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Attend Mosque Daily For Your Sin: Pak Court Tells Brothel Owner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

Attend mosque daily for your sin: Pak court tells brothel owner

Cheating spouses keep Pakistani private detective busy

Zardari's sister vouches for better Indo-Pak relations

Vital to raise voice for Baluchistan’s missing persons, says Nawaz

Pak claims Zardari statement on Kashmir not unwarranted

No questioning, no controlling the Pakistan army

Civilians struggle to check Pakistan army's power

Pakistani Taliban offers protection to Imran Khan

Musharraf asks APML workers to make his party strong

 

India

Retracing Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps

 ‘Dead’ Khalistan militant in police net

High Court asks PoK native to clarify citizenship

War of words: Krishna fights back Zardari K-bomb at UN

Jammu and Kashmir not integral part of India: Pak

J&K govt denies issuing orders to block YouTube, Facebook; blames snag

26/11 probe: India seeks to send NIA team to Pakistan

Jammu and Kashmir governor, CM pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

More J&K panchayat chiefs resign

India says didn't expect Zardari to rake up Kashmir at UN

Aga Khan Palace to give rooms on rent to visitors in 3 months

Gujarat govt forced to revoke Bhatt suspension

 

Arab World

Assad Betrayed Col Gaddafi To Save Self?

Syria Claims Refugee Crisis Was Invented

At least 31,000 killed in Syria conflict: activists

No Syria solution in sight at UN General Assembly

Dutch abortion boat heads to Morocco

Amnesty calls on Egypt to tackle legacy of abuse

Air strike kills children as Syrian war rages

Ministry acknowledges Saudi media not competitive

Syrian media: Palestinian Hamas group is ungrateful

States backing Syria rebels 'aid terror' - Walid Muallem

Egyptian Delta village declares 'independence' after decades of neglect

Assad tours Aleppo, orders more troops into battle: paper

Amnesty urges Egypt to reform army, police

Egypt's Morsi seeks to 'reshape' foreign policy

8 Egyptians arrested in Syria: Embassy

Islamism and democracy conference in Qatar

 

Mideast Asia

Yemen Forces Kill Three Qaeda Leaders in Bomb Factory Raid

Ahmadinejad's cameraman defects, seeks US asylum

Turkish Late president exhumed after 'suspicious' death

Anti-Christian graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem monastery

Iranians Attack French Embassy Over Prophet Film

Iran warns against the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Turkish troops fire across Syria border, kill Kurd: activists

Yemeni officers in Syria not involved in fighting: official

1948 Palestinians remember 13 killed by Israeli police in 2nd intifada

 

Africa

Muslim Militants Shifting Focus to North Africa: Tunisia Leader

Our revolution has been stolen, say Libya's jihadists

South Africa opens inquiry into mine deaths

Saudi to participate in meeting of Arab Radio Committee in Tunisia

Nigeria seasonal floods kill 148: Red Cross

Nigerian gunmen 'kill Mubi students'

Nigeria's Boko Haram says no peace talks, spokesman arrested

Boko Haram chief issues threat over anti-Islam film in video

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s terms for housemaids to Saudi Arabia ‘outrageous’

Malaysian Court Rules That Publishing a Newspaper Is a Basic Right

Manila, Muslim rebels start peace talks, deal seen close

Suspected Shia attacker surrenders in East Java

Supreme Court Judges Annul Death Sentence in Drug Case

Little Government Remorse Evident Over Indonesia's 1965 Killings

 

North America

Lawyers Seek to Block British Muslim Cleric’s Extradition to U.S.

Obama, Netanyahu got what they hoped for at UN meeting

Video Seems to Show American Journalist Being Held by Islamists in Syria

Iranian economy under unprecedented pressure: White House

US rejects call for its UN ambassador to quit over Benghazi attack

 

South Asia

Maldives ruling party MP brutally stabbed to death

U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

1990 democratic success pre-dated Arab Spring

Attack on Buddhists condemned

Nearly 300 held in Bangladesh for attacks on Buddhists

Bangla: Myanmar refugees attacked Buddhist shrines

 

Australia

Islamic hackers deface Oz govt website over anti-Islam film

 

Europe

Twitter, Facebook would have raised fatwa danger: Salman Rushdie

Russia bans controversial anti-Islam video

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Attend mosque daily for your sin: Pak court tells brothel owner

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Pakistan

 

Attend mosque daily for your sin: Pak court tells brothel owner

 Oct 02 2012

Islamabad : A court in Pakistan's restive northwest has granted bail to a brothel owner on the condition that she will spend an hour a day at a mosque for a month to repent for her sins.

Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan accepted the bail application of brothel owner Neelam yesterday.

The judge said Neelam must visit the Imam of Zarghuni mosque in Hayatabad area of Peshawar every day for a month.

The judge also accepted the bail applications of four women who were arrested during a police raid on Neelam's brothel last month.

The judge directed all the women to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each with two reliable sureties, The Express Tribune reported.

According to a complaint registered by police on September 6, the raid was carried out after police officials received information that a house in Hayatabad was being run as a brothel.

The arrested women had filed an application for bail in a lower court on September 14. However, Additional District and Sessions Judge Asad Hameed Bangash rejected the bail pleas.

Acting on information provided by Neelam, the High Court had sent police to another alleged brothel run by a man and his wife.

However, the man's daughter denied the charges and said Neelam was a domestic help at their house and had escaped after robbing them.

The High Court had accepted the bail pleas of the man and his wife.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/attend-mosque-daily-for-your-sin-pak-court-tells-brothel-owner/1010835/

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Cheating spouses keep Pakistani private detective busy

Oct 2, 2012

LAHORE: Twenty-three years of military service come in handy when Masood Haider gets a call from a suspicious spouse.

He quickly dispatches a surveillance team to keep tabs on the partner believed to be heading off for an illicit rendezvous.

In deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan where arranged marriages are common and adultery can be punished by death, it is an illustration of how much the society is changing that Haider's private detective agency exists at all.

"What was taken as taboo 20 to 25 years ago is no more taken that way," said Haider, 53, a former army pilot who founded FactFinders, Pakistan's first licensed private detective agency.

The business of exposing cheating spouses, he says, is growing.

"People simply understand that if two people cannot live under one roof and they cannot co-exist peacefully it is better to disengage and carry on with their lives instead of dragging it on."

Pakistan portrays itself as a progressive Islamic nation. But since the 1980s, it has been drifting towards a more conservative interpretation of Islam that has reshaped the political landscape, fuelled militancy and cowed champions of tolerance into silence.

Adultery is a capital crime under Islamic Sharia law. Death sentences are rarely carried out by the state but people sometimes do take matters into their own hands, especially in rural areas.

Yet women are becoming increasingly assertive about confronting unfaithful spouses. So are men.

"When I opened this company I was not sure whether Pakistani men would confide in me regarding their wives," said Haider, in his spacious office in the city of Lahore where he began his venture on Valentine's Day two years ago.

"But to my surprise the first case I received was of a cheating wife."

His services do not come cheap. The downpayment for FactFinders to check on an unfaithful partner is $5,500, out of reach of most people who on average bring home just $60 a month.

Clients are mostly wealthy Pakistanis who live here, or in Britain, the United States or United Arab Emirates and want to keep a close eye on spouses or fiancees from afar.

His investigations are not restricted to cases of infidelity.

One man, for example, desperately wanted him to retrieve a stolen computer with compromising pictures of his naked wife.

But it is mostly husbands or wives tormented by suspicion of cheating who turn to Haider.

His website promises to "Off load your burden with full confidentiality" with the suggestive image of a turned-over high heeled-shoe beside a wine glass. To reinforce the point, another photograph shows a luxury car splashed with graffiti from an angry wife or girlfriend.

Emergency hotline

For the really desperate, there is an emergency hotline.

"I think if women could afford it, 80 percent of Pakistani women would be here," said one woman client.

"In our culture women are discouraged. They are expected to suck it up and be quiet about it. I am done with the being scared part."

His staff of 30, scattered across Pakistan with a few in Britain for clients there, are recruited from retired military and police officers and the financial industry.

Fatima, 32, worked for Britain's Scotland Yard before joining Haidar's outfit, where she does research and manages surveillance teams and other operations.

"In a country like Pakistan, we should promote such things (businesses). There is nothing bad about it."

Some philanderers go to creative extremes to avoid being caught.

A wealthy Karachi man posed as a rent-a-car driver when meeting his lover. To keep a closer watch, Haider deployed a female detective agent disguised as a maid in the woman's house .

"So, under one roof, the driver was not the driver and the maid was not the maid. It was 'The Bold and the Beautiful' going on in real life," said Haider, referring to the US television soap opera.

Most infidelity takes place in the first five years of marriage or 20 years into married life, he pointed out.

The indiscretions may be one reason why divorce rates are rising. The Islamabad Arbitration Council, where divorces are officially registered, says the number of broken marriages, have doubled in the last ten years.

In 2011, there were 557 divorces filed in the capital Islamabad alone, compared to 208 in 2002.

Even after 150 cases, some still shock Haider.

"A client caught his wife red-handed in the bedroom with her lover," said Haider, who has grey hair and a light mustache and retired from the army in 2000. "Instead of being ashamed, she blamed the lover for being caught."

"'It is because of this idiot that I was caught. Otherwise I was doing it for three years'," Haider laughingly quoted her as telling her husband. "I thought 'look at the guts of this lady'."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Cheating-spouses-keep-Pakistani-private-detective-busy/articleshow/16637134.cms

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Zardari's sister vouces for better Indo-Pak relations

Oct 2, 2012, 03.00PM

ATTARI: While expressing hope of early redressal of controversial core issues between India and Pakistan, Faryal Talpur, Pakistan People's Party, Member National Assembly and sister of Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari arrived India via Attari land border to offer prayers at Rauza Sharif- Dargah of Sheikh Ahmad Faruqi Sirhindi at Sirhand on Tuesday.

Besides officials of Pakistan High Commission, she was received by district transport officer Vimal Setia at the border. Pakistan side had laid red carpet in honour of Faryal who was accompanied by a delegation of MNAs. "The crucial issues are in process of dialogue and I hope that they will be resolved soon," said Faryal while talking to media persons .

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Zardaris-sister-vouces-for-better-Indo-Pak-relations/articleshow/16639261.cms?

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Vital to raise voice for Balochistan’s missing persons, says Nawaz

October 02, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the issue of Balochistan was crucial and that those who had gone missing from the province were Pakistani citizens and it was vital to raise one’s voice for them, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Lahore after condoling former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president and human rights activist Asma Jahangir over her mother’s demise, the PML-N chief said the recovery of the missing was the government’s responsibility, adding that, the government should have taken significant steps to resolve the issue during the past four years.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/02/vital-to-raise-voice-for-balochistans-missing-persons-says-nawaz/

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Pak claims Zardari statement on Kashmir not unwarranted

Oct 02 2012

United Nations : Strongly reacting to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's reference to Kashmir at the UN, Pakistan has claimed that Jammu and Kashmir had never been an integral part of India and said President Asif Ali Zardari's statement on the issue was "not unwarranted".

Pakistan's mission to the UN said it was exercising its 'Right of Reply' regarding the remarks made by the Indian minister that an "unwarranted" reference to Jammu and Kashmir was made at the United Nations.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-claims-zardari-statement-on-kashmir-not-unwarranted/1010827/

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No questioning, no controlling the Pakistan army

Nahal Toosi

October 02, 2012

Pakistan army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (L) listens to a reporter during a joint press conference with General Hou Shusen, Deputy Chief of the People's Liberation Army, China, at the conclusion of a joint exercise in Jhelum, Pakistan. AP Photo/BK Bangash

The footage was startling: A group of what appeared to be Pakistani soldiers gunning down several blindfolded men in a forested area. As the clips circulated online and the US threatened to cut aid, Pakistan's army chief promised a full investigation and punishment for any wrongdoers. Two  years later: Silence.

What has the inquiry found? The army won't say. Was anyone punished? Not a word. Some rights activists question whether an investigation even took place.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/No-questioning-no-controlling-the-Pakistan-army/Article1-938717.aspx

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Civilians struggle to check Pakistan army's power

Oct 2, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The footage was startling: A group of what appeared to be Pakistani soldiers gunning down several blindfolded men in a forested area. As the clips circulated online and the US threatened to cut aid, Pakistan's army chief promised a full investigation and punishment for any wrongdoers.

Two years later: Silence.

What has the inquiry found? The army won't say. Was anyone punished? Not a word. Some rights activists question whether an investigation even took place.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Civilians-struggle-to-check-Pakistan-armys-power/articleshow/16638287.cms?

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Pakistani Taliban offers protection to Imran Khan

Oct 2, 2012

LONDON:The Pakistani Taliban has offered protection to Imran Khan who is scheduled to hold a peace march in the violence-prone tribal areas on Sunday, it was reported here.

Imran Khan, a former cricketer, now heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. His rallies have witnessed a massive participation.

The Pakistani Taliban's senior commanders said a meeting headed by the group's leader Hakimullah Mehsud set aside earlier instructions to send suicide bombers to assassinate Khan, reported Daily Telegraph.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-Taliban-offers-protection-to-Imran-Khan/articleshow/16637533.cms?

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Musharraf asks APML workers to make his party strong

Oct 2, 2012

LAHORE: Former President Pervez Musharraf has asked workers of his All Pakistan Muslim League to make the party strong so that he can make up his mind about returning to the country from self-exile.

Musharraf has already hinted that he could return to Pakistan once an interim government is installed to oversee the next general election scheduled to be held in early 2013.

The caretaker set-up is likely to be put in place in the first quarter of next year.

"I want to make my homecoming meaningful, which is only possible if my party starts showing a good performance," Musharraf said while addressing his party workers here via a video link from London yesterday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Musharraf-asks-APML-workers-to-make-his-party-strong/articleshow/16638261.cms?

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India

 

Retracing Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps

OLYMPIA SHILPA GERALD

Oct 2, 2012

As the nation observes the birth anniversary of the ‘father of nation’, we decided to look at his association with Tiruchi, a city that had its small but significant role to play in the freedom movement. Determined to retrace his footsteps, we revisit well-known and forgotten sites that bear the Mahatma’s stamp, giving up their layers of dust, dirt and oblivion just in time for a spring –cleaning on Bapu’s birthday.

In the market place

Manoeuvring through the lanes redolent of fresh turmeric and vegetable waste, we follow a quest to discover the origin of the name behind one of the state’s largest markets. Rathinavel Thevar is said to have invited Gandhi to lay the foundation stone of the Gandhi Market. Though we look in vain behind mounds of tomatoes at various plaques, the foundation tablet is elusive.

Finally, right opposite the clock tower, we find a tea shop and sundry vendors who assure us they know what we are looking for. Four men move large wooden crates and gunny sacks and behind bundles of coriander at the bottom of the wall, is a plaque with obscure lettering. Scrubbed with water the stone tablet in Tamil reads, ‘Gandhi Market opened by Mahatma Gandhi in the Puratassi month, Prabhava year’, which is around 1927.

Seat of ahimsa

A few kilometres away, right behind the gates of the Srimati Indira Gandhi College, is a sprawling knotted peepal tree. The ‘Gandhi Tree’ as the plaque reads, states that beneath its leafy shade Gandhi addressed students and staff in 1932. At that time, the campus housed the National College which moved to its current premises later. According to Muthusamy, former principal, National College, Saranathan, a nationalist and the then principal of the college invited Gandhi to the college to speak to students.

Gandhi is said to have visited Tiruchi five times, says Soundararajan, president, Tiruchi Philatelist’s Association. The association released a special cover in 1987 commemorating the 70 anniversary of Gandhi’s first visit in 1917. Where did Gandhi stay during his visits? Local lore leads us to the erstwhile bungalow of surgeon and nationalist T.S.S Rajan behind the salt satygraha memorial on Mc Donalds Road. The India Post office operates from the building today. The weather-beaten building has a narrow but sturdy wooden staircase that leads to a room on the first floor with Karaikudi tiles and bright green shutters. A sketch of the Mahatma and another of the Dandi March find a place in the room. Kamala Ramasamy, wife of T.S.S Rajan’s grandson relates anecdotes to confirm that the bungalow was indeed Gandhi’s choice of residence. “I was told that Gandhiji once opened an x-ray unit in Rajan thatha’s clinic. There was a barber Govindan from Srirangam who claimed that he shaved Gandhi, showing off a towel that Gandhi presented to him.”

Final resting place

Our trail ends at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital which was named so in 1950 owing to the Gandhi Asthi Mandapam right next to it. The mandapam, a quiet spot on a bustling road houses Gnadhi’s ashes and is topped with a slab with two words ‘Hey Ram’. It is an annual tradition of the Seva Sangam, women’s welfare organisation founded on the first death anniversary of Gandhi, to pay homage to the Mahatma.

Seva Sangam members tell us that the ashes of Gandhi that were scattered on the major rivers of India were brought to Tiruchi to be immersed in river Cauvery. T.S.S.Rajan brought them in two urns, which are still retained by family as souvenirs.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/retracing-mahatma-gandhis-footsteps/article3957904.ece

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‘Dead’ Khalistan militant in police net

By Mail Today Bureau in New Delhi

October 02, 2012

A 45- YEAR- OLD suspected Khalistan militant, believed to be killed in a police encounter in 1992, was arrested by the special cell of the Delhi Police in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, a week ago.

Call it a twist of fate, Sukhwinder Singh, who managed to hoodwink investigating agencies for over two decades, came into the notice of the Delhi Police during an investigation into the case of a drug trafficker, Raj Kandola.

Full report at: Mail Today

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High Court asks PoK native to clarify citizenship

Oct 02 2012

Mumbai: At the last hearing, the state govt had informed the court that it had withdrawn the case against Khan as it considered PoK a part of India and hence, Khan was an Indian citizen

Bombay High Court directed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) native Siraj Khan on Monday to clarify whether he was a citizen of India or Pakistan.

A division bench of Justices A S Oka and M S Sanklecha was hearing a petition by Khan seeking direction to the government to deport him to PoK.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/high-court-asks-pok-native-to-clarify-citizenship/1010622/

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War of words: Krishna fights back Zardari K-bomb at UN

Oct 2, 2012

NEW DELHI: India-Pakistan bonhomie stops at the gates of Kashmir. Foreign minister SM Krishna made a spirited rebuttal of Pakistan president Asif Zardari's contention that Kashmir was a symbol of the failure of the United Nations process.

In his speech at the UNGA on Monday, Krishna said, "The people of Jammu and Kashmir have chosen and reaffirmed their destiny repeatedly through India's well established democratic processes."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/War-of-words-Krishna-fights-back-Zardari-K-bomb-at-UN/articleshow/16633272.cms

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J&K govt denies issuing orders to block YouTube, Facebook; blames snag

Oct 2, 2012

SRINAGAR: Internet users in Kashmir have been unable to access YouTube for the last four days while popular social networking site Facebook has been accessible intermittently.

Netizens blamed the government for ordering service providers to block the popular sites apparently over an anti-Islam film denigrating the Prophet. But Jammu & Kashmir information technology minister Aga Ruhullah denied this. "There may be some technical snag with the service," Aga said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social-media/JK-govt-denies-issuing-orders-to-block-YouTube-Facebook-blames-snag/articleshow/16634720.cms?

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26/11 probe: India seeks to send NIA team to Pakistan

Oct 2, 2012

NEW DELHI: India wants to send a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Pakistan to physically examine all material evidence collected by the neighbouring country's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in connection with its 26\11 terror attack case probe there. New Delhi will soon write to Islamabad, making a formal request to this effect.

The matter was first discussed between Indian home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik when they met on sidelines of a SAARC conference in Maldives last week. Malik is learnt to have assured Shinde to look at Indian request within the legal ambit.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-probe-India-seeks-to-send-NIA-team-to-Pakistan/articleshow/16634034.cms

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Jammu and Kashmir governor, CM pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

Oct 2, 2012

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah paid tributes to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 143rd birth anniversary.

The Governor, in his message on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, recalled Mahatma Gandhi's contributions to the struggle for the achievement of freedom from the colonial yoke, his sustained campaign against social injustice, racism and suppression of the under-privileged sections and his unending pursuit for establishment of a truly secular and harmonious society.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gandhi-Jayanti-Jammu-and-Kashmir-governor-CM-pay-tributes-to-Mahatma-Gandhi/articleshow/16639132.cms?

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More J&K panchayat chiefs resign

M Saleem Pandit

 Oct 2, 2012

SRINAGAR: Not impressed with the Jammu & Kashmir government's assurances of protection from militants, the panchayat chiefs in the Valley continue to issue advertisements announcing their resignation from the post through advertisements in local newspapers.

The Valley's Urdu dailies carried advertisements of 40-odd panchs and sarpanches on Monday in which the chiefs announced that they had resigned after a series of attacks on the village officials in the Valley.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/More-JK-panchayat-chiefs-resign/articleshow/16634703.cms

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India says didn't expect Zardari to rake up Kashmir at UN

 Oct 02 2012

United Nations : India today said it did not expect Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to rake up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, affirming that the state is its integral part.

"I did not expect that President Zardari would make a reference to Kashmir and once a reference from Pakistan at the highest level in the UN is made, then it is certainly the responsibility of India to state its stated position," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said.

His comments came as Pakistan, reacting to Krishna's reference to Kashmir in his UNGA address, claimed that Jammu and Kashmir had never been an integral part of India and said Zardari's statement on the issue was "not unwarranted".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-says-didnt-expect-zardari-to-rake-up-kashmir-at-un/1010862/

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Aga Khan Palace to give rooms on rent to visitors in 3 months

Ardhra Nair

Oct 02 2012

For the first time, those who want to imbibe the Gandhian philosophy while enjoying the the lush green surroundings at Aga Khan Palace can soon get rooms on rent on its premises.

"We are planning to rent out some rooms to visitors. Once the renovation work is over, we will work out the details," said Shobhna Ranade, Secretary, Gandhi National Memorial Society. "At present, we are thinking of renting out a room per visitor for three days at a stretch. We will charge a very nominal amount for the rooms. Within the next three months, the rooms will be ready to be rented out," Ranade added.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/aga-khan-palace-to-give-rooms-on-rent-to-visitors-in-3-months/1010685/

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Gujarat govt forced to revoke Bhatt suspension

D. P. Bhattacharya/ Ahmedabad

October 02, 2012

THE Gujarat government on Monday revoked the suspension of controversial IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt.

The state home department admitted that “ a detailed proposal” was “ sent to the Union home ministry to put the case before the Central Review Committee for extension of suspension period of Shri Bhatt beyond one year from the date of suspension.” The committee, according to the order, had rejected the proposal of the state government for extension of Bhatt’s suspension beyond one year “ as it is not in accordance” with the All India Services Rules.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Arab World

 

Assad Betrayed Col Gaddafi To Save Self?

Oct 2, 2012

Syrian President Bashar-al Assad's regime brought about Muammar Gaddafi's death by helping French spies set a trap for the Libyan leader after obtaining his satellite telephone number from the Syrian government. The Telegraph quoted Rami El Obeidi, an ex-intelligence official in Tripoli, as saying that Assad 'sold out his fellow tyrant in an act of self-preservation'.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Assad-betrayed-Col-to-save-self/articleshow/16633371.cms

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Syria Claims Refugee Crisis Was Invented

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

October 1, 2012

UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s foreign minister told the United Nations on Monday that the violence racking his country was entirely the fault of other nations supplying the armed opposition, that the refugee crisis was concocted by Syria’s enemies and that a dialogue on a political transition was still possible.

Even as the minister, Walid al-Moallem, was speaking on behalf of Syria at the annual opening debate of the General Assembly, the United Nations was condemning his government for not doing enough to reduce the violence that has left more than 20,000 people dead and thousands more wounded.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/world/middleeast/at-united-nations-syria-blames-foes-for-conflict.html?ref=world&gwh=AFD30025F1D1EBC744C2C6F134DF3D18

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At least 31,000 killed in Syria conflict: activists

October 02, 2012              

BEIRUT: Violence across Syria has killed at least 31,022 people, most of them civilians, since the outbreak of an anti-regime revolt in March last year, a monitoring group said.

"At least 22,257 civilians, 7,578 soldiers and 1,187 defectors have been killed in violence in the past 18 months," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189903-at-least-31000-killed-in-syria-conflict-activists.ashx#ixzz289GlDW5e

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No Syria solution in sight at UN General Assembly

By RON DePASQUALE

October 02, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After countless speeches, meetings and behind-the-scenes discussions, the war in Syria remained the unsolved problem that loomed over this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

As the week-long meeting of the U.N. General Assembly ended Monday, there were no breakthroughs on a civil war that has vexed diplomats, paralyzed the Security Council and raised new questions about the relevance of the United Nations.

Full report at: Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Dutch abortion boat heads to Morocco

October 02, 2012

A Dutch "abortion boat" is en route to Morocco in its first trip to a Muslim country.

The procedure is illegal in Morocco, unless the mother's life is at risk.

The organisation, Women on Waves (WoW), provides abortions and contraception information outside territorial waters in countries where abortion is illegal.

Over the past 11 years, a Women on Waves ship has visited Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Spain, sparking protests from anti-abortion groups.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19788279

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Amnesty calls on Egypt to tackle legacy of abuse

Rights organisation urges President Mohamed Morsi to bring Mubarak's men – responsible for killing and abusing protesters – to trial

2 Oct 2012

Amnesty International warned Tuesday that abuses by Egyptian police and military continued with impunity after regime change and Hosni Mubarak's ouster, and urged the country's newly elected leader to deal with this "bloody legacy" by bringing to justice those responsible for killing, maiming and abusing protesters.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/54546/Egypt/Politics-/Amnesty-calls-on-Egypt-to-tackle-legacy-of-abuse-.aspx

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Air strike kills children as Syrian war rages

 October 02, 2012

Shelling and air raids killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children, on Monday, a watchdog said, while rebels and loyalists fought close-quarter battles in Aleppo's main souk.

In New York, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Damascus to show compassion to its people, as Syrian

foreign minister Walid Muallem said a political solution was still possible if the West and Gulf states halted support for the rebels.

Muallem also dismissed the concerns Washington has about the security of Syria's chemical weapons, branding them as a ploy to prepare the ground for an invasion, as he said had happened in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Air-strike-kills-children-as-Syrian-war-rages/Article1-938590.aspx

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Ministry acknowledges Saudi media not competitive

ABDUL HANNAN TAGO

2 October 2012

A high-ranking Saudi official from the Ministry of Culture and Information (MCI) acknowledged that the Saudi media is unable to compete with the international media. As such, its production cannot meet the national needs and aspirations.

The observation was made by Riyadh K. Najm, deputy minister for Information Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Information, at the opening of the Second Saudi Broadcasting Forum at theMarriott Hotel recently. The event was attended by the Vice Minister of Culture and Information Abdullah Al-Jasser.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/ministry-acknowledges-saudi-media-not-competitive

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Syrian media: Palestinian Hamas group is ungrateful

2 October 2012

BEIRUT: Syria’s state-run media have criticized the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas — once a staunch ally of the Damascus regime — for turning his back on President Bashar Assad.

Syrian TV in a late Monday broadcast described Hamas’ leader Khaled Mashaal as “ungrateful and traitorous.”

Mashaal used to be based in Damascus but now spends most of his time in Qatar, which backs Syrian rebels battling Assad’s troops.

Relations between Assad’s regime and Hamas have been disintegrating over since Syria’s uprising erupted over 18 months ago. Hamas at first took a neutral stance, but then in February, the group praised Syrians for “moving toward democracy and reform.”

Most Hamas leaders have since left Syria to settle in Egypt, where their allies in the Muslim Brotherhood are in power.

http://www.arabnews.com/syrian-media-palestinian-hamas-group-ungrateful

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States backing Syria rebels 'aid terror' - Walid Muallem

October 02, 2012

Syria has accused a number of countries backing rebel groups in the country of supporting terrorism.

In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem singled out the US, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for criticism.

Calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step down were, he said, "blatant interference" in Syria's affairs.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Syrian authorities to show compassion to their own people.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19788780

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Egyptian Delta village declares 'independence' after decades of neglect

Residents of Daqahliya's Tahsin village launch campaign of civil disobedience to demand desperately-needed infrastructure after years of isolation and neglect

Nada El-Kouny

 1 Oct 2012

"All we ask for is a road to tie us to the rest of the world, to connect us to life," explains Ahmed Abdel-Qader, a local blacksmith from the isolated village of Tahsin in Egypt's Daqahliya governorate.

Abdel-Qader stressed the importance of the road to the some 3000 residents of the delta village that just over a week ago decided to launch a campaign of civil disobedience and declare independence from Daqahliya. 

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/54436/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-Delta-village-declares-independence-after.aspx

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Assad tours Aleppo, orders more troops into battle: paper

October 02, 2012    

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad is visiting the city of Aleppo to take a first-hand look at the fighting between government forces and rebels and has ordered 30,000 more troops into the battle, a Lebanese paper said on Tuesday.

Al-Diyar newspaper, which is known for its pro-Assad stance, said the president had flown by helicopter at dawn from the presidential palace in Damascus to Aleppo.

It did not specify what day the trip started but said that Assad was still in Aleppo. The visit was decided on after reports that the situation in the city, Syria's largest and its commercial center, had become very serious.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189902-syrias-assad-tours-aleppo-orders-more-troops-into-battle-paper.ashx

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Amnesty urges Egypt to reform army, police

October 02, 2012

CAIRO: Amnesty International urged Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi on Tuesday to implement reforms in the police and army, publishing two reports condemning human rights abuses by security forces.

Morsi "has a historic opportunity to tackle the bloody legacy of police and army and guarantee that no one is above the law in Egypt," the watchdog said.

It called on him to introduce "sweeping reform" to the security forces, highlighting alleged human rights violations during the military-led transition that followed the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189900-amnesty-urges-egypt-to-reform-army-police.ashx#ixzz2895AigiU

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Egypt's Morsi seeks to 'reshape' foreign policy

October 02, 2012

By Christophe de Roquefeuil

CAIRO: In three months in office, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has sought to "reshape" diplomacy, while trying to attract foreign investment necessary for the recovery of post-revolt Egypt.

Shuttling between Beijing, New York, Brussels and Ankara, the Islamist leader has hammered his goal of restoring Egypt's "rightful place", particularly on key Middle Eastern issues such as Syria and the Palestinian question.

With a desire to distance himself from his pro-Western predecessors Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, he has slammed what he says is Egypt's "marginalisation" in recent decades.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189898-egypts-morsi-seeks-to-reshape-foreign-policy.ashx#ixzz2895KHlne

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8 Egyptians arrested in Syria: Embassy

Egyptians arrested entering Syria via Jordan expected to be deported by the end of the week, chargé d'affaires at Egyptian embassy in Damascus says

 1 Oct 2012

Eight Egyptians have been arrested while trying to enter Syria illegally via Jordan, Alaa Abdel-Aziz, chargé d'affaires at the Egyptian embassy in Damascus, said Monday.

The embassy was notified of the arrests by the Syrian authorities on Monday and the men are expected back in Egypt by the end of the week, he said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/54418/Egypt/Politics-/-Egyptians-arrested-in-Syria-Embassy.aspx

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Islamism and democracy conference in Qatar

 1 Oct 2012

Qatar to host conference on how Islamist movements are adapting to the growth of democracy in the Middle East

A three-day academic conference on Islamist movements and the transition to democracy in the Arab world will begin in Qatar on 6 October

The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), which is organising the event, has invited specialists on Islamic current affairs and prominent Islamist leaders to discuss how Islamist groups will adapt to changing circumstances in the region.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/18/54385/Books/Islamism-and-democracy-conference-in-Qatar.aspx

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Mideast Asia

 

Yemen Forces Kill Three Qaeda Leaders in Bomb Factory Raid

October 2, 2012

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces killed three militant leaders on Tuesday when they stormed a house used by al Qaeda for making bombs, the interior and defense ministries said.

Yemen, a U.S. ally, has been in turmoil since a popular uprising ousted veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh in February and is struggling to suppress a lethal insurgency, with the backing of Washington.

Army and security forces raided a house in the southern province of Aden at dawn, killing three militants in clashes that went on for almost two hours, the Interior Ministry said. Four soldiers were wounded.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/02/world/middleeast/02reuters-yemen-violence-

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Ahmadinejad's cameraman defects, seeks US asylum

Oct 02 2012

New York : An Iranian cameraman traveling with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his recent visit to the UN defected last week and is now seeking political asylum in the United States.

Hassan Gol Khanban, who defected in New York, was reportedly hiding out in an “undisclosed location” on Monday.

According to the New York Daily News, Khanban put in the paperwork after the Iranian delegation, which was in the city for the United Nations General Assembly, left on Thursday “and he didn’t.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ahmadinejads-cameraman-defects-seeks-us-asylum/1010790/

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Turkish Late president exhumed after 'suspicious' death

October 02, 2012

ISTANBUL: The body of Turkey's late president Turgut Ozal was to be exhumed Tuesday for a belated autopsy as part of a probe into allegations that his death in 1993 might have been caused by poisoning, Anatolia reported.

The exhumation began early in the morning at Ozals' mausoleum in Istanbul's historic Topkapi district, after prosecutors issued a warrant for toxicology tests on his remains last month, according to the agency.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189882-turkish-late-president- ------------

 

Anti-Christian graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem monastery

October 02, 2012

Vandals have spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti on the main door of a Franciscan monastery outside Jerusalem, Church officials have said.

Photographs published online showed blue graffiti denigrating Jesus at the Convent of Saint Francis on Mount Zion.

Also spray-painted on the door were the words "price tag".

Jewish settlers and extremists have been carrying out so-called "price-tag" attacks in retaliation for Israeli government curbs on settlement growth.

'Forces of hatred'

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19798403

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Iranians Attack French Embassy Over Prophet Film

October 2, 2012

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Dozens of Iranians angered over an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a weekly in France have attacked the French Embassy in Tehran.

Shop vendors and residents in the area say protesters smashed a police guard post outside the embassy and a bulletin board at the embassy wall.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/02/world/middleeast/ap-prophet-

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Iran warns against the use of chemical weapons in Syria

October 2, 2012 

Iran added its voice to warnings against Syria ever using chemical weapons in its increasingly large-scale war with anti-government rebels.

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in New York that Iran could not support any country, including ally Syria, that used such weapons, calling this "a situation that will end everything."

"If any country... uses weapons of mass destruction, that is the end of the validity, eligibility, legality, whatever you name it, of that government," he said at a talk given to the Council on Foreign Relations think tank.

Full report at: Source: Al Jazeera

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Turkish troops fire across Syria border, kill Kurd: activists

October 02, 2012              

BEIRUT: Turkish troops fired across the Syrian border on Tuesday, killing a member of a Kurdish militia and wounding two others in the first such fatal shooting at the Turkish frontier, a watchdog reported.

"The three Kurds, members of a Kurdish militia hostile to the Damascus regime but also wary of the rebellion, were patrolling the border in (Syria's) Hasaka province when they were hit by Turkish army fire from the other side," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"This was the first fatal shooting at the Turkish border," he added.

The incident occurred in in the Derbassiyeh region of the northwest province of Hasaka, according to the Britain-based Observatory.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189885-turkish-troops-fire-across-syria-border-kill-kurd-ngo.ashx#ixzz2895hKjtP

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Yemeni officers in Syria not involved in fighting: official

October 02, 2012

SANAA: Five Yemeni army officers being held by a shadowy Islamist group in Syria are students at a military academy in Aleppo and are not involved in the fighting that has engulfed the country, a Yemeni official said.

In a statement released late Monday on the ministry of defence website, the unnamed official denied the officers had "any link at all, and they did not participate in the events in Syria."

He said the five officers "were on their way back home after they completed their studies," at the academy in Aleppo, northern Syria's largest city where fierce battles have been raging between regime troops and rebels.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189883-yemeni-officers-in-syria-not-involved-in-fighting-official.ashx#ixzz2895nHNT7

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1948 Palestinians remember 13 killed by Israeli police in 2nd intifada

Palestinians in Israel mark 12 years on the outbreak of the Palestinian Intifiada

Monday 1 Oct 2012

Palestinians paraded in towns across northern Israel on Monday to mark 12 years since police shot dead 13 civilians during protests in support of a Palestinian uprising.

At least 2,000 marched in the Galilee town of Sakhnin, carrying Palestinian flags and pictures of the 13 killed in the October 2000 unrest, an AFP journalist at the scene reported.

Police stayed on the edge of the town, away from the march to the local cemetery, which passed peacefully.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/54506/World/Region/-Palestinians-remember--killed-by-Israeli-police-i.aspx

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Africa

 

Muslim Militants Shifting Focus to North Africa: Tunisia Leader

October 2, 2012

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamist militants are shifting their focus from southwest Asia to Arab North Africa and stepping up violence in the region, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said in an interview published on Tuesday.

Moderate Islamists who were harshly suppressed by secular Arab dictators have gained political power or prominence following popular uprisings in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

But armed, militant Islamist groups, including the North African wing of al Qaeda, have also benefited from lapses in internal security across the region wrought by the often chaotic transition to more democratic government.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/02/world/africa/02reuters-tunisia-marzouki-

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Our revolution has been stolen, say Libya's jihadists

October 02, 2012

By Suleiman al-Khalidi

DERNA, Libya: From the mountains of Afghanistan and the streets of Baghdad to the iron cages of Guantanamo Bay, Libyans from Derna have made their small city a big name in global jihad.

Now, with their nemesis Moammar Gadhafi gone, many are home - but say their battle for an Islamic state has only just begun.

The death of the U.S. ambassador last month in the sack of Washington's consulate in Benghazi - an assault Washington says may have involved al Qaeda-allied militants - has shone a global spotlight on armed Islamists across eastern Libya.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Oct-02/189905-our-revolution-has-been-stolen-say-libyas-jihadists.ashx#ixzz289GqwKow

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South Africa opens inquiry into mine deaths

October 02, 2012

A formal commission of inquiry opened its investigation Monday into the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa that led to the death of 46 people.

The commission, composed of a panel of three legal experts, started off with public hearings at the civic centre in Rustenburg, the town closest to the mine.

The panel then visited the mine, where they were met by a small group of protesters demanding that the perpetrators of violence be held accountable.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-africa-opens-inquiry-into-mine-deaths/article3955516.ece

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Saudi to participate in meeting of Arab Radio Committee in Tunisia

 2 October 2012

TUNIS: Radio Standing Committee of Arab States Broadcasting Union will hold its 17th session at the headquarters of the Union in Tunisia on Wednesday with the participation of representatives of Member States, including Saudi Arabia.

The session will discuss topics related to the Union’s plans in the field of radio for the next year and exchanges of Arab radio programs.

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-participate-meeting-arab-radio-committee-tunisia

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Nigeria seasonal floods kill 148: Red Cross

2 October 2012

LAGOS: Flooding across Nigeria has killed at least 148 people and displaced more than 64,000, the Red Cross said Tuesday, warning of an increased risk that water-borne diseases like cholera could spread.

Local officials in two northern states have previously reported at least 135 cases of cholera linked to heavy downpour during the rainy season.

The Red Cross said residents in 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states have been affected by seasonal flooding and announced the launch of an emergency funding appeal to procure needed relief materials including temporary shelter.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/nigeria-seasonal-floods-kill-148-red-cross

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Nigerian gunmen 'kill Mubi students'

October 02, 2012

At least 20 students have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mubi, north-eastern Nigeria, a police source has told the BBC.

The attack happened at a student hostel away from the Federal Polytechnic Mubi campus, the source said.

A lecturer told the BBC that more than 40 students had been killed but there has been no official comment.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19801814

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Nigeria's Boko Haram says no peace talks, spokesman arrested

 2 Oct 2012

The purported leader of Boko Haram, the Islamist sect in Nigeria, has denied government statements the group is involved in peace talks and has said its spokesman Abu Qaqa has been captured by security forces.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said the authorities were in dialogue with Boko Haram via back channels and that this was helping neutralise the threat the sect posed.

But Abubakar Shekau, the group's leader, said in a video posted on YouTube on Sunday that no such talks were going on.

"Let it be clear that we never sought dialogue or to sit down with government agents or representatives ... they (Nigerian leaders) will never know peace while they attack our members."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/54513/World/International/Nigerias-Boko-Haram-says-no-peace-talks,-spokesman.aspx

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Boko Haram chief issues threat over anti-Islam film in video

 1 Oct 2012

The suspected leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has issued a threat in a YouTube video over a US-made anti-Islam film that has sparked widespread protests in the Muslim world.

"First, insults against the prophet, evil plots against him, making blasphemous movies against him, all these will do no harm to Islam," Abubakar Shekau says in the video which appears to have been posted on Sunday. "Anybody plotting this will surely pay for it. Everybody knows what this statement entails. Everybody should wait and see what we will do regarding this."

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/54467/World/International/Boko-Haram-chief-issues-threat-over-antiIslam-film.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia’s terms for housemaids to Saudi Arabia ‘outrageous’

 2 October 2012

Indonesia won’t send housemaids to the Kingdom until Saudi Arabia opens special courts for its nationals and creates laws to prohibit servitude, said Saad Al-Battah, head of the national committee for recruitment.

He said they also wanted the Kingdom to provide protection to runaway maids and allow them to communicate with their friends in the Kingdom.

Al-Battah expressed his outrage at Indonesia’s conditions, calling them “funny”. He also wondered what kind of “friends” the maids would communicate with.

Indonesia’s conditions are unacceptable as they are questioning the judicial system in Saudi Arabia, he said. The Kingdom’s laws indeed prohibit slavery, cruelty, prostitution and sexual assaults, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/indonesia%E2%80%99s-terms-housemaids

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Malaysian Court Rules That Publishing a Newspaper Is a Basic Right

By LIZ GOOCH

October 2, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR — Obtaining permission to publish a newspaper in Malaysia, where the print media are dominated by government-linked publications, is likely to become easier after a court ruled that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to publish and is a fundamental liberty, a lawyer said Tuesday.

In a decision welcomed as a victory for free speech by media freedom advocates, a Malaysian court ruled Monday that the government should not have rejected an application for a print publishing license by Malaysiakini, a popular independent news Web site, said Shanmuga Kanesalingam, a lawyer who represented Malaysiakini.

Under Malaysian law, a newspaper must obtain a permit from the government before it can publish.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/asia/malaysian-court-rules-that-publishing-a-

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Manila, Muslim rebels start peace talks, deal seen close

October 02, 2012

Negotiators from the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group began a fresh round of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, aiming to seal an agreement to end 40 years of conflict in the south of the mainly Catholic state.

Government and rebel negotiators are closing in on a peace deal after nearly 15 years of violence-interrupted talks, a potential landmark success for President Benigno Aquino that could pave the way for more investment in the country's impoverished but resource-rich south.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41324

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Suspected Shia attacker surrenders in East Java

 October 02 2012

Police say that a suspect in the deadly attack of Shiites in Sampang, East Java, surrendered to officers on Monday.

East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Hilman Thayib said on Tuesday that the suspect, identified as MS, 45, had been on the move after the attack, even going as far as Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/02/suspected-shia-attacker-surrenders-east-java.html

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Supreme Court Judges Annul Death Sentence in Drug Case

Camelia Pasandaran | October 02, 2012

Indonesia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that a panel of its judges has decided to revoke the death penalty for drug convict Hengky Gunawan, ruling that the sentence was in violation of the offender’s human rights.

“I heard that judges decided that way, but I haven’t seen the complete ruling,” Joko Sarwoko, a spokesman for the court, told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday. “The judges considered the ruling to be against human rights.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/supreme-court-judges-annul-death-sentence-in-drug-case/547787

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Little Government Remorse Evident Over Indonesia's 1965 Killings

Ezra Sihite | October 02, 2012

Calls for the national government to apologize and make reparations for the 1965 communist purge, in which up to two million people were killed, continue to fall on deaf ears.

Djoko Suyanto, the coordinating minister for political and security affairs, said an apology for one of the nation’s bloodiest episodes by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was not a simple matter.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/little-government-remorse-evident-over-indonesias-1965-killings/547679

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North America

 

Lawyers Seek to Block British Muslim Cleric’s Extradition to U.S.

By ALAN COWELL

October 2, 2012

LONDON — Lawyers for a Muslim cleric wanted in the United States on terrorism charges said on Tuesday that the preacher, Abu Hamza al-Masri, was physically unfit to face the accusations against him and that it would be “oppressive to extradite him” under the terms of British law.

Mr. Masri, 54, has been resisting extradition since 2004. United States prosecutors want him to face charges of calling for holy war in Afghanistan, involvement in kidnappings in Yemen and participating in a plot to set up a terrorism training camp in Bly, Ore.

The Egyptian-born preacher, once notorious for fiery sermons at North London’s Finsbury Park mosque, has been in prison in Britain since 2006 on separate charges, including incitement to murder.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/europe/lawyers-seek-to-block-muslim-clerics-

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Obama, Netanyahu got what they hoped for at UN meeting

Oct 1, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to get what they hoped for at the annual UN General Assembly after closing ranks to send a message to Iran that it may face war over its nuclear programme.

Obama and Netanyahu did not meet with each other at the United Nations, where leaders and foreign ministers from the world body's 193 member states have gathered since last week to give speeches and hold private talks to resolve conflicts and boost trade.

But the two men left the UN meeting with more than they arrived with: Obama with an assurance that Israel would not attack Iran's nuclear sites before the November 6 US presidential election, and Netanyahu with a commitment from Obama to do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from producing an atomic bomb.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-Netanyahu-got-what-they-hoped-for-at-UN-meeting/articleshow/16631790.cms

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Video Seems to Show American Journalist Being Held by Islamists in Syria

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

October 1, 2012

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Web site that supports the Syrian government publicized a video clip on Monday that showed Austin Tice, an American freelance journalist, to be alive but held hostage by what appeared to be Islamist militants. It was the first glimpse of Mr. Tice since Aug. 13.

Questions about the origin of the undated clip and the anomalies in it raised doubts about its authenticity, but colleagues and relatives confirmed that a masked figure with long hair and a scruffy beard appeared to be Mr. Tice, 31, a former Marine whose work has been published in McClatchy Company newspapers, The Washington Post and other news outlets.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/world/middleeast/austin-tice-seen-alive-in-video-on-pro-assad-web-site.html?ref=world&gwh=DDF039C9AA15CC4FD59F8CE7E87128E9

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Iranian economy under unprecedented pressure: White House

Oct 2, 2012

WASHINGTON: With Iran's currency plummeting to a new low, the Obama administration has said that the Iranian economy is under unprecedented pressure due to the decisions taken by its leaders.

"That situation is a direct result of the choices made by Iranian leaders. Due to their poor choices and economic mismanagement, Iran's economy is under unprecedented pressure," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

"From the outset, our policy has been to sharpen the choice for Iran's leaders. Iran can meet its international obligations regarding its nuclear program and rejoin the community of nations, or it will face increasing pressure and isolation," he told reporters yesterday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Iranian-economy-under-unprecedented-pressure-White-House/articleshow/16637048.cms

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US rejects call for its UN ambassador to quit over Benghazi attack

Oct 2, 2012

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is rejecting a demand from a senior Republican lawmaker for the US ambassador to the United Nations to resign.

Republican Peter King has said Susan Rice's explanation of the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a foreign policy failure.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-rejects-call-for-its-UN-ambassador-to-quit-over-Benghazi-attack/articleshow/16632872.cms

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South Asia

 

Maldives ruling party MP brutally stabbed to death

By JJ Robinson | October 2nd, 2012

MP of the government-aligned Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), Dr Afrasheem Ali, was brutally stabbed to death outside his home on Monday night.

The member for Ungoofaaru constituency in Raa Atoll was murdered after returning home from appearing on the TVM show “Islamee Dhiriulhun” (Islamic Life) with Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs Mohamed Qubad Aboobakuru.

The show finished around 11:00pm, and Afrasheem’s body was discovered by his wife at the bottom of the stairs of their apartment building shortly after midnight.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/ppm-mp-dr-afrasheem-found-brutally-murdered-44721

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U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ROD NORDLAND

October 1, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.

The once ambitious American plans for ending the war are now being replaced by the far more modest goal of setting the stage for the Afghans to work out a deal among themselves in the years after most Western forces depart, and to ensure Pakistan is on board with any eventual settlement. Military and diplomatic officials here and in Washington said that despite attempts to engage directly with Taliban leaders this year, they now expect that any significant progress will come only after 2014, once the bulk of NATO troops have left.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/world/asia/us-scales-back-plans-for-afghan-

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1990 democratic success pre-dated Arab Spring

October 02, 2012

Bangladesh offers an example to the rest of the world as a moderate Muslim majority country although the country faces an array of tensions and issues, said David Lewis, a leading British academic and author, yesterday.

"We live in a post 9/11 world, which has generated a huge degree of anxiety around the world, particularly in the West. But here in Bangladesh, we have a stable, Muslim majority democratic country with a unique blend of religious, national and cultural identity," said Lewis, who is currently professor of social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=252115

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Attack on Buddhists condemned

October 02, 2012

Eminent citizens and different organisations yesterday condemned the torching and vandalism of 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and over 50 houses in Ramu upazila of Cox's Bazar early Sunday by a mob.

In separate statements, they demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the violence, apparently triggered by a Facebook posting of a photo defaming the holy Quran.

A total of 28 eminent citizens alleged that a vested quarter fuelled the recent Rangamati clash between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers to foil the war crimes trial and lead the country into communalism.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=252109

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Nearly 300 held in Bangladesh for attacks on Buddhists

October 02, 2012

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had arrested nearly 300 people after Muslim mobs attacked temples and houses in what Buddhist leaders described as the worst violence against the community since independence. A total of 162 people were arrested in Cox's Bazaar, which bore the brunt of

the attacks on Saturday and Sunday nights, according to Khorshed Alam, a senior police officer in the southeastern district.

A further 76 were arrested in neighbouring Chittagong and 36 in Bandarban district, local police officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Bangladesh/Nearly-300-held-in-Bangladesh-for-attacks-on-Buddhists/Article1-938722.aspx

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Bangla: Myanmar refugees attacked Buddhist shrines

Oct 2, 2012

DHAKA: Bangladesh accused Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on Monday of involvement in attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in the southeast and said the violence was triggered by a photo posted on Facebook that insulted Islam. Thousands of Muslims went on a rampage in Buddhist areas of Bangladesh near the border on Saturday, setting ablaze more than a dozen temples and monasteries and at least 50 homes. Property was looted, including statues of the Buddha.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangla-Myanmar-refugees-attacked-Buddhist-shrines/articleshow/16633256.cms

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Australia

 

Islamic hackers deface Oz govt website over anti-Islam film

Oct 02 2012

Sydney : Web pages of the New South Wales (NSW) State Emergency Service were hacked and defaced in an apparent Islamic protest against the controversial YouTube video that insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

“The shame you are doing to Muslims is never going to be forgotten!!,” the message on the defaced pages, addressed to “US, Israel, France and all Muslim enemies”, reads.

“How can you even think talking about our Prophet Muhammad?? ... We will never let you humiliate and tease the Muslims,” it added.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/islamic-hackers-deface-oz-govt-website-over-antiislam-film/1010876/

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Europe

 

Twitter, Facebook would have raised fatwa danger: Salman Rushdie

Oct 02 2012

Berlin : British author Salman Rushdie said if a fatwa calling for his murder over his book 'The Satanic Verses' had been issued in the social networking era, it would have further endangered his life.

The writer, in Berlin to publicise his new account of the near decade he spent in hiding, said the campaign against his 1988 book had been “very efficient and very international” with just phones and fax machines.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/twitter-facebook-would-have-raised-fatwa-danger-salman-rushdie/1010788/

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Russia bans controversial anti-Islam video

Oct 1, 2012

MOSCOW: A Russian court paved the way for a potential closure of the video-sharing website YouTube by banning an anti-Islam video on Monday that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.

Moscow's Tverskoy Court ruled that the crude video, which was made in the United States and portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a fool and a womanizer, was "extremist".

Prosecutor Viktoria Maslova told the court that the video "puts the Islamic religion in a bad light and aids the rise of religious intolerance in the Russian Federation", the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Russia-bans-controversial-anti-Islam-video/articleshow/16631702.cms

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