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'Iran's n-rights part of possible comprehensive deal'

Tehran : Iran will not give up an iota of its nuclear rights in the run-up to a possible comprehensive deal with other powers, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Saturday, media reported.

Araqchi made the remarks in response to the recent allegation of the top US envoy, Wendy Sherman, on the nuclear talks with Iran, Xinhua reported citing official IRNA news agency.

Sherman, also under secretary of state for political affairs, said Thursday that she did not know whether the deal could be reached by the cut-off date.

Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga free two towns from IS

Baghdad : Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga freed two towns in northern and central Iraq Saturday after fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, a security source said.

In the early hours of the day, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops, backed by armoured vehicles, artillery and US-led coalition aircraft, advanced to the town of Zumar, some 70 km northwest of Nineveh's provincial capital Mosul, and fought fierce battles with IS militants, Halkurd Hikmat, head of the media office of the Peshmerga forces, told reporters.

British 'Islamic fighter' killed in Syria

London : A young man from the British port city of Portsmouth who went to fight in Syria for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has been reportedly killed on the frontline in Syria.

Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to Syria with five other men from southern Portsmouth in October last year, media reported Saturday.

"It has been confirmed with the family that he has died. Right now they are very upset," said Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Portsmouth Jami Mosque.

Bangladeshi leader, 63 activists arrested

Dhaka : A Bangladesh National Party (BNP) leader and 63 activists were arrested here Saturday for allegedly planning violent activities.

Moazzem Hossain Alal, president of the party's youth affiliate, Juba Dal and the activists were arrested during a meeting at his residence, quoted a police official as saying.

"They were in a meeting at the basement of the building at Lalmatia. We had information that the meeting was meant to plan for violent activities during Sunday's strike," the official said.

Pakistan to introduce biometric machines to detect fake passports

Islamabad : Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to introduce machines at the Islamabad airport to detect fake passports, a media report said Saturday.

An FIA immigration official said that biometric machines will be integrated to enable its immigration staff detect "the most sophisticated fake passports", Dawn online reported.

That would improve the working of the FIA staff at the passport control desk at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, the official said.

US to blame if n-talks fail: Iran

Tehran : If the ongoing talks between Iran and the six world powers fail to culminate into a final deal, the US will be blamed, a media report said Saturday.

On Friday, Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that Iran has honoured its obligations under the interim accord it inked with the P5+1 group -- the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany -- last year, Press TV reported.

Pakistan's apex court admits plea against 2013 polls

Islamabad : The Pakistan Supreme Court has accepted a plea seeking to declare the 2013 general election null and void, a media report said Saturday.

The court has also ordered action against the officials responsible for using poor quality of ink which brought the fairness of polls into doubt, The Nation reported.

Free Syrian Army to send 1,300 fighters to Kobane: Turkey

Ankara : The Free Syrian Army (FSA), which fights against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, will send 1,300 of its fighters to the town of Kobane in Syria to help its Kurdish defenders resist a siege by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Friday.

Harsh Vardhan offers to help Pakistan fight polio

New Delhi : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday offered Pakistan full cooperation in eradicating polio from that country.

Pakistan at present accounts for 85 percent of the world's polio cases.

On the occasion of World Polio Day, Harsh Vardhan welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent adoption of a "National Emergency Action Plan-2014" on the disease.

3 Pakistan policemen arrested for looting a superstore

Islamabad : Three policemen were arrested in Pakistan Friday for allegedly looting a superstore recently, media eported.

The policemen broke into a superstore located on 26 Street in defence area of Karachi and took away the store locker along with scratch cards worth Pakistani Rs.92,000 ($8,936), Geo TV reported.

The three policemen identified with the help of CCTV footage are sub-inspector Hamza, head constable Mazhar and constable Ilyas. The trio was part of the Darakhshan police station patrolling team.