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Italy rescues 600 migrants off Libyan coasts

Rome : Italian navy and coast guard vessels carried out at least four rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saving 600 migrants off the Libyan coasts.

Four women were found dead aboard an overcrowded inflatable boat during the first of such operations on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency quoted the navy as saying.

The craft was about 50 km north of Libya and was carrying another 112 people on board. The nationality of the victims was not immediately clear.

India will suffer if it attacks Pakistan: Minister

Islamabad: India will suffer "heavy losses" if it goes to war against Pakistan, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif warned on Sunday.

"If India tried to impose war on Pakistan, heavy losses will be inflicted on India which it will remember for decades," state-run Radio Pakistan quoted the minister as saying.

Asif was talking to the media during a visit to Kundunpur village on the Jammu and Kashmir border.

He said Kundunpur was badly affected by "unprovoked" firing and shelling by Indian border forces.

Man carrying sleeping daughter sparks online fundraising campaign

Beirut : An online fundraiser has raised more than $100,000 for a refugee from Syria and his daughter after sharing moving pictures of the man selling pens in the streets of Beirut, media reported on Saturday.

Gissur Simonarson, founder of Conflict News, posted the pictures on Tuesday and was flooded with requests to help the man, a Palestinian from the devastated Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, Daily Mail reports.

Pentagon confirms top IS hacker killed in airstrike

Washington: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that one of the top computer experts of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group responsible for recruiting members abroad and hacking computers was killed in a US airstrike earlier this week.

Junaid Hussain, a 21-year-old British hacker, was killed on Monday during a US military air strike on the IS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, US Air Force Colonel Pat Ryder told reporters.

Pakistan rejects report on fastest growing nuclear arsenal

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday strongly rejected a report published by a US think tank, which claimed that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world.

“The report is utterly baseless,” said Qazi Khalilullah, the foreign office spokesperson, Dawn reported.

“Such reports have the effect of diverting attention from the exponential increase in India’s fissile material stockpiles,” added the spokesperson.

The spokesman stated that as a nuclear state, Pakistan’s policy is characterised by utmost restraint and responsibility.

India only external threat: Pakistani military

Islamabad: India is the only external threat for us, Pakistani military has told a senate defence committee.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood briefed the members of the senate about the threat, Dawn online reported on Friday.

According to the media report, the senate committee, led by Mushahid Hus­sain, was also infor­med that India had over the last couple of years purchased weapons worth $100 billion -- 80 percent of which were Pakistan-specific.

Outpacing India, Pakistan may get 3rd largest nuclear arsenal: Report

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Far outpacing India in the development of nuclear warheads, Pakistan could have at least 350 nuclear weapons within a decade, making it the world's third largest nuclear arsenal, according to a new report.

Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually, according to the report by two American think tanks, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Centre.

50 migrants found dead in ship near Libya

Rome: The bodies of at least 50 migrants have been found in the hold of a craft off the Libyan coast, the Italian coast guard said on Wednesday.

The boat was sailing with 439 people on board some 50 km north of the Libyan coast, and received assistance in the early afternoon from Swedish ship Poseidon patrolling the Mediterranean as part of the European Union (EU) rescue mission Triton, a coast guard spokesman told Xinhua.

About 50 bodies were found in the hold of the boat, the official added.

It was the second major incident of the kind in 10 days.

Rangers, BSF commanders to meet in New Delhi from September 9

Islamabad: Top commanders of Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) are scheduled to meet in New Delhi from September 9 to 13, Pakistan's paramilitary force spokesman told the media on Tuesday.

"As per border ground rules 1961, a routine, biannual meeting of Insp. Gen. BSF and Dir. Gen. Pakistan Rangers is scheduled to take place in New Delhi starting September 9, 2015," Dawn News quoted a spokesman for Pakistan Rangers as saying.

Pakistan vulnerable to instability in global economy: Daily

Islamabad : The sharp swings on the stock market coupled with pressure on the rupee is a reminder that Pakistan remains vulnerable to instability in the global economy, a leading daily said and added that "it is best to be prepared".

An editorial "Financial market gyrations" in the Dawn on Wednesday said that for the past one year at least, a series of economic crises have been roiling the global economy to which "we in Pakistan have been little more than spectators".