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140 Islamic militants killed in Iraq and Over 100 feared dead after Islamist attacks in Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISIS militants said they would now want to be known as "the Islamic State"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

ISIS Rebels Declare 'Islamic State' In Iraq and Syria

More than 140 militants killed in Iraq on Sunday

Iraq sends tanks, helicopters into Tikrit to dislodge Sunni insurgents

Iraqi Kurds won’t declare state ‘without telling Turkey’

Syria activists: heavy rebel infighting near Iraq

Saudi stabs 2 guards at the Grand Mosque

Ancient Egyptian objects, Islamic coins recovered

Non-Muslims observe fast to learn valuable lessons

OIC and Arab League call for Syria truce during Ramadan

Zionist Entity May Intervene if ISIL Advances to Jordan: Report

Worshippers can now listen to live translation of Taraweeh prayers

Egypt Bombing near Presidential Palace Kills Police Officer

Iraq crisis more dangerous than sectarian war: Iraq PM’s aide

 

Africa

Over 100 feared dead after suspected Islamist attacks in Nigeria

Sudan Darfur rebel chief ‘killed in action’

Ajimobi Seeks Prayers against Insurgency during Ramadan

Ramadan: Mark Urges Muslims to Pray For Nigeria

 

South Asia

60 militants killed during clashes with Afghan army soldiers

10 Afghan army soldiers martyred in separate IED attacks

US drone strike leaves 3 Taliban militants dead in Kunar

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Subhan blamed for Bharara killings

China sentences 113 on terror crimes in Xinjiang

Afghanistan sets seven conditions for cooperation in war against terrorism

 

Mideast

Jewish-Arab City Lod Up in Arms over Mosque Demolition Order

Israel's Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish independence

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attacks, Hamas gunman killed

Turkey's Erdogan expected to unveil presidential bid

 

North America

Boko Haram Others, Serious Threat to the World – Obama

Europeans fighting for Syrian and Iraq militants pose threat to US – Obama

US to operate with Iran for countering Iraqi militants: military chief

American HR activist blames impunity culture for endemic extrajudicial killings, torture in Bangladesh

Pakistan 'charity head' lambasts US sanctions move

Ramadan unites Clark County Muslims

U.S. and Sudan ‘negotiating’ over Christian convert

 

India

VHP asks Film Actor Aamir Khan if he apologised to Modi

Dialogue best way to handle Taliban: Indian guru

India, Pak to discuss fresh timeline for trade liberalization

PM Modi asks Indian space scientists to develop SAARC satellite

Iraq crisis: Gulf missions’ welfare funds to be used for helping Indians in Iraq

India wants peace, wider ties with China: Vice President Hamid Ansari

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's sarod goes missing on British Airways flight

 

Pakistan

Zarb-I-Azb: 15 Suspected Militants Killed In Ground Offensive

Four killed as militants ambush Kohat van

PML-N, PTI leaders want ‘change, not confrontation’

No outages during Sehr, Iftar, Taraveeh prayers: Khawaja Muhammad Asif

Muslims asked to purge Pakistan of extremism, terrorism during Ramazan

Chinese-American was target of Pakistan mountain massacre: officials and militant sources

Jinnah’s sister asked to pay water bill 47 yrs after her death

 

Europe

Dutch Islamist radicals becoming elusive "swarm": spy service

Israel should ensure West ‘keeps eyes open’ on Iran

End sectarian violence in Balochistan, HRW urges

West won't tolerate al-Maliki's authoritarian strategy – expert

Taking aim at football fans: Jihadists get World Cup fever

 

Southeast Asia

Even the Quran says ‘Allah’ used by Christians and Jews, High Court told

Give up on ‘Allah’ and turn the other cheek, Ridhuan Tee tells Christians

Perkasa backs Zahid on cow-head issue, says non-Malays provoking Muslims

Poso Police Beef Up Security Following Arrest of Terror Suspects

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

ISIS rebels declare 'Islamic state' in Iraq and Syria

30 June, 2014

Jihadist militant group Isis has said it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria.

It also proclaimed the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as caliph and "leader for Muslims everywhere".

Setting up a caliphate ruled by strict Islamic law has long been a goal of many jihadists.

Meanwhile, Iraq's army continued an offensive to retake the northern city of Tikrit from the Isis-led rebels.

The city was seized by the insurgents on 11 June as they swept across large parts of northern-western Iraq.

In a separate development, Israel called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state in response to the gain made by the Sunni rebels in Iraq.

Allegiance demand

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) announced the establishment of the caliphate in an audio recording posted on the internet on Sunday.

Isis also said that from now on it would be known simply as "the Islamic State".

The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, says the declaration harks back to the rise of Islam, when the Prophet Muhammad's followers conquered vast territories in the Middle Ages.

The Sunni-Shia split has its origins in a dispute over the succession to Muhammad.

Analysis: The BBC's Paul Adams in Baghdad

It's easy to dismiss the latest crop of Isis videos and statements as mere propaganda (however well produced), but the announcement of the establishment of a caliphate is rich with religious, cultural and historic significance.

Generations of Sunni radicals have dreamt of a moment when, in the words of Isis spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, Muslims "shake off the dust of humiliation and disgrace" and a new caliphate rises out of the chaos, confusion and despair of the modern Middle East.

Many Sunnis, and all Shia, will recoil in horror from the barbarism that has accompanied this moment, but the sight of old colonial-era boundaries being erased is a powerful statement, designed to attract new recruits to this whirlwind jihad.

In one of the Isis videos uploaded on Sunday, a bearded fighter called Abu Safiyya guides the viewer around a newly demolished border post. The video, with its arresting imagery and impressive production values, is designed to electrify the group's followers.

The fact that Abu Safiyya is described as being from Chile merely adds to what the authors hope is now the organisation's global appeal.

Isis said the Islamic state would extend from Aleppo in northern Syria to Diyala province in eastern Iraq.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group said, would become the leader of the state and would be known as "Caliph Ibrahim".

In the recording, the rebels also demanded that all Muslims "pledge allegiance" to the new ruler and "reject democracy and other garbage from the West".

What is a caliphate?

An Islamic state ruled by a single political and religious leader, or Caliph

Caliphs are regarded by their followers as successors to Muhammad and sovereign over all Muslims

First caliphate came into being after Prophet Muhammad's death in 632

In the centuries which followed, caliphates had dominion in the Middle East and North Africa

The last widely accepted caliphate was abolished in 1924 by Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire

The Ahmadiyya sect of Islam has recognised a caliphate for the last century, but it is only this group that does so

On Sunday, Iraqi government jets struck at rebel positions and clashes broke out in various parts of Tikrit, witnesses and officials said.

"The security forces are advancing from different areas", Lt-Gen Qassem Atta told journalists. "There are ongoing clashes."

Troops had reportedly pulled back to the nearby town of Dijla as Saturday's initial offensive met stiff resistance.

The heavy fighting over the two days caused many casualties on both sides, eyewitnesses and journalists told the BBC.

Insurgents were reported to have shot down a helicopter and captured the pilot.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state in response to gains made by Sunni insurgents in Iraq.

In a speech in Tel Aviv, he said the Kurds were "a nation of fighters and have proved political commitment and are worthy of independence".

The Kurds have long striven for an independent state but they remain divided between Syria and Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

The international community, including neighbouring Turkey and the US, remains opposed to the breakup of Iraq.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28082962

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More than 140 militants killed in Iraq on Sunday

30 June, 2014

During the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan there were destroyed 142 militants from the group "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), which shortened its name to the "Islamic Caliphate", according to TASS reports. The liquidation of such a large number of mujahidins was announced by the representative of the Air Forces Command, Lieutenant General Qassem Ata.

He stressed that in addition to 142 killed militants, 51 extremists' vehicles were incapacitated. Within just one day Iraq aircrafts and helicopters made 102 departures.

In particular, air strikes hit yesterday the mujahidin positions in Tikrit (140 km northwest of Baghdad). Offensive campaign in the homeland of Saddam Hussein is now in its third day. The planes mainly bombed the buildings in the central and western parts of the city, which housed radicals. The military themselves call this operation, taking place these days in Tikrit, the largest since the beginning of a massive attack of "Islamic state" in the west and north of Iraq.

Iraqi forces pressed a campaign Saturday to retake militant-held Tikrit, clashing with Sunni fighters nearby and pounding positions inside the city with air strikes in their biggest counter-offensive so far. A senior officer said security forces were coordinating with Washington, which has deployed military advisers to Iraq as it battles jihadist-led militants who have overrun large parts of five provinces north and west of Baghdad.

Armed US drones were flying over the city to provide protection for the advisers and other American personnel against the militants led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is revered among Iraq's majority community, has urged political leaders to unite and form a new government to tackle the crisis.

International agencies have sounded the alarm over the humanitarian consequences of the fighting, with up to 10,000 people having fled a northern Christian town and 1.2 million displaced in Iraq this year.

Thousands of soldiers, backed by air cover, tanks and bomb disposal units, were advancing on Tikrit - executed dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown - which fell to insurgents on June 11.

Witnesses reported heavy clashes as troops moved in from the west.

"A large military operation started today to clear Tikrit of ISIL," Staff Lieutenant General Sabah Fatlawi told AFP, saying that it has two choices - "flee or be killed".

Helicopter-borne troops landed at a strategically located university campus on Thursday, with sporadic clashes reported throughout Friday.

Taking the university would be an important step towards retaking Tikrit, one of the largest militant-held cities.

Warplanes were targeting insurgents there, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's security spokesman said.

Security forces also now fully controlled a key road from Baghdad to Samarra, between the capital and Tikrit, Lieutenant General Qassem Atta added.

There is coordination with the US over "studying important targets", Atta said, without elaborating.

Twenty security personnel - nine soldiers and 11 police - were killed in clashes on Saturday in three areas southwest of Baghdad, an officer and doctors said.

Despite initial setbacks when the offensive in majority Sunni Arab areas began on June 9, the security forces have appeared to perform better in recent days.

A senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "a few" armed drones were being used over Baghdad to safeguard Americans, but they will not be used for offensive action.

The Pentagon confirmed that among the manned and unmanned US aircraft carrying out surveillance over Iraq, some carried bombs and missiles.

The flights come despite Maliki's insistence on Friday that "Baghdad is safe" from militant assault.

World leaders have insisted on a political settlement among Iraq's Shiite Arab, Sunni Arab and Kurdish communities.

Sistani urged Iraqi leaders to unite and form a government quickly after the new parliament elected on April 30 convenes on Tuesday.

Maliki, who has publicly focused on a military response to the crisis, has acknowledged that political measures are also necessary.

On Saturday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in Damascus: "Russia will not remain passive to the attempts by some groups to spread terrorism in the region." "The situation is very dangerous in Iraq and the foundations of the Iraqi state are under threat."

Baghdad has agreed to buy more than a dozen Sukhoi warplanes from Russia and Belarus in a deal that could be worth up to $500 million (368 million Euros).

State TV on Saturday quoted Atta as saying Sukhoi jets had arrived, without specifying how many.

Iraq has appealed for US air strikes against the militants, but Washington has offered only up to 300 military advisers.

US officials have said a proposed $500-million plan to arm and train moderate rebels in neighbouring Syria could also help Iraq fight ISIL, which operates in both countries.

Despite unity calls, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said Baghdad could no longer object to Kurdish self-rule in Kirkuk and other areas from which federal forces withdrew as the insurgents advanced.

"Now, this (issue)... is achieved," he said, referring to a constitutional article meant to address the Kurds' decades-old ambition to incorporate more territory into their autonomous northern region, which Baghdad opposes.

Maliki's security spokesman has said hundreds of soldiers have been killed since the offensive began on June 9, while the UN puts the overall death toll at nearly 1,100.

The International Organization for Migration warned that aid could not reach tens of thousands of displaced Iraqis, and called for humanitarian corridors.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_30/More-than-140-militants-killed-in-Iraq-on-Sunday-8489/

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Iraq sends tanks, helicopters into Tikrit to dislodge Sunni insurgents

Reuters | Baghdad | June 30, 2014

Iraq’s army sent tanks and armoured vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq.

In Baghdad, which is threatened by the rebel advance, top Shia, Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers scrambled to agree to cabinet nominations before parliament meets on Tuesday to try to prevent the rebel advance jeopardising Iraq’s future as a unitary state.

They are racing against time as Sunni insurgents led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaeda offshoot that loathes Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shia-led government, consolidate their grip on the north and west. Maliki’s political future after eight years in power will be the most contentious issue.

Troops backed by helicopter gunships began an assault on Tikrit, the birthplace of former President Saddam Hussein, on Saturday, to try to take it back from insurgents who have swept to within driving range of Baghdad.

The army sent in tanks and helicopters to battle ISIL militants near the University of Tikrit in the city’s north on Sunday, security sources said. Two witnesses said they saw a helicopter gunned down over northern Tikrit.

The offensive was the first major attempt by the army to retake territory after the United States sent up to 300 advisers, mostly special forces, and drones to help the government take on ISIL.

Earlier on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani, one of Iraq’s most senior politicians, faulted the US for not doing enough to bolster the country’s military, just hours after Russia delivered five Sukhoi jets.

“Yes, there has been a delay from the Americans in handing over contracted arms. We told them, ‘You once did an air bridge to send arms to your ally Israel, so why don’t you give us the contracted arms in time?’” he told al-Hurra television.

US officials have disputed similar statements from Iraqi officials in the past and say they have done everything possible to ensure the country is equipped with modern weaponry.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/iraq-sends-tanks-helicopters-into-tikrit-to-dislodge-sunni-insurgents/

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Iraqi Kurds won’t declare state ‘without telling Turkey’

30 June, 2014

Kurds will not surprise Turkey with the establishment of a possible independent state, according to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami.

“Our relationship is strategic, not opportunistic. Therefore, with any steps we take, whether confederation or some form of independence or something else … I don’t think our leadership will do anything without Ankara being fully aware. There shall not be any surprises for anybody. There will be very continuous, fraternal consultation,” Hawrami said.

“We are mindful of doing things properly. We have to consider if any decision we take might affect somebody else, so there will be at every step full consultation. I don’t think there will be any surprises either way,” he said.

Hawrami’s statement came as Iraqi Kurds have seized on recent chaos in Iraq to expand their autonomous northern territory to include Kirkuk. KRG President Masoud Barzani visited Kirkuk last week and said there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in the oil city. 

“Looking at the map, you have to think ‘where is our future?’ Is our future with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or with Baghdad, who doesn’t even send our budget. Today Iraq needs Kurdistan more than ever,” Hawrami said.

Hawrami visited Ankara on June 26, accompanying KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Asked what topics they would discuss with Turkish officials apart than energy, Hawrami said: “Our energy discussions have been ongoing for a couple of years now. We update each other and our cooperation is strategic. Anything we do here, they are aware of it. Anything we do in Ceyhan, we are doing with the cooperation of the Turkish Energy Company (TEC) and Botaş. So we continued our discussions and trying to improve and increase oil exports.”

Hawrami said the export of oil was one of the KRG’s constitutional rights. “We have the right to produce, to sell and to market oil. We act accountably and responsibly to our counterparts. What we sell is transparent, what we receive is transparent. We are entitled to 17 percent of Iraq’s oil.

Currently, we are receiving nothing; we are entitled to much more. Our policy is basically to maintain our constitutional rights,” he said, while rejecting claims that the administration had sold oil to Israel. “We haven’t really sold oil to Israel directly or indirectly. I think people are trying to politicize the issue as if we are close to Israel,” he said.

Turkey has no share over oil payments

The minister also said Turkey did not have any share over oil payments. “Turkey has a transit fee and payment for services. This is the normal international procedure … I am using your territory, your pipeline and terminals, so I have to pay something for that. But do they get a cut from KRG’s oil? No, absolutely not. If they would like to buy, they can do so like everybody else at the same price. We would love to sell it to them as well,” he said.

Asked whether the Obama administration was reluctant to approve the sale of Kurdish oil, Hawrami said the United States seemed to be confusing centralized control and the unity of the country. “The way I will put it is that they wrongly equate the unity of Iraq with centralization. Therefore, big issues like oil are to be controlled by Baghdad, and they see that if it is decentralized it won’t work. What they have forgotten is that we have a Constitution which actually says this state is a federal state. So they seem to be mixing up central control and the unity of the country. Nobody wants to be ruled by one section of Iraq. Our Constitution says we have to have a fair say. Since we are not getting that, we have a right to act according to our Constitution. The U.S. is actually not anti-KRG. But they are just not helpful by saying it has to be through or with Baghdad,” he said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Arbil last week and urged Kurdish leaders to stand with Baghdad in the face of an insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country.

New system needed

Hawrami said Iraq needed a new governing system. “I think whatever happens, it is clear that Iraq has to be governed differently than the last three-four years. It needs to settle into some kind of confederation or federal system. Whatever we had before was not functioning, and we cannot go back to that system again. I don’t see that happening,” Hawrami said.

Asked about the status of Kirkuk, Hawrami said there should be a referendum soon. “My president repeated few times that the issue of Article 140 in practice has been solved. But legally, very quickly people should be asked whether they want to be part of this region. But in practice, it is basically under the control of the peshmerga and Kurdistan,” he said, while rejecting claims that the Turkmen population would be alienated from this process. “Turkmens are our brothers and there is no difference between Turkmens and us. Kurdistan belongs to all people living here. They have to have their share, say, well-being and benefits from the budget and revenue.”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iraqi-kurds-wont-declare-state-without-telling-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=68447&NewsCatID=352

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Syria activists: heavy rebel infighting near Iraq

30 June, 2014

BEIRUT: Heavy clashes were underway Monday between several Syrian rebel factions and an Al-Qaeda breakaway group fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq, opposition activists said, just hours after the jihadi group declared the establishment of a transnational Islamic caliphate.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting between rebel groups and rivals in the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is concentrated in the town of Boukamal on the border between Syria and Iraq.

The jihadist group, which Sunday declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, controls much of northeastern Syria. In Iraq, it has recently captured cities and towns as well as border crossings, effectively erasing the frontier.

The group says that its Islamic state stretches from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala northeast of Baghdad, and has called on all Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to it.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jun-30/262106-syria-activists-heavy-rebel-infighting-near-iraq.ashx#ixzz36AZkpNdp

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Saudi stabs 2 guards at the Grand Mosque

30 June, 2014

MAKKAH — A Saudi man stabbed two security guards at the Grand Mosque when they tried to stop him from entering with a knife. Makkah Police spokesman Lt. Col. Ati Al-Qurashi said the guards tried to take away the knife but the man resisted them and stabbed one in his abdomen while slightly injuring the other’s hand. He said security personnel were able to subdue the man and arrest him. He was taken to hospital, where preliminary tests revealed that he was mentally disturbed. The security guard who was stabbed in the stomach was admitted to hospital for treatment and the case is still being investigated.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140630210003

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Ancient Egyptian objects, Islamic coins recovered

30 June, 2014

Following comprehensive investigations carried out by the Tourism and Antiquities Police, members of a gang specialising in illegal excavation work and the looting of antiquities have been caught red-handed.

The gang leader was arrested in his home in Giza's Abu Sir village, where a collection of 17 authentic Islamic coins, 12 Ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines and a replica statue were found hidden inside an oven.

According to the police report, this collection emerged from illegal excavations carried out by the gang members and a number of villagers in a remote archaeological area in Abu Sir.

General Osama El-Nawawi, head of the investigation department at the Tourism and Antiquities Police, referred the perpetrators for investigation. He also requested that an archaeological committee be dispatched by the Ministry of Antiquities to examine the authenticity of the confiscated objects.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/105110/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Ancient-Egyptian-objects,-Islamic-coins-recovered.aspx

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Non-Muslims observe fast to learn valuable lessons

30 June, 2014

When Neil Grajo, a Filipino, observed the fast on Sunday with his colleagues at work, he learned a valuable lesson in of life. It taught him how one can shed weight and other bad habits through a change in one’s lifestyle.

“Ramadan could be good for a country like the Philippines where smoking and alcohol drinking are so viral that they not only harm the economy but also public health,” Grajo observed. He said bad habits and immorality cannot be changed without moral and physical discipline.

Non-Muslim expats observe Ramadan in Saudi Arabia with due respect, while many of them have already tried to fast and learnt the lessons behind this religious duty.

“This was my first time to fast and to be honest it’s very hard, but I tried to remain normal,” said Chariz Serrot who observed the fast with her employer. She said that fasting promotes moral values in a person.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/594381

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OIC and Arab League call for Syria truce during Ramadan

30 June, 2014

JEDDAH – The Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) launched a joint appeal on Sunday for a ceasefire in embattled Syria during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The heads of the Arab League and the OIC, Nabil Al-Arabi and Iyad Madani, urged “all fighting military parties in Syria to commit to a total ceasefire and all acts of violence and fighting in all its forms on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan,” a statement said.

“The appeal is to stop the bloodshed of Syrians and alleviate their suffering and allow relief organizations to carry out their duties and provide urgent humanitarian assistance,” they said.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140630210058

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Zionist Entity May Intervene if ISIL Advances to Jordan: Report

30 June, 2014

The Zionist entity has said that it would be willing to take military action in neighboring Jordan to protect it from attacks by the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, dubbed as ISIL, which has been sweeping across northern parts of Iraq and Syria in a violent bid to create its unilaterally-declared own state.

A US Senator told the Daily Beast “Jordan could not repel a full assault from ISIL on its own at this point,” adding that Jordan "will ask Israel and the United States for as much help as they can get.”

"But behind the scenes, Israeli diplomats have told their American counterparts that Israel would be prepared to take military action to save the Hashemite Kingdom," the website reported.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=31&frid=31&eid=158750

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Worshippers can now listen to live translation of taraweeh prayers

30 June, 2014

The Grand Mosque authorities have intensified efforts to address the increasing number of pilgrims and worshippers and to facilitate their performing of rituals inside the mosque.

Most of the pilgrims coming from Asian countries are elderly and the local authorities are paying extra attention to ensure their visit to the holy sites is carried out smoothly and comfortably. Such services include an official translation and brief summary of the Qur'an and Islam after taraweeh prayer.

“We have been providing translation and brief summary and recitation of verses of Qur'an in Taraweeh into Urdu, English, French and Malay languages to foreign pilgrims immediately after the Taraweeh” Walid Al-Saqabi, manager of translation services in Grand Mosque told Arab News on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/594426

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Egypt Bombing near Presidential Palace Kills Police Officer

30 June, 2014

Two bombs exploded near Egypt’s main Cairo presidential palace, killing a police colonel and wounding six people.

The attack came days after extremists warned they had planted explosives near the presidential palace. Cairo attack

It also came almost a year to the day when the military toppled Muslim Brotherhood’s  president Mohammad Mursi, unleashing an extensive crackdown on his supporters and setting off a deadly militant campaign.

The attack came almost a year to the day when the military toppled Muslim Brotherhood’s  president Mohammad Mursi, unleashing an extensive crackdown on his supporters and setting off a deadly militant campaign.

It was not immediately clear if President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who led Morsi's ouster, was at the palace at the time of the twin bombings.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=158981&cid=21&fromval=1&frid=21&seccatid=19&s1=1

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Iraq crisis more dangerous than sectarian war: Iraq PM,s aide

30 June, 2014

The militant onslaught that has overrun swathes of Iraq is even more dangerous than a brutal period of sectarian killings in which tens of thousands died, an official said.

"Now, the danger is definitely more... than 2006, 2007," Amr Khuzaie, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's national reconciliation adviser, told AFP, referring to the height of the Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict.

Before, militant groups sparked a "sectarian war, but now (the) war is more organised" and the abilities of the militants are greater, Khuzaie said.

"ISIL wants to form a... state from provinces in Iraq and provinces in Syria," he said, referring to jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has spearheaded the militant offensive that has overrun chunks of five provinces this month.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/105070/World/Region/Iraq-crisis-more-dangerous-than-sectarian-war-PM-a.aspx

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Africa

 

Over 100 feared dead after suspected Islamist attacks in Nigeria

30 June, 2014

More than 100 people in north-eastern Nigeria are feared dead following attacks allegedly by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, the Daily Post newspaper reported.

The attacks, carried out on the first day of Ramadan, targeted five churches near the city of Chibok, where churchgoers were ambushed and killed on their way to Christian services.

The militants then attacked civilians in neighbouring Kautikari and set buildings on fire.

On April 14, Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from their dormitory in Chibok. There is no trace of the girls’ whereabouts.

Boko Haram has killed more than 2,000 people in Nigeria’s north this year alone. When it first launched attacks in 2009, the insurgents mainly targeted Christians under the pretext of wanting to establish an Islamic state.

Since mid-2013, Boko Haram has focused its attacks on government security forces as well as both Christian and Muslim civilians in their homes, markets, hospitals and schools.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/over-100-feared-dead-after-suspected-islamist-attacks-in-nigeria/article6160320.ece

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Sudan Darfur rebel chief ‘killed in action’

June 30, 2014

KHARTOUM : A Darfur rebel leader, who experts said was responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against Sudanese forces, has been killed in action, state-linked media said on Sunday.

North Darfur state governor Osman Kbir announced the death of Ali Karbino on Saturday, said the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) which is close to the security apparatus.

“He was killed” along with his field commanders when government troops repulsed their attack on Al-Guba, in Kutum district northwest of the state capital El Fasher, the SMC said. It added that the movement has now “lost all its leaders”.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/30-Jun-2014/sudan-darfur-rebel-chief-killed-in-action

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Ajimobi Seeks Prayers Against Insurgency During Ramadan

30 June, 2014

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has charged Muslims in the state to use the month-long fasting period to pray for the peace, progress, unity and economic development of the country.

The governor, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, also urged Islamic faithful to pray to the almighty Allah to touch the hearts of the insurgents whom he said had been disrupting the peace of Nigeria so that they could sheath their swords and embrace peace.

``There is no gainsaying the fact that the relative peace being enjoyed in Nigeria is being threatened by the activities of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The sect has been on the prowl, killing and maiming innocent citizens on daily basis. These are, to say the fact, needless killings.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/ajimobi-seeks-prayers-against-insurgency-during-ramadan

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Ramadan: Mark Urges Muslims To Pray For Nigeria

30 June, 2014

Senate President David Mark on Sunday called on Muslims to make the continued survival of Nigeria the focal point of their prayers as they begin their month-long fast.

In a goodwill message to the Muslim faithful, Mark urged them to pray for the country to overcome its present challenges.

In the message signed by Paul Mumeh, his Chief Press Secretary, Mark said: ``More than any time else, the nation requires your support and prayer to triumph over forces of evil facing the nation.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/ramadan-mark-urges-muslims-pray-nigeria

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South Asia

 

60 militants killed during clashes with Afghan army soldiers

Jun 30 2014

At least 60 militants were killed during clashes with the Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers in various parts of Afghanistan.

Officials in the ministry of defense of Afghanistan said the militants were killed during the operations in six different provinces of the country.

The officials further added that 37 militants were also injured during the operations and another militant was arrested.

Afghan army troops also confiscated various types of weapons and explosives including 55 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the operations, the officials said.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

http://www.khaama.com/60-militants-killed-during-clashes-with-afghan-army-soldiers-6321

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10 Afghan army soldiers martyred in separate IED attacks

Jun 30 2014

At least ten Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the Afghan soldiers were martyred in the last 48 hours.

Gen. Azimi did not disclose further information regarding the exact locations of the incident.

The Taliban militants group and other insurgents frequently use improvised explosive deivce (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces.

According to security officials, the Afghan army deaths stands at 4 service members daily on average which is mainly caused due to improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

There have been a considerable increase in Afghan forces casualties after taking security lead across the country from the coalition security forces.

http://www.khaama.com/10-afghan-army-soldiers-martyred-in-separate-ied-attacks-6320

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US drone strike leaves 3 Taliban militants dead in Kunar

Jun 30 2014

At least three Taliban militants were killed following a US drone strike in eastern Kunar province.

Provincail security chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel said the airstrike was carried out late Sunday night in Marwara district.

Gen. Syed Khel further added that three Taliban militants were killed following the airstrike.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

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

Kunar is also home to foreign militants including the Pakistani Taliban – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters. Militants from the other side of Durand Line frequently cross into Afghanistan and carry out attacks against the Afghan security forces.

http://www.khaama.com/us-drone-strike-leaves-3-taliban-militants-dead-in-kunar-6323

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Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Subhan blamed for Bharara killings

30 June, 2014

A prosecution witness in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Abdus Subhan yesterday described the killing of his uncle, in presence of the accused, on the premises of a mosque in Pabna and the torture of his father at an army camp during the 1971 Liberation War.

Seventeenth witness Ali Rana Sheikh, 54, from Bharara under Pabna sadar police station, claimed that his father Rustam Sheikh had been abducted from their house and tortured. Later he somehow managed to escape, but died after four days because of serious injuries. 

He said: “Subhan came to our house on 5th Jaishthya [the second month of the Bangla calendar] and captured my father, uncles Jabbar Sheikh, Nurul Sheikh and Siraj Sheikh, and took them to Bharara Shahi Mosque. At the same time, Subhan along with the Pakistani Army captured eight other unarmed civilians including Dilbar Sheikh, Gedom Sarder, Khokon Sheikh and Kader Sheikh, and kept them in front of the mosque.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-rights/2014/jun/30/subhan-blamed-bharara-killings#sthash.gR04qQfF.dpuf

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China sentences 113 on terror crimes in Xinjiang

Reuters | Beijing | June 30, 2014

Courts in China’s western Xinjiang region have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life for terrorist activities and other crimes, the Xinjiang government said, the latest in a slew of prosecutions targeting militant separatism.

The sentences come after Beijing has vowed to crack down on religious extremists and separatist groups, which it blames for a series of violent attacks in Xinjiang, the traditional home of the Muslim Uighurs, and elsewhere.

Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government’s repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest, a claim Beijing denies.

Xinjiang, resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, is crucial to China’s growing energy needs. Analysts say that much of the proceeds have gone to the  Han Chinese, stoking resentment among Uighurs.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/china-sentences-113-on-terror-crimes-in-xinjiang/

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Afghanistan sets seven conditions for cooperation in war against terrorism

30 June, 2014

KABUL,Afghanistan – After recent telephonic contacts between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai and visit of a delegation from Kabul to Islamabad, Hamid Karzai has in a letter laid down Afghanistan's conditions and offered suggestions to Pakistan relating to joint counter terrorism efforts.

President Hamid Karzai has written in the letter about recent military operations launched by Pakistan in Northern Waziristan and regarding Afghanistan help sought in this regard. He said "Based on Afghanistan continued stance, I'm supporting it when civilians sustained no injuries."

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/30-Jun-2014/afghanistan-sets-seven-conditions-for-cooperation-in-war-against-terrorism

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Mideast

 

Jewish-Arab City Lod Up in Arms over Mosque Demolition Order

30 June, 2014

A demolition order announced on illegal additions to a mosque has heightened tensions in Lod, a mixed Jewish and Arab city in the coastal region to the south of Tel Aviv.

The city, which has been plagued by Arab crime and harassment of the Jewish community, was compared by visiting MKs in 2010 to the town of Sderot that has been beleaguered by rocket fire by Gaza terrorists, given the palpable fear induced by the crime.

Indeed, Arab residents of Lod in April mocked Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day by launching fireworks at Jewish homes just before the sombre nationwide ceremonies began.

The recent demolition order has led to the security attachment for the city's mayor Yair Revivo to be increased in recent days, "due to the threats and incitement against him in the mosques," read a statement released by the Lod Municipality.

The statement added "the mayor remains firm in his conviction to enforce the demolition order."

Full report at:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182325#.U7HLnpRdU4U

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Israel's Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish independence

30 June, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the international community on Sunday to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds.

"We need to support efforts by the international community to strengthen Jordan and support the aspirations of the Kurds for independence," Netanyahu said in a speech to the Institute of National Security Studies think-tank in Tel Aviv.

"I think it's our common interest to make sure that a moderate, stable regime like (Jordan) is able to defend itself."

His remarks follow reports in Israeli media that officials in Tel Aviv fear Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants may extend their control to areas of Jordan after seizing parts of Iraq in recent weeks.

In Syria, ISIL's fighters already control large swathes of territory in Deir Ezzor near the Iraq border, Raqa in the north, as well as parts of neighbouring Aleppo province.

In Iraq, they have spearheaded a lightning offensive, capturing sizeable territories in the north and west of the conflict-torn country.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/105101/World/Region/Israels-Netanyahu-calls-for-Jordan-support,-Kurdis.aspx

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Israel bombs Gaza after rocket attacks, Hamas gunman killed

30 June 2014

Israeli forces attacked militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing a Hamas gunman and wounding two others after a spate of rocket launches from the Palestinian territory, officials on both sides said.

The Hamas casualties were caused by a strike that the Israeli military said targeted a group of Palestinians spotted about to fire a rocket across the border.

Palestinian medics said two other people were wounded in air strikes on at least six other Gaza targets.

The Israeli military said two rockets fired from Gaza earlier on Sunday were shot down by its Iron Dome missile interceptor defence system.

On Saturday rockets set a factory on fire in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, wounding three people, officials said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/30/Israel-bombs-Gaza-after-rocket-attacks-Hamas-gunman-killed.html

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Turkey's Erdogan expected to unveil presidential bid

30 June, 2014

Turkey's ruling party is expected to name Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its candidate in August presidential polls Tuesday, putting him on the path to become the longest serving leader since the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is due to end months of speculation by announcing its candidate at Ankara's Chamber of Commerce, but there is little suspense left.

Taking the presidency would allow Erdogan to extend an extraordinary 11-year period in power that has already seen him tame the military, return Islam to public life and oversee rapid economic growth.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/105088/World/Region/Turkeys-Erdogan-expected-to-unveil-presidential-bi.aspx

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North America

 

Boko Haram Others, Serious Threat to the World - Obama

30 June, 2014

United States president Barack Obama on Sunday morning said that Boko Haram and other terrorist groups were putting the United States and the entire world under a very serious threat.

Speaking in Washington, DC, President Obama added that the United States had been seriously threatened by these various terrorist organizations for his entire time in office and even since before the September 11, 2001, attacks which involved the late leader of the al-qaeda, Mr Osama bin Laden.

He also made it known that his administration would do all it could to ensure that all the terrorist groups across the world were decisively fought till the world is free from terrorism.

The American leader pressed further that the terrorists were gaining strength in some places, adding that his administration was trying to boost its response to terrorists trained in Iraq and Syria who, because of European passports, would have little trouble getting to the United States.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201406300637.html

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Europeans fighting for Syrian and Iraq militants pose threat to US – Obama

30 June, 2014

The United Nations' citizens, who fought in Syria and Iraq, may pose a threat to the US as they can enter the country without obtaining a visa, President Barack Obama said on June 29.

"We know that Europeans are going to Syria to take part in military actions. Now they can go to Iraq with the same aims. Then, they return back to their countries. As they have European passports, they don't have to obtain a visa to enter the US," President Obama said to ABC TV channel.

American intelligence has been paying particular attention to such issues for the last several years. "We should intensify our work in this field. We will assign a significant part to special forces," President Obama said.

An estimated 9,000 foreign citizens, including Europeans are among those Syrian militants, who are fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, American intelligence says. An estimated 2,000 European militants are fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization that has taken under its control several territories in the north of Iraq.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_30/Europeans-fighting-for-Syrian-and-Iraq-militants-pose-threat-to-US-Obama-1705/

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US to operate with Iran for countering Iraqi militants: military chief

30 June, 2014

WASHINGTON: The United States will operate in the same space with Iran towards “potentially the same goal” of countering the Iraqi militants, says the US military chief.

Gen Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Public Radio that the United States “look at Iran with a cold eye (unemotionally)” to determine when and where their interests converge.

And when they might need to operate in the same space and towards potentially the same goal of countering ISIS they would, he said. “But I can state with some assurance that their goals in Iraq are not going to be completely aligned with ours, and we’re very clear about that.”

ISIS or the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham is a trans-regional militant organisation that originated in Syria and now controls large portions of Iraq’s Sunni belt, causing the collapse of the Iraqi state in those areas.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1115950/us-to-operate-with-iran-for-countering-iraqi-militants-military-chief

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American human rights activist blames impunity culture for endemic extrajudicial killings, torture in Bangladesh

30 June, 2014

Extrajudicial killings and torture by law enforcement agencies have become widespread in Bangladesh due to a culture of impunity, according  to Kerry Kennedy, a leading international human rights activist.

“Extrajudicial killings and torture are endemic,” Kerry Kennedy, president of US-based Robert F Kennedy Centre For Justice and Human Rights, said in an interview with the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

“Pretrial detention, too, cannot go on as it is inhuman and horrific,” she added.

Kerry remarked that a culture of impunity develops when too much power was delegated to a law enforcement agency.

“I will not blame Bangladesh for everything. There are many human rights violation in my own country and anywhere across the world,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/jun/30/kerry-kennedy-blames-impunity-culture-endemic-extrajudicial-killings-torture-#sthash.clNZRxLZ.dpuf

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Pakistan 'charity head' lambasts US sanctions move

30 June, 2014

The head of a Pakistani charity group whom the US and India accuse of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks has dismissed new US sanctions.

Hafiz Saeed told the BBC the US was only targeting Jamaat-ud Dawa to win India's backing in Afghanistan.

The US says the self-declared charity is a front for militant group Lashkar-e Taiba and has offered a $10m (£6m) reward for the arrest of Mr Saeed.

The Mumbai attack by Pakistani gunmen left 166 people dead.

Relations between India and Pakistan suffered badly in the aftermath of the three-day assault in the western Indian city.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28082966

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Ramadan unites Clark County Muslims

30 June, 2014

Being Muslim in America is a little like being American in America. Look beyond the unity of belief and identity and you'll find a dazzling diversity of origins, ethnicities, accents and complexions.

"We have 15 or 20 nationalities and 15 or 20 different languages," Khalid Khan, a board member and spokesman for the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington, said after a Friday afternoon prayer service at the society's mosque in Hazel Dell. "This is a very multiracial and multicultural organization. We represent all countries, including the U.S."

Khan is a native of India. The group's prayer leader, imam Abdel Fattah, moved here a couple of years ago from Morocco. The youth group leader is from Georgia — the U.S. state, not the Asian nation. Others said they were born in Iraq and Syria and Texas. A couple of first-time visitors originally hailed from Germany and Turkey; the latter man was as blond-haired and blue-eyed as anybody you might spot on a Clark County street and assume his name must be Petersen or Peabody — not Abdul Kerim.

Full report at:

http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/jun/29/ramadan-unites-local-muslims/

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U.S. and Sudan ‘negotiating’ over Christian convert

30 June, 2014

Sudanese authorities and U.S. officials in Khartoum are negotiating to allow a Sudanese woman, who married an American and was recently spared the death penalty for converting to Christianity, to leave Sudan, sources close to the case said.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was detained at Khartoum airport on Tuesday, one day after an appeals court overturned a death sentence imposed on her for having converted from Islam to Christianity in order to marry her Christian American husband.

Her lawyer Mohaned Mostafa said Ibrahim, her husband and two children had all been staying at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum since her release, which was granted on the condition that Ibrahim remains in Sudan.

"There are talks going on currently between Sudanese and American officials to try to find a way for Mariam and her family to leave the country," a source close to the case said, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/06/28/U-S-and-Sudan-negotiating-over-Christian-convert.html

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India

 

VHP asks Film Actor Aamir Khan if he apologised to Modi

VINAY KUMAR

30 June, 2014

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has sought a clarification from actor Aamir Khan if he had apologised for his March 2005 statement on the Gujarat riots before meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.

In a letter to Aamir Khan on Saturday, VHP’s working president (External) Ashok Chowgule said the actor was signatory to a statement in 2005 which had held Mr. Modi directly responsible for “the act of genocide” in Gujarat.

“If you still hold on to this view point, we are surprised that you decided to meet a person whom you have called such vile terms… The question now arises whether you have apologised to Mr. Modi for signing the statement. From your Twitter comments, we do not read that you have apologised,” Mr. Chowgule said.

He said if the actor had not apologised and yet met the Prime Minister it would “breed a huge sense of cynicism among the people” as they would wonder if he was seeking any special favours from the present government. The VHP functionary said, in his letter, that he would like to hear from Mr. Khan on the issue.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/vhp-asks-aamir-if-he-apologised-to-modi/article6160676.ece

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Dialogue best way to handle Taliban: Indian guru

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s efforts to encourage peace in Pakistan ended in an armed attack, but he still believes dialogue is the best path with the Taliban.

The globe-trotting yogi, known for his flowing hair and beard and perpetually sunny disposition, had brought his Art of Living Foundation to Pakistan in 2004 in hopes of encouraging stress relief through breathing exercises and non-denominational meditation.

Armed gunmen burned down the centre in Islamabad in March after charges by some in Pakistan that yoga, rooted in the spiritual history of historic rival India, conflicted with Islamic values. But Shankar said that he remained convinced that dialogue was the best way to handle the Taliban. He voiced concern over the Pakistani military’s offensive in lawless North Waziristan where nearly 370 militants and 12 security personnel have died. “Annihilation of them is not the way. Dialogue is the way,” Shankar, clad as always in white robes, told AFP on a visit to Washington.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/30-Jun-2014/dialogue-best-way-to-handle-taliban-indian-guru

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India, Pak to discuss fresh timeline for trade liberalization

30 June, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman will meet her Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir Khan for the first time next month to discuss a fresh roadmap for removing bottlenecks in liberalization of bilateral trade.

The meeting between Sitharaman and Khan will take place on the sidelines of SAFTA ministerial council in Bhutan on July 24.

"I will meet the Indian state minister for commerce for resumption of bilateral trade talks," Khan was quoted as saying.

It will be first high level trade interaction since the BJP came to power.

An official of commerce ministry told PTI that trade liberalization will be on the top of the agenda when the commerce ministers meet.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pak-to-discuss-fresh-timeline-for-trade-liberalization/articleshow/37470309.cms

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PM Modi asks Indian space scientists to develop SAARC satellite

Arun Janardhanan & Arun Ram,TNN | Jun 30, 2014

SRIHARIKOTA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop a satellite which will serve all the SAARC nations.

Addressing Indian space scientists at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota after the successful launch of PSLV C23 rocket, the Prime Minister said the fruits of India's space missions should reach other developing nations, especially India's neighbours.

"You should develop a SAARC satellite," he told the scientists. "We should dedicate this satellite to our neighbourhood as India's gift ... India is rooted in our age-old ethos of 'Vasudeva Kutumbakom'. Our space science reflects that. We should share the fruit of this with our neighbouring countries," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-asks-Indian-space-scientists-to-develop-SAARC-satellite/articleshow/37508245.cms

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Iraq crisis: Gulf missions’ welfare funds to be used for helping Indians in Iraq

30 June, 2014

With deepening Iraq violence, India today decided to transfer part of welfare funds in the Indian missions in Gulf countries to its embassy in Baghdad to be used for helping Indians in the conflict-hit country where it is facilitating departure of 10,000 nationals.

This decision was taken at a meeting, which was chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, of top Indian envoys to the Gulf countries to chalk out future strategy for safety and evacuation of nationals in Iraq.

Swaraj also met the families of Indians kept captive in the region. After meeting the families, Swaraj said that she had told them the details of her communication with the Red Cressent in Iraq and also read out the written message of Indian ambassador to the family members.

“I made them read the written communication (to the government) from the ambassador. They are satisfied with the written message of the ambassador,” she said.

Briefing reporters about her meeting with the envoys, an MEA spokesperson said the focus of the meeting was to get “the assessment of the ambassadors in the region about the development” and also to get information in terms of assistance that can be provided to Indian nationals in Iraq from various other Gulf countries.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/iraq-crisis-gulf-missions-welfare-funds-to-be-used-for-helping-indians-in-iraq/99/

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India wants peace, wider ties with China: Vice President Hamid Ansari

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | Beijing | June 30, 2014

Vice President Hamid Ansari asserted that the Indian government wants peace with China and his visit should be seen as the beginning of a wider engagement between the two nations.

Ansari, who is on a five-day trip to China – his first visit to this country, addressed a small gathering of Indians here and praised them for creating a world in which India’s profile is continuously rising.

He pointed that 40,000 Indians are currently living in China, 10,000 Indian students are pursuing their studies and 50 firms have set up businesses in this country. It is the beginning of a wider engagement between two countries that India looks forward to, Ansari stressed. He further said, “It is a well accepted fact that one can choose friends, but one cannot choose neighbour.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-wants-peace-wider-ties-with-china-ansari/

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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's sarod goes missing on British Airways flight

PTI | Jun 30, 2014

NEW DELHI: Indian classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's sarod, which he has been playing for the last 45 years, has gone missing while he was returning to Delhi from London by a British Airways flight.

The Padma Vibhushan sarod maestro had gone to London along with his wife Subhalaxmi for a performance at Dartington College to celebrate the life of Rabindranth Tagore on June 21 and returned on the night of June 28.

He and his wife were travelling first class on British Airways flight (BA-143) on their return journey from London.

"But when we arrived at Delhi airport on June 28, I could not find my priceless sarod. We waited there for 4-5 hours while airline people tried to trace the instrument. But they were not able to trace it, and they said most likely it would come by the next flight," Khan told PTI.

"But now its more than 48 hours and still I am waiting for some news. How can such a big airline be so irresponsible," Khan said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ustad-Amjad-Ali-Khans-sarod-goes-missing-on-British-Airways-flight/articleshow/37519699.cms

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Pakistan

 

Zarb-i-Azb: 15 suspected militants killed in ground offensive

30 June, 2014

ISLAMABAD: At least suspected 15 militants were killed in the ground offensive initiated by the Pakistan Army in and around the Miramshah area of North Waziristan tribal region, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

A network of tunnels and a factory manufacturing improvised explosive device and bombs were also discovered by security forces.

The ISPR statement further said that three soldiers were wounded in an exchange of fire between militants and security personnel.

The army's infantry troops and Special Services Group (SSG) conducted door-to-door searches in Miramshah town to ensure that the civilian population had evacuated the area.

The ISPR statement added, "Meanwhile integrated fire of artillery, tanks and other heavy weapons is being carried out on terrorist concentrations in Mirali and other areas. Effective cordon is in place at other areas housing terrorists."

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1116099/zarb-i-azb-15-suspected-militants-killed-in-ground-offensive

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Four killed as militants ambush Kohat van

June 30, 2014

KOHAT - Militants attacked a passengers van, killing at least four people and injuring five others here on Sunday.

Police said a passenger van was on the way to Orakzai Agency from Hangu when some armed men attacked it near Marai area, leaving four people dead and five others injured.

The injured included two women and three children of the same family. They were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital Kohat. Being informed, a police team rushed to the site, cordoned off the area and kicked off search operation. The passengers who were killed had come to Kohat for Ramazan shopping and were going to Orakzai Agency.

Police suspected the attack could be the militants’ reaction against the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan Agency.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/30-Jun-2014/four-killed-as-militants-ambush-kohat-van

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PML-N, PTI leaders want ‘change, not confrontation’

30 June, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Following the ultimatum issued by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, both the government and the PTI are sticking to their guns. But behind the scenes, leaders from both sides are hoping for a solution through negotiations.

The argument is: there is too much at stake and neither the government nor the PTI can afford to stir up a hornets’ nest by going for an all-out confrontation.

However, since Mr Khan put down his four demands, spokespersons from the two sides — Dr Shireen Mazari and Information Minister Pervez Rashid — can be seen working overtime to explain their points of view.

Talking to Dawn, a senior aide to the prime minister said the government would try to address Mr Khan’s demand for electoral reforms and, in response, hoped for a positive response from him as well.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1115965/pml-n-pti-leaders-want-change-not-confrontation

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No outages during Sehr, Iftar, Taraveeh prayers: Khawaja Muhammad Asif

30 June, 2014

SIALKOT: Minister for Defence and Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has announced that there would be no loadshedding during Sehr, Iftar and Taraveeh prayers across the country.

He announced this while talking to the media here on Sunday after inaugurating the Sasta Ramazan Bazaar. Local MPAs Manshaullah Butt, Chaudhry Muhammad Ikram, Arshad Javaid Warraich and Sialkot District Coordination Officer Iftikhar Ali Sahu were also present on the occasion.

Asif said the government was taking effective measures to ensure maximum reduction in power loadshedding and relief to the people during Ramazan. He said the government was striving to curb loadshedding, adding its efforts were resulting in reduction in the duration of outages.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1116057/no-outages-during-sehr-iftar-taraveeh-prayers-asif

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Muslims asked to purge Pakistan of extremism, terrorism during Ramazan

30 June, 2014

ISLAMABAD – President Mamnoon Hussain called upon all Muslims to put in all out efforts to purge the society of extremism, terrorism and sectarians during the holy month of Ramazan, besides striving to seek true pleasure of Almighty Allah.

“As per Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)'s saying, Ramazan is the month of God and three of its Ashras (10-day group) guaranteed divine blessing, forgiveness and deliverance from hell respectively,” he said in his message on the start of the Islamic month.

He said the basic objective of the fasting was the character building as it forbade ‘us of all such acts which invite displeasure of God and teach acts which please God.’ The president said besides being worship, the fasting also taught moral discipline and enabled the humans to live the life observing high moral principles.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/29-Jun-2014/muslims-asked-to-purge-pakistan-of-extremism-terrorism-during-ramazan

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Chinese-American was target of Pakistan mountain massacre: officials and militant sources

30 June, 2014

GILGIT: The massacre of 10 foreign climbers on Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” a year ago came after a failed attempt to capture a Chinese-American to use him as a high-value bargaining chip, officials and militant sources have told AFP.

The June 22 attack at the base camp for the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat, Pakistan’s second-highest mountain – nicknamed for its treacherous terrain – was the deadliest assault on foreigners in the country for a decade.

Through interviews with multiple officials, militants and negotiators assigned to bring the culprits out of hiding, AFP has been able to piece together a picture of the events surrounding the slaughter and its aftermath.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/30-Jun-2014/chinese-american-was-target-of-pakistan-mountain-massacre

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Jinnah’s sister asked to pay water bill 47 yrs after her death

Press Trust of India | Karachi | June 30, 2014

Pakistani authorities here have sent a water bill amounting Rs 263,774 to Fatima Jinnah, the sister of the country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 47 years after her death.

The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has sent the bill to Fatima Jinnah and she has been directed to pay the amount within 10 days of receipt of the notice, or the connection of water and sewerage could be disconnected, the News reported.

It said that according to the Land Revenue Act, the property could be confiscated, auctioned and a fine can be imposed.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/jinnahs-sister-asked-to-pay-water-bill-47-yrs-after-her-death/

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Europe

 

Dutch Islamist radicals becoming elusive "swarm": spy service

30 June, 2014

AMSTERDAM: Radical Islamist groups in the Netherlands have become a decentralized and elusive "swarm" that may broaden their focus from the conflict in Syria to the wider Middle East, the Dutch intelligence service warned Monday.

Its report reflects widespread concern in Europe at the threat posed by European citizens - mainly from an Islamic immigrant milieu - leaving to fight in Middle East conflicts and returning battle-hardened and posing a security threat.

Dutch authorities estimate that 120 Dutch citizens have so far left to fight in Syria's civil war, but said that a larger movement of radical Muslims in the Netherlands had several hundred adherents and thousands of sympathisers.

The Dutch General Intelligence and Security Agency (AIVD) said in its latest assessment of the threat posed by underground jihadist groups that they were stronger and more self-confident.

The agency said the phenomenon was becoming ever harder to track as social media made it possible for increasingly "professionalised" radical movements to coordinate themselves without the need for a centralised authority.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2014/Jun-30/262111-dutch-islamist-radicals-becoming-elusive-swarm-spy-service.ashx#ixzz36AZRDeDI

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Israel should ensure West ‘keeps eyes open’ on Iran

30 June, 2014

Rouhani ‘cleverly adapting’ nuclear program to Islamic Republic’s economic needs, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Farkash tells ‘Post.'

Israel should ensure that the international community remains briefed on the full picture of Iran’s nuclear program, as talks between the P5+1 countries and Tehran continue, former Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze’evi Farkash told The Jerusalem Post.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has cleverly adapted his country’s nuclear policies to fit the Islamic Republic’s economic and social needs, Farkash stated.

Iran has not altered its trajectory, aimed at building nuclear military capability, Farkash said. But it has adapted government policy by trying to make the West more confident that a change has occurred in Iran, and that the agreement to prevent nuclear breakout will be honored. That could enable sanctions to eventually be lifted.

Rouhani’s policy is shaped by social and economic needs within Iranian society.

“I believe it is very clever, how Rouhani is shaping his policy,” Farkash said.

Iran is four to six months from nuclear breakout from the moment it decides to do so, Farkash warned.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Israel-should-ensure-West-keeps-eyes-open-on-Iran-360973

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End sectarian violence in Balochistan, HRW urges

30 June, 2014

LONDON: Pakistan's government needs to adopt all necessary measures to prevent militant groups in Balochistan from committing further killings and abuse against Hazaras and other Shias, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday.

The 62-page report titled “‘We are the Walking Dead’: Killings of Shia Hazaras in Balochistan, Pakistan,” details attacks launched by militant groups on the Hazara community in Balochistan.

Since 2008, several hundreds of Hazaras have been killed in targeted attacks and shootings.

Brad Adam, Asia Director HRW, said Sunni militants have targeted Hazaras extensively while they partake in religious congregations, travel to work, pray in mosques or just while they go about daily life. He said there was no travel route, no school, no shopping trip, or work commute that was safe for Hazaras, adding that the government's perceived failure to these attacks was appalling and unacceptable.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1116103/end-sectarian-violence-in-balochistan-hrw-urges

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West won't tolerate al-Maliki's authoritarian strategy - expert

30 June, 2014

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected calls for a national salvation government to help contain Sunni rebels, proposed both by politicians in Baghdad and the West. He described such calls as a coup and an attempt to backslide on democracy. But experts believe, the international community is unlikely to tolerate al-Maliki's authoritarian state strategy for any longer.

During his weekly televised address, Maliki warned against creating a new government that would include all religious and ethnic groups.

According to him, it would run counter to the results of April's parliamentary elections, which were won by Maliki’s State of Law alliance.

He pledged to start forming a new governing coalition by the 1st of July.

Kevin DeJesus, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at Johnson and Wales University, told Radio VR that the US and the European Union will closely monitor al-Maliki's policy to put an end to the growing and long-standing ethno-sectarian grievances in the country. He also noted that al-Maliki's approach is "considered across the table a key source of the rise of ISIL in Iraq and the violence that is being seen within the country, whether it be the suicide bombings that continue or the advance of ISIL across the border of Iraq."

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_06_29/West-wont-tolerate-al-Malikis-authoritarian-strategy-expert-7147/

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Taking aim at football fans: Jihadists get World Cup fever

30 June, 2014

It’s not just football fans whose football fever soars during a World Cup. So does that of militant Islamists and jihadists with deadly consequences. Scores of fans have been killed since this month’s kick-off of the Cup in attacks in Iraq, Kenya and Nigeria.

The attacks by the likes of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Shabaab in Somalia and Boko Haram appear to have become a World Cup fixture with similar random slaughter having occurred during the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

They reflect the diversity of opinion among jihadists on the merits of football, as well as a degree of opportunism among all jihadists, irrespective of their attitude toward the beautiful game, in exploiting its popularity, whether by seeking to maximize publicity by targeting fans during the tournament, or using it as a recruitment tool.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/taking-aim-at-football-fans-jihadists-get-world-cup-fever.aspx?pageID=238&nID=68426&NewsCatID=365

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Southeast Asia

 

Even the Quran says ‘Allah’ used by Christians and Jews, High Court told

30 June, 2014

A lawyer, representing a Sarawakian Christian challenging the home ministry's seizure of her religious compact discs for containing the word "Allah", has questioned the ministry's justification that the term was exclusive to Islam and Muslims.

Nizam Bashir told the High Court today that an officer from the ministry had clearly acted on an incorrect basis of fact.

Nizam quoted from affidavits of experts submitted in the case, stressing that the Quran contains references to Christians and Jews using the word “Allah” as a reference to God in affirmative and in encouraging terms.

Meanwhile, lead counsel Lim Heng Seng said the case was not about Christianity against Islam, but the constitutional right of Ireland as a native Bumiputera Christian.

"Are we a nation governed by rule of law or religious bureaucracy?" Lim submitted before Judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof today in the judicial review application to quash the home ministry's order in withholding the religious CDs.

The Home Ministry seized Ireland's eight CDS while she was on her way back from Indonesia via the Sepang low cost carrier terminal on May 11, 2008.

They were seized under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 on the basis that there were prohibited terms, prejudicial to public order and were in breach of the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) guidelines.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/even-the-quran-says-allah-used-by-christians-and-jews-high-court-told

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Give up on ‘Allah’ and turn the other cheek, Ridhuan Tee tells Christians

30 June, 2014

Controversial lecturer Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah continued his tirade against Christians over the Allah issue today, saying that they are supposed to "turn the other cheek" when attacked, not fight back.

He said Christians, who are known to be gentle, should not be rough when threatened by others.

"Don't the Christians keep claiming that when someone slaps you on the left cheek, do not retaliate but offer your right cheek. So, give up," he wrote in his column in Sinar Harian today, titled ""Tanpa Allah, Kristian tidak rugi" (Without Allah, Christians don't lose).

Ridhuan, who teaches at the National Defence University, said Christians do not lose anything for not being able to use "Allah", adding that giving up their fight would help national unity.

"With Christians conceding, won't the Muslims' prejudices against them be less? This situation is good for national unity."

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/give-up-on-allah-and-turn-the-other-cheek-ridhuan-tee-tells-christians#sthash.yCrKY7Z7.dpuf

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Perkasa backs Zahid on cow-head issue, says non-Malays provoking Muslims

30 June, 2014

Right wing Malay group Perkasa has weighed in on the cow-head issue and expressed support for Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's remark that DAP lawmaker R.S.N Rayer's "big mouth" was to be blamed for the incident.

In backing the Home Minister’s remark, which has been heavily criticised, Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said the incident was a reminder that other races should not hurt the feelings of the Malays.

"It is not that we want to suck up to Zahid but his remark about the incident is spot on.

"It is not just Rayer alone. Anyone that raises the anger of the people should remember that a big mouth brings trouble," he said today.

Syed Hassan was commenting on Zahid's remark last Saturday that the cow head was dumped in front of Rayer's house because the DAP lawmaker had a big mouth.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/perkasa-backs-zahid-on-cow-head-issue-says-non-malays-provoking-muslims#sthash.O6i71MIb.dpuf

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Poso Police Beef Up Security Following Arrest of Terror Suspects

30 June, 2014

Jakarta. Poso Police have moved to beef up security measures in Central Sulawesi following the arrest in Jakarta last week of two terrorist suspects said to be members of a network led by Indonesia’s most wanted terror suspect Santoso.

“We are all on full alert, but hopefully nothing will happen,” Poso Police’s head of operational affairs Adj. Oki Ahadian said on Sunday. He did not provide details on measures by which security protocol has been intensified.

“Our officers are not allowed to wander around alone in their uniform. They need to have at least another person to accompany them,” Oki said.

Police arrested in Jakarta last Tuesday two terror suspects, identified as Akbar, who also goes by the name of Muri or Dona, and Arif Budi Setyawan, also known as Arif Tuban.

Akbar was arrested in Cipayung, East Jakarta, while Arif was apprehended in Jati Padang, South Jakarta.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/poso-police-beef-security-following-arrest-terror-suspects/

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