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Indonesian Women Prefer ‘risky’ Home Birth: Official

Circumcision 'too Islamic' for Papuan Churches

Dawood Ibrahim looks for a burial spot in Maharashtra's Mumbai, Khed

‘Cop sent money to Malegaon accused'

World must halt Iran nuclear drive: Israel PM

Indonesia: Setara urges House to cancel tolerance bill

Indo-Pak Commerce Secy-level talks begin

2 girls’ schools targeted by terrorists

10 militants die in Yemen as UN pushes peace plan

Kidnappers release three French hostages in Yemen

Convicted killer found dead in state prison, California

Suspected suicide bomber killed near Afghan loya jirga site

Omar Pushes for AFSPA withdrawal; no time limit, says Antony

Kalam on frisking: ‘It is not worth talking about’

Kalam urges ‘power-hungry’ India to go for nuclear energy

Seminar on ‘Islam in Europe’ on 16th

Indo-Pak talks successful, says Pak FM

Heritage Oil chief recruits former Tory candidate for access to Libya's reserves

Pakistan and China stage war games

Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to expedite energy projects

Deadly protest over chemical plant in northern Egypt

Israeli secret service the Mossad linked to Iran military blast

Norway's Anders Behring Breivik in open court hearing

London: Church regions back women bishops, more fights seen

Violence flares in Syria after Arab suspension

Suspects say had contact with Iran: Bahrain

GOP prez hopefuls divided over Pak policy

Strong, shallow earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

Jordan's King Abdullah calls on Assad to step down

Emraan Hashmi's most wanted in Pak

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Indonesian Women Prefer ‘risky’ Home Birth: Official

Elly Burhaini Faizal

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | 11/14/2011

Reducing child and maternal deaths appears to be one of the most challenging issues in maternal health as many women in Indonesia choose home birth, causing complications during labor to be left untreated, a health official says.

Kirana Pritasari, director of children’s health management efforts at the Health Ministry, said last Friday that hemorrhage, or bleeding, during labor remained the leading cause of maternal deaths although it was actually preventable.

Ministry data from 2010 shows that about 82 percent of births occurred with the assistance of health workers such as doctors, nurses or midwives, a substantial increase from 77 percent in 2009. The remainder took place with the assistance of traditional birth attendants.

More than half of births occurring with the assistance of health workers took place at home.

“Home birth is very risky because we don’t know when complications may arise. At any time, we may see a condition that, although the mother is in good health, the baby’s condition is critical and requires immediate medical care, or vice versa,” Kirana told a media briefing at the Health Ministry.

In the absence of medical equipment at the patients’ home, even well-trained health workers cannot provide adequate medical care once they face an emergency situation during childbirth, such as postpartum hemorrhage.

Women without pregnancy complications may also face a medical emergency during childbirth, however, as they can arise without warning. “Safety is the only reason for us to promote childbirth at health-care facilities instead of at home,” she added.

Despite improvements, the decrease in the infant mortality rate slowed during the period of 1997-2007. Between 2002 and 2007, the infant mortality rate decreased to only 34 per 1,000 live births from 35 per 1,000 live births. Meanwhile, the country’s quite high maternal mortality rate which stands at 228 per 100,000 live births has also sparked serious concern.

To cope with the high rate of child and maternal deaths, the ministry is promoting child delivery which is not only assisted by health workers but also takes place at health-care facilities.

“Jaminan Persalinan [Jampersal]”, a recently launched childbirth insurance package, is one of the initiatives taken by the ministry to encourage expectant mothers to give birth at health-care facilities rather than at home.

According to the ministry, at least 170 regencies especially in remote areas, outer islands and cross-border provinces face health-related problems. As of July, the number of community health-centers in Indonesia reached 9,137 and continues to increase; however, only 25 percent of them have physicians.

To cope with maternal medical emergencies, at least four community health-centers with a capacity for basic emergency services in neonatal obstetrics (PONED) should be provided in each regency.

Unfortunately, there are only 1,558 PONED community health centers that are still functioning while about 1,330 PONED centers have stopped operating due to badly maintained premises and the lack of health workers and medical equipment.

Bambang said that incentive schemes applied by the ministry would hopefully encourage health workers, especially physicians, to agree to working at community health-centers especially in remote areas.

“We subsidize non-specialist doctors working in remote areas to pursue their specialist degrees. They should go back to their working areas once they have graduated as specialist physicians,” he said, adding that training programs called “Doctor Plus” were also provided.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/11/14/indonesian-women-prefer-risky-home-birth-official.html

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Circumcision 'too Islamic' for Papuan Churches

Nethy Dharma Somba

The Jakarta Post, Jayapura. 11/08/2011

The government has recommended circumcision for people in Papua over the past two years as a new approach to curbing rapid increases in, cases of HIV/AIDS infection.

In other parts of Indonesia, circumcision is common and is a part of a culture that has been preserved within the community over many generations. In Papua, however, people do not always prioritize common practices in place of the lingering presence of older practices.

For Papuans, circumcision is often considered to be in opposition to baptism, because it tends to be related to Muslims.

“The tradition of the church in Papua does not recognize circumcision because it has been replaced by baptism, despite the fact that the Bible does not state that circumcision is replaced with baptism. But baptism is a fulfillment of circumcision. Jesus himself, as a Jew, was also circumcised,” Isak Samuel Kijne college theological lecturer Rev. Sostenes Sumihe said on Monday.

“After the circumcision campaign, many Papuans began circumcising their children and many called us to ask whether circumcision is against our religion. I told them that it is not against religion and it is not a sin.”

Papua AIDS Eradication Commission (KPA) head Constant Karma said that based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO), circumcision could curb 60 percent of HIV/AIDS infections.

“Based on WHO recommendations, circumcisions can suppress HIV/AIDS infections by up to 60 percent, so we are obliged to disseminate good information,” he said.

Constant cited that 100 percent of the Toraja ethnic community residing in Papua are followers of Protestantism, carried out circumcision and there were very few that had been infected by the disease.

“Presently, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Papua has reached 10,500 cases, and 80 percent of them are Papuans and 20 percent are non-Papuans. Of the 20 percent, only 14 cases involve those from the Toraja ethnic community,” he added.

According to Constant, the circumcision campaign, which has been conducted over the last three years, has yielded significant results. Last year, of the 350 children circumcised, 76 were Papuan children. The program was sponsored by the National Family Planning Board. “This shows that members of the community are starting to understand the importance of circumcision for medical and health reasons.”

According to Sumihe, Papuan churches grouped under the Papua Church Association will issue pastoral calls in efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. “HIV/AIDS is a serious issue in Papua, so that the church is called upon to prevent its followers from spreading it.”

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/11/08/circumcision-too-islamic-papuan-churches.html

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Dawood Ibrahim looks for a burial spot in Maharashtra's Mumbai, Khed

Nazia Sayed, Mumbai Mirror

Nov 14, 2011,

MUMBAI: Mumbai's most wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim, who has tormented India for years from his foreign hideouts, has begun looking for a burial spot for himself in and around Mumbai.

Crime Branch, which has spent millions keeping track of his movements over the years, confirmed that the don has asked his men to look for a final resting place for him in Mumbai or Khed, his native town around 218 km from here.

Confirming Dawood's desire to be buried in Mumbai where he was born and cut teeth in gangland, Crime Branch chief Himanshu Roy said, "We are aware of Dawood's instructions to his men to find a place for his burial."

Dawood, 56, responsible for the first terror attack on Mumbai - the 1993 serial blasts that left over 250 dead - has had two heart attacks and his movements are now restricted by the doctors in Karachi, where he is currently holed up.

According to reports, Dawood advanced the date of his younger daughter's wedding a year ago after the second heart attack. His elder daughter is married to former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad's son. Dawood's son, the youngest of his three children, married the daughter of a UK-based businessman just a couple of months back.

Dawood is among the 50 terrorists India wants Pakistan to hand over. Apart from his hawala network in India, his involvement is also suspected in providing logistics to the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai in 2008.

Dawood left Mumbai in the late '80s. He first set up base in Dubai, where he would often be spotted on TV enjoying cricket matches. He moved to Karachi after the 1993 blasts in Mumbai, when smuggling of gold and electronic items became unprofitable with the opening up of the economy.

"We are aware that there are some gangsters who want to return to their native land but they are afraid of the consequences," said Roy.

Maulana Zaheer Abbas Rizvi, general secretary, Shia Personal Law Board, said the community didn't consider Dawood an Indian.

"He should be buried wherever he dies. But if the government permits his family to bring back the body, we will decide what to do with it," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Dawood-Ibrahim-looks-for-a-burial-spot-in-Maharashtras-Mumbai-Khed/articleshow/10724954.cms

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 ‘Cop sent money to Malegaon accused'

Mateen Hafeez, TNN

Nov 14, 2011,

A police constable attached to the Nashik unit of the anti-terrorism squad had sent money on three occasions to one of the accused in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts in Byculla jail, a RTI query showed.

MUMBAI: A police constable attached to the Nashik unit of the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) had sent money on three occasions to one of the accused in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts in Byculla jail, a RTI query showed. The blast accused, Abrar Ahmed, had turned approver when he received the money but later turned hostile.

Gulzar Azmi, general secretary (legal cell), Jamiat-ul-Ulema, a socio-religious organization, had filed the RTI. In their reply, Byculla jail authorities said that constable Sadashiv Abhimanyu Patil had sent Rs 1,000 each three times between August and November 2008. The trial concerning the blasts that killed 31 people is underway in court.

The Byculla jail authorities in their reply mentioned Patil's address as 14/501, police headquarters, Gangapur Road, Nashik, from where the money order was sent to the blast accused. Patil disconnected the telephone line when this correspondent disclosed his identity.

The ATS's Nashik unit had investigated the case initially and submitted a chargesheet against nine accused. A CBI team which took over the probe also endorsed the ATS findings. Following petitions by Malegaon residents, another CBI team began the probe afresh and indicated that those arrested may not be involved. By then the National Investigating Agency (NIA) took over and recently told the court that it has no objection in granting them bail. The court ordered their release on November 5 once they fulfilled the bail conditions.

Ahmed, now 42, had mysteriously disappeared after the September 8, 2006, bomb blasts outside a mosque and in a residential area. Four bombs, made of RDX, were planted on bicycles in Malegaon. After his disappearance, Ahmed's elder brother, advocate Jaleel Ansari, filed a habeas corpus plea in the special MCOCA court.

On the court's order, the Nashik police produced Ahmed before the court in December 2006. Ahmed, who owned a battery and inverter shop, is accused of conspiracy, assembling and planting the bombs.

Abrar, in an affidavit, in 2009, alleged that he was offered lakhs of rupees to become an approver. "As family members, Ahmed's relatives would send money to him through money order. But, why was a constable, attached to the ATS, sending money? For the ATS Ahmed was a terror suspect, so why would the police send money to a man who has been termed as a conspirator, a bomb maker and a planter? A thorough inquiry should be done in this matter to find out who exactly was behind this?" said Azmi, the RTI applicant.

The then ATS chief, K P Raghuvanshi, said he wasn't aware of the development.

Advocate Ansari said he had earlier complained to the court about Patil. "This constable would come to meet my brother in jail. After Ahmed turned hostile, Patil met him in jail and threatened him with dire consequences. After I complained to the court, an inquiry was set up and the jail authorities were instructed not to allow Patil to meet Ahmed," said Ansari. A senior police officer said he was not aware about the outcome of this inquiry.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Cop-sent-money-to-Malegaon-accused/articleshow/10720304.cms

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World must halt Iran nuclear drive: Israel PM

November 14, 2011

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on world governments to waste no time in stopping “Iran’s race to arm itself with a nuclear weapon.”

He was speaking to ministers and the media before a closed-door briefing to his cabinet on a report from the UN’s atomic watchdog, which said it had “serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions” to Iran’s nuclear programme. Netanyahu said that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report “confirms the allegations of many countries in the world, Israel among them, that Iran is systematically developing nuclear weapons.”

“Every responsible government in the world must draw the obvious conclusions,” he added. “The international community must, in a timely manner, halt Iran’s race to arm itself with a nuclear weapon, a race that endangers the peace of the entire world.” Israel, which has the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear arsenal, has long accused Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear programme.

The speculation came as the IAEA released its report last week, saying it had ‘credible’ information that Tehran “has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”

On Sunday, Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that French President Nicolas Sarkozy had pledged support for strong sanctions against Iran in a letter that came after the French leader was reported to have called Netanyahu a “liar.” The Elysee Palace confirmed that a letter had been sent to Netanyahu, but gave no detail on what Yediot said was an unusually warm, handwritten letter signed ‘with friendship’, in an apparent bid to smooth over the diplomatic flap.

Sarkozy was reported to have called Netanyahu a “liar” in comments to US Obama that were inadvertently transmitted over a system used for translation at the G20 summit in Cannes, a French media website reported.

Meanwhile, Israel has refused to reassure President Barack Obama that it would warn him of a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, raising fears that it may be planning an attack as early as the next northern summer.

The US leader was rebuffed when he demanded private guarantees that a strike would not go ahead without White House notification, suggesting that Israel no longer plans to ‘seek Washington’s permission’, sources said.

The disclosure, by insiders briefed on a secret meeting between America’s most senior defence chief and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, comes amid concerns that Iran’s progress towards nuclear weapons means Israel has lost hope for a diplomatic solution. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg14_2

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Indonesia: Setara urges House to cancel tolerance bill

The Jakarta Post, Mon, 11/14/2011

Human rights organization Setara Institute has urged the House of Representatives to cancel a bill that aims to boost tolerance in the country, arguing that it would instead exacerbate religious intolerance.

Setara chairman Hendardi said that the House should revise the bill by taking into account citizens’ constitutional rights.

He said that the bill, which has 11 chapters and 55 articles, had failed to outline the government’s guarantee of religious freedom as guaranteed under the 1945 Constitution, “and failed to understand inter-faith tolerance”.

Setara pointed out at least five controversies within the bill, including that the bill promotes tolerance at the expense of freedom. Under the bill, certain activities can be curbed in the name of tolerance.

 “That is why we suggest that the House draft a bill to eliminate religious discrimination instead,” Hendardi said as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

Hendardi also cited articles on religious desecration, religious instruction, celebration of religious holidays and establishment of places of worship as controversial.

“[The articles] will only endorse violence against certain communities by particular groups,” he said.

“The government has shown its reluctance to take responsibility of this sensitive issue,” Setara researcher Ismail Hasani added.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/11/14/setara-urges-house-cancel-tolerance-bill.html

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Indo-Pak Commerce Secy-level talks begin

PTI, NEW DELHI, November 14, 2011

The India-Pakistan Commerce Secretary-level talks began here today, with the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) issue among the main agenda items of the parleys that seek to normalise bilateral trade relations.

Pakistan’s Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood, accompanied by a team of officials, will hold discussions with his Indian counterpart Rahul Khullar for the next two days to resolve some of the contentious trade issues.

These include India seeking clarity on Pakistan’s Cabinet decision to grant it MFN status and Pakistan seeking liberalisation of visa regime for businessmen.

Islamabad, which will have to treat India at par with other economic partners after grant of MFN status, has been complaining about the non-trade barriers for its shipments to the Indian market.

For Full Report:.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2626793.ece

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2 girls’ schools targeted by terrorists

November 14, 2011

SWABI/BANNU: Two girls’ schools were targeted by terrorists in Swabi and Bannu, destroying one and damaging the other.

Twin bomb blasts destroyed a major portion of a girls’ school in the Swabi district. The explosions that occurred one after the other destroyed five of the seven rooms of the Primary Girls’ School, Shewa No 3, police officials said. The school is located in a densely-populated area, and the sound of the explosions was heard in several villages of the area, waking people up from sleep. Officials from the Kalu Khan police station, in whose jurisdiction the incident happened, rushed to the school soon after the explosions. They said the bombs were planted in veranda near the classrooms’ walls. The school building was declared unfit for use, and the girls are likely to be shifted to nearby schools.

In a separate incident, terrorists hit a Girls Higher Secondary School in Bannu. The school building was damaged in the explosion caused by a bomb planted at its premises. The explosion resulted in damaging doors and windows of the building while the residences of a former nazim union council Barkatullah Khan and his relatives were also damaged. staff report/agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg7_11

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10 militants die in Yemen as UN pushes peace plan

November 14, 2011

SANAA/ADEN: Yemeni government forces and allied tribesmen killed ten militants in attacks around the country on Sunday, security officials said, as a visiting United Nations envoy met with embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh to push for a solution to the country’s political crisis.

Security has collapsed across the Arab world’s poorest nation during the nine-month popular uprising seeking to oust Saleh, who has been in power for 30-year. Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh is refusing to hand over power and resisting a UN-backed plan to end months of political paralysis that has brought the impoverished state to its knees, opposition sources said.

“Saleh wants to preserve all his powers until the election of a new president and that is rejected by the opposition and because of this the UN envoy’s mission is going to fail,” said a senior figure in the opposition who declined to be identified. Pro-Saleh forces regularly engage in deadly clashes with armed tribesmen and military defectors who support the protesters in Yemen’s largest cities, and al Qaeda-linked militants have overrun entire towns in the country’s restive south.

For Full Report:.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg7_27

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Kidnappers release three French hostages in Yemen

AFP | Nov 14, 2011,

Al-Qaeda militants have freed three French aid workers they kidnapped in Yemen more than five months ago, the French presidency and local officials said Monday.

The three were in good health, according to a tribal chief involved in negotiating the trio's release, while a security official in southern Shabwa province said they would later Monday be transferred to the capital Sanaa.

"They are with me in Ataq (south Yemen), an hour after they were freed by Al-Qaeda," the tribal chief said.

News of their release was greeted by their Triangle Generation Humanitaire group, a French non-governmental organisation, as a "huge relief" after months of anxious waiting.

France thanked Oman, which borders Yemen to the east, for its "deciding assistance" in securing their freedom, without specifying what role it played.

Tribal sources said in July that the aid workers -- two men and a woman -- were seized by Al-Qaeda militants in the Hadramawt town of Seyun, 600 kilometres (370 miles) east of Sanaa.

For Full Report:.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Kidnappers-release-three-French-hostages-in-Yemen/articleshow/10724102.cms

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Convicted killer found dead in state prison, California

SUNITA SOHRABJI

Nov 14, 2011

Gurparkash Singh Khalsa, who was serving a life sentence at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, Calif., at the time of his death, is shown in court - in a file photo - conferring with his attorney Daniel Horowitz. (Photo courtesy of The Record Newspaper)

Gurparkash Singh Khalsa, who was serving a life sentence for murdering his daughter's boyfriend in 2007, was found dead Oct. 29 in Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, California.

The 59-year-old Khalsa was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m. on prison grounds. His wife, Gurmeet Kaur, and his daughters Minninder and Kiranjot had been scheduled to see him later that day.

In April 2010, a jury found Khalsa guilty of first degree murder, as well as lying in wait and ambushing 23-yar-old Ajmer Hothi, the boyfriend of Khalsa's then-underage daughter Kiranjot Pannu. He was sentenced Dec. 17 to life without the possibility of parole and began serving his sentence Dec. 27.

For Full Report:.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/Convicted-killer-found-dead-in-state-prison/articleshow/10726478.cms

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Suspected suicide bomber killed near Afghan loya jirga site

AFP Nov, 14, 2011

KABUL: A suspected suicide bomber was shot dead Monday near the site of Afghanistan’s loya jirga or traditional meeting which will take place this week, officials said.

“No one was killed but the bomber,” said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

He added that the man had been carrying explosives in a bag.

Lutfullah Mashal, spokesman for Afghanistan’s intelligence service the National Directorate of Security, said the man’s bag blew up as he was shot.

“A suicide bomber who wanted to enter the polytechnic university (where the loya jirga will take place) was identified and shot dead by security forces,” Mashal said.

“He was carrying the explosives in a laptop-type bag. It exploded as he was shot. He’s dead and no one else is hurt.”

The Taliban claim to have got hold of top secret security plans for the loya jirga, which starts Wednesday and will discuss Afghanistan’s long-term relations with the US and peace strategy.

But Afghan and Western officials have dismissed the claims as propaganda.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/14/suspected-suicide-bomber-killed-near-afghan-loya-jirga-site.html

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Omar Pushes for AFSPA withdrawal; no time limit, says Antony

PTI Nov. 14, 2011

Pushing for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some senior Ministers with an assertion that his proposal can be implemented while addressing the concerns of armed forces.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony, however, maintained that no time limit could be put on a decision on the “very, very sensitive” which requires a “mature and cool” handling.

Amid persisting differences over the issue, Mr. Abdullah met the Prime Minister and Home Minister P. Chidambaram to push his case for revocation of the controversial Act from certain parts of the State. He was also scheduled to meet Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

For Full Report:.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2626805.ece?homepage=true

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Kalam on frisking: ‘It is not worth talking about’

PTI,

KOLKATA, November 14, 2011 ; Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday chose to downplay his frisking by U.S. security officials at New York’s JFK Airport, saying it was not worth talking about.

“Forget about it. It is not worth talking about,” Mr. Kalam said while responding to a question on the sidelines of an Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta event in Kolkata.

The 80-year-old Mr. Kalam was twice frisked at the JFK Airport by security officials who even took off his jacket and shoes to check for explosives before he was to board an Air India flight on September 29, 2011.

The U.S. authorities had later apologised to Mr. Kalam for the incident after India protested the matter at the highest level.

Mr. Kalam was also frisked by officials of U.S. airliner Continental Airlines in April, 2009, despite his name featuring in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’s list of people exempt from such checks in India.

Keywords: Kalam frisking issue, JFK airport, screening of dignitaries, diplomatic immunity

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2626874.ece?homepage=true

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Kalam urges ‘power-hungry’ India to go for nuclear energy

PTI, KOLKATA, November 14, 2011

Power-hungry India should go for “clean” nuclear energy, including that from the Kudankulam plant, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday said, warning that fossil fuel would damage the Earth.

The fossil fuel burnt every year by all States was equivalent to 30 billion tonne of carbon dioxide, Mr. Kalam said when asked about West Bengal government’s opposition to nuclear power.

“Only clean power is the solution. Solar, nuclear, bio and hydel are clean power,” Mr. Kalam told reporters on the sidelines of IIM-Calcutta’s golden jubilee celebration.

Asked about the Kudankulam nuclear power issue, Mr. Kalam said, “We are a power-hungry nation and 2000 MW of clean power is ready to be pumped into the grid. If it is clean power you must go for it.”

Noting that he had visited Kudankulam, he said, “It is really a modern plant.”

Asked about its safety, he replied, “Of course, I am confident of its safety.”

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2627059.ece

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Seminar on ‘Islam in Europe’ on 16th

November 14, 2011

Karachi: Area Study Centre for Europe at University of Karachi (KU) in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation would hold a seminar on ‘Islam in Europe’ at a local hotel on Nov 16.

KU VC Prof Pirzada Qasim would preside over the moot, while EU Ambassador to Pakistan Lars-Gunnar Wigemark would be the chief guest.

There are millions of Muslims living in Europe. According to the German Central Institute Islam Archive (de), the total number of Muslims in Europe in 2007 was about 53 million, including 16 million in the European Union.

For Full Report:.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg7_5

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Indo-Pak talks successful, says Pak FM

November 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Sunday said Pakistan and India are successful in reducing the trust deficit and have started building the trust.

Addressing a news conference, she said this would take the two countries to result-oriented dialogue on all issues including Jammu and Kashmir.

Referring to the meeting between Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh in Maldives on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, she said it was very constructive and positive. All issues including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir came under discussion during the meeting, she said, adding that both the leaders had a 30-minute one-on-one meeting.

She said the Indian PM also said, “We want to move forward.”

Answering a question, the foreign minister said Pakistan is pursuing good neighbourly relations with India.

For Full Report:.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg7_9

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Heritage Oil chief recruits former Tory candidate for access to Libya's reserves

guardian.co.uk, 13 November 2011

Tony Buckingham, the British former soldier of fortune who heads Heritage Oil, the exploration firm, appears to have sought assistance from a would-be Conservative MP to get a foothold in Libya, following the role of UK forces there in installing the new regime.

According to leaked correspondence, Buckingham – with another ex-special forces soldier, former SAS commander Major General John Holmes – is working with a would-be Tory MP, property developer Christian Sweeting.

Buckingham is also buying into local Libyan oil operators, paying $19m last month for a share of a little-known Benghazi-based oil trader called Sahara Oil Services Holdings.

Sweeting wrote to William Hague this year on Heritage's behalf. His letter gives an insight into the world of political influence, in which Sweeting sought, apparently unsuccessfully, to get a meeting for Buckingham with the foreign secretary.

Buckingham himself had made sizeable personal donations to the 2010 Tory election campaign – £50,000 to Central Office and £5,000 to the key marginal of Carmarthen West. The local party chairman there was the lobbyist Stephen Crouch.

Crouch's own lobbying activities have generated recent controversy. He was revealed to have donated to an aide to the former defence secretary Liam Fox, and subsequently gained a meeting with arms sales minister Gerald Howarth.

For Full Report:.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/nov/13/oil-commodities

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Pakistan and China stage war games

AP Nov, 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China are staging joint military exercises, showcasing their relationship as Islamabad’s ties with Washington suffer.

The war games that began Monday follow remarks by Pakistani officials suggesting that China could step into the economic, military and diplomatic void if Pakistan’s relationship with the United States collapsed.

An army statement said the exercise in Punjab province showed that the ”Pakistan-China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than oceans.”

It was the fourth military exercise between the two nations since 2004.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/14/pakistan-and-china-stage-war-games.html

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Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to expedite energy projects

APP Nov. 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and president of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov on Monday agreed on expediting projects on energy cooperation and bilateral trade.

In a meeting held at the Presidency, the two leaders expressed the resolve to expedite the $7.6 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, which was inked last December in Ashgabat.

The two sides agreed to start direct air-links between Pakistan and Turkmenistan which would develop a trade corridor in the region.

For Full Report:.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/14/pakistan-turkmenistan-agree-to-expedite-energy-projects.html

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Deadly protest over chemical plant in northern Egypt

14 November 2011

Clashes in northern Egypt between army and protesters against pollution from a fertiliser plant have left one man dead and at least 11 people injured.

Demonstrators sealed off the port town of Damietta, in a series of protests that have lasted six days.

The protests were sparked by concern over pollution from the existing plant and plans to build two more locally.

Egypt's ruling military council has announced that the fertiliser plant is to be closed.

The BBC Cairo correspondent, Jon Leyne, says the protest is an example of the kind of activism that would probably not have been tolerated under Egypt's former ruler, Hosni Mubarak, but is now happening more and more frequently.

The fertiliser plant is jointly owned by state-owned Misr Oil Processing Company and Canada's Agrium.

For Full Report:.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15717127

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Israeli secret service the Mossad linked to Iran military blast

guardian.co.uk, 14 November 2011

Iran's suspected nuclear enrichment facility under construction at Qom. Reports claim the Mossad was behind a huge blast at a facility which killed a missile pioneer. Photograph: AP

A series of news reports linking Israel's intelligence agency the Mossad to a blast at a military facility in Iran, in which 17 people were killed and a further 15 wounded, has gained widespread coverage in the Israeli media on Monday.

While Iranian officials insist the explosion at the Bid Ganeh base was accidental, caused by the movement of ammunition, claims from anonymous western and Israeli officials that Saturday's blast was a covert Israeli operation have gained momentum.

Leading Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot picked up a post by US blogger Richard Silverstein claiming the Mossad had teamed up with Iranian militant group Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK) to execute the alleged attack.

For Full Report:.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/14/israel-mossad-iran-blast

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Norway's Anders Behring Breivik in open court hearing

14 November 2011

The man who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway in July has made his first public appearance in court.

Anders Behring Breivik, dressed in a dark suit, appeared in court in Oslo before survivors of the attacks, relatives of his victims and reporters.

The 32-year-old right-wing extremist has been in custody since the 22 July attacks in Oslo and at a youth camp on the island of Utoeya.

Previous hearings on his continued detention have been held in private.

'Calm and professional'

Journalist Anne Leer who was in the courtroom said the atmosphere had been tense and strange.

For Full Report:.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15720289

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London: Church regions back women bishops, more fights seen

November 14, 2011

LONDON: The Church of England’s dioceses, or regions, have voted in favour of consecrating female bishops, campaigners said on Sunday, clearing one hurdle in a long legislative battle to let women break through the “stained glass ceiling”.

Only two of the Church’s 44 dioceses voted against the draft legislation, easily securing the 50 percent required for it to go back to the General Synod, or parliament, for another vote, said WATCH, a group campaigning for women bishops.

Dioceses have been balloting their members since March this year and Sunday’s result confirmed what had largely been a foregone conclusion following the Synod’s earlier backing of the motion. But traditionalist Anglo Catholics and conservative evangelicals have threatened to continue to oppose the draft legislation, calling for more concessions. Even if the draft is backed by a final synod vote next year, the first woman bishop is unlikely to be consecrated before 2014.

The Church of England is part of the 80-million strong, worldwide Anglican Communion. Other Anglican churches, including in the United States, Australia and Canada, already have women bishops.

For Full Report:.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg7_30

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Violence flares in Syria after Arab suspension

AFP, Nov 14, 2011

DAMASCUS: Syrian forces were accused of pressing their deadly crackdown on protest on Sunday even as thousands of regime supporters vented their anger a day after the Arab League suspended the country.

Governments of France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey issued strong condemnations of president Bashar al-Assad's regime after his supporters attacked their embassies in the wake of the suspension. Arab League foreign ministers on Saturday voted 18-22 to suspend Syria over its failure to comply with an agreement to end the crackdown on a nationwide protest movement calling for Assad's resignation.It called for the withdrawal of Arab envoys from Damascus and agreed on sanctions while inviting "all currents in the Syrian opposition to meet at Arab League headquarters in three days to draw up a joint vision for the coming transitional period".The move won widespread praise in the international community, and was hailed by the opposition Syrian national council, which said it was ready to take part in proposed talks regarding a transitional period.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Violence-flares-in-Syria-after-Arab-suspension/articleshow/10721914.cms

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Suspects say had contact with Iran: Bahrain

November 14, 2011

DUBAI: Members of a cell arrested before they could carry out attacks on Bahrain’s Interior Ministry and the Saudi Arabian embassy had been in contact with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Bahrain’s state news agency BNA reported on Sunday.

Bahrain has often accused Iran of supporting unrest by majority Shias in the Gulf Arab state, which hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. It said on Saturday, the suspects, four of them Bahrainis detained in neighbouring Qatar, had also planned to attack a causeway joining Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. The suspects’ interrogation led to the arrest of a fifth member of the group in Bahrain, BNA reported.

Some of the suspects had confessed that “the group was set up abroad to carry out terror operations in Bahrain and was in coordination with the military overseas, including the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij (militia)”, BNA quoted a Bahraini prosecution spokesman as saying.

For Full Report:.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\14\story_14-11-2011_pg7_31

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GOP prez hopefuls divided over Pak policy

PTI, Nov 14, 2011

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential hopefuls appear bitterly divided over Pakistan, with some openly demanding scrapping of US aid to Islamabad for its "double game" in the war on terror while others advocating engagement fearing that its nuclear weapons may fall into the hands of al-Qaida.

Pakistan "is clearly sending us messages that they don't deserve our foreign aid ... because they're not being honest with us. American soldiers' lives are being put at jeopardy because of that country," Texas governor Rick Perry said participating in a at the Republican presidential hopefuls' debate on foreign policy. "It is time for us as a country to say no to foreign aid to countries that don't support the USA," he said, accusing Pakistan of not being honest with the US.

For Full Report:.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/GOP-prez-hopefuls-divided-over-Pak-policy/articleshow/10721954.cms

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Strong, shallow earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

AP | Nov 14, 2011

JAKARTA (Indonesia): A strong earthquake hit waters off eastern Indonesia on Monday, sending people along coastlines fleeing to high ground in panic. Officials said, however, there was no threat of a tsunami.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 and was centered 12 miles (20 kilometers) beneath the Molucca Sea, the US Geological Survey said.

Many people in Ternate, the town in North Maluku province that was closest to the epicenter, ran from their homes and offices as the ground rattled beneath them, said George Rajaloa, a resident.

"I ran with everyone else," he said.

For Full Report:.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Strong-shallow-earthquake-hits-eastern-Indonesia/articleshow/10723835.cms

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Jordan's King Abdullah calls on Assad to step down

14 November 2011

King Abdullah of Jordan has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down in the interest of his country.

"I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down," he has told BBC World News in an exclusive interview.

"I would step down and make sure whoever comes behind me has the ability to change the status quo that we're seeing."

Neighbouring Jordan has been highly critical of Syria's crackdown on anti-government protesters in recent months.

King Abdullah said the president should begin a new era of political dialogue before leaving office.

"If Bashar has the interest of his country, he would step down, but he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life."

Jordan is not the first Arab country to be critical of the Syrian crackdown.

Both the Saudi and Qatari ambassadors left Damascus in the summer in protest at the repression.

For Full Report:.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15723023

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Emraan Hashmi's most wanted in Pak

VICKEY LALWANI, Mumbai Mirror,

Nov 14, 2011,

Many may think that it's only the Khans who are popular across the border. Surprisingly, even Emraan Hashmi if on the most wanted list in Pakistan.

A leading Pakistani television channel has started a prime time show titled Main Tum Aur Imran Hashmi. That too without the actor's knowledge.

Featuring popular television actors Noor Ul Hassan, Neelum Munir, Rubina Ashraf and Tipu Shah, the serial is about Chanda, who is infatuated with Emraan Hashmi. She watches, hears and hums Hashmi's hit songs all day. She even has his picture framed on the wall, much to the chagrin of her prospective suitors.

A source told Mumbai Mirror, "Clearly, Emraan's name has been spelt wrong to evade copyright issues. However, if you watch the show once, you will immediately know that the producers wanted to capitalise on Emraan Hashmi's popularity in the country. Surprisingly, Hashmi's permission wasn't taken on this."

"This is the second time that a show has been named after an actor, the first being Kya Meri Shaadi Shah Rukh Se Hogi?" added the source.

With the release of The Dirty Picture drawing close, buzz is, that the producers of Main Tum Aur Imran Hashmi are planning to incorporate Ishq Sufiyana, Emraan's latest hit number with Vidya Balan, in the serial as well. Emraan remained unavailable for comment.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Emraan-Hashmis-most-wanted-in-Pak/articleshow/10723991.cms

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