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Gaza toll rises over 1,050 on day 20 of Israeli assault GAZA CITY: Renewed Israeli raids on Gaza, which followed a 24-hour lull, killed nine Palestinians on Sunday, raising the overall toll from the 20-day operation to more than 1,050. Following a 24-hour period in which Israel held its fire, the strikes resumed at 0700 GMT on Sunday with an initial three people killed by shelling, two of them in central Gaza and a third near Khan Yunis in the south, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.Six more were killed in the following few hours, including an elderly Christian woman who was killed in an air strike on western Gaza City, which also seriously wounded her son, Qudra said.Their deaths raised the total toll since July 8 to more than 1,050 Palestinians, while another 6,000 have been injured.Also Sunday, the army said an Israeli soldier had been killed late Saturday by mortar fire from Gaza shortly after Hamas rejected appeals to ...

Article 245 invoked to maintain law and order situation in Capital: Nisar ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the decision to invoke Aricle 245 of Constitution calling army's assistance was taken to maintain law and order situation in the Federal Capital for three months and it had nothing to do with any long march or sit-in of a political party.Addressing a press conference here, Nisar said the army personnel would act under the "Anti Terrorism Act 1997" and provide assistance to the ...

Basit hopes thing to move forward with resumption of Pak-India bilateral dialogue ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit on Sunday expressed the hope that with the resumption of Pak-India bilateral dialogue, things would move forward in all areas as articulated by the two prime ministers in their meeting in New Delhi on May 27.At the invitation of Shahi Imam Jama Masjid Delhi, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Abdul Basit visited the Shahi Masjid on Saturday evening and had Iftar there, said a message received here from New ...

‘Please stop!’, Pope Francis makes plea for peace ROME: Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke ...

More than 50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes BENGHAZI: At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said.Another 23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home on Saturday during clashes between rival militias battling over the city's main airport, the Egyptian state news agency reported.In the last ...

Ukraine fighting prevents crash site visit despite international deal DONETSK: Fighting around the site of the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine prevented a visit by international experts on Sunday, although Malaysia said separatists had agreed to allow in international police and investigators.Alexander Hug, deputy head for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's monitoring mission in Ukraine, told reporters: "We heard indications there's fighting going on.""The situation on the ground appears to be unsafe ... we therefore decided to deploy tomorrow morning," he ...


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