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Four killed, over 30 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan's Karachi city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

One killed, over 30 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan's Karachi city

Awami National Party urges centre to hold talks with Taliban

Tahir ul Qadri, MQM want polls postponed, says Jamaat-i-Islami

Candles lit in respect of 2012 martyred in terrorist attacks

NATO copter violates Pakistani airspace

Interior Minister wants Tahir ul Qadri rally held in F-9 Park

Pakistan releases eight more Afghan Taliban prisoners

Pakistan frees more Taliban prisoners

Delay in polls to be disastrous: Punjab CM

Pak-China Khalid tank manufacturing deal inked

‘Foreign nationals’: Petition filed to stop Tahir ul Qadri, Altaf Hussain

First option for ANP is talks, not operation

PML-Q backs Tahir ul Quadri’s demands

Balochistan Assembly elects Matiullah Agha as speaker

Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh begins today

400,000 Pakistanis contract TB every year

Achievements and failures of PPP government

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India

Khap Panchayats of Haryana against Capital Punishment for Rapists

Urdu second official language: U P’s New Year gift to Urdu speaking community

Several Islamic exhibits slated to mark ASI's anniversary

India, Pak exchange list of nuke installations

Indian consulate in Jeddah’s guidelines for Umra pilgrims

Curfew in Pulwama, Kashmir observes shutdown

Advocate seeks to appear in court on behalf of MLA Owaisi

Maulana Azad National Urdu University to have Telugu department

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Arab World

30 tortured and disfigured bodies found in Damascus

22 killed in fresh wave of Iraq attacks

Syria backs ‘any initiative’ for dialogue to end conflict

Sidon Sheikh warns against tarnishing image of Lebanon Sunnis

U A E President and Ruler of Dubai greet world leaders on New Year

Mahmud Abbas sees Palestinian state in 2013

In Egypt Islamists’ bastion discontent creeps up

Iraqi PM questions role of Turkey in unrest

Pak F M’s visit to Saudi Arabia to boost relations

Saudis, expatriates remember the 1990 Gulf War hero

Nour Party remains our only political arm: Salafist Calling

Tahrir Square to stage New Year's Eve celebration

April 6 activist shot in Tahrir Square

121 journalists killed in 2012

1991 Victory over Iraq Was Swift, but Hardly Flawless

Future official condemns attack against bishop in Tripoli

Egypt's budget deficit to reach LE200 bn by fiscal year end: Planning minister

Huge spending to spur Kingdom’s education, health sectors

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Africa

Attackers kill 15 at Nigerian church: rescue official

Bomb hits prosecutor’s office in Libya

Blast hits govt office in Benghazi

Jordan arrests 4 Syrian soldiers near border

Keeping US consulate in Benghazi open was 'grievous mistake'

Five Confirmed Dead But Health Ministry Says Swine Flu Outbreak ‘Isn’t Worrying’

The UNDP Executes Project to Reduce Unemployment in Yemen

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Mideast Asia

Ahmadinejad slams pressure to impose Islamic values on People

Erdogan dreams of full Sharia law in Turkey

Turkish talks offer hope of peace with Kurdish militants

Nebraska Senator‘s big problem: being a realist about American power and Iran

Israeli warplanes violate Lebanon airspace

Iran Tests New Version of Missiles in Exercise

Israel military eases building materials blockade on Gaza

Turkey official condemns French paper's prophet Mohammed bio

Israeli Supreme Court shortens whistleblower's prison term

Turkey accuses EU of bigotry, says its reforms are ignored

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South Asia

Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan, Confirmed NATO-led coalition forces

Top Afghan negotiator cautiously optimistic on peace prospects

NATO head lauds Afghan security handover

Local police, an uncertain player in Afghan future

Khaleda asked to appear in court Jan 6

Let Bangladesh Grow

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Southeast Asia

West Jakarta Police Officer Named Suspect in Man's Interrogation Room Death

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North America

Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America

UK urged to spend Afghan withdrawal savings on defence

US family seeks pregnant daughter missing in Afghanistan

UN appeals for Afghan refugee aid as harsh winter proves deadly

UN slaps sanctions on DR Congo rebels

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 22 killed in fresh wave of Iraq attacks

 

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Pakistan

 

One killed, over 30 injured in bomb blast in Pakistan's Karachi city

PTI | Jan 1, 2013

KARACHI: One person was killed and over 30 were injured on Tuesday when a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off near the headquarters of the Mutthaida-e-Qaumi Movement and a park where the MQM had just finished holding a massive rally.

Senior police official, Imran Shaukat confirmed that the bomb was planted on a motorcycle and apparently the target were the buses parked in the vicinity waiting to take the participants of the rally back to their homes.

"We have initial reports off about 20 people being injured while the area is being combed by the bomb disposal squad to ensure they are no more explosions," Shaukat said.

But other reports said that as many as 30 people had been injured, some of them seriously, in the attack.

The blast that occurred at Aisha Manzil caused panic and fear in the city and led to massive traffic jams and bottlenecks with shops and petrol pumps closing down.

Though MQM leaders have been killed in target killings in the past, this is the first time that terrorists have directly targeted the MQM in a bomb attack.

MQM, which is the largest single party in Pakistan's biggest city, has its headquarters close to Aisha Manzil and the Jinnah Park is used regularly for its rallies.

The blast took place just after MQM chief, Altaf Hussain had finished addressing the massive rally.

The leader of the Minhaj ul Quran, Tahir ul Qadri, had also visited the MQM headquarters today to formally seek their support and participation in a big rally planned on January 14 to march on Islamabad against a corrupt government and electoral system.

Yesterday, the MQM coordination committee had announced its support and participation in the rally.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban have said they would target MQM leaders and supporters after Altaf Hussain urged the government and people to unite and wage a war against the militants following the attack on child activist Malala Yousufzai.

Television channels reported that the blast which was heard in nearby areas had damaged shops and buses which were waiting to transport people who attended the rally.

Last week, a bomb blast on a passenger bus in the busy Cantt area had left six people dead and around 50 injured.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bomb-blast-in-Pakistans-Karachi-city-one-dead-over-a-dozen-injured/articleshow/17845501.cms

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Awami National Party urges centre to hold talks with Taliban

By: Nader Buner

January 01, 2013

PESHAWAR - Awami National Party President, Asfandyar Wali Khan, has demanded of the

federal government to hold fruitful dialogues with militants and if talks fail to bear fruit, opt

for other alternative options to cope with the menace of militancy.

“Terrorism has its roots in the tribal region. As the region is administered by the federal

government, so the centre should negotiate with Taliban,” Asfandyar Wali said while

addressing a condolence reference to pay tribute ANP slain leader and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

senior minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour here at Nistar Hall Peshawar.

On the occasion, ANP provincial president, SeNATOr Afrasiab Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, son of slain ANP leader, and Special Adviser to

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Barrister Haroon Bilour, and ANP elected representatives

from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and parliament were also present.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/asfand-urges-centre-to-hold-talks-with-taliban

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Tahir ul Qadri, MQM want polls postponed, says Jamaat-i-Islami

January01, 2013

TIMERGARA, Dec 31: Jamaat-i-Islami central deputy chief Sirajul Haq said here on Monday

that Dr Tahirul Qadri and Muttahida Qaumi Movement wanted to postpone the upcoming

general elections by holding their proposed long march.

“But the nation would not let them do so,” he told a workers convention, organised by Talash

chapter of Shabab-i-Milli. He said that a second Bangladesh would come into being if general

elections were postponed.

The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leader said that rulers gifted lawlessness, unemployment, price hike,

power load shedding and corruption to the nation during the past five years. He said that

rulers were busy in transferring their money to foreign banks.

JI nominated Sahibzada Yaqub Khan as its candidate for NA-34 constituency, Muzafar Syed for

PK-94 and Sultanat Yar Bukhari for PK 97. Former MPA Dr Inayatul Haq, Advocate Rahimullah,

Shabab-i-Milli district president Nawab Badshah, Hizbul Mujahideen district organiser Sirajud

Din and Mohammad Raziq also addressed the convention.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/01/qadri-mqm-want-polls-postponed-says-siraj/

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Candles lit in respect of 2012 martyred in terrorist attacks

January 01, 2013

LAHORE: On the eve of New Year, various organizations lit candles at Lahore Press Club and

Chairing Cross in remembrance of martyred people in terrorist attacks.

On the occasion, the activists condemning the terrorists said that the whole nation is united

against terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-81909-Candles-lit-in-respect-of-2012-martyred

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NATO copter violates Pakistani airspace

January 01, 2013

North waziristan - A NATO gunship helicopter violated border limits of Pakistan and flew in

the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan for about five minutes on Monday, the government

sources said. Meanwhile, two mortar bombs were also fired from across the Afghan border,

which hit Miranshah. No loss of life was, however, reported.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/NATO-copter-violates-pakistani-airspace

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Interior Minister wants Tahir ul Qadri rally held in F-9 Park

Ikram Junaidi

January01, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik has said that in order to avoid any

mishap Dr Tahirul Qadri will be requested to hold his rally at sector F-9 Park in Islamabad.

Dr Qadri, chief of Tehrik Minhajul Quran, has announced that he will lead a long march on

Islamabad and hold a huge rally there on Jan 14 to press the government for election reforms.

Talking to journalists at the Islamabad Police’s CIA office, Mr Malik said most suspects in the

Benazir Bhutto murder case had been arrested and soon the investigation report would be

released to the media. He said negotiations with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan could be held

if the TTP agreed to disarm.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/01/malik-wants-qadri-rally-held-in-f-9-park/

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Pakistan releases eight more Afghan Taliban prisoners

January01, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan released eight members of the Afghan Taliban from prison on Monday,

including the former justice minister under the Taliban, in a bid to boost the peace process in

neighboring Afghanistan, the government said.

Pakistan is seen as a lynchpin in efforts to bring about peace in Afghanistan as foreign troops

plan to depart the country in 2014. Kabul has been pressing its neighbour to release more

prisoners who they hope would bring the Taliban to the negotiating table before the US troops

go home.

The Pakistanis appear to have an interest in promoting peace across the border, as a

resumption of the civil war there could bring harsh consequences on its side as well.

”We have released some more Taliban prisoners today as our help in the peace process in

Afghanistan,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said eight detainees were released, including

Nooruddin Turabi, the justice minister under the Taliban. Mohammad Azeem, a former

guard of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was also among those released, according to a Taliban

official. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to

reporters about the sensitive subject.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/31/pakistan-releases-eight-more-afghan-taliban-prisoners/

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Pakistan frees more Taliban prisoners

By: Maqbool Malik

January 01, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Monday released eight more Taliban detainees, including a close

aide of Mullah Omar and former justice minister, to facilitate the Afghan-owned and Afghan-

led reconciliation process for lasting peace and stability in the war-ravaged neighbour.The

number of Afghan Taliban detainees released by Pakistan so far has risen to 26. Among those

who were released by Pakistan included former governor Helmand Abdul Bari, former justice

minister Nuruddin Turabi, former minister Allah Daad Tabib, former governor Kabul Mullah

Daud Jan and ex governor Mir Ahmed Gul. Pakistan had released 18 Taliban prisoners last

month on Afghan High Peace Council’s request.Among those released last month also included

three former governors including Mulla Abdul Salam, Mir Ahmad Gul and Daud Jalali.Pakistan,

which desires lasting peace and stability in the neighbouring country, has committed itself to

support the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process.Diplomats privy to the

development believe that Pakistan’s decision to release Afghan Taliban detainees coincides

with what has been described as Afghan government’s Peace Process Roadmap 2015 aimed at

engaging Afghan Taliban to shun violence and dissociate from Al-Qaeda in a bid to give them

political role in country’s future politics.The move, they believe is also in line with trilateral

agreement between Pakistan, United States and Afghanistan to provide safe passage to

various Taliban leaders willing to join the reconciliation process.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/pakistan-frees-more-taliban-prisoners

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Delay in polls to be disastrous: Punjab CM

January 01, 2013

MANDI BAHAUDDIN - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said that some elements

in the country were conspiring to delay elections and feared that if it happened it would be

disastrous for the integrity of the country. The Punjab chief minister was addressing a public

gathering here at Rose Cinema Ground which packed to its capacity only for the second time

in its history. It is to be noted that first it was filled at the visit of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Shaheed. Praising Army, Shahbaz said it was fighting against terrorism and defending the

frontiers of home land by sacrificing their lives. He, however, warned that the commanders

should avoid falling in the trap of those elements who wanted to derail the country from the

path of democracy. Referring to menace of corruption, the Punjab CM said that Zar Bab and

forty thieves group were looting national wealth with both hands. The poor and commoners

are facing hardships and the rulers are not caring for their welfare,” he lamented. He

stressed that the nation would have to break the begging bowl and develop own resources if

it wanted to stand in the comity of dignified nations. “For this purpose the masses would

have to vote the PML-N into power the upcoming elections,” he pointed out and appealed to

the audience to vote in favour of Nawaz Sharif as he was the only capable national leader

who could steer out the country from the prevailing crises. Shahbaz recalled that during first

term of Nawaz Sharif, value of national current was equal to two Indian rupees but now it had

fallen down to the level where Pakistan Rs1.75 was equal to one Indian rupee. This

depreciation occurred due to mismanagement of the successive governments,” he claimed.

Referring to achievements of the Punjab government, the chief minister said, it had worked

hard to improve lot of the common people including farmers and educated youth.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/delay-in-polls-to-be-disastrous

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Pak-China Khalid tank manufacturing deal inked

January 01, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) and (China North Industries Corporation) NORINCO

signed on Monday a contract for manufacturing of Al Khalid I tanks. According to a Press

release, Chinese delegation met the officials of Ministry of Defence Production and HIT here.

The signing of the contract took place between the representatives from partner companies.

Al Khalid is a product of Chinese and Pakistani cooperation. It was developed in the 1990s.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/pak-china-khalid-tank-manufacturing-deal-linked

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‘Foreign nationals’: Petition filed to stop Tahir ul Qadri, Altaf Hussain

January 1, 2013

LAHORE: A petition has been filed in the Lahore registry of the Supreme Court, asking the

court to stop Tahirul Qadri and Altaf Hussain from political activities in Pakistan because they

are both “foreign nationals and unable to become members of parliament”.

Watan Party chairman Zafarullah Khan has filed the petition, which names the Muttahida

Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Awami Tehrik as parties headed by foreign

nationals. Hussain heads the former and is a UK national while the latter is headed by Qadri,

a Canadian national. Khan says in the petition that they no longer have allegiance with

Pakistan but are functioning on foreign dictates.

The petitioner has said that Qadri is not a “sagacious, righteous and honest man” – the

qualities that a man who wishes to be elected to public office should have as laid down by

Article 62 of the Constitution. In 1990, Justice Akhtar Hassan Commission had found that

Qadri had arranged an alleged murder attack on himself and had then accused the Punjab

government of doing so, Khan has said in the petition.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/487182/foreign-nationals-petition-filed-to-stop-qadri-hussain/

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First option for ANP is talks, not operation

January01, 2013

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali Khan has advised the federal

government to hold ‘meaningful’ talks with Taliban insurgents to restore peace in the country

and use force if the talks fail to produce desired results.

The menace of militancy has eaten into the fabric of the society and, therefore, the federal

government should take steps to eradicate terrorism.

The ANP chief was speaking at a condolence reference for Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Kyhber

Pakhtunkhwa’s recently slain senior minister, at Nishtar Hall here on Monday.

The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), home to terrorists, came under the

jurisdiction of the federal government, which had the authority to negotiate with the Taliban,

he said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/01/asfandyar-speaks-at-reference-for-bilour-first-option-for-anp-

is-talks-not-operation/

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PML-Q backs Qadri’s demands

January01, 2013

LAHORE: After MQM, another ally of PPP — PML-Q — has announced its support for Dr Tahirul

Qadri’s demands for an independent and honest caretaker set-up and electoral reforms.

“We will support Dr Tahirul Qadri’s mission whether we remain in government or not,”

declared PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain after meeting the patron-in-chief of Tehrik-i-

Minhajul Quran. He was accompanied by Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Syed Mushahid Hussain.

Briefing reporters on the meeting, Mr Hussain said: “After a discussion with Dr Qadri we

believe that his mission is not against any individual, but against injustices and those who do

not pay taxes.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/01/pml-q-backs-qadris-demands/

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Balochistan Assembly elects Matiullah Agha as speaker

December 31, 2012

QUETTA: Deputy Speaker Matiullah Agha was elected unopposed as the speaker of the

Balochistan Assembly on Monday, Express News reported.

Balochistan National Party (Awami) MPA Dr Fouzia Marri, who had administered Agha’s oath,

was elected unopposed as the deputy speaker.

After the oath, Agha pledged that he will fulfill all his duties with sincerity.

The slot of speaker had fallen vacant on December 26 with the ousting of Aslam Bhootani

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/486942/balochistan-assembly-elects-matiullah-agha-as-speaker/

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Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh begins today

January 01, 2013

LAHORE: The 969th annual three-day Urs celebrations of Hazrat Ali bin Usman Alhajveri

popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh would begin at his shrine today.

The celebrations will start with laying a traditional chadar on the grave of the great sufi saint

of the subcontinent, said Punjab Minister for Auqaf Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi while addressing

a press conference at Data Darbar Complex here on Saturday. Secretary Auqaf Tariq Pasha

was also present.

He said the Auqaf Department had allocated Rs. 8 million to provide facilities to devotees.

The minister said 400 security guards besides 170 'Razacars' of the Auqaf Department would

perform security duties.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-81924-Urs-of-Data-Ganj-Bakhsh-begins-today

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400,000 Pakistanis contract TB every year

January 01, 2013

ISLAMABAD: National TB Control Programme Head Dr Ijaz Qadeer has disclosed that around

400,000 citizens suffer from the disease every year and a majority of them are poor people

who are provided free checkups, medicine and other treatment facilities.

Speaking at a seminar on Monday, attended by experts, representatives of NGOs and

volunteers, Dr Ijaz Qadeer said that 1.5 million TB patients were registered and treated

during the last three years. This was the result of awareness campaign and provision of

treatment facilities at the grassroots level at the basic health units, rural health centres,

tehsil and district headquarters hospitals, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\01\story_1-1-2013_pg11_6

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Achievements and failures of PPP government

By: Abrar Saeed

January 01, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Except for a few achievements, the five-year rule of Pakistan People’s Party was

a tale of horrifying failures which have virtually brought the country to the brink of financial

and administrative collapse.The so-called first ‘full term’ of a ‘democratic government’ in

country’s history – the major achievement that PPP-led coalition government’s leadership

boasts about – was fraught with mismanagement, and criminal negligence on issues of

national importance.Over these years, PPP leadership remained preoccupied with keeping its

rule intact for which it played in the hands of its junior coalition partners MQM, ANP and PML-

Q and other pressure groups from time to time.Constitutional reforms and other

achievementsThe most shining achievement of the ruling coalition was the removal of

anomalies from the constitution and its restoration to almost to its original shape of 1973.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/achievements-and-failures-of-ppp-government

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India

 

Khap Panchayats of Haryana against Capital Punishment for Rapists

New Age Islam News Desk

January 1, 2013

New Delhi: Even as the whole country is demanding death punishment for the rapists of

Delhi, the khap Panchayats of Haryana have expressed their opposition to it saying that the provision of death punishment for rapists may be misused as has been seen in SC/ST or dowry cases. They have urged the officers and the government not to be influenced by the protesters. Khap leader of Hisar, Subay Singh said that the death punishment for rapistsmay be politically used for settling scores with political or social opponents. It should be noted that the Congress and other political parties have recommended death punishment for apists. The Congress has also recommended chemical castration of rapists with 30 years of imprisonment. The BJP is of the same view on castration.

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Urdu second official language: U P’s New Year gift to Urdu speaking community

10 posts for Urdu translators in UP government

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 1, 2013

Lucknow: The UP government has taken an important step to implement Urdu as second official language of the state by recongnising the posts of Urdu translators in the judiciary.

The principal secretary of the department of justice has issued orders to the registrar general of the High Court to appoint 10 Urdu translators in the High Court within three months i.e.

28th February this year. The governor of UP has granted his sanction to it. This is being termed as the New Year gift of the UP government to the Urdu speaking community of the state.

It should be mentioned that two Urdu translators had been appointed in the High Court two years back. 15 years ago, six Hindi translators had been appointed but unfortunately there is no service rule for Hindi and Urdu translations which is an obstacle in their promotion.

The district president of Urdu Development Organisation, Kalim Tyagi demanded that the service rules for Urdu translators should be formulated first for which an application to the authorities concerned will be submitted by the Organisation soon.

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Several Islamic exhibits slated to mark ASI's anniversary

Jan 1, 2013

HYDERABAD: Photographs of a 100 Mohur commemorative gold coin from the era of Mughal emperor Jahangir and unique Mehrabi (arch shaped) coins with distinctive calligraphy

from Akbar's dominions will be on display at Salar Jung Museum as part of Calligraphy Through Times exhibition which is one of the sections of the 150-year celebrations of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The exhibition which is on till January 11th will showcase the evolution of calligraphic forms

such as kufic, naskh, nastaliq and tughra over a period of around 800 years starting with the Khilji Dynasty in the 12th century to the Asaf Jahi rule which ended in the 20th century.

Apart from coins, pictures of specimens taken from famous monuments such as Taj Mahal in Agra and Akbar's Tomb in Sikandara along with bilingual epigraphs of Persian and Sanskrit found at an excavation site in Baroda in Gujarat will also be shown.

Another interesting exhibit is a page which is taken from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's handwritten copy of the Quran bearing his signature at the bottom.

According to ASI Indore director of epigraphy Khwaja Ghulamus Syedain, Hyderabad is the last leg of the national level travelling exhibition.

The exhibition has been to Lucknow, Delhi, Srinagar and Bhopal before coming to Hyderabad.

Collection and compilation of photographs of specimens took around three-and-a-half years.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Several-exhibits-slated-to-mark-ASIs-

anniversary/articleshow/17837146.cms

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India, Pak exchange list of nuke installations

January 01, 2013

"India and Pakistan today

exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations between India and Pakistan," the ministry of external affairs said in a release on Tuesday.

The agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988 and entered into force on January 27, 1991, provides, inter alia, that the two countries inform each other of nuclear installations and facilities to be covered under the agreement on the first of January of every calendar year, it said.

This is the 22 consecutive exchange of such lists between the two countries, the first one having taken place on January 1, 1992.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/India-Pak-exchange-list-of-nuke-

installations/Article1-983508.aspx

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Indian consulate in Jeddah’s guidelines for Umra pilgrims

New Age Islam News Desk

January 1, 2013

New Delhi; The Indian Consulate in Jeddah has issued certain guidelines for the prospective Umrah pilgrims of India to save them from problems. Many Indians are trapped in Saudi Arabia due to their unawareness of the local laws and regulations. Some even have to go to jail. In the view of this, the Indian consulate in Jeddah has issued do’s and do’nts for Indian Umrah pilgrims which are as follows:

a) Go to Umrah through registered private tour operators only. All the registered tour  perators of India have been linked to the Umrah company of Saudi Arabia. The company’s name should be mentioned in the Umrah visa of the pilgrim.

b) In case of any problem of harassment, lodge your complaints on cgijiddah.com or

hajinformation.com

c) Pilgrims are urged to go to the haram and other crowded places with minimum luggage or valuables as far as possible.

d) Women are advised to travel with their mahram (acquaintance).

e) Avoid travel by taxi and remain cautious. If you have to travel in a taxi, note down its number.

f) While deboarding a taxi, first deboard the female companions and then your luggage or yourself.

g) Do not befriend any stranger or take any eatables from them.

h) Travel with luggage under the permitted weight and size limit.

i) Do not travel with prohibited drugs, alcohol or alcohol based drugs or poisonous drugs.

Carrying these may invite penal action under Saudi laws.

j) Be careful while making calls or sending text messages in Saudi Arabia.

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Curfew in Pulwama, Kashmir observes shutdown

By M Saleem Pandit

Jan 1, 2013

SRINAGAR: The south Kashmir district of Pulwama remained under curfew for the fourthconsecutive day on Monday and several parts of the Valley observed a complete shutdown

after a call given by both factions of the Hurriyat Conference against the firing that took place in the fallout of Friday's encounter in Bubgam village where two Lashkar men were killed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Curfew-in-Pulwama-Kashmir-observes-shutdown/

articleshow/17837992.cms

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Advocate seeks to appear in court on behalf of MLA Owaisi

Jan 1, 2013

HYDERABAD: An advocate, Mohammed Azeemuddin, on Monday filed a memo in a Nampally court seeking permission to appear on behalf of MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi in a criminal case.

A petition was earlier filed by Kashimshetty Karunasagar, another advocate, against the alleged inflammatory speech of Owaisi which came up for hearing at the court of VII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.

Azeemuddin approached the court saying that he would like to contest the case on behalf of

Owaisi.

Objected to this, Karunasagar said it was not maintainable. However, Azeemuddin argued that prior to the registration of a criminal case the petitioner has spoken to the media and made the complaint public.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Advocate-seeks-to-appear-in-court-on-

behalf-of-MLA-Owaisi/articleshow/17837187.cms

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Maulana Azad National Urdu University to have Telugu department

Jan 1, 2013,

HYDERABAD: The Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Manuu) has decided to set up a department of Telugu soon, vice-chancellor Mohammed Miyan announced here on Monday.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of H K Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies

(HKSCDS) on the university campus and responding to Union human resource development minister MM Pallam Raju's suggestion of introducing Telugu in the varsity, Prof Miyan revealed that such a department, based on the recommendation of Planning Commission member and

Manuu chancellor Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, was infact in the pipeline.

Earlier, Pallam Raju said in his speech that Telugu has the largest number of words of Sanskrit and is widely spoken in the Deccan and the world at large. With this background it would be appropriate for Manuu to offer courses in the language to its students.

Manuu, a central university which has been given the mandate to promote Urdu, has departments of Urdu, Hindi, Persian and Arabic languages.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Manuu-to-have-Telugu-department-

soon/articleshow/17837122.cms

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Arab World

 

30 tortured and disfigured bodies found in Damascus

31 Dec 2012

Thirty tortured and disfigured bodies have been found in the northern Damascus

neighbourhood of Barzeh, the scene of regular clashes between regime troops and rebels, a watchdog said on Monday.

"Thirty bodies were found in the Barzeh district. They bore signs of torture and have so far not been identified," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on medics and activists on the ground in compiling its tolls.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a grassroots network of anti-regime activists, estimated that there were 50 bodies, adding that "their heads were cut and disfigured to the point that it was no longer possible to identify" them.

These reports could not be verified independently because of restrictions on the international media by the Syrian authorities.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61560/World/Region/-tortured-bodies-found-

in-Damascus-Watchdog.aspx

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22 killed in fresh wave of Iraq attacks

January 01, 2013

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed 22 people on Monday as the country grappled with anti-government rallies and simmering political crises ahead of major Shia commemoration rituals.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in more than a dozen towns and cities that wounded 83 people, but militants such as Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq regularly target officials and security forces in a bid to destabilise the government, and also often attack Shia pilgrims.

The violence comes after anti-government protesters blocked a key highway to Syria and Jordan, amid political tensions between Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a secular Sunni- backed party in his fragile national unity government.

Much of Monday’s violence targeted Shia pilgrims, ahead of Arbaeen commemoration ceremonies due this week.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/01-

Jan-2013/22-killed-in-wave-of-iraq-attacks

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Syria backs ‘any initiative’ for dialogue to end conflict

1 January 2013

DAMASCUS: Syria’s government yesterday welcomed any initiative for talks to end bloodshed

in the country, after UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said he had a peace plan acceptable to world powers.

The Damascus regime’s stand, expressed by Prime Minister Wael Al-Halaqi, came amid a flurry of diplomatic activity led by Brahimi to find ways to end the 21-month conflict.

But the violence still raged, with activists reporting the gruesome discovery of dozens of tortured, headless corpses in the northern Damascus district of Barzeh and adding that nearly

90 percent of the 45,000 people killed so far died in 2012. “The government is working to support the national reconciliation project and will respond to any regional or international initiative that would solve the current crisis through dialogue and peaceful means and prevent foreign intervention in Syria’s internal affairs,” Halaqi told Parliament.

He said the revolt against the regime of President Bashar Assad must be resolved only by the Syrian people, “without external pressures or decrees.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/syria-backs-%E2%80%98any-initiative%E2%80%99-dialogue-end-

conflict

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Sidon Sheikh warns against tarnishing image of Lebanon Sunnis

December 31, 2012

SIDON, Lebanon: Sidon Sheikh Ahmad Assir Friday warned against attempts to tarnish the image of Sunnis in Lebanon for providing shelter to Syrian refugees. “Accusing Akkar of

harbouring terrorism is false. There is an attempt by certain parties to tarnish the image of the Sunni Muslims,” Assir said during a ceremony in the Akkar village of Abdeh. “We will struggle to establish balance in Lebanon,” he added. “We don’t have problems with the Shiite sect, but with those who are bargaining and call themselves resistance.” Assir emphasized “the need to coexist and [we] extend our hands to everyone ... especially to the Christians with whom we have lived in peace for 1,400 years.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-31/200460-assir-warns-against-

tarnishing-image-of-sunnis.ashx#ixzz2Ghxjo2MD

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U A E President and Ruler of Dubai greet world leaders on New Year

December 31, 2012

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent cables of congratulations to world leaders on the occasion of the New Year and wished them health, prosperity and progress for their people.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, sent similar cables to heads of state and kings on the occasion.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/government/khalifa-and-mohammad-greet-world-

leaders-on-new-year-1.1126105

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Mahmud Abbas sees Palestinian state in 2013

January 01, 2013

RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM -Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas pledged on Monday that the coming year would see the implementation of Palestinian independence.

Lighting a torch in the grounds of his West Bank headquarters to start celebration of the the

48th anniversary of his Fatah movement he spoke of last month's historic United Nations vote upgrading the Palestinians's diplomatic standing, referring to it as the "birth certificate" of a Palestinian state.

"We have a birth certificate... and we want to complete the march toward full independence," he said. "Next year, 2013, will be the year of statehood and independence."

Despite the UN vote and widespread international support for Palestinian statehood, Israel still occupies the West Bank, maintains tight controls of movement of goods and people to and from the Gaza Strip and has annexed largely-Arab east Jerusalem.

Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians began in September 2010 but ran around several weeks later over an intractable dispute about settlement building, and international efforts to bring the two sides closer together have so far led nowhere. Fatah is on Tuesday to mark its anniversary in the Gaza Strip for the first time since its rival, Hamas, seized power there in 2007.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/01-

Jan-2013/mahmud-abbas-sees-palestinian-state-in-2013

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In Egypt Islamists’ bastion discontent creeps up

December 31, 2012

Fayoum: When election-time rolls around, this impoverished province of farmlands south of Cairo has proven one of the most die-hard bastions of support for Islamists in Egypt, producing lopsided victories for the Muslim Brotherhood and its ultraconservative allies. Last weekend’s referendum that approved Egypt’s Islamist-backed constitution was no exception. According

to final results released on Tuesday, nearly 90 per cent of voters in Fayoum backed the charter, the second highest margin among the country’s 27 provinces, mirroring the levels

Islamists received in other votes since the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak nearly two years

ago.

But even here, dissident voices creep in. Poverty-stricken farmers, disgruntled youth and

even some of the most conservative Islamists show frustration with the Brotherhood less than

six months since Islamist President Mohammad Mursi came to power.

The opposition is hoping to build on such discontent as it aims for a stronger showing in

upcoming parliamentary elections.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/in-egypt-islamists-bastion-discontent-creeps-up-

1.1126161

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Iraqi PM questions role of Turkey in unrest

31 Dec 2012

Iraq’s prime minister has questioned the role of Turkey and Syrian rebels in stoking unrest,

as Sunni protesters in the country continued to demand the release of prisoners held by the

Shia-led government.

Nouri al-Maliki, in a televised interview, said on Sunday evening that the protests had "a

sectarian dimensions and extension".

"We may have differences with one another but what relation does [Turkish Prime Minister]

Erdogan have in this? Why is his poster lifted? This is an indication of support and we don’t

need to accuse anyone," Maliki told al-Sumariya TV.

"Why is the flag of the Free Syrian Army raised and what relation does it have with the

demands of people? Why are the posters of Islamic state in Iraq lifted in the protests?"

Protests blocking a key highway linking Iraq to Syria and Jordan entered a tenth day on

Monday and authorities north of Baghdad declared general strikes a day earlier.

The protests were sparked by the arrest on December 20 of bodyguards of Iraq's finance

minister, a Sunni, and have spurred allegations that the government was using anti-terror

legislation to target the Sunni minority.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/201212311575903731.html

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Pak F M’s visit to Saudi Arabia to boost relations

GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

1 January 2013

RIYADH: Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal will meet with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina

Rabbani Khar to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, said Mohammed Naeem

Khan, Pakistani ambassador to the Kingdom.

Khar’s talks with the Saudi leadership will focus primarily on ways to promote bilateral

relations, key regional issues and mutual international concerns.

Ambassador Khan said: “Khar will be in Riyadh on the invitation of Prince Saud. Her two-day

visit beginning Tuesday will strengthen the strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and

Pakistan, the world’s leading Islamic states.”

He said Foreign Minister Khar would be discussing ways to boost economic relationships

and Saudi investments in Pakistan. “Riyadh and Islamabad, in fact, have had extensive

commercial, cultural, religious and most importantly, excellent strategic relations through

the years,” he said, adding the Kingdom and Pakistan are the leading member countries of

the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/khar%E2%80%99s-visit-boost-relations

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Saudis, expatriates remember the 1990 Gulf War hero

RODOLFO ESTIMO JR.

1 January 2013

RIYADH: More than 22 years have passed since the Gulf War took place on Aug. 2, 1990. But

many residents of the Kingdom still remember US Army General H. Norman Schwarzskopf who

led the successful invasion of Kuwait in 1991 that pushed then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein

back across the border.

They are saddened by the news of Schwarzskopf's death at age 78 last Thursday. To many who

had worried about the security of the Kingdom before the Gulf War, the success of the late

US Army general in driving out Iraqi troops from Kuwait is still fresh in their mind.

He was honored with decorations from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain,

Kuwait, France and Belgium.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan, Saudi deputy defense minister, was the commander of the Joint

Forces, and shared an equal position and responsibility with Schwarzskopf. He was given the

honorary title “Father of Saudi Arabia’s missile” for having negotiated the purchase of the

Kingdom’s first guided missile with the People's Republic of China. Then King Fahd promoted

him to Field Marshal, who, however, resigned from the military in 1991. In January 2001, he

was brought back into the military as assistant defense minister of military affairs.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudis-expatriates-remember-1990-gulf-war-hero

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Nour Party remains our only political arm: Salafist Calling

31 Dec 2012

Despite mass resignations, the Salafist Calling confirmed in a statement released Monday that

the Salafist Nour Party remains its only political arm.

"A movement cannot support more than one political party at the same time…the Nour Party

is the Salafist Calling's only political arm," the statement read.

The movement has called on all of its members to join and support the party, which has been

mired in internal disputes.

The Salafist Calling is Egypt's largest and most influential Salafist movement and includes a

number of the country's most prominent preachers.

The statement comes after former head of the Nour Party Emadeddin Abdel-Gafour officially

resigned his post as party chairman last week and announced his plans to launch a new

political party, Al-Watan (Homeland).

Other members including former spokesperson Yosri Hamad also resigned and announced they

were set to join the new party.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61568/Egypt/Politics-/Nour-Party-remains-

our-only-political-arm-Salafist.aspx

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Tahrir Square to stage New Year's Eve celebration

31 Dec 2012

Cairo's revolutionary Tahrir Square will hold a series of concerts and performances as part of

Monday's New Year's Eve celebration called "Misr le kol el-Masreeyen" (Egypt for all Egyptians),

organisers Egyptian Creativity Front confirmed.

Egyptian singers and music groups, including Ali El-Haggar and Azza Balbaa, will take part in Monday night's festivities, as well as music groups Eskenderella, Wust El-Balad and Hhala.

Egyptian comedian Mohamed Azab, known for imitating Egyptian leaders and public figures in

his comedy sketches, will also take part.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/35/61563/Arts--Culture/Stage--Street/Tahrir-

Square-to-stage-New-Years-Eve-celebration.aspx

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April 6 activist shot in Tahrir Square

31 Dec 2012

Political activist Mohannad Samir was shot in Tahrir Square Monday morning by a group of four

unknown civilians, eyewitness Eslam Noureddin, told Ahram Online.

Samir, who was bleeding heavily, was hospitalised at Ahmed Maher Hospital.

"The doctors say his case is very similar to Jika's," Noureddin told Ahram Online.

Gaber Salah, known as 'Jika,' was killed in November, while taking part in the first anniversary

of last year's Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes. Jika died after being shot in the head and

chest by a rubber bullet.

Eyewitnesses say that a red Dodge car drove to Tahrir Square around 6am. Four civilians

alighted, chatted with some street vendors and then opened fire at random first, then

reportedly they shot at Samir.

"But when they saw Muhannad, they targeted him; I believe this is intentional," Noureddin

told Ahram Online.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61582/Egypt/Politics-/April--activist-shot-

in-Tahrir-Square.aspx

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121 journalists killed in 2012

Mark Sweney

31 December 2012

More than 120 journalists and media workers have been killed so far in 2012, with the conflict

in Syria making it one of the bloodiest in recent years.

The International Federation of Journalists said there has been a total of 121 deaths among

media personnel from targeted killings, bomb attacks and cross-fire incidents in 2012.

This is up 13% on the 107 killed in 2011 and 22% on the 94 that died in 2010. In 2009 113

media personnel were killed.

The IFJ said that Syria was the most dangerous country in the world for media personnel

this year, with 35 fatalities recorded. Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin was killed in the

conflict there in February.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/31/121-journalists-killed-2012-syria

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1991 Victory Over Iraq Was Swift, but Hardly Flawless

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

December 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — As the 1991 Persian Gulf war drew to a close, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf told an anxious nation that an American-led juggernaut had swept across the desert, stunned its foe and evicted Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait.

“We’ve accomplished our mission,” the commander declared in a presentation deemed such a tour de force that it was known as “the mother of all briefings.”

“The gate is closed,” he added confidently, on Iraq’s “war machine.”

Now, General Schwarzkopf’s death, and the hospitalization of former President George Bush, 88, have returned the spotlight to the war they prosecuted together, which some of its architects have cast as a model for a successful intervention abroad.

The gulf war appeared to have it all: a foreign tyrant who committed an indisputable act of aggression, a president who rallied the international community to roll back the occupation

of a defenseless oil-rich nation, and an American military eager to prove itself in its most demanding test since Vietnam.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/world/middleeast/victory-over-iraq-in-1991-was-

swift-but-flawed.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0

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Future official condemns attack against bishop in Tripoli

December 31, 2012

BEIRUT: Future official Mustafa Alloush condemned Monday an attack by teenagers on a

bishop in the northern city of Tripoli Sunday, the National News Agency reported.

“The incident is weird and it’s strange to the city which has always endorsed coexistence

among all its residents,” said Alloush after visiting the bishop.

Bishop Abdallah Skaf and his son Maximus were attacked by a group of young men outside the

church located in the neighborhood of al-Zahriya.

“The attack was a childish individual act, one of the acts that distort the image of the city

known for preserving civil peace [between Christians and Muslims],” said Alloush.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-31/200474-future-official-

condemns-attack-against-bishop.ashx#ixzz2GhxdRf00

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Egypt's budget deficit to reach LE200 bn by fiscal year end: Planning minister

31 Dec 2012

Ashraf El-Arabi, Egypt's minister of planning and international cooperation, warned that the

budget deficit might reach almost LE200 billion by the end of the 2012/2013 fiscal year if the

government does not implement long-awaited financial and fiscal reforms, state news agency

MENA reported.

The government currently aims to diminish poverty levels and redirect subsidies on basic

goods in order to reach those most in need and regulate public spending, said El-Arabi to a

group of journalists, Monday.

El-Arabi added that a number of Arab and western countries are ready to support Egypt to

overcome its economic impasse, stressing that the "upgrading" of Egypt's credit-rating is

currently the government's top priority and assured that the IMF's expected stance towards

Egypt will definitely restore international confidence in the Egyptian economy.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/61580/Business/Economy/Egypts-budget-

deficit-to-reach-LE-bn-by-fiscal-yea.aspx

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Huge spending to spur Kingdom’s education, health sectors

1 January 2013

JEDDAH: The education and health sectors' shares of approved budget expenditures for the

next fiscal year have been increased over 18 percent compared to the budget of fiscal year of 2012, with an allocation of SR 204 billion for education and SR 100 billion for health, for a total of SR 304 billion. In the past fiscal year it had SR 168.6 billion for education, and SR 86.5 billion riyals for health.

According to a study conducted by Aleqtisadia newspaper for the financial allocations for the  two sectors in the budgets between 2004 and 2013 indicated that the size of government spending jumped from SR 88 billion in 2004 to SR 304 billion in 2013, an increase of 245 percent. This increase confirms the government’s desire to enhance development process and spur economic growth by focusing on development projects for the education and health sectors.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/huge-spending-spur-kingdom%E2%80%99s-education-health-

sectors

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Africa

 

Attackers kill 15 at Nigerian church: rescue official

January01, 2013

KANO: Attackers have stormed a church service in an area of Nigeria’s volatile northeast and

killed 15 people in the latest such violence targeting Christians in recent days, an official said Monday.

Nigeria’s military however denied the attack, with a spokesman issuing a statement saying that while he was not present in the area where it was said to have occurred, “all my enquiries indicated that nothing like that happened.”

However, Nigeria’s military tends to downplay such incidents, and the official who spoke of the attack is the regional coordiNATOr for the country’s National Emergency Management Agency.

News of the killings emerged after President Goodluck Jonathan questioned whether deadly Islamist attacks on churches in his country and other violence worldwide could be signs of coming “end times”.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/01/attackers-kill-15-at-nigerian-church-rescue-official/

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Bomb hits prosecutor’s office in Libya

January 01, 2013

BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) - An improvised bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the public

prosecutor in the Libyan city of Benghazi causing material damage but no fatalities, a security source said Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/01-

Jan-2013/bomb-hits-prosecutor-s-office-in-libya

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Blast hits govt office in Benghazi

1 January 2013

BENGHAZI: An improvised bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the public prosecutor in

the Libyan city of Benghazi causing material damage but no fatalities, a security source said

yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/blast-hits-govt-office-benghazi

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Jordan arrests 4 Syrian soldiers near border

December 31, 2012

By Dale Gavlak

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan's security forces say the military has arrested four unarmed Syrian

soldiers found in the zone between the two countries' borders.

A security spokesman said the men were arrested on Monday and are being interrogated. He

spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to make press statements

It was unclear whether the soldiers were trying to enter Jordan or were attempting to return

to Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Dec-31/200481-jordan-arrests-4-

syrian-soldiers-near-border.ashx#ixzz2GhxP3zb4

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Keeping US consulate in Benghazi open was 'grievous mistake'

31 December 2012

The State Department made a "grievous mistake" in keeping the US mission in Benghazi open

despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before

a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday.

A report from the Senate homeland security committee on the 11 September attacks on

the US consulate and a nearby CIA annex, in which Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador

to Libya, and three other Americans died, said intelligence agencies were at fault for not

focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists.

It also slated the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving

security.

The committee's assessment, Flashing Red: A Special Report on the Terrorist Attack at

Benghazi, follows a scathing report by an independent State Department accountability

review board that resulted in a top security official resigning and three others at the

department being relieved of their duties.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/31/benghazi-libya-us-consulate

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Five Confirmed Dead But Health Ministry Says Swine Flu Outbreak ‘Isn’t Worrying’

Nadia Haddash

31 December 2012

SANA’A — One person died on Thursday at the Saudi German Hospital in Sana’a, due to

the H1N1 virus, according to Dr. Abdulhakeem Al-Kohlani, director of the Epidemiological

Surveillance and Disease Control Department in the Ministry of Public Health and Population

(MPHP).

The H1N1 virus is commonly known as the swine flu.

Al- Kohlani said four other people died at the Science and Technology Hospital. The were not

diagnosed, but doctors believe they also fell victim the flu.

H1N1 is a seasonal disease. It has not been classified as an epidemic in Yemen yet because

experts only classify an outbreak as an epidemic if affected populations belong to at least

four different governorates. “Therefore, people shouldn’t panic,” Al-Kohlani said. Instead,

they should take measures to remain H1N1-free by using hospital masks and maintaining

proper hygiene.

Full report at:

http://www.yementimes.com/en/1638/news/1791/Five-confirmed-dead-but-Health-Ministry-

says-swine-flu-outbreak-%E2%80%98isn%E2%80%99t-worrying%E2%80%99.htm

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The UNDP Executes Project to Reduce Unemployment in Yemen

Ahraf Al-Muraqab

31 December 2012

SANA’A – An new initiative from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) may create

new sustainable jobs for Yemeni Youth. Falling under the Youth Economic Empowerment

Project of the UNDP and funded by the Japanese government, the initiative targets 70 young

people and provides them support and training to start their business.

One participant will take advantage of services offered to start a beekeeping endeavor.

Mujib Al-Fatish, a coordiNATOr for youth initiatives and civil society organizations in

Sana’a, said that the project provides several life and business skills to for participants that

encourages them to establish small enterprises. A loan is provided by the UNDP.

Fuad Al-Qadasi, the director of the Fighting Poverty and Sustainable Development Project

of the U.N., said, “The project aims to empower youth and women in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden

through technical, administrative and confidence-building skills.”

Al-Qadasi pointed out that this approach was previously applied by the UNDP in Burundi as a

way rebuild after the war. It aimed to integrate the groups affected by the conflict. UNDP

adapted the program for Yemen.

Full report at:

http://www.yementimes.com/en/1638/news/1796/The-UNDP-executes-project-to-reduce-

unemployment-in-Yemen.htm

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Mideast Asia

 

Ahmadinejad slams pressure to impose Islamic values on People

December 31, 2012

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again spoken out against the use of

pressure to impose Islamic values on people, especially university candidates, media reported

on Monday.

"You cannot impose things by issuing decrees and directives -- a choice imposed by force has

no value whatsoever," Ahmadinejad said in a speech on Sunday.

"In some universities, female students are forced to wear the chador (covering the whole

body, leaving only the face exposed), but the way they are forced to wear it... it is better not

worn since it becomes worthless," he said.

He also criticised criteria on the selection of university candidates, citing the case of a

student denied university admittance in the 1980s because he had shaved. Being unshaven in

Iran is a sign that you are a good Muslim.

Ahmadinejad also mentioned another case of a girl refused a university place because she

had "talked to a boy in the street and had her headscarf back an inch," thereby showing her

hair.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Dec-31/200480-ahmadinejad-slams-

pressure-to-impose-islamic-values.ashx#ixzz2GhxGHrOC

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Erdogan dreams of full sharia law in Turkey

BY: DANIEL PIPES

January01, 2013

THE menu for meals on my Turkish Airlines flight this month assured passengers that food selections "do not contain pork". The menu also offered a serious selection of alcoholic drinks, including champagne, whisky, gin, vodka, raki, wine, beer, liqueur and cognac.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/erdogan-dreams-of-full-sharia-

law-in-turkey/story-e6frgd0x-1226545827254

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Turkish talks offer hope of peace with Kurdish militants

John Hooper

31 December 2012

If you were looking for some new year cheer, you could do worse than look toward Turkey,

with confirmation this weekend that talks between Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK), are continuing and

that the focus of the negotiations was getting the movement to lay down its arms.

Any glimmer of hope for an end to an insurgency that has cost at least 40,000 lives is to be

welcomed. Especially since the last 18 months have witnessed a surge in violence the like of

which has not been seen since Ocalan was seized by Turkish special forces in 1999.

But at least two questions hang over the discussions. The first is the extent of Ocalan's

authority. When the Guardian interviewed him in a secret hideout near Rome just weeks

before his capture in Nairobi, he was the PKK's undisputed leader. Ever since, he has been

locked away on an island in the Sea of Marmara. His lawyers say he has no access to a

telephone.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/31/turkish-peace-talks-kurdish-militants-pkk

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Nebraska Senator‘s big problem: being a realist about American power and Iran

Stephen Kinzer

31 December 2012

What do Nebraska and Iran have in common? Not much – but enough to cause big trouble for

former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, whose possible nomination to be secretary of defense

is being challenged by the powerful bomb-Iran-yesterday lobby.

Iran, in its former incarnation as Persia, created the world's first empire, produced titanic

figures like Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes, and is one of the great fonts of world culture. Nebraska

was home to indigenous peoples for centuries. It became a state in 1867, and has produced

an important literary figure, Willa Cather, as well as an investor said to be the world's second

richest man, Warren Buffett.

Nebraska also, however, produced fighters long before Chuck Hagel emerged. Crazy

Horse, "Wild Bill" Cody, and General John Pershing were born there.

A group called Nebraskans for Peace has spent years waging a campaign against the US

Strategic Command, which controls America's strategic arsenal from a base in Omaha. The

current headline on its website is, "Don't Bomb Iran."

Here is the heart of the case against SeNATOr Hagel's nomination.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/31/chuck-hagel-big-problem-realist-

iran

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Israeli warplanes violate Lebanon airspace

December 31, 2012

BEIRUT: Israeli warplanes violated Lebanon’s airspace for the second day in a row Monday,

the National News Agency reported.

The warplanes executed flights on a low attitude in the northern Bekaa and Hermel areas, the

NNA said.

Similar violations took place Sunday in South Lebanon.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-31/200473-israeli-warplanes-

violate-lebanon-airspace.ashx#ixzz2GhxWeAPd

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Iran Tests New Version Of Missiles In Exercise

By CHRISTINE HAUSER

December 31, 2012

Iranian forces fired what military officers said was a new generation of surface-to-air

missiles on Monday during a wide-ranging naval exercise that focused on striking hypothetical

unmanned aircraft and vessels in international waters to the south of the country, Iranian

news media reported.

The missiles were fired on the fourth day of a six-day naval exercise that started Friday, when

Iran announced that it had begun the exercises that would test a new version of its Thunder

surface-to-air midrange missile. They were meant to demonstrate the country’s defense of its

territorial waters, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said.

In addition, Iran deployed warships and helicopters to escort commercial ships and oil tankers

as part of a drill meant to show the country’s ability to combat piracy, the news agency

reported. The exercise also included drills using Iranian-made drones and submarines.

The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted an Iranian naval commander, Rear Adm.

Alireza Nayyeri, as saying that the navy had “boosted and upgraded” the capability of its

domestically manufactured drone aircraft.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/world/middleeast/iran-fires-missiles-in-wide-ranging-

naval-exercises.html?ref=middleeast

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Israel military eases building materials blockade on Gaza

31 December 2012

The Israeli military says tonnes of building materials will start crossing daily into the Gaza

Strip from Israel if the quiet along their border holds.

It’s the first significant easing of a near-ban Israel had imposed on such shipments after

Hamas militants seized the Palestinian territory five years ago.

The new policy is also the first key concession to Hamas since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire

ended eight days of fighting last month.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2012/

December/middleeast_December506.xml&section=middleeast

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Turkey official condemns French paper's prophet Mohammed bio

31 Dec 2012

A senior Turkish government official lashed out Monday at plans by a French satirical

newspaper to release a comic book biography of the prophet Mohammed, calling it

a "provocation" and advising Muslims to ignore it.

The reaction from Ibrahim Kalin, a close aide to Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip

Erdogan, came a day after satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo announced plans to release a comic

biography of Islam's founder on Wednesday that the paper said would be researched and

educational.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/61589/World/International/Turkey-official-

condemns-French-papers-prophet-Moh.aspx

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Israeli Supreme Court shortens whistleblower's prison term

31 Dec 2012

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday shortened by a year the 4-1/2-year prison term of a soldier

who gave a journalist classified military documents, some relating to operations against

Palestinian militants.

Ruling on Anat Kamm's appeal against the length of her sentence, the court said it was

disproportionate to the penalty of four months of community service imposed on Uri Blau, a

reporter for Haaretz, an Israeli left-wing daily.

Some of the 700 classified documents copied by Kamm, a clerk in a general's headquarters

during her 2005-2007 army service, were the basis for reports by Blau that some

assassinations of Palestinian militants authorised by senior officers may have violated Israeli

law.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61592/World/Region/Israeli-Supreme-Court-

shortens-whistleblowers-pris.aspx

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Turkey accuses EU of bigotry, says its reforms are ignored

January 01, 2013

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey accused the European Union of bias and bigoted attitudes

towards the EU candidate country on Monday and blamed it for undermining the Turkish

public’s trust in the bloc.

Turkey criticised the European Commission’s latest report on its progress towards EU

membership as it presented for the first time its own report highlighting its reforms over the

last year.

Turkey began accession talks in 2005 but the process has ground to a halt due to an

intractable dispute over Cyprus, the divided island state which Turkey does not recognise,

and opposition from core EU members France and Germany.

Despite waning domestic support for joining the EU, Ankara has continued to push for full

membership of the union and has said it wants to join before 2023, the centenary of the

founding of the Republic of Turkey.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/01-

Jan-2013/turkey-accuses-eu-of-bigotry-says-its-reforms-are-ignored

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South Asia

 

Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan, Confirmed NATO-led coalition forces

Jan 1, 2013

A Taliban leader has been killed in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, the NATO-led coalition

forces confirmed on Tuesday.

"During a security operation in Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province, Monday, an Afghan and

coalition force killed the Taliban leader Nurullah Khan, and one other insurgent," reported

Xinhua quoting a statement of the International Security Assistance Force.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_taliban-leader-killed-in-afghanistan_1784246

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Top Afghan negotiator cautiously optimistic on peace prospects

January01, 2013

KABUL: One of Afghanistan’s top peace negotiators said he was cautiously optimistic about

prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realised a military solution

to the war was not possible.

Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to

transform the Afghan Taliban into a political movement. He predicted the lethal Haqqani

militant network would join the peace process if the Afghan Taliban started formal talks.

Signs are emerging that the Afghan government is gaining momentum in its drive to persuade

the Taliban to lay down their arms before most NATO combat troops pull out by the end of

2014, a timeline that makes many Afghans nervous.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/01/top-afghan-negotiator-cautiously-optimistic-on-peace-

prospects/

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NATO head lauds Afghan security handover

January 01, 2013

BRUSSELS (AFP) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday hailed the

decision by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to transfer control over security in a fresh batch

of areas to local forces."With this decision, the Afghan security forces will be taking the

lead for security for 87 percent of the Afghan population and 23 of the 34 Afghan provinces,"

Rasmussen said in a statement."This is a significant step towards our shared goal of seeing

Afghans fully in charge of their own security by the end of 2014," he added, referring to the

agreed date for final handover of control. There are currently some 100,000 international

troops in the country.The latest group of territories will be handed over progressively in the

coming months.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/01-Jan-

2013/NATO-head-lauds-afghan-security-handover

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Local police, an uncertain player in Afghan future

January 01, 2013

GOSHTA, Afghanistan (AFP) - The Afghan Local Police, branded by some critics as an

incompetent Taliban-linked militia, is one of the many security challenges facing the country

as international troops withdraw.

Only founded in 2010, the ALP is tasked with community-level policing to suppress violence in

some of Afghanistan’s most dangerous and remote areas, and despite its many opponents it

has had some success.

In Goshta district, two hours drive from the eastern city of Jalalabad and 40 kilometres from

the Pakistan border, one unit of 200 ALP men has been in position for two months and has

already been making its presence felt.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/01-

Jan-2013/local-police-an-uncertain-player-in-afghan-future

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Let Bangladesh Grow

January 1, 2013

We end 2012 with a lot to celebrate but also many things to fear about. While there are very

clear indications that the world is taking a serious look at Bangladesh as a future economic

power house, lurking behind that prospect are real possibilities of upsetting it all by our own

myopic politics. While we celebrate the prospect of our bright future, we cannot brush aside

the fear that we may seriously damage that possibility due to our own shortsighted policies,

mal-governance and corruption.

While the exact dates may spill over into the next year, for all practical purposes 2013 is

our election year. This election will be our fifth since the fall of the autocratic regime of

Gen HM Ershad. The previous four saw both the AL and the BNP being on either side of the

fence twice each. During this period both parties and their leaders have been in power and

in the opposition alternately. We have seen what they are capable of and what they are not.

We have seen them keep their promises and break them both as the ruling party and the

opposition. In other words, voters know them thoroughly and whatever they will have to say

will be received with the skepticism that they so well deserve. Therefore it will be interesting

to see how these to parties present themselves to the people to gain support in the coming

year.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=263345

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Southeast Asia

 

West Jakarta Police Officer Named Suspect in Man's Interrogation Room Death

December 31, 2012

A West Jakarta Police officer was arrested on Monday after being implicated in the death of a

suspect during a Sunday morning interrogation, police said.

An officer identified only as "Head Brig. IT" was named as a suspect in the death of a 51-year-

old man by the Professionalism and Security Affairs (Propam) bureau on Monday, Kalideres

Police chief Comr. Danu Wiyata told the Indonesian news portal tribunnews.com.

“An investigation by Propam shows that the officer was guilty and he was immediately

arrested. A legal charge will be made against him,” Danu said.

The officer allegedly beat suspect Hendra Kusumah, of Semanan, Kalideres, during an

interrogation early Sunday morning, according to reports on merdeka.com. Hendra was

called to the Kalideres precinct after he was reportedly involved in a drunken fight with his

neighbor, police said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/west-jakarta-police-officer-named-suspect-in-mans-

interrogation-room-death/564111

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North America

 

Anti-Muslim violence spiralling out of control in America

January 01, 2013

On the evening of December 27, an Indian immigrant to America named Sunando Sen was

pushed by a stranger onto the subway tracks in New York City and struck and killed by an

oncoming train. Sen had called New York home for years, and after years of hard work and

struggle had recently managed to achieve his lifelong goal of opening a small business of his

own, a copy shop in Upper Manhattan.

His roommate, MD Khan expressed shock at the death of his friend, a soft spoken man who

liked to stay up late watching comedy shows and listening to music: "He was so nice, gentle

and quiet… It's broken my heart." The following day, the NYPD announced the arrest of Erika

Menendez, a 31-year-old woman who had been spotted on security footage fleeing the scene

after Sen had been pushed. Upon being detained and taken to a 112th Precinct police station

for questioning, Menendez confessed to Sen's murder and revealed as her motivation a desire

to commit violence against Muslims. As she told detectives:

"I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims… Ever since 2001

when they put down the Twin Towers, I've been beating them up."

Sunando Sen was not a Muslim, but as a brown-skinned foreigner living in the United States,

he was targeted and killed in an act of hate which is the by-product of an ongoing campaign

of bigotry and demonisation against Muslims living in America. Muslim-Americans, as well

as Hindus, Sikhs and others who purportedly "look Muslim" have been humiliated, assaulted

and in many cases murdered by individuals often galvanised to violence by politicians and

media figures who have enthusiastically engaged in public hatemongering against the Muslim

community in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/01-

Jan-2013/anti-muslim-violence-spiralling-out-of-control-in-america

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UK urged to spend Afghan withdrawal savings on defence

Nick Hopkins

31 December 2012

The UK and other European countries must use the money saved by withdrawing from

Afghanistan to re-equip their military and help reverse worrying cuts in defence spending, the

American ambassador to NATO will warn on Tuesday.

Ivo Daalder said if Europe did not invest in new capabilities, its over-reliance on America

would continue at a time when Washington had made the far east and China its new strategic

priority.

"If we don't start soon in investing in those capabilities then the gap between the US and the

rest is going to grow. And if it is bad now, then it will be worse. If we have problems, they

will be even worse."

The ambassador's remarks come as the UK and the US prepare to withdraw thousands of

troops from Afghanistan in 2013 in advance of the deadline to end all combat operations by

the end of 2014.

Two weeks ago, David Cameron announced that 3,800 British personnel would withdraw from

Helmand province in the next 12 months, and later hinted that the total could be higher.

The Ministry of Defence budget has been under huge strain over the past two years and

Treasury officials have been privately urging the prime minister to speed up the withdrawal

to cut costs.

But Daalder believes NATO allies should plough these savings back into military equipment

that is urgently needed to maintain the organisation's strength.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/31/uk-afghan-withdrawal-savings-defence

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US family seeks pregnant daughter missing in Afghanistan

31 December 2012

The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian

husband has broken months of silence over the case t0 make public appeals for the couple's

safe return.

James Coleman, the father of Caitlan Coleman, 27, said she was due to deliver in January and

needed urgent medical attention for a liver ailment that required regular checkups. He said

he and his wife, Lyn, last heard from their son-in-law Josh on 8 October from an internet cafe

in what Josh described as an "unsafe" part of Afghanistan.

The Colemans asked that Josh be identified by his first name only to protect his privacy.

The couple had embarked on a journey last July that took them to Russia, the central Asian

countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then finally to Afghanistan.

Neither the Taliban nor any other militant group has said it is holding the couple, leading

some to believe they were kidnapped. But no ransom demand has been made.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/31/us-family-pregnant-missing-afghanistan

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UN appeals for Afghan refugee aid as harsh winter proves deadly

Emma Graham-Harrison

31 December 2012

The deadly struggle with Afghanistan's bitter winter is only likely to get worse in the

coming years, a top UN official warned, as he called for more aid money to be dedicated to emergency relief.

At least two children are already reported to have died from the cold this year in Kabul's makeshift refugee camps, crammed with tens of thousands of Afghans who have fled violence

or desperate poverty, despite a drive by aid groups to prepare for sub-zero temperatures.

"Each family already has two or three people who are sick," said 77-year-old Shah Ghasi, who has squatted in the Bagh Dawood camp on the outskirts of Kabul for nearly a decade. "We only have hot water to try and keep warm – no stoves, no fuel."

Last year the bitterest winter in decades caught the country by surprise, and more than 100 children died in the cramped and squalid camps around Kabul. This year there has been a ore organised effort to get food, blankets, fuel and medicine to people who sometimes have little more than a sheet of plastic to shelter them from snow and ice.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/31/un-appeals-afghan-refugee-aid

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UN slaps sanctions on DR Congo rebels

01 Jan 2013

The United Nations Security Council has slapped an arms embargo on M23 rebels and their

alleged Rwandan allies, the FDLR, amid a flare-up of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern region.

The council committee tasked with monitoring sanctions on the Congo also imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on two key M23 figures: the group's civilian leader Jean-Marie Runiga

Lugerero and Lieutenant Colonel Eric Badege, a commander suspected of being responsible for the deaths of women and children.

The decision came just hours before Rwanda was set to join the council as a non-permanent member on Tuesday.

The UN statement said M23, which is widely believed to be receiving support from

neighbouring Rwanda, has been complicit in serious crimes such as "killing and maiming, sexual violence, abduction, and forced displacement."

No Rwandans have been sanctioned in connection with M23, which diplomats have said on condition of anonymity was because the United States, in particular, opposes any such moves as counterproductive.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/01/2013114556739352.html

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