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India minister meets Nepal leaders in bid to renew ties KATHMANDU: India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met with Nepal's top leaders Saturday during a visit to expand New Delhi's engagement with a neighbourhood increasingly drawn to China.Swaraj's trip, which follows a visit last month to Bangladesh, is part of an ongoing campaign by India's new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to renew neglected ties as Beijing makes deeper forays into South Asia."Her principal message in all of today's engagements was... that the new government of India is very keen to impart renewed momentum to our multifaceted bilateral relations," Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.Swaraj, who is on a three-day visit to the Himalayan nation, met Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, President Ram Baran Yadav and the chairman of the former ruling Maoists, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda.Her trip to Nepal will be followed by a visit by Modi early next month, ...

Gaza toll rises over 1,000 as bodies recovered: medics GAZA CITY: The toll in Gaza rose above 1,000 dead on Saturday as more than 100 bodies were pulled from the rubble of homes throughout the coastal enclave during a truce, medics said.The grim milestone came on the 19th day of a conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement, during a 12-hour truce that allowed Gaza residents to pick through the ruins of their homes.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

First Pakistani team of mountaineers summit K2 peak ISLAMABAD: The first-ever team of Pakistani climbers have reached the top of the world's second tallest mountain, K2, to mark 60 years since it was first scaled."Six members reached the summit at 02:22 am PST today," Sarwar Ali, a high altitude guide of the Nazir Sabir Expeditions, a local expedition company in regular contact with the climbers told AFP.Amjad Ayub, president of Pakistan Tour Operators Association(PATO), confirmed the summit, which was made without using supplementary ...

Kerry says Libya evacuation due to 'real risk' to US diplomats PARIS: The United States ordered Saturday's evacuation of its embassy in Tripoli due to a "real risk" to personnel, Secretary of State John Kerry said.Kerry, speaking to reporters in Paris, said the United States was "suspending" operations but not closing the embassy in the Libyan capital.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Pakistan urges action on Afghan side for NWA operation success to be conclusive WASHINGTON: Pakistan's ongoing operation in North Waziristan is absolutely targeting all militants but it needs to be complemented by actions on the Afghan side so that Islamabad's anti-terror drive along the restive border is conclusive, Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani emphasized. He was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado in a discussion on Afghanistan and Pakistan with participants, including Afghan Ambassador to the US Eklil Hakimi, Jeffrey Eggers, Special Assistant ...

Majid Nizami laid to rest LAHORE: Majid Nizami, a veteran journalist, Pakistan Movement worker, and Editor-in-Chief of dailies Nawai-e-Waqt and The Nation, was buried here at Miani Sahib graveyard on Saturday.His funeral prayers were offered in Bagh-e-Jinnah, which was attended by Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Jama'atud Dawa Ameer Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, PPP's Munir Ahmed Khan, CM's Advisor on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq, parliamentarians, judges, ...


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