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Afghanistan mosque bombing kills nine, after 50 Eid shoppers killed day before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Afghanistan mosque bombing kills nine, after 50 Eid shoppers killed day before

Over 40 killed as blasts target Eid shoppers in Afghanistan

Muslim homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state razed

Grenades at east Afghan mosque wound nine praying

Afghan-Pakistani team to probe border shelling: Kabul

Bangladesh frees three Indians after seven months

 

India

Indian Govt ‘surprised’ over the influx of Pak Hindus

58,000 Bangladeshis went missing in India in 3 years

Sarabjit expresses doubts over food being served to him in jail

Indian Embassy in Riyadh to hold Independence Day ceremony

India willing to give asylum to Hindus from Pak

Kite-maker on Indo-Pak post who 'flies' national heroes

Narendra Modi accuses Manmohan Singh of 'dual standards' on Bangladeshi infiltration, Mumbai violence

Situation in Jammu and Kashmir not conducive to revoking AFSPA: Omar Abdullah

Citizenship remains a distant dream for Pak Hindus

Gunfire follows sweets across India-Pakistan border

Death row convict Sarabjit fears for life in Pak, writes to Sonia Gandhi

'Progress in bilateral dialogue shows India, Pak's desire for peace'

 

Pakistan

Pakistan govt refuses Hindus to celebrate its Independence Day at Mazar-e Qaid

Kayani signals bigger battle on terror

Pakistan’s Undying Love for Televangelists

Bugti killing: Pakistani court issues non-bailable arrest warrants against Pervez Musharraf, others

Pakistani Taliban warns 'un-Islamic' NGOs to shut down offices in Khyber Agency

Pak's nukes might fall into hands of terrorist: Panetta

Pak frees 55 Indian fishermen

Landmine explosion kills security personnel, injures three

Pir Pagara to begin first political tour after father’s death

Sindh chief minister dismisses reports about migration of Hindus

 

Southeast Asia

Between Ritual and Reality, New Role for Islam

Indonesian Red Cross to Channel Aid for Rohingya

 

Mideast Asia

11 Found Slain, Including Ranger, at Park in Kazakhstan

Attack on Yemen Defense Ministry kills 5

Netanyahu picks new security minister as Iran strike debated

Enlisting From Afar for the Love of Israel

Families of Slain Iranian Scientists Sue Israel

 

Arab World

Egypt: 14 Sentenced in Sinai Attack

Kuwait Refers Election Law to Constitutional Court

Syrians Try to Balance Desires of Life With the Demands of a Growing War

Egypt’s Morsi faces lawsuit over removal of power curbs

World Muslim body to suspend Syria

‘Assad controls 30% of Syria’

3 hurt in blast near Damascus hotel used by U.N.

Syria regime on brink of collapse: Former PM

Two million faithful throng the Grand Mosque for Lailat Al-Qadr prayers

Saudi Arabia’s support to Islamic and Arab issues part of service to Islam

With all due respect to the leaders of the Muslim world, sedition is not unavoidable destiny

 

North America

O.C. mosque spying case centers on alleged FBI informant

Muslim group: Republican ‘Islamophobia machine’ encouraging violent attacks

Interfaith witnesses show support for Muslim community

In US, 4th mass killing in 30 days leaves 3 dead

Another blow: Zakaria faces fresh plagiarism charges

Taliban trying to create havoc in Afghanistan: Panetta

US warns Iran to stay out of Syria

 

Europe

Russia says it is victim of Syria information war

 

Africa

Ugandans Celebrate First Medal in 40 Years

UN warns of ‘imminent’ attack on Somali rebel bastion

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Afghanistan mosque bombing kills nine, after 50 Eid shoppers killed day before

 Aug 15, 2012

Two grenades exploded inside a mosque compound during morning prayers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding at least nine worshippers, just a day after a series of deadly attacks in the country.

The attack in eastern Khost province came a day after several explosions around the country killed at least 50 people in the deadliestday for civilians this year as Taliban insurgents and their allies ramp up violence across the country.

The Taliban summer offensive this year coincides with Afghan police and soldiers taking on more responsibility for security while international forces start to withdraw.

Suicide bombers killed at least 50 people on Tuesday in Nimroz province. They continue their attacks today.(Mohammad Jan/Associated Press)

Three grenades were thrown into the mosque compound in Baghi Sara area, Khost police chief Sardar Mohammad Zazai said. One exploded inside the mosque itself, and one in the courtyard outside. The third failed to detonate.

Zazai blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack.

"This was the work of the enemy," he said. "It cannot be a private dispute. Why would anyone be so angry to throw grenades in a mosque while people are praying?"

He said many of those praying were Afghans who work at the nearby U.S. base, Forward Operating Base Salerno.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement that did not acknowledge the mosque attack but claimed an insurgent suicide bomber had attacked a U.S. base in Khost, causing several American casualties.

A spokesman for the NATO military coalition said Wednesday that there was no attack on the Salerno base, which is close to the mosque in Baghi Sara. Lt. Col. Hagen Messer said the American personnel at the base reported hearing gunfire from the mosque but that Afghan police were investigating.

Multiple bombings near Iran border

The latest violence comes after a particularly bloody day for Afghanistan. Suicide bombers launched multiple attacks in remote Nimroz province in southwestern Afghanistan near the Iranian border on Tuesday, killing dozens of people, including shoppers buying sweets for a Muslim holiday. The bombings left charred and smouldering bits of cookies and dried fruit among the bodies on the ground.

A separate market bombing later Tuesday, this one in Kunduz in the north, killed 10 people, including five children.

And in the eastern province of Paktika, a car hit a roadside bomb. Four children died in the blast, provincial spokesman Mokhlis Afghan said, bringing Tuesday's death toll to 50 -- 11 police and 39 civilians. At least 110 people were wounded in all the attacks.

The attacks came as the Taliban and their allies step up their assaults in a display of force that often results in civilian carnage. Militants are especially trying to weaken the still-developing Afghan security forces, who are to assume control across their homeland in 28 months when most foreign combat troops will have left.

Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday's attacks were "acts of intentional mass murder."

"By targeting innocent civilians in populated areas, the insurgents have again shown they will kill non-combatants without hesitation to advance their backward-looking plans for Afghanistan. Once again, I call on [Afghan Taliban leader] Mullah Omar to rein in his murderers. His intentions not to target civilians are hollow," Allen said in a statement

The UN reported last week that civilian deaths were lower in the first six months of 2012 than in the first half of 2011, but that an onslaught of summer attacks from insurgents were threatening to reverse that trend. In all, 1,145 civilians were killed in Afghanistan between January and June of this year, according to the UN report.

Source: The Associated Press

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Over 40 killed as blasts target Eid shoppers in Afghanistan

Aug 15, 2012

KANDAHAR: Suicide attackers and a remotely-controlled bomb killed more than 40 people in Afghanistan Tuesday as the nation prepared to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, officials said.

Three suicide bombers killed 36 people, mostly civilians shopping for Eid celebrations, in a bazaar in the capital of Afghanistan's southwestern Nimroz province on the border with Iran, the provincial governor said.

Hours later in the northern province of Kunduz, a bomb attached to a motorcycle killed up to 10 people in the market of Archi district near the border with Tajikistan, provincial spokesman Enayatullah Khaliq told AFP.

"A bomb rigged to a motorcycle was remotely detonated in the market of Archi district Tuesday evening killing 10 civilians and injuring over 30," he said. A police spokesman put the toll at nine adding that Taliban insurgents were responsible for the attack. The earlier attack on Zaranj city, capital of Nimroz, was the biggest in recent memory in the relatively peaceful province.

At least 66 people were injured. Three suicide attackers out of an original group of 11 blew themselves up in separate areas of the city, one outside a hospital, police said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Over-40-killed-as-blasts-target-Eid-shoppers-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/15500479.cms

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Muslim homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state razed

 August 15, 2012

Rangoon: A Muslim dominated area in the Burmese city of Sittwe was completely destroyed in recent communal violence, a UK broadcaster has revealed.

A team from the UK's Channel 4 News revealed that Sittwe, once home to 10,000, had been reduced to rubble.

Most Rohingya Muslims were moved out of Sittwe into temporary camps.

Violence in the state of Rakhine began in late May when a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered by three Muslims. A mob later killed ten Muslims.

Sectarian clashes spread across the state, with houses of both Buddhists and Muslims being burnt down, the BBC reports.

According to the report, local Rakhine Buddhists were picking through the debris of the houses, which had once been the Rohingya area of the city.

One man told reporters that the Muslims had set fire to their own homes in an attempt to burn down the whole community.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR has said that nearly 80,000 people have been displaced in and around the Sittwe and Maungdaw by the communal violence.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/muslim-homes-in-myanmars-rakhine-state-razed_793846.html

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Grenades at east Afghan mosque wound nine praying

 August 15, 2012

KABUL: Two grenades exploded inside a mosque compound during morning prayers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding at least nine worshippers, an Afghan official said.   

The attack in eastern Khost province came a day after a series of bombs around Afghanistan killed 46 people in the deadliest day for civilians this year as Taliban insurgents and their allies ramp up violence across the country .

The Taliban summer offensive this year coincides with Afghan police and soldiers taking on more responsibility for security while international forces start to withdraw.

Three grenades were thrown into the mosque compound in Baghi Sara area, Khost police chief Sardar Mohammad Zazai said.

One exploded inside the mosque itself, and one in the courtyard outside. The third failed to detonate.

Zazai blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack.

“This was the work of the enemy,” he said. “It cannot be a private dispute. Why would anyone be so angry to throw grenades in a mosque while people are praying?”

He said many of those praying were Afghans who work at the nearby  base, Forward Operating Base Salerno.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/08/15/grenades-at-east-afghan-mosque-wound-9-praying/

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Afghan-Pakistani team to probe border shelling: Kabul

 August 15, 2012

KABUL: Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to send a joint military team to investigate a recent surge in cross-border attacks that have soured relations between the two neighbours, Kabul said Wednesday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari took the decision on the sidelines of an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Karzai’s office said.

Pakistan said the two leaders “discussed bilateral ties, the regional situation, the peace process in Afghanistan and other issues of mutual concern”, but declined to go into specifics.

Afghans say that thousands of rockets and heavy artillery shells have landed on their territory in recent months, blaming Pakistan for the alleged attacks.

The cross-border violence has become a highly sensitive issue in Afghanistan, where many are deeply suspicious of Pakistan and its historic ties to the Taliban, which is now fighting a 10-year insurgency against Karzai’s government.

Pakistan says groups of Pakistani Taliban sheltering in Afghanistan have infiltrated the border to resume attacks on its security forces.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/08/15/afghan-pakistani-team-to-probe-border-shelling-kabul/

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Bangladesh frees three Indians after seven months

Aug 14, 2012

AGARTALA: Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday released three Indians, who had been arrested after their speeding car crashed into the Akhaurah checkpost on the India-Bangladesh border on Dec 27 last year, officials said.

"Bangladesh immigration officials handed over the Indian youths to their Indian counterparts at the Akhaurah checkpost in the presence of officials of Tripura Police, BSF (Border Security Force) and BGB (Border Guards Bangladesh)," BSF spokesman Bhaskar Rawat told IANS.

Indian immigration officials handed over the youths to Tripura police, who later released them on bail.

The three Indian tribal youths - Bimal Debbarma, Sushanta Debbarma and Amarjit Debbarma - are aged between 26-29 years.

"They had been arrested by Bangladeshi police for entering the territory illegally," the BSF official said. The checkpost is 2 km from Agartala.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bangladesh-frees-three-Indians-after-seven-months/articleshow/15495200.cms

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Indian Govt ‘surprised’ over the influx of Pak Hindus

 August 15, 2012

INDIA, surprised by the recent development of a large number of Pakistani Hindus desiring to stay back in the country, wants to ascertain the reason behind this.

The Indian High Commission at Islamabad had issued visas to Pakistani Hindus wanting to visit the country as in the case of any other Pakistani national. However, senior government sources on Tuesday expressed surprise over the request by many of those visiting Hindus to seek refuge in India and not return. “ This has been an element of surprise for all of us. Last year too we had visitors, but there was no influx apart from one particular case,” a senior source said.

However, the Hindu families, who have communicated their desire to stay only through the media, are yet to approach the Indian government.

Sources said the request and its implications would be looked into only after they approach the government.

Commenting on India’s overall refugee policy, the sources said by and large India does not send back people fleeing persecution but deals on a case by case basis.

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58,000 Bangladeshis went missing in India in 3 years

Aug 15, 2012

NEW DELHI: Actual figures of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are a political hot potato. But, official data revealed a disturbing trend, where over 58,000 Bangladeshi citizens came to India and became traceless in the past three years. Bangladeshis were also found to be the worst offenders among foreigners as far as overstaying in India was concerned. Data, shared by the government in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, showed that as many as 82,585 Bangladeshis did not voluntarily return to their country between January 2009, and December 2011.

Though they all had visited India using their valid travel documents, they chose not to go back. Alarmed over their overstay, the government machineries did swing into action. But, only 23,653 out of total 82,585 Bangladeshi citizens could be traced and deported, leaving the whereabouts of 58,932 of them unknown.

The figure assumes significance amid debate over status of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the backdrop of the recent violence in Assam, where 77 people were killed in ethnic clashes between Bodo tribals and Muslims. In a written response to a Parliament question, the home ministry disclosed that 21,274 Bangladeshi nationals did not return to their country last year as compared to 28,667 in 2010 and 32,644 in 2009. Deportation figures revealed that 6,761 were sent back in 2011 as against 6,290 in 2010 and 10,602 in 2009.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/58000-Bangladeshis-went-missing-in-India-in-3-years/articleshow/15498378.cms

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Sarabjit expresses doubts over food being served to him in jail

Aug 15, 2012

AMRITSAR: Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner in Pakistan's Kot Lakhpat jail, has expressed doubts over quality of food being served to him in jail.

Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur, who received a letter from Sarabjit through his counsel Awais Sheikh who arrived in India on Tuesday to participate in the 'Hind-Pak Dosti Mela', told TOI that Sarabjit had complained of pain in his left leg, which he believed could be due to some adulteration in food.

"He has written that his left leg is drying and he suspects it could be due to food being served to him in jail," she said. Alarmed over his health and any possible connivance in jail, Dalbir Kaur has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to instruct the Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad to immediately visit Kot Lakhpat jail and get Sarabjit's medical examination done.

"I don't firmly say that he is in danger, but according to his letter, the jail food being served to him needs to be examined and Sarabjit should get best medical treatment," she said. Dalbir Kaur said that Sarabjit had written that jail staff would laugh at him when he asked them to give medicines. She said that Sarabjit Singh had informed her that jail superintendent had also banned his meetings with Indian prisoners, which used to take place on every Saturday and Sunday. She said Sarabjit had asked to put pressure on the Pakistan government through political channel for his release.

In another letter written to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Sarabjit Singh had appealed her to help his family members in India get visa so that they could visit Pakistan to meet him in jail.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sarabjit-expresses-doubts-over-food-being-served-to-him-in-jail/articleshow/15501579.cms

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India willing to give asylum to Hindus from Pak

Aug 15, 2012

NEW DELHI: India would be open to giving asylum to Hindus from Pakistan if they ask for it. Some 250-odd Hindus have arrived recently and most are keen on seeking permanent residence in India as they fear persecution in Pakistan.

India is "surprised" at the sudden influx of Hindus from Pakistan who have indicated that they will ask for asylum after arriving here for an annual pilgrimage or tourism visit, said government sources. In the past week, at least three batches of Hindus have come to India from Pakistan.

Although they were made to sign documents promising to return before being allowed to cross into India, many of them have said they would ask for asylum here.

If these Hindus approach the government — sources said they had not yet done so — it would be an inter-ministerial decision. However, sources said "India does not generally turn away asylum seekers."

The plight of Hindus in Pakistan has figured in Parliament with BJP leader Rajnath Singh forcefully raising the religious and human rights violations the community faces in the neighbouring country. He found the support of other parties with BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab saying India should offer shelter to Hindus migrating from Pakistan. Mahtab said Pakistan has been unable to protect its minorities.

Migration of Hindus an embarrassment for Pakistan

The plight of Hindus in Pakistan figured in Parliament on Tuesday with BJP leader Rajnath Singh forcefully raising the religious and human rights violations the community faces in the neighbouring country.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-willing-to-give-asylum-to-Hindus-from-Pak/articleshow/15499985.cms

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Indian Embassy in Riyadh to hold Independence Day ceremony

15 August 2012

On the occasion of the Independence Day of India, a colorful flag hoisting ceremony will take place today at the Indian Embassy premises (Diplomatic Quarters) in Riyadh. The flag hoisting will be followed by the reading of the message of Indian president by Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao, who will also greet his compatriots on this occasion and interact with them during the function.

“All Indian nationals including persons of Indian origin and friends of India are cordially invited to attend the function,” said Surinder Bhagat, a spokesman of the Indian embassy, here yesterday.

The customary open house reception after the ceremony is not being held this year in view of the holy month of Ramadan, said Bhagat. He pointed out that Ambassador Rao will hoist the national flag at 8:30 am at the embassy premises. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah will also organize national day celebrations that will begin at 9 am. The flag in Jeddah will be hoisted by the consul general and he will read out the Indian president’s message there.

The event is expected to be attended by about 1,000 people in Riyadh. A number of Indian diplomats, heads of the Indian public sector organizations operating in Saudi Arabia, prominent businessmen and a large number of Indian workers will participate in the independence day celebrations in Riyadh and Jeddah.

http://www.arabnews.com/indian-embassy-riyadh-hold-independence-day-ceremony

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Kite-maker on Indo-Pak post who 'flies' national heroes

Aug 15, 2012

AMRITSAR: On the famous National Highway 1, just short of a few kilometres from the Indo-Pak border, a 46-year-old man is pasting an assortment of — loin-cloth donning Gandhi, moustache-twirling Chandrashekhar Azad and — on some colourful Chinese papers.

Dozens of mini-caricatures of India's other freedom fighters suspend from nails hammered on the walls of his small house. Deftly using his hands on the tool box containing saw, knives, a pair of scissors, homemade gum, he snips the papers and slices bamboo strips.

The volume dial on the tape-recorder next to him is then twisted towards the maximum, blaring out jingoistic songs. "The kites are ready. Let our national heroes fly forever in the skies," he rejoices.

For the past 34 years, Jagmohan Kanojia has quietly turned his nationalism into a regular kite making, attracting gaze from both Indian and foreign tourists flocking to Attari to see the retreat ceremony.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Kite-maker-on-Indo-Pak-post-who-flies-national-heroes/articleshow/15503423.cms?

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Narendra Modi accuses Manmohan Singh of 'dual standards' on Bangladeshi infiltration, Mumbai violence

Aug 15, 2012

JUNAGADH: Terming Prime Minister's Independence Day speech as disappointing, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday questioned his silence on the Mumbai violence and asked him to clarify his government's policy on the issue of Bangladeshi infiltrators.

He also accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of adopting "dual standards" with regard to incidents in Assam and Mumbai in his 66th Independence Day speech here.

"The infiltration of Bangladeshis in India is becoming a issue of concern. Assam (violence) is just a small example of it becoming a major problem for the nation," Modi said.

"Prime Minister, the country wants to know what are you thinking about Bangladeshi infiltration. What are your policies? Will Bangladeshis have a sway in India," Modi said.

Accusing the PM of adopting dual standards, he said, "Why the Prime Minister has remained silent on the violence in Mumbai, while he expressed remorse on the violent protests in Assam? Why this dual standards ? How can a Prime Minister of a country be mum on such a serious incident."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Narendra-Modi-accuses-Manmohan-Singh-of-dual-

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Situation in Jammu and Kashmir not conducive to revoking AFSPA: Omar Abdullah

Aug 15, 2012

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesdau said the situation in the state had not reached a point where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) can be revoked.

"I have no hesitation in saying that we wanted to reach a position where we could revoke the AFSPA from some areas of the state. But, unfortunately, we have not reached that point yet," Omar said in his Independence Day address at the Bakshi stadium here.

The chief minister, however, said the AFSPA revocation issue has not been closed as the dialogue on the matter was going on with the ministry of defence and the Army.

"The process (of revocation) has not stopped as the dialogue on the matter is ongoing," Omar said.

He expressed confidence that the controversial law will be revoked within the tenure of the National Conference-Congress coalition government, headed by him.

"I reiterate what I said on the floor of the assembly that AFSPA will be revoked within the tenure of this government," he added.

Referring to his tenure so far, Omar said during the last three-and-half years, the state has seen "some good days and some bad days".

"However, due to the total cooperation of the people we are now witnessing one of the most peaceful times that the state has witnessed during the 22 years," he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Situation-in-Jammu-and-Kashmir-not-conducive-to-revoking-AFSPA-Omar-Abdullah/articleshow/15503465.cms

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Citizenship remains a distant dream for Pak Hindus

Aug 15, 2012

JALANDHAR: While Hindu families from Pakistan have recently hinted at settling down in India, the ordeal of those who migrated about a decade or more back has still not ended. The much coveted Indian citizenship continues to elude them.

"We have yet to taste real freedom. As of now, our movement is restricted and if we need to move out of Jalandhar, we have to take permission from police," says Ashok Kumar who migrated from Sialkot along with his family and relatives in 1999. The trigger, he recalls, was the forced conversion of his brother's daughter to Islam. When the opportunity came to visit India for a relative's wedding in 1999, he and his sister decided to move for good. "My two brothers were still there (in Pakistan). One died two years back and we could not attend his cremation," says Ashok, who works as a supervisor in a sports goods manufacturing unit here.

The predicament of Kale Ram, who migrated in 2006 and now lives in Basti Bawa Khel, is worse. His elder daughter and son, who did their 10th and 9th respectively, have not been able to pursue their studies further. "The officials demanded school leaving certificates and residence proof. We had none to give. The other condition was that my children start from class 1. But that was also not possible, so both discontinued their studies," he says. His daughter Kiran Shehzaadi, 22, stays home and does some stitching work to help her father, while son Ashn Kumar, 20, works as a daily wager.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Citizenship-remains-a-distant-dream-for-Pak-Hindus/articleshow/15500681.cms

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Gunfire follows sweets across India-Pakistan border

 August 15, 2012

Hours after exchange of sweets and greetings on the India-Pakistan border between troops of the two sides, Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday fired at the Indian forward post in Samba sector, violating ceasefire for seventh time in the past 11 days.

“There was small arms firing at Indian Border Out Post (BoP) of Pansar along International Border in Samba sector around late this afternoon,” a senior BSF officer said.

Firing by Pakistan rangers started around 3.30 p.m. and was on intermittently, the officer said, adding that BSF troops guarding the borderline replied back.

There was no injury or damage caused in this firing on this side, he said.

There were 31 ceasefire violations this year followed by 51 cases in 2011, 44 cases of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir were registered in 2010 and 28 in 2009.

The recent firings and ceasefire violations by Pakistan came close on the heels of detection of a 400-meter-long tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba sector on July 28, 2012 and subsequent lodging of strong protest over the tunnel issue on July 31, 2012.

“All activities across LoC are continuously monitored. Measures like strengthening of defences, deployment and military modernisation are factored into our plans,” officials said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3775645.ece

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Death row convict Sarabjit fears for life in Pak, writes to Sonia Gandhi

 Aug 15 2012

Amritsar : Sarabjit Singh, the death row convict in Pakistan, has claimed that there was a threat to his life in jail.

Sarabjit, who is currently lodged in Kot Lakhpathrai Jail of Pakistan, has expressed the fear for his life in a letter addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

He has alleged that jail authorities were serving him “unhygienic” food, which was “difficult to eat”, and he was being mistreated.

Sarabjit's counsel Awais Sheikh, who has recently filed a fresh mercy petition before the Pakistan President to commute the convict's death sentence, brought his letters to India.

He has sent different letters through Sheikh for Congress president Sonia Gandhi, sister Dalbir Kaur and daughter Poonam.

Sarabjit suspected that there were some “wrong contents in the food deteriorating his health day by day”, and a severe pain was developing in one of his legs.

Sheikh claimed that during a meeting with Sarabjit recently in the Kot jail, he himself tasted the food which was of poor quality and couldn't be eaten by human being.

Sarabjit also alleged that he was being “ill-treated” in the jail by staff as “taunting: by jail officials has become a routine matter.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/death-row-convict-sarabjit-fears-for-life-in-pak-writes-to-sonia-gandhi/988721/

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'Progress in bilateral dialogue shows India, Pak's desire for peace'

Aug 15 2012

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed hope that "progress" made by India and Pakistan on bilateral dialogue will help in realising the goal of peace and progress of the two countries.

In his message to his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari yesterday on their Independence Day, he said, "It gives me pleasure to note the progress in bilateral dialogue, a reflection of the strong desire of our people for peace and harmony.

"I am confident that the success of our sustained efforts would result in mutually beneficial cooperation for our peoples to realize the shared goals of peace, progress and prosperity."

Greeting the people and the government of Pakistan on the occasion of Independence Day, Mukherjee said, "On behalf of the people and the government of India, I have the pleasure of conveying our greetings and felicitations to the people and the government of Pakistan on the occasion of your Independence Day."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/progress-in-bilateral-dialogue-shows-india-paks-desire-for-peace/988723/

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Pakistan govt refuses Hindus to celebrate its Independence Day at Mazar-e Qaid

Aug 15, 2012

AMRITSAR: Pakistan government reportedly prevented as many as 500 Hindu families comprising of men, women and children to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day at the Mazar-e-Qaid (tomb of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah) at Karachi on August 14.

After being refused to enter inside the precincts of tomb the Hindu's sat on road in protest and offered prayers for their country from outside the gate of tomb.

This was for the first time that a large number of Hindu's had decided to hold a big function to celebrate their Independence Day , said President of Pakistan Hindu Seva, a NGO, Sanjash S Dhanja while talking to TOI on Wednesday.

Patron of Pakistan Hindu Seva, Mukhi Odhamal informed that Hindus were always treated as second citizens of Pakistan. He said more than 500 Hindu families had gathered at the VIP entrance of Mazar-e-Qaid to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day but they were stopped by the security officials to enter the tomb complex. He said they had even obtained the permission to enter from VIP gate from the management committee of Mazar-e-Qaid.

He said many other persons were going inside tomb complex from same gate but at Hindus were barred from entering. "We requested to the security officials but they didn't listen to us," he said.

In protest Pak Hindu's sat at the street and protested in support of their demand of seeking equal rights. He said they tried to persuade the security officials that they would approach the higher officials and even inform media .

"Our leaders Pandit Vijay Maharaj Gowsawami and Rajesh Kumar Pandit, from Islamabad, offered prayers for our prosperity and development of our motherland from outside gate of the Mazar-e-Qaid," said Dhanja. He, however said, Hindus at times feel that they didn't have equal rights in their country and questioned, then where should they go?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-govt-refuses-Hindus-to-celebrate-its-Independence-Day-at-Mazar-e-Qaid/articleshow/15503550.cms

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Kayani signals bigger battle on terror

ANITA JOSHUA

 August 15, 2012

Indications of an army operation in North Waziristan

In an Independence Day speech that is being interpreted in certain quarters as an indication of the military’s willingness to launch an operation in North Waziristan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Tuesday sought to take full ownership of the war on terror, adding that no state can afford a parallel system.

“The fight against extremism and terrorism is our own war and we are right in fighting it. Let there be no doubt about it, otherwise we will be divided and taken towards civil war. Our minds should be clear on this,” Gen. Kayani said while addressing the Azadi Parade at the Military Academy in Kakul; a stone’s throw away from the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.

While making out a case for fighting terrorism, the COAS said: “We realise that the most difficult task for any army is to fight against its own people. But this happens as a last resort.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3772091.ece

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Pakistan’s Undying Love for Televangelists

August 15, 2012 

Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain returns this Ramadan to win the blindly obeying hearts and minds of Pakistani citizens

A plethora of delusional televangelists can be found across Pakistan’s media landscape. A cursory flick through the nation’s channels during the holy month of Ramadan reveals all manner of self-styled religious scholars giving the feeble minded advice on issues ranging from preferential trouser length to whether it’s alright to work alongside women. Foremost amongst these for quite some years now has remained mini-fatwa specialist, Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

In Pakistan last summer, an aunty of mine would practically perform wudhu, ablutions, and don a headscarf prior to tuning in to his show – Alim Online – every night, where Dr Sahib could be found adorned in sparkly sherwanis, imparting knowledge to the masses. It wouldn’t take long for the eminent scholar to be wailing, shaking, with hands pointed towards the heavens, making supplications for the population. Millions nationwide, transfixed by his seeming piety would wipe tears from their eyes in unison. Laughing at the spectacle, I was regularly tutted at for failing to show respect – for close to God this man assuredly was. Could I not see the noor, heavenly light, emanating from his face? Had I not heard of the miracles? Take, for example, his doctorate in Islamic studies, which he was able to complete within three weeks of finishing his master’s degree. ‘Subhan’Allah!’ I hear you scream.

Full report at:

http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2012/08/15/pakistan%E2%80%99s-undying-love-for-televangelists/

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Bugti killing: Pakistani court issues non-bailable arrest warrants against Pervez Musharraf, others

Aug 15, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today issued non-bailable arrest warrants for several persons, including former President Pervez Musharraf, who have been accused of involvement in the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti.

Judge Nawaz Khan Barakzai of the anti-terrorism court in Sibi city of Balochistan province expressed anger at the police's failure to produce the accused.

He directed police to arrest and present the accused in his court during the next hearing on September 5.

Besides Musharraf, the other accused in the case include former premier Shaukat Aziz, former federal Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, former Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousuf, former Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani and former provincial Home Minister Shoaib Nosherwani.

Former Chief Minister Yousuf has been granted bail by the Balochistan High Court up to September 3 while former Interior Minister Sherpao has been granted transit bail by the Peshawar High Court.

Bugti was killed during a military operation that was ordered by Musharraf in 2006.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bugti-killing-Pakistani-court-issues-non-bailable-arrest-warrants-against-Pervez-Musharraf-others/articleshow/15506649.cms

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Pakistani Taliban warns 'un-Islamic' NGOs to shut down offices in Khyber Agency

15 Aug 2012

Islamabad, Aug 15 (ANI): The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has asked all the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to close down their offices in Khyber Agency within a week or face the consequences.

According to sources, the TTP distributed pamphlets in Landikotal bazaar, threatening NGOs' that their offices would be targetted if the "un-Islamic" businesses were not stopped.

"They (America and non-Muslims) don't want us to remain Muslims and want to take away the veil from our women. The NGOs hire women who work alongside the men in the field and in offices and this is totally un-Islamic and unacceptable," The News quoted the TTP, as saying in the pamphlet.

The TTP held NGOs responsible for promoting obscenity and liberalising the society. They warned the NGOs to stop so-called women's rights programmes and leave the area.

Two employees of NGOs from Landikotal and Jamrud said they quit their jobs as they had received several threatening calls from unknown persons.

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/08/15/100-Pakistani-Taliban-warns-un-Islamic-NGOs-to-shut-down-offices-in-Khyber-Agency.html

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Pak's nukes might fall into hands of terrorist: Panetta

Aug 15, 2012

WASHINGTON: US defence secretary Leon Panetta fears that there is a danger of Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists if terrorism is not controlled in the country.

"The great danger we've always feared is that if terrorism is not controlled in their country, than those nuclear weapons could fall into the wrong hands," Panetta told reporters at a Pentagon news conference here on Tuesday.

Panetta was responding to questions on a recent congressional report which said Pakistan is increasing its nuclear capabilities, which are mainly targeted towards India.

"When I talk to the Pakistanis, I've always stressed the fact that we should have common cause with regards to confronting terrorism; that terrorists not only represent a threat to our country, terrorism represents a real threat to their country as well," he said.

"A lot of Pakistanis have died as a result of terrorism. A lot of members of their military have died as a result of terrorism. And it's important for them to recognize that threat and to act against that threat. And in particular, it's important because they are a nuclear power," Panetta said.

In a recent report, the Congressional Research Service had said that Pakistan is increasing its production of nuclear weapons and improving the delivery mechanism of nuclear weapons, which is mainly targeted towards India.

The multiple attacks on Pakistani military facilities in recent years by terrorists heightened the fears in the West that nuclear weapons can fall into the hands of of terrorists.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Paks-nukes-might-fall-into-hands-of-terrorist-Panetta/articleshow/15503071.cms

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Pak frees 55 Indian fishermen

 August 15, 2012

Pakistan today freed 55 Indian fishermen from a jail in the southern port city of Karachi as a gesture of goodwill on the occasion of India’s Independence Day.

The fishermen were released from Landhi Jail in Karachi.

They will be sent to Lahore to be repatriated via the Wagah land border tomorrow, sources said.

Most of the fishermen are from Gujarat.

The decision to release them was made by the government as a goodwill gesture in view of India’s Independence Day, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

Pakistan had released 315 Indian fishermen, including 14 teenagers, in June.

Over 80 Indian fishermen are still in Pakistani jails while some 120 Pakistani fishermen are in Indian jails.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/article3774930.ece

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Landmine explosion kills security personnel, injures three

 August 15, 2012

PARACHINAR: At least one security personnel was killed and three others injured when a landmine exploded in Pakistan’s northwestern Kurram tribal region. Meanwhile, two people were injured due to a remote-controlled blast targeting a passenger vehicle, DawnNews reported.

According to political administration officer Amin Khan, security personnel fell prey to a planted landmine while on a regular patrol in Saragarhi area of central Kurram agency. One of the personnel was killed while three others were wounded.

The injured were shifted to CMH Hospital where sources said one of them was in critical condition.

Meanwhile, a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a passenger vehicle in lower Kurram Agency’s Bugzai area. The blast injured three people, who were shifted to Tehsil Alizai Hospital.

Several militant groups are active in Pakistan’s northwestern semi-autonomous tribal regions, near the border with Afghanistan, including the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its offshoots, responsible for many of the bombings across the country in recent years.

http://dawn.com/2012/08/15/landmine-explosion-kills-security-personnel-injures-three/

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Pir Pagara to begin first political tour after father’s death

 August 15, 2012

BADIN: The spiritual leader of Hurs and chief of Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) Pir Sibghatullah Shah, well known as Pir Pagara, was making his first political tour after the death of his father.

He was expected to arrive in Tando Mohammad Khan today where former senior provincial minister Mir Aijaz Ahmed Khan Talpur and his family would announce joining the PML-F.

Speaking to Dawn.com, PML-F Sindh chapter secretary general Imtiaz Ahmad Shaikh said that Pir Pagara in his first political tour would also address a public gathering and would chalk out further visits including in Punjab and other programs after Eidul Fitr.

He also claimed that Magsis of Tando Allah Yar were also likely to join the PML-F.

Former provincial minister and PML-F leader Syed Ali Bux alias Pappoo Shah termed the joining of Mirs as a great achievement for the people of Badin and Tando Mohammad Khan districts.

Mir Inayat Talpur, the district nazim of Tando Mohammad Khan and former PML-N MPA Mir Ali Nawaz Talpur, confirmed their joining of the Functional League, saying the PML-F was emerging as the alternative political force in the country.

http://dawn.com/2012/08/15/pir-pagara-to-begin-first-political-tour-after-fathers-death/

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Sindh chief minister dismisses reports about migration of Hindus

 August 15, 2012

* Qaim says Hindu girls embrace Islam, marry on their own will

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday reiterating his stance categorically stated that there was no truth in the reports of migration of Hindu families from the province to India and termed it mere a propaganda.

“Sindh government has formed two committees and the third one by President Asif Zardari, who are probing the issue and are in touch with Hindu community in different cities and towns,” he said while talking to media after attending the flag-hoisting ceremony along with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, cabinet members, civil and military officials at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam to mark the 66th Independence Day.

Shah said: “The Hindu community people have been visiting India for pilgrimage or meeting their relatives and are later returning back to home towns.”

The chief minister said they had been given maximum facilities here. “Sindh cabinet has three members from Hindu community. We have done legislation for their betterment and many more laws are being framed.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\15\story_15-8-2012_pg7_28

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Southeast Asia

 

Between Ritual and Reality, New Role for Islam

Ahmad Najib Burhani | August 15, 2012

During this month of Ramadan, people can see both the intensity of religiosity and the performance of piety. A lot of people fast for the whole month, recite the Koran every day and observe the tarawih prayer every night. Television and radio stations, malls and offices broadcast or organize programs with religious content.

However, anytime we witness the intensity of religiosity and performance of piety, we see gaps between piety and social solidarity — between rituals and social reality. Ramadan should be a month for reflection, social solidarity and refraining from worldly pleasure, but many people express their religiosity excessively to the point of disturbing other people.

In the morning, for instance, when the best time for sahur, the predawn meal, is 4 a.m., some Muslims try to wake people with loudspeakers from as early as 2 a.m. In the evening they also recite the Koran using loudspeakers until midnight. There are also stories of people throwing away their food just because they have to stop eating when they hear the call of imsak, the end of sahur. Then, in the morning, scavengers search dumpsters for their breakfast.

It is this discrepancy between religious practices and social phenomena that was the main concern of the late Moeslim Abdurrahman, the Islamic scholar who died last month. His thoughts and activities were discussed at the Abdurrahman Wahid Center at the University of Indonesia last week, and compared with two other prominent Muslim intellectuals, Nurcholish Madjid and Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid.

As a student of Kang Moeslim, I have long been fascinated by his way of thinking. With his so-called Islam Transformatif, Kang Moeslim tried to transform Islamic doctrines and teachings so they could be used to emancipate and empower the mustad’afin, oppressed or marginalized people.

Different from Nurcholish “Cak Nur” Madjid, who emphasized “Islamic reform” in all his endeavors, Kang Moeslim’s main concern was “social reform” since he believed our real problem was related to social injustice. Also different from Cak Nur and Gus Dur, the subjects of his thoughts and activities were neither members of the urban middle class nor santri and pesantren, but the impoverished and marginalized, such as farmers, lower-class workers, beggars and prostitutes.

Back to the problem of discrepancies between piety and social injustice, the question is how to transform religion and make it useful to alleviate poverty, social subordination and discrimination, instead of creating social problems — as sometimes seen during Ramadan. Beginning in the 1980s, Kang Moeslim proposed three interrelated methods for dealing with this issue: ta’wil (hermeneutics, or text interpretation), the use of critical theories and new social movements.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/between-ritual-and-reality-new-role-for-islam/538270

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Indonesian Red Cross to Channel Aid for Rohingya

Ismira Lutfia | August 15, 2012

The Indonesian Red Cross said on Tuesday that it was trying to coordinate relief efforts pledged from Indonesia for the thousands of ethnic Rohingya facing bloody sectarian violence in Myanmar.

Aulia Arriani, a spokeswoman for the organization known as the PMI, said several Islamic charity groups had expressed an interest in sending food and medical supplies to the Rohingya community, including Dompet Dhuafa, Mer-C, the National Alms Agency (Baznas) and the Quick Response Team.

“The PMI is merely providing options for the humanitarian organizations wishing to provide assistance to the Rohingya refugees to do so under the coordination of the PMI and the OIC,” Aulia said, referring to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

“The relief effort must be coordinated with the host government and the Red Cross.”

At previous meetings with the PMI, the humanitarian groups pledged help ranging from relief supplies to offers of homes.

The OIC recently announced it had received permission from the Myanmar government to assist the Muslim Rohingya displaced by sectarian violence.

It said the approval came following talks in Yangon on Friday between a delegation from the pan-Islamic body and President Thein Sein on the “deplorable humanitarian situation in Rakhine state.”

Saudi King Abdullah announced on Saturday a grant of $50 million for the Rohingya, according to a report from the country’s news agency, SPA reported. He described them as victims of “several rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement.”

Violence between Myanmar’s majority Buddhists and the Rohingya has left at least 80 dead since the fighting broke out in June.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesian-red-cross-to-channel-aid-for-rohingya/538354

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Mideast Asia

 

11 Found Slain, Including Ranger, at Park in Kazakhstan

By ANNA KORDUNSKY

 August 15, 2012

MOSCOW — A forest ranger and 10 other people were found stabbed to death this week in a national park in Kazakhstan about 24 miles from the country’s largest city, Almaty, and not far from the border with Kyrgyzstan, Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday.

The victims, including members of the ranger’s family and some of his co-workers, were found Monday night and Tuesday morning in two locations, and officials said some of the bodies had been burned.

Officials said they had identified six of the victims, including the ranger, Panayot Zaharopulo, 76, who worked in Ile-Alatau State National Park, and a woman who was described as his common-law wife. All appeared to have died of multiple stab wounds.

Officials said a car at the scene, with bloodstains inside, belonged to a son of Mr. Zaharopulo. They said the son was missing.

Mr. Zaharopulo’s house showed no signs of forced entry, and no valuables were taken, officials said. No suspects were identified.

The 500,000-acre Ile-Alatau park was created in 1996 to preserve the ecosystem of the northern slope of the Tian Shan mountains, according to the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Zaharopulo had previously drawn attention for his long-term fight against poaching and illegal logging in the area.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/world/asia/kazakhstan-park-ranger-found-slain-with-10-others.html?ref=asia

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Attack on Yemen Defense Ministry kills 5

 August 15, 2012

SANAA: Five people died Tuesday when soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen’s ousted president attacked the Defense Ministry in Sanaa, clashing with the guards, military officials said.  

The clash was part of an increasingly violent challenge to new presidential orders to restructure the military.

Soldiers from the Republican Guards, led by ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son, were protesting a presidential decree that put some of the force’s units under presidential or regional oversight.

It was the second time in less than a week that the ministry has been besieged by his forces.

The military officials said the attacking soldiers used automatic rifles and grenades. Troops responded, and the clashes killed one attacker, two ministry guards and two civilians.

The officials were speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/08/15/attack-on-yemen-defense-ministry-kills-5/

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Netanyahu picks new security minister as Iran strike debated

 August 15, 2012

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose a former security chief on Tuesday as his new civil defence minister amid heightened public debate over a possible strike on Iran.

Avraham Dichter, who has served as internal security minister and head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has said in the past he would prefer Israel not to go it alone in any attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Washington has urged Israel to allow more time for diplomacy to rein in Iran’s nuclear programme, which Tehran says is peaceful. But Israeli officials have said lagging talks by major powers with Iran to reduce its uranium enrichment have given Tehran more time to come closer to developing a nuclear weapon. Israeli commentators described Dichter, 59, as close to both Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, the two top decision-makers in any future military action against Iran. Dichter was a member of the elite commando unit where they once served. Confirming the appointment, Netanyahu said Dichter “will now have an important assignment to assist in what he has been involved in all his life, contributing to state security.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\15\story_15-8-2012_pg14_1

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Enlisting From Afar for the Love of Israel

By JODI RUDOREN

 August 15, 2012

LOD, Israel — Three days into Josh Warhit’s first-ever visit to Israel, as a 16-year-old on a summer tour, war broke out in Lebanon, which transformed the group’s itinerary — and his life plan. On Tuesday, with talk rampant about the possibility of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran, Mr. Warhit became a citizen of Israel to enlist in its army.

“Our parents were freaking out,” Mr. Warhit, now 22, recalled of that first trip during the war against Hezbollah. “It only made us more thirsty. I love the Jewish people. Love involves commitment. Right now we need people to commit.

“Of course it’s scary,” he added, regarding Iran, “but if you feel a commitment, that’s the thing to do.”

Mr. Warhit, who grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Rochester after spending several summers in Israel, was one of 127 soldiers-to-be who landed Tuesday morning at Ben-Gurion International Airport here. They arrived after a week of intense media speculation that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities was increasingly likely, though the premier enemy of the moment was not mentioned by name during a hero’s welcome that included a live band, balloon hats and a speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/world/middleeast/lone-soldiers-arrive-in-israel-to-

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Families of Slain Iranian Scientists Sue Israel

 August 15, 2012

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Families of Iran's slain nuclear scientists have filed a lawsuit against Israel, the U.S. and Britain accusing them of involvement in the assassination of their loved ones.

Rahim Ahmadi Roshan, father of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the slain chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, told a press conference in Tehran Wednesday that the families have demanded Iran's judiciary to pursue their complaint through international bodies and bring those behind the killings to justice.

"We've filed an indictment against the Zionist regime and the arrogant powers," Roshan told reporters."(The judiciary) is to pursue this case with the relevant international bodies."

Iran's state television broadcast purported confessions earlier this month by 14 suspects in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists since 2010.

The TV also showed pictures from a military garrison it said was a training camp outside Tel Aviv in Israel. It said the suspects took courses there, including how to place magnetic bombs on cars — the method used in the killing of the scientists.

The suspects also acknowledged in the purported confessions that they received training in Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/15/world/middleeast/ap-iran-nuclear.html?_r=1&hp

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Arab World

 

Egypt: 14 Sentenced in Sinai Attack

 August 15, 2012

An Egyptian court sentenced to death 14 people it said were Islamist militants for a deadly attack on a police station in North Sinai last year, a court official said Tuesday. The ruling may add to tension in the region bordering Israel, where fighting between security forces and militants has intensified since Aug. 5, when 16 border guards were killed in an attack also attributed to Islamists.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/world/middleeast/egyptian-court-sentences-14-in-

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Egypt’s Morsi faces lawsuit over removal of power curbs

 August 15, 2012

CAIRO: An Egyptian court is to hear the first legal challenge to a decree issued by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi that removed curbs on his powers imposed by the army. The challenge was filed in Egypt’s administrative court by Mohamed Salem, a lawyer who has already tried to have Morsi’s children, two of whom hold Egyptian and US passports, stripped of their Egyptian nationality. “He (Morsi) wants to bring back the totalitarian regime and create a new dictator, but from the Brotherhood,” Salem said on Tuesday. “He was sworn in based on the constitutional declaration.” The military leadership that took control of Egypt after the overthrow of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak issued its constitutional declaration in June, before Mursi won the first presidential election since Mubarak’s departure. The declaration reined in the presidency’s powers, including giving the army legislative power in the absence of parliament. The generals dissolved parliament on the basis of a court order. Morsi’s counter-decree, issued on Sunday, handed him as president the lawmaking powers taken by the army and, in principle, control over army affairs.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\15\story_15-8-2012_pg7_8

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3 hurt in blast near Damascus hotel used by U.N.

 August 15, 2012

A bomb attached to a fuel truck exploded on Wednesday outside a Damascus hotel where U.N. observers are staying in the Syrian capital, wounding at least three people, Syria’s state TV reported.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad toured the area of the blast and said none of the U.N. staff was hurt. The explosion occurred as U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was in the Syrian capital but her team is believed to be staying at a different hotel.

The blast was the latest in a series of explosions that have hit Damascus in the past months as clashes between government troops and rebels reached the Syrian capital, which had been relatively quiet since an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime erupted in March last year.

Wednesday’s explosion took place near a parking lot used by the Army command in Damascus, about 300 meters away, the state TV said.

But according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene, the blast went off inside a different parking lot, one belonging to a military compound and not the military command. The lot is near the Dama Rose Hotel, popular with the U.N. observers in Syria and where many of the mission staff are staying.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3775312.ece

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Two million faithful throng the Grand Mosque for Lailat Al-Qadr prayers

 15 August 2012

MAKKAH: More than two million Muslim faithful, including a large number of foreign pilgrims, attended taraweeh and qiyamullail prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday, despite the security arrangements for the Islamic summit.

A large number of worshippers had assembled at the mosque from the early hours of the day to perform Umrah and attend special prayers marking the Lailat Al-Qadr, a night that is better than a thousand months.

Saudi authorities had made all arrangements to ensure the security and comfort of pilgrims who have come from different parts of the world. The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques made arrangements for the supply of Zamzam water while the Makkah Municipality intensified its efforts to keep the city clean.

Haram security forces maintained law and order inside and outside the Grand Mosque and prevented people from sitting in the walkways. They also helped pilgrims to reach the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) to perform Umrah.

http://www.arabnews.com/two-million-faithful-throng-grand-mosque-lailat-al-qadr-prayers-0

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Kuwait Refers Election Law to Constitutional Court

 August 15, 2012

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's government has asked the country's Constitutional Court to determine whether its election law is legal. Opposition lawmakers fear it's a bid to undermine their strength.

Information Minister Mohammad al-Abdullah said Wednesday authorities want the court to rule on the 2006 law, which reduced the number of constituencies from 25 to five.

Al-Abdullah called the request a precaution to avert a court challenge to the next election, expected later this year.

Kuwait's parliament was suspended in June after a court declared February elections won by Islamist and other opponents unconstitutional. The previous, pro-government parliament was reinstated but failed to convene after lawmaker boycotts.

Opposition parties threaten to boycott the next election if the system is changed back. They say increasing the number of constituencies would reduce their chances to win.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/15/world/middleeast/ap-ml-

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Syrians Try to Balance Desires of Life With the Demands of a Growing War

 August 15, 2012

ALEPPO, Syria — They can be seen clinging to their parents in war-damaged dwellings across Syria, and heard crying out in response to the gunfire and artillery that boom at all hours of the day and night.

Newborns are but one sign that as the Syrian conflict has stretched on for nearly a year and a half, the country’s residents have learned to go on with life. Along with the many funerals of this staggering war, there are guilt-ridden weddings in which many invitees never make it, and births, with new arrivals entering the world under harrowing circumstances and sometimes being given the names of the departed.

Abu Mustafa named his son, born near Aleppo on July 28, after his wife’s brother, who died just days earlier in the fighting.

“This is Syria; Mustafa is dead but a new Mustafa is born,” said Abu Mustafa, a factory worker. “Most of the new babies are getting names from the dead. I know families that named them for dead fathers, uncles and other relatives. However many the regime kills, we are ready, to make new babies to replace them.”

The hope many Syrians felt in early 2011 — that rapid change was imminent amid an Arab Spring — has given way to a mix of defiance and resignation that the outcome may not be known for a while. Whereas many Syrians have sought refuge across the border in Turkey or Lebanon, putting their former lives on hold, others are pushing through sadness and fear to go on amid the fighting.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/world/middleeast/syrians-try-to-balance-lifes-desires-

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World Muslim body to suspend Syria

 August 15, 2012

MAKKAH: An emergency summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) began late Tuesday with a proposal to suspend conflict-wracked Syria, a move strongly opposed by Iran.

A draft final statement obtained by AFP said the summit “approves the suspension of Syria’s membership,” a measure recommended by a preparatory ministerial meeting held Monday in the western Saudi city of Jeddah.

The move would further isolate President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime, after Syria was suspended from the Arab League last year over its brutal crackdown on an Arab Spring-inspired revolt launched in March 2011.

The OIC represents 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and its suspension of Syria would heap pressure on Assad, who has characterized the uprising as a plot by Western and rival powers to overthrow his Iran-allied regime.

Saudi King Abdullah — who initially proposed the suspension of Syria — is presiding over the meeting held in Makkah, the holiest Islamic city.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose country has openly criticised the push to suspend Syria, is attending the extraordinary meeting and was expected to strongly oppose the move to suspend Damascus.

The draft statement says Syria should be suspended over “the obstinacy of the Syrian authorities in following the military option” to solve the crisis and the failure of a UN-Arab League peace plan brokered by Kofi Annan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/08/15/world-muslim-body-to-suspend-syria/

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‘Assad controls 30% of Syria’

Aug 15 2012

Amman : Former Syrian prime minister Riyad Hijab said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad’s government is falling apart and controls only 30 per cent of the country.

In his first public appearance since defecting to the Opposition, Hijab told a news conference in Jordan that the government’s spirits were low after struggling for 17 months to crush the revolt against Assad’s rule.

“I tell you out of my experience and the position I occupied that the regime is collapsing, morally, materially and economically. Militarily it is crumbling as it no longer occupies more than 30 per cent of Syrian territory,” he said. Hijab did not elaborate on that assertion, and took no questions from reporters. He called on other “honourable leaders” in Syria to defect as well.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 45 people, including 29 civilians, were killed in Tuesday throughout Syria while the Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said 50 people lost their lives.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/assad-controls-30-of-syria/988472/

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Syria regime on brink of collapse: Former PM

Aug 14, 2012

ALEPPO, SYRIA: Syria's former prime minister, who defected last week, said on Tuesday that the regime was collapsing and now only controlled about a third of the conflict-wracked country.

"The Syrian regime only controls 30 percent of Syria's territory. It has collapsed militarily, economically and morally," Riad Hijab told a news conference in the Jordanian capital Amman.

Hijab said he had on August 5 decided to quit his post and head for Jordan, the most high profile in a string of defections from President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which is becoming increasingly embattled as the almost 17-month conflict shows no signs of abating.

Rebels claimed on Monday they had shot down a Syrian fighter jet and captured its pilot in what would be a major coup as it battles escalating air attacks by government forces, particularly in the key northern city of Aleppo.

The government was also dealt a major blow last month when three top security officials at the heart of Assad's Alawite-led inner circle were killed in a bomb attack in Damascus claimed by the rebel Free Syrian Army.

"Syria is full of officials and military leaders who are awaiting the right moment to join the revolt," Hijab said, while urging Syria's fractured opposition to unite.

A number of senior political and military figures have abandoned the regime but until military units begin to defect en masse, analysts say the ruling core -- the Assad family and the top echelon of the military and security services remains intact.

Hijab's comments came as fresh fighting for control of key districts of Aleppo erupted while Syrian forces bombarded areas around Damascus and launched a new security operation in the capital.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-regime-on-brink-of-collapse-Former-PM/articleshow/15494372.cms

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Saudi Arabia’s support to Islamic and Arab issues part of service to Islam

NAIF AL-TURKI

15 August 2012

Saudi Arabia’s support of Islamic solidarity and its continuous attempts to reconcile between Muslims and unite their word is part of the method of serving Islam.

Since its foundation, the Kingdom took great responsibilities toward the people of the Arab and Muslim lands and toward humanity. The country’s government contributed in the foundation of four international, Islamic and Arab political organizations. It was one of the founding members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1969, Gulf Cooperation Council in 1981 and the Arab League in 1945, and was one of the 51 founding members of the United Nations in the same year.

Saudi Arabia supported these organizations’ conventions and the development of their institutions and activities with its leaders believing in its role regionally and internationally. Supporting and having an effective role in founding the most important organizations, was a concern of all successive leaders of the country since its founder King Abdul Aziz Aal Saud.

Saudi Arabia’s relief and assistance activities started with its foundation when King Abdul-Aziz set rules for humanitarian work in the country. In 1950, the first Saudi relief went to the then-flood-hit Punjab province in Pakistan. At that time the country had limited resources needed huge funds to build its infrastructure.

In 1952 in Al-Quds in Palestine, the Saudi government built a free-hospital and a school for 500 pupils that offered comprehensive care including medical treatment and social services in addition to education. For the school King Abdul-Aziz allocated an annual amount of $100,000.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-support-islamic-and-arab-issues-part-service-islam

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With all due respect to the leaders of the Muslim world, sedition is not unavoidable destiny

Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Saeed

 14 August 2012

First and foremost, we should thank Almighty Allah for enabling you to gather around His Sacred House during these blessed Ramadan nights. We hope that Allah will help you better serve your nations.

Leaders of the Muslim World:

We do not need to remind you that you are meeting at a turning point in the history of your nations. It is a moment in which sedition, with all its evils and tragedies, is protruding and all elements of success have been ensured for it. We do not want to hold you responsible for the emergence of sedition. Many of us, the citizens, are equally to blame for intentionally or unintentionally rekindling its fires. The result, however, is the same. Is it too late for such a talk? Has the train of sedition already started its journey or is there still an area for hope? To be honest with you we do not know but pray to Allah that there is still time for the wise and the benevolent to do what pleases Allah and what can preserve lives, souls and blood.

I will not take a long time in explaining the causes of sedition or its manifestations. I will not also indulge in futile talk about who was responsible for it. Such talk may only increase its flames. However, we want to tell you that the Ummah will judge you by the results of your meeting and can know where it is going. Instead of talking too much about sedition, its causes and consequences, we want to tell you that the reasons for optimism have not yet completely ended. Look at the world around you. It has forgotten its sectarian and racial differences and started a fabulous race towards wider horizons in which the scientific and civilization achievements synchronize with the spirit of tolerance and coexistence. Why do we go too far in this talk while there are actually among you brothers leading delegations of countries such as Turkey and Malaysia which are now role models for the values of dialogue, tolerance and sincere work. We are not dreaming when we say hope is not completely lost.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/all-due-respect-leaders-muslim-world-sedition-not-unavoidable-destiny-0

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North America

 

O.C. mosque spying case centers on alleged FBI informant

August 14, 2012

A hearing is scheduled in federal court in Santa Ana on Tuesday in a high-profile lawsuit involving the FBI’s alleged use of an informant to conduct surveillance inside Orange County mosques in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Revelations of the surveillance, said to have occurred in 2006 and 2007, sparked anger and dismay in the Muslim community when it was disclosed in 2009. Many Muslims say a climate of suspicion toward them after 9/11 has harmed their community and severely inhibited their freedoms of speech and faith.

An FBI agent testifying in a criminal trial in February 2009 said the agency had sent an informant into several Orange County mosques to collect evidence about a man accused of ties to Al Qaeda. Another man, Irvine resident Craig Monteilh, later stepped forward to claim that he had been the informant.

The lawsuit, filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union, contends that the FBI illegally targeted mainstream Muslims through its actions, violating their rights to freedom of religion.

Tuesday’s hearing is on motions by attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department who want the lawsuit dismissed, saying defending it could lead to state secrets being disclosed.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/orange-county-mosque-spying-lawsuit-court.html

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Muslim group: Republican ‘Islamophobia machine’ encouraging violent attacks

By Stephen C. Webster

 August 14, 2012

Following an acid bomb being hurled at a Muslim school in the Chicago suburb of Lombard, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told Raw Story that the number of attacks on American Muslims has escalated recently due in part to the Republican Party’s “Islamophobia machine” encouraging a tiny minority of extremists toward increasingly violent behaviors.

About 50 people were inside the Lombard school building for Ramadan prayers when the acid bomb exploded, according to area media. The unknown attacker reportedly filled a 7-Up bottle with acid and other materials, then threw it at a window. Nobody was injured, but worshipers said they heard a loud explosion when the bomb went off. CAIR asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Tuesday morning to immediately begin searching for the individual responsible.

Full report at:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/14/muslim-group-republican-islamophobia-machine-encouraging-violent-attacks/

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Interfaith witnesses show support for Muslim community

Doug Saunders, Staff Writer

  08/13/2012

CHINO - In a response to a hateful act, Interfaith Witnesses came together Monday night to show support for the Muslim community after pig parts were thrown on the driveway of a mosque.

"I was ignorant to the Muslim belief at one time," said the Reverend Jan Chase of the Unity Church of Pomona. "I finally allowed myself to learn about the religion and the people associated with that religion."

Chase added that the worshippers in the Muslim community are the same as in every other faith.

"They hold the same essential beliefs that we all do," she said. "I find the evilness and hatred associated with last week's desecration disgusting and hurtful."

Chase was speaking about the incident where someone was seen throwing pigs legs on the mosque grounds.

The incident happened two days following the slaughter at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

"We are scared and for good reason," said Faisal Qazi, a board member of the mosque. "There have been many attacks on our religion many times in the last few weeks."

Qazi was speaking about the mosque that burned to the ground in Joplin, Mo. on Aug. 6. It was the second fire to spark there within a month.

"This is enlightening to see all these faiths coming together for us," said Rachid Achmed, Al-Nur Islamic Center chairman. "This hatred has prompted a community outcry, and it's working."

Full report at:

http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_21306133/interfaith-witnesses-show-support-muslim-community

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In US, 4th mass killing in 30 days leaves 3 dead

 Aug 15, 2012

HOUSTON: Three people, including a policeman, were killed and four others injured in a deadly shootout near a top Texas university, the fourth mass shooting in the US in less than a month, including the Wisconsin gurdwara carnage.

The incident took place on Monday in College Station area near Texas A&M University when Brazos county constable Brian Bachmann went to a house to serve an eviction notice, triggering the suspect, who was inside, to open fire on him and leading the officer to call for backup, police said.

After the call from Bachmann, who later succumbed to his injuries, officers rushed to the scene and exchanged fire with the gunman, identified as 35-year-old Thomas Alton Caffall, over a 30 minute-period before he was fatally shot.

A 43-year-old man, identified as Chris Northcliff, was the third person killed in the shooting, College Station assistant police chief Scott McCollum said, adding that three other officers and a woman were injured.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/In-US-4th-mass-killing-in-30-days-leaves-3-dead/articleshow/15500496.cms

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Another blow: Zakaria faces fresh plagiarism charges

Aug 15, 2012

WASHINGTON: Columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria, who acknowledged copying parts of a magazine article last week, appears to have also published a passage from a 2005 book without attribution.

Indian-American journalist Zakaria's 2008 book, "The Post-American World," contains a quote from former Intel Corp chief executive Andy Grove about the nation's economic power.

"America is in danger of following Europe down the tubes, and the worst part is that nobody knows it," Grove said in Zakaria's book, adding: "They're all in denial, patting themselves on the back as the Titanic heads straight for the iceberg full speed ahead." According to the Washington Post, the first edition of Zakaria's book, which became a bestseller, makes no mention of the comment's source, nor does a paperback version of "Post-American World" which was published in 2009.

In fact, Grove's comment was published three years earlier in "Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Power to the East," by former commerce department official Clyde V Prestowitz. Zakaria finally acknowledged Prestowitz in the footnotes of "The Post-American World 2.0".

Zakaria defended the practice of not attributing quotes in a popular book. "As I write explicitly (in the book), this is not an academic work where everything has to be acknowledged and footnoted," he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Another-blow-Zakaria-faces-fresh-plagiarism-charges/articleshow/15500452.cms

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Taliban trying to create havoc in Afghanistan: Panetta

 Aug 15 2012

Washington : Praising the Afghan security forces, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said Taliban is trying to create havoc in the country as it is unable to regain any lost territory.

“The reality is the Taliban has not been able to regain any territory lost, and so they're resorting to these kinds of attacks to create havoc.

“There's no question it's of concern, it's dangerous and we've got to do everything we can do to try to prevent it,” referring to the recent uptake in violence inside Afghanistan, Panetta said.

“We have not and will not allow this kind of intimidation to undermine our efforts to build up the ANSF and to try to put it more and more in the lead.

“Our forces continue to partner closely in the field, and they have not let these incidents disrupt those operations,” Panetta said, noting that the recent incidents, which have now involved 31 Afghans, do not reflect the pride and dedication of the 350,000 soldiers and police of the Afghan national security forces.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/taliban-trying-to-create-havoc-in-afghanistan-panetta/988671/

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US warns Iran to stay out of Syria

 August 16, 2012

A huge bomb blast rocked the heart of Damascus yesterday as pressure mounted on the regime, with the world's largest pan-Islamic bloc poised to suspend Syria over the unrelenting violence.

The US accused Iran of setting up a pro-regime militia in Syria as Washington increasingly ties the prolonging of the conflict - now in its 18th month - to interference by its long-time foe Tehran.

A bomb ripped through a petrol tanker outside the Damascus hotel used by the UN observer mission in Syria and a military headquarters, state television reported, adding that three people had been wounded.

The Free Syrian Army claimed the attack, saying it targeted a regular operational meeting of military officers and members of the pro-government shabiha militia.

It was the latest in a series of bomb blasts that have rocked the city since President Bashar al-Assad's regime launched a brutal crackdown on dissent in March last year, including an attack that killed three top security chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, which represents 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, was poised to suspend Syria at an emergency summit last night in a move opposed by Iran, a staunch ally of the Assad regime.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League last year over its crackdown on the Arab Spring-inspired uprising that Assad has characterised as a plot by Western and rival powers to overthrow his regime.

Full report at:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/us-warns-iran-to-stay-out-of-syria/story-e6frg6so-1226451243127

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Europe

 

Russia says it is victim of Syria information war

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

 August 15, 2012

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is willing to step down, Russia’s top diplomat was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Sensational news, except that it was a fake. The source of the phony story, spread by Western news outlets, was the Saudi daily al-Watan which said Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had made the statement in a telephone interview from Moscow.

The Russian diplomat also allegedly told the al-Watan that the Syrian President's brother, Maher Assad, had been seriously injured in the explosion that killed several security officials in Damascus last month. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the report as “information provocation” and denied the interview had ever taken place.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3771524.ece

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Africa

 

Ugandans Celebrate First Medal in 40 Years

 August 15, 2012

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's only medal winner at the London Olympics cried tears of joy as hundreds of people welcomed him home on Wednesday with celebrations of music and dance in honor of the African nation's first gold since the 1972 games in Munich.

Stephen Kiprotich's victory in the men's marathon race also was Uganda's first medal of any kind since the Atlanta Olympics 16 years ago and was deeply felt by the nation. Lawmakers want to declare him a national hero and Ugandans are hailing him as a role model for their children. His boss has promised to promote him at work and $100,000 has been collected in a fundraising campaign whose goal is to collect half a million dollars for the runner's benefit.

Unknown to most Ugandans before he won in London, the 23-year-old Kiprotich returned home a star and was ushered in through the V.I.P. lounge of the Entebbe International Airport and shadowed by politicians. The athlete was saluted by a guard of honor mounted by prisons officials, the kind of treatment usually reserved for the head of state. Within hours of arriving he was whisked away for a "state breakfast" with Uganda's president.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/15/world/africa/ap-af-uganda-olympic-

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UN warns of ‘imminent’ attack on Somali rebel bastion

 August 15, 2012

NAIROBI: The United Nations warned Tuesday of an impending assault on the southern Somali port of Kismayo, the largest remaining stronghold of the country’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabab insurgents.

“Fighting for control of the town appears imminent,” said Mark Bowden, the top UN humanitarian aid official for the war-torn nation, noting reports of recent naval artillery bombardment as well as air strikes. African Union troops, Ethiopian forces and various Somali militia forces have wrested a string of towns from the hardline Shabab, with the capture of Kismayo — a crucial revenue source for the fighters — seen as a key target.

Last week Shabab officials and residents said three civilians were killed by missile strikes on the port, reportedly by a naval barrage from an unidentified ship. Several foreign navies operate anti-piracy patrols off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation, including European, US, Russian and Chinese forces.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\15\story_15-8-2012_pg4_2

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