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143 Civilians Killed By Extremists in Nigeria: Official

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Environmental agency workers have recovered the bodies of 143 civilians in Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

143 Civilians Killed By Extremists In Nigeria: Official

Judicial tug of war in Libya over Seif’s trial

 

South Asia

National Flag above the Prayer Area in Mosques Stirs Anger in China

18 Afghan police killed in ambush in remote northeast

Afghans flock to colleges, even as Taliban loom

2 killed as Bangla strike enters 2nd day

Quader Molla execution possible on short verdict

 

Mideast

Attacks, attributed to Al Qaeda, in Yemen kill 56 police, troops: army

Syria regime would call for ceasefire at Geneva talks: Deputy PM

Turkish pianist Fazıl Say sentenced to 10 months in prison for blasphemy in retrial

Turkish Parliament speaker to hold talks with top Iranian leaders

Turkish Parliament’s new motion on Syria could include changes: PM Erdoğan

Yemen talks stumble over north-south divide

 

Arab World

Bombs inside Sunni mosque in Iraq kill 15: Police, medics

Church leaders eye Syria summit with Muslims

Egypt forces hunt down militants in Islamist bastion

Syria sends watchdog chemical weapons inventory

Syrian govt. says war is at stalemate

Syria rebels agree truce with jihadists in border town

Presidency of Holy Mosques gears up for Haj with new plan

 

Pakistan

Three Islamic preachers killed in Pakistan mosque attack

Blast near Imambargah kills three, injures 15 in Karachi

Taliban deny claim Mehsud demanded release of 50 militants

Federal cabinet approves amendments to anti-terrorism laws

Pakistan raises drone strikes issue at UN

CII debate on blasphemy law: Move for change scuttled by hardliners

 

Southeast Asia

Sexualisation of Women in Ads A Social Norm in Malaysia

Take advantage of new Bumi agenda or others will, Jakim warns Muslims

Eight Moro Muslim rebels killed in Philippines

World Muslimah pageant mesmerizes Jakartans

Indonesian legislators urge compassion for 17-year-old maid facing murder charge

 

India

India tells Pak to make ‘some beginning’ on concerns

IM operative Afzal Usmani flees from Mumbai court

US, Iran may kiss and make up — much to India’s relief

Hindu Coordination Committee demands single shrine board for all J&K temples, shrines

Not talking is not an option, say Indian and Pakistan MPs

HC recalls stay order on relief to Muslim youths

We will monitor Muzaffarnagar violence till the end: SC

Bhatkal says IM looking for tie-up with al Qaeda

 

Europe

Resolution targeting Israel defeated at IAEA

French president says war on terror won in Mali

U.N. ignored evidence presented by Syria: Russia

Russia offers Pakistan for exporting 5000MW electricity

Merkel: German chemicals not used for Syrian weapons

 

North America

Washington invites Awami League and BNP for talks

US waiting for Syria chemical arms list

UN must act on Syria next week: Kerry

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Africa

 

143 civilians killed by extremists in Nigeria: Official

AP | Sep 20, 2013

BENISHEIK, Nigeria: Searching roadsides, bushes and fields, environmental agency workers have recovered the bodies of 143 civilians killed by suspected extremists, an official said of one of the highest death tolls in an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria.

Two soldiers and three police officers also were killed, according to a soldier who spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press during a visit on Thursday with Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima, who was under heavy military protection.

The private said extremists disguised in military fatigues attacked in about 20 pickup trucks and two light tanks firing anti-aircraft guns that overwhelmed soldiers armed only with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

He indicated that the soldiers actually led the attackers to the village.

"We had to retreat to our base to reinforce after running out of ammunition. We had to run for our lives," said the private, who said he hid in a millet plantation. "But they followed us down and surrounded our base and began to shell our building. We couldn't stand the heat of their superior firepower. We had to retreat into the village after they killed two of our soldiers and three policemen."

He said the attackers finally retreated in triumph, taking off with an additional four military patrol trucks and two light armored tanks.

Such accounts challenge the Nigerian military's insistence that it is winning the war since a state of emergency was declared May 14 to put down the insurrection by extremists who want to enforce strict Shariah law throughout Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation of more than 160 million people almost equally divided between Muslims and Christians.

An AP reporter watched as environmental department workers piled corpses swollen by the tropical heat into trucks at the near-deserted village where hundreds of homes had been torched.

"We have been picking corpses off the roadsides all day, there are more in the bush ... We have so far picked up 143 corpses," said Abdulazeez Kolomi, an assistant at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency's chief, Saidu Yakubu, told reporters the official numbers of corpses evacuated was 87.

Women and children were being helped to clamber up into other vehicles as villagers continued to flee their homes.

"Our houses have been burned, we lack food to eat, we have been sleeping in the bush and cannot bear the hardship with the children crying," said 56-year-old Kaltume Baba-Haruna.

The few remaining residents said they are angry at both the government and the military for not protecting them.

Villager Abacha Wakil said the gunmen invaded the town at about 7.45 p.m. Tuesday and did not leave until about 3.30 a.m. When they ventured back to the village from the bushes where they spent the night they discovered the beheaded bodies of 14 young men, most belonging to a vigilante group set up to fight the extremists, he said.

Gov. Shettima promised to spend 50 million naira (about $312,000) to rebuild the destroyed village. And he gave families of the 14 killed vigilantes compensation of 25,000 naira ($1,500) each.

Army Brig. Gen. Muhammed Idris Yusuf pleaded with the villagers to not lose confidence in the military. "We share your pain and we promise to beef up the presence of soldiers around Benisheik," he said. "We have not abandoned you as you think: Our troops ran out of ammunition and that was why they withdrew to reinforce. They are now back and more are coming," he promised.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/143-civilians-killed-by-extremists-in-Nigeria-Official/articleshow/22815878.cms

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Judicial tug of war in Libya over Seif’s trial

 20 September 2013

TRIPOLI — The son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi made a rare court appearance Thursday in a case highlighting the post-rebellion wrangle between Libya’s regional authorities and the Tripoli government.

Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi stood briefly in the dock before a judge adjourned his case in the western town of Zintan, where he has been in the custody of ex-rebels since his capture following his father’s overthrow and slaying in 2011.

Former rebels in control of the town had refused to hand him over to attend a simultaneous pre-trial hearing before judicial authorities in the capital Tripoli, 180 km away.

“Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi appeared before the Zintan court that decided to adjourn the trial until Dec. 12 to allow the attendance of other accused in the case,” the lawyer who was present in court told AFP.

Video footage posted on the Internet showed Seif, 40, standing in the dock behind metal bars and flanked by two masked guards in body armor. “As for the proper function of judicial proceedings, I want my trial and all other cases to be held in Zintan,” the accused was heard to say.

Prosecutor general Abdulqader Radwan said on Wednesday he had ordered Seif’s transfer to Tripoli to face charges there, the latest of several attempts to negotiate his transfer to the control of the state authorities.

Amnesty International has also urged the “immediate” handover of both Seif Al-Islam and ex-intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi to the International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges, despite Tripoli’s insistence on trying him first.

“The referral of these cases to the Indictment Chamber (in Tripoli) brings us one step closer to the start of national trial proceedings... in violation of Libya’s legal obligation to surrender him to the ICC,” it said.

The US-based Human Rights Watch also called for Seif Al-Islam’s prompt surrender.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130920181008

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South Asia

 

National Flag above the prayer area in mosques stirs anger in China

ANANTH KRISHNAN

20 September 2013

A Uighur website, Uighurbiz.net, posted a photograph of a Chinese national flag placed above the prayer area of a mosque in Aksu, a county in Xinjiang’s western Uighur heartland.

A move by authorities to place the national flag in the prayer area of a mosque in the far-western Xinjiang region has brought criticism from the local Muslim Uighur ethnic group and ignited fresh debate over the Communist Party’s religious policies.

Ilham Tohti, a Beijing-based Uighur professor of economics, who teaches at the National University of Minorities and is a prominent advocate for Uighur rights, on Thursday described the move as part of a policy by the government “to dilute” religious beliefs in Xinjiang.

A Uighur website, Uighurbiz.net, posted a photograph of a Chinese national flag placed above the prayer area of a mosque in Aksu, a county in Xinjiang’s western Uighur heartland.

Provincial government officials could not be reached for comment on whether the move was part of a change in official policy. Thursday was a holiday for government offices in China on account of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The article on the Uighurbiz website said the move had been enforced in many mosques in Aksu.

Mr. Tohti told the website he saw the campaign as an attempt “to boost patriotism”, but one that violated the religious autonomy that is granted under law to Muslims. Under the regional ethnic autonomy law, the State cannot interfere in religious practice.

The Xinjiang government has, however, in recent months put in force a slew of religious restrictions, Mr. Tohti noted, pointing to recent public campaigns in Hotan, in southern Xinjiang, warning people against wearing “religious clothing”, such as veils, and also asking men to not grow beards. Mr. Tohti said the moves were likely to further anger the community, against the backdrop of recent unrest in Xinjiang.

In an earlier interview with The Hindu, Mr. Tohti said government policies were fuelling tensions.

WIDENING DISPARITIES

The development approach, he said, had been focused on merely achieving rapid growth based on utilising the region’s rich energy reserves, and resulted in widening disparities between local Uighurs and the growing number of majority Han Chinese migrants.

He called for a more inclusive approach to growth and for easing religious restrictions, including recent bans on students and teachers in universities from fasting during the month of Ramadan.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/flag-in-mosques-stirs-anger-in-china/article5147138.ece

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18 Afghan police killed in ambush in remote northeast

20 September 2013

Militants in northeast Afghanistan killed 18 police in an ambush, the interior ministry said Friday, as the nation's security forces struggle to thwart the Taliban with decreasing assistance from international troops.

 The police convoy was caught in a firefight in the remote province of Badakhshan on Wednesday when officers were returning from an anti-insurgent operation.

 The attack will heighten concern that Afghan forces cannot provide security across the country, where a US-led invasion ousted the hardline Taliban regime in 2001.

 "The acting interior minister is deeply saddened about the killing of 18 policemen and wounding of 13 others in a terrorist attack in Warduj district of Badakhshan," a statement from the interior ministry said.

 "A group of Afghan police forces on their return from a clean-up operation on the outskirts of Warduj district faced an enemy ambush and it resulted in the killing of brave Afghan policemen." The mountainous northeast of Afghanistan is far from the Taliban heartlands of the south and is relatively peaceful.

 But Taliban militants killed 17 captured Afghan soldiers in the same district in March. The men were taken hostage while guarding a convoy.

 Afghanistan's 350,000-strong security forces are suffering a steep rise in casualties as the NATO combat mission winds down and Afghan authorities try to impose stability ahead of the presidential election due in April.

 Last month 22 police were killed when hundreds of fighters ambushed a police and military convoy in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

 The Afghan government declines to release exact figures, but the US department of defence has said that about 400 Afghan police officers and soldiers are killed every month in action.

 When the 87,000-strong international military coalition fighting alongside Afghan forces withdraws by the end of next year, the ability of local troops to control the insurgents is seen as key to the country's stability.

 The interior ministry said 47 insurgents were killed and 20 others were wounded in recent efforts to clean Warduj district of militants.

 A former Afghan lawmaker and district governor in the north said Thursday he had defected to the Taliban as the Islamist hardliners seek to strengthen their influence before the end of international combat operations.

 Qazi Abdul Hai was a senator in the upper house of parliament for the province of Sar-e Pol between 2004-08 and had also served as a district governor.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/18-afghan-police-killed-in-ambush-in-remote-northeast.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54836&NewsCatID=356

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Afghans flock to colleges, even as Taliban loom

By Nahal Toosi, The Associated Press

20 September 2013

Ten years ago, Roeen Rahmani and some friends spent $300 on an overhead projector and a rented room to teach a business course to Afghans emerging from civil war and Taliban rule. Nobody showed up for the first class.

Today, that initial effort has evolved into Kardan University, a private institution educating more than 8,000 students in programs ranging from political science to civil engineering. But for Rahmani, the school's chancellor, it's not enough.

Full report at:

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/19/20584479-afghans-flock-to-colleges-even-as-taliban-loom?lite

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2 killed as Bangla strike enters 2nd day

 Sep 20 2013

Dhaka : A cadre of Jamaat-e-Islami was killed and 45 others, including five policemen, were injured as fresh violence erupted in Bangladesh Thursday on the second day of the 48-hour nationwide strike to protest the death sentence given to a top leader of the fundamentalist party for war crimes.

Police said they opened fire when strikers attacked an officer with sharp objects in Meherpur district. The firing left one dead, media reported.

Other districts also witnessed vandalism, explosions and detention as the strike stepped into second consecutive day.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/2-killed-as-bangla-strike-enters-2nd-day/1171522/

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Quader Molla execution possible on short verdict

Nazmus Sakib

20 September 2013

'After getting its certified copy, the government can any time execute the death sentence,' says Additional Attorney General MK Rahman

The government can hang Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla till death after getting the certified copy of the order pronounced by the Appellate Division on Tuesday, legal professionals said. However, the defence claimed it would not be possible.

“What the apex court declared is the main or operative part of the verdict. So after getting its certified copy, the government can execute the death sentence at any time,” Additional Attorney General MK Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-amp-rights/2013/sep/20/quader-molla-execution-possible-short-verdict

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Mideast

 

Attacks, attributed to Al Qaeda, in Yemen kill 56 police, troops: army

AFP

2013-09-20

SANAA: At least 56 policemen and soldiers were killed on Friday in south Yemen in simultaneous attacks attributed to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, military sources said.

One AQAP assault targeted a special forces camp at Maifaa in Shabwa province, killing eight police, at the same time as gunmen attacked two army posts 15 kilometres (9 miles) away, killing at least 38 soldiers, the sources said.

“Troops clashed with gunmen at the camp entrance, before a suicide attacker in a bomb-laden vehicle forced his way into the camp where his car exploded, killing 38 soldiers,” said a government official in Ataq, capital of Shabwa.

Simultaneously, a suicide bomber blew himself up in his car before reaching an army check point in the Al-Nusheiba area, killing 10 soldiers.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044228/attacks-in-yemen-kill-56-police-troops-army

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Syria regime would call for ceasefire at Geneva talks: Deputy PM

20 September 2013

The Syrian government believes the civil war ravaging the country has reached a stalemate and would call for a ceasefire if long-stalled peace talks in Geneva were to take place, the deputy prime minister told Britain's Guardian on Thursday.

"Neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of defeating the other side," Qadri Jamil told the newspaper.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-regime-would-call-for-ceasefire-at-geneva-talks-deputy-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54813&NewsCatID=352

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Turkish pianist Fazıl Say sentenced to 10 months in prison for blasphemy in retrial

20 September 2013

World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison for blasphemy in April, was again sentenced to 10 months by an Istanbul court today in a retrial.

Say had received a suspended 10-month prison sentence on charges of “insulting religious beliefs held by a section of the society,” for re-tweeting several lines, which are attributed to poet Omar Khayyam.

Say’s lawyers had demanded his suspension be canceled. His demand had been accepted by the court, and the court had paved the way for Say to be re-tried.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pianist-fazil-say-sentenced-to-10-months-in-prison-for-blasphemy-in-retrial.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54824&NewsCatID=341

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Turkish Parliament speaker to hold talks with top Iranian leaders

20 September 2013

Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek will pay a three-day official visit to neighboring Iran, during which he will hold several meetings with top leaders, including the country’s moderate new President Hassan Rouhani.

The first senior level contact from Turkey with Rouhani was held in early August when Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu travelled to Tehran in order to represent President Abdullah Gül at his inauguration ceremony.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliament-speaker-to-hold-talks-with-top-iranian-leaders-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54841&NewsCatID=338

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Turkish Parliament’s new motion on Syria could include changes: PM Erdoğan

20 September 2013

A new bill set to replace a motion passed last year by the Turkish Parliament authorizing cross-border military operations in Syria might include some amendments, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sept. 19.

 Both the Foreign Ministry and the General Staff have begun taking the necessary to prepare the new bill before last year’s bill meets its statutory expiration date on Oct. 4.

 “The new motion could be the same. But of course, there might be some changes. The Foreign Ministry and the General Staff are now doing what is necessary. Then, we will make our assessment and submit it to the Parliament,” Erdoğan told reporters during a joint press conference in Ankara with visiting Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliaments-new-motion-on-syria-could-include-changes-pm-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54797&NewsCatID=338

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Yemen talks stumble over north-south divide

20 September 2013

SANAA: Reconciliation talks in Yemen have stumbled over the future form of the state, with ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party rejecting a north-south federation, delegates and officials say.

A special committee formed equally of northern and southern representatives was this week close to signing a roadmap to solve the issue of the formerly independent south Yemen.

But the signing of such an accord has been put off as the two representatives of Saleh’s General People’s Congress walked out and the GPC suspended its participation, rejecting any bid to “harm the unity of the homeland.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/465131

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Arab World

 

Bombs inside Sunni mosque in Iraq kill 15: Police, medics

20 September 2013

Two bombs concealed in air conditioning units inside a Sunni mosque south of the Iraqi city of Samarra exploded during Friday prayers, killing at least 15 people, police and hospital sources said.

 It was not clear who was behind the attack, which took place in al-Mafraq, around 10 km (6 miles) south of Samarra.

 "During the Friday prayer suddenly a huge explosion took place. Black smoke filled the mosque, we could not see each other. I tried to stand, but I couldn't as I had some injuries in my legs," said 35-year-old Saleh al-Shamani.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bombs-inside-sunni-mosque-in-iraq-kill-15-police-medics.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54834&NewsCatID=352

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Church leaders eye Syria summit with Muslims

20 September 2013

AFP, Geneva

Christian leaders from Syria and beyond are planning a summit involving Muslim representatives in a drive to use faith to spur peace efforts, the World Council of Churches said Thursday.

“We plan to have parallel consultations when the Geneva II meeting happens, so we can mobilize both Church leaders and other religious leaders for a commitment to a peace process in Syria,” WCC head Olav Fyske Tveit told reporters.

Asked whether he aimed to get Muslim clerics from inside Syria on board, he replied: “We’ll see what’s possible. But of course we’ll invite them, and other major Muslim partners, who come from the opposition of course, but also from neighboring countries.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/20/Church-leaders-eye-Syria-summit-with-Muslims-.html

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Egypt forces hunt down militants in Islamist bastion

20 September 2013

AFP, Cairo

Security forces on Friday hunted down militants in a village near Cairo amid a lull in clashes with gunmen, as Egyptian state media praised the “liberation” of Islamist bastion Kerdasah.

A police general was shot dead when security forces stormed the village near the Giza pyramids on Thursday in the latest crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi.

The funeral of Giza deputy security chief Nabil Farrag was due to take place after Friday prayers -- at the same time as fresh protests called by Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

State television said the fighting in Kerdasah had now eased and that troops were carrying out house-to-house searches for Islamists militants on the run.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/20/Egypt-forces-hunt-down-militants-in-Islamist-bastion-.html

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Syria sends watchdog chemical weapons inventory

AP | Sep 20, 2013

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Syria has sent the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons an "initial declaration" outlining its weapons program, the organization said Friday.

Spokesman Michael Luhan told Associated Press that the declaration is "being reviewed by our verification division." The organization will not release details of what is in the declaration.

The OPCW, which polices the treaty outlawing chemical weapons, is looking at ways to fast-track moves to secure and destroy Syria's arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents as well as its production facilities.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-sends-watchdog-chemical-weapons-inventory/articleshow/22817661.cms

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Syrian govt. says war is at stalemate

 Sep 20, 2013

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister says neither side is strong enough to win and the government will call for ceasefire at Geneva talks

The Syrian civil war has reached a stalemate and President Bashar al-Assad’s government will call for a ceasefire at a long-delayed conference in Geneva on the state’s future, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister has said in an interview with the Guardian.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Qadri Jamil said that neither side was strong enough to win the conflict, which has lasted two years and caused the death of more than 100,000 people. Mr. Jamil, who is in charge of country’s finances, also said that the Syrian economy had suffered catastrophic losses.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/syrian-govt-says-war-is-at-stalemate/article5150112.ece

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Syria rebels agree truce with jihadists in border town

 20 September 2013

AFP, Beirut

Rebels of the mainstream Free Syrian Army (FSA) have agreed a truce with jihadists who seized a town on the Turkish border earlier this week, a monitoring group said Friday.

The Northern Storm brigade, which is loyal to the FSA and was based in Azaz, and Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which seized the town on Wednesday, both pledged to observe a ceasefire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/20/Syria-rebels-agree-truce-with-jihadists-in-border-town.html

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Presidency of Holy Mosques gears up for Haj with new plan

 Badea Abu Al-Naja

 20 September 2013

MAKKAH — The head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said his organization’s operational plan for this year’s Haj season will come into force on Saturday.

Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais said: “The presidency has made elaborate preparations and arrangements aimed at enabling worshipers to perform their rituals easily and comfortably in a tranquil atmosphere inside the two holy mosques and their courtyards.

“More than 6,000 staffers, including women and seasonal workers, will be engaged in implementing the plan.”

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130920180989

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Pakistan

 

Three Islamic preachers killed in Pakistan mosque attack

20 September 2013

AFP, Peshawar

Suspected militants on a motorbike threw grenades at a mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least three Islamic preachers and wounding 18 others, officials said Friday.

The attack happened on the outskirts of Peshawar, the gateway to Pakistan's troubled tribal regions where security forces have been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants.

“Two attackers came on a motorbike and hurled grenades at a mosque soon after a preaching group arrived there late on Thursday night,” Rahim Shah, a senior police official, told AFP.

“At least three people were killed and 18 others got wounded. Two of them are serious,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2013/09/20/Three-Islamic-preachers-killed-in-Pakistan-mosque-attack-.html

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Blast near Imambargah kills three, injures 15 in Karachi

2013-09-2

KARACHI: At least three people were killed and at least 15 injured when a hand grenade exploded near a Shia Imambargah in Karachi’s Landhi neighbourhood late on Thursday night, DawnNews reported.

Police officials confirmed that the target of the attack was Imambargah Sajjadia located in Landhi’s Majeed Colony.

The blast was so loud it was heard from far distances, said Nasir Aftab, a senior police officer. “Imambargah building among other nearby houses was partially damaged by the blast,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044037/blast-near-imambargah-kills-three-injures-15-in-karachi

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Taliban deny claim Mehsud demanded release of 50 militants

20 September 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban have denied claims that their chief Hakimullah Mehsud Thursday contacted a former Pakistani lawmaker, demanding release of 50 militants detained in various prisons across the country, DawnNews reported.

Javed Ibrahim Paracha, a former member of the National Assembly had earlier claimed that the chief of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) telephoned him and named 50 Taliban prisoners for their release, said a report aired on DawnNews.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044033/taliban-deny-claim-mehsud-demanded-release-of-50-militants

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Federal cabinet approves amendments to anti-terrorism laws

2013-09-20

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s federal cabinet on Friday approved a draft of amendments to anti-terrorism laws in an effort to further empowering law enforcement agencies for better handling of terror-related cases

The draft bill, which will later be presented before the Parliament for approval, is aimed at curbing the menace of terrorism and giving special powers to security forces. It also provides ensuring protection of witnesses in terrorism cases.

Federal minister Zahid Hamid presented the draft amendments in the session of federal cabinet which was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The bill bill, which calls for terrorists to be held accountable at all costs, was approved by the cabinet members to be tabled in parliament for further approval.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044227/federal-cabinet-approves-amendments-to-anti-terrorism-laws

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Pakistan raises drone strikes issue at UN

APP

2013-09-20

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Thursday raised the issue of American drone strikes in its tribal regions at the United Nations Security Council, calling for their cessation and seeking “urgent” talks to resolve the problem.

“Drone strikes infringe our sovereignty, violate international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law, cause civilian casualties and are detrimental to the combined efforts to fight terrorism,” Ambassador Masood Khan told the 15-nation council during a discussion on the situation in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044066/pakistan-raises-drone-strikes-issue-at-un

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CII debate on blasphemy law: Move for change scuttled by hardliners

KALBE ALI

2013-09-20

ISLAMABAD: Hardliners in the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) joined hands on Thursday to strike down a proposal for awarding death sentence to people making false accusations under the blasphemy law.

A meeting of the council on the second day witnessed serious ideological differences between the hardliners and the moderates over the proposal to award the same punishment to a false accuser as to an accused.

After having failed to reach a consensus, CII Chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani decided to form a two-member committee, comprising retired Justice Mushtaq Ahmed Memon and retired Justice Nazir Akhtar, to look into the matter and submit their findings.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044163/cii-debate-on-blasphemy-law-move-for-change-scuttled-by-hardliners

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Southeast Asia

 

Sexualisation of Women in Ads A Social Norm in Malaysia

D. Kanyakumari

September 20 2013

Women continue to be portrayed as objects of sexual desire in advertisements in face of continued criticism because consumers cannot see them any other way ... at least, this is what ad agencies in Malaysia say.

Elipsis Malaysia servicing head A.Ashvin said even those who were critical of this practice did not get a 'rise' when looking at 'normal' images of women.

"Truthfully speaking, who does not want to look at a pleasant picture? Advertisements need to look presentable as it has to be appealing to everyone," he said.

"Putting aside the sexual factor and the exploitation of women, we as an ad agency have to look at things realistically.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/09/20/sexualisation-women-ads-a-social-norm-malaysia.html

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Take advantage of new Bumi agenda or others will, Jakim warns Muslims

20 September 2013

In its Friday sermon, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) gave its stamp of approval to Putrajaya’s new Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Agenda which is meant to dish out to the community billions in aid and contracts.

Jakim urged Muslims to seize the opportunities presented and warned that a failure to take advantage of the scheme would allow “others” to reap what is to be lavished upon the Bumiputera community.

“Remember, if we still fail to take this golden opportunity, surely others will receive the benefits and we will continue living backwards and looked down upon in our own native land,” Jakim warned in the sermon.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/take-advantage-of-new-bumi-agenda-or-others-will-jakim-warns-muslims

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Eight Moro Muslim rebels killed in Philippines

2013-09-20

ZAMBOANGA (Philippines): Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on Thursday as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of a major city and believed to be holding hostages.

A soldier also died, the military reported, bringing the death toll from 11 days of fierce street battles in the southern port city of Zamboanga to at least 114.

The fresh casualties came as an international human rights monitor issued a report alleging severe human rights abuses committed by both sides, including the rebels deliberately picking out Christians to use as human shields.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044150/eight-moro-rebels-killed-in-philippines

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World Muslimah pageant mesmerizes Jakartans

 September 20 2013

The World Muslimah pageant is not your usual beauty contest.

For a start, the three Bs of Miss World — brains, beauty and behavior — have been replaced by the three Ss: sholehah (piousness), smart and stylish.

The grand final of the third World Muslimah peagant at Balai Sarbini in South Jakarta on Wednesday also began uniquely — with the women reciting verses from the Koran before strutting down the stage, wearing loosely fitting outfits and veils instead of revealing gowns.

While some of the women paraded with a model’s confidence, others were more awkward as they tottered by in glittering high heels and long gowns.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/09/20/a-very-different-beauty-pageant.html

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Indonesian legislators urge compassion for 17-year-old maid facing murder charge

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Indonesian lawmakers are appealing to Putrajaya to show leniency to Wilfrida Soik, an Indonesian migrant worker who is facing a murder charge, and the death sentence if found guilty, for killing her Malaysian employer.

Poempida Hidayatulloh, a member of the committee which oversees manpower affairs and a Golkar party legislator, said that 17-year-old Wifrida Soik had been working since she was 12 and is a victim of human trafficking.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/indonesian-legislators-want-maid-to-be-freed-of-murdering-malaysian-employe

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India

 

India tells Pak to make ‘some beginning’ on concerns

 Sep 20, 2013

“Dismantling of terror infrastructure is a critical point. Accountability for what happened in Mumbai is another critical point. At least some beginning has to be made”

India on asserted that there has to be “at least some beginning” by Pakistan in addressing its serious concerns including terror infrastructure, a day after Pakistan said a response was awaited from Indian side on a possible meeting between their Prime Ministers in the U.S.

Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are travelling to New York to attend 68th session of U.N. General Assembly next week.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-tells-pak-to-make-some-beginning-on-concerns/article5150189.ece

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IM operative Afzal Usmani flees from Mumbai court

TNN | Sep 20, 2013

NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen operative Afzal Usmani, an accused in 2008 Ahmedabad and Surat blast cases, escaped from a court in Mumbai on Friday.

The incident, which has embarrassed police, took place when seven accused in the case were being brought from Taloja Jail in Raigad district to the sessions court in south Mumbai.

Usmani helped agencies to bust IM module in Mumbai.

Police have issued an arrest warrant launched a manhunt for Usmani.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/IM-operative-Afzal-Usmani-flees-from-Mumbai-court/articleshow/22811207.cms

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US, Iran may kiss and make up — much to India’s relief

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Sep 20, 2013

WASHINGTON: More than four decades of animosity between Iran and the United States appears to be drawing to a close — much to India's delight — following bold overtures to Washington from the newly elected Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani. "We told you so," might well be the relieved aside from Kautilyans in New Delhi as the timeless wisdom that there are no permanent friends or eternal enemies in politics, only permanent interests, is being proved yet again.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-Iran-may-kiss-and-make-up-much-to-Indias-relief/articleshow/22799876.cms

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Not talking is not an option, say Indian and Pakistan MPs

MEENA MENON

20 September 2013

The 13-member delegation of Indian MPs is led by former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer.

While there is scepticism over the proposed talks between the Prime Ministers of the two countries in New York, Parliamentarians from India and Pakistan on Thursday reaffirmed their faith in people to people contacts and the dialogue process between the two countries and said that not talking to each other was no longer an option.

The 13-member delegation of Indian MPs is led by former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyer. Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) has been facilitating the dialogue series since January 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/not-talking-is-not-an-option-say-indian-and-pakistan-mps/article5146617.ece

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HC recalls stay order on relief to Muslim youths

TNN | Sep 20, 2013

HYDERABAD: In a significant move, the AP High Court on Thursday recalled its earlier order that set aside a GO of the state paying compensation to the victimized Muslim youth in the Mecca Masjid blast case. The division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and Justice K C Bhanu felt that the order was passed without hearing the affected parties and after reopening the case on its own, kept in abeyance its earlier order and issued notices to persons who got compensation from the government after they were discharged from the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/HC-recalls-stay-order-on-relief-to-Muslim-youths/articleshow/22778198.cms

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We will monitor Muzaffarnagar violence till the end: SC

PTI | Sep 19, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will continue to monitor the probe into the Muzaffarnagar riots and relief and rehabilitation work in violence-hit areas till the end and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a report on steps taken by it.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said it is aware about the prevailing situation and will pass direction if required. It also directed that a PIL pending in the Allahabad high court be transferred to the apex court.

"We are not closing the writ petition. Till the end we will monitor the development. We are not passing the final order," the bench, also comprising justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Ranjan Gogoi, said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/We-will-monitor-Muzaffarnagar-violence-till-the-end-SC/articleshow/22770028.cms

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Bhatkal says IM looking for tie-up with al Qaeda

 September 20, 2013

The Indian Mujahideen wants to join hands with the al Qaeda for "joint operations" in India and has even held talks with a senior leader of the dreaded terror outfit, a move that has led to a falling out with the Pakistan's ISI, its patron and handler, HT has learnt.

These revelations come within days of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri endorsing the right of militants to fight "Indians in Kashmir" in his first specific jihad guidelines.

The modalities of the 'joint venture' were in the final stages when IM leader Yasin Bhatkal and his right-hand man Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi were nabbed in Nepal and later arrested in Bihar on August 29, a counterterror official told HT, requesting anonymity.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Bhatkal-says-IM-looking-for-tie-up-with-al-Qaeda/Article1-1124568.aspx

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Europe

 

Resolution targeting Israel defeated at IAEA

 20 September 2013

AFP, Vienna

A proposed resolution by Arab states criticizing Israel’s widely-rumored atomic arsenal was narrowly defeated Friday at a gathering of the U.N. nuclear agency.

Following a lively debate at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s annual general conference, the measure, supported by Iran, was defeated by 51 votes against and 43 in favor with 32 abstentions.

Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear weapons but has never acknowledged it and is not a signatory to the landmark Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

The Jewish state is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency but is not subject to IAEA inspections except for at a small research facility.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/09/20/Resolution-targeting-Israel-defeated-at-IAEA.html

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French president says war on terror won in Mali

 20 September 2013

BAMAKO, Mali — French President Francois Hollande declared Thursday that the war on terror had been won in the West African nation of Mali, listing the towns that French and Malian troops had liberated from Al-Qaeda's local fighters earlier this year.

Hollande spoke before more than a dozen heads of state at inauguration festivities for Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who won the election that the French urged Mali to hold only months after radical jihadists had been largely ousted from power in northern Mali.

“We have won this war; we have chased out the terrorists; we have secured the north and finally ... we have, you have organized an uncontested election and the winner is now the president of Mali,” Hollande told the crowd gathered at a sports stadium in the Malian capital.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130920181022

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U.N. ignored evidence presented by Syria: Russia

ATUL ANEJA

20 September 2013

Assad committed to Geneva, says destruction could taken ‘a year, maybe more’

Syria’s political landscape continues to evolve rapidly, with Russia launching a diplomatic offensive to establish that the opposition was responsible for the deadly August 21 chemical weapon strike amid fierce infighting in the anti-government camp where al-Qaeda linked militants have taken yet another step to rout the western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/un-ignored-evidence-presented-by-syria-russia/article5147125.ece

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Russia offers Pakistan for exporting 5000MW electricity

APP

2013-09-20

ISLAMABAD: Russia has offered Pakistan to invest in energy sector and export 5000 MW electricity through Kyrgyzstan-Afghanistan route.

A Russian delegation led by deputy minister for energy, comprised representatives of major energy companies here on Thursday called on Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal and discussed cooperation in energy sector.

The delegation extended its cooperation in energy sector including import of electricity, LNG, natural gas, coal power production and oil and gas exploration.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1044116/russia-offers-pakistan-for-exporting-5000mw-electricity

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Merkel: German chemicals not used for Syrian weapons

20 September 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel has denied that 137 tonnes of German chemicals exported to Syria were used in weapons.

Delivered between 2002 and 2006, they are regarded as "dual use" and can be used to make sarin, used in the deadly chemical attack in Syria last month.

"To my knowledge they were used solely for civil purposes," Mrs Merkel told ARD, Germany's public TV broadcaster.

But officials were still checking what happened to chemicals exported in the following five years, she said.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24158185

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North America

 

Washington invites Awami League and BNP for talks

20 September 2013

A BNP delegation is likely to visit the USA early next month at the invitation of the US State Department to discuss Bangladesh’s political crisis and to engage in dialogue with the Awami League to find a solution to the stalemate regarding the arrangements for the upcoming elections.

A highly placed source at the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune last night that the Awami League received an invitation from the US State Department. However, a number of senior leaders of the party said they had no knowledge of the invitation.

A senior leader of the opposition BNP said: “A BNP team comprising of a few members is likely to visit Washington DC at the invitation of the US State Department with the objective of reducing the gap between the two major political parties and coming to some kind of electoral arrangement in the wake of the failure of the UN mediation.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2013/sep/19/khaleda-sends-reply-kerry

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US waiting for Syria chemical arms list

AFP

20 September 2013

With the clock ticking down on a Russian-US deal, the United States said on Thursday it expected Syria to hand over a list of its chemical arms within the next few days.

On Saturday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was given a week to make a full declaration of his stockpile under the terms of the agreement struck in Geneva.

US officials traveling with secretary of state John Kerry for the Geneva talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov suggested Assad's time would run out late Friday or early Saturday.

"We expect them to submit it within a week," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/US-waiting-for-Syria-chemical-arms-list/Article1-1124642.aspx

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UN must act on Syria next week: Kerry

AFP

September 20, 2013

The UN Security Council must be prepared to agree to a binding resolution on Syria's chemical weapons next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

A "definitive" UN report had proven that the Syrian regime was behind an August chemical weapons attack, Kerry said.

"Now the test comes. The Security Council must be prepared to act next week. It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out," he added.

Kerry is leaving Sunday to join world leaders gathering in New York for the annual UN General Assembly set to be dominated by the civil war in Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/UN-must-act-on-Syria-next-week-Kerry/Article1-1124611.aspx

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