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Hindu Brides must convert to Islam to marry Muslims: Indian High Court

105 dead in Tripoli airport plane crash

Muslim Sharia law under the microscope in Melksham, England

Deoband fatwa: It's illegal for women to work, support family

Prominent women tell Deoband's Fatwa-mongers: Stop meddling in our lives and stick to praying

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'... Anything about Shariah Law

Islam, Nazism And Anti-Semitism

Why Didn’t Obama Mention Islam?

West's outrage fades five years after Uzbek deaths

Balochistan: a flawed policy

Delhi cops defend ban on SIMI,link it to IM

Death sentence to Kasab is fair: US

Reactions of Muslims in Europe to Burqa Ban

Headscarf row: Father of expelled girl moves court

Indonesian police kill 5 militants suspects, including 2 linked to bombings

I have not broken any Nigerian law, says Yerima

Pope: Sex scandal Church persecution

US drones kill 14 rebels, Pak kills 7

How will Pakistan solve North Waziristan dilemma?

French Parliament lays groundwork for veil ban

The new cyber battlefield in Iran

Kasab may be hanged by yearend

US tries to win Karzai with charm

US: satisfied with Pak cooperation

Iran military warned off US plane

Muslim man's wedding void if woman fails to convert: Court

BJP questions basis for resumption of dialogue

Pakistan waiting for response to note verbale

Two-month gap to let passions over Kasab subside

Army's honeymoon with Ikhwanis over

Murder charge on honour killers

LIVING ON FAITH AND THIN AIR - Godman `starves' for 70 years, baffles doctors

Iran 'sentences Newsweek man in absentia to 13 years'

Two Israeli Arabs suspected of spying for Hezbollah

Turkish politician quits after sex scandal

Canadian girl finally leaves Kingdom

Shady drivers give Asir women a ‘bumpy ride’

Israel holds remains of 269 Arabs, Palestinians

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Hindu Brides must convert to Islam to marry Muslims: Allahabad HC

R N Pandey

May 12, 2010

ALLAHABAD: In a judgment with far-reaching implications, the Allahabad high court has ruled that a non-Muslim bride must convert to Islam to marry a Muslim. Failing that, the matrimony with a Muslim man would be void as it would contradict Islamic dicta and tenets of the Quran, the court said.

The ruling on Monday by a division bench comprising Justices Vinod Prasad and Rajesh Chandra, came on a writ petition filed by Dilbar Habib Siddiqui. The petitioner had sought quashing of an FIR registered against him on March 17 under sections 323, 366 and 363 of IPC with Naini PS, Allahabad and prayed the court not interfere in his peaceful matrimonial life with Khushboo Jaiswal. The judges directed a speedy probe into the marriage of Siddiqui and ordered the cops to separate Khushboo Jaiswal, who was lodged in Nari Niketan, and hand her over to her parents.

The primary question for adjudication was on whether the FIR could be quashed or not. A perusal of the contents of the FIR indicated that Khushboo Jaiswal was alleged to have been abducted by the petitioner three months prior to its lodging. However, the petitioner had succeeded in preventing the FIR from being registered. The FIR was filed by the girl's mother, Sunita Jaiswal, who alleged that the petitioner had abducted her daughter. She contended that Khushboo never converted to Islam and there was also no documentary evidence to suggest so.

"In our above conclusion we are fortified by the fact that in the affidavit filed by Khusboo herself subsequent to her alleged contract marriage, she has described herself as Khushboo and not by any Islamic name. As Khushboo, she could not have contracted marriage according to Muslim customs. In those documents she has addressed herself as Khushboo Jaiswal," the verdict said.

"Thus, what is conspicuously clear is that Khushboo Jaiswal never converted and embraced Islam and therefore her marital tie with the petitioner Dilbar Habib Siddiqui is a void marriage since the same is contrary to Islamic dicta and tenets of Holy Quran," the court ruled.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Bride-must-convert-to-marry-Muslim-Allahabad-HC/articleshow/5919706.cms

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105 dead in Tripoli airport plane crash: security official

May 12, 2010

TRIPOLI: A Libyan plane arriving from South Africa crashed on Wednesday at Tripoli airport killing all 105 people on board, a security official said.

Among the dead were 94 passengers and 11 crew members, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of the crash, which occurred as the Afriqiyah Airways plane was landing after a flight from Johannesburg at around 6:00 am (04H00 GMT).

"All 94 passengers and 11 crew members who were on board were killed," the official said.

Afriqiyah Airways said on its website that it operates an Airbus fleet.

It started operations with five leased planes and signed a contract with Airbus at an exhibition in Paris in 2007 for the purchase of 11 new planes, the website said.

It was founded in April 2001 and at first fully owned by the Libyan state. The company's capital was later divided into shares to be managed by the Libya-Africa Investment Portfolio.

On April 21, the airline announced that flights were back to normal after disruptions due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that grounded flights in Europe last month.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Over-100-dead-in-Tripoli-airport-plane-crash-8-year-old-sole-survivor/articleshow/5920858.cms

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Muslim Sharia law under the microscope in Melksham, England

By Chris Melvin

12th May 2010

An academic expert in Muslim Sharia law is holding a presentation on the subject for women in Melksham later this month.

Amra Bone, who has worked as a lecturer in Islamic studies, will hold a presentation introducing Sharia law and in particular Sharia family law, for women of all faiths and backgrounds at Melksham Assembly Hall, between 10am and 1pm on May 22.

The visit is being funded by Wiltshire Council and organised by West Wiltshire Interfaith Group.

Mrs Bone, who sits on the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group, will focus on aspects of family law including marriage, divorce and women’s rights in Sharia law during her presentation, before answering questions. It is free will have an area where children can do arts and crafts during the talk.

West Wiltshire Interfaith Group is also organising an event called “Caring Together for Planet Earth” to discuss challenges facing communities across generations, cultures and nations.

The event will take place at United Church Hall, Bradford on Avon, at 7pm on May 18 and is free to attend.

http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/8160771.Muslim_Sharia_law_under_the_microscope_in_Melksham/

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Deoband fatwa: It's illegal for women to work, support family

Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui

May 12, 2010

LUCKNOW: Darul Uloom Deoband, the self-appointed guardian for Indian Muslims, in a Talibanesque fatwa that reeked of tribal patriarchy, has decreed that it is "haram" and illegal according to the Sharia for a family to accept a woman's earnings. Clerics at the largest Sunni Muslim seminary after Cairo's Al-Azhar said the decree flowed from the fact that the Sharia prohibited proximity of men and women in the workplace.

"It is unlawful (under the Sharia law) for Muslim women to work in the government or private sector where men and women work together and women have to talk with men frankly and without a veil," said the fatwa issued by a bench of three clerics. The decree was issued over the weekend, but became public late on Monday, seminary sources said.

At a time when there is a rising clamour for job quotas for Muslims in India and a yearning for progress in the community that sees itself as neglected, the fatwa, although unlikely to be heeded, is clearly detrimental.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Deoband-fatwa-Its-illegal-for-women-to-work-support-family/articleshow/5919153.cms

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Stop meddling in our lives and stick to praying, say prominent Muslim women to Deoband's fatwa-mongers

May 12, 2010

NEW DELHI: Prominent women have slammed as "retrograde" and "interfering" the fatwa issued by the Darul Uloom of Deoband against women going to work alongside men.

Reacting strongly to the decree, Anhad founder and social activist Shabnam Hashmi said, "I don't recognize the Deoband. I think they are interfering in Muslim women's lives. They should stick to praying." She added that while this would not impact educated women like her, there was a certain section in society that would have to bear the brunt of such pronouncements. Hashmi stressed the need for a forum where liberal educated Muslims could express themselves and be heard.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Stop-meddling-in-our-lives-and-stick-to-praying/articleshow/5919177.cms

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'... Anything about Shariah Law

By Alan Foster

May 12, 2010

Elena Kagan, current Solicitor General of The United States and former Dean of the Harvard Law School, exemplifies selective outrage. She knows a lot about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" when it comes to ROTC on the Harvard Campus, but wears official blinders when it comes to Islamic treatment of homosexuals.

When Professor Kagan ascended to the position of Dean of the Law School, Harvard was in a quandary over military recruitment. Long opposed to the military's policy towards openly gay men and women but ever solicitous of the greenbacks offered by the federal government, the school tried to hedge its bets on the Solomon Amendment, passed in 1994, which required the Secretary of Defense to deny federal grants to institutions of higher learning that prohibited or prevented ROTC or military recruitment on campus. And who better to circumvent the law's intent than the serried ranks of lawyers in Cambridge, Massachusetts? They argued that Washington money should still flow because even though the college placement office was barred to recruiters, ROTC courses could be offered by the Harvard Law School Veterans' Association.

Full report at:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/05/dont_askdont_tell_anything_abo_1.html

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Islam, Nazism And Anti-Semitism

By Daniel Greenfield

May 12, 2010

Andrew Bostom and Robert Spencer have both recently written pieces critical of the idea that Islamic Anti-Semitism was a product of Nazi propaganda. As any honest reader of the Koran already knows, Islamic Anti-Semitism, and general intolerance for non-Muslims originated with Mohammed himself. While Mohammed had set out to replace the region's existing religions, including Judaism and Christianity-- he only succeeded in eradicating and replacing the majority of the local polytheistic religions. While sizable numbers of Jews and Christians were forcibly converted to Islam, during the more than millennium of occupation of the Middle East-- the religions themselves survived.

Full report at:

http://www.eurasiareview.com/2010/05/islam-nazism-and-anti-semitism.html

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Why Didn’t Obama Mention Islam?

By Osman Mirghani

12th May 2010

There is a huge difference between the way the Obama administration dealt with the recent terrorist operations and the way the administration of former president George W. Bush dealt with similar operations. Obama’s administration, on all levels, was eager to deal with American-Pakistani Faisal Shahzad’s attempt to blow up a car in Times Square in New York with a lot of deliberation and without hastily issuing statements, also avoiding any suggestions of a link between terrorism and Islam.

After the failed terrorist attack, Obama said that his country would not be intimidated and that the investigations will seek to determine if the suspect in the case had links to “foreign extremist organizations.” He did not once refer to the religion of Faisal Shahzad and avoided mentioning Islam in discussing the terrorist operation.

Full report at:

http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=2&id=20919

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West's outrage fades five years after Uzbek deaths

By Matt Siegel

12th May 2010

ALMATY — Five years after Uzbek troops opened fire on hundreds of protestors in the city of Andijan, experts say the Central Asian state has yet to be held accountable for one major reason -- Afghanistan.

Members of the US-led military coalition -- eager to secure logistical support from Tashkent for operations in its war-wracked neighbour -- are effectively giving Uzbekistan a free pass over the bloody incident, analysts said.

Any concerns Uzbekistan's right record may once have raised in Western capitals have long since been trumped by its geo-strategic importance, said Alexander Cooley, a Central Asia expert at Columbia University in New York.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jdTbSVyDvK9vZENIW5RWCyPpp_eg

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Balochistan: a flawed policy

By Sanaullah Baloch

12 May, 2010

The situation in Balochistan has reached its lowest ebb since the military operation that began in January 2005. The entire province is besieged: the provincial government has been abandoned while the centre is directing policies according to its will with the gun and the stick, terming this ‘development’ for the people’s betterment.

The establishment has itself opened up a war inside Balochistan on all fronts. This has resulted in increasing polarisation and radicalisation of Baloch society. Though socially and economically underdeveloped, Balochistan was largely a peaceful province before Musharraf’s aggressive policy of what can only be called ‘colonisation’. Regrettably today, Balochistan is marked with nationalist, sectarian, ethnic and racial violence, which has resulted in the killings of hundreds of civilians.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/balochistan-a-flawed-policy-250

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Delhi cops defend ban on SIMI,link it to IM

Abhinav Garg

May 12, 2010

New Delhi: Alleging that cadres of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were helping foment terror through front organizations like Indian Mujahiddin (IM),the Delhi Polices counter-terror wing on Tuesday defended the ban on SIMI before a tribunal inquiring into the ban.

Headed by justice Sanjiv Khanna of the Delhi high court,the tribunal is inquiring into the ban as per a notification issued by the government.Delhi Police have filed six affidavits before the tribunal,claiming the linkages between SIMI and front organisations like the IM have been found after interrogation of the accused in the 2008 serial blasts that rocked Delhi.

Full report at:

The Times of India

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Death sentence to Kasab is fair: US

May 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: The death sentence awarded to Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the Mumbai terrorist attack, is a result of a fair and transparent judicial process of India, the US has said.

"This (trial of Kasab) was part of an Indian legal proceeding. Obviously, we have encouraged India and at times, in the aftermath, we have assisted India with the investigation, but this was the result of an Indian fair and transparent legal process," said Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley.

"We have extensive cooperation with India on counterterrorism and that will certainly continue," Crowley said in response to a question at his daily press briefing on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Death-sentence-to-Kasab-is-fair-US/articleshow/5920572.cms

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Reactions of Muslims in Europe to Burqa Ban

May 12, 2010

The debate over a burqa (niqab) ban in Europe is only overshadowed by the debate over accusations of sexual abuse targeting some priests from the Catholic Church in Europe and other parts of the world, says Mulham Almalaika.

The ban of burqa runs smoothly in Europe, unlike any possible similar restriction on hijab.

The debate over a burqa (niqab) ban in Europe is only overshadowed by the debate over accusations of sexual abuse targeting some priests from the Catholic Church in Europe and other parts of the world. These debates soon replaced the financial crisis that took over the media scene in Europe.

Some lawmakers in Germany look forward to following the example of Belgium which officially banned the burqa last week, and France whose President Nicolas Sarkozy is planning to impose a one-year prison penalty or a €15,000 fine on those who make others wear them, suing thus the motivators on the assumption that women who wear burqa do so only because they are obliged to, by men from their families.

Full report at:

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/opinion/?id=38955

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Headscarf row: Father of expelled girl moves court

May 12, 2010

Father of the 14-year-old Muslim girl who was expelled from a church-run school in Kerala has approached a local court seeking registration of a criminal case against the principal.

In his petition, Nasir Musaliyar, an imam with a local madrassa, claimed expelling his daughter from the school for wearing the headscarf was "communally provocative" and demanded principal Mary Jacinta be booked for hurting religious sentiments.

Believers Church English Medium School has suspended Jacinta claiming she had acted on her own.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Headscarf-row-Father-of-expelled-girl-moves-court-/articleshow/5919705.cms

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Indonesian police kill 5 militants suspects, including 2 linked to bombings

By Niniek Karmini

May 12, 2010

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Five suspected Islamic militants, including one of the most-wanted men in Indonesia, were killed Wednesday in shootouts with anti-terror squads in raids in and around the capital, police said.

The raids are the latest in a series since police broke up a terrorist training camp in western Indonesia run by a new group calling itself al-Qaida in Aceh.

National police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri told reporters that two fugitives, Ahmad Maulana and Saptono, were among those killed in a raid in Cikampek, about 45 miles (80 kilometres) east of Jakarta.

Full report at:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5i_eFQJRkMWveRz0gzF0NicTa7Qyg

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I have not broken any Nigerian law, says Yerima

May 12, 2010

Sani Yerima, the former governor and senator representing Zamfara state at the senate on Monday said his recent marriage to an Egyptian girl was not a violation of any Nigerian law.

Mr. Yerima, who was answering questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, said the marriage was contracted legally and in conformity with Islamic injunctions.

He however dismissed the allegation that his Egyptian wife was a 13-year old girl, ``I don’t know where and how they got the age. That 13 is a very mysterious figure.” He also dismissed the allegation that the negative publications against him were being financed by Zamfara State Government.

He, however, stated that his political enemies were behind the negative media reports.

Full report at:

http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/News/Metro/Politics/5567136-146/i_have_not_broken_any_nigerian.csp#

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Pope: Sex scandal Church persecution

12 MAY 2010

Lisbon, May 11: Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday described the clerical sexual abuse scandal as “the greatest persecution of the Church,” while acknowledging it arose from sins inside the Church. He called for profound purification and penance within the Church as well as pardon and justice.

Pope Benedict made his comments in response to a question from a reporter on the clerical child abuse scandal as he travelled to Portugal.

The Vatican has been at the centre of a widening sex scandal in which the clergy have been accused of child sex abuse in the United States, Ireland, Germany, Italy and many other countries.

The Church has been criticised for attempting to blame the media and church opponents for the escalation of the scandal which has led to the recent resignation of bishops in Ireland , Belgium and Germany.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12132:pope-sex-scandal-church-persecution&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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US drones kill 14 rebels, Pak kills 7

12 MAY 2010

Islamabad, May 11: The US drones on Tuesday fired a barrage of 12 missiles in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas killing 14 militants. The strikes also destroyed a training camp of the extremists in North Waziristan, officials said. It was the second strike in the same mountainous area close to the Afghan border since Sunday, when the United States accused the Pakistani Taliban of being behind a plot to detonate a car bomb in Times Square 10 days ago.

The training camp was run by militants attached to Taliban-linked Afghan warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who is reputed to control up to 2,000 fighters who attack US-led forces over the border in Afghanistan. The compound was in the Lowara Mandi area of North Waziristan district, seen as a fortress of Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants in Pakistan’s tribal badlands.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12125:us-drones-kill-14-rebels-pak-kills-7&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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How will Pakistan solve North Waziristan dilemma?

Robert Birsel

12 MAY 2010

Pakistan is under US pressure to clear the militant hub of North Waziristan on the Afghan border, a bastion of Afghan Taliban factions where allied Pakistani militants, Al Qaeda and other foreigners also operate.

The attempted car bombing in New York’s Times Square has refocused international attention on the ethnic Pastun tribal region which no government has ever fully controlled. Lieutenant General Sardar Mahmood Ali Khan, deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said his forces would take action in North Waziristan when adequate resources were available. Here are some scenarios for how events could unfold.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12123:how-will-pakistan-solve-north-waziristan-dilemma&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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French Parliament lays groundwork for veil ban

12 MAY 2010

France’s Parliament will vote on a resolution aimed at reaffirming the nation’s values — and specifying that Muslim veils that cover the face are contrary to gender equality. The resolution lays the groundwork for a law forbidding face-covering veils everywhere in public.

The nonbinding resolution amounts to a policy statement and is widely expected to win approval in a vote Tuesday night in the National Assembly.

The next step will be discussion of a draft law on banning burqa-like veils in public.

The Government is still drafting that Bill, which is more divisive than Tuesday’s resolution.

President Nicolas Sarkozy is pushing for a full ban. Only a tiny minority of Muslim women in France cover their faces.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/255134/French-Parliament-lays-groundwork-for-veil-ban.html

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The new cyber battlefield in Iran

By Jon Leyne

May 12, 2010

They called it the "Twitter revolution". Iran's post-election protests showed the world the power of new media to organise and publicise opposition in a controlled society.

On the anniversary of the Islamic revolution in 1979, once again Twitter, Facebook and other internet tools could be crucial in helping the opposition organise another major protest.

“ If you look at the past three months their filtering attempts have become more co-ordinated and organised ”

Austin Heap Censorship Research Center

Since Iran's disputed election in June of last year, the cyber war between government and opposition has taken on a whole new dimension.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8505645.stm

 

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Kasab may be hanged by yearend

12 MAY 2010

New Delhi, May 11: Union law and justice minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday stated that Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who has been sentenced to death in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case, could be hanged within a year.

Speaking to a television channel, the law minister stated that if Kasab appealed against his death sentence then it would be fast tracked and the Pakistani terrorist would be hanged in a year’s time. “Even if the case goes in appeal, it will and should be fast tracked. Kasab will be hanged in next one year. He committed a barbaric act in front of so many witnesses,” Mr Moily said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Union home secretary G.K. Pillai also stated today that Kasab may be hanged by the end of this year provided there is no legal bar.

“If there is no petition from him (Kasab) challenging the sessions court verdict in the higher court... He can be hanged by the year-end,” Union home secretary G.K. Pillai told a television news channel. When asked about the status of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru’s mercy petition, Mr Pillai said, “It is with the government for consideration.”

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12177:kasab-may-be-hanged-by-yearend&catid=35:india&Itemid=60

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US tries to win Karzai with charm

May 12 2010

Washington, May 11: The last time Afghanistan’s President, Mr Hamid Karzai, was in Washington — a year ago — he had to share the spotlight with his Pakistani counterpart Mr Asif Ali Zardari, who got the bulk of the attention from the White House, the Pentagon and the state department. The secretary of state, Ms Hillary Clinton, even made a personal, unscheduled visit to huddle with Mr Zardari at his hotel.

It is a far, far different visit this time around, reflecting the Obama administration’s decision to abandon the publicly tough approach it tried to use to pressure Mr Karzai to tackle corruption and drug trafficking in his government.

Administration officials concluded that the strategy had backfired, making Mr Karzai more resentful and resistant. This time, the Americans are pulling out all the stops for Mr Karzai as part of a new charm offensive.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/international/us-tries-win-karzai-charm-908

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US: satisfied with Pak cooperation

Lalit K. Jha

12 MAY 2010

Washington , May 11: In a damage control, the United States has said that Pakistan was cooperating fully in the war against terror as it sought to play down secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s warning to Islamabad and remarks made by a top US General.

“I don’t think she said that,” assistant secretary of state for public affairs P.J. Crowley told reporters when asked about Ms Clinton warning Islamabad of “severe consequences” if a successful terrorist attack inside the US were to be have its footprint in Pakistan. “I think she was responding to a hypothetical question that the US, would take seriously any link to a foreign country where there are successful terrorist attacks. She’s not singling out any one country in particular,” Mr Crowley asserted after apparently Islamabad took up the issue with Washington. US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, while addressing the media, said that CBS did not show the entire portion of its interview with Ms Clinton. “As a result, the quotes appeared to be different than what the secretary of state actually meant.” Mr Holbrooke also said US aid to Pakistan would be impacted as a result of recent developments; consequent of the investigations according to which Pakistani Taliban was responsible for the failed Times Square bombing attempt.

Full report at:   

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12137:us-satisfied-with-pak-cooperation&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Iran military warned off US plane

Hashem Kalantari

12 MAY 2010

TEHRAN , May 11: Iran’s military warned off a US reconnaissance aircraft trying to approach Iranian naval manoeuvres, Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

The incident involving the two old foes happened on Monday, the semi-official news agency quoted the armed forces chief as saying.

Iran’s Navy last week launched eight days of exercises in the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, in a region crucial for global oil supplies. “A US reconnaissance aircraft which had intended to approach our operational war games left ... upon the timely warning of our air defence forces,” Fars quoted Army Commander Ataollah Salehi as saying. He was speaking to reporters as the military test-fired two surface-to-sea missiles in the Gulf of Oman, it added. There was no immediate US comment on the report.

Full report at:

http://beta.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12131:iran-military-warned-off-us-plane-&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Muslim man's wedding void if woman fails to convert: Court

12 MAY 2010

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has held that a Muslim man's marriage to a woman of another religion shall be considered void and against the tenets of Islam if he fails to get her converted to the religion before wedlock.

In its order, a Division Bench comprising Justice Vinod Prasad and Justice Rajesh Chandra also ruled that remarriage of a Muslim man shall be held void if he abandons his first wife without divorcing her and fails to treat children born of the marriage in a fair and just manner.

The order was passed when the Bench dismissed a writ petition by Dilbar Habib Siddiqui, a resident of Allahabad who had married a Hindu girl named Khushboo on December 29 last year.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/12/stories/2010051262940100.htm

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BJP questions basis for resumption of dialogue

Neena Vyas

12 MAY 2010

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday questioned the basis for the resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue.

Commenting on the decision taken by the two External Affairs Ministers on a telephonic talk, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar wanted to know whether the issue of terrorism, especially anti-India terrorist activity sponsored in or abetted from Pakistan would be on the agenda of the dialogue.

The party, he said, would also like to know whether the basis for the discussion would be the 2004 Islamabad joint statement, in which Pakistan had given an assurance that it would not allow territory under its control to be used as a springboard for anti-India terrorist activity or last year's joint statement at Sharm-el-Sheikh.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/12/stories/2010051259781400.htm

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Pakistan waiting for response to note verbale

Anita Joshua

May 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Now that the first milestones on the road map for the resumption of dialogue have been laid, Pakistan hopes that India will respond to its note verbale for arbitration on the construction of the Kishanganga project.

The note verbale was sent to India on April 9 and Foreign Office sources said a delay in the Indian response could raise suspicions.

Pakistan decided to invoke Article 9 of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) after exhausting options to resolve differences with India over this project within the Permanent Indus Waters Commission.

Islamabad is now awaiting a response from New Delhi on its decision to invoke the disputes settlement mechanism.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/12/stories/2010051259761400.htm

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Two-month gap to let passions over Kasab subside

Sandeep Dikshit

May 12, 2010

NEW DELHI: India deliberately proposed July 15 for Foreign Minister-level talks to let passions over the sentencing of Ajmal Kasab to cool down, senior government sources said explaining why there was an over two-month gap between the phone call and the meeting.

The time period will be utilised to do some spade work on addressing the trust deficit and understanding each other's positions on all bilateral issues. India's position was understood by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who did not think the time gap was out of the ordinary. The Pakistani side also thought it would be a good idea to let some time elapse after the excitement on the Kasab issue in both countries.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/12/stories/2010051259811400.htm

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Army's honeymoon with Ikhwanis over

12 MAY 2010

The army's love affair with ikhwanis or surrendered terrorists inducted into its ranks appears to have turned sour.

Plans to raise more units com- posed of surrendered terrorists have been shelved, five years after the army began inducting them as soldiers in Kashmir.

Senior officers in the army Headquarters said the surren- dered terrorists-turned-soldiers lacked discipline and were indulging in settling personal scores and intimidation of locals.

Ikhwanis, however, were not always the army's bad boys.

The army brass acknowl- edged they had facilitated sev- eral successful counter-terror- ism operations in the Valley by providing valuable leads. The 162 Infantry Battalion (Territ- orial Army) JAKLI, raised in 2004-05 with surrendered ter- rorists at its core, has eliminated around 300 terrorists since its inception. The tally, officers agree, is respectable even when compared to results produced by regular infantry units.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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Murder charge on honour killers

12 MAY 2010

Alarmed at the rising incidents of honour killings, the government has finally decided to act. It will amend the 150- year-old Indian Penal Code under which caste panchayats (Khaps) ordering such killings will be charged with murder.

In a series of proposed strin- gent measures, the law ministry, HT has learnt, has recomme- nded an amendment to Section 300 of the IPC to book “all members“ of khaps with com- mitting murder, and not only those, who carried out the killing.

Asked for its opinion by the home ministry, the law ministry has advised insertion of a new (fifth) clause in the definition of murder.

“All members of the caste panchayat...will be deemed to have committed the offence of murder, even in case they mere- ly ordered any honour killing,“ it has proposed.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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LIVING ON FAITH AND THIN AIR - Godman `starves' for 70 years, baffles doctors

12 MAY 2010

Godman Prahlad Jani (81) claims to have lived without food or water for the past 70 years.

Of the 70 years, the past two weeks were spent -- without eating or drinking -- under CCTV surveillance at the Sterling Hospital, under medical watch. Doctors say the facts do not lead to any easy explanation.

The case has interested doctors of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as it can have lessons in survival strategies for soldiers, who often have to starve for days.

Unravelling his `mystery', Jani said Goddess Amba Mata visited him when he was a child, and put her fin- ger in his mouth to suckle.

Full report at:

Hindustan Times

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Iran 'sentences Newsweek man in absentia to 13 years'

May 12, 2010

Mr Bahari said Iran was trying to scare opposition activists

A reporter for the US magazine Newsweek says he has been sentenced in absentia to 13 years in jail in Iran, after covering opposition protests.

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was jailed in Iran for four months last year, but later freed on bail and allowed to leave the country.

Mr Bahari said he had been sentenced to 13 years and six months in jail, plus 74 lashes.

He was arrested after reporting on protests over disputed elections.

Iran has not commented on the sentencing.

The Iranian regime wanted to "scare as many people as possible" to prevent them from taking to the streets to mark the anniversary of the June poll, Mr Bahiri said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8677252.stm

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Two Israeli Arabs suspected of spying for Hezbollah

May 12, 2010

JERUSALEM: Israel has arrested two Israeli Arabs suspected of spying for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, police and security services said Monday, partially lifting a gag order on the case.

Websites flouted the gag order and made the arrest of political activist Amir Makhoul into a rallying cry for critics of Israel's treatment of its Arab minority.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the gag order was imposed to avoid harming the investigation.

Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency said in a statement that the men were arrested for “severe security offenses including contacting a Hezbollah agent.” Additional details of the case are still subject to the gag order, the statement said. The two men have not been charged.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article52241.ece

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Turkish politician quits after sex scandal

May 12, 2010

ANKARA: The leader of Turkey's main opposition party resigned on Monday saying he was the victim of a conspiracy following the release of a videotape on the Internet purporting to show him and a woman in a bedroom.

Deniz Baykal was the leader of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), which has threatened to try to block constitutional reforms proposed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party.

"I will not give up in the face of such a black campaign. I will not let anybody question me," Baykal told a televised news conference.

Baykal says the AK Party, whose roots lie in political Islam, must have had knowledge of the videotape.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article52225.ece

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Canadian girl finally leaves Kingdom

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

May 12, 2010

RIYADH: A dual Indian and Canadian national who complained to the Canadian government that her father was keeping her in Riyadh against her will has finally left the Kingdom.

According to the Canadian Embassy, Nazia Quazi, 24, left the Kingdom on Monday. “Quazi, who was given all possible assistance by the Canadian mission, has flown out of Saudi Arabia,” said Sidney Fisher, spokeswoman for the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh.

Fisher did not reveal where Quazi had flown to, but an Emirates Airlines executive told Arab News that Quazi was holding a ticket for the Indian city of Hyderabad with a longer transit stay in Dubai. According to her travel itinerary, Quazi is to travel to Hyderabad on July 26. She was also accompanied by a member of her family.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article52514.ece

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Shady drivers give Asir women a ‘bumpy ride’

By HAYAT AL-GHAMDI

May 12, 2010

ABHA: Working women in Asir endure much when it comes to transportation to and from work. Recently, police in Asir arrested many private drivers, the majority of them expatriates, involved in carrying drugs, including hashish.

A police source told Arab News that an Indian driver had recently been arrested; he was under the influence of drugs and his passenger was a woman. He was subsequently deported.

Drugs are not the main problem when it comes to private drivers hired to transport working women. There is the issue of khulwa (unrelated men and women being together) as well. Unfortunately, the Asir area lacks a special limousine company; the only one charges such high fares that a woman could fly from Abha to Jeddah! Women are complaining, especially businesswomen and women employees in the health and education sectors.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article52567.ece

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Israel holds remains of 269 Arabs, Palestinians

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

May 12, 2010

RAMALLAH: The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center on Tuesday said that Israeli authorities hold the remains of 269 "martyrs” in secret cemeteries known as the Cemeteries of Numbers.

The Jerusalem-based center said in a press statement that the number includes Arabs and Palestinians.

The center added that there are 38 men still missing. It also said that the remains are held in conditions that do not preserve the dignity of the dead.

According to the center, the Israeli authorities agreed to hand over the remains of Palestinian martyr Mashhour Al-Arouri to his family if they paid 12,000 Israeli shekels ($ 3,200) for carrying out a DNA test.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article52494.ece

 

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