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Children Raped, Castrated, Thrown Into Fires by Warring Forces in South Sudan

 

 

Brutal: The killings come days after the Taliban sent a letter to ISIS warning them to stay out of the country, saying there is room for only 'one flag, one leadership' in their fight to re-establish strict Islamist rule

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Children Raped, Castrated, Thrown Into Fires by Warring Forces in South Sudan

Cameroon Raids Quranic Schools; 84 Held

Five Libyan troops killed by mortar in Benghazi

 

Arab World

Top Muslim Body Al-Azhar Condemns China's Ramadan Restriction

124 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Airstrikes in 1 Day

Iraqi Police Kill At Least 20 ISIL Terrorists in Beiji

Over 12 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Police's Operations in Salahuddin Province

5 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Army's Mortar Attacks, Airstrike in Anbar

Anger over Arab Wars Fuels Jihadi Threat in Saudi Arabia

Syria: Kurdish Forces Win Back over 20 ISIL-Ruled Strategic Towns, Villages in North

Official: Zionists Masterminding Terrorist Operations in Syria

WikiLeaks says it's leaking over 500,000 Saudi documents

 

South Asia

10 Soldiers Martyred, 70 Militants Killed In Afghan Military Operations

Barbaric Turf War Escalates In Afghanistan As ISIS Execute Three 'Defectors'

Detectives: Dhaka University Lab Staff Supplied Explosives to Militants

Islamic State overtaking al Qaeda in South Asia social media war

Air Strike kills seven foreign militants in Nangarhar

US lauds Bangladesh's counterterrorism efforts

Nasheed’s appeal for clemency rejected

 

Mideast

Yemeni Troops Seize Control of Saudi Military Base

Yemeni Army, Popular Forces Pound Saudi Border Posts in Jizan

Tens of thousands pray at Al Aqsa on first Friday of Ramadan

Talks on Yemen war end without agreement

Senior Iranian Cleric: US Needs Agreement More than Iran

Israel Sets Free 16 Young Jewish Settlers Detained over Burning Christian Church

Stop playing politics with Iran’s war dead, families say

Palestinian shoots Israeli dead near West Bank settlement

'Iran Supporting More than 100 Shiite Terror Groups': Report

 

Europe

Zohra Dawood: Syria-Bound Bradford Woman 'Didn't Like the UK'

Dutch Anti-Islam MP to Air Prophet Cartoons on Saturday

Mohammed and Fatima, Most Frequent Foreign Names in Spain

Putin says willing to 'push' Syria's Assad on reform

Geneva talks fail, thanks to rebels’ intransigence

Ban chastises Israel for killing Gazan children

 

India

International Yoga Day: Muslim Practitioners to Be Featured On TV

Ramzan in Atali in Ballabhgarh: Jats Get Mosque Fans Removed

Kupwara infiltration bid: Army kills one militant

India plans to expose Pakistan's terror failings at G7 Forum

India to give consular access to jailed fishermen from Pak and other nations

India, Tanzania vow to fight terror

 

Pakistan

Pakistan Army Chief Vows to Make Nation "Terror Free"

Pakistan ‘Ready To Defend Holy Land against Houthis’

Mosques, seminaries Islamabad admin forms teams to stem illegal expansion

Comparing figures: More people killed by law enforcers than target killers, HRCP report

Common goal: Afghan newspaper lifts lid on draft of ISI-NDS pact

Five suspects gunned down by Rangers in Karachi ‘encounter’

Imran falling to status quo elements: Wajihuddin

 

North America

Lashkar-e-Taiba Continues To “Operate, Train, Rally, Propagandise And Fundraise’ In Pakistan: US Report

Bin Laden son asked US for death certificate: WikiLeaks

Iran facilitated Afghan fighters to support Assad regime: US State Department

US man gets more than 7 years over 2009 ISI bombing

Global 'terror' death toll soared in 2014: US

 

Southeast Asia

Rights Activists Pan Court Ruling Refusing to Sanction Interfaith Marriages

Zaid: Shallow Islamic teaching is breeding hypocrites

Indonesian NGO Says Donation-Funded Hospital in Gaza Ready for President Joko to Launch

Pakatan ‘divorce’ a trick to cover-up Hudud, says Gerakan

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Africa

 

Children Raped, Castrated, Thrown Into Fires by Warring Forces in South Sudan

20 June 2015

Warring forces in South Sudan have carried out horrific crimes against children, including castration, rape and tying them together before slitting their throats, the U.N. has said.

"Survivors report that boys have been castrated and left to bleed to death... girls as young as eight have been gang raped and murdered," U.N. children's agency chief Anthony Lake said in a statement released earlier this week.

"Children have been tied together before their attackers slit their throats... others have been thrown into burning buildings."

Tens of thousands are believed to have been killed in the 18-month war, although there is no clear toll. At least 129 children were killed in May in the northern state of Unity, scene of some of heaviest fighting in the civil war, UNICEF added.

Civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings across the country that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.

It has been characterised by ethnic massacres, rape and the use of child soldiers.

"The violence against children in South Sudan has reached a new level of brutality," Lake added. Thousands of children have also been abducted to fight.

"Children are also being aggressively recruited into armed groups of both sides on an alarming scale - an estimated 13,000 children forced to participate in a conflict not of their making," Lake added.

"Imagine the psychological and physical effects on these children - not only of the violence inflicted on them but also the violence they are forced to inflict on others."

A quarter of a million children face starvation , while two-thirds of the country's 12 million people need aid, with 4.5 million people facing severe food insecurity, according to the U.N..

"In the name of humanity and common decency this violence against the innocent must stop," he said.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2015/06/19/Children-raped-castrated-thrown-into-fires-in-South-Sudan.html

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Cameroon Raids Quranic Schools; 84 Held

20 June 2015

DAKAR, Senegal — Cameroonian authorities have been holding 84 children — some as young as 5 years old — for months without charge after officials accused their teachers at Quranic schools of running terrorist training camps, Amnesty International said Friday.

The international human rights organization called on Cameroon to release the children to their parents immediately, saying nearly all of them are too young to face criminal charges.

The raids in the country’s far north are part of the fight against militants from the Nigeria-based group Boko Haram.

A government spokesman did not immediately respond to the report and said a news conference would be held Monday.

Boko Haram has waged a six-year insurgency. In recent months, militants have stepped up attacks inside neighboring countries.

Food is now running low at the center where the children have been detained in the northern town of Maroua, Amnesty said. — AP

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150620247828

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Five Libyan troops killed by mortar in Benghazi

 20 June 2015

At least five Libyan troops were killed late on Friday when a mortar landed in the eastern city of Benghazi where pro-government forces have been fighting against a mix of Islamist militant brigades, medical sources said.

Benghazi is just one front in a complex conflict involving Libya's two rival governments, and loose alliances of armed factions as well as Islamist militant forces taking advantage of the chaos to gain ground.

"Five members of the Libyan National Army were killed when a mortar shell landed among them late Friday evening," the medical source at Benghazi's Al-Jala hospital told Reuters.

The source said at least 20 troops had been killed in fighting in June. LNA Mohamed Hejazi said their forces had been fighting in around six districts in the city.

"These militant groups have become individuals who are taking high building as posts. The militants have also booby-trapped all houses and streets," Hejazi said.

Army forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government have been fighting several Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city as part of a wider struggle since the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

Fighters claiming allegiance to the ISIS group holding parts of Iraq and Syria have also claimed attacks in Benghazi as that group looks to expand its foothold in Libya.

Pro-government forces in Benghazi have regained some territory lost last year. But progress has stalled as militants hole up in several districts and the port area despite claims by army commander Khalifa Haftar that his forces control most of the city.

Libya's recognized government operates out of the east since an armed faction known as Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli last summer and declared its own government.

Ongoing United Nations negotiations to end the conflict and bring the two main factions into a unity government and broker a broad ceasefire have struggled as both sides seek more concessions over their rivals.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/20/Five-Libyan-troops-killed-by-mortar-in-Benghazi-.html

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Arab World

 

Top Muslim body Al-Azhar condemns China's Ramadan restriction

20 June 2015

The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning, Al-Azhar, condemned China Friday for imposing restriction on fasting in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region during the holy month of Ramadan.

China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in Xinjiang from fasting during Ramadan which began on Thursday, and ordered restaurants to stay open.

"Al-Azhar and its grand imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb, condemn the Chinese authorities' ban on Muslims from fasting and practising their religious rituals during Ramadan in some parts of the western Xinjiang region," said a statement from the Cairo-based Al-Azhar.

"Al-Azhar rejects all forms of oppression practised against Uighur Muslims in China that affect their religious rights and personal freedoms," said the prestigious institution, demanding that the international community, the United Nations and human rights groups end these violations.

Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, but China's ruling Communist Party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

China says it faces a terrorist threat in Xinjiang, with officials blaming "religious extremism" for growing violence.

Uighur rights groups say China's restrictions on Islam in Xinjiang have added to ethnic tensions there, where clashes have killed hundreds in recent years.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/133186/World/International/Top-Muslim-body-AlAzhar-condemns-Chinas-Ramadan-re.aspx

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124 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Airstrikes in 1 Day

20 June 2015

Iraqi warplanes struck ISIL's positions in three provinces of Al-Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahuddin on Friday, leaving tens of terrorists dead and dozens more injured.

"A sum of 124 ISIL terrorists were killed in in the Iraqi airstrikes today," the Arabic-language al-Sumeriya news website quoted an Iraqi defense ministry official as saying.

The Iraqi defense ministry said that the ISIL terrorists were killed in Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahuddin provinces.

It also noted that the Iraqi warplanes also destroyed ISIL's so-called religious court in al-Sajaria region in Ramadi city.

On Thursday, Iraqi air force continued to bombard ISIL positions in the provinces of Anbar and Salahuddin, killing more than 75 terrorists.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000624

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Iraqi Police Kill At Least 20 ISIL Terrorists in Beiji

20 June 2015

The Iraqi police's anti-terrorist operations in the nearby areas of Beiji left at least 20 ISIL fighters dead and some others injured, the Federal Police Command confirmed.

“Today, forces of the federal police stormed the ISIL positions in Beiji, North of Tikrit, and killed 20 elements of the ISIL terrorist group,” Chief of the Federal Police Forces Raed Shaker Jawdat announced.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000189

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Over 12 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraqi Police's Operations in Salahuddin Province

20 June 2015

Spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry Brigadier General Saad Maan confirmed that the country's counter-terrorism forces stormed the ISIL fighters in the battlefields near Beiji and killed at least 12 fighters.

Maan said that the Iraqi police gunned down two separate groups of the ISIL militants and captured others in two operations near Beiji North of Tikrit, in Salahuddin province.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000210

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5 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Army's Mortar Attacks, Airstrike in Anbar

20 June 2015

Provincial sources confirmed that over 5 ISIL fighters were killed and 12 others were wounded in the army's mortar and air attacks against the rebel group's positions in the Western province of Anbar.

A military chopper pounded an ISIL position at a village near the town of Saqlawiyah, just North of the militant-held city of Fallujah, which itself located some 50 km West of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, leaving five killed and 12 others wounded, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000423

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Anger over Arab wars fuels jihadi threat in Saudi Arabia

By Reuters

20 June 2015

Sophisticated attacks by an ISIL branch in Saudi Arabia show the jihadist group is better established there than previously suspected, and that fuelled by anger over Arab civil wars, Riyadh’s militancy problem is not going away.

A sustained militant campaign could undermine stability in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, one of the few major Arab states that has so far mostly avoided the political tumult and civil war shaking the region.

“Any country that experiences two consecutive large bombings has a problem. It’s not supposed to happen, so there clearly is a new network that the intelligence services are not completely in control of,” said Thomas Hegghammer, author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia.

The attacks have targeted members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority, policemen and Western expatriates, and represent the most serious militant threat inside the kingdom since it ended an al Qaeda campaign that lasted from 2003 to 2006.

Full report at:

https://gulfbusiness.com/2015/06/anger-arab-wars-fuels-jihadi-threat-saudi-arabia/

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Syria: Kurdish Forces Win Back over 20 ISIL-Ruled Strategic Towns, Villages in North

20 June 2015

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria took back control of 22 important towns and villages in the Northern parts of the country from the Takfiri terrorists over the past 24 hours.

The Kurdish forces seized back 22 strategic towns and villages from the ISIL along Tal Tamr-Aleppo Highway on Thursday.

The towns of Sokhreh, Khazuka, Tal Tavil and Bir Attiya were among the towns seized back by the YPG fighters in the Northern parts of the country.

On Monday, the YPG in Syria took back control of a strategic town of Suluk from the Takfiri terrorists in the Reqqa province.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000281

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Official: Zionists Masterminding Terrorist Operations in Syria

20 June 2015

Secretary General of the Arabic Center for Documentation of War Crimes in Syria blasted the UN's negligence towards militants' crimes in the Arab country, and said global Zionism is the mastermind of massacre of the Syrian women and children.

"There is no difference between the terrorists' moves in Syria with the Zionist regime's crimes against the Palestinian nation; the massacre of the women and children and displacing the innocent people shows that the international Zionism has devised the militants' operational programs in Syria and it has plotted for all crimes inside Syria," Haleh Al-Assad told FNA on Friday. 

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000539

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WikiLeaks says it's leaking over 500,000 Saudi documents

AP | Jun 20, 2015

ISTANBUL: WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said Friday, a move that echoes its famous release of US State Department cables in 2010.

WikiLeaks said in a statement that it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. Most of them appear to be in Arabic.

There was no immediate way to verify the authenticity of the documents, although WikiLeaks has a long track record of hosting large-scale leaks of government material. Many of the documents carried green letterhead marked ``Kingdom of Saudi Arabia'' or ''Ministry of Foreign Affairs.'' Some were marked ``urgent'' or ''classified.'' At least one appeared to be from the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/WikiLeaks-says-its-leaking-over-500000-Saudi-documents/articleshow/47742125.cms

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South Asia

 

10 soldiers martyred, 70 militants killed in newest military operations

20 June 2015

10 soldiers have embraced martyrdom and 70 militants killed in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that the 10 soldiers  from Afghan National Army embraced martyrdom due to insurgent fire and landmine explosions in past 48 hours.

The statement adds that 70 insurgents were also killed and 10 others wounded during military operations in the past 48 hours.

The operations were conducted in Nijrab District of Kapisa, Shawak of Paktika, Surab, Chinar Tu, Derawoud, Charchino and Khas Urozgan of Urozgan province, Juram, Baharak, Yamgan and Wardouj districts of Badakhshan, Suzhma Qala of Sar-i-Pul, Kajaki of Helmand, Qaisar of Faryab and in the jurisdictions of Herat and Nangarhar provinces.

Security forces confessed heavy and light weapons and defused Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during these operations but the statement issued by the Ministry of Defense does not contain a specific number of them.

http://www.khaama.com/10-soldiers-martyred-70-militants-killed-in-newest-military-operations-3519

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Barbaric Turf War Escalates In Afghanistan As ISIS Execute Three 'Defectors'

20 June 2015

Islamic State militants have executed three fighters accused of defecting to the Taliban as a brutal turf war escalates between the rival factions in Afghanistan.

The killings come days after the Taliban sent a letter to ISIS warning them to stay out of the country, saying there is room for only 'one flag, one leadership' in their fight to re-establish strict Islamist rule.

One video posted on pro-ISIS accounts shows a line of armed fighters standing behind two kneeling men who are shot dead by one of the militants with a handgun.

In a separate execution, pictures appeared to show another alleged defector being beheaded.

The groups declared war on one another in April after the Afghan Taliban branded ISIS' self-declared caliphate illegitimate and refused to declare allegiance to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3131248/Barbaric-turf-war-escalates-Afghanistan-ISIS-execute-three-defectors-days-Taliban-warned-terror-group-stay-country.html

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Detectives: Dhaka University lab staff supplied explosives to militants

20 June 2015

Members of the Detective Branch of police early yesterday arrested four people including a lab assistant of Dhaka University for selling and supplying explosives to different militant outfits and saboteurs.

The DB officials, however, are yet to confirm whether the arrestees have been involved with any radical Islamist group or sell those to anyone in exchange for money.

The latest arrests were made based on information given during interrogation by the members of Bangladesh Jihadi Group – a platform of banned militant organisations including Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (HujiB) and Ansarullah Bangla Team.

The four are Gazi Mohammad Babul, lab assistant of soil science department at DU; Ripon Mollah, owner of Asia Scientific Shop; Nasir Uddin, owner of FM Chemical and Sons; and Mohiuddin, manager of Western Scientific Company.

Babul was arrested around 1am from DU area while the three others from their shops at Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2015/jun/20/detectives-du-lab-staff-supplied-explosives-militants#sthash.9wt5yIAx.dpuf

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Islamic State overtaking al Qaeda in South Asia social media war

20 June 2015

AFP: Militant propaganda websites and social media accounts in South Asia are promoting Islamic State (IS) at the expense of al Qaeda, analysts said on Friday, highlighting the rivalry between the two global militant groups.

Disaffected Taliban factions have started to look toward Islamic State, impressed by its rapid capture of territory in Syria and Iraq, though there is no evidence it is providing substantial material support to the Taliban.

Read: Islamic State turns to widescreen TV propaganda in Iraq

The popularity of IS comes at the expense of al Qaeda, whose deep pockets and foreign fighters once readily attracted local commanders. But al Qaeda has been decimated by drone strikes and its traditional influence severely eroded.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/906399/islamic-state-overtaking-al-qaeda-in-south-asia-social-media-war/

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Air Strike kills seven foreign militants in Nangarhar

20 June 2015

A newest air strike has left seven insurgents dead in eastern Nangarhar province.

Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for the police department of Nangarhar province says that the air strike was carried out in Kamar Kandaw area of Haska Mina District around 01:30 PM on Friday.

He said all those killed in the attack were foreign militants.

This was second air strike carried out yesterday in the jurisdiction of Nangarhar province.

In the first attack two “Saracha” vehicles were targeted leaving eight militants killed around 10 am. Their weapons and vehilces were also destroyed.

It is yet unknown what group the militants killed belong to but the most insurgents operate in Nangarhar are affiliated with Taliban and the newly emerged Daesh.

http://www.khaama.com/air-strike-leaves-seven-foreign-militants-dead-in-nangarhar-3517

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US lauds Bangladesh's counterterrorism efforts

20 June 2015

The Government of Bangladesh has demonstrated political will and firm commitment to combating domestic and transnational terrorist groups, said the United States.

In its annual Congressionally mandated Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, the US Department of State said: “Bangladesh made counterterrorism progress in 2014, with the government demonstrating a commitment to counter both domestic and transnational terrorist groups.

“No major terrorist incidents took place in 2014, and the government’s counterterrorism efforts have made it more difficult for transnational terrorists to operate in or use Bangladeshi territory.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/jun/20/us-lauds-bangladeshs-anti-terror-efforts#sthash.Vt5MADgd.dpuf

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Nasheed’s appeal for clemency rejected

By Zaheena Rasheed | June 20, 2015      

Rejecting jailed ex-president Mohamed Nasheed’s appeal for clemency, President Abdulla Yameen has urged him to first exhaust all appeal processes in his terrorism conviction.

“President Yameen responded to Nasheed’s letter with the same answer he’s always maintained – to complete all appeal processes,” said the president’s office spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali.

Nasheed is serving a 13-year-jailterm on a terrorism charge relating to the arrest of a judge during his tenure. The rushed trial was widely criticized for its apparent lack of due process.

President Yameen’s letter was sent to Maafushi Jail.

Nasheed’s lawyers maintain they have been blocked from filing an appeal after the criminal court failed to release a report into case proceedings within the shortened 10-day appeal period.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/nasheeds-appeal-for-clemency-rejected-99909#sthash.CSmiqhQ7.dpuf

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Mideast

 

Yemeni Troops Seize Control of Saudi Military Base

20 June 2015

Yemen's Ansarullah fighters along with army units gained control over a Saudi military base near the two countries' borderline.

According to Arab media outlets, the Ansarullah forces supported by the army soldiers took over Saudi Arabia's al-Makhrouq military base in the city of Najran in a retaliation attack.

The reports added that the Saudi soldiers fled the region after the military base came under the Yemeni forces' control.

On Monday, Najran tribes declared independence from the Riyadh government, and said they join the Yemeni troops in the fight against the Saudi regime, stressing that Riyadh has betrayed all previous treaties with them.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000233

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Yemeni Army, Popular Forces Pound Saudi Border Posts in Jizan

20 June 2015

The Yemeni Army and Popular Forces targeted the Al-Mabkhara Saudi military post in Attewal in Jizan region, inflicting heavy losses on the Saudi forces, military sources said.

The sources said that the Yemeni army men alongside the popular fighters pounded the Saudi military sites in Al-Romeih mountain, Al-Dokhan, Al-Dood, Mesha'l, and Malhama in the region of Jizan, as well as the border guards center in Al-Khoba.

The army and resistance units damaged a Saudi tank in Al-Radif military post in the same region.

On Tuesday, The Yemeni army, backed by popular committee forces, launched 40 rockets at a military base in Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Asir region.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000163

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Tens of thousands pray at Al Aqsa on first Friday of Ramadan

20 June 2015

Jerusalem // Tens of thousands of worshippers streamed through Jerusalem’s Old City to one of Islam’s most revered sites on Friday as Israel eased restrictions for the fasting month of Ramadan.

Police said at least 80,000 people from east Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank had gone to Al Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site, for Friday prayers, the first since this week’s start of Ramadan.

There were also 500 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who were allowed rare permission to pray at the site, an Israeli official said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/tens-of-thousands-pray-at-al-aqsa-on-first-friday-of-ramadan

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Talks on Yemen war end without agreement

20 June 2015

GENEVA: Yemen peace talks ended in Geneva on Friday with no agreement, but the United Nations said it was still optimistic a ceasefire could be reached “pretty soon”.

“I won’t beat around the bush. There was no kind of agreement reached,” said the UN’s special envoy for Yemen, Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

But he hailed “certain positive signs” in his negotiations with the warring factions, adding that both sides seemed to agree on the need for a ceasefire.

“We feel that it requires simply some further consultations and that we can achieve it pretty soon,” said Mr Ahmed, who would now head to New York to brief UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council on the discussions, before heading to the region to push forward with new peace efforts.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1189260/talks-on-yemen-war-end-without-agreement

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Senior Iranian Cleric: US Needs Agreement More Than Iran

20 June 2015

Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani underlined that the US is in need of a nuclear agreement more than Iran, and stressed that any final deal should include removal of all sanctions against the country.

Addressing the Iranian team of negotiators, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani said, "You should make the other side, specially the US, understand that the Iranian nation insists on removal of the coercive sanctions."

Movahedi Kermani, who was addressing a large and fervent congregation of people on Tehran University campus on Friday, noted that the US government needs striking a final agreement more than Iran.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000650

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Israel Sets Free 16 Young Jewish Settlers Detained over Burning Christian Church

20 June 2015

A group of young Jewish settlers suspected of torching the Catholic Church of the Multiplication, on the spot where Jesus is believed to have performed a Biblical miracle, were released without charge.

The church, located on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, was set ablaze early Thursday morning. Graffiti saying, “The false gods will be eliminated,” in Hebrew – a quote from a Jewish prayer – was also daubed on a wall. The church was marking the Biblical story of the Feeding of the 5,000, in which Jesus fed a crowd with five loaves and two fish, and has been rebuilt several times since the fifth century, RT reported.

The building suffered extensive damage, with the roof partly collapsed and stone walls charred. Several members of the clergy suffered smoke inhalation, and one 80-year-old monk was reportedly hospitalized. The altar of the Catholic church is said to have been left intact, despite the damage to its other rooms. A church shop with Bibles and prayer books was completely destroyed in the fire.

Sixteen Jewish youths visiting the area from the West Bank were detained for questioning following the arson. The group, which included several seminary students and legal minors, were set free.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940329000451

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Stop playing politics with Iran’s war dead, families say

20 June 2015

THE families of Iranian military divers killed in a 1980s war with Iraq have condemned moves to politicize a recent reburial ceremony, state news agency IRNA said on Thursday, in a likely reference to hardliners opposed to compromise with the West.

Thousands of mourners attended an emotional public ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday after the divers’ bodies were recovered last month.

A military spokesman said they had been captured and buried alive by Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1986.

In state television coverage of the ceremony, some members of the crowd could be seen holding up placards criticizing Iran’s negotiations with six world powers, which aim to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

IRNA, whose reporting provides a window on official thinking in the republic, said officials and most of the participants opposed the use of political slogans, which it did not specify, in the ceremony.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150620247813

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Palestinian shoots Israeli dead near West Bank settlement

AFP | Jun 19, 2015

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian opened fire on two Israeli men near a West Bank settlement on Friday, killing one and wounding the other before fleeing, authorities said.

Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said a "Palestinian approached a vehicle that was in the area and asked them to stop ... and shot the two from close range."

A spokeswoman at Sheba Hospital confirmed that one of the men had died and the other was lightly wounded.

The attack took place near the Dolev settlement, according to Israel's emergency medical service Magen David Adom, which stated the victims were in their 20s.

The army said the two men were in a car at the time of the shooting.

According to Lerner, the two were not settlers, but were hikers from the central Israeli city of Lod.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Palestinian-shoots-Israeli-dead-near-West-Bank-settlement/articleshow/47739957.cms

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'Iran Supporting More than 100 Shiite Terror Groups': Report

20 June 2015

A recent report in Al Hayat, one of the largest and most-respected pan-Arab dailies, charges that Iran is supporting more than 100 Shiite extremist organizations and militias in Syria and Iraq.

The newspaper, which is published in London and funded by Saudi Arabia, says the crimes of these groups are no less horrific than those of the Islamic State.

In Iraq, the Iranian-funded armed militias comprised of Persians have capabilities far beyond those of the Iraqi security forces. The paper quotes academics who commented that the purpose of these militias is to target the Arabs in Iraq, both Sunni and Shiite.

In the Arab world, there is anger that the international media is ignoring the atrocities being committed by these militias. Hussein Al Muayid, an Iraqi religious scholar and advisor to the general secretary of the Muslim World League, pointedly questioned why the media as well as political figures focus only on the activities of the terror activities of Sunni organizations.

Muayid claims such selective reporting serves to makes an implicit statement that the Sunni world is responsible for all the terror in the world.

Full report at:

http://www.clarionproject.org/news/iran-supporting-more-100-shiite-terror-groups-report

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Europe

 

Zohra Dawood: Syria-Bound Bradford Woman 'Didn't Like the UK'

20 June 2015

A Bradford woman believed to have travelled to Isis-controlled territory in Syria with her two sisters and their nine children had told a friend she “didn’t like the UK” because it was becoming more like the United States.

Zohra Dawood, 33, confided in the friend before she left that she did not want to raise her children in Britain.

She and her sisters Khadija, 30, and Sugra, 34, and their children, aged between three and 15, are thought to have travelled to Syria, leaving their husbands behind in Britain.

The friend, who wanted to remain anonymous because she feared for her life, said in an interview with the BBC that Ms Dawood told her she “didn’t want her daughters to grow up in England” as the country was becoming “more like America”.

“She says she wants to live in Saudi Arabia because she didn’t like the UK,” the woman added. However, she appealed for the children’s return, saying they appeared “perfectly happy” while in Britain. “Why has she taken them into a war zone?” she said. “We’re all worried for the children.”

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/zohra-dawood-syriabound-bradford-woman-didnt-like-the-uk-10333140.html

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Dutch anti-Islam MP to air Prophet cartoons on Saturday

20 June 2015

Publicity-seeking Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is to broadcast cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on television during time reserved for political parties on Saturday, his party said.

The cartoons will be shown on Dutch public television at 1049 GMT, Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) said in a statement on Friday, adding that they would be repeated on June 24 and July 3.

Wilders said he was making the broadcasts to defend freedom of speech after two militants were shot dead while attacking a Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas last month.

Many Muslims find drawings of the prophet to be disrespectful or outright blasphemous, and Dutch authorities have said such a move could see Wilders’ right to airtime suspended for up to four years.

Full report at:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/television-and-radio/2015/06/19/Dutch-anti-Islam-MP-to-air-Prophet-cartoons-on-Saturday-.html

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Putin says willing to 'push' Syria's Assad on reform

20 June 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is ready to "push" his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad towards introducing reforms in the war-torn country, while vowing to continue to support his ally.

"We are ready to work with Assad so that he engages in a process of political change," Putin said at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"We are ready to push President Assad so that he engages in discussions with the 'healthy' opposition with a view towards political reforms. It is totally feasible," he said.

Russia hosted talks in April between the regime and members of the domestic, Damascus-tolerated opposition, but the absence of key exiled opposition groups meant there was no progress in resolving the four-year conflict.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/133211/World/Region/Putin-says-willing-to-push-Syrias-Assad-on-reform.aspx

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Mohammed and Fatima, Most Frequent Foreign Names in Spain

20 June 2015

Rabat – Moroccan names Mohammed and Fatima are the most common expat names in Spain, according to Spain’s Office of National Statistics (INE). According to the figures, Moroccan and Romanian names are the most frequent foreign names in Spain.

The statistics have revealed that there are 40,658 people originally from Morocco whose names are Mohamed, 19,401 Mohammeds (spelled with double m), 15,003 Ahmeds, 9,513 Saids, 8,956 Rachids, 8,583 Youssefs, 7,468 Mustaphas, and 18,493 Fatimas. There are also 2,436 Algerian Mohamed’s.

Full report at:

http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2015/06/161233/mohammed-and-fatima-most-frequent-foreign-names-in-spain/

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Geneva talks fail, thanks to rebels’ intransigence

20 June 2015

GENEVA: Yemen’s warring parties have failed to reach a deal at UN-hosted peace negotiations in Geneva, Yemen’s foreign minister said on Friday.

“We really came here with a big hope ... but unfortunately the Houthi delegation did not allow us really to reach real progress as we expected,” Riad Yassin said.

He stressed though that “not getting a success as we hoped didn’t mean that we have failed,” adding efforts would continue to find a peaceful solution to Yemen’s brutal conflict. He said the government delegation remained optimistic of a peaceful solution for Yemen “under the umbrella of the UN,” but also said there was no agreement on whether to hold a second round of negotiations in the Swiss city.

Full report at:

Only about $200 million of the needed cash has so far been received, the UN said.

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/764761

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Ban chastises Israel for killing Gazan children

20 June 2015

JERUSALEM: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has demanded Israel protect the lives of children in Gaza who bore the brunt of last year’s military operations in the Gaza Strip

“Last year was one of the worst in recent memory for children in countries affected by conflict,” the UN chief said, adding he was “deeply alarmed at the suffering of so many children as a result of Israeli military operations in Gaza last year.”

He made his remarks as the United Nations issued a new report highlighting what Ban called “unprecedented challenges for children in conflict zones around the world.”

The UN secretary general said that last year was particularly lethal for children in Gaza, where more than 500 died.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/764506

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India

 

International Yoga Day: Muslim practitioners to be featured on TV

Vasudha Venugopal,ET Bureau | Jun 20, 2015

NEW DELHI: This June 21, it will be all about spreading the "universal acceptability of yoga irrespective of religions."

AYUSH officials along with some professionals have come up with programmes featuring the talks and journeys of over 20 popular Muslim yoga instructors in the country that will be telecast on DD News on Sunday.

Union minister for AYUSH, Sripad Naik, said the government has talked to several Muslim practitioners across the country and will want to publicise their understanding and interpretation of yoga. "Few weeks ago some Muslim groups tried to create confusion citing problems with yoga, but they are an exception. After that we spoke to Muslim organisations, made them visit yoga camps, told them about its benefits and heritage value, and now they are with us."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/International-Yoga-Day-Muslim-practitioners-to-be-featured-on-TV/articleshow/47744405.cms

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Ramzan in Atali in Ballabhgarh: Jats get mosque fans removed

June 20, 2015 8:34 am

Installing two portable fans at a burnt down mosque so people won’t have to offer prayers in the heat led to tension in riot-hit Atali village in Ballabhgarh Friday — the first day of Ramzan.

There is a stay on construction at the mosque, which was torched during riots in the village last month.

Villagers said portable fans had been put up at the mosque Thursday, in preparation for prayers during Ramzan. But the Jat community reportedly protested and claimed Muslims were attempting to start construction at the mosque. They also held a panchayat, forcing the district administration to intervene and get the fans removed.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/ramzan-in-atali-jats-get-mosque-fans-removed/99/#sthash.gqPxjQOg.dpuf

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Kupwara infiltration bid: Army kills one militant

IANS | Jun 20, 2015

SRINAGAR: One militant was killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Machil sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir's Kupwara district where the army foiled an infiltration bid.

A senior police officer told IANS here: "Alert troops of army challenged a group of heavily armed militants near the Jalandari Post on our side of the LoC.

"One militant has died in this encounter so far. Firing exchanges are still on in the area".

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kupwara-infiltration-bid-Army-kills-one-militant/articleshow/47745512.cms

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India to give consular access to jailed fishermen from Pak and other nations

TNN | Jun 20, 2015

NEW DELHI: The Centre will give consular access to jailed fishermen from Pakistan and other nations so that their identity could be established, government officials said on Friday, a day after it announced that 88 Pakistani fishermen would be released over the weekend as a "goodwill" gesture.

The government will facilitate visits of officials of Pakistan and other nations to prisons to identify and establish nationality of fishermen lodged there, a home ministry official said.

This came a day after New Delhi announced that it would release 88 Pakistani fishermen over the weekend as a goodwill gesture after Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed the decision to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif earlier this week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-give-consular-access-to-jailed-fishermen-from-Pak-and-other-nations/articleshow/47741842.cms

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India, Tanzania vow to fight terror

June 20, 2015

New Delhi announced e-visa facility

India and Tanzania will establish a joint working group to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following his meeting with the visiting Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, said both countries had a common interest in maritime security in the Indian Ocean and a peaceful and prosperous Africa.

“Terrorism in our respective regions is a concern for both countries,” Mr. Modi said. Underlining the areas of mutual cooperation, he said: “I offered our cooperation in the development of the potentially rich natural gas sector in Tanzania.”

An agreement on hydrography was described by the Prime Minister as an important step forward. “We are pleased to be a partner in the development of human resources, health care, agriculture, institutions and infrastructure in Tanzania,” he said.

India has announced e-tourist visa for the people of the African nation.

Among the MoUs signed by the two sides are a loan agreement between Exim Bank and the Tanzanian government on a line of credit for $268.35 million for extension of a pipeline project and cooperation in the field of hydrology, tourism and agriculture.

The Tanzanian President thanked India for its continued assistance to his country.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-tanzania-vow-to-fight-terror/article7334361.ece

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan army chief vows to make nation "terror free"

ANI | Jun 20, 2015,

JAWARO (Khyber Agency, Pakistan): Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif has vowed to apprehend all terrorists, their facilitators and financiers in order to achieve the objective of a 'terror-free' Pakistan.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), general Sharif, who returned from a three-day visit to Moscow on Friday night, spent the entire day with troops in the Khyber Agency to review the progress of a military operation against terrorists, which is in its concluding phase.

Sharif first visited Jawaro near the Pakistan and Afghanistan border where terrorist strongholds have been greatly reduced, and "now fight in progress in last few pockets," DG ISPR, major-general Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted.

Addressing the troops, Sharif said the area in which the operation was carried out was heavily infested with IEDs, mostly foreign-made, and after North Waziristan, terrorists in Khyber Agency were using the most rugged terrain as their strongholds.

However, with the support of the nation for the military operation, the unflinching national resolve and clear direction, the armed forces will accomplish their end objective of a terror free Pakistan, an ISPR statement quoted him, as saying.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-army-chief-vows-to-make-nation-terror-free/articleshow/47743177.cms

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Pakistan ‘ready to defend holy land against Houthis’

20 June 2015

JEDDAH: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has promised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman that his country would be ready to defend the Kingdom if the Houthis manage to enter Saudi territory.

Hussain made the comments during a meeting with King Salman here. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, was also present. Hussain was accompanied by Ambassador Manzoor ul Haq and Consul General Aftab Khokher.

Later, in an interview with a local publication, Hussein said: “There are two million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia and they will be the first to defend it,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/764751

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Mosques, seminaries Islamabad admin forms teams to stem illegal expansion

20 June 2015

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry, after failing to take action against illegal mosques and seminaries operating in the capital, has ordered the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration to stem their further growth.

An official at the ICT Administration told The Express Tribune that special teams have been formed to keep a check on illegal growth of mosques, imambargahs and seminaries in urban and rural areas of the federal capital.

The official said the teams have been formed on the directives of the ministry, which has issued strict orders to the ICT Administration to stop the expansion of illegal mosques and seminaries in Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/906529/mosques-seminaries-city-admin-forms-teams-to-stem-illegal-expansion/

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Comparing figures: More people killed by law enforcers than target killers, HRCP report

20 June 2015

KARACHI: While the city has seen a 32 per cent decline in killings in the first five months of this year as compared to the corresponding period from 2014, more people are now dying at the hands of the law enforcement agencies than by target killers in Karachi.

These findings were revealed in a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). According to the five-monthly report, 255 people have been killed in encounters by the law enforcement agencies from January, 2015, to May, 2015. Of these, 217 were killed in police encounters while the remaining 38 in paramilitary encounters. Another person was killed due to police torture.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/906623/comparing-figures-more-people-killed-by-law-enforcers-than-target-killers-hrcp-report/

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Common goal: Afghan newspaper lifts lid on draft of ISI-NDS pact

20 June 2015

ISLAMABAD: A pro-government Afghan newspaper on Thursday published the draft of an agreement signed recently between Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency and the Afghanistan authority for combating common threats on both sides of the border.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) last month.

The Pashto-language Weesa daily claimed it had received the draft of an 8-point agreement about neutralising common threats, swapping professional experiences and jointly taking on separatists.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/906674/common-goal-afghan-newspaper-lifts-lid-on-draft-of-isi-nds-pact/

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Five suspects gunned down by Rangers in Karachi ‘encounter’

20 June 2015

KARACHI: The Rangers paramilitary force has claimed to have gunned down five suspects in an ‘encounter’ in the city’s Liyari, Chakiwara and Bihar Colony neighbourhoods in the wee hours of Saturday.

According to a spokesman for Rangers, the suspects belonged to Uzair Baloch and Baba Ladla groups of Lyari gang war and were wanted in several cases of extortion and targeted killing.

Karachi, the financial hub of the country, has been marred by ethnic, sectarian and political violence for decades.

Police and Rangers have been carrying out an operation against criminals and terrorists for the last two years and have intensified their actions following an attack on a bus of the Ismaili community that killed at least 46 people in May earlier this year.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-188580-Five-suspects-gunned-down-by-Rangers-in-Karachi-encounter

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Imran falling to status quo elements: Wajihuddin

20 June 2015

ISLAMABAD - Senior Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed fears that Imran Khan is falling to the status quo elements that joined the party in view of its popularity wave instead of bringing a change.

“I would say he is siding with the status quo elements. These people joined the party when its popularity was growing fast. Actually, these elements had other interests rather than bringing a change,” Justice Ahmed told The Nation in an exclusive interview.

“There have been inputs to change, but in vain. There is something happening which is not good,” he maintained. Mr Clean, as Justice Ahmed is known, believes the party leader must be motivated, but in the recent past the PTI has been in control of the status quo people. “We have inducted the people whose qualification is financial or social status. This way we are not going forward,” he remarked.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/20-Jun-2015/imran-falling-to-status-quo-elements-wajihuddin

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North America

 

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) continues to “operate, train, rally, propagandise and fundraise’ in Pakistan: US report

June 20, 2015

Pakistan has not taken action against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as the terror group continues to “operate, train, rally, propagandise and fundraise” in the country, according to a US State Department report which acknowledged today that India remains one of the most persistent terror target.

“The Pakistani military undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan), but did not take action against other groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which continued to operate, train, rally, propagandise and fundraise in Pakistan,” the State Department said in its annual report on

terrorism for the year 2014.

Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network leadership continued to find safe haven in Pakistan and although the country’s military operations disrupted the actions of these groups, it did not directly target them, the report said.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/lashkar-e-taibha-let-continues-to-operate-train-rally-propagandise-and-fundraise-in-pakistan-us-report/#sthash.zSMmD1YX.dpuf

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Bin Laden son asked US for death certificate: WikiLeaks

20 June 2015

A son of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden asked the United States for a death certificate after US Navy SEALS killed him, said a letter released by WikiLeaks Thursday.

The letter, stating it is from the US embassy in Riyadh, is among about 70,000 documents dubbed "The Saudi Cables" the whistleblower website published.

They are among more than half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi foreign ministry and other institutions in the kingdom which WikiLeaks says it will release over the coming weeks.

The letter is signed by Glen Keiser, the US consul general in Riyadh and addressed to Abdullah bin Laden on September 9, 2011, about four months after a US raid killed his father in Pakistan after a decade-long manhunt.

"I have received your request for a death certificate for your father, Usama bin Laden," Keiser wrote.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/133214/World/International/Bin-Laden-son-asked-US-for-death-certificate-WikiL.aspx

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Iran facilitated Afghan fighters to support Assad regime: US State Department

20 June 2015

The US State Department has said Iran facilitated mainly Iraq Shia and Afghan fighters to support the brutal crackdown by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“In 2014, Iran continued to provide arms, financing, training and the facilitation of primary Iraq Shia and Afghan fighters to support the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown,” the State Department said in its annual report on terrorism.

The report released on Friday also added that Iran continued its “terrorist-related” activity last year and continued to provide broad military support to Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/iran-facilitated-afghan-fighters-to-support-assad-regime-state-department-1226

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US man gets more than 7 years over 2009 ISI bombing

20 June 2015

LOS ANGELES: A US man who gave money to a suicide bomber who attacked a headquarters of Pakistan's intelligence service was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Friday, prosecutors said.

Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, a naturalised US citizen living in Portland, Oregon had previously pleaded guilty in a US court to providing material support to terrorists.

Khan admitted arranging for the delivery of approximately $2,450 to Maldivian Ali Jaleel, one of the suicide bombers responsible for the May 27, 2009 attack on Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence headquarters in Lahore which killed 30 people and injured 300 more.

The government said at the time that the attack, believed to have been carried out by Jaleel and two other people, was in apparent revenge for an army offensive against Taliban militants in the country's northwestern Swat region.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1189358/us-man-gets-more-than-7-years-over-2009-isi-bombing

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Global 'terror' death toll soared in 2014: US

20 June 2015

WASHINGTON: Militants fuelled a major spike in terror attacks last year, with the global death toll soaring 81 per cent in more than 1,100 assaults a month, the United States said Friday.

There were 13,463 attacks in 95 countries in 2014 — up by a third from 9,700 the year before — with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan bearing the brunt of extremist violence, the State Department said in a report.

Most of the attacks were carried out by the self-styled Islamic State (IS) militants, who unleashed 1,083 assaults last year as part of a deadly march across Iraq and Syria. The Taliban were the next most lethal group, with 894 attacks.

There was also a sharp rise in violence in Nigeria, where Boko Haram's Islamist militants have been spreading terror in the north. There, some 7,512 people were killed in 662 attacks.

The report also highlighted a rise in “lone offender violent extremists in the West” such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January in Paris.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1189259/global-terror-death-toll-soared-in-2014-us

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Southeast Asia

 

Rights Activists Pan Court Ruling Refusing to Sanction Interfaith Marriages

20 June 2015

Jakarta. Human rights activists have lambasted the Constitutional Court for rejecting a judicial review calling for official recognition of interfaith marriages, saying the ruling failed to protect the rights of those wishing to marry someone of a different religion.

Poengky Indarti, the executive director of the rights watchdog Imparsial, said that with the ruling handed down on Thursday, the government would continue to have free rein in interfering with individual privacy. She said that by not granting the judicial review of the 1974 Marriage Law, the court had deprived mixed-faith couples of the right to have their union sanctioned by the state.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/rights-activists-pan-court-ruling-refusing-sanction-interfaith-marriages/

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Zaid: Shallow Islamic teaching is breeding hypocrites

20 June 2015

PETALING JAYA: Religious classes that do not permit students to ask probing questions or engage in dialogue have resulted in a growing number of Muslim students who simply mimic their teachers by criticising others despite knowing very little about the world, much less Islam, said Zaid Ibrahim.

In an article he wrote, now posted on his blog, the former law minister said, “I have always maintained that these Malays are hypocrites of the highest order.

“They are always quick to complain and criticise other Muslims for not being Islamic in their dressing or their way of life, as if they were faultless Muslims themselves.”

He was commenting on the scathing criticism local gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Ghani suffered at the hands of Muslims who condemned her for wearing a costume at the SEA Games that did not cover her aurat.

Full report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/06/19/zaid-shallow-islamic-teaching-is-breeding-hypocrites/

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Indonesian NGO Says Donation-Funded Hospital in Gaza Ready for President Joko to Launch

20 June 2015

Jakarta. An Indonesian humanitarian group in Palestine has said their donation-funded hospital is ready for operation and expects President Joko Widodo himself to launch the health center.

Hendry Hidayatullah, chairman of the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), said on Friday that the group had signed on Monday an MoU with Palestine’s Health Ministry for the hospital, dubbed the Indonesia Hospital, which aims to provide medical services to the local residents in the conflict-ridden Gaza strip.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesian-ngo-says-donation-funded-hospital-gaza-ready-president-joko-launch/

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Pakatan ‘divorce’ a trick to cover-up hudud, says Gerakan

20 June 2015

GEORGE TOWN: A local Gerakan leader has alleged that DAP’s “divorce” with PAS was a trick to deceive the people to cover-up the party’s failure to coax the Islamist party out of its plans to enforce hudud criminal penalties in Kelantan.

Penang Gerakan liaison committee member Albert Tan Kah Leong said the people must realise that PAS had been adamant all this while about enforcing hudud and had signaled its intentions to do so, but DAP leaders had only crossed their fingers praying that PAS would not.

He noted that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had signed an agreement before the 2013 general election to allow PAS to pursue its Islamic agenda on its own.

He said until today the father and son pair of Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng had not come out to rebut the deed.

Full report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/06/20/pakatan-divorce-a-trick-to-cover-up-hudud-says-gerakan/

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