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Ethiopian Christians to be deported from Saudi Arabia for 'illicit mingling'

  • Pakistani siblings married to get UK citizenship
  • India: Kashmiri Separatist Geelani opposes ban but Shariah court adamant
  • U.P. Elections: Rushdie, restraint and relief
  • India: Muslim parties may prevent en bloc voting
  • India: Shahi Imam communal: Congress Gen. Secy.
  • Indian IAF chief on Malaysia visit to bolster defence ties
  • Kasab not given fair trial: Amicus curiae tells SC
  • Wave of Arrests, Harassment, and Death Sentences in Iran
  • Pakistan court ruling eases civil-military tension
  • Azerbaijan: Islamist leader sentenced for illegal possession of arms, drugs
  • Christians fear losing freedoms in Arab Spring movement
  • Somali Islamist rebels ban International Red Cross
  • Haqqani jets out of Pakistan finally
  • India: Jailed Pak terror suspect too ‘pricey’ for Vizag cops
  • Yemen minister 'survives assassination attempt'
  • UN resolution could spur Syria civil war, Russia warns
  • One prisoner was hanged in western Iran
  • Syria clashes kill 6 troops, 3 civilians: activists
  • Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban clashes
  • Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan to die by hanging, It is victory for Nigerians
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Ethiopian Christians to be deported from Saudi Arabia for "illicit mingling''

31 January 2012

Some 35 Ethiopian Christians face deportation from Saudi Arabia for "illicit mingling", the global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

Police arrested the group - including 29 women - after raiding a prayer meeting in the second city of Jeddah.

The women were subjected to strip searches and the men beaten and called "unbelievers", according to HRW.

In 2006, the Saudi government promised to stop interfering with private worship by non-Muslims.

The group was arrested in a private home as they gathered to pray during the run-up to Christmas, celebrated by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians on 7 January.

HRW spoke to a man and two women by telephone from the prisons where they are being held.

They say they have been charged with mixing with unmarried persons of the opposite sex - even though HRW says Saudi Arabia has no law defining "illicit mingling".

Mixing of the sexes is not allowed in public - but normally permitted in private unless for "the purpose of corruption", according to the religious police.

The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom bans the practice of any religion except Islam - but in recent years pledged to leave people of other faiths alone if they worshipped in private homes.

Ethiopia was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th Century.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16808429

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Pakistani siblings married to get UK citizenship

31 January 2012

LONDON: A Pakistani family who systematically abused the UK immigration system, including marrying a sister to her brother, while fraudulently claiming thousands in benefits has been sentenced.

In a complex deception Bagh Ali, 82, fraudulently used the identities of his own son and daughter to enable the then teenage children of his new wife to settle in the UK. By switching identities Iram Shazadi and Usman Ali Khan were able to join their mother, Rehana Awan, in the UK and take up British citizenship. The plot took a further twist when Shazadi took part in a sham marriage to her own brother, Rizwan Khan to allow him also to take up UK citizenship.

Awan, 44, and Ali, who has British citizenship, were married in Pakistan in 1995. Following the marriage she tried without success to obtain UK citizenship before finally arriving in the UK as a visitor in 2001. The plot started in 2003, when they were living in Shalimar Street in Halifax. The couple, who have six children together, were divorced in January 2005.

The UK Border Agency Criminal and Financial Investigation Team found evidence that Shazadi, now aged 22, and Usman Ali Khan, now 23, had taken up the false identities. Leeds Crown Court heard how the team also uncovered the false marriage between Shazadi and Rizwan Khan, now 25, which took place in July 2006 in Jhelum, Pakistan.

The investigation showed that Awan had fraudulently claimed £17,500 in child tax credits and child benefit payments. Shazadi used her false identity to obtain a mortgage to purchase a house in Halton Moor Avenue, Leeds. Rizwan Khan used his illegally gained status to fraudulently claim job seeker’s allowance.

Steve Lamb, Acting Regional Director for the UK Border Agency, said: “This family has systematically committed immigration and benefit fraud. They have also shown a complete disregard for the marriage system. These are serious offences, as the sentences handed out today reflect. Immigration crime is not victimless. It defrauds the public purse out of huge sums of money at a time when the country can least afford it.”

Awan, Usman Ali Khan and Shazadi were all arrested in September 2010. Rizwan Khan was arrested in November of the same year at Dover, as he attempted to leave the country using a false identity. Bagh Ali was arrested in May last year.

Ali has been given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years; Awan was given a ten month sentence suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work; Usman Ali Khan was given a ten month sentence; Rizwan Khan was jailed for 15 months; and Shazadi was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33301-Siblings-married-to-get-UK-immigration-

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India: Kashmiri Separatist Geelani opposes ban but Shariah court adamant

31 Jan 2012

By: DANISH ZARGAR

SRINAGAR, Jan 30: The controversy over the religious conversions is refusing to die down with Geelani locking horns with Shariah court over its judgment against four accused Christian pastors. The latter, however, is adamant, and has decided to stick to its earlier position.

While the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, disagrees with the Shariah court’s decision to ban four pastors from entering the state, the latter has maintained that the judgement is much in accordance with his (Geelani’s) own policies.

Geelani said it's the duty of every Muslim to protect members of the minority community. "Asking a few people to leave the state is no solution to religious conversions. I am not in favour of the decision taken by the Sharia court, which is to banish a few people for their alleged role in conversions," Geelani said in a statement from New Delhi.

"Muslims should protect their religion themselves; expelling somebody from Kashmir is no solution to the problem," said the separatist leader, adding, "Kashmiris can't ignore the contribution of Christian missionary schools like Burn Hall, Tydale Biscoe school and Presentation Convent towards the education system in the Valley. Unfortunately, Muslims have not been able to build educational institutions like these despite having all available resources."

On January 19, Shariah court had issued a fatwa asking four Christian priests to leave the state for "luring Muslims to Christianity". The court also directed the J&K government to take over the management of missionary schools besides monitoring their activities.

“Conversion is an issue for the entire Muslim Ummah and we are against it. But throwing out a few people is not the solution. We need to set up educational institutions that will be based on Islam and where students could be given moral education. The schools must also offer modern education because we need doctors and engineers,” Geelani said, while talking to Kashmir Times over phone from New Delhi.

Geelani urged upon addressing the “bigger problem” of “occupation”, which, he sees as “the root cause of every problem.”

“Our basic issue is occupation and we need to focus on it. Until this oppression ends we will face these issues. But if we start addressing the problems individually, it will affect our cause,” he said.

Without mentioning any name, the veteran Hurriyat leader took a dig at Shariat Court, stating, “people who make a noise about religious conversions never bother to raise their voices against atrocities committed on common Kashmiris.”

Geelani’s stand comes shortly after the Shariah court pronounced guilty CM Khanna, Gayoor Massi, Chandra Kanta and Jim Borst, and subsequently banned them from entering the valley. The court pronounced them guilty of “exploiting the financial condition of youth” for conversions.

The religious controversy began late last year when a video, uploaded on youtube, showed a pastor baptizing Muslim Kashmiri boys. The Christians were accused of bribing youth and children into conversions.

The Shariah court under grand mufti, Mufti Basher-ud-Din, started trial of the accused while police independently registered a case against them.

“…The final conclusion is that they are being imposed life time ban to enter the state of Jammu and Kashmir on charges of propagating Christianity by inviting youth and exploiting their financial conditions thereafter,” the judgment said.

Interestingly, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq lead Hurriyat (M) worked together with the court for investigating charges against the accused.

Geelani’s stand has now given a new turn to the controversy. But the Shariah court sought to justify it on grounds of Geelani’s own ideas.

“Some years back when Biharis were found involved in immoral practices, Geelani was the first one to say that they shall not be allowed to enter Kashmir. Similarly, we have banned some Christians for spreading immoralities,” the spokesman of the Shariah court, Ayaz Ahmad, said.

The court also believes that the separatist’s point of view could have been different had he been a part of the trial.

“Mr. Geelani did not associate himself with the proceedings like others who were associated with us throughout. He (Geelani) too was asked to (be a part), but he did not. Had he done so (been part of proceedings) he would have suggested more severe punishment than what has been pronounced,” the spokesman said, adding “We have often condemned human rights abuses in the past and we will continue to do it in the future also.”

http://kashmirwatch.com/news.php/2012/01/31/conversion-controversy-geelani-opposes-ban-but-shariah-court-adamant.html

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U.P. Elections: Rushdie, restraint and relief

January 30, 2012

If Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie had attended the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) earlier this month, political parties — spurred on by the electronic media — would have made it an election issue, say Muslims in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. It would have been easy because “The Satanic Verses”, 13 years after it was banned in India, continues to offend most Muslims of all denominations, even though very few have read the novel.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2845233.ece

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India: Muslim parties may prevent en bloc voting

Biswajeet Banerjee

31 JAN 2012

The race to win over the votes of the Muslims in the Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh has reached a frenzied level. This is understandable because Muslims are a deciding factor in 120 to 130 out of 403 Assembly constituencies. They comprise 18 per cent to 20 per cent of the State’s electorate. Muslims number about 20 per cent in 70 Assembly constituencies. They are between 30 per cent and 45 per cent in 20 seats in western Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats of eastern Uttar Pradesh, five seats in central Uttar Pradesh and one seat in Bundelkhand.

All political parties barring the BJP have been trying to outdo one another in wooing this minority community, even with promises that appear hard to meet either because they are unconstitutional or because they could face opposition from other castes and communities that would be hit if those promises are kept.

Nevertheless, such probabilities did not prevent the UPA Government from advocating 4.5 per cent reservation for backward Muslims and Union Minister for Law and Justice — who is also the Minister for Minority Affairs — Salman Khurshid from raising the bar to nine per cent. Not to left behind, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has promised 18 per cent quota if his party came to power.

Facing tremendous unpopularity on the issues of corruption, inflation and unemployment, the Congress hopes to deflect criticism on these counts by dangling the carrot of reservation to the Muslims. On its part, the Samajwadi Party wants to reignite the Muslim-Yadav combination that had been fragmented in 2007 when Ms Mayawati managed to wean away a sizeable section of the Muslim voters to the Bahujan Samaj Party. This time too, she is seeking to retain that bank by giving tickets to more Muslims than she did in 2007.

But the calculations of these parties stands in jeopardy with the arrival on the political scene of various smaller outfits that have been projecting themselves as the true representatives of the Muslim cause. These parties have the potential to turn the apple-carts of Congress, the BSP and the Samajwadi Party.

There are political outfits like the Peace Party and the Ulema Council which have thrown their hats in the political ring. Then there is the Ittehad Front — a conglomeration of smaller parties led by Salman Nadvi, who is a faculty member at the Lucknow-based Sunni seminary, Nadwat-ul Ulooma. Some of these political units would be contesting their maiden Assembly election this time around.

The Peace Party and the Ulema Council had fielded candidates in the 2009 Lok Sabha election and managed to divide the Muslim votes. The candidates of these parties are not there to win the seats, because victory for them appears unlikely, but they are certain to queer the pitch for the established parties that depend on the votes of the minority community in the State to win. Interestingly, the division in the votes sometimes leads to the emergence of a candidate from parties other than the Congress, the SP and the BSP.

An instance of that is the election in Muslim-dominated Azamgarh in eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP won the Lok Sabha seat for the first time in the 2009 election. Javed of the Ulema Council had then walked away with over 60,000 votes, demolishing the chances of the congress, the BSP and the SP. Although he stood fourth, he inadvertently paved the way for victory of BJP’s Ramakant Yadav.

Azamgarh, the birth place of celebrated poet Kaifi Azmi, has gained notoriety of late after several youth from the region were found allegedly involved in terrorist activities across the country. The situation went out of hand after Batla House incident where two youth from Azamgarh were shot dead by Delhi police.

There was anger among the Muslims of this region against the Congress for its ‘inaction’ over what they termed as a “fake encounter”, although a Delhi Police Inspector was killed in broad daylight and the encounter happened in the full view of the public. Perhaps to exploit that anger, the Ulema Council, which wields influence in Azamgarh and Mau districts, has fielded 150 candidates — needless to say that a majority of these candidates are Muslims — in the Muslim-dominated region.

If the Ulema Council has localised influence, the Peace Party has its presence in almost three dozen districts of the State. It created a political storm, when in the by-elections in Dumariaganj and Nighasan in 2010, it finished in the second spot. In the Dumariaganj by-poll it did even better than the SP and pushed the Congress to the fourth position. In this Assembly poll, the Peace Party targetted 250 seats.

Formed by Gorakhpur-based medical practitioner Ayub Ansari on February 10, 2008, the Peace Party supposedly works on the principles of an egalitarian society. Though its politics revolves Muslim leadership, the Peace Party has built a wider social base comprising Thakurs, Banias, Brahmins and Other Backward Classes.

Borrowing the political term of Sarv Samaj from the BSP, it has given tickets to candidates belonging to various castes and religions. It has fielded six sitting MLAs. Yet, for all its secular posturing, the fact remains that the Peace Party is largely targetting Muslim votes. It is aiming at anything between 25 and 30 seats. Mr Ayub is clear on one point: He wants to be part of the next Government. He wants power, and for that he is even willing to support the BJP.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/item/50966-muslim-parties-may-prevent-en-bloc-voting.html

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India: Shahi Imam communal: Congress Gen. Secy.

Jan 31, 2012

VARANASI: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday attacked the Samajwadi Party for bringing a "communal" Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid to share a platform "for petty political gains" and said Anna Hazare believes in violence.

Singh said on Monday that the Shahi Imam, Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, is "a man of communal temperament", and that he "even glorified terror icon Osama bin Laden''.

He added, "Now, SP is deriving political advantage out of its association with Shahi Imam for votes out of sheer political frustration."

The SP had fielded the son-in-law of Imam Bukhari, who is appealing for votes in favour of SP, said Digvijaya Singh.

"Bukhari, who had issued a fatwa against BJP and Atalji in 2004 after Gujarat riots, is a communal person and Congress has always fought against communal forces," he said.

Singh also criticized Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev for their anti-Congress stance. "The Gandhian thinking of Anna Hazare changed after he went close to Sangh and BJP. Today he has turned 'hinsak' (violent) from 'ahinsak' (non-violent)," he said.

Singh also added that Baba Ramdev was teaching wrong yoga. "How can Baba Ramdev talk about black money when the enforcement directorate served a notice for Rs 100 crore on him?" he asked.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bukhari-communal-Anna-violent-Diggy/articleshow/11693116.cms

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Indian IAF chief on Malaysia visit to bolster defence ties

31 January 2012

NEW DELHI, Jan 31, 2012: In consonance with India's continuing 'Look East' policy, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne left for Malaysia on Monday night to discuss bilateral defence cooperation, which since 2008 has included IAF training Malaysian pilots to fly Russian-origin Sukhoi fighters.

During the four-day visit, ACM Browne will hold extensive talks on ways to further bolster bilateral military ties with Malaysian chief of defence forces General Tan Sri Dato Sri Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin, and Royal Malaysian Air Force chief General Tan Sri Dato Sri Rodzali bin Daud at Kuala Lumpur.

The IAF chief will also visit the Gong Kedak and Subang airbases to discuss professional exchanges, Sukhoi-30 training, maintenance and logistic issues. A team of IAF pilots and technicians were stationed in Malaysia for two years from 2008 onwards to train Malaysian pilots, weapon system operators and maintenance staff for the smooth induction and operation of their then newly acquired Sukhoi-30 MKM fighters. They also helped set up a 'Systems School' for the Sukhoi fighters at the Gong Kedak airbase.

"The strengthening of bilateral relations with Malaysia is indicative of India's efforts to seek closer ties with its neighbours in south-east Asia. The defence cooperation ranges from counter-terrorism and peace-keeping operations to training and maintenance of defence equipment. Indian naval warships, incidentally, have also been regularly visiting Malaysia to conduct joint exercises," said an official.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/IAF-chief-on-Malaysia-visit-to-bolster-defence-ties/articleshow/11693324.cms

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Kasab not given fair trial: Amicus curiae tells SC

NEW DELHI, January 31, 2012

The sole convict in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, on Tuesday contended before the Supreme Court that he was not given a free and fair trial in the case.

Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, who has been appointed as amicus curiae by the apex court to defend Kasab, told a bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam that he was not a part of the larger conspiracy for waging war against nation.

“Even if I am guilty under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC and other provisions, it cannot be said that I was a part of the larger conspiracy of waging war,” said Mr. Ramachandran.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2847493.ece

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Wave of Arrests, Harassment, and Death Sentences in Iran

January 26, 2012

We are deeply concerned by the alarming increase in the Iranian regime’s efforts to extinguish all forms of free expression and limit its citizens’ access to information in the lead-up to March parliamentary elections.

Full Report At:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/01/182608.htm

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Pakistan court ruling eases civil-military tension

By CHRIS ALLBRITTON & QASIM NAUMAN

Jan 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday further eased tension in the country's worst crisis in civilian-military ties since a 1999 coup by lifting a travel ban on a former envoy to Washington, who angered the generals after the emergence of a murky memo.

Husain Haqqani was barred from leaving the country in December by the Supreme Court, which is investigating the memo that sought US help in reining in Pakistan's generals after the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in May last year.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/world/article569204.ece

 

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Azerbaijan: Islamist leader sentenced for illegal possession of arms, drugs

30 January 2012, 14:25

Baku, January 30, Interfax - The Sumgait City Court has sentenced deputy chairman of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan Arif Ganiyev to 18 months of confinement, finding him guilty under two articles of the Criminal Code, Interfax was told in court.

Full Report At:

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=9021

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Christians fear losing freedoms in Arab Spring movement

By Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch, USA TODAY

30 January 2012

CAIRO – From her home in a labyrinth of stonewalled alleyways, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary as she sits in her yellow pajamas on the morning of Orthodox Christmas.

Mina Bouls worships with other Coptic Christian Deacons at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Philadelphia on Orthodox Christmas Eve.

Mina Bouls worships with other Coptic Christian Deacons at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Philadelphia on Orthodox Christmas Eve.

Full Report At:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-01-30/arab-spring-christians/52894182/1?csp=34news

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Somali Islamist rebels ban International Red Cross

31 January 2012

MOGADISHU — Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels on Monday banned the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ordering it to close its emergency relief operations in the war-torn regions it controls.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab said in a statement it had "decided to fully terminate the contract" of the ICRC, claiming it had handed out outdated food and had "falsely accused the mujahideen of hindering food distribution."

Hardline Shebab gunmen control large parts of south and central Somalia, a region the United Nations says is in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with three areas hit by famine and nearly 250,000 people facing starvation.

Full Report At:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jXJs7Yum9EW7Nkk3y5yNfo_ypyIw?docId=CNG.1aa935c781aa608ece4c9cc363bc7cf0.9f1

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Haqqani jets out of Pakistan finally

31 January 2012

ISLAMABAD: Erstwhile envoy to US, Husain Haqqani has finally taken off for Abu Dhabi, Geo News reported.

Earlier, he arrived at the airport after Supreme Court lifted travel restrictions imposed on a former diplomat, in a fresh sign that a probe into a major scandal threatening the president is running out of steam.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33293-Haqqani-jets-out-of-Pakistan-finally

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India: Jailed Pak terror suspect too ‘pricey’ for Vizag cops

Siva G, TNN

31 January 2012

VISAKHAPATNAM/HYDERABAD, Jan 31, 2012: The Visakhapatnam police are in a bind over the mounting expenditure incurred on a Pakistani terrorist who has been in detention here from June 25, 2006. Mohammad Salim Junaid alias Istiaq alias Abu Sahib alias Junaid, who was arrested in 1998 on the charges of planning to bomb places of worship and smuggling RDX into India and sent to Cherlapally jail, was shifted to the Vizag detention camp five-and-a-half years ago.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Jailed-Pak-terror-suspect-too-pricey-for-Vizag-cops/articleshow/11692321.cms

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Yemen minister 'survives assassination attempt'

31 January 2012

Yemen's information minister has escaped an assassination attempt in the capital, Sanaa, witnesses say.

An aide to Ali al-Amrani told the Reuters news agency that unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car after the weekly cabinet meeting and then fled.

The minister was not hurt in the attack, Abdul Basset al-Qaedi added.

Mr Amrani is a member of the unity government appointed after President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to step down in the wake of widespread protests.

Mr Saleh is currently receiving treatment in the United States for the serious injuries he sustained when a bomb exploded inside the presidential palace compound in June.

The opposition television channel Suhayl said Tuesday's attack took place in front of the cabinet headquarters in the capital.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16813251

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UN resolution could spur Syria civil war, Russia warns

31 January 2012

The Western-Arab drive to adopt a UN resolution on Syria is a "path to civil war", Russian deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov has warned.

He told Interfax news agency it would "not lead to a search for compromise".

The resolution is set to be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting on the deepening Syrian crisis.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi will be asking the council to back the league's new plan calling on President Bashar al-Assad to resign.

But Russia had already threatened to veto any such resolution.

The diplomacy follows a day of particularly heavy bloodshed, with more than 100 people killed across Syria.

Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16804475

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One prisoner was hanged in western Iran

31 January 2012

Iran Human Rights, January 28, 2012: One prisoner was hanged in the prison of Ilam, western Iran, today January 28.

According to the state run Iranian news agency ISNA , the prisoner who wasn’t identified by name, was convicted of murder and had once escaped from the prison by blowing the prison wall.

http://www.iranhr.net/spip.php?article2429

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Syria clashes kill 6 troops, 3 civilians: activists

31 January 2012

NICOSIA: Armed clashes killed six members of Syria's security forces and three civilians at Hirak, in southern Daraa province, on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Dissident soldiers on Monday attacked a minibus carrying six security officers on their way to make arrests in Hirak, killing all of the passengers. Two tanks entered the town and opened fire, killing three civilians," the group said in a statement. (AFP)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33181-Syria-clashes-kill-6-troops,-3-civilians

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Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban clashes

By S.H. Khan

31 january 2012

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Dozens of heavily armed Taliban militants attacked a Pakistani military post on Tuesday, sparking clashes that killed seven soldiers and wounded another 10, the military said.

Helicopter gunships were mobilised when the fighting broke out in the same Jogi area as clashes that killed six soldiers on January 25 in the district of Kurram, part of Pakistan's lawless tribal belt along the Afghan border.

At the time, security forces claimed to have taken control of Jogi, which is strategically located near Orakzai district, birthplace of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

A senior military official told AFP that "more than 300 Taliban attacked" the checkpost at around midnight (1900 GMT Monday) in central Kurram, which is on the Taliban route into North Waziristan and onto the Afghan border.

Full Report At:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hAHwz_nS_FoyhC-3rhdmjIpd2vwg?docId=CNG.4fdbec181e4e2dad492e3cbc020e2145.1a1

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Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan to die by hanging, It is victory for Nigerians

31 January 2012

AFTER about 13 years on trial for the murder of wife of the late Chief M.K.O Abiola, Kudirat, former Chief Security Officer to the late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha and the Protocol Officer in the campaign organisation of the late Chief Abiola, Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan, were, on Monday, sentenced to death by a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere.

The court, presided over by Justice Mojisola Dada, found Al-Mustapha and Shofolahan guilty of murder charges and sentenced them to death by hanging.

In her judgment, Justice Dada held that, in view of the overwhelming evidence against them, the duo were guilty of the conspiracy to murder and murder of the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola on June 4, 1996, proffered against them by the Lagos State government.

Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/35205-kudirats-murder-al-mustapha-shofolahan-to-die-by-hanging-it-is-victory-for-nigerians-kudis-daughter

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New Delhi: Over 2,000 Led by Shia Clerics court arrest, demand quashing of FIR

Sumegha Gulati

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Delhi Nearly 2,000 persons, who had gathered to demand the quashing of the FIR registered against the members of Anjuman-i-Haider in the wake of the Karbala clash two weeks ago, courted arrest on Monday.

The protesters, led by Shia clerics from Delhi and other states, staged an agitation against the FIR registered on January 15, accusing eight persons of stone-pelting and inflicting physical injury on police personnel. They also threatened to launch a nationwide movement if the “government refused to agree” to their demands.

The group also demanded the restoration of a graveyard reportedly located under Rajdhani nursery and resolving of the dispute over the Karbala’s western gate.

The protest came a day before the Shia festival of Taazia, held to commemorate the death of Imam Hasan al-Askari.

Full Report At:

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/jor-bagh-karbala-over-2-000-court-arrest-demand-quashing-of-fir-filed-against-them/905872/

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Pak: MQM Chief grieves over sympathizers’ murder

31 January 2012

LONDON: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has expressed his grief and sorrow over the murder of three sympathizers in North Karachi, Geo News reported.

He offered his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and said that every worker of the MQM shared their grief, a statement said on Monday.

Also, MQM’s Rabita Committee condemned the slayings in the strongest possible words demanding immediate action in this regard.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33294-Altaf-grieves-over-sympathizers-murder

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Obama confirms US drone strikes in Pakistan

31 January 2012

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that the US drone aircraft have struck Taliban and Al Qaeda targets within Pakistan – operations that until now had not been officially acknowledged.

When asked about the use of drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, Obama said “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA” – Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/31/obama-confirms-us-drone-strikes-in-pakistan.html

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Pak Mashaikh demand Int’l Sufi University

Hameed Shaheen

31 January 2012

Islamabad—Eminent Mashaikh and Sajjadah Nasheens through a resolution here on the conclusion of a 2-day 18th annual Urs of renowned Naqshbandi spiritualist Aala Hazrat Pir Muhammad Zahid Khan popularly known as Pir Khan Sahib of Mohra Sharif Murree, resolved to make every sacrifice for the territorial and ideological defence of Pakistan, turn it into a true citadel of Islam, promote societal tolerance and brotherhood among ranks of humanity, assuring unstinted support to the brave armed forces of Pakistan in defending the frontiers of the country.

Full Report At:

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=129547#

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

11 militants killed in Yemen air strike

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eleven militants including a number of local al Qaeda leaders were killed in an air strike in Yemen overnight, local residents said on Tuesday.

They said an unidentified drone attacked the militants while they were travelling in two vehicles east of the city of Loder in Abyan provice in southern Yemen.

A tribal leader said at least four of those killed were local al Qaeda leaders.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=35495

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commander among three killed in Peshawar suicide attack

January 30, 2012

At least three people including a commander of banned militant outfit Ansarul Islam Haji Akhundzada were killed and seven injured in a suicide attack in the Pakha Ghulam, a suburban area of Peshawar on Monday evening.

Full Report At:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/30-Jan-2012/ansarul-islam-commander-among-three-killed-in-peshawar-suicide-attack

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14 Kidnapped Chinese workers 'liberated' by Sudanese troops

By MOHAMED SAEED

Jan 31, 2012

KHARTOUM: The Sudanese army has freed 14 Chinese road construction workers, part of a group reportedly abducted by militants in a remote region in the country’s south, officials said Monday.

The Chinese workers were “liberated” by Sudanese troops and evacuated to the town of El Obeid, Omdurman Radio quoted South Kordofan province’s governor Ahmed Haroun on Monday as saying. He said that they were in good health. The report, which was also carried on the state-run SUNA news agency, did not say when the rescue occurred. Haroun said the army and security forces are trying to free the remaining abducted workers.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/world/article569327.ece

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Kasab’s death penalty appeal adjourned

31 January 2012

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court adjourned an appeal hearing on Tuesday into the death sentence handed down to the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Mohammed Kasab, one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in attacks which lasted nearly three days and killed 166 people, has appealed for his sentence to be overturned after he was convicted in May 2010.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/31/kasabs-death-penalty-appeal-adjourned.html

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Police to begin Islamabad’s aerial surveillance

31 January 2012

ISLAMABAD: In the light of terror threats, the police on Tuesday decided to initiate aerial surveillance of the federal capital, DawnNews reported.

Islamabad’s surveillance through helicopters would begin today and is expected to continue until Feb 5.

The police officials involved in the surveillance would be provided with equipment for security and would be in contact with the staff on ground through wireless sets.

According to sources, the decision to begin the capital’s aerial surveillance was taken in light of terror threats.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/31/police-to-begin-islamabad%E2%80%99s-aerial-surveillance.html

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UN inspectors can visit any N-site, says Iran

31 January 2012

TEHRAN: An IAEA delegation visiting Iran can choose to extend its stay beyond the three days originally planned if it wishes, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/31/iaea-has-option-to-extend-stay-un-inspectors-can-visit-any-n-site-says-iran.html

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West ups pressure for UN action against Syria

31 January 2012

DAMASCUS: Western governments prepared to send their top diplomats to lobby for a UN resolution condemning the Syrian government’s crackdown as Russia said on Monday that it opposes the proposed text.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the UN Security Council “must act” to end President Bashar al-Assad’ s “violent and brutal attacks” against demonstrators after adopting not a single resolution since the protests erupted in March last year.

Mrs Clinton said she would travel to the United Nations on Tuesday to “send a clear message of support to the Syrian people “ we stand with you.”

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/31/west-ups-pressure-for-un-action-against-syria.html

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Iraqi outraged by use of US drones: report

31 January 2012

WASHINGTON: Iraqi officials have expressed outrage at the United States' use of a small fleet of surveillance drones to help protect the US embassy, consulates and American personnel in Iraq, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

The newspaper said the State Department began operating some drones in Iraq last year on a trial basis and stepped up their use after the last US troops left the country in December.

The US government plans to take bids for the management of drone operations in Iraq over the next five years, the report said.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-33140-Iraqi-outraged-by-use-of-US-drones:-report

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Arabs suspend observer mission, Syria deaths spike

31 January 2012

DAMASCUS: The Arab League suspended its controversial observer mission in Syria on Saturday as the bloodshed in a crackdown on anti-regime protests spiked with the death toll nearing 200 in four days.

The announcementDelegation of Taliban diplomats reaches Qatar

DOHA: A team of senior Taliban diplomats has arrived in Qatar in preparation for the opening of a political office to host negotiations between America, the insurgents and the Afghan government, British newspaper said in a report.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-32979-Arabs-suspend-observer-mission,-Syria-deaths-spike

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Muslim Body Wants World Action on Syria

Monday, 30 January 2012

DAMASCUS - The world’s largest Islamic body urged the international community on Monday, January 30, to take "necessary measures" to stop bloodshed in Syria, as street battles raged on the doorstep of the capital Damascus between President Bashar al-Assad's troops and rebel fighters.

"I renew my calls to the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to take up its responsibilities in protecting civilians and taking all measures to end bloodshed in Syria," Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

Full Report At:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/middle-east/455603-oic-urges-international-action-on-syria.html

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India: Swamy gets anticipatory bail in inflammatory article case

January 30, 2012

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, accused of writing an "inflammatory" article in a Mumbai [ Images ] daily, was on Monday granted anticipatory bail by the Delhi [ Images ] high court.

"In the event of arrest, he shall be released on furnishing of a personal bond and a surety of Rs 25,000 each," Justice M L Mehta said while taking on record Swamy's undertaking that he would refrain from writing such articles in future.

"Though writing an article based on a book is a fundamental right of a citizen but this right has to be observed with certain reasonable restrictions which have to be taken care of," the court said.

Full Report At:

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/swamy-gets-anticipatory-bail-in-inflammatory-article-case/20120130.htm

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India: Botched ASI facelift of Mughal mosque

Richi Verma

Jan 31, 2012

NEW DELHI: The landmark Fatehpuri Masjid, built by one of Mughal emperor Shahjahan's wives, remains a picture of neglect despite Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) beginning restoration work here last November. Inhabitants of the Fatehpuri area in Chandni Chowk complain the ASI project has not made any visible improvement to the mosque in three months.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Botched-ASI-facelift-of-Mughal-mosque/articleshow/11694352.cms

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Saudi Arabia capable of handling any future oil shortage: Minister

Minister Ali Al-Naimi

By SIRAJ WAHAB

Jan 31, 2012

DAMMAM: Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi said on Monday that Saudi Arabia will continue to be a reliable, steady and dependable supplier of energy to the world.

Giving a frank and forthright assessment of the oil industry while delivering the keynote address at Chatham House energy conference in London, Al-Naimi said: "Saudi Arabia's domestic growth will not impact on exports now or in the future."

The highly experienced minister explained in detail as to why oil would continue to play a major role in the overall energy mix for many decades. "It is clear that a petroleum-free transportation system is decades away; and if you look at the vast range of products derived from crude oil, everything from lubricants to asphalt, medicines to plastics, it is clear petroleum is here to stay," he said.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article569375.ece

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Israel razes homes in Negev Desert and East Jerusalem

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

Jan 31, 2012

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Israeli bulldozers on Monday demolished five homes in the Negev Desert saying they were build by Bedouins without permits from Israeli authorities.

The Higher Steering Committee of Arab Bedouins said the bulldozers were backed by hundreds of Israeli police officers in order to prevent the residents from rioting against the demolition process.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article569326.ece

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Iran adds laser-guided munition to its armory

Jan 31, 2012

TEHRAN: Iran’s state TV is reporting the country has produced laser-guided artillery shells, capable of hitting moving targets with high accuracy.

Vahidi also said that the shell was an "intelligent" munition with the capability to identify its own targets.

State television showed images of artillery being fired, saying it showed the precision-guided ammunition in action. No details were given on the technology purported to be used.

“Iran is now one of just five countries in the world able to manufacture these sorts of weapons through domestic technology,” Vahidi said.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article569248.ece

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Russia seeks to slow UN pace on Syria action

By STEVE GUTTERMAN

Jan 30, 2012

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday sought to avert a swift UN Security Council vote on a Western-Arab resolution on Syria and said it wanted to study recommendations from Arab observers before discussing a plan that calls for President Bashar Assad to cede power.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov spoke a day before Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby was to brief Security Council members to seek support for the Arab League plan to end 10 months of bloodshed in which more than 5,000 people have been killed.

Western powers Britain and France want the Security Council to vote next week on a draft resolution supporting the Arab League plan’s call for Assad to step down. Elaraby has said he hopes to overcome resistance from Beijing and Moscow.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article569237.ece

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India: Suspended S P of Gujarat again rakes up bodies dumping issue

MANAS DASGUPTA

January 31, 2012

AHMEDABAD, Probe complaint that Naroda massacre victims' bodies were discarded in a well, he urges SIT chief

The suspended Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has reiterated an apprehension: unidentified and unaccounted bodies of the 2002 riot victims may have been dumped in a well on an open field just behind the scene of the Naroda massacre.

On Monday, Mr. Bhatt wrote yet another letter to the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team Chairman R. K. Raghavan, requesting him to investigate the possibility. He had earlier written several letters requesting the SIT to record his statement in the presence of a magistrate.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/article2845551.ece

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Iranian Top Cleric: Islam, school for culture and science

31 January 2012

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, Iranian top cleric warned against foreign and domestic enemies highlighting self sufficiency in economy and production.

This religious figure attending the opening ceremony of a book exhibition in Qom referred to some oaths taken in Qur'an and said, "God Almighty in the holy Qur'an swears by pen and ink, which are tools for writing, and that is not any kind of writing but a writing that adds something to civilization and morality,".

Professor at Qom Seminary glorified Islam as the school of science, learning and culture saying, "Muslims are people with science and high knowledge." adding, "If we lag behind in science for a period of time, that is either we or the enemies have to be blamed for that but the school of Islam has no shortcoming."

He said having several libraries is a token for the importance of science and culture and that contrary to many invasions to Islamic countries, Muslims managed to save their ۱۴-centuries-culture.

Ayatollah Sobhani also underscored the most valuable activities that are rewarded by God saying, "Activities of the scientists, Jihadists (those who combat for heavenly means) and workers are highly valued and rewarded by God Almighty."

"Those women who work and help the country for self sufficiency are loved by God." said the cleric and warned against any demand for supplies from the enemies.

He also warned the high officials against domestic and foreign enemies who plan to weaken the system.

Ayatollah Sobhani addressed the publishers and researchers and said," Man needs to b e fed both physically and spiritually; hence, researchers and writers have to carefully review what they produce and how they feed the minds of the youth."

Religious figure demanded for a cheaper supply of paper so least the high prices of paper leads to less publication of books.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=293609

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Our World: Hamas and the Washington establishment

31 January 2012

To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America’s collective understanding of current events in the Middle East. Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich became the first major political figure in more than a generation to pour cold water over the Palestinian myth of indigenous peoplehood by stating the truth, that the Palestinians are an “invented people.”

As Gingrich explained, their invention came in response to Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. Since they were created somewhere around 1920, the Palestinians’ main purpose has not been the establishment of a Palestinian state but the obliteration of the Jewish state.

Full Report At:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=255802

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CAIR Welcomes Withdrawal of Anti-Islam Speaker from West Point Event

31 January 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the withdrawal of an anti-Islam speaker, retired Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin, from an upcoming prayer breakfast at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Full Report At:

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/30/4226426/cair-welcomes-withdrawal-of-anti.html

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Finish Makkah projects on time: Governor

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI

Jan 31, 2012

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Monday stressed the fact that the Saudi government is keen on the speedy completion of development projects in Makkah and the holy sites because of it is the capital of Islam.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article569379.ece

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