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_______________________________________________________________ Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Altaf Hussain's speech has hurt the feelings of millions of Pakistanis and it would be better for the MQM leadership to distance itself from the militant elements in the party. In an interview, he said the announcement made by Dr Farooq Sattar in this regard can be stated as a right decision in right direction though it needs further clarity. He said any party having representation in the Parliament should distance itself from militancy. The minister said PML-N believes in devolution of power as the local government system ensures facilities to masses at their doorsteps. He said PML-N also believes in welfare of people all over the country and the dividends of its policies are being ensured for people in all provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA and Azad Kashmir. Pervaiz Rashid said their party would seek votes in 2018 elections on the basis of its performance.
_______________________________________________________________ A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 10 people dead and others trapped under rubble, Italian officials said. "Half the town is gone," said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected. A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in the nearby town of Accumoli. The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, at a shallow depth of 10km. Some buildings in the capital shook for 20 seconds. Some of the worst damage was in the town of Amatrice, where several people died and rescue efforts were under way to find survivors.
_______________________________________________________________ Floods in India's holy city of Varanasi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have forced a halt to cremations along the banks of the river Ganges. Officials say some people have carried out cremations on the terrace roofs of houses in the city. Many Indians regard the Ganges as holy and use its bank for cremations. Hindus believe that if a person is cremated in Varanasi, the deceased will achieve release from sufferings of the cycle of birth and death. Two of the 80 ghats - a series of steps going down to the water - lining the Ganges in Varanasi specialise in the business of human cremation.
_______________________________________________________________ Heavy shelling of so-called Islamic State positions has marked the start of a Turkish offensive to drive the militants away from the Syrian border. Artillery and rocket launchers rained 224 rounds on the Jarablus area, the military said, as Turkish jets bombed their first targets in Syria this year. Tanks could later be seen moving up to the border and opening fire. Turkish special forces are already inside Syria as part of the operation to clear IS out of Jarablus. If Jarablus falls, the jihadists will be pushed back from the Turkish border. Turkey has also hit Syrian Kurdish forces in the region, determined not to let them fill the vacuum if IS leaves.