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Pakistan

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pakistanis, Still in Shadows, Seek Acceptance

Bengalis in Pakistan afraid of losing their identity and rights

Two Bohra community men shot dead in Hyderabad

Balochistan unrest: Experts see Indian policy endorsement as a cover-up

Anti-Taliban peace committee chief killed in Lower Dir

SC asks Sindh govt to tackle Taliban influx

Gunmen kill three in Turbat

Karachi turning into Taliban stronghold: Malik

Religious ministry issues show cause notice to PIA

FIA be fully empowered to probe Asghar Khan Case: PTI

Pakistan has the worst economy in Asia-Pacific region: Report

2008 Mumbai attacks: FIA asks court to conduct day-to-day hearings

Pakistani embassy reaching out to ‘Sandy affected’ Pakistanis

 

Africa

Sudan blocks UN force from investigating deaths

Kenya policeman killed, 10 injured in church attack

Algeria Gains Crucial Help from the inhabitants in Fight against Al Qaeda

Mali militants in Burkina Faso for mediation talks

Security forces kill 14 kidnappers in Nigeria

Car bomb explosion at Benghazi police station injures 3 police officers

Migrant Boat Sinks off Libyan Coast Killing Three, 70 Rescued

 

Southeast Asia

Is Indonesia Ngruki Islamic school teaching terrorism?

 

Arab World

Bishop Tawadros Egypt's new Coptic pope

‘Leave religion to the people,’ not government, says Egyptian professor

Gunmen kill three of Egypt's security forces in Sinai

Activists rally to end prison torture in Egypt

Saudi Judges may consider smoking a factor in child custody cases

Iraq police hold the head of the jail after Qaeda jailbreak

Syria opposition groups hold crucial Doha talks

Syria jets hit targets near Damascus after clashes: NGO

Brotherhood leader called for testimony in Mubarak-era thug trial

Bahrain detains prominent human rights activist

Syrians forced to teach themselves in exile

Morocco's King Keeps Strong Hand despite Reforms

54 fuel blast victims being treated

 

India

Panches set 24-hr deadline for security after Death threat by Hizbul Mujahideen

Our nations must live in a friendly atmosphere, Pranab tells Khaleda

AMU banned use of Facebook on campus

In a first, BJP likely to field three Muslims in Gujarat

RSS demands deportation of Bangladeshi infiltrators

Abu Jundal ‘brain’ behind 2006 Aurangabad arms haul plot

Chargesheet filed against Ansari

Two Indian warships dock in Mozambique as part of a goodwill visit

Will Nitish's visit give a boost to Biharis in Pakistan?

 

Europe

Bust of Indian-origin 'spy princess' Noor Inayat Khan to be unveiled in London

Group says Church of England vicar anti-Semitic

EU urges end to Myanmar unrest, pledges aid

Saudi-French talks to focus on key Arab issues

Italian PM: We Will Not Desert Afghanistan

 

North America

US-planned opposition overhaul taking shape in Syria

Hillary Clinton greets new foreign minister Khurshid

Drone strikes: US Congressman to press for programme details

Libya Attack Shows Pentagon’s Limits in Region

 

South Asia

Bangladesh: 14 Chargesheeted in illegal human organ trade case

High Court grants injunction suspending former President Nasheed’s trial

Police arrest a man in connection with pregnant 11 year-old in Maldives

Detention period of two suspects arrested in religious Scholar s murder case extended

 

Mideast Asia

Iran builds advanced drone: News report

Netanyahu ready to resume negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas 'today'

Fars: Iran not suspending 20% nuclear enrichment

Israel's Nobel laureate calls Palestinian authority president 'true' partner for peace, Netanyahu differs

Leftover Land Mine Explodes, Kills 6 in Iran

Turkey PM warns hunger strikers against ‘blackmail’

Israel 'complains' to UN over Syrian tanks in occupied Golan

Iran Parliament Summons Ahmadinejad to Explain Economic Policies

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pakistanis, Still in Shadows, Seek Acceptance

By MEGHAN DAVIDSON LADLY

4 November 2012

LAHORE, Pakistan — The group meets irregularly in a simple building among a row of shops here that close in the evening. Drapes cover the windows. Sometimes members watch movies or read poetry. Occasionally, they give a party, dance and drink and let off steam.

The group is invitation only, by word of mouth. Members communicate through an e-mail list and are careful not to jeopardize the location of their meetings. One room is reserved for “crisis situations,” when someone may need a place to hide, most often from her own family. This is their safe space — a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pakistanis.

“The gay scene here is very hush-hush,” said Ali, a member who did not want his full name used. “I wish it was a bit more open, but you make do with what you have.”

That is slowly changing as a relative handful of younger gays and lesbians, many educated in the West, seek to foster more acceptance of their sexuality and to carve out an identity, even in a climate of religious conservatism.

Homosexual acts remain illegal in Pakistan, based on laws constructed by the British during colonial rule. No civil rights legislation exists to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.

But the reality is far more complex, more akin to “don’t ask, don’t tell” than a state-sponsored witch hunt. For a long time, the state’s wilful blindness has provided space enough for gays and lesbians. They socialize, organize, date and even live together as couples, though discreetly.

One journalist, in his early 40s, has been living as a gay man in Pakistan for almost two decades. “It’s very easy being gay here, to be honest,” he said, though he and several others interviewed did not want their names used for fear of the social and legal repercussions. “You can live without being hassled about it,” he said, “as long as you are not wearing a pink tutu and running down the street carrying a rainbow flag.”

The reason is that while the notion of homosexuality may be taboo, homo social, and even homosexual, behaviour is common enough. Pakistani society is sharply segregated on gender lines, with taboos about extramarital sex that make it almost harder to conduct a secret heterosexual romance than a homosexual one. Displays of affection between men in public, like hugging and holding hands, are common. “A guy can be with a guy anytime, anywhere, and no one will raise an eyebrow,” the journalist said.

For many in his and previous generations, he said, same-sex attraction was not necessarily an issue because it did not involve questions of identity. Many Pakistani men who have sex with men do not think of themselves as gay. Some do it regularly, when they need a break from their wives, they say, and some for money.

But all the examples of homosexual relations — in Sufi poetry, Urdu literature or discreet sexual conduct — occur within the private sphere, said Hina Jilani, a human rights lawyer and activist for women’s and minority rights. Homoeroticism can be expressed but not named.

“The biggest hurdle,” Ms. Jilani said, “is finding the proper context in which to bring this issue out into the open.”

That is what the gay and lesbian support group in Lahore is slowly seeking to do, even if it still meets in what amounts to near secrecy.

The driving force behind the group comes from two women, ages 30 and 33. They are keenly aware of the oddity that two women, partners no less, have become architects of the modern gay scene in Lahore; if gay and bisexual men barely register in the collective societal consciousness of Pakistan, their female counterparts are even less visible.

“The organizing came from my personal experience of extreme isolation, the sense of being alone and different,” the 30-year-old said.

She decided that she needed to find others like her in Pakistan. Eight people, mostly the couple’s friends, attended the first meeting in January 2009.

Two months later, the two women formed an activist group they call O. They asked for its full name not to be published because it is registered as a nongovernmental organization with the government, with its true purpose concealed because of the laws against homosexual acts.

O conducts research into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, provides legal advice and has helped remove people from difficult family situations, and in one case a foreign-operated prostitution ring. The group has made a conscious decision to focus its efforts on the dynamic of family and building social acceptance and awareness rather than directly tackling legal discrimination.

Their current fight is not to overturn Article 377 of the Pakistan Penal Code, on “Unnatural Offenses,” but to influence parents’ deciding whether or not to shun their gay child. They see this approach as ultimately more productive.

“If you talk about space in Pakistan in terms of milestones that happen in the other parts of the world like pride parades or legal reform or whatever, that’s not going to happen for a long time,” the 33-year-old organizer, who identifies as bisexual, said. “Families making space — that’s what’s important to us right now.” Both women say their families have accepted them, though it was a process.

There are distinct class differences at work here, particularly when it comes to self-definition. Most of those actively involved in fostering the gay and lesbian community in Pakistan, even if they have not been educated abroad, are usually college graduates and are familiar with the evolution of Western thought concerning sexuality. Mostly city-dwellers, they come from families whose parents can afford to send their children to school.

Those who identify themselves as gay here are usually middle and upper middle class, the 33-year-old woman said. “You will get lower middle class or working-class women refusing to call themselves lesbian because that to them is an insult, so they’ll say ‘woman loving woman.’ ”

While the journalist lives relatively openly as a gay man, and says his immediate family accepts it, he understands that older gays have separated sexuality from identity, and he also recognizes that this approach is changing.

Still, he sees the potential for serious conflict for younger Pakistanis who are growing up with a more westernized sense of sexual identity.

“They’ve got all the access to content coming from a Western space, but they don’t have the outlets for expression that exist over there,” he said. “Inevitably they will feel a much greater sense of frustration and express it in ways that my generation wouldn’t have.”

That clash of ideologies was evident last year on June 26, when the American Embassy in Islamabad held its first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride celebration. The display of support for gay rights prompted a backlash, setting off demonstrations in Karachi and Lahore, and protesters clashing with the police outside the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad. This year, the embassy said, it held a similar event but did not issue a news release about it.

“It is the policy of the United States government to support and promote equal rights for all human beings,” an embassy spokeswoman, Rian Harris, said by e-mail when asked about the backlash. “We are committed to standing up for these values around the world, including here in Pakistan.”

Well intended as it may have been, the event was seen by many in Pakistan’s gay community as detrimental to their cause. The 33-year-old activist strongly believes it was a mistake.

“The damage that the U.S. pride event has done is colossal,” she said, “just in terms of creating an atmosphere of fear that was not there before. The public eye is not what we need right now.”

Despite the hostile climate, both the support group and O continue their work. O is currently researching violence against lesbian, bisexual and transgender Pakistanis.

“In a way, we are just role models for each other,” the 30-year-old said. When she was growing up, she said, she did not know anyone who was gay and she could not imagine such a life.

“For me the whole activism is to create that space in which we can imagine a future for ourselves, and not even imagine but live that future,” she said. “And we are living it. I’m living my own impossibility.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/world/asia/gays-in-pakistan-move-cautiously-to-gain-acceptance.html?ref=world&gwh=8477EE3504EE1BF3B3A0F6E74CA06770

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Bengalis in Pakistan afraid of losing their identity and rights

November 4, 2012

KARACHI: Fearing a witch hunt by the local administration and police following a directive of the Supreme Court for action against illegal immigrants, Bengali community members on Saturday staged a protest outside the Karachi Press Club.

“There are more than three million Bengalis who live in Pakistan and call it their country. Those who call us migrants should correct their facts,” said the committee’s chairperson, Shaikh Muhammad Feroze, while speaking at a rally outside the KPC. He added that Begalis should be seen as equals as they are patriotic and have sacrificed a lot for the country. Feroze told The Express Tribune that he and his parents have Pakistani identity cards, but his children cannot get theirs without being hassled by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

The committee’s supreme council member, Haji Abdur Razaq, told The Express Tribune that the term ‘migrants’ should be clarified as his father strived for the establishment of Pakistan, but it was tragic that his children cannot get their identity cards from NADRA.  “I was born in PIB Colony in 1954 and have a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), but my children have been given the run by NADRA,” said Razaq. He added that first they were sent to NADRA’s Karaz head office and then to the crime branch for investigation and clarification, where it costs Rs15, 000 to receive clearance. He demanded that the Chief Justice of Pakistan to provide them their rights as they have played their role in the making of this country.

“We demand that the government provide all Bengalis with national identity cards, passports and legal documents immediately,” said Feroze. He added that the state agencies will start oppressing Bengalis like they did in 1971, but this time they will not back down. “The police, Federal Investigation Agency and other agencies have inflicted cruelty upon us and many Bengalis have been killed.”

Noor Islam, 45, who came from Shah Nawaz Bhutto Colony to participate in the protest, said that he was born and bred in Karachi and will most likely die here, but he was still not accepted as a Pakistani citizen. “The Supreme Court has directed that migrants should be evacuated from Pakistan and we are afraid that the police will start troubling us again,” said Islam.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/460370/bengalis-afraid-of-losing-their-identity-and-rights/

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Two Bohra community men shot dead in Hyderabad

 Nov 04 2012

HYDERABAD: Two men belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community, both cousins, were gunned down and another was injured in two incidents of target killings – first ever in the city as far as the community is concerned – on Saturday night.

SHO of Cantonment police station Razaq confirmed that Shabbir and his cousin, Murtaza, died, while Murtaza’s brother Hatim received bullet wounds near former Rahat cinema in separate attacks.

“They were fired in their faces by the assailants and died instantly,” said Ali Asghar, maternal nephew of Shabbir. He said that Hatim, who was fired upon in the remit of City police station, was being operated upon.

Murtaza was a snack seller and ran his business at main Saddar Bazaar, near Askari Bank, in the jurisdiction of Cantonment police station.

“They (assailants) came on motorcycles from Saddar Bazaar side and fled towards Hajji Shah mazar chowk,” said a dry fruit seller, who sold his goods near the stall of Murtaza.

But Hyderabad police denied that these were target killings.

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/two-bohra-community-men-shot-dead-in-hyderabad/

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Balochistan unrest: Experts see Indian policy endorsement as a cover-up

 November 4, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s rare endorsement of the Indian approach to tackling insurgency in some of its states is a pretext to intensify operations against Baloch nationalists, say experts.

In a statement earlier the interior ministry lauded India’s policy of allowing democratic institutions to thrive unhindered in Assam, East Punjab, Mizoram and Kashmir as a measure to counter armed insurgency in these states.

It was claimed that the government’s stance of appraising Indian strategy, which comes out as a commitment to democracy, is actually a path to avoid condemnation for various human rights issues surfacing in a province plagued by a deplorable law and order crises since years. “This is the first time they [the government] have publicly praised the Indian pattern, because it provides them a perfect cover-up for mala fide intentions and actions,” says political analyst Muhammad Ali Talpur.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/460511/balochistan-unrest-experts-see-indian-policy-endorsement-as-a-cover-up/

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Anti-Taliban peace committee chief killed in Lower Dir

 Nov 04 2012

LOWER DIR: The chief of an anti-Taliban peace committee and the former UC Nazim of Peshawar’s sub-urban areas, Abdur Rehman was killed in a targeted attack in Fazalabad area in Maidan Tehsil of Lower Dir on Sunday, whereas militants blew up a government school in Mohamand tribal region, DawnNews reported.

The peace committee head, who had survived two previous attempts on his life including a suicide attack, was killed in a targeted attack by unidentified gunmen early on Sunday.

DawnNews sources reported that the former UC nazim was affiliated with the Jamat-i-Islami (JI) party.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/anti-taliban-peace-committee-chief-killed-in-lower-dir/

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SC asks Sindh govt to tackle Taliban influx

 Nov 04 2012

KARACHI: The Supreme Court has observed that a number of instances clearly reflect “mala fide conduct of the Government of Sindh in dealing with the poor law and order situation in Sindh, particularly in Karachi, which if continued, will never bring peace and rest” to the province.

The court also took exception to a decision by the provincial government nine years ago to release on parole 35 prisoners who were under trial on charges of committing “heinous offences”.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/sc-asks-sindh-govt-to-tackle-taliban-influx-question-raised-about-parole-of-35-prisoners/

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Gunmen kill three in Turbat

 Nov 04 2012

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a restaurant in Mand Blo town of Turbat killing three people and injuring another on Sunday, DawnNews reported.

The gunmen managed to escape from the scene after the attack.

Levies sources said that the attack took place in the Pak-Iran border town of Mand Blo, when unknown attackers riding on motorcycles opened fire at a group of people sitting at a roadside restaurant, killing three persons and injuring another person.

The security sources added that all the victims hailed from Punjab and were allegedly trying to travel to Europe illegally via Iran.

The bodies and injured were shifted to a nearby hospital where none of the victims were identified as yet.

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/gunmen-kill-three-in-turbat/

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Karachi turning into Taliban stronghold: Malik

 Nov 04 2012

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday that the government would move in accordance with the interim order of the Supreme Court on the law and order situation in Karachi and take action against the Taliban in the city.

Talking to reporters, he said Karachi was turning into a stronghold of the Taliban and some measures against them had already been initiated.

He said the government would address the apex court’s reservations on the situation in Karachi but added that some aspects of the reasons behind the law and order problem would also be brought to its notice.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/karachi-turning-into-taliban-stronghold-malik/

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Religious ministry issues show cause notice to PIA

 Nov 04 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs on Saturday took serious notice of inappropriate delay of more than 24 hours in Hajj flights of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and issued a show cause to its management.

According to a notice issued by the ministry, the PIA management has been asked to explain reasons for delay in flights.

A penalty will be imposed by the ministry if PIA failed to give convincing reasons for the delay.

The notice also reminded the airline to ensure the smooth functioning of Hajj flights operation so that inconvenience in the arrival of pilgrims shall be avoided.

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/religious-ministry-issues-show-cause-notice-to-pia/

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FIA be fully empowered to probe Asghar Khan case: PTI

 November 4, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday warned against delaying the investigations and subsequent judgment on the Asghar Khan case, adding that such a move would promote political wrangling between the PPP and PML-N.

Transparent and fair investigations should be ensured so that the PPP and PML-N do not indulge in “Noora Kushti” and “dirty politics” to cover up corruption charges against their respective parties, Imran told a news conference at the party’s media centre.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/460524/fia-be-fully-empowered-to-probe-asghar-khan-case-pti/

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Pakistan has the worst economy in Asia-Pacific region: Report

 November 3, 2012

LONDON: The 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index, which ranks 142 countries on global prosperity based on both material wealth and personal well-being, has ranked Pakistan 132 on their list.

Pakistan ranks higher than Afghanistan, which came in at 140.

The US, now ranked at 12, fell out of the top ten for the first time, due primarily to an economic decline. Norway topped the rankings.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/460273/pakistan-has-the-worst-economy-in-asia-pacific-region-report/

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2008 Mumbai attacks: FIA asks court to conduct day-to-day hearings

 November 4, 2012

RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday asked an anti-terrorism court to conduct day-to-day hearings of the Mumbai 2008 attacks case.

Up to 166 people were killed while another 170 were injured in the attacks, which took place in November 2008.

The FIA has asked the court to hold hearings daily to expedite the trial of the seven arrested suspects.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/460521/2008-mumbai-attacks-fia-asks-court-to-conduct-day-to-day-hearings/

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Pakistani embassy reaching out to ‘Sandy affected’ Pakistanis

 Nov 04 2012

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s top diplomat in New York visited the Pakistani-Americans affected by last week’s Sandy storm as part of continued efforts to inquire about their well being and coordinate relief work in accordance with instructions of Ambassador Sherry Rehman.

Consul General in New York, Faqir Syed Asif Hussain, visited the Bay Side shelter, which has been set up in a Coney Island school.

The shelter is temporarily housing over 200 Pakistanis who had to evacuate their homes and move to safer locations.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/pakistani-embassy-reaching-out-sandy-affected-pakistanis/

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Africa

 

Sudan blocks UN force from investigating deaths

Nov 4, 2012

CAIRO: The international peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region has said that its forces were blocked by the military from reaching the destination of an alleged attack that killed 10 people.

The hybrid UN and African Union peacekeeping force, UNAMID, said in a statement, yesterday that mourners brought 10 bodies reportedly killed in Friday's attack to the gate of its headquarters in Darfur yesterday. The Sudanese military blocked its convoy from reaching the area of the alleged attack to gather information on the incident, it added.

Friday's attack reportedly took place in Sigili village, located in the Shawa area in North Darfur state. Hundreds marched in a symbolic show of unity through North Darfur's capital city of el-Fasher to protest the incident yesterday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Sudan-blocks-UN-force-from-investigating-deaths/articleshow/17083114.cms

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Kenya policeman killed, 10 injured in church attack

4 November 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenya Red Cross says at least 10 people were wounded in a grenade attack on a church service at a police camp in northern Kenya.

According to the Red Cross the attack took place at the Utawala Interdenominational church in the town of Garissa.

Kenya has been hit by a string of grenade attacks that are blamed on sympathizers of al-Shabab, Somalia's Islamist extremist rebels who are linked to al-Qaida.

Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks on Kenya because it sent army troops into Somalia last year to fight the rebels, who are considered a threat to Kenya's security because they have been blamed for kidnapping foreign tourists and aid workers in Kenya.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/04/world/africa/ap-af-kenya-explosion.html?ref=africa&_r=0&gwh=41C0861E119C7CC38DD184F9B4951B2E

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Algeria Gains Crucial Help from the inhabitants in Fight against Al Qaeda

4 November 2012

ALGIERS (AP) — Weary from years of kidnappings, the inhabitants of Algeria’s rugged Kabylie Mountains are finally turning against the fighters of Al Qaeda’s North Africa affiliate in their midst and helping security forces hunt them down. And that turnaround is giving Algeria its best chance yet to drive the terror network from its last Algerian stronghold.

While defeated in much of the rest of the country, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb remains active in the Kabylie, partly because the Berbers there, the region’s original inhabitants before the arrival of Arabs, have long been deeply hostile to the central government and refused to provide information on militant whereabouts or activity.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/world/africa/algeria-gains-berber-help-in-pushing-

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Mali militants in Burkina Faso for mediation talks

 4 November 2012

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: A delegation from a militant group controlling northern Mali is in Burkina Faso for talks with mediator President Blaise Compaore.

Alghabass Ag Intalla, a top official of the radical group Ansare Dine, told The Associated Press yesterday that he is in Ouagadougou as the head of a delegation meeting with Compaore, who has been appointed by the Economic Community of West African States to mediate in the Mali crisis.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/mali-militants-burkina-faso-mediation-talks

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Security forces kill 14 kidnappers in Nigeria

4 November 2012

LAGOS: Nigerian security forces stormed the hideout of the kidnappers of a Turkish national in oil-rich Rivers State and killed 14 of them in a shootout, police said yesterday.

“The hoodlums were shot dead during a gunbattle with the security agents in their camp in Kaani community in Ogoni land,” state police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam told AFP of the incident on Friday.

He said members of the gang who abducted a Turkish construction worker last month had opened fire upon seeing the security agents in their camp.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/security-forces-kill-14-kidnappers-nigeria

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Car bomb explosion at Benghazi police station injures 3 police officers

Nov 4, 2012

BENGHAZI: A car bomb exploded on Sunday in front of a police station in Benghazi, injuring three police officers in the latest in a series of attacks on security officials in Libya's largest city.

The front of the central Hadayeq police station was charred and blackened with smoke. The entrance to the station was completely damaged, with glass strewn on the street and firefighters putting out a damaged police car that was on fire.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Car-bomb-explosion-at-Benghazi-police-station-injures-3-police-officers/articleshow/17084367.cms

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Migrant Boat Sinks Off Libyan Coast Killing Three, 70 Rescued

4 November 2012

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian coastguard and navy recovered the bodies of three Somali nationals about 35 miles from the Libyan coast late on Saturday when the motorized raft they were using to try to get to Italy sank, the coastguard said.

Two coastguard boats and a navy ship pulled 70 other Somalis from the water, according to a statement sent on Sunday. The survivors and the dead were being taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/04/world/africa/04reuters-italy-

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Southeast Asia

 

Is Indonesia Ngruki Islamic school teaching terrorism?

4 November 2012

As recent terror arrests in Indonesia refocus attention on the country's fight against extremism, the BBC's Karishma Vaswani looks at the Islamic school said to have nurtured many of the militants.

Amrozi, Mukhlas, Idris, Mubarok - all men who were involved in the deadly Bali bombings on 12 October 2002.

But they have something else in common - they all graduated from the Al Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo - more commonly known as Ngruki.

Indonesian officials believe the school is actively teaching radicalism and spreading messages of hate among its young students.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20177008

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Arab World

 

Bishop Tawadros Egypt's new Coptic pope

Nov 4, 2012

CAIRO: Bishop Tawadros was chosen as new Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians today when a blindfolded altar boy picked his name from a chalice in a ceremony invoking divine guidance for the beleaguered minority.

Acting head of the church Bishop Pachomius took the ballot from the boy's hand and, showing it to those crowded into St Mark's Cathedral, announced: "Bishop Tawadros."

The crowd erupted in cheers and applause as church bells tolled in celebration across the country.

The new Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa in the Holy See of St Mark the Apostle succeeds Pope Shenuda III, who died in March leaving behind a community anxious about its future under an Islamist-led government.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Bishop-Tawadros-Egypts-new-Coptic-pope/articleshow/17088709.cms

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‘Leave religion to the people,’ not government, says Egyptian professor

 11/04/2012

Associated Press

MECCA, Saudi Arabia – Now that she has finished the hajj and is returning home to Egypt, Magda Bagnied says her family will no doubt try to convince her to put on the headscarf to demonstrate her religiosity after a pilgrimage meant to cleanse her of sin and bring her closer to God.

She fully expects that from her parents. But she doesn’t want that kind of pressure from her government or leaders.

“Leave religion to the people,” said Bagnied, a media professor at Ahram Canadian University, in Cairo’s suburbs.

Full report at:

http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/religion/divided-over-islam-leave-religion-

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Gunmen kill three of Egypt's security forces in Sinai

November 04, 2012

Three members of Egypt's security forces have been shot dead by gunmen in north Sinai peninsula, officials say.

A fourth was wounded in an attack on their car in the suburbs of El Arish.

Egypt launched an offensive against militants in Sinai following the killing of 16 policemen on the Egyptian-Israeli border in August.

Security in the area has deteriorated since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, with Islamists appearing to gain a foothold, analysts say.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20192613

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Activists rally to end prison torture in Egypt

 3 Nov 2012

About 1,000 activists rallied in Cairo on Saturday demanding an end to brutality in Egyptian prisons and calling for a ban on torture in the new constitution.

Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was elected in June following 16 months of rule by the army council that took over after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow last year.

During the council's rule, some 12,000 civilians were tried by army courts and many of them were tortured in prisons, according to rights groups.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/0/57089/Egypt/-Activists-rally-to-end-prison-torture-in-Egypt.aspx

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Saudi Judges may consider smoking a factor in child custody cases

4 November 2012

The Kingdom’s judges may now consider cigarette smoking a contentious issue in child custody cases. Cigarette smoking may now be treated like alcohol drinking, in deciding the outcome of custody cases, the Arabic daily, Al Eqtisadiya reported.

The court could side with non-smoking parents, to protect the child from the negative impact of passive smoking, the newspaper reported. In July, a Saudi judge ruled that women suffering from second-hand smoke, as a result of their husbands’ smoking habits, could file for divorce.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/judges-may-consider-smoking-factor-child-custody-cases

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Iraq police hold the head of the jail after Qaeda jailbreak

 3 November 2012

SAMARRA, Iraq: Iraqi police on Saturday arrested the head of a jail from which dozens of Al-Qaeda militants escaped weeks ago, hours after he left hospital after being treated for wounds suffered in the incident.

Brig. Gen. Laith Al-Salmani is now being investigated in connection with the September 27 jailbreak, when more than 100 inmates escaped from the prison in Tikrit, although several were killed or recaptured in the following days and weeks.

Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq has since said it was behind an assault on the facility that led to the mass escape.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iraq-police-hold-governor-after-qaeda-jailbreak

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Syria opposition groups hold crucial Doha talks

 Nov 04 2012

DOHA: The opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) begins a four-day meeting Sunday in Doha, where the United States will reportedly press for an overhaul of the coalition aiming to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Details have emerged of plans to reshape the opposition into a representative government-in-exile, after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged that the SNC was not representative.

Rebel forces in Syria have criticised the SNC as out of touch, and the opposition is also split ideologically.

The Doha talks come a day after rebels in northern Syria launched an offensive to take control of a key airbase.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/04/syria-opposition-groups-hold-crucial-doha-talks/

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Syria jets hit targets near Damascus after clashes: NGO

Syrian warplanes shell targets around Damascus, a day after Al-Assad regime troops killed at least 194 people in bombings, shellings and clashes across the war-torn country

4 Nov 2012

Syrian warplanes pounded targets around Damascus on Sunday after dawn clashes between government troops and rebels near a security building in the capital, a watchdog said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave no immediate reports of casualties in the violence, which comes a day after 194 people were killed in bombings, shellings and clashes across the country.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57113/World/Region/Syria-jets-hit-targets-near-Damascus-after-clashes.aspx

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Brotherhood leader called for testimony in Mubarak-era thug trial

The defence of Sabry Nakhnoukh, a notorious Mubarak-era thug, has called Mohamed El-Beltagy for questioning

4 Nov 2012

An Alexandria court adjourned on Saturday the case of infamous thug Sabry Nakhnoukh to 7 November, with the defence calling for leading Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed El-Beltagy to be questioned.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57106/Egypt/Politics-/Brotherhood-leader-called-for-testimony-in-Mubarak.aspx

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Bahrain detains prominent human rights activist

Seven Bahraini activists was detained by the police for their participation on anti-government protest

 3 Nov 2012

Bahrain authorities on Saturday ordered the detention for seven days of a senior Shiite activist, accusing him of taking part in a banned demonstration, his lawyer said on social network Twitter on Saturday.

Yosuf al-Mahafdha, a member of the board of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was arrested late on Friday in the Shiite village of Darraz near Manama where an unauthorised protest took place, Mohammed al-Wasta wrote.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57071/World/Region/Bahrain-detains-prominent-human-rights-activist.aspx

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Syrians forced to teach themselves in exile

The al-Bushayer school in southern Turkey was established by Syrian refugees and runs on support from individuals.

Matthew Cassel

03 Nov 2012

Antakya, Turkey - Mustafa Shaker taught mathematics in Damascus before he fled with his family to Antakya, in neighbouring Turkey, last year.

He hoped it would be a temporary exile, but as fighting continued in Syria, Shaker grew worried over his four young children away from their schools.

“It’s simple,” Shaker told Al Jazeera, “I have kids and I wanted to teach them.” Inside the family’s rented flat in Antakya, Shaker began teaching his children and a dozen others belonging to his neighbours, also Syrian refugees.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/11/201211311392116248.html

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Morocco's King Keeps Strong Hand Despite Reforms

11/04/2012

RABAT (Reuters) - Unlike other Arab leaders challenged on the streets early last year, King Mohammed VI swiftly reformed Morocco's constitution, held an election and let an Islamist party lead the government.

His response smothered popular ferment, drew plaudits from the West and seemed to set Morocco on a more democratic course, but 20 months on it is unclear how much power has changed hands.

Le Matin, an establishment French-language daily, still devotes its first half dozen pages to the doings of the monarch and his advisers before the elected government gets a mention.

The Islamist prime minister, Abdelillah Benkirane, still has his office in the vast precincts of the royal palace in Rabat.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/04/world/africa/04reuters-morocco-reform.html?ref=africa

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54 fuel blast victims being treated

 4 November 2012

RIYADH: Of the 133 injured in Thursday’s gas tanker explosion only 54 remain in hospital, Deputy Riyadh Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Saad said yesterday after inspecting the accident spot and visiting the injured.

“Among these injured, 20 are Saudis and the rest are expats,” he told a press conference. He identified the 22 dead as eight Saudis and eight expatriates. Six could not be identified. The bodies will be buried after the completion of investigation.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/54-fuel-blast-victims-being-treated

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India

 

Panches set 24-hr deadline for security after Death threat by Hizbul Mujahideen

Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times

November 03, 2012

Panch and Sarpanches have set the 24-hr deadline for the state government to makes its stand clear on providing them security. The deadline was set by them a day after the report of death threat to them by terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen supreme Syed Salah-ud-din

appeared in local media.

"The government must clear its stand on security to us in 24 hour. Depending upon government's response, we will chalk out our strategy in a meeting of executive body of Panches and Sarpanch," said Aman Sharma, general secretary, J&K Panchayat conference, at a conference.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/IndiaSectionPage/JammuSec/Panchs-set-24-hr-deadline-for-security/Article1-954419.aspx

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Our nations must live in a friendly atmosphere, Pranab tells Khaleda

November 04, 2012

It is possible to change friends, but not neighbours. Therefore, India and Bangladesh must live in a friendly atmosphere. This was President Pranab Mukherjee’s message to the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia, who called on him here on Saturday.

Begum Zia, who is Leader of the Opposition and Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, and Mr. Mukherjee discussed issues that are of concern to the two countries.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/our-nations-must-live-in-a-friendly-atmosphere-pranab-tells-khaleda/article4062591.ece

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AMU banned use of Facebook on campus

Mail Today/ Lucknow

Nov 4, 2012

IF THERE were a dislike button on Facebook, a number of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students would have pressed it against the latest diktat of the varsity.

AMU authorities have banned the use of Facebook on campus. According to officials, the varsity has taken the step after receiving numerous complaints against students who are busy checking their Facebook account on their mobile phones even when the classes are on.

Mail Today

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In a first, BJP likely to field three Muslims in Gujarat

KapilDave

 Nov 04 2012

Gandhinagar: For the first time in Gujarat, BJP has decided to field Muslims in at least three constituencies in the upcoming Assembly polls.

A senior BJP leader close to Chief Minister Narendra Modi confirmed that the party had shortlisted eight seats where Muslims could be fielded and of these, three of them could be offered tickets. The state BJP’s parliamentary board has just concluded the shortlisting process. The eight shortlisted seats are Jamalpur-Khadia, Dariyapur, Vagra, Bharuch, Limbayat, Vejalpur, Abdasa and Bhuj where Muslim voters, in percentage terms, are 61.28%, 46.23%, 44.02%, 38.28%, 35.33%, 26.94%, 23.51% and 15.22%, respectively.

Of the eight seats, the most preferred seats for Muslims are Jamalpur-Khadia, Dariyapur, Vagra, Limbayat and Abdasa.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-a-first-bjp-likely-to-field-three-muslims/1026474/

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RSS demands deportation of Bangladeshi infiltrators

Nov 3, 2012

CHENNAI: Holding that Bangladeshi infiltrators have spread all over the country, RSS on Saturday demanded the Centre and state governments take steps to check the border, detect and deport them. "If they (infiltrators) have got citizenship rights or other rights, they should be deprived. And ultimately, they should be deported ... Central government should check the border ..." RSS all india joint secretary, Krishna Gopal said.

Briefing reporters on the second day proceedings of the RSS National Executive Council meeting, he said "unabated influx" of infiltrators, who had settled not only in Assam but all over the country, was a "serious threat" to national integration.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/RSS-demands-deportation-of-Bangladeshi-infiltrators/articleshow/17079331.cms

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Abu Jundal ‘brain’ behind 2006 Aurangabad arms haul plot

Rebecca Samervel

Nov 4, 2012

MUMBAI: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday filed a supplementary chargesheet in the special court against suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.

Currently, Jundal is in the ATS's custody in Ahmedabad in connection with the 2006 Kalupur station blast. "The chargesheet names Jundal as the main conspirator along with co-accused Fayaz Kagzi," ATS chief Rakesh Maria told TOI.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Abu-Jundal-brain-behind-2006-Aurangabad-arms-haul-plot/articleshow/17081348.cms

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Chargesheet filed against Ansari

Nov 04 2012

Mumbai : The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) filed a supplementary chargesheet in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case against Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal before the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court on Saturday.

“A supplementary chargesheet has been filed against Ansari in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Ansari, along with absconding accused Fayaz Kagzi, was a prime conspirator in the case,” said Additional Director General of Police, ATS, Rakesh Maria.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chargesheet-filed-against-ansari/1026428/

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Two Indian warships dock in Mozambique as part of a goodwill visit

 Nov 4, 2012

MAPUTO: Two Indian warships have docked in the Mozambican capital as part of a goodwill visit.

The vessels arrived in Maputo Friday night from South Africa. "They will be in our port for two days," Defence Minister Filipe Nyusi told Xinhua Saturday.

Nyusi said the defence cooperation between the two countries will further strengthen from this visit.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Two-Indian-warships-dock-in-Mozambique-as-part-of-a-goodwill-visit/articleshow/17084092.cms

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Will Nitish's visit give a boost to Biharis in Pakistan?

Sameer Arshad

Nov 4, 2012

Biharis have enriched Karachi’s cosmopolitan culture and their imprint on the city is perhaps best reflected in making famed Bihari kebabs an integral part of its culinary attractions.

Punjabi folk singers lined the road, performed bhangra on dhol beats to welcome then Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh to the Pakistani side of the land of five rivers in January 2004. Amarinder was overwhelmed and described his journey to Lahore a pilgrimage, as the city "is a central pillar in the edifice of the composite Punjabi culture". His engagements in Pakistan for the next few days were imbued with deep commitment to the promotion of divided Punjab's shared heritage.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Will-Nitishs-visit-give-a-boost-to-Biharis-in-Pakistan/articleshow/17081478.cms

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Europe

 

Bust of Indian-origin 'spy princess' Noor Inayat Khan to be unveiled in London

Nov 4, 2012

LONDON: A bronze bust of Indian-origin 'spy princess' Noor Inayat Khan, a first memorial in Britain to either a Muslim or an Asian woman, will be unveiled in London next week in honour of the war heroine who died on a secret mission against the Nazis.

The bronze statue sculpted by London-based artist Karen Newman will be unveiled by Britain's Princess Anne on November 8 in Gordon Square, near the house where Noor lived as a child.

The event marks the end of several years of campaigning by the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust headed by her biographer Shrabani Basu, to revive the memory of the forgotten war heroine.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Bust-of-Indian-origin-spy-to-be-unveiled-in-London/articleshow/17083249.cms

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Group says Church of England vicar anti-Semitic

By JONNY PAUL

11/02/2012

Formal complaint documents Rev. Stephen Sizer’s offensive anti-Semitic statements and "deep hostility to Zionism."

LONDON – Britain’s Jewish community representative organization has taken the unprecedented step of lodging a formal complaint to the Church of England, the country’s officially established Christian church, accusing one of its clergyman of anti-Semitism.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has accused Rev. Stephen Sizer, the vicar of Virginia Water Church in Surrey and an ardent anti-Israel campaigner, of making anti-Semitic statements and republishing anti-Semitic material.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=290233

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EU urges end to Myanmar unrest, pledges aid

 November 04, 2012

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called for an end to communal killings in Myanmar following talks with President Thein Sein, while pledging aid to the former pariah state.

More than 100,000 people have been displaced since June in two major outbreaks of violence in western Rakhine state, where renewed clashes since last month between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have uprooted about 30,000.

Dozens have been killed on both sides and thousands of homes torched.

"We are deeply concerned by these events and by the consequences for the reforms and democratisation of the country. We hope that all religious leaders will call for restraint," Barroso said in a speech on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Myanmar/EU-urges-end-to-Myanmar-unrest-pledges-aid/Article1-954623.aspx

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Saudi-French talks to focus on key Arab issues

 4 November 2012

JEDDAH: French President Francois Hollande is expected to arrive in Jeddah today for talks with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on major regional and international issues.

Diplomatic sources said the king and Hollande would discuss the worsening situation in Syria, Iran’s controversial nuclear program and the Palestinian issue as well as ways of strengthening bilateral economic and commercial cooperation.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-french-talks-focus-key-arab-issues

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Italian PM: We Will Not Desert Afghanistan

4 November 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Italy's prime minister has pledged not to abandon Afghanistan in 2014, saying his country will "transform" its support but not leave altogether as foreign troops draw down.

Mario Monti met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Italian troops during Sunday's visit. Monti told reporters that the departure of most international combat troops in 2014 will not mean a break in his country's commitment. He also said, however, that he hoped the Afghan presidential election the same year will give the country a reason to celebrate progress. The previous presidential and parliamentary polls were marred by massive fraud.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/04/world/asia/ap-as-

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North America

 

US-planned opposition overhaul taking shape in Syria

 4 November 2012

AMMAN: Details emerged yesterday of plans to reshape Syria’s opposition into a representative government-in-exile, on the eve of key talks between regime opponents.

The talks starting today in Doha come amid US criticism of the main exiled opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this week, was not representative.

Reports have emerged that Washington is pressing for an overhaul of the opposition, with long-time dissident Riad Seif touted as the potential head of a new government-in-exile dubbed the Syrian National Initiative.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/us-planned-opposition-overhaul-taking-shape

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Hillary Clinton greets new foreign minister Khurshid

Nov 4, 2012

NEW DELHI: Foreign minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday conveyed ``deep sympathies'' to the US over the devastation caused by Hurricance Sandy in what was his first conversation with the secretary of state Hillary Clinton after taking over. Clinton had called Khurshid on Saturday evening to congratulate him on taking charge as India's new foreign minister.

Clinton also thanked Khurshid for India's leadership in securing US the Dialogue Partner status in IORARC. US became the 6th dialogue partner at the IOR-ARC ministerial meeting in Gurgaon on Friday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hillary-Clinton-greets-new-foreign-minister-Khurshid/articleshow/17081087.cms

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Drone strikes: US Congressman to press for programme details

By Huma Imtiaz

 November 4, 2012

WASHINGTON: US Congressman Dennis Kucinich has said that he plans to hold a Congressional briefing on the drone programme on November 16.

In a press statement, the congressman said that the drone programme has been conducted with no oversight from Congress or any judicial body, and there has been no due process. “Congress has even been denied the right to be informed of and view the legal memos which the administration uses as its basis to justify these killings. Despite increasing calls for transparency and the legal justification from both Members of Congress and a broad range of advocacy organisations, the targeted killing through drone strikes is so routine that the Obama Administration has spent much of the past year codifying and streamlining the processes that sustain much of it, he said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/460517/drone-strikes-us-congressman-to-press-for-programme-details/

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Libya Attack Shows Pentagon’s Limits in Region

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT

4 November 2012

WASHINGTON — About three hours after the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, came under attack, the Pentagon issued an urgent call for an array of quick-reaction forces, including an elite Special Forces team that was on a training mission in Croatia.

The team dropped what it was doing and prepared to move to the Sigonella naval air station in Sicily, a short flight from Benghazi and other hot spots in the region. By the time the unit arrived at the base, however, the surviving Americans at the Benghazi mission had been evacuated to Tripoli, and Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were dead.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/world/africa/benghazi-attack-raises-doubts-about-us-abilities-in-region.html?hp&_r=0

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh: 14 Chargesheeted in illegal human organ trade case

November 4, 2012

Charges have been pressed against 14 people in illegal human organ trade case filed with Kalai Police Station in Joypurhat district in August 2011.

Nur Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station, submitted the charge sheet to the Judicial Magistrate's Court Thursday afternoon. As many as 70 people have been made witnesses.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=256103

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High Court grants injunction suspending former President Nasheed’s trial

By Ahmed Naish | November 4th, 2012

The High Court today granted an injunction (Dhivehi) temporarily suspending the trial of former President Mohamed Nasheed at the contested Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court, pending a ruling on procedural points raised by the former President’s legal team.

The former President is facing criminal charges over the military’s controversial detention of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/high-court-grants-injunction-suspending-former-president-nasheeds-trial-46679

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Police arrest a man in connection with pregnant 11 year-old in Maldives

By Neil Merrett | November 4th, 2012

Police have confirmed that a 37 year-old male is being held in custody in connection to an investigation into the case of an 11 year-old girl who gave birth to a premature baby on Thursday, November 1.

The confirmation was made as high-profile politicians, public figures and NGOs have launched a wider debate on child abuse and responsibility towards the welfare of young people in the Maldives.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/police-arrest-37-year-old-man-in-connection-with-pregnant-11-year-old-46700

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Detention period of two suspects arrested in religious Scholar s murder case extended

By Ahmed Nazeer | November 4th, 2012

The Criminal Court has extended the pre trial detention period of the two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of late MP and religious Scholar Dr Afrasheem Ali by another 15 days.

According to local newspapers the pair was brought to the court on Friday.

Local media has identified the two suspects as Ali Hashim ‘Smith from the island of Dhidhoo in Haa Alifu Atoll and Hassan Humam from Male’.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/criminal-court-extends-detention-period-of-two-suspects-arrested-in-afrasheem%E2%80%99s-murder-case-46694

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Mideast Asia

 

Iran builds advanced drone: News report

Nov 4, 2012

DUBAI: Iran has built an advanced drone that can take off vertically and without a runway, Iranian media reported.

Iran's military regularly announces defence and engineering developments, though some analysts are sceptical of the reliability of such reports.

Abbas Jam, researcher on a project for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone, said on Saturday that the drone would be tested that day and "unveiled" next year, according to Iran's Mehr news agency.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-builds-advanced-drone-News-report/articleshow/17088661.cms

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Netanyahu ready to resume negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas 'today'

11/04/2012

Prime minister responds to Abbas's call for negotiations in Channel 2 interview; Liberman, Barak at odds over Abbas's intentions as both PA and Hamas step back his comments.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is ready to return to negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as early as today, he said at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting, Army Radio reported

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=290388

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Fars: Iran not suspending 20% nuclear enrichment

11/04/2012

Semi-official news agency denies Arab media reports that the Islamic Republic is making a "goodwill gesture." PHOTO: REUTERS

Iran is not suspending 20 percent uranium enrichment in its nuclear program, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

The semi-official news agency cited an "informed source" as saying "20 percent uranium enrichment activities continue as before and no change has happened."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=290384

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Israel's Nobel laureate calls Palestinian authority president 'true' partner for peace, Netanyahu differs

Nov 4, 2012

JERUSALEM: Israel's Nobel laureate Shimon Peres was at loggerheads with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the two leaders stood differed in their views over an interview given by Palestinian authority president Mahmoud Abbas in which he shunned violence against Israel.

Peres praised his PA counterpart after his remarks during the interview to an Israeli TV channel assuring no outbreak of a third intifada during his tenure, Netanyahu, largely expected to return to power in January 22 snap polls, rejected it as hollow words that "do not match his actions".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Shimon-Peres-calls-Palestinian-

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Leftover Land Mine Explodes, Kills 6 in Iran

4 November 2012

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency reports an explosion from a land mine left over from the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s has killed six people and injured one.

The Sunday report by Mehr says the explosion happened on Saturday, during a minesweeping operation near the town of Marivan, some 300 miles (490 kilometers) southwest of Tehran.

Explosions from leftover munitions lead to casualties in Iran from time to time.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/04/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iran-mine-

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Turkey PM warns hunger strikers against ‘blackmail’

3 November 2012

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned hunger strikers demanding the release of an imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader against “blackmail,” as police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters in the southeast.

“Don’t turn this (strike) into a blackmail,” Erdogan said at an annual meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), referring to the 53-day prison hunger strike by hundreds of inmates nationwide.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/turkey-pm-warns-hunger-strikers-against-%E2%80%98blackmail%E2%80%99

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Israel 'complains' to UN over Syrian tanks in occupied Golan

4 November 2012

Israeli government submits an official complaint to the UN against Syria after Bashar al-Assad military entered the demilitarised zone in the occupied Golan Heights

Israel lodged a complaint with United Nations monitors on Saturday after three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarised Golan Heights zone that separates the two countries, a military spokeswoman said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57066/World/Region/Israel-complains-to-UN-over-Syrian-tanks-in-occupi.aspx

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Iran Parliament Summons Ahmadinejad to Explain Economic Policies

4 November 2012

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Sunday told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he must appear before the assembly within a month to explain his economic policies at a time of crisis, his second such summons in less than a year.

Ahmadinejad's conservative rivals in the 290-seat assembly have harshly criticized his handling of an economic crisis that they blame as much on his mismanagement as on Western sanctions aimed at derailing Iran's disputed nuclear programme.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/04/world/middleeast/04reuters-iran-

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