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Islamic World News ( 27 May 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Gaza Border With Egypt Opens After Four Years Amid Israel Security Concern

Backward Indian Muslims oppose Deoband-supported quota for general Muslim

Imam convicted of plotting terror attacks at JFK Airport

23 militants killed in air raids

18 killed in fighting over military camp in Yemen

Bomb kills 8 tribesmen in Pakistan

8 US soldiers killed in Afghan blasts

'ISI used Pak Navy to train 26/11 men'

No evidence Pakistan govt knew about Osama: Clinton

France Stops Arms Supply to Islamabad

NATO nabs Haqqani network leader

West partisan towards India: Musharraf

Obama is arrogant: Musharraf

`Gaddafi hides in hospitals to dodge NATO attacks'

West will finish Libya fight: Obama

US in contact with aide to Mullah Omar

Kishanganj AMU campus: Centre asks varsity to select site

Egypt, Syria, Yemen on the boil

Pak should take decisive steps to flush out Al-Qaeda: Clinton

CIA team to visit Pak’s compound in Abbottabad for thorough search

Bin Laden was mulling deal for Pak shield, files show

Lashkar as big a threat as al-Qaida, admits US

Germany to Pak: Come clean on Osama support network

Pak Islamist leader warned of threats from Taliban: Report

US hands over list of five terrorist to Pak

Muslim Representation in Uttar Pradesh Assembly

Headley reveals link to Pak PM

Pak Prez makes Bilawal head of Zardari tribe

Russia could help mediate Gaddafi's exit

Rana says he was tricked by childhood friend

Explain support to Osama: Germany

US in direct talks with Taliban

Headley to Rahul Bhatt: Don’t go to South Mumbai on 26/11

G8 backs Obama over 1967 borders

Ban Ki-moon backs Obama's Mideast peace proposals

Yemen's opposition leader warns of war

Obama signs controversial anti-terror law

Zardari raises national concerns during meeting with Clinton

Pak, US agree to work together against high value target

Obama nominates new defense, CIA chiefs

Drone attacks aggravating extremism

Geelani, Mirwaiz placed under house arrest

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Gaza Border With Egypt Opens After Four Years Amid Israel Security Concern

May, 28 2011

Hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip entered Egypt as the border crossing was opened permanently for the first time in four years amid Israeli concerns that the move strengthens Hamas’s rule of the area.

About 300 Palestinians crossed into Egypt this morning, and “it was smooth and easy,” said a Hamas police officer at the crossing who gave his name only as Abu Osama. “If the situation remains as smooth as it was today, I don’t see any future problems.”

Egypt’s decision to scale back crossing restrictions for the Gaza Strip has been welcomed by the Hamas Islamic movement, which controls the Palestinian enclave, while raising concern in Israel that the wider border access poses a security threat.

“We will obviously be looking to preserve security arrangements at the border and hope nothing will be done to allow Hamas to empower itself and to reinforce its terrorist infrastructures,” Yigal Palmor, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in a phone interview. “The Israeli position has been made known to all relevant authorities, including in Egypt.”

In addition to reducing restrictions at the Rafah crossing, Egypt will waive visa requirements for most Palestinians entering from other departure points, except neighboring Libya, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported this week. Egypt’s move was the “right decision” to help the Gazan population “ease its suffering,” Hamas said on May 26.

Israeli Policy

Israel maintains an embargo on the Gaza coast in what it says is an effort to prevent weapons smuggling. The government has restricted the flow of goods and people in and out of Gaza through its own border crossings since Hamas, the Islamist political party that has governed Gaza Strip since winning elections in January 2006, gained full control of the area in 2007.

Egypt has also restricted the passage of Gazans through its own crossing since Hamas clashed with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, breaking apart their unity government.

The Egyptian border opening is part of the government’s efforts to back the Palestinian groups’ reconciliation, MENA said. The new Egyptian leadership, which has taken a more favorable approach to Hamas since President Hosni Mubarak was forced out in February following anti-government protests, brokered an agreement between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo this month that paves the way for a new unity government.

EU’s Hamas View

Hamas is defined as a terrorist group by Israel, the U.S. and the European Union.

In easing the border restrictions, Egypt is restoring the rules that existed before the 2007 Gaza clashes, with only Palestinian men aged 18 to 40 requiring visas, MENA said. As a result of the turmoil in Libya, all Palestinians entering from there will also need visas, the agency said.

Abu Zeyad Yassin, a 56-year-old Palestinian from Gaza who holds Romanian citizenship, said he was returning to Romania today via Egypt after visiting his parents.

“My mother was sick and I came to see her, and after she recovered I decided to return back to Romania,” Yassin said. “My flight from Cairo is scheduled tomorrow, and I’m so glad that the restrictions were eased and we can now easily enter and leave Gaza.”

Tunnels dug underneath the Egypt-Gaza border have become a central means of smuggling goods and people back and forth to evade restrictions at the Rafah crossing. Israel says the tunnels are also used to bring in weapons and the rockets that are fired into the country’s south.

Flotillas

Humanitarian and pro-Palestinian groups have repeatedly tried to break the sea blockade by sailing ships toward Gaza. Nine Turkish activists from one such flotilla were killed in a clash with the Israel navy a year ago. Another Gaza-bound aid flotilla is scheduled to leave Turkey next month.

Israel eased restrictions on essential goods and fuel brought into Gaza via its Kerem Shalom crossing over the past year, in part as a reaction to international pressure spurred by the flotilla clash.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-28/gaza-border-with-egypt-opens-after-four-years-amid-israel-security-concern.html

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Backward Indian Muslims oppose Deoband-supported quota for general Muslim

May, 28 2011

 Mohd. Faisal Fareed

Lucknow: The campaign for Muslim reservation faced the first hurdle with several backward Muslims organisations opposing the demand. Their contention being reservation to all Muslims will rob the backward Muslims of their share.

Earlier, prominent Muslim clerics in a meeting held at Muzaffarnagar on Monday had demanded reservation to Muslims. In a clarion call, the clerics had appealed to the community to vote for party in coming Assembly polls which offers them reservation. The appeal was supported by Acting Vice-Chancellor, Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Abul Hasan Qasmi and his deputy Maulana Khalid Madrasi. Several members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) too were present during the meeting and supported the call.

At Lucknow, Pasmanda Muslim Samaj (PMS) -- an organisation of backward Muslims -- in a meeting on Thursday decried the clerics of Deoband for their reservation call. "The reservation call by these clerics is politically motivated. Reservation benefits should be extended to backward Muslims only," said President, PMS, Anees Mansoori. He even stated that the clerics have confined the Muslim community to madrasa only and denied quality education. "They are aware that if the community is educated it will be enlightened. It will affect their (clerics) numero uno status in the community. These clerics are mere pawn governed by political parties," he added.

Mansoori stated that reservation based on religion is against constitutional norms in the country. "If they are really interested they should demand Dalit Muslims should also be extended reservation benefits as other communities," he said. He claimed that Sachar Committee has described the backwardness of Muslim who hail from the backward category of the community.

http://twocircles.net/2011may27/pasmanda_muslim_samaj_opposes_quota_general_muslims.html

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Imam convicted of plotting terror attacks at JFK Airport

May, 28 2011

A US federal jury has convicted an Imam of conspiring to carry out a terrorist attacks at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport by exploding fuel tanks and fuel pipeline under the airport.

Kareem Ibrahim, 65, was convicted in New York after a four-week jury trial on charges of conspiracy to attack a public transportation system, attack aircraft and aircraft materials and conspiracy to destroy international airport facilities.

Ibrahim, a Trinidad resident, will be sentenced on October 21, 2011 and faces a possible life sentence. Ibrahim, also known as ‘Amir Kareem’ and ‘Winston Kingston’ “believed the attack would cause extensive damage to the airport and to the United States economy,” as well as the loss of innocent lives.

“In pursuit of a radical terrorist agenda, bent on the destruction of John F Kennedy Airport and the murder of innocent civilians, Imam Kareem Ibrahim abandoned the true tenets of his religion. We will continue to seek out and bring to justice all those who plot to attack the US and its people,” US Attorney Loretta Lynch said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/341582/Imam-convicted-of-plotting-terror-attacks-at-JFK-Airport.html

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23 militants killed in air raids

May, 28 2011

PARACHINAR – Twenty three terrorists were killed and thirteen others injured when jet fighters target their hideouts in Central Kurram and Upper Orakzai Agencies on Friday. As a result of the bombing at the two places, seven hideouts of the militants were also destroyed.

The aircraft targeted Nek, Ziarat and Madan in Central Kurram Agency where the militants had their concentrations and were carrying out their terrorist activities.

Political sources said that the aircraft were called in as the militants had occupied school buildings and using them as their bases. They said that militants have occupied several school buildings and using them as their bases, training centres and keeping kidnapped people there.

Meanwhile, militants fired at village Shalozan from their mountain top position in Upper Kurram Agency’s bordering area with mortars. One mortar fell on a house causing huge explosion. As a result a two year old daughter of Akbar Hussain died on the spot while a woman was also injured.

In Upper Orakzai where 15 militants were killed the aircraft bombed several suspected sites. However militants have denied any losses.

It is worth mentioning that the militants have increased their activities in the past three weeks along in Upper Kurram Agency along the Pak-Afghan border.

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/28/FrontPage/index.php?id=7

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18 killed in fighting over military camp in Yemen

May, 28 2011

SANAA: A Yemeni tribal leader says 18 tribesmen have been killed in fresh fighting between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and members of Yemen's most powerful tribal confederation, the Hashid.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/18-killed-in-fighting-over-military-camp-in-Yemen/articleshow/8613602.cms

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Bomb kills 8 tribesmen in Pakistan

May, 28 2011

KHAR – A powerful bomb ripped through a restaurant at a market in a northwestern Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border on Saturday, killing eight men and wounding 10 others, officials said.

The attack happened in the Salarzai area of troubled Bajur tribal region and some of the pro-government elders were also among the dead and wounded, according to local government official Israr Khan.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/May/international_May1270.xml&section=international

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8 US soldiers killed in Afghan blasts

May, 28 2011

Eight soldiers killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan were Americans, the Pentagon confirmed, in one of the worst single incidents in recent months.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said the soldiers were killed by two successive blasts on Thursday in the same location in Shorabak district in Kandahar province.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187585

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'ISI used Pak Navy to train 26/11 men'

May, 28 2011

NEW DELHI: David Headley's testimony about ISI's involvement in 26/11 during his life-long friend Tahawwur Rana's trial in Chicago has further authenticated some of India's worst fears about the involvement of Pakistan's state agencies in exporting terror to India.

One such disclosure is the involvement of Pakistan navy, at the behest of ISI, in training 26/11 terrorists. Highly placed government officials said this was extremely significant in the light of intelligence inputs from Indian agencies in September 2006 that ISI was facilitating training of close to 150 LeT operatives in sea guerrilla warfare.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-used-Pak-Navy-to-train-26/11-men/articleshow/8612253.cms

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No evidence Pakistan govt knew about Osama: Clinton

May, 28 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said there was no evidence that Pakistan knew about al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's existence on their soil. "There is no evidence to show that Pakistan knew about Osama's existence," said Clinton. She further added that she was even more committed t

o Pakistan after Osama bin Laden's killing, but said the country needed to do more in its battle with Islamist militants.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/No-evidence-Pakistan-govt-knew-about-Osama-Clinton/Article1-702586.aspx

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France Stops Arms Supply To Islamabad

May, 28 2011

New Delhi: France has assured India it has for now put on hold supply of heavy weapons to Pakistan in the backdrop of concerns over the huge amounts of arms Islamabad is getting from the west in the name of the so-called global war on terrorism.

France also made it clear that Pakistan needs to explain the questions which have arisen from Osama bin Ladens killing in Abbottabad.

Full report at:

http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=12&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=28-05-2011&pubname=&edname=&publabel=TOI

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NATO nabs Haqqani network leader

May, 28 2011

KABUL: NATO says coalition troops have captured a leader of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group during a raid in east Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article434924.ece

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West partisan towards India: Musharraf

May, 28 2011

Bristling with anti-India sentiments, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has accused the US and other western countries of being partisan towards India and repeated allegations that Indian supported rebels in Pakistan. Pressed hard on whether there was any Pakistani complicity in Osama bin L

aden's sheltering in Abbottabad, an apparently uneasy Musharraf countered the posers by alleging that India was aiding Baloch rebels in Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/West-partisan-towards-India-Musharraf/Article1-702878.aspx

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Obama is arrogant: Musharraf

May, 28 2011

US President Barack Obama is showing "arrogance" in the aftermath of a mission that killed terror leader Osama bin Laden, said former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in an interview that aired on CNN Thursday night.

Musharraf further called the May raid an "act of war."

"Certainly no country has a right to intrude into any other country," Musharraf told Piers Morgan. "If technically or legally you see it, it's an act of war."

President Obama said last week that, if the opportunity arose, he would do the same thing again.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187580

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`Gaddafi hides in hospitals to dodge NATO attacks'

May, 28 2011

Muammar Gaddafi has responded to intensified NATO bombing of the Libyan capital by seeking sanctuary at night in hospitals he knows will not be bombed, according to a British official accompanying Prime Minister David Cameron to a summit meeting in Deauville, France.

Full report at:

http://epaper.indianexpress.com/IE/IEH/2011/05/28/ArticleHtmls/28_05_2011_013_059.shtml?Mode=1

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West will finish Libya fight: Obama

May, 28 2011

TRIPOLI – The United States and France are united in their resolve to finish the job in Libya, US President Barack Obama said Friday as NATO reported that Moamer Kadhafi's forces had laid landmines in Misrata.

In a dramatic shift, meanwhile, Russia joined the call of Western powers for Kadhafi to step down but the outgoing head of the Arab League Amer Mussa said he doubted the embattled leader would leave voluntarily.

"We are joined in our resolve to finish the job," Obama said after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the G8 summit in the French resort of Deauville.

But the US leader warned that the "UN mandate of civilian protection cannot be accomplished when Kadhafi remains in Libya directing his forces in acts of aggression against the Libyan people."

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/28/FrontPage/index.php?id=9

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US in contact with aide to Mullah Omar

May, 28 2011

ISLAMABAD – American officials have met with a senior aide to the fugitive Taliban leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, at least three times in recent months in the first direct exploratory peace talks, officials in the region said.

The meetings have been facilitated by Germany and Qatar, but American officials have been present each time, meeting with Tayeb Agha, who is a close personal assistant to Mullah Omar, the officials said. The C.I.A. and the State Department have been involved in the meetings, The New York Times quoted one official as having said.

A senior Afghan official and Western officials working in the region confirmed the reports on the condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to talk to the news media about the issue.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0511/28/FrontPage/index.php?id=4

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Kishanganj AMU campus: Centre asks varsity to select site

May, 28 2011

Aligarh: In a good move towards establishment of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus in Kishanganj, Bihar, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the University to select a suitable site among those offered by Bihar Government and take a decision and submit a feasibility report soon.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011may27/kishanganj_amu_campus_centre_asks_varsity_select_site.html

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Egypt, Syria, Yemen on the boil

May, 28 2011

Atul Aneja

DUBAI: There were fresh protests on Friday in Egypt, Syria and Yemen, signalling that West Asia's pro-democracy uprisings, which began in Tunisia five months ago, are still far from running their course.

Having toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's President for 30 years, earlier this year, protesters in their thousands on Friday demanded that the transitional military establishment should pitch definite markers on the ground to assure them that their “revolution” was truly on course. The protesters assembled at Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square demanding the interim government quickly seal Mr. Mubarak's fate, by taking punitive action against him and his inner circle.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/28/stories/2011052862981500.htm

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Pak should take decisive steps to flush out Al-Qaeda: Clinton

May, 28 2011

Rezaul H Laskar

The US on Friday asked Pakistan to take “decisive steps” to flush out Al-Qaeda elements and to act against militants waging war in Afghanistan from Pakistani soil, as top leaders of the two countries held talks aimed at easing tensions that have affected their ties.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who arrived this morning on an surprise visit to address tensions generated by the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2 — lauded Pakistan’s contributions to the war on terror but made it clear that more needs to be done to counter Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/341580/Pak-should-take-decisive-steps-to-flush-out-Al-Qaeda-Clinton.html

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CIA team to visit Pak’s compound in Abbottabad for thorough search

May, 28 2011

CIA forensic experts team will fly to Pakistan to search the compound where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed and the American spy agency will use sophisticated equipment to search for possible Al Qaeda materials hidden inside the walls at the site.

US officials said the CIA team may arrive in Pakistan within days and head to the compound in Abbottabad, 120 kms from capital Islamabad, with an objective to scrub the site for items that were not recovered by American commandos, The Washington Post reported.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/341565/CIA-team-to-visit--Pak%E2%80%99s-compound-in-Abbottabad-for-thorough-search.html

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Bin Laden was mulling deal for Pak shield, files show

May, 28 2011

Mark Mazzetti

Washington: Documents seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed show that he and his aides discussed making a deal with Pakistan in which al-Qaida would refrain from attacking the country in exchange for protection inside Pakistan,American officials said Thursday.

The documents,which officials said included messages between Bin Laden and his top operations chief over the past year,provide the first suggestion that Bin Laden considered Pakistans government amenable to a bargain that would ensure the safety of top Qaida leaders.The officials emphasized that they had found no evidence that such a proposal,which one American official said was in the discussion phase, was ever raised with Pakistani military or intelligence operatives.

Full report at:

http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=24&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=28-05-2011&pubname=&edname=&publabel=TOI

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Lashkar as big a threat as al-Qaida, admits US

May, 28 2011

Himanshi Dhawan

NEW DELHI: The US has acknowledged that ISI-backed terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is as big a threat as al-Qaida.

US secretary for homeland security Janet Napolitano said, "I think in my judgment, the LeT ranks right up there in the al-Qaida and related groups as terrorist organisations, one that seeks to harm people and takes innocent lives." The statement of the US official, who is here for a bilateral security dialogue, comes in the wake of strong evidence that Lashkar had outgrown its initial focus on J&K to emerge as a global terror threat, matching al-Qaida in aspiration, resources and reach.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Lashkar-as-big-a-threat-as-al-Qaida-admits-US/articleshow/8611326.cms

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Germany to Pak: Come clean on Osama support network

May, 28 2011

AHEAD of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit, German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek on Friday said Pakistan has to "come clean" on the possible role of Pakistan Army in supporting Osama bin Laden and other terror outfits.

Matussek, who referred to the Abbottabad incident, also said Islamabad needed to come clean on the issue of links between Pakistan's security establishment and terrorists.

"After the US operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan must answer questions about support network of bin Laden. It is important that Pakistan government comes clean.....possible role of Pakistan Army and Pakistan people in service in supporting bin Laden and other terror outfits," the German envoy said, briefing reporters ahead of the visit. "We are all worried about possible collaboration of parts of Pakistani security apparatus with terrorists and I think it is in the interest of Pakistani government to come clean," Matussek emphasised.

Full report at:

http://epaper.indianexpress.com/IE/IEH/2011/05/28/ArticleHtmls/28_05_2011_011_006.shtml?Mode=1

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Pak Islamist leader warned of threats from Taliban: Report

May, 28 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's hardline Islamist leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, once considered close to radical militants groups but now hunted by them, has been asked by the authorities to cut down his public appearances for his own safety.

Maulana Fazlur, the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), has been warned by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) of an imminent threat to his life, The Express Tribune daily said today.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-Islamist-leader-warned-of-threats-from-Taliban-Report/articleshow/8605795.cms

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US hands over list of five terrorist to Pak

May, 28 2011

The US has drawn up a list of five terrorists, including Ilyas Kashmiri who has been linked to the Mumbai attacks, it expects Pakistan to provide intelligence about immediately and possibly target in joint operations, according to a media report on Saturday. The list was discussed during three meeti

ngs between Pakistani and US officials in the past two weeks, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's talks with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad yesterday, ABC News quoted a US official, a Pakistani government official and a Pakistani intelligence official as saying.

The list also includes Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, commander Siraj Haqqani and Atiya Abdel Rahman, the Libyan operations chief of Al Qaida.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-hands-over-list-of-five-terrorist-to-Pak-Report/H1-Article1-702931.aspx

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Muslim Representation in Uttar Pradesh Assembly

May, 28 2011

 Shafeeq Rahman,

Muslims form the largest minority community in Uttar Pradesh where they constitute around 19% of the state population with 20 districts having the Muslim concentration above 20%. Uttar Pradesh also hosts 22% of India’s Muslim population, the largest Muslim population of all states and union territories. Besides Muslim population factor, the state also has its share of Indian Muslim culture and heritage and a history of communal riots as well. But in comparison to other states, Muslims here are more deprived socially and economically. Politically, their position is worse.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011may27/muslim_representation_uttar_pradesh_assembly.html

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Headley reveals link to Pak PM

May, 28 2011

Gaurav C. Sawant in Chicago

PAKISTAN prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani attended the funeral of international terrorist David Coleman Headley’s father, it was revealed in the ongoing 26/ 11 Mumbai terror attack trial in a Chicago court.

The startling detail was revealed by Headley, a self- professed American terrorist, during cross- examination by the attorney of Tahawwur Hussain Rana — an accused in the terror plot. Rana is a Chicagobased businessman and runs an immigration company. He has been accused of helping Headley and providing him cover as an executive of his company to run surveillance at the sites in Mumbai that were hit in the 26/ 11 attack.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=2852011

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Pak prez makes Bilawal head of Zardari tribe

May, 28 2011

President Asif Ali Zardari decided to forego the title of head of the Zardari tribe and to pass it on to his son Bilawal following the death of his father Hakim Ali.

http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=24&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=28-05-2011&pubname=&edname=&publabel=TOI

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Russia could help mediate Gaddafi's exit

May, 28 2011

DEAUVILLE: Russia on Friday offered to mediate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's exit from power, and France said allied forces want to step up the NATO-led military operation in Libya.

Both gestures reflect mounting pressure on Gaddafi and frustration that the NATO campaign has dragged into its third month with no obvious end in sight.

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in Deauville, France, that Gaddafi has exhausted his legitimacy as the Libyan leader.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Russia-could-help-mediate-Gaddafis-exit/articleshow/8607454.cms

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Rana says he was tricked by childhood friend

May, 28 2011

New Delhi: Tahawwur Rana,the 26/11 accused whose trial is underway in Chicago,claimed that he was tricked into supporting terrorism by his childhood friend David Coleman Headley,who is the main witness in Ranas trial.

Rana is accused of supporting the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai,as well as the plan to target a Danish newspaper that had denigrated Prophet Mohammad.Rana is fully contradicting Headleys claims about his role in terror plots.The defence had cited Ranas beliefs to argue that he could not have supported a violent act of terrorism.

Ranas attorney Patrick Blegen reviewed several transcripts with Headley in the court,to argue that Rana had no idea of Headleys devious designs.Headley admitted that Ranas statement,that the Mumbai attackers deserved high Pakistani honours,was actually a repetition of what he had said.

Full report at:

http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=12&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=28-05-2011&pubname=&edname=&publabel=TOI

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Explain support to Osama: Germany

May, 28 2011

New Delhi: Ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkels visit to India,Germany on Friday asked Pakistans ISI and army to come clean over the issue of support network for Osama bin Laden.Merkel will arrive in Delhi on Tuesday for a day-long working visit and hold the first India-Germany strategic dialogue with PM Manmohan Singh.

It is important that the Pakistani government comes clean in order to dispel doubts about possible role of Pakistani army and its secret services in supporting bin Laden and other terrorist outfits, German ambassador to India Thomas Matussek said while briefing reporters about Merkels visit.

Full report at:

http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=12&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=28-05-2011&pubname=&edname=&publabel=TOI

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US in direct talks with Taliban

May, 28 2011

US officials have met with a senior aide to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar at least three times in recent months in the first direct exploratory peace talks, according to officials in the region. The meetings have been facilitated by Germany and c, but American officials have been pres

ent each time, meeting with Tayeb Agha, who is a close personal assistant to Mullah Omar, The New York Times quoted the officials, as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-in-direct-talks-with-Taliban/H1-Article1-702882.aspx

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Headley to Rahul Bhatt: Don’t go to South Mumbai on 26/11

May, 28 2011

Yashwant Raj

What exactly did David Coleman Headley tell Rahul Bhatt, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s actor son, just before the Mumbai terror attack of November 26, 2008, that left 166 people dead? Headley told a Chicago court on Thursday that he told Bhatt not to go to South Mumbai on November 26, the day of the Mumb

ai terror strikes.

Bhatt played no part in Headley’s plans, and had nothing to do with the attacks.

But if he indeed had been warned by Headley, what exactly was he told? Headley was not in India then — he was in Pakistan. How did he contact him — through phone or email?

Headley remain in email touch with Bhatt even after the attacks. He is believed to have written saying he was sorry to hear about the tragedy. But he was never more pleased, in fact, as he told the court.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Headley-to-Rahul-Bhatt-Don-t-go-to-South-Mumbai-on-26-11/Article1-702790.aspx

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G8 backs Obama over 1967 borders

May, 28 2011

The leaders of the world's richest countries were to give "strong support" yesterday to President Barack Obama's insistence that a Mideast peace deal be based on pre-1967 borders.

In a draft statement at the G8 summit in Deauville, northern France, the leaders urge the Israelis and Palestinians "to return to substantive talks with a view to concluding a framework agreement on all final status issues."

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187553

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Ban Ki-moon backs Obama's Mideast peace proposals

May, 28 2011

US President Barack Obama's insistence on a Middle East deal based on pre-1967 borders would help the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187555

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Yemen's opposition leader warns of war

May, 28 2011

Yemeni opposition tribal chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar yesterday said a truce is in force between his fighters and security forces in Sanaa but that he is ready for war if the embattled president wants one.

Earlier in the day, 12 tribesmen, a Republican Guards general and an unknown number of other Guards were killed and wounded in fighting sparked by tribesmen trying to reach Sanaa to aid Ahmar, tribal and military sources said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187576

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Obama signs controversial anti-terror law

May, 28 2011

WASHINGTON: The US Congress, racing the clock and rejecting demands for additional safeguards of civil liberties, passed a bill on Thursday to renew three expiring provisions of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act.

President Barack Obama, traveling in Europe, signed it into law shortly before the provisions were set to expire at midnight on Thursday. A White House aide said he used an “auto pen,” which replicates his signature.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article434903.ece

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Zardari raises national concerns during meeting with Clinton

May, 28 2011

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a one-on-one and delegation level talks with President Asif Ali Zardari here on Friday.

Clinton was accompanied by US  Ambassador Cameron Munter, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and other senior officials.

The Pakistan side included Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rahman Malik, army chief Gen. Pervez Ashfaq Kayani, Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and senior officials.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article434893.ece

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Pak, US agree to work together against high value target

May, 28 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and United States have agreed to work together in any future actions against high value targets in Pakistan.

Both the countries also agreed to enhance bilateral ties, recommence the preparatory work for the strategic partnership dialogue process.

President Zardari and Secretary Clinton in a one-on-one meeting that lasted for half-an-hour at the President House, discussed the issues of security, terrorism and extremism that were hampering the regional peace.

Briefing the newsmen, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said the issues of regional stability and security including countering terrorism and peace in Afghanistan were discussed in a meeting.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16182

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Obama nominates new defense, CIA chiefs

May, 28 2011

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Thursday formally nominated Leon Panetta as his new secretary of defense and David Petraeus, who commands the international force in Afghanistan, as Panetta's successor at the CIA.

Obama had first said he planned to nominate Panetta and Petraeus on April 28, just days before US commandos entered Pakistan and shot and killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=16140

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Drone attacks aggravating extremism

May, 28 2011

According to the New America Foundation there have been a total of 234 drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004, including 22 in 2011. Only nine of these attacks took place before 2007, following which they increased sharply, 33 attacks in 2008, 53 in 2009, and 118 in 2010. US President Barack Obama and his administration have made the use of drones a key part of their strategy to deal with targets in Pakistan. Obama has been so obsessed with drones that during a White House Correspondents dinner, after he told pop band Jones Brothers that his daughters were huge fans of theirs, he added: “Boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming”.When the US drones attack Pakistan’s tribal areas, it is not just the 10, 20 or 50 innocent civilians they kill but its creates the anti-US sentiments among masses and a global feeling of disgust against the US. The civilian killings in these drone attacks provide reason to the youngsters for joining terrorist groups waging war against US and of course Pakistan, for being its closest ally in war on terror.

Full report at:

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/?p=19826

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Geelani, Mirwaiz placed under house arrest

May, 28 2011

Srinagar, May 27 (IANS) Hardline senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, were placed under house arrest by the authorities Friday to maintain law and order in Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar, police said.

Full report at:

http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=241150

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