Hamas calls upon Egypt to disclose information on 'abductees'

Gaza: The Hamas Islamist movement has called upon Egypt to officially disclose information about four Palestinians "abducted" in Egypt two weeks ago, a Hamas official said on Friday.

During a sit-in attended by hundreds of Hamas members in front of the closed Egyptian embassy in Gaza, Hamas political bureau member Khalil Al-Hayyah called for an official Egyptian move to reveal infomation about the abductees and release them, Xinhua reported.

Photographer of drowned Syrian toddler was 'petrified'

Ankara: The photographer who shot the heart-wrenching picture showing a Syrian toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore Turkey`s Aegean coast said she was "petrified", the media reported.

“At that moment, when I saw the three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, I was petrified,” said Nilufer Demir, a photo-journalist covering the migrant crisis in Aegean resort town of Bodrum for Turkey’s Dogan News Agency (DHA), adding that she had no other option then to do her duty as a journalist.

'US cop tackled Indian grandfather in an improper manner'

By Arun Kumar

Washington : An Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force against an Indian grandfather walking in his son's neighbourhood used an improper method to subdue him by slamming him down to the ground, a US court was told.

Indian-American academics spar over Modi visit to Silicon Valley

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Silicon Valley, a war of words has broken out between pro and anti Modi academics of Indian descent spread over major American universities.

The first salvo was fired by over 100 professors "who engage South Asia in our research and teaching", asking US technology executives to be wary of supporting Modi's Digital India initiative when he visits Silicon Valley on Sep 27.

Prophet Muhammed film: Iran consulate refuses to meet NGO seeking ban

Mumbai: A leading NGO claimed on Thursday that the Iranian consulate here refused to accept its memorandum seeking a ban the controversial movie "Muhammad: The Messenger of God" and booking the film makers.

According to Raza Academy general secretary Mohammed Saeed Noori, the Iran consulate officials cited certain procedural issues and decline to meet a five-member delegation which wanted to submit a memorandum.

Besides Noori, the delegation comprised Syed Abdul Nabi, Salahuddin Mujahid, Nazim and Aiman, which went to the Iranian consulate here on Thursday.

Geelani lauds Pakistan's stand on Kashmir, reveals secret letter

By Aijaz Nazir

New Delhi: Two weeks after NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan derailed over the latter's insistence on raising the Kashmir issue and meeting the separatist leadership, the Hurriyat's hardline faction led by Syed Ali Geelani has lauded Islamabad for standing firm and calling off the talks.

Geelani expressed his views in a confidential letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, handed over by a three-member Hurriyat delegation to Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi on September 2.

Turkey urges EU to take responsibility for refugees

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged developed countries, notably those in Europe, to be more sensitive to the immigration crisis.

"The Western countries especially in Europe have turned a cold shoulder to the human crisis in regard to migrants. It is not only the three-year-old kid but humanity that is drowning in the Mediterranean," Erdogan said, while addressing the opening ceremony of the Business 20, or B20 Summit, here.

Nawazuddin ready to act in Hollywood

Mumbai : Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has made his mark in Bollywood with films like "Gangs of Wasseypur 2", "Kick", "Kahaani" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", to name a few, says he would love to be part of a Hollywood project, provided he lands a "performance-oriented" role.

Nawazuddin, whose movies are usually loved at international film festivals, was present at the success party of his latest film "Manjhi- The Mountain Man" here on Wednesday when he was asked about his Hollywood plans.

Images of drowned Syrian boy reveal migrant crisis

Ankara :The heart-rending images of a Syrian boy's washed-up body on Turkey's Bodrum beach has highlighted the growing migrant crisis and sparked international outcry, global media reported on Thursday.

The images of a child, identified as three-year-old Aylan Kurdi by Turkey's DHA news agency, have become the top trending topic on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

"It put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe," Good Morning Turkey website said.

Pakistan violates Kashmir ceasefire

Jammu: The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering gun battles, officials said on Thursday.

Defence ministry spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta told IANS that the Pakistanis used small arms and automatics "to target our positions in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district" on Tuesday night.

"The Pakistani firing started at 8 p.m. and continued till 10.30 p.m. Our troops responded effectively and appropriately."

The officer said no casualty or damage was reported on the Indian side.