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Yemen reminded us again: Indian media aloof from world affairs

By Saeed Naqvi,

Werner Adam, the late foreign Editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine, used to tell me a story about his meeting in Moscow with India’s ambassador, T.N. Kaul.

Kaul had barely started his conversation with Adam when his secretary tip toed in and handed Kaul a slip of paper. “Dobrynin on the line,” Kaul whispered to Adam. Kaul then proceeded to have a conversation with Anatoly Dobrynin, Moscow’s ambassador to Washington since 1962 and now Gorbachev’s principal adviser on foreign affairs, with almost undiplomatic informality.

India, Pakistan spar over Kashmir at Bandung

New Delhi/Islamabad : India has termed as "most unfortunate" Pakistan's reference to the Kashmir issue at the Asian African summit in Jakarta, an official in New Delhi said.

The Indian objection came following a reference to the festering issue by Pakistani Prime Minister's Advisor Sartaj Aziz in his address at the Asian African summit 2015 in Jakarta.

Execution of Pakistan murder convict ordered for third time

Islamabad : An anti-terror court (ATC-3) in Pakistan's Karachi port city on Friday issued death warrant for murder convict Shafqat Hussain for the third time now.

ATC-3 Judge Saleem Raza Baloch issued fresh death warrants on Friday and said the murder convict will be hanged on May 6 in Karachi Central Jail at 5.30 a.m., Dawn online reported.

So far, it has not been said whether this will be challenged.

Pakistan reiterates support to Saudi Arabia over Yemen

Islamabad : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again assured the Saudi Arabian leadership of support in the prevailing crisis situation in Yemen, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Over 100,000 displaced in Iraqi governorate

United Nations : The UN on Thursday said that more than 100,000 people have been displaced in Anbar governorate, where pro-government forces have been engaged in intense clashes with Islamic State militants for control of Ramadi, the Anbar provincial capital.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) made the statement citing figures from the Iraqi government, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Ramadi is about 100 kms west of the capital Baghdad.

Al Qaeda's Indian branch leader killed by US

Washington: Ahmed Farouq, an American who died in a US counterterrorism airstrike in January, was the deputy emir of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS, a new branch of the terror group, according to a media report.

Two Al Qaeda hostages, Warren Weinstein of the US and Giovanni Lo Porto from Italy, were killed in the same strike, according to CNN.

That branch of Al Qaeda made its presence known in September 2014 when its militants infiltrated Pakistan's navy and tried to hijack one of its ships, CNN said citing the SITE Institute.

Obama’s grandmother arrives for Umrah

Makkah : Sara Omar, paternal grandmother of U.S. President Barack Obama, attended an exhibition detailing the life of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) at the end of Umrah pilgrimage in Makkah, local media reported Wednesday.

Sara Omar, who is in her 90s, arrived in Makkah with her son Saeed Obama, uncle of President Obama, and her grandson Mousa Obama to perform Umrah.

BNP, Awami League file cases over attack on Khaleda

Dhaka : The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its rival, the ruling Awami League (AL), on Thursday filed cases with the police over an attack on Khaleda Zia's motorcade in Dhaka on Wednesday, Police said.

The BNP chairperson's advisor Abdul Quaiyum filed a case on Thursday accusing 40 to 50 unidentified people, said Ramna police station in-charge Mashiur Rahman.

AL student front Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Babu Hasan filed another case with Ramna police accusing unidentified persons, reported.

Over 2,000 killed in seven months of coalition bombing in Syria

Cairo : At least 2,079 people were killed in Syria during seven months of international coalition airstrikes, led by the US, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday.

An estimated 66 of the fatalities were civilians, including 10 children and six women, who were killed in attacks on Islamic State (IS)-controlled oilfields, Efe news agency reported citing SOHR.

World's biggest machine-made carpet depicts 'I Love Muhammad'

Tehran : The world's largest machine-made carpet which depicts the words "I love Muhammad" in 40 languages was donated to a charity organisation in the holy city of Mashhad, in Iran.

The carpet, designed and produced by Iranian experts at Saraye Abrisham Company in two months, was unveiled here, Iranian IQNA news agency reported on Thursday.

The carpet covers an area of 21 square metres, includes 10 different colours and depicts religious words and poems admiring the Prophet of Islam.