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Fighting Rocks Yemen Capital, Death Toll Tops 100

Islam Is More Ideology Than Religion, F.B.I. Analyst Says in Video

Maldives: Faculty of Sharia Law to expel student wearing face veil

Burka ban: French women fined for wearing full-face veil

AMU woman students protest library ban

Iran Prez speech triggers walkout

Iran president makes 9/11 claims after UN walkout

Palestine’s UN bid a negative development, says Israel

China gives normal visas to Kashmiris

Haqqani faction ISI arm, did embassy attack: Mullen

Talibans CD trick to kill Rabbani

Rabbani assassin had brought a ‘message of peace’ from Taliban

Mirwaiz seeks UN intervention in resolving Kashmir issue

Taken by J&K development, PoK leader snubs Geelani

8 Months after First Protests, Yemen Enters Dangerous New Phase

President Barack Obama angers Palestinians

Pakistan: Beheaded bodies of abducted tribesmen found in Mohmand

California councilman criticized for mentioning in meeting that he named dog after Muhammad

China executes Pakistani man on drugs charges

U.K. Muslims condemn Bharatpur killings

Tripoli fell a month ago; where's victory?

Abandoned child legally assigned foster parents for first time in Maldivian history

Turkey to restore biggest mosque in Somalia

Former Indian Cricket Captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Passes Away

Snipers kill 4 civilians in Yemen

Drone attack kills 10 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Syrian TV says 5 policemen killed in ambush

Two killed in attack on NATO containers in Khyber

Three Taliban militants killed in clash with Pak troops

Roadside bomb attack kills 5 in northwest Pakistan

9 Killed in Renewed Violence in Yemeni Capital

Tunisian army kills armed infiltrators near Algeria

EU to slap new sanctions on Syria as death toll rises

Suspect denies Marrakesh bombing

Varanasi probe team joins NIA in Delhi blast case

NIA tells court Kishtwar duo behind Delhi high court blast

PUCL alleges police bias at play in Gopalgarh

Bullets killed three, establish Bharatpur autopsy reports

Dawood relative shoots at site

HuJI plotted Delhi HC blast in Nepal

Sarkozy aides held in 2002 Karachi blast case

Two Sarkozy friends detained in 'Karachi kickbacks affair'

Prospect of civil war draws closer in Yemen

Pakistan Human rights commission blames govt. inaction for anti-Shia violence

Libya rulers claim capture of Qaddafi bastion

NATO Extends Libya Bombing Campaign

Haqqani network not on Pak soil: Rehman Malik

Pakistan ISI urged attacks on US targets: Officials

Britain keeps 'strong' stand on Iran nuclear effort

Should have involved 9/11 families in NYC mosque: developer

Modi now wants easy visa for Pakistanis visiting Ajmer

Muslims at Modi venue: VHP men clash over taunt

South Sudan's President vows corruption crackdown

25 Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistan authorities

Former journalist Amir Peretz to led Israel’s Labour Party

New ‘Silk Road’ eyed for Afghanistan

Will stick to reconciliation process: Kabul

Ramallah buoyant over statehood move

Pak knew of money transfer to Times Square bomb plotter?

Iran displays missiles on anniversary of Iraq war

Afghan President: Rabbani's Killer Staged a Ruse

Muslim chaplains connect communities to public bodies

China makes dent in Halal market with 1/8th of India's Muslim population

Bangladesh opposition-led strike paralyses daily life

Imran Khan's book recalled in India for “errors” in map

Post-regime change, Arabs eye the road to democracy

Shoaib Akhtar, Controversially yours: From Rawalpindi, with love

Urdu poets sharpen their wit with Modi’s ‘amity’ fast

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Fighting Rocks Yemen Capital, Death Toll Tops 100

23 Sep, 2011

SANAA (Reuters) - Fighting between pro- and anti-government forces spread through Yemen's capital during the night, said witnesses, bringing the death count from five days of violence to more than 100.

Protesters were due to return to the streets during Friday prayers, raising the risks of more confrontations between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and activists demanding an end to his 33-year rule.

The United States, Saudi Arabia and other powers fear al-Qaeda's Yemen wing could exploit the growing lawlessness in the country. Al Qaeda militants have already seized cities in a Yemeni province just east of a key oil shipping channel in recent months.

Gun battles and shelling between state troops and soldiers backing the protest movement shook areas near "Change Square," the name demonstrators have given the street where thousands have camped out for eight months.

Protesters, inspired by uprisings across the Arab world, marched into parts of the city controlled by pro-Saleh forces on Sunday and were met by heavy gunfire. The clashes escalated when troops loyal to army defector General Ali Mohsen joined in on the side of the protesters.

Overnight, one or two shells hit the southern end of the Change Square camp, killing at one person, a spokesman for the demonstrators said.

At least six people were killed as fighting raged on Thursday and Friday with heavy explosions and gunfire in Hasaba, a neighborhood of Sanaa where the powerful anti-Saleh tribal leader Sadeq al-Ahmar lives, residents said.

Snipers said to be lurking on the upper floors of buildings killed four protesters and wounded at least 14 around Change Square, a doctor at the square's clinic said. Angry protesters set fire to a house where they believed snipers were hiding, while medics set up a blood donation campaign for the wounded.

A guard at the house of an opposition figure also died when Saleh loyalists bombarded his house.

The interior ministry said seven people were killed by late afternoon on Thursday, including two government soldiers and two armed tribesmen fighting alongside them.

Negotiations on a peaceful transfer of power have stalled, and the U.N.'s Yemen envoy said the country on the south end of the Arabian Peninsula would be torn apart unless a political solution is reached soon between Saleh's camp and his foes.

Saleh has been in nearby Saudi Arabia since June recovering from wounds suffered in a June assassination attempt, leaving Yemen in a tense political limbo.

"Unless there is a deal, or unless there a breakthrough to a political solution ... the country will continue to fall apart and violence will spread to other parts of the country," United Nations envoy Jamal bin Omar told Reuters.

"It's very urgent that Yemenis make up their mind and agree on a reasonable way forward."

WINDOW CLOSING FOR NEGOTIATIONS

Diplomats and analysts say the best chance of pulling the capital out of a descent into further violence is finalizing a deal for a transfer of power plan, which they say Yemeni politicians were just days away from finalizing when the fighting erupted.

Saleh has on three occasions backed out of a plan brokered by Gulf neighbors for him to step down. Yemenis eager to get on with their lives said they feared that negotiators did not have much time left before violence spiraled out of control.

"Today it's fine, maybe tomorrow too," said driver Mohammed, as he waited in a line of cars to pass a checkpoint. "They've got a few days, maybe a week to get some kind of political development. After that, I worry there will be a slaughter."

A truce called by Yemen's vice president earlier this week broke down in just a matter of hours, highlighting the need for a political breakthrough.

"There are some initiatives being discussed for a political solution under the supervision of Jamal bin Omar and we hope these efforts succeed. Their failure will push this country into more violence," a high-ranking opposition official said.

Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Abdbullatif al-Zayani flew into Sanaa this week to try and resurrect the deal but left after two days with nothing to show for his efforts.

More than 400 have been killed since the grassroots revolt against repressive Saleh family rule began in January.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/09/21/world/middleeast/international-us-

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Islam Is More Ideology Than Religion, F.B.I. Analyst Says in Video

By J. DAVID GOODMAN

Sep 22, 2011

The video is dull — seminar room, dim lights, PowerPoint — but its message from an F.B.I. counterterrorism analyst is provocative: fighting Al Qaeda and other extremist groups is a “waste” compared to the broader threat posed by Islam itself.

The lecturer, William Gawthrop, is an F.B.I. counterterrorism analyst and a professor at American Military University who has written academic articles on the connection between Islam and terrorism.

Wired magazine’s national security blog, Danger Room, obtained the video of the June presentation to a New York City chapter of Infragard, a partnership between the F.B.I. and private business to protect critical infrastructure from attack.

During the presentation, Mr. Gawthrop advocates trying to undermine Islam at its foundation as a way of combating terrorism, drawing an analogy to the fictional weapon of mass destruction at the center of the Star Wars films:

If you remember Star Wars, that ventilation shaft that goes down to into the depths of the Death Star, they shot a torpedo down there. That’s a critical vulnerability.

Video of Mr. Gawthrop’s presentation comes a week after the publication by the same blog of training materials from a similar lecture in April titled “Strategic Themes and Drivers in Islamic Law” that described the prophet Muhammad as a “cult leader” and linked the Islamic faith to violence. As my colleague Erica Goode reported, the F.B.I. responded that the training material did not represent the views of the F.B.I. and that the material was presented only once. The video posted on Tuesday appeared to contradict that statement.

After Mr. Gawthrop first gave the presentation in his capacity as a representative of the F.B.I., the bureau told him to stop, said Christopher Allen, an F.B.I. spokesman. When the F.B.I. learned in August that he had continued to deliver the lecture on his own behalf, it told him to stop completely.

In the video, Mr. Gawthrop presents PowerPoint slides that outline his ideas about Islam, which he describes bluntly at the beginning as being less a religion than a political ideology. “We are not going to be discussing Islam as a religion,” he says. “We are going to be discussing that component of Islam which is non-religious. That component comprises about 83 percent of the religion. Islam is only about 17 percent religious.”

“The other 83 percent discusses the relationship between the Islamic and the non-Islamic world,” he asserts.

Copies of the training materials, some of which were presented in the June lecture, were leaked to the Danger Room blog and published last week, including a chart that tracks the relative violence of Islam as compared to Christianity and Judaism.

According to the material, the Judeo-Christian faiths have been on a steady path toward greater and greater non-violence for thousands of years. Islam, on the other hand, has remained at about the same level of violence since its inception.

Those slides came from the April lecture, which Danger Room said was also presented by Mr. Gawthrop. Mr. Gawthrop did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

At the time, the F.B.I. said in a statement:

The training segment that is the subject of recent media reports does not reflect the views of the F.B.I. and is not consistent with the overall instruction provided to F.B.I. personnel. It was conducted six months ago, one time only, and was quickly discontinued because it was inconsistent with F.B.I. standards on this topic. It was delivered to an audience of 37 agents as part of F.B.I. career path training.

As of August 2011, the individual who delivered the presentation no longer provides training on behalf of the F.B.I. These corrective measures were made before recent media attention was given to this topic.

Mr. Gawthrop is still employed as a counterterrorism analyst, according to the bureau spokesman.

In 2006, before working for the F.B.I., Mr. Gawthrop said in an interview with the conservative site World Net Daily that “there is evidence to support the contention that sources of terrorism in Islam may reside within the strategic themes of Islam,” which he said included “the example of Muhammad, the Quran, the hadiths, Islamic law, the pillars of faith and jihad.”

The F.B.I. has previously come under fire for inviting talks and encouraging reading books on Islam that are hostile to the religion and for the use of a counterterrorism manual that described Islam as transforming a country’s culture “into seventh-century Arabian ways.”

Book reviews attributed to Mr. Gawthrop on Amazon’s Web site also appear to reveal his views. In one, he offered praise and five stars for a book on Islam, colonialism and the slave trade in Nigeria. “Critics of the Western experience with slavery may be surprised by the nature and extent with which Islam enslaved African Muslims and sold them to bondage,” he wrote.

In another approving review, he recommends a book titled “Slavery, Terrorism, and Islam” written by Peter Hammond, a Christian missionary in Africa.

At a time when Slavery is assessed as an American birth defect with the finger of political correctness pointing at Washington as a slave owner, Hammond reminds us that Muhammad, the founding father of Islam, was a slave owner, and that under Islamic stewardship, slavery became a highly developed, civilizational-level, industry that, over 14 centuries, drained Africa of an estimated 140 million people.

Another review bemoans the “current era of political correctness and academic appeasement” that has has tainted recent writing on Islam.

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/islam-is-more-ideology-than-religion-f-b-i-

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Maldives: Faculty of Sharia Law to expel student wearing face veil

By Ahmed Nazeer

Sep 22, 2011

The only student wearing the face veil studying at the Faculty of Sharia Law will be asked to remove it during class or face being expelled if she refuses to do so, Dean of the Faculty of Sharia Law Dr Ibrahim Zakariyya Moosa has reportedly stated.

An online religious news website in the Maldives, ‘Islaameenoor’, reported the girl as saying that she was called to go to the office after class, whereupon Dr Zakariyya told her that it was not compulsory for Muslim women to wear the face veil.

Dr Zakariyya reportedly told the girl that studying was compulsory under Islam, and that if wearing the face veil obstructed her from studying, she should not wear it even if it was a Sunnah.

According to Islaameenoor, the girl responded that she did not wear the veil to create confusion about the religion, but to uphold the religion as much as she could, the paper reported.

Dr Zakariyya allegedly told her that he had no choice to allow something disallowed, and that she should not come to study wearing the face veil although she was able to come wearing a loose black hijab.

According to the paper, Dr Zakariyya told her that in different parts of the country terrorists had used the hijab to hide weapons, and that there was “no way to identify the sex of a person wearing the full hijab”.

Dr Zakariyya explained to her that there was no way the faculty could confirm that it was really her attending the exam if she wore the face veil, to which the girl replied that if the faculty was suspicious, female staff working in the faculty could remove her face veil and check.

Dr Zakariyya then told the student that there was an opportunity to secretly have headphones in her ear while doing the exams, which she said was possible even wearing the normal veil without covering the face.

When Minivan News attempted to contact Dr Zakariyya, the front desk at the faculty referred Minivan News to the Maldives National University. The Maldives National University referred Minivan News back to the faculty of Islamic Studies, which said it did not have the authority to comment.

Maldives National University Chancellor, also the former Education Minister Dr Musthafa Luthfy, also said he did not wish to comment on the matter.

Former State Islamic Minister Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, currently Dean of Islamic Studies at Villa College, said he had not heard of the matter and would not comment on it unless the reports had been officially confirmed.

Online newspaper ‘Sun’ meanwhile today reported Dr Zakariyya as confirming that the reports were correct, and he had advised a student wearing the face veil to remove it while coming to study.

He reportedly told the paper that the Faculty of Sharia Law would “take strict measures” next year in such cases.

http://minivannews.com/society/faculty-of-sharia-law-to-expel-student-wearing-face-veil-

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Burka ban: French women fined for wearing full-face veil

Sep 22, 2011

Two French women who continue to wear the full-face veil in defiance of a new law banning it in France have been fined 150 euros each by a court.

Hind Amas and Kenza Drider were caught wearing the niqab in public outside Meaux town hall, eastern Paris, in May.

They become the first of 91 women stopped by French police to be handed the 150-euro (£130) fine.

The women say they will appeal against their punishment the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

Thursday's sentencing in Meaux was closely followed not just in France but right across Europe, says the BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris.

Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland all have - or are planning - similar legislation.

Assault claims

Divorced mother Amas, 32, who was sentenced with fellow campaigner and mother-of-three Drider, has become a champion for several hundred women in France who insist wearing the niqab is a personal choice and a right enshrined by European law.

Amas's parents were not strict Muslims. She put on the niqab for the first time six years ago as an educated single woman.

She claims she once wore mini-skirts and liked to party before she rediscovered her faith.

Some Muslim groups say since the ban was introduced in April a number of women have been assaulted both verbally and physically by members of the public.

These two women would most likely have to exhaust the appeals process in France - which can take considerable time - before they can hope to test the legislation in the European court in Strasbourg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15013383

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AMU woman students protest library ban

Sep 23 2011

THE women of Aligarh Muslim University ( AMU) have a history of ‘ firsts’. The first chancellor of the university was a woman. The country’s first woman postgraduate was also from here.

In the context of such impressive precedents, the irony of the ongoing struggle for equal rights in AMU has not escaped many.

Prohibited from entering the university library for ages, the students of AMU’s Women’s College are no longer willing to accept such discrimination.

“ This is a long- standing demand.

AMU’s Maulana Azad University library is probably the best in Asia. But ironically, a section of students has no access to this wealth of knowledge,” Shadab Bano, who teaches history at the college, said.

The 100- year- old Women’s College is not an affiliated institution but a constitutive part of AMU lodged in the fort- like enclosure of Abdullah Hall. Undergraduate education, except for the professional courses, is provided to women only by this college.

As the women boarders of the hall are not allowed out of the campus except on Sundays, the membership of the university library has till now been out of question. Perhaps, this is why the rule is also extended to the college’s day- scholars.

“ The college has its own library but that is nothing compared to the material available at the Maulana Azad library. Undergraduate male students from other colleges can go and study there, but not us,” a student said.

Encouraged by support from some of the faculty, the female students are now raising their voice. Last year, 600 students and 57 teachers had signed a petition asking for relaxation of the restriction and submitted it to the university. It has, however, done nothing in response.

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Iran prez speech triggers walkout

Sep 23 2011

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked Western powers on Thursday for a catalogue of misdeeds, but his address to the UN failed to mention Tehrans disputed nuclear programme. The US delegation walked out when Ahmadinejad said arrogant powers threatened anyone who questioned the Holocaust and the 9/11 attacks on the US with sanctions and military action. Other Western delegations soon made their exit.

Times of India

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Iran president makes 9/11 claims after UN walkout

23 Sep, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he believes - as an engineer - the World Trade Center towers could not have been brought down by aircraft.

Interviewed after his address to the UN General Assembly sparked a walkout, he told the AP news agency some kind of planned explosion must have occurred.

But he stopped short of saying the US staged the disaster 10 years ago.

He had been widely condemned for using his UN address to brand the US killing of Osama Bin Laden a 9/11 cover-up.

'Repair US relationship'

Diplomats from more than 30 countries, including the US and EU nations, left the hall as he attacked the West, denounced Israel and questioned the Holocaust.

The mass walkout has become almost a staple of the General Assembly's meetings. It came a day ahead of a Palestinian bid for UN membership.

Mr Ahmadinejad told AP it was not too late for Iran and the US to repair their relationship.

But he was fiercely critical of the operation against Osama Bin Laden, when, he said, the US "killed the main perpetrator [of 9/11] and threw his body into the sea".

"Would it not have been reasonable to bring to justice and openly bring to trial the main perpetrator of the incident in order to identify the elements behind the safe space provided for the invading aircraft to attack the twin World Trade Center towers?" he had told the assembly.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15028776

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Palestine’s UN bid a negative development, says Israel

Sep 23 2011

New Delhi : Describing the Palestinian bid to seek a full membership of the United Nations as a “negative development”, Israel ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz said that “peace can be achieved” in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and not in the glamorous halls of New York. The Israeli envoy told The Indian Express, “This new development will make it difficult for direct negotiations... one should remember that direct cooperation can only bring in peace.”

When asked about whether Israel has protested against India’s support to the Palestinian bid, he said, “Israel and India are very close friends, and they have wide-ranging and frank discussions. Friends should not protest against each other.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Palestine-s-UN-bid-a-negative-development--says-

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China gives normal visas to Kashmiris

Sep 23 2011

New Delhi : Sending a positive signal to India, China has given normal “pasted” visas to 12 Kashmiri youths who are visiting the country as a part of a 500-member contingent on a government-sponsored exchange programme. The delegation is visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou between September 21 and 29.

The 12 Kashmiris, all aged under 35, have been chosen from the newly-elected panchayats and institutions of higher education.

The Chinese embassy has not been issuing “stapled visas” since December last year, and the Chinese envoy has told Indian officials that they have been issuing visas “in hundreds” to J&K residents.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/China-gives-normal-visas-to-Kashmiris/850480/

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Haqqani faction ISI arm, did embassy attack: Mullen

Sep 23 2011

Washington : The Haqqani militant network is a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service, which supported the group as it launched a startling attack last week on the US embassy in Kabul, the top US military officer said today.

“The Haqqani network ... acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency,” Admiral Mike Mullen, who steps down this month as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in prepared remarks to a US Senate panel.

The Haqqani network is one of three — and perhaps the most feared — allied insurgent factions fighting US-led NATO and Afghan troops under the Taliban banner in Afghanistan.

“With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted (a September 11) truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy,” Mullen said. “We also have credible intelligence that they were behind the June 28 attack against the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations.”

Mullen said the embassy attack and Tuesday’s bombing that killed a former Afghan president who personified hopes for brokering peace negotiations with the Taliban, were examples of the Taliban’s shift towards high-profile violence.MISSY RYAN & SUSAN CORNWELL

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/haqqani-faction-isi-arm-did-embassy-attack-

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Talibans CD trick to kill Rabbani

Sep 23 2011

Kabul: President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said that the assassin of Afghan peace broker Burhanuddin Rabbani had come to Kabul with a CD carrying an apparent audio message of peace, allegedly from Taliban leaders.

Karzai said he had heard the CD,passed to him by a High Peace Council representative, before Rabbani's assassination and initially thought it carried the peace message.

In an emotional press conference, Karzai said: We saw that that message was not a message of peace,it was rather a deception... and the peace emissary was a murderer.

In a separate press conference, Afghanistans intelligence agency the National Directorate of Security said it believed the Talibans leadership body, the Quetta Shura, was involved.

Rabbanis killer had claimed he was representing a mysterious figure mediating between the government and the Talibans senior leadership, a survivor of the attack said. Former Taliban minister and member of Rabbanis High Peace Council, Rahmatullah Wahidyar said the bomber came as an envoy for a man called Hameedullah Akhondzada, who had claimed to have been in contact with Taliban leaders.

Times of India

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Rabbani assassin had brought a ‘message of peace’ from Taliban

Sep 23 2011

Kabul : The suicide bomber who killed Burhanuddin Rabbani gained access to him by presenting officials beforehand with an audio recording of a purported Taliban peace offer, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

At a news conference, Karzai said the CD was a trick to allow the assassin to get an appointment with Rabbani, who led the country’s High Peace Council. Karzai’s remarks offered new details about Rabbani’s death, which dealt a devastating blow to efforts of negotiating a peace settlement with the Taliban to end the decade-long war.

Karzai said that before he left for New York last weekend, one of his advisers, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, told him that the Taliban had a message for the Afghan peace council.

“Stanekzai brought me a message that someone had come from the Taliban movement and brought with them an audio CD in which there was a message from a Taliban representative,” Karzai said.

The president said he listened to the audio before leaving to attend the UN General Assembly. The voice on the recording spoke respectfully about Rabbani, he said. “There were a couple of questions and suggestions regarding peace.”

Karzai said he then talked with Rabbani, who rushed back home from a trip to Iran to listen to the recording.AMIR SHAH & DEB RIECHMANN

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Rabbani-assassin-had-brought-a--message-of-peace--

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Mirwaiz seeks UN intervention in resolving Kashmir issue

Sep 23 2011

Srinagar : Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today sought the intervention of the United Nations in resolving Kashmir issue, saying bilateral talks between India and Pakistan have failed to settle it.

"The United Nations has a moral and legal obligation to help settle the issue of Kashmir in accordance with the wishes and will of the people. Past failures to settle the question should not deter the United Nations. Now, more than ever, the UN must renew efforts to bring about the promised settlement," the Mirwaiz said.

He was addressing the Kashmir Contact Group of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), which met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

He said the resolution of Kashmir issue could not be left on governments of India and Pakistan as bilateral efforts of these countries in the past had failed.

The Mirwaiz said Hurriyat wanted a peaceful and lasting solution with the participation of all parties – India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mirwaiz-seeks-un-intervention-in-resolving-kashmir-

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Taken by J&K development, PoK leader snubs Geelani

Sep 23 2011

Islamabad: In a virtual snub to separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelanis stand that Pakistan should not talk to India on matters like trade till the Kashmir issue is resolved, senior PoK politician Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry on Thursday said things should start moving and rolling.

Chaudhry, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, said he had conveyed his position to Geelani during a recent meeting in Srinagar.

Geelani has his views and wants (J&K ) to join Pakistan... I told him that status quo does not suit us. Things should start moving and rolling, he said.

Chaudhry said he had stated his position after Geelani reiterated his stance that Pakistan should hold talks with India on issues like boosting trade only after the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Chaudhry, who was addressing a news conference on his return from his first visit to India, was impressed with what he saw in J&K.

The truth is there has been more development on that side. It is very beautiful and I visited agolf course and a trout fishing farm... I have seen those things and we should take steps to implement similar measures here, he said.

Times of India

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8 Months After First Protests, Yemen Enters Dangerous New Phase

By LAURA KASINOF and ROBERT F. WORTH

Sep 22, 2011

SANA, Yemen — Eight months after the first protesters began calling for revolution in Yemen, the beleaguered country has entered a new round of violence, in which street demonstrators appear to have become little more than sacrificial pawns in a long-term rivalry among members of Yemen’s political elite.

A shaky cease-fire largely held on Wednesday, after three days of gun battles and artillery barrages that left dozens of unarmed protesters dead. But the violence appears to have shattered the latest round of diplomatic efforts to ease out Yemen’s long-term president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

That may have been precisely the point. The negotiations appeared to be making progress last week, and foreign diplomats issued statements suggesting that a deal to transfer power was just days away. Then, on Sunday, protesters in Sana, the capital, advanced toward government troops and began throwing rocks — at whose instigation is not clear — and the soldiers responded with deadly force.

Five more protesters were killed in scattered violence on Wednesday, including three by snipers and one by a mortar attack.

The bloodshed of recent days threatens to spiral into a wider conflict between the country’s most well-armed factions: a powerful tribal clan, a renegade general and the family of Mr. Saleh. Each faction is struggling to impose its will, even as outlying provinces slip further and further from anyone’s control. Mr. Saleh, who once deftly balanced (and exploited) the country’s divisions, remains in Saudi Arabia recovering from wounds sustained in a bomb attack on his palace compound in June.

“Unfortunately, part of this is a power struggle amongst armed elites that do not have the best interests of Yemen on their minds, but are doing this rather for personal and political gain,” said a Western diplomat in Sana, who spoke on condition of anonymity under standard diplomatic protocol.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/middleeast/truce-slows-fighting-in-yemens-

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President Barack Obama angers Palestinians

Sep 22, 2011

UNITED NATIONS: US President Barack Obama, trying to avert a showdown on Palestinian statehood, told the United Nations there was no substitute for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations or a short cut to peace.

With US credibility and influence in the Middle East at stake, Obama wants to dissuade the Palestinians from asking the UN Security Council for statehood in defiance of Israeli objections and a US veto threat. But they have shown no sign of renouncing their plan to stake their claim on Friday.

A year after telling the UN General Assembly he hoped to see a Palestinian state born by now, the US president said creating such a state alongside Israel remained his goal.

"But the question isn't the goal we seek — the question is how to reach it. And I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades," Obama said.

"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now," he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article504870.ece

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Pakistan: Beheaded bodies of abducted tribesmen found in Mohmand

Sep 22, 2011

GHALANAI, Sept 21: The beheaded bodies of three tribesmen, kidnapped by militants a month ago, were found in Khawezai tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Wednesday.

Sources said that Mian Hazrat, Nazeem, and Habib had been kidnapped by militants about a month ago from Palosai area of Khawezai tehsil. Their beheaded bodies were found in Sam Ghakay area of the tribal region. Sources said that volunteers of local peace committee and officials of political administration brought the bodies of Mian Hazrat and Nazeem to agency headquarters hospital in Ghalanai and later handed them over to their relatives. The body of Habib was still lying there, they added.

Meanwhile, unidentified persons kidnapped a tubewell operator, Hzarat Ali, on Tuesday. Security forces launched a search operation in the area for his recovery.

Sources said that unidentified assailants burnt a tractor of Mohmand Rifles in Khwaja Waskor area of Haleemzai tehsil. Security forces arrested 20 tribesmen under the collective responsibility clause of FCR after the incident. In Upper Dir, police claimed to have arrested a mastermind of the June 5, 2009, suicide attack on a mosque in Hayagay Sharqi area of the district.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/beheaded-bodies-of-abducted-tribesmen-found-in-

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California councilman criticized for mentioning in meeting that he named dog after Muhammad

22 Sep, 2011

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — A Southern California councilman is drawing criticism for mentioning in a public meeting that he named his dog after the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called on Derek Reeve to apologize for his comment at a recent San Juan Capistrano council meeting. The Islamic advocacy group says Reeve mentioned naming his dogs America and Muhammad during a discussion about a new dog park.

CAIR’s executive director in greater Los Angeles says while Reeve has a right to free speech, his “distasteful remark” is unbefitting of an elected official. The city’s mayor and another councilman also criticized Reeve.

An email message seeking comment from Reeve wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.

The Orange County Register reports that Reeve said he named his dog Muhammad as a political statement.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/california-councilman-criticized-for-

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China executes Pakistani man on drugs charges

Sep 22, 2011

China has executed a Pakistani man, Zahid Husain Shah, despite last-ditch appeals for clemency, his family says.

Mr Shah, 35, was arrested in 2008 and was convicted last year of drug smuggling.

He was put to death by lethal injection in Shanghai on Wednesday morning.

Human rights groups had called on Beijing to stop the execution and urged Islamabad to take up appeals on his behalf. There was no comment from either government.

Relatives were allowed one last meeting with Mr Husain at Shanghai Detention Centre on Wednesday morning.

His cousin, Tasneem Fatima, told the BBC the family expects to travel back to Pakistan later this week, once his body has been returned to them.

The last thing he told her was that he was innocent, she said.

Four other Pakistanis arrested with Mr Shah were sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to Mr Husain's relatives, he was framed for a crime he did not commit.

"Executing someone for drug-related offences violates internationally accepted standards for imposing the death penalty," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific director.

The human rights group argues that no-one sentenced to death receives a fair trial in China, where thousands of executions for drug trafficking take place every year, more than the rest of the world combined.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15006181

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U.K. Muslims condemn Bharatpur killings

HASAN SUROOR

Sep 22, 2011

The Council of Indian Muslims (UK) on Wednesday condemned what it described as “the brutal and extra-judicial killings” of Muslims in Gopalgarh in Bharatpur District of Rajasthan, and demanded compensation for the victims’ families.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, its chairman Munaf Zena alleged that the police entered a mosque and fired at the worshippers.

“According to reports, the survivors said they were “completely helpless” and saved their lives by jumping into a pond. In expressing their distrust in law enforcement agencies these survivors have reflected what the Indian Muslims in general feel about their treatment by the police,” the letter said demanding that those behind the killings should be caught and prosecuted.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2474318.ece

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Tripoli fell a month ago; where's victory?

Sep 22 2011

Tripoli : Muammar Gaddafi remains at large. His supporters are well- armed. Fighting rages on three fronts, even as NATO warplanes drop more bombs.

This doesn't sound much like victory. But don't tell that to the crowds packing Martyrs' Square in Tripoli every night with the boom of celebratory gunfire as a soundtrack.

A month after revolutionary fighters claimed the capital and most other parts of the country, forces loyal to Gaddafi have shown no signs of giving up, raising the prospect of a long-term insurgency.

Libya's new rulers dismiss those fears and say time is on their side, insisting the holdouts in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, Bani Walid and Sabha were die-hard supporters, including many who escaped the Tripoli blitz and believe they have no choice but to resist or face war crimes charges themselves.

"These people will fight to the last breath,'' said Sadeq al-Kabir, a Tripoli representative on the National Transitional Council, which led the rebellion and is the closest thing Libya has to a government.

He said rebels believe some of the main regime figures are still hiding in the areas, including Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/tripoli-fell-a-month-ago;-wheres-victory/850152/

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Abandoned child legally assigned foster parents for first time in Maldivian history

By Eleanor Johnstone

Sep 22, 2011

The Family Court has assigned foster parents to a 10-month-old baby for the first time in Maldivian history. The child, who had been abandoned, was transferred from state care to a married couple on Sunday, September 18.

“This is the first time that non-biological parents have been given legal guardianship of a child in the Maldives,” said Ilham Mohamed, a local NGO worker familiar with the matter.

Mohamed said that foster parents previously risked the biological parents turning up to demand money and/or the child. “This example will make the process more secure,” she said.

The new foster parents will have the same legal rights given in adoption, except for the rights to consent to marriage and leave an inheritance.

Mohamed pointed out that in many cases where a father will not consent to his daughter’s marriage, the young couple requests and often receives court permission. She said the process usually takes between two and three months.

The couple’s lawyer, former Attorney General (AG) Aishath Azima Shakoor, told local media that the couple wanted to opt for their new daughter to inherit an equal share of their property. According to Mohamed, Maldivian law allows foster parents this option.

Shakoor recently told local media that the court had transferred the state’s legal guardianship of the child under Shari’a law to the couple, who have agreed in writing to protect and provide for the girl.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/abandoned-child-legally-assigned-foster-parents-for-first-

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Turkey to restore biggest mosque in Somalia

Sep 22, 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Turkish Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) will restore the biggest mosque in Somalia.

Turkish teams will renovate the Central Mosque, which was damaged due to civil war, in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

"There are 200 mosques that needed restoration in Somalia," TDV's international relations director Mustafa Tutkun told AA correspondent on Sunday.

Tutkun said Somali executives asked Turkey to restore mosques, donate Korans and religious books, rehabilitate theological institutions, and educate Somali students.

"We will restore the Central Mosque in line with its original shape," Tutkun said.

Tutkun said the foundation was planning to take 100 students to Turkey for education.

"The students will first go to Koran courses and also learn the language, and then they will be sent to imam hatip schools (giving theological education)," he said.

Tutkun also said the number of Somali students to be taken to Turkey would be raised to 250 by the end of this year.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=267118

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Former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passes away

22 September 2011

Mumbai, Sep 22: Former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away at Sir Ganga Ram hospital here on Thursday September 22 at the age of 70. He was suffering from lung infection.

Earlier in the day he was put on ventilator after his condition worsened.

He was admitted to the hospital last month following severe lung infection and was found to be suffering from interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal. The disease has no permanent cure, doctors had said.

Pataudi, regarded as one of the finest Indian captains, played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score.

In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career.

He is the father of actors Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan. His wife Sharmila Tagore was also a cine star.

Times of India

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Snipers kill 4 civilians in Yemen

22 September 2011

SANAA — Two women were shot dead by snipers in Sanaa’s Change Square on Thursday while two men were killed in shelling on the square as battles raged between Yemen’s rival military units, medics and witnesses said.

“Two women and two men, all civilians, were killed in the clashes while nine others were wounded,” a medic said.

Witnesses said the women were shot dead by snipers while the two males were killed by shells that smashed into Change Square, epicentre of massive anti-regime protests.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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Drone attack kills 10 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

21 September 2011

ADEN — Ten Al Qaeda suspects were killed while a top leader in the network escaped death as US drones carried out several air strikes on their strongholds in Yemen’s south, local officials said Wednesday.

‘US drones carried out two air strikes on Al Mahfad (in the southern Abyan province) where Al Qaeda militants — among them Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) number two Saeed Al Shehri — are present,’ said a local official in the village.

Four suspected militants were killed while Shehri escaped, said the well-informed official who requested anonymity.

Another local official from the town of Shaqra — controlled by the militants since June — said that six other ‘Al-Qaeda gunmen’ were killed and three were wounded in two separate air raids on the town.

Since anti-government protests swept Yemen in late January, militants have taken advantage of the weakening of central authority to set up base in several southern provinces as well as Marib province in the east.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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Syrian TV says 5 policemen killed in ambush

22 September 2011

 Syria’s state-run TV says an armed group has ambushed a bus with policemen, killing five and wounding 18 officers.

The TV says the attack occurred on Thursday in the southern province of Daraa where an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime started six months ago.

The revolt was inspired by uprisings in the Arab world that toppled autocratic rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Assad has responded with a brutal crackdown, which the UN estimates has killed some 2,600 people.

Syria’s regime disputes the accounts of civilian deaths and says it’s fighting terrorists and thugs — not true reform seekers.

Assad’s adviser Buthaina Shaaban claimed this week the toll was 1,400 dead, evenly split between security forces and the opposition.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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Two killed in attack on Nato containers in Khyber

Sep 22, 2011

PESHAWAR: Two people were killed overnight when a group of militants opened fire on Nato supply containers, officials said.

The incident took place near Landikotal, a town near the Afghan border in the Khyber tribal region and a site of frequent attacks on Nato supply oil tankers and shipping containers.

“A tribal policeman and a driver were killed on the spot while another driver was injured,” Iqbal Khatak, a local government official, told AFP.

Although the United States has increasingly sourced alternative routes through central Asia, the bulk of supplies and equipment required by the 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan are still transported through Pakistan.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/two-killed-in-attack-on-nato-containers-in-khyber.html

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Three Taliban militants killed in clash with Pak troops

Sep 22, 2011

Three Taliban militants were killed and two security personnel injured on Thursday in a clash between the two sides in the Swat valley of northwest Pakistan.

The clash erupted when security forces were conducting a search operation on the outskirts of Mingora, the main city in Swat district, located 160 km from Islamabad.

The militants opened fire on the troops, who retaliated and gunned down two Taliban fighters. Another militant blew himself up, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

Two security personnel were injured while two militants were arrested by the troops.

Curfew was clamped in Mingora, Saidu Sharif and nearby areas for an indefinite period.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2476048.ece

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Roadside bomb attack kills 5 in northwest Pakistan

Sep 22 2011

Islamabad : At least five persons were killed and four others wounded when two vehicles were targeted with roadside bombs on Thursday in the restive Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan.

Two pick-up trucks carrying passengers were hit by the remote-controlled bombs in Chamrkand area near the border with Afghanistan.

Five persons died instantly, TV news channels reported. The four injured persons were taken to a nearby medical facility.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Local authorities believe Taliban may have been behind the attack as they are now targeting tribesmen for supporting security forces.

Bajaur Agency was a stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban till security forces conducted a major operation against them in 2008-09.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/roadside-bomb-attack-kills-5-in-northwest-

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9 Killed in Renewed Violence in Yemeni Capital

Sep 22, 2011

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Renewed violence in the Yemeni capital killed at least nine people on Thursday as street battles broke out between forces loyal to the regime and its opponents, medical and security officials said.

The officials said six people died in central Sanaa when government forces shelled thousands gathered for a protest there with mortars and rocket propelled grenades. Snipers on rooftops also targeted the protesters at Change Square, the epicenter of Yemen's seven-month-old uprising, and adjacent streets.

Three bystanders were killed by a mortar shell in Sanaa's northern Hassaba district, the officials also said. The district is home to several of the tribal chiefs who switched sides in March to join the opposition against the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The latest deaths took to about a 100 the number of people killed in Sanaa and elsewhere in Yemen since Sunday, in the worst bout of bloodshed in months. The deaths also shattered hope that a cease-fire negotiated on Tuesday could be restored and significantly diminished the chances for a proposal by Yemen's Gulf Arab neighbors to end the crisis.

The Gulf plan, backed by the United States, provides for Saleh to step down in exchange for immunity and for the vice president to take the reins of power until elections are held.

Yemen's turmoil began in February as the unrest spreading throughout the Arab world set off largely peaceful protests in the deeply impoverished and unstable corner of the Arabian Peninsula that is also home to an al-Qaida offshoot blamed for several nearly successful attempts to attack the United States.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/09/22/world/middleeast/AP-ML-

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Tunisian army kills armed infiltrators near Algeria

22 September 2011

Tunisian troops killed several armed infiltrators on Wednesday in clashes near the border with neighbouring Algeria, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

“Helicopters destroyed seven of nine vehicles spotted by an aerial patrol of the army in the town of Bir Znigra,” spokesman Haykel Bouzouita said. “Several armed men were killed.”

The vehicles were mounted with anti-aircraft guns, which were used to fire at a Tunisian army helicopters, he said.

The southern town of Bir Znigra lies 20 km (15 miles) from the border with Algeria. The spokesman did not identify the nationalities of the armed men.

Tunisia’s borders with Algeria and Libya have been occasionally tense since the start of the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi seven months ago. Armed Libyans clashed with Tunisian troops last month in the final days before the fall of Tripoli.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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EU to slap new sanctions on Syria as death toll rises

Sep 22, 2011

DAMASCUS: Snipers and security forces killed five civilians on Wednesday in Syria's flashpoint province of Homs, activists said as the EU announced plans to slap new sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

The latest bloodletting came as US President Barack Obama called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Syria in a speech at the General Assembly in New York.

And in Geneva the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the death toll from the regime's bloody crackdown on protesters since mid-March rose to more than 2,700 people.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/EU-to-slap-new-sanctions-on-Syria-

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Suspect denies Marrakesh bombing

23 Sep, 2011

The chief suspect in the trial over a bombing which killed 17 in the Morrocan city of Marrakesh has retracted his confession and denied involvement.

Adel Othmani, told the court he had been set up by intelligence services.

The blast in April ripped through a cafe in the city's main square. Most of its victims were foreign tourists.

Mr Othmani, who faces the death penalty if convicted, denies murder and making explosives. Seven others deny playing a lesser role. The trial was adjourned.

The blast at the Argana cafe, in Djemaa El-Fna - the tourist heart of Marrakesh - killed eight French nationals and two Moroccans, as well as citizens of Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Portugal and The Netherlands.

'Torture threat'

It was the deadliest attack in the north African kingdom since bombings in the coastal city of Casablanca in 2003 killed 45 people, including suicide attackers.

During Thursday's hearing, Mr Othmani told judges and lawyers that he had never set foot in Marrakesh.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15029461

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Varanasi probe team joins NIA in Delhi blast case

Sep 23 2011

Lucknow : With the investigation in the Delhi High Court blast case throwing up evidence of a possible UP link and involvement of Indian Mujahideen, a team of the state’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) reached Delhi on Thursday to help the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The ATS team, which investigated the blast at Varanasi’s Sheetla Ghat last year, was sent after NIA Director General S C Sinha called up UP’s Special DG (Law & Order) Brij Lal last evening and specifically requested the team. The team members were hastily summoned and told to leave for Delhi.

Sources said that the NIA investigation indicated that the same module of Indian Mujahideen may have carried out the blasts in Varanasi and Delhi, while the youths in Kishtwar were used only for sending the email after the Delhi blast.

The NIA has asked for help from the UP ATS because it had worked on the suspects in the Varanasi blast, who hailed from UP and Bihar. However, none of them has so far been arrested. Top government sources indicated on Wednesday that investigators were close to cracking the December 2010 case.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/varanasi-probe-team-joins-nia-in-delhi-b.../850504/

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NIA tells court Kishtwar duo behind Delhi high court blast

By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

Sep 23 2011

THE National Investigation Agency ( NIA) produced two men, allegedly involved in the September 7 Delhi High Court blast, in a special court on Thursday. A native of Jammu and Kashmir, Amir Abbas Dev, alleged to be one of the terrorists whose bomb killed 15 and injured more than 90 persons, was sent to one day in judicial custody.

He will return to the court on September 23. The NIA had petitioned the court for further custody of Dev to grill him about the case, but there was no counsel available to represent him and oppose the agency’s plea.

“ He is one of the terrorists who detonated the bomb between gate number 4 and 5 of the high court. He is one of the conspirators and needs to be interrogated thoroughly to trace out his complicity in this crime,” the agency said in its application seeking his remand.

Special NIA judge H. S. Sharma also remanded co- accused Abid Hussain, who was arrested in Kishtwar along with Dev, to two weeks in NIA custody.

The agency claims Hussain, a student of Islamia Faridia Higher Secondary School in Kishtwar, sent out emails claiming responsibility for the terror strike. Hussain will remain in NIA custody for 14 days and will be produced next in court on October 5.

Shariq Ahmed, a third man also arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police in connection with the blast, has not yet been produced in court.

Mail Today

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PUCL alleges police bias at play in Gopalgarh

Sep 23 2011

New Delhi: Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL),which sent a fact-finding team to Gopalgarh on September 16 and 17,alleged the police was not neutral and pointed to a collusion between the local police, an aggressive section of the Gujjar community and some local RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP leaders.

On September 17, TOI had reported that allegations of partisan policing were getting shriller. Riots broke out on September 14 over a 42-yearold dispute over six bigha land near the village graveyard. Several Meo villagers told TOI how the police looked the other way when they were attacked by Gujjars while returning from the panchayat held at the Gopalgarh mosque.

All the eight killed in the riot were identified as Meo Muslims. Of the 23 injured,19 are Meo Muslims. The report said, This preponderance of Muslims among the dead and injured is intriguing.

Full report at: Times of India

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Bullets killed three, establish Bharatpur autopsy reports

Sep 23 2011

Bharatpur : Three of the nine people killed in clashes between Gurjjars and Meo Muslims in Gopalgarh in Bharatpur died of bullet injuries. Post mortem reports released today have also determined that five died of injuries from sharp weapons.

While no case has been registered against police personnel so far, the entire staff of the Gopalgarh police station was transferred today.

DGP H C Meena told The Indian Express, “Of the nine dead, two were clearly killed by bullet injuries, while what looks like a rifle wound killed the third. The remaining five were killed by sharp instruments and mob violence.” Meena said it was unclear whether police bullets killed the three.

Gurjjars and Meos clashed in Gopalgarh on September 14. The riot left nine dead and at least 23 injured.

According to police, none of the dead was a native of Gopalgarh, where the incident occurred. They were from nearby villages.

Sources in the Bharatpur district administration said families of four of the deceased had claimed the bodies and performed their last rites on Thursday evening. The remaining bodies have been kept in the mortuary.

Senior government officials said the post mortem report would weigh in favour of the government as there have been allegations that all victims died from police gunshot wounds. A People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) report stated that eyewitnesses told them that no death had occurred until the police arrived and opened fire.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bullets-killed-three-establish-bharatpur-autopsy

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Dawood relative shoots at site

Bharati Dubey

Sep 23 2011

Mumbai: India’s most wanted man,shot by own relative. No, this is not the fanciful working of a journalist, but a story in reel life. Zubair Khan, son-in-law of Dawood Ibrahims sister Haseena Parkar, is making a film on the life and crimes of the fugitive underworld don.

Zubair Khan (33),who is currently shooting some patchwork for his debut film in Nagpada, told TOI: The theme is the underworld-politician police nexus. My film, titled Lakeer Ka Fakir,will be the most authentic movie on the underworld. I grew up in this area and have seen everything from close quarters. I have even shot at all the real locations associated with Dawood, something which no filmmaker, including Ramgopal Varma, has access to.

Like Karim Lala, Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, Khan too was born in a hospital at Do Taaki in Dongri, the teeming downtown area long associated with the rise of Mumbai’s ganglords. I am comfortable shooting here.Most of the locals are my childhood friends, so they go all out to assist me. I have included some of them in my movie, says Khan.

While earlier gangland films like Shootout at Wadala and Agneepath had no chance to shoot at real locations, Khans relation to the D-clan,a unit member said, is the sole reason he was allowed to shoot at Pakmodia Street, where the don stayed before he fled India, as well as below Haseena Parkars house.

Lakeer Ka Fakir is being made on a shoestring budget of Rs 2.5 crore and is scheduled for release on November 25.

Times of India

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HuJI plotted Delhi HC blast in Nepal

Surbek Biswas

22 Sep, 2011

The conspiracy to carry out the September 7 bomb blast at the Delhi high court was hatched in Nepal by Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), according to an intelligence input generated in Kolkata.

Information to that effect was received from Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), a central armed

police force deployed on the borders with Nepal and Bhutan, officials said. The local branch of Intelligence Bureau had sent the message to the West Bengal police.

According to the report, five Bangladeshi nationals, members of Al-Islami-Jehad — the Nepal chapter of HuJI — had sneaked into India from Nepal and executed the blast.

Al-Islami-Jehad has its headquarters in Nepalgunj town of Nepal and the men had been living in Nepal for the last 10 years. After the strike, two persons escaped to Gandhinagar in Gujarat and the rest came to West Bengal.

Two members of the module were identified as Mohammed Atta-Ul-Rehman (32) and Maulana Saiful Seikh (40), originally from Rangpur and Sylhet in Bangladesh.

The intelligence officials so far have not been able to identify the other three members of the team. The police in West Bengal and Gujarat have been alerted.

Om Prakash Gupta, inspector general of state intelligence branch (border) is currently in Nepal and is to talk to his Nepali counterparts regarding the activities of Al-Islami-Jehad.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/HuJI-plotted-Delhi-HC-blast-in-Nepal/Article1-748644.aspx

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Sarkozy aides held in 2002 Karachi blast case

VAIJU NARAVANE

Sep 22, 2011

In what could prove to be a major embarrassment to Nicolas Sarkozy, police in Paris on Wednesday detained for questioning two senior officials known to have close ties to the French President.

The arrests have been made in connection with the investigation into the 2002 Karachi bombing case in which 11 French engineers working at the Karachi shipyards on Agosta submarines supplied by France were killed in a bomb blast.

Anti-terrorism judges are enquiring into allegations that the attack, initially blamed on the Taliban, was engineered by the ISI and elements within the Pakistan armed forces because the totality of commissions on the sale of six Agosta type submarines were not paid by the French as promised. A part of those commissions found their way back to France as reverse kickbacks and were used to finance the 1995 electoral campaign of Eduard Balladur who was then a presidential hopeful with Nicolas Sarkozy as his spokesperson.

Mr. Balladur lost the election and President Chirac stopped the payment of the commissions. Increasingly desperate ISI agents and armed forces personnel sent messages warning of dire consequences. The refusal by France to release the money resulted in the death of the engineers, it is alleged.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2473816.ece

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Two Sarkozy friends detained in 'Karachi kickbacks affair'

Sep 22 2011

London : Two of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's close friends have been detained for investigations into whether legal commissions from French arms sales to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were illegally kicked back to fund the 1994-5 presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur.

One of the two men detained for investigation into the so called ‘Karachi affair’ includes Nicolas Bazire, who was Sarkozy's witness at his wedding to Carla Bruni in 2008, as well as Balladur's then-cabinet chief and presidential campaign manager.

The other, Thierry Gaubert, was Sarkozy's head of communication when he was mayor of Neuilly, then his cabinet chief when he was budget and communication minister, the Telegraph reports.

They were detained after Gaubert's ex-wife, Princess Helene of Yugoslavia, revealed that he had brought back briefcases stuffed with cash in the mid-1990s, and handed them over to Bazire. The princess reportedly told the court that Gaubert was accompanied on his trips to Switzerland by Ziad Takieddine, a middleman in huge arms deals.

The Franco-Lebanese businessman was recently placed under investigation for receiving multi-million pound commissions in French arms contracts with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. It is alleged part of the commissions were kicked back to French politicians, notably Balladur.

Takieddine has denied receiving any commissions from the submarine sales, but a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the affair estimates he received 33 million euros for the deal and was curiously imposed by the Balladur government as an intermediary at the last moment.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/two-sarkozy-friends-detained-in-karachi-kickbacks-

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Prospect of civil war draws closer in Yemen

Sep 22, 2011

SANAA: The grim prospect of civil war in Yemen has drawn closer as mutinous soldiers have become more deeply involved in a rapidly spreading battle against regime forces for control of the capital.

A negotiated cease-fire Tuesday halted three days of fighting that killed dozens of people, but it will not hold without a quick resolution of the key dispute: Who will lead the nation.

A peaceful way out of Yemen’s seven-month crisis may not come easily, if at all, making it more likely to be settled in large-scale and ruinous street battles pitting renegade army soldiers and their allied tribal fighters against US-trained forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and led by his son and one-time heir apparent, Ahmed.

Already, pro-regime forces reinforced their positions in their strongholds in the south of the capital, apparently in anticipation of renewed fighting. The potential for bloody strife has been shown in Yemen since the uprising against Saleh’s regime began in February, with hundreds of protesters killed and thousands wounded at the hands of security forces.

In the past three days, pro-regime forces killed more than 70 people, mostly protesters, using anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. At least 23 people were killed in Sanaa on Tuesday as the fighting intensified and spread to sensitive areas of the capital before the cease-fire took hold after nightfall.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article504709.ece

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Pakistan Human rights commission blames govt. inaction for anti-Shia violence

ANITA JOSHUA

Sep 22, 2011

Outraged by the targeted killing of 29 Shia pilgrims in Balochistan on Tuesday, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday said persistent lack of action against “sectarian militant groups” had emboldened them. They were taken off a bus, lined up and shot down after scrutiny of their identity cards.

The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed responsibility for the attack first on the pilgrims and then some of the ambulances that were going to their assistance. Given that sectarian violence has been going on for years now — particularly in Balochistan — and LeJ’s own agenda, the HRCP questioned the absence of action against the outfit which is technically banned in the country. “How do they still manage to roam free with their weapons and vehicles?”

Meanwhile, in Quetta, the government came under scathing attack for continued attacks on the community as Shias gathered for a mass funeral of those killed in the targeted killing.

In a statement, the HRCP said it was appalled by the gruesome killing of Shia pilgrims near Mastung and found the utter lack of protection for them outrageous, particularly when pilgrims travelling in the area — en route Iran to visit shrines there — had been attacked previously and were known to be at risk.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2473341.ece

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Libya rulers claim capture of Qaddafi bastion

Sep 22, 2011

TRIPOLI/NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya: Libya’s interim rulers said on Wednesday they had captured most of one of Muammar Qaddafi’s last strongholds, a boost to an administration struggling to assert full control over the fractured country.

Sabha — deep in the Sahara desert — had been holding out along with Bani Walid and Qaddafi’s hometown Sirte since the fall of the capital Tripoli a month ago.

“We control most of Sabha apart from the Al-Manshiya district. This is still resisting, but it will fall,” ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) military spokesman Ahmed Bani told Reuters.

CNN, citing a correspondent in Sabha, reported that NTC fighters had occupied the center of the desert outpost on Wednesday after taking the airport and a fort the day before.

It was not immediately clear whether fighters would be able to hold their gains. Throughout seven months of fighting, advances have often been quickly reversed.

Despite the apparent success at Sabha, chaos prevailed among fighters besieging Qaddafi’s other two holdout towns. Several attempts by NTC fighters to overrun Bani Walid and Sirte in the past week have ended in disarray and panicked retreat.

At Bani Walid, bored militiamen fired weapons at camels and sheep while awaiting orders on Wednesday, as much a danger to themselves as to Qaddafi fighters holed up in the town.

One man shot his own head off and killed another fighter while handling a rocket-propelled grenade in full view of a Reuters team. In another incident, a fighter lost control of his machine gun and sprayed himself and another fighter with bullets, seriously wounding both of them.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article504698.ece

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NATO Extends Libya Bombing Campaign

By KAREEM FAHIM and RICK GLADSTONE

Sep 22, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — With armed loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the fallen Libyan leader, still ensconced in his hometown and a few other redoubts as the seven-month-old Libyan conflict winds down, NATO announced a three-month extension of its bombing campaign on Wednesday.

“We are determined to continue our mission for as long as necessary, but ready to terminate the operation as soon as possible,” the NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said in a statement from the alliance’s Brussels headquarters.

It is the second 90-day extension, and it was approved less than a week before the campaign was set to end.

NATO’s aerial campaign in Libya, authorized under a United Nations Security Council mandate to protect civilians from Colonel Qaddafi’s military reprisals, effectively became a major weapon of the rebels who toppled him last month. The Transitional National Council, the interim government of anti-Qaddafi forces that have taken control in much of Libya, has expressed gratitude to NATO for its role.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/middleeast/nato-extends-libya-

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Haqqani network not on Pak soil: Rehman Malik

Sep 22 2011

Islamabad : Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has ruled out the possibility of Haqqani network’s presence in Pakistan.

Malik, who held a meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S Muller in Islamabad, however, said that if Pakistan receives credible information about the group’s presence, the government would launch military action.

“I assured FBI Director Robert Mueller that the Haqqanis are not on the Pakistani side, but if there was any intelligence, which was provided by the US, we would definitely take suitable action,” the Daily Times quoted Malik, as saying.

Meanwhile, Muller said that, during the meeting, Malik highlighted the need to enhance more cooperation for the exchange of information between the intelligence agencies of the two nations.

He also assured increased collaboration against the war on terrorism.

“US will enable and train Pakistani institutions to take action against terrorists as they are threat to peace of Pakistan, US and the entire world,” he said.

Earlier, it was reported that the US had sharply warned Pakistan that it must cut ties with the Haqqani network based in its tribal region along the Afghan border and help eliminate the militant group’s leaders.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/haqqani-network-not-on-pak-soil-rehman-

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Pakistan ISI urged attacks on US targets: Officials

Sep 22, 2011

WASHINGTON: US officials say there is mounting evidence that Pakistan's chief intelligence agency has been encouraging a Pakistan-based militant network to attack US targets.

The allegations, if fully confirmed, heighten a painful dilemma for President Barack Obama's administration. Washington is under growing political pressure to take action against the Haqqani network after a spate of deadly attacks US officials have attributed to it. These include last week's strike against the American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Some US intelligence reporting alleges that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) specifically directed, or urged, the Haqqani network to carry out the Sept. 13 attack on the embassy and a NATO headquarters in Kabul, according two US officials and a source familiar with recent US-Pakistan official contacts. However, officials cautioned that this information is uncorroborated.

Another US official familiar with internal government assessments said that at the very least, the available intelligence strongly suggests the ISI has been egging on elements of the Haqqani network to launch attacks at American targets in the region.

While American officials have aired allegations of ties between the ISI and the Haqqani network in recent days, they have not publicly cited evidence that the Pakistani agency, or elements of it, urged its proxy to attack US targets.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pakistan-ISI-urged-attacks-on-US-targets-

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Britain keeps 'strong' stand on Iran nuclear effort

Sep 22 2011

United Nations : Britain will maintain its 'strong' opposition to Iran's nuclear program, Foreign Secretary William Hague warned the Iranian foreign minister during talks here, a spokesman said.

Hague and Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi held talks on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Such talks are rare as Western nations have stepped up accusations that Iran is seeking a nuclear bomb.

Britain respects Iran's right to civil nuclear power "but Iran had not persuaded the international community that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes," a spokesman quoted Hague as saying.

"There were important areas of disagreement between the UK and Iran," the minister added.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/britain-keeps-strong-stand-on-iran-nuclear-

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Should have involved 9/11 families in NYC mosque: developer

Sep 22 2011

New York : The developer of an Islamic cultural center near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start.

“We made incredible mistakes”, said Sharif El-Gamal in an interview in his Manhattan office.

The Park51 Islamic community center -- at 51 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Center site -- opened to the public Wednesday night with a photo exhibit of New York children representing 160 ethnicities.

The Park51 building includes a mosque that has been open for two years. El-Gamal said the overall center is modeled after the Jewish Community Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where he lives. “I wanted my daughter to learn how to swim, so I took her to the JCC”, said the Brooklyn-born Muslim. “And when I walked in, I said, 'Wow. This is great'.”

The project has drawn criticism from opponents who say they don't want a Muslim prayer space near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The center is open to all faiths and will include a 9/11 memorial, El-Gamal said. He called opposition to the center -- which prompted one of the most virulent national discussions about Islam and freedom of speech and religion since Sept. 11 -- part of a “campaign against Muslims”.

Last year, street clashes in view of the trade center site pitted supporters against opponents of the center.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/should-have-involved-9-11-families-in-nyc-mosque-

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Modi now wants easy visa for Pakistanis visiting Ajmer

Sep 23 2011

Gandhinagar : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the procedure to get visas should be relaxed for Pakistanis wanting to visit Ajmer Sharif shrine.

Modi was inaugurating the annual convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators XXVII IATO at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Thursday when he suggested this to Union Tourism Secretary R H Khwaja, who was present at the event.

Modi said, “Many Pakistanis come to India to watch cricket matches and may wish to visit Ajmer Sharif shrine, but their visas are allowed only for the match venue. The procedures should be made easy.”

He also suggested that the Union government should give airfare subsidy to people of Indian origin to motivate them to witness Kumbh melas. Targeting the UPA government Modi said, “I don’t know whether the present Union government will consider it as secular or not but it will boost tourism to a great extent.” He added that the Kumbh Mela subsidy should be treated like Haj pilgrimage subsidy. The CM said that to boost tourism in the country the Union government should start various religious tourism circuits such as Krishna circuit, Sikh pilgrimage circuit etc.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/modi-now-wants-easy-visa-for-pakistanis-visiting-

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Muslims at Modi venue: VHP men clash over taunt

Sep 23 2011

Ahmedabad : Two factions of the VHP clashed on Thursday over an SMS sent to one of the faction members taunting Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the presence of large number of Muslims in the Sadbhavana mission fasts.

Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Sudhir Sinha told The Indian Express that a VHP member, Alpesh Patel, had sent this SMS to another VHP member Narendra Kholia a couple of days back. Kholia apparently switched off his cellphone and did not communicate with Patel till they met on Thursday.

“Today the two met at the VHP headquarter in Ellisbridge where Patel had an argument with Kholia and beat him up, locking him up in the room. So we have registered an offence,” said Sinha.

The Ellisbridge Police station took an FIR booking Patel for assault, illegal confinement and threatening to kill Kholia.

The arguments heated up due to the mobile text message in Gujarati regarding the programme, which played on the words ‘Miyaji’ and ‘Shivaji’, said Sinha.

Sources, however, added that the VHP members were discussing about Modi’s programme where most of the VHP members reportedly disliked the appreciation and recognition given to Muslims during the programme. Kholia reportedly spoke in favour of the CM which infuriated Patel and both got into heated arguments.

The arguments developed into a scuffle and Patel hit Kholia with a baseball bat.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Muslims-at-Modi-venue--VHP-men-clash-over-

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South Sudan's President vows corruption crackdown

Sep 22, 2011

JUBA: President Salva Kiir of the newly-independent South Sudan has announced "five critical steps" for a crackdown on corruption, seen as one of the major challenges to fledgling state.

In an open letter published on Tuesday, Kiir said new measures, including regulation of land sales and publication of government officials' finances, would lead to greater transparency and accountability.

Kiir has made tackling graft one of his key priorities, and the announcement appears to come at a significant moment, shortly before his meeting with US President Barack Obama at the UN General Assembly.

"This a critical point in our history, a moment of high expectations from our people for services and high standards of good governance and stewardship from our friends, partners and donors," Kiir said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/South-Sudans-President-vows-

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25 Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistan authorities

Sep 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Twenty five Indian fishermen have been arrested and four boats seized for allegedly intruding into Pakistani waters, an official statement said on Thursday.

The fishermen were apprehended by the Maritime Security Agency in the early hours on Wednesday.

The fishermen were arrested for their alleged "continuous intrusion of Pakistani waters", officials claimed.

The fishermen were handed over to police in Karachi for "necessary action", the officials said.

India and Pakistan detain hundreds of fishermen every year on charges of violating the maritime boundary.

The two countries have taken steps in recent months to expedite the release of fishermen who have completed their jail terms.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/25-Indian-fishermen-arrested-by-Pakistan-

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Former journalist Amir Peretz to led Israel’s Labour Party

22 September 2011

JERUSALEM — Israel TV reports a former broadcaster has won the Israeli Labour Party primary election.

Shelly Yachimovich, an outspoken former reporter, beat her one-time mentor, Amir Peretz, an ex-union leader and former party chairman who also served as defense minister, the TV reported.

It said initial results early Thursday showed 54 percent for Yachimovich and 45 percent for Peretz. Official results were set to be released later in the day.

Peretz spokesman Tom Wagner said Peretz conceded defeat and congratulated his rival in a phone call.

The dovish Labour dominated Israeli politics for Israel’s first three decades. It gradually weakened and now holds just eight seats in the 120-member parliament.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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New ‘Silk Road’ eyed for Afghanistan

Sep 22, 2011

UNITED NATIONS: Afghanistan, its neighbours and supporters are launching a drive to boost prosperity and peace by linking the country with markets across South and Central Asia, US officials said Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will host talks in New York Thursday on what amounts to plans for a “New Silk Road,” they said.

Like the ancient Silk Road, Afghanistan would be at the heart of lucrative trade routes between Asia and the West, but it would involve modern highways, rail links and energy pipelines, senior US administration officials told reporters.

They said the New York talks — which will draw officials from Afghanistan’s neighbours and near-neighbours, including China — will pave the way for meetings in Istanbul on November 2 and in Bonn, Germany, on December 5.

The meetings are designed to promote the “idea that a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan will only really be able to exist inside a secure, stable and prosperous region,” a senior US official told reporters.

“It’s part of a wider effort to help to build up the Afghan private sector, to help create sustainable economic development in Afghanistan, to create this economic integration between South and Central Asia,” a second US official said.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to upstage the high-level officials attending the meeting, said the “New Silk Road” builds on projects that are already underway in the region.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/new-silk-road-eyed-for-afghanistan.html

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Will stick to reconciliation process: Kabul

ANITA JOSHUA

Sep 22, 2011

Even as uncertainty prevailed over who killed the former President of Afghanistan and Chairman of the High Peace Council (HPC), Burhanuddin Rabbani, Kabul on Wednesday asserted that the reconciliation process would stay its course irrespective of repeated efforts to derail it.

About his assassin, there were conflicting reports as they depended upon who spoke to whom since the Taliban itself is no longer a single entity but has developed several incarnates. While Reuters stood by its earlier report that the Taliban had claimed responsibility, most reports from Kabul suggest they were non-committal.

The BBC said the Taliban issued a statement saying they did not want to comment. “Until we receive more information and our information is complete, our position is that we cannot say anything on this issue,'' said a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2473806.ece

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Ramallah buoyant over statehood move

ATUL ANEJA

Sep 22, 2011

Thousands of Palestinians, waving flags and holding aloft placards, rallied at the Yasser Arafat Square in Ramallah in support of their leaders who want the United Nations to recognise Palestine as an independent state, despite stiff opposition from the United States and Israel.

In a festive atmosphere, which subsumed tensions which simmered underneath, crowds held banners calling for independence or condemning the expected veto from the United States at the Security Council. A huge sign, which read “U.N. 194”, dominated the square, referring to the aspiration of Palestinians for recognition as the 194th state of the United Nations. At least nine of the 15 members of the Security Council will have to first vote in favour of the resolution, for it to merit a formal vote. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has to route the resolution through U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before it is considered, probably on Friday, by the Security Council.

Despite measures taken by the Palestinian Authority to ensure that crowds remained peaceful, the threat of violence had not disappeared.

At the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, dozens of young Palestinians stoned the Israeli security forces, which dispersed them using the “scream device,” a contraption that releases high-pitch sound waves. In Hebron, Palestinian police struggled to control crowds, causing scenes of confrontation between the demonstrators and the Israeli forces.

Ahead of Wednesday's demonstrations, Israeli and Palestinian security forces, had agreed that crowds that were being mobilised would not breach Israeli controlled areas.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2473791.ece

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Pak knew of imoney transfer to Times Square bomb plotter?

Sep 22 2011

Washington : Pakistani officials apparently had knowledge of the illicit money transfer to Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, who last year unsuccessfully tried to blow a car at a busy site in the heart of New York, a key US Senator has said.

"Apparently a major source (of funding for Shahzad) was in Pakistan, possibly with the complicity of the financial institutions there, possibly with the knowledge of officials in Pakistan," Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said at a Congressional hearing on terrorism financing.

However, a key FBI official, who testified before the Senate Committee that a major source of Shahzad's funding was from Pakistan, refrained from confirming that Pakistani officials knew about it and said that the issue could be best discussed in a closed-door setting.

Appearing before the Senate sub-committee, Ralph Boelter, Acting Assistant Director, Counter-terrorism Division of FBI, said in August 2011 a man named Mohammad Younis pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business in New York.

"Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, received money from Younis, which he used to fund his preparations for the attempted bombing. Younis received the money through his unlicenced money transmitting business from a co-conspirator in Pakistan. Shahzad advised that the funding was arranged in Pakistan by associates of the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP)," Boelter said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-knew-of-imoney-transfer-to-times-square-bomb-

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Iran displays missiles on anniversary of Iraq war

Sep 22, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran is marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Iraq-Iran war with a military parade and a display of the country’s steadily growing arsenal of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Like last year, Thursday’s show included the solid-fuel Sajjil.

The missile, with more than 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) in range, could pose a threat to Israel and US-allied Arab nations, including some that are home to American military bases.

The show comes weeks after neighboring Turkey agreed to host an early warning radar as part of NATO’s missile defense system aimed at countering Iranian missile threats. Washington hopes to have the radar deployed in Turkey by the end of the year.

Iran has warned such a move would escalate regional tensions.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article505103.ece

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Afghan President: Rabbani's Killer Staged a Ruse

Sep 22, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber who killed Afghanistan's former president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, gained access to him by presenting officials beforehand with an audio recording of a purported Taliban peace offer, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

At a news conference, Karzai said the CD was a trick to allow the assassin to get an appointment with Rabbani, who led the country's High Peace Council. Karzai's remarks offered new details about Rabbani's death, which dealt a devastating blow to efforts of negotiating a peace settlement with the Taliban to end the decade-long war.

The assassin, who hid a bomb in his turban, killed the 70-year-old former Afghan leader Tuesday at his home in Kabul.

Karzai said that before he left for New York last weekend, one of his advisers, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, told him that the Taliban had a message for the Afghan peace council. Stanekzai is a top peace council official who was wounded in the attack that killed Rabbani.

"Stanekzai brought me a message that someone had come from the Taliban movement and brought with them an audio CD in which there was a message from a Taliban representative," Karzai said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/09/22/world/asia/AP-AS-

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Muslim chaplains connect communities to public bodies

22 September 2011

Muslim chaplains in Britain play a key role linking their communities with public organisations, research by Cardiff University has found.

It found a rapidly growing number of Muslims in a sphere of work usually associated with the Christian faith.

Chaplains can be found in prisons, hospitals, airports, courts, higher education and the military, with some people describing them as role models.

A conference at the university will discuss the project on Thursday.

The research involved interviews with 65 Muslim chaplains, both male and female.

It observed them at work, and spoke to the people they were working with.

Prophet's example

Led by Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, it is aimed at finding out more about the background, training, role and impact of Muslim chaplains in Britain.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-15008841

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China makes dent in halal market with 1/8th of India's Muslim population

Sep 22, 2011

YINCHUAN (CHINA): With 22 million Muslims, China has just one-eight of India's Muslim population. But China has managed to play an effective role in the $500 billion export market for halal food by capitalizing on its influence as the world's biggest buyer of petroleum products.

This was evident at a conference on Wednesday when government leaders and importers from Arab countries implored China to produce more halal food to meet the rising demand. Significantly, India with the world's third largest population of Muslims did not figure in the conference although countries like South Africa with miniscule Muslim population were invited.

The fact that China is largely a pork eating country, and the Muslim population is just 1.4% of the country's total population is seen by many as obstacles for the growth of a proper halal export business. But China has managed to overcome hindrances and even obtained assistance in its halal certification system from Malaysia and Thailand by using its power as a major importer, sources said.

Some like Ahmed Wahid, a halal food consultant, are extremely worried about China's ability to ensure suitable supplies of food to the world. At the conference, he urged China to improve its certification standards, and make the production and packaging of halal food more transparent.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-makes-dent-in-halal-market-with-

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Bangladesh opposition-led strike paralyses daily life

Sep 22, 2011

DHAKA: An opposition party-led daylong strike against rising prices paralysed daily life in swathes of Bangladesh on Thursday, but only minor scuffles were reported as security forces flooded the capital Dhaka and key port of Chittagong, witnesses and police said.

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and allies called for the dawn-to-dusk strike after a recent hike in fuel prices and what they claimed was harassment by police and pro-government activists.

“The government has increased fuel prices at a time when people’s suffering has already peaked due to inflation running high,” said the BNP’s acting secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Shops were shut throughout the capital though some offices opened with skeleton staff and trading at the Dhaka Stock Exchange continued normally.

“So far, today’s strike has been peaceful under tight watch by security forces,” a senior police officer said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/bangladesh-opposition-led-strike-paralyses-daily-

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Imran Khan's book recalled in India for “errors” in map

PRISCILLA JEBARAJ

Sep 22, 2011

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's new book has become the latest publication to trip over the cartographic tangle of the India-Pakistan border.

Publisher Random House has recalled all advance copies of the book in India and delayed its release here due to errors in a map of the two countries at the time of the Partition, which wrongly showed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir shaded in the same colour as that of Pakistan.

Titled Pakistan: A Personal History, the book was launched in the United Kingdom over the weekend, but was scheduled to be released in Indian bookshops on Wednesday. Advance copies had already been sent to the media for review. However, on the scheduled date of release, Random House recalled the 30-odd advance copies, reportedly due to the errors in the map.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2473954.ece

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Post-regime change, Arabs eye the road to democracy

Sep 23 2011

Rabat: After the revolutions, it is elections.

The celebrations have barely abated over the scalps of such invincible strongmen as Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak that key voices across the Arab world are calling for focus on strong constitutional transition and post-election management.

The concern is obvious. The Islamic world, spread from the Middle-East to Maghreb Africa, has not known parliamentary democracy, in fact no more than one leader in generations. Now, post-Arab Spring, the transition regimes are common here as are preparation for elections. A conference organized by Moroccos foreign ministry saw key political and intellectual voices flag their concerns while asserting that democracy was irreversible. As Ghazi Gherairi, head of the International Academy of Constitutional Law in Tunis, says, No government in future can overlook concerns cutting across borders.

Ironically, monarchies Morocco and Jordan have emerged as the reference points for democracy for their timely move towards reforms to preempt street battles which gripped regimes elsewhere. Experts believe the choice of the nature of democracy and the legal system would determine the fate of revolutions. The decision on the nature of Islam and its relation to the State will be as crucial.

Full report at: Times of India

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Controversially yours: From Rawalpindi, with love

Srijana Mitra Das

Sep 23 2011

Its called Controversially Yours which suits the man whose biography it is Shoaib Akhtar. Speaking exclusively to TOI, the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, marked by a short, tempestuous career, explains his story, full of trauma, success and controversy.

He retired from cricket following the 2011 World Cup. Why this book now

I am in peace post-retirement, giving all the attention I ever wanted to my old parents, but this book has not been a sudden thing. A whole year and a half went into it. What I've written is my experience, put as honestly for others to know. This is the truth for the world, it may be a big controversy. It saddens me to hear all kind of stories about Pakistani cricket in the world. People should know what we go through and why we are the way we are.

Controversially Yours shies away from little in Akhtars life. It maps his journey from an economically deprived, yet happy childhood, into an adolescence driven by his quest to break into Pakistani cricket. Born flat-footed, suffering whooping cough, Akhtar describes the blood, sweat and tears that took him to breaking the 100 mph barrier, playing as Pakistans 'Rawalpindi Express.

Full report at: Times of India

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Urdu poets sharpen their wit with Modi’s ‘amity’ fast

By Sudhanshu

Sep 23 2011

NARENDRA Modi may have succeeded in pulling the wool over the eyes of some Muslims, mostly Daudi Bohras who are engaged in trade and commerce in his state, with his Sadbhavna farce, but two noted Urdu poets — Manzar Bhopali and Rais Ansari — are far from convinced that the Gujarat CM has undergone a change of heart.

At an all- India mushaira in Jaipur on Sunday, a day before Modi ended his fast, Bhopali called Modi’s bluff with his hardhitting ghazal: “ Upwas ka tamasha bohot khoob hai magar, insaan ka khoon isse chhupaya na jayega, maathe ko saaf kije, ki dho lijiye libas, taarikh ka ye daagh mitaya na jayega. ( The show of the fast was grand but it can’t hide the human blood ( reference here is to post- Godhra riots). Whether you wipe your brow or wash your robes, this blot of history cannot be removed).” He added: “ Daaman pe aasteen pe dhabbe lahoo ke hain, ye khoon aansuon se bhi ab tak dhula nahin, ahsaas hai gunah ka to karlo aetraaf, varna ye rajneeti hai, sadbhavna nahin. ( There are blood stains on clothes and on sleeves, which even tears have not been able to wash away.

Full report at: Mail Today

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/fighting-rocks-yemen-capital,-death-toll-tops-100/d/5531


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