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US, Saudi to continue security cooperation in Middle East

Washington : The US and Saudi Arabia will continue security cooperations in the Middle East "in particular to counter Iran's destabilizing activities", the White House said late Friday.

"The two parties affirmed the need to continue efforts to maintain security, prosperity and stability in the region and in particular to counter Iran's destabilizing activities," said a joint statement on the meeting between President Barack Obama and King Salman bin Abd al Aziz of Saudi Arabia.

UN chief to host quartet meeting on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a quartet meeting aiming to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on September 30 during the upcoming 70th General Assembly, a spokesperson said.

"The meeting will be held in New York. The foreign minister of the Russian Federation, the secretary of state of the United States, and the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy have been invited for the meeting," Xinhua news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Scores of migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

Tripoli : About 30 to 40 migrants are feared dead after a dinghy carrying 120-140 migrants deflated off the coast of Libya, the International Organisation for Migration said in a statement.

The migrants departed from the city of Misrata, some 200 km east the capital Tripoli, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Six to seven hours after departure, their boat started to deflate, causing panic among the immigrants on board and eventually drowning some of them. Ninety-one migrants have survived, the statement said.

Hamas calls upon Egypt to disclose information on 'abductees'

Gaza: The Hamas Islamist movement has called upon Egypt to officially disclose information about four Palestinians "abducted" in Egypt two weeks ago, a Hamas official said on Friday.

During a sit-in attended by hundreds of Hamas members in front of the closed Egyptian embassy in Gaza, Hamas political bureau member Khalil Al-Hayyah called for an official Egyptian move to reveal infomation about the abductees and release them, Xinhua reported.

Photographer of drowned Syrian toddler was 'petrified'

Ankara: The photographer who shot the heart-wrenching picture showing a Syrian toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore Turkey`s Aegean coast said she was "petrified", the media reported.

“At that moment, when I saw the three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, I was petrified,” said Nilufer Demir, a photo-journalist covering the migrant crisis in Aegean resort town of Bodrum for Turkey’s Dogan News Agency (DHA), adding that she had no other option then to do her duty as a journalist.

Turkey urges EU to take responsibility for refugees

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged developed countries, notably those in Europe, to be more sensitive to the immigration crisis.

"The Western countries especially in Europe have turned a cold shoulder to the human crisis in regard to migrants. It is not only the three-year-old kid but humanity that is drowning in the Mediterranean," Erdogan said, while addressing the opening ceremony of the Business 20, or B20 Summit, here.

Images of drowned Syrian boy reveal migrant crisis

Ankara :The heart-rending images of a Syrian boy's washed-up body on Turkey's Bodrum beach has highlighted the growing migrant crisis and sparked international outcry, global media reported on Thursday.

The images of a child, identified as three-year-old Aylan Kurdi by Turkey's DHA news agency, have become the top trending topic on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

"It put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe," Good Morning Turkey website said.

Two suicide bombings hit mosque in Yemen, 30 killed

Sanaa : Nearly 30 people were killed and 100 others injured when two suicide bombings targeted a Houthi-controlled mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

A security official of the country's interior ministry, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, said that a Shia mosque in Al-Jiraf district of Sanaa was hit by a suicide attack during evening prayers.

Shortly after, a bomb-laden vehicle exploded when members of the public were helping victims, Xinhua news agency reported.

France drops investigation into Arafat's death

Paris: French investigating magistrates have decided to drop an inquiry into the death in France of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleged he was poisoned, Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

Arafat, who signed the 1993 Oslo interim peace accord with Israel but led an uprising after subsequent talks broke down in 2000, died aged 75 in a French hospital four weeks after falling ill.

The official cause of death was a massive stroke, but French doctors were unable at the time to determine the origin of the illness and no autopsy was carried out.

Palestinian children under house arrest, awaiting trial

Jerusalem : Dozens of Palestinian children are being held within the walls of their homes in East Jerusalem, by order of the Israeli authorities, while waiting to go on trial.

This practice, denounced by organisations such as Defence for Children International Palestine, (DCIP), "have serious consequences for their education and mental health," noting that many house arrests last several weeks, while there are teenagers who spend months without being able to leave their homes, or even go to school.