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Afghans Protest Burning of Qurans at U.S. Base

 

Taliban behead four alleged spies: Afghan official

Afghans say 41 child suicide bombers rescued

Afghans protest Qur'an 'desecration' at US base

NATO orders probe of Quran disposal in Afghanistan

Balochistan resolution could dent Pakistan-US ties: Hina Rabbani Khar

Grand Mufti of Egypt calls for internet dialogue

30 die as Boko Haram bombs Borno market

After the Burqa, French take objection to halal meat

Pakistani 'spy' arrested in New Delhi

Aligarh Muslim University's library out of bounds for undergraduate girls

Nasheed’s party rules out joining new Govt; offers conditional talks

For Woman in Sudan, No Escape From Misery

Mosque vandalism draws sympathy for long-persecuted Muslim sect

Islamist Lobbies' Washington War on Arab and Muslim Liberals

Pakistan Foreign Office summons acting US Ambassador over Balochistan resolution

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation

Iran boosts N-site defence, warns of cutting EU oil exports

National Accountability Bureau may open cases against Sharifs

Difa-i-Pakistan Council rally condemns drone attacks, military operations

Sudan’s opposition leader seeking ‘popular revolution’ says his office bugged

Iran says may cut oil to more European countries

Syrian opposition to attend Tunis conference

Syria bolsters troops as Iranian warships dock

Top U.N. inspectors in Iran talks on atom bomb accusations

Somalia: Scholars says 5th grade curriculum contains fundamental Islamic error

India’s failure to crush 26/11 kingpins will invite more attacks

Saleh exit: Poll-eve violence hits Yemen

More than 30 years of Iran-Israel hostility

Saudi Arabia names first Iraq envoy since Gulf War

World's first halal baby food means convenience for Muslim mums

Jamia students, teachers protest against police raids

Delhi HC bombing: NIA detains one person

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Afghans Protest Burning of Qurans at U.S. Base

By Kevin Sieff,

February 22, 2012

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — As thousands of angry Afghans flung rocks at NATO’s largest military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, American officials sought to quell a widening furor over what they said was the accidental incineration by U.S. military personnel of copies of the Islamic holy book.

The protests erupted early Tuesday after Afghans working at Bagram air base told local residents that a number of copies of the Koran had been burned. When they carried out the charred pages, waving them in the air, the crowd grew larger and more defiant.

Among those chanting “Long live Islam” and “Death to America” were some of the 5,000 Afghans who have worked inside the base for years. Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, was quick to express contrition for the incident, which officials worried could incite violence across the country.

U.S. officials said the books were mistakenly sent with a pile of trash for disposal before several Afghans identified them. Although the initial protests were concentrated largely around the Bagram base, some of the charred Koran remains were sent promptly to Kabul, where President Hamid Karzai and other top Afghan officials will decide how to respond to the incident.

“These people must be punished,” said Qari Ghulam Mustafa, a top religious official from Parwan province, where Bagram is located. He carried a stack of 10 blackened Korans on his lap as he and others traveled to the capital in a white hatchback. He said nearly 100 more publications were damaged.

“If the Americans ever deny that they did this, we will show them these pages,” said Mullah Abdul Rahim Shah Agha, the head of the Parwan ulema council, or Muslim clerical body.

The apologies from Allen and top Obama administration officials were among the most profuse of the decade-long war. But there was no immediate indication that they would calm the kind of unrest that has turned explosive in the past, notably in April, when deadly protests broke out over a case of Koran-burning in Florida.

“When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” Allen said in a statement. “We are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again. I assure you ... I promise you ... this was NOT intentional in any way.”

The United States faces an enormous challenge in withdrawing its troops over the next two years while attempting to protect hard-won gains and facilitate a delicate peace process between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents. With so little margin for error, the incident Tuesday could threaten the relationship on which U.S. military and diplomatic strategies depend.

U.S. and Afghan officials expressed concern about the prospect of more violent reaction in coming days.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned American citizens, “Past demonstrations in Afghanistan have escalated into violent attacks on Western targets of opportunity.”

The incident also could complicate relations between NATO forces and those Afghans who perform a variety of nonmilitary functions on bases. The hundreds of Bagram employees who were among the protesters will have to decide whether to leave their jobs or continue working while disguising their antipathy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghans-protest-improper-disposal-of-koran-at-us-base/2012/02/21/gIQAjhBqQR_story.html

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Taliban behead four alleged spies: Afghan official

AFP | Feb 21, 2012

KANDAHAR: Taliban militants have beheaded four men for allegedly spying for the government in southern Afghanistan, an official said on Tuesday.

The bodies of the men were discovered in Washer district of volatile Helmand province late on Sunday.

"The four men were civilians who were beheaded by Taliban for allegedly spying for government," provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.

The Taliban had found satellite phones in the men's possession and thought they were spies, he said, adding that mobile phones do not work in that district and it is normal for people to use satellite phones.

The militants, who have in the past used beheading as a punishment on alleged spies and traitors, were not immediately available for comment.

The Taliban have waged a 10-year insurgency since their hardline Islamist government was toppled by a US-led invasion in the wake of the Al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington in 2001.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Taliban-behead-four-alleged-spies-Afghan-official/articleshow/11975794.cms

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Afghans say 41 child suicide bombers rescued

21 February 2012

KABUL: The Afghan government said Monday that police had rescued 41 children from becoming suicide bombers as they were about to be smuggled across the mountains into Pakistan.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told a news conference that the children aged six to 11 had been released on February 15 from the clutches of four insurgents in eastern Kunar province.

He told AFP their families “were fooled by terrorists”, who promised to send them to seminaries in Pakistan where they would be “brainwashed” and “prepared for suicide bombings against Afghan and international troops in Afghanistan”.

Police arrested the four suspects and the children were returned to their families, the spokesman said.

On February 12, Afghan authorities announced the arrest of two 10-year-old would-be suicide bombers allegedly planning to attack Afghan and international forces in the southern province of Kandahar, the Taliban’s birthplace.

They had been reportedly released last August, along with 18 other children, after receiving a pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/20/afghans-say-41-child-suicide-bombers-rescued.html

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Afghans protest Qur'an 'desecration' at US base

By DEB RIECHMANN

Feb 21, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan: The US commander of international troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the improper disposal of a large number of Islamic religious materials, including Qur’ans, at an American air base north of Kabul.

More than 60 Afghans staged a morning demonstration outside the sprawling military installation to protest what they said was the burning of the Muslim holy books.

“We are thoroughly investigating the incident and are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again,” US Gen. John Allen, the top commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “I assure you, I promise you, this was not intentional in any way.”

Allen said he received a report during the night that people working for the military coalition improperly disposed of the religious materials. He did not elaborate.

“When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” Allen said. “The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities.”

Ahmad Kabir, the chief of Bagram district of Parwan province where the base is located, said the demonstrators were all people who work inside the base and that some claimed they had seen pieces of a Qur’an that was burned inside the base.

“I haven’t seen it myself and we are talking to them and are investigating to see if is true,” Kabir said. “The protesters are nervous over these claims of the holy book being burned.”

Kabir called for calm.

“We will investigate and we are asking everyone to calm down and relax,” he said, adding that the incident was being probed by local Afghan and police officials and the local provincial council.

Police said a similar protest on Tuesday just east of Kabul ended peacefully.

http://arabnews.com/world/article578215.ece

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NATO orders probe of Quran disposal in Afghanistan

AP | Feb 21, 2012

KABUL: The US commander of international troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the improper disposal of a large number of Islamic religious materials, including Qurans, at an American air base north of Kabul.

More than 60 Afghans staged a morning demonstration outside the sprawling military installation to protest what they said was the burning of the Muslim holy books.

"We are thoroughly investigating the incident and are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again," US general John Allen, the top commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, said in a statement. "I assure you, I promise you, this was not intentional in any way."

Allen said he received a report during the night that people working for the military coalition improperly disposed of the religious materials. He did not elaborate.

"When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them," Allen said. "The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities."

Ahmad Kabir, the chief of Bagram district of Parwan province where the base is located, said the demonstrators were all people who work inside the base and that some claimed they had seen pieces of a Quran that was burned inside the base.

"I haven't seen it myself and we are talking to them and are investigating to see if is true," Kabir said. "The protesters are nervous over these claims of the holy book being burned."

Kabir called for calm.

"We will investigate and we are asking everyone to calm down and relax," he said, adding that the incident was being probed by local Afghan and police officials and the local provincial council.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/NATO-orders-probe-of-Quran-disposal-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/11975381.cms

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Balochistan resolution could dent Pakistan-US ties: Hina Rabbani Khar

21 February 2012

LONDON: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Monday said Balochistan was Pakistan’s internal matter and the province’s elected representatives would act to resolve its issues and not US congressmen, Geo News reported.

The Foreign Minister was talking to scholars and senior analysts at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) here.

The IISS is a prestigious think tank.

For Full Report :

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-36250-B%E2%80%99stan-bill-could-dent-Pak-US-ties:-Khar

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Grand Mufti of Egypt calls for internet dialogue

BY IINA – FEBRUARY 20, 2012

CAIRO, 27 Rabi al-Awwal/20 Feb.(IINA)-Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt and one of the world’s most respected Islamic jurists, has called for greater dialogue and tolerance over the growing challenges created by the explosive growth of social-networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

In a wide-ranging interview about how the Muslim world should help young people to confront both the dangers and benefits of the internet, the Grand Mufti called for caution and understanding, but rejected calls for a ban on social networking.

The Grand Mufti said the Prophet Mohammed was perceived as the ultimate subject of emulation by 1.5 billion Muslims all over the globe.

“Muslims throughout the world are required to venerate the Prophet by expressing their love and devotion to him. Insulting the Prophet is something that should not be taken lightly,” he said.

For Full Report :

http://iina.me/wp_en/?p=1006886

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30 die as Boko Haram bombs Borno market

Written by James Bwala, Dele Ayeleso, Olalekan Olabulo and Kunle Awosiyan, with Agency Reports

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

THERE was pandemonium at Baga Market in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Monday, when Islamic fundamentalists known as Boko Haram went berserk and shot 30 persons who were trading at the market.

The incident, which happened at about 1.30 p.m, saw many traders in the market, who managed to escape, weeping and mourning those killed.

An eyewitness told Nigerian Tribune that the development led to the closure of the market as many traders ran for dear life while some were seen discussing the matter in twos and threes when the perpetrators of the act had left.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/36322-bloody-monday-30-die-as-boko-haram-bombs-borno-market-jtf-kills-8-sect-members-10-die-several-injured-in-lagos-ibadan-expressway-autocrash-another-4-killed-25-vehicles-burnt-in-nurtw-factional-clash-in-lagos

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After the burqa, French take objection to halal meat

Feb 21, 2012

Paris : A TV documentary’s revelation that slaughterhouses around Paris have switched meat production entirely to halal methods has stirred a political storm in France, where attitudes to Europe’s largest Muslim minority are a subtext in a presidential election campaign.

The France 2 documentary last week said all of the abattoirs in the greater Paris region were producing only halal-style meat, selling some without labelling it as such to avoid the cost of running separate lines for halal and non-halal customers.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen – who is hoping to win voters away from centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the two-round election in April and May – has seized on the issue.

“All the abattoirs of the Paris region have succumbed to the rules of a minority. We have reason to be disgusted,” Le Pen told a rally in Lille on Saturday, pledging to file a legal complaint.

For Full Report :

http://www.firstpost.com/world/after-the-burqa-french-take-objection-to-halal-meat-219642.html

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Pakistani 'spy' arrested in New Delhi

PTI

NEW VDELHI:Feb 21, 2012, A 39-year-old suspected Pakistani spy, staying in India for the past 20 years, was arrested here with Delhi Police today claiming that he was tasked to collect defence related documents and sent it across the border.

Kamran Akbar, who was staying in Kolkata since 1992 and got married to a local girl three years ago, was apprehended by a Crime Branch team from near New Delhi Railway Station on February 13 on a tip-off, DCP (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

"He was recently tasked to come to Delhi to collect defence related documents which were to be sent to his handlers in Pakistan. The man was apprehended while he was on way to board a train for Kolkata after collecting the documents," he said.

"Sensitive" documents relating to Defence have been recovered from Akbar, who hails from Karachi, Chand claimed.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Pakistani-spy-arrested-in-New-Delhi/articleshow/11978875.cms

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Aligarh Muslim University's library out of bounds for undergraduate girls

Manash Pratim Gohain

Feb 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: Students of the Women's College in Aligarh Muslim University are waging a bitter struggle for a facility their counterparts in other institutions would take for granted-access to the university's central library.

Now, in a concession to these undergraduate women students, AMU has decided provided them online access to the catalogue of books. The varsity says the girls can choose the books which would then be issued and delivered to them.

The 100-year-old Women's College, a constituent of AMU-a central university which had built a reputation for an enlightened social outlook-is housed in the fortress-like enclosure of Abdullah Hall. Except for professional courses, this is the only college providing undergraduate education to women in the university.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Aligarh-Muslim-Universitys-library-out-of-bounds-for-undergraduate-girls/articleshow/11968548.cms

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Nasheed’s party rules out joining new Govt; offers conditional talks

TUESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2012

Ousted President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party on Monday ruled out any participation in the new unity Government but offered to join conditional talks with the new President to end the political crisis.

In a statement, the MDP has made it clear that the party will not participate in the National Unification Government, which was formed under new President Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

The MDP, however, said that it can join the reconciliation talks to end the political crisis in the country if six members of the new Government, who allegedly participated in ousting Nasheed on February 7, were dropped.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/44315-nasheeds-party-rules-out-joining-new-govt-offers-conditional-talks.html

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For Woman in Sudan, No Escape From Misery

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

February 19, 2012

OMDURMAN, Sudan — Mary Nyekueh Ley has a quick way of summing up her life.

“My life’s a curse,” she said

Her first husband was wounded in battle and died in her arms. Her second husband beat her.

Two of her children perished from one of the most curable diseases — diarrhea.

And now she is a southerner in a northern land, a conspicuous dark-skinned outsider, with traditional swirling scars all over her face, trying to raise two sons and two daughters. Worse still, the only marketable skill she has is cooking up homebrewed alcohol, a serious crime in Islamist Sudan that has landed her in jail more than 10 times and earned her dozens of lashes.

For Full Report :

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/world/africa/for-south-sudan-woman-misery-on-both-sides-of-the-border.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22

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Mosque vandalism draws sympathy for long-persecuted Muslim sect

By Pamela Constable

February 21 2012

In late January, workmen in Chantilly erected a minaret on the roof of a new building, the first highly visible sign that it was to be a mosque. That night, vandals hurled rocks at its arched windows, shattering many. Empty beer cans and liquor bottles were scattered on the mosque’s grounds and roof.

The attackers left no written message, and police have not found them. But if their intent was to ostracize or frighten the worshippers, mostly of Pakistani origin, it didn’t work. Religious and political leaders across the region quickly issued statements of condemnation. A week later, at a regional interfaith meeting in Sterling, officials from a variety of congregations expressed their outrage and sympathy.

“We were a little surprised, because this is a conservative area. But the attack seems to have brought the community together in a positive way,” said Shahid Malik, an engineer and official of the mosque. “I think civic leaders here have gotten to know us. They see that we are helpful and hard-working and that we condemn terrorism. What happened was unfortunate, but it had a silver lining.”

To members of the mosque, the incident was an alarming echo of the persecution their sect, known as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, has faced for years in Pakistan. It also came at a time when some political and religious figures in the United States warn that the proliferation of Muslim immigrants and mosques represents a danger to American society.

In contrast, local groups took pains to reassure the Chantilly mosque members that they are a welcome part of the region’s rapid diversification. Once mostly white, the Dulles region is now a mosaic of international cultures and faiths, from Indian Sikhs to Vietnamese Buddhists.

For Full Report :

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-mosque-vandalism-draws-sympathy-for-long-persecuted-muslim-sect/2012/02/14/gIQACYB4PR_story.html

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Islamist Lobbies' Washington War on Arab and Muslim Liberals

MONDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2012

ESSAM ABDALLAH  

A note from Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson: 

Please take the time to read this very important story written by a courageous Egyptian liberal intellectual about the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood lobbies in Washington and the Obama Administration's secret collaboration with these pro-terrorist, anti-Western, anti-women, anti-American and anti-Semitic organizations. This is one of the most important articles I have read in years.

It was just revealed two days ago that FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah and have also issued blatantly anti-Semitic statements. At this meeting, the FBI revealed that it had removed more than 1000 presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that was deemed "offensive." The FBI did not reveal what criteria was used to determine why material was considered "offensive" but knowledgeable law enforcement sources have told the IPT that it was these radical groups who made that determination. Moreover, numerous FBI agents have confirmed that from now on, FBI headquarters has banned all FBI offices from inviting any counter-terrorist specialists who are considered "anti-Islam" by Muslim Brotherhood front groups.

For Full Report :

http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012022015646/us/islam-in-america/islamist-lobbies-washington-war-on-arab-and-muslim-liberals.html

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Pakistan Foreign Office summons acting US Ambassador over Balochistan resolution

21 February 2012

ISLAMABAD: US charge d`affaires Richard Hoagland was summoned by the Foreign Office on Monday.

Hoagland was summoned to register a protest regarding the resolution presented in the US Congress about Balochistan.

According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, the resolution is a violation of the UN charter and it would have a negative impact on Pak-US relations.

On Sunday, Hoagland while speaking to Geo News said Balochistan was an important issue but not part of US foreign policy.

He added that supporting Balochistan's independence was not the policy of the Obama administration.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-36157-FO-summons-acting-US-Ambassador-

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Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation

21 February 2012

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss efforts to reconcile with elements of the Taliban, including his meeting last week with Pakistani and Iranian leaders.

The White House says Obama and Karzai on Monday discussed regional support for reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The conversation came in the wake of a three-day summit in Islamabad with Karzai, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The call also followed Karzai’s assertion last week that the US, the Afghan government and the Taliban had held three-way talks aimed at moving toward a political settlement of the war.

Karzai on Saturday met with a Taliban-linked Pakistani cleric, Maulana Samiul Haq, in an effort to secure his help in bringing the militant movement’s leadership into peace negotiations.

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/21/obama-karzai-discuss-afghan-reconciliation.html

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Iran boosts N-site defence, warns of cutting EU oil exports

21 February 2012

TEHRAN: Iran deployed warplanes and missiles on Monday in an ‘exercise’ to protect nuclear sites threatened by possible Israeli attacks and warned it could cut oil exports to more EU nations unless sanctions were lifted.

The stance marked a hardening of the Islamic republic’s defiance in an international standoff over its nuclear programme – and suggested it was readying for any eventual confrontation.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/21/iran-boosts-n-site-defence-warns-of-cutting-eu-oil-exports.html

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National Accountability Bureau may open cases against Sharifs

Syed Irfan Raza

21 February 2012

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is preparing to take up cases against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

According to sources, the cases relate to default of Rs4.9 billion loans obtained from nine banks in 1994-95.

“Cases against Sharif brothers were to be approved in a recent NAB board meeting but were deferred on the directives of the Chairman, Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari,” an official of the bureau said on Monday.

The chairman is reported to have said that all pending cases about politicians would be taken up soon.

The NAB spokesman was not available for comment.

The bureau had earlier frozen some assets of the Sharif family against which the loans had been taken.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/21/nab-may-open-cases-against-sharifs.html

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Difa-i-Pakistan Council rally condemns drone attacks, military operations

21 February 2012

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally here on Monday condemned US drone attacks, military operations in tribal areas, tabling of a resolution on Balochistan in the US House of Representatives and the ban on some religious parties. The rally expressed concern over the fate of missing persons.

The speakers warned the government against restoring Nato supply routes and granting the MFN (most favoured nation) status to India till resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

In a rare show of anger, Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hassan criticised the armed forces and said they had failed to contain the US aggression inside Pakistan, but continued to launch operations against their own people.

He blamed the United States for all ills in the country, terming it an enemy of the Islamic world. The present rulers had failed the nation by compromising on national integrity and promoting corruption and mismanagement, the Jamaat chief said, adding that the military establishment and its agencies were equally responsible for compromising on integrity and sovereignty of the country.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/21/dpc-rally-condemns-drone-attacks-military-operations.html

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Sudan’s opposition leader seeking ‘popular revolution’ says his office bugged

21 February 2012

Sudan’s Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, who is seeking a “popular revolution” in the country, on Sunday accused government intelligence agents of bugging his offices.

At a news conference the veteran politician produced three short sets of wire, each connected to a tiny metal or plastic box. He said they were bugging devices found in the electrical sockets of two meeting rooms at his Popular Congress Party headquarters on Wednesday.

“I accuse the security service directly,” said Turabi, a former mentor who became a critic of President Omar al-Bashir.

“We went to the police but we know that they are not authorized to do anything against the security service,” he said.

Turabi said the party searched and found the bugs after they became suspicious of how intelligence agents claimed to have obtained an internal party analysis about Sudanese politics.

They falsely accused the party of planning a coup, in combination with a popular uprising, he said.

“We don’t have many secrets,” and have already announced the goal of removing the regime, Turabi added.

For Full Report :

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/02/20/195788.html

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Iran says may cut oil to more European countries

21 February 2012

TEHRAN: Tehran is considering extending an oil embargo on France and Britain to other European countries, a semiofficial Iranian news agency reported Monday.

The head of Iran’s state oil company Ahmad Qalehbani was quoted by Mehr as saying that the country would stop selling crude to nations who take action against Tehran.

”If the hostile acts of some other European countries continue, oil exports to these countries will be cut,” he said.

Iran announced the cut-offs to France and Britain on Sunday, a pre-emptive retaliation for an EU embargo over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program that is scheduled to go into effect in July.

Since the embargo was announced last month, Iranian officials have said that Tehran should enact its own sanctions immediately, before European countries lined up alternative suppliers.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/20/iran-says-may-cut-oil-to-more-european-countries.html

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Syrian opposition to attend Tunis conference

21 February 2012

ROME: Syria’s opposition is expected to take part in an international conference in Tunis on Friday to which European Union and Arab League members as well as China, Russia and United States have been invited.

Speaking after a meeting of Mediterranean region foreign ministers in Rome on Monday, Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem also said the talks had agreed on the need to avoid “an Iraqi scenario” and preserve Syria’s integrity.

“The Syrian National Council and other opposition groups will be represented at the Tunis meeting,” Abdessalem told reporters, reversing an earlier position expressed on Friday when he said the SNC would not be invited.

Tunisia, which hosted a first international conference on Syria in December and broke off ties with Damascus earlier this month, does not recognise the SNC — the largest Syrian opposition group — as an official entity.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/20/syrian-opposition-to-attend-tunis-conference.html

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Syria bolsters troops as Iranian warships dock

21 February 2012

DAMASCUS: Syrian troops massed around Homs, sparking calls Monday for women and children to flee the besieged flashpoint city, as Iranian warships docked at the port of Tartus in a show of force.

The reported buildup came as Mediterranean states meeting in Rome agreed to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and avoid an “Iraqi scenario,” according to Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem.

US General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said any intervention in Syria would be “very difficult” and that it was “premature” to arm the opposition.

China’s influential People’s Daily warned that any Western support for the rebels would trigger a “large-scale civil war.”

But, despite a weekend appeal by a visiting Chinese envoy for all sides to stop the violence, monitors said forces of embattled President Bashar al-Assad targeted the central city of Homs for a 17th straight day.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/20/syria-bolsters-troops-as-iranian-warships-dock.html

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Top U.N. inspectors in Iran talks on atom bomb accusations

21 February 2012

TEHRAN: Senior U.N. inspectors arrived in Iran on Monday to push for transparency about its disputed nuclear program and several European states halted purchases of Iranian oil as part of Western moves to pile pressure on a defiant Tehran.

Iran denies Western accusations that it is covertly seeking the means to build nuclear weapons and has again vowed no nuclear retreat in recent weeks, but also voiced willingness to resume negotiations with world powers without preconditions.

The five-member International Atomic Energy Agency team, led by chief IAEA inspector Herman Nackaerts, planned two days of meetings in another attempt to get answers from Iran regarding intelligence suggesting its declared civilian nuclear energy program is a facade for researching ways to make atom bombs.

For Full Report :

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-36240-Top-UN-nuke-inspectors-in-Iran-for-talks

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Somalia: Scholars says 5th grade curriculum contains fundamental Islamic error

20 Feb 20, 2012

GALKAYO, Somalia Feb 20 2012 (Garowe Online) – Islamic scholars in the region of Mudug have met to discuss the new 5th grade curriculum which they say contains errors on a fundamental concept in Islam, Garowe Online reports.

The scholars who met in Galkayo on Saturday held a press conference in which they spoke of the 5th grade Islamic studies textbook which states that there are three forms of Tawhid. Tawheed in Islam is the oneness of God or monotheism which is the religion’s most fundamental concept.

The scholars adamantly informed the reporters that this kind of teaching was against the principles of Islam and could lead to religious quarrel amongst the people if they are mistakenly taught a fundamental concept in Islam. The scholars stressed to the public there are not three forms of Tawhid in Islam, but only one.

For Full Report :

http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_Scholars_says_5th_grade_curriculum_contains_fundamental_Islamic_error.shtml

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India’s failure to crush 26/11 kingpins will invite more attacks

Uttara Choudhury

Feb 21, 2012

despite the spectacular nature of the 2008 Mumbai attacks and considerable loss of life, most US officials saw this crisis as less dangerous than the 1999 Kargil and 2001-2002 “Twin Peaks” crisis. AFP

New York: India hasn’t been able to touch the kingpins who plotted the brazen three-day-long Mumbai terrorist attacks and the depressing truth is that the government’s failure and sang-froid in prosecuting them will invite more attacks from Pakistani terrorists.

Washington’s Stimson Center released a new study on US crisis management during the 2008 attacks and noted Pakistan’s military, political and judicial authorities have demonstrated that they just won’t take punitive action against the perpetrators.

For Full Report :

http://www.firstpost.com/india/indias-failure-to-crush-2611-kingpins-will-invite-more-attacks-219533.html

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Saleh exit: Poll-eve violence hits Yemen

Reuters | Feb 21, 2012

SANAA: A blast tore through a polling station and gunfire nearby killed a soldier in south Yemen on Monday, the eve of a presidential election to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh and launch reforms after a year of mass protests and spreading anarchy.

The violence in the port of Aden underlined the challenges Saleh's successor will face in seeking to prevent Yemen from becoming a failed state and draft a new constitution that would underpin multi-party elections in two years' time. After the explosion , which caused no casualties , unidentified gunmen opened fire on an army patrol in the vicinity, killing a soldier and wounding another , a security official said. It was unclear if the two incidents were related.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saleh-exit-Poll-eve-violence-hits-Yemen/articleshow/11971252.cms

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More than 30 years of Iran-Israel hostility

A breakdown of Iranian-Israeli relations which faltered severely after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution

AFP , Monday 20 Feb 2012

The hostility between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and most Western nations generally, dates from the revolution that brought in the present Islamic republic more than three decades ago.

Key dates:

- 1948: Creation of the state of Israel. Iran emerged from World War II under the rule of the Western-backed Shah Reza Pahlavi.

- 1953-1979: During the heyday of the shah, who runs Iran as a police state, Israel enjoys close diplomatic and trade relations with Tehran. The latter provides some 40 percent of Israel's crude oil and imports Israeli weapons, technology and farm produce.

- 1979: The Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sends the Shah into exile and leads to the creation of an Islamic republic. Diplomatic relations with Israel and the United States are severed.

For Full Report :

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/35012/World/Region/More-than--years-of-IranIsrael-hostility.aspx

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Saudi Arabia names first Iraq envoy since Gulf War

Feb 21, 2012

BAGHDAD: Saudi Arabia has named an ambassador to Baghdad for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Tuesday.

Iraq is preparing to host an Arab League summit at the end of March that has been twice delayed by regional turmoil and acrimony between Baghdad and some Sunni Arab Gulf.

“For the first time since 1990, the Saudis have named an ambassador to Iraq. This is a very positive development,” Zebari told Reuters, without elaborating.

Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali said: “We nominated our ambassador in Jordan as ambassador for Iraq as well, but he will not be residing in Iraq.”

A successful summit in Baghdad would help restore Iraq’s place in the Arab world and perhaps contribute to allaying Gulf states’ concerns about Iran’s influence in post-war Iraq.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article578192.ece

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World's first halal baby food means convenience for Muslim mums

21 February 2012

The world's first range of halal baby food is about to go on sale across the UAE, offering mothers convenience and a guarantee that all the ingredients have been prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The world's first range of halal baby food is about to go on sale across the UAE, offering mothers convenience and a guarantee that all the ingredients have been prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

The VitaMeal Baby range was the first of its kind when it was launched four years ago by Moroccan company Agro-Food Industrie, though competitors have now entered the market. The pots of fruit, vegetables, meats and fish have since gone on sale across North Africa as well as in France, Holland and other European countries.

For Full Report :

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=297668

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Jamia students, teachers protest against police raids

New Delhi, Feb 20:  A group of teachers and students of Jamia Millia University today staged a protest outside Delhi Police Headquarters here alleging that regular  raids in the locality have created a reign of terror among residents.

 "There are regular police raids in the area which have created an environment of threat among the residents," said Manisha Sethi President of Jamia Teachers' Solidarity Association.

 Raising questions on the recent raid in Jamia Nagar conducted by Bangladeshi Cell of South District police, Sethi alleged, "Jamia Nagar has been turned into a hunting ground. In the Wednesday raid, police took away people even after they produced their voter ID cards.

 "Whether its auto-theft or illegal migrants, police turns to Jamia Nagar", Sethi alleged.

 The association said that the threat perception created by such regular raids have affected the students and residents.

For Full Report :

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Feb/21/jamia-students-teachers-protest-against-police-raids-24.asp

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Delhi HC bombing: NIA detains one person

PTI | Feb 21, 2012

JAMMU/NEW DELHI: One person has been detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Delhi High Court bombing last year.

The person identified as Mohammed Ayub had figured during the interrogation of Wasim Akram, a medical student who is being touted as the main accused in the case by the probe agency, official sources said.

Ayub is alleged to have purchased a SIM card for a known Hizbul Mujahideen commander - Jehangir -- one of the terrorists whom the NIA was looking for in connection with the conspiracy.

It is not clear whether Ayub would be placed under arrest and brought to the national capital or would be questioned in Kishtwar itself and handed over to local police, the sources said.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-HC-bombing-NIA-detains-one-person/articleshow/11974239.cms

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