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15 insurgents killed by their own bombs in Afghan mosque

Hard-line groups target Christianity with sharia law

6-year-old girl lands on US terror-watch list

Another school blown up in Bajaur

12 extremists killed in Orakzai action

24 killed in Orakzai air attack

I am a Hindu now: A former Muslim’s life story

18 killed in gas explosion in Pakistan's Sindh province

Five killed in another NWA drone attack

18 killed in tanker explosion in Pakistan

Two killed in J&K protests, situation tense

Commander among six militants killed in Swat

Another J&K youth dies in firing

LeT planning to target political leaders, separatists in J-K

'Al-Qaeda weakened, as few as 50 in Afghanistan'

Islamic schools for women thrive across the country

Valley feasts on Pandits’ culinary delights

Law to regulate Islamic insurance

The Sofia Khan family to the Sheboygan area community: 'Thanks'

Hijab is a chain around Muslim girls

Forum: Boldly confronting problems of Islam

Burqa bans grow fashionable in Europe

On Malaysia's religious reality show 'Imam Muda', 10 young men compete to be next top Muslim leader

Transsexual’s memoirs breaks new ground in Arab world

J&K: 9-yr-old boy killed in Baramulla, sitatuion tense

Law to regulate Islamic insurance

CIA's Panetta: Iran has enough uranium for 2 bombs

Islamic terrorists target Hindu temples in Malaysia

‘Iran nukes ready by 2012’

Terror may strike Agra during CWG

Protesters, police clash in Dhaka; 300 held 

Kyrgyzstan votes on Constitution

Intel chiefs meet in Islamabad

US aware of Afghan-Pak contacts with Haqqani

F-16s can be used against any adversary: PAF chief

Media in Pak welcomes talks

Fake degree holders have no right to parliament: Mushahid

US mission to correct errors in Pak media

Osama bin Laden is hiding in tribal areas of Pakistan: CIA

Freed by Pak, 4 Indians land in hospital with schizophrenia

Hard-line groups target Christianity with sharia law

Peace overture to Taliban upsets Afghan minorities

Somali piracy hurting Saudi shipping badly

Arrests expose myth of Indonesia’s deradicalisation policy

Egypt: Arab League organizes Arab Media Forum in Alexandria

Bangalore top cop slams Nazeer media interaction

Madani’s arrest imminent

Ship had arms for UN mission

'Unfair to say Pak has not done enough'

Qatar: Middle East hopeful for World Cup 2022 bid

Abdallah, Talabani urge pan-Arab stand to face challenges

UK general says Taleban talks should begin 'soon'

Time-tested Saudi-British ties reaching new heights

Huge fire breaks out in Al Qouz Shafaat Ahmed

Hamas security men seize money from Gaza bank

US military chief in Israel for top-level talks

Egypt barring Gaza aid ship from Suez Canal: Iran

No timeframe for Afghan withdrawal: UK

Obama cites 'obsession' on Afghanistan timeline

Awan tells critics to support govt against terrorism

Palestinian refugees seek basic rights in Lebanon

Kyrgyzstan slams Russia over ‘Afghanisation’ fears

Kayani in Kabul, Delhi up against challenge

Man denies he kidnapped daughter

Judge orders father to return girl to mother

Interim govt in Kyrgyzstan moves to legitimise rule 

Reward for information on missing persons announced

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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15 insurgents killed by their own bombs in Afghan mosque

June 28, 2010

Eight Arab, five Pakistani and two Afghan militants were killed when bombs they were making exploded prematurely inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

The insurgents were assembling bombs in Desi Mosque of Yousifkhela district in the south-eastern province of Paktika Friday, the ministry said.

Pakika borders the Pakistani town of Wana, where Taliban militants are said to have training bases. Afghan officials have repeatedly blamed Islamabad for not doing enough to clamp down on cross-border infiltration by insurgents.

In the northern province of Kunduz, several Taliban fighters including a foreign insurgent commander were killed Saturday by a NATO airstrike in Chardarah district, NATO said Sunday.

"After verifying insurgent activity and conducting careful planning to avoid civilian casualties and mitigate collateral damage, coalition aircraft were called in for the precision airstrike," it said.

The targeted commander coordinated logistical support and operations "with the Taliban's Pakistan foreign fighter cell leadership", it said.

NATO also confirmed the death of one of its soldiers in a roadside explosion in southern Afghanistan Saturday. The alliance had already reported the deaths of five more troops killed in separate attacks in the country Saturday.

Saturday's deaths brought the total of foreign soldiers killed in the war this year to 309, compared with the 157 deaths registered between January and June of 2009, according to iCasualties.org.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Insurgents-killed-by-own-bombs-in-mosque/H1-Article1-563889.aspx

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Hard-line groups target Christianity with sharia law

Hasyim Widhiarto

June 28, 2010

A joint congress of Muslim organizations demanded the Bekasi regency and municipality administrations immediately implement Islamic sharia law to deter the growth of Christianity in the area.

“We will urge the [Bekasi] regency and municipal administrations to pass more sharia-based bylaws and regulations to limit apostasy and squeeze out attempts to weaken Muslim unity in the city,” Sulaiman Zachawerus, the chairman of the Bekasi branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said Sunday at the conclusion of a congress of more than 500 participants at Al Azhar mosque.

Apart from hard-line Muslim groups in the area, the congress, which was held on the past two Sundays, was also attended by local branches of two mainstream Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama. 

“[Christians] have gone too far,” Abdul Rouf, the head of the Bekasi branch of Muhammadiyah, said.

The congress also called for the establishment of the Laskar Pemuda (Youth Soldiers) paramilitary group to thwart “possible conflict with local Christians” following the organizations’ joint call to fight what they called attempts by Christians to convert the local population.  

“We are planning to station members [of the group] in every mosque in the city,” said Tunggal Sawabi, an official with the Bekasi branch of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) who was appointed as one of the “field commanders”.

This first-ever joint forum in the area was held after a series of clashes between Muslims and Christians.

Rapid development in residential and industrial zones has turned Bekasi, located in the outskirts of Jakarta, into a more culturally and religiously diverse city, making it vulnerable to religious conflict, mainly between Muslims and Christians.

In the past, such conflict has flared up around the city, mostly triggered by disputes over allegedly unauthorized churches.

This year, the number of inter-religious conflicts has grown.

Last month, a Christian school in Pondok Gede was attacked after a former student allegedly posted a picture showing him putting a copy of the Koran in a toilet in the school’s blog.

A few weeks later, after protracted pressure from hard-line Islamic groups, the Bekasi municipal administration finally decided to forcefully take down the Tiga Mojang (Three Ladies) sculpture from the entrance to the Kota Harapan Indah residential complex, following the groups’ allegations that the sculpture was obscene and symbolic of the Christian Trinity.

Yunahar Ilyas, a chairman of Muhammadiyah, admitted that there were innate “ethical” problems with religious missionaries in the country.

The “unwritten” rules among missionaries, he said, stipulated that one should not attempt to convert those who had already embraced a religion.

“Once the rule is broken, it becomes a sensitive matter and the local administration must play an active intermediary role in preventing the conflict from escalating.”

Yunahar, however, said the sharia law proposal ran counter to interfaith dialogue in the area, which should have solved the issue.

“This case proves interfaith dialogue is merely a superficial process that has little impact,” he said.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/06/28/hardline-groups-target-christianity-with-sharia-law.html

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6-year-old girl lands on US no-fly list

June 28, 2010

Washington: Santhosh Thomas, an Indian-American doctor, is at a loss to understand how his 6-year-old daughter Alyssa turned up on the US government's terror watch-list or how to get her off it.

The worst thing Alyssa has ever done is probably threatening her sister and that the doctor from Westlake, Ohio, says he's sure is not enough to land her on the no-fly list of suspected terrorists.

"She may have threatened her sister, but I don't think that constitutes Homeland Security triggers," Thomas told CNN.

An airline ticket agent informed the family of their predicament when they embarked on recent trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis. "They said, 'Well, she's on the list.' We're like, okay, what's the story? What do we have to do to get off the list? This isn't exactly the list we want to be on," Thomas was quoted as saying.

The Thomases were allowed to fly that day, but authorities told them to contact the US Department of Homeland Security to clear up the matter. Now they've received a letter from the government addressed to 6-year-old Alyssa, telling her that nothing in her file will be changed.

Federal authorities have acknowledged that such a no-fly list exists, but as a matter of national security, they won't comment on whose names are on it nor why.

"The watch lists are an important layer of security to prevent individuals with known or suspected ties to terrorism from flying," an unnamed spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration told Fox News.

"She's been flying since she was two-months old, so that has not been an issue," Alyssa's dad said. "In fact, we had travelled to Mexico in February and there were no issues at that time."

That's likely because of a recent change by the Transportation Security Administration, which used to check only international passengers' names against the no-fly list, but since earlier this month has been checking domestic passengers as well.

The Thomases told CNN they plan on appealing Alyssa's status to the US Department of Homeland Security again, and will be sure to leave plenty of extra time for check-in the next time they fly.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/6yearold-girl-lands-on-us-nofly-list/125457-2.html

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Another school blown up in Bajaur

June 28, 2010

KHAR: Militants attempted to destroy another school in Bajaur on Sunday. However, the building of the government-run school was partially damaged when an explosive device planted by the militants went off in Tangi area near here on Sunday, official sources said.

The sources said that the militants had panted the explosives device on the building of the Government High School, Tangi, and triggered the blast. The sources added that the explosion caused partial damage to the structure.

Soon after the incident, Political Tehsildar Adalat Khan, along with a large contingent of the Levies Force, launched a crackdown and arrested 19 suspected persons from the area. Our Bara correspondent adds: Nine suspected persons were arrested by security forces following an attack on the Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in Nala area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency, official sources said on Sunday.

The FC personnel were patrolling in the Nala area when two roadside improvised explosive devises (IED) exploded close to them. However, the soldiers remained safe. Soon after the attack, security forces launched a search operation in the area and arrested nine persons, including two brothers, two nephews and two nieces of former agency councillor Suhbat Khan, an opponent of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI), and four of his neighbours.

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247611

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12 extremists killed in Orakzai action

June 28, 2010

 PESHAWAR: At least 12 extremists were killed and nine others injured in an action by the security forces following attack on their check post, Geo News reported Monday.

According to sources, the extremists attacked on a security check post in Orakzai area injuring two security personnel including an officer.

Soon afterwards, the security forces returned the attacked killing 12 extremists and injuring nine others.

It should be mentioned here that offensive against extremists is underway in Orakzai Agency for last 11 weeks, where at least 1400 extremists have been killed thus far with 160 hideouts of the militants pounded.

Meantime, two factions entered in armed conflict over water issue in Kurram Agency, where three men were killed and various others injured.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-28-2010/67453.htm

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24 killed in Orakzai air attack

28 Jun, 2010

KALAYA, June 27: At least 24 militants were killed and 10 others injured when military planes attacked Behram Khak area in upper tehsil of Orakzai on Sunday.

Local people said that a number of empty houses, a market and a private hospital were destroyed. Officials said the hospital provided treatment to militants.

The Pakistan Air Force intensified air attacks in the area after security forces vacated several locations.

Taliban, however, rejected official reports about the casualty.

They accused the forces of attacking civilians and killing innocent people.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/24-killed-in-orakzai-air-attack-860

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I am a Hindu now: A former Muslim’s life story

June 28, 2010

I was born into a very staunch Muslim family in the US. Learning to read the Quran the moment I could read. I was under the misconception that if I did not do as Allah told me to do, I would be punished severely. I was also told that if I didn’t wear modest clothes I was being immoral. Right from a little girl I wore the head scarf. My friends would ask me why, and I would tell them “because God said so’.

Around the age of 14, I realized how much of life I was missing out on. How my father commanded that I do my prayers 5 times a day and never play any sports because they would only lead me to the devil. One night I was talking to my parents about college and my father said that I would never go to college because he had chosen a boy for me and I was about to get married to him as soon as I turned 18. I was shocked….my mother ran out of the room crying. I began to plead with my father to let me go to college. But he said no. Full report at:

http://www.interfaithshaadi.org/blog/?p=298

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18 killed in gas explosion in Pakistan's Sindh province

Jun 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD: At least 18 people were killed and 40 others injured when a powerful explosion occurred on Monday in Hyderabad city in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, police said.

The explosion, which was accidental, in an LPG container, killed 18 people at a busy transport hub in the city, a senior police officer said.

The officer said that there was no indication that the blast was an act of terrorism.

The blast was so powerful that it flattened several buildings and damaged trucks and buses parked in the area. Rescue teams were rushed to the site to remove bodies and the injured from the debris.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/18-killed-in-gas-explosion-in-Pakistans-Sindh-province/articleshow/6101474.cms

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Five killed in another NWA drone attack

June 28, 2010

MIRAMSHAH: Five people were killed and three others sustained injuries when a US drone fired a missile at a house in Tabbi Tulkhel village in North Waziristan Agency on Sunday, tribal and official sources said. The sources said the pilotless plane had been flying in the area for sometime before it attacked its target.

Dr Ali Muhammad, the deputy medical superintendent of the Agency Headquarters Hospital, Miramshah, said three wounded persons were brought to the hospital and their condition was critical. The sources said the dead were local tribesmen.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29703

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18 killed in tanker explosion in Pakistan

28 June 2010

Islamabad: At least 18 people were killed and 40 others injured when a powerful explosion occurred on Monday in Hyderabad city in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, police said.

The explosion, which was accidental, in an LPG container, killed 18 people at a busy transport hub in the city, a senior police officer said. The officer said that there was no indication that the blast was an act of terrorism.

The blast was so powerful that it flattened several buildings and damaged trucks and buses parked in the area.

Rescue teams were rushed to the site to remove bodies and the injured from the debris. The officer said that about 40 people who were injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. Doctors at a nearby hospital said they have so far received 14 bodies.

Full report at: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/18-killed-in-lpg-cylinder-explosion-in-pak/125466-2.html

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Two killed in J&K protests, situation tense

28 June 2010

SRINAGAR: Two youths were killed as security forces opened fire on agitated mobs indulging in heavy stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla and Sopore districts, police said.

According to police, Tariq Ahmed Rather, 20, was killed at Delina locality outside Baramulla town Monday afternoon when a mob proceeding towards Sopore was intercepted by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the state police.

The security personnel opened fire as the mob started throwing rocks and stones at them. Rather succumb to bullet injury while being taken to Baramulla hospital, a police official said.

Sopore is 14 km from Baramulla.

Earlier in the day, another youth was killed in firing as an agitated mob flouted curfew restrictions in north Kashmir's Sopore town.

A senior police officer said the victim was identified as Tajamul Ahmad Bhat, son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat of Wadoora in Sopore.

Bhat succumbed to bullet injury at Sopore hospital, sources said.

Tension continued for the fourth day in Sopore, where authorities had imposed curfew last Friday after two youths were killed as CRPF personnel fired at an irate mob that attacked and torched their vehicle.

Another youth was killed in Sopore late Sunday as mobs defied the curfew restrictions in the town.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-killed-in-JK-protests-situation-tense/articleshow/6101943.cms

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Commander among six militants killed in Swat

28 Jun, 2010

MINGORA, June 27: Six militants, including an important commander, were killed in a clash with security forces in Charbagh tehsil of Swat district here on Sunday.

The security forces also recovered nine hand grenades and other weapons from the possession of the killed militants.

Sources said that security forces came under attack during a search operation in Tilligram area of Charbagh tehsil. The security forces retaliated and exchanged heavy fire with the attackers, killing six of them. An important militant commander identified as Fazal Rahim alias Karar was also among the dead, they added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/commander-among-six-militants-killed-in-swat-860

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Another J&K youth dies in firing

M Saleem Pandit

Jun 28, 2010

Srinagar: A 25-year-old youth was killed in CRPF firing at Muslim Peer Mohalla in Sopore on Sunday evening when a mob defied curfew imposed in the north Kashmir town since Friday.

In a similar incident on June 25,two teenagers were killed in CRPF firing triggering protests in Sopore.According to police,the CRPF personnel fired rubber bullets on Sunday injuring two persons after hundred-strong crowd took to the street defying the curfew.Of the injured,Bilal Ahmad Wani of Kralteng died in Srinagar hospital.

On Saturday,the J&K government had ordered a judicial inquiry into Fridays incident where two teenagers Shakeel Ahmad Gania and Firdous Ahmad were killed by CRPF firing.

Retired high court judge Syed Bashir-ud-din,who heads the state human rights commission will submit the report within one month.

Full report at: Times of India

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LeT planning to target political leaders, separatists in J-K

Jun 28, 2010

Srinagar : Security in Jammu and Kashmir has been further beefed up following intelligence inputs suggesting that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba was planning to carry out terrorist strikes in the state including assassination of a political or a top separatist leader.

Sources in the security establishment said that some intelligence inputs were intercepted in which Lashkar commanders in the Valley were receiving instructions from across the border to carry out a terrorist strike in Jammu or Kashmir which includes targeting any politician or separatist leader.

The sources said that security around vital installations had been tightened and a fresh review of the security cover to all the politicians and important separatist leaders had been conducted.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/let-planning-to-target-political-leaders-separatists-in-jk/639082/

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'Al-Qaeda weakened, as few as 50 in Afghanistan'

28 June 2010

 WASHINGTON- Al-Qaeda’s leadership is weaker than ever and as few as 50 members of the terror group are in Afghanistan as US forces work to “flush out” mastermind Osama Bin Laden, the CIA director said Sunday.

Although hard data on the world’s most-wanted fugitive has been slight since the 2001 attacks on the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency and US forces have killed or captured at least half the leadership of Al-Qaeda, spy chief Leon Panetta said.

“We just took down number three in their leadership (Mustafa Abu al-Yazid) a few weeks ago,” Panetta told ABC’s “This Week” program.

“We continue to disrupt them. We continue to impact on their command and control. We continue to impact on their ability to plan attacks in this country.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June1165.xml&section=international&col=

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Islamic schools for women thrive across the country

June 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD: To its detractors, the Al-Huda chain of Islamic schools across the country is a driver of conservative Islam, especially among the secular elite. But to the thousands who attend its classes across the country, it is a blessing.

Al-Huda's popularity and rapid growth - and the criticism of it as a promoter of intolerance and gender segregation - is a sign of the country's swing away from the moderate, Sufi Islam-influenced sphere of South Asia toward the more conservative, Saudi-influenced Middle East.

Founder Farhat Hashmi started Al-Huda (Arabic for "guidance") in her home with a small group of students in the early 1990s. Now it caters to women and girls in Pakistan and elsewhere, including in the US and Canada, where Hashmi now lives.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\28\story_28-6-2010_pg7_23

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Valley feasts on Pandits’ culinary delights

RIYAZ WANI

Jun 28 2010

Srinagar : Return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley may be mired in politics, but a Pandit food festival in Srinagar is making many nostalgic about a shared cultural past.

The festival, coinciding with the annual Pandit pilgrimage to Kheerbhawani shrine, is attracting a large number of local Muslims. “This festival has made me realise that our food is more diverse than wazwan,” says Irfan Ahmad, a Kashmir University student helping himself to a mixed combo feast of Palak Te Kakur and Nader Yakhni. “ I wonder how this amazing cuisine has not got the attention it deserves”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/valley-feasts-on-pandits-culinary-delights/639219/

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Law to regulate Islamic insurance

June 28, 2010

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Economy issued a law on the Islamic insurance system (Takaful) to regulate the work of Islamic insurance companies in the country.

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the UAE Insurance Authority, issued the new system yesterday.

This insurance system, which is the first of its kind to be approved in the Arab region, gives Islamic insurance and reinsurance companies a grace period of one year to adjust their status in line with the provisions of the Islamic insurance law.

Fatima Mohammad Al Awadi, Deputy Director General of the Insurance Authority, said that the introduction of the new law is aimed at regulating the operations of Islamic insurance companies, many of which were established in the past few years as per Law No. 9 for 1984 on insurance agencies and Federal Law No. 6 of 2007 regarding the establishment of the insurance authority.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/business/general/law-to-regulate-islamic-insurance-1.647033

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The Sofia Khan family to the Sheboygan area community: 'Thanks'

BY DAN BENSON

June 28, 2010

Sofia Khan, the nine-year-old girl who vanished into Lake Michigan on June 9, will always have a presence in the area, thanks to a new playground to be built and named in her memory at the Islamic Society of Sheboygan County mosque in the Town of Wilson.

The announcement came Saturday during a picnic and open house at the mosque hosted by Sophia's family.

Nearly 100 people attended the event, which Sofia's father, Omer Khan, said was a way of thanking the community for helping in the so-far unsuccessful search for his daughter.

She was lost when her kayak was blown out into Lake Michigan as Omer Khan was teaching Sofia, her 10- and 13-year-old brothers and two children of friends how to kayak along the shore near Smies Road in the Town of Holland. The family lives in Chicago and was on vacation and staying at a home of a friend.

"Although (community members) haven't met Sofia, they felt close to her," he said.

The official search for Sofia by 12 local law enforcement agencies ended less than two days after she was lost, but hundreds of volunteers from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin continued the search or assisted the family in other ways, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20100627/SHE0101/6270490/The-Sofia-Khan-family-to-the-community-Thanks-

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Hijab is a chain around Muslim girls

By: Tarek Fatah

June 28, 2010

THE memory of Aqsa Parvez is seared in my mind. As a Muslim father of two daughters and an uncle to at least a dozen nieces, I am aware of the enormous pressures that Muslim girls face as they are forced to become the flag bearers of Islam. All this while their brothers -- de facto guardians of their sisters' honour -- are set free to enjoy the pleasures of youth.

One way these daughters and sisters are kept in check is to force them to don the Arab headdress, the hijab; not the Pakistani duppata, nor the colourful Sudanese headscarf, or the Bangladeshi pallu, but the Muslim-Brotherhood-prescribed hijab. Aqsa Parvez, like millions of Muslim girls around the world, said no to the hijab.

For refusing to wrap her head with a piece of cloth, the Mississauga, Ont. teenager paid with her life, at her family's own hands, on Dec. 20, 2007.

Full report at:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/fyi/hijab-is-a-chain-around-muslim-girls-97216974.html

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Forum: Boldly confronting problems of Islam

By KEVIN FERRIS

June 28, 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a big believer in freedom of speech. So she practices it daily, fearlessly, and at great personal cost.

"Every important freedom that Western individuals possess rests on free expression," she writes in her new book, "Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations." "We observe what is wrong, and we say what is wrong, in order that it may be corrected."

What Hirsi Ali wants to correct most are certain aspects of Islam, the religion and culture she practiced growing up in Somalia. The religion and culture she abandoned in order to escape an arranged marriage. The religion and culture she says often conflict with Western values. And in order to make the necessary corrections, she outlines the wrongs in "Nomad":

Full report at:

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/062710/opi_661950103.shtml

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Burqa bans grow fashionable in Europe

By Jabeen Bhatti and Aida Alami

June 28th 2010

BERLIN — A growing movement in Europe to ban burqas and niqabs, the face coverings worn by some Muslim women, is igniting a debate over individual religious freedom vs. broader cultural values.

The movement started in Belgium when a bill making it a crime to wear a face veil in public passed unanimously in the lower house of parliament in April. The penalty would be a $19-$31 fine or a week in jail. The measure is likely to become law by fall, says Denis Ducarme, co-author of the legislation.

France followed and lawmakers across the continent are considering similar measures.

Belgium already has a law that forbids wearing masks in public, but lawmakers said they wanted to enhance the security of the country, promote gender equality and send a signal to extremists.

Full report at:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-06-27-Burqa_N.htm

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On Malaysia's religious reality show 'Imam Muda', 10 young men compete to be next top Muslim leader

BY MEENA HARTENSTEIN

June 28th 2010

Reality TV shows have crowned stars in every field imaginable, minting new top models, singers, chefs, designers, and even hair stylists -- but can the same formula work to create a religious leader?

In Malaysia, one cable station hopes the answer is yes.

A new show called "Imam Muda" or "Young Leader", now halfway through its 10-week run, pits 10 young men against each other in the quest to become Malaysia's next top imam, The Associated Press reports.

Full report at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/06/27/2010-06-

_on_malaysias_religious_reality_show_imam_muda_10_young_men_compete_to_be_next_to.html

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Transsexual’s memoirs breaks new ground in Arab world

By Natacha Yazbeck

June 28, 2010

In a daring, unprecedented move, a pioneer of the Arab world’s underground transgender movement has released her memoirs, recounting her struggle to become a woman against all odds

In a daring, unprecedented move, a pioneer of the Arab world’s underground transgender movement has released her memoirs, recounting her struggle to become a woman against all odds.

“Mouzakarat Randa al-Trans”, or “The Memoirs of Randa the Trans”, is a brutally honest narrative that traces Randa’s battles with family, society, country, religion and abuse in her native Algeria.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\28\story_28-6-2010_pg4_8

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J&K: 9-yr-old boy killed in Baramulla, sitatuion tense

Jun 28, 2010

NEW DELHI: Tension continued in the state on Monday after a nine-year-old boy was killed during CRPF firing in the Delina area of Baramulla.

Earlier in the day, a 20-year-old youth Bilal Ahmed Wani was killed in CRPF firing in Sopore town following which fresh clashes were reported in the area.

It is being reported that CRPF used rubber bullets on protesters. They fired warning shots and lobbed tear gas shells in Sopore town of North Kashmir as protestors defied the curfew and staged a march in the town carrying the body of the dead youth.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday night spoke to Union home minister P Chidambaram and voiced his strong concern over civilians becoming victims of action by paramilitary forces.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/JK-9-yr-old-boy-killed-in-Baramulla-sitatuion-tense/articleshow/6101943.cms

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Law to regulate Islamic insurance

June 28, 2010

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Economy issued a law on the Islamic insurance system (Takaful) to regulate the work of Islamic insurance companies in the country.

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the UAE Insurance Authority, issued the new system yesterday.

This insurance system, which is the first of its kind to be approved in the Arab region, gives Islamic insurance and reinsurance companies a grace period of one year to adjust their status in line with the provisions of the Islamic insurance law.

Fatima Mohammad Al Awadi, Deputy Director General of the Insurance Authority, said that the introduction of the new law is aimed at regulating the operations of Islamic insurance companies, many of which were established in the past few years as per Law No. 9 for 1984 on insurance agencies and Federal Law No. 6 of 2007 regarding the establishment of the insurance authority.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/business/general/law-to-regulate-islamic-insurance-1.647033

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CIA's Panetta: Iran has enough uranium for 2 bombs

By ANNE FLAHERTY

Jun 28, 2010

WASHINGTON: CIA Director Leon Panetta says Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it likely would take two years to build the bombs.

Panetta also says he is doubtful that recent UN penalties will put an end to Iran's nuclear ambitions. He says the penalties could help to weaken Tehran's government by creating serious economic problems. But he adds, "Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not." Panetta tells ABC television's "This Week" that there is "some debate" as to whether Iran will proceed with the bomb. Asked about a potential Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, Panetta said he thinks Israel is giving the US room on the diplomatic and political fronts.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article74533.ece

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Islamic terrorists target Hindu temples in Malaysia

June 28, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR – Temples in Penang and Batu Caves will step up security following the threat by a group of alleged terrorists to blow up two places of worship.

The Sri Subramaniar Swamy Devasthanam temple, also known as Batu Caves Temple (picture), is a prominent religious site for Hindus around the world.

Temple chairman R Nadarajah said their 24-member temple committee would meet to discuss additional security, reported The Star. “I was shocked after reading about the threat. I knew it was Batu Caves after reading it,” he said.

Mr Nadarajah plans to request more police presence near the temple grounds. He said they might even consider screening people entering the site. “We will also install CCTVs within the perimeters of the temple and have more security guards to carry out patrols,” he said.

Full report at:

http://islamicterrorism.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/islamic-terrorists-target-hindu-temples-in-malaysia/

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‘Iran nukes ready by 2012’

June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON: Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, CIA director Leon Panetta warned Sunday.  

“We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons,” Panetta told the ABC network’s “This Week” programme.   Tehran would need a year to enrich it fully to produce a bomb and it would take “another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable,” he said.         Iran is under mounting international pressure over its suspect nuclear programme, which the West fears masks a covert weapons drive.     

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247580

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Terror may strike Agra during CWG

Preetam Srivastava

Jun 28, 2010

After braving the ominous clouds of pollution, Taj City Agra is faced with another threat — that of terror strikes by Pakistan-based subversive groups. The time of these strikes is suspected to coincide with the time of the delegates of the Commonwealth Games — to be held in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) — visits to the Monument of Love.

A recent advisory from the Intelligence Bureau has naturally sent the Uttar Pradesh Police brass into a tizzy and they are checking loose ends. The Central advisory alerted that Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) has shifted their focus of strike from Commonwealth Games sites to Agra in UP and Jaipur in Rajasthan.

According to Intelligence inputs, the ultra group intends to target foreign nationals participating at the Games during their visits to the two cities which are most sought-after tourism hot spots.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265446/Terror-may-strike-Agra-during-CWG.html

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Protesters, police clash in Dhaka; 300 held

28 Jun, 2010

DHAKA, June 27: Security forces in Bangladesh arrested more than 300 people on Sunday as the first nationwide general strike since elections in 2008 was marred by violence, police said.

In the capital Dhaka, security forces fired tear gas and used batons to disperse hundreds of opposition activists as they tried to hold marches along major roads, police said.

An opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker was hurt when supporters and opponents of the strike clashed at Dhaka University, police spokesman Walid Hossain said, adding the man was later arrested.

At least 12,000 policemen and the elite Rapid Action Battalion were deployed in Dhaka to try to avert violence as the shutdown brought much of the capital of 13 million people and the country to a standstill.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/protesters,-police-clash-in-dhaka-300-held-860

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Kyrgyzstan votes on Constitution

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

Jun 28, 2010

Many Kyrgyz voters turned out for a national referendum on a new Constitution despite a recent flare-up of ethnic violence in the south.

Two hours before the polling stations closed on Sunday more than 53 per cent of the 2.3 million eligible voters cast their ballots, according to the Central Election Commission.

The voting was not marred by any major incident, even as authorities lifted for a day a state of emergency imposed on the violence-hit southern provinces, where at least 2,000 people had died and hundreds of thousands had been displaced in four days of anti-Uzbek rioting two weeks ago.

A minimum turnout threshold was scrapped to ensure the referendum takes place.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article488989.ece

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Intel chiefs meet in Islamabad

Jun 28, 2010

Islamabad: The chiefs of intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan held a meeting in Islamabad as part of cooperation to fight terrorism and deal with security issues.

The director general of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Mathur met his Pakistani counterpart Javed Noor on Saturday night and are understood to have discussed cooperation in security and combating terrorrism,sources said.

Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik had said last evening that the agencies of the two countries would be working together to prevent any repeat of Mumbai attacks.At a joint press briefing with home minister P Chidambaram,he suggested that its Federal Investigating Agency and CBI work together on the issue of terrorism.

Times of India

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US aware of Afghan-Pak contacts with Haqqani

By Anwar Iqbal

28 Jun, 2010

WASHINGTON: CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Sunday he was aware of Pakistan’s efforts to help negotiate a deal between the Haqqani network and the Afghan government but did not see a real desire among the militants to seek reconciliation.

Earlier in the day, Al Jazeera television reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had held face-to-face talks with Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of a major anti-government faction.

But official sources told Dawn in Islamabad on Sunday that there had been no meeting between President Karzai and Mr Haqqani. The sources, however, said that Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani would visit Kabul on Monday.

Dawn reported on June 15 that Pakistan had dived headlong into the Afghanistan reconciliation process by taking on the task of acting as a bridge between the Haqqani network and the government in Kabul.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/210us-aware-of-afghanpak-contacts-with-haqqani,-says-panetta-860-sk-02

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F-16s can be used against any adversary: PAF chief

By Iftikhar A. Khan

28 Jun, 2010

SHAHBAZ AIR BASE (Jacobabad): The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, has said there is no restriction on the use of newly-acquired F-16 combat aircraft against any adversary.

“Our mission is to maintain peace in the region with honour, but if the primary effort fails we will use all our assets, including these aircraft, to defend our country against any internal or external threats,” he said.

The air chief was talking to reporters at the newly upgraded Shahbaz Air Base on Sunday after a ceremony held to mark the formal induction of the first three of 18 advanced F-16 fighter jets into the PAF fleet.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/21-f16s-can-be-used-against-any-adversary-paf-chief-860-sk-02

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Media in Pak welcomes talks

Jun 28, 2010

Pakistani media has welcomed the bonhomie between India and Pakistan following the meeting of their home ministers,but expressed apprehension that the warmth may fizzle out if the two countries do not move beyond their entrenched demands.Pakistans daily,Dawn had an editorial No movement,which pointed out that India was still insisting on substantive action against the Mumbai attacks suspects in Pakistan,as well as other India-centric militant groups.

Times of India

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Fake degree holders have no right to parliament: Mushahid

June 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD: PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Sunday said the country was fast heading towards a national consensus and political leadership had evolved consensus on major national issues, which was a positive sign.

Addressing an extraordinary session of Children Parliament of Pakistan (CPP) here, he said fake degree holders had no right to become parliamentarians. Mushahid, while welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court on fake degrees, said that the agenda of the incumbent government was based on plundering money and leave the country.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247608

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US mission to correct errors in Pak media

Karin Brulliard

Jun 28, 2010

Some reports are deemed “a para- noid fabrication,“ such as the claim that all Pakistanis are stripped naked in the US air- ports. Others are “false and malicious,“ such as the one about the Americans mov- ing Pakistani Taliban lead- ers to Afghanistan to pre- pare them for a battle against Pakistan's army.

So says the US Embassy here, which for nearly eight months has issued state- ments countering every major error about American foreign policy that it finds in Pakistan's boisterous media.

It's a herculean task that embassy officials say has been undertaken by no other the US mission in the world -- because nowhere else, those officials say, does the US policy face such disdain and misrepresentation.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Osama bin Laden is hiding in tribal areas of Pakistan: CIA

Jun 27, 2010

WASHINGTON: World's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan's rugged tribal areas, CIA chief said, even as he claimed that the al-Qaida is probably at its weakest point since 9/11 with only 60-100 militants left in Afghanistan.

"I think the estimate on the number of al-Qaida (in Afghanistan) is actually relatively small. I think at most, we're looking at maybe 60 to 100, maybe less.It's in that vicinity. There's no question that the main location of al-Qaida is in tribal areas of Pakistan," CIA director Leon Panetta, told ABC News in an interview.

Panetta said the al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is in deep hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan, but did not give any further details.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Osama-bin-Laden-is-hiding-in-tribal-areas-of-Pakistan-CIA/articleshow/6099052.cms

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Freed by Pak, 4 Indians land in hospital with schizophrenia

Lalmani Verma

Jun 28 2010

Lucknow : For four Indians who were released along with 13 others by the Pakistan government on June 23 at Wagah, freedom from jail hasn’t meant a reunion with their families — not yet. The four have been taken to the Institute of Mental Hospital in Amritsar for treatment of schizophrenia, which could be the consequence of their long imprisonment.

Among them are two from Uttar Pradesh — Iliyas from Fathepur and Shambhuram from Kushinagar.

Institute director Dr B L Goyal said, “Two prisoners belonging to UP and two others from Madhya Pradesh and Punjab were brought to the hospital by police on Friday. The primary investigation suggests that all four are suffering from schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia is a kind of mental illness characterised by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. He said the prisoners have been kept in the hospital, but they would be admitted formally on Monday after the police obtain permission from court.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/freed-by-pak-4-indians-land-in-hospital-with-schizophrenia/639246/

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Peace overture to Taliban upsets Afghan minorities

Dexter Filkins

Jun 28, 2010

Kabul: The drive by Afghan president Hamid Karzai to strike a deal with Taliban leaders and their Pakistani backers is causing deep unease in Afghanistans minority communities,who fought the Taliban the longest and suffered the most during their rule.

The leaders of the countrys Tajik,Uzbek and Hazara communities,which make up close to half of Afghanistans population,are vowing to resist and if necessary,fight any deal that involves bringing members of the Taliban insurgency into a power-sharing arrangement with the government.

Full report at:  Times of India

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Somali piracy hurting Saudi shipping badly

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Jun 28, 2010

JEDDAH: Members of the Shipping Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry say their industry has been seriously affected by Indian Ocean piracy.

"Small shipowners refuse to operate in the waters off Yemen and Somalia because pirates mostly target small ships rather than huge vessels, which have strong defense systems," said committee member Muhammad Babaydan.

He added that sometimes Saudi businessmen ferry livestock, commodities or fuel in ships flying non-Saudi flags as a ploy to avoid the attention of pirates.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article74609.ece

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Arrests expose myth of Indonesia’s deradicalisation policy

27 June 2010

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s vaunted “deradicalisation programme” aimed at bringing terrorists back into mainstream Islam has been exposed as a myth by recent arrests of re-offenders, analysts and police said.

Senior police now acknowledge that no such programme exists and are issuing increasingly stark warnings that, on the contrary, the mainly Muslim country’s prisons are at risk of becoming schools of violent jihad.

The final straw appears to have been the re-arrest Wednesday of Abdullah Sunata, 32, on suspicion of plotting attacks on the Danish embassy and a police parade.

He was released from jail last year for good behaviour after serving only a fraction of a seven-year sentence for his role in a 2004 attack on the Australian embassy, which killed 10 people.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June1140.xml&section=international&col=

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Egypt: Arab League organizes Arab Media Forum in Alexandria

Jun 28, 2010

Egypt (Alexandria) - Arab Media Forum (AMF) Secretary General Madhi Abdullah stressed the significance of a forum of Arab media leaders due in Alexandria on Thursday (July 5).

Scores of key Arab media figures, including board chairmen and chief editors of newspapers and satellite channels are to be partaking in the two-day media gathering, co-organized by the AMF and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, he said on Sunday.

During their meeting, Arab media leaders will mainly discuss issues and problems facing the Arab media movement, and will seek to find professional and responsible solutions, he said.

The forum comes at a time when all Arab media cadres are aware of a pressing need for supporting those who are in charge of Arab media blueprints, given swift changes worldwide, he added.

Full report at: Global Arab Network

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Bangalore top cop slams Nazeer media interaction

Jun 28, 2010

Bangalore City Police Commissioner Shankar M Bidri said on Saturday protested strongly against the Kerala Police’s act of parading Thadiyantavide Nazeer, prime accused in the Bangalore bombings case, and his aide and co-accused Shafaz in public without masks and allowing them to freely interact with the media even as a warrant was issued by a court for production of the duo before July 6.

“They were sent to jail and not a zoo. A jail has certain norms for keeping the accused,” Bidri told a Malayalam television channel in Bangalore.

Referring to the interaction of Nazeer with the media outside the Special CBI Court in Kochi, Bidri said the statements the accused made outside the court had no legal validity and there was no need to take their words in face value.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265405/Bangalore-top-cop-slams-Nazeer-media-interaction.html

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Madani’s arrest imminent

Jun 28, 2010

Karnataka police are said to be in the final stages of their preparation to arrest Islamist leader and PDP chairman Abdul Nasser Madani, the 31st accused in the 2008 Bangalore bombings case.

He could be arrested any moment, according to sources in Bangalore.Bangalore City Police officials rejected criticism that they had delayed the arrest of Madani, against whom the court had issued a non-bailable warrant as early as June 15. They said investigating officers had to make their preparations and also see whether he would get an anticipatory bail, the application for which was to come up in the court on Tuesday. “That doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be arrested,” said a source in Bangalore.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265404/Madani%E2%80%99s-arrest-imminent.html

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Ship had arms for UN mission

Jun 28, 2010

Kolkata: MV Aegean Glory,detained by security agencies at Diamond Harbour on Friday,was brought to the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) on Sunday afternoon.State and central agencies were present at the port to inspect the ships cargo and ascertain if it matched with what had been loaded at the Liberian port of Monrovia.

It is learnt that the UN mission in Liberia has written to India confirming that the ship was carrying military equipment belonging to peacekeeping contingents from Bangladesh,Nepal and Pakistan.Customs officials,however,insisted they would conduct a search and go through all documents to ensure no part of the cargo was missing.Officials also said there were certain discrepancies between the statements made by the shipping agent in India and the Greek captain of the ship.Till news last came in,the cargo bound for Nepal comprising a container and four vehicles had already been unloaded from the ship.One of the biggest mysteries is why the agent didnt declare the nature of the cargo while filling up necessary documents.

Times of India

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'Unfair to say Pak has not done enough'

Jun 28, 2010

Pakistan on Sunday termed as "presumptuous" India's contention that enough was not being done in the Mumbai attacks case, saying the two countries would understand "each other's challenges and difficulties" only through engagement.

In an interview to PTI, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi pressed for a common approach to deal with terrorism and promised to take action against any handler of 26/11, insisting that Islamabad will not sleep over leads forwarded to it.

As India raises questions over the speed of trial in Pakistan in the 26/11 case, Qureshi said the pace was slow because of "complications" arising from the fact that the crime was committed in a different country and exchange of information was a "cumbersome" process.

He said India and Pakistan should work together to send out a message to terrorists that they cannot "drive a wedge" between the two countries.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/265383/Unfair-to-say-Pak-has-not-done-enough.html

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Qatar: Middle East hopeful for World Cup 2022 bid

Jun 28, 2010

A retired Kuwaiti footballer said Qatar's aspired win of World Cup 2022 bid is the wish of not only for Qatar, but all the people of the entire Middle East region as well.

Interviewed by KUNA, Abdelaziz Al-Anbari, an ambassador for Qatar's World Cup 2022 bid and football analyst, said all the people of the Middle East are yearning for this great international event to be held in the region for the first time.

He even spoke highly of Qatar's current preparations and arrangements for the football festival, which he said brings the world's peoples together.

"Qatar will be a wonderful and unique venue for hosting the World Cup in the future, thus inspiring millions of young people in the region to represent their countries in the event," he said.

Full report at: Global Arab Network

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Abdallah, Talabani urge pan-Arab stand to face challenges

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

Jun 28, 2010

AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdallah on Sunday assured Iraqi President Jalal Talabani of Jordan's full support for efforts that seek to re-establish stability and security in the violence-torn neighboring country.

"The king reaffirmed Jordan's full support for their Iraqi brethren in their endeavors to maintain Iraq's security and stability, which is a cornerstone for stability in the region," a royal court statement said.

Talabani made a surprise visit to Jordan, which stirred speculation among observers that he sought the monarch's backing to defuse the current political crisis emanating from disagreement to form a new Iraqi government after the March elections.

Jordan maintains close ties with Iraqi Sunni leaders and former Shiite Prime Minister Iyad Allawi who formed the Iraqiya Bloc.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article74550.ece

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UK general says Taleban talks should begin 'soon'

Jun 28, 2010

LONDON: The head of the British Army says he believes talks with the Taleban should begin "pretty soon," but that discussions shouldn't lead insurgents to think they have an advantage.

Calling his position a "purely private view," Gen. Sir David Richards told the BBC on Sunday that he didn't know when talks could begin. But Richards, a former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said "there's no reason why we shouldn't be looking at that sort of thing pretty soon." He said in any counterinsurgency campaign comes "a point which you start to negotiate with each other." The military must continue its work alongside development efforts "to make sure that they don't think that we are giving up. It's a concurrent process and both are equally important," Richards said.

http://arabnews.com/world/article74544.ece

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Time-tested Saudi-British ties reaching new heights

By RODDY DRUMMOND, CHARGE D’AFFAIRES

Jun 28, 2010

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is lucky enough to have two birthdays every year. Her Majesty was born on April 21, 1926.

But for many centuries British monarchs have also celebrated an official birthday in the summer. As many of you who have visited the UK will know, we have some remarkable weather, and the summer offers the best chance of ensuring that Her Majesty’s birthday can be celebrated under clement skies.

It is right to mention Her Majesty, not just because it is her official birthday we are celebrating, but because of her historic interest in, and relationship with, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The queen succeeded her father as monarch in 1952, while King Abdulaziz Al Saud was still alive and has known all five Saudi kings since that time: King Saud, King Faisal, King Khaled, King Fahd, and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. She is the personification of relationship between our two countries and her contribution to the strength of that relationship is something all of us are very grateful for.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article74581.ece

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Huge fire breaks out in Al Qouz Shafaat Ahmed

28 June 2010

An oil and chemical storage unit of the United Foods Company at Al Quoz has been gutted by a huge fire, which started around 2:30 in the morning.

Massive fire breaks out in an oil and chemical storage unit of the United Foods Company at Al Quoz. - KT Photo By Muaz Shabandri

No casualties or injuries have been reported.

Around a dozen firefighting units of Dubai Civil Defence are at work on the site and the blaze has been controlled from spreading to other parts of the factory.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/June/theuae_June724.xml&section=theuae

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Hamas security men seize money from Gaza bank

27 June 2010

 GAZA - Hamas forces seized $16,000 on Sunday from a Gaza bank that had frozen the funds as part of an anti-money laundering campaign launched by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

A senior official at the Palestine Islamic Bank (PIB) said Hamas police took the cash from tellers at gunpoint. No one was hurt in the incident. Hamas officials had no immediate comment.

The bank said the money was in an account of an Islamic charity frozen by the Interior Ministry and Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA), which acts as a central bank for President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, Hamas’s rival.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June641.xml&section=middleeast

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US military chief in Israel for top-level talks

28 June 2010

 TEL AVIV - The top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, on Sunday held talks in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and other members of the military’s top brass, officials said.

A US embassy spokesman said Mullen, who was paying a flying visit to Israel, was also meeting Israeli Chief of Staff Gaby Ashkenazi and senior military officials.

Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also to meet Ashkenazi’s deputy, Benny Ganz, and navy chief Eliezer Marom for talks on ‘cooperation between the two militaries and on mutual security challenges,’ a statement from the military said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June640.xml&section=middleeast

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Egypt barring Gaza aid ship from Suez Canal: Iran

28 June 2010

TEHRAN - The Iranian Red Crescent said on Sunday that in addition to restrictions imposed by Israel, Egypt had barred a Gaza-bound aid ship from entering the Suez Canal, leading to the trip being postponed.

“The ship’s departure has been postponed because of more restrictions imposed by the Zionist Quds occupying regime on the movement of aid to Gaza and prevention of the ship from using the Suez Canal, despite coordination with international bodies,” the Red Crescent said in a statement faxed to AFP.

The statement said the voyage to the blockaded Gaza Strip had been put off despite the vessel being ready to set sail from the southern port of Bandar Abbas for the Palestinian territory.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June639.xml&section=middleeast

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No timeframe for Afghan withdrawal: UK

28 June 2010

 LONDON - It is hard to set a timeframe for a withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, the head of Britain’s army said on Sunday, days after Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted troops home within five years.

General Richard Dannatt said it was important to exert ‘maximum pressure’ on the Taleban so they were not able simply to sit out the time until international forces left the country.

The army chief, who once disagreed with former prime minister Gordon Brown on the issue of helicopter numbers, refused to be drawn on whether Cameron’s comments were unhelpful.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June1151.xml&section=international&col=

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Obama cites 'obsession' on Afghanistan timeline

June 28, 2010

 TORONTO: President Barack Obama says there's been, as he calls it, "a lot of obsession" about the issue of when US troops will leave Afghanistan.

Obama says his focus right now is on making sure the US mission in Afghanistan is successful.

Obama reiterated Sunday that a plan to begin withdrawing troops a year from now doesn't mean the US will, in his words, "close the door and shut off the lights" at that time.

He said a political solution is needed as well as a military one. He argued that the Taliban is a mix of hardcore ideologues and kids who sign up because it's the best job they can get.

Obama spoke in Toronto as the G-20 summit wrapped up.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/6-28-2010/67448.htm

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Awan tells critics to support govt against terrorism

June 28, 2010

* Law minister says he will continue to provide funds to bar associations

* Will use every means to visit lawyers across country

LAHORE: People who criticise the distribution of funds amongst the bar associations should support the federal government in combating terrorism and eliminating poverty from the country, Federal Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Senator Dr Babar Awan said on Sunday.

Awan made these remarks while addressing a cheque distribution ceremony amongst presidents of different district and tehsil bar associations at the Governor House in Lahore. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader said that he would continue making efforts for the welfare of the lawyers community and would use a plane, car or even a horse to reach and distribute funds amongst different bar associations.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\28\story_28-6-2010_pg7_14

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Palestinian refugees seek basic rights in Lebanon

June 28, 2010

BEIRUT: Thousands of Palestinian refugees gathered on Sunday outside UN headquarters in Beirut to demand basic civil rights in Lebanon, such as a choice of jobs and ownership of property.

The protest organised by Palestinian and Lebanese non-government organisations was initially due to be held outside the parliament building in downtown Beirut.

“The police outside parliament usually ban any protest there,” said Maher Shehadeh, one of the Palestinian organisers. So the protesters gathered instead several hundred metres (yards) away outside the UN headquarters.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\28\story_28-6-2010_pg4_4

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Kyrgyzstan slams Russia over ‘Afghanisation’ fears

June 28, 2010

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan’s government on Sunday hailed a robust turnout in a constitutional referendum and slammed doubters including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who warned the country risks breaking up. The interim government’s deputy leader Omurbek Tekebayev said foreign intelligence services were spreading the view that the parliamentary democracy envisioned in the referendum was incompatible with Kyrgyzstan. “Some top officials from different states have spoken about a possible ‘Afghanization’ of Kyrgyzstan, about a break-up of the state. I mean the statements by President Dmitry Medvedev and others,” Tekebayev said. “It is possible they have been misinformed, that they are blindly believing the officials from their special services who have long been at the service of the local oligarchs,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\28\story_28-6-2010_pg20_5

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Kayani in Kabul, Delhi up against challenge

C. Raja Mohan

Jun 28 2010

New Delhi : As General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani heads to Kabul on Monday to ratchet up pressure on President Hamid Karzai to share power with extremist Pashtun groups nurtured by the Pakistan Army, India will soon have to demonstrate its relevance to Afghanistan’s rapidly evolving political dynamic.

On his trip to Kabul, Kayani will be accompanied by the chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha. The two generals, who dominate the conception and conduct of Pakistan’s national security policy, have been making frequent visits to Kabul in the past couple of months.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kayani-in-kabul-delhi-up-against-challenge/639282/

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Man denies he kidnapped daughter

Jun 28, 2010

MADINAH: The father of a three-year-old girl who was accused by his former wife of kidnapping the child told a local newspaper that his ex-wife had prevented him from seeing his daughter for a year and insisted on taking her to the United Kingdom where she is on a scholarship.

“When she (the ex-wife) returned to Jeddah, I asked to see my daughter. She agreed but only on the condition that I could see her for two hours and that her grandfather would accompany her. They treat me as if I’m not her father,” said the man, who asked for his name not to be published.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article74588.ece

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Judge orders father to return girl to mother

Jun 28, 2010

MADINAH: A judge has ruled that a father must return his young daughter to his ex-wife. Three-year-old Lana went missing more than a week ago and her mother had been searching for her since then.

Madinah authorities had been looking for the 30-year-old ex-husband who was accused by the mother of kidnapping the girl and her nanny from the custody of the mother.

The judge convinced the father to return the child to her mother until she reaches the marriage age. The father said he wanted to take the custody because the mother is a scholarship student abroad.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article74023.ece

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Interim govt in Kyrgyzstan moves to legitimise rule

28 Jun, 2010

OSH (Kyrgyzstan), June 27: Kyrgyzstan on Sunday voted in favour of a new constitution, its interim leader announced, in a referendum marked by a mass turnout held just two weeks after ethnic clashes killed hundreds.

The constitution establishes a parliamentary democracy in Kyrgyzstan and its adoption was crucial for legitimising the new authorities who took power after the popular April uprising that toppled former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

The interim government pressed ahead with the vote despite horrific clashes between minority Uzbeks and majority Kyrgyz earlier this month that killed hundreds.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/interim-govt-in-kyrgyzstan-moves-to-legitimise-rule-860

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Reward for information on missing persons announced

28 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announce a reward for anyone able to provide information on missing persons. At the same time he also announced that money will be given to provide for the families of missing persons.

While meeting with the families of missing persons Faisal Faraz, Attique ur Rehman and Masood Janjua, he said that anyone able to provide any information on their whereabouts will be given a reward of Rs 50 lac.

During the meeting Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the families of the missing persons that he required a month's respite from them, and promised that during that period all efforts will be be made to find them.

The family of missing persons after meeting the home minister expressed their reassurance on the government pledges.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-reward-for-information-on-missing-persons-announced-rs-02

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/15-insurgents-killed-by-their-own-bombs-in-afghan-mosque/d/3063


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