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17 terrorists killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 17 suspected terrorists were killed on Friday when Pakistan military jets bombarded their hideouts in North Waziristan tribal agency.

According to security sources, the aerial strikes targeted three militant dens in Shawal district, also destroying four vehicles belonging to the terrorists, Geo News reported.

The airstrikes came two days after terrorists stormed a bus in Karachi and killed 46 people belonging to the Ismaili community, a sub-sect of Shias.

Airstrikes continue against IS targets in Syria, Iraq

Washington : The US-led coalition continues to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq over the past two days, the US Defense Department has said.

During the period, fighter and bomber aircraft conducted a total of nine airstrikes in Syria and 22 airstrikes in Iraq, the Defense Department said in a statement on Thursday.

135 detained over Karachi bus attack

Islamabad : At least 135 people have been detained over an armed attack on a bus in Karachi which claimed 46 lives, media reported on Friday.

Raids were carried out by the Pakistan Rangers and police in different parts of Karachi late Thursday night until early Friday morning, Geo News reported.

Sources said a unit-in-charge of a political party was among those detained.

The detained individuals have been shifted to a yet undetermined location for interrogation.

Yemen's Houthis agree to talks if Riyadh halts bombing

Sanaa : Yemen's Shia Houthi group has agreed with the visiting UN envoy to resume UN-brokered talks as long as the Saudi-led air campaign is halted, government officials have said.

According to an information ministry official, representatives of the Houthi group and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said they were ready to resume the UN-brokered talks after the alliance suspended air strikes, adding that they believed Geneva, instead of Riyadh, should be picked to host the talks, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

Persian Gulf states support 'verifiable' Iran n-pact: Obama

Washington : US President Barack Obama has said that the officials of the six Arab Persian Gulf nations with whom he met expressed to him their support for a nuclear agreement with Iran that is "comprehensive and verifiable", adding that none of them is seeking an endless confrontation with Tehran.

'Beirut Declaration' to combat terrorism financing signed

Beirut : The Union of Arab Banks and the Council of Arab Interior Ministers on Friday issued here the "Beirut Declaration" that aims at enhancing cooperation to dry up the financing of terrorist organizations.

On the sidelines of the forum entitled "Mechanisms for drying up the sources of terrorism financing", the Arab Banks Union and the Arab Council of Interior Ministers signed an understanding memorandum to enhance the "common work in combating terrorism and terrorist organizations."

Israeli parliament confirms Netanyahu's new government

Jerusalem : The Israeli parliament has approved a right-wing government formed by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his Likud party won an early election nearly two months ago, media reported on Friday.

The 20-member cabinet, whose lineup was finalized not long before the vote, is to be sworn in soon after it won the parliament's confirmation in a vote of 61 to 59, Xinhua news agency reported.

There had been tough haggling over the allocation of cabinet posts between the Likud and its four coalition partners, and among prominent Likud figures.

Efforts on to get captive Indians released from Iraq: Sushma

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met the families of Indian workers held captive in Iraq and assured them the government was making "all sincere efforts" to get them released.

"The government is making all sincere efforts for the safe and early release of the Indian workers," she told them.

Four Indians killed in Kabul attack identified

New Delhi : The four Indians killed in the overnight Taliban attack at a guest house in Kabul have been identified as Mathew George, R.K. Bhatti, Satish Chandra and Martha Farrel, army sources said on Thursday.

Two of those killed were from Kerala, one from Chandigarh and one from Andhra Pradesh.

Martha Farrell, 56, was to return to India from Afghanistan on Saturday. An official from NGO Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) told IANS that Farrell was the spokesperson for a training programme conducted by the Aga Khan Trust.

14th Aman Chaupal with Pakistani art activist Shoaib Iqbal in ALS, Delhi

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak Friendship Initiative of Mission Bhartiyam (India) and The Catalyst-Tc (Pakistan) conducted its 14th Aman Chaupal here on Thursday.

The guest of this time’s Aman Chaupal was an art activist from Pakistan, Shoaib Iqbal. The event was held at the Alternative Learning Systems (ALS), a renowned coaching centre for civil service aspirants in Delhi. Aman Chaupal is a short informal session wherein someone from Pakistan addresses students’ questions and curiosities in an Indian school or college (or vice versa). It is an interactive session based entirely on students’ questions.