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Islamists Detained In UAE Admit To Forming Military Arm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Islamists Detained In UAE Admit To Forming Military Arm

110 killed or wounded in Syria blast

Islam vs tolerance debated in Prophet Film’s wake

Allies use power of purse against Syrian regime

Assad says rebels will not win, calls for dialogue

70 Saudis in Iraqi jails

Syria army, rebels clash in Aleppo

 

Europe

United States, Mali extend agreement to protect archaeological sites in Mali

French Muslim leader urges calm as Muhammad cartoons republished

Widespread protests target France over Prophet Cartoons

UNSC demands end to grave abuses against children in conflict

Danish Mohammad cartoonist rejects censorship

UN condemns Somali suicide bombing at Mogadishu cafe; Journalists among the dead

UN appoints Pakistan’s Homi Kharas to lead panel on future global development efforts

How Salman Rushdie helped the world discover Harry Potter

 

Africa

Ban on Hijab Angers Mombasa Muslims

Kenyan court jails al Shabaab member for 59 years

Education prospects bleak for children in war-torn Mali

Tunisia opts to ban protests to prevent violence over cartoons

Libya offers further apology for US envoy's death

14 killed in Somalia suicide bombing

Mass graves found after tribal fighting in Kenya

Three journalists killed, at least four wounded in Somalia

Dasuki can tackle Nigeria’s security challenges

Libya's tense Benghazi braces for rival demos

 

Pakistan

‘Fear and loathing’ in Islamabad during protest against the Anti-Muslim Film

Pakistan comes to standstill on Love the Prophet Day

Pak Hindus seek reservation according to their population percentage

Pakistani leaders play religious card as anti-Prophet film protests boil

Cleric found guilty in Rimsha Masih 'blasphemy' case

Anti-Islam film protests in Pakistan: One killed, two cinemas set afire

Intelligence reports received over terror threats, says Rehman Malik

Freedom of speech being used to offend, says PM

Pakistan protests UN listing in ‘children and armed conflict’ report

Pakistan summons acting US envoy to lodge protest against film

Dual nationality: Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies 11 lawmakers

Khar seeks realistic achievable plan from U.S. on Afghanistan

Civil society, political parties slam attack on Daily Times office

Great classical Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir’s death anniversary observed

Hunger in flood-hit areas may cause more deaths

Muslim Solidarity: PTI, religious groups announce protests

 

South Asia

Espionage case: Pak diplomat in Colombo named in Tamil Nadu FIR

Music school strikes chord with Afghan street kids

Last US surge troops leave Afghanistan

20 Bangladeshis return from Tanzanian jail

Protest against ridiculing Prophet Muhammad

NATO’s Afghan strategy in jeopardy: Experts

Regional concerns: Kabul to take UN route on cross-border mortar attacks

Afghanistan warns Pakistan over cross-border shelling

 

Southeast Asia

Malaysia wants to prevent homosexuality from spreading

Car bomb kills 5 in Thailand's violent south by Suspected Muslim insurgents

Malaysia PM says anti-Islam film, French cartoons “unnecessarily inflammatory”

Anti-Islam film part of anti-Islam campaign, says OIC Human Rights Commission

Shia leader sentence increased on blasphemy charges

East Java Police Arrest Alleged Shiite Murderer

 

North America

Offensive video an excuse to carry out violence: Obama

Copts and Muslims Will Meet Tonight at Islamic Society of Orange County

WA Welcomes FBI Decision to Join Probe of Anti-Muslim Vandalism

Time for divorce with Pakistan: US Congressman

Role of al-Qaeda in Benghazi attack not known yet: Obama

U.S. surge troops out of Afghanistan: Panetta

US: Pak American Community leader murder mystery continue

Anti-Islam film: US court rejects 'block film' plea

US warns its citizens from travelling to Pakistan

US judges seem sceptical of CIA secrecy of drones

 

Mideast Asia

Iran parades military, warns Israel

Top Israelis visit US to ease tensions

Turkish court to give first coup verdict

French paper cartoons spark protest in Iran

One Israeli soldier, three gunmen killed in Israel-Egypt border clash: TV

Cyberwar on Iran more widespread than first thought, say researchers

Iran’s Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies

 

India

Army chief opposes PM's trip to Pak

NCM to take up Sarabjit's issue with their Pakistani counterpart

'Kargil was a poor test of India's air warfare capability'

Was told not to choose Indian name while in hiding: Rushdie

Babri Masjid: Narasimha Rao made a mistake, Digvijaya Singh says

Mobile telephone, internet services snapped in Kashmir before Friday prayers

Bakery blast accused Baig often talked of jihad, says roommate

 

Australia

India-Pakistan dispute may pose nuclear threat to Asia: ex-Oz PM

Australia closes mission in Islamabad

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: ‘Fear and loathing’ in Islamabad during protest against the Anti-Muslim Film

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Arab World

 

Islamists Detained In UAE Admit To Forming Military Arm

 20 September 2012

DUBAI: Islamists detained in the United Arab Emirates have confessed to forming a secret organization that includes a military wing aimed at establishing an Islamist state, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

Members of the banned Al-Islah (Reform) association, said they planned to topple the UAE regime, a federation of seven hereditary sheikhdoms, Alkhaleej daily said, citing unnamed sources close to the investigation.

“Investigations have revealed that the structure of the organization included committees and local branches in every emirate, as well as consultative and executive councils and a military wing,” said Alkhaleej.

The group admitted a plot aimed at “seizing power and establishing a religious state or a Caliphate” — the political system improvised by early Muslims after the death of Prophet Muhammad (praise be upon him) in the 7th century.

The organization had also been acting “in high-level coordination with the organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood in three other Gulf states,” said the report.

“The Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE recently received 10 million dirhams ($2.72 million) from its counterparts in the Gulf, because it is currently going through a tough time,” it added.

Other UAE newspapers reported matching statements also attributed to sources close to the investigation.

AFP was not immediately able to contact lawyers of the detained to confirm the reports.

Al-Islah has traditionally been associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Those who made the reported confession are among 60 detained Islamists, including Sheikh Sultan bin Kayed Al-Qassimi, a member of the ruling family of the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah.

On July 15, the UAE announced it had dismantled a group it said was plotting against state security and challenging the constitution but did not identify their affiliation or give the number of arrests.

Amnesty International has urged authorities to release the activists or provide them with fair trials.

The UAE has not seen the kind of pro-reform protests that have swept other Arab countries, including Gulf neighbors Bahrain and Oman, since last year.

But the Abu Dhabi government has stepped up a crackdown on voices of dissent and calls for democratic reforms.

http://www.arabnews.com/uae-islamists-admit-forming-military-arm-report

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110 killed or wounded in Syria blast

September 20, 2012

At least 110 civilians were killed or wounded in an explosion at a petrol station in the village of Ain Issa, in Raqa province in northeast Syria, a Britain-based watchdog said Thursday.

"Lawyers and activists in the area say the blast was caused by aerial bombardment," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.

The news came as rebel fighters gunned down a helicopter in a battleground town near Damascus on Thursday, according to the same group, and Syria's opposition declared parts of the capital a "disaster area."

A series of explosions rocked Douma, just northeast of Damascus, shortly before the rebels downed the helicopter, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. State television said the aircraft had "crashed".

The latest escalation of violence in the 18-month uprising came as Dutch Foreign Minister hosted a "Friends of Syria" meeting in The Hague to refine sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Overnight, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that the Syrian government and rebels seemed intent on fighting to the bitter end, while saying the international body may offer a new strategy for peace.

On Thursday, helicopter gunships pounded Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, as the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) added new claims of devastation to the southern district of Damascus and in adjacent neighbourhoods.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC), a grassroots network of anti-regime activists, made the same claim on Wednesday, and pleaded for help from international aid organisations.

"Helicopter gunships are pounding civilian homes in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in southern Damascus," the SNC, Syria's main opposition coalition, said in a statement.

"Many people have been killed or injured, but the violence of the shelling is making it difficult for activists in the area to document all their names," it added.

On Wednesday, the Britain-based Observatory reported 12 people killed in the two southern districts.

"We call on the heroes of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army to intervene and to target the army of Assad," said the SNC.

"We also call on them to open routes for the civilians to flee the catastrophic conditions they are living in."

The SNC also renewed its call on the international community to intervene on behalf of the Syrian people.

"The international and Arab response to what is happening in the world's oldest capital city (Damascus) has been completely insufficient," it said.

On Wednesday, the SRGC had said that, "since July 15, these neighbourhoods have suffered fierce army assaults, as well as indiscriminate shelling targeting civilian homes and shops."

"People who fled the violence in search of safety have paid the highest price," it added.

The SRGC accused the regime of "carrying out a series of summary executions" in the south of the capital, adding that at least 200 people have been killed in the afflicted districts since violence broke out in the area mid-summer.

Speaking in New York on Wednesday, the UN secretary general said the conflict would top the agenda at next week's UN General Assembly summit of world leaders even though there is no formal meeting on Syria.

"Unfortunately both sides, government and opposition forces, seem to be determined to see the end by military means," Ban told reporters.

"I think military means will not bring an answer," he said, calling for "political dialogue reflecting the genuine aspirations and will of the Syrian people."

Ban said UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who just wrapped up his first visit to Syria and its neighbours since taking up his post earlier this month, may put a plan to Assad's government after next week's UN talks.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called for a Syrian solution to the conflict as he visited Damascus for talks with Assad.

Salehi, whose country is closely allied to the Assad regime, said Syria was "facing a problem, and we hope that this problem can be solved as soon as possible."

But he added that "Syria has very strong, solid ties with Iran, especially at the political level."

Earlier this week, Salehi appealed for a simultaneous halt in clashes and violence by both sides in the conflict, while insisting on a peaceful solution without foreign intervention and a halt to aiding the Syrian opposition.

In other developments, the new UN envoy on children in conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said the world body was investigating Syrian rebel groups as well as government forces for attacks that have killed children.

"We have received information concerning indiscriminate bomb attacks which have killed children in Damascus and other areas, and continue to document incidents committed by armed actors, such as the Syrian Free Army, who may have children associated with their forces," Zerrougui told the UN Security Council.

More than 27,000 people have been killed in violence across Syria since March last year, according to the Observatory. The United Nations puts the figure at more than 20,000.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/afp/110-killed-or-wounded-in-syria-blast-watchdog/545574

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Islam vs tolerance debated in Prophet Film’s wake

 September 21, 2012

Behind the anger over a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad, public protest is giving way to measured debate over free speech in the new Muslim world.

But while many crave more openness, few if any will go so far as to say that includes the right to blaspheme. Angry shouts of

"No, no to America!" and "No to Israel!" have been balanced by voices condemning the weeklong violence that has targeted US and other Western embassies and left more than 30 dead in seven countries, including Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"Muslims should know that Islamic extremist groups bear some responsibility for the uproar taking place now, and for the collision of the world cultures," said Sheik Hameed Marouf, a Sunni cleric in Baghdad.

"The moderate people and clerics in the Islamic world should do their best to isolate and stop such groups that do not represent the true moderate values of our religion."

Religious extremists — whether Muslim, Jewish or Christian — "will lead only to more killings and more blasphemous acts," he said.

Anger is still palpable over the anti-Islam video made in California, as well as French political cartoons that denigrate Muhammad, but most of the Arab world has not seen protests for much of this week.

The streets around the US Embassy in Cairo, where clashes raged for days, were relatively quiet Thursday. Egyptian security forces patrolling the area casually leaned their rifles against the same compound walls that were scaled by angry protesters just last week.

The easing of the violence reflects the balance that Egypt and other Islamic nations are trying to find as they work to nourish democracy in societies where blasphemy is a crime.

"There is no doubt that most Muslims take offense at anyone mocking the prophet," said Mustafa Alani, an analyst at the Geneva-based Gulf Research Center. "The great divide is over the response. The vast majority of Muslims understand that the world is now interconnected and all kinds of material — good or offensive — pours in."

"What we see now is a rage against both the film and, indirectly, the interconnected world," he said.

The violent backlash stretched from Indonesia to Morocco, but nowhere did Muslims take to the streets en masse to protest the film.

In Cairo, there were never more than 2,000 demonstrators outside the US Embassy at any point during four days of protests. And most were believed to be ultraconservative Islamists, known as Salafis, although U.S. officials say the crowd shifted over time and eventually was galvanized by gangs of rowdy teenagers. Salafis are seeking the creation of an Islamic state founded on a strict interpretation of Shariah law.

"The whole thing, our reaction, was way, way over the top," said Ali Abdel-Halim, a 22-year-old business graduate from Cairo, who did not participate in the clashes but said he visited the area around the embassy to watch them.

"I think the film is meant to provoke us as Muslims," he said. "My personal view is that we should have ignored it. It received much more attention than it deserves. Really, it was not worth people dying for."

Over the last decade, dictators have been toppled in four Mideast countries — Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya — and a fifth is threatened in Syria. With that has come a widespread embrace of assembly and religious freedoms that had been held in check by authoritative regimes for decades.

Khalil al-Anani, an expert on Islamist movements, predicted it will take a generation or more for Mideast nations to fully develop a working democracy that respects individual rights and Muslim values.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/Islam-vs-tolerance-debated-in-Prophet-film-s-wake/Article1-933347.aspx

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Allies use power of purse against Syrian regime

Sep 20, 2012

SCHEVENINGEN (NETHERLANDS): A coalition including the United States, the European Union and the Arab League met on Thursday to plot new ways of isolating the regime of Syria's President Bashar Assad, as a Syrian opposition leader warned that sanctions alone won't bring the regime down.

The group called "Friends of the Syrian People" was set up in February after the UN Security Council was unable to reach agreement on a resolution condemning Syria's government, due to opposition from Russia and China.

On Thursday, financial experts joined representatives of the group at their meeting in The Hague, Netherlands, to help member countries understand how Syria may be using dual-use technologies and front companies to get around the existing sanctions, which include an embargo on oil and arms trade with Syria by participating nations. Twelve more countries have joined the 60-member coalition, committing also to block Syrian financial transactions, and enforce a travel ban on the country's top leaders.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Allies-use-power-of-purse-against-Syrian-regime/articleshow/16477832.cms

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Assad says rebels will not win, calls for dialogue

 21 September 2012

President BasharA l Assad said Syrian rebels would not be victorious in their fight against his government although the “door to dialogue remains open”.

In comments to the Egyptian weekly magazine Al Ahram Al Araby, to be published on Friday, Assad said “the armed groups exercise terrorism against the state. They are not popular within society ... they will not be victorious in the end”.

At least 54 people were killed when an air strike hit a fuel station in Syria’s northern province of Al Raqqa on Thursday. Activists say more than 27,000 people have been killed in the 18-month-old conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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70 Saudis in Iraqi jails

21 September 2012

Jawad Hadi Abbas, Iraq's ambassador to Jordan, told Al-Madinah newspaper that 70 Saudi prisoners are being held in Iraq for crimes of a terrorist or criminal nature.

He said the bodies of executed Saudi prisoners would be flown to the Kingdom and released to their families for burial. He did not disclose how many had been executed. “Entry visas to Iraq will be issued to family members who want to travel there and accompany them home,” he said.

The ambassador said he is in touch with the authorities in Iraq to arrange for transportation of the bodies. “I will be discussing this matter with the Iraqi minister of justice during his visit to Jordan in the next few days. The judicial system in Iraq does not target certain nationalities and relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia are excellent,” he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/70-saudis-iraqi-jails

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Syria army, rebels clash in Aleppo

 21 September 2012

Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships clashed with rebels near an army barracks in Aleppo as pre-dawn battles broke out near a military airport elsewhere in the province on Friday, a monitor said.

Fighting erupted overnight near the Hanano barracks in the Arkoub district of northeast Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Two weeks ago, rebels stormed the Hanano base — perched on a hill and near the regime-controlled citadel that dominates the city — but were outgunned by the army and pushed out after three days of fierce battles.

Several districts of the northern metropolis, including Sakhur in the northeast and Bustan Al Qasr in the centre, came under overnight attack, the Britain-based watchdog said.

Elsewhere in the northern province, fighting broke out between troops and rebels near the Meng military airport, the watchdog said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Europe

 

United States, Mali extend agreement to protect archaeological sites in Mali

Bikya Masr Staff | 20 September 2012

CAIRO: The United States and Mali have agreed to extend the protection of archaeological sites in the African country following the destruction of Sufi religious sites.

The sites had sparked international furor after ultra-conservative Islamists had destroyed the UNESCO World Heritage Sites earlier this summer in a move condemned across the world.

“The Department of State is pleased to announce the extension of the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mali Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from Mali from the Paleolithic Era (Stone Age) to Approximately the Mid-Eighteenth Century, effective September 19, 2012 for a period of five years, demonstrating America’s commitment to antiquities preservation,” a statement from the US read.

Full report at:

http://www.bikyamasr.com/77994/united-states-mali-extend-agreement-to-protect-archaeological-sites-in-mali/

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French Muslim leader urges calm as Muhammad cartoons republished

Sep 21, 2012

PARIS: The main agency representing Muslims in France appealed for calm on Friday as a new print run of cartoons featuring a naked Prophet Muhammad hit newsstands, raising fears of protests on prayers day around the Islamic world.

The drawings in satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo risk stoking a furore over a film mocking the Prophet, which provoked the storming of US and other Western embassies, the killing of the US envoy to Libya and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

French embassies, schools and cultural centres were shut in some 20 Muslim countries, on orders issued from Paris after the cartoons were first published.

In the French capital, police were on alert after protests planned by some Muslim groups were banned.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/French-Muslim-leader-urges-calm-as-Muhammad-cartoons-republished/articleshow/16488282.cms

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Widespread protests target France over Prophet toons

Sep 21, 2012

PARIS: France was swept up on Thursday in the wave of anger washing over the Muslim world as protesters in Afghanistan and Iran denounced a magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed.

Chanting "Death to France! Death to America!", hundreds demonstrated in Kabul against the cartoons and a US-made anti-Islam film that has sparked widespread outrage. In Tehran, up to 100 people protested in front of France's embassy.

France has been bracing for a backlash after Wednesday's publication of the cartoons by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. In anticipation of protests on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, Paris said it would shutter its diplomatic missions, cultural centres and French schools in around 20 Muslim countries.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Widespread-protests-target-France-over-Prophet-toons/articleshow/16483854.cms

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UNSC demands end to grave abuses against children in conflict

 Sep 21, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: India was among 11 Security Council members that voted in favour of a resolution demanding an end to "grave abuses" of children by parties in armed conflicts, even as Pakistan abstained, citing "unwarranted" references to it in a report by the UN chief on the issue.

The Security Council demanded that parties to armed conflict which commit grave abuses against children, including those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals, immediately halt such practices and take special measures to protect children.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/UNSC-demands-end-to-grave-abuses-against-children-in-conflict/articleshow/16484398.cms

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Danish Mohammad cartoonist rejects censorship

 Sep 20, 2012

VIENNA: The Danish cartoonist who outraged Muslims with a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad seven years ago has said the West cannot let itself be muzzled by fear of offending Islamic sensibilities.

Kurt Westergaard, whose lampoon of Mohammad in the Jyllands-Posten paper nearly got him killed by an axe-wielding assassin in 2010, told Austrian magazine News he had no regrets about his work and said freedom of speech was too precious to relinquish.

"Should we in future let ourselves be censored by Islamic authorities in deeply undemocratic countries? Should they be allowed to tell the German chancellor in future whom she should honour and whom not? Are we really this far along?" he asked, referring to Angela Merkel's citation of his work.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Danish-Mohammad-cartoonist-rejects-censorship/articleshow/16474437.cms

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UN condemns Somali suicide bombing at Mogadishu cafe; Journalists among the dead

Sep 21, 2012

GALKAYO, Somalia — The United Nations special representative for Somalia condemned a suicide bombing which killed 14 people Thursday at a Mogadishu cafe frequented by politicians and journalists in the capital.

Somali police Col. Mohammed Dahair said the evening explosion happened at a cafe near the seat of government. He could not immediately say how many others were wounded.

A second police official, Abdiwali Hassan, said three journalists were among those killed. He did not know if any prominent politicians were among the dead.

The attack was likely carried out by the militant group al-Shabab which has been fighting the Somali government for nearly five years. Africa Union forces pushed the al-Qaida affiliated group out of Mogadishu in August 2011 but the militants have continued to carry out suicide attacks in the capital.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/un-condemns-somali-suicide-bombing-at-

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UN appoints Pakistan’s Homi Kharas to lead panel on future global development efforts

Bikya Masr Staff | 21 September 2012

Homi Kharas of Pakistan has been appointed as lead author and Executive Secretary for the High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’

Kharas is currently a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Global Economy and Development Program of the Brookings Institution, an independent think tank in Washington, DC. He also has 26 years of experience with the World Bank.

Full report at:

http://www.bikyamasr.com/78043/un-appoints-pakistans-homi-kharas-to-lead-panel-on-future-global-development-efforts/

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How Salman Rushdie helped the world discover Harry Potter

Sep 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: Life frequently works out stranger than fantasy. And so it proved in the case of Salman Rushdie and his friend and editor Liz Calder. An act of greed on Rushdie's part, which he regretted for years, eventually worked out for the best and helped the world of muggles discover a young wizard by the name of Harry Potter, the hero of the bestselling book series and a hugely successful movie series.

All that, though, was far in the unforeseeable future in 1986, by which time Calder had been Rushdie's close friend for 15 years. In fact, for almost three -and-a-half years, she had stayed as the lodger in a small house in which Rushdie lived with his first wife, Clarissa. Calder would sleep at night in the room in which Rushdie wrote his first novel, Grimus, by day.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/How-Salman-Rushdie-helped-the-world-discover-Harry-Potter/articleshow/16482279.cms

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Africa

 

Ban On Hijab Angers Mombasa Muslims

BY BRIAN OTIENO

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Muslims in Mombasa have reacted angrily to the banning of hijabs at a secondary school in Nairobi by a judge.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya and Supkem yesterday said banning the hijab "is tantamount to violating the rights of the Kenya High School's Muslim students".

Hijab, a headgear traditionally worn by Muslim women to preserve their modesty, covers the head, neck and ears and only leaves the face exposed.

Anisa Bashir, a parent, filed a case in court on behalf of her daughter and the 48 Muslim students at the school seeking to have Muslim girls be allowed to wear the hijab.

Kenya High is a girls' public national school in Nairobi's Kileleshwa area. It has been on the news several times over the controversy surrounding the hijab.

The school has strongly argued against allowing the girls to wear the hijab, saying it is against the principle of promoting school uniform for equality.

The Education ministry in January wrote a letter to all heads of public schools saying Muslim students should be allowed to wear the hijab.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201209210324.html

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Kenyan court jails al Shabaab member for 59 years

 21 September 2012

NAIROBI: A Kenyan court sentenced a Somali national to 59 years in jail on Thursday after he confessed to being a member of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebel group following his arrest in the capital Nairobi last week.

East Africa’s biggest economy has been on a heightened state of security since sending troops into Somalia to crush al Shabaab, which carried out a double suicide bombing in neighbouring Uganda in 2010. Abdimajid Yassin, 26, was arrested last Friday when police seized a cache of explosive-laden vests, grenades and automatic rifles in an apartment in the Nairobi’s Eastleigh district.

Yassin pled guilty to 10 counts of possession of explosives, ammunition and illegal possession of firearms. There was also a charge of engaging in organised criminal activity and one of being in Kenya illegally. A second suspect arrested in the raid pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\21\story_21-9-2012_pg4_6

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Education prospects bleak for children in war-torn Mali

Celeste Hicks

21 September 2012

A coup, a displaced population and an Islamist rebel takeover in the north have left hundreds of schools closed for months

As the new school year approaches in Mali, it is looking increasingly unlikely that hundreds of schools across the Islamist-controlled north that have been closed for several months will be reopening soon.

Thousands of children have had their last school year ruined. When the rebel Tuareg MNLA took over the towns of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu at the beginning of 2012, classes had already been disrupted by teachers on a prolonged strike. Then fighting broke out between the MNLA and Islamist rebels from AQMI, Ansar Dine and MUJAO, and schools were closed and parents kept their children away for safety. The victorious Islamists went on to declare that they would impose sharia law across the north, and called for the introduction of Qur'anic schools where girls and boys could not be taught together.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/sep/21/education-prospects-bleak-children-mali

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Tunisia opts to ban protests to prevent violence over cartoons

 September 21, 2012

TUNIS: Tunisia said it was banning all demonstrations on Friday after receiving a tip-off about preparations for violence over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by a French satirical weekly.

“The interior ministry, using its powers under the state of emergency and in order to maintain public order, announces that it is outlawing any form of demonstration anywhere in Tunisian territory on Friday,” a ministry statement said on Thursday.

“The ministry notes that it has received information suggesting the protests would be exploited for the purpose of committing acts of violence and causing unrest,” it added.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/440052/tunisia-opts-to-ban-protests-to-prevent-violence-over-cartoons/

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Libya offers further apology for US envoy's death

 21 September 2012

Libya apologised on Thursday to visiting US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns for an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died.

Burns held talks in Tripoli with Libyan leaders including new Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour and Mohammed Magarief, head of the national congress. He later attended a memorial ceremony for Stevens and his colleagues.

Foreign Minister Ashour Bin Khayyal apologised to Burns for the violence on Tripoli's behalf, praising Stevens as a "friend of Libya", a foreign ministry official said after their meeting.

The four Americans died when gunmen attacked the consulate and a safe house in the eastern city of Benghazi. The attackers were among a crowd protesting against a video made in California that mocks Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41009

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14 killed in Somalia suicide bombing

Sep 21, 2012

MOGADISHU: At least 14 people, including three journalists and a number of Somali government officials, were killed and many others injured in two suicide bombings at a bar in the Somali capital, Xinhua reported. Witnesses said two suicide bombers came to the bar Thursday. One was armed with a gun and sprayed bullets at customers at the Village Cafe before detonating his explosives.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/14-killed-in-Somalia-suicide-bombing/articleshow/16484437.cms

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Mass graves found after tribal fighting in Kenya

Sep 20, 2012

MOMBASA: Two mass graves were found in Kenya's coastal Tana River region and 20 people were charged with murder, police said, after a wave of inter-tribal fighting that killed more than 100 people over the past month.

The scale of the recent unrest has left many Kenyans convinced it was politically instigated and it has raised fears of serious tribal fighting before elections next March.

The graves were discovered in the village of Kilelengwani, where raiders shot, hacked and burnt to death 38 people last week, including nine police officers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Mass-graves-found-after-tribal-fighting-in-Kenya/articleshow/16477883.cms

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Three journalists killed, at least four wounded in Somalia

Bikya Masr Staff

21 September 2012

NAIROBI: The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns in strongest terms possible the killing and wounding of journalists in a horrifying suicide attack in Mogadishu restaurant frequented by journalists.

Two suicide bombers walked into “The Village” restaurant, at the Mothers’ House – a well-known building near National Theater – on Thursday evening after Maghrib prayer (just after sunset). The two suicide bombers reportedly blew themselves killing and wounding those who were sitting around them.

Full report at:

http://www.bikyamasr.com/78069/three-journalists-killed-at-least-four-wounded-in-somalia/

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Libya's tense Benghazi braces for rival demos

By Dominique Soguel

Sep 21, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya's second city Benghazi braced for rival demonstrations Friday by a jihadist militia and its opponents with tensions still running high after a deadly attack on the US consulate last week.

The hardline Salafist group Ansar Al-Sharia called for protests over a US-made film that mocks Islam and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by a French satirical weekly.

The group, which has denied playing any role in the September 11 attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, urged supporters to rally around Al-Kish Square, which was a key battleground in the uprising that overthrew veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi last year.

Full report at: Copyright © 2012 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Pakistan

 

‘Fear and loathing’ in Islamabad during protest against the Anti-Muslim Film

 21 September 2012

ISLAMABAD, Sept 20: As military helicopters started flying over residential areas in Islamabad and residents started receiving smses not to leave their homes, ‘fear and loathing’ — to borrow a term from the cult American journalist, Hunter S. Thompson   — gripped the residents of Islamabad.

The three most valid questions on everyone’s lips were: Who were these protestors? How did the protestors manage to get into the city? And then what really happened?

According to a Islamabad police officer, who didn’t want to be named, the first batch of students that came in the afternoon were students of H8, H9 colleges, joined by local public school students. The students started assembling in Aabpara at around 2:00pm and within minutes their numbers grew in the hundreds.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/21/fear-and-loathing-in-islamabad/

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Pakistan comes to standstill on Love the Prophet Day

Sep 21 2012

Islamabad : Life across Pakistan came to a standstill today due to a holiday declared by the government to protest the anti-Islam film which triggered violent demonstrations in several cities, including the federal capital.

The government has called for observing the day as "Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool" (Love the Prophet Day) and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has asked the people to protest peacefully.

Authorities put in place strict security arrangements across the country after a protest by students and members of hardline groups outside the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad yesterday turned violent.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-comes-to-standstill-on-love-the-prophet-day/1005845/

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Pak Hindus seek reservation according to their population percentage

Sep 20, 2012

ATTARI: Pakistani Hindu's have sought reservation in government jobs according to their population percentage and have appealed to government to form stringent laws to prevent immediate marriage of Hindu girls after their forced conversions.

This was informed by a 260 strong jatha members of Pakistani Hindus who arrived India to participate in Satsang at Dera Beas on Thursday. The Hindu pilgrims belonging to 13 cities of Sindh and Balolchhisatn are on one month visa but would return on October 2nd. Leader of jatha Bhagwan Das told TOI that forced conversion was most worrisome issue for the community. "These incidents happen off and on and we have appealed to government to form stringent laws to prevent their reoccurrences" said he.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-Hindus-seek-reservation-according-to-their-population-percentage/articleshow/16477422.cms

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Pakistani leaders play religious card as anti-Prophet film protests boil

Sep 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan shut down on Friday in a government-sanctioned protest over a film made in the United States that mocks Prophet Muhammad, highlighting the power of religious parties to shape the political agenda.

Protesters incensed by the film and inspired by influential Pakistani religious parties set fire to a motorway toll booth just outside the capital and a cinema in the northwestern city of Peshawar in images broadcast live on television.

Pakistan's government, wary of widespread frustration over its failure to provide basic services, declared Friday a day of protest over the film in an apparent bid to exploit anger which has inspired violent protests in several Muslim countries.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-leaders-play-religious-card-as-anti-Prophet-film-protests-boil/articleshow/16491787.cms

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Cleric found guilty in Rimsha Masih 'blasphemy' case

Sep 21 2012

Islamabad : A high-powered team investigating the Rimsha Masih ''blasphemy'' case has found the cleric of a mosque guilty, and has declared Rimsha as innocent due to lack of evidence.

Rimsha, believed to be around 14 years of age and reportedly suffering from some mental disability, was allegedly seen burning pages inscribed with Quranic verses, last month. The news of the desecration spread like wild fire, following which furious locals bashed up Rimsha and her mother. The police later arrested Rimsha on August 16 on the demand of the locals. Rimsha languished in judicial custody for weeks, after which she was released and transferred to an undisclosed location.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cleric-found-guilty-in-rimsha-masih-blasphemy-case/1005886/

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Anti-Islam film protests in Pakistan: One killed, two cinemas set afire

Sep 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Violence flared up in Pakistan on the day of protest against an anti-Islam film on Friday, with a man dying after being hit by a bullet allegedly fired by police as angry demonstrators chanted slogans against the US and set ablaze two cinema halls in Peshawar.

Notwithstanding Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's call for people to express their outrage in a peaceful manner, protesters turned violent in Peshawar, the capital of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, and the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where several demonstrations were organised by students' groups and religious parties.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Anti-Islam-film-protests-in-Pakistan-One-killed-two-cinemas-set-afire/articleshow/16489206.cms

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Intelligence reports received over terror threats, says Rehman Malik

 21 September 2012

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif should not use the Youm-i-Ishq-i-Rasool for political point-scoring, adding that, members of banned organisations were being sent from Punjab towards Islamabad, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Malik said mobile services had been suspended in the capital and that the military remained on high alert.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/21/intelligence-reports-received-over-terror-threats-says-rehman-malik/

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Freedom of speech being used to offend, says PM

 21 September 2012

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said that the anti-Islam film had hurt his sentiments but that of Muslims across the world, DawnNews reported.

Addressing a large gathering at the PM Secretariat to mark the Youm-i-Ishq-i-Rasool to protest the making of a blasphemous film, the prime minister said the Muslim world needed to work together with other countries to find a solution that ensures respect of the sentiments of people of all religions.

He said the stature of the Prophet could not be discredited by any one, despite their nefarious attempts.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/21/freedom-of-speech-being-used-to-offend-pm/

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Pakistan protests UN listing in ‘children and armed conflict’ report

 21 September 2012

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has backed the naming and shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts over protests from Russia, China, Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

A resolution supporting the UN special representative for children and armed conflict and continuing annual reports by the secretary-general identifying those countries and groups victimising youngsters was approved by a vote of 11-0 with abstentions by the four countries late Wednesday.

The dissenters accused the report’s supporters of trying to expand the naming and shaming list to all countries and not sticking to conflicts that the Security Council is dealing with, which is its mandate.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/20/pakistan-protests-un-listing-in-children-and-armed-conflict-report/

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Pakistan summons acting US envoy to lodge protest against film

Sep 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday summoned the acting American envoy to lodge a "strong protest" against an anti-Islam film and demanded that the US government take immediate steps to remove the "blasphemous" video from YouTube.

"The US Charge D'Affaires Ambassador Richard Hoagland was summoned today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a strong protest was lodged with him over the blasphemous video posted on YouTube attacking the personage of the Holy Prophet Mohammed," said a statement issued by the foreign ministry.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-summons-acting-US-envoy-to-lodge-protest-against-film/articleshow/16490020.cms

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Dual nationality: Pakistan supreme court disqualifies 11 lawmakers

Sep 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's supreme court on Thursday disqualified 11 federal and provincial lawmakers for having dual nationality and said interior minister Rehman Malik stands to lose his membership of the Senate as he had made a false declaration about his citizenship.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said in an order that Malik had violated an election law by declaring that he did not have foreign citizenship when he contested polls to the Senate or upper house of parliament in 2008.

This was the second time in three months that the apex court has acted against 60-year-old Malik, his membership of the Senate was suspended in June.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Dual-nationality-Pakistan-supreme-court-disqualifies-11-lawmakers/articleshow/16479963.cms

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Khar seeks realistic achievable plan from U.S. on Afghanistan

 21 September 2012

The visiting Pak Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has sought a reliable and achievable plan from the US on Afghanistan and pushed for a free trade agreement between the two countries.

In what officials described as a “frank and open discussion” on the present state of relations and the challenges and opportunities ahead, Ms. Khar in her meeting with members of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged Senators to clarify exactly what it wants in Afghanistan, and outline a realistic plan to achieve it.

This would instil confidence in the allies, especially Pakistan, Ms. Khar said.

While the U.S. intends to end its military engagement in the region, this is Pakistan’s neighborhood and it would be left to deal with the consequences of any actions or decisions that are made now, she observed.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3921427.ece

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Civil society, political parties slam attack on Daily Times office

 21 September 2012

LAHORE: Political parties and civil society organisations on Thursday condemned an attack on Daily Times office in Karachi by miscreants during the strike called by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Wednesday.

The civil society organisations, including Women Concern Network, Patan Development Association, Youth Commission for Human Rights, Aghaaz Foundation, Godh Foundation, and Bullay Shah Foundation, issued a statement against the attack on the newspaper office and declared it a direct attack on freedom of expression in the country.

Aghaaz Foundation Executive Director Zafar Malik and Godh Organisation’s Nazar Ghazi said that it was a regretful act against a free media organisation.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\21\story_21-9-2012_pg7_7

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Great classical Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir’s death anniversary observed

 21 September 2012

ISLAMABAD: The foremost classical poet of Urdu, Mir Taqi Mir, was remembered on his death anniversary Thursday. Mir Taqi Mir was born in Agra on 1723. His original name was Muhammad Taqi and takhallus was Mir.

He was the leading Urdu poet of the eighteenth century, and one of the pioneers who gave shape to the Urdu language itself. He was one of the principal poets of the Delhi School of the Urdu ghazal and remains arguably the foremost name in Urdu poetry often remembered as Khuda-e-Sukhan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\21\story_21-9-2012_pg11_6

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Hunger in flood-hit areas may cause more deaths

By Razzak Abro

 21 September 2012

KARACHI: Sindh’s civil society organisations have expressed serious concern over the devastation and colossal loss to human lives and properties in many districts of upper Sindh, Balochistan and Southern Punjab due to recent flash flood.

They said heavy monsoon rains have intensified the plight of people due to indifferent attitude of the government authorities, which have failed to provide timely rescue and relief to the affected people.

As per the reports shared by the civil society representatives and quoting the government’s statement, it was observed that more than 2.6 million people have been displaced due to rains and consequent floods. Families can be seen wadding through the deep water from flooded areas of Jacobabad, Kashmore in Sindh, Osta Mohammed, Jaffarabad and Naseerabad in Balochistan province. A wide area is still inaccessible to reach because of the flood in the entire areas.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\21\story_21-9-2012_pg12_2

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Muslim Solidarity: PTI, religious groups announce protests

 September 21, 2012

KARACHI: Several other religious and political groups have announced protests and events for Friday as well.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also announced a protest at Empress Market, Karachi, which will be addressed by Azam Khan Swati and Sindh chief Nadir Akmal Leghari among other party leaders. PTI chairman Imran Khan appealed people to protest peacefully against the blasphemous movie. Khan said that it is the right of the people to protest because this film has hurt their sentiments, but, it is vitally important to show one’s emotions without destroying property or attacking the police.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/440136/muslim-solidarity-pti-religious-groups-announce-protests/

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South Asia

 

Espionage case: Pak diplomat in Colombo named in Tamil Nadu FIR

Sep 21 2012

Chennai : A Pakistan High Commission diplomat in Sri Lanka has been named in the FIR filed by Tamil Nadu police in the suspected espionage case busted in Thanjavur district recently, a senior police officer said.

"We have named Amir Zubair Siddiqui, a diplomat in the Pakistan High Commission based in Colombo in the case busted recently. The FIR has his name," 'Q' Branch Superintendent of Police Sampath Kumar said.

He said the diplomat's name has been added to the FIR, "based on the statement of Thamim Ansari," who was arrested on Monday last by state intelligence while he was heading for Tiruchirapalli airport to take a flight to Colombo.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/espionage-case-pak-diplomat-in-colombo-named-in-tamil-nadu-fir/1005855/

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Music school strikes chord with Afghan street kids

By Anna Coren, CNN

September 21, 2012

Kabul (CNN) -- Off a main street in Kabul, standing outside a high walled compound is an old Afghan security guard, manning the front gate.

Walking towards him is a group of well-dressed students in gray and maroon uniforms -- almost looking out of place in this dusty, garbage-littered, rundown city.

Inside are large trees surrounding a deep rose-colored two-storey building, and all you can hear is music.

This is the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), which has been up and running for the past two and a half years. It has 141 students, of whom 41 are girls, and half the placements go to children who are street kids or orphans. Officials believe there are 70,000 street kids in Kabul and as many as 600,000 across the country.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/21/world/asia/afghanistan-music-school/index.html

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Last US surge troops leave Afghanistan

September 21, 2012

WASHINGTON: The last of the 33,000 US soldiers that President Barack Obama sent to Afghanistan nearly three years ago as part of a military surge have left the country, US defense officials said Thursday.

 The withdrawal, which began in July, follows an unprecedented number of NATO soldiers being shot dead by their Afghan colleagues -- 51 so far this year -- and comes as anti-Western protests sweep Muslim countries.

 There are still some 68,000 US military forces in Afghanistan, as well as some 40,000 from NATO's ISAF coalition.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-68599-Last-US-surge-troops-leave-Afghanistan

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20 Bangladeshis return from Tanzanian jail

 21 September 2012

Twenty Bangladeshis, who were held in different Tanzanian jails for months, arrived in Bangladesh early Friday with the help of MGH Group.

They reached at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital by a Turkish Airlines at around 5:00am.

Mohosin Chowdhury, director welfare, Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), told The Daily Star that they were going to South Africa through middlemen without legal papers several months ago.

Full report at:

to the government to bring them home and offered their assistance.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41008

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Protest against ridiculing Prophet Muhammad

 21 September 2012

Expressing anger at the film ridiculing Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) some Islamic organisations staged a massive protest after Jumma prayer in capital's Paltan area on Friday.

Hundreds of Muslims took part in the protest some waving religious flags. They chanting "Death to the United States and death to French”, the protesters also burnt flags of US and French protesting anti-Islam movie and cartoon published in a French magazine.

The protesters threatened to seize US embassy at Dhaka on Saturday as the movie director was released a day after he detained.

Separate demonstrations were also brought out from different mosques of the city after Juma prayer. In Paltan area the demonstrators carried a symbolic coffin of US President Barak Obama.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41015

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Nato's Afghan strategy in jeopardy: Experts

September 20, 2012

WASHINGTON: Coalition leaders say otherwise, but experts warn that NATO’s decision to limit joint operations with Afghan forces threatens the alliance’s strategy to hand over power and withdraw by 2014.

Announced on Tuesday, the move marks a setback to the US-led strategy for containing an 11-year Taliban insurgency, as a phased withdrawal of Western troops hinges on training and advising Afghan forces to take their place.

The decision was taken in a powder keg environment as protests sweep the Muslim world, and after an uptick in insidious blue-on-green attacks that have seen 51 NATO personnel shot dead by their local colleagues so far this year.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/439862/natos-afghan-strategy-in-jeopardy-experts/

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Regional concerns: Kabul to take UN route on cross-border mortar attacks

By Tahir Khan

September 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Foreign Minister Dr Zalmai Rassoul will raise the issue of “Pakistan’s rocket shelling” on Afghan border regions in the United Nations as Kabul is “deeply concerned” at the cross-border rocketing, an Afghan foreign ministry spokesman told The Express Tribune  on Thursday.

Dr Faramarz Tamanna, deputy Afghan foreign ministry spokesperson, said the Afghan government will seek international help to resolve the issue.

The Afghan foreign minister has reached the US and will highlight the issue of cross-border rocket attacks in his speech to the UN Security Council, Dr Tamanna said on the phone from Kabul.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/440166/regional-concerns-kabul-to-take-un-route-on-cross-border-mortar-attacks/

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Afghanistan warns Pakistan over cross-border shelling

 21 September 2012

UNITED NATIONS: Afghanistan has called on Pakistan to halt cross-border shelling, warning the UN Security Council that the attacks could jeopardise already tense relations between the two countries.

A UN envoy meanwhile said that there were a growing number of “uprisings” against the Taliban in areas of Afghanistan under the group’s control.

Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said Thursday that attacks from Pakistan into his country were “a matter of deep and serious concern” and had caused “unprecedented anger and frustration among Afghans.”

Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of staging repeated shelling barrages across the poorly policed border into Kunar province.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/21/afghanistan-warns-pakistan-over-cross-border-shelling-2/

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysia wants to prevent homosexuality from spreading

 Sep 20 2012

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia's education ministry today said it viewed the phenomenon of homosexuality seriously and wants to make sure it does not spread in schools, days after it distanced itself from 'guidelines' issued by a seminar on how to identify gay tendencies in children.

Deputy Education minister, Mohd Puad Zarkashi said various measures had and would be taken, including appointing counsellors in schools to help parents understand the issue and the dangers it posed.

"However, the ministry does not intend to issue set guidelines to curb the LGBT phenomenon although we realise that it is increasingly evident in this country," he told a parenting seminar on tackling the LGBT issue.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/malaysia-wants-to-prevent-homosexuality-from-spreading/1005414/

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Car bomb kills 5 in Thailand's violent south by Suspected Muslim insurgents

Sep 21, 2012

PATTANI( THAILAND): Suspected Muslim insurgents have detonated a car bomb in Thailand's violence-prone south, killing five people and wounding a dozen others.

Police Col Asis U-mayee says suspected militants opened fire on Friday on a gold shop in Pattani province's Sai Buri district. No one was hurt and the militants fled the scene.

He said when security forces arrived at the scene, two improvised bombs hidden in gas canisters in a nearby pickup truck went off.

An administrative official and five civilians were killed, while several policemen were wounded.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted in 2004.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Car-bomb-kills-5-in-Thailands-violent-south/articleshow/16491452.cms

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Malaysia PM says anti-Islam film, French cartoons “unnecessarily inflammatory”

Alisha Hassan | 21 September 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has called the anti-Islam film that sparked protests across the Islamic world and the publication of nude caricatures of Prophet Mohamed by a French magazine “unnecessarily inflammatory.”

His comments come as tension over the film, and protests, have begun to calm, but fears remain that the nude cartoons published by France’s Charlie Hebdo this week could spark new anger among Muslims.

“The anti-Islam film, the “Innocence of Muslims,” and the publication in a French magazine of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad are unnecessarily inflammatory to those of the Muslim faith,” the PM said in a statement sent to Bikyamasr.com.

“The video in question was deeply offensive and has rightly been condemned by leaders across the world. And while Charlie Hebdo may not have broken French law in publishing the caricatures, we question their ethical judgement in deliberately creating further provocation at a time when tensions are already running high,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.bikyamasr.com/78053/malaysia-pm-says-anti-islam-film-french-cartoons-unnecessarily-inflammatory/

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Anti-Islam film part of anti-Islam campaign, says OIC Human Rights Commission

Bikya Masr Staff | 21 September 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) said that the anti-Islam film insulting and defaming Islam and Prophet Mohamed was not an isolated act.

“It comes as part of the ongoing anti-Muslim campaign, aiming not only to hurt the feelings of Muslims around the world, but also to distort the true image of Islam, causing widespread manifestations of derogatory stereotyping, negative profiling, intolerance and incitement to religious hatred and violence,” the commission said in a statement.

“Considering that religion is one of the fundamental elements in one’s conception of life and identity, denigration of religions for many of their followers becomes a direct assault on their own selves,” it said.

Full report at:

http://www.bikyamasr.com/78074/anti-islam-film-part-of-anti-islam-campaign-says-oic-human-rights-commission/

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Shia leader sentence increased on blasphemy charges

 21 September 2012

Shia leader Tajul Muluk’s prison sentence has been increased to four years from the previous two-year sentence on Friday. Prosecutors at Sampang District Court, East Java had originally demanded a five-year imprisonment for Tajul in July.

Tajul is the local Shia cleric whose followers were attacked by a Sunni mob in late August that killed two people. The mob ransacked more than 30 houses leaving 200 people displaced.

However, instead of the perpetrators standing trial Tajul was convicted on blasphemy charges, on July 12. He filed an appeal to the court soon after the verdict.

Tajul’s defender Abdullah Djoepriyono also questioned the verdict, saying that the judgment was unfounded. He said blasphemy charges would need a ministerial decree declaring his Shia teaching to be deviant.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/09/21/shia-leader-sentence-increased.html

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East Java Police Arrest Alleged Shiite Murderer

Jakarta Globe | September 21, 2012

Surabaya. East Java Police said on Friday that they have arrested a man believed to have been the killer of a Shiite member during a mob attack in Sampang last month.

East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Hilman Thayib said the 62-year old suspect, with the initials HDR, is accused of killing Hamama, also known as Husin, during the Aug. 26 attack on a group of Shiites that left two dead and seven injured.

“We arrested HDR, the suspected murderer of Hamama, on Wednesday in Lumajang,” Hilman said. “So we have now arrested five out of nine suspects.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/east-java-police-arrest-alleged-shiite-murderer/545705

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North America

 

Offensive video an excuse to carry out violence: Obama

Sep 21 2012

Washington : US President Barack Obama has said that an anti-Islam film is being used as an excuse to carry out violent acts against Americans.

"What we've seen over the last week, week and a half, is something that actually we've seen in the past, where there is an offensive video or cartoon directed at the prophet Muhammad.

"And this is obviously something that then is used as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts directed at Westerners or Americans,"Obama said in Miami Florida.

Obama was responding to a question on the ongoing anti-US protests in countries like Pakistan and Libya.

"As we know, at the present time, 1,000 people are trying to get into the (US) embassy in Pakistan, and we have seen protests, anti-American protests in thousands of countries.

"We know in Libya, four Americans were killed. We know now that Ambassador Chris Stevens warned about security, days before he was killed, he said.

"Many people want to know if you expected so much anti-American sentiment in the Islamic world.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/offensive-video-an-excuse-to-carry-out-violence-obama/1005797/

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Copts and Muslims Will Meet Tonight at Islamic Society of Orange County To Show The World Neither Group is Crazy

By Yasmin Nouh

 Sep. 19 2012

In one word, it was disgusting. That's how Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, described the amateurish film that was blamed for instigating violent protests in Libya and Egypt, as well as others in Sudan, Indonesia, and Pakistan, last week.

American Muslims, like Syed, were quick to decry The Innocence of Muslims and the reaction towards the video, that went viral after being posted on Youtube. Similarly, the Egyptian Coptic Christian community distanced itself from filmmaker Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, who was reportedly influenced by Zakaria Botros Henein--a controversial cleric who owns a home in Huntington Beach and a TV network in Westminster.

This evening, members of both communities will meet at Garden Grove's Islamic Society of Orange County in an invite-only meeting that "will seek to address the root causes of the anti-Islam film...and the subsequent unfortunate response to it," writes Munira Syeda, communications manager for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in an e-mail.

Full report at:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/09/islamic_society_garden_grove_copts.php

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WA Welcomes FBI Decision to Join Probe of Anti-Muslim Vandalism

SEATTLE, WA, 9/20/2012) -- The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today welcomed the FBI's decision to join the investigation into hate graffiti, including the slurs "sand n**gers," "doon [sic] coons," scrawled earlier this month on a rental vehicle used by a group of Seattle-area Muslims on a vacation trip to Chelan, Wash.

[NOTE: "Sand n**ger" is a slur used to target those perceived to be Muslim or Arab-American. "Doon coon" is an apparent reference to the stereotypical belief that all Muslims originate in deserts, therefore the misspelled reference to "dunes."]

Last week, CAIR-WA called on the FBI to add its resources to the investigation. CAIR-WA had earlier requested that law enforcement authorities investigate the vandalism as a hate crime.

The Muslims believe the hate incident may have been triggered by a group prayer offered in a public area and the Islamic head covering (kufi) worn by one of the vacationers.

The results of the FBI investigation will be released when it is completed. Agents are still interviewing the victims of the crime.

Full report at:

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Time for divorce with Pakistan: US Congressman

 Sep 21 2012

Washington : A Republican lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the US Congress to terminate Pakistan's status as a "major non-NATO ally" to America, saying its time for a divorce with the country.

Introducing the resolution, Congressman Ted Poe said, "I have introduced H R 6391 to strip Pakistan of its major non- NATO ally status. We don't need to pay Pakistan to betray us. They will do it for free. Time for a divorce with Pakistan."

"And that's just the way it is," he said.

"The US granted Pakistan major non-NATO ally status to help us fight al Qaeda and the Taliban. This status gives special foreign aid and defence benefits such as an expedited arms sales process. But Pakistan has proved it's no friend to America," said the Republican Congressman from Texas.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/time-for-divorce-with-pakistan-us-congressman/1005838/

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Role of al-Qaeda in Benghazi attack not known yet: Obama

 21 September 2012

The role or involvement of al-Qaeda in the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi is not known yet, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

“We don’t know yet. And so we’re going to continue to investigate this,” Mr. Obama said on Thursday, during a town hall meeting in Miami, Florida when asked if he has information indicating that it was Iran, or al-Qaeda behind organizing the protests.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3921336.ece

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U.S. surge troops out of Afghanistan: Panetta

 21 September 2012

Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to stamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday.

Mr. Panetta said the “surge did accomplish it objectives of reversing the Taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increase the size and capability of the Afghan national security forces.”

Calling it a “very important milestone,” Mr. Panetta said he believes the U.S. is on track to accomplish its goals in Afghanistan.

Mr. Panetta said the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, “is saying that the force he has put in place is sufficient to accomplish that mission.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3921496.ece

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US: Pak American Community leader murder mystery continue

September 21, 2012

DALLAS: There has been a twist in the case of prominent Pakistani American community leader, Mansoor Shah’s case, who was found dead in his car here in Dallas, Texas.

 As per sources, until recently it was being suspected that Shah had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, but a second autopsy revealed there were two bullet wounds on instead on one.

 It is mention-worthy that Shah was found dead in a mess of blood in his own car with a pistol in his hand.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-68575-US:-Mansoor-Shah-murder-mystery-continues

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Anti-Islam film: US court rejects 'block film' plea

Sep 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES: A California judge denied a request on Thursday to remove an anti-Islam film from YouTube that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world.

Cindy Lee Garcia had sought to have the film removed in a suit against YouTube's parent company Google Inc and a the producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, saying she had been duped into acting in it and had since received death threats.

"The request for a temporary restraining order is denied. The plaintiff has not shown a likelihood to prevail on the merits," LA superior court judge Luis Lavin said.

Garcia's is the first known civil lawsuit connected to the making of the anti-Prophet video. Garcia accused Nakoula of duping her into appearing in a "hateful" film that she had been led to believe was a desert adventure movie.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Anti-Islam-film-US-court-rejects-block-film-plea/articleshow/16483874.cms

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US warns its citizens from travelling to Pakistan

Sep 21, 2012

WASHINGTON: As a wave of anti-US protest raged in Pakistan, America on Thursday asked its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to that country.

Replacing the August 27 travel warning that had reminded US citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan, the warning issued by the State Department says that in view of the larges scale anti-US protests it is not safe to travel to the country.

"The Department of State warns US citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan," it said adding protests have taken place across Pakistan against the United States, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and NATO.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-warns-its-citizens-from-travelling-to-Pakistan/articleshow/16481716.cms

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US judges seem skeptical of CIA secrecy of drones

Sep 21 2012

Washington : US appeals court judges are questioning the CIA's efforts to block information on the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists.

A lower court federal judge sided with the CIA last year, dismissing a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking records about the use of drones. In response to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act request, the CIA refused to confirm or deny the existence of responsive records.

The ACLU counters that several high-ranking officials, from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta to President Barack Obama, have publicly acknowledged the use of drones.

Judge Merrick Garland suggested at a hearing today that a speech this year by President Barack Obama's counter-terrorism chief, John Brennan, amounted to an official acknowledgment of the CIA drone programme.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-judges-seem-skeptical-of-cia-secrecy-of-drones/1005815/

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Mideast Asia

 

Iran parades military, warns Israel

 Sep 21, 2012

TEHRAN: Iran warned Israel and the United States against any aggression, as it proudly paraded its troops and military hardware on Friday under the gaze of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and top brass.

The Tehran parade, involving thousands of military personnel, dozens of tanks and missiles borne on trucks, marked the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

Ahmadinejad, in a speech broadcast on state television, said that Iran was using "the same spirit and belief in itself" shown in that war to "stand and defend its rights" today against pressure from world powers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-parades-military-warns-Israel/articleshow/16491653.cms

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Top Israelis visit US to ease tensions

Sep 21, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israel is trying to thaw the frosty relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House, and set up a meeting with President Barack Obama, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday.

A report in the Maariv daily said National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror was in Washington and had been "meeting senior White House officials for the past two days in an attempt to reach certain understandings regarding the red lines that must be set for the Iranian nuclear programme."

Full report at: Copyright © 2012 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Turkish court to give first coup verdict

September 21, 2012

SILIVRI: A Turkish court will hand down the verdict Friday in the trial of hundreds of military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government, the first ruling from several cases targeting the army.

 The two-year-long case is wrapping up at the court in Silivri, near Istanbul, which heard on Thursday the final testimonies of the suspects in the so-called "Sledgehammer" trial, named after a 2003 military exercise.

 Prosecutors have demanded up to 20 years in prison for the 365 military officers in the case, which concerns alleged army plans to bomb historic mosques in Istanbul and spark conflict with neighbouring Greece to facilitate a military coup.

 The defendants argued that the alleged plot was a military exercise regularly held by the army, and questioned the authenticity of some documents presented as evidence.

 The court announced that it would deliver the final verdict Friday afternoon, the first ruling to come out of a series of trials into alleged coup plots by the once-mighty Turkish army.

 The trial, which began in December 2010, stands out in Turkish politics because it directly attacks the secular army, which authored four coups in half a century.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-68602-Turkish-court-to-give-first-coup-verdict

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French paper cartoons spark protest in Iran

21 Sep 2012

Students chant 'Death to France'after satirical weekly newspaper publishes cartoons caricaturing Prophet Muhammad.

Dozens of Iranian students and clerics have gathered outside the French embassy in Tehran to protest against the publication of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical weekly.

Protesters chanted "Death to France" and "Down with the US" and burnt the flags of the US and Israel on Thursday, in a demonstration that lasted two hours.

The protest followed a week of protests and riots by Muslims in many countries who were angered by an anti-Islam video produced in the US.

Full report at:

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One Israeli soldier, three gunmen killed in Israel-Egypt border clash: TV

Sep 21, 2012

ABU DHABI: One Israeli soldier and three gunmen were killed in clashes along the Israel-Egypt border on Friday, Al Jazeera television reported.

Israeli media said earlier that troops killed at least two militants along the border on Friday when an attack was mounted on an Israeli patrol.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/One-Israeli-soldier-three-gunmen-killed-in-Israel-Egypt-border-clash-TV/articleshow/16491582.cms

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Iran’s Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies

By RICK GLADSTONE and CHRISTINE HAUSER

Sep 21, 2012

Iran’s top atomic energy official said in an article published Thursday that because of foreign espionage, his government had sometimes provided false information to protect its nuclear program, which Western powers and Israel have called a cloak to develop a nuclear weapons capacity.

The official, Fereydoon Abbasi, a nuclear scientist who is the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, did not specify the nature of the false information. Nor did he specify when it had been presented or to whom.

Mr. Abbasi’s remarks were quoted in an article on the Web site of Al Hayat, a pan-Arab newspaper in Britain that is considered the leading daily of the Arab diaspora. He talked this week with a correspondent for Al Hayat on the sidelines of a meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear monitor of the United Nations, which has repeatedly demanded that Iran provide unfettered access to its inspectors to resolve unanswered questions about the nature of the country’s nuclear work.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/21/world/middleeast/iran-atomic-official-says-it-gave-false-nuclear-information-to-fool-spies.html?ref=world

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Cyberwar on Iran more widespread than first thought, say researchers

Peter Beaumont

 21 September 2012

Study of Flame malware used in Middle East and north Africa reveals programmers probably had national backing

The covert cyberwar being waged in the Middle East and north Africa – particularly against Iran and its allies – is even more sophisticated and widespread than had previously been understood, according to new research.

Two leading computer security laboratories – Kaspersky Lab and Symantec – have been studying a series of powerful cyberweapons used against targets including the Iranian nuclear programme and Lebanese banks accused of laundering money for Iran and its ally Hezbollah. They are now convinced that all were probably created by a national government or governments working together.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/21/cyberwar-iran-more-sophisticated

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India

 

Army chief opposes PM's trip to Pak

Sep 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: Any hope Pakistan may have nurtured that a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could open the door for a "deal" on Siachen has been dashed, with Army chief Gen Bikram Singh being as opposed to the idea as all his predecessors before him.

In his maiden interaction with the press, Gen Singh clearly stated the ground rules on a border agreement. And they don't include any troop withdrawal from the Siachen heights. "There is no change in our view at all. We must continue to hold that area...We have lost lot of lives and shed a lot of blood there. The positions are of strategic importance to us. We have conveyed our concerns to the government,'' he said. It will be difficult for the Indian government to accept anything less.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-chief-opposes-PMs-trip-to-Pak/articleshow/16482507.cms

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National Commission for Minorities to take up Sarabjit's issue with their Pakistani counterpart

Yudhvir Rana

 Sep 20, 2012

AMRITSAR: National Commission for Minorities would take up the issue of release of Indian prisoner lodged in Pakistani jail Sarabjit Singh with their counterparts of National Commission for Pakistan, informed Member, National Commission for Minorities Dr. Ajaib Singh while talking to TOI here on Thursday.

Singh was here to meet Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh and to assure her of all possible measures to bring back Sarabjit Singh from gallows.He said Sarabjit Singh had spent around 21 years in Pakistan jail under continues threat of death sentence. "This is a typical case of violation of human rights for which I would urge Minority Commission of Pakistan to take up Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/National-Commission-for-Minorities-to-take-up-Sarabjits-issue-with-their-Pakistani-counterpart/articleshow/16476956.cms

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'Kargil was a poor test of India's air warfare capability'

September 21, 2012

The Kargil conflict was a "poor test" of India's air warfare capability, a prominent US think-tank has said, warning that with threats of future wars with Pakistan and China persisting, the Indian defence establishment has to prepare accordingly.

"Despite the happy ending of the

Kargil experience for India, the IAF’s fighter pilots were restricted in their operations due to the myriad challenges specific to this campaign. They were thus consigned to do what they could rather than what they might have done if they had more room for maneuvering," said the think-tank in a report released yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/Kargil-was-a-poor-test-of-India-s-air-warfare-capability/Article1-933430.aspx

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Was told not to choose Indian name while in hiding: Rushdie

 Sep 21 2012

New York : India-born author Salman Rushdie says he chose the alias 'Joseph Anton' during his years in hiding in the wake of an Iranian 'fatwa' as he was advised against using an Indian name, recalling that it felt "worse" to not just lose his name but also ethnicity.

"They told me not to choose an Indian name, to make it even worse you give up not only your name but the ethnicity of your name," 65-year-old Rushdie said during an appearance yesterday at the New York Public Library, where he spoke about his memoir 'Joseph Anton'.

He said since he could not have his country of origin in his name, he turned to his own country of literature.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/was-told-not-to-choose-indian-name-while-in-hiding-rushdie/1005937/

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Babri masjid: Narasimha Rao made a mistake, Digvijaya Singh says

Sep 20, 2012

NEW DELHI: The then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao made a mistake by accepting an affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court on the issue of Babri mosque days before it was razed, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said on Friday.

He also said religious fundamentalism is the biggest danger the country is facing and the language used by youths on social networking sites is promoting communalism.

"I think, it was a mistake on the part of the then Prime Minister (Narasimha Rao) to accept the affidavit submitted by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the Supreme Court in the matter," he said without naming Rao.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Babri-masjid-Narasimha-Rao-made-a-mistake-Digvijaya-Singh-says/articleshow/16479368.cms

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Mobile telephone, internet services snapped in Kashmir before Friday prayers

Sep 21, 2012

SRINAGAR: Mobile telephone and internet services were on Friday snapped in Kashmir as authorities apprehended escalation in protests over the anti-Islam video made in the US.

The mobile telephone and internet services were snapped an hour before the Friday prayers, official sources said.

Suspension of the services was a temporary measure aimed at checking rumours about blasphemous material being available on the internet, the sources said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mobile-telephone-internet-services-snapped-in-Kashmir-before-Friday-prayers/articleshow/16489448.cms

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Bakery blast accused Baig often talked of jihad, says roommate

Sep 21 2012

German Bakery blast accused Himayat Baig’s roommate deposed in the court on Thursday that Baig often used to talk of jihad, revenge and bomb-making.

Ashfaq Afsar Khan (26) was Baig’s roommate during their BEd course at Azam Campus. When asked by special public prosecutor Raja Thakare, Khan told additional sessions judge N P Dhote that he was basically from Nanded and had taken admission in BEd in 2005 at Azam Campus. “I had often heard Baig talking of jihad, revenge and making bombs,” he said.

During his cross-examination by defence lawyers A Rehman and Kaynat Ali Shaikh, Khan said he neither knew the meaning of jihad, nor did he know the origin or language of that word. When asked whether he was staying in the room of one Zia near Pulgate and not in Baig’s room in Azam Campus, he denied and reiterated that he had stayed with Baig.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bakery-blast-accused-baig-often-talked-of-jihad-says-roommate/1005712/

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Australia

 

India-Pakistan dispute may pose nuclear threat to Asia: ex-Oz PM

Sep 21 2012

Singapore : Asia continue to face three key conflicts involving states with nuclear weapons and highly uncertain nuclear doctrines, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned today.

"Asia Pacific was sprinkled with three flashpoints, each of which was capable of triggering one form of conflict or another," Rudd said in his keynote address at the Singapore Global Dialogue.

"We must never forget that all three of these disputes involve nuclear states and in some cases, states with highly uncertain nuclear doctrines," he warned, pointing to the dispute involving India-Pakistan, the Korean Peninsula, and the Taiwan Straits.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indiapakistan-dispute-may-pose-nuclear-threat-to-asia-exoz-pm/1005908/

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Australia closes mission in Islamabad

 21 September 2012

Australia on Friday temporarily shut its mission in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad because of security concerns over anti-Western demonstrations.

“We strongly advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Pakistan due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping, sectarian violence and the unpredictable security situation. If you do decide to travel to Pakistan, you should exercise extreme caution,” the foreign affairs department said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department has warned its citizens to avoid the centre of Sydney this weekend in case of a repeat of Saturday’s riot by Muslims venting anger over an anti-Islam film.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article3921972.ece

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