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Islamic World News ( 16 May 2014, NewAgeIslam.Com)

India Islamic Centre Condemns Boko Haram Terror Activities, Calls Clerics to Condemn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Clashes in Libya's Benghazi leave 43 dead

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

India Islamic Centre Condemns Boko Haram Terror Activities, Calls Clerics To Condemn

‘India, Pakistan should fight poverty together’: Narendra Modi

Pakistan violates ceasefire again amid stepped up infiltration bids

Only 22 Muslims in 16th Lok Sabha

 

Africa

43 killed, more than124 wounded in Libya clashes

Nigeria: Hypocritical West exploits Boko Haram's crimes

Boko Haram kill one Chinese, 10 missing in Cameroon: Police

Algeria closes Libya embassy over 'real and imminent threat'

Boko Haram Insurgents Have Given Islam a Bad Name - Bishop Oke

 

South Asia

38 Taliban militants killed in counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan

5 militants blown up by own explosives in Ghazni province

Make Dhaka first stop: Hasina tells Modi

PM Sheikh Hasina: Zia considered AL as his main enemy

900 Bangladeshis languishing in Australian shelters

China arrests seven suspects linked to Xinjiang attack: Report

 

Pakistan

Court orders to register case against Geo TV over blasphemous program

Jirga convened in Hangu to further peace overtures between sects

Blasphemy accused Ahmadi man gunned down in Punjab

Taliban control over Afghanistan not in Pak interest: Aziz

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal to oppose PPO tooth and nail: Fazl

Eight TTP militants netted in Lahore

Pakistan hopes for ‘result-oriented’ resumption of TTP talks

MQM requests PM to take notice of party chief's ID card issue

Leader of TTP splinter group Abid Muchar is still alive: Karachi Police

 

North America

Nigerian Fears of American Intervention Should Not Hinder Schoolgirl Rescue

9/11 museum's Al Qaeda documentary does not tell the truth

US official: Obama blames settlements for failed talks

Iran recruiting Afghans to fight in Syria: Wall Street Journal

Report: U.S.-trained rebels make gains in southern Syria

US won’t let Iran build nuclear weapon: US Defense Secretary

CAIR Counters D.C. Anti-Muslim Ad with Free Qurans

Washington DC bus ads urge aid cut for Muslim countries

 

Arab World

Takfiri Terrorists Ruin Shiite Shrine in Syria

Saudi-sponsored fighters join U.S. backed ‘Southern Front’ in Syria

Syrian Army Steps up Campaign against Terrorists across Country

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to send humanitarian team to CAR

Aging Lebanon politicians eye biological heirs

Baghdad Violence Kills Five

Syria’s Mikdad Slams US Hypocrisy in Dealing with Democracy

Militants Killed across Syria

Syrian election candidate praises Assad's war on rebels, wants ties with West

Over 100,000 expat Egyptians vote in presidential poll: Foreign ministry

 

Mideast

Israel concerned that Arab citizens recruited for Syria will get Al Qaida training

Yemen takes on al-Qaeda on ideological, security levels

Iran Conservatives Hit Back at Facebook Campaign on Headscarves

Iran, major powers wrap up ‘difficult’ talks without progress

Livni and Abbas discuss Fatah-Hamas unity gov't in meeting in London

 

Southeast Asia

Ex-mufti slams extremist Islamist groups, says Christianity and Islam closely related

Najib calls on youths to avoid ideologies which threaten national security

Indonesian ‘Reformasi’ Activists Should Remember Their Idealism, Analysts Say

Putrajaya’s unity council calls for action against extremists behind racial slurs

Najib now says committed to human rights, days after denouncing ‘human rights-ism’

 

Europe

Britain offers Nigeria military advisers as Boko Haram plan emerges

Netherlands: Saudi Arabia may curb trade ties over Wilders' anti-Islam slogans

Geneva process for Syria not a failure – Russian Foreign Ministry

France to hold anti-terrorism summit on Nigeria’s Boko Haram

UK told to hand over Afghans held in military jails

UN photo archive tells the story of Palestinian exodus

Russia to deliver 18 helicopter gunships to Afghanistan in October

UK pushes for Syria to be referred to ICC

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India

 

India Islamic Centre Condemns Boko Haram Terror Activities, Calls Clerics To Condemn

May 17, 2014

The India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) "strongly condemned the terror activities" of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram which has been holding more than 200 schoolgirls hostage for over a month.

In a statement released in New Delhi, Sirajuddin Qureshi, president of IICC, said that no Islamic tenet approves the abduction of innocent girl students to press for any kind of demand. He said even if the demand was legitimate, this kind of act cannot be religiously justified in any manner. It is "barbaric", to say the least.

He strongly criticised the group for committing an "un-Islamic act" in the name of Islam. Qureshi also maintained strongly that the Boko Haram terrorists were not followers of Islam or Prophet Muhammad, the statement said.

Qureshi appealed to the international community to help Nigeria tackle this situation and "wipe out the terror group without any delay".

He also requested prominent Indian clerics to openly condemn the Boko Haram and "bring a swift end to this prolonged crisis".

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is currently grappling with security challenges, one of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram which also seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution.

The IICC's objective is to "promote mutual understanding and amity amongst the people of this country and to depict the true face of Islam which is most tolerant, liberal, progressive, rational", says its website.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-islamic-centre-condemns-boko-haram-terror-activities-calls-on-clerics-to-condemn-terror-outfit-1988628

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‘India, Pakistan should fight poverty together’: Narendra Modi

MEENA MENON

May 17, 2014

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif spoke to Narendra Modi on Friday afternoon and offered his congratulations and good wishes on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s impressive victory in the just concluded general elections in India, according to an official statement.

PTI adds from Ahmedabad:

During his conversation, Mr. Sharif invited Mr. Modi to visit Pakistan.

Mr. Sharif said he “closely” followed the Lok Sabha elections in India.

Mr. Modi said during the campaign he emphasised the need for India and Pakistan to fight against poverty.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/india-pakistan-should-fight-poverty-together/article6017669.ece

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Pakistan violates ceasefire again amid stepped up infiltration bids

May 17, 2014

Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district by targeting Indian posts, the eighth incident in the last three weeks.

“Pakistani troops resorted again to firing from automatic and small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from 1935 hours yesterday,” a defence spokesperson said in Jammu on Saturday.

Troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in intermittent exchanges of fire, he said, adding, “firing exchanges continued for a brief period till 1940 hours”.

There was no casualty or damage on this side of the LoC due to the firing, the spokesperson said.

This is the eight incident of ceasefire violation in the past over three weeks.

On April 13, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district’s KG sector. On May 11, there was a ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector of the same district by targeting Indian posts.

On May 10, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Nangi Tekri area of Poonch district from 2230 hours.

Five days prior to that, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to firing from automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Rajouri district from 2330 hours during the night.

On May 3, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar in Poonch district without causing loss of life or injury.

On April 28, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali in Rajouri district.

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on April 25, by firing with small arms and mortars on Indian posts in Doda battalion areas along the LoC in Poonch district.

Army officials said that the ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistan were aimed to help militants infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border from the “launching pads” along LoC where they are waiting to crossover.

There are also inputs that bids to engineer attacks by Pakistan’s “Border Action Team’ (BAT) on forward posts and patrolling parties are being planned from across the border, they said.

In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in the highest number of ceasefire violations (149) and firing by Pakistan troops on forwards post, civilian areas and patrolling parties along Indo-Pak border.

There have been two infiltration bids along LoC in Poonch district in last one week.

On May 10, two militants were killed when Army troops foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kalsia belt of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir in which one jawan suffered injuries.

Troops foiled another infiltration bid along LoC on May 3 in Sawjian belt of Poonch district.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pakistan-violates-ceasefire-again-amid-stepped-up-infiltration-bids/article6020410.ece

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Only 22 Muslims in 16th Lok Sabha

May 17, 2014

Muslim representation in the 16th Lok Sabha has hit an all-time low at 22. This is the worst in the history of Indian Parliament with the previous low being in 1957 when there were only 23 Muslim MPs.

While Muslims constitute 10.5 per cent of the population, its percentage representation in the new Lok Sabha will be 4.2 per cent. In 1957, it was marginally high at 4.6 per cent. The highest representation was in 1980 when 49 Muslims were elected to Parliament.

The largest number of Muslim MPs come from West Bengal with four from Trinamool Congress and two each from Congress and CPI.

The second highest number is from Bihar with RJD, NCP, Lok Jan Shakti Party and Congress sending one MP each. In Assam two Muslim MPs, both from All India United Democratic Front, have won. Kashmir has elected three Muslim MPs while Kerala elected three. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have elected one Muslim MP each while there is none from Uttar Pradesh.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/only-22-muslims-in-16th-lok-sabha/

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Africa

 

43 killed, more than124 wounded in Libya clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

May 17, 2014

The death toll from Friday's clashes between forces loyal to former Libyan army commander Khalifa Haftar and an army-affiliated militia in Benghazi has risen to 43, according to an Anadolu Agency tally based on local hospital sources.

The fighting has also left at least 124 people injured, according to the sources.

Sources at Benghazi General Hospital said they had received nine dead and eight injured, while sources in Benghazi's Galaa Hospital said they had received five dead and 41 injured.

Abyar Hospital, meanwhile, received six dead and 28 injured, while Marg Hospital reported three dead and 47 injured, sources at the respective hospitals said.

Haftar's irregular forces remain engaged in deadly fighting in the city with the Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade, which was absorbed into the Libyan army following the 2011 ouster and death of late leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/136533/death-toll-from-clashes-in-libyas-benghazi-rises-to-43

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Nigeria: Hypocritical West exploits Boko Haram's crimes

May 17, 2014

More than 270 female secondary students were kidnapped on April 14 as they sat matriculation exams in the north-east Nigerian town of Chibok.

The kidnappers were members of a religious cult that calls itself Jama‘at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da‘wa wal-Jihad — Arabic for Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad.

The group is more commonly known by its Hausa nickname, Boko Haram, which translate — very loosely — as “Western education is filthy”, although this is not a name that the group itself uses.

For the next fortnight the kidnapping was largely ignored by the global media and the Nigerian state.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was more focused on the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in the capital Abuja staring May 7. Jonathan was planning to spin Nigeria to visiting global political and corporate leaders as a neoliberal success story, boosted by the April 7 announcement that Nigeria had overtaken South Africa as the continent’s largest economy.

This statistic is less impressive when it is considered that, with 175 million people, Nigeria is Africa’s largest country by population and per capita GDP is well under half of South Africa’s. Full report at:

http://www.news247.com.ng/news/goodluck-jonathan-allows-hypocritical-west-to-exploit-boko-harams-crimes-and-invade-nigeria#.U3elxNJdU4U

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Boko Haram kill one Chinese, 10 missing in Cameroon: Police

May 17, 2014

A Chinese national was killed and 10 others were feared kidnapped after an overnight attack in northern Cameroon believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria, a police said on Saturday.

"Boko Haram Islamists attacked a camp (of road workers). A Chinese was killed. Ten Chinese cannot be found since the attack. We think they have probably been kidnapped," a local police chief said on condition of anonymity.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/101511/World/International/Boko-Haram-kill-one-Chinese,--missing-in-Cameroon-.aspx

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Algeria closes Libya embassy over 'real and imminent threat'

May 17, 2014

Algeria has closed its embassy and its consulate in Tripoli because of a “real and imminent threat” to its diplomats, the foreign ministry announced on Friday.

The decision was taken in coordination with the Libyan authorities, after information was received “about the existence of a real and imminent threat targeting our diplomats and consular staff.”

The ministry said the “temporary measure” was “dictated by the difficult security conditions” in Libya, while emphasizing Algeria's support for the authorities in Tripoli and their “efforts to build the rule of law and establish peace and security throughout the country.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/16/Algeria-closes-Libya-embassy-over-real-and-imminent-threat-.html

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Boko Haram Insurgents Have Given Islam a Bad Name - Bishop Oke

May 17, 2014

Ibadan — THE Presiding Bishop, Sword of the Spirit Ministries has said unfolding events on the abduction have proved to the whole world that Emirs, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar and Moslem political leaders in the North are behind the Boko Haram insurgents and that the Boko Haram insurgents have given Islam a bad name.

Bishop Oke who is a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria said the church has put the whole incident that led to the abduction of Chibok school girls at the doorstep of the Sultan and other Islamic leaders in the North.

Describing the annoying purported conversion of the Christian girls as totally unacceptable to Christians in the country, he advised Nigerian leaders to stop saying the criminal activities of the Islamic fundamentalists were political while blood of innocent Christians is shed on daily basis.

Full report at:

Except Islamic leaders do something urgent, the insurgents had given Islam a bad name.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201405141225.html

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South Asia

 

38 Taliban militants killed in counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan

May 17 2014

At least 38 Taliban militants were killed and 25 others were injured following military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following statement said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS).

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Paktia, Farah, Kunduz, Faryab, Ghazni, Ghor and Nimroz provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/38-taliban-militants-killed-in-counter-terrorism-operations-8094

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5 militants blown up by own explosives in Ghazni province

 May 17 2014

At least five Taliban militants were blown up by their own explosives in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Saturday.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimis aid the incident took place around 4:30 am local time in Deh Yak district.

In the meantime, the interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the militants were planting improvised explosive (IED) when the incident took place.

The statement further added that Afghan police forces confiscated 28 improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Laghman, Paktiya and Helmand provinces.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/5-militants-blown-up-by-own-explosives-in-ghazni-province-8096

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Make Dhaka first stop: Hasina tells Modi

HAROON HABIB

May 17, 2014

Both the government and the major opposition party have congratulated Narendra Modi following BJP’s resounding electoral victory in the India’s 16th Lok Sabha elections.

Congratulating Mr. Modi, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed the hope that they both will work together to take the India-Bangladesh ties to “increasingly greater heights.”

In a letter to Mr. Modi, quoted by a section of the media, the Bangladesh leader said the decisive verdict given by the people of India “is a strong testimony to your dynamic, inspiring and visionary leadership qualities and manifestation of the trust and confidence reposed in you by the people of the largest democracy in the world.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/make-dhaka-first-stop-hasina-tells-modi/article6017521.ece

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PM Sheikh Hasina: Zia considered AL as his main enemy

May 17, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said military dictator General Ziaur Rahman wanted to erase the name of Awami League after the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu as he [Zia] considered the party his main enemy.

The premier made the statement when leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies came to her Ganobhaban residence this morning on the occasion of her 33rd Homecoming Day, BSS reports.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/may/17/pm-zia-considered-al-his-main-enemy#sthash.NfnswBb0.dpuf

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900 Bangladeshis languishing in Australian shelters

May 17, 2014

Some 900 Bangladeshis detained in Australia are now staying at different shelter centres there, said Australian High Commissioner in Dhaka Greg Wilcock.

He made the disclosure at a meeting with State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan at the latter’s office on Thursday.

During the meeting, Wilcock requested the state minister to bring back the detainees who have no legal documents.

He informed that over 50,000 people illegally go to Australia every year from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan and different countries of Africa. Of them, 1%-1.5% are Bangladeshis, he claimed.

“If they are Bangladeshi citizens, we must bring them back,” Asaduzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/may/17/900-bangladeshis-languishing-australian-shelters#sthash.Bfwojs09.dpuf

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China arrests seven suspects linked to Xinjiang attack: Report

May 17, 2014

Chinese police have arrested seven people suspected of being linked to a deadly stabbing spree and explosion at a railway station in the restive Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, state-run media said Saturday.

On April 30, the last day of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the region, attackers armed with knives and explosives carried out an attack at the southern railway station in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, killing one person and wounding 79.

Two of the alleged assailants were also killed in the attack.

"Seven fleeing suspects were captured on May 14 by police in Xinjiang, and are being questioned in relation to the ongoing investigation," the Global Times daily reported in its Chinese edition Saturday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/101510/World/International/China-arrests-seven-suspects-linked-to-Xinjiang-at.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Court orders to register case against Geo TV over blasphemous program

May 17, 2014

Islamabad- Local court in Islamabad today ordered to register case against management of Geo Television Network over airing blasphemous program.

The additional session judge Islamabad Raja Jahangir Awan hearing the petition of a citizen, has ordered Margalla police to register case against Geo TV network over airing blasphemous program. The court has ordered to register case against Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, program “Utho Jago Pakistan” host Shaista Lodhi, Veena Malik and Asad Bashir Khatak. It is pertinent to mention here that protest demonstrations have continued in all over the country over airing insulting program to religious figures on the TV channel.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/17-May-2014/court-orders-to-register-case-against-geo-tv-over-blasphemous-program

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Jirga convened in Hangu to further peace overtures between sects

May 17, 2014 

HANGU: A jirga to resolve sectarian differences was convened with elders from both Sunni and Shia communities at the deputy commissioner’s office in Hangu on Friday.

Commissioner Jamaluddin directed participants from the Shia Aman Committee and Sunni Aman Committee to chalk out a plan within 20 days to resolve their differences and put an end to sectarian violence. He criticised elders for failing to come up with a solution in previous meetings, despite the cooperation of the district authorities.

Situated on the border of Kurram and Orakzai agencies, the sensitive district has a bloody history with sectarian violence dating back several decades. However, the recent trend in targeting government school teachers from both sects has added a dangerous chapter to the issue. On May 13, two teachers were gunned down while going to school, triggering protests in Kohat and Hangu. Even students hit the streets to condemn the killings. This was the fourth such attack in the district in three months and like the others, it was reported to be sectarian in nature.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/709373/for-harmony-jirga-convened-to-further-peace-overtures-between-sects/

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Blasphemy accused Ahmadi man gunned down in Punjab

May 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD: A teenager walked into a police station on Friday and shot dead a 65-year-old man from a minority community accused of blasphemy in a Punjab village, their spokesman said, the second murder involving Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws in as many weeks.

Rights activists said the attack, and a spike in the number of blasphemy cases, was evidence of rising intolerance in the country.

Victim Khalil Ahmad and three other Ahmadis had asked a shopkeeper in their village Sharaqpur – about 55 km (33 miles) northwest of the Punjab capital, Lahore – earlier this week to remove inflammatory stickers denouncing their community, said Saleemud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.

In retaliation, the shopkeeper filed blasphemy charges against the four men on May 12. Ahmad, a father of four, was in police custody when the teenage boy walked in, asked to see him, and shot him dead, Din said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1106735/blasphemy-accused-ahmadi-man-gunned-down-in-punjab

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Taliban control over Afghanistan not in Pak interest: Aziz

May 17, 2014

NEW YORK - As Afghanistan's presidential election moves to the next phase, senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad underscored the need for the new government to ensure that India is not allowed to use Afghan soil to create instability in Pakistan, a major American newspaper reported Friday.

The officials also expressed confidence that the next Afghan leader will have better chances than President Hamid Karzai's outgoing government at opening serious peace talks with the Taliban, according to The Wall Street Journal, noting that Pakistan intends to remain neutral in the June 14 runoff contest between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank executive Ashraf Ghani.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/17-May-2014/taliban-control-over-afghanistan-not-in-pak-interest-aziz

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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal to oppose PPO tooth and nail: Fazl

May 17, 2014

RAWALPINDI - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman has expressed his serious concerns over the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) and termed it a death warrant for the people of Pakistan.

“PPO is a black law. If India implements such laws in Kashmir we declare them black laws but in Pakistan we have approved it,” said the JUI-F head while talking to media men here on Thursday after attending a ceremony held at Jamia Islamia Kashmir Road.

He said that JUI-F has serious reservations over the PPO and would never support such laws. Parliamentarian would not support it,” he said. “Parliament is being used for passing such black laws,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/editors-picks/16-May-2014/jui-f-to-oppose-ppo-tooth-and-nail-fazl

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Eight TTP militants netted in Lahore

May 17, 2014

LAHORE - Police on Friday said they arrested at least eight Taliban men who were planning suicide attacks in the Punjab province. A traffic police warden was also among those arrested on the charges of plotting high-profile attacks on important personalities and sensitive installations in Lahore.

The police seized two suicide vests, 20-kg explosive material, automatic weapons and laptops from their hideout during the raid.

“They had marked their targets while 33 important personalities were on their hit list,” Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed told reporters at a news conference at Police Headquarters Qila Gujjar Singh on Friday.

On this occasion, police produced the eight young men, with their faces covered in black hoods, before the media. They were identified as Muhammad Azam, Muhammad Shafique Shah, Saqib Anjum, Ubaid Ullah, Muhammad Aftab, Qari Mushtaq, Hafiz Azeem and Qari Asif. All the accused are the residents of Lahore.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/lahore/17-May-2014/eight-ttp-militants-netted-in-lahore

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Pakistan hopes for ‘result-oriented’ resumption of TTP talks

May 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday that the government wanted to make next round of talks with the Pakistani Taliban meaningful and result-oriented.

Addressing a news conference, he said any progress towards next round of direct talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was expected to be made in few days.

The minister said the government's broader agenda was focused on restoration of peace in the country. Nisar said he wanted that the next meeting of the Taliban-government committees should be decisive and both sides should put their agendas on the table.

He said the government was not responsible for the delay in the dialogue process, as it had been decided during the last two rounds that Taliban would convey the date and venue of the next round.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1106736/pakistan-hopes-for-result-oriented-resumption-of-ttp-talks

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MQM requests PM to take notice of party chief's ID card issue

May 17, 2014

KARACHI: “Getting ID card and passport are the fundamental right [sic] of every Pakistani,” stated a placard placed in front of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Faisal Subzwari while he was speaking to the media outside the Sindh Assembly on Saturday.

The MQM has been unhappy with the way the interior ministry has handled the issue related to party chief Altaf Hussain’s application for a Pakistani identity card and a Pakistani passport.

Today, Subzwari told the media that it is a shameful how Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was dealing with the whole situation. He requested that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the federal government should take notice of this and demanded that those responsible should be held accountable.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/709605/pm-should-take-notice-of-mqm-chiefs-pakistani-id-card-application-issue-requests-faisal-subzwari/

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Leader of TTP splinter group Abid Muchar is still alive, say police

May 17, 2014

KARACHI: Leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban splinter group Abid Muchar is still alive, police said, Express News reported on Saturday.

The police had earlier claimed that Abid Muchar was killed in an encounter with security officials.

Police stated that Abid Muchar managed to get away from the Peerabad area of Karachi and was injured at the time he was fleeing. He was able to break through the cordon of police and Rangers personnel.

The Abid Muchar group was behind the attack that took the life of inspector Shafiq Tanoli. Tanoli, after the eighth attempt on his life, was killed in Karachi’s Old Sabzi Mandi area on April 24.

It was reported that Abid Muchar was involved in more than 50 different criminal cases.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/709601/leader-of-ttp-splinter-group-abid-muchar-is-still-alive-say-police/

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North America

 

Nigerian Fears Of American Intervention Should Not Hinder Schoolgirl Rescue

May 17, 2014

Quickly after Boko Haram released a video of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls praying, American security operatives arrived in Nigeria to help aid the rescue mission. This sudden appearance of a foreign government has raised concerns about American intervention.

Skeptics fear that if given an inch, America will go a mile in launching a full-scale military excursion in Nigeria. While the concerns of foreign military intervention are understandable given past operations like Iraq and Afghanistan, it is hard for Nigeria to deny the need for external help in this instance, given the government’s incredible incompetence.

The Nigerian government’s initial response to the kidnapping portrayed a weak state that failed in its role to protect its citizens. The day immediately following the attack, President Goodluck Jonathan was seen dancing at a political rally in display of shocking apathy to the emergency. Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell responded by commenting that the president lacked depth and was feckless. If there is any rule against foreign intervention, this is the exception that proves the rule.

Full report at:

http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/16/nigerian-fears-of-american-intervention-should-not-hinder-schoolgirl-rescue/#ixzz321FSOclM

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9/11 museum's Al Qaeda documentary does not tell the truth

May 17, 2014

I was invited to appear alongside Dinesh D’Souza as a guest on Fox News’ "The Kelly File" on Tuesday night, May 13, to answer the question of why many Muslims and non-Muslims have taken issue with the film “Rise of Al Qaeda,” which is set to air within the new National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

Museum officials screened the hitherto unreleased film to specific groups and received strong critical feedback about how the film seems to conflate the religion of Islam with the terrorists who brought down the World Trade Center.

As a Muslim, I begin by firmly stating, without any hesitation, that September 11 is an integral part of United States history, and the museum absolutely must capture accurately what happened to our nation that day. Part of that narrative is certainly the need to identify Al Qaeda, based on its involvement in the tragedy.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/15/11-museum-al-qaeda-documentary-does-not-tell-truth/

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US official: Obama blames settlements for failed talks

May 17, 2014

President still sees time in his term for peace push, NY Times reports, but wants the initiative to come from the parties themselves

Earlier this month, anonymous American officials personally involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks – special envoy Martin Indyk presumed to have been among them – provided a harsh assessment to a respected Israeli journalist of why negotiations failed, highlighting Israel’s continued settlement construction as the issue “largely to blame.”

A senior Obama administration official told The New York Times on Thursday, however, that the assessment may as well have been provided by the US president himself. The official claimed that the White House had “cleared the interview” with Yedioth Ahronoth’s Nahum Barnea, and that “the critical remarks faithfully reflect the president’s own views.”

The unnamed senior official said that Obama believes, more than any other factor, that Israeli announcements of construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem throughout the nine months of talks led to the negotiations’ collapse.

Full report at:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-official-obama-blames-settlements-for-failed-talks/#ixzz321U5daUd

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Iran recruiting Afghans to fight in Syria: Wall Street Journal

May 17, 2014

WASHINGTON: Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In exchange, Iran is offering them stipends of $500 a month and residency permits, the paper said, quoting Afghans and Western officials.

Shiite Muslim Iran is a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the three-year-old war against mainly Sunni Muslim insurgents seeking to oust him.

Details of the recruitment drive by the elite Revolutionary Guards were posted this week on a blog catering to Afghan refugees in Iran, the Journal said. It said this was confirmed by the office of Grand Ayatollah Mohaghegh Kabuli, an Afghan religious leader in the Iranian Shiite holy city of Qom.  The paper quoted a Western official in Iran as saying recruiting Afghans was part of a strategy to send poor foot soldiers to the battle front.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/17-May-2014/iran-recruiting-afghans-to-fight-in-syria-wsj

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Report: U.S.-trained rebels make gains in southern Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com

May 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Sunni rebels trained by the United States were advancing in southern Syria, a report said.

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy said up to 20,000 rebels were operating in southern Syria, including along the borders of Israel and Jordan.

In a report, the institute said the rebels have overpowered the Syrian Army in several sectors and could pose a threat to Damascus.

“While rebel militias have lately suffered serious setbacks in central and northern Syria, they are now recording significant successes in the south — the region lying between Damascus and the Israeli and Jordanian borders,” the report, titled “The Battle For Southern Syria Heating Up,” said.

Full report at:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/05/16/report-u-s-trained-rebels-make-gains-southern-syria/

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US won’t let Iran build nuclear weapon: US Defense Secretary

May 17, 2014

JERUSALEM: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to Israeli leaders Friday that the US “will do what we must” to prevent the Jewish state’s greatest fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Hagel made the public pledge in a statement at talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I want to assure you of the United States’ commitment to ensuring Iran does not get a nuclear weapon — and that America will do what we must to live up to that commitment,” Hagel said.

“We’ve been saying all along that Iran is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community,” Netanyahu said in a statement while standing beside Hagel.

He cited a United Nations report on what he called “Iran’s ongoing effort to deceive the international community to continue to develop ICBMs and to continue to violate its commitments of Security Council stipulations on forbidding it to develop certain parts of its nuclear program.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/572101

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CAIR Counters D.C. Anti-Muslim Ad with Free Qurans

May 17, 2014

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it will offer a free copy of Islam's holy text, the Quran, to anyone who wishes to verify the inaccuracy of a new anti-Muslim bus advertisement in Washington, D.C.

The anti-Muslim ad, which is sponsored by a hate group led by Pamela Geller, falsely claims that the Quran encourages Muslims to hate Jews. Her organization, Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC also named Geller as a member of the "anti-Muslim inner circle."

Geller, who has bragged online that she uses a Quran as a doorstop, was the subject of a CAIR "Islamophobe profile" documenting the individuals and organizations involved in spreading anti-Muslim bias in the United States. CAIR also listed her as a member of the "inner core" of those promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/15/dc-cair-free-qurans-idUSnPn48Gw1M+89+PRN20140515

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Washington DC bus ads urge aid cut for Muslim countries

World Bulletin / News Desk

May 17, 2014

An anti-Islam blogger in the United States is leading a smear campaign against Muslims in a bid to have American aid to Muslim countries cut off.

Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative has posted adverts on Washington DC Metro buses featuring the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Imam al-Husseini speaking with Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler besides the title 'Islamic Jew-Hatred: It's in the Quran'.

Below the title the poster points out that two-thirds of American aid goes to 'Islamic countries' along with a call to 'stop racism' and 'end all aid to Islamic countries'.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/136508/washington-dc-bus-ads-urge-aid-cut-for-muslim-countries

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Arab World

 

Takfiri Terrorists Ruin Shiite Shrine in Syria

May 17, 2014

Foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists operating in Syria destroyed a Shiite shrine in the Northern province of Raqqa.

The armed insurgents attacked the shrine of Uwais al-Qarani in yet another vicious act that they have demonstrated since the beginning of the foreign-hatched conflict in Syria, Al-Alam reported.

Raqqa province has been under the control of a Takfiri group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) recently.

In March, militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group have bombed a large Shiite Muslim shrine in the Northern Syrian city of Raqqa. Photos of the mosque of Ammar bin Yasir and Uwais al-Qarani posted on the internet showed extensive damage to the exterior walls and roof of the site.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930227001079

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Saudi-sponsored fighters join U.S. backed ‘Southern Front’ in Syria

May 17, 2014

AMMAN — Saudi Arabia has sponsored tens of thousands of fighters to form a southern rebel front in Syria.

Saudi Arabia has been deemed the leading sponsor of a Sunni rebel force based in Jordan.

Jordanian-soldier-killed-by-militants-at-Syria-borderThe force is called the Southern Front and said to contain 30,000 fighters assigned to southern Syria.

Rebel sources said the Southern Front was trained and equipped in Jordan under the supervision of the United States. They said about 2,500 U.S.-trained fighters, equipped with light weapons, were sent from Jordan to Syria over the last six months.

Diplomats played down the importance of the Southern Front. They said at least two major operations from Jordan to Syria failed within days as Islamist militias attacked the U.S.-trained fighters.

Full report at:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/05/15/saudi-sponsored-force-southern-syria-seeks-international-support/

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Syrian Army Steps up Campaign against Terrorists across Country

May 17, 2014

The Syrian army thwarted a terrorist group's attempt to infiltrate into the safe areas in al-Ramouseh in Aleppo and left its members killed and wounded.

Army foils terrorists' infiltration, destroy their dens in Homs

A military source told SANA that an army unitSyrian Army foiled terrorists' attempt to infiltrate from al-Waar farms in Homs, killing and injuring scores of them, in addition to destroying their equipment.

The source added that other army units foiled terrorists' attempt to attack a military checkpoint near al-Dweir roundabout in the countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source pointed out that the army units targeted terrorists' dens and gatherings to the south of Rahoum village in the eastern countryside of Homs and in the villages of Taldo, al-Khaldiyeh, al-Daar al-Kabera, Talbiseh and al-Rasatan, eliminating scores of terrorists.

Army eliminates terrorists in Damascus Countryside

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=151842

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation to send humanitarian team to CAR

May 17, 2014

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will on Wednesday lead an international humanitarian delegation to the Central African Republic (CAR), Cameroon and the Chad, which will be headed by Ambassador Fouad Maznaie, representative of the OIC Humanitarian Affairs Department.

Maznaie said the objective of the weeklong urgent humanitarian mission is to help victims of the conflict in the war-torn country and neighboring states.

The mission will hold consultations with senior officials to discuss ways of extending urgent humanitarian assistance to displaced people and refugees and to obtain first-hand information by visiting refugee camps in the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad.

He said that the delegation will include officials of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic Solidarity Fund, the International Islamic Relief Organization, the Turkish Red Cross, the Turkish IHH Organization, Qatar’s Charity Foundation, Britain’s Islamic Relief, Britain’s Islamic Aid and other international humanitarian organizations.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/572206

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Aging Lebanon politicians eye biological heirs

May 17, 2014

Lebanon has embarked on a magical phase of stability. Not long ago, the country was on the verge of a civil war, with Sunni suicide bombers blowing up in Shiite neighborhoods and a rabid political and media discourse, to say the least. There was no government in sight after former prime minister Najib Mikati resigned on March 22 last year, while Syrian refugees crossed the million bar, a mere one fourth of the local population.

These problems seemed unsolvable, until the regional powers waved their Lebanese wands. Following news of a deal, a coalition government between sworn enemies was declared, the bombings ceased, and stability became the word of the day. Enemies by proxy became partners by proxy.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140517205332

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Baghdad Violence Kills Five

May 17, 2014

Bombings killed five people in the outskirts of Baghdad on Saturday as the count from an April 30 general election finally neared completion.

The deaths were latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed that has seen 3,500 people killed already this year.

Four people were killed in a roadside bombing in a market area of the town of Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, officials said.

Another blast, in Latifiyah, south of the capital, killed a soldier.

On Friday, four people died in shelling of the militant-held city of Fallujah, a short drive west of Baghdad, where troops have gone on the military operation against Takfiri militants in recent days.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=151930

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Syria’s Mikdad Slams US Hypocrisy in Dealing with Democracy

May 17, 2014

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said on Saturday that the stance of the US and its allies on presidential elections proves hypocrisy in dealing with democracy.

The stance of the US and its allies in France and other European countries against the presidential elections and the package of reforms adopted by the Syrian government to enhance democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom in Syria, proves Faisal Mikdadhypocrisy, misleading and selectivity of some western countries in dealing with the democratic concepts, Mikdad said in an article published on Lebanese al-Binaa daily.

"Those who conspire against the presidential elections in Syria are conspiring against democracy, political pluralism and the freedom of expression in Syria."

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=151897&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=20&s1=1

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Militants Killed across Syria

May 17, 2014

The Syrian army destroyed the armed groups' concentration centers and hideouts across Syria on Saturday.

Militants' infiltration attempt foiled in Aleppo

A unit of the armed forces thwarted an armed group's infiltration attempt from Khan Touman in Aleppo city towards the safe areas, killing and injuring all its members, a military source said.

The source added that other army units killed a number of militants and destroyed their weapons in al-Rashidin, Gharbi al-Zahraa Bani Zaid, al-Kastilo and Hanano neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930227001066

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Syrian election candidate praises Assad's war on rebels, wants ties with West

May 17, 2014

One of President Bashar al-Assad's two challengers in next month's election praised his military campaign against Islamist rebels but said Syria must do more to maintain ties with the West and rebuild its economy after three years of war.

Hassan al-Nouri said there was no difference between the three candidates over military strategy against Syrian rebels and their foreign Sunni Muslim backers in the ongoing conflict.

"Our enemy is still the same enemy. We are all against terrorism," Nouri told Reuters in an interview less than three weeks before an election which authorities portray as a landmark for democracy and the West has dismissed as a sham.

The June 3 election is the first time in half a century that Syrian ballot papers will contain any name other than Assad. The last seven votes were referenda to approve Bashar al-Assad or his father, Hafez al-Assad. Hafez never scored less than 99 percent, while his son got 97.6 percent seven years ago.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/17/us-syria-crisis-election-idUSBREA4G03U20140517

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Over 100,000 expat Egyptians vote in presidential poll: Foreign ministry

May 17, 2014

The number of Egyptian expatriates who had cast a vote in the presidential election by 2pm on Friday exceeded 100,000, foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Aty said.

Polling stations opened on Thursday at Egyptian embassies and consulates abroad, and will remain open until Sunday.

Voters in Egypt will go to the poll on 26-27 May.

Thursday saw over 65,000 expat Egyptians cast their votes, according to Egypt's Presidential Election Commission (PEC), the judicial body overseeing the elections.

Abdel-Aty said voting has so far been calm and organised, and a "festive" spirit is present among many voters, adding that turnout was specifically high in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Germany, Italy, France, England and New York in the US.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/101455/Egypt/Politics-/Over-,-expat-Egyptians-vote-in-presidential-poll-F.aspx

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Mideast

 

Israel concerned that Arab citizens recruited for Syria will get Al Qaida training

May 17, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel has sought to stop the recruitment of Arab citizens to fight in Syria.

Officials have cited recruitment of Sunni Muslims by Al Qaida to fight the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The officials said the Israeli Arabs were trained by Al Qaida and turned into experienced fighters who could threaten the Jewish state.

“The phenomenon is small, but we are so close to Syria that this could tempt young people to join Al Qaida,” an official said.

On May 14, the Israel Security Agency reported the arrest of an Arab suspected of fighting for Al Qaida. ISA said Ahmed Hiri Shurbaji, 23, joined Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and fought in Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/05/16/israeli-arabs-trained-al-qaida-fight-syria-seen-possible-threat-israel/

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Yemen takes on al-Qaeda on ideological, security levels

May 17, 2014

Yemen is stepping up its campaign against al-Qaeda on both the ideological and security levels, officials said.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Wednesday (May 14th) issued a decree forming a committee tasked with preparing for and following up on the establishment of a centre for the rehabilitation of extremists.

The committee, to be headed by the deputy director for internal operations at the National Security Agency, will include representatives from the Political Security Organisation as well as ministries such as the interior, religious endowments and guidance, health and population, human rights and labour.

Full report at:

http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/meii/features/2014/05/16/feature-01

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Iran Conservatives Hit Back at Facebook Campaign on Headscarves

May 17, 2014

Iran’s conservatives are hitting back at an online campaign in which Iranian women share pictures of themselves removing their headscarves, denouncing the move as sinful and setting up a rival Facebook page.

Kazem Sedighi, a cleric delivering today’s Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, criticized “corrupt messages circulating on the internet and getting through to Iranian families” and “instances in which headscarves had been taken off.”

“We should all respect the law” and “take care of our young people and daughters, so that sin doesn’t become common,” Sedighi said in his address, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Full report at:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-16/iran-conservatives-hit-back-at-facebook-campaign-on-headscarves.html

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Iran, major powers wrap up ‘difficult’ talks without progress

May 17, 2014

Vienna – Iran and the six major powers ended an “intensive” and “difficult” round of nuclear talks on Friday in Vienna without making any significant progress.

 But a senior Iranian negotiator told reporters that the two sides are determined to continue the talks which are aimed at finding a final solution to a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.

“The talks were intensive, close, and difficult, the discussions were serious, and the atmosphere was more or less without tension, but there are wide differences,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said during a press briefing after the end of the Vienna talks.

“The discussions were good, but no significant progress was made,” he said, adding that lack of progress was natural because it was the first round of talks on drafting the text of the final deal.

Full report at:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/115766-iran-major-powers-wrap-up-difficult-talks-without-progress

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Livni and Abbas discuss Fatah-Hamas unity gov't in meeting in London

May 17, 2014

Chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met briefly in London on Thursday night, in the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials since peace talks failed last month, Channel 2 reported.

According to the report, Livni expressed to Abbas Israel's disapproval of his decision to form a unity government with Hamas.

Channel 2 quoted unnamed sources as saying that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was angry at Livni for holding the unsanctioned meeting.

American officials confirmed the meeting between the two and emphasized that the rendezvous was not planned in advance, according to Channel 2.

Both Livni and Abbas were in London for separate meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in town for talks on Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Livni-and-Abbas-meet-in-London-352519

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Southeast Asia

 

Ex-mufti slams extremist Islamist groups, says Christianity and Islam closely related

May 17, 2014

Islam is not under attack in Malaysia, and extremist Islamist groups that constantly warn of alleged Christianisation are only shaming their own religion, says prominent Islamic scholar Dr Asri Zainul Abidin (pic).

The former mufti of Perlis said efforts by any religious community to spread their teaching was a natural phenomenon in all countries, and it did not merit knee-jerk reactions from Muslims in Malaysia.

"I want to remind Muslims not to be shocked if there are people who invite them to join Christianity. Of course religious leaders will feel that theirs' is the true religion, and would want to invite others to join them.

"Some Muslims are so shocked by this, as if it's the end of the world... (but) Muslims in the UK, the US and Europe also campaign for Christians to join Islam.

"So the same is being done here. It is a normal phenomenon that does not require us to react in such a chaotic manner, as if our country is in a state of emergency," Asri told The Malaysian Insider.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ex-mufti-slams-extremist-islamist-groups-says-christianity-and-islam-closel

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Najib calls on youths to avoid ideologies which threaten national security

May 17, 2014

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today warned youths to stay away from liberalism or pluralism, calling such ideologies a threat to the country’s peace and security.

He said youths needed to embrace the concept of "wasatiyah" or moderation and avoid being influenced by “militant and extremist ideologies”.

“Youths must distance themselves from extreme and militant ideologies which could harm the country.

“They must also avoid from being trapped by liberalism or pluralism. The best approach is moderation or 'wasatiyah',” said Najib in his speech during the National Youth Day 2014 in Putrajaya today.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told a press conference recently that militants were targeting humanitarian missions as a vehicle to increase their numbers.

The media also reported the existence of Muslim militants in Malaysia interested in joining the war in Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-calls-on-youths-to-avoid-ideologies-which-threaten-national-security

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Indonesian ‘Reformasi’ Activists Should Remember Their Idealism, Analysts Say

May 17, 2014

The involvement of ‘reformasi’ activists in political parties and during last month’s legislative elections has the potential to alter the country’s political landscape. It might also give fresh impetus to established parties, often considered stale or linked to Suharto’s New Order regime, analysts have suggested.

Adian Napitupulu is one of the activists who took to the streets in 1998 to topple Suharto. He told the Jakarta Globe that general disillusionment with the political situation in the country had forced him to become part of a political system he once loathed.

“In 2007, activists from 1998 gathered to discuss what steps needed to be taken to bring the reform agenda back on track,” he said. “It’s been 16 years since the downfall of Suharto, but we haven’t seen any significant improvement.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/reformasi-activists-remember-idealism-analysts-say/

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Putrajaya’s unity council calls for action against extremists behind racial slurs

May 17, 2014

The National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) has urged Putrajaya to take "prompt and effective action" against extremists and those behind statements undemining racial ties in the country.

In a statement today, the six month old council expressed concerns over the recent rise of statements which could cause public unrest and disunity.

“All Malaysians including political parties, religious organisations, civil society, the public and private sectors must be sensitive to one another's feelings and aspirations.

“Restraint must be applied when giving speeches and actions which could undermine national unity and harmony in Malaysia,” NUCC said, following its third meeting today.

The NUCC was formed in November last year following a spate of race-related incidents surfacing in public. It has been tasked with formulating a National Unity Blueprint within two years, but had said it will produce an interim report in six months.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/putrajayas-unity-council-calls-for-action-against-extremists-behind-racial

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Najib now says committed to human rights, days after denouncing ‘human rights-ism’

May 17, 2014

Datuk Seri Najib Razak reiterated last night that Putrajaya was committed to the principles and values of human rights, days after the prime minister was roundly criticised for saying “human rights-ism” was a threat to Islam in Malaysia.

In a statement emailed to the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham), Najib said “as Malaysians, we believe in human rights, and subscribe to the philosophy, concepts and norms of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights”.

He also stressed that despite Malaysia being a Muslim-majority nation, “our faith respects other faiths, and our commitment can be consistent with our constitution and our values".

Proham, however, pointed out that Najib’s earlier confusing terms such as “extreme human rights” and “human rights-ism” have still not been clarified.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-now-says-committed-to-human-rights-days-after-denouncing-human-rights

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Europe

 

Britain offers Nigeria military advisers as Boko Haram plan emerges

May 17, 2014

(Reuters) - Britain is offering to send advisers to help Nigeria's military structure its efforts to fight Boko Haram, Foreign Minister William Hague said on Saturday, ahead of a meeting to hammer out a strategy to tackle the Islamist group.

West African leaders are meeting in Paris to try to improve cooperation in their fight against the group which last month kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatens to destabilize the wider region.

Outrage over the girls has prompted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, criticized at home for his government's slow response, to accept U.S., British and French intelligence help in the hunt for the girls.

"Nigerian security forces have not been well structured for this kind of thing and that has been shown by the problem getting worse," Hague told reporters ahead of the meeting.

"We can help with that which is why we are offering to embed military advisers within the Nigerian headquarters."

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/17/us-nigeria-violence-summit-idUSBREA4G04W20140517

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Netherlands: Saudi Arabia may curb trade ties over Wilders' anti-Islam slogans

May 17, 2014

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is considering trade sanctions against the Netherlands because of stickers printed by far-right politician Geert Wilders which display anti-Islam slogans in the colors of the Saudi flag, a Dutch foreign ministry spokesman said.

Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration Dutch Freedom Party, is tied in first place with the Democrats in national opinion polls before European Parliament elections that will be held in the Netherlands on Thursday.

His virulent anti-Islam statements have angered many and Wilders has lived under round-the-clock armed guard since he received death threats in 2004.

"We have indications that Saudi Arabia is considering measures because of the insults to its flag and religion by Geert Wilders," Foreign Ministry spokesman Friso Wijnen said.

Wijnen could not say what these indications are, but that the Dutch government is seeking contact with Riyadh. The stickers were first printed in December.

"The Cabinet strongly distanced itself from the insults Wilders first made to the Saudi flag and the religion in December," Wijnen said. "It still does now."

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/17/us-netherlands-saudi-wilders-idUSBREA4G05420140517

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Geneva process for Syria not a failure – Russian Foreign Ministry

May 17, 2014

Moscow disagrees with the West that the Geneva peace process in Syria is a failure, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The statement followed a ministerial meeting in London on May 15 of what has been left of the so-called Friends of Syria Group, also known as "London 11", which was set up on the initiative of United States and its Western allies.

"Some of our partners, key players in the London-11 group, claim that the Geneva process has failed. We would like to stress that none of the Syrian parties has rejected the prospect of resuming and continuing the Geneva talks. And Moscow would be ready to strongly support those sentiments, because the logic of Geneva is the logic of a peaceful political solution, whose only alternative is the logic of war," the ministry said.

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_16/Geneva-process-for-Syria-not-a-failure-Russian-Foreign-Ministry-1175/

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France to hold anti-terrorism summit on Nigeria’s Boko Haram

May 17, 2014

French President Francois Hollande was to host an anti-terrorism summit on Saturday with Nigeria and its African neighbours to debate strategies to counter the Islamist extremist sect Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and representatives from Chad Cameroon, Niger, Benin, as well as the United States and Britain are expected to attend.

Mr. Hollande called the meeting after Boko Haram abducted more than 300 girls from a school in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok on April 14. On Monday, the group released a video of about 130 of the mostly Christian girls, wearing veils and reciting the Koran.

The kidnapping caused an international outcry, with the US, Britain, Israel, China, France and Canada pledging support in the search for the girls.

The US government has sent help in the form of military officials, investigators and forensics experts.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/france-to-hold-antiterrorism-summit-on-nigerias-boko-haram/article6020476.ece

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UK told to hand over Afghans held in military jails

May 17, 2014

The Afghan government has ordered the UK to hand over detainees held in military jails in Helmand and Kandahar.

An Afghan investigation found 23 prisoners in two UK facilities; one had been held for 31 months.

In contrast, on the day the investigator went to look, he found no detainees being held at US facilities in the two bases.

The move comes after the High Court in London ruled that holding detainees for more than 96 hours was unlawful.

The issue of Afghan civilians detained by foreign forces has become a personal one for President Hamid Karzai.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27448803

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UN photo archive tells the story of Palestinian exodus

May 17, 2014

A 1975 photo shows Palestinian refugee Fathiyeh Sattari, her eyes wide with worry, as she presents her malnourished baby boy to a doctor at a clinic run by a UN aid agency.

The photo is one of 525,000 in the agency’s archive being digitized to preserve a record of one of the world’s most entrenched refugee problems, created in what the Palestinians call the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” in Arabic — their uprooting in the war over Israel’s 1948 creation.

As Palestinians mared the Nakba’s 66th anniversary Thursday, the photos tell the story of the refugee crisis’ transition from temporary to seemingly permanent. Tent camps of the 1950s have turned into urban slums with some alleys so narrow residents can only walk single file past drab multi-story buildings.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140517205339

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Russia to deliver 18 helicopter gunships to Afghanistan in October

May 17, 2014

MOSCOW- The Russian officials said that the delivery of 30 helicopter gunships to Afghanistan would be completed by the end of October this year.

Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin has said the helicopter gunships Mi-17B-5 will be delivered under a contract with the United States. Fomin further added that 12 choppers had already been delivered under the agreement and the remaining choppers will be delivered before October 31, 2014. The agreement for the purchase of helicopters for the Afghan security forces was concluded between US and Russian officials in 2013.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/17-May-2014/russia-to-deliver-18-helicopter-gunships-to-afghanistan-in-october

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UK pushes for Syria to be referred to ICC

May 17, 2014

The UK has called on international powers to agree to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This is the first time London has publicly expressed its readiness to respond to the Syrian opposition's demand to refer human rights violations and alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria to the ICC.  

“We will strongly support the principle of a resolution referring the Syrian regime to the International Criminal Court," International Development Secretary Justine Greening said.

London has repeatedly charged that the Syrian regime is responsible for the human sufferings of Syrian civilians inside and outside Syria.

The UK government accuses the Syrian regime of refusing to grant access to international aid agencies, saying it is vital that further steps are taken to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/101499/World/Region/UK-pushes-for-Syria-to-be-referred-to-ICC.aspx

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