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Children at Iraq Prison 'Future Time Bomb': NGO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Children at Iraq Prison 'Future Time Bomb': NGO

Jordan foils al-Qaida plot, arrests 11 militants: Report

6 hurt in overnight clashes between Sunni and Shiite gunmen in Beirut

Over 100 people hurt as Kuwait police battle protesters

Gun battles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens

Jordanian Soldier Killed in Clash with Syria-Bound Militants

Dubai court sentences Austrian doctor to life over life-support switch-off

13 Haj pilgrims injured in minor fire in Mecca

Explosion Rocks Damascus Neighbourhood

Expatriates in Riyadh donate blood for Haj pilgrims

Shoura completes draft law to regulate real estate agencies

 

Africa

Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali

Nigerian soldiers 'killed by Boko Haram' in Potiskum

Benghazi and Arab Spring Rear Up in U.S. Campaign

Darfur peace-keepers hit by ‘weapons never used before’

Libyan Town under Siege Is a Centre of Resistance to the New Government

Police Clash with Backers of Senegal Muslim Leader

 

Pakistan

ISI political cell disbanded five years ago, Defence Secretary tells Senate

Islamabad wants Kabul to hand over Mullah Fazlullah

Blast near Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister's convoy in Swabi

Extradite Malala's attacker: Pak to Afghanistan

Army in dock: Pak amazed at verdict

Political solution still possible in Balochistan

Pakistan Joins List of Central Banks to Invest In Chinese Bonds

Waziristan finally off US agenda?

Musharraf’s trial in absentia: Govt’s move seen as an election stunt

Activists hold vigil for Malala

With great power comes great responsibility, reminds Ayesha Siddiqa

Pakistan sets record for most records in one day

18th century Sufi poet’s grave in ruins

 

Europe

Prostitution trial linked to Gaddafi son opens in France

France says fight against Mali Islamists will be 'difficult'

Islam comes to the classroom in Russia's Chechnya

Plotters planned UK attack "bigger than 7/7"

Iran will be nuclear-armed by mid-2013: France

Bosnian pilgrim 'walks to Mecca through Syria for Hajj'

 

Mideast Asia

Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen says he's 'still alive'

Four al Qaeda members killed in Yemen drone strike

2 killed as Israeli and Hamas forces clash in Gaza

Yemen weapons depot blast kills six soldiers

Turkey 'cracking down' on press freedom

Leader expresses sympathy over death of Iranian schoolgirls

Civic Duty and Economic Worries Drive Palestinian Voters in Parts of West Bank

On Turkey's Syrian Frontier, Fears of a Sectarian Spill over

Iran's Ahmadinejad Denied Visit by judiciary to Evin Prison

Fatah claims victory in first West Bank poll since 2006

 

North America

ISI directing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan: US lawmaker

Iran has agreed to n-talks: US officials

After Benghazi Attack, Talk Lagged Behind Intelligence

 

India

IAS dreams rule young minds in conflict-torn Kashmir Valley

Emperor Tughlaq returns to Delhi after 40 years

Geelani turns down Omar offer to check shrine track

LeT militant ‘involved in Delhi terror plot’ killed in Valley

India woos world’s richest monarch

Hindu leader from Pakistan attends Langur Mela, wants easier visa regime

Burmese immigrant may be behind Azad Maidan violence

Fasih Mohammad deported from Saudi, arrested in Delhi

Call data records of 7/11 blast accused destroyed, ATS tells court

Jundal reveals role of Pak agencies in 26/11 attack

Nanded blast accused in SC against NIA’s summons

Muslim property show ends, organisers now eye other cities

Month after violence, Masuri gets rid of scars

 

South Asia

Pakistan, US to form commission to lure Taliban

Burma Rakhine violence: Three killed in clashes

Muslims trapped in ghetto of fear in Myanmar city

Two Campaigns Skirt Talk of Tough Choices in Afghanistan

Myanmar leader says open to aid for Muslims

Expat Buddhists condemn attacks in Bangladesh

Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Southeast Asia

Islamic Leaders Call for Arrest of Aceh Youth Who Attacked Shariah Police

6 killed as Philippine troops battle Maoist rebels

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Children at Iraq Prison 'Future Time Bomb'

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Arab World

 

Children at Iraq Prison 'Future Time Bomb': NGO

Oct 21, 2012

BAGHDAD: Some 21 children living with their mothers in a Baghdad women's prison represent a potential "time bomb," an Iraqi rights group warned on Sunday in a report that also noted claims of rape and torture.

The Hammurabi Humanitarian Organisation, headed by former migration minister Pascal Wardeh, also detailed conditions at the women's prison in Kadhimiyah, north Baghdad, in which some prisoners suffered physical assault.

It said 21 children were living with their mothers in the detention facility, "suffering a punishment without committing any crime."

"The state must find the means to deal with such cases inside the prison," the report said, noting that the infants "were just spending time with their mothers, listening to their stories."

The rights group warned that this made the children "a time bomb for the future."

It said that it made a visit to the prison on September 20, along with officials from Iraq's human rights ministry. The report was handed to President Jalal Talabani and the ministry itself.

A total of 414 detainees were being held in the jail, varying in age from 20 to 65. Among the inmates were 18 women sentenced to death.

The NGO said that prisoners complained of "different forms of torture, such as the use of electricity, punching, and rape during the investigation."

It quoted an unidentified judge as saying that there were "violations throughout the investigation process," recommending that female security officers escort women prisoners to reduce the chance of abuse.

International human rights groups have on several occasions complained of persistent torture at Iraqi prisons being used to extract confessions from detainees, and also of the continued use of secret jails.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Children-at-Iraq-prison-future-time-bomb-NGO/articleshow/16905663.cms

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Jordan foils al-Qaida plot, arrests 11 militants: Report

Oct 22, 2012

AMMAN: Jordan has foiled a plot by an al-Qaida-linked cell to bomb its shopping centres and assassinate Western diplomats, state television said on Sunday, thwarting an attempt to destabilise the key U.S. ally.

Security forces had detained 11 suspects, all Jordanians, in connection with the plot, which envisaged carrying out attacks in the capital Amman using smuggled weapons and explosives from Syria, according to security officials cited by television.

The plot had been active since June. Minister of Information Samih al Maaytah said the arrests underscored the serious threat posed by radical "terror groups" seeking to undermine the kingdom's long tradition of stability.

A key U.S. ally in the Middle East and Israel's peace partner, Jordan enjoys close ties with Western intelligence agencies and has often been targeted by al-Qaida and other Islamist militants.

The cell had targeted two major shopping malls in the capital and was planning a bombing campaign in the capital's affluent Abdoun neighbourhood, where many foreign embassies are located.

A security source said the suspects had manufactured explosives "aimed at inflicting the heaviest losses possible".

"The group was able to devise new types of explosives to be used for the first time and planned to add TNT to increase their destructive impact," said the source.

The same security source said there was a crucial link with Syria where President Bashar al-Assad is battling to put down an uprising against his family's rule.

"Their plans included getting explosives and mortars from Syria," the security source told Reuters, saying the militants had sought to strike at a time of regional upheaval when the country's security establishment is over stretched.

"EXPLOSIVE BELTS" The authorities said they had seized large quantities of ammunition, machine guns and other items such as computers. The militants were training to use "suicide bombers using explosive belts and booby-trapped cars", said another security source.

Maaytah told reporters that members of the militant group had spent some time in Syria, without saying when they had returned to Jordan.

"This group arrived from Syria. They have been going in and out," said Maaytah, explaining that the case had been transferred to the state security prosecutor.

Another security source said the cell had been fighting for "some period" alongside Islamist rebel groups in Syria.

Jordan has in recent months arrested scores of hardline Islamist fundamentalists along its northern border with Syria as they were about to cross into the country to join jihadist groups fighting to overthrow Assad.

If Jordan allows Assad's opponents to aid the armed uprising, Amman's security forces fear the Syrian government could retaliate by sending agents to carry out bomb attacks inside the country.

Intercepted electronic mail showed that the cell had received advice from Iraqi Qaida explosives experts.

Jordan regularly arrests Islamist suspects and puts them on trial in military courts that human rights groups say are illegal and lack proper legal safeguards. Many civic groups also say many of the Islamist cases are politically motivated.

In 2005, al Qaida claimed responsibility for three suicide bombings that ripped through luxury hotels in Jordan's capital killing dozens of people.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Jordan-foils-al-Qaida-plot-arrests-11-militants-Report/articleshow/16908634.cms

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6 hurt in overnight clashes between Sunni and Shiite gunmen in Beirut

Oct 22, 2012

BEIRUT: Lebanese security officials say overnight clashes in Beirut between Sunni and Shiite gunmen have wounded at least six people.

The officials say troops managed to separate the gunmen and calm returned Monday morning to the two neighborhoods in the capital where fighting had erupted.

The officials also reported heavy overnight clashes in the northern city of Tripoli. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Lebanon has been boiling since Friday after an anti-Syrian top intelligence official was assassinated in a Beirut car bombing. The assassination has threatened to shatter the country's fragile political balance.

Many politicians have blamed Syria for the killing and angry protesters tried to storm the government palace after Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan funeral on Sunday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/6-hurt-in-overnight-clashes-between-Sunni-and-Shiite-gunmen-in-Beirut/articleshow/16911422.cms

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Over 100 people hurt as Kuwait police battle protesters

Oct 22, 2012

KUWAIT CITY: Around 100 protesters and 11 policemen were hurt on Sunday as Kuwaiti riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets in clashes with tens of thousands of demonstrators, witnesses and officials said.

"The number of wounded protesters in hospital has exceeded 100 after riot police attacked them," director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights Mohammad al-Humaidi said on his Twitter account.

The interior ministry said in a statement that 11 policemen were wounded after protesters threw rocks on them, adding that police only acted after protesters became violent.

Former opposition MP Abdullah al-Barghash told AFP he saw injured men being taken to hospital in ambulances.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Over-100-people-hurt-as-Kuwait-police-battle-protesters/articleshow/16908385.cms

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Gun battles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens

Oct 22, 2012

BEIRUT: Lebanese troops and gunmen exchanged fire in Beirut's southern suburbs on Monday, wounding five people, deepening a political crisis following the assassination of a senior intelligence official, security and medical sources said

Four people were also killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and 12 wounded in clashes between gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli, the sources said.

The violence heightened fears that the civil war in neighbouring Syria could be spreading into Lebanon, upsetting its delicate political balance and threatening to usher in a new era of sectarian bloodshed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gunbattles-flare-in-Lebanon-as-political-crisis-deepens/articleshow/16914340.cms

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Jordanian Soldier Killed in Clash With Syria-Bound Militants

Oct 22, 2012

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian soldier was killed in clashes with Islamist fighters trying to cross the country's northern border into Syria, a cabinet minister said on Monday.

"The soldier died during an infiltration attempt," Minister of Information Samih Maaytah told Reuters, adding that it was the first death in Jordanian army ranks on the border since the uprising against Syrian Preident Bashar al-Assad broke out in March last year.

Troops detained 12 Islamist fighters after the clashes, which occurred overnight, an army statement said.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/22/world/middleeast/22reuters-jordan-

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Dubai court sentences Austrian doctor to life over life-support switch-off

An Austrian doctor in Dubai was sentenced to life in prison on the charge of per-meditated murder after turning off a patient's life-support

21 Oct 2012

A Dubai court convicted an Austrian doctor of premeditated murder and sentenced him to life in prison on Sunday after he gave orders to switch off a patient's life-support, a local daily reported.

The online edition of the National newspaper said the court found that in February 2009, Eugen Adelsmayr, chief medic at the Rashid government hospital intensive care unit, "allowed a quadriplegic patient, Ghulam Mohammed, to die after (he) shut down his life-support system."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56167/World/Region/Dubai-court-sentences-Austrian-doctor-to-life-over.aspx

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13 Haj pilgrims injured in minor fire in Mecca

Oct 22, 2012

JEDDAH: Thirteen people sustained minor injuries when a fire broke out in a nine-storey building in Mecca, housing Haj pilgrims from India and Myanmar.

Ten fire multi-mission squads controlled the blaze in the limits of one room at the fourth floor of the building last evening and evacuated the pilgrims from India and Myanmar, Saudi News agency SPA reported on Monday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/13-Haj-pilgrims-injured-in-minor-fire-in-Mecca/articleshow/16913564.cms

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Explosion Rocks Damascus Neighbourhood

Oct 22, 2012

An explosion hit Old City of Damascus on Sunday on a day that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria discussed the civil war in his country with Lakhdar Brahimi, the envoy representing the United Nations and the Arab League.

According to media reports, the explosion targeted a police station in the Bab Touma neighbourhood, a popular area for shoppers that is inhabited mostly by members of Syria’s Christian minority.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/world/middleeast/syria-latest-

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Expatriates in Riyadh donate blood for Haj pilgrims

 22 October 2012

A blood donation campaign was held in Riyadh on Friday to help this year’s Haj pilgrims.

King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) teamed up with Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ), and collected 331 units of blood from 375 volunteers at the hospital premises during the weekend.

The event took place at the KFMC Blood bank in Riyadh with the help of men and women from the Asian expatriate community members.

According to a royal decree issued in 1984, the Ministry of Health does not import blood. They are collected from residents and citizens, who voluntarily and regularly donate blood.

The 20 health directorates in the Kingdom make their own arrangements with the blood donors to contribute to this worthy cause.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/expatriates-riyadh-donate-blood-haj-pilgrims

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Shoura completes draft law to regulate real estate agencies

22 October 2012

The Shoura Council has finished drafting the real estate agencies practice law that is expected to regulate the work of real estate offices.

The regulation had been studied for six months after a council’s special 10-member committee was formed following long discussions on the first draft proposed by a Ministry of Commerce and Industry committee.

The draft regulation deals with the conditions have to be met by real estate agencies as well as their rights and duties and classification. The first draft was studied by the council’s Economy Committee before a special committee was formed to study it six months ago. The special committee used a number of specialists and the study carried out by the Saudi Association of Real Estate Sciences.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/shoura-completes-draft-law-regulate-real-estate-agencies

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Africa

 

Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali

Oct 22, 2012

BAMAKO: Hundreds of jihadist fighters poured into Mali over the weekend to support the Islamists who have controlled the north for seven months, ahead of a threatened regional intervention to seize back power.

Residents of the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, Malian security officials and Islamist commanders all confirmed on Sunday that there had been a huge influx of foreign fighters over the past two days.

It comes as the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), a regional bloc of 15 countries including Mali, prepares for military action in the north.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/foreign-jihadists-pour-into-northern-mali-2/

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Nigerian soldiers 'killed by Boko Haram' in Potiskum

22 Oct 2012

Several Nigerian soldiers have been killed by suspected Islamist militants in the north-eastern town of Potiskum, an army source has told the BBC.

The town has seen days of violence, with 31 reported killed and hundreds of residents fleeing since Thursday.

Meanwhile, China has a diplomatic protest against the killing of a Chinese construction worker in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-20027088

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Benghazi and Arab Spring Rear Up in U.S. Campaign

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Oct 22, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — When people here talk about American politics, many look to the sky, where the buzz of surveillance drones has grown heavy since last month’s deadly assault on the United States mission in this city in eastern Libya.

“Give it a rest, Obama,” one resident posted in a Twitter message on Saturday morning, after a low-flying drone woke much of the city. “We want to get some sleep.”

The drones are a vivid reminder that Benghazi has become the focal point of a fierce debate over what role the United States should seek to play in shaping the new order emerging from the revolts of the Arab Spring, an issue that is expected to be a flash point in Monday night’s foreign policy debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/benghazi-and-arab-spring-rear-up-in-us-

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Darfur peace-keepers hit by ‘weapons never used before’

Oct 22, 2012

KHARTOUM: A deadly attack on peacekeepers in Sudan involved weapons “never used before” and may have aimed to prevent them reaching an area where violence had been reported, the mission told AFP on Monday.

The ambush on Wednesday about 10 kilometres (six miles) from Hashaba North in North Darfur state killed one South African member of the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and wounded three others.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/darfur-peace-keepers-hit-by-weapons-never-used-before/

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Libyan Town under Siege Is a Centre of Resistance to the New Government

By KAREEM FAHIM

Oct 22, 2012

CAIRO — A city under siege, a rising death toll and hospitals filling with men wounded by gunfire were unmistakable signs Sunday that war has returned to the Libyan town of Bani Walid, imperiling the country’s fragile political transition.

At least 22 people have been killed in the last week and hundreds more injured in fighting around the city, a one-time bastion of support for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi that has shrugged off the new government’s authority.

The violence, rooted in old enmities and nudged by fresh outrages, has pitted militias from a rival town against fighters in Bani Walid, a hilltop city in western Libya where, according to government officials, wanted men have fled.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/world/africa/libyan-town-under-siege-is-a-center-of-

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Police Clash With Backers of Senegal Muslim Leader

Oct 22, 2012

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Police in Senegal's capital on Monday fired tear gas at supporters of an influential Muslim leader who has been incarcerated since April for alleged complicity in murder.

The disciples of Cheikh Bethio Tioune began their protest outside the municipal prison, where Tioune was transferred last week after being arrested on April 23. They vandalized cars and boutiques, and riot police in armored vehicles blanketed the area in tear gas.

An Associated Press reporter saw one bus in flames on one of the main commercial boulevards traversing the sea-facing Dakar as well as two other buses which had been destroyed by Tioune's rock-hurling supporters. The protesters descended on the Sandaga market, where women sell vegetables on wooden tables and men hawk second-hand shoes. They yanked the tables into the middle of the road, using them as firewood, causing gridlock in the heart of the city's commercial district.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/10/22/world/africa/ap-af-senegal-religious-

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Pakistan

 

ISI political cell disbanded five years ago, Defence Secretary tells Senate

Oct 22, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik on Monday said that the political cell of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had been disbanded five years ago and since then no such cell had operated within the ISI, Dawn News reported.

During a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Malik said no political cell was operating in the ISI at present.

The defence secretary moreover said that the US had conducted drone attacks from the Shamsi base while it was in its use, adding that, the attacks were carried out with the government’s approval.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/isi-political-cell-disbanded-five-years-ago-defence-secretary-tells-senate-committee/

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Islamabad wants Kabul to hand over Mullah Fazlullah

 October 22, 2012

Pakistan has requested Afghanistan to hand over Mullah Fazlullah, claiming that he was involved in planning major attacks in Pakistan from across the border, including the attack on peace activist Malala Yousufzai, Express News reported Sunday night.

According to Foreign Ministry sources, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar made this demand during her meeting with Afghanistan-Pakistan special envoy Marc Grossman, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday for talks with political and military leaders on “issues of bilateral and mutual concern.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/455013/mullah-radio-islamabad-wants-kabul-to-hand-over-fazlullah/

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Blast near Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister's convoy in Swabi

 October 22, 2012

SWABI: A remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorcycle went off near Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Haidar Khan Hoti’s convoy on Monday when he was on his way to Swabi.

According to details, the chief minister came to Bacha Khan Medical Complex in Shamansoor through a helicopter around 10am, and started moving towards the city of Swabi in a convoy at around noon.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/455098/blast-near-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-chief-ministers-convoy-in-nowshera/

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Extradite Malala's attacker: Pak to Afghanistan

October 22, 2012

Pakistan has sought extradition of Mullah Fazlullah, a militant commander who planned the attack on teenager Malala Yousafzai and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has demanded Fazlullah's extradition during her meeting with US special envoy to

Pakistan and Afghanistan Mark Grossman.

Grossman was told that Fazlullah was involved in the attack and that the US should use its influence for his extradition, Geo TV reported Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Extradite-Malala-s-attacker-Pak-to-Afghanistan/Article1-948446.aspx

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Army in dock: Pak amazed at verdict

Imtiaz Ahmad

 October 21, 2012

It's not every day that the courts in Pakistan hold army officers guilty of treason in Pakistan. In fact, so disdainful were army generals of the Supreme Court that one former chief in the 90's refused to attend proceedings when summoned in a case. "Generals can't appear before

civilians," he is reported to have said. That's why the verdict by the Pakistan Supreme Court last week in which two army generals and one president were held guilty of rigging the 1990 elections comes a landmark decision.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Army-in-dock-Pak-amazed-at-verdict/Article1-948274.aspx

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Political solution still possible in Balochistan

Anwar Iqbal

Oct 22, 2012

WASHINGTON: A political solution in Balochistan is still possible, although the Pakistani government continues to seek a military solution, experts say.

Speakers at a seminar at Washington’s George Mason University also underlined the need for all sides to respect human rights as Amnesty International’s T. Kumar pointed out that government forces and militants were both committing gross violations.

Former senator Sanaullah Baloch urged the United States to get involved, noting that the Baloch people were repressed by both Pakistani and Iranian governments.

Some speakers claimed that when President Asif Ali Zardari came to power, Baloch militants suspended their activities, hoping that the civilian government would push for a negotiated settlement.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/political-solution-still-possible-in-balochistan/

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Pakistan Joins List of Central Banks to Invest In Chinese Bonds

Oct 22, 2012

BEIJING: Pakistan will join a growing list of central banks that will invest in China’s interbank market as the world’s second-largest economy opens its capital markets.

The People’s Bank of China announced on Monday that it had signed an agreement with the State Bank of Pakistan to help Pakistan invest in its local debt market, without providing details about the size of the investment programme.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/pakistan-joins-list-of-cenbanks-to-invest-in-chinese-bonds/

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Waziristan finally off US agenda?

By Imtiaz Gul

October 22, 2012

ISLAMABAD: If somebody thought the attack on Malala Yousafzai would amount to Pakistan’s “Moment of Action” when it came to tackling militant ideology, it was sheer delusion.

Leading commentators and analysts insisted that this life-threatening assault on the child peace activist had united vast sections of Pakistani society into  condemnation of the Taliban.  Indeed, an unrealistic and incorrect assumption.

Equally mistaken were those who thought this attack was the ultimate trigger for an overdue military push (against the Haqqani Network and its Pakistani surrogates) in North Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/454989/analysis-waziristan-finally-off-us-agenda/

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Musharraf’s trial in absentia: Govt’s move seen as an election stunt

Oct 22, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Oct 21: As the government and military were part of the deal that led to the resignation of former President Pervez Musharraf and his subsequent departure from Pakistan, Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) move to seek his trial in absentia in Benazir murder case is being seen as a political gimmick.

Critics point out that since the international powers had facilitated the deal, the Interpol is not issuing the red warrants, causing the delay in his trial.

Besides, some people are also not ready to believe that the FIA officials had fulfilled all the formalities to get the red warrants for Musharraf issued.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/musharrafs-trial-in-absentia-govts-move-seen-as-an-election-stunt/

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Activists hold vigil for Malala

October 22, 2012

Two hundred people, including Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians, held a vigil for brave Taliban gun victim Malala Yousufzai in the UK, outside the hospital where the Pakistani rights activist is being treated. The vigil was held last night, on a day when doctors treating the

15-year-old girl said that she is "stable, comfortable and responding well". The meeting held outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, included speeches from councillors, religious leaders and women's rights groups, The Sun reported.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Activists-hold-vigil-for-Malala/Article1-948284.aspx

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With great power comes great responsibility, reminds Ayesha Siddiqa

By Zehra Husain

October 22, 2012

KARACHI: If people believe that media is watching over the society, then they need to question who is watching the media.

Dispelling notions about media looking after the best interest of the people, renowned scholar Ayesha Siddiqa called for a regulating body to keep a check on the “corrupt” practices in the industry.

“The [dominant] perception is that we can fight corruption through media,” she said, speaking on the second day of the International Conference on Corruption: Causes, Consequences and Control, on Sunday. “But we need to ask if the media is able enough to strengthen democracy and accountability.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/454870/keeping-tabs-on-media-with-great-power-comes-great-responsibility-reminds-ayesha-siddiqa/

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Pakistan sets record for most records in one day

 October 22, 2012

Setting eight records on Sunday, Pakistan also set a record for breaking the most number of records in one day, Express News reported Monday.

A weekend of bizarre record attempts in Lahore began on Saturday night when 42,813 people in the National Hockey Stadium sang the national anthem together, smashing the previous best of 15,243 held by India. The state-run news agency, however, claimed the number to be over 70,000.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/455079/pakistan-sets-record-for-most-records-in-one-day/

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18th century Sufi poet’s grave in ruins

By Riaz Ahmad

October 22, 2012

PESHAWAR: Sufi poet Abdul Hameed’s grave, which barely lies 15 kilometres away from Peshawar, symbolises the place of poets and intellectuals in Pakistan. At an ancient graveyard adjacent to the village of Masho Khel, the 18th century poet’s burial site lies in shambles.

It is said that in the 1950s, the Afghan government constructed the graves of Sufi poet Rahman Baba, Khushal Khan Khattak and Abdul Hameed, but years of negligence has left their graves in ruins. Abdul Hamed is popularly known as Hameed Baba.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/454925/18th-century-sufi-poets-grave-in-ruins/

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Europe

 

Prostitution trial linked to Gaddafi son opens in France

Two men and a woman are accused of organising a birthday party for one of Gaddafi's sons Mutassim in 2004 with links to a Cannes Film Festival high-end prostitution ring

22 Oct 2012

Two men and a woman appeared in a French court Monday in a case over a Cannes Film Festival high-end prostitution ring that had ties to a son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Gaddafi.

Seven men and a woman went on trial in the southern port city of Marseille, though the five chief figures are on the run and are being tried in absentia.

They include Elie Nahas, a Lebanese who claimed to run a modelling agency employing young women recruited in South America, France and eastern Europe.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/56243/World/International/Prostitution-trial-linked-to-Gaddafi-son-opens-in-.aspx

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France says fight against Mali Islamists will be 'difficult'

The United Nations and the European Union are beginning to train Malian troops to recapture the North of Mali from Al-Qaeda linked Islamists

21 Oct 2012

Military intervention to recapture Mali's  north from Al-Qaeda linked Islamists will be an uphill task requiring "toughened" soldiers, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday.

The vast region fell under control of radical Islamist groups including the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the chaos that followed a March coup in a country that was once considered one of Africa's most stable democracies.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/56162/World/International/France-says-fight-against-Mali-Islamists-will-be-d.aspx

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Islam comes to the classroom in Russia's Chechnya

Oct 22, 2012

(Reuters) - At school No. 20 in Russia's troubled region of Chechnya, boys sit on one side of the classroom and girls in headscarves on the other. All are silent as the new teacher rises to speak.

"Do you say your morning prayers?" Islam Dzhabrailov, 21, asks, wearing a green prayer cap and a plain tunic, religious dress that is increasingly popular in the mountainous province in southern Russia's mostly Muslim Caucasus region.

"It's just as important as doing your homework," he tells the students aged 14-15.

One of 420 teachers employed from madrasas to teach history of religion, Dzhabrailov is driving efforts by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to combat Islamist insurgency by implementing his own brand of Islam. In this Kadyrov has the backing of President Vladimir Putin, though some may harbor doubts about the man.

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/10/22/us-russia-chechnya-islam-idINBRE89L0BQ20121022

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Plotters planned UK attack "bigger than 7/7"

October 22, 2012

LONDON: Three British men planned to carry out suicide bombings which could have been more devastating than the July 7, 2005 attacks in London, a court heard on Monday. Two of them are accused of receiving terrorism training in Pakistan.

Fifty-one people died and over 700 were injured in co-ordinated suicide bombings on London underground trains and a bus by four British citizens in the so-called 7/7 attacks.

Irfan Naseer – 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, are accused of being central figures in the plot, jurors at Woolwich Crown Court were told.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/455114/plotters-planned-uk-attack-bigger-than-77/

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Bosnian pilgrim 'walks to Mecca through Syria for Hajj'

22 October 2012

SARAJEVO: A Bosnian Muslim pilgrim who left last December on pilgrimage to Mecca by foot told AFP on Monday that he has arrived after passing through seven countries including war-torn Syria.

 "I arrived Saturday in Mecca. I am not tired, these are the best days of my life," Senad Hadzic, 47, said when reached by phone on a Saudi mobile number.

 He said he had covered some 5,700 kilometres (3,540 miles) in 314 days of walking through Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan to the Muslim holy city in south-western Saudi Arabia, with a backpack weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds).

Full report at:

http://www.brecorder.com/world/europe/87331-bosnian-pilgrim-walks-to-mecca-through-syria-for-hajj.html

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Mideast Asia

 

Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen says he's 'still alive'

October 22, 2012

An audio recording purported to be of al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen has surfaced on the Internet with the militant figure denying government reports that he was killed in a US drone strike in September.

In the message, a man claiming to be Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri says reports of his death were a 'rumor to cover up the killing of innocent Muslim civilians.'

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/Al-Qaida-s-No-2-in-Yemen-says-he-s-still-alive/Article1-948461.aspx

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Four al Qaeda members killed in Yemen drone strike

Oct 22, 2012

SANAA: Four members of the al Qaeda network including a local chief were killed in Yemen Sunday in a strike presumed to have been carried out by a US drone against their vehicle in Maarib province, tribal and police sources said.

“A drone fired a missile at a car which had four al Qaeda militants in it, destroying the vehicle and killing the occupants,” the tribal source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A security source confirmed the toll to AFP, and said one of the dead was a local commander in the extremist network, Sanad Ouraidan al-Aqili.

“Aqili’s three companions, whose bodies were blown to pieces, have not been identified yet,” the police source said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/four-al-qaeda-members-killed-in-yemen-drone-strike/

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2 killed as Israeli and Hamas forces clash in Gaza

22 October 2012

GAZA: Israeli forces killed two Palestinian militants during an incursion in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday that touched off clashes with gunmen from the governing Hamas movement, local officials said.

They said militants fired mortar bombs at Israeli troops spotted inside Gaza’s boundary fence, drawing air strikes against a Hamas training camp and other targets. Hamas claimed one of the dead gunmen as its own, and the other was not immediately identified. Two Hamas fighters were wounded.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/2-killed-israeli-and-hamas-forces-clash-gaza

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Yemen weapons depot blast kills six soldiers

Six soldiers die in an accidental blast at an army ammunition depot in Aden, Yemen

 22 Oct 2012

An accidental blast at an army ammunitions depot stocked with mines and explosives killed six soldiers in south Yemen on Monday, a local municipality official said.

The blast occurred Monday morning in an explosives warehouse at an army base in the southern port city of Aden, "killing six soldiers and wounding others," local municipality chief Abdel Munim al-Abd told AFP.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56225/World/Region/Yemen-weapons-depot-blast-kills-six-soldiers.aspx

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Turkey 'cracking down' on press freedom

22 Oct 2012

An international media watchdog group has accused Turkey of waging "one of the world's biggest anti-press campaigns in recent history".

The Committee to Protect Journalists says it has identified 61 journalists imprisoned because of their work - more than in any other country in the world.

Those detained face charges including terrorism and denigrating Turkishness.

Turkey claims most of the detainees are being held for crimes that have nothing to do with journalism.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-20026491

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Leader expresses sympathy over death of Iranian schoolgirls

22.10.2012

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has offered condolences over the death of Iranian female students in a bus accident in southwest Iran.

The Leader conveyed his condolences in a message issued on Sunday.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the tragic accident which killed a number of schoolgirls and injured some others “has caused a great sorrow to me.”

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/21/268035/leader-offers-condolences-on-pupils-death/

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Civic Duty and Economic Worries Drive Palestinian Voters in Parts of West Bank

By JODI RUDOREN

Oct 22, 2012

AL BIREH, West Bank — More than half the Palestinians who participated in municipal elections on Saturday said they did so because they saw voting as a civic duty, twice the portion giving the next most popular reason.

More than one-third said that jobs and economic conditions were their top concern, far more than any other single issue. And nearly two-fifths of voters were under 30, a much greater proportion than that age group’s share of the population.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/world/middleeast/palestinians-vote-in-parts-of-west-

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On Turkey's Syrian Frontier, Fears of a Sectarian Spillover

Oct 22, 2012

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) - An influx of Syrians fleeing President Bashar al-Assad's military onslaught is stoking tension in an area of Turkey known for religious tolerance and setting Turks who share the Syrian leader's creed against their own government.

In the Turkish frontier province of Hatay, home to the Antioch of the Bible and a mix of confessional groups rare in an overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim country, Turks of Arab origin who share Assad's Alawite beliefs are increasingly critical of Ankara's open support for rebels fighting the Syrian leader.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/22/world/europe/22reuters-syria-crisis-turkey-

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Iran's Ahmadinejad Denied Visit by judiciary to Evin Prison

Oct 22, 2012

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary has blocked a request by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Tehran's Evin prison, where a top presidential aide is being held, the latest sign that his influence is waning in his last year in office.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's press adviser and head of the state news agency IRNA, was sent to Evin in September to serve a six-month sentence for publishing an article deemed offensive to public decency.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/22/world/middleeast/22reuters-iran-

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Fatah claims victory in first West Bank poll since 2006

22 October 2012

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party was yesterday claiming victory ahead of the results of local elections in the West Bank, in the first such vote since 2006.

Although preliminary results were only due out at 1600 GMT, Fatah officials were openly jubilant after the long-delayed ballot, which was boycotted by the rival Hamas movement, which rules Gaza.

“Fatah won a victory in this election,” party spokesman Ahmad Assaf said. “Despite Hamas’s efforts, participation was good, which proves that people reject Hamas policies,” he said, without elaborating.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/fatah-claims-victory-first-west-bank-poll-2006

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North America

 

ISI directing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan: US lawmaker

Oct 22, 2012

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's spy agency ISI is directing the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, a US lawmaker has alleged, saying his view is based on his meetings with the people and officials in the war-torn country.

"US military commanders at several levels of the chain of command indicated that they believe Pakistan and its intelligence agency specifically, the ISI, is directing the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan," California's Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter told the UTSanDiego.Com.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/ISI-directing-Taliban-insurgency-in-Afghanistan-US-lawmaker/articleshow/16910834.cms

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Iran has agreed to n-talks: US officials

New York Times

 Oct 22 2012

Washington : The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.

Iranian officials have insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, a senior administration official said, telling their American counterparts that they want to know with whom they would be negotiating.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-has-agreed-to-ntalks-us-officials/1020231/

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After Benghazi Attack, Talk Lagged Behind Intelligence

By ERIC SCHMITT

Oct 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — Even as Susan E. Rice took to the Sunday talk shows last month to describe the Obama administration’s assessment of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, intelligence analysts suspected that the explanation was outdated.

Ms. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has said that the judgments she offered on the five talk shows on Sept. 16 came from talking points prepared by the C.I.A., which reckoned that the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans had resulted from a spontaneous mob that was angry about an anti-Islamic video that had set off protests elsewhere. That assessment, described to Ms. Rice in briefings the day before her television appearances, was based on intercepted communications, informants’ tips and Libyan press reports, officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/explanation-for-benghazi-attack-under-

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India

 

IAS dreams rule young minds in conflict-torn Valley

October 21, 2012

When Shah Faesal topped the All-India IAS list in 2009, seven years after his father was shot dead by militants, he fired many a young dream in the trouble-torn Kashmir Valley. “Faesal’s success is a landmark. The Kashmiri parent’s traditional mindset of making an engineer or a doctor of

their children gave way to another window of tremendous opportunity—that of the Union civil services,” said Deeba Farhat, 23, a BTech in computer science.

“Taking the civil services is a craze among students now, it’s a must-attempt exam for graduates,” said Farhat, who is  also preparing for the IAS exams.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/IAS-dreams-rule-young-minds-in-conflict-torn-Valley/Article1-948271.aspx

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Emperor Tughlaq returns to Delhi after 40 years

Oct 22 2012

New Delhi : The historic ruins of Firoz Shah Kotla, prepares itself to embrace theatrical opulence, as it plays host to the monumental saga of Tughlaq, which returns to the national capital after 40 years.

After the iconic production by theatre veteran Ebrahim Alkazi in 1973, at the historic ruins of Purana Quila, playwright Girish Karnad's magnum opus of a Delhi Sultanate emperor is set to be retold, more so at a place that was built by his cousin and successor, over 600 years ago.

Director, Bhanu Bharati says that after the success of his "Andha Yug" it was only a natural progression to reclaim

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/emperor-tughlaq-returns-to-delhi-after-40-years/1020451/

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Geelani turns down Omar offer to check shrine track

Oct 22 2012

Srinagar : Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s offer of a helicopter ride to ascertain the status of repairs on the track to the Amarnath shrine, terming it “political trickery aimed at misleading” the people of Kashmir.

“We have given solid evidence where in it has been shown that how construction material is being dumped there. There has been no response to that,” Geelani said. A team sent by the Hurriyat recently surveyed the area.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/geelani-turns-down-omar-offer-to-check-shrine-track/1020236/

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India woos world’s richest monarch

By Saurabh Shukla

Oct 22, 2012

INDIA’S growing hunger for energy is firing its renewed push for its East Asia diplomacy. On October 19, India’s external affairs minister S. M. Krishna, who is on his first bilateral visit to Brunei, met Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan.

He pitched for FDI in aviation and insurance to the world’s richest monarch whose personal wealth is valued at $ 20 billion.

The palace of the world’s richest monarch has 1,700 rooms along with a personal fleet of 3,800 cars.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Hindu leader from Pakistan attends Langur Mela, wants easier visa regime

Yudhvir Rana

Oct 22, 2012

AMRITSAR: Haresh Chopra, a member of the National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, is in Amritsar along with his wife, son and daughters to participate in the Langur Mela, following the fulfilment of his wish.

Along with wife Ramna and daughters Samriti and Neha, Haresh could be seen walking barefoot to Bara Hanuman temple, situated in the Durgiana Temple complex, carrying his 10-month-old son Harnek Chopra, attired as langur, in his arms.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hindu-leader-from-Pakistan-attends-Langur-Mela-wants-easier-visa-regime/articleshow/16909246.cms

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Burmese immigrant may be behind Azad Maidan violence

October 22, 2012

A Burmese national, who allegedly sneaked into the country 16 years ago and worked as a helper in a mosque at Bandra (East), may be the key conspirator behind the Azad Maidan violence of August 11, the police said. Yusuf, 24, (full name not revealed), got a text message about the alleged

atrocities against Muslims in Burma (now Myanmar) from one of his contacts. He in turn  sent it to an externed criminal holed up in Bangalore, Salim Lightwala, who was arrested by the crime branch on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Burmese-immigrant-may-be-behind-Azad-Maidan-violence/Article1-948310.aspx

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Fasih Mohammad deported from Saudi, arrested in Delhi

 Oct 22 2012

New Delhi: Fasih Mohammed, a suspected Indian Mujahideen operator and a key accused in the Delhi and Bangalore blasts, was today arrested after he was deported from Saudi Arabia.

28-year-old Fasih, after being in detention for five months in Saudi Arabia, was taken into custody from Delhi airport on his arrival from the Gulf, official sources said.

India had sought deportation of Fasih from Saudi Arabia and also got an Interpol Red Corner notice issued against him.

An engineer and believed to be a member of the banned outfit Indian Mujahideen, Bihar-born Fasih is alleged to have been involved in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in Bangalore and the shooting near Jama Masjid (Delhi), both in 2010, and is wanted by Delhi and Karnataka police.

His name cropped up during the interrogation of suspected IM terrorists arrested during the last nine months.

While the Saudi authorities confirmed his detention there, they conveyed that they were closely examining his role and stay in that country.

Fasih's wife Nikhat Parveen had approached the Supreme Court claiming that her husband was in the custody of central security agencies, a charge denied by the Government.

Arrest of Fasih 'very important': Govt

Government today termed the arrest of suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist Fasih Mohammad as a "very important catch", saying Saudi Arabia fully cooperated in his deportation to India.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/fasih-mohammad-deported-from-saudi-arrested-in-delhi/1020378/

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Call data records of 7/11 blast accused destroyed, ATS tells court

Oct 22, 2012

The ATS arrested 13 alleged Students Islamic Movement of India activists in 2006 for the serial train bombings

The call data records (CDRs) of the accused in the July 11 serial train blasts here obtained by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) during its probe have been destroyed as they were not used in the charge sheet, the agency told the Bombay High Court early this week.

The ATS will file an affidavit to that effect before the court on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/call-data-records-of-711-blast-accused-destroyed-ats-tells-court/article4019881.ece

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Jundal reveals role of Pak agencies in 26/11 attack

Presley Thomas

 October 22, 2012

Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal revealed to investigators the involvement of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Jundal claimed that the ISI played a key role in executing the Mumbai 26/11 terrorist

attack, and also ensured that none of the key LeT operatives involved in the carnage were arrested.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Jundal-reveals-role-of-Pak-agencies-in-26-11-attack/Article1-948312.aspx

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Month after violence, Masuri gets rid of scars

Dipankar Ghose

Oct 22 2012

Masuri, Ghaziabad : Till the other day, a heap of charred motorcycles, jeeps and furniture in the dusty courtyard of Masuri police station and the bullet-riddled boundary wall were gruesome reminders of the September 14 riots. A month later, the scars of the violence when a 5,000-strong mob laid siege to the police station were hardly visible under the fresh coat of paint.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/month-after-violence-masuri-gets-rid-of-scars/1020320/

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Nanded blast accused in SC against NIA’s summons

 Oct 22 2012

New Delhi : Maruti Wagah has moved the Supreme Court, urging it to restrain the National Investigation Agency from summoning him to Delhi in connection with the probe into the 2006 Nanded blast, allegedly carried out by Hindu extremist groups.

Wagah’s plea will be heard on November 5. He is among 12 people chargesheeted by the CBI for the blast in the house of RSS activist Naresh Laxman Rajkondwar that killed Rajkondwar and his friend Himanshu Panse alias Sardar. Wagah, 31, survived the blast.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nanded-blast-accused-in-sc-against-nia-s-summons/1020207/

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LeT militant wanted for Delhi blast plot killed

October 21, 2012

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed including a divisional commander of the outfit in a 24-hour encounter with security forces in Kashmir's northern town of Sopore, police said on Sunday. An official police spokesman claimed that the slain militants included divisional commander of

LeT, Muzamil Amin Dar also called Urfi, a Sopore resident believed to be involved in a conspiracy to trigger blasts in Delhi for which two militants were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in February this year.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/LeT-militant-wanted-for-Delhi-blast-plot-killed/Article1-948122.aspx

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Muslim property show ends, organisers now eye other cities

 Mon Oct 22 2012

Ahmedabad : 25 developers participated in the three-day event

Nearly 20,000 visitors, mostly families from the minority community, visited India’s first Muslim property show that concluded here on Sunday evening. Encouraged by the turnout, the organisers now plan to hold similar community-specific property shows in Rajkot, Surat, Palanpur and Vadodara.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/muslim-property-show-ends-organisers-now-eye-other-cities/1020300/

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LeT militant ‘involved in Delhi terror plot’ killed in Valley

Bashaarat Masood

Mon Oct 22 2012

Srinagar : Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, including ‘divisional commander’ Muzamil Amin Dar who was allegedly involved in a terror plot to target Delhi in February, were killed in an encounter in Sopore that began on Saturday evening and lasted for over 20 hours. Three security personnel were injured in the shootout.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/let-militant--involved-in-delhi-terror-plot--killed-in-valley/1020251/

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South Asia

 

Pakistan, US to form commission to lure Taliban

By Kamran Yousaf

October 22, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A deal between Pakistan and the US regarding a new bilateral commission to lure Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table was finalised during US special envoy to Pakistan Marc Grossman’s visit to Islamabad on Sunday.

Details of the proposed commission were not immediately available, although sources disclose that the two countries will identify groups for reconciliation and facilitate smooth transition of power following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan said the two countries were working on ‘several proposals’ on the future of Afghanistan but would not go into specifics.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/454988/afghan-endgame-pakistan-us-to-form-commission-to-lure-taliban/

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Burma Rakhine violence: Three killed in clashes

22 Oct 2012

Three people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the western Burmese state of Rakhine, officials say.

Some 300 houses in a number of villages have been burnt down, Rakhine's attorney general told BBC Burmese.

This is the first serious violence since June when a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine after deadly clashes between the two communities.

Tensions in Rakhine state have remained high since those clashes.

The violence initially erupted in late May when a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered by three Muslims.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-20026853

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Muslims trapped in ghetto of fear in Myanmar city

Oct 22, 2012

BARBED wire and armed troops guard the Muslim quarter of a violence-wracked city in western Myanmar, a virtual prison for the families that have inhabited its narrow streets for generations. The security forces outside the ghetto in the Rakhine state capital Sittwe are not there to stop its residents leaving - although few dare to anyway - but to protect them from Buddhist mobs after an outburst of sectarian hatred.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\22\story_22-10-2012_pg14_8

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Two Campaigns Skirt Talk of Tough Choices in Afghanistan

By DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER

Oct 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. described the Obama administration’s latest war strategy in deliberately stark terms in his debate with Representative Paul D. Ryan: “We are leaving Afghanistan in 2014, period.” Mr. Ryan did not dispute that deadline, but insisted on a little wiggle room, saying that Mitt Romney would consult with his generals about the timing and resources and conditions on the ground, to avoid imperiling America’s gains in a war that began in 2001.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/candidates-skirt-talk-of-hard-afghanistan-

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Expat Buddhists condemn attacks in Bangladesh

Oct 22, 2012

Bangladeshi expatriate Buddhists in Thailand have condemned the attack on Buddhists in Ramu, Ukhia, Teknaf and Patiya on September 29.

In a statement received in Dhaka yesterday, the Bangladeshi Buddhist Community of Thailand urged the ruling party Awami League and BNP to work together to bring back communal harmony in the area instead of blaming each other over the attack.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=254814

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Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

Oct 22, 2012

SYDNEY: An Australian soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan during a mission against insurgents, military officials said on Monday.

The 24-year-old’s death brought to 39 the number of Australian lives lost in the conflict.

“The soldier was clearing a compound when an IED detonated, killing him instantly,” Australian defence chief General David Hurley said. “No other Australian or Afghanistan personnel were killed or wounded in the incident.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/22/australian-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan-2/

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Myanmar leader says open to aid for Muslims

Oct 22, 2012

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar has no choice but to accept foreign aid for Muslims hit by recent sectarian violence or it will face an international backlash, the country’s President Thein Sein said on Sunday.

His comments follow a series of protests by Buddhists in Myanmar against efforts by a world Islamic body to help Muslims affected by the violence in the western state of Rakhine. Dozens were killed in the Buddhist-Muslim clashes and tens of thousands displaced on both sides.

“We need humanitarian assistance. If we reject the humanitarian assistance, the international community will not accept us,” Thein Sein told reporters in his first domestic press conference since taking office 18 months ago.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\22\story_22-10-2012_pg7_24

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Southeast Asia

 

Islamic Leaders Call for Arrest of Aceh Youth Who Attacked Shariah Police

Jakarta Globe | October 22, 2012

Islamic leaders on Monday called on police to arrest a group of young people who attacked Shariah Police officers in Aceh after their music event was disbanded.

The incident in Aceh's Langsa Timur subdistrict on Saturday night saw 12 Shariah Police officers disband a keyboard performance with hundreds in attendance in front of a house owned by a man identified as Zulkifli, who claimed he wanted to entertain people to celebrate his son's acceptance into the Indonesian army.

The Indonesian news site aceh.tribunnews.com reported that Shariah Police said the performance violated the regulation issued by the Langsa mayor prohibiting performances in the evenings.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/islamic-leaders-call-for-arrest-of-aceh-youth-who-attacked-shariah-police/551674

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6 killed as Philippine troops battle Maoist rebels

22 October 2012

MANILA: Army troops and communist rebels clashed in two rural areas in the Philippines in the latest flare-out of the 43-year insurgency, leaving four soldiers and two guerrillas dead, officials said Monday.

Nine soldiers, a civilian and an unspecified number of New People’s Army rebels were wounded in Sunday’s clashes in central Samar province and in mountainous Compostela Valley province in the south, the military said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/6-killed-philippine-troops-battle-maoist-rebels

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