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95 dead in Syrian army attack on Hama: Activist

13 dead in suicide blast at Afghan police HQ

Fresh violence in Uighur area kills 14

US ambassador stopped at Islamabad airport; asked about NoC

Chidambaram assures all help to Bangladesh in finding Mujib's killers

Clerics support demand for inclusion of Dalit Muslims in SC list

Mamata announces sops for Muslims

India-Pakistan ties: More than good looks needed

Forgiven Iran acid attacker will not be blinded

‘A guy in my place will never get such attention’

ISI chief asked US to stop drone strikes

No end to killings in Karachi

Norway killer had palace on crosshairs

Yes, Pak has more bombs than us!

Extremists using networking sites to recruit

Dismiss 26/11 case, ISI tells US court

Gaddafi threatens to kill Berlusconi: Italian daily

Ties with Pakistan essential to fight terror: US

One killed, eight injured in Hub blast

US commanders concerned about attacks in Ramazan

More than 40 dead in south Yemen violence

Turkey to appoint new military commander

Suspected militants kill pro-government tribal elder

Iranian tribal leader, four others shot dead

CIA’s Pakistan chief leaves country

UAE Ruler orders release of 162 prisoners

Tens of thousands protest cost of living in Israel

Tribal sheikh among three killed in US-Iraq raid

Airstrikes kill 14 pro-govt Yemeni tribesmen

Three journalists killed in NATO raid: Libya

Afghans arrest Taleban leader, army turncoat

Kingdom extends helping hand to Horn of Africa

Indonesian Muslims demand Ahmahdiyah be outlawed

Lawyer sees release of 2 Americans held in Iran

Syrian forces killed at least 19 protesters: Activists

ISI may try its best to rescue Fai: prosecutors

'Pak 'delayed' raid that killed Osama fearing fallout'

Malaysian youth dies after failing to change gender

After Indo-Pak talks, Krishna advises wait-and-watch approach

Number killed in Egyptian car crashes last year exceeds Revolution's martyrs

Syria's exiled opposition senses historic moment

Account of the Islamists’ overtake Friday demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt

World must not be 'indifferent' to famine: Pope Benedict XVI

Lebanon MP Qabbani demands territorial water demarcation

Maternal Deaths Focus Harsh Light on Uganda

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95 dead in Syrian army attack on Hama: Activist

Jul 31, 2011

NICOSIA: At least 95 people were killed on Sunday when the military launched an attack on the flashpoint protest city of Hama in central Syria, a human rights activist said.

Ammar Qorabi, who heads the National Organisation for Human Rights, reported the toll and also said army attacks across the country killed at least 121 people and wounded dozens more.

Earlier, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a death toll in Hama of 45, but said that number could rise because of the number of seriously wounded and a lack of medical supplies.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/95-dead-in-Syrian-army-attack-on-Hama-Activist/articleshow/9432361.cms

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13 dead in suicide blast at Afghan police HQ

31 July 2011

 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Twelve policemen and a child were killed Sunday when a suicide car bomber struck outside police headquarters in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah, officials said.

The attack came days after control of security in the city, the capital of Helmand province, passed from British to Afghan forces as part of a process that will see all foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Some experts question the ability of Afghan soldiers and police to protect their country against attacks from the Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the latest blast, and other insurgents.

The interior ministry confirmed the death toll and vowed the attack would not prevent the police from battling the Taliban, leaders of a 10-year insurgency raging across the country.

“Twelve Afghan National Police members and a child were martyred and 12 other Afghan National Police members were wounded (along with) two civilians,” it said in a statement.

“The Ministry of Interior strongly condemns the insurgents (behind) this un-Islamic and inhumane action and such attacks will never weaken the determination of Afghan National Police.”

The blast happened at around 8:30 am (0400 GMT) in front of the heavily-secured police headquarters as Afghan police left to go on a patrol, a statement from the governor’s office added.

In a statement on their website, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Helmand, one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan and a key focus of the war for international troops.

“A large number of policemen were gathered and a hero of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan struck and exploded his vehicle laden with explosives,” the statement said.

The attack came as an official said 10 Afghan security guards were killed in central Afghanistan Saturday in an attack on a convoy carrying supplies to international troops.

The convoy was ambushed by insurgents in the restive province of Ghazni, triggering an hour-long battle, governor’s spokesman Maroof Ayubi said.

The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that attack in a statement. Anti-government forces frequently target convoys supplying the foreign and Afghan militaries.

The Lashkar Gah blast comes amid ongoing concerns over the ability of the Afghan security forces, which are receiving huge sums of money from the international community in a bid to build them up.

There are currently at least 126,000 police in Afghanistan and thousands more are being trained up in programmes financed by countries in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

However, they have faced allegations of corruption and also struggle with factors including low literacy rates among recruits.

The Afghan police and army are frequently targeted in attacks by the Taliban and other insurgents in a bid to undermine President Hamid Karzai’s government in Kabul.

There are currently roughly 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, of which about 100,000 are from the United States.

Some nations including the United States have already started withdrawing troops as part of a phased drawdown ahead of the 2014 deadline.

The Helmand attack follows a spate of assassinations in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks, including that of the president’s powerful half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, in neighbouring Kandahar province.

Karzai was killed by his bodyguard earlier this month, while Kandahar mayor Ghulam Haidar Hameedi was assassinated last week by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/July/international_July1578.xml&section=international

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Fresh violence in Uighur area kills 14

Aug 1, 2011

BEIJING: At least 14 people including a Chinese police officer were killed in a spate of violent incidents in China's volatile Xinjiang province.

While seven people were killed in an attack by two 'rioters', who hijacked a bus and rammed into a crowd of people on Saturday night in Kashghar, located close to the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, seven more were killed on Sunday.

Four suspects were shot and four others were caught by police on Sunday, while three people, including a police officer, were also killed.

It quoted witnesses as saying that the victims were hacked to death by the 'rioters'. Police are hunting for four others following an eruption of violence, in which more than 10 pedestrians and police officers had been injured, the report said, providing very sketchy details.

The incident took place after at least seven people were killed by rioters in the same city. Last night two 'suspects' reported to be Uighurs hijacked a truck after stabbing the driver to death and rammed it into pedestrians.

The pair later jumped out of the truck and hacked bystanders, the report said. At least six people were killed on the spot and 28 others were injured. "One of the rioters died when fighting with local people, and the other was nabbed," it said.

Before the incident two blasts were heard, the first at about 10 30 pm from a minivan, while the other at the same time from a food street, where the 'thugs' hijacked the truck.

In the aftermath of the incident today, streets were nearly deserted, and some residents remain shaken by what transpired.

"I can't believe this happened," said tearful Yang Hongmei, "one of my colleagues died," she sobbed.

According to Yang, many residents were gathered on the square outside her office when the suspects rushed into the throng and began attacking bystanders.

"Our security guards tried to save the residents while our manager attempted to subdue an attacker by holding him, but the man had a knife and stabbed him in his abdomen," she told state-run Xinhua news agency.

The seriously injured manager was taken to the hospital but died.

"There were cries and blood everywhere," Yang added. "Terrified people flooded into our office to hide," she said

Although Yang and her colleagues have cleaned the area, blood stains can still be seen on the road.

An unnamed driver complained angrily about the violence, "in August 2008 a rioter assaulted local police."

"Now a similar incident has happened again. Why do they attack innocent people?", he questioned.

This is the second major incident of violence in the province in less than a fortnight.

On July 18, Police shot down 14 'rioters' when they attacked a police station and killed four people in Xinjiang's Hotan city.

The attack left four people dead, including an armed police officer, a security guard, a woman and a teenage girl and at least four others were injured.

Police concluded late that the riot was "a severely violent terrorism case," which was organized and premeditated by terrorist groups.

Tension brewed in Xinjiang, bordering Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, (POK) since 2009 riots during which Uyghurs attacked the mainland Hun Chinese settlers in which nearly 200 people were killed and several hundreds injured.

Since then the Chinese security forces have launched a crackdown on a separatist militant group called East Turkistan Movement, (ETM), which China accuses of fomenting trouble in the region besides Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, who currently lives in US in exile.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Fresh-violence-in-Uighur-area-kills-14/articleshow/9436629.cms

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US ambassador stopped at Islamabad airport; asked about NoC

Jul 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The US lodged a strong protest with Pakistani authorities after ambassador Cameron Munter was stopped at the airport here by officials enforcing a rule that requires all foreign diplomats to have a "no-objection certificate" for travelling outside Islamabad.

Munter, who reportedly possessed the NoC, was stopped at Benazir Bhutto International Airport and asked about the document while he was travelling to Karachi last week.

The envoy "strongly protested" about the incident, which was subsequently taken up with President Asif Ali Zardari, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The incident reflected the tensions that have characterised US-Pakistan relations since al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by American special forces in a covert raid in Abbottabad on May 2.

Pakistan had threatened to impose "more formal restrictions" on travel by all US diplomats and to require prior notification but dropped the demand when the American administration threatened similar restrictions for Pakistani diplomats in the US, an unnamed US official was quoted as saying by ABC News.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence began keeping a close watch on American diplomats in the wake of the raid against bin Laden as it believed the CIA was running a secret network of American and Pakistani operatives in the country.

The foreign office sought to play down the incident involving Ambassador Munter, with spokesperson Tehmina Janjua saying "no US-specific" travel restrictions had been applied.

"However, there are general guidelines regarding travel of Pakistan-based diplomats, designed only to ensure their safety and security, which have existed for a long time," she said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-ambassador-stopped-at-Islamabad-airport-asked-about-NoC/articleshow/9432421.cms

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Chidambaram assures all help to Bangladesh in finding Mujib's killers

Jul 31, 2011

DHAKA: India has pledged to extend all help to Bangladesh in tracking down two convicted killers of the country's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who could possibly be hiding in India.

Home minister P Chidambaram assured the Bangladeshi establishment that his country would spare no effort in looking for the two fugitives as he met top officials here during his visit.

"It's possible that they could be in India," he told a joint press briefing with his counterpart Sahara Khatun at the end of their crucial talks, ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Dhaka tour next month.

He said New Delhi asked Bangladesh to provide some more information and intelligence to help find former army captain Abdul Majed and former Risaldar Moslehuddin who were on the run to evade death penalties.

"I have assured my counterpart that no effort and resources will be spared to apprehend and hand them over to Bangladesh," the home minister said.

Chidambaram's comments came after Khatun in her opening statement at the briefing said: "we requested (New Delhi) to find out if the two were hiding anywhere in India".

Chidambaram also pledged New Delhi's support to help Dhaka in tracking down the fugitives as he made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Saturday, a spokesman said.

Twelve former army officers were handed down death sentences for masterminding and carrying out the August 15, 1975 carnage under a protracted trial process that began in 1996, when the ruling Awami League returned to power.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Chidambaram-assures-all-help-to-Bangladesh-in-finding-Mujibs-killers/articleshow/9423242.cms

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Clerics support demand for inclusion of Dalit Muslims in SC list

Jul 31, 2011

Lucknow: Giving impetus to the movement for Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Muslims, several Muslim clerics have supported the inclusion of Dalit Muslims in the SC list during a function organised by All India United Muslim Morcha (AIUMM) here on Saturday. The urged the entire community to get united on the issue.

Imam-e-Juma, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and Imam, Tile Wali Masjid, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Waizi and Maulana Hashim Miyan Kichauchvi appealed to the community to remain united during the upcoming Assembly elections over the issue. "When the neo-Buddhist and Sikhs can be given the benefit of reservation under SC category, there is no reason to omit Muslims from the list. The social, economic and educational condition of Muslims is pathetic as compared to other communities," said Maulana Jawwad. The cleric urged for unity among Muslims as various political parties just exploit them for getting their votes while their condition has worsened over a period of time.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul30/clerics_support_demand_inclusion_dalit_muslims_sc_list.

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Mamata announces sops for Muslims

Jul 31, 2011

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, unveilinging scholarships and sops for the state's minorities, Saturday accused the previous Left government of sowing confusion by announcing a "hurried and erroneous" quota in government jobs for Muslims.

Addressing a programme organised by the West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation, Banerjee declared that loans totalling Rs.82 crore will be given this year to the minorities, besides scholarships and stipends worth Rs.122 crore.

"This year, 7.5 lakh minority students will get loans for studies. Next year, we will raise this figure to more than eight lakh students," Banerjee told the gathering at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.

She said 7,200 Anganwadi centres will be set up in areas which which have a large concentration of minorities.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul30/mamata_announces_sops_muslims.html?utm_source=

India-Pakistan ties: More than good looks needed

By Amulya Ganguli

Jul 31, 2011

Every new initiative to improve India-Pakistan relations generates a faint stirring of hope. If anything, it underlines the deep desire for peace between the people of the two countries. If the expectations are higher this time, the reason cannot but be what has been described as the glam quotient of the photogenic new Pakistani foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar.

That the Indian media had been bowled over by her was evident from headlines like "young Hina bewitches India" or "Pakistan casts Hina spell on India". There was a similar reaction across the border. "HRK conquers India" gushed the newspaper The Nation. Khar's appointment itself was intended to present a "soft image" of the country, as stated by President Asif Ali Zardari.

The compulsion to change the image from that of a country in the grip of bearded, Kalashnikov-wielding, brainwashed killers to an alumnus of Massachusetts University as its foreign minister is understandable. It is also in the fitness of things that her first major foreign trip should have been to India for, unless there is an improvement in mutual ties, there will be no end to the depredations of the jehadis.

Aware of the favourable impression she has created in India, Khar said, "I think I drew attention not because of my personal profile but because of the country I came from, Pakistan."

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011jul30/indiapakistan_ties_more_good_looks_needed.html?utm_

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Forgiven Iran acid attacker will not be blinded

31 July 2011

TEHERAN — An Iranian man convicted of throwing acid in the face of a female student who was to have been blinded himself on Sunday in retribution was pardoned by his victim, the state-run television website said.

‘With the request of Ameneh Bahrami, the acid attack victim, Majid (Movahedi) who was sentenced for ‘qesas’ (‘eye for an eye’-style justice) was pardoned at the last minute’ after she decided to forgo her right, it said.

Movahedi was sentenced in February 2009 to be blinded in both eyes after being convicted of hurling acid in the face of university classmate Bahrami when she repeatedly spurned his offer of marriage.

The court-ordered blinding of Movahedi was postponed at the 11th hour in mid-May, with no official reason given.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July637.xml&section=middleeast

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 ‘A guy in my place will never get such attention’

Jul 31, 2011

MIFFED by the media spotlight on her fashion accessories during her recent trip to India, Pakistan's foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar wonders whether a man in her position would have attracted similar attention.

The youngest and first woman foreign minister of Pakistan, who was closely followed in the Indian media, more for her pearl necklace, her Roberto Cavalli shades and Birkin bag than the bilateral talks, says focus should not be on the frivolous.

“ You don't want the attention to focus on the frivolous... A guy in my place would never get such attention; nobody would be talking about his suit,” 34- year- old Khar told a leading daily during her flight to Islamabad from Lahore.

“ I refuse to be apologetic about it; I will continue to be who I am,” Khar said as she flicked through a stack of newspapers filled with her pictures. While the Indian media went gaga over her designer accessories, the newspaper said back in Pakistan, opinion was divided amid arguments about sexism, dynastic politics and the propriety of carrying a pricey handbag.

Full report at: Mail Today

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ISI chief asked US to stop drone strikes

By Anwar Iqbal

Jul 31, 2011

WASHINGTON: After years of pussyfooting, Pakistan has finally asked the United States to stop the CIA-run unmanned air strikes into its tribal areas, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

Although the drone raids started in 2004, the official request for stopping the strikes was conveyed earlier this month when ISI chief Lt-Gen Shuja Pasha visited Washington.

According to diplomatic sources, Mr Pasha told acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell that the raids had become a major source of embarrassment for the Pakistani government as it was blamed for failing to stop a foreign power from killing its own citizens.

Before this, Pakistan had publicly protested the strikes but had never officially asked the United States to discontinue them, although Pakistani leaders often complained that drones were killing too many innocent civilians.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/isi-chief-asked-us-to-stop-drone-strikes.html

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No end to killings in Karachi

By Imran Ayub

Jul 31, 2011

KARACHI: As ministers, political activists and members of civil society converged in the southern district of the city on Saturday to denounce the recent wave of terrorism, peace remained a distant dream for Karachiites as at least 10 more people, including two brothers, were gunned down in the metropolis, mainly in its eastern and western parts.

Though police said that one or two of the killings were result of personal enmity, the investigators could not find such a link behind the incidents.

Apart from armed attacks in different areas, parts of Landhi remained hotspots, where a deadly gunbattle and hand-grenade attacks left two political activists dead and two minor boys wounded as daily life in the neighbourhood remained paralysed.

“The two victims have been identified as Azeem alias Mota and Dilshad alias Khan Saab,” Naeem Barokha, the DIG-East, told Dawn. “The affected areas included Sherpao Colony and Landhi 89.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/violence-in-karachi-claims-eight-more-lives.html

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Norway killer had palace on crosshairs

Jul 31, 2011

THE royal palace and the headquarters of the governing Labour Party in Norway were on self- confessed Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik’s list of targets, the tabloid Verdens Gang ( VG ) reported Saturday.

During his interrogation, he said that he had planned to attack other targets, but on July 22 it was only the seat of government in Oslo and Utoeya — the island where young Labour Party supporters were holding their summer camp — prosecutor Paal- Fredrick Hjort Kraby was quoted as telling the paper.

According to VG , the royal palace was a target because of its symbolic value, while Labour headquarters was targeted because of the party’s role in creating the multi- cultural society so loathed by Behring Breivik.

“ They are obvious targets for a terrorist and the idea is to hit the government,” Hjort Kraby said.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Yes, Pak has more bombs than us!

Shiv Visvanathan

Jul 31, 2011

Even as Islamabad and Delhi continue to stockpile deadly missiles,India was caught unawares by a lethal weapon sent by the neighbour.Sunday Times goes deep into unfriendly territory to find out theres more where Hina Rabbani came from.We are just so cooked

Beauty like foreign policy is often skin deep.But when a country wishes to evade issues,or has run out of ideas,it merely has to send someone presentable from its elite.Such a move is good tactics but bad strategy.

The presence of Hina Rabbani Khar in Delhi this week created twitters of excitement.It was as if her presence had nothing to do with foreign policy.The excitement was about her looks,her bag,her costume,and the contrast with the dourness of our Indian style is the subject of enormous gossip.In comparison,our foreign minister looks like a permanent sleepwalker.Yet the question one has to ask is,can style mean something significant

Pakistan has a proud almost cocky roster of good looking women at the top.Kashmala Tariq of the National Assembly;Shazia Marri and Maroti Memon could create waves anywhere.

Full report at: Times of India

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Extremists using networking sites to recruit

Jul 31, 2011

London: When the English Defense League sprang to life two years ago,it had fewer than 50 members a roughand-tumble bunch of mostly white guys shouting from a street corner about what they viewed as uncontrolled Muslim immigration.

Now,the far-right group mentioned by confessed Norway gunman Anders Behring Breivik as an inspiration says its ranks have swollen to more than 10,000 people,a spectacular rise its leaders attribute to the immense global power of Facebook and other social networking sites.

I knew that social networking sites were the way to go, said EDL leader Stephen Lennon.But to say that we inspired this lunatic to do what he did is wrong.Weve never once told our supporters its alright to go out and be violent.

A Facebook page under Breiviks name was taken down shortly after the attacks last week.A Twitter account under his name had only one Tweet,on July 17,loosely citing English philosopher John Stuart Mill,One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.

Full report at: Times of India

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Dismiss 26/11 case,ISI tells US court

Jul 31, 2011

NewYork:A case filed against Pakistans spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) by relatives of a rabbi killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist strike could be disastrous as the negative reaction against it would undermine US goals in the region,a lawyer representing the Pakistani intelligence agency has said.

Kevin Walsh,the lawyer,asked for the case to be thrown out warning of its negative consequences and potential to fuel violence and extremism,the New York Post reported.

The consequences of this judicial inquiry have the potential to be disastrous, Walsh argued in a letter filed on Friday with a federal judge.

The intrusion of these actions into the politics of Pakistan will fuel violence and extremism,directed against the government the US intends to support, the attorney argued.

Walsh argued that US courts do not have jurisdiction over government agencies in Pakistan,the paper reported.

Relatives of rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg,who was gunned down along with his pregnant wife,Rivka,during the Mumbai attacks,sued ISI and terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba last year in the Brooklyn federal court for wrongful death.

The rabbi and his wife,who originally were from Brooklyn,were killed when the attackers entered the Chabad Lubavitch centre in November 2008.While the unborn child was killed,their two-year-old son was rescued by his Indian nanny.

The lawsuit claimed that ISI worked closely with LeT and sought damages.

The claim is largely based on the involvement of Pakistani American national David Headley in conducting detailed surveillance of the attack targets for LeT.Headley has pleaded guilty to plotting the attacks.

The alliance with Pakistan is an extremely sensitive,important and difficult relationship for the United States, Walsh said in the letter.

Times of India

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Gaddafi threatens to kill Berlusconi: Italian daily

Jul 31, 2011

ROME: Libyan leader Gaddafi has sworn to assassinate Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported.

According to the newspaper, Berlusconi learned of the assassination plot through "reliable sources", though the prime minister did not elaborate.

Berlusconi said Gaddafi was not referring to his "political death", but to his physical death, the paper said.

"Because that's what he (Gaddafi) decided, he swore to this himself," Berlusconi was quoted as saying.

Libya has been rocked by fighting between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces since February. An international military operation began in March following a UN resolution and has been extended till September.

Italy has been playing an active role in the military operation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-threatens-to-kill-Berlusconi-Italian-daily/articleshow/9429496.cms

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Ties with Pakistan essential to fight terror: US

Jul 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The US has said its relationship with Pakistan was "essential" in the fight against terror. The ties were, however, complicated and difficult at times.

"Without addressing specific methods, I would say simply that we believe our relationship with Pakistan is essential to fighting terrorism and terrorists, fighting al-Qaida," Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted US President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney as saying in Washington.

Carney was asked by reporters about a call by former US intelligence chief Admiral (retd) Dennis Blair for an immediate halt to drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

"We also make no apologies for the need to go after terrorists, members of al-Qaida, wherever they are. And that is certainly true about the mission to eliminate Osama bin Laden," Carney said.

Osama was killed in a US special forces mission in Pakistan's Abbottabad city in May. The US did not inform Pakistan about the operation, saying it may have been sabotaged.

Blair recently said Washington's unilateral actions were harming ties with Islamabad and that Pakistan should be given control over drone strikes.

According to APP, the White House official's remarks indicated that the US understands that tensions were arising from its unilateral anti-militant actions. But that Washington wants to maintain close ties with Islamabad and fight terrorists simultaneously.

"And I think that I understand that that creates tension. And we have... we engage with the Pakistanis to discuss these issues all the time. But the relationship is important and, obviously, fighting terrorism is important," the spokesman said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Ties-with-Pakistan-essential-to-fight-terror-US/articleshow/9430197.cms

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One killed, eight injured in Hub blast

Jul 31, 2011

KARACHI: A teenager was killed and another eight persons sustained multiple injuries in an explosion inside a hotel in Hub area, bordering Sindh and Balochistan, some 30km away from Karachi on Sunday.

According to rescue and police sources, the blast occurred at around noon at Brishna hotel.

The deceased has been identified as Mohammed Naeem, 18, while the injured include Abdul Wahid, Imran, Aman, Barkat, Tariq, Rahim, Baboo Ustad and Shakir.

An official from the Edhi Foundation told APP that Imran, Tariq, Rahim and Baboo Ustad were shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) due to their serious injuries while others remained at the Civil Hospital in Hub area.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/one-killed-eight-injured-in-hub-blast.html

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US commanders concerned about attacks in Ramazan

Jul 31, 2011

KABUL: The top US commander in Afghanistan has until mid-October to submit a plan for the initial withdrawal of American troops, decisions that may hinge in part on whether the latest surge in attacks continues through the holy month of Ramazan.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says commanders are hearing that Taliban leaders may leave their fighters in the country to try to regain lost ground during the Islamic holy period which begins Monday.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him in Afghanistan, Mullen said Marine Gen. John Allen, who has just taken over as top US commander here, needs time to evaluate the combat, training and other requirements before presenting a detailed withdrawal plan.

Mullen’s comments for the first time laid out a deadline for Allen to structure the planned withdrawal of 10,000 US troops by the end of the year, as announced by President Barack Obama.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/us-commanders-concerned-about-attacks-in-ramazan.html

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More than 40 dead in south Yemen violence

Jul 31, 2011

ADEN - At least 42 people have died in violence near Yemen’s southern city of Zinjibar, most of which has fallen under the control of suspected Al-Qaeda militants, military and local sources said on Saturday.

Eleven people including top officers were killed in fierce clashes between the army and militants in Dofas, a village 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of Abyan’s provincial capital of Zinjibar, they said.

“Al-Qaeda elements stationed in Dofas attacked army units there using machine-guns on Friday, killing two officers and four soldiers, and wounding nine others,” a military official in the village told AFP.

Medics at a military hospital in the southern port city of Aden confirmed the casualty toll.

A local official in Dofas said five members of the Islamist network were also killed and four wounded in the attack.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July623.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Turkey to appoint new military commander

July 31, 2011

ANKARA, Turkey — Gen. Necdet Ozel was expected to be formally appointed as Turkey’s top military commander on Saturday, a day after the nation’s military chiefs of staff all resigned.

The unanticipated en masse resignations — a first in Turkey’s history — came as a protest against the arrest of dozens of generals as suspects in an alleged plot to overthrow the country’s Islamic-rooted government.

Many have questioned whether such a plot ever existed and see the arrests as part of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s long-standing campaign to establish civilian authority over Turkey’s once powerful military. But the government has denied that allegation, saying it is working to improve democracy in Turkey but that the judiciary is acting independently...

After Friday’s resignations, Erdogan quickly chose Ozel, Turkey’s commander of the military police, as the new senior military commander.

Turkish media said the president is likely to finalize that appointment on Saturday. The government wants the process completed before a key military meeting that begins Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July618.xml&section=middleeast

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Suspected militants kill pro-government tribal elder

Jul 31, 2011

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Police say suspected Taliban fighters have shot and killed a pro-government tribal elder who was trying lure back tribesmen who had fled northwest Pakistan because of fighting between militants and the army.

Police officer Sana Ullah says gunmen on a motorcycle shot Malik Arsala Khan on Sunday in the main bazaar in Tank district.

The Pakistani Taliban has warned tribesmen in the past not to return to areas where they are fighting the army. But the government has urged them to go, partly in an attempt to signal that the military operations have been successful at taming the militants.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/suspected-militants-kill-pro-government-tribal-elder.html

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Iranian tribal leader, four others shot dead

Jul 31, 2011

QUETTA: An Iranian tribal elder, his younger brother and three security guards were gunned down on Friday in Mand Bloo, a town on the border with Iran, in Turbat district.

Levies sources said armed men on motorcycles opened fire at the vehicle of Abdul Razzaq Baloch. All the five people in the vehicle died on the spot.

A senior officer of Levies told that the security guards of the Iranian tribal elder were unable to retaliate.

He said the motive behind the attack could not be known. However, according to other sources the tribal elder had enmity with his opponents in the Iranian province of Baluchistan.

Security forces took the bodies to a local hospital. Investigation is in progress.

BODIES FOUND: Two bullet-riddled bodies were found in the Uthal area of Lasbela district on Saturday.

Sources said police took the bodies to the district hospital. The victims were identified as Sharbat Khan Marri and Zaman Marri, who had been missing since April 30 this year.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/iranian-tribal-leader-four-others-shot-dead.html

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CIA’s Pakistan chief leaves country

Jul 31, 2011

WASHINGTON: The CIA’s Islamabad station chief, who oversaw the intelligence team that uncovered Osama bin Laden’s hideout, has left Pakistan for medical reasons, a US official said.

The CIA declined to comment on the matter. “The chief of station is a respected, senior officer who had the full faith and confidence of folks back in Washington,” the US official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Most people will agree the officer’s role in one of the greatest intelligence victories of all time means this person was pretty darn effective, no matter what the Pakistanis may think.”

ABC News, citing US and Pakistani officials, said the officer who headed one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s most sensitive positions worldwide was not expected to return.

It was the second such departure in seven months from the post, after his predecessor was forced to leave when a Pakistani official admitted his name had been leaked.

Despite the quick turnover at the key office, US officials told ABC that it would not hamper US intelligence efforts in Pakistan.

US and Pakistani officials told ABC they hoped the station chief’s departure would pave the way for smoother ties between the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency, noting the departing officer had an “extremely tense”relationship with his counterparts in the ISI.

“Pakistan has been harassing US personnel working in the country for months,” a US official told ABC. A Pakistani intelligence official, meanwhile, said “there is no trust.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/31/cias-pakistan-chief-leaves-country.html

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UAE Ruler orders release of 162 prisoners

31 July 2011

UMM AL QAIWAIN - UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla has ordered the release 162 eligible prisoners, who had proven good behaviour while serving their terms in the punitive and reformative institutions in the emirate.

The prisoners are given amnesty from serving the remaining period in their prison terms as a gesture of benevolence marking the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Ruler expressed hope that this will give them the opportunity to join their families soon and live the rest of their lives as good individuals.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/July/theuae_July829.xml&section=theuae

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Tens of thousands protest cost of living in Israel

Jul 31, 2011

JERUSALEM - Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets in 10 cities across the country on Saturday evening to protest against the high cost of living, AFP correspondents reported.

More than 30,000 demonstrated in downtown Tel Aviv as thousands more marched in Jerusalem, in the northern city of Haifa and in Nazareth.

Organisers of the protests said that five thousand were marching in Jerusalem towards the home of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, carrying banners that read “A whole generation wants a future.”

Demonstrations over the high cost of living spread in recent weeks throughout Israel, with demonstrators setting up protest camps to demand affordable housing and denounce social inequalities.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July631.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Tribal sheikh among three killed in US-Iraq raid

Jul 31, 2011

BALAD, IRAQ - A US-Iraqi raid north of Baghdad on Saturday killed a tribal sheikh and two of his family members, police said, as local leaders condemned what they branded a “massacre” of civilians.

US forces said the operation aimed to nab a wanted insurgent but officials in the village of Rufayat, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from the capital, said the raid targeted a family with no ties to insurgent groups.

“A joint raid using helicopters took place in Rufayat at around 1:00 am (2200 GMT on Friday) against the house of Hamid Hassan,” said police Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed al-Baladawi.

“They killed three people, including the sheikh, and seven were wounded,” he added, noting that four of the wounded were women. All of the casualties were members of the same family.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July627.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Airstrikes kill 14 pro-govt Yemeni tribesmen

Jul 31, 2011

Government airstrikes in southern Yemen targeting Al Qaeda-linked militants accidentally killed 14 pro-government tribesmen, a Yemeni security official said on Saturday.

The botched airstrikes reflect the deteriorating security situation that has spread across this impoverished, heavily armed country since the popular uprising against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh began six months ago.

Armed tribesmen are battling government forces in a number of areas around the country, and Islamist militants, some linked to al-Qaida, have overrun entire towns in the country’s restive south.

The U.S. and other nations worry that al-Qaida and other groups could exploit the chaos in Yemen to step up operations.

The airstrikes hit just east of the town of Zinjibar, near Yemen’s south coast, which Islamist militants overran earlier this year. Since then, government forces and armed tribesmen have been battling to push them out, causing regular casualties on both sides.

Security official Abdullah al-Jadana said Saturday that men from the Fadl tribe advanced on Zinjibar, killing two militants and occupying a government communications building before at least three airstrikes hit the area late Friday, he said. Fourteen tribesmen were killed in the strike.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July619.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Three journalists killed in NATO raid: Libya

Jul 31, 2011

TRIPOLI - Libya said three journalists were killed in a NATO air strike on state television on Saturday and that the murder of the rebels’ army chief proved Al-Qaeda was instigating the country’s armed revolt.

“Three of our colleagues were murdered and 15 injured while performing their professional duty as Libyan journalists,” said Khaled Basilia, director of Al-Jamahiriya television’s English-language service.

He branded the strike “an act of international terrorism and in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”

Earlier, NATO said it struck three television transmitters to silence “terror broadcasts” by Moamer Kadhafi’s regime.

“NATO conducted a precision air strike that disabled three ground-based Libyan state TV satellite transmission dishes in Tripoli... with the intent of degrading Kadhafi’s use of satellite television as a means to intimidate the Libyan people and incite acts of violence against them,” said NATO.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/July/international_July1556.xml&section=international&col=

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Afghans arrest Taleban leader, army turncoat

Jul 31, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan - A senior Defense Ministry official who allegedly leaked secrets that helped the Taliban stage suicide attacks in Kabul has been arrested by the Afghan Intelligence Service — one of three high profile arrests announced Saturday by the agency.

A spokesman also said a senior Taleban official accused of leading an insurgent propaganda campaign in eastern Afghanistan, and an insurgent who allegedly helped organize an April 1 attack against the U.N. headquarters in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif that killed 11 people, including seven foreign U.N. employees.

Infiltration has become a serious concern for Afghan forces and the U.S.-led military alliance that is training them — often on bases they share. The Taliban have said the practice has become one of their main strategies in their war against the U.S.-led coalition and President Hamid Karzai’s government.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/July/international_July1541.xml&section=international&col=

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Kingdom extends helping hand to Horn of Africa

Jul 31, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has donated SR225 million in aid to Horn of Africa countries that have been hit by a massive drought affecting millions of people.

Other Gulf states have also come forward with donations to help the African countries, where about 500,000 children are in need of urgent help including food and medicine.

“The countries in the Horn of Africa hit by famine — Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Eritrea — have welcomed the Saudi support,” said Mohammed Ali, charge d’affaires at the Ethiopian Embassy in Riyadh, on Saturday.

Ali said the situation was worsening in some countries on the Horn of Africa, an impoverished region inhabited by over 100 million people.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had personally thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for the donation for food supplies through the UN’s World Food Program. The UN has asked for more support from Gulf states to enable UN agencies to rush adequate food supplies to the drought victims.

Appeals for more help for the drought-hit African countries have already been sent to the rulers of Gulf states including Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said a UN official in Riyadh.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article480504.ece

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Indonesian Muslims demand Ahmahdiyah be outlawed

Jul 31, 2011

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Hundreds of conservative Muslims have held a noisy but peaceful rally in Indonesia’s capital to demand the government outlaw an Islamic sect they consider heretical.

Nearly 1,500 white-robed protesters gathered Saturday, days after a court sentenced 12 men to less than six months in jail for lynching three Ahmahdiyah sect members.

Some held placards Saturday that said “Disband Ahmadiyah or Revolution.”

Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim and secular nation of 240 million, has a long history of religious tolerance.

Critics said the light sentences given to 12 men caught on video taking part in February’s frenzied mob attack on Ahmadiyah members sent a “chilling” message about growing religious intolerance.

http://arabnews.com/world/article480292.ece

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Lawyer sees release of 2 Americans held in Iran

Jul 31, 2011

TEHRAN: Two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage could be released after a court hearing slated for Sunday, their lawyer said.

Masoud Shafiei said Saturday the fact that the session in the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would coincide with the second anniversary of their arrest may indicate that they will be freed.

The Muslim world also has a tradition of pardoning prisoners for the holy month of Ramadan, which starts early next week.

The two men and Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, were detained on July 31, 2009, and Iran accused them of illegally crossing the border to spy. Shourd was released last year on $500,000 bail and has said she won’t return to Iran for trial.

They deny the charges and claim they were only hiking in a scenic, mountainous area in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, near the Iranian border.

The lawyer said Shourd has not been summoned for Sunday’s trial session, and he thinks that’s another indication that the case is almost over and his clients will be freed.

Shafiei suggested the court could convict the two but then sentence them to time served.

“They’ve spent two years of their life in jail in Iran, which will serve as their sentence. And tomorrow will coincide with the second anniversary of their arrest. My clients could be released should the court hearing be held tomorrow as planned,” he said.

Shafiei insisted the authorities have no evidence to prove espionage, and he pointed out the area where they were detained has a porous border.

“The espionage charge is irrelevant, and the charge of illegal entry is inconsistent with the facts. There was no clear border line and my clients are not guilty. I’ve provided a sufficient defense,” he said.

The US government has appealed for the two men to be released, insisting that they have done nothing wrong.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article480341.ece

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Syrian forces killed at least 19 protesters: Activists

Jul 31, 2011

NICOSIA: Syrian security forces have killed at least 19 people and wounded 35 others as hundreds of thousands of turned out for anti-regime protests, activists said.

"Nineteen martyrs fell on Friday," the National Organisation for Human Rights said in Nicosia.

"The Syrian authorities had decided to go ahead and kill protesters during the day marked by demonstrations dubbed 'Your silence is killing us'," it said in a statement today.

The toll included one person killed in Damascus and seven in the region around the capital, including five in Kiswah and two in Douma, said Ammar Qorabi, who heads the human rights group.

Another three were killed in the flash point southern town of Daraa, three more died in the eastern city Deir Ezzor, two others in the nearby town of Bukamal, and one in the western coastal city of Latakia.

One person was killed in a village in the central governorate of Homs and another in the flashpoint city of Hama, also in central Syria.

For its part, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 12 civilians were killed and 35 were wounded yesterday.

"A young man was killed at one of the security barricades in the Qadam neighbourhood of Damascus," said the Observatory, a British-based human rights group.

Of these, one was killed in Latakia, one in Daraa, one in a village of Homs governorate, and another in Deir Ezzor, while around Damascus, one was killed in Douma, one in Bukamal and four in Kiswah.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrian-forces-killed-at-least-19-protesters-Activists/articleshow/9422892.cms

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ISI may try its best to rescue Fai: prosecutors

Jul 31 2011

Washington : Pakistan's ISI could try its best to rescue Ghulam Nabi Fai, accused of being on its payroll for 20 years and funnelling its cash into the US to influence lawmakers on Kashmir, feel federal prosecutors, who also claim that the Kashmiri separatist had lived "a life of lies".

Assistant US Attorney Gordon Kromberg said ISI has a wide network of supporters and agents across the globe and would try its best to rescue 62-year-old Fai, head of the Kashmiri American Council who has been put under house arrest with electronic surveillance and an unsecured bond of $100,000.

"Based on the information in the complaint and to a large degree conceded by Mr Fai after his arrest, he has been an agent of the Pakistani intelligence service for more than 20 years," he said.

"As such it is likely that the Pakistani intelligence service has an obligation to try to protect Mr Fai from getting prosecuted for being their agent. As a result, he likely has a network of support internationally from the secret service of a foreign government," Kromberg said.

"There is no doubt at this point that he agrees that he has been an affiliate of the Pakistani Secret Services Intelligence Directorate Agency for, he says, 15 years, we say more than 20. Either way he has been in contact with his handlers hundreds and thousands of times," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/isi-may-try-its-best-to-rescue-fai-prosecutors/825068/

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'Pak 'delayed' raid that killed Osama fearing fallout'

Jul 31 2011

Islamabad : The US was "60 per cent sure" of Osama bin Laden's presence at a compound in Abbottabad where he was killed on May 2 but chose to "delay its operation knowing the implications it would have on its relationship with Pakistan", according to security sources.

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency translated a communication in Arabic by bin Laden's courier Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti for the CIA and this "ultimately led to the compound of the al Qaeda chief", a source said.

The source criticised a statement from then CIA chief Leon Panetta after the May 2 operation as "rubbing salt into their wounds".

Referring to Pakistan's failure to detect bin Laden's presence, Panetta, who is now US Secretary of Defense, had said Islamabad had either been complicit or incompetent.

The source said there was never a "dispute on targeting Al Qaeda" and that the ISI "had somehow failed to follow" the communication by bin Laden's courier al-Kuwaiti.

"The US and Pakistan have realisation to cooperate against the common enemy (of terrorism). But undefined arrangements have resulted in (CIA contractor) Raymond Davis-like incidents that had brought embarrassment for us.

“We have to set parameters to avert such situations in future. We must work out arrangements acceptable to both sides," the source said.

After the May 2 raid against bin Laden, Pakistan's image was tarnished abroad, the sources said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-delayed-raid-that-killed-osama-fearing-fallout/825075/

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Malaysian youth dies after failing to change gender

Jul 31, 2011

Kuala Lumpur : A Malaysian Muslim youth who failed in his bid to change his name and gender after undergoing a sex change operation died of heart disease today.

Mohd Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz (25) shot into limelight after the Kuala Terengganu High Court rejected his application to change his gender and name to Aleesha Farhana in the national identity card, Malaysian news agency Bernama reported.

Aziz was admitted to a hospital at Kuala Terengganu, about 500 kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur, yesterday after experiencing heart problems and low blood pressure, it said.

Doctors said that he was suffering from unstable chest pains associated with heart disease.

The youth had undergone a sex change operation in Thailand in 2009.

Malaysian minister of Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said she was deeply saddened that her ministry was not able to provide in time counselling to Hafiz.

"We were concerned about his wellbeing. My ministry is welfare-oriented and we are non-judgemental," the minister said.

"We try to understand and counsel anyone who needs our help, especially people who feel desperate but for Aziz, it is too late now," she said.

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) law lecturer Assistant Professor Shamrahayu Ab Aziz said Islamic jurisprudence was very clear on the issue of transsexuals.

"Islam does not permit sex changes to avoid any confusion and problems that would crop up later," he said.

However, Shamrahayu said Islam allowed sex changes for hermaphrodites.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/malaysian-youth-dies-after-failing-to-change-gender/824732/

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After Indo-Pak talks, Krishna advises wait-and-watch approach

Jul 31 2011

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will make a statement in both houses of Parliament this week on the outcome of the high-profile talks he had with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar.

"With reference to various issues that we discussed with Khar during the course of her interaction would be subject matter of a suo-moto statement that I am going to make this week in both houses of Parliament," Krishna said.

The talks held on July 27 yielded new Confidence Building Measures including increasing cross-LoC trading days and expanding travel to include tourism and religious aspects apart from relaxing permit conditions for travel by people of Jammu and Kashmir to the other side of LoC by having a system of six-month multiple entry.

The two ministers had discussed Jammu and Kashmir, counter-terrorism measures, including progress in the Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan, humanitarian issues, commercial and economic cooperation, Sir Creek, Siachen, peace and security including CBMs and promotion of friendly exchanges.

Asked whether he found any perceptible change in the approach of Pakistan in resolving outstanding issues as the young Khar asserted that bilateral ties should not be held hostage to history, Krishna said, "One has to wait and see on how the relationship" evolves.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-indopak-talks-krishna-advises-wa.../825016/

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Number killed in Egyptian car crashes last year exceeds Revolution's martyrs

31 Jul 2011

Aftermath of bus crash that killed 8 US tourists last December near Abu Simbel, Aswan (Photo: Reuters)

New figures for transport fatalities show security crackdowns and street clashes are not the only dangers for Egyptians.

Road and rail accidents claimed over 7,000 lives in Egypt in 2010, a 7.9 per cent rise on the previous year, the Central Authority for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said on Thursday.

7,040 people were killed in road and rail accidents in Egypt in 2010, a disturbing climb on the 6,486 fatalities recorded for 2009.

2010 saw 66.8 road accidents per day, up from 62.4 in 2009. The annual total was 24,371, against 22,793 the previous year.

An average of 19.3 people were killed on the roads in 2010, up from 17.8 in 2009. Injuries also rose to 98.7 per day in 2010, up from 97.1 the previous year.

Egypt's youth bore the brunt of casualties, with 48.4 per cent of those killed in automobile accidents between the ages of 15 and 30, according to CAPMAS.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/17543/Business/Economy/Number-killed-in-Egyptian-car-crashes-last-year-ex.aspx

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Syria's exiled opposition senses historic moment

July 31, 2011

Syrian opposition demonstrators living in Turkey take part in a protest against Syria's President al-Assad outside the Syrian consulate in Istanbul (Reuters photo)

When former Syrian diplomat Bassam Bitar was stationed in Paris three decades ago, a secret policeman from the embassy knocked at his apartment door to deliver a thinly veiled death threat if he did not stop criticising the ruling Assad family.

"The embassy's operative, known as Lieutenant Colonel Ghayath Anis, which was not his real name, said he was advising me as a 'friend' to shut up or face consequences," said Bitar, 55, recollecting the day when Anis visited his suburban home just after he was sacked from his embassy job in May 1987.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/17697/World/Region/Syrias-exiled-opposition-senses-historic-moment.aspx

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Account of the Islamists’ overtake of Friday demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt

Mostafa Ali

31 Jul 2011

During the afternoon hours of Friday 29 July the streets of Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, home to millions and many vacationers, were relatively empty. Many residents decided not to go to the beach or shop as they usually do on the weekend.

Many Alexandrians feared that thousands of Salafists, who were descending on the downtown district of the city to call for an Islamic state, might clash with hundreds of families of 25 January Revolution martyrs, who have been holding a sit-in at Saad Zaghloul Square since 8 July to demand justice.

According to an agreement that revolutionary youth coalitions and Islamic groups reached earlier in the week, all political forces should have held a joint demonstrations in different cities around the country on Friday to press the government of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and the ruling military council for five basic demands centred on social justice and justice for the martyrs, whose killers, mostly police and security forces, have not yet been tried or have been released.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/1/64/17711/Egypt/Politics-/Account-of-the-Islamists%E2%80%99-overtake-of-Friday-demon.aspx

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World must not be 'indifferent' to famine: Pope Benedict XVI

July 31, 2011

An internally displaced woman from southern Somalia gives water to her daughter at a distribution centre in Mogadishu, on July 30, 2011. Somalia is the Horn of Africa country worst affected by an extreme drought that has put millions in danger of starvation and spurred a global fund-raising campaign.

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy: Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the world not to be "indifferent" to famine, as some 12 million people in the Horn of Africa face starvation amid the worst drought there in decades.

"We must not be indifferent to the tragedy of the hungry and the thirsty," the pope said in an address to hundreds of pilgrims following the weekly Angelus prayer at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, just outside Rome.

Many brothers and sisters in the Horn of Africa are suffering these days from the dramatic consequences of the famine, aggravated by war and the lack of stable institutions," he said, calling for "compassion" and "fraternal solidarity." 

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2011/Jul-31/World-must-not-be-indifferent-to-famine-pope.ashx#axzz1TgjSKLDj

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Lebanon MP Qabbani demands territorial water demarcation

July 30, 2011

BEIRUT: Future Movement MP Mohammad Qabbani demanded that a team of experts work to demarcate Lebanon's maritime borders during an interview on LBC Saturday, reported Lebanon’s National News Agency.

“We need a team of experts to demarcate our maritime border,” he said.

He said there was a need for a specialized team of experts to demarcate Lebanese territorial waters, an activity that he said should be done in accordance with international oversees maritime law.

Qabbani said Lebanon must abide by the international maritime treaty it has signed.

He said the line separating Lebanon from Israel as agreed in the 1949 Armistice Agreement includes a virtual line running about 12 nautical miles. Qabbani added that according to international law, Lebanon is entitled to offshore natural resources.

He accused Israel of taking advantage of the situation in its treaty with Cyprus.

He said he favored a negotiated settlement to “Lebanon's loss of nearly 860 nautical miles as a result of the Israeli-Cypriot high seas' cooperation treaty.”

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2011/Jul-30/Qabbani-demands-territorial-water-demarcation.ashx#axzz1TgjSKLDj

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Maternal Deaths Focus Harsh Light on Uganda

By CELIA W. DUGGER

July 31, 2011

ARUA, Uganda — Jennifer Anguko was slowly bleeding to death right in the maternity ward of a major public hospital. Only a lone midwife was on duty, the hospital later admitted, and no doctor examined her for 12 hours. An obstetrician who investigated the case said Ms. Anguko, the mother of three young children, had arrived in time to be saved.

Her husband, Valente Inziku, a teacher, frantically changed her blood-soaked bedclothes as her life seeped away. “I’m going to leave you,” she told him as he cradled her. He said she pleaded, “Look after our children.”

Half of the 340,000 deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes each year occur in Africa, almost all in anonymity. But Ms. Anguko was a popular elected official seeking treatment in a 400-bed hospital, and a lawsuit over her death may be the first legal test of an African government’s obligation to provide basic maternal care.

It also raises broader questions about the unintended impact of foreign aid on Africa’s struggling public health systems. As the United States and other donors have given African nations billions of dollars to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases, helping millions of people survive, most of the African governments have reduced their own share of domestic spending devoted to health, shifting to other priorities.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/30/world/africa/30uganda.html?ref=world&pagewanted=print

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