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Family harassed for adopting Muslim girl

Family harassed for adopting Muslim girl

Israeli troops kill 20 Arab protesters in Golan Heights

25 killed, 50 injured in two separate blasts in Pakistan

5 American Soldiers Are Killed in Iraq

Bangladesh: 109 Pilkhana jawans jailed

Sunni leader assassinated in Iraq

Death toll from Tunisian clashes reaches 11

US missile strike kills 18 militants in Pakistan

US missile strike kills 6 militants in Pakistan

Blast in bakery kills 10 in Pakistan

Injured Saleh leaves Yemen, sparks celebrations

Protesters in Yemen Rejoice as Leader Goes to Saudi Arabia

RSS trying to destabilize Centre: Congress

Al-Qaida's food bioterror threat looms over UK

I am sure of Kashmiri's death: Rehman Malik

4 Pakistanis stray into Indian territory

WikiLeaks has caused no harm: Assange

No confirmation about Ilyas Kashmiri's killing: Govt

Headley linking ISI to 26/11: Pak says he can’t be trusted

Attempt to kill Zardari foiled: reports

Rana’s trial to resume today

Al-Qaeda commander’s death increasingly certain

‘Saleh doing well after surgery in Riyadh’

Gunmen attack presidential palace

NATO blasts shake Tripoli as Hague meets rebels

Russia: NATO ‘one step’ from land war in Libya

Bombs hit Iraq oil tanks in rare southern attack

Hamas halts Gaza border traffic in row with Egypt

Another newborn found abandoned in Sharjah Afkar Abdullah

Gaddafi aides present car crash baby as NATO victim

Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Protesters on Syrian Border

West Presses Rebels for More Details on a Post-Qaddafi Government

Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan

US mull larger troop pullout from Afghanistan: report

20,000 jobs for the people of Balochistan: Gilani

Kashmiri planned reprisal attacks for Osama’s death

Pak: Hajj Policy 2011 quota declared illegal by LHC

JUI-F's Haideri to lead Opposition in Senate

Nato helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, two killed

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Family harassed for adopting Muslim girl

June 06, 2011

The tragic saga of a Muslim girl Sania Fatima, who was orphaned in the terrorist bomb attack in Hyderabad five years ago, continues.

The Hindu family, which had adopted the child, is being made to pay a heavy price. Papa Lal, a temple artist by profession and a resident of Churi Bazar area of old city, has been arrested by the city police on the trumped-up charges of attempt to murder and rape, lodged none other than by his own elder brother and sister-in-law.

Papa Lal, who has been sent to judicial custody for a week and was lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail, in a fit of frustration, has threatened to commit suicide if injustice continues with him.

What lies at the root of all these sufferings of Papa Lal and his family was the unhappiness of the local Yadav Samaj with him for bringing up a Muslim girl in his home.

As Papa Lal was in jail and his wife Jaya Sri and mother Dhanna Bai were running from pillar to post to secure his release on bail, a terrified Sania Fatima has made it clear that she has no intention of going anywhere else. “These are my mother and father. This is my family,” she told this correspondent clutching the hand of Jaya Sri.

Jaya Sri was also equally determined not to let the girl go. “She is my daughter. We will not send the girl anywhere else even if they send me to jail or kill me,” she said.

Jaya Sri, who was blessed with a girl child three years ago, is now eight-month pregnant.

Sania Fatima was terrified ever since the incident of Wednesday night when Papa Lal and his wife Jaya Sri were allegedly beaten up by his elder brother Chandan Lal and wife Hemalatha. “They have been used by our Samaj to force Papa Lal to either leave this locality or send the girl away to some orphanage,” said Dhanna Bai, rejecting the allegations that Papa Lal had made an attempt to rape Hemalatha or murder her. She and Jayasri pointed out that it was Papa Lal who was beaten up and was seriously injured.

However, police defended the arrest of Papa Lal. Shah Inayat Gunj Police station Inspector Guru Raghavendra said that Papa Lal was arrested on the complaint and after ascertaining the facts.

Several human rights activists who were supporting the family alleged that the local community which was against the Muslim girl living there had managed the police to settle the score with Papa Lal. “It is a matter of shame that an innocent man was being treated in this manner by the police,” said Qadeerunnisa of Human Rights Association. “Jaya Sri is pregnant and she was beaten up by others but the police took action against Papa Lal,” she said.

Papa Lal had found a three-year-old injured girl at the scene of the blast at Gokul Chat in Kothi area of Hyderabad on August 25, 2007. After informing the police about the girl and waiting for somebody to claim her, Papa Lal and his family decided to adopt the girl as daughter.

“We were convinced that she was a Muslim as she was using the words like ammi and abba and she would perform namaz,” said Jaya Sri. The family decided to name her Sania Fatima and bring her up in the Muslim tradition.

“We never applied tilak on her forehead and will take her to local dargah,” said Jaya Sri.

Initially some Muslims objected to a Hinud family keeping a Muslim girl at home but after the intervention of activists they kept quiet. However, the Yadav Samaj started opposing the presence of the girl.

Situation took such an ugly turn that they started attacking Papa Lal’s house and did not allow her to work at any temple saying he had become a Muslim. Matters worsened after his own brother joined the community members and it led to the violence incident of Wednesday.

Way cleared for adoption

Hyderabad: In a positive development, the Hyderabad district Child Welfare Committee has declared Papa Lal’s family fit for adoption of Sania Fatima. Dealing with the long-pending petition of the family, the committee said that the girl will stay with the family for three months on probation. Officials will visit the family to check how the girl was being brought up. On the basis of their report the final decision on adoption will be taken.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/343680/Family-harassed-for-adopting-Muslim-girl.html

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Israeli troops kill 20 Arab protesters in Golan Heights

June 06, 2011

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights: Israeli troops on Sunday battled hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to burst across Syria’s frontier with the Golan Heights, killing 20 people and wounding scores more in the second outbreak of deadly violence in the border area in less than a month.

The clashes, marking the anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Mideast war, drew Israeli accusations that Syria was orchestrating the violence to shift attention away from a bloody crackdown on opposition protests at home. The marchers, who had organized on Facebook, passed by Syrian and UN outposts on their way to the front lines.

“The Syrian government is trying to created a provocation,” said Israel’s chief military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. “This border has been quiet for decades, but only now with all the unrest in Syrian towns is there an attempt to draw attention to the border.” There was no Syrian comment on why the protesters were allowed to storm the border, apparently undisturbed by authorities. But Syria’s state-run media portrayed the event as a spontaneous uprising of Palestinian youths from a nearby refugee camp.

The protests began around 11 a.m. with what appeared to be several dozen youths, brought in on buses. It gained strength through the day.

By evening, the crowd had swelled to more than 1,000 people, who milled about, prayed and chanted slogans in an uneasy standoff with Israeli troops in the distance. The army bolstered its positions, posting a dozen armored vehicles and jeeps along the border road.

A small group of youths managed to cut through a recently fortified coil of barbed-wire and took up positions in a trench inside a buffer zone about 20 yards (meters) from a final border fence. Israeli troops periodically opened fire at young activists jumping into the ditch, sending puffs of soil flying into the air.

As the standoff stretched into the evening, Israeli forces fired heavy barrages of tear gas to break up the crowds.

Hundreds of people fled the area in panic, while some 20 people laying on the ground received treatment. It was not immediately clear whether the crowd would return to the front lines.

At nightfall, crowds of people fell to the ground in Muslim prayer, and several small groups lit bonfires, indicating the standoff would continue.

Israel had promised a tough response after being caught off guard in last month’s demonstrations, when troops killed more than a dozen people in clashes along the Syrian and Lebanese borders. In Syria, hundreds of unarmed protesters managed to breach the border and entered the Israel-controlled Golan for several hours.

The May 15 unrest occurred on the anniversary of Israel’s birth in 1948, a day the Palestinians refer to as the “nakba,” or catastrophe.

Sunday’s clashes marked the “naksa,” or setback, the term the Palestinians use for the defeat in the 1967 Mideast war. During that war, Israel conquered the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank and east Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Gaza Strip and Sinai peninsula from Egypt in just six days of fighting.

Israel returned Sinai to Egypt under a 1979 peace accord, and withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank and east Jerusalem, along with Gaza, for a future state, while Syria demands a return of the Golan, a strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel which Israel has annexed, as the price for peace.

Still, until last month, Syria has steadfastly kept its border with Israel quiet for nearly 40 years, fueling the Israeli accusations that Syria was trying to draw attention away from the months of protests that have left more than 1,200 Syrians dead.

Ahead of Sunday’s unrest, the army said it would deploy large numbers of forces, along with anti-riot weaponry like tear gas and water cannons, to prevent a repeat of the May clashes.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he ordered forces to show “maximum restraint,” but also said Israel would protect its sovereignty.

“Unfortunately, extremist forces around us are trying today to breach our borders and threaten our communities and our citizens. We will not let them do that,” he told his Cabinet.

The Israeli military said it used live fire only after firing warning shots into the air and issuing verbal warnings to protesters to stay away.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and threw rocks and trash over the fence, and the sporadic pops of Israeli gunfire were heard throughout the day. The wounded were taken away on stretchers by groups of young men.

“We were trying to cut the barbed wire when the Israeli soldiers began shooting directly at us,” Ghayath Awad, a 29-year-old Palestinian who had been shot in the waist, told the AP at the hospital.

Residents of Majdal Shams, ethnic Druse who remain Syrian citizens while living on the Israeli side of the frontier, watched the protest from rooftops, booing each time the military tried to speak and cheering on the protesters.

When troops fired tear gas, a crowd of residents — some holding Syrian or Palestinian flags — began to scream and hurl stones from rooftops at the nearby forces. Israeli anti-riot police fired tear gas and moved into the town.

Village elders with thick mustaches argued with the forces, but there were no signs of violence.

Throughout the day, ambulances raced to the hospital in the Syrian border town of Quneitra with the wounded and dead. State-run Syrian TV said 20 people were killed, including a woman and teenage boy, and 325 were wounded, 12 critically. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty count, providing names of all the dead.

The recent protests have drawn attention to the plight of Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled from their homes during Israel’s war of independence in 1948. The original refugees, and their descendants, now number several million, and they demand “the right to return” to the families’ former properties.

“We want on this occasion to remind America and the whole world that we have a right to return to our country,” said Mohammed Hasan, a 16-year-old student who was wounded in both feet.

As a Palestinian living in Syria, he is likely the descendant of people who left or fled the area that became Israel during the 1948-49 Middle East war.

Israel opposes the return of these people, saying it would spell the end of the country as a Jewish state. The plight of the refugees and their descendants is one of the most difficult issues in any future Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

Around half a million Palestinian refugees live across 13 camps in Syria, a country with a population of 23 million.

Palestinians are allowed to work and study in government and private schools, but they do not have citizenship and cannot vote. In neighboring Lebanon, Palestinian refugees are largely discriminated against and banned from all but the most menial professions.

Things were relatively calm on Israel’s other borders on Sunday.

About 400 Gazans hoisting Palestinian flags and posters gathered near the main passenger crossing into Israel, but riot police from Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, prevented them from marching toward the crossing.

At the West Bank’s main crossing into Jerusalem, several hundred Palestinian young people tried to approach the checkpoint. They threw stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. No major injuries were reported.

Palestinian organizers in Lebanon called off a planned march to the Israeli border after Lebanese authorities had declared the area a closed military zone.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article448726.ece

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25 killed, 50 injured in two separate blasts in Pakistan

Jun 6, 2011

At least seven people were killed and 10 others injured when a bomb planted in a van went off on Sunday.

ISLAMABAD: Militants targeted a bus stop and an army-run bakery in bomb attacks in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing 25 people and injuring about 50, officials said.

Police officials said 18 people were killed and nearly 40 others injured when a blast ripped through the A-1 Bakery in Nowshera cantonment, 40 km from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the blast was caused by a remote-controlled bomb that was planted in the bakery.

The blast set off several gas cylinders and triggered a major fire, other officials said.

The bakery on Mall Road is run by the army and was crowded when the blast occurred at 8.30 pm.

The wife and two children of a senior security official were among the dead, Geo News channel reported.

Several cars and nearby shops were damaged by the explosion and the subsequent fire.

Fire fighters and rescue workers later extinguished the blaze.

In the earlier attack, seven persons were killed and 10 more injured when a bomb planted in a van went off in a bus stop at Mattani on the outskirts of Peshawar this morning.

The bus stop was crowded at the time of the blast. Two children and a woman were among the dead. Security forces cordoned off the bus stop as rescue workers rushed the injured to hospital.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/25-killed-50-injured-in-two-separate-blasts-in-Pakistan/articleshow/8737128.cms

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5 American Soldiers Are Killed in Iraq

Jun 06 2011

By JACK HEALY

BAGHDAD – Five American soldiers were killed in an attack in central Iraq on Monday, marking one of the deadliest days for the American military since the combat mission ended nine months ago.

United States officials provided no additional details on the attacks, but an Iraqi security official said the soldiers were killed after multiple rockets struck an American base in southeast Baghdad. American military officials would not confirm those events.

Militants have continued to attack American bases and convoys with mortars, rockets and improvised roadside bombs in the waning months of the United States military’s time here, although American casualties have dropped sharply in the last few years. Two American troops died last month, and 11 died in April, according to a tally kept by icasualties.org.

All of the 46,000 American forces still in Iraq are scheduled to withdraw by the end of the year, but Iraqi leaders are debating whether to ask some troops to stay behind to help train Iraqi soldiers and help Iraq secure its borders and airspace.

The attacks against the Americans were part of a bloody day across Iraq.

Elsewhere, gunmen and suicide bombers struck at Iraqi security forces and militias in three heavily Sunni Muslim areas, killing at least 21 people in attacks that challenged the government’s attempts to demonstrate gains in security.

In the worst of the attacks, a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives at the main gates of the governmental headquarters in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. Security officials said 12 people were killed, nine of them Iraqi soldiers.

It was the second major attack in Tikrit in just three days. On Friday, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the center of a mosque filled with worshippers, and hours later, a second suicide bomber attacked the hospital treating the wounded. Nineteen people were killed, including several local officials.

The head of national security in the province, Brig. Gen. Jasim al-Jabara, resigned after Monday’s attack, saying that security in his section of central Iraq had deteriorated sharply. He blamed other security agencies for failing to act on intelligence.

“We are giving some good information to the security forces in the province, but they are doing nothing,” General Jabara said.

In western Iraq, several miles west of Fallujah, militants aiming to kill a local police chief set off four improvised bombs at his home, killing his father, mother, sister and one of his children. The police chief survived.

Duraid Adnan contributed reporting from Baghdad. Iraqi employees of the New York Times contributed reporting from Anbar and Salahuddin provinces.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/world/middleeast/07iraq.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

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Bangladesh: 109 Pilkhana jawans jailed

Jun 06 2011

One hundred and nine jawans of Rifles Security Unit of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were sentenced to imprisonment on Monday ranging from seven years to four months for their involvement in the 2009 mutiny at its Pilkhana headquarters.

The Special Court-7 also acquitted four out of the total 113 accused of the charges as allegations against them were not proved.

The court led by BGB Director General Maj Gen Md Rafiqul Islam also fined Tk 100 to each of the convicts.

Full report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=30166

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Sunni leader assassinated in Iraq

Jun 6, 2011

BAGHDAD: A leader of Iraq's Sunni paramilitary group has been gunned down by unidentified assailants near the capital city of Baghdad, Xinhua reported.

The convoy of Sheik Majid Jassim al-Obeidi - one of the leaders of the Awakening Council - was attacked by gunmen using automatic weapons, police said.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Sunni-leader-assassinated-in-Iraq/articleshow/8744044.cms

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Death toll from Tunisian clashes reaches 11

6 June 2011

TUNIS - Eleven people have died in two days of clashes between rival clans in the Tunisian mining town of Metlaoui, state television said on Sunday, with shops looted and set on fire.

People fought battles with homemade bombs, guns and iron bars in the town, about 400 km (250 miles) southwest of the capital, after rumours circulated that only certain tribes would be offered jobs at the nearby Gafsa phosphate complex.

Army units were on their way to try to halt the fighting and military helicopters were deployed over the town.

Full report:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/June/middleeast_June172.xml&section=middleeast

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US missile strike kills 18 militants in Pakistan

Jun 6, 2011

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: US missiles killed 18 militants in Pakistan's tribal district of South Waziristan on Monday, destroying compounds and a vehicle in the deadliest drone strikes for months, officials said.

Three strikes were reported just days after Pakistani officials said they believed senior Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri had died in a similar attack late Friday, also in South Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-missile-strike-kills-18-militants-in-Pakistan/articleshow/8742984.cms

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US missile strike kills 6 militants in Pakistan

Jun 6, 2011

WANA, Pakistan: A missile strike by a US drone killed at least 6 militants in Pakistan's South Waziristan, intelligence officials said, the second such attack in the tribal frontier region in less than a week.

A senior al-Qaida operative, Ilyas Kashmiri, was reported to have been killed in a similar strike in the largely lawless area which borders Afghanistan on June 2.

"The missiles hit a militant compound in the mountains near Wana," a local intelligence official said, referring to the main town of the ethnic Pashtun South Waziristan region.

Another intelligence official said seven militants were killed and all of them were 'Punjabi Taliban', a term used for insurgents hailing from Pakistan's biggest province.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-missile-strike-kills-6-militants-in-Pakistan/articleshow/8742984.cms

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Blast in bakery kills 10 in Pakistan

Anita Joshua

ISLAMABAD: At least 10 people were killed and double the number injured in a bomb blast at a bakery in the Nowshera area of the Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province on Sunday night.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for planting the remote-controlled device in a dustbin at the entrance of the bakery.

Since the bakery was located in a crowded market place, more casualties were feared, particularly since the bomb was activated during the Sunday rush-hour. The explosion also triggered a fire.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/06/stories/2011060659250100.htm

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Injured Saleh leaves Yemen, sparks celebrations

Jun 6, 2011

SANAA: Protesters danced, sang and slaughtered cows in the central square of Yemen's capital on Sunday to celebrate the departure of the country's authoritarian leader for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after he was wounded in a rocket attack on his compound.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was taken to a military hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, underwent successful surgery on his chest to remove jagged pieces of wood that splintered from a mosque pulpit when his compound was hit by rockets on Friday, said medical officials and a Yemeni diplomat. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not have permission to release the information.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Injured-Saleh-leaves-Yemen-sparks-celebrations/articleshow/8741488.cms

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Protesters in Yemen Rejoice as Leader Goes to Saudi Arabia

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Thousands of antigovernment protesters celebrated in the streets of Yemen’s capital on Sunday, setting off fireworks and slaughtering cows to mark the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh for medical treatment, despite new uncertainty about when — and even whether — he would agree to a lasting transfer of power.

Mr. Saleh, who has been resisting calls to step down for months, left the country hurriedly on Saturday for Saudi Arabia, where he was operated on for wounds suffered in a deadly attack on his presidential compound the day before. But on Sunday, aides insisted that he was recovering well and could return home in weeks, if not days.

“He is awake and he is conscious; he is in charge,” said a close adviser who was with him during Friday’s attack, likely by a mortar shell or rocket, and is being treated at the same military hospital in Riyadh.

Full report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/world/middleeast/06yemen.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

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RSS trying to destabilize Centre: Congress

Jun 6, 2011

NEW DELHI: Congress accused RSS of orchestrating Baba Ramdev's protest on black money to destabilize the Centre, hardening battlelines between the arch-rivals after his midnight eviction from Ramlila Maidan.

Even though Congress kept its distance from the police action against Ramdev which was seen as unpopular, it took a tough stand on the Baba as well as the Sangh Parivar which it accused of propping up Baba's protest.

The statement reflected misgivings about the government's handling of Baba as well as the desire not to let the BJP take advantage of the anti-corruption sentiment.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi held an hour-long meeting with office-bearers and top ministers to discuss the controversy.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/RSS-trying-to-destabilize-Centre-Congress/articleshow/8741993.cms

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Al-Qaida's food bioterror threat looms over UK

Jun 6, 2011

LONDON: Britain is facing an emerging food "bioterrorism" threat from extremist groups like the al-Qaida, a media report said on Sunday.

The British government's security advisers have warned manufacturers and retailers that terror groups might try to poison food, drinks supply in the country to cause widespread casualties, 'The Sunday Telegraph' reported.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Al-Qaidas-food-bioterror-threat-looms-over-UK/articleshow/8741463.cms

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I am sure of Kashmiri's death: Rehman Malik

Anita Joshua

ISLAMABAD: Amid scepticism about ‘specially designated global terrorist' Ilyas Kashmiri's death in a drone attack on Friday night, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday that he was 98 per cent certain that the man considered by some analysts here as al-Qaeda's chief military strategist had been killed.

However, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has been quoted as stating that Kashmiri is “alive and safe.”

Full report:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/06/stories/2011060662301100.htm

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4 Pakistanis stray into Indian territory

Jun 6, 2011

AMRITSAR: Four Pakistani nationals who had “inadvertently” entered the Indian territory were let off by the Border Security Force and were allowed to travel back to their country.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/06/stories/2011060657370100.htm

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WikiLeaks has caused no harm: Assange

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, on Sunday said there was no evidence that the material released by his organisation had caused “physical harm” to anyone.

Defending its right to publish official secrets, he said it took care to balance that right with “any impact that might come from what we publish”.

Full report:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/06/stories/2011060662811800.htm

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No confirmation about Ilyas Kashmiri's killing: Govt

June 06, 2011

India has no confirmation that top al-Qaeda linked militant, Ilyas Kashmiri, a key planner behind the Mumbai terror attack, was killed in a targeted US drone strike in Pakistan.

Government sources said New Delhi has contacted several friendly countries asking about the authenticity of the reports which suggested that Kashmiri, a key conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and wanted in India for his role in the terror acts, was killed.

"No one has confirmed his killing yet. Indian intelligence agencies also have not been able to corroborate the report," a source said.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/343633/No-confirmation-about-Ilyas-Kashmiris-killing-Govt.html

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Headley linking ISI to 26/11: Pak says he can’t be trusted

June 06, 2011

sRezaul H Laskar | Islamabad

Days after Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley implicated ISI in the Mumbai attacks during his testimony in a US Court, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has described him as a convict who has “no credibility and cannot be trusted.”

In an apparent effort to play down Headley’s testimony that detailed the alleged links of ISI officials to the 2008 attacks in India’s financial hub, Malik questioned whether Headley could corroborate his claims about Pakistan’s spy agency.

“Headley’s father was a Pakistani from a good family. Headley himself is a criminal and a convict... This man has no credibility and cannot be trusted,” Malik told Newsweek magazine in an interview.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/343727/Headley-linking-ISI-to-26/11-Pak-says-he-can%E2%80%99t-be-trusted.html

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Attempt to kill Zardari foiled: reports

June 06, 2011

An attempt to kill Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been foiled after eight alleged plotters were nabbed from different parts of the country, Xinhua reported.

Four of them were held in Islamabad and four others were nabbed in Punjab province Saturday night.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/343616/Attempt-to-kill-Zardari-foiled-reports.html

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Rana’s trial to resume today

June 06, 2011

Himani Kumar

The trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, during which co-accused in the Mumbai attacks David Headley testified that Pakistan’s ISI was linked to the 2008 terror strikes, will resume in a court here on Monday and the jury may come up with a verdict as early as Wednesday.

The trial will resume with testimonies from Rana’s witnesses among others. The last of the witnesses will be presented on Monday. The trial, which started on May 16 and was supposed to last till June 15, had been going faster than expected. If convicted, Rana faces a possible life sentence.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/343725/Rana%E2%80%99s-trial-to-resume-today.html

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Al-Qaeda commander’s death increasingly certain

June 06, 2011

Pakistani authorities are nearly certain that a recent US missile strike killed one of the most wanted leaders of Al-Qaeda, but the lack of a body still leaves some room for doubt, a security official said on Sunday.

The missile strike against Ilyas Kashmiri came a month after the US raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden’s death has been followed by a wave of militant violence in Pakistan, including a bomb early on Sunday that killed six people in the country’s Northwest area.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/343722/Al-Qaeda-commander%E2%80%99s-death-increasingly-certain.html

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‘Saleh doing well after surgery in Riyadh’

Jun 06 2011

Sanaa, Riyadh : Yemeni’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh was awake and in good condition after a successful operation in Riyadh to remove shrapnel, a medical source at the hospital said.

Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for nearly 33 years, went to Saudi Arabia late Saturday after being wounded in an attack on Friday at his presidential palace in Sanaa, potentially availing a face-saving end to his three decade rule.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/799763/

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Gunmen attack presidential palace

Jun 06 2011

Sanaa : Military officials and witnesses said dozens of gunmen attacked the presidential palace at Taiz, Yemen’s second largest city, and killed four soldiers in an attempt to storm the compound.

They said one of the attackers was also killed in the violence on Sunday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

The attackers belong to a group set up recently to avenge the killing of anti-regime protesters at hands of security forces.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/799765/

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NATO blasts shake Tripoli as Hague meets rebels

Jun 06 2011

Benghazi : NATO on Sunday pounded Tripoli hours after Britain's top diplomat met rebel chiefs in Libya and Russia voiced concerns the alliance's military operation is sliding towards a land campaign.

Warplanes launched intensive air raids on the Libyan capital and its eastern suburbs, where several explosions were heard, as NATO kept up its pressure on strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/799631/

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Russia: NATO ‘one step’ from land war in Libya

Jun 06 2011

SINGAPORE: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says NATO is “one step” from sending troops into Libya in a bid to help rebels remove Muammar Qaddafi from power.

Ivanov said Sunday at an Asian security conference in Singapore that Russia didn’t know that a United Nations resolution it supported to protect civilians and shut down Libyan air space would lead to a land operation.

Russia abstained from a United Nations Security Council resolution vote in March to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Ivanov said there has been disagreement over how to interpret the scope of the resolution.

Full report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article448728.ece

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Bombs hit Iraq oil tanks in rare southern attack

Jun 06 2011

BASRA, Iraq: A bomb attack against an Iraqi oil storage depot set one tank ablaze on Sunday in a rare assault on strategic southern oilfields, but the country’s crude exports were unaffected, Iraqi oil officials and police said.

The attack underscored the complex task Iraq faces in protecting and building up its oil infrastructure as the last US troops prepare to withdraw from the OPEC country at the end of the year when a bilateral security pact finishes.

Full report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article448923.ece

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Hamas halts Gaza border traffic in row with Egypt

Jun 06 2011

GAZA: Islamist group Hamas stopped travelers from crossing into Egypt on Sunday in a row with Egyptian authorities over restrictions at the Rafah border that have dented Palestinians’ hopes of ending Gaza’s isolation.

Egypt eased border access last weekend to much fanfare, extending opening hours at the frontier and scrapping visa requirements for many Palestinians.

However, some Hamas officials say that Egypt appears to have had second thoughts and has since tried to slow the flow of Palestinians looking to leave the tiny coastal enclave.

On Saturday, the Egyptians unexpectedly shut the crossing altogether for previously unannounced maintenance work, sparking a small riot at the border.

Full report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article448922.ece

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Another newborn found abandoned in Sharjah Afkar Abdullah

6 June 2011

A two-day-old baby boy was found in a cardboard box on Friday, near a house in Al Izra, Sharjah.

Three days after a three-day-old baby girl was found wrapped in a blanket in a building under construction in Al Zubair area of Sharjah, a baby boy was found in a cardboard box, near a house in Al Izra.

The two-day-old baby was found by a passer-by at about 10am who informed the police operations room.

Full report:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/June/theuae_June144.xml&section=theuae

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Gaddafi aides present car crash baby as NATO victim

6 June 2011

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s aides brought foreign media to a hospital on Sunday to see a baby they described as a wounded victim of a NATO air strike.

But a hospital staff member, in a note passed to a journalist, said the infant was in fact injured in a car accident.

Government media handlers brought reporters first to a farm on the outskirts of the city, where a man said his dog and several chickens had been killed by a missile strike on Sunday.

Full report:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/June/international_June218.xml&section=international

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Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Protesters on Syrian Border

By ISABEL KERSHNER

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces fired at pro-Palestinian protesters on the Syrian frontier on Sunday as they tried to breach the border for the second time in three weeks, reflecting a new mode of popular struggle and deadly confrontation fueled by turmoil in the Arab world and the vacuum of stalled peace talks.

Wave after wave of protesters, mainly Palestinians from refugee camps in Syria, approached the frontier with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli soldiers opened fire on those who crossed a new trench and tried to attack the border fence near the towns of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights and Quneitra in Syria.

Full report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/world/middleeast/06mideast.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

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West Presses Rebels for More Details on a Post-Qaddafi Government

By JOHN F. BURNS

TRIPOLI, Libya — As NATO airplanes and attack helicopters struck fresh targets in Tripoli and the oil port of Brega on Sunday, senior British and American officials said there was no way of knowing how long it might take for the rebellion against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi — already in its fourth month, and the third month of NATO airstrikes — to drive him from power.

Full report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/world/africa/06libya.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

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Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan

Jun 6, 2011

By DAVID E. SANGER, ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s national security team is contemplating troop reductions in Afghanistan that would be steeper than those discussed even a few weeks ago, with some officials arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden, which they called new “strategic considerations.”

These new considerations, along with a desire to find new ways to press the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, to get more of his forces to take the lead, are combining to create a counterweight to an approach favored by the departing secretary of defense, Robert M. Gates, and top military commanders in the field. They want gradual cuts that would keep American forces at a much higher combat strength well into next year, senior administration officials said.

Full report:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/world/asia/06gates.html?_r=1&ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

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US mull larger troop pullout from Afghanistan: report

Jun 6, 2011

WASHINGTON: Top White House national security advisers are considering much more significant troop reductions in Afghanistan than those discussed even a few weeks ago, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

The newspaper said some officials were arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden.

President Barack Obama is expected to address these decisions in a speech to the nation this month, the report said.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16619

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20,000 jobs for the people of Balochistan: Gilani

June 6, 2011

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said that 20,000 jobs have been set aside for the people of Balochistan. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said that 20,000 jobs have been set aside for the people of Balochistan and a total of 5,000 people have already been employed in the province.

Full report:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/183417/20000-jobs-for-the-people-of-balochistan-gilani/

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Kashmiri planned reprisal attacks for Osama’s death

By Asad Kharal

June 6, 2011

LAHORE: Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the most active al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, had convened a special meeting in the Data Khel area of North Waziristan Agency a week ago to constitute a special squad that would be tasked with avenging the death of Osama bin Laden.

According to intelligence reports seen by The Express Tribune, the head of the fearsome 313 Brigade of the Harkatul Jihad al Islami called a meeting of several Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders to create the “Laskhar-e-Osama” which would be tasked with carrying out suicide bombings throughout Pakistan, including some high-profile targets. Kashmiri was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan on Friday.

Full report:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/183308/kashmiri-planned-reprisal-attacks-for-osamas-death/

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Pak: Hajj Policy 2011 quota declared illegal by LHC

June 6, 2011

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday declared the government’s Hajj Policy 2011 illegal . PHOTO: FILE/AFP

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday declared the quota distribution under Hajj Policy 2011 illegal. The judgement was given during the hearing of different petitions challenging the policy and alleged discriminatory allotment of the Hajj quota.

Full report:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/183424/hajj-policy-2011-quota-declared-illegal-by-lhc/

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JUI-F's Haideri to lead Opposition in Senate

June 6, 2011

Haideri said he will raise issues of national interest in the Upper House of Parliament.

Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Ghafoor Haideri has been elected Opposition leader in the Senate on Monday.

According to the senate secretary, a notification of Haideri’s new appointment has been issued. He received 19 votes – 12 from the JUI-F, five from FATA and two from independent candidates.

Full report:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/183438/jui-fs-haideri-to-lead-opposition-in-senate/

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NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, two killed

June 6, 2011

KABUL: A coalition helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing two on board.

The helicopter crashed in the Sabari district of the eastern province of Khost, according to eyewitnesses. Khost, which borders Pakistan, is a Taliban stronghold and sits along important insurgent supply routes.

The crash’s cause is being investigated, Nato said, adding that there were no reports of insurgent activity in the area at the time.

Full report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/05/nato-helicopter-crashes-in-afghanistan-two-killed.html

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