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Islamic World News ( 8 Dec 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com)

“Islam Is Religion of Progress and Development, Capable Of Accommodating New Changes”: Saudi King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

“Islam Is Religion of Progress and Development, Capable Of Accommodating New Changes”: Saudi King

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi cancels decree that sparked protests

Morsi set to re-impose martial law in Egypt

Saudi beheads Pakistani for murder of a compatriot

Cyber attack on Aramco not an inside job: Saudi Interior Ministry

Assad regime now in ‘final phase’

Terry Waite returns to Lebanon 25 years after kidnapping

Egyptian opposition mulls key Morsi concession

Syria-linked clashes kill four in Lebanon

Egypt Islamists reject delay to referendum

One million rich Gulf families own wealth worth $ 1.2 tn: report

Non-Saudis can't handle SME money transactions

 

North America

Quran exhibit tries to debunk stereotypes, build understanding: Ahmadiya Muslim Community

U.S. seeks to interview detained Egyptian jihadist in Benghazi probe

 

India

"Today 80% Hindus and Muslims are communal: Press Council of India Chairperson

Manmohan should visit Pakistan to break the ice, CPM says

India, Pak need fresh ideas to heal historical wounds: Analysts

Man arrested for uploading photo of Lord Hanuman atop mosque on Facebook

Disappeared persons' body for probe into missing Kashmiris

Maldives situation not a big deal, says Khurshid

Mumbai attacks: ‘Pink foam’, other evidence presented in court

Muslim League to seek release of Madani

Pakistan violates ceasefire, fires at Indian posts in Jammu and Kashmir

 

Mideast Asia

Israel should have killed Hamas leader in Gaza: party chief

We will never recognize Israel, Hamas leader says in Gaza speech

Israeli PM: Hamas has shown its true colours – again

Yemen battles Al-Qaeda-linked tribesmen

Turkey to host Afghanistan-Pakistan summit

Iran launches own ‘YouTube’ website: state TV

Iran seizes 11 tonnes of drug in ‘biggest’ bust

 

Pakistan

Pak asks Karzai to share information about spy chief bomber

US drone strike kills another al Qaeda leader in North Waziristan after Abu Zaid

3 Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

MQM Chief’s ‘business addresses raided, confirms Scotland Yard

Zardari lifts Malala’s spirits with tribute visit

Islamabad rejects long-term visas for Afghan refugees

26/11: LeT camp pictures among proof given to Pak court by FIA

 

South Asia

'Bangladeshi' hackers deface Pak Punjab Assembly site, Call it “Payback”

Indians in Maldives heave a sigh of relief

Karzai hints at conditional immunity for US troop’s post-2014

Protests for Caretaker Administration for National Elections turn violent in Bangladesh

US rescues doctor kidnapped by Taliban

Blockade designed to save war criminals: PM

 

Africa

Somalia: 'Al-Shabab' militants forced out of Jowhar

Tunisia arrests militants in car with explosives

 

Europe

Assad regime won’t survive, says German spy chief

Russia’s insistence on U.N. control over the Internet could see collapse of global meet

Over 60,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq: UN

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Aman Ki Asha:India, Pak need fresh ideas

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Arab World

 

“Islam Is Religion of Progress And Development, Capable Of Accommodating New Changes”: Saudi King

Saudi King Calls on Muslim Scholars to Follow Qur’an, Sunnah on Contemporary Issues

9 December 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has called upon Muslim scholars to give their opinion on contemporary issues in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah.

“Islam is capable of accommodating new changes on the lives of Muslims. This is a great blessing from God. It’s a religion of progress and development,” the king said.

In his keynote address to a meeting of Islamic Fiqh Council, an affiliate of the Muslim World League, King Abdullah cautioned against those who create division in Muslim societies.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal delivered the king’s speech, which urged scholars to find Islamic solutions for modern problems without deviating from basic Islamic teachings.

“You have to think about solutions in the light of Islam’s flexibility and moderate teachings. As decided by God, Islam is relevant for all times and places,” the king said.

Recent political and cultural changes in the region should not be allowed to make Muslim youth drift away from basic Islamic teachings.

King Abdullah said the call for sectarianism was the main challenge facing the Ummah, warning it would lead to bloody fighting among Muslims.

He urged religious scholars to give their proposals to strengthen Muslim unity.

http://www.arabnews.com/king-calls-scholars-follow-qur%E2%80%99-sunnah-new-issues

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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi cancels decree that sparked protests

 Dec 9, 2012

CAIRO: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has cancelled a decree that gave him sweeping powers and sparked huge protests, but did not delay a referendum on constitution as his opponents had demanded.

The announcement came from the spokesman for politicians and other figures who took part in a national dialogue on Saturday convened by the Islamist president. But the main opposition group stayed away, so the talks had little credibility among protesters.

One of the opposition's main demands was to scrap a referendum on a constitution that was drafted by an Islamist-led assembly. Liberals and others quit the assembly, saying their voices were not being heard.

But that vote will go ahead on Dec. 15 as planned. Officials said those at Saturday's talks had discussed a delay but found legal obstacles prevented any change in the date for the referendum.

The president issued a new decree in which the first article "cancels the constitutional declaration" announced on Nov. 22, spokesman Mohamed Selim al-Awa told a news conference. Last month's decree had led to protests and deadly violence.

The new decree excluded some elements from the old decree that had angered the opposition, including one article that gave the president broad powers to confront threats to the revolution or the nation, wording that the opposition said gave him arbitrary authority to act.

Another article in the old decree had put beyond legal challenge any decision taken by the president since he took office on June 30 and until a new parliament was elected, a step that can only happen when a new constitution is in place.

Although that article was not repeated, an article in the new decree put "constitutional declarations include this declaration" beyond judicial review.

The new decree also outlined steps for setting up an assembly to draft a new constitution should the current draft be rejected at a referendum the decree said would be held on Dec. 15.

The spokesman for the main opposition coalition that boycotted Saturday's talks, the National Salvation Front, said his group would meet on Sunday to discuss the announcement, but added his personal view was that it was not enough.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypts-President-Mohamed-Morsi-cancels-decree-that-sparked-protests/articleshow/17540431.cms

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Morsi set to re-impose martial law in Egypt

New York Times

Dec 09 2012

Cairo: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of President Mohammed Morsi has approved legislation re-imposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt’s state media reported on Saturday.

Morsi has not yet issued the order, the flagship state newspaper Al Ahramk reported. But even if merely a threat, the preparation of the measure suggested an escalation in the political battle between Egypt’s new Islamist leaders and their secular opponents over an Islamist-backed draft constitution. The standoff has already threatened to derail the culmination of Egypt’s promised transition to a constitutional democracy nearly two years after the revolt against the former leader Hosni Mubarak.

“President Morsi will soon issue a decision for the participation of the armed forces in the duties of maintaining security and protection of vital state institutions until the constitution is approved and legislative elections are finished,” Al Ahram reported, suggesting that martial law would last until at least February. Parliamentary elections are expected to be held two months after the constitutional referendum, scheduled for next Saturday.

A short time later, a military spokesman read a statement over state television echoing the report of the president’s order and calling for a dialogue to resolve the crisis.

The spokesman said, “Dialogue is the best and sole way to reach consensus that achieves the interests of the nation and citizens. Anything other than that puts us in a dark tunnel with drastic consequences.”

Al Ahram reported that the defence minister would determine the scope of the military’s role. Military officers would be authorized to act as police and “to use force to the extent necessary to perform their duty,” the newspaper stated.

A need to rely on the military to secure a referendum to approve the new charter could undermine Morsi’s efforts to present the documents as an expression of national consensus that might resolve the crisis.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s main Islamist parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Saturday rejected opposition demands to delay a December 15 referendum on a new constitution they helped draft, Press Trust of India reported.

The 13 parties “insist the referendum on the constitution take place on the scheduled date, with no modification or delay”, according to a joint statement to the media by Khairat al-Shater of the Muslim Brotherhood.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/morsi-set-to-reimpose-martial-law-in-egypt/1042500/

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Saudi beheads Pakistani for murder of a compatriot

 9 December 2012

RIYADH: Saudi authorities on Sunday beheaded a Pakistani in the Muslim holy city of Mecca for stabbing to death a compatriot, the interior ministry said.

Altaf Hussein Hati was found guilty of stabbing a man in the throat and leaving him to bleed to death, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

His beheading brings to 74 the number of people executed so far this year in the conservative kingdom, where 79 were put to death in 2011, according to Amnesty International.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the Sharia, or Islamic law.

http://dawn.com/2012/12/09/saudi-beheads-pakistani-for-murder/

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Cyber attack on Aramco not an inside job: Saudi Interior Ministry

 9 December 2012

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Monsour Al-Turki said on Sunday that staff at Aramco was not involved in a cyber attack on the company's systems in August.

“The Interior Ministry with cooperation Aramco have reached encouraging results regarding the cyber attack on Aramco during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Al-Turki at a press conference.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/aramco-cyber-attack-designed-halt-oil-production-ministry-interior

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Assad regime now in ‘final phase’

9 December 2012

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is in its final stages and will be unable to survive as more parts of the country slip from his control, the head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) said.

“Armed rebels are co-ordinating better, which is making their fight against Assad more effective,” Gerhard Schindler told the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung newspaper, in an interview made public yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/assad-regime-now-%E2%80%98final-phase%E2%80%99-0

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Terry Waite returns to Lebanon 25 years after kidnapping

 9 December 2012

Former hostage Terry Waite has returned to Lebanon, 25 years after he was kidnapped and tortured by a cell linked to the militant group Hezbollah.

Mr Waite returned to Beirut last week, and met senior Hezbollah figure Ammar Moussawi for two hours.

He told the Sunday Telegraph he asked the group to unite different religious groups and communities in the region.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20654574

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Egyptian opposition mulls key Morsi concession

Dec 9, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's main opposition considered on Sunday whether to maintain mass protests against President Mohamed Morsi after the Islamist leader announced a key concession in the political crisis dividing the country.

A Morsi aide said the president had agreed "from this moment" to give up expanded powers he assumed last month that gave him immunity from judicial oversight.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egyptian-opposition-mulls-key-Morsi-concession/articleshow/17545245.cms

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Syria-linked clashes kill four in Lebanon

Dec 9, 2012

TRIPOLI, LEBANON: Sectarian clashes linked to the 21-month conflict in Syria killed four people and wounded 40 in neighbouring Lebanon before dawn on Sunday, a security official said.

The latest fighting in the northern city of Tripoli between Sunni Muslims and Alawite co-religionists of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came amid growing international concern about the potential for neighbouring countries to be dragged into the conflict.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syria-linked-clashes-kill-four-in-Lebanon/articleshow/17543719.cms

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Egypt Islamists reject delay to referendum

Dec 8, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's main Islamist parties, including President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, today rejected opposition demands to delay a referendum on a new constitution, as the military called for dialogue to resolve the crisis plaguing the deeply polarised nation.

The 13 parties "insist that the referendum on the constitution take place on the scheduled date (December 15), with no modification or delay," according to a joint statement.

Khairat al-Shater, the number two of the Muslim Brotherhood, read out the statement to the media.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-Islamists-reject-delay-to-referendum/articleshow/17537831.cms

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One million rich Gulf families own wealth worth $ 1.2 tn: report

December 09, 2012

One million wealthy families in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries own investment assets worth about USD 1.2 trillion, a new report has said.

The KFH-Research report about wealth and funds management said that the world's population of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) grew by a marginal 0.8 % year on year to 11 million in 2011. This pace was sluggish compared to growth rates of 17.1 % in 2009 and 8.3 % in 2010.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/One-million-rich-Gulf-families-own-wealth-worth-1-2-tn-report/Article1-970536.aspx

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Non-Saudis can't handle SME money transactions

 8 December 2012

A number of banks have refrained from dealing with foreigners handling financial transactions of private institutions, according to banking sources.

These financial institutions are listed now as “Saudi citizens,” which means non–Saudis cannot manage their owners’ accounts.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/non-saudis-cant-handle-sme-money-transactions

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North America

 

Quran exhibit tries to debunk stereotypes, build understanding: Ahmadiya Muslim Community

 9 December 2012

RACINE — The Quran is not about terrorism and hate, said Daud Ahmad, a member of Racine’s Ahmadiya Muslim Community.

Rather, he said, the Muslim holy book is a text of peace and justice.

“It’s not a terrorist religion. It doesn’t support any acts of terrorism,” Ahmad said. “We want to bring a more positive light to the religion of Islam as well as show the beauties of the holy Quran.”

To do so, the local Ahmadiya Muslim Community held a Quran exhibit Saturday at the George Bray Neighbourhood Centre, 924 Centre St.

Full report at:

http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/quran-exhibit-tries-to-debunk-stereotypes-build-

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U.S. seeks to interview detained Egyptian jihadist in Benghazi probe

By Susan Candiotti, Ross Levitt and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, CNN

December 8, 2012

American authorities are examining whether the leader of a post-revolution terror network in Egypt played a role in the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Muhamed Jamal Abu Ahmed has been detained by Egyptian authorities; however, the FBI has not yet had access to him, the official said.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/08/world/africa/libya-benghazi-probe/

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India

 

"Today 80% Hindus and 80% Muslims are communal: Press Council of India Chairperson

Dec 8, 2012

NEW DELHI: Ninety per cent of Indians are "idiots" who can easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion, Press Council of India (PCI) Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju claimed on Saturday.

"I say ninety per cent of Indians are idiots. You people don't have brains in your heads ... It is so easy to take you for a ride," he said at a seminar.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/90-of-Indians-are-idiots-Markandey-Katju-says/articleshow/17536647.cms

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Manmohan should visit Pakistan to break the ice, CPM says

PDec 8, 2012

SRINAGAR: The CPM on Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should visit Pakistan without getting swayed by the domestic political compulsions.

"The peace process between the two countries should not be overturned because of domestic compulsions," said MY Tarigami, Jammu and Kashmir CPM secretary.

"For Singh, in the twilight of his political career, the latest invitation from Pakistan president ( Asif Ali Zardari) perhaps provides him a chance to be magnanimous and go down in the annals of history as a statesman, not a mere politician," Tarigami said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Manmohan-should-visit-Pakistan-to-break-the-ice-CPM-says/articleshow/17536444.cms

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India, Pak need fresh ideas to heal historical wounds: Analysts

Dec 9, 2012

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan need fresh ideas for solutions to festering wounds of history, analysts stressed at a two-day conference as part of Times of India and Pakistan's Jang group's Aman Ki Asha initiative this week. The analysts called on the two countries to move forward on areas of synergy than being stuck on disputes.

Indian analysts flagged the need for Islamabad to prosecute the 26/11 perpetrators while maintaining that the time was not ripe for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan. They said the Mumbai attack was not "yet another terrorist attack" and had left a deep scar on the Indian psyche.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pak-need-fresh-ideas-to-heal-historical-wounds-Analysts/articleshow/17539533.cms

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Man arrested for uploading photo of Lord Hanuman atop mosque on Facebook

Dec 08 2012

Rourkela : A 20-year-old youth was arrested on charge of uploading an objectionable picture on the Facebook, police said on Saturday.

Pintu Sahu was taken to custody by Brahmanitarang police yesterday for posting an objectionable picture on his Facebook account, they said.

The picture showed “Lord Hanuman sitting atop a mosque” and the picture was posted on December 6, the day the Babri shrine was demolished, they said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/man-arrested-for-uploading-photo-of-lord-hanuman-atop-mosque-on-facebook/1042370/

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Disappeared persons' body for probe into missing Kashmiris

Dec 08 2012

Srinagar : A strong demand was today made a local organisation for setting up an "independent and credible" commission to investigate cases of alleged disappearances of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

The demand was made by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) formed by relatives of those persons who remained traceless for many years.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1042689/

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Maldives situation not a big deal, says Khurshid

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times

December 09, 2012

While China or Pakistan trying to get a foothold in Maldives is a matter of "temporary concern", instances of Indian investments getting into trouble in neighbouring countries need not be seen as a case of "someone flexing muscle against you", said external affairs minister Salman Khurshid.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Maldives-situation-not-a-big-deal-says-Khurshid/Article1-970409.aspx

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Mumbai attacks: ‘Pink foam’, other evidence presented in court

 December 9, 2012

Investigators on Saturday provided details of 350 articles, including the crucial “pink foam” to an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven men charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The articles were found by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) camps in Karachi, Mirpurkhas and two other places in Sindh.

The pink foam has emerged as a crucial piece of evidence in investigations into the Mumbai attacks on both sides of the border. Indian investigators found samples of the pink foam at three sites where attackers planted bombs in Mumbai in November 2008.

Samples of the foam were also found in a rucksack used by Ajmal Kasab.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477225/mumbai-attacks-pink-foam-other-evidence-presented-in-court/

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Muslim League to seek release of Madani

 9 December 2012

NEW DELHI: Indian Union Muslim League, the key ally of the ruling Congress party in the southern state of Kerala, said yesterday it would take initiative to ensure trial or release of Abdunnasar Madani, who is jailed in the neighbouring Karnataka state on terror charges.

“He deserves humanitarian consideration and the state government should intervene to ensure that. We don’t expect the Karnataka government (of Bharatiya Janata Party) to do justice,” IUML general secretary KPA Majeed said in a statement here.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/muslim-league-seek-release-maadani

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Pakistan violates ceasefire, fires at Indian posts in Jammu and Kashmir

Dec 9, 2012

JAMMU: Pakistani troops opened heavy gunfire at 10 Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to push in terrorists into the state, Army officials said on Sunday.

The Pakistani firing began late on Saturday in Krishna Ghati sector in the mountainous district of Poonch, about 250 km from here, and lasted till Sunday morning.

"They used small arms, light machineguns and rockets. The firing was heavy up to 11pm. Thereafter, it became intermittent and was going on till 7am," an official said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-violates-ceasefire-fires-at-Indian-posts-in-Jammu-and-Kashmir/articleshow/17546243.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Israel should have killed Hamas leader in Gaza: party chief

Dec 09 2012

Jerusalem: Israel should have taken advantage of exiled Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal's first visit to the Gaza Strip to kill him, opposition MP and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz has said.

"We should have taken advantage of the occasion to slice the head off the serpent. Meshaal deserves to die," Mofaz, also a former defence minister, said in a statement yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/israel-should-have-killed-hamas-leader-in-gaza-party-chief/1042611/

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We will never recognize Israel, Hamas leader says in Gaza speech

 Dec 8, 2012

GAZA (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES): Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in an uncompromising speech during his first ever visit to Gaza after decades of exile, told a mass rally on Saturday he would never recognize Israel and pledged to "free the land of Palestine inch by inch".

A sea of flag-waving supporters filled wasteland in Gaza city to hear his fiery speech at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of his Islamist group, which has ruled Gaza — a small splinter of coastal land — since 2007.

Full report at: Times of India

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Israeli PM: Hamas has shown its true colours – again

Boaz Fyler

12.09.12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented Sunday on the speech given by Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal in Gaza Saturday, saying that "Over the last 24 hours were have been exposed, again, to Hamas' true colors."

 Mashaal spoke at Hamas' 25th anniversary celebrations in Gaza City, and declared that the Islamist movement would never recognize Israel and will "fight to free Palestine from the Zionist occupier."

Hamas, Netanyahu told the Cabinet, "Has no intention of ever reaching a compromise with us. They want to destroy Israel. The State of Israel will overcome this enemy, but it was interesting to see how Abu Mazen didn't condemn the statements calling for Israel's destruction – just like he never condemns rocket fire.

 Full report at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4317392,00.html

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Yemen battles Al-Qaeda-linked tribesmen

9 December 2012

SANAA/ADEN: A senior Yemeni army official was killed yesterday in an ambush by suspected Al-Qaeda members, while the army battled tribesmen who blew up the country’s main oil export pipeline.

The chief-of-staff for Yemen’s central military region in turbulent Maarib province, home to a large portion of the impoverished country’s oil, died when gunmen fired on his vehicle, a security official said.

The attackers were probably militants linked to Al-Qaeda, said the official, who did not want to be identified.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/yemen-battles-al-qaeda-linked-tribesmen

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Turkey to host Afghanistan-Pakistan summit

December 9, 2012

ANKARA: The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold talks in Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday in a bid to resolve a row after Kabul claimed an attack against its spy chief was planned in Pakistan, an official said.

The assassination attempt on National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Asadullah Khalid was carried out Thursday by an attacker who claimed to be a Taliban peace envoy but had a bomb hidden in his underwear.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477317/turkey-to-host-afghanistan-pakistan-summit/

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Iran launches own ‘YouTube’ website: state TV

 9 December 2012

TEHRAN: Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to compete against Google’s popular YouTube whose content is deemed inappropriate by the Islamic regime, the state television reported on Sunday.

The website (http://www.mehr.ir) called ‘Mehr’, meaning affection in Farsi, aims to attract Persian-speaking users and also promote Iranian culture, according to its About Us page.

“From now on, people can upload their short films on the website and access (IRIB) produced material,” said IRIB deputy chief Lotfollah Siahkali.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/09/iran-launches-own-youtube-website-state-tv/

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Iran seizes 11 tonnes of drug in ‘biggest’ bust

 9 December 2012

TEHRAN: Iran’s border patrol police said it seized more than 11 tonnes of drugs, killing one smuggler, in the “biggest” bust since the 1979 Islamic revolution, media reported on Sunday.

“The biggest drug load busted since the revolution, weighing 11 tonnes, has been seized in Jakigour area in Sistan-Baluchestan,” bordering Pakistan, border police chief Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/09/iran-seizes-11-tonnes-of-drug-in-biggest-bust/

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Pakistan

 

Pak asks Karzai to share information about spy chief bomber

Dec 8, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government today responded to President Hamid Karzai's accusation that a suicide attacker who targeted the Afghan spy chief had come from Pakistan by saying that Kabul should share any information it has to back up the allegation.

"Before levelling charges, the Afghan government would do well if they shared information or evidence with the government of Pakistan that they might have with regard to the cowardly attack on the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS)," foreign office spokesman Moazzam Khan said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-asks-Karzai-to-share-information-about-spy-chief-bomber/articleshow/17536649.cms

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US drone strike kills another al Qaeda leader in North Waziristan after Abu Zaid

 December 9, 2012

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A US drone attack killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Pakistan’s northwest on Sunday, military intelligence officials said, the second militant leader to be killed in strikes by the unmanned aircraft in three days.    

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477312/us-drone-strike-kills-at-3-in-north-waziristan-officials/

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3 Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

December 09, 2012

Officials in Pakistan said a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three militants near the Afghan border.

Officials said drone missiles hit a militant compound Sunday in Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, known as a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

Pakistan has repeatedly criticized U.S. drone attacks as a violation of its sovereignty.

U.S. officials have said the strikes are an important tool in defeating militants.

http://www.voanews.com/content/three-killed-in-us-drone-strike-in-pakistan/1561405.html

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MQM chief’s ‘business address’ raided, confirms Scotland Yard

 9 December 2012

The suspense only seems to deepen with each new piece of information.

The unnamed place raided in London by police a few days ago in connection with the murder of former parliamentarian Dr Imran Farooq has turned out to be an office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – Dr Farooq’s own party.

London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that a search and raid operation was carried out at the “business address” of MQM leader Altaf Hussain. The press office of the Metropolitan Police told the BBC that the search continued for two consecutive days at the site. However, it was stressed that no arrests had been made, and no person was detained for interrogation.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477243/imran-farooq-murder-case-mqm-chiefs-business-address-raided-confirms-scotland-yard/

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Zardari lifts Malala’s spirits with tribute visit

 December 9, 2012

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari paid a visit to peace icon Malala Yousafzai at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on Saturday.

The 15-year-old activist was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by the Taliban in Swat on October 9.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477233/special-visit-zardari-lifts-malalas-spirits-with-tribute-visit/

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Islamabad rejects long-term visas for Afghan refugees

December 9, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The government rejected on Saturday a ministry proposal to grant 150,000 Afghan refugees visa permits for a long-term stay in the country, an official requesting anonymity said.

The proposal was shot down with a strongly worded note of disagreement and displeasure, with the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) describing the proposal as ‘’against national interest,” the official added.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477200/islamabad-rejects-long-term-visas-for-afghan-refugees/

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26/11: LeT camp pictures among proof given to Pak court by FIA

 December 09, 2012

Photographs of Lashkar-e-Taiba training camps in Sindh and motorboats used by the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai are among evidence presented to an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistanis charged with involvement in the 2008 strikes.

Officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented the evidence to anti-terrorism court judge Chaudhary Habib-ur-Rehman during a hearing conducted behind closed doors in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/26-11-LeT-camp-pics-among-proof-given-to-Pak-court/Article1-970566.aspx

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South Asia

 

'Bangladeshi' hackers deface Pak Punjab Assembly site, Call it “Payback”

December 9, 2012

A group of hackers claiming to be Bangladeshi defaced the Punjab Assembly website on Sunday and termed the act “payback” for the hacking of some Bangladeshi websites.

“This Is Pay Bak To Shadow008 For Hacking Our Bangladeshi Sites!” reads the text on the defaced site, which carried the image of a profane hand gesture.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477314/payback-bangladeshi-hackers-deface-punjab-assembly-site/

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Indians in Maldives heave a sigh of relief

R. K. RADHAKRISHNAN

 9 December 2012

Indians in Male and elsewhere in Maldives heaved a sigh of relief as the stand-off between Male airport operator GMR, and the Maldives government fizzled out and Maldives took over the running of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport from the midnight of December 7.

“There are no problems in the [running of the] airport,” said GMR spokesperson Arun Bhagat. GMR personnel are still handling most operations, though Finance Minister Abdullah Jihad had handed over to CEO and MD of Maldives Airports Company Mohamed Ibrahim a document authorising him to operate the airport.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indians-in-maldives-heave-a-sigh-of-relief/article4179053.ece

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Karzai hints at conditional immunity for US troop’s post-2014

December 9, 2012

KABUL: Afghanistan may consider giving conditional immunity from local prosecution for US troops remaining in the country after NATO forces withdraw in 2014, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.

Negotiations on a US-Afghan security pact that involves talks on the status of US bases in post-2014 Afghanistan were launched in November but negotiators said the immunity issue was not discussed in the first round.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/477181/karzai-hints-at-conditional-immunity-for-us-troops-post-2014/

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Protests for Caretaker Administration for National Elections turn violent in Bangladesh

 9 December 2012

Police in fired rubber bullets and tear gas Sunday to disperse stone-throwing protesters who set fire to vehicles and tried to block roads across Bangladesh to demand restoration of caretaker administration to oversee upcoming national elections.

Police and witnesses said at least two people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in the capital and several other districts.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/protests-turn-violent-in-bangladesh/article4181040.ece

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US rescues doctor kidnapped by Taliban

Dec 9, 2012

KABUL: An American doctor who was abducted by the Afghan Taliban five days ago was rescued on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the US-led military coalition has said.

Dr Dilip Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents on Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province. He was rescued in an early morning operation ordered after intelligence showed that the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/US-rescues-doctor-kidnapped-by-Taliban/articleshow/17545439.cms

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Blockade designed to save war criminals: PM

 9 December 2012

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday blasted the opposition for “enforcing countrywide road blockade to save the war criminals” at a time when the country is in a mood to celebrate the series victory against formidable West Indies in ODI cricket.

"We achieved another victory in the month of victory over the formidable West Indies. Today (Sunday), the opposition party engaged in setting fire to vehicles instead of celebrating the victory,” she said, speaking at a function marking the distribution of the Begum Rokeya Medal 2012 at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43056

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Africa

 

Somalia: 'Al-Shabab' militants forced out of Jowhar

 9 December 2012

Somali troops and African Union forces have captured the town of Jowhar from the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, reports say.

The troops encountered no resistance as the militants had fled, said a military spokesman and residents in the town.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20658236

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Tunisia arrests militants in car with explosives

 8 December 2012

TUNIS: Tunisian security forces arrested two militants on the border with Algeria in a car full of maps, military costumes and materials for making explosives, the official news agency said yesterday.

Two others in the vehicle stopped in the town of Fernana on Friday night managed to flee, TAP news agency said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/tunisia-arrests-militants-car-explosives

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Europe

 

Assad regime won’t survive, says German spy chief

 9 December 2012

Germany’s foreign intelligence chief says the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad won’t survive, but it’s impossible to say how long it will hang on.

The head of the Federal Intelligence Service, Gerhard Schindler, was quoted on Sunday as telling the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper: “Signs are increasing that the regime in Damascus is in its final phase.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/assad-regime-wont-survive-says-german-spy-chief/article4181140.ece

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Russia’s insistence on U.N. control over the Internet could see collapse of global meet

SHALINI SINGH

 9 December 2012

It’s Russia, China, and Arab states versus E.U., U.S. and Japan; India is silent

The December 3-14 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, could collapse if Russia does not back off from its proposal to bring the Internet under the control of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), thereby subjecting the web to inter-governmental regulation.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/russias-insistence-on-un-control-over-the-internet-could-see-collapse-of-global-meet/article4179064.ece

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Over 60,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq: UN

 9 December 2012

BAGHDAD: More than 63,000 Syrian refugees have fled the bloody conflict in their home country for neighboring Iraq, according to figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees yesterday.

The intense fighting between forces loyal to Bashar Assad and fighters battling to overthrow him has sparked a huge exodus of Syrians to neighboring countries.

There were 63,496 Syrian refugees in Iraq as of Dec. 5, a weekly update released by the UN said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/over-60000-syrian-refugees-iraq-un

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