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Al-Qaeda warns of new attacks deadlier than before

Thousands of pilgrims participate in London Ratha-yatra

Hanging Qasab not an task easy, says judge

‘Muslims must focus on education’

Bangladesh varsity shut after World Cup dispute

US says Afghan withdrawal ‘firm’

No reason for Afghans to go back home?

MWL backs interfaith conference in Kerala

By War or Peace, No Easy Exit From Afghanistan

Now, MHA to scrutinise all visa applications from Pak

Iran bans 2 IAEA inspectors from entering Iran

Israeli Easing of Blockade of Gaza Draws Praise of U.S.

UK Attitude to Afghan War Hardens as Toll Hits 300

US warns Pak over Iran gas deal

Include peace corridor in Indo-Pak talks: Sikhs

Parties join hands to raise Saeed issue with US

Pak wants good relations with India: Gilani

Terror suspects allege torture by ATS, write to court

British Muslim mother held prisoner in PoK freed: Report

Qaeda Dictates Peace Terms To US In Video

‘Many Kerala Outfits Have ISI Links’

‘Israel OKs Civilian Goods Into Gaza’

3 Killed, 23 Injured In Afghan Blasts

Srinagar SSP removed after firing incident

Terror to top Rao’s Pak tour agenda

Madani drew Nazeer into grid

Ethnic Uzbeks refuse to go home

Afghanistan, Pakistan begin Taliban talks

25 Saudi Gitmo prisoners return to militancy

German among 7 foreigners killed in drone attack

Benazir’s birth anniversary today: PPP all set to hold blood donation camps

Air strikes kill 24 militants in Mohmand

World Cup offers besieged Gazans rare escape

Iraq’s Allawi fears plots to assasinate him

Man accused of trespassing into woman’s flat, raping her

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau 

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Al-Qaeda warns of new attacks deadlier than before

Jun 21 2010

Cairo : Al-Qaeda's US-born spokesman warned President Barack Obama that the militant group may launch new attacks that would kill more Americans than previous ones.

In a taunting, 24 minute message that dwelled on Obama's setbacks, including the loss of Massachusetts Senate seat to the Republicans, Adam Gadahn set out al-Qaeda's conditions for peace with the US, including cutting support for Israel and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Gadahn said that if you compared the number of dead Muslims "with the relatively small number of Americans we have killed so far, it becomes crystal-clear that we haven't even begun to even the score," he said, dressed in a white robe and turban.

"That's why next time, we might not show the restraint and self-control we have shown up until now," he said. Even if al-Qaeda was defeated, "hundreds of millions of Muslims" would still fight the US, he added.

Al-Qaeda offered the same conditions for an end to hostilities to then President George W Bush in 2007, including the release of all Muslim prisoners and cutting off aid to Middle East governments.

Gadahn's statement was notable for its mocking tone, in which he described Obama as "a devious, evasive and serpentine American president with a Muslim name," and seemed to delight in his setbacks.

"You're no longer the popular man you once were, a year ago or so," he crowed, ascribing his drop in popularity to the escalation of the US wars abroad.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/alqaeda-warns-of-new-attacks-deadlier-than-before/636521/

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Thousands of pilgrims participate in London Ratha-yatra

June 21, 2010

 

LONDON: Thousands of pilgrims and faith leaders from all over the world participated in a Ratha-yatra, festival of chariots, here on Sunday evening as the city was illuminated by wonderful colours and sounds of the annual Hare Krishna Festival. 

The devotees pulled three 40-foot high colourful chariots carrying the sacred deities of Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subhadra and Lord Balarama from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. 

The giant chariots were accompanied by a procession of singers, musicians and dancers. 

At Trafalgar Square, where the procession concluded, thousands of people had gathered to witness cultural and educational displays and exhibitions linked to the Ratha-yatra. 

The festival of chariots is a celebration dating back to over 5000 years, annually observed in the ancient holy city of Jagannatha Puri in Orissa, making it the oldest street festival in the world. 

Devotees believe that if they get the honour of pulling the ropes of the giant chariot, carrying Lord Krishna, known as Jagannatha - Lord of the Universe, then, at the end of this life, they will be granted eternal service to the Lord in the spiritual world. 

"Each year, we aim to make the Festival of the Chariots a more vibrant and colourful festival for London. Now over forty years on, it's amazing to see yet another generation of Londoners enjoying the Ratha-Yatra celebration here in our capital," said Titikshu Das, Coordinator of London Carnival of Chariots. 

This ancient festival was brought to western shores by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 

The first Ratha-yatra festival outside of India took place in San Francisco in 1967. This festival came to London in 1969, where it has been faithfully observed every year for over 40 years attracting more than 30,000 people throughout the day.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Thousands-of-pilgrims-participate-in-London-Ratha-yatra/articleshow/6073236.cms

 

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Hanging Qasab not an task easy, says judge

By SHAHID RAZA BURNEY

21 June 2010

NAGPUR: Even though the death sentence that was handed down to the lone survivor of the Mumbai terror attacks, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab, on May 6 may have given some satisfaction to Indians, the task of carrying out the execution is not an easy one, said Supreme Court of India Judge V.S. Shirpurkar.

Speaking at the launch of book “Death Penalty in Supreme Court – National and International Viewpoint” here on Sunday, Shirpurkar said the death sentence is not like visiting a shop to buy chocolate and that people should understand the role of the judiciary.

“It’s extremely difficult for a judge to impose the death penalty on an accused. Even hanging someone brings jitters to our bodies. Death penalties are not for entertainment. They are in fact very sensitive subjects and the citizens of this country should bear this in mind,” he added.

Justice A.P. Lavande of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court stressed it is necessary to think seriously about the abolition of the death penalty, while advocate Mardirkar said it is necessary to create public awareness about the death penalty awarded by the judiciary.

http://arabnews.com/world/article69769.ece

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‘Muslims must focus on education’

Jun 21, 2010

PUNE: Muslims must focus on education as it will enable the community to raise its standards, Rajinder Sachar, chairman of the Sachar committee, said on Sunday. "Muslims are only a religious minority in the country and not outsiders," the former chief justice of the Delhi HC said. Sachar had been invited to the city by the S M Joshi Socialist Foundation and the Nanasaheb Gore Academy. The Sachar Committee had submitted a report on the status of Muslims in India in 2006.

Sachar said: "We studied IAS examination results for two years. In one of the years, we found that 6.7% of the total candidates who had passed were Muslims. Also, of the four lakh candidates who had appeared for the exam, a very small number belonged to Muslims.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Muslims-must-focus-on-education/articleshow/6072960.cms

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Bangladesh varsity shut after World Cup dispute

Jun 21st, 2010

A top public university in Bangladesh closed indefinitely after students clashed over whether to cancel classes to watch the World Cup.

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology asked students to leave dormitories by Sunday to calm the situation, said Habibur Rahman, pro-vice chancellor of the university in the capital.

The decision was made late Saturday after at least five students were injured in violence between two groups of students. One group demanded an early summer vacation so they could watch football on television without any tension. They asked other students not to attend classes or take tests and locked the university’s main gate, prompting clashes with senior students who wanted classes to continue.

No date has been set for when the university will reopen. Earlier this month, hundreds of angry football fans smashed vehicles in Dhaka after power outages interrupted live TV broadcasts of a World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263942/Bangladesh-varsity-shut-after-World-Cup-dispute.html

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US says Afghan withdrawal ‘firm’

June 21, 2010

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is reaffirming its pledge to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer. But the Pentagon and the White House are still saying different things about how many troops will leave — and when.

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff tells ABC’s “This Week” that the July 2011 date to begin withdrawal is firm. Emanuel isn’t disputing quoted remarks from Vice President Joe Biden that “a whole lot” of troops would leave.

Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, told Congress last week that he’d recommend putting off the withdrawal if need be. He said security conditions and the Afghan government have to be ready to handle a U.S. drawdown.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/21/FrontPage/index.php?id=7

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No reason for Afghans to go back home?

By Sohail Raza Khattak

June 21, 2010

KARACHI: In the narrow streets among a few old multi-storey buildings there is a market named Al-Asif Square where millions of flies hover over food items being sold by Afghan refugees. Most of these refugees have been living here since 1979 when the Soviet Union attacked Afghanistan; however, some refugees had migrated after the United States’ attack on the Taliban government in connection with September 11, 2001.

Quite a few of these refugees have passed more than 30 years without ever visiting their motherland, while the new generation has not even seen their native land and have no idea whether they would in the future. Many do not want to leave as they are living happily here and have no concerns of being bombed by the drones.

Faheem, 27, and his 9-year-old nephew Ghowsaleen from Mazar Sharif, who work as attendants at a makeshift hotel, said, “We rent a home here and have plenty of food. What will we do if we go back? There is nothing except landmines and bomb blasts there. It’s safe here.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\21\story_21-6-2010_pg12_6

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MWL backs interfaith conference in Kerala

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

21 June 2010

JEDDAH: Muslim World League Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Turki has welcomed the plan for an interfaith dialogue conference in the Indian state of Kerala in December this year.

In a statement after meeting Justice P.K. Shamsuddin and Justice K.A. Abdul Gafoor, officials of the International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI), Al-Turki expressed hope the conference would promote harmony between followers of different faiths.

The IIDI office-bearers were in the Kingdom to invite Saudi officials to take part in the conference, which will be held in Kochi. Al-Turki has insisted that the conference should get the approval of the Indian government and backing of other organizations.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article69743.ece

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By War or Peace, No Easy Exit From Afghanistan

By ROD NORDLAND

21 June 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — There’s no way we can kill our way out of Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the American commander, has said. By now, that’s become a mantra.

“One thing we are all hearing, especially between now and next year, is that there is no military solution to this conflict,” said Staffan de Mistura, the new special representative of the United Nations secretary general to Afghanistan. “The Taliban will never win the war, and on the other side, they’ll never win either.”

So everyone talks about peace, but so far no one is actually talking peace. The obstacles to doing so are profound and in many ways as daunting as the prospect of a military solution.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/weekinreview/20nordland.html?ref=world

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Now, MHA to scrutinise all visa applications from Pak

Pranab Dhal Samanta

Jun 21 2010

New Delhi : In a significant follow-up action to plug the holes in the system after the Headley case, the government has practically done away with the discretionary powers of the Indian high commissioner in Pakistan to issue visas. Most visas in Pakistan were being issued under these powers until now.

A real time online pre-verification system was launched last week which ensures that every visa application from Pakistan is screened thoroughly by the Home Ministry and related security agencies, including state police, before grant of visa. While the high commission’s recommendations would still carry weight, sources said, the decision to give a visa will rest with Delhi and not Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-mha-to-scrutinise-all-visa-applications-from-pak/636466/

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Iran bans 2 IAEA inspectors from entering Iran

Jun 21 2010

Tehran: A state media report says Iran has banned two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country.

The report posted Monday on the Web site of the state broadcasting company quotes Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying the Vienna-based International Agency for Atomic Energy, the UN nuclear watchdog, has been informed of the decision to ban the two inspectors. He did not name them.

The ban is the latest twist in Iran's deepening tussle with the IAEA and the West over its nuclear program.

The United States says Iran's program is geared toward making nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge.

Salehi claimed the two inspectors' latest report on Iran was false and they disclosed its contents before the agency reviewed it.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-bans-2-iaea-inspectors-from-entering-iran/636560/

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Israeli Easing of Blockade of Gaza Draws Praise of U.S.

By ISABEL KERSHNER

Jun 21 2010

JERUSALEM — Bowing to worldwide pressure and condemnation, Israel on Sunday formally announced an eased blockade of Gaza that could significantly expand the flow of goods overland into the impoverished coastal Palestinian enclave, isolated by the Israelis for three years.

The announcement, made by the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, came three weeks after a deadly Israeli naval commando raid that thwarted a breach of the blockade by a flotilla of pro-Palestinian aid activists. That raid outraged much of the world and became a catalyst for a serious re-examination by Israel of its policy toward Gaza, which is governed by the militant anti-Israeli group Hamas and is home to 1.5 million Palestinians.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/21/world/middleeast/21mideast.html?ref=world

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UK Attitude to Afghan War Hardens as Toll Hits 300

Jun 21 2010

WOOTTON BASSETT, England (Reuters) - At a rousing parade in London to welcome troops home, and as a town in southwest England prepared for the funerals of less fortunate soldiers, the message was the same: Britain has no business in Afghanistan.

The death toll for British troops in the country hit 300 on Monday, providing further ammunition for critics of the war who question how the government can justify the cost in blood and money given the dearth of tangible progress.

Politicians say the war is vital for Britain's security, but analysts say the main reason the country will fight on is to safeguard ties to the United States, and perhaps salvage a semblance of success to allow its troops to leave with pride.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/06/21/world/international-uk-britain-afghanistan-opposition.html

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US warns Pak over Iran gas deal

Jun 21, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The US warned Pakistan that a recently signed gas pipeline deal with Iran could run afoul of new sanctions being finalized in Congress, the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan said on Sunday.

Richard Holbrooke delivered the message during a visit to Pakistan, his first since Iran inked a contract earlier this month to export 21.5 million cubic meters of gas per day to Pakistan beginning in 2014. “We cautioned the Pakistanis to try to see what the (Congressional) legislation is before deciding how to proceed because it would be a disaster if we had a situation develop where an agreement was reached which then triggered something under the law,’’ said Holbrooke.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/US-warns-Pak-over-Iran-gas-deal/articleshow/6073058.cms

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Include peace corridor in Indo-Pak talks: Sikhs

Jun 21, 2010

CHANDIGARH: Ahead of secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan, the global Sikh community has now raised the long pending issue of Kartarpur Sahib corridor, with the hope that this religious and emotional issue would act as a balm to soothe sore relations between the two nations.

While the demand for a corridor to the historical Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib — which is located barely 1.5km inside the Pakistan territory from the Indian border near Dera Baba Nanak — has been a long pending one with various Sikh organizations appealing to the two countries from time to time, the United Sikh Mission (USM), a California based NGO, recently approached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to raise the issue with the neighbouring country in the coming days.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Include-peace-corridor-in-Indo-Pak-talks-Sikhs/articleshow/6073105.cms

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Parties join hands to raise Saeed issue with US

Jun 21, 2010

NEW DELHI: Rising above their political differences, several national and regional parties have come together to put pressure on the Obama administration to compel Pakistan to crack down on terror masterminds like Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

Representatives of the Congress, BJP, NCP, Akali Dal and BJD met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior officials of the state department in Washington earlier this week to make a plea for pressuring Pakistan to crack down on those behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

The MPs' delegation, according to a press release here, expressed concern over Islamabad's reluctance to take action against Saeed and LeT boss Lakhvi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Parties-join-hands-to-raise-Saeed-issue-with-US/articleshow/6072828.cms

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Pak wants good relations with India: Gilani

21 June 2010

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his government wants good neighbourly relations with India and the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues between the two countries, including the Kashmir issue.

Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with visiting US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke on Saturday.

Referring to the upcoming visits to Pakistan by Indian Foreign Secretary, Home Minister and External Affairs Minister, Gilani reaffirmed Islamabad's "keen desire to have good neighbourly relations with India through peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues between the two countries, including the core issue of Kashmir (and) the water dispute".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-wants-good-relations-with-india-gilani/636176/

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Terror suspects allege torture by ATS, write to court

21 June 2010

Mumbai : Two suspected terrorists, arrested for allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks in the city, have in a letter submitted before a local court sought bail alleging police torture.

Abdul Latif and Riyaz Ali were arrested by the state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) on March 13 this year for allegedly planning to carry out attacks at the head quarters of public sector petroleum company ONGC, Thakkar Mall in suburban Mumbai and Mangaldas Market in south Mumbai.

On June 19, when the duo were produced before the Mazgaon metropolitan magistrate for extension of their judicial custody, the accused submitted a hand written letter to the court alleging torture by the ATS.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/terror-suspects-allege-torture-by-ats-write-to-court/636233/

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British Muslim mother held prisoner in PoK freed: Report

Jun 21st, 2010

London : A British Muslim mother and her four children kept captive by their relatives in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir for eight months have been freed, after she wrote a "secret letter" to his brother in UK for help.

Farzana Ahmed, 32, from Stockton-on-Tees had travelled to Pakistan after suffering difficulties in her marriage and expected her husband to join her. But he failed to do so.

Instead, she was kept locked inside the home of her husband's family in the city of Mirpur with her children, aged two, four, eight and 12, The Daily Telegraph reported.

She claimed she was told her children would be killed if she tried to escape. Armed officers arrived at the house with a court order yesterday demanding she be allowed to return to Britain.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/british-muslim-mother-held-prisoner-in-pok-freed-report/635953/

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Qaeda Dictates Peace Terms To US In Video

Jun 21st, 2010

Al Qaeda America’s spokesman called onto US President Barack Obama to withdraw all personnel from Muslim lands in a video dictating several demands carried by US monitoring groups on Sunday.

“You must pull every last one of your soldiers, spies, security advisers... and all other American personnel, ships and aircraft out of every Muslim land from Afghanistan to Zanzibar,” the spokesman, Adam Gadahn, said.

In the 24-minute-long video, which was carried by the monitoring groups IntelCentre and SITE Intelligence, Gadahn was quoted as telling Mr Obama to “end all support, both moral and material, to Israel.”

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/qaeda-dictates-peace-terms-us-video-479

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‘Many Kerala Outfits Have ISI Links’

Jun 21st, 2010

The minister of state for home, Mr Mullappally Ramachandran, said here on Sunday that many outfits in Kerala had links with the Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan. Talking to mediapersons, the minister said that many of these agencies were being kept under a close watch by the Centre.

He, however, said that Left extremist organisations still did not have much influence in the state. “Maoism is not strong here,” he added.

The minister said that there was no need to deploy the Army to tackle the Maoists. “Paramilitary forces and police are taking strong action,” he said.

http://www.asianage.com/india/%E2%80%98many-kerala-outfits-have-isi-links%E2%80%99-436

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‘Israel OKs Civilian Goods Into Gaza’

Jun 21st, 2010

Israel will allow all “civilian” goods into the Gaza Strip while still preventing weapons from entering the Hamas-run territory, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday. The new policy is a response to mounting calls to ease the four-year siege on the impoverished enclave after Israeli forces killed nine activists during a May 31 raid on a flotilla of aid ships attempting to run the blockade. “We are committed to enable the flow of civilian goods to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip,” a senior official in the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told AFP.

“From today, there is a green light for all goods to enter Gaza except for military items and material that can strengthen the Hamas military machine,” the official said as Netanyahu was meeting West Asia Quartet envoy Tony Blair to discuss easing the blockade.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/%E2%80%98israel-oks-civilian-goods-gaza%E2%80%99-474

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3 Killed, 23 Injured In Afghan Blasts

Jun 21st, 2010

Two explosions minutes apart rocked a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a child and wounding at least 23 other people.

The young girl was killed and at least 14 other people were wounded in the first blast in front of a bank in southern Lashkar Gah city, said Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the governor in Helmand province.

Five people, including an Afghan soldier, were injured in the second explosion near a high school, he said.

“Once again, the militants targeted civilians,” Mr Ahmadi said.

http://www.asianage.com/international/3-killed-23-injured-afghan-blasts-464

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Srinagar SSP removed after firing incident

Jun 21st, 2010

The top cop in-charge of Srinagar was on Sunday summarily removed after the death of one person in firing by security forces in downtown Srinagar which triggered angry protests.

Riyaz Bedar, Senior Superintendent of Police, was replaced by Syed Ashiq Bukhari after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to review the law and order situation. Bukhari was SSP, counter-intelligence.

The meeting, attended by state DGP Kuldeep Khoda, Special Director General of CRPF N K Tripathy and other officers, was held after the firing incident in which CRPF is reported to have fired at the mob.

Two other senior officers -- SP (North city) Abdul Rashid and DSP (North city) Hameed -- were also moved out.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263860/Srinagar-SSP-removed-after-firing-incident.html

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Terror to top Rao’s Pak tour agenda

Jun 21st, 2010

India’s concerns on terrorism emanating from Pakistan have not diminished and a dialogue to address issue is the way forward for improving relations between the two neighbours.

In fact, this philosophy of India refraining from adopting an “accusatory mode” will be the underlying theme when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao meets Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad on June 24, official sources said here on Sunday.

She will focus on terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and Home Minister P Chidambaram will have more detailed discussions with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on the issue during the SAARC internal Ministers’ conference on June 26 in Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263964/Terror-to-top-Rao%E2%80%99s-Pak-tour-agenda.html

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Madani drew Nazeer into grid

Jun 21st, 2010

Even as Fast Track Court (5) of Bangalore is to examine in detail the anticipatory bail application of Abdul Nasser Madani, 31st accused in the 2008 bombings case, on Tuesday, reports from the Karnataka capital say the police have accused him of being part of the terror group that had planned and executed the blasts.

The additional chargesheet submitted at the Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Bangalore by the Karnataka Police says the objective of the perpetrators of the blasts was to wage jihad in India and to trigger insurgency by destabilising the country economically. The chargesheet was submitted in the court on June 11.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263952/Madani-drew-Nazeer-into-grid.html

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Ethnic Uzbeks refuse to go home

Jun 21st, 2010

Thousands of ethnic Uzbeks massed on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are refusing to return to their homes in southern Kyrgyzstan, saying they fear for their lives. Kyrgyz troops entered the border village of Suratash early Sunday and tried to reassure refugees that it was safe to return home. The refugees declined, saying they don’t trust Kyrgyz authorities to provide protection.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263914/Ethnic-Uzbeks-refuse-to-go-home.html

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Afghanistan, Pakistan begin Taliban talks

Karin Brulliard and Karen DeYoung

Jun 21st, 2010

Afghanistan and Pakistan are talking about how to make peace with insurgents fighting US troops in Afghanistan, including one faction con- sidered the coalition forces' most lethal foe, according to Pakistani and US officials.

The discussions reflect the beginnings of a thaw in relations between Kabul and Islamabad, which are focused on shaping the after- math of what they fear could be a more abrupt withdrawal of US troops than is now anticipated.

But one element of the effort -- outreach by Pakistan to the militia head- ed by the young command- er Sirajuddin Haqqani -- faces opposition from US officials, who consider the Al-Qaeda-linked group too brutal to be tolerated.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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25 Saudi Gitmo prisoners return to militancy

June 21, 2010

RIYADH: Around 25 former detainees from Guantanamo Bay camp returned to militancy after going through a rehabilitation programme for al Qaeda members in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi security official said on Saturday.

The United States have sent back around 120 Saudis from the detention camp at the US naval base in Cuba, set up after the US launched a “war on terror” following the September 11 attacks by mostly Saudi suicide hijackers sent by al Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has put the returned prisoners along with other al Qaeda suspects through a rehabilitation programme which includes religious re-education by clerics and financial help to start a new life.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\21\story_21-6-2010_pg4_9

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German among 7 foreigners killed in drone attack

21 Jun, 2010

PESHAWAR, June 20: Seven foreigners, among them a German national, were killed on Saturday in the US drone attack on a militant hideout in Enzer Kali village of North Waziristan Agency.

Two missiles had been fired on the underground hideout when a meeting was underway in the village in Mirali tehsil. Sources said a total of 16 local and foreign militants died in the air strike. Ten others were injured.

According to the sources, Mohammad Ali Iamdi, a German national of Lebanese origin, was among the dead. He is the second German national to be killed in North Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/german-among-7-foreigners-killed-in-drone-attack-160

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Benazir’s birth anniversary today: PPP all set to hold blood donation camps

21 Jun, 2010

PESHAWAR, June 20: The 57th birth anniversary of late Benazir Bhutto would be celebrated with great reverence and solemnity in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata on Monday.

“We have chalked put comprehensive programmes to celebrate her 57th birthday by donating blood to pay respect to the champion of democracy,” Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rahimdad Khan told APP here on Sunday.

He said that all the major and local hospitals in the province and agency headquarters hospital in Fata would organise camps where ministers, MNAs, MPAs, PPP district presidents and office-bearers, members of Peoples Lawyers, Women and Youth Forums, will participate in the blood donation campaign.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/benazirs-birth-anniversary-today-ppp-all-set-to-hold-blood-donation-camps-160

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Air strikes kill 24 militants in Mohmand

By S. Hassan Mahmood

21 Jun, 2010

KALAYA: Military aircraft pounded suspected militant positions in upper tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Sunday, killing 20 militants and injuring 17 others. Four hideouts of militants were destroyed in the air strikes, officials said.

Sources said that four civilians, including two women, were also killed and two others injured when a bomb hit the house of one Ghani Akbar in Mamozai area.

The officials said the jets targeted militant positions in Toor Smet, Ghot Kali and Koot Kali in upper tehsil.

The casualties, however, could not be verified from independent sources.

Separately, a militant leader and his three aides were killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in Sheikhan area.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/air-strikes-kill-24-militants-160

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World Cup offers besieged Gazans rare escape

21 June 2010

GAZA CITY - There was standing room only at the seaside cafe as World Cup fans escaped the Gaza Strip’s dreary confinement for a 90-minute match only briefly interrupted by power cuts.

Palestinians have always been avid football fans, but this year’s tournament is drawing record crowds to flag-decked cafes with humming generators across impoverished Gaza, where there are few other ways to pass the time.

“All the people of Gaza have are the sea and the World Cup,” says Abu Mohammed al-Sultan, 44, who set up a projection screen at the beach cafe. “I figured I would combine the two and double my customers.”

Israel and Egypt have sealed Gaza off from all but basic goods and severely limited travel since the June 2006 capture of an Israeli soldier.

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Iraq’s Allawi fears plots to assasinate him

21 June 2010

 Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi, who is locked in a struggle to form a new government after inconclusive polls, said in an interview he had been warned of plots to assassinate him.

Allawi, who won the most seats in March elections but not enough to form a government on his own, told Britain’s The Times newspaper that he had received warnings from American generals and Iraqi officials about plans to kill him.

His growing fear of being killed led him to request extra security measures from the Americans, who put up more concrete barriers around his house.

“I got a letter from the Americans saying that there is a plot against me,” he said.

“Then some other friends in high positions also told me the same thing. These are evil people’s designs.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June571.xml&section=middleeast

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Man accused of trespassing into woman’s flat, raping her Mary Nammour

21 June 2010

 DUBAI — A 35-year-old man faced trial in the Court of First Instance on Sunday, charged with raping a woman after entering into her apartment. The defendant, who is Iranian, also faces charges of trespassing into other’s property and consuming liquor.

The complainant, who is an Indian, told the police that the assault took place on February 24. Recounting the incident, she said she heard her doorbell ringing at 4am on that day. She woke up and without putting her spectacles on, she looked into the doorhole and thought it was the watchman at her door.

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/al-qaeda-warns-of-new-attacks-deadlier-than-before/d/3024


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