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19 killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan

Planned Quran-burning could endanger troops, Petraeus warns

For the first time, securitymen kill more civilians than terrorists in J&K

In Iraq, single and 30+ women bear the scars of war

Iran 'hampers work of IAEA investigators'

U.S. military helps repel suicide bombing attack, official says

Counter culture? Some Pak youths giving up Islam

Bomb Blast Wounds Five In Tajikistan Nightclub

Blog turned TV serial a hit during Ramadan

Suicide bomber kills five, wounds 34 in Dagestan

7 religious teachers arrested in Senegal over child begging

BNF Chief praises  Selig Harrison for his article in New York Times

JeM militant gunned down

Taseer is partner of terrorists: Sanaullah

Netanyahu ready for ‘historic compromise’ for peace

Malik, Chidambaram discuss Pak’s 26/11 trial

French bid to ban veils worries allies, tourists

Japanese journalist says Afghan kidnappers were not Taliban

Islamic Resistance Movement condemns suicide bombing in Al-Quds rally

Fourteen killed, 34 injured in Lakki Marwat explosion

War in Iraq, Afghanistan: Former UK military chief criticises Blair

74pc Afghans want talks with Taliban: poll

Kerala prof to move court against sacking

All Pak Matches Are Fixed ’

Bahrain says Shia figures plotted overthrow

Bahrain to monitor religious forums

Khalifa calls conference on Afghanistan

Seize opportunity to resolve Kashmir issue: Mufti

Valley politicos give space to separatists

Mystery shrouds recent floods across the country

Bangladesh: Officials adopt draft report on charter of democracy for SAARC

43 killed in Darfur violence

ASWJ activist shot dead in Karachi

Tired Tariq Aziz says he'll die in prison

Al-Qaeda 'terrorist' held for making threat call to Chavan

Israeli attack would mean its own demise: Iran

Despite formal combat end, US joins Baghdad battle

Saudi telecom shuts websites violating Fatwa edict

Fatima donates Dh10m to treat poor children

Afghan Central Bank: Kabul Bank has ‘stabilised’

Two wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Fingerprinting system a big success: Ahmed

Abu Sayyaf commander shot dead in southern Philippines

14 Al-Qaeda militants held in Yemen

World will pay price if Mideast talks fail: Abdallah

Afghans losing faith in leaders

BJP for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Abbas: Will quit peace talks if no building freeze

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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19 killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan

Sep 6, 2010

PAKISTAN: A suicide bomber rammed his car into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Monday killing at least 19 people, police said, in a new wave of attacks by al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants.

The recent bombings ended a relative lull in militant violence over the past month, which has seen the worst flooding in Pakistan's history, and have added to pressure on a government struggling to cope with the crisis.

Nearly 100 people were killed last week in suicide bombings on processions of minority Shia Muslims in the eastern city of Lahore and southwestern city of Quetta. The latest attack took place in the town of Lakki Marwat. The bomber struck a school van before hitting the rear wall of the police station.

"Nineteen people have been killed. There are nine policemen and two children among the dead," information minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, told Reuters by telephone. Hussain said 34 people, including 20 policemen, were wounded.

Militants have frequently carried out attacks in Lakki Marwat, a town near Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, known as major sanctuaries for militants loyal to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Earlier this year, a suicide bomber blew himself up in an SUV at a volleyball game, killing nearly 100 people in a village near the town in one of the deadliest attacks in the country. The Pakistani Taliban, who are now also seen as an increasing threat to the United States, claimed responsibility for the attacks in Lahore and Quetta.

On Friday, the Taliban also threatened to launch attacks in the United States and Europe "very soon", two days after Washington added the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, to its list of "foreign terrorist organisations".

Aside from its battles against homegrown militants, Pakistan is under US pressure to tackle Afghan Taliban fighters who cross the border from Pakistan's tribal areas to attack US-led NATO troops.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/19-killed-in-suicide-bombing-in-Pakistan/articleshow/6504258.cms#ixzz0ykCv16D7

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Planned Quran-burning could endanger troops, Petraeus warns

September 7, 2010

 (CNN) -- The U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Monday criticized a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on September 11, warning the demonstration "could cause significant problems" for American troops overseas.

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," Gen. David Petraeus said in a statement issued Monday.

The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, plans to mark the anniversary of al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington by burning copies of the Muslim holy book. The church insists the event is "neither an act of love nor of hate," but a warning against what it calls the threats posed by Islam.

The event has drawn criticism from Muslims in the United States and overseas, with thousands of Indonesians gathering outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday to protest the planned Quran burning.

Video: Quran burning controversy

"The burning is not only an insult to the holy Quran, but an insult to Islam and Muslims around the world," said Muhammad Ismail, a spokesman for the hard-line Indonesian Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

With about 120,000 U.S. and NATO-led troops still battling al Qaeda and its allies in the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement, Petraeus warned that burning Qurans "is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems -- not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."

And one of his deputies, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, told CNN's "The Situation Room" that event "has already stirred up a lot of discussion and concern" among Afghans.

"We very much feel that this can jeopardize the safety of our men and women that are serving over here in the country," said Caldwell, the head of NATO efforts to train Afghan security forces.

Caldwell said American troops "are over here to defend the rights of American citizens, and we're not debating the First Amendment rights that people have." But he added, "What I will tell you is that their very actions will in fact jeopardize the safety of the young men and women who are serving in uniform over here and also undermine the very mission that we're trying to accomplish."

"I would hope they would understand that there are second- and third-order effects that will occur that will affect that young man and woman who's out there on point for America, serving their nation today, because of their actions back in the United States," he said.

In a statement on its website, the Dove World Outreach Center said it plans to burn Qurans "to warn about the teaching and ideology of Islam, which we do hate as it is hateful." Its pastor, Terry Jones, has written a book entitled "Islam is of the Devil," and the church sells coffee mugs and shirts featuring the phrase. But the church says its animus is not aimed at individual Muslims.

"We love, as God loves, all the people in the world and we want them to come to a knowledge of the truth," it states.

Jones canceled a planned appearance on CNN's "Rick's List" to discuss the controversy Monday afternoon. Plemon el-Amin, the imam of an Atlanta, Georgia, mosque, said that Jones' criticism of Islam is "really quite uninformed."

"But in America, there is the freedom to be ignorant," el-Amin said. "The only problem is in the world, many people don't understand that particular freedom. So what he is doing is like shouting fire in a theater, in a world theater, and people are upset."

El-Amin said Jones has boasted of never reading the Quran, so "He doesn't know that he's going to burn a book that has some of the most beautiful passages about Christ Jesus throughout, as well as Moses, Abraham and all of the prophets he reads about and says he follows in the Bible." But he said the best strategy would be to ignore Jones, "like we do people on corners saying the end of the world is coming."

Other religious organizations have joined with U.S. Muslim groups to oppose the Quran-burning. The National Association of Evangelicals is urging the church to cancel the event, warning it could cause worldwide tension between the two religions, and Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu leaders in Gainesville have organized a "Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope" the night before the scheduled Quran burning.

In addition, an armed Christian organization that had pledged to protect the Dove World Outreach Center withdrew its support from the Quran-burning last week, stating the event "may diminish the work of the Holy Spirit to witness to Muslims."

That group's founder, Shannon Carson, said he agrees with the church's stance on Islam, which he called a cult "that is invading our nation." But he complained that the "liberal media" is using stories on Jones's plans "to distract, divide and enrage the public."

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/09/06/florida.quran.burning/index.html?hpt=T1#fbid=lat-07YT6wN&wom=false

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For the first time, securitymen kill more civilians than terrorists in J&K

September 7, 2010

NEW DELHI: As the central government looks at concrete steps to stem the tide of violence in Kashmir, statistics paint a worrisome picture of what is wrong in the Valley. For the first time since insurgency started in Jammu and Kashmir in the late 80s, more civilians have been killed by security forces than terrorists.

This sudden twist in the reality of Kashmir should weigh heavily in their minds as the Prime Minister and his senior colleagues assemble for a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting later this week to chalk out a strategy to deal with the upsurge in street protests and casualties in firing by the security forces. According to the latest statistics, the number of civilians killed in firings by security forces is almost three times the number of those killed in actions by terrorists. A total of 27 civilians have died in terrorist attacks this year till date, while 68 civilians have died in actions by security forces.

The chilling statistics tell the story of 2010 -- a year that saw most traditional parameters, such as the number of incidents and casualties, for measuring Kashmir violence hitting rock bottom. Even in 2008, when the Amarnath land agitation hit both Jammu and Kashmir regions, out of the total of 147 civilians killed in the year only 57 died in actions by security forces. The rest of the killings, 90, were in terrorist actions.

In 2009, of the total 83 civilians killed in the state, only 11 had died in actions by security forces. But the figures of 2010 till date show how significantly the situation has turned away from historical realities, how the security forces have literally become the "biggest perpetrators" of violence in the state.

Officials point out that in the mid-90s when violence in Kashmir peaked and a few thousand civilians used to be annually killed, only less than 10% deaths were officially attributed to excesses by security forces.

It is in the light of this startling turnaround in the Kashmir situation that the PM is convening the meeting of the CCS later this week. The government would be looking at several steps in the political and security spheres to assuage the high level of resentment among people in the Valley. Among the possible steps are a joint parliamentary delegation to Kashmir, some conciliatory steps on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and further administrative changes.

However, the CCS could see the Army putting up a strong defence of AFSPA saying its withdrawal would have adverse impact on the situation. Army top brass has in recent days pointed out to the government their experience of Manipur, where withdrawal of AFSPA from urban centres led to a surge in violence in those areas.

Meanwhile, many quarters within the government are questioning the sort of decisions being taken by both the local police and CRPF in handling the crowd protests in the state. For example, many point out that it is the sparsely populated posts of CRPF that are often at the receiving end of stone pelting, which forces the scared CRPF personnel to open fire. "We need to seriously look at the need for these posts in sensitive localities," says a senior official.

Another argued that the government needs to study the crowd control patterns of the state police and CRPF. "Are they really following SOPs for crowd control? I doubt it," he said.

Times of India

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In Iraq, single and 30+ women bear the scars of war

September 7, 2010

BAGHDAD: Only one of Nidal Haidar's six sisters is married. She has given up on ever getting hitched.

"Our chances of finding husbands are diminishing as we grow older," said Haidar, a 38-year-old dressmaker from Baghdad. "I am at an age where anyone who may propose to me will either be a widower or very, very old, but no one is really proposing to me since all the men now are looking for a rich or a young bride."

The war has had any number of hidden costs for Iraqis. One that few outside Iraq might notice or even consider a significant problem: More women are finding themselves over 30 and single after seven years of bloody turmoil that made marriage more difficult, killing many young men and blowing apart social networks.

In Iraq's conservative society, women are expected to be married in their teens or early 20s. Women who cross the 30-year threshold and are single face social stigma and live under heavy limitations. Generally, they must continue living with their parents or other family. If they are not wealthy, educated or employed, they are often reduced by relatives to servitude - cleaning, washing, cooking and watching over children.

Work opportunities are limited. At jobs or in public, unmarried women are sometimes seen as vulnerable, without the protection of a husband. Some almost never leave their houses. "I am home all day long. I rarely go out," Haidar whispered, out of the earshot of a client who dropped by her home one afternoon to pick up a dress.

There are no figures available for the number of single females in their 30s in Iraq, but women's rights activists say it is beyond question that a disproportionately large number of them exists.

Being female, single and over 30 was common because of Iraq's decades of conflict, including the Iran- Iraq war in the 1980s. But their number is believed to have significantly grown since 2003. Besides the young men killed in violence, hundreds of thousands have fled the country.

Also, suicide bombings, sectarian slayings, death squads and gunbattles disrupted social networks for marriage. People feared leaving their homes, so young people had little chance to meet potential spouses.

Family visits, traditionally an opportunity for the men to meet future spouses have become rare because of the violence. The Shia-Sunni violence also meant that cross-sect marriages have become much less frequent.

Times of India

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Iran 'hampers work of IAEA investigators'

September 7, 2010

Iran recently began fuelling its first nuclear power station, at Bushehr

The UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has hindered its investigations by repeatedly objecting to the agency's choice of inspectors.

In a confidential report seen by the BBC, the International Atomic Energy Agency says it cannot confirm that Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful.

The IAEA says Iran has continued to produce low-enriched uranium, despite fresh UN Security Council sanctions.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Tehran insists its nuclear programme is solely for energy production.White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said the IAEA's report was "troubling to all who care about non-proliferation and global security".

However, Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said the report had "damaged the agency's technical reputation", Iran's Mehr news agency reported.

He said all Iran's nuclear activities were under the IAEA's "complete supervision".

The IAEA's report followed Iran's recent decision to bar two experienced inspectors after they reported what they said were undeclared nuclear experiments.

Tehran said the two had made inaccurate reports, but the IAEA says it stands by their findings.

The agency's report said Iran's objections "hampers the inspection process and thereby detracts from the agency's capability to implement effective and efficient safeguards in Iran".

The IAEA said Iran had produced around 2.8 tonnes of low-enriched uranium, compared to 2.4 tonnes in May.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11209054

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U.S. military helps repel suicide bombing attack, official says

September 7, 2010

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. military personnel were involved in repelling a suicide bombing attack Sunday on an Iraqi military base in Baghdad, four days after the United States officially ended its combat operations in Iraq.

U.S. forces "provided suppressive fire" and helicopter support during the attack, said Lt. Col. Eric Bloom, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad. No U.S. soldiers were injured, Bloom said.

At least 12 people were killed and 36 others were injured in Sunday's attack, the Iraqi military command said. The interior ministry reported eight dead and 21 wounded.There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but a senior U.S. military official said American authorities believe al Qaeda in Iraq is responsible.

The U.S. official said there were five attackers: the vehicle bomber, who detonated his explosive device; two vest bombers who were killed by the Iraqi army as they tried to get through the checkpoint but did not detonate; and two attackers, who got into a building next to the checkpoint inside the compound and detonated themselves before the Iraqi army could get to them.

An Iraqi interior ministry official and the Baghdad Operations Command -- the Iraqi military command in the capital -- also said the attack was carried out by five suicide bombers.

A CNN videographer was not allowed to videotape or get past the security perimeter at the scene, but reported that more than a dozen bodies were carried out more than four hours after the attack.

The military base is the headquarters of the Rusafa Operations Command -- the Iraqi military command for the eastern part of Baghdad.

Sunday's target was the same military base used as an Iraqi army recruitment center and attacked by a suicide bomber August 17. That bombing killed at least 48 people, most of whom were prospective recruits among hundreds lining up outside the center.

The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group for al Qaeda in Iraq, and other Sunni extremist groups claimed responsibility for that bombing. The group previously claimed responsibility for a similar attack in the heart of the capital on June 14 involving up to seven suicide bombers who struck the central bank.

While U.S. and Iraqi government officials have voiced confidence in the ability of Iraqi security forces, recent attacks have raised concerns among the population about the fragile security situation.

On August 28, the Iraqi government announced there were plots by al Qaeda and other groups to carry out attacks across the country and called on security forces and citizens to be on high alert.

The recent violence comes amid a political crisis that has gripped the country for months. After inconclusive national elections almost six months ago, politicians are still wrangling to try to form a government.

In a separate attack Sunday, at least five people were wounded in a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad, the interior ministry said.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/09/05/iraq.violence/index.html#fbid=lat-07YT6wN&wom=false

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Counter culture? Some Pak youths giving up Islam

Sep 6, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A handful of Pakistani Muslim youths are beginning to question the existence of God and in the process giving up Islam to become atheists.

Still a small number, the trend seems to be telling of pressures that the image of militant Islam has had on them. A Facebook group has been floated for Pakistan's agnostics and atheists by Hazrat NaKhuda, a former Pakistani Muslim.

At last count, the group had over a 100 members. In a thread started on the discussion board on "How did you become an atheist", Hazrat writes, "I used to be a practicing Muslim. I used to live in Saudi Arabia. I have done two Hajs and countless Umrahs. Used to pray five times a day. When I turned 17-18, I realized that the only reason I was a Muslim was because my parents were Muslims".

Hazrat is a young computer programmer from Lahore. Ahmed Zaidi (name changed), another member, posted on the discussion board: "I'm an agnostic simply because I see little or no evidence for the existence of God. Some time ago I decided that I'd never believe anything unless it has a firm basis in reason and as far as I know (and I admit I know very little and there's much to be learnt), there's little or no evidence for the existence of God."

The group, open strictly to members, has young Pakistani students studying in New York University to Oxford University to the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences as members.

Nawab Zia (name changed) wrote that the moot question is not "how did you become an atheist" but "how did you become a believer". Every child is born free and pure" Ali Rana (name changed), who loved Islamic preacher Zakir Nair and hated author Salman Rushdie, has had a change of heart too. He now thinks Nair is an "idiot" and Rushdie a genius. There are other threads on how the members "wasted" their years as theists.

More serious issues, like whether there should a column marked "no religion" while applying for passports, have also been discussed. "Last time I went to get my passport renewed, I found there is no option called "no religion". Next time I go to make my passport I don't want to put in Islam as my religion," said one member.

What connects members, who range from students to computer professionals to architects, is their urgent need to question religion.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Counter-culture-Few-Pak-youths-giving-up-Islam/articleshow/6503409.cms#ixzz0yisBYps4

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Bomb Blast Wounds Five In Tajikistan Nightclub

September 6, 2010

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - A bomb exploded in a nightclub in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe overnight, wounding five people, security sources in the Central Asian republic said on Monday.

Two high-ranking sources within the security services said they had arrested two radical Islamists in connection with the explosion, which followed an attack on Friday by suicide car bombers on a police station in another part of the country.

The National Committee for State Security, Tajikistan's successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said in a statement the explosion was an act of "hooliganism" involving pyrotechnics, and was not a terrorist act. Nobody was killed in the blast.

Central Asian governments are clamping down on what they see as religious extremism in the predominantly Muslim but secular former Soviet region.

Police detained two men shortly after the explosion, which occurred at midnight local time (1900 GMT) in the Dusti nightclub in a suburb of Dushanbe, frequented mainly by locals.

"An explosive device was detonated in the nightclub with the aim of spreading fear. Young, religious people were responsible, two of whom have been detained," a source within Tajikistan's security services said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A second source also said young Islamists were to blame.

"The device was placed beneath a table in the nightclub. But the explosion was small and did not have serious consequences in terms of human victims," the second source said.

Authorities in Tajikistan, which shares a porous 1,340-km (840-mile) border with Afghanistan, are worried about what they see as the threat of growing radicalism following a rise in clashes between security forces and armed gangs.

Tajik authorities frequently arrest and jail members of Muslim movements not endorsed by the government, describing them as extremists intent on overthrowing the government. More than 100 members of banned organisations have been jailed this year.

In Friday's attack, suicide car bombers killed two police officers and wounded 25 at a police station in Tajikistan's second-largest city Khujand, the country's first known suicide bombing in five years.

FUGITIVE RECAPTURED

President Imomali Rakhmon has led Tajikistan since 1992 and spent the first five years of his rule fighting a civil war against an alliance of religious and democratic groups.

His critics accuse him of using the Islamist threat as an excuse to crack down on dissent in the nation of 7 million, the poorest in ex-Soviet Central Asia.

Rakhmon last week fired all bar one of his senior security service officials after 25 Islamist militants broke out of prison on August 23, killing five guards in a battle.

One of the fugitives, Ibrahim Nasriddinov, a former inmate of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, was arrested last week.

The security sources said on Monday that a second man, Abdurasul Mirzoyev, had also been recaptured.

The escaped prisoners were among 46 people to whom Tajikistan's Supreme Court in August handed down long jail terms on accusations they had planned to overthrow the authorities.

They included four Afghan citizens and six Russians from the Caucasus republics of Dagestan and Chechnya. All were arrested in July 2009. The other 23 fugitives remain on the loose.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/09/06/world/international-uk-tajikistan-explosion.html

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Blog turned TV serial a hit during Ramadan

Sep 6, 2010

CAIRO: The “living room marriage” is the bane of many a young Arab woman. This is when parents arrange chaperoned, get-to-know-one-another meeting with young suitors they think would make perfect husbands for their daughters. Most of the time the young women don’t see eye-to-eye with their parents and reject these young would-be grooms.

This tradition became the focus of Ghada Abd El-Aal’s blog “Wanna be a bride,” where she pokes fun at the tradition of these arranged meet-ups and expresses frustration at the types of men who show up to these things.

The Arab-language blog became so popular that Egypt’s printing house Shorouk picked it up for publication as a book in 2008. Now, the blog-turned-book has become the sleeper hit among Ramadan serials on television, especially among women, according to a recent report in Shams newspaper.

http://arabnews.com/world/article127413.ece

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Suicide bomber kills five, wounds 34 in Dagestan

September 6, 2010

MAKHACHKALA: At least five people were killed and 35 wounded on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a military camp in Russia’s southern region of Dagestan, security officials said.

There were conflicting reports of how many people were killed by the suicide bomber. Two sources in law enforcement agencies in Dagestan said at least five people were killed but the Prosecutor-General’s office in Moscow said three people were killed and 34 wounded. A spokesman for Russia’s defence ministry could not be reached for comment.

The bomber tried to drive a Lada car containing about 50 kg of explosives onto a firing range where the 136th Motorcycle Brigade had set up camp outside the town of Buynaksk, about 50 km (30 miles) west of the local capital Makhachkala.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\06\story_6-9-2010_pg4_7

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7 religious teachers arrested in Senegal over child begging

Sep 6, 2010

DAKAR: Senegalese security forces have arrested seven Qur'anic teachers for forcing children to panhandle, a police official said on Friday, days after the West African state announced a crack down on public begging.

The predominately Muslim country is under mounting international pressure to end the use of children by the  teachers to collect money, rice and sugar after a prominent rights group said the practice was similar to slavery.

"We have arrested seven Qur'anic teachers who have sent children to the streets to beg," police spokesman Mbaye Sady Diop said. "They were handed over to the prosecutor to do his job."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article127317.ece

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BNF Chief praises  Selig Harrison for his article in New York Times

6th Sep. 2010

This is a trick by our enemies to create misinformation in the Bazaar, which affects all the gullible people in the Market.

China has been the first occupier, even before Pakistan. It occupied thousands acres of our land of Hunza by manipulating the then British Empire. you can see this in revealed Secret documents on our website. The British empire gave our own land (Oshikhandaad and Nomel) to the people of Hunza as compensation for what it had given to China. After Pakistani occupation, again China got 2500 Sq Miles area of Shoomshaal, without taking our people into confidence.

China made an agreement with Pakistan to construct KKH for the price of this huge land of Shoomshaal. A very meagre amount was paid to the people who lost their land for KKH, but that was nowhere close to being sufficient as per international standard. KKH was build for China and Pakistan to benefit both these countries, not the people of Gilgit Baltistan(GB). Full report at:

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JeM militant gunned down

Sep 6, 2010

A joint team of security forces on Sunday eliminated top divisional commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit in Bhattidhar forest area of Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district, while one Army jawan was injured in the fierce gunbattle.

Identified as Omar Khitab by the local police authorities, the JeM ultra belonged to Pakistan and was active in the area for quite some time. Police also arrested one local cadre of JeM, identified as Zubair, after killing Khitab. According to a police spokesman, “The operation to flush out hiding militants was launched in the Bhattidhar forest area early Sunday morning. The militants opened fire on the security forces and in the ensuing gun fight one militant was killed and one Army jawan identified as Sajjan Kumar received bullet injuries.

At the end of the long gunbattle security forces launched a massive search operation in the area to rule out presence of more militants. One rifle and some ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281121/JeM-militant-gunned-down.html

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Taseer is partner of terrorists: Sanaullah

Sep 6, 2010

Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan on Sunday said the aim of terrorists was to spread sectarianism and anarchy in the country whereas Governor Salman Taseer was playing the role of their supporter by leveling baseless allegations against the Shahbaz Sharif government.“The Shias are as patriotic as all other Pakistanis,” Rana Sanaullah said in a statement issued here. He said the Governor was equally responsible for the accomplishment of nefarious designs of the terrorists and he “will also be termed as accomplice of terrorists”. He said the Governor should refrain from such type of wrong doings.The minister said that for protecting his seat, the Governor “has forgotten that office-bearers of a banned organization were also sitting with him in a public meeting addressed by him in the recent past. The law minister said the unjustified criticism by the Governor against the elected government of the PML-N “has made him controversial”.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0910/06/CityPage/index.php?id=8

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Netanyahu ready for ‘historic compromise’ for peace

Harinder Mishra

Sep 6, 2010

Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for “outside the box” thinking to reach a resolution to the vexed Middle East issue and promised a “historic compromise” with neighbours, provided his country’s security interests are not harmed.

“In order to succeed this time, we must draw lessons from 17 years of negotiations, and think in a creative way and outside the box in order to reach practical solutions.

“I believe this is possible, and I’m willing to reach a historic compromise with our neighbours, as long as our interests, led by security, are maintained,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday, debriefing his Ministers. He said what is required is creative, novel thinking in order to resolve these complex issues.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281160/Netanyahu-ready-for-%E2%80%98historic-compromise%E2%80%99-for-peace.html

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Malik, Chidambaram discuss Pak’s 26/11 trial

Sep 6, 2010

The trial of LeT’s Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects in Mumbai attacks and Pakistan’s proposal to form a commission that would visit India to record testimony of two key witnesses figured prominently in the telephonic talks Interior Minister Rehman Malik had with his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram.

“We discussed security issues and the ongoing trial here in Pakistan, of those accused in the Mumbai blast,” Malik wrote on Twitter, a social networking website.

During their conversation on Saturday, the Pakistani Minister proposed that a Commission may be formed to visit India to record the testimony of two key Indian witnesses for taking forward the trial of the seven Pakistani suspects.

“I also proposed that a Commission may be formed to visit India and record the statements of the witnesses... I explained to Chidambaram that the appearance of two main Indian witnesses in Pakistani Court is most important for trial process to continue here,” he tweeted.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281162/Malik-Chidambaram-discuss-Pak%E2%80%99s-26/11-trial.html

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French bid to ban veils worries allies, tourists

Sep 6, 2010

Protests in Pakistan, Al-Qaeda warnings, skittish Muslim tourists: France’s plan to do away with burqa-style veils is already reverberating far beyond its borders.

A bill to outlaw face veils, aimed at upholding French republican values, is expected to win Senate approval this month. If it passes this key hurdle, French diplomats will face a tough task ensuring the ban doesn’t alienate Governments, deter devout foreign shoppers loaded with cash, or provoke Islamist terrorists.

It’s a complex challenge for a country that works relentlessly to preserve its global diplomatic influence, its cherished secular ideals, and its status as the world’s top tourist destination.

Ensuring gender equality, woman’s dignity and security are the official reasons France wants to outlaw Islamic veils, most often worn as “niqabs” that hide all but the eyes. Authorities insist the global ban which would include visiting foreigners is not anti-Muslim.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281143/French-bid-to-ban-veils-worries-allies-tourists.html

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Japanese journalist says Afghan kidnappers were not Taliban

Sep 6, 2010

TOKYO: A Japanese freelance journalist released at the weekend after five months' captivity in Afghanistan said in an online posting on Monday that his kidnappers were not Taliban but corrupt Afghan soldiers.

Kosuke Tsuneoka, 41, who had been missing in northern Afghanistan since April, has been under the protection of the Japanese embassy since Saturday, and was ON Monday travelling back to Japan via Dubai.

Tsuneoka, who has covered conflicts in Iraq, Georgia, Chechnya, Ethiopia and other hotspots, said in a Twitter message that "the culprits are not Taliban. They were a corrupt military faction."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Japanese-journalist-says-Afghan-kidnappers-were-not-Taliban/articleshow/6504312.cms#ixzz0yjM9IEIH

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Islamic Resistance Movement condemns suicide bombing in Al-Quds rally

Sep 6, 2010

KARACHI: The Islamic Resistance Movement (IRM) has categorically condemned the suicide bombing in the Al-Quds rally in Quetta to express solidarity with the Palestinians, a statement issued by the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen said on Sunday. The movement expressed sorrow over the demise of the innocent participants of the rally and condoled with the aggrieved families. It said the people involved in the incident wanted to spread sectarian violence among Muslims. “The IRM is with the families of the martyrs of the Quetta bomb blast in this hour of sorrow. The attack on the supporters of the Al-Quds liberation is nothing but a plot to provoke sectarian violence and to divide the Muslims,” the movement said. The IRM urged Muslims across the world to unite under the flag of Islam since the issues of Palestine, Al-Quds and the Al-Aqsa Mosque were related to all the Muslims.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\06\story_6-9-2010_pg7_7

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Fourteen killed, 34 injured in Lakki Marwat explosion

06 Sep, 2010

PESHAWAR: A suicide car bomber killed at least fourteen people and injured 34 in an attack Monday on a police post in northwest Pakistan, a police official said.

“A suicide attacker drove his bomb-laden vehicle into the back of the police post” in Lakki Marwat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, not far from tribal areas that are a stronghold of the Taliban, local police chief Gul Wali Khan told AFP by telephone.

Police said the blast destroyed the police station building and damaged a nearby administrative building.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-explosion-in-police-station-in-lakki-marwat-hh-04

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War in Iraq, Afghanistan: Former UK military chief criticises Blair

06 Sep, 2010

LONDON, Sept 5: The former head of the British Army has accused former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown of forcing the military to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan without adequate funding.

Gen Richard Dannatt said in book extracts published on Sunday that Blair “lacked the moral courage to impose his will” on Brown, who was his Treasury chief and succeeded him as Labour prime minister in 2007.

He accused Brown of having a “malign” influence on funding of the Iraq and Afghan campaigns.

“History will pass judgment on these foreign adventures in due course, but in my view Gordon Brown’s malign intervention ... by refusing to fund what his own government had agreed, fatally flawed the entire process from the outset,” Dannatt wrote.Extracts from the book were published by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/war-in-iraq,-afghanistan-former-uk-military-chief-criticises-blair-690

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74pc Afghans want talks with Taliban: poll

By Anwar Iqbal

06 Sep, 2010

WASHINGTON, Sept 5: About 74 per cent Afghans favour negotiations with the Taliban, says a poll released in Washington this weekend as Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced a peace council in Kabul for pursuing such talks.

All 74 per cent also want political offices given to the Taliban if they agree to stop fighting, says the poll conducted by the Afghan Centre for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research and its parent company, D3 Systems.The analysis for the polls on public attitudes in Afghanistan was done by Langer Research Associates.

Support for talks with the Taliban is up 9 points from December. There is a hitch, though: Among those who favoured negotiations, three-quarters (76 per cent) said talks should take place only if the Taliban first stopped fighting – about the same as previously.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/74pc-afghans-want-talks-with-taliban-poll-690

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Kerala prof to move court against sacking

Sep 6, 2010

The dismissal of proffesor TJ Joseph, whose right hand was chopped off by Islamists two months back, by the management of Church-run Newman College of Thodupuzha, is set to cause huge problems in the college education sector of Kerala even as more cultural leaders and organisations came out in support of the professor and criticising the management.

Prof Joseph, who was dismissed with effect from September 1 for hurting the sentiments of the Muslim community through an allegedly blasphemous question paper he set, said he would approach the court against the management’s action. The course of action would be decided in consultation with friends and colleagues, he said.

The All-Kerala Private College Teachers’ Association (AKPTCA) termed the action of the management against Prof Joseph as more brutal than the Islamists’ Taliban-model attack on him. Visiting the professor at his residence in Muvattupuzha, representatives of different teachers’ outfits said they would stage agitations throughout Kerala against the dismissal.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281112/Kerala-prof-to-move-court-against-sacking.html

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ALL PAK MATCHES ARE FIXED ’

Sep 6, 2010

Pak opener stuns with claims on how most of his teammates are part of rigging scam

SENSATIONAL claims made by a Pakistani opening batsman suggest that rogue team members had rigged nearly every cricket match and this had been continuing for years.

Test opening batsman Yasir Hameed said about the cheating Pakistan players, “ They were doing it ( fixing) in almost every match.

God knows what they were up to. Scotland Yard was after them for ages.” The money that changed hands between the bookies and the crooked players was apparently big enough for the players to live life in the fast lane. He claims he too had been approached by a bookmaker with a £ 150,000 ( Rs 1.08 crore) which he refused but it would have enabled him to buy a Ferrari.

Hameed’s comments have been revealed in a new video by the News of the World, a British tabloid. The implication is that Pakistan’s match- fixing shame is more widespread than first believed and could cover well over 82 matches that are being probed by the International Cricket Council ( ICC).

Full report at: Mail Today

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Bahrain says Shia figures plotted overthrow

Sep 6, 2010

Bahrain accused more than 20 Shia opposition leaders arrested in a broad crackdown of plotting to overthrow the Gulf state’s monarchy by promoting violent protests and acts of sabotage.

State media quoted prosecutors as saying they would bring charges against the 23 men, two of whom are abroad and not under arrest. They include prominent Shia Muslim clerics and human rights activists.

Bahraini public prosecution official Abdulrahman Al Sayed said in a statement that the men were the leaders of a “sophisticated terrorist network” suspected of “the planning and instigation of violence ... and seeking to overthrow the regime by force”.

The detentions have sparked widespread protests, some violent, in the small Gulf island state, where a parliamentary election is due on Oct. 23.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September131.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Bahrain to monitor religious forums

Sep 6, 2010

DUBAI: Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa gave a national address on Sunday to decry “strife, aggression and terrorism” and announced plans for greater government monitoring of “religious forums” — an apparent reference to preachers and others who seek to challenge the government.

“We hope and expect that everyone will stand firm to protect this nation from strife and evils in the face of violence and terrorism in all its forms,” he said.

A day earlier, state media released the photographs of 23 Shiites — ranging from opposition figures to professors and taxi drivers — accused of conspiring to overthrow the government. They include opposition leader Abdul-Jalil Al-Singace, whose arrest on Aug. 13 marked the first salvo by the government. Since then, the government has steadily ramped up the pressure.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article127507.ece

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Khalifa calls conference on Afghanistan

6 September 2010

ABU DHABI — Owing to his dedication to the promotion of stability and development in Afghanistan, the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has called upon a public-private partnership conference to be held at the end of October.

The public-private partnership conference shall focus on investment opportunities in Afghanistan in various sectors such as agriculture, as well as infrastructure-related projects.

Among the participants will be representatives from the private sector of donor countries. The one-day conference shall be attended by the UAE and Afghanistan foreign ministers.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/September/theuae_September117.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Seize opportunity to resolve Kashmir issue: Mufti

Sep 6, 2010

Consensus needed to address issues in a democratic manner

“It is unfortunate Advani choose to pick up small talk on a big issue”

SRINAGAR: The former Chief Minister and People's Democratic Party patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, on Sunday said Kashmir now presented an unprecedented opportunity to the country to respond to its problems with a large-hearted approach, understanding and boldness.

In a statement here, he said this opportunity needed to be seized.

“Genuine initiative”

The Mufti said the fact that there was an avowed disapproval of violence in all political expressions emanating from the State should be respected and genuine and meaningful initiative launched to resolve the issue amicably.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/06/stories/2010090654211300.htm

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Valley politicos give space to separatists

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

Sep 6, 2010

Most mainstream Kashmir leaders avoid rallies and stay put at home

NO MAINSTREAM leader in Kashmir has addressed a public rally in the Valley over the past three months, vacating space for separatists to hurtle back to the centre stage.

The only exceptions have been a few rallies addressed by chief minister Omar Abdullah at Tanghdar and Gurez, the border areas close to the Line of Control ( LoC).

Unlike separatist leaders, who venture out to address people at the drop of a hat, mainstream leaders prefer not to move out of security zones fearing public anger. Most legislative members like to visit the secretariat and rush back home.

Sources said MLAs now rarely visit their constituencies in the Valley. Engineer Abdul Rashid, an independent MLA from Langate, is perhaps one of the few exceptions. In June the police filed a case against Rashid for protesting alleged police atrocities in his constituency.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Mystery shrouds recent floods across the country

Sep 6, 2010

LAHORE—Mystery still shrouds whether current unprecedented wave of floods causing untold miseries to the people are a natural calamity or Allah Almighty’s curse for our sins. Could it be negligence on part of the federal and provincial governments, is a question being raised in different segments of our society?

Monsoon rains are a phenomenon during the month of July and August. Floods are not new to Pakistani people. Some parts of the country’s north receive heavy rainfall during this season. But what was different this year is a query in average Pakistani peoples’ mind. Heavy floods caused devastation inundating standing crops, rural inhabitations in 1950 killing human toll of 2910 and 1992 claiming 1834 lives. But this time, the havoc that floods have caused has no parallel in our history.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0910/06/FrontPage/index1.php

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Officials adopt draft report on charter of democracy for SAARC

Sep 6, 2010

A two-day meeting senior officials of eight SAARC countries here on Sunday adopted a ‘draft report’ on the charter of democracy for the regional grouping, for consideration by the foreign secretaries, when they meet in December.

Officials said that the report was based on a draft charter prepared by Bangladesh.

Bangladesh had, in the 16th SAARC summit held in Bhutan in April, mooted the idea of adopting a charter of democracy for consolidation of inclusive democracy across the region.

‘We have adopted a draft report on the charter of democracy,’ foreign secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes told reporters after at the meeting of foreign ministry direct ors generals of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/sep/06/inat.html

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43 killed in Darfur violence

By SARAH EL DEEB

Sep 6, 2010

CAIRO: Clashes in a refugee camp in Sudan's restive Darfur region left six people dead, UN-African Union peacekeepers said, days after violence elsewhere in the area claimed the lives of at least 37 people dead.

The spokesman for the UNAMID mission, Chris Cycmanick, said Saturday the fighting took place in the Hamidia refugee camp in West Darfur late Friday night and continued intermittently through to Saturday morning.

According to witnesses in the camp, the clashes between different groups in the camp left six people dead, Cycmanick said. Thirty-three people were wounded.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence.

Ibrahim Al-Helw, a spokesman for a Darfur rebel group in the area, blamed government-allied gunmen for the fighting.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article127364.ece

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ASWJ activist shot dead in Karachi

Sep 6, 2010

KARACHI: An Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) activist was shot dead in a targeted killing incident near the Chishtia Masjid in the Shah Faisal police precincts.

SHO Atif Shah said the victim Rehan, 30, son of Laiq was returning home after Maghrib prayers when two armed men on motorcycles opened fire on him, killing him on the spot.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of Abbasia School, the SHO said, adding that the victim had received two bullets. Police shifted his body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for legal formalities.

Shah said the victim, a businessman, had no affiliation with any political or religious party and police believed a financial dispute to be the cause behind the killing. The police registered a case against unidentified men and initiated the probe.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\06\story_6-9-2010_pg7_20

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Tired Tariq Aziz says he'll die in prison

Sep 6, 2010

BAGHDAD: The man who once served as the international face of Saddam Hussein's regime predicted Sunday that he'll die in an Iraqi jail, citing his old age and lengthy prison sentence.

During a brief interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Tariq Aziz said that considering he is 74 and faces more than two decades in prison for crimes related to his role in the former regime, he expects to die behind bars.

“I have no future. I have no future. I'm 74 years old now,” he said. “So I have no future.” Aziz served for years as Saddam's foreign minister, establishing an international reputation as the defender of the late dictator's regime.

He surrendered to US forces about a month after the war started in March 2003.

He was held at an American prison in Baghdad until the US handed over control of the facility this July to the Iraqi government. Aziz was handed over as well.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article127372.ece

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Al-Qaeda 'terrorist' held for making threat call to Chavan

By SHAHID RAZA BURNEY

Sep 6, 2010

MUMBAI: The officials of the Anti Terrorist Squad of the Maharashtra police arrested Abdul Gani Shah in Nasik late Saturday for making a threat call to the state Chief Minister Ashok Chavan posing as a terrorist of Al-Qaeda organization.

The ATS chief Rakesh Maria said that the police confiscated eight cell SIM cards and a dairy containing telephone numbers of several ministers.

Maria said that on basis of the preliminary inquiry Shah had made the threat call to the official residence of the chief minister from outside the Deolali railway station in Nasik. He was tracked down from the phone number. The accused who is in the custody of the Nasik railway police was produced before a holiday court on Sunday which gave a transit police remand for the accused to be taken to Mumbai.

According to police sources, Shah called the residence of the chief minister on Saturday and demanded to speak to Chavan. "I'm a terrorist of the Al-Qaeda speaking and connect me to the chief minister immediately; Shah is alleged to have told the operator at Chavan's residence.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article127390.ece

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Israeli attack would mean its own demise: Iran

6 September 2010

 DOHA — Iran’s president said on Sunday that any Israeli attack against his nation would mean the destruction of the Jewish state.

The two nations have exchanged numerous threats and warnings in the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program, which Israel, the United States and other countries believe is aimed at developing weapons, despite Tehran’s denials.

“Any offensive against Iran means the annihilation of the Zionist entity,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a visit to the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. “Iran does not care much about this entity because it is on its way to decay.”

He said he doubted Israel or the US would dare to stage such an attack because “they know that Iran is ready and has the potential for a decisive and wide-scale response.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September147.xml&section=middleeast

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Despite formal combat end, US joins Baghdad battle

6 September 2010

 BAGHDAD — Days after the US officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq’s ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens.

It was the first exchange of fire involving US troops in Baghdad since the Aug. 31 deadline for formally ending the combat mission, and it showed that American troops remaining in the country are still being drawn into the fighting.

The attack on Sunday also made plain the kind of lapses in security that have left Iraqis wary of the US drawdown and distrustful of the ability of Iraqi forces now taking up ultimate responsibility for protecting the country.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September150.xml&section=middleeast

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Saudi telecom shuts websites violating Fatwa edict

Sep 6, 2010

 Saudi Arabia’s telecom regulator has shut down three websites that were violating a government decree limiting the issuance of religious edicts to the country’s most senior group of clerics.

Saad Al Shihri, an official at the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, said the regulator began blocking the websites on Wednesday. He said authorities also have drawn up a list of clerics whose services break the decree, and that they have been sent messages “warning them to comply.”

Among those breaking the ban are clerics who offer fatwas via text messages, some for as much as $3 per message, Al Shihri said. Regulators have already started barring such services.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September132.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Fatima donates Dh10m?to treat poor children

6 September 2010

 ABU DHABI — Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union of UAE and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) has donated Dh10 million for an international humanitarian campaign announced last May by the UAE to treat one million children in the UAE and around the world.

Shaikha Fatima’s donation was announced on Saturday at a charity ceremony held under her patronage at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi to raise donations for the “Giving Campaign”, which was announced last May by Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ?the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), at the Arab Giving Forum and the third Abu Dhabi Social Responsibility ?Conference.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/September/theuae_September112.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Afghan Central Bank: Kabul Bank has ‘stabilised’

6 September 2010

 KABUL — Afghanistan’s largest bank remained solvent after a nearly weeklong run on the troubled institution, according to the governor of the nation’s central bank, which is being criticised for looking the other way at the bank’s mismanagement problems for too long.

Nervous depositors continued to make withdrawals, but Central Bank Governor Abdul Qadir Fitrat said on Sunday that the Kabul Bank was on sound footing. He said no decision had been made about whether the central bank would use money in its coffers to shore up Kabul Bank, partly owned by President Hamid Karzai’s brother.

“It’s stabilised. The bank is already stabilised and hopefully in the next few days it will become 100 percent normal,” Fitrat told The Associated Press. “It is almost 60 per cent to 70 per cent returned to normal. Most of the branches are now empty (of customers). People have taken their money and gone home. It’s very good today. The operation is becoming very normal.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September240.xml&section=international&col=

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Two wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Sep 6, 2010

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Israeli warplanes Saturday launched three strikes against the southern Gaza Strip, killing one, wounding three and leaving one more missing, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Two raids targeted smuggling tunnels running under the border with Egypt at Rafah, wounding two people.

One of the tunnels collapsed, killing one person. Another person was missing and a third was seriously injured, witnesses said.

The other raid targeted a former base used by the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas that seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September129.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Fingerprinting system a big success: Ahmed

By GALAL FAKKAR

Sep 6, 2010

JEDDAH: Deputy Interior Minister Prince Ahmed early Sunday highlighted the success of the Kingdom’s fingerprinting system in stopping criminals from escaping the country and cracking down on those who violate the country’s residency regulations.

Speaking to academics, businessmen and media persons who attended a sahour party hosted by Abdul Rahman Fakeeh at his residence in Makkah, Prince Ahmed said the system, which was introduced three years ago, had also led to a crackdown on the number of runaway maids.

He emphasized the need for conducting a study to find out the reasons for maids and other house servants running away from their sponsors.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article127497.ece

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Abu Sayyaf commander shot dead in southern Philippines

By JIM GOMEZ

Sep 6, 2010

MANILA: Philippine police commandos killed an Abu Sayyaf commander linked to last year’s kidnapping of Red Cross workers and gunned down two other militants in a clash in the south, officials said Sunday.

Police went on full alert after the killings to guard against any retaliatory attacks.

Gafur Jumdail and two of his men were killed late Saturday near Maimbung town on Jolo Island after clashing with commandos tracking a Malaysian militant and allied Filipino fighters, Jolo police chief Senior Superintendent Joseph Ramac said.

The death of Jumdail, who had been accused of several high-profile abductions including the January 2009 kidnappings of three Red Cross workers from Switzerland, Italy and the Philippines, is the latest blow to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article127352.ece

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14 Al-Qaeda militants held in Yemen

Sep 6, 2010

SANAA: Police arrested 14 suspected members of Al-Qaeda, including a leader called Salah Al-Dabani, in a raid on one of the group’s alleged hideouts in south Yemen, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Identified earlier as Salah Ali Abdullah Al-Damani, the alleged Al-Qaeda leader was arrested on Thursday in Lawder, the Defense Ministry news website had said earlier. The ministry statement said the raid took place on Saturday night in Abyan province in the town of Lawder, 250 km southeast of the capital where government troops have for weeks been battling what it describes as Al-Qaeda elements.

The statement added that further raids are planned in the area.

Yemeni authorities arrested nine people, including a suspected local Al-Qaeda leader implicated in armed attacks in the south of the country, the 26sep.net website said.

Seven other people were detained in the Lawder area on Wednesday and Thursday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article127359.ece

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World will pay price if Mideast talks fail: Abdallah

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

Sep 6, 2010

AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdallah warned on Sunday that the entire world “will pay the price” if the recently launched direct talks between the Palestinians and Israel fail.

A royal court statement said that the king’s remarks came during a meeting with chief editors of local newspapers whom he briefed on the outcome of his talks in Washington earlier last week with US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

“The king warned that the failure of the negotiations will reflect negatively on all parties and that all states of the world and the region will pay the price, because the alternative will be more wars and conflicts,” the statement said.

The king told the top media men that the direct talks which were re-launched in Washington on Thursday “provides an opportunity for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict if the parties deal with the negotiations in a positive manner so that all final status issues are addressed within the two-state vision.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article127360.ece

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Afghans losing faith in leaders

Sep 6, 2010

KABUL—THE government of President Hamid Karzai may be awash in corruption, venality and graft, but if you walk the tattered halls of the ministries here, it is remarkably easy to find an honest man.

One of them is Fazel Ahmad Faqiryar, who last month took the politically risky course of trying to prosecute senior members of Mr. Karzai’s government. Two weeks ago, Mr. Faqiryar was fired from his job as deputy attorney general — on the order, it appears, of Mr. Karzai himself.

“The law in this country is only for the poor,” Mr. Faqiryar said afterward. The ouster of Mr. Faqiryar illustrated not just the lawlessness that permeates Mr. Karzai’s government and the rest of the Afghan state. It also raised a fundamental question for the American and European leaders who have bankrolled Mr. Karzai’s government since he took office in 2001: What if government corruption is more dangerous than the Taliban?

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0910/06/FrontPage/index.php?id=4

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BJP for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Sep 6, 2010

Terming the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government as the most corrupt in the history of Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday vowed to oust it and form its own Government in the 2012 Assembly elections. The BJP also said that it is in favour of construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The party warned CM Mayawati that Maoism will become a real threat in the State over the next five-years if her Government failed to take measures to tackle rural discontent.

In a political resolution moved in the BJP’s two-day state working committee meeting that commenced in the Scientific Convention Centre here on Saturday, the party said that the BSP Government was following in the footsteps of the previous Samajwadi Party Government, and was indulging in rampant corruption and patronising criminals. The resolution said the BSP would meet the same fate that the SP met in the last elections and would be routed in the 2012 Assembly elections.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281109/BJP-for-construction-of-Ram-Temple-in-Ayodhya.html

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Abbas: Will quit peace talks if no building freeze

Sep 6, 2010

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has warned Israel’s Prime Minister that he’ll quit peace talks unless Israel extends a curb on settlement construction. Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched negotiations at a summit in Washington last week.

A 10-month freeze on settlement housing ends Sept 26, and Netanyahu is under pressure from hardline allies to resume construction.

Netanyahu has not said what he will do. He told his Cabinet on Sunday that creative solutions are needed to make the talks succeed. However, Abbas told PLO activists in Libya late Saturday that “if the freeze period is not extended by the end of the month, there will be no negotiations.” Abbas says he made that clear to Netanyahu.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/281157/Abbas-Will-quit-peace-talks-if-no-building-freeze.html

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