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Islamabad: Pakistan summoned its High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit for urgent consultations on the upcoming visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to Pakistan.

Basit has reached Islamabad and is briefing top officials of the foreign office engaged in planning parleys with the Indian foreign secretary, Dawn reported citing sources.

Basit is also expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his key advisor Sartaj Aziz.

He is expected to brief them over the latest issues between the two countries.

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Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong in opposing the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers.

Netanyahu Wednesday intensified his criticism of the US-led nuclear talks with Iran, accusing the world powers of "giving up on their commitment" to stop Tehran from getting nuclear weapons, Xinhua reported.

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Cairo: At least 38 militants were killed and 27 injured in overnight raids on militant hideouts by the Egyptian forces in Sinai province, a security source said Wednesday.

The raids, that started late Tuesday and continued till early Wednesday, were carried out in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid cities, Xinhua reported.

The militants belonged to the Sinai-based and Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group, which had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State(IS) terrorist group, the source said.

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Kabul: The toll has risen to more than 120 while several others were still missing in avalanches that struck villages in eastern Afghan province of Panjshir overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday, police said.

"The latest figures showed that 120 people died and two dozen of others wounded as a result of heavy snow avalanche in Paryan, Dara, Khinj and Malaspa villages in Panjshir province overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday," Gen. Abdul Aziz Ghairat told Xinhua.

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Dhaka: A court in Bangladesh has issued arrest warrants against ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and two others in two cases filed by the country's anti-graft body.

The Special Judge Court-3 of Md Abu Ahmed Jomadar scrapped bail for Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) after she failed to appear in the hearing of the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

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Santiago: Hackers attacked the Chilean defence ministry's website and posted a supposed message from the Islamic State jihadi group, officials said Tuesday.

The hack affected the main page of the ministry's website and the image of a masked individual appeared around 10.30 p.m Monday with the words "hacked" and "Sadam Husein", and the messages "We are ISIS, Don't forget me" and "Allah is the only God."

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Prague: A shooting in the eastern Czech Republic town of Uhersky Brod left at least nine people dead Tuesday, media reported.

An armed man reportedly burst into a restaurant in the town, some 300 km southeast of Czech capital Prague, and opened fire.

Some 20 people were thought to have been in the restaurant at the time of the attack, BBC reported.

According to some reports, the killer was detained shortly after the shooting, while other reports said the shooter was dead.

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New York: A federal jury in New York has ordered the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organisation to pay $218.5 million to victims of several attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004, media reported.

The court considered the two organisations responsible for the attacks and ruled in favour of a group of American victims seeking compensation under civil law.

The monetary compensation awarded Monday might well be tripled because, under US law, those attacks are considered terrorist actions.

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Doha: Israel was aware that Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful and does not include "the activity necessary to produce weapons", shows a leaked Mossad report, dated shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- in his 2012 UN speech -- accused Tehran of having "plans to build a nuclear weapon".

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Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants Monday kidnapped 56 Syrian Christians of Assyrian minority in Al-Hasakah province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Assyrians were abducted from the town of Tal Shamiram in the countryside of the predominantly-Kurdish city of Hasaka, Xinhua reported.

Tens of other Assyrians were also taken into captivity by the IS in the town of Tal Hurmos, adjacent to Tal Shamiram, according to the London-based watchdog group.

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