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Female prisoners have conjugal rights, says Makkah National Society for Human Rights

 

Jakarta Police to question cleric over sex abuse

Halt Syrian butcher: The Imam and Khatib of Makkah’s Grand Mosque

Bill moved in US Congress for independent Balochistan

Saudi female athletes challenge Muslim norms

Detroit Sikh temple vandalized–but were Muslims the intended target?

Pakistani Military agents target killed another Baloch

Iraqi-born cleric in Norway terror trial

Egyptian Presidential hopeful says women must wear veil

South African Muslimah Speak about Headscarves at Airports

OIC to hold media workshop to address smear campaign against Islam

Debate about Islamic group's visits to Hillsborough schools flares up again

Kashmiri youth shunning violence, Pakistan: Survey

21 Bangladeshis on death row abroad

Toll from Kurram suicide blast reaches 32

India: '4 men planted 4 bombs on Samjhauta Express'’

US 'in lockstep with India' on Maldives

Iran warships enter the Mediterranean: commander

Muslim Name Ruins Swedish Dream Holiday

Maldives Oppn, ruling parties thank India for resolving political impasse

India: Supreme Court notice to Centre on Haj subsidy

India, Pak, Russia, China should 'wean' from Iranian crude: US

US aid cut may force Israel treaty review: Brotherhood

Pakistan cautions Kabul on Taliban peace hopes

26/11 probe: Pak judicial commission to visit India on Mar 12

Pakistan slams US Congressman for having tabled resolution for Balochistan independence

Divorce not an option with Pakistan: US

Angry Hamid Karzai challenges Pakistanis

Top US official heads to Israel, will discuss Iran

Political Instability in the Maldives Could Have Regional Fallout

British Muslims in state to study communal harmony

Britain fears new Cold War over Iran

Chinese envoy says all sides in Syria must end violence

Terrorism: US court jails Abdulmutallab for life

Israeli embassy car attack: Victim's version puts probe on new track

All options on table if Iran goes nuclear: Panetta

India's UN support for Palestinians a 'mistake': Israeli minister

Thai officials say Tuesday blast 'not linked to terrorism, Hezbollah’

Ukrainian girls may be jailed for insulting Indian flag

Mumbai 13/7 blasts: custody of two accused extended

Sean Stone hopes Islam conversion aids understanding

FBI Purges Anti-Islam Materials

Exhibition on Islam begins tomorrow at Kattayam, India

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Female prisoners have conjugal rights, says Makkah National Society for Human Rights

Feb 18, 2012

MAKKAH: The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) confirmed a fire that broke out at a women’s prison in Makkah last week was limited and caused no human or material damage, a local daily reported.

The society, which sent a team to inspect the facility, said conditions in the prison were stable and that the women inmates had no complaints.

It said the clinic inside the prison was providing first-aid services and that the prisoners would be allowed to entertain their husbands in khulwa (seclusion) as long as their requests adhere to the formal procedures of the prison.

The society also said the requests of some women prisoners for social security money would be immediately referred to the Ministry of Social Affairs in Makkah.

The society sent a delegation to the prison on Monday headed by Amal Muhammad Al-Sabri, a woman legal researcher. The delegation met with the administrative and security personnel of the prison and inspected the area where the fire broke out.

According to the delegation, the fire was limited and only broke out at an air conditioner in one of the rooms and was immediately quenched by the prison's security staff and other employees.

The delegation said the women prisoners were evacuated from the scene of the fire and kept in a safe place. It added the burned air conditioner was replaced with a new one.

The NSHR said the women’s prison was clean and added that women social workers meet every day with the inmates for counseling and listen to their feedback.

Assistant prison director Hossa Al-Luqmani said the management of the prison was executing a number of programs and activities for women prisoners to help train them on sewing, cosmetics and other professions. "We also provide them with books to read," she said.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article576939.ece

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Jakarta Police to question cleric over sex abuse

Dicky Christanto

Sat, 02/18/2012

The Jakarta Police will summon Hasan bin Ja’afar Assegaf, a influential cleric who is accused of sexually abusing some his boy students.

“We must watch our every step carefully. Right now, we have questioned 11 victims and plan to examine their psychological state and determine the validity of their reports,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

He said that once the police felt that they had solid evidence, they would summon Hasan for questioning.

“If he is indeed the perpetrator then he will face hard time. Thus, give us room to complete the preliminary examinations first,” he said.

The victims filed reports to the Jakarta Police last December. Besides filing a report to the police, the victims also filed reports to the Indonesian Children Protection Commission.

Following the report, the KPAI summoned Hasan Assegaf on Feb.13 but he didn’t show up.

The case began when Hasan sent a letter to his fellow religious teacher because she had not allowed her students to join in Hasan’s group. Instead of answering the letter, the other teacher told the public that Hasan had sexually abused his students.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/02/18/police-question-cleric-over-sex-abuse.html

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Halt Syrian butcher: The Imam and Khatib of Makkah’s Grand Mosque

Feb 17, 2012

JEDDAH/DAMASCUS/AMMAN/BEIRUT: The Imam and Khatib of Makkah’s Grand Mosque appealed to the international community in his Friday sermon to halt Syrian forces’ ruthless campaign against protesting civilians.

“It is binding on decision makers to take firm and definitive action to rescue the nation from the arrogant butcher,” said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais referring to Bashar Assad.

Friday sermons in Riyadh mosques also called for an end to the bloodbath of innocent civilians.

Meanwhile, thousands of Syrians rallied Friday to demand Bashar Assad’s ouster, as the embattled president’s forces unleashed their heaviest pounding yet of Homs in a brutal bid to crush dissent, monitors said.The protesters emerged from mosques after the main weekly Muslim prayers, in line with a call by Internet-based activists for a rally for a “new phase of popular resistance.”

They turned out after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly backed an Arab League initiative calling on Assad to step aside, and ahead of a visit by a Chinese envoy pushing for peace.

In the capital, one civilian died and 12 were wounded, some critically, when they were fired on at a demonstration in Mazze neighborhood, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At least 10,000 people demonstrated in the southern town of Dael, in the province of Daraa, cradle of the revolt inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings, said the Britain-based monitor.

Other rallies were staged in the towns of Jasem, Inkhel and Nimr Al-Hara, where security forces wounded some demonstrators when they opened fire on them.

In Homs, rockets crashed into strongholds of resistance at the rate of four a minute, according to one opposition activist who added the city was facing a humanitarian crisis.

“It’s the most violent in 14 days. It’s unbelievable — extreme violence the like of which we have never seen before,” said Hadi Abdullah of the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution.

"There are thousands of people isolated in Homs... There are neighborhoods that we know nothing about. I myself do not know if my parents are okay. I have had no news from them for 14 days," he told AFP by phone.

A tank fired into a residential part of Homs before bursts of machinegun fire clattered across the neighborhood, according to a video activists uploaded to YouTube.

"The regime troops are still shelling at the moment but are reluctant to enter Baba Amr. They are on the periphery and are moving slowly. The army will lose if it begins urban warfare," activist Omar Shakir said later on Skype.

International rights groups have estimated that the assault on Homs has killed almost 400 people, and a medic reached on Skype said 1,800 have been wounded.

"There are injuries that cannot be treated because of a lack of medical equipment," Dr. Ali Al-Hazzuri told AFP. "There are casualties who are close to dying."

Nine bodies of unidentified people were found on Friday morning in Homs, said the Observatory, which also reported the heaviest shelling in the city for two weeks. The violence came after the UN General Assembly demanded on Thursday an immediate halt to Syria's brutal crackdown on dissent, which human rights groups say has cost more than 6,000 lives in the past 11 months.

In a strongly worded resolution adopted by a 137-12 vote, member states demanded Assad's government stop attacking civilian demonstrators and start pulling troops back to barracks.

The resolution calls on Damascus "to stop all violence or reprisals immediately, in accordance with the League of Arab States initiative."

It was referring to a peace plan put forward by the pan-Arab bloc calling on Assad to hand power over to his deputy and for the formation of a unity government ahead of elections.

Russia, China and Iran opposed the non-binding resolution put forward by Arab states with Western support just days after Beijing and Moscow vetoed a similar resolution at the UN Security Council.

Such a strong vote in favor of the resolution adds to mounting pressure on Assad to curb a crackdown that left at least 41 people dead on Thursday as security forces bore down on focal points of dissent.

Egypt's deputy UN ambassador, Osama Abdelkhalek, said the General Assembly had sent an "unambiguous message" to Damascus: "It is high time to listen to the voice of the people." But Syrian envoy Bashar Jaafari lashed out at other Arab nations, saying Western powers had exploited the Arab League to "internationalize" the crisis.

"The Arab Trojan horse has been unmasked today," he said.

Iran's UN representative, Mohammad Khazaee, warned that the resolution would only deepen the crisis, "with all its ramifications to the region as a whole."

On the eve of his trip to Damascus, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun said Beijing opposed armed intervention and forced "regime change" in Syria.

Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer said blogger Razan Ghazzawi, a figurehead of the uprising, had been arrested, along with leading rights activist Mazen Darwish, his wife and 11 others.

Assad, who succeeded his late father Hafez in 2000 after he had ruled for 30 years, still has crucial support on the international stage from Russia and China.

China also believed the threat of sanctions would not help resolve the issue, he said.

British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said the Russians should do more to stop the killing and worry less about a change in government.

"The question of which government Syria has is a matter for the Syrian people and not the Russian foreign minister. Our position is clear: The killing has to end. The regime has lost all its legitimacy," Burt told the Austrian paper Die Presse.

Speaking in Vienna, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said crimes against humanity had almost definitely been committed in Syria.

"We see neighborhoods shelled indiscriminately, hospitals used as torture centers, children as young as 10 years old jailed and abused. We see almost certain crimes against humanity," he said.

Ban later had talks with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe during which the UN leader said the priorities were to stop the violence and establish humanitarian access. UN agencies were coordinating efforts to provide relief to the Syrian people, he said.

Juppe said agreement at the Security Council was possible with Russia to halt the bloodshed.

"We can possibly reach a compromise on a short-term objective which is to end the massacres," he said. "We must do everything so that the violence ends and that a lot of humanitarian aid is given to the Syrian people."

In Deraa, a city on the Jordanian border where the revolt erupted nearly a year ago, the sound of explosions and machinegun fire echoed through districts under attack by government troops, residents said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one person was shot dead at a checkpoint on Friday in an area of Deir Al-Zor, in the northeast, where clashes between the rebels and state forces have been going on since Thursday night.

There was no immediate comment from Syrian authorities, who tightly restrict media access to the country.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article576896.ece

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Bill moved in US Congress for independent Balochistan

18 FEBRUARY 2012

WASHINGTON: A US Congressman from California introduced a bill on Friday calling for the Baloch nation’s historic right to self-determination and their own country.

The bill states that Balochistan is currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan with no sovereign rights of its own. In Pakistan especially, the Baloch people are subjected to violence and extrajudicial killings.

Full Report At:

Mr Rohrabacher official website: http://rohrabacher.house.gov/News/Doc ... le.aspx?DocumentID=281121

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Saudi female athletes challenge Muslim norms

Feb 16, 2012

DUBAI: Behind concrete walls and with no men in sight, Saudi women wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts meet three times a week to play football in an all-female club in Saudi Arabia's port city of Jeddah.

Cheering them on is Jeddah King's United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, who is also leading a campaign in the ultra conservative Muslim country to allow women to participate in sports and compete internationally.

Saudi Arabia has never sent a woman to compete in the Olympics. Human rights groups say the country is violating the International Olympic Committee charter's pledge of equality.

In a report Wednesday, Human Rights Watch called on the IOC to require that Saudi Arabia's participation in the London Olympics be contingent upon the Arab country allowing all girls and women to play competitive sports.

Saudi Arabia's male athletes have so far qualified in several track and field and equestrian events for the London Games. There's a chance male athletes will also qualify in archery and they are hoping for a wild card invitation in shooting.

However, plans to send women to the Olympics remain wrapped in secrecy.

"We will watch the London Olympics and we will cheer for our men competing there, hoping that some day we can root for our women as well," Abdullah said in a telephone interview from Jeddah.

"When Saudi women get a chance to compete for their country, they will raise the flag so high," the 33-year-old Abdullah said. "Women can achieve a lot, because we are very talented and we are crazy about sports."

Since Abdullah put together Saudi Arabia's first female football club in Jeddah in 2006, teams have popped up around the country, including in the capital, Riyadh, and in Dammam, the biggest city in the oil-rich eastern province.

In 2008, seven female teams played in the first ever national tournament as part a clandestine and segregated women's league. Abdullah's Jeddah King's United finished first.

Members of the team play not in a stadium but on what Abdullah describes as "a proper size football field with grass that is surrounded by a wall."

The current roster includes 35 women, as young as 13 and up to 35. Outside the segregated premises, the players are wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and specially designed headscarfs to cover their hair, Abdullah said.

What they are doing is illegal, even though there are no written laws in Saudi Arabia that ban and restrict women from participating in sports. The stigma of female athletes is rooted in conservative traditions and religious views that hold giving freedom of movement to women would make them vulnerable to sins.

Saudi women bear the brunt of their nation's deeply conservative values, often finding themselves the target of the unwanted attention of the kingdom's intrusive religious police, who enforce a rigid interpretation of Islamic Shariah law on the streets and public places like shopping malls and university campuses.

"Nobody is saying completely 'no' to us," Abdullah said, adding that only a fraction of Saudia Arabia's female population - attending all-female private schools and universities - is generally tolerated to participate in sports.

"As long as there are no men around and our clothes are properly Islamic, there should be no problem," she said.

But there is a problem and a senior sports official, who said rulers in the kingdom are not opposed to women's participation in sports, described efforts to include more girls and women into sports as "a fight between old and new" attitudes.

"We are supporting women here to be in sports but that means fighting deeply entrenched traditions in Saudi Arabia," the official said in a phone interview Wednesday. "We are trying to overcome them and we are seeking support from the IOC to have a woman in our delegation at the London Games."

The official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The IOC has previously criticized the Saudis for failing to send women athletes to the Olympics. However, according to Human Rights Watch, the IOC hasn't attached any conditions to the nation's participation in the games.

In Wednesday's report, the New York-based group said that Saudi government restrictions put sports beyond the reach of almost all women in the Gulf nation.

There is no physical education for girls in public schools and no money allocated for women's sports in the country's institutions, including the youth ministry, the Saudi national Olympic committee and Saudi sports federations.

"It's not that Saudi Arabia doesn't have the money to do this or women who want to," said Christoph Wilcke, a senior researcher in Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division who authored the 51-page report titled "Steps of the Devil." ''We have listened to Saudi promises for decades. This is not good enough."

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-16/middle-east/31066111_1_saudi-women-saudi-arabia-london-olympics

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Detroit  Sikh temple vandalized–but were Muslims the intended target?

18 FEBRUARY 2012

Vandals targeted a Sikh house of worship in suburban Detroit this week. But there are signs they intended to target Muslims.

According to the Sikh Society of Michigan, the Sikh temple (known as a Gurdwara) in Sterling Heights has been under construction for several years, without any incidents or controversy.

That changed when someone vandalized the building sometime on Sunday night.

The vandals spray painted “don’t builed” [sic] on an outside wall. They also left images of a cross, a gun, and a misspelled version of the name “Mohammed.”

Muslims revere Mohammed as a prophet, but it has nothing to do with the Sikh religion. The word leads many to believe to believe the vandals thought they were targeting Muslims.

Dawud Walid, executive director for the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), calls the vandalism a hate crime.

“We joined the Sikh community in calling for local and federal law enforcement to use their full resources to investigate this recent hate crime,” Walid said.

The US Justice Department in Detroit says the incident is on their radar. They’ve met with members of the Sikh community about it.

But a DOJ spokeswoman says it’s yet how they’ll be involved in the investigation, or any potential prosecution. Anyone with information about the incident should contact Sterling Heights Police.

Walid also suggests the incident could stem from politicians’ “fanning the flames” of xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in an election year.

“We hope that they will be a little more responsible,” Walid said. “They should understand that their statements and ads may push people over the edge, and they do have consequences.”

The US Sikh community has fallen victim to anti-Muslim sentiment before. A Sikh man was murdered in Arizona soon after the September 11th attacks. The killer thought he was Arab or Muslim.

http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/2012/02/08/sikh-temple-vandalized-but-were-muslims-the-intended-target/

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Pakistani Military agents target killed another Baloch

18 FEBRUARY 2012

Balochistan: Pakistani military agents target killed another well-known trader Hafiz Abdul Qadir in Jilani Chowk, Khuzdar district of Balochistan on Thursday.

According to police, Hafiz Abdul Qadir was buying vegetables on the Jinnah Road near Jilani Chowk when unknown armed men open indiscriminate firing at him killing him instantly.

According to eye-witnesses account two persons riding a motorcycle target killed Hafiz Abdul Qadir, and the killers were seen straight going to an FC camp after committing the brutal murder.

The body of the victim was handed over to his relatives for burial after legal formalities were completed.

Hafiz Abdul Qadir was the father of BSO-Azad’s slain activist Sami Mengal, who was whisked away by the Pakistani intelligence agencies on 01/10/2010 and his bullet riddled body was found on 17/10/2010 from Ferozabad, Khuzdar.

It is pertinent to remember that on February 3, 2012 Pakistani forces target killed Muhammad Ramzan Zehri, the father of BSO Azad's youngest martyred member Majeed Zehri.

Pakistani military/ISI after applying all brutal methods by killing the Baloch youths under custody, now target killing the family members of Baloch political and student activists. Pakistani intelligence agencies continue to threat Baloch political activists to withdraw from the struggle for Baloch national liberation otherwise their family members will be abducted or killed.

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Iraqi-born cleric in Norway terror trial

By BJOERN H. AMLAND

Feb 15, 2012

OSLO, Norway: An Iraqi-born cleric pleaded not guilty in a Norwegian court Wednesday to charges of making death threats against politicians and encouraging suicide bombings.

Prosecutors said Mullah Krekar, a 55-year-old Islamist who came to Norway as a refugee in 1991, faces several years in prison if found guilty.

Since his arrival, Krekar has made frequent trips to Iraq where he founded the Kurdish Ansar Al-Islam, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and other nations. It is suspected of organizing suicide bombings against coalition forces in Iraq.

In 2005, a Norwegian court declared him a national security threat and ordered him deported, but later postponed the move because of concerns he could face execution or torture in Iraq.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/world/article576076.ece

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Egyptian Presidential hopeful says women must wear veil

By Katerina Nikolas

Feb 13, 2012

Cairo - Egyptian Presidential hopeful Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail has angered women in Egypt by saying he would force women to wear the hijab if he is elected as President.

The ultra conservative Ismail, long affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood but no longer a member, advocates the Salafi brand of extreme Islam that seeks to impose Sharia law.

According to Alarabiya Ismail said he would enforce the veil on women opposed to wearing it, and "if they do not want to wear, they have to change their 'creed.'" He went on to state "this is Islam. Does she want to be a Muslim and not obey Allah's rules?"

Ismail has adopted a harder line than the one he used when he first announced his plan to stand as President in May 2011. Islamopedia noted at that time Ismail was not speaking of imposing his policies with force, but rather he said the “return to Islam should be done softly...should happen gradually.”

Full Report At:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/319533

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South African Muslimahs Speak about Headscarves at Airports

February 14th, 2012

safiyyah

Over the Christmas and New Year season, Quraysha Ismail Sooliman, South African Muslimah scholar and lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Pretoria, was on her way out of the country with her family. At Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, she and her daughters were stopped at passport control, and one of her daughters was asked to remove her headscarf in order to be properly identified. The same happened upon their return, when her second daughter was asked the same, both times in an abrupt and condescending tone.

Full Report At:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/2012/02/south-african-muslimahs-speak-about-headscarves-at-airports/

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OIC TO HOLD MEDIA WORKSHOP TO ADDRESS SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISLAM

By NAM NEWS NETWORK

Feb 13th, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (NNN-Bernama) — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is to hold a media workshop in Brussels on Feb 15 to 16 pertaining to the smear campaigns against Islam in newspapers and media institutions in the West.

The objective of this first-of–its-kind workshop is to develop media-related mechanisms to address the smear campaigns, the OIC said in a statement.

It said the workshop will discuss at length the reasons behind and the results of the Western media’s offensive campaigns against the symbols and sanctities of Islam and Muslims, which it added still occur from time to time.

Full Report At:

http://news.brunei.fm/2012/02/13/oic-to-hold-media-workshop-to-address-smear-campaign-against-islam/

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Debate about Islamic group's visits to Hillsborough schools flares up again

18 February 2012

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - More than a dozen who oppose school appearances from the Council on American-Islamic Relations attended Tuesday's board meeting, some asking the board to call for a workshop and others displaying signs on the sidewalk outside that said, "Welcome to Tampastan."

Full Report At:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=296948

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Kashmiri youth shunning violence, Pakistan: Survey

Indo-Asian News Service

Srinagar, February 17, 2012

Kashmiri youths are increasingly leaning towards non-violence and also moving away from Pakistan. So says a survey by a New Delhi-based research body. The survey by the Institute for Research on India and International Studies (IRIIS) also holds the "historical baggage" of Jammu and

Kashmir and the "presence of security forces" for the disconnect between the Kashmiri youth and the Indian state.

Full Report At:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/Kashmiri-youth-shunning-violence-Pakistan-Survey/Article1-812852.aspx

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21 Bangladeshis on death row abroad

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Porimol Palma

At least 21 Bangladeshis are facing death sentence and 31 undergoing trial for murder in six Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries -- Bangladesh's major labour markets.

The cases involve 43 murders, including those of 28 Bangladeshis, over trading of visas and involvement in “immoral” activities, according to reports sent by Bangladesh missions abroad.

Under the Middle Eastern nations' strict Islamic Sharia laws, death penalty is imposed for murder.

A convict, however, can escape death only if the victim's family pardons him.

“Execution of Bangladeshis abroad hurts the image of the country and can affect its overseas employment sector,” said Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, secretary of the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry.

Full Report At:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=222897

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Toll from Kurram suicide blast reaches 32

18 FEBRUARY 2012

PESHAWAR: A local official says the death toll from a suicide attack in a town of the Kurram region close to the Afghan border has reached 32.

Wajid Ali, who is an administrator in the town of Parachinar , said Saturday that nine people had died in hospitals since the Friday blast, which was initially reported to have killed 23.

Another 67 were injured when on a motorcyclist detonated his explosives in the Parachinar’s market.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/18/toll-from-kurram-suicide-blast-reaches-32.html

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India: '4 men planted 4 bombs on Samjhauta Express'’

Muzamil Jaleel

Sat Feb 18 2012

Startling revelations by Kamal Chouhan are helping investigators understand how the Samjhauta Express bombs were brought to the capital, who all took it to the railway station and the sequence of events leading to the tragedy that killed 68 passengers, most of them Pak nationals. Tomorrow marks the fifth year since that attack.

Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/913657/

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US 'in lockstep with India' on Maldives

SATURDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2012       

Noting that India has "traditionally played a strong role" in Maldives, the US has said it was working closely with India in resolving the political impasse there after the abrupt exit of its first democratically president last week.

Full Report At:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/home/online-channel/top-story/43623-us-in-lockstep-with-india-on-maldives.html

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Iran warships enter the Mediterranean: commander

18 FEBRUARY 2012

TEHRAN: Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday in a move that would show Iran's "might" to regional countries, navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari said.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-35884-Iran-warships-enter-the-Mediterranean

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Muslim Name Ruins Swedish Dream Holiday

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

STOCKHOLM – A Swedish tourist became the latest victim of Islamophobia after being barred from a flight to his dream holiday in Mexico for having a Muslim name, The Local reported Tuesday, February 14.

“I was told that I couldn’t board the flight,” Abdifateh Ahmed Mohamed told the local daily Aftonbladet.

The dilemma began in Oslo airport when the 30-year-old met problems at international border controls.

He recalled that he was stopped at the airport by border police who delayed the procession of his ticket.

Full Report At:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/455806-muslim-name-shatters-swedish-dream-holiday.html

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Maldives Oppn, ruling parties thank India for resolving political impasse

Fri Feb 17 2012

Male : Maldives' ousted President Mohammed Nasheed's MDP party has said that it was grateful to India for its "timely intervention" to help resolve the political impasse here, a view shared by the new regime as well.

"It has been a positive movement, a forward movement. India's role was very much important in ensuring that political and democratic process is on," Ibrahim Hussein Zaki, a senior MDP leader and close aide of Nasheed, said here.

"We are grateful to India for the timely intervention," Zaki, the then Special Envoy to Nasheed, said.

Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/913418/

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India: Supreme Court notice to Centre on Haj subsidy

TNN | Feb 18, 2012

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday told the Centre that it was unhappy over the manner in which the annual Haj pilgrimage for over 1.7 lakh Muslims was being handled and sought answers to various questions ranging from selection of the government delegation to the ethicality of Haj subsidy.

A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana P Desai hastily sought presence of attorney general G E Vahanvati and asked him to get the response of the Centre on questions relating to Haj by February 24. Though the appeal against a Kerala HC judgment on private Haj operators was filed by the Union of India through advocate Harish Beeran, the court converted it into a public interest litigation.

The bench wanted to know who decided the composition of the Prime Minister's Goodwill Delegation, how this came about and the purpose it served. It also asked the government to specify the government quota in the total Haj pilgrims permitted from India by Saudi Arabia government and explain the modalities of its distribution.

When the court said it would consider the ethicality of government subsidy for Haj, Vahanvati said it had already been upheld by the apex court. But the bench said it would have a fresh look at the logic behind government off-setting the cost of the pilgrimage.

The bench had last year stayed a Kerala HC order putting last-minute spokes in the government's quota but had said the manner in which the pilgrimage was being organized every year left much to be desired. It wanted the Haj pilgrimage for the year 2012 to be streamlined.

Of the 170,000 Haj pilgrims quota fixed for India, 1.25 lakh were nominated by Haj Committee through draw of lots, 11,000 by government of India including 1,500 for Jammu and Kashmir and rest through private tour operators (PTOs).

The bench was critical of the treatment meted out to pilgrims by PTOs and said Hajis were being fleeced. "We have personally come across sufferings of Hajis at the hands of some unscrupulous Haj tour operators. We must have a proper policy for 2012," the bench had said during the last hearing.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-Court-notice-to-Centre-on-Haj-subsidy/articleshow/11932204.cms

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India, Pak, Russia, China should 'wean' from Iranian crude: US

Washington, February 18, 2012

As the US imposed new sanctions against Iran, Washington said it was talking to India, Pakistan, Russia, and China about what they can do, particularly to wean themselves from Iranian crude.

"We are engaged in conversations with all of these governments with regard to the

importance of implementing existing international sanctions, national sanctions," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters on Friday when asked about several countries still doing business with Iran.

Full Report At:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/India-Pak-Russia-China-should-wean-from-Iranian-crude-US/Article1-813199.aspx

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US aid cut may force Israel treaty review: Brotherhood

Feb 17, 2012

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt may review its 1979 peace deal with Israel if the US cuts aid to the country.

Washington has said the aid is at risk due to an Egyptian probe into civil society groups that has resulted in charges against at least 43 activists, including 19 Americans who have been banned from leaving the country.

Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article576966.ece

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Pakistan cautions Kabul on Taliban peace hopes

18 February 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has cautioned Afghanistan that it would be ”preposterous” to expect Islamabad to deliver Taliban leader Mullah Omar for peace talks.

Khar spoke Friday after talks between the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan about what Islamabad could do to help the peace process.

Pakistan is seen as key because many of the Taliban’s leaders, including Omar, are believed to be based on its territory.

Full Report At:

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/17/pakistan-cautions-kabul-on-taliban-peace-hopes.html

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26/11 probe: Pak judicial commission to visit India on Mar 12

Sat Feb 18 2012

Islamabad : A Pakistani judicial commission will visit India on March 12 as part of the probe into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said today.

Malik made the remarks during a meeting here with Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Shahid Malik.

The minister was briefed by the envoy on the judicial commission's planned visit to India, officials said.

The minister said the judicial commission would visit India on March 12 and directed the High Commissioner to inform Indian authorities about the visit, officials said.

The Indian government had earlier asked Pakistan to send the commission between February 1 and 10.

Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/913718/

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Pakistan slams US Congressman for having tabled resolution for Balochistan independence

Washington, Sat, 18 Feb 2012

Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): Pakistan has slammed US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for having tabled a resolution in the US Congress, calling for the independence of Balochistan.

The Pakistan Foreign Office described the mover of the bill as being 'oblivious to the ground situation' and expressed the hope that the move would never succeed, the Daily Times reports.

It said that presentation of the bill was in violation of the international laws and showed a 'highly irresponsible attitude' on the part of Congressman Rohrabacher.

Full Report At:

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/02/18/268706-Pakistan-slams-US-Congressman-for-having-tabled-resolution-for-Balochistan-independence-.html

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Divorce not an option with Pakistan: US

17 February, 2012

WASHINGTON: Citing the importance of their relationship, the United States and Pakistan have rejected the notion of estrangement in bilateral ties as they take steps to repair the strains and build ties on a stable basis.

"From our perspective, divorce is not an option with Pakistan. We have a strategic interest in common. We have a lot of work to do together," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told the daily press briefing.

Full Report At:

http://paktribune.com/news/Divorce-not-an-option-with-Pakistan-US-247588.html

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Angry Hamid Karzai challenges Pakistanis

By SAEED SHAH

18 FEBRUARY 2012

ISLAMABAD An angry Afghan president confronted the Pakistani leadership Thursday, demanding that it produce Taliban officials for peace talks – and underscoring the distrust between Kabul and Islamabad that stands in the way of a deal to end the decade-long Afghan conflict.

Full Report At:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/taliban-158352-ocprint-karzai-pakistan.html

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Top US official heads to Israel, will discuss Iran

Feb 18, 2012 | AFP | Washington

US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will travel to Israel on Saturday for consultations with senior Israeli officials on a range of issues, including Iran and Syria, the White House said on Friday.

Full Report At:

http://www.asianage.com/international/top-us-official-heads-israel-will-discuss-iran-511

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Political Instability in the Maldives Could Have Regional Fallout

BY VISHAL ARORA

16 FEB 2012

Deposed President Mohamed Nasheed’s ouster was a defeat for democracy and a victory for conservative Islamism in the Maldives. But the resulting political instability in the Indian Ocean archipelago threatens to exacerbate regional rivalries in which the strategically located island nation has increasingly figured.

Full Report At:

http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/11497/political-instability-in-the-maldives-could-have-regional-fallout

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British Muslims in state to study communal harmony

TNN Feb 14, 2012

Yusuf Ebrahim Akudi|University of Calicut

KOZHIKODE: The Islamophobia, which has gripped the western countries, stemmed from the lack of knowledge on Islam, observed a four-member delegation of prominent British Muslims, here on Monday.

Interacting with the students of Farook College, Yusuf Ebrahim Akudi, a member of the delegation, which kick-started the five-day visit on Monday, said, "Islam was not able to reach out to the public to explain the faith."

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-14/kozhikode/31058521_1_communal-harmony-british-muslims-indian-muslims

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Britain fears new Cold War over Iran

18 FEBRUARY 2012

LONDON: Iran's nuclear ambitions could trigger "a new Cold War" more perilous than that between the West and the Soviet Union, British Foreign Secretary warned on Friday.

William Hague said Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb would spark an atomic arms race between rival Middle Eastern nations that could be more dangerous than the original Cold War because the old "safety mechanisms" are missing.

"If (the Iranians) obtain nuclear weapons capability, then I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons," he told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-35874-Britain-fears-new-Cold-War-over-Iran

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Chinese envoy says all sides in Syria must end violence

18 FEBRUARY 2012

DAMASCUS: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun called on all sides in Syria to stop the violence and elections to go ahead peacefully after Damascus talks with President Bashar al-Assad Saturday, state media said.

Full Report At:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-35886-Syrian-sovereignty-must-be-respected

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Terrorism: US court jails Abdulmutallab for life

Written by Seyi Gesinde, with Agency Report

Friday, 17 February 2012

UMAR Farouk Abdulmutallab was, on Thursday, sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in a federal court in Detroit, United States. Abdulmutallab is the 25-year-old Nigerian who was arrested in the United States on Christmas Day in 2009 for attempting to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight.

He returned to federal court in Detroit on Thursday to receive a "mandatory life sentence," months after pleading guilty to trying to blow up the aircraft, which he claimed was a suicide mission for al-Qaeda.

Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/36176-terrorism-us-court-jails-abdulmutallab-for-life

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Israeli embassy car attack: Victim's version puts probe on new track

Neeraj Chauhan

Feb 18, 2012

NEW DELHI: Theories about Monday's bomb attack on an Israeli car had to be hastily reassessed after disclosures by Tal Yehoshua Koren, the injured diplomat, put into doubt presumptions about the bomb and the bomber.

Koren is believed to have told the cops the bomb exploded 30 to 40 seconds after being stuck to the vehicle and the bomber was wearing black clothes and riding a black bike.

Investigators went to the hospital to record Koren's statement under section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code on Friday. Later in the day, she left for Israel in an air ambulance.

Officials said this information could well change the assumption that the bomb was a low-intensity incendiary device, which explodes within three to five seconds. Also, cops have been acting on inputs that the bomber was on a red bike wearing a brown jacket.

Officials said if the bomb took that long to explode, its make would be different from what was being presumed and it would have a timer or remote device as well. "We have to take a relook at all our theories," an official said.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Israeli-embassy-car-attack-Victims-version-puts-probe-on-new-track/articleshow/11932938.cms

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All options on table if Iran goes nuclear: Panetta

Feb 18, 2012

WASHINGTON: In escalating war of words, US defence secretary Leon Panetta has warned Iran that "all options" are on the table if Tehran blocks the Straits of Hormuz or if it goes nuclear.

"We've made very clear that Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon. We will not tolerate an Iran that has a nuclear weapon," Panetta said.

Full Report At:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/All-options-on-table-if-Iran-goes-nuclear-Panetta/articleshow/11936438.cms

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India's UN support for Palestinians a 'mistake': Israeli minister

PTI Feb 17, 2012

Uzi Landau

JERUSALEM: India's support for the Palestinians at the UN is a "mistake", a senior Israeli minister has claimed, saying he intends to "persuade" New Delhi to change its stand.

Touching upon a wide range of fields of cooperation between India and Israel, minister for energy and water resources Uzi Landau also acknowledged differences between the two countries on the issue.

Full Report At:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-17/middle-east/31070865_1_settlement-activities-future-palestinian-state-israeli-minister

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Thai officials say Tuesday blast 'not linked to terrorism, Hezbollah’

Sat, 02/18/2012

Thailand Deputy Prime Minister General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, who is in charge of security affairs, told the House of Representatives yesterday that the explosions had been caused by bombs that were intended to kill individuals, not a large group of people.

He said the men involved in the explosions were not from Lebanon, where Hezbollah is based. However, he said, he was still waiting for verification as to whether the men were indeed Iranian nationals.

Full Report At:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/02/18/thai-officials-say-tuesday-blast-not-linked-terrorism-hezbollah.html

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Ukrainian girls may be jailed for insulting Indian flag

Feb 18, 2012

Kiev Ukraine

A group of Ukrainian topless protesters may face jail term up to four years for climbing onto the balcony of the Indian ambassador in Kiev and tearing down India's national flag last month, said police on Friday.

The protesters had brought down the Indian flag, smashed the doors and windows with it and threw it on the ground.

Full Report At:

http://www.asianage.com/international/ukrainian-girls-may-be-jailed-insulting-indian-flag-515

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Mumbai 13/7 blasts: custody of two accused extended

18 FEBRUARY 2012

A local court on Friday extended the police custody of Naquee Ahmed Wasi Ahmed Sheikh and Nadeem Ahmed Ashfaq Sheikh, two accused arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the Mumbai triple blasts case last year.

“Their custody has been extended till February 27. The ATS officials told the court that they needed their custody for further interrogation as they wanted to take the accused out of Mumbai. They did not disclose to the court where they want to take them,” Sharif Sheikh, lawyer of the accused, told The Hindu.

Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2904571.ece

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Sean Stone hopes Islam conversion aids understanding

Dubai | Sat Feb 18, 2012

(Reuters) - Sean Stone, son of the acclaimed film director Oliver Stone and adopted friend of Iran, hopes his conversion to Islam will help Americans understand more about the faith, the Iranian media has reported.

The 27-year-old documentary maker became a Muslim on Tuesday during a ceremony in the Iranian city of Isfahan, during which he adopted the Islamic name, Ali.

He travelled to Iran to produce a film about Rumi, the 13th century mystic Persian poet, and has plans to work with Iranian film producers.

Full Report At:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/17/film-us-seanstone-conversion-islam-idINTRE81G1O020120217

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FBI Purges Anti-Islam Materials

Thursday, 16 February 2012

CAIRO – Amid an outcry over using Islamophobic materials in training its officers, the FBI has purged hundreds of documents offensive to Muslims and their faith.

"It's a bit hard to avoid the conclusion there isn’t a problem of culture in the [FBI] training division," Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab-American Institute, told Danger Room magazine.

"It’s one that appears to have some built-in biases when it comes to the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities."

An internal investigation has purged hundreds of Islamophbic materials used by the FBI in training its officers.

The announcement came during a meeting on Wednesday with several Arab and Muslim advocacy groups.

FBI spokesman Christopher Allen said some of the documents were removed because they were "offensive" while others were "inaccurate" and "overbroad".

He, however, insisted that the purged documents represent "less than 1 percent" of the 160,000 reviewed in the inquiry.

The bureau cited four criteria for purging the documents; "factual errors", "poor taste", employment of "stereotypes" about Arabs or Muslims or presenting information that "lacked precision".

The FBI said it plans to publish a "touchstone document" which sets criteria for not using anti-Islam materials again in training officers.

The Justice Minister also plans next month to release "Cultural Competency" guidelines for dealing with Muslims and Arabs on anti-terror efforts.

Last September, Danger Room cited an FBI training material which described Muslims as "terrorist sympathizers", who turn into violent people once they become pious.

It also described Islam as an indicator of terrorist activity and that the Muslim practice of giving charity as no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”

The White House ordered a government-wide review of counterterrorism training late last year.

'Systematic'

Critics warn that the use of anti-Islam materials in training FBI officers gives ammunition to extremist and radical groups.

"People will report criminal activity to the authorities, that’s been proven time and again," Salam al-Marayati, the executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told Danger Room.

"But if we are giving propaganda to al-Qaeda, resuscitating this dying ideology that al-Qaeda is promoting, by continually exposing anti-Muslim propaganda published by the government, that undermines our pluralism, which is the best defense against any transnational ideological threat."

Berry, the executive director of the Arab-American Institute, believes that the FBI has a "systematic" problem in using Islamophobic training materials.

She said she could "see the seriousness with which [the FBI] has approached this."

"They’ve never owned this problem. It’s not a problem of outside contractors,” Berry said.

"They’re producing these kind of documents that inhibit our counterterrorism efforts. We need our communities engaged, and these have done nothing but alienate us."

This is not the first time the FBI used anti-Muslim materials in training its counterterrorism agents.

In July, the FBI used training materials that claim Islam “transforms [a] country’s culture into 7th-century Arabian ways”.

In May, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim advocacy group, called on the Home Security to investigate the use of foreign trainers who offer hostile, stereotypical and inaccurate information about Muslims and Islam to the nation's security personnel.

Muslim relations with the FBI have been strained in recent years over the bureau's history of targeting members of their community.

In 2009, Muslim groups threatened to suspend all contacts with the FBI over sending informants into mosques.

The infamous post-9/11 technique of sending spies to mosques has been stirring uproar in the US over entrapping young people, who posed no real threat to the US security.

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Exhibition on Islam begins tomorrow at Kattayam, India

Feb 16,2012

Kottayam, Feb 16 (PTI): The three-day exhibition to know more about Islam would commence at the Town hall in Changanacherry here tomorrow. The Light Islamic Exibiton, organised by Ithihadu Shubbanil Mujahideen, youth wing of Nadvathul Mujahineen as part of the campaign that Islam is the religion of peace is opened to all sections of people irrespective of relgion, caste or creed, ISM president N A Shameel told reporters today. Lectures and discourse by scholars on various subjects would be held in the evenings during the exhibition,concluding on February 19. Messge pavilion, kids corner Islamic book fair, cyberworld, video gallery and documentary hall were arranged in the hall.

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/exhibition-on-islam-begins-tomorrow/964276.htm

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