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INDIA: IITians teach madrasa teachers physics, maths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Thirty Maulanas are attending the 5-day workshop in Taleemabad, near Jamia Hamdard

 

India

IITians teach madrasa teachers physics, maths

Working for better education an example of jihad: Salman Khurshid

IM threat looming, Bihar Police plans to roll out its own ATS

'500 Indian prisoners await counsellor access in Pak jail'

Majlis-e-Ittehad ul Muslimeen may join hands with Dalits for 2014 polls

Nitaqat ‘in best interest of Indian expatriates’: Saudi F M

Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case: Two more cops seek default bail

India, Saudi Arabia to deepen counter-terror cooperation

India will remain trusted partner of Africa, Ansari tells AU summit

United Nations will honour 5 slain Indian peacekeepers

Abu Dhabi flying rights deal with Cabinet for post-facto nod

 

Europe

UK to set up task force to target radical preachers

West concerned as Europe Muslims join Syria fight

British soldier murder suspect had been held in Kenya

Soldier's beheading opens floodgates for charity in UK

French anti-terror unit probing stabbing of soldier

Call for Calm after 3 New Arrests in British Soldier’s Death

Two men charged in Britain over Pakistan plane incident

 

Arab World

Car bomb, other attacks kill 11 in Iraq

Syria to attend Geneva peace talks

Syria rebels fight on as peace talks pressure mounts

Saudi Arabia warns against Iran's nuclear program

Hezbollah chief promises 'victory' in Syria conflict

Iraq violence a new test for US

Spread Islam through good manners: Saudi religious campaign

Egyptian community honours Qur'an and Hadith contest winners

 

North America

Bail denied to Massachusetts teen accused of Facebook terror post

Boston Marathon victims finally cross finish line!

Saudi national interrogated in Boston Marathon aftermath still receiving death threats

Show us Egypt's reforms, John Kerry tells Mohamed Morsi

 

Pakistan

Pakistan second 'most unpopular country' in the world: Poll

Indian doctors, donor save Pakistani man’s life

Pakistan Taliban issue fresh threat to kill Musharraf

ATC remands six alleged terrorists including woman

Two TTP members arrested from Karachi intercity bus

Militant attack on check post in Bannu injures two security personnel

1750 kilograms Explosives seized in Jamrud, three suspects arrested

PML-N govt should complete term: PPP

PM hopes new Govts will solve Balochistan problems

PTI nominates Javed Hashmi for PM slot

Can JUI-S bring the Taliban to the table?

Jirga rules against paying electricity bills in Hangu

 

South Asia

Hefazat worked to root out pro-liberation forces

Bangladeshis set example in Savar rescue operation

People’s rights ignored in Bangladesh Water Law: S C Lawyer

Coalition coy over timeline to unveil President Waheed’s election running mate

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Students Wow Judges at International Science Olympiad

14 killed in new anti-terror Philippine offensive

Indonesian Vesak Celebration Promotes Religious Harmony

Bitter election creates long-term headache for Najib

 

Mideast

'Kiss protest' held at subway station amidst fears of role of Islam in Turkey

Iran fields 'massive' number of missile launchers

Israeli-Palestinian peace 'real possibility': Peres

Israel relocates 35 Palestinian prisoners

Ahl-ul-Bayt’s (AS) School to Be Introduced in 50 Languages"

 

Africa

In a refugee camp, getting more children in school and more schools for children

Niger President Issoufou warns of Libya threat

 

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India

 

IITians teach madrasa teachers physics, maths

Seema Chishti

May 26 2013

New Delhi : A team of physicists from IIT-Delhi is conducting a five-day workshop to teach the subject to madrasa instructors in Taleemabad, near Jamia Hamdard. Speaking to a class of 30 madrasa instructors-turned-students, Vipin Tripathi, Dr Sanat Mohanty and Dr Pawan Kumar began their workshop by talking about bridges. The earnest maulanas, from Delhi and Faridabad, participate enthusiastically, as they are asked to figure out why a corrugated sheet makes for a sturdier bridge than a plain one. Principles like elasticity are explained effortlessly as instructors talk of building a bridge in a village.

The metaphor is carefully chosen, as Dr Sanat Mohanty, an IIT professor, tells them that the idea is to respect differences.

“There are several ways of handling oppression. We need different tools to tackle it. Just sheer power is sometimes not enough. We need to enhance our capabilities, understand and improve critical thinking among youngsters and allow them to play with complex ideas, theories, be able to distinguish right from wrong and handle injustice. And build bridges with people different from us,” he says.

Teaching the madrasa instructors is one of many such initiatives piloted by Sadbhav Mission, a 24-year old organisation working for peace and amity by enhancing the skills of those considered marginalised, helping them find virtue in education, beyond careers, and to enable them claim their rights.

Led by former IIT professor Vipin Tripathi, who has done similar work in Gujarat, Bhagalpur and Azamgarh, Sadbhav Mission’s objective is to de-jargonise mathematics and science and use fundamental principles, to help teachers, who live in neglected areas, discover a sense of liberation in science and strengthen rational thinking.

After two days of physics and engineering, there would be three days for mathematics, where principles of banking, accounts, elementary calculations of profit and loss and plotting graphs would be explained, enabling those present to manage small businesses and organise their lives.

Ismail Ghazi of Hamdard Education Society, who has organised this workshop, said: “Several people, who have only attended a few workshops, have set up computer training schools, small training centres, or even helped their students organise household accounts or manage their shops better.”

Naeem Azhar, a mathematics teacher at Milli Model School in Abul Fazal Enclave who attended the workshop, said: “I have learnt some new ideas on how to explain complex things to students.”

Yamuna Vihar-based Shaoor Ahmed of the Shiksha Adhikar Abhiyan, says: “We have to start a movement that makes the government ensure that India is educated, irrespective of class or community.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iitians-teach-madrasa-teachers-physics-maths/1120750/

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Working for better education an example of jihad: Salman Khurshid

By Udayan Namboodiri

May 24, 2013

India's economic success story has not benefitted all alike. Muslims, among others, have often felt left out of the country's dizzying growth.

In a bid to boost their opportunities, the government is undertaking a series of broad measures to improve the community's education indices over the next five years. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said working hard for education and betterment is an example of jihad in its true meaning.

"All Muslims should come forward to take advantage of the government's schemes for their uplift and overall development," Khurshid said at a conference earlier this month on the conditions of Muslims in India's west, according to the Khaleej Times.

Irshad Beg Mirza, a prominent Congress Party leader from the region who attended the conference, told Khabar South Asia, "The mismatch between economic progress and low human development indicators is most marked in the western region because, on the one hand, the four states here contribute to more than 60% of the national income but the condition of Muslims is abysmal."

India's current five-year plan, covering 2012-2017, includes provisions meant to address such disparities. The government has pledged to spend Rs. 60 billion ($1,076,899,706) to establish government residential schools in 104 districts where the local population is at least 20% Muslim.

It also plans to institute scholarships for all girl students regardless of their economic status and house them in boarding schools so they don't feel the pressure of domestic chores.

The five-year plan period "will see an unprecedented leap in the human development indicators of Muslims," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told Khabar. "The government's phalanx of measures will also include higher education incentives amounting to Rs. 10,000 ($179.50) per young Muslim student."

He said the vast majority of Muslims aspire to modern education for their children. "Contrary to the myth that most young Muslims go for education to traditional madrassas, less than 2% actually attend these seminaries. There is wide acceptance of the need for modern, liberal education among Muslims," he added.

Maulana Mohammed Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, who is on the Steering Committee on Muslim Affairs in the Planning Commission, told Khabar that the educational indicators have been rising among Muslims, but at a slower rate compared to other communities.

"When a comparison is made on literacy figures between 2004 and 2008, we find that urban literacy has increased from 69.8% to 75.1% and rural literacy from 52.1% to 63.5%," he said. "If we relate the rate of increase of literacy among Muslims with Hindus, Christians and others, we find the growth has been very poor – only by 5.3% whereas even the backward Hindu castes have progressed by 8.7%."

The problem is not rooted in Islam or Islamic culture, but in insufficient resources, he told Khabar.

"Contrary to popular perception, the problem is more one of access than a cultural one," Maulana Mujaddidi said. "The Planning Commission report found that even though many Muslim parents do want to send their children to government schools rather than to madrassas, surveys and complaints to Waqf boards show that there are too few government schools in Muslim-dominated areas."

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/05/24/feature-01

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IM threat looming, Bihar Police plans to roll out its own ATS

Santosh Singh

 May 26 2013

Patna : With the Indian Mujahideen believed to be making a strong base in the border districts of Bihar over the past 10 years, the Bihar Police is all set to open its own Anti-Terrorism Squad.

The decision came after the National Investigation Agency recently gave a detailed presentation before a multi-agency meeting with special focus on spurt of IM activities in Mithilanchal regions of Darbhanga and Madhubani and also bordering districts of Araria, Kisanganj and Sitamarhi.

Police teams from outside Bihar arrested four suspected IM operatives from Barh Samaila village of Darbhanga alone in 2011 and 2012. After the arrest of Ghayur Jamali from Madhubani in 2011, there was a spurt of arrests of suspected IM operatives in the state. About a dozen IM operatives from the state have been arrested in the past three years.

A top police source said: “An NIA Delhi team in a monthly meeting with IB, CRPF, CISF, R&W, DRI, Income Tax, DRI and military intelligence impressed upon the state government for immediate need of setting up Bihar ATS on patterns of similar units in other states.”

With top IM leaders reportedly having stayed in Bihar from 2000 and 2003 and coming here in subsequent years for indoctrination and recruitment, the NIA officials said the Bihar government immediately needed its ATS to tackle terrorism.

“Whenever there is a terror attack, it is state ATS that gets cracking first, the national investigating agency takes over at a later stage,” said an official, adding that NIA teams had visited Bihar over a dozen times in last one-and-a-half years.

A Bihar government official added that ATS would work on the pattern of the Special Task Force, already in place to deal with anti-Naxal operations.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/im-threat-looming-bihar-police-plans-to-roll-out-its-own-ats/1120662/

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'500 Indian prisoners await counselor access in Pak jail'

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | May 26, 2013

AMRITSAR: Repatriation of nearly 500 Indian prisoners in Karachi's Malir jail has been delayed as they were not given counselor access for the past nine months, said a group of 45 fishermen on their arrival at the Attari border after they were released by Pakistan on Saturday.

The fishermen were arrested by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency after they strayed into Pakistan's territorial waters.

Manu, released in four months' time, said, "There are 482 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jail who have not been given counselor access."

Manu said Indian government should immediately take notice of the plight of these fishermen and ensure that they get counselor access to complete the formalities for their return to India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/500-Indian-prisoners-await-counselor-access-in-Pak-jail/articleshow/20268162.cms

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Majlis-e-Ittehad ul Muslimeen may join hands with Dalits for 2014 polls

Niraj Chinchkhede

 May 19, 2013

AURANGABAD: Asaduddin Owaisi, Majlis-e-Ittehad ul Muslimeen (MIM) MP, said on Saturday that his party might join hands with Dalits for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He said that MIM is open to consider alliances with like-minded political leaders to change the faith of suppressed section of society. However, he said that it was too early to comment on will the party support.

Owaisi is in the city to attend Muslim reservation conference, which will be held on Sunday.

He said that the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders have exploited Muslims for years, and are responsible for pushing them in the dark. "However, the time has come for these political parties to come out of their comfort zones. Muslims have realized that they have been used for years and that is why we could not progress on social, economic and educational fronts," he said.

Full report at:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-19/aurangabad/39369019_1_mim-leader-asaduddin-owaisi-fast-track-courts

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Nitaqat ‘in best interest of Indian expatriates’: Saudi F M

26 May 2013

In a bid to allay India’s concerns over Nitaqat, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal said yesterday that procedures are being taken “in the best interest of Indian workers.”

He said the Kingdom’s campaign against illegal expatriates should not be misconstrued as a move against expatriate workers.

“We are not sending expatriate workers back to their countries but asking them to comply with local rules,” Prince Saud told reporters during a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/452970

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Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case: Two more cops seek default bail

Saeed Khan, TNN | May 25, 2013

AHMEDABAD: As Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file the chargesheet in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case within the mandatory 90-day period from arrest, two more suspended Gujarat police officers — DSP Tarun Barot and police inspector Bharat Patel — applied for default bail on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ishrat-Jahan-fake-encounter-case-Two-more-cops-seek-default-bail/articleshow/20263394.cms

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India, Saudi Arabia to deepen counter-terror cooperation

May 26 2013

Jeddah : India and Saudi Arabia have decided to further strengthen and deepen their counter-terrorism cooperation, nearly a year after Riyadh deported Abu Jundal, wanted in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack.

The counter-terrorism issue is emerging as a key area of cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is concerned about the rise of extremism in the region, including in Pakistan, notwithstanding their close ties.

"We discussed the menace of terrorism the world continues to face and agreed to further strengthen our counter-terrorism cooperation which is an essential element of the Riyadh Declaration we signed in 2010," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said yesterday after a marathon meeting with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud Al-Faisal.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-saudi-arabia-to-deepen-counterterror-cooperation/1120891/

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India will remain trusted partner of Africa, Ansari tells AU summit

Shyamlal Yadav

May 26 2013

Addis Ababa : While the African Union is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an oath to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease and move towards prosperity in the next 50 years, India has said it would remain a trusted partner in this endeavour.

“India’s partnership with Africa is anchored in the fundamental principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit that should serve to redefine the contours of the international order on more egalitarian lines,” Vice President Hamid Ansari said in his address to the African Union summit on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-will-remain-trusted-partner-of-africa-ansari-tells-au-summit/1120657/

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United Nations will honour 5 slain Indian peacekeepers

 May 26 2013

United Nations : Five Indians are among 111 slain peacekeepers who will be honoured by the UN for their “bravery” during operations last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “One hundred and 11 peacekeeping personnel died last year and over 3,100 have lost their lives in UN’s 65-year history. We salute their bravery”

Jagdish Chand, Krishan Kumar, Dharam Pal Saini and Rajinder Singh died in the Congo in 2012 while Dafadar Ravindera Poonia was killed in Lebanon.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/united-nations-will-honour-5-slain-indian-peacekeepers/1120668/

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Abu Dhabi flying rights deal with Cabinet for post-facto nod

 May 25 2013

New Delhi : The air services pact signed by India and Abu Dhabi in April, allowing a four-fold increase in weekly seat entitlements for airlines between the two destinations, has been sent to the Cabinet for ‘post-facto approval’.

The pact helped seal the Jet-Etihad deal. The move to secure a Cabinet nod, a first for such a bilateral air services agreement, is learnt to have been initiated at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office.

In 2011, the CAG had criticised the expansion of flying rights given to airlines based in the Middle-East saying it went against the interests of state-owned Air India.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/abu-dhabi-flying-rights-deal-with-cabinet-for-postfacto-nod/1120414/

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Europe

 

UK to set up task force to target radical preachers

AP | May 26, 2013

LONDON: Britain's government is setting up a new terrorism task force to tackle radical preachers and extremism, officials said on Sunday, days after suspects apparently linked to extremist Islamist activists brutally killed a British soldier in a London street.

Home secretary Theresa May said the group will look at whether new powers and laws are needed to clamp down on religious leaders and organizations who promote extremist messages and who target potential recruits in jails, schools and mosques.

Thousands of people are potentially at risk of being radicalized in Britain, May told the BBC.

"We need to look across institutions like universities, whether there is more work we can be doing in prisons," she said in the television interview.

The force will include senior ministers, London's police chief and the head of the MI5 domestic security service, and is expected to meet within the next few weeks.

The move came after 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby was run over and stabbed with knives in the Woolwich area in southeast London on Wednesday afternoon as he was walking near his barracks.

The two men suspected of killing the soldier, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, remained under armed guard in separate London hospitals after police shot them at the scene.

The gruesome scene was captured by witnesses' cellphones, and a video picked up by British media showed one of the suspects, with bloodied hands, making political statements and warning of more violence as the soldier lay on the ground behind him.

Hardline Muslim leaders have identified the man in the video as Adebolajo, an Islam convert who allegedly used to take part in London demonstrations organized by British radical group al-Muhajiroun. The group catapulted to notoriety after the September 11 attacks by organizing an event to celebrate the airplane hijackers, and was banned in Britain in 2010.

Omar Bakri Muhammad, a former al-Muhajiroun leader and radical Muslim preacher, has told Associated Press that Adebolajo is a Nigerian who was born and raised in Britain. He said Adebolajo attended his London lectures in the early 2000s, but added he had not stayed in touch with the suspect since then. Bakri fled London and resettled in Lebanon in 2005.

Suspect was arrested in Kenya

British media reported Sunday that Adebolajo was arrested in 2010 in Kenya, where he was accused of leading a group of youths trying to join al-Shabab, a terrorist group in neighboring Somalia linked to al-Qaida.

UK's Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph both reported that Adebolajo appeared in a court in Kenya in late 2010 alongside other young alleged radical Islamists. He was remanded at a local police station and eventually deported to Britain, the reports said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Soldiers-murder-in-London-prompts-UK-to-set-up-task-force-to-target-radical-preachers/articleshow/20276114.cms

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West concerned as Europe Muslims join Syria fight

By JOYCE VAN DE BILDT

05/26/2013

Intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime.

Western leaders are concerned about the increasing amount of European Muslims who are fighting in Syria for ideological reasons. Since the fall of 2012, intelligence information indicates a rise in European Muslims travelling to Syria in order to join Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime. Hundreds of Muslims from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Belgium, among other places, are reported to have left for Syria over the last year. In the Netherlands, the amount has increased from a few dozen a couple of months ago, to at least one hundred in April 2013.

In March 2013, video footage appeared of Dutch-speaking Islamist fighters active in Syria. About a hundred Dutch jihadists are said to have joined radical combat groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra, which they themselves refer to as ‘an Islamic resistance army.’ Their objective in travelling to Syria is to help “their brothers and sisters” in their struggle against the Assad regime. Among them are boys and girls in their twenties, especially but not exclusively from the cities of Delft, the Hague and Rotterdam. So far, at least two Dutchmen have been killed in Syria, the 21-year old Mourad and the 20-year old Soufian.

The jihadists are from various ethnic backgrounds – Moroccan, Turkish, Kurdish or other - but also include converts to Islam. One convert planning to travel to Syria told his story during an interview on Dutch television in March. The 26-year-old Rogier converted to Islam two years ago and quickly radicalized. In a recording that he had prepared by a way of a farewell message to his parents, he declared that he had answered Allah’s call and had left in order to stand by the Muslims who are suppressed in Syria. In the interview, he explains that he “could not sit and watch his sisters in Syria being raped and his brothers being beheaded,” convinced that it is his duty “to defend his brothers and sisters.” Radical youth romanticize the battle in Syria but are likely to be disillusioned once they arrive, often having barely any knowledge of Arabic and lacking combat experience. The parents they leave behind have stated in interviews that they are extremely worried. One Belgian father personally travelled to Syria to find his 18-year-old son, contacting leaders of rebel groups in a desperate attempt to locate his child.

The Dutch government fears that that those who leave for Syria will return to the Netherlands traumatized, even more radicalized, and trained in the use of weapons and explosives, posing a threat to home security. The shooting attack in Toulouse in 2012 is seen as a precedent for possible incidents: the perpetrator, a Muslim of Algerian origin, is said to have radicalized both in prison and as a result of his journeys to Afghanistan and Pakistan. German and Austrian police have already carried out arrests among jihadists who have returned from Syria and are suspected of planning attacks on European soil. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans expressed worries about the trend during a meeting with European colleagues, noting that “once this youth returns, they are likely to be traumatized and brainwashed, and may pose a potential security risk in the Netherlands.” The Belgian and Danish ministers shared his concerns. However, no concrete measures have been taken on the European level to counter the trend.

The Dutch General Intelligence Security Services (AIVD) and counterterrorism experts give several possibilities regarding the means of recruiting jihadists for the war in Syria. It is believed that youth are primarily attracted by Internet propaganda. It has also been reported that Dutch radical Islamist movements such as Sharia4Holland, Street Dawa and Behind Bars play an active role in promoting the jihad in Syria among Dutch Muslims. The same phenomenon is apparent in Belgium, where Sharia4Belgium has been distributing pamphlets and reaching out to youth in and around the mosque for the same purpose.

As for the role of mosques, the Dutch security services estimates their involvement limited to a facilitation of the goals set by radical Muslims themselves. According to security officials, recruits are likely to have ‘self-radicalized’, while the mosque may have facilitated their plans by providing them with contacts or travel instructions once they have already made their decision to leave. Moreover, Dutch imams have recently started to explicitly call on Muslims not to travel to Syria. Yet, there are exceptions too: for instance, the ‘Al-Qibla mosque’ in the Dutch town of Zoetermeer, which is run by an Iraqi imam, is suspected of having played a role in radicalizing the 21-year old Soufian who has been reported death.

The Dutch AIVD closely monitors people suspected of planning to travel to Syria. Over the past months, a handful of suspects has been arrested and prevented from exiting the country. However, the liberal Dutch legislation imposes limitations on taking strict measures against Dutch Muslims seeking to join the fighting in Syria. Members of Dutch Parliament have called for the withdrawal of the passports of people who are caught – not necessarily implying the withdrawal of their citizenship.

Dutch FM Timmermans suggested that European governments should show young Muslims that the West cares about the situation in Syria, in the hope that this would discourage their departure. Belgian politicians are considering the establishment of a special ‘task force’ designed to prevent young Muslims from travelling to Syria. The Netherlands has so far used police at the municipality level, mostly neighborhood police offers, to pick up radicalization signals. By establishing contact with parents in neighborhoods from which groups of Muslims have left so far, the security services hope to prevent more youth from leaving for Syria. However, there seems to be little grip on the situation, and often the damage of radicalization has already been done. A leading Dutch counter-terrorism expert, Edwin Bakker, notes in an interview that “these are the same guys who protest against prohibiting the burka,” and who took to the streets in a show of support for Mohammed B., the young Muslim fanatic of Moroccan descent who killed the Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh on the streets of Amsterdam in 2004. The Netherlands recently upgraded its terrorism threat level from ‘limited’ to ‘substantial,’ as a result of the increase in jihad-journeys and the risk of radicalized Muslims returning to the Netherlands.

The author is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of History in Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and she is a junior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.

http://www.jpost.com/International/West-concerned-as-European-Muslims-join-Syria-fight-314382

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British soldier murder suspect had been held in Kenya

AFP | May 26, 2013

LONDON: One of the main suspects in the brutal murder of a soldier in London was arrested in Kenya more than two years ago for seeking terror training, it emerged on Sunday, after police made more arrests.

Anti-terror investigators in France meanwhile were probing the stabbing of a soldier in Paris as he patrolled a busy shopping centre and transport hub on Saturday afternoon.

President Francois Hollande said no link to the grisly murder in London had been established "at this stage", but the French interior minister said there were similarities.

In Britain, Michael Adebolajo was pictured on the front page of several newspapers in the dock of a Kenyan court after he was arrested in 2010.

He was detained on the island of Pate, a few kilometres away from Lamu, which is a crossing point to Somalia, according to the Sunday Telegraph and Independent on Sunday.

The reports said Adebolajo, 28, had been accused of trying to lead a group of youths trying to join Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab movement.

He was released and deported to Britain after appearing in court in Mombasa with six other men in November 2010.

The disclosure raises fresh questions about the monitoring of Adebolajo and the other suspect in the murder, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, by Britain's intelligence services.

Adebolajo was captured on video carrying bloodied knives and a meat cleaver after Wednesday's attack saying he had killed off-duty soldier Lee Rigby because British troops were killing Muslims.

He and Adebowale remain under armed guard in a stable condition in separate hospitals after they were shot by police at the scene. They are not yet strong enough to be questioned by detectives.

It also emerged that Adebowale was arrested in London two months ago after local traders complained about a group of Muslim activists.

In Britain, armed police arrested three more men on Saturday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Two men aged 28 and 24 were arrested at a home in southeast London. Police used a Taser electric stun gun on the older suspect, and on a 21-year-old man they arrested in a street around a mile from the murder scene.

Officers also searched four properties in London.

Both the suspects in the murder are Muslim converts from Nigerian Christian families, raising concerns in Britain about the radicalisation of young men.

Home Secretary Theresa May, the interior minister, warned there were "potentially" thousands of people at risk of being radicalised as she indicated plans for a fresh crackdown on extremist groups.

May said around 500 police and intelligence officers were working on the "horrific murder" of the soldier.

But she said "all the indications" pointed to a lone wolf-style incident rather than a wider planned operation.

In Paris, counter-terrorism investigators were handling the probe into the stabbing of soldier Cedric Cordier as he patrolled the La Defense district.

President Hollande said authorities were still piecing together information on the bearded attacker, who melted into the crowd without a word after the stabbing.

"We still do not know the exact circumstances of the attack or the identity of the attacker, but we are looking at all options," Hollande said during a trip to Ethiopia.

Hollande cautioned against drawing a link to the London killing, but interior minister Manuel Valls said: "There are elements, the sudden violence of the attack, that could lead one to think there could be a comparison with what happened in London."

The stabbing was captured by surveillance cameras.

In Britain, Faith Matters, a state-funded organisation which works to reduce extremism, said it had recorded a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents reported to its helpline since Rigby's killing.

"It's a hugely worrying development," director Fiyaz Mughal said, saying the organisation had been informed of 162 incidents in a 48-hour period, compared to a normal daily average of up to six.

They were mainly verbal attacks on women wearing the Islamic headscarf in the street, he said, but there were also online attacks and some violence.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/British-soldier-murder-suspect-had-been-held-in-Kenya/articleshow/20275123.cms

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Soldier's beheading opens floodgates for charity in UK

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | May 26, 2013

Lee Rigby, the British soldier who was beheaded in UK's Woolwich by two Islamist radicals was identified by them as a soldier for wearing a t-shirt with the name of the charity that helps soldiers in need. Now, the charity "Help for Heroes" (H4H) has become the unexpected focus of attention. "Since Wednesday afternoon, H4H has received almost £600,000 in money and pledges from the British public and donations continue to come in," said officials from the charity. In a statement sent, the organization said, "Since the awful news emerged that Lee Rigby was killed in Woolwich, the nation has rallied behind our armed forces in an extraordinary and wonderful display of support."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Soldiers-beheading-opens-floodgates-for-charity-in-UK/articleshow/20268183.cms

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French anti-terror unit probing stabbing of soldier

Reuters | May 26, 2013

PARIS: A state anti-terrorism unit is investigating the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris that police said may have been inspired by the killing of a British serviceman in a London street.

Police are hunting for a bearded man about 30 years old and possibly of North African origin who fled into a crowded train station after attacking the 23-year-old soldier from behind with a knife or a box-cutter on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/French-anti-terror-unit-probing-stabbing-of-soldier/articleshow/20276540.cms

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Call for Calm After 3 New Arrests in British Soldier’s Death

By JOHN F. BURNS

2013/05/26

LONDON — The police made three new arrests on Saturday in the killing of an off-duty soldier on a London street, while British politicians and religious leaders called for calm in response to a rise in threats and invective against Muslims across the country.

The two men who hacked the soldier to death with cleavers on Wednesday shouted Islamic invocations afterward.

One of the suspects, later identified as Michael Adebolajo, 28, justified the attack as revenge for British military deployments in Muslim countries, including the stationing of 10,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/world/europe/anti-muslim-threats-rise-in-britain-after-soldiers-killing.html?_r=0

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Two men charged in Britain over Pakistan plane incident

26 May 2013

LONDON — British police on Sunday charged two men with endangering an aircraft after a Pakistan International Airlines jet was diverted mid-flight following an incident on board.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson in Lancashire, northwest England, will appear in court on Monday, police said.

The charges are in connection with an incident on Friday when the PIA jet carrying 300 passengers from Lahore to Manchester had to be diverted to Stansted airport.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167363

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Arab World

 

Car bomb, other attacks kill 11 in Iraq

May 26, 2013

Gunmen and other attackers killed at least eleven people and wounded over two dozen in separate attacks in Iraq on Sunday, officials said.

The deadliest attack was in Kazimiyah district in northern Baghdad, where militants in a speeding car went on a shooting spree that killed three civilians and wounded another two, police officers said.

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb went off at a house early in the morning while a joint army-police unit was conducting door-to-door search. The blast killed three policemen and one soldier, a provincial police officer said. Twenty people, including four civilians, were wounded.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/car-bomb-other-attacks-kill-11-in-iraq/article4753163.ece

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Syria to attend Geneva peace talks

May 26, 2013

The Syrian government says it has agreed “in principle” to take part in an international conference in Geneva next month aimed at ending the country’s civil war.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says his government believes that the conference, proposed by Russia and the United States, is a “good opportunity for a political solution for the crisis in Syria”.

Mr. al-Moallem did not elaborate in the joint Sunday news conference with his Iraqi counterpart shortly after he arrived in Baghdad for an unannounced visit.

The Syrian crisis began in March 2011 with pro-democracy protests and morphed into a bloody civil war. More than 70,000 people have been killed and several million displaced since the uprising against Bashar Assad erupted.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/syria-to-attend-geneva-peace-talks/article4753277.ece

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Syria rebels fight on as peace talks pressure mounts

AFP | May 26, 2013

DAMASCUS: Syrian rebels today kept up resistance to a Hezbollah-backed assault on a strategic central town as pressure grew on the opposition to attend a peace conference after the regime agreed to do so.

The main opposition National Coalition has met in Istanbul for three days trying to overcome deep divisions over Russian and US proposals to convene a conference to which representatives of President Bashar al-Assad would be invited without any formal precondition for him to step down.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-rebels-fight-on-as-peace-talks-pressure-mounts/articleshow/20266913.cms

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Saudi Arabia warns against Iran's nuclear program

AP | May 25, 2013

RIYADH: Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has warned against the danger of Iran's nuclear program to the region's security and said Iran should not threaten its neighbors since countries in the region harbor no ill-intentions to the Islamic Republic.

"We stress the danger of the Iranian nuclear program to the security of the whole region," Prince Saud said on Saturday in a joint news conference with Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid in the city of Jiddah.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-Arabia-warns-against-Irans-nuclear-program/articleshow/20262511.cms

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Hezbollah chief promises 'victory' in Syria conflict

AFP | May 25, 2013

BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday vowed "victory" in Syria, where militants of his powerful Lebanese Shia movement are fighting alongside regular troops against rebels trying to topple the regime.

"I say to all the honourable people, to the mujahedeen, to the heroes: I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one" in Syria, he said at a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Lebanon.

Nasrallah said Hezbollah would always stand by its allies in the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, stressing that its own interests were at stake.

"We will continue along the road ... bear the responsibilities and the sacrifices," he said in a video link of a speech delivered live on a huge screen.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Hezbollah-chief-promises-victory-in-Syria-conflict/articleshow/20265761.cms

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Iraq violence a new test for US

May 25, 2013 1

 WASHINGTON – Saddled with Middle East problems ranging from Iran to Syria and beyond, President Barack Obama now faces one that is both old and new: Iraq.

Unresolved sectarian tensions, inflamed by the raging civil war in neighboring Syria, have combined to send violence in Iraq to its highest level since Obama withdrew the last US troops in December 2011, US officials and Middle East analysts say.

The deteriorating situation – largely overshadowed by a Syrian civil war that has killed 80,000 people – has prompted what US officials describe as an intense, mostly behind-the-scenes effort to curb the violence and get Iraqis back to political negotiations.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167302

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Spread Islam through good manners: Saudi religious campaign

 May 26, 2013

JEDDAH – A religious campaign titled “Want to Travel? Take Us With You!” – which seeks to spread Islam – kicked off recently. The campaign is part of activities and initiatives of the e-Dialogue Centre in the Eastern Province.

The campaign utilizes simple cards that contain messages which introduce Islam to non-Muslims and help them understand the culture related to it. Announced on Friday, over 14,000 cards have already been published and distributed to those travelling abroad this summer.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167324

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Egyptian community honors Qur'an and Hadith contest winners

 26 May 2013

JEDDAH — Egyptian Consul General Adel El Alfy attended the 18th awards ceremony for the winners of the Qur'an Memorization and Hadith contests held on Wednesday evening at the King Abdulaziz Cultural Center in Abrug Al-Raghama.

The ceremony enjoyed the full support of Egyptian Ambassador Afifi Abdul Wahab and was held in the presence of Abdullah Basfar, head of the International Holy Qur'an Memorization Organization.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167286

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North America

 

Bail denied to Massachusetts teen accused of Facebook terror post

Reuters | May 25, 2013

BOSTON: A judge denied bail on Friday to a Massachusetts teenager who was arrested on terrorism charges after posting lyrics on his Facebook page suggesting he could do worse than the Boston Marathon bombers.

Cameron D'Ambrosio, an 18-year-old aspiring rapper from Methuen, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Boston, was arrested on May 1 after he posted a note on his Facebook page that included the words "a Boston bombing wait till u see the shit I do."

D'Ambrosio was charged with "communicating terrorist threats" and faces as many as 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Bail-denied-to-Massachusetts-teen-accused-of-Facebook-terror-post/articleshow/20254479.cms

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Boston Marathon victims finally cross finish line!

May 26, 2013

About 2,000 people, including Boston blasts victims, have symbolically finished the marathon at an emotional event meant to show that the city has taken back ownership of the popular race that was targeted in a terror attack last month.

Nearly seven weeks after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, about 2,000 people on Saturday ran the last 1.6 kilometres of the 42-kilometre race, crossing the finish line.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/boston-marathon-victims-finally-cross-finish-line/article4753085.ece

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Saudi national interrogated in Boston Marathon aftermath still receiving death threats

25 May 2013

The 21-year-old Saudi student who was questioned by the FBI after the Boston Marathon bombing has spoken out for the first time after he was falsely branded a suspect in the attacks.

Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, who came to Boston to study English, was standing near the finish line of the race on April 15 and was injured after twin blasts exploded in the crowd.

He was questioned by police in the hospital and though his name has been cleared, he says he is still receiving death threats and fears for his safety.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330812/Boston-Bombing-Innocent-Saudi-national-interrogated-Marathon-aftermath-tells-receiving-threats.html

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Show us Egypt's reforms, John Kerry tells Mohamed Morsi

May 26 2013

Addis Ababa : US Secretary of State John Kerry again pressed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to make concrete progress on economic reforms and rights, warning continued US and global aid was at stake.

The Egyptians vowed that they had taken some steps, but Kerry "said we need to be able to show Congress that you've taken the necessary reforms," a senior State Department official said on the sidelines of an African Union summit yesterday.

"I have been a strong advocate of support for Egypt. I continue to support aid for Egypt, but we need to see reforms in place that will encourage my former colleagues back at home to act," he told the Egyptian leader, the official said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/show-us-egypt-s-reforms-john-kerry-tells-mohamed-morsi/1120853/

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan second 'most unpopular country' in the world: Poll

May 24, 2013

LONDON: Pakistan is one of the most unpopular countries in the world, only a rank above the least popular Iran, an annual poll for the BBC World Service revealed on Thursday.

More than 26,000 people from around the world were asked to rate 16 countries on whether their global influence was “mainly positive” or “mainly negative”.

Pakistan came second last with only 15% looking upon it favourably, while 55% rating it as “mainly negative.”

The poll was conducted for the BBC by Globes can and PIPA, and quizzed randomly selected people in 25 countries.

Most popular

Germany is the most popular country in the world despite well-publicised protests against its insistence on austerity measures within the European Union.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/553830/pakistan-second-most-unpopular-country-in-the-world-poll/

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Indian doctors, donor save Pakistani man’s life

May 26, 2013

A team of Indian doctors saved the life of a Pakistani man after performing a successful heart transplant surgery on him at a hospital in Chennai. Interestingly, the donor was also an Indian national, according to a press release issued by the Asiatic Public Relations.

“Reflecting its commitment to saving and enriching lives beyond boundaries, a team of cardiac experts at the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Cardiac Care, Fortis Malar, Chennai, led by Dr KR Balakrishnan, Director Cardiac Sciences, performed a lifesaving complex heart transplant surgery on a Pakistani national,” reads the press release.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554523/breaking-boundaries-indian-doctors-donor-save-pakistani-mans-life/

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Pakistan Taliban issue fresh threat to kill Musharraf

AFP | May 26, 2013

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday issued a fresh threat to assassinate former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently facing a barrage of legal cases in police custody.

The retired general has been detained in his farmhouse on the edge of the capital Islamabad since April 19 on charges of conspiracy to murder former premier Benazir Bhutto, sacking of judges when he imposed emergency rule in 2007, and the 2006 death of a Baluch rebel leader.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Taliban-issue-fresh-threat-to-kill-Musharraf/articleshow/20274332.cms

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ATC remands six alleged terrorists including woman

May 26, 2013

PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday sent six alleged accused including a woman on physical and judicial remands.

The men and woman were arrested on May 24, 2013 from Peshawar’s Chamkini area during a raid and are accused of running a Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) backed terrorist network.

Presenting the alleged accused before the ATC judge, the police requested for physical remand. The men were sent on a five-day physical remand while the woman has been sent on a 14-day judicial remand.

The accused include the alleged female terrorist Munfajara, her four sons Roohullah, Asadullah, Irfanullah and Kashti Gul and a male relative Ashfaq Hussain.

During the raid, hand grenades, suicides vests and explosives were recovered from their possession.

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013733/atc-remands-six-alleged-terrorists-including-woman

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Two TTP members arrested from Karachi intercity bus

 May 26, 2013

KARACHI: Security officials arrested two members of outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from a passenger coach which was passing through the Super Highway in Karachi on Sunday, reported Express News.

The Super Highway was blocked after security officials received a tip-off about the TTP members.

At least six hand grenades, four rifles and two detonators were recovered from suspects identified as Dar Khan and Shazullah.

Rangers personnel also conducted a security operation in the Manghopir area of Karachi and arrested more than 18 suspects.

They also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

Security sources said that at least one operation is being conducted every week in the area to weaken the TTP network.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554630/two-ttp-members-arrested-from-karachi-passenger-coach/

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Militant attack on checkpost in Bannu injures two security personnel

May 26, 2013

PESHAWAR: Militants attacked a security checkpost in Bannu’s Janikhel area on Sunday injuring two security personnel deputed at the checkpost whereas security forces defused a bomb in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A security checkpost came under attack by unknown persons in Janikhel tehsil of Bannu district near Peshawar in the early hours of Sunday, injuring two personnel performing duties at the checkpost.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013943/militant-attack-on-checkpost-in-bannu-injures-two-security-personnel

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1750 kilograms Explosives seized in Jamrud, three suspects arrested

May 26, 2013

KHYBER AGENCY: A Khasadar force (tribal militia) in Khyber Agency have foiled a plot after having seized 1750 kilograms of explosives from a pickup on the main Pak-Afghan Highway near Jamrud. Three accused individuals have been arrested.

The Assistant Political Agent Jehangir Azam Wazir confirmed that explosives have been seized near Bagyari checkpost by the Khasadar force during checking. The vehicle was traveling from Jamrud to Tirah valley when it was seized.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013727/explosives-seized-in-jamrud-three-suspects-arrested

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PML-N govt should complete term: PPP

May 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The PPP-nominated leader of opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, has said his party would like to see the incoming PML-N government completing its five-year term and believes that this will “permanently close the door to dictatorship”.

“If the PML-N government completes its tenure, then no force will be able to even think of derailing democracy,” Mr Shah told reporters at the PPP’s central secretariat here on Saturday after he was nominated as leader of opposition in the National Assembly

Mr Shah, who is known for his good relations with all political parties and had acted as a key negotiator of the PPP-led government in testing times, said his party would support all “pro-people” policies of the new government

“The PPP will not create any hurdle for the PML-N government unless it feels that public interests are being compromised.”

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013774/khursheed-nominated-leader-of-opposition-in-na-pml-n-govt-should-complete-term-ppp

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PM hopes new govts will solve Balochistan problems

May 26, 2013

SOHBATPUR: Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso expressed the hope on Saturday that the elected federal and provincial governments would strive to resolve the social and economic issues confronting the people of Balochistan.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the upgradation of Sohbatpur to district, the prime minister said the resolution of problems would help the province play its role in national development.

Retired Justice Khoso said there were speculations regarding the elections when the caretaker government assumed charge, but it had concentrated on its sole mandate — holding of free and fair polls.

Full report at:

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1013773/pm-hopes-new-govts-will-solve-balochistan-problems

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PTI nominates Javed Hashmi for PM slot

May 26, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Javed Hashmi as its candidate for premiership.

Talking to the media, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced the party’s decision on Saturday. He said that Sheryar Afridi and Munazza Hassan would be the party’s candidates for the election of speaker and deputy speaker of the Lower House.

He said that PTI chief Imran Khan would be the parliamentary leader of the party in the National Assembly, while Dr Arif Alvi would be assigned the task of the chief whip in the House.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\05\26\story_26-5-2013_pg1_4

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Can JUI-S bring the Taliban to the table?

 May 26, 2013

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) chief minister designate Pervez Khattak made contact with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq to discuss the possibility of a peaceful settlement with the Taliban.

Sami, who is in his late seventies, heads Darul Uloom Haqqania, one of the largest Deobandi seminaries in the country. In the past, this seminary has issued an honorary degree to Taliban leader Mullah Mohamad Omar.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554502/shift-in-power-can-jui-s-bring-the-taliban-to-the-table/

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Jirga rules against paying electricity bills in Hangu

 May 26, 2013

HANGU: Residents of Hangu district decided not to pay their electricity bills in a grand jirga convened over unannounced, prolonged power outages.

A grand jirga, led by Maulana Abdul Jalil, took place in Adda Masjid in Hangu Bazaar on Saturday. All tribes were represented, and Bangash Ittehad President Qasim Khan, Malik Amanullah, Haji Wazir Gul and Fazal Noor were also in attendance.

Addressing the participants, Jalil said residents were facing 20-hour-long power cuts in the district. “No one in Hangu would pay their electricity bill unless the government and Wapda (Water and Power Development Authority) officials ended the unscheduled load-shedding.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554345/the-tribal-playbook-jirga-rules-against-paying-electricity-bills-in-hangu/

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South Asia

 

Hefajat worked to root out pro-liberation forces

May 26, 2013

Hefajat-e Islam Bangladesh was not only involved to oust the incumbent government, it also worked to eliminate the country’s pro-liberation forces, Food Minister Abdur Razzak said yesterday, alleging that the BNP provoked the Islamist group into fulfilling these evil motives.

He said this at a discussion at the capital’s Liberation War Museum, organised by Sampradayikata-Jangibad Birodhi Mancha.

About the government’s stand on the Gonojagoron Mancha, the minister said they believed in the sprit of the Ganojagoron Mancha and did not ban the youth movement. It just disassembled the stage at Shahbagh, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hefajat-worked-to-root-out-pro-liberation-forces/

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Bangladeshis set example in Savar rescue operation

May 26, 2013

Wife of Ezazuddin Kaikobad receives the 1st annual Bravery and Humanitarian Award of Colonel Mujib Trust on behalf of her husband in the capital’s Raowa Club yesterday. Kaikobad sacrificed his life while trying to save trapped people in the rubble of the Savar Rana Plaza building, which collapsed on April 24. Photo: Star

The courage, selflessness and determination shown by Bangladeshis from all walks of life in the aftermath of the Savar tragedy will remain an example for people from all over the world, said speakers yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/bangladeshis-set-example-in-savar-rescue-operation/

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People’s rights ignored in Bangladesh Water Law: S C Lawyer

May 26, 2013

People’s access to sufficient and quality water is not recognised as a fundamental right in Bangladesh Water Act 2013, said Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday.

“So people will not be able to demand anything from government under this law. It is not a user friendly law that addresses the aspiration and needs of the general public,” she added.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/peoples-rights-ignored-in-water-law-rizwana/

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Coalition coy over timeline to unveil President Waheed’s election running mate

By Neil Merrett | May 26th, 2013

A date has been set to unveil President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s running mate for September’s presidential election, Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Dr Abdulla Mausoom has said, with details to be “disclosed at a later stage.”

Following an inaugural rally of President Waheed’s coalition on Friday night (May 24), local media reported that DRP Leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali was likely to become Dr Waheed’s running mate.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/coalition-coy-over-timeline-to-unveil-president-waheeds-election-running-mate-58494

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Students Wow Judges at International Science Olympiad

May 26, 2013

Indonesian students are taking top honors at a recent international science competition in Jakarta, beating high school students from 23 other countries.

Students from Indonesia grabbed 14 medals — six gold, four silver and four bronze — during the 1st International Science Project Olympiad (ISPro) that took place from May 19 to 24, Indonesian news portal metrotvnews.com reported on Sunday.

The event, organized through a partnership between the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Indonesian office of the Pacific Countries Social and Economic Solidarity Association (Pasiad), drew a total of 270 participants aged between 13 and 19 years old from 24 nations.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesian-students-wow-judges-at-international-science-olympiad/

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14 killed in new anti-terror Philippine offensive

  26 May 2013

MANILA — At least 14 Philippine marines and Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a clash in a new US-backed offensive aimed at rescuing six foreign and Filipino hostages and stopping the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen from staging more kidnappings in the country's south, a military commander said Sunday.

Seven marines and seven Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed in the gun battle, which raged for an hour Saturday in a sparsely populated village near coastal Patikul town in Sulu province. Six marines and about 10 gunmen were wounded, marine Col. Jose Cenabre said.

Government troops backed by assault helicopters were hunting down the fleeing militants, who were believed to be led by Jul-Aswan Sawadjaan, an Abu Sayyaf commander accused in the kidnappings of a Jordanian journalist and two European bird watchers who are still being held by the militants.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167370

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Indonesian Vesak Celebration Promotes Religious Harmony

 May 25, 2013

As Buddhists worldwide today celebrated the birth, enlightenment and death of Guatama Buddha, about 8,000 Jakartans joined in festivities organized by the Bhante Indonesia Buddhist Center at the Ekayana Arama Temple.

Ekayana Arama Temple spokesman Nyanagupta asked fellow Buddhists to celebrate the 2,557th Vesak holiday by promoting harmony in the world.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/jakarta/indonesian-vesak-celebration-promotes-religious-harmony/

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Bitter election creates long-term headache for Najib

May 26, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Malaysia’s divisive election has left a bitter taste for millions of people that risks creating a long-term problem of legitimacy for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

The outrage was clear at a busy intersection across from one of Kuala Lumpur’s fanciest shopping malls, where a huge poster of Najib and his deputy had been defaced — a rare display of public disrespect in the Southeast Asian nation.

One of the scrawled comments poked fun at the unconvincing share of the votes won by Najib’s ruling coalition in its May 5 election victory: “47 per cent PM,” it said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bitter-election-creates-long-term-headache-for-najib/

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Mideast

 

'Kiss protest' held at subway station among fears of role of Islam in Turkey

Some 100 people kissed for several minutes at Ankara station in protest of moral warnings by subway authorities.

25 May 2013

Dozens of couples have locked lips at a subway stop in Turkey's capital, Ankara, to protest subway authorities' admonishment of a couple that kissed in public.

Some 100 people in the station kissed for several minutes in protest on Saturday. Demonstrators carried signs reading "Free Kisses'' and chanted slogans.

Turkish media reported that, earlier in the week, Ankara subway officials made an announcement asking passengers "to act in accordance with moral rules" after security cameras spotted the couple kissing.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/05/2013525191210116123.html

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Iran fields 'massive' number of missile launchers

26 May 2013

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian semi-official news agency reports the country has fielded a "massive" number of new long-range missile launchers.

The Sunday report by Fars quotes Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying the new weapons enable Iranian forces to "crush the enemy" with the mass simultaneous fire of long-range surface-to-surface missiles.

The report did not specify the type of missile that would be fired, nor more details on the number of launchers deployed.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167356

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Israeli-Palestinian peace 'real possibility': Peres

May 26, 2013

AL-SHUNAH, Jordan — President Shimon Peres said on Sunday that time should not be wasted in the search for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling it "a real possibility".

"Two points are urgent: we shouldn't lose the opportunity because it will he replaced by great disappointment," Peres told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the banks of the Dead Sea in Jordan.

"We have to come over scepticism and doubts. Second, I feel it is a real possibility," he said, speaking in English.

He said the two sides already have a "functioning" solution.

"As far as the Palestinians are concerned we have a functioning beginning and an agreed solution. The solution is the two-state solution -- living in peace and dignity," Peres said.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167361

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Israel relocates 35 Palestinian prisoners

26 May 2013

RAMALLAH – The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees on Saturday said that Israel relocated 35 Palestinian prisoners held in the Negev prison.

The ministry said that the Israeli Prisons Service (IPS) transferred the prisoners to the nearby Nafha prison, also in the Negev Desert. He added that the prisoners are residents of Gaza Strip and were serving their terms for resisting the Israeli occupation. The ministry added that the IPS’ wardens used violence against the prisoners during the relocation process.

According to the ministry, the “Israeli policy of suppression and relocations aims at isolating the prisoners and bar them from meeting their relatives in prisons and to break the spirit of the prisoners.”

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130526167296

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Ahl-ul-Bayt’s (AS) School to Be Introduced in 50 Languages"

 26 May 2013

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Hojat-ol-Islam Muhammad Hassan Akhtari, Secretary General of Ahlul Bayt World Assembly, said that the responsibility of the assembly in today’s world is to disseminate the school of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) in various languages.

He added that the assembly does its best to support followers of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) and preachers of the school in other countries.

Producing CDs and DVDs about Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) is also among the activities of the assembly, he said.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=422759

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Africa

 

In a refugee camp, getting more children in school and more schools for children

By Anthea Moore and Brahim Ould Isselmou

26 May 2013

MBERA CAMP, Mauritania– Although he is only 15, Malal Guisse has already had a hard journey. When crisis arose last year in his native Mali, he moved from his village of Léré, in Timbuktu Region, to the region of Segou in the south, where he lived with his aunt in Niono. He then moved across the border to the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania.

In Mbera, Malal lives with his grandmother, Fatimata, who raised him after he lost his parents. Fatimata is in her 70s, weakened by age and illness. Her grandson is a source of hope in her life.

“He goes to school, and that fills me with joy!” she says.

Education and opportunity

Mauritania is the largest recipient of refugees fleeing the crisis in Mali. There are around 74,000 Malian refugees in Mbera camp, 58 per cent of them children under 18. With continued insecurity as well as a food crisis in northern Mali, many have been in Mbera for over a year.

Full report at:

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/mauritania_69292.html

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Niger President Issoufou warns of Libya threat

May 26, 2013

Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou has said that suicide bombers who attacked two targets in his country last week came from southern Libya.

He told reporters that Libya "continues to be a source of destabilisation for the countries of the Sahel".

Last week's attacks on a barracks and a French-owned mine claimed the lives of 24 soldiers, a civilian and 11 militants, he said.

The bombings were reportedly planned by Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

The attackers targeted a military base at Agadez and Areva's Somair uranium mine in Arlit on Thursday but the operation ended only on Friday, when Niger soldiers backed up by French special forces shot dead two militants.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22671625

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/india--iitians-teach-madrasa-teachers-physics,-maths/d/11746

 

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