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Syrian opposition criticises new government formation

Damascus : The Syrian opposition Thursday criticised the formation of the new government as "bringing nothing new".

Anas Joudeh, deputy head of the Building Syria State party, told Xinhua that there was no notable change in the new government as all of the major ministries have kept their ministers with slight changes in the ministers of "service" ministries.

J&K house seeks resumption of India-Pakistan talks

Srinagar : A resolution, seeking effective steps to end ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir and resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue, was unanimously adopted in the state legislative council Thursday.

Amrit Malhotra, chairman of the legislative council or the upper house of the bicameral legislature, moved the resolution.

Malhotra said: "The house unanimously resolves that the state government shall urge the union government to take effective steps for prevention of LoC firing, which has caused huge loss of life and property in the affected areas.

Hindu temple may be razed in Pakistan

Islamabad : A 79-year old Hindu temple in Rawalpindi may be razed to make way for an educational and housing complex, a media report said Thursday.

The 79-year-old Maharishi Valmik Swamiji Mandir in Rawalpindi's Chaklala cantonment may become a casualty of development work planned in the area, Dawn online reported.

The locality boasts of a large Hindu majority, which has been living in harmony with Christians and Muslims in the area for several decades now.

Afghan refugees increasing in Pakistan

Islamabad : The number of registered refugees in Pakistan is escalating as 50,000 children are born to refugee families every year, Dawn online reported Thursday.

The UN refugee agency said that the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has issued birth certificates to over 330,000 Afghan children below the age of 18.

UNHCR spokesperson Dunya Islam Khan said that around 182,000 refugee children who had reached the age of five would get their separate Proof of Registration (PoR) cards by the end of this year.

Pakistan running out of polio campaign funds

Islamabad : Pakistan's health ministry has said that if new funds are not arranged for the delayed anti-polio campaign, it is likely to halt after two months, Dawn online reported Thursday.

An health official said that the ministry was running out of funds.

The Economic Coordination Council (ECC) was supposed to approve funds for the campaign in the second week of August, but it has not been allocated owing to a political crisis.

Pakistani cleric ends talks with government

Islamabad: Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Tahir-ul-Qadri Thursday announced he was ending dialogue with the government as his demands were not accepted.

Qadri, whose supporters have staged an anti-government sit-in here since Aug 15, made the announcement in his address to his activists shortly after he concluded hours of talks with a government committee, Xinhua reported.

"The talks with the government have completely failed," he said.

Pakistan Rangers again target Indian positions in Jammu

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers again Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

"Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing using small arms in the Pargwal area of the Jammu district," a police officer told IANS here.

The officer said three BSF outposts were affected due to the firing.

Australia to help US in Iraq air strikes

Canberra: Australia has expressed willingness to contribute its Super Hornet fighter jets to help US-led air strikes in Iraq.

Defence Minister David Johnston said Wednesday night that Australia was ready to assist the US with air strikes targeting IS terrorists in Iraq, Xinhua reported.

Johnston said the Australian defence force started to develop its readiness after the emergence of "beheadings, mass executions, genocidal wiping out and ethnic cleansing."

He said the US was already carrying out air strikes in Iraq with the purpose of "preserving civilian lives."

Kidnapped US journalist's mother pleads IS to release son

Washington: The mother of a US freelance journalist, who was kidnapped in Syria by the Islamic State(IS), Wednesday released a video in which she urged the jihadist group to "be merciful" and release her son.

She also asked the group through the vedeo to "follow the example set by the Prophet Mohammed".

"We have not seen Steven Sotloff for over a year and we miss him very much. We want to see him home safe and sound," Shirley Sotloff said, directing her message to IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

UN delivers food to Gaza via Egyptian crossing

United Nations: For the first time in seven years, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, a spokesman said here.

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria across the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the trucks, carrying enough food to feed 150,000 people for five days, arrived at the Rafah crossing, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at a daily news briefing.

Dujarric aadded that a second convoy is expected to cross into Gaza in the coming days, Xinhua reported.