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Key Bangladeshi militant arrested

Dhaka:A key militant of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was on Monday arrested in the country's port city of Chittagong.

A police official said Shibly Hossain, a regional JMB commader in Chittagong, was arrested during a raid, Xinhua news agency reported.

A huge amount of explosives and grenade-making material was also seized following Hossain's arrest, the official added.

In July 2014, the acting militant chief of JMB Anwar Alam Khokon was arrested in Bogra district.

Militants capture chopper pilot, three crew in Syria

Damascus: A helicopter pilot and three crewmen were captured by Al Nusra Front militants on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Idlib.

According to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory (SOHR), the helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical fault on Mount Zawiya.

Helicopters are regularly used by the Syrian regime to drop barrel bombs onto villages, towns and cities around the country, the Observatory said, adding that 5,335 such explosive devices had been dropped between October 2014 and March 20.

Taliban deny reports of Pakistani militant leader's death

Islamabad: As unconfirmed reports of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah's death circulated on Monday, different Taliban groups have denied that the terrorist was killed during a military operation.

TTP spokesman Mohammad Khorasani claimed that reports regarding Fazlullah's death were "absolutely baseless rumours", Geo News reported.

A spokesman for Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar also denied the report.

Pakistan stages Republic Day parade after seven years

Islamabad: A military parade to celebrate Pakistan's Republic Day was held here on Monday after a gap of seven years.

Also known as Pakistan Day, it is observed to commemorate the passage of the Lahore Resolution of 1940, now called the Pakistan Resolution, on March 23, 1940 at the ground in Lahore where the Minar-e-Pakistan now stands.

The resolution called for the creation of independent states for Muslims in north-western and eastern British India.

Peace on border with Pakistan will be ensured: Mufti

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Monday that firing from across the border was a great challenge and he would leave no stone unturned to ensure peace at the border with Pakistan.

Speaking in the state legislative council on Monday, Sayeed said there was no violation of ceasefire from across the borders in Jammu region from 2002 to 2010.

"We have to solve the problem and ensure peace for the border residents.

UN voices support for legitimacy of Yemeni president

United Nations: The UN Security Council on Sunday adopted a presidential statement on Yemen, voicing support for Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and calling upon all parties to refrain from taking actions that undermine the legitimacy of the president.

Hurriyat leader in Delhi to attend Pakistan Day function

New Delhi : Ahead of attending the Pakistan Day function here on Monday, moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said the grouping wants to lend full support to the India- Pakistan dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Mirwaiz, who arrived here earlier in the day to attend the Pakistan Day function at the Pakistan high commission, is leading a delegation of Hurriyat Conference for the event which will also meet Pakistan's envoy here Abdul Basit.

Hardliner Syed Ali Geelani has also been invited to attend the event.

Mid-term polls can't be ruled out in Pakistan: Musharraf

Islamabad : Mid-term polls and an interim government in Pakistan cannot be ruled out, former president Pervez Musharraf has said adding that the elections will be held once the incumbent government completes three years.

Musharraf, while chairing an executive committee meeting of the All Pakistan Muslim League, announced that his party will "fully take part in local government elections", Geo News reported.

"The party is incomplete without reorganisation... however, it should be at grassroots if you want to bring it at country-wide level," Musharraf said.

Israel's election: A lot at stake in region and beyond

By Hardeep S.Puri and Omar El Okdah,

In contemporary politics, the flow of historical forces cannot be understood by glimpsing a mere snapshot. The unprecedented fourth-term election of Benjamin Netanyahu is indeed a significant event in itself. He will now go down in Israeli history as the longest serving head of government. It is the kind of policy positions he took in the run-up to the election, however, which have far-reaching implications on the future of Israel and its relationship with the United States and the Middle East as a whole.

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Nine injured in petrol bomb attack in Bangladesh

Dhaka : At least nine people suffered burn injuries in a petrol bomb attack in Bangladesh ahead of an opposition-called strike, police said on Sunday.

Unidentified attackers hurled petrol bombs at a truck in Magura district in Bangladesh, leaving nine people injured, Xinhua cited a police officer as saying.

The arson attack took place on Saturday night, hours after the 20-party opposition alliance, led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, announced a fresh 72-hour nation wide strike from Sunday morning.