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70 people accused of anti-Christian violence acquitted in Pak

Fighting in Qaida-held Yemen town kills 45

Yemen says Govt troops killed 30 Islamic militants

Iran says no offer can stop it enriching uranium

Saudis may be key to a Yemen solution

UK varsities breeding ground for terrorism: British Home Secy.

'Pak risks losing control of N-arsenal to terrorists': International Peace Research Institute

Pakistan brutalised by forces within, says Pak envoy to US

Militants from Afghanistan attack post in Kurram

Libyan leader Gaddafi vows to fight until death

Clinton heads to UAE for talks on Libya

Interpol says al Qaeda remains biggest global threat

ISI armed LeT for jihad in Kashmir: Rana video

Eight Nato oil tankers destroyed in blast

Nato nearing ‘decisive blow’ in Afghan war: Gates

US plans to sabotage Pak N-facilities: Iran prez

Clash in Kurram leaves seven dead

Iran says FIFA’s headscarf ban 'inhumane'

 ‘HuJI’s Kashmiri photo actually of 26/11 attacker’

UK security revamps aims to uproot Islamist threat

India was wary of Pakistani scheming: WikiLeaks

'Convict Rana, give justice to those killed in 26/11 attack': Prosecutors in Chicago

India, Pak added 20-30 nuclear warheads in past one year'

Egypt’s Brotherhood is registered political party

India gears up for terror from seas

'Convict Rana, give justice to those killed in 26/11 attack'

Pakistan rejects call for action against LeT leaders

Pakistan court serves notice on AQ Khan

Syria overstated Golan toll: Israel

Afghans want Taliban dropped from UN sanctions list

German parliament offers democracy lesson in Arabic

Family seek proof of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death

Pak-Afghan Commission: Upper Dir incursion to figure in talks with Kabul

Afghan pullout: It’ll not be a complete withdrawal, says UK envoy

Yemen facing humanitarian catastrophe: UNICEF

Joint efforts needed to fight domestic violence, says Princess Adilah

Diabetes in Saudi Arabia might grow by 283% in two decades: Experts

Libyan woman who claimed rape arrives in Romania

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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70 people accused of anti-Christian violence acquitted in Pak

Jun 08 2011

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Tuesday acquitted 70 people accused of involvement in violence against the minority Christian community that left eight persons dead in Punjab province's Gojra town nearly two years ago.

The court in Faisalabad gave its verdict due to the absence of five key witnesses, who are not in Pakistan.

The 70 people were arrested on charges of attacking and setting on fire a Christian colony in Gojra in July 2009.

Violence erupted at Koriaan village, part of Gojra sub-division and located 160-km from Lahore, when Muslims alleged some Christians had burnt pages of the Quran during a wedding.

The Muslims attacked a Christian colony.

Over 50 houses and two churches were set ablaze or ransacked.

Police registered a case under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the suspects but none of them were convicted. Several other suspects were declared innocent during the investigation into the incident.

Christian community leaders alleged the police released some of the accused because of political pressure.

Reports had said that activists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba and Sipah-e-Muhammad were involved in the violence.

Earlier this year, Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian in the federal cabinet, was gunned down by suspected Taliban fighters in Islamabad after he opposed the controversial blasphemy law.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/800621/

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Fighting in Qaida-held Yemen town kills 45

Jun 8, 2011

SANAA: At least 45 people were killed in an al-Qaida-held town in the latest violence in Yemen as protesters took to the streets of the capital on Tuesday to demand that president Ali Abdullah Saleh stay in exile.

The army said it had killed 30 Islamist militants, including a local al-Qaida leader, in the southern town of Zinjibar. A local official said 15 soldiers had been killed in the battles for control of the town seized by militants about 10 days ago.

The fighting was another symptom of instability in Yemen, whose leader left for Saudi Arabia at the weekend for surgery on wounds suffered in an attack on his palace in Sanaa. Demonstrators, who have been trying to topple Saleh for months, called a "million-man march" in Sanaa to pile pressure on him to stay away and hand over power permanently.

The volatile situation in Yemen, which lies on vital oil shipping lanes, alarms Western powers and neighbouring oil giant Saudi Arabia, who fear that chaos would enable the local al-Qaida franchise to operate more freely there.

They see Saleh's absence for medical treatment in Riyadh as an opportunity to ease the president out of office after nearly 33 years ruling the impoverished Arab nation. "We are calling for a peaceful and orderly transition," US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said. Yemen's acting leader, vice president Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, said Saleh would return within days.

Saudi officials say it is up to Saleh whether he returns home or not, but they and their Western allies may want to revive a Gulf-brokered transition deal under which the Yemeni leader would quit in return for immunity from prosecution.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Fighting-in-Qaida-held-Yemen-town-kills-45/articleshow/8770130.cms

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Yemen says Govt troops killed 30 Islamic militants

June 08, 2011

Yemen's Defense Ministry says Governmenttroops have killed 30 Islamic militants in the troubled southern province of Abyan. A brief statement said the militants were killed on Monday night and on Tuesday, but gave no details.

Military officials and witnesses say warplanes bombed areas in the province known to be under the control of the militants, but it's not clear whether the airstrikes led to the death of the 30 militants. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344171/Yemen-says-Govt-troops-killed-30-Islamic-militants.html

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Iran says no offer can stop it enriching uranium

By MITRA AMIRI

Jun 7, 2011

TEHRAN: No offer from world powers can persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday, dismissing the key demand of countries that fear Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.

A day after the UN atomic watchdog said it had new evidence of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear work, Ahmadinejad accused it of doing Washington’s bidding and said Tehran’s atomic advances had “no brake and no reverse gear.”

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said on Monday the IAEA had received “further information ... that seems to point to the existence of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.”

That contradicts Iran’s insistence that its nuclear work is for entirely peaceful purposes, and Ahmadinejad made clear his displeasure with the Japanese IAEA chief who has taken a blunter approach than his Egyptian predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei.

“With America’s orders (the IAEA) has written some things in a report that are against the law and against the agency’s regulations,” Ahmadinejad told reporters.

“These have no legal value and aside from harming the agency’s reputation it will have no other effect.”

Tehran says sanctions imposed by Washington, Europe and the United Nations are not hitting its economy and insists they will not force it to give up what it considers its sovereign right to enrich uranium, a process that can make fuel for power plants or, by enriching uranium more highly, provide bomb material.

No reverse

“I have said before that Iran’s nuclear train has no brake and no reverse gear ... We will continue our path,” Ahmadinejad said, adding that Iran would continue to cooperate with the IAEA “as long as they move based on justice.”

Asked whether the world powers that have held talks with Tehran in the past to seek an end to the nuclear impasse could offer any incentive to stop Iran’s enrichment, he answered with the one word: “No.”

Two rounds of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, plus Germany (P5+1), in Geneva in December and in Istanbul in January, did not reach any substantive result.

Iran has said it is willing to resume talks, but its insistence that other countries recognize its right to enrich uranium is a major stumbling block, particularly for Western diplomats who see it as an unacceptable pre-condition.

The EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who represented the P5+1 at the talks, said last month she wanted a “stronger and better” reply from Iran to her call to revive the talks.

Israel and the United States say they do not rule out pre-emptive military strikes to stop Iran making nuclear bombs.

As well as blaming Washington for Amano’s comments, Ahmadinejad used his news conference to condemn US interference in the Middle East, including Bahrain, the tiny Gulf island state that hosts the US Fifth Fleet and whose crackdown on pro-democracy protests Tehran has condemned.

“The problem is not between the authorities and the people, the problem is America’s military base in Bahrain,” he said.

On Syria, Iran’s main ally in the region in its stand against Israel, he said: “I condemn the interference of America and its allies ... We believe that Syrians themselves are capable of managing their own affairs.”

There are US troops in two of Iran’s neighbors — Iraq and Afghanistan — and Ahmadinejad predicted Washington would try to extend its presence in a third — nuclear armed Pakistan.

“We have information that in order to gain more control over Pakistan, to weaken the Pakistani nation and government, the Americans want to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear facilities,” he said, adding that damage to nuclear plants would be a pretext for a greater US presence in the country.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article450403.ece

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Saudis may be key to a Yemen solution

8 June 2011

Saudi Arabia where wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh is recuperating could be the key to solving the political turmoil in Yemen by pressing the veteran leader to transfer power

or at least by impeding his return, analysts say.

A much weakened Saleh still clings to power from his sickbed, oblivious to four-months-old protests, growing international pressure and Friday’s attack that could have killed him and other top figures in his embattled regime.

Wounded by an explosion as he prayed at a mosque inside the presidential compound in Sanaa, Saleh was transferred late on Saturday to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, but he has not stood down as president.

Saleh’s presence in Riyadh ‘might provide an opportunity for the kingdom’ to revive its efforts towards a political settlement in neighbouring Yemen, whose stability is ‘a strategic interest to Riyadh,’ said Ibrahim Sharqieh, deputy director of the Brookings Doha Centre.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June236.xml&section=middleeast

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UK varsities breeding ground for terrorism: British Home Secy

Jun 07, 2011

British home secretary Theresa May has criticised universities for their alleged “complacency” in tackling radicalisation and Islamic extremism on campus.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Theresa May said: “I think for too long there’s been complacency around universities.

I don’t think they have been sufficiently willing to recognise what can be happening on their campuses and the radicalisation that can take place. I think there is more that universities can do."

Forty universities are reported to be at “particular risk” of radicalisation or recruitment on campus, according to the Daily Mail.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/uk-varsities-breeding-ground-terrorism-theresa-may-243

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'Pak risks losing control of N-arsenal to terrorists': International Peace Research Institute

Jun 8, 2011

STOCKHOLM: Pakistan is in danger of "losing control of part of its nuclear arsenal" to terrorists, according to a new report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In its report published on Tuesday, the global think-tank said that India and Pakistan are "expanding their capacity to produce fissile material for military purposes."

The report said that the world's eight nuclear powers - Britain, China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia and the US - possess more than 20,500 warheads. It argued that prospects for meaningful disarmament in the short term are grim, as all eight countries seem committed to either improving or maintaining their nuclear programmes.

"The five legally recognized nuclear weapons states (Britain, China, France, Russia and the US), as defined by the 1968 non-proliferation treaty are either deploying new nuclear weapon systems or have announced their intention to do so," Samaa TV quoted the report, as saying.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Pak-risks-losing-control-of-N-arsenal-to-terrorists/articleshow/8767707.cms

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Pakistan brutalised by forces within, says Pak envoy to US

Narayan Lakshman

Washington: In a tribute to slain Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani called for a full investigation into the killing and said at a condolence meeting here that all of Pakistan that had been “brutalised” by forces within.

Shahzad, an investigative journalist and the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online, was found dead shortly after he wrote a feature story on the connections between al-Qaeda and Pakistani intelligence services in the context of what he called the “brazen attack on PNS Mehran naval air station in Karachi on May 22”.

Touching upon his own experience as a journalist which included an incident where he was “kidnapped, blindfolded, and a hood was put on my face,” Mr. Haqqani and several Pakistani journalists spoke of the continuing violence that all journalists in Pakistan were threatened with.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/08/stories/2011060867032300.htm

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Militants from Afghanistan attack post in Kurram

Jun 08, 2011

PARACHINAR: Militants from Afghanistan attacked a checkpost in Patala area of lower Kurram near the Pak-Afghan border on Tuesday, killing a security personnel and kidnapping the other.

According to official sources, Nahid Gul was killed and Azeem Khan was kidnapped by militants. They said that five terrorists were also killed when security forces returned fire.

An operation against local militants has also been under way in Kurram Agency and security forces have cleared most areas of the Kurram agency of local militants, but they are still present in some areas of lower Kurram and central Kurram, blocking Thall-Parachinar road and creating shortage of life-saving drugs and food items for people of living in upper areas of Kurram Agency.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/08/militants-from-afghanistan-attack-post-in-kurram.html

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Libyan leader Gaddafi vows to fight until death

Jun 07, 2011

Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi defiantly vowed to fight to the death in an audio recording broadcast on Tuesday after NATO military craft unleashed a ferocious series of nearly 30 daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.

In a phone call to Libyan state television station, Gaddafi angrily denounced the rebels and said he would not surrender.

"We will not kneel!" he shouted in the phone call that appeared to also take state television by surprise.

The sound was hastily adjusted to make it louder. "We will not surrender. We only have one choice, to the end! Death, victory, it does not matter, we are not surrendering!" he shouted.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/libyan-leader-gaddafi-vows-fight-until-death-313

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Clinton heads to UAE for talks on Libya

Jun 08, 2011

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left here Wednesday for Abu Dhabi to consult with countries backing military action in Libya and looking at more ways to help the Libyan opposition.

The talks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital on Thursday come after President Barack Obama said NATO's mission in Libya was forging "inexorable" advances that meant it was only a matter of time before defiant Moamer Kadhafi's departure.

The so-called International Contact Group meeting will build on a May 5 gathering in Rome where Clinton and her partners agreed on a new fund to aid Libya's rebels and promised to tap frozen assets of Kadhafi's regime.

US officials said the participants will discuss a "range of issues," including implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973.

Resolution 1970 imposed bans on assets and travel on members of Kadhafi's regime as well as an arms embargo.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16730

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Interpol says al Qaeda remains biggest global threat

Jun 08, 2011

SINGAPORE: Al Qaeda and groups linked to it remain the world's biggest security threat despite the killing of Osama bin Laden, the head of Interpol said on Tuesday.

Airlines and other forms of public transport are most at risk, with terrorists using fraudulent passports to travel undetected an area of particular concern, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble told reporters on the sidelines of an aviation meeting in Singapore.

"Even before bin Laden was captured and killed, the biggest threat was not only al Qaeda but al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups around the world," he said "I think that remains the biggest threat now as it was before his death.     

"The airline and air industry continues to be a prime target for terrorists, but we've seen from recovered intelligence etc that they are also focusing a lot on mass transit. But airlines continue to be a special target."         

A major worry, he said, was the use of stolen or missing passports and the fact that many countries did not match passports of passengers to a database of missing documents.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16715

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ISI armed LeT for jihad in Kashmir: Rana video

June 08, 2011

S Rajagopalan

In a new expose of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, a video of FBI interrogation shows Mumbai terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana pointing to co-accused David Headley telling him that the ISI gives Laskhar-e-Tayyeba weapons for the “freedom fight” in Kashmir.

“I think he said the ISI gives them weapons,” Rana says in the FBI video, clips of which were played back by prosecutors at the ongoing 26/11 trial in a Chicago court.

The video features FBI's extensive interrogation with Rana on Headley's connections with ISI and the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. During questioning by Special Agent Parsons, Rana estimates that Headley had been in contact with Lashkar for five or six years. He says Major Iqbal is Headley's ISI contact. At one point, he suggests that Lashkar probably does not know that Headley is with ISI.

The interrogation also focuses on ISI's training and supply of weapons and the video shows how Rana, after initially speaking of “no guns”, goes on to say that ISI gives the guns for what to him “obviously” is a “freedom fight in Kashmir”.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344174/ISI-armed-LeT-for-jihad-in-Kashmir-Rana-video.html

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Eight Nato oil tankers destroyed in blast

Jun 08, 2011

PESHAWAR: At least eight tankers, supplying oil to Nato in Afghanistan, were completely destroyed in a blast in Khyber Agency, Geo News reported.

According to Khasadar force, the oil tankers were parked near Torkham border in Khyber Agency when blast occurred. The blast caused a huge fire which engulfed oil tankers, resulting eight tankers were completely destroyed.

No loss of life has been reported in the incident.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16719

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Nato nearing ‘decisive blow’ in Afghan war: Gates

Jun 07, 2011

Defence secretary Robert Gates, wrapping up a final visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, said on Tuesday that US-led forces are on the verge of securing a “decisive blow” against the Taliban.

“I leave Afghanistan on Tuesday with the belief that if we keep this momentum up we will deliver a decisive blow to the enemy and turn the corner on this conflict,” Gates told coalition officers in Kabul.

“And if we do, it will be because of the service and sacrifice of all of you,” he said, before departing for Brussels.

During a four-day trip that took him to American bases in the south and East, Gates offered a cautiously optimistic forecast for the war effort, saying now was not the time to ease up on the Taliban-led insurgency.

Although the main purpose of his trip was to say goodbye to troops, Gates found himself sparring at a distance with White House aides who are pushing for a faster drawdown of the 100,000-strong US force.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/nato-nearing-decisive-blow-afghan-war-gates-279

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US plans to sabotage Pak N-facilities: Iran prez

Jun 8, 2011

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday accused Washington, Tehran's arch-foe, of planning to sabotage Pakistan's nuclear facilities, during a media conference in Tehran.

"We have precise information that America wants to sabotage the Pakistani nuclear facilities in order to control Pakistan and to weaken the government and people of Pakistan," the hardline president said.

The US would then use the UNSC "and some other international bodies as levers to prepare the ground for a massive presence (in Pakistan) and weaken the national sovereignty of Pakistan," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-plans-to-sabotage-Pak-N-facilities-Iran-prez/articleshow/8767849.cms

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Clash in Kurram leaves seven dead

Jun 08, 2011

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani security official said militants ambushed paramilitary soldiers patrolling a tribal area along the Afghan border, triggering a shootout that left two troops and five insurgents dead.

The official said Wednesday the clash happened overnight in the Shaheedano Dhand area of the Kurram tribal region. The Pakistani army recently said it intends to launch a new offensive against insurgents in Kurram, but has not given details.

The security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify the number of militants involved.

Pakistan’s army has staged several operations against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Kurram and other parts of the tribal belt, but the militants have proved a resilient foe.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/08/clash-in-kurram-leaves-seven-dead.html

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Iran says FIFA’s headscarf ban 'inhumane'

Jun 8, 2011

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described FIFA as “colonialists” on Tuesday for a headscarf ban in football that affect its women’s team.

Mustafa Musleh Zadeh, Iran’s ambassador to Jordan, went further by saying the ban was “inhumane” and “politically motivated.” The remarks by Ahmadinejad were the highest since the team forfeited a 2012 Olympic qualifier against Jordan last Friday because it wouldn’t play without the hijabs.

“Theses are the dictators and colonialists who want to impose their lifestyle on others,” Ahmadinejad said in a seasonal news conference.

The Iran president said he’d assigned Ali Saeedlu, the head of Iran’s physical education, to pursue the case.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/sports/article450250.ece

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‘HuJI’s Kashmiri photo actually of 26/11 attacker’

Jun 08 2011

Islamabad : As Pakistan and the US continue to air their differences over the alleged death of al-Qaeda linked terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri, it has emerged that a photo purportedly showing Kashmiri after his death is actually that of a militant killed during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Monday that they had received confirmation of Kashmiri’s death in a US drone strike in South Waziristan on June 3. “As far as the death of Ilyas Kashmiri is concerned, America has confirmed that his death occurred on Friday,” Gilani told reporters in Quetta yesterday. Malik told the media outside parliament on Monday that he could “confirm... 100 per cent that he (Kashmiri) is dead”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/800675/

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UK security revamp aims to uproot Islamist threat

Jun 07 2011

London: Muslim groups which refuse to tackle militancy will have their funding cut in an overhaul of counter-terrorism policy, the government is due to announce on Tuesday.

More money will be spent on identifying threats in prisons, universities and the health service under a revision of the 63 million pound Prevent programme.

The review of the scheme, launched by the Labour government in 2007 to stop the growth of home-grown terrorism, was ordered after it was deemed to have failed to produce any discernible security benefits.

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the policy changes to parliament later.

She has already said that up to 20 organisations funded under the programme over the last three years could have their funding withdrawn.

The government wants to stop state funding from reaching organisations that hold extremist views or support terrorist-related activity of any kind, according to extracts of the review seen by the Times newspaper.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/800472/

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India was wary of Pakistani scheming: WikiLeaks

Jun 08, 2011

WASHINGTON: India, in 2010, told the USA that its strategic interests in Afghanistan are threatened by Pakistan, a secret cable revealed.

In a February 22, 2010 meeting with YK Sinha, US Political Counselor Uzra Zeya in New Delhi informed the state department of the meeting details.

YK Sinha, India’s A/S equivalent for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran, welcomed increased GOI-USG coordination “at all levels” on our respective assistance activities in Afghanistan. He warned the USG not to be drawn into what he characterized as a Pakistani “game” of enlisting American support to “drive India out of Afghanistan” by presenting “fabricated” evidence of alleged Indian misdeeds in Afghanistan or the border areas.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16729

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'Convict Rana, give justice to those killed in 26/11 attack': Federal Prosecutors in Chicago

Jun 08, 2011

Observing that those who died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks demand justice, federal prosecutors have urged the jury of a Chicago court to convict Tahawwur Hussein Rana as there is overwhelming evidence of his involvement.

Rana not only had the knowledge of the plot but also assisted and provided material support to his childhood friend David Coleman Headley in carrying out attack in November 2008, the prosecutors said.

The terror attack killed more than 160 people including six US nationals, the prosecutors said.

"What happened in Mumbai could have happened in Copenhagen. 164 people died in flurry of bullets (in Mumbai). Such horrific acts take place with help of a number of people..." US attorney Daniel Collins said making final closing argument at a federal Chicago court bringing an end to the fortnight-long Rana's trial.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/convict-rana-give-justice-those-killed-2611-attack-330

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India, Pak added 20-30 nuclear warheads in past one year'

Jun 08 2011

New Delhi: India and Pakistan have added 20-30 nuclear warheads in their arsenal in past one year, a global think tank said.

In its latest yearbook, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said the neighbours are continuing to develop new ballistic and cruise missile systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

In 2010, the Indian nuclear arsenal had 60-80 nukes but they have increased to 80-110 warheads. On the same pattern, the Pakistani side also increased its warheads from 70-90 to 90-110 warheads in the same period, SIPRI said in a release.

“India and Pakistan continue to develop new ballistic and cruise missile systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons. They are also expanding their capacities to produce fissile material for military purposes,” it said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/800900/

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Egypt’s Brotherhood is registered political party

June 08, 2011

Eight decades after it was formed, the Muslim Brotherhood movement will now come overground for the first time to operate as a legal political force, to contest the first free general elections in the country.

The movement founded over 80 years back was banned after it was suspected to be involved in a series of political assassinations in the 1950s, including an attempt on the life of Egypt's first republican president, Gamal Abdal Nasser.

As the best-organised political movement in Egypt, the Brotherhood announced on April 30 formation of a “non- theocratic” party, the Freedom and Justice Party, to contest up to half of parliament's seats in a September election.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344166/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Brotherhood-is-registered-political-party.html

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India gears up for terror from seas

Rajat Pandit

Jun 8, 2011

NEW DELHI: Terrorists trained like marine commandos to dive and slip through harbour protection systems could one day unleash havoc by planting underwater bombs or mines at a major port.

This is no longer in the realm of fiction in the backdrop of the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai as well as last month's Taliban attack on Mehran naval airbase in Karachi, both of which involved some training of the jihadis by Pakistani marine commandos.

To tackle such threats, India is now also going in for "a major upgrade'' of its harbour protection systems (HPSs) at the naval bases in Mumbai, Vizag, Karwar, Kochi and Port Blair, along with the ongoing security audit of ports, airfields, naval facilities, offshore installations and the like.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-plans-major-upgrade-to-prevent-terror-strikes-from-seas/articleshow/8768873.cms

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'Convict Rana, give justice to those killed in 26/11 attack'

Jun 8, 2011

Federal prosecutors have urged the jury of a Chicago court to convict Tahawwur Rana as there is overwhelming evidence of his involvement.

CHICAGO: Observing that those who died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks demand justice, federal prosecutors have urged the jury of a Chicago court to convict Tahawwur Hussein Rana as there is overwhelming evidence of his involvement.

There were overwhelming evidence of not only him having the knowledge of but also assisting and providing material support to his childhood friend David Coleman Headley in carrying out attack in November 2008 in which more than 160 people including six US nationals were killed, the prosecutors said.

"What happened in Mumbai could have happened in Copenhagen. 164 people died in flurry of bullets (in Mumbai). Such horrific acts take place with help of a number of people... weather you carried a gun or did something helped in the planning or had the knowledge," US attorney Daniel Collins said making final closing argument at a federal Chicago court bringing an end to the fortnight-long Rana's trial.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Convict-Rana-give-justice-to-those-killed-in-26/11-attack/articleshow/8770110.cms

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Pakistan rejects call for action against LeT leaders

Praveen Swami

Prosecution of jihad commanders indicted by U.S. could spark war within Pakistan, authorities say

Islamabad has assured Washington it will rein in Lashkar

Indian intelligence officials say Pakistan has not honoured similar commitments

WASHINGTON, DC: Pakistan has rejected calls by the United States to prosecute intelligence officers and top Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders indicted by a federal court for their role in the November, 2008 attack on Mumbai, a highly-placed diplomatic source has told The Hindu.

In meetings last month with Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, Pakistani officials said that action against the Lashkar could spark off a war within Pakistan.

“They said there were thousands, of trained cadre with the Lashkar who would become impossible to control if their leaders were arrested,” the source said. “Instead, they said they would maintain strict watch over the Lashkar, and slowly work to dismantle its military capabilities.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/08/stories/2011060866241800.htm

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Pakistan court serves notice on AQ Khan

June 08, 2011

A Pakistani court today issued notice to disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan to respond to a petition filed by authorities seeking restrictions on his free movement as he had carried out some “unauthorised communications” that violated a court order.

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman issued the notice in response to a petition filed by Col Muhammad Faheem, the Chief Security Coordinator for Khan.

Faheem raised serious objections to the frequent travel and meetings of Khan, saying he feared they could put him in an “awkward position and cause risk to his life”.

The petition further said Khan had “carried out some unauthorised communication which is being assessed and the same is in violation of specific court orders”.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344169/Pakistan-court-serves-notice-on-AQ-Khan.html

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Syria overstated Golan toll: Israel

June 08, 2011

Majdal Shams

The Israeli army on Tuesday said that 10 people had been killed during Sunday's “Naksa Day” protests along the Syrian ceasefire line, describing Damascus's toll of 23 as “exaggerated”.

Israeli leaders accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of encouraging the unrest to divert attention from his crackdown on domestic protests, while Damascus accused Israel of “flagrant aggression”.

Troops in the Golan Heights remained on high alert after Sunday's bloodshed which Syrian state television said killed 23 people and wounded 350 when Israeli troops shot at protesters marking the anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War.

Israel's military said it counted 10 protesters dead -- none of whom was killed by Israeli fire.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/344165/Syria-overstated-Golan-toll-Israel.html

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Afghans want Taliban dropped from UN sanctions list

Jun 08, 2011

KABUL: Afghan officials are asking the United Nations Security Council to lift sanctions against some 50 Taliban figures, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, amid moves towards reconciliation.

The council’s al Qaeda and Taliban sanctions committee is expected to decide whether to remove the names – who include members of the High Council for Peace set up last year by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to seek talks with the Taliban – by the middle of this month. Western officials in Kabul say they are trying to set up communication channels with Taliban leaders but stress this is at a very early stage.

Karzai set up the peace council to seek talks with the Taliban in return for them laying down their arms and accepting the constitution, although its overtures have been rejected by the terrorists. Peter Wittig, Germany’s ambassador to the UN and chairman of the Security Council’s al Qaeda and Taliban sanctions committee, said on a visit to Kabul that about 50 delisting requests were pending.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\06\08\story_8-6-2011_pg1_3

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German parliament offers democracy lesson in Arabic

Jun 08, 2011

BERLIN: The German parliament launched an Arabic version of its website Tuesday in a bid to reach out to democracy movements in North Africa and the Middle East, its speaker said.

Norbert Lammert said the Bundestag lower house aimed “to offer information and experience in the Arabic language with basic facts about democratic processes and parliamentary procedure.”

Lammert, from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, said in a statement that the page www.bundestag.de/ar was intended as “specific help for people in Arab states fighting to achieve freedom and democracy and develop a parliamentary culture.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\06\08\story_8-6-2011_pg4_2

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Family seek proof of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death

June 8, 2011

THATHI: Four days after reports of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death emerged, the reputed al Qaeda commander’s family say they know nothing about his fate and nor do the intelligence agents who visit.

Thathi, the home village of al Qaeda’s alleged military kingpin, is an arduous six-hour drive from Islamabad, pushing ever higher into the foothills of the Himalayas, carpeted in lush grass but remote and depressingly poor.

Kashmiri’s family say they have not seen him in six years. Nor has he sent money. Elder brother Chaudhry Asghar speaks almost angrily about the burden of having to care for Kashmiri’s frail wife and four growing children.

“We don’t believe he’s dead,” said the 50-year-old, speaking to AFP at a village shop and refusing to let reporters visit Kashmiri’s house or meet the rest of the family until the situation becomes “clearer”.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/184669/family-seek-proof-of-ilyas-kashmiris-death/

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Pak-Afghan Commission: Upper Dir incursion to figure in talks with Kabul

By Qaiser Butt

June 8, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The three-day incursions, allegedly carried out by Afghan militants, on the Shaltalo checkpoint in Upper Dir will be one of the vital issues that will figure in the opening session of a high-level Pakistan-Afghanistan joint commission on June 10 in Islamabad, an official source told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity.

Islamabad will take up the issue with President Hamid Karzai during his forthcoming visit to Pakistan, the source said. However, reports have surfaced that the incursions that killed over 28 policemen, security forces personnel and civilians, were carried out by the Afghan army and sponsored by US, Nato forces.

Meanwhile, Islamabad had already taken up the issue with the US and Nato forces, a foreign ministry official said. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain issued a stern warning to Nato and Kabul soon after the incursion took place, saying, “Nato is either incompetent or complicit with the infiltrators.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/184495/pak-afghan-commission-upper-dir-incursion-to-figure-in-talks-with-kabul/

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Afghan pullout: It’ll not be a complete withdrawal, says UK envoy

By Masror Hausen

June 8, 2011

ISLAMABAD: NATO-ISAF forces have announced their intention to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, but the British ambassador in Kabul, William Patey, believes it will not be a complete withdrawal.

Talking to a select group of journalists at the British High Commission in Islamabad, the visiting envoy said US and NATO forces will “never abandon Afghanistan.” He said the anxiety brewing in the minds of Pakistanis and other regional stakeholders is understandable.

“Pakistan is now engaging the Taliban and extremists in a more serious way, although Kabul believes Pakistan should do more to encourage the reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” said Patey.  He acknowledged Pakistan’s legitimate security interests in Afghanistan, and added that “Kabul longs for a friendly Pakistan.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/184583/afghan-pullout-itll-not-be-a-complete-withdrawal-uk-uk-envoy/

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Yemen facing humanitarian catastrophe: UNICEF

Jun 8, 2011

LONDON: Yemen is facing a humanitarian catastrophe as an explosion of violence strains the country, Yemen representative for the UN children’s agency UNICEF said.

People in Sanaa are very scared and the country is in desperate need of water and fuel, Geert Cappelaere said.

“This country is absolutely in dire need of humanitarian assistance,” he said.

“We hope that a solution to the political stalemate will come soon, but even if it comes this is not an end to the problems. We cannot emphasize that enough. Forty percent of the population lives below the poverty line and the repercussions of this are just huge.”

Cappelaere said the insecurity was threatening to exacerbate the malnutrition crisis in Yemen where half of children already have stunted growth — the highest rate in the world.

“Malnutrition levels are horrendous. Food prices are going up so malnutrition levels that are already high are going up too,” he said by phone from Sanaa.

Schools have also closed so children cannot sit exams, which will jeopardise their future opportunities, he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article450576.ece

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Joint efforts needed to fight domestic violence, says Princess Adilah

Jun 8, 2011

JEDDAH: Princess Adilah bint Abdullah, vice chair of the National Family Security Program (NFSP), has called for joint efforts to combat family violence. “We should deal with this problem with greater determination,” she said.

Addressing a meeting of experts in Riyadh, she commended the support given by the late Princess Seeta bint Abdulaziz, to the organization, adding that the late princess had dedicated her life to strengthen family bonds in Saudi society.

She underscored the government’s efforts to protect human rights. She hoped that the meeting would come out with effective resolutions to prevent family violence and protect and rehabilitate its victims. The program organized by the Health Affairs Department of the National Guard will be held at Marriott Hotel in Riyadh. It will discuss the effects of family violence on society and measures taken to protect its victims.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article450540.ece

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Diabetes in Saudi Arabia might grow by 283% in two decades: Experts

By RODOLFO ESTIMO JR.

Jun 8, 2011

RIYADH: Two British experts on diabetes have warned that the number of diabetics in Saudi Arabia will grow by 283 percent by 2030 due to changes in lifestyle and diet leading to increasing levels of obesity.

"For this reason it is necessary for Saudi nationals to be more careful about their lifestyles, especially as it pertains to the food that is readily available here and which they can well afford," said Philip David Home, professor at Newcastle University, during a news briefing recently in Riyadh.

He added that diabetes and heart disease are the two main causes of death in the Kingdom, which has the second highest rate of diabetes in the GCC after the UAE.

Asked how to control the disease, he said that regular physical exercise, wholesome dietary habits and healthy lifestyle are some of the best ways to protect people in the Kingdom from developing Type 2 diabetes — a health disorder forerunner to many other medical complications.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article450541.ece

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Libyan woman who claimed rape arrives in Romania

Jun 7, 2011

TIMISOARA, Romania: The UN refugee agency says a Libyan woman who claimed she was raped by Qaddafi troops has arrived in Romania.

UNHCR spokeswoman Claudia Liute said Tuesday that Iman Al-Obeidi arrived in Romania alone on a flight from Italy late Sunday. Liute says the 29-year-old is staying in a refugee transit center in the western Romanian city of Timisoara where she can remain for up to six months.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article450121.ece

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