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Ban urges Israel, Hamas to build on Gaza lull UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Israel and Hamas to build on a lull in fighting in Gaza to lay the groundwork for talks on a lasting peace.The appeal came a few hours after the UN Security Council called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan."As people around the world mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan and a time for overcoming differences, the Secretary-General calls on parties to build on the current calm," Ban's spokesman said.The suspension of fighting should be prolonged for an extra 24 hours to allow humanitarian efforts to continue, he said.Ban "calls on the parties to renew a humanitarian pause in Gaza and reiterates his demand for a durable ceasefire that could set the ground for the start of comprehensive negotiations".The United Nations is backing a bid ...

Independence Day to be observed with enthusiasm: Saad LAHORE: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday as the country was on the path to progress, the Independence Day would be observed with great zeal and enthusism.Talking to the media here, he said the whole nation would show unity among its ranks during the month of August.Members of the parliament should participate in Independence Day functions without any discrimination and all political leaders would be invited to attend the functions, he added.The ...

Syria's Assad joins prayers to mark end of Ramadan DAMASCUS: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was given a warm reception by the faithful on Monday when he joined in Eid al-Fitr prayers in Damascus, to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.Assad took part in prayers at the Al-Kheir mosque, in Muhajarin, near his home in northwest Damascus.State television showed Assad being greeted by Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun and, at the end of prayers, being surrounded by scores of well-wishers keen ...

45,000 rally for Gaza at Jerusalem Eid prayers JERUSALEM: Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in support of war-torn Gaza on Monday as they gathered to pray at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Police put the number of worshippers at 45,000 people, with an AFP correspondent saying many were dressed in black t-shirts emblazoned with slogans reading "Gaza, supporting you is our Eid" and "We are all Gaza."Others wore T-shirts proclaiming support for Hamas's ...

6 children among 15 dead in Aleppo bombing: Syria monitor BEIRUT: Six children were among at least 15 civilians killed in overnight bomb attacks by government and rebel forces in the divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Monday."At least nine civilians, three of them children, were killed in barrel bombs (dropped by regime aircraft) in Shaar," an eastern district, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The Britain-based group, which relies on an extensive network of medical, military and activist sources on the ground, ...

Petroleum prices reduced or maintained at current level ISLAMABAD: The government has either reduced the prices of petroleum products or maintained at the current level for the month of August 2014.On the recommendations of the Finance Minister, Mohammad Ishaq Dar, the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif approved to maintain the existing prices of Petrol, HOBC, and High Speed Diesel, said a statement issued here Monday adding the government would bear a subsidy of Rs.1.359 billion to maintain the prices of these products.The Finance Minister, ...


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