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‘Admit One Son to Madrasa or Pay Rs 0.4m’: Lashkar-i-Islam

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lahskar-i-Islam has warned tribesmen in Bara to admit at least one son to their madrassa before Eid-ul-Fitr. – File Photo

 

  

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

‘Admit One Son to Madrassa or Pay Rs0.4m’: Lashkar-I-Islam

Offence against any religion comes under blasphemy law: CJ of Pakistan

TTP infighting: Sajna refuses to accept Fazlullah’s orders

Infighting leaves five Taliban dead in NWA

Drone kills ten suspected militants on Pak-Afghan border

Taliban appoints new military commander close to Pakistani intelligence

PM tasks Nisar for final dialogue with Taliban

CM Punjab urges nation to unite against terrorism and extremism

If Altaf Hussain is a not Pakistani then, nobody is a Pakistani: Rizvi

 

Africa

Int'l court calls on Libya to surrender Gaddafi's son

'Deep concern' over apostasy case in Islamist Sudan

Nigeria signals readiness to talk to Boko Haram rebels

The Boko Haram Terrorists Are Not ‘Islamic’

Death toll doubles to 19 in Somali attack — African Union

Bringing Perpetrators of Serious Crimes to Justice Vital for Libya's Transition - ICC Prosecutor

 

Arab World

Uncertain prospects for Iraqi 'Sunni Alliance'

Shoura empowered to tackle ‘thorny issues’

Prince Saud slams superpowers’ meddling in Mideast

Saudi calls for stronger US-Gulf military cooperation

Militants Killed in Daraa Countryside

Hamas tones down Brotherhood links to improve Egypt ties

Saudi commander of al-Nusra Front killed in Aleppo

Close to Death, Hunger Striking Journalist Goes Missing in Egypt

Saudi Arabia to lift Lebanon travel ban end of May

Kidnapped Jordanian ambassador in Libya freed in exchange for jihadist

 

India

Syed Babar Ashraf, Secretary AIUMB Could Have Redeemed Congress

‘Even 26/ 11 didn’t stop K- diplomacy’

 

Mideast

Yemen clashes kill 10 soldiers, 13 ‘al-Qaeda suspects’

Netanyahu: Iran, North Korea share nuclear tech

Israeli forces stage Gaza incursion

Palestinian factions start talks on forming joint government

Iran nuclear talks enter sensitive new phase

16 executions including 1 public hanging, 11 prisoners hanged in 1 day in Iran

 

Europe

UK offers spy planes to help Nigeria schoolgirl search

Scandal-hit UK school 'not preaching extremism'

Amnesty slams 'two-faced' states over torture record

France says regrets Obama failed to attack Syria

London seeks long-term 'counter-terrorism solutions' in Nigeria: UK

Russia says Brahimi departure must not bring pause in Syria talks

ICC reopens probe of alleged British Iraq war crimes

Germany: Islamists Infiltrating Schools in Hamburg

Poll: One quarter of adults worldwide 'deeply infected' with anti-Semitism

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Ulema Council launches movement to improve morality

Shariah Scholars to Get Sukuk Templates to End Disputes

Obama escapes Malaysia’s Islamic authorities – Umran Kadir

RI’s Sharia tourism still behind OIC peers

SBY orders heavier sentences for child molesters

 

South Asia

105 Taliban militants killed in counter-terrorism operations

Back to basics for Afghan soldiers as NATO allies exit

Maldives Democracy survey reveals crisis of confidence in democratic institutions

Bomb in Kabul kills 1 Afghan soldier

 

North America

US urges divided Gulf to unite against threats like Iran

Resolute action against militants must: US

Cleric al-Masri calls bin Laden a hothead, denies he aided terrorism

Karzai to maintain political influence after stepping down: Dobbins

Obama renews commitments to Syrian opposition

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

‘Admit One Son to Madrassa or Pay Rs0.4m’: Lashkar-i-Islam

May 14, 2014 

PESHAWAR: The outlawed militant group Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) has warned tribesmen in northwestern Bara district to admit at least one of their sons to “a madrassa of LI school of thought” otherwise the family elder would have to pay Rs0.4 million in compensation.

Local tribesmen and eye witnesses said that the militant outfit had displayed wall posters in streets and bazaars in Nala Malikdin Khel area asking the locals to get at least one of their sons to the madrassa (Islamic seminary).

The posters also warned parents that children should be admitted only to the madrasas of Ishat-o-Tauheed and the admission in other madrasas of Deobandi, Barelvi or other school of thoughts would not be acceptable to them.

The posters, according to sources, had been issued on the directive of LI chief Mangal Bagh and have also warned that those who failed to admit their kids before Eid-ul-Fitr would have to pay Rs0.4 million to the militant outfit.

Ayaz, local tribesmen from Malikdin Khel confirmed that the pamphlets have been displayed all over in the area.

Another tribesman Riaz Afridi said that the LI was again trying to gain ground and these posters show that they were using pressure tactics to get hold of the area.

The political administration officials of Bara said that they had also heard about such pamphlet in the area but had not found one yet, but the administration said it was investigating into the incident.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Nighat Orakzai also took up the issue in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly earlier on Tuesday.

She said that it showed the government’s failure to protect the people’s lives and they were left at the mercy of the militants who are calling the shots.

“The government must stop the drama of talks and take concrete steps to stop the militants’ onslaught,” she added.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1106060/admit-one-son-to-madrassa-or-pay-rs04m

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Offence against any religion comes under blasphemy law: CJ of Pakistan

May 14, 2014 

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Tuesday remarked that according to Pakistan Penal Code’s Article 295, offence against any religion comes under the blasphemy law while expressing annoyance for non-registration of cases against culprits involved in setting Hindu temples ablaze in Sindh.

He expressed these remarks while chairing a three-member bench in a suo motu case over Peshawar Church bombing and rights of minorities.

The chief justice announced that due to importance of the case, the court would appoint amicus curiae including Munir A. Malik, Khawaja Haris and Hassan Aurangzaib who would assist the court in the matter without charging any fee.

He also directed the minorities representatives to submit a report which indicates sections where the material has been used to abuse the minorities and identify areas where law enforcing agencies failed to secure their lives and property.

Justice Jillani said that the court would share grievances of the minorities, hinting establishment of a new force to safeguard the minority communities.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that during last two months six untoward incidents happened with the Hindu community where their temples were set ablaze and their religion was not properly honoured and miscreants were not brought to book.

He said that four of the incidents come under the blasphemy law.

Additional Inspector General (AIG) Sindh Police Ali Sher Jhakrani informed the court that the police has arrested five suspected criminals involved in torturing people belonging to minorities but cases were not registered under the blasphemy law.

The chief justice directed him to submit a detailed report over the action taken by police in this context within a week.

The court also directed Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to submit a detailed report over the Hindu samadhi in Karak district.

Salim Michael, a member of Justice Helpline informed the court that Young Man Christian Association is a prestigious institution based in Karachi. He complained that the building was being misused by some people and the matter was subjudice in the Sindh High Court (SHC) for a while.

He said the SHC had appointed a ‘Nazir’ – a court official who serves processes, acts as treasurer, and performs other similar duties – to look after the affairs of the club till final decision.

Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that according to the Liaqat-Nehru pact, the chairman of the evacuee property trust should be a Hindu.

On this, the chief justice remarked that the political situation among the two nations was not good so that the accord was not implemented on both sides but the apex court is trying to facilitate them on humanitarian grounds.

During the hearing, the chief justice also hailed the role of Indian Supreme Court for the welfare of minorities in India.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing for one week.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1106046/offence-against-any-religion-comes-under-blasphemy-law-cj

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TTP infighting: Sajna refuses to accept Fazlullah’s orders

May 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Amid signs of deepening fissures within the ranks of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a senior leader of the group has revealed that Khan Said alias Sajna has ‘refused’ to accept his dismissal as head of the militant group’s South Waziristan chapter.

Sajna had been removed as commander of the South Waziristan region by TTP chief Maulvi Fazlullah after clashes between his supporters and a rival faction led by Sheharyar Mehsud. The clashes, which lasted several days, resulted in the death of a number of Taliban fighters.

“Sajna was removed last week through a special order by the respected Ameer,” a Taliban leader requesting anonymity said. “The Taliban leadership council had also endorsed the decision,” he added.

Differences within TTP ranks surfaced over control of leadership in South Waziristan, with Sajna and Sheharyar clashing over who would lead the group in the region. The two had been at odds following the killing of the TTP deputy chief and head of the group in South Waziristan Waliur Rehman Mehsud in May last year.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/708174/ttp-infighting-sajna-refuses-to-accept-fazlullahs-orders/

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Infighting leaves five Taliban dead in NWA

May 14, 2014 

MIRANSHAH: At least five militants died during a shootout between rival factions in a tribal region near the Afghan border Tuesday, militant and intelligence sources said

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud clashed in the Shawal area of North Waziristan district, a security official told AFP.

“Two militants from Sajna and three from Hakimullah Mehsud group have been killed in the exchange of fire between the two factions. Three other people have been injured,” an intelligence official told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/14-May-2014/infighting-leaves-five-taliban-dead-in-nwa

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Drone kills ten suspected militants on Pak-Afghan border

May 14, 2014 

PESHAWAR: At least ten suspected militants were reportedly killed and 14 others were injured on Wednesday during a US drone strike at the Pak-Afghan border, official sources claimed.

According to sources, some vehicles of the militants have also been destroyed in the attack.

Sources further said, US drones fired three missiles on a militant’s compound and on some vehicles of the militant group.

Media persons and journalists, having been barred, have no access to the area and the death-toll could not be independently verified.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1106250/drone-kills-ten-suspected-militants-on-pak-afghan-border

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Taliban appoints new military commander close to Pakistani intelligence

May 14 2014

A Taliban leader close to Pakistani intelligence agency has been appointed the new military commander of the Taliban group.

According to reports, the new military commander, Ibrahim Sadar, was in Pakistani jail and was released from the custody this year at the request of the Afghan government.

Sadar is believed to be a close ally of Mullah Mansoor, a senior figure close to Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

He succeeds Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir who was reportedly sidelined after failing to disrupt the elections earlier last month.

Senior Afghan officials have said they view the appoint of the new Taliban military commander as a sign Islamabad was reasserting control over the insurgency as the US-led forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/taliban-appoints-new-military-commander-close-to-pakistani-intelligence-8088

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PM tasks Nisar for final dialogue with Taliban

May 14, 2014 

KARACHI – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has tasked Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali to start final dialogue with Taliban immediately.

The prime minister asked Minister Nisar to start final dialogue process with the Taliban by adopting a decisive policy. He directed him that if Taliban leadership gives a time and venue for direct talks than it should be held immediately without any delays.

He said that Taliban leadership should be asked for their final demands and if Taliban give a positive response to talks and stick to their pledges than the dialogue process could move to the next phase. Sources said if the Taliban fail to comply to their pledges than a final course of strategy would be devised and the option of launching an offensive would remain open.

In view of these instructions, influential government personalities have contacted the Taliban coordination committee and have told them that if Taliban Shura is serious in talks than they should meet directly and decide venue and time in one week time.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/14-May-2014/start-final-dialogue-with-taliban-immediately-pm-tasks-ch-nisar

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CM Punjab urges nation to unite against terrorism and extremism

May 14, 2014

LAHORE- Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said continuation of democracy is a prerequisite for country's progress and prosperity.

He was addressing the International Maritime Symposium at Navy War College today. The Chief Minister said all segments of society will have to get united to face various challenges like terrorism and extremism. He said Pakistan Navy is playing an important role for safeguarding country's sea borders.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/14-May-2014/cm-punjab-urges-nation-unite-against-terrorism-and-extremism

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If Altaf Hussain is a not Pakistani then, nobody is a Pakistani: Rizvi

May 14, 2014 

Karachi- The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Haider Abbas Rizvi today demanded the government to issue National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and passport to its chief Altaf Hussain.

Speaking to journalists Rizvi said Altaf Hussain is a true Pakistani and added that MQM chief heart beats with his Pakistani brothers and sisters. He asked if Altaf Hussain was not a Pakistani then who was a Pakistani in this country.

Razvi said statement of additional Secretary Interior was shameful, adding that foreign office spokesperson and Pakistani High commissioner in London had verified receiving of Altaf Hussain’s request and documents on April 4, 2014. He said five weeks had passed when Altaf Hussain submitted documents for National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and passport but no development was made so far.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/13-May-2014/if-altaf-hussain-is-not-pakistani-than-nobody-is-pakistani-says-rizvi

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Africa

 

Int'l court calls on Libya to surrender Gaddafi's son

World Bulletin / News Desk

May 14, 2014 

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has called on the Libyan government to hand over the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi to face trial in The Hague for for crimes against humanity.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was once considered hier to his slain father's throne, appeared in a Tripoli court via video link in from the city of Zintan last month. He has been held in Zintan by a militia since he was captured in November 2011.

Reiterating a call by the UN Security Council, Bensouda called on Libya to comply with ICC orders. Last October, the Libyan government had given the ICC permission to try former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi on the same charges.

Al-Senoussi, however, appealed to be put on trial in his home country Libya.

Following the toppling and killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during the Arab Spring uprisings, the Libyan government has struggled to restore the rule of law to the country, which has been gripped by deadly clashes between rival militias.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/136293/intl-court-calls-on-libya-to-surrender-gaddafis-son

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'Deep concern' over apostasy case in Islamist Sudan

May 14, 2014 

Western embassies in Sudan expressed "deep concern" on Tuesday over the case of a woman who activists say risks a death sentence for apostasy.

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, who says she is Christian, was convicted last Sunday in the Khartoum-area district of Haj Yousef.

"We call upon the government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one's right to change one's faith or beliefs," the embassies of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands said in a joint statement.

That right is included in Sudan's 2005 interim constitution as well as in international human rights law, they said.

The court has given Ishag, who is pregnant, until Thursday to recant her faith, Amnesty International says.

A refusal would put her at risk of the death penalty, and she also faces up to 100 lashes for "adultery", the watchdog said in an "urgent action" notice about her case.

Full report at:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140513/deep-concern-over-apostasy-case-islamist-sudan-0

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Nigeria signals readiness to talk to Boko Haram rebels

(Reuters) / 14 May 2014

Senior officials say the government is exploring options and there has been no commitment to negotiations for the release of the girls.

Nigeria’s government signalled willingness on Tuesday to negotiate with Islamist militants holding more than 200 schoolgirls, a month after a mass kidnap that has provoked global outrage.

“The window of negotiation is still open,” said Minister of Special Duties Tanimu Turaki, head of an amnesty committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan last year and charged with talking to the Boko Haram militants behind a five-year-old insurgency.

“The government had set up a committee to negotiate with Boko Haram, so if they have any negotiation to make it should be channelled through the committee,” Turaki told Reuters by telephone.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/international/2014/May/international_May318.xml&section=international

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The Boko Haram Terrorists Are Not ‘Islamic’

May 14, 2014 

The Nigerian terrorist group that kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls has nothing to do with Islam, and it’s grotesquely irresponsible of the media to suggest it does.

Attention members of the media: Kindly stop referring to the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram as “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamists” or anything else involving the word “Islam.”  The despicable acts taken by this militant group—from kidnapping schoolgirls to slaughtering people at churches and mosques—have absolutely nothing to do with Islam. In fact, as one well-known Imam told me, the claim by Boko Haram’s leader that its actions are based on Islamic principles is “blasphemy” of the worst kind.

Why do our media continually use terms like “Islamist” or “Islamic radical” to describe people or groups without doing the bare minimum investigation into whether there’s actually a connection between their conduct and Islam? Instead, it appears that the media assume that if the person is Muslim and claims he is acting in accordance the faith, that’s good enough for them. It shouldn’t be.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/12/the-boko-haram-terrorists-are-not-islamic.html

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Death toll doubles to 19 in Somali attack — African Union

May 14, 2014 

MOGADISHU — African Union forces in Somalia on Tuesday said a “cowardly” bomb attack the previous day had killed 19 people, nearly double the number initially reported.

The car bomb exploded on Monday outside a bank on a  busy street in the southern Somali town of Baidoa.

“The blast killed 19 innocent victims and destroyed valuable property,” the AU force said in a statement, updating an earlier toll from the police of 10.

The town, which is under the control of government troops backed by AU soldiers, was wrested from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab rebels two years ago.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Shebab have carried out a string of bombings and vowed to overthrow the war-torn country’s internationally-backed but fragile government.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140514205061

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Bringing Perpetrators of Serious Crimes to Justice Vital for Libya's Transition - ICC Prosecutor

May 14, 2014 

Ensuring that there is no impunity for those alleged to have committed serious crimes in Libya is crucial to bring lasting peace to the country, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) stressed today, as she lamented the slow progress to date in this vital aspect of the democratic transition.

"Individuals alleged to have committed serious crimes in Libya must be brought to justice either in Libya or at the International Criminal Court: this is not negotiable," Fatou Bensouda said in her briefing to the Security Council.

"Above all, we hope we can count on the cooperation of States in facilitating the smooth arrest and surrender of those against whom warrants will be issued," she added. "This is key for sending a clear message to would-be Libyan perpetrators and indeed all other would-be perpetrators that the international community is watching and will no longer allow impunity to reign unchecked."

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201405131598.html?aa_source=sptlgt-grid

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Arab World

 

Uncertain prospects for Iraqi 'Sunni Alliance'

May 14, 2014 

The political map of the Sunni forces after the April parliamentary elections seems, at first glance, like an extension of the map before the election, in terms of the weight and influence of the forces. However, what has changed is that the Sunni political forces will be in a more awkward position than ever to describe what alliances they will make to form a government and how they will deal with the promises made before the election.

The election results have not yet been officially announced, and the media generally seem more focused on the Shiite political map than that of other segments. But the information available so far confirms that the Mutahidoun list, led by current parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, is running ahead of other Sunni forces. Leaks to Al-Monitor suggest that Mutahidoun will have 33 to 35 seats in the next parliament, mostly centered in Mosul, Baghdad, Anbar and Diyala.

Although the Al-Wataniya list, led by the liberal Shiite Ayad Allawi, did not present itself as a representative of the Sunnis in Iraq, the leaks suggest that it will win 20 to 25 seats concentrated in Baghdad, Babil, Salahuddin, Anbar and Kirkuk, and that most of its seats will go to Sunni candidates within the list.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/05/iraq-elections-main-sunni-currents.html#ixzz31k2rtVv5

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Shoura empowered to tackle ‘thorny issues’

May 14, 2014 

The Shoura Council is empowered to discuss all contentious issues facing the country including the performance of government departments, housing allowances, unemployment and women’s driving, provided these fall within its mandate, according to Abdullah Al-Ashaikh, chairman of the advisory body.

In an interview published in local media recently, he said council members could tackle all “thorny” or potentially embarrassing questions under certain set conditions.

“We discuss matters referred to us directly from the premier. We do discuss national and social cases ... when they are proposed for discussion by council members, and we did issue some resolutions regarding some hot topics, such as poverty, unemployment, and housing.

“With regard to women’s driving in the Kingdom, some female members of the council made an additional recommendation that was annexed to the annual report of the Ministry of Transport for the year 2012/2013, calling for women to drive cars in Saudi Arabia within the established legal framework of the traffic regulations.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/570616

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Prince Saud slams superpowers’ meddling in Mideast

May 14, 2014 

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal extended an invitation to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit Saudi Arabia, stressing the Kingdom’s readiness for negotiations with Tehran.

Prince Saud said that ongoing political crises in the Middle East have given major superpowers the opportunity to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries, which increases the phenomenon of terrorism.

He said this while addressing the first two-day Arab Economic and Cooperation Forum with Central Asia and Azerbaijan, which kicked off in Riyadh on May 12.

“Developed countries, which are looked up to for their ability to bring about political and social change and their respect for human values, are now using this as a pretext to interfere in foreign crises,” he said. “Such interference, however, only serves to exacerbate social disintegration and foster terrorism.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/570101

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Saudi calls for stronger US-Gulf military cooperation

May 14, 2014 

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz called Wednesday for stronger military cooperation between the United States and Gulf monarchies whose security he said is threatened.

The prince made the remarks during a meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah between visiting US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

"We meet today amid persistent threats to the region's security and stability," which "necessitate coordination in politics and defence strategies of our countries," said Salman.

"The security of our countries and our people are in danger," added the prince, who also holds the kingdom's defence portfolio.

Salman said among the issues of concern were "political crises" in some Arab states, as well as "attempts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and meddling of certain states" in the internal affairs of others, in an apparent reference to Iran.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/101266/World/Region/Saudi-calls-for-stronger-USGulf-military-cooperati.aspx

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Militants Killed in Daraa Countryside

May 14, 2014 

The Syrian army continued its mop-up operations against foreign-backed militants in Dara countryside.

A military source said that army units killed and injured a number of militants in the area surrounding al-Yarmouk school, al-Bajabijeh quarter, to the South of Khazan al-Karek, and Jordan Street in the city of Daraa al-Balad and in the villages on Nahteh and Bosr al-Harir in the city's countryside.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930224000901

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Hamas tones down Brotherhood links to improve Egypt ties

May 14, 2014 

The preparations for the presidential elections in Egypt do not seem to be merely an internal Egyptian matter. The Palestinians are also closely following them, and Hamas in particular, knowing full well that the election’s results will affect the relationship between Egypt and Hamas.

Al-Monitor has learned that a general atmosphere has prevailed within Hamas in recent weeks indicating that the relationship with Egypt will gradually improve as the presidential elections on May 26-27 approach. The favored candidate, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, wants to appear to have re-established communications with the "Palestinian brothers" and to have turned the page on the tensions that marred relations between the two sides since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, 2013.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/05/gaza-egypt-hamas-brotherhood-elections.html#ixzz31k3FhYNN

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Close to Death, Hunger Striking Journalist Goes Missing in Egypt

May 14, 2014 

Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who has been detained in Egypt since August 2013, has reportedly been moved to an undisclosed location following warnings from his family and doctor that he is near death after more than 100 days on hunger strike.

According to Abdullah's brother, Mosaab Elshamy, the family does not know where Abdullah is currently being held and is unable to communicate with him. "Surely he is still in jail but we don't know where and we cannot communicate with him," Mosaab told AFP.

"He has started to have impaired liver and kidney function," Dr. Mohamed Ussama Al Homsi, who reviewed results from blood tests, stated to Al Jazeera this week, according to an article published Saturday. "All of these can cause big problems for him. This means that his organs are in danger." Al Homsi warned Elshamy could "die within a few days."

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/13-7

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Saudi commander of al-Nusra Front killed in Aleppo

May 14, 2014 

A Saudi commander of the terrorist al-Nusra Front has been killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Al-Alam reports.

Mohammad al-Qafari, also knew as Abubakr Najdi, was gunned down by the Syrian army troops in the al-Zahra district of the city on Tuesday.

Al-Nusra Front is an al-Qaeda affiliated group fighting against the Syrian government.

Syrian government forces also continued their push to free more areas from foreign-backed militants in the two regions of al-Barij and Tal Aleppo in Aleppo province.

According to Syrian sources, heavy clashes are underway between the militants and the army in a number of other regions as well.

Full report at:

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1593996#sthash.shF2i9PG.dpuf

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Saudi Arabia to lift Lebanon travel ban end of May

May 14, 2014 

Saudi Arabia is likely to lift a ban that urged Saudi nationals to refrain from traveling to Lebanon due to the critical security situation in the country, LBCI reported on Tuesday.

"Saudi Arabia is inclined to lift the travel ban to Lebanon at the end of May,” LBCI said.

This comes after Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Assiri returned to the country with his family on May 2 to resume his diplomatic duties.

Assiri had left Lebanon in September 2014 because “of the deteriorating security conditions,” as he stated at the time.

Back then, Prime Minister Tammam Salam's cabinet was not formed yet, and the implementation of the adopted security plan had not kicked off.

Full report at:

http://www.albawaba.com/lebanon-syria/saudi-lebanon-travel-ban-576166

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Kidnapped Jordanian ambassador in Libya freed in exchange for jihadist

May 14, 2014 

AMMAN // Jordan’s ambassador to Libya has been freed in an exchange for a jihadist jailed for plotting bomb attacks.

Ambassador Fawaz Al Itan was on his way home on Tuesday, a month after masked gunmen kidnapped him in mid-April as he was being driven to work in the Libyan capital Tripoli. They shot at his car and wounded his driver.

There was no claim of responsibility for his abduction, but Libyan sources said later that the kidnappers had been demanding the release of a Libyan jihadist jailed in Jordan for more than seven years.

Mohammed Saeed Al Darsi was tried and convicted in 2007 on charges of involvement in planning an attack on Amman’s international airport.

His handover came just days after Libya said it had ratified an extradition agreement with Jordan.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/kidnapped-jordanian-ambassador-in-libya-freed-in-exchange-for-jihadist#ixzz31jMlQ5YI

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India

 

Syed Babar Ashraf, Secretary AIUMB Could Have Redeemed Congress

May 14, 2014

As the Congress leadership tries hard to shift the blame for its widely predicted electoral debacle from him, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi would perhaps sit down at some point and mull over what went wrong. He may then remember a man he had met about 30 months ago. More recently, even Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met this man during her campaign in Rae Bareli. But by then, it was too late; Syed Babar Ashraf could do nothing to salvage the situation for the Congress.

But 30 months ago, he says, he could have made a difference.

Mr. Ashraf is a prominent Muslim cleric; he is the general secretary of the All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), an umbrella organisation of different sects of Sufi Muslims.

In the past few years, Mr. Ashraf has been fighting against what he calls the “Wahhabi takeover” of Muslim affairs in India. He says the concerns of Indian Muslims have been hijacked by the extremist Wahhabi elements with the political patronage offered to them by successive governments.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/a-cleric-who-could-have-redeemed-congress/article6006342.ece

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‘Even 26/ 11 didn’t stop K- diplomacy’

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

May 14, 2014 

PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy, Satinder K Lambha, on Tuesday disclosed that India has never stopped its engagement with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue even after the Parliament attack, 26/ 11 Mumbai terror attack and bombing of Indian embassy in Kabul.

“Efforts made by India and Pakistan to seek a solution to the Kashmir issue have gathered momentum in this century. It has been conducted quietly and without the knowledge, prompting and involvement of any third party,” Lambha said in his lecture during a seminar ‘Discussion between India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir.’ Lambha and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah were the main speakers at the seminar organised by Srinagar based Institute of Kashmir Studies.

Full report at:

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Mideast

 

Yemen clashes kill 10 soldiers, 13 ‘al-Qaeda suspects’

 14 May 2014

Clashes that followed two simultaneous attacks by al-Qaeda suspects on army positions in Yemen's southern province of Shabwa killed 10 soldiers and 13 jihadists on Wednesday, the army said.

“The Yemeni air force is participating in the battles, bombing columns of al-Qaeda vehicles trying to advance towards Azzan,” the Shabwa city that the army said it retook on Thursday last week.

The military's losses included General Mohsen Saeed al-Ghazali, an aide to Yemen's defense minister who was killed in one of the two attacks in Azzan and neighboring Jul al-Rida, a military official said.

Wednesday's attack comes five days after the defense minister, Mohamed Nasser Ahmad, escaped unscathed along with two senior security officers when gunmen ambushed their convoy as they returned from the south.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/14/Yemen-clashes-kill-10-soldiers-13-Qaeda-suspects-.html

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Netanyahu: Iran, North Korea share nuclear tech

14 May 2014

Iran is sharing nuclear technology with North Korea, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview published Wednesday, as Tehran and world powers hold talks aimed at ending a decade-old standoff.

Netanyahu, who is in Japan this week for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, said Iran "would share whatever technology it acquired with North Korea," the Mainichi Shimbun reported in a front-page piece.

Asked if Pyongyang is receiving technologies linked to nuclear and missile development from Iran, Netanyahu said: "Yes, that's exactly the case."

North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program is one of Japan's major security concerns.

Despite international isolation and extensive sanctions, North Korea appears to be readying to carry out a fourth nuclear test, observers have said, and regularly makes noises about the weaponization of its technology.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/05/14/Netanyahu-Iran-N-Korea-share-nuclear-tech.html

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Israeli forces stage Gaza incursion

World Bulletin / News Desk

May 14, 2014 

Israeli forces backed by bulldozers staged a limited incursion into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning from the strip's eastern border, eyewitnesses said.

"Six Israeli bulldozers and a number of artillery vehicles crossed the border fence and advanced around 150 meters into the Palestinian territory in the east of Gaza City while Israeli reconnaissance planes hovered overhead," an eyewitness said.

The Israeli bulldozers razed agricultural lands as Israeli forces opened fire in the direction of nearby houses, but no injuries were reported, eyewitnesses and medial sources said.

Israeli forces stage incursions into the Gaza Strip on an almost daily basis from the enclave's eastern and northern borders under the pretext of securing its frontier against any potential attacks from the territory.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/136280/israeli-forces-stage-gaza-incursion

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Palestinian factions start talks on forming joint government

World Bulletin/News Desk

May 14, 2014 

Officials from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction and the rival Hamas group met in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss the make-up of a unity government they hope will end a seven-year schism.

Officials from the two groups said they planned to propose non-politically affiliated candidates for seats in a unity cabinet which will be tasked with preparing presidential and parliamentary elections after six months.

Azzam Al-Ahmed, the senior Fatah official sent by Western-backed Abbas from the West Bank, led the talks with Hamas's delegation, headed by exiled leader Moussa Abu Marzouk.

Abbas announced plans for a unity government as a step towards Palestinian elections on April 23. Many past attempts to heal the rift between Fatah, that dominates the Palestinian Authority-run West Bank, and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have failed.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/136239/palestinian-factions-start-talks-on-forming-joint-government

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Iran nuclear talks enter sensitive new phase

May 14, 2014 

Diplomatic efforts by Iran and world powers towards a potentially historic nuclear deal entered uncharted territory Wednesday as a new round of talks started in Vienna.

After three meetings that Washington says have enabled both sides to "understand each other's positions", the negotiators aim this time to start drafting the actual text of an accord.

Success could resolve one of the most intractable geopolitical problems of the 21st century, but failure might plunge the Middle East into conflict and start a regional nuclear arms race.

"If the odds of the talks collapsing are high, the stakes of failure are higher," Ali Vaez, Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, told AFP. "Time is of the essence."       

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany want Iran to reduce in scope its nuclear programme so as to make any dash to build an atomic bomb virtually impossible.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-nuclear-talks-enter-sensitive-new-phase.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66451&NewsCatID=359

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16 executions including 1 public hanging, 11 prisoners hanged in 1 day in Iran

May 14, 2014 

HRANA News Agency – 16 prisoners have been hanged in different prisons while 15 others have been transferred to solitary confinements to be hanged during coming days.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 11 prisoners have been hanged in Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj on April 20.

The prisoners were from ward 2 of Ghezel Hesar prison and all were charged with drug trafficking.

11 other prisoners have been transferred to solitary confinements on May 8 to be hanged as well.

4 prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison also have been taken to solitary confinements at the same day.

Full report at:

https://hra-news.org/en/16-executions-including-1-public-hanging-11-prisoners-hanged-1-day

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Europe

 

UK offers spy planes to help Nigeria schoolgirl search

May 14, 2014 

Britain has offered Nigeria surveillance aircraft and a military team to help with the search for more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted a month ago by Boko Haram militants, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.

"Today I can announce we have offered Nigeria further assistance in terms of surveillance aircraft, a military team to embed with the Nigerian army in their HQ and a team to work with US experts to analyse information on the girls' location," he told parliament.

Specialist teams from the United States, Britain, France and Israel have been sent to help in the search operation, which Nigeria's military has said is concentrated on the Sambisa forest area of Borno state.

US surveillance planes have been scouring a vast swathe of northern Nigeria looking for the girls.

Boko Haram this week released a video of more than one hundred of the girls, saying they had converted to Islam.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/101272/World/International/UK-offers-spy-planes-to-help-Nigeria-schoolgirl-se.aspx

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Scandal-hit UK school 'not preaching extremism'

World Bulletin / News Desk

May 14, 2014 

Tahir Alam, the chair of governors at the scandal-hit Park View School in Birmingham, UK, has denied allegations that his school is involved in "religious extremism".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today program, Mr. Alam denied that there was segregation of boys and girls or assemblies encouraging support for Al Qaeda.

"We're shocked by so many false allegations," said Mr. Alam regarding a so called Muslim plot to convert the non-faith school into a "religious school".

Blaming the hype that has prompted four official investigations into the allegations on "media hysteria," Mr. Alam insisted that schools policies on subjects such as collective prayer, headscarves and halal meat for its mainly Muslim students were "within the legal parameters".

"No child has to wear a headscarf or go to prayer... We don't have a policy of segregating pupils in the classroom," he said.

Investigations were started on six schools in Birmingham after an anonymous letter claimed that their was a "Trojan Horse" conspiracy to replace head teachers with teachers who would be more lenient on Islamic values.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/136303/scandal-hit-uk-school-not-preaching-extremism

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Amnesty slams 'two-faced' states over torture record

14 May 2014

Amnesty International has slammed world governments for failing to eradicate torture and warned that the practice is still flourishing 30 years after the U.N. adopted a convention outlawing the practice.

“Governments around the world are two-faced on torture - prohibiting it in law, but facilitating it in practice” Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said at a press conference in the UK.

“Torture is not just alive and well – it is flourishing in many parts of the world. As more governments seek to justify torture in the name of national security, the steady progress made in this field over the last 30 years is being eroded,” he said.

Shetty’s comments came at the launch of “Stop Torture,” the international watchdog’s latest global campaign to combat torture and other ill-treatment across the globe.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/05/14/Amnesty-slams-two-faced-states-over-torture-.html

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France says regrets Obama failed to attack Syria

May 14, 2014 

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius voiced Tuesday France’s regrets that President Barack Obama had failed to carry out threatened U.S. strikes on the Syrian regime as punishment for a Sarin gas attack near Damascus in August in which hundreds died.

Obama had threatened U.S. strikes on Syrian regime facilities if President Bashar al-Assad crossed a red line by using toxic weapons on his own people. But in the end the US leader walked away from carrying out such a targeted attack.

"We regret it because we think it would have changed lots of things ... but what is done is done, and we're not going to rewrite history," Fabius, who is on an official visit to Washington, told a press conference.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/13/France-says-regrets-Obama-failed-to-attack-Syria-.html

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London seeks long-term 'counter-terrorism solutions' in Nigeria: UK

May 14, 2014 

The UK has pledged to assist Nigeria in a long-term fight against terrorism and extremism.

A UK team of experts arrived in Abuja last Friday, in response to the Nigerian government’s request for help to release over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Harm extremist group on 14 April.

However, the team “will be considering not just the recent incidents but also longer-term counter-terrorism solutions to prevent such attacks in the future and defeat Boko Haram,” a UK Foreign Office spokesperson told Ahram Online.

He added that the team is drawn from across the government, including the ministries of defence, foreign affairs and international development.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/101247/World/International/London-seeks-longterm-counterterrorism-solutions-i.aspx

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Russia says Brahimi departure must not bring pause in Syria talks

World Bulletin/News Desk

May 14, 2014 

The resignation of international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi must not disrupt diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict, Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Russia is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful diplomatic ally and main arms supplier.

Brahimi will step down at the end of this month after two rounds of negotiations between the Assad government and the opposition which failed to break a deadlock.

"Russia assumes that the future successor to Brahimi... will safeguard continuity after his departure," Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/136308/russia-says-brahimi-departure-must-not-bring-pause-in-syria-talks

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ICC reopens probe of alleged British Iraq war crimes

May 14, 2014 

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Tuesday in a statement from the ICC, based in The Hague, that initial investigation was reopened after new allegations of war crimes committed by British soldiers after the US-led invasion of Iraq were submitted.

"The new information... alleges the responsibility of officials of the United Kingdom for war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse in Iraq from 2003 to 2008," Bensouda said.

Bensouda's office in early January received documents from the Berlin-based European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights together with the Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) alleging British involvement in torture, based on interviews with more than 400 Iraqi detainees.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/101211/World/Region/ICC-reopens-probe-of-alleged-British-Iraq-war-crim.aspx

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Germany: Islamists Infiltrating Schools in Hamburg

By Soeren Kern

May 13, 2014

The document warns that increasing numbers of students in Hamburg are being influenced by Islamist propaganda and are embracing radical Islam and idolizing jihadist fighters in Syria.

The problems in Hamburg are drawing renewed attention to the alarming growth of Salafism in Germany. Salafists openly state that they want to replace democracy in Germany (and the rest of the world) with a Sunni Islamic government based on sharia law.

Muslim radicals are imposing Islamic norms and values in primary and secondary public schools in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, say school officials, who are asking for stepped-up monitoring of the Salafist groups thought to be behind the Islamization efforts.

At least 25 schools across Hamburg are believed to have been infiltrated by Salafists and other fundamentalist Muslim groups, according to German media reports. But local politicians from the ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD)—a party committed to enforcing multiculturalism in Hamburg—have refused to disclose precisely which schools are affected.

Full report at:

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4315/germany-islamists-hamburg

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Poll: One quarter of adults worldwide 'deeply infected' with anti-Semitism

May 14, 2014 

Less than half of respondents in ADL global poll have heard of Holocaust; Palestinian Authority most anti-Semitic territory on earth.

Negative attitudes toward Jews are “persistent and pervasive around the world,” the Anti-Defamation League announced on Tuesday during a press conference for the release of the ADL Global 100 Index, a global survey of anti-Semitism.

After surveying over 50,000 people in 102 countries in what it termed the “most comprehensive assessment ever of anti-Semitic attitudes globally,” the ADL came to a number of surprising conclusions.

The First International Resources poll determined that 26 percent of respondents are “deeply infected” with anti-Semitic attitudes while only a little more than half of those polled have heard of the Holocaust. Two thirds of those asked stated that they have either not heard of the Nazi genocide or do not believe that accepted historical accounts are correct.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Poll-One-quarter-of-adults-worldwide-deeply-infected-with-anti-Semitism-352154

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Ulema Council launches movement to improve morality

May 14, 2014 

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has launched a movement called the National Movement to Correct the Nation’s Morals, which contains seven demands. The movement was launched following a spate of recent media reports that indicated what the council deemed a decline in the country's moral fiber.

“This is our reaction to the frequent sexual deviations, child violence, murders and drug abuse cases, which are the obvious signs of a nation’s morality declining,” MUI chairman Din Syamsuddin said as quoted by Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Din said the first of the council's demands was to punish firmly and consistently anyone who violated laws related to the preservation of morals and character. He cited the Pornography Law, the Press Law, the Broadcasting Law, the Information Transaction Law and the National Education Law as examples of such regulations.

He said the MUI also demanded that the government revise the Child Protection Law to increase the safety of Indonesian children and provide a deterrence to any would-be child molester.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/05/13/mui-launches-movement-improve-morality.html

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Shariah Scholars to Get Sukuk Templates to End Disputes

May 14, 2014 

The International Islamic Financial Market is working on common templates for structuring Sukuk to reduce delays caused by disagreements between Shariah scholars.

The standards-setting body is drafting frameworks starting with leasing contracts known as Ijara, chief executive Ijlal Ahmed Alvi said in a May 6 interview in Jakarta. Bahrain-based IIFM is responding to feedback from members including the Islamic Development Bank and the Malaysian and Saudi Arabian monetary authorities, he said.

Worldwide Islamic debt sales have grown by an average of 35 percent over the last five years, straining the ability of religious experts to approve offerings and highlighting the need for common global standards. Indonesia’s government plans to reduce sales of Ijara sukuk as some scholars say the structure the country uses isn’t fully Shariah-compliant, Vice Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said last month.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/shariah-scholars-get-sukuk-templates-end-disputes/

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Obama escapes Malaysia’s Islamic authorities – Umran Kadir

MAY 14, 2014

We can all breathe a huge sigh of relief now that President Obama’s visit to Malaysia has come and gone without a major diplomatic incident.

Given the ferocity with which our religious authorities have been enforcing their interpretation of the law, I was becoming increasingly concerned that they would attempt to arrest Obama in order to charge him in a shariah court.

Needless to say, this would have put Malaysia in the world’s headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

“Absurd” I hear you say? Not at all. Here’s why.

Obama’s biological father and step-father were both Muslims. In the eyes of the Malaysian religious authorities this would make him, despite what he himself may say or think, a Muslim.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/obama-escapes-malaysias-islamic-authorities-umran-kadir

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RI’s sharia tourism still behind OIC peers

May 14, 2014 

Indonesia has been encouraged to improve its sharia tourism facilities, which are still lagging behind those of its peers, especially after the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) inaugural International Forum on Islamic Tourism is held.

Sharia tourism is not simply religious pilgrimages, but refers to travel that complies with Islamic law, such as pork-free cuisine and beverages, the separation of men and women in recreational areas such as swimming pools, as well as the availability of water sprayers or jet washers in toilets.

Deputy Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sapta Nirwandar said on Monday that due to the world’s growing Muslim population — which is projected to reach 2.2 billion by the end of 2030 — Indonesia should immediately improve facilities to enable it to fully tap into the sharia tourism market.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/05/13/ri-s-sharia-tourism-still-behind-oic-peers.html

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SBY orders heavier sentences for child molesters

May 14 2014

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered his administration to get tough on child molesters.

Yudhoyono claimed heavier punishment would be an effective way of preventing sexual violence against children.

The Criminal Code carries seven years’ imprisonment as a punishment for molestation, while the Child Protection Law carries a sentence of 15 years in jail plus a Rp 300 million (US$26,100) in fine.

“We have to do serious prevention work and quickly respond to any cases of sexual violence against children,” he said as quoted by tempo.co during a Cabinet meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/05/14/sby-orders-heavier-sentences-child-molesters.html

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South Asia

 

105 Taliban militants killed in counter-terrorism operations

May 14 2014

At least 105 Taliban militants were killed during military operations in the past 24 hours.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted by Afghan police forces in cooperation with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added that the operation were conducted in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Zabul, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Herat, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

At least two Taliban militants were injured and ten others were arrested during the operations, interior ministry said in its statement.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/105-taliban-militants-killed-in-counter-terrorism-operations-8086

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Back to basics for Afghan soldiers as NATO allies exit

May 14, 2014 

KHOGYANI — A computer without a power cable, a spy camera with English instructions that no one can read, and water-logged accommodation — life on the frontline can be a long series of setbacks and challenges for Afghan soldiers.

In the eastern district of Khogyani, the war against Taliban militants is a day-to-day struggle for control of fields and villages just outside Jalalabad, one of Afghanistan’s biggest and most strategic cities.

At one post, six soldiers live in a flimsy wooden shack made of planks, plastic sheets and sandbags, on alert 24 hours a day for attack from the surrounding rebel-held mountains.

They dry their clothes on a rope and spend their days on guard duty, listening to radio messages and passing on information to other units in the area.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140514205019

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Maldives Democracy survey reveals crisis of confidence in democratic institutions

By Zaheena Rasheed | May 13th, 2014

The Maldives’ first survey on public attitudes towards democracy reveals a deep crisis of public confidence in key democratic institutions, local advocacy group Transparency Maldives has said.

Of a 1000 randomly selected individuals, 62 percent said they have no confidence in parliament, while 58 percent said they have no confidence in political parties. Respondents who reported no confidence in the local government and courts stand at 50 percent and 46 percent respectively

The ‘Democracy at Crossroads’ survey also revealed extraordinarily high levels of cynicism, with 92 percent stating they believe politicians lie to get elected and 86 percent saying the government does not care about ordinary people.

Cynicism has “corrosive effects on democratic life,” the report said, claiming it drives citizens away from active participation in the public sphere which in turn increases impunity and corruption.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/democracy-survey-reveals-crisis-of-confidence-in-democratic-institutions-84695

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Bomb in Kabul kills 1 Afghan soldier

AP | May 14, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says a bomb stuck onto a military vehicle exploded in the capital, Kabul, killing one soldier and wounding two civilians.

The city's police chief, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir, says the explosion took place in the eastern part of the Afghan capital early on Wednesday. A woman and one child were wounded in the attack.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a message to reporters.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bomb-in-Kabul-kills-1-Afghan-soldier/articleshow/35101554.cms

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North America

 

US urges divided Gulf to unite against threats like Iran

Reuters | May 14, 2014

JEDDAH: The United States on Wednesday urged Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbours to unite in confronting common threats such as Iran, even as the Arab states struggle to overcome divisions over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

"The most pressing security challenges threaten this region as a whole — and they demand a collective response," US defense secretary Chuck Hagel said during opening remarks of a meeting of defence ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

"This approach is how the region must continue to address the threats posed by Iran," he said.

He arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday and met senior Saudi officials including Crown Prince Salman and deputy defence minister Prince Salman bin Sultan.

Most of the GCC's six members — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman — are wary of Iranian influence in the Middle East, but their responses vary from barely concealed hostility to diplomatic engagement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-urges-divided-Gulf-to-unite-against-threats-like-Iran/articleshow/35111298.cms

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Resolute action against militants must: US

May 14, 2014 

ISLAMABAD - US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert on Tuesday left for America after holding key meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and top military officials in Islamabad and Karachi.

During the meetings, the US side emphasised that Pakistan’s determined effort was necessary to root out terrorism and militancy in its own territory for creating a stable environment to promote economic growth and prosperity, said a statement released by US Embassy in Islamabad.

The statement said that as since 2002, Pakistan has received more than $16 billion of security assistance and reimbursements. It said that both the sides reaffirmed the importance of the US-Pakistani security relationship for regional stability, and agreed to continue working together in order to build a stronger partnership to achieve common objectives.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/14-May-2014/resolute-action-against-militants-must-us

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Cleric al-Masri calls bin Laden a hothead, denies he aided terrorism

May 14, 2014 

New York (CNN) -- Abu Hamza al-Masri steadfastly denied Monday that he aided terrorists in incidents that span the globe, from a remote Oregon ranch to the dusty desert of the Arabian Peninsula.

He described Osama bin Laden as a hothead, in charge of an unfocused organization that has betrayed the Afghan people. As for the Taliban regime, it doesn't need his money; it has "millions," yet doesn't feed its own people, he said.

But in Manhattan, by invoking 9/11 and bin Laden's name, al-Masri mused, "you can convict a person of killing the Dead Sea."

Al-Masri testified on direct examination over three days in a federal courtroom less than a mile from the site of ground zero and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He's accused of aiding kidnappers during a 1998 hostage-taking in Yemen; facilitating violent jihad in Afghanistan; supplying goods and services to the Taliban; and attempting to establish an al Qaeda-style training camp on the West Coast of the United States.

Full report at:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/12/justice/new-york-al-masri-terror-trial/

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Karzai to maintain political influence after stepping down: Dobbins

May 14 2014

The US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins has said that President Hamid Karzai would continue to wield influence after stepping down.

While speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Dobbins predicted that Karzai will maintain political influence event after he steps down.

“He will be an influential figure after the elections and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing,” Dobbins quoted by AFP said.

He said, “He will be an influential figure after the elections and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/karzai-to-maintain-political-influence-after-stepping-down-dobbins-8087

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Obama renews commitments to Syrian opposition

14 May 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama praised Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad Jarba and a coalition delegation, renewing his commitments to the group in a meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

Obama and national security adviser Susan Rice offered commitments for what the White House calls a political solution to the conflict that includes a transition to a new governing authority.

The president said that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy to rule his country and has no place in the future of the nation.

The meeting came near the end of Jarba's week-long visit to Washington, where the United States officially recognized the Syrian National Coalition as a diplomatic foreign mission and boosted assistance to the group.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/14/Obama-praises-Jarba-s-leadership-in-Syria-crisis.html

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