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Democracy and Islam Deteriorated After the Egyptian Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Democracy and Islam Deteriorated After the Egyptian Revolution

Number of Saudi students in US rise 50 % in academic year

Shoura Members Want Mosques to Conform To a Uniform Standard

Riot Breaks Out in Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan

Hints of Syrian Chemical Push Set Off Global Effort to Stop It

Jihadist Al-Nusra Front executes three Syria troops: NGO

Shiites hold counter-demos in southern Iraq

Morsi to urge Obama to free blind sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman

Syrians brush off Assad speech, fighting continues

World divided over Syrian President’s peace plan

Anger online as Saudi in his 90s marries 15-year-old

A way-out for expats working in red and yellow category firms

 

Europe

Porn film shown in Swedish news show’s live broadcast about embattled Syrian president

UN Says It Can't Feed 1 Million Hungry Syrians

Germany’s local authorities begin integrating Islam

Irish government hears abortion submissions

Local Elections in Kyrgyzstan Strengthen the President, While Past Rivals Fade

 

Pakistan

TTP pledges to fight in Kashmir, implement Sharia in India

US drones kill 8 suspected militants in Pakistan: officials

Tahir ul Qadri asked to surrender dual nationality through a legal notice

ICC says Pakistan is an unsafe country

Eight more killed as violence continues in Karachi

Zardari, govt will be responsible for any possible mishap on Jan 14: Tahir ul Qadri

To promote interfaith harmony, Peshawar gets a peace committee

Hafiz Saeed meets Talal Bugti, urges solution to Balochistan crisis

Pak lodges protest over 'unprovoked LOC attack'

Voice samples match 26/11 intercepts, says Pakistan

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan denies threatening Qadri’s long march

Karachi law & order case: Intervener says Shah is only titular CM

President asks Benazir Income Support Programme to send 150,000 skilled youth abroad

World will keenly observe next elections, say US senators

Lyari mystery: Family of attacked twins goes underground

Pakistan asks Interpol to help nab Sikh woman's killer

 

India

Hindu Janjagaran Samiti Demands ban on Dr Zakir Naik’s programme in Chennai

Restaurant Bill Sparks Deadly Religious Riot, Four Dead 175 injured

Delhi gang rape protest is India's Arab Spring: Fareed Zakaria

Two Muslims aided Hindu fanatics in Malegaon: NIA

JD (U) leader draws parallel between Bhagwat & Owaisi

Foreign nationals sexually harass woman in Delhi's posh Connaught Place

US probes death of Indian-origin man who won $1 mln lottery

India among nations named as hub of illegal migration to UK

Akbaruddin Owaisi questioned by cops; petitions court to stop multiple FIRs against him

Not much difference between RSS and Taliban: Digvijaya Singh

India says Pakistan violated ceasefire

60 Indians committed suicide in Oman last year

Bouquet for Abdur Rezzak Mollah, brickbats for Arabul Islam

SIB had given Sadiq Jamal Mehtar clean chit in Dawood Ibrahim terror case

 

Southeast Asia

Malaysia Bar pushes for chemical castration for rapists

Rampant polygamy leads to fraudulent e-IDs: Minister

Malaysia detainees flee after hijacking police van

International Scrutiny Will Improve Indonesia’s Human Rights: Activist

Marty Heads To Myanmar To Observe Conflict in Rakhine State

Malaysia offers Saudis MM2H program

 

Mideast Asia

Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

For Netanyahu, Being Favoured to Win Carries Its Own Risks

Kurdish Militants Attack Turkish Outpost, 13 Killed

Pro-Israel group launches anti-Hagel campaign

 

North America

As Barack Obama, Hamid Karzai meet, Afghan peace efforts show flickers of life

Retired US general cautions against overuse of ‘hated’ drones

Extradited al Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty in US court

Pentagon nominee Hagel vows ‘total support’ for Israel

US urge India, Pakistan to end exchange of fire across LoC

US safer and more secure than four years ago: Panetta

CAIR to Hold Inauguration Day Open House on Capitol Hill

 

South Asia

Lanka president seeks Saudi king’s intervention to suspend the execution of housemaid

China fears inspirations from Arab Spring

ISAF soldier killed in another 'insider attack' at Afghanistan

Rocket attack near Kandahar airport; PIA plane safe

China calls for calm along India and Pakistan LoC

Recruit more Bangladeshis: PM Sheikh Hasina urges Saudi Arabia

Bangla PM to nationalise 26,000 pry schools tomorrow

2 Bangladeshis shot dead in S Africa

 

Africa

Mali army 'fire as Islamists advance'

Libya's liberal NFA group boycotts national assembly

Tunisian Suspect in Libya Attack Freed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Number of Saudi students in US rise 50 % in academic year

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Arab World

 

Democracy and Islam deteriorated after the Egyptian revolution

Whereas a true understanding of each was sorely needed, democracy and Islam suffered at the hands of political factions, and principally the ruling military, after the January 25 Revolution

Mohamed Nosseir

7 Jan 2013

There is no doubt that if Egyptians apply genuine democracy and true Islamic values we will become a better and more productive society.

Advocates of democracy do not really want to abide by the full application of democracy, while citizens who defend Islam are certainly far removed from the true moral values of Islam. Furthermore, the latter know nothing about true democracy, and have no interest in it; they simply use it to strengthen Egypt as an Islamic state.

Revolution can bring out either the best or the worst in any given society! Both scenarios occurred during the Egyptian revolution.

The advent of the revolution brought out the best in each Egyptian citizen. Although nothing had been planned in advance, organisation in Tahrir Square was perfect, with each protestor willing to contribute to the good of the country and to the common goal of obtaining freedom, dignity and justice for all Egyptians.

The ego was diminished in Tahrir Square; our national needs were much more important than our personal interests were. During those days, the revolution managed to bring out the best in the people, to the extent that protestors named Tahrir Square, "Utopia City."

A few months later, the revolution began to take a turn. With time, the united attitude of Egyptians declined, until society was eventually split between citizens who promoted the principles of Islam and others who advocated for democracy, each group convinced that its mission would survive and flourish in Egypt.

However, in my opinion, both groups failed to add value to the genuine principles of Islam and the true mechanisms of democracy; on the contrary, both ideals were harmed. The credit for this unhappy development goes to SCAF (the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces), which was ruling Egypt during the transitional period.  

Prior to the revolution, democracy was a dream for the majority of Egyptians. They did not know what democracy was all about! However, people felt that since the advanced countries are applying democracy, then Egypt, by following the same path, would see all its economic problems resolved.

In addition, since Islam was not that deeply involved in politics — at least its political involvement was not as widespread as it is now — people enjoyed practicing their beliefs in various faiths, without involving Islam in the political struggle. 

Egyptians who want to establish a civil state based on pure democratic principles should fully recognise the legitimacy of President Morsi, and accept the fact that he will continue to be the president of Egypt for a full term of four years. On the other hand, President Morsi must work within the framework of his legitimate mandate. Extending his power beyond the voted constitutional declaration or the new constitution will lead to questioning the legitimacy of his authority and resolutions.

Democracy, in essence, is a mechanism of "checks and balances" that helps nations to prosper and citizens to express their freedom. Numerous democratic structures are applied in various countries, all with the common aim of applying genuine democracy. Most of these structures were established based on political history, cultural dynamics, perhaps past political conflicts, as well as other factors. The means often vary, but the end is the same, in most countries. Egypt needs to develop its own structure, one that is based on our influential factors.

Islam is known for the moral values it promotes, such as equality, forgiveness, justice, tolerance, trustworthiness, and others. Nevertheless, political Islamists are far removed from this basic Islamic compassion.

In their attempt to involve Islam in the political scene, political Islamists tend to apply values that oppose those of Islam: gender and religion discrimination, lying regularly for political gain, conveying a message of hatred towards those who oppose them and untrustworthiness when it comes to honouring their agreements and accords.

It is also known that Islam as a religion encourages leadership by people who posses merit and who are reliable and trustworthy; it does not endorse blind obedience to a leader’s instructions, as is the case of the current ruling party.

Moreover, the violence that has taken place since the start of revolution and up until the present, resulting in the loss of hundreds of Egyptian lives, has threatened democracy in Egypt. In principle, the democratic process should not conclude in violence and a widespread, bloody struggle among different parties. In addition, bringing the political debate and struggle into the mosques has negatively affected Islam.

This practice has led to the outbreak of a number of fights among Muslims following Friday prayers, and an Islamic preacher was even held hostage by his opponents for over 12 hours after he used the Friday sermon to mobilise for a certain political direction. This kind of political involvement inside mosques has had an adverse effect on Islam.

Egyptian authorities and politicians have their own way of defining the democratic mechanism and Islamic values, a definition designed to enhance their political status and serve their political interests rather to abide to the genuine principles of both democracy and Islam. Since Egypt is still building the pillars of its democracy, each politician has, in order to obtain personal gains, attempted to impose his individual political understanding on the entire society.

The correct application of democracy and Islam requires a well-educated and politically mature society. This will evolve with time, and not by force. Egyptian society is in dire need of a functional democracy and genuine Islamic values, based on a correct understanding of the dynamics of each, and a complete separation between the two. Egypt will progress faster and better standing on two legs (democracy and Islam). By crossing our legs, however, we are certain to fall down.

The writer is member of the political bureau of the Free Egyptians Party

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/61771/Opinion/Democracy-and-Islam-deteriorated-after-the-Egyptia.aspx

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Number of Saudi students in US rise 50 % in academic year

January 8-1-2013

The number of Saudi students studying in American universities and colleges increased by 50 percent last year as the Gulf state pushed ahead with its international scholarship programme aimed at better equipping future generations for the workplace, Global Arab Network reports according to local media.

Graduates and undergraduates from the Gulf state totaled 34,139 for the 2011/12 academic year, according to a report by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which tracks student mobility data.

“Large increases in undergraduate students from Saudi Arabia, funded by the Saudi government, also help explain why international undergraduates studying in the United States now outnumber international graduate students for the first time in 12 years,” noted the report.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz launched the country’s international scholarship programme when he took the throne in 2005 as part of an effort to boost the Gulf state’s reliance on foreign employees and transform the country into a modern state.

King Abdullah launched the programme after persuading American officials to reopen the student visa service after 9/11.

The Saudi government invests around SAR9bn (US$2.4bn) in the programme each year and provides full funding for 125,000 undergraduate and graduates abroad. The initiative is currently open for students in medicine, medical science and health sciences with more options for graduate studies.

The number of foreign students studying in the United States increased six percent to a record high of 764,495 during the 2011/12 academic year boosted by significant growth in students from China and Saudi Arabia, said IIE.

Universities and colleges in New York were the most popular destination for foreign students while California hosted more than 100,000 foreign students for the first time this year.

Amongst the ten top most popular destinations, Pennsylvania, Florida and Indiana saw the largest increase in foreign student intake.

More than 70 percent of students from abroad receive the majority of their funds from sources outside of the United States, including personal and family sources and home country governments or universities, noted the report. (Arabian business)

http://www.english.globalarabnetwork.com/2012111312782/Culture/number-of-saudi-students-in-us-rise-50-in-academic-year.html

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Shoura Members Want Mosques to Conform To a Uniform Standard

 8 January 2013

RIYADH: Members of the Shoura Council have criticized the performance of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance in the face of difficulties related to building of mosques as well as their maintenance and cleanliness.

They also called for an increase in the salaries of imams and muezzins besides having substitutes in their place when necessary, indicating there is a shortage of muezzins. Their number does not exceed 36,000.

The members also demanded the ministry monitor the mosques currently being built by philanthropists to ensure their compliance with specifications and standards. They suggested that the ministry direct wealthy philanthropists to build mosques in villages and small towns and distribute these projects all over the Kingdom instead of concentrating in the big cities.

“The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance no longer has any excuse to demand the provision of necessary funds and appropriations for the maintenance and cleanliness of mosques after the announcement of the recent budget, which is very large,” Shoura member Talal Bakri said.

He said the ministry had pointed out that 70 percent of the mosques did not have the approval of the necessary funds, and that there is a difference in the figures in the report of the ministry. He pointed out that the committee’s recommendations had not come up with anything new.

Shoura member Mohammed Al-Qoihs said a lot of water and air conditioning is being wasted in mosques and demanded the ministry pursue new designs of mosques, as the current design is Nabataean. “Why not redesign mosques in a way that suits every neighborhood and district in the Kingdom?” he wondered.

In the same vein, Abdullah Alfaifi asked: “Why does the ministry talk only about the difficulties of building mosques and problems concerning imams and muezzins, while there are 13 difficulties the ministry is facing? The most notables ones are the unsuitable endowment libraries in mosques that lack advanced systems, as well as the difficulty of extracting legal deeds of endowments due to the length of procedures in courts and municipalities.”

The recommendations of the committee of Islamic affairs include the adoption of the required funds for cleaning, building and renovating mosques in the approved development plan, in addition to the adoption of jobs of imams, muezzins, guards and janitors of mosques in accordance with the requirement included in the report of the ministry for the year 1433H.

The council agreed after discussions on the committee’s request to listen to its point of view on members’ interventions at a future meeting.

The council also approved the items in which there is a discrepancy between the Council of Ministers and the Shoura Council in the draft of a penal system for fraud crimes.

http://www.arabnews.com/shoura-members-want-mosques-conform-uniform-standard

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Riot Breaks Out in Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan

January 8, 2013

ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — A spokesman for a Jordanian charity says a riot broke out in a Syrian refugee camp over harsh winter conditions and seven aid workers were injured.

Ghazi Sarhan said dozens of refugees, frustrated that their tents fell or were swept away in howling winds overnight, beat Jordanian aid workers with sticks and pelted them with stones as they distributed bread on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/08/world/middleeast/ap-ml-syria-refugee-

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Hints of Syrian Chemical Push Set Off Global Effort to Stop It

By ERIC SCHMITT and DAVID E. SANGER

January 8, 2013

WASHINGTON — In the last days of November, Israel’s top military commanders called the Pentagon to discuss troubling intelligence that was showing up on satellite imagery: Syrian troops appeared to be mixing chemicals at two storage sites, probably the deadly nerve gas sarin, and filling dozens of 500-pounds bombs that could be loaded on airplanes.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/world/middleeast/chemical-weapons-showdown-with-

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Jihadist Al-Nusra Front executes three Syria troops: NGO

Three soldiers captured in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor were executed by rebels from the jihadist Al-Nusra party

 8 Jan 2013

Rebels from the jihadist Al-Nusra Front executed three captured soldiers in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.

"Al-Nusra Front executed three regime troops who were captured on January 5 from the technical services building in Deir Ezzor city," the watchdog said, adding that it was not clear when, exactly, the soldiers were killed.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61999/World/Region/Jihadist-AlNusra-Front-executes-three-Syria-troops.aspx

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Shiites hold counter-demos in southern Iraq

After more than two weeks of Sunni protests against the Shiite premier and his government in Iraq, thousands of Shiites took the streets to show support to PM

 8 Jan 2013

Thousands took to the streets in predominantly Shiite southern Iraq on Tuesday in a show of support for the Shiite premier after more than two weeks of protests in the mainly Sunni Arab north and west.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/62011/World/Region/Shiites-hold-counterdemos-in-southern-Iraq.aspx

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Morsi to urge Obama to free blind sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman

President Mohamed Morsi called on his US counterpart to free Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman

 8 Jan 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said he will urge US President Barack Obama to free the blind sheikh jailed for the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

Morsi told CNN in an interview aired Monday that he was hoping to travel to the United States before the end of March 2013, and he planned to raise the case of Omar Abdul Rahman, serving a life sentence in a US prison.

"There is no set date yet, but it will most likely be before the end of the first quarter of this year," Morsi said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61993/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Morsi-to-urge-Obama-to-free-blind-sheikh--O.aspx

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Syrians brush off Assad speech, fighting continues

January 07, 2013

Syrians said on Monday they expected only war after a speech by President Bashar al-Assad that was billed as a peace plan and fighting resumed in the capital just a few miles from where he spoke.

Hours after Assad addressed cheering loyalists at the Damascus Opera House on Sunday clashes raged just a few miles away near the road to the city s international airport  the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Syrians-brush-off-Assad-speech-fighting-continues/Article1-986406.aspx

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World divided over Syrian President’s peace plan

ATUL ANEJA

January 8, 2013

Iran has been quick off the blocks in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s plan to resolve the internal conflict, which may soon be yielding ground to diplomacy as the limits to finding a military solution to the crisis get exposed.

“The Islamic republic... supports President Bashar al-Assad’s initiative for a comprehensive solution to the country’s crisis,” said Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a statement posted on his Ministry’s website.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world-divided-over-syrian-presidents-peace-plan/article4283841.ece

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Anger online as Saudi in his 90s marries 15-year-old

January 8, 2013

The case of a Saudi man in his 90s who has married a girl of 15 has drawn widespread criticism on Twitter and other social media in the country.

Some Saudis have been asking whether the case amounts to trafficking or child abuse.

Local media reports say the man paid a dowry of $17,000 (£10,500) in order to get married to the girl.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20936800

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A way-out for expats working in red and yellow category firms

 8 January 2013

JEDDAH: The Labor Ministry announced yesterday that foreign workers in red and yellow category firms would be allowed to move freely to green and platinum companies.

Expatriates intending to transfer their jobs may log on to the ministry’s website redyellow.com.sa that offer them jobs in green and platinum Nitaqat categories.

“We have stopped renewing work permits of expatriates in yellow category firms who have completed six or more years in the Kingdom,” the ministry said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/way-out-expats-working-red-and-yellow-category-firms

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Europe

 

Porn film shown in between Swedish news show’s live broadcast about embattled Syrian president

Jan 08 2013

Stockholm: A pornographic film was shown live during a Swedish television news broadcast about embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Monday.

The incident took place during a morning broadcast on the 24-hour Swedish news channel TV4 News, while the presenter was interviewing the station’s Moscow correspondent for the reaction in Russia to the Syrian president’s speech at the weekend.

As the two journalists discussed Russia’s support for the Syrian regime, an erotic film began playing on one of the TV screens located behind the anchor, the Local reported.

The pornographic film could be seen playing behind the presenter for about 10 minutes during the TV news broadcast.

TV4 news editor Andreas Haglind confirmed that the adult film had been shown live on TV4 News, but claimed that it didn’t mean that an employee was actively watching porn.

She said that rather the screen was likely tied to a computer server elsewhere in the studio connected to other channels operated by TV4-owned C More Entertainment (formerly Canal+), some of which broadcast erotic content.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/porn-film-shown-in-between-swedish-news-show-s-live-broadcast/1056329/

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UN Says It Can't Feed 1 Million Hungry Syrians

January 8, 2013

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. food agency says it is unable to help 1 million Syrians who are going hungry.

The World Food Program said Tuesday it is already helping 1.5 million of the 2.5 million Syrians that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent says are in need of it.

WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs says the lack of security and its inability to use the Syrian port of Tartous for its shipment means that a large number of people will not get their aid.

Byrs also said that the agency has temporarily pulled its staff out of its offices in the Syrian cities of Homs, Aleppo, Tartous and Qamisly due to the rising dangers in those areas.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/08/world/europe/ap-eu-un-syria.html?ref=europe&gwh=0E0DA47738E259849C356850D394E08A

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Germany’s local authorities begin integrating Islam

January 08, 2013

By Frederic Lemaitre                  

Two years after Thilo Sarrazin published his book, “Germany Is Abolishing Itself” in which the author condemned what he considered to be the growing influence of Islam in the country, relations between public powers and Germany’s 4 million strong Muslim community seem to be improving. On Aug. 14, 2012, the city of Hamburg, like Bremen and Berlin, reached an agreement with representatives of its Muslim community in which the latter’s rights and duties were affirmed to be identical to those of every other German citizen.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2013/Jan-08/201214-germanys-local-authorities-begin-integrating-islam.ashx#ixzz2HN76QCUG

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Irish government hears abortion submissions

January 8, 2013

A committee of Ireland's parliament is to begin hearing submissions on abortion over the next three days.

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition said it would bring in legislation and regulation on the issue by the summer.

It is expected to allow a pregnancy to be terminated where there is a risk to the life of a mother as distinct from a risk to her health.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20937342

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Local Elections in Kyrgyzstan Strengthen the President, While Past Rivals Fade

 January 8, 2013

Local elections in many of Kyrgyzstan’s major towns have strengthened the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), which is led by the country’s president, Almazbek Atambayev. Atambayev’s party will now hold a plurality of council seats in the capital Bishkek, where the mayor’s office is seen as a stepping stone to national politics. Mayors are appointed by local councils, which are seated according to local election results. On December 12, the Central Election Commission had finally released certified results from the November 26 poll (Akipress.org, December 12, 2012).

Full report at: Jamestown Foundation

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Pakistan

 

TTP pledges to fight in Kashmir, implement Sharia in India

Jan 08 2013

Washington: A top Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Wali Ur Rehman in a rare video appearance has pledged to send fighters in Kashmir and wage a struggle for implementation of Sharia rule in India.

Wali Ur Rehman, against whom the US has announced a USD 5 million reward for his involvement in the murder of seven CIA officials in Afghanistan in December 2009, is believed to have said this in a rare video of his along with the TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud, in which the two militant leaders have for the first time spoken about their ambitions transcending beyond the Af-Pak border taking them to Kashmir, India and the United States as well.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/tehriketaliban-pakistan-pledges-to-fight-in-kashmir-implement-shari.../1056201/

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US drones kill 8 suspected militants in Pakistan: officials

 January 08, 2013

Pakistani officials say several American drones have fired missiles at a compound near the Afghan border, killing at least eight suspected militants. The two intelligence officials say the compound hit on Tuesday was located near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal

area.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/US-drones-kill-8-suspected-militants-in-Pakistan-officials/Article1-986490.aspx

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Tahir ul Qadri asked to surrender dual nationality through a legal notice

January 8, 2013

LAHORE: Syed Feroze Shah Gilani, a lawyer, has sent a legal notice to Dr Tahirul Qadri asking him to surrender his Canadian nationality and fight for the cause of the poor and struggling people of Pakistan. He said that Dr Qadri, being a dual national, cannot be loyal to the two countries Pakistan and Canada at the same time as the “loyalty is not divisible”. Gilani said that loyalty to state and obedience to the constitution is the first duty of every citizen of Pakistan which could not be expected from a person having dual nationality. He stated that mere rhetoric does not solve the problems “unless somebody prepares the roadmap and mode of reaching the final destination”. He asked Dr Qadri to reconsider his announcement to hold a long march to “bring about revolution” in the country.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\08\story_8-1-2013_pg7_6

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ICC chief Dave Richardson says Pakistan is an unsafe country

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 8-1-2013

ICC chief David Richardson said that Pakistan has a lot to do to ensure the safety of international cricket teams and resumption of international cricketing activities could be made only after the ground is safe for it. He also said that IPL had more positive impact than negative. Talking to the media he said it was premature to say that Pakistan is safe for international teams at this moment.

He said that he would appreciate any Pak-India series but the decision has to be taken by the authorities of both the countries.

In another development, BCCI has rejected the invitation of the Pakistani Cricket Board to a Pakistan tour.

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Eight more killed as violence continues in Karachi

January 8, 2013

KARACHI: Eight more people were killed in ongoing wave of violence in the metropolis on Monday.

In a sectarian violence incident, a father and his minor daughter were killed while his wife and other daughter sustained injuries near Ayesha Manzil within the limits of Gulberg police station.

Asghar Ilyas, 40, and his two-year-old daughter Zainab were shot dead, while his wife Farzana and another minor daughter Dua injured near Ayesha Manzil.

Police said that the family was on its way to home after attending a wedding ceremony when armed men opened fire on them, killing Asghar and Zainab on the spot and injuring his wife Farzana and Dua.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\08\story_8-1-2013_pg7_10

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Zardari, govt will be responsible for any possible mishap on Jan 14: Tahir ul Qadri

January 8, 2013

LAHORE: If a crisis emerges during the January 14 long march, President Asif Ali Zardari, Punjab government and federal government will be responsible, said Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday.

Qadri was speaking to media in Lahore after a meeting with the leaders of Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM). The MWM has announced to take part in Qadri’s much-hyped “million-man” march.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491036/zardari-govt-will-be-responsible-for-any-possible-mishap-on-jan-14-qadri/

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To promote interfaith harmony, Peshawar gets a peace committee

By Hidayat Khan

January 8, 2013

PESHAWAR: A fresh committee for the Peshawar District will work to improve interfaith harmony and peace. An oath taking ceremony of the committee members was held at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday.

Peshawar Deputy Commissioner (DC) Javed Khan Marwat administered oath to the freshly-appointed members of the committee. Khurshaid Ahmad Bukhari was appointed as chairman while Muhammad Qasim as vice-chairman of the committee.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/490692/minority-rights-to-promote-interfaith-harmony-peshawar-gets-a-peace-committee/

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Hafiz Saeed meets Talal Bugti, urges solution to Balochistan crisis

January 8, 2013

LAHORE: Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed on Tuesday said the government should take steps to resolve the issues confronting Balochistan on an emergency basis, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives after meeting with Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Talal Akbar Bugti in Lahore, the JuD chief said the government no longer had the room to further delay on addressing the issues.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/hafiz-saeed-meets-talal-bugti-urges-solution-to-balochistan-crisis/

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Pak lodges protest over 'unprovoked LOC attack'

January 07, 2013

Pakistan on Monday lodged a protest over what it described as an "unprovoked Indian attack" on one of its military posts along the Line of Control, a claim which the Indian Army has rejected.

Lodging the protest, Pakistan said the Indian government should take steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

Indian deputy high commissioner Gopal Bagley was "called to the foreign office on Monday and handed over a protest note on the unprovoked Indian attack on a Pakistani post in the Haji Pir sector" on Sunday, foreign office spokesman Moazzam Khan said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pak-lodges-protest-over-unprovoked-LOC-attack/Article1-986291.aspx

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Voice samples match 26/11 intercepts, says Pakistan

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times

January 07, 2013

Pakistan's Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) has indicated to Indian officials that they have a water-tight case against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and 28 other accused in 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

They have matched the voices of terrorists Abu Al Qama and Zarar Shah with the samples of the communication intercepts between Karachi-based LeT handlers and the Mumbai attackers on November 26, 2008, which were provided by India.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Voice-samples-match-26-11-intercepts-says-Pakistan/Article1-986393.aspx

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Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan denies threatening Qadri’s long march

January 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan denied that the group had threatened to attack the long march announced for Jan 14, by Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri .

“This is not true, we have not issued any threat to attack the long march,” Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/ttp-deny-threat-on-long-march/

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Karachi law & order case: Intervener says Shah is only titular CM

January 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Jan 7: A citizen, who appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday during a hearing about implementation of its judgment on Karachi law and order, alleged that President Asif Zardari’s foster brother Mohammad Awais Tappi and sister Faryal Talpur were running the affairs of the Sindh government instead of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

“Both are the real chief ministers of Sindh and they run the entire show in the province whereas Qaim Ali Shah is just a rubber stamp who would be removed the day he raises a dissenting voice,” alleged Mahmood Ahmed Naqvi, an intervener who has moved an application before the court.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/karachi-law-order-case-intervener-says-shah-is-only-titular-cm/

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President asks Benazir Income Support Programme to send 150,000 skilled youth abroad

January 8, 2013

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday tasked the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to make plans for generating overseas jobs for 150,000 youth and train them in different trades and vocations.

The president directed that the task should be accomplished in consultation with the Ministries of Overseas Pakistanis and Foreign Affairs. He was addressing the graduation ceremony of the Waseela-e-Rozgar scheme of the BISP whereby 10,000 youth have been equipped with vocational skills to enable them to make their own living in a respected manner.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\08\story_8-1-2013_pg7_4

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World will keenly observe next elections, say US senators

January 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Senior US senators said on Monday that the world would observe the upcoming general elections in Pakistan with great interest.

They made the statement during a meeting between a US delegation and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and his cabinet members Hina Rabbani Khar and Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh at the PM House on Monday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/490822/pakistan-in-focus-world-will-keenly-observe-next-elections-say-us-senators/

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Lyari mystery: Family of attacked twins goes underground

By Sameer Mandhro

 January 8, 2013

KARACHI: “If I tell you why they targeted and shot my sons, neither will I survive nor will my family.” These were the terrified words of Dr Abdul Ghafoor Qadri whose twin 23-year-old sons were attacked on their way to an exam on January 2.

One of the boys, Haider, survived but the family is reluctant to give any details of what state he is in as they are afraid the attackers will come after them again. According to reports, he suffered from severe internal bleeding and one side of his entire buccal cavity, his jawbone and teeth were destroyed. His respiratory tract was also affected. The boys were attacked by two shots from a pistol fitted with a silencer when they had stopped at a tyre puncture shop.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/490681/lyari-mystery-family-of-attacked-twins-goes-underground/

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Pakistan asks Interpol to help nab Sikh woman's killer

 January 08, 2013

Authorities in Pakistan have contacted the Interpol to arrest a suspect who escaped to Germany after killing a Canadian Sikh woman, a court was told. The Lahore high court on Monday heard that Rajvindar Kaur Gill, daughter of Sikandar Singh Gill, arrived in Lahore Aug 25, 2012, to attend a diamond exhibition. Since then her whereabouts are unknown, the Dawn reported Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pakistan-asks-Interpol-to-help-nab-Sikh-woman-s-killer/Article1-986566.aspx

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India

 

Hindu Janjagaran Samiti Demands ban on Dr Zakir Naik’s programme in Chennai

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 8-1-2013

Chennai: After opposing Dr Zakir Naik’s programme in Mumbai and Thane, Hindu Janjagaran Samiti has demanded a ban on his programme in Chennai too. Dr Naik’s programme had been cancelled in the two two venues because of the opposition of the Hindutva organisations.

The organisation delegation met the Chennai Joint Police Commissioner and demanded that he should not be granted permission to hold a programme in the city because he had insulted the Hindu deities. They have also launched a public campaign to prevent his programme. The Samiti has claimed that the joint Police Commissioner had assured them that Dr Naik would not be permitted to attend a programme in Chennai.

Dr Naik’s programme was scheduled to be held from January 10 to January 20 in Chennai. This ten day programme was held in Mumbai every year but it was cancelled as Somayya Trust did not give permission to use Somayya Ground on the opposition of Hindutva organisations.

After that, Dr Naik shifted the venue to Mittal Ground in Mumbra but the police cancelled the permission. Subsequently, he scheduled his programme to be held in Chennai where he again faces opposition from the Hindu Janjagaran Samiti.

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Restaurant Bill Sparks Deadly Religious Riot, Four Dead 175 injured

January 8, 2013

MUMBAI (AFP) - A row over an unpaid restaurant bill in a western Indian city escalated into clashes between Hindus and Muslims that injured 175 people and left, four dead, police said on Monday.

The unrest broke out in Dhule in Maharashtra state on Sunday, with 113 policemen among the injured, while four people were killed in police firing to control the violence, Special Inspector General Deven Bharti told the AFP.

Full report at:

http://ph.news.yahoo.com/restaurant-bill-sparks-deadly-religious-riot-india-122848859.html

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Delhi gang rape protest is India's Arab Spring: Fareed Zakaria

Jan 08 2013

Washington: The popular protest across the India against the brutal gang-rape case of a 23-year-old medical student, in a way is the country's Arab Spring, believes Fareed Zakaria, one of the most influential foreign policy journalist in the US.

"In a way, this is India's Arab Spring. But it needs to sustain itself. And to lead to real reform and change. This Indian spring will only work out better than the Arab Spring if its national leaders recognize the need for radical and thorough change in their country," Zakaria said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/delhi-gangrape-protest-is-indias-arab-spring--fareed-zakaria/1056197/

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Two Muslims aided Hindu fanatics in Malegaon: NIA

 Jan 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: Investigations into the 2006 Malegaon blast case may see arrest of some Muslim men too by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The agency, which has already arrested four alleged Hindu fanatics for the blast, is on the trail of two Muslim men who it suspects helped the Hindu terror module in conducting reconnaissance and provided "some kind of logistical support".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-Muslims-aided-Hindu-fanatics-in-Malegaon-NIA/articleshow/17933168.cms

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JD(U) leader draws parallel between Bhagwat & Owaisi

 Jan 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: The schism within NDA over certain fundamental issues again came to the fore with key constituent JD(U)'s senior leader Shivanand Tiwari comparing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with controversial MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for his remarks on women. Drawing a parallel with Owaisi, who is in news for his recent hate speech, Tiwari said that both Bhagwat and the MIM MLA were two sides of the same coin.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JDU-leader-draws-parallel-between-Bhagwat-Owaisi/articleshow/17933216.cms

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Foreign nationals sexually harass woman in Delhi's posh Connaught Place

Shalini Narayan

 Jan 08 2013

Four men from embassies of three different countries were arrested on Monday evening on the charge of harassing, misbehaving with and threatening an assistant manager of a five-star hotel in the heart of the city.

Police said two of the arrested men were from Libya, the third from Yemen and the fourth from Algeria.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1055988/

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US probes death of Indian-origin man who won $1 mln lottery

 Jan 08 2013

Chicago : Police in Chicago is investigating the mysterious murder of an Indian-origin businessman, who had won a million dollar lottery last year and was allegedly poisoned with cyanide a day after he collected his prize.

Urooj Khan, 46, owned a dry-cleaning business in Chicago and had won a million dollar in an Illinois lottery scratch ticket in June last year.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-probes-death-of-indianorigin-man-who-won--1-mln-lottery/1056213/

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India among nations named as hub of illegal migration to UK

Jan 08 2013

London : India is among the top five countries named as the hub of illegal migration to the UK.

Nigeria, Pakistan, China, and Bangladesh are the other countries named by the UK Home Office as the hub of illegal migration, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

It claims that a latest Home Office study reveals a "robust estimate" of 863,000 illegal migrants living in the UK, 70 per cent of whom are believed to be based in London.

Their origins have been deduced based on the nationalities of people detected by the authorities.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-among-nations-named-as-hub-of-illegal-migration-to-uk/1055802/

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Akbaruddin Owaisi questioned by cops; petitions court to stop multiple FIRs against him

Jan 8, 2013

HYDERABAD: There was high drama within hours of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi returning from United Kingdom on Monday, with the police questioning him over his alleged hate speech at his home in the evening. The interrogation took place even as Akbaruddin filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh high court, urging it to direct the home secretary and DGP to refrain from filing multiple FIRs against him on the grounds that cases against him are already booked in Nirmal and Nizamabad towns.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Akbaruddin-Owaisi-questioned-by-cops-petitions-court-to-stop-multiple-FIRs-against-him/articleshow/17932187.cms

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Not much difference between RSS and Taliban, Digvijaya Singh says

Jan 7, 2013

RAGHOGARH (MP): Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, a known RSS baiter, has equated the saffron outfit with the Taliban.

Singh alleged that there was not much difference between RSS and the Taliban as both are fundamentalist.

"I am saying this because both are fundamentalist in nature and they want to take us back to the 18th century," the Congress leader told reporters here on Sunday night after addressing a meeting for Raghogarh Municipal elections.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Not-much-difference-between-RSS-and-Taliban-Digvijaya-Singh-says/articleshow/17929483.cms

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India says Pakistan violated ceasefire

Jan 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: Even as the Pakistan foreign office in Islamabad on Monday summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner there to protest against what it called a ceasefire violation by Indian troops, New Delhi flatly denied the allegation.

Pakistan strongly urged India to take "appropriate measures'' to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future. "The Deputy High Commissioner of India was called to the Foreign Office today and handed over a protest note on the unprovoked Indian attack on a Pakistani post in the Hajipir sector on January 06, 2013 which resulted in the Shahadat of a Pakistani soldier and injuries to the other,'' the Pakistan foreign ministry said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-says-Pakistan-violated-ceasefire/articleshow/17933342.cms

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60 Indians committed suicide in Oman last year

January 08, 2013

The number of Indians who committed suicide in Oman went up in 2012, with as many as 60 such cases being reported from across the country, embassy officials have said. According to the embassy records, the number was 54 in 2011. "More than 550 Indians lost their lives in Oman last year. Some deaths were attributed to suicides, road accidents, drowning and murder while others died of natural deaths," the embassy officials were quoted by Times of Oman as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/60-Indians-committed-suicide-in-Oman-last-year/Article1-986612.aspx

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Bouquet for Abdur Rezzak Mollah, brickbats for Arabul Islam

 Jan 08 2013

Kolkata : Partha visits CPM MLA in hospital; Suman slams TMC ‘blunder’

Governor M K Narayanan today condemned the alleged attack on veteran CPM MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah by Trinamool Congress cadres in Kantatala in South 24 Parganas.

“We do not subscribe to any attack on anyone, whether the person is a political leader or anybody else,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the valedictory session of Indian Science Congress here.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bouquet-for-abdur-rezzak-mollah-brickbats-for-arabul-islam/1056069/

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SIB had given Sadiq Jamal Mehtar clean chit in Dawood Ibrahim terror case, CBI chargesheet

Jan 08 2013

Ahmedabad : The Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Mumbai, on whose instance Sadiq Jamal Mehtar was termed as a terrorist out to kill Hindu leaders, has told the CBI that it had given Sadiq a clean chit.

The SIB didn't deny that Sadik was a member of Dawood Ibrahim gang but told the CBI that following the interrogation, it came to a conclusion that the intelligence input was not true and the report was forwarded to New Delhi before he was killed.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sib-had-given-sadiq-jamal-mehtar-clean-chit-in-dawood-ibrahim-terror-c.../1056073/

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysia Bar pushes for chemical castration for rapists

Jan 8, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: After a South Korean court punished a paedophile with Asia's first chemical castration, Malaysia's Bar Council has suggested similar treatment should be considered for repeat sex offenders as an alternative form of sentencing.

But, Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said the available medical studies on the treatment suggested there were serious side effects involved in its use.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Malaysia-Bar-pushes-for-chemical-castration-for-rapists/articleshow/17934196.cms

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Rampant polygamy leads to fraudulent e-IDs: Minister

Bagus BT Saragih

January 08 2013

Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi has revealed that thousands of Indonesian men with multiple wives have compromised the country’s single identification system by trying to make more than one electronic identification card (e-ID), one for each wife.

The ministry discovered the practice after officials recorded fingerprints and retina scans for the new ID system, Gamawan said.

Under the previous system where applicants were only required submit information on forms, polygamous men could easily get away with having more than one ID.

Full report at:

http://www2.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/01/08/rampant-polygamy-leads-fraudulent-e-ids-minister.html

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Malaysia detainees flee after hijacking police van

Jan 07 2013

Kuala Lumpur: Seven alleged criminals who were being transferred to a Malaysian court seized the opportunity to hijack the police van carrying them in a daring escape today, police said.

The van's driver had pulled over when a commotion burst out among the detainees who were being taken from jail to their court proceedings in the northern state of Penang, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, a district police chief, told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/malaysia-detainees-flee-after-hijacking-police-van/1055770/

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International Scrutiny Will Improve Indonesia’s Human Rights: Activist

Ronna Nirmala | January 08, 2013

Indonesia will pay more attention to human rights violations this year because the United Nations will assess the country’s commitment in protecting civil and political rights, the Human Rights Working Group has predicted.

Indonesia will show its commitment to protect human rights because the UN human rights committee will send three special rapporteurs to asses the freedom of expression, housing and health, the nongovernmental group said on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/international-scrutiny-will-improve-indonesias-human-rights-activist/564956

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Marty Heads To Myanmar To Observe Conflict in Rakhine State

Jakarta Globe | January 08, 2013

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa arrived in Myanmar on Monday for a two-day visit to observe communal conflict between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist residents in Rakhine state, offering Indonesia’s help and proposing a solution to the problem.

Marty will visit four cities in the state, where years of clashes between Muslims and Buddhist have left dozens of people dead.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/politics/marty-heads-to-myanmar-to-observe-conflict-in-rakhine-state/564950

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Malaysia offers Saudis MM2H program

 8 January 2013

JEDDAH: More and more foreigners are now making use of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program as over 20,000 expatriates have settled in the Southeast Asian country since its launch 10 years ago, said Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak. He called on Saudis to consider this impressive program, saying it is affordable and worthwhile.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/malaysia-offers-saudis-mm2h-program

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Mideast Asia

 

Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

By JENNIFER PINKOWSKI

January 8, 2013

DEMRE, Turkey — In the fourth century A.D., a bishop named Nicholas transformed the city of Myra, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey, into a Christian capital.

Nicholas was later canonized, becoming the St. Nicholas of Christmas fame. Myra had a much unhappier fate.

After some 800 years as an important pilgrimage site in the Byzantine Empire it vanished — buried under 18 feet of mud from the rampaging Myros River. All that remained was the Church of St. Nicholas, parts of a Roman amphitheater and tombs cut into the rocky hills.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/science/under-turkish-mud-well-preserved-byzantine-

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For Netanyahu, Being Favoured to Win Carries Its Own Risks

By JODI RUDOREN

January 8, 2013

TEL AVIV, — Can a candidate ever be too far in the lead for his own good?

As Israel’s election campaign begins in earnest on Tuesday with a two-week blitz of television ads, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is battling a problem that, at first glance, may seem enviable: Everyone seems sure that he will win.

In Israel’s multiparty, coalition system of government, that presumption has led many of Mr. Netanyahu’s traditional supporters to flirt with smaller parties that cater to special interests.

A whopping 81 percent of survey respondents expect him to serve another term, according to a poll conducted by Dialog and published last month in the newspaper Haaretz. Yet surveys ever since have shown that support is slipping for the joint list of candidates Mr. Netanyahu heads, from its current 42 of Parliament’s 120 seats to as few as 32.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/world/middleeast/for-prime-minister-netanyahu-in-

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Kurdish Militants Attack Turkish Outpost, 13 Killed

January 8, 2013

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Twelve Kurdish militants and one Turkish soldier were killed in clashes along the Turkey-Iraq border after the militants opened fire from inside Iraq on a remote outpost in southeast Turkey, security sources said on Tuesday.

The attack coincides with efforts to end a near three-decade insurgency through talks with the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/08/world/europe/08reuters-turkey-

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Pro-Israel group launches anti-Hagel campaign

1/08/2013

A right-wing pro-Israel group has taken Hagel's name on a website, stepping up the campaign against his nomination.

A right-wing pro-Israel group has taken Hagel's name on a website, stepping up the campaign against his nomination.

The site, which went live last week with www.chuckhagel.com is funded by The Emergency Committee for Israel, a non-profit organization running campaigns on the positions of political candidates in America.

The website raises questions regarding Hagel's ability to serve as defense secretary, highlighting statements seen as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=298815

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North America

 

As Barack Obama, Hamid Karzai meet, Afghan peace efforts show flickers of life

Jan 08 2013

Washington/Islamabad : President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will discuss matters of war, including future U.S. troop levels and Afghanistan's army, when they meet on Friday, but matters of peace may be the most delicate item on their long agenda. After nearly 10 months in limbo, tentative reconciliation efforts involving Taliban insurgents, the Karzai government and other major Afghan factions have shown new signs of life, resurrecting tantalizing hopes for a negotiated end to decades of war.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/as-barack-obama-hamid-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers.../1056250/

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Retired US general cautions against overuse of ‘hated’ drones

January 8, 2013

WASHINGTON: Aerial reconnaissance and attack drones have had a liberating effect on US military forces, but they are deeply hated by many people and their overuse could jeopardise Washington’s broader objectives, retired General Stanley McChrystal said on Monday.

McChrystal, who authored the US counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, said use of drones had enabled him to carry out missions with smaller groups of special operations forces because the “eye in the sky” provided backup security.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/retired-us-general-cautions-against-overuse-of-hated-drones/

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Extradited al Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty in US court

January 8, 2013

NEW YORK: A Pakistani man accused of taking part in an international al Qaeda plot to attack targets in the United States and Europe pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges during his first US court appearance Monday in New York.

Abid Naseer, 26, was extradited on Thursday from Britain to Brooklyn, New York. He is facing up to life in prison on charges including providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in connection with an alleged plot to bomb a city center in Manchester, England.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/extradited-al-qaeda-suspect-pleads-not-guilty-in-us-court/

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Pentagon nominee Hagel vows ‘total support’ for Israel

January 8, 2013

WASHINGTON: Chuck Hagel, bracing for a bruising Senate confirmation as the next US defense secretary, pledged “total support” for Israel on Monday after lawmakers criticised his Middle East views.

There is “not one shred of evidence that I’m anti-Israeli, not one vote (of mine) that matters that hurt Israel,” the former Republican senator told The Lincoln Journal Star, a newspaper in his home state of Nebraska.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491014/pentagon-nominee-hagel-vows-total-support-for-israel/

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US urges India, Pakistan to end exchange of fire across LoC

Jan 8, 2013,

WASHINGTON: The US has asked India and Pakistan to take steps to end the exchange of fire and resume normal trade and travel across the Line of Control.

"We urge both sides to take steps to end exchanges of fire and to resume normal trade and travel across the line of control," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters yesterday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-urges-India-Pakistan-to-end-exchange-of-fire-across-LoC/articleshow/17936378.cms

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US safer and more secure than four years ago: Panetta

Jan 8, 2013

WASHINGTON: Outgoing defence secretary Leon Panetta has said that the US is safer and more secure than it was four years ago and the country has reached a turning point after more than a decade of war.

"Because of the outstanding dedication of our intelligence and military professionals, America is safer and more secure than it was four years ago, and we have reached a turning point after more than a decade of war," Panetta said in his remarks at the White House.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-safer-and-more-secure-than-four-years-ago-Panetta/articleshow/17936316.cms

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CAIR to Hold Inauguration Day Open House on Capitol Hill

Americans urged to take part in National Day of Service inaugural kick-off

1/7/2013

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/2013) - On Monday, January 21, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, will hold an Inauguration Day open house at its Capitol Hill headquarters during President Obama's second-term swearing-in ceremony and address.

Full report at:

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South Asia

 

Lanka president seeks Saudi king’s intervention to suspend the execution of housemaid

 8 January 2013

RIYADH: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a personal appeal to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah seeking royal intervention to suspend the execution of housemaid Rizana Nafeek until a settlement for clemency is reached with the aggrieved parents of the deceased infant.

The president’s media spokesman Mohan Samaranayake told Arab News from Colombo yesterday that the appeal was handed to Saudi Ambassador in Colombo Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Jammaz on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/lanka-president-seeks-king%E2%80%99s-intervention

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China fears inspirations from Arab Spring

Chinese man detained in secret after newly passed Article 73 legalising secret detention; law to curb any anti-authoritarian uprisings that could challenge Communist rule

 8 Jan 2013

A Chinese man who agitated for an investigation into the suspicious death of an activist has been detained at an unknown location, his lawyer said on Monday, describing him as possibly the first to be held under a controversial new law that allows secret detention.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/61996/World/International/China-fears-inspirations-from-Arab-Spring.aspx

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ISAF soldier killed in another 'insider attack' at Afghanistan

Jan 8, 2013

KABUL: A soldier serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan was shot dead by a man in Afghan army uniform, the latest in a series of "insider" attacks, the alliance said Tuesday.

More than 60 ISAF troops were killed in 2011 in a surge of insider attacks that have shaken relations between the alliance and Afghanistan as the US-led troops try to train up the local army and police to battle Taliban militants.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ISAF-soldier-killed-in-another-insider-attack-at-Afghanistan/articleshow/17935580.cms

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Rocket attack near Kandahar airport; PIA plane safe

January 8, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Unknown assailants fired several rockets near Afghanistan’s Kandahar airport on Tuesday while a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was on the tarmac ready for departure, DawnNews reported.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/rocket-attack-at-kandahar-airport/

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China calls for calm along India and Pakistan LoC

January 8, 2013

BEIJING, Jan 7: China on Monday advised both India and Pakistan to keep calm along the Line of Control and stressed that ensuring peace in South Asia was important.

In reply to a question about the killing of a Pakistani solder by India forces after crossing the LoC on Sunday, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China had noticed the relevant press reports on the incident.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/08/china-calls-for-calm-along-loc/

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Recruit more Bangladeshis: PM Sheikh Hasina urges Saudi Arabia

January 8, 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the Saudi government to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh for mutual benefits of the two countries.

The prime minister made the call when a three-member delegation of Saudi Majlish-e-Shura led by its Speaker Dr Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh made a courtesy call on her at Gono Bhaban in the capital yesterday evening.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=264314

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Bangla PM to nationalise 26,000 pry schools tomorrow

January 8, 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will nationalise 26,193 non-government primary schools of the country on Wednesday.

Under the scheme, the jobs of 1, 03,885 teachers of these schools will be nationalised in three phases.

The PM will make an announcement in this regard at a teachers' grand rally at National Parade Ground in the capital.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43807

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2 Bangladeshis shot dead in S Africa

January 8, 2013

Unidentified assailants gunned down two Bangladeshi nationals in North West Province of South Africa in the early hours of Monday.

Our Sylhet correspondent identified the deceased as Ruhul Amin, 32, son of Shafiqur Rahman; and Salik Uddin, 38, son of Rafique Uddin.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43810

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Africa

 

Mali army 'fire as Islamists advance'

January 8, 2013

Malian soldiers have fired on Islamist fighters in the centre of the country, military sources say.

Details remain sketchy but some sources say the Islamists, who last year seized a vast area of the north, have advanced towards Mopti - the last town under government control.

The army responded with "warning shots", military sources say.

In December, the UN approved an African-led military operation against the Islamist groups.

Last week, one of the Islamist groups, Ansar Dine, said it was ending the ceasefire it had previously announced during talks with mediators.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20936803

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Libya's liberal NFA group boycotts national assembly

January 8, 2013

Libya's main liberal coalition has withdrawn from the national assembly to protest against delays in drafting a constitution for the post-Gaddafi era.

Liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA) MP Souad Sultan told the BBC the assembly was failing to meeting the nation's aspirations.

The assembly was elected in July, nine months after long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi was killed.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20935871

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Tunisian Suspect in Libya Attack Freed

January 8, 2013

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The only suspect in custody over the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has been conditionally released by Tunisian authorities due to lack of evidence, his lawyer said Tuesday.

The release of Ali Harzi, a Tunisian, represents a blow to the investigation of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/08/world/middleeast/ap-ml-tunisia-us-libya-

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/democracy-and-islam-deteriorated-after-the-egyptian-revolution/d/9913

 

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