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Activist Blasts Arab Union's ‘Shameful’ Silence on Bahrain






A man arrives for Friday prayers on the first Friday of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 19, 2015. Photo: Reuters

 


Arab World

Activist Blasts Arab Union's "Shameful" Silence on Bahrain

Over 63 Terrorists Killed in Northern Syria

Bombings across Baghdad Kill 29, Wound 81

17 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq's Anbar

Suicide bomber kills five in Baghdad shrine neighbourhood

ISIL serving Egypt government: Muslim Brotherhood

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Terrorists Destroy Aleppo's Historical Monument

Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah, Ramadi, Open Corridor for Civilians

Iraqi operation to retake Anbar province underway

Iran’s deputy FM: Hoping for deal, can’t promise one soon

Egyptian lawyers protest colleague's shooting at courthouse

Tunnel explosion lightly damages Aleppo citadel

Italy suspends consular services in Egypt

Iraqi Forces Start Fresh Operations to Win Back Anbar Province

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South Asia

51 Insurgents Killed In Military Operations in Afghanistan

Doubts and divisions among commanders as Taliban talk peace

ISIS audio claims group’s leader for Afghanistan is alive

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India

Muslim Scholar Felicitated By a Hindu Monastery for His Research on an Ancient Hindu Temple

Pakistan High Commission to Host Separatists for Eid Milan on July 21

BJP Leader Asks Shiv Sena to Change Its Perception of Pakistan

Cameron to welcome Modi to UK despite misgivings by Indian Muslims

Over 7,000 Muslims at a Single 'Iftar' Party in Srinagar

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North America

US Will Send Drones to North Africa to Fight ISIL in Libya: Report

Why Muslim refugees are no longer treated as human beings

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Europe

Muslim Hired As British Government Terror Watchdog Is Extremist Who Called US ‘Vicious World Empire’

Cameron urges more spending on ISIS threat

New Muslims receive a helping hand

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Mideast

AEOI Chief Reveals Iran's Plans to Export Strategic N. Products

Saudileaks 31: Envoy Asks Riyadh to Act to Stop Djibouti's Tendency towards Iran

Riyadh Keeps Bombing Yemen despite Truce, 10 Killed in Fresh Attacks

Turkey Arrests 45 ISIS Recruits In Southeast: Report

Rights group video: Israeli soldier shot fleeing Palestinian

Israel arrests Jewish suspects over ‘miracle’ church arson

Certain issues still unresolved in nuclear talks: Iran's Araqchi

Iranian Official: Possible N. Deal No Single Remedy for All Problems with West

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Pakistan

Government to Take Action against ISIS Accepting Organizations

18 Killed In Attack near Afghan Military Base

Pakistan wants Kabul in complete control of peace process: Military

Altaf accuses Rangers chief of violating army code of conduct

US welcomes decision by Pakistan, India to discuss key issues

MQM sacks Mohammad Anwar from Rabita Committee

‘Military takes over Imambargah case investigation’

Tirah Sikhs glad at getting status of tribal elders

Pakistan’s SCO inclusion positive for regional security

Sardar Abdul Qayyum: a fighter on many fronts

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Southeast Asia

Jais: Six Muslims Nabbed In Selangor for Not Fasting

Isma Blames Low Yat Fracas on ‘Diaspora Chauvinists’ Who Mocked Islam

Young Muslims enhancing spirituality

After ‘failed’ PAS, Mat Sabu says new party will be Malaysia’s Islamic Renaissance ‘beacon’

Malaysia to probe conspiracy to topple premier

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Africa

ISIS Loses Control of Libyan Stronghold

Tunisia forces kill 3 alleged al-Qaeda-linked terror chiefs

Shelling kills five elderly men in Libya’s Benghazi

UN welcomes Libya political deal as first step towards peace

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Activist Blasts Arab Union's "Shameful" Silence on Bahrain

Jul 13, 2015

"The dissident political activists in Bahrain seek to start a revolution and they lambast the Arab Union and its allies' shameful silence on the continued suppression of the Bahraini nation," Esmayeel al-Alawi told FNA on Monday.

He expressed regret that the al-Khalifa regime is now insulting the Bahrainis and their sanctities and this has caused increased protests by the Bahraini nation who do not accept to retreat from their position.

In a relevant development on Saturday, Bahraini forces once again attacked two separate demonstrations held to commemorate two protesters killed during anti-regime rallies in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

On Saturday evening, scores of people took to the streets on the island of Sitra, situated about 12 kilometers (7 miles) Southeast of the capital, Manama, as well as the village of al-Akr, located 32 kilometers (20 miles) South of the capital, to pay tribute to the two slain protesters and demand justice for them, Albawaba news reported.

The participants carried portraits of the two Bahraini marchers killed at the hands of regime forces as well as Bahrain’s national flags, chanting slogans in condemnation of the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty.

Security guards then intervened and fired tear gas canisters to break up the protests and disperse the demonstrators.

Anti-regime protesters have been holding demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

The ongoing heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful demonstrations has left scores of Bahrainis dead and hundreds of others injured.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000369

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Over 63 Terrorists Killed in Northern Syria

Jul 13, 2015

According to media reports, the Syrian soldiers intensified their offensive on al-Nusra terrorists in the flashpoint city of Jisr al-Shughour late on Sunday and managed to kill more than 63 militants.

Several armed vehicles and a large amount of ammunition belonging to the terrorist group were also destroyed following the operation in al-Awar and Himka hills in the Southeast outskirts of the city.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.

Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000235

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Bombings across Baghdad kill 29, wound 81

July 13 2015

BAGHDAD: A series of bombings Sunday across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 29 people and wounded 81, police officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

However, the self-styled Islamic State (IS) militant group is often behind assaults on checkpoints and other locations across the capital as it seeks to challenge Iraqi security forces and Iraq's Shiite-led government amid intensifying battles in northern and western Iraq.

The deadliest attack on Sunday took place in the northern Shaab neighbourhood when a man wearing an explosive vest detonated himself in a crowded market, killing nine people and wounding 25.

Earlier Sunday, in Baghdad's Khazimiyah district, a suicide car bombing attacked the Aden checkpoint killing eight people, including five civilians, and wounding 23.

Also in the Banook district, six people were killed and 15 injured in a car bombing, police said.

In Baghdad's al-Askan district, a car bomb killed at least four people and wounded 11 on a commercial street as people gathered after sunset to break their daily fast for the Islamic holy month of Ramazan.

Police also said a roadside bomb on a commercial street in Baghdad's al-Amal neighbourhood killed two people and wounded seven. Medical officials corroborated the casualty figures. All spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to brief journalists.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194116/bombings-across-baghdad-kill-29-wound-81

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17 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq's Anbar

Jul 13, 2015

A senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Sunday that the army troops carried out an operation around the area of al-Karma, killing over 17 ISIL terrorists and destroying three of their vehicles.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000487

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Suicide bomber kills five in Baghdad shrine neighbourhood

12 July 2015

A suicide car bomber killed five people on Sunday in Baghdad's northern neighbourhood of Kadhimiya, home to one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines, police and medical sources said.

They said the man detonated the explosives in a busy square shortly before dusk and the end of the daily Ramadan fast.

Dozens of vehicles nearby caught fire and 21 people were injured, the sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants who control much of northern Iraq and the province of Anbar west of Baghdad, regularly send bombers into the capital.

A second bomb in the Iskan district of western Baghdad killed two people on Sunday evening, medical sources said.

Fighters from the mainly Shi'ite Hashid Shaabi militia, together with Iraqi security forces, are preparing a counter-attack in Anbar against ISIS after the militants seized the provincial capital Ramadi in mid-May.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/Suicide-bomber-kills-five-in-Baghdad-shrine-neighbourhood.html

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ISIL serving Egypt government: Muslim Brotherhood

Jul 13, 2015

The political wing of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has accused the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group of serving the interests of the country’s military-backed government, Press TV reports.

ISIL’s “catastrophic” activities are hindering Muslim Brotherhood’s efforts to help get Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi back to his “legitimate post,” Ahmad Nassar, the media spokesman for Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said in a Sunday statement.

Nassar added that ISIL’s actions, including its recent bombing of the Italian consulate in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, are used by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a pretext to put more pressure on the Brotherhood. Sis accuses the Brotherhood of having ties with ISIL. The Brotherhood denies the charge.

The statement further pointed to the death sentence handed down to Morsi, warning that his execution would “end the peaceful nature of the opposition in Egypt.”

Morsi was handed the death sentence along with 130 other defendants last month for allegedly orchestrating a 2011 jail break during the uprising that led to the ouster of the country’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/07/13/420034/Egypt-Muslim-Brotherhood-ISIL-Morsi-Sisi

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Syria in Last 24 Hours: Terrorists Destroy Aleppo's Historical Monument

Jul 13, 2015

The Aleppo Citadel has been enlisted by the UNESCO as a global heritage and it was located in Aleppo Old City.

"A powerful explosion was heard after midnight Saturday. It was caused by the blowing up of a tunnel in the Old City near the Aleppo Citadel,” the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights' chief, Rami Abdel Rahman, said in a statement.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian Army and the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement continued advancing into Zabadani after taking control of al-Zalah region in the Southern parts of the town.

The army units and the resistance forces then advanced in Zabadani from the direction of al-Zahra district.

The Lebanese sources said Hezbollah fighters are closing in on militants trapped in Central Zabadani, taking them under fire from every side.

Zabadani is a strategic border town located 50 kilometres northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Meantime, the Syrian army adopted new tactics for seizing back Palmyra (Tadmor) in Homs province, and took control of new areas in the city.

The army units backed by popular defence forces regained control of Hayal mountain and Abu al-Favares mines inching closer to Palmyra.

On Saturday, the ISIL started massive troops pullout from Palmyra following a series of gains by the Syrian army in the region.

Hundreds of ISIL terrorists have started retreating from Palmyra towards the Raqqa province as the army regained control of the surrounding areas of the city and Syrian forces are now only one kilometer away from the city, informed sources said.

Also, military sources in the Northeastern parts of the country confirmed that a number of ISIL leasers were killed and wounded in a Syrian air force raid on the venue of their meeting in Raqqa.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000490

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Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah, Ramadi, Open Corridor for Civilians

Jul 13, 2015

“Iraqi joint forces are on the alert to liberate the embattled towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar, but no timeframe has been set yet,” Rasoul said, Rudaw reported.

“The forces are considering the lives of civilians as thousands of innocents remain inside the towns,” he said in a statement, adding that a safe corridor has been opened for civilians to leave Ramadi.

Meanwhile, the Anbar Operations Command announced a similar safe corridor in Fallujah.

 “The Falahat path in the Western part of Fallujah will be helpful for the people of Fallujah and the sub-district of Saqlawiyah to flee,” said Falih Issawi, a member of the Anbar provincial council.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000473

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Iraqi operation to retake Anbar province underway

13 July 2015

Iraqi troops backed by mainly Shi'ite Muslim militias launched military operations on Monday to recapture the country's largest province Anbar from ISIS militants, a military statement broadcast on state television said.

The announcement of the offensive comes two months after ISIS militants seized Anbar's capital Ramadi, extending their control over the Sunni Muslim province west of Baghdad.

"At 5 o'clock this morning operations to liberate Anbar were launched," said a joint military command statement read out on state television.

It said the offensive was being carried out by the army, mainly Shi'ite militia known as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) units, special forces, police and local Sunni Muslim tribal fighters.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/13/Iraqi-operation-to-retake-Anbar-province-underway.html

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Iran’s deputy FM: Hoping for deal, can’t promise one soon

13 July 2015

A senior Iranian negotiator voiced hope on Monday that a nuclear deal with six major powers would be completed but cautioned that there was work to be done and he could not promise the talks would finish by Tuesday night, Iranian media reported.

“I cannot promise whether the remaining issues can be resolved tonight or tomorrow night. Some issues still remain unresolved and until they are solved, we cannot say an agreement has been reached,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying in Vienna.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/13/Iran-deputy-FM-Hoping-for-deal-can-t-promise-deal-soon.html

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Egyptian lawyers protest colleague's shooting at courthouse

12 July 2015

Members of Egypt's lawyers union say it has suspended work in Cairo's Nasr City criminal court to protest a police officer shooting a lawyer there.

A security official says that the accused officer shot the lawyer in the chest after mistaking him for a fleeing suspect Saturday. The official says the shooting came after lawyer, Mohamed el-Gaml, was seen arguing with prosecutors and police officers at the courthouse.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/Egyptian-lawyers-protest-colleague-s-shooting-at-courthouse.html

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Tunnel explosion lightly damages Aleppo citadel

12 July 2015

Activists say a tunnel explosion in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has lightly damaged the wall of the city's famous citadel.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday the tunnel was dug by rebels before it was discovered by troops who detonated it.

The Observatory said part of the sprawling citadel's wall collapsed.

Aleppo-based activist Nazeer al-Khatib said about 2 meters (yards) of the wall collapsed.

Syria's state-run news agency SANA said "terrorists" blew up a tunnel, causing a wall of the citadel to collapse.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/Tunnel-explosion-lightly-damages-Syria-s-citadel-in-Aleppo-.html

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Italy suspends consular services in Egypt

12 July 2015

Italy's Embassy in Egypt said it is suspending all consular services in Cairo, a day after its consulate was hit by a car bomb that killed a passer-by and blasted a gaping hole in the historic building.

In a statement Sunday, Italy said diplomats were working to restore services at the consulate, which issues some 2,200 visas annually.

It said the blast early Saturday completely destroyed some consular offices, including the building's visa office.

The bombing was purportedly claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group.

The office of Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said he will meet his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, in Cairo on Monday.

Egypt has also promised to pay for rebuilding the consulate.

The report comes as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has hailed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as the only leader who can "save" Egypt after the deadly attack.

He also vowed that Italy would not be "intimidated" after Saturday's attack claimed by the Islamic State group that killed one civilian and injured nine more people.

"I think al-Sisi is a great leader," Renzi said in an interview with Al-Jazeera television broadcast Sunday.

"Let me be very frank. In this moment Egypt will be saved only with the leadership of al-Sisi," Renzi said in English.

"This is my personal position and I am proud of my friendship with him and I will support him in the direction of peace because the Mediterranean without Egypt will be absolutely a place without peace."

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/After-bombing-Italy-PM-hails-Egypt-s-Sisi-as-great-leader-.html

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Iraqi Forces Start Fresh Operations to Win Back Anbar Province

Jul 13, 2015

"The large-scale operation of Iraq's joint forces comprising army, volunteer forces, federal police and tribal forces kicked off early Monday," Iraqi Defense Ministry Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasoul said on Monday.

On Sunday, Brigadier General Rasoul confirmed that the country's forces have surrounded the ISIL terrorists in the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province, where the army has opened a safe corridor for civilians before a planned assault to retake the territories.

“Iraqi joint forces are on the alert to liberate the embattled towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar, but no timeframe has been set yet,” Rasoul said

“The forces are considering the lives of civilians as thousands of innocents remain inside the towns,” he said in a statement, adding that a safe corridor has been opened for civilians to leave Ramadi.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000653

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South Asia

 

51 Insurgents Killed In Military Operations in Afghanistan

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jul 13 2015

51 insurgents have been killed in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Maidan Wardak, Paktia, Paktika, Urozgan, Ghazni, Daikundi, Zabul, Helmand and Kandahar provinces in past 24 hours.

The statement adds that 51 insurgents were killed and 16 others wounded in these operations.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/51-insurgents-killed-in-military-operations-3638

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Doubts and divisions among commanders as Taliban talk peace

Jul 13, 2015

KABUL: Talks last week between Afghan and Taliban negotiators were hailed by officials as a major breakthrough, but insurgent commanders on the ground have responded far more sceptically, highlighting the huge challenges facing the embryonic peace process.

Members of the Afghan High Peace Council sat down with Taliban cadres last week in Murree, a tourist town in the hills north of Islamabad, for their first official talks to try to end the militants' bloody fight, now in its 14th year.

They agreed to meet again in the coming weeks, drawing praise from Kabul, Islamabad, Beijing, Washington and the UN.

Read: First round of Afghan govt, Taliban dialogue concludes in Murree

But while some commanders voiced optimism, many others interviewed by AFP were deeply wary.

The split in responses, with some commanders openly questioning the legitimacy of the Taliban negotiators in Murree, underscores the potentially dangerous faultlines within the movement, particularly between the older leadership and younger, sometimes more hardline frontline fighters.

Haji Hazrat, a Taliban leader based in Helmand, a province in the movement's historic heartland of southern Afghanistan, said he “strongly backed” the talks and was optimistic about the outcome.

But in the eastern province of Kunar, a hotspot for fighting in recent years close to the Pakistani border, commander Ershad Gazi dismissed the Murree delegation as puppets of Islamabad.

“These Taliban leaders were not truly representing the Taliban group — they were brought to the meeting by Pakistan. The real Taliban who have influence on the talks are based in Qatar,” Gazi, who leads hundreds of fighters, told AFP.

Also read: Taliban web article denounces peace talks, but Kabul upbeat

The Taliban set up an office in Qatar in 2013 to begin talks towards a peace deal to end their insurgency.

The Missing Mullah

At the official level the insurgents have maintained a studied ambivalence this week about the authority of the delegation in Murree, perhaps hoping to take the temperature at the talks without committing themselves prematurely.

The Taliban high command has neither welcomed nor condemned the talks.

Their main spokesman issued a somewhat opaque statement saying simply that the “political commission” had the authority to discuss peace.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194205/doubts-and-divisions-among-commanders-as-taliban-talk-peace

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ISIS audio claims group’s leader for Afghanistan is alive

By MIRWAIS ADEEL - Mon Jul 13 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorist group has claimed that the group’s leader for Khurasan province Hafiz Saeed is alive.

The audio message was released by the terror group today which contains a voice with the terror group claiming belongs to Saeed.

This comes as the Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said last that Saeed was killed in a drone strike in Nangarhar province.

The authenticity of the audio tape has not been independently confirmed so far and the Afghan officials have not commented in this regard so far.

According to the reports, Saeed was a former Pakistani militant who switched allegiance to ISIS terror group last yeare.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/isis-audio-claims-groups-leader-for-afghanistan-is-alive-9504

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India

 

Muslim Scholar Felicitated By a Hindu Monastery for His Research on an Ancient Hindu Temple

July 13, 2015

Sheikh Makbul Islam, a Muslim scholar, had never imagined that he would be conferred an award by revered seer, Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati of the Govardhan monastery, one of the most sacred monasteries of Hindu.

Islam had conducted a research on the Jagannath temple and its deity, Lord Jagannath at Puri, Odisha.

He earned a DLitt from Utkal University of the state for his work.

The professor, who is the Dean of Kalyani University in eastern West Bengal state, received the Nabakalebar award, the highest honor bestowed to any individual by the monastery.

The award was conferred by Shree Jagannath Research Institute at a function hosted in Bhubaneswar city on Saturday, July 11.

Islam said that he had published numerous works on lord Jagannath, and the culture and traditions associated with the deity.

Full report at:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/a-muslim-scholar-felicitated-by-a-hindu-monastery-for-his-research-on-an-ancient-hindu-temple-115071300331_1.html

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Pakistan high commission to host separatists for Eid Milan on July 21

M Saleem Pandit

Jul 13, 2015

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference has claimed that it has been invited by the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi for Eid Milan on July 21.

The high commission had earlier withdrawn the invitation to Kashmiri separatists for an Iftar dinner on July 4, in the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif meeting in the Russian city of Ufa on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

Their meeting has been seen as a breakthrough in the stop-start India-Pakistan talks. If the Hurriyat claims of invitation by the Pakistani high commission is correct, it could again reflect on the bilateral relations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-high-commission-to-host-separatists-for-Eid-Milan-on-July-21/articleshow/48047445.cms

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BJP leader asks Shiv Sena to change its perception of Pakistan

Jul 13, 2015

MUMBAI: Mumbai chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ashish Shelar has adviced Shiv Sena to change its perception about Pakistan and to consider the local problems while discussing national issues, according to a report published on The Times of India website.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had expressed doubts regarding the recently-held meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia and termed the meeting as "unfortunate."

Read: Indian PM Modi accepts invite for first Pakistan visit: joint statement

He stated that, "the neighbouring country needs to be taught a lesson in a manner it understands" as he felt that the conditions on the borders between the two countries had not changed at all.

BJP leader Ashish Shelar said, "Uddhav Thackeray should have first sought information on Modi's meeting with Sharif. The meeting between the two prime ministers was of national importance. Since the trial of 26/11 Mumbai attacks is going on in a Pakistani court, Modi coaxed Pakistan into completing it faster. Several Indian fishermen are lodged in Pakistani jails. The meeting also focused on their release.”

He added, “Everybody has the right to speak about India-Pakistan relations and what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir. But what is needed is a change of perception so that you can see the changed conditions."

Shelar also criticised Sena, which directs the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, over recent flooding in the capital city of Maharashtra state perceived to be caused by blocked drains.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194188/bjp-leader-asks-shiv-sena-to-change-its-perception-of-pakistan

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Cameron to welcome Modi to UK despite misgivings by Indian Muslims

July 12, 2015

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David Cameron will welcome Narendra Modi to the UK in November, setting aside concerns from some in the Muslim community about offering the Indian prime minister what officials say will be a “big and flashy” reception.

Britain cut off Mr Modi diplomatically after riots in his home state of Gujarat in 2002. Most of the dead were Muslims and critics have accused him of being complicit. Relations were only restored in 2012 after Indian investigators cleared him of any responsibility.

Downing Street is promising to pull out all the stops for his first official visit as prime minister, with Mr Cameron keen to boost the trading relationship between the two countries.

The government is looking for ways to use the Indian diaspora living in the UK to improve the relationship between the two countries, which has been difficult at times during the past few years.

As part of that effort, people with knowledge of the visit have told the Financial Times that Mr Modi is likely to address a crowd of Hindus at the temple in Wembley soon after the Diwali celebrations.

One Conservative MP involved in the discussions said: “We’re keen to do everything we can to maximise the effect of the Indian community here in the UK to bring us closer together.”

But Muslim groups are unhappy about what they see as an uncritical welcome being afforded to Mr Modi.

Shamsuddin Agha, president of the Indian Muslim Federation in the UK, said: “We know [Mr] Cameron has to look after business in this country, but he should be more careful about how he deals with Mr Modi,” said Mr Agha, who said his group was talking about the possibility of protesting against the visit.

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The UK prime minister is keen to downplay such concerns as he makes a big push to improve trade between the two countries, having promised to double UK trade with India from 2010 to 2015.

But despite carrying out high-profile trade missions to the country, Mr Cameron is a long way from meeting that goal — exports to India last year were more than £100m lower than in 2010.

Full report at:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db75592c-24b4-11e5-9c4e-a775d2b173ca.html#axzz3fl67rUdU

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Over 7,000 Muslims at a Single 'Iftar' Party in Srinagar

12th July 2015

SRINAGAR: Over 7,000 people joined a mega 'Iftar' party on the banks of the Dal Lake here on Saturday which event managers claimed was the largest-ever single such event in the World.

Sponsored by many local business houses, over 7,000 fasting Muslims gathered in the foothills of the Zabarwan Hills by the banks of the lake to break their day-long Ramadan fast.

The organizers had spread carpets on the pedestrian mall along two-km-long stretch and laid out food items and drinks for the devout who came in large numbers to create a record for the largest single 'Iftar'.

Full report at:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Over-7000-Muslims-at-a-Single-Iftar-Party-in-Srinagar/2015/07/12/article2916002.ece

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North America

 

US will send drones to North Africa to fight ISIL in Libya: Report

Jul 13, 2015

The United States is considering positioning drones at a base in North Africa in a bid to intensify "surveillance" of the ISIL terrorist group in Libya, a report says.

Citing a senior US official, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Washington is holding discussions about the plan with several North African countries.

The Journal said drone flights would give US military and intelligence agencies real-time information on the group's activities in Libya.

Such a base near ISIL strongholds in the African  country would help the United States “fill gaps in our understanding of what’s going on” in that region, the Journal quoted the unnamed official as saying.

The report, however, said no North African country had yet agreed to offer access to a base. The administration declined to identify countries that could host US Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). US allies Egypt and Tunisia share borders with Libya.

“Any such facility would likely be an existing base under the control of the host country, with the United States receiving permission to place drones there along with a limited number of military personnel,” the official said.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/07/13/420029/US-drone-military-base-North-Africa-ISIL-Libya-Iraq-Syria

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Why Muslim refugees are no longer treated as human beings

July 13th, 2015

Nineteenth-century Americans were on safe ground when they inscribed the words of Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

A comparatively new country, the United States needed the destitute of Europe – the Irish, the Jews of Russia – to expand their nation. There was no question of referring to the Irish “poor” as “economic migrants” or to those Jews “yearning to breathe free” as “asylum seekers” or “political refugees” from the Tsar’s pogroms.

In the decades to come, however, the world assumed that the “huddled masses” could be returned in safety to their land of origin. Thus US and other “Christian” nations decided that survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide should go back to what had been their homes in “Western Armenia” (Ottoman Anatolia). And many hundreds of thousands of Armenians lingered on the edge of Turkey in the hope that the victors of the First World War would return them to lands no longer controlled by their Ottoman Turkish killers.

America’s Near East Relief was the first great humanitarian organisation of its kind, and the millions of dollars which it raised in the US saved the lives of countless Armenian refugees – especially orphans – scattered around the Arab world.

Now comes a deeply moving book by University of California human rights professor Keith Watenpaugh who has studied the history of humanitarianism in the Middle East from the files of the League of Nations, the UN’s poor old predecessor.

In the years after the 1914-18 war, the international community abandoned the Armenian “right of return”. Watenpaugh’s research takes in the work of the Aleppo Rescue Home, whose Danish director Karen Jeppe wrote in 1922 that “the Armenian is possessed of a wonderful gift ‘to create bread from stones’.” The quotation is based on Matthew 4: 3-4 and suggests that the Armenians have such resilience that they can perform miracles – and survive as a people.

Watenpaugh’s book, the author acknowledges, “was written at a time when the contemporary ‘Middle East’ descended into a humanitarian disaster that, in its degree of suffering and international indifference, resembles the one that occurred during and following the First World War.”

How right he is. Only of course, the world changed. The humanitarian Americans of the 19th century who welcomed the pogromed Jews of Russia were far less keen to give sanctuary to the Jewish victims of Hitler. Before the Second World War, like European nations, they turned them away. And after the Holocaust, they preferred that Jewish survivors should go to their “true” home in Palestine rather than settle in the US.

British power in Palestine collapsed and 750,000 Arab Palestinian refugees were created. Their existence today and that of their descendants remains a humanitarian scandal. But somewhere, the history of that “today” ended and another scandal began. In the break-up of the present-day Middle East to which Watenpaugh refers, Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria and Egypt – like those Armenians who headed for America and Europe in the 1920s – have generally been received by “Christian” countries. But most of the refugees today are Muslims fleeing Muslims and they are not receiving the same generosity.

I’ve walked around their refugee camps in Lebanon, amid squalor and disease, and talked to mothers who have already lost their children. Last week, I watched them by the hundred streaming towards the Macedonian border with Greece, sweltering in the heat, beaten by border guards in their attempts to enter central Europe. They are tough, resilient, not unlike those Armenians who could “create bread from stones”.

The Americans provided “safe haven” for the Kurds of Iraq in 1991 – after the Kurds had risen against Saddam at America’s bidding. But there are no more safe havens; the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre this weekend is proof enough. And while we now save these people from the waters of the Mediterranean, we do not want them.

Why? Because they are Muslims and not Christians – or “Westerners” as we prefer to call ourselves today? I fear so.

Full report at:

http://www.albawaba.com/news/why-muslim-refugees-are-no-longer-treated-human-beings-718868

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Europe

 

Muslim Hired As British Government Terror Watchdog Is Extremist Who Called US ‘Vicious World Empire’

July 12, 2015

A British government worker who helped regulate the country’s anti-terror planning was fired after superiors learned of his Islamist sympathies, the Telegraph reported.

Abdullah al Andalusi said the brutal exploits of ISIS were “no different to the history of some Western armies” and supported the right of youths to venture to Syria to fight.

“If merely going to fight overseas is condemned as terrorism, shouldn’t the UK arrest British volunteers joining the Israeli Defense Force which kills civilians in Gaza in a war against the Gazan government?” al Andalusi wrote in a September 2014 article for the Muslim Debate Initiative, a group he co-founded.

He compared ISIS to Western armies “and even some of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of Western nations” in a June 2014 post on his own website.

“IS’s crime is being actually a good student of the West, right down to their corporate structure and organization and ability to use social media!” al Andalusi wrote.

During a Jan. 16 talk at Queen Mary University, he dismissed the 9/11 terror attacks as “the day a vicious world empire found a publicly-acceptable excuse to bomb others, invade non-threatening nations, torture political dissidents and kill at least 300,000 innocent people,” according to the Telegraph.

But al Andalusi says his words have been taken out of context, and on Sunday he posted to his website a full-throated, 2,300-word rebuttal.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/07/12/muslim-who-likened-isis-to-western-armies-fired-by-british-government/

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Cameron urges more spending on ISIS threat

13 July 2015

Britain should spend more of its defense budget on spy planes, drones and special forces to counter militants and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Prime Minister David Cameron will say on Monday.

The government said last week it would meet NATO's defense spending pledge of two percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the next five years, which would boost budgets to 47.7 billion pounds ($74 billion) a year by 2020.

"I have tasked the Defense and Security chiefs to look specifically at how we do more to counter the threat posed by ISIS and Islamist extremism," Cameron will say, according to excerpts from his speech.

"This could include more spy planes, drones and special forces. In the last five years, I have seen just how vital these assets are in keeping us safe."

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2015/07/13/Britain-to-focus-defense-spending-on-militant-risk.html

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New Muslims receive a helping hand

13 July 2015

“A seed of doubt along with hard trials,” are the reasons 23-year-old U.S.-based Filipino student Charizz Legaspi gives for why she stopped going to church and eventually turned to Islam.

Charizz is one of just one of thousands of people worldwide who become Muslim every year. But, like many new converts in the Western world, she has struggled due to a lack of support for her new faith.

Research suggests that Islam will be the world’s largest religious group in the second half of this century: “The number of Muslims is expected to increase by 73% – from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050,” U.S.-based Pew Research Center said in April this year.

In North America, the research company claims Muslims and followers of “other religions” are the fastest-growing religious groups.

For Charizz, there was a point in her mid-teens where she says she “really started to doubt the belief I was taught at church”.

“If you do not come into that particular church and accept Jesus as the Son of God and a Savior that you would not go to heaven. It really hurt me to think that my Daddy who passed away would not go to heaven because he was Catholic and not part of the Church of Christ,” she says.

Charizz moved away from religion despite still believing in a higher being. Later she started to study Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Working as a customer service representative in the U.S., she “slowly but surely” embraced Islam just before the important post-Ramadan Eid al-Fitr celebration in 2013 by saying Shahada.

Shahada is the short public testimony to declare that a person accepts that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

After this, Charizz turned to online resources in her quest to learn more about her new religion: “I could not sleep without reading about or watching videos on what Islam was and what it meant to be a Muslim,” she says.

The difficulty lay in finding ‘certified’ information. For that, she turned to her Muslim friends and wider community to answer her questions and clear her doubts.

“Watching videos, reading translations of the Quran and Hadith [sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad], and asking Muslim friends helped when I needed clarification,” she says.

However, unlike Charizz, many people do not have the opportunity to reach out to fellow Muslims directly. To meet this need, some groups have stepped up efforts to stream reliable information to new Muslims.

One of them is New Muslim Care, or NMC. Originally founded in Canada by Muslim converts, the group is now active in five countries, including the Philippines and Australia.

Charizz says these sorts of initiatives are helpful for new converts “especially in the beginning when you are learning how to pray and all the basics of being a Muslim”.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency during a recent visit to Istanbul was NMC general-manager Julien Drolon.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/162067/new-muslims-receive-a-helping-hand

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Mideast

 

AEOI Chief Reveals Iran's Plans to Export Strategic N. Products

Jul 13, 2015

"We plan to sell our strategic products, including enriched uranium and heavy water, meaning that we will practically join the countries which can use their peaceful nuclear technology for commercialization in the international system," Salehi said in an interview with Persian-language Qanoon newspaper on Monday.

Also, elaborating on the progress made in drafting the final nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, he said that the technical issues have ended and the grounds for transferring other countries' experiences to Iran, specially in the commercialization of the nuclear industry, including construction of power plants and production of fuel, have been considered in the draft agreement.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) are in the final phase of their last round of talks in Vienna to draft a final deal to end their over-a-decade-long nuclear standoff.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Sunday that nuclear talks between Tehran and the six major world power would no more be extended after the July 13 deadline and the results will be declared tomorrow.

Asked about any possible extension of the nuclear talks after the latest deadline on Monday, Iran's top negotiator said, "There will not be any further extension of the negotiations."

"We still have work to do, and will work tomorrow," Zarif added, implying that the final results will be known on Monday.

Also on Friday, Zarif complained that change in the stances of the world powers and their excessive demands have prevented attainment of a nuclear deal, and called on the western powers to make up their minds and choose between striking a final deal and keeping the sanctions.

"We have reached a stage now that the other side should decide if it is seeking an agreement or pressure; we have said many times that agreement and pressure cannot come together and one of them should be chosen," Zarif told reporters in Vienna.

He reiterated that if the other side shows political will and inclination for a balanced and good deal it will be achievable.

Zarif, however, said that unfortunately the other side is showing change in stances and raising excessive demands which make the conditions difficult, adding, "We are doing our best as Supreme Leader (of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and other Iranian officials have said many times we are looking for a good deal and we will continue the negotiations; we have never left the negotiations and we will not in future."

Late on Thursday night, diplomatic sources in Vienna cautioned that the western powers have toughened their stances after the US lost a self-imposed deadline for a deal with Iran and are raising even more demands from the Iranian team.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000446

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Saudileaks 31: Envoy Asks Riyadh to Act to Stop Djibouti's Tendency towards Iran

Jul 13, 2015

The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May, and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

According to one of these documents, the Saudi embassy in Djibouti in a letter to the foreign ministry advised it to adopt the necessary measures to trouble or stop Iran's activities in Djibouti, fearing that Tehran's actions might cause the spread of certain viewpoints in the African country that are not desired by Riyadh.

Also in the letter, the Saudi mission rejects the US claims about taking actions in Djibouti to uproot terrorism in Somali, saying only a strong government in Somalia can uproot terrorism and piracy in Somali waters and the Gulf of Aden.

The letter added that every country has its own plans and interests in Somalia which shows the African country's strategic situation.

Late in May, the Yemen Cyber Army released a portion of the information and documents that it had gained in its recent cyber attack on Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense Ministries.

The Yemen Cyber Army announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and would release thousands of these top secret documents.

The group claimed that it "has gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world".

The hackers' statement, which said the cyber army has also attacked the Saudi Interior and Defense ministries and vowed to release their details later, was carried by several globally known hackers websites.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940420001071

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Riyadh Keeps Bombing Yemen despite Truce, 10 Killed in Fresh Attacks

Jul 13, 2015

According to local reports, the monarchy's airstrikes pounded the neighborhood of Sa'awan in Sana'a on Monday and claimed the lives of more than 10 civilians.

Elsewhere in Yemen, Saudi jets bombarded a number of medical and commercial centers in the Northwestern province of Amran.

Early on Sunday, the kingdom's air raids targeted two oil tankers and a vehicle in the Southern province of al-Bayda and killed 8 people, including women and children.

Earlier in the day, similar attacks were carried out in the Southern province of Dhale in which two people were killed and two others injured.

Additionally, two children were killed after Saudi fighter jets hit residential areas in the Southwestern province of Ta'izz.

Meanwhile, one person was killed after Saudi jets bombarded the Abs district of the province of Hajjah overnight.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000227

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Turkey arrests 45 ISIS recruits in Southeast: report

12 July 2015

Turkish security forces have over the last three days detained 45 foreign nationals seeking to cross into Syria to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria  from the southeastern city of Gaziantep, the Dogan news agency reported Sunday.

If confirmed, the detentions would mark a stepping up of pressure on ISIS by the Turkish authorities after the arrest of 21 suspected members of the group in Istanbul and elsewhere on Friday.

Gaziantep has long been seen as a staging post for ISIS recruits who travel to the city by bus after flying from their countries to Istanbul. They then make the short illegal journey over the border to Syria.

Dogan news agency said that on Sunday alone, 25 foreign nationals, mainly citizens of Tajikistan, had been arrested at Gaziantep bus station.

It said that police units had been working intensively at the bus station since Friday and had in total detained 45 people who wanted to cross into Syria to join ISIS.

Many would-be militants had also brought their families with them, it added.

The suspects have undergone health checks and are being interrogated, after which they will likely be deported.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/Turkey-arrests-45-ISIS-recruits-in-South-East-report.html

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Rights group video: Israeli soldier shot fleeing Palestinian

12 July 2015

An Israeli human rights group has released a video that purports to show a high-ranking Israeli officer fatally shooting a fleeing Palestinian teenager who had thrown a stone at his vehicle.

The surveillance camera footage appears to undercut earlier claims by the military that the officer, a brigade commander, opened fire on July 3 because his life was in danger.

The B'Tselem rights group released the video Sunday. It shows a Palestinian rushing at the vehicle, throwing an object at the windshield and running away. The vehicle then stops, a soldier jumps out, aims his gun and charges. The soldier's face cannot be seen clearly. The video has no sound.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/Rights-group-video-Israeli-soldier-shot-fleeing-Palestinian.html

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Israel arrests Jewish suspects over ‘miracle’ church arson

12 July 2015

Israeli police said Sunday they have arrested several Jewish suspects over an arson attack last month at a shrine where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of loaves and fishes.

“Several Jewish suspects have been arrested for the burning of the church and the Nazareth court has decided to extend their detention for the purposes of the investigation,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement of the overnight arrests.

Police did not provide a number, but an ultra-nationalist organization said three young Jews had been arrested.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/Israel-arrests-Jewish-suspects-over-miracle-church-arson.html

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Certain issues still unresolved in nuclear talks: Iran's Araqchi

Jul 13, 2015

A senior Iranian negotiator says some outstanding issues still remain in the negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

“Talks have reached the final breathtaking moments; certain issues still remain,” Abbas Araqchi told reporters on Monday.

“As long as these issues are not settled, one cannot say we have reached an agreement,” said the senior negotiator.

It cannot be said with certainty that parties to the negotiations will arrive at a conclusion by Tuesday, he noted.

“I cannot promise that the [outstanding] issues will be resolved by tonight (Monday) or tomorrow night,” Araqchi further said.

He expressed hope parties to the talks will be able to iron out the sticking points and "reach a point which both sides agree on."

Araqchi’s remarks come as Iran and the P5+1 countries are making last-ditch efforts to clinch a historic deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Iranian delegation, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, (3rdR) attends a meeting with the US delegation and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Vienna on Saturday night, July 11, 2015. (IRNA photo)

The nuclear talks, the latest round of which has been underway for more than two weeks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, aim to hammer out an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program to end the West’s 13-year-old standoff with the Islamic Republic over the country’s nuclear program.

Among the remaining thorny issues to be discussed in the last hours of the talks are the timing of sanctions lifting as well as the removal of an arms embargo against the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammd Javad Zarif has sat down with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, who arrived in Vienna on Monday.

"New progress has been made in the final stage of the talks; China believes no agreement can be perfect, conditions are already in place for a good agreement, we believe there cannot and should not be further delay,” the Chinese foreign minister told reporters in front of the Palais Coburg Hotel, the venue of the talks in the Austrian capital before joining the talks.

During their meeting the Chinese foreign minister told Zarif, "I saw your public comment. We had expected an agreement to be reached on the 12th [of July] and you said in your public comment there will not be any further extensions beyond the 13th, sending out a positive message."

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/07/13/420048/Iran-nuclear

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Iranian Official: Possible N. Deal No Single Remedy for All Problems with West

Jul 13, 2015

"We shouldn’t think that if an agreement is made, everything will be settled and we will not have any problems with the west but we should have plans in different aspects after the deal," Jalali said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Monday.

Stressing that the resistance economy is one of Iran's permanent strategies with or without a nuclear agreement, he said the regional issues, specially the proxy wars in the region, orchestrated by the US and its regional allies, are another point which should receive due attention.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) are in the final phase of their last round of talks in Vienna to draft a final deal to end their over-a-decade-long nuclear standoff.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Sunday that nuclear talks between Tehran and the six major world power would no more be extended after the July 13 deadline and the results will be declared on Monday.

Asked about any possible extension of the nuclear talks after the latest deadline on Monday, Iran's top negotiator said, "There will not be any further extension of the negotiations."

"We still have work to do, and will work tomorrow," Zarif added, implying that the final results will be known on Monday.

Also on Friday, Zarif complained that change in the stances of the world powers and their excessive demands have prevented attainment of a nuclear deal, and called on the western powers to make up their minds and choose between striking a final deal and keeping the sanctions.

"We have reached a stage now that the other side should decide if it is seeking an agreement or pressure; we have said many times that agreement and pressure cannot come together and one of them should be chosen," Zarif told reporters in Vienna.

He reiterated that if the other side shows political will and inclination for a balanced and good deal it will be achievable.

Zarif, however, said that unfortunately the other side is showing change in stances and raising excessive demands which make the conditions difficult, adding, "We are doing our best as Supreme Leader (of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and other Iranian officials have said many times we are looking for a good deal and we will continue the negotiations; we have never left the negotiations and we will not in future."

Late on Thursday night, diplomatic sources in Vienna cautioned that the western powers have toughened their stances after the US lost a self-imposed deadline for a deal with Iran and are raising even more demands from the Iranian team.

The source said the western parties to the talks with Iran, specially the US, have in the last few days raised excessive demands beyond earlier agreements, making the road to a draft final nuclear deal even more bumpy.

The source said Iran is determined to clinch a deal and it has shown much flexibility on this path, but the US-led West has been raising excessive demands and shows "fading respect for its earlier agreements with Iran".

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940422000535

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Pakistan

 

Government to take action against ISIS accepting organizations

July 13, 2015

Karachi: The government has decided  in principle to take action against individuals and organizations that have sympathy for the ‘Islamic State’ terrorist organization. A list of such organizations will be prepared and sent to the concerned authorities.

According reports, the decision of crackdown against the organizations that have soft corner for the notorious militant organization has been taken. The senior officials from Rangers and police force will also be consulted for preparation of the list.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Jul-2015/government-to-take-action-against-isis-accepting-organizations

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18 killed in attack near Afghan military base

July 13, 2015

KHOST - At least 18 people were killed and six wounded Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack near a military base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, where Afghan and foreign soldiers are stationed, authorities said.

The bomber detonated the explosives at a military roadblock near the entrance to Camp Chapman, said Faizullah Ghairat, the Khost city police chief.

Authorities were unable to specify the victims' identities or say if troops were among the casualties.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban has often targeted Afghan and foreign troops.

"We counted 18 dead and six wounded," said a doctor at a hospital in the city. Ghairat put the toll at 25 dead and 16 wounded.

Foreign troops including US soldiers are stationed at Camp Champan alongside Afghan soldiers.

A statement from the NATO mission in Afghanistan said it was "aware" of the blast, but did not elaborate.

In 2009, Camp Chapman was the target of a spectacular suicide attack claimed by Al-Qaeda. Seven CIA American officials were killed in the deadliest assault on the US agency since 1983, when eight officers died in an attack on a military base in Beirut.

Camp Chapman is located less than four kilometres (2.4 miles) from the city of Khost, which is near the Pakistani border, a volatile region where the Taliban but also a multitude of armed Islamist groups hold sway.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Jul-2015/18-killed-in-attack-near-afghan-military-base

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Pakistan wants Kabul in complete control of peace process: Military

July 13, 2015

Monitoring Desk/NNI

Islamabad - Pakistan will keep on facilitating the reconciliation process for peace and stability in Afghanistan, the military said on Sunday.

Army spokesperson Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said in an interview with Chinese news agency Xinhua that Pakistan wants the Afghan government in complete control of the peace process.

His comments came after high-level talks were held in Murree between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, and the two sides agreed to continue the talks after Ramazan.

The army spokesperson said Pakistan has adopted a political framework to push forward the Afghan peace process. "Peace in Afghanistan is Pakistan's major interest and the Afghan government has the same interest. So those people should be identified who think this peace process does not serve their interests," he said.

In response to a question about the agreement signed recently between the two intelligence agencies in view of some criticism in Afghanistan, he described the MoU as a good omen for cooperation.

"If we want to bring peace, there is a need for an enhanced cooperation at military and intelligence level to correct things on the ground. So agreements and MoUs will be signed to make this a long-term process. All these steps are aimed at strengthening and implementing the process," he said.

With regard to the military operation against the Taliban militants in North Waziristan, Bajwa expressed the hope that security forces would clear the mountainous Shawal valley from the terrorists in the second phase of the offensive.

"The Security forces have inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in the preliminary operation in Shawal Valley and the terrorists will be eliminated in the second phase," he said. To a question about the conclusion of the operation, he said he could not give a timeframe to complete the operation and said that operation was making substantial progress.

"I cannot give timeframe but I say we are achieving our objectives, however, the understanding is to complete the operation as soon as possible. The operation Zarb-e-Azb is continuing under a plan," he said.

He said the preliminary phase of the operation in Shawal Valley had been completed and the next phase is being planned.

"As the terrorists amassed in Shawal Valley after fleeing from other parts of North Waziristan, the security forces have faced some resistance but the enemy has suffered a lot."

"There could be some resistance in the next phase of the operation in the valley, whatsoever the situation might be, the army is determined to move forward, I am hopeful that all areas would be cleared of the terrorists soon."

The spokesman said the army and the local tribesmen had agreed that terrorists would never be allowed to come back once the whole area was cleared.

"People think that they have got rid of the terrorists and no one will again support them. The state position is also very clear that there will be no agreement with the Taliban and no question of their return arises."

When asked if the army have any plan to win hearts and minds of the people after defeating the armed groups, he said winning hearts and minds of the people is not possible within two or three days.

"The brave people of tribal areas are our own and we are proud of them and we will go hand-in-hand and I am hopeful that they will stand with the armed forces for development in their areas."

To a question about repatriation of TDPs, he said the process had already been started and some people had gone back. He added that many people would return their homes in next phase.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Jul-2015/pakistan-wants-kabul-in-complete-control-of-peace-process-military

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Altaf accuses Rangers chief of violating army code of conduct

AZFAR-UL-ASHFAQUE

Jul 13, 2015

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has called upon the army chief to take notice of the alleged violation of army’s code of conduct by the director general of Sindh Rangers and other officials and urged him to do justice in the matter.

“Are Rangers a security force or a political party? Does the code of conduct of the armed forces allow the army, its paramilitary forces like Rangers, etc, to issue a charge-sheet against a political party,” Mr Hussain asked while addressing from London a convention of party workers here on Sunday.

“We are not against the army; we are against the rotten eggs in the institution... Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif should save Pakistan and throw out the rotten eggs who have embezzled billions of rupees like civilians,” he said.

The speech was apparently in response to media reports that quoted Rangers sources as saying the paramilitary force was going to release a factsheet in a couple of days about the March 11 raid on MQM’s Nine Zero headquarters in Azizabad.

Mohammad Anwar removed from MQM’s coordination committee

Mr Hussain lashed out at Rangers DG Major General Bilal Akbar and his subordinates for “committing atrocities against Mohajirs, and illegal arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings of MQM workers”.

He spoke at length about the March 11 Rangers raid on the MQM headquarters and claimed that no wanted person had been arrested there. He said it was alleged that weapons stolen from Nato containers had been recovered during the raid, but this was not mentioned in the FIRs registered against 26 MQM workers.

He claimed that the weapons seized belonged to MQM’s parliamentarians and were licensed and said that even Rangers had admitted that “90 per cent of the weapons recovered from Nine Zero were legal”. But, he added, the paramilitary force had not returned the licensed weapons to the MQM parliamentarians.

He alleged that MQM worker Waqas Shah had been killed by Rangers but they arrested another Muttahida worker and were now planning to get the man convicted.

“The Rangers presented before media the picture of Nooruddin Subhani, a cook of the Khurshid Begum Secretariat, as a wanted terrorist and target killer arrested from Nine Zero on March 11, but they silently released him without offering any apology when they came to know about him.”

Speaking about various incidents of “extrajudicial killings” of MQM workers, Mr Hussain said that it was because of his teachings that people were still demonstrating patience. “The city will turn into a Somalia if I am no more.”

He appealed to the army chief to take action against those who were committing injustices to innocent citizens.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194093/altaf-accuses-rangers-chief-of-violating-army-code-of-conduct

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US welcomes decision by Pakistan, India to discuss key issues

Jul 13, 2015

WASHINGTON: The United States has welcomed India and Pakistan’s decision to hold bilateral talks on three key issues, security, people-to-people ties and the Mumbai trial.

In its second statement on a meeting between the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers in Russia on Friday, the US State Department reiterated its support to all measures that could improve relations between South Asia’s two nuclear states.

“I wanted to welcome the meeting that took place earlier between Prime Ministers Narendera Modi and Nawaz Sharif and their announcement of future engagement between India and Pakistan,” a department spokesman Mark Toner told a news briefing in Washington. “We also welcome the announcement that India and Pakistan will discuss a range of bilateral issues, including security, people-to-people ties and expediting the Mumbai trial,” he said.

“And we support all steps between the governments of India and Pakistan to strengthen their dialogue and cooperation.”

In an earlier statement, State Department’s senior spokesman John Kirby had said that the United States “welcome(s) any steps that both countries can take to try to reduce the tensions. That’s been our longstanding position.”

At the latest briefing Mr Toner played down India and Pakistan’s decision to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and has disagreed with the suggestion that Russia and China were an existential threat to the United States.

“I’d refer you to India and Pakistan for a reaction to that or for the reasons why they’ve chosen to join that group,” said a department spokesman Mark Toner when asked to comment the two South Asian nations decision to join SCO.

He said that US Secretary of State John Kerry disagreed with the nominated chairman of US the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford’s suggestion that Russia posed an existential threat to the United States.

“The Secretary doesn’t agree with the assessment that Russia is an existential threat to the United States, nor China, quite frankly,” Mr Toner told a news briefing in Washington.

During his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Gen Dunford told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that if they “want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia. And if you look at their behaviour, it’s nothing short of alarming.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194092/us-welcomes-decision-by-pakistan-india-to-discuss-key-issues

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MQM sacks Mohammad Anwar from Rabita Committee

Jul 13, 2015

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday sacked London-based senior party member and close aide of supremo Altaf Hussain – Mohammad Anwar – from the party's central coordination committee, also known as the 'Rabita Committee'.

In a statement issued Sunday night, the party said the move came owing to Anwar's continued illness, which had often caused him to "remain absent from crucial meetings."

"The MQM is currently a subject of direct political vengeance at the hands of the establishment. In such circumstances it is absolutely crucial that all senior members of the Rabita Committee are not only present at all times but are also physically and mentally fit," read the statement.

The statement went on to say that prolonged illness had also significantly affected Anwar's memory.

"Mohammad Anwar is no more a member of the Rabita Committee. All workers are therefore advised not to establish contact with him on organisational matters," said the statement issued by the party.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1193993/mqm-sacks-mohammad-anwar-from-rabita-committee

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‘Military takes over Imambargah case investigation’

IKRAM JUNAIDI

Jul 13, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Zain Shah is very worried. The caretaker of an imambargah that has been the target of two suicide attacks, he continues to fear a third.

“We have not received any direct threats from anyone,” he tells Dawn but adds that “the local police have told me that the threat levels are very high and that we should be on our guard.”

With a furrowed brow, the old man in a white shalwar kameez gets ready to say his prayers, as he talked to Dawn.

The attack happened on February 18, 2015, when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside the Imambargah Qasr-i-Sakina, killing two people and injuring several others.

The damage could have been a lot worse had the bomber managed to make his way inside, but he was stopped by the two guards who lost their lives but averted a greater tragedy.

The imambargah is located at the junction of the Islamabad Expressway and Kuri road in Shakrial.

The first attack on the imambargah happened in December 2009. The caretaker’s fears become more palpable when he revealed that he had no information about any progress in the investigation of the attack.

Shah said so far he had not been summoned to court, asked to testify or been approached by the investigating authorities.

All he knows is that the investigation has reportedly been taken over by the military authorities and the police are no longer working on the case.

As the complainant in the FIR of the attack – registered in Shahzad Town Police Station – he had approached the police a number of times to ask them for an update, “but each time I get told that the military is investigating the case.”

“The police give us the same answer each time; that they will update us when they hear something from the military. But there has been no progress in all these weeks. How can I feel safe when I know those people are still out there,” he asked, rhetorically.

Shah said so far he had not been summoned to court, asked to testify or been approached by the investigating authorities.

It is pertinent to mention that the day after the incident a protest was held, blocking the Expressway. This increased the pressure on the law enforcement agencies and resultantly the investigation was transferred to the intelligence agencies.

This is not surprising. In a number of high-profile cases which either caused excessive fatalities or where the target was an important personality, the traditional response is to establish a joint investigation team because it becomes an act of terrorism. Such teams depend on the information and capabilities of the intelligence agencies rather than the police. Such as joint investigation teams were established after the district court attack, blast in fruit and vegetable market etc.

As a result, the police have not much to offer. A police official requesting anonymity said in the past different sections of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) accepted responsibility for various attacks. For instance, a TTP splinter group, Ahrarul Hind, claimed responsibility for an attack on the Islamabad High Court in March 2014. But, he added that the TTP or any of its splinter groups did not claim the imambargah attack.

“The attack on imambargah Qasr-i-Sakina looks like a continuation of the sectarian killings in Pakistan. And, like other sectarian cases, the arrest of the culprit seems difficult,” he said.

Khurram Shahzad Qureshi’s father Ghulam Hussain was one of those who lost his life while stopping the suicide attacker. Khurram told Dawn that his 63-year-old father would come to pray at the imambargah and was volunteering as a guard on that fateful day. Like Shah, Qureshi also said he would not feel safe until the mastermind behind the two attacks on Qasr-i-Sakina was brought to justice. “As long as the perpetrators and masterminds are at large, there will always be the chance of another attack,” he said.

To address their fears the caretakers and worshippers at the imambargah have increased security around the imambargah.

“Police officers and commandos have also been deputed for the protection of worshippers,” said Shah.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194130/military-takes-over-imambargah-case-investigation

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Tirah Sikhs glad at getting status of tribal elders

Jul 13, 2015

PESHAWAR: Gurmeet Singh ran a grocery store until he along with hundred other members of Sikh community had to leave his native Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency to escape the wrath of slaughtering militants.

The 32-year-old prides himself as a Kukikhel Afridi tribesman but unlike his fellows, he and others of his community had been pushed from pillar to post to get attestation and verification of documents to secure national identity cards.

From 400 to 500 families of around 2,500 Sikhs had to shift lock, stock and barrel to Peshawar due to insecurity, particularly, nearly when a dozen of their community members were kidnapped and killed, some of them beheaded by militants then controlling Tirah.

Also read: Pakistan's dwindling Sikh community wants improved security

But while some members of the religious minorities, particularly in rural Sindh, have left Pakistan to seek asylum in India due to alleged persecution, the Sikhs from Tirah, have stayed put.

“Pakistan is our home. Why would we go anywhere else?” Gurmeet said.

“We had to move to Peshawar,” he said. And this, he said, made it all the more difficult for his community to go search for the elders from his fellow Kukikhel tribe for attestation of important documents.

“We thought that being bona fide Afridis and being sons of the soil, we too deserve to have our own community tribal elders. We know our people and we can vouch for their credentials and antecedents,” he said.

Say returning home will be their ultimate happiness

An application was filed with the political administration for recognition of their status.

This is the first time in history that members of religious minorities in the tribal region have been granted the status of tribal elders.

“There was logic in what they were saying,” said Khyber Agency political agent Shahab Ali Shah.

“Sikhs and Christians living in Khyber Agency are domicile citizens of the tribal area but they did not have their own community tribal elders to attest documents and become part of the traditional tribal Jirga to gain audience with the high-ups including the Governor,” Shahab said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1193942/tirah-sikhs-glad-at-getting-status-of-tribal-elders

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Pakistan’s SCO inclusion positive for regional security

July 13, 2015

Islamabad: China has hoped that entry of Pakistan and India into SCO’s fold will be a booster for regional peace, security and economic development. A bigger SCO will play a bigger role in helping preserve global stability and prosperity, said Chinese media’s report. Leaders of SCO member states – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – gathered this week in Ufa, Russia, to chart the course of future cooperation amid growing economic and security challenges in the region. A SCO Development Strategy until 2025 was approved, setting targets and tasks for the next decade. However, the highlight of the summit came Friday as leaders ratified a resolution on initiating the inclusion of India and Pakistan as full members of the bloc. Until the summit, India and Pakistan along with Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia had held observer status. Pakistan sought full membership in 2007 and India in 2014.

The eagerness of countries to join the SCO reflects the fact that the “Shanghai Spirit” of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development is widely recognized by the international community. For any international organization, accepting new members is a huge step, as it will certainly increase the organization’s influence and appeal on the international stage. Even more so for the inclusion of India and Pakistan, as the two countries have had their fair share of suspicion toward each other. Their accession to the SCO would help push for the improvement of bilateral relations, by ironing out differences under the SCO framework. Besides mending fences between traditional rivals, the SCO expansion also bodes well for countering terrorism and extremism in the region, a key task for the SCO since its establishment.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Jul-2015/pakistan-s-sco-inclusion-positive-for-regional-security

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Sardar Abdul Qayyum: a fighter on many fronts

July 13, 2015

ISLAMABAD - A phrase ‘larger-than-life’ hardly encompasses the multifaceted and multidimensional personality of late Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan who had spent his whole life struggling for the cause of Kashmiri people both in the battlefield, fighting guerrilla warfare against the Indian occupation forces in his youth, and then switching over to political and diplomatic fronts raising voice for them on all forums.

At the time of partition he was among the forerunners who had launched the armed struggle to liberate Kashmir after India forcefully tried to annex Kashmir valley and that was the reason he was given the title of Mujahid-i-Awwal for firing first bullet for liberation of Kashmir at Neela Butt on August 23, 1947. That struggle continued for almost two years and according to available statistics some 32,000 square miles area was liberated, which now comprises AJK.

Over the past 15 years this scribe had series of meetings and interviews with Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan who had served as president and prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir for several times.

Sardar Abdul Qayyum was very clear about his stance on Kashmir, the ongoing freedom struggle by Kashmiri youth and the role of successive governments in Pakistan towards this one of the oldest disputes on United Nations Security Council’s agenda.

The founder of AJK Muslim Conference, the party which had ruled the AJK over five decades since independence in 1947, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan termed AJK as base camp of Kashmir movement with sole aim to secure right to self-determination for the people of Kashmir which is their inalienable right.

It was for that matter Sardar Qayyum wanted that AJK should not be over-politicised and was strong opponent of mainstream political parties in Pakistan to have any role here, which according to him would weaken the case of Kashmiris at international forums.

Similarly he was also averse to the participation of volunteers from across Pakistan in the ongoing armed struggle going on in Occupied Kashmir against the Indian troops engaged in blatant human rights violation and pogrom of innocent Kashmir people.

He was not happy with the way the affairs in AJK were being run nowadays and said that his fears about the role of non-Kashmiri people in the ongoing armed struggle had come true and the engagement of non-Kashmiri people in the freedom movement had provided India with an opportunity to dub it as terrorists’ movement, the move could not make impression at international level due to the pro-active role being played by Kashmiris on diplomatic front.

He was not at all happy with the stepping in of mainstream political parties like PPP and PML-N in AJK as, according to him, it had weakened their position of keeping the territory a part of territorial dispute, which needed resolution in the light of the UN General Assembly resolutions.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/13-Jul-2015/sardar-abdul-qayyum-a-fighter-on-many-fronts

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Southeast Asia

 

Jais: Six Muslims nabbed in Selangor for not fasting

BY IDA LIM

July 13, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has confirmed nabbing six Muslims in the state so far for disrespecting the holy month of Ramadan by not fasting.

Jais director Datuk Haris Kasim said the department’s monitoring of non-fasting Muslims during Ramadan is to ensure the sanctity of the month.

“Jais as a body responsible for protecting and preserving the religion of Islam always strives to ensure Muslims can carry out this ibadah (religious practice) as well and as perfectly as they are able to,” he told Malay Mail Online last week in an email interview.

Citing the Jais enforcement management division’s figures, Jais said there has been a slight decline in offenders who disrespect Ramadan, with 37 arrested last year compared to 39 in 2013.

Section 19 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995 states that anyone who sells food, drink or cigarettes to Muslim during fasting hours in Ramadan or anyone found eating, drinking or smoking in a public place during the same period are guilty of an offence.

Offenders under Section 19 are punishable with a maximum RM1,000 fine or a maximum six-month jail term or both, with repeat offenders liable to a maximum RM2,000 fine or a maximum one-year jail term or both.

As Ramadan nears its end later this week, Jais reminded Muslims to continue on with their daily activities and to ramp up their productivity during Ramadan instead of citing fasting to explain away lower performances.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/jais-six-muslims-nabbed-in-selangor-for-not-fasting

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Isma blames Low Yat fracas on ‘diaspora chauvinists’ who mocked Islam

July 13, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — The melee and vandalism at Low Yat Plaza this weekend was the angry response towards “diaspora chauvinists” who insulted and ridiculed Islam and the Malay community, Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) claimed yesterday. Isma asserted that it is only natural for Malay youths to release their anger on the Chinese traders in the popular tech mall as the Malays are known for running amok, and they would not have done so if they were not provoked by what the Muslim group claimed to be chauvinists.

“This diaspora chauvinists have day by day done their provocation; belittling Islamic teachings, ridiculing the Malay culture, questioning the position of Islam, Malays and the monarchy institution in the country, inciting Malays to hate their mufti and ulama,” said Isma information chief Mohd Hazizi Ab Rahman in a statement.

Hazizi did not specify who or what the “diaspora chauvinists” are, but Isma has previously used the word to refer to non-Muslims, especially the ethnic Chinese and the DAP.

According to him, the chauvinists are also “famous” for advertising loan sharking services in order to “entice” desperate Malays who are in debt, with allegedly no action taken against them.

“This was just a symptom to a more chronic cancer; businesses that are successful by swindling, protected by corruption and thugs,” said Mohd Hazizi.

“The youths would surely not act by ‘releasing their resentment’, if we have competent enforcers. It is a public secret, that the enforcers do not dare to touch the diaspora chauvinist traders, even when they are street hawkers.”

News agency Bernama yesterday reported that the police arrested a 22-year-old local man believed to be involved in a brawl that happened at 7.38pm on Saturday at the mall here.

According to the report, the suspect was caught by security guards at the complex for allegedly stealing a mobile phone and handed to the police.

However, the youth later contacted his friends who reacted by heading to the store where the attempted theft allegedly happened and assaulting the shop workers and causing an estimated RM70,000 in damage, the state news agency reported.

Late last night, police arrested three more people after more fights broke out after midnight outside Low Yat Plaza, which reportedly left five people injured — three of them believed to be journalists.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/isma-blames-low-yat-fracas-on-diaspora-chauvinists-who-mocked-islam

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Young Muslims enhancing spiritualty

Indra Budiari

July 13 2015

Around 100 people sat solemnly inside the grand Dian Al Mahri Mosque in Cinere, Depok, West Java, reciting from the Korans they held in their hands or from the Koran apps on their Smartphones, as Muslims entered the last 10 days of Ramadhan.

Islamic teachings say the last 10 days of Ramadhan is the best time to ask for God’s blessing and forgiveness, as well as the best period to undergo a spiritual retreat by spending time in mosques to read and recite from the Koran, a ritual known as i’tikaf.

Khaerul Bahri was among the Muslims who devoted their time to the i’tikaf this Ramadhan. The 21-year-old sat in the front row with a bottle of water and prepared himself to spend the rest of Ramadhan in the Dian Al Mahri Mosque, which is also popularly called the Kubah Emas (golden dome) mosque.

“From what I learned the last 10 days are the most blessed days in Ramadhan. It was the month in which the Koran was revealed,” he told The Jakarta Post recently.

Khaerul, who came to the mosque with his sister and brother, said he finally had a chance to perform i’tikaf this year after having sought the opportunity for a few years. This year’s Ramadhan coincidentally falls on the same period as his university’s semester break, so he could finally spend his nights in the mosque.

He said he was interested in performing i’tikaf in this mosque because it boasts a more solemn ambiance compared to his house. One of the reasons was because there were dozens of other people performing the same religious activity as him.

“I am ready to spend the rest of Ramadhan here, reciting the Koran, dzikir (chanting praises to God) and performing prayers. I am not going to leave except when I run out of spare clothes,” Khaerul said.

More and more young Muslims are performing the ritual in some other mosques. Muhammad Bagas Irwansyah, 14, said he and his mother, Siti Mahmudah, were performing the i’tikaf together for the second time this year.

Bagas and his mother, who live in Magelang, Central Java, said they had been in Jakarta for a few days and would perform i’tikaf in various mosques in the capital.

“We can meet new people and visit new mosques. We think that it would be a great experience for us,” Bagas told the Post at the Pondok Indah Raya Mosque in South Jakarta, adding that they would return to Magelang three days before Idul Fitri.

Bagas said that in this year’s Ramadhan he prayed for better grades at school and health for his family members.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/13/young-muslims-enhancing-spiritualty.html

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After ‘failed’ PAS, Mat Sabu says new party will be Malaysia’s Islamic Renaissance ‘beacon’

BY KAMLES KUMAR

July 11, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — PAS’s ousted progressives plan to muscle their way ahead of the Islamist party back to the forefront of Malaysian politics with a new party one leader has described as a “beacon” of the Islamic Renaissance movement both locally and to the world.

The leader – Mohamad Sabu, who is more popularly known as Mat Sabu – said the current PAS leadership has deviated from the party’s original Islamic ideals, become corrupted by material wealth and lost its way.

The new yet-to-be-named movement of “new hope” or Gerakan Harapan Baru as it is referred to, will pick up the slack for the Islamist party, the former PAS deputy president said.

Speaking to Malay Mail Online in an interview yesterday, Mat Sabu said what he wants is to reunite “akidah” (creed) with “akhlak” (morals), both of which he said have been separated from one another due to corruption and materialism.

“If this new party is just to replace Umno or PAS, I don’t agree. But we must introduce that akidah and akhlak must go together in this party.

“Our akidah and akhlak is separated already. Now my struggle is I want to combine both of these back,” Mat Sabu said.

But the outspoken leader who, along with PAS’s progressive faction, was routed out from the party during its last internal polls, said the struggle must look beyond geographical boundaries.

He said Islamic movements from around the world like those in Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, as well as Malaysia have failed for the past three decades to unite its people.

“The whole of the Muslim world must reintroduce the Islamic movement or the Islamic struggle because it has failed for more than thirty years.

“The renaissance or the re-emergence of the Muslim world must happen. It has not happened but people still have high hopes it will,” he told Malay Mail Online.

“I have talked to a few intellectuals locally and internationally, they agree that we must reintroduce the Islamic movement to the Ummah. So this new party will come up to do that,” he told Malay Mail Online in an interview yesterday.

Mat Sabu said those in “Gerakan Harapan Baru” are still fine-tuning the details of the new party’s formation on matters like whether its members would include non-Muslims and its formal name.

“Harapan Baru is not the name of the party but is the name of group that is behind the movement. We call it “Harapan Baru” until the new party appears, we might include the word Islamic in the name.

“We are still discussing between ourselves if it is going to be a Malay Muslim based party. We are like PAS but with a change in structure. It is not detailed yet but maybe we don’t have a Dewan Ulama or Syura Council,” he added.

Mat Sabu, claims that the group, which comprises leaders like Parit Buntar MP Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and former Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, has also not decided just yet who will lead the party.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-failed-pas-mat-sabu-says-new-party-will-be-malaysias-islamic-renaissa

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Malaysia to probe conspiracy to topple premier

Jul 13, 2015

Malaysian police are investigating the leak of confidential documents that could be part of an economic conspiracy to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday that the leak of the classified documents allegedly showing millions of dollars were funneled into the premier’s account could constitute "economic sabotage" against the country and be part of a conspiracy to topple Najib.

“These criminal acts are very serious and raise national security implications,” Abu Bakar said in a statement. “The Royal Malaysian Police have not eliminated the possibility of a conspiracy to subvert Malaysia’s democratic process and topple the prime minister.”

The leaked documents on the alleged multi-million dollar corruption scandal are allegedly from a Malaysian government investigation into state investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/07/13/420033/malaysia-prime-minister-Najib-Razak-scandal

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Africa

 

ISIS loses control of Libyan stronghold

12 July 2015

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) acknowledged losing control of the city of Derna in eastern Libya and promised to “avenge” its fighters, according to Agence France Presse.

In a video recording posted on Twitter, a man in military uniform promised to avenge ISIS fighters who died in the fighting.

Senior Middle East analyst Michael Nayebi-Oskoui at U.S.-based global intelligence firm Stratfor said the loss of Derna does not greatly change ISIS's effectiveness in Libya.

“ISIS being kicked out of Derna does not dramatically alter the capabilities or effectiveness of the IS in Libya, as the group has faced and will continue to face stiff opposition from local competitors,” he said.

“ISIS remains constrained in its ability to retaliate for any potential loss in Derna.”

“That said, attacks (including suicide attacks) against security checkpoints in and around Sirte, Benghazi and Tripoli are all possible,” Nayebi-Oskoui added.

Meanwhile, a 10-minute video posted late Saturday by the “media office of the province of Barqa” in Libya confirmed the loss of Derna after clashes.

The coastal city near the border with Egypt has often been described as the bastion of ISIS supporters in the North African country since its fighters first entered Derna in November 2014.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/12/ISIS-loses-control-of-Libyan-stronghold.html

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Tunisia forces kill 3 alleged al-Qaeda-linked terror chiefs

Jul 13, 2015

Tunisian security forces have raided and killed three alleged leaders of an al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorist group blamed for terrorist attacks on Tunisia’s tourist attraction sites, the country’s interior minister says.

“The operation carried out on Friday by our security forces in cooperation with the army in the region of Gafsa resulted in the elimination of five dangerous terrorists, including three senior leaders” of the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades, said Najem Gharsalli in a Sunday press conference as cited in an AFP report.

The alleged Takfiri leaders were identified as Tunisian nationals Mourad Gharsalli and Hakim Hazi, as well as Algerian native Lounis Abou Fath. The other two suspects killed in the raid, however, have not yet been identified.

The minister further said that Abou Fath had been on the wanted list of Algerian authorities since 1994.

Tunisian security forces stand guard near the National Bardo Museum in Tunis in the aftermath of an attack on foreign tourists, March 19, 2015. (© AFP)

Meanwhile, officials in Tunis have also blamed the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades, which has been referred to as the country’s main Takfiri terrorist group, for other attacks, including the mass killing of 21 foreign tourists and a police officer back in March at the Bardo National Museum in the capital of Tunis.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/07/13/420025/Tunisia-Takfiri-terrorists-Interior-Minister-Najem-Gharsalli-Okba-Ibn-Nafaa-Brigades-foreign-tourists

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Shelling kills five elderly men in Libya’s Benghazi

13 July 2015

At least five people, all elderly men, were killed and 17 wounded in shelling that struck a residential neighbourhood in Libya’s restive city of Benghazi, a hospital said Monday.

Al-Jalaa hospital said on Facebook it had received the bodies of four men in their 70s and one aged 65 killed Sunday evening in “indiscriminate shelling of Beirut Street” in central Benghazi.

Seventeen other people were brought to the hospital suffering from various wounds, it added.

Benghazi has been reeling from more than a year of near-daily clashes between pro-government forces and armed groups, including Islamists, battling for control of the eastern city.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/07/13/Shelling-kills-five-elderly-men-in-Libya-s-Benghazi.html

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UN welcomes Libya political deal as first step towards peace

Jul 13, 2015

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a political agreement signed by a number of Libyan factions as the first step towards restoring peace in the North African country. 

In a statement on Sunday, Ban's spokesperson said that the secretary general looks forward to “the speedy conclusion of the full agreement and its implementation.”

“The act is a clear demonstration of political will and courage and brings the country one step closer to resolving the current institutional and security crisis,” the spokesperson continued.

Representatives from some political parties and the UN-backed government based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk initialed the peace draft deal in the Moroccan resort of Skhirat on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/07/13/420023/Libya-UN-peace-deal-Ban-Kimoon

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