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Britain’s Top Cardinal Says Priests Should Be Allowed to Marry If They Wish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

Britain’s Top Cardinal Says Priests Should Be Allowed to Marry If They Wish

Jihadists trained in Pakistan to spread knowledge across Europe to 'whack' innocent people

UAE should charge or release Egyptian detainees: HRW

 

India

Fundamentalism' has nothing to do with Islam or Hinduism': Eminent scholar

Indian Mujahedeen’s jihad factory alive and kicking

Indian-Americans condemn Hyderabad blasts

Indian Mujahideen hand becomes clearer in Hyderabad blasts

Image of bomb blast suspect caught by camera on traffic signal

Blasts aimed at flaring up communal passions

South still source of Indian Mujahideen explosives

For sake of Taj Mahal, Agra to become solar city

 

Arab World

Wave of Bombings Follows Al-Qaeda Call for Attacks on Iraq’s Shiite Majority

Egyptian Security Forces Sexually Abusing and Torturing Young Children

Missile shelling on Aleppo kills 29, wounds 150

Brahimi says Damascus attack that killed 100 people is a ‘war crime’

Egypt Salafists forced to cancel preaching event at ancient Pharaoh temple

Egyptian 'bible-burning' preacher faces fresh investigation

Lebanon’s Orthodox Gathering vote law ‘cannot pass’: PM Mikati

Syria army using missiles to advance on Aleppo: NGO

President Morsi calls for Egypt polls to douse protest fire

UAE blocks academic from Arab Spring meet

More than 200 kidnapped Syrian villagers released

Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt

ElBaradei calls for Egyptians election boycott

Puppet dictator? Assad ‘taught to lie’ by Khamenei in cartoon sketch

Syria opposition bloc to boycott meetings over ‘silence’ on war

 

South Asia

Sino-Pakistan friendship a ‘model’ for bilateral ties: Chinese think-tank

Saudi-Bangladesh meet will boost economic and trade ties

Bangladesh Journalist sued for instigating militancy and fanaticism

2 die, 30 hurt in Jamaat-cop gunfight in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Harvard students for death penalty for war criminals

Former Maldivian president Nasheed leaves Indian high commission

NATO may station up to 12,000 troops in post-2014 Afghanistan

 

Pakistan

Nine killed in Karachi in a Sectarian attack

Pakistan Police kill 3 militants in northwest

Tahir ul Qadri unveils 10-point manifesto

Shia community demands trial of LJ’s Malik Ishaq

Zardari calls for inter-faith harmony to tackle terror

Pakistan to contact Interpol over senior commander TTP: Rehman Malik

One policeman, two militants killed in Nowshera clash: Officials

While govt mulls talks with TTP, terror victims’ voices go unheard

Afghanistan: Distrust surrounds Pakistan’s move to woo ethnic groups

26/11 case: Pakistan judicial panel's India visit may be delayed

19 killed as bus plunges into river in Pakistan

 

Mideast Asia

Gazan Jihadists Unite to Create New Operational Base in Sinai

Yemen troops shoot dead separatist in Aden clashes

Iran Announces Uranium Discovery Days before Nuclear Talks

'Israel responsible for child in Thai monastery'

Almost 100 people wounded in Palestinian hunger strike clashes

Protesters in ‘silent scream’ for jailed Turkish military

Iran Revolutionary Guard begins military exercises

Iran rejects Nigeria spying allegation

Palestinians Protest Route of Marathon to Sponsors

 

Africa

Ali Larayedh, moderate Islamist tapped as Tunisia PM

13 Chadian troops, 65 rebels killed in Mali clashes

Gunmen kill 10 members of same family in Nigeria

Somali Military Executes Three Soldiers in Mogadishu

Mali: Conflict and Crisis in Mali Disrupt Schooling for Some 700,000 Children

Assassination Sparks Political Crisis In Tunisia

 

Southeast Asia

West Java Governor Signs Deal with FPI Banning Ahmadiya

Aceh Man Stands By Lawsuit against Mosque Loud Speakers

Top Islamic preacher backs Nik Aziz on BR1M issue

Zulkifli: Reject opposition pact to protect faith of Muslims

Indonesia ruling party chief quits amid graft case

Militants release Filipino hostage

 

North America

War crimes and criminal justice: Defining the U.S. role in Mali

US deploys troops to Niger to set up drone base

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Jihadists groups in the UK, which were trained by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan

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Europe

 

Britain’s Top Cardinal Says Priests Should Be Allowed to Marry If They Wish

Feb 23 2013

London: The top Roman Catholic priest in England has said that he believed that priests should be allowed to marry if they wished to. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who will be part of the council that chooses the next Pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, said that it was clear that many priests struggled to cope with celibacy, and should be able to marry and have children, BBC News reports.

Although O'Brien, who is also the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said that issues like abortion and euthanasia can never be accepted by the Church, he added that it would within the reach of the new Pope to consider whether the Roman Catholic Church should change its stance on other issues, which were not of ‘divine origin', like marriage.

According to O'Brien, who is the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Jesus Christ did not say whether priests should remain celibate or get married, which made the issue 'non-divine'.

According to BBC News, the cardinal, who himself is unmarried, said that he had never given a thought to his celibacy as he had been busy with his church duties, and added that during his youth, being celibate was a part of being a priest. O'Brien further said that it is necessary for priests to marry if they wish to, as many of them have found it difficult to be celibate as they lived out their priesthood, and have felt the need of a companion and a family.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/britains-top-cardinal-says-priests-should-be-allowed-to-marry-if-the.../1078648/

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Jihadists trained in Pakistan to spread knowledge across Europe to 'whack' innocent people

 Feb 23 2013

London: Jihadists groups in the UK, which were trained by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, have been ordered to spread their knowledge throughout Europe so fanatics can "whack" innocent people here, it has emerged.

Details of the orders emerged after the ringleaders of a Birmingham terror cell were convicted on Thursday of planning a suicide bombing campaign in the UK, said the Telegraph.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, now face life behind bars after plotting to kill hundreds of people with eight suicide bombers armed with guns.

According to the Telegraph, it emerged that the terror group now favours training a few extremists and using them as emissaries to recruit other self-motivated cells to launch attacks in the West.

But in conversations secretly recorded by MI5 and the police, the pair revealed the terror group’s desire to then pass on their expertise.

Naseer told members of his cell that 'Al-Qaeda' main aim is the knowledge that they give us, we want more and more people (to) have (a) stance in Europe. So they can start whacking you there, yeah, do you understand?’

According to the Telegraph, the terror case also highlighted flaws in the government’s Prevent strategy, which is supposed to encourage communities to work with the police to highlight and stop the radicalisation of young people.

It emerged that some people in Birmingham knew Naseer had sent four other men to Pakistan for training but did not alert the police, the paper added.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/jihadists-trained-in-pak-ordered-to-spread-knowledge-across-europe-to-.../1078626/

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UAE should charge or release Egyptian detainees: HRW

HRW calls on UAE authorities to release detained Egyptians suspected to be Muslim Brotherhood members

 23 Feb 2013

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged authorities in the United Arab Emirates either to charge a group of Egyptians held over suspected links with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood or release them.

"If the UAE government can show the Egyptian detainees have engaged in criminal behavior, why hasn't it charged them with a crime," asked Nadim Houry, HRW's deputy Middle East director.

"Authorities should stop this shameful practice of arresting people only to hold them without charge for months on end," he said.

Citing relatives of seven of them, HRW added that the "authorities have not granted access to lawyers or in-person visits with family members."

Last month, local media reported that UAE authorities had arrested 11 Egyptians residing in the country on suspicions of links to the Brotherhood.

The HRW statement spoke of 13, and it was not immediately clear why there is a discrepancy in the numbers.

The group were arrested between November 2012 and January 2013, HRW said, and held incommunicado until February 7 when they were allowed to call relatives inside the Gulf country.

Among them are doctors, engineers and university professors who have been living and working in the UAE for many years.

They are suspected of leading an expatriate Brotherhood cell that collected sensitive information and had links to Emiratis in custody on suspicion of plotting against national security.

The "arbitrary" detention of the Egyptians follows "similar violations of the rights of 94 Emiratis also detained arbitrarily for months without charges amid a broader crackdown on freedom of expression and critics of the government," said HRW.

The 94 Islamists, accused of plotting against the Gulf state, will appear before the Federal Supreme Court on March 4, according to local media.

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates led by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, has not seen any of the widespread pro-reform protests that have swept other Arab countries, including fellow Gulf states Bahrain and Oman.

But authorities have stepped up a crackdown on voices of dissent and calls for democratic reform.

Dubai police Chief General Dahi Khalfan has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of plotting against Gulf monarchies.

The case of the Egyptians has sparked a sharp deterioration of relations between Abu Dhabi and Cairo, already under strain since Morsi's election as Egyptian president last June.

The Gulf country, where membership of political parties is banned, has rejected a request from Egypt for the release of its nationals.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/65414/Egypt/Politics-/UAE-should-charge-or-release-Egyptian-detainees-HR.aspx

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India

 

Fundamentalism' has nothing to do with Islam or Hinduism': Eminent scholar

By Syed Mohammed

 Feb 22, 2013

HYDERABAD: Eminent scholar Bruce Lawrence said that the word 'fundamentalism' does not fit Islam and Hinduism as both religions were not fundamentalist in nature and that the verses of the Quran have been taken out of context by radical groups to further their agenda.

Addressing a gathering of media persons at the US Consulate, Professor Lawrence said, "Islam became political before being identified with terrorism. Where does Islam become a part of a political project. The public awareness of Islam has tended to overshadow the spiritual use of Islam," he noted.

Professor Lawrence who describes himself as an 'Anglo-Mohammedan' noted that the Bible and the Quran are not superior to each other because of the fact that they have a common spiritual wisdom except for the fact the language of the Quran cannot be replicated. "The reader is spellbound by the qualities of sound," he claimed.

Lawrence who is professor emeritus of Islamic Studies in Duke University said that translation of 'Allah' in the Quran should be translated as 'God' and should not be retained as Allah so as to reach out the large number of English readers. He further said one must not discount the feminine qualities of Allah as the word 'Rahman' which means 'mercy' and is one of the 99 names of Allah has its roots in a word which means womb. He also said that Islam was not anti-woman as Prophet Muhammad had abolished feoticide. "Only the girl child in Arabia was killed and Muhammad stopped it. It is modern Islam which is anti-woman," he observed

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Fundamentalism-has-nothing-to-do-with-Islam-or-Hinduism/articleshow/18632477.cms

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Indian Mujahedeen’s jihad factory alive and kicking

By Vishwa Mohan

 Feb 23, 2013

NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen, Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba's proxy in India, may have been down after the August 2012 Pune serial blasts but it's certainly not out as it has the capacity to regroup after every clampdown. The Hyderabad incident has once again proved that the banned group is not only alive but also kicking through its potent sleeper cells in different states.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Mujahideens-jihad-factory-alive-and-kicking/articleshow/18636933.cms

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Indian-Americans condemn Hyderabad blasts

 Feb 23 2013

Washington: Indian-Americans have condemned the Hyderabad bomb blasts, demanding a speedy investigation into the incident to bring the culprits to justice.

In a statement, the Indian National Overseas Congress described the blasts as a crime against humanity. Calling the bombings as terrorist act, INOC president George Abraham urged the State and Central law enforcement agencies to conduct a speedy investigation and punish the perpetrators to the full extent of the law. Another Indian American group NRI-SAHI demanded a CBI probe into the attack.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indianamericans-condemn-hyderabad-blasts/1078632/

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Indian Mujahideen hand becomes clearer in Hyderabad blasts

Feb 23, 2013

NEW DELHI: As investigators trawl the devastated spots in Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar for clues to Thursday's twin blasts, a debate has begun in the home ministry over whether the terror attack could have been prevented.

According to reports reaching here, there is no breakthrough yet for the investigators. "We are still groping in the dark," a senior home ministry official familiar with the details of the probe said. However, there was relief after it turned out that some of the CCTV cameras in the ill-fated locality were functional at the time of the explosions on Thursday evening and, therefore, might be holding pointers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Mujahideen-hand-becomes-clearer-in-Hyderabad-blasts/articleshow/18635772.cms

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Image of bomb blast suspect caught by camera on traffic signal

 February 23, 2013

In what could prove a major breakthrough to solving Thursday’s terror strikes in the city, police have stumbled upon the image of a suspect, captured by a surveillance camera mounted atop a traffic signal near the blast site.

Sources said the suspect, in his early thirties, is seen riding a bicycle at 6.38 p.m. and going towards one of the blast sites. At 6.45 p.m., he is seen returning on foot, presumably, after leaving the bicycle near the kerb.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/image-of-bomb-blast-suspect-caught-by-camera-on-traffic-signal/article4443717.ece

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Blasts aimed at flaring up communal passions

 February 23, 2013

The choice of Hyderabad for the Thursday's terror act could be to incite communal tensions in the city that simmered with communal passion in recent months, police and intelligence officials in New Delhi and Hyderabad said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/IndiaSectionPage/chunk-ht-ui-indiasectionpage-

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South still source of Indian Mujahideen explosives

Feb 23 2013

New Delhi : With security agencies pointing towards Indian Mujahideen’s print in Thursday’s twin blasts in Hyderabad, the focus is back on the sources from where the IM gets the explosives.

An IM member arrested by the National Investigation Agency earlier this month has revealed that the outfit still gets its supplies of explosives and detonators from south India. The explosives used in a series of bomb attacks starting 2005 — including the 2008 Delhi bombings — came from the south and Udupi had emerged as one of centres.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hyderabad-blasts-south-still-source-of-indian-mujahideen-explosives/1078428/

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For sake of Taj Mahal, Agra to become solar city

 Feb 23 2013

lucknow : The state government plans to develop Agra as a solar city in order to save the Taj Mahal from pollution, said a minister on Friday. The proposal for making Agra a solar city was approved by Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in 2009 following which Agra Nagar Nigam made a master plan which was approved by the government of India in 2012, Minister for Alternative Energy Sources, Vijay Kumar Misra told the Vidhan Sabha. Misra was replying to a question by Dharampal Singh of BSP.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/for-sake-of-taj-mahal-agra-to-become-solar-city/1078567/

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Arab World

 

Wave Of Bombings Follows Al-Qaeda Call For Attacks On Iraq’s Shiite Majority

Andrew McGregor

 February 23, 2013

Following an appeal from an al-Qaeda front organization calling on Iraqi Sunnis to take up arms against the nation’s Shiite majority, a series of devastating car bombings and roadside explosions targeted the Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad on February 17, killing 26 people and wounding 119 others. Four more car-bombs were discovered and defused by Baghdadi police the next day (al-Bayan [Baghdad], February 18; al-Sabah, February 18).

The blasts came a day after the February 16 assassination of a senior army intelligence officer, Brigadier General Awuni Ali, and two of his aides by a suicide bomber in Mosul, one of ten such attacks so far this year (al-Sabah al-Jadid [Baghdad], February 17). Daily political violence is clearly on the increase again in Iraq; on the same day General Awuni Ali was killed, a police colonel was murdered at a checkpoint in Mosul, a police officer killed and three wounded by a roadside bomb in al-Anbar province and a judge killed by a “sticky bomb” in Kirkuk (AFP, February 16; al-Sabah al-Jadid [Baghdad], February 18). 246 people were killed in Iraq in January alone as the violence proliferates (AFP, February 1).

Full report at:

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Egyptian Security Forces Sexually Abusing and Torturing Young Children

 February 23, 2013

Children are accusing Egypt's security forces of widespread abuses, including torture and sexual abuse.

Several children testified about incidents of alleged abuse during a press conference Thursday at the Centre for Rights in Medicine, according to the Egypt Independent.

A video featuring several of the testimonials was posted to YouTube by Mosireen, a nonprofit media collective "born out of the explosion of citizen journalism and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution."

Children shared stories of beatings, sexual abuse and emotional torture after being caught up in random group arrests.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/22/egyptian-security-forces-accused-torturing-sexually-abusing-children_n_2736994.html

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Missile shelling on Aleppo kills 29, wounds 150

 February 23, 2013

Three missiles crashed into residential areas of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on late Friday, killing at least 29 and wounding 150 others, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“There are people still buried under rubble among them a 10-member family, while most of the wounded are in critical condition,” Rami Abdel Rahman head of the Observatory told dpa.

Video footage posted online showed the aftermath in the area of Al Hamra, including people carrying away the wounded and heavy destruction.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/missile-shelling-on-aleppo-kills-29-wounds-150/article4445853.ece

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Brahimi says Damascus attack that killed 100 people is a ‘war crime’

22 February 2013

International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that a devastating bomb blast in the Syrian capital was a “war crime” that had left about 100 people dead.

The toll given by Brahimi was grimly higher than the 61 dead given by Syrian activists after a suicide bomber staged the attack Thursday near the entrance to President Bashar al-Assad’s ruling party offices.

Full report at:

Assad’s government and the opposition have blamed the Damascus attack on “terrorists.”

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/22/267771.html

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Egypt Salfists forced to cancel preaching event at ancient Pharaoh temple

 22 February 2013

An Egyptian ultraconservative Islamist group was forced to cancel a planned “understanding of Islam” conference Friday in the ancient Egyptian temple of Abu Simbel, a major destination of foreign tourists, following wide criticism.

The conference “What is Islam?” had been called by Endowments Minister Talaat Afify, also vice president of the Salafists Religious Commission for Rights and Reform. It was meant to coincide with a rare solar phenomenon when the sun becomes perpendicular onto the face of King Ramses II and illuminates the inner sanctuary of Abu Simbel Temple.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/22/267746.html

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Egyptian 'bible-burning' preacher faces fresh investigation

Prosecutor-general’s office investigates Muslim preacher Abu-Islam Ahmed Abdullah after he allegedly describes Coptic Christian women as ‘whores’ on his television show

 23 Feb 2013

The office of Egypt’s prosecutor-general has begun investigating Abu-Islam Ahmed Abdullah after he allegedly described Coptic Christian women as “whores” on his satellite television programme.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/65396/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-bibleburning-preacher-faces-fresh-investi.aspx

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Lebanon’s Orthodox Gathering vote law ‘cannot pass’: PM Mikati

23 February 2013

A law stipulating that Lebanese citizens vote for candidates of their own sect, “cannot” be adopted for the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections this year, Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Saturday.

The Orthodox Gathering law, which was approved earlier this week by the country’s parliamentary committees, still needs to be passed in a parliament vote to be adopted.

“The Orthodox proposal for the parliamentary elections cannot pass because it violates the essence of Lebanon's existence and mutual coexistence,” the prime minister posted on Twitter.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267883.html

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Syria army using missiles to advance on Aleppo: NGO

Feb 23, 2013

BEIRUT: The Syrian army's use of surface-to-surface missiles on Aleppo is part of a bid to advance on the northern city, swathes of which have fallen into rebel hands since mid-2012, a watchdog said today.

"The army has been trying for weeks to come closer to Aleppo via its eastern entrance, in order to assault it. Elite troops are being sent... but so far the army has been unsuccessful," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-army-using-missiles-to-advance-on-Aleppo-NGO/articleshow/18643136.cms

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President Morsi calls for Egypt polls to douse protest fire

 Feb 23, 2013

CAIRO: Egypt's Islamist president has called parliamentary elections for April in an effort to assuage mounting frustration over continued turmoil a political impasse that has gripped the nation.

A decree issued by Mohamed Morsi on Thursday set the start of a staggered, four-stage voting process for April 27, with the last round to be held in June. The newly elected parliament would then convene for its first session on July 6, the decree said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/President-Morsi-calls-for-Egypt-polls-to-douse-protest-fire/articleshow/18637832.cms

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UAE blocks academic from Arab Spring meet

 February 23, 2013

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, co-director of the Kuwait programme at the London School of Economics, said on Saturday he was denied entry in Dubai and returned to London.

The London School of Economics has pulled out of an academic conference on the Arab Spring after one of its scholars says he was denied entry into the United Arab Emirates.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/uae-blocks-academic-from-arab-spring-meet/article4446256.ece

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More than 200 kidnapped Syrian villagers released

 22 February 2013

BEIRUT: Activists say that more than 200 people kidnapped recently by gunmen from opposing Sunni and Shiite villages in northern Syria have been released, temporarily easing local tensions.

The crisis started last week when a bus carrying a few dozen Shiites, mostly women and children, disappeared in northern Syria. Activists say Shiite gunmen accused rebels, and kidnapped more than 200 residents of nearby Sunni villages in retaliation.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/more-200-kidnapped-syrian-villagers-released

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Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt

February 22, 2013

Egypt's Interior Ministry ordered 140,000 teargas canisters from the United States in January, which the US State Department only allowed to be exported without the company's name or any indication they were made in the U.S., the Egypt Independent reports Friday.

From letters between the Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry: "In light of the ongoing incidents and growing need for gas bombs to deal with rioters and preserve the nations safety, Al-Guindy Company for Imports and Exports, a representative of the US Combined System Company in Egypt, has been contracted to import 70,000 gas bombs and 70,000 long-range gas projectiles from the US to Egypt,” the letter stated.

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/22-2

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ElBaradei calls for Egyptians election boycott

Feb 23, 2013

CAIRO: Egyptian liberal opposition politician Mohamed ElBaradei called on Saturday for a boycott of parliamentary elections which start in April, saying he refused to take part in "an act of deception".

Islamist President Mohamed Morsi called the elections on Thursday, aiming to conclude Egypt's turbulent transition to democracy which began with the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak by popular protests.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ElBaradei-calls-for-Egyptians-election-boycott/articleshow/18643632.cms

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Puppet dictator? Assad ‘taught to lie’ by Khamenei in cartoon sketch

23 February 2013

A confused, self-conscious and submissive Syrian president and an all-powerful Iranian leader; both characters in a cartoon video made by Syrian activists, mocking relations between the embattled President Assad and Tehran.

The cartoon's recent production was reportedly prompted by an announcement from an official close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, saying that Syria is the Islamic republic’s 35th province.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267875.html

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Syria opposition bloc to boycott meetings over ‘silence’ on war

 23 February 2013

The United States must honor promises of support for democracy in Syria, opposition spokesman Walid al-Bunni said on Saturday after his National Coalition canceled visits to Rome, Moscow and Washington.

"Our visit to Washington is on hold until Washington takes a stance that is in accordance with U.S. statements on its support for democracy," Bunni told France 24's Arabic-language channel.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267813.html

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South Asia

 

Sino-Pakistan friendship a ‘model’ for bilateral ties: Chinese think-tank

ANANTH KRISHNAN

 February 23, 2013

A new report by an official Chinese think-tank has hailed the relations with Pakistan as a “model of state-to-state relations” and strongly rejected suggestions that the ‘all-weather’ relationship was growing cold amid concerns about terrorism and a lack of aid.

New factors

The report, titled ‘A Model of State-to-State Relations’, was authored by Du Youkang, head of the Centre for Pakistan Studies at Shanghai’s Fudan University and a scholar who advises the government on its Pakistan policy.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sinopakistan-friendship-a-model-for-bilateral-ties-chinese-thinktank/article4443543.ece

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Saudi-Bangladesh meet will boost economic and trade ties

 23 February 2013

The Saudi-Bangladesh 10th Joint Commission meets on Monday and Tuesday in Riyadh to discuss economic and trade opportunities, said Bangladesh Ambassador Mohammed Shahidul Islam.

“The meeting is aimed at securing tangible benefits for both parties in terms of their economies, trade, investment, education, culture, human resource development, health, agriculture, manpower cooperation and other areas,” Islam said.

He added that the meeting of the commission, after a lapse of four years, would provide further impetus to bilateral relations.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/kingdom-bangladesh-meet-will-boost-economic-and-trade-ties

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Bangladesh Journalist sued for instigating militancy and fanaticism

2013/02/23

Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of Bangla daily Amar Desh, has been sued for instigating militancy and fanaticism and spreading false information to create anarchy across the country.

Confirming The Daily Star about filing of the case, Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge (investigation) at Shahbagh Police Station, said Sub-Inspector Badrul Islam filed the charges.

Amar Desh has been publishing reports and hate materials criticising the Shahbagh movement, which entered its 19th day on Saturday, demanding capital punishment to the war criminals.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=44978

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2 die, 30 hurt in Jamaat-cop gunfight in Pabna

2013/02/23

Two people were killed and 30 including 18 policemen injured in a gunfight between Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists and law enforcers in Pabna during Jamaat-backed eight-hour hartal (shutdown) in the district on Saturday.

Jamaat enforced the hartal to protest vandalism at its office in Pabna town hours after Jamaat men vandalised the Gonojagoron Mancha and ransacked the district AL office.

Deceased Sirajul Islam, 17, and Alal, 18, were Jamaat activists, Abu Talen Mondol, secretary general of district Jamaat unit, claimed.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=44971

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Bangladeshi Harvard students for death penalty for war criminals

2013/02/23

Activists of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and some students of Harvard University yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the university in the United States demanding capital punishment for war criminals.

Amid freezing cold, they stood there for about two hours holding placards with slogans expressing solidarity with the mass movement in Shahbagh.

Scientist Sajed Kamal, son of litterateur Sufia Kamal, and Rozi, Sajed's wife, were present.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=270160

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Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed leaves Indian high commission

Feb 23, 2013

MALE/NEW DELHI: Ending eleven days of stalemate, ex-Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed on Saturday walked out of the Indian high commission in Male where he was holed up since last Wednesday to evade an arrest warrant.

Nasheed walked out of the mission at 4.15pm (IST) after which India said it hoped that with this development the former President will again resume his social and political life.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Former-Maldivian-president-Mohamed-Nasheed-leaves-Indian-high-commission/articleshow/18644446.cms

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NATO may station up to 12,000 troops in post-2014 Afghanistan

Feb 23, 2013

BRUSSELS: NATO may station up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan to train and assist Kabul's forces after its combat mission against the Taliban ends there in 2014, US officials said on Friday.

US Pentagon spokesman George Little said NATO was considering deployment of between 8,000 and 12,000 troops, including any US contribution, but no final decision has yet been made.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/NATO-may-station-up-to-12000-troops-in-post-2014-Afghanistan/articleshow/18637006.cms

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Pakistan

 

Nine killed in Karachi in a Sectarian attack

 February 23, 2013

KARACHI, Feb 22: A young man was gunned down in an apparent sectarian attack near North Nazimabad on Friday night, bringing the dead toll from day’s violence in the city to nine. Police said the incident took place near Kati Pahari where unknown suspects on a motorcycle attacked Syed Fayyaz Hussain Zaidi, 24.

In another incident, an unidentified young man was killed in Jamshed Quarters.

Police said the incident took place in the vicinity of a wedding hall near Patel Para where the unidentified man in his mid 40s suffered a gunshot wound in the chest.

Earlier in the day, seven people including two policemen were shot dead in separate acts of violence in the city.

http://dawn.com/2013/02/23/nine-killed-in-karachi-2/

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Pakistan Police kill 3 militants in northwest

Feb 23, 2013

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistani Police say they have killed three attackers after militants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying police officers in the northwest, in an attack that left one officer dead.

Senior police officer Mohammed Hussain says two police officers were also wounded in Saturday's attack near a highway in the town of Akora Khattak.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Police-kill-3-militants-in-northwest/articleshow/18641180.cms

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Tahir ul Qadri unveils 10-point manifesto

 February 23, 2013

MULTAN: “My final contest will be on March 17 in Rawalpindi’s Liaqat Bagh.

I will then tell the nation whether to vote in an election or pursue a revolution,” Awami Tehreek president and chairman of the Minhajul Quran International Tahirul Qadri said on Friday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/511297/yet-again-qadri-unveils-10-point-manifesto/

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Shia community demands trial of LJ’s Malik Ishaq

23 Feb 2013

QUETTA: The Hazara community on Saturday demanded that Lashkar-i-Jhangvi chief Malik Ishaq be put on trial, a day after he was arrested following deadly sectarian attacks in the city of Quetta.

Ishaq, who leads the banned sectarian militant outfit, was held on Friday after two recent bombings in the southwestern city targeting the Shia Hazara minority killed more than 180 people, sparking nationwide protests.

The outlawed militant group, linked to both Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/23/3197270/

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Zardari calls for inter-faith harmony to tackle terror

 Feb 23, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Amidst calls from Pakistan's religious parties for talks with the Taliban, President Asif Ali Zardari has said there is a need to adopt an "approach of peace and reconciliation to eliminate the menace of extremism and terrorism".

Zardari made the remarks yesterday while addressing the concluding session of a national conference on inter-faith harmony at the presidency.

He called for unity and harmony among the people to address the challenges of extremism and terrorism.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Zardari-calls-for-inter-faith-harmony-to-tackle-terror/articleshow/18641132.cms

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Pakistan to contact Interpol over senior commander TTP: Rehman Malik

 February 23, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said Pakistan would soon be contacting the Interpol for the handing over of Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, a senior commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) recently captured in Afghanistan, DawnNews reported.

The Taliban commander was captured on Monday by Afghan intelligence personnel in a border area and the Foreign Office had on Thursday asked the Afghan government to hand him over to Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/23/pakistan-to-contact-interpol-over-maulvi-faqir-rehman-malik/

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One policeman, two militants killed in Nowshera clash: Officials

February 23, 2013

PESHAWAR: Militants attacked a police van in Nowshera on Saturday, killing a police official and wounding two others, authorities said.

A gunbattle erupted after the assault in which two militants were also killed, local police chief Mohammad Hussain told AFP.

The incident took place in the town of Rashakai, 40 kilometres east of Peshawar.

The area is close to the semi-autonomous tribal region where the Pakistani military has launched a series of operations against Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/511515/one-policeman-two-militants-killed-in-nowshera-clash-officials/

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While govt mulls talks with TTP, terror victims’ voices go unheard

 February 23, 2013

PESHAWAR: Hazratullah Khan, who lost his right leg below the knee in a car bombing, answers immediately when asked whether the Pakistani government should hold peace talks with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders responsible for attacks like the one that maimed him.

”Hang them alive,” said the 14-year-old, who survived the explosion on his way home from school. ”Slice the flesh off their bodies and cut them into pieces. That’s what they have been doing to us.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/23/while-govt-mulls-talks-with-ttp-terror-victims-voices-go-unheard/

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Afghanistan: Distrust surrounds Pakistan’s move to woo ethnic groups

 February 23, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recently received a senior anti-Taliban Afghan Hazara leader as a state guest in its quest to win over the sympathy of non-Pashtun communities in the neighbouring state.

Head of Hizb-e-Wahadat Mardam-e-Afghan Party Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq led an eight-member delegation of the Hazara community which met Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar this week.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/511324/afghanistan-distrust-surrounds-pakistans-move-to-woo-ethnic-groups/

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26/11 case: Pakistan judicial panel's India visit may be delayed

Feb 23, 2013

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani judicial commission's visit to India in connection with the Mumbai attacks case is likely to be delayed as an anti-terrorism court today sought an assurance that members of the panel will be allowed to cross-examine key Indian witnesses.

Prosecutors informed the court conducting the trial of seven suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attack that they would provide an undertaking from the Indian government that the panel will have the power of cross-examination.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/26/11-case-Pakistan-judicial-panels-India-visit-may-be-delayed/articleshow/18643953.cms

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19 killed as bus plunges into river in Pakistan

 Feb 23, 2013

ISLAMABAD: At least 19 people were killed when a bus carrying wedding guests plunged into a river near Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, a media report said.

The bus, carrying around 45 people, fell into the river along the Charsadda road in Budhi area, Xinhua reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/19-killed-as-bus-plunges-into-river-in-Pakistan/articleshow/18640355.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Gazan Jihadists Unite to Create New Operational Base in Sinai

February 22, 2013

By: Murad Batal al-Shishani

After Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007, jihadist groups began to emerge in the small Palestinian-controlled strip along the Mediterranean. The emergence of these groups was neither in the favor of Hamas nor the main regional actors, Israel and Egypt. Jihadist groups were responsible for various attacks against Israel and started to expand ties to sympathetic groups in Egypt’s security weak-point - the Sinai Peninsula.

Until recently, Gaza’s jihadists did not work under one umbrella. Various groups have been active in Gaza such as Jaljalt, Jaysh al-Islam, Jund Ansar Allah, al-Tawhid w’al-Jihad and Jaysh al-Ummah. These groups were formed by individuals who left Hamas and its affiliated Qassam Brigades after Hamas turned from armed resistance to political participation (al-Jazeera, April 21, 2011). Traditional Salafist groups that used to oppose political and military activism now act as recruitment bases for the emerging jihadi formations.

Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40492&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=b57a290acbd8f4fba7d5d924ff9b6e88

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Yemen troops shoot dead separatist in Aden clashes

23 February 2013

A southern separatist was shot dead by Yemeni troops on Saturday in clashes that erupted when activists blocked roads during a protest in the main port city of Aden.

“One man was killed and two others were wounded by gunfire,” a medic at Aden’s al-Naqib hospital told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267873.html

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Iran Announces Uranium Discovery Days Before Nuclear Talks

2013/02/23

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said it has found significant new deposits of raw uranium to feed its nuclear program and has identified sites for 16 more nuclear power stations, just days before talks with Western powers over its disputed atomic program.

The Iran Atomic Energy Organisation report cited by state news agency IRNA on Saturday said the deposits were found in "southern coastal areas" and had trebled the amount outlined in previous estimates.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/23/world/middleeast/23reuters-iran-

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'Israel responsible for child in Thai monastery'

By DANIELLE ZIR

 February 23, 2013

Israel is responsible for the welfare of a 12-year-old Israeli child living without his family for a year in Thailand, the Council for the Child told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

The story was reported by Channel 2 earlier this week. It came to light after a group of Israeli tourists was approached by the boy while visiting Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The youngster was wearing the orange robe of a Buddhist monk and spoke in Hebrew.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=304078

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Almost 100 people wounded in Palestinian hunger strike clashes

 23 February 2013

About 100 Palestinians were wounded on Friday following clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank demanding the release of huger-strike prisoners, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

An Israeli official said three hunger strikers -- Tareq Qaadan, Jafar Ezzedine and Ayman Sharawrna -- were admitted to hospitals for protective check-ups.

The Red Crescent's Mohammed Ayyad said that 94 Palestinians were wounded; two of them by live bullets, as police responded to stone-throwing demonstrators with tear gas, stun grenades and gunfire.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267857.html

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Protesters in ‘silent scream’ for jailed Turkish military

23 February 2013

Angered by the jailing of scores of military figures, protesters in cities across Turkey are demanding justice with quiet but determined weekly rallies they call “silent screams.”

For the past few months hundreds of demonstrators, many of them relatives of the detained officers, have been gathering peacefully across the country every Saturday afternoon to denounce what they see as politically motivated punishments against the country’s once omnipotent military.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267835.html

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Iran Revolutionary Guard begins military exercises

Feb 23, 2013

TEHRAN: Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has begun a three-day ground and air military exercise aimed at upgrading its combat readiness.

State TV says the drills involve ground forces of the Guard, Iran's most powerful military force, around the city of Sirjan in the country's south. It showed tanks and artillery attacking hypothetical enemy positions.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-Revolutionary-Guard-begins-military-exercises/articleshow/18643086.cms

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Iran rejects Nigeria spying allegation

 22 February 2013

TEHRAN: Iran yesterday rejected it had committed any "illegal act" in Nigeria after the West African nation's secret police arrested three Nigerians accused of spying for the Islamic republic.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted in media reports as saying he "rejected Nigerian and Western media reports of illegal activities by the Islamic republic in Nigeria".

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iran-rejects-nigeria-spying-allegation

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Palestinians Protest Route of Marathon to Sponsors

By JODI RUDOREN

2013/02/23

JERUSALEM — A lawyer representing Palestinian government agencies sent letters this week to an American sneaker company and an international hotel chain threatening a boycott and legal action if they did not withdraw their sponsorship of the Jerusalem Marathon, which the Palestinians say violates international law.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/world/middleeast/palestinians-threaten-to-boycott-

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Africa

 

Ali Larayedh, moderate Islamist tapped as Tunisia PM

Tunisia's new PM, Ali Larayedh, is seen by opposition as a moderate and a man of dialogue; Larayedh was jailed and tortured during reign of Ben Ali

23 Feb 2013

Ali Larayedh, the Islamist politician tapped on Friday to become Tunisia's next prime minister and who was tortured under ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is seen as a moderate and a man of dialogue.

He will attempt to form a government at a time of political crisis in Tunisia, with divisions between liberals and Islamists deepened by the assassination earlier this month of leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/65384/World/Region/Ali-Larayedh,-moderate-Islamist-tapped-as-Tunisia-.aspx

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13 Chadian troops, 65 rebels killed in Mali clashes

23 February 2013

Thirteen Chadian soldiers and 65 militants were killed in a fierce battle in the mountainous Ifoghas region of northern Mali, Chad's military command announced Friday.

“The Chadian army destroyed five vehicles and killed 65 jihadists,” it said in a statement, adding that 13 of its soldiers had been killed and another five wounded.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267842.html

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Gunmen kill 10 members of same family in Nigeria

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Nine Suspected Boko Haram Members Killed In Borno

NO fewer than 10 members of the same family were hacked to death on Thursday night at Koghum village in Vwang District of Jos South Council of Plateau State as they were meeting on how to bury their deceased grandmother, whose body has been in the mortuary.

Distraught, the other family members yesterday went to the mortuary to take the body of their grandmother for burial, along with the 10 members who were cruelly murdered by unknown assailants.

Full report at:

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114272:gunmen-kill-10-family-members-in-jos&catid=1:national&Itemid=559

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Somali Military Executes ThreeSoldiers in Mogadishu

21 FEBRUARY 2013

The Somali military on Thursday (February 21st) executed three government soldiers convicted of murder, Somalia's Hiiraan Online reported. Brothers Abbas Omar Kathiir, 26, and Abdullahi Omar Kathiir, 28, were found guilty of killing civilians Hassan Dhagole and Mohamed Farah Nur.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201302220893.html

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Mali: Conflict and Crisis in Mali Disrupt Schooling for Some 700,000 Children

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Bamako — The crisis in Mali has disrupted the education of some 700,000 Malian children, leaving 200,000 still with no access to school both in the North and South of the country, according to UNICEF and educational authorities in Mali.

Since January 2012, 115 schools in the North were closed, destroyed, looted and in places contaminated with unexploded ordnance. Many teachers have failed to return to the North and already overcrowded schools in the South cannot cope with the influx of displaced students from the North.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201302230143.html

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ASSASSINATION SPARKS POLITICAL CRISIS IN TUNISIA

Andrew McGregor

 February 23, 2013

Tunisia’s political crisis deepened this week with the emergence of a split in the ruling Islamist Ennahda Party and the subsequent resignation of Ennahda Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali on February 20. The split was the consequence of Jebali’s attempts to form a new government of technocrats in the wake of the February 6 assassination of Chokri Belaid, the 48-year-old secretary general of opposition party al-Watad (the Movement of Democratic Patriots - MDP).

Full report at:

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Southeast Asia

 

West Java Governor Signs Deal With FPI Banning Ahmadiyah

Primus Dorimulu & Camelia Pasandaran | February 23, 2013

Just days before a provincial election, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan has signed a deal with the hardline Islamic Defenders Front in which he has reportedly agreed to ban the activities of the minority Islamic Ahmadiyah sect if he is reelected.

But analysts said the act would likely backfire on the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) candidate, with moderate voters shying away from him in Sunday’s poll.

“If the media blows this up in the coming two days, it will help solidify support from the hardliners but he will be abandoned by moderate groups,” University of Indonesia political analyst Andrinof Chaniago warned.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/west-java-governor-signs-deal-with-fpi-banning-ahmadiyah/573457

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Aceh Man Stands By Lawsuit against Mosque Loud Speakers

Jakarta Globe | February 22, 2013

A 75-year-old man in Aceh has filed a controversial lawsuit against local religious officials alleging that the noise from a nearby mosque’s six loudspeakers has negatively impacted his life.

Sayed Hassan originally filed the lawsuit against the Al Muchlisin mosque, the Aceh Religious Affairs office, Ulema Consultative Assembly (MPU) Aceh, Islamic Sharia Agency, and the Gampong Jawa village chief in December of 2012, according to Tempo.co.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/aceh-man-stands-by-lawsuit-against-loud-mosque-speakers/573384

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Top Islamic preacher backs Nik Aziz on BR1M issue

 February 23, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 - Popular Islamic preacher Azhar Idrus has come out in defence of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, saying the PAS spiritual leader had not called BR1M recipients animals but blamed the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was treating them as such.

Harakahdaily reported Azhar as saying at a lecture here today that Nik Aziz’s analogy comparing BR1M handouts to animal feed had been misunderstood, adding advice to the public to be careful with what they read or hear in the media.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/top-islamic-preacher-backs-nik-aziz/

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Zulkifli: Reject opposition pact to protect faith of Muslims

 February 23, 2013

SHAH ALAM, Feb 23 – The people must reject the opposition pact in the 13th general election to protect the faith of Muslims from the pluralism ideology bandied about by the opposition pact.

Kulim Bandar Baru Member of Parliament Datuk Zulkifli Nordin said, the upcoming general election would be the most important platform to protect the Muslims from the ideology, which advocates the opinion that all religions are the same.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/zulkifli-reject-opposition-pact-to-protect-faith-of-muslims/

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Indonesia ruling party chief quits amid graft case

Feb 23, 2013

JAKARTA, Indonesia: The head of Indonesia's ruling Democratic Party has resigned after being named as a suspect in a corruption case.

Anas Urbaningrum, who was elected party chairman in 2010, announced his resignation at a news conference on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Indonesia-ruling-party-chief-quits-amid-graft-case/articleshow/18643521.cms

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Militants release Filipino hostage

23 February 2013

MANILA, Philippines: Philippine police say Al-Qaeda-linked militants have released a Filipino hostage but there is no word on the fate of six foreign captives. Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra says grocery store owner Edgar Fabella was released by the Abu Sayyaf group early yesterday near the port on Jolo island.

Fabella was kidnapped last month in southern Zamboanga city. Fabella said he wasn't harmed by his captors and denied paying for his freedom.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/militants-release-filipino-hostage

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North America

 

War crimes and criminal justice: Defining the U.S. role in Mali

23 February 2013

As the fighting in Mali continues, U.S. politicians continue to try to define America’s role in the conflict. Early this week, Senator Christopher Coons, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee on African Affairs, traveled to Mali on the first congressional delegation visit since France’s involvement in the country.

The delegation discussed U.S. assistance with French and African military officials. The U.S. currently supplies airlift and fuel aid, as well a small number of troops in Niger that are assisting the French intelligence gathering efforts.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/23/267820.html

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US deploys troops to Niger to set up drone base

Published February 22, 2013

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Friday that about 100 American troops have been deployed to the African nation of Niger. Two U.S. defence officials said the troops would be setting up a base for unarmed drones to conduct surveillance.

Obama announced the deployment in a letter to Congress, saying that the forces "will provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region."

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/22/us-troops-in-niger-to-set-up-drone-base/#ixzz2LhDIFAwt

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