An apartment, hit by an Israeli airstrike overnight, stands perilously in Gaza City on Tuesday. — AFP

BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi who were dropped from BJP's Parliamentary Board on Tuesday. -PTI

Sheila Dikshit at a press conference after resigning as Kerala governor in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI

Smoke rise from an explosion following an Israeli air strike on the house of Nafez Azzam, a leader for Islamic Jihad -AP

Indian women walk past a residential building with bullet marks allegedly fired from the Pakistan side -AP

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets Army chief in fresh bid to defuse crisis

THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT COAL BLOCKS ALLOCATED BY THE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN 1993 AND 2010 WERE ILLEGAL. -PTI

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav salutes after flag hoisting during 68th Independence Day function at his residence in Patna -PTI

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