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Deoband Bans Appointment of Muslim Women as Receptionist


India

Deoband Bans Appointment of Muslim Women as Receptionist

CBI may have erred in Malegaon probe: Arrested Nine Alleged SIMI men to be later Bailed out

‘50 Lakh homes, a neo-middle class and modernisation of madrasas’ BJP Manifesto in Gujarat

Narendra Modi must not get visa over Gujarat riots: 25 US Congressmen to Hillary Clinton

Indian artist's photograph picked up as UAE event logo

Aurangabad arms haul: Confession pins Baig

Indian mission in Riyadh urged to spend funds in aid of countrymen in distress

Terrorist attacks soar, India among most affected nations: Study

SP stalls Question Hour in Parliament over arrest of Muslim youth on false terror charges

India, Pak panels discuss ways to resolve Sir Creek dispute

Sohrabuddin case: Three accused cops seek bail from Bombay HC

Ajmer shrine's religious head condemns temple razing in Pak

Court blast accused faces charge punishable by death

NIA names ‘IM leader’, 3 ex-SIMI men for role in Kerala terror camp

RTI activist denied info on Quassab’s final hours

UP court blasts: Panel rejects police version of Muslim youths’ arrest

 

Pakistan

Ulema conference to be held in Kabul: Afghan, Pakistani clerics to prepare agenda

Despite evidence, military official denies temple demolition

TTP claims today’s Bannu blast, condemns attack on Mullah Nazir

Pak, US officials discuss the regional security

Rehman Malik says will reveal Benazir Bhutto's killers' identity, beats hasty retreat

Two Pakistani authors among 15 long-listed for Man Asian Literary Prize

No orders issued to open YouTube: PTA spokesman

 ‘Nearly 18m in Pakistan suffer from disabilities’

Pakistan consul general re-launches new official website

 

Africa

Tunisia arrests Salafist suspects over Sufi shrine attack

Somalia: 'Al-Shabab' ambush ministers and defend Jowhar

Qaeda 'intensifying efforts' for base after Benghazi attack

 

Mideast Asia

Islamic Jihad hails Iran role in Gaza victory

NATO experts select missile sites in Turkey

Turkey fines TV channel over Simpsons show for 'mocking God'

Hamas tells Fatah: Let’s fight Israel together

Israel could face Palestinian war crimes charges

Iran claims capture of another US drone

Israel faces flak over expansion plans

Israel faces European backlash over housing plan

Al-Anezi’s murder linked to Al-Qaeda

Yemen's Abyan saw 'rights catastrophe' says Amnesty

'Cargo ship sinks' off Turkey coast

Netanyahu's Israeli settlement push could be ballot box boon

 

Europe

Join NPT without further delay, UN tells Israel

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

Two arrests in south-west France 'over Merah case'

Four jailed in Azerbaijan for Eurovision terror plot

 

Arab World

Syrian government not to use chemical weapons

Assad regime could fall anytime: Arab League chief

Gunmen kill six members of Iraqi family belonging to Sunni tribesmen

Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

Islamist group asks churches 'to protect Egypt' during Morsi protests

Syrian Chemical Arms Use Would Draw Immediate Response: NATO

Assad Facing Setbacks as Syrian Capital Is Besieged

Qatar’s carbon footprint raises heat at climate talks

Regime forces bomb Damascus, Putin in Istanbul

Syria moving chemical weapons components; Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman defects

Egypt judges divided over referendum supervision

Assad Suffering Reversals in Fighting and Diplomacy

For Iraq, Year Ends the Way It Began, With Guns Drawn

 

South Asia

Maldivian foreign minister speaks to Salman Khurshid on GMR project

Bomb blast in Afghanistan kills 2 NATO troops

GMR to take all ‘legal remedies’ to protect Male contract

One killed as Bangladesh opposition protests against 1971 war crime trials

10 Islami bank officials held over Nov Jamaat-cop clash

Local Afghan Forces’ Losses Rise, Officials Say

 

Southeast Asia

Secular nationalist party defends Islam, opposes pluralism and liberalism: Malaysian P M

Indonesian Embassy Warns Maids to Avoid Malaysia after Abuse Scandal

 

North America

US media helped anti-Muslim bodies gain influence, distort Islam: A Study

A man, 70, beaten by Teens after being asked if he was Hindu or Muslim

American Commander Details Al Qaeda’s Strength in Mali

Global Deaf Muslim campaigns for a Quran in Sign Language

CAIR Asks La. Police to Probe Anti-Muslim SUBWAY Incident

Obama warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Questioning impartiality: Fort Hood shooting judge removed from case

 

Australia

Australia calls in Israeli ambassador to protest settlements plan

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India

 

Deoband bans appointment of Muslim women as receptionist

December 04, 2012






Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa against appointment of Muslim women as receptionists, calling it illegal and against sharia law.

The fatwa was issued after a query on November 29 from a Pakistan-based company asking if it could appoint a Muslim woman as a receptionist.

Darul Uloom said, "Muslim women working in offices as receptionist is un-Islamic because Muslim women are not allowed to appear before men without veil."

Meanwhile, Mufti Zulfikar Ali, Muslim cleric and president of UP Imam organisation, upheld the fatwa and said Muslim women can work in institutions after wearing the veil but the work of a receptionist is to constantly interact with people, which should not be practised.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/Deoband-bars-Muslim-women-as-receptionist/Article1-968224.aspx

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CBI may have erred in Malegaon probe: Arrested Nine Alleged SIMI men to be later Bailed out

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

Deeptiman Tiwary

New Delhi: Outgoing CBI director A P Singh on Wednesday admitted that there may have been errors in the agency’s investigation of the 2006 Malegaon blasts, where nine alleged SIMI men were initially arrested by Maharashtra ATS only to be later bailed out after the role of Hindu extremists came to light.

He, however, denied that the agency was used by the government to coerce allies and opponents, saying cases involving political heavyweights like BSP leader Mayawati and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav are in the courts and the agency has nothing to do with them.

The Malegaon case had seen some sensational developments after Swami Aseemanand, close to the Abhinav Bharat group, confessed that the blasts were carried out by the Hindu outfit. The blasts case was handed over to CBI by the Maharashtra government in December 2006, on the same day that the ATS filed a charge sheet against the nine arrested men. In February, 2010,CBI filed a supplementary charge sheet, almost toeing the ATS line.

Post-Aseemanand confession, CBI started a reinvestigation in the case in 2011 on the saffron terror line before the case was handed over to National Investigation Agency.

On the two lines of investigations, Singh said, at that time (during the first investigation) there was not even a hint of Hindu terror angle. However, after the Aseemanand confession, new information was revealed and the agency began to act on this information. Now the case is with the NIA. Once it completes its investigation, we will know what, if any, mistakes were made by the CBI.

On charges of the government using the CBI for political ends, Singh said, nobody can direct us. We investigate our cases and take them to court. I will maintain CBI is not a handmaiden of the government. I keep hearing that Mayawati and Mulayam are manipulated through CBI. All cases against them are now with the court. We have nothing to do with them.

Singh, however, agreed that there was a perception that CBI was a whip wielded by the government and this needed to be addressed. The best way to do that would be making the appointment of CBI director through the collegium system. That way, no one will allege that the CBI chief is a government appointee, Singh said.

Interestingly, his successor Ranjit Sinhas appointment has been hit by a controversy with BJP leaders arguing that the decision should be kept on hold until the collegium system recommended by the select committee on the Lokpal bill is implemented.

Cases involving UP chieftains Mayawati and Mulayam Singh, who are important outside supporters of the government, have made news in the past with the CBI reported to have changed its position before the court. Singhs remarks may indicate that the cases are now beyond any intervention.

On the issue of extending the CBI directors tenure, Singh said, It takes one year just to understand what is happening. By the time one puts things in motion, the tenure is over. If I had more time, I could have accomplished a few more things such as filling all the vacancies, posting my officers abroad for speedy processing of letter derogatory (LRs) and get a state-of-the-art forensics laboratory sanctioned.

The outgoing director said he was satisfied with the way CBI was functioning but stressed that the agency needed to speed up investigations. For that to be achieved LR processes have to be quick and government needs to expedite sanctions, he added.

A P Singh said the NIA investigation would reveal what mistakes, if any, were made by the CBI in the 2006 Malegaon blasts probe

http://ghulammuhammed.blogspot.in/2012/11/cbi-may-have-erred-in-malegaon-bomb.html

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‘50 Lakh homes, a neo-middle class and modernisation of madrasas’ BJP Manifesto in Gujarat

Dec 04 2012

50 lakh homes

Rs 33,000 crore budgeted under Mukhya Mantri Gruh Samruddhi Yojana; housing department to be headed by chief minister; 28 lakh houses (all pucca) in rural and 22 lakh in urban areas. Public-private partnership, with sops to developers.

The objective

A counter to Congress’s “Ghar nu Ghar” scheme under which houses would cost Rs 70,000, Rs 1 lakh or Rs 1.8 lakh. The average cost of the houses promised by the BJP is Rs 66,000. The Congress’s promised houses range from 278 to 857 sq ft; the BJP’s are either 387 or 538 sq ft.

BJP jibe

“Our government has built 22 lakh houses in 10 years while the Congress built 12 lakh houses in 40 years,” Chief Minister Narendra Modi said.

Congress reply

“Our homes will be executed by revamping the Gujarat Housing Board and the Slum Clearance Board, while the BJP’s plan announced on a PPP model will benefit builders,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi.

Neo-middle class

A new term coined by Modi for people just risen above the poverty line, who cannot yet be counted in the middle class. Their issues to be taken up.

Madrasa modernisation

“Literacy among Gujarat’s Muslims is 73.5 per cent, much higher than the national 59 per cent. We plan to raise the quality of education with the medium of technology to help bring Muslims into the mainstream education and modernise madrasas.”

Ram pagdandi

“Shri Ram Pagdandi” in Dangs, retracing Lord Rama’s journey in exile.

Aam admi

Accident insurance to all; Right to Services Act ; relaxed age limit for government jobs; aid to mass marriages of every community.

Health

Specialty hospitals at Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, North Gujarat.

Agriculture

16-lakh-ha increase in land under irrigation; Rs 4,125 crore for irrigation facilities to tribal farmers in eastern belt; government to share interest burden of farm loans; Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation Yojana.

Youth

Youth policy; a network of hostels in urban areas for 40,000 higher education students; Mukhya Mantri Scholarship Yojana in higher education; Skill Development Corporation, Skill Development University, Centre of Excellence; self-employment loans with government as guarantor.

Other targets

Dandi as heritage corridor; ferry link to Maharashtra; new tourism policy; 13 special investment regions; power generation to double in 5 years.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-50-lakh-homes-a-neomiddle-class-and-modernisation-of-madrasas-/1039897/

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Narendra Modi must not get visa over Gujarat riots: 25 US Congressmen to Hillary Clinton

Dec 04 2012

Washington : In a setback to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a group of 25 American lawmakers have urged the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to continue denying visa to the BJP leader, stating that his government has not adequately pursued justice of the 2002 riot victims.

“As Mr Modi continues to pursue a potential run for higher office, we believe a change in policy to his request for a visa will only embolden Modi and his government's efforts to obstruct further investigations and the tandem prosecution that have still to be finished to bring the perpetrators to justice,” as many as 25 members of the US House of Representatives wrote in a letter to Clinton.

Dated November 29, the letter addressed to Clinton was released to the press yesterday, by Republican Congressman Joe Pitts and Frank Wolf on the eve of their joint press conference at the Capitol Hill with family of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

“India is a thriving democracy, and one that is aspiring to a high standard of leadership and progress. It is disturbing that certain parties in India are considering elevating Modi, despite his tie to these attacks. Allowing him to enter the United States will only serve to abdicate his responsibility for the 2002 human rights abuses,” the Congressmen said.

Among other prominent lawmakers who signed the letter include John Conyers, Trent Franks, James Moran, Michael Honda, Bill Pascrell, Barbara Lee, Edward Markey, Jim Jordan, Dan Burton, Michael Capuano and Dough Lamborn.

Observing that the Bush Administration “rightly denied” Modi a visa to enter the United States, the lawmakers said as he is currently seeking support for a possible bid for prime ministership, including meetings with leaders of foreign nations, “we expect” that he may again request entry into the United States.

“We respectfully request that the US government deny Mr Modi entry due to numerous reports of his involvement in horrific human rights violations in India,” the lawmakers said.

“As you may know, Mr Modi served as the chief minister of Gujarat during the 2002 riots that ultimately resulted in the rape of countless women and children, the destruction of homes and businesses and the loss of 2,000 lives,” the Congressmen alleged.

“Non-governmental organizations have alleged that the state government in Gujarat, led by Chief Minister Modi, provided leadership and material support to the perpetrators of these horrific crimes. After their investigation of violence, Human Rights Watch stated that the 'attacks against Muslims (and other religious minorities) in Gujarat have been actively supported by state BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government officials and by the police',” the letter alleged.

Noting that in the past, the State Department has denied Modi a visa under the authority of the International Religious Freedom Act for his complicity in the riots, the lawmakers said the State Department has stated that the Gujarat government has not adequately pursued justice of the victims of the 2002 violence.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/narendra-modi-must-not-get-visa-over-gujarat-riots-25-us-congressmen-.../1040211/

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Indian artist's photograph picked up as UAE event logo

 Dec 04 2012

Dubai : Forty one years after he captured the historic event, a 75-year-old Indian has been propelled to stardom with his photo becoming the logo for UAE National Day celebrations.

Ramesh Shukla happened to be the man at the right place at the right time as he captured the UAE rulers jointly hoisting the flag after signing the union agreement in 1971 which brought the seven Emirates into a union.

The event took place at the Union House in Dubai and according to the Arabic language newspaper Emarat Al-Youm (UAE Today) his rare photograph has now been picked up as iconic theme for the event being commemorated as part of UAE National Day celebrations.

Shukla has been a UAE resident since 1956. He also dabbles with        paintings and according to a news report, Dubai Municipality logo has been inspired by one of his paintings.

Dubai Metro Stations and the Union house are also adorned with Shukla's paintings.

Shukla arrived in the UAE from India at the age of 22 with a camera given to him as a gift by his father on his 15th birthday. His wife, who also happens to be an artist helped Shukla in his profession, taking photographs inside households.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-artists-photograph-picked-up-as-uae-event-logo/1040332/

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Aurangabad arms haul: Confession pins Baig

Dec 04 2012

Pune : Deposing in the 2010 German Bakery blast case, ACP Vinod Satav on Monday told the court how the needle of suspicion pointed at Mirza Himayat Baig for the first time from a confessional statement of one of the accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case of 2006. He told the court that only after Baig's arrest in September 2010 was his involvement in the blast case confirmed.

Satav, who is now with the Pune police crime branch, was posted at the Pune ATS when he was handed over the investigation into the February 13, 2010 German Bakery blast.

In his deposition, Satav told the court that ATS teams started looking at earlier terror cases to find clues to the Bakery blast. He said Baig's name had cropped up in a confessional statement of Samad Khan arrested in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.

Satav said. “Baig was also an accused in a case registered in 2008 under sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.” Satav told the court how Baig-who is a resident of Udgir in Latur district-was arrested after a trap was laid in Pune and how he was immediately taken to his house in Udgir, where explosives were recovered. He was brought back to Pune and remanded in police custody, Satav said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/aurangabad-arms-haul-confession-pins-baig/1040154/

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Indian mission in Riyadh urged to spend funds in aid of countrymen in distress

 4 December 2012

RIYADH: The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has used only 41 percent of its Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) during the last two years. This announcement was made at a press conference held by the officials of the Federation of Keralite Association in Saudi Arabia, (FOKASA) in Riyadh on Sunday.

Speaking at the press conference, R. Muraleedharan, president of FOKASA, said it is unfortunate that the Indian Embassy in Riyadh has not used 59 percent of the ICWF funds when there were several deserving cases which could have been easily benefitted from the program.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/indian-mission-urged-spend-funds-aid-countrymen-distress

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Terrorist attacks soar, India among most affected nations: Study

Dec 4, 2012

NEW YORK: The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan the most affected.

The number of annual deaths in attacks, however, peaked in 2007 -- the height of the Iraq conflict -- and has been falling ever since. The survey reported 7,473 fatalities in 2011, 25 percent down on 2007. That figure included dead suicide bombers and other attackers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terrorist-attacks-soar-India-among-most-affected-nations-Study/articleshow/17476111.cms

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SP stalls Question Hour in Parliament over arrest of Muslim youth on false terror charges

Dec 4, 2012

NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party on Tuesday stalled the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha demanding release of "innocent" Muslim youth arrested on false terror charges across the country.

Soon after the House mourned the death of 110 people in a fire at a garment factory near Dhaka last month, Naresh Agrawal (SP) rose to say he has given a notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the issue.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/SP-stalls-Question-Hour-in-Rajya-Sabha-over-arrest-of-Muslim-youth-on-false-terror-charges/articleshow/17474811.cms

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India, Pak panels discuss ways to resolve Sir Creek dispute

By Sameer Arshad

Dec 4, 2012

NEW DELHI: After two days of busy and often heated discussions, a meeting of former diplomats, army and navy officers, and peace activists concluded on Monday with a framework to resolve the Sir Creek dispute which, along with Siachen and Kashmir, is one of the three main territorial thorns in India-Pakistan relations.

The Aman Ki Asha strategic seminar concluded with experts underlining that despite the existing impasse even after several bilateral meetings, the Sir Creek issue was not intractable.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pak-panels-discuss-ways-to-resolve-Sir-Creek-dispute/articleshow/17471679.cms

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Sohrabuddin case: Three accused cops seek bail from Bombay HC

December 03, 2012

Three Gujarat police officers, held for their complicity in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and subsequent killing of his wife Kausar bi, on Monday appealed to the Bombay High Court for bail. Two Deputy Superintendents of Police, Narendra Amin and M L Parmar, along with police inspector Balkrishna Rajendra Prasad moved the court seeking bail.

Appearing for Narendra Amin, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani argued that the only role attributed to Amin was that he was present at the cremation of Kausarbi along with other accused police officials.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Sohrabuddin-case-Three-accused-cops-seek-bail-from-Bombay-HC/Article1-967838.aspx

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Ajmer shrine's religious head condemns temple razing in Pak

December 04, 2012

Condemning demolition of a century-old Hindu temple in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, Saiyad Zainual Abedin Ali Khan, religious head of the Khaja Moinuddin Chisti shrine, ön Monday asked the Centre to lodge protest with Islamabad over the matter.

"It is highly condemnable that a temple was demolished in Karachi. It is against the fundamentals of Islam and a setback to secular image of the Muslim community. Islam does not allow anyone to damage a religious place," Khan said in Ajmer.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Rajasthan/Ajmer-shrine-s-religious-head-condemns-temple-razing-in-Pak/Article1-968063.aspx

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Court blast accused faces charge punishable by death

Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times

 December 04, 2012

The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered framing of stringent provisions, including ‘waging war against India’, against Wasim Akram Malik, the main accused in the bomb blast outside the court’s reception. Sixteen people were killed and 79 injured in the blast on September 7, 2011. If proved, the provision attracts death penalty. The direction came on an appeal filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case, against the September 4 order of the trial court which dropped the sections.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Court-blast-accused-faces-charge-punishable-by-death/Article1-968030.aspx

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NIA names ‘IM leader’, 3 ex-SIMI men for role in Kerala terror camp

Rahul Tripathi

Dec 04 2012

New Delhi : Terror suspect and alleged Indian Mujahideen leader Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer has been named by the National Investigation Agency along with three former SIMI activists for their alleged roles in organising and participating in a terror training camp in 2007 at Wangamon in Kerala.

Tauqeer is also wanted in connection with the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts and a reward of Rs 4 lakh on him has been declared by the NIA. A red-corner notice has already been issued against Tauqeer by Interpol in connection with the Ahmedabad blasts.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nia-names--im-leader--3-exsimi-men-for-role-in-kerala-terror-camp/1040112/

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RTI activist denied info on Quassab’s final hours

 Dec 04 2012

Pune: A Pune-based RTI activist has been denied information on the interaction of Ajmal Quassab with jail officials from the moment he was informed that his clemency plea has been denied to the time he was hanged. Vihar Durve had filed an RTI application to the jail officials at Yerawada and Arthur Road Prison.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rti-activist-denied-info-on-Quassab-s-final-hours/1040113/

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UP court blasts: Panel rejects police version of Muslim youths’ arrest

Shyamlal Yadav

 Dec 04 2012

New Delhi : Rejecting the police theory of circumstances leading to the arrest of two youths believed to be involved in serial bomb blasts across Uttar Pradesh courts in 2007, one member of the R D Nimesh Inquiry Commission has stated that the police claim regarding the date, place and timing of arrests appears to be ‘doubtful’.

The Indian Express is in possession of the 237-page report, dated August 31, in which the Commission has recommended the government to “identify and act against officials who perpetrated this unlawful activity”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/up-court-blasts-panel-rejects-police-version-of-youths--arrest/1040087/

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Pakistan

 

Ulema conference to be held in Kabul: Afghan, Pakistani clerics to prepare agenda

December 4, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Prominent religious scholars from Afghanistan are to soon visit Pakistan to discuss the agenda for the upcoming Ulema Conference, Afghan officials told The Express Tribune.

The conference, to be held in Kabul, was agreed upon during Afghan peace envoy Salahuddin Rabbani’s visit to Islamabad last month. The conference aims to win religious backing for the peace process in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and her Afghani counterpart, Zalmai Rassoul, agreed, during their official talks in Islamabad on Friday, to hold the conference in January.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474861/ulema-conference-afghan-pakistani-clerics-to-prepare-agenda/

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Despite evidence, military official denies temple demolition

 December 4, 2012

KARACHI: The Military Estate Office, which assisted a private builder in the demolition of a Hindu temple and houses in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar, on Saturday continue to deny that the pre-partition house of worship was razed in the operation.

Despite debris lying all over the compound, the president’s notice and the angered Hindu community’s protests, Director of Military Lands and Cantonment Zeenat Ahmed insisted that the Shri Rama Pir Mandir has not been damaged.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474875/hindu-mandir-controversy-despite-evidence-military-official-denies-temple-demolition/

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TTP claims today’s Bannu blast, condemns attack on Mullah Nazir

 December 4, 2012

PESHAWAR: Spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed on Tuesday that the organisation was responsible for the blast carried out in Bannu today and said the group was not involved in last week’s attack on pro-government and anti-US Taliban leader Mullah Nazir.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/ttp-claims-bannu-blast-condemns-attack-on-mullah-nazir/

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Pak, US officials discuss the regional security

Dec 4, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Senior US and Pakistani defence and military officials met in the garrison city of Rawalpindi today to discuss the regional security environment and the situation along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The meeting of the Pakistan-US Defence Consultative Group, held at the ministry of defence, is part of efforts by the two countries to place their relationship on an even keel after a strong of crises, including the unilateral American raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border NATO air strike last year.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-US-officials-discuss-the-regional-security/articleshow/17469665.cms

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Rehman Malik says will reveal Benazir Bhutto's killers' identity, beats hasty retreat

Dec 04 2012

Islamabad : Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed that he would reveal the names of the killers of former premier Benazir Bhutto and other little-known details of her 2007 assassination in his forthcoming book, according to media reports today.

Malik reportedly made the claim while addressing workers of the ruling-Pakistan Peoples Party at Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday, TV news channels reported.

Two-time premier Bhutto was killed by a suicide attacker shortly after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 200.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rehman-malik-says-will-reveal-benazir-bhuttos-killers-identity-beats-hasty-retreat/1040297/

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Two Pakistani authors among 15 long-listed for Man Asian Literary Prize

 December 4, 2012

HONG KONG: Two Pakistani authors were among the 15 writers long-listed for Asia’s most prestigious literary prize on Tuesday, with entries spread across the region from Turkey to Japan.

The longlist for the $30,000 Man Asian Literary Prize, drawn from 108 published works from nine different Asian countries, submitted to a panel of judges led by literary critic and journalist Maya Jaggi, also included three debut novelists and a Nobel laureate.

“The far-ranging stories on our longlist draw the reader into some beautiful and some gruelling landscapes,” said Jaggi in a statement.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/two-pakistani-authors-among-15-long-listed-for-man-asian-literary-prize/

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No orders issued to open YouTube: PTA spokesman

 December 4, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday clarified that it had not ordered to open the access of YouTube in Pakistan.

YouTube was blocked in Pakistan on the directives of the Prime Minister on the blasphemous movie uploaded issue.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/no-orders-issued-to-open-youtube-pta-spokesman/

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‘Nearly 18m in Pakistan suffer from disabilities’

 December 4, 2012

PESHAWAR: There may be approximately 18 million people in the country who suffer from some kind of disability, said Paraplegic Centre Chief Executive Officer Syed Muhammad Illyas.

At an event organised at the Paraplegic Center in Hayatabad on international disability day, Illyas said oversight in daily activities can make a person disabled for life and cost millions of rupees in treatment.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474743/international-disability-day-nearly-18m-in-pakistan-suffer-from-disabilities/

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Pakistan consul general re-launches new official website

 4 December 2012

Pakistan Consul General Abdul Salik Khan re-launched the new official website of the Pakistan consulate in the presence of community members, journalists and consulate officials on Sunday at the Pakistan consulate.

“We re-launched this new official website of the Pakistan consulate as a milestone in the work and progress of the Pakistan consulate and to implement a 24-hour communication channel with Pakistani citizens in resolving their issues and problems by providing them with all the related and important information they need,” said Salik Khan.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/pakistan-consul-general-re-launches-new-official-website

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Africa

 

Tunisia arrests Salafist suspects over Sufi shrine attack

4 December 2012

TUNIS: Tunisian authorities arrested five Salafist suspects on Monday in connection with an arson attack against one of the country’s main Sufi shrines, the interior ministry said.

A statement said “security forces succeeded in tracking down the perpetrators of the October 16 attack against the Saida Manoubia zawiya (shrine).”

“Five suspects identified as extremists were placed in detention after having admitted their responsibility in the attack, while a search continues for three of their accomplices,” the statement added.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/tunisia-arrests-salafist-suspects-over-sufi-shrine-attack

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Somalia: 'Al-Shabab' ambush ministers and defend Jowhar

 December 4, 2012

After weeks of relative calm in Somalia, a convoy carrying three ministers has been attacked, while fierce fighting has erupted near the militant base of Jowhar, officials say.

The ministers of defence, interior and justice were unharmed after a landmine exploded under a vehicle near the port of Merca, they say.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20591771

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Qaeda 'intensifying efforts' for base after Benghazi attack

December 04, 2012

Following the recent attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, al Qaeda is intensifying efforts to establish a new base for its terrorist operations in Libya, intelligence reports said.

Intelligence officials say that the leaders of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the North African offshoot of the mainstream organisation, are making a concerted effort to link up with Ansar al-Sharia.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Qaeda-intensifying-efforts-for-base-after-Benghazi-attack/Article1-967992.aspx

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Mideast Asia

 

Islamic Jihad hails Iran role in Gaza victory

 December 4, 2012

Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad of Palestine Ramadan Abdullah has hailed Iran’s role in the recent victory of the resistance in the Gaza Strip against the Israeli regime.

Palestinian and Lebanese fighters would not have achieved great victories against Israel if it had not been not for the all-out support of the Iranian nation and government, Abdullah said on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/02/275707/islamic-jihad-hails-iran-role-in-gaza-war/

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NATO experts select missile sites in Turkey

Dec 4, 2012

ANKARA: NATO military experts have selected sites for the deployment of at least three Patriot air defence systems along Turkey's border with Syria.

NATO member Turkey formally requested Patriot missiles from the military alliance after weeks of talks with NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km border.

Syria is believed to have several hundred surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/NATO-experts-select-missile-sites-in-Turkey/articleshow/17474679.cms

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Turkey fines TV channel over Simpsons show for 'mocking God'

Turkey's media watchdog fines TV channel for broadcasting episodes of 'The Simpsons' that 'mocked God' by depicting Him serving Satan a cup of coffee and showing one character encouraging another to commit murder in His name

3 Dec 2012

Turkey's media watchdog has fined a private television channel for broadcasting episodes of the American cartoon series "The Simpsons" that poked fun at God, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/59706/World/International/Turkey-fines-TV-channel-over-Simpsons-show-for-moc.aspx

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Hamas tells Fatah: Let’s fight Israel together

 By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

12/04/2012

Mahmoud Zahar calls on Fatah to "stop wasting time and effort" on peace process; Palestinian reconciliation efforts stepped up.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Monday called on Fatah to join his movement in the fight against Israel and to stop wasting time and effort with the peace process.

Zahar’s call came as Hamas and Fatah representatives stepped up their efforts to end their differences and achieve “national reconciliation.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=294502

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Israel could face Palestinian war crimes charges

Dec 4, 2012

RAMALLAH (West Bank): A senior Palestinian official is warning that the West Bank government will pursue war crime charges against Israel if it doesn't stop settlement construction.

Israel announced a major settlement construction push after the U.N. General Assembly recognized a de facto Palestinian state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-could-face-Palestinian-war-crimes-charges/articleshow/17476539.cms

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Iran claims capture of another US drone

Dec 4, 2012

TEHRAN: Iran's state TV said on Tuesday that the country's Revolutionary Guard has captured a US drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.

The report quoted the Guard's navy chief, Gen. Ali Fadavi, as saying that the Iranian forces caught the "intruding" drone, which had apparently taken off from a US aircraft carrier.

Fadavi said the unmanned Scan Eagle aircraft was now in Iran's possession.

"The US drone, which was conducting a reconnaissance flight and gathering data over the Persian Gulf in the past few days, was captured by the Guard's navy air defense unit as soon as it entered Iranian airspace," Fadavi said. "Such drones usually take off from large warships."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-claims-capture-of-another-US-drone/articleshow/17476295.cms

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Israel faces flak over expansion plans

ATUL ANEJA

 December 4, 2012

Israel’s decision to build new homes near occupied East Jerusalem is evoking an unexpectedly strong response in Europe-with Britain and France considering withdrawal of their ambassadors from Tel Aviv in protest.

Reuters quoting a diplomatic source is reporting that Britain would finalise its decision on pulling out its envoy from Israel later on Monday. London is miffed about Israel’s decision to green-light construction, as it may have been taken to punish the Palestinians for successfully securing observer status at the United Nations General Assembly. A statement by the British embassy in Tel Aviv said, “The recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units threatens the two-state solution and makes progress through negotiations harder to achieve”. It added that Britain has “called on the Israeli government to reconsider” its decision.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/israel-faces-flak-over-expansion-plans/article4160841.ece

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Israel faces European backlash over housing plan

Dec 04 2012

Jerusalem : Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Britain, France and Sweden summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their respective capitals to convey deep disapproval of the plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/israel-faces-european-backlash-over-housing-plan/1039937/

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Al-Anezi’s murder linked to Al-Qaeda

4 December 2012

Yemeni investigators have found links between the gunmen who assassinated a Saudi diplomat in Sanaa last week and Al-Qaeda.

“Investigators in Sanaa have discovered the organization responsible for the murder of the Saudi diplomat Khaled Al-Anezi and his Yemeni bodyguard Galal Shayban in Sanaa on Wednesday and the place where the murderers fled to,” Al-Madinah daily quoted an official of the Yemeni Interior Ministry as saying.

However, the official, who did not want his name published, refused to give details of the investigation for fear it may adversely affect it.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/al-anezi%E2%80%99s-murder-linked-al-qaeda

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Yemen's Abyan saw 'rights catastrophe' says Amnesty

 December 4, 2012

Yemen's Abyan province saw a "human rights catastrophe" during the conflict between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants in 2011 and 2012, a report by Amnesty International says.

The rights group says it has evidence of abuses including summary executions and amputations carried out by members of the Islamist group, Ansar al-Sharia.

The government also failed to protect civilians during the fighting, it says.

Amnesty has called for those responsible to be held to account.

Militants from Ansar al-Sharia, an offshoot of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), seized large amounts of territory in Abyan during the political turmoil that led to President Ali Abdullah Saleh handing over power to his deputy in November 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20588744

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'Cargo ship sinks' off Turkey coast

 December 4, 2012

A cargo ship has sunk in the Black Sea off the coast of the Turkish city of Istanbul, local media reports say.

Twelve crew members aboard the ship are believed to be missing - 11 are reported to be Ukrainian nationals, and one Russian.

The Turkish coastguard has been quoted as saying they have launched a search and rescue operation.

Turkish TV showed footage of a second ship also in difficulty amid stormy conditions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20593951

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Netanyahu's Israeli settlement push could be ballot box boon

12/04/2012

(Reuters) - For Benjamin Netanyahu, plans to expand Israeli settlements may risk a diplomatic crisis with Europe but could prove a good bet at the ballot box.

With a January 22 election looming, the Israeli leader has defied long-standing international opposition to settlements and announced plans to build at least 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-palestinians-israel-netanyahu-idUSBRE8B30JK20121204

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Europe

 

Join NPT without further delay, UN tells Israel

 December 4, 2012

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just cancelled.

All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn’t take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel’s refusal to attend.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/join-npt-without-further-delay-un-tells-israel/article4163001.ece

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UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

 December 4, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. 

All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn’t take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on nonproliferation.

Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel’s refusal to attend.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/un-calls-on-israel-to-open-nuclear-facilities/

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Two arrests in south-west France 'over Merah case'

 December 4, 2012

Police in south-western France have reportedly arrested two people suspected of acting as accomplices of Islamist killer Mohamed Merah.

A member of the travelling community was detained in Albi, a police source told France's AFP news agency.

A woman described as this man's former companion was arrested in Toulouse.

Merah, 24, shot three soldiers, and an adult and three children at a Jewish school, in March before being killed in a police siege at his flat in Toulouse.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20591856

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Four jailed in Azerbaijan for Eurovision terror plot

12/03/2012 21:20

Islamists sentenced to up to 14 years for plotting attacks on eve of song contest in Baku; latest in gov't crackdown on militants.

BAKU - Four foreign-trained Islamists were sentenced to up to 14 years in jail in Azerbaijan on Monday for plotting "terrorist attacks" on the eve of this year's Eurovision song contest in Baku, the latest crackdown on militancy in the oil-rich state.

After 70 years of Soviet-rule, most Azeris have a relaxed attitude towards religion, but Azerbaijan, a NATO ally bordering Iran on the Caspian Sea, says it is combating increasing Islamist extremism with ties to Tehran.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=294463

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Arab World

 

Syrian government not to use chemical weapons

Dec 3, 2012

DAMASCUS: The Syrian government on Monday said it would never use chemical weapons "even if they existed" against its people under any circumstance, Xinhua reported.

The Syrian foreign ministry's statement came in response to recent remarks made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who Monday warned President Bashar al-Assad against using chemical weapons and said the Washington was prepared to act if he ignored the warning.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrian-government-not-to-use-chemical-weapons/articleshow/17466913.cms

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Assad regime could fall anytime: Arab League chief

4 December 2012

CAIRO: Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime is in danger of collapse “anytime” as the opposition gains ground on the military and political fronts, Arab League chief Nabil Al-Arabi said yesterday.

“That could happen anytime,” the secretary general said in an exclusive interview.

“Now they are fighting in Damascus,” and after 20 months of violence, “I think there will be something soon,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/assad-regime-could-fall-anytime-arab-league-chief

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Gunmen kill six members of Iraqi family belonging to Sunni tribesmen

 December 4, 2012

BAGHDAD: Gunmen armed with silenced weapons attacked a house in east Baghdad on Tuesday, killing a man, his wife and four children, a security official and a medic said.

The attack took place in the Zayouna area, an interior ministry official said, adding that the motive for the crime was not known.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/gunmen-kill-six-members-of-iraqi-family/

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Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

 December 4, 2012

On Monday, the head of the U.N.’s telecommunication overseers sought to quell worries about possible moves toward greater Internet controls during global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for increased Web regulations are likely to face stiff opposition from groups led by a major U.S. delegation.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/clashes-over-internet-rules-to-mark-dubai-meeting/article4161397.ece

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Islamist group asks churches 'to protect Egypt' during Morsi protests

A statement by the hard-line Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya calls on Tuesday's anti-constitution protesters to avoid using violence and asks 'Christians to maintain the peace'

3 Dec 2012

Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and its Building and Development Party called in a statement Monday on anti-Morsi protesters to abstain from using violence at Tuesday's demonstrations against the draft constitution, while stressing its support for freedom of assembly.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59744/Egypt/Politics-/Islamist-group-asks-churches-to-protect-Egypt-duri.aspx

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Syrian Chemical Arms Use Would Draw Immediate Response: NATO

December 4, 2012

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Any use of chemical weapons by Syria's government would prompt an immediate international response, NATO's chief warned on Tuesday, saying the chemical threat made it urgent for the alliance to send Patriot missiles to Turkey.

International concern over Syria's intentions has been heightened by media reports that its chemical weapons have been moved and could be prepared for use in response to dramatic gains by rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/12/04/world/europe/04reuters-syria-crisis-

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Assad Facing Setbacks as Syrian Capital Is Besieged

By ANNE BARNARD and ELLEN BARRY

December 4, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fierce fighting on the battlefield and setbacks on the diplomatic front increased pressure on the embattled Syrian government as fresh signs emerged on Tuesday of a sustained battle for control of the capital.

News reports quoted activists as saying fighting was raging in the southern suburbs of Damascus and near the international airport for a fifth straight day as government forces sought to dislodge rebels and reverse their recent gains.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/world/middleeast/assad-syria-conflict-

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Qatar’s carbon footprint raises heat at climate talks

 Dinesh C. Sharma

 December 4, 2012

NEVER before has the venue of climate change negotiations been a subject matter of discussion.

But Doha has proved to be a different case altogether.

It is ironical that talks about cutting down fossil fuel emissions and sustainable development are being held in the mecca of opulence and fossil fuels. For the first time since the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCC) began in 1995, a major oil and gas producing nation is hosting the talks.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Regime forces bomb Damascus, Putin in Istanbul

December 04, 2012

Syrian troops battered rebel positions in and around Damascus in an assault aimed at securing the capital, as Russia and Turkey are in talks in Istanbul on Monday on their differences over the conflict.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said artillery gunners targeted districts of Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun as well as the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk in southern Damascus.

The army also bombarded Yabrud, Yalda to the south and the Eastern Ghouta towns of Douma, Harasta, Irbin and Haran al-Hawamid, in the area of the road linking Damascus to its international airport, it said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Regime-forces-bomb-Damascus-Putin-in-Istanbul/Article1-967994.aspx

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Syria moving chemical weapons components; Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman defects

4 December 2012

WASHINGTON: US and allied intelligence have detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days, a senior US defence official said yesterday, as the Obama administration again warned the Assad regime against using them.

A senior defence official said intelligence officials have detected activity around more than one of Syria’s chemical weapons sites in the last week. The defence official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about intelligence matters.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/syria-moving-chemical-weapons-components-makdissi-defects

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Egypt judges divided over referendum supervision

Dec 4, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council has agreed to supervise a referendum on a draft constitution, a legal adviser to President Mohamed Morsi said on Monday, although some judges have called for a boycott.

Judicial dissent has complicated the Islamist leader's plan to end a crisis over Egypt's troubled political transition by driving through a new constitution in a snap vote on December 15.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-judges-divided-over-referendum-supervision/articleshow/17471516.cms

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Assad Suffering Reversals in Fighting and Diplomacy

By ANNE BARNARD and ELLEN BARRY

December 4, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fierce fighting on the battlefield and setbacks on the diplomatic front increased pressure on the embattled Syrian government on Monday as fresh signs emerged of a worsening battle for control of the capital.

A senior Turkish official said that Russia had agreed on Monday to a new diplomatic approach that would seek ways to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power, a possible weakening in Russia’s steadfast support for the government. Fighting raged around Damascus, the Syrian capital, and its airport, disrupting commercial flights for a fourth straight day.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/world/middleeast/syrian-government-beset-by-

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For Iraq, Year Ends the Way It Began, With Guns Drawn

By TIM ARANGO and DURAID ADNAN

December 4, 2012

BAGHDAD — It was just the sort of episode that observers have long worried could provoke a serious conflict: when federal police agents sought to arrest a Kurdish man last month in the city of Tuz Khurmato in the Kurdish north of the country, a gunfight ensued with security men loyal to the Kurdish regional government.

When the bullets stopped flying, a civilian bystander was dead and at least eight others were wounded.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/world/middleeast/iraqs-latest-crisis-is-a-standoff-

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South Asia

 

Maldivian foreign minister speaks to Salman Khurshid on GMR project

Dec 4, 2012

NEW DELHI: In a bid to mollify India which is upset over termination of the $500 million GMR project, Maldivian foreign minister Abdul Samad Abdullah spoke to his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid on Tuesday and told him that a detailed communication on it will be sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

In a telephonic call to Khurshid, Abdullah said he was not aware of India's displeasure over the issue, sources said here.

Interestingly, New Delhi has maintained that they had conveyed their displeasure to Maldives immediately after the termination of the project and asked it to ensure that Indian interest was "fully protected".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Maldivian-foreign-minister-speaks-to-Salman-Khurshid-on-GMR-project/articleshow/17475641.cms

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Bomb blast in Afghanistan kills 2 NATO troops

Dec 4, 2012

KABUL: The international military coalition in Afghanistan says two of its service members have been killed in a bomb attack in the country's south.

The NATO-led alliance said in a statement issued late Monday that the blast occurred earlier that day. It did not provide further details or the nationalities of the dead.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bomb-blast-in-Afghanistan-kills-2-NATO-troops/articleshow/17475013.cms

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GMR to take all ‘legal remedies’ to protect Male contract

 December 4, 2012

Stating that GMR Infrastructure has not invested in Maldives “to be compensated”, the company has said it will take all “legal remedies” to protect its USD 511 million airport contract in the island nation.

“It’s not a question of compensation. We did not come here for compensation. We came here because we competed competitively in an international tender and we won that bid,” CEO of GMR Male International Airport Andrew Harrison told PTI from Male on phone on Monday night.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/gmr-to-take-all-legal-remedies-to-protect-male-contract/article4163096.ece

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One killed as Bangladesh opposition protests against 1971 war crime trials

 December 4, 2012

DHAKA: Police in Bangladesh’s capital fired tear gas and arrested dozens of protesters as the nation’s largest Islamic party enforced a daylong strike that has shut schools and businesses across the country.

The opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party called the strike to demand authorities halt trials of its top leaders on charges of crimes against humanity during the 1971 war against Pakistan in which the country got its independence.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/one-killed-as-bangladesh-opposition-protests-against-1971-war-crime-trials/

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10 Islami bank officials held over Nov Jamaat-cop clash

 December 4, 2012

Law enforcers Tuesday morning arrested 10 Islami Bank officials of Motijheel branch in connection with a case filed for November 5 Jamaat-Shibir mayhem in the capital.

Hayatuzzaman Mollah, officer-in-charge of Motijheel Police Station, told The Daily Star that the arrest was made as they have information that some staff of the Islami Bank Motijheel branch were involved in the clash.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42919

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Local Afghan Forces’ Losses Rise, Officials Say

December 4, 2012

More than 300 Afghan soldiers and members of the police forces are killed each month as the Afghans assume more responsibility for the war against the Taliban, military officials said Monday. A Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, said that about 110 soldiers and 200 policemen were killed in action each month, an increase over last year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/world/asia/local-afghan-forces-losses-rise-officials-say.html?ref=asia&_r=0&gwh=F2DF5BB157D4C40DCA43686080A8B1AD

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Southeast Asia

 

Secular nationalist party defends Islam, opposes pluralism and liberalism: Malaysian P M

29 November 2012

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 29, 2012): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak emphasised that Umno will always struggle for and defend Islam, and will strongly oppose those propagating pluralism or liberalism.

The Umno president said the position of Islam would always be defended as enshrined in the party constitution and in line with its position as the religion of the federation.

"I wish to emphasise here, that Umno is undoubtedly committed to continue elevating Islam based on the objectives of the Sharia, to protect the religion, life, property, mind, dignity and race.

Full report at:

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/552735

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Indonesian Embassy Warns Maids to Avoid Malaysia After Abuse Scandal

December 04, 2012

Kuala Lumpur. Indonesia on Tuesday warned its nationals not to work as maids in Malaysia after a weekend raid freed 105 women who were confined against their will and forced to work without pay.

In the latest maid abuse scandal to hit Malaysia, authorities said they had freed 95 Indonesians, six Filipinas and four Cambodians who toiled as housemaids by day but were locked inside a building near the capital Kuala Lumpur at night.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesian-embassy-warns-maids-to-avoid-malaysia-after-abuse-scandal/559767

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North America

 

US media helped anti-Muslim bodies gain influence, distort Islam: A Study

By Liat Clark

30 November 12

A study published by a sociologist has revealed that fear-mongering non-governmental anti-Muslim organisations have been heavily influencing US media since 9/11, their messages seeping into news articles and television reporting and drawing their ethos from the fringes, straight into the mainstream.

What's perhaps most troubling about the results is how these minor groups, which would ordinarily receive little or no air time, have gained an element of respect that has led to them receiving more funding and coupling with influential bodies. Their influence is such that they have even been able to paint mainstream Muslim organisations as radical, says the study.

Full report at:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-11/30/anti-muslim-influence-on-us-media

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A man, 70, beaten by Teens after being asked if he was Hindu or Muslim

Cops described the suspects as dark-haired Hispanic males, both in their late teens or early 20s.

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NOVEMBER 30, 2012

Two teens beat a 70-year-old Queens’s man after asking him if he was Hindu or Muslim, police said Friday.

The suspects are being sought by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

 The incident occurred at 5:20 a.m. Nov. 24 on 47th Ave. in Corona, the victim’s neighbourhood, police said.

Full report at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/queens-man-70-beaten-apparent-hate-attack-article-1.1210944#ixzz2E49UqGvn

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American Commander Details Al Qaeda’s Strength in Mali

By ERIC SCHMITT

December 4, 2012

WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa is operating terrorist training camps in northern Mali and providing arms, explosives and financing to a militant Islamist organization in northern Nigeria, the top American military commander in Africa said on Monday.

The affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, has used the momentum gained since seizing control of the northern part of the impoverished country in March to increase recruiting across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe, said the commander, Gen. Carter F. Ham.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/world/africa/top-american-commander-in-africa-warns-of-al-qaeda-influence-in-mali.html?ref=world&_r=0

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Global Deaf Muslim campaigns for a Quran in Sign Language

DECEMBER 2, 2012

BY: DAVI BARKER

Tonight I attended a fundraising dinner hosted by Global Deaf Muslim (GDM) which was part of their campaign to the translate the Quran into American Sign Language (ASL). The event was held at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in the South bay and featured GDM President, Nashiru Abdulai and keynote speaker, Wisam Sharieff.

Full report at:

http://www.examiner.com/article/global-deaf-muslim-campaigns-for-a-quran-sign-language

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CAIR Asks La. Police to Probe Anti-Muslim SUBWAY Incident

 December 4, 2012

SUBWAY responds to request for apology to Muslim locked out of restaurant

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today asked the Shreveport Police Department to investigate whether officers facilitated violation of the law by failing to assist a Louisiana Muslim allegedly locked out of a SUBWAY sandwich shop in that state because of his faith.

Full report at:

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Obama warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Dec 4, 2012

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Obama publicly told the increasingly isolated Assad not to unleash the "worst weapons of the 20th century" in the 21st, capping a day of alarming American warnings on the Syrian regime's intentions.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-warns-Syria-against-using-chemical-weapons/articleshow/17473718.cms

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Questioning impartiality: Fort Hood shooting judge removed from case

Dec 04 2012

Washington : A US military appeals court removed the judge presiding over the case of a soldier accused of killing 13 people in a shooting spree at a Texas army base, questioning his impartiality.

The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces yesterday also made invalid an order from the judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, for Major Nidal Hasan to appear clean-shaven or for him to be forcibly shaved before his court-martial.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/questioning-impartiality-fort-hood-shooting-judge-removed-from-case/1040345/

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Australia

 

Australia calls in Israeli ambassador to protest settlements plan

 December 4, 2012

CANBERRA: Australia summoned the Israeli ambassador on Tuesday to protest against Israel’s decision to expand Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and withhold tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/04/australia-calls-in-israeli-ambassador-to-protest-settlements-plan/

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URL: https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/deoband-bans-appointment-of-muslim-women-as-receptionist/d/9529

 

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