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JuD Karachi Rally Asks Govt to Declare Jihad against India

 

 

 

 

 

JuD rally asks govt to declare jihad against India, — AFP file photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

JuD Karachi Rally Asks Govt to Declare Jihad against India

Malala ‘An Agent Of Non-Believers’: Pakistani Taliban

Punjab to Name New University after Malala, Says CM

Malala urges Sharif, Modi to attend Nobel award ceremony, dedicates it to 'voiceless' children

US drone strike kills four suspected militants on Pak-Afghan border

Blast kills one, injures another in Orakzai

Stampede at Imran’s public rally in Multan kills eight

Punjab: Three ‘terrorists’ killed in Uch Sharif shootout

Aman Lashkar member killed in Kohat blast

 

Arab World

Iraqi Bombers Kill 40 ISIL Terrorists in Tikrit

ISIS Militants Execute Iraqi Journalist, 12 Other People

Iraq's Army Kills 15 ISIL Terrorists in Baquba

18 dead in Syria regime bombing

Iraq's Army Strikes Major Blow at ISIL Terrorists in Ramadi

Jihadists with fake passports

Egypt says it killed senior member of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

Report suggests Assad’s forces committed mass rape near Aleppo

Kurds halt IS thrust into heart of Syria's Kobane: Monitor

Egypt's campuses brace for the new semester, Islamists vow 'intense' protests

 

Mideast

Christian Clerics Urge Recognition of Palestinian State

Iran's Kurds Rally to Oppose ISIL's Ideology, War Crimes

'Are Turkish soldiers your mercenaries?' deputy PM asks

Armed PKK militants back in Turkey, senior outlawed group leader says

Suspected Qaeda attack kills two Yemen soldiers

 

India

ISIS Flags Seen In Srinagar after Friday Prayers

Pak. Rangers Term Border Firing a “Small-Scale War”

Will Work With Malala for Peace in Sub-Continent: Satyarthi

Pakistani hackers deface Indian websites

Nobel Peace Prize recognition of civil society’s contribution, says President

Burdwan blast: Dead terrorist was Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh No. 2

23 Hindus return to Pakistan from Jodhpur

 

Europe

500 civilians at risk of massacre if ISIS takes over Syria town: UN

UK defence ministry briefs Muslim community leaders on Iraq mission

British Muslims mark Black History Month with culture showcase

London mayor says UK spies monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects

British Muslim groups launch campaign over UK parliament debate on Palestine recognition

Kailash Satyarthi was in running for Nobel peace prize for over half a decade: Nobel Institute

British ex-soldier stripped of Afghanistan bravery medal

 

South Asia

Bangladesh HM: No Space for Militant Acts in the Country

Drone strike kills senior Taliban leader in Herat province

'Action if BNP kills people in the name of movement'

3 Bangladeshi peacekeepers injured in CAR

5 civilians killed, 14 injured following explosion in Uruzgan

 

Africa

27 hostages kidnapped by Boko Haram freed in Cameroon

Algerian army kills four suspected militants

Rwanda rallies efforts against human trafficking

Ex-Malawian leader speaks out on challenges facing African women

 

North America

Obama congratulates Satyarthi, Malala on Nobel Peace prize

U.S. warns higher chance of ISIS reprisal attacks

Kerry to urge revived Israeli-Palestinian talks

Islamic State militants threatened our employees: Twitter CEO

Iraqi forces in 'tenuous' position in west: US official

Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition: US

 

Southeast Asia

We will encircle Parliament if Hudud Bills revived, says MCA Youth chief

Nancy Shukri told to speak up, not parrot AG over bible-burning threat

Minister says never defended Ibrahim Ali’s bible-burning threat, sparks Twitter war

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

JuD Karachi Rally Asks Govt to Declare Jihad against India

OCTOBER 11, 2014

KARACHI: A rally organised by the Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) condemned what it described as unprovoked Indian firing along the working boundary and the Line of Control and called upon the Pakistan government to declare jihad against India.

A large number of JuD workers and sympathisers converged on the Karachi Press Club to denounce Indian aggression that claimed lives of several innocent citizens.

Carrying banners and placards inscribed with the demand to wage jihad against India, the participants in the rally shouted slogans and vowed to lay down their lives to defend their motherland.

Besides JuD’s Karachi Chief Dr Muzammil Iqbal Hashmi, leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamaat-i-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan, and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf also addressed the rally.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Hashmi said that terrorism on the Sialkot working boundary was part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of aggression, as he wanted to take advantage of Pakistan’s internal problems.

“India should know that every citizen of Pakistan is ready to sacrifice his life for the protection of his country,” he said, adding that the whole nation was behind the armed forces in their action to counter Indian aggression.

JI leader Osama Razi said that India was violating the international borders in connivance with the United States.

Other leaders also asked the government of Pakistan to give a ‘befitting response’ to unprovoked Indian aggression They said that Pakistani nation knew how to respond to the Indian threat and the nuclear bomb was made for the defence of the country.

They criticised the human rights organisations for keeping quiet about the Indian aggression.

They also paid tribute to the JuD for holding the event and inviting several political and religious parties to show unity.

ST, MWM condemn Indian aggression

The Sunni Tehreek and the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen also held separate protest demonstrations outside the city mosques after the Friday prayers.

They condemned Indian terrorism and attacks on the internationally recognised borders and lines of control in Kashmir and called upon the United Nations to take notice of Indian aggression.

“Our patience and desire for peace should not be taken as our weakness, as people of will never allow anyone to cast an evil eye on their country,” said the leaders.

ST chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri said that the people of Pakistan would not hesitate to give any sacrifice to protect their country.

MWM leader Maulana Mukhtar Imami said that despite their internal differences the people of Pakistan and all parties were united to defend every inch of their country.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1137140/jud-rally-asks-govt-to-declare-jihad-against-india

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Malala ‘An Agent Of Non-Believers’: Pakistani Taliban

Oct 11, 2014

A breakaway faction of Pakistan Taliban, whose militants had pumped bullets into her two years ago, has criticised the choice of Malala Yousafzai for the 2014 Nobel Peace prize, calling her “an agent of non-believers”.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which had separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in August, posted on micro blogging website Twitter on Friday night that Malala was being used by non-believers for propaganda.

“Malala speaks so much against guns and armed conflicts. Does she not know that founder of her recent Nobel award was the inventor of explosives,” tweeted militant outfit spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is controlled by Omar Khalid Khurasani who has been involved in several attacks at the security forces.

So far the TTP, led by fugitive rebel leader Mullah Fazlullah, has not commented on the achievement of Malala (17), who became an international celebrity after surviving a gun attack by Taliban in 2012 for advocating education for girls, despite repeated warnings by militants.

Malala was declared joint winner of the 2104 Nobel Peace prize on Friday along with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights activist, whose NGO has been at the forefront of rescuing children from forced labour and trafficking.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/malala-an-agent-of-nonbelievers-pakistani-taliban/article6491893.ece

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Punjab to Name New University after Malala, Says CM

OCTOBER 11, 2014

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced to name after Malala Yousufzai a new university in the province for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Congratulating Malala for winning Nobel Peace Prize, Shahbaz praised her for her struggle for girl’s right to education.

He said that the Punjab government would strive for ensuring right to education to every child of the province.

He said that a new university in the province would be named after Malala Yousufzai in recognition of her services.

The Punjab government has already named Attock Daanish School after Malala in 2012 in recognition of her services and had reserved seats in the name of Malala for girl students of Swat in the school.

Separately, Shahbaz said that those who have sent wrong notices of property tax to the citizens would be put behind bars.

He was presiding over a meeting which reviewed the matters pertaining to property tax.

The CM said that he has interest of the people at heart and the officers and officials pestering the people have no right to stay on their posts.

He said that serving notices of excessive property tax to the citizens tantamount to highhandedness and cruelty, which is intolerable.

Taking strict notice of inclusion of rural areas into the list of rating areas, the CM expressed his indignation and said that the flaws in the property tax system should immediately be removed.

He said that state was like mother to the citizens and its basic responsibility was to provide best services to the people and resolve their problems.

He said that punishing the people for the incompetence of bureaucracy was totally unacceptable.

He said the fact that tax notices for the previous years have also been sent to the residents of the areas which have been included for the first time in the list of rating areas shows an extremely irresponsible attitude and stern action should be taken against the persons responsible and a report be presented to him after reviewing the matter.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz expressed sorrow and grief over the loss of human lives in a traffic accident near Rajanpur and sympathised with the bereaved families.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/11-Oct-2014/punjab-to-name-new-university-after-malala-says-shahbaz

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Malala urges Sharif, Modi to attend Nobel award ceremony, dedicates it to 'voiceless' children

Oct 11, 2014

Birmingham: Education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai dedicated her Nobel peace prize on Friday to "voiceless" children around the world, and called on the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers to attend the award ceremony for the sake of peace.

The 17-year-old, who heard the news while she was in a chemistry lesson at school in Birmingham, central England, said she was honoured to be the youngest person and the first Pakistani to receive the accolade.

"The award is for all the children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard," Malala told a press conference, held at the end of the school day so she wouldn't miss class.

Malala arrived in Britain from Pakistan for medical treatment after being shot in the head by a Taliban fighter in October 2012, an attempt to silence her vocal advocacy of the right of girls to go to school.

Standing on a box so she could reach the podium at Birmingham's main library, the teenager joked that winning the Nobel would not help her upcoming school exams.

But she told an audience that included her parents and two younger brothers: "I felt more powerful and more courageous because this award is not just a piece of metal or a medal you wear or an award you keep in your room.

"This is encouragement for me to go forward."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee gave the award to Malala and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle against the repression of children and young people and "for the right of all children to education".

Malala said she had already spoken to Satyarthi — she joked that she could not pronounce his name — to discuss how they could work together, and also try to reduce tensions between their two countries.

To that end, she urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the Nobel award ceremony in December.

'Courage, determination and vision'

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, the United Nations special envoy for global education, voiced delight at the Nobel victory for Malala and Satyarthi.

"They are two of my best friends and two of the greatest global campaigners who deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their courage, determination and for their vision that no child should ever be left behind," Brown said in a statement.

After visiting her in hospital, Brown took up Malala's cause with a petition for universal primary education handed to the Pakistani government on a day he named Malala Day, and later arranging for her to speak at the United Nations.

Britain's International Development Secretary Justine Greening also congratulated the joint winners saying the prize was "richly deserved".

The reaction in the streets of Birmingham, which has a large minority population of Pakistani origin, was also overwhelmingly positive.

"I like her. She's confident, speaking up for herself, for women," said 30-year-old Zara Hussain as she waited at a bus stop in Birmingham holding a baby.

"She could be president (of Pakistan) if she carries on."

Imam Usman Mahmood of Birmingham central mosque, which with 6,000 followers is one of the biggest in the city and was visited by Malala and her family, also expressed his delight.

"It means that any person who puts their mind to something, they can achieve their goals. We wish her the best when she carries on with her life and that she keeps on going the way she is," he said.

But local estate agent Basharat Hussain, 30, said: "I personally think she shouldn't have got it.

"She's inspiring but I think they're using her for political motives, she's been used by different organisations and governments."

The global spotlight has provoked a backlash in parts of Pakistani society, with some accusing Malala of acting as a puppet of the West, while the Taliban have renewed the threat to her life.

There have also been concerns about exposing a child to such a level of public exposure.

"I used to say that I think I do not deserve the Nobel peace prize. I still believe that," Malala said.

"But I believe it is not only an award for what I've done but an encouragement for giving me hope, for giving me the courage to go and continue this."

http://www.firstpost.com/world/malala-urges-sharif-modi-to-attend-nobel-award-ceremony-dedicates-it-to-voiceless-children-1751665.html

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US drone strike kills four suspected militants on Pak-Afghan border

OCTOBER 11, 2014

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike on Saturday killed four suspected militants and left several others injured on the Pak-Afghan border area near Khyber Agency’s Tirah valley.

Official sources said that the drone targeted militant hideouts in the Cancharo Kandoa area on the Afghan side.

The village is right on the zero-line but the area which was targeted falls under the Afghan jurisdiction.

The identity of the dead militants is yet to be ascertained.

Khyber is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups, who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, are known to have strongholds in the zone.

Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country's citizens oppose these strikes.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1137296/us-drone-strike-kills-four-suspected-militants-on-pak-afghan-border

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Blast kills one, injures another in Orakzai

OCTOBER 11, 2014

PESHAWAR: A man was killed and another injured on Saturday when a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in the Sipah area of Orakzai.

According to sources, unidentified men had planted explosive material on Dolat Moosa road in Orakzai’s Sipah area that went off with a loud explosion.

Sources said that a car was also damaged in the explosion.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.

It was a key abode of former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in 2013.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1137293/blast-kills-one-injures-another-in-orakzai

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Stampede at Imran’s public rally in Multan kills eight

OCTOBER 11, 2014

MULTAN: At least eight people were killed in a stampede at the Hussain Agahi Gate of the Qasim Bagh Stadium here after Friday’s rally of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

A large number of people rushed towards the Hussain Agahi Gate in hurry to leave the venue as PTI Chairman Imran Khan concluded his address. As a result several people were injured and were shifted to Nishtar Medical Hospital. Among the 40 injured, two are in a precarious condition in the Emergency Ward of the hospital. According to Medical Superintendent of Nishtar Hospital, at least eight people died as a result of the stampede, while 40 were injured. Mismanagement had been witnessed since the start of the PTI show. Meanwhile, PTI leaders and officials reached the hospital and tried to console the families of the victims and the injured.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/11-Oct-2014/stampede-at-imran-s-public-rally-in-multan-kills-eight

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Punjab: Three ‘terrorists’ killed in Uch Sharif shootout

OCTOBER 11, 2014

BAHAWALPUR: Police on Saturday claimed to have shot dead three terrorists during a shootout in Uch Sharif.

The police said that the suspects had escaped from custody in Nowshere Jadeed Police Station.

They said that the suspects were involved in the killing of a cop and a volunteer. The police said that the exchange of fire took place near Bakhri.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-162221-Punjab:-Three-terrorists-killed-in-Uch-Sharif-shootout

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Aman Lashkar member killed in Kohat blast

OCTOBER 11, 2014

KOHAT: A roadside bomb blast killed a member of Aman Lashkar (Peace Committee) in the border area of Kohat on Saturday morning, Geo News reported.

According to the sources, miscreants had fixed the remote controlled bomb along the road in the border area of Sipah and when the Anam Lashkar member passed through the area, the bomb went off with a blast.

The Aman Lashkar member identified as Akbar Ali died on the spot while another man sustained injuries as a result of explosion.

The members of Aman Lashkar reached the blast site instantly and cordoned off the area.

The body was handed over to the deceased’s family while the injured was shifted to a local hospital for treatment.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-162237-Aman-Lashkar-member-killed-in-Kohat-blast

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Arab World

 

Iraqi Bombers Kill 40 ISIL Terrorists in Tikrit

11 October 2014

Iraq's warplanes launched massive strikes against the positions of the ISIL terrorists in Tikrit, claiming the lives of a large number of them.

A military source told National Iraqi news agency that the army fighter jets fired several rockets at the hideouts of the terrorists in the regions of Dhuluiya and Aziz Balad, and killed more than 40 members of the Takfiri group.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930719000469

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ISIS Militants Execute Iraqi Journalist, 12 Other People

11 October 2014

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants executed an Iraqi news cameraman and 12 other people on Friday in several towns and villages north of Baghdad, officials, relatives and witnesses said.

The militants shot dead Raad al-Azzawi, a 37-year-old cameraman for local news channel Sama Salaheddin, his brother and two other civilians in the village of Samra, east of the city of Tikrit, relatives of the journalist said.

“ISIS executed him, his brother and two other people in public today,” one relative said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the militant organization.

According to the media watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF), the father of three was detained by ISIS on September 7.

“They came to his home and took him and his brother,” the relative said. “He did nothing wrong, his only crime was to be a cameraman, he was just doing his job.”

“There must have been some people in the village who accused him of working for the government and tipped him off to the militants... He always had his camera with him,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/print/2014/10/11/ISIS-militants-execute-Iraqi-journalist-12-other-people-.html

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Iraq's Army Kills 15 ISIL Terrorists in Baquba

11 October 2014

Iraqi troops killed 15 ISIL terrorists after fierce clashes broke out between the army and the Takfiri group in Baquba, Diyala province.

A military source told National Iraqi news agency that the army soldiers struck heavy blow at the terrorists in the Northeastern areas of the city, leaving several of them dead and injured.

The villages of Hambas and Hmps were cleared of the Takfiri terrorists in Baquba during the operations.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930718000295

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18 dead in Syria regime bombing

 11 October 2014

BEIRUT  — At least 18 civilians, four of them children, were killed in Syrian army bombardment and air strikes in the south of the country Friday, a monitoring group said. “The Hara area, which recently fell to rebel forces, was hit by air strikes and surface-to-surface missiles, causing 18 deaths, including four children,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Hara stands less than two km  from a strategic hill in Daraa province that Al-Nusra Front militant rebels seized on Oct. 5 in a battle which cost the lives of 30 regime forces and 29 insurgents.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141011220807

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Iraq's Army Strikes Major Blow at ISIL Terrorists in Ramadi

11 October 2014

Iraqi soldiers struck heavy blow at the ISIL terrorists in the city of Ramadi, Anbar province, killing large numbers of them.

More than 20 members of the so-calle Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group were killed during a series of operations carried out by the army on Thursday in Anbar province, a military source told state news agency.

Also, six vehicles of the terrorist group were destroyed during the operations.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930718000307

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Jihadists with fake passports

11 October 2014

Late Sheikh Muhammad Bin Othaimeen was once asked about the position of Shariah on men who go to fight overseas without taking the permission of their country’s ruler. “Anyone who goes for jihad on his own will have disobeyed the ruler,” replied Bin Othaimeen. This proves that participation in wars overseas without proper permission is a sin. Sheikh Salih Al-Fawzan maintains the same opinion in all his answers to similar questions. One of the his replies was: “He who disobeys the ruler and his parents is not considered a jihadist but a sinner.”

The ruler of our country is the King and in some countries it is the emir, sultan or president but not the emir of a terrorist group or the head of a terrorist gang. There is a consensus among Muslims scholars on this important fact, a fact which clearly states that those who have left their countries to participate in fights or to kill themselves are sinners. Sheikh Al-Fawzan does not consider them to be martyrs.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141011220773

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Egypt says it killed senior member of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

11 October 2014

A top leader of Egypt’s most active Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was killed on Friday by Egyptian soldiers in the lawless north of the Sinai Peninsula, a military spokesman said on Facebook.

Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which seeks to topple the government, has killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police over the past year and beheaded several people in recent weeks, saying they were spies for Israeli intelligence.

The spokesman said Shehata Farhan was implicated in operations targeting police and security forces and was killed during a raid in the town of Rafah, near the border with Gaza.

Egypt said last week it had killed a field commander of Ansar, Mohammad Abu Shatiya, in clashes south of Rafah.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/11/Egypt-says-kills-senior-member-of-Ansar-Bayt-al-Maqdis.html

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Report suggests Assad’s forces committed mass rape near Aleppo

11 October 2014

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime took hostage 500 residents – mostly women and children – from a northern Aleppo village last week amid reports of mass rape, the opposition National Coalition has said.

In a press statement, the coalition condemned the capture of women and children residing in the village of Sefat, calling it a “dirty and cowardly action,” and demanded an “immediate release of all detainees.”

The capturing of women and children came amid news from the village of rape crimes being carried out by “Assad’s forces and the sectarian militia fighting by its side,” the coalition said, quoting local activists.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/10/Report-suggests-Assad-s-forces-committed-mass-rape-near-Aleppo.html

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Kurds halt IS thrust into heart of Syria's Kobane: Monitor

11 October 2014

Kurdish fighters thwarted a bid by Islamic State group jihadists to advance into the centre of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane early on Saturday, a monitoring group said.

The attack came after the IS militants overran Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday, sparking fears they would cut off the last escape route to neighbouring Turkey for hundreds of mainly elderly civilians still in the town centre.

The IS assault sparked 90 minutes of heavy fighting with the town's Kurdish defenders before the jihadists fell back, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

US-led coalition warplanes also carried out two air strikes on IS targets south and east of the town early Saturday, according to the Britain-based monitoring group, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112785/World/Region/Kurds-halt-IS-thrust-into-heart-of-Syrias-Kobane-M.aspx

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Egypt's campuses brace for the new semester, Islamists vow 'intense' protests

11 October 2014

Egypt's public universities are bracing for the new academic semester starting Saturday as Islamist anti-government groups call for "intense revolutionary movement" on campus.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL), that deems former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster a "coup," announced a new round of protests — dubbed "Students are the Knights of the Revolution" — while public universities are setting to work to prevent another tumultuous year.

"The university campus is a field of the flaming revolutionary fields. Students are the knights of your revolution ... Let us launch a strong and intense revolutionary movement starting Friday to protect the gains of the students' struggle over the past year," NASL said in a statement.

Police have arrested several students in different governorate nationwide over the past few days, including 14 of the "Students Against the Coup" movement, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/112762/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-campuses-brace-for-the-new-semester,-Islami.aspx

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Mideast

 

Christian Clerics Urge Recognition of Palestinian State

Afp, Jerusalem

Oct 11, 2014

Three leading Christian clerics in the Holy Land appealed yesterday for more European governments to recognise a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The call from the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran prelates -- all of them Palestinian -- came after EU member Sweden last week announced its intention to recognise Palestinian statehood, to the anger of Israel.

"From Jerusalem, our occupied capital, we send our urgent message to the whole world and particularly to Europe -- we are yearning for justice and peace," the three churchmen said in an open letter.

"Recognising Palestine and defining Israel's borders is a first step towards that goal."

Signing the letter were the former Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah (Theodosios) Hanna, and Lutheran World Federation president Bishop Munib Younan.

The current Latin patriarch, Fouad Twal, was not among the signatories.

"We are tired of calls for resumptions of negotiations while we can't reach our churches due to a foreign power and our people continue to be humiliated by an undesirable occupation," the letter said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/christian-clerics-urge-recognition-of-palestinian-state-45092

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Iran's Kurds Rally to Oppose ISIL's Ideology, War Crimes

11 October 2014

Tens of Thousands of Iranian Kurds, in the Western Province of Kordestan, took to the streets to condemn the ISIL's war crimes against the innocent people in Syria and Iraq.

Residents of Sanandaj, the capital city of Kurdistan province, started their anti-terrorism rally after their Friday prayers.

The protestors were carrying placards praising heroic resistance of men and women of Kobani, deploring crimes of the ISIL, and condemned support of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey for the ISIL terrorists.

Governor General of the province Abdul Mohammad Zahedi, Sanandaj Friday prayers Leader Abdul Rahman Khodayee, and two parliamentarians as well as a number of provincial officials were among demonstrators.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930719000616

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'Are Turkish soldiers your mercenaries?' deputy PM asks

OCTOBER 11, 2014

The international community should act together against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has said, reacting to the implications and calls that Turkey should do more.

"If you are that far sincere about the matter, let's do this together. Are the Turkish soldiers your mercenaries?" the deputy PM asked in a televised interview late on Oct. 10.

Getting involved in the anti-ISIL efforts directly would be a lithium test for the West, he implied.

"The Turkish soldiers will go there [to the Syian soil] and fall martyrs," he said, adding that such an offer was unrealistic, as he also asked for a concrete plan for the "future of Syria."

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has argued that Turkey would consider a boots on the ground operation agaist ISIL if only the Bashar al-Assad regime was also included in targets as the U.S. has declared that the goal for today was limited to stopping the jihadist militants. 

The White House emphasized Oct. 10 "the importance of quickly getting Turkish military help" in the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as it said an issue that came to the forefront this week with the increased clashes in the Syrian border town of Kobane.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/are-turkish-soldiers-your-mercenaries-deputy-pm-asks.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72835&NewsCatID=510

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Armed PKK militants back in Turkey, senior outlawed group leader says

OCTOBER 11, 2014

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has deployed armed forces back to Turkey, said Cemil Bayık, a senior leader of the outlawed organization, also retreting his pessimism about the recent talks between the Turkish government and the PKK.

The PKK will restart fights in case killings of Kurds continue in Kobane, the Syrian border town where the clashes between the armed Kurdish forces and Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have contiued since more than three weeks.

News agencies report that ISIL keeps advancing in and outside the town, from where more than 150,000 people fled to Turkey.

"If things continue this way, the guerrilas will fight to defend our people. The core task of the guerillas is to defend the people," Bayık reportedly said.

A group of PKK militants launched the symbolic withdrawal in May 2013, as part of the talks to resolve the decades-long Kurdish issue.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/armed-pkk-militants-back-in-turkey-senior-outlawed-group-leader-says-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72836&NewsCatID=341

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Suspected Qaeda attack kills two Yemen soldiers

11 October 2014

Two Yemeni soldiers were killed on Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded in the restive southeastern province of Hadramawt, a military source, said blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack.

Three other soldiers were wounded in the bombing that targeted a military vehicle in the historic interior town of Shibam, known as the Manhattan of the Desert for its centuries-old multi-story buildings.

The attack comes after separate suicide attacks on Thursday killed 47 people in the capital Sanaa and 20 soldiers in Hadramawt province.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has since claimed responsibility for the Sanaa bombing, which has further exacerbated tensions in violence-wracked Yemen.

Impoverished Yemen has been wracked by political turmoil since a bloody 2011 uprising forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from office, with rebels and militants battling to exploit a power vacuum.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/11/Suspected-Qaeda-attack-kills-two-Yemen-soldiers-.html

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India

 

ISIS Flags Seen In Srinagar after Friday Prayers

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Oct 11, 2014

SRINAGAR: A group of men unfurled ISIS flags amid pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta in downtown Srinagar after Friday prayers, according to eyewitnesses.

"The protesters were holding Islamic State flags and one of them waved it after climbing the mosque's gate," an eyewitness said.

This comes just a day after General-officer-Commanding (GoC) 15 Corps; Lt General Subrata Saha called the presence of ISIS flags a matter of deep concern. "...This is something which merits the highest concern of all security agencies and let me tell you that it is getting the attention of all the security agencies," he had said.

"Certainly, we are watching and indeed closely monitoring the situation as it were. It merits and it is getting the highest concern," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISIS-flags-seen-in-Srinagar-after-Friday-prayers/articleshow/44779777.cms

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Pak. Rangers term border firing a “small-scale war”

Oct 11, 2014

The Pakistan Rangers have termed the Indian firing at the Sialkot border a “small-scale war” between the two countries.

“India is not just violating ceasefire but fighting a small-scale war with Pakistan,” Director General Rangers Major General Tahir Javaid Khan told journalists here.

“It appears a political agenda...,” he said.

Gen. Khan claimed that the Indian Border Security Force used small firearms on the working boundary between 2010 and 2014.

“More than 30,000 mortar shells have also been fired during the last four years,” he said, noting such a large amount is not even used in a “full-scale war.”

“On October 6, alone, 51,000 small arms were fired across the boundary, while on October 7, more than 4,000 mortar shells were fired,” he claimed.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pak-rangers-term-border-firing-a-smallscale-war/article6491345.ece

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Will Work With Malala for Peace in Sub-Continent: Satyarthi

Oct 11, 2014

The Bachpan Bachao Andolan founder said he personally knew Yousafzai and will tell her to carry forward her "struggle."

Child rights crusader Kailash Satyarthi, who shared the Nobel Peace prize with Malala Yousafzai, on Friday said he will ask the Pakistani teenager to join him in fighting against exploitation of children, besides working together for peace in the sub—continent.

The Bachpan Bachao Andolan founder said he personally knew Yousafzai and will tell her to carry forward the “struggle” as it was “very important” that children in both India and Pakistan are born and live in peace.

His remarks came soon after the Nobel Committee announced the award saying it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism”, in what is being seen as a symbolic move to nudge towards peace the two countries that have been mired in hostilities for decades and traded heavy fire on border in recent days.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/will-work-with-malala-for-peace-in-subcontinent-satyarthi/article6489414.ece

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Pakistani hackers deface Indian websites

LAIQH A KHAN

Oct 11, 2014

At least 100 Indian websites have been defaced by Pakistani hackers over the last two days.

The hacked websites include those of Chennai Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (www.cmchrc.ac.in) and singer Daler Mehndi (www.dalermehndi.com), said Mirza Faizan, member of the Global Cyber Security Response Team (GCSRT), Bangalore. Several index files of government websites too were targeted, he said.

The hacked websites not only carried anti-India messages and pictures under Pakistan Zindabad headline, but also derogatory statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The anti-India statements referred to the Kashmir issue and the exchange of fire on the India-Pakistan border.“So Indian Kids What You Think you’ve Become Hero by Redfacing a Simple Site of PPP Which Already Have [SIC] Been Hacked Several Times”, read the message posted on some of the hacked websites.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pakistani-hackers-deface-indian-websites/article6489688.ece

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Nobel Peace Prize recognition of civil society’s contribution, says President Pranab Mukherjee

ANITA JOSHUA

Oct 11, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday led the nation in heaping accolades on Indian activist, Kailash Satyarthi, for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, alongwith Pakistani teenage advocate for girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai.

In his congratulatory message, he said: “The prize should be seen as recognition of the contributions of India’s vibrant civil society in addressing complex social problems such as child labour and the important role played by it in collaboration with the Government in the nation’s efforts to eliminate all forms of child labour.”

Congratulating Mr. Satyarthi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “The entire nation is proud of his momentous achievement.” He also congratulated Ms. Yousafzai and said hers is a journey of immense grit and courage.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nobel-peace-prize-recognition-of-civil-societys-contribution-says-pranab/article6489166.ece

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Burdwan blast: Dead terrorist was Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh No. 2

Dwaipayan Ghosh,TNN | Oct 11, 2014

KOLKATA: Shakil Ahmed Gazi, who died in the Burdwan IED blast, was the operations head of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the No. 2 of JMB's India unit, says an IB report based on the statement of Shakil's widow Razia Begum alias Rumi.

The JMB module operating in Bengal, led by Shakil, specialized in IEDs and had 12 core members with dozens of locals who provided the logistics, say central investigating agencies.

An IB report says that the module prepared IEDs only on specific demand made from across the border and after money was paid through hawala channels. Sometimes, orders would come for deliveries in Assam. Security agencies are ascertaining if Assam insurgent outfits received these IEDs or they were smuggled to JMB bases in Chittagong and adjoining areas.

According to the report, suspected JMB hit squad member Rumi has said during interrogation that Shakil entered India in the late '90s — much earlier than believed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Burdwan-blast-Dead-terrorist-was-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen-Bangladesh-No-2/articleshow/44778299.cms

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23 Hindus return to Pakistan from Jodhpur

PTI | Oct 10, 2014

JODHPUR: After a group of 40 immigrants from Sangad district in Pakistan returned to the neighbouring country on June 27, another batch of 23 people from Umarkot on the other side of the border boarded the Thar Express here today as they went back to their homes.

Like all those Hindus coming from Pakistan to India in anticipation of getting a shelter, they also had landed here in July this year and were determined to settle but they chose to go back today.

One of the members of this group, Kheto Singh said that it took them a year to get the visa clearance for India and paid Rs 1,500 per member instead of Rs 350, but from the moment, we landed here, we were just treated as outsiders and were made to believe at every step that we are not acceptable here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/23-Hindus-return-to-Pakistan-from-Jodhpur/articleshow/44777647.cms

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Europe

 

500 civilians at risk of massacre if ISIS takes over Syria town: UN

AP | Oct 11, 2014

MURSITPINAR (TURKEY): At least 500 civilians who remain trapped in the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani are likely to be "massacred" if it falls to the ISIS group, the UN envoy to Syria warned on Friday, calling on the world to help avert a catastrophe as the extremists pushed deeper into the embattled town.

Staffan de Mistura raised the specter of some of the worst genocides of the 20th century during a news conference in Geneva, where he held up a map of the town along the Syria-Turkey border and said a UN analysis shows only a small corridor remains open for people to enter or flee Kobani.

The dramatic warning came as the ISIS pushed into Kobani from the south and east, taking over most of the so-called "Kurdish security quarter" — an area where Kurdish militiamen who are struggling to defend the town maintain security buildings and where the police station, the municipality and other local government offices are located.

The onslaught by the ISIS on Kobani, which began in mid-September, has forced more than 200,000 to flee across the border into Turkey. Activists say the fighting has already killed more than 500 people. "The city is in danger," said Farhad Shami, a Kurdish activist in Kobani reached by phone from Beirut. He reported heavy fighting on the town's southern and eastern sides and said the ISIS was bringing in more reinforcements.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/500-civilians-at-risk-of-massacre-if-ISIS-takes-over-Syria-town-UN/articleshow/44779281.cms

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UK defense ministry briefs Muslim community leaders on Iraq mission

11 October 2014

The UK’s defense ministry this week briefed UK Muslim community leaders and academics about its military operations in Iraq during an exclusive event at the Ministry of Defense, the Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday.

The briefing, described as the first of its kind, came during a so-called Armed Forces Muslim Forum, which was launched in July to “enhance the partnership between the Muslim community, the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces.”

The Foreign Office’s statement said Wednesday’s event “provided a unique and privileged opportunity for senior military leaders to engage directly with key members of the community.”

The UK’s defense ministry Britain is currently engaged in the international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but its operations are confined only to Iraq.

Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton told Muslim leaders that “the UK Armed Forces exist to protect the interests and activities of all British citizens including British Muslims.”

“There is an enormously impressive history of Muslim military service and sacrifice in the UK, the spirit of which I am proud to maintain with the Armed Forces Muslim Forum,” he said.

“The positive relationships that have been nurtured through the Forum allow us to meet today to discuss recent and current operations with much valued leaders from across the Muslim community.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/10/UK-defense-ministry-briefs-Muslim-community-leaders-on-Iraq-intervention.html

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British Muslims mark Black History Month with culture showcase

11 October 2014

October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK, which is celebrated by many British Muslims.

“It’s important for people of different faiths and ethnic groups to acknowledge and be involved in BHM,” Zainab Dahir, a Muslim Somali novelist from London, told Al Arabiya News.

She says she has celebrated BHM with her family for many years and sees it not just as an opportunity to showcase black culture but also to represent the Muslim community.

For many British Muslims, October is a fruitful time, consisting of Eid celebrations as well as BHM.

“I celebrate Eid with my Muslim family and embrace BHM and all that it entails,” said Dahir.

BHM is a month of recognition of the individuals and events that have shaped black history. Its origins date back to 1987 in the UK but have become an international celebration.

For Ayan Mahamoud, BHM gives many British Muslims the opportunity to celebrate not only black history but their own culture and the part their community has played within the black struggle in the UK.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/10/10/British-Muslims-and-Black-History-Month.html

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London mayor says UK spies monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects

11 October 2014

Britain's security services are monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects in London and are involved in operations on a daily basis, the capital's mayor Boris Johnson said in an interview published on Saturday.

"In London we're very, very vigilant and very, very concerned," mayor Johnson told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

In August, Britain raised its international threat level to the second-highest classification of "severe", meaning an attack was considered highly likely, with Prime Minister David Cameron warning that Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/112799/World/International/London-mayor-says-UK-spies-monitoring-thousands-of.aspx

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British Muslim groups launch campaign over UK parliament debate on Palestine recognition

11 October 2014

British influential Muslim organisations have launched a campaign to pressure the members of the House of Commons to attend a highly anticipated parliamentary debate on the recognition of Palestine.

Next Monday, the UK Parliament will debate and potentially vote on a motion which calls on the British government to recognise the Palestinian state.

The motion, put forth by Labour Member of Parliament Grahame Morris on behalf of a number of all MPs, says “this House believes that the government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel."

The move in the UK Parliament comes about 10 days after Sweden has announced that it will recognise the state of Palestine.

On 3 October, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in his inaugural to parliament that "the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution."

The Muslim Association of Britain and Friends of Al-Aqsa are two British Muslim organisations calling on voters to ask their MPs to attend the debate and vote yes in the potential vote.

The two organisations are sending emails advising voters to “ask your MP to recognise Palestine as a state.”

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112739/World/Region/British-Muslim-groups-launch-campaign-over-UK-parl.aspx

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Kailash Satyarthi was in running for Nobel peace prize for over half a decade: Nobel Institute

Oct 11, 2014

LONDON:The Norwegian Nobel Institute has revealed that India's Kailash Satyarthi had been in the running for the coveted peace prize for over half a decade now.

In an exclusive interview to TOI, the director of the Nobel Institute who sifts through the original nominations to shortlist the final list of Nobel peace prize probables every year said that well over a dozen Indians were nominated for the coveted prize this year.

However on Friday, the institute announced that India's Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai were awarded the Nobel peace prize 2014 jointly for "showing great personal courage and in their struggle against the suppression of children and for the right of all children to education".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kailash-Satyarthi-was-in-running-for-Nobel-peace-prize-for-over-half-a-decade-Nobel-Institute/articleshow/44774768.cms

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British ex-soldier stripped of Afghanistan bravery medal

11 October 2014

A British former army major who was awarded a top bravery medal for service in Afghanistan has had it withdrawn by Queen Elizabeth II after an investigation, it was reported Saturday.

Major Robert Armstrong was awarded the Military Cross for his “calm leadership” when a British and Afghan army convoy came under fire in southern Afghanistan’s unstable Helmand province in 2008.

“The Queen has directed that the award of the Military Cross dated 6th March 2009 to Robert Michael Armstrong, formerly Major, Royal Regiment of Artillery, 543241, shall be cancelled and annulled,” the London Gazette, which carries official notices, announced Friday.

No reason was given for the move, which British media reported was the first time such a prestigious honor has been withdrawn. The Military Cross is the third highest honor of its kind which can be bestowed on British troops.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/11/British-ex-soldier-stripped-of-Afghanistan-bravery-medal-.html

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh HM: No Space for Militant Acts in the Country

Oct 11, 2014

State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday said the government would not allow militant activities in the country that can lead to attacks in the neighbouring country India.

He made the statement to reporters at the zero point of Banglabandha Land Port under Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh after visiting Fulbari BSF (Border Security Force) Camp in India.

The State Minister said: “We are always against terrorism. We will not allow anyone to use our land for conducting militant or terrorist activities, neither against our country or our neighbouring country India.”

When asked about the blast in West Bengal on October 2, he said India had not yet officially informed Bangladesh about nationality of the two persons killed in the blasts that occurred in Bardhaman district of West Bengal.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-rights/2014/oct/11/asaduzzaman-no-space-militant-acts-country#sthash.GxuQ8gas.dpuf

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Drone strike kills senior Taliban leader in Herat province

Oct 11 2014

A senior Taliban leader was killed following a drone strike in western Herat province of Afghanistan, local officials said Saturday.

The airstrike was carried out by US forces in Obe district of Herat province on Friday.

Obe district chief, Sher Aqa Alokozay, said the Taliban leader Mullah Sharaf who was also known as Mullah Shoaib was killed following the airstrike in Tagab Yari area.

Alokozay further added that Mullah Sharaf was involved in major terrorist activities in Obe district.

He said the death of Mullah Sharaf will have a positive impact over the security situation of Obe district.

Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Herat is among the relatively peaceful provinces in western Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups have increased to their insurgency activities in a number of its districts during the recent years.

http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-senior-taliban-leader-in-herat-province-8783

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'Action if BNP kills people in the name of movement'

Oct 11, 2014

If the BNP-led 20 party alliance kills people, burns vehicles in the name of movement, the law enforcement forces will take action, State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

The minister made the warning while talking to journalists before addressing a view exchange meeting with the officials of law enforcement in Thakurgaon Circuit house on Saturday.

Regarding the 20-party’s movement led by BNP, Kamal said no fruitful result will come as there is no connection of the mass people with their movement.

The national poll was held as per the constitution and the government will rule the country for five years, he added.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/politics/2014/oct/11/action-if-bnp-kills-people-name-movement#sthash.2wsBHnTY.dpuf

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3 Bangladeshi peacekeepers injured in CAR

Oct 11, 2014

Three Bangladeshi peacekeepers received injuries when a rebel group ambush their convoy in Central African Republic on Thursday, said an ISPR statement released yesterday.

Of them, Sainik Md Iqbal Hossain of 18 BIR was immediately rushed to a French hospital in critical condition. The other two peacekeepers, Sainik Jasim Uddin of 29 BIR and Sainik Moazzem Hussain of 23 East Bengal, received treatment at Bangladesh Medical (BANMED) Hospital.

The statement said the ambush took place some 1.5 kilometer away from United Nations Multinational Integrated Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) transit camp at 6:05pm. The convoy was returning from MINUSCA Force Headquarters.

Apart from that, the ambush also killed a Pakistani peacekeeper and injured five others.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/oct/11/3-bangladeshi-peacekeepers-injured-car#sthash.4hBe6JXZ.dpuf

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5 civilians killed, 14 injured following explosion in Uruzgan

Oct 11 2014

At least five civilians were killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in central Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

According to local government officials, the incident took place late Friday in Chora district.

Provincial governor spokesman, Dost Mohammad Nayab, said a mini-van vehicle carrying civilians struck with an improvised explosive device (IED).

Nayab confirmed that five civilians were killed and fourteen others were injured following the explosion.

He said the victims of the incident were young boys who were returning from a picnic.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Taliban militants and other insurgent groups use improvised explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally leads to civilian casualties.

http://www.khaama.com/3-civilians-killed-11-injured-following-explosion-in-uruzgan-8781

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Africa

 

27 hostages kidnapped by Boko Haram freed in Cameroon

Oct 11, 2014

Twenty seven hostages presumed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, including 10 Chinese construction workers and the wife of a vice prime minister, have been freed in Cameroon.

The hostages were returned early today and "are safe and sound," according to a statement from President Paul Biya's office read on state radio.

The Chinese road construction workers were kidnapped in May from their base in Waza, in Cameroon's Far North region.

Francoise Agnes Moukouri, wife of vice prime minister Amadou Ali, was among a group of 17 people kidnapped in a July attack targeting their residence in the border town of Kolofata. Officials said at the time that 200 fighters stormed the residence, though Ali himself was away.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/africa/27-hostages-kidnapped-by-boko-haram-freed-in-cameroon-30655654.html

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Algerian army kills four suspected militants

11 October 2014

Three suspected militants were killed on Friday in the area of Bouria, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Algiers, the defence ministry  said in a statement. Two Kalashnikovs and a semi-automatic rifle were seized, it added.

The fourth militant was killed in a separate raid on Thursday in the Tiaret region, 340 kilometres southwest of Algiers.

The army also announced Thursday that it had destroyed a camp in the Djurdjura mountains, 150 kilometres southeast of Algiers, believed to have been used by militants who beheaded French hiker Herve Gourdel last month.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112760/World/Region/Algerian-army-kills-four-suspected-militants.aspx

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Rwanda rallies efforts against human trafficking

Oct 11, 2014

KIGALI (Xinhua) -- More Rwandan leaders have voiced concern over reports of human trafficking in the country.

Rwanda's First Lady Jeannette Kagame is among those who have added their voice against the cross border crime.

There have been calls in the country in recent times for more vigilance following reports that Rwanda was acting as a source as well as transit route for victims of human trafficking.

At least 153 cases of human trafficking were registered since 2009 in the east African country with some of them involving traffickers who use Rwanda as a transit route for victims.

Majority of the victims are normally young girls below the age of 35, according to police.

The victims are reportedly taken to Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Malawi and Asia.

Speaking at a national dialogue on human trafficking in Kigali on Friday, Mrs Kagame called for collective efforts to stamp out human trafficking, gender based violence and drug abuse.

The First Lady emphasized that Rwanda has previously fought against drug abuse, and there is need to review the progress.

Full report at:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141010/roundup-rwanda-rallies-efforts-against-human-trafficking

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Ex-Malawian leader speaks out on challenges facing African women

Oct 11, 2014

Former Malawian president Joyce Banda has said that the main challenges to development in Africa are poverty, lack of opportunity and lack of income.Speaking on Wednesday at the Women and Global Development Forum at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she said because of poverty most African families go hungry and are food insecure, developments that impact on child development and growth.

“It is very essential that we invest in the first 1,000 days of a child and promote early childhood development programs if we have to bring up healthy adults,” she said.

Despite that, she said, local community set-ups in Africa do not provide protection for children and most families fail to adequately protect and invest in children because of lack of income. As a result, they fail to send their children to school because of poverty and lack of income.

Full report at:

http://en.starafrica.com/news/ex-malawian-leader-speaks-out-on-challenges-facing-african-women.html

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North America

 

Obama congratulates Satyarthi, Malala on Nobel Peace prize

Oct 11, 2014

The U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated Indian anti-child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, saying this is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being.

“On behalf of Michelle, myself and all Americans, I want to congratulate Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s announcement is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being,” Mr. Obama said in a statement on Friday night.

“In recognising Malala and Kailash, the Nobel Committee reminds us of the urgency of their work to protect the rights and freedoms of all our young people and to ensure they have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential, regardless of their background, or gender, or station in life,” said Mr. Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

At just 17, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people around the world with her passion and determination to make sure girls everywhere can get an education, Mr.Obama said, adding when the Taliban tried to silence her, Malala answered their brutality with strength and resolve.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/obama-congratulates-satyarthi-malala-on-nobel-peace-prize/article6491665.ece

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U.S. warns higher chance of ISIS reprisal attacks

OCTOBER 11, 2014

The United States updated its “Worldwide Caution” advisory on Friday, warning of possible reprisal attacks against it and its partners in the coalition to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The State Department said that ISIS has urged its supporters “to attack foreigners wherever they are,” raising the risk of reprisal against the United States and its allies, particularly in North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The U.S. global threat update said the return of some European jihadists back to their countries has increased the threat level in Europe.

The State Department, echoing its last warning on April 10, said “current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qaeda, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. and Western interests in Europe.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/10/U-S-warns-higher-chance-of-ISIS-reprisal-attacks-.html

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Kerry to urge revived Israeli-Palestinian talks

11 October 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will call for a revival of the collapsed Israeli-Palestinian peace process on Sunday when he attends an international conference in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza, American officials said.

The top U.S. diplomat and 30 of his counterparts convene in the Egyptian capital alongside U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is seeking a record $1.6 billion in aid to rebuild the battered Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian government last week unveiled a 76-page reconstruction plan for Gaza, calling for $4 billion to rebuild the war-battered territory, with the largest amount going to build housing for some 100,000 left homeless.

The Israeli military operation in Gaza killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while attacks from Gaza killed 73 on the Israeli side.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/11/Kerry-to-call-for-revived-Israeli-Palestinian-talks.html

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Islamic State militants threatened our employees: Twitter CEO

IANS | Oct 11, 2014

NEW YORK: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has admitted that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group threatened to kill his employees after their Twitter accounts were deleted.

Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco this week, Costolo said that after Twitter started deleting accounts of IS members, he and his employees received assassination calls.

"After suspending their (IS) accounts, some folks affiliated with the organization used Twitter to declare that the employees of Twitter and the management of Twitter should be assassinated," Costolo said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Islamic-State-militants-threatened-our-employees-Twitter-CEO/articleshow/44782284.cms

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Iraqi forces in 'tenuous' position in west: US official

11 October 2014

Iraqi government forces are in a "tenuous" position in the west of the country but are holding out for the moment against Islamic State jihadists, US defense officials said Friday.

Iraq's army is under mounting pressure in Anbar province, even as the world's attention has been fixed on the northern Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish defenders are battling an IS offensive, officials said.

"It's tenuous there. They are being resupplied and they're holding their own, but it's tough and challenging," said a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"I think it's fragile there now," the official told AFP.

Dozens of US-led air strikes in recent weeks in western Iraq, including near the city of Ramadi, have helped counter the IS fighters and the capital Baghdad remained secure, the official said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/112783/World/Region/Iraqi-forces-in-tenuous-position-in-west-US-offici.aspx

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Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition: US

OCTOBER 11, 2014

Turkey has agreed to support the training and equipping of the moderate opposition in Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Oct. 10, saying a U.S. military team would visit Ankara next week to discuss the matter.

"Turkey has agreed to support train-and-equip efforts for the moderate Syrian opposition," spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in describing a visit to Turkey by the two senior U.S. officials responsible for building a coalition to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"There will be a [U.S. Defense Department] planning team traveling to Ankara next week to continue planning that through military channels," she added.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-support-training-equipping-syrian-opposition-us.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72833&NewsCatID=359

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Southeast Asia

 

We will encircle Parliament if hudud Bills revived, says MCA Youth chief

BY IDA LIM

OCTOBER 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — MCA Youth members will encircle Parliament to block any bid by federal lawmakers to pass the roll out of hudud in Kelantan, its chief Chong Sin Woon promised today.

Chong said the Chinese party’s youth wing remains opposed to the enforcement of the strict Islamic penal code, even as he labelled Islamist opposition party PAS’ withdrawal of the Bills that would have removed legal roadblocks to hudud as “drama”.

“But I want to stress that if in the coming days, there is anyone or any party who still wants to table in Parliament to implement hudud, MCA Youth will not give up, will continue to surround Parliament,” he said in Mandarin to over 800 youth delegates at the wing’s 50th AGM today, who responded with a thunderous applause.

Earlier in his speech, Chong also said that MCA Youth was “very clear” that Malaysia is a “secular country”, saying that no one can change the country’s foundation.

Chong’s comments reflect the MCA’s continued opposition to hudud and fears that political rival PAS’ ambitions to see the Islamic criminal laws implemented would see non-Muslims being affected.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/we-will-encircle-parliament-if-hudud-bills-revived-says-mca-youth-chief#sthash.6yXGoAdv.dpuf

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Nancy Shukri told to speak up, not parrot AG over bible-burning threat

OCTOBER 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — DAP’s legal bureau chief hit out today at Minister Nancy Shukri for her defence of the Attorney-General’s (AG) refusal to prosecute Perkasa’s Datuk Ibrahim Ali who had allegedly threatened to torch Malay-language bibles months back.

The opposition party’s lawyer and lawmaker Gobind Singh Deo said AG Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s argument that Ibrahim’s call to burn copies of bibles containing the “Allah” word were the latter’s constitutional right was “utter nonsense”, but Nancy’s reiteration of the AG’s remarks were “worse”.

“As the de facto Minister of law, Nancy must play a greater role. She must demonstrate that she is independent and that she has the courage to speak up against the AG and do what is right,” Gobind said in a statement.

“Malaysians have no reason, in the circumstances of this case, to expect any less from whomsoever it is that holds her portfolio in the Federal Government,” he added.

Nancy, a Sarawakian who was made minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law matters last year, defended the federal government’s decision against hauling up Ibrahim over his alleged threat as the police had concluded that he was merely defending Islam, in line with Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/nancy-shukri-told-to-speak-up-not-parrot-ag-over-bible-burning-threat#sthash.6BE9hHFn.dpuf

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Minister says never defended Ibrahim Ali’s bible-burning threat, sparks Twitter war

OCTOBER 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Minister Nancy Shukri took to Twitter to fend off criticism over her explanation this week on why Putrajaya had not charged Datuk Ibrahim Ali for his alleged threat to torch bibles containing the word “Allah”, but started a Twitter war instead.

Under fire from critics, the first-term minister in charge of law repeatedly told Twitter users, including fellow Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians, that she had “never defended” Ibrahim in her recent Parliamentary reply, but was merely passing the message by government agencies on the actions taken against the outspoken Malay rights group leader.

“@jasonbhlee Never defended him. Merely conveying the answer given by agencies on actions taken n why he was not prosecuted,” she posted on her Twitter account @NancyShukri.

The Batang Sadong MP also told Umno’s Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah — who had criticised Putrajaya’s justification that Ibrahim was merely defending the sanctity of Islam — to refrain from criticising her unless he had his facts right.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-says-never-defended-ibrahim-alis-bible-burning-threat-sparks-twitt#sthash.ZJJUhLtf.dpuf

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