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57 Armed Taliban Insurgents Killed In Afghanistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers attend a meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The meeting focused on the escalating conflict in Syria and a forthcoming peace conference aimed at ending the crisis. AFP PHOTO/STR

 

 

South Asia

57 armed Taliban insurgents killed in Afghanistan

Police: suicide bomber kills 10 in Afghan market

Afghan Taliban kills 4 police in checkpoint attacks

Afghan Taliban confirm talks in Iran

Transgenders demand representation in Bangladesh parliament

The Asymmetric Relationship of Buddhist-Muslim Bond in Sri Lanka

“International actors should not undermine governments”: Maldives to UN Special Rapporteur

Maldives president departs to Palestine

China reaps biggest benefits of Iraq oil boom

 

India

Hindu Extremists in Maha, MP Shared Deep Ties: NIA

India continues to stock and use cluster bombs for carpet bombing

Nuclear weapons: India keeps pace with Pakistan, but focuses on China

Indian-origin diplomat is new Australian envoy to Israel

Five militants killed in Kashmir

Expats bear brunt of Kuwait crackdown

Ulema Council clings to Khalid for revival

ETV Urdu reporter humiliated, insulted by Pune Police

 

Arab World

Gulf Arab countries to consider action against Hezbollah

Iraq busts Al-Qaeda poison gas cell

Al-Qaeda sets up ‘complaints department’ in Syrian city of Raqqa

Georgian Tourists mistaken for porn stars by Egyptian police

Iraqi village makes profit off leftover arms, shown in Al Arabiya film

Coptic lawyer gets 1-year jail term for insulting Islam

Iraq warns Israel on using airspace in Iran strike

Islamist group's pro-Morsi campaign has 2 million signatures

Syria bombards Qusair, tells Red Cross to wait

Plans afoot to bring in maids from Arab states to Saudi Arabia 

 

Pakistan

LHC takes action on 119 cases of human rights Violation

Nawaz Sharif wants consensus on drones

Musharraf may leave Pak to visit ailing mother in Dubai: report

'Pakistani MPs' oath taking marks historic transition'

Malik Baloch, Balochistan CM says he will quit if fails to deliver

JUI-F to back PML-N in speaker’s election

‘PTI won’t exploit centre on drones’

Lawyer of Blasphemy accused Professor receives death threats

QWP chief urges consultation before opening Taliban talks

 

Africa

Libya to appeal ICC decision to prosecute Gaddafi's son

Renewed violence in Lebanon's Tripoli kills 4

Moroccan Islamist slams Jessie J’s daring outfit during gig

Nigerian parliament passes anti-gay marriage bill

 

Europe

Blair warns of 'profound, dangerous' Islamist threat

Spain police smash Nigerian 'voodoo' prostitution ring

Khalifa Mosque, Hospital opened in Kazakhstan

E U condemns police violence during Turkey protests

London soldier murder suspects in court

China, India, Pakistan boost nuclear arsenals: study

Turkmenistan Keeps Lid on All Things Islam

The TRUTH about the 'wave of attacks' on Muslims after Woolwich killing

Libyan Jailed For Insurgency In Ingushetia

 

Southeast Asia

Suicide bomber attacks Indonesia police station

Sabahan charged with bribing child-bride’s dad to drop rape complaint

Ambassador Denies Paying Indonesians to Rally in Support of SBY

 

North America

US soldier goes on trial over WikiLeaks disclosures

US welcome Rami Hamdallah as new Palestinian Authority PM

US asks parties in Turkey to 'calm the situation'

 

Mideast

IAEA head says ‘going around in circles’ with Iran

Yemen: Obama must follow Guantanamo promise with action

Turkey: Simmering anger at Erdogan's authoritarianism boils over

Mahmoud Abbas appoints new Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah

Yemen foils 'Qaeda' attempt to blow up gas pipeline

Turkey clashes: Erdogan says protests 'are not Turkish Spring

Tehran Says It Has Dismantled Sabotage Network

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

57 armed Taliban insurgents killed in Afghanistan

 2 Jun 2013

57 militants have been killed in a series of military operations in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

The Afghan National Police supported by the army and the NATO-led coalition forces carried out several joint operations in Kandahar, Ghazni, Helmand, Kapisa, Paktika and Paktiya provinces, Xinhua reported.

The operations killed 57 armed Taliban insurgents, wounded eight and also led to the arrest of 12 Taliban fighters.

The security forces seized weapons besides defusing several roadside bombs and anti-vehicle mines.

The forces have intensified operations against Taliban and other militant groups, and the insurgent groups have responded with bombings.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/57-militants-killed-in-afghanistan/article4775258.ece

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Police: suicide bomber kills 10 in Afghan market

 3 Jun 2013

Afghan police say a suicide bomber has killed nine school pupils and a policeman outside a market in the country's east. They say the attacker was targeting a passing US military patrol but it was unclear if there were any American casualties.

General Zelmia Oryakhail, provincial police chief of Paktia province, said the bomber was on a motorbike and detonated his explosives at midday Monday outside the market in Samkani district as the American forces passed. He said a local school had just let students out for lunch.

He said 15 other students were wounded. He did not say how old they were.

He could not give information about the American patrol. The international coalition didn't immediately confirm the incident.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan/Police-suicide-bomber-kills-10-in-Afghan-market/Article1-1070160.aspx

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Afghan Taliban kills 4 police in checkpoint attacks

 3 Jun 2013

Taliban insurgents attacked two checkpoints in eastern Afghanistan, killing four police officers in the latest test of Afghan forces' abilities as their NATO mentors withdraw.

Mohammad Zahir Bahand, spokesman for Nuristan province, said on Sunday that the fighting in Kamdesh district began overnight with attacks on checkpoints manned by national police and border police. The fire fight, which left 13 militants dead, lasted hours and ended after reinforcements from the provincial capital, Paron, drove the Taliban away.

He said four police were also wounded. Insurgents have been attacking government installations around the country, testing Afghan forces who are now fighting almost completely on their own. The US-led military coalition ends its mission next year, 12 years after leading an invasion to oust the Taliban from power over its sheltering of al-Qaida's leadership in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.

The Taliban have littered many of the country's roads with improvised bombs that often kill civilians instead of security forces.

An explosion from a roadside bomb Saturday night killed four civilians, including a child, when their vehicle was hit in Uruzgan province, a statement from the provincial governor said. Nine other civilians were wounded.

President Hamid Karzai issued a statement Sunday condemning the deaths and accusing the fundamentalist Muslim Taliban of being un-Islamic by using indiscriminate weapons that harm civilians.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan/Afghan-Taliban-kill-4-police-in-checkpoint-attacks/Article1-1069866.aspx

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Afghan Taliban confirm talks in Iran

 3 Jun 2013

KABUL: A Taliban spokesman has confirmed that the Afghan insurgents have sent a delegation to Iran for three days of talks. The unprecedented meeting signals that Iran could be seeking the role of regional mediator between the Taliban and Kabul.

Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said Monday in an email that emissaries from the Taliban's political office met with Iranian officials over the weekend.

He said a separate group of clerics attended a religious conference in Tehran.

An Iranian news agency said Saturday that Tehran had hosted a Taliban delegation.

The Sunni Muslim Taliban have long been enemies of Iran's ruling Shia clerics.

Ahmadi also said the Taliban's political wing would accept any invitation for conferences, a possible good sign for so-far fruitless efforts to negotiate an end to the Afghan war.

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1015780/afghan-taliban-confirm-talks-in-iran

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Transgenders demand representation in Bangladesh parliament

 3 Jun 2013

Transgender and transsexual people urged the government to allocate particular seat to them in parliament in order to present their problems in the law-making house and find suitable solutions on Saturday.

They also demanded a quota in the Union Parishad election.

This year for the first time, Pakistan granted the rights to vote and run for the office to its transgender, transsexuals, transvestites, eunuchs, and hermaphrodite population. In India, this population already enjoys the right to represent themselves in the state legislative assembly.

Full report at:

http://dhakatribune.com/law-amp-rights/2013/jun/02/transgenders-demand-representation-parliament

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The Asymmetric Relationship of Buddhist-Muslim Bond in Sri Lanka

Riza Yehiya

Photo via IBN Live, taken by Reuters

 3 Jun 2013

The Buddhist –Muslim relationship in Sri Lanka is centuries old.

It grew from the pre-Islamic Arab relationship with Sri Lanka and continued beyond the advent of Islam. Principally, the Arabs who built vibrant trade relation with Sri Lanka put their roots here and made Sri Lanka a second home. With the advent of Islam in the 7th Century, the Arabs became Muslims; hence the Arab-Muslim relationship with Sri Lanka became ever stronger and prominent with the ascendency of Islam as a global power. As a result, the relationship that originated as commercial links extended beyond to other areas like internal and external trade, defense, diplomatic relationship and Arab-Muslim settlements and domicile etc.

Full report at:

http://groundviews.org/2013/06/01/the-asymmetric-relationship-of-buddhist-muslim-bond-in-sri-lanka/

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“International actors should not undermine governments”: Maldives responds to UN Special Rapporteur

By JJ Robinson | June 2nd, 2013

The Maldives government has issued a statement inferring that UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, undermined the country’s sovereignty and legal jurisdiction in her recent report on the state of the country’s judiciary.

Knaul’s final report to the UN Human Rights Council extensively outlined the political, budgetary and societal challenges facing the judiciary and wider legal community, as well as the politicisation of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and its failure to appoint qualified judges under Article 285 of the constitution.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/international-actors-should-not-undermine-governments-maldives-responds-to-un-special-rapporteur-58897

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Maldives president departs to Palestine

Ahmed Hamdhoon

Jun 03, 2013

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Monday departed on a state visit to Palestine in order to chair an annual conference on Islamic Jerusalem.

Before his departure from Male, the president told reporters that he would also hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the bilateral relations between the two Muslim countries.

Full report at:

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/49323

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China reaps biggest benefits of Iraq oil boom

Tim Arango & Clifford Krauss, New York Times | Jun 3, 2013

BAGHDAD: Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world's top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer.

China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling for an even bigger share, bidding for a stake now owned by Exxon Mobil in one of Iraq's largest oil fields.

"The Chinese are the biggest beneficiary of this post-Saddam oil boom in Iraq," said Denise Natali, a Middle East expert at the National Defense University in Washington. "They need energy, and they want to get into the market."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-reaps-biggest-benefits-of-Iraq-oil-boom/articleshow/20405172.cms

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India

 

Hindu extremists in Maha, MP shared deep ties: NIA

Rajesh Ahuja

June 02, 2013

Hindu extremists in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh worked closely to attack mosques and places frequented by Muslims, a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed.

The agency has found deep ties between Hindu extremists of the Maharashtra module and those led by Sunil Joshi, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Pracharak who was murdered in December 2007.

The death of two right-wing extremists, Himanshu Panse and Naresh Rajkondowar, while making a bomb on April 6, 2006, in Nanded has helped the agency connect the dots.

The NIA charge sheet in the Malegaon 2006 blast reveals Panse and three other Marathi boys - who have not been identified - participated in a weapon-handling and bomb-making exercise in Bagli near Dewas in MP in early 2006.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Hindu-extremists-in-Maha-MP-shared-deep-ties-NIA/Article1-1069865.aspx

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India continues to stock and use cluster bombs for carpet bombing

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Jun 3, 2013

LONDON: India is among a handful of nations that continues to stock cluster bombs, used for carpet bombing.

Cluster munitions have a wide-area effect, which makes them inaccurate when used. Unexploded duds lying around also pose a life-threatening hazard for civilians, long after the conflict.

Swedish arms watchdog Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has warned that progress towards a global ban on cluster munitions stalled in 2012.

The Institute that assesses the current state of international security, armaments and disarmament said 212 was a "disappointing year" for attempts to enhance international controls on the use, production, trading and stockpiling of cluster munitions.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-continues-to-stock-and-use-cluster-bombs-for-carpet-bombing/articleshow/20408237.cms

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Nuclear weapons: India keeps pace with Pakistan, but focuses on China

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Jun 3, 2013

WASHINGTON: China, India, and Pakistan all added 10 to 20 nuclear weapons to their arsenal last year even as the top four nuclear nations -- US, Russia, UK and France -- appear determined to retain their nuclear arsenals indefinitely even if they didn't add to their inventory, the Swedish arms watchdog Sipri said in its 2013 handbook released this weekend.

Sipri's world nuclear forces chart showed India bumping up its nuclear warheads from 80-100 in 2012 to 90-110 in 2013, keeping pace with Pakistan, which went from 90-110 weapons to 110-120. China meantime went from 240 nuclear weapons in 2012 to 250 in 2013, while France and UK froze their arsenals at 300 and 225 weapons respectively, as did Israel at 80 weapons.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nuclear-weapons-India-keeps-pace-with-Pakistan-but-focuses-on-China/articleshow/20404208.cms

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Indian-origin diplomat is new Australian envoy to Israel

 3 Jun 2013

Devanand Sharma (37) makes history by becoming country’s youngest Ambassador

A 37-year-old Indian-origin Australian diplomat has made history by becoming the country’s youngest Ambassador after he was appointed Canberra’s envoy to Israel.

Devanand Sharma, popularly known as Dave Sharma, Australia’s new envoy to Israel, is only the second Australian-Indian to be appointed Ambassador, the other being Peter Varghese who was Australia’s Ambassador to India. Mr. Varghese was born in Kenya to Malayali parents.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indianorigin-diplomat-is-new-australian-envoy-to-israel/article4775962.ece

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Five militants killed in Kashmir

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

June 2, 2013

Even as three militants were killed following a failed infiltration attempt on the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Nowgam sector on Saturday, two others were killed in an overnight gun-battle on Friday in Pulwama district.

While as three militants have died in a failed infiltration attempt on the LoC in Nowgam sector on Saturday, the overnight gunbattle in Pulwama district of south Kashmir had ended with the death of two militants.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/five-militants-killed-in-kashmir/article4773010.ece

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Expats bear brunt of Kuwait crackdown

KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL

June 2, 2013

In the past fortnight, domestic and industrial workers in Kuwait, the majority of whom are from Kerala, have been bearing the brunt of an intensive crackdown.

“There is serious discussion going on in the government level about this issue. We have been informed that the checking has been severe in the past two weeks. They are looking for unauthorised people who are staying after expiry of visa. The main target is domestic workers,” P.M.A. Salam, chairman of the Kerala Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare Board told The Hindu on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/expats-bear-brunt-of-kuwait-crackdown/article4774955.ece

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Ulema Council clings to Khalid for revival

Jun 03 2013

Lucknow: The mysterious death of terror accused Khalid Mujahid has given hope to the Azamgarh-based Ulema Council to revive its political fortunes as it had been losing steam four years since its inception in the wake of Delhi’s Batla House encounter.

After the death of Khalid on May 18 while he was being escorted to Lucknow jail after attending a hearing in Faizabad court, Ulema Council supporters have held several protests in Azamgarh, Jaunpur, the home district of Khalid, and Varanasi districts. They have been demanding registrations of FIRs against policemen who were escorting Khalid to jail and an inquiry by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by a Supreme Court judge into the whole episode.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ulama-council-clings-to-khalid-for-revival/1124115/

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ETV Urdu reporter humiliated, insulted by Pune Police

June 3, 2013

Mumbai: In an incident which once again exposed the police bias against Muslims, police personnel in Pune on Saturday allegedly humiliated and insulted a Muslim journalist working for ETV Urdu – a TV network part of CNN-IBN, and seized his video-tape. The young journalist was also forced to sit in the police station for hours and was allowed to leave only after a written statement, and without his video-tape.

Shoeb Hashmi of Sholapur, who is working as a freelancer with ETV – Urdu and some other Urdu newspapers, was in Pune to cover the affected mosques due to the city's development plan. While he was shooting one of the affected mosques, police personnel from Samarth Police Station came and stopped him from shooting.

Full report at:

http://ummid.com/news/2013/June/03.06.2013/etv_urdu_rprtr_humiliated_by_pune_police.html#sthash.SpQ5j69Q.dpuf

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Arab World

 

Gulf Arab countries to consider action against Hezbollah

 3 Jun 2013

Gulf Arab countries will consider taking action against Hezbollah if the Shi'ite Muslim Lebanese movement continues its involvement in Syria's civil war or interferes in Gulf Arab affairs, Bahrain's deputy foreign minister said on Sunday.

Ghanem al-Buainain said the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regarded Hezbollah's involvement in Syria as "sectarian intervention", but had not discussed listing the group as a terrorist organisation, a step taken by Bahrain last week.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/73010/World/Region/Gulf-Arab-countries-to-consider-action-against-Hez.aspx

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Iraq busts Al-Qaeda poison gas cell

 3 Jun 2013

Iraq’s defence ministry said on Saturday it has broken up an Al-Qaeda cell that was working to produce poison gas for attacks within the country as well as in Europe and North America. The group of five people built two facilities in Baghdad to produce sarin and mustard gas, using

Instructions from another Al-Qaeda group, spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told a news conference.

The members of the cell were prepared to launch attacks domestically, and also had a network to smuggle the toxins to neighbouring countries, and further afield to Europe and North America, Askari said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Iraq-busts-Al-Qaeda-poison-gas-cell/Article1-1069972.aspx

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Al-Qaeda sets up ‘complaints department’ in Syrian city of Raqqa

3 June 2013

Al-Qaeda has set up a complaints department after taking control of parts of the civilian administration in the north-eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, reported The Telegraph on Monday.

The group’s Arabian Peninsula offshoot posted a public notice in the city this week stating that it was open to receiving public complaints.

“Anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary soldier, can come and submit their complaint in any headquarters building of the Islamic state,” the notice stated. “The complaint should be in writing, provide details and give evidence.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/06/03/Al-Qaeda-sets-up-complaints-department-in-Syrian-city-of-Raqqa.html

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Georgian Tourists mistaken for porn stars by Egyptian police

 3 June 2013

An Egyptian security officer’s “inexperience” has been blamed for arresting a group of 10 reportedly naked tourists in a Red Sea resort earlier this week, assuming they had been shooting a porn movie.

The tourists, a group of men and women in Hurghada, who had been diving and filming their dives when spotted by security, were released on Sunday after police found nothing illegal in the recordings.

“These tourists were diving and shooting the beautiful aquatic flora and fauna. The security officer had wrongly assessed the situation due to his inexperience,” a spokesperson for Egypt’s tourism minister said, according to local media reports.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/variety/2013/06/03/False-alarm-Tourists-mistaken-for-porn-stars-by-Egyptian-police-.html

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Iraqi village makes profit off leftover arms, shown in Al Arabiya film

 2 June 2013

Al Arabiya will air a documentary titled “Jirf al-Milih” on Thursday, showcasing a southern Iraqi village that has turned the reality of war into a profession.

People in the village, who have lived in a war-zone area for years, started selling weapon parts left over from battles in the area. Corpses were also being sold to make money.

Located in the oil-rich province of Basra, Jirf Al-Milih is plagued with mines and scraps of radioactive arms from wars dating back to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s up to the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/06/02/Iraqi-village-makes-profit-off-leftover-arms-shown-in-Al-Arabiya-film-.html

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Coptic lawyer gets 1-year jail term for insulting Islam

 2 Jun 2013

Attorneys file complaint against Coptic Christian colleague Romani Murad; Assiut court agrees defendant insulted Islam and slams him with 1 year in jail and highly punitive fine

Coptic lawyer Romani Murad was found guilty of insulting and mocking God and the Quran by a misdemeanour court in Assiut, Upper Egypt on Saturday.

The court sentenced him to one year in prison and to pay an LE10,000 ($1,430) fine for comments allegedly made in the lawyers' syndicate library.

The lawsuit was filed by a number of lawyers who accused Murad of insulting Islam.

Article 98 of Egypt's penal code reads that anyone convicted of offending religion in any form can face up to six years in prison and be fined up to LE500 ($70).

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/72880/Egypt/Politics-/Corrected-Coptic-lawyer-gets-year-jail-term-for-in.aspx

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Iraq warns Israel on using airspace in Iran strike

 3 June 2013

Baghdad has warned Israel that it would respond to any attempts by the Jewish state to use Iraqi airspace for a strike against Iran’s controversial nuclear program, a top Iraqi minister told AFP.

The remarks from Hussein al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs, mark the first time a senior Iraqi official has publicly warned Israel against entering its airspace -- the most direct route -- to hit targets in Iran.

Shahristani also said that Iraq had received assurances from Washington that the United States would not use its airspace to attack Iran, which Western powers believe is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Tehran has repeatedly denied the claim.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/06/03/Iraq-warns-Israel-on-using-airspace-in-Iran-strike-.html

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Islamist group's pro-Morsi campaign has 2 million signatures

 2 Jun 2013

In a press conference held on Sunday at the headquarters of the Building and Development Party in 6 October City outside Cairo, the political wing of the Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, the founders of the ‘Impartiality’ (tagarod) campaign announced that the initiative had managed to collect 2 million signatures supporting President Mohamed Morsi.

The campaign was launched by Islamist powers in the country as a counter-movement to the anti-Morsi ‘Rebel’ (tamarod) signature drive which is collecting signatures in support of its petition demanding early elections.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/72971/Egypt/Politics-/Islamist-groups-proMorsi-campaign-has--million-sig.aspx

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Syria bombards Qusair, tells Red Cross to wait

AFP | Jun 3, 2013

DAMASCUS: Syria's air force bombarded Qusair on Sunday, two weeks into a Hezbollah-backed assault, as the regime said it will only allow the Red Cross into the embattled town once it has defeated rebels.

At the United Nations, diplomats said Russia blocked a draft Security Council declaration expressing "grave concern" about the situation in the strategic town near the border with Lebanon.

Elsewhere, a car bombing killed nine security forces members in Damascus, adding to an estimated 94,000 lives lost in the more than two-year conflict, as France said a peace conference on ending the bloodshed could be delayed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-bombards-Qusair-tells-Red-Cross-to-wait/articleshow/20403199.cms

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Plans afoot to bring in maids from Arab states to Saudi Arabia 

3 June 2013

The Saudi Labour Ministry has announced plans to target new destinations in search of Arab housekeepers in order to reduce demand for Indonesian and Ethiopian domestic help.

The Labour Ministry took the initiative of contacting officials in 15 Arab countries despite the fact that most Arab countries have not officially agreed to send housemaids to work in the Kingdom.

Deputy Minister for International Affairs Ahmed F. Alfehaid confirmed that the ministry has already prepared a memorandum of understanding to be signed once any of the these countries agrees to send housekeepers to work in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/453829

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Pakistan

 

LHC takes action on 119 cases of human rights violation

 3 Jun 2013

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) complaint cell has taken cognisance of about 119 cases of human rights violation during the last 11 months on administrative side. This initiative of High Court has led to fast track disposal of 61 cases. Further indulgence on the part of Lahore High Court in these cases was not required because completion of challan and submission to the courts ensure dispensation of justice to the victims. Remaining cases are being monitored vigorously. After going through the reports received by the Sessions Judges, Chief Justice, Umar Ata Bandial has asked them to issue strict directions to police for prompt submission of challan /police reports. They have been directed to submit the latest reports in the matters to LHC Complaint Cell immediately. The cell had taken action over news reports highlighting human rights violations, particularly acid attack, gang rape, kidnapping for ransom, police torture and encounters.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\06\03\story_3-6-2013_pg13_2

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Nawaz Sharif wants consensus on drones

 3 Jun 2013

Mian Nawaz Sharif will be sworn-in later this week for a record third time as prime minister of Pakistan fuelling hopes of an economic recovery and better relations with neighbours, including India and China. However, on the key issue of drone attacks and Pakistan’s war with militants,

particularly the Tehreek-e-Taliban-Pakistan (TTP), Sharif is keeping his cards close to his chest, with insiders predicting that he will handle the foreign affairs and defence portfolios himself so as not to create any unwanted ripples.

He has said that on the issue of fighting terrorism, he wants to take all parties along.

But last week’s drone attack which killed the Tehreek-e-Taliban-Pakistan’s number two man has already put Sharif in a tight corner. He is already under attack from different quarters. Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Nawaz-Sharif-wants-consensus-on-drones/Article1-1069960.aspx

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Musharraf may leave Pak to visit ailing mother in Dubai: report

 June 03, 2013

Former president Pervez Musharraf, currently detained over several high profile cases, may leave Pakistan a day ahead of Nawaz Sharif's election as the premier to visit his ailing mother in Dubai, according to a media report on Monday. Musharraf could leave for Dubai on Tuesday

evening to see his 95-year-old mother, who has been admitted to hospital after developing a "serious health problem, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Musharraf-may-leave-Pak-to-visit-ailing-mother-in-Dubai-report/Article1-1070106.aspx

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'Pakistani MPs' oath taking marks historic transition'

 3 Jun 2013

The oath taking by newly elected members of the National Assembly "sets the seal on the historic transition" from one civilian government to another, said a Pakistani daily on Monday.

As many as 301 of the 323 newly elected members of the National Assembly (NA) took oath on

Saturday. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh assemblies have already done this while 345 members did the same in the Punjab Assembly and 56 in the Balochistan Assembly.

"This completion of the first phase of the process of completing parliament sets the seal on the historic transition for the first time in the country's history from one elected government that completed its term to a new elected government," said an editorial in the Daily Times.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pakistani-MPs-oath-taking-marks-historic-transition/Article1-1070105.aspx

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Malik Baloch, Balochistan CM says he will quit if fails to deliver

 3 Jun 2013

QUETTA: Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, a consensus nominee of the three main parties for the post of Balochistan chief minister, has said he will quit the government if he fails to restore peace and end human rights violations in the province.

Talking to journalists here on Sunday after the announcement of his nomination by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for the coveted post, he said he would meet all stakeholders, including nationalist leaders, and seeks their cooperation in maintaining law and order and bringing peace to Balochistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/06/03/malik-says-he-will-quit-if-fails-to-deliver/

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JUI-F to back PML-N in speaker’s election

 3 Jun 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) announced on Sunday that its members would vote for PML-N candidates for the offices of the National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker despite a deadlock in talks with the party over the issue of power-sharing formula.

JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai told Dawn that the party had decided to vote for the PML-N’s nominees in the Monday’s elections as a “goodwill gesture”.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1015696/jui-f-to-back-pml-n-in-speakers-election

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‘PTI won’t exploit centre on drones’

 3 Jun 2013

LAHORE, June 2: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf says though it strongly opposes US drone attacks, its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will not create a rebellion like-situation in the province against the federal government.

“We’ll protest and raise the (drone) issue in the assemblies and make the (federal) government realise that drone attacks are unacceptable to the people, particularly those in tribal areas,” PTI’s former information secretary Shafqat Mahmood told the media outside party chairman Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence here on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/06/03/pti-wont-exploit-centre-on-drones-2/

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Lawyer of Blasphemy accused Professor receives death threats

 June 3, 2013

MULTAN: The lawyer defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy has allegedly received death threats from right-wing elements, The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to sources, Chaudhry Mudassir, the lawyer defending the case of Bahauddin Zakariya University lecturer Junaid Hafeez, has asked for police protection following the threats. Mudassir’s client Hafeez is accused of spreading blasphemous material on Facebook.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/558110/blasphemy-case-lawyer-of-accused-receives-death-threats/

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QWP chief urges consultation before opening Taliban talks

 June 3, 2013

PESHAWAR: All stakeholders should be consulted before the government sits on a table with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said Chairman Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao at a news conference in the provincial capital on Sunday.

Sherpao, who took oath as National Assembly member on June 1, said that lasting peace can only be attained if a “joint framework” is evolved.

“QWP will support any such effort by federal and provincial government aiming to end terrorism and achieve sustainable peace in the region,” said Sherpao.

But his condition was that his party should be consulted.

QWP is now part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led ruling coalition in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/558060/qwp-chief-aftab-sherpao-urges-consultation-before-opening-taliban-talks/

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Africa

 

Libya to appeal ICC decision to prosecute Gaddafi's son

AFP | Jun 3, 2013

TRIPOLI: Libya said on Sunday it will appeal to the International Criminal Court to reverse its decision to prosecute Seif al-Islam, a son of slain dictator Gaddafi.

"We will obviously appeal" as required within five days of the announcement of the decision taken on Friday, Justice minister Salah al-Marghani told a joint news conference with Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

"A team of Libyan and international experts are discussing the preparation of the appeal," he added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libya-to-appeal-International-Criminal-Court-decision-to-prosecute-Gaddafis-son/articleshow/20401462.cms

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Renewed violence in Lebanon's Tripoli kills 4

 3 Jun 2013

Three men and a woman were killed in renewed clashes between Sunni and Alawite residents of the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli in less than 24 hours, a security source told AFP Monday.

"One civilian was killed and 21 were wounded in clashes late Sunday between the Sunni-majority Bab el-Tabbaneh neighbourhood and the facing Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen," the source said.

Further clashes on Monday left another two men and a woman dead and five people wounded. Those killed on Monday were all in Bab el-Tabbaneh.

The latest confrontations come after a brief lull in the violence between the two sides, after a flare-up last month left 31 people dead and more than 200 wounded.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/73042/World/Region/Renewed-violence-in-Lebanons-Tripoli-kills-.aspx

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Moroccan Islamist slams Jessie J’s daring outfit during gig

 3 June 2013

A Moroccan Islamist preacher slammed British singer Jessie J’s outfit during a performance at the 12th Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival in Morocco.

Abdel Bari Zamzami a controversial religious figure also blamed the festival organizers for allowing the singer to perform “naked.”

“Those responsible for this festival should be blamed,” Zamzami said on a video published by Morocco’s popular news website Hespress.

Jessie J took to the stage on Saturday wearing a white long sleeve t-shirt and white boy-shorts revealing her legs.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/entertainment/2013/06/03/Moroccan-Islamist-slams-Jessie-J-s-daring-outfit-during-gig.html

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Nigerian parliament passes anti-gay marriage bill

PTI | Jun 2, 2013

ABUJA: Nigeria's parliament has passed a bill criminalizing gay marriage, making it punishable with a 14-year prison term with speculation whether President Goodluck Jonathan would sign the bill into law.

The country's lower house, House of Representatives, followed the action of the Senate and endorsed the bill.

In November 2011, the country's Senate passed the bill with an overwhelming majority with Senate president David Mark saying that homosexuality was foreign to Nigerian culture.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Nigerian-parliament-passes-anti-gay-marriage-bill/articleshow/20399222.cms

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Europe

 

Blair warns of 'profound, dangerous' Islamist threat

AFP | Jun 2, 2013

LONDON: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Sunday that the Islamist ideology allegedly behind the murder of a British soldier in a London street was "profound and dangerous".

Blair, now an international Middle East peace envoy, said it was time to admit the breadth of a "strain within Islam" harbouring views incompatible with free societies.

Blair, a Roman Catholic who says he reads the Koran daily, said most Muslims in Britain would be horrified at the murder of Lee Rigby on May 22.

"There is not a problem with Islam," he wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"There is a problem within Islam — from the adherents of an ideology which is a strain within Islam. And we have to put it on the table and be honest about it.

"I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Blair-warns-of-profound-dangerous-Islamist-threat/articleshow/20399896.cms

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Spain police smash Nigerian 'voodoo' prostitution ring

 3 Jun 2013

Spanish police said on Sunday they had broken up a ring that smuggled in women from Nigeria and forced them into street prostitution by burning them with irons and using voodoo rituals. Police arrested six Nigerian nationals, including the suspected woman ringleader, as part of an investigation launched last year after one of the prostitutes filed a complaint with the authorities.

"The control exercised over women was total, involving verbal threats as well as physical violence and various voodoo ceremonies to terrorise them," police said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/Spain-police-smash-Nigerian-voodoo-prostitution-ring/Article1-1069893.aspx

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Khalifa Mosque, Hospital opened in Kazakhstan

(Wam) / 3 June 2013

Dr. Hadif bin Jowan Al Dhahiri, UAE Minister of Justice, has inaugurated the new Shaikh Khalifa Mosque in Shymkent, Kazakhstan

 The mosque was funded by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and constructed through the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF). The construction comes as a part of a number of Emirati projects in Shymkent, valued at Dh200 million.

Al Dhahiri affirmed in a speech given at the ceremony, on Sunday, that the UAE, under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa, has always extended a helping hand to that in need whether inside the UAE or abroad. This aid reaches nations struck by natural disasters, armed conflicts, and those countries striving to develop their economy and meet their people’s needs. This has always been the UAE’s humanitarian stance since its foundation, with all countries, regardless of gender, creed or race.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/community/2013/June/community_June5.xml&section=community

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European Union condemns police violence during Turkey protests

AFP | Jun 3, 2013

BRUSSELS: EU foreign policy supremo Catherine Ashton condemned police violence in Turkey as anti-government protests in dozens of cities there entered a fourth day on Monday.

A statement issued by her office on Sunday said she had "expressed deep concern at the violence that occurred in Istanbul and some other cities in Turkey, and regrets disproportionate use of force by members of the Turkish police."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/European-Union-condemns-police-violence-during-Turkey-protests/articleshow/20402458.cms

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London soldier murder suspects in court

 3 Jun 2013

LONDON: The two Muslim converts suspected of brutally hacking to death a soldier on a London street will appear at separate courts in the British capital on Monday.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court for his first court hearing after he was charged on Saturday with the murder of 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1015708/london-soldier-murder-suspects-in-court

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China, India, Pakistan boost nuclear arsenals: study

 3 Jun 2013

Three of the world's nuclear powers - China, India and Pakistan - have increased their nuclear arsenals over the past year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said on Monday.

China now has 250 nuclear warheads against 240 in 2012; Pakistan has increased its warheads

by about 10 to between 100 and 120; and India has also added roughly 10 for a total of 90 to 110, SIPRI said in its annual report.

The arms race is all the more disturbing, said SIPRI, because of what the institute called a "fragile" peace in Asia, characterised by growing tensions since 2008 between India and Pakistan, China and Japan, the two Koreas and others.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/China-India-Pakistan-boost-nuclear-arsenals-study/Article1-1070076.aspx

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Turkmenistan Keeps Lid On All Things Islam

By Charles Recknagel and  Muhammad Tahir

June 03, 2013

Few people in Turkmenistan dare to speak about the pressure the government puts upon those suspected of Islamist leanings.

But Merdan, who gives only his first name, wants to be heard. He claims his family was subjected to threats when he began studying for a master's degree in Islamic studies two years ago in Saudi Arabia.

"Once I left Turkmenistan, [the authorities] came to my father, telling him 'bring your son back' and putting my relatives under pressure, such as calling them in for questioning," he says. "That's what we went through."

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/turkmenistan-tough-approach-islam/25001901.html

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The TRUTH about the 'wave of attacks' on Muslims after Woolwich killing:

By VANESSA ALLEN

 2 June 2013

Claims that large numbers of Muslims were attacked in the aftermath of the Woolwich murder were questioned yesterday.

A Government-funded project warned it had received more than 200 reports of Islamophobia following Drummer Lee Rigby’s murder, including attacks on mosques and Muslim women.

Project director Fiyaz Mughal said the figure represented a ‘substantial spike’ in hate crimes and warned of ‘a sustained wave of attacks and intimidation’ against Muslim communities across Britain.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334897/Truth-wave-attacks-Muslims-Woolwich-killing-Most-incidents-recorded-offensive-messages-Facebook-Twitter.html#ixzz2V9rD7GMV

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Libyan Jailed For Insurgency In Ingushetia

June 03, 2013

The Supreme Court in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia has sentenced a Libyan national to four years in jail.

Suleiman Osman Uheida, also known as Abu Khalid, was found guilty on June 2 of organizing an Islamic armed group and of illegal possessing a weapon.

When sentencing Uheida, the court said it took into account his cooperation with the investigators.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/caucasus-libyan-jailed-insurgency/25005641.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Suicide bomber attacks Indonesia police station

 3 Jun 2013

An unidentified motorcycle driver carried out an apparent suicide bombing at a police headquarters in central Indonesia, police said on Monday.

Police chief Lt. Col. Susnadi said the man was trying to enter the station in the central Sulawesi town of Poso when his bomb went off, killing him instantly.

A nearby construction worker was hit in his hands by shrapnel. No police were hurt or killed.

“He resisted when station guards stopped him in the entrance post,” said Lt. Col. Susnadi. “But about 15 metres from the post, the bomb he was carrying went off near the mosque.”

Lt. Col. Susnadi said the man was between 30 and 35 years old. He said that so far no one has acknowledged knowing the man. He added that the police were checking where the motorcycle came from and if the man was from the area.

Poso has a history of violence. A Muslim-Christian conflict there killed at least 1,000 people from 1998 to 2002.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/suicide-bomber-attacks-indonesia-police-station/article4777417.ece

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Sabahan charged with bribing child-bride’s dad to drop rape complaint

JUNE 03, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — A 40-year-old Sabahan, accused of raping a 12-year-old girl whom he later married, was today charged with bribing her father to withdraw his police report.

Riduan Masmud, a father of four, has claimed trial to offering his child-bride’s father RM5,000 on April 18 and paying the latter RM2,000 and RM3,000 between 9pm and midnight at separate locations in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on the same day, The Star Online news portal reported.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/sabahan-charged-with-bribing-child-brides-dad-to-drop-rape-complaint/

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Ambassador Denies Paying Indonesians to Rally in Support of SBY

 3 Jun 2013

Indonesian Embassy officials denied claims that the office paid Indonesians living in the United States to rally in support of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he accepted an award for his commitment to religious tolerance.

The Indonesian newspaper Koran Tempo ran an article claiming the supporters, many of them allegedly the families of consulate, embassy or central bank staff, were paid $100-a-head to rally in support of the president.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/ambassador-denies-paying-indonesians-to-rally-in-support-of-sby/

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North America

 

US soldier goes on trial over WikiLeaks disclosures

 3 Jun 2013

WASHINGTON: Bradley Manning, the American soldier who handed thousands of secret US government files to WikiLeaks, will finally go on trial on Monday -- more than three years after he was arrested in Iraq.

Manning, who faces a possible 154-year jail sentence, has offered to plead guilty to several offenses but he denies prosecutors' most serious charge — that he knowingly aided the enemy, chiefly Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden.

The trial follows an exhaustive series of preliminary hearings that outlined the government's case against Manning, 25, over leaks of diplomatic cables and war logs to the anti-secrecy website that caused huge embarrassment to the United States and its allies.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1015779/us-soldier-goes-on-trial-over-wikileaks-disclosures

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US welcomes Rami Hamdallah as new Palestinian Authority PM

AFP | Jun 3, 2013

WASHINGTON: The United States has welcomed the selection of university chief Rami Hamdallah as next prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.

"We congratulate Dr Rami Hamdallah, the next prime minister of the Palestinian Authority," Secretary of state John Kerry said in a statement. "His appointment comes at a moment of challenge, which is also an important moment of opportunity."

Hamdallah said he had been asked to form a new government and that he accepted the task, as the term of prime minister Salam Fayyad formally ended.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-welcomes-Rami-Hamdallah-as-new-Palestinian-Authority-PM/articleshow/20403398.cms

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US asks parties in Turkey to 'calm the situation'

AP | Jun 3, 2013

WASHINGTON: The White House is calling for all parties in Turkey to "calm the situation" amid anti-government protests.

In a statement, spokeswoman Laura Lucas says the US believes peaceful public demonstrations "are a part of democratic expression." And she says Turkey's long-term stability is best guaranteed by upholding "the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-asks-parties-in-Turkey-to-calm-the-situation/articleshow/20403367.cms

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Mideast

 

IAEA head says ‘going around in circles’ with Iran

3 June 2013

 The IAEA and Iran are “going around in circles” after 10 failed meetings on Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons research, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Monday.

“To be frank, for some time now we have been going around in circles,” Yukiya Amano told a closed-door quarterly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors.

“This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” he said, according to the text of his speech in Vienna.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/06/03/IAEA-head-says-going-around-in-circles-with-Iran.html

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Yemen: Obama must follow Guantanamo promise with action

 2 June 2013

Yemen gave a qualified welcome on Sunday to U.S. President Barack Obama’s promise to lift a ban on repatriating Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, saying he now had to back up his words with actions.

Foreign Minister Abu bakr al-Qirbi said his government was building a “rehabilitation center” to house Yemenis who have been detained at the U.S. camp in Cuba for more than a decade.

Obama promised last month to end the ban on transferring Yemenis back home, one of the main obstacles to clearing out the detention camp, and altered the rules for U.S. drone strikes.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/06/02/Yemen-Obama-must-follow-Guantanamo-promise-with-action-.html

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Turkey: Simmering anger at Erdogan's authoritarianism boils over

Reuters, Jun 03, 2013

Istanbul: Turkey's most violent riots in decades may have been started by the destruction of a small Istanbul park, but they have exploded in a show of defiance at what many see as the creeping authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

In power for more than a decade, Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party has increased its share of the vote in each of the past three elections, ushered in unprecedented political stability and overseen some of the fastest economic growth in Europe. Now in his last term as prime minister, Erdogan is trying to leave his stamp on Turkey by recasting foreign policy, overhauling the constitution and even transforming the ancient Istanbul skyline.

Full report at:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/turkey-simmering-anger-at-erdogans-authoritarianism-boils-over/395814-2.html

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Mahmoud Abbas appoints new Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah

 3 Jun 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister following the resignation of Salam Fayyad.

Rami Hamdallah, a British-educated academic and political independent, will take over.

He replaces Mr Fayyad who stepped down in April following a long-running and bitter dispute with the president.

The move comes as the US tries to revive the long-stalled peace process with Israel.

Challenge

Mr Hamdallah, 54, now has the job of forming a new government in Ramallah, the administrative centre of the Palestinian Authority.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22751932

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Yemen foils 'Qaeda' attempt to blow up gas pipeline

 3 Jun 2013

Yemen's army foiled an attempt by an Al-Qaeda-linked suicide bomber on Sunday to blow up a strategic pipeline that takes gas from central fields to southern maritime terminals, an official said. Soldiers opened fire on a vehicle that was speeding towards a gas pumping station, 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Belhaf export terminal on the Gulf of Aden, killing the driver, said the army official.

"The bomb-laden vehicle was driven by an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber," he said.

Gunmen also traded fire with soldiers near another pumping station, 10 kilometres (six miles) to the north of the other station, the official added without giving any casualty figures.

"Al-Qaeda militants wanted to carry out these attacks simultaneously to sabotage the pipeline and stop pumping the gas," said the official, a member of the brigade responsible for protecting such vital installations in the region.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Yemen-foils-Qaeda-attempt-to-blow-up-gas-pipeline/Article1-1069945.aspx

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Turkey clashes: Erdogan says protests 'are not Turkish Spring

 3 Jun 2013

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says four days of anti-government protests do not constitute a Turkish Spring.

At a news conference before a trip to Morocco, he said the protests were organised by extremists and accused the opposition of provoking "his citizens".

The protests initially targeted plans to build on a treasured Istanbul park.

They have spread into nationwide anti-government unrest. Protesters clashed with police again on Monday after more overnight violence in Istanbul.

Police used tear gas to stop a group of demonstrators marching on the prime minister's office in Istanbul, the private Dogan news agency reports.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22753418

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Tehran Says It Has Dismantled Sabotage Network

June 03, 2013

Iran's Intelligence Ministry says it has dismantled a sabotage and terrorism network linked to Israel and Britain.

In a statement published on its website on June 2, the ministry said its agents had arrested 12 people with links to Israel's secret service, Mossad, and spy rings based on the Indian subcontinent.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-sabotage-terrorism-network-dismantled/25005112.html

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