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Over 1,100 killed in Iraq violence in September

Baghdad: A total of 1,119 Iraqis were killed and 1,946 injured in terror attacks and violence in September in Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said Wednesday.

It said 854 civilians and 265 security personnel were killed while 1,604 civilians were wounded. An additional 342 security members were wounded in terrorist and violent acts, reports Xinhua.

The UNAMI excluded the casualties in Anbar province where fierce clashes flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in December last year.

Australian PM labels burqa 'confronting form of attire'

Canberra: Australia's parliament approved tough new counter-terrorism laws Wednesday but cross-party support for the measures was accompanied a spat over the wearing of burqas.

The opposition Labour combined with the governing conservative coalition to pass a bill designed largely to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State extremists spreading their terror to Australia.

Saudi Arabia's terrorist list decline

Riyadh : The number of wanted suspects on six lists published by Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry in 2003 has declined from 263 to 132.

The updates on the lists, posted on the Interior Ministry's website, showed that the number of people wanted dropped following the death of 57 wanted individuals in clashes with security personnel, and two others who died outside Saudi Arabia, Arab News reported.

The interior ministry said there are 24 detainees on the list and that search operations are still in progress for the remaining.

Pakistan poll panel to introduce electronic voting

Islamabad : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to introduce electronic voting machines and use them in the 2018 polls, media reported Tuesday.

ECP secretary Ishtiak Ahmad Khan said the commission would call for an immediate amendment to the Constitution to remove legal barriers in the way of introducing the technology, after which the pilot project would be launched, Dawn online reported.

He said the commission has plans to launch the pilot project in six months if parliament makes the requisite amendment within the next two months.

Anti-IS motion submitted to Turkish parliament

Ankara : The Turkish government has submitted a motion to parliament to extend the scope of potential action against the Islamic State (IS).

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc Tuesday said the parliament will discuss the motion to authorise the government and the armed forces to act against the IS, Xinhua reported.

Earlier September, Turkey had refrained from becoming part of a group of countries that pledged support to Baghdad government in its fight against the IS.

US slaps sanctions on two Pakistan terror groups for helping LeT

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: The US has targeted two Pakistan-based terrorist organisations and frozen the assets of their leaders for providing financial support to Lashkar-e -Taeba (LeT) held responsible for the Nov 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The action by the US treasury against the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM) and the LeT financial support networks came as India and US committed to make joint and concerted efforts to dismantle terrorist safe havens.

IS forces closing in on Syrian-Kurdish town

Beirut: The Islamic State Sunni radical group advanced Tuesday on Kobani, the Syrian-Kurdish town on the Turkish border, and have come within two or three kilometres of the strategic town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, or SOHR, said.

The London-based NGO noted that the militant group is approaching from the city's eastern outskirts and said it has never before been so close to the town it has been trying to take in an offensive that began Sep 16.

India, US to intensify cooperation on anti-terror fight: Modi

Washington: India and the US will work together on disrupting financial and tactical support for terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that both sides have "agreed on joint and concerted efforts, including dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks".

"India-US to work together on disrupting financial & tactical support for LeT, JeM, D-company and Haqqani network," his tweet said.

Israeli minister justifies decision against toppling Hamas

Jerusalem : Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday his country took the right decision to refraining from toppling the Hamas regime during the recent Gaza war.

"It would have been a mistake to instruct the army to oust Hamas... all the cabinet ministers understood that it wasn't worth removing them from power," Ya'alon told a defence conference in Tel Aviv, according to an audio recording released by his office.

US slaps sanctions on Pakistan-based terror groups

Washington : The US Tuesday targeted two terrorist groups based in Pakistan by slapping sanctions on their leader and financial supporters.

The Department of Treasury branded Fazl-ur Rehman Khalil, the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM), and Muhammad Naeem Sheikh and Umair Naeem Sheikh, two alleged financial supporters of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), as specially designated global terrorists, Xinhua reported.