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Hafiz Saeed Calls Blasphemy Terrorism against Muslims

 

 

 

An image grab taken from a video released by Al-Hayat Media Center on January 13, 2015 and reportedly taken on November 24, 2014 shows a child from Kazakhstan executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services. AFP Photo / Ho / Al-Hayat Media Centre

 

Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed Calls Blasphemy Terrorism against Muslims

Pak President Wants Charlie Hebdo to Apologise For Hurting Muslims

Over 50 suspicious outfits on Pakistan-Britain radar

Rage grows over blasphemous caricatures in Charlie Hebdo

Lahorites up in arms against militancy

No ‘favourites’ among terrorists: Gen Raheel

Pakistan hangs militant, 20th execution since moratorium lifted

Pakistan likely accelerating covert nuke programme

‘Minorities suffering despite landmark SC verdict’

Pakistan arrest Afghan Taliban who opposed ISIS

Resolution of Kashmir dispute necessary for peace in region: COAS

Mysterious disappearance of children’s corpses from Karachi graveyard

 

South Asia

30 Militants Killed In Operations in Afghanistan

Japanese PM Pledges $200 Million to Mideast to Fight ISIS

Ghani condemns re-publishing of Prophet Muhammad caricature

New BNP leader’ issues ultimatum to Khaleda

Senior Awami League: BNP’s movement to die down in a week

UN rights body: Show restraint, end violence immediately

 

Arab World

Offensive Cartoons ‘Serve the Interests of Extremists’: Council of Senior Scholars

Islamic State Uses Children in Propaganda Targeting Next Generation

Iraq attacks kill 17, including 8 in village retaken from IS

Iraqi Forces Kill, Injure several ISIL Terrorists in Al-Anbar Province

Several Int'l Terrorists Killed in Syrian Army's Operations in Idlib Province

Iraq lauds OIC help to reconcile factions

 

Europe

Hundreds of Londoners Queue To Buy Satirical Magazine Following Paris Attacks

Russia Says Cartoons on Religious Themes Illegal

Belgium's young Muslims are 'easy targets' for radicalisation

French far right leader wants mosque surveillance

EU Counter-Terror Chief: More Attacks ‘May Happen’

French town that lost 6 men to jihad asks itself ‘why?’

Hollande defends 'freedom of expression' after protests

Italy brushes off reports it paid millions to Al-Qaeda

Cameron and Obama vow joint measures to tackle 'poisonous and fanatical' Islamists

 

Africa

4 Killed In Niger Protests against Charlie Hebdo Newspaper

Nigeria Suicide Bombing Kills Five, Wounds 11

U.N. peacekeeper killed in attack on base in northern Mali

Moroccan man murdered in 'Islamophobic' attack in France

Chad armoured column heads for Cameroon to fight Boko Haram

West African leaders mull new force to fight Boko Haram insurgents

 

Mideast

3,000 In Turkey Linked To ISIL Group, Police Intel Report Says

War Crimes Court Opens Probe into Palestinian Territories

Turkey's Erdogan warns of clash of civilizations following attacks

Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalising Muslim world

Gunmen seize Yemen president's chief of staff: Official

Israel denounces ICC enquiry on war crimes in Palestine

 

Southeast Asia

M'sian State Agency Pounds Up Intolerant Rhetoric in Friday Sermon

French Minister: Muslim-Majority Indonesia Can Have a Real Voice

No such thing as absolute freedom, says Najib

One temple won’t change population into Hindus, Tengku Adnan tells Perkasa

 

India

US-Returned Techie Held For Planning To Join ISIS

Carrying Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Assamese newspaper face boycott threat

Either ban religious conversions or allow us to continue with ‘Ghar Wapsi': Togadia tells Centre

 

North America

Democrats Defend Naming Muslim to US House Intelligence Panel

US Blasts ICC War Crimes Probe Of Israel as 'Tragic Irony'

US Muslim organization seeks removal from UAE terror list

Follow U.S. example to integrate Muslims, Obama tells Europe

US, UK for encryption of online services to track terrorists

Islamist radicals at war with US: America's first-ever Hindu lawmaker

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

Hafiz Saeed Calls Blasphemy Terrorism against Muslims

17 January 2015

LAHORE – Jamaat-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has called the blasphemy biggest terrorism in the world and announced widening countrywide protest movement against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a weekly newspaper in France.

“It’s terrorism against Muslims and there will be no peace in the world if adequate international laws are not made against the blasphemy,” said Hafiz Saeed, adding that Jamaat-ud-Da’wah would take out Hurmat-e-Rasool March in Lahore on Sunday (tomorrow) and has invited all religious and political parties and civil society to participate in the grand march to be taken out from Nasir Bagh, The Mall.

Addressing thousands of protestors against the blasphemous caricatures at Chuburji Chowk, Lahore on Friday, Hafiz Saeed called upon the government to immediately summon a meeting of all Islamic countries for chalking out a strategy for international legislation for safeguarding the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Protestors, carrying placards and banners, showed their rage and chanted slogans against the blasphemers and demanded death penalty for them. A large number of lawyers and students also participated in the protest.

The JuD chief said that the West was triggering clash of civilizations as 40 European countries were united to show solidarity with the blasphemous caricatures. He said that these blasphemous caricatures had hurt the emotions and religious sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world. He said that all Muslims were also united for safeguarding the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and they would sacrifice their lives but could not tolerate the blasphemy.

Hafiz Saeed welcomed the resolution passed by the National Assembly against the blasphemous caricatures and protest rally by parliamentarians outside the assembly building. However, he said that it was not enough, and a lot more needed to be done to stop this biggest terrorism against Muslims. He also called upon the government to raise the issue at all form at the international level effectively.

He called upon the Ulemas to sensitize the people about the blasphemous acts and conspiracies of Christians and Jews against Islam. Leaders of other political and religious parties of Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool also addressed the protest rally in Chuburji Chowk and showed their firm resolves to go to any extent for safeguarding the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool and Jamaat-ud-Dawah also held peaceful protests in other cities of the country including Multan, Sukkur, Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar and Islamabad against the blasphemous caricatures.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/16-Jan-2015/jud-calls-blasphemy-terrorism-against-muslims

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Pak President wants Charlie Hebdo to apologise for hurting Muslims

17 January 2015

ISLAMABAD: President Mam­noon Hussain condemned publication of controversial cartoons in a French magazine and sought apology from its management for hurting the sentiments of Muslims.

In a statement, the president said that freedom of expression did not permit anyone to hurt religious sentiments or beliefs of other people.

“The French magazine hurt the religious beliefs of Muslims and for this its management should tender an apology,” he said.

Mr Hussain said that Muslims gave due respect to all religions because they were not deemed to be good Muslims unless they believed in all the holy books and Prophets.

“Therefore, they want that no one should be allowed to disrespect Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) by any means,” he said.

The president has already sent a letter to the French government, condemning the attack on offices of the controversial magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were killed in the attack, said to be the worst terrorist attack in France in decades.

Mr Hussain has said that in an age of globalisation no one should be allowed to commit an act which hurt the sentiments of any group in society.

According to a source, the president has urged the PML-N government to take up the matter with the European Union so that such controversies were avoided in the future.

A Danish newspaper has also published controversial caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

The government has already assailed the publication of controversial caricatures and the national and provincial legislatures have adopted resolutions condemning them.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1157549/mamnoon-wants-charlie-hebdo-to-apologise-for-hurting-muslims

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Over 50 suspicious outfits on Pakistan-Britain radar

17 January 2015

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military command has shared with the British authorities a list of more than 50 suspicious organisations that are headquartered in the United Kingdom and are operating here, for strict scrutiny and surveillance over their finances and operations, Daily Times has learnt on credible authority.

These organisations not only include banned outfits but also include dozens of Islamic charities registered in the UK as social welfare and humanitarian organisations on the pretext of communities’ services. The reported development surfaced during Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif’s three-day visit to the UK (January 14-16).

The British authorities, in response, are said to have assured their complete support to Pakistan in its ongoing counterterrorism drive. According to informed security sources, the COAS conveyed to the top UK government functionaries and security officials that majority of the organisations marked as suspicious by Pakistan’s security agencies (but were not banned here) were operating as charity organisations.

These organisations are mainly registered in the United Kingdom and some other Western countries including Canada, France and the United States. “The financial controls on dozens of 50 plus Islamic charities and other outfits are loose and they are freely moving millions of pounds from the UK to Pakistan each year,” an informed intelligence insider shared with Daily Times. “What do they do of this big amount of money is highly suspicious since social and humanitarian work they originally get the money for, is nowhere to be seen.”

The official cited tentative details of certain financial probes, which, at times, were jointly conducted by the security agencies, both military and civilian, and government departments like Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), argue that the several charities here were working as the offshore companies of the UK-based suspicious or banned organisations.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/17-Jan-2015/over-50-suspicious-outfits-on-pakistan-britain-radar

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Rage grows over blasphemous caricatures in Charlie Hebdo

17 January 2015

KARACHI/ISLAMA­BAD/PESHAWAR: Friday saw widespread protests against controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in several cities across the country. While demonstrations in most cities remained relatively peaceful, at least three people — including a photographer for a French news agency — were injured in clashes between protesters and police outside the French consulate in Karachi.

The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and a host of other religious parties had called for countrywide protests against the publication of the caricatures. The magazine had printed the offensive content in defiance, following a deadly attack on their Paris offices, which left nearly a dozen people dead.

On Friday, as protesters marched on the French consulate in Karachi, AFP photographer Asif Hassan was shot in the chest, while a policeman and a local TV cameraman were also injured.

“The bullet struck his lung, and passed through his chest. He is out of immediate danger and he has spoken to his colleagues,” Jinnah hospital spokesperson Dr Seemi Jamali said referring to Mr Hassan.

DIG Abdul Khaliq Sheikh told AFP, “When the police tried to stop [protesters], they started firing,” adding that the police responded with tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.

AFP quoted police as saying that Mr Hassan and the other cameraman did not appear to have been deliberately targeted, but were caught in the crossfire when protesters shot at police.

In the JI stronghold of Lahore, the main rally was staged on Multan Road, near the party’s headquarters in Mansoora.

Similar rallies were held in Gujranwala, Multan, Okara, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Toba Tek Singh and Sheikhupura.

In Rawalpindi, dozens of rallies, led by the JI and Sunni Tehreek, were taken out. Participants chanted slogans against France and called for execution of those who committed blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

Before the rally, the khateeb of Pindi’s Moti Masjid made a speech asking people to stand up to protect the dignity of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

Islamabad also witnessed rallies against Charlie Hebdo, where the number of protesters was dwarfed by the heavy deployment of security around the areas where the demonstrations were to be held. However, demonstrators at a Jamaatud Dawa rally in sector I-8 burned French flags and declared that the west was testing Muslims’ patience.

JI leaders and local PTI MPAs led rallies against the offensive caricatures in Taxila, Wah Cantt and Hassanabdal and called on the UN and the EU to stop such caricatures from being published. In Taxila, lawyers also vowed to boycott court proceedings to display their displeasure over the sketches.

The JI, JUI-F, JuD and other groups organised several rallies and demonstrations across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In Peshawar, JuD activists burned French flags in front of Peshawar Press Club, while lawyers from across the province boycotted different courts at the call of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

Religious parties also staged demonstrations in Timergara, Chitral, Ghalanai, Swabi, Karak, Mardan, Nowshera and Lakki Marwat.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1157552/countrywide-protests-against-caricatures

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Lahorites up in arms against militancy

17 January 2015

LAHORE: “You kill children; I don’t want your Sharia,” says a placard. Charing Cross is blocked with a large number of people and the traffic signal has been switched to a blinking yellow light. A truck blocks the road and some passers-by drop in to see or join in.

The crowd is chanting slogans against the Taliban, calling them ‘Zaliman’ (cruel).

This was the scene on Friday at the protest organised by the civil society while members of the public, political parties and non-government organisations (NGOs) joined in to condemn terrorism and militancy, demanding the state, government and army seriously put a final end to the situation.

The protesters chanted slogans and held placards expressing their anger against the increase in militancy in the country. They said the government and establishment should stop differentiating between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban.

“We are still not mentally prepared to send our children to school,” said a woman protester.

“Raising the school walls by just two feet won’t keep terrorists at bay. There should be a more intensive security policy and implementation which will help make parents feel more secure,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1157547/lahorites-up-in-arms-against-militancy

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No ‘favourites’ among terrorists: Gen Raheel

17 January 2015

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen Raheel Sharif Friday said that National Action Plan (NAP) was a comprehensive long term strategy to address extremism, terrorism in the country with the government doing best for its implementation.

Addressing a think tank “IISS” in London, he said the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists was making good progress.

The COAS said that there were no favourites, all terrorists of any kind were being hit, according to Director General, ISPR, Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa tweet on social media.

Gen. Raheel Sharif said that the relations with Afghanistan were improving, adding, “We are working for stability in the region”. He said that longstanding Kashmir issue has to be resolved for long term peace, stability in the region, Pakistan wants peace, but with dignity and honour.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/17-Jan-2015/no-favourites-among-terrorists-gen-raheel

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Pakistan hangs militant, 20th execution since moratorium lifted

PTI | Jan 17, 2015

LAHORE: Pakistan on Saturday hanged a militant of a banned anti-Shia outfit here after a court rejected a "compromise" and upheld the death penalty awarded to him, taking the number of executions in the country since the lifting of the moratorium on capital punishment to 20.

Ikramul Haq, alias Lahori, was hanged in Kot Lakhpat Jail here after the court rejected the compromise reached by his family with the kin of the person he murdered.

Haq was linked to the Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) militant group and was involved in the murder of a Shia man Nayyar Abbas in 2001 in Shorkot area of Jhang, Punjab Province.

An anti-terrorism court in Faisalabad had awarded the death sentence to him in 2004 and his death warrant was issued on January 6, 2014, after President Mamnoon Hussain turned down his mercy appeal.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-hangs-militant-20th-execution-since-moratorium-lifted/articleshow/45920554.cms

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Pakistan likely accelerating covert nuke programme

Jan 17, 2015

Evidence has emerged this week suggesting that Pakistan may have accelerated its covert nuclear weapons development programme and rendered operational a nuclear reactor structure located near a heavy water reactor, in a complex that is likely geared toward the production of plutonium.

High-resolution satellite imagery dated January 15, 2015, shows that external construction of the Khushab complex’s fourth reactor is complete and it has “become operational.”

If, as the evidence suggests, Pakistan is accelerating its nuclear weapons programme, it may heighten tensions with New Delhi, where the subject is likely to come up when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets U.S. President Barack Obama during Republic Day celebrations next week.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pakistan-may-have-accelerated-covert-nuke-programme/article6796545.ece

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‘Minorities suffering despite landmark SC verdict’

January 17, 2015

KARACHI: After the Peshawar church bombing in 2013 and threats to the Kalash tribe in Chitral, the Supreme Court (SC) had delivered a verdict in a suo motu case that was said to be a landmark in restoring the rights of non-Muslim Pakistanis.

According to the speakers at a seminar on religious freedom in the country, however, non-implementation of the SC’s ruling means that the minorities are still suffering. The event, organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, was held on Thursday at Regent Plaza.

“The word ‘minority’ itself is discriminatory,” said Chela Ram Kelwani, the president of the Pakistan Hindu Council. “We are Pakistani and we want the same rights as everyone else, but we are the most vulnerable part of society here.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/823022/minorities-suffering-despite-landmark-sc-verdict/

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Pakistan arrest Afghan Taliban who opposed ISIS

Jan 17 2015

Killid Radio reports that two Afghan Taliban commanders who had opposed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or (DAESH) in Logar province have been arrested by Pakistan.

Killid Radio quotes the police chief of Logar province Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai as saying that after the Afghan Taliban commanders opposed DAESH flag in Charkh district they were called to go to Pakistan and put in jail upon their arrival.

Killid Radio further quotes the police chief as saying that these commanders had fought with the supporters of DAESH in their area.

Before Logar, officials in Helmand, Zabul and Farah provinces reported the existence of DAESH supporters in their provinces.

http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-arrest-afghan-taliban-who-oppose-is-28020

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Resolution of Kashmir dispute necessary for peace in region: COAS

17 January 2015

LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif stressed for better relations with India and urged that negotiations between the two countries over Kashmir must be made on an equal basis.

Director-General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa, tweeted that the COAS spoke at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.

During his address, General Raheel Sharif said that resolving the Kashmir dispute was a must for long term peace to be established in South Asia.

The army chief said that Pakistan was now focusing on the war against terrorism and aimed to uproot militancy from the country.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1157430/resolution-of-kashmir-dispute-necessary-for-peace-in-region-coas

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Mysterious disappearance of children’s corpses from Karachi graveyard

17 January 2015

KARACHI: Unexplained disappearances of child corpses from a local graveyard in Karachi created panic on Saturday.

Residents of a neighbourhood in Manghopir were shocked to learn that five corpses have gone missing from the Afridi Goth graveyard, with two cases having taken place in the last 15 days.

According to residents, police suspect that an animal is stealing the corpses of children. While five corpses have gone missing in the last few months, some graves were dug up and left open.

“The graves were unpaved,” said Station House Officer (SHO) Manghopir Ghulam Hussain Korai. “An animal dug its way to the bottom and consumed the child corpses; they did not 'disappear'. Flesh and bones were also found.”

Police officials have been deployed at the graveyard to monitor the situation.

Residents say this is the first time in the 30 years since the graveyard was built that such an incident has taken place and demanded that authorities act quickly to put an end to the disappearances.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1157607/mysterious-disappearance-of-childrens-corpses-from-karachi-graveyard

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South Asia

 

30 militants killed in operations in Afghanistan

Jan 17, 2015

At least 30 militants have been killed after the Afghan security forces waged offensives in two provinces, police said Saturday.

Afghan army and border police, backed by army helicopter gun-ships, pounded several hideouts of militants in eastern Kunar province’s Dangam district, Xinhua quoted provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayyedkhel as saying.

“The raid was launched Friday. It is still going on there, and 21 militants have been killed so far,” he added.

The operation will continue before the militants in the area are cleared, he said.

The district has been the scene of fierce fighting after Taliban militants launched frequent attacks in apparent efforts to take control of the district centre in the mountainous province over the past couple of months.

Earlier, in the northern Kunduz province, nine militants were killed and four others wounded after police and allied tribesmen carried out a raid in Khan Abad district Friday, provincial police spokesman Sayyed Sarwar Hussainee said.

Afghan security forces have pressed on clearing the militants in restive provinces as they assumed earlier this month the full security charges from NATO-led troops after a four-year security transition that ended December 31, 2014.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/30-militants-killed-in-operations-in-afghanistan/article6796855.ece

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe pledges $200 million to Mideast to fight ISIS

Reuters | Jan 17, 2015

CAIRO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Saturday that the world would suffer an "immeasurable loss" if terrorism spreads in the Middle East and pledged about $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling Islamic State.

The threat of Islamist militancy has come into sharp focus outside the Middle East after gunmen killed 17 people in three days of violence in Paris that began on January 7 with an attack on the offices of a newspaper that had published satirical images of the Prophet Mohammad.

"Should we leave terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to spread in this region, the loss imparted upon the international community would be immeasurable," Abe said in Cairo at the start of a regional tour.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Japanese-PM-Shinzo-Abe-pledges-200-million-to-Mideast-to-fight-ISIS/articleshow/45922009.cms

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Ghani condemns re-publishing of Prophet Muhammad caricature

Jan 17 2015

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the re-publishing of the latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad by French satirical magazine.

A statement released by ARG Presidential Palace said President Ghani has strongly condemned Charlie Hebdo for desecrating Islam by publishing Prophet Muahmmad’s caricature.

President Ghani called the move by Charlie Hebdo as irresponsible and insisted that the freedom of expression should be used in a constructive way to further boost understanding between the religions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/ghani-condemns-re-publishing-of-prophet-muhammad-caricature

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New BNP leader’ issues ultimatum to Khaleda

Jan 17 2015

Self-proclaimed “real BNP leader” Kamrul Hasan Nasim yesterday issued an ultimatum for Khaleda Zia to step down as BNP chairperson and dissolve all committees by February 2.

Issuing a note of warning, Nasim, spokesperson of Sahed Obayed’s Gorbo Bangladesh, said if Khaleda Zia does not resign within the time frame they would lay a siege to her residence.

“We will lay a siege to Khaleda Zia’s residence with 1700 leaders to force her to resign and an initiative will be taken to revamp Zia’s BNP,” he told journalists at a press conference at Westin Hotel in the capital.

All on a sudden Nasim came to the spotlight on January 9 when he held a press conference at Hotel Lakeshore where he termed BNP of Khaleda and Tarique Rahman illegal and announced to restore Zia’s BNP.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2015/jan/17/%E2%80%98new-bnp-leader%E2%80%99-issues-ultimatum-khaleda#sthash.8flfJE9e.dpuf

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Senior Awami League: BNP’s movement to die down in a week

Jan 17 2015

Senior Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the opposition-sponsored blockade and shutdown would automatically die down in a week.

He termed BNP an anarchist organisation and ruled out any possibility of dialogue with it.

Suranjit was speaking at a discussion in the capital.

“We are concerned like general people over the violence unleashed by BNP-Jamaat-led 20-party alliance in the name of democratic movement.”

No more time will be given to the BNP-Jamaat militants and terrorists. It would stop within a week, Suranjit said.

BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday urged the government to take step for an effective dialogue immediately.

At the same time he urged his party men to continue to enforce blockade programme until the victory is achieved.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2015/jan/17/suranjit-bnp%E2%80%99s-movement-die-down-week#sthash.oCf0JSa9.dpuf

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UN rights body: Show restraint, end violence immediately

Jan 17 2015

The United Nations Human Rights Commission has urged all political parties in Bangladesh to show restraint and ended the violence.

The UN body also called on the authorities to ensure the prompt, impartial and effective investigation into all killings committed - irrespective of whether they were committed by the State or non-State actors, UNB reports.

Spokesperson for the UN Rights body - Ravina Shamdasani in a statement from Geneva said: "The Government should also ensure that the arrest and detention of key opposition leaders by law enforcement agencies is not arbitrary."

The Spokesperson also said the government should ensure that all measures taken to restore law and order are conducted in line with the parameters set by international human rights law, including respect for the freedoms of peaceful assembly, movement and speech.

The statement mentioned that deepening political violence in Bangladesh, resulting from the failure by the two major political parties to resolve their differences peacefully, is very disturbing.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2015/jan/16/un-rights-body-show-restraint-end-violence-immediately#sthash.VGP6qg2Q.dpuf

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Arab World

 

Offensive Cartoons ‘Serve the Interests of Extremists’: Council of Senior Scholars

17 January 2015

The Council of Senior Scholars have slammed publications continuing to publish blasphemous cartoons saying it does not constitute freedom of expression but rather a form of hate speech.

These actions are playing into the hands of extremists who are looking for reasons to attack people and sow terror, said Fahd Al-Majed, secretary general of the council.

“Hurting the sentiments of Muslims across the world with such cartoons does not solve any problems, nor does it achieve any commendable goal. In the end, it only serves the interests of extremists who are looking for justifications to commit more murders and terror,” Al-Majed said.

“The world should strive for mutual respect and creative coexistence, which can never be achieved by belittling sacred religious symbols,” Al-Majed said, quoting a verse from the Holy Qur’an prohibiting the abuse of the religious beliefs of others.

Imam and Khateeb at the Grand Mosque Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim said the love of the Prophet is a blessing granted to Muslims by Almighty God, to develop their spirituality.

Real love for God and His messenger can only be achieved if people ensure that they are committed to it in “words, deeds and thoughts,” Al-Shuraim said in his Friday sermon. He said that Muslims can only be successful if they follow the teachings of Islam as articulated by the Prophet.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/690846

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Islamic State Uses Children in Propaganda Targeting Next Generation

Jan 17 2015

A young boy raises a pistol, aims at two kneeling men and fires, in a shocking propaganda video highlighting the Islamic State jihadist group's efforts to indoctrinate another generation with its brutal ideology.

The boy, who doesn't look older than 11 or 12, has allegedly just executed two men said to have confessed to spying for Russia, the voiceover saying their bodies "lay humiliated" at the feet of the young jihadist.

Their fate could not be independently confirmed.

When asked in another video what he wanted to do in the future, the boy said: "I will be the one who slaughters you, O Kafir (unbelievers). I will be a Mujahid (holy warrior)."

The video is one of many examples of propaganda aimed at spreading Islamic State's beliefs to a younger generation to aid recruitment and to perpetuate the "caliphate" the group has declared in areas it holds in Iraq and Syria.

Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Centre, said that over the past six months Islamic State media materials "have steadily escalated the level of violence involving and being carried out by children, with this video being the most extreme level reached so far".

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/islamic-state-uses-children-in-propaganda-targeting-next-generation#sthash.1noHV16i.dpuf

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Iraq attacks kill 17, including 8 in village retaken from IS

January 17, 2015

A series of attacks in Iraq, including an explosion at a booby-trapped house in a village recently retaken from IS militants north of Baghdad, killed 17 people on Friday, officials said.

The explosion at the house in Zalaya village, about 75 kilometres (45 miles) from Baghdad, took place as Iraqi troops were at the premises, carrying out an inspection of the house, said police officials.

The blast killed eight soldiers and wounded 12, they said. The village fell into the hands of Islamic State militants last year but was retaken by Iraqi security forces days ago.

Earlier Friday, mortar shells landed on houses in Baghdad's north-western Shiite district of Shula, killing four people and wounding 13. Also, a bomb struck a commercial street in the capital's north-eastern Shiite suburb of Husseiniya, killing three people and wounding 11 there.

Police officials said a bomb also exploded in western Baghdad, near a row of shops for spare parts for cars, killing two people and wounding nine others.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures from the attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks.

Iraq has seen near-daily bombings and other attacks, mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods and security forces. The attacks are often claimed by the Sunni extremist Islamic State group, which seized much of northern and western Iraq during a summer offensive.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/120497/World/Region/Iraq-attacks-kill-,-including--in-village-retaken-.aspx

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Iraqi Forces Kill, Injure several ISIL Terrorists in Al-Anbar Province

17 January 2015

The Iraqi Defence Ministry announced that at least six terrorists were killed in heavy clashes between army men and the ISIL members at different areas of al-Anbar province.

“Army and the local police elements of al-Anbar, in a joint operation, stormed the ISIL strongholds in al-Yatama, Amiriyat al-Fallujah, al-Sufiyah and Omar Bin Abdul-Azizi Bridge, killing and injuring so many terrorists in the battlefields,” the ministry told the Iraqi News.

"At Least six terrorists were killed in the army operations and a long convoy of terrorists' vehicles were targeted in the army's offensive," the statement added.

Since June 2014, Northern, Western and Central provinces of Iraq have been the scene of insurgency posed by the ISIL terrorists who attacked army bases in summer and occupied vast areas in Nineveh, Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, including Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah.

Army soldiers and populace forces, form both Shiite and Sunni tribes, as well as Kurdish Pishmarga decided to grow united against the new wave of militancy in the country.

Army officials had previously announced that insurgency in the country will be eradicated by the current yearend.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931026000447

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Several Int'l Terrorists Killed in Syrian Army's Operations in Idlib Province

17 January 2015

So many terrorists, including Saudi, Palestinian, Tunisian and Libyan nationalities, were killed during army operations in various areas in the Northwestern province of Idlib.

Syrian army raided gathering centers of al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham group in the surrounding of Batenti town, 30 km North of Idlib city, killing so many insurgents, including a Saudi national nicknamed Abu Muthana and a Palestinian named Huzaima al-Falastini.

Meantime, nine militants were killed in Ariha area in army soldiers' attacks.

Near Kinsafra in Jabal al-Zawieh, 25 km South of Idlib city, army troops killed several members of al-Nusra Front, including Tunisians and Libyans.

Syria has been the scene of insurgency since 2011 when certain western powers and their regional allies voiced loudly that Syrian protests have no diplomatic solution and they started supplying the country's opposition groups with their arms and funds.

In 2014, specially after victory of President Bashar al-Assad in the country's presidential election, the army has gained upper hand in its anti-terrorism campaign, and has been partly successful in sealing borders with Turkey and Jordan.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13931026000472

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Iraq lauds OIC help to reconcile factions

17 January 2015

Iraqi government leaders have welcomed the efforts of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to help reconcile various factions in the country based on the Makkah reconciliation document and meetings that took place in 2006.

These were the views expressed by several Iraqi leaders at a meeting at Salam Palace in Baghdad on Thursday, which included OIC Secretary General Iyad Madani and Iraqi President Fuad Masum. Madani ended his three-day visit to the country on Thursday.

The talks included a proposal to have another meeting in Makkah of various factions to iron out differences and ensure lasting peace in the war-torn country. The Makkah document is a religious agreement based on the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Masum said Madani’s visit comes at a time when Iraq is facing attacks by extremists groups. He urged the OIC to seek the help of member countries to tackle the situation, and create an atmosphere of consensus among scholars of different sects.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/690856

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Europe

 

Hundreds of Londoners queue to buy satirical magazine following Paris attacks

January 17, 2015

Ducking out of The French Bookshop in Kensington, some tugged at hats and scarves to cover their faces from the media huddle before scuttling off. Others posed proudly for the assembled photographers, holding their bounty aloft.

They had come to buy their copies of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine whose name has been written into history by the murder of its cartoonists, the controversy of its content and the defiance of its new legions of readers proclaiming “Je suis Charlie”.

Heena Patel, 32, a medic from Paddington, had queued since 4.20am on Friday.

Flicking through the eight-page special edition – penned and printed in the days following the terrorist attack on its Paris office – Ms Patel appeared teary-eyed.

“The idea of that happening in England, to magazines that I love, like Private Eye… it’s horrific,” she said.

Were she and the 200-300 others queuing to enter the shop to pick up one of the limited copies made available in the UK after millions sold out in France, there to show defiance?

“I have my legs, I have my voice,” she replied. “I don’t need a Kalashnikov to scare people. Just my presence frightens you.”

Among those waiting, opinion was split over the decision to feature an illustration of the Prophet Mohamed on the cover. Similar illustrations were taken by the terrorists to justify their attack.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/charlie-hebdo-hundreds-of-londoners-queue-to-buy-satirical-magazine-following-paris-attacks-9984552.html

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Russia says cartoons on religious themes illegal

17 January 2015

MOSCOW: Russia’s media watchdog warned publications that printing cartoons was against the country’s law and ethical norms following the Charlie Hebdo attack in France.

“The publication in Russian media of such caricatures go against ethical and moral norms worked out over centuries,” said the media and communications watchdog Roskomnadzor.

“Disseminating caricatures on religious themes in the media can be considered insulting or humiliating to the representatives of religious confessions and groups, and qualified as inciting ethnic and relIgious hatred,” an offence under Russian law, it said.

The publication would also violate the Russian media and anti-extremism laws, the watchdog said, adding that it was asking Russian media to “refrain from publishing caricatures that can be seen as a violation”.

The watchdog published the statement as a response to the ongoing debate on the “legality of publishing caricatures depicting religious objects of worship which affect feelings of religious people.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/world/news/690651

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Belgium's young Muslims are 'easy targets' for radicalisation

January 17, 2015

Since the Syrian conflict descended into a fractured civil war and breeding ground for extremist groups, concerned Belgian authorities and distraught relatives have watched hundreds of young people disappear from their communities and take up arms for a faraway cause.

It’s a phenomenon affecting many nations in Europe with sizeable Muslim communities, but with its population of 11 million, Belgium is believed to be the country with the highest per capita number of fighters currently active on the Syrian battlefield.

The passage of people into Syria is hard to track and estimates vary, but the Belgian government says about 300 of its citizens are either in Syria now or back home after a spell as a foreign fighter. Other experts have put the figure as high as 450.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/belgiums-young-muslims-are-easy-targets-for-radicalisation-9984590.html

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French far right leader wants mosque surveillance

January 17, 2015

NANTERRE, France (AP) — French far right leader Marine Le Pen wants a tough response to last week's terrorist attacks, including surveillance of mosques and military service for children to stop youth radicalization.

Le Pen's National Front party, which has long denounced what it calls the "Islamization" of France, has seen its support rise steadily in recent years.

After attacks by radical French gunmen last week, she told journalists Friday that France is facing an enemy from within.

She urged a global response, including "immediate" suspension of Europe's border-free travel accords, monitoring of mosques and sermons, as well as school uniforms and military service for boys and girls.

Many in France's 5-million-strong Muslim community fear a backlash after the attacks by the gunmen, who claimed allegiance to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/French-far-right-leader-wants-mosque-surveillance-6020346.php

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EU Counter-Terror Chief: More Attacks ‘May Happen’

January 17, 2015

One of Europe’s top counter-terrorism officials said today that it’s impossible to guarantee 100 percent security and that other attacks could follow last week’s incidents in Paris.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” Gilles de Kerchove, Counter-Terrorism Coordinator for the European Union, told ABC News of the possibility of future attacks. “But the message I want to send is a bit different from the U.S. because in a way after 9/11… the expectation of the American citizen is they want 100 percent security. I think [Europe] is a bit more resolute and accepts that there is nothing like 100 percent security. You have to accept some risk in society.”

Kerchove’s remarks came a week after 17 people were killed in dual terrorist attacks in Paris and a day after Belgian police killed two people in widespread counter-terrorism operations there.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/eu-counter-terror-chief-more-attacks-may-happen-004940086--abc-news-topstories.html

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Hollande defends 'freedom of expression' after protests

17 January 2015

French President Francois Hollande stressed Saturday that France had "principles, values, notably freedom of expression" after violent protests against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Niger and Pakistan.

Hollande recalled that "we have supported these countries in their fight against terrorism."

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/120517/World/International/Hollande-defends-freedom-of-expression-after-prote.aspx

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Italy brushes off reports it paid millions to Al-Qaeda

January 17, 2015

Rome (AFP) - Italy on Friday brushed aside reports it had paid off Al-Qaeda to secure the release of two Italian aid workers abducted in northern Syria last summer.

Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told parliament that claims that a $12-million (10-million euros) ransom had been paid to free the two young women were "unfounded rumours" emanating from terrorist organisations which should not be given any credence.

But he stopped short of categorically denying any money had changed hands, and came under attack for what was interpreted as a deliberately ambiguous presentation of what had happened.

Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, spent much of Friday being questioned by anti-terrorism prosecutors after arriving back in Rome from Turkey in the early hours of the morning.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/two-italian-women-abducted-syria-arrive-rome-040214913.html

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Cameron and Obama vow joint measures to tackle 'poisonous and fanatical' Islamists

January 17, 2015

David Cameron and Barack Obama today detailed fresh measures to combat Islamist extremism at home and abroad as they declared their joint determination to confront violent extremism.

Following talks at the White House, the leaders set out moves to tackle the growth of hardline ideology in Britain and the United States and to intensify the action against Islamic State forces in Iraq.

Although the agenda - international terrorism and the world economy - was serious and weighty, Mr Cameron's team will be delighted at the warm personal tribute the President Obama paid him.

He said: "Put simply David is a great friend. He is one of my closest and most trusted partners in the world."

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/cameron-and-obama-vow-joint-measures-to-tackle-poisonous-and-fanatical-islamists-9984588.html

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Africa

 

4 killed in Niger protests against Charlie Hebdo newspaper

Jan 17, 2015

Niger’s interior minister says at least four people have died and dozens have been wounded in violent protests against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said demonstrators in the town Zinder in southern Niger set a French cultural center ablaze along with two churches in the area.

One security officer was killed in the melee along with three demonstrators. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused their deaths. Another 20 security officers and 23 civilians were wounded.

Niger’s government has banned the sale of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in the predominantly Muslim country a former French colony in West Africa.

Other demonstrations against Charlie Hebdo took place in Mali and Senegal.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/4-killed-in-niger-protests-against-charlie-hebdo-newspaper/article6795259.ece

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Nigeria suicide bombing kills five, wounds 11

Jan 17, 2015

A suicide bomber killed at least five people and wounded 11 near a marketplace in northeastern Nigeria, an emergency services official has said.

“It was a suicide bombing,” Saidu Ahmed Minin, head of operation of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said in Gombe. “Six people were killed including the bomber and 11 others were injured. We evacuated them to the hospital.”

Witnesses said the blast went off at 7:25 pm (local time) in the packed market neighbourhood of Kasuwar Arawa, close to the public university in Gombe, which is capital of Gombe state.

“The bomber went into the crowd of people waiting to recharge their telephones” at a public charging station “and then set off the explosive,” taxi driver Idris Babandada told AFP by telephone. “The explosion shook the whole neighbourhood.”

No one claimed immediate responsiblity for the attack, but Boko Haram militants are increasingly powerful in the north-east of Nigeria and Gombe has been hit by several suicide bombers recently, most of them at bus stations and near military installations.

An aid worker in Gombe said that the injured were being treated by aid volunteers and nurses, because doctors in the city were on strike.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/nigeria-suicide-bombing-kills-five-wounds-11/#sthash.4xubzscX.dpuf

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U.N. peacekeeper killed in attack on base in northern Mali

Jan 17, 2015

At least one U.N. peacekeeper was killed when suspected Islamists militants attacked a U.N. base in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Saturday, residents said.

Gunfire erupted from the area of the U.N. and French military camps in Kidal at around 6:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), followed by the sound of rockets exploding, locals told Reuters. The shooting lasted around 10 minutes, they said.

Residents said at least two suicide bombers had attacked the base with car bombs, killing a Chadian peacekeeper and wounding five others.

A spokesperson for the U.N. mission in Mali (MINUSMA) confirmed the attack but said other details were not immediately available.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/un-peacekeeper-killed-in-attack-on-base-in-northern-mali/article6796859.ece

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Moroccan man murdered in 'Islamophobic' attack in France

January 17, 2015

Avignon (France) (AFP) - A Moroccan man was stabbed to death in his own home in southern France in what a Muslim group called a "horrible Islamophobic" attack the week after France was rocked by the Charlie Hebdo killings.

The 28-year-old attacker forced the front door of his neighbours' house in the picturesque village of Beaucet near Avignon just after midnight on Wednesday shouting "I am your god, I am your Islam" before repeatedly stabbing Mohamed El Makouli, the National Observatory Against Islamophobia said Friday.

The 47-year-old man was disarmed but later returned with another knife and attacked the father-of-one again, this time killing him.

His 31-year-old partner tried to save him, and suffered wounds to her hands, before fleeing with their young child to call the police, officials said.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/moroccan-man-murdered-islamophobic-attack-france-001932146.html

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Chad armoured column heads for Cameroon to fight Boko Haram

January 17, 2015

N'Djamena (AFP) - Dozens of Chadian tanks headed out of the capital Friday south towards Cameroon to help fight Nigeria's dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

The convoy, seen by an AFP journalist, roared out of the city after Chad's parliament voted to send armed forces to Cameroon and Nigeria to fight against the Islamists.

It is rumoured to be eventually heading to Baga, the town on the shores of Lake Chad were as many as 2,000 people were massacred by the militants in a raid on January 7 described by US Secretary of State John Kerry as a "crime against humanity".

Cameroon's President Paul Biya had announced Thursday that his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby had agreed to send "a substantial contingent" of troops to help Cameroonian armed forces, who have faced repeated attacks from Boko Haram.

The Russian ambassador to the country also pledged to supply Cameroon with more modern weapons to combat the extremists.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/chad-votes-send-troops-cameroon-nigeria-fight-boko-111630189.html

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West African leaders mull new force to fight Boko Haram insurgents

January 17, 2015

(Reuters) - West African leaders will seek authority next week from the African Union to create a multi-national force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist insurgents, Ghanaian President John Mahama told Reuters on Friday.

Any such force would represent the most robust international response yet to the militants who have killed thousands over the last year in their campaign for an Islamic caliphate and have also launched cross border attacks into Niger and Cameroon.

Boko Haram is seen as the most serious security threat to Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and its biggest energy producer, but Mahama said the group and militants in Somalia, Kenya, Mali and elsewhere posed a wider risk.

"Terrorism is like a cancer and if we don't deal with it it will keep going. It threatens everybody in the sub region. When it comes to terrorism nobody is too far or too near," he said.

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/16/nigeria-violence-africa-idINKBN0KP2JE20150116

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Mideast

 

3,000 in Turkey linked to ISIL group, police intel report says

17 January 2015

There are around 3,000 people linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Turkey, a police intelligence report has alleged, raising a red alert over the possible future actions of “sleeping cells” of the jihadist group, sources have told Hürriyet.

The number is in addition between 700 and 1,000 Turkish fighters in the group, whose potential return has concerned Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said earlier this week.

Turkey has so far deported 1,165 people and placed an entry ban on 7,250 more, Çavuşoğlu also said.

The police intelligence reports calls for sensitivity to detect the links of the fighters in Turkey.

It urged the surveillance of 3,000 people to observe their positions in ISIL and determine whether or not they are active, describing them as “sleeping cells.”

The police intelligence warning covers possible attacks on the consulates of Western countries by ISIL and al-Qaeda.

The warning to security units under an “urgent” notice said ISIL may stage new attacks following deadly attacks on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris, which claimed 17 lives along with those of the three attackers.

The study also warned about possible bomb attacks by ISIL or al-Qaeda.

Turkey faced four car bomb attacks in central Istanbul on Nov. 15, 2003, and Nov. 20, 2003, which left 57 people dead and hundreds wounded. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Beth Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues, the HSBC bank headquarters and the British Consulate. British Consul-General Roger Short was among the victims.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/3000-in-turkey-linked-to-isil-group-police-intel-report-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77063&NewsCatID=341

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War crimes court opens probe into Palestinian territories

17 January 2015

THE HAGUE: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court launched a preliminary probe Friday that could clear the way for a full-scale investigation into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories, plunging the court into the most politically charged conflict it has ever investigated.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement she will conduct the preliminary examination with "full independence and impartiality."

The announcement comes after the Palestinian Authority acceded to The Hague-based court's founding treaty and recognized its jurisdiction dating back to the eve of last summer's Gaza war.

That move opened the door to an ICC investigation that could target possible crimes by both Israel, which is not a member of the court, and Palestinians.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1157428/war-crimes-court-opens-probe-into-palestinian-territories

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Turkey's Erdogan warns of clash of civilizations following attacks

January 17, 2015

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned of a "clash of civilizations" following the wake of the Islamist militant attacks in Paris and he also appeared to criticize France for allowing the wife of one of the gunmen to travel via Turkey to Syria.

Erdogan, a devout Sunni Muslim, has already accused the West of hypocrisy after the attacks last week in which the gunmen killed 17, including 12 at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The three gunmen were also killed.

Speaking at a businessmen's meeting in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said Charlie Hebdo was known for its provocative publications.

"We are following with great concern the attacks against Islam hidden behind the attack on the satirical magazine in France," said Erdogan, who has become an increasingly vocal critic of what he sees as mounting Islamaphobia in the West

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/turkeys-erdogan-warns-clash-civilizations-following-attacks-150604224.html

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Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalising Muslim world

Jan 17 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalisation in the Muslim world.

In a Reuters interview, Davutoglu said peace in the Middle East and the eradication of extremist groups would be virtually impossible without the establishment of a Palestinian state.

He also warned the international community against focusing solely on fighting Islamic State militants in its efforts to end the conflict in Syria, saying the "brutality" of President Bashar al-Assad was the root cause of the problem.

Turkey, an EU candidate nation and member of the Nato military alliance, is a key Western ally in the fight against Islamic jihadists. But its leaders have become increasingly concerned about what they see as rising Islamophobia in Europe and increasingly outspoken in their criticism of Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/turkish-pm-says-israeli-provocations-radicalising-muslim-world#sthash.C1uFswEF.dpuf

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Gunmen seize Yemen president's chief of staff: Official

January 17, 2015

Gunmen on Saturday seized Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's chief of staff, whose nomination as prime minister last year was rejected by Shiite militiamen controlling the capital, an official said.

"An armed group set up a checkpoint in Hada," a southern district of Sanaa, and "captured (Ahmed Awad bin) Mubarak with his companions," an official from the national dialogue secretariat told AFP.

Mubarak is secretary general of the national dialogue on a political transition following the 2012 resignation of veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh after a bloody year-long uprising.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/120522/World/Region/Gunmen-seize-Yemen-presidents-chief-of-staff-Offic.aspx

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Israel denounces ICC enquiry on war crimes in Palestine

Jan 17, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday described as an “outrage,” an International Criminal Court (ICC) enquiry into alleged war crimes on Palestinian soil, adding that the court is overstepping its boundaries.

“The Palestinian authority is not a country and therefore it is not the court’s place, according to its own rules, to carry out an examination like this,” CNN reported citing Netanyahu as saying.

The US also said it “strongly” disagreed with the court’s decision.

“As we have said repeatedly, we do not believe that Palestine is a state and therefore we do not believe that it is eligible to join the ICC,” the US Department of State said in a statement.

It also urged the warring sides to resolve their differences through direct negotiations.

“We will continue to oppose actions against Israel as counterproductive to the cause of peace at the ICC,” the department added.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/israel-denounces-icc-enquiry-on-war-crimes-in-palestine/article6796813.ece

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Southeast Asia

 

M'sian state agency pounds up INTOLERANT rhetoric in Friday sermon

January 17, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR - In its official Friday sermon today, Perak’s Islamic authority claimed that the recent controversial K-pop concert involving Muslim girls being hugged and embraced was proof that liberalism “has succeeded”.

The state sermon called the concert as a “tragedy” to Muslims nationwide and was written by Perak deputy mufti Zamri Hashim, who is also the Ipoh chief for Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA).

“Indeed, this tragedy proved that the violent stream of liberalism — an ideology that tries to fulfil all human needs even by destroying religious and cultural values — has succeeded in tearing down the dividing wall of Islamic identity that has been built before,” it said.

The sermon also dismissed claims that religious authorities are only interested in punishments, insisting that any controversies could be sidestepped if only organisers had referred their events to them.

Besides Korean pop culture, the sermon also took aim at the Hindi film industry Bollywood, and the American film industry Hollywood, accusing them as “dangers” towards the Muslim identity.

Full report at:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=442681:k-pop-concert-a-tragedy-to-muslims-msian-state-agency-pounds-up-intolerant-rhetoric-in-friday-sermon&Itemid=2#ixzz3P1e8SQN1

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French Minister: Muslim-Majority Indonesia Can Have a Real Voice

Jan 17 2015

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin arrived in Jakarta on Friday on a whirlwind mission meant to build on a strategic bilateral partnership with Indonesia.

In an exclusive interview with the Jakarta Globe at the French Embassy in Jakarta, Sapin praised Indonesia’s outspoken condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and said that as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia could make a great impact in the fight against global terrorism.

Q: Tell us about your trip to Indonesia today.

A: I met with the vice president [Jusuf Kalla] this morning and also with the minister of finance [Bambang Brodjonegoro]. You have a new minister of finance, but at the G-20 we’ll be meeting very often. We actually will be meeting five times this year. And the minister of finance will be coming to France in May and I look forward to meeting him there.

Could you elaborate on the meeting that you had with the vice president and the finance minister this morning?

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/minister-indonesia-can-have-a-real-voice/

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No such thing as absolute freedom, says Najib

17 January 2015

A lack of respect for religious sensitivities is giving rise to extremism and will have huge repercussions, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Najib said there was no such thing as absolute freedom.

"We cannot follow absolute freedom. If you want a peaceful world, we have to be responsible in our actions.

"If you criticise other religions because of freedom, it will have severe repercussions," he said in his speech at the Malaysian Youth Council annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur today.

Referring to the attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, Najib said while all religions prohibited murders and killings, there would be people who reacted with violence when their religious sensitivities were not respected.

"If Islam has its religious sensitivities, so do other faiths like Christians, Hindus and Buddhists," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/no-such-thing-as-absolute-freedom-says-najib#sthash.RpiM6euU.dpuf

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One temple won’t change population into Hindus, Tengku Adnan tells Perkasa

Jan 17 2015

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor today slammed Malay right-wing group Perkasa for questioning the construction of a Hindu temple in Putrajaya, saying that it will not affect the faith of Muslims staying nearby.

He asked Perkasa to stop playing up the construction of Sri Lalithambikai Alayam temple and pointed out that the project had been approved a long time ago.

"We have built many temples before, building another one in Putrajaya is not going to change the entire population into Hindus," Adnan said after launching a new housing development in Sungai Besi this morning.

Tengku Adnan said this in response to comments by Perkasa Youth chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris who was recently reported to have asked why a Hindu temple had been constructed in a Malay-majority area and suggested its entrance face Banting, where a large Hindu population lives.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/one-temple-wont-change-population-into-hindus-tengku-adnan-tells-perkasa#sthash.ElRu7L9t.dpuf

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India

 

US-returned techie held for planning to join ISIS

TNN | Jan 17, 2015

HYDERABAD: A 32-year-old US-returned engineer from Habeebnagar in the city was arrested at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport late on Thursday night while he was allegedly on his way to Syria to join ISIS along with his girlfriend, who is based in Dubai.

Salman Moinuddin, the would-be militant, is also an active recruiter for ISIS, police said. He was nabbed before he could board a flight to Dubai on Thursday night. Sleuths of the Counter-Intelligence wing of the Telangana State Intelligence, who effected the arrest, said they had been tracking Moinuddin through his online activities and nabbed him no sooner did he land at the airport. It were the central intelligence agencies that had tipped off the state officials about Moinuddin, they added.

Apparently, Moinuddin had planned to join his girlfriend Ayesha in Dubai from where they were to proceed to Syria via Turkey and establish links with ISIS militants. Ayesha is a British national and was formerly known as Nicky Joseph alias Nicole before she converted to Islam after coming into contact with Moinuddin, police said. The accused had lived in the US for about four years including in Houston, Texas, and is said to have a MS degree in electronics from Texas Southern University.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/US-returned-techie-held-for-planning-to-join-ISIS/articleshow/45917145.cms

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Carrying Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Assamese newspaper face boycott threat

Jan 17, 2015

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Posted: January 17, 2015

A leading Assamese newspaper has invited the wrath of the state Jamiat Ulema for carrying a cartoon Charlie Hebdo had put on its front page n its revival last week, with the organization asking the newspaper to tender apology for it.

Asomiya Pratidin, the largest selling newspaper, had on January 14 carried a front page news of the revival of Charlie Hebdo, putting up with it a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad that the French satirical weekly had printed in its first edition after the January 7 terrorist attack.

Reacting to this, the Assam State Jamiat Ulama headed by AIUDF president and Lok Sabha member Badruddin Ajmal not only hit out at the newspaper for carrying the cartoon showing the Prophet, but also sought an unconditional apology from it.

“Assam State Jamiat Ulema takes strong exception to publication of cartoon showing Prophet Muhammad by some newspapers of Assam. The Jamiat will not tolerate such acts and would resort to strong protest programmes against such newspapers if needed. Newspapers carrying such cartoons should apologize,” a statement issued by Assam State Jamiat Ulema secretary Maulana Fazlool Karim Qasimi said on January 14.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/carrying-charlie-hebdo-cartoon-newspaper-face-boycott-threat-in-assam/99/#sthash.ZCagVhwO.dpuf

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Either ban religious conversions or allow us to continue with ‘ghar wapsi': Togadia tells Centre

Jan 17, 2015

VHP leader Pravin Togadia has said that religious re-conversion would continue until the Centre banned such practise.

Delivering a keynote address at ‘Virat Hindu Hridaya Sangama’ at Puttur near here last evening, Togadia said Hindus could no longer be silent on conversions which resulted in the “dwindling” of their population.

“We want the government to either ban religious conversions or allow us to go ahead with our re-conversion programmes,” he said.

The NDA Government, facing opposition heat over the ‘ghar vapsi’ (home coming) programme of Sangh parivar outfits in some parts of the country, has already stated its willingness to bring an anti-conversion law and called for the support of all parties to the law.

Togadia said a uniform civil code should be introduced in the country and the government should bring in a rule to ensure that every couple, irrespective of religion, could have only two children.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/either-ban-religious-conversions-or-allow-us-to-continue-with-ghar-wapsi-togadia-tells-centre/#sthash.BK2ZpRQz.dpuf

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Democrats defend naming Muslim to US House Intelligence panel

January 17, 2015

Top Democrats are defending their appointment of a Muslim congressman to the US House Intelligence Committee after protests erupted on social media, warning the move is dangerous.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this week appointed Rep. Andre Carson to the panel, which oversees the government's intelligence departments and activities. Much of the business that comes before the committee is classified.

Anti-Muslim protests erupted on Twitter and other social media with complaints that exposing American secrets to Carson could be dangerous.

Democrats widely rejected that view. Pelosi said Carson is the only member of Congress to have served in a Department of Homeland Security Fusion Center, which provides intelligence sharing and training across levels of government. Carson also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the panel, called the protests un-American. He said including Muslim Americans in public policy issues is "an essential element in preventing the kind of alienation that has made too many young European Muslims vulnerable to extremism."

Rep. Joseph Crowley, vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, called on his colleagues to renounce the attacks.

"We will never be able to grow as a society if we allow this kind of hatred and division to go unchecked," Crowley wrote in a letter to his colleagues.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/120499/World/International/Democrats-defend-naming-Muslim-to-US-House-Intelli.aspx

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US blasts ICC war crimes probe of Israel as 'tragic irony'

January 17, 2015

Washington (AFP) - The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a "tragic irony".

CC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office would conduct an "analysis in full independence and impartiality" into alleged war crimes by Israel, including those committed during last year's Gaza offensive.

Her decision comes after Palestine formally joined the ICC earlier this month, allowing it to lodge war crimes and crimes against humanity complaints against Israel as of April.

Nearly 2,200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed during last summer's war in Gaza.

The US criticized the decision late Friday, saying it opposed actions against Israel at the ICC as "counterproductive to the cause of peace".

"It is a tragic irony that Israel, which has withstood thousands of terrorist rockets fired at its civilians and its neighborhoods, is now being scrutinized by the ICC," US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/us-condemns-icc-war-crimes-probe-israel-tragic-051842616.html

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US Muslim organization seeks removal from UAE terror list

17 January 2015

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday it has sought to be removed from a United Arab Emirates’ list that designates it as a terrorist organization, along with dozens of other groups.

The move comes after the Emirati Cabinet said that designated groups can pursue an appeals process to seek removal from the terrorism list.

Washington-based CAIR describes itself as America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.

The Emirates included CAIR on a list of 83 groups — including the Islamic State group, a number of Al-Qaeda-linked groups, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and several Western-based Islamic organizations — it considers terrorist organizations. The list was made public Nov. 15 and also included another US-based group, the Muslim American Society.

Washington has said it was seeking more details from the UAE over its listing of the two American groups, which the US does not consider terrorist organizations.

CAIR civil rights litigation director Jenifer Wicks said Friday that details of a 2014 Emirati law the designation was based on were made available online this week. She said CAIR has not yet received details of the appeals process.

“Therefore, we asked that the submission sent this week be considered an appeal of the designation,” Wicks said in an e-mail.

She said CAIR was awaiting a response from the UAE Embassy in Washington or the Emirati Ministry of Justice, the first step in the appeals process. UAE has taken a tough stance against radical militants such as the IS group.

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/690671

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Follow U.S. example to integrate Muslims, Obama tells Europe

Jan 17, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama has said that Europe should take a cue from America and focus on better integration of Muslims in the mainstream society as vast majority of the community believes in “tolerance”.

“Our biggest advantage is that our Muslim populations, they feel themselves to be Americans. And there is this incredible process of immigration and assimilation that is part of our tradition that is probably our greatest strength,” Mr. Obama said on Friday.

“It doesn’t mean that we aren’t subject to the kinds of tragedies that we saw at the Boston Marathon. But that, I think, has been helpful,” he said.

Mr. Obama said there are parts in Europe where the situation is different and that is probably the reason the continent faces the “greatest danger”.

He said it was important for Europe not to simply respond with a “hammer and law enforcement and military” approaches to these problems.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/follow-us-example-to-integrate-muslims-obama-tells-europe/article6796567.ece

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US, UK for encryption of online services to track terrorists

Jan 17, 2015

Terming the cyber threat as one of the most serious national security challenges, US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have asked for encryption of online services by private companies to maintain both people’s privacy and help track down

terrorists.

“I think what we have to find is a consistent framework whereby our publics have confidence that their government can both protect them, but not abuse our capacity to operate in cyberspace. Because this is a whole new world, the laws that might have been designed for the traditional wiretap have to be updated,” Obama said on Friday.

“How we do that needs to be debated, both here in the US and in the UK. We’re getting better at it. I think we’re striking the balance better,” he added.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/us-uk-for-encryption-of-online-services-to-track-terrorists/#sthash.SDy6jvzA.dpuf

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Islamist radicals at war with US: America's first-ever Hindu lawmaker

PTI | Jan 17, 2015

WASHINGTON: Islamist radicals are at war with the US and the Obama Administration has refused to recognise the "enemy", America's first-ever Hindu lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard has said.

"What is so frustrating now as we look at the situation there, our administration refuses to recognise who our enemy is. And unless and until that happens, then it's impossible to come up with a strategy to defeat that enemy," Gabbard, who recently returned from a two-week trip to India, told the CNN in an interview.

"We have to recognise that this is about radical Islam, this is as much a military war as it is an ideological war, and we've got to understand what that ideology is and challenge it, understand it so that we can defeat it and protect our citizens, protect the American people," she said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/other-news/Islamist-radicals-at-war-with-US-Tulsi-Gabbard/articleshow/45921556.cms

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/hafiz-saeed-calls-blasphemy-terrorism-against-muslims/d/101082

 

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