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Islamic World News ( 27 Oct 2013, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Bangladesh Quaumi Madrasa Policy: Radical Islamist Group Hefazat-e Islam Warns Of Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Syrian Army Continues Advances, Kills Tens of Militants in Reef Idlib

 

 

South Asia

Bangladesh Quaumi Madrasa Policy: Radical Islamist Group Hefazat-e Islam Warns Of Civil War

Six Pakistani Muslim leaders arrested for "illegal activities" in Nepal

Maldives Human Rights Commission alleges police intimidation of its staff

War crimes tribunal irked over defiance’s absence

Maldivian Democracy on the Brink: US ambassador

 

Arab World

Syrian Army Continues Advances, Kills Tens of Militants in Reef Idlib

As Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Retreats, Members Come Under Extreme Pressure

Sadad, Christian Town, Retaken By Syrian Troops from Jihadis

Will Islamic windows be prohibited at traditional banks?

Kuwaiti Conservatives Object to Mixed-Company Smoking At Cafes

Saudis responsible for 60% harassment cases in the Kingdom

Gulf stability of paramount importance to Egypt: PM

Political Islam ‘a threat to Arab nation states’, Abu Dhabi forum

Militants arrested over attacks on Sinai minister and Warraq church

Main Syrian rebel groups declare opposition to Geneva peace talks

Al Hijri New Year holiday for public, private sectors on Nov 3

 

Mideast

Israel hands demolition orders in Al-Quds

Yemen must ban child marriage in new constitution - rights group

Palestinian downturn bites, aid falters, tunnels collapse

Israeli PM orders survey of American Jews stopped

Turkey's 'white hackers' to work for cyber security

Israel approves release of 26 Palestinian prisoners

Official Warns of West’s Biological War against Iran

 

India

Muslims Struggle For Graveyard in Etawah, UP, Bury Dead At Home, On Road

Pakistan to hand over Sarabjit's belongings

 

Southeast Asia

Court action on Allah issue is not against Muslims and Islam, says Sabah church

Muslim NGO slams human rights group, urges Putrajaya to act

Malaysia lagging behind all but two Southeast Asian countries in gender equality

 

Pakistan

Jamaat-i- Islami to resist privatisation of state institutions

Lyari waits with bated breath as rumours of ceasefire and jirga circulate

Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen opposes talks with militants

US gave assurance to help in TTP talks: Rashid

TTP man killed; 81 criminals netted in Karachi

Stabilising Balochistan: The ball is in the militants’ court, says Dr Malik

Must not negotiate with Taliban, says head of Shia political party

Pak writer Fatima Bhutto uses fiction to tell stories of women

 

Africa

Gambia’s Imam Baba Leigh, tops ‘African Human Rights Defenders Award’

Tunisia’s Ennahda will give up government but not power, says party leader

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir pledges to resolve Abyei dispute

 

Europe

Russia slams Syrian opposition threats against Geneva talks

Ending ban, Israel to appear at U.N. Rights Council

Muslim missionaries popular in Kyrgyzstan

UNFPA, UNICEF Hold Confab to End Female Genital Mutilation

NSA surveillance: Spain demands US explain 'monitoring'

 

North America

Muslim community leader slams NYPD surveillance program

US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying

NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month: report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh Quaumi Madrasa Policy: Radical Islamist Group Hefazat-e Islam Warns Of Civil War

Oct 28 2013

Radical Islamist group Hefazat-e Islam has warned of a civil war if the government goes ahead with its plan to control Quaumi madrasas like state-funded Alia madrasas.

“We won’t allow Quaumi madrasas to be controlled by the government. Lakhs of people will be killed if anyone tries to control Quami Madrasa,” secretary general of Hefazat, told a press conference in Chittagong yesterday.

The press conference, at AB Community Centre at Hathazari, was held to warn the government against passing Quaumi Madrasa Shikkha Kartripakkha Ain-2013.

“We won’t abide by such a law,” Hefajat Ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi told reporters at his madrasa in Hathazari after the press conference.

“Don’t try to control Quaumi Madrasa. There will be a civil war if you do,” he warned.

Allegations are that a section of Quaumi Madrasa students and teachers are involved in militancy. But Shafi said those allegations were false.

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hefajat-warns-of-civil-war/

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Six Pakistani Muslim leaders arrested for "illegal activities" in Nepal

Kalpit Parajuli

Oct 28 2013

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Nepali police arrested six Muslim leaders at mosque in Bara (southern Nepal) for engaging in illegal activities in the country. The men are from Pakistan and had been in Nepal for about two months. After they were detained, they accused the government of violating their rights.

"The six Islamic leaders do not have a work permit and without such a document no one can work in Nepal," said Bara District Chief Kailas Bajimaya.

Under Nepali law, those who enter the country for religious reasons are not required a work permit. However, many of those who entered the country as religious eventually began working in other fields.

In view of this, the authorities recently launched an awareness campaign to get leaders from religious minorities to hire people only for religious purposes and not other tasks.

"We are not making illegal arrests," said Communications Minister Madhav Poudel, who is also the government's spokesman.

"Anyone detained must show that their activities fall within the terms of the law," Poudel explained. "Many foreign Christians and Buddhists work as religious in our country. However, the government monitors all religious activities for security reasons. This way, we can check for criminals who use religion for illegal activities."

"If the authorities determine that the six Muslim leaders came to Nepal for religious reasons, they will release them immediately," the minister added. "Otherwise, they will be expelled from the country."

The Muslim community reacted to the situation by criticising both the arrest and the manner in which it was carried out.

According Nazrul Hassan, secretary general of the Islamic Federation of Nepal, the police stormed the mosque scaring the faithful.

"The government," he noted, "has the right to check the legality of our activities and maintain security, but arresting someone inside a religious building breaches the principle of religious freedom.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Six-Muslim-leaders-arrested-for-illegal-activities-in-Nepal-29378.html

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Maldives Human Rights Commission alleges police intimidation of its staff

By Mariyath Mohamed | October 27th, 2013

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has alleged that the police are attempting to intimidate commission staff members following the start of its investigations into what they maintain is police obstruction of the October 19 presidential election.

“The commission believes that what we are facing now is serious, unprecedented and unjustifiable intimidation from the police. We will continue the investigation, while also ensuring that we continue protecting every one of our team members,” HRCM member Jeehan Mahmoodh has told Minivan News.

Jeehan stated that, after criticising the police for acting outside of their mandate when obstructing the Elections Commissions (EC) efforts to conduct the presidential election on October 19, they have been facing what the commission believes to be attempts by the police to intimidate its staff.

Jeehan said that the police had requested the HRCM provide “complete details” of the staff members who witnessed the police’s actions outside of the EC on the morning of October 19.

“In the history of HRCM, we have never before had such a request, where details of individual staff are asked for in relation to an investigation. This just cannot be done,” Jeehan said.

“We responded, invoking Article 27 of the HRCM Act and informed the police that the commission will not compromise the safety of any of our staff members. We also explained that as this is an ongoing investigation we cannot compromise it by providing detailed information regarding the matter,” she continued.

Article 27 of the HRCM Act has two parts, with part (a) stating that, “No criminal or civil suit shall be filed against the President or Vice- President or a member of the Commission in relation to committing or omitting an act in good faith whilst undertaking responsibilities of the commission or exercising the powers of the Commission or the powers conferred to the Commission by a law”.

Part (b) of the same article says “The Commission can only be questioned or a suit can be filed against the Commission in court regarding a component in a report published by the Commission following an inquiry, should sufficient evidence be available to prove the component is false”.

Speaking out on human rights violation is our duty: HRCM

After Commissioner of Police Abdulla Riyaz tweeted saying, “HRCM to seek information after findings revealed!!”, Jeehan’s response echoed the HRCM statement released following the police’s initial suggestions that the HRCM had not made a balanced assessment.

“This is definitely not the first time HRCM has made comments in the instance that we observe a breach of human rights, regardless of who the instigators are. If a human rights violation becomes apparent to the commission, then we have both the right and the responsibility to promptly share this with the general public,” she said.

“For instance, after the events of February 8, 2012, HRCM immediately made a public initial statement on the matter…The police are well aware this is the norm,” she continued.

“Putting it in a different context, let’s say the police see a crime being committed, and arrests a person red-handed at the crime scene. They don’t wait for their full investigation to end, and nor does their investigation end there. But since they saw it happen, they get to make a stand. Similarly, when it is evident that a human rights violation has been committed, the commission will take a stand,” she said.

October 19

Jeehan also spoke to Minivan News about the HRCM’s work on October 19, the date intended for a fresh round of elections after the initial September 7 poll was annulled by the Supreme Court.

“Our team – it’s full strength including the commissioners – was on duty by 5:30am on October 19, as we were ready to carry out election observation. We then received reports of police obstructing EC officials, and immediately dispatched investigators to the EC offices. Our staff spoke with the EC Secretary General Asim Abdul Sattar, as well as a number of police officers there. Thereby, our staff are witnesses to the events that took place that day,” she explained.

“HRCM Vice President Tholal was in charge as Commission President Azra was away on hajj pilgrimage. Tholal tried multiple times to reach the police focal point – incidentally the same as the focal point for the EC – Assistance Commissioner of Police Ali Rasheed by phone, and finally sent a text message. ACP Rasheed did not respond to even the text until nearly midnight,” Jeehan continued.

“Tholal then called the Acting Home Minister [Ahmed Shafeeu], who is in effect the oversight over the police force. He asked the minister, and I quote, “why have police obstructed elections?”. The Minister informed us that the obstruction is not a police initiative or decision, and that they are following orders after much deliberation. Contrary to some media reports, the Home Ministry’s statement did not deny our claims that we contacted him and got this response, but rather confirms it,” Jeehan said.

“Police did not act in their own accord”: Home Minister

A press statement of the Home Ministry reads, “As the letter sent by the HRCM to the Police alleging that the police obstructed the elections scheduled for October 19 reveals that when they contacted the Acting Home Minister via phone and asked him why police had obstructed elections, he responded that the police had not acted out of their own accord but on orders that they had received, this ministry feels we must clarify what happened.”

“On the 19th of this month, in a phone conversation, Vice President of HRCM Ahmed Tholal asked why the police had acted in a manner against the government’s statement that it will provide cooperation to holding the election.”

“In response, the Minister had said that the police had not acted on their own accord, and that it had been in accordance with the advice of the relevant government bodies which was based on the verdict of the Supreme Court,” the statement concluded.

Police asks HRCM to identify officers they spoke with on October 19

Jeehan said that the police had also requested the HRCM provide identification details of the police officers that the commission’s investigators had spoken with on the morning of October 19.

“This is information that the police must have. They ought to know which of their officers they dispatched there, and what they did in their line of duty. That was the commission’s response to them, shouldn’t they know who it was?” Jeehan asked.

Jeehan also said that the commission has requested the police to provide an incident report on the events of October 19, as well as copies of all communication they have exchanged with any other institution after the date of the initial annulled election.

“It isn’t at all like the police are claiming on various media. We are not asking for information after reaching a conclusion. We made that initial statement that police obstructed elections based on our observations, and the fact that our staff were witness to it. We are now conducting a procedural investigation of the matter,” Jeehan explained.

“Furthermore, we have asked for copies of any communication between the police and any other institution from beyond the date of the obstructed election for an investigation that is based on other additional information we have received. We cannot yet reveal the details of this as it may compromise the investigation, but it will be made public upon completion,” she continued.

http://minivannews.com/politics/human-rights-commission-alleges-police-intimidation-69958

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War crimes tribunal irked over defence’s absence

Oct 28 2013

The International Crimes Tribunal 1 expressed discontent as the senior defence counsels were absent citing personal grounds and security concern during the 60-hour hartal began on Sunday and said next time it would ensure protection to bring them to the tribunal.

Every time the opposition parties called a shutdown, the senior defence counsels, especially Abdur Razzaq, also a senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader, did not come to the tribunal and the juniors submitted adjournment petitions.

Two cases were on the cause list of the tribunal 1, headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, on Sunday and the defence counsels in both cases submitted petitions seeking time.

On Sunday was set for the deposition of fourth and last witness in the case against Jamaat ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami. His son Nazibur Rahman aka Nazib Momen began his deposition on Thursday and the proceedings was adjourned.

The trial of Nizami’s war crimes charges is near end now. After the last defence witness’ deposition and cross-examination, the prosecution and the defence would place closing arguments – the final stage of a trial.

Defence counsel Asaduddin on Sunday said their senior counsels could not come to the tribunal because of some personal reasons and security problems and sought adjournment for three days.

The tribunal then asked the defence why they did not filed the petition the previous day since they had known about the hartal. The junior counsel replied that they did not know much about the personal difficulties.

The tribunal then said: “We do not have many cases now to conduct. If you all plead for adjournment, we have nothing to do the whole day except enjoying the hartal day.”

On the other hand, prosecutor Mohammad Ali opposed the adjournment plea.

The tribunal then fixed on Monday for the deposition of witness and said: “If the prosecution has no objection, then we will bring the senior counsels in future by giving them protection.”

The juniors then said they needed to talk to the seniors to make any decision on the matter.

The tribunal then told the prosecution to inform it if the defence needed protection, and told the junior defence counsels that they were responsible for bringing the witnesses. “We will take every step to ensure security both the defence and the prosecutors.”

Senior defence counsel Razzaq stays at Purana Paltan and the witness is at Banani.

In the other case involving war crimes suspect and former Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain, the defence counsels came up with a three-day adjournment petition since their senior counsel Ahsanul Haq was unable to fly to Dhaka from Chittagong for hartal.

On Sunday was set for cross-examination of the investigation officer. The tribunal first insisted that the juniors conduct the questioning.

But the defence said they were not ready.

The tribunal then fixed October 30 for further proceedings in the case.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-amp-rights/2013/oct/28/war-crimes-tribunal-irked-over-defence%E2%80%99s-absence#sthash.LJZveda7.dpuf

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Maldivian Democracy on the Brink: US ambassador

By Minivan News | October 28th, 2013

“Maldives now finds itself at a crucial crossroads.  Through weeks of political bickering and questionable delaying tactics, Maldives democracy is now in peril,” writes US Ambassador to the Maldives Michelle J. Sison for local newspaper Haveeru.

“Further delays in Maldivian Presidential elections and continued misuse of institutions have already led many in the international community to question the legitimacy of both the process, as well as the outcome of those elections.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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Arab World

 

Syrian Army Continues Advances, Kills Tens of Militants in Reef Idlib

10/28/13

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its mop-up operations in Reef Idlib in Northwestern Syria, and killed tens of armed rebels in heavy clashes.

The army’s units pounded positions of an armed group in the forests of the Southeastern parts of Al-Arbaeen mountainous region in Reef Idlib, killing 26 militants in heavy clashes.

Meantime, the army conducted a series of separate operations in Siritel region in Reef Idlib, killing and injuring tens of terrorists.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920806000549

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As Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Retreats, Members Come Under Extreme Pressure

Reuters |   10/28/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Oct 28 (Reuters) - In Egypt's second city, medical student Ahmed Nabil lives in fear that the police may come and arrest him any day. As a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he is part of a movement facing an onslaught by the security forces which toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.

"These days we can be picked up at any time," said Nabil, whose parents are also members of the organization, Egypt's oldest Islamist movement and a supporter of Morsi.

The Brotherhood's discipline and hierarchy helped it win elections after the 2011 popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, eventually propelling Morsi into power. But now the army-led government and its supporters regard the Brotherhood as a terrorist group and enemy of the state. The security forces and police, feared and despised under Mubarak, are lauded for cracking down on the organization.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/egypt-muslim-brotherhood_n_4169198.html?ref=topbar

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Sadad, Christian Town, Retaken By Syrian Troops From Jihadis

10/28/13, AP

DAMASCUS, Syria -- DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state media say government forces have retaken a Christian town north of Damascus after a week of clashes with al-Qaida-linked fighters who had recently captured key parts of it.

The state-run SANA news agency says the army "restored security and stability" to the town of Sadad early on Monday.

The town had been in opposition hands since last week, when al-Qaida-linked groups captured a checkpoint that gave them control of the western part of the town.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/sadad-syria-christian-town_n_4169456.html?ref=topbar

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Will Islamic windows be prohibited at traditional banks?

Daily News Egypt /   October 26, 2013

The Fourth Conference for Forensic Auditing of the Central Banks in Islamic Countries recommended that “Islamic windows” and Islamic banking at traditional banks be banned.

The conference demanded that traditional banks establish independent Islamic banks as a legal entity instead of threatening the work of Islamic banking with traditional banks.

Sheikh Abd As-Satar Al Qutan, general manager of Shura Sharia Consultancy, told CNN Arabic that the conference presented non-binding recommendations to the central banks of the Islamic world to review to work of “Islamic windows,” the establishment of departments or chains of Islamic products in accordance with Islamic Law and with Sharia controls. The conference considers this to be in violation of the Sharia, despite the permission from the Sharia supervisory board for the type of Islamic banking under review.

Full report at:

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/10/26/will-islamic-windows-be-prohibited-at-traditional-banks/

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Kuwaiti Conservatives Object to Mixed-Company Smoking At Cafes

By Associated Press

Oct 28 2013

KUWAIT CITY — One of the traditional pleasures of the Middle East — leisurely puffing on a water pipe filled with aromatic tobacco — has become ensnared in another of the region’s customs: that of Islamic conservatives decrying what they see as liberal Western decadence.

Hard-liners are denouncing some Shisha cafes as a “moral menace” because they allow young men and women to mix freely.

The pastime of smoking Shisha — also known as nargile, hubbly bubbly, hookah or by other names across the Mideast — may seem like an unlikely subject for a showdown over values. In Kuwait, however, little is off limits to the increasingly influential Islamists and their conservative allies.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/decrying-western-influence-kuwaiti-conservatives-object-to-mixed-company-smoking-at-cafes/2013/10/28/1e25612c-3f9c-11e3-b028-de922d7a3f47_story.html

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Saudis responsible for 60% harassment cases in the Kingdom

 October 28, 2013 

DAMMAM — Official statistics indicated that 59.9 percent of 2,797 reported harassment cases this year were committed by Saudi nationals, press reports said on Sunday.

The ninth annual report of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) said only eight harassment cases were filed with the society in 2012.

The report said the NSHR did not know exactly what was meant by sexual harassment or whether it included family violence cases.

During the year, the NSHR received 410 family and child abuse cases, of which only 1.9 percent were considered sexual harassment cases.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131028184943

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Gulf stability of paramount importance to Egypt: PM

(Wam) / 28 October 2013

Al Beblawi says his country looks forward to attracting more Emirati investments and wider cooperation among the private sectors.

Egyptian Prime Minister Dr Hazem Al Beblawi has emphasised the importance of Gulf security and stability to Egypt.

Addressing a Press conference on Sunday evening at St. Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Al Beblawi described his country’s ties with the UAE as “deep-rooted and strong”, adding that the UAE took a bold stance in support of Egypt.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2013/October/nationgeneral_October364.xml&section=nationgeneral

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Political Islam ‘a threat to Arab nation states’, Abu Dhabi forum hears

Thamer Al Subaihi

October 27, 2013

Abu Dhabi // Tribalism and political Islam are the gravest threats facing the Arab nation state, the audience at a leading discussion forum heard today.

The inability of some governments to provide acceptable levels of infrastructure, health care and education contribute to people’s lack of respect and civic pride, said Mohammed Al Murr, the author, FNC Speaker and former editor in chief of Khaleej Times.

“Economic failure has led to groups turning to their tribes and sects before the state,” Mr Al Murr told the annual forum organised by Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National. “An example is that a third of Lebanon is being provided for by Hizbollah.”

Political Islam viewed the nation state with doubt and fear, Mr Al Murr said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/political-islam-a-threat-to-arab-nation-states-abu-dhabi-forum-hears#ixzz2j3zBbV3F

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Militants arrested over attacks on Sinai minister and Warraq church

Oct 28 2013

Police have arrested 25 members an unnamed militant group over attacks on the interior minister and Al-Warraq church, state-owned daily Al-Ahram reported on Monday.

A source at the interior ministry said the suspects were arrested in Giza, Sharqiya and Ismailia governorates.

They reportedly had "weapons, explosives, ammunition and bombs" in their possession and admitted attacking the interior minister and security sites in North Sinai.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/84928/Egypt/Politics-/Militants-arrested-over-attacks-on-interior-minist.aspx

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Main Syrian rebel groups declare opposition to Geneva peace talks

Reuters, Amman

Oct 28 2013

Main Syrian rebel brigades have announced their opposition to an international peace conference on Syria if it does not result in President Bashar al-Assad’s removal, piling pressure on the political opposition not to attend.

“Any solution will be totally rejected if it does not end Assad’s rule with all of its military and security pillars and if it does not hold accountable all those who took part in the state terrorism,” said the statement, dated Saturday and signed by some of the most formidable Islamist units fighting Assad.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/27/Main-Syrian-rebel-groups-declare-opposition-to-Geneva-peace-talks.html

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Al Hijri New Year holiday for public, private sectors on Nov 3

(Wam) / 28 October 2013

Public and private institutions in the UAE will have Al Hijri New Year holiday on November 3, Sunday. Work will resume on Monday.

The holiday was announced in a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday. The New Hijri Year 1435 is likely to begin on Tuesday, November 5.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/government/2013/October/government_October73.xml&section=government

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Mideast

 

Israel hands demolition orders in Al-Quds

Oct 28 2013

RAMALLAH – The Jewish-dominated Jerusalem municipality on Sunday handed demolition orders to six Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem’s town of Silwan, warning the owners that their homes are to be demolished since they lack needed building permits.

Jawad Siyam, the director the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said that inspectors from the Jerusalem municipality accompanied by Israeli police and Border Guard officers distributed the demolition orders in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood.

Siyam said that the inspectors gave a 30-day ultimatum to the families of Qara’een, Siyam, Ghaith, Taweel and Owaidah before the demolition of their homes under the pretext that they were illegally built.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131028184923

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Yemen must ban child marriage in new constitution - rights group

Oct 28 2013

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yemen must ban child marriages in its new constitution and end the abuse and rape of young girls, rights activists say, a month after an eight-year-old girl in northern Yemen bled to death on her wedding night after being raped by her 40-year-old husband.

“Child marriage is a huge problem in Yemen. It affects many thousands of girls every year and causes devastating emotional and physical harm,” said Rothna Begum, Human Rights Watch (HRW) women’s rights researcher for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Right now Yemen has a unique opportunity to have a constitution that sets the minimum age of marriage at 18.”

Full report at:

http://www.trust.org/item/20131028062637-cafoe/?source=hpeditorial

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Palestinian downturn bites, aid falters, tunnels collapse

 27 October 2013

Reuters, Ramallah

The arteries of Gaza's economy have collapsed as Egypt demolishes the smuggling tunnels along its sandy border.

Ancient stone villages in the occupied West Bank have become trapped in rural poverty, while investors and donors shy away from a zone of seemingly endless conflict.

The crackdown on the Gaza Strip and stagnation in the West Bank mean the Palestinian economy might shrink this year after average annual growth of about nine percent in 2008-2011.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/10/27/Palestinian-downturn-bites-aid-falters-tunnels-collapse.html

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Israeli PM orders survey of American Jews stopped

Oct 28 2013

An Israeli official says the prime minister has directed government ministries to stop distributing a survey that asked sensitive questions about relations between American Jews and Israel.

Israeli consulates in the United States helped distribute the questionnaire to thousands of American Jews and Israelis living in the US. The survey, done in partnership with two American Jewish groups, asked questions about issues such as where their loyalties lay and what they thought about pro-Israel lobbying in Washington.

The official said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the survey stopped. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to publicly discuss internal government decisions.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/84905/World/International/Israeli-PM-orders-survey-of-American-Jews-stopped.aspx

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Turkey's 'white hackers' to work for cybersecurity

Oct 28 2013

Turkey will train “white hackers” to protect digital data in the public and private sectors, Technology Minister Nihat Ergün said yesterday.

Ergün stated that experts trained in the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) would work for country’s cyber security, declaring that a “new era” in the field had begun.

He said that while science and technology was advancing, it unfortunately created an environment for an “anti-sector” for every sector.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-white-hackers-to-work-for-cybersecurity.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56941&NewsCatID=345

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Israel approves release of 26 Palestinian prisoners

Oct 28 2013

Jerusalem — Israel on Sunday approved the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, the second batch to be freed since August under the terms of renewed US-brokered peace talks.

"The release of 26 prisoners has been validated this evening," said a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

It said all the prisoners had committed their offences before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords and had served 19-28 years in prison, with 21 hailing from the occupied West Bank and the remainder from the Gaza Strip.

Full report at:

Copyright © 2013 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Official Warns of West’s Biological War against Iran

Oct 28 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali condemned the western states for maintaining their stockpiles of biological weapons, warning that they might be used against Iran.

“We should avoid developing baseless optimism about the West because the so-called civilized westerners have biological weapons which will be used against us if they find themselves in a situation of war (with Iran),” Jalali said in Tehran on Monday.

His remarks came after retired US Military Officer Karen Kwiantowski disclosed in September that the US supplied former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with chemical and biological weapons during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

Speaking in an interview with the Voice of Russia, Kwiantowski said, "We've done it. We did provide chemical and biological weapons to Saddam Hussein as he was fighting in that long war with Iran."

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920806001119

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India

 

Muslims Struggle For Graveyard In Etawah,UP,  Bury Dead At Home, On Road

Oct 28 2013

Chakarnagar: The Samajwadi Party (SP) government pats itself on the back for allocating crores of rupees for construction of boundary walls of graveyards across the state. In party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's home district Etawah though, Muslims could do with some graveyard space.

Despite repeated requests, land has not been allotted to them for a graveyard, forcing the community to bury their dead inside their homes — in bedrooms, courtyards, even toilets.

In Takia locality in Chakarnagar village, nearly 35 km from Etawah, where nearly all Muslim residents are landless labourers, there are graves inside every community member’s home. Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/muslims-struggle-for-graveyard-in-etawah-bury-dead-at-home-on-road/1188044/?india_top

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Pakistan to hand over Sarabjit's belongings

PTI | Oct 28, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will hand over to India next month the personal belongings of Indian national Sarabjit Singh, who died after a brutal attack inside a jail five months ago.

In August, Indian officials had formally requested Pakistani authorities to facilitate the return of Sarabjit's clothes and other belongings - retained by officials of Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore - to his family.

"We are going to hand (over) his (Sarabjit's) personal belongings soon," Interior ministry spokesman Omar Hameed Khan was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

The administration of Kot Lakhpat Jail has already transferred the items to the interior ministry.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-to-hand-over-Sarabjits-belongings/articleshow/24821771.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Court action on Allah issue is not against Muslims and Islam, says Sabah church

Oct 28 2013

Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), Sabah's second largest church, has assured Muslims that the Catholic church's appeal against the Allah ruling is not against them or Islam, but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal Government and its officials.

In a communique to its leaders and members today, SIB said the church has never undermined the position of Islam as the religion of the federation.

SIB president Reverend Datuk Jerry W.A. Dusing in the statement, however, also pointed out that Christians should not be misled by assurances by certain quarters that they could use word Allah to refer to God in Sabah and Sarawak.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/court-action-on-the-allah-issue-is-not-against-muslims-and-islam-says-sabah

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Muslim NGO slams human rights group, urges Putrajaya to act

Oct 28 2013

A non-governmental organisation has accused the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process, or Comango, of inciting Malaysians to be "anti-establishment", and urged Putrajaya to block the activities of the coalition's 54 organisations.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) criticised the coalition for lobbying to the United Nations to pressure Malaysia to recognise matters which they said were against Islam and the Federal Constitution.

Isma vice-president Isma Aminuddin Yahaya (pic) said the Comango report had influenced a number of European nations to pressure Malaysia to acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups, religious freedom including apostasy, as well as the abolishment of Malay special rights.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/group-wants-action-on-54-ngos-under-rights-umbrella-for-lobbying-at-un

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Malaysia lagging behind all but two Southeast Asian countries in gender equality

Oct 28 2013

Compared with its neighbours in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has fared poorly in fostering gender equality.

A recent index published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Malaysia 102 out of 136 countries, with other Asean countries besting Malaysia save for Cambodia (104) and Myanmar, which was not listed.

The 2013 Global Gender Gap Index placed Philippines 5th in the world above Singapore at 58, Thailand at 65, Laos at 60, Vietnam at 73 and Indonesia at 95.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-lagging-behind-all-but-two-southeast-asian-countries-in-gender-equ

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Pakistan

 

Jamaat-i- Islami to resist privatisation of state institutions

October 28, 2013

LAHORE - Jamaat-i- Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the privatisation of State institutions is aimed at obliging favourites and opening new avenues of corruption and the JI would strongly resist the move.

Addressing the General Council meeting of the National Labour Federation (NLF) at Mansoora on Sunday, he said the nation had already faced the dire consequences of privatisation.

Doling out major State institutions to the cronies of the rulers on throwaway prices would result in massive unemployment at a time when poverty and joblessness had already made the life of the millions miserable, he said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/623308/unease-with-peace-lyari-waits-with-bated-breath-as-rumours-of-ceasefire-and-jirga-circulate/

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Lyari waits with bated breath as rumours of ceasefire and jirga circulate

 October 28, 2013

KARACHI: Rumours of a ceasefire between the two gangs of Lyari embroiled in a battle for the last three days resonated in the area on Sunday instead of the sound of gunfire and rockets.

A jirga, called by the elders committee of Lyari and some lawmakers, was said to take place but till the filing of this report, no decision had been taken about the course of action.

“I made phone calls to Sania Naz and Javed Nagori, the Pakistan Peoples Party’s lawmakers, and urged them to come out of their homes and play their role for the negotiations — even if it meant sacrificing their lives,” said Friends of Lyari Chairperson Habib Jan Baloch while talking about the ceasefire. “I even urged Uzair Baloch and Baba Ladla to understand the repercussions of this animosity. We eat food from the same place and need to look out for our common interests. They need to understand the loss will only be ours if things continue this way and the conspirators against us will benefit.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/623308/unease-with-peace-lyari-waits-with-bated-breath-as-rumours-of-ceasefire-and-jirga-circulate/

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Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen opposes talks with militants

2013-10-28

KARACHI, Oct 27: An ‘Azmat-i-Wilayat’ Conference held here on Sunday under the auspices of Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) opposed any dialogue with the Taliban and demanded a Swat-like military operation to eradicate terrorism.

A resolution adopted at the conference pointed out that neither the US nor terrorists could be friends of Pakistan because both of them had been attacking Pakistan and Pakistanis, including civilians and military personnel, and their property and installations.

“A fixed match is being played between the terrorists and the US to prolong their two-pronged anti-Pakistan terrorism,” the resolution said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1052417/mwm-opposes-talks-with-militants

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US gave assurance to help in TTP talks: Rashid

 October 28, 2013

LAHORE - Terming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent US visit highly successful, Information Minister Pervez Rashid says “all targets of the visit” have been achieved and the results of the talks would be forthcoming pretty soon.

Answering questions in the Waqt News Programme ‘Insight’, hosted by The Nation Editor Salim Bokhari, he said the US has not only given Pakistan a go-ahead for initiating peace talks with Taliban but has also assured it of help to make the negotiations successful. The US regards Pakistani Taliban a major headache at a time when it is preparing for reducing its military presence in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/28-Oct-2013/us-gave-assurance-to-help-in-ttp-talks-rashid

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TTP man killed; 81 criminals netted in Karachi

 October 28, 2013

KARACHI - An alleged activist of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed on Sunday in an alleged encounter with Rangers on Ijtimagah Road, Manghopir, while police and Rangers claimed to have apprehended 81 criminals from various parts of the city.

According to details, the encounter took place between the Rangers and members of the outlawed TTP at the same place where three suicide bombers were killed in premature blasts when they were moving towards Orangi Town’s Ijtamagah on October 10.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/karachi/28-Oct-2013/ttp-man-killed-81-criminals-netted-in-karachi

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Stabilising Balochistan : The ball is in the militants’ court, says Dr Malik

October 28, 2013

QUETTA: People have pinned high hopes on Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. They believe he can steer Balochistan out of a vicious cycle of violence. Dr Malik is not sure about the success of a peace initiative his administration plans to launch within a few weeks. However, he’s sure that if the Baloch insurgents come to the negotiating table he can achieve what his predecessors couldn’t since 2004.

“It is up to them [Baloch militants] to come to the negotiating table,” the chief minister told The Express Tribune in an exclusive interview.

“I’m not sure whether the dialogue will be successful or not, but it is my desire that they be successful … all I can do is try my best to improve the situation in Balochistan,” he added. “My first objective is to bring political and economic stability to the province. I want to provide both security and basic amenities to my people.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/623487/stabilising-balochistan-the-ball-is-in-the-militants-court-says-dr-malik/

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Must not negotiate with Taliban, says head of Shia political party

 October 27, 2013

KARACHI: Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM), the leading political group for the Shia community in Pakistan, said Sunday that there should not be any negotiations with the Taliban, Express News reported.

Secretary General MWM Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari said this while addressing audience in the Azmat-e-Wilayat Conference at Nishtar Park today.

Allama Ameen Shaheedi said on the occasion that negotiations with militants will only result in more terrorist attacks and more corpses to bury.

The MWM leadership went on to denounce the ongoing operation against criminals in Karachi as a “mere show”. They said the Kashmir issue will remain unresolved unless a government truly representative of the citizens takes over.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/623240/must-not-negotiate-with-taliban-says-head-of-shia-political-party/

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Pak writer Fatima Bhutto uses fiction to tell stories of women

Divya Chandrababu, TNN | Oct 28, 2013

CHENNAI: Pakistani poet and writer Fatima Bhutto's fiction debut 'The Shadow of the Crescent Moon' draws stories and experiences from her travels as a journalist. "When I was a journalist, all the little things that didn't fit into articles, all the little moments you have with people, those stayed with me, and those are what came into the book," she said after the launch of her book in Chennai on Sunday evening.

Set in the midst of issues facing Pakistan, this politico-religious thriller tells the story of three brothers and two women with elements of Taliban and drone attacks. Mir Ali, a small town in the troubled tribal region of Waziristan, close to the Afghan border, is the epicentre of the story. Though Mir Ali is a real place, in Bhutto's work it is made fictional. "I had travelled a lot while working as a journalist. The surge in this book came from that period of journeys. The scenery or the descriptions come from what I saw," she said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-writer-Fatima-Bhutto-uses-fiction-to-tell-stories-of-women/articleshow/24788916.cms

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Africa

 

Gambia’s Imam Baba Leigh, tops ‘African Human Rights Defenders Award’

By Ebrima G. Sankareh, Editor-in-Chief

Oct 28 2013

The Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network has conferred in absentia, The Gambia’s intrepid and venerable Imam Baba Leigh, with its prestigious African Human Rights Defenders’ Award, making him the first person ever, to capture this maiden prize set to recognize African citizens who have distinguished themselves in the defense and protection of fundamental human rights that are all too often, brutally suppressed by the continent’s despotic leaders like our own tyrant, Yahya Jammeh.

Full report at:

http://www.senegambianews.com/1333/53477/a/gambias-imam-baba-leigh-tops-african-human-rights-defenders-award

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Tunisia's 'sexual jihad' - extremist fatwa or propaganda?

Oct 28 2013

When Tunisia's authorities announced that a stream of young women had been leaving their homes to provide sexual services to Islamist militants in Tunisia and Syria, the statement was greeted with both shock and scepticism. The BBC's Ahmed Maher went to Tunisia to investigate the reports.

For months, there have been rumours about what the world's media have dubbed a "sexual jihad", but the scope of the practice and its possible links to the conflict in Syria have been shrouded in mystery.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24448933

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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir pledges to resolve Abyei dispute

 Oct 28, 2013

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has pledged to resolve the territorial dispute over Abyei, as voting continues in an unofficial referendum on the region's future.

Abyei's Dinka Ngok ethnic group organised the referendum to demand integration into South Sudan.

The Arabic-speaking Misseriya oppose the vote, saying they want Abyei to remain in Sudan.

Mr Bashir said he would work with South Sudan to find a solution.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24707806

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Europe

 

Russia slams Syrian opposition threats against Geneva talks

 28 October 2013

Russia on Monday described as “outrageous” a threat by powerful Syrian opposition groups against those who attend Syria peace talks backed by Moscow and Washington.

“It is outrageous that some of these extremist, terrorist organizations fighting government forces in Syria are starting to make threats,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.

“The threats are directed at those who have the courage to attend the proposed Geneva conference being offered by Russia and the United States with the entire world’s support.”

A statement was released on Sunday by 22, mostly, Islamist brigades fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad saying the proposed conference “is not, nor will it ever be our people’s choice or our revolution’s demand.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/28/Russia-slams-Syrian-opposition-threats-against-Geneva-peace-talks-.html

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Ending ban, Israel to appear at U.N. Rights Council

 28 October 2013

The Associated Press, Occupied Jerusalem

Israel’s foreign ministry says the country will appear this week in Geneva at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Sunday’s announcement effectively ends Israel’s shunning of the international body. Last March, Israel cut working relations with the council over its intention to launch an investigation into Jewish West Bank settlements.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/10/28/Ending-ban-Israel-to-appear-at-U-N-Rights-Council.html

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Muslim missionaries popular in Kyrgyzstan

27/10/2013

A banned Sunni Muslim movement is growing in popularity in Kyrgyzstan and recruiting children from poor families with promises of free Islamic education in Bangladesh, according to a report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a broadcaster funded by the United States Congress.

The RFE/RL has reportedly obtained documents that confirm there is growing concern among officials in Kyrgyzstan where authorities have been warned about this new movement, called the Tablighi Jamaat, and told to monitor the activities of its members.

Full report at:

http://www.neurope.eu/article/muslim-missionaries-popular-kyrgyzstan

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UNFPA, UNICEF Hold Confab to End Female Genital Mutilation

Oct 28 2013

As part of efforts to end female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) globally, UNFPA and UNICEF are meeting at an International Conference in Rome to address the problem.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director, UNFPA, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin on Tuesday in Abuja.

The statement said that the conference, which began on Monday, will end on Friday.

It said that the conference would be attended by ministers and representatives of civil society groups from Africa, Europe and other regions.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/unfpa-unicef-hold-confab-end-female-genital-mutilation

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NSA surveillance: Spain demands US explain 'monitoring'

 Oct 28, 2013

Spain has urged the US to give details of any eavesdropping amid reports it monitored 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month.

The US ambassador to Spain, who had been summoned by the EU minister, vowed to clear the "doubts" that had arisen about his country's alleged espionage.

The minister said such practices, if true, were "inappropriate and unacceptable".

An EU delegation is to meet officials in Washington to convey concerns.

The officials from the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs are shortly expected to speak to members of the US Congress and security officials to gather information about the recent allegations of US spying on European leaders and citizens.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24708410

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North America

 

Muslim community leader slams NYPD surveillance program

By Vasili Sushko

 Oct 27 2013

NEW YORK (VOR)—Over 120 religious, racial justice, civil rights and community-based organizations have joined forces in asking the US Justice Department to probe the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim communities.

“When you lose your hope, when you lose your freedom, when you don't find justice, when you don't find democracy, in a country always talking about these things, I think you have the right to be angry.” – Zein Rimawi.

Rimawi founded the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in hopes of creating a safe and comfortable space to pray. Over the past few years however, since it was revealed in a slew of reports by the Associated Press that the religious center was a target of surveillance by the New York City Police Department, it has been anything but comfortable.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2013_10_26/Muslim-community-leader-slams-NYPD-surveillance-program-1536/

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US denies Obama knew of Merkel spying

2013-10-28

WASHINGTON: The imbroglio over the tapping of Angela Merkel's phone deepened Sunday, after a US denial that President Barack Obama was personally informed for years of electronic surveillance against the German chancellor.

As a sense of betrayal spread in European capitals about spying activities conducted against world leaders and ordinary citizens, German media reports said tapping of Merkel's phone may have begun as early as 2002.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1052420/us-denies-obama-knew-of-merkel-spying

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NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month: report

Oct 28 2013

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, a Spanish newspaper said Oct. 28, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Spain's government has so far said it was not aware its citizens had been spied on by the NSA, which has been accused of accessing tens of thousands of French phone records and monitoring the phone of German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Spain on Friday resisted calls from Germany for the European Union's 28 member states to reach a "no-spy deal", similar to an agreement Berlin and Paris are seeking, though Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the country was looking for more information.

El Mundo newspaper on Monday reproduced a graphic, which it said was an NSA document showing the agency had spied on 60.5 million phone calls in Spain between Dec. 10, 2012 and Jan. 8 this year.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nsa-spied-on-60-million-spanish-phone-calls-in-a-month-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56962&NewsCatID=359

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