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Lashkar-eTayyeba says hanging in India of its protégé Ajmal Kasab will inspire more attacks, Taliban shocked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

Lashkar-eTayyeba says hanging in India of its protégé Ajmal Kasab will inspire more attacks, Taliban shocked

Pak absorbs news of Kasab hanging with quiet resignation

5 killed, more than 16 injured in Quetta blast

Pak Prez confirms ratification of Pak-India visa agreement

Pakistan claims it 'received', 'acknowledged' India's note on Ajmal Kasab's hanging

Police Arrest Two Aides of Teenage Would-Be Suicide Bomber

Suspected militant sponsor arrested in Peshawar

Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami says US ‘ultimate beneficiary’ of attack on him

Pakistan’s central bank issues rules for mudaraba-based Islamic deposits

Pakistan assumes new chair of D-8

Pakistan to host Muslim leaders in rare summit

Cheap late night calling plans promoting vulgarity: Pakistan T A

Kasab's home village angry, lashes out at India

 

Arab World

Saudi Arabia Residency permits (Iqama) non-renewal problematic for expats

Saudi Man Marries Schoolgirl, Teacher, Principal and Educational Supervisor

Egypt protesters, police clash for second day; more than 60 injured

Israel to end Gaza 'aggression': Egypt

Cairo protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera office

Qatar Telecom agrees $500 million debut Islamic finance deal

Egypt’s president spokesman in relationship scandal with female journalist

Equinix, du to open data centre to make internet faster in the Gulf region

Assad troops fight to oust rebels from Damascus

 

South Asia

Afghan insurgents try to evade capture by disguising themselves as women

Paper on Afghan border coordination signed at tripartite meeting

Taliban warn of reprisals if Kabul executes insurgents

8 prisoners executed in Afghanistan

Large blast hits diplomatic area of Kabul, 2 killed

Maldivian Parliament votes out CSC President over sexual harassment allegations

Bangladesh to honour 150 more foreign friends

Property of 6 Mujib's killers to be confiscated: Shafique

 

India

Separatists, clergy target two J&K High Court judgments

Disproportionate use of force unacceptable: India on Israel offensive in Gaza

Ajmal Kasab nervous but quiet before execution: Jail officer

Govt defends Ajmal Kasab hanging; says wrong to question timing

Kasab execution came a day after India opposed UN resolution

Kasab’s last wish: tell my mother

Pak contests Shinde's claim of refusing to accept letter on Kasab

After Kasab's hanging, Jundal likely to be tried in the same court

Ajmal Kasab was aware of the date on which he would be hanged

Ajmal Kasab's hanging homage to my husband: Slain encounter specialist Salaskar's wife

Hope rule of law will apply in Pakistan in 26/11 trial like in Ajmal Kasab's case: Khurshid

BJP welcomes Ajmal Kasab's hanging; now want Afzal Guru hanged soon

It's a victory for the country: Special public prosecutor Nikam on Ajmal Kasab hanging

India rejects OIC references to J&K

Kasab hanging to have adverse impact on Indians in Pakistan jails

 

Mideast Asia

Turkey accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' in Gaza

Israel army drops leaflets warning Gazans to evacuate homes

Iran urges Arabs to give Palestinians military aid

More than 140 killed in Gaza - envoy

Name of Israel’s anti-Hamas operation has biblical meaning

Hamas kills six suspected informers: witnesses

Gaza shakes as Hillary Clinton seeks truce

Explosion hits bus in Tel Aviv, 10 wounded

Gaza rocket fire kills Israeli soldier

Iran to give US$500 million to Pak for gas pipeline project

10 killed in Yemen military plane crash: Ministry

 

North America

Ajmal Kasab hanging ends the unfinished chapter of 26/11: US victim

U S and Russian diplomats renew their rejection of blasphemy laws

Al-Qaeda chiefs decimated, but U.S. must persist in fight: Panetta

US blocks UNSC statement on Gaza

NY Urges Sens. Gillibrand, Schumer to Stop Supporting Attacks on Palestinians

CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Apparent Bias Attack on NY Muslim

 

Europe

Against all odds, ‘Mosque for gays’ to open in France

Breivik fan arrested in plot to blow up Poland's parliament

Britain Isn’t Giving Up On Multi-Culturalism

Afghan opium production falls sharply: UN

Kazakhstan in legal move to ban opposition parties and media

 

Africa

Libya: Benghazi security chief assassinated

At least 20 killed in South Sudan army clash with rebels

Libyan aid heads to Gaza

Somali livestock trade booms despite ravages of war

 

Southeast Asia

Endorsed by rebel group, Philippine peace negotiator picked for top court

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan

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Pakistan

 

Lashkar-eTayyeba says hanging in India of its protégé Ajmal Kasab will inspire more attacks, Taliban shocked

Nov 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, executed on Wednesday for his role in the 2008 Mumbai massacre, was a "hero" who will inspire more attacks, said a senior commander of the Pakistani terrorist group accused of masterminding the attack.

"He was a hero and will inspire other fighters to follow his path," the commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Pakistan's Taliban movement also expressed shock over the execution of the lone survivor of the terrorist squad that killed 166 people in a rampage through the financial capital Mumbai in 2008.

"There is no doubt that it's very shocking news and a big loss that a Muslim has been hanged on Indian soil," Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told Reuters.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/LeT-says-Ajmal-Kasab-will-inspire-more-attacks-Taliban-shocked/articleshow/17306624.cms

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Pak absorbs news of Kasab hanging with quiet resignation

ANITA JOSHUA

Nov 21 2012

Pakistan quietly absorbed the news of India executing Ajmal Kasab - the lone terrorist nabbed alive in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks - on Wednesday morning. While there was no official reaction for four hours after the execution, the media also moved away from the story rather early in the day.

Clearly, it was not the equivalent of the print media's “stop press'' moment for television channels as they returned to their regular programming after the initial pandering to the ‘breaking news' syndrome. And within hours, it was just a headline; dropping down in importance as the clock ticked.

Even on the social media, reactions were slow to come by. Some civil society activists tried to moderate the discourse by reposting/retweeting the less celebratory voices coming out of India while arguing against efforts in Pakistan to rake up the Sarabjeet Singh issue. Amid calls for hanging Sarabjeet Singh - facing death sentence for terror attacks in Faislabad and Lahore in 1991 -- in response, journalist and civil society activist Beena Sarwar tweeted: ``Stop comparing them. Sarabjeet has spent over 20 years in prison, there are doubts regarding his identity, main witness says he gave wrong evidence.''

Meanwhile, NGOs working in Okara - where Kasab's native village Faridkot is located - maintain that his family had moved out of the area and their house is right now occupied by his maternal uncle's family. Reporters who have visited the area in recent days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks said a shroud of silence hangs heavy in the village whenever Kasab is mentioned as locals try to move away from the story that brought international spotlight on them.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/pak-absorbs-news-of-kasab-hanging-with-quiet-resignation/article4118927.ece

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5 killed, more than 16 injured in Quetta blast

Nov 21 2012

QUETTA: At least five people lost their lives Wednesday when a bomb was targeted at a security van in Quetta, with security officials saying the death toll was likely to rise.

According to initial reports, the high-intensity blast took place at Quetta’s Smangli road.

Officials said the bomb exploded near a security vehicle escorting schoolchildren. About 10 people were seriously wounded.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/at-least-four-injured-in-quetta-blast-reports/

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Pak Prez confirms ratification of Pak-India visa agreement

November 20, 2012

President Asif Ali Zardari today confirmed Pakistan's ratification of a landmark visa agreement signed with India in September that will benefit several categories of travellers, including businessmen and senior citizens. Pakistan's cabinet had ratified the visa agreement on October 31.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the objective of the agreement is to facilitate travellers of the two countries.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pak-Prez-confirms-ratification-of-Pak-India-visa-agreement/Article1-962047.aspx

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Pakistan claims it 'received', 'acknowledged' India's note on Ajmal Kasab's hanging

Nov 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India's assertion that it refused to accept a letter on the decision to hang Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, saying it had "received that note and acknowledged its receipt."

Reacting to the execution of Kasab in a jail in Maharashtra early this morning, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said Islamabad had adopted the clear and consistent position of condemning terrorism in all its forms.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-claims-it-received-

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Police Arrest Two Aides of Teenage Would-Be Suicide Bomber

November 21, 2012

PESHAWAR: Peshawar police managed to arrest on Wednesday two aides of the would-be suicide bomber arrested in Sarband a day earlier, Express News reported.

The teenage bomber, identified as Bilal of Khyber Agency and his accomplice Jahangir of Peshawar, were apprehended during routine checking on Ring Road.

The BDS were called and a suicide vest with at least eight kilograms of explosives was then removed from the boy.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/469173/police-arrest-two-aides-of-teenage-would-be-suicide-bomber/

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Suspected militant sponsor arrested in Peshawar

Nov 21 2012

PESHAWAR: Security personnel arrested a person Rasool Khan Dawar, suspected of collecting funds for Uzbek militants on Waziristan, at Peshawar airport on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Rasool Khan Dawar, hailing from Mosaki village in Mirali tehsil of North Waziristan, is reportedly a BEd and a school teacher who is suspected of affiliation with Uzbek militants and involvement in fund collection activities for the militants.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/suspected-militant-sponsor-arrested-in-peshawar/

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Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami says US ‘ultimate beneficiary’ of attack on him

November 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A day after he survived a targeted suicide attack, former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Qazi Hussain Ahmed on Tuesday reiterated that America was the “ultimate beneficiary” of such an assault.

“They always want me to condemn the Taliban. This way, they must have thought that I would blame the Taliban and thus, condemn them,” Qazi told The Express Tribune, when asked who he thought would benefit from an attack on his life.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/469046/qazi-says-us-ultimate-beneficiary-of-attack-on-him/

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Pakistan’s central bank issues rules for mudaraba-based Islamic deposits

Nov 21 2012

DUBAI: Pakistan’s central bank has issued new rules for Islamic bank deposits backed by asset pools using Mudaraba, a form of investment partnership that is common in Islamic finance.

The pools will have to maintain at least 20 per cent of their assets in liquid securities, though this level can be reduced to 10 per cent with the approval of sharia scholars. The rules allow banks to aggregate pools to help them manage liquidity in the short-term money market.

Under mudaraba, assets are managed by a bank on behalf of clients, with income and expenses shared under a pre-agreed ratio. The rules stipulate this ratio cannot be reduced during the deposit’s tenor.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/sbp-issues-rules-for-mudaraba-based-islamic-deposits/

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Pakistan assumes new chair of D-8

Nov 21 2012

ISLAMABAD: Muslim leaders gather Thursday for Developing-8 (D-8) summit in Pakistan designed to increase trade and investment but likely to be overshadowed by the Gaza conflict as diplomats scramble to arrange a ceasefire.

Pakistan on Tuesday assumed the chairmanship of Developing-8 countries as the outgoing Nigeria completed its two-year term.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Olugbenga Ashiru handed over the chairmanship to Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar who represented the country at the 15th session of Council of Ministers, held on the margins of eighth D-8 Summit here.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/pakistan-assumes-new-chair-of-d-8/

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Pakistan to host Muslim leaders in rare summit

Nov 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Muslim leaders gather on Thursday for a rare summit in Pakistan designed to increase trade and investment but likely to be overshadowed by the Gaza conflict as diplomats scramble to arrange a ceasefire.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, key players in the Middle East, are scheduled to be among those attending the Developing Eight (D8) summit.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-to-host-Muslim-leaders-in-rare-summit/articleshow/17307040.cms

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Cheap late night calling plans promoting vulgarity: Pakistan T A

Nov 21, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's telecommunication watchdog has ordered mobile phone service providers to immediately discontinue packages offering cheap calls late at night because they promote "vulgarity" and go against the "values of the country".

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority issued the directive to mobile phone companies yesterday.

A statement issued by PTA said such packages were against "social norms" and the country's "values".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/telecom/Cheap-late-night-calling-plans-promoting-vulgarity-Pakistan-Telecommunication-Authority/articleshow/17307367.cms

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Kasab's home village angry, lashes out at India

Nov 21, 2012

FARIDKOT: Farmers in the village of the Pakistani gunman executed Wednesday for the 2008 Mumbai massacre lashed out at India and hounded out journalists who asked about their notorious son.

The impoverished village of Faridkot, the former home of 25-year-old Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, lies in the farming belt of Punjab province, 370 kilometres (230 miles) southeast of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Kasabs-home-village-angry-lashes-out-at-India/articleshow/17309612.cms

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Arab World

 

Saudi Arabia Residency permits (Iqama) non-renewal problematic for expats

 21 November 2012

A sponsors’ ability to renew iqamas (residency permits) has a direct impact on the living conditions of many expatriates in Saudi Arabia. When the commercial register expires of the sponsor’s company expires, the iqamas of their expatriate employees cannot be renewed. This causes financial problems and makes life difficult for them.

Many government schools do not admit foreign pupils. This year the Ministry of Education issued a circular letter to schools, banning the new-semester admission of foreign pupils above 8 years of age in government schools. Private schools do enrol expatriates’ sons and daughters but applicants have to present a valid iqama.

Abdul-Aziz Salem, an Egyptian who works at an advertising company in Jeddah, is unable to travel and faces financial problems because his residency document expired a year ago. He needs a valid iqama to access his bank account where his company deposits his salary.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iqama-non-renewal-problematic-expats

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Saudi Man Marries Schoolgirl, Teacher, Principal and Educational Supervisor

21 November 2012

Imagine a schoolgirl attending class, knowing that both her teacher and principal share the same husband. Awkward much?

Well, for a Saudi man who married the three women, it may just be an example of love conquering all.

The man, 50, was not named by the Saudi-based Okaz newspaper which reported the marital muddle.

But his attraction to all things academic does not end there. The man is also married to a fourth wife, who works as an educational supervisor, mostly supervising the school that her husband’s other wives attend and work at.

Meanwhile, the schoolteacher told the newspaper that the way she interacts with her husband’s wives at work is “no different” to how she treats other students and superiors.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250913.html

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Egypt protesters, police clash for second day; more than 60 injured

Nov 21, 2012

CAIRO: At least 61 people have been injured in central Cairo, some with bullet wounds, during clashes between police and protesters on the anniversary of lethal street violence between activists and security forces.

Activists called the protest on Monday to put pressure on President Mohamed Mursi to punish those responsible for killings and abuses during the rule of the generals who assumed power after Hosni Mubarak was toppled by an uprising in February 2011.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-protesters-police-clash-for-second-day-more-than-60-injured/articleshow/17302973.cms

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Israel to end Gaza 'aggression': Egypt

Nov 20, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi said Israel's "aggression" against Gaza will end on Tuesday and Cairo-mediated truce efforts will produce results within hours, the official MENA news agency reported.

"The farce of the Israeli aggression will end today, Tuesday, and the efforts to reach a ceasefire between the Palestinians and Israelis will produce positive results within a few hours," it quoted him as saying.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-to-end-Gaza-aggression-Egypt/articleshow/17298718.cms

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Cairo protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera office

Nov 21 2012

Witnesses say Egyptian protesters have firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera in the third day of violence in central Cairo.

The protesters attacked the studio overlooking Tahrir square with Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs on early Wednesday, leaving it gutted by fire hours later, witnesses said.

Disgruntled youth and security forces have been clashing in the area since Monday, with protesters hurling stones and firebombs and security forces firing birdshot and tear gas into the crowd. Some protesters had been accusing Al-Jazeera of bias in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful political force from which President Mohammed Morsi hails.

The protests started on the first anniversary of a previous street battle between police and demonstrators that left 42 protesters dead.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/cairo-protesters-firebomb-aljazeera-office/article4119404.ece

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Qatar Telecom agrees $500 million debut Islamic finance deal

21 November 2012

Qatar Telecom (Qtel), one of the Gulf Arab region’s largest telecoms firms, has signed its debut Islamic financing facility, the operator said on Tuesday.

The $500 million deal, which runs for 18 months and is structured as a revolving Murabaha facility, was provided by Qatar Islamic Bank in a capacity as sole mandated lead arranger, the former monopoly said in an emailed statement.

A murabaha is a sharia-compliant cost-plus-profit arrangement.

Qtel, which operates in 16 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has sent out requests for proposals (RFPs) to banks for a syndicated loan of up to $1 billion, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing banking sources.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250953.html

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Egypt’s president spokesman in relationship scandal with female journalist

21 November 2012

Egypt’s ruling Islamist administration is again at the center of another moral scandal, after a female journalist who became known for reporting on the presidency claimed she was in a “customary marriage” with the president's spokesman Yasser Ali.

Journalist Abeer Abdelmajid was fired from her job as a reporter covering presidential matters for the daily newspaper “Youm7” after another newspaper, “al-Fagr,” published an article in which Abdelmajid reported to be in a “customary marriage” relationship with President Mohammed Mursi’s spokesman.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250928.html

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Equinix, du to open data center to make internet faster in the Gulf region

21 November 2012

By MATT SMITH,REUTERS

California’s Equinix Inc and du, a telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates, launched an alliance on Tuesday to open an $80 million data center in Dubai to offer faster internet speeds in the Gulf region.

In a joint statement, the companies said the hub would be the first of its kind in the Middle East and would be operational from January 2013. It will be “carrier neutral,” meaning telecom operators other than du will be able to use it.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250952.html

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Assad troops fight to oust rebels from Damascus

 Nov 20, 2012

AMMAN: Syrian government troops backed by tanks battled to oust rebel forces from an opposition stronghold in a Damascus suburb on Tuesday in the heaviest fighting in the capital for months.

In action in the country's north, rebel fighters stormed an air defense base that President Bashar al-Assad's military had used to bombard areas near the Turkish border.

On the international front, the Turkish foreign minister said NATO states had agreed to supply Turkey with a Patriot missile system to defend against Syrian cross-border shelling.

Although the deployment would be for defensive purposes only, it nonetheless marked a hardening in the foreign opposition to Assad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Assad-troops-fight-to-oust-rebels-from-Damascus/articleshow/17298755.cms

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South Asia

 

Afghan insurgents try to evade capture by disguising themselves as women

By LEON WATSON

 20 November 2012

Two Afghan men tried to disguise themselves as women to carry out an attack on a government building in the Afghan city of Herat, it has been claimed.

Wearing traditional women's dress, Farid and Sayed Omid were arrested outside Herat's Local Governance Department compound yesterday.

A third man, Abdul Ghafoor, who was driving the motorbike which took the pair to the building has also been arrested.

The three men have been detained as suspects accused of planning an attack on the government gathering in western Herat, local officials said.

Acting police chief Abdul Hamid Hamidi said the two men, who only had their eyes on view, were armed with 'non-lethal weapons and anesthesia materials'.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235676/Afghan-insurgents-tried-evade-capture-disguising-womens-clothing.html

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Paper on Afghan border coordination signed at tripartite meeting

Nov 21 2012

KABUL: To improve coordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a document for tripartite border coordination mechanism was signed at a meeting of the Tripartite Commission at the Afghan ministry of defence here on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, acting Commander of ISAF Lt-Gen Nicholas Carter, Afghan Chief of General Staff Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi and their delegations.

According to the ISPR, the participants reviewed ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and adjoining tribal areas of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/paper-on-afghan-border-coordination-signed-at-tripartite-meeting/

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Taliban warn of reprisals if Kabul executes insurgents

After 8 hangings took place on Tuesday in Afghanistan, Taliban warned of "heavy repercussions" against Kabul if any of its members are executed in the other executions planned in the future

21 Nov 2012

The Taliban warned Wednesday of reprisals if the Afghan government executes any of its militants in an expected series of hangings.

Kabul hanged eight criminals on Tuesday and officials said more executions were expected after President Hamid Karzai signed death warrants for a total of 16 prisoners.

The Taliban, who are waging an insurgency against Karzai's government and 100,000 NATO troops, said they had "credible reports" that some Taliban members on death row were scheduled for execution.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/58786/World/International/Taliban-warn-of-reprisals-if-Kabul-executes-insurg.aspx

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8 prisoners executed in Afghanistan

21 November 2012

KABUL: Afghanistan executed eight prisoners on death row yesterday with more executions expected soon, officials said, marking a rare use of the death penalty in the war-wracked country.

The eight had been convicted of crimes including murder, kidnapping and rape, deputy attorney general Rahmatullah Nazari told AFP. They were hanged in Kabul’s main Pul-e-Charkhi prison, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/8-prisoners-executed-afghanistan

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Large blast hits diplomatic area of Kabul, 2 killed

Nov 21 2012

Two Taliban suicide bombers struck near a U.S. base in Kabul early Wednesday, killing two Afghan guards in the heart of a neighbourhood filled with foreign forces and embassies. The attack came despite increased security ahead of a Muslim holy day that last year saw one of the capital’s deadliest attacks.

The bombers apparently meant to target the American base but were spotted by security guards as they approached on foot. The guards fired on the assailants, killing them, but not before one of the vests exploded, said Gen. Mohammad Daoud Amin, the deputy provincial police chief.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/suicide-blast-hits-near-us-base-in-kabul/article4119218.ece

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Maldivian Parliament votes out CSC President over sexual harassment allegations

By Mariyath Mohamed | November 20th, 2012

Parliament on Tuesday voted out President of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Mohamed Fahmy on charges of sexual harassment against an employee.

The 70 members who partook in the vote were split 38 for removing Fahmy, 32 against and 2 abstentions.

The parliament debated on the report on the case submitted by the Committee on Independent Institutions prior to the vote.

Chair of the Committee, Independent MP Mohamed Nasheed, said that in addition Fahmy himself and the employee who had submitted the complaint Aminath Shahma, other members of the CSC and staff members had been questioned by the committee.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/parliament-votes-out-csc-president-fahmy-over-sexual-harassment-allegations-47686

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Bangladesh to honour 150 more foreign friends

 21 November 2012

Bangladesh will honour 150 more of its foreign friends, including Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, on December 15 for their support and contribution to the country's Liberation War in 1971.

This will be the fourth phase of awarding foreign friends and organisations after "Bangladesh Freedom Honour" was conferred posthumously on Indira Gandhi on July 25, 2011.

In the second phase, the government awarded 83 individuals and organisations and in the third phase, 61 individuals and organisations were awarded.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=258333

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Property of 6 Mujib's killers to be confiscated: Shafique

 21 November 2012

The government has decided to confiscate the properties of six convicted fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said on Wednesday.

He said this while talking to reporters after a meeting with the members of taskforce formed to bring back the fugitive convicts of Bangabandhu murder case to the country. The meeting was held at the conference room of the law ministry.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42620

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India

 

Separatists, clergy target two J&K High Court judgments

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

Nov 21 2012

For the first time in over two decades, separatist groups and a section of the clergy in Kashmir have joined hands, and roped in fragments of the intelligentsia, in their attempt to reverse two recent judgments of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

One, delivered by Justice Hasnain Masoodi, puts unprecedented tabs on a Muslim husband’s right to arbitrarily terminate a marriage. Another, by Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, interprets life imprisonment as the convict’s lifelong detention in jail.

Jamiat-e-Ahl-e-Hadith (JAH), a religious organisation headed by separatist leader Maulana Showkat Shah until his killing at a mosque here in April 2011, has taken the lead in dismissing Mr. Justice Masoodi’s judgment on talaaq as “an unacceptable interference in the matters of the religion of Islam.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/separatists-clergy-target-two-jk-high-court-judgments/article4116493.ece

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Disproportionate use of force unacceptable: India on Israel offensive in Gaza

Nov 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: In an oblique criticism of Israel's offensive in Gaza, India on Wednesday said "disproportionate use of force" was completely unacceptable and demanded immediate deescalation of the conflict in the region.

Against the backdrop of criticism that India was muted in its response to the latest conflict in Gaza, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told reporters that "we did say categorically that the disproportionate use of force is unacceptable.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Disproportionate-use-of-force-unacceptable-India-on-Israel-offensive-in-Gaza/articleshow/17307085.cms

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Ajmal Kasab nervous but quiet before execution: Jail officer

Nov 21, 2012

PUNE: Minutes before his execution in Pune's Yerwada prison on Wednesday, Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab appeared to be nervous but was quiet and offered prayers, a jail official said.

"From his body language, we could make out that he was very nervous. However, he remained quiet before he was taken out from his cell for the hanging," the official said.

Kasab had also offered prayers and asked if his family was informed in advance about the hanging to which jail authorities replied in the affirmative, the official said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ajmal-Kasab-nervous-but-quiet-before-execution-Jail-officer/articleshow/17307409.cms

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Govt defends Ajmal Kasab hanging; says wrong to question timing

By Himanshi Dhawan

 Nov 21, 2012

PANJIM: Government on Wednesday denied that defended that 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab's hanging was timed before the winter session of Parliament.

Responding to questions information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Manish Tewari said that the message being sent to people is that perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Mumbai have been brought to justice.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-defends-Ajmal-Kasab-hanging-says-wrong-to-question-timing/articleshow/17306332.cms

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Kasab execution came a day after India opposed UN resolution

November 21, 2012

The hanging of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab in a Pune jail comes a day after India opposed a UN General Assembly draft resolution which sought abolition of the death penalty, with New Delhi arguing that capital punishment in India is exercised in case of a crime so heinous that it "shocks" the

Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist, had along with 9 other Pakistani gunmen killed over 160 people in Mumbai in November 2008 in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Indian history.

Kasab's hanging in Pune's Yerawada jail on early morning today was shrouded in complete secrecy.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Kasab-execution-came-a-day-after-India-opposed-UN-resolution/Article1-962253.aspx

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Kasab’s last wish: tell my mother

Nov 21 2012

‘Tell my Ammi’, this was the message conveyed by LeT terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged on Wednesday for his involvement in Mumbai terror attack, when he was told about his November 21 execution, official sources said.

Nooree Lai, mother of Kasab, was apparently the closest person to him as he only uttered her name when asked about his last wish, the sources said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kasabs-last-wish-tell-my-mother/article4119293.ece

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Pak contests Shinde's claim of refusing to accept letter on Kasab

ANITA JOSHUA

Nov 21 2012

In its first reaction to the hanging of Ajmal Kasab – the lone terrorist nabbed alive in the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 – Pakistan on Wednesday contested Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s claim that Islamabad had refused to accept Government of India’s advance communication regarding the execution.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pak-contests-shindes-claim-of-refusing-to-accept-letter-on-kasab/article4119116.ece

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After Kasab's hanging, Jundal likely to be tried in the same court

Charul Shah, Hindustan Times

November 21, 2012

The trial of LeT operative and key 26/11 handler Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal is likely to be conducted in the court constructed in the Arthur Road jail premises where Ajmal Kasab was tried.

The crime branch had on October 16 filed 14,676-page supplementary charge sheet against Jundal before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate court. While the magistrate court is yet to commit the case for trial, the authorities are contemplating to conduct the trial against Jundal in the court constructed within Arthur Road jail premises for Kasab.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/After-Kasab-s-hanging-Jundal-likely-to-be-tried-in-the-same-court/Article1-962313.aspx

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Ajmal Kasab was aware of the date on which he would be hanged

Nov 21, 2012

MUMBAI: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged early this morning, was aware of the date on which he was to be executed and had been made to sign his death warrant before being moved to the Pune jail on November 19.

According to official sources, a senior jail official read out the death warrant to Kasab at his cell and also informed him that his clemency petition had been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ajmal-Kasab-was-aware-of-the-date-on-which-he-would-be-hanged/articleshow/17306337.cms

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Ajmal Kasab's hanging homage to my husband: Slain encounter specialist Salaskar's wife

Nov 21, 2012

MUMBAI: Smita Salaskar, wife of slain encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar who fell victim to the bullets of terrorists during the Mumbai carnage, today described the hanging of Ajmal Kasab as a "homage" to her husband.

"Though the execution was delayed, Kasab was finally hanged. With this hanging, homage has been paid to my husband. But the real homage will be the conviction of other accused shielded in Pakistan," Smita said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ajmal-Kasabs-hanging-homage-to-my-husband-Slain-encounter-specialist-Salaskars-wife/articleshow/17305921.cms

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Hope rule of law will apply in Pakistan in 26/11 trial like in Ajmal Kasab's case: Khurshid

Nov 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday expressed the hope that rule of law will prevail in Pakistan as well in the 26/11 attack trial like it did in the case of Ajmal Kasab here.

"Frankly speaking, we have allowed rule of law to prevail (in the case of Ajmal Kasab). Similarly we hope rule of law will be followed in Pakistan. There is not vast difference between the criminal procedures in India and Pakistan," external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told reporters here.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hope-rule-of-law-will-apply-in-Pakistan-in-26/11-trial-like-in-Ajmal-Kasabs-case-Khurshid/articleshow/17305324.cms

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BJP welcomes Ajmal Kasab's hanging, now want Afzal Guru hanged soon

Nov 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: BJP on Wednesday welcomed the hanging of 26/11 attack convict Ajmal Kasab but emphasised that his handlers across the border in Pakistan should also be brought to justice.

"Better late than never. Kasab's hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab's handler's across the border are brought to justice," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BJP-welcomes-Ajmal-Kasabs-hanging-now-want-Afzal-Guru-hanged-soon/articleshow/17304737.cms

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It's a victory for the country: Special public prosecutor Nikam on Ajmal Kasab hanging

Nov 21, 2012

MUMBAI: Homage has been paid to all those who lost their lives in the 26/11 attack by the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who appeared for police in the case, on Wednesday said.

"It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent persons who lost their lives," Nikam said.

Kasab was hanged this morning at Pune's Yerwada jail after his mercy petition was rejected by the President on November 5. Two days later, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde signed on the file. It was sent to the Maharashtra government on November 8 and November 21, today, was fixed as the date of execution.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Its-a-victory-for-the-country-Special-public-prosecutor-Nikam-on-Ajmal-Kasab-hanging/articleshow/17304522.cms

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India rejects OIC references to J&K

Nov 21, 2012

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday strongly rejected as factually incorrect "misleading references" made by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jammu & Kashmir in its 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

"We note with regret that the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has once again made factually incorrect and misleading references to matters internal to India, including the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. We reject all such references/resolutions," said an official spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-rejects-OIC-references-to-JK/articleshow/17301751.cms

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Kasab hanging to have adverse impact on Indians in Pakistan jails

Nov 21, 2012

Rohtak: Veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha MP Kuldeep Nayar has justified the hanging of Pakistan terrorist and convict in Mumbai attack case in 2008, Azmal Kasab who was hanged to death in Yerwada jail in Pune on Wednesday morning. Addressing a 'Meet-the-Press' programme organised jointly by the Haryana Union of Journalists (registered under the Trade Union Act) and the Press Club in Rohtak, Nayar said "It's a delayed but justified decision. It will have positive reaction from India but draw counter reaction from the neighbouring country".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kasab-hanging-to-have-adverse-impact-on-Indians-in-Pakistan-jails-says-Kuldeep-Nayar/articleshow/17310393.cms

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Mideast Asia

 

Turkey accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' in Gaza

Nov 21 2012

Ankara : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "ethnic cleansing" in Gaza, saying the Jewish state's air raids could not be considered self-defence.

"Israel is committing ethnic cleansing by ignoring peace in this region and violating international law," Erdogan said yesterday. "It is occupying the Palestinian territory step by step."

The premier said Israeli air raids against Gaza could not be deemed self-defence, accusing Western countries of aiding what he called a "terrorist state" by condoning its violence in the Middle East.

"Sooner or later, Israel will answer for the innocent blood it has shed so far," he said.

Erdogan's words came after Israel halted a threatened Gaza ground operation to give Egyptian-led truce talks a chance to end nearly a week of cross-border violence that has killed more than 100 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/turkey-accuses-israel-of-ethnic-cleansing-in-gaza/1034139/

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Israel army drops leaflets warning Gazans to evacuate homes

Nov 21 2012

GAZA CITY: Israel’s air force dropped leaflets across several districts of Gaza City on Tuesday urging people to evacuate their homes “immediately” amid fears of an imminent ground invasion.

“For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City centre,” the one-page Arabic-language leaflet said.

The message pointed residents to specific roads they must use to move out of neighbourhoods in question which form a crescent around the southern half of the city centre.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/20/israel-army-drops-leaflets-warning-gazans-to-evacuate-homes/

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Iran urges Arabs to give Palestinians military aid

'Our message is that if Arab countries want to help the nation of Palestine they should give military assistance', says speaker of Iranian parliament

21 Nov 2012

Iran's Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani urged Arab states on Wednesday to follow Iran's example of providing military assistance to the Palestinians.

Israel continued air strikes on the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday with the goal of deterring Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the territory, from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/58774/World/Region/Iran-urges-Arabs-to-give-Palestinians-military-aid.aspx

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More than 140 killed in Gaza - envoy

November 21 2012

Jerusalem - The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday that more than 140 people have been killed and more than 950 injured in the Israeli offensive on Gaza.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour gave the toll in a letter to the UN Security Council in which he again demanded that the 15-member body meet to condemn the Israeli action launched to stop militant rocket attacks from Gaza.

Full report at:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/more-than-140-killed-in-gaza-envoy-1.1427674#.UKziLeRthm4

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Name of Israel’s anti-Hamas operation has biblical meaning

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

November 20th, 2012

(CNN) – To English speakers, the name of Israel’s anti-Hamas campaign sounds pretty straightforward: “Operation Pillar of Defense.”

But reading the name of the Israeli operation in Hebrew might provoke some head-scratching. In Hebrew, the Israel Defense Forces have branded their recently launched anti-Hamas effort as “Operation Pillar of Cloud.”

An IDF spokesman explained that most Israelis would recognize “Pillar of Cloud” as a biblical reference.

Full report at:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/20/name-of-israels-anti-hamas-operation-has-biblical-meaning/comment-page-20/

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Hamas kills six suspected informers: witnesses

 21 November 2012

Masked gunmen publicly shot dead six suspected collaborators with Israel in a large Gaza City intersection Tuesday, witnesses said. An Associated Press reporter saw a mob surrounding five of the bloodied corpses shortly after the killing.

A sixth corpse was then tied by a cable to the back of a motorcycle and dragged through the streets as people screamed, “Spy! Spy!” A number of gunmen on motorcycles rode along as the body was pulled past a house where those inside were mourning for victims of an Israeli airstrike.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250837.html

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Gaza shakes as Hillary Clinton seeks truce

 Nov 21, 2012

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops.

Egypt's new Islamist government is mediating talks and had floated hopes for a ceasefire by late Tuesday between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza. However, by the time Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was clear there would be more argument, and more violence, first.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaza-shakes-as-Hillary-Clinton-seeks-truce/articleshow/17307617.cms

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Gaza rocket fire kills Israeli soldier

 November 21, 2012

An Israeli soldier was killed by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, on the seventh day of a major conflict in and around the Palestinian enclave, a military spokesman said. "I can confirm that an IDF (army) soldier was killed this morning in Eshkol regional council as a result of

rocket fire," the spokesman told AFP, referring to an area which flanks the southern part of the Israel-Gaza border.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Gaza-rocket-fire-kills-Israeli-soldier/Article1-962106.aspx

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Iran to give US$500 million to Pak for gas pipeline project

 Nov 20 2012

Islamabad : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to sign an Inter-Governmental Cooperation Agreement during his upcoming visit to Islamabad under which Tehran will provide Pakistan US$500 million for a bilateral gas pipeline project.

Iran plans to extend financial and technical assistance for laying the Pakistan section of the proposed gas pipeline, official sources said.

The agreement will be signed on the margins of Ahmadinejad's visit to Pakistan to attend the Developing Eight Summit.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-to-give-us-500-million-to-pak-for-gas-pipeline-project/1033725/

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Explosion hits bus in Tel Aviv, 10 wounded

Nov 21 2012

TEL AVIV: An explosion hit a bus in the heart of Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack.

The blast shattered windows on the bus, which was driving on a street that runs alongside Israel’s defence headquarters.

Israel’s ambulance service said three of the wounded were in a moderate-to-serious condition.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/21/explosion-hits-bus-in-tel-aviv-10-wounded/

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10 killed in Yemen military plane crash: Ministry

November 21, 2012

A military plane crashed in Sanaa on Wednesday, killing 10 people including the pilot, as it tried to make an emergency landing when an engine failed, Yemen's defence ministry and an airport source said.   "An Antonov crashed following a technical problem. The pilot and nine

other people were killed," a statement on the defence ministry's website 26sep.net said.

The plane crashed in Sanaa's northern neighbourhood of Al-Hassaba, according to an AFP photographer who saw three charred bodies lying on the ground at the crash site.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/10-killed-in-Yemen-military-plane-crash-Ministry/Article1-962362.aspx

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North America

 

Ajmal Kasab hanging ends the unfinished chapter of 26/11: US victim

Nov 21 2012

New York : An American national who lost both her husband and daughter in the 26/11 terror attacks said the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab has removed an “irritant” from the city of Mumbai which will now be able to move on in peace.

Kia Scherr had lost her husband Alan and daughter Naomi when the Pakistani terrorists attacked the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai in the November 2008 attacks.

Scherr's husband was shot at the back of the head and died instantly while her 13-year-old daughter was shot multiple times and bled to death.

“In this case, in this city, under these circumstances, this is the most appropriate consequence. It will help the city to move on in peace,” Scherr who has made Mumbai her second home over the past two years, said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ajmal-kasab-hanging-ends-the-unfinished-chapter-of-2611-us-victim/1034226/

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US and Russian diplomats renew their rejection of blasphemy laws

 21 November 2012

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation held a symposium on Monday regarding blasphemy against Islamic values, in its headquarters in Jeddah. The symposium panel included Ambassador Mohammad Tayeb, the director general of the ministry of foreign affairs office in Makkah, Serji Kozinsof, the Russian consul general in Jeddah, and Anne Casper, the US consul general in Jeddah. The three dignitaries discussed at length the recent American film that mocked Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the violent reaction it sparked around the Muslim world.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/us-and-russian-diplomats-renew-their-rejection-blasphemy-laws

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Al-Qaeda chiefs decimated, but U.S. must persist in fight: Panetta

21 November 2012

U.S. forces have decimated al-Qaeda’s leadership and made gains against some of its affiliates, but the fight has shifted in new directions that will require persistent U.S. efforts to truly end the threat, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.

Despite blows dealt to al-Qaeda, including the killing of its leader Osama bin Laden, “this is not a time for retrenchment and isolation. It is a time for renewed engagement and partnership,” Panetta said at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Washington think tank.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250884.html

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US blocks UNSC statement on Gaza

Nov 21, 2012

The US on Tuesday blocked a UN Security Council statement on the Gaza conflict, arguing that it would have been "counter-productive" amid efforts to reach a ceasefire. Russia had threatened to press for a full council resolution on the conflict if Arab-proposed statement was blocked. That could have led to a veto clash with the United States.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/After-7-day-conflict-Gaza-set-for-truce/articleshow/17302008.cms

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NY Urges Sens. Gillibrand, Schumer to Stop Supporting Attacks on Palestinians

11/20/12)

(NEW YORK, NY 11/20/12) — Today the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) urged all people of conscience to call the offices of Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to demand they stop ignoring Palestinians while pandering to pro-Israel interests.

CAIR-NY sent an open letter to the Senate offices in response to a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 599) cosponsored and passed on November 16, 2012, which does not mention the Palestinian people. Instead the letter emphasizes unequivocal support for Israel's military actions.

Full report at:

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CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Apparent Bias Attack on NY Muslim

11/18/12

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/18/12) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the FBI to investigate an apparently bias-motivated assault on a Queens man of Afghan heritage who was stabbed repeatedly outside a mosque by an attacker shouting anti-Muslim comments. A friend of the victim reported that the alleged attacker said "he doesn't like Muslims."

"The FBI should add its resources to the investigation of this apparent hate crime, and state and national leaders should address the rising level of anti-Muslim bigotry that inevitably results in such disturbing incidents," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad.

Full report at:

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Europe

 

Against all odds, ‘Mosque for gays’ to open in France

 21 November 2012

An Algerian homosexual man is planning to open a “mosque for gays” in France by the end of the month, which sets to be a place of worship for Friday prayers at first, then will hold same-sex Muslim marriages.

Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, an Algerian Muslim living in France who is married to his gay partner, has been trying to open the mosque for homosexuals.

The couple risks the ire of the French Muslim community. Long-battling with stereotypes and discrimination, the Muslim and Arab world’s gay communities has maintained it has been vilified by public opinion, where homosexuality has been viewed a religious, cultural and even political taboo.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250941.html

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Breivik fan arrested in plot to blow up Poland's parliament

Nov 21, 2012

WARSAW: Polish authorities have arrested a radical nationalist who plotted to blow up parliament and had links to the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in Norway last year, they said on Tuesday. The suspected plot - to strike parliament when the president and prime minister were inside - was the first of its kind since Poland threw off Communist rule more than 20 years ago and is likely to put scrutiny on radical right-wing groups that are fiercely opposed to the liberal government.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Breivik-fan-plots-to-blow-up-Polish-parliament/articleshow/17302040.cms

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Britain Isn’t Giving Up On Multi-Culturalism

UK fights Muslim-bashing

Zia Haq, Hindustan Times

November 20, 2012

Leicester, the Muslim heart of Britain, could be West Asia. Veiled women and bearded men walk purposefully past Tudor-style shops in exposed brick. What does this tell you? That unlike in Continental Europe, the UK has not imposed unpopular checks on everyday Islamic symbols. At London’s Regent Park mosque on a Friday, Muslims of many ethnicities turn up, as the Azaan fills the street near cricket’s Mecca, the Lord’s. Not far, young white couples dig into succulent Halal kebabs. Can multi-culture survive in England?

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/UK-fights-Muslim-bashing/Article1-962058.aspx

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Afghan opium production falls sharply: UN

Nov 21 2012

KABUL: Afghan poppy cultivation increased this year but estimated opium production fell 36 per cent because of plant diseases and bad weather in the world’s biggest producer, the United Nations said Tuesday.

The area under opium poppies rose by 18 per cent despite increased eradication efforts by the Western-backed government, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in its annual report.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/20/afghan-opium-production-falls-sharply-un/

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Kazakhstan in legal move to ban opposition parties and media

Two opposition movements critical of President Nursultan Nazarbayev are banned and dozens of opposition media outlets shut down

 21 Nov 2012

The Central Asian state of Kazakhstan has moved to ban two opposition movements critical of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and to close dozens of opposition media outlets for "propagating extremism".

In a step the opposition denounced as an attack on dissent in the oil-exporting former Soviet republic, prosecutors linked their request to last month's jailing of Vladimir Kozlov, leader of the unregistered Alga! or "Forward!" party.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/58776/World/International/Kazakhstan-in-legal-move-to-ban-opposition-parties.aspx

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Africa

 

Libya: Benghazi security chief assassinated

November 21, 2012

The security chief in the east Libyan city of Benghazi was assassinated on Wednesday, a security official said.

Unknown persons opened fire from a car at Fraj al-Dersi in front of his home. He was hit by three bullets and died shortly after being taken to Benghazi medical centre,

the official said, asking not to be named.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Libya-Benghazi-security-chief-assassinated/Article1-962256.aspx

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At least 20 killed in South Sudan army clash with rebels

For the loss of one soldier, South Sudanese troops attacked a rebel base in the latest violence in Jonglei state, killing at least 19 rebel soldiers

21 Nov 2012

South Sudanese troops attacked a rebel base in the latest violence in troubled Jonglei state, killing at least 19 rebels for the loss of one soldier, officials said Wednesday.

Troops launched an attack on a base of rebel commander David Yau Yau on Monday, firing "rocket-propelled grenades and mortar shells", said army spokesman Philip Aguer.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/58766/World/Region/At-least--killed-in-South-Sudan-army-clash-with-re.aspx

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Libyan aid heads to Gaza

21 November 2012

Libya sent an airplane full of aid to Gaza on Tuesday after a week of Israeli air strikes on the Palestinian territory.

A cargo plane being loaded at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport was the first of four to take essential supplies to the coastal strip.

“This is taking place after the Prime Minister referred a decision to the Libyan Agency of Relief to transport assistance to Gaza including foodstuffs, milk for children, nappies, tents, blankets and medical equipment and medicine,” said Hatem Qassim of the Libyan Agency for Humanitarian Relief.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250927.html

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Somali livestock trade booms despite ravages of war

20 November 2012

At Hargeisa’s dusty livestock market two men quietly size each other up, haggling over animal prices by placing fingers on their chequered headscarves to indicate how much they would pay.

“If I press one finger, it means 100 shillings, the whole hand, 500, a bit of a finger, 90 shillings...we want to hide negotiations from other traders,” said animal trader Mohammed Iid, explaining the reasoning behind the silent barter.

Amidst the chaos that has characterized life in conflict-ravaged Somalia, the animal trade has survived -- and even managed to prosper.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/20/250835.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Endorsed by rebel group, Philippine peace negotiator picked for top court

21 November 2012

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has appointed his chief peace negotiator with Muslim rebels as a Supreme Court associate justice.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Marvic Leonen took his oath Wednesday to fill a vacancy after Maria Lourdes Sereno was promoted from associate justice to chief justice in August.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/endorsed-rebel-group-philippine-peace-negotiator-picked-top-court

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