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India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to meet Aug 25

New Delhi : Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are to meet in Islamabad Aug 25, in a major forward movement in reviving stalled peace talks two months after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

The date and venue of the talks was decided Wednesday during a telephonic talk between Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin at a briefing here.

Online visa for Indians travelling to Bahrain

New Delhi : Indians travelling to Bahrain will be able to apply for electronic visas from October this year under new visa rules announced in the Gulf country.

Such e-visas can be obtained ahead of travel to Bahrain through a simple online application process, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) said in a statement.

The new visa policy, which will be implemented in 2015, was announced by Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at a cabinet meeting earlier this month.

Israel opens additional airport for international flights

Jerusalem : Israel is opening a second international airport after major airlines stopped flights when a rocket fired from Gaza landed near Tel Aviv's international airport, Transport Minister Israel Katz said Wednesday.

Speaking at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Katz said that he has instructed the Israel Airports Authority to "immediately open" the southern Uvda airport for international flights, Xinhua reported.

Uvda is located some 40 km north of the city of Eilat in northern Israel.

Iraqi parliament convenes to elect new president

Baghdad : The Iraqi parliament has convened to elect a president and two vice presidents in a bid to put together a new government.

Newly-elected Speaker Salim al-Jubouri opened the session in the presence of 236 lawmakers, Xinhua reported.

Jubouri told the lawmakers that the political blocs would need further deliberation to reach a consensus between the political blocs, and suggested delaying the choosing process to the end of the session.

His suggestion was voted in by the lawmakers.

Damascus hails new UN envoy to Syria

Damascus : The Syrian foreign ministry Wednesday hailed the appointment of Staffan de Mistura who replaced Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN envoy to Syria.

In a statement, the Syrian foreign ministry said that a dialogue with the Syrians is the only way out of the ongoing crisis in the country, Xinhua reported.

The ministry hoped Mistura would stick to neutrality and objectiveness, mainly to respect the national sovereignty of Syria and non-interference in its internal affairs.

Millionaire beggar nabbed in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a beggar, who, it later turned out, has been sitting on a fortune of over $300,000, a media report said Wednesday.

Cash and valuables worth 1.2 million Saudi riyals ($320,000) were seized from the unnamed man of Arab ethnicity by the police from Yanbu port city in western Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Gazette reported.

Fahd Al-Ghanam, spokesman of Madinah police, said the man was nabbed after he was found begging in dubious circumstances.

Begging is strictly banned in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia allows women to participate in municipal polls

Riyadh : A new law that allows women in Saudi Arabia to vote and contest in municipal elections has come into force, a media report said Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers at a meeting chaired by Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Crown Prince Salman Monday approved the legislation that gives men and women equal right to stand as candidates, vote and nominate others in next year's municipal council polls, Arab News reported.

Women were not allowed to participate in the elections in 2011.

Maldives deports 6,400 migrant workers in 2014

Male : Maldivian immigration officials deported 6,400 migrant workers in 2014 and are holding another 159 in detention, an official said Wednesday.

Besides a handful arrested over criminal offences, the others were all undocumented migrant workers, some having worked illegally for over 10 years, Xinhua reported.

A Maldives immigration official said that legal action would also be taken against the employers of migrant workers.

Four more Palestinians killed, toll in Gaza 639

Gaza : At least four more people were killed Wednesday in Gaza, where 635 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have already been killed during Israel's two-week air, naval and ground offensive.

Palestinian officials said that two men were killed in the southern of Bei Lahiya, and a 17-year-old teenager was killed in Khanyounis Ccity, south of Gaza, Xinhua reported.

Another Palestinian man dieed of his injuries in Khanyonis.

13 militants die in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 13 militants were killed Wednesday during air strikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

According to military officials, six militant hideouts were destroyed in the airstrikes in the Shawal mountains and the area near Dattakhel, Dawn online reported.

So far, more than 400 militants, mostly foreigners, have been killed during the Zarb-i-Azb military operation.

The operation was launched by the army June 15 following a brazen Taliban terror attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport June 8.