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Afghan policemen inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on May 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH Marai

 

North America

‘Hijab-Friendly’ Policy Urged In U.S. Prisons

‘War on terror, like all wars, must end’

Bail denied to Massachusetts teen accused of Facebook terror post

Obama signals easing, not end, of drone strikes on Pakistan

 

Africa

Niger’s attacks may be a collaborative jihadist effort’

Nigerians Who Killed UK Soldier Believed Affiliated With Boko Haram

France begins first stage of Mali military withdrawal

Nigerian army 'destroys' Boko Haram camps in north-east

Tunisia's state of emergency must be extended: Defence Minister

Niger defence minister: Hostages freed in Agadez

Zainabia Islamic Centre attacked by incendiary device

 

Europe

Female Suicide Bomber Injures 11 in Russian Region

Radical British preacher Anjem Choudary praises London killer Adebolajo

UK decides to bring back slain soldier's girlfriend from Afghanistan

French Help Niger to Kill Last Jihadist Bombers

Britain admits tough task to add Hezbollah militias on terror blacklist

Moscow’s Revolving Door of Alleged Killings of Militant Leaders in Ingushetia Continues

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister’s Visit to Israel Sparks New Wave of Tensions with Iran

'Friend' of suspect in London attack arrested after BBC interview

UK Security services tried to recruit London killing suspect: 'Friend'

Woolwich attack: Younger suspect 'used to hand out radical leaflets'

 

South Asia

2-Child Limit for Muslims in two Rakhine townships of Myanmar

Mosque blast kills 12 in eastern Afghanistan

“Maldivians must rise against terrorism”: Attorney General

Suicide bomber dies in blast in Afghan capital

Nasheed says MDP is the guardian of reform in Maldives

Gayoom's regime blocked humanitarian efforts: Gasim

Kabul urged to consider regional implications of arms deal

Day after Kabul attacks, 10,000 peace balloons

PM for a secular, democratic Bangladesh

Bangladesh is leader in promoting global peace

 

India

Over 1 lakh Indians face arrest in Saudi Arabia, Over 75,000 to be repatriated

India has 'reservations' over China's activities in PoK

Nitaqat scheme tests Khurshid’s tightrope-walking skills

Denial of consular access delaying return of nearly 500 Indian fishermen from Pakistan

Kalam conferred Wernher von Braun Memorial Award

Pak. unfazed by Karzai’s military equipment ‘wish list’

 

Pakistan

Militant attack on police convoy near Peshawar kills six policemen

LHC issues notice on plea for ban on MQM Chief’s speeches

Rights activists protest against military ops, disappearances

Four killed in Tirah airstrike

For the first time Pakistan gives representation to a Sikh in Sindh's Zimmi welfare

National Party’s Malik Baloch nominated as Balochistan CM

Mumbai case: Trial of Pakistani suspects adjourned till June 1

TTP terror network busted in Chamkani

Premier Li offers to send 1,000 Chinese language teachers

 

Southeast Asia

12 dead as Philippine troops clash with Islamist militants

Malaysia: Marriage should not be way out for suspected rapists

Anwar blames BN for collapse of peace treaty with Najib

Ahmadis deplore Minister’s stance

 

Mideast

Rising Concern over 'Creeping Influence' Of Islam in Turkey

Hamas, the Arab Spring and the West

Iranian Puppet Show Lampoons Societal Woes

New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say

‘Al-Qaeda’ gunmen kill two in Yemen attack

As Syrian war shuts down trade routes, Turkish business improvises

Turkey builds wall at Syria border crossing after bombs

 

Arab World

Doctrine of Armed Jihad or Doctrine of Saudi Wahhabi Caliphate?

28 dead in Lebanon Sunni-Alawite clashes

Saudi charities face funding crisis over terror fears

In Syria's Shadow, Iraq Violence Presents New Test for U.S.

Morsi normalising with Mubarak’s regime

Excavations in Saudi Arabia under way at 5 sites for preservation of Ancient Sites

SNC to attend Geneva talks if Assad agrees to hand over power

Hezbollah, Syria government forces push for advance in Qusair

Arab League must 'apologise' before peace role: Syria

Raid on Bahrain cleric's home draws thousands to sit-in

Battle for Syrian Town Spurs Sectarian Fighting in Northern Lebanon

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Doctrine of Armed Jihad or Doctrine of Saudi Wahhabi Caliphate?

2013/05/25

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - While the world is being wrecked by terrorist acts of Wahhabi-Deobandi extremists right from Boston to Woolwich and Madrid to Kabul, a concerted effort is being made to hide the central role of the supremacist, totalitarian ideology that is being spread by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Kingdom along with its protege states UAE, Qatar etc is an epicentre for spreading this supremacist ideology in the form of virulent intolerant strand of Islam, i.e., Wahhabi-Salafi ideology. In South Asia and Afghanistan, the Deobandi sub-sect is closely aligned with the Saudi Wahhabi-Wahhabi ideology.

All attempts to divert attention away from this core issue (i.e. the pursuit of worldwide Saudi Wahhabi Caliphate) are tantamount to intellectual dishonesty. Those who are a part of such obfuscation are either wittingly or unwittingly complicit in the Saudi Salafist agenda.

Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars from Indonesia to North America and from South Africa to Scandinavia in order to promote its Wahhabi-Salafi doctrine in the shape of mosques, madrassas, media, think tanks and advocacy groups.

Consequently in the global mainstream media, there is a coordinated and deliberate effort to hide, dilute and obscure the ideology of the Wahhabi-Salafi perpetrators of violence. Similar efforts are done to obfuscate the fact that terrorism in the West as well as in Muslim countries remains, in the main, a Wahhabi-Deobandi phenomenon.

A few cases of violence by other Muslim sects or sub-sects are very few and statistically insignificant. However the Saudi lobby and its propagandists inflate them out of proportion to hide the Wahhabi-Deobandi monopoly on violence. Indeed, Ahmadis are not hijacking planes, Shia Ismailis are not burning shrines in Mali, and Sunni Sufis are not gruesomely murdering British soldier in Woolwich.

An often used tactic by certain respected Western journalists (e.g., Declan Walsh of the New York Times, Sadanand Dhume of the Wall Street Journal etc) is to resort to sweeping generalizations and describe the Wahhabi-Deobandi militants as Sunni extremists. Besides dangerous stereotyping, this tactic also obfuscates the central role of the Saudi Wahhabi Kingdom which not only provides idealogical impetus to terrorists but also provides them with financial, moral and political support.

Another tactic is to use half truths in order to mask the guiding ideology behind terrorism.

A term that is being used by some sections of the mainstream media is the doctrine of armed jihad. This once again serves to hide the Wahhabi-Deobandi identity of terrorists. While it is fact that Wahhabi-Deobandi terrorists from Mali to Libya and from Syria to London make ample use of the Jihad ideology to justify and promote their violent agenda, however, the doctrine of armed Jihad is an insufficient and incomplete raison d’etre for Wahhabi-Deobandi terrorism. Jihad literally means struggle, and is a tenant for all Muslims. Whose doctrine of armed Jihad? Internally Muslims are themselves suffering from this. There are plenty of examples of how Wahhabis-Deobandis justify violence against Sunni Barelvis, Shias, Ahmadis etc. It is neither homogeneous nor a unitary concept. In Islam, struggle within one’s sole and defining the moral compass from within is considered a bigger Jihad.

In contrast, the doctrine of armed Jihad (described as lesser Jihad) and has different interpretations and different significance for different sects. And the proof of this is manifested in statistics of terrorism from Mali to Mumbai and from Islamabad to New York. Look at the number of Sunni Barelvi, Shia or Ahmadi Muslims involved in an act of terror and compare that number with the number of Wahhabi-Deobandi terrorists (e.g. 9/11 bombers, Faisal Shehzad, Major Nadal Hasan, Bali Bombers, Madrid terrorists, 7/7 bombers, Woolwich and Boston attackers etc).

In fact the pursuit of a worldwide totalitarian Wahabi Caliphate is the primary root cause of religiously motivated violence in the name of Islam. That’s why simply pointing out the notion of armed Jihad not only gives an incomplete picture but also masks the Wahhabi-Deobandi Takfiri agenda. Using the doctrine of armed Jihad to explain horrific acts of terrorism is intellectually lazy and politically useless.

Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi-Deobandi militants promote their agendas on two fronts through two different but interconnected tools. On the internal front, they use the notion of the Takfeer (apostatizing) to suppress and eliminate all non-Wahhabi non-Deobandi Muslims (e.g., Sunni Sufi, Shia, Ahmadi, Alawites etc). On the external front, they use the convoluted Wahhabi Salafist notion of armed Jihad to promote their violent agenda. However, armed Jihad is only a tool, not the objective. Anyone who condemns the tool but obscures the identity and guiding ideology of the perpetrator is either naive or intellectually compromised.

Also, it is important to note that Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq, Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Al Nusrah Front in Syria, Sipah Sahaba in Pakistan etc are different shades of the same Wahhabi-Salafi supremacist ideology. The central tenant of this supremacist ideology is to create artificial binaries between Muslims and non-Muslims and Sunni and Shia, therefore justifying murder and violence. Hence, simply stating that the doctrine of armed Jihad is the cause of terrorism is to put the cart before the horse. Even worse, this also completely obscures and hides the Saudi agenda that has the world in the grip of its fascist ideology today.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=422639

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North America

 

‘Hijab-Friendly’ Policy Urged In U.S. Prisons

24 May 2013

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is aiming for a uniform “Hijab-friendly” policy to allow Muslim women to keep their head cover during detention and photos in all local and federal U.S. prisons.

“I’m working on several pending cases in different states... and I’m in touch with an attorney for the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights,” Nadhira al-Khalili, legal counsel for CAIR, told Al Arabiya.

Novi recently became the first locality in Michigan to officially permit Muslim women to don their head cover during detention and photos at the local prison.

“There are other accommodations in other localities in Michigan for Muslim females to keep their Hijab during detainment. However, Novi is the first locality in Michigan that has made it an official policy,” Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, told Al Arabiya.

“If Hijab is allowed in the military, and U.S. driving licenses permit women IDs with Hijab, then the same logic can be applied,” Walid said. “Hijab doesn’t impede the identity of women.”

Women’s reactions

While some women take off their scarves, even in the presence of males, for fear of reprisals by sheriff deputies, others have resisted.

In North Carolina, “a woman was arrested for making a telephone threat to a family member she was quarrelling with. Upon arrest and booking, she was told to remove her scarf. She told the sheriffs that it was her right to wear the scarf, and she refused to take it off,” Khalili said.

However, she “was held down on the floor by two male deputy sheriffs, and a female removed the scarf. She wasn’t given her scarf back until she left the jail. She had to appear in front of a judge uncovered. She was admitted to a hospital because of the trauma.”

Having a uniform policy covering about 3,000 sheriff’s departments across the United States is an ambitious project.

“The courts generally don’t want to intervene in the professional judgment of a sheriff. Some courts have ruled that when security is a concern, safety should override a religious practice. Other courts have ruled in favour of Muslim women who want to wear Hijab,” said Khalili.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/2013/05/24/-Hijab-friendly-policy-urged-in-U-S-prisons-.html

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‘War on terror, like all wars, must end’

Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times

May 25, 2013

US president Barack Obama on Thursday said the country was at a crossroads and it needed to redefine the war against terrorism. It cannot be a boundless “global war on terror”. In a widely anticipated speech, Obama said “this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history

advises.  That’s what our democracy demands.”

Though al Qaeda’s core stands on the path to defeat, he said, no president can promise to end terrorism. The new threat comes from affiliates and home-grown radicals. “America is at a crossroads,” the president said in a widely anticipated speech, adding, “We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us.

The use of drones, which he defended as more effective than “conventional airpower or missiles”, for instance, will be brought under increased oversight. He discussed the use of drones, which has spiked during his presidency, at some length. He explained why, for instance, he ordered the strike on Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011.

After listing terror plots Awlaki launched against the US, Obama said, “I would have been derelict in my duty had I not authorized the strike that took him out.” The death triggered a national debate.

There have been suggestions to constitute a special court to authorize these strikes. Or an executive body.

Obama referred to them in his speech, and pointed to problems. But, he said, “I look forward to actively engaging Congress to explore these and other options for increased oversight.”

The President also renewed the call to shut down the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison facility, which he tried before but was thwarted by congress.

“GTMO has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law,” Obama said, adding prisoners cleared of charges will be sent back to their respective countries. And the rest will be tried here on US soil.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/americas/War-on-terror-like-all-wars-must-end/Article1-1065586.aspx

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Bail denied to Massachusetts teen accused of Facebook terror post

Reuters | May 25, 2013

BOSTON: A judge denied bail on Friday to a Massachusetts teenager who was arrested on terrorism charges after posting lyrics on his Facebook page suggesting he could do worse than the Boston Marathon bombers.

Cameron D'Ambrosio, an 18-year-old aspiring rapper from Methuen, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Boston, was arrested on May 1 after he posted a note on his Facebook page that included the words "a boston bombinb wait till u see the shit I do."

D'Ambrosio was charged with "communicating terrorist threats" and faces as many as 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

D'Ambrosio's lawyer and his family members argued at a bail review hearing this week that the teenager, who has also posted several expletive-laden rap videos online, posed no immediate threat and should be granted bail.

A judge at the Massachusetts Superior Court denied the request.

The case has triggered a viral online campaign by activists who say D'Ambrosio's free speech rights have been trampled by a government that may be overreaching after April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

Three people died and 264 were wounded in those attacks, which investigators said were the work of two brothers of Chechen descent.

Some US lawmakers have criticized the FBI's handling of the case, given that the older of the brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been on a U.S. master list of potential terrorism suspects.

Prosecutors have not accused D'Ambrosio of any involvement in the bombing.

Evan Greer, a campaign manager for Centre for Rights in Boston, criticized Friday's ruling.

"We are very disappointed at the judge's decision to continue the imprisonment of a teenager despite there being no evidence that he is a threat to anyone," he said.

"Cam is facing a greater sentence than if he had actually assaulted someone," he said, referring to a court's original decision to hold D'Ambrosio for up to 90 days.

The Centre for Rights and Fight for the Future set up an online petition on May 20 that has so far accumulated more than 70,000 signatures calling for D'Ambrosio's release.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Bail-denied-to-Massachusetts-teen-accused-of-Facebook-terror-post/articleshow/20254479.cms

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Obama signals easing, not end, of drone strikes on Pakistan

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | May 25, 2013,

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is finally getting some relief - although not total closure - from the unrelenting American drone attacks that have become part of the undeclared US war on the country. In a major foreign policy address on Thursday, President Barack Obama indicated he is easing off on the drone strikes, which have already tapered off this year, saying such attacks may not be wise or moral in every instance, even if they are legal and effective.

In a nearly hour-long speech at the National Defense University outside Washington, the US President covered the gamut of issues related to the so-called war on terror, treading a delicate line between American exceptionalism and unilateral action, and the moral and ethical code it was bound by. He also praised Pakistan's sacrifices, although it was underlined by the subtle subtext of the state's lack of will and capacity to meet the terrorism threat headlong.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-signals-easing-not-end-of-drone-strikes-on-Pakistan/articleshow/20253168.cms

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Africa

 

Niger’s attacks may be a collaborative jihadist effort’

By Leela JACINTO

 24/05/2013

 Islamist groups have claimed responsibility for the May 23 twin attacks at a military camp and a uranium mine in Niger, which killed at least 20 people.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a top commander of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has claimed to have supervised the attack on the French-run uranium mine in the remote town of Arlit.

Shortly after Thursday’s sophisticated attacks in Arlit and the desert city of Agadez, located almost 1,000 kilometres northeast of the capital of Niamey, another militant Islamist group, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), also claimed the assaults.

FRANCE 24’s Leela Jacinto discusses the latest developments in Niger.

1. Mokhtar Belmokhtar is a familiar figure to some of us. But the attacks in Niger were also claimed by MUJAO – are these competing claims?

It’s true that in jihadist propaganda circles, different groups can and have made competing claims in the past.

But that may not necessarily be the case with the May 23 attacks in Niger.

Belmokhtar is indeed a well-known figure; some would say he’s even a celebrity figure in jihadist circles.

Full report at:

http://www.france24.com/en/20130524-niger-attacks-may-be-collaborative-jihadist-effort-analysis-aqim-mujao

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Nigerians Who Killed UK Soldier Believed Affiliated With Boko Haram

By Jim Kouri

May 23, 2013

An attacker using a meat cleaver and his armed partner killed a 25-year-old British soldier in the streets of London on Wednesday, and Britain’s elite law enforcement believe the Nigerian men may be affiliated with a dangerous and bloodthirsty Islamist group based in Nigeria and affiliated with al-Qaeda.

The United Kingdom’s world-renowned law enforcement agency, Scotland Yard, reported on Thursday that two more suspected Nigerian terrorists were arrested by inspectors investigating the hacking death of a British soldier, Lee Rigby, in London by two suspects yelling “Allahu Akbar.”

Full report at:

http://www.albanytribune.com/23052013-nigerians-who-killed-uk-soldier-believed-affiliated-with-boko-haram%E2%80%8F/

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France begins first stage of Mali military withdrawal

 May 25, 2013

France has begun the first major stage of its military withdrawal from Mali, four months after sending troops to push Islamist rebels out the north.

A convoy of lorries left a French base outside the capital, Bamako, on its way south to Ivory Coast.

France began withdrawing some of its 4,000 troops from the country in April.

They plan to gradually hand over to the Malian army and a UN peacekeeping force, which will deploy in July ahead of planned nationwide elections.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22664484

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Nigerian army 'destroys' Boko Haram camps in north-east

 May 25, 2013

The Nigerian army says it has destroyed a number of well-equipped camps used by the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, in the north-east of Nigeria.

Senior officer Chris Olukolade revealed the extensive nature of the camps, which he said were used to co-ordinate attacks on nearby local communities.

The BBC has not been able to independently verify the army's claim.

Some 2,000 soldiers were deployed to the region last week, in the biggest campaign to date against Boko Haram.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22662476

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Tunisia's state of emergency must be extended: Defence Minister

 24 May 2013

The fragile security situation in Tunisia, where radical Islamists are blamed for a wave of violence in recent months, makes it necessary to extend the state of emergency, Defence Minister Rachid Sabbagh said on Friday.

"The current security situation in the country requires an extension of the state of emergency," said Sabbagh, cited by the official TAP news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/2/72239/World/Tunisias-state-of-emergency-must-be-extended-Defen.aspx

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Niger defense minister: Hostages freed in Agadez

 May 25, 2013

NIAMEY: Hours after denying that jihadists in the city of Agadez had taken several soldiers hostage, Niger's minister of defense corrected the record in an interview with The Associated Press, saying that in fact two hostages had been found and have now been released.

Defense Minister Karidjo Mahamadou had earlier told RFI radio that there were no hostages.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013505/niger-defense-minister-hostages-freed-in-agadez

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Zainabia Islamic Centre attacked by incendiary device

 May 25, 2013

A lighted bottle of inflammable liquid has been thrown onto the roof of a Milton Keynes mosque, police have said.

The Zainabia Islamic Centre in Peverel Drive, Granby, was subjected to an arson attack on Thursday night when about 30 people were inside.

Witness Fazilat Shivji said members of the community managed to deal with the flames before firefighters arrived.

Police said they would like to talk to witnesses as they had few details so far. No significant damage was caused.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-22652906

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Europe

 

Female Suicide Bomber Injures 11 in Russian Region

 May 25, 2013

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A female suicide bomber injured at least 11 police officers and civilians, including two children, in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, police said.

Police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said the bomber blew herself up in the central square in the provincial capital, Makhachkala. He did not give details about the injured children.

Since 2000, at least two dozen women, most of them from the Caucasus, have carried out suicide bombings in Russian cities and aboard trains and planes. All were linked to an Islamic insurgency that spread throughout Dagestan and the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region after two separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/25/world/europe/ap-eu-russia-suicide-bombing.html?ref=europe

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Radical British preacher Anjem Choudary praises London killer Adebolajo

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | May 24, 2013

LONDON: A radical Islamist preacher who is believed to have brainwashed Britain's most hated man in present day - Michael Adebolajo, has now been identified.

Photographs and videos have been found showing Adebolajo taking part in Islamic rallies by Anjem Choudary, former head of banned Islamist organization Al Muhajiroun.

Adebolajo beheaded British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday in broad daylight.

After committing the crime, Adebolajo made chilling rants on camera to passerbys watching in horror. He said, "Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers ... Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace".

On Friday, radical preacher Choudary actually came out to praise Adebolajo's views.

Choudary said he was shocked with the incident, but said, "I think not many Muslims can disagree with".

"I last met Adebolajo two years ago. What he said explains what he did. Not many Muslims will disagree with what he said about British foreign policy. One man killed on the street does not equate to millions killed by British and American forces in Muslin countries everyday," Choudary added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Radical-British-preacher-Anjem-Choudary-praises-London-killer-Adebolajo/articleshow/20249924.cms

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UK decides to bring back slain soldier's girlfriend from Afghanistan

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | May 24, 2013

LONDON: The family of slain British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby said they first heard about the attack on television and immediately tried to get in touch with him.

The next thing was a message from ministry of defence saying Rigby was killed in a terrorist attack in Woolwich.

The shattered family of Rigby recalled the soldier as being a doting father who would do "anything for anybody".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/UK-decides-to-bring-back-slain-soldiers-girlfriend-from-Afghanistan/articleshow/20250744.cms

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French Help Niger to Kill Last Jihadist Bombers

 May 25, 2013

NIAMEY, Niger — With the help of French special forces, Niger's military on Friday killed the last two jihadists holed up inside a dormitory on the grounds of a military garrison in the desert town of Agadez, and freed at least two soldiers who had been held hostage by the extremists, according to French and Nigerien officials.

For hours there had been conflicting reports on whether or not the al-Qaida-linked attackers had succeeded in kidnapping several soldiers inside the military base. But on Friday afternoon, Niger Defense Minister Kardijo Mahamadou confirmed their troops had broken through the attackers' defenses in the building where they had barricaded themselves. Once inside the dorm, the soldiers found and liberated the two hostages, who were unharmed, he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/24/world/africa/ap-af-niger-attack.html?ref=africa

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Britain admits tough task to add Hezbollah militias on terror blacklist

British government says convincing European countries to blacklist Lebanese Hezbollah military wing will be difficult, provides 'strong evidence' to support proposal

 24 May 2013

The British government has admitted that convincing other European countries of blacklisting the Lebanese Hezbollah military as a terrorist organisation will not be an easy job.

"We are not overconfident that we will able to convince some of our European Union (EU) partners, but we have strong evidence supporting our proposal to designate Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist organisation," a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesman told Ahram Online.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/72202/World/Region/Britain-admits-tough-task-to-add-Hezbollah-militia.aspx

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Moscow’s Revolving Door of Alleged Killings of Militant Leaders in Ingushetia Continues

May 24, 2013

By: Mairbek Vatchagaev

The armed conflict in the North Caucasus continues to kill and maim (www.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/224400/). Murders, kidnappings and explosions have become the daily routine in this part of Russia. Only suicide bombings carried out by the armed resistance groups provide a slightly different picture. Neither side of the conflict approves of suicide bombings, but the suicide bombers also fall into different categories. Some seek to defend their ideological interests and others are pushed by the system itself.

 Full report at:

http://www.jamestown.org/programs/edm/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40925&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=27&cHash=e4da2fcd3c792de507c03f9f45f0018c

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Azerbaijani Foreign Minister’s Visit to Israel Sparks New Wave of Tensions with Iran

 Anar Valiyev

On April 21–24, Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov visited Israel. This was the first visit of a high-ranking official of Azerbaijan to this country since Baku became independent. During his trip, Mammadyarov held several meetings with the Israeli leadership, including President Shimon Peres, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu, the President of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein and several others. During their meeting, President Peres said Foreign Minister Mammadyarov’s visit was “historic” and promoted “good relations” between Azerbaijan and the Israeli regime. Referring to Azerbaijan’s “unique geographic location,” Peres said Israel considered Azerbaijan an important ally (Zerkalo, April 23).

Full report at:

  Jamestown Foundation

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'Friend' of suspect in London attack arrested after BBC interview

AP | May 25, 2013

LONDON: Counter-terrorism police are questioning a friend of Michael Adebolajo, one of two men suspected of the savage killing of a British soldier.

Abu Nusaybah was arrested following a BBC interview in which he said Adebolajo had changed after returning from a visit to Kenya where he claimed he had been physically and sexually abused in detention.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Friend-of-suspect-in-London-attack-arrested-after-BBC-interview/articleshow/20260220.cms

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UK Security services tried to recruit London killing suspect: 'Friend'

UK counter-terrorism officers arrest an alleged friend of London soldier murder suspect shortly after finishing his interview for BBC News night programme

 25 May 2013

An alleged friend of London soldier murder suspect Michael Adebolajo was arrested at the BBC after telling the broadcaster that British security services had tried to recruit his friend.

Abu Nusaybah told BBC television on Friday that Adebolajo was asked by the MI5 domestic intelligence agency if he wanted to work for them.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/72243/World/International/UK-Security-services-tried-to-recruit-London-killi.aspx

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Woolwich attack: Younger suspect 'used to hand out radical leaflets'

By David Barrett, and Josie Ensor

 23 May 2013

The second suspect in the Woolwich murder was known for handing out radical leaflets and a woman believed to be his girlfriend had recently converted to Islam.

All that is known about the man is that he is 22 and that he frequented the area of south east London where Wednesday’s atrocity took place.

He is currently in an undisclosed hospital after being shot by armed response officers but his injuries are not life threatening, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10077267/Woolwich-attack-Younger-suspect-used-to-hand-out-radical-leaflets.html

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South Asia

 

2-Child Limit for Muslims in two Rakhine townships of Myanmar

 May 25, 2013

YANGON, Myanmar — Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families in an effort to ease tensions with the Rohingya's Buddhist neighbours after a spate of deadly sectarian violence, an official said Saturday.

Local officials said the new measure — part of a policy that will also ban polygamy — will be applied to two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and have the highest Muslim populations in the state. The townships, Buthidaung and Maundaw, are about 95 percent Muslim.

The measure was enacted a week ago after a government-appointed commission investigating the violence issued proposals to ease tensions, which included family planning programs to stem population growth among minority Muslims, said Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing. The commission also recommended doubling the number of security forces in the volatile region.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/25/world/asia/ap-as-myanmar-two-child-policy.html?ref=asia&_r=0

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Mosque blast kills 12 in eastern Afghanistan

May 25, 2013

 KABUL — Authorities in eastern Afghanistan say explosives transported by suspected Taliban fighters accidentally detonated while they were stopped at a mosque, killing 12 people.

Local official Qasim Desewal said Saturday that four civilians and eight militants died in the blast during evening prayers the night before in Ghazni province's district of Andar.

He said that the Taliban had apparently stopped at the mosque while travelling and the explosives they were carrying went off while they were inside.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130525167231

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“Maldivians must rise against terrorism”: Attorney General

By Mariyath Mohamed | May 25th, 2013

Attorney General Aishath Bisham has stated the Maldives is facing a high risk of terrorist attacks and that the country must take a strong against terrorism.

Speaking at the closing ceremony on Thursday of a US Bureau of Diplomatic Security-organised program titled “Police Leaders Role in Combating Terrorism”, aimed at training senior officers in counter-terrorism tactics, Bisham said the September 2007 Sultan Park bombing was the first incident that demonstrated terrorism had found its root in the Maldives, and that it was an undeniable that terrorism was spreading widely in the country.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/maldivians-must-rise-against-terrorism-attorney-general-58464

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Suicide bomber dies in blast in Afghan capital

   May 25, 2013

KABUL — A would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went off prematurely in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday morning, police said. The apparent failed attack came a day after a major Taliban assault on an international compound in Kabul left 10 people dead including the six attackers.

Another blast in the country's east killed 12 people at a mosque during evening prayers late Friday. Authorities in Ghazni province say explosives transported by suspected Taliban fighters accidentally detonated while they were stopped at a mosque.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130525167234

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Nasheed says MDP is the guardian of reform in Maldives

May 25, 2013

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has said Friday evening that his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) was the guardian of reform in the Maldives and that the opposition simply followed its footsteps.

Nasheed told his supporters in Noonu Atoll Holhudhoo that the only philosophy in the Maldives was that of MDP’s. He explained that the party’s philosophy was the constitution, multi-party democracy and development.

Full report at:

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/49154

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Gayoom's regime blocked humanitarian efforts: Gasim

May 25, 2013

Business tycoon and presidential candidate Gasim Ibrahim has Friday evening accused former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's government of blocking his Villa Group's humanitarian efforts.

Gasim told his supporters in Haa Alif Atoll Kelaa that he had to donate two containers of educational items to Sri Lankan students because then Maldivian government officials rejected his donation.

Full report at:

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/49170

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Kabul urged to consider regional implications of arms deal

 May 25, 2013

SLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has urged Afghanistan to be mindful of the regional security situation while pursuing an arms purchase deal with India.

“As a sovereign country Afghanistan can pursue its own policies, but we hope that it would mind the overall peace and security situation,” Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jillani said at a media briefing on Friday.

He was responding to reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, during a visit to India earlier this week, had asked the Indian leadership to provide arms to Afghan army.

Mr Karzai’s wish list is not yet known but, according to media reports, he has sought 105mm artillery, medium-lift aircraft, bridge-laying equipment and trucks.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013634/kabul-urged-to-consider-regional-implications-of-arms-deal

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Day after Kabul attacks, 10,000 peace balloons

 25 May 2013

After a day of explosions and gunfire, residents of Kabul woke up on Saturday morning to be greeted by a public art project in which volunteers handed out 10,000 neon-pink “peace” balloons.

Organized by Yazmany Arboleda, a 31-year-old conceptual artist from the United States, the project was an unusual attempt to bring a dose of creativity and fun to the Afghan capital, which has been wrecked by decades of war.

The timing of the event, which had been kept secret, came just hours after Taliban militants had launched a major suicide and gun attack on a compound of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in central Kabul.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/variety/2013/05/25/Day-after-Kabul-attacks-10-000-peace-balloons-.html

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PM for a secular, democratic Bangladesh

 May 25, 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday urged all to work together to build a secular, modern and democratic Bangladesh to make the dream of Nazrul true.

“The dream of Nazrul will come true if we can build a secular, democratic and exploitation free Bangladesh ensuring equal rights to everybody,” she said adding Nazrul professed for equality which annoyed the British rulers. And he drew flaks from the misinterpretators of religions for exposing their hypocrisy.

“Despite all adversities Nazrul never broke down and compromised. Nothing could make him afraid of and dampen his courage and heroism. It’s a great lesson for us,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/pm-for-a-secular-democratic-bangladesh/

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Bangladesh is leader in promoting global peace

 May 25, 2013

US Ambassador Dan W Mozena yesterday said Bangladesh was the leader in the world in promoting global peace.

The country is in fact number-1 in the world in terms of sending troops to peace keeping operations to promote global peace, he told the inauguration of a 10-day Art Exhibition on “Peace” at the Gallery Cosmos-2 at New DOHS in the capital’s Mohakhali.

Referring to the recent unrest in the country, including the burning of Holy Quran early this month, Mozena said, “Look around you. They [the paintings] are just shouting out for peace. Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/bangladesh-is-leader-in-promoting-global-peace/

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India

 

Over 1 lakh Indians face arrest in Saudi Arabia, Over 75,000 to be repatriated

Sachin Parashar, TNN | May 25, 2013

JEDDAH: As Saudi Arabia implements its controversial naturalisation law or Nitaqat, which seeks to replace foreigners in companies with its own people, India is in the midst of a gigantic effort to bring back over 75,000 people in the next few months. After having failed to regularise their work status, these people have applied for emergency exit certificates to leave the country by July 3, the deadline set by Saudi Arabia for deportation of illegal workers.

If these people, whose number is growing, can't leave the country by July 3, they are likely to be arrested. On his way to Saudi Arabia, in what is first bilateral visit by an Indian foreign minister to the country in 5 years, foreign minister Salman Khurshid said he will take up the issue with his counterpart, Prince Saud Al Faisal, Saturday even as he added that Saudi authorities were well within their rights to implement their laws.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Over-1-lakh-Indians-face-arrest-in-Saudi-Arabia/articleshow/20254320.cms

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India has 'reservations' over China's activities in PoK

PTI | May 24, 2013

NEW DELHI: India on Friday expressed serious reservations over Chinese activities in PoK and said New Delhi has conveyed its views to authorities in Beijing.

"Developments in other countries is not a matter of us. To the extent that it involves Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, India's views have conveyed to Beijing," foreign secretary Ranjan Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-has-reservations-over-Chinas-activities-in-PoK/articleshow/20247855.cms

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Nitaqat scheme tests Khurshid’s tightrope-walking skills

 May 25, 2013

75,000 Indians have already requested Emergency Certificates

External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday at a delicate moment when the demands for the welfare of around 75,000 Indian workers who may soon have to leave the country have to be balanced with calls for deeper energy and security ties with Riyadh.

Mr. Khurshid’s capacity to safely navigate through the choppy waters of the Red Sea in the port city of Jeddah will commence when he meets the top rung of Saudi leadership on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nitaqat-scheme-tests-khurshids-tightropewalking-skills/article4747306.ece

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Denial of consular access delaying return of nearly 500 Indian fishermen from Pakistan

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | May 25, 2013

Indian fishermen were arrested by Pakistan maritime security agency while fishing unintentionally in Pakistan's territorial waters.

Manu, who was released 4 months after his arrest said that, "There are 482 Indian fishermen languishing in jail who have not been given consular access". While stating that they were not maltreated in the prison, Manu said the Indian government should immediately take notice of the plight of fishermen and ensure that they get consular access to complete formalities for their return to India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Denial-of-consular-access-delaying-return-of-nearly-500-Indian-fishermen-from-Pakistan/articleshow/20261639.cms

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Kalam conferred Wernher von Braun Memorial Award

 May 25, 2013

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was conferred with US-based National Space Society's (NSS) Wernher von Braun Memorial Award in San Diego. The award instituted by NSS, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilisation, was conferred on Kalam at the International Space Development Conference last evening.

The honour is given to recognise excellence in management of and leadership in a space-related project, where the project is significant and successful and the manager commands the loyalty of a strong team that he has created.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Kalam-conferred-Wernher-von-Braun-Memorial-Award/Article1-1065769.aspx

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Pak. unfazed by Karzai’s military equipment ‘wishlist’

ANITA JOSHUA

 May 25, 2013

As with the Strategic Partnership Agreement between India and Afghanistan in October 2011, Pakistan on Friday sought to remain outwardly unfazed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s “wishlist” of military equipment that he submitted to New Delhi earlier this week.

Reacting to questions about Mr. Karzai’s visit to New Delhi and request for military equipment from India, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told media-persons that “as a free country, Afghanistan is free to pursue its own policies”. Pakistan hopes that Afghanistan will keep in mind overall peace and security in the region, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pak-unfazed-by-karzais-military-equipment-wishlist/article4746801.ece

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Pakistan

 

Militant attack on police convoy near Peshawar kills six policemen

 May 25, 2013

PESHAWAR: At least six policemen were killed and four others including the District Police Officer (DPO) Kohat Dilawar Bangash was injured when militants ambushed their vehicles on the Indus Highway near Mattani late on Friday night.

DPO Dilawar Bangash was on his way to Kohat from Peshawar along with his escort when the convey was ambushed near Ghaziabad check post of Mattani on Indus Highway. Militants were equipped with RPG-7 rockets and they targeted two vehicles in the convey. The attack destroyed one vehicle completely and killed four policemen on the spot and left four others injured including Bangash and his driver.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554152/militant-attack-in-peshawar/

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LHC issues notice on plea for ban on MQM Chief’s speeches

 May 25, 2013

LAHORE: Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan of the Lahore High Court on Friday issued a notice on an application seeking a ban on media coverage of MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s addresses and speeches.

Justice Khan sought replies from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and Altaf Hussain within two weeks.

Lawyer Fayyaz Ahmad Mehr moved this petition in his already pending petition seeking ban on MQM and order arrest of its chief, Altaf Hussain, for allegedly speaking against the ideology of Pakistan in his speech on May 12.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\05\25\story_25-5-2013_pg7_11

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Four killed in Tirah airstrike

 May 25, 2013

PESHAWAR: Four militants were killed on Saturday when fighter jets destroyed three militant bases in Khyber tribal region’s Tirah valley, security officials told Dawn.com.

Three militants were also injured in the attack in the northwestern tribal region.

Separately, a police van was targeted in a remote-control bomb attack in Upper Dir’s Sahibabad area, leaving three policemen injured.

The injured police personnel were shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Wari.

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013701/four-killed-in-tirah-airstrike

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For the first time Pakistan gives representation to a Sikh in Sindh's Zimmi welfare

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | May 25, 2013

AMRITSAR: For the first time a Sikh has been included in the Sindh Zimmi welfare committee, Pakistan to ensure development of Gurdwara's, the welfare of the Sikh community in Sindh along with equal distribution of funds provided by the ministry of minorities.

Chairman, Pakistan Sikh council, Ramesh Singh told TOI over phone from Karachi on Saturday, that he had been included to represent Sikhs in Sindh in the welfare committee constituted by ministry of minorities. He said that the word 'Zimmi' had been used instead of minorities as it refers to non-Muslims of an Islamic state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/For-the-first-time-Pak-gives-representation-to-a-Sikh-in-Sindhs-Zimmi-welfare/articleshow/20261531.cms?

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National Party’s Malik Baloch nominated as Balochistan CM

May 25, 2013

National Party (NP) president Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was nominated as the chief minister of Balochistan on Saturday, reported Express News.

Earlier, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Awami National Party and NP had thrown their weight behind Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) for the formation of the new provincial government.

Dr Baloch had also said that the new chief minister should be from the PML-N.

Baloch had further revealed that his party had tried to form an electoral alliance with Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s Balochistan National Party-Mengal but it couldn’t materialise. Mengal has rejected the election results while doubting the whole electoral process which, he alleges, was fixed by the ‘establishment’.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554262/national-partys-malik-baloch-nominated-as-balochistan-cm/

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Mumbai case: Trial of Pakistani suspects adjourned till June 1

PTI | May 25, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The trial of seven Pakistani suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was today adjourned till June 1 as the government is yet to appoint a chief prosecutor to handle the case.

The trial suffered a major setback when chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali of the Federal Investigation Agency was gunned down by suspected militants in Islamabad on May 3.

Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court adjourned the case for a week without any proceedings during today's hearing.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Mumbai-case-Trial-of-Pakistani-suspects-adjourned-till-June-1/articleshow/20260160.cms

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TTP terror network busted in Chamkani

 May 25, 2013

PESHAWAR: Police claim to have busted a Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) terrorist network which was assigned the task of targeting politicians during the 2013 elections.

They have arrested six suspected terrorists along with a woman and seized a suicide jacket, hand grenades and more than 70 kilograms of explosives and materials being used for IED and explosives jackets.

Station House Officer of Chamkani Police station Haji Abdul Hameed speaking to Dawn.Com said that the police arrested the suspects, during a raid on a house in the Tarnab Farms area of the city outskirts.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013506/ttp-terror-network-busted-in-chamkani

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Premier Li offers to send 1,000 Chinese language teachers

 May 25, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has offered to send 1,000 Chinese language teachers to Pakistan.

Appreciating the Pakistani students’ interest to learn the Chinese language during a visit to Islamabad chapter of Roots International Schools (RIS) the other day, Premier Li said he would continue the efforts to promote Chinese language in Pakistan.

He said China will also extend scholarships to Pakistani students for higher studies.

Premier Li highlighted the need for a mounting collaboration in a variety of fields between the two countries.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554209/rising-interest-premier-li-offers-to-send-1000-chinese-language-teachers/

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Southeast Asia

 

12 dead as Philippine troops clash with Islamist militants

The Philippines army announces that 12 people, including seven Filipino marines, have been killed as government troops clashed with alleged militants from Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group

25 May 2013

Twelve people were killed in the Philippines on Saturday as troops clashed with a militant group blamed for the country's deadliest terror attacks, the military said.

The fighting left seven Filipino marines dead and nine others wounded on the remote southern island of Jolo, military spokesmen said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/72244/World/International/-dead-as-Philippine-troops-clash-with-Islamist-mil.aspx

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Malaysia: Marriage should not be way out for suspected rapists

 May 25, 2013

PETALING JAYA: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has expressed concern that marriage would become an “excuse” to escape prosecution for cases of statutory rape.

Its minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, in reference to the case of a restaurant manager charged with raping an underage girl in Sabah, called for legal action to be taken against the man.

Full report at:

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/25/nation/13157462&sec=nation

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Anwar blames BN for collapse of peace treaty with Najib

May 25 2013

PETALING JAYA, May 25 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today accused Barisan Nasional (BN) of breaching several agreed points in an April peace deal brokered by former Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla between him and Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic).

The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto chief argued that to honour the deal, which stipulated that both sides accept the outcome of Election 2013 regardless which way it swung, there were several key pre-requisites that had to be fulfilled first.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anwar-blames-bn-for-collapse-of-peace-treaty-with-najib/

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Ahmadis deplore Minister’s stance

May 24 2013

The Priangan Barat chapter of Jemaah Ahmadiyah Indonesia (JAI) in West Java say Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali takes side and cheer leads intolerance.

 Ekky Mubariq of the chapter questioned Suryadharma's claim that 20 Ahmadi followers had quit JAI.

On May 21, 2013, Suryadharma witnessed the 20 Ahmadis reciting two syahadat (confession) at a mosque in Takismalaya.

"The religious affairs minister has explicitly created a negative opinion of JAI to the public. He fans the flames of intolerance," Ekky said,

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/05/24/ahmadis-deplore-suryadharma-s-stance.html

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Mideast

 

Rising Concern over 'Creeping Influence' Of Islam in Turkey

 May 25, 2013

Turkey has remained a secular consitution since the modernising reforms of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who threw religion out of public life in the 1920s and 1930s as he rebuilt Turkey from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.

The powerful military views itself as the ultimate guarantor of Turkey's secular order and has ousted four democratically elected governments in the past 50 years, most recently in 1997 when with public support it drove out a cabinet it viewed as too Islamist.

The current government, led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is run by the Muslim AK party which has its roots in a banned Islamic movement.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330336/Turkey-bans-alcohol-advertising-amid-claims-creeping-Islamism.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Hamas, the Arab Spring and the West

While the West has found moderate Islamist movements that took power following the Arab Spring, it still excludes Hamas. This must and can change, writes Ahmed Youssef

 Ahmed Youssef

21-05-2013

The “Arab Spring”, as we now have come to know it, has seemingly changed the nature of politics and the balance of power in the Middle East forever.

The West was caught off-guard, and after initially grappling with the new situation is now dealing with Islamist parties whom they had vowed never to sit at the same table with.

Prior to the Arab Spring, all the branches of the “menacing” Islamic Brotherhood were outlawed, and legitimate targets in the worldwide “war on terror”. The outsized blanket of Islamophobia seemed to smother anyone of Middle Eastern origin, let alone an Islamist. Much to the surprise of the world, however, since their coming to power in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, the Brotherhood have been welcoming and willing to deal with the rest of world in a refined, professional manner.

Full report at:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/2687/21/Hamas,-the-Arab-Spring-and-the-West-.aspx

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Iranian Puppet Show Lampoons Societal Woes

By: Mehrnaz Samimi

A television program that stars a puppet called "Red Hat" is creating a stir among Iranian viewers this election season, touching on sanctions, inflation, lack of free speech and other topics of great sensitivity in the Islamic Republic.

The show debuted 23 years ago, during the early months of Hashemi Rafsanjani’s second term as president, and quickly became a favorite for Iranian viewers. The puppet, named for his red headgear, represents an orphaned village boy who comes to Tehran in search of a friend and gets into all kinds of mischief. The friend, the host of a kids’ television show, is known simply as Mr. Host. Red Hat, who lived with his grandmother in the village, used to watch the show at a TV repair shop. Mr. Host became Red Hat’s idol and he decided to come to Tehran to meet him.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/iran-puppet-show-red-hat-satire.html

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New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say

By NICOLE PERLROTH and DAVID E. SANGER

 May 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — American officials and corporate security experts examining a new wave of potentially destructive computer attacks striking American corporations, especially energy firms, say they have tracked the attacks back to Iran.

The targets have included several American oil, gas and electricity companies, which government officials have refused to identify. The goal is not espionage, they say, but sabotage. Government officials describe the attacks as probes looking for ways to seize control of critical processing systems.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/world/middleeast/new-computer-attacks-come-from-iran-officials-say.html?ref=middleeast

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‘Al-Qaeda’ gunmen kill two in Yemen attack

25 May 2013

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed a policeman and a civilian in a grenade attack on a checkpoint in south-eastern Yemen on Saturday, a security official and witnesses said.

The two assailants threw a grenade at the police checkpoint in the coastal town of Al-Shihr in Hadramawt province, the sources said, adding that two other policemen were wounded.

The security official said the attack bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda militants, who are active in the region, without giving further details.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/25/-Al-Qaeda-gunmen-kill-two-in-Yemen-attack-.html

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As Syrian war shuts down trade routes, Turkish business improvises

By Kevin Sullivan

 May 25, 2013

ISKENDERUN, Turkey — The Nissos Rodos, a 630-foot ferry, used to cruise the Greek islands, moving tourists from one sunny paradise to the next. Business dried up when the Greek economic crisis hit three years ago. But then came the war in Syria, creating new opportunity.

So now the Nissos Rodos is based here in southern Turkey, where it carries Turkish 18-wheelers filled with vegetables or textiles to lucrative Middle Eastern markets, allowing truckers to sail around war-ravaged Syria instead of driving through it.

The presence of the Nissos Rodos in this industrial port on the Mediterranean illustrates an age-old truth: In times of war, commerce improvises.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/as-syrian-war-shuts-down-trade-routes-turkish-business-improvises/2013/05/24/23fbd216-c152-11e2-bfdb-3886a561c1ff_story.html

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Turkey builds wall at Syria border crossing after bombs

 24 May 2013

Turkey is constructing 2.5-km-long (1.5 mile) twin walls at a border crossing with Syria to increase security at the frontier following three deadly bombings this year.

The concrete walls will be built on either side of the road leading from the Turkish side of the crossing at Cilvegozu tothe Syrian border gate and will be topped with barbed wire, the Turkish Customs Ministry said in a statement.

Cilvegozu was the scene of a bombing in February which killed 14 people and this month 51 people died when twin car bombs ripped through the nearby town of Reyhanli.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/24/Turkey-builds-wall-at-Syria-border-crossing-after-bombs.html

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Arab World

 

28 dead in Lebanon Sunni-Alawite clashes

Six days of clashes between Bashar al-Assad supporters and opponents in Lebanon amount to the death of 28 people

25 May 2013

Firefights in northern Lebanon between Sunni Muslims and Alawites -- the Shiite offshoot sect to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs -- have killed 28 people, a security source said on Saturday.

Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machineguns have all been used in six days of clashes in the port city, in the deadliest violence to rock the country for years.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/72252/World/Region/-dead-in-Lebanon-SunniAlawite-clashes.aspx

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Saudi charities face funding crisis over terror fears

24 May 2013

Credible Saudi charities are facing a funding crisis because of recent measures aimed at clamping down on terrorists using charities as fronts to raise funds and launder money.

A number of charity workers here are now concerned that their work in the community will suffer as wary donors hold on to their cash, and charities are limited in what they can take from donors.

Mohammad Al-Samri, an administrator at a charity in Makkah, said that projects have suffered because of a lack of money and not the "weakness of its professional staff."

She said the measures taken around donations have made many charity workers apprehensive.

Another worker at a local charity, who preferred to remain anonymous, said her organization has workers who are not convinced they are doing the right work. In addition, many charity workers have full-time jobs.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/452743

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In Syria's Shadow, Iraq Violence Presents New Test for U.S.

 May 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Saddled with Middle East problems ranging from Iran to Syria and beyond, President Barack Obama now faces one that is both old and new: Iraq.

Unresolved sectarian tensions, inflamed by the raging civil war in neighboring Syria, have combined to send violence in Iraq to its highest level since Obama withdrew the last U.S. troops in December 2011, U.S. officials and Middle East analysts say.

A Sunni Muslim insurgency against the Shi'ite-led Baghdad government has also been reawakened. The insurgents' defeat had been a major outcome of then-President George W. Bush's troop "surge" in 2007.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/05/25/world/middleeast/25reuters-usa-syria-iraq.html?ref=middleeast

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Morsi normalising with Mubarak’s regime

Mohamed Morsi and his group are pushing reconciliation with corrupt figures of Mubarak's regime for personal ends. Until now, no assets have been returned as the people's rights are sold out

Khalil Al-Anani

23 May 2013

The news item read: “Hussein Salem decided to hand over 75 per cent of his wealth inside Egypt and 55 per cent of his fortune abroad in return for his name being removed from the wanted list and ending the legal pursuit of him and his family.”

To those who don’t know who he is, Salem is one of Egypt's wealthiest businessmen who amassed a staggering fortune during Mubarak’s era. He was the mastermind behind the gas deal between Egypt and Israel that sold Egyptian gas at rock bottom prices. He was also the primary sponsor of the Mubarak regime for three decades, circulating his wealth and funds inside and outside Egypt. Some estimate his fortune at billions of dollars.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/72123/Opinion/Morsi-normalising-with-Mubarak%E2%80%99s-regime.aspx

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Excavations in Saudi Arabia under way at 5 sites for preservation of Ancient Sites

 25 May 2013

A team from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in the Eastern Region is excavating five sites in three governorates in an effort to help develop the ancient sites and turn them into open museums.

Abdul Latif Al-Bunian, executive director of the commission, outlined the excavations with special emphasis on North Al-Rakkah where an archaeological team discovered historical buildings on the road between Dammam and Al Khobar.

Entire rooms were buried at various depths dating back to 1,200 years.

Discoveries were not limited to walls, room and scattered stones. The team also discovered pottery dating to the Islamic period. Experts say Al-Rakkah had farms, springs and buildings. Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/452845

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SNC to attend Geneva talks if Assad agrees to hand over power

 25 May 2013

A spokesman for the main Syrian opposition bloc has said the group was willing to attend an international peace conference in Geneva next month if there were indications that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would step down.

In an interview with the BBC reported on Saturday, the Syrian National Coalition’s Louay Safi said the opposition forces would participate in the peace talks if Assad and his associates hand over power as part of any settlement.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/25/SNC-to-attend-Geneva-talks-if-Assad-agrees-to-hand-over-power.html

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Hezbollah, Syria government forces push for advance in Qusair

Reuters | May 25, 2013

BEIRUT: Syrian government forces and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah launched a fierce campaign to seize more rebel territory in the border town of Qusair on Saturday, sources on both sides of the conflict said.

Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad said additional tanks and artillery had been deployed around opposition-held territory in Qusair, a Syrian town close to the Lebanese border.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Hezbollah-Syria-government-forces-push-for-advance-in-Qusair/articleshow/20261851.cms

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Arab League must 'apologise' before peace role: Syria

Damascus calls the pan-Arab organisation to cancel all resolutions on Syria and apologise to the government and people

24 May 2013

The Arab League must "apologise" and cancel its resolutions on Syria before it can consider playing any role in ending the conflict in the country, Syria's information minister said on Friday.

"The attempt by some Arab regimes to talk about finding a role for themselves in (resolving the conflict in) Syria is absurd and impossible," state news agency SANA quoted Omran al-Zohbi as saying.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/72217/World/Region/Arab-League-must-apologise-before-peace-role-Syria.aspx

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Raid on Bahrain cleric's home draws thousands to sit-in

 May 25, 2013

Tens of thousands of Bahrainis have participated in a sit-in in protest at a raid on a senior Shia cleric's home.

The sit-in was called by al-Wefaq, Bahrain's largest opposition political society, after a late night raid on the home of Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Last week's raid provoked anger in the Shia Muslim community.

Sheikh Qassim is the most senior Shia cleric in the Gulf state. Bahrain has a majority Shia population but the ruling royal family is Sunni Muslim.

Shia have long complained of discrimination and formed the largest group when thousands of pro-democracy protesters took over a prominent roundabout in the capital Manama in February 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22657875

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Battle for Syrian Town Spurs Sectarian Fighting in Northern Lebanon

By ANNE BARNARD and HANIA MOURTADA

 May 25, 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The all-out battle for the Syrian town of Qusayr, pitting the Lebanese Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah and Syrian armed forces against Sunni Muslim rebels, has spurred the worst sectarian fighting in years in the north of Lebanon.

Unusually fierce battles between militias in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli — Sunnis against Alawites who are allied with Hezbollah and the Syrian government — have kept schools and businesses closed there since Monday and left at least 24 people dead. Mortar fire and other heavy weapons have ravaged neighborhoods, a severe escalation from the usual sporadic gunfire that raised fears that the violence, usually contained in a few districts, would spread.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/world/middleeast/battle-for-syrian-town-spurs-sectarian-fighting-in-northern-lebanon.html?ref=middleeast&_r=

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