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Extra Charge for Inter-Religious Ties at Kashmir Mufti’s ‘Sharia Supreme Court’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Extra Charge for Inter-Religious Ties at Kashmir Mufti’s ‘Sharia Supreme Court’

'CIA used ISI's detention centres in Pak during war on terror': Indian PM’s daughter

Pakistan is a 'fake' country: Markandey Katju

India pledges $100m for Mali reconstruction

‘Fatwa is not a threat’: Kashmir grand Mufti

Kashmir CM acts tough, FIR filed against tormentors of rock band on Facebook

Pakistan port run by China a 'matter of concern': India

13/7 Mumbai, Pune blasts’ accused had hatched plot in Darbhanga village

No respite for Akbaruddin in hate speech case

Patiala court awards 10 years imprisonment to terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana

 

North America

CIA operates secret drone base in Saudi Arabia

Drone strikes against terrorism 'legal, ethical and wise': US

US urge Europe to take action against Hezbollah

Muslims stand against Islamophobia in New York

How Obama Decides to Kill American Citizens in the War on Terror

Al-Qaida Franchises Continue Terror War on the World

Federal lawsuit over proposed Lomita Islamic centre settled

Barack Obama to visit Israel in first trip as president

US urged not to cross ‘red line’ in Fata

US supports Pak-Afghan deadline for Taliban deal

 

Arab World

Iran President Asked Not To Spread ‘Shiism in Sunni Land’

Syria rebels train ‘killing machine’ teenagers

80% of judges in Saudi Kingdom under online inspection system

Islamic summit to tackle Syria amid Sunni-Shi'ite tension

Father investigated for son's torture in Saudi Arabia

4 Arrested in Egypt after Shoe Thrown at Iran’s President

At least eight dead on third day of Iraq suicide bombs

Killer Saudi Arabian prince allowed home

New Egyptian company explores culture through fashion

Saudi Arabia set to advance government proximity to citizens

60,000 Saudis unable to repay their debts

Suicide attack against Syria intel building in Palmyra: NGO

Cairo Activist Fighting Tear Gas With Tear Gas

Cairo summit to demand swift transition in Syria

Egypt pope criticizes constitution

Egypt: Two Coptic Christians Sentenced for Stealing Weapons

New Problems in Syria: Hepatitis, Closed Hospitals, Ambulance Shortages

 

Pakistan

Jets strike militant hideouts in Orakzai; eight killed

Zardari, Raja vow to work for just resolution of Kashmir issue

Deadly turf war: Over 2,500 families flee Tirah Valley

PTI leaders, Tahirul Qadri hold talks over reconstitution of ECP

More than 326 cases of AIDS registered in Sindh in three months

Pak calls for OIC probe into LoC violations

Suspected US drone kills three in North Waziristan

Govt focused on ensuring citizen safety, counter-terrorism, says PM

Talks with Taliban: JI will only be guarantor for a ‘strong’ govt

Putting new wisdom to work in Balochistan

‘Kashmir Day’ cancelled in Pakistan

Heavy rain, snowfall kills 40 in Pakistan

 

Southeast Asia

Malaysian Man gets 115 years in jail over four rape counts along with 50 Lashes

Public policy and a dark future for women in Indonesia

 

Africa

French 'kill hundreds of Islamist militants' in Mali

Opposition leader's murder 'act of terrorism' against Tunisia: PM

New Skirmishes Reported in Mali as France Promises Withdrawal

 

Mideast Asia

Humanity cries in Yemen, Child Sentenced to Death

Netanyahu: Hezbollah planning 'global terror attacks'

Abbas hopes Obama visit will usher new US policy: spokesman

Yemen on brink of political collapse: Nobel laureate

Iran Says Ready to Lend Egypt Much-Needed Funds

Iran Releases Ahmadinejad Ally Linked to Deaths

Drone Strikes’ Dangers to Get Rare Moment in Public Eye

Israel deploys 3rd missile system to north: Reports

Iran to send astronauts into space by 2018: reports

 

Europe

UK eyes south Asians in clamp-down on forced marriages

Islamophobia nurtures hate crime in UK

French Imams visit Holocaust site to show the tolerance of Islam

EU to Consider Listing Hezbollah as Terrorist Group

France Arrests 4 It Says Planned to Aid or Join Militants

Russia losing arms markets in Asia, Middle East

 

South Asia

Blast Targeting a former militant Commander, kills five in Afghanistan

Taliban dismiss outcome of Pak-Afghan-UK conference

Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled

Harry's remarks about killing Taliban were a mistake: Karzai

Three get life term imprisonment for rape in Bangladesh

Govt to appeal against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s acquittal

Rohingyas still using Bangladeshi passport

Arson, vandalism, bomb blasts mark Jamaat-enforced Hartal in Bangladesh

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: A Syrian youth holds an AK-47 assault rifles as he takes part in a military training

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India

 

Extra Charge for Inter-Religious Ties at Kashmir Mufti’s ‘Sharia Supreme Court’

By M Saleem Pandit

Feb 6, 2013

SRINAGAR: Mufti Azam Mufti Bashir-u-Din, in the news recently for issuing a "fatwa" against three Kashmiri girls for being part of a rock band, claims to have settled over one lakh legal matters in his self-styled "supreme court of Sharia". It is another matter that he is also known to certify marriages of persons from two different religions — on the payment of a fee.

Bashir-u-Din has been Kashmir's top clergyman since the 1970s when he took over from Mufti Rashid-ud-din. (Mufti Azam means the Grand Mufti.) Rashid-ud-din had been nominated by the Jammu and Kashmir government to confirm the sighting of moon for Muslim festivals such as Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-ul-Azha, besides deciding cases according to Islamic laws.

In the past, Bashir-u-Din reportedly received funds from Saudi Arabia for constructing mosques in the Kashmir valley, but got only one built near his house in Buchpora on the outskirts of Srinagar.

On the eve of Eid, Bashir-u-Din makes an announcement on Kashmir Radio about the sighting of the moon. But Kashmiris generally believe he does so only after listening to Radio Pakistan's disptach.

Last year, the mufti — who says his forefathers came to India from Saudi Arabia during the time of Mughal emperor Akbar in the sixteenth century — nominated his eldest son, Mufti Naseer-ud-din, as his successor. His other three children, a son and two daughters, work with various government departments.

Hard-line Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been critical of the mufti for his "pro-government stances at times". Geelani castigated him last year for asking US citizens to leave Kashmir over a blasphemous anti-Islam video posted on a website. Regarding Bashir-u-Din's recent fatwa against the Valley's first all-girl Sufi rock band, Pragaash (light), Geelani blamed him for encouraging netizens to abuse the girls on social-networking sites.

The mufti had earlier said he decreed against the girls because music was banned in Islam and they should imbibe "better values". "I issued the fatwa where I said to the girls that music is not good for society," he said. "All the bad things happening in Indian society are because of music."

Bashir-u-Din has been the target of militants in the past. In the early 1990s, his house at Buchpora was fired upon by some unknown militants; the state government has since provided a security cover to him.

Last year, he was in the news last year for criticizing Christians of the Kashmir valley for "indulging" in converting Muslims to Christianity with the lure of money. He had asked about half-a-dozen Christian priests and pastors to leave the Valley for good. The Christians had denied his allegations.

Two years ago, Bashir-u-Din had issued a fatwa asking three Christian priests to leave the state for "luring the Valley Muslims to Christianity". He had asked the state government to take over the management of Christian missionary schools, besides monitoring their activities in future.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Extra-charge-for-inter-religious-ties-at-muftis-Sharia-supreme-court/articleshow/18357876.cms

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'CIA used ISI's detention centres in Pak during war on terror': Indian PM’s daughter

 Feb 5, 2013

Pakistani spy agency ISI's detention facilities in Karachi and elsewhere were used as an initial detention and interrogation point by the CIA during America's war on al-Qaeda which was supported by over 50 countries following 9/11 attacks, a new report has claimed.

The report authored by Amrit Singh, daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, says over 50 countries assisted the US in its war against al-Qaeda including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories and detaining, interrogating and "torturing" terror suspects.

It said detention facilities in Pakistan in which detainees were held at the behest of the CIA include the ISI detention facility in Karachi, which was allegedly used as an initial detention and interrogation point before detainees were transferred to other prisons.

Although controlled by the ISI, detainees at the facility claim to have been interviewed by both US and British intelligence officials.

The report 'Globalising Torture - CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition' released today by rights advocacy group Open Society Justice Initiative details the involvement of 54 nations in the American campaign against al-Qaeda and identifies 136 people who had been held or transferred by the CIA, describing when and where they were held.

Singh said she had found evidence that prisoners were held in countries like Thailand, Romania, Poland and Lithuania while Denmark facilitated CIA air operations.

The report provides the number of known victims of secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations, in which suspects were transferred from one country to another without any legal process.

Singh, who joined the Open Society Initiative in 2009 as senior legal officer for national security and counter- terrorism, said: "moral cost of these programmes was borne not just by the US but by the 54 other countries it recruited to help."

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_cia-used-isi-s-detention-centres-in-pak-during-war-on-terror_1796508

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Pakistan is a 'fake' country: Markandey Katju

Feb 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: Pakistan is a "fake" country which was created artificially by the Britishers who started the "bogus two-nation theory", Press Council of India chairman Justice (retd) Markandey Katju said here on Tuesday.

The former Supreme Court judge was confident that in next 15-20 years India and Pakistan would reunite and a strong, powerful, secular and modern minded government would come to power.

He condemned the recent war hysteria created by media in the wake of beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistanis troops in a cross LoC attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

"First of all let me tell you one thing Pakistan is no country. It's a fake country, it's artificially created country by the British who had the policy of divide and rule by starting this bogus two-nation theory that Hindus and Muslims have two separate nations," he said at a panel discussion here.

"And we are fools and were taken for a ride by the Britishers. Same artificial entity Pakistan was created. What is Paksitan? It is Punjab and Sindh, which is actually part of India," he said at the discussion on "Fuelling Indo-Pak Crisis: Mutilation or the media" at Delhi University.

"It is anti-national to talk about war between the two nations. Our economies, which is already in poor state, would be ruined. You must know that war is very expensive affair and we are poor country. We have fought three wars, has the standard of living of the people risen because of wars," Katju said.

He criticised media for making hue and cry over non-issues like news items related to film stars and cricketers while leaving behind important issues of poverty, price rise, unemployment and malnutrition among children and farmers' suicide.

"In last 15 years, 2.5 lakh farmers have committed suicide but it was suppressed by the media for five years and it came to light only when P Sainath had reported it. Even now no one is reporting it, instead they are reporting with whom Karina is having affair or (Sachin) Tendulkar making his 100th hundred," Katju said, wondering how Tendulkar's 100th hundred will raise the standard of living of the people.

Katju also attacked the media over its round-the-clock coverage of Anna Hazare's agitation and said there was great hue and cry about his agitation as if he would solve all problems.

"Is he modern Moses... He has no scientific ideas. He has honesty but what about scientific ideas, take the example of his way of eradication of alcoholism. Media created a hype him as if now all the problems would solved," he said.

Katju cautioned media and asked them to decide if it is on the side of the people or those anti-people as India was passing through a transitional phase in its history from feudal, agricultural society to modern industrial society.

"In this transitional period, role of media is very important as it not only gives information which is the primary role, but also it should give leadership ideas to the people," the PCI chairman said, adding media should support a cause and cannot remain neutral.

He also attacked "educated elite" for promoting communalism and casteism and said while voting they do not go by the merit of a candidate but by his or her caste.

Terming India as an extremely backward country, he said 90 per cent of Indians are fools. They are full of casteism, full of communalism and full of superstitions.

"80 per cent of Hindus are communal and 80 per cent of the Muslims are communal, this is truth and this is reality," he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-is-a-fake-country-Markandey-Katju/articleshow/18353631.cms

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India pledges $100m for Mali reconstruction

By Indrani Bagchi

Feb 5, 2013

NEW DELHI: India gathered with European and African nations in Brussels on Tuesday to commit itself to stabilizing Mali which is reeling under al-Qaida attacks. It's the first time India will be involving itself in the political process as well as reconstruction of a country so far removed from its immediate sphere of influence. The move displays a growing confidence within the Indian foreign policy system.

India had promised to be part of the Support and Follow-Up Group (SFG) for Mali at last week's conference in Addis Ababa, headquarters for the African Union (AU). India has committed to giving $1 million for the upgrade of the Malian army with a pledge to ramp up contributions for reconstruction to $100 million after the situation stabilizes.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-pledges-100m-for-Mali-reconstruction/articleshow/18353701.cms?

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‘Fatwa is not a threat’: Kashmir grand Mufti

Naseer Ganai/ Srinagar

February 6, 2013

UNFAZED by the controversy over his fatwa on the all- girls’ rock band, grand Mufti Bashirud- din on Tuesday said he had simply asked the girls to desist from singing and music and hadn’t issued any threat.

“It was simply an advice. It is up to these girls, who are our daughters, whether they accept it or not.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Kashmir CM acts tough, FIR filed against tormentors of rock band on Facebook

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday the police would act tough on the "handful of morons" abusing and harassing the girl members of the Valley’s musical bands, even as the FIR was filed under IT Act against six suspects

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday the police would act tough on the “handful of morons” abusing and harassing girl members of the Valley’s musical bands, even as the first criminal case was registered under the Information Technology Act and six of the suspects were identified.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/omar-acts-tough-fir-filed-against-tormentors-of-rock-band/article4383102.ece

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Pakistan port run by China a 'matter of concern': India

 February 06, 2013

China's role in operating a strategically important port in Pakistan is a "matter of concern", defence minister AK Antony said on Wednesday, as New Delhi and Beijing jostle for influence in the region.

Indian policy-makers have long been wary of a string of strategically located

ports being built by Chinese companies in its neighbourhood, as India beefs up its military clout to compete with its Asian rival in what it sees as its sphere of influence.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Bangalore/Pakistan-port-run-by-China-a-matter-of-concern-India/Article1-1007449.aspx

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13/7 Mumbai, Pune blasts’ accused had hatched plot in Darbhanga village

Feb 6, 2013

NEW DELHI: Planters of bombs in 13/7 Mumbai blasts and the August 1, 2012, Pune explosions had stayed in a small village in Bihar's Darbhanga district for a year before executing their plans. It was here that the entire conspiracy for the blasts was hatched along with Indian Mujahideen's (IM) India operations chief Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal. The group also assembled bombs and exploded them on an experimental basis in a mango orchard, investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have found.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/13/7-Mumbai-Pune-blasts-accused-had-hatched-plot-in-Dharbhanga-village-for-a-year-NIA-claims/articleshow/18360175.cms

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No respite for Akbaruddin in hate speech case

 Feb 5, 2013

HYDERABAD: A court in Medak district today granted bail to jailed MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi in connection with a case for preventing officials from performing their duties, while another court in Nizambad district turned down his bail plea in a "hate" speech case.

Medak Additional Principal and Sessions Judge granted bail to Akbaruddin and directed him to submit two sureties of Rs 10,000 each.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-respite-for-Akbaruddin-in-hate-speech-case/articleshow/18352137.cms

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Patiala court awards 10 years imprisonment to terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana

Feb 6, 2013

PATIALA: A court here awarded ten years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana under an Explosive Act case.

Additional session judge Sanjeev Beri sentenced him on Wednesday in a case registered in 1995 at Rajpura under Explosives Act.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Patiala-court-awards-10-years-imprisonment-to-terrorist-Balwant-Singh-Rajoana/articleshow/18365580.cms

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North America

 

CIA operates secret drone base in Saudi Arabia

US media outlets knew about the location but withheld the information at the request of the government

 February 6, 2013

Washington: The CIA conducts lethal drone strikes against Al Qaida militants inside Yemen from a remote base in Saudi Arabia, including the strike that killed the US-born Al Qaida operative Anwar Al Awlaki, US media outlets have revealed.

The base was established two years ago to intensify the hunt for members of Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the affiliate in Yemen is known. John O. Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director who previously served as the CIA’s station chief in Saudi Arabia, played a key role in negotiations with Riyadh over locating an agency drone base inside the kingdom.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/cia-operates-secret-drone-base-in-saudi-arabia-1.1142580

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Drone strikes against terrorism 'legal, ethical and wise': US

 February 06, 2013

The use of unmanned aircrafts in the fight against terrorism is "legal, ethical and wise", the White House has said defending the decision of the Obama Administration to use drones as a key tool against al Qaeda terrorists.

"We have acknowledged that sometimes we use remotely piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al Qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the United States and to save American lives," the White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Drone-strikes-legal-ethical-and-wise-US/Article1-1007286.aspx

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US urges Europe to take action against Hezbollah

Feb 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration called on Tuesday for Europe to take "proactive action" to disrupt the Hezbollah organization following an investigation that tied the group to the deadly bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year.

In strongly worded statements, secretary of state John Kerry and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the Europeans, along with other countries that have balked at imposing sanctions on Hezbollah, must act to prevent additional attacks.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-urges-Europe-to-take-action-against-Hezbollah/articleshow/18359436.cms

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Muslims stand against Islamophobia in New York

BY SAEED SHABAZZ

 FEB 4, 2013

NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - Hundreds of members of the diverse Muslim communities in New York City gathered for a January vigil and press conference in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens to call attention to ongoing violence targeting Muslims in the city.

The December subway pushing death of an Indian immigrant at a Queens subway station was the fourth incident of violence against members of the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities in two months, according to protesters.

Full report at:

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_9583.shtml

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How Obama Decides to Kill American Citizens in the War on Terror

By ADAM CLARK ESTES

FEB 4, 2013

Human-rights advocates were floored on Monday night when NBC News published the details of an alarming Justice Department memo detailing the protocol for sending drones after United States citizens. It's not as if they hadn't suspected that the Obama administration's top-secret drone attack protocol contained some unsavoury details. They just didn't expect them to be so frightfully broad. The scoop by Michael Isikoff is actually startling not for the details but rather for the lack of details. It's very vague about a decision-making process that puts American lives on the line. Put simply, the government believes that a lethal drone attack against an American citizen is justified if the targets are a) "senior operational leaders" of al Qaeda or b) "an associated force."

Full report at:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/take-rare-look-how-obama-decides-send-drones-kill-americans/61794/

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Al-Qaida Franchises Continue Terror War on the World

By Austin Bay

Jan 23, 2013

Four years ago, as his first term began, President Barack Obama ditched the name Global War on Terror (GWOT). Instead of fighting Al-Qaida-inspired terrorism around the world, the U.S. would conduct "overseas contingency operations" (OCO).

Obama's act of oratorical magic -- poof, the global war has ended -- became an awkward problem, however. Real world events subsequently demonstrated that the word "overseas" was at best misleading, if not outright wrong. Detroit, New York and Portland, Ore., certainly aren't overseas, yet militant Islamist-inspired terrorists tried (and fortunately failed) to bomb all three -- Detroit on Christmas 2009, New York's Times Square in May 2010 and Portland in November 2010.

Full report at:

http://townhall.com/columnists/austinbay/2013/01/23/alqaida-franchises-continue-terror-war-on-the-world-n1495232

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Federal lawsuit over proposed Lomita Islamic centre settled

February 4, 2013

The Justice Department has settled a lawsuit against Lomita that stemmed from an application that was denied in 2010 to build a new mosque in the city -- an action that was praised Monday by members of the local Islamic community.

The Islamic Centre of the South Bay had sought to build a two-story mosque on the property to replace several aging structures that had been used for prayer and community services.

But the City Council voted 4 to 0 to deny the application, citing concerns by neighbours regarding increased traffic on the site at Walnut Street near Pacific Coast Highway. The vote came despite a city study that concluded the project would improve traffic flow to adjacent streets.

Full report at:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/islamic-center-lawsuit-lomita-settled.html

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Barack Obama to visit Israel in first trip as president

Feb 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will go to Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit to the staunch US ally since becoming president. While in the region, Obama will make stops in the West Bank and Jordan.

Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel's recent election. The White House has not released the date of Obama's trip or details about Obama's itinerary, but Israel's Channel 10 reported that the trip had been scheduled for March 20.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Barack-Obama-to-visit-Israel-in-first-trip-as-president/articleshow/18360548.cms

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US urged not to cross ‘red line’ in Fata

February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday blasted the Obama administration for continued drone strikes in Fata, calling the violation a “red line” that should not be crossed.

At a breakfast meeting with the Christian Science Monitor staff, Sherry Rehman said that drones strikes were “a clear violation of our sovereignty and a violation of international law” that threatened stable relations between the two governments.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/us-urged-not-to-cross-red-line-in-fata/

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US supports Pak-Afghan deadline for Taliban deal

February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON: The United States supports a Pak-Afghan deadline for finalising a peace deal with the Taliban and urges insurgents to open a reconciliation post in Qatar as soon as possible, says the US State Department.

The Afghan and Pakistani presidents told a news briefing in London on Monday that they have set an optimistic target of six months to reach a peace deal with the Taliban.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who hosted the trilateral meeting, played a key role in setting the first timeframe for a deal with the insurgents.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/us-supports-pak-afghan-deadline-for-taliban-deal/

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Arab World

 

Iran President Asked Not To Spread ‘Shiism in Sunni Land’

Head of Al Azhar Denounces ‘Spread Of Shiism in Sunni Lands’

February 5, 2013

Cairo: Egypt’s top cleric told visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday not to interfere in the affairs of Bahrain or other Gulf states, and to uphold the rights of his country’s Sunni minority.

Ahmad Al Tayyeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al Azhar, highest Sunni seat of learning, also denounced what he described as the “spread of Shiism in Sunni lands”.

Al Tayyeb, who made the remarks in a statement after meeting Ahmadinejad, demanded “the Iranian president respect Bahrain as a brotherly Arab nation, and not interfere in the affairs of Gulf states”.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/ahmadinejad-told-not-to-interfere-in-gulf-1.1142504

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Syria rebels train ‘killing machine’ teenagers

6 February 2013

Bored at home and eager to join their older brothers and fathers on the frontline against President Bashar Al Assad’s army, Syrian teenagers are joining the rebel cause, oblivious to international laws prohibiting child combattants.

‘When they arrive here, they are children. By the time they leave, they are killing machines,’ said Abdel Razzaq, a 38-year-old former army sergeant who trains the boys.

‘I train them not to be scared of war and not to hesitate when the time comes to kill,’ he said, speaking of his latest group of 20 volunteers, aged 14 to 18.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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80% of judges in Saudi Kingdom under online inspection system

 6 February 2013

The Justice Ministry’s new remote inspection system has brought 80 percent of the judges in the Shariah courts under online monitoring.

“The remote inspection system has been implemented in 100 courts in which 700 judges, who account for 80 percent of the total number of judges in the Kingdom, are working,” an informed source at the Ministry of Justice said. It added that the remaining 20 percent of the judges are subject to field inspections.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/80-judges-under-online-inspection-system

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Islamic summit to tackle Syria amid Sunni-Shi'ite tension

Syria at the heart of the Islamic summit's agenda in Cairo

6 Feb 2013

Leaders of Islamic nations will press for a negotiated end to Syria's civil war at a summit in Cairo starting on Wednesday that thrusts Egypt's new Islamist president to centre stage amid political and economic turbulence.

With Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad making an ice-breaking visit to Egypt after 34 years of estrangement, the two-day meeting will focus on how to stop bloodshed in Syria, where Tehran is one of President Bashar al-Assad's last allies.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/64139/Egypt/Politics-/Islamic-summit-to-tackle-Syria-amid-SunniShiite-te.aspx

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Father investigated for son's torture in Saudi Arabia

Nine-year-old, who claims he never saw any help forthcoming, puts child abuse firmly in the spotlight

By Habib Toumi

 February 5, 2013

Manama: The father of a nine-year-old boy is being investigated by Saudi police after he allegedly tortured his son by pouring scalding hot water and tea on him and stubbing cigarettes out on his body.

The mother has also been summoned for her failure to alert the police.

Prince Mish’al Bin Majid, the governor of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, said that all care should be provided to the victim, Rakan, to treat the cruel physical and mental scars, and ordered a thorough investigation by the police.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/father-investigated-for-son-s-torture-in-saudi-arabia-1.1142109

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4 Arrested In Egypt After Shoe Thrown At Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

February 5, 2013

Egypt’s security arrested four men who were protesting outside a Cairo mosque, where the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was praying.

The men, including a Syrian, belong to the ultra-conservative Sunni Salafist movement.

One man threw a shoe at Ahmadinejad, a Shiite, who was never in any danger.

Full report at:

http://matzav.com/4-arrested-in-egypt-after-shoe-thrown-at-irans-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad

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At least eight dead on third day of Iraq suicide bombs

February 6, 2013

BAGHDAD: Attacks north of Baghdad, including a third suicide blast in as many days, killed at least eight people Tuesday, officials said, amid a spike in violence that has left almost 70 people dead in all.

The latest bloodshed, in which over 150 people have been wounded, has raised tensions as Iraq grapples with a political crisis and demonstrators in mostly Sunni areas of the country call for the resignation of the Shiite premier.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/at-least-eight-dead-on-third-day-of-iraq-suicide-bombs/

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Killer Saudi Arabian prince allowed home

Grandson of King Abdullah, jailed for murder in UK, will serve out sentence in home country

 February 6, 2013

London: A Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering his servant is to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country, a British government source said on Tuesday.

Prince Saud Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah II, was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdul Aziz in a London hotel after subjecting him to a “sadistic” campaign of violence and sexual abuse.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/killer-saudi-arabian-prince-allowed-home-1.1142563

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New Egyptian company explores culture through fashion

06 February 2013

Gozoor is a newly-established Egyptian company that explores the country’s identity and culture through fashion, local media reported.

Many Egyptian artists have tried to capture the elusive nature of their identity through such mediums as art and cinema, one famous account was Shady Abdel Salam’s dream-like masterpiece, The Night of Counting the Years.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/06/264735.html?PHPSESSID=4a2nf2ft5v747dt9sde7vbai97

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Saudi Arabia set to advance government proximity to citizens

06 February 2013

Saudi Arabia’s newly appointed second deputy Prime Minister Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz told Al Arabiya in a special interview Tuesday that King Abdullah has ordered the government to strengthen and develop various social programs as part its policy of proximity with citizens.

Prince Muqrin said those programs will affect sectors such as healthcare, education, housing, and unemployment. The second deputy prime minister, who is also an advisor to King Abdullah, added that the government seeks to employ more information technologies in developing its programs and advancing communication with the public.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/06/264689.html

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60,000 Saudis unable to repay their debts

 6 February 2013

About 60,000 Saudis are unable to pay off their loans, said Abdullah Marei bin Mahfouz, chairman of the Jeddah branch of the national committee for the care of prisoners and their families.

Bin Mahfouz said that currently about 300 Saudis are imprisoned in the Kingdom who are unable to settle their bank debts. In addition, about 500 prisoners are unable to pay off credit card debts, and car installments.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/60000-saudis-unable-repay-their-debts

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Suicide attack against Syria intel building in Palmyra: NGO

 6 February 2013

BEIRUT: A suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked a military intelligence headquarters in the south-central Syria city of Palmyra, killing and wounding an unknown number of people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“A powerful explosion rocked Palmyra this morning and according to initial reports it was a suicide attack targeting the building housing the military intelligence and state security” offices, said the Observatory, which gathers reports from activists, medics and lawyers across Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/suicide-attack-against-syria-intel-building-palmyra-ngo

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Cairo Activist Fighting Tear Gas With Tear Gas

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

February 6, 2013

CAIRO — As hundreds fled the advancing armored cars of riot police officers, Mohamed Mokbel ran forward.

A veteran of two years of violent street protests, he pulled on his gas mask and charred protective gloves for another long night at his current vocation: throwing tear-gas canisters back at the riot police.

“Whenever people lose hope, the clashes grow worse,” Mr. Mokbel, 30, said on a break from the fighting on Friday night outside the presidential palace. “But the people in power are still acting like there is no crisis, still firing more gas,” he said, “so I am going back in.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/many-egyptians-fight-on-streets-to-restore-revolutions-goals.html?ref=world

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Cairo summit to demand swift transition in Syria

 6 February 2013

RIYADH/CAIRO: Leaders of Islamic nations will call for a dialogue between the Syrian opposition and government officials “not involved in oppression” to end two years of civil war when they attend the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo today, a draft of the communique says.

On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, is leading the Saudi delegation to the summit in the Egyptian capital, where more than 30 heads of OIC states and high-ranking officials will sit together with an exhaustive agenda rich in political content.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/cairo-summit-demand-swift-transition-syria

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Egypt pope criticizes constitution

 5 February 2013

AL-MUHARRAQ MONASTERY, Egypt: Egypt’s Coptic Christian pope has sharply criticized the country’s leadership in an Associated Press interview, saying the new constitution is discriminatory and Christians should not be treated as a minority.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/egypt-pope-criticizes-constitution

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Egypt: Two Coptic Christians Sentenced for Stealing Weapons

By MAYY EL SHEIKH

February 6, 2013

A criminal court on Monday sentenced two Coptic Christians to three years in prison for stealing weapons from soldiers during a 2011 clash that left more than two dozen Copts dead. The clash took place on Oct. 9, 2011, when a group of Coptic Christians marched to the state television building to protest discrimination under the generals then ruling Egypt. Video of the episode showed soldiers who were guarding the building driving over protesters with armored vehicles and firing into the crowd. Twenty-seven people died, mostly Coptic Christians. The military has maintained that weapons were stolen from its soldiers and then fired at them and the protesters, causing the soldiers in the vehicles to panic. Last year, the army charged three soldiers who were said to have lost control of their vehicles with the “wrongful killing” of some of the protesters. But a military court acquitted them. Lawyers for the two Coptic Christians convicted Monday said they would appeal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/world/middleeast/two-coptic-christians-sentenced-in-

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New Problems in Syria: Hepatitis, Closed Hospitals, Ambulance Shortages

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE and RICK GLADSTONE

February 6, 2013

GENEVA — Outbreaks of hepatitis A and other diseases spread by poor hygiene are now becoming problems among Syrians displaced by the civil war, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. It is one of at least four United Nations agencies seeking to add a new sense of urgency to the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country.

Further aggravating the health of Syrians, the organization said, is a breakdown in the delivery of safe water throughout the country; the closing of at least one-third of Syria’s public hospitals; an exodus of doctors; and an acute shortage of ambulances, many of them damaged by fighting or impounded by the military or insurgent forces for use in combat.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/new-problems-in-syria-hepatitis- -------------

Pakistan

 

Jets strike militant hideouts in Orakzai; eight killed

2013/02/06

PESHAWAR: Fighter jets attacked militant positions in the Orakzai tribal region killing eight militants, DawnNews reported.

The militants were killed when three insurgent hideouts were destroyed in the action in the tribal region on Wednesday.

Assistant political agent Rafiq Mohmand told DawnNews the hideouts were targeted in Upper Orakzai’s Arghanju area.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/jets-strike-militant-hideouts-in-orakzai-eight-killed/

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Zardari, Raja vow to work for just resolution of Kashmir issue

February 6, 2013

MUZAFFARABAD: A special joint session of the AJK Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council was held here on Tuesday to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir.

In their messages read out at the session, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to stand by its Kashmiri brethren and find a just and peaceful solution to the longstanding Kashmir dispute.

“On this day, we pay tribute to the valiant struggle of our Kashmiri brethren and assure them that Pakistan remains firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the dispute,” the president said in his message.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/zardari-raja-vow-to-work-for-just-resolution-of-kashmir-issue/

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Deadly turf war: Over 2,500 families flee Tirah Valley

February 6, 2013

PESHAWAR: As the authorities contemplate officially declaring the troubled Tirah Valley area “war-hit zone”, more than 2,500 families have been forced to evacuate amid deadly clashes between militant groups.

Outfits including the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), Ansarul Islam (AI), Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and the pro-government peace militia of Qamarkhel have been fighting a bloody turf war in Khyber Agency for 12 days.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/503268/deadly-turf-war-over-2500-families-flee-tirah-valley/

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PTI leaders, Tahirul Qadri hold talks over reconstitution of ECP

 February 6, 2013

LAHORE: Top leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) met Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on Wednesday to discuss their reservations over the current Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

PTI president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi told the media that the reservations were only discussed during the meeting, but the final decision will be taken by his party regarding the petition being filed in the Supreme Court by Qadri for the reconstitution of the election commission.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/503384/pti-leaders-tahirul-qadri-hold-talks-over-reconstitution-of-ecp/

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More than 326 cases of AIDS registered in Sindh in three months

 February 6, 2013

KARACHI: There has been an alarming increase in the number of people suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) in Sindh and 326 new cases were registered in the past three months, said a report issued by the Sindh Aids Control Programme.

According to the report, 16 people, including a woman, have lost their lives due to the disease in the past three months. The report also mentions that around 80 per cent of the cases are registered in Karachi. Only 198 cases of the disease were reported from 2004 to 2012, it adds.

Full report at:

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Pak calls for OIC probe into LoC violations

February 6, 2013

Seeking to internationalise tensions along the Line of Control, Pakistan has called for an investigation into the recent incidents there by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

“We would also welcome an OIC fact-finding mission to investigate the recent incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said while addressing a meeting of the OIC contact group on Kashmir in Cairo on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pak-calls-for-oic-probe-into-loc-violations/article4385754.ece

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Suspected US drone kills three in North Waziristan

February 6, 2013

PESHAWAR: At least three people were killed in a suspected US drone attack in the North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Sources said the attack took place in the northwestern tribal region’s Spinwam tehsil.

Three people were killed in the attack that targeted a compound, sources said adding that more casualties were feared.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/suspected-us-drone-kills-three-in-north-waziristan/

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Govt focused on ensuring citizen safety, counter-terrorism, says PM

February 6, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday said the government’s top most priority was to ensure the safety and security of citizens’ lives and properties, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives during a passing out parade of the police, the premier said terrorism was affecting all segments of society.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/govt-focused-on-ensuring-citizen-safety-counter-terrorism-says-pm/

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Talks with Taliban: JI will only be guarantor for a ‘strong’ govt

February 6, 2013

ISLAMABAD / TTP: The Jamaat-e-Islami has not completely detached itself from negotiating with the Taliban as it said on Tuesday that it would be part of peace talks but only on behalf of a credible and trustworthy government.

On Sunday, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had signalled its willingness to enter peace negotiations with the government if three senior politicians – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharf, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam head Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawwar Hasan – would act as guarantors

JI’s Liaquat Baloch has now said, however, that his party would not be a guarantor for the Taliban on behalf of the President Zardari-led government. “We can find a solution to the problem through dialogue, which can only be administered through a strong and sovereign government,” Baloch said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/503247/talks-with-taliban-ji-will-only-be-guarantor-for-a-strong-govt/

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Putting new wisdom to work in Balochistan

 February 6, 2013

Following an established tradition, the National Assembly did not carry out any legislative business Monday evening. The house was adjourned after delivering memory- and sympathy-inducing speeches for Jam Yousaf, whose sudden death late last week shocked many of us.

Since 1985, Jam had been frequently representing his ancestral town of Lasbela in the National Assembly as a member. Although an experienced parliamentarian, he was seldom an active participant in house proceedings.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/502861/putting-new-wisdom-to-work-in-balochistan/

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‘Kashmir Day’ cancelled in Pakistan

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

February 05, 2013

Heavy downpours shelved plans of various organisations in different Pakistani cities to observe Kashmir Day, a public holiday usually marked by rallies in support of independence for Kashmir.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Kashmir-Day-cancelled-in-Pakistan/Article1-1007141.aspx

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Heavy rain, snowfall kills 40 in Pakistan

February 06, 2013

At least 40 people were killed as heavy rains and snowfall wreaked havoc in the northern parts of Pakistan, snapping road links and forcing people to remain indoors at many places.

Most of the deaths occurred in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal areas in the northwest after two days of heavy rain, media reports said on Wednesday.

Deaths were also reported in Rawalpindi, Okara in central Punjab province and Balochistan province in the southwest.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Heavy-rain-snowfall-kills--40-in-Pakistan/Article1-1007302.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysian Man gets 115 years in jail over four rape counts along with 50 Lashes

 Feb 05 2013

Kuala Lumpur: A 42-year-old Malaysian man was today sentenced to a total of 115 years in jail and 50 lashes after he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and one count of sodomy.

Rabidin Satir, from Sabah, was sentenced by a session’s court in Raub.

The accused had pleaded guilty to three counts to raping a 17-year-old girl and an eight-year-old girl in two separate incidents last year.

Two other charges were over raping and sodomising a 16-year-old girl, news reports said.

The rapist used a knife to threaten his victims, Star newspaper said.

When he was first charged last year, Rabidin had pleaded guilty to raping a nine-year-old girl in 2009

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/man-gets-115-years-in-jail-over-four-rape-counts/1069734/

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Public policy and a dark future for women in Indonesia

Indraswari, Bandung

February 06 2013

The Jakarta Post recently reported that between 2002 and 2009 the Home Ministry annulled 1,878 bylaws (“After ‘straddling’ proposal, ministry to review bylaws”, Jan. 18). The article stated that almost 1,800 of those annulled bylaws dealt with regional taxation and levies; 29 dealt with third-party political donations; and 22 pertained to alcoholic beverages. The report also indicated that 758 bylaws were currently under evaluation by the ministry, comprising 589 on regional taxation and levies; 19 on alcoholic beverages; 71 on third-party political donations; and 79 on other matters.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/02/06/public-policy-and-a-dark-future-women.html

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Africa

 

French 'kill hundreds of Islamist militants' in Mali

February 6, 2013

"Several hundred" Islamist militants have been killed since France launched an offensive in Mali last month, the French defence minister has said.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said they had been killed in airstrikes and direct combat with French troops.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France may begin pulling out of Mali as early as March.

In a newspaper interview, he said that "if everything goes as planned, the number of troops should diminish".

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=44585

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Opposition leader's murder 'act of terrorism' against Tunisia: PM

February 06, 2013

 February 06, 2013

TUNIS: Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali denounced Wednesday the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid as an "act of terrorism" against Tunisia.

"This is a criminal act, an act of terrorism not only against Belaid but against the whole of Tunisia," Jebali from the ruling Islamist Ennahda party told FM Radio Mosaique, promising to pursue all efforts to "immediately" arrest the murderer.

Belaid, a left-leaning politician and a harsh critic of the Tunisian government, was shot dead Wednesday morning as he left his home in Tunis, his family said.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Feb-06/205279-opposition-leaders-murder-act-of-terrorism-against.ashx#ixzz2K75yXGrZ

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New Skirmishes Reported in Mali as France Promises Withdrawal

By SCOTT SAYARE and ALAN COWELL

February 6, 2013

PARIS — Amid reports of continued skirmishes with Islamist extremists driven out of the main settlements of northern Mali, France renewed a promise on Wednesday that its soldiers would begin returning home within weeks, handing over to West African and Malian units charged with keeping the vast desert area under government control.

But French officials acknowledged that, despite their claimed military successes so far, new hostilities had erupted on Tuesday near the northern town of Gao between what were depicted as remnants of the insurgents and French and Malian forces, possibly foreshadowing a new phase in the conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/world/africa/france-mali-

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Mideast Asia

 

Humanity cries in Yemen, Child Sentenced to Death

Child Sentenced To Death in Yemen, Child Prisoners On Hunger Strike

04 February, 2013

Humanity cries in Yemen. A child has been sentenced to death there, and in protest to the death sentence, child prisoners are on hunger strike while the country is going through deadly armed clashes.

Despair and hopelessness pervade in a Yemeni prison where scores of children are on hunger strike to protest their condition and about a fellow inmate's recent death sentence, activists have told Amnesty International [1].

Since Sunday, 77 alleged juvenile offenders have refused to eat their prison meals at the central prison in the capital Sana'a until the authorities comply with a list of demands made in a handwritten signed statement.

Full report at:

http://www.countercurrents.org/cc040213B.htm

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Netanyahu: Hezbollah planning 'global terror attacks'

February 6, 2013

World leaders should declare Hezbollah a terrorist entity, Israel's leader has said, hours after Bulgaria blamed the Lebanese group for a deadly bus bomb.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hezbollah had built a "worldwide terrorist" network and was planning attacks in two dozen countries.

He spoke after Bulgaria said militants linked to the Shia group carried out the July 2012 Burgas bombing.

Five Israeli tourists and a bus driver died in the Black Sea resort attack.

Israeli quickly blamed Hezbollah - and Iran - for the bombing, which also saw some 30 people injured.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21342199

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Abbas hopes Obama visit will usher new US policy: spokesman

 6 February 2013

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian presidency hopes US President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit will mark the beginning of a new US policy in the region, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

“President Mahmud Abbas welcomes the visit of US President Barack Obama to Palestine,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/abbas-hopes-obama-visit-will-usher-new-us-policy-spokesman

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Yemen on brink of political collapse: Nobel laureate

5 February 2013

SANAA: Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakkul Karman warned in an interview with AFP that her country’s transition process is on the brink of collapse and demanded ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh be banned from politics.

The activist, who was a leading figure during the youth uprising in Yemen in 2011, also claimed that President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is unable to implement his plans to reshape Yemen’s security forces because he does not control the army.

“The main obstacle facing the political transition and threatening its viability is the fact that Ali Abdullah Saleh remains a president of the General People’s Congress,” the former ruling party, Karman said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/yemen-brink-political-collapse-nobel-laureate

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Iran Says Ready to Lend Egypt Much-Needed Funds

February 6, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — Iran's president says his country is ready to provide a "big credit line" to help revive the distressed economy of Egypt, which saw its foreign currency reserves — already at critically low levels — fall nearly 10 percent last month.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose comments were published in the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper on Wednesday, is on a three-day visit to Egypt, centered around an Islamic summit.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-iran.html?ref=middleeast

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Iran Releases Ahmadinejad Ally Linked to Deaths

February 6, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities released a close ally of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from custody on Wednesday, a day after the president denounced the arrest and pledged to pursue the case, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The report quoted an unnamed official as saying Saeed Mortazavi, a senior official who once served as Tehran's prosecutor general, has been released.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/ap-ml-

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Drone Strikes’ Dangers to Get Rare Moment in Public Eye

By ROBERT F. WORTH, MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE

February 6, 2013

SANA, Yemen — Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen.

It was a brave gesture by a father of seven who commanded great respect in the community, and it did not go unnoticed. Two days later, three members of Al Qaeda came to the mosque in the tiny village of Khashamir after 9 p.m., saying they merely wanted to talk. Mr. Jaber agreed to meet them, bringing his cousin Waleed Abdullah, a police officer, for protection.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/with-brennan-pick-a-light-on-drone-strikes-hazards.html?ref=world

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Israel deploys 3rd missile system to north: Reports

Feb 6, 2013

JERUSALEM: Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defence battery to the north of the country a few days after carrying out an air strike inside neighbouring Syria, Israeli media said on Tuesday.

"The deployment of several Iron Dome batteries in the north of the country comes as part of the setting up of the system," an army spokesman was quoted as saying.

The third Iron Dome battery's dispatch comes after defence minister Ehud Barak implied Israel was responsible for a January 30 air strike inside Syria that was immediately attributed to the Jewish state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-deploys-3rd-missile-system-to-north-Reports/articleshow/18358748.cms

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Iran to send astronauts into space by 2018: reports

February 05, 2013

An Iranian semi-official news agency says the country plans to send its first astronauts into space by 2018.

Tuesday's report by Mehr quotes Mohammad Ebrahimi, a senior official in Iran's space agency, as saying the flight of two trained Iranian astronauts has been slated for

between 2016 and 2018.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Iran-to-send-astronauts-into-space-by-2018-reports/Article1-1006665.aspx

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Europe

 

UK eyes south Asians in clamp-down on forced marriages

By Kounteya Sinha

Feb 6, 2013

LONDON: "Apnar pochondo korar odhikar ache" (You have the right to choose) said the bold poster in Bengali with a picture of two hands tied together in a chain. The UK has just launched a massive campaign to prevent and protect both men and women against forced marriages, rampant among its South East Asian community - Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/UK-eyes-south-Asians-in-clamp-down-on-forced-marriages/articleshow/18359456.cms

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Islamophobia nurtures hate crime in UK

Feb 4, 2013

An increase in Islamophobia has caused Muslims to become victims of hate crimes more than any other time in the British history, according to a British minister.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Senior Minister of State for Faith and Communities, quoted figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers showing that more than 60 per cent of all religious hate crimes reported to police in Britain are now perpetrated against Muslims, and called for it to be dealt with effectively.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/04/287303/islamophobia/

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French Imams visit Holocaust site to show the tolerance of Islam

FEBRUARY 5, 2013

DRANCY, France - Dozens of French imams have visited a Holocaust memorial in Drancy in an effort to show that Islam is a tolerant religion.

The Muslim leaders, who travelled from all over France, gathered Monday night at the site of the former detention camp where around 65,000 Jews were held before being deported to extermination camps, mainly to Auschwitz, during World War II.

Full report at:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Imams+visit+Holocaust+site+Drancy+show+tolerance+Islam/7919420/story.html

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EU to Consider Listing Hezbollah as Terrorist Group

February 6, 2013

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will consider adding Lebanon's Hezbollah movement to its list of terrorist organizations after it was implicated in a bombing in Bulgaria last year, an EU foreign affairs spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

However, she said listing the group was just one of several options and said no decision had been taken.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/06/world/middleeast/06reuters-bulgaria-

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France Arrests 4 It Says Planned to Aid or Join Militants

By SCOTT SAYARE

February 6, 2013

PARIS — The French police arrested four men on Tuesday who were suspected of seeking to aid or join Islamic militants in the African desert, while French air and ground forces continued operations against militants in northern Mali.

Few details were made public about the suspects. According to the interior minister, Manuel Valls, and judicial officials, the men were arrested outside Paris and had links to a French citizen who was arrested in Niger in August.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/world/europe/france-arrests-4-it-says-planned-to-aid- ------------

 

Russia losing arms markets in Asia, Middle East

Feb 6, 2013

MOSCOW: Russia is losing arms markets in Asia and the Middle East, two of its traditional strongholds, but gaining new ones in Latin America and Africa, a Russian arms official said ahead of an aviation expo in India.

"While losing some, we have gained new markets, like Venezuela for instance," said Alexander Fomin, head of Russia's Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service. Fomin is leading Russia's delegation at the Aero India show that opens on Wednesday near Bangalore.

India was a major buyer of Russian weaponry that has recently been opting for Western hardware.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Russia-losing-arms-markets-in-Asia-Middle-East/articleshow/18364451.cms

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South Asia

 

Blast Targeting a former militant Commander, kills five in Afghanistan

February 6, 2013

KABUL: A bomb hidden in a pressure cooker exploded inside a restaurant in northern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing five people, senior officials said.   

The explosion, which occurred shortly before noon in Faryab province, was targeting a former militant commander, according to the provincial governor Mohammadullha Batash.

The former militant commander, Mohammad Nadir, was among seven people wounded in the blast in the upscale district of Khwaja Sabz Poshi Wali, Batash said, adding that two suspects had been arrested.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the blast.

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/blast-at-restaurant-kills-five-in-afghanistan/

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Taliban dismiss outcome of Pak-Afghan-UK conference

2013/02/06

KABUL: An Afghan Taliban spokesman on Wednesday dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain which aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.

The conference and other “horse trading” were “the real obstacles of effective and fruitful negotiations between the factual sides,” Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on the Taliban’s website.

Following talks hosted by Britain, Afghan, Pakistani and British leaders on Monday had vowed to achieve a peace settlement for Afghanistan within six months.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/06/taliban-dismiss-outcome-of-pak-afghan-uk-conference/

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Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled

February 06, 2013

By Amal Jayasinghe

COLOMBO: The Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup, the government said Wednesday.

On the eve of the anniversary of president Mohamed Nasheed's ouster on the honeymoon islands, a top aide to his successor as president said arrangements had already begun to prepare for the election.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Feb-06/205254-maldives-to-hold-first-polls-since-president-toppl.ashx#ixzz2K765a1Km

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Harry's remarks about killing Taliban were a mistake: Karzai

Feb 05 2013

London : Hamid Karzai has termed Prince Harry's remarks about killing Taliban fighters and comparing war to video games as a "mistake", for which the Afghan President said the young British Royal should be forgiven.

"Prince Harry is a young man, we do give exits to young men when they make mistakes," Karzai, who is visiting the UK for a high-level conference, said when asked whether he thought Harry had spoken unwisely.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/harrys-remarks-about-killing-taliban-were-a-mistake-karzai/1069715/

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Three get life term imprisonment for rape in Bangladesh

February 6, 2013

A court here yesterday convicted three men and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for violating a woman six years ago.

The convicts were identified as Masum, Yamin and Ibrahim of Boulakanda village of Kaukhali Upazila.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268046

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Govt to appeal against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s acquittal

February 6, 2013

The government in principle decided to file an appeal against the ICT-2 verdict that acquitted Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah from one of the six charges in a war crimes case, Additional Attorney General MK Rahman said on Wednesday.

In the plea, the government will also urge the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to take into cognizance the total judgement pronounced against the Jamaat leader on Tuesday, the additional attorney general said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=44594

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Rohingyas still using Bangladeshi passport

February 6, 2013

Rohingyas have continued their frantic efforts to travel abroad with fake or genuine Bangladeshi passports and documents.

Armed Police Battalion (APBn) and immigration police on Monday night arrested eight such Rohingyas, including two females, at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

They were trying to go to Kuwait and Malaysia, pasting their photographs on valid passports.

ABM Atiqur Rahman, senior assistant superintendent of the APBn, said the force arrested 50 Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268017

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Arson, vandalism, bomb blasts mark Jamaat-enforced hartal

February 6, 2013

The countrywide daylong shutdown enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday witnessed the incidents of arson, vandalism and cocktail blasts in many districts.

According to our correspondents, at least 50 vehicles were vandalised and two set afire during hartal. Law enforcers arrested around 100 pickets in Cox's Bazar, Pirojpur, Noakhali, Chandpur, Satkhira and Kishoreganj districts.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268037

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