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Islamic World News ( 12 March 2013, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Explosives Smuggling Continuation Of ‘Afghan Jihad’: IG Sindh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

Explosives smuggling continuation of ‘Afghan Jihad’: IG Sindh

Quetta police arrests eleven underage bombers

Democracy, dictatorship failed: Pak politician eyes new system

Pakistani man stoned to death on orders of jirga

Pak FM Hina Rabbani Khar says terror won't help Kashmir

Release of Taliban detainees: Pakistan took money, claims ex-Afghan spymaster

‘Don’t let fear of sanctions stop Pak-Iran pipeline’

Militants clash with rival group, torch 10 houses in Tirah

Balochistan makes school education free, compulsory

Imran holds Punjab govt responsible

 

India

Unclaimed Indian Bodies Wait in Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Morgues

Seven killed as militants attack CRPF camp in Srinagar

Shiv Sena felicitates Ajmer Dargah Diwan for opposing Pakistan PM's visit

Hizbul Mujahideen claims responsibility for attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar

'Pak-linked terror attack on India could undo thaw'

CM informs J&K assembly of 'suicide attack'

'Militants took out weapons from cricket bag and opened fire'

NIA continues to question Chaudhary on Mecca Masjid blasts

Shinde statement shows dictatorial mindset: Geelani

Court remands suspect in Hyderabad blast to NIS custody

 

Arab World

Execution by shooting is ‘permissible’ in the Shariah

Madinah remains eternal capital of Islamic culture

Saudi Arabia executes seven men despite UN appeal for clemency

Egypt mulls ban on sale of duty-free alcohol

Christians dream of Syria without Assad, Islamists

Saudi One TV to air documentary on Abqaiq terror attacks 2006

Aleppo battle intensifies

Two Bahrain cops jailed for torturing protester to death

Mubarak says Egyptians should rally around Mursi

Kuwaiti govt dismayed at border protest by Iraqis

Morsi’s government appeals vote suspension

Syrian war has caused 'collapse in childhood', Save the Children warns

 

South Asia

Cops claim Bangladeshi student body guided Sabarmati tunnel diggers

Bangla young crusaders on a song

Maldives ACC probing ‘jewellery deal’ between Zakat fund donor and Islamic Minister’s wife

Clashes, bomb blasts mark Bangladesh opposition protest

47 temples, 700 Hindu houses torched across Bangladesh

Taliban stopping polio vaccinations, says Afghan governor

 

Mideast Asia

It's Time for Effective Action against Radical Islamists in Israel

Hamas introduces voluntary weapons training in Gaza high schools

Turkish man charged with PKK membership in Germany

PKK releases eight Turkish prisoners in northern Iraq: official

Israel's Shimon Peres urges Arab intervention in Syria

 

Europe

Russian forces kill 3 suspected militants in Caucasus

Blair, celebrity culture and the destruction of Iraq

Human Rights activist Abdul Sattar Edhi for release of Aafia

Regime ‘uses militias for massacres’

Germany bans 2 ultraconservative Islamic groups

Moscow flies more Russians home from Syria

WHO confirms 15th case of deadly new virus in Saudi Arabia

 

Africa

Islamist inroads in Mali may undo French war on al Qaeda

Tunisia detains two over anti-police rap video

Suspected Islamists raid Nigeria primary school, shoot teachers

 

North America

Obama to Nominate Sharia Supporter, Advocate as Labour Secretary

Cyber attacks replace terrorism as leading threat against US

Al Qaeda likely unable to launch major attacks: US

US spy agencies more pessimistic on Afghan war

 

Southeast Asia

Islamic hard-liners may be potential voters in Indonesia

Filipino on death row in Saudi Arabia wins three-month reprieve

Thailand denies shooting Rohingya boat people

Pastor Charged With Assaulting Member of Intolerant Group

Jakarta Street Teens Steered to Taxi Work

 

Australia

Islamic Council defends planned Muslim peace conference in Melbourne

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pakistani police produce young children, suspected of planting bombs, to the media in Quetta on March 13, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

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Pakistan

 

Explosives smuggling continuation of ‘Afghan Jihad’: IG Sindh

March 12, 2013

KARACHI: Sindh IG Ghulam Shabir Shaikh has said that Kalashnikovs, bombs, bullets and explosives are not manufactured in Karachi but are smuggled from tribal areas and Afghanistan, terming the activity as the continuation of ‘Afghan Jihad’.

 Talking to media at Garden police headquarters after offering funeral prayers of a policeman Gul Sher, the Sindh IG said that terrorism is raised in the country due to Afghan war.

 Policeman Gul Sher was killed on Monday night when he was on the way home after performing his duty from Ghulshan Ghazi area of Baldia town.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-91889-Explosives-smuggling-continuation-of-Afghan-Jihad:-IG-Sindh

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Quetta Police Arrests Eleven Underage Bombers

 13 March 2013

QUETTA: Balochistan Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested eleven children aged between 11 to 16 years, who were allegedly involved in carrying out the  Bacha Khan blast in Quetta, Express News reported.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Zubair Mehmood at a press conference in Quetta on Wednesday claimed that the detained children had admitted their role in the bomb blast that shook Bacha Khan Chowk in Quetta in January. The convicts apparently worked for the little known United Baloch Army (UBA).

Mehmood said that the children had admitted to receiving Rs3, 000 for each of the attacks they carried out. The CCPO further said that terrorist organisations exploited the poverty of these children.

The CCPO further said that these children were arrested after an exchange of fire between police and militants on Tuesday night. He added that at least eight handlers managed to escape. Police also claimed to have recovered seven rockets, anti-personnel mines, chemicals, safety fuse wires, 10kg of explosive material, and explosive rods.

The blast at Bacha Khan square in January had killed 12 people and injured many others. Sixteen year-old Sabir, among those detained, was particularly used in that blast.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/520107/child-soldiers-quetta-police-arest-eleven-underage-bombers/

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Democracy, dictatorship failed: Pak politician eyes new system

 12 March 2013

Democracy and dictatorship both have miserably failed in Pakistan, according to senior vice president of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and former deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Sen. Chaudhry Mohammad Jafar Iqbal.

Talking to Urdu News yesterday, Iqbal said the system needed an overhaul to stem corruption and ensure the country’s development. He said the existing setup has been unable to bring about concrete changes that could lead to prosperity. “The only option is the presidential system of government.”

Iqbal, who is here for Umrah, said even Mohammad Ali Jinnah had indicated that Western-style democracy would not succeed in Pakistan. “A system in which the president is elected by the people can only succeed in our country.”

He said his party had extended full support to the PPP government by playing the role of a friendly opposition “because we wanted democracy to take root, but unfortunately this democracy turned out to be worse than dictatorship.”

Pakistan, he said, is rich in natural resources but its benefits have not trickled down to the common man. “The primary reason is rampant corruption at all levels.”

He said there have been conspiracies to postpone elections, but they have failed. He said the PML (N) will have a grand alliance and may explore the opportunity of having seats adjustment with Jamaat-e-Islami.

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/democracy-dictatorship-failed-pak-politician-eyes-new-system

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Pakistani man stoned to death on orders of jirga

March 13, 2013

A Pakistani man was allegedly stoned to death on the orders of a 'jirga' or tribal council for attempting to elope with a girl in the Kurram tribal region in the country's restive northwest, according to a media report on Wednesday.

More than 300 men hurled stones at Noorduddin, a government employee, till he died.

The incident occurred near a graveyard in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, on Tuesday, The Express Tribune reported.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pakistani-man-stoned-to-death-on-orders-of-jirga/Article1-1025685.aspx

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Sharif plays footsie with militants

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

Islamabad, March 12, 2013

As Pakistan nears its general election, the political alliance between Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N and militant organisations like the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has come under scrutiny.

Last week, after the attack on a Christian-majority locality in Lahore, the

head of the PTI party, Imran Khan, said that attacks on the country’s religious minorities are happening because of the political alliances that are in place.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Sharif-plays-footsie-with-militants/Article1-1025391.aspx

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Pakistan Army to provide all possible support for peaceful polls

 Mar 13 2013

Islamabad : The Pakistan Army has reiterated that it will provide all possible support for holding the upcoming Pakistan Army in a peaceful and orderly manner, with a top general saying a meeting will be held soon with the poll panel to decide on deploying troops for security.

"We have assured the Election Commission of Pakistan that we will provide all possible support for security," said Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, the head of the Inter-Services Public Relations.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-army-to-provide-all-possible-support-for-peaceful-polls/1087387/

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Pak FM Hina Rabbani Khar says terror won't help Kashmir

Mar 13 2013

Islamabad : The day militants attacked and killed 5 CRPF jawans in Srinagar, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has struck a note different from the established line - she has spoken of the need for an "out-of-the box" solution to the Kashmir issue, saying that militancy would not help in resolving the long-standing dispute with India.

Khar, whose term will end on March 16 when the government completes its five-year term, made the remarks during a final brainstorming session with senior officials of the Foreign Office.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/srinagar-attack-pak-fm-hina-rabbani-khar-says-terror-wont-help-kashmir/1087478/

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Release of Taliban detainees: Pakistan took money, claims ex-Afghan spymaster

 13 March 2013

ISLAMABAD: Former Afghan spymaster Amrullah Saleh accused Pakistan on Tuesday of taking money from Afghanistan for the recent release of Taliban cadres.

In the Express News programme “Sarhad Ke Us Paar”, the former head of National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the Pakistani government had even offered to mediate between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/519973/release-of-taliban-detainees-pakistan-took-money-claims-ex-afghan-spymaster/

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‘Don’t let fear of sanctions stop Pak-Iran pipeline’

 13 March 2013

LAHORE: Former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Tuesday said that Pakistan should not fear being slapped with sanctions by the United States when it comes to the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline.

He was responding to a question about the project inaugurated on Monday by President Asif Ali Zardari at a press conference organised by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/519784/dont-let-fear-of-sanctions-stop-pak-iran-pipeline/

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Militants clash with rival group, torch 10 houses in Tirah

Zahir Shah Sherazi

 13 March 2013

PESHAWAR: Clashes between outlawed militant groups in the northwestern Pakistan escalated late Tuesday as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants set ablaze houses of at least 10 civilians, accusing them of being supporters of the rival Ansarul Islam (AI) group.

Locals and the eyewitnesses confirmed the burning of the houses in Khyber Agency’s restive Tirah Valley, while other reports say at least 20 militants from both sides have also died in fresh clashes.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/13/militants-clash-with-rival-group-torch-10-houses-in-tirah/

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Balochistan makes school education free, compulsory

 13 March 2013

QUETTA: The governor of Balochistan on Tuesday issued an ordinance under which primary and secondary school education has been declared compulsory and free.

The ordinance will be implemented with immediate effect, according to a press release.

The move has come against the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s directive to implement Article-25A of the Constitution.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/13/balochistan-makes-school-education-free-compulsory/

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Imran holds Punjab govt responsible

 13 March 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan has held the Punjab government responsible for the Badami Bagh incident, stating, “the PML-N government’s close connections with terrorist organisations has led to attack on the houses of innocent people belonging to the Christian community.”

Mr Khan was speaking to media persons during his visit to Joseph Colony along with party leaders on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/13/imran-holds-punjab-govt-responsible/

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India

 

Unclaimed Indian Bodies Wait in Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Morgues

12 March 2013

Many families in India anxiously await the arrival of the remains of their beloved breadwinners when they die in Kingdom.

However, some families refuse to receive the bodies, complicating legal formalities and creating problems in the mortuaries of hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Refusal also puts pressure on local authorities, as well as Indian diplomatic missions.

An official with Dammam Central Hospital told Arab News that medical personnel are often faced with families that can’t be traced, especially when the address in the passport of the deceased is incorrect.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/unclaimed-indian-bodies-wait-ksa-morgues

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Seven killed as militants attack CRPF camp in Srinagar

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

Mar 13, 2013

Five Central Reserve Police Force personnel and two militants were killed in a suicide attack on a CRPF camp close to Police Public School in Bemina area of Srinagar in Kashmir valley on Wednesday.

Two militants, posing as local cricket players, engaged CRPF men in a ‘friendly match’ on the playground of Police Public School and gunned down five of them, before getting killed in a fierce battle. According to sources six CRPF personnel and four civilians sustained injuries in the terror strike and the following operation.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/seven-killed-as-militants-attack-crpf-camp-in-srinagar/article4504066.ece

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Shiv Sena felicitates Ajmer Dargah diwan for opposing Pakistan PM's visit

 Mar 13 2013

Ajmer : Shiv Sena today felicitated here the spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan for boycotting Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's recent visit to the shrine.

A delegation led by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut honoured Ali,the descendant of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and Ajmer Dargah Diwan, by presenting him with a sword and a shawl as a token of respect.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shiv-sena-felicitates-ajmer-dargah-diwan-for-opposing-pakistan-pms-visit/1087361/

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Hizb ul Mujahideen claims responsibility for attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar

 Mar 13 2013

Srinagar: Pro-Pakistan Hizb ul Mujahideen militant outfit today claimed responsibility for the attack on a CRPF camp in Srinagar that left five security personnel and two ultras dead.

A spokesman of the Hizb called a local news agency to claim responsibility for the attack. The outfit would carry out similar attacks in future also, the Hizb spokesman said in a telephonic call to the news agency.

Five CRPF personnel and two militants were killed while four civilians were among 10 injured in the attack on a CRPF camp at Bemina in the city.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hizbul-mujahideen-claims-responsibility-for-attack-on-crpf-camp-in-srinagar/1087501/

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'Pak-linked terror attack on India could undo thaw'

March 13, 2013

With the Lashkar-e-Taeba (LeT), believed to be behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, remaining Pakistan's most problematic militant group, the US fears an Islamabad-linked terrorist attack against India could undo efforts to improve ties between them.

"Both India and Pakistan have made calculated decisions to improve ties, despite deep-rooted mistrust," US director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in his annual report to the US Congress on Tuesday on the threats facing the United States.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Pak-linked-terror-attack-on-India-could-undo-thaw/Article1-1025546.aspx

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CM informs J&K assembly of 'suicide attack'

 March 13, 2013

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday informed the legislative assembly in Jammu that a suicide attack by terrorists on a camp of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the outskirts of Srinagar left five troopers and two guerrillas dead.

Omar Abdullah, who also holds the home portfolio, in a statement on the floor of the house, said: "Fidayeens (suicide attackers) attacked the CRPF attachment at Bemina at 10.45am, and five CRPF jawans (troopers) were killed. Four or five troopers sustained injuries, along with three civilians."

The chief minister added that the attack had been neutralised after two guerrillas were killed.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/IndiaSectionPage/jammusec/CM-informs-J-amp-K-assembly-of-suicide-attack/Article1-1025731.aspx

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'Militants took out weapons from cricket bag and opened fire'

 March 13, 2013

Militants disguised as cricketers killed five paramilitary police in an ambush in Srinagar on Wednesday, senior officers said.

Two gunmen, suspected to be from one of the pro-Pakistan or separatist groups active locally, were shot dead at the scene, an open area of land in the Bemina district of Srinagar where children were playing cricket.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/jandk/Militants-took-out-weapons-from-cricket-bag-and-opened-fire/Article1-1025714.aspx

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NIA continues to question Chaudhary on Mecca Masjid blasts

 March 13, 2013

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) continued with the custodial interrogation of Rajender Chaudhary, an accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

A local court had earlier granted custody of Chaudhary to NIA from March 11 for question in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast case. He will remain in their custody for 15-days till March 26.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/hyderabad/NIA-continues-to-question-Chaudhary-on-Mecca-Masjid-blasts/Article1-1025681.aspx

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Shinde statement shows dictatorial mindset: Geelani

Mar 13 2013

Srinagar: A day after Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made it clear that the body of Afzal Guru will not be returned to his family, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Tuesday termed his statement as “dictatorial mindset”.

“It (Shinde’s statement) reflects the dictatorial mindset and arrogance of India,” Geelani said. “The people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi are trying to suppress the people (of Jammu and Kashmir) by using its military might.”

Saying that the return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Bhat was a humanitarian issue, Geelani termed New Delhi’s refusal to hand over his body as an election stunt.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shinde-statement-shows-dictatorial-mindset-geelani/1087135/

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Court remands suspect in Hyderabad blast to NIS custody

March 13, 2013

A Delhi court on Wednesday remanded suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Obaid-ur-Rehman to seven days of National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody in connection with the February 21 Hyderabad twin blasts case.

During an in-chamber hearing, district judge IS Mehta allowed the NIA's plea seeking custodial interrogation of Rehman on the ground that it has to unearth the entire conspiracy which led to the bombings that claimed 16 lives, court sources said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Court-remands-suspect-in-Hyderabad-blast-to-NIS-custody/Article1-1025817.aspx

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Arab World

 

Execution by shooting is ‘permissible’ in the Shariah

March 13, 2013

JEDDAH — Execution by shooting is permissible in the Shariah if it is proved that it is faster than or similar to beheading in ending one’s life, said Sheikh Ali Al-Hakami, member of the Senior Board of Ulema.

Beheading, as a form of punishment in Islam, aims to end life quickly, Al-Hayat newspaper quoted Al-Hakami as saying.

In fact, the main manner of all penalties in Islam is to end one’s life without undue torture and as quickly as possible, he noted.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130313156598

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Madinah remains eternal capital of Islamic culture

 13 March 2013

Prominent personalities from different parts of the Islamic world attended the inauguration of yearlong celebrations by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, to mark the declaration of Madinah as the capital of Islamic culture in 2013.

Prince Salman arrived here yesterday and was received on arrival at Prince Muhammad International Airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman. The crown prince was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, and Prince Muhammad bin Salman, head of the crown prince’s court.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/madinah-remains-eternal-capital-islamic-culture

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Saudi Arabia executes seven men despite UN appeal for clemency

Human rights activists say men were executed by firing squad, but country's official news agency says they were beheaded

13 March 2013

Saudi Arabia has executed seven men for an armed robbery, the interior ministry said, despite an appeal for clemency by United Nations human rights investigators.

The seven, some of whom were under 18 when the crime was committed in 2006, had been due to die last week but were granted a stay of execution while authorities reviewed their case.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/13/saudi-arabia-executes-seven-men

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Egypt mulls ban on sale of duty-free alcohol

Duty Free officials say they are considering the ban after receiving complaints from citizens and ministry officials

 13 Mar 2013

Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry is considering a ban on the sale of alcohol in airport duty-free stores after it received complaints that it goes against the country's Islamic principles, ministry officials and a senior lawmaker said Tuesday.

Duty Free officials said the ministry has been reviewing the policy for about four months after citizens and ministry officials complained.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/66740/Business/Economy/Egypt-mulls-ban-on-sale-of-dutyfree-alcohol.aspx

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Christians dream of Syria without Assad, Islamists

Two-year Syrian crisis carries sectarian dimension amid presence of Sunni Muslims, Christians, and ruling Alawites in war-torn state

 13 Mar 2013

Abu Ibrahim says he and his family are the only Christians left in Syria's devastated city of Deir Ezzor, and he is terrified Muslim extremists could make their already difficult life hell.

Yet every Sunday, he and the family peacefully hold prayers in a house they share with 15 soldiers from the rebel Free Syria Army (FSA), all Sunni Muslims.

But this is no paradox.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/66748/World/Region/Christians-dream-of-Syria-without-Assad,-Islamists.aspx

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Saudi One TV to air documentary on Abqaiq terror attacks 2006

12 March 2013

The second episode of the documentary Our Concerns, entitled “It’s the Homeland so that The Do Not Return,” will be aired on Saudi One TV tomorrow. The episode with show events related to the terrorist attack on the Abqaiq oil refinery complex on June 24, 2006.

Abqaiq’s primarly function is to remove hydrogen sulfide from crude oil and reduce the vapor pressure, making the crude safer to be shipped in tankers. Abqaiq is the largest such complex in the world and some 75 percent of Saudi Arabia’s oil output passes through the complex.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/saudi-one-tv-air-documentary-abqaiq-terror-attacks-2006

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Aleppo battle intensifies

 13 March 2013

BEIRUT: New clashes erupted yesterday in an intensifying battle for control over Aleppo’s international airport and nearby military bases in Syria’s north, activists said.

Rebels have tried for weeks to capture Aleppo’s international airport and nearby air bases as part of their campaign to erode the regime’s air supremacy in the 2-year-old conflict.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes erupted anew yesterday around the airport and rebels also intensified their assault on the Nairab and Mannagh air bases near the strategic facility, which has not been handling fights for weeks because of the fighting.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/aleppo-battle-intensifies

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Two Bahrain cops jailed for torturing protester to death

 13 March 2013

DUBAI: A Bahraini criminal court yesterday sentenced two policemen to 10 years in jail each after they were convicted of torturing to death a protester, while acquitting three others, a judicial source said.

The two policemen were convicted of “torturing to death Ali Al-Saqr... following his arrest during the uprising in February 2011,” the source said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/two-bahrain-cops-jailed-torturing-protester-death

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Mubarak says Egyptians should rally around Mursi

 12 March 2013

CAIRO: Toppled president Hosni Mubarak, awaiting trial over his role in the deaths of protesters, believes Egyptians should rally around his successor and end violent protests, his lawyer told AFP yesterday.

President Muhammad Mursi, twice jailed by Mubarak before he himself was overthrown on Feb. 11, 2011, is the “elected president, people should rally around him,” the former strongman told his lawyer Farid Deeb.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/mubarak-says-egyptians-should-rally-around-mursi

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Kuwaiti govt dismayed at border protest by Iraqis

 March 13, 2013

DUBAI – Kuwait has expressed dismay to the United Nations over a protest by stone-throwing Iraqis against the demarcation of the border, state media reported, underlining lingering tensions between the Arab neighbors a decade after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

Iraq formally accepted a UN-demarcated border line in 1994 after the first Gulf War – when Iraqi strongman Saddam sent his troops into Kuwait in 1990 and was forced out by a US-led coalition.

But many Iraqis in the area remain opposed to it, saying the line robbed them of property and territory.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130313156624

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Morsi’s government appeals vote suspension

Mar 13 2013

An Egyptian judicial official says the government of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi is appealing a court ruling that suspended a controversial parliamentary election.

Mr. Morsi’s office had initially said that it respects court verdicts and that it did not intend to challenge the ruling.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/morsis-government-appeals-vote-suspension/article4504698.ece

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Syrian war has caused 'collapse in childhood', Save the Children warns

Two million Syrian children are victims of war, charity says in report revealing third of children have been hit, kicked or shot at

Luke Harding

 13 March 2013

Two million children in Syria have become the victims of bloody conflict, with many swept up in violence, and suffering from trauma, malnutrition and disease, a report says.

The catastrophic war in Syria has caused a "collapse in childhood", Save the Children warned on Wednesday. It cited research revealing that one in three children reported having been hit, kicked or shot at, as fighting between rebels and soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad engulfed the entire country.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/13/syrian-civil-war-child-victims

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South Asia

 

Cops claim Bangladeshi student body guided Sabarmati tunnel diggers

TNN | Mar 13, 2013

AHMEDABAD: A student organization in Bangladesh was helping the 2008 serial blasts case accused break out of Sabarmati Central Jail.

The accused, who had dug a 200 feet tunnel in the jail, are all members of the Indian Mujahideen and had plans to regroup in Bangladesh.

Police officials investigating the case say the escape was delayed because of the unrest in Bangladesh.

Five of the accused, now in custody of the crime branch, have revealed that after escaping, they had planned to hide for six months in jungles of south India before heading towards Bangladesh.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Cops-claim-Bangladeshi-student-body-guided-Sabarmati-tunnel-diggers/articleshow/18940729.cms

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Bangla young crusaders on a song

ByCaesar Mandal, TNN | Mar 13, 2013

DHAKA: It's a carnival that's rocking the entire nation. Quite literally. The Shahbag Movement — fuelled by music, art, blogging and the sheer spontaneity of youth — is teaching a new way of protest to a country ravaged by vengeance and violence for over four decades.

The teenagers leading the movement have the natural confidence of youth. Violence and death threats do not deter them. For they have seen the vision of a new Bangladesh. Rarely in history has a 'carnival' engineered social change as here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangla-young-crusaders-on-a-song/articleshow/18941683.cms

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Maldives ACC probing ‘jewellery deal’ between Zakat fund donor and Islamic Minister’s wife

By Mohamed Naahee | March 13th, 2013

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has said it has begun probing into an alleged business deal struck between Firoz Ghulam Khan – who promised to donate a sum of US$ 10,000 to the Zakat fund last year – and the wife of Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Shaheem Ali Saeed, Fathimath Afiyaa.

In September 2012, during a press conference held at the ministry, Khan, a Dubai-based Indian Muslim businessman, announced that he would donate a sum of US$10,000 to the Zakat fund every month in a bid to support the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, headed by Sheikh Shaheem.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/acc-probing-alleged-%E2%80%98jewelry-deal%E2%80%99-between-zakat-fund-donor-and-islamic-minister%E2%80%99s-wife-54468

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Clashes, bomb blasts mark Bangladesh opposition protest

 13 March 2013

DHAKA: Several bombs exploded in Bangladesh’s capital and police clashed with protesters yesterday as opposition leaders enforced a daylong, nationwide general strike over what they say is police intimidation.

Witnesses and news reports said several homemade bombs exploded during the beginning of the shutdown. RTV and Bangla Vision stations reported explosions in different areas of Dhaka. It was not clear if there were any injuries.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/world/clashes-bomb-blasts-mark-bangladesh-opposition-protest

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47 temples, 700 Hindu houses torched across Bangladesh

March 13, 2013

Islamic activists have attacked dozens of Hindu temples and hundreds of homes across Bangladesh since an Islamist leader was sentenced to death for war crimes last month, a Hindu group said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, a group which looks after Hindu temples,

said 47 temples and at least 700 Hindu houses had either been torched or vandalised since the verdict against Delwar Hossain Sayedee.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Bangladesh/47-temples-700-Hindu-houses-torched-vandalised-in-Bangladesh/Article1-1025762.aspx

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Taliban stopping polio vaccinations, says Afghan governor

Immunisation programme halted in Nuristan province, raising fears that opposition has spread from Pakistan

Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul

 12 March 2013

The Taliban have halted an annual polio vaccination campaign in a remote part of Afghanistan, according to a senior official, raising concerns that opposition to the critical immunisation drive could be spilling across from insurgent groups in neighbouring Pakistan.

The Taliban have controlled parts of poor, isolated and mountainous Nuristan province for several years, but they have never before prevented medical workers reaching children in their strongholds, said the governor Tamim Nuristani.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/12/taliban-stopping-polio-vaccinations-afghanistan

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Mideast Asia

 

It's Time for Effective Action against Radical Islamists in Israel

Neil Snyder

March 11, 2013

If you follow events in Israel and the Middle East closely, no doubt you have noticed that Jewish people living in Israel are getting fed up with the senseless violence that they have endured for so many years at the hands of Islamist radicals.  A growing number of them are seeking retribution.

It's easy to understand why.  Hardly a day goes by without another provocation.  Be it rocket or mortar attacks from Gaza targeting innocent Israeli civilians, attacks on Jewish worshipers who dare to visit Abraham's tomb in Hebron or Joseph's tomb near Shechem (Nablus if you are an Arab), or whole families being slaughtered while they were "safely" sleeping in their beds, Israeli Jews are growing increasingly angry about having to play the role of piñata for Islamist thugs and murderers in order to placate global media hounds and world leaders who will never give them or their country a fair shake.

Full report at:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/03/its_time_for_effective_action_against_radical_islamists_in_israel.html

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Hamas introduces voluntary weapons training in Gaza high schools

12 March 2013

Running through the schoolyard, the youngster points his AK-47 assault rifle at a target as the other students quickly get onto the ground.

In the Gaza Strip, where conflict with Israel is always a possibility, the military-style exercise in a high school is part of a program sanctioned by the Hamas Islamist government to teach students how to use weapons.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2013/03/12/Hamas-introduces-voluntary-weapons-training-in-Gaza-high-schools.html

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Turkish man charged with PKK membership in Germany

 March 13, 2013

BERLIN — German prosecutors say a 35-year-old Turkish man who allegedly served as a recruiter for the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party has been charged with membership in a foreign terrorist organization.

Prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that Metin A., whose last name was not released in accordance with German privacy laws, was charged Feb. 21 with being a member of the militant Kurdish group known as the PKK.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130313156633

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PKK releases eight Turkish prisoners in northern Iraq: official

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) released on Tuesday eight Turkish prisoners they had been holding for two years in northern Iraq, a Kurdish official told AFP.

The release comes as part of a new peace push carried out by the Turkish government to end the 29-year old Kurdish insurgency led by the PKK branded as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/2013/03/13/Kurdish-PKK-rebels-set-for-historic-hostage-release.html

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Israel's Shimon Peres urges Arab intervention in Syria

AFP | Mar 13, 2013

STRASBOURG (FRANCE): Israel's Shimon Peres called for Arab intervention "to stop the massacre" in Syria as he delivered the first speech by an Israeli head of state to the European Parliament in almost three decades.

The free world "cannot stand by when a massacre is carried out by the Syrian president against his own people and his own children. It breaks all our hearts," he said yesterday.

Saying "the intervention of Western forces would be perceived as foreign interference," Peres said the best option to end two years of tragedy in Syria "might be achieved by empowering the Arab League, of which Syria is a member, to intervene."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israels-Shimon-Peres-urges-Arab-intervention-in-Syria/articleshow/18941675.cms

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Europe

 

Russian forces kill 3 suspected militants in Caucasus

 13 March 2013

MOSCOW: Russian security forces killed three suspected militants in the restive North Caucasus province of Kabardino-Balkaria on Tuesday, the Interfax news agency reported.

The suspected militants were killed when security forces fired on two cars whose drivers did not respond to demands to show identification documents, Interfax cited unidentified law enforcement officials as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\13\story_13-3-2013_pg4_3

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Blair, celebrity culture and the destruction of Iraq

 12 March 2013

This week came fresh allegations that that former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair knowingly oversold the danger posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in order to secure parliamentary backing for a pre-emptive US-led war. Few now doubt that both Blair and former US President George W. Bush were dishonourable leaders who bear responsibility for the nightmare of sectarian violence that engulfed Iraq following the invasion of March 20, 2003 and could engulf the country afresh.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/columns/blair-celebrity-culture-and-destruction-iraq

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Human Rights activist Abdul Sattar Edhi for release of Aafia

13 March 2013

KARACHI: World renowned social and human rights activist Abdul Sattar Edhi appealed to the United States President Barak Obama to release Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist languishing in US jail, on humanitarian grounds and said he was ready to be put in jail instead of Dr Aafia, if imprisonment was necessary.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\13\story_13-3-2013_pg12_5

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Regime ‘uses militias for massacres’

 12 March 2013

GENEVA: The Syrian government is reportedly using local militias known as Popular Committees to commit mass killings which are at times sectarian in nature, UN human rights investigators said yesterday.

“In a disturbing and dangerous trend, mass killings allegedly perpetrated by Popular Committees have at times taken on sectarian overtones,” the UN commission of inquiry on Syria, led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, said in its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/regime-%E2%80%98uses-militias-massacres%E2%80%99

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Germany bans 2 ultraconservative Islamic groups

 13 March 2013

BERLIN — German authorities have banned two more ultraconservative Islamic groups in a continuing crackdown on organizations allegedly involved in activities that violate the country's constitution.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement that police raided buildings Wednesday in the states of North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse connected to the two groups, DawaFFM and Islamic Audios. He also extended a ban imposed last year on Millatu Ibrahim to include a linked group, An-Nussrah.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/germany-bans-2-ultraconservative-islamic-groups/1087450/

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Moscow flies more Russians home from Syria

 13 March 2013

MOSCOW — Moscow has brought a planeload of Russians home from Syria after delivering humanitarian aid to the port city of Latakia, the Emergencies Ministry said on Wednesday.

Moscow says it does not plan a mass evacuation of the thousands of Russian living in Syria, but government planes have now flown nearly 300 people to Russia this year to allow them to escape the civil war there.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130313156704

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WHO confirms 15th case of deadly new virus in Saudi Arabia

 13 March 2013

LONDON: A Saudi man infected with a deadly new virus from the same family as Sars has died, becoming the ninth patient in the world to be killed from the disease which has so far infected 15, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old developed symptoms of the novel coronavirus (NCoV) on Feb. 24 and died on March 2, several days after being hospitalised, the WHO said in a disease outbreak update.

NCoV is from the same family of viruses as those that cause common colds and the one that caused the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) that first emerged in Asia in 2003. The new virus is not the same as Sars, but similar to it and also to other coronaviruses found in bats.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/13/who-confirms-15th-case-of-deadly-new-virus-in-saudi-arabia/

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Africa

 

Islamist inroads in Mali may undo French war on al Qaeda

By David Lewis

Mar 13, 2013

(Reuters) - Residents who slipped into a non-descript mud-brick house after Islamist fighters fled Mali's desert town of Timbuktu uncovered a trove of arms, ammunition and documents - the workings of the local al Qaeda recruitment office.

"We found lots of IDs, passports and birth certificates," said El Hadj Garaba, who searched through the house with neighbors before French intelligence officers arrived.

The documents - from Mali, nearby African nations and distant countries like Saudi Arabia and Britain - suggest the Islamist groups used their 10-month occupation of northern Mali to stretch their tentacles across West Africa and beyond.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-mali-rebels-recruits-idUSBRE92C05V20130313

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Tunisia detains two over anti-police rap video

 March 13, 2013

Tunis: Tunisian authorities have arrested two people for insulting security forces in a rap video they uploaded to the internet, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

“The rap video posted on YouTube called ‘The Police are Dogs’ has words and gestures that are unethical, abusive and threatening towards security forces and magistrates,” the ministry said.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/tunisia/tunisia-detains-two-over-anti-police-rap-video-1.1157607

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Suspected Islamists raid Nigeria primary school, shoot teachers

Suspected Islamist gunmen on motorbikes stormed a primary school in Nigeria's main and opened fire on teachers, wounding four of them

12 Mar 2013

Suspected Islamist gunmen on motorbikes stormed a primary school in Nigeria's main northern city of Kano on Tuesday and opened fire on teachers, wounding four of them, police said.

The attackers made teachers at Dan Maliki Primary School lie on the ground before shots rang out, a witness told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/66733/World/International/Suspected-Islamists-raid-Nigeria-primary-school,-s.aspx

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North America

 

Obama to Nominate Sharia Supporter, Illegal Immigrant Advocate as Labor Secretary

By Matthew Vadum

 13 March 2013

President Obama reportedly intends to nominate in-your-face radical leftist lawyer Thomas Perez as his next Secretary of Labor.

Now an assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Perez is a former top aide to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and possibly a perjurer.

Perez led the Obama administration's assault on voter ID laws last year.  As John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky report in Who's Counting, as a member of the Montgomery County, Md., Council in 2003 he also tried to force governments to accept fraud-prone matricula consular ID cards issued by Mexican consular offices.  He was a board member of Casa de Maryland, an advocacy group for illegal aliens funded by George Soros and the recently deceased Hugo Chavez.

Full report at:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/obama_to_nominate_sharia_supporter_illegal_immigrant_advocate_as_labor_secretary.html

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Cyber attacks replace terrorism as leading threat against US

Reuters | Mar 13, 2013

WASHINGTON: US intelligence leaders said for the first time on Tuesday that cyber attacks and cyber espionage have supplanted terrorism as the top security threat facing the United States.

That stark assessment, in an annual "worldwide threat" briefing that covered concerns as diverse as North Korea's belligerence and Syria's civil war, was reinforced in remarks by the spy chiefs before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

They expressed concern that computer technology is evolving so quickly it is hard for security experts to keep up.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Cyber-attacks-replace-terrorism-as-leading-threat-against-US/articleshow/18948969.cms

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Al Qaeda likely unable to launch major attacks: US

 13 March 2013

WASHINGTON: The core of al Qaeda has been severely weakened and likely is unable to launch “large-scale” attacks on Western targets, the US national intelligence director said Tuesday.

Al Qaeda has suffered steady losses among its senior ranks since 2008, diminishing the network’s central leadership “to a point that the group is probably unable to carry out complex, large-scale attacks in the West,” James Clapper said in an annual assessment presented to lawmakers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\13\story_13-3-2013_pg7_3

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US spy agencies more pessimistic on Afghan war

 13 March 2013

WASHINGTON: After 12 long years of war in Afghanistan the best US intelligence can say is that a reslient Taliban is “diminished in some areas,” spy agencies said Tuesday in a notably pessimistic report.

The US military habitually issues positive assessments of its progress in pushing back the Taliban and building up Afghan forces, but an annual report to Congress from the intelligence community was downbeat.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/13/us-spy-agencies-more-pessimistic-on-afghan-war/

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Southeast Asia

 

Islamic hard-liners may be potential voters in Indonesia

Ina Parlina

March 13 2013

As pollsters predict a grim outlook for Islamic parties in the 2014 legislative election, some parties are making an effort to appeal to fringe Muslim groups in the country.

The United Development Party (PPP) recently decided to nominate Munarman, controversial spokesman of the vigilante Islam Defenders Front (FPI), as one of its legislative candidates.

In February, PPP chairman Suryadharma Ali, who is also the religious affairs minister, went so far as to announce that his party was open to members of the Islamic Dakwah Indonesia Institution (LDII) and the Al-Zaytun boarding school, two institutions that are seen by many as radical.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/03/13/islamic-hard-liners-may-be-potential-voters.html-0

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Filipino on death row in Saudi Arabia wins three-month reprieve

 March 13, 2013

MANILA — The Philippines said Tuesday that a Filipino who was due to be executed in Saudi Arabia this week had been given an extra three months to raise $1 million in “blood money” that would save his life.

Joselito Zapanta was convicted of the 2009 murder of a Sudanese national. He was granted a reprieve following an appeal by Philippine President Benigno Aquino.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is also the presidential adviser on Filipino workers overseas, said a senior Saudi official informed the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh Monday that the execution has been postponed until June 8.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130313156604

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Thailand denies shooting Rohingya boat people

 13 March 2013

BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday denied accusations its sailors shot Rohingya boat people fleeing sectarian strife in Myanmar, after a rights group urged a probe into the alleged deaths of at least two migrants.

Survivors of the alleged incident on February 22 told Human Rights Watch that sailors opened fire on around 20 Rohingya migrants, killing two of them, as they jumped overboard to escape custody after drifting into Thai waters.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/520060/thailand-denies-shooting-rohingya-boat-people/

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Pastor Charged With Assaulting Member of Intolerant Group

Camelia Pasandaran | March 13, 2013

Bekasi police have charged a local pastor for allegedly assaulting a member of an intolerant group on Christmas Eve last year.

“I got the letter summoning me as suspect yesterday,” HKBP Filadelfia pastor Palti Panjaitan, told Jakarta Globe on Wednesday. “I’m charged with article 352 and 335 of the criminal code on assault and unpleasant conduct.”

Palti said that on Dec. 24, 2012, he felt threatened when Abdul Aziz, a religious figure in Jejalen village in Bekasi, approached him in Bekasi near Palti’s church.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/bekasi-pastor-charged-with-assaulting-member-of-intolerant-group/579436

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Jakarta Street Teens Steered to Taxi Work

Lenny Tristia Tambun | March 13, 2013

A vocational program proposed by the Jakarta administration could see street children being trained to become taxi drivers, Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said on Tuesday.

Basuki said the administration was committed to dealing with the problem of street children and other itinerants through engagement and empowerment, and not through the regular raids employed by previous administrations.

“I’ve advised the Jakarta Social Services Agency that street children need to be engaged with, not chased down,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/jakarta/jakarta-street-teens-steered-to-taxi-work/579331

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Australia

 

Islamic Council defends planned Muslim peace conference in Melbourne

March 13, 2013

VICTORIA'S peak Islamic body has defended a controversial Muslim conference to be held in Melbourne this weekend.

The Islamic Council of Victoria is disappointed with the reaction of politicians and other commentators to the Australian Islamic Peace Conference to be staged at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Last week, state Multicultural Affairs Minister Nick Kotsiras warned organisers they could face prosecution if racial and religious vilification laws were broken.

This followed reports a keynote speaker would be the so-called imam of Mecca, Dr Abdul Rahman al-Sudais who has reportedly made anti-Semitic comments including describing Jews as "scum" and "pigs and monkeys".

Full report at:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/islamic-council-defends-planned-muslim-peace-conference/story-fndo2dsc-1226596676650

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