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Islamic World News ( 3 March 2013, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Human Rights Watch Fears ‘Mockery of Justice’ In UAE Islamists Trial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Al-Qaeda Magazine Slams 'Hindu Aggression' In Gujarat, Calls For New 'Jihad'

Muslims won't mind if Modi is elected prime minister: Vastanvi

Indian Mujahideen self-financing terror activities, agencies say

Pranab Mukherjee to receive top award in Bangladesh

Ahead of 2014 pullout, India, China plan Afghan dialogue

India’s ‘larger terror plot’ plea for Headley’s extradition

Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to Bangladesh Liberation War martyrs

188 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2010-2012 period

President Pranab makes strong case to Bangladesh for granting of transit to India

Mukherjee 'emotional' while receiving degree in Dhaka

IM suspects had scouted busy, crowded places: police

Unified command was missing during Mumbai terror attacks: Ex-Mumbai Fire chief

MHA official questioned in Rajasthan spy case for passing info to ISI

 

Africa

Twenty Boko Haram extremists killed in northeast Nigeria: military

 

Southeast Asia

Atheism, Same-Sex Marriage Forbidden In Indonesia: Justice Candidate

Family Slams Pace Of Cleric’s Sex Abuse Investigation

Hundreds of Indonesians Evacuated Following Deadly Clash in Sabah, Malaysia

Malaysia Beefs Up Security as Borneo Toll Rises

Anticorruption Studies Should Be Part of Indonesian School Curriculum: Academic

Malaysian troops sent to Borneo after police slain

 

Pakistan

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F blames economic woes for spike in terrorism

Karachi shuts down, toll rises to 52

Gwadar port handover breaches Constitution’

No Pakhtun-Mohajir conflict: Altaf

Abbas Town blast a conspiracy to divide Shia, Sunni: Sattar

Facilitating Afghan peace: Pakistan mulls Taliban transfer to Qatar

Four policemen gunned down in Karachi

Afghan media should avoid ‘blame game’ against Pakistan: Ashrafi

Punjab offers Ishaq’s custody to Rehman

Pakistan’s middle class defies ‘conservative’ stereotype

Government providing 'safe haven' to terrorists: Imran

War-weariness?: Taliban may launch political party

A fight for rights: Asylum seekers end 10-week Vienna church occupation

Malala, Clinton cited as Nobel peace candidates hit record

Chief Justice takes suo motu notice of Karachi bombing

Will arrest Musharraf as soon as he returns: court

Renovation: Sarhadi Lutheran Church starts picking up its pieces

 

Arab World

Suicide bomber hits Iraq Shiite shrine city of Karbala, wounding 10 people

Coup plot trial starts in UAE

Jeddah Islamic Port making its mark as a global shipping hub

Suicide Attack in Northern Iraq Kills 5 Policemen

Kerry, Abbas to hold surprise talks in Saudi Arabia

Kurd political equation unbalanced by Iraq president's absence

Five killed in clashes in Egypt’s Port Said

 ‘Arab Spring’ Brings New Buyers for Bulletproof Cars

Free Visa Holders Help Firms Evade Labour Fees in Saudi Kingdom

Four killed in Egyptian clashes

Fighting Escalates in Syrian City, Opposition Says

 

South Asia

Bangladesh High Court orders security for Hindus in violence-hit area

Songs, paintings and protest at Dhaka's Shahbagh

Police out in force as strike cripples Bangladesh

Crude bomb hurled outside Pranab Mukherjee's hotel in Dhaka

Suicide bombings: Karzai lashes out at Pakistan

Court bans former President Nasheed from travelling abroad

Maldives Court sentences 22 year-old to life imprisonment for terrorism

Male’ immigration shelter opened as Maldives pressured over migrant rights

Khaleda Zia under death threats

Mollah challenges war crimes verdict

$200m Indian grant to Bangladesh to be utilised for Padma Bridge

 

Mideast Asia

Iran says UN human rights report lacks legal weight

Iran frees 14 journalists: report

Israel Says Closely Monitoring Syria Battlefronts

Turkey, Greece Vow Dialogue to Overcome Rifts

 

Europe

Human Rights Watch Fears ‘Mockery of Justice’ In UAE Islamists Trial

Accused top UK Catholic cardinal admits sexual failings

Report on forced disappearances in Pakitan to be tabled in Geneva

French military chief says "probable" al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed

Al-Sweady inquiry opens in UK into deaths of Iraqis

 

North America

US pledges $450m to back Egypt's faltering economy

Kerry Criticizes Iran and Russia for Shipping Arms to Syria

Few Illusions as Afghan Exit Nears

 

Australia

Australian military investigating Afghan boys’ deaths

Australia Invites Indonesian Applicants for 500 Scholarships

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Karachi shuts down, toll rises to 52

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Human Rights Watch Fears ‘Mockery of Justice’ In UAE Islamists Trial

March 4, 2013

DUBAI: Human Rights Watch raised fears Sunday of a “mockery of justice” as it urged UAE authorities to ensure a fair trial for 94 Islamists accused of plotting against the Gulf state, on the eve of the hearing. “It appears that UAE authorities will drag scores of citizens through a shamelessly unfair judicial process that makes a mockery of justice,” said HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson in a statement.

The judicial process “raises serious fair trial concerns, including limited access to lawyers and withholding of key documents concerning the charges and evidence against them,” the New York-based watchdog. On Monday the defendants will face the Federal Supreme Court, which acts as state security court. “The decision to prosecute the case before the Federal Supreme Court under state security procedures deprives those being tried of the right to appeal,” HRW said.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\04\story_4-3-2013_pg7_27

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India

 

Al-Qaeda Magazine Slams 'Hindu Aggression' In Gujarat, Calls For New 'Jihad'

VijaitaSingh

Mar 04 2013

New Delhi: The latest issue of terror outfit al-Qaeda's online English magazine Inspire released last week talks about Hindu aggression in the state ruled by BJP's CM Narendra Modi and also in Kashmir. The 58-page latest issue, titled "We are all Usama", also talks about 'torching cars and causing road accidents as new means of jihad' and names writer Salman Rushdie as one of its targets for crimes against Islam.

The magazine’s contents reportedly have been used to motivate young men, part of several terror modules in the country, according to the interrogation reports of intelligence agencies. In September 2012, police in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra had arrested 18 terror suspects. Their interrogation reports said that they were radicalised through a combination of material on the Internet including the magazine.

In an article titled “The Jihadi Experiences: The strategy of deterring with terrorism”, Abu Mus’ab Al Suri, an al-Qaeda ideologue who was freed from Syria prison in December 2011, mentions Gujarat and Kashmir under the sub-section “why must these deterrence attacks be carried out?” Suri was arrested by the ISI and handed over to the CIA in 2011. The CIA hand him over to Syria and he was kept in jail for some time. Suri had also written a 1,600-page book “A Call to a Global Islamic Resistance” before he was apprehended in Pakistan.

In an attempt to compare the situation in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya, Suri wrote in his article, “In Afghanistan, tens of thousands were killed in the December 2001 invasion by the Americans in blind rage, most were innocent civilians. All are being tortured and subjected to the most despicable crimes. The list goes on and on with Christian aggression in Indonesia, Philippines and Africa, Buddhist aggression in Burma and Thailand, Hindu aggression in Gujarat and Kashmir. In every corner of the Ummah (community) there is oppression.”

In one of the articles that talks about torching vehicles and causing road accidents, it says, “The goal is, Insha Allah, that if enough Muslims fulfil their obligations of jihad, the Kuffar and their insurance companies will be so sick of the terror caused and money wasted by these simple operations that they will press their government to stop the tyranny against the Muslims.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/alqaeda-magazine-slams-hindu-aggression-in-nare.../1082801/

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Muslims won't mind if Modi is elected prime minister: Vastanvi

PTI | Mar 3, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Former vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi today said that Muslims should not have any problem if people of the country elects Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister.

"If our country makes him Prime Minister, there is no reason for us to have any objection (Agar apna mulk unko PM banata hai to hamari taraf se koi inkaar to ho hi nahi sakta)," Vastanvi told reporters here today when he was asked him about his views about Modi as prime ministerial candidate.

He was here in the city to attend a 'samuhik nikaah' or mass marriage function organised by the Gujarat Sarvajanik Welfare Trust where 162 Muslim couples tied the knot today.

When asked about his take on the plight of minorities particularly Muslims in Gujarat, he said, "For the past 10 years there is BJP rule in the state. If the BJP government works for Muslims, then Muslims will support it and if it does not, then they will move away."

"As Mulayamji had opined recently, if the BJP changes the agenda, changes its ideology and adopts a secular approach towards every section of society, then I don't see why people won't support it," he said at the function which was also attended by Dariyapur's Congress MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh and local councillor Badarudding Shaikh.

Gyasuddin Shaikh later told PTI that "Vastanviji has not expressed his support to Modi as a section of the media projected. He merely said that if our country chooses Narendra Modi as next Prime Minister, then there is no reason Muslims would have objection to it."

In early 2011, Vastanvi was caught in the middle of a controversy when, as newly elected Vice Chancellor of the Darul Uloom Deoband Seminary, his comments regarding development's positive impact on Gujarat's Muslims were interpreted in some quarters as praise for Modi.

On July 24, 2011 he was asked to step down from the post of vice-chancellor.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Muslims-wont-mind-if-Modi-is-elected-prime-minister-Vastanvi/articleshow/18782871.cms

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Indian Mujahideen self-financing terror activities, agencies say

By Deeptiman Tiwary, TNN | Mar 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a worrying sign for internal security in India, investigating agencies believe the recent blasts conducted by Indian Mujahideen, including the one in Hyderabad, were indigenously funded without any, or little, financial assistance from across the border.

Agencies believe that the core group of IM, operating in India under Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal, is now merely drawing ideological strength from Pakistan while self-funding its operations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Mujahideen-self-financing-terror-activities-agencies-say/articleshow/18785784.cms

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Pranab Mukherjee to receive top award in Bangladesh

 Mar 03 2013

Dhaka : President Pranab Mukherjee will be honoured by Bangaldesh government here tomorrow in recognition of his contribution to the struggle that led to the birth of this nation 42 years ago.

The high symbolism of the award function in the backdrop of the popular upsurge at Shahbagh Square here against war criminals, is not lost on anyone.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pranab-mukherjee-to-receive-top-award-in-bangladesh/1082518/

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Ahead of 2014 pullout, India, China plan Afghan dialogue

PranabDhalSamanta

 Mar 04 2013

New Delhi : India and China have agreed to start a dialogue on Afghanistan, lending an interesting twist to hedging among regional powers ahead of the planned withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014.

An in-principle agreement on official-level dialogue has been reached, sources said, and dates for the first meeting are being worked out. Already, the two countries have dialogue on Central Asia, West Asia and Africa.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ahead-of-2014-pullout-india-china-plan-afghan-dialogue/1082707/

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India’s ‘ larger terror plot’ plea for Headley’s extradition

By Abhishek Bhalla in New Delhi

 Mar 04 2013

REALISING that extradition of Americanborn terrorist of Pakistani origin David Coleman Headley might not be possible for his role in the Mumbai 26/ 11 attack, India is making efforts to convince the US government that Headley is the key to expose the larger terror plot of Laskhar- e- Tayyeba and Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence ( ISI) targeting India.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to Bangladesh Liberation War martyrs

Mar 03 2013

Dhaka : President Pranab Mukherjee today paid rich tribute to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs as he visited the national memorial at Savar near here.

Soon after his arrival in Dhaka on his maiden overseas visit, Mukherjee placed wreaths on the memorial altar and stood in solemn silence for a minute as army bugles played the last post when the national flag was kept half mast and revealed again as part of the ceremony.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pranab-mukherjee-pays-tribute-to-bangladesh-liberation-war-martyrs/1082511/

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188 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2010-2012 period

PTI | Mar 4, 2013

NEW DELHI: There have been 188 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir between 2010 to 2012 and three Indian Army personnel were killed in these, defence minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha today.

In a written reply to the house, he said, "Government of India has taken up the issue of ceasefire violations with Pakistan consistently."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/188-ceasefire-violations-by-Pakistan-in-2010-2012-period/articleshow/18791530.cms

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President Pranab makes strong case to Bangladesh for granting of transit to India

PTI | Mar 4, 2013

DHAKA: President Pranab Mukherjee today made out a strong case for Bangladesh granting transit and connectivity to India, contending that this can pave the way for greater integration in South and South East Asia.

As India presses Bangladesh for the transit to connect its mainland to the northeastern Indian states to address their developmental and security concerns, Mukherjee stressed on transit in the larger context of this country's geographical location.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/President-Pranab-makes-strong-case-to-Bangladesh-for-granting-of-transit-to-India/articleshow/18790696.cms

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Mukherjee 'emotional' while receiving degree in Dhaka

 May 04, 2013

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday turned out to be an instant hit among the top academicians and students as he struck a emotional chord while receiving an honorary law degree from the prestigious Dhaka University.

Mukherjee recalled his "roots in the soil of Bengal" and his wife's links with Bangladesh.

On his maiden overseas trip to Dhaka, Mukherjee received a standing ovation by an estimated 10,000 plus audience as he took centre stage to receive an honorary law degree from Dhaka University at a convocation in the campus.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/bangladesh/Mukherjee-emotional-while-receiving-degree-in-Dhaka/Article1-1020909.aspx

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IM suspects had scouted busy, crowded places: police

M. SRINIVAS

 Mar 04 2013

The two suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives – Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan — are believed to have scouted Begum Bazaar Chatri, Gujarati lane in Koti, the ISKCON Temple area and the GPO in Abids, besides Dilsukhnagar, to execute the bomb blasts, police officials said on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/im-suspects-had-scouted-busy-crowded-places-police/article4472536.ece

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Unified command was missing during Mumbai terror attacks: Ex-Mumbai Fire chief

 Mar 04 2013

Ahmedabad : Former Mumbai Fire chief Pratap Karguppikar today said that absence of unified command and lack of quality safety equipment led to the death of several police officials in 26/11 terror attacks.

Pointing out that a unified command was missing during the terror attacks, he said a standard operating procedure (SOP) for coordination involving the first responders will help fight terror attacks better.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/unified-command-was-missing-during-mumbai-terror-attacks-exmumbai-fi.../1082835/

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MHA official questioned in Rajasthan spy case for passing info to ISI

Mar 04 2013

New Delhi : An official of the Home Ministry has been questioned by the police and other agencies in connection with an espionage case in Rajasthan.

The official, who works with the foreigners division of the Home Ministry, has been questioned for his alleged links with a suspected ISI agent arrested in Pokhran last month, sources said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mha-official-questioned-in-rajasthan-spy-case-for-passing-info-to-isi/1082886/

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Africa

 

Twenty Boko Haram extremists killed in northeast Nigeria: military

March 03, 2013

Nigeria's military said on Sunday that it killed 20 Boko Haram Islamists while repelling an attack by the extremist group in the embattled northeastern state of Borno. "Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack a military barracks (in Borno) at about 5:00 am (0400 GMT)," spokesman

Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement.

He said the attack occurred in the village of Monguno, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Borno's restive capital of Maiduguri, considered Boko Haram's home base where the radical group has been blamed for scores of deadly attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Twenty-Boko-Haram-extremists-killed-in-northeast-Nigeria-military/Article1-1020547.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Atheism, Same-Sex Marriage Forbidden In Indonesia: Justice Candidate

Margareth S.Aritonang,

 March 04 2013

A Constitutional Court justice candidate, Arief Hidayat, said on Monday that atheism and same-sex marriage should be prohibited in Indonesia because they were based on values that contradicted the country’s ideology of Pancasila and the1945 Constitution.

“Indonesia is a religious nation; so, religious freedom in this country must uphold theistic principles. The discussion about religious freedom here, therefore, is not about whether Indonesians may be atheists. All Indonesians should be believers,”Arief told lawmakers on Monday during a fit-and-proper test at House of Representatives' Commission III overseeing legal affairs and human rights.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/03/04/atheism-same-sex-marriage-forbidden-indonesia-justice-candidate.html

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Family Slams Pace Of Cleric’s Sex Abuse Investigation

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

March 04 2013

The parents of alleged victims of sexual abuse by Muslim cleric Hasan Ja’far Assegaf in 2011 have expressed concerns over the police’s sluggish investigation.

“This is a tragedy for us. We have moved on, but we want the police to immediately take action,” a parent who declined to be named told The Jakarta Post over the weekend.

“I hope the police can move faster to save other children,” he said. “If the cleric thinks that this is defamation, then report us. We are ready.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/03/04/family-slams-pace-cleric-s-sex-abuse-investigation.html

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Hundreds of Indonesians Evacuated Following Deadly Clash in Sabah, Malaysia

Jakarta Globe | March 04, 2013

Hundreds of Indonesians have been evacuated after a clash between Filipino followers of a self-proclaimed sultan and Malaysian security forces in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

“We have evacuated 162 palm plantation workers from Lahad Datu to Embara complex, about 6 kilometers away,” said P.L.E. Priatna, the Foreign Ministry’s director for information and media, on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/hundreds-of-indonesians-evacuated-following-deadly-clash-in-sabah-malaysia/576612

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Malaysia Beefs Up Security as Borneo Toll Rises

March 04, 2013

Tawau, Malaysia. Malaysia vowed to beef up security Monday in an eastern state where at least 26 people have been reported killed after a bizarre invasion by Philippine followers of a self-styled sultan.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/malaysia-beefs-up-security-as-borneo-toll-rises/576585

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Anticorruption Studies Should Be Part of Indonesian School Curriculum: Academic

March 04, 2013

Anticorruption studies should be a part of the school curriculum for students of all ages, with the topic fitting within the subject covering Pancasila and citizenship, an education academic argues.

Speaking at a seminar on the topic “The Urgency of Anticorruption Education” in Yogyakarta on Saturday, University of Ahmad Dahlan education expert Sumaryati said that teaching antigraft values will allow future generations to develop thinking processes, values and actions based on honesty.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/anticorruption-studies-should-be-part-of-indonesian-school-curriculum-academic/575845

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Malaysian troops sent to Borneo after police slain

The Associated Press, Kuala Lumpur

 March 04 2013

Malaysia sent hundreds of soldiers to a Borneo state Monday to help neutralize armed Filipino intruders who have killed 8 police officers in the country's bloodiest security emergency in years.

Nineteen Filipino gunmen have also been slain since Friday in skirmishes that shocked Malaysians unaccustomed to such violence in their country, which borders insurgency-plagued southern provinces in the Philippines and Thailand.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/03/04/malaysian-troops-sent-borneo-after-police-slain.html

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Pakistan

 

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F blames economic woes for spike in terrorism

By Zulfiqar Ali

 March 4, 2013

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Poverty spawns frustration that leads to agitation when the rulers are not willing to improve the lot of their people, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) said on Sunday.

“When the poor suffer, they are bound to agitate. But when they take to the streets they are called terrorists,” he told participants at the Islam Zindabad Conference in Haq Nawaz Park.

The “inept” rulers motivated by self-interest are not ready to take steps for changing the socioeconomic condition of the people, Maulana Fazl told the gathering where people had come from South Waziristan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, and Bannu.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515437/islam-zindabad-conference-fazl-blames-economic-woes-for-spike-in-terrorism/

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Karachi shuts down, toll rises to 52

March 4, 2013

Residents of the Pakistani city of Karachi were on Monday mourning the victims of a bombing in a Shiite neighbourhood which police said killed 52 and injured 127.

The explosion ripped through the Abbas Town area of the southern port city Sunday when a car packed with 150 kilograms of explosives was detonated with a timer, said police official Khalid Hussain by telephone.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/karachi-shuts-down-toll-rises-to-52/article4474958.ece

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Gwadar port handover breaches Constitution

By Qaiser Butt

 March 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Irked by  Islamabad’s decision to hand over the financially struggling Gwadar port to a Chinese company Baloch leaders  are relying on a legal technicality to drive their point home – the Constitution.

However, a spokesperson for the Balochistan government set aside the claim that the Baloch people and Balochistan government were not consulted. He added that under the Constitution, the federal government controls ports in the country, including Gwadar Port.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515441/provincial-autonomy-gwadar-port-handover-breaches-constitution/

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No Pakhtun-Mohajir conflict: Altaf

 Inamullah Khattak

March 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Mr Altaf Hussain, has said there is no Pakhtun-Mohajir conflict in Karachi.

Addressing the party’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa workers’ convention in the federal capital on Sunday, he said both the communities were migrants in Karachi and were being poisoned against each other by feudal lords.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/04/no-pakhtun-mohajir-conflict-altaf/

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Abbas Town blast a conspiracy to divide Shia, Sunni: Sattar

 March 4, 2013

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar said on Monday that the blast at a residential complex in Abbas Town was a conspiracy to create an impression of Shia-Sunni strife in the country and a deliberate attempt to divide the Mohajir community.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515691/abbas-town-blast-a-conspiracy-to-divide-shia-sunni-sattar/

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Facilitating Afghan peace: Pakistan mulls Taliban transfer to Qatar

By Kamran Yousaf

 March 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is considering transfer of senior Taliban cadres – including the group’s former second-in-command – to the Gulf state of Qatar as part of efforts to facilitate the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar travelled to Doha on Sunday and met senior Qatari leaders to work out a new mechanism under which Taliban detainees would be released in the future, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515513/facilitating-afghan-peace-pakistan-mulls-taliban-transfer-to-qatar/

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Four policemen gunned down in Karachi

Mar 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Four policemen were killed when unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen attacked a check-post in Pakistan's port city of Karachi Sunday night, a media report said.

Fayyaz Laghari, inspector general of Sindh police, told Xinhua that the gunmen opened fire at the policemen standing at the check-post on the main highway of Karachi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Four-policemen-gunned-down-in-Karachi/articleshow/18786959.cms?

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Afghan media should avoid ‘blame game’ against Pakistan: Ashrafi

March 4, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Maulana Tahir Ashrafi has urged the Afghan media to avoid playing a “blame game” against Pakistan, as the country has always tried to establish peace in Afghanistan and condemned terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\04\story_4-3-2013_pg7_3

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Punjab offers Ishaq’s custody to Rehman

March 4, 2013

LAHORE: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has again attacked the PML-N’s Punjab government alleging it has contacts with the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi terrorists, and urging it to arrest the accused to ‘atone for’ its past ‘sins’.

The PML-N has hit back by terming the minister the most failed interior minister in the history of the country and asked him to take custody of LJ leader Malik Ishaq.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/04/punjab-offers-ishaqs-custody-to-rehman/

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Pakistan’s middle class defies ‘conservative’ stereotype

March 4, 2013

KARACHI: American fast-food and Western fashion outlets are taking Pakistan’s growing middle class by storm, defying stereotypes about a conservative Muslim country plagued by violence.

The rupee may have nose-dived, a third of the population may live in poverty and sectarian violence may be at a record high, but remarkably, consumer spending is up among a resilient elite fond of imported luxuries.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/03/pakistans-middle-class-defies-conservative-stereotype/

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Government providing 'safe haven' to terrorists: Imran

By Ema Anis

 March 4, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan blamed the federal government for providing “safe haven” to terrorists responsible for the rising sectarian violence in the country.

Imran, speaking to the media on Monday, vowed that his party will eradicate terrorism when it comes into power.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515631/imran-khan-bashes-government-for-sectarian-violence/

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War-weariness?: Taliban may launch political party

By Tahir Khan

 March 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Contrary to their public war rhetoric, the Afghan Taliban are considering a ‘political solution’ to over a decade-long conflict in Afghanistan, a senior Taliban leader has revealed.

“We must launch a political movement to achieve the goals for which we have made so many sacrifices,” said Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim, former head of the Taliban Political Commission and a close confidant of the militia’s elusive leader Mullah Omar.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515514/war-weariness-taliban-may-launch-political-party/

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A fight for rights: Asylum seekers end 10-week Vienna church occupation

 March 4, 2013

VIENNA: A group of mainly Pakistani asylum-seekers who have been occupying a central Vienna church since mid-December moved out on Sunday and into a monastery where they have been offered shelter, organisers revealed.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515488/a-fight-for-rights-asylum-seekers-end-10-week-vienna-church-occupation/

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Malala, Clinton cited as Nobel peace candidates hit record

March 4, 2013

OSLO: Pakistani  schoolgirl-turned-icon of Taliban resistance Malala Yousafzai, ex-Eastern bloc activists and former US president Bill Clinton are in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced a record 259 nominations on Monday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515688/malala-clinton-cited-as-nobel-peace-candidates-hit-record/

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Chief Justice takes suo motu notice of Karachi bombing

2013/03/04

KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday took suo motu notice of a massive bombing in a Shia-dominated neighbourhood of Karachi that killed 48 people and left around 200 injured.

The Supreme Court will hear the case on March 6. The top court has issued notices to Sindh Advocate General Abdul Fateh Malik and Inspector General (IG) of Sindh Police Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari to submit a detailed report over the deadly bombing.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/03/04/chief-justice-takes-suo-motu-notice-of-karachi-bombing/

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Will arrest Musharraf as soon as he returns: court

 March 04, 2013

A top Pakistani prosecutor has said that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will be arrested as soon as he returns to Pakistan from self-exile as an anti-terrorism court has issued "perpetual warrants" for him.

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a special prosecutor for the Federal Investigation Agency, said Musharraf would be arrested irrespective of whether he returned to Pakistan before or after the formation of a caretaker government to oversee the next general election.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Will-arrest-Musharraf-as-soon-as-he-returns-court/Article1-1020939.aspx

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Renovation: Sarhadi Lutheran Church starts picking up its pieces

By Baseer Qalandar

March 4, 2013

PESHAWAR: Reconstruction of the Sarhadi Lutheran Church in Mardan started last week, nearly five months after it was burnt down by a mob.

The construction had been delayed after differences emerged among churchgoers over the formation of the Diocese of Mardan. The dispute was resolved after the dissolution of Mardan’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

Rioters protesting the sacrilegious movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ launched a vicious attack on the place of worship on September 21, 2012. They set the church building on fire, and looted the surrounding residential quarters.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515392/renovation-sarhadi-lutheran-church-starts-picking-up-its-pieces/

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Arab World

 

Suicide bomber hits Iraq Shiite shrine city of Karbala, wounding 10 people

 3 March 2013

KARBALA: A suicide bomber struck in an area between major shrines in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Karbala yesterday, wounding 10 people, security and medical officials said.

Jamal Al-Din Shahristani, an official at the Imam Hussein shrine, said an engineer working on a project between the site and the Imam Abbas shrine blew himself up, causing casualties.

A police colonel and employee of a Karbala hospital put the toll from the bombing in the city south of Baghdad at 10 wounded.

http://www.arabnews.com/suicide-bomber-hits-iraq-shiite-shrine-city-karbala

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Coup plot trial starts in UAE

 May 04, 2013

Ninety four people went on trial on Monday in the United Arab Emirates on charges of trying to overthrow the government, the latest in a growing crackdown in the Gulf nation against perceived political or security threats inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings.

Amid tight security, about 200 relatives were bussed to the court in the heart of the capital Abu Dhabi for the morning hearing. The road leading to the court was closed and authorities barred international media, including The Associated Press, and several rights groups from attending.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/coup-plot-trial-starts-in-uae/article4475154.ece

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Jeddah Islamic Port making its mark as a global shipping hub

4 March 2013

The Jeddah Islamic Port ranks among the top 100 global ports annually. In fact, the establishment of an integrated project will ensure the presence of a security system that fills any gaps or security breaches at a financial cost of SR 15.98 million. Capt. Saher bin Musa Altahlawi, general manager of the Jeddah Islamic Port, confirmed that the port entered the competition more than a decade ago and became classified as a regional and global hub port, as well as assuming a high ranking position among the most important 100 international ports annually.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/jeddah-islamic-port-making-its-mark-global-shipping-hub

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Kerry, Abbas to hold surprise talks in Saudi Arabia

 March 4, 2013

RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Riyadh on Monday, a state department official told reporters.

Kerry, on his first trip to the region since taking over as the top US diplomat, will have lunch with the Palestinian leader, who arrived unexpectedly in Riyadh on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515637/kerry-abbas-to-hold-surprise-talks-in-saudi/

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Suicide Attack in Northern Iraq Kills 5 Policemen

March 4, 2013

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say a suicide attacker has driven a car laden with explosives into a police checkpoint in northern Iraq, killing five policemen and wounding 12 other people.

A police officer says four civilians were among those wounded in Monday's attack near a grocery market in the northern city of Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad. A health official confirmed the causality figures.

Full report at:http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/03/04/world/middleeast/ap-ml- ----------

 

Kurd political equation unbalanced by Iraq president's absence

Reuters | Mar 4, 2013

SULEIMANIYA (IRAQ): A photograph of two presidents hangs on the walls of government offices in Iraqi Kurdistan; one is Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, the other his rival turned ally Iraqi President Jalal Talabani who now lies in a German hospital after a stroke.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Kurd-political-equation-unbalanced-by-Iraq-presidents-absence/articleshow/18785665.cms?

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Five killed in clashes in Egypt’s Port Said

March 4, 2013

Five people were killed in clashes between police and protesters in the restive north-eastern city of Port Said, state television reported on Monday.

Two policemen were among those killed, the Interior Ministry reported. They were killed near the Security Department in the coastal city by gunshots to the head and neck. The identities of the shooters was unknown.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/five-killed-in-clashes-in-egypts-port-said/article4474951.ece

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‘Arab Spring’ Brings New Buyers for Bulletproof Cars

Peter Apps | March 04, 2013

Dubai. In a workshop in a dusty industrial area on the outskirts of Dubai, engineers are stripping down a Toyota Land Cruiser to install armored plating, bullet resistant glass and run-flat tires.

In the aftermath of the “Arab spring” revolts and with the wealth gap and social unrest rising in many parts of the world, there is no shortage of rich individuals and governments who suddenly feel they need a little extra protection.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/arab-spring-brings-new-buyers-for-bulletproof-cars/576618

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Free Visa Holders Help Firms Evade Labour Fees in Saudi Kingdom

 4 March 2013

The Directorate General of Passports in Riyadh says the Kingdom deported 575,000 visa violators in 2012.

The so-called free visa holders use legal visas that were not issued to them or they continue to use the visa after they left their sponsor. Other violators use fake visas. Both are still offered new jobs at a low salary.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/free-visa-holders-help-firms-evade-labor-fees

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Four killed in Egyptian clashes

4 March 2013

Four people - including two policemen - were killed when protesters and security forces clashed in the Egyptian city of Port Said, officials say.

At least 400 people were injured in the fighting overnight, according to the interior ministry.

Port Said has been rocked by violence since January, when 21 local football fans were sentenced to death over deadly football riots in 2012.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21652940

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Fighting Escalates in Syrian City, Opposition Says

By HANIA MOURTADA and ALAN COWELL

March 4, 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad said fighting between rebels and government forces backed by tanks and warplanes had escalated in the central city of Homs on Monday a day after high casualties on both sides in separate battles further north in Aleppo.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/world/middleeast/fighting-escalates-in-syrian-city-opposition-says.html?ref=middleeast

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh High Court orders security for Hindus in violence-hit area

PTI | Mar 4, 2013

DHAKA: Bangladesh High Court today ordered the government to take steps for the security of the minority Hindu community in southeastern Begumganj where suspected rightwing activists attacked several temples and houses during clashes over 1971 war crimes trial in the past three days.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-High-Court-orders-security-for-Hindus-in-violence-hit-area/articleshow/18785757.cms?

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Songs, paintings and protest at Dhaka's Shahbagh

ByHimanshi Dhawan, TNN | Mar 4, 2013

DHAKA: The blood red poster "one nation, one roar, hang the bloody razakars" screams at you much before you reach Shahbagh square. However, even as parts of Bangladesh burn in violence with 22 people being killed in the latest round of clashes, the protesters at Shahbagh remain calm. Much like protests at Jantar Mantar and Ramlila Maidan, young students, executives, men and women sing songs, paint their anguish on walls, and continue to get signatures for their movement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Songs-paintings-and-protest-at-Dhakas-Shahbagh/articleshow/18784939.cms?

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Police out in force as strike cripples Bangladesh

AFP | Mar 4, 2013

DHAKA: Schools and businesses were shut on Monday across Bangladesh on the second day of a general strike as huge numbers of police were deployed to put a halt to the deadliest bout of violence since independence.

Sixty-one people are now known to have died in clashes since Thursday when Islamists erupted in outrage at the sentencing to death of one of their leaders who was convicted of war crimes dating back to the 1971 liberation conflict.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Police-out-in-force-as-strike-cripples-Bangladesh/articleshow/18789176.cms

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Crude bomb hurled outside Pranab Mukherjee's hotel in Dhaka

PTI | Mar 4, 2013

DHAKA: A homemade crude bomb of low intensity was hurled on Monday outside the Sonargaon Pan-Pacific hotel in Dhaka where President Pranab Mukherjee is staying.

No one was injured in the blast which took place around 2pm, said Apoorva Hassan, the officer in-charge of Tejgaon police station.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Crude-bomb-hurled-outside-Pranab-Mukherjees-hotel-in-Dhaka/articleshow/18790570.cms

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Suicide bombings: Karzai lashes out at Pakistan

March 4, 2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has once again lashed out at his supposed ally, Pakistan, saying that a statement by a Pakistani cleric endorsing suicide bombings in Afghanistan shows the neighbouring country is not sincere in efforts to fight terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/suicide-bombings-karzai-lashes-out-at-pakistan/article4475013.ece

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Court bans former President Nasheed from travelling abroad

By MinivanNews | March 3rd, 2013

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has said that the travel ban imposed against him will hinder his political campaign and party work.

Speaking to the Times of India, Nasheed stated that despite ending his 11-day stay at the Indian High Commission in Male’ last month, he was still not entirely free, adding that he “fears” an arrest warrant will be issued against him “any day”.

The former President sought refuge inside the High Commission building on February 13 after Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court ordered police to produce Nasheed at his trial hearing scheduled for later that day.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/court-bans-former-president-nasheed-from-travelling-abroad-53936

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Maldives Court sentences 22 year-old to life imprisonment for terrorism

By Ahmed Nazeer | March 3rd, 2013

The Criminal Court has sentenced 22 year-old Ibrahim Shahum Adam to 25 years imprisonment after the court found him guilty of terrorism.

The Prosecutor General pressed terrorism charges against Shahum after he murdered Mohamed Hussain, 17 of Beauty Flower House in Male’ in 2010 July.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/criminal-court-sentences-shahum-to-life-imprisonment-for-terrorism-53930

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Male’ immigration shelter opened as Maldives pressured over migrant rights

By Neil Merrett | March 3rd, 2013

An immigration shelter intended to temporarily house unregistered and illegal immigrants is now up and running in Male’ as part of the government’s efforts to provide a more “humane” means of tackling immigration problems in the country.

Authorities have so far declined to provide exact details to media on the capacity or amenities available at the site, which the Maldives government has claimed will help to alleviate problems arising from the number of unregistered workers in the country at present.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/male-immigration-shelter-opened-as-maldives-pressured-over-migrant-rights-53700

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Khaleda Zia under death threats

Mar 4, 2013

BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday alleged that death threats were being issued against their party chief Khaleda Zia through some blogs and social media Facebook.

“In a post it was stated 'I wish to launch mass killing by killing Khaleda',” he told a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=271277

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Mollah challenges war crimes verdict

Mar 4, 2013

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah on Monday challenged the life term imprisonment awarded by a war crimes tribunal for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

Claiming himself to innocent, the Jamaat assistant secretary general termed the February 5 judgement as “wrong” and appealed with the Supreme Court for acquittal from the charges.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=45179

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$200m Indian grant to Bangladesh to be utilised for Padma Bridge

Mar 4, 2013

The US $200 million Indian grant will be fully utilised for construction of Padma Bridge, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday afternoon after calling on visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at Sonargaon Hotel.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=271275

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Mideast Asia

 

Iran says UN human rights report lacks legal weight

04 March 2013

TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday criticized the most recent report of Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, calling it biased and undocumented.  

According to Reuters, in a report issued in Geneva on Thursday, Shaheed voiced concern at what he called an apparent rise in the frequency and gravity of abuses in Iran and claimed that the Islamic Republic had failed to investigate “widespread, systemic, and systematic violations of human rights.”

Full report at:

http://tehrantimes.com/politics/106124-iran-says-un-human-rights-report-lacks-legal-weight

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Iran frees 14 journalists: report

March 4, 2013

TEHRAN: Iran has freed 14 journalist working for reformist papers who were arrested in January and accused of cooperating with a “Western-linked network”, the reformist Shargh newspaper reported on Sunday.

The newspaper said the journalists were released from jail after posting bail, while four others were still behind bars.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\04\story_4-3-2013_pg14_5

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Israel Says Closely Monitoring Syria Battlefronts

March 03, 2013

Jerusalem. Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday that Israel is closely monitoring the battlefronts in Syria after press reports that rebels had seized Scud missiles from regime forces.

But Yaalon downplayed any threat to Israel from the Scuds – long-range surface-to-surface missiles which Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein used against the Jewish state in the 1991 Gulf War.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/israel-says-closely-monitoring-syria-battlefronts/575795

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Turkey, Greece Vow Dialogue to Overcome Rifts

March 4, 2013

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says regional rivals Greece and Turkey are determined to overcome long-standing differences through dialogue and can resolve Cyprus's division if they show strong will.

Erdogan was speaking alongside his Greek counterpart, Antonis Samaras, following a joint ministerial council meeting Monday. Ministers from both countries signed more than two dozen cooperation deals, including in health, tourism and fighting illegal migration.

Relations between the uneasy NATO allies have improved greatly since the late 1990s, but Athens and Ankara remain at odds over a broad range of issues, including war-divided Cyprus, Aegean Sea boundaries, and illegal immigration.

Greece is the main transit point for illegal immigrants entering the European Union, and most cross into the country through Turkey.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/03/04/world/europe/ap-eu-turkey-

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Europe

 

Accused top UK Catholic cardinal Keith O'Brien admits sexual failings

AP | Mar 4, 2013

LONDON: A Scottish cardinal on Sunday acknowledged having engaged in unspecified sexual misbehavior, apologized for his actions, and promised to stay out of the church's public life in a statement that comes at an awkward time for the Vatican.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien had been Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader until he resigned on Monday from his position as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, a departure prompted by a newspaper report about unnamed priests' allegations that he acted inappropriately toward them.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Accused-top-UK-Catholic-cardinal-Keith-OBrien-admits-sexual-failings/articleshow/18784881.cms?

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Report on forced disappearances in Pakitan to be tabled in Geneva

New Age Islam News Bureau

 March 4, 2013

A report on forced disappearances in Pakistan will be tabled in the 22nd conference of the Council in Geneva today. Last September, a two-member delegation had visited Pakitan to study the situation about forced disappearances. The delegation in its report has demanded that forced disappearances should be declared a crime and the persons involved should be penalised. The report also stressed on the need to form a neutral and accountable body to supervise the functioning of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies.  The member of the standing committee of Pakistan Parliament, Mushahid Hussain was of the view that a weak law and order was at the root of the forced disappearances.

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French military chief says "probable" al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed

By Reuters

 March 4, 2013

PARIS: Al Qaeda’s senior field commander in the Sahara, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, may have been killed in Mali, the head of France’s joint chiefs of staff said on Monday.

Edouard Guillaud’s remarks are the first indication from the French government that Abou Zeid died in fighting in the rugged north of Mali.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/515643/french-military-chief-says-probable-al-qaeda-commander-abou-zeid-killed/

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Al-Sweady inquiry opens in UK into deaths of Iraqis

4 March 2013

A public inquiry has opened in London into allegations that up to 20 Iraqis were murdered after a gun battle with British troops in 2004.

The inquiry, named after one of the dead men, Hamid al-Sweady, will also examine claims that detainees captured at the same time were mistreated.

A retired judge will hear some of the most serious accusations against UK troops to arise from the Iraq war.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21651416

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North America

 

US pledges $450m to back Egypt's faltering economy

4 March 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $450m (£300m) to support Egypt's faltering economy but warned Cairo that "more hard work" is needed.

Mr Kerry's comments came after talks with President Mohammed Morsi.

He urged Mr Morsi to ensure April polls were free, fair and transparent.

His visit came amid unrest over a trial of alleged perpetrators of football riots last year. Hours after Mr Kerry left, a policeman was killed in the city of Port Said, the army said.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21649025

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Kerry Criticizes Iran and Russia for Shipping Arms to Syria

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

March 4, 2013

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Making a case for providing increased support to the Syrian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia and Iran on Monday for continuing to ship arms to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Mr. Kerry has sought to enlist Russia’s cooperation for a political solution to the war in Syria and met last week with Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov.

But Mr. Kerry said in Riyadh that Russia had continued to send weapons to forces loyal to Mr. Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/world/middleeast/syria-russia-iran-arms.html?ref=middleeast&gwh=7CBEBCF66245DFB9A61A5D3AF8D3116A

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Few Illusions as Afghan Exit Nears

By JUDY DEMPSEY

March 4, 2013

BERLIN — Over the next 12 months, President Barack Obama will withdraw more than 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan, halving the American contingent.

By the end of 2014, when NATO’s combat mission ends and its new training mission begins, diplomats say that the United States is planning to have no more than 10,000 troops available for Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/world/europe/05iht-

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Australia

 

Australian military investigating Afghan boys’ deaths

March 4, 2013

SYDNEY: Australian military chief General David Hurley Sunday said he deeply regretted the deaths of two Afghan boys killed during an operation but it was too early to say who was responsible.

Two children, aged seven and eight, were shot dead on Thursday as they tended cattle in southern Uruzgan province, in an incident which could inflame tensions over the conduct of foreign soldiers in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\04\story_4-3-2013_pg14_4

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Australia Invites Indonesian Applicants for 500 Scholarships

Jakarta Globe | March 04, 2013

The Australian Embassy in Indonesia announced on Monday that applications are now open for the 2014 Australia Awards Scholarships provided under the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/australia-invites-indonesian-applicants-for-500-scholarships/575858

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