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Chechen's Top Mufti: 'Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Is Serving Not Allah But America'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clash with police in Cairo early on July 8, 2013 (AFP, Mahmoud Khaled)

 

Europe

Chechen's Top Mufti: 'Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Is Serving Not Allah But America'

Renowned Scientist Stephen Hawking Joins Academic Boycott of Israel

Britons urged to boycott Maldives over sexist laws

Snowden says Western states ‘in bed with’ NSA: report

Russian Experts Call on Moscow to Turn North Caucasus into ‘Internal Turkey’

Georgia a ‘Haven for Terrorists’ PM Recycles Moscow’s Long-Discarded Narrative

Anwar: TV prayer call is not first step to Sharia State

 

Arab World

At least 42 killed in Egypt, Islamists call for uprising

Insensitive sponsors to blame for low-income expats breaking law

ElBaradei condemns Egypt killings, urges independent probe

Egyptian soldiers escape from pro-Mursi kidnappers, state TV reports

Egypt army says ‘armed terrorists’ tried to storm HQ

Two thirds of Syria's Homs rebel area destroyed: activists

Targeting Army could lead to catastrophes: Hezbollah MP

Online videos showcase Syrian rebels' foreign weaponry

Salafists pull out of government talks in Egypt

Egypt orders arrest of more Brotherhood leaders

Egypt’s Salafist party rejects choices for premier, vice-president

Video of 12-year-old boy discussing Egyptian politics goes viral

Egypt militants bomb gas line to Jordan

Abul-Fotouh calls on Egypt's interim president to step down

Lebanon’s Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya urges solution to Egypt ‘coup’

 

India

Sacking Morsi’s govt is murder of democracy: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Too many problems at home, Pakistan govt puts Kashmir on backburner

Bodh Gaya blasts: Monks of 50 nations hold special prayer

Buddhist-Rohingya conflict in Myanmar spells trouble for India

Irresponsible to link blasts to Myanmar violence: Muslim bodies

Kashmir issue has political genesis and needs political solution: Omar

Bodh Gaya blasts: Stay calm, says Tibetan religious head

Blasts in Bodh Gaya 'a cowardly act,' says Sonia Gandhi

Bodh Gaya serial blasts: One suspect detained, cops release CCTV footage

Indian pays Rs. 36 lakh as blood money to rescue compatriot in Saudi Arabia

 

Pakistan

Bomb blast kills 6 people in northwest Pakistan

Bahauddin Zakariya University lecturer quits over ‘co-education’

New TTP group emerges to avenge drone attacks

‘Minus-Altaf formula’ not acceptable, says MQM leader

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam readies ‘white paper’

Militants torch three NATO containers in Quetta

Osama moved to Pakistan in mid-2002, report says

Pakistan to seek drone technology from US

Grand Jirga discusses repatriation of IDPs to Tirah Valley

 

Mideast

‘First God, then comes nation,’ Turkish culture minister says at German rally

Military intervention in Egypt's politics inappropriate: Iran

Israeli Cabinet approves ultra-Orthodox conscription law

Iran to unveil mobile version of S-200 air defense system: Cmdr.

Hamas condemns killings at Egypt sit-in

Hamas breaks up counterfeiting ring

Thousands demand secession for south Yemen

Gunmen kill top Yemen officer in southeast: army

Turkey condemns Cairo shooting, calls it "massacre"

Kurdish peace process falters after Turkey protests

 

South Asia

Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban, lose 5 of own

Insurgents increasing in east Afghanistan, but army see gains

Maldivian president pledges to work with main Islamic party

Anti-Muslim Riots Haunt Shattered Myanmar City

Myanmar jails two Buddhists for riot murders

14 Afghans held in Chaman

 

North America

US doesn’t support Muslim Brotherhood: John Kerry

Washington unlikely to cut financial aid to Egypt: US lawmakers

CAIR Submits Testimony for House Hearing on Boston Bombings

Cops: 'Person of interest' located after swastika sprayed on Islamic center

US Shrugs off Syrian Opposition’s Chemical Weapons Use, Presses for War

 

Southeast Asia

‘Keep on right path to protect ties with host countries’ Malaysian Students Urged

Democratic Party of Malaysia Opens Its Doors for 2014 Presidential Candidates

Malaysian Army commander refutes Sectarian discrimination charge

 

Africa

Tunisia’s nonviolent Salafists can mitigate the threat of Salafist jihadists

African Islamists claim victory of ideology as clashes erupt in Egypt

Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded

Nigerian troops burned homes in extremist attack

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Europe

 

Chechen's Top Mufti: 'Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Is Serving Not Allah But America'

Jul 8, 2013

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Chechen Mufti Sultan Mirzayev believes the United States is taking advantage of Muslims in pursuing its own geopolitical ends in Syria.

"There is not a trace of jihad in Syria. What is going on in Syria is a fratricidal war, and all those going there to fight, be it Chechens or Muslims of a different ethnic background, should bear in mind that they are going there to defend America's interests and the West's geopolitical interests," Mirzayev said on the Voice of Russia radio station.

He said he could not explain the reason for Chechens to fight in Syria, noting only that "these are lost people."

"Whoever the U.S. declares a tyrant, there will be the same mess," and Libya is a good example of this, he said.

"And if the U.S. attains its ends in Syria, then another country, like Jordan or some other, will be the next. And it turns out that Muslims are putting into practice America's plans with their own hands. Mind that America supported the Shiites in Iraq, and now they support the Sunnis in Syria. Why is this being done? It's being done deliberately to set the Sunnis and the Shiites against each other," he said.

Mirzayev issued a fatwa saying that the developments in Syria are a 'Fitna', i.e. a conflict aimed at exterminating the Muslims.

A group of Muslim scholars led by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi in Egypt issued a fatwa in mid-June, which declared binding any kinds of jihad against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Mirzayev said in commenting on this, "Yusuf al-Qaradawi is serving not Allah but America today. He called [former Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi a kafir, even though he helped Muslims of Northern and Central Africa. He created a state where water, electricity, and gas were free. Will you find another such state? Perhaps it's Qatar, where al-Qaradawi is enjoying his life? He also called for jihad in Chechnya earlier, but we explained the situation to him," he said.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=438182

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Renowned Scientist Stephen Hawking Joins Academic Boycott of Israel

Jon Queally

Jul 8, 2013

Noted British physicist Stephen Hawking has joined an international academic boycott by refusing to attend a prominent upcoming conference in Israel citing his concern for that nation's treatment of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation of their land.

Though a series of confusing news reports on Wednesday left some confusion about whether or not Hawking's decision to not attend the June presidential conference was based on health concerns rather than a political position, clarified statements from Cambridge University, where Hawking works, have now made the issue more clear.

As the Associated Press reported just before noon on Wednesday:

The University of Cambridge released a statement Wednesday indicating that Hawking had told the Israelis last week that he would not be attending "based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott."

University officials said they had "previously understood" that Hawking's decision was based solely on health concerns — he is 71 and has severe disabilities — but had now been told otherwise by Hawking's office.

The decision means that one of the world's most famous scientists has joined a boycott organized to protest Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

And Ali Abunimah, editor of the Electronic Intifada, writes:

It is fully confirmed that Professor Stephen Hawking pulled out of a conference in Israel later this month in solidarity with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions. [...]

Given his stature this was as much a victory for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement as it was a major blow to Israeli prestige and propaganda, especially since the conference in question is hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Though Hawking has still not announced his decision personally, a post on the website of British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), posted with Hawking's permission, states that the renowned scientist's decision to "respect the boycott" was "based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there."

A subsequent statement on the BRICUP website acknowledged there was "misinformation" circulating about the nature of Hawking's position. However, in fact, the group said they had seen the letter Professor Hawking sent to the Jerusalem organizers in which he gave "his clear reasons for not attending." BRICUP said they are seeking permission to release that letter but would not do so until Hawking's approval was given.

However, a statement put out by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC), quoted one section from the Hawking letter which read:

“I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. Had I attended I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.”

And as The Guardian reported:

Hawking's decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions targeting Israeli academic institutions.

In April the Teachers' Union of Ireland became the first lecturers' association in Europe to call for an academic boycott of Israel, and in the United States members of the Association for Asian American Studies voted to support a boycott, the first national academic group to do so.

In the four weeks since Hawking's participation in the Jerusalem event was announced, he has been bombarded with messages from Britain and abroad as part of an intense campaign by boycott supporters trying to persuade him to change his mind. In the end, Hawking told friends, he decided to follow the advice of Palestinian colleagues who unanimously agreed that he should not attend.

Organizers of the fifth annual president's conference in Israel, this year called Facing Tomorrow, decried Hawking's decision.

"The academic boycott against Israel is in our view outrageous and improper," said conference chairman Israel Maimon in a statement.

And vitriol followed on social media, with many repugnant personal statements being made about Hawking for his choice to respect the boycott.

But proponents of Palestinian rights and boycott supporters roundly applauded Hawking's stance and pushed back against the personal attacks levied against him. For its part, the PSC stated:

[We are] appalled at the personalized, offensive and vicious attacks on Professor Stephen Hawking, including via social media, simply for speaking out on this matter. Many will be taken aback at the extreme reaction among Israel’s supporters to Professor Hawking’s support for the Palestinian call for boycott. We urge those opposed to boycott, disinvestment and sanctions to respect freedom of speech.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/08-1

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Britons urged to boycott Maldives over sexist laws

As 15-year-old rape victim faces 100 lashes, women's rights groups have urged David Cameron to intervene

JANE MERRICK

07 JULY 2013

David Cameron faces calls to intervene in the case of a 15-year-old female rape victim sentenced to 100 lashes in the Maldives as new figures showed the appalling state of women's rights in the Commonwealth country.

British couples are being asked to avoid the Maldives as a honeymoon destination to force the country's government to overturn the conviction of the girl, who was given the draconian sentence after being raped by her stepfather.

Many of the 500,000 tourists who holiday on the "paradise" islands every year are unaware of the country's appalling record on women's rights, with not one single conviction for rape in the past three years.

The Maldivian government's own figures show that 90 per cent of people sentenced to flogging are female, while one in three women between the ages of 15 and 49 have suffered physical or sexual abuse over the past five years.

A new poll of Maldivians for the global campaign group Avaaz reveals that 92 per cent of people think laws to protect girls and women from sexual assault should be reformed, while 79 per cent think current systems are not adequate or fair. The Asia Research partners poll also reveals that 73 per cent think punishments for sexual crimes are unfair to women, while 62 per cent want a reintroduction of the moratorium on flogging.

More than two million people worldwide have signed an online petition on Avaaz.org calling for the country's President, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, who seized power in a coup last year, to do more to protect women and children in the country.

Eva Abdulla, a Maldivian MP in the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, said yesterday: "Britain is an emerging tourist market for the Maldivian tourism industry. We need the British and all other tourists to be aware of just where they are going to when they book that ticket to the Maldives. Following the coup of 7 February 2012, everyone, including all the women, have been disenfranchised, robbed of their vote.

"Visiting tourists also need to be aware of the institutional discrimination against women within the judicial system. Consider the statistics on flogging: that 90 per cent of the cases are women. Consider the statistics on rape charges: 0 per cent success rate of prosecution, with the latest being the release of four men accused of raping a 16-year-old, on the grounds that there wasn't enough evidence.

"The British Prime Minister should highlight the issue. The increasing religious fundamentalism followed by the attempts to subjugate women, both politically and otherwise, should be cause for alarm. This is a country of traditionally very strong women. However, increasingly, the Adhaalath Party, a self-claimed religious party which is in alliance with the current government, uses the religious card to scare off women. We women MPs are often threatened whenever we speak against the party."

The girl's sentence is due to be carried out when she turns 18. She is currently living in a state-run care home. Avaaz has concerns about her well-being as they were denied access to the girl and have been given very little information about the level and quality of social care.

Ms Abdulla said women have been subjected to beatings, sexual harassment and imprisonment by the police, and many are being prosecuted on charges ranging from "obstruction of police duty" to using foul language at the police.

At the time of the sentencing in March, Sir Richard Branson wrote to President Waheed, who responded by saying he would review the case. Bianca Jagger, the human rights campaigner, said last night: "It shocks me to see the unconscionable levels of discrimination and violence that women and girls are facing in the Maldives. I call on those in power to address the systemic problems of gender discrimination, violence against women and girls and the culture of impunity. Gender equality is not only possible, but necessary."

Despite promises from the Maldives government, the 15-year-old girl still faces being flogged. Alice Jay, campaign director at Avaaz, said: "While honeymooners relax in paradise, a war against women is being waged in the Maldives, which the government is refusing to stop. Over two million people from around the world want them to act, and now 92 per cent of Maldivians want laws against rape and sexual abuse. President Waheed can easily pass a law banning flogging but refuses to act to end this medieval practice."

A Foreign Office spokesman said that following the girl's sentencing in March, officials at the British High Commission in Colombo, which covers the Maldives, spoke to the Maldivian Deputy Foreign Minister to convey Britain's "deep concern" at the decision. At the time, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said he was "appalled" by the sentence, adding: "It is self-evident that a child subjected to such abuse should be treated as a victim, and given the appropriate counselling and legal help, and not be treated as a criminal."

Harmonious honeymoons

Maldives An appalling record on women's rights could keep honeymooners away. Barbados, with its excellence in literacy, education and sterling effort to protect citizens against climate change, is a great alternative.

Sri Lanka Widespread allegations of human rights abuses during and since the civil war will deter newlyweds. Samoa offers tranquillity in an island paradise while being a role model in the Pacific region for welfare and social cohesion.

Belize Human trafficking problems and laws that make it the only country in Central America to criminalise homosexuality make it off-putting as a honeymoon and tourism destination. Uruguay, however, has human rights laws that include the most liberal LG BT rights in South America.

Mexico Drug killings, narco-terrorism and general chaos should be sufficient to persuade those embarking on married life to divert to Costa Rica, ranked the No 1 Happiest Country in the Happy Planet Index.

South Africa Violence against women and children mar this popular honeymoon destination. But neighbouring Botswana also has attractive game reserves as well as a strong human rights record.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/britons-urged-to-boycott-maldives-over-sexist-laws-8692603.html

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Snowden says Western states ‘in bed with’ NSA: report

Jul 8, 2013

BERLIN: Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said the US National Security Agency operates broad secret spying partnerships with other Western governments now complaining about its programmes, in an interview published Sunday.

Snowden said in comments made before his exposure of US espionage practices came to light last month and printed in German news weekly Der Spiegel that NSA spies are “in bed together with the Germans and most other Western states”.

In remarks published in German, Snowden said an NSA department known as the Foreign Affairs Directorate coordinated work with foreign secret services.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\08\story_8-7-2013_pg4_13

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Russian Experts Call on Moscow to Turn North Caucasus into ‘Internal Turkey’

Valery Dzutsev

Jul 8, 2013

Analysis provided by a group of Russian experts suggests that the Russian government should move away from large economic projects in the North Caucasus to creating a favorable environment for local entrepreneurs. In order to achieve the goal of steady economic development of the region, the government should make use of the strong attributes of the North Caucasus, such as its relatively low cost labor and substantial entrepreneurial class, turning the region into what they call an “internal Turkey.” It is noteworthy that the authors of the report start off by defending the North Caucasus as part of the Russian Federation and not a region outside the rest of the country, as ethnic Russians often refer to it. Large-scale government investment in the region creates a “budget market” and suppresses real market forces, argue the authors of the report (http://www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/222451).

Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation

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Georgia a ‘Haven for Terrorists’ PM Recycles Moscow’s Long-Discarded Narrative

 Jul 8, 2013

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is echoing Russia’s old narrative about Georgia as a “haven for terrorists” (see EDM, April 3, 16, 17, May 3). Moscow, however, had largely given up that propaganda theme years ago. Discredited for lack of evidence, that accusation had ceased to play any significant role in Russia’s political warfare against Georgia long before the 2008 invasion, and since. Apparently oblivious to this, Ivanishvili is attempting to whip a dead horse back to life.

 Accusations that “terrorists” enjoyed a haven in Georgia had served as a major instrument of Russian pressure on Georgia during Eduard Shevardnadze’s presidency. The two Chechen wars were having their inevitable, if minor spillover effects into Georgian territory. Small numbers of Chechen fighters were being forced from time to time to retreat across the high-altitude border into Georgia, wintered in the Pankisi Gorge, or crossed back into Russian territory.

 Full report at: The Jamestown Foundation

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Anwar: TV prayer call is not first step to Sharia State

By AAMER ANWAR

 07th July 2013

THIS Tuesday a three-minute call to prayer will be beamed live by Channel 4 every day at 3am to mark the start of 30 days of Ramadan.

Is it ‘political correctness gone mad’ or liable to ‘inflame community tensions?’

Many of the UK’s 2.8million Muslims will choose not to eat or drink from 3am until 10pm.

They will peacefully come and go to each others’ houses, feasting late at night — and I suspect some neighbours with twitching curtains will think there must be a terrorist plot afoot.

Islamic extremists claim this is the first step on the road to Sharia law. But 99 per cent of British Muslims do not actually want Sharia law. The same applies to the majority of the world’s Muslims — look at what happened in Egypt.

Full report at:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/scottishnews/5001947/Anwar-Police-have-to-answer-tough-questions-now.html#ixzz2YUBcIwWT

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Arab World

 

At least 42 killed in Egypt, Islamists call for uprising

July 08, 2013

By Tom Perry, Maggie Fick

CAIRO: At least 42 people were killed in Cairo on Monday, medical sources said, when Islamist protesters angered by the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi said they were fired on at the Cairo military barracks where he is being held.

More than 200 were wounded in a sharp escalation of Egypt's political crisis, and Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood urged Egyptians to rise up against the army, which they accuse of a military coup to remove the elected leader.

The military said "a terrorist group" tried to storm the Republican Guard compound and one army officer had been killed and 40 wounded. Soldiers returned fire when they were attacked by armed assailants, a military source said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jul-08/222898-at-least-15-dead-after-shooting-in-cairo-sources.ashx#ixzz2YUazd7gx

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Insensitive sponsors to blame for low-income expats breaking law

 Jul 8, 2013

ARAR — Many foreigners came to work in Saudi Arabia looking for a better income so that they could provide for their families and help them lead a decent life.

On arriving in the Kingdom, however, at least some of them realized that the dreamland that they had tried so hard to reach is not what it was purported to be. They soon discovered that they would not be paid the salaries they were promised and their employers would not even pay even their reduced salary on time.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130708172704

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ElBaradei condemns Egypt killings, urges independent probe

8 Jul 2013

Constitution Party leader Mohamed ElBaradei has called for an independent investigation into clashes at the Republican Guard headquarters that left at least 42 dead on Monday morning.

“Violence begets violence and should be strongly condemned,” ElBaradei said via Twitter. “Independent investigation a must. Peaceful transition is only way.”

Clashes erupted between pro-Morsi protesters and the army at dawn on Monday. The protesters had been holding a sit-in outside the Republican Guard headquarters for several days to demand the return of Mohamed Morsi to the presidency.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/75995/Egypt/Politics-/ElBaradei-demands-investigation-into-Cairo-violenc.aspx

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Egyptian soldiers escape from pro-Mursi kidnappers, state TV reports

Monday, 8 July 2013

Two Egyptian soldiers kidnapped by armed supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in the Ain Shams area of Cairo managed to escape, Egypt's state TV reported on Monday.

An army official, cited by state news agency MENA, said that pro-Mursi activists abducted the two men -- identified as Samir Abdallah Ali and Azzam Hazem Ali -- and were forced into a vehicle and made to make pro-Mursi and anti-military statements on a loudspeaker.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/08/Brotherhood-kidnaps-2-Egyptian-soldiers-Al-Arabiya-correspondent-reports.html

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Egypt army says ‘armed terrorists’ tried to storm HQ

JULY 08, 2013

Egypt's armed forces said today that "armed terrorists" had tried to storm the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, leaving one security officer dead, in a statement quoted by the website of state-owned daily Al-Ahram.

"At dawn, an armed terrorist group tried to storm the Republican Guard (building)..., attacking army troops and police, which led to the death of one officer and left several conscripts injured, including six in critical condition," the statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/egypt-salafists-pull-out-of-government-talks/

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Two thirds of Syria's Homs rebel area destroyed: activists

Jul 8, 2013

BEIRUT: Intense fighting in the central Syrian city of Homs has left 60 to 70 percent of a besieged rebel-held district damaged, destroyed or uninhabitable, activists said on Sunday.

The estimate from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came nine days into an all-out army assault on the rebel-held Khaldiyeh and Old City neighbourhoods, which have been under siege for more than a year.

On Sunday, regime forces subjected insurgent areas of the city to fierce shelling, said the Observatory.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jul-07/222821-syria-rebels-pound-besieged-shiite-towns.ashx#ixzz2YUbS6LD3

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Targeting Army could lead to catastrophes: Hezbollah MP

Jul 8, 2013

BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi took aim Sunday at the Future Movement, accusing the political party of seeking to paralyze the country through a campaign against the Lebanese Army over recent clashes in the south of the country between the military and Islamist fighters.

“The Future Movement and its team is employing a program of paralyzing state apparatuses and institutions, Parliament and Cabinet right up to [the Army] which protects national unity and preserves peace, security and stability in the country,” said Musawi, who spoke during an inauguration ceremony of development projects in Tayr Harfa in Tyre, south Lebanon.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Jul-07/222815-targeting-of-army-could-lead-to-catastrophes-hezbollah-mp.ashx#ixzz2YUbiPxRh

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Online videos showcase Syrian rebels' foreign weaponry

 8 July 2013

From his home in the English town of Leicester, former business administrator Elliot Higgins trawls through sometimes hundreds of online videos a day from Syria’s civil war.

His research, begun after he took redundancy late last year, has made him a self-taught expert on the weaponry of a conflict largely inaccessible to outsiders, in which disparate rebel groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, form their own supply lines.

“I was just interested, and no one else seemed to be doing it,” the 34-year-old said in a telephone interview.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/07/08/Online-videos-showcase-Syrian-rebels-foreign-weaponry.html

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Salafists pull out of government talks in Egypt

Monday, 8 July 2013

An Egyptian Salafist party, Al-Nour, said it withdrew from deliberation on the formation of a new cabinet following the killing of demonstrators calling for ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi to be reinstated.

“We have decided to withdraw immediately from all negotiations in response to the massacre outside the Republican Guard” headquarters, Al-Nour spokesman Nadder Bakkar said on Twitter.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/08/Salafists-pull-out-of-government-talks-in-Egypt-.html

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Egypt orders arrest of more Brotherhood leaders

8 July 2013

Egypt's prosecutor general ordered on Sunday the arrest of two high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood officials accused of inciting violence following the ouster of former president Mohammad Mursi, Youm 7 newspaper reported.

Essam El-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagy are both accused of inciting violence against those who demonstrated outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo earlier this week.

Office of the prosecutor general also issued an arrest warrant to the preacher Safwat Hegazy, also a Muslim Brotherhood’s supporter, on the same charges.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/07/Egyptian-authorities-order-arrest-of-more-Brotherhood-leaders-.html

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Egypt’s Salafist party rejects choices for premier, vice-president

8 July 2013

Egypt’s Salafist Al-Nour party has rejected on Sunday the nomination of Ziad Bahaa Eddin and Mohamed Elbaradei as the country’s next interim prime minister, and vice-president respectively.

“We have not agreed with the presidency on Ziad Baha Edden or ElBaradei,” Al-Nour party said in a statement.

Their statement came after Egypt’s state television reported on Sunday at the lawyer Eddin, vice president of the liberal Social Democratic party, is likely to be appointed as Egypt’s interim prime minister.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/08/egypt-.html

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Video of 12-year-old boy discussing Egyptian politics goes viral

Alice Fordham

Jul 8, 2013

CAIRO // The boy in the video shrugs and gesticulates, the familiar words tumbling forth - the constitution, the social objectives of the revolution, the problems of the "fascist theocracy".

In the background is a sight now equally familiar: a demonstration with people milling around, waving Egyptian flags, engaging in the on-again, off-again struggle to redefine the most-populous Arab country in the way they see fit. In this country, whose divisions have in the past week deepened into street fighting between supporters of an elected Islamist government and the military who have deposed them, politics has become part of daily life.

For children like this boy, identified in a video uploaded to YouTube by El Wadi newspaper as Ahmed Ali, aged about 12, it also seems to have become part of their upbringing. In the video, which was posted in October last year, he explains why he has come to the demonstration.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/video-of-12-year-old-boy-discussing-egyptian-politics-goes-viral#ixzz2YV3Kl66P

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Egypt militants bomb gas line to Jordan

 Jul 8, 2013

CAIRO – Militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula bombed a gas pipeline to Jordan on Sunday, witnesses said, amid a surge in attacks on police and soldiers since president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. Witnesses said the blast took place near the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish, scene of major disturbances since Morsi’s overthrow by the military on Wednesday. On Friday, armed Morsi supporters stormed the provincial headquarters, raising the black banner of Al-Qaeda-inspired militants. A Jordanian government official confirmed that gas supplies to the energy-poor kingdom were cut. “The gas supplies to Jordan stopped due to the attack,” the official told state-run Petra news agency. “The Egyptian authorities have informed us that they are currently evaluating the situation and the damage,” he added without elaborating. Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130708172758

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Abul-Fotouh calls on Egypt's interim president to step down

8 Jul 2013

Strong Egypt Party leader Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, a critic of former President Morsi, called on interim president Adly Mansour to step down after 42 people were killed in clashes between the army and pro-Morsi protesters at the Republican Guard headquarters on Monday.

Abul-Fotouh, who resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood shortly after the 2011 uprising, told Al Jazeera that the incident was "a horrible crime against humanity and all Egyptians."

Earlier on Monday, the Salafist Nour Party, which had initially agreed on Wednesday to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, announced that it "will withdraw from the political process" in response to the incident.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/75994/Egypt/Politics-/AbulFotouh-calls-on-Egypts-interim-president-to-st.aspx

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Lebanon’s Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya urges solution to Egypt ‘coup’

July 08, 2013

BEIRUT: AL-Jamaa Al-Islamiya in Lebanon urged Monday Arab leaders to find a solution to the crisis in Egypt after the “military coup” that ousted the elected Islamist president there.

“Al-Jamaa A-Islamiya calls on Arab leaders, kings and presidents, to take the initiative to address the crisis in Egypt and interfere directly... to reach a solution that ends the bloodshed and restores Egypt to the constitutional situation rather than sending cables to congratulate a team or another,” the Lebanese political group said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Jul-08/222925-lebanons-al-jamaa-al-islamiya-urges-solution-to-egypt-coup.ashx#ixzz2YUbCnyEB

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India

 

Sacking Morsi’s govt is murder of democracy: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Jul 8, 2013

New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) said the sacking of elected democratic government of President Dr. Mohammad Morsi by the Egyptian military is utterly wrong, illegal, un-Islamic, murder of democracy and conspiracy of anti-Islam internal and external forces.

Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, Ameer (All India President) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind accompanied with other national secretaries addressed the press conference held today at the headquarters of the Jamaat.

The President of Jamaat brief the media persons on various national and international issues including the military coup in Egypt, CBI probe into Ishrat Jahan encounter, Waqf bill and US surveillance.

Full report at:

http://www.sahilonline.org/english/newsDetails.php?cid=3&nid=19150

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Too many problems at home, Pakistan govt puts Kashmir on backburner

Jul 08 2013

New Delhi : Nawaz Sharif’s move to go out of his way to offer friendship to New Delhi even before the votes were counted in an election where Kashmir didn’t figure at all represents a new ground reality in Pakistan. There is a Kashmir fatigue within Pakistan’s India discourse, largely because Pakistan is embroiled in more urgent and immediate issues. But if Sharif fails to deliver on his poll promises — a quick resolution of the energy crisis, the end of Tehreek-e-Taliban terror and a halt to US drone attacks — the mood on the ground could shift.

Though the predominant narrative inside Pakistan is that people don’t care about sidestepping of Kashmir, it isn’t an absolute consensus — and these fissures would become more evident if Islamabad fails to tackle the other pressing issues.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Too-many-problems-at-home-Sharif-govt-puts-Kashmir-on-backburner/1138796/?india_top

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Bodh Gaya blasts: Monks of 50 nations hold special prayer

PTI | Jul 8, 2013

GAYA: Buddhist monks from 50 countries on Monday held a special prayer inside Bodh Gaya temple for return of peace after 10 explosions that left two injured there.

Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar and other countries participated in the one-hour prayer this evening, Arvind Singh, member of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC), told.

Head of monasteries of different countries also attended the prayer.

The Bodh Gaya has Buddhist monasteries of 50 countries.

Singh, who took part in the prayer, said the temple remained open for monks and would be opened for general public today.

Bodh Gaya temple reopens

The Bodh Gaya temple, rocked by series of explosions early morning yesterday leaving two monks injured, was opened for public on Monday with thousands of people standing in queue.

"The visitors are allowed to enter the temple after thorough search by Bihar police and temple management committee security staff," Arvind Singh, member of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC), said.

Thousands of people thronged to the temple immediately after the gate was open at 6pm, he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bodh-Gaya-blasts-Monks-of-50-nations-hold-special-prayer/articleshow/20973907.cms

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Buddhist-Rohingya conflict in Myanmar spells trouble for India

 Jul 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Bodh Gaya blasts have brought to the fore a growing terror linkage — between Pakistan-based terror groups and disaffected Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Whether the blasts have a Rohingya footprint or of groups sympathetic to the cause, even the Indian Mujahideen, these growing terror links have strong security implications for India.

"There are long-standing relations between Bangladesh-based Islamist groups, which used to be happy hunting ground for the ISI, and the Rohingyas. These were connected by Bangladesh-based groups like HuJI (B). But these activities have come down in the past few years. Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Buddhist-Rohingya-conflict-in-Myanmar-spells-trouble-for-India/articleshow/20964208.cms

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Irresponsible to link blasts to Myanmar violence: Muslim bodies

Rakhi Chakrabarty, TNN | Jul 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: Muslim organizations condemned Sunday's serial blasts in Bodh Gaya while slamming the suggestion that these were meant to be retaliation against attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri said linking the blasts to the ethnic violence in Myanmar was akin to rubbing salt on the wounds of the Rohingya Muslims.

Criticizing the media for its "quick linking" of the blasts with the persecution in Myanmar, Maulana Mahmood Madani of the JuH said, "It is irresponsible behaviour to link the blast to any such issue."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Irresponsible-to-link-blasts-to-Myanmar-violence-Muslim-bodies/articleshow/20964075.cms

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Kashmir issue has political genesis and needs political solution: Omar

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Jul 8, 2013

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday cautioned authorities in New Delhi against taking Kashmiris "for granted" or believing that their anger would not boil over after a point of time. The Kashmir issue, he said, is not one of money or gun but of a political genesis and requires a political solution.

Addressing a public meeting at Char-e-Sharif in central Kashmir, Omar said some "friends in New Delhi" have developed misconception in this regard and they assume that peace in Kashmir is permanent.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kashmir-issue-has-political-genesis-and-needs-political-solution-Omar/articleshow/20962872.cms

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Bodh Gaya blasts: Stay calm, says Tibetan religious head

July 08, 2013

Tibetan religious head and the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje on Monday appealed to his followers to remain calm and refrain from escalation of  violence in the wake of the blasts in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town.

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the senseless violence perpetrated on Sunday at the Mahabodhi temple and its environs in Bodh Gaya," the Karmapa, a frequent visitor at the Mahabodhi temple, said in a statement here.

This is the place, he said, where Buddhist pilgrims from India and the world over pay homage to Lord Buddha and his teachings.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/bihar/Bodh-Gaya-blasts-Stay-calm-says-Tibetan-religious-head/Article1-1088934.aspx

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Blasts in Bodh Gaya 'a cowardly act,' says Sonia Gandhi

July 07, 2013

Condemning the serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Bihar as a "cowardly" act, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday expressed hope that the guilty will be brought to book at the earliest.

Gandhi said the attack on the sanctum sanctorum of peace was unfortunate.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi has condemned the attack at Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya. Terming the incident as cowardly, she said that an attack on the sanctum sanctorum of peace was unfortunate to say the least. She expressed hope that the guilty will be brought to book at the earliest," the AICC said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Blasts-in-Bodh-Gaya-a-cowardly-act-says-Sonia-Gandhi/Article1-1088797.aspx

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Bodh Gaya serial blasts: One suspect detained, cops release CCTV footage

Jul 08 2013

New Delhi : One person was detained today by the NIA in connection with the serial blasts at the Mahabodhi temple in which two monks were injured.

DIG, Magadh Range, Nayyer Hasnain Khan said an identity card was found within the temple premises yesterday on the basis of which the person was detained. The NIA, Khan said, was interrogating him.

"One suspect hailing from Barachatti block in Gaya has been detained and we are questioning him. We have been analysing the footage and based on that some more people would be questioned soon," a senior police official said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bodhgaya-serial-blasts-one-suspect-detained-cops-release-cctv-footage/1139013/

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Indian pays Rs. 36 lakh as blood money to rescue compatriot in Saudi Arabia

 July 08, 2013

A Saudi-based Indian businessman has secured the release of a compatriot serving a jail term in the Gulf Kingdom for killing a local resident in Jeddah by paying blood money to the family of the victim.

Indian businessman Mohammed Alungal paid a sum of Rs. 36,13,000 on behalf of Vinish Pappachan, who had been ordered to pay the money as diyah (blood money), Arab News reported.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Indian-pays-Rs-36-lakh-as-blood-money-to-rescue-compatriot-in-Saudi-Arabia/Article1-1089111.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Bomb blast kills 6 people in northwest Pakistan

AP | Jul 8, 2013

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Police say a bomb blast targeting a pro-government tribal elder has killed six people in northwest Pakistan.

Police officer Fazal Naeem Khan says it's unclear whether the elder, Malik Habibullah Khan, is among those killed in the attack Monday, but his vehicle was damaged. The explosion in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province also wounded 10 people.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion likely will fall on the Pakistani Taliban.

The Pakistani government has encouraged tribesmen in the northwest to form militias to fight against the Taliban. The militants have carried out many retaliatory attacks against these groups./PATNA: One person was detained by the NIA today in connection with the terror attack on Buddhism's holiest shrine here even as authorities released the CCTV footage of the serial blasts at the historic Mahabodhi temple and adjoining areas.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bomb-blast-kills-6-people-in-northwest-Pakistan/articleshow/20973032.cms

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Bahauddin Zakariya University lecturer quits over ‘co-education’

 July 7, 2013

MULTAN: A lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) has resigned over the administration’s refusal to end co-education.

“Due to co-education, the university has become a hub of immoral activities. The standards of the university are falling. I have repeatedly brought this to the attention of the administration,” Mushtaq Ahmad’s resignation letter reads.

Ahmad had been a lecturer at the BZU Institute of Management Science. He had also served as controller examinations.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/573481/co-education-university-lecturer-quits-over-co-education/

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New TTP group emerges to avenge drone attacks

Jul 8, 2013

PESHAWAR: Another offshoot group associated with banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has come to the fore to avenge the killings in Waziristan by drone attacks.

Hitherto known as “Ansarul Mujahideen”, the group has claimed responsibility for attack on Bovia Check post and vowed to make life difficult for the United States and its friends in return for drone attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\08\story_8-7-2013_pg7_12

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‘Minus-Altaf formula’ not acceptable, says MQM leader

OUR STAFF REPORTER

Jul 8, 2013

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader and former legislator Haider Abbas Rizvi said on Sunday that elements thinking of the MQM minus Altaf Hussain were living in a fool’s paradise.

Addressing a general workers’ meeting organised by the MQM, he said leaders, activists and supporters of the party had full faith in the leadership of Mr Hussain. They had neither accepted the minus-Altaf formula in the past nor would they accept it this time, he said, adding that the MQM had adopted a legal and constitutional course to improve the situation.

Mr Hussain was scheduled to address the workers but the plan was cancelled at the last moment.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1023531/minus-altaf-formula-not-acceptable-says-mqm-leader

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Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam readies ‘white paper’

AMIR WASIM

Jul 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Almost all mainstream political parties have alleged rigging and pointed out irregularities in the May 11 elections, but it is the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) which has taken lead in formulating a ‘white paper’ on what the party called “engineered polls”.

The paper titled “Were Pakistan’s elections fair?” will be released by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at a news conference to be held after a meeting with a European Union delegation in Islamabad on Monday, according to the party’s spokesman, Jan Achakzai.

The ‘white paper’, a copy of which is with Dawn, has mentioned irregularities and mismanagement in the elections across the country, but it has focussed on the alleged rigging in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan has formed its government.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1023529/jui-f-readies-white-paper

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Militants torch three NATO containers in Quetta

SYED ALI SHAH

Jul 8, 2013

QUETTA: Militants on Monday torched three Nato containers in the Western Bypass area of Quetta.

According to the police, four militants on two motorcycles opened fire on the containers, causing the drivers to flee.

Police sources added that the militants then came close to the containers and set them on fire.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1023674/militants-torch-three-nato-containers-in-quetta

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Osama moved to Pakistan in mid-2002, report says

PTI | Jul 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Osama bin Laden's family had entered into Pakistan way back in October/November 2001, just around 9/11 while the then al-Qaida chief joined them in Peshawar in mid-2002, a media report today said quoting the findings of the Abbottabad Commission Report.

The report, which is yet to be made public, contains a treasure trove of information on the hunt for the world's most wanted man? Osama Bin Laden, the Dawn daily reported.

Its findings reveal that the arrest of Khalid Bin Attash (an al-Qaida member who was involved in the pre-9/11 attacks such as on USS Cole and the embassies in Africa) in '2002' from Karachi led to the first major breakthrough, it reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Osama-moved-to-Pakistan-in-mid-2002-report-says/articleshow/20972531.cms

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Pakistan to seek drone technology from US

 July 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The government will soon formally request the United States to transfer drone technology as part of the diplomatic efforts seeking an end to the stalemate over the CIA-led campaign in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

A senior government official, who is engaged with the US on the subject, told The Express Tribune that preliminary discussions between the two countries to find alternatives to drone use have already started.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue, disclosed that Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the proposal in their recent meeting at the sidelines of Asean Regional Forum in Brunei Darussalam.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/573935/search-for-alternatives-pakistan-to-seek-drone-technology-from-us/

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Grand Jirga discusses repatriation of IDPs to Tirah Valley

uly 7, 2013 

PESHAWAR: A Grand Jirga was held by Bar Qamber Khel tribe from Khyber Agency to devise plans for the repatriation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) after the military operation in Tirah Valley. This was done under the supervision of former MNA Hameedullah Jan in Bagh-e-Naran in the city on Sunday.

The three major sub-clans of Bar Qamber Khel – Dare Plaray, Wanda Garay, Khujal Khel – convened in Hayatabad to discuss the safe repatriation of IDPs and formed a new peace committee comprising Qamber Khel tribesmen.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/573798/taking-the-neutral-stand-grand-jirga-discusses-repatriation-of-idps-to-tirah-valley/

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Mideast

 

‘First God, then comes nation,’ Turkish culture minister says at German rally

Jul 8, 2013

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik decried “junta and assassination plots” against the government during a mass rally today in Germany as part of counter-demonstrations to the Gezi Park protests, while saying God came before the nation.

“You brought the AKP [Justice and Development Party] to power in 2002 to establish your will and your vision. We have gone through junta plots and assassination plots against the AKP. But we all know: First God, then comes the nation,” Çelik said, addressing thousands of supporters gathered in the capital of the industrial state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

If you believe and know that first comes God and then there is the nation, nobody can divert you from your path,” Çelik said, accusing the opposition of expecting coups.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/first-god-then-comes-nation-turkish-culture-minister-says-at-german-rally-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=50235&NewsCatID=338

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Military intervention in Egypt's politics inappropriate: Iran

IANS | Jul 8, 2013

TEHRAN: The military intervention in Egypt's political affairs, leading to the ouster of the country's first elected president Mohamed Morsi, was an "inappropriate" action, Iranian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Asked if it was a backward movement in Egypt, the ministry's spokesperson Abbas Araqchi said it was still too early to judge since the atmosphere in that country was still so complicated, Xinhua reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Military-intervention-in-Egypts-politics-inappropriate-Iran/articleshow/20969193.cms

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Israeli Cabinet approves ultra-Orthodox conscription law

 Jul 8, 2013

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM – Israel’s Cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox anger over the break with tradition.

Many Israelis have long bridled over state privileges handed to the conservative believers or “Haredim.”

The debate heated up when elections in January saw strong performances for two parties who campaigned against the exemptions and created the first Cabinet in a decade without ultra-Orthodox members. Most Israeli men and women are called up for military service for up to three years when they turn 18, and often see active service in the occupied West Bank and other flashpoints. But ultra-Orthodox men studying in seminaries, religious women and Arab citizens of Israel have been exempted since the Jewish state was formed in 1948.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130708172756

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Iran to unveil mobile version of S-200 air defense system: Cmdr.

Jul 8, 2013

The mobile version of Iran’s indigenous S-200 missile defense system will be unveiled in upcoming military drills by Iranian air defense units, a senior commander says.

The move follows the emphasis by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on developing a mobile version of the system, said Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/08/312824/iran-to-unveil-mobile-s200-system/

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Hamas condemns killings at Egypt sit-in

8 Jul 2013

The Palestinian group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has condemned the killing on Monday of at least 42 Egyptians at a Cairo sit-in.

Hamas said Monday that it "voices extreme pain and grief" for the victims' death. It sent condolences to the victims' families.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/75999/World/Region/Hamas-condemns-killings-at-Egypt-sitin.aspx

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Hamas breaks up counterfeiting ring

  Jul 8, 2013

GAZA CITY — Gaza’s Hamas authorities say they have broken up a counterfeiting ring that had printed millions of dollars worth of fake money. Police spokesman Ayyoub Abu Shaar said on Sunday that authorities uncovered the ring last week when they traced a man trying to distribute a counterfeit 100 shekel bill last week. The Palestinian territories use Israeli currency for many transactions. The man led authorities to a gang and some 20 million shekels, or roughly $5.5 million, in fake bills. Abu Shaar says the money was confiscated before it was put into circulation. Abu Shaar says police have arrested four people so far, and confiscated equipment including printers, laptops, ink and paper. It is the largest counterfeiting ring discovered in Gaza since Hamas took control in 2007.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130708172760

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Thousands demand secession for south Yemen

8 Jul 2013

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday's 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south.

"No union and no federation -- no to the occupation!" the crowds chanted in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla, an AFP correspondent said.

They waved the flag of the former South Yemen and portraits of Hassan Baoum, head of the Southern Movement's supreme council.

In a statement, the protest organisers reaffirmed their rejection of a national dialogue under way in the capital Sanaa.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/75970/World/Region/Thousands-demand-secession-for-south-Yemen.aspx

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Gunmen kill top Yemen officer in southeast: army

July 08, 2013

ADEN, Yemen: Gunmen shot dead a high-ranking Yemeni army officer Monday in the country's southeastern Hadramawt province as he was heading to work, a military official told AFP.

The unknown assailants opened fire on Colonel Ahmed al-Suhaili, commander of a military camp in Hadramawt's city of Seiyun, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The defence ministry confirmed the attack on its website 26sept.net and said Suhaili responded by shooting at the assailants who were in a vehicle and wounded one of them before he died.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jul-08/222918-gunmen-kill-top-yemen-officer-in-southeast-army.ashx#ixzz2YUbKA39Y

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Turkey condemns Cairo shooting, calls it "massacre"

Jul 8, 2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has condemned the attack outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard in Egypt’s capital.

“I strongly condemn the massacre during the morning prayers in the name of basic human values that we have been defending,” Davutoglu wrote on his Twitter account.

At least 42 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were killed earlier today when the army opened fire on protesters outside an elite army headquarters in Cairo.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-fm-davutoglu-condemns-massacre-in-egypt.aspx?pageID=238&nID=50242&NewsCatID=338

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Kurdish peace process falters after Turkey protests

Jul 08 2013

Ankara : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reaffirmed his commitment to a full reconciliation with Turkey's estimated 15 million Kurds, but events of recent weeks suggest the peace process may already be unravelling.

Since the streets of Istanbul erupted on May 31, swiftly followed by other Turkish cities, the process that began with the ceasefire declared by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on March 21 has faded into the background.

Last Tuesday Erdogan called for patience and restated his commitment to the peace process, vowing that "nothing" would stop him from seeing it through.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kurdish-peace-process-falters-after-turkey-protests/1139032/

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South Asia

 

Afghan forces kill 18 Taliban, lose 5 of own

July 08, 2013

Afghan officials say security forces have killed 18 Taliban and lost five of their own troops in operations in the country's east. The Wardak provincial governor's office said 16 Taliban were killed and two arrested in a 24-hour operation that ended Monday. Two Afghan soldiers

were killed and six others wounded.

In nearby Laghman province, government spokesman Sarhadi Zwak says the Afghan intelligence service launched a pre-emptive strike on a group of Taliban after learning they were preparing to attack a police checkpoint.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan/Afghan-forces-kill-18-Taliban-lose-5-of-own/Article1-1089060.aspx

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Insurgents increasing in east Afghanistan, but army see gains

Jul 8, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LIGHTNING: Insurgents have stepped up operations in border provinces close to Pakistan, one of Afghanistan’s top generals said on Sunday, with militant numbers up on last summer as government forces work to improve security in the volatile east.

Major-General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, who commands Afghan forces in seven crucial southeast provinces, said insurgent numbers were up around 15 percent on last year’s summer fighting months, with an estimated 5,000 insurgents now in his area.

Many were Pakistanis and Chechens, Yaftali said, reinforcing recent assessments by Afghan army chief of staff General Sher Mohammad Karimi that the insurgency’s backers in Pakistan had shut Islamic schools to send more fighters across the border.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\08\story_8-7-2013_pg7_15

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Maldivian president pledges to work with main Islamic party

Jul 8, 2013

COLOMBO: Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed pledged Sunday to work with the main Islamic party ahead of upcoming elections, and rejected opposition fears it would lead to increased radicalisation in the luxury tourist destination.

Waheed is standing for re-election at the September 7 poll as part of a coalition of four-parties, including the Adhaalath Party, which once called for a ban on men and women dancing in public.

He said excluding Adhaalath from mainstream politics risked marginalising the party, which would have a “negative long-term effect” on the tropical resort nation.

“We believe we can work with them (Adhaalath), we believe we must work them, because not working with them would be to marginalise them...,” the president told AFP in an interview at the end of a two-day visit to the Sri Lankan capital.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\08\story_8-7-2013_pg14_3

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Anti-Muslim Riots Haunt Shattered Myanmar City

By Kelly Macnamara

July 8, 2013

Meiktila. The thugs ordered Kyaw not to look as they killed his classmates, but the terrified teenager still caught glimpses of the merciless beatings as a wave of anti-Muslim killing engulfed his school town in central Myanmar, leaving dozens dead.

“They used steel chains, sticks and knives… there were hundreds of people. They beat anyone who tried to look at them,” the 16-year-old told AFP.

Kyaw’s small madrassa on the outskirts of Meiktila town was razed during sectarian bloodshed in March that triggered an outbreak of Buddhist-Muslim violence across the country.

Officially 44 people were killed — although some fear the toll was much higher — and thousands were left homeless.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/anti-muslim-riots-haunt-shattered-myanmar-city/

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Myanmar jails two Buddhists for riot murders

 July 08, 2013

Myanmar has sentenced two Buddhist men to seven years in prison for murders during religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a local official said on Monday.   The defendants were convicted after separate trials at the district court in Meiktila for their

part in deadly rioting in the town, which mainly targeted Muslims and sparked waves of religious unrest across the country.

Meiktila district chairman of Tin Maung Soe said one man, aged 24, was sentenced on June 28, becoming the first Buddhist known to be sentenced for a serious offence over the rioting, which left at least 44 people dead.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/myanmar/Myanmar-jails-two-Buddhists-for-riot-murders/Article1-1089062.aspx

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14 Afghans held in Chaman

Jul 8, 2013

CHAMAN: Police arrested 14 Afghan nationals under the Foreign Act near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman on Sunday. According to police, the Afghan nationals were apprehended for not possessing proper entry documents to Pakistan. Further investigation is underway.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\08\story_8-7-2013_pg7_4

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North America

 

US doesn’t support Muslim Brotherhood: John Kerry

 July 08, 2013

Secretary of state John Kerry has rejected the claims in certain section of media that the US supports Muslim Brotherhood, saying Washington is deeply troubled by the violence across Egypt and it remains committed to democratic process in the most populous Arab country.

“The United States is deeply troubled by the violence across Egypt. We strongly condemn any and all incitement to violence or attempts to divide and provoke, rather than unite, all Egyptians.

"The US strongly condemns the violence by all parties and urges calm. We want Egyptians to make their democracy work for the good of all Egyptians,” Kerry said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/US-doesn-t-support-Muslim-Brotherhood-John-Kerry/Article1-1088832.aspx

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Washington unlikely to cut financial aid to Egypt: US lawmakers

8 Jul 2013

The United States is unlikely to pull its $1.5 billion in mostly military aid to Egypt any time soon, U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday, despite the Egyptian military takeover of the government in what the opposition has called a coup.

"We should continue to support the military, the one stabilizing force in Egypt that I think can temper down the political feuding," U.S. Representative Mike Rogers said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, called instead on Washington to "help a process that will allow for more multiple factions of parties and beliefs to participate."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/75961/World/International/Washington-unlikely-to-cut-financial-aid-to-Egypt-.aspx

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CAIR Submits Testimony for House Hearing on Boston Bombings

Jul 8, 2013

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/9/2013) -- The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, today submitted written testimony for a House hearing on the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

Today's hearing by the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), is a first in a series of expected public hearings to investigate what happened during the Boston attacks, what law enforcement and intelligence agencies knew prior to the attacks and what steps can be taken to prevent future attacks from occurring.

CAIR's testimony examines the attacks and offers a series of recommendations on how law enforcement can better organize counterterrorism programs to prevent acts of al-Qaeda-inspired violent extremism.

Full report at:

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Cops: 'Person of interest' located after swastika sprayed on Islamic center

Jul 8, 2013

ROCKAWAY — Police say they've located a "person of interest" in the vandalism of the Islamic Center of Morris County.

"We thank the public for your assistance and we are continuing with our investigation," Detective Sgt. Kyle Schwarzmann said.

No further information was available, he said.

What appeared to be a swastika was spray painted on a door at the Islamic Center June 21, according to Dr. Aref Assaf, one of the center's directors. Police posted photos of a person near the religious building to their Facebook page Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/07/cops_person_of_interest_located

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US Shrugs Off Syrian Opposition’s Chemical Weapons Use, Presses For War

By Thomas Gaist

08 May, 2013

US officials continued to press for war against Syria yesterday, dismissing United Nations investigator Carla del Ponte’s statement that Western-backed opposition forces, not the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, had used chemical weapons.

Del Ponte’s comment, based on an investigation including extensive interviews by UN officials, tore to shreds the lie with which Washington has tried to justify its drive to war—namely, that it is attacking Syria to protect the people from Assad’s use of chemical weapons. (See also: “UN says US-backed opposition, not Syrian regime, used poison gas”).

Full report at:

http://www.countercurrents.org/gaist080513.htm

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Southeast Asia

 

‘Keep on right path to protect ties with host countries’ Malaysian Students Urged

 July 08, 2013  

JEDDAH — The Raja Muda of Perlis urged Malaysian students studying abroad to keep on the right path to protect Malaysia’s ties with the host countries.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra ibni Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail said their actions would influence foreign opinion of Malaysia; they should act as responsible Malaysian citizens and study hard for their own future.

He said Malaysian students should fortify their faith and moral character as they came from a harmonious Islamic country.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130708172681

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Democratic Party of Malaysia Opens Its Doors for 2014 Presidential Candidates

By SP/Carlos Paath & Arientha Primanita

 July 8, 2013

The ailing Democratic Party is looking for a few good presidential candidates.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno’s graft-stricken party will open its ranks to qualified non-party members as possible candidates for the 2014 presidential election. The move, similar to a plan embraced by the Golkar Party in the early days of the Reform Era, has been widely seen as a way to boost the party’s popularity with an infusion of new members.

The decision will be overseen by a convention committee comprised of both members of the ruling party and independents. A preliminary decision is expected by April of next year, with a public debate among the finalists to follow.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/democratic-party-opens-its-doors-for-2014-presidential-candidates/

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Malaysian Army commander refutes Sectarian discrimination charge

JULY 08, 2013

Second Division commander Major-General Datuk Muhd Shukuri Ahmad today refuted the claim by Deputy Chief Minister II Prof Dr P. Ramasamy that the Chinese and Indian communities have no opportunity to hold key positions in the security forces.

He said the allegation was not true and that all officers were given equal opportunity and treatment to hold key positions in the security forces.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/army-commander-refutes-discrimination-charge/

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Africa

 

Tunisia’s nonviolent Salafists can mitigate the threat of Salafist jihadists

July 08, 2013

By Sherelle Jacobs             

The Salafist jihadist threat in Tunisia is taking on a new dimension, pitting the moderate Islamist government against Salafists of all stripes – groups long suspected of posing a serious threat to the country’s security. But in the problem may lie part of the solution. Nonjihadist Salafists, particularly those who have a real inclination toward moderation, can play a key role in minimizing the jihadist threat and in addressing the future of Salafism in Tunisian politics.

Over the past year, Salafist jihadist-related violence has been on the rise. Last month, the Tunisian security forces clashed with Tunisia’s largest Salafist organization, Ansar al-Shariah, when the group tried to hold an annual conference without having gained official permission for this. The fallout was serious: Over 200 Salafists were detained. The cases of Salafist jihadists who were suspected of or implicated in violent acts are moving swiftly through the courts. In June alone, six Salafists were sentenced to terms of five years in prison for setting fire to a Sufi shrine in October of last year. Twenty others were given suspended jail sentences for attacking the U.S. Embassy in Tunis last September. Ansar al-Shariah is also suspected – according to the Tunisian interior minister – of involvement in terrorism activities at the Algerian border, which has been part of a crisis that Tunisian security forces have been battling since last December.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2013/Jul-08/222867-tunisias-nonviolent-salafists-can-mitigate-the-threat-of-salafist-jihadists.ashx#ixzz2YUcl1D00

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African Islamists claim victory of ideology as clashes erupt in Egypt

 07 July, 2013, McClatchy-Tribune, Agence France-Presse

North Africa's Al-Qaeda reminds followers of warning that international powers including the US would never allow Egypt to choose its leader

Whichever signal the Egyptian military wished to send with its reboot of the 2011 revolution, the decision to remove from power the nation's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Mursi, and the subsequent arrest of many of his party officials, is resounding throughout the world of political Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1276969/islamists-claim-victory-ideology-clashes-erupt

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Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded

7 July 2013

Libyan protesters took to the streets on Sunday calling for the disbanding of militias that have plagued Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war.

The government said it was working on taking back control of the interior ministry besieged by an armed group that entered the building on Tuesday and ordered staff to leave.

A crowd of 300 people gathered in the capital’s central Algeria Square waving white flags and carrying banners reading “No brigades, no militias, we want an army loyal to the state” as well as “Without an army and police, Libya is trouble”.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2013/07/07/Libyan-protesters-call-for-armed-militias-to-be-disbanded.html

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Nigerian troops burned homes in extremist attack

 8 July 2013

BOSSO, Niger: Soldiers involved in a shootout with militants who were given refuge in one Nigerian village hut took revenge on the community by setting ablaze about 10 homes, according to refugees who fled to neighboring Niger.

Their stories indicate a pattern of Nigerian security forces punishing entire communities, including innocent civilians, in a state of emergency that covers three northeastern states and one-sixth of the country.

Refugees spoke to an Associated Press reporter on a trip with Nigerian officials who are pleading with them to return home, visiting thousands who have fled across borders to escape an uprising and a military crackdown. Deputy Gov. Zannah Mustapha of Borno state visited the neighboring nation of Niger on Saturday, the same day militants killed 29 students and a teacher in neighboring Yobe state. Earlier this week, he visited more than 20,000 refugees in Cameroon.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/news/457366

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