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Darul Uloom asks Saudi Arabia to ban Ahmadiyas from Mecca visit

Pakistan 'kills 40 militants' in tribal belt

Taliban's Mumbai-type hotel siege in Kabul ends, 30 killed

Qazi suspended over minor's marriage to Arab: Hyderabad, India

‘Muslims must adapt to change’: Saudi Finance Minister

Gaddafi warrant complicates peace effort: African Union

Libya’s opposition handed donor funds for salaries

NATO warships fire on Qaddafi forces — Libyan rebels

Syria tank assault kills 11 near Turkey border

NATO says Haqqani commander killed in Afghanistan

Terror outfits Jaish, Lashkar are ISI offshoots: Indian PM

Obama vows to keep pressure on crippled Al-Qaeda

US synagogue bomb plotters get 25 years in prison

Israel starts revoking Palestinian prisoners’ privileges

Yemen air raid kills civilians amid clashes

Organization of Islamic Cooperation sets up its own rights watchdog

Pakistan asks US to leave 'drone' attack base

Leave Kashmir alone and focus on internal problems: Indian PM tells Pakistan

Jeddah woman detained for violating driving ban

Jihadis threaten to attack 9 key Pak installations

More than 1,000 hurt in Egypt clashes: Official

Terrorists terrorised: Qaeda network hacked

No more work visas for Filipino, Indonesian domestics to Saudi Kingdom

Waqf Act dispute could be reason for Khurshid's Sachar antipathy

Omar Abdullah to serve full six-year term as J&K CM: PM

Slave case: Germany tries to overturn immunity against Saudi diplomat

Bangladesh court issues arrest warrant against India’s Fugitivre

Ahmadinejad warns against arrests in his govt: IRNA

New US sanctions on Syria, Iran

Pakistan ties vital for fight against terror: US general

US told to consider Pakistan’s constraints

Bin Laden son seeks to free family in Pakistan

US refocus on home-grown terror threat

Two missing persons killed by Qaeda, Pak SC told

Pakistan army blocks entry of Afghan militants

South Sudan asks US to lift sanctions on Khartoum

Gaza flotilla organizers: 2nd ship sabotaged

Gaza flotilla makes Internet splash

New York man hoped to kill US troops — prosecution

Iran denies British nuclear missile claim

New doubts raised on Saleh’s return

Turk-Israel talks ‘have not ceased’

Three Jordanian lawmakers resign over ‘casino deal’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Darul Uloom asks Saudi Arabia to ban Ahmadiyas from Mecca visit

Mohammed Wajihuddin

Jun 30, 2011

MUMBAI: Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has asked the Saudi Arabian government to ban Ahmadiyas (Qadiyanis) from visiting Mecca and Medina to perform Haj and Umrah (mini-Haj). Ahamdiyas have been declared non-Muslims in countries like Pakistan and face persecution.

The seminary's vice-rector, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, has alleged that many Qadiyanis from India "disguise themselves as Muslims" and visit Mecca to perform Haj and Umrah in a memorandum to Saudi ruler King Abdullah, the custodian of two mosques in Mecca and Medina. "Stop them as they are misguided and may mislead other Muslims," said the memorandum.

Ahmadiyas are the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908), who declared himself to be imam Mahdi or the awaited imam that is also the faith of Muslims, and are scattered across the world.

The Ahmadiya movement is headquartered at Qadiyan near Amritsar and has around five lakh followers in India. Their spiritual leader — Khalifatul Masih (successor of the Messiah) — Mirza Masror Ahmad is London based.

Mainstream Muslim scholars believe that Muhammad was the last prophet and, since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad claimed to be the Prophet's shadow and the awaited Messiah, he deviated from a basic principle of Islam and, therefore, he and his followers cannot be considered Muslims. The Mahdi and Messiah, Muslims believe, will not be self-declared.

The Ahmadiya Jamaat's Qadiyan-based spokesman Maqbool Ahmad said, "We are not aware of it. But Darul Uloom's campaign against us is not new."

The seminary reminded the Saudi monarch of an Organisation of Islamic Countries resolution that ex-communicated Ahmadiyas from Islam in 1979. The seminary's letter to the Saudi king suggests a clause in the application forms for Haj and Umra where every applicant should be asked to declare that he/she believes that Mohammed is that last prophet.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Darul-Uloom-asks-Saudi-Arabia-to-ban-Ahmadiyas-from-Mecca-visit/articleshow/9045624.cms

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Pakistan 'kills 40 militants' in tribal belt

Jun 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani troops backed by jets and helicopter gunships have killed 40 militants in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan in the past three days, a military commander said on Thursday.

Brigadier Aftab Ahmad said that his forces had destroyed 17 militant hideouts in the Baizai region under his command in the lawless tribal area of Mohmand.

"Militants were regularly attacking our posts on the Afghanistan border at Shonkari and Mithai and also targeting goods vehicles going to Afghanistan," he said.

Ghalanai is the main town in Mohmand, where Pakistan has recently stepped up raids on militant hideouts, as it faces American pressure to conduct a separate offensive against the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network in North Waziristan.

"An operation was launched three days ago with the support of army aviation aircraft, helicopters and fighter jets. We killed at least 40 militants," Ahmad said.

Maqsood Hussain, a government official in Baizai, confirmed the raids and casualties, but it was not immediately clear how the Pakistani officials reached the body count of 40.

Mohmand is one of seven districts in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt, where Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants have carved out strongholds used to plot attacks on Pakistani, Afghan and Western targets.

Washington has called the tribal belt the most dangerous place on Earth and the global headquarters of al-Qaida.

Pakistan has been under huge American pressure to do more to destroy militant sanctuaries since US Navy SEALs found and killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani military town of Abbottabad on May 2.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-kills-40-militants-in-tribal-belt/articleshow/9050474.cms

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Taliban's Mumbai-type hotel siege in Kabul ends, 30 killed

Alissa J Rubin

Jun 30, 2011

KABUL: Nine Taliban suicide bombers penetrated several rings of security to lay siege to one of the capital's premier hotels for six hours overnight on Tuesday in one of the largest and most complex attacks in the capital. At least 30 people were killed, including all the attackers; one foreigner, a Spaniard; and two policemen.

One witness said that the police failed to stop a man who obviously presented a threat: a man carrying weapons, dressed in a police uniform but with a white hat of the kind often favoured by religious Afghans and instead urged the witness to move away from the man, calling him a "bomber." Other witness accounts said that some security officers fled. The siege ended in the morning; at least five of the attackers blew themselves up, and others were shot by Afghan and Nato forces.

A spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, the national intelligence service, said that a joint investigation with the ministry of the interior had begun but that it was too early to say who the attackers were. "We believe there was a loophole in security," said the spokesman, Lotfullah Mashal.

Coming within a week of president Obama's announcement of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, the attack underscored the still precarious nature of security, even in the capital, as the transfer of responsibility to Afghan forces is about to begin in several areas of the country, including Kabul. Many of the guests at the hotel were provincial officials who had come to Kabul for a conference on the transition.

The target, the Intercontinental Hotel, sits on a hill on the western side of Kabul. Police guards are usually stationed at its base and intelligence officers at the top of the hill and near the entrance. It was not clear how so many attackers could have breached the building's defences.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Talibans-Mumbai-type-hotel-siege-in-Kabul-ends-30-killed/articleshow/9044792.cms

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Qazi suspended over minor's marriage to Arab: Hyderabad, India

Jun 30, 2011

HYDERABAD: Taking a serious note of the spurt in contract marriages, the government on Wednesday suspended Ali Abdullah Rafai alias Abid, the qazi, who had reportedly forced a minor girl to marry an Arab on Sunday night.

Rafai is notorious for arranging and facilitating marriages between aged Arab nationals and impoverished Hyderabadi girls. In numerous cases he is said to have prepared the divorce documents along with 'nikah nama' so as to allow the Arabs to dump their Indian wives and flee whenever they wished. Preparation of divorce papers at the time of nikah is impermissible under Shariat (Islamic law).

In the latest incident, Rafai had offered to pay to one Naseema Begum of Talabkatta Rs 4 lakh for giving her 17-year-old niece Asiya Begum in marriage to an unidentified Arab. When he learnt that Naseema Begum has developed cold feet after agreeing to his offer he sent his son Mohammed to forcibly bring Asiya Begum to his house. Asiya Begum resisted Mohammed's attempts to take her with him. Later, Naseema Begum lodged a complaint with Bhavani Nagar police station acting over which the police raided his house and arrested him. His son is still absconding.

Rafai is said to enjoy the patronage of some politicians and police officials. When he came under cloud a few years ago, he managed to wriggle out of the cases that had been slapped against him. After getting his name cleared, he reportedly persuaded the minority welfare department to make him Sadr (chief) qazi for performing the marriages of all Arabs of Indian origin, Shafayee (a school of belief among Sunni Muslims) and general Muslims in the city. When the news of the government agreeing to Rafai's proposal spread, many senior qazis protested against the proposed move. The government was forced to abandon its plan.

According to sources, state wakf board chairman Afazal Biyabani has called for a meeting with the qazis on Saturday with a view to find out ways to curb the contract marriage menace. He also held a meeting with the city police commissioner A K Khan on Wednesday. The two have reportedly discussed about the possibility of making the marriage performance laws more stringent.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Qazi-suspended-over-minors-marriage/articleshow/9045326.cms

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‘Muslims must adapt to change’: Saudi Finance Minister

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

Jun 30, 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's finance minister on Wednesday urged Muslim countries to adopt suitable economic reform programs and adapt to the changing global economic atmosphere to confront the challenges facing them.

“We should also strengthen our joint efforts to overcome development obstacles,” Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf told the annual conference of the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank.

Opening the 36th annual meeting of the bank’s board of governors, the minister underscored IDB’s contributions toward boosting the progress and prosperity of Muslim countries. He underscored the Kingdom’s continued support for the bank.

Al-Assaf called for greater efforts for manpower development and achieving sustainable economic progress in the member countries. The minister’s call is significant in the backdrop of anti-government protests in some Arab countries as a result of unemployment, poverty and political corruption.

Al-Assaf said Saudi Arabia is the largest contributor to the IDB, holding 25 percent of its capital. “We have also contributed immensely to the capital of other regional and international development organizations. Moreover, we have been at the forefront of donors providing emergency assistance to countries hit by natural calamities,” the minister said.

Referring to IDB’s annual report, Al-Assaf highlighted the assistance offered by the bank to member countries to help them overcome the global economic crisis.

The IDB had given a package aid of $250 million to tackle the problem of unemployment in member countries, by providing manpower training, and financing small and medium enterprises.

The minister welcomed a joint IDB-World Bank initiative to finance infrastructure projects. He supported the program proposed by IDB President Ahmed Mohamed Ali to transform the bank into a source of knowledge and efficiency to mobilize resources.

Al-Assaf, who is Saudi Arabia’s governor to the bank, lauded the success of the IDB sukuk. “We hope that the bank would continue its efforts to make use of the excellent rating it has obtained for mobilizing funds at reasonable cost,” he added.

He urged all member countries to pay their contributions to the $10 billion Islamic Solidarity Fund. Saudi Arabia has paid fully its contribution of $1 billion to the fund aimed at fighting poverty in the least developed Muslim countries. “We also request those countries that made nominal contributions to revise those offers in order to help the fund realize its objectives,” he said.

Al-Assaf backed the proposal made by the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) to increase its capital from 150 million to 400 million Islamic dinars. “We hope that ICIEC would make greater efforts to increase its operations and raise its revenues,” he added.

Speaking to Arab News, Al-Assaf noted the growing popularity of Islamic banking and finance. “It’s making big annual growth. Islamic financial institutions are now operating not only in Muslim countries but also in non-Muslim societies. After the last global financial crisis, Islamic finance has gained greater recognition.” He said the governors would discuss ways and means of strengthening cooperation.

The opening session at Jeddah Hilton was attended by more than 1,000 delegates including ministers, businessmen, bankers and economists. Abdul Karim Al-Arhabi, Yemeni deputy prime minister for economic affairs and minister of planning and international cooperation, presided over the meeting.

IDB chief Ali thanked Saudi Arabia and other member states for supporting the bank. “This helped our institution retain its distinguished AAA rating by international rating agencies and sustain the growth of its project financing operations, which stood at $3.7 billion in 2010,” the president said. IDB has given $70 billion worth of funding for development projects since its inception in 1975.

He said Muslim countries were incurring heavy losses due to lack of cooperation among them. “If we take Maghreb Union as an example, the figures are really frightening. Some studies indicate that the stagnating level of economic cooperation among these countries cost them 2 percent of their annual growth and lowered their GDP by 5 percent. It is indeed surprising that trade among the countries of this group constitutes less than 2 percent,” he explained.

The president also spelled out IDB’s plans and initiatives for the next four years. “We would like to improve the economic development facilities offered by the bank and stimulate the Islamic Solidarity Fund,” he said and urged more cooperation among member countries in the fields of knowledge economy and trade.

“Who will lead the world in the 21st century is the question raised by Arab youth,” Ali said, and urged Muslim countries to play a leading role on the world stage. He said the global financial crisis proved the relevance of Islamic banking and finance. “Our confused world is in dire need for financial, economic and social systems that are more balanced and more responsive to man’s material, moral and spiritual requirements.”

Ali emphasized IDB’s support for Egypt to rebuild the country. “For development work … failure is not an option. We have to work together to meet the urgent social needs by creating employment opportunities, and stimulate growth by attracting direct foreign investments,” he added. He noted the enthusiasm shown by the present Egyptian government to create a new economic and social model.

Commending the role of the youth in the revolution, the IDB president said the youth want the Ummah to seize the opportunity without delay, because they sense the dangers inherent in remaining spectators rather than players.

“The youth fully realize the fact that the world economy is now turning from the West to the East where the Islamic Ummah lies. They yearn for liberation and for restoring the position their Ummah deserves. They believe that competition in the 21st century will not be confined to industrialized countries and will include new countries that have become capable of competing with big countries with soft power, having learned how to use the tools of the new world.”

Ali said the renaissance of the Ummah sought by the youth was not different from the IDB’s Vision 2020. “Ours is a vision for human dignity and is inspired by the resolutions of the emergency Islamic summit in Makkah in 2005. The IDB has taken strategic initiatives aimed at combating poverty and unemployment,” he said referring to the Solidarity Fund.

He said the global crisis was the best answer to skeptics of Islamic finance. “The financial crisis has shown one of the wonders of divine revelation. It showed the harmful effects of engaging in fictitious transactions for making quick material gains and the danger of giving loans without adequate guarantees.”

The IDB chief also pinpointed some of the major shortcomings, calling for urgent remedial action. The development models in member countries are based on outdated systems; the role of the Zakat and Awkaf has become ineffective in containing economic upheavals; there is a lack of strategic orientation toward knowledge economy; and debt-based products outweigh financing tools and investments in the real economy, he said.

Ali said the IDB had signed an agreement with the UNDP to establish an effective mechanism for monitoring and taking preventive action in times of crises and disasters in favor of the citizens of member countries.

The IDB has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jeffrey Sachs, head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, with the objective of benefiting from its millennium village experience.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article464207.ece

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Gaddafi warrant complicates peace effort: African Union

Jun 30, 2011

MALABO: An international arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi complicates efforts to end the conflict, the African Union head has said, also warning of a greater conflict and spread of weapons.

"It complicates the situation," African Union Commission chairman Jean Ping told reporters when asked about the warrant. "I am not the only one to say it. Western countries also say it," he said.

"Everyone knows that the ICC always acts at a moment that is not convenient, to put oil on the fire, we are used to that."

The warrant was issued for the long-time Libyan leader, his son Seif al-Islam, and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-warrant-complicates-peace-effort-African-Union/articleshow/9046350.cms

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Libya’s opposition handed donor funds for salaries

Jun 30, 2011

LONDON: Libya’s cash-strapped opposition has received donor funds to pay salaries to public sector workers in opposition-held areas, Britain confirmed on Wednesday.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague told lawmakers that a first payment of $100 million in international aid money had been made to Libya’s main opposition group.

At a meeting in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, the international contact group on Libya pledged more than $1.3 billion to help support the opposition.

“In the last week they received the first international funding ... through the temporary financing mechanism set up by the contact group for vital fuel and salaries,” Hague told lawmakers.

He said a meeting of the contact group in Istanbul next month would seek to ensure “the international community is ready to support the Libyan people in building a stable future.” Libya’s Transitional National Council said that funds would be used to pay teachers, street cleaners and other workers providing essential services.

Opposition Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni has made repeated pleas for urgent funds, and warned on Tuesday that hospitals in the eastern city of Benghazi were running low on medical supplies.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464141.ece

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NATO warships fire on Qaddafi forces — Libyan rebels

Jun 30, 2011

MISRATA, Libya: NATO warships off the Libyan coast fired on government forces near the strategic town of Zlitan where they are blocking rebels from advancing on the capital, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday.

More than 90 days into a NATO bombing campaign, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is refusing to relinquish power, leaving Western states counting on a combination of rebel advances on Tripoli and an uprising in the city itself to dislodge him.

“Last night, NATO struck from the sea at Qaddafi’s forces positioned in the coastal area,” a rebel spokesman inside Zlitan, who identified himself as Mabrouk, told Reuters.

“The (pro-Qaddafi) brigades are preparing for the next days. They have stepped up deployment here. They have brought several rocket-launchers. The number of checkpoints is also growing. The situation is getting more difficult.”

There was no immediate confirmation from NATO that its warships had been in action off the town. Zlitan is about 140 km (90 miles) east of Tripoli and lies between the capital and the rebel-held city of Misrata.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464013.ece

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Syria tank assault kills 11 near Turkey border

30 June 2011

 AMMAN - Syrian troops shot dead 11 villagers on Wednesday, residents said, as authorities pressed on with a tank-led assault that has driven thousands of refugees across the northwest border with Turkey.

The assault on Jabal Al Zawya, a region 35 km (22 miles) south of Turkey that has seen spreading protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, was launched overnight, a day after authorities said they would invite opponents to talks on July 10 to set up a dialogue offered by Assad.

Opposition leaders have dismissed the offer, saying it is not credible while mass killings and arrests continue. The Local Coordination Committees, a main activists’ group, said in a statement on Wednesday that 1,000 people have been arrested arbitrarily across Syria over the last week alone.

A resident of Jabal Al Zawya, a teacher who gave his name as Ziad, said by phone that among the dead were two youths in the village of Sarja.

“An eleven-year-old child is also badly wounded by random gunfire. We cannot get him out of the village for treatment because the tanks blocked all roads and troops are firing non-stop,” he said.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June774.xml&section=middleeast

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NATO says Haqqani commander killed in Afghanistan

30 June 2011

The NATO force in Afghanistan said that a senior commander in the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network wanted over an attack this week on a leading Kabul hotel had been killed in an air strike.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) identified Ismail Jan as deputy to the senior Haqqani commander inside Afghanistan and said he was killed in the eastern province of Paktiya on Wednesday.

It was not possible to confirm Jan’s death or position independently and ISAF provided no immediate details on how they knew he had been killed.

Security forces tracked his location based on intelligence reports from Afghan government officials, citizens and “disenfranchised insurgents” before calling in the air strike, ISAF said in a statement.

The US-led force accused Jan of providing material support for Tuesday’s attack on the Intercontinental in the Afghan capital, frequented by Westerners and Afghan government officials.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/June/international_June1209.xml&section=international

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Terror outfits Jaish, Lashkar are ISI offshoots: Indian  PM

Jun 30, 2011

NEW DELHI: Directly linking Pakistan's state apparatus to terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) are offshoots of ISI. While India has blamed Pakistan for supporting terror, this is the first time that Singh has on record said LeT and Jaish are ISI creations.

Singh also said that he would go to Pakistan but only when there was something "solid" that he could achieve as a result of the visit. "We have a very uncertain neighbourhood. A very uncertain international, economic environment. We have to swim and keep our heads high," he said.

In forthright comments about India's geo-politics, the PM said the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan can hurt Indian interests and said it was hard to predict what will happen next in the land-locked nation. He expressed concern about the Haqqani network and said the good and bad Taliban process is best handled by Afghans.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terror-outfits-Jaish-Lashkar-are-ISI-offshoots-PM/articleshow/9045021.cms

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Obama vows to keep pressure on crippled Al-Qaeda

Jun 30, 2011

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to keep pressure on the Al-Qaeda terror group following the death of Osama bin Laden in last month’s daring US raid in Pakistan.

US military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan have served to “severely cripple Al-Qaeda’s capacities,” Obama said at a White House press conference.

“Osama bin Laden got the most attention, but before that we decimated some of the upper ranks of Al-Qaeda,” he said.

The terror group is “having a great deal of difficulty operating and financing themselves. We’ll keep the pressure on,” Obama said.

He stressed that it was in the US national interest “to make sure that you did not have a collapse of Afghanistan in which extremists elements could flood the zone once again, and over time Al-Qaeda may inbound a position to rebuild itself.” US military forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan “in a responsible way that will allow Afghanistan to defend itself and will give us the operational capacity to continue to put pressure on Al-Qaeda until that network is entirely defeated,” he said.

One week ago Obama announced plans to bring all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by mid-2012.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/29/obama-vows-to-keep-pressure-on-crippled-al-qaeda.html

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US synagogue bomb plotters get 25 years in prison

Jun 30, 2011

NEW YORK: Three men arrested in a sting operation for planning to attack two New York synagogues and to shoot down US military planes were each sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

The three — James Cromitie, 45, David Williams, 30 and Onta Williams, 35 — were arrested on May 20, 2009 following a year-long operation that included an undercover informant who provided inert explosives.

They were convicted in October 2010 after a two-month trial.

US Attorney Preet Bharara said the three “voluntarily agreed to target synagogues and military planes using what they thought were real bombs and missiles… Today’s sentences ensure that the defendants will be punished for their actions.” According to the US attorney’s office, an FBI informant was approached in June 2008 by Cromitie, who talked to him about Afghanistan.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/US_SynagoguePlot_JamesCromite_OntaWilliams_David-Williams_CourtroomDrawing_AFP_543x275.jpg

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Israel starts revoking Palestinian prisoners’ privileges

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

Jun 30, 2011

RAMALLAH: The Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday announced that Israel will start revoking the Palestinian prisoners’ privileges.

The Israeli Channel 10 television quoted Aharonovitch as saying that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) will bar the prisoners from enrolling in university studies. Israel holds some 6,700 Palestinian prisoners in 23 jails and detention camps.

He added that the IPS will block the cellular reception in jails to prevent Hamas prisoners from communicating with the movement’s prisoners in other Israeli jails and with the Hamas leaders in Gaza Strip.

The minister added that the prisoners will not have the right to conjugal visits or vacations.

According to the minister, the measures are part of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to take away prisoners’ privileges in order to pressure Hamas into releasing kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is still held in Hamas captivity since June 2006.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464148.ece

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Yemen air raid kills civilians amid clashes

Jun 30, 2011

ADEN: A Yemeni air strike killed four civilians and wounded 12 near the militant-held southern city of Zinjibar on Wednesday as fighting on the ground left 16 soldiers and at least two militants dead.

The civilians were travelling in a convoy of vehicles that had left Zinjibar for the main southern city of Aden but was forced to stop when fighting erupted between government troops and the militants, witnesses said. The casualties were taken to the Al-Naqib and Al-Wali hospitals in Aden, where medics confirmed the toll.

A colonel was among the 16 soldiers killed on the front line between the army and the militants, a military source said. Two militants were killed and seven wounded, a doctor at the Al-Razi hospital in the militant-held village of Jaar, outside Zinjibar, told. More than 100 troops have been killed since the militants, who call themselves Partisans of Sharia, seized control of most of Zinjibar on May 29.

Full report at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\06\30\story_30-6-2011_pg4_2

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation sets up its own rights watchdog

By SIRAJ WAHAB

Jun 30, 2011

ASTANA, Kazakhstan: In a monumental step forward, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has established a human rights panel to safeguard basic freedoms for Muslims.

OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu described the creation of the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights (IPCHR) as a seminal event in the organization’s history. “We have been acting swiftly through an open and credible process in taking concrete steps toward establishing the IPCHR.”

He said the new commission will cooperate with the United Nations human rights body. “The new commission will be totally independent. The 18 human rights experts from 18 different Arab, Asian and African member states will decide their own agenda.”

Ihsanoglu reiterated that promotion and protection of human rights including the rights of women, children, youth, the elderly and people with special needs, as well as the preservation of Islamic family values, have been enshrined in the OIC Charter. “It requires the member states to uphold and promote good governance, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, at both the national and the international levels,” he said.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/world/article463969.ece

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Pakistan asks US to leave 'drone' attack base

Jun 30 2011

Islamabad: Pakistan has told the US to leave a remote Pakistani airbase that is reportedly used for covert CIA drone flights, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said.

"We have told them (the US) to leave the airbase," Mukhtar said during an interaction with Pakistani journalists at his office in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Mukhtar's comments came in the wake of the Pakistani Army's demand that the strength of US military personnel in the country should be reduced to the "minimum essential".

Scores of CIA operatives and American military trainers have left Pakistan in recent weeks.

The Pakistani military made the demand in the aftermath of the US raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.

Numerous reports have said that the CIA operates its unmanned spy planes from Shamsi airbase in Balochistan province, 900 km from Islamabad. Images of US Predator drones at the airbase have been published by Google Earth.

Secret American diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks have suggested that the United Arab Emirates, which has controlled Shamsi airbase since the 1990s, has allowed the US to use it for its drone flights.

Referring to the US raid against bin Laden, Defence Minister Mukhtar said trust between the US and Pakistan has been "reduced to a great extent" after the incident. "This trust deficit could be reduced by sitting together and taking joint actions," he said.

The US has stopped providing reimbursements from its Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan's expenses on the war against terror in the tribal areas and, as a result, "this war was harming our economy", Mukhtar said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/810816/

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Leave Kashmir alone and focus on internal problems: Manmohan tells Pakistan

June 30, 2011

Indian premier hoped for Pakistan to leave the Kashmir (issue) alone and expressed concerns about the Haqqani network in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed hope that Pakistan will “leave Kashmir alone”, as it has its own share of internal problems to deal with, in an interview on Wednesday.

In a meeting with editors of a select five Indian newspapers on Wednesday, he claimed that Pakistan had not done much against terrorism and needs to do more.

Singh said India is not a big player in Pakistan – but whatever its role-engagement is a commitment to our shared geography.

Responding to a question about trade with Afghanistan through Pakistan – he said Pakistan is not ready, adding that Afghanistan is quite keen for trade with India – but they also have to reckon with Pakistan’s capacity to protect their enterprises since the situation on the ground is not that good.

On a question, regarding the Taliban, Singh said that the reconciliation talks should be Afghan-led and that one cannot carry the good-bad Taliban distinction much too far, adding that the Haqqani group on the other hand was a much more determined group-perhaps not in league with the Pakistani establishment, but expressed concern about it.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/199380/leave-kashmir-alone-and-focus-on-internal-problems-manmohan-tells-pakistan/

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Jeddah woman detained for violating driving ban

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI

Jun 29, 2011

JEDDAH: A police patrol arrested a woman driving a car in the Sulaimaniya district in south Jeddah on Tuesday.

Police started looking for the woman after they got a call from a citizen saying he saw her driving. The man added that the driver did not cover her face.

The driver’s brother was also traveling in the car. The two have been handed to the Jamia police and investigations are under way.

According to police sources, the woman started driving from a north Jeddah neighborhood.

A number of women were caught driving over the last few weeks since the arrest of Manal Al-Sharif who drove a car in Alkhobar on May 21. Seven other women have been arrested since then.

Women also organized a campaign on June 17 to legalize women driving in the Kingdom.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article464130.ece

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Jihadis threaten to attack 9 key Pak installations

Jun 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD: A top Taliban commander has threatened to carry out attacks on nine more key installations in Pakistan similar to the strike on Mehran Naval Base in Karachi to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.

"The revenge game has already been started from Pakistan. The attack on Mehran Naval Base in Karachi was the first in the line of 10 that Taliban has planned to avenge the death of bin Laden," Wali-ur Rehman, head of Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) in South Waziristan, told Al-Arabiya in an interview.

Taliban militants last month struck Pakistan navy's key Mehran airbase and destroyed two front line P3C Orion maritime spy planes and killed 10 security men including an officer and some firemen.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Jihadis-threaten-to-attack-9-key-Pak-installations/articleshow/9044775.cms

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More than 1,000 hurt in Egypt clashes: Official

Jun 30, 2011

A protester takes cover during clashes with riot police in front of the Interior Ministry in Cairo.

CAIRO: A senior official says more than 1,000 people have been hurt in two days of clashes between police and protesters over demands that the country's military rulers speed up the prosecution of police officers accused of killing protesters early this year.

The official Middle East News Agency on Wednesday quoted assistant health minister Abdul-Hameed Abazah as saying that of the injured, some 900 were treated on the spot and more than 120 admitted to hospital.

The violence began Tuesday night in Cairo and was continuing on Wednesday with riot police firing in the air and using tear gas to disperse the protesters, who pelted them with rocks and firebombs.

The violence was reminiscent of the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/More-than-1000-hurt-in-Egypt-clashes-Official/articleshow/9040802.cms

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Terrorists terrorised: Qaeda network hacked

June 30, 2011

Computer hackers have disrupted al Qaeda's ability to communicate via internet by interrupting the flow of videos and messages of the outfit, an anti terror expert said. The attack was reportedly carried out by unknown hackers in the past few days. "Al Qaeda's online communications have been tempor

arily crippled, and it does not have a single trusted distribution channel available on the internet," Evan Kohlmann of Flashpoint Global Partners, which monitors the outfit's communication, was quoted as saying by the NBC News.

It was "well coordinated and involved the use of an unusual cocktail of relatively sophisticated techniques," Kohlmann said.

"My guess is that it will take them at least several days more to repair the damage and get their network up and functioning again," he said.

British newspapers reported earlier this month that the UK government had also hacked into al Qaeda's online magazine - Inspire - and replaced instructions to make bombs with instructions to make cupcakes.

It reportedly took the terrorist organization two weeks to get back the original posting.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/americas/Terrorists-terrorised-Qaeda-network-hacked/Article1-715517.aspx

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No more work visas for Filipino, Indonesian domestics to Saudi Kingdom

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

June 30, 2011

RIYADH: The Kingdom on Wednesday said it will no longer hire Indonesian and Filipino domestic workers, citing strict requirements and "unfair" regulatory provisions imposed by the two Southeast Asian countries.

“The Ministry of Labor will stop issuing work visas for domestic workers for the Philippine and Indonesia from Saturday (July 2),” said Hattab Bin Saleh Al-Anzi, a spokesman of the Ministry of Labor.

Al-Anzi said that Saudi recruitment agents would recruit domestic workers including maids from different countries other than Indonesia and the Philippines. The ministry’s decision comes after some other “labor exporting countries have evinced keen interest” to send domestic helpers to work for Saudi families, said the spokesman, adding that the ban on recruitment will be followed strictly.

Indonesia had earlier said it was prohibiting its citizens from working as domestic servants in Saudi Arabia after the beheading of a maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer early this month. Jakarta said that the ban will take effect Aug. 1 and remain in place until the Saudi government agrees to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to protect Indonesian workers’ rights, according to a report.

The spokesman said the Labor Ministry had been working with other countries to meet the shortfall expected from the stoppage of recruitment from Indonesia.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article464001.ece

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Waqf Act dispute could be reason for Khurshid's Sachar antipathy

Abantika Ghosh

Jun 30, 2011

NEW DELHI: Festering differences between the government and some sections of the Muslim community on the Sachar Committee recommendations on Waqf properties — especially the recommendation about a separate Waqf cadre — may have shaped the government's new-found disdain for the report, prompting minority affairs minister Salman Khursheed's provocative statement that Sachar recommendations are not "divine like Quran".

In a conversation with TOI, Khurshid conceded that the main point of divergence between the government and Sachar authors was the management of Waqf. "We have implemented 90% of the report but we're opposed to some recommendations like the Waqf cadre because we do not want to create a different world for the Muslim citizens of our country."

Khursheed's statement in Chennai questioning Sachar has elicited a strident reaction from economist Abusaleh Shariff, who was the secretary of the committee. In his strongly worded retort, Shariff makes no bones about his contention that Khursheed's statement is because of the heat he is facing on the Waqf issue. "Note that many ministers have told me that indeed the Sachar report is used as a bible for charting out pro-poor, pro-deprived and minority empowerment strategies," Shariff has written, scarcely mincing words in holding the Congress responsible for the "discrimination" practised against Muslims in India. He has called for an independent review of the "inclusive development reforms in India which have been undertaken post Sachar".

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Waqf-Act-dispute-could-be-reason-for-Khurshids-Sachar-antipathy/articleshow/9043945.cms

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Omar Abdullah to serve full six-year term as J&K CM: PM

Jun 29, 2011

NEW DELHI: Omar Abdullah will serve his full term of six years as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

"We had an arrangement with Omar Abdullah. The Congress President ( Sonia Gandhi) made clear to him that he will serve his full term of six years. I am not aware of any decision to reverse that decision," he said at an interaction with a group of editors.

He was responding to a question about some voices in the Jammu and Kashmir Congress for rotational chief ministership.

The statement of the Prime Minister was expected to put a lid on the moves in the state Congress which had been trying to gain support for a rotational chief minister as Omar would be completing his three years in office in January next. Congress is a coalition partner in the ruling alliance.

Stressing on his policy of "zero tolerance" for human rights violations, Singh said "if something wrong is done by Amry, Police or Para-military forces, there must be action.

"The chief minister and his officials must be alert to deal with the situation."

He said though the situation in Kashmir is better there should be no lowering of guard and a continued vigil needed to be maintained. "The situation in Kashmir is better but we have to remain alert," he said.

The Prime Minister also said that for the time being, the tourist traffic to the state has gone up.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Omar-Abdullah-to-serve-full-six-year-term-as-JK-CM-PM/articleshow/9040176.cms

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Slave case: Germany tries to overturn immunity against Saudi diplomat

Jun 30 2011

Berlin: A German human rights group has accused a Saudi diplomat in Berlin of treating the Indonesian maid he employed as a slave and lawyers believe the case will be a catalyst to be able to bring prosecutions against foreign embassy staff worldwide.

The landmark court case in Germany concerns a 30-year-old woman who claimed she endured daily beatings with a stick for 18 months at the hands of a diplomat from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Berlin. She said she was kicked and ''humiliated like a serf''.

The German Institute for Human Rights recently published a 60-page study on the reported widespread humiliation, exploitation and abuse of private domestic servants employed by diplomats in Britain, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the recently published report, the UK had 51 cases of abuse reported between April 2009 and March 2010. Many of those involved people who had come to the UK through people traffickers.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/810814/

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Bangladesh court issues arrest warrant against India’s fugitive

Haroon Habib

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court has issued an arrest warrant against one of India's most important fugitives, Paresh Barua, the military chief of the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom.

Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal on Tuesday took cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet against 11 new accused, in cases connected with the 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong on April 2, 2004.

The arms were smuggled allegedly in collaboration with some government higher-ups, for the ULFA outfit.

The court asked the law enforcers to produce the two absconding, including Barua, before the court.

The new accused include the former Minister for Home, Lutfozzaman Babar, and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, who was the Minister for Industry during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government under Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

Motiur Rahman Nizami is also facing charges of war crimes as collaborator of the Pakistan Army in the country's liberation war in 1971.

Full report at: http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/30/stories/2011063066460900.htm

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Ahmadinejad warns against arrests in his govt: IRNA

Jun 30, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday warned the authorities against making arrests of members in his government whom he vowed to defend, the official IRNA news agency reported.

“I consider defending the cabinet as my duty. The Cabinet is a red line and if they want to touch the Cabinet, then defending it is my duty,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as telling reporters after a cabinet meeting.

His remarks come after recently publicised reports of arrests of people close to Ahmadinejad’s under-fire chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie.

“From our point of view these moves and pressures are political. To put pressure on the government,” said the President, whose government includes Parliament-confirmed ministers and directly appointed vice-presidents.

Full report at: http://www.asianage.com/international/ahmadinejad-warns-against-arrests-his-govt-irna-201

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New US sanctions on Syria, Iran

June 30, 2011

The United States has slapped sanctions on a Syrian police unit and Iran's national police for providing support to the Syrian regime. One of the four major branches of Syria's security forces, the Syrian Political Security Directorate, was designated for engaging in the commission of human rights

abuses in Syria.

The chief and deputy chief of Iran's national police and the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence were also sanctioned according to an announcement by the department of treasury.

"Today's action builds on the administration's efforts to pressure Assad and his regime to end the use of wanton violence and begin transitioning to a system that ensures the universal rights of the Syrian people," said the acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David S Cohen.

"Also today we are exposing further Iran's provision of its military and security forces to support the Syrian government's ongoing violence and repression of the Syrian people," he said.

Full report at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/americas/New-US-sanctions-on-Syria-Iran/Article1-715516.aspx

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Pakistan ties vital for fight against terror: US general

Jun 30, 2011

WASHINGTON: The most effective way to persuade Pakistan to do more against terrorists is to maintain close ties between the two defence establishments, says the general US President Barack has chosen to lead the Afghan war.

Lt-Gen John Allen told a US Senate panel that he would try to maintain close relations with Pakistani commanders after he takes over the command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan early next month.

Senator Jack Reed, a senior Democrat, underlined the need to continue US-Pakistan defence ties during Gen. Allen’s nomination debate, which otherwise was very hostile to Pakistan.

“Have you had the occasion to or intend to meet on a regular basis Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and your counterparts on the Pakistani armed forces?” Senator Reed asked.

“I have met Gen Kayani on a number of occasions. It is not a relationship yet, that I hope to develop,” said Gen Allen.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/30/pakistan-ties-vital-for-fight-against-terror-us-general.html

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US told to consider Pakistan’s constraints

Jun 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Army on Wednesday asked US commanders to be mindful of its ‘concerns and constraints’ before publicly lashing out at its counter-militancy efforts.

“Our concerns and constraints must be taken into consideration before making any statement questioning our commitment to fighting militancy,” said ISPR chief Maj-Gen Athar Abbas in a rejoinder to statements made at their testimonies before US Senate’s Armed Services Committee by Lt-Gen John Allen, nominated as the next commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, and Admiral William McRaven, designated to lead Special Operations Command.

Gen Abbas said: “We reject the allegations levelled by senior US military officials… casting aspersions on the desire and capability of Pakistan Army to fight militancy.”

Admiral McRaven, speaking on Pakistan’s reluctance to launch military offensive against the North Waziristan-based Haqqani network, had said it was “both a capacity issue and potentially a willingness issue”. He added: “I don’t think it (the mindset) is likely to change.”

Gen Allen had said Pakistan looked to be “hedging” against a possible US withdrawal by not acting against the Haqqanis.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/30/us-told-to-consider-pakistans-constraints.html

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Bin Laden son seeks to free family in Pakistan

Jun 30, 2011

DOHA: A son of Osama bin Laden said he is working with the United Nations to obtain his family’s release from Pakistan after the US raid that killed the former al Qaeda leader in May.

Omar bin Laden, who has written an autobiographical book, also said he doubted if his father was dead after US President Barack Obama decided not to publish photographs from the raid.

“I want to send a message to the leaders of Pakistan: they should help the children of Osama bin Laden to go wherever they want to go. The Pakistani government should protect them, because they are just innocent children and women,” Omar bin Laden told Reuters.

Omar, who is said to bear little resemblance to his father, said he has been based in the Qatari capital for a year to start his own property development company, Qatar bin Laden Group.

The bin Laden family amassed fortunes in construction and real estate, wealth that enabled Osama to fund and plan attacks against the United States and its ally Saudi Arabia, which he accused of going against the principles of Islam.

After the attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden was the subject of a massive manhunt that forced him into hiding.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/30/bin-laden-son-seeks-to-free-family-in-pakistan.html

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US refocus on home-grown terror threat

Jun 30, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States vowed Wednesday to pursue the “utter destruction” of al Qaeda, while refocusing its counter-terrorism strategy to combat the threat of home-grown terror.

The new strategy comes on the 10th year of the US-led “war on terror,” launched by former president George W. Bush after the deadly September 11 attacks on the United States.

It is a “pragmatic, not ideological” approach to counterterrorism that “formalizes” the administration’s approach since January 2009, said John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor.

The new strategy, developed after US commandos killed Osama bin Laden on May 2 in Pakistan, also reflects “the extraordinary political changes” sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, Brennan said.

“This is the first counterterrorism strategy that designates the homeland as a primary area of emphasis in our counterterrorism efforts,” said Brennan, who is also deputy national security adviser for homeland security.

- al Qaeda still in the US crosshairs -

The principal focus is “al Qaeda, its affiliates and its adherents,” said Brennan, speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

“We aim to render the heart of al Qaeda incapable of launching attacks against our homeland, our citizens, or our allies, as well as preventing the group from inspiring its affiliates and adherents to do so,” he said.

“This is a war – a broad, sustained, integrated and relentless campaign that harnesses every element of American power,” he said.

“And we seek nothing less than the utter destruction of this evil that calls itself al Qaeda.”

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/30/us-refocus-on-home-grown-terror-threat.html

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Two missing persons killed by Qaeda, Pak SC told

Jun 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Additional Attorney General KK Agha informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that two missing persons, namely Masood Janjua and Faisal Faraz, had been murdered by al Qaeda.

He also told the three-member bench, headed by Justice Javed Iqbal, that both the missing persons had a relationship with the al Qaeda, a link that, he said, was proved from the data gathered from laptops in possession of Janjua and Faraz. He said Janjua and Faraz had been killed some six years back, and cited a local journalist’s column in an Urdu newspaper which stated that Janjua had been murdered.

However, Amna Masood Janjua, wife of Masood Janjua, rejected the spy agencies’ report that her husband had been killed. She contended that her husband and Faraz were alive and in the custody of spy agencies in Rawalpindi. She demanded that their graves be identified and DNA tests be carried out to determine their identity. The court told her if she was sure of her husband’s presence in Rawalpindi then the court might send a bailiff for his recovery.

During the hearing, the court expressed its annoyance with the government for not appointing the head of the commission which is probing missing persons’ cases. The court also observed that FC officials were involved in some missing persons’ cases but the government had not taken action against them.

Justice Javed Iqbal said in his remarks that relatives of missing persons were approaching the superior courts due to the negligence of the government. He said that on the last hearing, the court had directed the government to appoint the head of the commission but it had still not obeyed the court’s order.

Supreme Court Bar Association’s President Asma Jahangir told the court that the commission’s report had not been made public, though it was the right of the people to have access to information.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\06\30\story_30-6-2011_pg7_1

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Pakistan army blocks entry of Afghan militants

June 30, 2011

Gains control of areas near Pak-Afghan border after 3-day operation in Mohmand Agency.

The Pakistan Army barred the entry of militants from Afghanistan on Thursday as it gained control of areas near the Pak-Afghan border after the three-day operation in Mohmand Agency.

The clashes that took place during the operation between the security forces and the militants left around 40 militants dead, said sources.

Brigadier Aftab Ahmad told AFP by telephone that his forces had destroyed 17 militant hideouts in the Baizai region under his command in the lawless tribal area of Mohmand.

“Militants were regularly attacking our posts on the Afghanistan border at Shonkari and Mithai and also targeting goods vehicles going to Afghanistan,” he said.

“An operation was launched three days ago with the support of army aviation aircraft, helicopters and fighter jets. We killed at least 40 militants,” Ahmad said.

Maqsood Hussain, a government official in Baizai, confirmed the raids and casualties, but it was not immediately clear how the Pakistani officials reached the body count of 40.

Also, one soldier was killed and several others were injured in a land mine explosion near the Pak-Afghan border during the operation.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/199562/pakistan-army-blocks-entry-of-afghan-militants/

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South Sudan asks US to lift sanctions on Khartoum

Jun 30, 2011

JUBA, Sudan: Southern Sudan wants the US to remove economic sanctions against Sudan so that the south’s oil exports won’t suffer financially when they move through northern Sudan’s oil pipelines, the region’s vice president said Wednesday.

Southern Sudan will break away from the north and become the world’s newest nation on July 9. A 2005 peace accord ended a decades-long civil war, but northern troops over the last several weeks have attacked pro-southern communities along the north-south border.

Despite the attacks, the south is lobbying for a lifting of sanctions on the north, because of the economic benefits the south would also receive.

Vice President Riek Machar returned from a three-week trip to the US on Wednesday, where he said he discussed the future of the American sanctions with the US government and with ambassadors to the UN Security Council.

“We rely in Southern Sudan on oil revenues,” said Machar. “According to the American sanctions on the whole Sudan, oil is a sanctioned commodity.”

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464150.ece

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Gaza flotilla makes Internet splash

By JEFFREY HELLER

Jun 30, 2011

It may still be anyone’s guess when a small international convoy of vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid will set sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip in a challenge to Israel’s naval blockade of the territory run by Hamas.

But, mindful of the bloodshed at sea and global outcry that marked a similar event last year, the opposing sides are already battling for hearts and minds in the social and mainstream media.

An array of Facebook pages, websites and tweets posted by organizers of “Freedom Flotilla II” (www.freedomflotilla.eu), say they are on a humanitarian mission of peace. Waging its own public relations campaign, Israel says the activists could be plotting violence.

A text message sent to reporters by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office (www.facebook.com/IsraeliPM) on Monday quoted unnamed “Israeli officials” as saying that flotilla organizers might use chemicals against Israeli troops sent to intercept the convoy.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464136.ece

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Gaza flotilla organizers: 2nd ship sabotaged

30 June 2011

JERUSALEM — Organizers of a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists seeking to break the blockade of Gaza say Israel has sabotaged a second ship.

An activist tells Israel’s Army Radio that the engine of an Irish ship was damaged while in port.

Earlier this week, activists said Israel damaged the propeller of a Swedish ship in the Greek port of Piraeus.

Israel has not commented on the allegations.

About 10 ships are due to set sail this week from Greece. It is not clear whether the damage to the boats will hold things up.

Israel imposed a naval blockade after anti-Israel Hamas militants overran the Palestinian territory in 2007.

Last year, an Israeli raid on a similar flotilla killed nine activists on a Turkish vessel. Each side blamed the other for the violence.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June777.xml&section=middleeast

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New York man hoped to kill US troops — prosecution

Jun 30, 2011

NEW YORK: A New York man traveled overseas to join militant groups linked to Al-Qaeda and to kill US troops with the aim of dying a martyr for his radical Islamic faith, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday at the start of his trial.

Betim Kaziu, 23, is an American citizen who was arrested in 2009 and accused of plotting to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group and obtain automatic weapons to kill US military serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans.

“Al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist organizations have put out a call to arms,” said assistant US attorney Seth DuCharme during opening arguments in federal court. “Betim Kaziu answered that call.”

A search of Kaziu’s laptop turned up training videos and lectures from militants such as Osama Bin Laden, DuCharme said, along with a series of personal communications through e-mail, videos and social-networking sites that underscored the seriousness of his pursuit.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/world/article464166.ece

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Iran denies British nuclear missile claim

Jun 30, 2011

TEHRAN: Iran denied on Wednesday testing a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as Britain says.

“None of the missiles tested by Iran is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Parliament on Wednesday that Iran was testing missiles capable of delivering nuclear payload.

Iran is carrying out a 10-day military exercise in a show of strength it hopes will warn Israel and the United States against any attack.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464138.ece

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New doubts raised on Saleh’s return

30 June 2011

A government supporter holds an image of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh as anti-government protesters gather nearby calling for the ouster Saleh in the capital Sanaa.

Yemen’s President Saleh was so severely injured in an assassination attempt that it is uncertain when he will return to the country, Yemen VP Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said.

Saleh was injured in an attack on his palace in early June and is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Yemen has been shaken by months of protests against his three-decade rule.

Hadi told CNN in an interview that he saw Saleh immediately after the bomb attack and the Yemeni leader had a piece of wood between his ribs in his chest and burns to his face, arms and upper body. Hadi said according to the doctors no one can tell when Saleh might return.

“Days, weeks, months,” he told CNN through a translator. “It could be months, this is a decision up to the doctors.”

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June775.xml&section=middleeast

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Turk-Israel talks ‘have not ceased’

June 30, 2011

An Israeli official announces on the record that Turkish - Israeli diplomatic fence - mending has not ceased. Meanwhile, a Turkish diplomat involved in talks says that the diplomatic process is not over yet between the two sides.

Diplomatic contacts between Israel and Turkey aimed at mending fences between the once-regional allies have not ceased, a spokesman from the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on record on Tuesday.

“They exist. That should not be a surprise because there are functioning embassies in the two countries,” Yigal Palmor told the Hürriyet Daily News in a phone interview.

“And there are meetings between diplomats and other places as well. There are diplomatic contacts but obviously I cannot go into the details of those contacts,” he added.

Özdem Sanberk, a Turkish member of a United Nations panel in charge of investigating the Mavi Marmara incident, confirmed that negotiations between the two countries were continuing.

Full report at: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turk-israel-talks--8216have-not-ceased8217-2011-06-29

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Three Jordanian lawmakers resign over ‘casino deal’

By ABDUL JALIL MUSTAFA

Jun 30, 2011

AMMAN: Three members of Jordan’s lower house of Parliament said Wednesday they had submitted their resignations to protest clearing Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit of corruption charges in the so-called casino deal.

The resignation of the three lawmakers — Khalil Attiya, Wasfi Rawashdeh and Shayesh Khreisha — coincided with a threat by 54 other deputies to boycott Thursday’s session which was due to continue the debate on a report by an ad hoc panel that implicated 17 ministers of Bakhit’s first Cabinet in 2007, parliamentarians said.

To evade forced postponement of the debate on Thursday due to lack of quorum, the house’s Speaker Faisal Fayez on Wednesday decided to cancel the session, the second to be held by the House of Representatives which was summoned by King Abdallah from the summer recess last week to discuss two dozens of badly needed draft laws.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article464139.ece

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