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Terrorist recruitment ring busted in Morocco

Rabat : Moroccan and Spanish security forces have disbanded a network in northeast Morocco, suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group.

Eight members of the network were arrested in a joint operation in Nador and Melilia, the Moroccan interior ministry said in a press release, adding that the group was in touch with members of Attaouhid and Al Mouahidine, two other groups disbanded in May 2013 in Nador, the Moroccan news agency MAP said.

Syrian immigrants refuse to leave rescue ship, evicted

Nicosia : Hundreds of Syrian immigrants, rescued from a distressed fishing trawler in a Cypriot-led operation Thursday, refused to disembark and had to be evicted by police, sources at the southern Cyprus port of Limassol said Friday.

They said the immigrants demanded to go to another destination claiming they paid $6,000 each to be taken to Sicily, Xinhua reported .

A Cypriot cruise ship, the Salamis Philoxenia, plucked 345 people from a fishing trawler in rough seas 100 km southwest of Cyprus after it had sent out a distress signal.

Ansari to represent India at new Afghan president's swearing-in

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari will represent India at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, which is to be held on Monday.

"Vice President Hamid Ansari will represent India at the swearing-in ceremony of the new president of Afghanistan," ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president last Sunday after he signed a power-sharing deal with rival Abdullah Abdullah, which brought to an end the prolonged uncertainty over the presidential election.

Britain has 'duty' to confront IS threat: Cameron

London : British Prime Minister David Cameron Friday said that the Islamic State (IS) was a threat to the "streets of Britain" and it was the "duty" of the government to confront the Sunni radical group, media reports said.

Cameron in his address to parliament, which debated Britian's involvement in the US-led attacks on IS positions in Iraq, said there was a strong case for Britain joining in the airstrikes against the militant group, BBC reported, adding that the prime minister also warned members of parliament that the fight would "take years not months".

73 join IS in Syria after coalition attacks

Beirut : At least 73 people have joined the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) since the US-led international coalition started its offensive in Syria earlier this week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Friday.

The new recruits joined the ranks in Aleppo province Sep 23 and 24, the London-based NGO said.

At least 41 of the new fighters are from other Islamist factions such as the Nusra Front, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Iran's n-talks at vital stage

Tehran : Iran's talks with six world powers on its nuclear programme are at a vital stage but no solution is yet in sight, Deputy Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said Friday.

The talks are being held on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Press TV reported.

Araqchi said the Iranian negotiating team would continue to insist on Iran’s rights and would not overstep the country’s "redlines" in the talks.

Suspected IS member arrested in Bangladesh

Dhaka : Police detectives in Bangladesh claimed to have arrested a suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in Dhaka, media reported Friday.

Masudur Rahman, Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner, said Md. Hafizur Rahman was arrested from Purana Paltan area of the city Thursday night, reported.

He was suspected of having IS "connections", Rahman said.

Earlier Wednesday, police detained two youths from Dhaka's Segunbagicha and Ramna, allegedly for planning to join the IS.

Pakistan court admits plea for PM's disqualification

Islamabad : The Supreme Court Friday admitted a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's disqualification.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk would hear the petition and the hearing has been fixed for Sep 29, Dawn online reported.

Ishaq Khan Khakwani, who is a central committee leader in the PTI, had filed the petition through his counsel Irfan Qadir.

If Indians want to meet, they can approach us: Pakistan

New York : Regarding prospects of a meeting between Pakistani and Indian officials who are in New York for the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry Friday said that if Indians are interested in a meeting, they should approach the Pakistani side.

"The onus is on India since it cancelled the foreign secretary-level talks which were scheduled to be held in Islamabad last month in a resumption of the peace dialogue," Chaudhry said.

35 Jamaat men held in Bangladesh

Dhaka : Thirty-five activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front, Islami Chhatra Shibir, have been arrested from Bangladesh's Chittagong division in connection with cases of sabotage, police said Friday.

Imran Bhuiyan, Chittagong police superintendent, said they were arrested from Satkania and Lohagarha upazilas Thursday night, reported.

Nineteen of them were arrested from Satkania and the rest from Lohagarha.

"They have warrants against them in various sabotage cases," he said.