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Arab Writers Call for Learning from Israel’s Technology, Democracy and Morality

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lawyers group says all Malaysians have the right to join in the debate on Hudud as it will affect everyone if implemented and not just Muslims. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 2, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Tweet about Turkish PM Erdoğan sparks debate in Saudi Arabia

Arab Writers Call for Learning from Israel’s Technology, Democracy and Morality

S. Arabia Unveils Chinese Ballistic Missiles during its Largest Military Parade

11 children among 18 dead in two Syria bombings

Policeman killed, 3 wounded in twin suicide bombings in Sinai

In Iraq and Syria, a resurgence of foreign suicide bombers

Qaeda leader orders Syria affiliate to stop fighting rivals

Iraq is at the front line of the sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shia

Increasing population is one of Egypt's main problems: El-Sisi

Bahrain deal with Russia upsets US

 

Africa

Algerian Jihadist Vows Allegiance to Al-Qaeda Chief

Nigeria girls' abduction: Parents asked for photographs

Peace talks tentatively set for South Sudan

Nigerian capital car bombing toll rises to 19

Five Libya soldiers killed in Benghazi clashes: Army

At least 9 killed in Ethiopia student riots: Government

OIC willing to help solve crisis in CAR

 

North America

Pakistani Madrasas Cause of Attacks inside Afghanistan: US Special Envoy

White House says it has 'wide range of options' if Iran talks fail

US continues to be soft on Pak terror

Terrorists targeted populated S. Asia areas in ’13: report

Zawahiri treated me in Kabul, American tells US trial

South Sudan president agrees to meet rebel leader, Kerry says

 

Europe

ICC rejects Muslim Brotherhood call to probe Egypt: AFP

UK Afghan detention policy ruled unlawful by High Court

U.N. chief has no direct contact with Assad

 

 

South Asia

'Religious extremists' behind Xinjiang attack: China

Suicide car bomber kills 12 in Afghanistan

Maldives: Politicians, gangs and religious extremists threaten media freedom

Muslims raise fresh fears of hate attacks in Sri Lanka

Transparency Maldives highlights plight of migrant workers on May Day

 

Mideast

Zionist Entity Issues Demolition Orders for West Bank Homes

Israel PM looking to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Qaeda in Yemen denies govt claim that most fighters are foreign

Turkish PM describes murders of minors as ‘capital offense’

Israel prepares to mourn 23,169 casualties of war and terrorism

 

Pakistan

War and talks cannot go together: TTP

Militants planning to use Indus River for movement between provinces

Tribal jirga backs talks with Taliban; calls for extension in ceasefire

Three years after bin Laden's death, Al Qaeda not finished

Pak journalist Hamid Mir appears before panel probing attack on him

Prof Ibrahim expresses reservations over progress in dialogue

PM Nawaz Sharif loan scheme challenged in Federal Shariat Court

Clash between institutions will end soon, says Sindh CM

 

India

After seeking DNA tests, Abu Azmi says true Muslims can’t vote for BJP

Saudi, Indian officials discuss points of a standard employment contract

 

Southeast Asia

Every Malaysian has a right to question the implementation of Hudud, says lawyers group

Another suspect militant arrested trying to flee country – Bernama

58 Held in Philippines over Global ‘Sextortion’ Ring, Victims Include Malaysians

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Arab World

 

Tweet About Turkish PM Erdoğan Sparks Debate in Saudi Arabia

02 May, 2014

A Saudi citizen’s tweet that said Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is eligible to fill the vacant seat of “Caliph” has sparked debate in Saudi Arabia, where the rector of the country’s largest Islamic university inaccurately accused Turkey’s Prime Minister for opening a “nudity club,” while an official issued an apology.

During the 2nd World Congress for Counter-Terrorism concluded in Medina on April 23, Suleiman Aba al-Khayil, the rector of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, responded angrily while commenting on a tweet by a Saudi citizen who expressed admiration for Turkey and said its prime minister deserves being the Islamic Caliph.

According to the reports in the Saudi media published over the past few days, al-Khayil described Turkey as the most lewd and corrupt country in Europe, while accusing Erdoğan of debauchery and opening of a “nudity club.”

Dr. Ahmed al-Tuwaijri, a member of Shoura Council, criticized the rector on May 2 in an opinion piece for Saudi Gazette, titled “We Apologize to Turkey and Prime Minister Erdoğan.”

“It is unacceptable that the rector has ignored Erdoğan’s ferocious Jihad [struggle], his ministers and political party to build a Muslim state,” al-Tuwaijri said. “I also cannot accept his accusations against Erdoğan, who is known for his good manners, straightforwardness and virtue,” he added.

Asking why the rector involved Erdoğan and his country in his difference of opinion with the Saudi citizen who posted the tweet, al-Tuwaijri argued that the speech hurts Turks and the Turkish Prime Minister, while also being “painful” to Saudis and the Saudi King.

“On behalf of the Saudi people, I sincerely apologize to Turkey and Erdoğan for the unfortunate statements made by an irresponsible university rector who will definitely be penalized for what he has said,” al-Tuwaijri concluded his article.

Al-Monitor columnist Dr. Madawi al-Rasheed, however, argued that the rector’s speech reflects the historical tendency in Saudi Wahhabi Islam in denouncing Turkish Islam.

In an article titled “Saudi Wahhabi leaders see Turkish threat over caliphate,” al-Rasheed suggested al-Khayil’s “obsession with nudity is a typical Wahhabi reaction that sees other Muslims as morally inferior and religiously corrupt.”

“The Saudi politico-religious model is gradually losing its allure among its own constituency,” al-Rasheed wrote, while reassuring the rector that “neither Erdoğan, nor [Saudi] rulers are destined to restore the caliphate, at least in the near future.”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tweet-about-turkish-pm-erdogan-sparks-debate-in-saudi-arabia.aspx?pageID=238&nID=65888&NewsCatID=352

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Arab Writers Call for Learning from Israel’s Technology, Democracy and Morality

02 May, 2014

Despite the fact that the Arab media often uses harsh and insulting rhetoric describing Israel or Jews, occasional articles by their intellectuals praise Israel for its achievements.

Such articles mainly compliment Israel for its hi-tech and urge Arab countries to learn from it, explains a new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which compiled these types of pieces over the past year.

Abdullah Bakheet, a Saudi columnist, tweeted last April that unlike the Arabs, “the Jews help create civilization and are not [merely] consuming it.”

“The culture [whose technology] we use to communicate, whose air conditioners we sleep under, whose hospitals we are treated in, and whose cement roofs we pray under, is the culture of the Jews and the Crusaders,” he said.

In February and March of last year, Kuwaiti writer Omar Altabtabaee published three pro-Israel articles, which explained how Israel gained superiority over the region despite its lack of resources.

“Have you ever asked yourself how the small entity called Israel managed to hold the entire world in its palm? Instead of continually cursing the entire world, have you tried to understand how Israel made all those achievements in all areas?” he wrote.

Israel attracts great Jewish minds from all around the world, said Altabtabaee according to the report, adding in another article that “Israel is an entity that lives beside us, has a climate similar to ours, and if we look a bit further we will discover that this entity has no natural resources – and despite all this, it surpasses us!... This entity knows that education is the basis of society and the basis of its culture and unity.”

Egyptian writer Ali Khamis wrote in the Al-Wafd newspaper during the rule of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi, “Jewish revolutions are scientific and Arab ones are tragic. This is the painful truth and the bitter harvest that we have reaped from the winds of the Arab Spring that tore us apart.”

Iraqi writer Mahdi Majid Abdallah wrote an article, titled “Arabs and Muslims should learn from Israeli morality,” on the Elaph website last year.

“I have suffered and still suffer from emotional complexes I inherited from the Arab and Islamic society in which I have lived for a long time.

[These complexes] planted the idea in the heart of society that the Jews are the most lowly and cowardly people and that no one believes them; that they are traitorous, hypocritical, narcissistic, and strive to corrupt nations and peoples; [that they are] a people that anger Allah, and a jealous and resentful people that does not wish well for mankind.... As time passed, and after I met a group of Jewish men and women up close, the fog lifted and the basic assumptions that were solid facts in my mind crumbled and quickly became lies,” he said, according to MEMRI.

Abdallah goes on to mention that Palestinians get medical treatment in Israel. “Would any Arab country agree to treat Israelis this way? Of course [not].”

He also praised Israeli democracy.

“When you watch sessions of the Israeli Knesset, you can see the freedom that Arab MKs enjoy, [despite] their harsh criticism of the Israeli government and even the entire Israeli regime.”

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Arab-writers-call-for-learning-from-Israels-technology-democracy-and-morality-351122

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S. Arabia Unveils Chinese Ballistic Missiles during its Largest Military Parade

02 May, 2014

Saudi Arabia has staged its largest ever military exercise and unveiled its new Chinese-made ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.Saudi ballistic missiles

According to media reports, the Saudi army put on public display its Chinese-made Dongfeng-3 (DF-3) ballistic missiles for the first time during a massive military parade on Thursday.

The maneuvers, which were codenamed ‘Abdullah’s Shield’ were held in the northern, eastern and southern regions of the country, with the Saudi press stating, “tens of thousands of soldiers, backed by military jets, helicopters and ships as well as tankers and anti-missile systems, are participating” in the “largest military exercise in the kingdom’s history.” 130,000 troops were involved, while the Gulf nation also unveiled missiles purchased from China, local media stated.

The General Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Hussian Al Qabeel said, “We are preparing our armed forces to protect the nation. The armed forces do not aim to attack anyone as this is not our wise government’s policy.”

Saudi Arabia unveiled Chinese CSS-2 intermediate-range ballistic missiles publically for the first time, which were bought in 1987 during the Iran-Iraq war.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=149345&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=28&s1=1

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11 children among 18 dead in two Syria bombings

AFP | May 2, 2014

DAMASCUS: Eleven children were among 18 people killed in two bombings in central Syria Friday, state media reported, as al-Qaida's chief called on its Syrian affiliate to stop fighting rival jihadists.

The deadly attacks, in which suicide bombers blew themselves up in vehicles, targeted two towns in Hama province that are majority Alawite, the religious community to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs.

The first bombing, in the town of Jibrin, in the southwest of the province, killed 17 civilians, including the 11 children, state media said.

The second attack hit the town of Al-Humairi and killed one person, state news agency SANA reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 15 people had been killed in the attacks.

They come after a double car bombing claimed by al-Qaida's Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front killed at least 100 people on Tuesday in a majority Alawite district of the central city of Homs.

This week also saw 33 civilians killed in the main northern city of Aleppo on Thursday when government aircraft bombed a popular market in a rebel-held district.

Despite the violence, Syria's government plans to hold the country's first multi-candidate presidential elections in just over a month's time on June 3.

Assad is widely expected to sweep to victory in the vote, the first since a constitutional amendment did away with an old system of presidential referendums.

But 23 other hopefuls have also submitted applications to stand, although only Assad and a maximum of two other candidates are expected to secure sufficient backing in parliament to get their names on the ballot.

The Supreme Constitutional Court is expected to announce which candidates have made the cut on May 6.

The government has not explained how it will organise countrywide elections with violence that has killed more than 150,000 people ravaging much of Syria.

Large swathes of the country are beyond government control and the violence has forced nearly half Syria's citizens to flee their homes.

The conflict in Syria began in March 2011, with peaceful anti-government protests that the regime tried to put down with force.

Much of the opposition took up arms and the country has since sunk into a civil war that has proved impervious to international mediation efforts.

Since early January, moderate and Islamist rebels, along with Al-Nusra Front, have also been battling against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The group has gained notoriety for abuses against both civilians and rival opposition fighters.

ISIL has its roots in Al-Qaeda's Iraq arm, but has since fallen out with the organisation, whose chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has regularly called on it to leave Syria and focus on Iraq.

In a new audio recording posted online Friday, Zawahiri for the first time ordered Al-Nusra's chief Mohammed al-Jolani to end fighting with ISIL.

Zawahiri ordered that "all soldiers of the Front immediately cease fighting" other jihadist groups.

Instead, he urged Jolani to "devote himself to combat the enemies of Islam, specifically Baathists, Shiites and their allies."

The Baath is Syria's ruling party, which is headed by Assad.

Zawahiri also repeated his call for ISIL to leave Syria, urging the group's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to "devote himself to wounded Iraq, which needs you to redouble your efforts" there.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/11-children-among-18-dead-in-two-Syria-bombings/articleshow/34534307.cms

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Policeman killed, 3 wounded in twin suicide bombings in Sinai

02 May, 2014

One Egyptian soldier was killed on Friday and at least seven more people wounded in two suicide attacks in South Sinai and another policeman died in a Cairo bomb attack, official sources said.

Militant attacks in Egypt have spiraled since the army deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July, with tensions ratcheting up further ahead of elections for a new leader at the end of the month.

The fatal South Sinai attack occurred in El-Tur, a town on the main road between Cairo and the tourist resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. Three other members of the police and one soldier were injured, according to an Interior Ministry statement posted on Facebook.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Policeman-killed-3-wounded-in-twin-suicide-bombings-in-Sinai-351148

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In Iraq and Syria, a resurgence of foreign suicide bombers

02 May, 2014

Shortly before Abdul Waheed Majeed, a 41-year-old British truck driver, blew himself up in an attack on a Syrian prison, he brushed aside a question in Arabic.

"I'm sorry, I can't speak it," he said in a video. "My tongue bro'... it's got like a knot in it."

That suicide-bomb attack on Feb. 6 by the Pakistani-born Majeed, appeared to be part of a resurgence of such attacks that represented a disturbing shift in tactics among radical jihadists in the sectarian killing grounds of Syria and Iraq.

Many of them have been carried out by foreigners drawn to the conflicts from across the region and from Europe, U.S. and European security and intelligence officials say.

Will McCants, an expert at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, said given the rapid increase of foreign fighters in Syria "if the war drags on, the number of fighters will far eclipse those we saw in Afghanistan."

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/05/02/In-Iraq-and-Syria-a-resurgence-of-foreign-suicide-bombers.html

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Qaeda leader orders Syria affiliate to stop fighting rivals

2 May 2014

Al-Qaeda’s leader ordered the group’s Syrian affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, to end fighting with jihadist rivals, in an audiotape published online Friday.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a message to Al-Nusra chief Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, ordered that “all soldiers of the front immediately cease fighting” other jihadist groups.

Powerful rebel groups in Syria, including Al-Nusra Front, have been locked in fierce fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since January that has killed thousands of fighters.

ISIS was initially welcomed by other rebels, who have been fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since 2011, but allegations of brutal abuses against civilians as well as rival opposition fighters sparked a backlash.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/02/Qaeda-leader-orders-Syria-affiliate-to-stop-fighting-rivals-.html

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Iraq is at the front line of the sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shia

02 May, 2014

Iraq is holding the first parliamentary elections in the country since the withdrawal of US troops in December 2011. According to analysts, the voters' preferences are likely to be determined mostly by their religion and ethnicity. Some 22 million Iraqis are registered to vote, with almost 50,000 polling stations open across the country. According to the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, there are over 9,000 registered candidates from 276 political organizations. The Voice of Russia talked to Abdel-wahab El-Affendi, Political Scientist at the University of Westminster, a specialist on Islam, Middle East politics and Democracy.

The "State of Law " coalition, headed by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, is believed to be among the front-runners despite criticism.

During the campaign, numerous parties and coalitions accused each other of politicizing the security sphere. In particular, Maliki, a practicing Muslim Shiite, criticized his opponents for creating obstacles in the fight against terrorism.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_01/Iraq-is-at-the-front-line-of-the-sectarian-conflict-between-Sunnis-and-Shia-political-analyst-7853/

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Increasing population is one of Egypt's main problems: El-Sisi

02 May, 2014

Presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Thursday that Egypt's increasing population was one of the country's most pressing problems, state news agency MENA reported.

In a meeting with a group from the National Population Council (NPC), the former general also spoke about democracy, corruption, fair opportunity and investing manpower for an economic leap.

Speaking to a group of experts, he equated the rise in corruption with the vanishing of the middle class, which he said destroys accountability in state institutions and individuals.

"The middle class in society has suffered a great deal because of low incomes and their inability to fulfil their demands, which is what contributed to rising levels of corruption," El-Sisi said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/100291/Egypt/Politics-/Increasing-population-is-one-of-Egypts-main-proble.aspx

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Bahrain deal with Russia upsets US

02 May, 2014

WASHINGTON: The United States disapproves of a decision by Bahrain to sign an investment cooperation deal with Russia at a time when US and European governments are imposing sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, an official said.

“With Russia continuing its efforts to destabilize Ukraine, this is not the time for any country to conduct business as usual with Russia,” a US State Department official said.

“We have raised these concerns with the Bahraini government.”

In a statement on Tuesday, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Bahraini sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat to identify and work together on investment opportunities in their countries.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/564401

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Africa

 

Algerian jihadist vows allegiance to al-Qaeda chief

02 May, 2014

Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whose group occupied northern Mali in 2012, pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a statement posted Wednesday on Islamist websites.

Belmokhtar was a leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which, along with other armed Islamist groups, took advantage of a military coup in 2012 to occupy northern Mali before being driven out by French and African troops.

The elusive Islamist, who staged the deadly siege of an Algerian gas plant last year, was thought to have been killed in Mali, but security sources told AFP in mid-April he had moved into Libya and remained active.

"We declare our faith in the policies of our emir, Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri... because we are convinced of the fairness of his approach," Belmokhtar said in the statement.

He specifically mentioned Zawahiri's latest comments on in-fighting between Islamist rebels in Syria that has killed hundreds since January.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/05/01/Algerian-jihadist-vows-allegiance-to-al-Qaeda-chief.html

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Nigeria girls' abduction: Parents asked for photographs

02 May, 2014

Police in Nigeria have appealed to parents of more than 200 abducted schoolgirls to come forward with photographs of the daughters.

The girls were taken from their school in Borno state by suspected Islamist militants more than two weeks ago.

Borno state's police chief told the BBC the authorities needed to confirm exactly who was missing as the school records had been burned in the attack.

He said it was now thought that 223 girls were still missing.

The Islamist group Boko Haram has not made any response to the accusation that its fighters abducted the girls from the school in Chibok town in the middle of the night on 14 April 2014.

The group, whose name means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language, has staged a wave of attacks in northern Nigeria in recent years, with an estimated 1,500 killed in the violence and subsequent security crackdown this year alone.

'Girls from several schools'

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27256860

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Peace talks tentatively set for South Sudan

02 May, 2014

South Sudan’s president agreed on Friday to meet with his rival as soon as next week to jumpstart peace talks that have been stalled for months and, potentially, lay groundwork for a new government to bring the world’s newest nation out of bloodshed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for about 90 minutes with President Salva Kiir in his office compound in the capital Juba and emerged to announce a tentative agreement for the peace talks as early as next week in Ethiopia. The prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has agreed to mediate the talks.

Kerry said Mr. Kiir’s rival, the former vice president-turned-rebel Riek Machar, has previously indicated he would engage in cease-fire discussions. The American diplomat said he hoped to speak to Mr. Machar later on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/peace-talks-tentatively-set-for-south-sudan/article5969925.ece

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Nigerian capital car bombing toll rises to 19

02 May, 2014

The death toll from a car bomb that exploded on a busy road in Nigeria’s capital on Thursday night has now risen to at least 19, police said on Friday from the city that within days hosts an international conference.

The bomb was detonated near a checkpoint where a massive explosion on April 14 had killed at least 75 people. That blast was claimed by the Boko Haram terrorist network in a video on April 19 that threatened further assaults.

The government is deploying 6,000 police personnel to protect the May 7—9 World Economic Forum on Africa, with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as an honoured guest, in Abuja. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan last week assured delegates they would be safe.

The explosion occurred in a working class suburb — just a fifteen-minute drive from the presidential villa and the hotel venue of the conference.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/nigerian-capital-car-bombing-toll-rises-to-19/article5969637.ece

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Five Libya soldiers killed in Benghazi clashes: Army

02 May, 2014

At least five Libyans soldiers were killed on Friday in clashes with gunmen in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, military sources and medics said.

The clashes broke out when armed men stormed the Benghazi police station, prompting a unit of special forces to intervene to push them out, an officer said on condition of anonymity.

At least five soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded as fighting broke out in several parts of the city, medics and the military source said.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/100300/World/Region/Five-Libya-soldiers-killed-in-Benghazi-clashes-Arm.aspx

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At least 9 killed in Ethiopia student riots: Government

02 May, 2014

At least nine people have been killed and 70 injured at student protests in southern Ethiopia this week, including in a grenade attack, the government said in a statement late Thursday.

The government blamed "anti-peace" forces for inciting violence, while opposition groups accused the police of brutality.

According to a statement on the state news agency, mass demonstrations caused "loss of lives and property" in several university towns in Oromia, Ethiopia's largest region.

The riots, which began Wednesday after "students confused by deliberately misleading rumours and gossips created havoc", had been brought under control, it added.

Five people were killed in Ambo, about 125 kilometres (80) south of Addis Ababa, and another three people killed near Bidire, about 415 kilometres (260 miles) from the capital, the statement read, without giving details on how they died.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/100309/World/International/At-least--killed-in-Ethiopia-student-riots-Governm.aspx

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OIC willing to help solve crisis in CAR

02 May, 2014

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is willing to find a political solution to the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis and is ready to intervene in the humanitarian field to support economic development, according to OIC Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani.

Madani emphasized the need to establish a national dialogue that satisfies all parties and added that the success of national dialogue will undoubtedly contribute to the return of peace and security in the country.

These statements came during a meeting with the President of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, and Prime Minister Nzapayeke.

A high-level ministerial delegation from the OIC on Tuesday met with the president and prime minister during a visit of solidarity to assess the situation in the CAR, an observer state at the OIC, that is being torn apart by conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/564421

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North America

 

Pakistani Madrasas Cause of Attacks inside Afghanistan: US Special Envoy

 May 02 2014

The US Special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins criticized Islamabad for not taking appropriate measures to curb terrorism in Pakistan.

Dobbins has said that religious seminaries (Madrasas) in Fata and Balochistan were the cause of attacks inside Afghanistan and India.

While speaking to US lawmakers, Dobbins insisted on Islamabad’s vital role in resolving the crisis in Afghanistan.

He also expressed concerns regarding the relations between Islamabad and Washington, and said that the relations between the two nations had become “abysmally low and gravely worst.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-madrasas-cause-of-attacks-inside-afghanistan-dobbins-6052

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White House says it has 'wide range of options' if Iran talks fail

02 May, 2014

WASHINGTON - A senior Obama administration official says the president is prepared to consider "a wide range of options" should negotiations with Iran fail to reach a comprehensive agreement over its nuclear program.

"If talks break down, and if Iran is not negotiating in good faith, we are prepared to work with Congress to impose more sanctions," said Jake Sullivan, the deputy assistant to the president, when asked by The Jerusalem Post what the logic is behind revisiting sanctions policy should diplomacy fail in Vienna.

Sullivan addressed an audience at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which was hosting its annual forum. This year, the gathering focused on threats permeating from the Middle East.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Israel-fears-trouble-in-Iran-negotiations-Dermer-says-351106

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US continues to be soft on Pak terror

Chidanand Rajghatta,TNN | May 2, 2014

WASHINGTON: "Pakistan did not confront Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, who continued to operate, train, rally, and fundraise in Pakistan with its front organizations".... "Some terrorist groups forged alliances with certain political parties, including religiously-based political parties"... "UN-designated terrorist organizations in Pakistan continue to avoid sanctions by reconstituting themselves under different names, often with little effort to hide their connections to previously banned groups."

These are just some of the fleeting observations regarding Pakistan's well-chronicled reputation as the hub of terrorism in the US State Department's annual report on terrorism for 2013 released on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-continues-to-be-soft-on-Pak-terror/articleshow/34505365.cms

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Terrorists targeted populated S. Asia areas in ’13: report

02 May, 2014

WASHINGTON: In 2013, terrorists in South Asia carried out operations in heavily populated areas and continued to target regional government representatives and US citizens, says a US State Department report (partly reported in Thursday’s issue).

The country reports on terrorism, released on Wednesday, warned that South Asia remained “a front line” in the battle against terrorism.

Al Qaeda maintained ties with other terrorist organisations in the region, such as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and the Haqqani network, and such alliances continued to provide additional resources and capabilities to the terrorists, the report said.

On a number of occasions, civilians in South Asia were wounded or killed in terrorist actions.

The report said that India remained severely affected by and vulnerable to terrorism, “including from Pakistan-based groups and their affiliates” as well as left-wing violent extremists.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103614/terrorists-targeted-populated-s-asia-areas-in-13-report

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Zawahiri treated me in Kabul, American tells US trial

May 02, 2014

NEW YORK - An American Islamist told Thursday of how Osama bin Laden’s then deputy treated him for a cold with honey and seeds, as a New York trial heard intriguing new details of everyday life inside Al-Qaeda.

Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri, credited with being the brains behind the extremist network, became as head of Al-Qaeda when Bin Laden was killed by US troops three years ago.

James Ujaama, 48, told the trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza that he fell ill with a “very bad cold” while in Kabul in late 2000, a year before the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington “He treated me,” Ujaama told US prosecutor John Cronan, who flashed up a picture of the bearded Zawahiri. Ujaama said he didn’t know Zawahiri’s name or position at the time.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/02-May-2014/zawahiri-treated-me-in-kabul-american-tells-us-trial

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South Sudan president agrees to meet rebel leader, Kerry says

02 May, 2014

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has agreed to Ethiopian-mediated and direct talks with rebel leader Riek Machar aimed at implementing a ceasefire and setting up a transitional government, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Juba, Kerry said President Kiir was "willing to travel to Addis Ababa in the near term, sometime early next week hopefully in order to engage in a discussion with the (Ethiopian) prime minister and hopefully with Riek Machar."

Kerry said that Machar had already agreed to such a meeting, but that he would be holding further telephone talks with him later Friday to set up the face-to-face talks -- which would be the first to be held since South Sudan's civil war broke out four months ago.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/05/02/South-Sudan-president-agrees-to-meet-rebel-leader-Kerry-says.html

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Europe

 

ICC rejects Muslim Brotherhood call to probe Egypt: AFP

02 May, 2014

The International Criminal Court said on Thursday it had rejected a bid by the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to probe the military's alleged crimes against humanity in Egypt.

"A communication seeking to accept the jurisdiction of the ICC over Egypt has been dismissed as not presented on behalf of the concerned State," the ICC said in a statement.

The request had been made on behalf of the Freedom and Justice Party of former Islamist president Morsi, ousted in July amid days of protests against him, in what his supporters say was a coup.

The Brotherhood in December filed a complaint with the ICC seeking an investigation of alleged crimes against humanity committed since June 2013.

Since Morsi's ouster, hundreds of his supporters have been killed and thousands detained.

Morsi, himself, stands in trial for allegedly plotting attacks and jail breaks.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/100295/Egypt/Politics-/ICC-rejects-Muslim-Brotherhood-call-to-probe-Egypt.aspx

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UK Afghan detention policy ruled unlawful by High Court

02 May, 2014

The detention policy adopted by UK forces in Afghanistan is unlawful, the High Court has said.

Serdar Mohammed, who was held in 2010 on suspicion of being a Taliban commander, is seeking damages for alleged breaches of his human rights.

The ruling centres on his detention for more than 100 days on UK bases.

The Ministry of Defence said the decision could hamper the security of troops on the ground and that it would appeal.

Mr Mohammed's lawyers successfully argued in court that his rights were breached under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The judge, Mr Justice Leggatt, said Mr Mohammed's arrest and initial detention for 96 hours had been lawful but it had then been unlawful to hold him on UK military bases for a further 106 days.

Full report at:

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27255803

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U.N. chief has no direct contact with Assad

2 May 2014

The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he has given up on a direct communication with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad because the latter “was not keeping his promises.”

In an interview with Talal al-Haj, Al Arabiya News Channel’s New York/ U.N. bureau chief, Ban explained that he started using his special representative to communicate with the Syrian government.

“I had been speaking with him many times at the beginning of this crisis… when he was not keeping his promises, and I had been thinking that it would not be useful for me, and there was no such need, I’ve been basically using my joint special representative,” he said on Al Arabiya News Channel’s program Diplomatic Avenue.

Discussing the future of Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations’ envoy for Syria, Ban confirmed that Brahimi, despite expressing concerns about the Syrian situation, will continue to perform his duties.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/05/02/U-N-chief-no-direct-communication-with-Assad.html

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South Asia

 

'Religious extremists' behind Xinjiang attack: China

02 May, 2014

China has said that members of a religious extremist group were behind Wednesday night’s attack on a railway station in the western Xinjiang region that left at least 3 people killed and 79 injured.

Officials said on Thursday that two of those killed were assailants who had detonated explosive devices outside the railway station in Urumqi, the provincial capital, and then attacked bystanders with knives.

The Xinjiang provincial government identified one of the attackers who was killed as a local Uighur, Sedirin Sawut (39), from Aksu in southern Xinjiang. The Uighurs are an ethnic Turkic group native to Xinjiang.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/religious-extremists-behind-xinjiang-attack-china/article5966760.ece

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Suicide car bomber kills 12 in Afghanistan

02 May, 2014

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives in a usually peaceful region of Afghanistan, killing at least 12 people, provincial officials said.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said six policemen and six road construction workers were killed when the bomber struck in fiercely anti-Taliban Panjshir province. Local officials said 30 civilians were wounded.

“Six police were killed, and seven civilians,” Abdul Aziz Ghairat, police chief of Panjshir province, told AFP. “A number of other civilians and security forces were wounded.”

The mountainous northern province was an important rallying area for the anti-Taliban forces that helped toppled the militant group’s government in late 2001.

The Taliban vowed to disrupt a presidential election in April but failed to pull off any major attacks and the vote went ahead mostly peacefully.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/702814/suicide-car-bomber-kills-12-in-afghanistan/

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Maldives: Politicians, gangs and religious extremists threaten media freedom

By Ahmed Rilwan | May 1st, 2014

Maldivian journalists have reported threats from political parties, gangs, religious extremists, parliamentarians and the government.

A landmark “Threat Analysis Report” by the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) found that 84 percent of journalists surveyed reported being threatened at least once, while five percent reported being threatened on a daily basis.

Journalists identified political parties to be the top source of threat. Gangs, religious extremists and parliament placed second while the government was rated third.

The MBC also unveiled a “Broadcast Content and Complaints During Presidential Election 2013” on Wednesday which found former President Mohamed Nasheed received the most negative coverage of any of the presidential candidates across all stations except opposition aligned broadcaster Raajje TV.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/politicians-gangs-and-religious-extremists-threaten-media-freedom-83908

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Muslims raise fresh fears of hate attacks in Sri Lanka

AFP | May 2, 2014

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Muslim legislators on Friday asked President Mahinda Rajapakse to protect their minority community from "Buddhist extremist elements" blamed for a recent spate of hate attacks.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, an umbrella organisation of Muslim groups, said 16 out of the 18 Muslim parliamentarians had asked the president to intervene and halt the attacks.

"Muslim parliamentarians wish to bring to your excellency's kind attention the continued hate campaign, intimidation and threats to Muslims, carried out by some Buddhist extremist elements," the MPs said in a joint letter.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Muslims-raise-fresh-fears-of-hate-attacks-in-Sri-Lanka/articleshow/34523094.cms

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Transparency Maldives highlights plight of migrant workers on May Day

By Zaheena Rasheed | May 1st, 2014

Advocacy NGO Transparency Maldives (TM) has assisted 560 migrant workers with cases of non-payment of wages, poor working and housing conditions, withholding of identification documents and forced labor.

“People need to be more outraged. Migrant workers are not of our nationality, but they are human beings. Maldivians need to consider their plight, especially on May Day,” TM’s Advocacy and Communications Manager Aiman Rasheed told Minivan News.

The NGO estimates there are an estimated 200,000 migrant workers in the country – a figure that amounts to two thirds of the Maldives population.

“But migrant workers have few rights and do not have access to justice. They often face threats or violence even for speaking out about injustices,” Aiman said.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/transparency-maldives-highlights-plight-of-migrant-workers-on-may-day-83914

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Mideast

 

Zionist Entity Issues Demolition Orders for West Bank Homes

02 May, 2014

Palestine: Zionist bulldozers demolish homes in West BankThe Zionist authorities on Thursday issued demolition orders for two Palestinian buildings and a barn in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

"The Israelis gave the Palestinian owners 45 days to demolish the properties," Hassan Breijieh, coordinator of a local committee that opposes construction of Zionist settlements on Palestinian land, told media outlets.

According to Breijieh, Zionist forces stormed Al-Khader village and presented the owners of two buildings – a car wash and a barn used for horse breeding – with official demolition orders.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=149235

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Israel PM looking to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

02 May, 2014

JERUSALEM: Israel will seek to anchor its status as the national homeland of the Jewish people in law, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

“One of my main missions as prime minister of Israel is to bolster the status of the State of Israel as the national state of our people,” Netanyahu said in a speech in Tel Aviv, a transcript of which was provided by his office.

“To this end, it is my intention to submit a basic law to the Knesset (parliament) that would provide a constitutional anchor for Israel's status as the national state of the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu has made recognition of Israel as a Jewish state a key demand in the crisis-hit peace talks with the Palestinians which formally drew to a close on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103521/israel-pm-looking-to-enshrine-jewish-state-in-law

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Qaeda in Yemen denies govt claim that most fighters are foreign

02 May, 2014

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has denied a claim by Yemen’s president that 70 percent of its fighters in Yemen are foreigners, according to SITE Intelligence Group which monitors radical websites.

President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Tuesday that 70 percent of al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen were foreigners naming Brazil, the Netherlands, Australia and France among the countries where militants came from.

Yemen launched a new military offensive this week against Islamist militants in the south of the country. At least 13 militants, including a commander from Uzbekistan, were killed on Thursday, the third day of the offensive, security sources said.

“The vast majority of the mujahideen are from the sons of this Muslim country, where they were brought together by the brotherhood of faith, and they, with grace from Allah, are rooted in their tribes and among their Muslim brothers,” al-Qaeda’s Yemeni wing said in a statement, translated by SITE.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/02/Qaeda-in-Yemen-denies-govt-claim-that-most-fighters-are-foreign.html

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Turkish PM describes murders of minors as ‘capital offense’

02 May, 2014

Aggravated penalties for the murder of children are on the agenda of the Justice Ministry following the death of minors across the country, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said May 2, describing recent murders as “almost capital offenses.”

“The Justice Ministry is working on the subject. These incidents are a kind of capital offense. Even though the death sentence will not come back, I have instructed [justice officials to impose] aggravated penalties,” Erdoğan said, adding that aggravated life imprisonment was on the agenda in order to prevent such crimes. 

Erdoğan also dismissed chemical interventions as punishment options.

One after another

Turkey has been shocked by the recent murders of children. On April 29, a 6-year-old girl who went missing on April 27 was found dead by a special police unit after a search operation in the southern province of Adana’s Seyhan district, in the third case of child murder this month.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-describes-murders-of-minors-as-capital-offense.aspx?pageID=238&nID=65902&NewsCatID=338

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Israel prepares to mourn 23,169 casualties of war and terrorism

02 May, 2014

Israel is set to pay tribute to 23,169 casualties of war and terrorism who have fallen since 1860.

On Sunday evening, events marking the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism will be held around the country.

The Defense Ministry said 57 newly fallen had been added to the casualty count since the last Day of Remembrance in 2013, and that an additional 50 disabled IDF veterans died due to their disability.

The number of bereaved family members stands at 17,038, of which 2,141 are orphans, and 4,966are IDF widows.

The Defense Ministry is preparing for the arrival of over a million and a half people at military cemeteries across the country.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Israel-prepares-to-mourn-23169-casualties-of-war-and-terrorism-351137

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Pakistan

 

War and talks cannot go together: TTP

02 May, 2014

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan warned on Thursday that the peace dialogue with the government might not yield the desired results if the state keeps using force as a tool.

“We are holding peace talks in the interest of Islam and Muslims. However, we will not allow the government to use these talks as a war or political tool,” the organisation said in a statement from spokesman Shahidullah Shahid. The statement was emailed to the newspapers’ offices. It comes a day after army chief Gen Raheel Sharif said the insurgents “must accept the state’s writ”. “War and talks cannot go together,” the statement read, adding that was it the Taliban’s “responsibility to make the talks successful”, a spokesman said.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/02-May-2014/war-and-talks-cannot-go-together-ttp

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Militants planning to use Indus River for movement between provinces

02 May, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Security agencies have started surveillance of the Indus River on the basis of an intelligence report that outlawed militant groups were planning to use the waterway for transporting arms and ammunition and kidnapped persons between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the provinces of Punjab and Sindh.

Officials in intelligence agencies, interior ministry and the capital police told Dawn that the outlawed Al Qaeda and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had chosen the waterway in order to skip security checking on motorways, national highways and other land routes.

There are only three points where militants can be intercepted on the River Indus - Sukkur Barrage, Gudu Barrage and Kotri Barrage in Sindh, the officials said. Apart from that, there are no security pickets on the river right from KP to the Sukkur Barrage.

Even at the three barrages, the security measures are aimed at protecting the water reservoirs - not countering the movement of militants.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103673/militants-planning-to-use-indus-river-for-movement-between-provinces

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Tribal jirga backs talks with Taliban; calls for extension in ceasefire

02 May, 2014

PESHAWAR – A tribal peace jirga organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami here on Thursday overwhelmingly supported the ongoing negotiations with Taliban, called for an extension in ceasefire and appealed to both the sides to remove hurdles blocking peace process.

The jirga appreciated the efforts of both the government and Taliban’s negotiating committees. The jirga demanded political, democratic, economic and educational reforms in FATA to bring the tribal people at par with the people of rest of the country.

Addressing jirga, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Siraj-ul-Haq said they want justice and parity in Pakistan as only society based on justice and equity can survive in the world. He said common people were patriot and they were ready to render sacrifices to defend the motherland.

Head of Taliban’s dialogue committee Samiul Haq said all tribal elders fully support peace talks. He said all the people would have to gather at single platform to achieve lasting peace. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/01-May-2014/tribal-jirga-backs-taliban-talks-calls-for-extension-in-ceasefire

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Three years after bin Laden's death, Al Qaeda not finished

02 May, 2014

Three years ago today, US Special Forces assassinated Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound. Occurring in the midst of the Arab Spring revolutions that were taking root, many believed that with the death of the group's leader and its entire ideology being discredited by regime changes occurring via peaceful protest rather than violence, al-Qaeda was finished.

In hindsight, this turned out to be a wildly optimistic forecast: as the Arab Spring faltered, al-Qaeda and like-minded groups have flourished, controlling territory and launching a steady stream of terrorist attacks.

There have been huge shifts in the Middle East's political landscape during the past three years, with three of bin Laden's former foes - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak - have been deposed (with Gaddafi subsequently being murdered).

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_02/Three-years-after-bin-Ladens-death-Al-Qaeda-not-finished-9475/

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Pak journalist Hamid Mir appears before panel probing attack on him

PTI | May 2, 2014

KARACHI: Senior Pakistani TV journalist Hamid Mir, confined to a wheelchair after surviving an assassination attempt, on Friday recorded his statement before a judicial commission probing the attack on him.

The three-member probe panel, constituted by the Supreme Court to investigate the attack, held its proceedings at the Supreme Court's Karachi registry.

The inquiry commission headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman conducted the judicial proceeding in a closed room where Hamid Mir appeared on a wheelchair and recorded his statement.

The commission comprising three Supreme Court judges was formed last week to probe the attack on Mir. The commission has three weeks to submit its report. A reward of Rs 1 crore has been announced for those who help identify the attackers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-journalist-Hamid-Mir-appears-before-panel-probing-attack-on-him/articleshow/34530589.cms

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Prof Ibrahim expresses reservations over progress in dialogue

May 02, 2014

PESHAWAR- A member of Taliban talks committee Professor Ibrahim today expressed reservations over the progress in government's dialogue with Taliban.

Talking to journalists, Ibrahim complained that the government had failed to form a committee that held meaningful dialogue with Taliban. He said the possibility of progress in the talks was vanishing due to absence of a trustworthy government committee. The Taliban negotiator said he was in contact with Maulana Yousuf  Shah and hopeful for progress in dialogue. He said that the peace process could move forward if the government supported it seriously. The professor said that he was trying to maintain trust between the two sides. Answering a question, he replied "We have not talked with the Taliban Shura about extension in ceasefire."

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/02-May-2014/prof-ibrahim-expresses-reservations-over-progress-in-dialogue

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PM Nawaz Sharif loan scheme challenged in Federal Shariat Court

May 02, 2014

Lahore- Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif loan scheme has been challenged in Federal Shariat Court (FSC).

As per private news channel the petitioner Pakistan Tehreek-e-Inqilab (PTI) while challenging the loan scheme has taken the plea that the loan scheme is interest based, illegal and unconstitutional as per Islamic laws. Therefore, the court should ban this scheme. The registrar of the court has received the petition and now the court will decide about its maintainability.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/02-May-2014/pm-loan-scheme-challenged-in-federal-shariat-court

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Clash between institutions will end soon, says Sindh CM

May 2, 2014

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that the clash between institutions is unfortunate but it will end soon. The media has supported the Sindh government during the targeted operation and it should help in bringing investment to the province as well, he said.

Addressing a dinner hosted by Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon in honour of the office-bearers of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors and Pakistan Broadcasters Association, he said the crime rate in Sindh has dropped because of the operation in which many target killers, extortionists and terrorists have been arrested.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/703039/dinner-speech-clash-between-institutions-will-end-soon-says-sindh-cm/

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India

 

After seeking DNA tests, Abu Azmi says true Muslims can’t vote for BJP

02 May, 2014

A day after making controversial comments that Muslims who do not vote for his party are not “true Muslims”, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi on Friday said true Muslims cannot vote for BJP.

“BJP has always been cruel and unjust towards Muslims. Then how can a true Muslim vote for the BJP? When Mulayam Singh was the chief minister, he saved the Babri Masjid from getting demolished,” Azmi said.

“There was a time when the madrasas in UP were termed as dens of the ISI. But after the SP government came in power, they got justice. Now no one dares to relate madrasas to the ISI,” he said.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/after-seeking-dna-tests-abu-azmi-says-true-muslims-cant-vote-for-bjp/

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Saudi, Indian officials discuss points of a standard employment contract

02 May, 2014

The first Saudi-Indian joint committee meeting on labor issues concluded Thursday, coinciding with International Labor Day, also known as May Day or International Workers’ Day.

The global celebration upholds the working class by promoting the global international labor movement.

A delegation from the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, comprising R. Buhril, protector-general of emigrants, and Iqbal Singh Bains, joint secretary of the emigration policy, held the first committee meeting on Wednesday and Thursday with the Kingdom's representatives, led by Ahmed Al-Fahaid, deputy labor minister for international affairs.

The meeting is being held to follow up on an agreement that was recently signed for the recruitment of domestic workers between the Kingdom and India.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/564486

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Southeast Asia

 

Every Malaysian has a right to question the implementation of hudud, says lawyers group

02 May, 2014

Any unwarranted or excessive form of Islamisation would affect non-Muslims at some point and it is therefore outrageous for Muslim rights group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) to warn them to stay out of the hudud debate, a lawyers group said today.

"Hudud  will fundamentally change the legal lanscape if it is implemented and has far-reaching implications on the Malaysian society," Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen said today.

He was responding to remarks by Isma's president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman who had said yesterday that non-Muslims in the country had no right to oppose the plan to implement hudud and they should understand that there were limitations to what they could say.

Non-Muslims, said Abdullah, “should be thankful that they have more than what they need in this country”.

“I don't see what their contributions are for them to be given so many privileges in the first place,” he had said on the sidelines of a two-day International Muslim Thinkers Conference organised by the group in Kuala Lumpur.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/every-malaysian-has-a-right-to-question-the-implementation-of-hudud-says-la

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Another suspect militant arrested trying to flee country – Bernama

02 May, 2014

Another individual believed to be involved in militant activities was detained in the federal capital yesterday, bringing to 11 the number of people arrested so far, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said today.

He said the suspect was arrested while attempting to flee the country.

"We are tracking down the remnants of the group in the Royal Malaysia Police's (PDRM) list," he told a media conference here.

Last April 28, nine individuals, aged between 22 and 55 and believed to be involved in militant activities, were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Division, Special Branch, Bukit Aman police.

Three of them were arrested in Kedah and six in Selangor. The following day, another individual was arrested in Kuala Lumpur.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/arrested-malaysian-militants-wanted-to-fight-in-syria-says-security-officia

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58 Held in Philippines over Global ‘Sextortion’ Ring, Victims Include Malaysians

02 May, 2014

Fifty-eight people have been arrested in the Philippines for their involvement in a giant, global Internet "sextortion" network, local police and Interpol announced today..

Victims have been lured by people posing as attractive, young women into giving sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves online, then blackmailed sometimes repeatedly for many thousands of dollars, the authorities said.

The 58 arrested in the Philippines were just a small part in an expanding global phenomenon that is being fuelled by the explosion of social media, the director of Interpol's Digital Crime Centre, Sanjay Virmani said.

"The scale of this extortion network is massive," Virmani said.

Philippine police Chief Alan Purisima said the 58 Filipinos arrested would be charged over a range of crimes, including engaging in child pornography, extortion and using technologies to commit fraud.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/58-held-in-philippines-over-global-sextortion-ring

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