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Islamic World News ( 7 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Ahmedis are brothers, flush out militants: Nawaz Sharif

Atrocities will end soon, PM assures Balochistan

Across London, a drive to reveal Islam's progressive' face

US journalist forced to quit over remarks against Israel

Ten NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan in single day

Israel strikes again, kills divers off Gaza

UAE to screen for child molestation record

Women bloggers express themselves on Web

Bab Rizq creates 4,323 jobs in May

Iran's first women-only bank opens

Watchdog urges Kuwait to stop prosecuting blogger

Nigerian conjoined twins separated in Bangalore

HC appoints new lawyers for Kasab

Bomb attack leaves at least 15 injured in Istanbul: Report

UN Security Council to meet again on Iran

India, Iran discuss underwater gas line bypassing Pak

Iran aid ships to challenge Israel

We will safeguard human rights in Kashmir: Indian PM

Gadkari attacks Manmohan, Sonia on Afzal Guru issue

Indo-Pak FMs meet to focus on action against terror: US

Israel govt defeats no-confidence bid over flotilla raid

Suspension of Indo-Pak talks helped non-state actors: Gilani

SC refuses to stay HC order on fresh CBI probe in Rizwanur death

US military holds soldier in classified video leak

Headley issue didn't hijack Strategic Dialogue with India: US

Iran Kurds buried in secret location after execution: Lawyer

US used cluster bombs, killed civilians in Yemen: Amnesty

‘India, Pak Ties Must Be Strong’

Pak: Taliban Leaders Have Fled From AfPak

Pakistan court frees two French scribes

Israeli sea raid kills four Gaza ‘commandos’

Iran says no talks on nuclear issue if sanctioned

India, Pak, US should address terrorism seriously: Blake

Pak frees 20 militants in return for arms seized by Taliban

Car bombs, gunmen kill 11 in Iraq

Lal Masjid commandos seek Supreme Court’s intervention

Twelve Americans held in Yemen: State Department

Israel denounces ‘incitement’ in wake of flotilla fiasco

Afghan heroin killed millions, says Russia 

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey agree to enhance cooperation against terror

Five killed in Kalat, Khuzdar violence

Security forces kill 12 terrorists in Orakzai Agency

12 Afghan terror suspects held

Iran rounds up 25 Pakistani for trespassing

MIS Jeddah marks literary day

Distraught Saudi father disowns ‘stupid son’

Yemen says second Al-Qaeda suspect surrenders

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Ahmedis are brothers, flush out militants: Nawaz Sharif

M Zulqernain

Jun 08th, 2010

Former premier and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has created ripples in Pakistan’s political and religious circles by saying that the members of the minority Ahmedi sect are his brothers and sisters and that militants should be flushed out wherever they are active.

Speaking a week after 95 Ahmedis were killed during terrorist attacks on two mosques of the sect that has been declared “non-Muslim” under Pakistani laws, Sharif said the Ahmedis too are citizens of the country.

“Ahmedis are our brothers and sisters,” he said.

His comments came in the wake of Ahmedi leaders expressing dismay over the Punjab Government’s apathetic attitude towards protecting marginalised sections of society. Sharif’s PML-N party heads the coalition Government in Punjab.

Sharif further told reporters that militants have no religion or boundaries.

“It is useless to identify them with one particular area. They must be chased wherever they were hiding. The Government alone cannot fight terrorism, rather nations fight such wars,” he said.

“The entire nation must stand up to the threat because it threatens its existence,” Sharif said. Over the past few days, there have been repeated calls for action against militants based in southern Punjab who were linked to the attacks on the Ahmedi mosques.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said militants from southern Punjab have joined hands with Taliban and Al Qaida to destabilise Pakistan.

Sharif said action should be taken against the militants, irrespective of where they came from.

“Wherever these militants came from, they played havoc with Lahore. They should be caught and taken to task. Some of them were caught in Lahore and they are giving good leads to their network," he said.       

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261053/Ahmedis-are-brothers-flush-out-militants-Nawaz-Sharif.html

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Atrocities will end soon, Pak PM assures Balochistan

Jun 8, 2010

QUETTA, June 7: Pak Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani assured the people of Balochistan on Monday that the government would take concrete steps to close for good the ‘chapter of atrocities’ committed in the province over the past 63 years.

Addressing a press conference at the end of a day-long visit to Quetta, the prime minister conceded that there was a trust gap between the people of the province and Islamabad because of the atrocities committed by the past regimes. “The government is aware of the problem and it believes in practical steps.”

Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and federal ministers Ayatullah Durrani and Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd also attended the press conference.

Mr Gilani said the government had launched the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-i-Balochistan to rebuild the confidence of Baloch people in the federation. The package was supplemented by the incorporation of gas royalty, NFC Award, 18th Amendment and provincial autonomy.

The prime minister said that under the package over 5,000 youths would get government jobs soon. The process of written test and interviews has been completed. He said that women would also get jobs under the package.

Mr Gilani said the Balochistan package was an initiative and not a complete solution to problems of the province. He said that giving more shares to the provinces in national resources would promote harmony.

Answering a question about provincial autonomy, the prime minister said that the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee headed by Senator Raza Rabbani would meet soon to discuss the issue.

About implementation of the 18th Amendment, he said that it was the responsibility of the institutions concerned and the government. “All institutions should fulfil their responsibilities and we need justice from the judiciary in this regard,” he said.

Mr Gilani said the government respected the judiciary and would implement all its decisions, adding that the 18th Amendment contained a comprehensive formula for sharing responsibilities which required the judiciary to dispense justice and federal, provincial and district governments to make pro-people policies.

He said the government wanted to strengthen institutions, and not personalities. Good governance required all institutions to work within their parameters.

Answering a question about missing people, the prime minister said he had announced the formation of a judicial commission and requested the Supreme Court chief justice to suggest names for it. A committee of the federal government was also working on the issue and action will be taken on the basis of reports of the commission and the committee.

He said there were some ambiguities in lists of missing people provided by different people and asked the provincial government to provide validated lists.

The law and order situation, Mr Gilani said, was a provincial issue and the federal government did not want to interfere in affairs of provincial governments. However, he said that a meeting of heads of law-enforcement agencies would he held soon to evolve a joint strategy for the purpose.

The prime minister said that all possible help and assistance would be provided to the people affected by the tropical cyclone in Balochistan and Sindh.

NATIONALISTS: Responding to questions at the Command and Staff College, the prime minister said he had personally contacted the people concerned and they assured him that they would work for national interests. “We have taken all stakeholders, even Baloch nationalists, on board to maintain peace in the province.”

He said President Asif Ali Zardari had visited Quetta and apologised to the Baloch people for atrocities committed by dictatorial governments.

Mr Gilani said the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan was trying to resolve all issues by political, economic and constitutional means.

He said that poverty, illiteracy and discrimination were the root cause of terrorism, adding that the government was trying to bring about changes at the grassroots level and the situation would gradually improve.

Mr Gilani said he was not against formation of new provinces, but the issue would open a Pandora’s Box in the current situation. He said people who wanted new provinces should adopt a legal course for the purpose.

Source: Dawn, Pakistan

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Across London, a drive to reveal Islam's progressive' face

Jun 8, 2010

LONDON: Advertisements targeting British misconceptions about Islam are being launched across London.

Posters include a photograph of a female lawyer, who is wearing a veil, next to the text, “I believe in women's rights. So did Muhammad.'' Another shows a charity worker beside a headline which says: “I believe in social justice. So did Muhammad.''

The campaign, which was launched on Monday by the Exploring Islam Foundation, includes a website. The ads will be displayed in London Underground stations and on the city's taxicabs.

Remona Aly, the foundation's campaign director, says she hopes the campaign will help counteract “the often inaccurate and negative stereotypes of the faith on our screens and in our newspapers.''

The Exploring Islam Foundation, which launched the campaign, is run by British Muslim professionals which aims to challenge “damaging stereotypes about Islam through the medium of creative resources.”

A YouGov poll conducted for the foundation last month found that 58% associated Islam with extremism and 50% associated the religion with terrorism.

Asked if Muslims had a positive impact on British society, four in 10 Britons disagreed.

“We are very concerned about the way our faith is perceived by the public,” said Aly. “We want to foster a greater understanding of what British Muslims are about and our contribution to British society. We are proud of being British and being Muslim.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Across-London-a-drive-to-reveal-Islams-progressive-face/articleshow/6021459.cms

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US journalist forced to quit over remarks against Israel

Jun 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 7: Legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas’ long career came to a sad end on Monday in the firestorm over her anti-Semitic remarks.

The 89-year-old Ms Thomas announced she was retiring as a columnist from Hearst News Service after being denounced for saying Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine and go back to Germany, Poland and … America and everywhere else”.

The final shove out the door came after a denunciation from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who called her statements “offensive and reprehensible”.

Mr Gibbs added that her remarks “do not reflect certainly the opinion of most of the people here and certainly not of the administration”.

Source: Dawn, Pakistan

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Ten NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan in single day

Jun 8, 2010

KABUL: NATO announced late on Monday the deaths of seven more alliance soldiers in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for the day to 10.

"Today 10 ISAF soldiers were killed in Afghanistan," a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said.

Five of the soldiers died after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in eastern Afghanistan, one died as a result of gunfire also in the east and another was killed by an IED in the south, it said in a statement.

Earlier the military announced that three NATO soldiers, including at least one American, were killed in separate shooting and bomb attacks in the south, where much of Afghanistan's unrest is taking place.

NATO, US and Afghan troops are preparing their biggest offensive yet against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, with total foreign troop numbers in the country set to peak at 150,000 by August.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Ten-NATO-soldiers-killed-in-Afghanistan-in-single-day/articleshow/6022261.cms

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Israel strikes again, kills divers off Gaza

Jun 08 2010

Jerusalem: Israeli naval forces shot and killed four men wearing wet suits in the waters off the coast of Gaza on Monday, and a militant group said they were members of its marine unit training for a mission.

The attack was the latest escalation in tensions over the three-year-old blockade of Gaza. It came a week after Israel raided a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying humanitarian aid. Israeli soldiers killed nine activists in a clash on one of the flotilla boats, bringing fierce international condemnation.

US Vice-President Joe Biden said on Monday the US is closely consulting with Egypt and other allies to find new ways to “address the humanitarian, economic, security, and political aspects of the situation in Gaza”.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/israel-strikes-again-kills-divers-off-gaza/630801/

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UAE to screen for child molestation record

Jun 07 2010

Dubai : In order to ensure that those arriving in the country do not have a child molestation record, authorities in UAE have ordered new security checking mechanisms.

The new procedures have been ordered by the Higher Committee for Child Protection of the Ministry of Interior following a study it conducted.

The committee emphasised in the study that the new procedures must include ways of making sure that those entering the country do not have a child molestation record.

The study also looked into developing methods of monitoring the use of ID cards by parents and documenting the records of internet in universities, schools and cyber shops.

Five specialised committees were formed for child protection over a detailed and specific strategy that will achieve its goals of protecting children against abuse and assault, especially through the internet, UAE's official news agency Wam said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/uae-to-screen-for-child-molestation-record/630504/

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Women bloggers express themselves on Web

By RIMA AL-MUKHTAR

Jun 8, 2010

JEDDAH: As Internet usage in the Kingdom increases, so is the number of women who use it to express themselves in ways they would never do in public, not even in front of their closest friends.

Around 500 female Saudi bloggers responded to an online Arab News survey about their ages, the topics they write about and why they blog. Sixty percent of respondents, all of whom are between 17 and 30, use blogs as personal diaries, while 30 percent comment on social issues and 10 percent write about fashion.

The vast majority (93 percent) said they blog to remain anonymous and fear someone may recognize them through their writings.

There are at present hundreds of Saudi bloggers who write either in English or Arabic and include both men and women. Blogging became a trend in the Kingdom around five years ago with the growth in Internet use and it seems people blog to express their thoughts and tell their personal stories. “I’ve made a lot of friends through blogging. It feels like I’ve known them for a long time having read about them every day,” said one blogger.

Full report at

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article62476.ece

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Bab Rizq creates 4,323 jobs in May

Jun 8, 2010

JEDDAH: Bab Rizq Jameel (BRJ), an initiative of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Services Programs (ALJCSP), created 4,323 job opportunities in May for young Saudi men and women.

Through the direct employment program and assistance from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), BRJ created 465 jobs for men and 203 jobs for women.

Jobs provided for young men included cashiers, security guards, auto mechanics and production worker in several companies, including Al-Hukair, Al-Sharq Electricity Company, Tadharis Najd Security Services Company, Panda Al-Aziziah and Aqwat Food Company.

For women, jobs included production-line workers, merchandisers, security guards, receptionists and kindergarten teachers in several companies, including Arabian Talents Company, Saudi Malls Company and certain private schools.

Full report at

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article62491.ece

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Iran's first women-only bank opens

Jun 8, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran's first women-only bank branch opened on Monday, allowing women to manage their finances without dealing with unrelated men — something likely to appeal to religious families who oppose mingling between the sexes.

Bank Melli — one of Iran's biggest retail banks — opened the women-only branch in the holy city of Mashhad as a service to women, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. In recent years women-only taxis, with female drivers, have become available in some Iranian cities, as well as public gardens where men are not allowed. Buses in Iran are segregated, with women sitting at the back. A local judiciary official said last month that the maximum fine for breaching the Islamic dress code — which decrees that women must cover their hair and wear long shapeless coats — was 13 million rials (over $1,300).

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article62507.ece

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Watchdog urges Kuwait to stop prosecuting blogger

8 June 2010

 KUWAIT - New York-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait on Monday to stop prosecuting a blogger on trial for insulting its head of state, and lift a court ban on news coverage of the case.

Blogger and journalist Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem, who faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted, according to his lawyers, was detained on May 11 after a complaint against him was issued by the office of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

“Kuwait, once relatively tolerant of free speech, is increasingly punishing individuals for their political views, Joe Stork, Middle East deputy director at HRW, said in a statement.

“The Kuwaiti authorities should stop persecuting Mohammad al-Jassem just for criticising Kuwait’s rulers.”

Full report at

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June286.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Nigerian conjoined twins separated in Bangalore

Seethalakshmi

Jun 8, 2010

BANGALORE: Conjoined twins, 25 doctors and nurses and 10 hours. Result: medical marvel. At 6.30 am on Monday, Nigerian twins Peace and Patience were blissfully sleeping when doctors came knocking.

The eight-month-olds had travelled all the way from their home in Nigeria to Bangalore’s Narayana Health City to get their conjoined bodies separated.

Even before the sisters were wheeled into Operation Theatre-6 at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Multi-speciality hospital, the medical team had readied everything from scissors to single beds (once they are separated).

Considering the rarity and complexity of the surgery as Omalgaphagus co-joined twins occur only one in 1,00,000 births, the mood at the OT was upbeat and tense. Led by Dr Ashley Dcruz, the team was ready at the word go from the crack of the dawn.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Nigerian-Conjoined-Twins-Separated-In-Bangalore/articleshow/6021646.cms

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HC appoints new lawyers for Kasab

Jun 8, 2010

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday appointed lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah for Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, sentenced to death for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

The Maharashtra State Legal Cell on Tuesday appointed Solkar and Shah as Kasab's legal representatives after the terrorist requested that a lawyer be appointed to represent him in the High Court.

Kasab was found guilty for his role in the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks and awarded the death penalty by special judge M L Tahaliyani May 6.

He last week wrote a letter to the Bombay High Court saying the death sentence was not acceptable to him and that he wanted legal assistance to fight his case.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/HC-appoints-new-lawyers-for-Kasab/articleshow/6024262.cms

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Bomb attack leaves at least 15 injured in Istanbul: Report

Jun 8, 2010

ISTANBUL: A bomb attack targeting police in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul Tuesday injured at least 15 people, most of them police officers, officials and media reports said.

Police said it was not immediately clear who was behind the blast in the Kucukcekmece district, on the European side of the city straddling the Bosphorus Strait.

The bomb went off as a police minibus carrying officers to work was passing in front of a hospital in the morning rush hour.

"It looks like a bomb that was placed by the side of the road...It may have been set off by remote control," Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin told the Anatolia news agency.

"We currently have no information on the perpetrators of the attack, we are investigating," he added.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Bomb-attack-leaves-at-least-15-injured-in-Istanbul-Report/articleshow/6023479.cms

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UN Security Council to meet again on Iran

Jun 8, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has agreed to hold new closed-door consultations on Tuesday on a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran over its suspect nuclear program, with sponsors aiming for a vote later this week.

The 15 members met Monday for nearly an hour after Brazil and Turkey asked for "a meeting on Iran at some point prior to adoption of sanctions on this issue," the Mexican presidency of the council said.

Diplomats said no consensus emerged during the closed-door session and US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters the council would hold fresh consultations on the sanctions draft early Tuesday.

The council's five council permanent members -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States -- are co-sponsoring the sanctions draft and believe they have the votes to secure passage.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/UN-Security-Council-to-meet-again-on-Iran/articleshow/6021987.cms

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India, Iran discuss underwater gas line bypassing Pak

Jun 8, 2010

NEW DELHI: The prospect may not have sounded feasible initially, but India is now coming round to the idea of having an underwater gas pipeline with Iran which would allow it to bypass Pakistan.

As India's participation in IPI pipeline remains bogged down by concerns over security and pricing, official sources said New Delhi has already discussed building a pipeline under Arabian Sea with Tehran.

According to officials, the underwater pipeline will not just help India evade Pakistan but also allow government to engage Iran in a more fruitful manner. In fact, when Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited India last month, the two sides discussed the prospect of transporting gas from Turkmenistan to northern Iran with help from India and using the underwater pipeline option to transport gas to India from southern Iran.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Iran-discuss-underwater-gas-line-bypassing-Pak/articleshow/6021888.cms

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Iran aid ships to challenge Israel

Jun 8, 2010

TEHRAN: The Iranian Red Crescent said on Monday that it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory by Iran’s archfoe Israel.

It will also send a plane carrying 30 tonnes of medical equipment to Egypt for onward delivery to Gaza.

Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh told Iranian media that two ships would leave for Gaza this week, followed at a later date by a third vessel. The first two ships will head to Gaza in coordination with the Turkish government.

Of the two ships, “one will carry 70 aid workers such as nurses and medics and the other will have foodstuffs and medicines”, Adibzadeh was quoted as saying on the state television website. “The (two) ships will be sent to Gaza by end of this week,” Adibzadeh added.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-aid-ships-to-challenge-Israel/articleshow/6021407.cms

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Will safeguard human rights in Kashmir: PM

M Saleem Pandit

Jun 8, 2010

SRINAGAR: In a move to soothe tempers over Army methods that bedevilled his visit to Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said security forces have been "strictly instructed" to respect human rights and pledged to remove deficiencies in implementation of the instructions.

"Sometimes innocent civilians suffer, but whenever such incidents happen it becomes necessary to act against those responsible. I'm aware of some complaints related to human rights," said the PM, who arrived in Srinagar to review the security situation and inspect development projects. He was addressing a convocation at Srinagar's Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Will-safeguard-human-rights-in-Kashmir-PM/articleshow/6021666.cms

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Gadakari attacks Manmohan, Sonia on Afzal Guru issue

Jun 7, 2010

HYDERABAD: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the delay in hanging convict Afzal Guru, who is on a death row in connection with the Parliament attack case.

Addressing a party meeting, he said Singh and Gandhi should tender their apologies within eight days, else the BJP would launch a nationwide agitation to seek justice and to expose the elements behind the pendency of the file pertaining to Afzal Guru.

"Sonia and Manmohan owe an explanation to the families of the security personnel who have sacrificed their lives while fighting with terrorists."

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gadakari-attacks-Manmohan-Sonia-on-Afzal-Guru-issue/articleshow/6021156.cms

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Indo-Pak FMs meet to focus on action against terror: US

Jun 7, 2010

WASHINGTON: US feels that Kashmir issue won't be part of the agenda during talks between foreign ministers of India and Pakistan next month as the meeting will focus mainly on action against terrorism and the progress Islamabad has made into the Mumbai attacks probe.

Assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said: "I don't think Kashmir is really the question that's on the table now."

He said the real question now is to get some progress on the trial of the Mumbai suspects, those who are already in custody in Pakistan and also see progress by Pakistan on stopping actions by Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Punjab-based terrorist groups against India.

"I think those are really the redlines that they've established for really establishing or reestablishing their composite dialogue. And so those are areas where I think we can help and encourage our Pakistani friends to move forward, and indeed we have," he told BBC in an interview.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6019000.cms?prtpage=1

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Israel govt defeats no-confidence bid over flotilla raid

Jun 8, 2010

JERUSALEM: The Israeli government on Monday easily defeated no-confidence motions over its May 31 raid on Gaza-bound activist aid ships but faced more calls for a probe of the deadly commando operation.

A motion by the main opposition party Kadima, which objected to the handling of the raid, was defeated 59-25 while another two brought by Arab parties opposed to the Gaza blockade both went down 81-8.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak defended last week's raid when special forces stormed the flotilla in international waters, killing nine Turks aboard one of the six ships.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-govt-defeats-no-confidence-bid-over-flotilla-raid/articleshow/6021591.cms

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Suspension of Indo-Pak talks helped non-state actors: Gilani

Jun 7, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The suspension of the India-Pakistan composite dialogue in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks allowed non-state actors to succeed in "dictating their agenda", Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday.

Reiterating Pakistan's desire for the "negotiated and peaceful resolution" of all disputes with India, Gilani said: "By suspending composite dialogue following the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, non-state actors succeeded in dictating their agenda."

The premier made the remarks while addressing a gathering of top army officials, including army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, at the Command and Staff College in Quetta.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6019648.cms?prtpage=1

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SC refuses to stay HC order on fresh CBI probe in Rizwanur death

Jun 07 2010

New Delhi : The Supreme Court refused to stay the registration of murder case and a fresh CBI probe directed against industrialist Ashok Todi by the Calcutta High Court into the mysterious death of computer graphics teacher Rizwanur Rahman.

A Bench of Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan, however, sought response within six weeks from the CBI and the complainant Rukbanur Rehman, Rizwanur's brother, on Todi's appeal challenging the May 18 court direction.

30-year-old Rizwanur was found dead on September 21, 2007 near a rail track, just a month after his marriage to Priyanka, daughter of Ashok Todi who owns the Rs 200-crore Lux Cozi hosiery brand.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6019648.cms?prtpage=1

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US military holds soldier in classified video leak

Jun 08 2010

Washington : A US soldier has been arrested in connection with the release of a classified video showing a 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, the US military said on Monday.

Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, who was deployed to Baghdad, is being held in pretrial confinement in Kuwait, "for allegedly releasing classified information," according to a US military statement.

The statement did not provide details of the information in question but in an emailed response to a query, a US official confirmed that the case involved a US military videotape made public in April by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-military-holds-soldier-in-classified-video-leak/630944/

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Headley issue didn't hijack Strategic Dialogue with India: US

Jun 08 2010

Washington : Refuting media reports that the Headley episode had hijacked the last week's Indo-US Strategic Dialogue, a top American official has said that the issue "did not even come up" during the discussion between the two countries.

"Let me just say that this in no way hijacked the strategic dialogue. This didn't even come up in the strategic dialogue," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, said in response to a question that the strategic dialogue was hijacked by the Headley case.

The official pointed out that the issue of access to Headley was "not a topic of great conversation" during the Strategic Dialogue between India and the United States.

"It was not a focus of our discussions," he said.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/headley-issue-didnt-hijack-strategic-dialogue-with-india-us/630939/

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Iran Kurds buried in secret location after execution: Lawyer

Jun 07 2010

Tehran : Iranian authorities refused to hand over the bodies of Kurdish militants executed last month to their families and buried them in a secret location, their lawyer told an opposition website today.

"Our search shows the executed Kurds have been buried secretly and they (the authorities) refuse to disclose the burial site," lawyer Khalil Bahramian told Rahesabz website.

"It is about a month that the mourning families have been looking for the bodies of their dear ones and have not heard any responsible comments," he said.

Bahramian represented Shirin Alamhouli and Farzad Kamangar, hanged in May along with two other Kurds and another man, after convicting them of armed opposition to the Islamic republic.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-kurds-buried-in-secret-location-after-execution-lawyer/630487/

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US used cluster bombs, killed civilians in Yemen: Amnesty

Jun 07 2010

London : A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday.

The London-based rights group released photographs that it said showed the remains of a US-made Tomahawk missile and unexploded cluster bombs that were apparently used in the December 17, 2009 attack on the rural community of Al-Maajala in Yemen's southern Abyan province.

"Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions appear to have been used in Yemen," said Mike Lewis, the group's arms control researcher.

"Cluster munitions have indiscriminate effects and unexploded bomblets threaten lives and livelihoods for years afterwards," he said.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-used-cluster-bombs-killed-civilians-in-yemen-amnesty/630484/

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‘India, Pak Ties Must Be Strong’

Jun 08th, 2010

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that he would like to say to the neighbours across the Line of Control that they should help in creating an environment in which people from both the sides can live in peace and harmony and work together.

He said, “Our issues with Pakistan are well known. Good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan are in the interest of both the countries, at the same time they are necessary for peace and harmony, stability and development our region.”

Dr Singh added that the relations between the two countries over the past one and a half years have been under the shadow of the terror attacks in Mumbai. “As you are aware, I met the Prime Minister of Pakistan in Thimpu last month. Both the countries accepted that there is a trust deficit between us. We also agreed that this distance between the two countries must be reduced.”

Full report at

http://www.asianage.com/india/%E2%80%98india-pak-ties-must-be-strong%E2%80%99-693

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Pak: Taliban Leaders Have Fled From AfPak

Jun 08th, 2010

Pakistan’s military operations in tribal areas have forced some important Taliban leaders to flee outside of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Meh-mood Qureshi said on Monday.

Afghanistan-Pakistan relations had seen a “dramatic shift” since Pakistan returned to civilian-led democracy, Mr Qureshi added after three-way talks with Turkey designed to help dispel years of mistrust between Kabul and Islamabad.

“(Taliban leaders) have fled the region because of very successful military operations Pakistan has undertaken in the tribal belt, in Swat and Malakand,” Mr Qureshi told a joint news conference with his Afghan and Turkish counterparts in Istanbul after the meeting.

Full report at

http://www.asianage.com/international/pak-taliban-leaders-have-fled-afpak-726

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Pakistan court frees two French scribes

Jun 08th, 2010

A Pakistani court has ordered the release of two French journalists from custody about 10 days after they were held in northwest Pakistan, Xinhua reported on Monday.

Police arrested Francois Lino Candona and Christopher Phillips Beneyre May 28 for travelling to Peshawar city without required documents. They were filming in the Peshawar cantonment area.    

Earlier, a lawyer had submitted a bail application on behalf of the two journalists. One of the journalists had applied for Pakistani visa in New Delhi.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261051/Pakistan-court-frees-two-French-scribes.html

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Israeli sea raid kills four Gaza ‘commandos’

Jun 08th, 2010

Israeli forces on Monday shot dead four Palestinian ‘commandos’ off Gaza as the Jewish state scrambled to cope with mounting fallout over an earlier deadly sea battle.

Last week, Israeli naval forces stormed a Gaza-bound aid boat, killing nine people, most of them Turkish, US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington was eyeing ‘new ways’ to deal with Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave.

And Ankara, still furious over the death of eight Turkish nationals in the raid, vowed that normalisation of ties with Israel would be out of the question if the Jewish state refused to accept an international inquiry into the attack.

Palestinian witnesses said they saw Israeli forces firing on a vessel off the coast of central Gaza at 4 am (0100 GMT). Two hours later, four bodies in diving suits were pulled from the water, medical sources and witnesses said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/261041/Israeli-sea-raid-kills-four-Gaza-%E2%80%98commandos%E2%80%99.html

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Iran says no talks on nuclear issue if sanctioned

Jun 08 2010

Istambul : Iran will not agree to talks on its nuclear programme if the UN Security Council adopts fresh sanctions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

"I have said that the US government and its allies are so mistaken that if they think they can brandish the stick of resolution and then sit down to talk with us, such a thing will not happen," the Iranian leader told a news conference here.

He urged Western powers not to dismiss a nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil.

The deal "was an opportunity for the US government and its allies...I hope they will put this to good use. Opportunities will not be repeated," he said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-says-no-talks-on-nuclear-issue-if-sanctioned/631011/

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India, Pak, US should address terrorism seriously: Blake

Jun 08 2010

Washington : Asserting that it will never be soft on terrorism, the Obama Administrating today said it is in the interest of the US, India and Pakistan to work together to address the serious issue.

"United States will never be soft on terrorism. This is our highest priority, and this is the area where probably we've made the greatest progress, in terms of our cooperation with India in terms of not only law-enforcement cooperation, but also intelligence cooperation," the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, told reporters at a news conference here.

"We take extremely seriously the threats against both of our countries, because we believe that there is increasingly a syndicate that is operating in countries like Pakistan that threatens both of our countries, and it also threatens Pakistan itself," Blake said.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-pak-us-should-address-terrorism-seriously-blake/631014/

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Pak frees 20 militants in return for arms seized by Taliban

Jun 08 2010

Islamabad : Pakistani authorities have released 20 Taliban militants in exchange for vehicles and weapons the terrorists had seized during an ambush on an army convoy in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region.

The militants were released after a 'jirga' or council of tribal elders and clerics brokered a truce yesterday between the security forces and a Taliban faction led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, 'The News daily' reported today.

The authorities released 20 of 54 Taliban men they had detained in the area and also agreed to remove some check posts that the militants and local tribesmen had objected to.

In return, the Taliban released some vehicles, arms and ammunition that they had captured after attacking the army convoy in Hamzoni area on April 23. At least seven soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the ambush.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-frees-20-militants-in-return-for-arms-seized-by-taliban/630999/

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Car bombs, gunmen kill 11 in Iraq

Jun 08 2010

Baghdad : Bombs and gunmen killed eleven people in a series of attacks in Iraq today, including a car bomb that exploded in a Baghdad shopping area.

The late morning blast in the capital's western Mansour neighborhood killed three and wounded at least nine people and damaged several shops, security and hospital officials said.

Ball bearings, apparently packed inside the car to increase the number of casualties, littered the bomb site.

Although violence has fallen sharply in recent years, Iraqi security forces still struggle to stop deadly attacks as US troops prepare to withdraw. The violence threatens to further destabilise the country as political leaders jostle for control three months after indecisive parliamentary elections.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/car-bombs-gunmen-kill-11-in-iraq/630996/

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Lal Masjid commandos seek Supreme Court’s intervention

June 08, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Two Army commandos of Zarar Company, who had allegedly opposed the Lal Masjid operation in 2007 and were subsequently court-martialled, have been denied the right of appeal in superior courts.

The Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch of the Pakistan Army has also refused them copies of the verdicts, considering it as “prejudicial to the safety and interests of the State”. Lance Havaldar Ghulam Ahmad, ex-Army number 3260368, and Sepoy Shahid Shehzad, ex-Army number 3261567, were arrested allegedly for opposing the Lal Masjid operation on May 2, 2007, two months before it was launched.

They were kept in solitary detention for 15 months before they were court-martialled in August 2008, sentencing Ghulam Ahmad to 14-year rigorous imprisonment and Shahid Shehzad to seven years, said an application sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan. “That the applicant wants to challenge the controversial verdict of unjustified punishment delivered by Field General Court Martial before the honourable High Court but JAG Department of GHQ has denied the copy of proceedings and judgment,” Ghulam Ahmad has written to the Chief Justice.

Full report at

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29350

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Twelve Americans held in Yemen: State Department

June 08, 2010

WASHINGTON: Twelve US citizens have been detained in Yemen, US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters here Monday, following reports of foreigners arrested with links to Al-Qaeda.        

"I'm not going to get into any specifics," Crowley said at a briefing where he was queried by journalists about the alleged links to the extremist group. The spokesman added words of praise for the two governments' joint efforts against terrorism.   

"We have great cooperation with the government of Yemen," Crowley said. "Together we are doing our best to help Yemen reduce the threat posed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=106256

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Israel denounces ‘incitement’ in wake of flotilla fiasco

08 Jun, 2010

JERUSALEM: Faced with world outrage over its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound activist flotilla, Israel is circling the wagons and lashing out at critics, accusing them of “incitement” against the Jewish state.

But opponents claim it is Israel which is doing the inciting.

An Arab-Israeli MP who had been on the aid-laden Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara when Israeli commandos killed nine activists on May 31 has received death threats after fellow legislators accused her of being a traitor.

Rightwing commentator Hagai Segal, meanwhile called for the Al-Jazeera news network to be kicked out of Israel, and possibly designated as a “terrorist organisation,” claiming its coverage of the flotilla was marked by “lies, incitement and hatred for Israel.”

Full report at

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-israel-denounces-incitement-in-wake-of-flotilla-fiasco-sk-07

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Afghan heroin killed millions, says Russia

08 Jun, 2010

MOSCOW, June 7: Heroin trafficked from war-torn Afghanistan has killed more than a million people worldwide in the past decade, the head of Russia's federal narcotics control agency said on Monday.

“In the first 10 years of this millenium, more than a million people have died because of Afghan narcotics,” Russian news agencies quoted Viktor Ivanov as saying. “More than 16 million have been affected, physically and mentally.” Moscow says 30,000 Russians died last year from using Afghan heroin.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly voiced alarm at the growth in drug trafficking from Afghanistan, blaming current US policies in the country which focus on netting traffickers rather than producers.

Full report at

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/afghan-heroin-killed-millions,-says-russia-860

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey agree to enhance cooperation against terror

June 08, 2010

* Istanbul meeting condemns Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla

* Freight train service between Turkey and Pakistan also discussed in meeting

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey on Monday reiterated that terrorism is a crime against humanity and agreed on various steps to decisively counter the lethal nexus of terrorism, extremism and narcotics.

The understanding was reached at a trilateral meeting of the three countries in Turkey, which was attended by Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Zalmai Rassoul and Foreign Minister Mahkdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan also condemned the Israeli aggression on the Freedom Flotilla, and underlined their solidarity with the government and people of Turkey. They also paid their condolences to the people of Turkey and families of the victims.

Full report at

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\08\story_8-6-2010_pg1_3

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Five killed in Kalat, Khuzdar violence

June 08, 2010

QUETTA: Five people were killed and another two injured in two separate incidents of violence in Balochistan’s Khuzdar and Kalat districts on Monday. Four people were killed and two were injured in a tribal clash in Mongechar area of Kalat. Following the incident, Levies Force rushed to the scene and took the bodies and the injured to a nearby hospital. The deceased were identified as Rehmatullah, Ghulam Nabi, Babo and Haji Mohammad Siddiq, while Dawood Shah and Abdul Hayee were injured in the clash. In Khuzdar, unidentified gunmen killed a man in the district’s Zehri tehsil. The assailants opened indiscriminate fire, killing Naseer Ahmed on the spot. Police registered a case and started investigation. Officials said the incident was a case of motorcycle-snatching, as the assailants had fled with Ahmed’s bike. Also, a man committed suicide over a domestic dispute in Ustha Mohammad area.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\08\story_8-6-2010_pg7_5

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Security forces kill 12 terrorists in Orakzai Agency

June 08, 2010

PESHAWAR: Security forces killed at least 12 militants and injured 20 others in Orakzai Agency on Monday, official sources said. According to sources, helicopter gunships targeted militant hideouts in Ismail Zai tehsil and others adjoining areas of the agency, killing 12 militants and wounding 20 others. Three vehicles of the Taliban were also destroyed in the attack, they added.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\08\story_8-6-2010_pg7_7

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12 Afghan terror suspects held

June 08, 2010

Lahore—Foiling another attempt of terrorism, Law Enforcement Agencies on Monday arrested 12 Afghan Nationals who were in injured condition.

According to Media Reports, Law Enforcement Agencies have arrested 12 Afghan nationals from various areas of Lahore and were mostly injured besides huge cache of arms and ammunition have been recovered from their possession. During initial investigations, they confessed that they had come from Afghanistan, Quetta, Karachi and other areas for involvement in suspicious activities.

Police say that some of the Afghans were in critical condition as they were badly wounded with gun bullets and were staying in a house. The arrested Afghan were of the view that they came for treatment in Lahore. Police Sources say that they could be dangerous hence they have been shifted to an isolated place for interrogations after formally being arrested.

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) police apprehended 12 foreigners, including two Arabs and 10 Afghans, in injured condition in Township area here Monday.

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/08/FrontPage/FrontPage8.php

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Iran rounds up 25 Pakistani for trespassing

June 08, 2010

CHAGHI—At least 25 Pakistani nationals were arrested by Iranian authorities when they were trespassing into Iran without legal documents at Teftan border region. The detainees were later handed over to Pakistani authorities, official sources said here on Monday. “These men have been arrested by Iran Levies when they were trying to enter Iran illegally,” official sources said adding that the 25 people will be charged for trespassing. “The arrested Pakistanis have told that they wanted to go to Egypt,” sources said they have paid an agent to traffic them to Egypt.

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/08/Brief/Brief4.php

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MIS Jeddah marks literary day

Jun 8, 2010

JEDDAH: Mahd Al-Uloom International School Jeddah (MISJ) students marked a literary day recently with cultural displays, catwalk, mimicry and various other presentations.

Indian International School, Jeddah, Principal Syed Masood Ahmed was the chief guest. The program started with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an.

Dr. Mohammed K.M., principal of MISJ, welcomed the gathering with an expressive speech.

He quoted Mahatma Gandhi, when he said, “Education is the overall development of the human being: mind, body and spirit.” He said students in Gulf countries have talent that requires proper exposure. MISJ aims to hone its students talents by organizing weekly literary competitions.

Masood, who was presented a memento from the school manager Syed Habib Thangal, expressed his pleasure in attending the event. He said he always appreciated all student-teacher gatherings.

Full report at

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article62487.ece

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Distraught Saudi father disowns ‘stupid son’

Jun 8, 2010

ABHA: The father of an Al-Qaeda terrorist, Saeed Al-Shehri, who was formerly detained in Guantánamo Bay and then underwent a correction program in the Kingdom after which he fled to Yemen to join other militants, has spoken out against his son whom he described as stupid and disloyal to his family and nation.

“I wished I could kill him with my own hands after I found him deceiving me and shaming and humiliating my family, tribe and nation,” said Ali Jaber Al-Shehri. “He accused me of being an infidel before he left for Yemen.” Speaking to Al-Madinah newspaper, Ali, a retired military officer, said he has lost all hope in his son returning to the Kingdom to live a normal life after he fled to Yemen where he assumed the leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Full report at

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article62475.ece

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Yemen says second Al-Qaeda suspect surrenders

Jun 8, 2010

SANAA: Yemen said Monday that an Al-Qaeda operative turned himself in to authorities in the country's northeastern province, the second such surrender in two days.

The development came as Yemen intensified its campaign to drive Al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds across this impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

According to a statement by Yemen's Supreme Security Committee, the suspect gave himself up late Sunday in the province of Marib, surrendering to the local governor there.

The suspect was identified as Hamza Ali Saleh Al-Dayan, who is believed to have trained suicide bombers and helped plan the July 2007 suicide attack that killed seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis in the same province.

Al-Dayan was among 23 Al-Qaeda members who escaped from a Yemeni jail in Feb. 2006, through a tunnel dug under the prison. He was later accused of taking part in the 2008 mortar attack against the US Embassy in Sanaa that killed a policeman and a young girl at an adjacent school. He and three accomplices fled in a car after that attack.

Full report at

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article62509.ece

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