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Gaddafi Son 'Would Be Hanged In Libya', Defence Tells ICC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Gaddafi son 'would be hanged in Libya', defence tells ICC

Tunisian children's magazine faces prosecution over article on how to make a petrol bomb

Benghazi attack unprecedented, US state department says

Arab Spring: Tunisian democracy is starting to function

State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query

Benghazi attack may cloud Clinton’s legacy

Gbagbo's Ivory Coast ally rejects Mali Islamist links

Before Hearings on Libya Attack, Charges of Playing Politics

 

Pakistan

If Malala survives, we will target her again: Taliban

Over 30 ‘Pakistani clerics’ expelled from Afghanistan

Blasts outside houses of PPP MNAs, MPAs and ministers’ conspiracy to trigger civil war in Sindh

Pakistan, Bosnia agree on greater crackdown on terrorists

Attack on Malala Yousufzai exposed extremist mindset in Pak: Kayani

US drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan

Eight militants killed trying to plant IED in Landi Kotal

Parasite known as 'brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 people in Pak

Pakistan’s philanthropist and welfare worker among favourites for Nobel Peace Prize

ISI, MI chiefs summoned by Rawalpindi Court

Pakistan and its people termed most misunderstood

Overseas Pakistanis are asset for country: Altaf Hussain

Bullet removed from Malala Yousufzai’s body who was shot at by Taliban

NA passes resolution condemning Taliban attack on Malala

Jolt to Zardari, court approves Swiss letter draft

 ‘Lighting a Million Lives’ campaign to be launched in Pakistan on October 12

In the face of apprehensions: H C Restraining order surprises lawyers

 

Europe

Seven Suspected of recruiting young Muslims Militants Arrested in Belgium

Police find bomb components in France Islamic extremists probe

French Jew shares coveted Nobel Prize in Physics

Religious Leaders and Russians Favoured for Nobel Peace Prize

Norway: Sudanese Envoy Expelled

Terror police hold two Britons at Heathrow from Egypt

Russia to become Iraq's second-biggest arms supplier

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesia arrests 80 Pakistanis en route to Australia

Groups call for abolition of death penalty: Indonesia

Police arrest provocateur in Islamic school attack: Indonesia

Bali police warn of terror threat on bomb anniversary

 

Arab World

Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Syrian Blasts

Echoes of Spanish civil war in Syria

Dubai will build own Taj Mahal

Two Bahrainis jailed after chopping off Briton's fingers during a robbery

Islamic cleric, Abu Hamza: I’m not guilty of terrorism

Hundreds march a year after Egypt Copt killings

Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Fights Extradition from Britain to Jordan

Lebanon must punish army attacks on migrants: HRW

‘TV still cheaper than the web,’ says Bill Gates in Abu Dhabi Media Summit

 

India

Home Minister’s call to militant groups to shun violence and come forward for talks

Indian exporters warn of halting trade with Pak via rail

Bhatkal began 13/7 bid from room in Darbhanga

 

South Asia

Largest ever number of Chinese pilgrims coming for Haj this year

Tapping Into a More Moderate Islam — in China

Maldivian ex-President freed after court appearance

Afghan blast kills six policemen

Afghan uncertainty looms as US pullout nears

Nobel Peace Prize contenders, from Afghanistan to ex-Soviet states and Cuba

Fresh anti-Rohingya rally in west Myanmar

 

North America

U.S. Quran-burning Pastor barred from entering Canada

Arabic makes a debut as a language of the Vatican

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza denies US terror charge

US slams ‘barbaric’ attack on Malala

NY Jewish doctor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

US church calls to re evaluate military aid to Israel

President Barack Obama signs order implementing new Iran sanctions

Alleged anti-Islam filmmaker back in court, new name

US officials say frantic search failed to find killed ambassador in Benghazi

Panetta Assures NATO of Action against Insider Attacks in Afghan

U.S. Military Is Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria

Libya consulate was invaded, torched by armed mob: US

 

Mideast Asia

Turkey to Use 'Greater Force' if Further Syria Shelling

Netanyahu Calls for Early Elections in Israel

Iran's Khamenei: West will continue sanctions, even if Tehran drops nuclear program

 

Australia

Australian PM to Visit Bali despite Terror Threat

Australians Furious at State of Bali Bombings Site

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Tunisian children's magazine faces prosecution over article on how to make a petrol bomb

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Africa

 

Gaddafi son 'would be hanged in Libya', defence tells ICC

October 10, 2012

Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam without a doubt would get a death sentence if tried in Libya, his lawyer told the Hague-based International Criminal Court on Wednesday. "Although the Libyan government has danced around the issue, let's be very clear: if convicted (in Libya) Mr Gaddafi

will be hanged," Melinda Taylor, a court-appointed lawyer, told judges amid a dispute on where Seif should face justice.

While the ICC wants Seif, the only son of the slain Libyan leader in custody, to be tried in The Hague, Libya's post-revolutionary authorities insist he should stand trial in his home country.

Libya's lawyers told a three-judge bench on Tuesday the country had enough evidence to charge Seif with crimes against humanity, committed when Gaddafi and his loyalists tried to put down Libya's bloody revolution last year.

But the lawyers admitted although Tripoli was committed to a fair trial for Gaddafi, it was a "complicated process and that Libya needed more time."

Taylor, a member of the ICC's defence office, said Gaddafi's right to a fair trial was being violated while he is held in isolation in the northwestern Libyan hilltown of Zintan, where he has been in custody since his arrest on November 19.

The ICC issued arrest warrants for Seif, 40 and Gaddafi's former spymaster Abdullah Senussi, 63, in June 2011 on two counts of crimes against humanity committed while trying to crush the uprising that ended over four decades of Gaddafi's iron-fisted rule.

But the ICC's jurisdiction is complementary to that of national courts, and it can only act when a member state is unwilling or unable to do so. The court's judges are to make a ruling on the issue at an unspecified later date.

Taylor on Tuesday cited a law passed by Libya's post-revolutionary National Transitional Council which said no child of Gaddafi will ever benefit from leniency.

Putting Gaddafi on trial will "not be motivated by a desire for justice but a desire for revenge," Taylor told Wednesday's hearing, adding that both Seif and Senussi -- extradited from Mauritania last month -- were yet to appear before a judge.

"Mr Gaddafi is not a guinea pig (for Libyan justice). He is a person with rights. He should not be languishing in prison while Libya tries to build a judicial system," she said.

The ICC is the world's only permanent criminal tribunal set up to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/Gaddafi-son-would-be-hanged-in-Libya-defence-tells-ICC/Article1-942583.aspx

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Tunisian children's magazine faces prosecution over article on how to make a petrol bomb

By Tarek Amara

Oct 10, 2012

(Reuters) - A popular Tunisian children's magazine is to be prosecuted for telling its young readers how to make a petrol bomb, officials said on Tuesday.

The latest edition of "Qaws Quzah", Arabic for "Rainbow", featured a piece about the history of petrol bombs in its "Knowledge Corner", including detailed instructions and a diagram.

"It is an improvised weapon that is often used in riots and acts of sabotage because it is easy to make and use," the article read.

The magazine, read for decades in Tunisia by boys and girls aged 5 to 15, has no political orientation. But the article touched a raw nerve in a country still seeking to tame the unrest stirred up by last year's successful revolution, the first of the Arab Spring.

The Ministry for Women and Family Affairs said the article "encourages violent and terrorist thought" as well as endangering children's lives by "encouraging the use of Molotov cocktails in acts of vandalism or terrorism".

It said it would ask an investigating magistrate to open a case against the publishers and all those involved in the issue. While the specific charges will be for the judge to decide, the ministry's comments suggested they could include incitement to violence.

Tunisia's revolution led to the democratic election of a transitional government headed by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, but violence persists among extreme religious groups, during which petrol bombs have been a weapon of choice.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/10/09/us-tunisia-magazine-petrolbomb-idINBRE89811V20121009

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Benghazi attack may cloud Clinton’s legacy

By Anne Gearan

October 10, 2012

The fatal attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya last month has become a test of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leadership and a threat to her much-admired legacy as America’s top diplomat just a few months before she plans to step down.

Clinton was among the first Obama administration officials to publicly condemn the attack and mourn the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But as the State Department has weathered Republican-led criticism that it misread warning signs before the Sept. 11 attack, Clinton has been far less visible.

Clinton will not appear at a Wednesday oversight hearing on the Libya attack, where House Republicans have said they will question the State Department’s security preparations and the administration’s account of the attack. The State Department will instead send a trusted career diplomat along with three security officials.

Ahead of the hearing, State Department officials provided new details about the attack while asserting that there had been no way to predict or prevent the sustained assault.

“The lethality and the number of armed people is unprecedented. There had been no attack like that anywhere in Libya — Tripoli, Benghazi or elsewhere — in the time we had been there,” said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss events still being investigated. “It would be very, very hard to find a precedent for an attack like that in recent diplomatic history.”

But the new details also appeared to confirm that there was no protest or other benign gathering outside the compound gates, as initially described by some in the administration.

A month before the presidential election, with Mitt Romney surging in the polls, Republicans increasingly see the Libya attack as a political vulnerability for President Obama. Republicans accuse Obama and top administration officials of overlooking warning signs before the attack and trying to deflect questions about terrorism afterward.

“There was a clear disconnect between what security officials on the ground felt they needed and what officials in Washington would approve,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Tuesday. “Reports that senior State Department officials told security personnel in Libya to not even make certain security requests are especially troubling.”

Clinton briefed members of Congress privately days after the attack and has called individual members frequently. She spoke to Issa on Monday, another senior State Department official said.

“They did not ask, and there was no serious discussion at this point that she would testify,” the official said.

Clinton has made no public mention of the attack or investigation since Oct. 3. She has no public speaking events on her schedule this week. A trusted Clinton confidant who is the chief protector of her image is reviewing all media inquiries related to the attack.

“It did happen on her watch, so is the secretary responsible? The secretary is always responsible,” said P.J. Crowley, a former assistant secretary of state for public affairs under Clinton and now a professor at George Washington University.

“You’ve gotta look at this in the full picture. It’s a tragedy that happened on her watch, but I don’t think it will diminish what is a very significant record,” Crowley said.

Frequently touted as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, Clinton plans to step down this year after a tenure that has made her among the most-traveled and most respected American diplomats. Her approval ratings in national polls hover around 70  percent, making her more popular than Obama.

But the deaths in Benghazi have opened Clinton up to the charge that her department should have done more to safeguard diplomats from militants in an increasingly violent country.

Briefing reporters on Tuesday, State Department officials said that Stevens’s trip had been routine before the attack and that on the night of the attack he escorted his last guest out the front gate about 8:30 p.m. The ambassador stood on the quiet street to say goodbye, then retired to his room.

At 9:40 p.m., there was an explosion and gunfire at the gates, and a wave of armed men flowed into the compound. The armed crowd quickly assaulted all four buildings on the compound with mortars, small arms and possibly with rocket-propelled grenades, the official said.

With the building on fire and rapidly filling with smoke, a security agent tried to lead Stevens and information officer Sean Smith out a bedroom window, but when the agent tumbled out, the two others did not follow, the official said. Repeated attempts by the agent to find Stevens and Smith failed.

Neither Romney nor congressional Republicans have directly faulted Clinton over security in Libya and do not appear eager to saddle her with the blame. Instead, much of the Republican criticism has been directed at Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who initially said that the attacks were apparently the result of anti-American protests that spun out of control.

Still, Issa sent a stern letter to Clinton last week, asking why additional security had been denied to diplomats at the lightly defended mission in Benghazi where Stevens died. The letter questioned the administration’s early public claim that the attack was part of a spontaneous public protest over an anti-Muslim Internet video.

The State Department has said that a review panel, led by retired diplomat Thomas Pickering, is working to answer such questions.

“Our posture is to be as cooperative as we possibly can,” Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

Her comments came as the Republican-led oversight committee released the State Department’s compilation of more than 200 security-related threats in Libya since June 2011.

The documents show that less than two months before the attack in Benghazi, the State Department assessed that the risk of violence to diplomats and other Americans in Libya was high and that the weak U.S.-backed government in Tripoli could do little about it.

The department, the documents show, approved a 30 percent “danger pay” bonus for Americans working in Libya during the summer.

The department’s former top security officer has told the House committee that he had recommended keeping U.S. military and additional State Department security forces on hand through October. “The [Libyan government] was overwhelmed and could not guarantee our protection,” former regional security officer Eric A. Nordstrom wrote Oct. 1. “Sadly, that point was reaffirmed Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi.”

Nordstrom is scheduled to testify at Wednesday’s oversight hearing.

Although Clinton will not appear, the State Department requested that Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy be a witness. Little known outside Washington, Kennedy is a low-key bureaucratic firefighter who was already managing the back and forth with Congress over the attacks.

Julie Tate in Washington and Michael Birnbaum in Tripoli contributed to this report.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/benghazi-attack-may-mar-clintons-legacy/2012/10/09/b7a8e382-1220-11e2-a16b-2c110031514a_story.html?tid=pm_pop

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Arab Spring: Tunisian democracy is starting to function

10 October 2012

The events that took place on 14 September, when mobs of protesters attacked the US embassies in Tunis, Cairo, Khartoum and Sana’a, have undoubtedly undermined the transformative democratic wind blowing in the region. The tragic loss of a distinguished American diplomat and three members of his staff in Benghazi – the Libyan city that came to symbolise a new approach to American foreign policy in the Arab world – has tarnished the image of the fledgling Arab Spring.

Later, a group of extremists attacked the American school in Tunis. These attacks greatly damaged the image and economic prospects of a country – Tunisia – that has been enjoying a great deal of sympathy and support, both in the United States and throughout the world.

It has been particularly disheartening to watch a number of US politicians and policy experts rushing to write the obituary of the Arab Spring. Their arguments insinuate that all it took was a mere 20 months for the dream to go from cradle to grave, ironically in the same city: Tunis.

Full report at:

http://www.english.globalarabnetwork.com/2012101012648/Tunisia-Politics/arab-spring-tunisian-democracy-is-starting-to-function.html

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State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query

By Rowan Scarborough

 October 9, 2012

The State Department’s top security officer is coming under scrutiny for playing a role in creating a special board that is investigating last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

One of the State Department’s accountability review board’s key tasks will be to probe why the office of Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, rejected requests for more diplomatic security in Libya in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

Mr. Kennedy, a career diplomat whose portfolio includes being the top security officer, signed the memo Oct. 1 that set up the review board.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/9/state-department-creates-own-board-to-look-at-liby/

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Benghazi attack unprecedented, US state department says

Oct 10, 2012

WASHINGTON: Last month's attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi was unprecedented in "recent diplomatic history" and there had been no prior intelligence to raise the alarm, top US officials said on Tuesday.

"There was no actionable intelligence of any planned or imminent attack," a top state department official said, giving a detailed timeline of the massive armed assault on the compound and a nearby annex, ahead of Wednesday's congressional hearing into alleged security failures.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Benghazi-attack-unprecedented-US-state-department-says/articleshow/16746793.cms

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Gbagbo's Ivory Coast ally rejects Mali Islamist links

9 October 2012

A key ally of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has dismissed as "malicious lies" suggestions that his supporters are trying to enlist the help of Islamist fighters in Mali.

Charles Ble Goude, a youth leader when Mr Gbagbo was in office, was reacting to allegations in a leaked UN report.

It said Mr Gbagbo's allies wanted to destabilise the region in order to seize power from Ivory Coast's leader.

Violence followed the 2010 poll when Mr Gbagbo refused to admit defeat.

His rival Alassane Ouattara was eventually sworn in as president after a four-month stand-off in which some 3,000 people were killed.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-19890280

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Before Hearings on Libya Attack, Charges of Playing Politics

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT

October 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the first Congressional hearing on the attack last month at the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, members of the House committee investigating the assaults spent Tuesday accusing one another of exploiting the violence to score partisan political points.

The hearing, four weeks after the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, is expected to focus on any potential intelligence failures in assessing a growing militant threat in Benghazi and eastern Libya; possible security lapses at the mission; and whether the Obama administration underestimated the dangers posed by Al Qaeda’s franchise in northern Africa and other extremist groups in Libya.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/africa/partisan-politics-before-house-committee-hearing-on-libya-attack.html?ref=world

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Pakistan

 

If Malala survives, we will target her again: Taliban

 October 9, 2012

SWAT: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which attacked National Award Peace winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday have said that they will target her again if she survives because she was a “secular-minded lady”.

A TTP spokesperson told The Express Tribune that this was a warning for all youngsters who were involved in similar activites and added that they will be targeted if they do not stop.

Malala was injured along with two other women when Taliban gunmen opened fire on a bus in Swat.

Yousufzai, who studies at Khushal Public School, was on her way home when the vehicle came under attack on Haji Baba Road. One of the other injured has been identified as Shazia and sources say the third was a teacher.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group was behind the shooting.

“She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol,” Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas,” he said, referring the main ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and southern and eastern Afghanistan.

DPO Swat Rasool Shah said that a search operation has been initiated in the area and a number of suspects have been arrested.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449070/national-peace-award-winner-malala-yousufzai-injured-in-firing-incident/

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Over 30 ‘Pakistani clerics’ expelled from Afghanistan

By Tahir Khan

Published: October 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD:

Afghan security officials have expelled over 30 ‘Pakistani clerics’ from mosques in southern Kandahar province over ‘provocative speeches’ to encourage people for an ‘uprising against the government’, an Afghan official told The Express Tribune on Tuesday.

Hamdullah Nazak, governor of district Dand in Kandahar, said that Pakistani clerics had come from Balochistan and had no valid documents. “When the authorities asked them to provide documents and prove their identity, they failed,” Nazak said via phone from Kandahar.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449394/over-30-pakistani-clerics-expelled-from-afghanistan/

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Blasts outside houses of PPP MNAs, MPAs and ministers’ conspiracy to trigger civil war in Sindh

October 10, 2012

KARACHI: Sindh Bachayo Committee (SBC) has strongly deplored incidents of cracker blasts at the houses of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, including ministers and its leaders across the province. Convener SBC Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah said that the cracker blasts outside houses of PPP MNAs, MPAs, ministers and leaders are conspiracy to create uncertainty and a situation of civil war in Sindh. He was addressing an emergency press conference at his residence Haider Manzil, Karachi, here on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\10\story_10-10-2012_pg7_9

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Pakistan, Bosnia agree on greater crackdown on terrorists

October 9, 2012

ISLAMABAD: During a meeting between the presidents of Pakistan and Bosnia, the two agreed on increased sharing of terrorism-related intelligence between the two countries, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday.

President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic visited President Zardari at the President House.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449154/pakistan-bosnia-agree-on-greater-crackdown-on-terrorists/

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Attack on Malala Yousufzai exposed extremist mindset in Pak: Kayani

Oct 10 2012

Islamabad : A day after a teenage rights activist was shot in the head by Taliban militants, Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday condemned the attack on the girl as a "heinous act of terrorism" and warned that it had exposed the "extremist mindset" confronting the country.

Kayani visited a military hospital in Peshawar to meet 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot and seriously injured by the militants during an attack yesterday in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, located 160 km from Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/attack-on-malala-yousufzai-exposed-extremist-mindset-in-pak-kayani/1014803/

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US drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan

Oct 10, 2012

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed five insurgents in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said Wednesday.

"Several US drones flew into the area before dawn and fired four missiles on a compound, killing five militants," a security official said after the strike in Hurmuz area, east of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-drone-strike-kills-five-militants-in-Pakistan/articleshow/16747964.cms

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Eight militants killed trying to plant IED in Landi Kotal

 October 10, 2012

LANDIKOTAL: At least eight militants were killed and six injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) they were planting went off in the remote Khazana area of Landi Kotal in Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

Political administration official Shahid Afridi said militants belonging to Mangal Bagh’s Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) group were planting the IED at a security checkpoint which they captured from volunteers of a peace militia, but it exploded prematurely. At least eight fighters, including LI commander Khan Muhammad, were killed and another six wounded.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449389/eight-militants-killed-trying-to-plant-ied-in-landi-kotal/

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Parasite known as 'brain-eating amoeba' kills 10 people in Pak

 Oct 10 2012

Karachi: A waterborne parasite known as Naegleria fowleri – brain eating amoeba – has killed 10 people in the Pakistan's financial hub in recent months prompting an emergency meeting of health and water department officials.

Sindh Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed said that 10 deaths had been confirmed from the brain eating amoeba since July including three this month and most of them were young people who used public swimming pools.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/parasite-known-as-braineating-amoeba-kills-10-people-in-pak/1014640/

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Pakistan’s philanthropist and welfare worker among favourites for Nobel Peace Prize

October 10, 2012

OSLO: Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation are among the favourites to win the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize when the result is announced on Friday.

The year has brought few notable peace breakthroughs, leaving an unusually large selection of names in circulation and perhaps increasing the chance of a surprise winner.

The betting agency Unibet favours Maggie Gobran, a Coptic Christian nun who runs a children’s mission in Cairo, giving her a 13 per cent chance of winning.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/10/pakistans-edhi-among-favourites-for-nobel-peace-prize/

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ISI, MI chiefs summoned by Rawalpindi Court

October 10, 2012

RAWALPINDI, Oct 9: Judicial reforms seem to be finally trickling down as an additional sessions’ judge of Rawalpindi summoned Director General (DG) Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), over a petition seeking registration of criminal cases against them.

The petition was filed in regard to a mysterious death of a prisoner which occurred while he was in custody of military authorities. The senior officers have been summoned for a hearing on October 15.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/10/isi-mi-chiefs-summoned-2/

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Pakistan and its people termed most misunderstood

October 10, 2012

KARACHI: Pakistan and its people are among the most misunderstood in the world, particularly in Europe and these misperceptions can only be corrected through frequent contact of people at all levels.

This observation was made by German journalist Ingrid Mueller at a forum discussion at Karachi Press Club under the auspices of the German Consulate General in Karachi, the Goethe Institut and the KPC to highlight Pakistan’s perception in Europe particularly Germany.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\10\story_10-10-2012_pg12_10

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Overseas Pakistanis are asset for country: Altaf Hussain

October 10, 2012

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said that the overseas Pakistanis are an asset for the country, hence their patriotism should not be called into question. He appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, other honourable judges of the Supreme Court and people at the helm of affairs to reconsider the issue of the dual nationality.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\10\story_10-10-2012_pg12_7

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Bullet removed from Malala Yousufzai’s body who was shot at by Taliban

Oct 10, 2012

PESHAWAR: Pakistani surgeons removed a bullet on Wednesday from a 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls, doctors said.

Malala Yousufzai was in critical condition after gunmen shot her in the head and neck on Tuesday as she left school. Two other girls were also wounded.

Yousufzai began standing up to the Pakistani Taliban when she was just 11, when the government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley where she lives to the militants.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bullet-removed-from-Pakistan-girls-body-who-was-shot-at-by-Taliban/articleshow/16749669.cms

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Jolt to Zardari, court approves Swiss letter draft

Oct 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD: After weeks of wrangling, Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday approved a third draft of a letter that will ask Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against Asif Ali Zardari, with the government making it clear that any proceedings in that country would be conditional to the immunity available to the president.

Law minister Farooq Naek submitted the draft letter to a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, which approved the document after examining it behind closed doors.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Zardari-graft-cases-Pak-SC-approves-Swiss-draft-letter/articleshow/16751274.cms

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 ‘Lighting a Million Lives’ campaign to be launched in Pakistan on October 12

SUJAY MEHDUDIA

October 10, 2012

Such initiatives can go a long way in boosting the peace process between the two countries, says TERI Director General

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) — in collaboration with LEAD Pakistan, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) Pakistan and the Buksh Foundation — will launch the clean energy “Lighting a Million Lives” (LaML) campaign in Pakistan on October 12.

“The aim of these initiatives is to create a consensus in Pakistan in favour of a cross-border clean energy movement while at the same time cementing the civil, political and cultural ties between India and Pakistan,” R.K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/lighting-a-million-lives-campaign-to-be-launched-in-pakistan-on-october-12/article3982198.ece

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In the face of apprehensions: H C Restraining order surprises lawyers

Malik Asad

October 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Oct 9: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) surprised several in the legal fraternity by directing the chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ensure that nothing defamatory to the superior judges is aired by the television channels in the country.

Justice Siddiqui also ordered the chairman and the federal secretary of information and broadcasting to be present in his court on October 16 to explain the code of conduct evolved to filter scandalous material from going on air.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/10/in-the-face-of-apprehensions-restraining-order-surprises-lawyers/

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Europe

 

Seven Suspected of Recruiting young Muslims Militants Arrested in Belgium

October 10, 2012

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian authorities arrested seven people on Wednesday suspected of recruiting young Muslims in Brussels to join Islamic militants fighting in Africa, federal prosecutors said.

The investigation was triggered when a Belgian national was detained at the Somali border in August 2011 and found to be wanting to join Somalia's al Shabaab militants.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/10/world/europe/10reuters-belgium-militants.html?ref=africa&_r=0

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Police find bomb components in France Islamic extremists probe

Oct 10 2012

Paris : French police have uncovered bomb-making material during a probe into a group of Islamic extremists detained at the weekend for allegedly targeting Jews, prosecutors said today.

Describing the group as a serious threat, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the detention of the 12 suspects pending charges would be extended beyond the usual four-day maximum to at least a fifth day.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/police-find-bomb-components-in-france-extremists-probe/1014774/

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French Jew shares coveted Nobel Prize in Physics

10/09/2012

Serge Haroche, of Moroccan origin, wins prize with American David Wineland for groundbreaking advances in quantum systems.

Serge Haroche, a French-Jewish physicist, has won the Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with David Wineland from the United States.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 went to the scientists "for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems," the website of the Nobel Prize said.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=287128

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Religious Leaders and Russians Favoured for Nobel Peace Prize

October 10, 2012

OSLO (Reuters) - Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation are among the favourites to win the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize when the result is announced on Friday.

The year has brought few notable peace breakthroughs, leaving an unusually large selection of names in circulation and perhaps increasing the chance of a surprise winner.

"I'm pretty sure the committee would like to honour the monumental events in the Middle East," said Jan Egeland, the Director of Human Rights Watch Europe.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/10/world/10reuters-nobelprize-peace-preview.html?ref=asia

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Norway: Sudanese Envoy Expelled

October 10, 2012

The Foreign Ministry expelled a Sudanese diplomat on Tuesday, accusing the envoy of spying on Sudanese refugees in Norway. The diplomat, who was not identified, had received information from a Sudanese man accused of espionage who was arrested on Tuesday, the Norwegian Police Security Service said. The Sudanese ambassador in Norway, Onoor Ahmed, denied that his country was involved in spying on refugees, the broadcaster NRK reported.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/europe/sudanese-diplomat-is-expelled-from-

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Terror police hold two Britons at Heathrow from Egypt

Oct.10, 2012

Two Britons have been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of committing terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police have said.

The man and woman, both aged 26, were arrested at 20:30 BST on Tuesday after their flight landed at the airport.

The pair were held on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-19892869

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Russia to become Iraq's second-biggest arms supplier

October 10, 2012

raq has signed contracts to buy Russian arms worth $4.2bn (£2.6bn; 3.2bn euros) this year, Russian news agencies report.

Moscow, the main supplier of arms to Iraq under Saddam Hussein, thus becomes the country's second-biggest arms supplier after the US.

The new contracts were announced after talks between the two countries' prime ministers near Moscow on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-19881858

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia arrests 80 Pakistanis en route to Australia

October 10, 2012

BANTEN: Indonesian police have arrested 80 Pakistanis and 17 Afghans stranded after their boat hit a reef as they tried to reach Australia’s Christmas Island, an official said on Tuesday.

Australia is struggling to deal with a steady influx of asylum-seekers arriving by boat. Many use Indonesia as a transit hub, boarding leaky wooden vessels that sometimes never make their destination.

Working on a tip-off the police found 97 migrants on a small island off Java’s Banten province on Monday, three days after their boat was badly damaged after hitting the reef in rough seas.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449388/indonesia-arrests-80-pakistanis-en-route-to-australia/

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Groups call for abolition of death penalty: Indonesia

October 10 2012

As the world celebrates “World Day against the Death Penalty” on Wednesday, a coalition of human rights groups has urged the government to abolish the death penalty, describing it as a human rights violation that only provides a minor deterrent effect.

One member of the coalition, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), said that the government must immediately adopt the United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution 62/149 issued in 2007, which called for a moratorium on capital punishment.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/10/groups-call-abolition-death-penalty.html

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Police arrest provocateur in Islamic school attack: Indonesia

Yuli Tri Suwarni

 October 10 2012

Depok Police have arrested a suspect who allegedly provoked a mob to set ablaze Mashadul Al Musthatobah Islamic boarding school in Curug, Bojongsari district, Depok, West Java last month.

Depok Police chief Sr. Comr. Mulyadi Kaharni said on Wednesday that the police would be charging the suspect, identified by the initials AZ, under Article 170 of the Criminal Code on group assault, which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/10/police-arrests-provocateur-islamic-school-attack.html

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Bali police warn of terror threat on bomb anniversary

October 10, 2012

Indonesian police have warned of possible attacks targeting Friday's ceremony marking 10 years since the Bali bombings.

A top Bali police official said security was being tightened after they received "credible information" that dignitaries could be targeted.

Leaders including Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Australia's Julia Gillard will be attending the ceremony.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-19893605

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Arab World

 

Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Syrian Blasts

By ANNE BARNARD and CHRISTINE HAUSER

October 10, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A jihadist insurgent group that Western intelligence officials have linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a multiple bombing by suicide attackers who struck an intelligence compound on the outskirts of Damascus overnight. It was the second major assault that the group has claimed to have carried out against a government facility in a Syrian urban center in about a week.

The group, Al Nusra Front for the People of the Levant, posted a statement on the Internet with details of what it called a three-stage attack on a compound run by a branch of the air force intelligence service in Harasta, on the edge of Damascus. It released a video showing nighttime blasts that it said were set off by vehicles packed with explosives.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/middleeast/qaeda-linked-group-says-it-struck-compound-on-edge-of-damascus.html?ref=middleeast

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Echoes of Spanish civil war in Syria

October 10, 2012

Although Syria's revolutionaries took inspiration from their counterparts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, their situation is unique in the Arab world, argues Fouad Ajami. He sees vivid parallels, though, with the Spanish civil war.

Pity the Syrian people. They had been given to believe that fighter jets in the arsenal of the state - those Russian-made MIGs they once viewed with pride - were there for the stand-off with Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19882416

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Dubai will build own Taj Mahal

LAKSHMAN MENON  LONDON | 6th Oct 2012

Not content with constructing the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai has unveiled a new $1 billion project, a replica of the Taj Mahal. In a city where beauty rhymes with big, the "Taj Arabia" as it has been dubbed, will, of course, be far larger than the 17th century original; four times bigger to be precise and will contain a shopping centre, a 300-room five-star hotel, serviced apartments, restaurants, shops and offices. Where Shah Jahan took 22 years to build his masterpiece, the promoters of the Taj Arabia plan to complete their new wonder of the world within just two years. The project is part of Dubai's master plan to recreate all Seven Wonders of the World in a 100-acre site known as the Falcon City of Wonders. Plans for the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids of Giza have already been green-lighted.

Full report at:

http://www.sunday-guardian.com/news/dubai-will-build-own-taj-mahal

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Two Bahrainis jailed after chopping off Briton's fingers during a robbery

 Oct 09 2012

Dubai: A Bahraini court today jailed two brothers for 10 years and six months respectively after they chopped two fingers off a Briton whom they attacked with a sword and robbed, a lawyer said.

The court found that the fingerprints of one of the brothers were found inside the victim's car, and traces of the assailant's blood were on the handle of the sword used in the attack, the lawyer said, requesting anonymity.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/two-bahrainis-jailed-after-chopping-off-britons-fingers/1014312/

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Islamic cleric, Abu Hamza: I’m not guilty of terrorism

By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister

 October 9, 2012

An Egyptian-born preacher pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiring with Seattle men to set up a terrorist-training camp in Oregon, three days after he and four others were brought to the U.S. from England to face terrorism charges.

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 54, entered the plea shortly before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest set an Aug. 26 trial date. Mr. Mustafa, widely known by the name Abu Hamza al-Masri, is also accused of helping abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/9/islamic-cleric-im-not-guilty-of-terrorism/

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Hundreds march a year after Egypt Copt killings

October 10, 2012

CAIRO: Hundreds of Egyptian protesters marched on Tuesday to mark one year since nearly 30 demonstrators were killed in a Coptic Christian demonstration that was violently crushed by security forces.

Demonstrators carrying posters of those who died during the violence walked solemnly down a main Cairo thoroughfare in the working class district of Shubra. Some waved flags, others held posters of officials they want to see put on trial. Groups of them chanted against Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the military ruler who took charge of the country following the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, and whose forces are accused of killing the protesters. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\10\story_10-10-2012_pg4_2

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Jordan's king appoints new PM ahead of elections

Oct 10, 2012

AMMAN, Jordan: Jordan's King Abdullah II has appointed an ex-lawmaker to form a new Cabinet ahead of parliamentary elections - the last time the monarch is naming a premier in this country.

After the elections, which are expected at the end of this year or in early 2013, Jordanians will vote for lawmakers who will pick a candidate for the post of prime minister.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Jordans-king-appoints-new-PM-ahead-of-elections/articleshow/16752604.cms

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Radical Cleric Abu Qatada Fights Extradition from Britain to Jordan

By ALAN COWELL

October 10, 2012

Days after the British government finally succeeded in extraditing five terrorism suspects to the United States, authorities in London resumed a protracted effort on Wednesday to send a prominent Muslim cleric to face charges in Jordan.

The preacher, known as Abu Qatada, has been resisting extradition for seven years and has spent long periods in detention or under restriction for more than a decade.

The cleric, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, was convicted in his absence by Jordan of involvement in a series of terrorist bombing plots more in the late 1990s.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/world/europe/radical-cleric-fights-extradition-from-britain-to-jordan.html?_r=1&ref=europe

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Lebanon must punish army attacks on migrants: HRW

Human Rights Watch slams the alleged beatings of Egyptian, Sudanese and Syrian migrants by Lebanese armed forces during a raid on a Beirut residence and calls for punishment

 10 Oct 2012

Lebanon should probe and punish army and intelligence officials behind alleged beatings of Egyptian, Sudanese and Syrian migrant workers at the weekend, a rights watchdog said on Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch said the abuses occurred on Sunday during a raid by armed forces on a Beirut residence, with troops assaulting at least 72 men following unofficial complaints of sexual harassment in their neighbourhood.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/55244/World/Region/Lebanon-must-punish-army-attacks-on-migrants-HRW.aspx

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‘TV still cheaper than the web,’ says Bill Gates in Abu Dhabi Media Summit

09 October 2012

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates delivered opening keynote address for the three-day Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2012 on Tuesday.

The summit, which will focus on “redefining the digital frontier,” will be attended by 400 leaders from across the global media industry, WAM, the official UAE news agency, said.

In his keynote, Gates said despite the growth of the internet, accessing television was still cheaper than the web, the Dubai-based Gulf News reported him as saying. He added that the monthly fees for high-speed internet connection were still costlier than television channels.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/09/242795.html

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India

 

Home Minister’s call to militant groups to shun violence and come forward for talks

October 10, 2012

Talks tough on bid to revive militancy in Punjab

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has asked all militant groups to shun violence and come forward for talks for resolution of their issues. He, however, warned that any effort to revive militancy in Punjab would be strongly dealt with.

Mr. Shinde was addressing the cadres of the two factions of Assam-based militant group Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), who were in the Capital to sign a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with the government, on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/shindes-call-to-militant-groups/article3982193.ece

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Indian exporters warn of halting trade with Pak via rail

Oct 09 2012

Chandigarh: Indian exporters today threatened to stop trade with Pakistan via rail route in the wake of the discovery of over 100 kg of heroin along with ammunition from a goods train coming from Pakistan yesterday.

"If the concerned authorities, including Railway, did not take adequate measures to contain unlawful activity like recovery of heroin and ammunition and if such things (recoveries of contraband) continues, then we will have to stop trade (with Pakistan) through rail," Amritsar Chamber of Commerce Vice President Rajdeep Uppal said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-exporters-warn-of-halting-trade-with-pak-via-rail/1014285/

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Bhatkal began 13/7 bid from room in Darbhanga

Charul Shah

 October 10, 2012

It was a dark, dingy room near Darbhanga airport from where Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal started recruiting a new bunch of IM operatives after his release from a prison in West Bengal, according to the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS). Bhatkal was arrested in a fake currency

racket, but went unidentified as the kingpin of terrorist activities after he identified himself as Shahrukh to the West Bengal police.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Bhatkal-began-13-7-bid-from-room-in-Darbhanga/Article1-942322.aspx

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South Asia

 

Largest ever number of Chinese pilgrims coming for Haj this year

10 October 2012 5:24 am

This year an estimated 13,800 Chinese pilgrims from 26 different provinces in China will perform Haj. It’s the largest number of Chinese pilgrims to perform Haj, said Ibrahim Hong Changyou, head of the Chinese Haj delegation in a press conference at the Chinese consulate yesterday.

China has a population of more than 20 million Muslims, with almost 35,000 mosques and 40,000 imams.

“I am very happy to lead the Chinese Muslim Haj delegation once again this year. The Chinese government is concerned about educating its Muslim (citizens) about the Haj regulations set by the Saudi government,” said Changyou.

He also said that almost 10,000 Chinese pilgrims have already arrived in the Kingdom and the restwill arrive by Friday on nine special Haj flights. Almost 7,000 Chinese pilgrims are in Makkah and 3,000 are in Madinah, where they will stay for five days before arriving in Makkah. The last flight of Chinese pilgrims will return them to China on Nov. 22.

“King Abdullah’s recent expansion project in Madinah Al-Manuwra shows his care for Muslims all over the world. May Allah reward him,” said Changyou.

Changyou also thanked the Saudi government for their support and preparations of haj this year.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/largest-ever-number-chinese-pilgrims-coming-haj-year

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Tapping Into a More Moderate Islam — in China

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW

2012/10/10

BEIJING - Over the past decade, people around the world have grown accustomed to a violent face of Islam, the extremism that a leading Islamic law expert, Khaled Abou El Fadl, described as "petrol bomber" Islam in an interview for my column this week.

That extremism makes alternatives, like the more liberal traditions among the 10 million Hui Muslims in China, where female imams and women's mosques are the norm, "more important than a lot of people might realize," said Mr. Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Full report at:

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/tapping-into-a-more-moderate-islam

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Maldivian ex-President freed after court appearance

Oct 10, 2012

MALE: Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was on Tuesday freed by a court where he appeared after an overnight detention and was given 25 days to answer allegations of abusing power while in office.

A day after he was dramatically arrested, the prosecution submitted a total of 19 witnesses against Nasheed, along with material evidence of audio and video clips, letters and other documents.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Maldivian-ex-President-freed-after-court-appearance/articleshow/16746422.cms

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Afghan blast kills six policemen

October 10, 2012

KANDAHAR: A Taliban roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in a southern Afghanistan town on Wednesday, killing six officers including a commander, an official said.

The officers, part of a US-sponsored community force known as the Afghan Local Police (ALP), were patrolling in Nad Ali, a restive town in the province of Helmand when hit by the blast, the official said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/10/afghan-blast-kills-six-policemen/

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Afghan uncertainty looms as US pullout nears

RICHARD JOHNSON

10 October 2012

Afghanistan is hurtling toward a devastating political crisis as the government prepares to take full control of security when US and NATO forces withdraw from the war-torn country in 2014, says a new report by the prestigious International Crisis Group.

“There is a real risk that the regime in Kabul could collapse upon NATO’s withdrawal in 2014,” says Candace Rondeaux, the Crisis Group’s senior Afghanistan analyst. “The window for remedial action is closing fast.”

Titled ‘Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition’, Brussels-based Crisis Group’s new report explains how deep-rooted factionalism and corruption are stalking the land, and institutional rivalries, conflicts over local authority and clashes over the role of Islam in governance have caused the country to lurch from one constitutional crisis to the next for nearly a decade.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/afghan-uncertainty-looms-us-pullout-nears

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Nobel Peace Prize contenders, from Afghanistan to ex-Soviet states and Cuba

October 10, 2012

The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday in Oslo. Here are portraits of top contenders for perhaps the world's most-watched award.

Ales Belyatsky, Belarus

Ales Belyatsky is the leading defender of human rights in authoritarian Belarus, keeping up his life mission from jail in a relentless battle of wills with the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Detained since August 2011, the director of the Vyasna (Spring) rights group was sentenced to four and a half years in a prison camp on tax evasion charges in November, with the court also ruling to confiscate his property.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Nobel-Peace-Prize-contenders-from-Afghanistan-to-ex-Soviet-states-and-Cuba/Article1-942336.aspx

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Fresh anti-Rohingya rally in west Myanmar

October 10, 2012

YANGON: Hundreds of Buddhist women protested Wednesday in western Myanmar against the presence of stateless Rohingya Muslims in the violence-hit region, an organiser said.

The demonstrators urged the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to stop its assistance to Rohingya in Rakhine state, where tensions have been running high since deadly Buddhist-Muslim clashes broke out in June.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449548/fresh-anti-rohingya-rally-in-west-myanmar/

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North America

 

U.S. Quran-burning Pastor barred from entering Canada

10 October 2012

U.S. Florida Pastor Terry Jones was barred from entering Canada, to which he had been invited to address some audience in Toronto about the compatibility of Islam in the Western society, The National reported on Wednesday.

In 2010, Jones threatened to burn copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, on the anniversary of 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/10/242922.html

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Arabic makes a debut as a language of the Vatican

10/10/2012

As part of a Vatican attempt to reach out to Christians, Muslims in Middle East, Pope Benedict adds Arabic as an official language.

VATICAN CITY - Arabic made its debut as one of the official languages at Pope Benedict's weekly general audiences on Wednesday as part of a Vatican attempt to reach out more to Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.

The Vatican is concerned about the exodus from the Middle East of Christians, many of whom leave because they fear for their safety. Christians now comprise five percent of the population of the region, down from 20 percent a century ago.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=287263

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Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza denies US terror charge

October 10, 2012

Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza has pleaded not guilty to terror charges in a New York court.

He told a judge he denied charges that he had conspired with US nationals to set up a terrorist training camp in the state of Oregon.

District Judge Katherine Forrest set a date of 26 August 2013 for Abu Hamza's trial, at which he will also face charges of abducting tourists in Yemen.

Earlier, two men extradited from the UK with Abu Hamza also appeared in court.

Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary are charged with participating in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in August 1998.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-19889820

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US slams ‘barbaric’ attack on Malala

October 10, 2012

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday denounced a “barbaric” and “cowardly” Taliban attack on the teenage children’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head on her school bus.

“We strongly condemn the shooting of Malala. Directing violence at children is barbaric, it’s cowardly, and our hearts go out to her and the others who were wounded, as well as their families,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Malala, who led a campaign for the right to an education in the militants’ former stronghold of Swat, is fighting for her life after the attack in which two other girls were wounded.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\10\story_10-10-2012_pg7_14

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NY Jewish doctor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

10/10/2012

Robert J. Lefkowitz has won the Prize jointly with Brian K. Kobilka for "groundbreaking discoveries" isolating important gene receptor.

Robert J. Lefkowitz, a Jewish physician and path-breaking biochemist from New York, has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Brian K. Kobilka, a researcher at California’s Stanford University.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012 went to the scientists for “groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family ... of receptors: G-protein–coupled receptors,” an Oct. 10 posting on the website of the Nobel Prize stated. Understanding how these receptors function helped further explain how cells could sense their environment, according to the text.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=287256

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US church calls to reevaluate military aid to Israel

10/10/2012

Christian leaders request Congress question "unconditional US assistance;" AJC expresses outrage at yet "another political attack on Israel."

Fifteen leaders of US churches and other faith-based organizations have asked Congress to reevaluate US military aid to Israel.

The religious leaders sent a letter to Congress members on Monday, calling for an investigation into possible violations by Israel of the US Foreign Assistance Act and the US Arms Export Control Act, which would make Israel ineligible for US military aid.

 Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=287238

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President Barack Obama signs order implementing new Iran sanctions

Oct 10, 2012

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that carries out new sanctions against Iran that Congress approved and that he signed this summer.

The sanctions seek to deter Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Iran insists its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/President-Barack-Obama-signs-order-implementing-new-Iran-sanctions/articleshow/16746908.cms

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Alleged anti-Islam filmmaker back in court, new name

 October 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES: The alleged filmmaker behind the video that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world is due to appear in court again on Wednesday in a separate case, officials said.

They gave an amended name for him. Mark Basseley Youssef – who previously went by the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, among other pseudonyms – will appear in court in Los Angeles under tight security.

Amid fears for his safety, media and the public will only be able to watch proceedings via videoconference from a separate building, as was the case when he first appeared in court last month.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/449549/alleged-anti-islam-filmmaker-back-in-court-new-name/

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US officials say frantic search failed to find killed ambassador in Benghazi

Oct 10 2012

Washington : US State Department officials on Tuesday offered their most detailed description yet of the dramatic events in Benghazi that led to the death of a US ambassador, but they backed away from earlier assertions that the events were triggered by protests against an anti-Islam video.

The officials were briefing reporters on the eve of a congressional hearing into on the attack last month, which is expected to focus on security missteps by the department.

They described frantic and prolonged efforts to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens from a smoke-filled safe haven inside the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi where he apparently died of asphyxiation.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-officials-say-frantic-search-failed-to-find-killed-ambassador-in-benghazi/1014698/

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Panetta Assures NATO of Action Against Insider Attacks in Afghan

October 10, 2012

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sought to reassure NATO allies on Wednesday that effective action was being taken to stop "insider" attacks on their soldiers that have undermined trust between coalition and Afghan forces.

Panetta also told a meeting of alliance defense ministers that the 11-year-old Afghan war had "reached a critical moment" after the pullout of 33,000 U.S. "surge" troops brought in two years ago to help counter a strengthening Taliban insurgency.

He said the coalition's response to attacks by Taliban insurgents disguised as Afghan policemen or soldiers and its efforts to improve its partnership with Afghan security forces would be critical to the success of the war with the Taliban.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/10/world/asia/10reuters-nato-afghanistan.html?ref=asia

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U.S. Military Is Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ELISABETH BUMILLER

October 10, 2012

WASHINGTON — The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.

The task force, which has been led by a senior American officer, is based at a Jordanian military training center built into an old rock quarry north of Amman. It is now largely focused on helping Jordanians handle the estimated 180,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border and are severely straining the country’s resources.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/middleeast/us-military-sent-to-jordan-on-syria-crisis.html?hp

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Libya consulate was invaded, torched by armed mob: US

10 October 2012

WASHINGTON: Dozens of armed men invaded the US consulate in Benghazi last month setting it on fire and hunting down staff, US officials said Tuesday in a dramatic, detailed account of the deadly assault in Libya.

There had been no prior intelligence to raise the alarm that the attack was in the works and in the hours before the streets outside the compound had been calm, they said. That contradicted initial reports by US officials that there had been a protest against an inflammatory anti-Islam film.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/libya-consulate-was-invaded-torched-armed-mob-us-0

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Mideast Asia

 

Turkey to Use 'Greater Force' if Further Syria Shelling

October 10, 2012

HACIPASA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's military will respond with greater force if shelling from Syria continues to hit its territory, its chief of staff said on Wednesday, as clashes between the Syrian army and rebels intensified along the border.

Several mortar shells landed outside the Syrian border town of Azmarin early on Wednesday and heavy machinegun fire could be heard from the Turkish side. Plumes of smoke rose into the sky and cries of "God is greatest" rang out between the bursts of gunfire, a Reuters witness said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/10/10/world/europe/10reuters-syria-crisis-turkey-

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Netanyahu Calls for Early Elections in Israel

By JODI RUDOREN

October 10, 2012

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Tuesday called for elections early next year instead of as scheduled in October 2013, saying that conversations with his coalition partners had proved it would be impossible to pass “a responsible budget” with deep cuts.

“Sadly, parties and factions find it difficult to put aside their personal interests and prioritize national interests,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a five-minute speech timed to the start of the nightly news here. “The good of the State of Israel requires going to elections now, and as quickly as possible. It is preferable for Israel to have a short election campaign of three months rather than what would effectively end up a yearlong campaign that would damage the Israeli economy.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/middleeast/netanyahu-calls-for-early-elections-in-israel.html?ref=world

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Iran's Khamenei: West will continue sanctions, even if Tehran drops nuclear program

Oct.10, 2012

In speech, Iranian Supreme Leader says western media exaggerating the sanctions' effect; report: Iran coordinating IAEA chief's visit to Tehran.

The West is lying when it claims that harsh economic sanctions imposed on Iran will be lifted if the Islamic Republic halts its nuclear progress, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, adding that the "enemies" were exaggerating the extent of the sanctions' damage.

Khamenei's comments came amid heightened tension in Iran over the accelerated drop of the country's currency, the rial.

Full report at:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/iran-s-khamenei-west-will-continue-sanctions-even-if-tehran-drops-nuclear-program-1.469141

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Australia

 

Australian PM to Visit Bali Despite Terror Threat

October 10, 2012

Sydney. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Wednesday said she was determined to be in Bali to mark the 10th anniversary of bombings that killed 88 Australians, despite a possible terror threat.

Asked whether she was concerned about traveling to the Indonesian island for Friday's anniversary, Gillard said: "I do want to be in Bali for the 10-year commemorations.

"Families will be traveling there. It will be a day in which we pay our respects and remember what that moment was like for Australians," she said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/australian-pm-to-visit-bali-despite-terror-threat/549362

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Australians Furious at State of Bali Bombings Site

October 10, 2012

Kuta, Bali. Friends and relatives of Australian victims of Indonesia’s Bali bombings have expressed outrage after learning that the site of a destroyed nightspot is being used as a makeshift public urinal.

“Don’t urinate here” is spray-painted in Indonesian along the wall of a lot where the Sari Club stood before Islamists attacked it on Oct. 12, 2002.

The militants also bombed Paddy’s Bar across the road, killing 202 people including scores of foreigners.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/australians-furious-at-state-of-bali-bombings-site/549356

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