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First female minister in the history of Islamic Republic of Iran

Systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia against Shia Muslims: Human Rights Watch: Saudis 'must offer Shias equality'

Turkish Hackers Facilitate Assyrian Book Sales by Rosie Malek-Yonan

Malaysia's Reputation As Moderate, Progressive Fascinates Chinese Muslim Scholars

Muslim group says too many Hindu temples making Malays uneasy by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

SIM racket uncovered in J&K, over 30,000 connections cancelled by Arun Sharma,

Pak Army against allowing US to expand its war on terror

'3 Houthi leaders killed' in northern Yemen

Boris Johnson: 'fast during Ramadan to understand Muslims''

Gaza sewage 'a threat to Israel'

UP 'mystery cat' attacks may fuel communal riots in Ramzan

Canadian jihadist gets 14-year sentence with 7 years' credit for time served

A New British Muslim newspaper set to hit newsstands

Turkish President confirms support to Iraq

Dozen bombings in Iraq kill at least 6, wound 85

World Assembly of Muslim Youth condemns assassination attempt by Ghazanfar Ali Khan

Many die in Afghan tanker blasts

Israel: IDF Arrests Terror Suspect in Shechem

Photo: Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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1st female minister in the history of Islamic Republic of Iran

September 04, 2009

 

Tehran, Sept 3, IRNA -- Majlis on Thursday voted for first female minister in the history of Iran, Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi who is to head the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education. She won 175 votes in favor and 82 against with 29 votes of abstention.

Susan Keshavarz, the nominee for the education, and Fatemeh Ajorlou, the nominee for welfare and social security portfolios, failed to receive vote of confidence. Mrs. Vahid-Dastjerdi was born in Tehran in 1959. She graduated from Tehran Medical University in medicine and obtained specialized degree in nursing and obstetrics from the same university in 1988.

She used to be a faculty staff of Tehran University for 13 years, director of the university's Nursing and Obstetrics Department for six years. She was a Tehran MP in the fourth and fifth Majlis too.

Mrs. Vahid-Dastejerdi was also a founding member of Iran's Specialized Scientific Association of Reproduction and Sterility, a member of the American Scoiety for Reproduction Medicine (1993-2000) and a member of Health Ministry's Family Planning Scientific Committee.

Source: http://www.payvand.com/news/09/sep/1035.html

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Systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia against Shia Muslims: Human Rights Watch

Saudis 'must offer Shias equality'

3 September 2009

A report by the Human Rights Watch pressure group has detailed what it says is systematic discrimination in Saudi Arabia against Shia Muslims.

Unfavourable treatment of minority Shia extends from education and employment to the justice system, leading to a big increase in sectarian tension, it says.

They comprise 10 to 15% of the Saudi population, and have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens.

Human Rights Watch wants a government commission to tackle the problem.

Saudi Arabia follows the puritanical form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism, and many Wahhabi clerics regard Shia Muslims as unbelievers.

Equal opportunities

The report focuses on an incident in February, when Shia pilgrims in the holy city of Medina clashed with religious police.

This led to Shia demonstrations in the Eastern Province followed by the arrest of a number of the protestors.

Shias want equal opportunities in government and the military as well as freedom of worship.

They want to be able to build their own mosques, have their civil courts granted more power and to print their own religious books.

Human Rights Watch says that a government commission should explore the sharing of holy places among Muslims of differing creeds, especially in Mecca and Medina.

The BBC's Middle East analyst, Roger Hardy, says that there are both internal and external factors in relation to discrimination against Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia.

In addition to its puritanical Wahhabi stance, Saudi Arabia has been affected by the rise of sectarianism in the Middle East as a whole, associated with events in neighbouring Iraq and the regional role of predominantly Shia Iran, our analyst says. Although the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah, has tried to promote greater religious tolerance, Human Rights Watch says that much more needs to be done if the Shia are to be treated as equal citizens.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8235404.stm

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Turkish Hackers Facilitate Assyrian Book Sales

Rosie Malek-Yonan

June 2, 2009

Los Angeles (AINA) -- In the early part of the 20th century, the Ottoman government carried out a deliberate and systematic mass ethnic cleansing of its Christian inhabitants, namely the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks. The proclamation of a fatwa for jihad against the Christians in Turkey quickly spread to north-western Persia, in the densely Assyrian populated region of Urmia (Urmi). From 1914 to 1918, two-thirds of the Assyrian population perished in a genocide that has remained cloaked under a shroud of secrecy. However, the anonymous Assyrian Genocide's staggering losses of 750,000 soul's remains ever present in the remembrances of a nation that has vowed to never forget.

My maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents were survivors of the Assyrian Genocide. As I was growing up, the oral history describing the events of 1914 through 1918 by my grandparents were constant to me, just as they were to most Assyrian families. There seemed to be a need for a steadfast vigilance by these family elders who spoke of the mass murders of our nation in great detail.

Touched by a single event that unified the Assyrian nation, for survivors such as my grandparents, the constant retelling of these events was indicative of the personal conflict the elders were sorting through and a reflection of the frame of mind of much of the nation.

In time I began collecting corroborating letters, photos, family journals, family war diaries, newspaper articles and clippings and the quest for documenting and preserving this unwritten chapter of Assyrian history.

The extraordinary events my grandparents described formed images that hung in my mind haunting me my entire life. To this day, I am astounded at the valour of all the survivors and how they faced their demons and lived to tell their tales as eyewitness to their own tragedy. Their bravery and dauntless spirit and ability to endure in times of adversity were nothing short of remarkable.

I am in awe of the fallen Assyrians who called on their own courage to face the heinous crimes committed upon them. They are the silent heroes of my nation.

Those who know no compassion and mercy astonish me. Those who live daily lives weighted down by hatred resulting from ignorance. The very ones who continue to condemn Assyrians for their nationality and religion.

But mostly, I am still lost in admiration of my grandparents' sense of dignity, honour and grace that was the code by which they lived. They were among the more than 70,000 Assyrians forced to flee Urmia in the final mass exodus of the winter of 1918 that split off in two opposing directions. My 18 year-old maternal grandmother, Maghdleta, whose husband had just been murdered, fled north towards the Russian frontier, while my paternal grandparents bundled their newborn infant and followed other Assyrians south towards Mesopotamia. Not everyone was as lucky as they were to reach safety.

Though the perpetrators of these crimes against the Assyrians were Ottoman Turks, Kurds and local Turks in Persia, I was never taught to hate an entire race of people. Everyone must be judged on his or her own deeds. "Don't condemn one man for the sins of another even if they share the same blood or name," my grandmother would say.

In 2005, I published my book, The Crimson Field, chronicling the life of Maghdleta, my grandmother's hellish reality of the Assyrian Genocide. At the time, I wasn't aware of the extraordinary journey I was about to embark upon. I was simply making a record of one Assyrian family's life.

Against everyone's advice, I sent a copy of The Crimson Field to a Turkish journalist from Istanbul. She wrote back saying: "It will be a privilege for me to read your book and to have a deeper insight about one of the oldest cultures of the world and their great tragedy. How I wished my heartfelt apology could alleviate the sufferings the Assyrian people have gone through! Your considering me as an elder sister would be a great consolation for my feeling of shame for being a member of a nation which is responsible for those sufferings."

The book I had written to document my family's history was rapidly leading to bonds across the seas with strangers whom I have come to know as friends.

The withholding of historical facts and the manipulation of evidential findings and lack of global public education on the subject of the Assyrian Genocide has not only lead to the persistence of denial by governments around the globe including the United States, but it has also perpetuated the continuation of a century-old raced-based hatred and hostility.

However, the Turkish journalist's statement to me reinforced my belief that there are courageous people who will stand with the Assyrians in their quest for the recognition of the past atrocities committed against my nation. Truth shines its own light and will emerge through darkness.

While Assyrian sympathizers are bountiful, Turkish laws prohibit journalist or anyone for that matter from publicly acknowledging and supporting the Assyrian Genocide. For this reason, I will not reveal the identity of this journalist who will surely be condemned for her perspective on a subject still taboo in her country.

The pledge of friendship with this remarkable Turkish journalist as well as scores of other Turkish readers of my book, are the bonds of humanity and understanding that I had hoped my book would bring about. Atrocities committed by a nation cannot reflect every member of that nation. Every person shall stand alone on judgment day regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion and colour of skin.

In her final review of The Crimson Field she writes: "It's a deeply moving, impressive, inspiring book, full of emotions and vivid depictions of life. I admire it."

But it is naive to presume that one journalist's viewpoint is representative of all Turks. Clearly there still exists a deep racial hatred and intolerance that is passed on from generation to generation. Since 2005, my book's website has been hacked into by Turks several times (AINA 1-21-2008, 11-20-2007). The latest and sixth such incident occurred just last week. The Turk behind this malicious act was most probably a young hacker who knows nothing of the circumstances of the Assyrians who seek justice and not revenge.

This Turkish hacker has no idea who my grandmother, Maghdleta, was and what sacrifices she made to ensure the safety of future generations of her family and nation. All he sees is a book that represents a nation that he must hate not because of anything done to him or even his family but because he blindly follows in the footsteps of his father.

Ironically, as savvy as they are, the only thing these Turkish hackers have managed to accomplish thus far is to drive the sales of my book through the roof! Perhaps a nod of gratitude is in order for this economic boost.

The Turkish government's shroud of secrecy to suffocate the Assyrian Genocide is slowly slipping as more and more hackers continue to bring focus on this issue through Internet vandalism. Though I cannot condone such dreadful behaviour, I can't help but chuckle at the end result.

The acceptance of the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocides will ultimately result in the downgrading of many Turkish notables who have been revered as historical heroes of the Ottoman Empire.

I am an optimist and will hold out to the idea that perhaps one day, civilization will advance to a level when we can begin to have open dialogue about all genocides and holocausts without contributing to more hatred even if we have to downgrade a few heroes.

Rosie Malek-Yonan is an Assyrian actor, director and author of The Crimson Field. She is an outspoken advocate of issues concerning Assyrians, in particular bringing attention to the Assyrian Genocide and the plight of today's Assyrians in Iraq since the U.S. lead invasion of Iraq in 2003. On June 30, 2006, she was invited to testify on Capitol Hill regarding the genocide and persecution of Assyrians in Iraq by Kurds and Islamists. She is on the Board of Advisors at Seyfo Centre in Europe that exclusively deals with the Assyrian Genocide issue. She has acted opposite many of Hollywood's leading actors and has received rave reviews both as an actor and director. Most recently, she played the role of Nuru Il-Ebrahimi, opposite Reese Whither spoon in New Line Cinema's "Rendition," directed by Oscar winning director Gavin Hood. To schedule an interview with Rosie Malek-Yonan, please send your request to contact@thecrimsonfield.com

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Malaysia's Reputation As Moderate, Progressive Fascinates Chinese Muslim Scholars

September 04, 2009

SIBU, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has been described as the best model of a moderate but progressive Islamic nation.

Although its 27 million populations comprise people of many different races, religions and backgrounds, they are able to live together in perfect harmony and peace.

A group of 20 Muslim scholars from China find this fascinating, and so they chose to come to this country not only to study but also to see for themselves this Malaysian model for a peaceful, harmonious society.

They arrived here today for a two-day visit, where this afternoon they paid a courtesy call on the deputy chairman of the Sibu Municipal Council Daniel Ngieng, before attending a briefing on this town.

Speaking through their spokesperson Melina Wong from the Chinese Muslim Association of Malaysia, they also wanted to find out how the Malaysian Chinese are able to live together with the native people of Sarawak.

"They are also here to see the beauty of the tropical rainforest, the local culture and to find out about business opportunities which they can promote in their respective provinces," she said.

According to Wong, the 20 scholars are currently attending a six-month special Arabic language course at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

They have another three months of study before returning home.

"Some are imam or religious teachers at mosques in the provinces with sizeable Chinese Muslim population like Hainan, Yunan, Xian, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Gangsu.

"There are about 35 million Muslims of Chinese descent in China," she said.

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=438105

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Muslim group says too many Hindu temples making Malays uneasy

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

September 04 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — An Islamic missionary organization added fuel to the Shah Alam temple row today by concluding that the root cause of the controversy was that there are too many Hindu temples in Malaysia.

Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) president Datuk Mohd. Nakhaie Ahmad said today that Muslims could accept the right of non-Muslims to build their own houses of worship, but the problem was the proliferation of illegal Hindu temples.

He also argued that it was the responsibility of non-Muslims to take care of the sensitivities of Muslims.

He said that Yadim had come out with a research case study to back the opposition to the construction of the Sri Mahamariamman temple in the Section 23 neighbourhood of Shah Alam, in an apparent justification of last week's cow-head protests by a group claiming to be residents there.

Nakhaie told reporters that the case study had been done to examine the sensitivities of Muslims towards the building of temples/ places of worship of non-Muslims.

 "The number of mosques compared to Hindu temples are not at all balanced with the ratio of people who live in a particular area. There are approximately 2600 Hindus living in Sentul and there are also 72 temples there," he said, citing Yadim's research of a Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood.

Muslims make up the majority of residents in Sentul at around 60 per cent of the population, he said, but there were only 13 mosques in the area.

According to him, the Muslim level of tolerance in the country was "quite high".

 "Muslims are fine if temples are built but there has to be some limit. They cannot accept it if temples were to be built in Malay-Muslim majority areas. There will be some level of uneasiness if the temple activities disrupt the harmony of Muslims," proclaimed the Yadim chief.

He added that what happened in Section 23 "was expected" because the sensitivities of the Malay-Muslims were not taken into account by the Selangor state government.

He also blamed 'certain' parties for politicising the issue, stating that based on statements made by politicians, there was a tendency for the public to blame the residents of Section 23 for being racist.

 "Whatever that has happened is simply the reaction of Malays towards the aggressive moves of building an illegal temple in the area.

"They are disappointed with the Selangor state government. The reason this has escalated to such a level is due to the negligence of the state to act swiftly and promptly on the matter," lamented Nakhaie.

Nakhaie urged local governments to take action on the proliferation of illegal temples, emphasising religion should not be used for political gain by some parties.

When asked on what should be done to handle the current crisis in Section 23, he said that tolerance is the answer and that non-Muslims should take care of the sensitivities of Muslims.

 "Back in the time of pre-independence, past leaders like Tan Cheng Lock understood their position in this country. Non-Muslims did not arrive on an empty piece of land in Malaysia. Malays and Malay Kings were already here for centuries.

"The past leaders understood that in order to be a part of this country, they had to respect the rights and sensitivities of the Malays, and they did just that. Sadly today this agreement is lost," he said.

Nakhaie also lambasted Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders like Shah Alam MP Datuk Khalid Samad as well as state executive councillor Datuk Rodziah Ismail, calling them hypocrites for wanting legal action to be taken against the protestors.

 "These people who wanted the ISA abolished suddenly have no qualms in wanting it to be used against Section 23 residents," said Nakhaie.

Last Friday a group claiming to be Muslim residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam, the new site of the Hindu temple, held a demonstration outside the Selangor State Secretariat by dragging a severed cow-head, a sacred animal in Hinduism, which they stomped on and spat at in the presence of riot police.

The police did not take any action.

The act was carried out by a group of 50 protestors who oppose the relocation of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple to Section 23 from Section 19, claiming that the housing area is predominantly Muslim.

A check last week has since shown that the neighbourhood is multi-racial, with Indians making up more than a quarter of those who live there.

The 150-year old temple was built on a plantation which over the years was developed into housing areas by the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS). No provisions were previously made to relocate the temple, which currently stands in a Muslim-majority area.

Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/36869-muslim-group-says-too-many-hindu-temples-making-malays-uneasy-

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SIM racket uncovered in J&K, over 30,000 connections cancelled

Arun Sharma, Sep 03, 2009

Jammu: Over 30,000 cell phone SIM cards have been cancelled in Jammu and Kashmir and a dozen people, including retailers and dealers of private cellular phone companies, have been arrested after Crime Branch investigators discovered that many pre-paid connections were provided — some made it to the hands of militants and their sympathisers — using names and papers of genuine customers.

Police said subscribers were unaware that additional SIM cards had been issued in their names after misusing documents they had submitted along with the forms while applying for connections.

Cellular phone services were started by the BSNL in J&K in 2003 and private operators started coming in a year later. Until July 2009, it was estimated that the state had over 40 lakh mobile phone subscribers, most with pre-paid services.

"We have constituted a special team to conduct investigations into the matter," said Crime Branch SSP J P Singh. "We have been asking cellphone operators to provide us records of customers on random basis. We have started contacting them to ascertain that they are genuine customers."

Alarmed over the discovery of such a racket in this border state, the Department of Telecommunications' Telecom Enforcement, Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cell has also begun physical verification of customer documents submitted to it by operators.

"We have been in the state since 2007 but the staff for physical verification of customers documents have been posted here only two months ago," said an official at the TERM Cell.

Eight SIM cards were seized from the arrested men. While two were issued by Pakistani phone operator Ufone, six SIMs had been issued by an Indian operator in the names of Army personnel and civilians living in Udhampur, Doda and the Valley. Police said none of the six was aware that there existed another card in his name.

These are some of the seized SIM cards:

• SIM card (No. 9797326308) seized from a Lashkar commander was issued in the name of Ranjay Kumar, son of Shamsher Singh c/o 3264/326 LT AD Regiment, Dhar Road, Udhampur.

• SIM card (No. 9797326087) was issued in the name of Susheel Kumar, son of Mool Raj, 5071 ASC Bn, c/o 56 APO, Dhar Road, Udhampur.

• SIM card (No. 9797699552) was issued in the name of Fiyaz Ahmed, son of Ali Mohammad, near Hanfia Masjid, Bemina, Srinagar.

• SIM card (No. 9906433207) was issued in the name of Juned Yusuf Hafiz, son of Mohammad Yusuf of Srinagar.

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sim-racket-uncovered-in-j&k-over-30-000-connections-cancelled/511782/0

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Pak Army against allowing US to expand its war on terror

September 04, 2009

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army has decided not to allow the US to expand its 'war on terror' inside the country's geographical territory, sources said.

Sources privy to the 121st Corps Commander Conference chaired by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at General Headquarters (GHQ) said the Army top brass discussed in detail the country's security scenario and voted in favour of not succumbing to US pressure.

However, a statement released by the ISPR said the conference was a regular affair and a comprehensive briefing on the current security situation in the region was given to the participants.

The Nation quoted the statement as saying that matters of operational vigilance and professional interest were also discussed.

Meanwhile, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majeed met President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency to discuss issues regarding combat capabilities of the armed forces and their professional preparedness to safeguard the strategic assets of the country.

Source: http://www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-105151.html

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'3 Houthi leaders killed' in northern Yemen

Sept 4, 2009

Sanaa, September 04: The Yemeni Army says it has killed three local Zaidi leaders in an attack on their hideouts in Saada province in northern Yemen.

"Leaders of the rebellion, among the most dangerous terrorist elements, were killed" in the attack at Malahidh, Yemen's official Saba news agency cited a military statement as saying on Friday.

According to the report, the three leaders were identified as Jarallah Mohammed Ismail, Ali Abd Rabbo Jabal and Abdel Aziz al-Uraimi.

The Yemeni army launched an offensive against the Shia Zaidis in Saada and Amran provinces three weeks ago.

On Monday, the Zaidi fighters offered a peace initiative to the Yemeni government to end the bloody clashes in Saada province and the surrounding areas, but the government's conditions for a ceasefire include Houthis' withdrawal from all districts of Saada and the mountainous sites and the return of military equipments they seized from the army..

Full Report at: http://www.siasat.com/english/news/3-houthi-leaders-killed-northern-yemen

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Boris Johnson: 'fast during Ramadan to understand Muslims''

04 Sep 2009

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has encouraged people to undergo a day of fasting to help them gain a better understanding of their ''Muslim neighbour''.

 Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has encouraged people to undergo a day of fasting to help them gain a better understanding of Islam.

Speaking during a visit to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre he said Muslims in the capital were ''challenging traditional stereotypes'' to show they wanted to be part of the mainstream.

Mr Johnson's visit coincided with the holy period of Ramadan in which participating Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

''Whether it's in theatre, comedy, sports, music or politics, Muslims are challenging the traditional stereotypes and showing that they are, and want to be, a part of the mainstream community," he said.

''That's why I urge people, particularly during Ramadan, to find out more about Islam, increase your understanding and learning, even fast for a day with your Muslim neighbour and break your fast at the local mosque. I would be very surprised if you didn't find that you share more in common than you thought.

''Muslims are at the heart of every aspect of society. Their contribution is something that all Londoners benefit from. Muslim police officers, doctors, scientists and teachers are an essential part of the fabric of London.

''Islamic finance is contributing to the economy by changing the way Londoners invest, save, borrow and spend. There are valuable lessons that people of all backgrounds can learn from Islam such as the importance of community spirit, family ties, compassion and helping those less fortunate, all of which lie at the heart of the teachings of Ramadan.''

Earlier in the day Mr Johnson got into a spot of bother after calling a radio DJ ''a great big blubbering jelly of indecision''.

He was being interviewed by Nick Ferrari on London radio station LBC 97.3 over the ongoing row over who runs the Met. One of his deputies had told the Guardian newspaper that the Conservatives in the capital now had their ''hands on the tiller'' of Britain's biggest force.

The mayor insisted the quotes had been over-hyped but following repeated questioning from Mr Ferrari about whether he had ''admonished'' the deputy in question Mr Johnson blurted out his remark.

Mr Johnson had earlier told the programme: ''Sir Paul Stephenson, as everybody knows is in full operational control of the Met and has been ever since his appointment and does a first class job.''

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/borisjohnson/6137842/Boris-Johnson-fast-during-Ramadan-to-understand-Muslims.html

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Gaza sewage 'a threat to Israel'

3 Sept 2009

The UN and international aid agencies say Israel must relax its blockade of the Gaza Strip to allow urgent repairs to the water and sewage systems.

In a joint appeal, the bodies say the hazards to health and the environment threaten not only Gaza but Israel too. More than 13m gallons (50m litres) of raw or partially treated sewage flows into the sea every day from Gaza because of a lack of treatment plants. The cross-border aquifer is low and raw sewage floats back to Gaza and Israel. Deadly flash flood

The UN says about 10,000 Gazans have no access to a water network - while about 60% of the 1.4m population receive water only intermittently.

Full Report at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8236733.stm

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UP 'mystery cat' attacks may fuel communal riots in Ramzan

Sept 04, 2009

NEW DELHI: A mysterious animal is on the prowl in western Uttar Pradesh (UP), and its taste for Muslim victims is threatening to spark communal riots in the holy month of Ramzan. Reports from Sharanpur district, almost 300 kilometres from New Delhi, suggest the creature, being dubbed a 'mystery cat' by locals, is most likely a tiger. Over the past few years, animals from the nearby Katarniyaghat forest reserve have wandered into settled areas, panicking locals. The 'mystery cat' attacks were mostly reported around sehri time, when Muslim women wake up early to prepare food. Most of victims said they were attacked when they stepped out of their houses. So far, a dozen such attacks have been reported. iftikhar gilani

Source: http://www.pakistanlink.com/Headlines/Sept09/04/11.htm

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Canadian jihadist gets 14-year sentence with 7 years' credit for time served

September 4, 2009

For those seven remaining years, what safeguards exist against prison dawa? Saad Khalid Update. "Toronto 18 Member Gets 14-Year Sentence," from City News, September 3:A 22-year-old man who pleaded guilty in a home-grown terrorist scheme has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Though Saad Khalid wasn't the leader of the so-called Toronto 18, which allegedly planned to storm Parliament, behead the prime minister, and set off bombs in front of several targets including the Toronto Stock Exchange and CSIS headquarters, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno called the crime "vile" and said the defendant's degree of responsibility remained "fairly high."

Full Report at: http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/027446.php

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A New British Muslim newspaper set to hit newsstands

Sep 03, 2009

A new Muslim newspaper is set to newsstands later this month to coincide with the month of Ramadan. The Muslim Chronicle (TMC) is a free monthly newspaper, which will be published by Albion Publishing and Media. According to the editor of TMC, the paper will include objective news and views of Muslims living in the UK. TMC will be highlighting issues affecting the Muslim community globally – Islam phobia, education, employment, religion and political (domestic and international).

TMC is being launched from Leeds and is presently being distributed around the Yorkshire region but the paper intends to reach Muslims and those who have interest in Muslim issues nationwide.

TMC's aims to report on news and events which the non-Muslim media does not cover and report.

Source: http://media247.co.uk/bizasia/newsarchive/2009/09/the_muslim_chro.php

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Turkish President confirms support to Iraq

Sept 04, 2009

Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Iraqi Turkmen leaders on Thursday during an Iftar. Gul stressed his country's keenness on Iraq's unity and support to the political process.

Turkish President underlined as well the importance of Turkmen's unity and the necessity to find best means in order to promote their role in managing the country. Turkmen leaders pointed out to the importance of the political situation in Iraq in general and their situation in particular highlighting upcoming elections and preparations thereto.

Source: http://www.alsumaria.tv/en/Iraq-News/1-37123-iraq-news.html

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Dozen bombings in Iraq kill at least 6, wound 85

September 4, 2009

 BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Bombings rocked Iraq on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding at least another 85, an Iraqi official told CNN.

Eleven of the 12 bombs struck in the evening, when streets are busier than usual during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. At least four people were killed and 42 others were wounded Thursday evening when a car bomb and three roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in Musayyiba, a town south of Baghdad, said an official with the Iraqi Interior Ministry. The bombs went off near a Shiite shrine, and a number of Shiite pilgrims were among the dead and wounded, the official said. Another roadside bomb near a Shiite shrine in Mahauil, south of Baghdad, wounded at least eight others, the official said.

Full Report at: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/09/03/iraq.bombings/index.html

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World Assembly of Muslim Youth condemns assassination attempt

Ghazanfar Ali Khan

4 September 2009

RIYADH: Saleh S. Al-Wohaibi, secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), who termed the assassination attempt on Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, assistant interior minister for security affairs, as "an act of aggression on the entire Saudi nation," called on extremists to lay down their arms, follow the teachings of Islam and respect the values of the glorious Arab culture.

The WAMY chief said that such terrorist attempts can't "create slightest doubts in the resolute will of the exalted and brave Saudi nation" that is determined to pave its path toward well-being and success.

Al-Wohaibi, who was speaking at WAMY's seventh annual iftar party here Tuesday night, touched on many issues confronting the nation and the world at large. He also called on the individuals and philanthropic organizations to extend financial support to the local charities and ensure their trouble-free operation. "These aid organizations, of which WAMY is one, have been facing obstacles because of the lack of resources and the stringent measures imposed by different countries and respective government agencies," said Al-Wohaibi.

Full Report at: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=126088&d=4&m=9&y=2009

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Many die in Afghan tanker blasts

September 4, 2009

At least 90 people have been killed after a Nato air strike blew up two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, officials say.

A Nato spokesman confirmed to the BBC that the incident happened in Kunduz province. The spokesman said it was investigating reports of civilian deaths.

The governor of Kunduz told the BBC that senior Taliban commanders were killed in the huge blast. Witnesses said villagers also died. A Taliban spokesman confirmed to the BBC that its fighters had stolen two NATO fuel tankers on Thursday night, which then got stuck, although he did not say how. The Taliban decided to empty the tankers and local people arrived to take some of the fuel, he said.

Full Report at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8237287.stm

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Israel: IDF Arrests Terror Suspect in Shechem

September 4, 2009

 (IsraelNN.com) IDF forces arrested an Arab terror suspect in Shechem on Thursday night. The arrest was part of the IDF's counter terror operations within Judea and Samaria. The suspect was brought to the General Security Services (Shin Bet) for further investigation.

The Palestinian Authority's police forces, trained by U.S. General Keith Dayton, are charged with counter terror operations within Judea and Samaria. However, they only work by day, forcing Israel to take-over the "night shift."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/170571

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/first-female-minister-in-the-history-of-islamic-republic-of-iran-/d/1723

 

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