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Hundreds Killed or Injured As Iraqi Forces Stormed A Sunni Muslim Anti-Government Protest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arab World

Hundreds Killed or Injured As Iraqi Forces Stormed A Sunni Muslim Anti-Government Protest

Syrian regime accused of new massacre, 350 people killed in Damascus countryside

FSA reportedly kills 18 Hezbollah fighters in Syrian city of Qusayr

Bombs at Baghdad in Sunni Muslim mosque kill four

Former Egypt Finance Minister Boutros-Ghali Gets Life Sentence

Iraqi Sunni minister resigns after deadly clashes

Egyptian prosecutor suspended for ordering 80 lashes for drunken man

Qatar to lash Muslim barber over drinking alcohol

Lebanon Sunni sheikh urges followers to join Syria fight

‘Kurdistan is part of Iraq,’ Arab Idol judge tells Kurdish contestant

Gunmen abduct two bishops in northern Syria

Islamists heckle Popular Current leader Sabbahi at Shubra University

 

India

Hijab case needs thorough hearing: Guwahati H C judge

Rushdie kept out of Kolkata, new campaign targets 'visit by Obama'

Ajmer blast accused says right-wing outfit did it

Urdu-medium schools in Nagpada, Mumbai survive English wave

Kashmir rattled by LeT flags on Srinagar fort

Lashkar-e-Taiba Man who had shot Sopore youth inside a mosque held

J&K writes to Centre on Chinese incursion

India’s biggest military project with Israel under scrutiny

BSF-BGB to agree to hold joint retreat ceremonies on Indo-Bangladesh border

Get educated and adapt to changing times, Muslims told

LeT, Pak flags at fort housing CRPF camp

Only Maya knows how to rule: Bukhari

4 Bangla nationals arrested in Kutch

Rebel army ambushed Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

Army chief General Bikram Singh reviews security situation in J&K

 

Mideast Asia

Israel uses Palestinian teenager as human shield during protest

Yemen Court Sentences 11 Al-Qaida Militants

Israeli army: Syria’s Assad ‘using lethal chemical weapons’

Israeli army official's nostalgia for Egypt finds hostile audience

Turkey’s Erdogan says will go to Gaza despite U.S. call to delay trip

Iran denies link to Canada train 'al-Qaeda plot'

 

North America

Boston Muslim groups squeamish about bombing suspect's funeral

US concerned about Myanmar's situation

Boston bombers motivated by Islam but not tied to terrorist groups: Officials

Oklahoma Muslims fret about anti-Islamic rhetoric

Canada foils 'al-Qaeda linked' terror attack on train

No Bunker-Buster Bomb in Israel’s Weapons Deal With U.S.

Kerry to Host Afghans and Pakistanis

Holbrooke knew Pak lied on India

Acted alone at behest of brother, Boston blasts suspect says

Indian-American attorney to prosecute Boston bomber

US needs a comprehensive immigration reform: White House

Boston bombings suspect struggled with Islam, his aunt says

Boston Marathon bombing: FBI faces Tamerlan Tsarnaev questions

 

Africa

Libya lifts travel ban on former Gaddafi regime members

French embassy in Tripoli bombed, 2 injured: Sources

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Concludes 37th Annual Convention Successfully

COMESA Countries Join Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

Ugandans Captured 52 Al-Shabaab Militants in First Quarter of 2013

End Child Labour in Malian Gold Mines – H R W Responds to Government's Denials

Sudan, rebels in new southern Darfur clash

 

Southeast Asia

Aceh Legislative Candidates to Be Quizzed On Quran

Indonesia's Democracy a Success, SBY Says

SBY to Discuss Violence against Rohingya on Myanmar Visit

Zul Noordin’s candidacy ‘mind-boggling’, says Anwar

 

Pakistan

Drone strike in the US: Facebook post on Boston bombing goes viral in Pakistan

Ex-Pak generals warn army may react if Musharraf humiliated

Musharraf in Pakistan court over Benazir Bhutto killing

Pak SC lists scribes who got gifts from govt

Altaf wants Musharraf given chance to defend himself

PTI pledges ‘Islamic welfare state’

Pakistan not to fight American war, says Imran

Pakistan likely to get YouTube back by May: Report

 

South Asia

Patience is running out with Pakistan: Karzai's office

Afghan Taliban says foreign captives are well, moved to 'safe area'

Govt parties need to reassess power sharing, after thousands attend MDP rally

MNDF soldiers’ rights to political participation “curbed” under law: Maldives Defence Minister

Afghanistan says negotiating release of helicopter hostages

Gunmen kidnap nine Afghan deminers: officials

Dhaka HC rejects Huji leader’s petition   

 

Europe

UK businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq

Spain holds two North African 'al-Qaeda suspects'

EU lifts sanctions against Myanmar

Ban 'Shocked and Saddened' By Civilian Deaths in Nigeria Violence

Nigeria: Tony Blair - its Abomination to Hurt the Poor

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Hundreds Killed or Injured As Iraqi Forces Stormed A Sunni Muslim Anti-Government Protest

23 April 2013

Hundreds of people were killed and injured when Iraqi security forces stormed a Sunni Muslim anti-government protest camp near Kirkuk on Tuesday, starting a gun battle between troops and protesters, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

An army helicopter was involved when forces stormed the camp.

Iraq’s defence ministry had no official death toll and said troops responded after coming under fire from gunmen in the makeshift camp in a public square in Hawija, near Kirkuk, 170 km (100 miles) north of the capital.

Protest leaders said they were unarmed when security forces opened fire during the early morning raid.

Demonstrators and local officials gave conflicting accounts of the number of casualties but at least three military sources said six troops and 20 demonstrators were killed in the clashes, according to Reuters.

An Al Arabiya correspondent at the scene put the toll at much higher, saying hundreds had been killed and injured.

Thousands of Sunni Muslims have staged regular protests for months in several Iraqi provinces to demand an end to perceived marginalization of their sect by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shi'ite-led government.

Many Sunnis say they have been sidelined since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion that ousted Sunni strongman Saddam Hussein and allowed the Shi'ite majority to gain power through elections.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2013/04/23/At-least-26-killed-as-Iraqi-forces-raid-Sunni-protest-camp.html

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Syrian regime accused of new massacre, 350 people killed in Damascus countryside

Ian Black, Middle East editor

 22 April 2013

Syria's government faced fresh western censure on Monday in the wake of opposition claims of hundreds of people being killed in a new massacre during recent fighting in the Damascus countryside.

William Hague, foreign secretary, called reports of the killings a reminder of the "callous brutality" of the Assad regime and "the terrible climate of impunity" in Syria. He said there was an urgent need to end the 25-month conflict, which has claimed more than 70,000 lives, displaced 2 million Syrians and destabilised the wider region.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of anti-regime activists, said government forces had killed 350 "martyrs" in Artouz, south-west of the capital, on Sunday. Three days earlier 100 people had been killed. The figures could not be independently verified as the area is inaccessible to the handful of foreign journalists and NGOs in Damascus.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some victims were summarily killed. Videos posted online showed rows of corpses wrapped in bloody blankets. SOHR said there were reports of as many as 250 dead.

The LCC said there had been clashes between the Free Syrian Army, the main armed opposition group, and the Syrian army's 4th Division, Republican Guard, Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and Shabiha militias. Many of the casualties were women, children and elderly people. Corpses were set on fire.

Leaving aside the conflicting casualty figures, the account is consistent with ongoing attempts by government forces to regain control of areas around Damascus as well as two suburbs of the capital city. Syria's official news agency, Sana, reported unspecified heavy losses inflicted on terrorists in Jdaidet al-Fadl, an adjacent area, where rebel sources said 85 people had been killed.

Syrian state TV showed footage of the city with soldiers patrolling the streets and corpses of rebels on the ground. The Revolution Leadership Council of Damascus, an opposition group , said seven people had been killed on Monday by random shelling of a civilian area in Barzeh, north of the city.

But a Syrian military source told the Guardian that troops had moved into Jdaidet al-Fadl to protect civilians and blamed the alleged massacre on rebels.

President Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, received strong messages of support from his two closest allies.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the foreign policy and national security committee of the Iranian parliament, said on a visit to Damascus that Tehran stood by Syria in its struggle against "the attack targeting it". Assad should remain in power until elections next year, he said.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, warned the EU not to lift its arms embargo on Syria despite British and French lobbying. His UK counterpart Hague met EU colleagues in Brussels, where they agreed to ease sanctions to allow for purchases of crude oil from the opposition.

If the arms embargo was removed, Lavrov said, "the international obligations of the EU countries, which prohibit supplies of arms and ammunition to non-government actors, are not going anywhere".

Assad's mood is upbeat, according to an account of a meeting on Sunday with Lebanese allies, published in the Beirut daily as-Safir. "Our strategy is to keep Damascus and the other cities under army control," the president said. "As concerns the countryside, we deliberately choose to clear some areas for tactical reasons at times. Better we sap [their strength] than having them sap ours.

"The so-called Free [Syrian] Army is effectively undone. We're now fighting al-Qaida. Some 23 foreign nationalities are currently fighting on Syrian soil. Today, however, we are winning [the hearts and minds] of some of our adversaries. For example, we responded wisely when armed rebels broke into the Yarmouk camp [for Palestinian refugees]. We were urged to force them out. Instead, we reinforced our positions around the camp and fenced in the armed insurgents. In no time, we heard residents clamouring for the terrorists to be evicted. The battle will be very long, but our sole choice is to win it."

Russia has repeatedly used its UN Security Council veto to protect Assad from western efforts to remove him or pressure him to end violence. Each Russian veto has seen the regime escalate military action, opposition activists say.

Lavrov said that he and the US secretary of state, John Kerry, would discuss ways to promote peace in Syria at talks on the sidelines of a Nato gathering and a Russia-Nato foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

Lavrov said in a telephone conversation with Kerry on Saturday: "I sensed confirmation of the intention … to seek as swift as possible a political solution".

Officials of Syria's national opposition coalition, supported by western and Arab countries, say the US is not giving it enough backing and wants to push it into talks with Assad – a position consistent with the outcome of a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva last summer. But few inside Syria appear to believe in the possibility of a negotiated solution to the conflict – unless it is to agree the terms of Assad's departure. The Syrian president has shown no sign he is prepared to step down and action on the ground is outstripping slow-moving diplomacy.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/22/syrian-regime-accused-new-massacre

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FSA reportedly kills 18 Hezbollah fighters in Syrian city of Qusayr

23 April 2013

The Free Syrian Army has reportedly killed 18 Hezbollah fighters in the Western city of Qusayr, activists at the Syrian Revolution General Commission reported on Tuesday.

The fighters were allegedly killed in a battle between the Syrian rebels and the Hezbollah fighters.

Elite fighters from the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, are leading the fight against rebels in the region of Qusayr in the central province of Homs, a watchdog said on Monday.

“It’s Hezbollah that is leading the battle in Qusayr, with its elite forces,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

“It’s not necessarily fighters coming from Lebanon. It’s Hezbollah fighters from Shiite villages on the Syrian side which are inhabited by Lebanese,” he said.

Over the weekend, Syrian regime forces retook control of a string of strategic villages in the region, which is along the border with Lebanon.

That raised fears among rebels that the town of Qusayr itself, a stronghold of the uprising, could fall into government hands.

The Observatory said fighting was raging Monday morning between rebels and Hezbollah fighters around several other villages in the area, leaving two rebels dead.

The area is of key strategic importance because it runs along the border with Lebanon and is near the route running from Damascus to the coast.

On Sunday, the main opposition National Coalition urged Hezbollah to “immediately withdraw its forces from Syrian territory”, adding its involvement in Syria’s conflict “could drag Lebanon and the region into an open-ended conflict with disastrous consequences.”

President Bashar al-Assad reportedly told Lebanese politicians this weekend that Syria’s “main battle” at present is raging in the Qusayr area, close to the Lebanese border.

Speaking to a delegation of Lebanese backers of his regime, Assad said his forces were determined to succeed in the area “at any cost,” according to Abdel Rahim Mrad, a former MP who spoke to AFP after the meeting in Damascus.

“The main battle is taking place in Qusayr,” he quoted Assad as saying.

“We want to finish it at any cost and we want to do the same in Idlib,” a province on the Turkish border in the northwest which is a major rebel stronghold.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/23/Free-Syrian-Army-kills-18-Hezbollah-fighters-in-Syrian-city-of-Qusayr.html

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Bombs at Baghdad in Sunni Muslim mosque kill four

 April 23, 2013

BAGHDAD: Two roadside bombs that went off as Sunni Muslim worshippers were leaving dawn prayers in south Baghdad on Tuesday killed at least four people, officials said.

The twin blasts struck at around 5:00 am (local time) in the predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Dura at the Al-Arqam bin al-Arqam mosque, an interior ministry official said.

At least four people were killed and 14 wounded in the explosions, the official and a medic at a nearby hospital said.

The latest deaths bring to at least 219 the number of people killed in Iraq attacks so far in April, according to an AFP tally, the fourth consecutive month where death tolls have topped 200.

By comparison, none of the last three months of 2012 saw tolls above 160.

Violence is down across Iraq since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, and the deadliest are typically carried out by Sunni militants linked to Al Qaeda who seek to undermine confidence in the Shia-led government and security forces.

http://dawn.com/2013/04/23/bombs-at-baghdad-mosque-kill-four/

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Former Egypt Finance Minister Boutros-Ghali Gets Life Sentence

April 23, 2013

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali was sentenced in absentia to life in prison in a corruption case on Tuesday, a Cairo criminal court source said.

Boutros-Ghali, whose uncle Boutros Boutros-Ghali was U.N. secretary general from 1992 to 1996, served as finance minister under deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

He fled the country and was convicted in absentia in 2011 in a separate graft case and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In Tuesday's case, Boutros-Ghali had been accused of squandering 13 million Egyptian pounds ($1.9 million) of public funds in a transaction involving coupons used for the distribution of subsidized cooking gas.

Many former officials have been convicted on graft and other charges since Mubarak fell in a 2011 uprising, but long, complicated legal proceedings have highlighted the difficulties of transitional justice in the country.

Mubarak, 84, was convicted last June along with former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli of failing to prevent the killings of more than 800 demonstrators.

Mubarak and al-Adli were both sentenced to life in prison, but the highest appeals court has ordered a retrial. The case is facing a delay after the presiding judge withdrew this month.

(Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Louise Ireland)

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/04/23/world/middleeast/23reuters-egypt-court.html?ref=middleeast&gwh=BEF7E3D936F5D12926DC3ECDB56933EB

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Iraqi Sunni minister resigns after deadly clashes

 23 April 2013

A Sunni member of the Iraqi cabinet resigned Tuesday after security forces moved in against Sunni protesters in the north of the country, sparking clashes that left dozens dead, an official said.

“The minister of education, Mohammed Ali Tamim, resigned from his post after the Iraqi army forces broke into the area of the sit-in in Kirkuk” province, the official from Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak’s office said.

“The resignation is final, and there will be no going back,” the official added.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/23/Iraqi-Sunni-minister-resigns-after-deadly-clashes.html

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Egyptian prosecutor suspended for ordering 80 lashes for drunken man

Prosecutor in Minya, Upper Egypt suspended and faces judicial investigation after he ordered man to receive 80 lashes for being drunk

22 Apr 2013

A prosecutor in Minya was suspended on Sunday and faces a judicial investigation after he ordered a man to receive 80 lashes for being drunk.

Prosecutor Hussein Aani said he ordered the lashes because two verses in the Quran call for the avoidance of alcohol, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/69835/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-prosecutor-suspended-for-ordering--lashes.aspx

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Qatar to lash Muslim barber over drinking alcohol

A Muslim barber has been sentenced to 40 lashes over being drunk in Qatar

22 Apr 2013

A Qatari court has sentenced a Muslim barber from an unknown Asian country to 40 lashes over consuming alcohol in the Gulf state, a local daily reported on Monday.

The man was arrested following a complaint by another who accused him of harassing his domestic worker by throwing at her a piece of paper on which he scribbled his phone number, Al-Sharq daily reported.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/69921/World/Region/Qatar-to-lash-Muslim-barber-over-drinking-alcohol-.aspx

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Lebanon Sunni sheikh urges followers to join Syria fight

Lebanse Salafists call upon their supporters to show solidarity with pro Bashar's fighters and stand up to their defence, calling it a "jihadist duty"

23 Apr 2013

Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, a controversial Lebanese Salafist sheikh, has urged his followers to join Syrian rebels fighting troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

The call came as a second Sunni Lebanese sheikh called the fight against Assad's regime a "jihadist duty."

"Today, everyone recognises the danger posed by the intervention of (Hezbollah chief Hassan) Nasrallah and his shabiha (pro-Assad militia) in Syria," Assir, who is based in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, told his followers late Monday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/69956/World/Region/Lebanon-Sunni-sheikh-urges-followers-to-join-Syria.aspx

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‘Kurdistan is part of Iraq,’ Arab Idol judge tells Kurdish contestant

21 April 2013

An Arab Idol judge stressed her staunch disapproval of a Kurdish participant denoting her country of origin as Kurdistan, not Iraq, during the show on Saturday.

For the first time in the pan-Arab talent show, Barwas Hussein, from Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan sung in Kurdish.

The on-screen title showed Hussein’s country of origin as “Kurdistan Iraq,” while another two Iraqi participants had their country title as “Iraq.”

“I want to welcome, with love, all Iraqis because we have amazing voices from there,” the show’s Emirati judge and songstress Ahlam Al-Shamsi, said before saying Kurdistan is an “inseparable” part of Iraq.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2013/04/21/-Kurdistan-is-part-of-Iraq-Arab-Idol-judge-tells-Kurdish-contestant.html

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Gunmen abduct two bishops in northern Syria

 April 23, 2013

Militants in a rebel-held area of northern Syria have abducted two bishops travelling from the Turkish border back to the city of Aleppo.

The kidnapping was reported by Syrian state media and confirmed by a member of the official opposition leadership.

Yohanna Ibrahim is head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo and Boulos Yaziji leads the Greek Orthodox Church in the city.

They are the most senior Christian clerics caught up directly in the war.

It was not immediately clear who had kidnapped them.

Christians made up about 10% of the mainly Sunni Muslim country's population before the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began just over two years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22259631

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Islamists heckle Popular Current leader Sabbahi at Shubra university

Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi is greeted with jeers by Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated students who accuse him of joining 'counter-revolution' against Egypt's elected president; the veteran politician holds his ground

22 Apr 2013

A number of Egyptian students, reportedly members of the Muslim Brotherhood, shouted chants against Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi on Monday during a panel discussion at Shubra Engineering Faculty, accusing the former presidential candidate of betraying Egypt's 25 January Revolution.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/69885/Egypt/Politics-/Islamists-heckle-Popular-Current-leader-Sabbahi-at.aspx

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India

 

Hijab case needs thorough hearing: Guwahati H C judge

 April 23, 2013

The Gauhati High Court on Monday admitted a writ petition, filed by the mother of a four-year old Muslim girl, after a Catholic mission-run school near Bokakhat in upper Assam’s Golaghat district refused to allow the child to wear a Hijab (headscarf) along with the uniform.

Jayanta Kumar Goswami, counsel for Alee Ahmed, told The Hindu that Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that the case, involving a larger issue related to minority communities, called for thorough hearing.

It was listed for the period after one week.

Ms. Ahmed moved the court on April 8.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/hijab-case-needs-thorough-hearing-judge/article4644716.ece

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Rushdie kept out of Kolkata, new campaign targets 'visit by Obama'

Madhuparna Das

Apr 23 2013

Kolkata: A campaign brewing in rural Bengal threatens to “send back” Barack Obama the moment he lands in Kolkata, though the US President hasn’t announced any plans to visit the state.

Security agencies have submitted a report to the state government saying the campaigners have vowed they would force Obama, if he does land in Kolkata, to leave from the airport itself. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had extended Obama an invitation last May during a visit by Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rushdie-kept-out-of-kolkata-new-campaign-targets--visit-by-obama-/1106208/

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Ajmer blast accused says right-wing outfit did it

April 22, 2013

In a crucial breakthrough, an accused in the Ajmer Sharif blast case has confessed before a magistrate to being part of the right-wing terror group that planted two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the dargah.

Out of the two IEDs left in the Dargah, one exploded killing three people on October 11, 2007.

“Bhavesh Patel, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi last month, gave a confessional statement before a magistrate in Jaipur under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code which makes it admissible as evidence in the court, unlike a statement made before a police officer,” said a source.

Bhavesh was also accused of throwing pipe bombs on a mosque in Bharuch, his native city in Gujarat, on the next day of the Godhra train fire of February 27, 2002.

According to sources, Bhavesh has said in his statement that some seven or eight days before the Ajmer Sharif blast, Suresh Bhai (Suresh Nair, an absconding accused in the Ajmer Sharif case) invited him for a visit to Ajmer. Once he accepted the invitation, Bhavesh was asked to reach Godhra. On October 10, he reached Godhra and met Suresh Nair who had come with Mukesh Vasani and Harshad alias Raj (already arrested in the Ajmer Shairf case) and three more persons. The group reached Ajmer the next day at around 11am. The group went to the Dargah in the evening and planted two IEDs there.

Bhavesh also revealed that he didn’t know the real purpose of visit. It was only after they sat in the bus to return to Ahmedabad, that Suresh Nair told him that they had gone to the Dargah to plant bombs.

Nair told him that the plan was hatched by Manoj Bhai (an alias used by Sunil Joshi, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak and the leader of the group), who was killed by his own men almost two months after the Dargah blast on December 29, 2007.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Rajasthan/Ajmer-blast-accused-says-right-wing-outfit-did-it/Article1-1048729.aspx

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Urdu-medium schools in Nagpada, Mumbai survive English wave

Mohammed Wajihuddin

Apr 22, 2013

Rows of ramshackle residential buildings, tailoring shops and tiny eateries dot Dimtimkar Road in the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood Nagpada. On the same crowded road also sits Ahmed Sailor High School, a piece of history in the city's Urdu education. The school is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, which offers the perfect excuse to revisit some of the other old Urdu medium schools in South Mumbai.

Founded in the pre-Independence era, most of these schools catered, and continue to cater, to underprivileged kids. Some have fascinating stories of birth, change of location and expansion. Almost all of them today live in the fear of becoming redundant in Angrezi ki aandhi (Wave of English) as students increasingly flee to English medium schools.

Started in 1937 with 22 students in one room near Sandhurst road station and called Haji Ahmed Haji Hashim Agboatwala Middle School, it was rechristened Ahmed Sailor, after a big donor, and became a high school in 1943. The same year Juma Masjid Trust which had acquired the school shifted it to a rented building at Dimtimkar Road. Subsequently, Anjuman-e-Islam near CST, took it under its trusteeship.

"Before skyscrapers came up and poor Muslims moved to far off suburbs, a lot of children came to Ahmed Sailor from the slums of Sewri, Wadala, Worli. It was the most prominent Urdu medium school in the Urdu pockets of Bhendi Bazaar, Nagpada and Dongri. Even today, we have 800 students on our roll," says Mubarak Kapdi, the school's chairman. Among its alumni are M Q Dalvi, advisor for the North East to former PM Indira Gandhi, author Q S Khan and Jafferbhai Mansuri, owner of Jafferbhai Delhi Durbar chain of restaurants.

Anjuman-e-Islam, headquartered in a heritage building near CST, also began as an Urdu medium school. Badruddin Tyabji, first Indian chief justice of the Bombay High Court and third president of the Indian National Congress, was among the school's founders. "It began in 1874 with 122 students and three teachers and the idea was to instill nationalist and scientific spirit among the Muslims through education in their mother tongue," says Anjuman's president, Dr Zaheer Kazi. Among the many institutions Anjuman runs today Saif Tayebji Girls High School at Bellasis Road stands out. An Oxford-educated Jew, Anee Samson came to Mumbai and offered to start an Urdu medium school for girls at Anjuman. It was the first of its kind in Mumbai. In 2002, an English-medium school called Begum Sharifa Kalsekar School was started from the same campus.

Many Urdu schools are getting converted into semi-English medium where Maths and Science are taught in English. "This trend is catching on," adds Nilofar A Kasu, principal of Cummo Jafer Girls High School and Degree College at Mohammed Ali Road. Cummo and Jafer were two brothers from Gujarat who sold vegetables in the Bhendi Bazaar area before they prospered through other businesses. In 1936, they established a madrassa which went on to become a school, a junior college and then a degree college.

Among the other famous Urdu schools are Ismail Beg Mohammed High School, Hashmiya High School and Muhammadiyah High School.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-22/aurangabad/38735385_1_urdu-education-medium-school-english-medium

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Kashmir rattled by LeT flags on Srinagar fort

By NASEER GANAI

 23 April 2013

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday filed an FIR under the Unlawful Activities Act against unknown persons for hoisting Pakistani and Lashker-e-Tayyeba (LeT) flags and writing anti-India graffiti on the high security Hari Parbat fort overlooking Srinagar.

"We have started investigation and we hope to arrest persons involved in the act soon," a police officer said.

The fort houses a large contingent of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. The CRPF said they were inside the fort and have no information about who wrote the graffiti on the outer walls of the fort and hoisted the flags.

"The flags have been pasted on the outer walls of the Hari Parbat fort. The police have taken up the matter and have started the investigation," CRPF public relations officer Sudhir Kumar said.

The pictures have gone viral on Facebook.

In the aftermath of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9, pro-freedom graffiti has been seen in different parts of Srinagar.

In 1990, when militancy flared up in the Valley, the fort was closed for the public.

In recent years the government had tried several times to reopen the fort to attract tourists, but has not been successful so far.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2313113/Kashmir-rattled-LeT-flags-Srinagar-fort.html#ixzz2RM3E1IkP

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Lashkar-e-Taiba Man who had shot Sopore youth inside a mosque held

 23 April 2013

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir police on Monday arrested an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist for killing a youth inside a mosque near Sopore on March 19.

Sopore SP Imtiyaz Hussian said Feroze Ahmad Dar had allegedly chased and killed Suhail Ahmad Sofi at the behest of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Fahadullah for being an informer. "Feroze had earlier worked for Hizbul Mujahideen and later joined LeT under the command of Fahadullah," he said. The Chinese pistol he had used to kill Sofi was recovered from him.

He said Fahadullah, a Pakistani national, had revealed that Dar killed Sofi after he was arrested on Thursday.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-23/india/38762560_1_hizbul-mujahideen-fahadullah-suhail-ahmad-sofi

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J&K writes to Centre on Chinese incursion

Sanjay Khajuria, TNN | Apr 23, 2013

JAMMU: The state government has written to the Centre about the recent reported Chinese incursion into Ladakh.

"The recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh region of the state is a matter of concern," minister of state for home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo told reporters on Monday. He said the state was awaiting the Centre's reaction in this regard.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JK-writes-to-Centre-on-Chinese-incursion/articleshow/19688619.cms

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India’s biggest military project with Israel under scrutiny

Josy Joseph, TNN | Apr 23, 2013

NEW DELHI: The government is seriously worried about a high profile Indo-Israel joint development programme for surface-to-air missiles for the Navy and the IAF at an estimated cost of Rs 13,000 crore.

The project (Navy calls it the long-range SAM and the IAF calls it the medium-range SAM) is now under intense scrutiny at various levels. In the wake of the ongoing examination, the defence ministry is believed to have put on hold all further orders for the missile, estimated to total another Rs 50,000 crore.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indias-biggest-military-project-with-Israel-under-scrutiny/articleshow/19688503.cms

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BSF-BGB to agrees to hold joint retreat ceremonies on Indo-Bangladesh border

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Apr 22, 2013

AMRITSAR: On the lines of daily adrenaline rushing beating the retreat ceremony held jointly by the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers at Indo Pak joint check post at Attari (India)/Wagah(Pakistan), the BSF and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have agreed to hold similar ceremonies at three different places on Indo-Bangladesh border.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BSF-BGB-to-agrees-to-hold-joint-retreat-ceremonies-on-Indo-Bangladesh-border/articleshow/19681198.cms

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Get educated and adapt to changing times, Muslims told

By Express News Service

 22nd April 2013

Education is a panacea for all ills in society, particularly in minority communities, and needs more focus on it, speakers at a one-day state educational conference organised by the state unit of All India Muslim Educational Society (AIMES) here on Sunday, said.

Asif Pasha, former minister for minorities welfare and currently president of AIMES, said the government was giving funds and introducing schemes but several Muslims were not aware of them.

Full report at:

http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Get-educated-and-adapt-to-changing-times-Muslims-told/2013/04/22/article1555720.ece

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LeT, Pak flags at fort housing CRPF camp

Bashaarat Masood

 Apr 23 2013

Srinagar: In an embarrassment for the security agencies, flags of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Pakistan surfaced on Monday at the Hariparbat fort that houses a CRPF camp in Srinagar. Graffiti like “Welcome Taliban” and “Go India Go Back” were also found to be painted on the walls of the fort.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/let-pak-flags-at-fort-housing-crpf-camp/1106376/

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Only Maya knows how to rule: Bukhari

Apr 23 2013

Etawah : Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, who has parted ways with the SP, says if anyone knows how to rule in this country, it is only BSP supremo Mayawati.

Addressing a rally in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s native place here on Sunday night, Bukhari said Mayawati’s regime was better than the present Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/only-maya-knows-how-to-rule-bukhari/1106367/

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4 Bangla nationals arrested in Kutch

Apr 23 2013

Rajkot : The Kutch district police claimed to have arrested four Bangladesh nationals from near Jakhau port in the wee hours of Monday for allegedly illegally entering India.

A team of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Kutch police, led by sub-inspector M M Jadeja, arrested the four from near jetty of a cement plant in Mohadi village of Abdasa taluka.

The four were identified as Kamaliya Sheikh (45), Kayyum Sheikh (22), Abdulkarim Sheikh (26) and Saeed Shiekh (26). While Kamaliya is a resident of Bibariya district of Bangladesh, the rest three hail from Sylhet district, police said in a release.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/4-bangla-nationals-arrested-in-kutch/1106377/

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Rebel army ambushed Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

AMAN SETHI

 23 April 2013

The Government of South Sudan has held David Yau Yau’s rebel army responsible for the ambush in which five Indian peacekeepers were killed in the country’s Jonglei province on April 9 this year.

The peacekeepers were escorting a UN convoy when they were struck by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. A contingent of 2,200 Indian Army personnel is currently deployed as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

“The forces that attacked the UN convoy are the forces of David Yau Yau,” said South Sudanese Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources, Paul Mayom at a press conference in Addis Ababa,

“The motives cannot be revealed by anyone but the perpetrator.” Mr. Mayom is in the Ethiopian capital to participate in continuing negotiations between South Sudan and Sudan, its northern neighbour.

A South Sudanese leader of the Murle ethnic group, Mr. Yau Yau set up his guerilla army after a failed attempt to win a seat in the 2010 general election. He accused the current administration of rigging the vote and declared war.

Ever since South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011, both states have struggled to suppress militias seeking to carve out autonomous territories. While Mr. Yau Yau is active in the South, the North is currently in talks with the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (North), a remnant of the South Sudan liberation movement still active in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States. Both neighbours routinely accuse the other of fomenting instability in their respective territories.

On Tuesday in Addis, both sides agreed to set up ten border-crossings to facilitate the movement of civilians and have set the terms of reference for a joint security committee to expand engagement on security related issues.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/rebel-army-ambushed-indian-peacekeepers-in-south-sudan/article4647485.ece

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Rebel army ambushed Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

Army chief General Bikram Singh reviews security situation in J&K

PTI | Apr 23, 2013

JAMMU: Army chief General Bikram Singh on Tuesday reviewed counter-infiltration and security measures in Jammu and Kashmir and visited forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC).

The Army chief, who is on a two-day visit to the state, chaired a meeting at the 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota, where he was briefed by field commanders about security and counter-infiltration measures in J&K, a defence spokesman said.

Gen Singh later flew to the Rajouri sector where he visited forward areas along the LoC.

During his stay, Gen Singh will be meeting chief minister Omar Abdullah and will call on J&K governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhawan.

He would also be undertaking a tour of the forward areas in the Akhnoor sector, besides visiting the Doda region, where he will be briefed by personnel of the counter-terrorism Delta force. He is scheduled to return to Delhi tomorrow.

Earlier, Gen Singh was received at the 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota by Northern Command Chief Lt Gen KT Parnaik and 16 Corps commander Lt Gen BS Hooda.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-chief-General-Bikram-Singh-reviews-security-situation-in-JK/articleshow/19696082.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Israel uses Palestinian teenager as human shield during protest

Israeli forces use 17-year-old Palestinian teenager as human shield while trying to disperse a protest in Abu Dis, the West Bank on Friday

Nadeen Shaker

 22 Apr 2013

Israeli forces used a 17-year-old Palestinian as a human shield while trying to disperse a protest in Abu Dis in the West Bank this Friday, the Electronic Intifada website reported.

Independent journalist Huthifa Jamous took pictures of the incident and shared a video shot by another observer, Kate A, a journalist, on his Facebook page.

The boy, called Muhammad R. by Electronic Intifada, is marched out of an armoured vehicle by Israeli forces. With his hands tied with a single plastic cord and raised above his head, and his shirt pulled up, he is led out to face out-of-frame protestors.

Three soldiers then raise their weapons, and shoot twice in the direction of the protesters. The youth is then forced back to the vehicle. One of the soldiers then flashes the V-for-victory sign.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/69871/World/Region/VIDEO-Israel-uses-Palestinian-teenager-as-human-sh.aspx

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Yemen Court Sentences 11 Al-Qaida Militants

April 23, 2013

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni court has sentenced 11 alleged al-Qaida militants to up to 10 years in prison for forming armed gangs to destabilize the country and planning attacks on foreign embassies as well as army and security forces.

Ahmed al-Hababi, one of the defendants, threatened to kill the judge, shouting in the courtroom, "we will teach you a lesson and we will drag you on the ground." Two others raised al-Qaida's flag inside the defendants' cage in the court in Sanaa. Still others shouted "God is great" in Arabic.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/04/23/world/middleeast/ap-ml-

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Israeli army: Syria’s Assad ‘using lethal chemical weapons’

 23 April 2013

President Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons against rebel forces in Syria, a senior Israeli army officer told a conference on Tuesday.

“Assad is using chemical weapons in Syria,” said Brigadier General Itai Brun, head of research and analysis in the army's military intelligence division, in remarks quoted on the army's official Twitter feed.

Brigadier-General Itai Brun told a security conference photos of victims showing foam coming out of their mouths and contracted pupils were signs deadly gas had been used.

"To the best of our understanding, there was use of lethal chemical weapons. Which chemical weapons? Probably Sarin,"Brigadier-General Itai Brun said in remarks broadcast on ArmyRadio.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/23/Syria-s-Assad-using-chemical-weapons-tweets-Israeli-army-.html

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Israeli army official's nostalgia for Egypt finds hostile audience

A spokesman for the Israeli army faces strong criticism from Egyptians after posting old photographs of a visit to the country

22 Apr 2013

A spokesman of the Israeli army in Arabic received biting feedback from Egyptian internet users on Monday when he publicised photographs of a holiday he took in the country several years ago.

Avichay Adraee shared photos of his visit 13 years ago to Cairo and Alexandria on his Facebook page, commenting on his enjoyable time in Egypt.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/69879/Egypt/Politics-/Israeli-army-officials-nostalgia-for-Egypt-finds-h.aspx

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Turkey’s Erdogan says will go to Gaza despite U.S. call to delay trip

23 April 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he would go ahead with a scheduled trip to the Gaza Strip in May despite U.S. calls to delay the visit.

“There is no question of delaying this trip,” Erdogan said on Turkish television.

Washington had urged Erdogan to postpone visiting the impoverished Palestinian territory, saying it would be a “distraction” from U.S. efforts to revive the moribund Middle East peace process.

Erdogan stressed the exact date for his Gaza visit would be set after he visits U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on May 16.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/23/Turkey-s-Erdogan-says-will-go-to-Gaza-despite-U-S-call-to-delay-trip-.html

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Iran denies link to Canada train 'al-Qaeda plot'

 April 23, 2013

Iran has denied any links to two men arrested in Canada on suspicion of planning an attack on a train.

Canadian officials said an attack had been planned with support from al-Qaeda elements in Iran, although there was no evidence of state sponsorship.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, are due to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said to suggest a link between al-Qaeda and Iran was "ridiculous".

"This is the most hilarious thing I've heard in my 64 years," Mr Salehi told the Iranian Isna news agency.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22263325

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North America

 

Boston Muslim groups squeamish about bombing suspect's funeral

April 23, 2013

The funeral of one of the Boston blasts suspects is posing a challenge for the Muslim community in the city as dozens of mosques and Islamic groups have distanced themselves from conducting the service fearing retaliation.

"I would not be willing to do a funeral for him," said Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Institute of Boston, a community services organisation that frequently arranges funeral prayers and burials in the region, referring to 26-year-old slain suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

"This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim," the Imam was quoted as saying by the Huffington Post.

Chechen-origin Tamerlan, one of the two suspects in the Boston attack that killed three persons and wounded over 180 others, was killed in a police shootout on Friday. His bother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured alive by police.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/worldsectionpage/chunk-ht-ui-worldsectionpage-bostonblast/Boston-Muslim-groups-squeamish-about-bombing-suspect-s-funeral/Article1-1048927.aspx

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US concerned about Myanmar's situation

 Apr 23 2013

Washington : The United States has expressed concern over the situation of the minorities in the violence hit areas of Myanmar and asked it to take appropriate steps to prevent any further violence in the country.

"We remain concerned about instances of mob violence and violence directed against religious and ethnic minorities in Burma, and we continue to call on the Government of Burma to take appropriate steps to prevent further outbreaks of violence, provide protection and support to victims of violence, and facilitate regular, unhindered and timely humanitarian access to all internally displaced persons and others in need," the State Department spokesperson, Patrick Ventrell, said yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-concerned-about-myanmar-s-situation/1106460/

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Boston bombers motivated by Islam but not tied to terrorist groups: Officials

 April 23, 2013

Two US officials say preliminary evidence from an interrogation suggests the suspects in the Boston Marathon attack were motivated by religion but were apparently not tied to any Islamic terrorist groups.

The two brothers, ethnic Chechens, practiced Islam. The US officials spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to publicly discuss the investigation.

One of the brothers died in a police shootout on Friday. The other brother was formally charged on Monday after being questioned by federal officials in his hospital room where he is recovering from multiple injuries.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Boston-bombers-motivated-by-Islam-but-not-tied-to-terrorist-groups-Officials/Article1-1048898.aspx

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Oklahoma Muslims fret about anti-Islamic rhetoric

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

, April 22, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahoma Muslims have expressed concern about anti-Islamic rhetoric mounting at the state Capitol after the creation of a counter-terrorism legislative caucus whose members have focused on the activities of a Muslim civil rights group.

Spearheaded by Rep. John Bennett, a Marine Corps veteran who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a fierce critic of Sharia Law, the caucus has fewer than a dozen "core" members. It meets informally mostly to educate other lawmakers, Bennett said.

Full report at:

 http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Oklahoma-Muslims-fret-about-anti-Islamic-rhetoric-4454265.php#ixzz2RH9YGNGU

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Canada foils 'al-Qaeda linked' terror attack on train

 April 23, 2013

Two foreign men living in Canada have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a passenger train with support from al-Qaeda elements in Iran.

The authorities say suspects Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, were arrested in Montreal and Toronto on Monday.

They allegedly planned to derail a passenger train in the greater Toronto area, but it is not clear when.

Iran has denied any link to the suspects being held in Canada.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a press conference that the politics of extremists did not conform with those of Iran.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22258191

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No Bunker-Buster Bomb in Israel’s Weapons Deal With U.S.

By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER

 April 23, 2013

TEL AVIV — American and Israeli defense officials welcomed a new arms sale agreement on Monday as a major step toward increasing Israel’s military strength, but Israeli officials said it still left them without the weapons they would need if they decided to attack Iran’s deepest and best-protected nuclear sites.

The mixed message came as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, reaffirmed their commitment to stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while sidestepping a continuing disagreement between the two countries about how close to allow Iran to get toward such a goal.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/world/middleeast/israel-hagel-iran.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0&gwh=4B97998980676BCF52350873CF9956A4

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Kerry to Host Afghans and Pakistanis

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

April 23, 2013

BRUSSELS — Secretary of State John Kerry will host a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday with top Afghan and Pakistani leaders to try to foster cooperation over the stalled reconciliation process with the Taliban and other thorny issues, American and Afghan officials said Monday.

The meeting will be held the day after NATO foreign ministers gather to discuss the alliance’s role in Afghanistan after 2014, among other issues.

President Hamid Karzai and Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi will represent the Afghan side. Pakistan will be represented by Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Army chief, and Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan’s foreign secretary.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/world/asia/john-kerry-to-host-afghans-and-pakistanis.html?ref=asia&_r=0&gwh=8839EE371DFB9878048025891AD5BAFA

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Holbrooke knew Pak lied on India

 April 23, 2013

LATE Richard Holbrooke, the first US special Af- Pak envoy, was fully aware that the Pakistani generals were lying to him on their support to the extremist groups against India, but he was against cutting off military aid to Islamabad, a new book has said.

In his latest book Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East, the two- time Pulitzer winner David Rhode said Holbrooke wanted massive aid for Pakistan and launch some signature big projects there, in the absence of which he increasingly became frustrated with the USAID. “ While publicly praising the Pakistanis, he was toughminded in Pakistan. Holbrooke was fully aware that the Pakistani military was still supporting the Afghan Taliban as proxies against India and that some Pakistani generals were lying to his face,” Rhodes said.

In his book, Rhodes writes that many people in the US Government were against Holbrooke’s style of functioning.

In January 2009, Holbrooke was appointed as President Barack Obama’s special adviser on Pakistan and Afghanistan. He served until he died from complications of an aortic dissection on December 13, 2010.

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Acted alone at behest of brother, Boston blasts suspect says

PTI | Apr 23, 2013

BOSTON: DzhokharTsarnaev, the alleged Boston blasts suspect, has told US investigators that he acted on behalf of his elder brother Tamerlan and no foreign terror group was behind them, according to a media report.

Quoting unnamed official sources, having access to the ongoing interrogation of Dzhokhar, CNN said preliminary interviews with him indicated the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalised jihadists.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Acted-alone-at-behest-of-brother-Boston-blasts-suspect-says/articleshow/19691023.cms

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Indian-American attorney to prosecute Boston bomber

PTI | Apr 23, 2013

WASHINGTON: The high profile case of prosecuting Boston Marathon bombing suspect - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - has been entrusted to two noted American attorneys one of whom is an Indian-American.

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Emory Law School, Aloke Chakravarty is an assistant US attorney for the aistrict of Massachusetts.

Announcing the charges against Tsarnaev, who has been charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in US resulting in death, the justice department said the case is being prosecuted by the assistant US attorneys William Weinreb and Aloke Chakravarty from the anti-terrorism and national security unit of the US attorney's office for district of Massachusetts.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Indian-American-attorney-to-prosecute-Boston-bomber/articleshow/19685588.cms

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US needs a comprehensive immigration reform: White House

PTI | Apr 23, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US needs a comprehensive reform system functional both for dealing with legal and illegal immigration in the country, the White House has said.

It refused to side with lawmakers who are seeking to put the ongoing reform on hold in the wake of the Boston marathon bombings.

"We need an effective comprehensive immigration system that is functional both for dealing with legal immigration, as well as dealing with the 11 million illegal immigrants who are in this country," the White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his news conference on Monday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-needs-a-comprehensive-immigration-reform-White-House/articleshow/19690112.cms

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Boston bombings suspect struggled with Islam, his aunt says

AP | Apr 22, 2013

MAKHACHKALA (RUSSIA): An aunt of the elder Boston bombing suspect says he struggled to find himself while trying to reconnect with his Chechen identity on a trip to Russia last year.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev "seemed to be more American" than Chechen and "didn't fit into the Islamic world," his aunt Patimat Suleimanova told AP.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Boston-bombings-suspect-struggled-with-Islam-his-aunt-says/articleshow/19680269.cms

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Boston Marathon bombing: FBI faces Tamerlan Tsarnaev questions

 April 23, 2013

US security officials are to face questions in Congress over whether they mishandled information about Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

They will brief the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed hearing, after some Congress members accused the FBI of failing to act on Russian concerns.

Tsarnaev was questioned in 2011 amid claims he had adopted radical Islam.

He was killed in a manhunt after the attack but his wounded brother Dzhokhar has been charged over the bombings.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22262452

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Africa

 

Libya lifts travel ban on former Gaddafi regime members

Those affiliated with former regime 'can now freely move in and out of country,' says spokesman for Libya's interior ministry

22 Apr 2013

Libya has lifted its travel ban on former members of the Muammar Gaddafi regime, Al-Arabiya's news website reported on Monday.

"Libyan authorities will only arrest those who are wanted for criminal – not political – activities," Libyan Interior Ministry spokesman Magdi El-Arfi said. "Those associated with the former regime can now freely move in and out of the country."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/69923/World/Region/Libya-lifts-travel-ban-on-former-Gaddafi-regime-me.aspx

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French embassy in Tripoli bombed, 2 injured: Sources

Libya's French embassy was hit by a car bomb, injuring two French guards and causing damage to the embassy building and wall, and two surrounding villas

23 Apr 2013

A car bomb hit the France embassy in Libya, wounding two French guards and causing extensive damage in the first attack on a foreign mission since militants stormed the US consulate in Benghazi in September.

The Libyan foreign ministry called the attack in Tripoli a "terrorist" incident.

An AFP correspondent at the site said the wall surrounding the property was destroyed and the embassy building extensively damaged. Two cars parked near the embassy were also destroyed.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/69935/World/Region/French-embassy-in-Tripoli-bombed,--injured-Sources.aspx

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Gambia Concludes 37th Annual Convention Successfully

22 APRIL 2013

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at The Gambia on Saturday 13th April 2013 successfully concluded its 37th Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana). The convention, held at Masroor Senior Secondary School in Old Yundum opened on Friday 12th April 2013.

In his opening address, the Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at The Gambia said that Allah the Almighty has said in the Holy Quran that every man has an objective to which he devotes his attention. "Allah admonishes believers to be devoted and dedicated to seeking righteousness in the pursuit of His pleasure.

Amir Baba F Trawally emphasised that the remembrance of Allah Almighty, the observance of Prayers and giving Zakat are the best ways a believer can live his life, as shown by the exemplary life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). "Global peace and unity is possible only when humanity is devoted to Allah the Almighty. The greed that engulfs all the different parts of the world is the root cause of the social, political and economic evils. The Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustapha (SAW) warned us that greed devours and destroys good as fire ravages wood," Amir Trawally said.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304220926.html?viewall=1

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COMESA Countries Join Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking

BY SUSAN BABIJJA, 18 APRIL 2013

Representatives from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa bloc countries have agreed to step up efforts to curb human trafficking in the region.

The resolution was made during a three-day workshop that opened in Kigali on Wednesday.

"We have experienced the worst crimes against humanity. Rwanda is committed to cooperate in any way possible to ensure that cross-border crime is dealt with," said Venantia Tugireyezu, the Minister in the President's office.

Full report at:

At least 2.4 million people are exploited by criminals annually, estimates show.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304190634.html

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Ugandans Captured 52 Al-Shabaab Militants in First Quarter of 2013

21 APRIL 2013

The Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) captured 52 suspected al-Shabaab militants in the first quarter of 2013, Uganda's Daily Monitor reported on Friday (April 19th).

"Additionally, 23 fighters disengaged to the contingent and a couple of them, including key commanders, were killed," said a report from the Uganda People's Defence Force released last week. "About 50 al-Shabaab associates, including tax collectors and informers, surrendered and this was a big blow to the terrorists' manpower levels."

"There was a rapid expansion of territory, especially in February, with several simultaneous captures of strategic places -- a move that left the enemy completely off balance," said force commander Brigadier General Michael Ondoga.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304221471.html

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End Child Labour in Malian Gold Mines – H R W Responds to Government's Denials

 April 23, 2013

The Malian government should take immediate action to address child labour in mining instead of denying it, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch published an in-depth report on the issue in December 2011, but Malian authorities attacked this research at a news conference earlier in April 2013 and rejected well-documented evidence that child labour is used in the country's mines.

"The recent statements by the Malian government call into question its political will to end child labour in mining," said Babatunde Olugboji, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch. "The authorities in Mali should publicly renew their commitment to help children leave work in mining and get an education instead."

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304180753.html

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Sudan, rebels in new southern Darfur clash

Sudanese forces and rebels have clashed in southern Darfur, the latest unrest in a region where Sudan's government has warned about insecurity

23 Apr 2013

Both the army and rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army's Minni Minnawi faction claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on each other in Monday's battle at Marla, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Sudan's second city, Nyala, both sides said on Tuesday,

In another incident, on Sunday night the rebels shelled "in the area" of the Nyala airport but aviation was unaffected, said Hussein Minnawi of the rebels' political bureau.

Army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad confirmed the fighting around Marla but had no immediate information about an incident near the airport.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/69950/World/Region/Sudan,-rebels-in-new-southern-Darfur-clash.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Aceh Legislative Candidates to Be Quizzed On Quran

Dutchman Gets Three Years for Child Molestation

Made Arya Kencana | April 23, 2013

Denpasar. The Singaraja District Court on Monday sentenced a Dutch national to three years in prison after he was proven guilty of pedophilia.

“The defendant’s crime has caused the victim to suffer from trauma,” presiding judge Sri Haryani stated.

The court ruled that Jan Jacobus Vogel, 55, violated Article 82 of the 2002 Law on Child Protection.

Vogel will have to pay a Rp 60 million in fine or spend extra three months in jail.

He was arrested in October by police in Buleleng for allegedly molesting four children.

Supposedly, Jan befriended the victims — who were mostly from poor backgrounds — and visited them at home. He also gave them anywhere from Rp 5,000 to Rp 10,000 each time he saw them.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/dutchman-gets-three-years-for-child-molestation/587568

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Indonesia's Democracy a Success, SBY Says

Robertus Wardi | April 22, 2013

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says that democracy and economic growth can work hand in hand, despite criticisms saying that the two are not mutually exclusive.

“There was a time decades ago when Indonesians felt that we had to choose between two critical objectives, either a lot of democracy but little economic growth or a lot of economic growth but little political freedom,” Yudhoyono said in Singapore on Monday during a ceremony at  Nanyang Technological University, where he received an honorary doctorate from the university.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesias-democracy-a-success-sby-says/587382

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SBY to Discuss Violence Against Rohingya on Myanmar Visit

Jakarta Globe | April 23, 2013

Persecution of the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar is expected to be raised by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his visit to the country on Wednesday.

“Indonesia hopes the Myanmar government will handle the Rohingya issue wisely and fairly,” Yudhoyono said at a Jakarta airport on Monday ahead of his departure to Singapore. “We want to continue helping to reach a positive outcome.”

Aleksius Jemadu, the dean of Pelita Harapan University’s School of Social and Political Sciences, said Yudhoyono’s leadership on the issue was essential.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/sby-to-discuss-violence-against-rohingya-on-myanmar-visit/587459

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Zul Noordin’s candidacy ‘mind-boggling’, says Anwar

 April 23, 2013

PETALING JAYA, April 23 — Barisan Nasional’s (BN) decision to field Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin as a parliamentary candidate in Shah Alam is inexplicable, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said.

The decision to field Zulkifli has earned the ruling coalition much criticism, not just due to his reputation as an Islamist hardliner via his position in the Malay rights advocacy group Perkasa, but also the recent controversies over his insults against the Hindu community.

“It is very difficult for me to comprehend what is the secret. Why is it that people like Zulkifli Noordin is given a seat? What is the secret arrangement? I don’t know. It’s baffling, it’s mind-boggling,” he told reporters at PKR’s headquarters here today.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/zul-noordins-candidacy-mind-boggling-says-anwar/

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Pakistan

 

Drone strike in the US: Facebook post on Boston bombing goes viral in Pakistan

 April 23, 2013

A Facebook post related to Boston Marathon bombing went viral in Pakistan this weekend, HuffPost reported on Monday.

The author of the post Micah Daigle, a special agent at Collective Agency living in San Francisco, narrated the bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s final moments before his capture in the post.

“On Friday at 7:05pm Eastern Time, Boston Police received a report that suspected terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in a boat in Watertown,” he wrote. “At 7:15pm, the low buzz of a drone was heard overheard. Seconds later, an enormous explosion engulfed the area, destroying the boat and several nearby homes. Sources say 46 Watertown residents were killed in the missile strike, including 12 children.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/539407/drone-strike-in-the-us-facebook-post-on-boston-bombing-goes-viral-in-pakistan/

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Ex-Pak generals warn army may react if Musharraf humiliated

 April 23, 2013

Several retired Pakistani generals have warned that the military might react if there is any move by lawyers or the judiciary to humiliate former army chief Pervez Musharraf, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Former army chief gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg said the army would not tolerate developments in the case of Musharraf after a "certain level".

He was quoted by the Dawn newspaper as saying that certain quarters were encouraging lawyers to act against the former military ruler.

"Otherwise they could not dare to humiliate the former (army chief) who ruled the country for more than a decade," Beg said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Ex-Pak-generals-warn-army-may-react-if-Musharraf-humiliated/Article1-1049095.aspx

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Musharraf in Pakistan court over Benazir Bhutto killing

AFP | Apr 23, 2013

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday appeared before an anti-terrorism court for the first time over the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf was driven to the court in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the army he once led, from his plush villa on the edge of Islamabad where he is serving a two-week arrest order for other charges dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.

Musharraf is accused of conspiracy to murder Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007. It is one of three cases he is fighting in the courts since returning home last month after four years in self-imposed exile.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Musharraf-in-Pakistan-court-over-Benazir-Bhutto-killing/articleshow/19691337.cms

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Pak SC lists scribes who got gifts from govt

Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Apr 23, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's apex court on Monday made public a list of around 300 journalists, who had received payments and gifts from the government's secret fund.

The details of the disbursement of these funds, totaling up to Rs 1.7 billion, were uploaded on the SC's website in accordance to its directive issued earlier during the day.

The list includes names of 282 journalists, some of whom are prominent names in the country's media. The court said another list of 155 journalists, who received gifts and payments, will be made public later.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-SC-lists-scribes-who-got-gifts-from-govt/articleshow/19688233.cms

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Altaf wants Musharraf given chance to defend himself

 April 23, 2013

HYDERABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has again said that the next chief minister of Sindh would be from his party.

Addressing a general workers’ meeting at MQM’s zonal office here late on Monday evening, he congratulated the party’s candidates and said people, including Sindhis, Baloch, Pakhtuns and Punjabis would vote for them, especially in Sindh.

Mr Hussain said that smokers and those who were addicted to ‘paan’ or ‘gutka’ would not be given MQM tickets in the next general elections and advised such people to give up the habit immediately.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/23/altaf-wants-musharraf-given-chance-to-defend-himself/

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PTI pledges ‘Islamic welfare state’

 April 23, 2013

BATKHELA: Chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said on Monday he and his party would lay the ‘foundation stone of a new Pakistan’ on May 11 and urged “every patriotic Pakistani to play his role for bringing about this change”.Addressing an election rally in the Darqai area during a visit to Malakand, he pledged to make Pakistan a model Islamic welfare state whose citizens would be respected across the world.The election, he said, was a contest between ‘Junoon (passion) and money’.Severely criticising the PML-N and PPP, he said (President Asif) Zardari and (PML-N chief) Nawaz (Sharif) were two sides of the same coin.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/23/pti-pledges-islamic-welfare-state/

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Pakistan not to fight American war, says Imran

 April 23, 2013

KARAK: Addresing a rally in Karak, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that Pakistani Armed forces and  people of Pakistan would not be allowed to fight the American war.Khan said that the Afghanistan issue would be resolved through negotiations and peaceful talks in order to save our own people and Armed forces from dying in the American war.The PTI chief further said that corruption would be rooted out and those who had plundered the nation would be held accountable once his party is elected into power and that Pakistan would not be allowed to become ‘fuel’ to the American war.Imran Khan departed from Karak to Dera Ismail Khan to attend another rally scheduled in the city.

http://dawn.com/2013/04/21/pakistan-not-to-fight-american-war-says-imran/

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Pakistan likely to get YouTube back by May: Report

 April 23, 2013  

ISLAMABAD: The ban on video-sharing website YouTube is likely to be lifted in the first week of May following talks between the Google administration and the Ministry of Information Technology, sources told Indian news agency ANI on Tuesday.

Google had earlier declined Pakistan’s demand of permanently blocking blasphemous content on the website owing to the absence of necessary laws and agreements between Pakistan and the US. According to the sources, negotiations this time were proving to be fruitful.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/539405/pakistan-likely-to-get-youtube-back-by-may-report/

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South Asia

 

Patience is running out with Pakistan: Karzai's office

 April 23, 2013

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai left Tuesday for talks in Brussels with top US and Pakistani officials aimed at reviving faltering efforts to bring peace to his country.

Karzai’s office says patience is running out with Pakistan, seen by the West as a key player in brokering peace with Taliban insurgents who have been battling the Kabul government and US-led foreign forces since 2001.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will host Wednesday’s talks between Karzai and Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, along with other senior officials on both sides.

Kerry said Monday the aim was to “try to talk about how we can advance this process in the simplest, most cooperative, most cogent way” to satisfy Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s interests and end up with “a stable and peaceful Afghanistan”.

Relations between Islamabad and Kabul, strained for years, appeared to make headway earlier in the year but have once again nosedived. The Taliban still refuse in public to negotiate with Karzai’s government.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/539397/patience-is-running-out-with-pakistan-karzais-office/

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Afghan Taliban say foreign captives are well, moved to 'safe area'

Apr 23, 2013

KABUL: A group of foreigners abducted by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan are well and have been moved to a "safe area" inside the country, a spokesman for the militants said on Tuesday.

The Taliban leadership will decide what to do with the group, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP.

Eight Turks, a Russian, a Kyrgyz man and an Afghan were seized after their helicopter made a forced landing on Sunday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghan-Taliban-say-foreign-captives-are-well-moved-to-safe-area/articleshow/19690826.cms

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Govt parties need to reassess power sharing, after thousands attend MDP rally: MP Nihan

By Neil Merrett | April 22nd, 2013

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) said today it would not rule out forming a coalition with President Dr Mohamed Waheed or any other fellow government-aligned parties ahead of  elections scheduled for September.

PPM MP Ahmed Nihan told Minivan News the party was already engaged in talks over the possibility of forming a power sharing agreement with other parties in the government of President Waheed.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/govt-parties-need-to-reassess-power-sharing-after-thousands-attend-mdp-rally-mp-nihan-56750

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MNDF soldiers’ rights to political participation “curbed” under law: Defence Minister Nazim

By Minivan News | April 21st, 2013

Minister of Defence and National Security Colonel (Rtd) Mohamed Nazim said that he would “not allow room for politics within the military”, according to local media.

The comments were made today as part of a speech given at a flag hoisting ceremony to mark the 121st anniversary of the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF).

MNDF soldiers must forgo rights granted to civilians, refrain from politics, and limit their political participation to voting only, as stipulated in the Constitution and military law, Nazim was quoted as saying by Sun Online .

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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Afghanistan says negotiating release of helicopter hostages

 April 23, 2013

KABUL: The Taliban may free a group of mainly Turkish hostages captured when their helicopter made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan as early as Tuesday night, a provincial official said.

Negotiations between village leaders and the Taliban were underway, and that was leading to hopes they could be freed within hours, a spokesman for the governor of Logar province told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/23/afghanistan-says-negotiating-release-of-helicopter-hostages/

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Gunmen kidnap nine Afghan deminers: officials

 April 23, 2013

KANDAHAR: Gunmen have kidnapped nine deminers in Afghanistan’s restive southern province of Kandahar, officials said Tuesday.

The men, all Afghans, were being driven back from a minefield Monday when they were seized in Maiwand district, provincial spokesman Jawid Faisal told AFP.

“They had just finished their work in the area and were riding in two cars when they were taken by a group of gunmen,” he said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/23/gunmen-kidnap-nine-afghan-deminers-officials/

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Dhaka HC rejects Huji leader’s petition   

 April 23, 2013

The High Court yesterday rejected a petition filed by Huji leader Mufti Abdul Hannan challenging the legality of a magistrate’s action in recording his confessional statement involving Tarique Rahman in connection with the August 21 grenade attack.

The rejection came as per the HC bench’s consideration that the petition was not placed before it.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hc-rejects-huji-leaders-petition/

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Europe

 

UK businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq

Jim McCormick made millions of pounds selling 'completely ineffectual' devices based on novelty golfball finder

Robert Booth and Meirion Jones

23 April 2013

A businessman has been found guilty of a multimillion-pound fraud involving the sale of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and around the world.

A jury at the Old Bailey found Jim McCormick, 57, from near Taunton, Somerset, guilty on three counts of fraud over a scam that included the sale of £55m of devices based on a novelty golfball finder to Iraq. They were installed at checkpoints in Baghdad through which car bombs and suicide bombers passed, killing hundreds of civilians. Last month they remained in use at checkpoints across the Iraqi capital.

McCormick, who faces up to eight years in jail when he is sentenced next month, also sold the detectors to Niger, Syria, Mexico and other countries including Lebanon where a United Nations agency was a client.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/23/somerset-business-guilty-fake-bombs

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Spain holds two North African 'al-Qaeda suspects'

 April 23, 2013

Spanish police have arrested two North African suspects thought to be linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

An Algerian identified as Nou Mediouni was arrested in Zaragoza, northern Spain, the interior ministry said.

The other suspect, a Moroccan named Hassan El Jaaouani, was arrested in Murcia in the south.

They have "a similar profile to the two suspects who carried out the Boston attacks", the ministry said. French police had helped to track them down.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is among several Islamist groups fighting French and West African troops in Mali.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22261873

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EU lifts sanctions against Myanmar

 April 23, 2013

The European Union has lifted the last of its trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar in response to its political reform programme.

The sanctions were temporarily lifted last year, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi agreed Myanmar’s progress merited the move being made permanent.

An EU foreign ministers’ meeting said an arms embargo would stay in place.

It warned Myanmar needed to address “significant challenges”, particular regarding its minority Muslims.

Human rights groups say the lifting of sanctions reduces the leverage the EU has on Myanmar, with Human Rights Watch’s Asia head Phil Robertson describing the move as “premature and regrettable”.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/eu-lifts-sanctions-against-myanmar/

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Ban 'Shocked and Saddened' By Civilian Deaths in Nigeria Violence

22 APRIL 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced shock and sadness today at reports of high numbers of civilians killed in Nigeria's Borno State following armed clashes there between Government forces and an extremist group.

Over the weekend, fighting between Nigeria's military and Islamic extremists caused the deaths of at least 185 people in the northeastern town of Baga, media sources have reported.

"The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence," Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304230115.html

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Nigeria: Tony Blair - It's Abomination to Hurt the Poor

BY ISIAKA WAKILI, 21 APRIL 2013

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that it is an abomination for any reasonable government to hurt the poor. Blair said this in Lagos yesterday in his keynote address during the dedication by President Goodluck Jonathan, of the House on the Rock Cathedral.

Blair, who was accompanied by his wife, Cherie, said for any nation to move forward, its government must invest in the poor, their health, education and shelter.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201304221706.html

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