain, 84, fell sick and died during the flight.

Britain sends fighter jets to target IS in Iraq

London: Britain has sent two Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado jets to participate in the US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in Iraq, a day after parliament voted in favour of action against the militants, media reports said Saturday.

The British fighters took off from RAF's Akrotiri station in Cyprus, the ministry of defence said.

Khaleda Zia calls Awami League a terror group

Dhaka: Bangladesh's main opposition leader Khaleda Zia Saturday called ruling the Awami League a terror group, media reported.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and former prime minister said the law-and-order situation in the country has immensely deteriorated under the ruling Awami League, reported.

She was speaking at a mass rally of the 20-party opposition alliance in Jamalpur district of Dhaka division Saturday.