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Minister among 10 killed in Pakistan suicide attack

Islamabad: Pakistan's Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada was among 10 people killed on Sunday when a suicide attack destroyed his office in Attock city, authorities said.

Khanazada, a retired colonel of the Pakistan Army, succumbed to serious injuries he suffered after being buried under the rubble of the building, Punjab chief minister's advisor Syeed Ilahi told Geo TV.

According to interior ministry sources, the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) group took responsibility for the audacious suicide attack.

Indonesian plane with 54 on board missing

Jakarta: A small Indonesian aircraft with 54 people onboard lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote Papua region in the country's east, the transport ministry said.

The contact was lost with the Trigana Air ATR 42 just after take off from Sentani airport in the Papua region's capital Jayapura, BBC reported. The plane was en route to the southern town of Oksibil.

The aircraft was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew.

Egypt slams HRW report on crackdown deaths as 'biased'

Cairo : Egypt on Saturday slammed a report by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the killings of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi during a security crackdown in 2013 on two protest camps as "biased and politicised".

"Egypt strongly rejects such a politicised and non-objective report that lacks the least standards of credibility and neutrality," foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu-Zaid said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

Egypt's Morsi appeals death sentence

Cairo : The defence team of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi appealed on Saturday against a death sentence and a prison term handed down to the former Islamist leader, official MENA news agency reported.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Morsi to death in mid-June over charges of participating in a 2011 jailbreak during mass protests that toppled long time President Hosni Mubarak.

The court also handed over to 100 other Brotherhood members and supporters, mostly in absentia, sentences varying from two-year jail terms to execution.

ISI behind Afghanistan war, says Afghan vice president

Kabul : Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is behind the fighting across war-raged Afghanistan, says Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum, the media reported.

"The war not only in north but in the entire country, everyone knows, who are leading them," TOLONews quoted Dostum as saying.

"One day, the (insurgent) groups fight under the name of Al Qaeda and the other day under the name of IS. But ISI and Pakistan's (military) generals are organising and financing these groups," he said.

Chabahar, boosting oil import on agenda during Zarif's India visit

New Delhi: Speedy implementation of the Chabahar port, boosting oil import and terrorism were on the agenda of talks during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif here on Friday.

Zarif, who arrived here on a 20-hour visit, met Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of nine Indian sailors who are in a jail in Iran for the past two years on charges of smuggling oil.

Why polygamy should not be encouraged?

Need to repeat and reassert that polygamy is only an option not a compulsion in Islam.

By Dr Kouser Fathima

Pakistan protests bail to Samjhauta Express convict

Islamabad : Pakistan on Friday lodged a protest over the bail granted to the alleged mastermind of the Samjhauta Express blast by an Indian court, the media reported.

Authorities in Islamabad summoned the Indian High Commissioner, expressed their reservations and conveyed that New Delhi has not taken action against the mastermind and other culprits of the attack, Geo News reported.

An Indian court has granted bail to Swami Aseemanand, arrested for masterminding the attack on the Samjhauta Express, a train headed to Pakistan, which killed 68 people.

How Iran's nuke deal could boost India

By Chaitanya Mallapur

New Delhi: India hopes for a new business bonanza from Iran after the international community agreed to release a nine-year-old sanctions and trade embargo.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visits India on August 14, the first ministerial visit to India after Iran signed a historic and controversial nuclear deal with the West on July 14. India has welcomed the nuclear deal.

Zarif is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Female IS member reportedly back in Britain

London: A female Islamic State (IS) recruiter dubbed "Mrs Terror" is reported to have returned to Britain, a media report said on Friday.

Special Branch officers were on full alert after Sally Jones was reportedly spotted in Birmingham with two suspected jihadis, Mirror online reported.

Police were informed that Jones - thought to have arrived in Syria in 2013 to fight for IS - is to be treated as “hostile”.

Security has been tightened in airports, shopping centres and event locations.