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Taliban militants overrun Afghan valley

Kabul: Taliban militants on Tuesday overran a strategically important valley in Afghanistan's Faryab province, a security officer said.

"More than 1,000 Taliban militants attacked Qarain valley and after suffering huge casualties including 30 deaths, they captured the area and security forces retreated," the officer told Xinhua news agency.

Three pro-government fighters also sustained injuries in the fight, he added.

Israeli NGO asks Barcelona to suspend ties with Qatar Foundation

Jerusalem: An Israeli NGO has called on FC Barcelona to suspend ties with its Qatar Foundation title sponsor as it is "immoral to receive funding from a country that supports terrorist groups".

The international NGO, Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center, has sent a letter to this effect to Barcelona's board, reports Efe.

Failure on Lakhvi a national embarrassment: Daily

Islamabad : The failure to comply with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's assurances at Ufa in Russia over Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's trial will be "nothing short of a national embarrassment", said a daily on Tuesday.

The Nation said in an editorial "Lakhvi’s Non-Cooperation" that a few days after Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi released a joint statement in Ufa, Lakhvi's lawyer, Rizwan Abbasi has said that his client refuses to cooperate by giving voice samples -- "a key element of the joint statement".

Israel re-arrests released Palestinian hunger-striker

Jerusalem : The Israeli police on Monday evening re-arrested a Palestinian in east Jerusalem a day after he was freed following a 55-day hunger strike.

The Palestinian Prisoner Club Association said in an official statement that the police arrested Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan, who had been released on Sunday after he ended a hunger strike that lasted for 55 days, Xinhua reported.

The statement said that Adnan was arrested on his way to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city in east Jerusalem.

Egypt identifies three Italian consulate bombers

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have released the names and photos of three militants who they allege carried out the bombing at Italy's consulate in Cairo at the weekend, according to a media report.

The three suspects were named as Tariq Abdul Sattar, Hussein Barakat and Hassan Samir, according to the Youm7 daily's website. Sattar and Barakat are from Beni Suef, south of Cairo, while Samir is from Fayyum governorate, southwest of the Egyptian capital, the report said.

30 injured in Afghan mosque blast

Kabul: At least 30 people were injured in a bomb attack that targeted a mosque in Pul-e-Khumri city, capital of Afghanistan's Baghlan province on Monday evening, the latest in a string of attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, sources said.

The attack occurred shortly before evening prayers when the provincial governor and several local officials were distributing food in the mosque's courtyard. The injured were shifted to hospitals, where several wounded remained in critical condition, Abdul Qadim Niazai, deputy provincial governor, said.

Modi visit: India, Tajikistan to boost anti-terror cooperation

Dushanbe (Tajikistan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India and Tajikistan have resolved to intensify cooperation in combating terrorism as well as in the spheres of defence and connectivity as he held talks with President Emomali Rahmon here, the last of his stops on his Central Asia tour.

Both sides also inked agreements on culture and human resource development.

In his media statement after holding talks with Rahmon at the Qasr-e-Millat (Palace of Nations), Modi said both countries are bound by deep historical, cultural and civilisational links.

No dialogue without Kashmir issue, says Pakistan

Islamabad: Days after efforts at cordiality in ties were made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Premier Narendra Modi in Russian city of Ufa, a top diplomat from Islamabad says no dialogue process will take place with India unless Kashmir issue is included in it.

The Pakistan prime minister's top advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz was quoted by Samaa TV as saying in a news briefing that Pakistan stays firm on its principled stance on the issue with dignity and honour and no compromise will be made on it.

Modi presents Tajikistan president miniature painting

Dushanbe (Tajikistan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon a specially commissioned miniature painting of the tomb of 17th century Indian poet Abdul Qadir Bedil.

Bedil is regarded, especially in Tajikistan, as one the greatest masters of Persian poetry.

Born in 1644 in Patna, Bedil was influenced by Sufism and wrote 16 books of poetry.

Bedil died in Delhi where his tomb, Bagh-e-Bedil is located.

India, Tajikistan agree to boost anti-terror cooperation: Modi

Dushanbe (Tajikistan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said combating terrorism is an important area of cooperation between India and Tajikistan which are located in the proximity of the main source of terrorism

Modi, in a media statement after holding talks with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, also conveyed his appreciation to Tajikistan for supporting India's candidature for a permanent seat in the UNSC.