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250 Dead In Cairo Crackdown on Wednesday: Muslim Brotherhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muslim Brotherhood says at least 250 dead in Cairo crackdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

250 dead in Cairo crackdown on Wednesday: Muslim Brotherhood

Army Kills over 300 Terrorists in Eastern Syria in 3 Days

New age of Jihad to start: Mujahedeen Shura Council

Morsi supporters torch church in central Egypt: agency

All mosques in Saudi Arabia to be linked online

Nasrallah to make two appearances this week marking 2006 Lebanon War 'victory'

Syrian Kurds Call for Expulsion of Armed Rebels from Hassakeh Province

Activist group presses for constitutional amendment to ban military trials

Bahrain protests to Beirut over civil disobedience call

Egypt’s al-Azhar distances itself from crackdown on pro-Mursi camps

 

India

As Afghanistan endgame looms, a deadly edge to India-Pakistan rivalry

Absolved of terror charge, Siddiqui pieces together his ruined life

Hindu Priest arrested in Bodh Gaya blasts case

Unity and education can help Muslims, says Indian scholar

Air needs to be cleared for things to go forward, Khurshid tells Pak.

'Pak-based Lashkar preparing to hit India again'

Parliament counters Pak resolution on India's aggression

Army foils infiltration bid, two militants killed

Kite-flying festival near India-Pak border

India courts Maldivian parties ahead of polls there

Pakistan troops fire at 16 Indian posts, violate ceasefire again

 

Europe

World Bank asks Islamabad to open up trade with India

Switzerland Nominates Top Qaddafi Supporter to UN Human Rights Council

Misgivings about Islam figure at UK symposium

German cultural centre cancels anti-Israel event with Iran’s embassy

UN calls for talks after clash in unrest-hit Myanmar region

Hamas must halt prisoner executions in Gaza, UN says

UN chief urges legal drone use in Pakistan visit

UN-contracted chopper ‘detained’ by Sudan rebels

Democracy has a bright future in Pakistan: Ban

Germany calls on all sides in Egypt to renounce violence

 

North America

US dismisses suggestion to appoint envoy to resolve India-Pak differences

CIA admits it spied on Noam Chomsky

New Fort Collins mosque, Islamic Centre gives visibility to Muslim community

US Continues Drone War against Yemen

Kerry: Netanyahu told me, Abbas more settlements were coming

US urges Egypt to allow pro-Morsi protests

 

Africa

Nigerians want weapons after deadly mosque attack

Tunisian secularists and Islamists in rival rallies, no clashes

Uphold Peace, Islamic Tolerance, Gov of Nigerian State Urges Muslims

MSF closes operations in Somalia over 'extreme attacks'

Central African Republic's children 'abused and recruited'

Libyan Berbers demanding recognition storm parliament

 

Southeast Asia

In crackdown on religion, activists see Malaysia in fear

Official Denies Forced Conversion of Shia Group

Man arrested after Buddhists use Malaysia Muslim prayer room

 

Mideast

Turkish Parliament to be open to scarves

Al-Qaeda kills Yemeni soldiers in attempt to capture city in Lahj province

Iran’s FM Cautions against New Wave of Islamophobia

Israeli navy soldiers, settlers storm Al-Aqusa Complex

Israeli air force raids Gaza targets after rocket attack: Army

Turkish president says Egypt crackdown "completely unacceptable"

 

Pakistan

Pak Rangers offer sweets to BSF at Attari border on Pakistani Independence Day

PM vows to defeat terror, turn Pakistan into cradle of peace

Five rebels killed in Balochistan

Army chief urges forming consensus, implementing one solution to terrorism

Pakistan Army says civilian killed on LoC

Govt ignores TTP threat, to execute three militants

Independence Day celebratory gunfire kills one, wounds over 30 in Karachi

PM approves Balochistan govt dialogue with armed groups

Taliban warn govt over executions

‘Decorative rickshaw to revive patriotism in Pakistanis’

 

South Asia

China academics say Xinjiang death sentences justified

Drug abuse alarmingly rising in Bangladesh

Hasina wants multipurpose education for rapid progress

Maldives Minister concerned over “extreme ideologies” being preached in Mosque

Sri Lanka allows mosque expansion despite Buddhist objections

Afghanistan's future depends on foreign soldiers, says Isaf chief

Number of people who re-registered is 64,400: Maldives Elections Commission

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

250 dead in Cairo crackdown on Wednesday: Muslim Brotherhood

 August 14, 2013

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said at least 250 people were killed and over 5,000 injured on Wednesday in a police crackdown on two major protest camps held by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

 "250+ confirmed deaths. Drs saying most critical patients will die from

their bullet wounds. over 5000 wounded. biggest massacre since #coup," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad said on Twitter.

There was no independent confirmation of the Brotherhood toll.   

An AFP correspondent at the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp had counted 17 bodies at the makeshift morgue in Cairo.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/250-dead-in-Cairo-crackdown-Muslim-Brotherhood/Article1-1107923.aspx

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Army Kills over 300 Terrorists in Eastern Syria in 3 Days

 August 14, 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army has killed hundreds of armed rebels and injured many more during heavy clashes in Eastern Syria in the last three days, informed sources said.

“The army has killed more than 300 armed rebels and injured hundreds more in heavy clashes in the last three days in Deir Ez-Zor province,” an informed source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told FNA in Damascus on Tuesday.

Meantime, the Syrian army killed more than 60 armed rebels in heavy clashes in al-Maliha town of Reef (outskirts of) Damascus.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920522001197

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New age of Jihad to start: Mujahedeen Shura Council

By Mostafa Salem

 August 14, 2013

The Salafi Jihad in Sinai and the Mujahedeen Shura Council blamed the Saturday deaths of four militants in Agraa in Rafah, North Sinai on an Israeli drone, in Sunday statements addressed to Israel, the Egyptian army and Sinai tribes.

Both statements blamed the deaths on an Israeli raid, before identifying the four victims as members of Jamaat Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, a group which claimed responsibility for previous rocket attacks on Eilat in 2011.

Salafi Jihad said: “What happened added to the violations against the people of Sinai.”

The Mujahedeen Shura Council accused the Egyptian army directly of facilitating the attack saying: ‘This treacherous raid would not have come about without [its] direct coordination.”

The group associated “rapid political changes occur within the land of Egypt” with the “Israeli attack on the Sinai.”

The council also called upon Sinai tribes to “use what happened as motivation to unite in the wake of the death of Sinai’s son’s.”

The Egyptian army spokesman denied any attacks from the Israeli side, saying: “the claim that there is coordination between the Egyptian and Israeli sides in this regard is totally false and contrary to reason and logic.”

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/08/12/new-age-of-jihad-to-start-mujahedeen-shura-council/

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Morsi supporters torch church in central Egypt: agency

 August 14, 2013

Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched a church in central Egypt on Wednesday in a reprisal attack as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, MENA state news agency said.

The assailants threw firebombs at Mar Gergiss church in Sohag, a city with a large community of Coptic Christians who comprise up to 10 percent of Egypt's 84 million people, causing it to burn down, the agency said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Morsi-supporters-torch-church-in-central-Egypt-agency/Article1-1107974.aspx

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All mosques in Saudi Arabia to be linked online

 August 14, 2013

RIYADH – The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance is going to implement an online system to allow imams of mosques all over the Kingdom to connect with each other on the Internet, an Arabic language daily quoted a source as saying on Tuesday.

The system will allow the ministry to closely monitor all its programs focusing on mosques, pilgrims, and expatriate communities, the source said. The ministry’s recent statistics showed that there are 90,000 mosques all over the Kingdom. Linking all these mosques with one online system will make it possible for the ministry to know the status of each mosque, its shortcomings and its needs.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176803

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Nasrallah to make two appearances this week marking 2006 Lebanon War 'victory'

 August 14, 2013

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah will give a TV interview Wednesday marking the “anniversary of the victory of the resistance over Zionist aggression” in the 2006 Lebanon war.

The terrorist group’s al- Manar TV website reported on Tuesday that he will also give a speech on Friday in the southern border town of Aita al- Shaab at a festival under the banner “The resistance is our decision.” He will make important announcements regarding recent developments in Lebanon and the region.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Nasrallah-to-make-two-appearances-this-week-marking-2006-Lebanon-War-victory-322910

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Syrian Kurds Call for Expulsion of Armed Rebels from Hassakeh Province

 August 14, 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of people in the Southern parts of Syria’s Kurdish-populated Hassakeh province near the Turkish borders held massive protest rallies calling for the expulsion of armed rebels from their cities.

The residents of al-Shadadi in Hassakeh province strongly condemned the crimes committed by the armed rebels, and warned them to leave their city immediately.

The protesters underlined that they will force the armed rebels to leave the city, but of course through peaceful means as long as possible.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920522001082

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Activist group presses for constitutional amendment to ban military trials

 August 14, 2013

The No Military Trials for Civilians group has asked the 10 judge committee to amend the 2012 constitution to ban military trials for civilians.

In its submission to the committee, the group suggested restricting article 198, which states that military courts have the right to adjudicate any offence related to the armed forces, to those involving defendants in the military.

Full report at:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/08/13/activist-group-presses-for-constitutional-amendment-to-ban-military-trials/

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Bahrain protests to Beirut over civil disobedience call

August 14, 2013

BEIRUT: Bahrain filed a protest to Lebanon Tuesday over a news conference held in Beirut by Bahraini opposition figures who called for civil disobedience in the Gulf state Wednesday, the National News Agency reported, quoting the official Bahrain News Agency.

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry summoned Ibrahim Assaf, charge d’affaires at the Lebanese Embassy in Manama, to express the kingdom’s “deep resentment over a news conference held in Beirut by the so-called Aug. 14 campaign during which a call for civil disobedience and a general mobilization in the Kingdom of Bahrain was made,” BNA said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-14/227291-bahrain-protests-to-beirut-over-civil-disobedience-call.ashx#ixzz2bwieWAFf

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Egypt’s al-Azhar distances itself from crackdown on pro-Mursi camps

August 14, 2013

Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s main seat of learning, on Wednesday distanced itself from the crackdown on protesters loyal to ousted president Mohamed Mursi which left dozens dead.

“Al-Azhar stresses to all Egyptians that it did not know about the methods used for the dispersal of the protests except through media channels,” Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb said in a televised statement.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/14/Egypt-s-al-Azhar-distances-itself-from-crackdown-on-pro-Mursi-camps.html

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India

 

As Afghanistan endgame looms, a deadly edge to India-Pakistan rivalry

August 14, 2013 

Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

Intelligence sources in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/india-pakistan-afghanistan-kashmir-loc-idINDEE97C04320130813

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Absolved of terror charge, Siddiqui pieces together his ruined life

Syed Mohammed, TNN | Aug 14, 2013

HYDERABAD: Taj-ul-Qazi Siddiqui, recently acquitted of terror charges in Mumbai's 2002 Ghatkopar bus blast case after being wrongly implicated, is a man of few words. He is cautious and hesitant to speak not only to the media but also to his neighbours.

About 10 months after being arrested for his alleged role in the blast, the techie has been absolved of the crime. Police arrested him in 2012, claiming he was one of the 29 accused in the case and he spent months in jail. Seated in his rented flat in the quaint Al Hasanat Colony in Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Siddiqui, an engineer by profession, was silently watching his children learning the letters of the Arabic alphabet.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Absolved-of-terror-charge-Siddiqui-pieces-together-his-ruined-life/articleshow/21816612.cms

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Hindu Priest arrested in Bodh Gaya blasts case

Aug 14 2013

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple, has arrested a Hindu priest, Arup Brahmachari, police said on Wednesday.

“The NIA team, with the help of the police, arrested Arup Brahmachari who was absconding after the blasts,” an officer of the Bodh Gaya police station said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/priest-arrested-in-bodh-gaya-blasts-case/article5022152.ece

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Unity and education can help Muslims, says Indian scholar

 August 14, 2013

JEDDAH — India’s social fabric is friendly to all communities. To know each other one should be socially conscious and for it knowledge is necessary.

According to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to receive education is obligatory on Muslim men and women. The Almighty Allah in the Qur’an says,

"Recite in the name of your Lord who created; Created man from a clinging substance; Recite, and your Lord is the Most Generous; Who taught by the pen;

Taught man that which he knew not." (Surah Al-Alaq; Verses 1-5)

At another place He says "Allah will exalt those of you who believe and those who are given knowledge to high degrees." (Surah Al-Mujadilah; Verse 11)

The Qur’an believes in a knowledge-based society. Every individual, man or woman, should receive and impart education. In India and elsewhere the mother of all evil for Muslims is lack of knowledge.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176776

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Air needs to be cleared for things to go forward, Khurshid tells Pak.

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

Aug 14 2013

"For peaceful dialogue to proceed, we need an environment free of violence and terror."

India has given clear indications that talks with Pakistan will be difficult in the backdrop of the continuing tensions on the Line of Control, with both sides claiming ceasefire violations and deaths, including those of five Indian soldiers in a sneak attack from Pakistan earlier this month.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/air-needs-to-be-cleared-for-things-to-go-forward-khurshid-tells-pak/article5019294.ece

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'Pak-based Lashkar preparing to hit India again'

 August 13, 2013

Pakistan-based militants are reportedly preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan in 2014, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan.

Intelligence source in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/southasia/Pak-based-Lashkar-preparing-to-hit-India-again/Article1-1107595.aspx

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Parliament counters Pak resolution on India's aggression

August 14, 2013 

New Delhi, Aug. 14 (ANI): The Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning Pakistan for the killing of five Indian soldiers and a series of attacks along the Line of Control (LoC).

The resolution, which was passed unanimously, reflected political unity in the stand against Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/parliament-counters-pak-resolution-indias-aggression-102521779.html

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Army foils infiltration bid, two militants killed

PTI | Aug 14, 2013

SRINAGAR: Army on Wednesday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two militants.

"Alert troops noticed movement of heavily armed militants close to the Line of Control in Keran Sector of Kupwara at around 3.00am. The militants were challenged, triggering a gun battle," a defence spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-foils-infiltration-bid-two-militants-killed/articleshow/21819372.cms

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Kite-flying festival near India-Pak border

TNN | Aug 14, 2013

ATTARI: Amidst border tension between India and Pakistan, a group of students from DPS School organized a kite-flying festival near the India-Pakistan border, aiming to spread message of peace.

"This is a pre-Independence Day celebration with kites wafting in the sky spreading message of peace on other side of the border" said Aman Jaspal of Sarhad Food and Culture Park, venue of the kite-flying festival. He said that the festival holds significance especially at a time when there was tension between the two countries and diplomatic efforts were not yielding desirable results.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kite-flying-festival-near-India-Pak-border/articleshow/21815058.cms

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India courts Maldivian parties ahead of polls there

Indrani Bagchi, TNN | Aug 13, 2013

NEW DELHI: As Maldives lurches towards elections — slated for September 7 — India is spreading the love across the political spectrum in the Indian Ocean archipelago that is crucial to India's security interests.

Almost all the prospective presidential candidates have swung by New Delhi to meet and greet the Indian political leadership. A week after ousted president Mohamed Nasheed met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, India is preparing to welcome Yamin Abdulla, former president Abdul Gayoom's half-brother and presidential candidate for his party, PPM. Abdulla will be accompanied by Gayoom's sons who are also in the electoral fray.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/India-courts-Maldivian-parties-ahead-of-polls-there/articleshow/21806120.cms

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Pakistan troops fire at 16 Indian posts, violate ceasfire again

Tarun Upadhyay

 August 14, 2013

Pakistani troops on Tuesday night violated the 2003 ceasefire agreement for the ninth time in the past four days by targeting 16 Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir.

Indian troops, who were on high alert because of the previous incidents, retaliated, resulting in a heavy exchange of fire till 11pm on Tuesday along Hamirpur-Balakote and Mendhar forward areas in Poonch district, defence spokesman SN Acharya said on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/jandk/Pakistan-troops-fire-at-16-Indian-posts-violate-ceasfire-again/Article1-1107912.aspx

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Europe

 

World Bank asks Islamabad to open up trade with India

Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Aug 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: In the backdrop of escalating tension due to cross-border exchange of fire, the World Bank has asked Islamabad to take action on addressing country-specific risks and open up trade with India to avoid a looming second balance of payments crisis in five years.

"Pakistan's rebound from the global financial crisis has been slow and fragile, and unless the economy changes course swiftly, it could face its second balance of payments crisis in five years," the WB warned the new government in an economic memorandum titled "Pakistan: Finding the Path to Job-Enhancing Growth".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/World-Bank-asks-Islamabad-to-open-up-trade-with-India/articleshow/21816407.cms

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Switzerland Nominates Top Qaddafi Supporter to UN Human Rights Council

 August 14, 2013

GENEVA, Aug. 13 -  Switzerland has nominated the founding spokesman of the “Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize” for a position on the United Nations Human Rights Council, a move already drawing sharp controversy.

Jean Ziegler, who was exposed by Swiss media in 2011 for covering up his role in the Qaddafi prize organization, is expected to elected at the Council’s September session, for a spot on its advisory committee. The former UN official was rejected for a similar position in 2012.

Swiss MP and sociology professor Pierre Weiss has filed an objection against Ziegler with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter and Swiss President Ueli Maurer. Swiss journalist Françoise Buffat, former political affairs editor of the Journal de Genève, has also expressed opposition to the nomination.

Full report at:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/57189

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Misgivings about Islam figure at UK symposium

 August 14, 2013

LONDON – The secretary general of the Makkah-based Muslim World (MWL) will open in London Wednesday a symposium to discuss the role of Islamic centers in the West to correct misconceptions about Islam.

A number of Muslim scholars and thinkers from Britain and other European countries will attend Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulmohsen Al-Turki’s MWL-organized seminar, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176757

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German cultural center cancels anti-Israel event with Iran’s embassy

 August 14, 2013

“Israel’s right to exist will be contested or terror against Israel will be legitimized as resistance against an occupying power.”

Dr. Ulrich Bleyer, the director of the Berlin-based Urania cultural and educational center, on Monday pulled the plug on a pro-Palestinian symposium with Iran’s embassy because the event legitimizes terrorism and seeks to dismantle Israel’s right to exist.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/German-cultural-center-cancels-anti-Israel-event-with-Irans-embassy-322970

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UN calls for talks after clash in unrest-hit Myanmar region

 August 14, 2013

YANGON: The United Nations has called for dialogue after another violent clash in a camp for dispossessed Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, as its human rights envoy toured the strife-torn area on Tuesday.

At least one person was killed and around 10 injured last Friday in the latest violence in Rakhine state, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said.

Conflict between local Buddhist and Muslim communities in the state last year left some 200 dead and 140,000 homeless.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\14\story_14-8-2013_pg14_1

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Hamas must halt prisoner executions in Gaza, UN says

AP | Aug 14, 201

GENEVA: The UN's top human rights official is urging the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza to halt all executions because they are imposed without fair trial.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement on Wednesday that under international human rights law the death penalty can be imposed only after a fair trial, and "this is currently not possible in Gaza, neither legally nor practically."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Hamas-must-halt-prisoner-executions-in-Gaza-UN-says/articleshow/21822575.cms

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UN chief urges legal drone use in Pakistan visit

 August 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD — UN chief Ban Ki-moon waded into the controversy surrounding US drone strikes during a visit to Pakistan Tuesday, insisting they must operate within international law.

The CIA has carried out hundreds of missile strikes on suspected militants in northwest Pakistan since 2004 and the campaign is a major thorn in relations with the US.

Washington views the strikes as an important tool in the fight against Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, but Islamabad condemns them as a violation of sovereignty and international law.

Ban addressed the controversial weapons in a speech at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, where he opened a new building.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176791

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UN-contracted chopper ‘detained’ by Sudan rebels

 August 14, 2013

KHARTOUM — A helicopter and its crew contracted by peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur have been “detained” be rebels in the troubled region for 10 days, the mission said on Tuesday.

The Mi-8 chopper was contracted by a Russian company and did not carry UN markings, Christopher Cycmanick, acting spokesman for the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), told AFP.

One of the crew members is Sudanese while the other two are foreign, he said, without giving their nationality.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176787

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Democracy has a bright future in Pakistan: Ban

 Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

August 14, 2013 

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), Ban ki Moon has expressed hope that democracy will deliver to the people of Pakistan.

 He termed transfer of power from one civilian government to another in a smooth manner a good omen for the system. He felicitated the people of Pakistan and members of the National Assembly on successful and smooth elections in May last.

 Addressing a dinner hosted by the National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in his honour in the Parliament House on Tuesday evening, the world body chief eulogized the role of Pakistani troops in the cause of world peace and security in various parts of the world. The contribution made by Pakistanis for the sake of human rights and peace is remarkable, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-195806-Democracy-has-a-bright-future-in-Pakistan:-Ban

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Germany calls on all sides in Egypt to renounce violence

August 14, 2013

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged supporters of Egypt's interim government and its ousted president Mohamed Morsi to renounce violence amid a deadly crackdown on protests Wednesday.

"We call on all political forces to return immediately to negotiations and avert an escalation of violence," he told reporters. "All further bloodshed must be prevented."

Westerwelle called on all sides to "return to a political process that includes all political forces".

"We urge the interim government and the Egyptian authorities to allow peaceful protests and at the same time we expect from the other forces that they distance themselves from violence, do not call for violence and do not use violence," he said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/79006/Egypt/Politics-/Germany-calls-on-all-sides-in-Egypt-to-renounce-vi.aspx

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North America

 

US dismisses suggestion to appoint envoy to resolve India-Pak differences

PTI | Aug 14, 2013

WASHINGTON: The Obama Administration has dismissed the idea of appointing a special envoy to resolve the differences between India and Pakistan, but noted that US ambassadors in the two countries are talking to the host governments to encourage further dialogue.

"I think we can encourage them to have dialogue and to resolve the dispute. But we don't have to do that necessarily with an envoy. I think our ambassadors are very engaged on the ground on this," the state department spokesperson, Marif Harf, said on Tuesday.

"What that engagement looks like going forward, I don't have a prediction to make for you other than to say, we will continue to encourage both sides to move forward with this dialogue," she said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-dismisses-suggestion-to-appoint-envoy-to-resolve-India-Pak-differences/articleshow/21816893.cms

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CIA admits it spied on Noam Chomsky

IANS | Aug 14, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has admitted to having amassed data on MIT linguistics professor and government critic Noam Chomsky during the 1970s, Foreign Policy magazine's The Cable blog said on Tuesday.

For years, the CIA responded to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests about Chomsky by claiming it had no records relevant to the query, The Cable noted.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/CIA-admits-it-spied-on-Noam-Chomsky/articleshow/21818753.cms

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New Fort Collins mosque, Islamic Center gives visibility to Muslim community

Sarah Jane Kyle

 August 14, 2013

Praying knees felt for the first time last week the plush hand-woven carpet of the newly constructed Fort Collins mosque and Islamic Center.

The 18,000-square-foot facility at 925 W. Lake St. obtained a temporary permit to allow a prayer service Thursday, but will officially open in coming weeks as a beacon of hope and visibility to the city’s roughly 2,000-strong Muslim community.

The Turkish-style mosque, complete with a 70-foot minaret and 50-foot dome both topped with crescent moons, is not only an upgrade in space to the community but in community accessibility and prominence, said Islamic community leader Shakir Muhammad.

Full report at:

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130812/NEWS01/308120032?nclick_check=1

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US Continues Drone War Against Yemen

By Thomas Gaist

13 August, 2013

Since July 28, the US has launched nine drone strikes against targets in Yemen, killing at least 3 dozen people. The US carries out operations from bases surrounding Yemen, including installations in Saudi Arabia, Djibouti and the Seychelles. Washington has carried out 79 drone attacks against Yemen since 2002.

The US has allocated more than $600 million in counter-terrorism aid to Yemen. According to the journal Foreign Policy, US officials have acknowledged the presence of at least three dozen US Special Forces on the ground in the impoverished country.

Full report at:

http://www.countercurrents.org/gaist130813.htm

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Kerry: Netanyahu told me, Abbas more settlements were coming

 August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Speaking during a press availability with the foreign minister of Brazil, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas had known for some time that new Israeli settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank would be announced.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu was completely upfront with me and with President Abbas that he would be announcing some additional building that would take place in places that will not affect the peace map, that will not have any impact on the capacity to have a peace agreement," Kerry said.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Kerry-works-to-prevent-settlement-dispute-from-harming-peace-talks-322945

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US urges Egypt to allow pro-Morsi protests

AFP | Aug 14, 2013

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday urged Egypt's military-backed interim government to allow supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to protest freely as fresh demonstrations took place in Cairo.

State department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington regarded freedom to protest as a "key part" of the democratic process but would be concerned by reports of violence.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-urges-Egypt-to-allow-pro-Morsi-protests/articleshow/21814254.cms

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Africa

 

Nigerians want weapons after deadly mosque attack

By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL

Associated Press

 August 14, 2013

KONDUGA, Nigeria (AP) - Residents of a village in northeastern Nigeria where suspected Islamic extremists gunned down 47 worshippers praying in a mosque demanded on Tuesday that the government give them weapons to defend themselves.

Earlier reports about Sunday's attack in Konduga village had given a lower death toll, 44. Another 12 civilians died in a simultaneous attack on a nearby village, security agents said.

The violence has been blamed on the Boko Haram terrorist network, and district head Yale Zannah Masu told The Associated Press that his village of Konduga was besieged for hours by "terrorists" - including women who set ablaze 51 homes.

Full report at:

http://www.wsls.com/story/23114990/agents-44-gunned-down-in-nigeria-mosque

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Tunisian secularists and Islamists in rival rallies, no clashes

 August 14, 2013

Around 40,000 secularists rallied in Tunis on Tuesday to call for the departure of the Islamist-led ruling coalition, but there were no reported clashes with another demonstration by thousands of Islamists elsewhere in the Tunisian capital.

Beset by a severe economic downturn, a suspension of parliament and a surge in Muslim militant attacks, Tunisia's government, led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, is grappling with secularists' calls for its resignation.

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/tunisia-crisis-march-idINDEE97C0D920130813

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Uphold Peace, Islamic Tolerance, Gov of Nigerian State Urges Muslims

 August 14, 2013

YENAGOA - Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has enjoined the Muslim faithful to uphold the tenets of Islam for peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.

He said this when he hosted members of the Islamic Community in Government House, Yenagoa, to celebrate this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr.

Dickson urged them to show respect and tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity of the country.

He criticised fundamentalism in the practise of any religion, pointing out that no religion preaches terrorism or violence.

Full report at:

http://nigerianobservernews.com/13082013/news/Other%20News/othernews8.html

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MSF closes operations in Somalia over 'extreme attacks'

August 14, 2013

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is closing all its programmes in Somalia after 22 years working in the war-torn country.

It had taken the decision because of "extreme attacks on its staff".

Armed groups and civilian leaders increasingly "support, tolerate or condone the killing, assaulting, and abducting of humanitarian aid workers", it said in a statement.

More than 1,500 staff have provided a range of services across Somalia.

Unni Karunakara, MSF's international president, said it has been one of the hardest decisions MSF has ever had to make.

Last month, two Spanish MSF aid workers who were kidnapped nearly two years ago and held in Somalia were freed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23697275

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Central African Republic's children 'abused and recruited'

August 14, 2013

More than 100,000 children in the Central African Republic are facing sexual abuse and recruitment into armed groups, Save the Children has warned.

The children have been forced to flee their homes following the overthrow of the government by a rebel alliance in March this year, the charity says.

Many of them are suffering from malnutrition and malaria.

Mark Kaye, a spokesman for the charity, told the BBC the health system had been almost completely destroyed.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23688625

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Libyan Berbers demanding recognition storm parliament

August 14, 2013

Members of Libya's minority Berber, or Amazigh, community have stormed the parliament building in Tripoli.

A spokesman for the General National Congress (GNC) said windows were smashed, furniture destroyed and documents belonging to deputies stolen.

There were no reports of any injuries after the incident, which happened during a break in a regular session.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23690797

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Southeast Asia

 

In crackdown on religion, activists see Malaysia in fear

 August 14, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — Malaysia will become a nation shrouded in fear and intolerance if the authorities continue its harsh persecution of religious offenders, human rights activists and an analyst have said.

Such a show of intolerance by the country’s leaders, they warned, could drive an even deeper wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims here and result in a nation more divided than ever before.

Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan suggested a possible future scenario where non-Muslims find themselves thinking twice before inviting a Muslim into their homes, fearing that even this would upset them.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-crackdown-on-religion-activists-see-a-nation-in-fear#sthash.FTzPJirO.dpuf

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Official Denies Forced Conversion of Shia Group

 August 14, 2013

Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said he did not believe recent reports that Shia Muslims in Sampang district, East Java, were subjected to forced conversions by local officials.

“We have to check it first, I don’t think there’s such forced conversion,” Gamawan said at the State Palace on Tuesday. “Belief is a human’s relation with God. The government has nothing to do with forcing [people to convert to certain beliefs].”

Herstaning, a lawyer representing the displaced Shia community, told the Jakarta Globe on Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/official-denies-forced-conversion-of-shia-group/

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Man arrested after Buddhists use Malaysia Muslim prayer room

 August 14, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian police said Tuesday they have arrested a resort owner after he allowed Buddhists to use a Muslim prayer room in the country’s latest religious controversy.

The owner of the resort in the southern state of Johor, who was detained on Sunday, is being investigated for “defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion,” said district police chief Nor Rasid.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176792

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Mideast

 

Turkish Parliement to be open to scarves

 August 14, 2013

Four political parties in panal charged with making new charter agreed on an article which may lift the ban on wearing headscarf for public servants

Parliament’s Constitution Conciliation Commission has reached four landmark decisions under the section of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms: paving the way for women with headscarves to become public servants and mayors, giving a green light to women’s quotas, including a mention of “sexual orientation” as a part of a rationale within the equality clause and classifying everyone below the age of 18 as a child.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliement-to-be-open-to-scarves.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52489&NewsCatID=338

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Al-Qaeda kills Yemeni soldiers in attempt to capture city in Lahj province

The Associated Press, Sanaa

August 14, 2013

Al-Qaeda militants have killed three Yemeni soldiers in the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula in what the military said Tuesday was an attempt to capture a city.

The commander of the fourth military region, Maj. Gen. Mahmoud el-Subaihi said his forces were using tanks to surround about 70 militants who are taking cover in residential homes in the provincial capital city of Hawtah in Lahj province. Dozens of families from the impoverished city have fled due to violence in the past 24 hours.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/14/Al-Qaeda-kills-Yemeni-soldiers-in-city-capture-attempt.html

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Iran’s FM Cautions against New Wave of Islamophobia

 August 14, 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warned against the spread of a new wave of Islamophobia by the West and through its support for extremist and Takfiri groups, including al-Qaeda, in Muslim countries.

“The West has created several radical groups under different names such as Takfiri, al-Qaeda, … in Muslim countries to portray Islam as a radical religion to the international community and propagate Islamophobia,” Salehi said, addressing a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.

The Iranian foreign minister underlined that the arrogant powers are trying hard to spread Islamophobia throughout the world.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920520001127

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Israeli navy soldiers, settlers storm Al-Aqusa Complex

Mohammed Mar’i

 August 14, 2013

RAMALLAH – Groups of Israeli navy soldiers and Jewish settlers on Tuesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, a Palestinian foundation said.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said that a group of some 45 male and female Navy soldiers in their uniforms stormed the Muslim’s third holiest shrine through the Al-Magharebah gate that connects the mosque with the Al-Buraq Plaza (the Western Wall Plaza).

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130814176780

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Israeli air force raids Gaza targets after rocket attack: Army

AFP | Aug 14, 2013,

JERUSALEM: The Israeli air force targeted rocket launch sites in Gaza hours before the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians on Wednesday, after rockets were fired from the area, the Israeli army said.

"The raid targeted two rocket launch sites after rockets were fired Tuesday from the Gaza Strip, one of which exploded on Israeli territory," said an army spokesman. No one was injured in the attack.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israeli-air-force-raids-Gaza-targets-after-rocket-attack-Army/articleshow/21818126.cms

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Swap deal for Turkish pilots possible: Syrian National Council’s Turkey representative

 August 14, 2013

The families of two Turks kidnapped in Lebanon get a sliver of hope, as Syrian opposition figures say a deal could be done to secure their release

A swap deal is possible between Syrian rebels holding nine Lebanese pilgrims captive and a group that kidnapped two Turkish pilots in Lebanon, according to the Syrian National Council’s (SNC) Turkey representative, Khaled Khoja.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/swap-deal-for-turkish-pilots-possible-syrian-national-councils-turkey-representative.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52488&NewsCatID=352

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Turkish president says Egypt crackdown "completely unacceptable"

August 14, 2013

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said on Wednesday an armed intervention by Egyptian security forces against protesters in Cairo supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi was "completely unacceptable".

"Armed intervention on civilians, on people demonstrating ... This is completely unacceptable," Gul told reporters in the capital Ankara.

Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an "unacceptable coup" after Egypt's military ousted the elected Morsi.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/79012/Egypt/Politics-/Turkish-president-says-Egypt-crackdown-completely-.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Pak Rangers offer sweets to BSF at Attari border on Pakistani independence day

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Aug 14, 2013

AMRITSAR: The Border Security Force (BSF) - Pak Rangers bonhomie continued on border on the name of 'laid down customs' as BSF shared greetings and accepted sweets from Pak Rangers on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day at joint check post at Attari border on Wednesday.

BSF deputy inspector general, Amritsar sector, MS Farooqi accepted boxes of sweets from his counterpart of Pakistan Rangers.

"It is their Independence Day, they offered us sweets which we accepted, it is a border tradition" said Farooqi after receiving the sweets and exchanging pleasantries with Pak Rangers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-Rangers-offer-sweets-to-BSF-at-Attari-border-on-Pakistani-independence-day/articleshow/21820371.cms

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PM vows to defeat terror, turn Pakistan into cradle of peace

 August 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to defeat terrorist forces and turn Pakistan into a cradle of peace with the support and unity of the people and cooperation from the army and other vital security institutions.

“The whole nation is united. We are in high spirits and would give an absolute defeat to the terrorists with the full cooperation of army and other national security institutions,” the prime minister said while addressing the flag hoisting ceremony here at the Convention Center to mark the country's 67th Independence Day.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035845/pm-vows-to-defeat-terror-turn-pakistan-into-cradle-of-peace

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Five rebels killed in Balochistan

 August 14, 2013

QUETTA: Five rebels were killed by security forces during an exchange of fire near Kumbari Bridge, 15 kilometres from Dhadar district of Bolan on Tuesday night. According to sources, the five were planting an explosive device at railway track in Kumbari Bridge area when FC personnel reached there. A shootout started between rebels and FC, which lasted for an hour, leaving the five rebels killed. FC personnel recovered weapons and explosive materials from the possession of rebels, an FC spokesman told the media.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\14\story_14-8-2013_pg7_10

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Army chief urges forming consensus, implementing one solution to terrorism

August 14, 2013

KAKUL: Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani called on all institutions of the government and the nation to unite and form consensus on one solution to terrorism and other challenges faced by the nation.

Addressing the parade at the military academy in Kakul just as the clocks struck midnight, General Kayani said that while freedom was a blessing, each and every one had a responsibility in maintaining it.

“We should never forget that freedom is a blessing but we have some duties to maintain it.”

The Army Chief said that while the country faced a number of external and internal challenges, the internal challenges required our special attention.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/590037/army-chief-urges-forming-consensus-implementing-one-solution-on-terrorism/

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Pakistan Army says civilian killed on LoC

PTI | Aug 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday claimed a civilian was killed and his daughter injured due to "unprovoked" firing by Indian troops across the LoC.

A senior military official, who did not want to be named, said the latest death occurred in Khairni Rakkar village of Rawalakot district in Battal sector of the Line of Control (LoC).

"Sakhi Muhammad, 60, was killed and his daughter Nabeela was seriously injured due to unprovoked shelling last night," the official said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Army-says-civilian-killed-on-LoC/articleshow/21822497.cms

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Govt ignores TTP threat, to execute three militants

 August 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Despite threats by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the government has decided to carry out the execution of condemned prisoners and the death penalty for the first batch of terrorists belonging to outlawed groups will be implemented next week.

While the TTP has issued a ‘warning’ to the government to refrain from implementing the death penalties of its members, the interior minister says the new government is determined to establish the writ of law.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035732/govt-ignores-ttp-threat-to-execute-three-militants

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Independence day celebratory gunfire kills one, wounds over 30 in Karachi

 August 14, 2013

KARACHI: At least one person was killed and more than 30 wounded in Karachi on Wednesday as hundreds of people fired guns in the air to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day.

An AFP reporter in the city witnessed heavy aerial firing after clocks struck midnight, as thousands of revellers came out onto the streets to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the creation of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035846/independence-day-celebratory-gunfire-kills-one-wounds-over-30-in-karachi

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PM approves Balochistan govt dialogue with armed groups

SYED ALI SHAH

 August 14, 2013

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given the green signal to the coalition government in Balochistan to initiate meaningful negotiations with all armed groups in the province which has been plagued by sectarian violence and an insurgency.

Sources in Chief Minister Balochistan’s Secretariat told Dawn.com that Nawaz Sharif has favored the offer of CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch for holding talks with all armed groups to find an amicable solution to issues relating to the province.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035665/pm-approves-balochistan-govt-dialogue-with-armed-groups

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Taliban warn govt over executions

 August 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will execute two jailed militants next week, ending a five-year moratorium on capital punishment, a move condemned by the Pakistani Taliban as an act of war sure to trigger more violence.

The new government, trying to display its resolve in fighting crime and militancy, overturned the moratorium on the death penalty in June. A senior prison official in Sindh told Reuters that four convicted criminals, including two militants from the radical Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, would be hanged at the Sukkur Jail between August 20 and 22. Another senior jail official identified the two as Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif. Both were sentenced to death in July 2004 after being found guilty of killing a Shia doctor Ali Raza Peerani in Karachi in 2001.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\14\story_14-8-2013_pg7_7

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‘Decorative rickshaw to revive patriotism in Pakistanis’

 August 14, 2013

KARACHI: A customised green and white nine-seater auto-rickshaw equipped with an LCD screen, embellished with disco lights and other illuminations is indeed unique and something to be proud of. Therefore, the makers of the rickshaw deemed it fitting to name the ‘patriotic’ vehicle Fakhr-e-Pakistan (the Pride of Pakistan).

On the eve of Independence Day, one of the makers and owner of Fakhr-e-Pakistan flaunts his creation outside the entrance of the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum in Karachi. “We have built this rickshaw to spread the message of love for Pakistan,” says a grinning Sahib Dad, a man in his late forties, who owns a rickshaw showroom.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/590081/decorative-rickshaw-to-revive-patriotism-in-pakistanis/

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South Asia

 

China academics say Xinjiang death sentences justified

 August 14, 2013

BEIJING: Death sentences for two men over violence in China’s ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang earlier this year were justified, official media on Tuesday quoted academics as saying.

The Intermediate People’s Court in Xinjiang’s Kashgar prefecture sentenced Musa Hesen and Rehman Hupur to die for crimes including murder and taking part in a “terrorist group”, the Xinhua news agency reported late Monday.

China blamed the April 23 violence that left 21 people dead on “terrorists”, a charge rights groups say is often used to justify the authorities’ use of force against members of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\14\story_14-8-2013_pg14_4

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Drug abuse alarmingly rising in Bangladesh

 August 14, 2013

In recent years, drug addiction has significantly increased in the whole world, especially in the South Asian countries like Bangladesh. In this country, this agent of human devastation has spread its tentacles to every nook and corner. International organisations like the United Nations and World Health Organization (WHO) are alarmed by the present proportion of addicts.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/drug-abuse-alarmingly-rising-in-bangladesh/

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Hasina wants multipurpose education for rapid progress

Unb, Dhaka

 August 14, 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for multipurpose education for rapid progress of the country as education is the main tool for poverty alleviation.

The prime minister expressed the view when the members of Standing Committee of Bangladesh University Council (BUC), a forum of public university teachers, met her at her office.

After the meeting, PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters.

Hasina mentioned that education is the main tool for poverty alleviation and her government is taking various steps for its further development as no nation could achieve its desired goal without education.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hasina-wants-multipurpose-education-for-rapid-progress/

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Maldives Minister concerned over “extreme ideologies” being preached in Mosque

By Mariyath Mohamed | August 13th, 2013

Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has voiced concerns that Friday prayers conducted in the Dharumavantha Mosque in the capital city Male’ are conducted by Imams who do not hold state-issued authorisation to preach.

Shaheem emphasised the importance of putting an end to the practice of Dharumavantha Mosque conducting Friday prayers in a manner different from all other mosques in the country. He furthermore said that he had personally received reports that the sermons given in the mosque preached a “stricter, more extreme ideology [of Islam]”.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/islamic-minister-concerned-over-%E2%80%9Cextreme-ideologies%E2%80%9D-being-preached-in-dharumavantha-mosque-62249

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Sri Lanka allows mosque expansion despite Buddhist objections

 August 14, 2013

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's government said on Tuesday it would give the go-ahead to plans to develop a mosque in central Colombo, despite objections from Buddhist hardliners who have targeted members of the minority Muslim community in a spate of recent attacks.

Requests to expand the mosque had been repeatedly rejected, Muslim clerics said, because the building work would mean having to cut down parts of a large bo-tree, considered sacred by Buddhists.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035672/sri-lanka-allows-mosque-expansion-despite-buddhist-objections

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Afghanistan's future depends on foreign soldiers, says Isaf chief

 August 14, 2013

KABUL: Afghanistan's future security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the US commander of the Nato-led force in the South Asian country said.

With the formal security handover to Afghans closing in, intense debate is underway about how many troops the United States and its mainly Nato allies should leave behind to conduct training, support and counter-terror operations.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035847/afghanistans-future-depends-on-foreign-soldiers-says-isaf-chief

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