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Anti-terror raids not against Muslim community: Abbott

Melbourn: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday the ongoing counter-terrorism raids are against crimes and not against religion.

The remarks came while hundreds of furious Australian Muslims launched protest claiming they were terrorised by the operation, Xinhua reported.

"They (the raids) were about (fighting against) potential terrorism and they were about keeping our whole community safe," Abbott told local media.

US Senate approves plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

Washington: The US Senate Thursday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group, a day after the House of Representatives adopted the measure.

The Senate voted 78 to 22 to give the president the authority, as part of a package that funds the federal government, xinhua reported.

The legislation will now land on Obama's desk for his signature into law.

Parliamentarians urges EU to cut off IS resources

Brussels: The European Parliament Thursday urged the European Union (EU) to enforce sanctions against business bodies related to the Islamic State (IS) in a bid to cut off its resources.

The creation and expansion of the "Islamic caliphate" and the activities of other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, are a direct threat to the security of the European countries, Members of European Parliament (MEPs)said in a statement after a resolution vote.

Over 100 killed in Iraq airstrikes, clashes

Baghdad : Over 100 people were killed and 79 others wounded in Iraq Thursday in US air strikes and clashes between the Iraqi security forces and insurgent militants, including those with the Islamic State(IS), officials and security sources said.

In Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, US airstrikes hit an IS training centre at the college of agriculture in Hamam al-Alil area, some 25 km south of Nineveh's provincial capital Mosul, leaving 59 militants dead and some 70 others wounded, according to the head of the security committee of Nineveh's provincial council.

Nawaz Sharif to address UN assembly Sep 26

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will address the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Sep 26, the day his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is likely to reach there, an aide to Sharif said Thursday.

There is, however, no meeting scheduled between the two prime ministers, Geo News reported.

Prime Minister Sharif will be travelling to the UN Sep 24. He will also hold an important meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on UN peace missions, according to Sharif's special advisor Tariq Fatemi.

Bangladeshi foreign minister arrives in India

New Delhi : Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali arrived here Thursday for a three-day state visit, the external Affairs ministry said.

He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday.

"Ali will call on Modi at his official residence Friday evening," a ministry statement said.

Ali will also meet Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati and pay a visit to President Pranab Mukherjee Friday.

He will round up Friday's visits with a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Pakistan asks Afghanistan to 'eliminate terrorist sanctuaries'

Islamabad : Pakistan Thursday reiterated its call on neighbouring Afghanistan to eliminate "hideouts of the Pakistani militants on the Afghan side of the border".

Security officials insist that Pakistani Taliban leaders, who have fled the country as a result of ongoing military operations, now operate from the Afghan border regions.

On Tuesday, the military said a group of 90 to 100 militants from Afghanistan's Khost and Paktika province attacked a border post in North Waziristan and killed four paramilitary troopers.

Pakistani leaders to submit spouses' bank details: ECP

Islamabad : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed members of parliament and provincial assemblies to submit annual statement of their spouses and dependents' assets and liabilities by Sep 30, Geo News reported Thursday.

According to an official of ECP, this is a mandatory requirement under Section 42A of the Representation of the People Act 1976 and Section 25A of the Senate (Elections) Act 1975.

Pakistan to name new ISI chief soon: Report

Islamabad : At a time when the Pakistan Army is being viewed as again meddling in politics, the country's top spy agency -- Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) -- may get a new boss with the current ISI chief due to retire in October.

The new ISI chief's name may be announced by next week. The announcement is likely to come along with the appointment of five new lieutenant generals in the Pakistan Army, the Dawn quoted a report published in the BBCUrdu as saying.

Yemen expected to reach agreement with Shia rebels

Sanaa : Yemeni officials expect the government to reach an agreement with the Shia Houthi rebels who are besieging the capital Sanaa in an attempt to force the government to resign.

A website run by the Yemeni defence ministry quoted "high-level" sources as saying that an agreement was expected to be reached to end the conflict with the Ansar Allah (Followers of God) group.

The agreement will include several points aimed at removing tension between both sides, and at forming a new government based on political participation and efficiency, the website said.