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Pakistan will observe 19 July as black day against Kashmir killings: Nawaz Sharif

On 15 July, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that 19 July would be observed as black day in Pakistan to express solidarity with the Kashmiri killings.

He made the announcement while addressing a special Cabinet meeting in Lahore.

According to media reports, Sharif affirmed that Pakistan would continue to support Kashmiris in every way possible. Local media reported that the Pakistani government would call a joint session of Parliament to discuss the situation of Indian occupied Kashmir.

84 dead, 100 injured as truck deliberately rams crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France

About 84 people died and 100 were injured when a truck drove at high speed into a crowd watching a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice on the French Riviera late on Thursday night.

French President Francois Hollande told the nation early on Friday that: "We cannot deny that it was terrorist attack."

The driver of the truck was shot and killed by the police. He drove at high speed for more than 100 metres along the Promenade des Anglais and shot at the crowd before ramming them with his truck, said regional sub-prefect Sebastien Humbert. Police say he had French-Tunisian papers.

On social media, ISIS supporters celebrated, says The Indian Express. "The number of those killed had reached 62 french crusaders and sinful infidels in Nice, France.. God is great, God is great," read one tweet.

Police said that guns and explosives were found in the truck, reports CNN.

The Indian embassy in Paris has opened a helpline: +33-1-40507070.

According to the ministry of external affairs, there are no reports yet of Indians being affected.

Zakir Naik's son now also in Mumbai police sights

The investigation into Muslim preacher Zakir Naik, accused of influencing the attackers in the 1 July restaurant siege in Dhaka, will now also include his son, Fariq.

According to the Mumbai police, Fariq, 21, is also an active preacher, speaking mostly to young people about his age. He has been accompanying his father since he was about eight years old, says The Economic Times.

The police will now watch the videos and check transcripts of Fariq's speeches to see if he has made statements that encourage jihad, hate and terrorism.

NIA clears four detained Hyderabad men of ISIS links

Four people among 11 detained in Hyderabad last month for suspected links to international terror group Islamic State may be cleared by the National Investigation Agency and released.

"We did not find any evidence against four boys - Abdul Qader Mohsin Mahmood, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammed Azhar and Mohammed Arbaz Ahmed. They knew the arrested accused, but we have come to the conclusion that they were not part of any terror conspiracy," said an NIA official, according to the Hindustan Times.

Dadri lynching: Akhlaq family lawyer to file FIRs against 3 others for murder

The day an Uttar Pradesh court asked the police to file an FIR against the family of Dadri lynching victim Mohammad Akhlaq for cow slaughter, the lawyer representing Akhlaq's family said he would file FIRs against three more people allegedly involved in Akhlaq's murder.

"Three people - Sanjay Rana, Kancchi and Ompal -confessed during the proceedings that they were present at the spot," said Yusuf Saifi who is representing the Akhlaq family. "Trying to prove that Akhlaq slaughtered a cow, the trio confessed to their role in the crime as well."

Eighteen people, including three minors, have been charged with assault and murder in the case, says the Hindustan Times.

FIR against Abhijeet Bhattacharya for obscene language

The police on Thursday filed an FIR against playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for public obscenity and outrage of modesty, based on a complaint by Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon at the cyber cell.

In her complaint, Menon said that she had tweeted to the police commissioner about the singer's use of obscene language against a woman journalist in a spat on social media, and that Bhattacharya had responded to her tweet using abusive language, says The Indian Express.

Bhattacharya has been booked under Sections 500 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act.

5 girls booked in Jodhpur for sexually assaulting new classmate

A 17-year-old student of a private girls' school in Jodhpur filed a complaint with the police that resulted in the booking on Wednesday of five of her classmates for stripping and sexually assaulting her.

The girls are all class XI students at the Sohanlal Manihar senior secondary school.

The victim had just joined the school and was allegedly cornered in the toilet in Friday and bullied by her classmates who locked her in a cubicle, stripped her and assaulted and molested her.

The victim said that the school did not act on her complaint, which was why she approached the police, says The Indian Express.

Top Maoist with Rs 25 lakh reward on his head surrenders in Jharkhand

Balkeshwar Oraon alias Bada Vishal, one of the most dreaded Maoist leaders in Jharkhand, surrendered before DGP DK Pandey at the police headquarters on Thursday.

Oraon had 76 cases against him in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, and a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head. He was considered the second-in-command of Jharkhand's Maoists, after Arvind Ji, says The Indian Express.

DGP Pandey said Oraon's surrender would be a blow to the Maoists, and would help motivate young people to avoid guns.

Pokemon Go player finds dead body

With the release of Pokemon Go, users, young and old, have hit the streets in their quest to catch 'em all. However, one gamer in Wyoming, USA, got more than she bargained for when she found not a wild MewTwo, but an actual dead body.

Shayla Wiggins found the body by the riverside when trying to find a Pokemon from a natural water resource. Wyoming police say that the cause of death appears to be accidental.

UN's World Food Programme needs $610 million for southern Africa drought relief

The United Nations' food agency has said that it needs $730 million to counter the drought crisis in seven southern African nations over the next 12 months.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that it is facing a $610 million shortfall in relief for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland and Zambia.

The El Nino pattern has triggered severe drought across the region.