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Islamic World News ( 26 Jul 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

India, Pakistan foreign ministers say ties on 'right track'

Pak man kills six daughters for 'honour'

Pakistan Taliban make bonfire of ‘un-Islamic’ cloth

Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai remanded to house arrest

Pakistan: Husband remanded in custody to stone woman with accomplices

At least 12 killed in Karachi violence

35 Pakistani Taliban killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan

Norway killer admired bloggers who believe Europe is drowning in Muslims

France's burqa ban is Britain's gain

Ghulam Nabi Fai admits to receiving money from ISI

Pakistani American poet who helped Indian gays migrate dies

Syrian Serial ‘Sabaya’ tells tale of five ambitious girls

Somalia’s Islamist group bans samosas, calling it 'too Western'

Libyan rivals deeply divided over ways to end fighting: UN

Help Bangladesh journalist Nahid Jahan Lina live

12 suspected Qaeda militants killed in south Yemen

US puts 'ISI-backed' Kashmiri separatist leader Fai under house arrest

Lockerbie bomber seen on Libyan TV rally

Up to 100,000 flee Kurram offensive

Forty Americans join terrorists in Somalia: US lawmaker

‘Positive’ Indo- Pak secy talks on eve of ministers’ meet

Egypt women demand equal rights in new charter

Mayor of Kandahar killed in suicide attack

Qaeda militant, children, killed by own bomb

Hizb 'district commander' killed in encounter in Kishtwar

 ‘Dad, someone shooting’: victim’s last call home

Lawyer Suggests Suspect in Norway Attacks Is Insane

Libyan expat announces 'first' political party in Benghazi

Lockerbie bomber attends pro-Gaddafi meeting

Muammar Gaddafi cannot wait us out, says NATO

UK to expel all Libyan diplomats

‘We are thirsty for capacity-building,’ young Libyan journalists

Two government schools blown up in Khyber Agency

Osama's death ups terror risk for Americans: US

Al-Qaeda eyes strikes in several regions: US warning

 ‘Pak N- hit will face violent retaliation’

India releases 91 fishermen

US helping Pakistan to make it stronger: Munter

Indian Community Raised Blood money in death row case

US tries 'mango diplomacy' with Pak as ties sour

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is 'depressed and refusing food'

Uzbek Ulugbek Kodirov accused of Obama death threats

Kosovo Police Take Control of Border Crossings

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India, Pakistan foreign ministers say ties on 'right track'

Jul 27, 2011

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan's foreign ministers hailed a new chapter in relations on Wednesday after their first talks in a year attempted to breath fresh life into the arch-rivals' stop-start peace process.

In an upbeat assessment after their meeting, foreign minister SM Krishna said ties were back "on the right track," while his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar spoke of a "new era" of cooperation.

There was little in the way of substantive agreements to back up the general mood of optimism, with a joint statement envisaging a general bilateral effort to combat terrorism, increase trade and keep the peace dialogue going.

India suspended contacts with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks which it blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

The peace process has struggled to gain any real traction since its formal resumption earlier this year in an atmosphere of mutual recrimination and mistrust.

"We have some distance to travel, but with an open mind and a constructive approach ... I am sure we can reach our desired destination of having a friendly and cooperative relationship," Krishna said.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence in 1947, two of them triggered by their territorial dispute over Kashmir, which remains a core issue and major hurdle in any future comprehensive peace deal.

In her remarks to the reporters, Khar said there had been "a mindset change" that had turned the resumed peace dialogue into an "uninterrupted and uninterruptable" process.

"A new generation of Indians and Pakistanis will see a relationship that will hopefully be much different from the one that has been experienced in the last two decades," she said.

Khar, Pakistan's first female foreign minister, was appointed last week and, at just 34 years of age, some had questioned whether she was experienced enough to handle one of the world's most fraught cross-border relationships.

At 79, Krishna is 45 years her senior.

The pre-talks atmosphere had been soured by Khar's decision to meet with Kashmiri separatist leaders immediately after her arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday.

A senior government source said the meeting was "not a good idea at all" and served "no useful purpose" in the context of the ongoing peace dialogue.

Both foreign ministers stressed the importance of the India-Pakistan relationship to ensuring peace in the wider South Asia region.

India and Pakistan are jockeying for influence in Afghanistan ahead of the planned US troop withdrawal and Washington sees stable India-Pakistan ties as crucial to Afghanistan's post-war viability.

"It is the Afghan dynamic.... that will define the regional context for Indo-Pak relations for years to come," said C Raja Mohan, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

Khar comes from one of Pakistan's leading political and land-owning clans and some observers say her appointment is evidence that the country is still run by select family dynasties.

"The people in power, including the military, are comfortable that she will follow whatever brief is given to her," Pakistan foreign policy analyst Hasan Askari said.

"She will not make waves," he added.

The media made much of Khar's photogenic looks, with her image adorning the front pages of most newspapers on Wednesday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pakistan-foreign-ministers-say-ties-on-right-track/articleshow/9381173.cms

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Pak man kills six daughters for 'honour'

Jul 27 2011

Islamabad : In a shocking incident, a Pakistani man has gunned down his six daughters on suspicion that two of them were in relationships with boys in the neighbourhood.

Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident, the Express Tribune daily reported today.

Mubashir, a resident of Punjab province, shot the girls after their brother said two of them were in a relationship.

He told police officials that he had killed his daughters because they were "without honour".

The man said his daughters Sameena, 14, and Razia, 16, were in a relationship with college boys from the neighbourhood and the sisters had helped each other.

"I should have been told immediately but the girls sided with each other. They were both corrupt," Mubashir told Tandlianwala Police Inspector Javed Sial.

Police officials have taken Mubashir into custody and filed a case against him. "He does not regret what he did. He boasted that he would do it all over again if he had to," Sial was quoted as saying.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-man-kills-six-daughters-for-honour/823162/

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Pakistan Taliban make bonfire of ‘un-Islamic’ cloth

Jul 27 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A Taliban group in Pakistan on Tuesday burned a huge quantity of cloth taken from shopkeepers, saying it was too thin to be made into suitably modest garments, officials said.

The Islamist extremists stormed shops in Wana, the main town of the lawless South Waziristan tribal region, which borders Afghanistan, and made a bonfire of the cloth in a public area near the bazaar.

Shopkeeper Rahimullah Khan told AFP that at least eight armed men burst into his premises and took away bundles of raw cloth that they said was too thin to make respectable clothing.

“They said it was un-Islamic to wear clothes that don’t properly cover the human body,” Khan said.

A local official in Wana who declined to be named said the perpetrators were local Taliban, adding that shop owners calculated thousands of metres of material had been destroyed.

“The men confiscated big bundles of raw cloth which they declared was too thin to wear from dozens of shopkeepers in the main bazaar and burnt them,” he told AFP.

“They had warned shopkeepers almost a week ago to stop selling un-Islamic cloth. Today, the militants stormed the shops and confiscated the rolls.”

Taliban militants in Pakistan have often targeted shops selling music and films that they say break Islamic moral codes.

Pakistan’s military launched a major offensive in South Warizistan, part of the federally-administered tribal area, in 2009 to tackle Taliban and al Qaeda linked groups.

Also in South Warizistan on Tuesday, one soldier was killed and another one injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded by a road, the military said.

Pakistan’s seven tribal districts bordering Afghanistan are rife with a homegrown insurgency.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/26/pakistan-taliban-make-bonfire-of-un-islamic-cloth.html

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Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai remanded to house arrest

Chidanand Rajghatta

Jul 27, 2011

WASHINGTON: Kashmiri separatist-activist and alleged ISI agent Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai was remanded to house arrest with electronic monitoring by a Virginia district court on Tuesday after posting a $ 100,000 bond at a contentious detention hearing in which U.S prosecutors strenuously objected to his being freed.

Judge John Anderson however ruled that Fai could be detained at home with electronic tags and restricted movement, including ordering the impounding of his passport and that of his wife, a federal government worker who was accepted as his guarantor. He also warned Fai against any contact with his co-defendant Zaheer Ahmed (who is in Pakistan), or with representatives of any foreign government or agency.

Some two dozen Fai supporters, including his oriental-origin wife, Chang Ning Ying, and collegiate son, received the ruling with mixed emotions. While Fai was technically freed from custody, he was not released immediately, and even later, would remain incarcerated at home pending a trial.

Wearing a green prison suit, Fai waved feebly and smiled at his supporters as he was led back to custody till bond and other formalities are completed. His wife, wearing a headscarf, raised her hands in supplication and thanked supporters for turning up.

The detention hearing itself lasted half-an-hour at the tail-end of the day and was keenly contested in a court that went through some half-dozen drug bust and immigration fraud cases before taking up this unusual litigation that involves, at the very least, lobbying misrepresentation.

Fai, 62, and Zaheer Ahmad, 63, are charged with taking part in a conspiracy to act as Pakistani agents in America without registering as foreign agents, but the case has larger diplomatic and political ramifications for ties between Pakistan and the United States, including their relations with India, and the future of the Kashmir issue.

Courtroom skirmishes between the two sides involved the defense attempting to portray Fai as a well-meaning champion of Kashmiri self-determination rights and the prosecution suggesting he is a collaborator with a foreign spy agency viz ISI in the U.S.

FBI special agent Sarah Webb Linden briefly took the stand and maintained that Fai typically did the ISI and Pakistan's bidding and lied to her about it, even as the defense counsel tried to establish that he was an independent operator who only had Kashmiri interests at heart and often went against the ISI script on Kashmir, in an ostensible attempt to get him off the charge that he was a Pakistani frontman.

Fai's counsels also pressed the court to free him pending trial arguing that he was a U.S citizen who was well-integrated into American society and who had returned from a trip abroad shortly before his arrest despite being aware that he was on the FBI radar after they had questioned him before his departure.

Prosecutors countered that freeing him unhindered could allow him to establish contact with foreign governments and agents, and potentially affect the case. The ISI has an interest in stopping him from being prosecuted, prosecutor Gordon Kromberg said.

At one point, when the defense pressed their case saying Fai had ''nothing but respect'' for the law, the judge wryly remarked. ""Nothing but respect? He lied to law enforcement authorities." But in the end, he chose a middle path and ordered Fai held at home.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Kashmiri-separatist-leader-Ghulam-Nabi-Fai-released-on-bond-remanded-to-house-arrest-with-electronic-tagging/articleshow/9378836.cms

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Pakistan: Husband remanded in custody to stone woman with accomplices

Jul 27 2011

MARDAN: An accused charged with the killing of his wife with the support of his accomplices was remanded in police custody for three days by a local court on Monday. The 13 accomplices of the accused are still at large.

The accused, Mohammad Saeed, was apprehended a day earlier by the officials of the concerned Rustam police station. The accused had allegedly killed his wife, Shazia, in the name of honour on June 21 in Barioch Rustam area. The victim was first stoned and then fired at.

Shah Mumtaz Khan, the SHO of Rustam police station, told this correspondent that the accused was presented in the court of judicial magistrate Nasir Khan on Monday and his custody for seven days was sought, but the court only allowed three days of

police custody. He hoped that they would soon arrest the other accomplices of Mohammad Saeed.

The incident ignited public outrage with inhabitants of the area even set fire to the residence of the accused. The Provincial Commission on the Status of Women also condemned the incident and demanded arrest of all the culprits.

The postmortem of the victim was conducted in a nearby hospital which revealed that she had received most of the injuries on her head and face apart from other parts of her body.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/26/husband-remanded-in-custody-men-who-stoned-woman-in-mardan-still-at-large.html

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At least 12 killed in Karachi violence

Jul 27 2011

KARACHI: At least 12 people were killed in renewed unrest in Karachi during the past 24 hours, DawnNews reported.

Moreover, Inspector General Sindh Wajid Ali Khan Durrani said terrorists were better armed in Karachi than the police.

On Tuesday, parts of the city descended into violence and those killed included two political activists. The activities were gunned down and some private property was also damaged in arson attacks.

The fresh killings and subsequent arson attacks mainly in Orangi were carried out at a time when the new police set-up started functioning in the city following the Monday notification of the new police officers of the five districts.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/27/at-least-12-killed-in-karachi-violence.html

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35 Pakistani Taliban killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan

Jul 27, 2011

ISLAMABAD: At least 35 Pakistani Taliban fighters have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan after they attacked a convoy of foreign troops, reports from the Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan said on Tuesday.

The reports said that a group of 100 Pakistani Taliban militants fired missiles and rockets at a convoy of foreign forces in Paktiya on Friday.

US ground forces sought air cover and NATO fighter jets targeted the Pakistani militants, killing 35 of them.

Over a dozen rebels were injured. They were brought to hospitals in North Waziristan Agency, the reports said.

Those who were killed included militants from Pakistani Taliban groups led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Mullah Nazir.

Punjabi Taliban militants too were among the dead and injured, residents of Waziristan said.

The Taliban factions led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Mullah Nazir have struck peace deals with the Pakistan government but they are accused by the US of sending fighters across the border into Afghanistan.

US drones routinely target militants of both groups in Waziristan.

Pakistani militants are now trying to transfer the bodies to Waziristan, sources said.

But local residents said most of those killed were local tribesmen and people were visiting their relatives to offer condolences.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/35-Pakistani-Taliban-killed-in-US-air-strikes-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/9376211.cms

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Norway killer admired bloggers who believe Europe is drowning in Muslims

By Tim Lister

27 Jul 2011

(CNN) -- Anders Behring Breivik was a prolific blogger and visitor to online sites that reaffirmed his worldview.

Breivik's taste in online conversation shows a compulsive interest in websites that see the modern world in terms of a "clash of civilizations," where Christian values are supposedly under siege in the face of an Islamic onslaught.

But rarely if ever does he seem to have advocated a violent response to what he saw as the Islamization of Europe, even as he planned a massacre for years.

The head of Norway's intelligence police, Janne Kristiansen, told a Norwegian newspaper Monday that Breivik had "deliberately desisted from violent exhortations on the net. He has more or less been a moderate, and has neither been part of any extremist network."

The blogs and websites Breivik enthused about were pro-American and pro-Israel, extremely hostile to Islam and despairing that the European political elite would ever see the error of its liberal multicultural outlook.

One such site is Gates of Vienna, whose banner reads: "At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war."

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/07/27/norway.terror.web/

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France's burqa ban is Britain's gain

Jul 27, 2011

The burqa ban in France has led to resentment among wealthy shoppers from the Middle East who are now flocking to London for their shopping needs.

London store Liberty has notched up a 45 per cent increase of international visitors, while Selfridges has seen a rise of 40 per cent, the Daily Express reported.

Popular toy store Hamleys has also seen a 'significant increase' in customers recently.

The number of shoppers from abroad is also expected to rise as a whole by 15 per cent after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the burqa was 'not welcome' in France.

Anyone wearing it there now risks a 150 euro fine.

Jace Tyrell, of promoters the New West End Company, said Middle East shoppers from places such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia were 'critical' to London's retailers.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/frances-burqa-ban-britains-gain-887

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Ghulam Nabi Fai admits to receiving money from ISI

By Huma Imtiaz

July 27, 2011

ALEXANDRIA: In a federal courthouse, nearly two and a half hours after his case was scheduled to begin, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai was brought into Courtroom number 501, filled primarily with his supporters and journalists from the subcontinent.

As Fai’s wife and friends watched on, Gordon Kromberg, the prosecution lawyer, began by telling the court that Fai had admitted to receiving funds from the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency.

However, Fai’s lawyers, Nina Ginsberg and Khurram Wahid, painted a case of Fai maintaining independence from the ISI’s viewpoint. According to the defense, Fai had received funds over the years from the ISI but he had always raised the voice for the cause of Kashmiris, and in the events that he organized, he always took care to present a balanced point of view, by inviting both Indians and Pakistanis. He may have received bullet points from them on subjects, but on many occasions, said his lawyers, Fai’s stance on Kashmir differed from that of the Government of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/218322/ghulam-nabi-fai-admits-to-receiving-money-from-isi/

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Pakistani American poet who helped Indian gays migrate dies

Jul 27 2011

CHICAGO: Pakistan-born poet and gay activist Ifti Nasim, who died of a heart attack in a Chicago hospital, once escaped persecution in his native land for his sexual orientation.

Nasim, who died Friday at the age of 64, also helped many Pakistani and Indian gays and lesbians migrate to the US.

He came to the US in 1971 and made a name for himself as a gay activist and Urdu poet. He established Sangat, a gay and lesbian organization, and was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.

Nasim was a close friend of several lyricists and actors of Hindi cinema.

Nasim's activism transcended religious and political borders.

The BBC made a documentary on Nasim a few years back. "Success makes the world accept you on your own terms," Nasim said, shortly after the documentary was aired.

"But being an openly gay person in the conservative Muslim community has not been easy. They never totally accept you," he said, "they just about tolerate you."

Nasim's books are recommended reading at Santa Clara University in California and at Truman College, Chicago. Over the years, his Urdu poetry won him the grudging respect of the Pakistani literary establishment.

He has also recited his poems at the festival in India to honour the late poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/Pakistani-American-poet-who-helped-Indian-gays-migrate-dies/articleshow/9373237.cms

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Syrian Serial ‘Sabaya’ tells tale of five ambitious girls

Jul 27 2011

JEDDAH: The Syrian serial “Sabaya” (Young Girls) will be part of Rotana Khaleejyah’s Ramadan schedule. Sabaya tells the story of five girls from different social backgrounds living in one house.

Each girl has come to Damascus with her own dream to fulfill. Each day they face problems and work together to solve them. It stars young Syrian actresses Dima Bayaa, Dima El Joundi, Jini Asber, Kinda Hanna, and Nisrine Tafesh.

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article478491.ece

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Somalia’s Islamist group bans samosas, calling it 'too Western'

Jul 27 2011

Mogadishu : Somalia’s extremist Islam fighters have banned samosas after ruling that the popular snacks are too ‘Western’.

The Al-Shabaab group last week used vehicles mounted with loudspeakers to announce the bizarre ruling across regions of the war-torn country it controls.

The extremist group has offered no official explanation for the ban on the snack, the Daily Mail reports.

The samosa is said to have upset militant Islamists due to a supposed resemblance to the Christian Holy Trinity, the paper said.

The bizarre ban comes just days after militants linked to Al-Qaeda in Somalia refused to let some aid workers into the country, as tens of thousands suffered in the nation''s massive famine.

The unexpected move means Somalis would now be punished if caught cooking, buying or eating samosas, known locally as ‘sambusas’.

The UN last week declared a famine in two parts of the country and warned of millions facing death from starvation.

The Al-Shabaab had previously suggested it would allow foreign agencies to bring in vital food aid to prevent its people from dying.

But the group has now denied the existence of famine and accused Western governments of inventing the crisis as a propaganda tool.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/somalias-islamist-group-bans-samosas-calling-it-too-western/823140/

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Libyan rivals deeply divided over ways to end fighting: UN

27 Jul 2011

Parties to Libya's crisis remain deeply divided on how to end the conflict that has raged since an uprising against the regime erupted in February, UN special envoy Abdul Ilah Al-Khatib said.

Khatib this week visited the rebel capital Benghazi in Libya's east as well as the capital Tripoli, where veteran strongman Moamer Gaddafi has his headquarters.

A UN statement issued in New York late Tuesday quoted Khatib as saying that both sides "remain far apart on reaching agreement on a political solution."

The warring parties, however, both reaffirmed to Khatib, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy to Libya, "their desire to continue to engage with the UN in the search for a solution," the statement said.

In Tripoli, Khatib met with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, who repeated previously held regime positions against NATO air strikes and against calls for Gaddafi to step down, it said.

"Mr. Khatib once again urged the authorities there to engage in a political process that leads to a political solution that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Libyan people," according to the statement.

Gaddafi and rebel forces have fought their way into a stalemate, leaving the Libyan leader in control of much of the west and his Tripoli stronghold while the opposition holds the east from their bastion in Benghazi.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/17434/World/Region/Libyan-rivals-deeply-divided-over-ways-to-end-figh.aspx

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Help Bangladesh journalist Nahid Jahan Lina live

Jul 27 2011

Nahid Jahan Lina, a reference coordinator of private television channel NTV, has been suffering from cancer for last two years.

Lina was operated in the city's LabAid Hospital in 2009, but did not fully recover. As her condition worsened, she was taken to Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India.

Doctors there advised her operation that requires around Tk 25-30 lakh.

Unable and with no way out, his brother Fahim Hossain appealed to well-off people to extend financial aid for saving Lina's life. A spirited journalist, Lina also worked at ETV, ATN Bangla, and CSB News as news coordinator.

Anybody can send financial assistance to Fahim Hossain, account no-7002-0311014732, Trust Bank Ltd, Principle Branch, 98, Shaheed Sharani, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka-1206 or contact him at 01678055135

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=195943

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12 suspected Qaeda militants killed in south Yemen

Jul 27 2011

ADEN: Twelve suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in overnight bombings and clashes near Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province in south Yemen, a military officer and a local official said on Tuesday.

“The Yemeni air force carried out a number of strikes on Al-Khamila south of Zinjibar where al Qaeda members were hiding … killing seven and wounding others,” the military officer said, adding that various pieces of equipment belonging to the jihadists were also destroyed.

Witnesses said that a number of residents were wounded in the strikes, although most had fled before the air raids began. Some houses were also damaged, they said.

A medic at Al-Razi hospital in Jaar, just north of Zinjibar, said the hospital had received six wounded civilians from Al-Khamila, including two children, in addition to four wounded militants

An official in Zinjibar meanwhile said that five al Qaeda gunmen were killed in the east of the town, including a leader from Maarib province known as Saeed Qarnoush, during an attack by militants on forces of the 25th Mechanised Brigade.

Militants belonging to the “Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law)”, which is suspected of links to al Qaeda, took over much of Zinjibar in May. Thousands of residents have since been displaced by fighting in the town.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/26/12-suspected-qaeda-militants-killed-in-south-yemen.html

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US puts 'ISI-backed' Kashmiri separatist leader Fai under house arrest

Jul 27 2011

Washington : Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai was ordered by a US court on Wednesday to be put under house arrest under electronic surveillance with radio tag to be installed on his knuckles.

Kashmir-born US citizen, Fai, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last week on charges of working for the Pakistan government, in particular its spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), to lobby at the Capitol Hill and the Administration on Kashmir.

At his detention hearing, Magistrate Judge Rawles Jones at US district court in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, ordered that Fai be released from prison on a personal bond of USD 100,000 and put under house arrest with electronic surveillance.

62-year-old Fai, headed the Kashmir American Council (KAC), which espoused the cause of Pakistan on Kashmir and campaigned against India in the US.

He has been asked to stay with his wife at the Fairfax residence in Virginia. Both he and his wife Chang Ning Ying Q, who is of Chinese origin, have been asked to surrender their passport.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/823049/

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Lockerbie bomber seen on Libyan TV rally

Jul 27 2011

The man convicted of blowing up a plane over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988 has appeared at a rally broadcast by Libyan state television.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland almost two years ago on health grounds.

Introducing him at a televised rally of members of Megrahi's tribe, the presenter said his conviction was the result of a conspiracy.

He said his release had been a victory against oppression.

The 1988 bombing of the US airliner, flying from London to New York, killed 270 people.

Megrahi was convicted of the atrocity in 2001 but released in August 2009 on compassionate grounds, as he was suffering from prostate cancer.

The Scottish government judged that he had about three months to live.

Megrahi returned to Libya, since when he has rarely been seen in public.

During the broadcast from Tripoli, which was described as live, Megrahi was seen in a wheelchair.

After playing the national anthem, a presenter said "half of the world conspired against" Megrahi.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14300687?print=true

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Up to 100,000 flee Kurram offensive

July 27, 2011

PESHAWAR: Up to 100,000 people have fled their homes in a district bordering Afghanistan after the military launched an offensive against militants, officials said Wednesday.

Thousands of families escaped from Kurram district after the operation began early this month in a region where militants and Taliban groups active in Afghanistan have bases and training camps.

(Read: Kurram operation continuing successfully: ISPR)

“We have so far registered at least 9,944 families, up to 100,000 people,” senior government official Sahibzada Anis, who is supervising help for the refugees, told AFP.

He said that about 1,800 families were living in temporary camps but many others had shifted either to relatives’ houses or to rented premises.

“These camps have been set up in schools and colleges, which are closed for summer vacations,” he said. “The government may extend vacations if the operation prolongs in Kurram.”

When it launched the offensive, the army vowed to clear Kurram of all militants, including those behind suicide attacks and the kidnapping and killing of locals.

Pakistan’s seven tribal districts bordering Afghanistan are rife with an insurgency, and are also strongholds of the Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives.

Although Pakistan has fought Taliban militants across much of the region, it has so far withstood American pressure to move against the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in North Waziristan.

That region is considered the premier bastion of militancy, and although there have been reports of Haqqani supporters fleeing into Kurram, there is no suggestion that the Kurram offensive is targeting them.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/218378/up-to-100000-flee-kurram-offensive/

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Forty Americans join terrorists in Somalia: US lawmaker

Jul 27 2011

WASHINGTON: More than 40 Americans have been recruited and radicalized by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Somalia and have gone to the war-torn country to fight, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says.

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, plans to outline the findings of his committee’s own investigation Wednesday during the third hearing in a series on Muslim radicalization in the US

US counterterrorism officials have not confirmed such high numbers of Americans joining the Somali terror organization, al-Shabab. The government has said at least 21 Americans are believed to have traveled to Somalia to join the terror group in what began as a push to expel Ethiopian soldiers, and some of those young men have died in the fight. Al-Shabab has expanded its focus over the years, and it has aligned itself with other anti-Western terror groups.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/27/forty-americans-join-terrorists-in-somalia-us-lawmaker.html

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‘Positive’ Indo- Pak secy talks on eve of ministers’meet

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Jul 27 2011

INDIA insisted on realistic confidence building measures ( CBMs) on Tuesday when foreign secretary Nirupama Rao met her Pakistani counterpart, Salman Bashir, in Delhi to set the stage for the foreign ministers’ meeting on Wednesday.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said Rao and Bashir had “ cordial and positive discussions”. He added: “ They reviewed the progress in talks between the ministries and organisations of the two countries in the preceding months.” Rao and Bashir started the delegation- level talks to review the achievements of the dialogue process — resumed in February — hours before Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrived in Delhi.

It was the two foreign secretaries’ second talk in a month.

In the two- hour meeting, Rao and Bashir gave the finishing touches to the agenda of foreign minister S. M. Krishna’s talk with Khar, following which CBMs are expected to be announced to increase cross- LoC trade and travel, liberalise the visa regime, release prisoners and allow easier exchange of academics and journalists.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Egypt women demand equal rights in new charter

27 July 2011

CAIRO — Fifteen Egyptian groups called on Wednesday for women’s rights to be guaranteed in the new constitution, after a popular uprising that toppled the regime paved the way for a new charter.

“We are not proposing a new constitution, but we want women’s rights to be included,” Amina ElBendary, a professor of Arab and Islamic Civilisation at the American University in Cairo, and one of the signatories, told a news conference.

“We have simply put forward some suggestions of clauses which could be included in the next constitution,” she said.

After eight weeks of research in various parts of Egypt, the 15 groups are calling for a women’s quota in parliament and in local councils, as well as equal rights for women at work and in education.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July551.xml&section=middleeast

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Mayor of Kandahar killed in suicide attack

Jul 27 2011

The mayor of the volatile Afghan city of Kandahar, Ghulam Haidar Hameedi, has been killed in a suicide attack, officials say.

The attacker detonated explosives in his turban as the mayor made an address at the city hall, police said.

Two weeks ago, President Hamid Karzai's influential half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, was killed in the same city.

The violence comes as Nato forces begin the handover of security to local troops in parts of the country.

The Taliban said they had carried out the attack.

Stability fears

Correspondents say Mr Hameedi had been speaking to tribal elders who had come to discuss a land dispute when the attack took place.

The attacker infiltrated the group and detonated the explosives. Mr Hameedi was killed instantly, while the attacker and a civilian were also killed.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14304650

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Qaeda militant, children, killed by own bomb

Jul 27 2011

KIRKUK, Iraq - An Al-Qaeda militant has been killed together with his two children when a car bomb he was making at his home exploded near the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk, police said on Tuesday.

“An Al-Qaeda terrorist, Mohammed Nussayef Jasim al-Hamdani, was killed while trying to fit a bomb inside a vehicle at his home,” a police official in Kirkuk said.

“His two children, aged 10 and 11, also were killed, part of his house was destroyed, and 20 of his neighbours were wounded,” he added, saying the incident occurred before midnight Monday west of Kirkuk city.

Hamdani had been in detention on suspicion of terrorism, but was recently released due to “insufficient evidence against him,” the official said.

He asked not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

On Sunday, an anti-terrorism official said that Iraqi security forces had smashed an Al-Qaeda network allegedly responsible for more than 100 killings in Baghdad.

Attacks by Sunni Al-Qaeda militants and Shiite insurgents, that the United States says are backed by Iran, are blamed for most of the daily gun and bomb attacks across the country.

The multi-ethnic and multi-religious province of Kirkuk, whose capital shares the same name, is especially prone to violence.

June was the deadliest month in Iraq so far this year, with 271 people killed in attacks including 155 civilians, 77 policemen and 39 soldiers, according to a government count.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/July/middleeast_July534.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Hizb 'district commander' killed in encounter in Kishtwar

27 Jul 2011

A self-styled district commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) was on Tuesday shot dead in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. Acting on specific information about the presence of the top commander in Thachna-Gokund forests in Nawapachi belt in the district, troops of 11 Rastriya Rifles

and Police cordoned the area and launched a search operation, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kishtwar Bhim Sen Toti said.

As the troops closed in around the forest hideout, militants fired on them resulting in a fierce gun battle as troops fired back early this morning, he said.

In the gun battle, 'district commander' of HM, Sajjad Ahmed Mir alias Rizwan was killed, he said.

Troops also recovered one AK-47 rifle, two magazines, 37 ammunition rounds and one radio set from the encounter spot.

He was active in South of Pir Panchal ranges in Doda-Kishtwar belt for the past 11 years.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Hizb-district-commander-killed-in-encounter-in-Kishtwar/Article1-725676.aspx

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‘Dad, someone shooting’: victim’s last call home

Jul 27 2011,

Oslo : The father of one of the first victims of the Norway massacre to be named by the police Tuesday said his son was full of love for people and for the outdoors, and his last words were “Dad, someone is shooting.”

Norwegian police Tuesday began releasing names of those killed in last week’s bomb blast and massacre at a Labour Party youth camp, an announcement likely to bring new collective grief to an already reeling nation.

The police named the first four of at least 76 people killed. Only names, ages and hometowns were listed.

The first release listed three who were killed in a bomb blast in Oslo’s government quarter and one killed at the island youth camp. They were Gunnar Linaker, 23, who was killed at the camp; and Tove Aashill Knutsen, 56; Hanna M. Orvik Endresen, 61; and Kai Hauge, 33.

Gunnar Linaker’s father said that Gunnar was “a calm, big teddy bear with lots of humour and lots of love.”

Linaker said he had been on the phone with his son concerning another matter when the shooting started. He says, “He said to me: ‘Dad, dad, someone is shooting,’ and then he hung up.”

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/dad-someone-shooting-victims-last-call-home/82290---------

Lawyer Suggests Suspect in Norway Attacks Is Insane

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Jul 27 2011

OSLO — The Oslo police on Tuesday evening began a gradual release of the names of the dead in the Norway massacre, as the lawyer representing the man who admitted responsibility said he thought his client was insane and would spend the rest of his life incarcerated.

The lawyer, Geir Lippestad, declined to say whether his client, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, would plead insanity as a defense when his case finally reached the trial stage. But he described Mr. Breivik as “very cold,” distanced from the real world and believing that he was a warrior destined to die for the eventual salvation of European Christian values.

“This whole case has indicated that he is insane,” Mr. Lippestad said. “I can’t describe him because he’s not like anyone.”

Mr. Breivik has admitted to fashioning and detonating a large bomb in Oslo that killed eight people, then shooting and killing 68 more, mainly youths, at a summer camp run by the Labor Party, which leads the coalition government, on the nearby island of Utoya. The attacks on Friday amounted to one of the worst massacres in postwar Europe, and the date, July 22, has already been seared into the Norwegian consciousness.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/world/europe/27oslo.html?ref=world

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Libyan expat announces 'first' political party in Benghazi

Jul 27, 2011

BENGHAZI (LIBYA): Libyan expats have became the first to take a stab at forming a political party in Benghazi, headquarters of the widely recognised National Transitional Council and stronghold of rebels fighting to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"We call ourselves the New Libya Party because everything was destroyed," said Ramadan Ben Amer, 53, a co-founder of the party, which is the offshoot of an online news website that he helped launch in late February to support the revolution.

"Gaddafi says he has built Libya brick by brick but, especially Benghazi, he has destroyed it brick by brick," Ben Amer told AFP hours before presenting his party at the Uzu Hotel.

He said that of the 2,000 individuals who have joined the party in Libya so far, the majority hail from his native Benghazi or Derna, the hometown of co-founder Rajad Mabruk, 65, who lives in Dallas, Texas.

New Libya, he added, also has some 20,000 supporters among Libyan expats living in the United States, Canada and Germany.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libyan-expat-announces-first-political-party-in-Benghazi/articleshow/9379505.cms

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Lockerbie bomber attends pro-Gaddafi meeting

Jul 27 2011

Tripoli : Ailing Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, convicted for life over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, made his first public appearance in nearly two years at a meeting in support of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Megrahi, 59, who has terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August 2009. He is the only man convicted over the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 which killed 270 people, mostly US nationals.

Television images showed an emaciated Megrahi, sitting on a wheelchair, at a meeting of his tribe yesterday in support of the embattled Gaddafi's regime.

His last public appearance was a September 2009 meeting with African lawmakers at a Tripoli hospital.

The fact that he has survived several months after his liberation has provoked indignation in Britain and the United States. Tripoli meanwhile maintains a news blackout on the state of his health.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/lockerbie-bomber-attends-progaddafi-meeting/823056/

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Muammar Gaddafi cannot wait us out, says NATO

Jul 27 2011

BRUSSELS: NATO said the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi’s forces in Libya will continue as long as needed despite growing reluctance among some countries to participate, and Qaddafi cannot “wait us out.”

“As long as his forces continue to attack or threaten civilians, and as long as they continue to try and cut off humanitarian aid, our operations will continue in Libya,” spokeswoman Carmen Romero said.

His remarks came as efforts to find a deal to end the civil war in Libya intensified with a UN special envoy holding talks in Tripoli and Western powers signaling that Qaddafi could stay in the country if he gives up power.

UN envoy Abdul Elah Al-Khatib, who visited the rebels in Benghazi, is looking for a “political process” that will end a war that has failed to dislodge Qaddafi despite months of rebel attacks backed by NATO bombing raids.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article478576.ece

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UK to expel all Libyan diplomats

Jul 27 2011

All Libyan embassy staff are being expelled from the UK as part of efforts to increase pressure on Colonel Gaddafi's regime.

The Libyan charge d'affairs has been called to the Foreign Office to be told all Libyan diplomats will be expelled.

Instead the rebel Libyan national transitional council will be asked to take over the embassy in London.

William Hague is expected to confirm the news at 1100 BST. The Libyan ambassador was expelled in May.

Omar Jelban was asked to leave following an attack on the British ambassador's residence in Tripoli.

Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces are still locked in battle, five months after an uprising began against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, as Nato continues to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone over the country.

This week Mr Hague suggested Col Gaddafi may not have to go into exile should he leave power - saying it was a "question for the Libyans".

Asked about reports all remaining diplomats were due to be expelled, a spokeswoman at the Libyan embassy told the BBC she had not heard that adding: "We have no response at the moment."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14306544

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‘We are thirsty for capacity-building,’ young Libyan journalists

27 Jul 2011

After more than four decades of virtually no freedom of press, Libya's young journalists start the daunting task of building strong and capable local media

Twenty-one young Libyan journalists, including three females, recently attended the Capacity Building and the Development of Knowledge for Young Libyan Journalists and Citizen Journalism workshop; a five-day Cairo-hosted event that aims to build emerging Libyan journalists’ capacity.

Hosting such an event in Cairo highlights the role Egyptian media plays, both locally and regionally.

“It is impossible to overlook the role Egyptian media plays in the region. When it comes to media in the Middle East, Egypt is the pace-setter” commented Mabrouka Al Mesmary.

Al Mesmary is a freelance photographer from Benghazi. Before the revolution she faced strenuous difficulties just to be able to flash her camera. “Before 17 February I was not allowed to go out and take pictures. And when I why, I was given the cold shoulder,” commented Al Mesmary before adding “Now I can go wherever I want and take as many pictures as I please.”

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/17373/Egypt/Politics-/%E2%80%98We-are-thirsty-for-capacitybuilding,%E2%80%99-young-Libya.aspx

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Two government schools blown up in Khyber Agency

Jul 27 2011

PESHAWAR: Unidentified miscreants blew up two government primary schools at Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency late on Monday night, said political authorities on Tuesday. According to them, unidentified persons planted explosive devices outside two public sector schools in Akakhel area last night that went off, completely destroying the buildings of the schools. However, due to the timing of the incident, no loss of life has been reported. Soon after the blast, law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to capture the culprits. So far 54 government schools have been destroyed in Khyber Agency.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\27\story_27-7-2011_pg7_9

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Osama's death ups terror risk for Americans: US

Jul 27 2011

Washington : The Obama administration says Osama bin Laden's death has raised the risk of anti-American violence worldwide.

The State Department said in a global travel warning on Tuesday that Americans should take precaution and maintain vigilance about terrorist threats, demonstrations and the possibility of violence against US citizens.

It said al-Qaeda and other groups are planning terror attacks against US interests in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East.

The department said attacks may be in the form of suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.

Americans should consider the potential for attacks on transportation systems and tourist infrastructure, it said. It noted such attacks in Moscow, London, Madrid, Glasgow and New York in recent years.

The department also warned Americans to avoid demonstrations in Arab countries because they can turn violent.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/osamas-death-ups-terror-risk-for-americans-us/823097/

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Al-Qaeda eyes strikes in several regions: US warning

Jul 27, 2011

The United States issued a worldwide caution on Tuesday warning that Al-Qaeda was plotting strikes in many regions, and urging its nationals to maintain a ‘high level of vigilance.’

The State Department anticipates ‘enhanced potential for anti-American violence given the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011,’ said the statement, which replaced an earlier caution version issued January 31.

"Current information suggests that Al-Qaeda and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

"These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings," the statement warned.

Likely targets included "high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants" as well as places of worship and schools.

As such Americans ‘are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness,’ the State Department said.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/al-qaeda-eyes-strikes-several-regions-us-warning-801

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 ‘Pak N- hit will face violent retaliation’

Jul 27 2011

INDIAN Air Force ( IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal P. V. Naik, on Tuesday said India possesses effective second- strike capability in response to any nuclear attack on the country from Pakistan.

He warned that the response to any such attack would be “ absolutely violent”. “ According to our doctrine, the response to a first strike will be devastating,” Naik said.

The IAF chief was reacting to reports that Pakistan will add around two dozen nuclear- capable short range missiles to its arsenal, bringing all major Indian cities within its reach this year.

The emphatic reiteration of the “ nofirst- use nuclear policy” came against the backdrop of Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday for peace talks.

Full report at: Mail Today

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India releases 91 fishermen

Jul 27 2011

LAHORE: The Indian government, on Tuesday, released 91 Pakistani fishermen. The Indian authorities handed over the prisoners to Pakistan Rangers on the Wahga border, Rangers sources said. In a similar gesture, Pakistan will also release 24 Indian fishermen on July 29. They were arrested on different occasions for violating Pakistan’s maritime boundary, sources added. Edhi Foundation Lahore (EFL) provided food, cold drinks, juices and biscuits to the released fishermen at the Wahga border. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\27\story_27-7-2011_pg7_12

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US helping Pakistan to make it stronger: Munter

Jul 27 2011

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter on Tuesday said his country has been providing help and assistance to Pakistan to make it strong with improved provision of basic needs of life to the people living in different parts of the country.

He was addressing a ceremony at National Library to commemorate completion of renovation work of schools in FATA and Malakand areas which were damaged by the terrorists and extremists.

The ambassador said, “It is our effort to improve education system in Pakistan, especially in under developed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). It is common task for Pakistan and US to secure the future of children by imparting them education. We want that Pakistani children be stronger and providing them maximum facilities especially educational facilities at their doorsteps.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\27\story_27-7-2011_pg7_13

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Indian Community Raised Blood money in death row case

Amira Agarib

27 July 2011

SHARJAH - The Indian community has raised the pre-agreed compensation amount of Dh3.4 million that can save the lives of 17 Indians currently on death row in Sharjah.

The money will be deposited at the Sharjah Court of Appeal today when the final court hearing takes place.

Owner of the Apex Group of Companies S. P. Singh Oberoi told Khaleej Times on Tuesday that he had arranged the blood money agreed upon — Dh442,000 — as well as the compensation totalling Dh2,958,000 with the help of three Indian businessmen.

“I have withdrawn the money from the bank and it will be submitted to the court today,” he said. “I have paid more than half of the amount.

“A businessman in Sharjah paid Dh200,000 and three other businessmen helped raise the fund for the release of the 17 men,” said Oberoi.

He also explained that during the last hearing, this amount was decided as per the preliminary understanding reached with the family of the deceased at the court. According to the acknowledgment receipt handed over to the court, the Pakistani victim’s family agreed to accept Dh3.4 million and promised to submit official legal pardon when it received the full amount.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/July/theuae_July698.xml&section=theuae

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US tries 'mango diplomacy' with Pak as ties sour

Jul 27, 2011

WASHINGTON: At a time when the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the US is at its "lowest ebb", the Obama administration hopes to sweeten the ties with its mango diplomacy.

The first consignment of mangoes from Pakistan, that too the mouthwatering 'Chaunsa' variety, is all set to land in the US this week, thus ending the decades old ban on import of any variety of mango from Pakistan.

Incidentally the mangoes are flown from Pakistan to Chicago, the home town of President Barack Obama which also has a significant Pakistani community.

The Pakistani Consulate in Chicago has organized a "grand mango arrival ceremony" on Friday, a Pakistani embassy official said.

Administration officials said Pakistan started calling for lifting ban on its mangoes soon after the US gave permission for import of Alphonso mango from India; the first consignment of which arrived in US in 2007.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-tries-mango-diplomacy-with-Pak-as-ties-sour/articleshow/9378816.cms

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Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is 'depressed and refusing food'

Jul 27 2011

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak is weak and refusing solid food, according to the country's official news agency.

He is due to stand trial in a week, accused of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters.

The head of the hospital where Mr Mubarak is detained in Sharm al-Sheikh said he was depressed, has lost weight, and was not eating enough to keep him alive, MENA agency reports.

But critics see Mr Mubarak's illness as a ploy to avoid going on trial.

Opposition supporters are sceptical about the reports. They believe the authorities are just looking for a way to put off the start of the former leader's trial, scheduled for next week.

The latest of many reports on Mr Mubarak's health said his doctors would decide in the coming hours how to proceed, as his current food intake was not enough to keep him alive.

There does now seem to be growing evidence that he is an increasingly enfeebled old man, says the BBC's Cairo correspondent, Jon Leyne.

Mr Mubarak was overthrown in February in a popular uprising during which more than 840 people died.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14302600

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Uzbek Ulugbek Kodirov accused of Obama death threats

Jul 27 2011

An Uzbek citizen has been indicted by a grand jury in the United States on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Ulugbek Kodirov, 21, also faces charges of possessing an automatic weapon and a grenade, and of being in the US illegally.

Mr Kodirov was arrested on 13 July in a motel in Alabama after trying to buy a gun from an undercover agent.

His student visa was revoked in April 2010 after he failed to enrol to study.

He had been in the US since June 2009.

"Federal and local law enforcement effectively co-ordinated to investigate a threat, which resulted in the arrest of Kodirov, who was charged... with repeatedly threatening to kill the president of the United States and with possessing grenades and an M15 machine gun," the justice department said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Mr Kodirov had made threats against Mr Obama on four separate occasions in the week before his arrest - but gave no further details.

If convicted, Mr Kodirov faces a maximum five-year sentence for each count of threatening the president and 10 years for each weapons count, the statement said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14304630?print=true

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Kosovo Police Take Control of Border Crossings

Jul 27 2011

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police have completed an operation to take control of two contested border crossings with Serbia.

Kosovo police spokesman Brahim Sadriu said the special police units did that in the volatile area on Wednesday, and an AP reporter at the scene confirmed it.

The operation has been condemned by the EU, but Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has defended his move, even though it left one of the policeman dead and four slightly injured.

The operation is aimed at placing troops loyal to Kosovo in a northern region that takes orders from Serbia as part of Belgrade's ongoing campaign to undermine Kosovo's 2008 secession.

Serb officials want Kosovo's ethnic Albanian police to fully withdraw from the Serb-run north and leave Serb members of the force to man the border crossings.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/07/27/world/europe/AP-EU-Kosovo-Security.html?ref=global-home

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