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12 Taliban Commanders Hanged To Death by Masked Men in Nuristan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Asia

12 Taliban Commanders Hanged To Death by Masked Men in Nuristan

Lashkar-e-Taiba setting up terrorist camps in Nuristan province

Maldives Police defiant in the face of taunts from Jihadi group

9 sentenced to death in Xinjiang on terror charges

4 killed, 17 injured in attack on Abdullah’s convoy in Kabul

69 Sri Lankan students get Jinnah scholarship

China will build up closer comprehensive partnership with Bangladesh

 

Arab World

Suicide bombers, fighting kill 36 in northern Iraq

Egypt president Mansour signs law jailing unauthorised Islamic preachers

Syrian PM Calls for Iran's Help to Reconstruct Syria

Assad after Meeting Iran’s Boroujerdi: West to Lose Power in Syria

President Mansour signs into law parliamentary elections legislation

Cinemas to open in Saudi Arabia?

Qatari Emir Pledges to Pay Palestinian Workers’ Salaries

Al-Nusra Takfiris execute Syrian boy in Lebanon

 

Pakistan

Quelling insurgency: 30 suspected militants killed in Sui operation

Seven militants die in fresh Miramshah infighting: officials

Geo TV sues ISI for defamation; Pak media regulator suspends channel for 15 days

Gender sensitisation: Assert authority to protect women, says SC judge

Facebook blocks rock band page at Pakistan govt request

National Assembly passes anti-terrorism amendment bill

 

India

30 years on, Khalistan war turns into supremacy battle in Pakistan

Looking forward to work with Modi govt on Kashmiri Pandits’ return: Omar Abdullah

India-Pakistan body releases list of Pak prisoners in Indian jails

 

Africa

Nigeria: 45 Killed in Fresh Borno Attack Yesterday

French soldiers deployed in Africa go from heroes to villains

Ethiopia Arrests 25 Al-Shabaab Suspects in Terror Sweep

Boko Haram violence has killed over 3,000 in past year: Study

Libya warplanes raid Islamists in Benghazi

 

North America

Haqqani Network grows into worst enemy for US: Washington Post

White House "Humiliated" by Assad's Victory

US to send delegation to attend El-Sisi's inauguration

US troops were ready to enter Pakistan to secure Bergdahl's release

Clinton: arming Syrian rebels was the right move

Obama honours WWII, 9/11 generations at Normandy

 

Mideast

Senior Cleric: US Disappointed by Assad's Re-election

Iranian Deputy FM: Syrians Voted "No to Terrorism"

Iran giving ‘false explanations’ to UN nuclear inquiry: Israel

PM Erdoğan accuses Kurdish politicians of ‘hypocrisy’

Turkey, US in new security cooperation on Syria

 

Southeast Asia

Sarawak tightens immigration rules to keep out religious bigots, racists

Unity council probes into claim that students used to propagate Islam in schools

 

Europe

EU ready to work 'closely' with new Egyptian president El-Sisi

Red Cross freezes Libya operations after staffer slain

Maldivians in Ukraine taken to safety with Indian assistance

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

12 Taliban Commanders Hanged To Death by Masked Men in Nuristan

June 06, 2014

KABUL- At least 12 local Taliban commanders have been executed by masked men, according to local authorities in Eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The officials are saying that the masked militants have recently increased to their insurgency activities in this province and their main target is to kill the local Taliban militants, according to Afghan journalists’ reports.

Provincial governor, Hafiz Abdul Qayum, said the masked men hanged 12 Taliban commanders after they failed to disrupt the elections earlier in April. A video released by Afghan security institutions show the masked men are hanging four local Taliban commanders. Local residents are also saying that the masked men cannot speak the local Dari and Pashtu languages and communicate with people through gestures. Nuristan is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan which shares border with the tribal region of Pakistan.

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/06-Jun-2014/12-taliban-commanders-hanged-to-death-by-masked-men-in-nuristan

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Lashkar-e-Taiba setting up terrorist camps in Nuristan province

Jun 06 2014

The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group is looking to set up terrorist training camps in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, over 100 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants have been deployed in Nuristan province who are trying to set up training camps in Kamdish district.

Provincial governor, Hafiz Abdul Qayum confirmed the presence of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Nuristan province and said the group has also executed eleven Afghan Taliban militants for failing to disrupt the elections.

Qayum called on Afghan government to take immediate actions to prevent the activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in this province.

In the meantime, the security officials have said that a vast military operation will be launched in Nuristan province to clear militants activities in this province.

Nuristan is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts.

Lashkar-e-Taiba also known as Army of the Righteous, is one of the largest and most proficient of the Kashmir-focused militant groups.

The group was also accused of coordinating and carrying out attack on Indian consulate in western Herat province of Afghanistan last month.

http://www.khaama.com/lashkar-e-taiba-setting-up-terrorist-camps-in-nuristan-province-6185

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Maldives Police defiant in the face of taunts from jihadi group

By Daniel Bosley | June 5th, 2014

The Maldives Police Service is investigating remarks made by Bilad Al Sham Media (BASM) in response to its investigation into the jihadist group.

“Whether threats are issued from within the Maldives or from outside, the police will remain confident in fulfilling our legal obligations,” police told CNM.

Responding to police attempts to locate the group, which recently reported the deaths of two Maldivians in Syria, a post on BASM’s Facebook page said they could be found at the Jabhat al-Nusra base in Idlib, northwestern Syria.

“Now lets see whether they can bring us back,” read the post.

“We will throw out the map and you shall go step by step just the way we want until you land in that pit of doom which you are headed to right now.”

Meanwhile, a former senior police officer questioned both the capacity and the desire or authorities to prosecute such activities.

The former officer pointed to the lack of comprehensive anti-terror laws in the country, as well as questioning the decision to have controversial Sheikh Adam Shameem speak at the police’s recent master parade.

“For the police to invite these people validates the accusations made by some that police and the security services are quite supportive of extremist elements and extremism in general,” said the former officer.

The jihadist BASM group’s members have claimed to be fighting with Jabhat al-Nusra – the Al Qaeda-affiliated group designated as a terrorist organisation by the UN and a number of leading western countries since its creation in 2012.

Investigations into the two men reported by BASM as having been killed – identified as Hassan Shifaz and Ali Adam from Malé and Shaviyani Feydhoo, respectively – also brought criticism from the group.

“When the Maldivian Police heard of the Maldivians being martyred in Syria, those half female creatures made sure they go enter upon their houses and question their women,” said BASM.

“If the Maldivian Police are investigating about us, then let them know that we too are investigating.”

“We cannot have another Sultan Park”

The former senior police officer, who spoke with Minivan News on condition of anonymity, suggested that current events represented the mismanagement of several governments.

“This situation has been getting bigger and bigger everyday since the incidents in Sultan Park and Himandhoo island.”

Twelve tourists were among those injured in the September 2007 blast, which was followed by violent confrontations between authorities and a radical congregation on the island of Himandhoo during the police investigation.

In addition to “fast tracked” legislation, the source called for more serious efforts to analyse the root causes for the radicalisation of Maldivians – a problem he argues can no longer be denied.

“Out terrorism act  - the legislation we have on terrorism, in from 1990 I think – is really irrelevant to the new wage of violent extremist acts.”

“I think just mere investigation into something that has already happened will not do any good. There has to be some serious efforts to analyse this problem – what actually causes this problem.”

“In 2012 the government denied that Maldivians were involved in any level in violent extremism. Now the very people involved in it are very openly admitting to it,” he explained.

Identifying those involved in the financing, recruitment, and transportation of Maldivian extremists is relatively simple, he explained, while the preventive aspect is more difficult.

The officer believed that the neglect of the problem could perhaps be explained by preoccupation with the country’s turbulent domestic politics – suggesting that Sheikh Shameem’s “provocative” invitation to the Martyr’s Day parade may have been another symptom of this.

“The police have become very politicised, they make everything political,” the source told Minivan News today.

“Because someone whom they do not support – someone whom they hate – had openly claimed that Maldives is faced with this problem with violent extremism, people don’t like it.”

Sheikh Shameem told officers they should always possess the will to be martyred when defending the people and the nation. He also recently prayed for the acceptance of the martyrdom of Maldivians killed in Syria.

Shameem first came to public attention following his ‘mega-lecture’ ‘Andalus‘ last year, which was interrupted by authorities for violating state broadcaster’s guideline.

Last month, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) suggested that extremist ideologies were prevalent within the security services – accusations described as “baseless and untrue” by the MNDF.

The MDP also condemned Shameem’s ‘Andalus’ lecture last year, accusing him of inciting hatred in order to sway the electorate.

http://minivannews.com/politics/police-defiant-in-the-face-of-taunts-from-jihadi-group-86493

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9 sentenced to death in Xinjiang on terror charges

6 June 2014

BEIJING: China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said on Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks.

Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state-broadcaster CCTV said.

In the past year Xinjiang – home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority – has seen an increase in violent clashes, which Beijing blames on organised terrorist groups seeking independence for the region.

Critics say Beijing exaggerates the terror threat in Xinjiang to justify hard-line measures, and point to economic inequality and cultural and religious repression of Uighurs as causes of unrest.

Also on Thursday, 29 people described as “terrorist suspects” were detained in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi on charges including “inciting separatism” and “gathering mobs to disturb order in a public place”, the state-run Xinjiang Net said.

The 29 cases were processed according to new rules calling on state prosecutors to complete terror-related investigations within 24 hours, the report said.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1110873/9-sentenced-to-death-in-xinjiang-on-terror-charges

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4 killed, 17 injured in attack on Abdullah’s convoy in Kabul

Jun 06 2014

At least four people were killed and seventeen others were injured following twin blasts which struck Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s convoy in capital Kabul on Friday afternoon.

Abdullah’s campaign team confirmed the incident and said two blasts took place in Kote Sangi area of Kabul city near Ariana Hotel.

The nature of the explosions is not clear so far and Abdullah’s campaign team earlier said a suicide bomber targeted the convoy which was followed by a roadside blast.

Abdullah appeared in a press conference after the incident and said a number of his guards were injured after their vehicle struck with improvised explosive device.

He said Zalmai Rassoul was also accompanying him while they were on their way to attend another another gathering.

Deputy interior minister for security, Gen. Ayub Salangi said at least four people including two civilians, a traffic police and a security guard of Abdullah Abdullah were killed and seventeen others were injured.

This comes as Kabul police chief, Gen. Zahir Zahir said at least two civilians were killed and sixteen others were injure following the attack.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the attack.

http://www.khaama.com/suicide-attack-target-abdullahs-convoy-in-kabul-city-6189

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69 Sri Lankan students get Jinnah scholarship

6 June 2014

COLOMBO – Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded 1.7 million Lankan rupees worth of educational scholarships to 69 bright Sri Lankan students of O/L and A/L under the first phase of the Jinnah Scholarship Programme 2014.

Under the auspices of the High Commission of Pakistan, award ceremony of the Jinnah Educational Scholarship 2014 was held at the Jinnah Hall in Kandy. Central Province Governor Tikiri Banda Kobbekaduwa attended the award ceremony as the chief guest. The event was also attended by a large number of students and their families along with the High Commission officials and dignitaries.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/06-Jun-2014/69-sri-lankan-students-get-jinnah-scholarship

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China will build up closer comprehensive partnership with Bangladesh

Jun 06 2014

‘China is poised to maintain momentum of its bilateral relations with support from all political forces, either in power or in opposition, in Bangladesh,’ the Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Li Jun, said in an exclusive interview with Dhaka Tribune on June 5.

He said China will expand zero-tariff facilitation to 95% Bangladeshi goods and try to achieve a more balanced bilateral trade.

Dhaka Tribune Special Affairs Editor Shahidul Islam Chowdhury conducted the interview.....

Are you satisfied with the current momentum of China’s bilateral relations with Bangladesh?

China-Bangladesh relationship is in the best period in history, with blessings of the two peoples, especially of all the political forces, either in power or in opposition.

China is the largest trade partner for Bangladesh and Bangladesh is the third largest trade partner for China in South Asia. The bilateral trade volume has been growing with an average annual rate of more than 10% in the past years and reached $10.3bn in 2013.

I believe China and Bangladesh should work to deepen the “Closer Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation,” promote trade and economic cooperation, investment facilitation and people-to-people exchanges.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/jun/06/china-will-build-closer-comprehensive-partnership-bangladesh#sthash.5TbxK8pb.dpuf

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Arab World

 

Suicide bombers, fighting kill 36 in northern Iraq

Jun 06 2014

Twin suicide bombings targeting Iraq's Shabak minority and fighting between security forces and militants killed 36 people in the northern province of Nineveh on Friday, officials said.

Provincial capital Mosul is one of Iraq's most dangerous cities, with well-entrenched militant groups carrying out almost daily attacks.

The two suicide bombers blew up vehicles in the Shabak village of Al-Muwaffaqiyah, east of the city, killing four people and wounding 45, police and medical officials said.

Most of Iraq's 30,000 Shabaks follow a blend of Shia Islam and local beliefs viewed as heretical by Sunni extremists, and they have been periodically targeted for attack.

In west Mosul, four police, three soldiers and 16 militants were killed in clashes, while a mortar round killed a civilian, officials said.

Three more soldiers were killed in clashes with militants in east Mosul, while security forces shot dead five would-be suicide bombers in the Hamam al-Alil area south of the city.

The violence came a day after militants launched a major attack on the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, occupying multiple neighbourhoods.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/103053/World/Region/Suicide-bombers,-fighting-kill--in-northern-Iraq.aspx

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Egypt president Mansour signs law jailing unauthorised Islamic preachers

Jun 06 2014

Egypt's outgoing interim President Adly Mansour signed into law a decree banning all non-certified Islamic preachers, presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said.

The law, which also applies to public spaces used as mosques, stipulates that only employees of the country's endowments ministry (Islamic religious affairs) or the senior Islamic learning institute at Al-Azhar can preach or give religious lessons.

The permission to preach or give lessons is only issued by Al-Azhar's Grand Sheikh or the endowments minister. Persons outside of these two institutions can also be allowed to preach, but only according to the endowment ministry's regulations.

Those who violate the law can face from three months to one year in jail and/or a fine of LE20,000 to LE50,000.

The punishment is doubled in case of repeat offenses.

The presidential decree also states that only students, graduates and employees of Al-Azhar, the endowments ministry or Dar Al-Ifta, the main authority for issuing religious verdicts, are allowed to wear clerical uniform.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/103020/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-president-Mansour-signs-law-jailing-unauthor.aspx

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Syrian PM Calls for Iran's Help to Reconstruct Syria

6 June 2014

Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi called for the partnership of Iran's private sector in the reconstruction of his country.

"The Iranian companies are Syria's main partners in reconstruction of our country," the Syrian prime minister said in a meeting with Iranian parliamentary delegation in Damascus on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian delegation also met with President Bashar Al-Assad.

At the meeting, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi and the Syrian President discussed bilateral ties, regional developments and the recent presidential election in the country.

Boroujerdi underlined the necessity of formation of a joint committee to rebuild Syria.

He congratulated President Assad on his landslide victory and reelection to the post.

Boroujerdi arrived in Syria at the head of a large delegation of Iranian and foreign lawmakers to monitor the Presidential vote on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930315000481

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Assad after Meeting Iran’s Boroujerdi: West to Lose Power in Syria

6 June 2014

Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi congratulated on Thursday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his landslide victory and reelection.

Assad, BoroujerdiBoroujerdi discussed with Assad bilateral ties, regional developments and the recent presidential election in the country, according to Fars news agency. He underlined the necessity of formation of a joint committee to rebuild Syria.

Boroujerdi arrived in Syria at the head of a large delegation of Iranian and foreign lawmakers to monitor the Presidential vote on Tuesday. The foreign delegations approved election standards after monitoring the vote in several cities.

Parliamentary delegations from 30 states were in Tehran on Sunday to discuss the situation in Syria in the 2nd Friends of Syria conference.

For his part, President Assad reaffirmed commitment to the outcome of the election. “From now on the Western supporters of terrorist groups will gradually lose their power in Syria," President Assad said.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=155032&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=20&s1=1

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President Mansour signs into law parliamentary elections legislation

Jun 06 2014

Egypt's outgoing interim President Adly Mansour has signed parliamentary elections legislation into law, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

According to the law, the number of seats of Egypt's House of Representatives will be decreased to 567 from the originally proposed figure of 630.

The decision comes after a cabinet meeting held by interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahleb on Wednesday evening in which a decrease in the number of parliamentary seats was endorsed.

Of the total 567 seats, 420 will be elected via the individual candidacy system, while as many as 120 will be reserved for party lists.

As many as 27 seats – 5 percent – will be named by the president, in accordance with the new constitution.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/103021/Egypt/Politics-/President-Mansour-signs-into-law-parliamentary-ele.aspx

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Cinemas to open in Saudi Arabia?

6 June 2014

An investor has officially requested a license from the Saudi General Commission of Audiovisual Media to establish cinemas in the country, a local business website reported Tuesday.

The commission did not object to the idea in principle, and asked the investor to submit a study of the planned project, Maaal reported.

Cinemas are forbidden in Saudi Arabia.

If the commission thinks the investment is feasible, it could ask higher authorities to clear the way for movie theatres nationwide, sources reportedly said.

“The commission is communicating with the investor about this issue. It’s in itself a big step forward,” Mutlaq al-Buqami, editor-in-chief at Maaal, told Al Arabiya News.

While opening cinemas in Saudi Arabia is “inevitable,” challenges remain, he said, adding that those who oppose the idea have “the loudest voice.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/06/05/Cinemas-to-open-in-Saudi-Arabia-.html

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Qatari Emir Pledges to Pay Palestinian Workers’ Salaries

6 June 2014

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has vowed to help the newly-formed Palestinian national unity government pay public sector salaries in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said Thursday.

"The deputy head of the Hamas politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, has called the emir of Qatar and asked him to help the [new Palestinian unity] government pay its employees' salaries," Hamas said.

The group added that the Qatari emir had promised to support the new government in this regard.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=155109&frid=23&seccatid=23&cid=23&fromval=1

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Al-Nusra Takfiris execute Syrian boy in Lebanon

6 June 2014

HERMEL, Lebanon: The Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front Thursday killed a 14-year-old Syrian and threw his body onto the side road in east Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star.

The sources said a car bearing the black flag of the radical group fighting government forces in the Syrian civil war tossed the boy’s body onto a road in the Arsal area of Wadi Hmayyed in the afternoon.

Unconfirmed media reports said that a note bearing the message “this is the punishment of he who curses God” was found next to the teen’s body.

The reports said that the boy worked for a gas station in Wadi Hmayyed and got into a dispute with the militants Wednesday night while they were filling water canisters from the station. The militants later kidnapped the boy and killed him, the reports said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Jun-05/259007-nusra-front-kills-14-year-old-syrian-in-east-lebanon.ashx#ixzz33rT7WvZD

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Pakistan

 

Quelling insurgency: 30 suspected militants killed in Sui operation

June 6, 2014

QUETTA: Soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan killed at least 30 suspected militants in Sui on Thursday as part of a fresh offensive to quell the long-running insurgency in the province.

“The forces surrounded the militants early morning on Thursday. It culminated with the killing of 30 militants and arrest of three others,” Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti told reporters at a news conference in Quetta.

He said the militants were members of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and two main commanders were also killed in the operation.

“Two of the BRA commanders were also killed during the action. The forces also freed two local Bugti men kidnapped for ransom by the militants,” Bugti said, adding that one paramilitary soldier was killed and eight others wounded in the action.

The death toll could not be independently confirmed.

The minister said the forces also destroyed eight militant camps during the operation and recovered 350 kilogrammes of explosives, 50 anti-personnel mines and other arms and ammunition.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/718198/quelling-insurgency-30-suspected-militants-killed-in-sui-operation/

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Seven militants die in fresh Miramshah infighting: officials

6 June 2014

MIRAMSHAH: Fresh clashes between the Pakistani Taliban and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the country's northwest on Friday, officials said.

The fighting erupted in the Wacha Mela area 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal district.

Almost 100 militants have been killed since supporters of commander Khalid Mehsud, alias Khan Said Sajna, and the followers of the slain former Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud began fighting in April.

Khalid Mehsud's group last week split from the umbrella Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“The fresh clashes left seven militants dead, five of them belonging to Hakimullah group,” a local intelligence official told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1110986/seven-militants-die-in-fresh-miramshah-infighting-officials

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Geo TV sues ISI for defamation; Pak media regulator suspends channel for 15 days

Reuters | Jun 6, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani television channel Geo News is suing the powerful spy agency for defamation over accusations of being anti-state, it said on Friday, in a move unprecedented in a country where public criticism of the military is taboo.

In the latest twist in a saga that has captivated the country, Pakistan's media regulator also suspended Geo for 15 days for reporting that the ISI spy agency was behind the April shooting of one of Pakistan's most famous journalists.

"Geo and Jang Group (have) served legal notice on the ministry of defence, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for defaming and maligning the group," the channel said in a report published in a newspaper owned by its parent company.

"More than 8,000 journalists, workers and professionals attached to the group and their families are not only being harassed but also attacked and tortured across Pakistan."

Geo News has also given the ISI 14 days to retract its accusations and issue a public apology.

The standoff over Geo, part of the privately owned Jang Group, has exposed divisions between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the army which has ruled the country for more than half of its history.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Geo-TV-sues-ISI-for-defamation-Pak-media-regulator-suspends-channel-for-15-days/articleshow/36151493.cms

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Gender sensitisation: Assert authority to protect women, says SC judge

 June 6, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Young judicial officers should assert their authority to protect women from inhuman treatment.

This was said by Supreme Court Justice Dost Muhammad Khan at the academy night of a one-week refresher course on “Gender Sensitisation and New Laws” for senior civil judges from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, held here at the Federal Judicial Academy.

“It is regrettable that women are treated as slaves in our society and they often become victims of draconian traditions. You have to exercise your judicial authority and come to their rescue.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/718105/gender-sensitisation-assert-authority-to-protect-women-says-sc-judge/

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Facebook blocks rock band page at Pakistan govt request

6 June 2014

Facebook has blocked the popular page of a liberal rock band in Pakistan at the request of the government, angering activists campaigning against censorship in the Islamic country.

Rock band “Laal” (Red) formed in 2007 and are known for their progressive politics.

Their Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes, with users frequently joining debates on issues ranging from feminism to the role of the country’s army in politics.

But it has been inaccessible to users from inside Pakistan since Wednesday.

“Facebook didn’t even inform us, I realized when I noticed no activity on our page,” Taimur Rahman, the band’s lead guitarist said.

Facebook confirmed the move to AFP Friday saying the page had been blocked inside Pakistan at Islamabad's request, under an agreement to limit access to material that violates local laws.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/2014/06/06/Facebook-blocks-rock-band-page-at-Pakistan-govt-request-.html

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National Assembly passes anti-terrorism amendment bill

6 June 2014

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday passed three bills unanimously including the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Anti-terrorism Act 1997.

The Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2014, moved by Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Chaudhry Birjis Tahir, would compel security forces to seek permission from a Grade-17 officer or a magistrate before opening fire on suspects.

Earlier, the Senate had conditionally approved an earlier version of the bill on the assurance of the government that their amendments and proposals would be incorporated into the bill in the weeks after the budget session on Wednesday.

The Lower House also passed the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973, and the Services Tribunals (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Services Tribunal Act 1973.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1110973/na-passes-anti-terrorism-amendment-bill

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India

 

30 years on, Khalistan war turns into supremacy battle in Pakistan

Rohan Dua,TNN | Jun 6, 2014

CHANDIGARH: Even as Friday will mark the 30th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, an IB (Intelligence Bureau) note has revealed how Pakistan spy agency ISI coroneted banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) boss Jagtar Singh Tara as the new chief of global Khalistan movement to "renew aggression".

Tara's terror group KTF had claimed the responsibility of RDX explosives recovered from a car in Ambala in October 2011 that was allegedly meant to hit 1984 riot-tainted Sajjan Kumar.

"It is learnt that in a recent joint meeting of all terrorist outfits conducted by the ISI, Sikh militants were told in no uncertain terms to produce results or face consequences, including them being dislodged from their Pak bases. In that meeting, Tara was selected the new face of Sikh extremists," the note said.

The note, dated September 30, 2013, was discussed at an internal security meeting in Delhi last year with then Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/30-years-on-Khalistan-war-turns-into-supremacy-battle-in-Pakistan/articleshow/36121898.cms

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Looking forward to work with Modi govt on Kashmiri Pandits’ return: Omar Abdullah

Jun 6, 2014

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said he was looking forward to work with the new government at the Centre on return of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley.

“I look forward to working with the new government as they unveil their plans for the honourable return of the displaced Pandit community,” Mr. Omar wrote on his Twitter account.

Mr. Omar, who could not visit the Kheer Bhawani Temple due to official engagements, extended greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community on the Kheer Bhawani Festival being celebrated on Friday.

“Warm greetings to the members of the Kashmiri Pandit community on the occasion of the Kheer Bhawani Mela.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/looking-forward-to-work-with-modi-govt-on-kashmiri-pandits-return-omar/article6089615.ece

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India-Pakistan body releases list of Pak prisoners in Indian jails

TNN | Jun 6, 2014

AMRITSAR: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint body comprising India-based Mission Bharatiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst, has released a list of Pakistani prisoners languishing in Indian jails on public domain. It will also release a list of Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistan jails within a month's time.

"Till date these lists were only available at government level and not on public domain," Ravi Nitesh, founder of Mission Bharatiyam, said on Thursday. He added that in many cases relatives of prisoners didn't even know about their whereabouts.

"This is probably the first time that any such detailed list has been made public. We hope to facilitate transparency and sensitize people on both sides about each other's pain and towards the larger goal of peace and humanity," Nitesh said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/India-Pakistan-body-releases-list-of-Pak-prisoners-in-Indian-jails/articleshow/36121874.cms

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Africa

 

Nigeria: 45 Killed in Fresh Borno Attack Yesterday

BY NDAHI MARAMA AND UMAR YUSUF, 6 JUNE 2014

Maiduguri — NO fewer than 45 people were killed, while several others sustained gunshot wounds when some Boko Haram members attacked Bargari village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday.

Meanwhile, a girl reportedly died in Adamawa State when a jet fighter dropped bombs in Madagalii after suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the town yesterday morning.

Bargari, where 45 people were killed, is on the outskirt of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and about 30 kilometres south-east of Giwa Barracks, which came under attack on March 14.

The terrorists set houses, shops, vehicles, motocycles and bicycles ablaze before carting away food items and livestock.

A resident of the village, who escaped, Mallam Abubakar Maikudi, said: "I counted 45 dead bodies, including one of my neighbours.

"The gunmen, who came into the village at about 9p.m. gathered residents in one place, convincing them that they came into Bargari to propagate the teaching of Islam, and when almost all the residents were gathered, another set of terrorists appeared and opened fire on the people.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201406060241.html

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French soldiers deployed in Africa go from heroes to villains

6 June 2014

BANGUI: Six months after being welcomed as saviors in the Central African Republic (CAR), the 2,000 French soldiers in the country face growing hostility from a population accusing them of failing to curb interfaith violence.

France launched Operation Sangaris in its former colony in December to stop the violence that exploded after a March 2013 coup by the mainly Muslim rebels of the Seleka alliance in the majority-Christian country.

Civilians cheered the arrival of the French troops after enduring massacres by rogue Seleka fighters and then revenge killings targeting Muslim civilians that left the streets of the capital Bangui strewn with corpses.

But six months on, the landlocked African nation remains the scene of deadly clashes and its people are turning against their former heroes for failing to disarm rival sides.

Hostility toward the soldiers has been brewing for weeks in the former French colony. It peaked on May 28 when 17 people were massacred at a Bangui church and 27 were abducted, according to the United Nations, with no intervention by peacekeeping forces.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/582376

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Ethiopia Arrests 25 Al-Shabaab Suspects in Terror Sweep

06 June 2014

Ethiopian police have arrested 25 people accused of plotting attacks in the country and suspected of having links to Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants, officials said Thursday (June 5th).

Ethiopian government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said the suspects had been trained by al-Shabaab in Somalia and were planning a series of attacks in Jimma, about 305 kilometres southwest of Addis Ababa and where the arrests were made.

"About 25 people have been apprehended on suspicion of organising an underground terrorist cell," he told AFP, adding that "a number of weapons" were seized and the suspects are likely to be charged.

Ethiopia, which shares a 1,600-kilometre border with Somalia, sent troops into the country in 2011 to help the African Union Mission in Somalia and Somali forces fight al-Shabaab. It currently has around 4,500 troops in Somalia and has spearheaded a recent offensive against the militants.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201406060131.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

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Boko Haram violence has killed over 3,000 in past year: Study

Jun 06 2014

The reign of terror by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria is forcing 800 people to flee every day and has claimed over 3,000 lives in the last year, a report showed on Thursday.

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) said that a total of 3.3 million Nigerians have now been driven from their homes by Boko Haram attacks and other violence.

The group's relentless attacks on civilians -- including the high-profile kidnapping of scores of schoolgirls earlier this year -- could have implications for the wider region, with West Africa's wider security increasingly at risk, the IDMC warned.

"The group is growing in its ambition, capability and reach, creating fears that it will become a regional destabilising force, on par with Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa," Alfredo Zamudio, director of IDMC, said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/103024/World/International/Boko-Haram-violence-has-killed-over-,-in-past-year.aspx

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Libya warplanes raid Islamists in Benghazi

6 June 2014

Led by renegade General Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan warplanes raided Islamist extremists-held pockets in the eastern city of Benghazi, an army spokesman told Al Arabiya News Channel Friday.

The army targeted Sidi Faraj and al-Qawarsheh in Benghaz and destroyed an ammunition warehouse belonging to the militants in the northeastern port city of Derna, spokesman Mohammed al-Hijazi said.

Premier visits Benghazi

The raid comes as Libya’s outgoing premier Abdullah al-Thinni travelled on Thursday to Benghazi, hit by heavy fighting between irregular forces and Islamists for the last three weeks.

Public life in the port city, a base for oil firms, has largely come to a standstill since Haftar declared war on the Islamist militias, saying the government had failed to tackle them, Reuters reported.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/06/Libya-warplanes-raid-Islamists-in-Benghazi-.html

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North America

 

Haqqani Network grows into worst enemy for US: Washington Post

June 06, 2014

WASHINGTON- The Haqqani Network, a terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan said was its most formidable enemy,  worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda,  had operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years, Washington Post reported.

In 2011, President Obama authorized a volley of drone hits on Haqqani headquarters in the town of Miranshah. The strikes were supposed to be the beginning of a concerted effort to stop Haqqani terrorists from attacking Americans in Afghanistan, but the campaign was short-lived.

"They could not pursue them as military planners had wanted to," said Bill Roggio, managing editor of The Long War Journal, citing too few troops as the reason. Attacks stopped altogether this year as the Obama administration negotiated with the Taliban, a fused ally of the Haqqani group.

One analyst said that in addition to trading five senior Taliban leaders to win Sgt. Bergdahl's release Saturday, the U.S. appears to have suspended its drone war in Pakistan and let targets slip away.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/06-Jun-2014/haqqani-network-grows-into-worst-enemy-for-us-washington-post

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White House "Humiliated" by Assad's Victory

6 June 2014

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces General Hassan Firouzabadi pointed to Washington's last-ditch efforts to keep Syria in a status of critical war, and stressed that the US was humiliated by President Bashar Al-Assad's victory.

“The victory of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s presidential election with more than 10 million votes, 88 percent of total votes, has humiliated the US and opponents of the Syrian people,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, chief of staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, said.

“We congratulate Bashar al-Assad and the steadfast and resistant Syrian nation on this honor and victory,” he said, adding, “Today, Bashar al-Assad has in fact been reaffirmed by the majority of Syrian people.”

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930316000173

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US to send delegation to attend El-Sisi's inauguration

Jun 06 2014

The US will send an official delegation to attend the inauguration of Egypt’s president-elect, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, in Cairo on Sunday, a US diplomat said on Thursday.

US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said at a press conference that the delegation would be headed by Counselor Thomas Shannon.

Senior Advisor to the Secretary, David Throne, will also be part of the delegation, which will attend the inauguration on behalf of President Barack Obama.

"The United States looks forward to working with president-elect El-Sisi in Egypt and his government to advance our strategic partnership and many shared interests," said Harf.

El-Sisi, a former military chief, was declared the winner of last month’s presidential election on Tuesday, having won 96.91 percent of the votes cast.

In his role as head of the armed forces, El-Sisi led the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi last summer, after mass protests against the Islamist president.

Some foreign observation missions who monitored the election issued criticisms of the process.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/103040/Egypt/Politics-/US-to-send-delegation-to-attend-ElSisis-inaugurati.aspx

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US troops were ready to enter Pakistan to secure Bergdahl's release

6 June 2014

Washington- American troops were fully prepared to enter Pakistani territory in order to secure the release of US Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl but restrained themselves due to the absence of actionable intelligence; BBC Urdu quoted a former Pentagon official as saying.

David Sedney, who until last year served as the Pentagon’s top official overseeing policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, told BBC that when Bergdahl was taken hostage in 2009, the first attempt was to prevent him from being taken to Pakistan. He, however, added that once Bergdahl had been taken to Pakistan, it became difficult to negotiate his release and therefore assistance was sought from the Pakistani military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/05-Jun-2014/us-troops-were-ready-to-enter-pakistan-to-secure-bergdahl-s-release

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Clinton: arming Syrian rebels was the right move

Jun 06 2014

Hillary Clinton favored arming Syria’s rebels early in that country’s civil war but was overruled by President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state said in her new memoir obtained by CBS News.

Clinton’s long-awaited book “Hard Choices” -- seen as an unofficial start to her expected presidential run -- is set for a June 10 release, but CBS News said Thursday it purchased a copy at a bookstore.

“Wicked problems rarely have a right answer; in fact, part of what makes them wicked is that every option appears worse than the next. Increasingly that’s how Syria appeared,” she wrote.

Clinton said that she returned to Washington from an overseas trip convinced that arming and training moderate Syrian rebels was the best move to turn the tide against strongman Bashar al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/06/Clinton-memoir-not-arming-Syria-rebels-Obama-s-call.html

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Obama honors WWII, 9/11 generations at Normandy

 6 June 2014

Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground and said “the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom” on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation.

“America’s claim - our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being - that claim is written in blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity,” Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery on a morning that dawned glorious and bright over the sacred site he called “democracy’s beachhead.”

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the June 6, 1944, battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/06/06/Obama-honors-WWII-9-11-generations-at-Normandy.html

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Mideast

 

Senior Cleric: US Disappointed by Assad's Re-election

6 June 2014

Tehran's Provisional Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani congratulated the Syrian nation and government on the people's massive turnout in the country's presidential election, saying that reelection of President Bashar Al-Assad has disappointed the US.

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, "The high number of votes to Mr. Bashar has surely disappointed the US, and Washington has realized that it cannot have a presence in Syria through deception."

He noted that the Syrian people with their high turnout showed that they have resisted against all plots and the crimes of the terrorists.

Assad won the recent presidential elections held on June 3 with 88.7 percent of votes.

Syria's parliament speaker Jihad Laham announced the final results from Tuesday's election, saying Assad garnered 10,319,723 votes, representing almost 89 percent of the total votes.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930316000419

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Iranian Deputy FM: Syrians Voted "No to Terrorism"

6 June 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian felicitated the Syrian government and nation on the successful holding of the presidential election in that country, and said that the people of the Muslim country voted no to terrorism in there.

"Syrians voted no to terrorism and yes to democracy in the presidential election in that country," Amir Abdollahian said late Thursday.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister expressed the hope that under President Assad’s leadership, the Syrian people "will continue to resist foreign-backed terrorists and safeguard the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of the prominent country of the axis of resistance.”

Amir Abdollahian also called on the Syrian opposition groups to distance themselves from Takfiri and terrorist groups and take part in the country’s national reconciliation and political process.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930316000194

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Iran giving ‘false explanations’ to UN nuclear inquiry: Israel

6 June 2014

VIENNA: Israel has condemned as unacceptably slow Iran’s cooperation with a U.N. watchdog inquiry into suspected nuclear bomb research and accused Tehran of providing “false” explanations for its disputed activities.

Iran, which says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it is Israel’s assumed atomic arsenal that threatens Middle East peace, insisted there had been “steady and constant progress” in its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The contrasting statements by the two arch-enemies were made during a board meeting this week of the U.N. agency, where IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Iran had finally begun to engage with an investigation into allegations that it has worked on designing a nuclear warhead, but that more was needed.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/region/06-Jun-2014/iran-giving-false-explanations-to-un-nuclear-inquiry-israel

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PM Erdoğan accuses Kurdish politicians of ‘hypocrisy’

Jun 06 2014

There seems no end in sight to escalating tension between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and pro-Kurdish politicians, with both sides accusing each other of being hypocritical over the prospects of the stalled peace process.

Without citing his name openly, Erdoğan pushed Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş again June 6, declaring the latter “shameless” for remarks in which he said some of the families protesting in Diyarbakır against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for having allegedly “kidnapped” their children were being paid to do so by the intelligence organization.

“It is a very awful thing. There are all kinds of tricks among them; there is lying, slander and everything,” Erdoğan said in a speech delivered on the occasion of a collective opening ceremony.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pm-erdogan-accuses-kurdish-politicians-of-hypocrisy.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67463&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey, US in new security cooperation on Syria

Jun 06 2014

Frank Ricciardone, the U.S. Ambassador to Ankara made important remarks regarding the “national security” of both countries, speaking in the farewell lunch given to him by Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) in Istanbul on June 5.

Mentioning the need of working together, Ricciardone listed the area’s need for the cooperation of countries such as Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Iran in the context of the nuclear program, the search for a lasting Cyprus solution, and the normalization in Turkish-Israeli relations for “peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean.”

He said the work in those fields was being carried out with the means of “diplomacy, law enforcement [for example Turkey’s borders], intelligence and security.”

Then came the important sentence. The ambassador underlined that they “would not give details on intelligence” matters, but “important national security cooperation” was “going on.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-us-in-new-security-cooperation-on-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67471&NewsCatID=409

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Southeast Asia

 

Sarawak tightens immigration rules to keep out religious bigots, racists

Jun 06 2014

Sarawak is tightening its immigration rules and stepping up scrutiny of visitors particularly from the peninsula to keep out “extremists, religious bigots and racists”, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said.

At a press conference to mark his 100 days as chief minister, Adenan (pic) said racism and religious intolerance were “not in character with the people of Sarawak”.

“We have lived harmoniously all these many years and it is my responsibility to see that we, people of all races and culture, continue to live harmoniously together.

“May 13 never happened here. As far as Sarawak is concerned, May 13 (race riots in 1969) was a distant thunder on the other side of the hill,” said Adenan, who succeeded Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud in February.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sarawak-tightens-immigration-rules-to-keep-out-religious-bigots-racists#sthash.5s8vsDQK.dpuf

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Unity council probes into claim that students used to propagate Islam in schools

Jun 06 2014

The contentious issue of conversions has been given a new twist by allegations being investigated by Putrajaya’s unity council that Muslim students are being used to propagate subtly Islam to their non-Muslim peers in secondary schools.

Sources in the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) said the claims were raised by a non-Muslim religious head at a dialogue with the council last month and were being investigated.

"We are verifying the claim," the source told The Malaysian Insider.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source, who is a member of the NUCC, said the council would have to first determine if there was a basis to the claim.

"This is a serious allegation and we have to do some checking," the source said.

He said if the allegations were found to have basis, the NUCC would address the issue in its interim report to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The council, tasked with finding ways to stem racial and religious discord in country, has held unity dialogues with the public and civil society throughout the country since it was formed last November and is expected to submit a preliminary report on its findings to Najib next month.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/unity-council-probes-into-claim-that-students-used-to-propagate-islam-in-sc#sthash.QAi6O3Fk.dpuf

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Europe

 

EU ready to work 'closely' with new Egyptian president El-Sisi

Jun 06 2014

The European Union said Thursday it was ready to work "closely" with newly elected Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi but urged him to ensure his government respected human rights and the rule of law.

A former general, Sisi won nearly 97 percent of the vote in last week's polls, nearly a year after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In a statement the EU expressed its "willingness to work closely with the new authorities in Egypt in a constructive partnership with a view to strengthening our bilateral relations".

It outlined the "serious challenges" facing the country -- a "dire economic situation, the deep divisions within society, the security situation, and the respect of the human rights of all Egyptian citizens".

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/103009/World/International/EU-ready-to-work-closely-with-new-Egyptian-preside.aspx

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Red Cross freezes Libya operations after staffer slain

Jun 06 2014

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it was temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to assess the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen.

"We are freezing movement (of personnel) for the time being to analyse the situation so we can adapt our operations," ICRC spokesman David-Pierre Marquet told AFP, stressing there were no plans to permanently halt operations in Libya.

The announcement came a day after Michael Greub, a 42-year-old Swiss citizen heading the ICRC's office in Libya's third city Misrata, was killed by gunmen in Sirte, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) further along the coast.

Greub had been leaving a meeting with two colleagues when the attackers shot at their vehicle at "point-blank" range, ICRC spokesman Wolde Saugeron said Wednesday.

Greub's two colleagues emerged unscathed from the attack. "They were very lucky," Marquet said, stressing that the security situation in the country was of deep concern.

Greub's death came just a week after a local 23-year-old Red Cross employee was murdered in Benghazi, he pointed out. "If our aid workers' lives are in danger, we have to try to adapt our structure, our way of working" to protect them, he said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/102991/World/Region/Red-Cross-freezes-Libya-operations-after-staffer-s.aspx

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Maldivians in Ukraine taken to safety with Indian assistance

By Minivan News | June 5th, 2014 |

Eighteen Maldivians living in Luhansk, Ukraine were today transported to Kiev following escalated violence in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

According to the ministry the transportation was carried out with assistance from the Indian government.

“Following the violence in Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the situation of Maldivians living there with a special attention to their safety, ” read a statement.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/news-in-brief/maldivians-in-ukraine-taken-to-safety-with-indian-assistance-86524

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