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FATA Families Defy Taliban to Educate Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Islamophobia prevents Islamic finance expansion

 

 

 

Pakistan

FATA families defy Taliban to educate children

Pakistan Army's medical corps officers on deserting spree

Taliban release eight abducted employees of Gomal Zam dam

Pak-Afghan parliamentary dialogue institutionalised

PTI, ‘N’ in catch-22 position over Hazara province

Nearly 8,000 Pakistanis languishing in foreign jails

Bomb kills two pro-government militia members in Darra

 

Europe

France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan to boost support for Syrian rebels

WUC Deplores Latest Death Sentences Handed Down to Uyghurs

Russia to push for WMD-free zone in Middle East

UN's Ban sceptical Assad will keep chemical arms deal

Rampant abuses in Somali capital evictions: Amnesty

US, Russia reach agreement on Syria weapons

First mosque to be built in Slovenia

 

Arab World

Suicide Bomber Attacks Iraq Funeral, Killing 11

Assad makes PR comeback, targets ‘American psyche’

Syrian opposition to choose provisional PM in push for credibility

Two dead in clashes on Brotherhood's 'tribute to martyrs' Friday

Syrian president's brother, Maher al-Assad, key to regime survival

Iraqi forces deploy along Syria border

Syrian rebel leader says Assad moving chemical weapons to Lebanon, Iraq

Syrian forces bomb and occupy hospitals as "policy"

 

India

UP riots: Pakistani media skips India bashing

Taliban group: We killed Sushmita Banerjee because she was an Indian spy

Striking differences: US-India disparity in views on Syria

India, Kyrgyz Republic to expand defence cooperation

India snubs Pak, says no to release of 50 prisoners

Indian Jihadi breaks down in French court

Hindi movies strike a chord with the people of Xinjiang

2 injured in Shopian protest; Yasin Malik detained

India backs Russian proposal to resolve Syrian crisis

Yasin denies any links with Baig

 

Africa

45-year old Christian missionary adopts Islam

S. Sudan army kills almost 100 tribe members

Jama’atu Ta’awunil Muslim Society of Nigeria Supports Governor over Religious Fairness

Protesters seize ministry building in Libyan capital

 

Mideast

60 killed in tribal clashes in Yemen

Turkish PM accuses main opposition of being behind the Gezi protests

Muslims forced to perform Friday prayers outside Al-Aqua

 

South Asia

Suicide blast kills three Afghan civilians: officials

Hefazat ‘divided’ over polls, 13-point movement

Pakistan's release of Taliban has resulted in no concrete progress: Afghan officials

Proof of 9 Bangladesh war crimes found: Investigators

Sending observers to one-sided polls ‘meaningless’: BNP

Allegations regarding the election are worryingly serious, says President Waheed

 

Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur: Fruit stall doubles as sex stimulant drugs supplier

53 killed in Philippine fighting

FPI Miss World Rally Stopped at East Java Port

Najib launches new economic agenda for ethnic Malays

 

North America

Boston’s Islamic Cultural Centre Welcomes IIIC Staff and Irish Trainees

Taste of Halal: Islamic food festival debuts in Chicago

Obama to Make Rare Malaysia Stop on Asia Tour

John Kerry says inspection of Syrian chemical weapons to start in November: Report

US ready for military action if diplomacy fails on Syria: Obama

 

Australia

Islamophobia prevents Islamic finance expansion

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Pakistan

 

FATA families defy Taliban to educate children

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

14 September 2013

PESHAWAR – Students from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are taking active steps to foil the Taliban's efforts to render them illiterate.

Since 2008, militants have waged an endless attack on the region's schools, leaving more than 200,000 students without a safe place to learn, Bajaur Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah said.

But students, and their parents, are learning to adapt.

"We are compelled to send away our children to schools in Peshawar and elsewhere because of the Taliban's persistent campaign against education in FATA," Bajaur Agency resident Muhammad Shaukat told Central Asia Online. "Otherwise, our children would grow up to be monsters, which is exactly what the Taliban want."

Though the prospect of sending children to more-distant schools addresses the concern, it's not always an easy choice.

"It was a hard decision to send them [to schools] away ... but there was no option as we have to educate them," said Shaukat, a truck driver with sons ages 6, 8, and 10. He sent them to study in Peshawar after it became clear that local schools had become too vulnerable to the Taliban.

Shaukat's family is not alone, as many others have opted to send their children to schools in safer places.

"Sending away my 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter from home is extremely difficult, but we have no option," North Waziristan resident Saqib Shah said, adding that "Taliban militants have drawn widespread condemnation from the tribal population."

Sacrifices made

Attending schools outside their home villages puts a strain on everyone involved. Mohammad Gohar, Shaukat's oldest son, detests the Taliban for what they have done.

"We are enduring a nightmarish situation," he said of the Taliban's efforts to deprive FATA children of an education. "We are committed to study and thwart the Taliban's attempts."

"My two younger brothers desperately miss our parents and remain homesick," he said, "but we are ready to pay this price and become educated." Shahid Khan, 7, another student in Gohar's school, admitted to getting homesick sometimes, but he said those feelings abate when he focuses on his studies.

"I have not seen my mother for the last three months," Khan said. "But I finished in first place on my quarterly tests, which is enough to make my parents happy."

And the students can lean on each other to get through the tough times because many are in the same situation, he said, estimating that he is one of about 80 tribal students in his school.

Aside from feeling homesick, many of the students are too young to live without the help of their parents, particularly their mothers, Karim Gul, assistant warden at the Haji Sahib Turangzai Hostel at the Islamia Collegiate School in Peshawar, told Central Asia Online.

"Many of the FATA students have faced hardships, especially when they get sick," he said. "Some of the children have developed psychological problems, but the parents remain steadfast and support them by visiting now and then."

The children also are missing out on life back home, Jalaluddin, a shopkeeper in Khyber Agency, told Central Asia Online. They are missing social events, such as engagements, marriages and other festive occasions, he said.

Determined to educate children

The Taliban have bombed 115 schools in Mohmand Agency since 2008, Mohmand Assistant Political Agent Jamil Ahmed said. About 25 of the facilities have been rebuilt, while work on the others continues.

The Taliban have damaged about 750 schools in FATA (including 120 in Bajaur Agency alone) over the same period, Shah said.

Authorities have rebuilt only 30. About 18% of FATA children have gone without education because of the Taliban's assault, according to a survey conducted by the FATA Secretariat.

To stem the impact of the Taliban's anti-education campaign, the government established a Rs. 200m (US $1.9m) education endowment fund to help enrol the out-of-school children and improve the literacy rate in FATA, Shah said.

While authorities are rebuilding schools and opposing militancy, parents have taken it upon themselves to make alternate arrangements because they recognise the importance of education, Jamil said.

"Such parents hold the Taliban responsible for their woes," he said. "Nobody wants to have to send [his or her] children away to school."

http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/pakistan/main/2013/09/13/feature-01

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Pakistan Army's medical corps officers on deserting spree

 Sep 14 2013

Islamabad: A number of Pakistani Army officers belonging to its Medical Corps, including a Lt Colonel, have 'deserted' while on training courses abroad, a media report said.

After having graduated from the Army Medical College and commissioned in the Pakistan Army's Medical Corps, these officers when sent to countries like the US, the UK and Australia, and did not return, The News daily reported.

The Surgeon General of the Pakistan Army has formally approached the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) with the first batch of deserter officers to de-notify their registration.

The PMDC has also been asked to get the registration of these deserters cancelled in the countries of their present residence, the report said quoting sources.

"The actual number of these deserters is said to be quite high but the army authorities have so far communicated the names of 10 officers," it said.

The report says the first case dates back to 1995 and that a majority of the deserters are Majors.

Most of them were sent abroad for higher education or training on government expenses but they opted not to come back and started practising medicine in those countries.

Some of the officers were sent on four-year courses, some had gone for two years training and a few had gone for foreign courses on their own expenses but never returned.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-army-s-medical-corps-officers-on-deserting-spree/1169224/

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Taliban release eight abducted employees of Gomal Zam dam

ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

2013-09-14

PESHAWAR: Eight employees of the Gomal Zam Dam project were released Saturday, almost a year after they were kidnapped by Pakistani Taliban militants in South Waziristan tribal region.

A spokesman for the Governor house in Peshawar confirmed all eight workers had been released.

The project workers – Sub-Divisional Officer Shahid Ali Khan, Sub-Engineer Sanaullah, four security personnel and two other staffers – were kidnapped on August 15, 2012 while they were travelling to Tank from the dam site in South Waziristan.

A month after their kidnapping, a faction of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a video of the abducted employees pleading to the government to fulfill the militants' demands and arrange for their safe release.

The release took place in South Waziristan region on Saturday after successful negotiations between a tribal jirga (council) and the militants.

A Taliban spokesman said the eight men were released as a “goodwill gesture” from the militants.

The incident comes two days after the government inaugurated the dam in South Waziristan’s militancy-ravaged Khajori Katch area on Thursday.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042836/taliban-release-eight-abducted-employees-of-gomal-zam-dam

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Pak-Afghan parliamentary dialogue institutionalised

2013-09-14

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have institutionalised their parliamentary dialogue on security and defence for sorting out differences that have kept their ties unsettled.

A delegation of the Senate committee on defence and defence production, led by its Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed, visited Kabul this week for the first parliamentary dialogue on defence, security and military issues with the Defence, Internal Security and Local Administration Committee of the Afghan Meshrano Jirga (upper house of parliament).

After two days of talks, the committees signed a memorandum of understanding for institutionalising the dialogue that will now be held on an annual basis.

They issued a joint declaration urging their governments to strengthen defence ties and work out a joint strategy to cope with security challenges confronting the two countries.

The next round of dialogue will be held in May next year after the Afghan presidential elections.

Senator Sayed said at a press conference here on Friday that the visit was the “first of its kind, historic and path-breaking”.

During their four-day visit members of the delegation also met Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Defence Minister Gen Bismillah Khan, Chief of Army Staff Gen Karimi and several political leaders.

According to Mr Sayed, President Karzai spoke to the delegation in chaste Urdu and ignored protocol to personally see off the group after the meeting held at his Presidential Palace.

He also recalled the Afghan defence minister and army chief speaking highly about COAS Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani for his ‘sincere and serious approach’ on military and border issues.

Despite the cordiality witnessed by the delegation during their stay in Kabul, Senator Sayed and Senator Haji Adeel said doubts persisted in both countries over cross-border terrorism.

“A border management system will have to be instituted to address the issue and bridge the gulf,” Senator Sayed said.

Additionally, the two countries agreed to set up a Pak-Afghan People’s Friendship Association under the leadership of Senator Afrasiab Khattak.

The group will hold a friendship festival in Kabul from Oct 26 to 28 for strengthening people-to-people contacts.

Senator Sayed said the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul was issuing 1,200 visas a day without charging any fee, while at least 55,000 people crossed over from both sides of the border on a daily basis via 124 crossing points.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042774/pak-afghan-parliamentary-dialogue-institutionalised

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PTI, ‘N’ in catch-22 position over Hazara province

ZULFIQAR ALI

2013-09-14

PESHAWAR: The resolution moved by three Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf lawmakers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly about the creation of Hazara province has landed their ruling party in the province as well as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in a catch-22 situation.

Top PTI and PML-N leaders have put their heads together on how to get out of the situation as before the May 11 general elections, the two parties had made firm commitments with their voters in Hazara division to give them separate province.

The two parties had won 16 provincial assembly seats from Hazara division particularly Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.

Sources said Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and opposition leader Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan had discussed prose and cons of the resolution during one-on-one meeting held at the latter’s chambers in the assembly secretariat on Thursday evening.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042811/pti-n-in-catch-22-position-over-hazara-province

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Nearly 8,000 Pakistanis languishing in foreign jails

14 September 2013

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministry of Pakistan Friday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control that around 7,912 Pakistani nationals are imprisoned in different foreign countries.

The committee directed the ministry to provide legal assistance to the Pakistani prisoners according to the law of land.

Statistics presented by the foreign ministry suggest, 346 Pakistanis are imprisoned in different Afghanistan jails in offence of terrorism activities, Talibanisation, fake currency, murder, theft, fake NIC, drugs, rape and illegal stay.

In Saudia Arabia, 1,920 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, theft and rape.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042627/nearly-8000-pakistanis-languishing-in-foreign-jails

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Bomb kills two pro-government militia members in Darra

September 14, 2013

KHAR, PAKISTAN: A bomb explosion Saturday killed two members of a Pakistani pro- government militia and wounded four others during an archaeological dig in a tribal district on the Afghanistan border, officials said.

The incident took place in the mountainous area of Darra, 30 kilometres (18 miles) northeast of Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/604236/bomb-kills-two-pro-government-militia-members-in-darra/

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Europe

 

France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan to boost support for Syrian rebels

14 September 2013

PARIS — France, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan have agreed to strengthen the Syrian opposition in its battle against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, the French presidency said Friday.

After a meeting in Paris, French President Francois Hollande and foreign ministers from the three countries “agreed on the need to strengthen international support for the democratic opposition to allow it to face attacks by the regime,” the Elysee said in a statement.

The statement said President Hollande, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and his UAE and Jordanian counterparts Abdallah Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan and Nasser Judeh agreed on the “need to remain firm with Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, to dissuade him from again using chemical weapons and to have him commit to negotiations on finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis.”

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130914180394

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WUC Deplores Latest Death Sentences Handed Down to Uyghurs

Press Release

14 September 2013

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) condemns the latest death sentences handed down to three Uyghurs for their alleged, but unsubstantiated, involvement in recent incidents that have taken place in East Turkestan. These death sentences now bring the total number of Uyghurs sentenced to death to five, following two being handed down in August 2013. “This confirms that the Chinese authorities have followed through with their vow that further death sentences would happen, thus illustrating that the verdict was reached before the trial had commenced,” asserted WUC President Ms Rebiya Kadeer. The WUC calls on the international community to take stock of this ongoing urgent and mounting human rights crisis that is plighting the Uyghurs in East Turkestan.

According to a news article released by the Chinese government’s mouthpiece, the Global Times, the Turpan Prefectural Intermediate People's Court handed down death sentences to three Uyghurs and a further 25 years to another Uyghur on charges of leading a terrorist organisation, murder and arson for their alleged involvement in the incident that took place in Lukchun.

On 26 June 2013, 9 police and security guards, along with 8 civilians were killed in clashes with so-called “rioters“, of whom 10 were shot dead by police forces. Three other people were reportedly injured during the clash, and another three arrested. Whilst the Chinese authorities have continued to label the incident as a terrorist attack, reports from the ground by the BBC have suggested otherwise. The names of the three sentenced to death are Ahmatniyaz Sidiq, Urayim Eli and Abdulla Esrapil, whilst Akram Usman received the 25 year sentence.

In August 2013, the Chinese authorities handed down death sentences to two Uyghurs,  Musa Hesen and Rehman Hupur, in hastily-arranged and politically-motivated trials behind closed marred by a lack of due process, the rule of law and without lawyers of their choosing. The WUC called upon the Chinese authorities at the time to disclose the evidence for their alleged crimes, calls of which remain unanswered.

Alarmingly, they had reportedly “confessed to their crimes”, suggesting they may have been tortured, and opted to not pursue an appeal, as they are able to do under Chinese law, which remains improbable in the face of imminent execution. The UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-Moon noted in his recent report submitted for the 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council that, “States must [...] ensure that the highest level of compliance with fair trial and other international human rights norms and standards are met in all death penalty cases.”

Whilst the WUC resolutely deplores and condemns all violence, all trials pursuing capital punishment must adhere to and maintain the strictest standards outlined by the Secretary-General, which has evidently not been the case with the handing down of these death sentences.

“What more has to happen in East Turkestan before the international community feels that it can stand up, make itself heard and condemn in unison the Chinese authorities' handling of these recent incidents? The current silence has been deafening,” said Ms Kadeer. The WUC has repeatedly called upon the Chinese authorities to undertake a comprehensive, open investigation into these incidents, and to address the longstanding issues surrounding repression of Uyghur economic, social and cultural rights.

Since the onset of the recent unrest in April 2013, the WUC has documented that potentially 735 Uyghurs have been detained. Indeed, some of these cases could be enforced disappearances. The WUC has also documented that nearly 140 people have died or been extra-judiciallykilled due to the heavy handed and violent crackdown by the Chinese authorities. This is however not a new issue, as Uyghurs frequently report that the Chinese authorities are more interested in quelling dissent as quickly as possible, having no regard for the safety and lives of the protesters and civilians alike.

In view of the current 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the WUC calls upon the international community to use this occasion to raise the pressing issue of this urgent human rights crisis in East Turkestan, and to ensure it remains at the top of their agenda at upcoming Second Cycle of China's Universal Periodic Review.

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Russia to push for WMD-free zone in Middle East

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

September 14, 2013

Taking forward its initiative to secure Syria’s chemical weapons Russia said it will push for establishing a zone from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East.

“Resolving the problem of chemical weapons in Syria will mark a big step towards implementing a long-standing goal of setting up a WMD-free zone in the Middle East,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Geneva following his three days of talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria’s chemical arsenals.

Mr. Lavrov recalled that the 2010 Non-Proliferation Review Conference appointed Russia, Britain and the U.S. the co-founders of a conference on establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.

“The conference was to be convened last year,” the Itar-Tass news agency quoted Mr. Lavrov as saying. “Unfortunately, we have faced delays. We think this is an unacceptable situation. We will firmly and consistently work to bring about this conference.”

The U.S. has blocked efforts to declare the Middle East a WMD-free zone as this would involve stripping its main ally, Israel of its nuclear weapons.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/russia-to-push-for-wmdfree-zone-in-middle-east/article5128933.ece

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UN's Ban sceptical Assad will keep chemical arms deal

AFP

2013-09-14

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Friday he shares international doubts that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad will respect an international deal on his country's chemical weapons.

A Russian plan to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control and an application by Damascus to join the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention have eased fears of a US military strike.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042630/uns-ban-skeptical-assad-will-keep-chemical-arms-deal

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Rampant abuses in Somali capital evictions: Amnesty

14 September 2013

The forced eviction of thousands of Somalia’s poorest from makeshift camps amid rebuilding efforts in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu has led to “large scale” rights abuses, Amnesty International warned yesterday.

More than 300,000 people live in basic camps across Mogadishu, often in the ruins of once grand buildings and consisting of little more than plastic sheeting or cloth draped over stick frames.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/rampant-abuses-in-somali-capital-evictions-amnesty/

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US, Russia reach agreement on Syria weapons

AGENCIES

2013-09-14

GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they have reached an agreement on a framework for securing Syria's chemical weapons after the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva.

They said some elements of the deal include a timetable and how Syria must comply — and that if Syria fails, they will seek a Security Council resolution that could authorise military action.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042835/us-russia-reach-agreement-on-syria-weapons

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First mosque to be built in Slovenia

World Bulletin / News Desk

14 September 2013

The Islamic Cultural Centre and mosque in the Slovenian capital will be the centre of interfaith dialogue and respect for the diversity of Slovenian society, Mufti of Ljubljana Nedzad Grabus told AA.

Mufti Grabus spoke to AA ahead of Saturday's ceremony in the capital Ljubljana marking the laying of the foundation of what will be the closest mosque in the Balkans to Western Europe.

"This fulfills the decade-long dream of Bosniaks in Slovenia to have a mosque," said Grabus.

He added it will be a centre for ''mutually strengthening relationships within the community."

''We plan, if everything goes well, to finish the construction in three years by 2016,'' said Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117851

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Arab World

 

Suicide Bomber Attacks Iraq Funeral, Killing 11

September 14, 2013

Officials in Iraq say a suicide bomber has attacked a funeral for members of an ethnic minority in the country, killing 11 people.

Police say a suicide bomber set off an explosive belt inside a funeral held by members of Shabak minority near the northern city of Mosul on Saturday afternoon. Authorities said that at least 13 were wounded in the attack.

The Shabaks are ethnic Turkomen and Shia Muslims. Most of them live in villages east of Mosul, the provincial capital of the ethnically mixed Ninevah province that is predominantly Sunni Muslim.

Officials in nearby hospitals confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to journalists.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/suicide-bomber-attacks-iraq-funeral-killing-11/article5129011.ece

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Assad makes PR comeback, targets ‘American psyche’

14 September 2013

Mustapha Ajbaili - Al Arabiya

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to have resumed his public relations campaign, making a strong debut with CBS’s Charlie Rose last week trying to swing U.S. public opinion against President Barack Obama’s plans to launch a military strike on Syria.

The interview was later seen to have paid off for Assad when President Obama decided to shelve his airstrike plans.

During the interview Assad made sure to cast himself as a modernizer fighting against terrorism, warning Americans that their government would be creating another Iraq or Afghanistan if it decides to attack Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/2013/09/14/Assad-makes-PR-comeback-targets-American-psyche-.html

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Syrian opposition to choose provisional PM in push for credibility

14 September 2013

A provisional prime minister for the Syrian opposition coalition will be appointed by the bloc on Saturday, in a drive to bolster its international credibility amid high-stakes diplomacy efforts on the Syrian conflict between Washington and Moscow.

“We will be appointing a new prime minister tomorrow. It will be the first item on the agenda,” coalition spokesman Khaled Saleh told reporters after the first day of a meeting of the 115-member coalition, according to Reuters news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/14/Syrian-opposition-to-choose-PM-in-push-for-credibility.html

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Two dead in clashes on Brotherhood's 'tribute to martyrs' Friday

14 September 2013

Protest marches organised by the Muslim Brotherhood on Friday took to the streets in Cairo and other cities to mark the one-month anniversary of the violent dispersal by the police of two pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda, which left 600 dead and more than 40 officers killed.

One man was shot dead and six others were wounded in Egypt’s second city Alexandria, the health ministry said.

Another man was killed and tens injured in clashes between Brotherhood supporters and opponents in Ezbat Tahrir in the Upper Egypt governorate of Beni Suef, according to Hamdy Mostafa, the director of Beni Suef's General Hospital.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/81503/Egypt/Politics-/Two-dead-in-clashes-on-Brotherhoods-tribute-to-mar.aspx

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Syrian president's brother, Maher al-Assad, key to regime survival

14 September 2013

The Associated Press, Beirut

He is rarely photographed or even quoted in Syria’s media. Wrapped in that blanket of secrecy, President Bashar al-Assad’s younger brother has been vital to the family’s survival in power.

Maher al-Assad commands the elite troops that protect the Syrian capital from rebels on its outskirts and is widely believed to have helped orchestrate the regime’s fierce campaign to put down the uprising, now well into its third year. He has also gained a reputation for brutality among opposition activists.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/profiles/2013/09/14/Syrian-president-s-brother-Maher-al-Assad-key-to-regime-survival.html

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Iraqi forces deploy along Syria border

14 September 2013

Iraqi forces have recently begun strengthening their security detachments along the border with Syria.

The new security measures came as a quick response to talks about a possible air strike by the United States against the Syrian regime.

An uncertain situation has prompted Iraqi defense and interior ministries to visit the borders to observe the security measures on the borderlines.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/13/Iraqi-forces-deploy-along-Syria-border.html

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Syrian rebel leader says Assad moving chemical weapons to Lebanon, Iraq

 Sep 14 2013

Istanbul : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have started moving some of their chemical weapons to Lebanon and Iraq in the last few days to evade a possible U.N. inspection.

General Selim Idris said rebel brigades regard the proposed U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Assad's chemical arsenal as a blow to their two-and-a-half-year uprising to remove Assad.

There was no immediate comment from Syrian authorities.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/syrian-rebel-leader-says-assad-moving-chemical-weapons-to-lebanon-iraq/1169244/

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Syrian forces bomb and occupy hospitals as "policy"

World Bulletin / News Desk

14 September 2013

Syrian government forces are bombing and shelling hospitals in rebel-held areas to stop sick and wounded people getting treatment, acts which constitute war crimes, U.N. investigators said on Friday.

Fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad purposefully denied people medical care as a "weapon of war" and had also tortured people in their own medical centres, the independent investigators said.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117898

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India

 

UP riots: Pakistani media skips India bashing

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

Lahore, September 14, 2013

India bashing isn’t the flavour of the season for Pakistani media. The way Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar riots was covered by the local media, it showed reluctance and definite distancing from  an anti-India stand. The riots received a mixed response, with Pakistani media shying away from commenting on the issue. While most papers took the riots in their front pages, almost none of them wrote an editorial on them. Columnists also stayed clear of comment.

“It can be because there is not much Pakistan can comment on riots given its own poor record at communal harmony,” defence analyst Aisha Siddiqa said.

Pakistan TV channels took footage from Indian channels but unlike on previous attempts there were no special shows or discussions, possibly because so much was happening within Pakistan. Talk show host Farrukh Pitafi said during the riot period there were “more sexy stories to be talked about like the violence in Karachi, situation in Syria and also election of the president.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/UP-riots-Pakistani-media-skips-India-bashing/Article1-1121868.aspx

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Taliban group: We killed Sushmita Banerjee because she was an Indian spy

PTI | Sep 14, 2013

KABUL: In a new twist, a renegade Taliban militia, the Suicide Group of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, has taken responsibility for killing Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, claiming she was an "Indian spy".

"We killed Sushmita Banerjee because she was an Indian spy," the group's spokesman Qari Hamza told the Daily Beast, the online home of Newsweek magazine.

He admitted that his men kidnapped, harshly interrogated, and then killed her. "We took her from her house, investigated her for three hours and then left her dead," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Taliban-group-We-killed-Sushmita-Banerjee-because-she-was-an-Indian-spy/articleshow/22583263.cms

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Striking differences:US-India disparity in views on Syria

Sep 14 2013

Washington : Acknowledging that India and the US have differing views on the issue of a military strike on Syria, the Obama Administration has said that the UN Security Council needs to enforce international law, but it shouldn't be an impediment that can protect somebody like Assad.

Reporters in a media round table on Friday.

India has been opposed to unilateral military strike in any third country without the approval of the UN Security Council, while the US insists that as Russia has used its veto power to block any move by the Security Council, it is an obligation on the part of countries like US to hold the Bashar al-Assad regime responsible.

"I think part of the point is that the United States has expressed support for India's aspirations toward the Security Council. It's important that the Security Council can work," the official said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/striking-differencesusindia-disparity-in-views-on-syria/1169176/

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India, Kyrgyz Republic to expand defence cooperation

Rajat Pandit, TNN | Sep 13, 2013

NEW DELHI: India and Kyrgyzstan on Friday decided to step up their defence cooperation, including ties between their armed forces.

This came during a meeting between visiting Kyrgyz defence minister Major General Taalaibek Omuraliev and his Indian counterpart A K Antony.

"Both ministers discussed a range of issues of mutual interest concerning bilateral defence cooperation and also shared views on security issues. Both sides reaffirmed their desire to further enhance bilateral defence cooperation in areas of interest such as training, UN Peacekeeping and defence industry cooperation," said an official.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Kyrgyz-Republic-to-expand-defence-cooperation/articleshow/22553571.cms

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India snubs Pak, says no to release of 50 prisoners

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 13, 2013

India has conveyed to Pakistan that it will not be able to release 50 of their nationals from Indian jail, though Islamabad has said that they have completed their sentences. But it has emerged that these prisoners have other cases against them, and India clarified that as sentences are only for one case, they cannot be set free.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/India-snubs-Pak-says-no-to-release-of-50-prisoners/Article1-1121822.aspx

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Indian jihadi breaks down in French court

Noopur Tiwari, Hindustan Times

Paris, September 14, 2013

Mohammad Niaz Abdul Rasheed sat in a box in the courtroom, his long hair tied in a bun, accompanied by four others accused of being part of a group he created for “armed jihad”.

Three other accused outside on a bench. One is absconding. Niaz is the only Indian in the group. All the others are French born. Niaz, 35, was born in Madurai.

He told French investigators that he was part of a group in India called ‘Popular Front of India’ which was earlier known as MNP. French authorities believe Niaz, who doesn’t speak fluent French, worked closely with a man called Saad Rajraji who helped him scout for men, give them basic physical training and indoctrinate them.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/Indian-jihadi-breaks-down-in-French-court/Article1-1121888.aspx

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Hindi movies strike a chord with the people of Xinjiang

Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times

Urumqi/Kashgar, China, September 13, 2013 

“I am a Muslim. I am not a terrorist,” the young man said.  He wasn’t trying to convince any one of his faith or innocence. In fact, in his enthusiasm for Hindi movies, he had wrongly recollected the often-quoted line from Shahrukh Khan’s movie, My Name is Khan. The actual line was: “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china/Hindi-movies-strike-a-chord-with-the-people-of-Xinjiang/Article1-1121757.aspx

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2 injured in Shopian protest; Yasin Malik detained

September 14, 2013

At least two persons were injured on Friday in clashes with security forces in Ganderbal district as authorities detained senior separatist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik during protests against the recent killing of youths in CRPF firing in Shopian of Kashmir.

Two youths sustained pellet injuries during clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies in Barsoo area of Ganderbal district, 25 kms from Srinagar, police said.

They said the injured were rushed to SMHS hospital here where doctors described their condition as ‘stable’

Protests against the killing of five youths in Shopian - in two incidents on September 7 and September 11 - were also held at Abi Guzar, Jamia Masjid and Saraf Kadal in old city and Kupwara and Baramulla in north Kashmir, police said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/2-injured-in-shopian-protest-yasin-malik-detained/article5123671.ece

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India backs Russian proposal to resolve Syrian crisis

TNN | Sep 14, 2013

NEW DELHI: India on Friday reiterated that it is encouraged by the Russian proposal to bring Syria's chemical weapon stockpile under international control as a way to end the conflict which threatens peace in the region. Speaking at the SCO heads of state summit in Bishkek, foreign minister Salman Khurshid said India is deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict in Syria and is closely watching the fast paced developments.

"We are encouraged by the current proposal, steered by Russia, that is aimed at bringing the Syrian chemical stockpile under international control,'' said Khurshid, adding that the proposal is in alignment with India's own consistent stance of supporting the complete destruction and elimination of chemical weapons worldwide.

"India sees any move in this direction, within the framework of the UN, as a positive development. We are hopeful that this development will reinvigorate the peace efforts towards a political solution to the Syrian conflict, including the early holding of the proposed 'International Conference on Syria' (Geneva-II), bringing all parties to the conflict to the negotiating table,'' he added.

India has consistently called upon all sides to abjure violence so that conditions can be created for an ``inclusive political dialogue leading to a comprehensive political solution, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people''.

"At the same time, any external military intervention in Syria's affairs should be excluded,'' he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-backs-Russian-proposal-to-resolve-Syrian-crisis/articleshow/22569039.cms

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Yasin denies any links with Baig

Deeptiman Tiwary, TNN | Sep 14, 2013

NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen's (IM) key operative Ahmed Siddibappa, alias Yasin Bhatkal, has not only denied knowing Himayat Baig - sentenced to death for the 2010 German Bakery blast - but also busted the evidence collected by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) that ensured Baig's conviction.

Yasin has, however, given some credence to two other controversial arrests made by the state ATS in the 2011 Mumbai serial blasts case. He has claimed to have known both Haroon Naik and Naqi Ahmed, arrested by the ATS as financer and planter, respectively, in the case.

Contrary to claims made by the state ATS chargesheet in the German Bakery blast case, Yasin has told interrogators that the bombs used in the strike were assembled in Pune itself and even the timers and bags used to carry them were procured locally.

The ATS chargesheet claims the bombs were assembled by Baig at his cyber cafe in Latur and that he travelled all the way to Mumbai's Musafirkhana market to buy timers and bags to carry them. ATS investigations have also claimed that the bombs were carried by Baig from Latur to Pune on the day of the blast.

For detail:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Yasin-denies-any-links-with-Baig/articleshow/22566858.cms

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Africa

 

45-year old Christian missionary adopts Islam

World Bulletin / News Desk

14 September 2013

Musa Bangura, a 45-year old Christian missionary from Sierra Leone, who travelled to different places in Africa telling people about Christianity and Jesus Christ has adopted Islam.

Abandoned by his wife and his family after he decided to become a Muslim, Musa Bangura is now calling on people to choose Islam, he told Anadolu Agency.

"For many years, I tried to persuade Muslims in my country to adopt Christianity, then I had a dream in which I was invited to adopt Islam," he said, adding he had the same dream three times one after another.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117291

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S. Sudan army kills almost 100 tribe members

World Bulletin / News Desk

14 September 2013

South Sudan's army has killed almost 100 members of a small tribe, executing some of them in cold blood, during seven months of fighting with rebels in the eastern Jonglei state, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

South Sudan's defence minister Kuol Manyang declined to discuss details of the report by the New York-based rights group. But he told Reuters authorities had launched an investigation in August into army abuses in the vast territory.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117906

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Jama’atu Ta’awunil Muslim Society of Nigeria Supports Governor over Religious Fairness

By kazeem mohammed

14 September 2013

An Islamic group, Jama’atu Ta’awunil Muslim Society of Nigeria, has called for continuous understanding among all religions in the State of Osun, with a view to sustaining the current peace and harmony in the state.

The society took the stand sequel to the criticism that trailed the recognition of traditional religious worshippers in the state by Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration.

Full report at:

http://www.osundefender.org/?p=120954

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Protesters seize ministry building in Libyan capital

14 September 2013

TRIPOLI — A small group of youths from Zawia Street and elsewhere in Tripoli protesting at the Ministry of Communications at the water stoppage in the capital have threatened to force ministry staff to cut the communications to the south of the country. They say that if water is not running normally, they will cut communications on Saturday to Al-Shwairef and Gira, the two towns which cut the water to Tripoli in response to the kidnapping of Abdullah Senussi’s daughter, Anoud.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130914180340

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Mideast

 

60 killed in tribal clashes in Yemen

14 September 2013

SANAA (Yemen), Sept 13: Security officials in Yemen say at least 60 people were killed in weeks of tribal clashes in the country’s north.

The officials said on Friday that the clashes erupted north of Sanaa over land disputes between two tribes. The conflict intensified when Shia Hawthis rebels backed one tribe and the al-Ahmar tribe, one of Yemen's most powerful groups, backed the other.

Other officials say anti-terrorism forces in Aden arrested two men believed to be Al Qaeda militants on suspicion of killing an intelligence officer last month. Yemeni authorities are leading a war against Al Qaida's local branch, considered by Washington as one of the world's most dangerous terror groups.—AP

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042764/60-killed-in-tribal-clashes-in-yemen

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Turkish PM accuses main opposition of being behind the Gezi protests

14 September 2013

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has increased his rhetoric against the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), accusing it explicitly of being behind the Gezi protests, which erupted in Istanbul late May and spread across Turkey.

 “Those behind the Gezi protests are the CHP and the CHP deputies. This is clear and obvious. Those who understand that they can’t win at the ballot box, set their hopes on streets and avenues,” Erdoğan said Sept. 12.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-accuses-main-opposition-of-being-behind-the-gezi-protests--.aspx?pageID=238&nID=54370&NewsCatID=338

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Muslims forced to perform Friday prayers outside Al-Aqua

World Bulletin / News Desk

14 September 2013

Thousands of Palestinian worshippers were forced to perform Friday prayers outside the Aqua Mosque compound due to stepped-up security measures by Israel, according to a statement issued by the Aqua Institute.

"Thousands of Palestinians converged on Al-Aqua Mosque for Friday prayers… but had to perform prayers outside the mosque compound's entrances and in the streets of Al-Quds [occupied Jerusalem] after being blocked [by Israeli security forces]," the statement read.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117889

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South Asia

 

Suicide blast kills three Afghan civilians: officials

2013-09-14

KANDAHAR: A Taliban suicide bomber killed three civilians in southern Afghanistan on Saturday when he detonated explosives in a failed attempt to target foreign forces fighting the insurgents, officials said.

The attacker prematurely triggered a bomb packed inside his vehicle before he got close to an international military convoy on patrol in the Daman district of Kandahar province.

“A suicide bomber driving a Toyota sedan detonated his vehicle in Daman on the road from Kandahar city to Spin Boldak (on the border with Pakistan),” Javed Faisal, the Kandahar governor's spokesman, told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1042818/suicide-blast-kills-three-afghan-civilians-officials

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Hefazat ‘divided’ over polls, 13-point movement

14 September 2013

Radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam is facing an internal feud over contesting the looming parliamentary elections and its now-dimmed movement to realise the 13-point demands that include death penalty for atheists and a ban on free mixing of men and women.

According to its leaders, the group has split in two with one faction led by the pro-opposition quarter and another pushing for political neutrality.

Even though Hefazat as a whole claims to be non-political, its secretary general and most of the central and district-level leaders hold posts in different Islamist parties linked with the BNP-led opposition alliance.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2013/sep/14/hefazat-%E2%80%98divided%E2%80%99-over-polls-13-point-movement

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Pakistan's release of Taliban has resulted in no concrete progress: Afghan officials

September 14, 2013

KABUL: Afghan officials say Pakistan’s release of 33 Taliban prisoners from jail, a policy initially trumpeted by Kabul as an opportunity to ignite peace talks, has resulted in no concrete progress.

The Afghan government, desperately searching for a way to negotiate peace before Nato troops leave next year, has said that the release of influential insurgents could encourage their comrades to the negotiating table.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/604214/pakistans-release-of-taliban-has-resulted-in-no-concrete-progress-afghan-officials/

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Proof of 9 Bangladesh war crimes found: Investigators

14 September 2013

Investigators said Saturday that they have found evidence of Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Abdus Subhan’s involvement in nine incidents of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War of the country.

The offence includes genocide, murder, torture, arson, abduction, loot, confinement and conspiracy, said Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, chief of the investigation agency designed to probe the war crimes.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/investigators-find-9-evidence-against-subhan/

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Sending observers to one-sided polls ‘meaningless’: BNP

Mohammad Al-Masum Molla

14 September 2013

Main opposition party BNP is of the view that sending observers will be “meaningless” for external organisations such as the European Union, if the upcoming national polls in Bangladesh were “non-inclusive.”

However, the party was at the receiving end of an election boycott by international observers in 2007. The preparations of that election, which never took place in the end, were marred by widespread protests by other political parties.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2013/sep/14/sending-observers-one-sided-polls-%E2%80%98meaningless%E2%80%99-bnp

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Allegations regarding the election are worryingly serious, says President Waheed

14 September 2013

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has stated that the allegations regarding the September 7th presidential elections are worryingly serious.

In a statement by the president released a week after his after his bitter defeat, Dr. Waheed stressed that the allegations regarding the election need to be properly addressed within the legal framework.

“…However, I would like to note that some allegations regarding this election are worryingly serious. I think it is paramount that these allegations be addressed within the designated legal framework, and justice be served,” President Waheed’s statement read.

Full report at:

http://www.sun.mv/english/15938

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Southeast Asia

 

Kuala Lumpur: Fruit stall doubles as sex stimulant drugs supplier

14 September 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: A whole range of unregistered sexual stimulation drugs believed to contain poisonous substances estimated at more than RM100, 000 were seized from a fruit stall during an enforcement operation at Lorong Haji Taib here on Saturday.

Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Health Department Pharmacy Enforcement Division chief Salimin Adnan said a fruit stall operator in his 50s was detained for further investigation in the 'Ops Haji Taib'.

He said the man was suspected of supplying the drugs on a small scale to customers and illegal traders along the five-foot ways at Lorong Haji Taib.

"Some customers bought the drugs directly from the stall. The fruit stall was just a front as the owner also acted as the middleman to distribute the drugs.

Full report at:

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/09/14/Crime-Fruit-Stall-Sex-Stimulant.aspx

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53 killed in Philippine fighting

Reuters, Zamboanga City, Philippines

September 14, 2013

Fighting intensified on Saturday in the southern Philippines between government troops and rogue Muslim separatists, shattering a ceasefire almost immediately as it was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on supplies.

The army said 53 people had been killed in the fighting, now in its sixth day in the port city of Zamboanga, known as the city of flowers.

Dozens have been wounded and more than 60,000 people displaced, with hundreds of homes razed and a hospital still in flames. Rebels have fired on government positions and seized civilians to use as human shields.

The violence underscores the security challenge potential investors face in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country despite a strong second quarter economic performance.

It also called into question a peace deal agreed last October with a larger Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Late on Friday, Vice President Jejomar Binay told Reuters he had spoken by telephone to Nur Misuari, leader of a rogue faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and they agreed to a ceasefire and talks to resolve the latest conflict.

Ful Report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/53-killed-in-philippine-fighting/

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FPI Miss World Rally Stopped at East Java Port

14 September 2013

Hundreds of Bali-bound members of the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) found themselves stuck in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Saturday as female police officers — backed by nearly  a 1,000 members of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) — blockaded the entrance to the port.

The Islamist group planned to take a ferry to Bali to protest the Hindu-majority island’s hosting of the controversial Miss World beauty pageant. The organization claimed the pageant, which was moved to Bali amid protests, ran counter to conservative Muslim values.

The decision to move the Miss World pageant from Bogor to Bali was seen as the latest sign of hard-line groups growing influence in Indonesia. The FPI held protests across Java on Sept. 7 to urge the government to cancel the event outright.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/police-stops-east-java-fpi-members-from-rallying-in-bali/

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Najib launches new economic agenda for ethnic Malays

14 September 2013

SHAH ALAM - The Government on Saturday announced new measures and strategies to empower the Bumiputera economy, with the Bumiputera Economic Council (MEB), to be chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak himself, to be set up soon.

Najib said the MEB, which will replace the Bumiputera Agenda Action Council (MTAB), would implement five main strategies as a continuation of the implementation of the Bumiputera economic empowerment agenda.

Full report at:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=160951:najib-launches-new-economic-agenda-for-ethnic-malays&Itemid=2#ixzz2erxJqogE

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North America

 

Boston’s Islamic Cultural Centre Welcomes IIIC Staff and Irish Trainees

14 September 2013

By Ann Marie Byrne

   Last Wednesday, the IIIC organized a visit to the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque in Roxbury. Upon arriving, we were greeted and welcomed by Barbara Sahli, a member of the Muslim American Society of Boston. The purpose of the visit was to improve group members’ understanding of Muslim culture, disprove stereotypes and examine prejudice. One of the group members admitted that he did not know what to expect when going to the Mosque.

 "I was a little wary when I was told that we were going to a Mosque. I didn’t know what to expect. When I got there, the lady who was giving us the tour was so nice. She answered all my questions openly and I left with more of an open mind about Muslims and stereotypes. I am glad that we were taken to the Mosque because it is not something that I would have ever chosen to do on my own.”

Full report at:

http://www.irishcentral.com/story/roots/irish-community-connections/bostons-islamic-cultural-center-welcomes-iiic-staff-and-irish-trainees-to-embrace-mutual-understanding-223317491.html

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Taste of halal: Islamic food festival debuts in Chicago

By Heather Schroering

14 September 2013

Salman Jahedi has been following Islamic dietary practices his entire life. Having grown up a Muslim in and around Chicago, he and his family often have to drive out of the way for restaurants that serve foods that suit their diet.

"You can't go to your local (sandwich shop) and pick up a turkey sandwich," says the 25-year-old Jahedi.

This problem, and perhaps Jahedi's hankering for a turkey sandwich, sparked an idea that's grown into Chicago's first Halal Food Festival. The event, to take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, brings together nearly 30 mostly local businesses that support the Islamic dietary code, halal.

Full report at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/ct-food-0911-halal-festival-20130911,0,7134196.story

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Obama to Make Rare Malaysia Stop on Asia Tour

14 September 2013

Washington. Barack Obama will pay the first visit by a US president to Malaysia in a half-century on a four-nation Asia tour next month, the White House said Friday.

Obama will attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei and also visit the Philippines, a longtime US ally that supports greater military ties, during the October 6-12 trip.

The last US president to visit Malaysia was Lyndon Johnson in 1966. US relations with the Muslim-majority nation soured during the 1981-2003 tenure of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a strident critic of the West.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/obama-to-make-rare-malaysia-stop-on-asia-tour/

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John Kerry says inspection of Syrian chemical weapons to start in November: Report

Sep 14 2013

Washington : Amid hectic negotiations at the United Nations Security Council meeting at Geneva, the US and Russia have agreed on a plan for identifying and acquiring for purposes of destroying the so-called weapons of mass destruction. As per a report of The Washington Post, the first inspection is expected in November, with the dismantling of the weapons to commence in early 2014.

US Secretary of State John Kerry held closed door negotiations with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, accompanied by groups of disarmament experts at the extended deliberations of the world body concerning the worsening condition of the civil conflict that is now in its second year.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/john-kerry-says-inspection-of-syrian-chemical-weapons-to-start-in-november-report/1169239/

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US ready for military action if diplomacy fails on Syria: Obama

September 14, 2013

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said Saturday he was willing to give a chance to diplomacy to help resolve the Syrian crisis, but warned the military option was still on the table.

“We need to see concrete actions to demonstrate that (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad is serious about giving up his chemical weapons,” Obama said in his weekly address. “And since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of US military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/604229/us-ready-for-military-action-if-diplomacy-fails-on-syria-obama/

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Australia

 

Islamophobia prevents Islamic finance expansion

12 September 2013

Mohamed Ariff, Professor of Finance at Australia’s Bond University, has said Islamic banking was expanding slowly in the world because of Islamophobia.

Ariff told AA correspondents on Tuesday that three major principles of Islamic banking could save the world from the devastating economic crisis which caused the GDP of 60 countries, mostly developed, to drop by 780 billion dollars, while reducing the world economy’s growth momentum by half since April 2007.

“The West developed a poisoned product which is collateralized debt obligation (CDO), and spread it to whole world. However in Islamic banking, you can’t engage in what is called dangerous derivative, a dangerous financial instrument which has high risk of failure to be licensed, under Islamic Sharia financial law.”

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=117562

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