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LeJ Chief Malik Ishaq, 13 others killed in 'encounter': Pak police
ISLAMABAD, July 29 (Agencies): The dreaded leader of Pakistan's banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ), Malik Ishaq, was killed along with his two sons and 11 top members of the al-Qaeda-linked terror group behind several deadly attacks on the minority Shia community, police said today. Ishaq and his sons, who had been arrested last week, were being moved to another location when gunmen attacked the police convoy in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province late last night to free him following which a shootout took place, they said. The death of the LeJ chief, believed to be either 55 or 56 years of age, is a huge blow to the LeJ which is involved in killing of hundreds of Shias and has been accused of developing links with the Islamic State. Ishaq, accused of masterminding do...
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Pak High Court stays execution of paralysed prisoner
LAHORE, July 29 (Agencies): In a last minute reprieve, a Pakistani high court has stayed the execution of a 43-year-old paralysed prisoner who was to be hanged today for committing a murder in 2009. Abdul Basit was sentenced to death in 2009 and his death warrants were issued for execution on July 29. However, on his plea that in Faislabad Jail in 2010 he contracted tubercular meningitis which left him paralysed from the lower part of the body, the Lahore High Court bench headed by Justice Alia Neelum yesterday halted his execution and sought a reply from the prison's department by August 17. Basit's counsel advocate Azam Nazir Tarar told the court that despite being unable to stand and dependent on a wheelchair, death warrants were issued last week. "Execution of a paralysed man woul...
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Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram
ABUJA, July 29 (Agencies): Nigeria's army said it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. Army officials said yesterday the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week. "As a result of ongoing operations under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole to clear Dikwa and its environs from Boko Haram... (the) Nigerian Army yesterday rescued 30 persons from the hands of the terrorists," army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement. "They include 21 children and a six-day-old infant, seven women including three nursing mothers, and two elderly mal...
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UN meets in Spain to tackle 'foreign terrorist fighters'
MADRID, July 27 (Agencies): Security experts and ministers gather in Madrid today for two days of UN-sponsored talks on how to stop radicals leaving their countries to join armed jihadist groups abroad. Spain's government said it will also chair a meeting of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee tomorrow, the day after the talks involving international experts. Spain this year sits on the UN Security Council and has launched a crackdown on "homegrown" jihadists, who it says are leaving to fight with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. It will host discussions on ways to stop jihadists becoming radicalised and travelling abroad as "foreign terrorist fighters" (FTF) -- and how to prosecute and rehabilitate those that return. The UN said in a statement the meetings aimed ...
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Iran accuses Bahrain of stoking gulf tensions
TEHRAN, July 27 (Agencies): Iran accused Sunni-ruled Bahrain of stoking tensions in the Gulf by making unfounded allegations against it, the official IRNA news agency reported. "It is clear that the government of Bahrain, by repeating unfounded allegations, seeks to create a climate of tension in the region," it quoted foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying. "Such methods are not constructive, and do not diminish the Islamic republic's commitment to continue its policy... and regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism," she said. On Saturday, Bahrain's interior ministry said it had detained two men accused of trying to smuggle weapons from Shiite Iran. That announcement came hours after Bahrain, which has a Shiite majority, said it was recalling i...
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Saudi-led airstrikes kill 120, deadliest in Yemen conflict
SANAA (YEMEN), July 26 (Agencies): Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a residential area in a quiet Red Sea town in Yemen, killing at least 120 people in the deadliest strike against civilians since the March offensive began, security and medical officials said. Hours later, the coalition unexpectedly announced that it would start a five-day humanitarian pause today, just before midnight. The airstrikes late Friday hit workers' housing for a power plant in Mokha, flattening some of the buildings to the ground, the officials said. A fire erupted in the area, charring many of the corpses, including children, women and elderly people. Wahib Mohammed, an eyewitness and area resident, said some of the bodies were torn apart by the force of the blast and buried in a mass grave yesterday. Som...
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14 killed in suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria
KANO, July 26 (Agencies): A "mentally handicapped" female suicide bomber killed at least 14 people at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damaturu today, witnesses and a hospital source said. "Today is the market day here and at 9:50 (0850 GMT) this morning, a female suicide bomber blew herself up at the... Entrance of the market where commuters were arriving," market trader Garba Abdullahi told AFP. "We evacuated 15 dead bodies to the hospital, including the suicide bomber who was identified as a mentally unstable woman that had been known for years in the area," he said, adding that the bomber was around 40 years old. That death toll was confirmed by a nurse from a local hospital. "We have received 15 dead bodies and 47 people with injuries from the market blast si...
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Biblical text found on 1,500-yr old damaged scroll
WASHINGTON, July 26 (Agencies): Scientists have for the first time been able to decipher Biblical verses from a badly burned scroll that is at least 1,500 years old, thanks to a high resolution scanning and 'virtual unwrapping tool'. The scroll was discovered in 1970 inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue in Israel but at some point earlier had been badly burned. It turned out that part of this scroll is from the beginning of the Book of Leviticus, written in Hebrew, and dated by C14 analysis (a form of radiometric dating used to determine the age of organic remains in ancient objects) to the late sixth century CE. To date, this is the most ancient scroll from the five books of the Hebrew Bible to be found since the Dead Sea scrolls, most of which are ascribed to the end of the Second Te...
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India need not worry about China's military expansion: Report
BEIJING, July 25 (Agencies): India need not worry about China's military expansion in the Maldives under its new law allowing foreigners to own land as the communist nation has no policy to build overseas naval bases but its firms may take up land for commercial use, state-run media reported today. The Maldives ratified legislation to allow foreigners with investment of more than a billion to own land within a specified site, on condition that at least 70 per cent of the area they develop is reclaimed from the sea. In view of the Maldives government assurance to keep the Indian Ocean a demilitarised zone, India need not worry about Chinese military expansion, state-run China Daily reported today, quoting officials. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has dismissed concerns over possible ...
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Pak floods, rains kill 24 more people, toll reaches 46
ISLAMABAD, July 25 (Agencies): Twenty-four more people were killed today as floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains inundated northern Pakistan, raising the overall death toll in the flooding to 46. The rescuers recovered 24 more bodies from the deluged Chitral district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. The already inundated district has been lashed with heavy rainfall since Sunday, which have swept away roads and bridges, cutting away remote areas from the district headquarters. The district's Mor Kahu area is the worst-hit where around seven villages have been swept away. It has been already cut off from rest of the district and there are reports of shortages of food and medicines. The overall death toll due to flooding in the country has climbed to 46 nationwide, police ...
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