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Israel bars worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa

Israel bars worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa

Pak suicide attacks, Taliban claim responsibility Toll rises to 90

US drones continue to pound Pakistan

Injured Gaddafi may have left Tripoli: Italy

NATO can't reach me: Qaddafi

NATO strikes Libyan capital after Gaddafi appears

Five Yemeni soldiers killed in suspected Qaeda ambush

Tablighi trail: Wikileaks

Winners of Qur'an memorization contest to be announced: Madinah

Strong Saudi support for NATO action in Libya: Poll

NATO: Afghan policeman kills 2 service members

Arms smuggling attempts in Saudi Kigdom foiled

May 12 incident be reinvestigated: Jamat e Islami

Obama to give Middle East speech Thursday

Military offers itself for accountability: Pak

COAS stopped DG ISI from resigning

US disappoints Libya rebels on recognition

Hundreds of Libya refugees land in Italy

Hamas sends signals of moderation to West

World powers push stalled Yemen transition plan

Resolution condemning Abbottabad raid passed in Pak Parliament

Anger over leaks on bin Laden raid in USAFP

Wife of ousted Mubarak detained in wealth probe

Indian PM backs Afghan peace plan

Dalai Lama 'sad' about bin Laden killing

Five Yemen soldiers killed in suspected Qaeda ambush

Syrians killed in rallies despite no-shoot order

3 Yemen protesters dead, Saleh rejects US call

Two dead despite Syria no-shoot order

Complacent Osama had no escape plan

How bin Laden E-mailed without being detected

Musharraf plans to return to Pakistan in March 2012

Osama shown speaking on Middle East unrest in his last video

US Mideast peace envoy throws in the towel

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Israel bars worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

May 14, 2011

RAMALLAH: The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Sheikh Mohammed Hussein said that the Israeli police prevented thousands of Palestinian worshipers from attending the Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Hussein said that the Jerusalem police allowed Palestinian men over the age of 50 carrying Israeli identity card to enter the Muslims’ third holiest shrine for the prayer. He added that the women’s entry was not limited. The Israeli police confirmed the move.

He added that the Israeli police arrested thirteen Palestinian youths who tried to enter Jerusalem’s Old City.

Palestinian sources said that three residents of Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem were arrested on suspicion of hurling stones at Israeli Border Guard and police forces after the prayers. The clashes were mainly centered around Silwan neighborhood.

Shmulik Ben Rubi, Jerusalem district police spokesman, said that only 8,000 worshipers held prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

He added that the restriction of worshipers’ entry into the complex came to thwart any disturbances in the city which may break out in support of Nakba Day which will be marked on Sunday. The Nakba means “catastrophe” and it is the Palestinian term for Israel’s establishment. Israel celebrated the 63rd anniversary of its creation on Tuesday, in accordance with the Hebrew calendar.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said that the “the situation was under complete control and everything is being done to keep it so.”

“The police is prepared for any unusual event during the coming weekend,” Danino said.

The Nakba is considered to be the biggest catastrophe for Palestinians in modern history; the immediate consequences of the Nakba was the occupation, by Israel, of more than three quarters of historic Palestine and the expulsion of more than 85 percent of the population.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said that more than 800,000 out of 1.4 million Palestinians, who were living in the 1948 territories, were driven out of their homeland to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighboring Arab countries and other countries of the world. PCBS said that they and their descendants number 4.8 million today.

Israeli governments have refused to allow the Palestinian refugees to return to the 1948 territories for fear that a massive influx would threaten the Jewish majority in Israel, which now counts some 5.8 million Jewish citizens.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article400843.ece

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Pak suicide attacks, Taliban claim responsibility Toll rises to 90

Omer Farooq Khan

May 14, 2011

SHABQADAR: In what appeared to be the first retaliatory attack by Pakistani Taliban since the US Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, twin-suicide blasts ripped through outside the gate of paramilitary training centre in the country's northwest on Friday, killing at least 90 people, most of them paramilitary personnel, and injured more than 100 others.

The massive explosions targeted new recruits for Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary, a frontline force often deployed in the semi-autonomous tribal areas, in Shabqadar town of Charsadda district, about an hour's drive from Peshawar, a restive capital of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Charsadda borders Pakistan's volatile Mohmand tribal region. Pakistan's army recently launched an offensive there, where several previous operations have failed to clear the area from militants.

The Tehreek-e-Talban Pakistan (TTP), a homegrown arm of the Afghan Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the bombings, saying it was the first revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

"This was the first revenge for Osama's martyrdom. Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan," said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a TTP spokesman hailing from Orakzai Agency.

The blasts took place early in the morning on Friday when newly trained cadets from the Frontier Constabulary (FC) exited the school to board mini-buses for a 10-day leave after completing their nine-month course.

According to police officials, the attackers came on a motorcycle, with the first bomber striking at about 6:05am just outside the training centre. As other recruits rushed to the scene to rescue the wounded, another bomber standing nearby ran into the middle of the rescuers and detonated his strapped explosives, killing dozens more, they said.

"Seventy three of the dead were cadets of Frontier Constabulary and the remaining were civilians. The number of civilian casualties could have been much higher, had the blasts occurred an hour or two later," said Jehanzeb Khan, a senior police officer. He said that sixteen vehicles and 20 shops were also destroyed in the blasts.

Relief efforts had been slow, and the local hospital was poorly equipped to deal with the large number of casualties caused by the blasts.

"I was sitting in a van waiting for my colleagues. We were in plain clothes and we were happy we were going to see our families," Ahmad Ali, a wounded paramilitary policeman, said in a local hospital.

"I heard someone shouting 'Allah u Akbar' (God is great) and then I heard a huge blast. I was hit by something in my back shoulder.

"In the meantime I heard another blast and I jumped out of the van. I felt that I was injured and bleeding."

Most of the injured were shifted to Peshawar's main Lady Reading Hospital. "The death toll may rise as 47 of the injured were in critical condition, Dr Abdul Hameed Afridi," chief executive o the Lady reading Hospital told TOI.

Emotional scenes were witnessed outside the training centre as parents of some dead cadets were crying for their dear ones.

"Your father has invited guests tomorrow to celebrate your successful course completion. Now what will we tell them. Oh God! You would have taken my life instead of my innocent son's," this was the scene of a shattered mother, screaming for her 19-year old son, Adnan, who lost his life in the devastating attack.

A senior provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour, who arrived at the blasts place told reporters: "What kind of revenge is this! How many Americans have been killed by these terrorists? If you want to avenge the killing of Osama, go after the killers. They are not here"

Requesting anonymity, a police official said that such attacks cannot be planned at the spur of the moment.

"Certainly, they (militants) have an effective networking and some insiders may be leaking information to them. The real success against the militants can only be possible if we succeed to uncover the hidden hands on whose information these militants plan their attacks," he said.

More than 30,000 people have been killed across country since it joined the war against terror has started. Many militant attacks in recent years have targeted Pakistani security forces and more than 3,000 soldiers have been killed in counter-insurgency operations in the northwest.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/90-killed-in-Pak-suicide-attacks-Taliban-claim-responsibility/articleshow/8287881.cms

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US drones continue to pound Pakistan

14-05-11

A US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan on Friday, killing at least three militants in a Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold, officials said

The attack took place in the Kharkamar area, 40 kilometres west of Miranshah, a stronghold of the Taliban and militants linked to al-Qaeda, whose leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in Pakistan on May 2.

"A US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant vehicle, killing at least three militants," a security official told AFP.

It was the fourth such attack reported in Pakistan's tribal badlands on the Afghan border since US Navy SEALs killed bin Laden.

The new attack coincided with a joint sitting of parliament in Islamabad, where Pakistan's intelligence chief Ahmad Shuja Pasha and army chief of staff Ashfaq Kayani were briefing lawmakers on the bin Laden operation.

At least five rebels were killed in a similar US strike that targeted a militants' vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Thursday.

Washington does not confirm drone attacks, but its military and the CIA operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy them in the region.

US drone strikes inflame anti-American feeling in Pakistan, which has worsened since a CIA contractor shot dead two Pakistani men in a busy Lahore street in January, and over the perceived impunity of the bin Laden raid.

Meanwhile Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani offered to support US drone attacks on its soil if Pakistan is let in on the decision-making and allowed to share the technology.

"No one can win a war without the support of the public," he said. "I say that this is my war, but when drones strike, the people ask, 'Whose war is this, then?” Gilani said in an interview with Time magazine.

"A drone strategy can be worked out," Gilani said. "If drone strikes are effective, then we should evolve a common strategy to win over public opinion. Our position is that the technology should be transferred to us."

The CIA could continue drone strikes "under our supervision," the Pakistani prime minister suggested.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=185609

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Injured Gaddafi may have left Tripoli: Italy

May 14, 2011

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini yesterday said he believed Muammar Gaddafi had fled Tripoli, adding that reports that the Libyan leader had been wounded during the conflict were credible.

"I tend to think of as credible comments by the bishop of Tripoli monsignor Martinelli who told us that Gaddafi is very probably outside of Tripoli and probably also injured. But we don't know where he is," Frattini told reporters.

He earlier told Corriere della Sera daily in an interview: "I am of the view that he has probably fled from Tripoli but not from the country."

Frattini also cast doubt on the reliability of television images showing Gaddafi on state television earlier this week.

"I have a lot of doubts that those images were shot that day," he said.

Frattini said international pressure was causing "the disintegration of the regime from the inside, which is what we wanted," adding that arms depots had been raided by rebels in the outskirts of the capital in the last few hours.

He also accused Gaddafi's regime of deliberately sending boats crammed with refugees towards Italy, saying this was "a criminal instrument" that should be taken up by prosecutors from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Asked about when the conflict could end, he answered: "I don't think there is long left... The key moment will be formal charges against Gaddafi at the International Criminal Court in a few weeks and presumably by the end of May."

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo also yesterday said he would seek arrest warrants on Monday for three people considered most responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya, one of whom is believed to be Gaddafi.

Judges at the court, based in The Hague in the Netherlands, can then decide whether to accept the application, reject it or ask for additional information.

Meanwhile, sixteen "civilians" have been killed in a Nato air strike on Brega, to the east of the Libyan capital, state TV yesterday quoted a military source as saying.

Both Al-Libya and Al-Jamahiriya channels carried the report, which could not be independently verified.

Al-Libya showed footage of at least seven apparently dead men it said were in Brega, and also said that in addition to those killed, there were "dozens of wounded" from the strike "last night.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=185612

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NATO strikes Libyan capital after Gaddafi appears

May 14, 2011

TRIPOLI: NATO airstrikes struck Muammar Gaddafi's sprawling compound in Tripoli and three other sites early today, hours after the Libyan leader was shown on state TV in his first appearance since his son was killed nearly two weeks ago.

Explosions thundered across the Libyan capital and wailing ambulances raced through the city as the last missile exploded.

Government officials and state-run Libyan television said the strikes early targeted Bab al-Azaziya, Gaddafi's sprawling compound in Tripoli. They did not say which of the compound's buildings were targeted.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/worldarticlelist/articleshow/8272622.cms

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Five Yemeni soldiers killed in suspected Qaeda ambush

May 14, 2011

Suspected Al Qaeda rebels ambushed an Army vehicle and killed five soldiers near the Yemeni town of Marib, east of the capital Sanaa, today, a security official told AFP.

“The vehicle was ambushed with an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and all five soldiers inside died,” the official said. “Al Qaeda is suspected of carrying out this attack.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/338472/Five-Yemeni-soldiers-killed-in-suspected-Qaeda-ambush.html

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Tablighi trail: Wikileaks

May 14, 2011

Wikileaks documents on how al Qaeda members used the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi not only to get shelter but also arrange visas for shady operatives catapulted the little known Islamic organisation into headline news all of this week. TOI-Crest finds out what the largest Muslim group in the world is all about, and why it is as reviled as it is revered.

Full report at:

http://www.timescrest.com/society/tablighi-trail-5378

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Winners of Qur'an memorization contest to be announced: Madinah

By YUSUF MAUHAMMAD

May 14, 2011

MADINAH: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Saleh Al-Asheikh will endorse on Saturday the final list of winners of the 13th session of the Prince Salman Local Contests for Qur’an Memorization, which concluded on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article400977.ece

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Strong Saudi support for NATO action in Libya: Poll

May 14, 2011

JEDDAH: Fifty percent of Saudis support NATO's military intervention in Libya while 33 percent oppose it and 17 percent have no comment, according to an online poll.

The findings, part of an international survey conducted by Ipsos last month, but just published, also shows remarkable support in India for the military action, where 75 percent of the citizens backed the offensive.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article401004.ece

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NATO: Afghan policeman kills 2 service members

14 MAY 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan: NATO says two of its service members have been killed in southwestern Helmand province by an Afghan policeman while eating lunch.

NATO said on Friday that the two were mentoring an Afghan National Civil Order brigade and were shot and killed inside the police compound on Thursday. The policeman was wounded and is now in a hospital. The names, nationalities and other details about those killed were not released.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article400389.ece

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Arms smuggling attempts in Saudi Kigdom foiled

May 14, 2011

JAZAN: Jazan border guards foiled efforts to smuggle 93,033 pieces of ammunition, 91 weapons, 277 drug tablets, 263,164 kg of qat, 807 kg of hashish and 79 bottles of liquor last month.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article400960.ece

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May 12 incident be reinvestigated: Jamat e Islami

May 14, 2011

KARACHI: Political leaders at the national conference held here under the auspices of Jamat-e-Islami demanded that the tribunal investigation into the incidents of May 12, 2007 be reactivated, Geo News reported Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15459

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Obama to give Middle East speech Thursday

May 14, 2011

US President Barack Obama will give his long-awaited speech on uprisings in the Arab world and North Africa and the wider Middle East next Thursday at the State Department, an official said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=185633

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Military offers itself for accountability: Pak

By Amir Wasim and Iftikhar A. Khan

May 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, the country’s military offered itself to parliament on Friday for accountability over the intelligence failure and deficiencies that came to light in the wake of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing in a covert US commando raid in Abbottabad.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/14/military-offers-itself-for-accountability-2.html

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COAS stopped DG ISI from resigning

May 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Director General ISI, Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha Friday admitting failure in the Osama killing episode in Abbottabad, sought apology from the nation and added that he would resign if the parliament so demands, Geo News reported.

“The failure was not intentional but I admit that it was a mistake,” the ISI Chief said during the in-camera joint sitting of the parliament that was briefed by security and intelligence officials in the backdrop of the US unilateral assault in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011 that eliminated Osama bin Laden.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15514

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US disappoints Libya rebels on recognition

May 14, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday stopped short of granting Libyan rebels full diplomatic recognition, as Mahmud Jibril became the opposition's first senior official to have talks at the White House.

There was no immediate sign of new US financial help for the cash-strapped rebels but officials did praise the National Transitional Council (NTC) as a "legitimate" voice for Libyans, as they battle Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

The White House also said it was working with Congress on changes to the law to allow a portion of around $30 billion in Kadhafi regime assets blocked in the United States to be funneled towards the opposition.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15523  

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Hundreds of Libya refugees land in Italy

May 14, 2011

ROME: Hundreds of refugees fleeing Libya arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa crammed onto three boats on Friday, with more refugees expected to land later in the day, coast guards said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15494

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Hamas sends signals of moderation to West

By IBRAHIM BARZAK AND JOSEF FEDERMAN

May 14, 2011

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Hamas, the Islamic militant group known for suicide bombings, rocket attacks and hatred of Israel, is sending subtle signals of moderation as it prepares to join a Palestinian unity government.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article399605.ece

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World powers push stalled Yemen transition plan

May 14, 2011

PARIS: World powers sought to revive a faltering Gulf-brokered plan on Friday to ease Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power after months of protests which he has met with violence and defiance.

Qatar, which has mediated in several conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, withdrew from the plan on Thursday, citing “the continued escalation and intensity of confrontations.”

The accord has been teetering on the brink for weeks as Saleh, a shrewd political survivor in power for 33 years, refused to sign the plan. GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani is due to visit Sanaa on Saturday to discuss it.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article399772.ece

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Resolution condemning Abbottabad raid passed in Pak Parliament

May 14, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Parliament adopted a 12-point unanimous resolution calling upon the government to appoint an independent commission on the Abbottabad operation, fix responsibility and recommend necessary measures, including blocking of Nato supplies, to ensure that such an incident does not recur in the future.

It also called upon the government to revisit and review its terms of engagement with the United States. The composition/modalities of the agreed upon independent commission will be settled after consultations between the leader of the house and the leader of the opposition.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15518

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Anger over leaks on bin Laden raid in USAFP

May 14, 2011

WASHINGTON: The White House faced criticism Friday that it had failed to safeguard secrets about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound and that the leaks could jeopardize future operations.

Information about the US raid and what was found at the al Qaeda leader’s hideout in Pakistan has steadily leaked out since bin Laden was killed by at team of Navy commandos on May 2.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/14/anger-over-leaks-on-bin-laden-raid-in-us.html

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Wife of ousted Mubarak detained in wealth probe

May 14, 2011

CAIRO: The wife of ousted president Hosni Mubarak has been remanded in custody for 15 days pending investigations into the illegal acquisition of wealth, the official MENA news agency reported.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15497

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Indian PM backs Afghan peace plan

May 14, 2011

The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, on a visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, said India strongly supported a plan by Kabul to reconcile with Taliban-led insurgents, New Delhi’s first public backing of the plan.

Full report at:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/18550.html

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Dalai Lama 'sad' about bin Laden killing

Dalai Lama

May 14, 2011

The Dalai Lama said Thursday he was saddened by the killing of Osama bin Laden by US commandos, which he likened to the 2006 hanging of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"I feel it is rather sad," the Tibetan spiritual leader said at a press conference in New Jersey. "I think this is wrong. It is like for Saddam Hussein when he was hung. I felt very sad."

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=185623

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Five Yemen soldiers killed in suspected Qaeda ambush

May 14, 2011

Suspected al-Qaeda rebels ambushed an army vehicle and killed five soldiers near the Yemeni town of Marib, east of the capital Sanaa yesterday, a security official told AFP.

"The vehicle was ambushed with an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and all five soldiers inside died," the official said. "Al-Qaeda is suspected of carrying out this attack."

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=185626

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Syrians killed in rallies despite no-shoot order

May 14, 2011

At least three protesters were shot dead in Syria yesterday despite an order from President Bashar al-Assad for security forces not to open fire on demonstrators, rights activists said.

The continuing repression came as the government announced plans to launch a "national dialogue" in response to the anti-regime protests that have rocked the country since March 15.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=185616

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3 Yemen protesters dead, Saleh rejects US call

May 14, 2011

Republican Guards killed at least three anti-regime protesters on Friday as Yemen’s embattled president Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to hold on to power despite US calls for his rapid departure.

Full report at:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/18556.html

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Two dead despite Syria no-shoot order

May 14, 2011

At least two protesters were shot dead in Syria on Friday despite an order from president Bashar al-Assad for security forces not to open fire on demonstrators, rights activists said.

Meanwhile, Britain summoned the Syrian ambassador in coordination with other European nations, warning of ‘further measures’ if it fails to stop the crackdown on protesters.

Activist Nawar al-Omar said Fuad Rajab, 40, was hit by a bullet to the head when security forces fired to break up a demonstration in the central city of Homs. Another person was also killed, but there were no immediate details.

In Hama, the army used batons, tear gas and water cannons to scatter anti-regime rallies, but protesters succeeded in ripping down a town hall portrait of the president, an activist said.

Full report at:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/18554.html

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Complacent Osama had no escape plan

May 14, 2011

WASHINGTON: With a "support network" in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden had become "complacent" and kept staying at one location for the past several years without any ready escape plan, a media report said on Thursday.

Nearly two weeks after the world's most wanted terrorist was killed in Abbottabad, "US officials say several key indicators bolster their initial impression that Osama bin Laden had a support network in Pakistan that resulted in his staying in one location for the past several years, feeling comfortable he would not get caught" , CNN reported.

The unidentified officials, familiar with the latest assessment of the May 2 raid, pointed out that there is no apparent sign that bin Laden had a ready escape plan, according to the report.

The al-Qaida chief did not appear to have the means or make an attempt to destroy the reams and gigabytes of documents before Navy Seals assaulted his compound, CNN quoted sources as saying.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Complacent-Osama-had-no-escape-plan/articleshow/8309951.cms

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How bin Laden E-mailed without being detected

May 14, 2011

WASHINGTON: Using intermediaries and inexpensive computer disks, Osama bin Laden managed to send E-mails while in hiding, without leaving a digital fingerprint for U.S. eavesdroppers to find.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/14/stories/2011051459651900.htm

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Musharraf plans to return to Pakistan in March 2012

May 14, 2011

Dubai : Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has announced he will return to his homeland no later than March 23 next year to participate in the 2013 general elections, despite facing possible arrest in the country.

"I am going to land in Lahore on the 23rd of March, 2012, if not earlier - but not later," he told reporters here.

Musharraf, living in self-exile in Dubai and London since leaving Presidency in 2008, is considering an election bid.

The 2013 election is for parliament, which selects the President in Pakistan.

The former President, who announced the formation of All Pakistan Muslim League in London last October, shrugged off arrest and assassination concerns and said "I'm a risk taker."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/790780/

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Osama shown speaking on Middle East unrest in his last video

May 14, 2011

Washington : US investigation officials have stumbled upon an unreleased video of Osama bin Laden which shows the slain al-Qaeda chief speaking on the recent unrest in the Middle East but has no reference to the uprisings in Libya, Yemen and Syria.

The CIA-led inter agency Task Force officials said the video was apparently recorded a few days before Osama was shot dead at his Abbottabad hideout on May 2 by the US Navy SEALs.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/790781/

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US Mideast peace envoy throws in the towel

14 MAR 2011

WASHINGTON: US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell, who has led the Obama administration's failed effort to restart direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, resigned Friday.

Mitchell's departure comes ahead of US President Barack Obama's expected speech laying out his new Middle East strategy and a visit to the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 20.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article400998.ece

http: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/israel-bars-worshipers-from-reaching-al-aqsa/d/4639


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