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100 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigeria

Abuja: At least 100 Boko Haram fighters were killed in an operation by military troops in northeastern Nigeria's state of Borno Friday, a senior military officer said.

Many others were seriously injured as the Nigerian troops combined air power and infantry activities to deal a heavy blow on some 200 insurgents, during a futile attempt to take over Konduga town, some 65 km from Maiduguri, capital of the restive northern state, Xinhua quoted a military officer from Nigeria's defence headquarters as saying in a terse statement.

Retired US general to coordinate coalition against IS

Washington: Retired American general John Allen is being tasked with coordinating a global coalition in support of US-led efforts to combat the Islamic State militant group running amok in Syria and Iraq, the State Department said Friday.

The retired Marine Corps four-star general was named as the special presidential envoy by Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in the Middle East trying to mobilise regional support for Washington's expanding battle against the radical group, Xinhua quoted State Department spokesperson Marie Harf as saying.

Released Fijian peacekeepers welcomed back to UN Golan mission

United Nations: All the 45 recently released Fijian blue helmets were welcomed back to a camp of the UN force in the Golan Heights, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday.

"The 45 previously-detained Fijian peacekeepers in the Golan were welcomed back yesterday (Thursday) to the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Camp Faouar by the Force Commander, Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha, as well as other mission colleagues," Xinhua quoted Dujarric as saying at a press briefing.

"The 45 soldiers have undergone a medical assessment," he said.

Iran, US cooperation against IS unlikely: official

Tehran: Cooperation between Iran and the US in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) is impossible, a senior Iranian military commander said Friday.

"Such cooperation is not possible at all, because Iran is standing against the IS, as the United States has created the IS," Xinhua quoted Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Masoud Jazayeri, as saying.

IS militants by no means can approach the border regions of Iran, as they will face the might of the Iranian armed forces, Jazayeri added.

Kenya to partner with US against terrorism

Nairobi: Kenya will partner with the US to fight against terrorism that has affected some sectors of the East African country's economy.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior Monica Juma said Friday Kenya was glad to have a partner like the US that is committed in the terror campaign to wipe out agents of horror and fear.

"The threat of terrorism affects all countries, and all nations of goodwill must join hands to combat the peril that has, of late, intimidated the world like it has never been experienced in the past," Xinhua quoted Juma as saying.

India seeking Pakistan response on missing Indian engineer

New Delhi: India said Friday that it has written to Pakistan more than 15 times but received no reply so far on the whereabouts of a 27-year-old engineer, Nihal Hamid Ansari, who has been untraceable since he crossed over to Pakistan from Afghanistan in November 2012.

According to external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, the man's mother moved the Peshawar High Court and the matter is with it at present.

His parents, mother Fauzia and father Nihal Ahmed Ansari, are in touch with the ministry over their son's disappearance.

Ansari seeks India-Iran cooperation for peace in Afghanistan

Kolkata : Observing that Iran's location and hydrocarbon resources complement India's energy appetite and quest for new markets, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday called for enhanced cooperation in several areas including establishing peace in Afghanistan.

Cultural space can curate bitterness between India-Pakistan: Mahesh Bhatt

By Nivedita,

New Delhi : He is one of the few names in the Hindi film industry who has always been vocal about strengthening ties between India and Pakistan. And now filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says as the two nations share a similar lifestyle, it won't be wrong to explore cultural space to curate the bitterness.

“I have always been crusading for India-Pakistan cultural ties and I feel that the cultural space can do a lot to curate the bitterness that exists between the two countries since their birth," Bhatt told IANS in an interview here.

Morocco dismantles IS recruitment cell

Rabat : Moroccan authorities have dismantled a seven-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the country's interior ministry said Friday.

The cell was led by an elementary school teacher and recruited jihadis in the central cities of Fez, Outat El Haj and Zayou, Xinhua reported citing the ministry.

All the seven people were arrested, according to the ministry.

Obama's coalition: Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike

By Saeed Naqvi,

As soon as President Barack Obama Wednesday announced his intention to lead a Coalition of the Willing to “degrade and destroy” the ISIS, his core coalition partners began to fidget and reach out for the exit door.