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Hamas, Jihad hail Hezbollah attack on Israeli army

Gaza : The Islamic Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad (Holy War) Wednesday hailed the attack of Hezbollah on an Israeli army patrol on the borders between northern Israel and south Lebanon.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas movement's spokesman in Gaza, said in an emailed press statement that Hezbollah has the right to respond to the Israeli occupation's assaults and attacks, mainly the last one, Xinhua news agency reported.

92 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 92 suspected militants were killed in Pakistan's North Waziristan and Khyber Agency areas in airstrikes on their hideouts, Dawn reported Wednesday.

“In a precise aerial strike in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the afternoon (Tuesday), 53 militants, including 12 foreigners, were killed. Six hideouts, an ammunition dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed,” the report quoted an Inter-Services Public Relations statement as saying.

In another strike in the same area later, 23 militants were killed, the ISPR added.

Rights group questions Israel's actions in Gaza war

Jerusalem : Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has raised serious questions about the legality of Israel’s policy of targeting Palestinian homes during last year's war in Gaza that claimed hundreds of lives, a media report said Wednesday.

Israeli strikes on residences led to the deaths of 606 people, including 93 children under the age of five, in 70 attacks that B’Tselem examined, The Guardian quoted the rights group as saying in a report.

Pakistan wants good ties with India, peace: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that he wanted relations with India based on equality and mutual respect, values which are vital for peace in the region, a media report said.

In a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit here, Sharif said that Pakistan longed for good relations with all countries including India and desired to achieve peace in the region, The News International reported.

The meeting was held to brief the prime minister on the status of India-Pakistan bilateral relations.

Pakistan expresses concern over US-India n-deal

Islamabad : Pakistan has expressed serious concern over the finalisation of a nuclear deal between the US and India, saying it would have destabilising impact on regional stability.

"The operationalisation of India-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia," Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said late Tuesday.

"Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests," Xinhua quoted him as saying in a statement.

Focus on Afghanistan, not Kashmir, India and Pakistan urged

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : Afghanistan, not Kashmir, can be the issue for India and Pakistan to resume a sustainable dialogue, where it will be relatively easier for them to reach agreement on issues like trade and security while ensuring peace for the "volatile" country , says a regional expert.

"Pakistan: A Hard Country" author Anatol Lieven, also stressed India and Pakistan must learn the Cold War lesson that nuclear powers have a greater responsibility. He also warned against abrogating the Indus Water Treaty or starting "water wars".

Israeli air force strikes Syrian army targets

Jerusalem: The Israeli Air Force struck the Syrian army's artillery posts late Tuesday in response to an earlier rocket attack from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the military said Wednesday.

"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) holds the Syrian government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary to defend Israeli civilians," Xinhua reported citing the IDF statement.

"Such blatant breaches of Israeli sovereignty will not be tolerated," said the statement.

Yazidi militias kill 25 Arab civilians in retaliation

Baghdad: A militant group including Yazidi and Syrian Kurdish fighters has killed at least 25 Arab civilians on the perimeters of the northwestern Iraqi town of Rabia, on the Syrian border, an official source said.

Hosam al-Abar, a member of Niniveh's Provincial Council, said that a series of barbaric revenge attacks targeted four Arab villages located 120 km's west of Mosul.

The attacks were carried out by Yazidi fighters supported by militias affiliated to Syrian Kurdish parties.

India can teach tolerance to world: Israeli envoy

New Delhi : Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon Tuesday said since India has long served as a "peaceful" home to several Jews, it stood in good stead to teach tolerance to other nations.

"Anti-Semitism never set its foot in India. Jews have been living here peacefully without persecutions for over two millennia. This is a lesson and message of tolerance India can and should teach other nations," Carmon said here during a commemoration event of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

UN hopeful of settling Yemen political crisis

Sanaa : UN special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar said Tuesday there was still a possibility of reaching an agreement between the Yemeni political parties to settle the current crisis.

Benomar said he was conducting continuous consultations with all political forces to sign an agreement to advance the political process, according to a statement issued by the UN envoy's office.

Benomar spoke on the stalemate in Yemen during a speech late Monday to the UN Security Council.