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Islamic World News ( 11 Nov 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Is Ilyas Kashmiri the new Osama?

Taliban attack airport, base in east Afghanistan

Woman student jailed for indecency, assaulting cop Mary Nammour

Militant and cop killed in Kashmir gunfight

Friday sermon stirs millions in Makkah

Radical imam sentenced to life in prison

‘Non-Muslims outnumber Muslims in terror plots’: Report

Eight more killed in Karachi target killings

Extremists in Pak warn drivers attached with girls' schools

Bangladesh: Draft bill to control pornography to be placed for approval

Saudi Arabia elected on UN Women's board

'Veena had links with bookie'

'Qaida planning Mumbai-style attacks in Europe'

Iraq’s new government to include Sunni-backed bloc

Islam and the West: Reaching Intercultural Understanding

Catholic-Muslim dialogue notes interfaith cooperation

Islamophobia panel promotes understanding, tolerance

“Allah’s Tailors” gaining profile in Turkey

Iran accuses IAEA of leaking data to US

Visiting China is like going home: Zardari

Beggar survey starts after Eid: minister

British aid workers held captive on Gaza aid ship

India deteriorating Pak security, says Musharraf

Mohammed pardons 384prisoners

Bangladesh: Mufti Hannan produced before court

Top Qaeda leaders move to Yemen from Iran: report

Bangla minister remembers ‘Indian sacrifices’

US close to decision on 9/11 trial for Mohammed

Obama welcomes progress in forming Iraq government

Hindu-Muslim marriage: HC frees man, slams cops

Jamali meets Nawaz; discuss Muslim League merger

Pak-US educational ties to foster mutual understanding: Haqqani

279 embrace Islam in one month

Hezbollah to ‘cut off hand’ of anyone over Hariri arrest

Jordan jails three for killing sister over ‘love affair’

Abbas wants more than US “slogans” on statehood

Violence in south Yemen after separatist’s arrest

Tropical disease kills 300 in Southern Sudan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Is Ilyas Kashmiri the new Osama?

Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: Ilyas Kashmiri, the one-eyed rabid anti-India leader of a Pakistan-based terror group is suspected by counter-terrorism officials to be fast emerging as a new international jihadist plotter, planning fresh strikes in Europe and US.

Considered the world's most wanted man' by counter terrorism organisations across three continents, the 40-year-old Kashmiri, is seen as a terror successor to Osama Bin Laden, CNN reported quoting top US intelligence officials.

Kashmiri brands India as his enemy number one and his group Harkat-ul-Jehad-Islami was suspected to be behind bombing of a popular bakery in Pune in 2009. But he has made it public that he has ambitions beyond south Asia, CNN said.

Born in Mirpur in the PoK, Kashmiri was once considered to be run by the Pakistan's military intelligence ISI, but is reported to have turned rouge to join and form close relationship with al-Qaida . Now American and European security agencies believe that Kashmiri is trying to infiltrate highly trained terrorists into Europe and US to launch coordinated Mumbai style attack in cities Paris, Berlin and London, CNN said.

The TV network said that as many as 10,000 foreign fighters were in Pakistan's tribal territories who were been trained to carry out suicide attacks. CNN said Kashmiri was a veteran jihadist who in early years infiltrated into Kashmir and also fought Russians in Afghanistan , where he lost his eye.

After falling foul of his ISI sponsors, Kashmiri was arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate Pervez Musharraf in 2003, but was strangely released short time later.

Intelligence officials cited by CNN say that besides being an experienced operator , Kashmiri has also managed to navigate the often perilous waters of jihadist rivalries, attracting members of other Pakistani groups to his "313 Brigade" and retaining a measure of autonomy despite pledging allegiance to al-Qaida .

If Osama bin Laden is al Qaida's "spiritual" leader and Egyptian cleric Ayman al Zawahiri is its philosopher , Kashmiri is the organization's military brain, the officials say.

As one US official cited by CNN put it recently, Kashmiri is "the key ingredient in the bad stew of senior terrorists who are planning operations in the region and beyond.”

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Is-Ilyas-Kashmiri-the-new-Osama/articleshow/6911282.cms#ixzz152vFg17X

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Taliban attack airport, base in east Afghanistan

13 November 2010'

Taliban insurgents attacked the main airport and a foreign military base at Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s east on Saturday, but there was no word on casualties.

Smoke could be seen rising from the airport and explosions were heard, a Reuters witness nearby said.

Helicopters flew overhead while the attack continued and the body of at least one suicide bomber was seen.

Nangarhar provincial police chief Obidullah Talwar confirmed the raid but had no further details. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 14 suicide bombers were involved in the assault.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/November/international_November631.xml&section=international

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Woman student jailed for indecency, assaulting cop

13 November 2010

 DUBAI - a female student was sentenced to eight months in jail by the Court of Misdemeanours on Thursday for public indecency and assaulting a police officer.

She was also found guilty of damaging public property and consuming liquor. The court panel presided by Judge Abdel Majid Al Nezami also ordered that the 23-year-old Kenyan student be deported after serving her jail term.

The charges against were assaulting and insulting police officers on duty, damaging public property, public indecency and consumption of liquor. She was given two-month imprisonment for each charge.

A police officer told the investigating prosecutor that on December 5 last year, the Operations Room of the Dubai Police was informed about a traffic accident in the Meadows community.

When the police patrol reached the place, they found a car falling in a hole after hitting the pavement. Auto parts were left on the pavement.

“It was about 3am and we saw a woman —the defendant — trying to stop cars passing by,” he said.

The woman, whose appearance and behaviour looked awkward, ran away when she saw the policemen.

“We called for reinforcement of policewomen and we went after her,” the police officer said.

Shortly later, the police caught her.

As two of the police officers, including a woman officer, were trying to make her get inside the patrol vehicle, the student resisted them. The student did not want to accompany the policemen. “She kicked one sergeant as she tried to run away again. She also broke the rear window of the patrol vehicle.”

Then, the student lowered her trousers on the road and alleged later that the cops tried to rape her.

“She was drunk,” the officer said.

However, the student denied all charges at the police post.

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Militant and cop killed in Kashmir gunfight

13 November 2010

SRINAGAR - A separatist guerrilla and a police constable were killed in a gunfight between the militants holed up in a house and security forces in north Kashmir Sopore town on Friday, police said.

Troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the local police surrounded a house in Krankshivan Naseem Bagh area of Sopore early Friday following information about guerrillas hiding inside, a senior police officer said here.

It was later found that there was only one militant holed up in the house ?in Sopore, nearly 55 kilometres from here.

The militant opened fire when he was asked to surrender, triggering a gunfight that lasted several hours, the police officer said.

“A constable of the SOG, who had entered the house at 5 a.m. to carry out a surprise assault, was killed,” the officer said, adding that the bodies of the militant and the constable have been recovered. The guerrilla was a local, he added.

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Friday sermon stirs millions in Makkah

13 November 2010

MAKKAH: About two million pilgrims listened with rapt attention to Imam Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais’ soul-stirring 40-minute sermon on Friday from the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The sermon was carried live on state television and many Arab, African and Asian television stations. On many occasions during the sermon the congregation was reduced to tears as the imam spoke about the tough times that Islam faces in these critical times.

Calling for the liberation of Palestine, Al-Sudais said now is the time for Palestinian factions to bury their differences.

“These differences have only added to the miseries of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. This inhuman blockade has made life hellish for them. Now is the time for Muslim countries to unify their ranks and liberate Palestinians from the shackles of this inhuman bondage,” he said. “All differences among regional countries should be and can be resolved in the true spirit of Islam. The best example of our unity is this congregation in which every Muslim from every corner is united through the love of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Holy Qur’an.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article188466.ece

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Radical imam sentenced to life in prison

13 November 2010

BEIRUT: A Lebanese military court on Friday convicted a radical imam of terrorism charges and sentenced him in absentia to life in prison, judicial officials said.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, who holds Syrian and Lebanese citizenship, lived in Britain for 20 years where he headed the now-disbanded radical group Al-Muhajiroun. He left Britain for Lebanon in 2005 and the British government barred him from returning. Lebanese officials said Bakri was among 54 people sentenced Friday as part of ongoing trials of militants who fought deadly clashes with the Lebanese army in 2007. Bakri was convicted of “belonging to an armed group with the aim of carrying out terrorist acts and plotting to kill Lebanese soldiers.”

Full report at:

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 ‘Non-Muslims outnumber Muslims in terror plots’

Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: A new report on violent extremists in the United States finds that terrorism plots by non-Muslims greatly outnumber those attempted by Muslims, and that Muslim-American communities helped foil close to a third of Al-Qaeda-related terror plots threatening the country since Sep. 11, 2001. The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a not-for-profit organization advocating for the civil rights of American Muslims, commissioned the report.

Reportedly the first of its kind by a Muslim-American organization, the database tracks plots by Muslim and non-Muslim violent extremists in the United States.

One of the aims of the report, said the organizers, was to encourage the Muslim-American community to become part of the solution of the problem, as several recent unsuccessful terrorist plots has contributed to heightened public anxiety – and the search for scapegoats.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article187154.ece

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Eight more killed in Karachi target killings

By Atif Raza

Nov 12, 2010

KARACHI: Targeted killings in the city Thursday claimed eight more lives raising the death toll to 16 within the past 48 hours.

The bullet-riddled, tortured body of a man was found near the Lyari Degree College in Kalakot police jurisdiction.

Police said the deceased identified as Saqib, 24, son of Javed Baloch, a resident of Afshani Street, Lyari was kidnapped Wednesday after a clash between Baba Ladla group and Rehman Dakait relatives’ Muslim Baloch group.

His body was shifted to CHK, from where the heirs took it away after completing medico-legal formalities. Police have registered FIR No 312/10 against unidentified men.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\12\story_12-11-2010_pg7_13

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Extremists in Pak warn drivers attached with girls' schools

Nov 12, 2010

PESHAWAR: Extremists in Pakistan's northwestern Peshawar city have warned drivers of girls' schools of dire consequences if they do not stop taking students to schools in two days' time.

The extremists, in a letter distributed among employees of Begum Shahabuddin High Secondary School, Government Girls High School, Frontier Women's College and several other institutions, said the drivers would be responsible for whatever happened to them if they did not comply with the warning.

The letter also warned the drivers not to allow any girl to sit on the front seat and ensure that the windows of their vehicles are not tinted. It said the two-day deadline would end on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Extremists-in-Pak-warn-drivers-attached-with-girls-schools/articleshow/6913147.cms#ixzz154Zwx5Ip

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Draft bill to control pornography to be placed at next cabinet meeting for approval

Nov 12, 2010

Home secretary Adbus Sobhan Sikdar on Thursday said the government is going to enact a law to check pornography which has been rampant across the country in recent time.

 ‘The proposed Pornography Control Bill is now at a drafting stage and would be placed at the next cabinet meeting for its approval,’ the home secretary told a round table discussion on legal support for the victims of trafficking, organised by the International Organisation for Migration, at a city hotel.

Addressing as chief guest, Adbus Sobhan Sikdar said that the proposed law would also help in curbing sexual harassment of women as well as stalking of girls which have been rising alarmingly, threatening to destroy the social fabric.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/nov/12/nat.html

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Saudi Arabia elected on UN Women's board

Nov 12, 2010

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has been elected to the board of a new UN agency to promote women's welfare in the world.

UN Women is the amalgamation of different United Nations bodies focused on women. It was created this year to look exclusively at the empowerment of women.

The agency will be headed by Chile's former president Michelle Bachelet and is expected to be fully operational in January 2011.

Regional representation rules required the board to have representatives from 10 African countries, 10 Asian countries, four Eastern European countries, six Latin American and Caribbean countries and five countries from Western Europe.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article187421.ece

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'Veena had links with bookie'

Nov 12, 2010

NEW DELHI: Dheeraj Dixit, a freelance photographer embroiled in match-fixing controversy following allegations made by tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif's former girlfriend Veena Malik, has accused the Pakistani actress of having close links with alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed.

Dixit claimed in the Capital on Wednesday that Malik had spoken to him about her links with Majeed, who was caught on tape talking about spot fixing during the England-Pakistan series in August.

Following the telecast of the tape, three Pakistani players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer - were suspended for their alleged role in spot-fixing.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Veena-had-links-with-bookie/articleshow/6911081.cms#ixzz152wOPjPi

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'Qaida planning Mumbai-style attacks in Europe'

Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida is still planning Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, with the United States also possibly being targeted, CNN reported citing counter-terrorism officials in Europe and the United States.

The discovery of al-Qaida 's plans to launch coordinated attacks in several cities in Britain, Germany, and France led to the US issuing an unprecedented travel advisory in October for its citizens travelling in Europe.

European counter-terrorism officials cited by CNN say they believe the aim was to carry out the attacks before the end of this year. The expected timeframe of the plot had not previously been disclosed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Qaida-planning-Mumbai-style-attacks-in-Europe/articleshow/6911090.cms#ixzz152yLDHjI

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Iraq’s new government to include Sunni-backed bloc

Nov 12, 2010

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s squabbling politicians have agreed to return Shiite Nuri Al-Maliki as prime minister, ending an eight-month deadlock that raised the spectre of new sectarian violence.

The deal on the top government posts brings together Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds in a power-sharing arrangement that could help forestall a slide back into Shiite-Sunni bloodshed that raged after the 2003 US-led invasion which ousted Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.

Sunnis might have reacted with widespread anger had the Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi been totally excluded from government.

Some may still feel cheated of power because of Maliki’s expected return as prime minister.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article186776.ece

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Islam and the West: Reaching Intercultural Understanding

Nov 12, 2010

The signatories below and I welcome the many initiatives that are underway among governments, in civil society, and within the religious community to expand areas of cooperation between the Muslim community and other actors. President Obama's trip to Indonesia this week is an important example of the high-level attention that must be given to these relationships. Despite such efforts to enhance communications, serious obstacles remain. In almost every part of the globe, there continue to be people who have chosen -- whether out of ignorance, fear, or ill will  to sow conflict where reconciliation is needed. It is up to responsible voices on all sides to make the case for constructive action based on shared interests and values. This is a duty that extends beyond governments alone, to include decision makers and other people of influence from all sectors of society. The standard we seek to achieve is not mere tolerance, but a widespread attitude of genuine mutual respect.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeleine-albright/islam-and-the-west-achiev_b_781996.html?view=print

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Catholic-Muslim dialogue notes interfaith cooperation

Nov 12, 2010

The Midwest Catholic-Muslim Dialogue gathered in Milwaukee WI for its 14th annual meeting, October 25-26, to begin drafting a report on the role of religion in civic life.

The report, which has the working title, “The Role of Religion in Civic Life: Catholics and Muslims Together in the Public Square,” will present the insights of the dialogue’s work over the last three years. Members of the dialogue noted that in the present cultural environment, in which many people are challenging the right for organized religion to participate in public discourse.

The prominence of issues involving Islam in the news media—such as the threatened burning of the Qur’an by a Pentecostal pastor in Gainesville, Florida, and the building of a Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan near Ground Zero—was discussed by both co-chairs of the dialogue in their opening remarks.

Full report at:

http://www.energypublisher.com/article.asp?id=43057

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Islamophobia panel promotes understanding, tolerance

By CASEY S. ELLIOTT

Nov 12, 2010

Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd, students and professors at Ohio University held a panel discussion Monday at Baker Center designed to clear up misconceptions of the Islamic religion.

“There’s been a lot of news this summer about the Islamic community center at Ground Zero,” said Sarah Williams, event coordinator for the Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) group on campus and the vice commissioner of Minority Affairs on Undergraduate Student Senate. “There has been an underlying tone of ignorance, hate and fear that didn’t sit well with us.”

Full report at:

tolerance/article/211308#ixzz152rcJwMh

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“Allah’s Tailors” gaining profile in Turkey

Nov 12, 2010

ISTANBUL: Along Istanbul’s busy Eminonu waterfront women swathed in dark coats and scarves knotted once under the chin jostle past others clad in vivid colours and head coverings carefully sculpted around the face.

Two decades ago such a polished, pious look scarcely existed in Turkey. But today it has the highest profile exponents in First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s wife Emine, and the brands behind it plan ambitious expansion.

The headscarf remains one of Turkey’s most divisive issues.

Everything from the way it is tied and accessorised, to the poise and demeanour of the wearer, is laden with meaning in this majority Muslim but officially secular country of 74 million.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/12/%E2%80%9Callahs-tailors%E2%80%9D-gaining-profile-in-turkey.html

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Iran accuses IAEA of leaking data to US

Nov 12, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran’s president has accused the UN nuclear watchdog of leaking information to the US and says that is the reason Tehran refuses to allow international inspectors unannounced access to the country’s nuclear facilities.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's allegations against the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday come ahead of expected talks with world powers in the coming weeks over Iran’s nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad has said major powers are against solving the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, state television reported.

“In the next few days, the dialogue will commence but our experience shows that they are not seeking to solve the issue,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to upcoming talks with six countries over Tehran’s nuclear drive.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article187045.ece

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Visiting China is like going home: Zardari

Nov 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Stating that visiting China is "like going home", Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari says he has "an internal romance" with the country and is in love with its people and culture.

"I think I have an internal romance with China. I am very biased and I love every part of it, the beauty of its people and the beauty of its culture," the president said before leaving Pakistan Thursday evening for attending the 16th Asian Games in China's Guangzhou city.

Zardari said he hoped to pass on the Pakistan-China friendship to the coming generations, and expressed the hope that the long-standing relations between the two neighbours be continued.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Visiting-China-is-like-going-home-Zardari/articleshow/6912291.cms#ixzz152wgf6Xh

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Beggar survey starts after Eid: minister

Nov 12, 2010

The government will conduct a beggar survey after Eid as part of a plan for a rehabilitation programme for the homeless, the social welfare minister, Enamul Huq Mostafa Shaheed, has said.

 ‘With the survey, the government will make a digital database with beggars’ photographs,’ he told a meeting titled ‘survey of the people involved in begging, rehabilitation and alternative employment’ held at the National Press Club in Dhaka Thursday afternoon.

At the first stage, the minister said, a day-long survey will be conducted in the Dhaka metropolitan area after Eid by dividing the metropolis into 10 zones.

Later, seven divisional cities—Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Rangpur and Barisal —would be brought under the programme to conduct the survey that would be completed within 10 days, the minister said.

   Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/nov/12/nat.html

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British aid workers held captive on Gaza aid ship

Nov 12, 2010

LONDON: Seven British aid workers are among a group being held in the Libyan sea on board a boat due to deliver aid to Gaza, a Foreign Office spokesman confirmed.

"We are aware of the incident at Derna Port in Libya and we have been in close contact with the organisers," the spokesman said.

"We understand that the ship is now heading towards Greek territorial waters," they added.

The spokesman could not confirm reports that the Strofades IV ship was surrounded by Libyan navy ships and fighter jets.

Ellie Merton, London liaison for the organisers, Road to Hope, said she thought the group were being held by the ship's Greek captain after a dispute over money.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/British-aid-workers-held-captive-on-Gaza-aid-ship/articleshow/6911258.cms#ixzz152vLXEKK

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India deteriorating Pak security, says Musharraf

Nov 12, 2010

Questions why India is not Hindu bomb, Israel a Jewish bomb

WASHINGTON - Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that India is responsible for the worst security conditions in Pakistan and there are proofs to back to this claim.

Addressing Atlantic Council think-tank in Washington, the former president said that India is behind the worst security conditions in Pakistan and “we have solid evidence backing this statement”.

He said that our atomic bomb is known as Islamic bomb, then why Indian bomb is not called Hindu bomb and why Israel’s bomb is not called Jewish bomb.

He further said that the drone technology is very useful and if this is given to Pakistan better results can be achieved. He said that extremism should be dealt seriously and said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are living in the occupied Kashmir and have sympathies of certain group of people.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/1110/12/FrontPage/index.php?id=4

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Mohammed pardons 384 prisoners

12 November 2010

 DUBAI — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 384 prison inmates from the Penal and Correctional Institutions in the emirate of Dubai.

Fifty-three of the released prisoners are Emiratis. Dubai Attorney-General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan congratulated the pardoned prisoners on the advent of Eid Al Adha, thanking Shaikh Mohammed for his humanitarian gesture and keenness as a leader for bringing the families together during the religious and national occasions.

He noted that the Public Prosecution in Dubai has commenced coordination with the Dubai Police to take executive and legal procedures to implement the orders of Shaikh Mohammed so that the released prisoners return to their families ahead of Eid Al Adha to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November358.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Mufti Hannan produced before court

Nov 12, 2010

Sixteen Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh men including its top leader Mufti Hannan in two separate cases were produced before a court in Gopalganj Thursday morning.

The police produced the accused before the court of additional district and sessions judge Gholam Morshed amid tight security at around 11:00am.

They are facing two cases — one for allegedly plotting murder of premier Sheikh Hasina by planting three powerful bombs at three separate places nearby the meeting venue of the then prime minister at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Degree College in Kotalipara on July 20, 2000, and another for bomb explosion at a church that killed 10 peoples at Baniarchar in 2001.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/nov/12/nat.html

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Top Qaeda leaders move to Yemen from Iran: report

Nov 12, 2010

KUWAIT CITY: A number of leading Al-Qaeda members, including former spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith of Kuwait, have moved from Iran to Yemen, a Kuwaiti daily said Thursday citing an intelligence report.

The revelation was made in a classified Western intelligence report sent to security officials in the Gulf and a number of Arab countries, Al-Qabas said, citing unnamed informed sources.

Several top Al-Qaeda leaders fled to Iran when the US launched an invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Some have been imprisoned in Tehran.

“Some of these leaders however have moved to Yemen and have taken the charges of command and coordination of Al-Qaeda operations,” the report said.

Full report at:

http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/11/top-qaeda-leaders-move-to-yemen-from-iran-report.html

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Bangla minister remembers ‘Indian sacrifices’

Nov 12, 2010

AGARTALA, India: Bangladesh cannot forget the sacrifices made by Indians to help it gain independence in 1971 and the two countries need to work together to resolve issues, visiting Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said in Tripura Thursday.

“The history and culture of both India and Bangladesh have been guiding us to go together, work together and solve all issues mutually,” said Moni, accompanied by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar after laying the foundation stone of the India-Bangladesh Maitri Uddan in south Tripura.

She arrived in Tripura Wednesday.

“We cannot forget India and its people who also sacrificed their lives and property for the 1971 liberation war of Bangladesh,” Moni said amid applause from thousands of men, women and children.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article187146.ece

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US close to decision on 9/11 trial for Mohammed

Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is close to deciding where the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 will be tried and whether he will face a military tribunal, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

Holder did not provide specifics to reporters and did not respond when asked if a decision on the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would come by the end of the year.

Holder’s initial plan to try him and four other accused plotters in a federal court in New York City was put on hold after local officials and members of Congress said he should be tried in a military court for security and other reasons.

“The process is an ongoing one. We are working to make a determination about the placement of that trial,” Holder told reporters after meeting with Canadian officials on cross-border security. “We have been working on it and I think we’re close to a decision.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article186698.ece

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Obama welcomes progress in forming Iraq government

Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama welcomes the progress Iraq has made in forming a new "inclusive" government, the White House said on Thursday.

"The president is encouraged by the substantial progress that has been made in forging an inclusive government that represents the Iraqi people and the results of this year's election," the White House said in a statement.

The White House said Obama spoke to several Iraqi leaders in recent days and stressed that all winning blocs in the Iraqi election be represented in the new leadership.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-welcomes-progress-in-forming-Iraq-government/articleshow/6911329.cms#ixzz152vIdvi3

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Hindu-Muslim marriage: HC frees man, slams cops

Nov 12 2010

Jammu : Playing the saviour in an inter-faith marriage, the High Court on Thursday granted bail to a man who had been in police lock-up for three days on charges of kidnapping the girl and slammed the police for their failure to produce her before it.

Justice J P Singh directed the SS P, Jammu, to make efforts to trace and produce the girl in the court on November 16, and took a serious note of the failure of the Pacca Danga SHO to comply with the directions to produce her in the court on Thursday.

The man, Aslam Khan — a class IV employee in the High Court’s protocol section in Jammu — and Priyanka Pandoh alias Shaheen — a first-year student of a private law college at Jammu — married before the Imam of a mosque at Sarwal on October 14 this year. Hailing from two adjoining localities of Jammu city, they had an affair for the past three years and decided to marry when the girl turned 19.

Aslam, who is already married and has a child, claimed she had embraced Islam the same day before their marriage and she was given the new name of Shaheen Khan.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/709907/

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Jamali meets Nawaz; discuss Muslim League merger

Nov 12, 2010

LAHORE: Convener of the Muttahida Muslim League (MML) and former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said on Thursday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has promised to discuss with his party’s senior members the prospect of unifying all factions of Pakistan Muslim League. Talking to reporters after a meeting with Nawaz in Raiwind, he said that merging all factions of Muslim League was not an easy task and a lot of effort would be required to bring all of them on a single platform. He added that Nawaz has assured him that he would talk to his party leaders on merger of various Muslim Leagues. Jamali said that Pakistan was facing various challenges and everybody, particularly the president, prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leadership and others will have to play a vital role to take the country out of crisis. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\12\story_12-11-2010_pg7_28

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Pak-US educational ties to foster mutual understanding: Haqqani

Nov 12, 2010

WASHINGTON: The expanding Pakistan-US cooperation in the field of education will help foster understanding between the two nations as they strive to build a strategic partnership, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani has said.

Speaking to a gathering of Pakistani Fulbright scholars and visiting vice chancellors of leading Pakistani universities, Haqqani also stressed that the trend to talk about revolution as answer to problems was a simplistic way of looking at difficult things while actual transformation would come through a tough process of reforms and enlightened education.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\12\story_12-11-2010_pg7_15

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279 embrace Islam in one month

12 November 2010

 DUBAI — The Islamic Affairs Department in Dubai witnessed 279 conversions into Islam in October, including that of 177 women.

On September 15, the department announced conversion of 1,900 people into Islam this year, including 397 in the Holy month of Ramadan.

Dr Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General of the department, said the new Muslims, hailing from 25 different countries, willingly approached the department and expressed their wish to embrace Islam. “They are touched with Islam’s tolerance, mercy and virtuous teachings, apart from the ethics and treatment of disciplined Muslims.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November360.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Hezbollah to ‘cut off hand’ of anyone over Hariri arrest

12 November 2010

 BEIRUT — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned on Thursday that his group would “cut off the hand” of anyone who tried to arrest any of its partisans over the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

“Whoever thinks the resistance could possibly accept any accusation against any of its jihadists or leaders is mistaken — no matter the pressures and threats,” Nasrallah said in a speech on closed-circuit television to mark his Shia group’s Martyr’s Day.

“Whoever thinks that we will allow the arrest or detention of any of our jihadists is mistaken,” he said, describing his political rivals as “in a hurry to see an indictment” in the five-year-old case.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/middleeast_November253.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Jordan jails three for killing sister over ‘love affair’

Nov 12, 2010

 AMMAN — A Jordanian court has sentenced three men to between 10 and seven years in jail for killing their sister over a “love affair,” an official said on Thursday.

“The criminal court yesterday condemned two of them to death but commuted the sentences to 10 years in prison, citing extenuating circumstances,” the official said without elaborating.

“The third man was sentenced to 15 years in jail for being an accessory to the crime, but the sentence was reduced to seven years for the same reason,” the official told AFP on condition anonymity.

The three brothers, all under 30, had agreed last year to kill the 40-year-old divorced woman from Abu Alanda, in southeast Amman, because of an alleged liaison.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/middleeast_November241.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Abbas wants more than US “slogans” on statehood

Nov 12, 2010

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday US support for Palestinian statehood had yet to move beyond “slogans.”

Abbas said views in the United States and Europe had started to shift in favor of the Palestinians but expressed frustration at recent US opposition to the idea of taking the quest for statehood to the UN Security Council.

“The world has started to change. Europe has started to change and America has started to change,” said Abbas, whose administration depends on political and financial backing from the United States and the European Union.

“True, it is still at the stage of slogans, such as ‘We support the two-state solution’ and ‘the establishment of a Palestinian state is in the vital national security interest of the United States’,” he added in a speech to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article186848.ece

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Violence in south Yemen after separatist’s arrest

Nov 12, 2010

ADEN, Yemen: Gunmen attacked a military checkpoint outside a south Yemen city on Thursday and demonstrators tried to break into a jail to protest against a southern separatist leader’s arrest, local officials said.

The checkpoint clash occurred hours before about 4,000 people, according to local residents, took to the streets in the southern city of Dalea for a second day of protests against Tuesday’s arrest of the leader of a southern secessionist group. Hasan Baoum is accused of planning illegal demonstrations.

A Dalea official said a group of protesters broke away and made an attempt to break into a local prison, but were driven off by police.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article186793.ece

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Tropical disease kills 300 in Southern Sudan

Nov 12, 2010

JUBA, Sudan: An outbreak of a parasitic tropical disease has killed more than 300 people in Southern Sudan — and the worst of the health crisis is yet to come, officials say.

The World Health Organization says the outbreak of kala azar, which began in September 2009 and has intensified in recent months, is the biggest health problem facing Southern Sudan.

More than 7,000 cases — many of them in the region’s most remote and insecure areas — have been reported this year by WHO and Southern Sudanese health authorities. The outbreak of cases is the region’s worst since 1991. More than 300 people have died since September 2009, WHO says, but officials fear the disease could spread for several more months.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article186765.ece

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