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20 killed in Al Qaeda attacks on state institutions in Yemen

Sanaa: At least 20 soldiers were killed and scores of others injured when suspected Al Qaeda militants carried out attacks on government institutions in the southern province of Lahj on Friday evening, a military official said.

"Gunmen suspected of belonging to the Al Qaeda group launched attacks at the same time on the government compound and the intelligence offices in Houta city, Lahj's provincial capital, killing about 20 soldiers and destroying a number of buildings," Xinhua quoted the military official as saying.

Heavy casualties in blasts targeting Nowruz celebrations in Syria

Damascus: Two explosions targeted Kurds celebrating Nowruz, or the Persian new year, in Syria on Friday causing heavy casualties.

The blasts killed and injured at least 100 people, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a group monitoring the war in Syria, according to a Xinhua report.

The twin bombings targeted civilian gatherings during Nowruz celebrations in the al-Mufti neighbourhood in the predominantly Kurdish province al-Hasakah, said the SOHR.

Work towards two-state solution, UN chief urges Netanyahu

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renew his country's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The UN chief called up Netanyahu to congratulate him on his electoral victory, and said that he looked forward to working with the new government upon its formation, the UN spokesperson's office said, according to a Xinhua report.

Ban, in his conversation with Netanyahu, reiterated that the two-state solution was the only way forward.

Bangladesh to add 400,000 new Bangla words to Google

Dhaka : The Bangladesh government will add 400,000 new Bangla/Bengali words to Google Translate on its Independence Day on March 26 in a bid to enrich the language on the internet, media reported on Friday.

“To put Bangla on top of everything, we're going to create history on the Independence Day,” said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak, according to a report.

“We'll take Bangla on top by adding 400,000 words to Google Translate on March 26 with participation from everyone from home and abroad,” he said.

No scope ever for third party in talks with Pakistan: India

New Delhi : India on Friday rebuffed Pakistan's attempts to involve the separatist Hurriyat in talks on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it has always stood for resolving all bilateral issues, including on Kashmir, peacefully and there would never be "any scope" for a third party coming in.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, addressing a media briefing, said: "Does India permit or countenance involvement of third parties other than the two governments in issues relating to India and Pakistan?

How will Netanyahu victory affect Iran deal, Palestinian future?

By Saeed Naqvi,

Just when the US thought it would mop its brow, having tried hard to tame the West Asian rodeo, the Israeli horse has kicked up dirt. Americans, like everyone else, were waiting for Benjamin Netanyahu to lose the March 17 elections, before proceeding with their script of a nuclear deal with Iran towards some conclusion in the coming weeks.

55 killed in two suicide bombings in Yemen mosques

Sanaa : Two suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital Sanaa during Friday prayers, killing at least 55 people and wounding dozens of others, a security official told Xinhua news agency, raising fears that the Arab country is slipping into a sectarian war.

The bombers detonated explosives at the two mosques controlled by the Shia Houthi group, the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that most of the dead were supporters of the Houthi group.

Lakhvi's petition challenging detention order rejected

Islamabad : The Lahore High Court (LHC) in Pakistan on Friday rejected 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's petition challenging the detention order against him.

Lakhvi had filed a petition with the Lahore High Court challenging the detention order passed against him by the Punjab home department, Dawn online reported.

The petition filed earlier through advocate Rizwan Abbasi prayed to the court to set aside the detention of Lakhvi describing it as illegal and a violation of Islamabad High Court (IHC) order.

Militants attack officer's convoy in Pakistan, kill guards

Islamabad : Militants attacked the convoy of a senior Pakistani officer and killed two of his guards in Balochistan province on Friday.

Armed militants attacked the convoy of Deputy Commissioner Kharan Raziq Dilawary in the Rachil area of Kharan district, Dawn online reported citing Dawood Khan, an official of the paramilitary force Balochistan Levies.

Two Levies personnel were killed and two others sustained bullet wounds in the attack, he said.

Israel to probe shelling of UN school in Gaza

Jerusalem : The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have ordered an investigation into the shelling last summer of a UN school in Gaza that killed at least 20 Palestinians.

The IDF on Thursday ordered the military police to open criminal investigations into six potentially unlawful acts, including the shelling of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Elementary Girls School in Jabalia, about four km north of Gaza City, on July 30, 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.