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Fighting IS: Iraq PM seeks rapid international intervention

Paris : Iraqi President Fuad Masum Monday called for immediate action by the international community in his country to prevent the spread of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, and warned of the danger jihadi returnees pose to Europe.

"This is a big problem that affects not only Iraq, but is going to spread to other parts of the world. Many jihadis come from Europe, and on their return they will be sleeper cells," he said in an interview with French radio station Europe 1.

Aalishan Pakistan big hit; Pak designers demand friendly rules

By Natalia Ningthoujam,

New Delhi : Overwhelmed by Indian shoppers' response during the second edition of lifestyle exposition "Aalishan Pakistan" here, Pakistani designers want the governments of the two nations to join hands and promote fashion business for a win-win situation.

With buyers going gaga over their products as the designers from across the border sold over 70 percent of their stocks within three days, Sher Afgan, director general of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDPA), said the demand was endless.

3,000 jobs for women in Saudi outsourcing centre

Riyadh : The first Saudi all-female business process outsourcing (BPO) service centre will aim to provide 3,000 jobs to Saudi women in the next three years, a media report said Monday.

The BPO centre, which was inaugrated in Riyadh Sunday, was jointly opened by Saudi Aramco, General Electric (GE) and Indian IT services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Arab News Reported.

Leaders meet in Paris for anti-IS summit

Paris : Senior leaders from a US-led coalition formed to combat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation Monday gathered in Paris to discuss how to defeat the group that has seized large swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria since June.

French President Francois Hollande said there was "no time to lose" in confronting the jihadi threat, France 24 reported.

Ten Arab states - including Saudi Arabia - are among the countries backing the coalition.

Fighting IS: Australian troops reaching Middle East this week

Sydney : Australian Special Forces will travel to the Middle East this week to join a US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.

Once in position, about 600 Australian troops will await orders to support Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling the militants, Xinhua reported.

Abbott described IS's beheading of a third hostage, British aid worker David Haines, as pure evil.

Court gives ex-Israeli PM Olmert reprieve

Jerusalem : Israel's Supreme Court Monday ruled that former prime minister Ehud Olmert can stay out of jail pending his appeal against his conviction for bribery, Jerusalem Post reported.

He was convicted in the Holyland affair in May this year, in which he was found guilty of receiving bribes during his tenure as the mayor of Jerusalem in exchange for expediting construction procedures for a real estate project.

Olmert was sentenced by the Tel Aviv magistrate court to a six-year jail term in the ruling.

Two more MH17 victims identified

Kuala Lumpur : The remains of two more victims aboard the Malaysian Airlines MH17, that was shot down over Ukraine, have been identified, authorities said Monday.

All remains of the 15 crew members of the flight have been identified, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Monday

The last crew member identified was steward Shaikh Mohd Noor Mahmood, 44, the Malaysian Star reported.

The Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in separatists-controlled eastern Ukraine July 17, killing all 298 on board.

Half the cattle slaughtered in Bangladesh is smuggled

Dhaka : About two million out of 3.5 million cows slaughtered in Bangladesh each year are smuggled in from India as the local market fails to meet the demand, media reported Monday.

This information was disclosed Sunday by the Sher-e Bangla Agricultural University to raise awareness ahead of Eid-ul-Azha Oct 4, bdnews 24 reported.

Speakers said that the smuggled cattle brought with them hoof disease while many cattle traders use steroid to make the cows fat in a short time.

Taliban involved in Pakistan dockyard attack, probe shows

Islamabad : A preliminary probe into the attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi last week has revealed that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) militants from Sindh province were involved in it, media reported Monday.

The militants mounted attack on the naval dockyard Sep 6, but it was thwarted, Dawn online reported.

One sailor and two attackers were killed, while four militants were captured.

The probe report said the TTP militants from Sindh had penetrated into various departments of the provincial government.

Syrian opposition reiterates commitment to fight IS

Abu Dhabi : Hadi al-Bahra, president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has reiterated the coalition's commitment to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group during a meeting with officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Addressing a press conference here Sunday, al-Bahra said that, during his meeting with the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash, he outlined the SNC's view and plans for dealing with the IS.