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Islamic World News ( 21 Feb 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Defiant Muammar Gaddafi says he will die a martyr rather than quit

Gaddafi denies fleeing Libya in TV appearance

Taliban bomber kills 31 at Afghan office

Suicide attack kills 12 in Iraq

Car bomb kills 17 in Somalia; Al-Shabaab owns responsibility

Deoband V- C Maulana Vastanvi will not go gently into the night

Hamas orders male hairstylists out of lady salons

Hamas orders male hairstylists out of lady salons

Symposium on the life and achievements of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Vastnavi may lose Deoband post as rivals band together

Davis is a CIA agent, no doubt: Pak intel official

Clashes erupt in Tripoli; protesters celebrate in Benghazi

Gadhafi’s son warns of ‘rivers of blood'

US assails Libya’s use of lethal force against protesters

Your time is up, Libyan UN diplomats tell Qaddafi

Libya oil industry faces threat

Libya must stop ‘unacceptable bloodshed’ now: Clinton

Al Jazeera signal jammed in Mideast, Libya suspected

Jordan asks Libya to help nationals go home

Kingdom says world has enough oil as Libya in ferment

Iranian diplomat defects to opposition

Yemen Prez rejects demand to step down

Bahrain protesters seek to overthrow royal family

Mubarak's assets to be frozen

Students protest in Algerian capital

SIT officer misbehaves with Ishrat Jahan’s mother

Two pro-India parties floated in J&K with Army, MHA help

Decision on the minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia today

Maulana Arshad Madani congratulates Fahim and Sabah on their acquittal

Row continuing with US on Davis issue, admits Gilani

Police ban broadcast of riot footage on Godhra judgment day

Prez: Govt firm on tackling corruption

Japan building spy service: WikiLeaks

Blind man resculpts ‘untouchable’ Jesus

Israel and Chile spied on Iran: WikiLeaks

Drone attacks resume in Pakistan

Qureshi still part of PPP, says Gilani

Malaysian police detain Pakistanis over kidnap

US missiles kill nine in North Waziristan

Killers of innocent people enemies of Balochistan: Raisani

Ivorian troops kill protesters, AU team arrives

Iran warships to begin Suez Canal passage Tuesday

Labour strike continues for second day in Makkah

Hamas pours scorn on Fatah call for unity

Tunisia gov’t seeks to dissolve Ben Ali party

Afghans see warlord footprints in new police force

Arab energy ventures to hit $530b

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muammar Gaddafi says he will die a martyr rather than quit

 

James Meikle, Ian Black and agencies

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 February 2011 16.42 GMT

Muammar Gaddafi tells Libyan TV he is refusing to step down

 Muammar Gaddafi refused to step down as Libya's leader in a televised address on Tuesday afternoon saying "I am going to die here as a martyr" and accusing "forces affiliated to foreign forces" of seeking to "disfigure, undermine and tarnish the reputation of the country".

The dictator said he would not to give up power and attacked "the tyranny of the US" and other countries.

"We shall remain here and defiant," he said, calling on supporters to take to the streets to back him on Wednesday.

Gaddafi, dressed in brown robes and pounding his fist, accused "sick people within the nation" of trying to seduce others into rebellion with money and drugs. "This is my country, watered by our blood and your blood," he said.

His defiance came as the United Nations security council met in closed session to discuss his brutal crackdown in Libya. There were fears of a bloodbath following Gaddafi's earlier appearance in the capital city, Tripoli, to deny he had fled the country.

Libya's deputy ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim al-Dabashi, appealed for international intervention, starting with a no-fly zone over the country, to help stop "a real genocide".

Rebel soldiers claimed they had seized control of eastern Libya and blasts were heard in the city of Tobruk as the UN refugee agency urged Libya's neighbours to give refuge to those fleeing the violence.

"All the eastern regions are out of Gaddafi's control now ... The people and the army are hand-in-hand here," said a former army major Hany Saad Marjaa.

Runways at Benghazi airport have been destroyed in the violence, according to the Egyptian authorities. The country's second city has been the scene of alleged massacres in recent days.

The death toll in Libya passed 250 on Monday after six days of unrest, but this is a conservative estimate. The International Federation of Human Rights estimated the death toll of up to 400.

Parts of Tripoli were attacked by fighter jets and helicopter gunships overnight. Twenty-six people also died in the eastern city of Al Bayda as it came under fire from forces using aircraft and tanks, according to one eyewitness report.

British Airways and bmi have cancelled flights from Heathrow to Tripoli, while the Dutch airline KLM and the Arab carrier Emirates are among other companies to have also suspended services in and out of the Libyan capital. The Foreign Office is reviewing its advice to Britons without "pressing need to remain" to leave by commercial means, if safe to do so.

During the protests in Egypt, the UK laid on a charter flight and was urgently looking into similar options as the Libyan crisis deepened.

The Ministry of Defence is investigating whether naval forces could rescue stranded Britons. The frigate HMS Cumberland is remaining in the Mediterranean instead of returning to the UK to be scrapped. But Libyan ports are said to be closed. "We are monitoring the situation closely. The safety and security of British nationals are our top priority," said a MoD spokeswoman

Gaddafi appeared briefly on Libyan state TV on Monday to deny reports that he had fled the country. "I want to show that I'm in Tripoli and not in Venezuela. Do not believe the channels belonging to stray dogs," he said, holding an umbrella in the rain and leaning out of a vehicle. The station said he was speaking outside his house.

As his forces launched air strikes against protesters amid apparent confirmation of claims that African mercenaries were being used to quell the violence, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, condemned the "very disturbing and shocking scenes". He said he had spoken to Gaddafi and "forcefully urged him to stop violence against demonstrators". Ban told reporters: "This is unacceptable. This must stop immediately. This is a serious violation of international humanitarian law."

The Arab League is to hold an emergency meeting in Cairo. At least seven Libyan ambassadors have resigned in protest over the killings, although other senior diplomats remained in their post while appealing for Gaddafi to step down.

In New York, Dabashi said there must be a no-fly zone "on the cities of Libya so no mercenaries, no supplies of arms will arrive to the regime". He told a press conference that he and other UN diplomats were not resigning because they served the people of Libya, not the regime.

"This is in fact a declaration of war against the Libyan people," he said, while surrounded by a dozen Libyan diplomats. "The regime of Gaddafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan people."

Libya's ambassador to the US, Ali Aujali, said he was resigning; he had previously said he was not quitting his post because he was "on the "good side" of the Tripoli government.

He told ABC's Good Morning America: "This regime is shaking and this is the time to get rid of it. Please, please, help the Libyan people. Help them. They are burning. We need the world to stand up by us … I resign from serving the current dictatorship regime. But I will never resign from serving our people until their voices reach the whole world, until their goals are achieved."

Libya's ambassador at the UN, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, told the pan-Arab newspaper, al-Hayat, that all diplomats at Libya's mission supported Dabashi, "excluding me". Shalgham said he was in touch with the Gaddafi government and was trying "to persuade them to stop these acts".

The country's ambassador to India, who resigned over the crackdown, said African mercenaries were being employed by Gaddafi. "They are from Africa, and speak French and other languages," Ali al-Essawi told Reuters, adding he had been told there had been army defections.

"They [the troops] are Libyans and they cannot see foreigners killing Libyans so they moved beside the people."

In Al Bayda, resident Marai Al Mahry told Reuters by telephone that 26 people, including his brother Ahmed, had been shot dead overnight by Gaddafi loyalists. "They shoot you just for walking on the street," he said.

"The only thing we can do now is not give up: no surrender, no going back. We will die anyway, whether we like it or not. It is clear that they don't care whether we live or not."

 

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Gaddafi denies fleeing Libya in TV appearance

Feb 22, 2011

TRIPOLI: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi late Monday denied he had fled the country in a brief television appearance.

"I am going to meet with the youth in Green Square," in downtown Tripoli, he said in what state television reported was a live broadcast from the strongman's home.

"It's just to prove that I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela and to deny television reports, those dogs," he said, holding up an umbrella in pouring rain while about to step into a car.

Rain lashed Tripoli on Monday evening.

A suggestion in Brussels earlier on Monday by British foreign secretary William Hague that Gaddafi may have left the country for Venezuela was swiftly denied by Caracas, home to the Gaddafi's firebrand ally President Hugo Chavez.

Foreign minister Nicolas Maduro spoke to his Libyan counterpart Mussa Kussa, who told him Gaddafi was "in Tripoli, exercising his powers of state and confronting the situation in the country," the foreign ministry in Caracas said in a statement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-denies-fleeing-Libya-in-TV-appearance/articleshow/7544271.cms#ixzz1EeDu4V00

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Taliban bomber kills 31 at Afghan office

February 22, 2011

A Taliban suicide bomber struck an Afghan Government office on Monday, killing 31 people and raising to more than 100 the death toll from a surge in high-profile bomb attacks. A string of insurgent attacks has targeted civilians and Government forces over the last three weeks, just a few months before limited withdrawals of US-led NATO forces are due to start in July.

The attack took place as people queued outside a district office in Imam Sahib in the northern province of Kunduz to collect new identity cards and other paperwork. Insurgents have made increasing inroads into the north, expanding from their power bases in the south and east, along Pakistan border.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/319399/Taliban-bomber-kills-31-at-Afghan-office.html

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Suicide attack kills 12 in Iraq

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN

Feb 22, 2011

BAGHDAD: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb Monday at a police station north of Baghdad, killing at least 12 police officers, police and health officials said.

The attack in Samarra, 95 km north of Baghdad, comes nine days after a suicide bomber targeted Shiite pilgrims returning from a religious ceremony at the city's Al-Askari Mosque. Thirty-six were killed in that attack.

Monday's bombing also wounded at least 22 people, according to two police officers and hospital official.

The police battalion that came under attack had been dispatched from a southern Shiite province two weeks ago to help protect pilgrims during the ceremony, said Niyaz Oglu, a member of the area's provincial council.

Oglu accused Al-Qaeda in Iraq of organizing the attack.

«They are taking revenge on the security forces that have foiled their attempts to ignite sectarian violence,» he said.

No group claimed responsibility for Monday's bombing, but such attacks bear the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda or its allied, militant organizations.

Samarra has been a flashpoint since a 2006 attack by Al-Qaeda destroyed part of the golden-domed mosque there. The event sparked a vicious bloodbath between the country's Shiite majority and Sunni minority that swept through the country.

Shiites flocked to the site earlier this month to celebrate a religious holiday, prompting the deployment of extra security forces in the city.

Also Monday, police and hospital officials in the northern city of Sulaimaniyah said two protesters died, including a teenager, and 46 were wounded as a result of injuries sustained during overnight protests.

A Sulaimaniyah police official said that around 2,000 people took part in scattered demonstrations around the city, 260 km northeast of Baghdad, late Sunday. Many Kurds are frustrated by the tight grip with which the two ruling parties control the Kurdish autonomous region.

The official said Kurdish security forces opened fire in the air to disperse the crowd.

Hospital officials said about 20 people were shot, including a 17-year-old and a 27-year-old. The others were hit by flying stones.

The Kurdish region has been spared much of the violence that has consumed the rest of Iraq since the US-led invasion, and the area attracts many foreign businesses looking to make a foothold in the country. But Kurds have become fed up by the lack of jobs and economic opportunity for people not affiliated with the two main political parties.

Monday's deaths brought the total number of people killed since last Thursday, when protests erupted in Sulaimaniyah, to four. On Thursday, two people were killed and nearly 50 injured in a protest at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Since then, demonstrators have thronged the city's streets.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article277722.ece

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Car bomb kills 17 in Somalia; Al-Shabaab owns responsibility

By ABDI SHEIKH AND IBRAHIM MOHAMED

Feb 22, 2011

MOGADISHU: A suicide car bomb by rebels who profess loyalty to Al-Qaeda killed at least 17 people near a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Monday, and police forecast the death toll would rise.

Al Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, has waged a three-year insurgency to topple the UN-backed interim government they consider a stooge of the West, restricting its writ to just a few blocks of Mogadishu.

Western spy agencies say the Horn of Africa country has become a haven for foreign jihadists, while critics have accused the government of not doing enough to end the insurgency.

Somali Al-Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for bombs in Uganda that killed scores of people in July.

“Today we carried out a blessed car bomb attack at the so-called police camp,” Al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told reporters. “This is a warning to our enemies and a pleasure for us.”

Police, who had earlier said they suspected Al-Shabaab in the hit, said civilian casualties were high in the early morning strike on a busy main road that was aimed at Seredi, the police training camp about 500 meters (1,650 feet) from Mogadishu port.

“We cannot get the exact number of dead now. We are busy collecting flesh, and people are shocked here,” Hassan Ali, a police officer, told Reuters.

There were likely to be more casualties since fragments of the bomb, shrapnel and wrecked car parts were flung across the road and into various buildings and houses, police said.

Two vehicles with passengers headed for the port burst into flames and several residents fled in panic, police said. A donkey and its rider both lay dead and nearby houses made of iron sheets were destroyed.

Four of those killed were suicide bombers, seven were police officers, and half a dozen were civilians, police said.

Ali said police shot at a speeding vehicle hurtling toward the gates of their training camp, before the explosion shook the area, covering it in flames and smoke.

“We fired at the car as it sped toward us, before it exploded outside our gate. Two police guards were killed.”

Ali said the bombers’ vehicle was a mini-lorry loaded with drums and explosives.

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The African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia said it would be steadfast in its mandate despite the attack.

Analysts say the rebels likely would have ousted the interim government by now had it not been supported by the AU troops.

“This is not their first car bomb, this will never stop our mission,” Barigye Ba-Hoku, their spokesman, told Reuters.

Somalia has been plagued by violence and anarchy since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991. Neighbors say Somalia is used as a shelter by Islamist militants intent on attacks in east Africa and further afield.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed over the past four years in fighting that has seen the rebels seize control of about half the capital and swathes of southern and central Somalia.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) has said Somalia’s government is hobbled by weak leadership and urged the international community to cut its financial support to the government. The ICG suggested regional governments would be more effective in running the war-wracked country.

“The logical alternative is a more decentralized system of governance in which most power and resources are devolved to local administrations,” said analyst Rashid Abdi.

http://arabnews.com/world/article277259.ece

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Deoband V- C Maulana Vastanvi will not go gently into the night

By Insiya Amir in Deoband

 

GHULAM MOHAMMAD VASTANVI, the embattled reformist vice- chancellor of the Darul Uloom, has confided in his supporters that he will raise the issue of the interference of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the pro- Taliban Pakistani cleric, in the internal affairs of the seminary when its Majlis- e- Shoora (governing council) convenes on Wednesday morning.

The vice- chancellor, who first offered to quit on January 25 and then dug his heels in after the overwhelming show of support for him on the campus, has informed people close to him that the Majlis cannot consider his resignation because he has not resigned in the first place.

Vastanvi has even indicated that if the Majlis puts pressure on him to resign under the influence of certain important players in the ongoing controversy ( notably the uncle- nephew duo of Arshad and Mehmood Madani), he will approach the courts under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.

A Majlis member confirmed that Vastanvi’s resignation is not on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.

Legally, the Majlis cannot discuss a matter that has not come up before it formally. If Vastanvi’s resignation has to be discussed, it has to be first included in the agenda and then only can it be taken up.

Insiders point to three scenarios that are likely to emerge at the Majlis meeting.

One, Vastanvi offers to quit. If he does, another Majlis meeting will have to be called with his resignation on the agenda.

The second, and more likely, scenario is that Vastanvi is not going to offer to quit. Since his first offer to resign, Vastanvi has amassed immense popular and political support, and people close to him say he is going to dig his heels in. Vastanvi wants the Majlis to ask him to quit so that he can make it a national issue.

In the third scenario, if the 13 Majlis members are not present at the meeting, then the meeting cannot be held and will have to reconvened at a later date. This rescheduled meeting will have to be called by Vastanvi himself.

Whichever way it goes, the Majlis meeting is not going to spell the quiet end of Vastanvi.

Source: Mail Today, New Delhi

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Hamas orders male hairstylists out of lady salons

Feb 21, 2011

GAZA CITY: A Gaza rights group says the ruling Hamas militant group has barred male hairdressers from working in women’s salons. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Monday that five male hairdressers were interrogated and forced to sign declarations that they wouldn’t work in women’s salons.

Male hairdressers for women are rare in conservative Gaza where genders rarely mix in public.

Hamas tried to impose a similar ban last March, but backed down after an outcry.

It’s the latest attempt by Hamas to impose its strict version of Islamic law on Gaza’s 1.5 million people. The group took control of Gaza in 2007. It has also banned women from smoking waterpipes or riding behind men on motorbikes.

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article277598.ece

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Symposium on the life and achievements of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

New Age Islam News Bureau

New Delhi:  A symposium was organized by All India Majlis-e-Mashawirat in the Constitution Club on the topic ‘The life and achievements of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’. The symposium was attended by Feroz Bakht Ahmad,  Maulana Ahmad Ali Qasmi, MP Rashid Alvi, MP Sharifudding Shariq, Maulana Wali Rahmani, Khalid Anwar, Advocate Feroz Ghazi , Advocate Z K Faizan and other intellectuals who shed light on the life and different aspects of his personality. Speakers unanimously said that Maulana Azad was the only person who did not want partition of the country. Maulana Azad had said in an interview with Shorish Kashmiri for Chattan that all the members of the working committee wanted partition one or the other way. He had also foreseen that if India was divided it will not be good for the country. According to Firoz Bakht Ahmad, Justice C M Nayyar had said that Maulana Azad played a bigger role than Gandhi and Nehru in the freedom of India.

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Vastnavi may lose Deoband post as rivals band together

Abantika Ghosh

Feb 22, 2011,

NEW DELHI: Hectic behind-the-scene parleys are on to reach a consensus on who will be the new vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom in Deoband amid indications that Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi may not be able to continue as VC.

Several factors -- a decisive strike against his principal backer Badruddin Ajmal, reservations about him among supporters of Mehmood Madani and persistent resentment among many for his alleged softness towards Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi -- have combined to render him vulnerable.

The Islamic semainary's Majlis-e-Shoora, or General Council, will hold the all-important meeting to decide on the key post on February 23.

Sources said Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, who held fort after the death of Vastanvi's predecessor, Maulana Marghub Rehman, is increasingly emerging as the consensus candidate in the 18-member Council. Vastanvi was elected as VC on January 10, but ran into trouble for remarks praising development in Gujarat under Modi.

The faction-ridden Council is likely to find Nomani acceptable largely because of his non-controversial image.

The three factions of the Council are controlled by Jamiat-ulama-i-Hind general secretary, Maulana Mahmood Madani, his uncle Arshad Madani, and Assam MP Badruddin Ajmal. Arshad is part of the seminary's faculty and president of a Jamiat faction. While, Ajmal is planning to defect from Arshad to Mahmood's camp.

Nomani, in his 50s, runs a madarsa in Varanasi. He has studied in Deoband, and commands respect for his knowledge of the hadees (the Prophet's sayings). He is also a member of the Council.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Vastnavi-may-lose-Deoband-post-as-rivals-band-together/articleshow/7541836.cms#ixzz1EeEY5ORn

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Davis is a CIA agent, no doubt: Pak intel official

Feb 22, 2011,

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: US official Raymond Davis, arrested on charges of gunning down two men in Lahore, is a CIA agent, a media report said. The Guardian said based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, it can confirm that Davis, a former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA.

It quoted a senior Pakistani intelligence official as saying that "it's beyond a shadow of doubt" . This may complicate US efforts to seek the release of Davis, who claims to have fired in self-defence when the two attempted to rob him. The 37-year-old Davis has been charged with murder. He shot at two men who had pulled up in front of his car at a traffic signal on January 25. In Islamabad, Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said his government would deal with the matter without compromising national interests.

"You should not be worried . There is a responsible government and it is working in the country's interest," he said when asked by reporters about Davis being a CIA operative . Davis was engaged in espionage and surveillance activities and was on a mission when the incident happened, claimed Punjab's law minister Rana Sanaullah.

Davis is now lodged in a Lahore jail where additional security forces have been deployed . Obama administration has demanded the release of Davis contending that he is an "administrative and technical official" attached to its Lahore consulate and that he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Davis-is-a-CIA-agent-no-doubt-Pak-intel-official/articleshow/7544468.cms#ixzz1EeH3Ja3k

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Clashes erupt in Tripoli; protesters celebrate in Benghazi

By MAGGIE MICHAEL AND HAMZA HENDAWI

Feb 21, 2011

CAIRO: Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi on Monday, claiming control of the country’s second largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in Tripoli’s main square for the first time. Moammar Qaddafi’s son vowed that his father and security forces would fight “until the last bullet.”

Even as Seif Al-Islam Qaddafi spoke on state TV Sunday night, clashes were raging in and around Tripoli’s central Green Square, lasting until dawn Monday, witnesses said.

They reported snipers opening fire on crowds trying to seize the square, and Qaddafi supporters speeding through in vehicles, shooting and running over protesters. Before dawn, protesters took over the offices of two of the multiple state-run satellite news channels, witnesses said.

During the day Monday, a fire was raging at the People’s Hall, the main hall for government gatherings where the country’s equivalent of a parliament holds its sessions several times a year. The pro-government news web site Qureyna said flames were seen leaping from the building, and that the headquarters of the Olympics Committee was also on fire.

Protesters were calling for a new protest at sunset Monday in Green Square, setting up the likelihood of new clashes.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article277404.ece

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Gadhafi’s son warns of ‘rivers of blood'

February 22, 2011

Anti-Government protests intensified on Monday in Libya as Muammar Gadhafi’s son warned of “rivers of blood” and two Libyan diplomats, including its envoy to India, quit to protest the crackdown while elsewhere in the Arab world the demonstrations continued to swell.

In Tripoli, Gadhafi’s son warned that the country faced a bloody civil war if anti-Government protesters refused to accept offers of reform.

Amid reports of growing opposition to Gadhafi’s rule, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 38, said in a televised speech that his father remained in charge with the Army’s backing and would “fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet”. Saif Gadhafi holds a key post in the Government.

Protests were reported to have spread on Monday from regional towns and cities to the capital, Tripoli and gunfire could be heard ringing out as Saif Gadhafi’s lengthy speech was aired, AKI reported.

Anti-Government strikes were on Monday reported to be taking place in Libya and Government buildings were reported to be on fire.

The protests in Libya have been inspired by the successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Tunisia saw a month-long mass unrest which toppled the 23-year rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from January 14. Barely a few days later on January 25, protests erupted in Egypt with tens of thousands of demonstrators seeking President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Mubarak quit on February 11. The unrest has also hit Bahrain, Iran, Yemen, Algeria and Jordan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/319407/Gadhafi%E2%80%99s-son-warns-of-%E2%80%98rivers-of-blood.html

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US assails Libya’s use of lethal force against protesters

February 22, 2011

The United States has voiced its “strong objections” to Libya’s use of lethal force against pro-democracy protesters, amid reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured. It has urged the Libyan Government to uphold the freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.

“The United States is gravely concerned with disturbing reports and images coming out of Libya,” the State Department said. It spoke of “multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured in several days of unrest,” noting the full extent of the death toll is unknown because of the lack of access of international media and human rights bodies.

“We have raised to a number of Libyan officials, including Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, our strong objections to the use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators,” said the statement, issued by spokesman Philip J Crowley.

Stating that Libyan officials had expressed their commitment to protecting the people’s right to peaceful protest, Crowley said Libyan Government should uphold that commitment, and hold to account any security officer who does not act accordingly.

In a separate message on the Twitter, Crowley noted: “Libya continues to restrict outside communications, but it cannot hide the mounting death toll as it cracks down on peaceful protesters.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/319403/US-assails-Libya%E2%80%99s-use-of-lethal-force-against-protesters.html

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Your time is up, Libyan UN diplomats tell Qaddafi

By EDITH M. LEDERER

Feb 22, 2011

UNITED NATIONS: Libya’s deputy ambassador at the United Nations, surrounded by fellow diplomats, called Monday for Moammar Qaddafi to step down as the country’s ruler.

“If he doesn’t,” deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi warned, “the Libyan people will get rid of him.” Dabbashi spoke as deep cracks appeared in Qaddafi’s regime after more than 40 years in power, with a fire raging at the main government hall in the capital, Tripoli, and protesters calling for more demonstrations despite the government’s deadly crackdown.

Qaddafi’s son, Seif Al-Islam, went on state TV in the early hours Monday, vowing to fight and warning in a sometimes confused speech that if protests continue, a civil war will erupt in which Libya’s oil wealth “will be burned.” Some diplomats abroad and the justice minister at home resigned.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article278180.ece

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Libya oil industry faces threat

Atul Aneja

DUBAI: Libya's surging revolt against the regime of President Muammar Qadafi is threatening to engulf the country's oil industry as old tribal affiliations in the oil bearing area are beginning to come apart.

The head of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya told Al Jazeera that oil supplies would be cut in 24 hours if the regime did not stop the “oppression of protesters”.

The Al-Zuwayya tribe has its stronghold south of Benghazi, now mostly in control of the opposition following heavy fighting. The city fell after reinforcements sent to smash the revolt, sided with the protesters, contributing even tanks and heavy weapons to bolster the uprising.

With the rebellion continuing to gather steam, BP, the energy firm from Britain, has reportedly said it would suspend operations and evacuate its personnel from Libya. The European Union countries buy nearly 75 per cent oil produced by Libya.

In his televised address in the early hours on Monday, Seif al-Islam el-Qadhafi, the President's son also abraded the psychological comfort of well-being that Libyans draw on account of their massive oil wealth. He warned that people could “forget oil and petrol,” in case a civil war, feeding into tribal affiliations of loyalty, engulfed Libya.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/22/stories/2011022258352000.htm

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Libya must stop ‘unacceptable bloodshed’ now: Clinton

February 22, 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a tribute in memory of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke at the Asia Society on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in New York. – AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Libya on Monday to immediately put an end to “unacceptable bloodshed” as she condemned Moamer Kadhafi’s protest crackdown.

“The world is watching the situation in Libya with alarm,” Clinton said in a written statement. “We join the international community in strongly condemning the violence in Libya.”

“Now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed,” she implored. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been lost, and with their loved ones.

“The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/22/libya-must-stop-unacceptable-bloodshed-now-clinton.html

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Al Jazeera signal jammed in Mideast, Libya suspected

February 21, 2011

DOHA: Al Jazeera’s signal across the Middle East and North Africa was plagued by jamming on Sunday, the Arab satellite broadcaster said, and Lebanon said the electronic interference was coming from Libya.

Al Jazeera, whose coverage of the regional political unrest has been widely watched in the Arab world, first reported jamming on Friday and said its website had been blocked in Libya.

“We believe that whoever is doing this is operating with sophisticated and large equipment,” an Al Jazeera spokesman said in a statement.

In Beirut, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Charbel Nahhas said the jamming “originated from Libyan territory” and it was also affecting Lebanese channels.

“They (Libyans) see what these televisions carry about what is happening in their country and they jam the transmission points … so Al Jazeera is affected and we are affected too,” Nahhas told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/20/al-jazeera-signal-jammed-in-mideast-libya-suspected.html

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Jordan asks Libya to help nationals go home

21 February 2011

AMMAN — Jordan has asked the Libyan authorities to help bring home its citizens after a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters in the north African country, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

“The ministry is contacting the Libyan authorities to facilitate the travel of Jordanians in various Libyan cities who want to return home,” ministry spokesman Mohammad Kayed told the state-run Petra news agency.

“All Jordanians in Libya are safe. The ministry is touch with the Jordanian community there to provide them with their needs under the current circumstances.”

He did not give details about the number of Jordanians in Libya.

But the popular local news website ammonnews.net quoted Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh as telling MPs at a meeting that there are currently 9,000 Jordanians in Libya.

He said 1,500 of them are in the “troubled” areas in Libya’s east, adding that 65 Jordanians have asked the government to help them go home “but this came after the airports in the flashpoint city of Benghazi were closed.”

“We will do our best to help all Jordanians who want to leave Libya,” the website quoted Judeh as saying, adding that there are many Jordanian businessmen in the north African country.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/February/middleeast_February704.xml&section=middleeast

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Kingdom says world has enough oil as Libya in ferment

By AMENA BAKR AND ASMA ALSHARIF

Feb 22, 2011

RIYADH: World markets have plenty of oil, the Kingdom said on Monday, as a wave of revolution that has already toppled two presidents tightened its grip on OPEC member Libya and drove prices to a 2-1/2 year-high.

Energy ministers arrived in Riyadh on the eve of talks designed to narrow the gap between producer and consumer nations.

The formal agenda could be overwhelmed by concern anti-government protests will drive oil prices still higher.

Oil on Monday climbed above $106 as energy firms recalled international staff from Libya and spreading unrest shut down some 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production there.

It was the first output disruption since popular unrest erupted in Tunisia, ousting its president, before spreading to Egypt, where it unseated Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of rule.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article278077.ece

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Iranian diplomat defects to opposition

Feb 21, 2011

PARIS: An Iranian diplomat has quit the country’s consulate in Milan to join the opposition “Green Wave” movement in France, the group said in a statement on Monday.

Ahmed Maleki, first secretary and vice consul at Iran’s consulate in Milan, is the latest high-profile diplomat to defect from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s foreign service.

“Mr. Ahmed Maleki and all members of his immediate family have arrived in France where he is to seek political asylum,” the group, which was set up in March 2010, said.

The Green Wave is headed by exiled Iranian businessman Amir Jahanshahi.

According to the group, the 49 year-old Maleki is a nephew of Ayatollah Medhi Karroubi, one of the key opposition leaders currently in Iran.

Nobody was immediately available for comment at the Iranian embassy in Rome.

Iranian authorities, seeking to avoid a revival of the mass anti-government rallies that erupted after the 2009 elections, warned on Saturday that any illegal gatherings by the opposition would be confronted.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article277015.ece

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Yemen Prez rejects demand to step down

February 22, 2011

Yemen’s President rejected demands that he step down and said on Monday that the widespread demonstrations against his regime were unacceptable acts of provocation, though he renewed calls for talks with the protesters.

After a week-and-a-half of marches that have left nine dead, President Ali Abdullah Saleh told a news conference that he ordered the Army to fire at demonstrators ‘only in case of self-defence.’

Saleh has ruled the poorest of the world’s Arab countries for three decades but the widespread demonstrations are putting heavy pressure on the US ally.

Protesters are occupying a major square in Sanaa but Saleh said those who oppose his regime are not more than 200,000 people, compared to Yemen’s population of roughly 25 million.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/319412/Yemen-Prez-rejects-demand-to-step-down.html

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Bahrain protesters seek to overthrow royal family

February 22, 2011

A group of protesters is calling for the ouster of Bahrain’s entire ruling monarchy as part of sweeping demands to call off the weeklong uprising in the Gulf nation.

The manifesto on Monday by a group calling itself “Youth of February 14”— after the day of the first marches — apparently seeks to stake out an uncompromising stance before possible talks between the opposition and the monarchy.

It is unclear how much weight the group carries. The group is also calling for authorities to be put on trial for attacks on protesters that have left at least seven dead and hundreds injured in the strategic island nation — home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Bahrain’s rulers have offered talks with opposition groups to try to defuse the showdown.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/319401/Bahrain-protesters-seek-to-overthrow-royal-family.html

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Mubarak's assets to be frozen

Feb 21, 2011,

CAIRO: Egypt's top prosecutor requested on Monday the freezing of the foreign assets of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family, announced state TV.

Officials said the prosecutor general asked the Foreign Ministry to contact countries around the world so they can freeze his assets abroad. The President's domestic assets were frozen soon after he stepped down, they added. The freeze applies to Mr. Mubarak, his wife, his two sons and two daughters-in-law, said the officials.

The announcement came as British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Cairo, the first trip of a world leader since Mr. Mubarak's fall. He said he would talk to those in charge to ensure “this really is a genuine transition” to civilian rule.

State media on Sunday had quoted Mr. Mubarak's legal representative as saying the former President had submitted to authorities a declaration that he had no assets abroad.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/22/stories/2011022258382000.htm

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Students protest in Algerian capital

February 22, 2011

About 500 students rallied in Algeria’s capital, part of the wave of unrest in Arab world to register discontent with national Governments.

Monday’s protest near the ministry of higher education follows scattered strikes and protests in recent weeks in defiance of a ban on public gatherings in Algiers dating to a bloody Islamic insurgency in the 1990s. The students want the Government to scrap a new law that dilutes the value of their diplomas by giving equal status to less-qualified degree holders in the job market.

Police were out in force, and some students claimed they were beaten bloody with police sticks.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has promised to lift a 19-year-long state of emergency, including the ban on public gatherings, by month’s end.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/319405/Students-protest-in-Algerian-capital.html

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SIT officer misbehaves with Ishrat Jahan’s mother

New Age Islam News Bureau

Mumbai: (Sayeed Hameed) Ishrat Jahan’s mother who lives in Mumbra in Maharashtra has been travelling to and fro Gujarat in connection with the ‘encounter’ of her daughter. She has to visit Ahmadabad and other town of Gujarat and there is a threat to her security. Apart from that, she is also subjected to the partisan attitude of the officers of the Special Investigation Team that the Gujarat High Court has set up for the investigation into the encounter. This has made her concerned. On Monday, a senior IPS officer Jha not only treated Ishrat Jahan’s mother rudely but also misbehaved with her in the SIT office in Gujarat. He also left the office ignoring the application in connection with the ‘encounter’. Shamima Kausar and her lawyers are concerned over the attitude and misbehaviour of the senior IPS officer of the SIT as to how they will investigate the matter honestly and nuetrally. The way the IPS misbehaved with Shamima Kausar has also raised questions on her security.

 

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Two pro-India parties floated in J&K with Army, MHA help

Pradeep Thakur

Feb 22, 2011

NEW DELHI: Two new pro-India political outfits are being launched in J&K, headed by former militants and Ikhwan commanders, with the backing of the Union home ministry and the Indian Army. They are in the process of hiring office space right in front of the headquarters of Hurriyat Conference, an amalgam of pro-Pakistan separatist outfits, in Srinagar's Rajbagh locality.

This is an innovative attempt to counter the rising influence of "freedom movement" in J&K while providing an alternate space to pro-India elements in the Valley. Separatists and pro-freedom groups have so far dominated J&K politics.

While one outfit, with the backing of the home ministry, will be headed by former Ikhwans and ex-militant commanders Zubair-ul-Islam and Imran Rahi, the other is being launched by former militant commander from Anantnag, Liaquat Ali.

The move has unnerved strategic planners in Pakistan who think the development may push the already marginalised pro-Pakistan group in the Valley into a corner.

Stories have been planted in Pakistani media calling the new outfits as being launched by "traitors".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-pro-India-parties-floated-in-JK-with-Army-MHA-help/articleshow/7543397.cms#ixzz1EeDZA7pZ

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Decision on the minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia today

New Age Islam News Bureau

New Delhi: After a long wait, the decision on the minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia is going to be be taken today. The Chairman of the National Minority Commission Justice M S A Siddiquee  and his colleagues will decide on the basis of evidences whether Jamia is a minority institution or not. Advocate Md Tariq said that the notification for the date of the judgment had been issued. Jamia has also submitted 600 pages of documentary evidences.

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Maulana Arshad Madani congratulated Fahim and Sabah on their acquittal

New Age Islam News Bureau

New Delhi: Maulana Arshad Madani congratulated Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin on their acquittal in the Mumbai attack case by the Mumbai High Court and said that the decision was based on justice.He also congratulated the officials of the Maharashtra Jamiat Ulema especially Gulzar Azmi for their commendable role in Jamiat’s fight for the innocent youth. Jamiat has assumed the responsibility of fighting the cases of innocent Muslims charged in the blasts cases in the country. Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin were arrested along with Mumbai attack prime accused Ajmal Qasab. They were accused of providing them with the maps of different localities of Mumbai. They had already been acquitted by the lower court.

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Row continuing with US on Davis issue, admits Gilani

By Raja Asghar

“There are differences of opinion between Pakistan and the United State in the case of Mr Davis on the issues of interpretation and applicability of international and national laws,” PM Gilani said in his first clear acknowledgement. - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday acknowledged continuing differences with the United States in the case of a US official held for killing two Pakistanis, but voiced his confidence in the National Assembly the two sides would not let it hurt their ‘mutually beneficial partnership’.

The prime minister pre-empted the opposition from questioning the government’s handling of the Jan 27 deadly shooting in Lahore involving a US consulate-general official, Raymond Davis, and rose to make a policy statement at the start of the lower house’s last session of its third parliamentary year, assuring it that his government would “not compromise on Pakistan’s sovereignty and dignity”.

But, speaking after chairing a joint meeting of the lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party and its allies, Mr Gilani, even 26 days after the incident, would not give out his government’s firm view about diplomatic immunity Washington wants for the official to spare him prosecution, prompting calls from two opposition figures to clear this ambiguity.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/22/row-continuing-with-us-on-davis-issue-admits-gilani.html

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Police ban broadcast of riot footage on Godhra judgement day

February 22, 2011

The city police today restricted the media from telecasting and printing the 2002 riots-related footages and photographs on February 22, the day when the court will pronounce its verdict in the Godhra train carnage that triggered large-scale communal violence nine years ago. "The notification restri

cts electronic media from broadcasting 2002 riot-related file footages and also restricts print media from publishing any riot-related photographs on February 22 and 23," Joint Commissioner of Police Satish Sharma said.

"Non-compliance of the notification could lead to prosecution," he warned.

Police have also imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city prohibiting any kind of public gatherings and rallies.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Victims-VHP-angry-with-Modi/H1-Article1-665215.aspx

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Prez: Govt firm on tackling corruption

February 21, 2011

President Pratibha Patil on Monday outlined the government's efforts to fight corruption and check inflation while pursuing a high economic growth agenda, where the poor get a fair share of the fruits of development. In the customary address to a joint session of Parliament on the commencement of th

e budget session, Patil said, "Our citizens deserve good governance. It is their entitlement and our obligation (to provide it)."

Speaking in the backdrop of allegations of corruption in allocation of 2G spectrum and in the Commonwealth Games, she said a group of ministers is already considering legislative and administrative measures to tackle corruption.

Among the measures being taken by the government were reduction of discretionary powers of ministers and fast-tracking of action against corrupt bureaucrats, she said.

In addition, she said a bill to protect whistleblowers has been introduced in Parliament and the government was considering a proposal for state funding of elections.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Prez-Govt-firm-on-tackling-corruption/H1-Article1-665038.aspx

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Japan building spy service: WikiLeaks

February 21, 2011

Japan is setting up its first fully-fledged post-war foreign spy service, modelled on the CIA and Britain’s MI6, according to a classified US cable obtained by WikiLeaks, a report said on Monday. The new intelligence service aims to spy on China and North Korea and to gather information to

prevent terrorist attacks, said Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, citing a US cable WikiLeaks exclusively provided to the daily.

The espionage unit is being created under Japan’s top intelligence agency, the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office (Naicho), which reports to the prime minister, the Herald said. 

Then-Naicho director Hideshi Mitani revealed in 2008 that a “human intelligence collection capability” was a priority, in talks with then head of the US State Department’s bureau of intelligence and research, Randall Fort.

Two former Japanese PMs of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, Yasuo Fukuda and Taro Aso, had kicked off the project, according to a secret cable to Washington from the US embassy in Tokyo.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Japan-building-spy-service-WikiLeaks/H1-Article1-665229.aspx

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Blind man resculpts ‘untouchable’ Jesus

Feb 22, 2011

ITALY: When blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri was forbidden to touch one of Italy's most famous statues, he decided revenge was best served not just cold but stone cold.

Tagliaferri, 41, spent much of two years creating his marble interpretation of "Cristo Velato," or "Veiled Christ" , a 1753 masterpiece that he has neither seen nor touched.

Giuseppe Sanmartino's exquisitely detailed sculpture of the body of Christ lying wrapped in a fine shroud is one of the prime tourist attractions in Naples.

Busloads of blind and disabled people from throughout Italy came to Tagliaferri's studio near Bologna in northern Italy to take symbolic taps on his chisels. The result is a powerfully rendered life-sized Jesus that Tagliaferri punningly calls " Cristo (ri)Velato ," or "Christ Revealed."

"There are so many messages . One is that a block of marble isn't ruined when it is lightly touched by expert hands," he said. "Second, the disabled are sick and tired of waiting for others to decide and tell them what they can and cannot do."

In May 2008, Tagliaferri visited the Sansevero Chapel, eager to experience its famous "Veiled Christ" in the only way a blind person can: by touching it. He was blocked, he said, first by a guard and then by the administration, despite his protests that he was a professional sculptor who would do no damage.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Blind-man-resculpts-untouchable-Jesus/articleshow/7544440.cms#ixzz1EeHeD9Ce

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Israel and Chile spied on Iran: WikiLeaks

Feb 21, 2011,

JERUSALEM: Israel worked with Chile to spy on the Iranian ambassador in Santiago as the Jewish state grew increasingly concerned about Tehran's influence in South America, a leaked US cable from 2008 showed.

"Israel is monitoring Iranian influence in the region, which includes enhanced Iranian diplomatic relations with Colombia and Venezuela," reads a cable sent from the US embassy in Santiago in July 2008 which was leaked to whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

"Israel is also watching as a growing number of Muslims immigrate to Chile," says the cable which was penned by Juan Alsace, an economic and political adviser to the US ambassador.

Quoting Israeli Defence Attache Yoeli Or, it says Israel was "working with the GOC (government of Chile) to monitor any unusual activities by the new Iranian ambassador" Kambiz Jalali.

They were also monitoring around 37 Palestinian Muslim immigrants from the Iraqi-Syrian border who were resettled in Chile earlier in the year, it said referring to an influx of Palestinians under a UN-sponsored resettlement programme.

"While there are no signs of GOI (government of Iran) affiliation with terrorist groups in Chile, the Chilean intelligence service and the Israeli government are screening for anything they deem suspicious," it said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-and-Chile-spied-on-Iran-WikiLeaks/articleshow/7541269.cms#ixzz1EeIHskwt

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Drone attacks resume in Pakistan

Anita Joshua

ISLAMABAD: The unmanned drones — operated by the CIA as part of its covert campaign against Al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives holed up along Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan — were back in action on Sunday night after a gap of 28 days killing five suspected terrorists in South Waziristan.

The drones pounded a suspected Taliban compound near Wana, the main town of South Waziristan. This was the 11th drone attack in the tribal belt this year and the first since January 23 raising considerable speculation within the country about a possible link between the lull in the Predator's visitations and the ongoing stand-off between with the U.S. over arrested American embassy employee Raymond Davis for killing two ‘armed' Pakistanis in ‘self-defence' on January 27 in Lahore.

There has been speculation about the Americans slowing down on this highly unpopular campaign to contain the anti-Americanism that is in full flow following the Lahore shoot-out. Others say this is due to the snag in diplomatic ties as a result of which Pakistan was not sharing intelligence with the CIA for carrying out the drone strikes

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/22/stories/2011022265612200.htm

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Qureshi still part of PPP, says Gilani

Feb 21 2011,

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday refused to comment on former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's tirade against his government, saying he continued to be part of the ruling Pakistan People's Party and would again toe the party line.

Qureshi refused to join Gilani's new Cabinet after he learnt that the PPP's top leadership had decided not to reallocate the foreign affairs portfolio to him.

Over the past few days, Qureshi has repeatedly attacked the government's functioning and questioned its handling of the case of US official Raymond Davis, arrested in Lahore last month for gunning down two men.

Gilani refused to comment when he was asked by reporters about Qureshi's remarks during an interaction on the sidelines of an official function at Bahawalpur in Punjab province this after.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/qureshi-still-part-of-ppp-says-gilani/752786/

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Malaysian police detain Pakistanis over kidnap

February 22, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said on Tuesday they had foiled a kidnapping gang with the arrest of four Pakistani nationals who seized their own countrymen for ransom from the victims’ relatives back home.

City police chief Zulkifli Abdullah told AFP that the four, aged between 22 and 35, were arrested on Saturday, following a tip-off.

“As a result of our monitoring, we saw four Pakistani nationals acting suspiciously and followed them to a flat downtown where we found three other Pakistanis locked in the home and who were bound and gagged,” he said.

“One of the kidnappers tried to escape and jumped from the third floor of the flats, ending up breaking his hand,” Zulkifli added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/22/malaysian-police-detain-pakistanis-over-kidnap.html

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US missiles kill nine in North Waziristan

February 22, 2011

PESHAWAR: A suspected US missile strike has killed nine people in a tribal region near the Afghan border.

It was the second missile strike in roughly 24 hours. The first killed seven alleged militants.

Official sources said four missiles hit a house late Monday in Spalga village in the North Waziristan tribal region.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media on the record.

The strike were the first since the arrest of Raymond Davis who shot two Pakistanis in late January.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/21/us-missiles-kill-nine-in-north-waziristan.html

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Killers of innocent people enemies of Balochistan: Raisani

February 21, 2011

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani on Monday said that the killers of innocent people are the real enemies of Balochistan.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Kansa Hills Marble Project to be run jointly by Pakistan Army and provincial government held here in Loralai, he deplored that the elements involved in the killing of unarmed innocent people like hairdressers and labourers are inflicting great losses to the overall development of Balochistan.

There is dire scarcity of academicians, doctors in Balochistan as no one is ready to serve in prevailing circumstances where anti-peace elements have adopted the business of shoot up for the sake of a few pennies, he added.

Stressing the need for taking combine measures, Nawab Raisani urged the public, civil bureaucracy, Army and politicians to play their role for the resolution of the problems confronting people of Balochistan for decades.

"Peace is vital for the progress and stability of any area, he noted, adding it is high time to wipe out the conspirators who have their ulterior designs to disrupt peace in the region, he said.

Paying glowing tribute to the Pakistan Army, he said that the Army had been unprecedented with its dedicated people to steer the country from every crises no matter internal or external. We are with Army, he reiterated.(APP)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=11522

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Ivorian troops kill protesters, AU team arrives

By TIM COCKS AND ANGE ABOA

Feb 21, 2011

ABIDJAN: Ivorian troops killed at least six protesters calling on Laurent Gbagbo to step down as leader on Monday, witnesses said, as African presidents charged with resolving Ivory Coast’s crisis arrived in Abidjan.

A dispute over the presidential election in November has paralyzed the country and led to the deaths of about 300 people.

The election, meant to bring stability after a decade of economic and political stagnation in the world’s biggest cocoa-producing country, has instead left it as divided as ever and its economy in disarray.

Alassane Ouattara is widely recognized internationally as the victor but Gbagbo has refused to cede power.

Cocoa exports have dried up, driving futures prices to new highs. International banks have shut down operations.

A source who had access to preparatory talks on Sunday said the African panel would insist that Gbagbo stand down, in return for guarantees, to allow Ouattara to take charge of the west African country in accordance with to UN-certified results.

There was no statement from the leaders. Gbagbo has previously rejected similar proposals.

The two rivals have formed opposing, parallel governments, although Ouattara remains restricted to a lagoon-side hotel protected by a ring of UN peacekeepers.

Ouattara’s government has called for an Egyptian-style revolution to remove Gbagbo but attempts to demonstrate have been thwarted by security forces. Residents reported gunfire all morning in pro-Ouattara neighborhoods of Abidjan, the commercial capital, as soldiers and paramilitaries broke up attempted demonstrations.

In the Koumassi district, residents said soldiers fired on protesters from machineguns mounted on military vehicles. At least three demonstrators were killed, said Koumassi resident Djate Traore, who reported seeing the bodies.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article277746.ece

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Iran warships to begin Suez Canal passage Tuesday

By MAGGIE MICHAEL

Feb 22, 2011

CAIRO: Suez Canal officials say two Iranian naval vessels are expected to start their passage through the strategic waterway early Tuesday.

Canal officials say the ships are expected to pay a fee of $290,000 for the crossing. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

If the ships make the passage, it would mark the first time in three decades that Iranian military ships have traveled the canal that links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

Israel has made clear it views the passage as a provocation.

Canal officials said Monday that the ships, a frigate and a supply vessel, are close to the southern entrance of the canal. The vessels are headed to Syria for a training mission.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article277356.ece

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Labor strike continues for second day in Makkah

By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA

Feb 22, 2011

MAKKAH: Over 600 construction workers employed by a major construction company on a project close to the Grand Mosque in Makkah continued their strike for a second successive day on Monday.

The men, working on the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project and the Grand Mosque’s northern courtyard expansion project, have gone on strike after not being paid their salaries for two months. They are also demanding better work conditions.

Eyewitnesses said the workers began gathering close to the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project at around 7 a.m. on Monday. They added that the number of workers was larger than those who gathered to strike on Sunday.

The workers also shouted slogans demanding unpaid salaries. Police officers arrived at the scene and contained the workers in an area to allow space for pedestrians and pilgrims to walk. The huge gathering and police presence also created some confusion among pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article277886.ece

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Hamas pours scorn on Fatah call for unity

21 February 2011

Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Monday shrugged off calls for reconciliation with Fatah, saying its secular rival must prove its seriousness by freeing prisoners.

“These declarations lack seriousness and credibility, they make no sense in light of the continued arrests and torture (of Hamas members) in Fatah prisons in the West Bank,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, in response to an appeal by Fatah for the two factions to start talking.

“The only real way towards reconciliation is to stop the arrests, free the detainees and allow the movement’s charities to start helping the Palestinian people again,” he told AFP.

Hamas and Fatah are bitter opponents which have carried out periodic arrests of each other’s members, often holding detainees without charge or trial and routinely trading allegations of prisoner abuse.

“The formation of a national unity government can only be achieved in the context of an all-encompassing national solution and not a partial one,” he said, referring to calls for the establishment of a coalition which would rule until parliamentary elections can be held at some point before September.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/February/middleeast_February699.xml&section=middleeast

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Tunisia gov’t seeks to dissolve Ben Ali party

22 February 2011

TUNIS - Tunisia’s Interior Ministry filed for the dissolution of ex-President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s political party on Monday following accusations its members sought to destabilise the country, state media reported.

The request, if approved by Tunisia’s court system, would make it impossible for the party to present a candidate in forthcoming elections to replace the former leader, ousted last month in a wave of street protests.

“The interior minister on Monday filed a request with the Court of First Instance for the dissolution of the Constitutional Democratic Rally,” state news agency TAP said. The First Instance Court is Tunisia’s lowest court.

The move to disband the RCD party comes after the North African country’s interim government suspended the party’s activities earlier this month, saying its members played a role in instability since Ben Ali was ousted.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/February/international_February717.xml&section=international

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Afghans see warlord footprints in new police force

22 February 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — The village-level fighting forces the U.S. is fostering in hopes of countering the Taliban insurgency — the concept that turned the tide of the Iraq war — are having a rocky start, with complaints that recruits are not consistently vetted for ties to criminals and warlords.

The Associated Press talked to elders, police officials and community leaders from 12 of the first 25 districts in the Afghan Local Police program and found reactions ranging from glowing praise to condemnation and fear, suggesting that promised safeguards aren’t always applied.

The U.S. hopes the nascent project will spark uprisings against the Taliban akin to the Sunni Awakening in Iraq, in which private militias rose up against al-Qaida.

But the ALP initiative has stirred worries it will legitimize existing private militias, or create new ones. Warlord-led militias ravaged Afghanistan in the 1990s, opening the way for the Taliban takeover.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/February/international_February714.xml&section=international

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Arab energy ventures to hit $530b

Issac John

22 February 2011

DUBAI - Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation, or Apicorp, has sharply revised upward its estimate of pan-Arab investment in energy between 2011 and 2015 to $530 billion from $470 billion in the wake of a robust recovery in global oil demand.

Apicorp, an affiliate of the 10-nation Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, in its annual review of future energy investments by members countries, said Saudi Arabia would allocate nearly $130 billion to new energy investment during 2011-2015, retaining its role as the sector’s leader in the region.

The upward review was prompted by recovering global energy demand in the wake of the financial crisis and the expectation that oil will stabilise at relatively high prices.

In order to maintain output and meet expected demand, Arab oil producers are set to resume projects they delayed due to the financial crisis, the review said.

“Despite heightened uncertainty stemming from ongoing turmoil in some parts of the Arab world, global economic and financial fundamentals will continue supporting the resumption of energy investment growth in the region.”

“On this basis, we expect growth in energy capital investments to continue recovering from the contraction that occurred during the crisis… the total amount of investments shelved or postponed is expected to drop to 19 per cent of potential, compared to 29 per cent in the last review. As a result, actual capital requirements should amount to $430 billion for the period 2011-2015, compared to $335 billion in the last review,” the review stated.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/business/2011/February/business_February375.xml&section=business

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/defiant-muammar-gaddafi-says-he-will-die-a-martyr-rather-than-quit/d/4170


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