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Muslim World News

Saudi health ministry begins project to study flu during Haj, Umrah seasons

Makkah : The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Institute of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for Haj and Umrah Research, Umm Al-Qura University have jointly collaborated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the Australian National Center for Research on AIDS and epidemiological surveillance to initiate a research project for the prevention of infectious respiratory diseases during the Haj and Umrah seasons.

PM assures Abdullah of India's support to Afghanistan

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday assured Afghanistan of India's support in the efforts to build a strong and democratic country.

Modi, who called up Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah to congratulate him on assumption of office, expressed confidence that "under his able leadership, Afghanistan will move ahead on the path of peace, prosperity and development".

662 killed in fighting over Syrian Kurdish city

Beirut : At least 662 people have died during the month-long offensive by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane bordering Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Thursday.

At least 20 of the victims were civilians, including 17 who were executed by the Islamists -- four were beheaded -- and the rest were killed in shelling on Kobane and surrounding villages, SOHR reported.

India committed to work closely with Afghanistan: Pranab

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday India was "committed to working closely with Afghanistan" and wanted it to act as a bridge between south and central Asia and beyond.

Conveying his best wishes to Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on assuming office as the Afghan president, Mukherjee said in his message: "India remains committed to working closely with your government as you set out to rebuild a stable, progressive and prosperous Afghanistan."

US AfPak rep shows concerned over Indo-Pak tensions

Washingt : US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Daniel Feldman has expressed his concern over the border tension between India and Pakistan.

He stressed the need to resolve the tension through dialogue, Geo News reported Thursday.

Addressing the Atlantic Council Forum here Wednesday, Feldman said he believes the Indian dream for world leadership and progress could not fructify without better ties with Pakistan.

"Pakistan should also maintain better relations with India for the country's future," Feldman said.

Five killed in car bomb in Somalia

Mogadishu: At least five people were killed and many others injured in a car bomb explosion Wednesday near in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the second in a week, police and witnesses said.

The car bomb went off near Panorama Bar along the main street of Makka Al Mukarrama, killing five people, including children, and wounding many more, Xinhua reported.

So far five bodies including two children and many injured were taken rushed to the hospital, police officer Mohamed Jima said.

IS fights for control of Syrian Kurdish city

Beirut : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group Wednesday fought to gain control over the eastern part of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane, on the border with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Fierce clashes were reported in the area between the jihadis and Protection Units of the Kurdish people.

Meanwhile, aircraft of the US-led international coalition flew over the city Wednesday, without intervening.

Kobane is one of the three main Kurdish enclaves in Syria and has been the target of IS attacks since mid-September.

Lebanese army repels IS attack

Beirut : The Lebanese army has prevented terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group from infiltrating the northeastern Lebanese town of Wadi Rafeq where they intended to seize control of positions that belong to the armed forces, local radio reported Wednesday.

In another incident, Lebanese troops, with the help of members of the Shia Hezbollah organisation, repelled the jihadis who were trying to gain control over several strategic hills, according to the LBC television channel.

NATO helicopters violate Pakistani airspace

Islamabad : NATO gunship helicopters violated Pakistani airspace by entering territory near its border with Afghanistan, media reported Wednesday.

According to officials, at least five helicopters were seen flying near the border and two of them entered Pakistani territory in Torkham and Pasidkhel, Dawn online reported.

The helicopters remained in Pakistani airspace for 10 minutes and returned without any action.

Sources said the helicopters crossed over through Shamshad mountains situated between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Modi assures Afghan president of India's support as friend, partner

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday assured Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani of New Delhi's support in Kabul's efforts to build a strong and prosperous nation and said India will stand as a friend and partner in the endeavour.

Modi spoke Wednesday with Ghani over phone and congratulated him on his election as president of Afghanistan, a statement from the PMO said.