13 killed in Baghdad bomb blasts

Baghdad : As many as 13 people have been killed in two explosions in Iraq's capital Baghdad Monday, a police source said.

Thirteen people were killed and 45 others injured when two car bombs exploded in Bayaa area in south Baghdad, Xinhua quoted the source as saying.

The massive blast also destroyed several nearby buildings and vehicles.

Iraq has been witnessing some of its worst violence in recent years.

Manipuri student killed by friend in Delhi

New Delhi : A 21-year-old Manipuri student was killed by a friend from his own state who later surrendered at a police station, officials said Monday.

Letminjoy, a 21-year-old B.A. final-year student of Delhi University's Shyam Lal College, strangled Ngumin Lal Haokip with a data cable and later slit his throat with a knife Friday night.

Police said the accused was in a drunken state when he reached the Maurice Nagar police station in north Delhi around 3.40 a.m. Saturday along with his friends and surrendered himself.

Nigerian troops, Boko Haram militants exchange gunfire

Abuja : Heavy gunfire was heard Monday from the scene of a gunfight between Nigerian security forces and suspected members of the Boko Haram in the restive northeastern state of Borno, residents said.

Heavy gun shots were heard at Goneri, a community in Bama, the second largest city in Borno State, residents told a Xinhua reporter via phone call.

Ibrahim Mohammed, a leader of a youth volunteer force, said the attack by the militants was repelled by the security forces who promptly responded to a distress call by residents.

450 injured in Pakistan clashes

Islamabad : At least eight protesters were reported killed and 450 people injured in clashes with police in Pakistan as anti-government protests continue in the capital city of Islamabad.

The clashes broke out Saturday night when supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) started marching towards the Prime Minister's House to stage a sit-in there, Xinhua reported.

PAT leader Tahir-ul-Qadri claimed that his party's seven workers were killed by the police and many others were brutally injured by steel and rubber bullets.

Eight killed, 100 injured in Pakistan clashes

Islamabad : At least eight people have been killed and over 100 injured in the clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan as the protesters marched towards the prime minister's house.

The Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahir ul Qadri, the co-organiser of the protest, said his party's seven workers were killed and 75 others injured, while Imaran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), said one of his workers was killed in clashes, Xinhua reported.

32 militants killed in Pakistan air strike

Islamabad : At least 32 suspected militants were killed and three hideouts were destroyed in air raids conducted by Pakistani army in North Waziristan, media reported Saturday.

"During the fighting, 23 explosive laden vehicles and four ammunition dumps were also destroyed early in the morning," Dawn online reported citing the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

These claims, however, could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the area.

Terrorism a diplomatic asset: Fair is foul, foul is fair

By Saeed Naqvi ,

The ISIS threat has been around for months. Why was it not nipped in the bud? Obama’s response in the course of a conversation with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times is revealing. “We did not start airstrikes all across Iraq as soon as the ISIS came in because that would have taken the pressure off Nouri al-Maliki”, the then Shia prime minister in Baghdad.

Terror-free environment needed for dialogue with Pakistan: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said he was "disappointed" that Pakistan sought to make a "spectacle" of efforts at talks and added that any "meaningful" bilateral dialogue requires an environment that is free from "terrorism" and "violence".

He also expressed concern at threats to peace and stability in Afghanistan and stressed that India remained committed to its efforts for that country to become peaceful and prosperous.

150 militants killed in Syria

Damascus : At least 150 militants were reportedly killed Friday in renewed Syrian airstrikes in the capital Damascus's eastern suburb of Jobar.

The Syrian air forces intensified raids on Jobar just a day after the armed forces declared the commencement of their wide-scale offensive to dislodge the rebels out of the suburb, Xinhua reported.

The Syrian troops started a ground offensive Thursday night amid reports that they have advanced a couple of blocks inside that rebel-held area.

Soldier hurt in militant grenade attack in Assam

Guwahati : A soldier was injured when suspected militants lobbed a grenade at an army camp in Assam's Chirang district, police said Friday.

The incident took place late Thursday night at the Panbari army camp located in Chirang district, police said adding that the injured soldier has been taken to the Army Base Hospital at Basistha in Guwahati.

The condition of the injured soldier is stable now, said Lt. Col. Suneet Newton, army PRO based in the Narengi army cantonment.