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Egypt mufti's adviser slams killing of US journalist

Cairo : Ibrahim Negm, advisor to the mufti of Egypt, Wednesday denounced the beheading of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group in Iraq, state-run MENA news agency reported.

"Such acts distort the image of Islam, and give our enemies an opportunity to circulate unfounded accusations about this pure religion," he said in a statement Wednesday.

He added that killing people has nothing to do with the religion of Islam which prohibits the killing of innocent people by acts of terrorism.

London warns of threat from British fighters in Syria, Iraq

London : British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned Wednesday of the "threats" posed by a "significant number" of Britons working with jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as he condemned the video of the alleged beheading of US journalist James Foley.

Hammond said the hooded man who was speaking in the video appeared to be British, saying "certainly that is what it seems in the beginning and obviously we want to investigate more".

'Pakistan committed to dialogue with India'

New Delhi: Pakistan is committed to dialogue with India and would not allow the "process" to be distracted in any way, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said Wednesday.

"I would like to underline that Pakistan stands by its commitment and vision articulated by our prime ministers. It is time for India and Pakistan to work in cooperation not confrontation," Basit said at a press conference here.

India Monday called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan after Basit held meetings with separatist leaders from Kashmir.

'Sit-ins not to affect Pakistani parliament session'

Islamabad: The National Assembly session will be held as usual despite thousands of anti-government protesters occupying the area around Pakistan's parliament in Islamabad, the authorities said Wednesday.

The session in parliament house is all set to begin as scheduled, as the members could come to the house en-route Margala Road-Cabinet Secretariat-Parliament House despite all other roads being blocked by protesters, Geo TV quoted National Assembly Secretariat officials as saying.

IS claims beheading US journalist

Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed beheading a US journalist who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, a media report said Wednesday.

The Sunni militant group has released a video showing one of its fighters beheading James Foley, an employee of the media company GlobalPost who was kidnapped November 22, 2012 by unidentified gunmen, Al Jazeera reported.

The IS militants said that they acted in revenge for US strikes against the group in Iraq and threatened to kill another US journalist.

Pakistan Army violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu : The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said Wednesday.

"The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at our positions in Hamirpur sector during the night," defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS here.

He said the firing in Rajouri district of the Jammu region started around 9 p.m. local time Tuesday and continued till 9.20 p.m.

"Our troops retaliated effectively using small arms and automatic weapons," the spokesman said.

Pakistan army calls for dialogue as protesters reach parliament

Islamabad : The Pakistan army Wednesday called for dialogue to resolve the current political crisis in the country as thousands of anti-government protesters forced their way to reach the parliament building demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The current "situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders," Xinhua quoted military spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa as saying. He called for "meaningful dialogue in larger national and public interest to resolve the prevailing impasse".

Qadri to hold session of 'Awami Parliament' Wednesday

Islamabad : Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri said late Tuesday that a session of Awami Parliament (People's Parliament) will be held in front of the Parliament House Wednesday, Geo News reported.

In a statement here, Qadri said his party will make stage in front of the Pakistan parliament and he would welcome Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's chief Imran Khan at his party’s stage.

“Whether or not Khan storm into PM House, we will not do so”, Qadri said, adding the capture and destruction to government buildings is not part of their plan.

'Over 6,000 fighters joined IS in July alone'

Damascus : A total of 6,300 rebel fighters joined the Islamic State (IS) militant group last month alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported has said.

The Observatory Tuesday said 6,300 fighters had joined the training camps of that Al Qaeda breakaway group in Syria's northern provinces of al-Raqqa and Aleppo, Xinhua reported.

Among them, 5,000 recruits are Syrians, the Observatory said, adding that the rest are newly-recruited fighters.

Gaza ceasefire talks collapsed: Palestinian negotiator

Cairo : A temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip has "collapsed" after the 24-hour respite ended Tuesday midnight but no truce-extension agreement could be reached and Israel and Hamas renewed their hostilities, a Palestinian official said.

"The ceasefire has collapsed and Israel is responsible," Xinhua quoted Azzam al-Ahmed, head of a joint-Palestinian delegation in Cairo attending in indirect negotiations with Israel as saying.