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Russia has role to play in fight against Islamic State: Lavrov MOSCOW: Russia on Monday offered its help in the international fight against the Islamic State as global powers step up efforts to help Iraq battle jihadists."We have got a contribution to make to the joint efforts in the specific area of ensuring security in Iraq through consolidating society and mobilising it in a fight with terrorism and extremism," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Paris."We will do this in parallel with promoting a broader aim of starting a comprehensive, deep analysis of every aspect of terrorist threats," Lavrov said in remarks released by his ministry.He was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an international conference convened to formulate a common strategy against the Islamic State militants.Representatives from around 30 countries and international organisations gathered after the Islamic State beheaded a third Western hostage over the weekend and the United States said it was considering air strikes on jihadists ...

Israel PM urges defence budget hike after costly Gaza war JERUSALEM: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called for an increase in defence spending, after a bloody and costly war in Gaza."There is no leader who, faced with the threats that are multiplying around us, would not allow or demand a significant increase in the defence budget, to counter security challenges," he said in a statement.Such an increase would likely involve "several billion" Israeli shekels, Netanyahu said.Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon have been ...

'Breakthrough' in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman KABUL: Afghanistan's disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a "breakthrough" in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote.Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have been wrangled over a power-sharing deal after the June 14 election was engulfed in allegations of massive fraud that have threatened to spark instability as NATO troops pull out of the country."This is a breakthrough, there has ...

Two passenger trains from October LAHORE: Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique Monday said that the department has decided to run two new passenger trains from next month.Addressing a press conference at Railways Headquarters here, he told, the trains include Musa Pak Express which will run between Lahore and Multan and Mehran Express would run from Karachi and Mirpur Khas. About 350,000 passengers would get benefit from Musa Pak Express in a year while the department would also earn about ...

PM briefed on flood situation in Multan MULTAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed here Monday the road link between Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan, disconnected by flood a few days back would be restored on priority, to carry out rescue and relief operations effectively. He was briefed about flood situation in Multan Division by Commissioner Asadullah Khan at a relief camp in Shershah Rural Health Centre. The prime minister was informed that flood inundated 186 villages in Multan Division including 111 ...

German State Secretary Markus Ederer calls on Sartaj Aziz ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Monday highlighted investment opportunities in Pakistan and invited German investment especially in the field of renewable energy.Talking to German State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Markus Ederer, who called on him here at Foreign Office, Sartaj Aziz said German collaboration in development of vocational training institutions would be highly valuable. The advisor expressed his satisfaction over Pakistan's relations with Germany. The advisor also ...


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