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103 'Terrorists' Arrested, 60 Killed In Sinai Security Crackdown: Army Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistani police officials gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on August 8, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

103 'Terrorists' Arrested, 60 Killed In Sinai Security Crackdown: Army Statement

Saudi Arabia donates $100 mn to UN anti-terror centre

16 Egyptian rights groups condemn sectarian violence against Copts

Iraq attacks at a policeman's home kill 17: officials

Syria Conflict Destroys Churches & Mosques, Desecrates Icons

Mortars hit Damascus area as Assad attends prayers

Hezbollah seeking to paralyze Lebanon: Geagea

Grand Mufti of Lebanon urges Lebanon’s Muslims to avoid violence

Egypt: Islamist Groups Must Stop Inciting to Sectarian

Desert trench for disputed Iraqi city draws Arab ire

Egypt Islamists stage Eid protests after military holds back

Saudi King Abdullah urges ‘firm standing’ for reform of Muslim Ummah

 

Pakistan

Suicide attack kills 38 at Pakistan funeral

Pak foreign secretary lauds India for push to bilateral talks

Indo-Pak Army officers in hotline contact to ease tension

Police officer killed, six injured in Quetta

For the love of mooch: Pak man faces death threats, kidnapping

Punjabis in Balochistan be given security, says PML-Q

Goodwill gesture: 180 prisoners to celebrate Eid with families

Blasphemous content: Review of YouTube ban after Eid

Eidi for the jailed: Zardari grants special remission in sentences to prisoners

PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air Chief

Muslims facing ‘humiliation’ due to disunity, says Liaquat

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif convenes meeting to discuss tension with India

 

Europe

Muslim prisoners in London receive ‘goody-bag’ Eid packs

Balkan former guerrillas join Syria rebels

In a first since 1991, Pope pens down personal Eid message

Zawahiri failed to rebuild Al Qaeda core leadership in Pak: UN

Amnesty: Satellite images show Aleppo devastation

 

India

Hafiz Saeed Imprint on Poonch Attack

Call for Zakat to meet modern educational, medical needs of poor in J&K

Pakistan's new game plan: capture Kabul, cripple Kashmir

Imam 'missing', BSF's inquiry into Ramban firing stuck

Madrasas in Moga take care of orphans, abandoned children

Pak army actively connived in ambush, officials say

Nitaqat claims 73,428 Indians’ jobs in Saudi Arabia, UAE

Waqf board man faces threat for backing Durga

 

Africa

Nigeria: 20 Killed in Fresh Borno Attack

Tunisia: Presidential Pardon to 343 Detainees and Sentence Reduced for 981at Eid-ul-Fitr

'Terrorists' kill 3 Algerian policemen: Report

Eid-ul-Fitr: Goodluck Support Group rejoices with Muslims

A First Step toward Justice, for Some, in Libya

 

South Asia

Explosion in Afghan graveyard kills 10 women on the eve of Eid ul Fitr

Afghan president Karzai calls on Taliban to stop violence

China to open more Mandarin schools in Pakistan as demand for language grows

Taliban spin? Mullah Omar supports education, respects other religions

JP promises to strengthen Islamic faith in Maldives

 

Mideast

Drone strike kills six militants in Yemen's Maareb

Jews protest visitation restrictions at Temple Mount during Ramadan

Yemen says Qaeda plotted to take hostages at oil port

Iran has new rocket site, ballistic missile tests possible

Abbas: Peace talks, Palestinian prisoner release to start 'very soon'

Turkish parliament may re-open to pass rights legislation: Erdoğan

 

North America

Pak concerns on Indian presence in Afghanistan exaggerated: US

Catholic radio station invites anti-Islam blogger to speak at EMU

Eid Al-Fitr to be celebrated at Guantanamo

US President Barack Obama greets Muslims on Eid

2 white supremacists sentenced for hate crime in N.J.

US Spy Planes Buzzing, Drones Bombing Over Yemen

Al-Qaida matures as leaders remain a global threat, experts say

Ground-breaking for Germantown Muslim worship site scheduled for today

 

Southeast Asia

Joko Asks Jakarta Residents for Forgiveness on Eid ul Fitr

Security Tight as Indonesia Celebrates Eid

Killing of Muslim Cleric in Thailand Prompts Concerns

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

103 'Terrorists' Arrested, 60 Killed In Sinai Security Crackdown: Army Statement

 8 August 2013

Army spokesman Ahmed Ali released a statement Wednesday with the results of the police and army's crackdown on "terrorism and jihadists" in Sinai from the period 5 July to 4 August.

The statement, released on Ali's official Facebook page, says that the crackdown resulted in apprehending 227 individuals — 103 of which were arrested and 124 are either dead or injured.

The 103 individuals arrested, from across Sinai, are currently being interrogated. From among the 124, 60 were killed in clashes between security forces, while 64 were injured.

Sinai has suffered a security vacuum since the January 2011 uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime. The situation escalated with the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi 3 July. Militants have attacked police and security forces on a daily basis in response to Morsi's overthrow.

Ali also announced that 102 tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip have been destroyed. The tunnels, according to the statement, were used as an entry point by terrorists, as well as for smuggling weapons, drugs and cars, among others things.

The UN released a statement late July claiming that the army's crackdown closed 80 percent of Gaza's tunnels, many of which have been used to smuggle basic necessities into Gaza, leaving the UN concerned "that already difficult economic and humanitarian conditions in Gaza will further deteriorate."

Ali also stated that 40 petroleum tanks containing 2.7 million litres of gas and diesel, intended to be smuggled into Gaza, have been destroyed.

The armed forces have also destroyed four houses that reportedly sheltered terrorists. The terrorists allegedly used the houses to initiate attacks on security forces.

Some 38 cars reportedly used by terrorists to carry weapons have been seized by authorities.

The army statement comes hours after the murder of a Mubarak-era parliamentarian by unknown assailants in Sinai. Attackers fired from a moving vehicle four bullets at Abdel Hamid Silmi, 58, as he left a mosque early Wednesday after dawn prayers.

Members of Silmi's prominent Fawakhreya tribe gathered amid a charged atmosphere at Al-Arish General Hospital, where Silmi was moved following the shooting outside Abu-Bakr Al-Seddiq Mosque.

According to Reuters, 40 people have been killed by militants attacking security checkpoints since Morsi's ouster.

Critics of the Muslim Brotherhood accuse the group of instigating violence in Sinai — charges much repeated after senior Brotherhood figure Mohamed El-Beltagy stated last month that violence in Sinai would immediately end should Morsi be reinstated.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78559/Egypt/Politics-/-terrorists-arrested,--killed-in-Sinai-security-cr.aspx

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Saudi Arabia donates $100 mn to UN anti-terror centre

August 08, 2013

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has announced a further donation of $100 million (75 million euros) to set up a United Nations centre for fighting terrorism, Saudi media reported on Thursday. Saudi Arabia signed an agreement with the UN in 2011 to create the centre and the oil-rich Gulf

monarchy has already donated $10 million towards its launch.

"I announce a donation from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia of $100 million to support this centre and work for its activation under the umbrella of the United Nations," King Abdullah said in a speech marking Eid al-Fitr, the holiday celebrating the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramzan, quoted by official news agency SPA.

"The king called on the international community to support the centre "to get rid of the forces of hatred, extremism and criminality".

Abdullah floated the idea for the centre in 2005. Saudi Arabia was hit by a wave of attacks attributed to al-Qaeda militants between 2003 and 2005, and has made fighting terrorism one of its top priorities.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Saudi-Arabia-donates-100-mn-to-UN-anti-terror-centre/Article1-1105133.aspx

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16 Egyptian rights groups condemn sectarian violence against Copts

 8 August 2013

A number of Egyptian human rights organisations condemned on Wednesday what they described as “clear incitement to violence and religious hatred” by the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies.

Sixteen rights groups issued a joint statement expressing "grave concern regarding the increasing sectarian violence which has targeted Christians and their churches since the June 30 uprising.”

The statement, signed by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, Egyptians against Religious Discrimination, the Arab Penal Reform Organisation and Nazra for Feminist Studies among others, also condemned the state for failing to prevent sectarian attacks.

"Reports from northern Sinai reveal that the military and the police continue to be incapable of providing sufficient protection to civilians – both Muslims and Christians – in the face of acts of violence…. by armed groups of Islamist extremists… [reports of] a large number of Christians from Northern Sinai have been displaced … churches have remained closed most of the time due to fears that they will be attacked," the groups said.

Attacks of Coptic homes and churches have been reported recently in villages in Upper Egypt’s Luxor, Sohag and Minya.

A Coptic priest was shot dead in North Sinai on 6 July amid a spike in armed attacks by unknown militants against the military and police in the Egyptian peninsula since Morsi's deposition.

"The undersigned organisations further denounce the continued negligence of the institutions of the state to provide the necessary protection to Christian citizens, to decisively confront sectarian attacks, and to enforce the law by holding those responsible for the acts of sectarian violence, which have been seen in several governorates to account," the statement continued.

Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered on Tuesday the detention of 11 people for a 15-day period pending investigations into sectarian clashes in Minya on Saturday that left 17 wounded.

The groups called on Islamists to reject violence and on the state to prosecute sectarian attacks and to stop Egypt's traditional method of resolving such conflicts by carrying out reconciliation talks, which the groups say usually favour the stronger party.

They also urged that the conclusions of investigations into sectarian crimes be made public and that witnesses of such crimes be provided sufficient protection.

"The prosecution should call for an independent investigation to determine what led to inadequate protection being provided to Christians, their property, and their places of worship, whether by the military or the police," the statement concluded.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78547/Egypt/Politics-/-Egyptian-rights-groups-condemn-sectarian-violence.aspx

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Iraq attacks at a policeman's home kill 17: officials

 8 August 2013

Attacks including a shooting and bombings at a policeman's home killed 17 people in Iraq on Wednesday, officials said, as authorities struggle to contain the country's worst violence since 2008.

The attacks are the latest in a wave of unrest that has made the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan the bloodiest in years, with more than 800 people killed nationwide.

Militants have struck targets ranging from cafes where Iraqis gather after breaking their daily Ramadan fast to mosques where extended evening prayers are held during the month.

Wednesday's deadliest attack hit Tikrit, north of Baghdad, where militants armed with automatic weapons shot dead a policeman at his home, then set off a bomb to draw people to the scene.

When people arrived, a car bomb exploded, killing at least nine people and wounding at least 35.

Near Dhuluiyah, also north of Baghdad, a bomb killed three more policemen and wounded a fourth, while a magnetic "sticky bomb" on a bus killed one person and wounded two in the Mussayib area, south of the capital.

Another bomb exploded near a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul, killing a young girl while police killed two militants attempting to plant a bomb.

Other attacks, including a car bomb that exploded near a Kurdish political party office in the northern city of Kirkuk, wounded dozens more.

Violence has markedly increased this year, especially since an April 23 security operation at a Sunni Arab anti-government protest site that sparked clashes in which dozens died.

Protests erupted in Sunni-majority areas in late 2012, amid widespread discontent among Sunnis, who accuse the Shiite-led government of marginalising and targeting them.

Analysts say Sunni anger is the main cause of the spike in violence this year.

In addition to security problems, the government in Baghdad is also failing to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread.

Political squabbling has paralysed the government, which has passed almost no major legislation in years.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/78591/World/Region/Iraq-attacks-kill--officials.aspx

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Syria conflict: Officials deny Assad motorcade attacked

Aug 08 2013

Syria's information minister has denied rebel that claims they attacked President Bashar al-Assad's convoy.

Reports that rebel rockets hit his motorcade were "dreams and illusions", Omran Zoabi told Syrian state TV.

Rebels said they fired mortars at his convoy as it headed towards the Anas bin Malek mosque in the Malki area, where the president has a residence.

Pictures showed Mr Assad unharmed at a prayer service at a Damascus mosque to mark the end of Ramadan.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23611706

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Mortars hit Damascus area as Assad attends prayers

AP | Aug 8, 2013

DAMASCUS, Syria: Mortar rounds hit an upscale district of Damascus on Thursday as Syrian state TV broadcast images of President Bashar Assad attending prayers in the same area of the capital to mark the start of a Muslim holiday.

It was unclear if the shelling of Malki district was connected to Assad's visit to the neighborhood's Anas bin Malik Mosque. Information minister Omran al-Zoubi said the president and his convoy were not affected by the mortar attacks, telling state TV that Assad drove his own car to the mosque.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mortars-hit-Damascus-area-as-Assad-attends-prayers/articleshow/21704413.cms

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Hezbollah seeking to paralyze Lebanon: Geagea

August 08, 2013      

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused Hezbollah Thursday of seeking to paralyze the state in Lebanon.

"Hezbollah is a mini-state within the Lebanese state, and this mini-state contributes to impeding the formation of a successful state,” Geagea told a delegation of Lebanese expatriates affiliated with the LF.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-08/226751-hezbollah-seeking-to-paralyze-lebanon-geagea.ashx#ixzz2bQnqd79U

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Grand Mufti of Lebanon urges Lebanon’s Muslims to avoid violence

August 08, 2013

BEIRUT: The Grand Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani urged Sunnis and Shiites at the end of Ramadan Thursday to unify and avoid bloodshed.

“Beware of getting involved in discord between you or among fellow citizens, be they Muslims or Christians,” Qabbani told worshipers on the first day of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-08/226769-mufti-urges-lebanons-muslims-to-avoid-violence.ashx#ixzz2bQngfveZ

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Egypt: Islamist Groups Must Stop Inciting to Sectarian Violence - Protection of Christians Responsibility of the State

7 AUGUST 2013

The undersigned organizations express their grave concern regarding the increasing sectarian violence which has targeted Christians and their churches since the uprising of June 30. These organizations strongly condemn the rhetoric employed by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies which includes clear incitement to violence and religious hatred in order to achieve political gains, regardless of the grave repercussions of such rhetoric for peace in Egypt.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308071500.html

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Desert trench for disputed Iraqi city draws Arab ire

 8 August 2013

An unusual plan by the Kurdish governor of Iraq’s Kirkuk province to dig a trench aimed at curbing deadly violence has unimpressed Arab leaders who call it a land grab.

The trench is merely the latest apparent security measure to raise tensions among the northern province’s Kurds and Arabs, who both lay claim to Kirkuk.

For now, workers are digging the 53-kilometer (32-mile) trench -- a defensive measure dating to ancient times -- in the desert to the south and west of Kirkuk city, capital of the eponymous oil-rich province.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/08/08/Desert-trench-for-disputed-Iraq-city-draws-Arab-ire-.html

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Egypt Islamists stage Eid protests after military holds back

 8 August 2013

Maggie Fick and Yasmine Saleh, Reuters

Islamist supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi began marching to demand his restoration on Thursday after the military-led authorities that removed him held off from carrying out a threat to clear protest sit-ins by force.

Interim President Adly Mansour declared on Wednesday that international diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis had failed and the government warned protesters to leave their protest camps, saying the decision to remove them was final.

U.S. and European Union envoys left Cairo on Wednesday after the breakdown of their attempts to broker a solution, which had also involved Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/08/Egypt-Islamists-stage-Eid-protests-after-military-holds-back.html

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Saudi King Abdullah urges ‘firm standing’ for reform of Muslim Ummah

 8 August 2013

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday called for a “firm standing” to reform the Muslim Ummah and steadfastness against “callers for sedition, misguide and deviation.”

King Abdullah made his call as he congratulated Muslims throughout the world on the coming of the Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramada.

“No doubt that the deviant thought which was designed to stage a deep injury in the waist of the Islamic Ummah is more dangerous for our nation than the weapons of its visible enemies. However, this is Allah's rule for his creatures,” the king said in a statement published by the state news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/08/Saudi-King-Abdullah-urges-firm-standing-for-reform-of-Muslim-Ummah.html

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Pakistan

 

Suicide attack kills 38 at Pakistan funeral

August 08, 2013

QUETTA, Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed 38 people Thursday and wounded more than 50 others, most of them Pakistani policemen attending a funeral on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr Muslim festival, an officer said.

The attack at police headquarters in the southwestern city of Quetta was the latest in a series of attacks highlighting the major security challenges faced by a newly elected government.

The bomber struck as officers gathered to pay their respects to a colleague who had been shot dead only hours before in Quetta, capital of the troubled province of Baluchistan.

Fayaz Sumbal, a deputy inspector general of police and one of the most senior officers in Quetta, was among those killed.

"At least 38 people have been killed and more than 50 injured," senior police official Mohammad Tariq told AFP. "Most of the dead and injured are policemen."

A son of the imam of the mosque at the police headquarters was among the dead, Doctor Syed Sarwar Shah told AFP at one hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Aug-08/226763-bomb-kills-15-at-policemans-funeral-in-pakistan.ashx#ixzz2bQnluXZU

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Pak foreign secretary lauds India for push to bilateral talks

TNN | Aug 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: A day after yet another ceasefire violation left five Indian soldiers dead, Pakistani foreign secretary Jalil Jilani wrote to his Indian counterpart Sujatha Singh appreciating her desire to "pick up the threads'' of the dialogue from where it was left off before similar incidents in January stalled talks.

Jilani congratulated Singh on her becoming foreign secretary. In his letter, Jilani said the exchange of goodwill messages between the leadership of the two countries needed to be carried forward and that he looked forward to working closely with her over issues of mutual concern.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-foreign-secretary-lauds-India-for-push-to-bilateral-talks/articleshow/21694879.cms

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Indo-Pak Army officers in hotline contact to ease tension

Aug 08 2013

ISLAMABAD: After a demonstration by a mob outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday over the killing of Indian soldiers along the Line of Control, the Foreign Office asked India to beef up security of Pakistani diplomats and high commission staff.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gopal Baglay was summoned to the Foreign Office and asked to convey to the Indian government that Pakistan expected it to meet its responsibility of protecting Pakistani diplomats and allied staff posted there.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1034786/army-officers-in-hotline-contact-to-ease-tension

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Police officer killed, six injured in Quetta

Aug 08 2013

QUETTA: Unknown gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on a police van in Killi Almo area of Quetta killing station house officer (SHO) of City police station and injuring six others on Thursday.

SHO Mohibullah, along with four of his children and two other policemen, had left his residence in a police van when it came under fire from unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen in Killi Almo area of Balochistan's capital city.

All occupants of the vehicle were injured in the attack and were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after the incident.

SHO Mohibullah succumbed to his injuries later during treatment whereas the condition of another policeman was reported as critical, according to medical sources.

http://dawn.com/news/1034966/police-officer-killed-six-injured-in-quetta

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For the love of mooch: Pak man faces death threats, kidnapping

Aug 08 2013

PESHAWAR: Pakistani businessman Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi has been kidnapped threatened with death forcibly displaced and lives apart from his family: all because of his enormous moustache.

Impeccably trimmed to 30 inches, Afridi spends 30 minutes a day washing, combing, oiling and twirling his facial hair into two arches that reach to his forehead, defying gravity.

“People give me a lot of respect. It's my identity,” said the 48-year-old grandfather in the northwestern city of Peshawar, when asked why he was prepared to risk everything for his whiskers.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1034963/dicing-with-death-for-a-moustache-in-pakistan

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Punjabis in Balochistan be given security, says PML-Q

Aug 08 2013

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), while submitting an adjournment motion in the Punjab Assembly, has urged the provincial government to provide security to Punjabis settled in Balochistan by holding talks with the Baloch authorities.

The PML-Q also demanded an open debate on the issue of recent mass killings of Punjabis in Machh as well as other issues related to Punjabis’ security in deferent areas of Balochistan.

On the other hand, the Punjab governor called a session of the assembly for next Monday.

The adjournment motion was jointly submitted by three PML-Q members – Sardar Waqqas Hasan Moakal, Amir Sultan Cheema, and Dr Muhammad Afzal – in the Notice Branch of the Punjab Assembly Secretariat on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\08\story_8-8-2013_pg13_5

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Goodwill gesture: 180 prisoners to celebrate Eid with families

August 8, 2013

KARACHI: Around 180 prisoners, including women and an Indian national, were released on Wednesday from different jails across Karachi as a goodwill gesture on account of Eid ul Fitr by the district and sessions courts.

As many as 180 people imprisoned for minor offences were set free from Central Jail Karachi, District Jail Malir, Special Prison for Women and the Youthful Offenders Industrial School (juvenile jail) on the orders of the subordinate courts.

The Indian prisoner, Abu Bakar alias Munna, was released after he admitted he came from India a couple of years ago to live in the country illegally. He was arrested by the special branch of police.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588072/goodwill-gesture-180-prisoners-to-celebrate-eid-with-families/

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Blasphemous content: Review of YouTube ban after Eid

August 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman will convene a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) after Eidul Fitr to review the ban on video sharing website YouTube in Pakistan.

According to the IT ministry spokesman, the IMC for Web Evaluation will present its web evaluation on the YouTube ban and furnish its recommendations to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to make a final decision on whether or not to lift restrictions on the service.

In his press statement, the spokesman said since the upload of the blasphemous film “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube in September 2012, the government took stringent measures to demand its removal and limit its access on the Internet in Pakistan. The controversial film stirred violent protests and public outcry in Pakistan and the Arab world.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588110/blasphemous-content-review-of-youtube-ban-after-eid/

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Eidi for the jailed: Zardari grants special remission in sentences to prisoners

 August 7, 2013

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has granted a special remission in sentences to convicts of different categories on the occasion of forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr 2013.

A special remission of 90 days has been granted to prisoners sentenced to life in prison, except to those prisoners convicted for heinous crimes including murder, espionage and anti-state activities, sectarianism, rape, robbery, abduction and terror acts.

 Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587853/eidi-for-the-jailed-zardari-grants-special-remission-in-sentences-to-prisoners/

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PAF must prepare for a two-front situation in war on terror: Air Chief

 August 7, 2013

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Tahir Rafiq Butt says that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) must prepare for a two-front situation in view of its combat role in the anti- terrorism campaign, which has evolved since the 9/11 attacks on the US, and in addition to its traditional adversarial role as India’s neighbour.

“Airpower can achieve much more in a short span of time if employed with clear understanding of its capabilities,” he said in an interview to Defence Jane’s Weekly.

“Its inherent flexibility has enabled nation states to successfully deter their conventional adversaries as well as prosecute irregular outfits.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587880/paf-must-prepare-for-a-two-front-situation-in-war-on-terror-air-chief/

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Muslims facing ‘humiliation’ due to disunity, says Liaquat

 August 08, 2013 

Muslims facing ‘humiliation’ due to disunity, says Liaquat

LAHORE - JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that the blood of the Muslims is being spilled all over the world-from Kashmir to Myanmar and from Syria to Palestine.

Addressing an Iftar party, he said that the Muslim world was rich in terms of man-power, natural resources and geographical location but it was facing ‘humiliation’ because of disunity in its ranks and also for having drifted s away from the Holy Quran and the Sunnah.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/lahore/07-Aug-2013/muslims-facing-humiliation-due-to-disunity-says-liaquat

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Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif convenes meeting to discuss tension with India

 August 08, 2013

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif summoned an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the fast growing tension with India over the exchange of fire along the Line of Control (LoC), state television reported.

Fresh from a private visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Sharif called the meeting to discuss "the situation arising out of recent tension at the LoC". The meeting will also discuss foreign policy and external challenges faced by the country, reported Xinhua.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pakistani-PM-Nawaz-Sharif-convenes-meeting-to-discuss-tension-with-India/Article1-1105183.aspx

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Europe

 

Muslim prisoners in London receive ‘goody-bag’ Eid packs

 8 August 2013

A London-based charity is providing Eid al-Fitr packs to more than more than 400 Muslim prisoners in London so they can celebrate the occasion that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, reported BBC on Wednesday.

Abid Choudhry, who works for the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said he came up with the idea last year.

“[Muslim prisoners] tend to be isolated from the community and they are also isolated from the religious calendar as it were and this is basically a small connection with the community and with that religious aspect of their life,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2013/08/08/-Muslim-prisoners-in-London-receive-goody-bag-Eid-packs.html

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Balkan former guerrillas join Syria rebels

 8 August 2013

Some fought as guerrillas during the bloody Balkans wars of the 1990s, battling powerful tanks and artillery.

Others grew up under the influence of radical Islam that has gained ground in poverty-hit areas in the Balkan countries and regions populated by Muslims.

Today, both experienced fighters and their younger followers are leaving the Balkans to join Syrian rebels on the front line. Many return home in body bags with their families often unaware they had even joined the fight.

Migena Maliqaj, an Albanian, had not heard from her husband Halil since November, when he told her he was leaving their home in Prush, outside the capital Tirana, to try to find work in Turkey. In June, she received a text message from an unknown number saying that Halil had been killed in Syria. Maliqaj was reluctant to talk to AFP.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/07/-Balkan-former-guerrillas-join-Syria-rebels.html

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In a first since 1991, Pope pens down personal Eid message

Zia Haq

Aug 08 2013

In a personally written message to the Muslim world, Pope Francis has offered Eid greetings and called for “mutual respect” between religions, as Ramadan, or the Muslim month of fasting, draws to a close.

This is the first time a Pope has personally greeted Muslims, since 1991, when a similarly personal greeting to Muslims was delivered by the popular Pope, John Paul II, in the aftermath of the Gulf War.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/In-a-first-since-1991-Pope-pens-down-personal-Eid-message/Article1-1104842.aspx

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Zawahiri failed to rebuild Al Qaeda core leadership in Pak: UN

 August 08, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: Osama Bin Laden's successor as the leader of Al Qaeda has struggled to unite its various factions, a UN report said Wednesday, but the group remains an evolving threat.

 The report, delivered to the UN Security Council by a group of experts, said Al Qaeda's Egyptian leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri had failed to rebuild the group's core leadership in Pakistan.

 But it said various groups affiliated with Al Qaeda are still adapting their tactics and seeking new targets, while retaining the ability to conduct deadly strikes.

Full report at:

 http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-112820-Zawahiri-failed-to-rebuild-Al-Qaeda-core-leadership-in-Pak:-UN

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Amnesty: Satellite images show Aleppo devastation

 8 August 2013

Satellite images have laid bare the suffering inflicted on Syria’s largest city, a London-based rights group said Wednesday, cataloguing hundreds of damaged or destroyed houses and more than 1,000 roadblocks.

Amnesty International said it had worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to analyze pictures of Aleppo taken by aerospace imagery providers DigitalGlobe and Astrium for signs of destruction in the metropolis, which has been the scene of months of vicious fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to topple him.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/08/Amnesty-Satellite-images-show-Aleppo-devastation.html

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India

 

Hafiz Saeed Imprint on Poonch Attack

By Mail Today

Aug 08 2013

INDIAN intelligence inputs claim that Mumbai attack mastermind, Jamaat- ud- Dawa chief and Lashkar- e- Taiyyaba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed had visited the Line of Control ( LoC) in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir days before the Poonch ambush in which five India soldiers were killed.

Saeed was also spotted in the area before the Mendhar attack in January this year, which was carried out by Pakistan Army regulars belonging to its Special Services Group ( SSG), an elite outfit also known as the ‘ Black Storks’, and the LeT. The Indian Army, meanwhile, is trying to establish whether the ambush of the Indian patrol in Poonch early on Tuesday morning was linked with the beheading of a soldier in the Mendhar attack this January.

The SSG has trained Lashkar terrorists to form a ‘ jihadi commando unit’, according to intelligence inputs. The inputs indicate the unit is headed by a person named Tariq Mohammad Anwar, who has also spent time in the Kashmir Valley, conceiving and executing terror strikes.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Call for Zakat to meet modern educational, medical needs of poor in J&K

Towseef Ahmad

Aug 08 2013

Srinagar, Aug 06: The idea of supporting formal and professional education as well as meeting the medical needs of poor Muslims in the valley is gaining ground through ventures started by various social and philanthropic organizations.

Not only the religious education (through madrasa) which was the slogan in the past for staking claim over Zakat, now Zakat for modern education and medicine is gaining ground.

Calls for Zakat and Sadqah (the poor’s due, given by Muslims mostly during Ramadan) are emerging  from different social and philanthropic institutions this Ramzan seeking donation to carry out programs such as assisting the poor with rations, medicines, scholarships and imparting livelihood skills.

Full report at:

http://www.risingkashmir.in/news/charity-bodies-call-for-zakat-to-meet-modern-edu-medical-needs-of-poor-52892.aspx

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Pakistan's new game plan: capture Kabul, cripple Kashmir

 August 08, 2013

It was around 4.30 am on July 1 when a Pakistani suicide bomber crossed the Line of Control and blew himself up about 25 meters from an Indian Army picket at Saujiyan in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Other than the bomber, there were no casualties.

A week later, in the same area, a Pakistani improvised explosive device – a roadside bomb – proved more lethal and killed an Indian Army porter.

India believes these attacks and other such activity along the de facto border and inside Jammu and Kashmir, are part of a deliberate Pakistani game plan to push in as many militants as possible across the LoC. The goal of all this: escalate violence in the run-up to and possibly disrupt the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections next year.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Pakistan-s-new-game-plan-capture-Kabul-cripple-Kashmir/Article1-1104864.aspx

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Imam 'missing', BSF's inquiry into Ramban firing stuck

Aug 08 2013

New Delhi: A local imam who alleged that he had been beaten up by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, which triggered protests resulting in the death of four villagers near Dharam post in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir last month, has gone missing, according to officials.

The imam’s statement is vital to conclude the Court of Inquiry (CoI) ordered by the BSF to probe whether its personnel were involved in any kind of excesses and whether the allegations of desecrating the Quran as alleged by him was genuine or not. More than 40 people were also injured in the incident.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/imam--missing--bsf-s-inquiry-into-ramban-firing-stuck/1152649/

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Madrassas in Moga take care of orphans, abandoned children

Aug 8, 2013

Two village madrassas, in Manuke village and in Massitan village, are taking care of over 150 orphan, abandoned and poor children, providing them shelter, school and Islamic as well as technical education free. The children are from all religions.

A Moga-based social organization, Muslim Welfare Youth Club, has provided 30 professional sewing machines to teach stitching to children. A trainer has also been provided.

At the Manuke village, the Talim-Ul-Quran takes care of about 80 children. Amjad Hussain Khan, president of Muslim Welfare Youth Club, Moga, said, "We have appointed special teachers for providing technical education and have appointed religious teachers for giving spiritual education to the children."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punjab/Bathinda/Madrassas-in-Moga-take-care-of-orphans-abandoned-children/SP-Article1-1104814.aspx

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Pak army involved in LoC attack, Antony says

Rajat Pandit, TNN | Aug 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: The resumption of the composite dialogue process with Pakistan could now be put on hold after defence minister A K Antony told Parliament on Thursday that the killing of five Indian soldiers "will have consequences on our behaviour on the line of control and for our relations with Pakistan".

Faced with a blistering attack by opposition MPs for giving an escape route to Pakistan by the earlier contradictory statements on the well-planned ambush in Poonch sector of J&K on Tuesday, Antony made a clear-cut strong statement in Lok Sabha. "The brutal and unprovoked attack on an Indian patrol on our side of LoC on August 6, 2013 outraged us all. When I reported the incident to the House (earlier), it was the government's obligation to report the facts as we knew them at that point of time, and my statement was based on the available information,"he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-army-involved-in-LoC-attack-Antony-says/articleshow/21701814.cms

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Nitaqat claims 73,428 Indians’ jobs in Saudi Arabia, UAE

TNN | Aug 8, 2013

India on Wednesday said that it had issued 73,428 emergency certificates to overseas workers in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates that would allow them to return home. So far, 7,923 Indians have left UAE following the Nitaqat policy. The Nitaqat policy mandates that one local worker be employed by an agency for every 10 foreign workers. In a statement to the Lok Sabha, Overseas Indian Affairs minister Vayalar Ravi said that 70,000 ECs had been issued by the Indian mission in Saudi Arabia and 3,428 in UAE. The minister assured the House that there had been "no significant adverse impact on Indian workers in Saudi Arabia except those who were working without valid papers.'' So far, the Nitaqat policy has been extended twice — first to July 3, 2013 and then to November 3, 2013.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nitaqat-claims-73428-Indians-jobs-in-Saudi-Arabia-UAE/articleshow/21692586.cms

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Waqf board man faces threat for backing Durga

 August 07, 2013

A waqf board-appointed committee official openly lending support to suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal on Wednesday said he was facing threats from ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) workers, who have encroached upon the board’s prime properties.

Secretary of Hazrat Syed Bhureshah Committee Kadir Khan Jayaswal had demanded that the SP government in Uttar Pradesh revoke Nagpal’s suspension.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/noida/Waqf-board-man-faces-threat-for-backing-Durga/Article1-1104781.aspx

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Africa

 

Nigeria: 20 Killed in Fresh Borno Attack

BY SADIQ ABDULATEEF

Gunfire and explosions shook Gamboru Ngala town in Borno State yesterday just as the Joint Task Force (JTF) imposed a 24-hour curfew on Potiskum in Yobe State to check waves of insurgent activities in the affected areas.

Clashes broke out in the town of Gamboru Ngala on the border with Cameroon on Monday night and continued yesterday. About 20 people have been killed so far, a resident said. The military had not commented on the situation there and details remained unclear.

Meanwhile, a round-the-clock curfew had been imposed on Potiskum as soldiers carried out house-to-house searches.

The military did not say why it moved to suddenly impose the curfew on Potiskum or provide other details. The operation came ahead of the Muslim Eid-el-Fitr holiday which follows the fasting month of Ramadan.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308071174.html?viewall=1

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Tunisia: Presidential Pardon to 343 Detainees and Sentence Reduced for 981 Others at Eid-ul-Fitr

Aug 08 2013

Carthage — On the occasion of Aid el Fitr, President Moncef Marzouki granted a special pardon to a number of detainees who meet the required conditions, during a meeting on Wednesday with Justice Minister Nadhir Ben Ammou.

Ben Ammou said the special commission in charge of pardon within the ministry, after examination of the files of 1,568 detainees, proposed 343 among them to be granted presidential pardon, 266 of whom have the maximum of three months left to serve.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308071468.html

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'Terrorists' kill 3 Algerian policemen: Report

 8 August 2013

Gunmen have killed three policemen in an ambush in the eastern Algerian region of Kabylie and lost one of their own, daily newspaper El-Watan reported on Wednesday.

"A police patrol was attacked by a group of terrorists on the road to the new hospital in Azeffoun" on Tuesday afternoon, some 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of the city of Tizi Ouzou, the paper said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/78556/World/Region/Terrorists-kill--Algerian-policemen-Report.aspx

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Eid-ul-Fitr: Goodluck Support Group rejoices with Muslims

By Wale Odunsi

 August 8, 2013

Goodluck Support Group (GSG), a non-government organization in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda, congratulates all Nigerians of Islamic faith in the country on the successful conclusion of the 2013 Ramadan fast, and the marking of this year’s Eid-ul Fitr.

In a statement signed by the Deputy National Coordinator of the group, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, the GSG urges all Muslims and other Nigerians to live up to the moral ideals and sacrifices symbolized by Ramadan fast.

Full report at:

http://dailypost.com.ng/2013/08/08/eid-el-fitri-goodluck-support-group-rejoices-with-muslims/

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A First Step Toward Justice, for Some, in Libya

Aug 08 2013

Libya is finally set to begin collecting evidence of crimes committed by militias from the town of Misrata and people from Tawergha during the 2011 uprising to oust Muammar Gaddafi.

This may be a first, hopeful step towards justice - but much needs to be done to ensure this difficult task is conducted fairly and thoroughly.

The Ministry of Justice announced on July 31 that a fact finding commission would begin its work, more than a year after the commission was established by a decree form the National Transitional Council.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308071740.html

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South Asia

 

Explosion in Afghan graveyard kills 10 women on the eve of Eid ul Fitr

August 08, 2013

An explosion killed at least 10 women in a graveyard in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said, as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan. "An explosion happened in a graveyard," Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, police spokesman for Nangarhar province, told AFP.

"Ten women were killed in the blast, two other women and a child were also wounded."

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Afghanistan/Explosion-in-Afghan-graveyard-kills-10-women/Article1-1105156.aspx

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Afghan president Karzai calls on Taliban to stop violence

 Aug 08 2013

In a speech marking the start of a Muslim holiday, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has urged the Taliban to lay down their arms, join the political process and stop killing innocent civilians.

Speaking after the prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he thanked the Afghan security forces for their sacrifices in the war against the insurgency.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/afghan-president-karzai-calls-on-taliban-to-stop-violence/1152880/

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China to open more Mandarin schools in Pakistan as demand for language grows

Aug 08 2013

Beijing : China is training more Mandarin teachers and building more language schools in Pakistan to meet the growing demand for Mandarin speakers. China also want the Pakistani television channels to show Chinese television dramas which are totally absent from small screens there. A second Confucius Institute in Pakistan is under construction, to help China achieve its goal of training 1,000 more Mandarin teachers in the country. Eliminating the language barrier will benefit the booming bilateral trade, and boost the country's technology sectors, state run China Daily reported today.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/china-to-open-more-mandarin-schools-in-pakistan-as-demand-for-language-grows/1152400/

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Taliban spin? Mullah Omar supports education, respects other religions

By Mushtaq Yusufzai and Fakhar Rehman, NBC News

Aug 08 2013

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has publicly declared that he wants good relations with the world, supports “modern” education and will respect other ethnic and religious communities within Afghanistan.

In an apparent attempt to rehabilitate the Taliban’s image - damaged when its fighters shot Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai in the head because she had campaigned for girls' education, and when it was blamed for killing 20 polio workers – Omar issued a statement Tuesday that struck a more conciliatory, inclusive approach.

However, he stressed his followers should not take part in the proposed election in Afghanistan next year after the withdrawal of most foreign forces.

Full report at:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/07/19908176-taliban-spin-mullah-omar-supports-education-respects-other-religions

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JP promises to strengthen Islamic faith in Maldives

By Mohamed Naahee | August 7th, 2013

The Jumhoree Party (JP) has unveiled its “Religion and Nationalism Policy” – a set of objectives focusing on strengthening Islamic faith and national identity in the Maldives – as part of party leader Gasim Ibrahim’s bid for presidency in the upcoming elections.

Both the religious conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) and Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) recently defected to Gasim from President Mohamed Waheed Hassan’s coalition, forming the ‘Jumhoree Alliance’ – a coalition consisting of the three parties.

DQP Leader Hassan Saeed was subsequently appointed as Gasim’s running mate.

In a rally held to unveil the policy on Tuesday, Gasim stressed his “personal efforts” defending national identity and the religion, claiming to have been the mastermind behind the constitutional prerequisite that in order to be a Maldivian, one must be a Muslim.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/resort-tycoon-unveils-%E2%80%9Creligion-and-nationalism-policy%E2%80%9D-promises-to-strengthen-islamic-faith-62015

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Mideast

 

Drone strike kills six militants in Yemen's Maareb

August 08, 2013

A US drone killed at least six suspected Al Qaeda militants in Yemen's southeastern province of Maareb on Thursday, officials said, the sixth such strike in less than two weeks.

The strike follows Yemen's announcement on Wednesday that it had foiled a plot by Al Qaeda to seize two major oil and gas export terminals and a provincial capital in the east of the country.

The drone killings also come after warnings of potential attacks by militants that pushed Washington to shut missions across the Middle East, and the United States and Britain to evacuate staff from Yemen.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Drone-strike-kills-six-militants-in-Yemen-s-Maareb/Article1-1105053.aspx

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Jews protest visitation restrictions at Temple Mount during Ramadan

Aug 8, 2013

Dozens of demonstrators peacefully gathered at the locked Mugrabi Gate leading to the Temple Mount early Wednesday to protest unusually stringent police restrictions against the admission of Jews to the site during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The site, which is overseen by the Wakf Muslim religious trust, was initially open to Jews during mornings in the first two weeks of Ramadan. However, on several occasions, when Jewish visitors were threatened by Muslim worshipers, police were forced to evacuate them.

Indeed, last month during Tisha Be’av – considered the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, when Jews mourn the numerous tragedies that have befallen them on that date, including the destruction of the temples – officers barred them from the Temple Mount due to Muslim threats.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Jews-protest-visitation-restrictions-at-Temple-Mount-during-Ramadan-322393

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Yemen says Qaeda plotted to take hostages at oil port

August 08, 2013

Yemen on said Wednesday it had foiled an Al-Qaeda plot to storm a Western-run oil terminal and seize a port city, as a terror alert kept US Middle East missions closed.

The jihadist network's feared Yemeni affiliate planned to assault the Canadian-run Mina al-Dhaba oil terminal on the Arabian Sea coast and take staff hostage, including western expatriates, government spokesman Rajeh Badi told AFP.

A nearby export facility for oil derivatives was also targeted, Badi said.

Al-Qaeda also plotted to seize the nearby Hadramawt provincial capital Al-Mukalla, a port city of 100,000 people, and the Ghayl Bawazeer area to its north, where they briefly declared an Islamic emirate earlier this year.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Yemen-says-Qaeda-plotted-to-take-hostages-at-oil-port/Article1-1104948.aspx

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Iran has new rocket site, ballistic missile tests possible

8 August 2013

Iran has constructed a rocket-launching site that could be used for testing ballistic missiles, a report from a military intelligence publication said on Thursday.

Satellite imagery analysed by Jane's Intelligence Reviews showed extensive construction over the last three years at a site of what Jane's says is a launch tower and pad, an area to prepare rockets for launch and an administration and support section.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/08/Iran-has-new-rocket-site-ballistic-missile-tests-possible-report.html

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Abbas: Peace talks, Palestinian prisoner release to start 'very soon'

Aug 8, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that peace talks with Israel will start "very soon," and reiterated past statements that east Jerusalem would be the capital of the future Palestinian state, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

Abbas laid roses on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Thursday to mark the start of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.

He expressed hope that the next Eid al-Fitr feast would be celebrated "under an independent and sovereign Palestinian state" and that Palestinian prisoners who have been imprisoned in Israel before the Oslo Accords would be released "very soon."

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Abbas-Peace-talks-Palestinian-prisoner-release-to-start-very-soon-322426

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Turkish parliament may re-open to pass rights legislation: Erdoğan

Aug 8, 2013

Turkey's parliament may reconvene early from its summer recess to pass laws to expand Kurdish rights, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday, a move crucial to resolving a 28-year conflict.

Kurds want legislative reforms to address long-standing grievances, what they see as the next step in a peace process after the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) declared a ceasefire and began withdrawing fighters to bases outside Turkey earlier this year.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliament-may-re-open-to-pass-rights-legislation-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52198&NewsCatID=338

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North America

 

Pak concerns on Indian presence in Afghanistan exaggerated: US

PTI | Aug 8, 2013

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's concerns about India's presence in war-torn Afghan cities like Kandahar and Jalalabad is simply "exaggerated", a top Obama administration official has said.

Coming in the wake of a terrorist attack on Indian consulate in Jalalabad last week, such a statement from the Obama administration could be considered as significant.

"I think it's exaggerated... that presence is rather minuscule. You're talking about a dozen or two-dozen people at most. India has a strong economic and cultural presence in Afghanistan. It's perfectly reasonably for them to have a diplomatic and consular presence in the country," special US representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins told the BBCHindi.com in an interview.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-concerns-on-Indian-presence-in-Afghanistan-exaggerated-US/articleshow/21702601.cms

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Catholic radio station invites anti-Islam blogger to speak at EMU

Aug 08 2013

 An Ann Arbor-based Catholic radio station has invited anti-Islam blogger and author Robert Spencer to speak at a symposium at Eastern Michigan University on Saturday.

Spencer, who blogs at www.jihadwatch.org, is scheduled to speak at “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” sponsored by Ave Maria Radio.

The symposium, which will be held in the student union, will feature pro-Muslim speakers, too. But Spencer’s appearance is controversial. The New York Times reported that Spencer’s comments were cited 64 times by the Norwegian white supremacist who killed 76 people in Norway in 2011. Spencer was banned from the United Kingdom in June for what the British government said was his association with hate groups.

Full report at:

http://www.freep.com/article/20130807/NEWS06/308070026/1001/news

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Eid Al-Fitr to be celebrated at Guantanamo

Aug 8, 2013

Guards were preparing to serve the first in a series of special meals Wednesday to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which this year brought a lull in a long-running hunger strike.

The military planned to serve lamb, bread, dates and honey as the last daylight fasting period of Ramadan ends, followed by three traditional holiday dinners on Thursday, said a spokesman for the prison, Navy Capt. Robert Durand. There will also be a special hour-long prayer for the holiday known as Eid al-Fitr.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/78578/World/International/Eid-AlFitr-to-be-celebrated-at-Guantanamo.aspx

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US President Barack Obama greets Muslims on Eid

Aug 08 2013

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle today sent their warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr around the world, calling it "part of a great tapestry of America's many traditions."

"Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in the United States and around the world," Obama said in his message.

"For millions of Americans, Eid is part of a great tapestry of America's many traditions, and I wish all Muslims a blessed and joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak," Obama said.

Eid is being celebrated today in the Arab world and most of the East Asian countries, with people ending the fasting month of Ramadan with lavish feasts and by attending services at mosques.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-president-barack-obama-greets-muslims-on-eid/1152834/

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2 white supremacists sentenced for hate crime in N.J.

Aug 08 2013

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — Two members of a white supremacist group in the U.S. have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a New Year's Eve attack of two men of Egyptian descent.

Michal Gunar was sentenced Wednesday to nearly three years after pleading guilty to assault. He also faces deportation to his native Slovakia.

Kyle Powell was sentenced to 15 months on a conspiracy charge.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says the men had attended a white supremacist event and then drove to an apartment complex in New Jersey in 2011 looking for non-whites to attack.

Gunar acknowledged that he brandished a knife and shouted anti-Arab slurs.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/07/white-supremacists-sentenced-nj/2627947/

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US Spy Planes Buzzing, Drones Bombing Over Yemen

Aug 08 2013

A series of missiles fired from a US drone over Yemen on Wednesday, the fifth such attack in less than two weeks, is reported to have killed six people in the southern region of the country.

The bombing by the unmanned aircraft is a continuation of violence by US military forces who say they are bringing the fight to Yemen's al Qaeda franchise known as al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

According to Al-Jazeera's reporting, the latest strike brings the death total to twenty-eight since July 28.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/08/07-0

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Al-Qaida matures as leaders remain a global threat, experts say

AP | Aug 8, 2013

WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida's core leadership remains a potent threat, and experts say it has encouraged the terror network's spread into more countries today than it was operating in immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

President Barack Obama, who ordered the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has described al-Qaida's headquarters as "a shadow of its former self." White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday called it "severely diminished."

That bravado didn't match the Obama administration's action this week. It closed 19 US diplomatic outposts stretching across the Middle East, Africa and Asia and evacuated nonessential personnel from the US Embassy in Yemen after intelligence officials said they had intercepted a recent message from al-Qaida's top leader about plans for a major terror attack.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Al-Qaida-matures-as-leaders-remain-a-global-threat-experts-say/articleshow/21696376.cms

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Ground-breaking for Germantown Muslim worship site scheduled for today

By Ryan Marshall Staff Writer

Aug 08 2013

Muslims in northern Montgomery County will soon have a new place to worship, with a groundbreaking scheduled for today in Germantown.

The Germantown/Boyds area has more than 600 Muslim families, said Hwaida Hassanein, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of Germantown, and the new place of worship will be the only facility of its kind within a 10-mile radius.

The building will consist of nearly 10,000 square feet on three levels, and contain a library, classrooms and a reception area with a commercial kitchen, Hassanein said.

Full report at:

http://www.gazette.net/article/20130807/NEWS/130809466/1007/ground-breaking-for-germantown-muslim-worship-site-scheduled-for-today&template=gazette

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Southeast Asia

 

Joko Asks Jakarta Residents for Forgiveness on Idul Fitri

Aug 08 2013

Although public officials traditionally receive staff members, relatives and ordinary citizens at open house events during Idul Fitri, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo decided to flip the script and personally visit several areas of the capital for the holiday.

Speaking to residents of Pademangan Timur, North Jakarta on Thursday, Joko asked the citizens of Jakarta for forgiveness as is traditionally done at the end of Ramadan.

“I want to say sorry to all residents. I came here because I realized that I have made so many mistakes in my policy and decision-making,” Joko said.

“This is why I have come to you. My wife and I, along with administration staff members, want to wish you all a Happy Idul Fitri. Please forgive me.”

“It is the leader who makes mistakes, so the leader should go to the public and not the other way around,” the governor added.

Joko earlier hosted an event marking Idul Fitri at City Hall.

He said that he also planned to stop by Cipinang in East Jakarta, Jagakarsa in South Jakarta, Daan Mogot in West Jakarta as well as Tanah Tinggi, noting that his staff members decided which areas of the capital he would to visit.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/jakarta/joko-asks-jakarta-residents-for-forgiveness-on-idul-fitri/

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Security Tight as Indonesia Celebrates Eid

Aug 08 2013

Tens of millions of Muslims in Indonesia celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday Thursday as fears of fresh attacks at Buddhist sites prompted a security clampdown days after a temple bombing.

The past week has seen an exodus from cities in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, with people taking to cars, boats and planes to head home to their families across the archipelago of more than 17,000 islands.

Indonesia is one of the first countries in the Islamic world to kick off Eid celebrations, with people ending the fasting month of Ramadan with lavish feasts and by attending services at mosques and taking part in processions.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/security-tight-as-indonesia-celebrates-eid/

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Killing of Muslim Cleric in Thailand Prompts Concerns

By Warangkana Chomchuen and Wilawan Watcharasakwet

Aug 08 2013

BANGKOK – The assassination of a high-profile Muslim cleric in Thailand’s restive south has raised safety concern among Muslims who collaborate with the Thai authorities to resolve conflicts in the region.

Imam Yacob Raimani was killed in a drive-by shooting on Monday evening in the city of Pattani province, the police said. Unidentified gunmen fired shots at the 51-year-old Muslim cleric as he was about to return home after shopping at the market in Pattani’s city.

Mr. Yacob survived an assassination attempt in 2011 and remained a target since.

A well-respected and influential Muslim cleric of the Central Mosque in Pattani, Mr. Yacob tried to hold back Islamic radicalization and was viewed as sympathizer of Thai authorities.

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