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Islamic World News ( 11 March 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

At least 400 killed, 2000 wounded in Libya's east: Medics

Japan quake seventh most powerful ever: USGS

Makkah imam describes protest calls as ‘devilish temptations’

Violence claims six lives in Karachi

Millions stuck in Tokyo as earthquake shuts down subways

Crazy move by Sarkozy on Libya

Gaddafi suspends diplomatic relations with France

Clashes erupt as Yemen protests swell in 'Friday of no return'

‘Day of Rage’ a damp squib

13 Syrian pilgrims killed in road crash near Al-Jouf

World rallies to help devastated Japan

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile

India Inc keeps word, to hire Jammu and Kashmir youth

Anti-Qaddafi forces fight on in Zawiya, Ras Lanouf

'Spare Mecca cleric from frisking during House visit'

Rebels flee Ras Lanuf under heavy attack from Libyan forces

Gemayel: Sunday’s rally is part of Arab transition towards democracy

Libyan opposition counting on Europe

US slaps sanctions against Gaddafi's wife, children, officials

Gaddafi’s son leads charge to take back cities

Libya unrest: Rebels, Gaddafi forces skirmish over 'ghost town'

Killing of sisters in Sopore triggered fear in Valley

Hamid Karzai relative killed by coalition forces

Yemen takes first step to democracy

Jordanians rally for quick reforms

Dozens injured in East Jerusalem clashes

Quarter million people have fled Libya

Yemen president vows reform as protests continue

660 Pakistanis fleeing Libya repatriated through Egypt

US to allies: 'too much talk about leaving Afghanistan'

Tunisian court bans anti-corruption body

Egypt officials held over shooting

Gates warns Nato nations against rushed Afghan exit

US to release data on radiation from airport screening

Indians in Yemen advised to get out

Rebels flee key town under heavy attack

Small earthquake jolts northwest Pakistan

Palestinian kills five members of Israeli family

Women urged to address wider issues in society

Don’t try to rescue Danish hostages again: Pirate

West insensitive towards atrocities in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan’

India's ambassador to Turkey dead

Prince Harry to return to Afghan frontline

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At least 400 killed, 2000 wounded in Libya's east: Medics

Mar 10 2011

Benghazi: At least 400 people have died and 2,000 been wounded in eastern Libya since the uprising broke out against Moammar Gaddafi, medics told reporters in the rebels' Benghazi base.

"There have been 400 dead since the beginning in Derna, Baida, Brega, Benghazi, Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad," Salah Jabar, a medical coordinator for cities held by the rebels in the east, told reporters.

"We counted the people who are dead and wounded in our hospitals," said colleague Jibril Huwaidi when asked about higher death tolls given by the United Nations and rights groups since the Libyan conflict began.

He said there was only one woman among the dead, killed by a stray bullet while on her balcony in Benghazi during clashes between rebels and loyalists.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/760593/

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Japan quake seventh most powerful ever: USGS

Mar 11, 2011

TOKYO: The monster 8.9-magnitude earthquake which hit Japan on Friday was the country's biggest ever and the seventh largest on record, according to US Geological Survey data.

Here are the largest magnitude earthquakes in history, according to the USGS website:

* 9.5, Chile, May 5, 1960. A quake off the coast of southern Chile killed more than 1,600 people and left 2,000,000 homeless.

* 9.2, Alaska, United States, March 27, 1964. A quake and tsunami killed 128 people and caused severe damage to the state's largest city Anchorage.

* 9.1, Indonesia, December 26, 2004. An undersea quake caused a massive tsunami that devastated coastlines in countries around the Indian Ocean, ultimately killing more than 220,000 people.

* 9.0, Russia, November 4, 1952. A quake off the coast of the remote Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east caused Pacific-wide tsunamis.

* 9.0, Peru, August 13, 1868. The port of Arica, which is now part of Chile, was hit by a quake felt up to 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) away.

* 9.0, North America, January 26, 1700. A quake affecting 1,000 kilometres of coastline set off a tsunami that crossed the Pacific Ocean and caused damage to coastal villages in Japan.

* 8.9, Japan, March 11, 2011. An undersea quake off northeast Japan unleashed a 10-metre-high tsunami which left devastation in its wake.

* 8.8, Chilean coast, February 27, 2010. An offshore quake and tsunami killed more than 500 people, most in the coastal area of Maule, 400 kilometres (250 miles) south-west of the capital Santiago.

* 8.8, Ecuador, January 31, 1906. A quake struck off the coast of Ecuador and Colombia and was felt as far away as San Francisco.

* 8.7, Alaska, February 4, 1965. A quake in the remote Rat Islands generated a tsunami reported to be 10 metres high.

* 8.7, Portugal, November 1, 1755. The capital Lisbon was struck by a quake while many residents were in church. A quarter of the city's population perished.

* 8.7, Chile, July 8, 1730. A quake hit the city of Valparaiso, 120 kilometres northwest of the capital Santiago, causing a tsunami which hit more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Japan-quake-seventh-most-powerful-ever-USGS/articleshow/7679108.cms

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Makkah imam describes protest calls as ‘devilish temptations’

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI

Mar 12, 2011

JEDDAH: Sheikh Osama Khayyat, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, described calls for protests in the Kingdom as “devilish temptations” and urged people of faith to be aware of such calls.

“With false promises the devil strives to trap believers and drive them to acts of sedition, disagreement and dispute,” said the sheikh in his Friday sermon to pilgrims and locals.

“Countless media channels, information networks and websites are there to tempt people to participate in protest marches and sit-ins,” he said, adding that all of these channels are gateways to evil. “They are employed by the forces of darkness to awaken the sleeping sedition and lead people to chaos that will tamper with the security and ruin the welfare of people,” he said.

During his sermon at the Holy Mosque in Madinah, Sheikh Salah Al-Budair lamented the turmoil in the Muslim world. “Our hearts pain on seeing clashes in many parts of the Muslim world,” he said.

He said it was against Islam to rise against rulers who rule according to Shariah. Referring to calls on websites for protests on Friday, Al-Budair said it is the duty of Muslims to defend and protect the Kingdom, which is home to the two holy mosques. He reminded people of faith that those who call for rebellions against the ruler of Saudi Arabia, the land of monotheism, are serving the interests of the enemies of Islam. He appealed to Muslims to preserve the Kingdom’s security, stability and integrity, and asked them to look at and learn from the suffering of neighboring countries.

“In the Qur’an and Sunnah it is totally haram to rise against the ruler. You should advise him and if he refuses to listen, just be patient and supplicate against him,” said the imam of JamJoum Mosque.

The Imam, in his late 20s, read out the statement issued by the Supreme Council of Saudi Scholars in which the council also warned against demonstrations and described uprisings as haram.

The Imam, however, did not offer his usual supplication against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi this Friday.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article313921.ece

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Voilence claims six lives in Karachi

Mar 12, 2011

KARACHI: Six people, including a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activist, were killed in separate incidents of violence and road accidents in different parts of the metropolis on Thursday.

A PPP activist was shot dead in the incident of target killing in Hassan Lashkari village within the limits of Garden police station. Tariq Lashkari, 52, son of Haider Lashkari, resident of Hassan Lashkari Village, was standing near the Shalimar Garden when two armed men riding a bike opened fire on him, resultantly he received bullet injuries and died within few moments.

SP Qamar Raza Jisqani said the victim was the President of PPP Hassan Lashkari village. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for an autopsy. Tension gripped the village and its surrounding areas after the incident as shops and markets were closed amid panic.

Meanwhile, a speeding truck (P-1017) hit a motorcycle (KEF-1678) near Water Pump Chowrangi in the remits of Gulberg police station. As a result, 16-year-old motorcyclist Shamraiz, son of Mateen died on the spot while a youth Ahad, 17, sustained injuries. The area people rushed to the scene and tried to burn the truck, but police and Rangers lobbed tear gas to disperse them.

The body and injured were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH). The victim was the resident of Block 16, FB Area and student of Matriculation. The police arrested dozens of people for protesting and causing traffic jam in the area.

In other incident, 27-year-old Hameed Hussain, son of Ghulam Hussain, was sitting at his friend’s shop along with his five-year-old son Mohammad Hassan in Ali Akbar Shah Goth in Bin Qasim Town when unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle shot him dead and injured his son. The culprits fled after swift operation. The body and injured were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities and treatment, respectively.

SHO Lal Bux Deper said the victim was the resident of 100 Quarters, Korangi and he had developed a land dispute with someone, adding he had also received murderous threats two days back. The police believed that the land dispute might be behind the incident. The victim hailed from interior Sindh. No case was registered till firing the report.

In yet another incident, Aijaz alias Bhola, 23, son of Sarfaraz, was sitting in Kalu Hotel in L Area, Korangi No 4 when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him, resultantly he received three bullets and died on the spot. The body was shifted to the JPMC for postmortem. SHO Shakir Ali said the victim was the resident of same area where incident took place. No case was registered till filing the report.

Separately, six-year-old Umar Khan, son of Mohammad Khan, was playing outside his house in Mawach Goth when a speeding passenger bus crushed him to death. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and later handed over to heirs.

Waseem Jan, 25, son of Jan Mohammad, resident of Lines Area Brigade, was going on his motorcycle with his brother Mohammad Ali, 21, when a speeding vehicle knocked them near Inquiry Office, Nazimabad. As a result, both received injuries and were shifted to the ASH where Waseem succumbed to his injuries. No case was registered till filing the report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\03\11\story_11-3-2011_pg7_26

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Millions stuck in Tokyo as earthquake shuts down subways

Mar 11, 2011

TOKYO: Millions of people in greater Tokyo were stranded far away from home on Friday evening after Japan's biggest earthquake on record shut down the capital's massive subway system.

Countless workers, who had earlier fled violently swaying office blocks, found themselves stuck far from their families -- and unable to speak to them because the overloaded mobile phone system could not carry most calls.

Sirens wailed through Tokyo, television helicopters buzzed overhead and people rushed to the city's ubiquitous 24-hour convenience stores, quickly emptying shelves of bento boxes, sandwiches and instant noodle cups.

"I have no idea how I'll get home," said an 18-year-old woman waiting outside Ginza subway station. She described how ceramics shattered around her in a department store when the huge quake hit mid-afternoon.

"Telephone lines are not working and the subway has completely stopped. I think Tokyo is very fragile right now," said Shintoku Arita, 35.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Millions-stuck-in-Tokyo-as-earthquake-shuts-down-subways/articleshow/7680507.cms

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Crazy move by Sarkozy on Libya

Mar 11 2011

Brussels : French President Nicolas Sarkozy faced increasing pressure from fellow EU leaders on Friday as they complained he was out of line to suddenly give a Libyan Opposition group diplomatic recognition before Europeans could discuss an emergency plan.

Sarkozy's decision the day before today's European Union summit caught other leaders off guard, and overshadowed attempts to show unity in declaring Moammar Gaddafi's reign effectively over and slapping further sanctions on the strongman's regime.

Other EU member states insist that only nations should get diplomatic recognition and urged caution during the volatile days of continued fighting and conflicting information.

France recognised Libya's Interim Governing Council, an umbrella group of rebels based in the eastern city of Benghazi, which was taken over in a deadly uprising that has spread throughout much of the oil-rich North African country. "I find it a crazy move by France," Dutch Premier Mark Rutte said as he arrived for the meeting in Brussels. "To jump ahead and say 'I will recognise a transitional government,' in the face of any diplomatic practice, is not the solution for Libya," he said.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker argued "it is good for Europeans to decide their measures in the meeting, and not the day before."

EU leaders say their primary goals for the meeting are to put pressure on the Gaddafi regime and help with assistance to those in need, though for the moment the humanitarian crisis has eased.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/761224/

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Gaddafi suspends diplomatic relations with France

MARCH 11, 2011 ·

FILED UNDER  FRANCE, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, LEBANON, LIBYA, LIBYA INTERIM GOVERNING COUNCIL, LIBYA PROTESTS, LIBYA REBEL GOVERNMENT, MUAMMAR GADDAFI, NICOLAS SARKOZY, SYRIA, UN WATCH, WORLD NEWS

The embattled Libyan regime announced the suspension on Friday of its diplomatic relations with France, the only Western country that has recognised the rebel council in Benghazi fighting to oust Muammar Gaddafi from power.

“Today the decision has been taken to suspend diplomatic relations with France,” Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told journalists in Tripoli. “It’s clear the French government is concentrating on dividing Libya.”

France’s European Union partners have not followed Paris’s lead and an EU summit in Brussels on Friday stopped short of deciding on backing a no-fly zone or other military measures against Gaddafi.

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/03/11/gaddafi-suspends-diplomatic-relations-with-france/

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Clashes erupt as Yemen protests swell in 'Friday of no return'

By MOHAMED SUDAM AND MOHAMMED GHOBARI

Mar 11, 2011

SANAA: Fighting broke out between small groups of government supporters and protesters on Friday as record crowds of tens of thousands called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit, dismissing his offer of reforms.

Yemenis flooded streets and alleys around Sanaa University in the biggest protest to hit the capital since demonstrations began in January. About 30 people have been killed since then.

Outside the university dozens of people from both camps hurled rocks at each other as residents fired shots in the air to try and break up fighting. Protesters nearby told Reuters about ten people were being treated for minor injuries.

Several thousand Saleh loyalists also crammed Sanaa’s Tahrir Square, touting pictures of the veteran leader.

“Your duty is to guard stability, I know many of you are suffering economic hardship, but we Muslims are different. Income comes from God and prayer,” a preacher told them.

But loyalist numbers were dwarfed by the anti-government crowd, which Reuters reporters put at more than 40,000. Tens of thousands of protesters also marched in Taiz and Ibb, south of the capital.

In the southern port city of Aden, three people were wounded by gunfire and six were overcome by tear gas as police tried to disperse thousands of anti-government marchers. Elsewhere in the south, gunmen killed four soldiers on patrol in the city of Hajarain, officials said, blaming Al-Qaeda.

A wave of unrest, inspired partly by popular revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, has weakened Saleh’s 32-year grip on his impoverished nation, a neighbor of oil giant Saudi Arabia and home to an agile and ambitious regional Al-Qaeda wing.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article313057.ece

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Day of Rage’ a damp squib

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAIMI, SIRAJ WAHAB & MD. RASOOLDEEN

Mar 12, 2011

RIYADH/JEDDAH/DAMMAM: It was a normal Friday yesterday across the Kingdom despite worries that the calls on Internet social sites for a “Day of Rage” might be heeded.

“There was nothing of the sort,” security spokesman of the Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki told Arab News four hours after the Friday prayers. There were no demonstrations anywhere in the Kingdom, he said.

People were wary after reports of the incidents that marred protests in Qatif on Thursday, leaving three people injured.

But Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities were quiet for a Friday that saw pleasant weather, although there was a strong police presence. In both Riyadh and Jeddah, police helicopters were briefly in evidence.

Al-Turki refuted agency reports that demonstrators had been fired at in Qatif on Thursday. “It is totally untrue. What actually happened was that the police had to fire shots in the air to control an emerging situation by a very small number of protesters who snatched a video camera being used by a policeman to document a shooting incident. This was believed to have come from the center of the small crowd,” he said. Al-Turki was not certain if the protesters returned the camera.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article313918.ece

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13 Syrian pilgrims killed in road crash near Al-Jouf

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Mar 12, 2011

JEDDAH: Thirteen Syrian pilgrims died and 16 others were injured in a road accident in Al-Jouf on Thursday. The pilgrims were on their way to Makkah to perform Umrah.

The Syrian pilgrims were coming from Jordan on a bus driven by a Lebanese driver. The bus collided with a truck loaded with foodstuffs heading for Jordan on the Tabarjil road in Al-Jouf.

Director of the Health Affairs Department in Madinah Dr. Abdullah Al-Taiefi said the injured were taken to local hospitals. He added that all of the injured are being well looked after.

Traffic police said this was the third major road accident involving Umrah pilgrims this month.

Seven Pakistani pilgrims died and five others were seriously injured when their bus collided head-on with a truck on the Makkah-Madinah Expressway late Wednesday. The accident happened in the Al-Farie area.

Three Umrah pilgrims and a driver were killed when the bus they were travelling collided with a truck on the Makkah-Madinah Expressway near Khulais, a town located about 85 km north of Jeddah, on March 3.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article313693.ece

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World rallies to help devastated Japan

Mar 12, 2011

TOKYO/GENEVA: The United Nations said that search and rescue teams from more than 45 countries were ready to head to Japan after belly-up ships, twisted cars and entire houses crashed through the disaster-hit streets of Japanese coastal towns that were turned into black rivers by a magnitude-8.9 quake and tsunami on Friday.

“More than 68 teams from more than 45 countries are on standby,” Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

The search and rescue teams, mobilized under a UN disaster response network, are monitoring the situation and ready to help, she explained.

US President Barack Obama said Friday that a second US aircraft carrier was heading to Japan to provide assistance. Obama said he offered condolences to Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan and promised “whatever assistance is needed.”

A huge surge of muddy seawater filled with rubble and debris — some of it on fire and belching smoke — raced through neighborhoods and across rice fields, footage showed in Miyagi prefecture.

Rows of houses floated bizarrely, resembling whole neighborhoods, through the apocalyptic scenes, while a huge whirlpool of icy seawater in the Pacific Ocean was seen from the air pummeling boats sucked into the maelstrom.

As the death toll climbed into the hundreds and the world looked on in shocked disbelief, the scale of the horror kept unfolding with reports of a missing train, passenger boats and a bursting dam flooding yet more homes. The quake that triggered the tsunami tore cracks into roads, pushed manhole covers and their attached pipes out of the ground like small towers, collapsed roofs and dumped the contents of supermarket shelves on the ground.

Full report at: The Times of India

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Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile

Mar 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today test-fired the short-range surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Hatf-II or Abdali ballistic missile that has a range of 180 km.

An official statement said the test was conducted conducted successfully.

The missile can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads, it said.

The test, conducted at an undisclosed location, was witnessed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Shamim Hyder Wyyne.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani felicitated defence scientists and engineers on the success of the test.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-test-fires-nuclear-capable-missile/articleshow/7677671.cms

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India Inc keeps word, to hire Jammu and Kashmir youth

Vishwa MohanMar 12, 2011

Rangarajan Committee, which was set up by PM Manmohan Singh in August last year, said in its report the scheme would provide training to 50,000 to 1,00,000 youth in three to five years.

NEW DELHI: With the Centre roping in big private companies to join its job initiative for Jammu and Kashmir, nearly 1,000 educated youth from the state will be hired in the next two months through the "placement-linked and market-driven skill training" programme.

The companies, which have already shown interest in the initiative, include Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Crompton Greaves, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Godrej & Boyce and Apollo Hospitals.

Acting swiftly on recommendation of the Rangarajan Committee on the jobs plan for J&K, which submitted its report to state chief minister Omar Abdullah on March 3, Union home secretary G K Pillai had a detailed meeting on the issue on Tuesday when the ministry decided to approach all those private companies that have shown interest in the scheme that would benefit the educated unemployed youth.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Inc-keeps-word-to-hire-Jammu-and-Kashmir-youth/articleshow/7683679.cms

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Anti-Qaddafi forces fight on in Zawiya, Ras Lanouf

Mar 12, 2011

ZAWIYA, Libya: Muammar Qaddafi’s regime gained momentum Friday, showing off its victory over rebels in Zawiya, a key city near Tripoli as it strengthened its hold on the capital and surrounding areas.

The government had claimed victory on Wednesday, but the rebels who are seeking to oust Qaddafi said fighting was ongoing.

The rebels also seemed to have a tenacious hold around the oil facilities at Ras Lanouf, taking refuge among the towering storage containers of crude oil and gas.

An Associated Press reporter, who was escorted with other journalists into the city on Friday, said the main square that had been the center of resistance was clearly in government control after nearly a week of fierce fighting.

Tanks manned by Qaddafi loyalists and trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns were stationed in the middle of the square and supporters of the longtime leader were rallying in the area. The nearby mosque has been destroyed, its dome and minaret smashed, and the facades of other buildings overlooking the square were devastated.

Rubble and shattered glass covered the streets. A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said the government had used bulldozers to raze a rebel graveyard in the area, although that could not be confirmed. A death toll also was not immediately available.

The battle for Zawiya has emerged as a key test for the government’s staying power because of the city’s proximity to the capital, Qaddafi’s main stronghold.

But pro-Qaddafi forces also appear to be turning the tide in the country’s east, bottling up rebels at a key oil port in a powerful offensive, even as Western nations struggled to decide what kind of action to take in Libya’s crisis.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article313890.ece

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'Spare Mecca cleric from frisking during House visit'

Abantika GhoshMar 12, 2011

NEW DELHI: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (Arshad Madani faction) requested Parliament's security officers on Friday not to frisk Sheikh Abdul Rehman Sudais, grand imam of Masjid-al-Haram in Mecca, during his visit to the House. Jamiat says Sudais, who is regarded as the highest religious leader of Muslims, should be spared the ordeal since it would be "unbecoming of his stature".

Sudais will be the first ever Imam-e-Haram to visit India, which begins on March 24. His engagements are largely restricted to the capital. He will visit the Parliament annexe on March 25 for a dinner that is being hosted in his honour. On March 26, he will address students at Darul Uloom in Deoband before the prayers. He will also lead the Friday prayers during his whirlwind trip to Darul, one of the largest Islamic seminaries in the world.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Spare-Mecca-cleric-from-frisking-during-House-visit/articleshow/7683775.cms

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Rebels flee Ras Lanuf under heavy attack from Libyan forces

Mar 11 2011,

Cairo : Reeling under a sustained land, sea and air assault by Libyan forces, rebels today fled from the strategic oil port of Ras Lanuf, with the leader of opposition National Council asking the West to impose a flight and naval blockade on his country claiming that people are being "cleansed" by the regime.

68-year-old Muammar Gaddafi's forces launched a large-scale offensive in another oil-producing town of Brega as well, unleashing aerial raids.

Rebel forces retreated from Ras Lanuf, although some reports claimed that they retained control of the residential parts of the town. There was a sustained aerial, artillery and mortar bombardment, Al-Jazeera reported.

"There have been a number of casualties. We've seen trucks going along the highway, but being shelled by Gaddafi forces all the way along. I counted ... 50 shells falling," it quoted a witness as saying, adding that "it seems like a major offensive"

While many opposition fighters had now left the town, a "hard core" was going back to fight, the report said.

Rebels in another eastern city of Benghazi feel the tide "may be reversing", and that there is a "realisation that this is going to be a long, long uprising," it said.

"We are outgunned and are facing cleansing from Gaddafi's forces," Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the rebel council in Libya told BBC as Gaddafi's forces stormed and captured Zawiyah in the West and Ras Lanuf in the East after bloody battles.

Just days ago, rebels were boldly promising to march towards Gaddafi's hometown of Surt and Tripoli. But this week they suffered a series of setbacks and a reversal of fortunes in key towns.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/761181/

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Gemayel: Sunday’s rally is part of Arab transition towards democracy

MARCH 12, 2011 ·

Former Lebanese president and current Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel urged the Lebanese to attend the Sunday rally calling it an opportunity to exit the big prison:

“Our rally on Sunday is part of the major Arab transition towards democracy, that’s why it is an opportunity for everyone to exit the big prison and let no one think that they can impede Lebanon’s progress through weapons.”

During an interview with MTV on Friday Gemayel said “The rally will stress the Lebanese people’s right to self-determination, in line with the recent events in some Arab countries, where people have decided their own future.” In reference to Tunisia, Egypt and Libya

Commenting on the non-state weapons (Hezbollah’s) he said;

“We are raising the issue of weapons because we want to preserve the existence of the Lebanese entity, and we hope all Lebanese would realize the meaning of the (March 13) rally, which will represent a broad Lebanese demand for a free, sovereign and independent country.”

Full report at:

http://www.yalibnan.com/2011/03/11/gemayel-sundays-rally-is-part-of-arab-transition-towards-democracy/

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Libyan opposition counting on Europe

Atul Aneja

Anti-Qadhafi protesters at the court square, in Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Friday. —

BENGHAZI: Faced with setbacks on the battlefront but hopeful of solid support from France and Britain, the Libyan opposition on Friday appeared to be turning strongly towards Europe for help to sustain its embattled campaign against the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Qadhafi.

At a massive rally in Benghazi held after Friday prayers, opposition supporters waved the pre-Qadhafi flag with the French tri-colour. The opposition demonstrated its goodwill towards Paris after France on Thursday became the first country to formally recognise the Provisional Transitional National Council (PTNC) as Libya's legitimate government.

“The United States is not part of our region, which we share with the Europeans, Turkey, and the Arab countries,” said Ghanem Bashir, a pro-uprising activist.

Anti-regime protesters on Friday appeared encouraged by French President Nicolas Sarkozy's advocacy in Brussels of “targeted” air strikes as a possible option if Mr. Qadhafi used chemical weapons or attacked civilian protesters.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/03/12/stories/2011031266891800.htm

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US slaps sanctions against Gaddafi's wife, children, officials

Mar 12 2011

Washington : Increasing pressure on his authoritarian regime, the Obama Administration slapped sanctions against wife and children of Muammar Al Gaddafi and his senior official.

"Today's designation should send a strong signal to those responsible for the violence inflicted by Gaddafi and his government that the US will continue steps to increase pressure and to hold them accountable," said David Cohen, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

The senior officials designated today include Abu Bakr Yunis Jabir -- Libya's Minister of Defense; Matuq Mohammad Matuq -- Secretary General of the People's Committee for Public Works; Abu Zayd Umar Dorda -- Director of Libya's External Security Organization and Abdullah Al-Senussi who is Director of Military Intelligence.

Al-Senussi has also organised mass killings in Benghazi and recruited foreign mercenaries fighting in service of Gaddafi's regime and is allegedly responsible for the deaths of 1,200 Islamists in Abu Selim prison, the Treasury said.

Treasury has also designated wife of Muammar Gaddafi Safia Farkash, and several of his children: Hannibal Gaddafi who is the head of General Maritime Transport Company of Libya; Saadi Gaddafi - the Commander of Special Forces and Head of the Libyan Football Federation; Muhammad Gaddafi who is the Chairman of Libyan Olympic Committee and Chairman of the General Post and Telecommunications Company; and Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/761513/

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Gaddafi’s son leads charge to take back cities

LIBYAN rebels held out in part of a strategic oil port on Friday, after fierce fighting with Muammar Gaddafi loyalists on a heavy counteroffensive to push the opposition away from the capital, Tripoli.

Pro- Gaddafi forces barraged rebels on Thursday with a hail of rockets, tank and artillery shells in their strongest attempt yet to recapture the oil facility of Ras Lanouf, in central Libya. The assault sent hundreds of rebel fighters into a frantic retreat, fleeing in cars and pickup trucks fitted with heavy machine guns.

But some opposition forces, including special commando forces that defected to the rebellion, continued the battle into the evening. By sunset, the regime troops burst into the residential area of Ras Lanouf, forcing rebels there to pull back.

The powerful assault on Ras Lanouf underscored how Gaddafi’s forces have seized the momentum in the back- andforth battle with rebels.

Taking back the oil facility would be a major victory for Gaddafi, pushing his zone of control farther along the coast.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Libya unrest: Rebels, Gaddafi forces skirmish over 'ghost town'

Mar 12, 2011

ROAD TO RAS LANUF: Rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi skirmished in Ras Lanuf on Friday night but neither side was in full control of the largely deserted eastern Libyan oil town, rebel fighters said.

Government forces launched a fierce land, sea and air attack to retake the town, the site of a major oil terminal where rebels said storage tanks of a state-owned refinery were hit by a Gaddafi air strike. The government denied hitting the plant.

It was the second time this week an oil installation was hit. Rebels blamed government forces for another air strike that destroyed storage tanks and other facilities at Es Sider further along the coastal stretch where fighting has raged.

Rebels had advanced to the town of Bin Jawad about 60 km (40 miles) west of Ras Lanuf a week ago, but have been driven back across the strip of desert and scrub. Though out-gunned, rebels have kept up stiff resistance.

"Ras Lanuf is a ghost town. There are skirmishes between rebels and Gaddafi forces going back and forth," said rebel captain Mustafa al-Agoury, adding that rebels were positioned on the east and Gaddafi's forces on the west of the town.

Neither side had full control, although Libyan state television said the town was cleared of "armed gangs" opposed to Gaddafi and a spokesman for the rebel movement, Hamid al-Hasi, told Al Arabiya that Ras Lanuf was back in rebel hands.

Asked late on Friday if rebels now controlled Ras Lanuf, rebel Ahmed Abdelmula Zayed said: "No. But God willing we will return." He was among a group of rebels who gave different accounts of the status, indicating the town's uncertain fate.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libya-unrest-Rebels-Gaddafi-forces-skirmish-over-ghost-town/articleshow/7683537.cms

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Killing of sisters in Sopore triggered fear in Valley: J&K minister

Mar 11, 2011

JAMMU: The recent killing of two sisters by suspected Lashker-e-Taiba militants in Sopore has spread a "reign of terror" in the Valley, a Jammu and Kashmir minister said on Friday.

"The incident was purely an act of terror. The incident spread a reign of terror in the Sopore town in particular and the Valley in general," minister for sports RS Chib, on the behalf of the chief minister, said in a reply to a call attention motion of Abdul Gani Vakil in the Assembly here.

The minister said posters were pasted threatening similar fate for informers and those who do not subscribe to the militants' moral policing.

"Posters were torn by the locals. Efforts were on to arrest the accused persons involved in the said incident," he said.

On January 31, 2011, two suspected LeT militants barged into the house of Ghulam Nabir Dar in Muslim Peer area of Sopore and dragged his two daughters -- Akhtar (20) and Arifa (17). They later killed the duo in Ziayrat Rahim Sahib Chinkipora area of the town.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Killing-of-sisters-in-Sopore-triggered-fear-in-Valley-JK-minister/articleshow/7681551.cms

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Hamid Karzai relative killed by coalition forces: Family

Mar 11, 2011

KANDAHAR: A relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed by international forces, Karzai's brother and officials said on Thursday.

The president's brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, told AFP that a relative, who he described as "our father's cousin," was shot dead near his home in the family's village in southern Kandahar province by the US-led NATO force overnight.

"It was a mistake," Ahmad Wali Karzai said. "The forces conducted an operation, he was at his home, he came out and was shot."

The president was said to be "extremely sad" at the news, his spokesman said.

Ahmad Wali Karzai, a senior provincial politician who denies frequent accusations of involvement in the drugs trade, said: "It was a mistake. What can you do about it?"

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-03-11/south-asia/28679745_1_coalition-forces-deaths-of-afghan-civilians-ahmad-wali-karzai

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Yemen takes first step to democracy

Mar 12, 2011

Sana'a: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ordered the National Defence Council to prepare for transferring of power to parliament by the end of this year, a media report said.

Saleh had offered the latest reform initiative to the opposition on Thursday, Xinhua reported citing the official Saba news agency.

Saleh gave the order on Friday during a meeting of senior security officials and army members of the country's National Defence Council.

The president, who has been in power for 33 years and is facing growing demands for his stepping down from thousands of protesters across major cities, renewed calls for the opposition to resume dialogue.

http://www.asianage.com/international/yemen-takes-first-step-democracy-561

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Jordanians rally for quick reforms

By DALE GAVLAK

Mar 12, 2011

AMMAN: Jordanians demanding democratic reforms protested in the capital after Friday’s prayers, defying an edict by the kingdom’s religious leaders not to demonstrate.

Chanting “We want to change the constitution,” about 150 students, independents and leftists marched in front of the Al-Husseini Mosque and held banners reading, “Democracy is action, not just a word.” The demonstrations inspired by uprisings across the Middle East have so far not threatened the monarchy but are calling for King Abdallah to relinquish some of his sweeping powers.

The protests saw far few numbers than in previous weeks.

The demonstrators are calling for the popular election of the prime minister and other reforms inspired by the Tunisia and Egypt uprisings. King Abdallah now appoints the prime minister and Cabinet officials.

Smaller demonstrations were also reported in four other cities nationwide calling for mainly for economic reforms.

Two were pro-monarchy rallies. Jordan’s top Muslim leader, the Grand Mufti, and six other religious  scholars had earlier issued a fatwa instructing Jordanians not to take part in protests while the government and political parties work on a reform dialogue.

The fatwa, however, did not put off protesters in Amman such as student Walid Laham, 22. He scoffed at the nonbinding edict, saying it merely “reflected government views of appointed officials” rather than the will of the people.

He called it “another strategy” by the government to stop the protests and delay reforms.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article313681.ece

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Dozens injured in East Jerusalem clashes

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

Mar 12, 2011

RAMALLAH: Dozens of Palestinian, foreign and Israeli activists were injured after Israeli security forces used force to disperse protestors in East Jerusalem and West Bank villages, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Sources said that dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation during the clashes that erupted in the Al-Bustan area in Silwan, in the southern part of Jerusalem.

Israeli police said that it used force to disperse the crowds after they hurled stones at Border Police forces and Jewish homes in Silwan.

Silwan is home to some 60,000 Palestinians and 500 Jewish occupiers.

Since Palestinian resident Samer Sarhan was shot to death on late September, hardly a day has gone by without clashes between the two parties.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinian, left-wing Israeli and foreign activists clashed with Israeli forces in protest against the separation wall and Jewish settlements.

Israeli Army Radio said that the Israeli forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protestors in the West Bank villages Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh and Al-Mi'sarah. One protestor was hurt by a rubber bullet shot at him by security forces in al-Nabi Saleh and dozens suffered from gas inhalation.

Far-left Israeli group 'Anarchists against the Wall' said that the Israeli forces have arrested two foreign activists in Nabi Saleh.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article313717.ece

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Officials: Quarter million people have fled Libya

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mar 12, 2011

GENEVA: A quarter million people have fled Libya since the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi’s regime began last month, officials said Friday, as they warned they are having trouble getting foreign workers home.

About 6,000 people a day are still crossing into Tunisia and Egypt, many of them Bangladeshi workers who need longer flights, said Mohammed Abdiker, the International Organization for Migration’s operation director.

“If the majority continue to be Bangladeshis needing long haul charter flights to get home, the cost to repatriate them will far exceed our current resources,” he said.

There were 8,000 refugees and asylum seekers already in Libya when the crisis began — many of them people fleeing from Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea. Among those only a few hundred had managed to cross the borders out of Libya.

So far, however, refugee workers have not seen Libyans crossing the border to flee their homeland, UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards said.

The migration organization and the UN say they need about 70 long-haul flights to Bangladesh and other Asian and sub-Saharan African destinations.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article313475.ece

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Yemen president vows reform as protests continue

Mar 12, 2011

SANAA: Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, hoping to defuse increasingly violent protests against his 32-year rule, said on Thursday he would draw up a new constitution to create a parliamentary system of government.

An opposition spokesman swiftly rejected the proposal, and called for the continuation of anti-government rallies, which kicked off in January and have claimed almost 30 lives.

Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters gathered in a soccer stadium, the autocratic Saleh said he wanted to form a unity government to help put in place a new political system.

“Firstly we will form a new constitution based on the separation of powers. A referendum on this new constitution will be held before the end of this year,” he said, speaking beneath a large portrait of himself.

“I’m already sure that this initiative won’t be accepted by the opposition, but in order to do the right thing, I am offering this to the people and they will decide,” he added.

Yemen is a presidential republic, where the head of state wields significant powers. But as water and oil resources dry up, it has become increasingly difficult to fuel the patronage system that kept his tribal and political backers loyal.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\03\11\story_11-3-2011_pg7_1

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660 Pakistanis fleeing Libya repatriated through Egypt

Mar 12, 2011

CAIRO: The Pakistan embassy in Cairo has so far been able to successfully send back home 660 Pakistanis, including men, women and children fleeing Libyan turmoil and entering Egypt through its Sallum border.

In order to ensure safe passage of Pakistanis back home, the embassy initially established two camp offices, one each at Sallum and Alexandria, where the embassy staff worked round-the-clock to help facilitate the evacuees.

The embassy arranged food, buses and security for the Pakistanis at Sallum, Alexandria and Cairo. From the airports of Cairo and Alexandria, the Pakistanis were repatriated via two special PIA flights carrying 405 passengers, and by other commercial flights which carried 255 passengers back to Pakistan. The embassy’s camp office set-up at Sallum will continue to remain operational till the time all those Pakistanis desirous of leaving Libya through Egypt, are secured. p

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\03\11\story_11-3-2011_pg7_33

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US to allies: 'too much talk about leaving Afghanistan'

Mar 11 2011

Brussels : US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Friday warned allies against an early withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, saying it would jeopardise the war effort just as the Taliban has lost the upper hand.

US-led forces have "dealt a heavy blow to the Taliban insurgency" in the past year and pushed the insurgents "out of vital areas in the south and east," Gates said at a meeting of NATO defence ministers.

But he said hard-won gains against the insurgency could unravel if countries begin pulling out large numbers of troops too quickly for what he called political reasons.

Gates, in Brussels after touring Afghanistan this week, did not say which countries were weighing a troop drawdown but he referred to "rhetoric" in some European capitals that he said called into question the resolve displayed at a NATO summit in Lisbon in November.

"Frankly, there is too much talk about leaving and not enough talk about getting the job done right. Too much discussion of exit and not enough discussion about the fight.

"Too much concern about when and how many troops might redeploy, and not enough about what needs to be done before they leave," he said according to text of his speech released in advance.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/761187/

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Tunisian court bans anti-corruption body

12 March 2011

TUNIS — An appeals court in Tunis has upheld a ban on the work of an official commission set up to investigate corruption and embezzlement, Tunisian media reported. The court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the commission, which was set up in the wake of the fall of the regime of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last January, according to the daily Al Chourouk.

The ruling followed a plea to a lower court filed by a group of 10 lawyers who on February 28 successfully asked for the activities of the commission to be halted on the grounds that they were “unconstitutional”. The commission must cease work while awaiting a final court ruling on March 22, state television reported, and the panel must also hand over documents it has collected to the state prosecutor.

The commission was set up on February 18 to probe corruption and abuse of power during the 23 years of rule by Ben Ali. Commission president Abdelfattah Amor told a press conference on Wednesday that the panel had received 4,239 requests to probe corruption and embezzlement and that it had studied 519 cases, “in particular those of the ousted president, his wife, their families, and officials close to them and their friends.” Apart from the commission headed by Amor, two other commissions have been set up by the interim Tunisian authorities. — AFP

http://main.omanobserver.om/node/43503

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Egypt officials held over shooting

12 March 2011

CAIRO — Egypt’s public prosecutor yesterday ordered the detention of four senior interior ministry officials for allegedly allowing the shooting of protesters during rallies that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Magid Mahmud formally charged the heads of Cairo security, public security, central security and state security over the shooting of protesters with live bullets on January 28, dubbed the “day of rage” by demonstrators.

A security official said the four, Ismail al Shaer, Adly Fayed, Ahmed Ramzi and Hassan Abdel Rahman, are being prosecuted because they were “in charge of those who pulled the triggers.” If found guilty, they could face the death penalty. Anti-government protests that erupted on January 25 saw violent clashes between former interior minister Habib al Adly’s forces and demonstrators, and left at least 384 dead and over 6,000 injured.

Adly was the first member of Mubarak’s regime to face trial. He pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges of corruption, and is currently being investigated for ordering the shooting of protesters.

Full report at:

http://main.omanobserver.om/node/43502

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Gates warns Nato nations against rushed Afghan exit

12 March 2011

BRUSSELS — The US warned European nations yesterday against a precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan that could threaten the headway made in turning back a tenacious Taliban violence. "Frankly, there is too much talk about leaving and not enough talk about getting the job done right," US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told a ministerial meeting.

Defence ministers from the nearly 50 nations with troops in Afghanistan endorsed a plan to shift security leadership gradually from foreign troops to Afghan forces, a key step in the plan to wind down the West's military role. The United States, the dominant foreign force in Afghanistan with close to 100,000 soldiers, is preparing to begin withdrawing some troops this year but is concerned that other countries are in too much of a hurry.

"Let me be clear: uncoordinated national drawdowns would risk the gains made to date," Gates said. "Considerations about any drawdown of forces must be driven by security conditions ... not by mathematical calculation shaped by political concerns. "Unfortunately, some of the recent rhetoric coming from capitals on this continent is calling into question ... resolve."

Full report at:

http://main.omanobserver.om/node/43498

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US to release data on radiation from airport screening

JEREMY PELOFSKY

Mar 11, 2011

WASHINGTON: The US Transportation Security Administration said on Friday it will start publishing radiation test results from airport passenger and luggage screening equipment in a bid to allay lingering fears about potential health risks.

TSA said it also uncovered anomalies in some reports, such as missing data or calculation errors unrelated to safety, and as an extra precaution has ordered retesting for all full-body scanners as well as other X-ray equipment used to screen baggage that had inaccurate reports.

Some travelers and airline crews have expressed concerns about being repeatedly exposed to radiation from the body scanners, which TSA has deployed to thwart plots such as a passenger hiding a bomb under his or her clothes.

“Independent third-party testing has confirmed that all TSA technology is safe,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement. “TSA takes significant steps to ensure the safety and health of passengers and our workforce as we work to protect our nation from terrorist threats.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article313508.ece

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Indians in Yemen advised to get out

Mar 12, 2011,

NEW DELHI: Mindful of the developing situation in Yemen, India on Friday advised its nationals to get out of the country which has been hit by violent protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The foreign ministry also issued a travel advisory saying all non-essential travel to Yemen should be avoided. "Those Indian nationals residing in Yemen whose presence is not essential, particularly families, may consider leaving the country by the commercial means available," the ministry said. There are about 14,000 Indians living in Yemen.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indians-in-Yemen-advised-to-get-out/articleshow/7683667.cms-

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Rebels flee key town under heavy attack

Mar 11, 2011

RAS LANUF ( LIBYA): Rebel fighters fled this strategic refinery town on Thursday under ferocious rocket attacks and airstrikes by forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

The rout capped several days of fighting as bold plans of a westward drive to Tripoli by the undermanned and ill-equipped rebel army were dashed by the superior Gaddafi forces, which are seeking to retake several eastern oil cities that had slipped from the government's control in the first days of the uprising. Heavy shelling of the city seemed to presage a final assault by government troops.

Explosions rocked a mosque and a hospital that workers abandoned, leaving behind only the body of a man in civilian clothes who they said had been shot in the head by a sniper. Under a steadily escalating barrage, hundreds of rebels in trucks mounted with heavy weapons retreated east along the coastal road.

"There is no comparison between our weapons and theirs," said Mohammed Houni, a student. "They're trained, they're organized. They got their training in the Soviet Union or someplace. It's tough these days, but we still have God."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Rebels-flee-key-town-under-heavy-attack/articleshow/7676763.cms

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Small earthquake jolts northwest Pakistan

Mar 12, 2011

KARACHI: A light earthquake of magnitude 4.8 jolted northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan on Friday but there were no immediate reports of casualties, an official said.

The quake struck at 4:32pm (1132 GMT) with its epicentre in the Hindu Kush mountain range, chief meteorologist Mohammad Riaz said.

Tremors were felt in several cities in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its capital, Peshawar, he said.

The small quake hit a few hours after a devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan today and triggered tsunami alerts across the Pacific ocean.

Pakistan was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Small-earthquake-jolts-northwest-Pakistan/articleshow/7684079.cms

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Palestinian kills five members of Israeli family: Report

Mar 12, 2011

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says a Palestinian has infiltrated a Jewish West Bank settlement and killed five people.

Israeli media is reporting that the dead are all members of the same family - parents and three children.

The military says it is sweeping the area in search of the perpetrator and has set up checkpoints throughout the West Bank.

The overnight attack early Saturday in the northern West Bank settlement of Itamar is the first of its kind in years. It marks a rare outburst of violence during a relatively calm period.

Itamar is home to some of the West Bank's most fervent settlers. The attack took place in the middle of the night against a religious community on the Jewish Sabbath.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Palestinian-kills-five-members-of-Israeli-family-Report/articleshow/7684317.cms

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Women urged to address wider issues in society

By WALAA HAWARI

Mar 12, 2011

RIYADH: The women's wing of the Human Rights Commission recently met with women consultants at the Shoura Council to exchange views on social development issues.

Social activist May Al-Issa, who was one of the consultants to attend the meeting, called on society to refrain from emphasizing women's issues and rights excessively, pointing out that it could alienate society further.

Al-Issa also indicated that certain council initiatives came as a result of citizens’ complaints or suggestions.

Fellow consultant Bahija Izzi commended Saudi women's achievements in socio-political realms.

Izzi stressed that there are no restrictions preventing Saudi women from socio-political activities, as they have already cracked many fields, including health, education and social affairs.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article313604.ece

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Don’t try to rescue Danish hostages again: Pirate

By ABDI GULED

Mar 11, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Pirates moved a captive Danish family onto a ship off the Somali coast on Friday and threatened to kill them if further attempts were made to free them.

The developments follow a botched rescue attempt by forces from Somalia’s semiautonomous northern region of Puntland on Thursday evening. Five soldiers were killed in the attempt to rescue the Danish couple, their three children and two Danish crew members.

“We have moved the hostages onto a ship our friends are holding for security reasons,” said a pirate who gave his name as Hassan Abdullahi. “But our armed troops are on the shore to fight those trying to attack us. The hostages are healthy and safe now but suffering from homesickness.” Abdullahi said they were only looking for “ransom” but those attacking them want “hostages’ deaths.” Another pirate, Bile Hussein, warned Friday the hostages will be killed if there are any more rescue attempts.

“We know they are still in the process of trying to attack us again, but I am telling them that will cost the lives of the Danish people,” Hussein, a self-proclaimed pirate, told The Associated Press.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article312996.ece

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West insensitive towards atrocities in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan’

Mar 12, 2011

LAHORE: The western world is not sensitive towards the atrocities in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, though they would cry for their pets for days, said Lahore College Women University’s (LCWU) former vice chancellor Dr Bushra Mateen during the Inter-Collegiate and Inter-University debate competition held at LCWU.

The English Debates Society organised the competition. The participating colleges included Fatima Jinnah Medical College (FJMC), Government College University (GCU), Queen Mary College (QMC), Samanabad College and College of Home Economics. The topic of the competition was “Sterility of emotions is the gift of technology”.

Saleha Cheema from FJMC stood first, Tehreem Ghani from QMC secured the second position and the third position was shared by Halima Saadia from GCU and Shezein Syed from Home Economics, respectively. The trophy was awarded to FJMC.

The students who spoke in favour of the topic portrayed the bad consequences of technology but those who were against the topic clearly explained with examples how distances have shortened and people have come closer due to the advancements in technology, trying to present that emotions were uplifted instead of being eradicated. staff repor

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\03\11\story_11-3-2011_pg7_18

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India's ambassador to Turkey dead

Mar 12, 2011

NEW DELHI: Raminder Jassal, India's envoy to Turkey and former spokesperson in ministry of external affairs (MEA), died in Ankara on Friday. Belonging to the 1976 batch, Jassal also served as ambassador to Israel and deputy chief of mission in Washington D C, where he played an important role during the nuclear deal negotiations.

The Turkish government, in an unusual gesture, will fly his body back to India in a special military aircraft on Saturday. Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, who succeeded Jassal as spokesperson, led a memorial meeting in MEA on Friday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indias-ambassador-to-Turkey-dead/articleshow/7683671.cmsIndia's ambassador to Turkey dead

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Prince Harry to return to Afghan frontline

Mar 11 2011

London : Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, is set to return to the frontline in Afghanistan in a combat role within a year after qualifying to fly Apache attack helicopters.

The 26-year-old has completed a gruelling 10-month training course to learn how to pilot one of the fearsome gunships. It means Prince Harry could be sent to the war zone to fight the Taliban as early as spring 2012, the Daily Mail reported.

A spokesman for the young royal - whose official military title is Lieutenant Wales of the Army Air Corps said he was "delighted" to have qualified as an elite pilot.

Prince Harry is said to have astonished his instructors with his natural aptitude for flying helicopters and the determination to succeed in the prestigious role.

Quoting a source the report said: "Only the top two per cent of military helicopter pilots make it to the Apaches and Harry has had to work extremely hard. There is no way his status as a Royal could have got him this far."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/761180/

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