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Libyan PM's Saudi visit successful

Tripoli : Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's talks in Saudi Arabia have been positive, Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Dairi said.

During his three-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Thani had talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz and intelligence chief Prince Khaled bin Bandar on issues of mutual concern, MENA news agency reported Saturday.

He arrived in Riyadh Wednesday.

Afghans eye president's visit to Pakistan with optimism

Kabul : Political observers here viewed the ongoing visit by Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan with optimism, saying it would lead to a new chapter in relations between the two immediate neighbours.

President Ghani embarked on a two-day official visit to Pakistan Friday with the objective of mending ties with Islamabad and reviving the stalled peace talks with the Taliban.

Pakistani PM meets new ISI chief

Islamabad : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday met Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, the new director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

Lt. Gen. Akhtar, who took office Nov 7, discussed with Sharif the situation in North Waziristan, and the role ISI can play in putting an end to the Pakistan-Afghanistan cross border terrorist infiltration, Dawn online reported.

This was the first meeting between the prime minister and Lt. Gen. Akhtar after he took office as director general.

Pakistan court hails PM's daughter's decision to resign

Islamabad : The Lahore High Court has welcomed the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shaif's daughter Maryam Nawaz to resign from the chairpersonship of the Prime Minister Youth Loan Programme, terming it a step towards strengthening of democracy.

Hearing a petition against the appointment of Maryam Nawaz, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had asked the federal government Tuesday to remove/replace her by Friday or the court would pass an appropriate order to this effect, Dawn online reported.

Maryam quit the post "voluntarily" Wednesday.

Israel lifts age restrictions for Muslim prayers in Temple Mount

Jerusalem : Israeli police have lifted age restrictions in force for weeks prohibiting younger Muslims from accessing the Temple Mount compound and the al Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers, media reported.

The restrictions, which had been applied to men and women under age 35, were lifted Friday a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Amman to confer with Jordan's King Abdullah II and US Secretary of State John Kerry, to discuss ways of reducing tensions in Jerusalem.

Imran Khan ready to go to jail

Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that he would follow the orders of the court and go to jail, a media report said Saturday.

“According to the decision of the anti-terrorism court (ATC), I am a dangerous man. It also declared me a proclaimed offender, which is why I should go to jail as per the decision of the court,” Khan said Friday while addressing participants at the sit-in at Islamabad's D-Chowk.

Christians in India express concern over abuses of blasphemy law in Pakistan

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New Delhi: Indian Human Rights and Freedom of Faith activist Dr. John Dayal, who met with Mr. Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi, recently has urged the Paksitan government to release the ailing Aisa Bibi, facing a death sentence and in jail since 2009 under the notorious Blasphemy laws, and to allow her to come to India where local groups have volunteered to take care of her urgent medical condition.

Bangladesh to upgrade its mission in Agartala

Agartala : India has conveyed its concurrence to Bangladesh for the latter to upgrade its diplomatic mission in Tripura capital Agartala to an assistant high commission, an official said here Saturday.

"The Bangladesh government had earlier sought to upgrade its diplomatic mission in Agartala to an assistant high commission. India of late conveyed its concurrence to Dhaka in this regard," a Tripura government official said quoting an external affairs ministry's communique.

IS uses extreme violence against civilians: UN

Geneva : The Islamic State (IS) used extreme violence against both civilians and captured fighters in Syria, the UN has said in its latest report.

The report said the abuses, violations and crimes committed by the Islamic State against Syrians have been deliberate and calculated, reported Xinhua.

The IS violated its obligations towards civilians and captured fighters, amounting to war crimes, it added.

Egypt arrests Morsi loyalists for inciting violence

Cairo : The police in Egypt Friday arrested several supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for participating in anti-government protests and inciting violence, a media report said.

In various cities of Beheira province, about 130 km north of the capital Cairo, the police arrested 15 pro-Morsi protesters for shouting anti-government slogans and raising posters of the deposed Islamist president, Xinhua reported citing the official MENA news agency.

Three Morsi supporters were arrested on charges of inciting violence in the province.