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Indian foreign secretary to visit Pakistan in March

New Delhi/Islamabad : The India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks are expected to resume in March next in Islamabad, senior diplomats from both sides said Tuesday.

Diplomats from both sides are in touch over the expected visit and are also finalising the agenda of the talks in Islamabad, Dawn online reported.

The Indian external ministry said in a Facebook interaction: "The Foreign Secretary in accordance with Prime Minister's directive would be undertaking a SAARC Yatra to all South Asian countries including Pakistan in March."

Blast in Pakistan kills one

Islamabad : At least one person was killed and seven injured in an explosion in Pakistan Tuesday.

Explosives planted on a bicycle on Mall Road in Chaman in Balochistan province detonated with a huge bang, Dawn reported.

The intensity of the blast destroyed four vehicles parked in the vicinity and also damaged more than a dozen shops.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The blast comes two days after an explosion in the same area killed a child and wounded nine others.

Netanyahu's views on Iran n-programme contradicted by Mossad: Report

Doha : Israel was aware that Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful and does not include "the activity necessary to produce weapons", shows a leaked Mossad report, dated shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- in his 2012 UN speech -- accused Tehran of having "plans to build a nuclear weapon".

A secret cable obtained by Al Jazeera TV, based in Doha, has revealed that Mossad sent a top-secret cable to South Africa Oct 22, 2012, that laid out a "bottom line" assessment of Iran's nuclear work.

UN human rights chief invited to Bangladesh

Dhaka : Bangladesh has invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein to visit Dhaka and see the human rights situation amid the ongoing political violence, media reported Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said that he had invited him during his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Washington, bdnews24 reported.

"He showed his interest in visiting Bangladesh," Ali said.

'Middle East's current problems started from the 1967 war'

By Vikas Datta,

New Delhi : Wracked by insurrection and terrorism, the Middle East is going through a traumatic time but most of its problems can be traced to one short war between Arabs and Israelis nearly half a century ago, says a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian who spent his formative years in the region.

Death of Rana Bhagwandas a great tragedy for Pakistan, says Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani of Pakistan Hindu Council

By Aslam Chandio,,

Islamabad / Karachi: Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNA has termed the death of former acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice (R)Rana Bhagwandas as great tragedy for Pakistan.

Pakistani court issues black warrants against two convicts

Islamabad: An antiterrorism court in Pakistan has issued black warrants for the execution of two condemned prisoners and fixed March 5 for their hanging, media reported Tuesday.

Mohammad Faisal and Mohammad Afzal were sentenced to death by an antiterrorism court in 1999 for killing a man during a robbery in Korangi in 1998, Dawn online reported.

IS kidnaps 56 Christians in Syria

Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants Monday kidnapped 56 Syrian Christians of Assyrian minority in Al-Hasakah province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Assyrians were abducted from the town of Tal Shamiram in the countryside of the predominantly-Kurdish city of Hasaka, Xinhua reported.

Tens of other Assyrians were also taken into captivity by the IS in the town of Tal Hurmos, adjacent to Tal Shamiram, according to the London-based watchdog group.

Israel cuts power to Palestinian territories over unpaid debt

Jerusalem: Israel's Electric Company (IEC) on Monday cut power supply to two Palestinian cities in the West Bank for nearly an hour, due to an unpaid debt by the Palestinian Authority.

The power supply to the town of Jenin and Nablus was cut for 45 minutes on Monday over an unpaid debt of two billion shekels (nearly $500 million) by the Palestinian Authority and the east Jerusalem Electric Company.

Bahrain foreign minister meets Modi

New Delhi : Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed his government's commitment to deepen bilateral relations in areas such as defence, security, counter terrorism, trade and investment.

A PMO release said that the prime minister appreciated the continuous support and cooperation being extended by the Bahrain government to over four lakh members of the Indian community in that country.