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Indonesian envoy wounded in Pakistan chopper crash dies

Jakarta : The Indonesian ambassador who was among those wounded in the crash of a military helicopter in Pakistan earlier this month, died on Tuesday in a Singapore hospital, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said.

Ambassador Burhan Muhmmad, 58, died while undergoing treatment in the Singapore General Hospital since May 12, said Widodo, making him the third foreign envoy killed in the accident, Xinhua reported.

Widodo extended heartfelt condolences to the ambassador's family and relatives.

Bangladesh blogger killings: Kolkata residents demand justice

Kolkata : Around 500 Kolkata residents, including bloggers and authors, have urged neighbouring Bangladesh to ensure protection of right to freedom of expression following the brutal killing of three of its bloggers in three months.

"We demand exemplary punishment to the killers and adequate protection to those who are exercising their rights to freedom of expression, be it a blogger, author or anybody," city-based blogger Arindam Chatterjee told IANS on Tuesday.

Centenarian Paktuna waits still to meet family across border

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Gotlibagh (Jammu and Kashmir) : Pakhtuna says she is over 100-years old. The tales she narrates confirm both her longevity and also the miseries of those bygone years.

Her father, Pakhtoon Khan belonged to North Waziristan (Pakistan). He was arrested by Maharaja Hari Singh's government in late 1920s and was undergoing incarceration when a son was born to the Dogra Maharaja.

"When Karan Singh was born (March 9, 1931), the Maharaja celebrated the arrival of an heir by distributing sweets and releasing prisoners.

Pakistan, Afghan intelligence sign landmark deal

Islamabad : Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Afghan intelligence outfit National Directorate of Security (NDS) have signed a landmark deal for cooperation aimed at curbing terrorism.

The agreement signed in Kabul some time last week, was officially announced by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) late Monday night on Twitter, Dawn online reported on Tuesday.

"MoU signed by ISI and NDS includes intelligence sharing, complementary and coordinated intel operations on respective sides," the ISPR tweeted.

Over 6,500 families displaced in Iraq's Ramadi city

United Nations : More than 6,500 families have been displaced as the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reached the Iraqi city of Ramadi, deputy UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said here on Monday.

Among the 6,500 families that have fled Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province Anbar, over 3,300 families have moved towards the Fallujah area and more than 2,300 families travelled towards the Khalidiyah area, Xinhua quoted Haq as saying.

Turkey to take Egypt's Morsi verdict to UN

Ankara : Turkey will take to the UN Human Rights Commission the verdict of death sentences on former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday.

"We are continuing our consultations firstly with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries. We are reviewing current mechanisms for international initiatives. We plan to start necessary initiatives soon, to at the UN Human Rights Committee at first hand," Kalin told reporters in a press conference.

Iran rejects Saudi Arabia-hosted dialogue on Yemen

Beirut : Iran on Monday rejected Saudi Arabia hosting the three-day dialogues on the Yemen conflict, talks that began on Sunday in Riyadh without representation from the Shia Houthi movement.

Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told reporters here on Monday that "Saudi Arabia is one of the conflict's two parties, so it cannot host the dialogue between the two sides".

He added that the talks should be held in a third, neutral country that is not involved in the Yemeni armed conflict, and suggested that the UN handle the talks.

Six killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

Islamabad : At least six people were killed and two injured in a US drone strike launched in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan on Monday night, media reports said.

A US unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in Zoye Narye area of Shawal valley of North Waziristan, Pakistan's restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan's leading daily Dawn reported.

The strike completely destroyed the compound. Local residents pulled out the bodies and injured from the debris of the collapsed building, according to Xinhua news agency.

75 cross LoC as part of Karvan-e-Aman in Kashmir

Srinagar : As many as 75 people Monday crossed the Line of Control (LoC) across the Aman Setu bridge in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district as part of the Karvan-e-Aman (caravan of peace) between the parts of divided Kashmir, an official said.

"Of these, 42 are residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir who came here today (Monday) to meet members of their divided families. Five people crossed over to Muzaffarabad from our side to unite with members of their families living there," a senior official told IANS on phone from Baramulla town.

Israeli army rules women incapable of driving tanks

Jerusalem : The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has decided that women soldiers cannot drive tanks in light of an investigation that concluded that the task is "beyond their physiological limitation", Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Monday.

The IDF recently conducted a series of physiological tests to determine which tasks may be prohibited for women, concluding that driving tanks is a job suitable only for men.

The military agreed for the first time last year to hold training courses for female soldiers in the elite artillery unit and the unit that operates small drones.