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Islamic World News ( 9 Nov 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com)

'Secularists' Carry a Foreign Agenda: Salafist Imam Tells Pro-Sharia Protesters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

'Secularists' carry a foreign agenda: Salafist Imam tells pro-Sharia protesters

Graffiti artists defend work in Tahrir Square with 'Quranic verses'

Christian activist to head Syria opposition

Up to 11,000 people flee Syria in 24-hour period

Bahrain police kill Shiite teenager: Opposition

Car bombers kill Syrian security men in Deraa: activists

Salafist protesters in Suez accused of 'opportunism'

Close shops early, sleep early, pray early: Salafist preacher

Iraq cancels $4.2 billion Russia arms deal over graft concerns

NATO could arrest Assad in Syria: ex-ICC prosecutor

 

Africa

'Boko Haram' kills three police in northern Nigeria

Sudan vows ‘painful response’ to Israel attack

Malaria vaccine disappoints in African babies trial

 

Mideast Asia

Palestinians seek new UN status as observer state

17 Turkish soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Rafsanjani's son denies being charged with spying

Iran's Ahmadinejad in Vietnam to woo communist ally

 

India

Bihar CM pays homage to Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Ludhiana to warm up Pakistani winters

Congress general secretary flags ‘green terror’, says it’s as bad as ‘saffron terror’

War veterans to visit Pak, push for peace

Four infiltrators killed on Kashmir border: Army

Punjab deputy CM back from Pak puts onus of improving ties on Centre

Muslims not safe under SP rule: SP MLA from Maharashtra

‘Pak realises trade more beneficial than bullets’: Punjab CM

 

Pakistan

Pakistan allows mobile phone services with India

Malala a symbol of girls’ education, says Pak President

Iqbal Day: Imran says Iqbaliyat will be taught in schools

Karachi’s violence claims at least 10 lives

Shiites stage rallies against sectarian violence

Malala a guiding light for cause of girls’ education: CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Malala’s attackers trying to kill Pakistan: Zardari

Kainaat still haunted by Taliban attack

No prosperity until women given due role: PPP Senator

Twin cities pay glowing tribute to Poet of the East, Iqubal

Exhibition depicts life, political struggle of Iqbal

Punjab police arrest three suspected militants, avert terror bid

Festival to promote democracy kicks off at Lok Virsa

Sarabjit Singh sound in body and mind: Pak

Nawaz also blames ‘generals’ for conspiring against his govt

 

South Asia

Bangladeshi Editor who 'love-linked' Hina Rabbani Khar, Bilawal Bhutto arrested

Exiled Uyghurs call for China reforms

4 university students arrested for Tahrir link: Bangladesh

JI stages demo against Muslims’ genocide in Burma

Rohingya refugees streaming to Malaysia

Pro-liberation forces urged to be united to tackle Jamaat: Bangladesh

Hamid Karzai to lure Indian investment for Afghanistan

Victims to testify in Afghan massacre hearing

‘Donkeys new helicopters for Afghan troops’

Khaleda blames govt forces for Ramu attack

Hard choices in Afghanistan for re-elected Obama

 

Europe

British Government Set to Battle Sharia Courts

Toulouse gunman was a ‘French spy’

World celebrates November 10 as 'Malala Day', UN chief extends support

UN calls on Yangon to offer citizenship to Rohingyas

Hepatitis hits more than 1,000 refugees in S Sudan: UNHCR

Anders Behring Breivik's prison conditions 'inhumane'

 

North America

Seven members of US Navy SEAL Team 6 punished for secrecy breach

CIA director David Petraeus quits over extra marital affair

American Muslims celebrate defeat of congressional critics

Poll: 85 Percent of Muslim Voters Picked President Obama

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 'Secularists' carry a foreign agenda: Salafist Imam tells pro-Sharia protesters

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Arab World

 

'Secularists' carry a foreign agenda: Salafist Imam tells pro-Sharia protesters

9 Nov 2012

Mohamed El-Soghyr accuses 'secularists' and liberals of fronting for western interests; the former member of parliament said those who oppose Sharia resemble 'infidels' who fought against the prophet Mohamed

Sheikh Mohamed El-Soghyr, member of Al-Gamaa Islamyia, opens fire at "seculars" and liberals at Friday prayer ceremony in Tahrir Square, accusing them of being agents to the West.

"Our Prophet [Mohamed] fought the infidels of Mecca, who are now represented by the Liberals," said El-Soghyr.

The former member of now-disbanded People's Assembly from the Salafist Building and Development Party spoke before several thousands who gathered in the square to demand Egypt's new constitution to be based on the Islamic Sharia law.

El-Soghyr added that it was unacceptable for Egypt, "the beating heart of Islam", to be a place for those who are only concerned with their own interest and agendas.

These "seculars" and liberals do not believe in the things they call for – like democracy, they only believe in orders that are sent to them through mediators for the West, claimed El-Soghyr.

El-Soghyr claimed that it was "God's will" of granting Muslims' wish for a president who is representative of Egyptians and one that will rule by Islamic Sharia law, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi.

"We are still waiting for more, and will not blink until the law of God is applied. This is a wish we have for so long pursued," the Salafist Imam said.

He further stated that their protest is a "duty towards the book of God [Quran]."

El-Soghyr continued his speech by urging Muslims who claim their belief In "Allah and his prophet" to give into his laws, questioning if "there is a better law-maker than God?"

"If I am questioning the laws and revelations of the God I am worshipping, then I better find myself another god," he added.

The Imam called for the dismissal of the Prosecutor General, criticised the High Constitutional Court and accused some judges of accepting bribes.

El-Soghyr further called for the release of the blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the US for his alleged part in terrorist attacks in 1993.

Prayers ended with protesters playing on the main chant of the 25 January revolution, crying out "Bread, Freedom, Islamic Sharia," substituting the "Islamic doctrine" for "social justice," in the original chant.

Friday's protest was called for by several Islamist groups, including Al-Gamaa Islamyia and the Salafist Front.

Notably, both the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist Al-Nour party, Egypt's biggest Islamist groups announced their non-participation.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57646/Egypt/Politics-/Secularists-carry-a-foreign-agenda-Salafist-Imam-t.aspx

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Graffiti artists defend work in Tahrir Square with 'Quranic verses'

Popular pro-revolution graffiti artist, Ammar Abu Bakr, uses Quranic verses to mock Friday Sharia protesters after reports his work was defamed by some demonstrators

 9 Nov 2012

Minor clashes erupted in Mohamed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square on Friday between revolutionary Graffiti-supporters who gathered to close down the street to protect art work on its wall from potential vandalism, and Salafist demonstrators.

According to an Ahram Online reporter on the ground, dozens of young protesters gathered at Mohamed Mahmoud Street and attempted to form a popular committee to ban Salafists from entering the street.

The clashes allegedly started after rumors circulated that Salafist protesters erased the graffiti of the Egyptian uprising's martyrs on the street and replaced them with Quranic verses.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the verses were drawn by pro-revolution graffiti artist Ammar Abu Bakr and his partners on Thursday night.

The graffiti artists used Quranic verses to communicate with the Islamists "in their own religious language," according to Abu Bakr.

One illustration mockingly denounced "those who spread immorality around the world," describing the Friday Sharia protesters as shameful.

Thousand of Salafists gathered in Tahrir square Friday to demand a Sharia-based constitution.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57674/Egypt/Politics-/Graffiti-artists-defend-work-in-Tahrir-Square-with.aspx

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Christian activist to head Syria opposition

 10 November 2012

The Syrian National Council has chosen a Christian former Communist as its leader after talks in Qatar.

George Sabra said his election showed that the SNC was not sectarian, and he appealed for more weapons to help overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The SNC was discussing a plan to merge with other groups to form a wider anti-Assad bloc, but it failed to agree terms and will meet again on Saturday.

The US and the Gulf states, which fund the SNC, want the merger.

The SNC had been due to make a decision on Friday, but internal wrangling forced it to ask for an extra 24 hours.

The proposed unified group, tentatively called the Syrian National Initiative, is intended to merge disparate military and political groups to form a credible alternative to Assad's government.

'Stop the bloodbath'

Activists and monitors estimated that more than 36,000 people have been killed in a long-running uprising against his rule.

On Friday, the UN said 11,000 Syrians had fled across the border in the previous 24 hours.

According to Turkish media, many of those who fled to Turkey were deserters from the Syrian armed forces.

Sabra said he had just one demand of the international community: "To stop the bloodbath and help the Syrian people chase out this bloody regime by providing us with weapons."

The veteran activist has been a staunch opponent of Assad and his father, former President Hafez al-Assad.

He fled into hiding late last year and eventually went into exile in Turkey.

He has been jailed several times, by the current government and the government of Hafez al-Assad.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42317

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Up to 11,000 people flee Syria in 24-hour period

 10 November 2012

As many as 11,000 people fled Syria in 24 hours, some of them desperately clambering through a razor-wire fence into Turkey on Friday to escape fierce fighting between rebels and government forces for control of a border town.

The exodus is a sign of the escalating ferocity of the violence, which has killed more than 36,000 people since March 2011. Despite the bloodshed, embattled President Bashar Assad insisted there was no civil war in Syria, saying in a rare TV appearance that he was protecting Syrians against “terrorism” supported from abroad.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/up-to-11000-people-flee-syria-in-24hour-period/article4084475.ece

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Bahrain police kill Shiite teenager: Opposition

 9 Nov 2012

Bahraini police killed a 16-year-old Shiite on Friday as security forces attempted to prevent protesters from joining weekly prayers called for by the opposition, Al-Wefaq group said.

Ali Radhi was killed as he headed to the village of Diraz, west of Manama, to attend prayers led by Shiite spiritual leader Sheikh Issa Qassim, answering a call by Al-Wefaq, the main Shiite opposition formation said on its Twitter page.

It was not immediately clear how Radhi was killed, but the opposition said police used tear gas against the worshippers.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57667/World/Region/Bahrain-police-kill-Shiite-teenager-Opposition.aspx

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Car bombers kill Syrian security men in Deraa: activists

Nov 10, 2012

(Reuters) - Dozens of Syrian security men were killed when two explosives-laden cars drove into a military camp in the southern town of Deraa on Saturday, an opposition watchdog said, in what appeared to be a double suicide attack.

The first car drove into the camp and exploded, followed by the second vehicle, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement. The detonation of the second vehicle caused the casualties, it added.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/10/us-syria-crisis-deraa-idUSBRE8A908120121110

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Salafist protesters in Suez accused of 'opportunism'

Salafist protestors face criticism they sat out the January 25 revolutions only to press their agenda after its victory

 9 Nov 2012

Protestors in support of Friday's Sharia protest in Suez's Al-Arbeen Square dubbed as, "our Quran; our constitution," exchanged heated arguments after Friday prayers with other citizens not affiliated with the demonstration.

The protest in Suez is part of wider demonstrations by Salafist across the country, calling for Egypt's new constitution to be based on the Islamic Sharia law.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57656/Egypt/Politics-/Salafist-protesters-in-Suez-accused-of-opportunism.aspx

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Close shops early, sleep early, pray early: Salafist preacher

A hardline Islamist preacher takes a swipe at opponents of a government decision to shut shops early, calling them 'morons'

9 Nov 2012

A controversial government decision to close shops early has stirred a heated debate over whether it would be efficient to save energy. A hardline Islamist preacher had a totally new perspective.

"The decision is correct and coincides with Islamic Sharia law, as it will make people sleep earlier and therefore they will be able to wake up early to pray at dawn," preacher Ahmed El-Mahalawy, who was banned from giving sermons under former Egyptian presidents Anwar El-Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, said in Alexandria.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57670/Egypt/Politics-/Close-shops-early,-sleep-early,-pray-early-Salafis.aspx

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Iraq cancels $4.2 billion Russia arms deal over graft concerns

Nov 10, 2012

BAGHDAD: Iraq has cancelled a $4.2 billion (3.3 billion euro) package of arms deals with Russia over corruption concerns, a spokesman for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday.

"The deal was cancelled," Ali Mussawi told AFP.

"When Maliki returned from his trip to Russia, he had some suspicions of corruption, so he decided to review the whole deal... There is an investigation going on, on this."

Mussawi declined to say who specifically was being investigated, or if Iraq would begin new negotiations with Moscow.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraq-cancels-4-2-billion-Russia-arms-deal-over-graft-concerns/articleshow/17169027.cms

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NATO could arrest Assad in Syria: ex-ICC prosecutor

 10 November 2012

MONTREAL: Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court’s former prosecutor, said Friday that world leaders had a “good case” for asking NATO to prepare a warrant to arrest Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine lawyer who was the ICC’s first prosecutor, said given “it was absolutely clear” that as Syria’s commander-in-chief Assad’s forces had killed civilians, NATO could execute such a warrant.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/10/NATO-could-arrest-assad-in-syria-ex-icc-prosecutor/

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Africa

 

'Boko Haram' kills three police in northern Nigeria

Nov 10, 2012

Suspected Islamist militants have killed three officers in a raid on a police station in northern Nigeria.

A police spokesman in Yobe state says the gunmen made off with arms and ammunition following Friday's attack.

The Gujba police station is close to Damaturu, a town that has been attacked several times this year by Boko Haram.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20270331

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Sudan vows ‘painful response’ to Israel attack

 9 November 2012

Sudan’s President Omar Bashir yesterday promised his country would respond robustly to an Israeli bombing of a Khartoum arms factory and said he was in “perfect health” after undergoing surgery.

Sudan last month accused Israel of carrying out an air strike on the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum, causing a blast that killed four people.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/sudan-vows-%E2%80%98painful-response%E2%80%99-israel-attack

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Malaria vaccine disappoints in African babies trial

 10 November 2012

LONDON: A GlaxoSmithKline experimental malaria vaccine touted as a new weapon in the fight to eradicate the deadly disease proved only 30 percent effective when given to African babies in a crucial clinical trial.

The surprisingly poor result leaves uncertain whether the vaccine will have a useful role to play in fighting the mosquito-borne disease that kills hundreds of thousands of children a year. Philanthropist Bill Gates, who has helped fund its development, said further data was needed to determine whether and how the vaccine might be used. “The efficacy came back lower than we had hoped, but developing a vaccine against a parasite is a very hard thing to do,” he said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg4_6

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Mideast Asia

 

Palestinians seek new UN status as observer state

 10 November 2012

UNITED NATIONS: The Palestinians took the first step toward raising their status at the United Nations from an observer to a nonmember observer state on Thursday by circulating a draft resolution to the 193 UN member states and asking for their support.

The Palestinian observer mission said no decision has been made on when to submit the draft resolution to the UN General Assembly for a vote. Arab League foreign ministers are expected to discuss the draft and the timing of its submission at a meeting in Cairo on Nov 12-13, a Palestinian diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/09/palestinians-seek-new-un-status-as-observer-state/

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17 Turkish soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Nov 10, 2012

DIYARBAKIR: Seventeen Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday when their helicopter crashed in southeastern Turkey due to bad weather conditions, the area's governor said.

The Sikorsky helicopter crashed on Herekol mountain, in the Pervari area of Siirt province, Siirt Governor Ahmet Aydin said. The victims were members of gendarmerie special forces, he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/17-Turkish-soldiers-killed-in-helicopter-crash/articleshow/17168593.cms

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Rafsanjani's son denies being charged with spying

The jailed son of Iran's ex-President denies the reality of news-reported accusations of 'spying and of having provided sensitive information to foreigners'

 9 Nov 2012

The jailed son of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani denies reports that he has been charged with spying, the Mehr news agency quoted his lawyer as saying on Friday.

"Unfortunately a news agency and two news sites reported some allegations against Mehdi (Hashemi)," lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabee said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57665/World/Region/Rafsanjanis-son-denies-being-charged-with-spying.aspx

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Iran's Ahmadinejad in Vietnam to woo communist ally

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Vietnam in a bid to create stronger ties against the anti-Tehran western spheres

9 Nov 2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Vietnam Friday on the first visit by an Iranian president in 17 years, as the sanctions-hit Islamic republic seeks to strengthen ties with allies outside the West.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57664/World/Region/Irans-Ahmadinejad-in-Vietnam-to-woo-communist-ally.aspx

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India

 

Bihar CM pays homage to Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Nov 10, 2012

KARACHI: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today visited mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage to the founder of Pakistan.

Accompanied by the chief minister of Sindh province, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Kumar laid floral wreaths at the mazar and both the provincial heads stressed on the need for peace and brotherhood between the two countries.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nitish-Kumar-pays-homage-to-Mohammad-Ali-Jinnah/articleshow/17168912.cms

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Ludhiana to warm up Pakistani winters

Nov 10, 2012

CHANDIGARH: Barely two months after the RBI allowed Indian entities to invest in Pakistan, Ludhiana-based Nahar Group is warming up its stock of woolen garments to open two retail outlets of its flagship brand Monte Carlo in the neighbouring country, said the company's managing director Kamal Oswal on Friday.

The two stores - a first ever by any India-based garment major - will be opened by late 2013 in Karachi and Lahore.

"We moved this proposal to the Pakistan government who we met during the meeting between the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Lahore Chamber of Commerce. We thought that Pakistan market a lot of potential with a huge base of young fashionistas. We were excited to get the verbal approval by their officials and are now awaiting the approval from the Indian officials," said Oswal.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ludhiana-to-warm-up-Pakistani-winters/articleshow/17164992.cms

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Congress general secretary flags ‘green terror’, says it’s as bad as ‘saffron terror’

Nov 10 2012

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday flagged the problem of “green terror” with party colleagues, telling them that activities of radical Muslim outfits were as much a matter of concern as the “saffron terror” involving extremist Hindu outfits.

At the daylong samvad baithak of Congress Working Committee members and union ministers at Surajkund, Singh was learnt to have drawn attention to the fact that a section of Muslims were becoming “more belligerent”. His strong observation created a buzz in Congress circles, sources present in Surajkund said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/digvijaya-flags--green-terror--says-it-s-as-bad-as--saffron-/1029562/

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War veterans to visit Pak, push for peace

Nov 10, 2012

NEW DELHI: Most of them have faced each other several times at the Indo-Pak frontier. They have experienced the most ghastly moments of war. But now they can hardly hold back the excitement of meeting each other again beyond the frontier.

A team of about 160 war veterans under the banner of India-Pakistan Soldiers' Initiative for Peace (IPSI) have been invited by their Pakistan counterparts for a peace meeting to Pakistan. A majority of these war veterans have fought the 1965, 1971 and the Kargil war in 1999 but soon after retirement they joined IPSI, which was launched by late Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande in 1993. War veterans from Pakistan had made similar visits to India earlier; it's the second time the Indian team will be going to Pakistan. The core objective of the meet, scheduled to start on November 18, will be to find alternatives to resolve the Kashmir conflict.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/War-veterans-to-visit-Pak-push-for-peace/articleshow/17164415.cms

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Four infiltrators killed on Kashmir border: Army

Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times

November 09, 2012

The Indian Army on Friday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid by killing four "intruders" on Line of Control in Kashmir's frontier district of Kupwara some 150km from Srinagar.

The claim comes two weeks after Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had accused Pakistan of continuing to help militants infiltrating into India.

Army spokesman JS Brar said that "terrorists trying to sneak into Indian Territory near Hanuman top at 1:30am on Thursday night were intercepted by alert security forces on the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran Sector".

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/Four-inflitrators-killed-on-Kashmir-border-Army/Article1-957368.aspx

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Punjab deputy CM back from Pak, puts onus of improving ties on Centre

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times

November 09, 2012

Terming the tour of Pakistan as historic, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal said that both the Punjabs have shown great eagerness for economic prosperity of the region and now the onus was on Union governments of India and Pakistan to carry forward the dialogue.

Returning to India after a five-day visit to Pakistan, Sukhbir who headed the 45-member delegation from the state said, "Both Punjabs have great potential of changing the profile of this region through strong trade, cultural and sports ties. During the visit key discussions and decisions were taken that can set a new era."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/IndiaSectionPage/India/Punjab-deputy-CM-back-from-Pak-puts-onus-of-improving-ties-on-Centre/Article1-957358.aspx

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Muslims not safe under SP rule: SP MLA from Maharashtra

Faisal Fareed

 Nov 10 2012

Lucknow: After being denied permission to visit the riot-hit areas of Faizabad district on Friday, Samajwadi Party MLA from Maharashtra Abu Asim Azmi accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of ignoring Muslims’ issues.

Azmi, the president of the SP’s Maharashtra unit, stated that Muslims are wrong in their perception that they are safe in the Samajwadi Party rule. “It is a wrong notion. Muslims are at the receiving end. The government is not reacting. No leader from our party cared to visit Faizabad. Ideally Akhilesh himself should go, but I don’t know what is stopping him,” Azmi said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/muslims-not-safe-under-sp-rule-azmi/1029676/

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‘Pak realises trade more beneficial than bullets’: Punjab

Nov 10 2012

Attari: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday described as historic his visit to Pakistan and said people on both sides in the two Punjabs - in India and Pakistan - are eager to boost trade, commerce, culture and sports ties.

“They have realised that the language of economics was more beneficial than language of bullets,” Sukhbir said as he walked over into India from Pakistan through Attari Joint Check Post.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-pak-realises-trade-more-beneficial-than-bullets-/1029694/

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan allows mobile phone services with India

Nov 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Authorities have agreed to allow mobile phone services between Pakistan and India though certain issues remain to be settled, a Pakistani parliamentary panel has been informed by officials.

The standing committee on commerce of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament was told by officials of the ministry of information technology on Thursday about the move to allow mobile phone services between the two countries.

The panel expressed displeasure at the lack of modern communication facilities between the two sides.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-allows-mobile-phone-services-with-India/articleshow/17165122.cms

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Malala a symbol of girls’ education, says Pak President

 10 November 2012

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Friday Malala Yousufzai stands tall as a symbol of girls’ education and defiance against those who wish to impose their obscurantist agenda behind the facade of religion.

In his message on the occasion of ‘Malala Day’ that is being observed worldwide today (November 10), the president said, “Malala Day is being observed today all over the world to show solidarity with the brave daughter of Pakistan Malala Yousufzai who stood defiantly to militants to pursue her education and refused to bow to their threats and faced the bullets instead of giving up.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg7_10

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Iqbal Day: Imran says Iqbaliyat will be taught in schools

 November 10, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan urged the youth on Friday to be fearless and selfless to be able to save their country from decline.

He said, “A leader can only emerge and serve his countrymen after he overcomes selfishness.”

Khan was addressing an Iqbal Day event at Awan-i-Iqbal organised by the Markazia Majalis-i-Iqbal.

He said, “I better understood Iqbal when Allah granted me strength of faith … I better understood the Holy Quran after reading Iqbal in depth.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/463452/iqbal-day-imran-says-iqbaliyat-will-be-taught-in-schools/

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Karachi’s violence claims at least 10 lives

 10 November 2012

KARACHI: Different incidents of violence in Karachi in the early hours of Saturday claimed at least 10 lives , DawnNews reported.

Four people, identified as Sadiq, Babar, Munawwar and Shahid, were shot dead in Pak colony area of the old Golimar near Rexer Bridge. Rescue teams reached the crime scene and transferred dead bodies to the civil hospital Karachi.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/10/karachis-violence-claims-at-least-10-lives/

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Shiites stage rallies against sectarian violence

 10 November 2012

KARACHI: In response to the call by Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri Secretary General of Majlis Wehdat-ul-Muslimeen, people belonging to Shia sect staged rallies here on Friday in protest against the assassination of Agha Aftab Haider Jafri and sectarian violence.

In Karachi, the main rally was taken out from Malir after Friday prayers. The protesters started marching from Hussaini Jamia Masjid to National Highway. They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the terrorists.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg12_3

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Malala a guiding light for cause of girls’ education: CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

 10 November 2012

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Saturday said that Malala Yousufzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was a guiding light for the cause of girls’ education not just in Pakistan but the world over, DawnNews reported.

In his message on Malala Day, the chief minister said that the child activist had become a symbol of peace and education.

He added that Malala’s sacrifice against terrorist forces was a source of pride for the Pakhtun nation.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/10/malala-a-guiding-light-for-cause-of-girls-education-cm-hoti/

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Malala’s attackers trying to kill Pakistan: Zardari

November 10, 2012

President Asif Ali Zardari issued a message on the International Malala Day on Friday, announcing that the young peace icon “is a symbol of all that is good about us.”

“Malala Yousafzai is fifteen years old. Since she was eleven, she has been an advocate of education for girls. Malala is a symbol of all that is good about us,” he said in statement released on Friday.

“Malala represents the resilience of our girls and women. Her attackers aren’t just trying to kill the Daughter of Pakistan. They are trying to kill Pakistan,” the president said, while urging everyone to act urgently.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/463594/malalas-attackers-trying-to-kill-pakistan-zardari/

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Kainaat still haunted by Taliban attack

November 10, 2012

Kainaat Riaz, 16, suffered a hand injury when Islamist gunmen attacked her school bus in a bid to kill Malala for the "crime" of promoting girls' education.

 Speaking to AFP on the UN-declared "Malala Day" of global action to support the young campaigner and call for better schooling for girls, Riaz said the October 9 attack still made her afraid. "I am still terrified. I still get tears in my eyes whenever I think of that incident. I saw Malala in the pool of blood in front of me with my eyes," she told AFP at her home in Mingora, the town in northwestern Swat Valley where the attack took place.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-74927-Malalas-injured-friend-still-haunted-by-Taliban-attack--

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Twin cities pay glowing tribute to Poet of the East

 10 November 2012

ISLAMABAD: The 135th birth anniversary of poet, philosopher Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal was celebrated in the twin cities on Friday with national zeal, fervour and enthusiasm.

Cultural, educational and literary programmes were held to pay homage to the great poet who envisioned the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent.

As a gift on Iqbal Day, the government launched ‘Waseela-e-Taleem’ programme to provide free primary education to children of poor families across the country.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg11_1

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Exhibition depicts life, political struggle of Iqbal

 10 November 2012

RAWALPINDI: The 135th birth anniversary of poet, philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal was celebrated at the Rawalpindi Arts Council with national zeal, fervour and enthusiasm on Friday. A speech and tableau competition among students and a photographic exhibition based on the life and political struggle of Iqbal for Pakistan were organised to mark the day in a befitting manner and pay homage to the great poet who envisioned the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent. The aim was to highlight the role and service of Dr Allama Iqbal for Indian Muslims and his struggle for getting a separate homeland. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg11_3

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Punjab police arrest three suspected militants, avert terror bid

November 10, 2012

LAHORE: Punjab Police arrested three suspected militants, who were allegedly planning a terror attack, from Alfalah Town in Lahore on Saturday, Express News reported.

The police and security agencies conducted a search operation on Friday night, in which three suspected militants were apprehended, while hand grenades and arms were recovered from their possession.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/463695/punjab-police-arrests-three-suspected-militants-avert-terror-bid/

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Festival to promote democracy kicks off at Lok Virsa

 10 November 2012

ISLAMABAD: A unique festival, titled ‘National Culture for Democracy’, is being held at Lok Virsa Complex under the aegis of Development Communications Network (DEVCOM Pakistan) and Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage).

Other partners include Islamabad Crescent Lions Club (ICLC), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and National Highway Authority.

The festival aims to give message to people from all walks of life, especially youth and women, to take part in the process of strengthening democracy.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg11_7

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Sarabjit Singh sound in body and mind: Pak

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

November 10, 2012

The mental health of Indian inmate in Pakistani jail Sarabjit Singh is good, the Pakistan jail authorities have said.

Singh's lawyer Awais Sheikh had earlier written to the home department requesting a medical check-up for his client. After consulting the central jail superintendent, the home department wrote a letter to Sheikh stating: No neurological deficit exists [in Singh's case].

Singh had earlier told his family he suspected the jail staff were poisoning him slowly because he refused to give in to the warden's pressure of conversion to Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Sarabjit-Singh-sound-in-body-and-mind-Pak/Article1-957494.aspx

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Nawaz also blames ‘generals’ for conspiring against his govt

 10 November 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday blamed ‘army generals’ for conspiring against his elected government in the past saying gunny bags full of money were brought in Punjab to topple his rule, DawnNews reported.

Speaking during an interview to a private news channel, Sharif declared the task of bringing law and situation of the country to normalcy an uphill task. Situation in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in Karachi is getting out of control, he said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/09/nawaz-also-blames-generals-for-conspiring-against-his-govt/

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South Asia

 

Bangladeshi Editor who 'love-linked' Hina Rabbani Khar, Bilawal Bhutto arrested

Nov 09 2012

Dhaka: A controversial editor of a Bangladeshi online magazine, who had created a stir by alleging a romantic link between PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, has been jailed on charges of money embezzlement.

"We arrested Salahuddin Shoeb Chowdhury two days ago and subsequently sent him to jail to face a charge of financial cheating in line with a court directive," Dhaka metropolitan police's deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/editor-who-lovelinked-hina-rabbani-khar-bilawal-bhutto-arrested/1029394/

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Exiled Uyghurs call for China reforms

As Communist Party Congress begins, members of the Muslim minority hope for better treatment from China's government.

09 Nov 2012

Just hours before her death sentence and execution, Rebiya Kadeer found herself shackled inside Liudaowan Prison in China's far-western Xinjiang region. If only to calm her nerves, she assured herself that her death was for her fellow Uyghurs, a Muslim minority in the world’s most populous country.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/11/201211814321905928.html

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4 university students arrested for Tahrir link: Bangladesh

 10 November 2012

Rapid Action Battalion arrested four university students at Jatrabari in the capital early Saturday for their alleged link with banned outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab headquarters conducted a drive at a house and arrested the four, Captain Obhishek Ahmed, deputy director of legal and media wing of Rab headquarters, told The Daily Star.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42322

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JI stages demo against Muslims’ genocide in Burma

 10 November 2012

KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi staged a protest demonstration against the genocide of Muslims in Burma, demanding global community to impose restrictions on Burma, due to the government-backed slaughter of the Muslim community.

A large number of Burma’s Arakani people, besides a large number of Karachiites, belonging to all walks of life participated in the demonstration to express solidarity with their Muslims brothers in Burma, who face tyranny by Buddhists extremists. Protesters, carrying placards and banners, chanted slogans against the silence of the Pakistani government and dual standards of the global community.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg7_19

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Rohingya refugees streaming to Malaysia

People smugglers receive large sums from Myanmar's minority Muslims to make the dangerous trip to Malaysia.

Kate Mayberry

 09 Nov 2012

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - When 27-year-old Najumul Haq took to sea for the first time, he left behind all that he had ever known.

Najumul is a Rohingya, born in Myanmar. For years, his family had run a sundry shop in the town of Maungdaw, on the country's western coast close to the border with Bangladesh.

But after the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman in June triggered a new wave of violence against the minority Rohingya - who are denied citizenship by Myanmar's government and have suffered decades of discrimination - the store was ransacked and Najumul's two brothers were detained. Fearing for his life, he fled.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/11/2012117102916434104.html

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Pro-liberation forces urged to be united to tackle Jamaat: Bangladesh

 10 November 2012

Political leaders, educationalists and an economist yesterday emphasised unity among pro-liberation political and social organisations to tackle anti-liberation and communal forces in the country.

They also urged the government to take stern action against Jamaat-e-Islami particularly regarding donations they receive from abroad.

Speakers were addressing a discussion styled “Mayhem of Jamaat: Trial of War Criminals and Future of Democracy” in the capital's Liberation War Museum auditorium.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=256897

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Hamid Karzai to lure Indian investment for Afghanistan

Nov 10, 2012

NEW DELHI: With Afghan President Hamid Karzai starting his four-day visit to India from Mumbai, the government said on Friday it is trying to attract investments into Afghanistan and "to change the narrative from a narrative of anxiety to a narrative of hope". Karzai landed in Mumbai on Friday where he is expected to meet business leaders to lure more investments into his country before his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh November 12.

"The idea obviously is to encourage Indian business to look at Afghanistan as a destination for investments, for greater trade, for greater economic cooperation," said Yash Sinha, additional secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran).

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Hamid-Karzai-to-lure-Indian-investment-for-Afghanistan/articleshow/17163547.cms

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Victims to testify in Afghan massacre hearing

 10 November 2012

OINT BASE: An Afghan National Army guard who reported seeing a US soldier outside a remote base the night 16 civilians were massacred in March said the man did not stop even after being asked three times to do so.   

The guard, named Nematullah, testified by live video from Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Friday night during an overnight session for a hearing in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

”I told him to stop,” the guard said, through an interpreter, though he did not say whether the man was Bales. He said the man came toward him, said ”how are you” in Pashto and went inside the base.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/10/victims-to-testify-in-afghan-massacre-hearing/

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‘Donkeys new helicopters for Afghan troops’

 10 November 2012

LAHORE: As the US military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, and the foreign aircraft that supplied remote outposts depart, Afghan troops manning these posts have found an ancient solution: the plodding, dutiful animals that have navigated these high and frigid mountain passes for centuries, the Washington Post reports.

Before US forces arrived here in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the instruments of war were rudimentary things: mud-brick outposts and aging Kalashnikovs. The American invasion brought with it a shiny arsenal of 21st-century technology, including advanced helicopters to navigate the treacherous landscape.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg7_5

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Khaleda blames govt forces for Ramu attack

 10 November 2012

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday blamed government forces and associate bodies of the ruling Awami League for the September violence in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.

Different forces of the government, Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League were involved in the attacks on Buddhist community in Ramu and Ukhia of Cox's Bazar and Patiya of Chittagong, Khaleda said.

She was addressing a roadside rally at Chakoria Bus Stand in the afternoon on her way to Ramu upazila.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42319

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Hard choices in Afghanistan for re-elected Obama

November 10, 2012

KABUL: As he celebrated re-election, US President Barack Obama spoke of his desire to “shape a peace” in his second term, but he faces huge challenges in Afghanistan, where he must end his country’s longest war.

From the very early days of his presidency in 2009 Obama has learned the hard way that plans laid in Washington often crumble in the hard realities of the land known as the “Graveyard of Empires”.

He came to power in the middle of an economic crisis with the intention of bringing American troops home from Afghanistan but ended up sending a “surge” of 33,000 extra soldiers to try to quell the Taliban.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/463688/hard-choices-in-afghanistan-for-re-elected-obama/

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Europe

 

British Government Set to Battle Sharia Courts

11/09/2012

Ida Lichter, M.D. Author, 'Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression'

A bill that challenges illegal discrimiNATOry practices in U.K. shariah forums is gathering support in Britain's parliament. Its passage will be followed with interest in Western countries under pressure to recognize aspects of shariah (Islamic law), particularly in the United States, where formal recognition of shariah in court rulings is stimulating debate.

Approximately 85 shariah forums, such as tribunals, councils and "courts" operate a parallel jurisdiction. Few records are kept and there is no right of appeal. Women are given the impression that discrimiNATOry verdicts have legal validity and are not made aware of more equitable entitlements according to U.K. civil law.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ida-lichter-md/british-government-set-to-battle-sharia-courts_b_2100461.html

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Toulouse gunman was a ‘French spy’

 10 November 2012

PARIS: Mohamed Merah, the gunman who went on a deadly shooting spree in Toulouse earlier this year, was an informer for French intelligence, the father of one of his seven victims said yesterday.

“Merah was protected by the DCRI (intelligence agency) which was depending on him to help them dismantle militant networks,” Albert Chennouf, whose soldier son Abel Chennouf was killed on March 15, told Le Point magazine.

He said that the French authorities’ attempt to portray Merah as a lone wolf was a lie and that President Francois Hollande was, like his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, simply “afraid of the truth”.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/toulouse-gunman-was-%E2%80%98french-spy%E2%80%99

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World celebrates November 10 as 'Malala Day', UN chief extends support

Nov 10, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: With the world commemorating November 10 as 'Malala Day' in honour of Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the "global symbol" of every girl's right to an education.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said November 10, a month after Yousafzai was shot at by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, has been declared Malala Day.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/World-celebrates-November-10-as-Malala-Day-UN-chief-extends-support/articleshow/17167602.cms

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UN calls on Yangon to offer citizenship to Rohingyas

 10 November 2012

NUSA DUA, Indonesia: The UN human rights chief called on Myanmar yesterday to allow Muslim Rohingya to become citizens after deadly sectarian violence in recent months in the western state of Rakhine.

The group’s statelessness is at the heart of two major outbreaks of unrest between Buddhist and Muslim communities that has left 180 dead and forced more than 110,000, mainly Rohingya, into makeshift camps since June.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/un-calls-yangon-offer-citizenship-rohingyas

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Hepatitis hits more than 1,000 refugees in S Sudan: UNHCR

 10 November 2012

GENEVA: An outbreak of hepatitis E has infected at least 1,050 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan, killing 26 and threatening to spread further among people still arriving in crowded camps, the United Nations said on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\10\story_10-11-2012_pg4_4

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Anders Behring Breivik's prison conditions 'inhumane'

Nov 10, 2012

The Norwegian convicted of the massacre of 77 people last year has said he is being held in "inhumane" conditions.

Anders Behring Breivik complained in a letter to the prison service that his coffee is served cold, he does not have enough butter for his bread, and he is not allowed moisturiser.

Breivik is serving a minimum 21-year sentence for the bombings and shootings in Oslo and Utoeya island last July.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20270325

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North America

 

Seven members of US Navy SEAL Team 6 punished for secrecy breach

Nov 9, 2012

WASHINGTON: Seven members of US Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in carrying out a raid that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, have been reprimanded for allegedly divulging classified information for a video game, senior Navy officials said on Friday.

The seven members of Navy SEAL, part of an elite force that operates in shadows, were sanctioned for dereliction of duty, disclosure of classified material and violating orders while serving as paid consultants for the development of the " Medal of Honor: Warfighter" video game, CBS news reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Seven-members-of-US-Navy-SEAL-Team-6-punished-for-secrecy-breach/articleshow/17157273.cms

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CIA director David Petraeus quits over extramarital affair

Nov 10, 2012

WASHINGTON: David Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned on Friday as director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair.

The affair was discovered during an FBI investigation, according to officials briefed on the developments. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. It was unclear what the FBI was investigating or when it became aware of the affair.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/CIA-director-David-Petraeus-quits-over-extramarital-affair/articleshow/17163060.cms

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American Muslims celebrate defeat of congressional critics

Poll: 85 Percent of Muslim Voters Picked President Obama

11/9/2012

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/2012) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of an informal exit poll indicating that more than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Obama in Tuesday's election.

Full report at:

American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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American Muslims celebrate defeat of congressional critics

By Omar Sacirbey

November 9, 2012

American Muslims are celebrating the ouster of two congressmen known for their anti-Islamic rhetoric, and heralding the outcomes as a sign that Muslim voters, at least in some districts, are a political force to be reckoned with.

“These encouraging results clearly show that mainstream Americans reject anti-Muslim bigotry by candidates for public office and will demonstrate that rejection at the polls,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “This election witnessed an increased political awareness and mobilization effort among American Muslims that dealt a major blow to the Islamophobia machine.”

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/american-muslims-celebrate-defeat-of-

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