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Imran Khan booked

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan has been booked for forcing police to release his party workers arrested in violation of section 144 here, officials said on Monday. “We have registered a case against him in Bani Gala police station for interfering in police work and forcibly releasing prisoners,” police spokesman Naeem Ahmed said. The former cricketing star was coming out [Full Article...]

Islamic militant’s death sparks eulogies in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The death of a Malaysian Islamist in Syria has sparked an outpouring of eulogies on social media, including from his former political party, underlining sympathy for the militants’ cause that is creating a security headache for the government. Lotfi Ariffin, a former activist in the Islamist PAS party that forms part of Malaysia’s opposition alliance, had attracted a large following on social [Full Article...]

Bilawal Bhutto to contest 2018 elections Islamabad: Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Monday announced he will contest the 2018 general elections from his mother’s home constituency (NA-207), Geo News reported. Talking to reporters, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Pakistan Peoples Party ‘s (PPP) patron-in chief, also criticised the sit-ins being staged by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in [Full Article...]

France opens Iraq conference urging ‘global’ fight on jihadists

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande called today for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a US-led coalition. The United States this week unveiled an outline plan to fight the Islamist militants simultaneously in Iraq and Syria. It believes it can forge a solid alliance despite hesitancy among some [Full Article...]

International monitors shelled in eastern Ukraine

KIEV: A six-person international monitoring team came under shelling attack twice in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk yesterday despite a ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, a spokesman for the group said on Monday. The incident, in which two marked vehicles of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were badly damaged, highlighted the fragility of the truce struck this [Full Article...]

China set to pump billions of dollars in India; aims to outwit Japan

Beijing: Cash-rich China is looking to outwit rival Japan by pledging to invest billions of dollars in India’s railway, manufacturing and infrastructure projects during President Xi Jinping’s maiden visit to the country this week. As Xi’s visit to India scheduled for September 17 draws close, Chinese officials are becoming increasingly vocal about Beijing’s decision to scale up investments in India regarded widely as the [Full Article...]

ISIS video claims to show beheading of British hostage

WASHINGTON: The Islamic State jihadist group claimed on Saturday it beheaded British aid worker David Haines, in what would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists were shown murdered. The Islamist group released a video, available on the website of private terrorism monitoring group SITE, purportedly showing a masked militant beheading Haines. The two-minute-27-second video titled “A Message to [Full Article...]

Cameron condemns Briton’s beheading by IS as ‘pure evil’

London: The beheading of a British aid worker by the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group was described on Sunday by British Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of “pure evil” as he vowed to do all in his power to bring the killers to justice. The 44-year-old aid worker David Haines was seized in Syria in 2013 and was being held by [Full Article...]