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U.N. calls on all states to battle militants in Syria and Iraq

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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council has called on every single capable countries to join the battle against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq and try harder to avert further attacks by the group.

The 15-member committee unanimously endorsed a resolution drafted by France in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in Paris a week ago that killed 130 people and were claimed by Islamic State.

“Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh), constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security,” the resolution said.

IS used the chaos of Syria’s nearly five-year civil war to seize territory in Syria and Iraq, where a US-led coalition has been bombing the militants for more than a year, while Russia began air strikes in Syria in September.

The group has recently claimed responsibility for downing a Russian passenger plane in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board, and attacks in Lebanon, Turkey and Tunisia.

The council resolution “calls upon member states that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures … on the territory under the control of ISIL … in Syria and Iraq.”

It also urges states to intensify efforts to stem the flow of foreigners looking to fight with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress financing of terrorism.

“Welcome to everybody who finally woke up and joined the club of combating terrorists,” Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told reporters ahead of the vote on the French-drafted resolution.

Syrian ally Russia also revived on Wednesday its push for U.N. approval of international military campaigns combating Islamic State by circulating a slightly updated version of a draft resolution it initially submitted on Sept. 30.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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