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Islamic World News ( 14 Apr 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Gaddafi defiant despite NATO airstrikes in Tripoli

Taliban suicide squad kills 3 Afghan cops

Hamas man's death raises Gaza toll to 19

AP Exclusive: Militant's road ends in Pakistan

34 die in Iraq raid on Iran opposition camp: UN

Pakistani jets attack terrorist hideouts in Mohmand, kill 18

Suicide bomber hits Indonesian mosque, wounds 26

Sudan forces 'kill over 20 people' in South Kordofan

9 MQM men killed in 48 hrs: Raza Haroon

Suicide squad kills three Afghan police

26/11 case: Will India become party to lawsuit in US against ISI?

89 Indian prisoners set free by Pakistan

Attorneys deny any ‘knowing involvement’ of Rana in 26/11

Pakistan willing to back Taliban office in Turkey, official says

Lahore police arrest two French terror suspects

Pakistan refuses to comment on ‘arrest’ of IA plane hijack mastermind

‘Terrorism in Karachi a conspiracy against govt’

Iran building 'anti-terror' fence on Pak border

Pak Embassy official shot, wounded in Nepal

US drones killed 957 Pakistani civilians in 2010

13 killed as Gaddafi forces attack Misrata: Libya rebels

UK, France for intensifying military pressure on Gaddafi

Libyan rebels plead for NATO rocket shower

Libya future with Kadhafi 'unthinkable': Britain, France, US

Libyan fighters seek NATO help

BRICS speaks out against use of force in Libya

UN chief calls for an immediate ceasefire in Libya

Cracks exposed as NATO seeks Libya solution

NATO calls for Gaddafi ouster as bombs hit Tripoli

West scrambles to end Libyan crisis

Clinton warns against hasty Afghan withdrawal

Arab summit unlikely to convene

Muslim Brotherhood denies backing ElBaradei as presidential candidate

Israeli tanks cross fence near Adaysseh

Be careful of Arab-sponsored organizations: NU

Saleh must go: Yemen religious, tribal leaders

Mubarak’s prosecution moves 6 April Movement to praise the army

One injured after pro, anti-Gaddafi protesters clash in Cairo

Israel tank enters disputed area with Lebanon

Details emerge of Mubarak brothers' arrest

All Syrian protesters ordered released

Bodies litter Abidjan as Ouattara stamps his authority

Egyptian expats welcome arrest of Mubarak, sons

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Gaddafi defiant despite NATO airstrikes in Tripoli

15 April 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya - Moammar Gaddafi rolled defiantly through the streets of Tripoli, pumping his fists as he poked through the sun roof of an SUV on Thursday — the same day that NATO airstrikes shook the city. The alliance’s foreign ministers, while united in their aim to pressure the Libyan leader to go, argued at a meeting over whether to step up military operations that have so far failed to rout him.

Gaddafi gave no sign that he’s willing to relent, despite two months of civil war and mounting international pressure for him to move aside. Instead, his loyalists pounded rebel positions in the besieged western city of Misrata with dozens of rockets for several hours, killing at least 13 people.

The main target of the assault was Misrata’s port, the only lifeline for rebels who have been trying to defend positions in the city, Libya’s third-largest, against Gaddafi’s forces.

Early Friday, Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha sent another defiant message from her father’s Bab al-Aziziyah compound in the capital of Tripoli, badly damaged exactly 25 years ago, in an April 15, 1986 bombing by U.S. warplanes. That attack came in response to a bombing that had killed two U.S. servicemen at a German disco.

“Leave our skies with your bombs,” Gaddafi’s daughter told a cheering crowd, addressing the international community. “We are a people that cannot be defeated.”

Wearing a green headscarf and a leather jacket, she waved to the crowd of several hundred and led them in chants from a second-floor balcony that in the past was used by her father to deliver speeches.

On Thursday, several large explosions were heard in Tripoli and a column of black smoke rose from the southeastern part of the city, followed by the sound of anti-aircraft guns, a resident said.

Libyan state television showed Gaddafi — dressed in a black Western blazer, black crew neck T-shirt, sunglasses and a hat — standing through the open sun roof of a sport utility vehicle on a fist-pumping, rapid ride through Tripoli with dozens of supporters chasing behind him. Libyan TV said the trip came on the same day that NATO airstrikes hit military and civilian areas in the capital.

The TV report said there were civilian casualties from the attacks. The report could not be confirmed.

The fighting in Libya began in mid-February when large anti-government protests escalated into a civil war. Rebels hold much of eastern Libya, while Gaddafi controls the west, with the front line shifting back and forth in the middle. Three weeks of international airstrikes haven’t routed Gaddafi’s forces.

Gaddafi’s troops unleashed three hours of heavy shelling on the port city of Misrata, which is partly held by rebels. The port is Misrata’s only lifeline, and government forces fired tank shells and dozens of Grad missiles, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation.

“They want to flatten the area to deploy the troops on foot and invade the city,” said one of the witnesses, a doctor whose first name was Ayman. He added that a ship sent by Doctors Without Borders to evacuate 165 critically injured people to Tunisia had been scheduled to arrive Thursday morning at Misrata’s port, and he believed the government had shelled the port to interfere with the humanitarian aid.

Another doctor in Misrata, who gave his name only as Khaled for fear of retribution, said some of those killed were inside their houses asleep at the time of the shelling. Among the dead were two men aged 75 and 80.

Gadhafi forces have control of a highway on the outskirts of Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired a Cairo meeting of regional and international organizations on Libya and set three targets: reaching and implementing a cease-fire, delivering humanitarian aid and starting a dialogue on Libya’s future.

“Shelling your own people is not acceptable,” he said at a meeting at Arab League headquarters, referring to actions by Gaddafi’s forces. “This is a violation of human rights.”

At a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, the United States and its allies put up a united front on the goals of the alliance’s stalemated military mission in Libya but failed to resolve behind-the-scenes squabbling over how to achieve them.

NATO members agreed on paper with President Barack Obama that Gaddafi had to go to end the crisis, they also made clear that they would not be the ones to oust him. Although several NATO members want the alliance to commit more planes to expand the air campaign, the first day of meetings closed without any specific commitments for more aircraft.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed for unity, saying Gaddafi was taunting the alliance by continuing to strike cities held by rebels seeking his overthrow.

“As our mission continues, maintaining our resolve and unity only grows more important,” Clinton said. “Gaddafi is testing our determination.”

The United States is resisting suggestions that it resume a large combat role to break a deadlock between rebels and better-armed forces loyal to Gaddafi.

Clinton and other top diplomats pointedly said their U.N. mandate for an air campaign does not extend to Gaddafi’s exit by force.

The allies again resolved to enforce a U.N. arms embargo, protect civilians acting to push Gaddafi forces out of cities they have entered, and get in humanitarian aid.

But differences over the scope of the military operation persisted, with Britain and France insisting on more action, particularly from sophisticated U.S. surveillance and weapons systems, and U.S officials maintaining that the alliance already has the tools to get the job done.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Paris “had wanted (NATO) to intensify its strikes, and we received the assurance that that would be the case.”

Clinton did not say if the U.S. would send more ground attack craft, but she said Washington would continue to support the NATO mission until its goals were met.

Rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani said the opposition in Benghazi is encouraged by the diplomatic talks but worried that it won’t translate in to concrete action fast enough to prevent more civilian deaths.

“It will be interesting to see if there is any movement on the ground or just a lot of talk and no action,” he said. “Is there something else on the diplomatic ground that they know that we don’t to put more pressure on Gaddafi? The guy is still shelling and killing, and it makes no difference to him.”

He mentioned specifically the shelling of Misrata and said the international community’s actions will largely determine how long the conflict lasts.

“They wrote off Gaddafi’s regime. The question is how fast their plan is going to take care of him. We know arming ourselves will lead to the eventual toppling of the regime. But are we willing to wait two years or three years or a year and a half? How many victims do we have to accept?”

Rebel leaders have said they would only consider a truce if it Gaddafi is removed from power first.

At the Cairo meeting of top diplomats, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Gadhafi “must leave immediately” and that Libyans should be given a chance to choose a new leader.

Arab League chief Amr Moussa told reporters after the meeting that the situation in Libya is “very grave.”

Brief clashes erupted between pro- and anti- Gaddafi demonstrators outside the meeting. The two camps hurled rocks at each other, with at least one protester seen with blooded face after being hit in the head with a stone. The anti- Gaddafi protesters outnumbered the pro- Gaddafi demonstrators, chased them and forced them to flee.

NATO said it had conducted 153 sorties in the last 24 hours, striking 13 bunkers, one tank and one armored personnel carrier in the Tripoli area and three multiple rocket launchers in the Brega area.

Journalists were taken to Tripoli’s Fateh University where they were shown damage they were told was the result of an airstrike earlier in the day. The blast shattered windows of several buildings, including two student cafeterias, and glass shards were scattered across the floor. Tiles of false ceilings had been knocked out in several lecture halls.

Government minders traveling with the journalists said the strike had hit a military target nearby and white smoke was seen rising from a group of trees several hundred yards from the campus. The minders would not elaborate or allow anyone to approach the targeted area. However, one journalist who had snatched a glimpse from a rooftop said she had seen an anti-aircraft battery at the site. Photographs taken later showed a large military truck in the area.

A Tripoli resident said many people were fasting in preparation for mass anti- Gaddafi protests on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the 1986 U.S. raid on Tripoli.

Life in Libya “is becoming harsh,” with prices skyrocketing, gasoline scarce and long lines in front of bakeries, said the resident, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Al-Sadek al-Ghariani, a top Muslim cleric in Libya, said in a video posted on Facebook that it was a religious duty to join Friday’s protests. In February, he issued two fatwas calling for anti- Gaddafi protests and then went into hiding. Gaddafi forces apparently are trying to find him.

At the western edge of Ajdabiya, the main gateway town into the opposition-held east, two wounded rebel fighters were brought through, and the rebel forces retaliated by firing rockets in the direction of Brega.

In western Libya, rebels attacked a small military base about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Nalut and chased away 40 soldiers who had been trying to stop aid from Tunisia and harassing people trying to flee into that country. In apparent retaliation, Libyan government forces shelled the town of Tikut.

Rebel chief of Staff Abdel-Fatah Younes said the opposition fighters have received new anti-tank weapons from Qatar and that experts from that country are training the forces to use them.

Also Thursday, Libyan TV reported Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, mediated the release of Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera correspondent Amar al-Hamdan, who was en route to the Libya-Tunisian border.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/April/international_April672.xml&section=international&col=

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Taliban suicide squad kills 3 Afghan cops

April 15, 2011

Khost: Three Afghan policemen were killed on Thursday as several suicide bombers attacked a police training centre in Paktya province, east Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Governor’s office said. “Three suicide bombers attacked the local police training centre in Aryoob Zazai district — one of the attackers managed to detonate his suicide vest, as a result of which two local police and one national policeman were killed and two national policemen were injured,” said spokesman Rohullah Samoon. “The second suicide attacker was gunned down before blowing up himself. The third attacker escaped and police are looking for him.”

http://www.dailypioneer.com/331657/Inbrief.html

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Hamas man's death raises Gaza toll to 19

April 15, 2011

GAZA CITY: A Hamas militant wounded last week by Israeli shelling died on Thursday, bringing the death toll from a recent upsurge of violence to 19, a Gaza medical official said.

"Mahdi Jumaa Abu Azara, aged 21, succumbed to serious injuries suffered in an Israeli artillery barrage east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip," emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya told AFP.

A statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said Abu Azara was one of its men and had died of injuries received on April 8.

A total of 19 Palestinians were killed and 66 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza in a flare-up of violence after an anti-tank missile fired by from the coastal strip hit an Israeli school bus on April 7.

The attack injured two people, including a teenager who was critically wounded and remains in hospital.

Militants fired more than 150 rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel during the flare-up.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14136

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AP Exclusive: Militant's road ends in Pakistan

April 15, 2011

ASIF SHAHZAD

A hailstorm was lashing this Pakistani hill town when Abdul Hameed's son came to his room with an unusual request: He had come across a foreign couple, cold and shivering in the street, and could he give them food and shelter for a few days?

Hameed had spare rooms on the second-floor that he occasionally let out since his older children had left home.

His wife urged him to let the couple stay. "They were human beings in need, what else could I say?" said the retired accountant.

The couple were mysterious, never leaving their room upstairs, Hameed said, not even to go to the house's sheltered courtyard with its views over pine-clad hills. Hameed's youngest daughter left the guests a tray of food three times a day only to return to find it barely touched, he said.

Around nine days later, the identity of the male guest became clear, when a squad of heavily armed Pakistani intelligence agents raided the home.

"Keep your mouth shut and your hands up", they told Hameed and his family as they went room to room and then up the stairs.

Two shots rang out, and minutes later they hauled the man, bleeding, out the building.

The run of good luck had ended for Umar Patek, an al-Qaida-linked Indonesian militant who for 10 years had been on the run from a $1 million American bounty on his head, for allegedly helping build the bombs used in the 2002 bombings of nightclubs in Bali that killed 202 people.

Pakistani officials had kept Patek's detention on Jan. 25 secret until two weeks ago, when the Associated Press first revealed word of it. But until now, where or how one of the biggest terror arrests under the Obama administration went down was not publicly known.

The details highlight how Pakistan continues to be a draw for Islamic militants from around the world despite the risks of traveling here.

His case also illustrates the durability of the wide-ranging international connections among militants. Patek had intended to travel along with two French militants to North Waziristan, the Afghan border region where al-Qaida's top command is based, according to a Pakistani intelligence official briefed on the 40-hour operation. Many of the terrorist plots against the West over the past decade have originated from the territory.

The two French militants were also arrested, separately from Patek, the official said. A French counterterrorism official on Thursday confirmed the arrests of the two. He could not verify the other details, but said he would be "surprised" if either had links to Patek.

Patek, who trained with al-Qaida in Pakistan before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, was able to remain plugged into transnational terror networks despite being one of the world's most wanted militants. Southeast Asian authorities had said he was hiding out in the southern Philippines for much of the last 10 years, fighting and training with an allied insurgent army.

Indonesian and Filipino security officials said Patek left the southern Philippines in late May last year before traveling to the Middle East. One official said he was believed to have attended a meeting of Southeast Asian and Mideast militants in the holy city of Mecca.

Patek, a slightly built 40-year-old, is now believed to be in a Pakistani army hospital being treated for bullet wounds to his legs, according to Indonesian officials.

Hameed said Patek looked like "a slaughtered chicken" when he was brought down from the upstairs room, but the seriousness of his injuries has not been revealed. There were two bullet holes in the room, one in the window and one in the ceiling. But Hameed said there was considerable blood in the room's en-suite bathroom and outside the door. Pakistani officials have not said whether Patek was armed.

There has been no word on the whereabouts of his wife, who has been described as either Indonesian or Filipino.

Questions also remain over his fate, and there are signs he may be caught up in tensions between Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency and the CIA, which have previously cooperated during terror arrests and would like access to him.

Islamabad has said it will not hand Patek over to the CIA and that he will be sent to Indonesia. But officials in Jakarta don't appear that keen to have him, and have expressed doubts whether they could make charges stick against him for his alleged role in the Bali attacks.

Abbottabad is in northwest Pakistan, one of the first towns on the famed Karakoram Highway that leads to the Himalayas and China and less then a day's drive from the Afghan border. During the era of British rule, it was a major garrison town and it remains so today, with Pakistani troops now occupying the barracks built and lived in by the region's former rulers.

Officials did not say how or why Patek ended up there, but his arrest followed the detention of an alleged al-Qaida facilitator in the town called Tahir Shehzad, who worked as a clerk at the town's post office, a squat building just across the road from the British-era St. Luke's Church.

Tahir had been under surveillance since last year when he was spotted in Abbottabad with an Arab terror suspect, said the intelligence official, who like all Pakistani spies is not permitted to give his name.

When he left town on Jan. 23, agents followed him to Lahore, Pakistan, where he was arrested with the two French militants, whom he had picked up from the international airport there. They were "French al-Qaida" operatives, one of Pakistani origin, the other described as a white Muslim convert, the official said.

"Patek and the French had plans to travel to North Waziristan," the official said.

Shehzad led officers to Hameed's house.

Patek and his wife arrived in Pakistan around five months ago traveling on forged Pakistani visas, the official said, but he did not disclose if the agency knew where they had been staying before Abbottabad.

Patek was once a leading member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant network whose core was made up veterans of the "jihad" against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Most of the top leadership and many foot soldiers have been arrested or killed since 2002 in a widely praised, U.S- assisted crackdown. Patek was perhaps the last of his generation on the run.

His travels are similar in some ways to that of Muhammad Jibriel, an Indonesian currently serving time in Jakarta over hotel bombings in 2009. Jibriel, whose father was also in the Afghan "jihad", was found guilty of obtaining funding for the bombings while visiting Saudi Arabia in 2008. By his own admission, he also traveled to North Waziristan before his arrest.

Hameed's son, Kashif, was arrested alongside Patek, and Hameed has not heard anything of him since.

The ISI frequently detain people for months, if not years, without informing their relatives, much less charge them with any crime or present evidence of wrongdoing. Answerable to no one, the institution is feared by many Pakistanis.

Hameed maintains that his son, a telecommunications student in a college in Abbottabad, was innocent and had no militant links.

"He was not a terrorist, he was just a boy, a nothing, a baby," he said as he shuffled to the door with his visitors, a pair of pink "Croc" sandals on his feet. "Those two people trapped my son and my family. What can I expect now? What can I expect now?"

http://www.todayonline.com/BreakingNews/EDC110415-0000164/AP-Exclusive--Militants-road-ends-in-Pakistan

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34 die in Iraq raid on Iran opposition camp: UN

April 15, 2011

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said Thursday that 34 people have been killed at an Iranian opposition camp in Iraq which was raided by the Iraqi military.

"We are aware of 34 bodies at Camp Ashraf and nearby," deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq told AFP.

The Iraqi military raided the camp of People's Mujahedeen of Iran exiles last Friday. Camp Ashraf is in Diyala province north of Baghdad.

The group set up the camp in the 1980s, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime was at war with Iran, as a base to operate against Tehran. It was disarmed following the US-led invasion in 2003.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14158

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Pakistani jets attack terrorist hideouts in Mohmand, kill 18

April 15, 2011

PESHAWAR: Pakistani jet fighters on Thursday pounded suspected terrorist hideouts in a Taliban-infested tribal district, killing at least 18 terrorists, administration and military officials said.

The airstrikes targeted fighters in Baizai, area of Mohmand on the Afghan border, local official Maqsood Amin said.

“Jets and helicopters pounded Soran Darra town on Thursday and destroyed two hideouts,” he said. At least 18 terrorists were killed and 25 were wounded in the raids, he added. The same area in the lawless tribal region was scene of a bloody clash last week in which military officials reported 50 terrorists and four soldiers dead.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\04\15\story_15-4-2011_pg7_3

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Suicide bomber hits Indonesian mosque, wounds 26

15 April 2011

JAKARTA: A suicide bomber attacked an Indonesian mosque during Friday prayers, shouting "God is Great" as he detonated his device, wounding 26 people, officials said.

The bombing occurred inside a police compound in the West Java town of Cirebon, and many of the victims were officers.

They were rushed to nearby hospitals with wounds to their arms, legs and torsos, said Yeni Rahmawati, a hospital spokeswoman.

Indonesia, a secular nation of 237 million with more Muslims than any other in the world, has been hit by a string of al-Qaida-linked suicide bombings since 2002 targeting Western hotels, restaurants and nightclubs.

Full report at:

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Sudan forces 'kill over 20 people' in South Kordofan

April 15, 2011

Sudanese paramilitary forces killed more than 20 people, including women and children when they attacked a village in South Kordofan, the oil-producing border state's deputy governor said Thursday.

Abdelaziz al-Hilu accused Governor Ahmed Harun, who is from a rival party and will contest local elections against him on 2 May, of "organising an attack by the Popular Defence Forces on my village, El-Faid Um Abdullah."

"They killed more than 20 people and burned between 300 - 500 houses in the early morning. Two women and four children were among those who burned inside the houses," he told AFP.

Harun, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in the strife-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur, was not immediately available to comment on the allegations.

The United Nations Mission in Sudan said it had sent out patrols to investigate the situation and a helicopter with UN aid agencies on board to conduct an assessment of the humanitarian needs in the area.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10025/World/Region/Sudan-forces-kill-over--people-in-South-Kordofan.aspx

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9 MQM men killed in 48 hrs: Raza Haroon

April 15, 2011

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member Raza Haroon has said that all attempts to suppress his party by ‘killing MQM workers and sympathizers’ was in, no way, in the interest of Sindh and existing democratic set up, Geo News reported Thursday.

He said this while addressing a press conference here at Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall along with members of MQM Coordination Committee.

Raza Haroon said 9 MQM workers and sympathizers had been made victims of targeted killing during the past 48 hours in the city. According to him, a total of 83 MQM activists and supporters had been murdered since January.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14151

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Suicide squad kills three Afghan police

April 15, 2011

KHOST: Three Afghan policemen were killed Thursday when militants struck at a police training centre in the second suicide attack to hit eastern Afghanistan in as many days.

The incident in Paktya province, which borders Pakistan, was one of three suicide strikes targeting government officials or the military across Afghanistan early Thursday.

Insurgents are stepping up attacks on Afghan security forces, whose role will increase as US-led NATO troops prepare to hand over responsibility for security in seven areas from July and prepare to withdraw by 2014.

"Three suicide bombers attacked the local police training centre in Aryoob Zazai district," said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the governor's office.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14124

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26/11 case: Will India become party to lawsuit in US against ISI?

April 15, 2011

Vishwa Mohan,

NEW DELHI: Intending to nail Pakistan's lie over the role of ISI in the Mumbai terror attack, India is mulling the option of becoming 'party' to the lawsuit filed in a US court last year by relatives of two Americans -- who died in the 26/11 carnage – against top officials of the Pakistani intelligence agency and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists.

A top government official said: "India may become party to the lawsuit and provide evidence to the New York court. The matter can be taken up at the government-to-government level as well in support of the lawsuit under existing Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between India and US."

The lawsuit, filed in November last year by relatives of Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka who were killed by Lashkar terrorists at Chabad House in Mumbai in November 2008, has accused the ISI of aiding and abetting LeT in killing 166 people, including six American citizens.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-case-Will-India-become-party-to-lawsuit-in-US-against-ISI/articleshow/7985712.cms

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89 Indian prisoners set free by Pakistan

April 15, 2011

Freedom at last:Pakistani relatives embrace freed Indian fishermen before they board a bus in Karachi on Thursday.

Karachi: Pakistan on Thursday set free 89 Indian fishermen as part of a process initiated by the two countries to speed up the release of people held in each other's prisons for inadvertently crossing land and maritime boundaries.

The freed Indians are on their way to the border city of Lahore from where they would head home to India.

The Superintendent of jail in Malir, Ghulam Qadir, said that the 89 fishermen were released and sent by two buses to Lahore from where they would be handed over to the Indian authorities at the Wagah border crossing.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/04/15/stories/2011041565171500.htm

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Attorneys deny any ‘knowing involvement’ of Rana in 26/11

April 15, 2011

Two days after reports of Tahawwur Rana admitting to providing support to 26/11 terrorists at the behest of Pakistani Government and ISI, his attorneys on Thursday denied any “knowing involvement” of the Pakistani-Canadian in the attacks.

“Contrary to recent reports, Tahawwur Rana has neither admitted nor confessed to any knowing involvement in the tragic events in Mumbai of November 2008,” his attorneys Patrick W Blegen and Charles D Swift said in a brief statement.

The clarification came following reports that Rana, accused in the Mumbai terror attack case, has claimed before a Chicago court that he provided “material support” to the terrorists at the behest of the Pakistan Government and its spy agency ISI and not the terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/331667/Attorneys-deny-any-‘knowing-involvement’-of-Rana-in-26/11.html

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Pakistan willing to back Taliban office in Turkey, official says

April 15, 2011

ANKARA/BERLIN: Pakistan would back a plan to allow the Taliban to open a political office in Turkey to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan, a Pakistani official said Thursday during a visit by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to Ankara.

Turkey, which has hosted talks aimed at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said it is open to allowing the establishment of a diplomatic presence for the Taliban on its soil, but that there is no formal request yet.

“As Pakistanis we have no reservations for such an office to be opened,” a Pakistani official said, on condition of anonymity.

Zardari, who is in Turkey for a state visit, declined to comment during a news conference Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul when asked about progress on letting the Taliban open such an office.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Apr/15/Pakistan-willing-to-back-Taliban-office-in-Turkey-official-says.ashx#axzz1JTdXVA5R

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Lahore police arrest two French terror suspects

April 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Two French nationals suspected of belonging to an international terror group have been arrested by security services in Lahore late Thursday, French and Pakistani sources said.

The two, who were detained several weeks ago, are suspected of being part of the group responsible for the bloody attacks in Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, the worst terror attack in Indonesia, according to Pakistani security officials, who requested anonymity.

The terror group is allegedly headed by Indonesian Umar Patek, who was himself arrested recently in Pakistan.

France has asked the Pakistani authorities for permission to visit the two detainees, a representative at the French embassy in Islamabad told media.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14160

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Pakistan refuses to comment on ‘arrest’ of IA plane hijack mastermind

April 15, 2011

Pakistan on Thursday said it would not comment on reports that Chilean police had arrested the brother of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar who was accused of coordinating the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane till details of the detained individual had been ascertained.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua acknowledged during a weekly news briefing that a “few Pakistanis” had been arrested in Chile due to “visa issues”. However, she said authorities would not comment on reports that Azhar’s brother Abdul Rauf was among them till the identity of the detained individuals is verified. “If there is an individual amongst them, of whatever name, I don’t think we need to comment on it till we know the details of the individual,” Janjua said in response to a question.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/331665/Pakistan-refuses-to-comment-on-‘arrest’-of-IA-plane-hijack-mastermind.html

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‘Terrorism in Karachi a conspiracy against govt’

April 15, 2011

KARACHI: Sindh Law and Parliamentary Minister Mohammad Ayaz Soomro has condemned the act of terrorism in Karachi and described it a conspiracy hatched by anti-democratic and criminal elements against the present government.

Talking to newsmen, he said: “Being a son of soil, we are custodian of Sindh and it is our joint responsibility to protect lives, properties and honour of the citizens without any discrimination of political affiliation, sect, colour or caste.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\04\15\story_15-4-2011_pg12_4

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Iran building 'anti-terror' fence on Pak border

April 15, 2011

Iran is building a fence on its border with Pakistan to keep out terrorists, defence minister Ahmad Vahidi has said. The barrier is being built on "impenetrable mountainous terrain" in southeastern Iran to "prevent villains from crossing into the Islamic Republic", IRNA news agency quoted him as say ing on Thursday.

Members of the Iranian insurgent group Jundullah, which is based in Pakistan's Balochistan province, have reportedly been crossing into Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province to carry out terrorist attacks.

Jundullah leader Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested by Iranian authorities in February 2010 and executed in June.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Iran-building-anti-terror-fence-on-Pak-border/H1-Article1-685457.aspx

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Pak Embassy official shot, wounded in Nepal

April 15, 2011

A Pakistani Embassy official was shot and wounded by unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen outside the mission building, with Islamabad voicing concern over the attack.

Mehboob Asif, a visa section officer, was shot as he stepped out of the embassy building at Basundhara in the outskirt of the capital.

He was shot three times, police said adding that his assailants, who were riding on a motorcycle, escaped.

Asif was rushed to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj with bullet wounds in his stomach, police said, but described his condition as stable.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/331648/Pak-Embassy-official-shot-wounded-in-Nepal.html

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US drones killed 957 Pakistani civilians in 2010

April 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD: A total of 957 Pakistani civilians were killed in American drone attacks in the country 2010, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in its annual report on Thursday.

The report that focused on human rights violations in the country also laid an emphasis on terror attacks in 2010, according to Xinhua.

It said terrorist attacks in Pakistan left 2,542 people dead and 5,062 others injured in 2010.

"Target killings" in the country's port city of Karachi saw the death of 237 political activists while in the southwestern province of Balochistan, at least 118 people were killed, the report said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-drones-killed-957-Pakistani-civilians-in-2010/articleshow/7981412.cms

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13 killed as Gaddafi forces attack Misrata: Libya rebels

April 15, 2011

MISRATA (LIBYA): At least 13 people were killed and some 50 wounded in an attack by Muammar Gaddafi's forces on the port area of Libya's third city Misrata, a rebel spokesman said.

"At least 13 people died, including women and children and four Egyptians who had attempted to be evacuated from the port," the spokesman said on condition of anonymity.

"We have faced since dawn a cowardly and criminal attack on the area of the port and the district of Kasr Ahmed near the port," he said, adding that pro-Gaddafi forces fired dozens of Grad missiles and tank shells.

"The toll will obviously worsen. We are still searching for other victims under the debris of houses," the spokesman said.

The pro-Gaddafi troops stopped their attacks in the area in the afternoon, but continued to fire on other districts including Saragsa and Al-Ghiran, he said, adding: "We need help."

An AFP photographer in Misrata said NATO jets were heard overhead late into the night.

A Greek ferry chartered by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) arrived in the town's port late Thursday to rescue 800 stranded foreign nationals and deliver humanitarian aid.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/13-killed-as-Gaddafi-forces-attack-Misrata-Libya-rebels/articleshow/7986725.cms

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UK, France for intensifying military pressure on Gaddafi

April 15, 2011

Amid differences among NATO members over an air campaign to protect Libyan civilians, the UK and France have favoured stepped up military pressure on Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, as heavy fighting continued in Misrata and other key cities in the strife-torn country.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on a heightened military pressure against 68-year-old Gaddafi during a working dinner in Paris on Wednesday night.

“All means must be made available” in the fight against Gaddafi, a source in the French presidency was quoted as saying by Al-Jazeera on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/331653/UK-France-for-intensifying-military-pressure-on-Gaddafi.html

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Libyan rebels plead for NATO rocket shower

April 15, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan rebels begged for more NATO air strikes Thursday, saying they faced a massacre from government artillery barrages on the besieged city of Misrata, but Western allies squabbled over how to respond.

Rebels said a hail of rockets fired by besieging forces into a residential district of Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, had killed 23 civilians, mostly women and children.

After nightfall, forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi heavily shelled the port area in Misrata, forcing its closure, a rebel spokesman said.

Libyan state television showed Gadhafi driving around the capital, saying it was during the attacks.

Wearing a green canvas safari hat and dark glasses and looking ebullient, he stood out of the top of an SUV pumping his fists and waving as passersby and other drivers cheered.

State television said there were civilian casualties from air strikes on the capital, which could not be confirmed.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Apr/15/Libyan-rebels-plead-for-NATO-rocket-shower.ashx#axzz1JTdXVA5R

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Libya future with Kadhafi 'unthinkable': Britain, France, US

April 15, 2011

LONDON: A Libyan future including Moamer Kadhafi is "unthinkable" and would represent an "unconscionable betrayal" by the rest of the world, the leaders of Britain, France and the United States said Thursday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama vowed they would "not rest until the UN...resolutions have been implemented", in a joint article published in several international newspapers.

"It is unthinkable that someone who has tried to massacre his own people can play a part in their future government," the article, which appeared in the London Times, The Washington Post and French daily Le Figaro, continued.

"The brave citizens of those towns that have held out against forces that have been mercilessly targeting them would face a fearful vengeance if the world accepted such an arrangement. It would be an unconscionable betrayal," the leaders argued.

The publication of the article underlined US commitment to the UN-mandated operation against Kadhafi's forces, easing earlier tensions between members of the Western alliance.

The three leaders promised that NATO and its coalition partners would "maintain their operations so that civilians remain protected" as long as Kadhafi was in power.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14165

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Libyan fighters seek NATO help

April 15, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan fighters begged for more NATO airstrikes on Thursday, saying they faced a massacre from government artillery barrages on the besieged city of Misrata, but Western allies squabbled over how to respond.

The fighters said a hail of Grad rockets fired by besieging forces into a residential district of Misrata, Libya's third largest city, had killed 23 civilians, mostly women and children.

Aid organizations warn of a humanitarian disaster in Misrata, the lone opposition foothold in western Libya, where hundreds of civilians are said to have died in a six-week siege.

"A massacre... will take place here if NATO does not intervene strongly," an opposition spokesman in Misrata told Reuters by telephone. Al Jazeera television showed hundreds of Misrata residents demonstrating after the dawn attack. "The blood of martyrs will not be in vain," they chanted, waving the opposition flag.

The International Organization for Migration said a rescue ship had left Benghazi, in east Libya, to begin evacuating 6,000 stranded migrants from Misrata. Many were dehydrated and weak and in "desperately worrying condition", it said. Migrants from Egypt, Niger, Bangladesh, Ghana, Sudan and Nigeria have been stranded in Misrata, living in the open for weeks with limited food and no clean water.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article360022.ece

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BRICS speaks out against use of force in Libya

April 15, 2011

The world's five emerging-nation powers spoke out Thursday against using force in Libya and across the Arab world, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev saying force was not authorised by the UN.

"We share the principle that the use of force should be avoided," said a statement by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, released after they concluded an annual meeting in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan.

The talks among the so-called BRICS nations included Chinese President Hu Jintao, his fellow presidents Medvedev of Russia, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, and Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10026/World/Region/BRICS-speaks-out-against-use-of-force-in-Libya.aspx

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UN chief calls for an immediate ceasefire in Libya

April 15, 2011

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a "political" solution and immediate ceasefire to the conflict in Libya, at an international conference hosted by the Arab League in Cairo.

"We call for a political process so that the Libyan people can reach their aspirations," Ban Ki-Moon, who co-chaired the meeting, told a news conference at the end of the gathering.

"We reiterate our call for a immediate ceasefire," said the UN secretary general.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who also attended the Cairo conference, appealed to Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi  to resign with immediate effect. "The European Union's position is very clear, Colonel Gaddafi should step down immediately," she said.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10021/World/Region/UN-chief-calls-for-an-immediate-ceasefire-in-Libya.aspx

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Cracks exposed as NATO seeks Libya solution

April 15, 2011

NATO was sharply divided Thursday over how to proceed against Moammar Gadhafi, with the British and French calling for increased strikes against the Libyan regime and Turkey and Germany pushing for a political solution.

Debate also raged in the international body over whether assistance to the Libyan rebels should include providing them with weapons as the crisis mounts in the country, where Gadhafi is clinging to power.

Turkey, NATO’s only Muslim ally, pressed for more efforts to find a political solution to end the Libyan crisis, Turkish diplomatic sources said. They added that Turkey was still cold to the idea of intensifying the military operation there and supplying arms to the rebels.

The effort to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya topped the agenda at a two-day meeting in Berlin of foreign ministers from NATO’s 28 member countries. Three weeks of airstrikes have failed to route Gadhafi’s forces, increasing frictions in the military alliance.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=cracks-exposed-as-nato-seeks-libya-solution-2011-04-14

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NATO calls for Gaddafi ouster as bombs hit Tripoli

April 15, 2011

NATO on Thursday threw its weight behind growing calls for Muammar Gaddafi to quit, as rebels fighting to topple the veteran Libyan strongman reported an intensive blitz by alliance warplanes and as loud blasts were heard in Tripoli.

The port area of Libya's besieged third city, Misrata came under heavy attack by Gaddafi's forces, who fired dozens of Grad missiles and tank shells that killed at least 13 people and wounded 50, a rebel spokesman said.

The key crossroads town of Ajdabiya on the front line between the rebel-held east and the mainly government-held west, recaptured from loyalist forces at the weekend, came under renewed assault, an AFP correspondent reported.

From Cairo, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for a "political" solution and immediate ceasefire, at an international conference hosted by the Arab League.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10050/World/Region/NATO-calls-for-Gaddafi-ouster-as-bombs-hit-Tripoli.aspx

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West scrambles to end Libyan crisis

April 15, 2011

DUBAI: Citing a new wave of attacks on civilians in the city of Musurata, Western powers, desperate to end the civil war, have announced that they would now mount more pressure on Libyan strongman Muammar Qadhafi, to bring the fighting to an end.

As Foreign Ministers of the NATO alliance prepared to meet in Berlin on Thursday for a brainstorming session, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would “leave no stone unturned, militarily, diplomatically, politically, to enforce the U.N. resolution, to put real pressure on Mr. Qadhafi and to stop the appalling murder of civilians that he is still carrying out…in Misurata and elsewhere in Libya”.

By Thursday afternoon, heavy shelling by pro-regime fighters had killed 23 and wounded dozens in Misurata, an opposition spokesman, Abdelbasset Abu Mzereiq, told Reuters. Most of the deaths were the result of attacks by Grad rockets, which pro-Qadhafi forces had fired in dozens.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/04/15/stories/2011041557721500.htm

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Clinton warns against hasty Afghan withdrawal

15 April 2011

BERLIN - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday backed further away from a US timeline to start pulling troops from Afghanistan in July, warning “political expediency” would benefit the Taliban.

Speaking at a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, Clinton also warned of a “violent spring fighting season” in Afghanistan as the Taliban try to exert themselves in areas where Afghan forces are due to assume control.

“We have to steel ourselves and our publics for the possibility that the Taliban will resort to the most destructive and sensational attacks we have seen,” she said.

Clinton hailed the “heroic sacrifices” by nations in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and insisted there has been progress in fighting the insurgents.

“We need to ensure that these sacrifices are not overtaken by political expediency and short-term thinking,” Clinton told the NATO meeting in Berlin.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/April/international_April665.xml&section=international&col=

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Arab summit unlikely to convene

April 15, 2011

“There is going to be a very long process of consultation, but I think that at the end the summit will be put off. It might be deemed ‘delayed’ not ‘cancelled,’ but it would be an indefinite delay,” said an Arab diplomat who asked for his identity to be withheld.

Speaking to Ahram Online following a series of contacts made by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari with several Arab capitals, in response to the motion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to cancel the Arab summit, this diplomat shared the assessment of a depressed Iraqi foreign minister.

“He knows that he can try, but he also knows very well that when Saudi Arabia throws its weight around, it is hard for Iraq to face it, especially with so many Arab countries caught in political turmoil,” the diplomat said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/2/8/10056/World/Region/Arab-summit-unlikely-to-convene.aspx

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Muslim Brotherhood denies backing ElBaradei as presidential candidate

April 15, 2011

Sobhi Saleh, lawyer and member of the Constitutional Amendments Committee, has quashed reports that the Muslim Brotherhood group backs the former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.

Saleh, a former MP of the Islamic group, said that the news circulated by Egyptian daily newspapers Al-Shrouk and El-Dostour is groundless.

“When I was asked, by one of the attendees, about ElBaradei’s possibilities as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, I said he, as an Egyptian, has the right to contend the post, but the people will say the final word,” Saleh said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/1/64/10046/Egypt/Politics-/Muslim-Brotherhood-denies-backing-ElBaradei-as-pre.aspx

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Israeli tanks cross fence near Adaysseh

April 15, 2011

Mohammed Zaatari, Patrick Galey The Daily Star   

ADAYSSEH/BEIRUT: Two Israeli tanks crossed into a disputed area of land on the frontier with Lebanon Thursday in response to civilian activity close to the Blue Line, the Lebanese Army said.

Security sources told The Daily Star that Lebanese and Israeli armies were placed on high alert following a two-hour standoff, which saw Israeli soldiers aim heavy artillery at Lebanese military and U.N. personnel.

“At 7:50 a.m., two tanks belonging to the Israeli enemy went beyond the Technical Fence on the outskirts of Adaysseh border village in a disputed area before leaving at 9:30 a.m. toward the Occupied Territories,” an army communiqué said. “Army units deployed in the area took suitable field measures and the issue is being followed up in coordination with [the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon].”

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Apr/15/Israeli-tanks-cross-fence-near-Adaysseh.ashx#axzz1JTdXVA5R

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Be careful of Arab-sponsored organizations: NU

April 15, 2011

Said Aqil Siradj, the chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, the biggest Indonesian Muslim organization, said Arab-sponsored foundations and organizations must be addressed carefully due to their criticism of NU activities.

“Arab-sponsored organizations always criticize our tradition. This is terror on our theology,” he said.

Regarding the Cirebon blast, Aqil urged the police to work more seriously. “The Utan Kayu bombing is also not far from our minds,” he said.

He guaranteed there was no NU member involved in acts of terror.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/15/be-careful-arab-sponsored-organizations-nu.html

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Saleh must go: Yemen religious, tribal leaders

15 April 2011

Yemeni religious scholars and tribal leaders said they would support the demands of the youth revolution and called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately.

In a statement issued late on Thursday in the capital Sanaa, they said the peaceful demands of protesters should be met and urged “the immediate stepping down of the President of the Republic and the dismissal of all his relatives from the military and security apparatus of the state.”

Gulf foreign ministers, trying to reduce the threat that Yemeni instability could pose to the region, have invited Saleh and his opponents to talks on a transfer of power to end a political standoff that risks collapsing into violence.

But on Thursday opposition parties rejected the offer to join talks in Riyadh and set a two-week deadline for Saleh to step down.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/April/middleeast_April306.xml&section=middleeast

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Mubarak’s prosecution moves 6 April Movement to praise the army

April 15, 2011

The 6 April Youth Movement has welcomed the legal proceedings against the ousted president Mubarak, his family and inner circle.

The movement described this as a positive step, one that can be considered as another achievement of the January 25 Revolution. As a result, the group has decided to suspend calls for a million-man march Friday to give the ruling military council time to meet the other demands.

The arrests moved the movement to state its appreciation for the efforts made by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in supporting the revolution.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/1/64/10018/Egypt/Politics-/Mubarak’s-prosecution-moves--April-Movement-to-pra.aspx

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One injured after pro, anti-Gaddafi protesters clash in Cairo

April 15, 2011

Two simultaneous protests, one for and one against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, took place today in front of the Arab League headquarters in downtown Cairo. Clashes erupted between the two groups of protesters as pro-Gaddafi supporters, according to an eye-witness account, called on thugs to attack the anti-regime demonstrators.

Stones were thrown as thugs descended on the protesters, using flag poles as batons. Bystanders soon tried to break the two groups apart. One of the bystanders was dealt a blow to the head and is now in hospital.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/10030/Egypt/Politics-/One-injured-after-pro,-antiGaddafi-protesters-clas.aspx

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Israel tank enters disputed area with Lebanon

April 15, 2011

An Israeli tank briefly entered a disputed border area with Lebanon on Thursday after the alert was sounded over people picking thyme and thistle in the volatile zone, an army spokesman said.

"The Merkava tank entered a zone claimed by Lebanon," the Lebanese army spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

A security official in the area said the tank advanced four metres (yards) into the disputed so-called Blue Line before withdrawing.

Lebanese army and troops from the UN force stationed in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, were at the site.

The alarm was sounded after several people were seen in the area and it was later determined they were picking thyme and thistle, both used in Lebanese dishes.

In Israel, an army spokesman downplayed the incident saying nothing out of the ordinary had taken place along the border.

"There is a normal, regular patrol of IDF (Israeli military) soldiers in the area but that is all, as far as we know," he said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10034/World/Region/Israel-tank-enters-disputed-area-with-Lebanon.aspx

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Details emerge of Mubarak brothers' arrest

April 15, 2011

Egypt yesterday woke up to the news that the three untouchables of the ousted president Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced to 15 days in jail pending investigation.

Despite the monumental events of the past few weeks, the sentence still came as a shock to the trio with witnesses describing the two brothers as appearing dazed while they were arrested.

Details of the events taking placing behind the scenes have started to emerge to paint a picture of Alaa and Gamal’s journey from Sharm El-Sheikh to Tora Prison.

It was while being questioned in the prosecutor-general’s headquarters in Tor, the capital of South Sinai, that they heard of their father’s heart attack. The ousted president had been undergoing his own questioning before being transferred to Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital. The brothers were allowed to visit their father.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/10028/Egypt/Politics-/Details-emerge-of-Mubarak-brothers-arrest.aspx

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All Syrian protesters ordered released

April 15, 2011

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered Thursday the release of all detainees arrested in a wave of protests, except those who committed crimes "against the nation and the citizens", state media said.

Syria's state news agency SANA said the move followed a meeting between Assad and "religious and popular (figures)."

Human rights activists say scores of people have been rounded up since the demonstrations started, particularly in the protest centers of Deraa, south of the capital, Latakia and Banias on the Mediterranean coast.

Assad named a new Cabinet on Thursday after a month of pro-democracy protests. Recently appointed Prime Minister Adel Safar formed the new government. Mohammed Naji Otri, who had been in office since 2003, resigned on March 29 and Safar, the then agricultural minister, was named on April 3 to replace him.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article360019.ece

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Bodies litter Abidjan as Ouattara stamps his authority

April 15, 2011

ABIDJAN: President Alassane Ouattara stamped his new authority on Ivory Coast on Thursday, as troops formerly loyal to his ousted rival Laurent Gbagbo flocked to his banner despite ongoing violence.

Bodies litter the streets in parts of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan and mass arrests have followed the end of months of fighting in the West African country, the Red Cross said on Thursday.

United Nations peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters in New York there was however still fighting and “quite a lot of looting” despite Ouattara's victory over Gbagbo's attempt to cling to power.

“There are still people with arms, it is still dangerous but there are no more blockades,” he said, as UN peacekeepers and French troops worked with the new government to restore order in the port city of Abidjan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article359997.ece

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Egyptian expats welcome arrest of Mubarak, sons

April 15, 2011

JEDDAH: Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia have welcomed the Cairo authorities’ decision to detain ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons Gamal and Alaa.

The Egyptians said they wanted the investigations to proceed as quickly as possible so that Mubarak and his sons , who are being investigated over allegations of corruption, abuse of power and the death of several protesters, could be held accountable.

 Gamal and Alaa were taken to Cairo's Torah prison, where several former top regime figures — including the former prime minister, the ruling party chief and Mubarak's chief of staff — are being held.

The arrest of Mubarak and his sons follows a demonstration by tens of thousands in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Friday, the biggest rally in weeks. The protesters had demanded Mubarak and his family be put on trial, and many in the crowd accused the military of protecting the former president.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article358255.ece

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