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Blasphemy! Saif, Kareena (Muslim-Hindu) marriage tagged anti-Islamic by Mullahs at Darul Uloom Deoband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Blasphemy! Saif, Kareena marriage tagged anti-Islamic by Darul Uloom Deoband

After over two decades, temple reopens in Kashmir Valley

Post-riots, Hindu, Muslim right-wingers gain foothold in Assam

Arya Samaj School to have auditorium named after Pak judge

‘Ansari trained 26/11 terrorists to mislead media and investigators’

Gujarat court gives additional time to Zakia Jafri on SIT closure report

Abu Jundal hid his identity to marry in Pakistan

 

Africa

30 People Killed in Central Nigeria Christian Village Attack

Clash between Libyan forces and Qadhafi loyalist kills 11

Kenya cleric 'incited violence'

A first-hand account of Gaddafi’s desperate last days

Libya Singles Out Islamist as a Commander in Consulate Attack

 

Mideast Asia

Hazrat Imam Ali (RA)’S Letter to His Chief Commander Be Unveiled in 8 Languages

12 Kurdish Rebels Killed in Clashes

Top Turkish pianist on trial for insulting Islam

Drone strike in south Yemen kills seven al Qaeda suspects

Turkey backs UN envoy’s call for ceasefire in Syria

Iran Media Officials Castigate Europe over Satellite Blackout

 

North America

Jewish groups join coalition against anti-Islam ads in U.S. subways

CIA paid Danish Muslim convert $250,000 to hunt al-Awlaki using ‘European bride’

Faith groups demand Metro donate ‘jihad’ ad profits to charity

American-Iranian plotted to assassinate Saudi envoy

Alleged 9/11 mastermind: America killed more people than hijackers did

US freezes assets of three Taliban-linked Pakistani men

Pope commits church to highly delicate mission in Syria

New York Muslim Stranded in Germany by No-Fly List

US army contractor in hot water over Afghan video

 

Pakistan

Under attack, minority Hazaras risk death to flee

Air strikes in Khyber tribal region kill eight militants

Malala shooting: Same extremist mindset killed my mother, says Bilawal

Pakistan in a bind over possible military operation against Taliban

‘Mullah Radio’ believed to be behind attack Malala Yousafzai

Watch for Moharram: ‘Nine militants out on bail plan more attacks’

Taliban suspected in Malala's shooting has history of conflict with military

Attacker of Malala was held, freed in 2009: Sources

Pakistanis divided on army offensive after Malala attack

Balochistan doctors observe strike to protest colleagues’ killing, kidnapping

UN sanctions list: Selective delisting of Taliban raises eyebrows in Pakistan

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Minister rejects proposal for sex education

 

South Asia

Chinese-only party warns against principles of 'Quran' in national culture

Questions Raised in Deaths of Afghan Children in Coalition Strike

Afghanistan's safest province falling prey to Taliban

NATO: Afghanistan drawdown plans unchanged

Karzai: NATO Can Speed Up Handover of Security

Bangladeshi accused of US plot a college dropout

 

Arab World

Airstrikes in northern Syria kill more than 20

Veiled teacher penalised after cutting pupils' hair for not wearing headscarf

Saudi jails 16 Qaeda suspects for up to 25 years

More than 100,000 Syrian refugees take shelter in Turkey

Rebels blow up oil and gas pipelines in Syria

Rebels down chopper, international Peace Envoy says Syria war risk to region

Bahrain Charges Four Men with Defaming King on Twitter

Denial Is Slipping Away as War Arrives in Damascus

Egypt must fight for modern constitution

Saudi Diplomat Kidnapped in Yemen Asks King for Help

 

Europe

Muslim group shocked at U.K. decision to “engage” with Gujarat CM

Russia criticises EU for imposing new sanctions on Iran, urges talks

 

Western Asia

Islamic finance struggles towards mainstream in Azerbaijan

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Saif, Kareena marriage tagged anti-Islamic by Darul Uloom Deoband

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India

 

Blasphemy! Saif, Kareena marriage tagged anti-Islamic by Darul Uloom Deoband

Oct 18 2012

Saharanpur: Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband today termed as "anti-Islamic" the wedlock between film actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, saying the bride did not convert to Islam before the marriage.

The Islamic institution located in Deoband, a town in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, said,"Kareena did not convert to Islam before her marriage with Saif. Islam does not approve of such marriages."

"According to the Muslim laws, since Kapoor has not converted to Islam, this marriage is anti-Islam," said Habibur Rahman, a senior cleric of the seminary.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot on October 16. The couple got their marriage registered in Mumbai.

Although there were rumours that a 'nikaah' was held, Kapoor's close friend and fashion designer Manish Malhotra had said that there was a simple exchange of vows between the two actors, who have been dating for five years.

Saif, 42, son of late Nawab of Pataudi and former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore, sealed his relationship with Kareena Kapoor, 32, at his residence in suburban Bandra through a registered marriage.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/blasphemy--saif-ali-khan-kareena-kapoor-marriage-tagged-antiislamic-by-darul-uloom-deoband/1018672/

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After over two decades, temple reopens in Kashmir Valley

Oct 17, 2012

KULGAM (J&K): After 22 years, the ancient temple of Mata Katyayani reopened here today following its reconstruction amid religious rituals. The temple, once the centre of attraction in the erstwhile Tehsil of Kulgam, was reopened by the All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC). Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami were among those who attended the ceremony. "The bells rang in the temple after 22 years. A hawan is being organised for a full week," APMCC chairman Vinod Pandit said.

The place of worship, which was in damaged condition, had been given a new shape with construction of four temples within its complex, he said.

The idols, installed in the temple, have been gifted by The Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/After-over-two-decades-temple-reopens-in-Kashmir-Valley/articleshow/16855463.cms

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Post-riots, Hindu, Muslim right-wingers gain foothold in Assam

Sanjib Kr Baruah

October 18, 2012

After one of the worst ethnic clashes in the recent memory that saw lakhs displaced in western Assam, Hindu and Muslim right-wing outfits are spreading their tentacles in the state through fundamentalist ideology in the name of relief, rehabilitation and social work. “We are really concerned as close to 12 Muslim and three Hindu right-wing outfits are working at a feverish pace to build up and expand their support base by taking advantage of the increasing polarization between ethnic communities,” government sources said.

“The scale at which these groups are operating is an eye-opener. Unless such activities are curbed, fear of bad times for Assam and the entire nation looms large.”

In August, the violent clashes between indigenous Bodos and settlers of suspected Bangladeshi origin in west Assam resulted in the loss of close to 90 lives while lakhs were displaced. Most of the displaced are housed in cramped relief camps in Kokrajhar and Dhubri.

Till date except in isolated cases, no Assam youth had been found to be involved in pan-India terror modules outside the state.

“The situation may change in the near future as we suspect talent hunting for anti-national activities,” the source added.

Most of the right-wing Islamic outfits are from south India while Hindu outfits are mobilising in places like Guwahati, Silchar and Cachar.

In west Assam, the ‘work’ at the moment comprises rehabilitation and relief for the riot-affected, cash donations, and house-building activities.

Interestingly, among the people belonging to fundamentalist outfits who have visited the relief camps include well-heeled private sector professionals.

In the aftermath of the violence, reminiscent of the anti-foreigner Assam agitation (1979-1985), the state’s indigenous people have stepped up demand for deportation of foreigners, which was promised in the Assam Accord of 1985 but till date has not been delivered.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Assam/Post-riots-right-wingers-gain-foothold-in-Assam/Article1-946325.aspx

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Arya Samaj School to have auditorium named after Pak judge

Anju Agnihotri Chaba

Oct 18 2012

Jalandhar: Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School will have an auditorium dedicated to Justice Mohammed Sadique, who retired from the Pakistan HC

A Nawanshahr school, reportedly built by the Arya Samaj in 1911, will now have an auditorium named after a former Pakistani High Court judge, who once studied here. The Doaba Arya Senior Secondary School will have an auditorium dedicated to Justice Mohammed Sadique, who retired from the Pakistan High Court.

Sadique’s son, Pakistan Supreme Court justice (retd) Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, will inaugurate the new building on Thursday. The auditorium has been funded by the judge’s family.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/arya-samaj-school-to-have-auditorium-named-after-pak-judge/1018446/

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‘Ansari trained 26/11 terrorists to mislead media and investigators’

 Oct 18 2012

The chargesheet filed on Tuesday by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch against Sayed Zabiuddin Sayed Zakiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, arrested for 26/11 terror attack, states that he not only trained the 10 Pakistani terrorists, including Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, to speak Hindi but also to mislead the Indian media and investigators.

The chargesheet states that during the investigation of the attacks at CST, Nariman House, Hotels Taj and Oberoi and Cafe Leopold, it was found that the terrorists had sent misleading messages to the media. “The sole objective was to confuse the investigating agencies and mislead the public,” it states.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-ansari-trained-2611-terrorists-to-mislead-media-and-investigators-/1018217/

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Gujarat court gives additional time to Zakia Jafri on SIT closure report

 Oct 17 2012

Ahmedabad : A local court today granted time till October 25 to Zakia Jafri to file a protest petition on the closure report filed by Special Investigation Team giving clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in 2002 post-Godhra riots.

"As we have filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking clarification of certain issues related to this case we request that court should grant reasonable time to file us the protest petition against the SIT closure report," submitted advocate S M Vora who represents Zakia in this case.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/postgodhra-riots-gujarat-court-gives-additional-time-to-zakia-jafri-on-sit-closure-report/1018151/

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Abu Jundal hid his identity to marry in Pakistan

Oct 18, 2012

MUMBAI: Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal lied to a Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative about his name and background so that he could marry his colleague's daughter in Pakistan. This is part of Jundal's confessional statement attached with the chargesheet submitted before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate Prakash Rathod on Tuesday. Jundal said he fell in love with Mariam, the operative Shahbaaz Ismail's daughter, at first sight .

In August 2009, following instructions of Abu Muzzamil, he went to meet Shahbaaz at his home in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. Shahbaaz, a contractor handled LeT's construction work at the outfit's headquarters at Dolai Markaz.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Abu-Jundal-hid-his-identity-to-marry-in-Pakistan/articleshow/16858121.cms

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Africa

 

30 People Killed in Central Nigeria Christian Village Attack

2012/10/17

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nomadic Muslim herdsmen attacked a Christian village in central Nigeria over long-running land disputes, killing at least 30 people in their latest assault, police said Wednesday.

The attack in Benue state comes as a bomb exploded Wednesday in northeast Nigeria, apparently killing a police officer and sparking reprisal attacks by the military in the region, residents said.

In Benue state, the attack Sunday targeted a rural village of Christian Tiv people called Yogbo in the state, police spokesman Daniel Ezeala said. After the attack, those living there fled, community leader Daniel Tsenghul said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/17/world/africa/ap-af-nigeria-violence.html?ref=world

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Clash between Libyan forces and Qadhafi loyalist kills 11

October 18, 2012

TRIPOLI:Ex-rebels allied to Libya’s army attacked a bastion of diehards linked to slain dictator Muammar Qadhafi in clashes that left at least 11 dead, underlining the challenges facing the government.

Wednesday’s fighting came exactly a year after anti-regime forces declared the liberation of Bani Walid, 170 kilometres  southeast of Tripoli,

But many still see it as a shelter for regime loyalists and criminal gangs.

“Bani Walid was shelled from three fronts today,” said Massud al-Waer, a town official. He told AFP that dozens of residents were wounded in the assault, which has been under siege for weeks.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/18/clash-between-libyan-forces-and-gadhafi-loyalist-kills-11/

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Kenya cleric 'incited violence'

18 October 2012

One of Kenya's most prominent Muslim clerics has been charged with inciting violence after allegedly offering to fund a separatist group.

Sheikh Mohammed Dor, who is an MP nominated to represent the Muslim community, denied the charges and was freed on bail.

He is accused of saying he would give money to the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), which wants independence for Kenya's largely Muslim Coast province.

The MRC leader was arrested on Monday.

Omar Mwamnuadzi was detained during a gunfight at his home, in which two people were killed.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-19990987

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A first-hand account of Gaddafi’s desperate last days

Max Fisher

October 17, 2012

On Aug. 28, 2011, Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi and two of his sons fled the capital city of Tripoli, which after months of bitter fighting was finally succumbing to rebel advances. One of his sons, Khamis, was killed within a day, possibly by a NATO airstrike. Another, Saif al-Islam, made it to the town of Bani Walid, but in November fell into rebel hands. Moammar Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya for more than four decades, set out east for Sirte, his hometown. He had less than two months to live.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/10/17/hunted-a-first-hand-account-of-gaddafis-desperate-last-days/

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Libya Singles Out Islamist as a Commander in Consulate Attack, Libyans Say

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

October 18, 2012

CAIRO — Libyan authorities have singled out Ahmed Abu Khattala, a leader of the Benghazi-based Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, as a commander in the attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, last month, Libyans involved in the investigation said Wednesday.

Witnesses at the scene of the attack on the American Mission in Benghazi have said they saw Mr. Abu Khattala leading the assault, and his personal involvement is the latest link between the attack and his brigade, Ansar al-Shariah, a puritanical militant group that wants to advance Islamic law in Libya.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/world/africa/libya-singles-out-islamist-as-a-commander-in-benghazi-consulate-attack.html?ref=world

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Mideast Asia

 

Hazrat Imam Ali (RA)’S Letter to His Chief Commander Be Unveiled in 8 Languages

17 Oct 2012

The Centre for Management of Translation and Publication of Islamic and Humanities Works, a division of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, will unveil the translated version of Imam Ali’s correspondence to Malik Ashtar in 8 languages parallel with the Qadir Khumm Eve.

IBNA: The centre has provided the translations with assistance from the Nahjolbalagheh Foundation. The letter will be presented in Russian, Italian, English, French, Tagalog, Amharic, and Kazakh.

Full report at:

http://www.ibna.ir/vdcewz8zfjh8noi.1kbj.html

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12 Kurdish Rebels Killed in Clashes

October 18, 2012

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says security forces have killed 12 Kurdish rebels in clashes in the southeast, raising the two-day death toll in the fighting to 18.

The Anadolu Agency says 12 Kurdish fighters were killed Thursday in an operation that was backed by air power. That came a day after Kurdish rebel raids on a paramilitary post and a military installation near the border with Iraq sparked clashes that left three soldiers and three rebels dead.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/18/world/europe/ap-eu-turkey-

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Top Turkish pianist on trial for insulting Islam

18 October 2012

ISTANBUL: A top Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter.

Fazil Say, who has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and others, is on trial for sending tweets that included one in April that joked about a call to prayer that lasted only 22 seconds.

Say tweeted: "Why such haste? Have you got a mistress waiting or a raki on the table?" Raki is a traditional alcoholic drink made with aniseed. Islam forbids alcohol and many Islamists consider the remarks unacceptable.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Turkish-pianist-on-trial-for-insulting-Islam/articleshow/16865302.cms

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Drone strike in south Yemen kills seven al Qaeda suspects

October 18, 2012

ADEN: A drone strike near the southern Yemeni city of Jaar killed at least seven al Qaeda suspects at dawn on Thursday, an official in the restive region told AFP.

“A drone, likely American, fired several rockets at a group of al Qaeda members northwest of Jaar killing all of them,” said the official, adding seven bodies had so far been recovered.

The United States is the only country that operates drones in the region.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/18/drone-strike-in-south-yemen-kills-seven-al-qaeda-suspects/

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Turkey backs UN envoy’s call for ceasefire in Syria

October 18, 2012

ANKARA: Turkey backs the ceasefire plan for Syria’s 19-month conflict proposed by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday.

“In principle, we consider a ceasefire… to be declared during the Eid al-Adha as useful,” Davutoglu told television station A Haber.

Brahimi, joint envoy of the Arab League and the United Nations, has proposed a truce for the four-day Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday at the end of the month to pave the way for a political process.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/17/turkey-backs-un-envoys-call-for-ceasefre-in-syria-minister-says/

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Iran Media Officials Castigate Europe Over Satellite Blackout

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

October 18, 2012

TEHRAN — Denouncing what they called a hypocritical Western suppression of free speech, Iranian media officials expressed outrage on Wednesday over a decision by Europe’s largest satellite providers to cease transmission of Iran’s 19 state-operated satellite television and radio channels that broadcast to Europe and parts of the Middle East.

The decision, announced Monday by the French company Eutelsat and the British company Arqiva, came as the European Union expanded its list of sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The satellite blackout has deprived the Iranian channels of an audience abroad that represents 200 million households.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/world/middleeast/iran-media-officials-castigate-

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North America

 

Jewish groups join coalition against anti-Islam ads in U.S. subways

17 October 2012

A group of Jewish organizations in the United States have joined a coalition of religious groups critical to an anti-Islam ad in the Washington DC metro system and urged that the profits made from the ad be donated to a charity.

“The placing of offensive, anti-Muslim ads in the D.C. Metro system is an important opportunity to affirm our commitment both to free speech and to a society that deplores hate and hate speech,” said Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, according to Global News Service of the Jewish People website.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/17/244160.html

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CIA paid Danish Muslim convert $250,000 to hunt al-Awlaki using ‘European bride’

 17 October 2012

A Danish ex-biker and Muslim convert claims he was paid $250,000 by the CIA in exchange for recruiting a European bride as part of an intricate plot to kill al-Qaeda member, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Telegraph reported.

The Danish man, Morten Storm, acted as matchmaker for al-Awlaki, the U.S.-raised al-Qaeda spokesman, and a woman from Zagreb, Croatia, called Aminah.

The story is being treated as plausible due to a video recording, exchanged by al-Awlaki and his bride-to-be that was given to the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten by Storm.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/17/244279.html

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Faith groups demand Metro donate ‘jihad’ ad profits to charity

By Michelle Boorstein

 October 16, 2012

Dozens of faith groups Monday called on Metro to donate to charity proceeds from a controversial subway advertisement that the groups say is anti-Muslim.

“We live in a globalized world and some here in the United States refuse to accept this reality,” said Rev. J. Herbert Nelson of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), one of the progressive faith leaders involved in a broader campaign to fight what they say is escalating anti-Muslim sentiment in America. “Metro may be called to profit, but we are called to prophesize.”

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/faith-groups-ask-metro-to-donate-jihad-ad-profits-to-charity/2012/10/15/ef666ec4-16e0-11e2-9855-71f2b202721b_story.html

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American-Iranian plotted to assassinate Saudi envoy

18 October 2012

NEW YORK: A Texas man pleaded guilty yesterday to plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, agreeing to hire what he thought was a drug dealer in Mexico last year for $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurant.

Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, entered the plea to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count in US District Court in Manhattan, where Judge John F. Keenan repeatedly asked Arbabsiar whether he intended to kill the ambassador. Arbabsiar, a US citizen who holds an Iranian passport, said he did, AP reported.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/american-iranian-plotted-assassinate-saudi-envoy

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Alleged 9/11 mastermind: America killed more people than hijackers did

 Oct 18, 2012

GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, CUBA: The alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks told the Guantanamo courtroom on Wednesday that the US government had killed many more people in the name of national security than he is accused of killing.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed was allowed to address the court at a pretrial hearing focused on security classification rules for evidence that will be used in his trial on charges of orchestrating the hijacked plane attacks that killed 2,976 people.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Alleged-9/11-mastermind-America-killed-more-people-than-hijackers-did/articleshow/16858509.cms

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US freezes assets of three Taliban-linked Pakistani men

October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury said on Wednesday it had frozen the assets of three Pakistani-based individuals suspected of backing the Taliban and other militant organisations blamed for violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/17/us-freezes-assets-of-three-taliban-linked-pakistani-men/

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Pope commits church to highly delicate mission in Syria

 17 October 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has engaged the Catholic Church in pushing for peace in Syria by dispatching a high-profile delegation to a country where Christians are divided on support for the rebels.

Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, the pope’s right-hand man, announced Benedict’s move on Tuesday to a synod of bishops saying: “We cannot be mere spectators of a tragedy such as the one that is unfolding in Syria.”

Bertone said the delegation would express the Church’s “encouragement to all those involved in seeking an agreement that respects the rights and duties of all, with particular attention to the demands of humanitarian law.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/17/244286.html

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New York Muslim Stranded in Germany by No-Fly List

10/17/12

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/17/12) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today urged the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to allow Samir Suljovic, a 26-year-old New York resident and American citizen, to return home from Germany.

Suljovic traveled to Montenegro this summer to visit family and friends. After trying to fly back home to New York on October 1, he was informed by airline agents in Austria that the DHS and CBP had asked foreign authorities to prevent him from boarding his flight. Suljovic has been stranded for 17 days and has repeatedly been denied the right to fly home to New York. He has contacted the DHS and CBP liaison at JFK International Airport, but has received no response.

Full report at:

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US army contractor in hot water over Afghan video

October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON: A private security company working for the US government in Afghanistan is in hot water after a video surfaced allegedly showing several of its employees drunk and on drugs, US broadcaster ABC reported on Wednesday.

The video posted on the website of ABC purportedly taken at an operations center belonging to US defense contractor Jorge Scientific shows men with nude torsos downing vodka shots and wrestling with each other.

Another man, identified as the medic of the group, is shown in a dazed state after shooting up with Ketamine, a strong anesthetic.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/18/us-army-contractor-in-hot-water-over-afghan-video/

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Pakistan

 

Under attack, minority Hazaras risk death to flee

   October 18, 2012

QUETTA: As he knelt in prayer to mark one of Islam’s holiest days, Ali Raza Qurban saw a childhood friend and dozens of others die in a suicide attack on their Shia mosque.

Sunni militants were again targeting minority ethnic Hazaras in this city of narrow streets and wide-open hatreds.

Qurban decided it was time to leave. He found an agent who would hook him up with a smuggler in Indonesia and, for $8,000, get him to Australia.

But he never made it to Australia. He disappeared on Dec 17, 2011, aboard an overcrowded, rickety wooden boat that capsised within hours of leaving the Indonesian shore.

Four months had passed since the suicide bombing at the mosque in Quetta, where the violence has spawned a vibrant human smuggling business.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/under-attack-minority-hazaras-risk-death-to-flee/1018567/

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Air strikes in Khyber tribal region kill eight militants

October 18, 2012

PESHAWAR: Two civilians and eight militants were killed and 11 others were injured in bombardment by fighter jets in the Khyber tribal region, DawnNews reported on Thursday.

The jets struck areas in Khyber’s Zawa region destroying four insurgent hideouts, security sources said.

The 11 injured in the onslaught included four civilians and seven militants.

Two houses in the vicinity were also damaged in the action.

Khyber is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.

Militants have killed more than 4,800 people across Pakistan since July 2007.

http://dawn.com/2012/10/18/air-strikes-in-khyber-tribal-region-kills-eight-militants/

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Malala shooting: Same extremist mindset killed my mother, says Bilawal

October 18, 2012

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari claimed Thursday that the mindset responsible for the attack on Malala Yousafzai was the same one which took his mother’s life, reported Radio Pakistan.

Bilawal was speaking on the fifth anniversary of the Karsaz incident, the assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto which she narrowly escaped.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/453327/malala-shooting-same-extremist-mindset-killed-my-mother-says-bilawal/

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Pakistan in a bind over possible military operation against Taliban

2012-10-18

The Pakistani government is now in a quandary on whether or not to launch a major operation against the Taliban armed group in the restive North Waziristan tribal region following the attack on a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

Taliban gunmen shot Malala Yousafzai in the head in northwestern Swat Valley on Oct. 9, where she has campaigned for promotion of girls' education despite Taliban bombing of schools nearly three years ago.

The Taliban were eliminated and expelled from Swat in 2009 as the result of a major military operation but its leader, Mulla Fazalullah, escaped to neighboring Afghanistan and his fighters have since regrouped along the Afghan-Pakistani borders.

Full report at:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/739182.shtml

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‘Mullah Radio’ believed to be behind attack on Pakistani schoolgirl

By Dana Priest

 October 18, 2012

The Taliban leader who apparently ordered the assassination of a Pakistani schoolgirl last week may not be well-known outside the remote, picturesque Swat Valley. But there he is infamous for his long campaign against female education.

Mullah Fazlullah, the 30-something leader of a local Taliban branch, is also well-known to a very different set of people: U.S. troops who have been gunning for him since he fled into neighboring Konar province in Afghanistan three years ago.

Because of his long record of violence and civilian executions, he is considered a priority target for NATO forces, according to analysts.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mullah-radio-believed-to-be-behind-attack-on-pakistani-schoolgirl/2012/10/17/ee8a9a8c-189f-11e2-9855-71f2b202721b_story.html

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Watch for Moharram: ‘Nine militants out on bail plan more attacks’

By Asad Kharal

October 18, 2012

LAHORE: Nine alleged militants released on bail from various jails of Punjab in September are planning attacks against rival sects in Moharram, warns a report of an intelligence agency forwarded to the IG Police Punjab.

The militants of banned outfits are trying to regroup, said the report citing sources within the terror network. These militants were arrested on charges of bomb blasts and terror attacks but were released on bail.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/453145/watch-for-moharram-nine-militants-out-on-bail-plan-more-attacks/

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Taliban leader suspected in Malala Yousafzai's shooting has history of conflict with military

 DANA PRIEST , THE WASHINGTON POST 

 18 OCTOBER 2012

The Taliban leader who apparently ordered the assassination of a Pakistani schoolgirl last week may not be well-known outside the remote, picturesque Swat Valley. But there he is infamous for his long campaign against female education.

Mullah Fazlullah, the 30-something leader of a local Taliban branch, is also well-known to a very different set of people: U.S. troops who have been gunning for him since he fled into neighboring Konar province in Afghanistan three years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/taliban-leader-suspected-in-malala-yousafzais-shooting-has-history-of-conflict-with-military-8215949.html

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Attacker of Pakistani schoolgirl was held, freed in 2009: Sources

Oct 18, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The alleged organiser of the Taliban shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl was captured during a 2009 military offensive against the hardline Islamist group but released after three months, two senior officials told Reuters.

They identified the man who planned the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai only as Attaullah, and said he was one of the two gunmen who shot her on a school bus this month in the Swat Valley, northwest of Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Attacker-of-Pakistani-schoolgirl-was-held-freed-in-2009-Sources/articleshow/16863118.cms

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Pakistanis divided on army offensive after Malala attack

October 18, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Despite widespread outrage over the Taliban shooting of a female teenage activist, Pakistani leaders and opinion makers are divided over whether the government should respond by targeting the militants’ last major sanctuary along the Afghan border.        

The US has long pressed Pakistan to launch an operation in the remote and mountainous North Waziristan tribal area, home to enemies of Islamabad as well as to militants fighting US troops in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/17/pakistanis-divided-on-army-offensive-after-malala-attack/

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Balochistan doctors observe strike to protest colleagues’ killing, kidnapping

October 18, 2012

QUETTA: Doctors in Balochistan were observing a strike on Thursday against the killings of two of their colleagues and the kidnapping of one, DawnNews reported.

The strike was being observed on the call of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and OPDs and general operation theatres in all government hospitals across Balochistan remained closed.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/18/balochistan-doctors-observe-strike-to-protest-colleagues-killing-kidnapping/

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UN sanctions list: Selective delisting of Taliban raises eyebrows in Pakistan

By Qaiser Butt

 October 18, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Despite all exhortations of “mutual cooperation,” a common enemy that transcends borders can be tricky; or so Islamabad feels when it comes to its relations with Kabul, over the Taliban.

Pakistan is wary of the Afghan influence over the process of lifting of sanctions against Taliban leaders by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), according to a highly placed source familiar with the issue.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/453206/un-sanctions-list-selective-delisting-of-taliban-raises-eyebrows-in-pakistan/

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Minister rejects proposal for sex education

October 18 2012

Responding to demands that proper sex education be taught in schools in order to protect children from rape, Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh said that it was unnecessary as it could promote indecency among the country’s youth.

“According to our traditions, it is indecent to talk about it, and that is my standpoint. I don’t believe we need that yet,” the minister told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Faiza Mardzoeki, a spokesperson for the Women’s Alliance against Rape (APTP) said proper knowledge of reproductive rights could help students protect themselves from sexual predators.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/18/minister-rejects-proposal-sex-education.html

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South Asia

 

Chinese-only party warns against principles of 'Quran' in national culture

October 18, 2012

Chinese-only party MCA has launched a scathing attack on any attempt at inculcating Islamic values in governance, and warned non-Muslims that Quranic principles and Islamic ethics would form national culture if Pakatan Rakyat comes to power.

The warning was made by deputy chairman of the party's publicity bureau, Loh Seng Kok, in a statement condemning an advisory by the Alor Setar Municipal Council that models on billboard should not appear scantily dressed.

Full report at:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=42585:in-

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Questions Raised in Deaths of Afghan Children in Coalition Strike

By ALISSA J. RUBIN

October 18, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — The international military coalition in Afghanistan has confirmed that three children were killed in a coalition artillery strike in Helmand Province, expressing regret over the deaths and calling them “tragic,” but also raising the possibility that the Taliban had been using the children to place roadside bombs for them.

The artillery strike occurred Sunday afternoon after aerial images showed people laying bombs on a road frequently used by military vehicles in Nawa District, according to an official with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, commonly referred to as ISAF. The images first showed five people on the road, with two then moving away, presumably to act as an “early warning” for those digging the holes for the bombs in case someone came along, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military operational details.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/world/asia/3-children-die-in-afghan-strike-by-NATO-led-coalition.html?ref=asia&gwh=DF94CB90C90655D5BF8D518D238031A5

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Afghanistan's safest province falling prey to Taliban

Oct 17, 2012

BAMIYAN, (AFGHANISTAN): Violence is returning to what has long been the most tranquil region of Afghanistan, where fears of a resurgent Taliban are as stark as the ragged holes left by the bombing of two ancient Buddha statues in cliffs facing the Bamiyan valley.

Bamiyan had been seen as the country's safest province due to its remote location in the central mountains and the opposition of the dominant local tribe, the Hazara, to the Taliban, mostly ethnic Pashtuns who massacred thousands of Hazara during their austere rule.

But now, after 11 years of a NATO-led war against the Islamists, insurgents are edging back into the province, burying roadside bombs and striking at foreign and local security forces. Five New Zealand soldiers were killed in August.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghanistans-safest-province-falling-prey-to-Taliban/articleshow/16855167.cms

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NATO: Afghanistan drawdown plans unchanged

October 18, 2012

KABUL: NATO’s top official said on Thursday the alliance remains committed to help enable Afghan forces assume full responsibility for the country’s security after 2014, when coalition troops are due to end their combat mission.   

The statement by visiting Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen comes amid speculation that the US-led alliance could accelerate its withdrawal plans.    ”Our goal is that Afghanistan will be able to stand on its own feet, but Afghanistan will not stand alone,” Fogh Rasmussens said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/18/NATO-afghanistan-drawdown-plans-unchanged/

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Karzai: NATO Can Speed Up Handover of Security

October 18, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai said Thursday the nation's military and police are ready and willing to take full responsibility for security in the country if the U.S.-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover to Afghan government forces.

With support for the already unpopular war fading in the West, there has been growing speculation that NATO could accelerate withdrawal plans that currently call for the security transition to Afghan forces to be complete by the end of 2014, when all foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave the country.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/18/world/asia/ap-as-

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Bangladeshi accused of US plot a college dropout

Oct 18, 2012

DHAKA: A young Bangladeshi man accused of plotting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve is a bank manager's son who dropped out of the country's most liberal university before moving to the United States.

Authorities in New York allege that Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis travelled to the US with "the purpose of conducting a terrorist attack" and actively sought out al-Qaida contacts after his arrival.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladeshi-accused-of-US-plot-a-college-dropout/articleshow/16863274.cms

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Arab World

 

Airstrikes in northern Syria kill more than 20

18 October 2012

BEIRUT: Syrian activists say a string of government airstrikes on rebel areas in the country’s north has killed at least 20 people, leveled buildings and forced residents to dig through mounds of rubble in search of survivors.

The activists say the strikes happened late Wednesday and early Thursday and hit a total of four towns in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/airstrikes-northern-syria-kill-more-20

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Veiled teacher penalised after cutting pupils' hair for not wearing headscarf

 17 Oct 2012

Iman Ahmed Kilani, a grade-school science teacher in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor was referred to investigation on Tuesday for cutting the hair of two sixth-grade girls for not wearing the veil.

Deputy Minister of Education, Zakaria Abdel-Fatah, told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that the teacher had been transferred to the administrative prosecution after the girls' parents lodged a formal complaint against her.

Last Wednesday, Kilani – who wears the full Islamic face veil (niqab) – punished Ola El-Qassem and Mona El-Rawi for coming to class without wearing a head scarf as per her instructions by cutting both girls' hair.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/55778/Egypt/Politics-/Veiled-teacher-penalised-after-cutting-pupils-hair.aspx

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Saudi jails 16 Qaeda suspects for up to 25 years

17 Oct 2012

A Saudi court has sentenced 16 Al-Qaeda suspects to between three and 25 years for murder and attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, the official SPA news agency reported Wednesday.

The defendants, 15 Saudi nationals and a Yemeni, were convicted of "carrying out terror attacks, targeting oil (sites), and carrying out assassinations," the report said.

The court, which handed down the sentences late on Tuesday, also accused the suspects of "establishing Al-Qaeda training camps," inside Saudi Arabia.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/55827/World/Region/Saudi-jails--Qaeda-suspects-for-up-to--years.aspx

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More than 100,000 Syrian refugees take shelter in Turkey

 17 October 2012

The number of Syrian refugees housed in camps in southern Turkey has risen to 101, 834, the Turkish Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) said on Wednesday (October 16), in a written statement posted on its website.

The number of refugees reached a level beyond which Ankara had previously said it would struggle to accommodate any more.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/17/244274.html

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Rebels blow up oil and gas pipelines in Syria

October 18, 2012

Syria’s state news agency says rebels have blown up two oil and gas pipelines in the northeast near the Iraqi border.

The agency, SANA, says the attack hit one oil and one gas pipeline on Thursday near the city of Deir al-Zour. The pipelines ran between Deir al-Zour and the city of Palmyra in central Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/rebels-blow-up-oil-and-gas-pipelines-in-syria/article4009229.ece

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Rebels down chopper, international peace envoy says Syria war risk to region

October 17, 2012

Rebels downed a helicopter on Wednesday as troops fought to take back a key Syrian town, a watchdog said, as international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned the conflict risks setting the region ablaze.

Fighting for control of the Damascus-Aleppo highway raged around the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan even as Brahimi appeared to have won tentative support for a ceasefire proposal.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Rebels-down-chopper-Brahimi-says-Syria-war-risk-to-region/Article1-946147.aspx

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Bahrain Charges Four Men with Defaming King on Twitter

October 18, 2012

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahraini authorities have detained four men on charges of defaming the Gulf Arab country's king on Twitter, according to the state news agency BNA.

The four men in their 20s were arrested on Wednesday morning after security forces confiscated their computers and other electronic equipment, Mohammed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said.

Criticizing King Hamad and other members of the Al Khalifa ruling family is a red line in the Gulf island kingdom.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/18/world/middleeast/18reuters-bahrain-

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Denial Is Slipping Away as War Arrives in Damascus

By JANINE DI GIOVANNI

October 18, 2012

DAMASCUS, Syria — Rifa was growing frantic. Her husband had called to say that he and her brother were stuck on their way home from work outside the Syrian capital, normally a 25-minute drive. There was fighting in a northern suburb, he said, and traffic was frozen.

Tensions rose as the hours passed. It is never good to be out after dark in Damascus now, especially trapped in a traffic jam, unable to flee. Finally, Rifa’s husband called again. They had escaped and returned to their workplace to pass the night, another concession to their changing world.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/world/middleeast/syrian-war-reaches-

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Egypt must fight for modern constitution

By ABDELATIF AL-MENAWY

18 October 2012

Egypt is experiencing a historical perilous phase. The initial indicators do not seem positive so far, but we should hold on to any possible hope to preserve the country from being dragged back into the dark ages.

While the developed world is turning around in an orbit, in Egypt, the current is pushing us to turn around into another orbit that is not related in any way to the present or the future. The country is struggling not to slide back into archaic customs and laws we read in history books.

To preserve Egypt, a battle must be fought to keep the constitution modern.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/views/2012/10/18/244442.html

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Saudi Diplomat Kidnapped in Yemen Asks King for Help

October 18, 2012

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi diplomat held hostage in Yemen since March appealed to King Abdullah to meet al Qaeda's demands to free detained women to ensure his release, according to a video recording posted online late on Wednesday.

It was at least the third video statement by Abdullah al-Khalidi since militants seized the Saudi vice consul in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

The United States and its Gulf Arab allies have been worried by the reach of al Qaeda and its allies in Yemen.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/18/world/middleeast/18reuters-yemen-saudi-

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Europe

 

Muslim group shocked at U.K. decision to “engage” with Gujarat CM

HASAN SUROOR

October 18, 2012

The Council of Indian Muslims (U.K.) has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague to review Britain’s decision to “engage” with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

In a letter to him, it has expressed its “dismay” and “shock” over the decision, saying Mr. Modi’s government was “responsible” for the anti-Muslim violence in the State in 2002.

The letter, written by Council Chairman Munaf Zeena, quotes from a leaked report of the British High Commission at the time which said the violence had “all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing” and that “reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims is impossible while the Chief Minister remains in power.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/muslim-group-shocked-at-uk-decision/article4006650.ece

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Russia criticises EU for imposing new sanctions on Iran, urges talks

Oct 18, 2012

MOSCOW: Russia criticised the European Union on Wednesday for imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme and called for a fresh round of talks between world powers and Tehran as soon as possible.

The foreign ministry issued a statement expressing "deep concern" over EU sanctions imposed on Tuesday against major Iranian state companies in the oil and gas industry and the central bank.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Russia-criticises-EU-for-imposing-new-sanctions-on-Iran-urges-talks/articleshow/16857550.cms

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Western Asia

 

Islamic finance struggles towards mainstream in Azerbaijan

October 18, 2012

The government’s fear of political Islam forced banks to conduct ‘guerrilla Islamic finance’ in which sharia-compliant deals were hidden under the appearance of conventional banking

WHEN a businessman in Muslim-majority Azerbaijan wanted a bank loan that complied with Islamic principles, until a few years ago he had to negotiate it under the table. The government’s fear of political Islam forced banks to conduct “guerrilla Islamic finance” in which sharia-compliant deals were hidden under the appearance of conventional banking, says Fuad Aliyev, a scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Washington DC.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C10%5C17%5Cstory_17-10-

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