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Over 25,000 flee military operations in Iraq

United Nations : Over 25,000 people have fled Iraq's Ramadi district due to the ongoing military operations launched on April 8, a UN spokesperson said.

More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi, with a little more than clothes on their backs as the Islamic State (IS) terror group closed in on the region, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

According to official reports, the fleeing Ramadi residents were settling in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and tents, food, and other aid were being sent to them.

Chinese president to address Pakistan parliament

Islamabad : Chinese President Xi Jingping will address a joint session of both houses of Pakistan's parliament on April 20, which is being summoned by President Mamnoon Hussain, media reported on Saturday.

The Chinese president will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on a two-day official visit. This would be his first foreign visit this year.

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, governors and chief ministers of all four provinces, heads of the armed forces, and diplomats will attend the joint session, Geo News reported.

22 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Kabul : At least 22 people were killed and over 50 injured on Saturday in a suicide bombing at Jalalabad city in Afghanistan.

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden jacket near a local bank," a police official told Xinhua news agency.

The attack took place near the New Kabul Bank branch and the city's municipality office building.

Police found and safely defused a roadside bomb near the first explosion site, the official added.

Hezbollah lashes out at Saudi-led aggression in Yemen

Beirut : Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah chastised weeks of Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen.

Addressing hundreds of supporters at a rally on Friday , Nasrallah said the airstrikes' real objective is to restore the Saudi-US hegemony over Yemen, instead of Riyadh's claim of defending Yemen's Arab identity.

Saudi Arabia has championed an Arab military operation against Yemen's Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels since late last month in a bid to restore the rule by the absent Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Obama discusses Yemen's situation with Saudi King

Washington : US President Barack Obama spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia over the phone to discuss recent developments in Yemen, the White House said.

Yemen has been suffering from political unrest and clashes between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd- Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled the country.

Fierce fighting erupts on outskirts of Libya's Tripoli

Tripoli: Fierce fighting between Libya Dawn militias and pro-government forces broke out in Libya's capital Tripoli, according to military sources and witnesses.

The fierce fighting started at dawn in Tripoli's eastern suburb of Tajoura on Friday, a pro-government military official told Xinhua.

Witnesses said random shelling hit a number of residences in the area, as the battle continued on. Witnesses also said the shells "killed and injured several people."

No medical reports confirmed the casualties.

Suicide car bomb hits US consulate in Iraq

Baghdad: A suicide car bomb went off on Friday near the US consulate in the city of Arbil, capital of the Kurdistan, leaving unknown number of casualties, a Kurdish security source said.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when a suicide bomber tried to approach the US consulate in Aynkawa district in western Arbil, but the guards opened fire on the attacker and forced him to blew it up before he reached the entrance of the consulate, Xinhua quoted source as saying.

Saddam-era vice president believed dead in Iraq

Baghdad : Saddam Hussein's former vice president Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is believed to have been killed during operations in Iraq's Salahudin province, a security source said on Friday.

The security forces clashed with a group of gunmen near the Allas oilfield in east of Salahudin's provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, leaving at least 10 militants dead, Xinhua quoted the source as saying.

Illegal Phensedyl manufacturing unit busted near Bangladesh border

Kolkata : The Border Security Force on Friday arrested a man for running an illegal unit manufacturing Phensedyl syrup near the Bangladesh border in West Bengal and seized equipment used for manufacturing the drug which is in wide demand in Bangladesh.

"During a special operation, the troopers busted the illegal factory near Bengal's North 24 Parganas district and apprehended Hassan Kabir Molla, and seized 300 bottles of Phensedyl, bottle polishing and sealing machines, 110 stickers, Phensedyl making powder and liquid," a BSF officer said.

Gunmen shoot Karachi college's American vice-principal

Islamabad : The vice-principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College was shot by unidentified gunmen, a media report said on Friday.

Police identified the victim as American national Debra Lobo, 55. She was attacked on Thursday by four gunmen after she left the college, Dawn online reported.

She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors said she was "out of danger" after hours of treatment.