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Islamic World News ( 8 Feb 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Indonesian mob burns churches, attacks police

Kasab to be included in census

Al-Qaeda in Iraq calls Egypt protesters to wage jihad

Sangh Parivar tries to build bridges with Muslims

Four blasts reported in Gujranwala

Balochistan without gas after blasts in pipelines

Tabassum Niaz dies

Musharraf will have to prove his innocence, says Awan

US lawmakers threaten to cut Pakistan aid on Davis detention

No guns, no bombs: Film follows Pakistani slackers

ElBaradei, young protesters draw closer

Mubarak forms reforms panel; protesters vow to step up struggle

Saudi investors undeterred by Egypt turmoil

Rise of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt worries Israel

US urges Egypt to uphold international treaties

India-Pak to work on 'law of comity' for 26/11 probe

US threatens Pak over detained American

Media cautioned on medical malpractice

Municipal polls: Fatah proposes, Hamas disposes

Syria may lift Facebook, YouTube ban

Ties with U.S. on course: Islamabad

Iraq: Rumsfeld blames it on Bush

US denies suspending all high-level dialogue with Pak

India will share Samjhauta details once probe ends: Rao

3 Hizb militants gunned down in Jammu encounter

Kids fight war in Afghanistan

Somali pirates hijack ship with 17 Indians on board

PIA strike grounds some flights

US warns Pakistan on talks: diplomats

US presses but Egypt rejects ‘hasty’ reforms

Al-Attiyah sets fastest time on Saudi Ha'il super special

Fakieh assures support for Bangladeshi workers

No takers for Mubarak’s new carrot

US Embassy’s local workers ‘exploited’

Jeddah still somber two weeks after floods

Compile by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Indonesian mob burns churches, attack police

February 09, 2011

Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners stormed a courthouse and set two churches on fire on Tuesday in Central Indonesia to protest what they considered a lenient sentence for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam.

Jakarta resident Antonius Richmond Bawengan (58), was found guilty of distributing books and leaflets that “spread hatred about Islam” and sentenced to the maximum five years in prison. Islamic hard-liners said the man should have received the death penalty. Anti-riot police fired into the air to disperse the crowd.

The violence started in front of the district court in Temanggung and spread to surrounding neighbourhoods, police spokesman said.

Witnesses said at least nine people were rushed to the hospital. The mob set two churches on fire and threw rocks at a school building. They also torched a police truck, three cars and six motorcycles. Calm was restored about 4 hours later.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/316406/Indonesian-mob-burns-churches-attack-police.html

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Kasab to be included in census

February 09, 2011

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, awarded death penalty in the 26/11 attacks case, would be among those who would be counted in the 15th national census, as part of the population enumeration exercise. The second phase of the census beginning tomorrow will include head counting and population

enumeration.

Kasab is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail and is awaiting the Bombay high court's verdict on confirmation of his death penalty as well as his appeal against conviction.

"All prisoners lodged in the Byculla and Arthur Road jail in Mumbai will be counted in the second phase for the census," Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said.

A new category called institutional household has been created to include all those who stay in hostels, jails and hospitals, she said.

"The BMC enumerators will train jail authorities who will carry out the census exercise in jails. All prisoners --Indians or foreigners -- lodged in jails at the time of census exercise would be counted," BMC's Executive Health Officer and city Census Officer G T Ambe said.

In the second phase, the enumerators will collect data on demography, economic activity, literacy and education, housing and household amenities, urbanisation, fertility and mortality, caste, tribe, language, religion and migration of residents.

On the night of February 28, the homeless population will be counted. The revision round will be held between March 1 and 5 to enumerate those who were missed in the first round.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mumbai/Kasab-to-be-included-in-census/Article1-660156.aspx

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Al-Qaeda in Iraq calls Egypt protesters to wage jihad

Feb 09, 2011

Washington: al-Qaeda-front group The Islamic State of Iraq has called on Egyptian protesters to wage jihad and push for the establishment of a government based on Islamic law, the US-based SITE monitoring service said on Tuesday.

The statement, which appears to be the first reaction of any group affiliated with al-Qaeda to the ongoing protests in Egypt, was issued on jihadist forums on February 8, according to the US group.

The message, addressed to the protesters, says that the 'market of jihad' has opened in Egypt and 'the doors of martyrdom have opened', and every able-bodied man must participate.

The group urged Egyptians to ignore the 'ignorant deceiving ways' of secularism, democracy, and 'rotten pagan nationalism'.

"Your jihad," the message said, is in support of Islam, the weak and oppressed in Egypt, for "your people" in Gaza and Iraq, and 'for every Muslim who was touched by the oppression of the tyrant of Egypt and his masters in Washington and Tel Aviv', read a translation of the text provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.

http://www.asianage.com/international/al-qaeda-iraq-calls-egypt-protesters-wage-jihad-482

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Sangh Parivar tries to build bridges with Muslims

Manjari Mishra, Feb 9, 2011

LUCKNOW: Mohammad Wahid Chisti did something few would dare. Part of a team of 15 `saffron maulanas', Chisti trudged the labyrinthian gullies of Machchali Mohal, Model Town and Baeesi Masjid -- all predominantly Muslim pockets in the city -- to introduce them to Sangh philosophy on Tuesday afternoon.

The short high-pitched sales talk ended in waving of a slim booklet cataloguing the virtues of RSS. Each of its 24 pages marked the parivar's angst at the `saffron terror canards' and misinformation campaign about Ramjanmabhoomi movement. "Please go through it," Chisti would plead "and let me know whether or not you agree with the sentiments." Incidentally, Chisti was roughed by Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Abdul Bukhari when he suggested handing over "the RJB complex to the erstwhile king of Ayodhya" at a press conference in Lucknow some time back.

The surprise visit, a part of the RSS's ongoing Grih Sampark Abhiyan (home-to-home interaction campaign) led to varied reaction among the audience. Some like Mohammad Alam simply gaped at the gang in bewilderment. Meeraj Hussain gritted his teeth trying to control his outburst; Parveeen Abidi looked openly skeptical unlike her young neighbour Arshad Hussain, a student of Shia PG college, who declared that a friendly dialogue was welcome for whatever it was worth.

In any case, Alam grudgingly conceded, "it was the first time in the past 60 years that the lanes of Machchali Mohal had seen a khaki nickerwalla from close quarters, even though the nicker and Faiz cap don't go together".

Leading the team along with Mohammad Afzal, national convener of Muslim Rashtriya Manch Vibhag Pracharak, Lucknow, Dr Umesh Kumar also offered a cautious line now and then. "Most of the Muslim brothers are finding this an extremely stimulating experience," he declared. Donning his trademark copious khaki shorts, Kumar resolutely ignored the sniggers barbs or vibes that came his way.

It is the first time so they are a little wary, he patiently explained, even as Mohammad Arif a particularly cantankerous subject loudly chose to question the credentials of Chisti and Co, or his neighbour used choicest expletives for one of the troupe members severely demanding the man be "handed over to the police for promoting rabid anti-minority sentiments for the rest of the 364 days".

An unfazed Kumar determinately continued about the "stupendous success" of his mission instead. "Over the past two days, we have already distributed 26,000 copies of the booklets," he claimed. Most of the recipients, he said, willingly paid Rs 5 as the contribution money. Even a Muslim pocket like this has earned us Rs 150, so one can imagine the response, he gushed.

A rather strongly worded document, the booklet contains some interesting observations. Rahul Gandhi is particularly targeted for his statement quoted by Wikileaks. "One feels like laughing when Rahul Gandhi weighs Sangh and SIMI in the same balance...leave aside Sangh the boy would not know the history of Congress or his own ancestors". Digvijay Singh is described as a" textbook case to prove how low can a politician fall to further his narrow interests."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Sangh-Parivar-tries-to-build-bridges-with-Muslims/articleshow/7456159.cms#ixzz1DQubSX4a

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Four blasts reported in Gujranwala

Feb 9, 2011

GUJRANWALA: Four explosions rocked Gujranwala on Wednesday, television reports said.

Earlier, three blasts had been reported in the town. Two blasts reportedly took place near a police station in Gujranwala’s People’s Colony, caused the outer wall of the police station to collapse.

The third blast struck the Civil Line Special Branch.

Moreover, the latest blast reportedly took place near the city’s Muneer chowk.

Police subsequently launched a search operation in the city and arrested 10 suspects.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/09/blast-in-gujranwala-one-wounded.html

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Balochistan without gas after blasts in pipelines

Feb 9, 2011

QUETTA: Gas supply to nine districts of Balochistan was suspended on Tuesday after two main pipelines were blown up near Dera Murad Jamali in Nasirabad district.

Buddhal Khan, a member of the Levies Force, received serious burn injuries.

A relief camp set up by the Turkish Red Cross was damaged, officials told Dawn.

The gas supply was affected only in the districts of Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Sibi, Bolan, Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Pishin and Ziarat because the other 21 districts of the province don`t have the facility at all.

Sarbaz Baloch of the Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for blowing up gas pipelines.

Soon after the incident, Levies Force and personnel of other law-enforcement agencies reached the blast site and cordoned off the area.

Sources in the Sui Southern Gas Company said high explosives planted along the two pipelines supplying gas to Balochistan from Shikarpur, near Toll Plaza area between Dera Murad Jamali and Dera Allahyar, were blown up at 8.45 in the morning.

“Our two main gas pipelines of 12 and 18 inches diameter were destroyed in the explosions,” SSGC spokesman Inayatullah Ismail told Dawn. A big portion of both the pipelines was blown up, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/09/balochistan-without-gas-after-blasts-in-pipelines.html

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Tabassum Niaz dies of burn injuries

New Age Islam News Bureau

Mysore: Tabassum Niaz who was burnt by her husband and her in-laws while offering morning prayers on February 5 died of burn injuries leaving behind one year old daughter in Chamraj Nagar. She had sustained 95 burns. The police have arrested the accused but the mother-in-law is absconding. Tabassum managed to give her statement to the police before dying. She accused her husband and in-laws for mental and physicla torture for dowry. There was a large public outrage against the culprits and people unanimously demaded death punishment for the killers.

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Musharraf will have to prove his innocence, says Awan

Feb 9, 2011

RAWALPINDI: Law Minister Babar Awan has said that former president Pervez Musharraf will have to prove his innocence before the court in the Benazir assassination case.

“Musharraf is to face the court and the court will decide his fate,” he told reporters during a visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Tuesday.

He said the judiciary was independent and it knew how to get its verdict implemented. “The PPP government always respects the judiciary and its decisions. It will also respect the court’s decision in the BB assassination case.”

Answering a question about Intelligence Bureau’s former director general Ijaz Shah, the law minister said an accused could not stand in the ‘witness box’ before confessing his crime and turning a ‘crown witness’.—Reporter

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/09/musharraf-will-have-to-prove-his-innocence-says-awan.html

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US lawmakers threaten to cut Pakistan aid on Davis detention

Feb 9, 2011

Raymond Davis, was arrested on January 27 after shooting dead two Pakistani motorcyclists. -Reuters File Photo

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers threatened Tuesday to cut aid to Pakistan unless it freed an American detained over a shadowy shooting, as Washington intensified pressure on its uneasy war partner.

The United States has already warned that high-level dialogue would be at risk unless Pakistan releases US government employee Raymond Davis, who said he was acting in self-defence when he shot dead two men in Lahore last month.

Three members of the House of Representatives drove home the point on a visit to Pakistan, telling Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani starkly that the US Congress was working on its budget and looking for areas to cut.

“It is imperative that they release him and there is certainly the possibility that there would be repercussions if they don’t,” Representative John Kline, a Republican from Minnesota, told reporters on his return.

“It’s entirely possible that a member of Congress would come down and offer an amendment to cut funding for Pakistan based on their detaining Mr. Davis,” Kline said.

“My guess is there would be a lot of support for such an amendment, frankly, because of the outrage of detaining an American with diplomatic immunity,” he said.

Asked if aid would be at risk if Davis stayed in custody, Representative Buck McKeon, who heads the House Armed Services Committee, said: “It very well could be.”

Davis was arrested on January 27 after shooting the two Pakistanis, saying he feared they would rob him. A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a US consulate vehicle that had come to assist Davis, according to police.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/09/aid-to-pakistan-threatened-us-lawmakers.html

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No guns, no bombs: Film follows Pakistani slackers

By NAHAL TOOSI

Feb 9, 2011

ISLAMABAD: In a country scarred by Taleban attacks and hobbled by political bickering, film director Hammad Khan found himself riveted by a creature so out of touch with reality that it almost inspires jealousy: The Pakistani slacker.

He found such youth roaming the Pakistani capital's tree-lined boulevards in tight jeans, sipping lattes at Western-themed coffee shops and partying underground — with plenty of drinks. They had no story, really. So Khan had to tell it. The result is “Slackistan,” Pakistan's first slacker film.

The movie shows a side of this South Asian nation rarely seen in the West, where media typically tie it to terror and fundamentalism. But in Pakistan, censors unhappy with some of the slacker portrayals have demanded so many changes that the film may not get released here.

“Things have gone from bad to worse in Pakistan. You look at these kids and wonder, ‘Does anything affect them?'” said Khan, a British-Pakistani who lives in London. “But then again, it's not really their fault. They're 20, 21. They're actually just kind of finding out who they are.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article254513.ece

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ElBaradei, young protesters draw closer

Atul Aneja

DUBAI: Pro-democracy reformer Mohamed ElBaradei is fast emerging as the natural ally of young protesters camping at Tahrir Square, who are regrouping to influence future negotiations that could lead to Egypt's transition to a democracy.

At the square, the pro-democracy activists, as witnessed by this correspondent on Monday are uncompromising in their demand to see the exit of current regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

In the wake of the initial round of talks on Sunday which a section of the opposition, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood, held with Vice-President Omar Suleiman, youth activists at Tahrir Square have decided to throw up a coherent leadership of their own. Five major groups, who have been at the core of the protests, have formed a “revolutionary committee” of 10 people, Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm reported on its website on Tuesday.

The daily added that the 10 represent a coalition that includes the April 6 youth movement, led by blogger Ahmad Maher and 26-year old woman activist Asma Mahfouz, as well as the youth wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Others represented are from the Mohamed ElBaradei Support Group, the Young Freedom and Justice Movement and the Democratic Front Party's youth wing.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/09/stories/2011020965252100.htm

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Mubarak forms reforms panel; protesters vow to step up struggle

Feb 08 2011,

Cairo: As anti-regime rallies in Egypt entered their third week, tens of thousands of protesters today vowed to step up their struggle to oust embattled President Hosni Mubarak, who attempted to defuse public anger by setting up a panel to oversee key constitutional and legislative amendments to enable a power transition.

"Nothing will move us. We only have one-point agenda to see the back of despot Mubarak," Shady al-Ghazali Harb, who has been elected by the youths leading the protests to be one of their representatives in talks with the regime, said.

"We have waited for 30 years for this momentous event and we won't let it go," he said, adding the reforms can follow.

His comments came as new Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that 82-year-old Mubarak had formed a committee that would oversee constitutional and legislative amendments.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/747566/

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Saudi investors undeterred by Egypt turmoil

By IBRAHIM AL MUTAWA

Feb 8, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi investors will not quit Egypt and its attractive growth opportunities in spite of the political turmoil that has hit the North African country's financial markets and sent its currency to a six-year low.

An uprising in Egypt which started two weeks ago has paralyzed the country, as protesters demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak's three decades of rule.

Egypt's main stock market index is down 21 percent this year and its financial markets have been shut for eight working days.

However, builder Construction Products Holding Company (CPC), an affiliate of conglomerate Saudi Binladin Group, is standing by Egypt.

"The Egyptian market has great importance for CPC's investments," said Faisal Ibrahim Al-Aqil, director of business and administration affairs development.

"The board is confident and optimistic the crisis will be resolved soon and things will go back to normal."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article254440.ece

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Rise of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt worries Israel

Indrani Bagchi, Feb 9, 2011

TEL AVIV: The pro-democracy movement in Egypt is giving sleepless nights to the only democracy in the region, Israel.

It's not the fear of a democratic government in Cairo that is keeping Israel's leadership on tenterhooks, say Israeli officials on background, due to an official gag order on the subject.

After all, they say, if Egypt, which has been under an openly repressive regime for decades, were to finally adopt representative government, there could be no quarrel about its merits. But the Israelis worry that this democratization could lead to chaos in the short term, and worse, could open the way for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood to take power. That would open up a whole new front for confrontation, they believe, just as the 2006 elections in Gaza threw up Hamas, which has been in permanent conflict with Israel.

A tense Israeli leadership has refused to talk publicly on the issue. The top leadership quickly thinned out of a high profile national security talk-shop in Herzliya this week, which generally sees big-ticket policy announcements by the government.

The peace treaty between Egypt and Israel has been the bedrock of Arab-Israeli relations. Israelis fear a future government in Cairo, even with a minority Brotherhood presence, could walk back from the pact. Brotherhood spokespersons this week have been evasive about the future of the peace treaty or even about recognizing Israel. This rings alarm bells here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rise-of-Muslim-Brotherhood-in-Egypt-worries-Israel/articleshow/7454162.cms#ixzz1DQt0vH9q

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US urges Egypt to uphold international treaties

Feb 9, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States led pressure Monday on Egypt’s future leaders to honor existing treaties, alluding to the peace process as the Muslim Brotherhood joined talks on the Arab nation’s political transition.

Washington “will be a partner” to an Egyptian government, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs vowed.

But he warned: “We would expect that that partner would uphold particularly the treaties and the obligations that the government of Egypt, and ultimately the people of Egypt, have entered into.”

Egypt has played a key role in the Middle East peace process, becoming the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel with a peace treaty signed in 1979. But the historic accord has been sharply criticized by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman Sunday tried to appease days of anti-government protests by inviting several opposition groups to join him on a panel to pilot democratic reform.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/08/us-urges-egypt-to-uphold-international-treaties.html

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India-Pak to work on 'law of comity' for 26/11 probe

Jayanth Jacob,

February 09, 2011

India and Pakistan have made some leeway in their demands for sending commissions with regard to 26/11 terror attack to each other's country by agreeing on the principle of comity. India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said both sides have agreed to work on the principle of "law of comity."

It means that courts should not act in a way that demeans the jurisdiction, laws, or judicial decisions of another country.

Islamabad has replied to India's note on December 17, which sought clarification on Pakistan's demand for sending a judicial commission to record the statements of additional chief metropolitan magistrate RV Sawant Waghule and investigating officer Ramesh Mahale.

They recorded 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab's statement, among others on February 3, just ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bhutan/India-Pak-to-work-on-law-of-comity-for-26-11-probe/Article1-660137.aspx

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US threatens Pak over detained American

February 08, 2011

The United States may scrap upcoming talks with Pakistan about the war in Afghanistan to further pressure Islamabad to free an American who shot dead two Pakistanis, US officials said. Washington insists the detained American has diplomatic immunity and killed the Pakistanis in self-defense as they

tried to rob him at gunpoint. It says the man's detention is illegal under international agreements covering diplomatic ties.

Pakistani leaders, facing a groundswell of popular anger triggered by the incident, have avoided definitive statements on the status of the American, whom they have named as Raymond Davis. Davis's next court appearance is set for Feb. 11.

Two senior US officials said on Monday that talks involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US set for Feb. 24 in Washington are now in doubt because of the spat. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the information publicly.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/US-threatens-Pak-over-detained-American/Article1-659861.aspx

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Media cautioned on medical malpractice

Feb 9, 2011

JEDDAH: The Department of Health Affairs in Jeddah has warned the media against publishing medical malpractice stories without verifying their facts first.

It said in a circular, of which Arab News has received a copy, that it was the Ministry of Health that issued rulings on medical malpractice cases. “The ministry liaises with the Medical Shariah Commission (MSC) with regard to malpractice cases, keeps the related files and records, and completes procedures that prevents doctors involved from traveling abroad,” the circular said.

The circular explained that the MSC is headed by a judge well versed in Islamic teachings (Shariah) and comprises a number of specialists and consultants from various organizations including universities, the National Guard’s medical services and the Ministry of Defense and Aviation.

The committee investigates the case and the judge issues the verdict, the circular said, adding that the ministry has no hand whatsoever in issuing verdicts.

According to press reports, Jeddah has the most number of medical malpractice cases, 287 in total, followed by Riyadh with 280.

The reports also claim that there are 1,356 cases of malpractice and that 129 people died from medical mistakes in 2009.

The records claim at least 26,000 cases of medical malpractice were registered over six years, on average 4,335 cases a year and 12 a day.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article254596.ece

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Municipal polls: Fatah proposes, Hamas disposes

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

Feb 8, 2011

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian government on Tuesday set July 9 as the date for local elections in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, acting as upheaval rocks Egypt. The rival Hamas government that rules Gaza promptly rejected the move.

Ghassan Al-Khatib, spokesman of the government of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, said, “The government has instructed the Palestinian Central Elections Committee (CEC) to undertake needed preparations.”

Al-Khatib added that the elections would be held only in the West Bank if Hamas refuses to hold them in the Gaza Strip. The last round of local elections took place in 2005.

The elections have been postponed so far because of Hamas’ refusal to hold them as long as the reconciliation talks continue with President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. Hamas wants the elections to be the result of a power-sharing agreement with Fatah as part of a broader reconciliation pact.

The polls were supposed to be held last July, but disagreement within the Fatah faction over who would contest led to a postponement a month before the election day, according to Reuters.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article254633.ece

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Syria may lift Facebook, YouTube ban

By BASSEM MROUE

Feb 8, 2011

BEIRUT: Internet users in Syria said Tuesday that Facebook and YouTube were available for the first time in three years amid signs Damascus may be lifting its ban on the popular social networking websites.

The Syrian government does not comment on its Internet restrictions. But several Web users in Syria told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the sites were accessible for the first time in years without having to tunnel through proxy servers.

The head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, Mazen Darwish, said he has “semiofficial confirmation” the ban is being lifted. He did not elaborate.

The gesture could be seen as a concession to stave off unrest following popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

But it is not a major compromise by President Bashar Assad, as many Syrians accessed the sites anyway using proxy servers.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article254592.ece

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Ties with U.S. on course: Islamabad

Anita Joshua

ISLAMABAD: Amid reports suggesting that the U.S. has put bilateral meetings with Pakistan on hold till Islamabad releases its “diplomat” arrested for gunning down two Pakistanis in “self-defence', the spokespersons for both countries maintained that the relationship was on course.

While there were strong indications that contact between the U.S. State Department and the Pakistan embassy in Washington had been snapped and upcoming bilateral engagements were in peril, the official line from both countries sought to contradict this. Maintaining that “we continue to have contacts with the Pakistanis'', U. S. embassy spokesperson flagged Monday's meeting of Ambassador Cameron Munter with President Asif Ali Zardari as a case in point. The spokesperson also quoted from the daily briefing of Assistant Secretary of State P. J. Crowley in Washington on Monday when he said in response to similar questions that “we continue to have contacts with our Pakistani counterparts, and we continue to emphasise the importance of resolving this case''.

As for Pakistan, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said relations were anchored in mutual interest and mutual respect. “Both our countries are committed to further strengthening the bilateral relationship to our mutual benefit. Our relations are mature enough to navigate through difficulties. We must not lose focus of the strategic imperatives of Pak-U.S. relations.''

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/09/stories/2011020965242100.htm

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Iraq: Rumsfeld blames it on Bush

February 08, 2011

New York: Donald Rumsfeld, who as Defence Secretary led the United States military in two wars, says his President George W Bush did not ask him whether invading Iraq was the right action, in his memoirs that are also critical of the former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

In his exhaustive book “Known and Unknown”, Mr. Rumsfeld is critical of many of his former colleagues and says he wanted to quit following the Abu Ghraib human rights scandal but his resignation was vetoed by the President.In the account that the Los Angeles Times describes as one about “shifting blame and settling scores”, Mr. Rumsfeld writes that Mr. Bush never asked him whether invading Iraq was the right course to take.

“While President Bush and I had many discussions about the war preparations, I do not recall his ever asking me if I thought going to war with Iraq was the right decision,” he writes. The President was the one charged with the tough choice to commit U.S. forces. “I did not speculate on the thought process that brought him to his ultimate, necessarily lonely decision,” reads the excerpt. — PTI

http://www.hindu.com/2011/02/09/stories/2011020965222100.htm

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US denies suspending all high-level dialogue with Pak

Feb 09 2011

Washington: The US has denied reports that it has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan after Islamabad refused to release an American diplomat detained on possible murder charges.

"We continue contact with Pakistan to express the importance of resolving the case of a US diplomat in accordance with international law," State Department spokesman P J Crowley posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon.

Crowley's tweet came hours after The Washington Post reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cancelled a

meeting last weekend with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at an international security conference in

Munich, in protest of the arrest of its diplomat Raymond Allen Davis.

The US insists that Davis has diplomatic immunity, which is not being honoured by Pakistan.

"Not true," a senior administration official said when asked about The Post's report and similar news items published today.

"We continue to meet with Pakistani officials and press for our diplomat's release," the official said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/747875/

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India will share Samjhauta details once probe ends: Rao

Feb 08 2011,

Thimphu: India has assured Pakistan that it would not hesitate from sharing the findings of Samjhauta Express blast case but expressed inability to do so till the probe is not completed as Indian laws do not permit it.

This message was conveyed by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao during her meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir here on Sunday when the latter raised the issue of Samjhauta Express blast case in which latest indications show involvement of some Hindu extremists.

“We talked about Samjhauta (Express blast),” Rao told reporters here when asked whether the Pakistani side raised the issue in the light of new reported information in the case.

She said she had told Bashir that India would also be interested in knowing as to what happened in the incident of February 2007 when an explosion ripped apart the cross-border train killing 68 people, mostly Pakistanis.

“We said there is an investigation going on,” Rao said.

“Whatever relevant information would be there, we will share it with Pakistan because a number of Pakistanis died in that and the Pakistan government has been asking us,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/747598/

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3 Hizb militants gunned down in Jammu encounter

February 09, 201

Security forces eliminated three holed up Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) ultras in a day long fierce encounter in Manjosh area of Nachlana in Banihal tehsil of Ramban district on Tuesday.

According to army spokesperson, "Hizbul Mujahideen district commander Qari Zuber was among three ultras killed in the surgical operation by Rashtriya Rifles near the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district.

"The HM militant commander along with two more associates, was holed up in his hideout when he was surrounded by Rashtriya Rifles troops. The encounter started at about 07.55 am when one of the terrorists on coming out of the hideout, was challenged by the troops in the cordon launched on a tip-off.

The terrorist retaliated by opening indiscriminate fire. He was immediately shot down by the troops. Thereafter the terrorists inside the hideout also opened fire on the troops. The cordon was immediately reinforced with additional troops. Parties of Jammu and Kashmir police also rushed to the encounter site to beef up the cordon," he stated. Following a fierce firefight, other two ultras too were reportedly killed.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/316361/3-Hizb-militants-gunned-down-in-Jammu-encounter.html

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Kids fight war in Afghanistan

Feb 09, 2011

 Kandahar, Feb 8: Childhood innocence is soon lost in a country like Afghanistan. However, children have not only been the victims of the war but also its perpetrators, on both sides.

Youngsters are frequently used by the Taliban to carry out brutal attacks, according to the officials, with some apparently kidnapped or paid to join the war.

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security says over 80 per cent of the 112 suicide bombers detained in the country in the past nine months were boys aged between 13 and 17.

But it is not only Taliban rebels who use children on the frontline, there are also teenagers in the Afghan police, although the government has just signed a pledge with the United Nations to stamp this out.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/kids-fight-war-afghanistan-368

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Somali pirates hijack ship with 17 Indians on board

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

PIRATES firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades hijacked an Italian oil tanker — with 17 Indians on board — in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday.

The ship, headed from Sudan to Malaysia, came under attack from the Somali pirates when it was early 800km west off the Indian coast. The Indian Navy, confirming the incident, said it is constantly monitoring the situation.

According to the last report, the ship, hijacked at the break of dawn, was heading towards Somalia. Naval sources said the incident took place far from the Gulf of Aden, where Indian warships are deployed to thwart such attacks. The area falls beyond India’s exclusive economic zone.

However, it is not yet known whether Tuesday’s incident was in retaliation for the arrest of 28 pirates from the East African nation three days ago near the Lakshadweep Islands.

The pirates boarded the MV Savina Caylyn after a sustained attack by a skiff carrying five suspected Somali pirates, it has been learnt. Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coast guard said there was an exchange of fire between the pirates and crew. Nicastro said the ship slowed down almost to a standstill, leading the coast guard to think the pirates had climbed on board. It then sped up again and resumed its course.

Full report at: Mail Today

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PIA strike grounds some flights

Feb 9, 2011

KARACHI: Employees at Pakistan's state-owned airline went on strike Tuesday in protest against a proposed route-sharing agreement with Turkish Airlines, an airline spokesman said. The move grounded two international and four domestic flights. The action involved a small group of pilots and support staff, according to Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Mashhood Tajwar. Some employees opposed to the strike scuffled with its supporters at Karachi International Airport, according to witnesses.

Union bosses were not available for comment, and it was not clear whether the strike would spread or be sustained. PIA bosses have said they are considering sharing some routes with Turkish Airlines to try and increase profitability. Carriers around the world have increasingly done this to tap new markets without investing in extra planes and staff.

Some of PIA's around 20,000 employees fear this will lead to job or pay cuts, though this has been denied by PIA management. Plagued by bad management and hit hard by Gulf airlines offering better services, PIA has posted multimillion dollar losses for years. Subsiding it and other loss making state-run businesses eats up a significant chunk of the government's budget each year.

http://arabnews.com/world/article254553.ece

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US warns Pakistan on talks: diplomats

Feb 9, 2011

We continue to engage the Pakistani government at the highest levels to seek resolution of this case: State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.—AFP photo

WASHINGTON: The United States has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to free an American accused of murder, warning that high-level dialogue is at risk with the war partner, diplomats said Tuesday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declined to meet Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at a weekend conference in Munich to show displeasure over the case, according to a diplomat familiar with the issue.

US officials have told Pakistan that the case of the imprisoned American “has to be resolved before we can move to a higher level of discussion,” the diplomat told AFP.

US officials said that the United States has not suspended all contact with Pakistan.

“We continue to engage the Pakistani government at the highest levels to seek resolution of this case,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told AFP.

“We continue to stress that the US diplomat has diplomatic immunity and should be released,” he said.

Clinton still met in Munich with General Ashfaq Kayani, the head of Pakistan’s powerful army, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari held talks on Monday with the US ambassador, Cameron Munter.

The American, identified by Pakistani police as Raymond Davis, was arrested on January 27 after shooting dead two Pakistani motorcyclists.

The American said he shot the men in self-defense, believing they would rob him. A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a US consulate vehicle that had come to assist Davis, according to police.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/08/us-warns-pakistan-on-talks-diplomats.html

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US presses but Egypt rejects ‘hasty’ reforms

Feb 9, 2011

CAIRO: The United States urged Egypt to immediately lift an emergency law and launch democratic reforms as protestors staged the biggest show of defiance against President Hosni Mubarak in a three-week-old revolt.

But Mubarak’s newly appointed deputy, Vice President Omar Suleiman, warned that hasty reforms could spell “chaos” in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

In Cairo, hundreds of thousands flooded the now iconic Tahrir Square, hailing a charismatic cyber activist and Google executive whose Facebook site helped kick start the unprecedented protests on January 25.

Many carried banners praising the Internet social networks Facebook and Twitter, which have become vital mobilising tools for the opposition, thanks to online campaigners like the Google executive, Wael Ghonim.

Ghonim, who was freed after being detained and blindfolded for 12 days, told an adoring crowd: “Egyptians deserve a better life.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/09/us-presses-but-egypt-rejects-%E2%80%98hasty%E2%80%99-reforms.html

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Al-Attiyah sets fastest time on Saudi Ha'il super special

Feb 8, 2011

HA'IL: Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and German co-driver Timo Gottschalk cruised into a 38.8 second lead in the Saudi Arabia Ha'il Desert Challenge after the opening 6.8km super special stage, near Ha'il, in the north-central region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Bidding to win his third event of the season so far, the Qatari will now open the road for the first of two punishing selective sections through the An Nafud desert on Wednesday. The Dakar Rally winner arrived in Ha'il on Sunday and quickly adapted to being back in his Wolfsburg-prepared Volkswagen Race Touareg, after winning last weekend's Qatar International Rally in a Ford Fiesta S2000.

The rally had been flagged off by Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) President Prince Sultan bin Bandar Al-Faisal. Saudi Arabia's Saleh Al-Saleh and Dubai-based French co-driver Xavier Caminada set the second fastest time on the short opening stage in their Toyota Team Saudi Arabia-run Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/sports/article254487.ece

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Fakieh assures support for Bangladeshi workers

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

Feb 9, 2011

RIYADH: Minister of Labor Adel Fakieh has assured support for Bangladeshi workers within the Kingdom’s laws that guarantee protection for foreign workers.

Fakieh, who renewed his commitments to work out new welfare measures for the benefit of workers in all sectors, has also accepted an invitation to visit Dhaka in the near future, said Bangladeshi Ambassador M. Shahidul Islam following a meeting on Monday.

Islam said the talks focused on labor issues and many bilateral subjects of common interest. There are over 1.2 million Bangladeshis living and working in Saudi Arabia.

Asked whether he discussed the issue of recruiting unskilled Bangladeshi manpower, Islam said, “There are no problems as of now in terms of the recruitment of Bangladeshi professionals and skilled workers.” He, however, did not clearly explain Dhaka’s position about the alleged ban imposed by Riyadh on the recruitment of manpower from the country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article254609.ece

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No takers for Mubarak’s new carrot

Feb 9, 2011

CAIRO: Egyptians staged one of their biggest protests yet on Tuesday demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down now, their wrath undiminished by the vice president's announcement of a plan to transfer power.

With the government refusing to budge on the demonstrators' main demands, Vice President Omar Suleiman promised no reprisals against the protesters for their campaign now entering a third week to eject Mubarak.

Those camped on Cairo's central Tahrir Square accused the government of merely playing for time, and swore they would not give up until the current “half revolution” was complete.

Tens of thousands of protesters poured into the square, filling it completely for the third time since the protests began on Jan. 25. Many said it was their first time participation.

“I came here for the first time today because this Cabinet is a failure, Mubarak is still meeting the same ugly faces,” said Afaf Naged, 71, a former member of the board of directors of the state-owned National Bank of Egypt. “He can't believe it is over. He is a very stubborn man.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article254634.ece

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US Embassy’s local workers ‘exploited’

Feb 9, 2011

RIYADH: The US Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Dhahran have been accused by the US State Department of using contract labor employed by companies that exploit and put them at risk.

Workers at the embassy, including gardeners, maids, cooks and local guards, were found to be at risk of human trafficking and living in "overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary conditions," according to a report published on Monday by the department.

Inspectors found that cleaners at the embassy were being paid as little as SR17 ($4.44) a day and gardeners as little as SR12.50 ($3.33). Gardeners at the embassy had been housed in unsafe and “unacceptable” conditions, said the report.

Their passports had also been allegedly confiscated by the contractors.

The embassy had promised to comment on the report, but it did not get back to Arab News on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article254635.ece

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Jeddah still somber two weeks after floods

By MARIAM NIHAL

Feb 9, 2011

JEDDAH: The aftermath of last month’s floods has left the streets of Jeddah relatively empty, contrary to the holiday mood that usually abounds at this time of the year.

The destruction caused by the heavy rains that hit Jeddah on Jan. 26, just over one year after the November 2009 floods, still stirs fear in the minds of residents.

The scene of devastation is still evident in the damaged sidewalks, shops and houses, and the smashed cars left abandoned on roads and underground car parks. The worst hit areas belong to the lower middle class and poor districts of Jeddah, where people have lost not only loved ones but also their homes.

“The road from King Abdullah Road toward Palestine Road was blocked for a week after the floods; the water has still not been pumped out. This only proves the municipality seems to be incompetent and irresponsible. There is a need for a fundamentally stable infrastructure. It makes me feel I live in a Third World country with a Fourth World philosophy,” said Omar, aged 23.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article254612.ece

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