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Destruction of al Nuri mosques a sign of IS’ impending defeat: Iraqi PM

New Delhi: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is an official declaration of defeat by so-called Islamic State. 

Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops. IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by the US.

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Saudi king changes crown prince, reformist in line for succession

New Delhi: The King of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday declared his son Mohammed bin Salman as the Crown Prince , replacing his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef through a royal decree , which was approved by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council. 

The newly appointed 31 year old Crown Prince will become the Deputy Prime Minister while retaining his position as the Defence Minister. Mohammed bin Nayef , 57 year old has been relieved of his current duties and has pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Crown Prince.

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In World’s Most Terror Prone Terrain, Pak Starts Fencing Its Porous Border With Afghanistan

New Delhi: Pakistan has begun to fence it’s over 2,400-kilometre-long, porous border with Afghanistan. Pak Army on Tuesday said the phased fencing of entire Pakistan-Afghanistan border has commenced. 

It said in the first phase high infiltration-prone border areas in Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber Agencies are being fenced. In the second phase, fencing of remaining border areas including the restive Balochistan province will be executed.

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Afghan cargo start arriving through new route bypassing Pakistan

New Delhi: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor at the Kabul International Airport. The corridor is a direct route that will bypass Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce in Afghanistan.

Ghani said on the occasion that the aim of the route is to create more opportunities and make Afghanistan an exporter country. Afghan President's adviser SediqullahMujadedi said Afghan agricultural products will for the first time head to India on cargo planes. 

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Hindu girl abducted, converted in Pakistan; police looks the other way

New Delhi: A 16-year-old Hindu girl`s alleged abduction and conversion in Pakistan has created an uproar among the minority community. RavitaMeghwar had been abducted allegedly by the Syed community of Wanharo village near Nagarparkar in the southeast Sindh province on June 6. Later, she along with her `husband` Nawaz Ali Shah, met with local journalists in Umerkot to ``inform`` them of her consent in the conversion and marriage.