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Islamic World News ( 12 Sept 2013, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Deadly Bomb Attack on a Sunni Mosque in Iraq, At Least 30 Killed 25 Hurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud addressed the conference on tackling extremism in Mogadishu

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Deadly Bomb Attack on a Sunni Mosque in Iraq, At Least 30 Killed 25 Hurt

Syrian Rebels Say Saudi Arabia Is Stepping Up Weapons Deliveries

Syria to give up chemical weapons because of Russian offer, not US threats: Assad

Egypt's military steps up offensive in Sinai

Elite Syrian unit scattering chemical weapons: Report

Zawahiri condemns crackdown on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Memories flood back in Halabja after gas attack near Damascus

Syrian opposition says U.S. has begun providing lethal weapons

Cairo accuses Hamas of training Egyptian militants

Egypt's Morsi slapped with fresh 30 days' detention

Egypt's Nour Party condemns restrictions on mosques

 

North America

Military action not the best option on Syria, says White House

Qaeda chief calls for US attacks, economic boycott

Syria chemical weapons sites being dispersed -Wall Street Journal

U.S. urges Egypt to lift state of emergency

Kerry calls Syria chemical weapons talks 'constructive'

 

Europe

Muslim Scholars Meet in Russia on Radicalism

World must welcome Syria steps on chemical weapons, Putin says

Call for Nobel Prize for Putin

Record number of Muslim candidates in German poll

Malaysians not so happy as before, says UN report

Norway: Breivik begins studies at University of Oslo

Terror charge: 56 Indians held in UK since 2001

 

Africa

Somali Islamic scholars denounce al-Shabab in fatwa

Nigerian army says kills 10 Boko Haram Islamists in gunfight

Fighting between rival tribesmen in western Libya leaves 11 dead

Liberian president conferred Indira Gandhi peace prize

US-born 'jihadist rapper' Omar Hammami reportedly killed in Somalia

Somali crisis: Amnesty criticises evictions in Mogadishu

 

Mideast

Muslims are actually democrats: Turkish Deputy PM

Hamas gives landmines to Egyptian Islamists, trains them in planting car bombs

Yemen court clears Saudis over Qaeda-linked plot

Israelis, Palestinians clash at flashpoint WB tomb

Turkish govt to finalize work on democratisation process

Turkey’s first ever openly gay mayor candidate announces bid

20 years on, historic Oslo accords seen as false dawn

 

South Asia

Three Islamic militants sentenced to death, one to 25 years in jail in China

Maldives EC warns Adhaalath Party over political abuse of Islam

Afghan Taliban attack US consulate, leave two dead

Suu Kyi says unable to stop anti-Muslim violence

China sides with Putin on Syria issue

Resist communal forces to stop religion in politics: Bangladesh Eminent Personalities

Religious minorities: Declare Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad

 

Pakistan

Chief Justice Says God's Name Being Used To Evade Justice

MQM threatens protests against extra-judicial steps

Pakistan to build twin capitals connected by tunnel

United against terrorism: Imran congratulates Nawaz over ‘good start’

Sharif readies to choose next Pakistan army head

Baradar might hold key to Afghanistan's peace

Nine NATO oil tankers torched in Kalat

Peace in Karachi linked to de-weaponisation

33 Taliban released so far: FO

Some forces want to sabotage Taliban talks: Nisar

 

India

Good atmosphere must for PM-level talks, Khurshid tells Pak

Muzaffarnagar riots: On the ground, Muslims take stock of 'a new situation'

First Indo-Pak meet after LoC strife

ISI wants to portray India as unstable: Yasin Bhatkal

Pak takes step to book Mumbai attack perpetrators

India against military intervention in Syria: Khurshid

 

Southeast Asia

Artefacts stolen from Central Jakarta National Museum

Philippine president reacts to rebels

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Deadly Bomb Attack on a Sunni Mosque in Iraq, At Least 30 Killed 25 Hurt

Sep 13, 2013

At least 30 people have been killed and 25 others wounded in a bomb attack on a Sunni Muslim mosque in the central Iraqi city of Baquba, officials say.

Two roadside bombs were detonated as worshippers left the al-Salam mosque after Friday prayers, police said.

There have recently been several deadly attacks in Baquba, a religiously mixed city 60km (35 miles) north of Baghdad.

Sectarian violence has surged across the country in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008.

More than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year, 800 of them in August alone, according to the United Nations.

Shia militia 'remobilising'

In Friday's attack, the bombs exploded outside the mosque in Baquba in quick succession at around 12:00 (09:00 GMT).

The first device targeted worshippers leaving the building, while the second was detonated as a crowd gathered at the scene to help.

The AFP news agency reported that both Sunnis and Shia had attended Friday prayers at the mosque.

It was not clear who was behind the attack, the second in Baquba in three days.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a number of large-scale bombings in recent months but it mainly targets Shia civilians, security forces personnel and government facilities.

But with the state unable to prevent such attacks, Shia militia are reportedly remobilising and warning that they are prepared to protect members of their sect.

The recent unrest was sparked by an army raid on a Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp near Hawija in April. The protesters were calling for the resignation of Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and denouncing the authorities for allegedly targeting the minority Sunni community.

The country has also seen a spill-over of violence from the conflict in Syria, where jihadist rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni militant umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda, have risen to prominence.

In recent weeks, Iraqi security forces have reportedly arrested hundreds of alleged al-Qaeda members in and around Baghdad as part of a campaign the Shia-led government is calling "Revenge for the martyrs".

But the operations, which have taken place mostly in Sunni districts, have angered the Sunni community and failed to halt the violence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24077962

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Syrian Rebels Say Saudi Arabia Is Stepping Up Weapons Deliveries

By ANNE BARNARD

2013/09/13

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia, quietly cooperating with American and British intelligence and other Arab governments, has modestly increased deliveries of weapons to rebels fighting in southern Syria, the rebels say.

But the shipments have not been large enough to assuage rebel frustration that they are being abandoned, as the United States shifts its focus to a possible Russian-initiated deal to quarantine the Syrian government’s chemical weapons, or to ease anxieties among the Persian Gulf leaders who have been the rebels’ primary backers.

Publicly, the Saudis expressed patience, with pro-monarchy newspapers saying that the negotiations over Syrian chemical weapons would probably founder and that American military strikes would follow sooner or later. But behind the scenes, analysts say, leaders in Saudi Arabia and allies like Qatar chafed as rebel leaders fumed that their larger need — a way to shift the balance in the two-year-old civil war and end the army’s bombardment of towns and neighborhoods — was being ignored.

The greatest fear of gulf leaders, said Hassan Hassan, who analyzes the gulf role in the Syria conflict at The National, a newspaper based in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, is that talks over Syria’s chemical weapons will shift the American focus to “talking with the Iranians and the regime and Russia rather than with the gulf.”

The gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have positioned themselves as crucial players in Syria, working closely with the United States.

“Now all of a sudden the limelight has been taken away from them,” Mr. Hassan said. “They are afraid the situation can take another course.”

Since the chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs last month that American officials blame on the Syrian government, rebels and analysts say the Saudis have stepped up deliveries of light weapons and antitank guided missiles. The aim was initially to bolster the rebels’ ability to take advantage of any American strikes by storming damaged or undefended bases, analysts and rebels say — though the Saudis refrained from sending the antiaircraft missiles that the rebels covet most. The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the chemical attack.

Rebels in southern Syria who nominally answer to the loose-knit, Western-backed Free Syrian Army said Thursday that they had received new infusions of arms from Saudi Arabia, delivered through Jordan, and that the weapons had helped them gain ground near the border.

At the same time, Gen. Salim Idris, the nominal commander of the Free Syrian Army, declared on Thursday his “absolute rejection” of the chemical weapons deal offered by the Syrian and Russian governments. He said rebel fighters felt they were being “left alone,” without “direct military support” from the United States.

The developments point to the delicate balance that the United States is trying to maintain. On the one hand, it is exploring a proposed deal that could create common ground with President Bashar al-Assad’s main supporters, Russia and Iran, and might eventually lead to a political settlement of the Syrian civil war. On the other hand, it is keeping up military pressure on Mr. Assad and trying to avoid alienating Saudi Arabia and other gulf allies that the United States has relied on to work with the rebels.

“My sense,” Mr. Hassan said, “is that the Americans are reassuring them behind the scenes.”

The situation points to the many competing interests the United States is trying to balance in the Syria crisis. The Americans’ stated goal in Syria is a political settlement, but that outcome is all but impossible to achieve without talking to Syria’s allies. And the close association among Saudi Arabia, Qatar and rebel groups has been a source of mistrust for government supporters inside Syria and others outside the country who fear the Islamic militants who have risen to prominence on the battlefield on the strength of financing from private donors in the gulf.

While Saudi Arabia has a strong interest in capitalizing on the Syrian crisis to weaken Iran and sever its alliance with Syria, the Saudis also fear the growing power of the many jihadists among the Syrian rebels. So far, analysts and rebels say, it has heeded American requests not to deliver antiaircraft missiles that could fall into the hands of Islamic militants who might use the missiles against other governments, not just Mr. Assad’s.

For months, Saudi Arabia has been quietly funneling arms, including antitank missiles, to Free Syrian Army groups through Jordan, working covertly with American and British intelligence and Arab governments that do not want their support publicly known, according to rebel groups operating in southern Syria.

Ahmed Abu Rishan, a spokesman for a special forces group that belongs to General Idris’s general command in southern Syria, said Thursday that those deliveries had increased in recent days.

The weapons helped rebel groups take over a tank battalion and destroy four tanks in the village of Sheikh Saad near the southern border, he said, providing a video of the attack that appeared to demonstrate the use of antitank guided missiles.

But Mr. Rishan said the groups desperately need antiaircraft weapons to bring down Mr. Assad’s government. “We feel frustrated because Bashar al-Assad is a liar,” he said. “We do not just want to destroy the chemicals, but also want to stop the bloodshed in Syria.”

General Idris told NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Thursday, “We can’t understand why the Russians and the Iranians are supporting the regime so clearly, and our friends are delaying and hesitating.”

He said he told fighters: “Let us wait. We respect the decision of the president, and we know how decisions are taken in the democratic countries. Let us wait, and we hope our friends, at the end of the day, will be with us and will help us.”

C. J. Chivers contributed reporting from the United States, and Hwaida Saad from Beirut.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-say-saudi-arabia-is-stepping-up-weapons-deliveries.html

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Syria to give up chemical weapons because of Russian offer, not US threats: Assad

Reuters | Sep 12, 2013

MOSCOW: Syria decided to cede control of its chemical weapons because of a Russian proposal and not the threat of US military intervention, Interfax news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a Russian television interview.

"Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision," Interfax quoted Assad as telling Russia's state-run Rossiya-24 channel

Assad also told Rossiya-24 that Syria would submit documents to the United Nations for an agreement governing the handover of its chemical arsenal, state-run Russian news agency RIA reported on Thursday.

Rossiya-24 did not immediately air the interview and it was not clear when it was recorded.

The reports came hours before Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry were due to meet in Geneva to discuss the proposal, which Lavrov announced on Monday, and Moscow's plan for implementing it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the initiative will not succeed unless Washington abandons plans for potential air strikes to punish Assad for an August 21 poison gas attack which US President Barack Obama blames on Syrian government forces.

Syria, which denies it was behind that attack, has agreed to Moscow's proposal that it give up its chemical weapons stocks, averting what would have been the first direct Western intervention in a war that has killed more than 100,000 people.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-to-give-up-chemical-weapons-because-of-Russian-offer-not-US-threats-Assad/articleshow/22520798.cms

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Egypt's military steps up offensive in Sinai

AP | Sep 13, 2013

EL-ARISH, Egypt: An Egyptian army official says the military has stepped up its offensive in northern Sinai after a pause following two stunning suicide car bombings in the strategic peninsula this week.

The official says helicopter gunships targeted suspected Islamic militant hideouts in a dozen villages south of the town of Sheikh Zuweyid and farmlands near the city of el-Arish at sunrise on Friday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypts-military-steps-up-offensive-in-Sinai/articleshow/22553031.cms

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Elite Syrian unit scattering chemical weapons: Report

PTI | Sep 13, 2013

WASHINGTON: A secretive Syrian military unit has been moving stocks of chemical weapons to as many as 50 sites to make it harder for the US to track them, a media report said on Friday.

Quoting American and Middle Eastern officials, the paper said 'Unit 450' -- a branch of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre that manages the regime's overall chemicals weapons programme --has been moving the stocks around for months.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Elite-Syrian-unit-scattering-chemical-weapons-Report/articleshow/22553999.cms

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Zawahri condemns crackdown on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

13 September 2013

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has described the army-installed government's crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a "brutal crime" and urged Egyptians to resist what he called a campaign against Islam in their country.

 Security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters and arrested thousands, including most of it leaders, since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/zawahri-condemns-crackdown-on-egypts-muslim-brotherhood.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54385&NewsCatID=359

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Memories flood back in Halabja after gas attack near Damascus

13 September 2013

HALABJA, Iraq — Mired in a years-long war, a strongman uses chemical weapons against his own people — the story is one the people of Halabja know all too well.

As accusations are leveled against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad over the alleged use of chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus last month, memories come flooding back for residents of this small Kurdish town in north Iraq.

And despite sharp differences between dictator Saddam Hussein’s 1988 gassing of thousands of Kurds and the allegations being made against Assad, many in Halabja see only parallels.

“I heard the news on the radio that there were chemical attacks in a village near Damascus,” said Mohammed Amin Hussein, sitting in a cafe in Halabja, which lies near the Iranian border in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130913180214

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Syrian opposition says U.S. has begun providing lethal weapons

Friday, 13 September 2013

Al Arabiya

Syria’s main opposition group said the United States has begun supplying lethal weapons to the rebel Free Syrian Army, Al Arabiya reported on Friday.

Khaled al-Saleh, spokesperson of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), said Washington began to provide military aid to the opposition after confirming the weapons won't fall in the wrong hands.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/13/Syrian-opposition-says-U-S-has-begun-providing-lethal-weapons-.html

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Cairo accuses Hamas of training Egyptian militants

September 13, 2013

CAIRO: Egyptian state television accused Palestinian Hamas on Thursday of training Egyptian fighters in how to carry out bombings, putting more pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood, ally of Hamas.

In neighbouring Gaza, the ruling Hamas militants strongly denied the allegations.

Egypt has faced turmoil since the army forced the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi from the presidency in July. A week ago, the interior minister survived an assassination attempt in Cairo, amid fears the country could face an insurgency.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/603775/cairo-accuses-hamas-of-training-egyptian-militants/

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Egypt's Morsi slapped with fresh 30 days' detention

13 September 2013

Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi was given a further 30 days’ detention on Friday pending investigations into charges of involvement in prison breaks during the 2011 uprising, as well as espionage.

Morsi, who has been detained by the military since his ouster in July, is accused of collaborating with Hamas to orchestrate his escape from Wadi Al-Natroun prison in 2011 during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, as well as destroying police records during the uprising. In addition, he faces charges of espionage, and of attacking police stations with the intent to kill and abduct police officers and prisoners during the uprising.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/81497/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Morsi-slapped-with-fresh--days-detention.aspx

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Egypt's Nour Party condemns restrictions on mosques

13 September 2013

The Nour Party has criticised a move by the interim government to control imams and mosques.

On Sunday, Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Goma said the ministry would limit prayers to mosques controlled by the ministry, allow only Al-Azhar-qualified imams to preach in mosques, shut down small mosques that are often led by independent imams, and ban donations from inside mosques that "go to those who do not fear God."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/81436/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Nour-Party-condemns-restrictions-on-mosques.aspx

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North America

 

Military action not the best option on Syria, says White House

13 September 2013

Military action is not the best the option to prevent Syria’s government from deploying chemical weapons, White House Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said Sept. 12 during a press conference.

“The first is that the best thing for regional security long-term is not just to take military action to deter [President Bashar] al-Assad from using these weapons, but actually to destroy them, which is what would be best for regional security so they actually can’t be used in the future,” Harf told reporters.

Noting that the U.S. government was in constant contact with Turkish officials over the situation, Harf said that despite the unfavorable opinion on the military action option, it still “remains on the table.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/military-action-not-the-best-option-on-syria-says-white-house-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54373&NewsCatID=359

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Qaeda chief calls for US attacks, economic boycott

September 13, 2013

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a speech marking the 12th anniversary of 9/11, called on Thursday for attacks on the United States and a boycott of the world's largest economy.

A summary and translated English excerpt of the roughly 72-minute address was made available by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The speech was posted on Jihadi forums a day after America held ceremonies in honor of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

"We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure," Zawahiri said according to the SITE translation.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/americas/Qaeda-chief-calls-for-US-attacks-economic-boycott/Article1-1121467.aspx

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Syria chemical weapons sites being dispersed -Wall Street Journal

13 September 2013

An elite Syrian unit that runs the government’s chemical arms program has been scattering the weapons to dozens of sites across the country, potentially complicating US plans for air strikes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper, citing unnamed US officials and lawmakers briefed on the intelligence, said on its website on Thursday that a secretive military group known as Unit 450 had been moving the stocks around for months to help avoid detection of the weapons.

US and Israeli intelligence agencies and Middle Eastern officials still believe they know the location of most of the government’s chemical weapons supply, the Journal said.

But “we know a lot less than we did six months ago about where the chemical weapons are,” one official was quoted as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/syria-chemical-weapons-sites-being-dispersed-wall-street-journal/

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U.S. urges Egypt to lift state of emergency

Friday, 13 September 2013

Al Arabiya

The United States urged Egypt’s interim authorities on Thursday to lift a nationwide state of emergency in force since mid-August, which Cairo said it is extending for two more months.

“We remain opposed, as we have from the beginning, to the state of emergency. And we urge the interim government to end it immediately,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/13/U-S-urges-Egypt-to-lift-state-of-emergency-.html

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Kerry calls Syria chemical weapons talks 'constructive'

September 13, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described as "constructive" talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on securing Syria's chemical weapons.

The two men began a second day of talks in Geneva by meeting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to discuss the wider issue of peace in Syria.

Talks between Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov on the weapons issue began on Thursday and could continue over the weekend.

Mr Kerry said they were working hard to find "common ground".

The BBC's Paul Adams in Geneva says this is a moment of diplomatic momentum over Syria that has not been seen for a couple of years and both parties want to make the most of that.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24075787

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Europe

 

Muslim Scholars Meet in Russia on Radicalism

By Ruslan Kurbanov

13 September 2013

A host of Muslim scholars and religious leaders will gather in the Russian capital this week to issue a fatwa condemning radicalization and extremism.

In a conference themed "Islamic Doctrine Against Radicalism", about 50 Russian muftis and imams and nearly 40 prominent Muslim scholars and thinkers will meet in Moscow on May 25.

 The two-day conference is organized by International Center “al-Wasatya” (Kuwait), Scientific-Educational Center (Russia) and the International Union for Muslim Scholars.

 The main purpose of the conference is to issue a fatwa condemning radicalism and extremism and condemning the use of terms as Jihad, Takfir and Caliphate for political gains.

 The fatwa is expected to play an important role not only for Russian Muslims, but also for all Muslims worldwide.

Full report at:

 Source : 'Muslims Today'

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World must welcome Syria steps on chemical weapons, Putin says

13 September 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin Sept.13 said the global community should welcome Syria's decision to join a ban on chemical weapons, saying it shows the "serious intentions" of Damascus.

"I believe we should welcome such a decision of the Syrian leadership. I would like to express hope that it will be a very serious step on the path to solving the Syrian crisis," Putin told a security summit in Kyrgyzstan.

"This confirms the serious intentions of our partners to go along this path," he said, referring to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, whom the Kremlin has backed throughout the two-and-a-half-year conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/world-must-welcome-syria-steps-on-chemical-weapons-putin-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54374&NewsCatID=353

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Call for Nobel prize for Putin

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

 Sep 13, 2013

A Russian educational foundation has suggested nominating President Vladimir Putin for Nobel Peace Prize for averting war on Syria.

“Vladimir Putin has proved his adherence to the cause of peace,” said Sergei Komkov, President of the All-Russia Foundation for Education, in his letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “As the head of one of the leading countries of the world, he has made every effort to maintain peace and tranquility in his own state and has actively contributed to peaceful settlement of any conflicts arising on the planet.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/call-for-nobel-prize-for-putin/article5121023.ece

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Record number of Muslim candidates in German poll

RIYADH: GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

12 September 2013

The German Embassy will organize live coverage of the German elections on Sept. 22 for its expatriate community in the Kingdom. A record number of about 50 Muslims are standing as candidates in this year's elections.

German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller said Wednesday the embassy plans to host a special event on the day with live coverage of the electoral process and its impact on Europe’s largest economy.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/464317

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Malaysians not so happy as before, says UN report

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

Malaysians are no longer as happy as before, said a report released by the United Nations on Monday.

The country dropped in its ranking from 51st place to 56th in the World Happiness Report 2013 - the second report of its kind. The first report was released last year.

This has put Malaysia behind Southeast Asian neighbours Singapore (30) and Thailand (36), but ahead of Indonesia (76). Last year, Singapore was ranked 33, Thailand (52) and Indonesia (83). See graphics below.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysians-not-so-happy-as-before-says-un-report

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Norway: Breivik begins studies at University of Oslo

September 13, 2013

The man convicted of murdering 77 people in attacks in Norway in 2011 has enrolled at the University of Oslo to study political science.

Anders Behring Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence, has not been admitted to a degree-granting programme, but will study modules.

The 34-year-old will study at his high security prison and will not have direct contact with university staff.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24068206

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Terror charge: 56 Indians held in UK since 2001

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Sep 13, 2013

LONDON: Britain has been on an overdrive when it comes to arresting people on charges of terrorism.

Data released by UK Home Office on Thursday revealed that as many as 2,419 people have been arrested for terrorism-related offences since September 11, 2001. A break up revealed that as many as 56 of them were Indians. Of the remaining persons arrested for terrorism related offences, the frequent self-declared nationalities were Algeria (152), Pakistan (125), Iraq (115), Afghanistan (74), Iran (63), Turkey (45) and Somalia (44). There were 249 persons arrested for terrorism-related offences in 2012/13, up from 206 in 2011/12. Forty-two per cent of terrorism arrests in 2012/13 resulted in a charge.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Terror-charge-56-Indians-held-in-UK-since-2001/articleshow/22535157.cms

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Africa

 

Somali Islamic scholars denounce al-Shabab in fatwa

September 13, 2013

Some 160 Somali religious scholars have issued a fatwa denouncing al-Shabab, saying the group had no place in Islam.

Correspondents say it is the first time Somali religious leaders have come up with a fatwa against the group, which controls many rural areas.

At a conference on the phenomenon of extremism in Mogadishu, the scholars said they condemned al-Shabab's use of violence.

Al-Shabab, or "The Youth", is fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

Despite being pushed out of key cities in the past two years, it still remains in control of smaller towns and large swathes of the countryside.

The announcement comes as residents of central Somalia say al-Shabab executed a young man in the town of Bula Burte and performed a double amputation on another in front of a crowd of several hundred people.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24057725

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Nigerian army says kills 10 Boko Haram Islamists in gunfight

13 September 2013

Nigerian soldiers have killed 10 members of Islamist sect Boko Haram in the volatile northeast, the military said on Thursday, as President Goodluck Jonathan pursues a four-month-old offensive against resilient insurgents.

Over 230 people have been killed in violence linked to Boko Haram in the last six weeks, according to a Reuters count - one of the bloodiest periods since Jonathan declared a state of emergency and launched a military crackdown in three northeastern states in May.

Boko Haram, which wants to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria, is considered the biggest security threat to Africa's top oil exporter and second largest economy.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/81451/World/International/Nigerian-army-says-kills--Boko-Haram-Islamists-in-.aspx

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Fighting between rival tribesmen in western Libya leaves 11 dead

September 13, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan security official says fighting between members of two rival tribes in a southwestern town near the Algerian border has killed 11, and forced several residents to flee.

The official says clashes erupted late Thursday between border guards from the western tribe of Zintan and Garamna tribesmen, following a personal dispute.

The fighting took place in the town of Derj, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southwest of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/fighting-between-rival-tribesmen-in-western-libya-leaves-11-dead/2013/09/13/df8f321c-1c73-11e3-80ac-96205cacb45a_story.html

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Liberian president conferred Indira Gandhi peace prize

TNN | Sep 13, 2013

NEW DELHI: Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was on Thursday conferred the coveted Indira Gandhi peace prize by President Pranab Mukherjee who said India will continue to support the west African nation in its pursuit of stability and economic growth.

Sirleaf (74) — the first democratically elected woman head of state of any African country — was honoured for serving as an example and an inspiration for ensuring the return of peace, democracy, development, security and order in Liberia and for her strong interest in the consolidation and improvement of ties between both the nations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Liberian-president-conferred-Indira-Gandhi-peace-prize/articleshow/22531880.cms

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US-born 'jihadist rapper' Omar Hammami reportedly killed in Somalia

 13 September 2013

A rapping jihadist from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group and was on the FBI's most wanted list with a $5m (£3.2m) reward for his capture was reportedly killed on Thursday in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader.

Omar Hammami, a native of Daphne, Alabama, who was known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, or "the American", died in southern Somalia following several months on the run after a falling out with al-Shabaab's top leader, the militants said.

Full report at:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/12/jihadist-rapper-omar-hammami-killed

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Somali crisis: Amnesty criticises evictions in Mogadishu

September 13, 2013

Amnesty International has denounced the forcible eviction of tens of thousands of homeless people from makeshift camps in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The human rights group says the process has led to "large-scale human rights abuses" including the killing of two people during protests.

Some 370,000 people have been living in the camps, having fled drought, famine and fighting.

But their presence is hampering the government's drive to rebuild the city.

In the past year the authorities have gained greater control of Mogadishu from the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24075841

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Mideast

 

Muslims are actually democrats: Turkish Deputy PM

13 September 2013

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said Muslims are democrats by nature during a speech at the International Conference on Islamophobia, launched in Istanbul yesterday.

The two-day conference, which is organized by the Directorate General of Press and Information (BYEGM) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), covers the media and law aspects of Islamophobia and the roles theses aspects play in the hate against Islam.

Arınç said that the ideology of hatred was being promoted with Islamophobia and that it had turned into an element of pressure by states, which wanted to stir things up in countries.

“The idea that Islam and democracy cannot come together is a product of this thought. Muslims are democrats by their nature. There is nothing in Islam that prevents a Muslim from being a democrat,” Arınç said, adding that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was a “rare example” of this combination as the party’s statute stated that AKP was a “conservative democratic party.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/muslims-are-actually-democrats-turkish-deputy-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54353&NewsCatID=338

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Hamas gives landmines to Egyptian Islamists, trains them in planting car bombs

By REUTERS

13 September 2013

The Hamas Islamist group ruling Gaza has been teaching Egyptian Islamists how to plant bombs in cars, Egyptian state television said on Thursday.

Hamas also gave 400 landmines to Egyptian militant groups, said the television. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

Hamas rejected the allegations on Thursday.

"This is completely incorrect," said Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the Islamist group.  He said that the report was an "attempt to demonize Hamas".

"Security authorities have learned that the military wing of the Hamas movement trained several people to undertake car bombing operations and trained various others to make explosives," said a presenter on state television.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Hamas-gives-landmines-to-Egyptian-Islamists-trains-them-in-planting-car-bombs-326010

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Yemen court clears Saudis over Qaeda-linked plot

 September 13, 2013

SANAA : A Sanaa court on Thursday cleared five Saudi nationals on charges of joining an Al-Qaeda plot to attack Yemen’s security forces but jailed two of them for entering the country illegally.

The five, arrested in June, faced charges of plotting, “in association with an armed group belonging to Al-Qaeda to carry out criminal acts against members of the security forces in Yemen,” official media reported earlier this month.

They were cleared of the charges on Thursday for lack of evidence, according to the verdict read by judge Hilal Mahfal at a lower court in Sanaa.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/13-Sep-2013/yemen-court-clears-saudis-over-qaeda-linked-plot

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Israelis, Palestinians clash at flashpoint WB tomb

 September 13, 2013

NABLUS: Israeli troops escorting Jewish worshippers on a pre-dawn visit Thursday to a flashpoint shrine in the West Bank clashed with Palestinian protesters, wounding four, medics said.

The Palestinian medical officials said that one man wounded by live fire was taken to hospital in the city of Nablus and another was taken away by the Israelis.

Another two were treated at the city’s Rafidiya hospital for wounds from rubber-coated bullets, they said. The Israeli army said that troops opened fire, wounding one Palestinian, after shots were fired at them. “Overnight, gunshots were fired at security personnel escorting Israeli civilians who were praying in Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus,” a military statement said.Soldiers, it added, “returned fire towards the suspected shooter in self-defence.”

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/13-Sep-2013/israelis-palestinians-clash-at-flashpoint-wb-tomb

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Turkish gov’t to finalize work on democratization process

13 September 2013

A comprehensive democratization package aiming to keep the Kurdish resolution process on track is expected to be finalized today and announced next week, senior government officials have said, while indicating however, that it would not include the right to education in a person’s mother tongue, a specific demand of the Kurdish politicians.

“We’ve spent hours on this democratization package. Hopefully tomorrow [Friday] we will discuss the last articles and I think next week we will announce the democratization package at a big press conference,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a conference in Istanbul yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-govt-to-finalize-work-on-democratization-process.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54358&NewsCatID=338

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Turkey’s first ever openly gay mayor candidate announces bid

13 September 2013

A Turkish man who studied in the United States is aiming to become the first open member of the country’s LGBT community to hold public office when he runs to become mayor of a small town on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Can Çavuşoğlu has said he will run in Giresun’s district of Bulancak in the March 2014 local elections in a bid to become the first-ever openly homosexual mayor in the country, while declaring himself a “gay, activist, writer, thinker, painter, humanist and women rights activist.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-first-ever-openly-gay-mayor-candidate-announces-bid.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54344&NewsCatID=341

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20 years on, historic Oslo accords seen as false dawn

  13 September 2013

RAMALLAH — Twenty years after the historic Oslo accords, seen then as the cornerstone of an imminent peace settlement, Israelis and Palestinians had to be dragged back to the negotiating table following conflicts and political deadlock.

With Palestinian officials admitting the latest US-brokered talks are “doomed to failure” and Israel stepping up settlement construction, analysts see outside pressure as the only way to reach an agreement.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130913180206

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South Asia

 

Three Islamic militants sentenced to death, one to 25 years in jail in China

September 13, 2013

A Chinese court has sentenced three men to death over violence in Xinjiang that left 35 people dead, state media say.

The court called the violence on 26 June in Turpan's remote township of Lukqun, about 200km (120 miles) south-east of the region's capital, Urumqi, a "terrorist attack".

A mob armed with knives attacked police stations, leading police to open fire, state media said at the time.

A fourth man was jailed for 25 years for his involvement, reports said.

There are sporadic outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang, where there are ethnic tensions between Muslim Uighur and Han Chinese communities.

The court in China's western Xinjiang region gave Ahmatniyaz Sidiq, Urayim Eli and Abdulla Esrapil the death penalty, describing Ahmatniyaz Sidiq as the leader, state-run news agency Xinhua said.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24075807

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Maldives EC warns Adhaalath Party over political abuse of Islam

By Mohamed Naahee | September 12th, 2013

The Election Commission (EC) has sent a formal letter of warning to the religious conservative Adhaalath Party, stating that the commission would take action should the party continue violating the Political Parties Act – the parent legislation upon which all political parties are founded.

Speaking to local media, Adhaalath Party Spokesperson Ali Zahir confirmed to local media that the party had received the letter.

Zahir said that the EC, in the letter signed by the Vice Chair of Elections Commission Ahmed Fayaz and addressed to the President of Adhaalath Party Sheikh Imran Abdulla, the commission condemned remarks made by the members of the party during a rally held at the Jumhoree Party’s campaign headquarters at Maafannu Kunooz.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/elections-commission-warns-adhaalath-party-over-political-abuse-of-islam-65370

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Afghan Taliban attack US consulate, leave two dead

2013-09-13

KABUL: Taliban militants attacked the US consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, using a car bomb and guns to battle security forces just outside the compound in the city of Herat.

It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility, but at least two Afghans died, while the US said its personnel were all safe.

The attack, which also injured several people and wound up leaving five alleged militants dead, underscored the perilous security situation in Afghanistan, where US-led troops are reducing their presence ahead of a full withdrawal next year.

The insurgent strikes are no longer concentrated in the country's south and east, but occur with troubling frequency in the north and west, which have been the more peaceful areas in years past.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042587/afghan-taliban-attack-us-consulate-leave-two-dead

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Suu Kyi says unable to stop anti-Muslim violence

 September 13, 2013

WARSAW : Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that she alone could not stop the anti-Muslim violence that has shaken her country and that the solution was to install the rule of law.

“It’s not something that I could learn to do, but I think what this whole society has to strive to do,” the democracy icon told reporters in Warsaw during a tour of central Europe. “We need rule of law in order that our people may feel secure and only secure people can talk to one another and try to establish the kind of relationship that will assure harmony for the future of our nation.” She was answering a question from a reporter tha if she personally could do anything to stop  sectarian violence. While she is venerated for her struggle for democracy, some rights activists have accused the Nobel Peace laureate of failing to clearly condemn anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/13-Sep-2013/suu-kyi-says-unable-to-stop-anti-muslim-violence

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China sides with Putin on Syria issue

ANANTH KRISHNAN

 Sep 13, 2013

China on Thursday joined Russia in cautioning the U.S. against carrying out “unilateral military action” in Syria.

Lending its support to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control, Beijing reiterated its position that the international community “should on the one hand uphold international norms that prohibit use of chemical weapons, and on the other hand press ahead with the political settlement of the Syrian issue”.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-sides-with-putin-on-syria-issue/article5121021.ece

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Resist communal forces to stop religion in politics: Bangladesh Eminent Personalities

13 September 2013

Some eminent personalities yesterday urged pro-liberation forces to resist communal forces which are trying to beef up strength by using religion in politics ahead of the national poll.

It is the duty of all conscious citizens to foil conspiracies to establish Bangladesh as a “Taliban-like state” and to remove all barriers to building it into a secular and democratic one, they said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/resist-communal-forces-to-stop-religion-in-politics/

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Religious minorities call hunger strike Sept 28: Declare Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad

Religious minorities will observe a dawn to dusk hunger strike in the capital’s Central Shaheed Minar premises on September 28 demanding that the government abolishes schedule “Kha” of the Vested Property Return (Amendment) Act 2013 and withdraws Debottor (Endowment) Property Management Bill 2013.

Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad, declared the strike at a rally the parishad organised in the Shaheed Minar premises yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/religious-minorities-call-hunger-strike-sept-28/

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Pakistan

 

Chief Justice Says God's Name Being Used To Evade Justice

2013-09-13

KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Friday said pardoning in God's name someone convicted of murder by a court of law was tantamount to evading the law, DawnNews reported.

The chief justice's remarks come days after the parents and two sisters of Shahzeb Khan, who was murdered in cold blood by a business tycoon’s son and his three accomplices, approached the Sindh High Court to seek acquittal of the convicts after pardoning them “in the name of Allah”.

The pardon of the men convicted of Shahzeb's murder triggered a widespread debate over whether the country’s elite could be held accountable for crimes they committed as the prime accused belonged to powerful feudal families.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042609/cj-says-gods-name-being-used-to-evade-justice

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MQM threatens protests against extra-judicial steps

13 September 2013

LAHORE - Reaffirming that Muttahida Qaumi Movement was not against any targeted action in Karachi, Wasay Jalil stated on Thursday Sindh government has started an operation against his group instead of launching a swoop on extortionists, assassins, gangsters and terrorists who had a significant presence in the sprawling cosmopolitan.

Talking to The Nation, Jalil, who is a member of Muttahida central liaison committee, pointed out that the action directed toward his party was also contrary to the decision reached by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/lahore/13-Sep-2013/mqm-threatens-protests-against-extra-judicial-steps

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Pakistan to build twin capitals connected by tunnel

PTI | Sep 13, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is planning an ambitious $12 billion project that includes building a twin capital city across the scenic Margalla Hills and connecting it with Islamabad through a tunnel, a media report said on Thursday.

The project is being implemented on the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Capital Development Authority is working hard at it, The News daily reported.

Quoting sources, the report said the construction of two ring roads between Rawalpindi-Islamabad and a new airport at Rawat, Rawalpindi, are also part of this mega project.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-to-build-twin-capitals-connected-by-tunnel/articleshow/22532773.cms

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United against terrorism: Imran congratulates Nawaz over ‘good start’

September 13, 2013 

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for what he called a good start to control terrorism in the country. He said if the law is made equal for all in Karachi, peace could be maintained.

Speaking in his first interview after the All Parties Conference (APC) to Express News host Javed Chaudhry for his talk show Kal Tak, Imran said that he was both happy and sad, over the decisions of the APC; happy because all that he has been saying since long about the problem was accepted and sad that uncountable losses have been inflicted to Pakistan since.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/603710/united-against-terrorism-imran-congratulates-nawaz-over-good-start/

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Sharif readies to choose next Pakistan army head

Imtiaz Ahmad , Hindustan Times

Islamabad, September 13, 2013

With the exit of Asif Zardari and the election of Mamnoon Hussain, the stage is now set for the appointment of the new army chief and also the chief of the joint chiefs of staff committee. One is the most powerful position in Pakistan and the other is a ceremonial appointment that wields almost no power.

It is said the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff is a position for possible army chiefs who were unpalatable to the then president or PM.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Sharif-readies-to-choose-next-Pakistan-army-head/Article1-1121412.aspx

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Baradar might hold key to Afghanistan's peace

REUTERS

2013-09-13

KABUL/ISLAMABAD: Once a ruthless fighter and a friend of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, Abdul Ghani Baradar may now hold the key to Afghanistan's peace — or so his minders believe.

The former Taliban second-in-command was captured in Pakistan in 2010 and has since emerged as a figure Afghanistan and Pakistan believe could help persuade his former comrades to lay down their weapons and engage in peace talks.

Pakistan announced this week that it would free Baradar as early as this month. Sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan said he could be sent to another country, possibly Saudi Arabia or Turkey, to prepare him for the mission.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042590/baradar-might-hold-key-to-afghanistans-peace

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Nine Nato oil tankers torched in Kalat

2013-09-13

KALAT: At least nine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) oil tankers were torched during an attack in the Sohrab district of Balochistan on Friday, DawnNews reported.

According to the police, the oil tankers were incinerated when unknown motorcyclists targeted them with rockets in the Sohrab area near Kalat.

Police moreover said one of the drivers of the oil tankers was missing following the attack. However, no loss of life was reported in the incident.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042595/nine-nato-oil-tankers-torched-in-kalat

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Peace in Karachi linked to deweaponisation

13 September 2013

LAHORE - Peace in Karachi, the economic hub of the country, is linked to deweaponisation since surgical and targeted operations involving paramilitary troops are a temporary solution of the problem, becoming more serious with each passing day.

During background interviews, several retired and serving police officers and former security experts underlined that peace could not be restored in the most populous City unless the militant wings of the political parties are disarmed and disbanded.

They stated that the current situation in Karachi warrants political will and a comprehensive action plan to eliminate the criminals.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/editors-picks/13-Sep-2013/peace-in-karachi-linked-to-deweaponisation

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33 Taliban released so far: FO

13 September 2013

Pakistan has decided in principle to release prominent Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Bradar at an appropriate time.

This was confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at his weekly briefing in his Islamabad on Thursday.

He said Islamabad has released thirty three Taliban detainees including seven in recent days with the objective to contribute to Afghan reconciliation process. He said the purpose is to allow these elements to join the mainstream reconciliation process.

He said Pakistan believes that the Afghan reconciliation process will succeed only if all the stakeholders are able to participate in it.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/12-Sep-2013/33-taliban-released-so-far-fo

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Some forces want to sabotage Taliban talks: Nisar

 September 13, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Thursday claimed that certain powerful forces were bent on sabotaging the peace process with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“Some ‘vested interests’, which hold sway in the power corridors, have spun into action against the government initiative to negotiate a ceasefire with Taliban so that they could use the prevailing anarchy to their advantage,”, Nisar said in a statement issued here.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/13-Sep-2013/some-forces-want-to-sabotage-taliban-talks-nisar

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India

 

Good atmosphere must for PM-level talks, Khurshid tells Pak

PTI | Sep 13, 2013

BISHKEK: India on Friday said a proper atmosphere is a major requisite for Prime Minister-level talks with Pakistan even as Islamabad expressed keenness on holding such parleys on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid, who had an informal meeting on Thursday night with the Pakistani premier's key foreign policy aide Sartaj Aziz, said India expressed its desire to proceed with talks only if there are right atmospherics.

"We told him (Aziz) that in view of the wish of the people for positive talks, there has to be a conducive atmosphere. Whenever a high-level talk process is on, the atmosphere should be good," he told reporters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Good-atmosphere-must-for-PM-level-talks-Khurshid-tells-Pak/articleshow/22549627.cms

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Muzaffarnagar riots: On the ground, Muslims take stock of 'a new situation'

Seema Chishti Posted online: Fri Sep 13 2013

New Delhi :Amid the violence of a scale these areas of UP have never seen before, there is restlessness in the Muslim community about “adjusting to a new situation” — and it is not just about displacement, disposession of assets, or attacks .

Several Muslims familiar with the area and its dynamics point out that in these areas seen as communal flashpoints, including in 1947 and 1992, what has been consistent is a political sync between Jat and Muslim interests. The rise of Charan Singh, his family and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, and even the success of farm lobbyist Mahender Singh Tikait, owed a lot to the two communities sticking together.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/on-the-ground-muslims-take-stock-of--a-new-situation-/1168565/

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First Indo-Pak meet after LoC strife

TNN | Sep 13, 2013

NEW DELHI: Foreign minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday met his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz in Bishkek in what is the first engagement between the two countries after the recent strife over ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC). Sources said the two leaders had an informal chat over dinner hosted by deputy PM of Kyrgyzstan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/First-Indo-Pak-meet-after-LoC-strife/articleshow/22531828.cms

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ISI wants to portray India as unstable: Yasin Bhatkal

Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 13, 2013

Handlers from Pakistani spy agency ISI instructed Indian Mujahideen’s top operative Mohammad Ahmad Siddibappa, who is better known as Yasin Bhatkal, to maintain a high frequency of blasts to show India as an unstable country before the world, counter terror officials told HT.

“Yasin was under regular pressure to maintain frequency of terror blast in India. In fact, some of the times instructions came directly from ISI handlers, bypassing the regular channel of Riyaz Bhatkal, who fled India in early 2009 and is now based in Karachi, Pakistan,” said a counter terror official requesting anonymity.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/ISI-wants-to-portray-India-as-unstable-Yasin-Bhatkal/Article1-1121466.aspx

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Pak takes step to book Mumbai attack perpetrators

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

September 13, 2013

Pakistan has indicated some movement in prosecuting its nationals charged with masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks, thus moving a step towards creating the right atmosphere sought by India for a meeting between Prime Ministers of two countries later this month in New York.

The two countries also agreed on effectively implementing measures to ensure peace and tranquillity on the line of control (LoC), a formulation that meets mid-way India’s sense of hurt over killing of its soldiers as well as Pakistan’s claim that both sides are victims when soldiers fire at each other – India’s claims seven deaths this year while Pakistan says eight of its men have been killed on the border.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/pak-takes-step-to-book-mumbai-attack-perpetrators/article5123287.ece

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India against military intervention in Syria: Khurshid

13 2013

Bishkek : India on Friday expressed deep concern over the conflict in Syria, saying world powers should not resort to any military intervention in that country.

"India is deeply concerned at the ongoing conflict in Syria and is closely watching the fast paced developments," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said in his address at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) Heads of State Summit here.

"We have consistently called upon all sides to abjure violence so that conditions can be created for an inclusive political dialogue leading to a comprehensive political solution, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-against-military-intervention-in-syria-khurshid/1168800/

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Southeast Asia

 

Artefacts stolen from Central Jakarta National Museum

 September 13 2013

Four precious golden artefacts from the ancient Mataram period have gone missing from the National Museum in Central Jakarta, with officials from the Education and Culture Ministry scrambling to find the items, including by calling international auction houses to join its investigation.

“We discovered on Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. that four historical golden artefacts were missing,” the ministry’s director general for culture, Kacung Marijan, said in a press conference on Thursday.

Artefacts stolen from Central Jakarta National Museum

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/09/13/artifacts-stolen-national-museum.html

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Philippine president reacts to rebels

2013-09-13

ZAMBOANGA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino visited a southern city infiltrated by Muslim rebels Friday, vowing to end the crisis and warning the gunmen against harming civilian hostages or resorting to flagrant destruction.

Aquino urged the port city of Zamboanga to stand firm as Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters battled troops for a fifth day in what he said was a “desperate” bid to derail efforts to end a long Muslim rebellion.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042610/philippine-president-reacts-to-rebels

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