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Hanging Afzal Guru Is a Good Decision: Ajmer Dargah Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Hanging Afzal Guru is a good decision: Ajmer Dargah head

Hurriyat leaders Farooq, Geelani placed under house arrest in Delhi

Afzal Guru hanging: voice of affirmation across political spectrum

‘I don’t wish to be part of the living dead’: Afzal Guru

Hundreds rally in PoK against Afzal Guru hanging

Shinde scores with Afzal Guru, Quassab hangings

Hurriyat calls for four-day mourning for Afzal Guru

Afzal Guru's hanging 'worrying trend': HRW

Rs 75 lakh film seeks to bridge Kashmir's culture gap

When Supreme Court took away right to life from Afzal Guru

Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir

 

North America

Did Saudi Arabia ‘kill’ Shaykh Anwar al Awlaki?

US seeking info that can convict Hafiz Saeed in court of law

US mulls putting Algeria militant on ‘kill’ list: report

Obama: Core of al-Qaeda on path to defeat

Samuel Mullet and Amish beard-cutters jailed in Ohio

US evaluating the situation in Syria: John Kerry

Kerry says Iran must be serious at nuclear talks

 

Africa

Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up Near Mali Soldiers

Libyans now allowed remarrying without consent of first wife

Mali Islamists Flee to Sudan's Darfur Region

Tunisia ruling Islamists call for rally in capital

Near Timbuktu, 2 Bodies Show Reprisal Killings

Mali on edge after suicide attack

 

Pakistan

Christian man shot five times, dies, in Baluchistan for refusing to convert to Islam

Blast near mosque kills 16 in Orakzai

Afghan colony to be de-weaponised before eviction

Baloch militants kill two soldiers

80 pc killed in US drone strikes were terrorists: Pak foreign secy

Pakistan to consult Afghans before freeing Taliban

Lal Masjid cleric’s interview in Burqa still a mystery

Information Minister urges Islamic scholars to promote peace

26/11: Pakistan court directs Saeed to establish his case

AHRC says religious extremists creating bloodbath in Sindh

Lawyers urged to end differences between bar and bench

Talks the only way to resolve issue of drone attacks: Foreign Secretary

Conspiracy to delay elections will meet defeat, says Shahbaz

Pak consulate in Jeddah to extend aid to pardoned prisoner

Poll survey indicates narrow lead for ruling Pak party

 

Southeast Asia

West Java Police Nab University Student for Managing Prostitution Website

Indonesian police probe 'baby-smuggling ring'

Malaysia charges duo with inciting terrorism in Syria

Worried Indonesian President Steps In to Lead Unpopular Ruling Party

Struggle for PM post dividing Malays, empowering minorities

Central Java council deputy speaker sentenced to 3 years

 

Arab World

A Faceless Teenage Refugee Who Helped Ignite Syria’s War

Major Saudi cleric defends Bin Laden on Al- Jazeera

At least five killed after mortar attacks against Iranian dissidents in Iraq

Syrian regime forces kill at least 110 people nationwide on Friday

One Egyptian dead, 40 injured in clashes with security forces

Syria’s Assad says ready for unconditioned dialogue with opposition

Saudi prisoner in Iraq gets inhuman treatment

Dubai starts work on Islamic economic hub pledge

Prisoners from different countries take part in RAK Quran award

18 inmates on hunger strike in Oman prison

Egypt court orders YouTube banned for a month

 

Mideast Asia

Islamic Jihad to participate in PLO elections

Seizure of Antiaircraft Missiles in Yemen Raises Fears That Iran Is Arming Rebels There

Israeli Troops Block Palestinian Protest Camp Near Hebron

Iran Says Its English Channel Dropped by Satellite

Despite curbs, Iranian economy is resilient

Turkey spends over $600 mln on Syria refugees

First organ transplant in Gaza carried out by British surgeons

Beitar club torched after protests against Muslim players

 

Europe

Defence-related corruption ‘pervasive’ in Arab Spring countries: study

Cyprus upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status

U.N. Says 5,000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War

U.N. Calls on Papua New Guinea to Curb Violence after Burning Death of Woman

Thousands displaced in Mali's far-north need help: Red Cross

38-year-old woman charged with assassination attempt on KS Brar

 

South Asia

NATO Rejects UN Report Afghan Children Deaths from U.S. Strikes

Brotherhood Rejects and Condemns Unjust Trials of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Leaders

Landmine explosion kills family of six in south Afghanistan: officials

Ahmadiya’s annual convention in Bangladesh begins in capital

ICT law to be changed to appeal against verdict: State Minister for law

Ferry capsize kills 14 in Bangladesh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India

 

Hanging Afzal Guru is a good decision: Ajmer Dargah head

Feb 09 2013

Jaipur : The religious head of Ajmer Dargah has welcomed the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, terming it as a "very good decision".

"This is a very good decision but should have been taken earlier. It was necessary to send a message across the world that India is tough against terrorism," Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, Diwan of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti's shrine, said.

The government should take such bold and legal steps well in time to give a message that the country has zero tolerance for terrorism, he said.

Khan also demanded from the Pakistan government to release Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national who is languishing in a jail in that country for several years.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hanging-afzal-guru-is-a-good-decision-ajmer-dargah-head/1071905/

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Hurriyat leaders Farooq, Geelani placed under house arrest in Delhi

Feb 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: Chiefs of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, were on Saturday placed under house arrest in the national capital as a preventive measure following the hanging of Afzal Guru in the Parliament attack case.

While Geelani was here for medical treatment, the Mirwaiz was camping in the national capital trying to secure a passport so that he can go to Egypt for attending the Organisation of Islamic Conference.

Official sources said that policemen restricted the exit of any family member of both the separatist leaders residing in South Delhi.

Both the factions have given strike call to protest against the execution.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hurriyat-leaders-Farooq-Geelani-placed-under-house-arrest-in-Delhi/articleshow/18416573.cms

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Afzal Guru hanging: voice of affirmation across political spectrum

Feb 09 2013

Political parties on Saturday said justice has been done with the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru even as BJP questioned the delay in carrying out the death sentence.

Both Congress and the BJP said the hanging of Guru, a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, would send a message to terror outfits that India would not tolerate terrorism.

“The law has taken its course. The Parliament attack convict has been hanged,” Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said reacting to the execution of Guru in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

“Justice has been done,” another Congress spokesman Sandeep Dikshit said.

Questioning the delay in Guru’s hanging, BJP said it should have happened much earlier after the confirmation of the capital punishment by the Supreme Court in 2005.

“The capital punishment awarded to Afzal Guru today is a part of legal and judicial process which ought to have taken place much earlier. The attack on the Indian Parliament happened in 2001, that is 12 years ago, which was an attack on India.

“Why this sort of delay inspite of overpowering desire of the people of the country that those who are accused of such a heinous offence ought to be given the capital punishment as affirmed by the highest court of the land. This question would remain important and an answer would have to be found out,” BJP Chief Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

In Chennai, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the decision to hang Guru was not based on political considerations.

“The process of Article 72 unfolded and once the mercy petition was rejected by the president (Pranab Mukherjee) the law took its own course,” Mr. Tewari told reporters.

He was referring to the article of the constitution under which a President can grant pardon or commute the sentence of any convict.

Mr. Alvi said the capital punishment to Afzal Guru would send a message to all terror outfits that India will not tolerate terror.

“We have sent a message to the world that we cannot tolerate terrorism at any cost. Anybody committing any acts of terror will be punished. People of our country and government have zero tolerance for terrorism”, he said.

Taking a swipe at the BJP, Mr. Alvi said terrorists released by the NDA government during the Kandahar plane hijack episode were those who planned attack on Parliament.

BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: “Though delayed, we still feel that the hanging of Afzal Guru was a right action. This action is delayed. But undoubtedly it is a welcome action.”

CPI(M) said the law of the land has taken its course as far as attack on the Indian Parliament is concerned.

“I think, the law of the land with all its provisions has finally been completed as far as the Afzal Guru case and the attack on the Indian Parliament is concerned. The issue which had been lingering for the past 11 years has finally completed its due course,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said.

In Srinagar, People’s Democratic Party expressed disappointment over Guru’s hanging, saying the “sensitivities” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should have been taken into account before taking the decision.

PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar also criticised Guru’s burial inside the prison complex in New Delhi, saying the body should have been given to his family in Kashmir.

The All Party Hurriyat Conference announced a four-day mourning on the death of Guru.

“We call on people to observe four-day mourning on the hanging of Guru. A complete shutdown will be observed over the mourning period,” Hurriyat Conference spokesman Shahidul Islam said in Srinagar.

Shiv Sena, another party strident in its demand for Guru’s execution, welcomed his hanging, saying the government showed “courage” in taking this decision.

“The government showed courage in hanging Guru,” Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said in Mumbai but rued the delay in the process.

Mr. Raut said when Pranab Mukherjee had met Shiv Sena chief late Bal Thackeray during his campaign for the Presidential elections, the Sena supremo had urged him not to grant clemency to Guru.

Our Staff Reporter from Patna adds:

Reacting to the hanging of Afzal Guru, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Saturday that act was inevitable, although delayed.

“It is a question of a criminal act. The matter was kept pending for long. With the apex court’s sentence, justice eventually prevailed. There is a feeling among the common people that this should have happened earlier,” Mr. Kumar said.

Mr. Kumar runs a coalition government in Bihar with the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been demanding Afzal Guru's hanging.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/afzal-guru-hanging-voice-of-affirmation-across-political-spectrum/article4397059.ece

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‘I don’t wish to be part of the living dead’: Afzal Guru

Feb 09 2013

"Life has become hell in the jail. I requested the government to take an immediate decision over my sentence," Afzal Guru had told news agency “IANS” in 2008 in what was perhaps his last interview.

Stressing that he wanted a quick end to his ordeal, 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had in 2008 doubted if the UPA government could ever reach a decision on his case. In what was perhaps his last interview, the death row convict had told IANS that life had become hell and he did not wish to be “part of the living dead”.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/i-dont-wish-to-be-part-of-the-living-dead/article4397055.ece

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Hundreds rally in PoK against Afzal Guru hanging

February 09, 2013

Hundreds of protesters on Saturday rallied in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, to condemn the execution of a Kashmiri separatist in India.

Mohammed Afzal Guru, a one-time fruit merchant, was hanged at New Delhi's Tihar Jail early Saturday over his role in a deadly attack on the Indian parliament in 2001, after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a mercy appeal.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Hundreds-rally-in-PoK-against-Afzal-Guru-hanging/Article1-1009153.aspx

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Shinde scores with Afzal Guru, Quassab hangings

February 09, 2013

Sushil Kumar Shinde's nearly six months in office as the union home minister have seen hangings of two major terror convicts - Ajmal Amir Quassab and Afzal Guru - depicting a sense of determination of the UPA government to deal with terrorism cases and signalling his firmness on the issue, say

officials and analysts.

The two hangings, carried out with procedural secrecy, came about within a gap of merely two-and-half months.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Shinde-scores-with-Afzal-Guru-Quassab-hangings/Article1-1009162.aspx

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Hurriyat calls for four-day mourning for Afzal Guru

 February 09, 2013

Moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq announced four-day mourning after the execution of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on Saturday following his conviction in the Parliament attack case.

"We call on people to observe four-day mourning on the hanging of Guru. A complete shutdown will be observed over the mourning period," Shahidul Islam, spokesman of the amalgam, said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/srinagar/Hurriyat-calls-for-four-day-mourning-for-Afzal-Guru/Article1-1009071.aspx

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Afzal Guru's hanging 'worrying trend': HRW

February 09, 2013

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging "shows a very worrying trend by the Indian government", Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

"The hanging of Afzal Guru, following closely behind the hanging of (Mumbai attack convict) Ajmal Quassab in November, shows a very worrying trend by the Indian government," it said.

"Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an inherently irreversible, inhumane punishment," said Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director of Human Rights Watch.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Afzal-Guru-s-hanging-worrying-trend-HRW/Article1-1009051.aspx

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Rs 75 lakh film seeks to bridge Kashmir's culture gap

By Sameer Arshad

Feb 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: The furore over the disbanding of Kashmir's all-girl band has overshadowed the first 35 mm Kashmiri film's release. 'Partav' (Influence) is due to premiere in Srinagar on Feb 13 and is seen as the first serious attempt to revive Kashmiri cinema that has produced just a few films since the 1960s.

Dental surgeon-turned-filmmaker Dilnawaz Muntazir and his three-member team have made the film on a shoestring after pooling-in money over the last three years. "This is technically the first film of Bollywood quality. There was another one made in 2006 but it was filmed with a TV quality camera."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rs-75-lakh-film-seeks-to-bridge-Kashmirs-culture-gap/articleshow/18410869.cms

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When Supreme Court took away right to life from Afzal Guru

Feb 09 2013

New Delhi: The Supreme Court had while upholding Afzal Guru's death sentence had termed the attack on Parliament in 2001 as an unparalleled assault on the supreme seat of democracy.

In its 271-page judgement delivered on August 4, 2005, a division Bench of Justice P V Reddi and Justice P P Naolekar had said there was clinching evidence against Guru regarding his nexus with the terrorists who carried out the "terrorist act of most diabolical nature".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/when-supreme-court-took-away-right-to-life-from-afzal-guru/1071893/

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Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir

Feb 9, 2013

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Saturday snapped the mobile internet services in Kashmir valley following hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru inside Tihar jail in national capital.

All the mobile internet connections have stopped functioning this morning as the news about hanging of Guru broke out.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Afzal-Guru-hanged-Mobile-internet-services-snapped-in-Kashmir/articleshow/18415453.cms

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North America

 

Did Saudi Arabia ‘kill’ Shaykh Anwar al Awlaki?

February 9, 2013

A US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret airbase for unmanned drones in Saudi Arabia has been identified by US media as the source of a drone strike that killed Shaykh Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen in 2011.

Revelations about the existence of the facility have emerged in the wake of  President Obama’s announcement that he intends to install counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan as the director of the CIA. Brennan faces a Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The Washington Post reported that Brennan, a former CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia, played a key role in negotiations with the government in Riyadh over building the drone base.

The location of the secret drone base was not revealed in the US reports.

Full report at:

http://alhittin.com/2013/02/09/did-saudi-arabia-kill-shaykh-anwar-al-awlaki/

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US seeking info that can convict Hafiz Saeed in court of law

 February 09, 2013

The US on Saturday said it continues to seek information on LeT founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed that can convict him in the court of law.

However, it refused to comment on the detailed interview given by the Mumbai attack mastermind, arguing that it does not want to "dignify" someone on which the US has declared a reward of $10 million for information leading to his conviction.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/US-seeking-info-that-can-convict-Hafiz-Saeed-in-court-of-law/Article1-1008953.aspx

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US mulls putting Algeria militant on ‘kill’ list: report

February 9, 2013

WASHINGTON: Senior members of US President Barack Obama’s administration want to put the mastermind of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility on a secret “kill” list, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

Adding Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar to a US list for targeted killing would entail a significant US military expansion into northwestern Africa, the newspaper said, citing unnamed US officials.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/algeria/us-mulls-putting-algeria-militant-on-kill-list-report-1.1143789

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Obama: Core of al-Qaeda on path to defeat

Feb 09 2013

Washington : The core of al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat, US President Barack Obama has said adding that this has been mainly due to the relentless actions being taken by his administration against terrorist groups.

"We've put the core of al-Qaeda on the path to defeat, and we've been relentless against its affiliates," Obama said yesterday during the farewell ceremony of outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Obama hailed Panetta's role as CIA Director and then as Defence Secretary saying he played a key part in action against al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/obamacore-of-alqaeda-on-path-to-defeat/1071872/

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Samuel Mullet and Amish beard-cutters jailed in Ohio

 February 09, 2013

An Ohio Amish sect leader has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for directing hair- and beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in 2011.

Fifteen of Samuel Mullet's followers were also given prison sentences ranging from one to seven years.

They were convicted of hate crime after prosecutors argued the five attacks were motivated by religious disputes.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21389094

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US evaluating the situation in Syria: John Kerry

 Feb 9, 2013

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the Obama Administration is currently evaluating the situation in Syria and mulling over steps to be taken to deal with the violence there.

"There is too much killing (and) violence, and we obviously want to try to find a way forward," Kerry said, asserting that the US administration is "deeply distressed" with the happenings in Syria.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-evaluating-the-situation-in-Syria-John-Kerry/articleshow/18411026.cms

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Kerry says Iran must be serious at nuclear talks

 February 09, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran on Friday to come to upcoming nuclear talks prepared to talk seriously with world powers about addressing concerns over its nuclear program.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department, Mr. Kerry said in his first public comments on the matter since taking office last week that Iran knows full well what it needs to do to prove its nuclear intentions are peaceful as it claims.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/kerry-says-iran-must-be-serious-at-nuclear-talks/article4394502.ece

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Africa

 

Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up Near Mali Soldiers

February 08, 2013

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a group of Malian soldiers in the northern city of Gao, where Islamist rebels driven from the town have resorted to guerrilla attacks, a military officer told AFP Friday.

The suicide bomber "approached us on a motorbike, he was a Tamashek

 (Tuareg), and as he came closer he set off his belt," said First Sergeant Mamadou Keita.

"He died immediately and among us, one was injured."

The act marked the first suicide attack in the embattled west African nation since the start of a French-led offensive to oust the Islamists from Mali's north, where they had controlled key towns for 10 months.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Suicide-bomber-blows-himself-up-near-Mali-soldiers/Article1-1008726.aspx

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Libyan men now allowed to remarry without consent of first wife: court rule

 07 February 2013

Time for men in Libya to look for a second wife as the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court in the country abolished an old amendment that required men to have their first wife consent to them marrying a second one, according to AFP.

The previous Qaddafi regime requirement for a second marriage included written consent from the first wife and the man’s financial ability to be able to cater to both wives.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/07/264927.html

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Mali Islamists Flee to Sudan's Darfur Region

 February 09, 2013

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Islamist fighters from Mali have reached Sudan's western Darfur region after fleeing French air strikes and advancing ground troops, a Sudanese rebel group said on Friday.

French troops have pushed militants out of cities and into desert and mountain hideouts in a four-week operation to prevent Mali becoming a base for attacks in Africa and Europe.

"We have confirmed that some Mali fighters are in Darfur," said Gibreel Adam, spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel group in Darfur.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/08/world/africa/08reuters-mali-rebels-sudan.html?ref=africa

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Tunisia ruling Islamists call for rally in capital

 February 09, 2013

TUNIS — Members of Tunisia's main ruling Islamist party called for a rally in the capital on Saturday, a day after police clashed with protesters at the funeral of murdered opposition figure Chokri Belaid.

The Ennahda party demonstration was to take place in the centre of Tunis on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, where the latest violence has taken place, the party said in a statement.

Full report at: Copyright © 2013 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Near Timbuktu, 2 Bodies Show Reprisal Killings

2013/02/09

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — The bodies are buried here, in the side of a dune less than a mile outside this desert capital, dumped out of sight in a forgotten and uninhabited zone.

Except the wind undressed the grave.

It threw off the blanket of yellow sand to reveal a white piece of clothing. Soon the children of the shepherds who spend their days roaming the dunes with their flocks began talking about the two men buried there.

By the time journalists were led to the shallow grave 11 days after the two were last seen, the desert dwellers knew their entire biography: their names, their professions, the fact that they had been arrested by Malian soldiers on the same day that the French took control of Timbuktu from Islamic extremists. Most importantly, they knew their ethnic group — both were Arab.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/02/09/world/africa/ap-af-mali-reprisal-killings.html?ref=africa

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Mali on edge after suicide attack

Feb 9, 2013

GAO (MALI): Malian troops bolstered security at army checkpoints and villagers detained two youths allegedly strapped with explosives on Saturday after Islamists claimed responsibility for the country's first suicide attack.

Residents of a village near Gao, the largest city in the north, detained two youths they said were wearing explosive-rigged belts and travelling on the same road where the suicide bombing on Friday wounded a soldier at a checkpoint.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Mali-on-edge-after-suicide-attack/articleshow/18418436.cms

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Pakistan

 

Christian man shot five times, dies, in Baluchistan for refusing to convert to Islam

By Jibran Khan

02/04/2013

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - Younas Masih died this afternoon after he was shot five times last Thursday as he made his way home. An unknown gunman fired at the 55-year-old Christian man. From the beginning, his conditions appeared critical. It is believed he was attacked after he resisted pressures from co-workers to convert to Islam.

Masih worked for a company in Chaman. His friends describe him as honest and reliable. Strong in his Christian faith, he was regularly involved in his local parish.

Speaking anonymously, local sources told AsiaNews that Muslim co-workers had began pressuring him to convert, which he rejected, standing firm in his beliefs in Christ.

Full report at:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-man-mortally-wounded-in-Baluchistan-for-refusing-to-convert-to-Islam-27049.html

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Blast near mosque kills 16 in Orakzai

 February 09, 2013

PARACHINAR: A bomb blast killed 16 people and wounded 27 in Orakzai on Friday, government officials said, in an area that authorities said they had cleared of Taliban fighters.

“Most of the dead and injured were returning from Friday prayers at a mosque,” said Mehmood Aslam, a government official in the area.

A journalist and a paramilitary fighter were among the dead, said Fazal Qader, the regional deputy official.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\09\story_9-2-2013_pg7_2

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Afghan colony to be de-weaponised before eviction

 February 09, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The evacuation operation planned by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in the Afghan colony of Sector I11 has been put on hold, as the police plan to first clear the area of criminal elements to avert any resistance.

Dozens of CDA personnel along with heavy equipment had already been deployed at the site but the police have yet to give any timeline for its operation.

Last week, a sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet had set a deadline of February 11 for the CDA to evict the land, as the sector had been allotted to low-salaried employees.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\09\story_9-2-2013_pg11_1

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Baloch militants kill two soldiers

 February 09, 2013

QUETTA: Gunmen on Friday fired at a security forces’ convoy killing two soldiers and wounding another in Balochistan, officials said. “The Baloch militants fired at a paramilitary convoy when it was passing from mountains in Mand area of Turbat district,” Akbar Hussain Durrani, the home secretary of Balochistan province, told AFP. Mand is a remote town on the border between Pakistan and Iran, around 700 kilometres from Quetta. “There was an exchange of fire after the attack. However, there is no confirmation of the loss on the militants’ side because they were in the mountains,” said Durrani. Hundreds of people have died in the province since Baloch rebels rose up in 2004 demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s wealth of natural oil, gas and mineral resources. The area is also plagued by Islamist militancy and sectarian violence.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\09\story_9-2-2013_pg7_7

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80 pc killed in US drone strikes were terrorists: Pak foreign secy

Feb 09 2013

Islamabad : Eighty per cent of about 3,000 people killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt were terrorists, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani has said.

Jilani made the remarks while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday.

However, he described the drone attacks as "unacceptable as they violate the sovereignty of Pakistan".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/80-pc-killed-in-us-drone-strikes-were-terrorists-pak-foreign-secy/1071904/

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Pakistan to consult Afghans before freeing Taliban

 February 09, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has agreed to give a formal role to Afghan High Peace Council in the release of remaining Taliban detainees. Pakistani authorities would consult High Peace Council through a new coordination mechanism being set up before setting more Taliban prisoners free.

The new mechanism gives a say to high peace council about who should be released for being useful in the peace and reconciliation process.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/09/pakistan-to-consult-afghans-before-freeing-taliban/

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Lal Masjid cleric’s interview in burqa still a mystery

 February 09, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Feb 8: Maulana Abdul Aziz removing his veil of his burqa on the state run PTV remains the defining image of the Lal Masjid crisis of 2007.

But nearly six years later, it is still not clear whose brainwave led to this spectacle. Both the federal secretary of information and the man managing PTV have little idea whose idea this was.

The Lal Masjid Commission grappled with the mystery on Friday in Islamabad.

A conflict between the Musharraf regime and the Lal Masjid administration provided a basis for the operation which started on July 3 and lasted till July 11, 2007.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/09/lal-masjid-clerics-interview-in-burqa-still-a-mystery-2/

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Information Minister urges Islamic scholars to promote peace

 February 09, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Thursday called upon religious scholars to promote the true teachings of Islam for peace in the world.

Speaking as the chief guest at the ‘All Pakistan Naat Competition’ jointly organised by Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television at the National Broadcasting House, Kaira said that the responsibility rested with religious scholars to project Islam in its true spirit.

The minister said, “Islam is not the name of rituals but it is a practical religion, which preaches diversity, tolerance and harmony.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013%5C02%5C08%5Cstory_8-2-2013_pg11_7

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26/11: Pakistan court directs Saeed to establish his case

 February 08, 2013

A Pakistani court on Friday directed Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed to establish his case that the government should defend him in a US lawsuit filed by relatives of Jewish victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Lahore high court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial adjourned the case till March 7 after directing Saeed's counsel to present arguments in the light of international laws to back the JuD leader’s contention that he should be provided legal assistance by the government.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/26-11-Pakistan-court-directs-Saeed-to-establish-his-case/Article1-1008828.aspx

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AHRC says religious extremists creating bloodbath in Sindh

 February 09, 2013

Religious extremists attempt to create a bloodbath in Sindh province by the use of false blasphemy charges against Shias.

Though the police have exonerated all five persons falsely accused of committing blasphemy they have failed to take any actions for their protection. This is particularly important as no action whatsoever has been taken against their accusers who are members of the militant Ahle Sunnat Waljamat. Regrettably this is another example of the policy of appeasement of the government towards religious fundamentalists who want to mould society to their way of thinking. It is likely that in the coming days, weeks and months Shia places of worship will come under attack and many people will be killed in unnecessary and unprecedented sectarian strife.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\09\story_9-2-2013_pg7_10

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Lawyers urged to end differences between bar and bench

 February 09, 2013

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Justice Umar Ata Bandial has urged lawyers’ representatives to attend the meetings of the judicial commission for judges’ appointment, saying that it would be of great help in appointing judges of the superior courts and related issues.

He desired the nominated bar members to present their point of view by participating in the upcoming commission meetings instead of boycotting the same. He asked the bar leaders to rise to the occasion, leaving behind petty differences.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\02\09\story_9-2-2013_pg13_6

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Talks the only way to resolve issue of drone attacks: Foreign Secretary

February 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said on Friday that Pakistan was engaged in a dialogue with the United States and that it was the only way to resolve the issue of drone attacks.

Briefing Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs here, the Foreign Secretary said US drone attacks are unacceptable as these are violative of sovereignty of Pakistan, “Drone attacks are against sovereignty of Pakistan, against international law and against the UN charter.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/504820/talks-the-only-way-to-resolve-issue-of-drone-attacks-foreign-secretary/

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Conspiracy to delay elections will meet defeat, says Shahbaz

 February 09, 2013

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said the conspiracy underway to delay the general elections would be defeated, DawnNews reported.

In a statement issued from Lahore, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader said opponents resentful with his party’s popularity wanted to ensure that elections be delayed.

The chief minister said the PML-N had spent five years serving the people and no one could point a finger at his administration in the country’s largest province.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/02/09/conspiracy-to-delay-elections-will-meet-defeat-says-shahbaz/

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Pak consulate in Jeddah to extend aid to pardoned prisoner

 9 February 2013

The Pakistani Consulate General in Jeddah is set to extend all possible help to Mohammad Naeem Mohammad Siddique; the Pakistani prisoner who is scheduled for release after the president of the Jeddah Summary Court collected blood money last week as a humanitarian gesture. Sayed Tahseem-ul-Haq Haqqi, Pakistani vice consul welfare is scheduled to visit Siddique today. Haqqi said he has already contacted the prison authorities to follow up on the case. The consulate decided to aid the prisoner following an Arab News report on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/pak-consulate-extend-aid-pardoned-prisoner

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Poll survey indicates narrow lead for ruling Pak party

Feb 09 2013

Islamabad : Pakistani voters appear divided on who to vote for in the upcoming general election, with the ruling Pakistan People's Party having a very slender lead over other key parties, according to a new survey.

Twenty-nine per cent of the people surveyed said they would vote for the PPP, 25 per cent for the main opposition PML-N and 20 per cent for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.

Respondents were asked who they had voted for most frequently in the past and voting histories indicated the PML-N's vote bank had remained stable while the PPP's appeared to have significantly declined.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/poll-survey-indicates-narrow-lead-for-ruling-pak-party/1071903/

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Southeast Asia

 

West Java Police Nab University Student for Managing Prostitution Website

Farouk Arnaz | February 08, 2013

The West Java Police have arrested the individual allegedly behind an online prostitution ring in Bandung, according to the National Police.

“His initial is W,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Thursday. “He is being investigated by the West Java Police and charged with multiple articles from the Electronic Information and Transaction Law, the Pornography Law and Article 378 of the Criminal Code on fraud.”

The maximum sanction for W, a university student majoring in computer science, is 12 years in prison.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lawandorder/police-nab-university-student-for-managing-prostitution-website/570382

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Indonesian police probe 'baby-smuggling ring'

 February 09, 2013

Police in Indonesia say they are investigating a suspected baby-smuggling ring that is thought to have taken some infants to Singapore and sold them on to third countries.

They said seven people had been arrested, including midwives, and one mother is under suspicion of selling her child. Three babies were recovered.

Investigators said the children had been bought from poor families for a few hundred dollars each.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-21383619

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Malaysia charges duo with inciting terrorism in Syria

 08 February 2013

A Malaysian court charged two people Friday with inciting terrorism in Syria after Amnesty International urged authorities to try or release them instead of detaining them under a new security law.

However, another man remains under remand after the trio on Thursday became the first to be arrested under the Security Offenses [Special Measures] Act, or SOSMA, lawyers told AFP.

Police said the three were suspected of masterminding the recruitment of Malaysians “for the purpose of terror activities”.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265189.html

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Worried Indonesian President Steps In to Lead Unpopular Ruling Party

 February 09, 2013

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president has stepped in to take over his ruling party, so damaged by a series of corruption scandals that even its senior members concede it faces a rout in elections next year.

One of his ministers was felled in December after being named as a suspect in a bribery investigation by a powerful anti-corruption agency which has in recent months sunk its teeth into several politicians, including top members of the country's most successful Muslim-based party.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/09/world/asia/09reuters-indonesia-politics.html?ref=asia

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Struggle for PM post dividing Malays, empowering minorities

 February 09, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today likened the Malay politicians in both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to “political beggars”, saying their scramble to be prime minister has led them to plead for support from the country’s minority races.

The influential Umno veteran pointed out that while these minority groups become more politically powerful, the Malays were becoming increasingly divided by fighting among themselves.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dr-m-struggle-for-pm-post-dividing-malays-empowering-minorities/

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Central Java council deputy speaker sentenced to 3 years

Ainur Rohmah

February 09 2013

The Semarang Corruption Court on Friday sentenced Central Java Legislative Council Deputy Speaker Riza Kurniawan to three years in prison for embezzling social aid funds (Bansos) for religious activities.

The court also ordered him to pay a fine of Rp 100 million (US$10,355) or serve an additional six months in jail for graft.

The panel of judges found the National Mandate Party (PAN) politician guilty of embezzling aid funds from the 2008 Central Java provincial budget. He was found to have violated articles 3 (1) and 11 of Law No. 31/1999 on corruption eradication.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/02/09/central-java-council-deputy-speaker-sentenced-3-years.html

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Arab World

 

A Faceless Teenage Refugee Who Helped Ignite Syria’s War

By KAREEM FAHIM and HWAIDA SAAD

 February 09, 2013

AMMAN, Jordan — In a listless border town, the teenager goes unnoticed, one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the Syrian civil war, dashing across villages and farms to land in Jordan, just five miles from home.

But this young man carries a burden — maybe an honour, too — that almost no one else shares.

He knows that he and his friends helped start it all. They ignited an uprising.

It began simply enough, inspired not so much by political activism as by teenage rebellion against authority, and boredom. He watched his cousin spray-paint the wall of a school in the city of Dara’a with a short, impish challenge to President Bashar al-Assad, a trained ophthalmologist, about the spreading national revolts.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/middleeast/a-faceless-teenage-refugee-who-helped-ignite-syrias-war.html?ref=world

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Major Saudi cleric defends Bin Laden on Al- Jazeera

08 February 2013

Mohamemd al-Arifi, an influential Saudi religious scholar and professor at King Saud University, has thrown a bombshell by claiming that al-Qaeda “does not tolerate bloodshed” and that it was victimized by attributing to it a bad ideology.

During a recent television interview, he went as far as claiming that the late Oussama Bin Laden (who he referred to as "Sheikh Oussama" and prayed for his soul to be blessed) was a victim of wide-level character assassination.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265035.html

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At least five killed after mortar attacks against Iranian dissidents in Iraq

09 February 2013

Mortar attacks on an exile camp housing Iranian dissidents near Baghdad killed a number of people early on Saturday, an Iraqi security official and a United Nations spokeswoman said.

The mortars “led to a number of deaths and injuries among the residents,” said Eliana Nabaa, spokeswoman for the U.N. mission in Iraq. “Also a number of Iraqi policemen were injured... We cannot confirm exactly how many.”

An interior ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the toll at five dead and 40 wounded.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/09/265247.html

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Syrian regime forces kill at least 110 people nationwide on Friday

 08 February 2013

More than 110 people have been killed by Syrian regime forces on Friday, including at least 30 in air strikes on the eastern part of Aleppo, according to activist media.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gathers its information from a network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals on the ground, gave a toll of at least 99 people killed nationwide on Friday, including 41 civilians.

The Local Coordination Committees (LLC) raised the death toll to 110 in an updated tally.

Troops shelled rebels on the eastern and southern outskirts of Damascus amid street battles as an army offensive raged.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265196.html

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One Egyptian dead, 40 injured in clashes with security forces

 08 February 2013

At least one protester was killed and 50 others were injured in clashes Friday between Egyptian protesters and security forces near the presidential palace, Egyptian media reported.

In several other provinces, police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters, as thousands took to the streets to demand Islamist President Mohamed Mursi fulfill the goals of the revolt that brought him to power.

Protesters lobbed petrol bombs and set off fireworks, as security vans charged towards demonstrators who fled down the large avenue flanking the presidential palace in Cairo.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265131.html

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Syria’s Assad says ready for unconditioned dialogue with opposition

09 February 2013

President Bashar al-Assad’s government said it was ready for talks with opposition leaders provided there were no preconditions, an indication there may still be a slight chance for a political solution to the conflict.

“The door is open, the negotiating table is there, welcome to any Syrian who wants to have dialogue with us,” Information Minister Omrane al-Zohbi said on state television.

“When you speak of dialogue, it means dialogue without conditions, which excludes no one. But if someone comes to me and says ‘I want to talk about this issue or I’ll kill you’, that’s not a dialogue,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/09/265246.html

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Saudi prisoner in Iraq gets inhuman treatment

 9 February 2013

A Saudi prisoner held in Iraq longer than any other Saudi was beaten up with batons on Thursday by the prison guards in Baghdad.

Nasir Al-Rowaily is a prisoner in the 6th Rasafa prison in Baghdad, according to a local media report.

Thamir Al-Blaihid, head of the committee of Saudi prisoners in Iraq, said that Iraqi forces entered the prison on Thursday and assaulted the 50-year-old prisoner with batons for unknown reasons.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-prisoner-iraq-gets-inhuman-treatment

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Dubai starts work on Islamic economic hub pledge

9 February 2013

The country is hurtling towards its goal of becoming the Islamic economic capital under the “crystal clear” vision for an Islamic-compliant financial sector, said His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Shaikh Mohammed commented on the progress being made on directives issued to make the transformation, as he attended a workshop being held by the Higher Committee for Development of Islamic Economy Sector on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Prisoners from different countries take part in RAK Quran award

Ahmed Shaaban / 9 February 2013

Thirteen prison inmates from different countries have shown off their abilities to recite the Holy Quran, during the 13th edition of the RAK Holy Quran Award.

The move is part of the RAK Holy Quran Establishment to help correct and rehabilitate prisoners of different nationalities and ages, in collaboration with the RAK Punitive and Correctional Institution.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2013/February/nationgeneral_February156.xml&section=nationgeneral

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18 inmates on hunger strike in Oman prison

February 9, 2013

Muscat: Eighteen jailed activists began a hunger strike today (Saturday) to protest the delay in the Appeal Court hearing for cases on cyber law violations as well as their appeal not being taken up so far by the Supreme Court.

“We have been requesting the court to hear another case against some of the activists, who are already serving six-month terms for wrongful gathering,” Esmail Al Muqabali, who is serving an 18-month prison term for insulting the Sultan and violating cyber laws, told Gulf News over the phone from Sumayil Central Prison.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/oman/18-inmates-on-hunger-strike-in-oman-prison-1.1143803

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Egypt court orders YouTube banned for a month

 February 09, 2013

A Cairo court has ordered that the website YouTube be banned in Egypt for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.

Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered the government on Saturday to block YouTube because it carries the amateur film produced by an Egyptian in the United States.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/Egypt-court-orders-YouTube-banned-for-a-month/Article1-1009205.aspx

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Mideast Asia

 

Islamic Jihad to participate in PLO elections

Jihad pledges to never join the Palestinian National Authority

 February 9, 2013

Ramallah: The Islamic Jihad has decided to take part in the elections of the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), but will boycott the Palestinian presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Islamist movement also hopes to play a fundamental role in rebuilding, activating and renovating the PLO, said a top Jihad official.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/islamic-jihad-to-participate-in-plo-elections-1.1143872

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Seizure of Antiaircraft Missiles in Yemen Raises Fears That Iran Is Arming Rebels There

By C. J. CHIVERS and ROBERT F. WORTH

 February 09, 2013

Photographs recently released by the Yemeni government suggest that an interdiction last month by the United States Navy and Yemen’s security forces seized a class of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles not publicly known to have been out of state control.

Such missiles, in the hands of militants, would pose new threats to military and commercial aviation and would mark an escalation in illegal arms trafficking in the Arabian Peninsula. Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/middleeast/weapons-seizure-in-yemen-raises-worries-of-irans-influence.html?ref=middleeast

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Israeli Troops Block Palestinian Protest Camp Near Hebron

 February 09, 2013

AL-TIWANEH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Israeli military prevented Palestinians from setting up an encampment on Saturday to protest at Jewish settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, land where they seek statehood.

With peace talks stalled for more than two years, grassroots Palestinian activism has been on the rise. Four tent camps - dubbed nascent Palestinian towns by the activists - have been erected and swiftly dismantled by the Israelis since last month.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/02/09/world/middleeast/09reuters-palestinians-israel-protest.html?ref=middleeast

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Iran Says Its English Channel Dropped by Satellite

2013/02/09

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's English-language channel Press TV says that it has been dropped by the satellite that had broadcast its signal to North America.

The Saturday report says that the Galaxy 19 satellite serving audiences in the United States and Canada has removed both the state-owned news channel as well as a movie channel, iFilm.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/02/09/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iran.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0

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Despite curbs, Iranian economy is resilient

DAVID E. SANGER THOMAS ERDBRINK

 February 09, 2013

Sanctions have not set off riots or anti-regime protest

All over this city of 12 million people, high-rises are under construction, local engineers and Chinese contractors are rushing to finish a multilevel highway, and the streets are lined with billboards promoting the latest tablets and washing machines made by South Korean companies like Samsung and LG. Supermarkets are fully stocked, and it seems as if new restaurants and fast food joints are opening up every day, and never lacking for customers.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/despite-curbs-iranian-economy-is-resilient/article4394141.ece

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Turkey spends over $600 mln on Syria refugees

08 February 2013

The Turkish government has spent more than $600 million (450 million euros) on feeding and housing Syrian refugees, the prime minister was quoted as saying Friday.

“Our overall spending thus far has exceeded $600 million,” the daily Hurriyet quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265190.html

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First organ transplant in Gaza carried out by British surgeons

07 February 2013

A volunteer team of British surgeons from the Royal Liverpool hospital carried out Gaza’s first organ transplant a fortnight ago as part of a long-term plan to train local medical staff to perform the surgery, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Two patients underwent kidney transplants at Gaza’s largest public hospital, The Shifa, which often suffers from power cuts and medical supply shortages.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/07/264963.html

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Beitar club torched after protests against Muslim players

08 February 2013

A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team’s recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the fire, which caused no injuries, caused “extensive damage” to the premises next to the team’s main training grounds. Reuters television footage showed trophies and other memorabilia were destroyed.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265124.html

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Europe

 

Defence-related corruption ‘pervasive’ in Arab Spring countries: study

08 February 2013

The Arab Spring has cracked open state institutions to civilian oversight in many affected countries across the Middle East and North Africa, but defence and military organs remained defiant to transparency and democratic changes taking place across the region, according to a new report.

Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Program has released a new study pointing to rampant corruption within the military establishments in several Arab Spring countries.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/08/265201.html

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Cyprus upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status

 8 February 2013

NICOSIA: Cyprus’ foreign minister says the Palestinian diplomatic mission to his country has been upgraded to embassy status.

Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said after talks with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki yesterday that the upgrade is in line with Cyprus’ recognition of Palestinian statehood in 1988 along with seven other European countries that have also since become European Union members.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/cyprus-upgrades-palestinian-diplomatic-status

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U.N. Says 5,000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE and RICK GLADSTONE

 February 09, 2013

GENEVA — Syria’s conflict is now driving 5,000 people out of the country each day in an increasingly desperate scramble for safety, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday as it reported a surge in their numbers to nearly 800,000.

“This is a full-on crisis,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the agency, told journalists in Geneva. He said the number of registered Syrian refugees in neighboring countries had risen about 25 percent last month alone.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/middleeast/syria-refugees.html?ref=world&_r=0

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U.N. Calls on Papua New Guinea to Curb Violence After Burning Death of Woman

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

 February 09, 2013

GENEVA — Spurred by the killing this week of a young woman accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, the United Nations on Friday called on the country to address increasing vigilante violence against people accused of sorcery and to revoke a controversial sorcery law.

The United Nations human rights office in Geneva said it was deeply disturbed by the killing of the woman, Kepari Leniata, 20, who was stripped, tortured, doused in gasoline and set on fire on Wednesday as hundreds of spectators watched.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/asia/un-calls-on-papua-new-guinea-to-curb-violence-after-burning-death-of-woman.html?ref=asia

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Thousands displaced in Mali's far-north need help: Red Cross

Feb 9, 2013

GENEVA: Thousands of displaced Malians who have fled to the far north of the country near the Algerian border are in great distress, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Friday.

"The ordeal of many people displaced by the conflict in Mali is far from over," the ICRC said in a statement, highlighting the plight of more than 6,500 displaced people and the 400 local families in Tinzawatene, in the Kidal region in the far north.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Thousands-displaced-in-Malis-far-north-need-help-Red-Cross/articleshow/18412042.cms

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38-year-old woman charged with assassination attempt on KS Brar

Feb 9, 2013

LONDON: A British court on Friday charged a 38-year-old woman in connection with the assassination attempt on retired Indian Army lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar (78) here in September last year.

Harjit Kaur, from western London suburb of Hayes, is the fourth accused to be charged in the case.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/38-year-old-woman-charged-with-assassination-attempt-on-KS-Brar/articleshow/18411021.cms

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South Asia

 

NATO Rejects UN Report Afghan Children Deaths from U.S. Strikes

By KIM GAMEL

 02/08/13

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S.-led international coalition on Friday rejected a U.N. rights group's concern about reports that U.S. military strikes have killed hundreds of children in Afghanistan during the past four years, saying they are "categorically unfounded."

The statement by the International Security Assistance Force came a day after the Geneva-based U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said the casualties were "due notably to reported lack of precautionary measures and indiscriminate use of force."

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/afghan-children-death-report-nato_n_2647629.html?utm_hp_ref=world

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Brotherhood Rejects and Condemns Unjust Trials for Leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami

February 8, 2013

With the wind of freedom blowing through the world, and in spite of international conventions that prohibit infringement on public and private freedoms, the trial in Bangladesh of seven leaders of the Islamic group (Jamaat-e-Islami) went ahead there before exceptional courts and with political rather than criminal charges.

Full report at:

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30637

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Landmine explosion kills family of six in south Afghanistan: officials

 February 09, 2013

A landmine explosion ripped through a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan and killed six members of a family, provincial authorities said Saturday.

"Six people all onboard -- two elderly men, two women and two men -- were killed in a landmine explosion in Nad Ali district of Helmand province," Ahmad Zirak, the provincial governor's spokesman, said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Afghanistan/Bomb-kills-family-of-six-in-south-Afghanistan-officials/Article1-1009178.aspx

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Ahmadiya’s annual convention in Bangladesh begins in capital

 February 09, 2013

Calling upon to spread the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), a three-day long convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, Bangladesh began in the capital yesterday.

Moulana Mahmud Ahmad presided over the inaugural ceremony of the 89th annual convention of Ahmadiyyas at their head office in the capital's Boxibazar area.

He called upon everyone to follow the path of Islam.

About 7,000 members of the Ahmadiyya community participated in the convention, said a press release.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=268443

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ICT law to be changed to appeal against verdict: State Minister for law

 February 09, 2013

The International Crimes (Tribunal) Act, 1973 will be amended to incorporate a provision for the government to file an appeal against an inadequate sentence to a war crimes accused, said State Minister for law Qamrul Islam on Saturday.

The minister told The Daily Star that the government made a plan to amend the section-21 (2) of the ICT act in the awake of the demand from common people and legal experts for the government right to appeal against any ICT verdict, which awards inadequate sentence to any convict in the war crimes cases.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=44645

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Ferry capsize kills 14 in Bangladesh

By Anisur Rahman

February 9, 2013

Authorities on Saturday abandoned a rescue campaign as the death toll from Friday’s ferry sinking in the Meghna river in suburban Manikganj rose to 14 after rescuers retrieved 12 more bodies overnight while officials said at least five people were still missing.

“We called off the rescue operations after 12 more bodies trapped inside the sunken vessel were retrieved from the water,” deputy commissioner or administrative chief of Munshiganj Mohammad Saiful Hassan Badal told Gulf News by phone.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-world/ferry-capsize-kills-14-in-bangladesh-1.1143804

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/hanging-afzal-guru-is-a-good-decision--ajmer-dargah-head/d/10340

 

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