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Islamic World News ( 29 Dec 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Sunni Muslims upset over controversial TV serial in Iran

At least 20 suspected militants killed in Kurram

At least 10 civilians dead in Afghanistan blast: NATO

Swami Agnivesh should apologise, Demand Muslims

Obama's overture to the Muslim world: Is Bangladesh left out?

NIA links SIMI to Lashkar-e-Taiba

'Mumbai-style' massacre plot foiled in Denmark

RSS and SIMI a threat to the security of the country: Amanatullah Khan

Blasphemy law: religious parties strike tomorrow

Alcoholism booms in 'dry' Pakistan, as does addiction counselling

Majlis-e-Ahrar Islam pays tribute to the martyrs of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat

Sonia the target of Vishwa Hindu Parishad

First Muslim selected in Australian Cricket Team

America’s ‘Islamophobia machine’ doing great damage

Ignorant Wahhabis Killed Fifty Imams and Muftis in North Caucasus

Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia supports terrorism in Iraq

Thirteen on trial over attack on Christians in Indonesia

Suicide bombers kill four in Iraq police station

Security forces kill 7 terrorists in Kurram

BBC stars don burqas, stir religious row

Terror-free Islamabad Police use mosques to create awareness

Book on role of Shia in Islamic Iranian civilization published

Telling bin Laden that jihad against West was a total failure shocked and upset him: Ex-Libyan jihadi

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in Christians’ Holy Book Translated in Hausa

Libyan donation to Mariam al Batool School

Iran objects to Saudi refusing visas for Quran memorizers

UAE cancels six-month visa ban for foreign workers

Bomb explodes outside Athens court

Israel's ex-president Katsav guilty of rape

Ending 15 years agony, Ugandan student leaves for home

Gilani assures NA of resolving drone strikes issue

Minor girl’s rape and murder case

FATA teachers protest community schools’ closure

Israel rabbis’ wives warn on intermarriage

'Human bomb' spills beans on all-women Taliban death squads

Clooney, Google, UN watch Sudan using satellites

Obama names envoy to Syria, bypassing Congress

Insurgents in Af-Pak team up against US

Abassiya psychiatric hospital to be listed an Islamic monument

Congregational prayers are necessary in schools

Imamia student organization rally against Karachi university blast

Simple Solutions Save Women’s Lives in Afghanistan

Disappearances With Reported Ties to Pakistan Worry U.S.

Pakistani cop moves court to reclaim ransom paid to Taliban

West quickly agreed to back Afghan resistance in 1980: British files

Acid attacker must lose eye, ear, rules Iran court

700 NATO soldiers killed in 2010; new firefights

Setback for Pak govt as another ally quits coalition

Iran has gone nuclear, claims Ahmadinejad

Islamist sect website claims Nigeria Christmas bombings

Suicide bombers blow up Iraqi police HQ, kill chief

Dhaka’s judiciary most corrupt body in country

US lauds India’s trade curbs on Iran

Sanjay Dutt to sue producer Noorani

Suicide rate rise in Kingdom alarming, warn experts

Saudi team on Paris tour to enhance rights awareness

Women seek greater role in literary clubs

NATO strikes kill Taleban in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora

Violent deaths in Iraq fall 'but at slower rate'

Compiled by New Age Isalm News Bureau

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Sunny Muslims upset over controversial TV serial in Iran

New Age Islam News Bureau

Dec 31, 2010

Dubai: Despite Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s instructions not to hurt the religious sentiments of the Sunnis, a TV serial is running on an Iranian TV channel which has evoked protests from Sunni leaders while a Sunni religious scholar has declared watching the serial on Mukhtar Saqafi haram. In the TV series titled ‘Mukhtar Nama’, the operations of the leader of an armed movement to avenge the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain have been shown. The series Mukhtar Nama or the Message of Mukhtar gives the impression that the Shia sect has been suppressed all through the Islamic history and they have been ill-treated. It should be noted that when the Umaiyyid caliph Yazid bin Amir Muawiya assumed power in 683, the Muslims had stood up against him under the leadership of Imam Hussain. Subsequently, the army of Yazid martyred him in the maidan of Karbala.

After this incident, two sects, the Shiaan-e-Ali and the majority Sunnis, had come into existence and the confrontation between them has been going on since then.

Hadhrat Imam Hussain revolted against Yazid’s government and reached Koofa via Medina and Makkah. Mukhtar Saqafi was in jail when the battle between Yazid and Imam Hussain was fought. When he came to know about what had happened with Imam Hussain in 686, he launched an armed movement to avenge the martyrdom of Hadhrat Hussain and his supporters. Therefore, Mukhtar Saqafi captured many killers of Imam Hussain and killed them.

A religious leader of the Sunnis in the state of Seeistan, Balochistan, Maulvi Abdul Hameed says that the supreme leader Ayotollah Khamenei has recently  issued a fatwa declaring insults to Sunni Muslims’ beliefs and religious personalities haram but the Iranian Radio and TV agency has ignored the fatwa thought the head of the agency is appointed by the supreme leader himself. ‘After the development how can we expect the agency to respect the fatwa’, he said. He demanded a ban on the TV serial because, according to him, many holy companions of Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) including Hazrat Zubair (R.A) have been insulted in the programme. The series consisting of 40 episodes has been directed by the Iranian director Dawood Mir and has cost a whopping 2 crore dollars. It is claimed to be the costliest TV serial in Iran.

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At least 20 suspected militants killed in Kurram

Dec 30, 2010

PARACHINAR: Helicopter gunships pounded a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region, killing at least 20 suspected insurgents, a government official said.

Jamil Khan said the army launched the strike Thursday morning in the Chinarak area of Kurram after receiving intelligence reports about insurgents gathering there.

He said the choppers also destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle.

Kurram is located near the Afghan border. Many Taliban militants escaping a Pakistan army operation in the nearby Orakzai tribal region are believed to have fled there.

It is difficult to independently confirm the clash or death tolls because access to Pakistan’s tribal belt is restricted.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/30/at-least-20-suspected-militants-killed-in-kurram.html

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At least 14 civilians dead in Afghanistan blast: NATO

Dec 30, 2010

KABUL: More than 14 Afghan civilians were killed and several others were hurt in an explosion caused by insurgents Thursday in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials said.

International forces put the death toll in the incident at more than 10, while provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP that the toll of dead and injured was 16 and the incident happened when a mini-van hit a mine.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/At-least-10-civilians-dead-in-Afghanistan-blast-NATO-/articleshow/7190272.cms#ixzz19aaA6ynQ

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Swami Agnivesh should apologise, Demand Muslims

New Age Islam News Bureau

Dec 31, 2010

Ludhiana: Recently Swami Agnivesh attended the annual conference of the Qadianis in Qadian. Speaking on the occasion, Swami Agnivesh said that he was happy to be there because he learnt about the real teachings of Islam in the  conference as he had come in the conference with a horrible image of Islam in mind. Swami Agnivesh’s statement which was published in a Urdu daily of Punjab has sparked protests from Muslims. The President of Majlis-e-Ahrar of Punjab, Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi has demanded that Swami Agnivesh should apologise to Muslims. He said that if Swami Agnivesh wants to attend the conference of the Qadianis, he was free to do that but by declaring them the representatives of Islam, he has hurt the sentiments of the Muslims worldwide. It should be noted that Swami Agnivesh is a known figure among Muslims and is often seen in programmes with the President of Jamiat Ulema Hind Maulana Mahmood Madani. The pro-Qadianism stand of Swami Agnivesh is surprising. Replying to a question, Shahi Imam said that Swami Agnivesh was an irresponsible man. He attended the conference despite his knowledge about Qadianiat.

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Obama's overture to the Muslim world: Is Bangladesh left out?

AZM Anas

Dec 30, 2010

PRESIDENT Obama wound up his 10-day, four-nation tour through Asia only last month -- a visit touted by White House as an economic mission. In Indonesia, where he spent four of his boyhood years, the President focused on development, democracy and religion, not just economics. Some of the remarks he made in the Southeast Asian country, the world's largest majority Muslim nation, have a bearing on the lives of an estimated 1.5 billion Muslim populations around the globe. In fact, the visit to Jakarta was part of his broader goal to foster a "new beginning" with Muslim countries since his Cairo odyssey. In contrast to his predecessor, Mr. Obama pledged to redefine America's relations with the Islamic world by broadening cooperation in areas such as education and science, not limiting it to merely security, in a growing recognition that stronger ties, not neglect, can make a difference.

Full report at:

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/more.php?news_id=121228&date=2010-12-29

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NIA links SIMI to Lashkar-e-Taiba

Ananthakrishnan G

Dec 30, 2010

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday linked the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to the dreaded Pakistan-based Islamic terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The NIA claimed the link between the two in a chargesheet filed against 18 activists of SIMI in the designated court in Kochi. The central investigating agency filed the chargesheet in connection with a secret meeting held by the SIMI activists in Panayuikkulam near Kochi on August 15, 2006. The case which was allegedly derailed by the Kerala police had attracted national attention forcing the government to hand it over to the NIA after a TOI report in August 2008, in the aftermath of the Jaipur and Bangalore blasts.

The case had its origin in the arrest of 5 SIMI men, who were part of the meeting held at the Happy Auditorium in Panayikkulam. Though a total of 18 SIMI men were rounded up from the venue, Kerala police mysteriously registered a case against only 5 and let off the rest. The FIR registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act named five accused – Shaduli, Ansar Moulavi, Nizamuddin, Abdul Rafeeq and Shamas.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NIA-links-SIMI-to-Lashkar-e-

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'Mumbai-style' massacre plot foiled in Denmark

Dec 30 2010

Copenhagen : Scandinavian intelligence agencies have said they had foiled a "Mumbai-style" plot by Islamic extremists to massacre staff at a Danish newspaper which published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Denmark's PET intelligence service said yesterday five suspects had been arrested, preventing an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily in which as many staff as possible would have been killed.

Four men were arrested in Denmark while a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Saepo said a fifth was arrested in Sweden in connection with the same international plot.

"It is our sense based on intelligence that this is a militant Islamic group with links to international terrorist networks," PET head Jakob Scharf told reporters.

They were planning an attack "within the next few days", the agency said in a statement.

In an email to Danish news agency Ritzau, Danish Justice Minister Lars Barfoed said the arrests prevented what could have been the most serious attack to ever occur in Denmark.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mumbaistyle-massacre-plot-foiled-in- /

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RSS and SIMI a threat to the security of the country: Amanatullah Khan

New Age Islam News Bureau

Dec 31, 2010

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former national general secretary of the BSP, Amanatullah Khan asked in a statement issued here that when it has become clear that the RSS and its affiliates are a threat to the security of the country, why the Congress-led UPA government failed to put a ban on them. He said that the failure on the part of the government to ban these parties proves that there was something fishy. Mr Amanat further said that the Congress had made it clear in it conference that the country faces threat from the saffron forces and Rahul Gandhi had said that the RSS and the SIMI were the two sides of the same coin. Morever, DIgivijay Singh has also said that the investigations into the blasts so far have revealed the names of people associated with the RSS. Rashid Alvi and other Congress leaders have also demanded a ban on it. In this situation, there is no escape route for the Congress. He said that if the Congress was making these statement with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections to woo the Muslims, it should realize that the Muslims now live in the world of reality. He demanded that the youth arrested on charges of involvement in Makkah Masjid, Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts should be released with compensation and government jobs as the real culprits had been exposed. He further said that when even Digvijay Singh has admitted that Batla House Encounter was a fake one, the government’s unwillingness to order a judicial enquiry shows that it was indeed a fake encounter. The government should not delay the inquiry otherwise the country will never forgive it, he said.

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Blasphemy law: religious parties strike tomorrow

Dec 30, 2010

RAWALPINDI: Local chapter of Tehrik-i-Tahaffuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat (TTNR) has chalked out a comprehensive plan to make the December 31 strike call against proposed amendments to the blasphemy law a success.

TTNR, a conglomerate of different politico-religious parties, in its meeting on Wednesday announced its decision to stage a demonstration at Committee Chowk on December 31 after Friday prayer.

The meeting was attended among others by local leaders of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) and Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith.

The speakers warned the government and its parliamentarians to refrain from repealing or amending the blasphemy law otherwise hundreds and thousands of people would pour into streets and roads against them.

They said that to protect the dignity of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the responsibility of the whole nation and people would not allow the government to amend the blasphemy law.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/30/blasphemy-law-religious-parties-strike-tomorrow.html

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Alcoholism booms in 'dry' Pakistan, as does addiction counselling

Dec 30 2010

Islamabad : Despite being banned in Pakistan, alcohol is easily available across the country, prompting rising alcoholism and a growing trade in clinics trying to treat middle-class patients.

Pakistan has been dry for much longer- since 1977- and drinkers risk severe punishment: 80 lashes of the whip under strict Islamic laws, the Guardian reports.

But the law is ignored, as alcohol is widely available in the country, and for those who go too far, addiction clinics offering help are quietly flourishing.

The last time a Pakistani drinker received 80 lashes was under the Islamist dictator Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s, however the culture has changed these days. Former president Pervez Musharraf made little secret of his fondness for a drink; neither does his successor, Asif Ali Zardari, the report said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/alcoholism-booms-in-dry-pakistan-as-does-addiction-

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Majlis-e-Ahrar Islam pays tribute to the martyrs of Khatm-e-Nubuwwat

New Age Islam News Bureau

Dec 31, 2010

On the second day of the celebrations of the day of the establishment of Majlis-e-Ahrar Islam Hind, a grand ceremony was organised to pay tribute to the martyrs of the finality of the Prophethood in the Jama Masjid of Ludhiana. Ahrar leaders from all over Punjab participated in the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, President Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi said that the martyrs of Khatme Nubuwwat had a very exalted place in the eyes of Allah. He further said that the martyrs had written the history of Islam with their blood. In every age, mischief mongers had hatched big conspiracies against the finality of the Prophethood but the holy believers scuttled their conspiracies and in most cases they had to lay down their lives for this cause, he said. He added it was very unfortunate that some people time and again try to play with the belief of the finality of the Prophethood and saluted those who attained martyrdom opposing the false claims of prophethood by Maselma Kazab after the death of Hadhrat Muhammad (PBUH) and the martyrs including Syed Lal Hussain who attaind martyrdom fighting against the fitna of Qadiyaniat to protect the finality of the Prophethood during the British reign.

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Sonia the target of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Threatened with Indira-like fate

New Age Islam News Bureau

Dec 31, 2010

New Delhi: The recent statement of the head of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ashok Singhal threatening her with a fate similar to that of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi hints at a conspiracy to kill Sonia Gandhi. The statement implies that the VHP has a secret squad similar to what was prepared for the assassination of Indira Gandhi and eventually she was killed. The statement that has come out of the mouth of Ashok Singhal suggests that his past has been linked to such secret operation. The tongue of the leader of the VHP which is surrounded by allegations of involvement in the demolition of Babari Masjid, Makkah Masjid and Samjhauta Express blasts is coughing out the truth gradually, showing how terrorist acts can be executed blaming them on the minorities. It can be guessed that Indira Gandhi’s assassination was aimed at creating a rift between the Congress and the Sikhs and Babri Masjid demolition was aimed at creating a rift between the Congress and the Muslims. Full report at:

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First Muslim selected in Australian Cricket Team

Dec 30, 2010

As a boy Usman Khawaja waited for the SCG gates to open so he could watch his heroes for free. On Monday he will have another priceless experience there when he plays his first Test as the injured Ricky Ponting's replacement at No 3.

Khawaja, who will become the first Muslim to receive a baggy green, moved to Australia from Pakistan when he was three and as he grew up, his family couldn't afford match tickets. So he would hang around at the entrance until the gatemen let him in for a peek at Steve Waugh and Co.

When he enters the ground over the next week he will be treated like royalty by the home fans and as a target by England. "It's been a childhood dream for me," he said at the SCG. "Ever since I can remember I wanted to play for Australia."

Khawaja, 24, is a graceful, wristy left-hander who has impressed team-mates with his calm maturity. He is already a qualified pilot and is now in charge of navigating Australia from first-drop in an Ashes Test. Not since Justin Langer in 1992-93 has a debutant stepped out at No.3.

Full report at:

http://muslimvillage.com/2010/06/22/first-muslim-selected-in-australian-cricket-test-

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America’s ‘Islamophobia machine’ doing great damage

Dec 30, 2010

WASHINGTON: A prominent Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is urging the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department not to use anti-Muslim extremists to train counterterrorism officials.

That request by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, comes following a Washington Post investigative report on post-9/11 government surveillance, which stated: "Seeking to learn more about Islam and terrorism, some law enforcement agencies have hired as trainers self-described experts whose extremist views on Islam and terrorism are considered inaccurate and counterproductive by the FBI and US intelligence agencies.”

The Post released the report on the extensive security measures entitled "Top Secret America."

The investigation was first released in July of 2010, and is a series that is being updated, with its latest installment "Monitoring America" released on Dec. 20.

As a result, Ibrahim Hooper, the Communications Director for the Council  for CAIR spoke out on Iranian TV against what he called the rising Islamophobia in the US.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article226094.ece

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Ignorant Wahhabis Killed Fifty Imams and Muftis in North Caucasus

Dec 30, 2010

Renowned islamologist Roman Silantyev cited statistics according to which about fifty Islamic spiritual leaders were killed in the North Caucuses for fighting against Wahhabism.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Renowned islamologist Roman Silantyev cited statistics according to which about fifty Islamic spiritual leaders were killed in the North Caucuses for fighting against Wahhabism.

"Almost 50 people were killed. These people could have formed a big muftiat," he said in the The Faith and the World program on the Voice of Russia radio.

According to the islamologist, there are few such people left in Russia: "they are killed almost every month, losses is some muslim boards are irreplaceable, the greater number of people who were able to actively fight against Wahhabism have been killed."

"Others are demoralized and stopped opposing or just deserted to the enemy. The situation is critical," Silantyev believes.

He is satisfied that Russian authorities ordered to give security guards to Muslim spiritual leaders in the North Caucasus, "or we can just stay without allies."

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=219049

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Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia supports terrorism in Iraq

Dec 30, 2010

Several Iraqi authorities have accused extremist Wahhabi elements in Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorist attacks in the war-wrecked country.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - "We hope that our neighboring countries do their best to help the Iraqi government control the borders and improve the security," Fawzi Tarzi of Sadr movement told a Press TV correspondent on Wednesday.

Members of Iraqi national coalition said some circles in Saudi Arabia offer financial and moral support to terrorists, who have been behind numerous attacks in the war-torn country.

They added that some religious authorities in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa that permits killing of Shia people, who make up the majority of Iraqi population, and that the Saudi government does everything possible to make the Baghdad government fail.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=219043

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Thirteen on trial over attack on Christians in Indonesia

Dec 30, 2010

JAKARTA: The chief of a violent extremist vigilante group has gone on trial with 12 others over an armed assault on Christian elders, a report said Thursday, in a case that has raised fears for pluralism in Indonesia.

Murhali Barda, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in the Jakarta suburb of Bekasi “provoked the attack” against priest Luspida Simanjuntak and Christian elder Asia Sihombing, prosecutor Priorenta was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

Simanjuntak was beaten with a stick and Sihombing stabbed as they were on their way to a service in September in Bekasi, the report said.

The FPI is known for its cosy relations with government officials and its armed attacks on moderates and minorities.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/30/417448.html

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Suicide bombers kill four in Iraq police station

Dec 30, 2010

MOSUL: Two suicide bombers on Wednesday killed four policemen in a police station in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, including an officer who oversaw a deadly raid on terrorists, security officials said.

A third bomber was shot dead before setting off his explosive belt in the attack targeting Lieutenant Colonel Shamil Ahmed Oglah, who commanded the operation last week against an al Qaeda affiliate, a police officer said. The early morning bombings killed Oglah and three other policemen, an Interior Ministry source said, and destroyed most of the police station in the Qabr al Binat area of western Mosul, according to the officer.

He said Oglah had commanded an operation in western Mosul in which a Syrian leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate, was killed, and pinned the blame for the police station bombings on al Qaeda. “The attack was carried out by al Qaeda members because the lieutenant colonel coordinated an operation against al Qaeda in the last week,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\30\story_30-12-2010_pg7_31

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Security forces kill 7 terrorists in Kurram

Dec 30, 2010

PESHAWAR: Security forces on Wednesday targeted terrorist hideouts in Kurram Agency near the Afghan border, killing seven Taliban.

A Frontier Constabulary source said that the forces launched the attack in the Chinarak area in central Kurram Agency, killing seven terrorists, injuring many others, besides destroying three hideouts, including an ammunition depot. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\30\story_30-12-2010_pg7_8

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BBC stars don burqas,stir religious row

Dec 30, 2010

London: Jeremy Clarkson has once again caused religious outrage.He and his Top Gear co-stars have been slammed after dressing up in burqas on the Boxing Day special.

Clarkson and Richard Hammond decided to dress in niqabs,a form of the burqa where everything but the eyes is covered,in order to disguise themselves on the road.They also got James May in on the act when they greeted him from hospital after he fell and hit his head on rocks in the Syrian desert.

But the joke backfired after Muslims slammed them for mocking their religion.The burqa is a symbol of religion and people should not make jokes about it in any way, Islamic extremist Anjem Choudhary said.This is not the first time Clarkson has caused a storm over a burqa.In July he told viewers he had seen a Muslim woman wearing saucy underwear beneath her gown.

Times of India

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Terror-free Islamabad Police use mosques to create awareness

By Munawer Azeem

Dec 30, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The capital police on Wednesday made announcements from all central mosques seeking public help in curbing any possible terrorism activity in the city.

A senior police officer told this reporter that the announcements were made in response to a ‘serious threat’ which came to the knowledge of intelligence agencies and law enforcers after they intercepted a conversation between two groups of terrorists.

The announcements were made after Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers by members of vigilance and security committees on the request of the police.

The residents were asked to keep an eye on their surroundings and suspected elements. In case they spotted any suspect or suspicious activity in their vicinities, the police should be informed.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/30/terror-free-islamabad-police-use-mosques-to-create-

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Book on role of Shia in Islamic Iranian civilization published

Dec 30, 2010

TEHRAN -- A book examining the role of Shia in the development of the culture and civilization of Islam and Iran has recently been published here in Iran.

Written by Ali-Akbar Velayati, the former Iranian foreign minster, “Role of Shia in Culture and Civilization of Islam and Iran” was unveiled during a ceremony held at Tehran’s Art Bureau on Monday.

Senior advisor of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Velayati penned the book over a period of four years.

Published by Amirkabir Publications affiliated with the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO), the book with over 1000 pages contains articles on Shia seminaries, ulema, literati, scholars, artists and philosophers.

Velayati made his remarks on the book at the ceremony attended by a group of cultural and political figures, saying the Shia have been the pioneers of Islamic civilization.

Full report at:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=233155

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Telling bin Laden that jihad against West was a total failure shocked and upset him: Ex-Libyan jihadi

Dec 30, 2010

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A former Libyan militant, who now lives in a bustling north-west London borough, raining his three children watching his beloved Chelsea and listening to Pink Floyd, recalled how he shocked and upset Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by saying that the jihadi movement over the last 20 to 30 years had been a total failure.

Noman Benotman, 43, was the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) - dedicated to overthrowing that country's dictator, Colonel Gaddafi. And like 200 other militants from across the Arab world, he had been summoned to Kandahar in Afghanistan to discuss Bin Laden's latest strategy in his terrorist war against the West.

That event took place in the summer of 2000 and within a few minutes of arriving at a modest guest house in the city, Noman recalls that he was greeted by his host and former comrade-in-arms, al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

Full report at:

http://www.sify.com/news/telling-bin-laden-that-jihad-against-west-was-a-total-failure-

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Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in Christians’ Holy Book Translated in Hausa

Dec 30, 2010

Translation of the book “Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in Christians' Holy Book” in Hausa language was published in Nigeria.

HAUSA, Nigeria(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Translation of the book “Hazrat (Prophet) Mohammad (PBUH) in Christians' Holy Book” in Hausa language was published in Nigeria.

Written in English by Ahmad Didad, Muslim intellectual from South Africa, the book has been translated into Hausa language by Mohammad Thani Abubakr, a Muslim translator from Nigeria.

It has been translated to inform the Hausa speaking people that the mission of the holy prophet of Islam (Bi’that) after Jesus has been approved in the holy book of Christians.

As some of Christian preachers are propagating their religion among Hausa speaking people,the book stresses the mission of the holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the last prophet of God.

The translator believes that the book reveals the truths about Islam and provides answers to many of doubts and questions in this regard.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=219038

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Libyan donation to Mariam al Batool School

Dec 30, 2010

The Secretary of the Libyan People’s Bureau, Saadun Suayeh recently presented a cheque for €10,000 to the Mariam al Batool School as a contribution to help it to continue its educational and spiritual services and to attain its aim of securing a modern education for Muslim students, maintaining their Islamic cultural identity, and preparing them to become good Maltese Muslim citizens who believe in mutual respect, tolerance and peace and work for the prosperity, development and welfare of Maltese society.

The donation of the Libyan People’s Bureau was handed to the headmistress, Maria Camilleri, in the presence of Omar Farhat, director of the Malta Branch of the World Islamic Call Society and Imam Mohammad el Sadi.

Dr Suayeh praised the hard work and the dedication of the school administration and staff who played a vital role in achieving a good academic level, success and a good reputation for the school. He also commended the important financial support granted annually to the school by the World Islamic Call Society, and promised to do his utmost to continue to help the school, which is a non-profit institution, depending on token fees and donations and run on a charitable basis, helping poor students further their studies.

On behalf of parents and students, Ms Camilleri expressed her thanks and gratitude to the Libyan Ambassador for the donation and the continuous generous Libyan help to the Maltese Muslim community.

http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=117726

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Iran objects to Saudi refusing visas for Quran memorizers

Dec 30, 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for Cultural Affairs Bahman Dorri raised objections to Saudi Arabia denying visas to Iranian Quran memorizers.

Saudi Arabia has refused to issue visas to three Iranian Quran memorizers who were due to attend the 32nd King Abdul Aziz International Qur'an Recitation and Memorization Competition (December 27 to January 2) in Mecca.

"I was struck with sadness to hear of this news and I think it is quite the opposite of the Quranic teachings that promote respect," Dorri said in a statement yesterday.

Muslim countries, including Shiite and Sunni, must stand against global arrogance aiming to weaken the Islamic countries through disunity, he added.

Based on a report released by the State Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization, the cultural officials of the organization had submitted their request to the organizing committee of the competition in Saudi Arabia three months ago.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-objects-to-Saudi-refusing-visas-

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UAE cancels six-month visa ban for foreign workers

Dec 30, 2010

DUBAI: In a bid to reform its labour market, the UAE has introduced a new work permit which will allow foreign workers, including Indians, in the country to switch jobs after two years without facing a six-month ban for leaving their work.

Expatriate workers in the UAE who have received a six-month ban on leaving their jobs recently will be able to obtain new work permits from the beginning of the new year, a senior official has said.

The new work permit will be issued only if they have completed two years with their former employers, Humaid Bin Deemas, Acting Director-General at the Ministry of Labour, said.

Deemas told a local radio programme that these workers will be issued new work permits from January even if they have not served the full six-month ban.

"Expatriate workers who have completed two years with their employers can change jobs without serving the ban following the implementation of the new rules," Bin Deemas said.

He said sponsors cannot force employees to continue to work for them if the workers do not wish to do so.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UAE-cancels-six-month-visa-ban-for-

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Bomb explodes outside Athens court

Dec 30, 2010

ATHENS: A bomb exploded outside an Athens court on Thursday, causing damage to the building but no injuries after a warning phone call had enabled police to evacuate the area, police said.

Television footage showed smoke billowing in front of the administrative court complex near the city centre shortly after the device detonated at 8:10 am (0610 GMT).

Several of the building's windows were smashed and vehicles parked nearby were also damaged.

Early information indicated that the device, probably a time bomb, had been placed on a stolen motorbike, the police source said.

"It was a rather strong explosion," a local kiosk owner told Alter television, which received the warning phone call some 40 minutes before the blast and notified the police.

"I am 100 metres (yards) away and all my wares have fallen off the shelves," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Bomb-explodes-outside-Athens-

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Israel's ex-president Katsav guilty of rape

Dec 30, 2010

TEL AVIV: An Israeli court found former President Moshe Katsav guilty of rape and other sexual offenses on Thursday, convictions of unprecedented gravity for a head of the Jewish state.

"Katsav's testimony was riddled with lies," the three-judge panel said in its ruling. "When a woman says no, she means no."

Katsav, president from 2000 to 2007, had denied the charges of rape, molestation or harassment lodged by three ex-aides. He may now try to contest the Tel Aviv District Court's verdict, and what could be a lengthy jail sentence, in the Supreme Court.

Though the scandal had forced Katsav's early retirement in disgrace, it had no impact on Israeli government functions, as the presidency is largely ceremonial.

But the allegations against the Iranian-born leader, whose rise from the slums once served as a shining example for disadvantaged Jewish immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, stirred deep emotions in Israel, where the head of state is supposed to be a beacon of morality and national unity.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israels-ex-president-Katsav-guilty-of-

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Ending 15 years agony, Ugandan student leaves for home

P J Joychen

Dec 30, 2010

JAIPUR: Finally, the 15-year-old agonising wait of Ugandan student Mujungu Mark ended, as he boarded plane for his home country with the money collected by some good samaritans on Wednesday.

Mujungu Mark had come to Jaipur 15 years back to do his graduation. But he could neither complete his study nor return to his home as the Anti Corruption Bureau booked him in a case of attempt to influence the valuator for revaluation of his answersheet.

However, the bureau failed to file any chargesheet against him in the court, leaving him stranded in the country for a long fifteen years.

His wait for justice came to an end when he filed a mercy petition in a local court here requesting that either he be put in a jail or allow him to go back to his home country as he was not in a position to get a roof over his head and earn one square meals a day. He struggled to find a living by selling watches on the footpath.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Ending-15-years-agony-Ugandan-student-

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Gilani assures NA of resolving drone strikes issue

Dec 30, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday assured the National Assembly that he would resolve the issue of drone attacks by US forces in Tribal Areas of the country, terming the drone attacks ‘counter productive’.

Answering a point of order raised by parliamentarians from both treasury and opposition benches, the PM said that drone attacks were bringing tribes closer to terrorists.

He said the country’s military and political leadership had distanced local tribes from terrorists, but the drone attacks were creating sympathy for terrorists among locals, adding that Pakistan was asking the US to transfer the drone technology to it.

“Our military and political leadership had very ably alienated local tribesmen from the terrorists, but when a drone attack is carried out they get reunited again. This shows these (drone attacks) are counter productive, therefore we condemn it and we are against them,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\30\story_30-12-2010_pg7_1

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Minor girl’s rape and murder case

Dec 30, 2010

KARACHI: Anti-Terrorism Court Karachi headed by Judge Syed Hasan Shah Bukhari on Wednesday sentenced to death a convict for kidnapping and killing a five-year-old girl in July in Karachi.

It also sentenced him to life imprisonment for subjecting minor to sexual assault. It also imposed Rs 200,000 fine on him and said convict would undergo additional RI of one year on default to the fine payment. According to prosecution, Sher Khan kidnapped a minor outside her house on July 17, 2010 and took her to a nearby house where he raped her. Due to fear of being exposed, he later strangled her to death in the limits of Clifton police station, Karachi and dumped her body in Gizri area.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\30\story_30-12-2010_pg7_18

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FATA teachers protest community schools’ closure

By Zakir Hassnain

Dec 30, 2010

PESHAWAR: FATA teachers protested permanent closure of 956 community schools in various tribal areas, rendering 2,000 male and female teachers jobless.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor had issued a notification to this effect on December 13 at the behest of FATA Secretariat without any justification, said All Teachers Association FATA Action Committee while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

The action committee demanded the government close down the FATA Secretariat as it was no longer working for the welfare of tribal people.

Aziz Muhammad Daud, chairman action committee, said FATA was a backward area that lacked basic needs of life including education and because of this reason, former governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah decided to establish community schools in 1998 and his decision was implemented by former governor Ali Muhammad Jan Orakzai who set up community schools for boys and girls in 2003.

Daud said around 2,000 teachers got jobs and about 76,000 male and female students benefited from these schools.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\30\story_30-12-2010_pg7_25

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Israel rabbis’ wives warn on intermarriage

Dec 30, 2010

JERUSALEM: At least 27 Israeli rabbis’ wives have signed a letter calling on Jewish women to avoid intermarriage with Arabs and even avoid working alongside Arab men, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

The letter also warns Jewish women they risk falling under the sway of Arab men if they serve alongside them in Israel’s national service.

“For your sake, for the sake of future generations, and so you don’t undergo horrible suffering, we turn to you with a request, a plea, a prayer,” said the text of the letter as quoted in media reports. “Don’t date non-Jews, don’t work at places that non-Jews frequent, and don’t do national service with non-Jews.”

The letter accuses Arab men of using Jewish names to deceive unsuspecting women, and warns a life of ‘curses, beatings and humiliations’ awaits them if they date or marry an Arab.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\30\story_30-12-2010_pg4_3

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'Human bomb' spills beans on all-women Taliban death squads

Dec 30, 2010

Islamabad: Taliban have set up all women suicide squads to carry out deadly terror mission on both sides of the Afghan-Pak border, a captured 12-year-old girl has revealed.

Meena Gul, trained to be a 'human bomb' was apprehended from the Munda area, in Dir close to the Afghan border in January, and her disclosures have sent shivers down the spine of Pakistani security establishment. Gul said that women suicide bombers were trained for their deadly task in small cells on both sides of the porous border and were dispatched to their missions with a sermon, "God will reward you with a place in heaven".

The 12-year-old Afghan girl was quoted by the Express Tribune as having told the police that she trained in a group which was headed by her sister-in-law Zainab and she battled Pakistani troops dressed as a man. She claimed that her younger sister blew herself up in a suicide attack in Afghanistan, but she had managed to escape as she was too scared to die.

Nato trucks attacked in Pakistan, driver killed: Taliban militants in Pakistan attacked two Nato supply trucks, killing a driver and wounding two others. Half a dozen militants launched the attack in Landikotal, in Khyber district bordering Afghanistan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Human-bomb-spills-beans-on-all-

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Clooney, Google, UN watch Sudan using satellites

Dec 30, 2010

NEW YORK: Groups including the United Nations, Harvard University, Google Inc and an organization co-founded by actor George Clooney are launching a project using satellites to "watch" Sudan for war crimes before a vote that could split the African country in two.

The Satellite Sentinel Project, which begins on Wednesday, is meant to provide an "early warning system" for human rights and security violations before the Jan. 9 referendum on whether to divide Sudan into north and south.

"We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching," Clooney said in a statement.

The satellite project received funding for six months from Not On Our Watch, an organization co-founded by Clooney and his Hollywood friends, actors Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and producer Jerry Weintraub.

The group has been active in raising money to help the many displaced people in the Darfur region of western Sudan, which has been ravaged by war and genocide.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Clooney-Google-UN-watch-Sudan-using-

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Obama names envoy to Syria, bypassing Congress

Dec 30, 2010

HONOLULU, Hawaii: President Barack Obama on Wednesday bypassed Congress to name the first US ambassador to Syria in nearly six years, part of his Middle East engagement drive criticized by his Republican opponents.

Obama took the controversial step of forcing through the appointments of Ambassador Robert Ford and five other officials while Congress -- which normally needs to approve nominations -- was out of session.

A senior administration official traveling with Obama on vacation in Hawaii justified the recess appointments, saying: "The extent of Republican obstruction of Obama nominees is unprecedented."

Obama also rammed through the appointments of US ambassadors to Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic, as well as two other administration officials.

The United States withdrew its ambassador to Damascus after Lebanon's former prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed in February 2005 in a bombing blamed on Syria.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-names-envoy-to-Syria-bypassing-

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Insurgents in Af-Pak team up against US

Dec 30, 2010

Washington : Rival militant organisations on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have increasingly been teaming up in deadly raids, in what military and intelligence officials say is the insurgents’ latest attempt to regain the initiative after months of withering attacks from American and allied forces.

New intelligence assessments from the region assert that insurgent factions now are setting aside their historic rivalries to behave like “a syndicate,” joining forces in ways not seen before. After one recent attack on a remote base in eastern Afghanistan, a check of the dead insurgents found evidence that the fighters were from three different factions, military officials said.

US commanders recently have been seeking even more latitude to operate freely along the porous border, including inside Pakistan. One official said it was “a wake-up call” to find evidence, after the attack on the forward operating base, that the fighters were partisans from three factions with long histories of feuding: the Quetta Shura Taliban of Mullah Muhammad Omar; the network commanded by the Haqqani family; and fighters loyal to the Hekmatyar clan.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/insurgents-in-afpak-team-up-against-us/730903/

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Abassiya psychiatric hospital to be listed an Islamic monument

Nevine El-Aref

Dec 30, 2010

Cultural listing may settle the controversy surrounding the fate of the Abassiya public hospital for mental illness

Following a comprehensive study and inspection of its building the Al Abassiya psychiatric hospital was declared an Islamic monument.

Culture minister Farouk Hosni pointed out that the report, prepared by the scientific and archaeological committee that checked the hospital's buildings, will be submitted to the permanent committee of Islamic and Coptic monuments at its next meeting, in order to list the hospital on Egypt’s Islamic heritage list.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/2809/Heritage/Islamic/Contested-Abassiya-

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Congregational prayers are necessary in schools

Dec 30, 2010

The leader of Friday prayer Aabeek stressed on congregational prayers in schools and said that teachers can play a significant role in creating eagerness in the students about participation in congregational prayers.

QAZVIN, Iran (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The leader of Friday prayer Aabeek city Hujjatul Islam Abu Turab Mousvi said at the end of a sitting of the leaders of Friday prayer Qazvin province with the officials of education department that congregational prayer in schools played an important role in enhancing Islamic Ma'arif and prayer culture among the youth.

He mentioned the role of teachers in eagerness about congregational prayer among the students and said that the participation of teachers in congregational prayers along with the students was the best way to persuade the young generation towards congregational prayers.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=218914

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Imamia student organization rally against Karachi university blast

Dec 30, 2010

Imamia Student organization (ISO) on Wednesday condemned the blast in Karachi University (KU), and urged the government to immediately take action against the miscreants involved in the bomb blast during Zohar prayers at KU.

KARACHI, Pakistan (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Imamia Student organization (ISO) on Wednesday condemned the blast in Karachi University (KU), and urged the government to immediately take action against the miscreants involved in the bomb blast during Zohar prayers at KU.

They further demanded the government to provide them the separate Mosque to Shia students and staffers inside the Karachi University for prayers and remove the Rangers from Karachi University over their failure to maintain the peace of the University.

These demands were made by the participants of the protest rally organized by ISO at Karachi University to condemn the bomb blast attack on worshippers on yesterday.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=219039

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Simple Solutions Save Women’s Lives in Afghanistan

By Shannon Galpin

Dec 30, 2010

Lack of a few simple medicines, lack of pre- or post-natal care, and lack of female doctors leads to death on a large-scale

You would think there would be more of an uproar in a country with the highest maternal death rates. No other country in the world loses more women in childbirth than Afghanistan. None. Rarely has being first at something meant so much loss.

It's not just the women either, lest you callously chalk it up to the inevitable argument over women's oppression in a country like Afghanistan, where women set themselves on fire to escape arranged marriages, rapists go free, victims go to jail, and women die in childbirth when a male doctor lives just 10 minutes down the road because he is unable to view her naked or worse yet, touch her below the belt.

The children, too, are dying at alarming rates. Skirting at the top of the heap, currently in the second position, is the highest infant death rate in the world. Babies die from suffocation when a nasal suction would clear out their mouth and nose post-delivery. Babies die of dehydration when they are given dirty water instead of breast milk. Babies die of common colds due to harsh winters with little to keep them warm.

Full report at:

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2010/12/22/simple-solutions-save-womenand-8217-s-

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Disappearances With Reported Ties to Pakistan Worry U.S.

By ERIC SCHMITT

Dec 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expressing alarm over reports that thousands of political separatists and captured Taliban insurgents have disappeared into the hands of Pakistan’s police and security forces, and that some may have been tortured or killed.

The issue came up in a State Department report to Congress last month that urged Pakistan to address this and other human rights abuses. It threatens to become the latest source of friction in the often tense relationship between the wartime allies.

The concern is over a steady stream of accounts from human rights groups that Pakistan’s security services have rounded up thousands of people over the past decade, mainly in Baluchistan, a vast and restive province far from the fight with the Taliban, and are holding them incommunicado without charges. Some American officials think that the Pakistanis have used the pretext of war to imprison members of the Baluch nationalist opposition that has fought for generations to separate from Pakistan. Some of the so-called disappeared are guerrillas; others are civilians.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/world/asia/30disappear.html

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Pakistani cop moves court to reclaim ransom paid to Taliban

Dec 30, 2010

Islamabad- A policeman has moved the Peshawar High Court against the police department to get back Rs.500,000 that his family paid to the Taliban for his release from captivity.

Head Constable Pir Jamal petitioned the court against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Department for reclaiming the ransom money, Daily Times reported Wednesday.

He said in the writ petition that a group of Taliban rebels attacked Doaba Police Post at Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nov 6, 2009.

Jamal was in-charge of the police post and three police constables were killed and two injured in the attack.

The Taliban abducted Jamal and two police constables Tariq and Akhlaq Ahmed. They were taken to an undisclosed location.

Full report at:

http://www.sify.com/news/pakistani-cop-moves-court-to-reclaim-ransom-paid-to-taliban-

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West quickly agreed to back Afghan resistance in 1980: British files

Dec 30, 2010

LONDON: Western powers met in secret soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and formed plans to back Islamic resistance, according to British files from 1980 released.

Senior officials from Britain, France, then West Germany and the United States met in Paris on January 15 that year to discuss the West's response to the December 24, 1979 invasion.

The National Archives' release of the secret papers after 30 years in the vaults comes as Western allies prepare to enter another year of conflict in Afghanistan, battling Islamist insurgents.

US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski was among those at the Paris meeting, as was Britain's cabinet secretary Robert Armstrong, the top civil servant.

He said support for the mujahideen should be coordinated by "our friends" -- a euphemism for MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence agency, and its peers from the allies.

Armstrong reported from the Paris meeting that while they wanted to avoid sparking a border war with Pakistan in the volatile tribal region, there was still much they could do.

He said that the powers at the meeting concluded "it would be in the interests of the West to encourage and support resistance".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/West-quickly-agreed-to-back-Afghan-

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Acid attacker must lose eye, ear, rules Iran court

Dec 30, 2010

TEHRAN: An Iranian court has ruled that a man must lose an eye and an ear after he blinded and burnt an ear of another man in an acid attack.

Judge Aziz Mohammadi gave the order against the man, who was only identified as Hamid, after convicting him of the throwing acid on the victim, named as Davoud.

The judge also ordered Hamid to pay blood-money for the burn injuries suffered by Davoud, in a ruling issued under the Islamic republic's eye-for-an-eye justice code. Hamid told the court he had mistaken Davoud for a classmate who had bullied him in school.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Acid-attacker-must-lose-eye-ear-rules-Iran-court/articleshow/7188470.cms#ixzz19ZSZJBWH

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700 NATO soldiers killed in 2010; new firefights

Dec 30, 2010

KABUL: A coalition patrol fought off an insurgent attack in mountainous eastern Afghanistan today, on a day when two servicemen were killed in the country's troubled south, bringing the death toll for foreign troops in the country 2010 to 700, according to an AP count.

This year is by far the deadliest for the coalition in the nearly decade-long war, as tens of thousands of additional international troops have poured into the country in an effort to suppress a virulent Taliban insurgency. But while NATO and the United States note progress has been made in the militants' traditional strongholds in the south, they acknowledge gains made remain precarious.

Security has also deteriorated in the north, while many parts of eastern Afghanistan, along the border with Pakistan, remain violent and under militant control. NATO forces often engaging in heavy fighting there.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/700-NATO-soldiers-killed-in-2010-new-

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Setback for Pak govt as another ally quits coalition

Dec 30, 2010

ISLAMABAD: In a major setback to Pakistan's ruling coalition led by PPP, one of its key allies MQM has pulled its two ministers out of the federal cabinet, claiming that they were given "impotent" portfolios, just weeks after another alliance partner JUI parted ways with the government.

The PPP had dealt with the MQM in a "non-serious" manner and the party's two ministers were allocated "impotent" portfolios, senior MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari told the media late on Monday.

MQM's Farooq Sattar was the minister for overseas Pakistanis affairs while Babar Khan Ghauri was ports and shipping minister.

"The MQM will not be able to resolve the people's problems by remaining in these two ministries," Sabzwari said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Setback-for-Pak-govt-as-another-ally-

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Iran has gone nuclear, claims Ahmadinejad

Dec 30, 2010

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Iran is now a nuclear country implying that Iran has achieved nuclear know-how for energy purposes.

The United States and its allies have been exerting political pressure and have issued resolutions against Iran over its nuclear programme; however, all their efforts have failed and Iran has now become a nuclear country, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by local satellite channel Press TV.

Addressing a crowd in the northern city of Karaj on Tuesday, the Iranian president said that cooperation rather than confrontation is the only way to resolve Iran's nuclear energy programme, according to the report.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Iran-has-gone-nuclear-claims-

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Islamist sect website claims Nigeria Christmas bombings

Dec 30, 2010

LAGOS: A website purported to belong to an Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for Christmas Eve bombings in central Nigeria that left dozens dead, but police on Tuesday cast doubt on the claim.

The attacks would mark the first time the sect, which launched an uprising last year, had struck outside of the country's predominately Muslim north.

Many have attributed the bombings in the central Nigerian city of Jos to the struggle for political and economic power between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups in the region, with hundreds killed in previous clashes there.

"O nations of the world, be informed that verily the attacks in Suldaniyya (Jos) and Borno on the eve of Christmas was carried out by us, Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, under the leadership of Abu Muhammad, Abubakar bin Muhammad Shekau (May Allah preserve him)," a statement on the site said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Islamist-sect-website-claims-

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Suicide bombers blow up Iraqi police HQ, kill chief

December 30, 2010

Three suicide bombers attacked Iraq’s federal police headquarters in Mosul on Wednesday, leveling the building and killing the top police commander in the northern city, a prominent figure who had escaped several past assassination attempts, officials said.

While violence has subsided significantly in Iraq in the past years, insurgents frequently target the country’s Government institutions and security forces in an effort to destabilise the US-backed Iraqi authorities as American troops prepare to leave by the end of next year.

The attack in Mosul, a former Al Qaeda stronghold, began when three men with explosives vests slipped through an opening in the blast walls surrounding the compound housing Iraq’s 1st Battalion of the National Police around 6 am on Wednesday, police said.

Police shot one of the attackers in an open-air yard, and his vest exploded, but under cover of the blast, the other suicide bombers charged into the police headquarters building. One of the bombers entered the ground floor office of the battalion’s commander, Lt Col Shamil al-Jabouri, where he was sleeping, and blew himself up, killing him instantly, a police officer at the scene said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/307180/Suicide-bombers-blow-up-Iraqi-police-HQ-kill-

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Dhaka’s judiciary most corrupt body in country

December 30, 2010

An international graft watchdog has called Bangladesh’s judiciary as the “most corrupt” institution in the country, as it submitted its controversial report to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The Bangladesh chapter of the Berlin-based graft watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday complied with the top court order submitting its survey documents.

Supreme Court officials said they received a dispatch from the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) but were yet to check the contents of the documents ahead of the closure of the court in the afternoon.

According to the survey the judiciary was the most corrupt among the service sectors followed by law enforcement agencies and the land administration as the watchdog came up with its findings on the basis of a household survey it conducted between June 2009 and May 2010.

The TIB report also said that corruption in the country’s judiciary system had increased by 40.3 per cent over the last three years.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/307175/Dhaka%E2%80%99s-judiciary-most-corrupt-body-in-

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US lauds India’s trade curbs on Iran

December 30, 2010

The United States, which has been pressuring India to help tighten the international trade sanctions on Iran, has lauded the Reserve Bank of India’s latest instructions on settling all current account transactions with Iran outside the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) mechanism.

Under the new RBI stipulation, Indian companies importing oil and gas from Iran cannot make payments in dollar or euro, but in any permitted currency outside the ACU mechanism — a move seen as a trade curb on Iran in the face of the global pressure over its nuclear programme.

While Tehran is apparently red-faced after the announcement, Washington has promptly welcomed the Indian step. Stuart Levey, Under Secretary at the Treasury Department and point person on Iran sanctions, termed it a “significant action” on India’s part.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Levey said the move would make clear to Indian companies that working through the ACU does not necessarily mean an Iranian counterpart has an international seal of approval.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/307153/US-lauds-India%E2%80%99s-trade-curbs-on-

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Sanjay Dutt to sue producer Noorani

Krishna Kumar

Dec 30, 2010

SANJAY Dutt’s advocate on Wednesday claimed that the producer on whose complaint the Bombay High Court issued an attachment notice had threatened the actor through the underworld.

The actor’s lawyer, Rizwan Merchant, said, “ Dutt received extortion calls from the underworld on behalf of Noorani in 2005. Dutt does not owe any money to him and had complained about the calls to the anti- extortion cell.” He added that Noorani was questioned by senior Inspector Vijay Salaskar, who was investigating the case.

He said Dutt would move the high court challenging the attachment order, and also seeking a case against Noorani for having links with gangsters and using them to threaten Dutt.

Terming the allegation baseless, Noorani said, “ It is Dutt who has underworld connections. He frequently met people from the underworld during his film shootings abroad... It is Dutt who threatened to have me shot when I went to request him to complete my film.” Noorani said he would lodge a police complaint against Dutt for threatening him.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Suicide rate rise in Kingdom alarming, warn experts

Dec 30, 2010

RIYADH: A 17-year-old girl fatally shoots herself with her father's gun near Abha. In Bisha, a 20-year-old girl hangs herself in her home. In Ras Tanura, a man in his 20s shoots himself in front of his family and dies. A man in the Eastern Province decides to take his life by drowning himself in a rooftop water cistern. A teenage shoots herself in Taif. In one day, three teenage girls in three separate incidents took their own lives.

These are just some of the suicides that were reported in the press in recent weeks. Interior Ministry estimates show a steep increase in suicides across the Kingdom, nearly doubling from about 400 cases in 1999 to 787 in 2010. The statistics might indicate a more openness to address the issue of suicide in the Kingdom, but some academics are suggesting that suicide, especially among the young, is increasing and could worsen unless measures are taken to identify what causes a young Saudi to become so depressed as to take the final leap.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article226164.ece

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Saudi team on Paris tour to enhance rights awareness

Dec 30, 2010

JEDDAH: Six Saudi women visited Paris as part of a program designed to promote a culture of human rights among Saudi women and also provide them with legal information relating to health, trade, business, law, social affairs, education and culture.

The program is being held by the French government with the support of President Nicolas Sarkozy and Princess Adela bint Abdullah.

As part of the program, the women visited the French Parliament, the French Ministry of Justice, Sorbonne University, UNESCO, the Louvre and the Arab World Institute.

Lawyer Majed Mohamed Garoub, the program’s supervisor in Paris, said the main aim of the visit was to enhance the human rights of Saudi women, and exchange knowledge and experience regarding women’s rights.

“The presentation that Saudi women submitted attracted the French minister of justice. He also showed interest in the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Lawyers Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the exchange of experience and mutual cooperation,” he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article226152.ece

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Women seek greater role in literary clubs

Dec 30, 2010

JEDDAH: Saudi women should be given specific membership quotas at the Kingdom’s literary clubs, said leading Saudi novelist and columnist Omaima Al-Khamees.

Al-Khamees made the comments while speaking at a weekly literature event held each Monday at the home of Abdul Maqsud Khoja. The event is a hub for distinguished writers from both the Kingdom and other Arab countries.

Speaking about the poor way Saudi novels are promoted, Al-Khamees said this was because of the excessive attention given to cultural capitals such as Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad.

She added that the excessive use of computers and television is having a negative effect on the younger generation taking up reading, and called for new programs or workshops to encourage children to read.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article226147.ece

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NATO strikes kill Taleban in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora

Dec 30, 2010

KABUL: Afghan and foreign forces killed at least five Taleban insurgents in assaults in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains, the former hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Afghan police and NATO officials said on Wednesday.

Insurgents had recently begun gathering in the remote Tora Bora area in the eastern province of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, to prepare attacks on Afghan and NATO troops, said provincial police chief Ali Shah Paktiawal.

Afghan security forces and troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were conducting operations throughout the area to root out the insurgents, he said.

Taleban and other insurgents, such as the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, have long been able to slip across the border from Afghanistan into sanctuaries in the largely lawless ethnic Pashtun tribal belt of northwest Pakistan.

Paktiawal said the attack killed at least five, and possibly seven, insurgents and took place in the Pachir wa Agam district of Nangarhar province overnight.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article225869.ece

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Violent deaths in Iraq fall 'but at slower rate'

Dec 30, 2010

The number of civilians killed by violence in Iraq in the past year was the lowest since the 2003 US-led invasion, a rights group has said.

Iraq Body Count (IBC), which collates casualty reports, said deaths dropped by 15% from 2009 to just under 4,000.

It said two bombs exploded each day on average, each killing four people.

But the group warned the number may have reached an "impassable minimum", and that civilians were likely to die at a similar rate for years to come.

In its annual report, IBC said 3,976 people had died violently in Iraq over the past year, compared to 4,680 in 2009. Of the 2010 deaths, 66% were caused by insurgent bomb attacks.

The capital Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul were the worst affected areas.

"After nearly eight years, the security crisis in Iraq remains notable for its sheer relentlessness: 2010 averaged nearly two explosions a day by non-state forces that caused civilian deaths," IBC said.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12091385

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