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40 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : The Pakistan army Wednesday said fighter jets bombed positions of militants in the North Waziristan tribal region and killed 40 local and foreign militants.

"Today in precise aerial strikes five terrorists hideouts and ammunition dumps were destroyed and 40 terrorists, including foreigners, were killed in villages Nawae Killi and Zaram Asar in area north of Datta Khel in North Waziristan Agency," Xinhua quoted an army statement as saying.

Court dismisses cases against Islamabad protesters

Islamabad : A Pakistani court Wednesday quashed all cases registered against the protesters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) who violated prohibitory orders here, a media report said.

While questioning the validity of the arrests, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed all cases registered against the violators of Section 144, Dawn online reported.

The court said that it would not tolerate lawlessness in the country, adding that it would not let the authorities make arbitrary arrests.

Murder case registered against Pakistani PM

Islamabad : Police Wednesday registered murder cases against Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and several of his ministers in the killing of opposition activists during the anti-government protests here, police and lawyers said.

A local court had ordered the police Monday to register the cases against the prime minister and 11 top officials, including the interior, defence and railways ministers and the city's chief commissioner and police chief, Xinhua reported.

N-talks to resume Wednesday: Iran

Tehran : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has announced that fresh round of talks between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran's nuclear energy programme will begin Wednesday.

"The first round of negotiations between Iran and G5+1 within the framework of the 7th Round of nuclear negotiations will start at the presence of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton this afternoon," IRNA quoted Zarif, who is in New York, as saying.

Jamaat calls Bangladesh shutdown for release of leader

Dhaka : Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party has called for a country-wide shutdown to press its demand for release of its top leader, Delwar Sayedee, whose death sentence was commuted by the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The 48-hour strike will commence for one day from 6 a.m. Thursday and will resume for another day from 6 a.m. Sunday, quoted acting party chief Mokbul Ahmad as saying Wednesday.

The Islamist party said it would hold prayers Friday for its leader and agitations Saturday.

New provinces vital for Pakistan's existence: MQM chief

Islamabad : Leader of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party Altaf Hussain Wednesday pressed for creation of new provinces in the country and warned that Pakistan would be wiped out from the global map if new administrative borders were not drawn, a media report said.

Addressing his supporters during his birthday function at the MQM headquarters in Karachi, the self-exiled leader underscored the need for new provinces, saying that Pakistan is the only country to have a small number of provinces despite its large population, Dawn online reported.

UN announces Israeli-Palestinian pact on rebuilding Gaza

United Nations: The United Nations Tuesday announced an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip, devastated in the recent Israeli military offensive.

The pact will allow urgent reconstruction work to be carried out in Gaza, while ensuring that materials entering the area will not be used for other purposes, Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said.

US does not rule out sending ground troops to Iraq

Washington: Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that US ground troops could be called into battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria if circumstances require.

So far, US President Barack Obama has deployed about 1,600 military advisors to Iraq, but has stressed that "boots are not on the ground" in a combat role.

However, Dempsey said Obama has ordered him to come back on a "case-by-case basis" if the use of ground forces need to be reconsidered.

Chinese Ningxia Muslims to perform Haj for the first time

Jeddah : Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador Mustafa Yang Djibo at his office on Sunday to discuss the arrangements for Haj pilgrims from China.

This year, an estimated 14,000 Chinese pilgrims will be performing the annual pilgrimage. Haj Ministry sources said that the Chinese envoy shared the operation plan with Hajjar and also thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for extending Haj services to the pilgrims. Additionally, Djibo hailed the ministry’s efforts in ensuring the comfort of the pilgrims, ministry sources added.

7 killed in bomb attack near Syria-Turkey border

Damascus : At least seven people were killed and many others wounded Tuesday when an explosives-laden vehicle exploded near a rebel-held Syrian-Turkish border, activists and al-Mayadeen TV reported.

The car blew up at a garage near the Bab al-Salam border crossing in the rebel-held northern town of Azaz in Aleppo province, Xinhua quoted the report as saying.