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'Beirut Declaration' to combat terrorism financing signed

Beirut : The Union of Arab Banks and the Council of Arab Interior Ministers on Friday issued here the "Beirut Declaration" that aims at enhancing cooperation to dry up the financing of terrorist organizations.

On the sidelines of the forum entitled "Mechanisms for drying up the sources of terrorism financing", the Arab Banks Union and the Arab Council of Interior Ministers signed an understanding memorandum to enhance the "common work in combating terrorism and terrorist organizations."

Israeli parliament confirms Netanyahu's new government

Jerusalem : The Israeli parliament has approved a right-wing government formed by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his Likud party won an early election nearly two months ago, media reported on Friday.

The 20-member cabinet, whose lineup was finalized not long before the vote, is to be sworn in soon after it won the parliament's confirmation in a vote of 61 to 59, Xinhua news agency reported.

There had been tough haggling over the allocation of cabinet posts between the Likud and its four coalition partners, and among prominent Likud figures.

Efforts on to get captive Indians released from Iraq: Sushma

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met the families of Indian workers held captive in Iraq and assured them the government was making "all sincere efforts" to get them released.

"The government is making all sincere efforts for the safe and early release of the Indian workers," she told them.

Four Indians killed in Kabul attack identified

New Delhi : The four Indians killed in the overnight Taliban attack at a guest house in Kabul have been identified as Mathew George, R.K. Bhatti, Satish Chandra and Martha Farrel, army sources said on Thursday.

Two of those killed were from Kerala, one from Chandigarh and one from Andhra Pradesh.

Martha Farrell, 56, was to return to India from Afghanistan on Saturday. An official from NGO Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) told IANS that Farrell was the spokesperson for a training programme conducted by the Aga Khan Trust.

14th Aman Chaupal with Pakistani art activist Shoaib Iqbal in ALS, Delhi

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New Delhi: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak Friendship Initiative of Mission Bhartiyam (India) and The Catalyst-Tc (Pakistan) conducted its 14th Aman Chaupal here on Thursday.

The guest of this time’s Aman Chaupal was an art activist from Pakistan, Shoaib Iqbal. The event was held at the Alternative Learning Systems (ALS), a renowned coaching centre for civil service aspirants in Delhi. Aman Chaupal is a short informal session wherein someone from Pakistan addresses students’ questions and curiosities in an Indian school or college (or vice versa). It is an interactive session based entirely on students’ questions.

I surrendered to Indian police before arrest: Bangladesh ex-minister

Shillong : Salahuddin Ahmed, a former Bangladesh minister and the spokesman of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has claimed he had willingly surrendered himself to police in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya before he was arrested.

Police here have confirmed that the Bangladeshi citizen, whom they arrested for illegally entering into Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, was in fact Salahuddin Ahmed, a former Bangladeshi parliamentarian and communications minister during the government of BNP leader Khaleda Zia from 2001 to 2006.

Pakistan condemns attack at Kabul guest house

Islamabad : Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned an attack on a guest house in Afghanistan's capital Kabul that killed 14 people, including two Pakistani nationals and four Indians.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack late on Wednesday when a number of people, including foreigners, were gathered for a cultural show.

Palestinian honour for Indo-Arab League chairman

Hyderabad : Palestine will confer 'Star of Jerusalem', the highest civilian award, on Syed Vicaruddin, chairman of Indo-Arab League, in recognition of his support for their cause.

Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas has sent a high-level delegation led by his special advisor and Palestine's Supreme Judge Mahmoud Sidqi Al-Habash to India for doing the honours.

Islamic Fiqh Academy issues fatwa prohibiting euthanasia

Makkah : Wrapping up its 22nd session in Makkah on Wednesday, the Islamic Fiqh Academy, an affiliate of the Muslim World League (MWL), issued fatwa that prohibits euthanasia – the act of killing a person who is critically ill so that they do not suffer any more – either at the request of the patient or a relative.

Iran vows 'unlimited' support for Syria

Damascus : A ranking Iranian lawmaker said here on Thursday that Iran's support for Syria is "unlimited", countering rumours of a rift between the two allies in battling a four-year insurgency in Syria.

"We have come here to stress that our support to Syria is constant and permanent and we are proud of this support," Alaedin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, told a press conference at the end of his three-day visit to Syria.