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Abu Qatada cleared of terror charges

JORDAN: Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been released from prison after being found not guilty of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.Judges said there was "insufficient evidence" to convict him of planning a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan's Millennium celebrations.

 
 
 
Drone strike in North Waziristan kills at least eight

PESHAWAR: At least eight people were killed and several others injured in a US drone strike in the Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.

 
 
 
Woman among 3 killed in Peshawar blast

PESHAWAR: At least three people  including a woman and a security official — were killed and six others injured in a suicide blast targeting a convoy of the Frontier Corps (FC) carrying a high-ranking military official in Peshawar.

 
 
 
Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar named new ISI chief

RAWALPINDI: Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, considered a close ally of Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, has been promoted to the post of Director General Inter Service Intelligence (ISI)  among other promotions within the army ranks.

 
 
 
14 Pakistanis released from US custody

ISLAMABAD:  14 Pakistani prisoners detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, arrived at the Nur Khan Airbase on a US military airplane.

 
 
 
11 terrorists, 3 FC soldiers killed as cross border attack in NWA

PESHAWAR: At least 11 terrorists and three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were killed as a militant attack from across the border was thwarted by Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

 
 
 
Arab states 'offer help with air strikes' against Islamic State

WASHINGTON: Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, US officials say.

But any action is subject to approval from the Iraqi government, they add.

 
 
 
Exhausted protesters want to go home, organisers won't let them

ISLAMABAD:(Reuter) Arshad Shah, a protester, feels trapped: worn out after weeks of street demonstrations against the government, he wants to go home but protest organisers will not let him.

 
 
 
Army is not involved in political crisis: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army supports democracy and doesn't think it necessary to respond to rumours, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa said at a briefing.

 
 
 
Malala Yousafzai suspects arrested

ISLAMABAD: Militants suspected of shooting activist Malala Yousafzai have been arrested, Pakistan's army says.The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 because of her campaign for girls' education.