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Malawi move to ban polygamy angers Muslims

Strike in Kalat against acid attack

Crucial info given out to Pak officials

Madhuri Gupta says she is being framed

Haia imposes ban on women jogging in Asir town

Army doc confesses role in BDR mutiny

‘Wireless message establishes Advani's presence at Babri site

Ajmer blast: Hindu outfit responsible?

US ‘terrorist’ posts death threat against Obama

Stone-pelters kill civilian, Omar slams separatists

Terror strike warning keeps Hyderabad cops on toes

Amnesty, Muslim council oppose Belgian burqa bill

Ex-ISI official found dead in North Waziristan

Two Saudi students held in Khyber Agency

Israel revokes residency of 4,901 Jerusalemites in 2 years

Can Islam and Secularism dialogue with each other?

 Foreign troops kill three Afghan women

Kurd rebels 'attack army outpost'

Somali blasts kill at least 30 at 'militants mosque'

An ideological split at the heart of Islam

My Name is Khan too, say Syrians

Afghan feminists fighting from under the burqa

AMU alumnus launches website on the life and work of Sir Sayyad A Khan

Let the arts take you on a spiritual journey

Suicide attack kills two in Swat district

Bangladesh hands over NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary to BSF

Belgian vote on Muslim veils could echo in Europe

Indonesia to ratify nuclear test ban treaty

In France, forcing women to wear burqa will draw jail term

Hillary Clinton warns Iran, calls Ahmadinejad anti-semitic President

Court orders seizure of Pervez’s property

Pakistani workers’ conditions similar to 1886 Chicago labourers

Philippine forces kill 5 rebels in raid before poll

'Information an effective weapon against terror'

Qassim incident triggers fresh debate over women EMTs

For aspiring Imam, lessons in tolerance

Video of Jordanian CIA bomber urges Muslims to wage jihad

Video depicts Canadian as bomb-maker's apprentice

Kashmiri behind Khawaja’s murder

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Malawi move to ban polygamy angers Muslims

01 May, 2010

Muslims in Malawi have been angered by government plans to ban polygamy.

A spokesman for the Muslim Association of Malawi told the BBC the proposed law would discriminate against the country's Muslim minority.

He said with about 6% more women than men in Malawi, if polygamy were banned, many women would be left without a husband and become prostitutes.

The gender minister said the ban was necessary to prevent women from being abused in polygamous relationships.

She said problems occurred because men could not give their full attention to more than one woman.

"When a man has two, three, four wives, they are not co-operative - one will be the loved one," said Gender Minister Patricia Kaliati.

It had not been a hasty decision and there had been wide consultation about the matter, she said.

But Imran Shareef Muhammed - secretary general of the Muslim Association of Malawi - disputed this.

"The minister is lying - she didn't consult the Muslim community," he told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

"We are totally rejecting it. There are also other ethnic groups [who practise polygamy] and they also totally reject this," he said.

"If these people go ahead banning polygamous marriages it means many women will go into prostitution.

"Every woman has the right to be under the shelter of a man."

He said under Sharia law, polygamy was optional.

"I have only one wife, my dear wife... but the moment they proceed with this, I will take a second wife," he said.

Should the ban come into affect, those already in polygamous marriages would not be affected, but those who flout it could face imprisonment, the minister said.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8654326.stm

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Strike in Kalat against acid attack

By Amanullah Kasi

01 May, 2010

QUETTA: Kalat closed on Friday in protest against Thursday’s acid attack on three sisters. The strike was observed on a call given by Baloch nationalist parties.

At Mangochar, protesters blocked the National Highway which connects Quetta with Karachi.

Balochistan National Party-Mengal, Balochistan National Front, National Party, Balochistan National Party-Awami, the three factions of Baloch Students Organisation and tribal elders condemned the heinous assault in which Sakina, Saima and Fatima suffered serious burn injuries.

Baloch nationalist groups blamed ‘hidden hands’ for crimes against women and demanded that culprits should be brought to book and punished.

They said that spraying innocent women with acid was a conspiracy to project the Baloch as conservative people.

Federal Minister Mir Israrullah Zehri who hails from the area accused police and intelligence personnel of not taking adequate action to prevent such attacks, the first having taken place in Dalbandin.

In Quetta, a demonstration was held in protest against the acid attack and kidnapping of Hindu traders for ransom.

Addressing the protesters outside the press club, Habib Jalib Baloch accused intelligence agencies of carrying out acid attacks on women and distributing pamphlets in the name of a fictitious organisation to create panic among women and defame the Baloch.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/strike-in-kalat-against-acid-attack-150

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Crucial info given out to Pak officials

Pramod Kumar

01 MAY 2010

New Delhi, April 30: Indian diplomat Madhuri Gupta used to pass crucial information of Indian intelligence agencies to her handler and ISI agent Rana allegedly by creating fake email IDs.

Investigating agencies have sent the hard-disc of her computer for forensic examination. Report of the forensic examination of the hard-disc will also reveal the close contacts of Ms Gupta in Pakistan as well as in India, sources revealed.

According to sources, she reportedly disclosed her interrogators that Rana taught her how to create fake email IDs.

Whenever Madhuri had to pass some information to Rana, she used to send it through fake e-mail IDs instead of informing the latter on mobile phone, sources said.

“Immediately after three or four meetings with the diplomat, Rana taught her how to create fake e-mail IDs. Not only Rana, she passed some crucial information to Pak officials also through fake IDs. Further interrogation of Gupta will reveal the identity of Pak officials who were in touch with her”, sources said.

“Gupta’s interrogators are also trying to ascertain the identity of one more ISI official who was in regular touch with Ms Gupta. There are confirmed inputs that, besides Rana, one more ISI official was there with whom Ms Gupta used to share crucial information. There are also reports that Ms Gupta had once met them in Kuala Lumpur, which is being investigated,” sources added.

Ms Gupta also revealed names of more Pakistan intelligence officers with whom she shared some crucial details. However, officials interrogating her said that most of the information which Ms Gupta had was not important at all. Investigating agencies plan to question senior Indian officials who were posted with her in Baghdad.

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10882:crucial-info-given-out-to-pak-officials&catid=35:india&Itemid=60

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Madhuri Gupta says she is being framed

May 1, 2010

NEW DELHI: Madhuri Gupta, an Indian diplomat arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), told a court here on Saturday that she was being framed, police sources said.

Gupta was sent to 14 days judicial custody by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja. The police were told to present Gupta before the court on May 15.

According to a police official, Gupta, 53, said she was not a senior officer and could not have passed on sensitive information to her contacts in Pakistan where she was posted in the Indian High Commission.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Madhuri-Gupta-says-she-is-being-framed/articleshow/5880113.cms

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Haia imposes ban on women jogging in Asir town

May 1, 2010

AL-MUJARADAH: The Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has banned women from jogging and other physical exercise in certain areas of an Asir town, Al-Watan reported on Friday.

The Haia’s branch in Al-Mujaradah attempted to justify its decision by claiming it was doing the women a favor.

“The Haia did not exactly ban women from physical exercise, it only intervened to guarantee their safety from criminals who frequently harass them as they walk in lonely places,” said Haia spokesman for Asir province Bandar Al-Mufreh.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48859.ece

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Army doc confesses role in BDR mutiny

01 MAY 2010

Dhaka, April 30: A medical official confessed at a special court about his role in concealing 40 bodies of slain Army officers in 2009 BDR mutiny in which 57 Army officers were killed, including BDR chief Major-General Shakil Ahmed.

The 57-year-old Torab Hossain Khan was among 256 members of the BDR hospital unit who are accused in bloody Pilkhana carnage that took place in February 2009.

On Thursday the mutineers were hauled before a Special Court-6 set up at the Pilkhana headquarters.

Prosecutor of this case Lt. Col. S.M.A. Al-Muid said 16 of the accused, including medical assistant Torab and JCO (junior commanding officer) Monaranjan Sarker were involved in removing the bodies from the Darbar Hall (meeting room) during the 33-hour mutiny.

Outgoing BDR director-general Maj.-Gen. Mainul Islam, who heads the panel of judges, asked Torab how many bodies he had removed.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10811:army-doc-confesses-role-in-bdr-mutiny&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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‘Wireless message establishes Advani's presence at Babri site'

01 May, 2010

LUCKNOW: Senior IPS officer Anju Gupta, who was the personal security officer of BJP leader L.K. Advani on December 5-6, 1992 at Ayodhya and key witness in the Babri demolition case, on Thursday, said she knew he remained at the scene even after she had left because a police wireless message notified her of the precise time of his departure.

She was answering questions put to her by defence counsel of the BJP leaders facing trial in a Rae Bareli court for their role in the demolition of the mosque.

Asked how she could have told the court on March 26 that Mr. Advani was present till 7.55 p.m. when she herself left his side around 6.30 p.m. to control the crowd elsewhere, Ms. Gupta said she received a police wireless message informing her that the BJP leader was getting ready to move at 7.55 p.m. This meant he was definitely at the scene till then, she said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/01/stories/2010050164141400.htm

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Ajmer blast: Hindu outfit responsible?

May 1, 2010

JAIPUR/AJMER: After the Malegon blasts, the role of the radical Hindu outfit, Abhinav Bharat, resurfaced with the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Friday arresting Devendra Gupta for his involvement in the Ajmer dargah sharif blasts in 2007.

Three people were killed and 30 others injured when explosives kept in a tiffin box went off at the famous sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007.

‘‘Investigating agencies have gathered enough evidence to prove that the arrested person also had links with the RSS,’’ said Rajasthan home minister Shanti Dhariwal. Gupta (36), a resident of Bihariganj in Ajmer, was produced in the CJM court in Ajmer on Friday and was remanded in 12-day police custody. ATS sources said Gupta had confessed to his involvement in the Ajmer blasts. Investigations also show that Gupta was in constant touch with Sadhvi Pragya Singh, the alleged mastermind of the Malegaon blasts.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ajmer-blast-Hindu-outfit-responsible/articleshow/5878836.cms

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US ‘terrorist’ posts death threat against Obama

01 MAY 2010

A Dallas man describing himself as a terrorist threatened to kill President Barack Obama in an online posting because he was upset about healthcare reform, according to a criminal complaint. Brian Dean Miller, 43, faces one count of making threats against the President, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a US $250,000 fine. He is scheduled for arraignment in federal court on Saturday.

His public defender and his mother did not return phone messages on Thursday. According to a criminal complaint, Miller made the death threats on March 21 on Craigslist under a posting titled “Obama must die.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/252862/US-%E2%80%98terrorist%E2%80%99-posts-death-threat-against-Obama.html

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Stone-pelters kill civilian, Omar slams separatists

M Saleem Pandit

May 1, 2010

SRINAGAR: A 40-year-old Kashmiri man travelling on a public bus was killed after being hit by a stone hurled by ‘‘professional’’ azadi protesters in central Srinagar on Friday triggering widespread condemnation by politicians and even moderate separatists of such orchestrated protests.

A group of youth enforcing bandh attacked a mini bus with stones at Magarmal Bagh locality of Srinagar killing Shafiq Ahmed Sheikh, travelling from Natipora to Batmaloo. Sheikh was taken to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, where he succumbed to head injuries, Srinagar SSP Javid Riyaz Bedar said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Stone-pelters-kill-civilian-Omar-slams-separatists-/articleshow/5878974.cms

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Terror strike warning keeps Hyderabad cops on toes

Omer Farooq

01 MAY 2010

With Central intelligence agencies giving a clear warning of a possible terror attack in Hyderabad in the next three days, the city police have launched massive search and combing operations at different places, including railway stations, bus stands, shopping malls, cinema theatres and other public places. Vehicles were also being subjected to scrutiny.

The warning was confirmed by city Police Commissioner AK Khan, who told the media, “We have some specific information from the Central agencies that something might happen in the next few days.”

In view of the Friday congregations, special security arrangements were also made outside all the major mosques, including the historic Mecca Masjid. Vehicles parked outside the mosques were also searched.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/252772/Terror-strike-warning-keeps-Hyderabad-cops-on-toes.html

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Amnesty, Muslim council oppose Belgian burqa bill

By RAF CASERT

May 1, 2010

BRUSSELS: Belgium's Muslim council and rights group Amnesty International led the criticism Friday of plans to ban burqa-type Islamic dress in public.

They condemned Thursday's vote by the House of Representatives to back a bill which considers burqa-type clothing incompatible with basic security because everyone in public must be recognizable.

Friday's criticism came as the bill moves to the senate.

It is unclear though when the senate will be able to vote, as Belgium's government has fallen and elections are expected in mid-June.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48875.ece

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Ex-ISI official found dead in North Waziristan

Omer Farooq Khan

Apr 30, 2010

ISLAMABAD: An ex-intelligence official associated with Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) who was abducted last month by militants was found dead on Friday in North Waziristan.

On March 26, former spy agents Khalid Khawaja, retired colonel Amir Sultan Tarar, knick-named Colonel Imam and journalist Asad Qureshi went missing while travelling to North Waziristan to shoot a documentary and interview Taliban and al-Qaida leaders.

Khawaja, one of the abductees, was found dead beside a road near the town of Mir Ali, in North Waziristan, intelligence sources said.

"He was shot in the head and in the chest," said a Pakistani intelligence official in the region.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Ex-ISI-official-found-dead-in-North-Waziristan/articleshow/5877817.cms

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Two Saudi students held in Khyber Agency

By BARKATULLAH MARWAT

May 1, 2010

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Political Administration of Khyber Agency arrested two Saudi students in Wazir Dhand in Jamrud tehsil on Friday evening, official sources said.

The Assistant Political Agent, Rehan Gul, when contacted by telephone, said that two Arab nationals identified as Eman Ahmad, resident of Madinah, and Hassan, resident of Makkah, entered Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency without proper documents.

He said, "They are students of the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad."

Gul said the students had mistakenly entered Khyber Agency without relevant documents and were sent to Khyber House in Peshawar for procedural process.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48891.ece

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Israel revokes residency of 4,901 Jerusalemites in 2 years

By MOHAMMED MAR'I

May 1, 2010

RAMALLAH: As part of its efforts to Judaize Jerusalem, the Israeli Interior Ministry revoked the residency of 4,901 East Jerusalemites in the last two year, Palestinian human rights organization said on Friday.

The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) said in a press statement that the Israeli Interior Ministry revoked the residency of 229 Jerusalemites in 2009 and 4672 residents in 2008. The center said that its report was based on data it received from the Israeli ministry

JCSER added that "30,000 Jerusalemites lost their residency since Israeli started implementing its expulsion and ethnic cleansing in the city in early 90s."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article48760.ece

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Can Islam and Secularism dialogue with each other?

By Maulana Waris Mazhari,

1 May 2010

The question of whether or not there can be a dialogue between Islam and secularism is a particularly pertinent one today. Many Muslims, including the vast majority of ulema and Islamists, believe that these ideologies are polar opposites. Hence, they insist, there is no possibility of arriving at even a minimum consensus between the two.

Yet, the question of dialogue between Islam and secularism remains one of particular importance, especially in the context of the rights of Muslims living as minorities in non-Muslim-majority countries. Numerous non-Muslim scholars and even some noted Muslim intellectuals (such as the Pakistani writer Mubarak Ali, the Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, and the late Professor Mushirul Haq) complain that where Muslims are in a majority, they brand secularism as ‘anti-Islamic’ and a threat to Islam and its followers, but where they are in a minority, they regard it as a blessing. Furthermore, where they are in a minority, they seem to argue for a secular state but, at the same time, insist that Muslims must remain safe from secularism.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2010may01/can_islam_and_secularism_dialogue_each_other.html

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Foreign troops kill three Afghan women

May 01, 2010

KABUL: International troops opened fire on a car in Afghanistan Friday, killing two women and a girl after mistaking them for Taliban, the Afghan interior ministry said.

The victims were among five civilians, who were traveling on a highway in Zabul province when they came under fire, ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP.

“A foreign forces convoy opened fire on a vehicle coming the other way, thinking they were Taliban,” said Bashary. “Two women and one girl were killed and one other woman was wounded.”

The nationality of the soldiers was not immediately clear. Nato’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had received no reports of any such incident in Zabul, but was checking.

The deaths sparked furious protests in Kandahar, the Taliban’s spiritual capital, and expressions of regret from Nato and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=236901

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Kurd rebels 'attack army outpost'

01 May, 2010

Kurdish rebels have attacked a military outpost in eastern Turkey killing four soldiers and wounding several, officials sources say.

They say militants from the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) used rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles in the attack near Nazimiye.

The government has intensified efforts to end the insurgency in recent months.

The PKK has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey's largely Kurdish south-east for more than two decades.

Officials quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency said the rebels had staged the attack at about midnight on Friday, and that the fighting had continued until dawn.

Several rebels are reported to have been killed.

There have been a number of clashes between rebel and government forces since the Constitutional Court banned Turkey's pro-Kurdish DTP party in December, saying it had links with the rebels.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8655937.stm

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Somali blasts kill at least 30 at 'militants mosque'

01 May, 2010

At least 30 people have been killed by blasts inside the main mosque in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, reports say.

More than 70 were injured in the explosions in the Bakara market.

One report said a senior member of the al-Shabab militia was the target. Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, known as Fuad Shongole, was said to have been injured.

The Islamists, who are linked to al-Qaeda, are credited with having brought greater stability to the part of the country under their control.

The attack near Abdalla Shideye mosque came as people were attending prayers.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8655912.stm

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An ideological split at the heart of Islam

Mahmoud Delkhasteh

1 May 2010

Iran's green movement is defined by an Islam of freedom, a model rejected by Khomeini after the 1979 revolution

The current situation in Iran is both a result of and response to a complex combination of socio-political repression and economic corruption. But it is expressed through a range of different discourses – nationalist and leftist, to be sure – but most significantly by different Islamic discourses that read the uprising as a struggle between an Islam of power, represented by Iran's ruling regime, and an Islam of freedom, represented by many Muslim thinkers who oppose it.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/may/01/iran-islam-tawhid-religion

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My Name is Khan too, say Syrians

By Sami Moubayed

01 May, 2010

DAMASCUS - In a bygone era, cinema-going in Syria was a popular event, shared by young and old. Men would dress in full attire, women in evening gowns, and children with bow ties, to attend blockbuster films in Damascus.

That came to an abrupt end in the 1960s when the importation of foreign films fell under the strict monopoly of the government, which then practiced a radical brand of socialism. All films from the United States were banned and replaced with those cranked out by the Soviet Union.

The only American films in the country were those smuggled in on VCRs. By the 1990s, satellite television had arrived, then came today's plush cinema complexes with state-of-the-art technology. These made use of a law passed by President Bashar al-Assad

that broke the state's monopoly over the importation of foreign films and Damascus now boils with international blockbusters.

Full report at:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/LE01Ak01.html

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Afghan feminists fighting from under the burqa

Jon Boone

01 May, 2010

Feminists in Afghanistan are forced to operate as underground movement, often using the burqa as a convenient disguise

As a committed feminist, there are few symbols of women's oppression that Parween hates more than the burqa.

But compromises are necessary in a country where fighting for women's rights can be a controversial and dangerous business, and she is not above donning the all-concealing garment if it helps her to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

"I don't like the burqa, but sometimes I have no choice when I'm moving around Kabul – it's a great disguise," she says. Parween, who is in her mid 20s, is not using her real name. Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/30/afghanistan-women-feminists-burqa

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AMU alumnus launches website on the life and work of Sir Sayyad A Khan

May 01, 2010

Aligarh: Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis, the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University launched the website Sir Syed Today (http://www.sirsyedtoday.org) in the central hall of Maulana Azad Library, AMU.

The website has been designed by Dr. Masarrat Ali, an AMU alumnus from USA.

Dr. Masarrat Ali claimed that this is the first and largest digitization work in India dedicated to any person or institution. The website has more than one lakh ten thousand pages of historical documents related to Sir Syed, MAO College and AMU history.

He said that more than 45,000 pages of Aligarh Institute Gazette and five thousand pages of Tehzibul Akhlaque were digitized. He said that the purpose of this website was to revive the Aligarh Movement. He also presented a set of 103 CDs to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Azis.

Full report at:

http://www.ummid.com/news/2010/May/01.05.2010/website_on_sir_sayyad.htm

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Let the arts take you on a spiritual journey

BY JOLONDA YOUNG

01 May, 2010

Though war, poverty and tough economic times have some of us living in a state of despair, the journey to peace and solace can begin with Springfield’s biennial Liturgical Arts Festival.

Held May 1 to May 4 at various locations throughout the city, the multi-faith interdenominational festival features a variety of programs designed to promote sacred and liturgical arts, while fostering a dialogue between people from different backgrounds.

The festival kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. with a labyrinth walk at Jubilee Farm, located at 6760 Old Jacksonville Road. The labyrinth, a winding concentric path leading to a center point, is designed to provide a place for meditation and peaceful introspection. The labyrinth walk represents a journey to a person’s center and back out into the world.

Full report at:

http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-7222-let-the-arts-take-you-on-a-spiritual-journey.html

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Suicide attack kills two in Swat district

May 1, 2010

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a busy market in the main town of northwest Pakistan's Swat district on Saturday, killing two people and wounding 10 others, police said.

Two bombers tried to launch the attack in Mingora, but police said security forces shot dead one before he could detonate his explosives.

"It was a suicide attack," Qazi Jamil, the police chief for the northwestern Malakand region to which Swat belongs, said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Suicide-attack-kills-two-in-Swat-district/articleshow/5880386.cms

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Bangladesh hands over NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary to BSF

May 1, 2010

DAWKI (MEGHALAYA): Ranjan Daimary alias D R Nabla, chief of the anti-talks faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and wanted in the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Assam, was today handed over to BSF by BDR, official sources said.

Daimary, who was hiding in Bangladesh, was handed over by BDR near Dawki international border in Meghalaya in the early hours, the sources said.

NDFB was originally formed under Daimary's leadership as Boro Security Force on October 3, 1986 and on November 25, 1994, the outfit changed its name to NDFB.

It had entered into a ceasefire agreement with the government on May 25, 2005, but mostly flouted the ground rules of a ceasefire.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bangladesh-hands-over-NDFB-chief-Ranjan-Daimary-to-BSF-/articleshow/5879908.cms

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Belgian vote on Muslim veils could echo in Europe

By TOM HENEGHAN

May 1, 2010

PARIS: Belgium's vote to ban full face veils in public is the furthest any European country has gone to confront a tiny minority whose choice in clothing has come to symbolise the issue of integrating some Muslim minorities.

The issue is being debated elsewhere in Europe, especially in France, and the example of two countries moving toward a ban has raised the stakes in a dispute pitting politicians and public opinion against Muslim leaders and human rights groups.

The lower house of parliament in Brussels passed the draft law almost unanimously on Thursday evening. It could become law in the coming months as the Senate is not expected to block it.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48876.ece

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Indonesia to ratify nuclear test ban treaty

May 1, 2010

NEW YORK: Indonesia said Friday it will soon ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, a step hailed by disarmament advocates as helping the treaty to enter into force.

"I warmly welcome the statement made today by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to the Indonesian Parliament that Indonesia will soon ratify the CTBT," said Tibor Toth, the executive secretary of the treaty's secretariat in Vienna.

"This announcement is of crucial importance in moving the treaty closer to entry into force, and underscores the leadership role of Indonesia in regional and global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts," Toth said.

The treaty bans nuclear tests in the atmosphere to prevent radioactive fallout on the earth.

The treaty has been signed by 182 countries, of which 151 have ratified by adopting national laws to implement the treaty. But the treaty demands that the world's 44 countries with nuclear technology must all ratify before it enters into force. Of the 44, nine have not yet ratifed.

The nine are Indonesia, China, North Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the US.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Indonesia-to-ratify-nuclear-test-ban-treaty/articleshow/5879276.cms

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In France, forcing women to wear burqa will draw jail term

May 1, 2010

PARIS: France will jail and impose huge fines on anyone who forces a Muslim woman to wear a full-face veil, according to a leaked version of a proposed law revealed on Friday.

While women will face only a 150-euro penalty if they choose to don a burqa or a niqab, President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to slap one-year prison terms and $20,000 fines on those who make others wear them.

“No one may wear in public places clothes that are aimed at hiding the face,” says the text of a new law that is to be presented to parliament in July, according to a copy seen by the pro-government newspaper Le Figaro.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/In-France-forcing-women-to-wear-burqa-will-draw-jail-term/articleshow/5879119.cms

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Hillary Clinton warns Iran, calls Ahmadinejad anti-semitic President

01 May, 2010

WASHINGTON: Describing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as "anti-Semitic", US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Friday said that Tehran with its hostile nuclear ambitions poses a threat not only to Israel but the region.

"Iran, with its anti-Semitic president and hostile nuclear ambitions, continues to threaten Israel, but it also threatens the region and it sponsors terrorism," Clinton said at the American Jewish Committee Annual Gala Dinner.

Clinton's remarks comes just ahead of the NPT Review Conference in New York which among others would be attended by the Iranian President.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Hillary-Clinton-warns-Iran-calls-Ahmadinejad-anti-semitic-President/articleshow/5876249.cms

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Court orders seizure of Pervez’s property

01 MAY 2010

Islamabad , April 30: A Pakistani court on Friday ordered seizure of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s property in a case related to illegal detention of a government employee. Abbotabad district and session Judge Abdul Mateen Khan gave directives to seize Pervez Musharraf’s property during the hearing of a case regarding the “missing persons”.

The court earlier heard the case of a missing employee of Atomic Energy Commission Attiqueur Rehman.

Attiqueur Rehman’s family has held Mr Musharraf responsible for his abduction.

“The court had ain the last hearing issued summons for Pervez Musharraf to appear before the court but since he and his counsel did not turn up court orders seizure of his property,” a court official said. Also on Friday, Lahore high court dismissed plea for constituting a larger bench for hearing of petitions against Pervez Musharraf. The petitioner said that several petitions have been filed against Mr Musharraf including the charges of treason and prayed the court for constitution of a larger bench for hearing of all petitions.

The court comprising of Justice Azmat Saeed, however, dismissed the petition.

Shafqat Ali

http://www.asianage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10815:court-orders-seizure-of-pervezs-property&catid=36:international&Itemid=61

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Pakistani workers’ conditions similar to 1886 Chicago labourers

01 May, 2010

LAHORE: The condition of workers in Pakistan is very similar to that of the labourers of Chicago in 1886, Working Women Organisation (WWO) Executive Director Aima Mehmood said on Friday.

Aima was addressing a demonstration organised by the WWO outside the Lahore Press Club to commemorate the Labour Day. She said female workers had been demanding less working hours, better pays, permanent jobs and implementation of labour laws. She also said working women in Pakistan were ready to sacrifice anything for their rights just as the rebels of Chicago did.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\01\story_1-5-2010_pg13_5

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Philippine forces kill 5 rebels in raid before poll

01 May, 2010

MANILA: Philippine forces killed five members of the Abu Sayyaf group in a raid on their hideout in the southern jungles, a marine commander said on Friday, days before a national election the rebels have vowed to attack.

Soldiers seized explosives and bomb-making materials after heavy fighting with the Muslim militants linked to al Qaeda on Basilan island. One soldier was killed and dozens wounded on both sides, said Brigadier-General Eugene Clemen. “Our troops found the Abu Sayyaf’s bomb factory,” Clemen told reporters, adding the rebels planned to disrupt the presidential and congressional elections on May 10. Muslim separatists and Maoist guerrillas have in the past attacked voting centres and harassed people trying to vote in the country’s troubled south. Bomb-making manuals in Arabic, mobile phones, two-way radio sets, electric circuits, switches and detonating cords were also seized from the militants’ base in a wooded area near Sumisip town, Clemen said. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\01\story_1-5-2010_pg4_6

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Information an effective weapon against terror'

May 1, 2010

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir reiterated on Friday the Kingdom's call for increased global cooperation, including exchange of information, in the war on terror.

"Information is the most effective weapon against terror and so the countries committed to fight terror should make extra efforts to exchange information to ensure general safety," Al-Jubeir said in a press statement issued by the embassy in Washington.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48892.ece

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Qassim incident triggers fresh debate over women EMTs

May 1, 2010

JEDDAH: The death of a student of Al-Qassim Teachers’ Education College for women earlier this month sparked a new debate in the Kingdom about allowing women to be emergency medical technicians.

According to a report in the daily Al-Shams, the girl died from an unknown health emergency because a team of Saudi Red Crescent Society responders, who were all men, were delayed by women security guards from entering the campus.

The guards insisted that they would take the girl to hospital rather than allowing any men volunteers to enter the campus. As the guards and rescuers squabbled, the girl breathed her last.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article48844.ece

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For aspiring Imam, lessons in tolerance

May 1, 2010

WASHINGTON: If there were a prototype for an American-style imam, Adeel Zeb might be it.

In Qur’an study groups, the 28-year-old volunteer chaplain at American University weaves in references to US Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and comedian Dave Chappelle (both Muslim), TMZ.com, frat life and President Barack Obama.

He preaches tolerance and civic idealism and sports a pinstriped suit, a GQ-ish trimmed beard and an animated delivery he learned from the Baptist college where he minored in communications. He’d like to become part of the first generation of American-born imams, but it’s a career path that is proving much more difficult than he expected.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48821.ece

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Video of Jordanian CIA bomber urges Muslims to wage jihad

01 May, 2010

CAIRO: The Jordanian doctor who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan late last year called on Muslims to wage jihad and become martyrs in a posthumous message posted on extremist websites Friday.

Humam Khalili Abu-Mulal Al-Balawi also said in the 29-minute audio recording that Islamic countries have been "plagued with despotic leaders" who discourage Muslims from jihad, and lamented that holy war has become little more than an adventure in the eyes of many Muslims.

"How long will love for jihad be just a dream, little more than a hobby which you do on your off-time?" he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article48762.ece

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Video depicts Canadian as bomb-maker's apprentice

By JANE SUTTON

01 May, 2010

GUANTANAMO BAY US NAVAL BASE, Cuba: Prosecutors in the US war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo replayed a video on Thursday showing Canadian prisoner Omar Khadr as a boy, learning to wire roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

"Allah willing, we'll get a good number of Americans," an adult tutor is heard saying in Arabic, according to the subtitled translation on the video.

The video was found in a tunnel under the mud-walled compound where Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in July 2002, when he was 15 years old. He is now 23 and has spent a third of his life locked behind the razor wire at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article48701.ece

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Kashmiri behind Khawaja’s murder?

Amir Mir

May 01, 2010

LAHORE: The Pakistani authorities, investigating the March 25 abduction and subsequent assassination of the former ISI official Khalid Khawaja believe that the killers, “Asian Tigers”, which had demanded $10 million and release of a senior commander of the Afghan Taliban Mullah, was actually a cover for Harkatul Jihadul Islami (HUJI), led by Commander Ilyas Kashmiri.

According to well-informed sources in the Pakistani security establishment, Ilyas Kashmiri is currently based in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan from where the body of Squadron Leader (R) Khalid Khawaja was recovered on April 30, almost a month after his abduction along with another retired ISI official Colonel Sultan Amir Tarar, commonly known as Colonel Imam and a British journalist of Pakistani origin, Asad Qureshi.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=236899

 

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