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62 die as jets pound Taliban hide-outs

Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for Lahore attack on Shias

Muslims take part in Gokulashtami in Mumbai

Militants kill female teacher in Bajaur

Geelani a mortal enemy of Kashmir, arrest him: Jethmalani

NATO air strike kills 10 civilians: Afghan president

Pakistan boosts security after Lahore bombs

‘Terrorists’ will not block path to peace: Netanyahu

China calls PoK 'northern Pakistan', J&K is 'India-controlled Kashmir'

Zardari orders probe into discrimination against Hindus in relief camps

French debate: First it was burqas, now burgers

When Musharraf chose Palestine over Kashmir

US says Pak Taliban part of 'most dangerous terrorist threat' to it

Indonesian Religion Minister Wants Ahmadiyah Sect Disbanded

US, UK tried to bribe Pak nuke scientists: AQ Khan

Nazi-hunter Wiesenthal was agent of Mossad: Book

250,000 Sindhi Hindus forced to migrate by floods

Airstrikes kill 15 Taliban in Kurram, Orakzai

Afghan school poisonings linked to toxic chemicals

2 NATO tankers set on fire in Balochistan

Campaign against Taliban to intensify: NATO chief

Question still remains why Bush waged war: Gates

Al-Qaeda based in border region, says Obama

Contestants from Makkah win Qur’an contest

US blacklists Hakimullah

I stand by ‘saffron terror' remark, says Chidambaram

Offended Pakistani military team cancels U.S. visit

World Bank raises Pakistan aid to one billion dollars

US adds Pakistani Taliban to terrorism blacklist

Libya frees 37 militants including Bin Laden driver

Biden says Iraq close to forming government

King orders SR1.12bn aid for the poor

Saudi Arabia tops in flood aid to Pakistan

Lankan maid’s torture charges baseless: Saudi officials

Muslim backpack program expands in US, abroad

4 killed in Algeria suicide attack, 20 wounded

Lebanon sends warrant for suspected spy to Interpol

17 Indians on death row: Hearing adjourned to hear more witnesses Amira Agarib

Two Israelis wounded in West Bank shooting

Fix political impasse before you go, Iraqis tell US

More aid needed to avert terrorists’ exploitation, says Haqqani

Ahmadinejad dismisses Mideast peace talks

US to utilise Iraq resources along Afghan border

What Obama’s Speech Lacked

US Denies Reports On Talks With Taliban

Mehsud Charged For Killing 7 CIA Agents In Afghanistan

No Chinese troops in PoK: Pak envoy

Israel For Concerted Effort To Deal With Terror

Iran welcomes US pullout, urges punishment for Iraq invaders

Iraq hit by withdrawal symptoms

Islamic World’s Best Quranic Calligraphers to Meet in UAE

Nat’l Quran Recitation Nat’l Contest Concludes in Iraq

British and Tunisian Consul Generals admire Dubai International Holy Quran Award

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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62 die as jets pound Taleban hide-outs

Sep 2, 2010

PESHAWAR: Pakistani government air raids have killed up to 62 militants, their family members and other civilians with no ties to the fighters, officials said on Wednesday.

Three strikes on Tuesday night targeted Pakistani Taleban militants in one of their strongholds in the Tirah Valley in the northwestern Khyber region on the Afghan border.

"We have reports that 40 to 45 terrorists were killed," a security official told Reuters. Taleban insurgents often deny official death tolls of militants.

More airstrikes by helicopter gunships killed 17 militants and destroyed three of their hideouts on Wednesday in Khyber's neighboring tribal region of Kurram, intelligence officials said.

There was no independent verification of the casualties and militants often deny or dispute government figures.

Pakistani forces have stepped up air strikes in Khyber and adjoining Pashtun tribal lands in recent months against activists who fled military offensives in the Taliban strongholds of Swat and South Waziristan bordering Afghanistan last year.

Air strikes could undermine efforts to win over civilians for the fight against the Taleban.

"Some of the families were living in the vicinity of these hideouts and they were also among the dead," said the security official of the attacks in Khyber.

Rehan Khattak, a government official in Khyber, said six civilians, including women and children, were killed in one of the strikes and they had nothing to do with militants. "Four people were also wounded. They were members of Kokikhel," Khattak told Reuters, referring to a pro-government Pashtun tribe which dominates Khyber.

Anar Bacha, 32, one of the wounded, said they were innocent.

"We are going to our home in a cab when all of a sudden planes appeared and began targeting us," he said. "We are innocent. We are Kokikhels. We are not terrorists."

In April, up to 50 members of the same tribe were killed in an air raid in Tirah after they were mistaken for Taleban, prompting an apology from Pakistan Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani.

Khyber is a key route for US and allied convoys carrying supplies for troops fighting militants in Afghanistan. Fighters frequently attack these convoys, forcing the United States to look at developing alternate routes.

Meanwhile, the US State Department is adding the Pakistani Taleban to a terrorism blacklist and targeting the group and its leaders with financial and travel sanctions.

In a notice published Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the group, known as the Tehrik-e-Taleban or TTP, advances terrorism threatening American interests and US national security. She designated the group a "foreign terrorist organization" under US law.

Lawmakers have been pushing for the move since earlier this year when a Pakistani-born American pleaded guilty to the failed May 1 Times Square car bombing. The man confessed that he had been trained for the attack by the Pakistani Taleban to avenge attacks on Muslims by US forces overseas.

US prosecutors have charged the leader of the Pakistani Taleban, Hakimullah Mehsud, for the plot that killed seven CIA employees at an American base in Afghanistan last December, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Mehsud, believed to be in the tribal areas of Pakistan, was accused of conspiracy to kill Americans overseas and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, the Justice Department said.

http://arabnews.com/world/article122730.ece

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Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for Lahore attack on Shias

Sep 2, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The banned Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan today claimed responsibility for three blasts, including two carried out by suicide attackers, on a Shia procession in Lahore that killed 30 people and injured over 200.

The claim of responsibility was made by top Taliban leader Qari Hussain, who said militants had carried out three suicide blasts in Lahore.

Police officials, however, said the first blast was caused by a timed explosive device and the others by two suicide bombers.

"I, Qari Hussain, accept responsibility on behalf of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan for the three suicide attacks (fidaee hamla) in Lahore on the Shia procession on the Hazrat Ali day on 1st September, 2010," said an audio statement sent to media by the Taliban.

The transcription of the audio message in English was also sent to the media through email.

Hussain claimed the three blasts were carried out to avenge the killing Maulana Ali Shair Haidree "by Shia extremists".

He said: "Maulana Ali Shair was brave, pious and an intellectual alim-e-deen (Islamic scholar)."

He claimed "fidayeen" of the Taliban entered the Shia procession "with great courage" and "offered their lives for the protection and revenge of our famous ulema".

Hussain warned the Taliban would carry out more attacks if the "killing of ulema (clerics) was not stopped".

He added: "We will carry out such harsh attacks on them everywhere that they will not be able to live peacefully in the country."

Earlier, Geo News channel had reported that the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Almi had claimed responsibility for the attacks in Lahore.

But Hussain said in his audio message: "I once again clear it that these attacks were done by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and not by any other organisation."

The three blasts at Karbala Gamay Shah and Bhatti Chowk killed 29 people and injured 213, officials said.

The procession was taken out to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali, the fourth Muslim Caliph and one of Shia Islam's most respected holy men.

The Punjab government called in paramilitary Pakistan Rangers to restore peace after an angry mob attacked a police station and burnt police vehicles.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attacks and said elements playing with the lives of innocent people would not escape the law of the land.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-Taliban-claim-responsibility-for-Lahore-blasts/articleshow/6477221.cms#ixzz0yLym4Cgc

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Muslims take part in Gokulashtami in Mumbai

Sep 3, 2010

Members of Muslim community at Dadar and Thane here, celebrated the festival of Gokulashtami (birth of Hindu God Krishna), joining the Hindu devotees in the revelries on Thursday.

Gokulashtami also known as Janmashtami signifies the birth of Lord Krishna, revered by Hindus as incarnation of Vishnu.

"The Govinda festival of Mumbai is not just restricted to any caste or religion. It is a big festival for the people of Mumbai. People from all the religions and faiths take part in this festival with great love and enthusiasm," said Sunil Shinde, an organiser of the Gokulashtami celebrations.

For decades the practice has been tieing one side of the rope of a pot filled with curd between a mosque and a building where Hindus and Muslims are living together.

"Every year we celebrate all the festivals together, whether it is Janmashtami, Dussera, Deepavali, Eid or Ramazan. We celebrate every festival together with love and brotherhood," said Hajibhai, a Muslim resident of Dadar.

In Thane people of different faiths took part with much enthusiasm in numerous Govinda Dahi Handi celebrations.

At one of the locations, the Dahi Handi was tied at a height of 40 feet.

The participants who attempted by forming human pyramids to reach to the pots had to endure buckets of water splashed on them from the windows and balconies of adjoining buildings.

"We, at this festival give the real colour of Maharashtra. The colour, which goes beyond religion, which goes beyond caste, beyond creed and beyond regionality. We want to spread the message of Maharashtrian soil that we respect love of prayers and whosoever comes, we are ready to lift them," said Vijendra Awaas, organiser of the festival celebrations.

The prize money for breaking the pots filled with curd and butter were in proportion to the heights as high as rupees 3.1 million. By Raziq Khan (ANI)

http://sify.com/news/Muslims-take-part-in-Gokulashtami-in-Mumbai-news-National-kjcsEeedhdj.html

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Militants kill female teacher in Bajaur

Sep 3, 2010

KHAR: A female teacher was killed and two of her colleagues wounded when masked militants shot them in an ambush in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt on Thursday, officials said.

The victims — all women — were targeted as they returned home on foot from their school in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district, officials said.

“Five to six militants who were hiding their faces ambushed them. One female teacher died on the spot,” Adalat Khan, an administrative official told AFP, adding that her two wounded colleagues had been taken to hospital.

Two intelligence officials also confirmed the incident.

Bajaur was once a stronghold of Taliban militants who are opposed to the education of girls and have destroyed hundreds of schools in northwest Pakistan in recent years.

Pakistan's military first launched operations in Bajaur in August 2008 and have repeatedly claimed to have eliminated the militant threat.

The country's northwest tribal belt is a stronghold of militant groups and extremists who fled Afghanistan after the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-bajaur-female-teacher-killed-qs-05

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Geelani a mortal enemy of Kashmir, arrest him: Jethmalani

Sep 3, 2010

Mumbai, Sep 2 – Demanding the arrest of Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani, senior jurist and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani Thursday accused him of being ‘an intentional abettor of murder’ who is on Pakistan’s payroll and responsible for the current imbroglio in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing mediapersons, Jethmalani said the youth who are indulging in violence against the police in the state are instigated by people ‘in the pay of Pakistan of whom Geelani is the leader’.

The jurist said that if Geelani believes that pelting stones at the police is an ‘honourable and efficacious activity’, he should display courage to take up stones and lead the gangs of youthful stone pelters.

However, he said Geelani knows well that some stray bullet in the crowds could cause injury or even death. ‘He is an intentional abettor of murder. The state and central government must pick up courage and arrest Geelani and incarcerate him in some jail far away from Srinagar,’ Jethmalani forcefully demanded.

Full report at:

http://www.indiatalkies.com/2010/09/geelani-mortal-enemy-kashmir-arrest-jethmalani.html

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NATO air strike kills 10 civilians: Afghan president

Sep 3, 2010

KABUL — Ten Afghan civilians were killed Thursday in a NATO air strike on three vehicles carrying election campaign workers in northern Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said in a statement.

Karzai strongly condemned the incident in his statement, confirming earlier reports of an air strike that killed election workers in Takhar province.

"Three vehicles carrying the members of a parliamentary election candidate's team was targeted by NATO aircraft twice while travelling towards the Kiwan area in Rustaq district of Takhar province this morning, during which 10 campaign members were martyred (killed) and two others injured," the statement from the presidential palace said.

"In the war on terror, pro-democracy people should be distinguished from those who fight against democracy," the statement quoted Karzai as saying.

"President Karzai once again emphasised that air strikes over Afghan villages will achieve nothing in the war on terrorism but the killing of Afghan civilians," it said.

Full report at:

Copyright © 2010 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Pakistan boosts security after Lahore bombs

Sep 2, 2010

LAHORE: Pakistan tightened security in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday after three bomb attacks killed 33 people and wounded 171 and pressured the US-backed government already overwhelmed by floods.

The blasts which hit a Shia procession on Wednesday bore all the hallmarks of pro- Taliban insurgents, who have carried out sectarian violence designed to destabilise the government.

"Security has been tightened in the city to prevent any such incident. We had called the (paramilitary) rangers after the blasts last night, and they are on high alert and can be called again any time if needed," Sajjad Bhutta, Lahore's top administration official, told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-boosts-security-after-Lahore-bombs/articleshow/6481303.cms#ixzz0yNppKW8C

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‘Terrorists’ will not block path to peace: Netanyahu

Sep 3, 2010

 WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday vowed “terrorists” would not “block the path to peace,” and gave thanks that no one died in the latest attack on Israelis in the West Bank.

“Two hours ago, there was another terror attack,” Netanyahu said, as he appeared with President Barack Obama, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and the leaders of Egypt and Jordan at the White House.

“And thank God, no one died. I will not let the terrorists block our path to peace, but as as these events underscore once again, that peace must be anchored in security.”

Netanyahu spoke at the White House at the launch of a landmark US mediation effort, after the second attack in as many days on Israelis in the West Bank.

Two Israelis were wounded in a shooting Wednesday as their car came under gunfire near the city of Ramallah, an Israeli army spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September58.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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China calls PoK 'northern Pakistan', J&K is 'India-controlled Kashmir'

Saibal Dasgupta

Sep 3, 2010

BEIJING: China on Thursday denied a report that it has deployed 11,000 soldiers in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. But the Chinese foreign ministry described the disputed area as "northern part of Pakistan". It refrained calling it PoK while describing India's Jammu & Kashmir as " India controlled Kashmir".

"The story that China has deployed its military in northern part of Pakistan is totally groundless and out of ulterior purpose. Some people are fabricating reports to destroy relations between China, Pakistan and India. But their efforts will get nowhere," Jiang Yu, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday. She was replying to questions about a New York Times report saying that China has sent 11,000 soldiers to Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Full report at:

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-calls-PoK-northern-Pakistan-JK-is-India-controlled-Kashmir/articleshow/6481530.cms#ixzz0yOAK5t1s

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Zardari orders probe into discrimination against Hindus in relief camps

Sep 3, 2010

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered a probe into the reports of discrimination in the flood relief camps. Media reports said flood victims were being treated on basis of ethnicity. Hindus and dalits were denied flood relief assistance and some of them were even thrown out of the relief camps.

The Daily Times quoted the president as saying,"Discrimination on ethnic grounds will not be tolerated." The President has also called for an immediate action against the guilty officials, if any.

The president's spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the president called for an inquiry following the media reports that a protest rally was held in Hyderabad on Monday to bring such discrimination against the minority community to notice.

http://sify.com/news/zardari-orders-probe-into-discrimination-against-hindus-in-relief-camps-news-international-kjcr4eejbhf.html?scategory=international

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French debate: First it was burqas, now burgers

Sep 3, 2010

At a fast food restaurant outside Paris, a new certificate on the wall proclaims that its beef comes from cows slaughtered in line with Islamic law.

The bacon is gone from the bacon burgers, replaced by smoked turkey.

On Wednesday, popular French fast food chain Quick, the No. 2 burger chain in France after McDonald’s, started serving halal-only food in 22 of its French outlets, targeting France’s large Muslim population, an underexploited market that has long been ignored by big business.

If it’s a savvy business decision — Quick says sales doubled at restaurants that have tested the concept — the move has also opened a new chapter in the perennial war over how much society should accommodate Muslim traditions.

Or in essence, what it means to be French.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September82.xml&section=international

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When Musharraf chose Palestine over Kashmir

Sep 3, 2010

LONDON: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was stumped for words when Pervez Musharraf asked him to resolve the Palestine issue instead of Kashmir during his visit to Islamabad in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

In his just released memoirs, Blair also recalls how Musharraf blamed Gen Zia ul Haq for furthering radicalism in Pakistan through his policies, heightening the Kashmir issue and making reconciliation with India harder.

Pakistan President Musharraf, Blair writes, was then in a "difficult position" because his government "had worked" with the Taliban government and the borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan were porous.

Yet, Blair writes, "he was an ally of ourselves and the US, of course".

Describing his visit to Pakistan on 5 October 2001, Blair writes: "I was ushered into Musharraf's study in the Presidential Palace. All through the meeting a bodyguard hovered near the door, coming in and standing over us each time the servants brought in tea or refreshments".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/When-Musharraf-chose-Palestine-over-Kashmir/articleshow/6481332.cms#ixzz0yNpm7dmB

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US says Pak Taliban part of 'most dangerous terrorist threat' to it

Sep 3, 2010

The Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has been identified as part of the 'most dangerous terrorist threat' to the United States and its war on terrorism.

The TTP has links with Al Qaeda, and operates out of the tribal areas of Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding.

"The TTP is very much part of the most dangerous terrorist threat that the United States faces," The New York Times quoted Daniel Benjamin, Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism, as saying at a State Department briefing.

"The TTP and Al-Qaeda have a symbiotic relationship: TTP draws ideological guidance from Al-Qaeda, while Al-Qaeda relies on the TTP for safe haven in the Pashtun areas along the Afghan-Pakistani border."

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/us-says-pak-taliban-part-of-most-dangerous-terrorist-threat-to-it-war-on-terror-news-international-kjcrkedhhja.html

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Indonesian Religion Minister Wants Ahmadiyah Sect Disbanded

Brian Padden

Sep 3, 2010

The Indonesian minister of Religious Affairs wants the Jamaah Ahmadiyah religious group to be disbanded in the country.  Human rights groups and some religious organizations said such action would be a violation of both human rights and the constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion.

Suryadharma Ali, the Religious Affairs minister, has said that the Jamaah Ahmadiyah sect should to be broken up because its followers violated regulations and are not Muslim.

The Ahmadiyah sect, which has 200,000 followers across the country, breaks with mainstream Islam because its followers do not believe the Prophet Muhammad was the final prophet.  In 2008, the Indonesian government banned the group from propagating the faith. The Religious Affairs minister says Ahmadiyah has defied this restriction and should now be banned.

Full report at:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Indonesian-Religion-Minister-Wants-Ahmadiyah-Sect-Disbanded--101918633.html

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US, UK tried to bribe Pak nuke scientists: AQ Khan

Chidanand Rajghatta

Sep 3, 2010

WASHINGTON: American and British intelligence agencies tried to bribe two Pakistani scientists "who refused all sorts of incentives" to betray the country's nuclear program in the mid 1990s and reported the matter to higherups, the man credited with making Pakistan a nuclear power has claimed.

In a typically bombastic interview, AQ Khan, the recently freed but heavily monitored nuclear scientist, insists that Pakistan's nuclear program is secure both from external infiltration (by western agencies) and internal penetration (by extremists).

"Nobody ever penetrated Kahuta (the site of Pakistan's main nuclear facility), nor could they do so. The Americans, contrary to their tall claims, were totally in the dark about the status of our program. Majors — or even generals, for that matter—had no access to sensitive and classified information ... (Kahuta) or PAEC ( Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission) were never a department store where one could go and pick up a bomb!" Khan tells Newsweek Pakistan, in the inaugural issue of the magazine with a cover story headlined "The Bravest Country in the World: Pakistan."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-UK-tried-to-bribe-Pak-nuke-scientists-AQ-Khan/articleshow/6483231.cms#ixzz0yRLLCIA1

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Nazi-hunter Wiesenthal was agent of Mossad: Book

ETHAN BRONNER

Sep 3, 2010

JERUSALEM: Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who gained worldwide fame for decades as a one-man Nazi-hunting operation, was in fact frequently on the payroll of the Mossad, Israel's famous spy agency, a new biography asserts.

The assertion, based on numerous documents and interviews with three people said to be Wiesenthal's Mossad handlers, punctures not only a widely held belief about how he operated; it also suggests a need to re-evaluate the standard view that the Israeli government took no interest in tracking down Nazis until the 1960 capture in Argentina of Adolf Eichmann, and little thereafter.

Wiesenthal died in 2005 at the age of 96 in his Vienna home. Tom Segev says in 'Wiesenthal — The Life and Legends,' that the Holocaust survivor began working with Israeli intelligence even before the establishment of the Mossad in 1949.

Full report at:

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Nazi-hunter-Wiesenthal-was-agent-of-Mossad-Book/articleshow/6483185.cms#ixzz0yRLOfYHj

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250,000 Sindhi Hindus forced to migrate by floods

Sep 2, 2010

KARACHI: Standing under the fancy canopy of a makeshift tent near a Gauchar, where sacred cows stand and Hindus feed them as part of religious rituals, 10-year-old Sumela and her cousin Deepa reminiscence about their village, where every year they enjoyed the celebrations of Janmashtami, an important religious festival marking the birth of Lord Krishna.

Fate has forced them to stay silent on such an important Hindu festival, which was celebrated on Wednesday, as it was not possible to celebrate the occasion with the same vigour in a relief camp. Both cousins remember how every year they enjoyed the celebrations with special foods, however, at the relief camp, they were being given boiled rice and gram.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\02\story_2-9-2010_pg12_5

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Airstrikes kill 15 Taliban in Kurram, Orakzai

Sep 2, 2010

HANGU: At least 15 Taliban fighters were killed and 10 others were injured as jet fighters and gunship helicopters bombed their hideouts in central Kurram and Orakzai agencies on Wednesday, security sources said. Locals and security sources told Daily Times that jet fighters and gunship helicopters pounded Taliban hideouts at Chinark area in Kurram and adjoining areas of Dapar and Bakha in Orakzai Agency, killing 15 terrorists. Meanwhile, the death toll in Tuesday’s air raids on suspected terrorist hideouts in Teerah Valley in Khyber Agency has risen to 60. Security officials and locals have said that dozens of civilians, including women and children, were also among the dead. “Militants were using civilians and their families as human shields and there could be some civilian casualties but we do not know how many,” a senior security official said.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\02\story_2-9-2010_pg7_8

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Afghan school poisonings linked to toxic chemicals

Sep 2, 2010

KABUL: Blood samples taken from Afghan schoolgirls who collapsed in apparent mass poisonings showed traces of toxic chemicals found in herbicides, pesticides and nerve gas, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.

Suspicion has fallen on sympathizers of the Taliban, the hard-line Islamist militia that opposes education for women and prohibited girls from going to school when it was in power until it being ousted by a 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Poisonous levels of organophosphates were found in samples taken from girls sickened in incidents over the past two years, said ministry spokesman Dr. Ghulam Sakhi Kargar.

Samples from more recent cases have been sent to Turkey for analysis and no results have been issued yet, Kargar said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article122737.ece

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2 NATO tankers set on fire in Balochistan

Sep 2, 2010

QUETTA: Two more NATO tankers were attacked in two separate incidents in Mastung and Khuzdar on Wednesday. According to sources, a tanker, carrying logistic support for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, was heading towards Kandahar from Karachi when some unidentified armed men opened fired on it on the national highway in Mastung. Resultantly, the driver received bullet wounds and the assailants managed to escape from the scene. Separately in Wadh, unidentified men intercepted a NATO tanker and took the driver and the cleaner hostage at gunpoint. The attackers sprinkled petrol on the tanker and set it on fire. Local police is investigating into the matter. Attacks on NATO supply containers are consistently being carried out in Balochistan for the past 10 days. No arrest has been made so far in this regard.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\02\story_2-9-2010_pg7_10

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Campaign against Taliban to intensify: NATO chief

Sep 2, 2010

COPENHAGEN: NATO forces in Afghanistan are set to intensify the campaign against Taliban strongholds in the coming weeks, the head of the military alliance said on Monday.

"I share the point of view of American military leaders on the intensification of fighting in the coming weeks and months," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Danish channel TV2 News in an interview broadcast on Monday.

"We are in a very decisive phase at the moment. We have sent more soldiers to Afghanistan, where we are attacking Taliban strongholds, which results in more fighting, and unfortunately more losses," he said.

The escalation in combat operations was part of the strategy by international forces to dislodge the Taliban from their strongholds in Helmand province and Kandahar, Rasmussen said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Campaign-against-Taliban-to-intensify-NATO-chief/articleshow/6465140.cms#ixzz0yLypxL5c

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Question still remains why Bush waged war: Gates

Sep 2, 2010

CAMP RAMADI: US defence secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday that America's war in Iraq is over but admitted that the outcome will remain "clouded" over why it was waged in the first place.

Asked by reporters at Camp Ramadi, an American base about 100km west of Baghdad, whether the United States was still at war in Iraq, Gates replied: "I'd say we're not. Combat operations have ceased."

"We are still going to work with Iraqis on counter-terrorism, we are still doing a lot of training and advising," said Gates, who arrived early on Wednesday on an unannounced visit to Iraq. "So I would say we've moved into the final phase of our engagement in Iraq," said Gates, who also met US soldiers staying on to provide assistance to the Iraqi army.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Question-still-remains-why-Bush-waged-war-Gates/articleshow/6478232.cms#ixzz0yLygV8WS

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Al-Qaeda based in border region, says Obama

Sep 2, 2010

WASHINGTON— As the United States approaches into the 10th year of its combat operation in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said that the leadership of Al-Qaida remains anchored in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. “As we approach our 10th year of combat in Afghanistan, there are those who are understandably asking tough questions about our mission there. But we must never lose sight of what’s at stake,” Obama said in his address to the nation to announce the end of combat mission in Iraq. “As we speak, al-Qaida continues to plot against us, and its leadership remains anchored in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. We will disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida, while preventing Afghanistan from again serving as a base for terrorists,” Obama said.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0910/02/FrontPage/index.php?id=9

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Contestants from Makkah win Qur’an contest

Sep 2, 2010

RIYADH: Contestants from Makkah province were declared champions once again during the 9th Holy Qur’an Reading Contest held at the Philippine Embassy on Aug. 26-27.

Aminollah Mimbala Omar from Makkah and Noor Garingan Jadoon of the International Philippine School in Jeddah (IPSJ) bagged the championship awards for the professional or adults’ category and non-professional or students’ category, respectively.

Omar won SR7,000, a 32” plasma TV, an iPod, a notebook computer, as well as assorted home appliances and food items. Jadoon received SR3,000, a 32” plasma TV, a digital camera and assorted home appliances and food items.

The other contestants were awarded for their efforts with cash prizes ranging from SR1,000 to SR5,000, assorted home appliances and food items that were similarly given to the champions.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article122896.ece

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US blacklists Hakimullah

Sep 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, Sept 1: The United States on Wednesday formally added Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to its blacklist of foreign terrorist organisations subject to travel and economic sanctions.

The US State Department also offered rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of two Pakistani Taliban leaders, Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman.

Since becoming leader of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in August 2009, Hakimullah Mehsud has organised and directed several TTP attacks against US personnel and interests in and beyond the region, says the State Department.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/us-blacklists-hakimullah-290

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I stand by ‘saffron terror' remark, says Chidambaram

Vinay Kumar

Sep 2, 2010

NEW DELHI: Despite the Congress distancing itself from his ‘saffron terror' remark, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday stood by it, saying there was no difference between the party and the government.

“I do not claim patent on the phrase ‘saffron'. It has been used by a number of other persons, including my colleagues in the UPA,” he said responding to questions, seeking a clarification on his remark made at the recent annual conference of State police chiefs and top police officials.

Asked about the Congress displeasure over his remark, Mr. Chidambaram, at his monthly press conference held here to give a report card of his Ministry, said: “Party is supreme.”

However, sticking to his stand, he said the message behind the remark was that “right-wing fundamentalist groups are suspected to be behind some bomb blasts.” The remark brought Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/02/stories/2010090255700100.htm

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Offended Pakistani military team cancels U.S. visit

Narayan Lakshman

Sep 2, 2010

“They were treated like terrorists”

Visit on U.S. invitation

Washington: In an incident that might further test the United States-Pakistan relationship, some Pakistani military officers were offloaded from a flight at the Dulles International Airport in Washington after one of the officers made “what a flight attendant considered to be an ‘inappropriate remark'”.

The Pakistani military said in a statement the nine-member delegation was on a visit to the U.S. after receiving an invitation to attend a meeting at the U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida. According to the statement the delegation was “subjected to unwarranted security checks at Washington airport by U.S. Transport Security Agency”.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/02/stories/2010090262350700.htm

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World Bank raises Pakistan aid to one billion dollars

2 September 2010

WASHINGTON - The World Bank raised its emergency funding to Pakistan to one billion dollars on Wednesday to help the nation cope with the massive economic impact of catastrophic monsoon flooding.

The hike, an additional 100 million dollars on top of an existing 900 million dollar loan, was announced by World Bank chief Robert Zoellick as he met Pakistan Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh in Washington.

Zoellick’s statement said the money, which will come from the International Development Association, the World Bank’s arm for low-income countries, was for “immediate recovery needs and longer-term reconstruction.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September71.xml&section=international

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US adds Pakistani Taliban to terrorism blacklist

Sep 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday added the Pakistani Taliban to its international terrorism blacklist, targeting the group blamed for the failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square and its leaders with financial and travel sanctions.

The group, known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban or TTP, threatens US national security, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a notice published in the Federal Register. She designated the group a “foreign terrorist organization” under US law.

In addition, Clinton named the group and its top leaders, Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman, “specially designated global terrorists,” a classification that imposes additional State and Treasury department sanctions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September42.xml&section=international&col=

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Libya frees 37 militants including Bin Laden driver

Sep 2, 2010

TRIPOLI: Libya late Tuesday released 37 militants, including a former driver of Osama Bin Laden and members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

An organization run by one of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's sons, The Qaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, said the militants had agreed to give up their extremist ideology and violence before they were released.

Wearing white traditional robes, the mostly young detainees were assembled in a tent put up in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison where they their families joined them.

Bin Laden's former driver, Nasser Tailamoun, and former Guantanamo detainee Abu Sofian Ben Guemou, handed over by the Americans in 2007, were among those released, according to the Kadhafi Foundation.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article122543.ece

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Biden says Iraq close to forming government

2 September 2010

 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said he believed Iraq’s political stalemate was nearly over and officials would form a government in “the next couple of months.”

Biden told CBS’s “Early Show” he had spoken with all of Iraq’s main political leaders and thought there was a good chance of a deal being struck soon, a view one senior Iraqi politician called “very optimistic.”

In a separate interview with PBS Newshour, the U.S. vice president offered a broader time frame.

“I’ve met with every one of the groups that won portions of the vote in the elections and I’m absolutely convinced that they are nearing the ability of forming a government, that will be a government representing the outcome of the election which was very much divided,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September54.xml&section=middleeast

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King orders SR1.12bn aid for the poor

Sep 2, 2010

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Wednesday ordered the distribution of SR1.12 billion in emergency aid among the Kingdom’s poor to support them during the fasting month of Ramadan and the Eid Al-Fitr festival.

Social Affairs Minister Yousuf Al-Othaimeen thanked King Abdullah for his humanitarian gesture. He said the aid would be distributed among beneficiaries of social insurance, including the elderly, orphans, patients, widows and families of prisoners.

“The royal gesture reflects the king’s care for the poor and needy in the country and his desire to meet their pressing requirements in order to achieve social stability,” the minister said. He said the amount would be distributed immediately in coordination with the Ministry of Finance.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article122854.ece

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Saudi Arabia tops in flood aid to Pakistan

Sep 2, 2010

JEDDAH: Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif met with Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at his office here Tuesday and highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts to send relief for Pakistan’s flood victims.

He also commended the efforts of the 57-member OIC in following up the issues of Muslims in various parts of the world.

Ihsanoglu earlier briefed the prince on his organization’s activities and future plans. He also thanked Saudi Arabia and its leadership for their generous support to Pakistan to alleviate the suffering of its flood victims.

“Saudi Arabia has won the top position in helping Pakistan confront the present crisis,” the OIC chief said, while praising both the Saudi government and people for their humanitarian gesture.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article122887.ece

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Lankan maid’s torture charges baseless: Saudi officials

Sep 2, 2010

RIYADH: Saudi officials have refuted claims that a sponsor in Riyadh hammered nails into the body of his Sri Lankan housemaid as punishment.

“These allegations against the Saudi employer are baseless and the whole episode looks like one big drama,” said Saad Al-Baddah, chairman of the Saudi Arabian National Recruitment Committee (SANARCOM), which is responsible for the recruitment and management of foreign workers in the Kingdom.

He told Arab News on Wednesday that 49-year-old L.T. Ariyawathi has signed a letter acknowledging her last salary and said that she did not experience any problems with her sponsor before she left Saudi Arabia. Al-Baddah described the torture allegations as a figment of the maid’s imagination, adding that Saudi authorities are wondering how the nails and needles were embedded into her body.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article122855.ece

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Muslim backpack program expands in US, abroad

Sep 2, 2010

WASHINGTON: A Chicago-area Muslim charitable organization is partnering with police departments and social welfare groups to ensure that needy children have what many others take for granted: School supplies.

It all started when Zakat Foundation (http://www.zakat.org/) Executive Director Khalil Demir decided to help his fellow citizens on Chicago's South Side, regardless of their religion.

"When school starts and many kids don't have a backpack, they feel terrible," Demir said.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Illinois-based Zakat Foundation is distributing backpacks laden with notebooks, pens and pencils, rulers and calculators to children in poor neighborhoods.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article122424.ece

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4 killed in Algeria suicide attack, 20 wounded

Sep 2, 2010

ALGIERS: An Algerian security official says a suicide attack on a military convoy in the north of the country killed at least four people and wounded 20.

The official, who refused to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the attacker drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a 12-truck convoy near the town of Zemmouri on Wednesday. Two soldiers in one of the trucks were killed, as was a civilian and the suicide bomber.

The 20 other soldiers in neighboring trucks were injured.

Suicide attacks are rare in Algeria, though the North African country sees occasional violence. Armed hard-line Islamic groups have aligned with Al-Qaeda to stage scattered bombings and other attacks, usually targeting security forces.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article122869.ece

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Lebanon sends warrant for suspected spy to Interpol

Sep 2, 2010

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's chief prosecutor on Wednesday sent an arrest warrant against a suspected spy for Israel to international police agency Interpol, after reports the suspect, who fled the country last year, may be in France.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah first spoke of Ghassan al-Jid during a news conference last month in which he was presenting testimony that he said linked Israel to the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri.

Nasrallah said Jid had been an "Israeli collaborator" since the early 1990s and that he had been present at the St. Georges yacht club, near the scene of Hariri's killing on the Beirut seafront, a day before the attack took place on February 14, 2005.

After Nasrallah's news conference, Lebanese authorities initiated proceedings against Jid, a retired army colonel, and issued an arrest warrant.

Full report at:

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE6803LC20100901

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17 Indians on death row: Hearing adjourned to hear more witnesses Amira Agarib

2 September 2010

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Court of Appeal has adjourned hearing to September 29 in the case of 17 Indians who were sentenced to death by the Sharjah Shariah Court.

The court was presided by judge Younus Al Rida in the presence of judges Ahmed Al Mulla and Ali Ridwan and prosecutor Mohammed Al Baroodi.

The court, which adjourned the hearing to hear public prosecution witnesses, will also hear the brother of the victim.

A translator was assigned to translate the statements of the accused from Punjabi to Arabic, as the court had thrice earlier adjourned the hearing in the absence of the translator.

During Wednesday’s hearing, all 17 suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges with most of them saying that they had not even appeared before the Public Prosecution.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/September/theuae_September31.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Two Israelis wounded in West Bank shooting

2 September 2010

 JERUSALEM - Two Israelis were wounded in a shooting Wednesday as their car came under gunfire near the West Bank city of Ramallah, an army spokesman said.

Army radio said one of the Israelis was seriously hurt and that according to an initial investigation their car had been fired on from a vehicle which had overtaken them.

The attack came as direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, suspended since the end of 2008, were due to resume on Thursday in Washington.

On Tuesday, four Israelis were killed by Palestinian gunfire in the West Bank, near the town of Hebron. The attack was claimed by the militant Islamist Hamas movement.

Army radio did not say if Wednesday’s attack was related to the issue of Jewish settlements.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September56.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Fix political impasse before you go, Iraqis tell US

Sep 2, 2010

BAGHDAD - President Barack Obama is pushing Iraq’s democracy out of the nest before it can fly and abandoning Iraqis while they are still at war, many Iraqis said on Wednesday after the end of U.S. combat operations.

Obama said in an address on Tuesday that it was “time to turn the page” in Iraq, declaring the Iraqi people now had primary responsibility for their security and future.

The end of U.S. combat operations on Tuesday has raised fears of spiralling violence in Iraq where sectarian bloodshed killed tens of thousands after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Bombs remain a daily occurrence and attacks against Iraq’s security forces have been rising. Frustrations are also increasing over a political stalemate six months after an inconclusive election.

“Obama is wrong. When they first entered Iraq, it was based on developing Iraq. Now we are on the verge of a chasm. He left us in the middle,” said 55-year-old labourer Nafae Sami.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September48.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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More aid needed to avert terrorists’ exploitation, says Haqqani

Sep 2, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani has warned that terrorist will exploit the aftermath of devastating floods unless the international community moves quickly to help Pakistan.

“The rest of the world has to move fast and make sure that the floods do not result in a situation that can be exploited by extremists and terrorist,” Haqqani told The Washington Times, in an interview published on Tuesday.

Haqqani said the international community had been slow to recognise the scale of the devastation, attributing the tepid global response to the relatively low death toll.

He said international leaders must recognise that the flood was a “major disaster” that affected over 20 millions people in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\02\story_2-9-2010_pg7_22

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Ahmadinejad dismisses Mideast peace talks

Sep 2, 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed on Wednesday the holding of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying the negotiations will fail to resolve conflict in the Middle East.

“Tens of negotiations have been held in more than 30 years and tens of plans have been proposed, but they have all failed,” Ahmadinejad told Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam Television in an interview.

His remarks came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas prepared to re-launch direct peace talks in Washington on Thursday after a 20-month suspension.

“If the main problems of Palestine are not considered, the fact that two people sit down and talk will resolve nothing,” Ahmadinejad said in comments posted on the website of the channel in Farsi.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\02\story_2-9-2010_pg20_1

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US to utilise Iraq resources along Afghan border

Sep 2, 2010

WASHINGTON: In a national address marking the end of US combat mission in Iraq, President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday night that he would use the resources freed from this war to launch a new offensive in the Pak-Afghan region.

“As we speak, Al Qaeda continues to plot against us, and its leadership remains anchored in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.

“We will disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda, while preventing Afghanistan from again serving as a base for terrorists. And because of our drawdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense.”

President Obama used the address, only second since his election, to tell his nation that now was the “time to turn the page” on one of the most divisive chapters in American history.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/us-to-utilise-iraq-resources-along-afghan-border-290

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What Obama’s Speech Lacked

DANIEL SCHULTZ

Sep 2, 2010

You may call me an unrecondite, sandal-wearing, Jesus-bearded peacenik hippie for saying so, but just once —- once! —- I would like an American president to draw a causal connection between this part of his speech:

And so at this moment, as we wind down the war in Iraq, we must tackle those challenges at home with as much energy, and grit, and sense of common purpose as our men and women in uniform who have served abroad. They have met every test that they faced. Now, it is our turn. Now, it is our responsibility to honor them by coming together, all of us, and working to secure the dream that so many generations have fought for –the dream that a better life awaits anyone who is willing to work for it and reach for it.

Full report at:

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/danielschultz/3253/

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US Denies Reports On Talks With Taliban

Sep 2, 2010

The US on Wednesday dismissed media reports that representatives of Af-Pak special envoy Richard Holbrooke recently met leaders of the Afghan Taliban and Hizb-i-Islami to discuss formation of a national government after the withdrawal of US forces from the country.

"Special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (Richard Holbrooke) did not meet with Taliban leaders. The two individuals mentioned in recent news articles do not represent SRAP in anyway," a State Department official said.

He was responding to a question about reports in Middle Eastern media that two representatives of Mr Holbrooke met leaders of Afghan Taliban.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/us-denies-reports-talks-taliban-779

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Mehsud Charged For Killing 7 CIA Agents In Afghanistan

Sep 2, 2010

Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was on Thursday charged for his involvement in the murder of seven American nationals last year at a CIA base in Afghanistan, the US said on Thursday. The two-count criminal complaint, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on August 20, 2010 and unsealed on Thursday, charges Mehsud, with conspiracy to murder US citizens abroad and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against US citizens abroad. "Thursday's charges underscore our continuing commitment to seek justice for Americans who are murdered or victimised by overseas terrorist attacks," David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security said. Department of Justice made these announcements as the Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton, designated Pakistani Taliban a foreign terrorist organisation and its leaders Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali-Ur-Rehman as a foreign terrorist. If convicted of the charges unsealed on Thursday, Hakimullah Mehsud faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/mehsud-charged-killing-7-cia-agents-afghanistan-930

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No Chinese troops in PoK: Pak envoy

Sep 2, 2010

BEIJING: Rejecting as "fabricated" reports of presence of up to 11,000 Chinese troops in PoK's Gilgit-Baltistan area, Pakistan's envoy here has claimed that only a "humanitarian team" from China was in the region to assist the flood victims.

"The story is totally fabricated," Pakistan's ambassador to China, Masood Khan, told the state-run Global Times daily. He was referring to a New York Times report which said that about 7,000 to 11,000 Chinese troops were deployed in the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, where Pakistan faced a state of rebellion from the local people.

Khan said there were no Chinese troops in the area, but added that "a humanitarian team" from China was currently there to help locals who have suffered due to the devastating floods. The NYT report attributed the military presence in the region to China's plans to gain a "grip on the strategic area to ensure unfettered road and rail access to the Gulf through Pakistan". About the NYT story, the Global Times said "the report obviously rattled nerves in India..."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/I-was-a-sucker-for-Princess-Diana-Tony-Blair/articleshow/6474954.cms#ixzz0yLz02DbQ

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Israel For Concerted Effort To Deal With Terror

Sep 02nd, 2010

Israel has said it was 100 per cent behind India, which has been a victim of terrorism from Pakistan, and strongly pitched for "concerted and unified" international approach to deal with "Islamist" terrorism, maintaining that there cannot be any "ifs" or "buts" while dealing with the menace. Making it clear that Israel will "stand behind" India "all the way down the line", Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr Mark Sofer, said his country welcomes New Delhi's recent initiative of holding talks with Islamabad.

"Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism, period. Killing people at a train station, Chabad house or at Taj or Oberoi hotel is pure simple unadulterated terrorism and there are no ifs and there are no buts. There is no reason for it and it must not have happened," Sofer told PTI. Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/israel-concerted-effort-deal-terror-972

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Iran welcomes US pullout, urges punishment for Iraq invaders

Sep 2, 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcomed the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq but called for punishment of the invaders, state television's Arabic-language Al-Alam channel said on Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad "welcomed the pullout of US forces from Iraq but said that those behind the invasion of this country should be put on trial and punished before an international court," the channel reported.

If US President Barack "Obama wants to do something useful, he should pledge not to interfere in Iraq, take his forces out of Iraq and recognise Iraq's independence and punish criminals," the channel quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in an interview.

"The terrorists use the presence of US forces and their crimes as a pretext. If there are no crimes, they will not have any excuses for extremism and terrorism," the hardline president added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-welcomes-US-pullout-urges-punishment-for-Iraq-invaders/articleshow/6475018.cms#ixzz0yLyw2RQr

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Iraq hit by withdrawal symptoms

Sep 2, 2010

BAGHDAD: The invasion of Iraq, occupation and tumult that followed were called Operation Iraqi Freedom back then. It will be named New Dawn on Wednesday.

But America's attempt to bring closure to an unpopular war has collided with a disconnect familiar since 2003: the charts and trend lines offered by American officials never seem to capture the intangible that has so often shaped the pivots in the war in Iraq. Call it the mood. And the country, seemingly forever unsettled and unhappy, is having a slew of bad days.

"Nothing's changed, nothing!" Yusuf Sabah shouted in the voice of someone rarely listened to, as he waited for gas in a line of cars winding down a dirt road past a barricade of barbed wire, shards of concrete and trash turned uniformly brown. "From the fall of Saddam until now, nothing's changed. The opposite. We keep going backwards."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraq-hit-by-withdrawal-symptoms/articleshow/6478125.cms#ixzz0yLysvELc

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Islamic World’s Best Quranic Calligraphers to Meet in UAE

Sep 2, 2010

The best Quranic calligraphers in the Islamic world are to meet in the UAE on September 5-8 in order to write in calligraphy the complete manuscript of the holy Quran.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency, According to Al-Ittihad Newspaper, this is the second edition of the gathering which will be attended by 30 top calligraphers of the Islamic world who will each write in calligraphy one section (Juz) of the holy Quran.

The seminar is to be organized by UAE’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Development whose officials are expected to elaborate in a news conference next week on the gathering’s details including the contests and the participating calligraphers.

In the first such gathering which was held last year during the holy month of Ramadan, a complete manuscript of the Quran was written by calligraphers from Islamic countries as well as some from England, Russia and other European countries.

http://www.shiaunity.com/data.asp?lang=3&Id=200711

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Nat’l Quran Recitation Nat’l Contest Concludes in Iraq

Sep 2, 2010

The 7th edition of the National Quran Recitation Contest concluded on August 23 in Al-Hashemi Mosque in the holy city of Kadhimain, Iraq.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency, The contest which was organized by Al-Iraqiah Quranic Center in Kadhimain started on the 9th day of the holy month of Ramadan (August 20) with the presence of reciters from different provinces of Iraq and concluded on August 23 in a ceremony where the winners were awarded.

In a meeting with Raafe’ Al-Ameri, head of Al-Iraqiah Quranic Center, and a number of the center’s members, Farajullah Shazli, the international Quran referee from Egypt congratulated the Iraqi people on the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

He further appreciated the center’s efforts and activities in serving the holy Quran and holding Quranic contests.

http://www.shiaunity.com/data.asp?lang=3&Id=200713

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British and Tunisian Consul Generals admire Dubai International Holy Quran Award

Sep 2, 2010

"It was an enjoyable evening for me to attend the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, I am overwhelmed with quality of recitation, capacity of memorization and extravagant confidence of participants", said Guy Warrington, the Consul General of British Embassy in Dubai.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency, "It was an enjoyable evening for me to attend the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, I am overwhelmed with quality of recitation, capacity of memorization and extravagant confidence of participants", said Guy Warrington, the Consul General of British Embassy in Dubai.

He said that, the organizers of this great event would be appreciated for the handsome arrangement of the competition, I am proud to be witness today with our participant from UK, which he has anticipated him success in the completion.

Full report at:

http://www.shiaunity.com/data.asp?lang=3&Id=200714

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