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70 Year Old Trustee of Mumbai Mosque Held for Raping a Minor and Making MMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

70 Year Old Trustee of Mumbai Mosque Held for Raping a Minor and Making MMS

Separatist Hurriyat Conference says met Lashkar boss, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed so what?

Gujarat HC to monitor CBI investigations in Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case

UP govt to provide free housing to Muslim living in slums

Spiritually thrilled after Umrah, Dilip Kumar extends Makkah stay

Rape accused Inspector Qureshi had planted crude bombs on HC premises: Police

Owaisi hate speech probe: Police issue notice to TV channels

S P Leader refuses to apologize for women’s safety remarks

India, Bangladesh to sign liberalized visa pact

Samjhauta ‘bomber’ alleges torture

Picked up for riots in Dhule in 2008, he now trains Muslim youths to be cops

High alert, reports of troop build-up on both sides of Indo-Pak border

Govt should rethink confidence building measures with Pakistan: Congress

Security agencies not worried about Pakistani Taliban's threat to enter Kashmir

At LoC, we're like goalkeepers in penalty shootouts, say Jawans

Pakistani soldier's killing response to provocation: India

We only fired back, India tells Pak as LoC remains tense

Pak attack un-Islamic and barbaric, says AMU scholars

Pakistan army, not Jihadis, behind brutal attack on 2 Indian soldiers

Hope endures for Sarabjit kin amid border tension

Ex-minister of J&K bails out 2 natives held with rifles

Andhra police begin questioning of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi

Govt will not give in to 'wild calls for revenge': Salman Khurshid

Pak intruder held in Jammu and Kashmir

 

Pakistan

Shias in Quetta refuse to bury victims, demand Army control

Shia upsurge as Sunni, Baloch attacks kill 140 in Pakistan

What did you give us except more death? Shia leader asks Pak army chief Kayani

I did not visit areas along LoC, Hafiz Saeed says

Terrorism threats: Qadri asks SC to take suo motu notice against Malik

Pak Rangers postpone flag meet till February 20; cite no reason

Christians demand proper investigation into Mardan church attack

Lashkar-e-Islam asks tribe to offer recruits

Islamabad court disposes of TMQ petition against harassment, arrests

PM orders delegation of policing powers to FC in Quetta

Sectarian killings in Balochistan: DNA samples of Mastung victims lost

Blast near ANP leader Shakeel Omarzai’s convoy; 12 injured

MQM pledges support for Hazara Shia protest

Qadri calls for formation of ‘impartial’ election commission

 

Arab World

Brotherhood bites the hand that feeds: Dubai Police chief

Rallies highlight Sunni anger against Shiite Prime Minister Al-Maliki

Islamic cultural capital for 2013, Madinah, lines up year-long féte

Syria Emerges as a New Battlefield for Jordan’s Jihadists

Iraqi inmates seize weapons, escape from prison

Forum to focus on 21 Arab economic projects

Kuwaitis ‘financed Brotherhood members held in UAE’

Iraq threatens to seize oil shipments, sue dealers

Demonstrators Rally in Support of Iraqi Government

 

South Asia

Afghan Taliban Commanders Say They Were Tortured by Pakistani Intelligence

Opposition’s 'principal job' saving war criminals: Bangladesh PM

10 Bangladeshis killed in Bahrain fire

 

Europe

U.N. Expresses Dismay over Saudi Execution of Sri Lankan Maid

French Army Says No Current Plan to Target Northern Mali

US, Russia talks on Syria end without breakthrough

Captors kill hostage in Somalia during French raid

Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal

 

Africa

Mali war escalates with French intervention

Concern for Safety of Five Opposition Leaders Detained in Sudan

Islamists driven from Konna: Mali official

French soldier killed in failed Somalia hostage rescue: Islamist

West African States Poised to Send Troops to Fight Mali Rebels

Tunisians set fire to police station, cars in border town protest

 

North America

US condemns 'senseless and inhumane attacks in Pakistan

US for taking Taliban on board in Afghan peace process

US asks Pakistan to ensure protection of minorities

Obama, Karzai agree to speed up Afghan military transition

Somerset Islamic Society attorney claims discrimination in mosque plan

Conditional Land Use Settlement between Islamic Centre and City of Lomita

CAIR Asks S. Carolina Dept. of Corrections to Allow Hijab

British aid 'to fund Ethiopian paramilitaries' accused of rape, murder and torture

Pak safe havens requires more than military solution: Obama

US to speed up Afghan troop transition: Obama

 

Australia

Ship out Australian head of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Queensland Liberal MP

 

Mideast Asia

Turkey Demands Hollande Explain Meeting with Dead Kurd

A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa’s Wars Back to Iran

 

Southeast Asia

Thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Malaysia

Democracy needs govt support: Former Malaysian deputy PM

Over 600 Illegal Rohingya Migrants Held in Thai Raids

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Hazara Shias refuse to bury blast dead for second day

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India

 

70 Year Old Trustee of Mumbai Mosque Held for Raping a Minor and Making MMS

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 12, 2013

Mumbai:  The custodian of a mosque in Mumbai was arrested for raping a minor and making her MMS, a UNI report said. He had also warned the girl not to tell this to her parents.

The custodian of a local mosque in Mumbai, Niaz Ahmad Hasan allegedly persuaded a 13 year girl to go with him on the first floor of the complex in which the mosque is situated and committed unnatural sexual act with her there. The incident occurred a month ago. The crime came to light when a person got hold of the mobile phone with which the MMS of the act was made. Hasan’s mobile phone had gone missing and was recovered by a person close to the victim’s father.

After seeing the MMS, the victim’s father went to the Shivaji Nagar police station. A case has been registered against the mutawalli.  The Additional Commissioner of Police (Eastern) Qaiser Khalid told the press that the mobile used for making the MMS had been recovered and seized and the accused had been arrested and investigation was being made.

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Separatist Hurriyat Conference says met Lashkar boss, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed so what?

By Mail Today Bureau in Srinagar

 12 January 2013

THE separatist Hurriyat Conference has refused to divulge any details about its meeting with Lashkar- e- Tayyeba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, saying people should not “ kick up a fuss” about their Islamabad meetings.

“Whoever we meet, we speak our mind right into his heart. Why should people make a noise over nothing,” said senior Hurriyat leader professor Abdul Gani Bhat.

Bhat was part of the seven member delegation that visited Pakistan from December 15- 28, 2012, and met the LeT chief, mastermind of the 26/ 11 Mumbai terror attack, among others.

The other members of the delegation were Hurriyat Conference chairman Dr Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Bilal Gani Lone, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Al- Hasan, Musadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.

“How does it matter whom we meet? Whom we meet is not important, what you talk there is important,” said Bhat, refusing to divulge what transpired during the meeting.

The Hurriyat describes its meeting with Saeed as unscheduled and says it took place without any government role.

He said the Hurriyat seeks settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

“We are not criminals. We are in politics, we represent sentiments. Why should people make it an issue,” he insisted.

The Mirwaiz was not available for comment.

During their stay in Pakistan, the Hurriyat leaders also met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar and other officials.

They met Opposition leaders Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif.

The Hurriyat delegation also met Pakistan Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Since his return from Islamabad, the Mirwaiz has linked the resolution of the Afghan problem with Kashmir and said India and Pakistan cannot have consensus on Afghanistan unless Kashmir was resolved. He has also called for dismantling the Line of Control. CM Omar Abdullah had hailed him for his Pakistan visit and described it as a positive development.

Separatist outfit describes its meeting with Hafiz Saeed as ‘ unscheduled’

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Gujarat HC to monitor CBI investigations in Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case

Jan 11, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Granting additional time to CBI for investigating the Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case of 2004, the Gujarat high court on Friday said it would now monitor the probe.

The court has asked the agency to submit a progress report by March 15.

A division bench of justices Jayant Patel and Abhilasha Kumari observed that progress in investigation of the Ishrat case was only 'to the extent of 30-40 per cent'.

"Looking at the case diaries submitted along with the report, it seems that investigation has not reached the crucial stage... We would require to monitor the investigation," the bench said.

CBI, which was directed to probe the case by the high court on December 1, 2011 had filed an application seeking direction to the Gujarat government to extend the services of IPS officer Satish Verma for six more months.

While hearing the application on December 10, the court had asked the agency to submit a progress report in investigation.

Even when CBI submitted its report on December 27, the court had expressed its disappointment.

"After going through the status report submitted before us, prima facie it looks like nothing substantial has been done by CBI," the court had observed and directed the agency to prepare a detailed and datewise report, which was submitted on Thursday.

Mumbai girl Ishrat Jehan(19), Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Sheikh, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana were shot dead by Ahmedabad city crime branch officers between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar on June 15, 2004.

Earlier SIT, formed by the high court, had concluded that the encounter was staged, and death of the four had taken place before the encounter.

Gujarat police, at that time, had claimed that all the four were Laskar-e-Taiba operatives and had entered the city to kill chief minister Narendra Modi.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-HC-to-monitor-CBI-investigations-in-Ishrat-Jehan-fake-encounter-case/articleshow/17986620.cms

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UP govt to provide free housing to Muslim living in slums

By Isha Jain

 Jan 11, 2013

LUCKNOW: The Akhilesh Yadav government recently initiated a scheme to provide free houses to poor Muslims.

Known as Asra Housing Scheme, the Muslims living in urban slums will be given free homes.

Constructed by the State Urban Development Agency, these houses will be of 25 square meter area including a room, a verandah, a kitchen and a bathroom. These houses will be given to those Muslim families whose income does not exceed Rs 6,000 per month. In case the number of applicant exceeds, the houses will be awarded through lottery system.

At present, the state government is already doling out Rs 30,000 to Muslim girls who have passed high school.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UP-govt-to-provide-free-housing-to-Muslim-living-in-slums/articleshow/17985031.cms

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Spiritually thrilled after Umrah, Dilip Kumar extends Makkah stay

 12 January 2013

Legendary Indian actor Muhammad Yousuf Khan — who attained world fame with his screen name Dilip Kumar — and his actress wife Saira Bano have been so touched and spiritually exhilarated by their journey to Makkah that they have extended their stay in the holy city by a couple of more days.

“Dilip Kumar performed Umrah along with a 21-member entourage three days ago … He was absolutely thrilled and spiritually charged,” said Faisal I. Farooqui, a close family friend and CEO of mouthshut.com.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/spiritually-thrilled-after-umrah-dilip-kumar-extends-makkah-stay

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Rape accused Inspector Qureshi had planted crude bombs on HC premises: Police

Jan 12 2013

Ahmedabad : In order to gain sympathy from the police and prove his credentials, Police Inspector F M Qureshi, arrested in a rape case, had allegedly planted crude bombs on the service road that leads to the Gujarat High Court and recovered it later, a senior official alleged today.

Qureshi, who was the security in-charge of the Gujarat High Court, has been arrested for allegedly raping a 37-year old woman, police said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rape-accused-inspector-qureshi-had-planted-crude-bombs-on-hc-premises.../1058404/

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Owaisi hate speech probe: Police issue notice to TV channels

Jan 11, 2013

HYDERABAD: Though the   Adilabad   police had arrested   MIM   MLA   Akbaruddin   first in relation to the 'hate speech' he had delivered in   Nirmal, their Hyderabad counterparts, who also booked a case against the   Chandrayangutta   MLA, are a step ahead of them in gathering evidence.

On Thursday, the   Osmania   Univesity   (OU) police issued notices to four local TV channels for airing the   Nizamabad   and   Nirmal   speeches of   Akbaruddin.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Owaisi-hate-speech-probe-Police-issue-notice-to-TV-channels/articleshow/17983761.cms

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S P Leader refuses to apologize for women’s safety remarks

Jan 12, 2013

MUMBAI: A defiant Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Friday refused to apologize for his remarks on women after the Delhi gang rape. "The statements made by me were out of concern for women's safety. I stand by them. There is no need to apologize for any of those remarks," Azmi said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Abu-Azmi-refuses-to-apologize-for-womens-safety-remarks/articleshow/17991192.cms

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India, Bangladesh to sign liberalized visa pact

Jan 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: India and Bangladesh may sign a liberalized visa agreement and extradition treaty later this month when home minister Sushilkumar Shinde visits Dhaka for three-day home minister-level talks between the two countries, beginning on January 28.

The new visa agreement, called revised travel arrangements, will remove some restrictions on visit of each other's businesspersons, senior citizens above 65 years of age and children below 12 — on the lines of the new visa regime between India and Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Bangladesh-to-sign-liberalized-visa-pact/articleshow/17989449.cms

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Samjhauta ‘bomber’ alleges torture

Jan 12 2013

New Delhi : Suspected Samjhauta bomber Rajinder Choudhary alias Dashrath has alleged torture and high-handedness by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Choudhary, arrested in connection with the 2007 Samjhauta Express explosion, is in NIA custody. NIA, which arrested Choudhary and three others for their alleged roles in Malegaon, Samjhauta and Mecca Masjid blasts, has denied the allegations.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/samjhauta--bomber--alleges-torture/1058230/

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Picked up for riots in Dhule in 2008, he now trains Muslim youths to be cops

Jan 12 2013

Dhule : A wintry morning in 2008 changed 45-year-old former footballer Raees Qazi’s life forever. Qazi, a successful local businessman and social activist, was picked up by police from his 20-room house on charges ranging from attempt to murder to criminal conspiracy during that year’s Dhule riots.

Dumped in jail and dubbed a SIMI agent by the local media, Qazi could have ended up as an addition to the statistics of Muslims in Maharashtra’s jails. Muslims are 10.6 per cent of the state’s population, but account for 32.4 per cent of its prison numbers.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/picked-up-for-riots-in-dhule-in-2008-he-now-trains-muslim-youths-to-b.../1058235/

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High alert, reports of troop build-up on both sides of Indo-Pak border

Jan 12, 2013

JAMMU: Tension continued to prevail along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan on Saturday, a day after cross-LoC firing was reported on at least eight border posts.

There are also reports of a troop build-up on both sides of the border.

Pakistan has so far not responded to requests from India and its army for a flag meeting at the brigade level to de-escalate tension along the LoC.

Indian intelligence intercepts reveal that the Pakistan Army has cancelled all leaves and ordered its troops to report for duty.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/High-alert-reports-of-troop-build-up-on-both-sides-of-Indo-Pak-border/articleshow/17993641.cms

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Govt should rethink confidence building measures with Pakistan: Congress

Jan 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: Congress on Friday said India would have to rethink continuing the confidence building measures with Pakistan if the neighbouring country did not own up to the beheading of a soldier and take correctives to restore normalcy.

The party said Pakistan had to be given a strong response to underline that India was capable of dealing with defence-related issues while it talks peace.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-should-rethink-confidence-building-measures-with-Pakistan-Congress/articleshow/17990130.cms

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Security agencies not worried about Pakistani Taliban's threat to enter Kashmir

Jan 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: India is not too rattled by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) threat to send its fighters to Kashmir and enforce Sharia law in the country, as there are no inputs with intelligence agencies regarding TTP's plans to deflect its attention from Afghanistan-Pakistan to the eastern border with India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Security-agencies-not-worried-about-Pakistani-Talibans-threat-to-enter-Kashmir/articleshow/17989493.cms

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At LoC, we're like goalkeepers in penalty shootouts, say jawans

Jan 12, 2013

RAJOURI: Rage, shame and betrayal make for a combustible mix and in Rajouri, just 10 km from LoC, the Indian Army is oscillating between the three. Of these three, rage is the most visible on the faces of soldiers ambling through the crowded streets of this border town. The desecration of their comrades' body has cut deep.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/At-LoC-were-like-goalkeepers-in-penalty-shootouts-say-jawans/articleshow/17989185.cms

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Pakistani soldier's killing response to provocation: India

Jan 12, 2013

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: New Delhi on Friday reacted to Pakistan's protest over the killing of one of its soldiers in cross-border gunbattle the previous day by asserting that Indian troops had resorted to "controlled response" in retaliation against unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops at Mendhar.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-soldiers-killing-response-to-provocation-India/articleshow/17988867.cms

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We only fired back, India tells Pak as LoC remains tense

 Jan 11, 2013

JAMMU/NEW DELHI: Pakistani troops fired at Indian posts in Jammu and Kashmir again on Friday, leading to an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani army across the Line of Control (LoC).

Army sources said Pakistan opened fire at posts close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Krishna Ghati sector, around 250 km from here, in the afternoon.

"The Army offered a calibrated response to silence Pakistani guns," said the source. The firing lasted for half an hour.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/We-only-fired-back-India-tells-Pak-as-LoC-remains-tense/articleshow/17985748.cms

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Pak attack un-Islamic and barbaric, says AMU scholars

 12 January 2013

A group of intellectuals and scholars from Muslim community has condemned the ghastly killing of two soldiers by Pakistani troops near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, terming it as “un-Islamic” .

At a meeting on Saturday, the Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) passed a resolution describing the January 8 incident as “un-Islamic and barbaric”, its secretary Jasim Mohammad said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pak-attack-unislamic-and-barbaric-says-amu-scholars/article4301766.ece

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Pakistan army, not jihadis, behind brutal attack on 2 Indian soldiers

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times

January 12, 2013

The brutal attack on two Indian soldiers was an act of Pakistani soldiers and not jihadis, according to government sources.

However, intelligence inputs say the Pakistan Army has been under tremendous pressure from jihadis who accuse it of abandoning the Kashmir cause. They also wanted to offset Pakistan's peace process with India.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Pakistan-army-not-jihadis-behind-brutal-attack-on-2-Indian-soldiers/Article1-988513.aspx

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Hope endures for Sarabjit kin amid border tension

Richa Srivastava, Hindustan Times

January 12, 2013

The never-say-despair spirit has become the hallmark of the family of Sarabjit Singh over the years. Despite the escalating India-Pakistan border tension after the killing of two Indian jawans on the Line of Control, they still hope he will soon walk free from a Pakistani jail where he has been lodged for over 22 years.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Lucknow/Hope-endures-for-Sarabjit-kin-amid-border-tension/Article1-988636.aspx

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Ex-minister of J&K bails out 2 natives held with rifles

Gautam S Mengle

 Jan 12 2013

Two of 21 Jammu and Kashmiri natives arrested by Crime Branch Wednesday for violating gun licence terms and condictions were bailed out by a former cabinet minister of that state Thursday.

Sources said the politician, in Mumbai for unrelated work, came to know of the arrests and reached the Crime Branch property cell office. “The politician was there for nearly three hours, talking to officers. He then offered to stand guarantee for two,” said a source.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/exminister-of-j-k-bails-out-2-natives-held-with-rifles/1058263/

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Andhra police begin questioning of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi

Jan 12, 2013

ADILABAD: Police on Saturday began interrogation of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, booked for alleged sedition and criminal conspiracy for his "hate speech", a day after getting his five-day custody from a court here in Andhra Pradesh.

Nirmal town police in Adilabad district, who had registered a case against Owaisi, arrested him from Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on January 8. He was later remanded in 14-day judicial custody.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Andhra-police-begin-questioning-of-MIM-leader-Akbaruddin-Owaisi/articleshow/17995669.cms

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Govt will not give in to 'wild calls for revenge': Salman Khurshid

Jan 12, 2013

NEW DELHI: External affairs minister Salman Khurshid said on Saturday the government will not buckle to "wild calls for revenge and reaction" over the killing and beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops.

In an interview to a news channel, Khurshid said the heightened border tensions "demands very responsible and sensible and moderate behaviour".

"We're not going to be pressurised by wild calls for revenge and reaction. We will do what is in the best interest of the country and peace, keeping in mind that there is a lot at stake.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-will-not-give-in-to-wild-calls-for-revenge-Salman-Khurshid/articleshow/17996269.cms

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Pak intruder held in Jammu and Kashmir

 Jan 12, 2013

JAMMU: A Pakistani intruder was arrested by the security forces along the Indo-Pak border in Gharkhal area of Jammu district.

The forces deployed on the border observed some suspicious movement of the unidentified intruder near Ranjeet Gate in Akhnoor belt of Jammu district on Friday night and arrested him, a defence spokesman said here on Saturday.

The intruder has been put under interrogation, he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-intruder-held-in-Jammu-and-Kashmir/articleshow/17995689.cms

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Pakistan

 

Shias in Quetta refuse to bury victims, demand Army control

Jan 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of minority Shia Hazaras continued their sit-in protest for a second day today in southwest Pakistan's terror-hit Quetta, refusing to bury the over 80 victims of bomb attacks till the army takes control of the city to improve security.

Protesters from the vulnerable community, including women, children and the elderly, joined a sit-in at Alamdar Road, a Shia-dominated neighbourhood where 92 people were killed in bomb blasts on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Shias-in-Quetta-refuse-to-bury-victims-demand-Army-control/articleshow/17994372.cms

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Shia upsurge as Sunni, Baloch attacks kill 140 in Pakistan

Jan 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The death toll from a wave of terror attacks by homegrown Sunni groups and a Baloch separatist outfit in Pakistan's restive northwest rose to 140 on Friday. Refusing to bury the dead, Shiite Muslim leader Maulana Amin Shaheedi challenged army chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani , saying he had failed to protect the minority sect.

The city of Quetta witnessed the worst violence, with three blasts targeting Shias, who have in the past few years borne the brunt of the violence unleashed by the Pakistan Taliban and Sunni extremist groups in Balochistan, Swat and Peshawar .

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Shia-upsurge-as-Sunni-Baloch-attacks-kill-140-in-Pakistan/articleshow/17991388.cms

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What did you give us except more death? Shia leader asks Pak army chief Kayani

Jan 11, 2013

QUETTA: In a rare challenge, a Shia Muslim leader publicly criticised Pakistani military chief General Ashfaq Kayani over security in the country on Friday after bombings targeting the minority sect killed 118 people.

The criticism of Kayani, arguably the most powerful man in the South Asian state, highlighted Shia frustrations with Pakistan's failure to contain Sunni Muslim militant groups who have vowed to wipe out Shias.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/What-did-you-give-us-except-more-death-Shia-leader-asks-Pak-army-chief-Kayani/articleshow/17986104.cms

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I did not visit areas along LoC, Hafiz Saeed says

 Jan 12, 2013

LAHORE: Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed claimed on Saturday he had not visited areas along the Line of Control shortly before a recent spurt in violations of a ceasefire put in place in 2003.

"I did not visit the LoC where the Indian soldiers were killed," Saeed, who now heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/I-did-not-visit-areas-along-LoC-Hafiz-Saeed-says/articleshow/17995949.cms

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Terrorism threats: Qadri asks SC to take suo motu notice against Malik

 January 12, 2013

LAHORE: Minhaj ul Quran International (MQI) chief Tahirul Qadri requested the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice against Interior Minister Rehman Malik for having information regarding terrorist attacks.

Qadri, during a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, played footage of Malik in which he announced the threats Qadri will face during the long march.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/493027/terrorism-threats-qadri-asks-sc-to-take-suo-motu-notice-against-malik/

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Pak Rangers postpone flag meet till February 20; cite no reason

 January 12, 2013

A flag meeting between commanders of the BSF and Pakistan Rangers is expected to be held next month over a host of issues including ceasefire violations.

Border Security Force (BSF) sources said that a "routine" border meeting between the field commanders of the force and Rangers was scheduled for January 16 on the Pakistani side at Munnabao border.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Pak-Rangers-postpone-flag-meet-till-February-20-cite-no-reason/Article1-988692.aspx

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Christians demand proper investigation into Mardan church attack

 January 12, 2013

PESHAWAR: Christians in district Mardan demanded that officials reinvestigate the destruction of the Sarhadi Luthern Church.

The Sarhadi Lutheran Church and several Christian residential quarters were set ablaze by a mob on September 21, 2012 when countrywide protests took place against the film ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/492748/sep-21-riots-christians-demand-proper-investigation-into-mardan-church-attack/

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Lashkar-e-Islam asks tribe to offer recruits

 January 12, 2013

JAMRUD: A wave of panic ran through Zakha Khel tribemen in the Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency on Friday after Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI) fighters told them to find them new recruits and money or leave the area.

Talking to journalists from an undisclosed location, LeI spokesperson Abu Rasheed Lashkari said the Zakakhel tribesmen were opposed to the LeI and therefore it had issued a warning to them.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/492882/lashkar-e-islam-asks-tribe-to-offer-recruits/

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Islamabad court disposes of TMQ petition against harassment, arrests

 January 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad session judge on Saturday disposed of a petition filed by the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran(TMQ) over the alleged harassment and arrest by the police of the TMQ workers, DawnNews reported.

The district administration and the police had told the court that TMQ workers were neither being arrested nor harassed.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/islamabad-court-disposes-of-tmq-petition-against-harassment-arrests/

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PM orders delegation of policing powers to FC in Quetta

   January 12, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday issued directives to delegate policing powers to the Frontier Corps (FC) in Quetta, DawnNews reported.

The premier issued the directives after a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

The FC has been directed to assist the Balochistan government in maintaining peace and controlling the law and order situation in the province in the wake of the multiple bombings that have claimed the lives of over 100 people.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/pm-orders-delegation-of-policing-powers-to-fc-in-quetta/

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Sectarian killings in Balochistan: DNA samples of Mastung victims lost

 January 12, 2013

RAWALPINDI, Jan 11: DNA identification and burial of the 19 city residents killed by sectarian militants in Mastung on Dec 29, 2012 has been further delayed as the samples collected from the bodies got lost.

Two local hospitals collected fresh samples on Friday and the process of identification would take a week or 10 days for the bodies to be handed to legal heirs for burial.

Officials said that samples of the relatives of the dead were collected for DNA matching soon after the bodies arrived in the garrison city and kept in mortuaries — 16 in the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and three in the DHQ Hospital.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/sectarian-killings-in-balochistan-dna-samples-of-mastung-victims-lost/

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Blast near ANP leader Shakeel Omarzai’s convoy; 12 injured

 January 12, 2013

CHARSADDA: A bomb blast occurred near a convoy of Awami National Party (ANP) leader and member of provincial assembly (MPA) Shakeel Bashir Omarzai in the Charsadda district’s Omarzai tehsil on Saturday.

The incident took place near Hari Chand Road in Khan Ghari village of the tehsil.

Twelve people, including Shakeel Omarzai, his father and former MPA Bashir Omarzai and three police personnel who were part of Shakeel’s security detail were injured in the blast.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/blast-near-convoy-of-anp-leader-shakeel-omarzais-convoy-12-injured/

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MQM pledges support for Hazara Shia protest

 January 12, 2013

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday pledged support for the sit-in protest by the Hazara Shia community in Quetta, calling on the federal and Balochistan governments to accept the legitimate demands of the grieving relatives of victims of Thursday’s blasts in the city.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/mqm-pledges-support-for-hazara-shia-protest/

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Qadri calls for formation of ‘impartial’ election commission

 January 12, 2013

LAHORE: Two days before his party marches on Islamabad for electoral reforms in Pakistan,Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ), has called for the Election Commission of Pakistan to be dissolved and a new “impartial commission” to be formed.

Speaking at a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, Qadri announced his charter of demands before the upcoming general elections. Qadri said that the charter consists of seven points out of which one will be announced today and the rest will be revealed in Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/12/qadri-calls-for-formation-of-impartial-election-commission/

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Arab World

 

Brotherhood bites the hand that feeds: Dubai Police chief

Staff Reporter / 11 January 2013

Dubai Police chief Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim has again lashed out at the Muslim Brotherhood in an interview to an Arabic newspaper and said they used the countries in which they were granted refuge to target the hosts themselves.

He also warned of the Iranian threat and alleged that Tehran interfered in the internal affairs of the GCC countries. In an interview to the London-based Asharq Al Awasat daily, the police chief said the group had a network across the Emirates which they had nurtured for 40 years.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Rallies highlight Sunni anger against  Shiite Prime Minister Al-Maliki

 12 January 2013

BAGHDAD: Tens of thousands of Iraqi Sunnis took to the streets in Baghdad and other cities after prayers on Friday, in another show of discontent with Shiite Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.

Three weeks of mass protests reflect deep discontent among Sunnis who say Al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government has marginalized their minority community.

Waving Iraqi flags and chanting against the government, several thousand protesters gathered with Sunni leaders and clerics outside Baghdad’s huge Umm Al-Qura mosque, the city’s largest mosque, which was built by former leader Saddam Hussein.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/rallies-highlight-sunni-anger-against-al-maliki

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Islamic cultural capital for 2013, Madinah, lines up year-long féte

 12 January 2013

Muslims all over the world are happy over the selection of Madinah, which is also known as the city of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as the Islamic cultural capital for 2013.

Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed said his administration would organize year-long celebrations to mark the occasion, adding that the programs would start on Jan. 20.

A number of other Muslim cities including Rabat, Isfahan, Dakar, Fez and Alexandria were declared the Islamic cultural capital in the past.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/islamic-cultural-capital-lines-year-long-f%C3%A9te

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Syria Emerges as a New Battlefield for Jordan’s Jihadists

Murad Batal al-Shishani

January 10, 2013

While the influence of jihadists is increasing in Syria where they are fighting alongside other Syrian armed groups to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the country is increasingly attracting Arab fighters from neighbouring countries, including Jordan. More than 200 jihadists from Jordan have flocked to Syria since the crisis entered its military phase by the end of 2011 (al-Ghad [Amman], October 13, 2012). The migration to Syria is opening a new stage in Jordan’s jihadist history.

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40284&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=cbfae77ff4134f7febe886dffc21a0be

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Iraqi inmates seize weapons, escape from prison

Jan 11, 2013

BAGHDAD: A dozen prisoners including al-Qaida-linked death row inmates escaped from a prison near Baghdad on Friday, the latest sign that Iraq still struggles with basic law and order more than a year after American troops withdrew, officials said.

The brazen prison break happened hours before thousands of overwhelmingly Sunni protesters rallied in the capital and other parts of the country, keeping pressure on an Iraqi government. Among the demands of the three-week wave of protests are the release of detainees held in Iraqi jails and changes to a tough counterterrorism law that Sunnis believe unfairly targets their sect.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraqi-inmates-seize-weapons-escape-from-prison/articleshow/17985058.cms

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Forum to focus on 21 Arab economic projects

Omar Bahlaiwa

 12 January 2013

Private and public sector leaders gather here today to discuss 21 major Arab development projects aimed at boosting the economies of the region.

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal will inaugurate the Arab Private Sector Forum in Riyadh, a senior official of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) told Arab News yesterday.

This meeting comes ahead of the Arabic Economic Summit that takes place on Jan. 21 in Riyadh.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/forum-focus-21-arab-economic-projects

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Kuwaitis ‘financed Brotherhood members held in UAE’

11 January 2013

KUWAIT: Hard-liners held in the UAE accused of planning to topple the government were financed by Kuwaiti nationals; Kuwaiti media reported yesterday, lending support to UAE fears of an international plot against its rulers.

The UAE has detained more than 60 radicals in the past year who it says belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt in 1928 and which is banned in the Gulf Arab state, and who it accuses of planning to establish an Islamic state and operating an armed wing.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/kuwaitis-%E2%80%98financed-brotherhood-members-held-uae%E2%80%99

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Iraq threatens to seize oil shipments, sue dealers

 11 January 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraq is threatening to seize oil exports made without its consent and sue companies dealing in what it sees as contraband crude just days after the country’s self-rule Kurdish region began unilaterally exporting oil.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iraq-threatens-seize-oil-shipments-sue-dealers

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Demonstrators Rally in Support of Iraqi Government

January 12, 2013

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite demonstrators took to the streets in Iraq's capital Saturday to show support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has faced angry protests in Sunni provinces in a sign of growing sectarian tensions.

Under tight security measures, about 2,000 people took part in the rally held in downtown Baghdad, some holding pictures of the Shiite prime minister. They reject Sunni calls to abolish a tough anti-terrorism law and another law banning former members of the disbanded Baath party from holding government jobs.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-

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South Asia

 

Afghan Taliban Commanders Say They Were Tortured by Pakistani Intelligence

Jan 12, 2013

Sami Yousafzai

Afghanistan’s former leaders are emerging from Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence lockups with tales of horror. Could the harsh treatment now backfire on their backers in Islamabad?

t may be difficult to sympathize with the plight of former Taliban officials and commanders who have been incarcerated in Pakistan’s shadowy, extrajudicial prison lockups without charge for the past several years.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/12/taliban-commanders-say-they-were-tortured-by-pakistani-intelligence.html

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Opposition’s 'principal job' saving war criminals: Bangladesh PM

 12 January 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said that saving the war criminals of 1971 and establishing them in society has been adopted by the BNP-led opposition alliance as its principal job.

“They (opposition) want to stop the trial of the war criminals, they want to establish the war criminals in the society and this is the principal job of the opposition,” she said addressing a views-exchange meeting with lawyers from different corners of the country at her official residence Gono Bhaban.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43911

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10 Bangladeshis killed in Bahrain fire

 12 January 2013

Ten Bangladeshi workers were among the 13 burnt to death in the Bahraini capital Manama on Friday as a fire raged through a three-storey building used as a bachelor's camp.

Two more Bangladeshi workers also sustained injuries in the fire, said sources at the foreign ministry.

Two of the deceased were identified as Nazir Ahmed, son of Sakir Ahmed; and Jasim, son of Abu Naser Mia, of Nabinagar upazila in Brahmanbaria, said Shameem Ahsan, director general of external publicity wing of the foreign ministry, quoting Bangladesh mission in Bahrain.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43895

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Europe

 

U.N. Expresses Dismay Over Saudi Execution of Sri Lankan Maid

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

January 12, 2013

GENEVA — The United Nations human rights office expressed its “deep dismay” on Friday over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a young Sri Lankan housemaid accused of killing a child, a sentence carried out despite concerns about flaws in the conviction process and numerous international appeals for clemency.

Saudi Arabia beheaded the woman, Rizana Nafeek, on Wednesday for the death of a 4-month-old infant in her care in 2005, when she was 17 years old, below the age that the death sentence can be applied, according to international law. She was either 24 or 25 at her death.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/world/middleeast/un-expresses-dismay-over-saudi-  

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French Army Says No Current Plan to Target Northern Mali

January 12, 2013

PARIS (Reuters) - France is building up its military intervention in Mali to help quash a rebel offensive but has no current plans to extend operations to northern areas controlled by the Islamists, army chief Edouard Guillaud said on Saturday.

Guillaud told reporters extra military planes had been sent to Africa, after strikes had destroyed half a dozen pick-up trucks belonging to the rebels, and that Rafale fighter jets could strike from bases in France.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/12/world/europe/12reuters-mali-rebels-

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US, Russia talks on Syria end without breakthrough

 Jan 11, 2013

GENEVA: International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi and envoys from Russia and the United States - backers of opposing sides in Syria's civil war - failed to make a breakthrough in talks on Friday seeking a political solution to the conflict.

"We stressed again that in our view there was no military solution to this conflict," Brahimi said in a joint statement read out after his closed-door talks with US deputy secretary of state William Burns and Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-Russia-talks-on-Syria-end-without-breakthrough/articleshow/17987714.cms

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Captors kill hostage in Somalia during French raid

APJan 12, 2013

PARIS: The French defence ministry says the captors of a French military agent killed him during a French commando raid in Somalia. The ministry says 17 Islamists and two French commandos also died in the fighting.

Gen. Martin Klotz, a spokesman for the ministry, declined to provide details of the overnight operation aimed at rescuing fellow DGSE spy service agent Denis Allex, the code-name for the agent who had been held hostage in Somalia since 2009.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Captors-kill-hostage-in-Somalia-during-French-raid/articleshow/17994641.cms

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Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal

By Steve Gutterman

 Jan 12, 2013

(Reuters) - Russia voiced support on Saturday for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict.

A Foreign Ministry statement following talks on Friday with the United States and Brahimi, whom the Syrian government has labelled "flagrantly biased", reiterated calls for an end to violence in Syria, where more than 60,000 people have been killed since March 2011.

At the meeting in Geneva with Brahimi and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov "expressed unfailing support for Brahimi's mission as the U.N.-Arab League special envoy on Syria," it said.

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/syria-crisis-russia-idINDEE90B03D20130112

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Africa

 

Mali war escalates with French intervention

 12 January 2013

With Islamist militants controlling more than half of the northwest African nation of Mali and threatening the rest of government-held territory, France launched airstrikes in a dramatic escalation of the conflict that some observers have called the next Afghanistan. French commandoes also reportedly attacked an Islamist base in Somalia to try to rescue a French hostage.

The raid early Saturday in Somalia could have been aimed at preventing al-Shabab fighters from harming the kidnapped French security official in reprisal for the French military intervention in Mali. A Somali intelligence official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the case with the news media, said the raid in Bulomarer killed “several” al-Shabab fighters but he had no information on the hostage.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/mali-war-escalates-with-french-intervention/article4301602.ece

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Concern for Safety of Five Political Opposition Leaders Detained in Sudan

11 JANUARY 2013

Five political opposition leaders have been arrested by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on their return from a meeting in Kampala, Uganda attended by Sudanese political opposition parties and armed opposition groups. The five are detained incommunicado in an unknown location and are at risk of torture and ill-treatment. Attempts by families of the detainees to obtain further information have been rejected by the NISS.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201301111495.html?viewall=1

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Islamists driven from Konna: Mali official

Jan 12, 2013

BAMAKO, Mali: A Mali army official says that Islamist militants have been driven out of the Konna, a city the extremists captured this week.

Lt. Col. Diarran Kone said Saturday that the military does not yet control the city and are still searching for any hidden Islamist extremist elements there.

Sanda Abu Mohammed, spokesman for Islamist group Ansar Dine, told The Associated Press he could not confirm if his fighters were still in Konna because communication networks have been down since late Friday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Islamists-driven-from-Konna-Mali-official/articleshow/17994009.cms

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French soldier killed in failed Somalia hostage rescue: Islamist

 Jan 12, 2013

NAIROBI: A French soldier was killed in a failed bid to free a French hostage overnight in southern Somalia, an Islamist spokesman said Saturday.

"The French did not get what they were looking for," Abdulaziz Abu Musab, from Somalia's Shebab insurgents, told AFP by telephone, adding that the French commandos left the body of their colleague behind following the operation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/French-soldier-killed-in-failed-Somalia-hostage-rescue-Islamist/articleshow/17993797.cms

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West African States Poised to Send Troops to Fight Mali Rebels

January 12, 2013

BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - West African states prepared to send troops to Mali and French aircraft bombed Islamist fighters there, as an international campaign to crush rebels who have seized the north of the country gathered pace.

A French pilot died on Friday when his helicopter was shot down near the central Mali town of Mopti. Hours later, in Somalia, a bid to rescue a French hostage held by Islamists failed and Paris said it believed the man had died in the raid.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/12/world/africa/12reuters-mali-

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Tunisians set fire to police station, cars in border town protest

 11 January 2013

TUNIS: Hundreds of Tunisian protesters demanding jobs and the reopening of a border crossing with Libya set fire to a police station and cars, and police used teargas and fired shots into the air to disperse them yesterday, a Reuters witness said.

Protesters in Ben Guerdane want the Ras Jedir crossing reopened so that trade with Libya, on which most of the population depend, can start again.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/tunisians-set-fire-police-station-cars-border-town-protest

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North America

 

US condemns 'senseless and inhumane attacks in Pakistan

January 12, 2013

QUETTA: The United States has condemned the “senseless and inhumane” extremist attacks in Pakistan after a day of bomb blasts that killed 126 people and sparked angry protests by the Shia.

Two suicide bombers killed 92 people and wounded 121 when they targeted a crowded snooker club in Quetta Thursday, in an area dominated by Shias from the Hazara ethnic minority.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Friday said Washington offered “the families of those killed in these brutal attacks in Quetta, in Swat, in Karachi… our deepest condolences”.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/493017/us-condemns-senseless-and-inhumane-attacks-in-pakistan/

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US for taking Taliban on board in Afghan peace process

 Jan 12 2013

Washington : The US and Afghanistan have agreed upon holding talks with the Taliban, noting that restoration of lasting peace in the trouble-torn region is not possible without the terrorist group departing from terrorism.

To facilitate a dialogue process involving the outfit, the two countries have decided on opening a Taliban representative office in Qatar as part of the reconciliation process of the terrorist group.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-for-taking-taliban-on-board-in-afghan-peace-process/1058386/

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US asks Pakistan to ensure protection of minorities

Jan 12, 2013

WASHINGTON: Strongly condemning a series of terror attacks this week targeting Pakistani Shia Muslims, a US Congress-established body on religious freedom today asked the Obama Administration to impress upon Islamabad to ensure protection of minorities in the country.

"The murder of innocent civilians because of their religious beliefs is outrageous and tragic, and we extend our condolences to their families," said Katrina Lantos Swett, chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

"In response, the Pakistani government must take concrete and meaningful action to protect the minority Shia Muslim community," Swett said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-asks-Pakistan-to-ensure-protection-of-minorities/articleshow/17991969.cms

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Obama, Karzai agree to speed up Afghan military transition

Jan 12, 2013

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on Friday to speed up the handover of combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces this year, underscoring Obama's determination to move decisively to wind down the long, unpopular war.

Signaling a narrowing of differences, Karzai appeared to give ground in White House talks on US demands for immunity from prosecution for any US troops who stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, a concession that could allow Obama to keep at least a small residual force there.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Obama-Karzai-agree-to-speed-up-Afghan-military-transition/articleshow/17989758.cms

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Somerset Islamic Society attorney claims discrimination in mosque plan

Sergio Bichao

 Jan 9, 2013 

BERNARDS — The lawyer for a Somerset County Islamic organization believes that the township Planning Board is discriminating against his clients for wanting to build a mosque in the Liberty Corner section of Bernards.

Vincent T. Bisogno, attorney for the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, said the board increased the parking requirement to 110 spaces despite a zoning ordinance suggesting a house of worship of this size be required to have 50 spaces.

“Is it (the ordinance) only for Christians?” Bisogno asked during a board meeting Tuesday night.

Full report at:

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20130109/NJNEWS/301090034/Islamic-Society-

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Conditional Land Use Settlement between Islamic Centre and City of Lomita

 January 11, 2013

(Anaheim, Calif., 1/10/13) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed a conditional agreement between the Islamic Centre of South Bay (ICSB) and the City of Lomita to settle claims that the city violated the law when it denied the mosque’s application to rebuild and renovate its facilities.

 The new agreement allows ICSB a second chance to reapply to improve its facilities. Additionally, it calls for the city to process the new application promptly, and waive application fees.

Full report at:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/cair/cair-la-welcomes-conditional-land-use-settlement-between-islamic-center-city/10151267123899442

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CAIR Asks S. Carolina Dept. of Corrections to Allow Hijab

1/9/13

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/13) -- The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization said today that it has called on the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDOC) to allow female inmates to wear religiously-mandated head coverings, called "Hijab."

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) made that request following a complaint from a Muslim woman who was taken into custody on December 31, 2012, and was allegedly told to remove her Hijab so she could have her booking photograph taken. The booking officer reportedly disregarded the woman's religious concerns and "intimidated" her into removing her scarf in the presence of a male officer.

Full report at:

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British aid 'to fund Ethiopian paramilitaries' accused of rape, murder and torture

Department for International Development offers £15million in aid to train security forces

Human rights groups warn money could fall into the hands of special police known as Liyu

By GERRI PEEV

11 January 2013  

British taxpayers could be used to fund a group of Ethiopian paramilitaries who stand accused of murder, rape and torture.

The Department for International Development will dole out up to £15 million in foreign aid to train security forces in Ogaden, a Somali region within Ethiopia.

But human rights groups have warned that the money could fall into the hands of a thuggish security force that has been accused of executions and other crimes.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260882/British-aid-fund-Ethiopian-paramilitaries-accused-rape-murder-torture.html#ixzz2Hl0hoKHz

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Pak safe havens requires more than military solution: Obama

Jan 12, 2013

WASHINGTON: Concerned over the extremist safe haven in Pakistan, US President Barack Obama has said that the issue requires more than simply military actions.

"With respect to Pakistan and safe havens there, Afghanistan and the United States and Pakistan all have an interest in reducing the threat of extremism in some of these border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that's going to require more than simply military actions," Obama told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pak-safe-havens-requires-more-than-military-solution-Obama/articleshow/17994133.cms

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US to speed up Afghan troop transition: Obama

Jan 12, 2013

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has promised to speed up a transfer of lead security responsibility from Nato to Afghan forces this spring, in a sign the pace of US troop withdrawals could quicken.

After meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday, Obama said Nato forces would have a "very limited" role in the country after 2014 and insisted that Washington had achieved its prime goal of "decapitating" al-Qaida.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-to-speed-up-Afghan-troop-transition-Obama/articleshow/17992730.cms

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Australia

 

Ship out Australian head of Hizb ut-Tahrir: Queensland Liberal MP

Henry Budd The Daily Telegraph

January 11, 2013

A RADICAL sheik who has called for Australia to become an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law should be "slapped down" by moderate Muslims, according to a federal MP.

Sheik Ismail Al-Wahwah, the Australian head of extremist Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, suggested during a Christmas Eve sermon that jihad should be used to implement hard-line teachings.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/ship-out-sheik-ismail-al-wahwah-says-queensland-liberal-mp-steve-ciobo/story-e6freuy9-1226551484704

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Mideast Asia

 

Turkey Demands Hollande Explain Meeting With Dead Kurd

January 12, 2013

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday demanded French President Francois Hollande explain why he had met one of three Kurdish militants shot dead in Paris this week.

The execution-style killings at an institute in central Paris on Thursday cast a shadow on a new initiative by Erdogan's government to launch a peace process to end a 28-year-old insurgency by the Kurdistan Workers Party's (PKK) that has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

Hollande told reporters he and other politicians knew one of the three women, who all had ties to the PKK.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/12/world/europe/12reuters-turkey-france-

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A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa’s Wars Back to Iran

By C. J. CHIVERS

January 12, 2013

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection.

Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then turned up in 2009 in a stadium in Conakry, Guinea, where soldiers had fired on antigovernment protesters, killing more than 150.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/world/africa/a-trail-of-bullet-casings-leads-from-africas-wars-to-

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Southeast Asia

 

Thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Malaysia

 12 January 2013

Thousands of anti-government protesters on Saturday gathered in the Malaysian capital calling for reforms ahead of elections expected to be held in the first half of the year.

Mat Sabu, a leader of the main Muslim opposition party PAS, said he expected the crowd to swell at the Merdeka Football Stadium in central Kuala Lumpur.

“We will reach our target of 1 million by the time our rally start at 2pm (0600 GMT),” he told a crowd estimated at 10,000.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/thousands-of-antigovernment-protesters-gather-in-malaysia/article4301472.ece

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Democracy needs govt support: Former Malaysian deputy PM

 January 12 2013

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has said that the government should guarantee media freedom if it is serious about establishing democracy in the country.

“If the government cannot pave the way for media freedom or the freedom of speech, then democracy cannot significantly flourish,” said Anwar during the Forum of Chief Editors in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/01/12/democracy-needs-govt-support-anwar.html

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Over 600 Illegal Rohingya Migrants Held in Thai Raids

Amy Sawitta Lefevre | January 11, 2013

Bangkok. At least 600 Rohingya Muslims believed to be illegal migrants from Myanmar have been detained in Thailand after two raids by the authorities near the border with Malaysia, police said on Friday.

More than 300 Rohingya were discovered on Tuesday in a building in the town of Sadao, while a second raid on Thursday at a rubber plantation near the border town of Pedang Besar uncovered 393 more, including 14 children and 8 women.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/over-600-illegal-rohingya-migrants-held-in-thai-raids/565409

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