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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Declared a State Of Emergency
















Syrian refugees arrive aboard the passenger ferry Blue Star Patmos from the island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, on Oct. 29, 2015.

 

Southeast Asia

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Declared a State Of Emergency

Islamic Finance Sector Also Benefits Non-Muslim Nations - Abdullah

Religious radicalism an 'abuse of Islam,' says prominent Indonesian leader

Wahid Institute to promote peaceful Islam on social media

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Arab World

Air Raids Kill; Injure 40 ISIL Terrorists in Deir Ezzur

ISIL Gatherings around Oil-Rich Al-Sha'er Region Bombed by Syrian Warplanes

Syrian Army Marching on Militant Positions North of Homs Province

Russian Fighter Jets Hit Militants' Positions near Lebanese Border

Syrian Army Speeding Up Military Operations along Homs-Damascus Road

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Win Back Ithriya-Khanasser Strategic Road

Syrian Army Wins Back Strategic Area in Aleppo

Two Most-Wanted Terrorists Killed in Hama

Evidence point to ‘ISIS bomb’ in Russian plane crash

21 historic mosques restored

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South Asia

29 IS-Khorasan Militants Killed In Nangarhar

Bomb Blast Kills Civil Society Activist In Zabul

IS claims responsibility for Ashulia checkpost attack: SITE

ISIS claims behind Bangladesh policeman's murder

Afghan-Canadian appointed as Canadian cabinet minister, less than a month after becoming an MP

Afghan NSA to pay state visit to India in two days may get attack helicopters

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North America

Why 100 US Cities Are Eager To Welcome Muslim Migrants Despite ISIS Terrorism Risks

Russia’s Syria Force Grows to 4,000: U.S. Officials

Pentagon Welcomes Advance by ISIS-Fighting Allies in Syria

Canadian Fighting Islamic State, Killed In Suicide Attack: Report

Yitzhak Rabin’s Legacy Is as Contentious as the Conflict He Fought to Resolve

Multiculturalism a key factor in Canada polls

US: Russian invite to warring Syrian parties ‘premature’

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India

SC Statement on UCC Surprising As Case In Question Not Related To Minorities: AIMPLB

Yogi Compares Shah Rukh to Pakistani Terrorist Hafiz Saeed; BJP Praises Actor

India-Born Former Soldier Sworn In As Canada's New Defence Minister

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Pakistan

Militant Attack From Across Afghan Border Repulsed

Any Threat to Pakistan’s Stability Unacceptable: KSA

President, PM discuss Washington visit, matters of national interest

Imran accuses centre of ruining people’s lives

Petition seeks Siegel’s personal appearance before ATC

MQM’s Hammad Siddiqui, Others Declared Proclaimed Offenders

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Mideast

Erdogan: ‘No Break’ In Fighting Kurd Rebels

Hamas Leader Calls For Unified Leadership By Palestinian Resistance Groups

Erdogan calls for new constitution

Israel set to free hunger strike Palestinian

Flag-burning Iranians mark US embassy seizure

Senior Saudi Commander Killed in Yemen's Ta'iz

Saudi U.N. envoy optimistic about Yemen talks

‘Operational intifada leadership’ urged by Hamas

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Africa

Nigeria: Military Reforms Weaken Islamic Terrorists

Muslims earned the right to participate in the Veterans Day Parade

South Sudan warring sides violating peace deal: UN experts

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Europe

Russia Has Deployed Missile Defence Systems to Syria: Russian Air Force Chief

Spain: 2 Arrested for Islamic Armed Group Links

Sweden requests EU help to relocate refugees

Amnesty urges UK to raise Egypt human rights concerns

After attacks, France walks narrow line on Islam in schools

Croatians to vote in general elections amid refugee crisis

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Southeast Asia

 

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Declared a State Of Emergency

November 05, 2015

MALÉ - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally.

The move, announced on Twitter, follows an alleged attempt to assassinate Yameen and the discovery of a bomb near his official residence.

The declaration comes two days before a planned protest by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), whose leader Mohamed Nasheed is in jail after a widely criticised conviction under anti-terror laws.

"President Yameen has declared state of emergency to ensure the safety and security of every citizen," his spokesman Muaz Ali tweeted.

Official sources said the declaration of the state of emergency, initially for a period of 30 days, would lead to the automatic suspension of several constitutional provisions including the right of association.

Tensions are high in the honeymoon island nation following an explosion aboard President Yameen's speedboat on September 28 that wounded his wife and two others.

Yameen was unharmed, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has said there is no evidence it was caused by a bomb.

But authorities in the Maldives have called it an attempt on his life.

On October 24 Yameen arrested his deputy Ahmed Adeeb, accusing him of "high treason" and linking him to the boat blast.

This week the Maldivian National Defence Force said it had found a remote-controlled bomb near the president's official residence and defused it.

Over a third of the country's 340,000 Sunni Muslim population lives on the capital island Male, where authorities said the device was found.

Yameen has used allegations of an assassination plot to order a major shake-up of his security.

He sacked several of his ministers before arresting Vice President Adeeb, who is also due to be impeached.

Yameen's former vice president and running mate in the November 2013 election, Mohamed Jameel, was impeached in July while he was abroad and has not returned to the country.

On Wednesday Jameel accused Yameen of using emergency laws to try to crack down on the opposition.

"Emergency is a ploy to halt planned opposition rally.

Nothing to justify this measure," he tweeted.

The Maldives' image as a luxury holiday destination has been badly dented by political unrest in recent years.

Yameen, who came to power in November 2013 following a controversial election, faces international censure over his crackdown on opponents of his regime.

They include opposition leader Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, who was jailed in March after a rushed trial which the UN said was seriously flawed.

The MDP rally in the capital Male is aimed at pressuring Yameen to release Nasheed, whose incarceration has been severely criticised by the UN and international rights groups.

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in May of "troubling signs" for democracy in the Maldives, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this year shelved plans to visit the islands, a move seen as a rebuke to Yameen.

Despite the political unrest, tourism -- the archipelago's mainstay -- is booming with more than one million visitors a year.

Holidaymakers paying top dollar to relax on one of the atolls are usually whisked away by seaplane or boat, bypassing the restive capital Male where extra police have been deployed in recent months.

http://nation.com.pk/international/05-Nov-2015/maldives-declares-state-of-emergency

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Islamic finance sector also benefits non-Muslim nations - Abdullah

November 05, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's fast-growing Islamic finance sector benefits not only the Muslim world but also non-Muslim countries, said former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The Islamic finance industry has introduced several products including waqf, which is an important Islamic institution that supports both the social welfare and economic development objectives of society, he said.

“The benefits it has historically provided are wide-ranging, including the building and upkeep of mosques, education and healthcare services, as well as guest houses, water wells and rest facilities for travellers," he said in his keynote address on "The Role of Islamic Finance and Waqf in Healthcare" on the last day of the 11th World Islamic Economic Forum.

In Malaysia, he said, the government and regulatory authorities have made eye-catching efforts to enhance the depth and diversity of the Islamic financial system over the years, which have more recently extended into important initiatives for the development of waqf.

"Hailed as the first of its kind, Malaysia established the Labuan International Waqf Foundation in 2015 with the objective of managing waqf properties based on Shariah principles.

"It recognises different types of waqf to attract domestic and international participants, including charitable waqf, family waqf, joint waqf and self-dedicated waqf,” he said.

Abdullah added that the potential of the waqf institution in improving the quality of life of Muslims remains as relevant today as in the past.

In healthcare, the innovativeness of corporate waqf pioneered by the Malaysian Johor Corporation (JCorp) is another proof that waqf is a dynamic economic instrument of Islam whose practicality remains valid regardless of the time frame and where the concept is applied or who applies it, he said.

The JCorp waqf programme was established on Aug 3, 2006 when the corporation endowed RM200 million worth of its shares in three of its public-listed subsidiaries -- Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd, KPJ Healthcare Bhd and Johor Land Bhd -- to a waqf programme.

"The waqf sector can be further developed through supportive legislation and policy initiatives.

"To this end, Malaysia and other Muslim countries should design coordinated action plans for better exploitation of waqf resources within and beyond their countries for the benefit of the Ummah," said Abdullah.

Efforts are also needed to make waqf self-supporting and economically viable, which would require, in turn, policy initiatives and law reforms, he added.

http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/islamic-finance-sector-also-benefits-non-muslim-nations-abdullah-79556

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Religious radicalism an 'abuse of Islam,' says prominent Indonesian leader

November 4, 2015

TOKYO -- The religious radicalism practiced by the Islamic State militant group is an "abuse of Islam," a prominent Indonesian Islamic leader said at a conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Sasagawa Peace Foundation, Din Syamsuddin, former president of Muhammadiyah, an Islamic social and educational organization that claims 30 million members, said the teachings and actions of radical religious groups "contradict [Islam's] teaching of peace and mercy" and are "a threat to human civilization."

Indonesia has been dogged by terrorism carried out by religious radicals in recent years. An attack on the holiday destination of Bali in 2005 saw more than 20 people killed, while twin attacks on hotels in Jakarta in 2009 claimed more lives. Both incidents are said to be the work of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian Islamist terrorist group. The growing influence of IS among young Indonesians is raising fears that more violence may lie ahead.

Syamsuddin said the appeal of IS among younger people is not due solely to religious factors. "Young people want an alternative to the current system," he said. "In their eyes, republicanism, monarchy, Emirati failed to bring peace, and they perceive IS to be the alternative."

The Islamic leader also pointed to economic reasons. "IS offers salaries of $250 per month, higher than the minimum wage in Indonesia," Syamsuddin said. "So many people bring their family to IS, not as soldiers but as servants."

Syamsuddin said one way to prevent religious radicalism is to "give food, education [and] to create prosperity," which he said organizations like Muhammadiyah have been trying to do for years. He said "88% of Indonesia's population follows Islam. Taking this into account, we are [preventing] many Muslims from joining IS."

http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Religious-radicalism-an-abuse-of-Islam-says-prominent-Indonesian-leader

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Wahid Institute to promote peaceful Islam on social media

Liza Yosephine

November 05 2015

The Wahid Institute has announced plans to utilize social media to promote peaceful Islamic values.

“We believe that the message of Islam is a peaceful one and we aim to unite everyone with the same vision,” said Wahid Institute community economic development program officer, Gamal Ferdhi.

Supporters of the plans include the Indonesian Society for Pesantren and Community Development, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Online and the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) as well as progressive Muslim activists.

According to internet marketing expert Nukman Luthfie, it is indeed important to understand consumer behavior and taking advantage of popular social media platforms to create conversation.

Three elements that had to be observed in creating popular and accessible content, said Nukman, were the format, the contextual environment and mainstream media usage.

Gamal admitted that the Wahid Institute faced challenges in communicating its vision due to its mainly text-based online content.

“We are now aiming to have more visual content [on our website], specifically videos and images, to communicate tolerance, pluralism and respect for diversity,” said Gamal.

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) recently reported that growing use of social media among Indonesian supporters of the Islamic State (IS) movement has helped the group reach a wider audience.

The report looks at the way in which Indonesian extremists use Facebook, Twitter and various smartphone applications like WhatsApp and Telegram.

"The propaganda seems to be having an impact, particularly the depictions of daily life in the Islamic State and the camaraderie of Indonesian fighters, smiling broadly with their new weapons or enjoying a dip in a hotel swimming pool after battle," said IPAC director Sidney Jones.

The government has reported that more than 500 Indonesians were believed to have joined the IS movement since the conflict began and about half of those had gone on to fight in Syria or Iraq. (kes)(+)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/05/wahid-institute-promote-peaceful-islam-social-media.html

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Arab World

 

Air Raids Kill; Injure 40 ISIL Terrorists in Deir Ezzur

Nov 04, 2015

Syrian jets launched airstrikes against ISIL positions in Hwijit Al-mrieih and Jufrah in the Southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzur, killing and injuring at least 40 Takfiri terrorists and destroying their heavy machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army troops destroyed a communication center belonging to the ISIL terrorists in al-Hissan village in Deir Ezzur, and killed all militants inside it and destroyed 7 heavy machineguns-equipped pickup trucks on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813000828

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ISIL Gatherings around Oil-Rich Al-Sha'er Region Bombed by Syrian Warplanes

Nov 04, 2015

The army said that following a new plan to protect the country's natural resources form the terrorist groups' access, the Syrian Air Force carried out several sorties over the ISIL gatherings and targeted them with many bombs and missiles near al-Sha'er oilfield.

The sources further added that the ISIL stronghold also came under the massive attacks of the Syrian fighter jets in Maheen and al-Qaryatain.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army alongside Hezbollah fighters stormed ISIL's positions near Aqayrbat town and retook full control over a rich oilfield and its facilities after killing and wounding scores of the militants.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813001296

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Russian Fighter Jets Hit Militants' Positions near Lebanese Border

Nov 04, 2015

In a series of precision-striking operations, the Russian fighter jets hit the terrorists' positions in Al-Jbal and Al-Batra regions in Eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside near the border with Lebanon.

The airstrikes destroyed the positions, facilities and command posts of the militants in the area.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more injured in the Russian air force operations in Eastern Qalamoun region.

On October 27, the Russian air force hit rebel positions in Southern Syria, near the Golan Heights, for the first time since the start of its operations in Syria.

The Russian airstrikes targeted positions of the ISIL and al-Nusra Front in the Golan Heights in Quneitra province near the border with Israel.

Russia's airstrikes were the closest to the occupied Palestinian territories since it started its airstrikes in late September.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813000936

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Syrian Army Speeding Up Military Operations along Homs-Damascus Road

Nov 04, 2015

"The Syrian army has intensified its attacks from several directions on Homs-Damascus road to prevent the road's closure and help release people from Jeish al-Islam terrorist group's captivity," Retired Lebanese Army General and Military Expert Ali Maqsoud told FNA on Wednesday.

The military strategist, meantime, said that the Syrian army has destroyed over 85 percent of Jeish al-Islam's positions, facilities and command posts in Eastern Ghouta.

He, meantime, said that the terrorists have locked up the civilians they have taken as hostage and put them in cages on the houses' rooftops.

Jeish al-Islam has captured a group of people and army officers; they have been locked up in cages on roofs to prevent airstrikes by the Syrian and Russian warplanes.

On October 29, another military expert said that the foreign-backed terrorists fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's government had lost over one third of their militants in battles across Syria.

" Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813001261

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Syrian Army, Hezbollah Win Back Ithriya-Khanasser Strategic Road

Nov 04, 2015

The sources said that the Ithriya-Khanasser road in now under the full control of the government forces.

"After fierce clashes with ISIL Takfiri terrorists, the Syrian government forces have brought the Aleppo-Ithriya-Khanasser-Al-Salamiyah highway under their full control. Dozens of militants were killed and now minesweepers have started to demine expolosive devices," one of the battlefield sources said.

Army commanders said the road will open to public trafficking on Thursday.

The road was one of the most important supplying routes of the ISIL militants to dispatch logistic convoys from Hama to Aleppo.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813000881

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Syrian Army Targets Militants' Last Military Site in Al-Samadi in Damascus Province

Nov 04, 2015

The Syrian army's operation against the only operative military site of the Takfiri militants in al-Samadi region killed scores of the terrorists and caused the remaining ones to withdraw.

The army also announced that the militant group suffered heavy death toll in the attack.

On Tuesday, the Syrian warplanes launched air raids on terrorists' positions in a city of strategic importance near Damascus.

The Syrian army, backed by Syrian warplanes, stormed Takfiri terrorists' positions in Darayya city in Damascus.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813000388

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Syrian Army Wins Back Strategic Area in Aleppo

Nov 04, 2015

According to the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television, the Syrian army troops retook Tal Maragha area in the Southern countryside of Aleppo after heavy clashes with the Takfiri militants.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah fighters, in a joint operation, stormed the positions of ISIL militants across the vitally strategic road connecting Hama's Ithriya to Aleppo's Khanasser and seized its full control, field sources said.

The sources said that the Ithriya-Khanasser road in now under the full control of the government forces.

"After fierce clashes with ISIL Takfiri terrorists, the Syrian government forces have brought the Aleppo-Ithriya-Khanasser-Al-Salamiyah highway under their full control. Dozens of militants were killed and now minesweepers have started to demine expolosive devices," one of the battlefield sources said.

Army commanders said the road will open to public trafficking on Thursday.

The road was one of the most important supplying routes of the ISIL militants to dispatch logistic convoys from Hama to Aleppo.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813001559

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Two Most-Wanted Terrorists Killed in Hama

Nov 04, 2015

The Syrian army killed the senior field commanders of Jabhat al-Shamiyya (The Levant Front), Ahmed Mohamed Nasrullah and Firas Darwish Gyari, in the vicinity of Tel Othman in Hama province.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813000892

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Evidence point to ‘ISIS bomb’ in Russian plane crash

5 November 2015

Evidence now suggests that a bomb planted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the likely cause of Saturday's crash of a Russian Metrojet airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, U.S. and European security sources said on Wednesday.

ISIS, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and is battling the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, said again on Wednesday it brought down the airplane, adding it would eventually tell the world how it carried out the attack.

The Airbus A321M crashed on Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after taking off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on its way to the Russian city of St Petersburg, killing all 224 people on board.

Officials have stressed they had reached no final conclusions about the crash.

Official replaced

Meanwhile, the head of Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh airport has been replaced amid growing international concern that the Russian plane which crashed after departing from the airport was downed by a bomb.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/11/05/Evidence-point-to-ISIS-bomb-in-Russian-plane-crash-officials.html

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21 historic mosques restored

5 November 2015

RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Al-Turath Heritage Foundation has completed the restoration of 21 mosques around the country.

The SCTNH, at its 39th meeting recently, has also set up a project to restore other mosques in cooperation with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, to highlight their religious importance.

This is expected to boost the work of the Al-Turath Foundation, which has been working on the restoration of mosques for the past 17 years, in conjunction with the SCTNH, according to a report in an online publication recently.

The mosques that have been restored include Al-Zawiyah in Yanbu and the Al-Ghamamah and Abu Bakr Siddique mosques. The Umar bin Al-Khattab mosque in Madinah has been restored with the help of Al-Manakha company, and the Al-Sakhrah mosque with the support of Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the SCTNH.

The Al-Shafei mosque in Riyadh has been restored with funds allocated by the late King Abdullah, and the Al-Aushazah mosque of Riyadh with the help of the late Princess Sultanah bint Ahmad Al-Sudairi. The Al-Dhuwaihiriyah mosque was completed with the assistance of Prince Sultan bin Salman, while residents helped to restore the Al-Sarihah, Al-Mureeh, Al-Dawasir and Al-Husseini mosques.

In Asir, the Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammad bin Saud grand mosque was restored by the Al-Turath foundation with funds set aside by the late King Abdullah when he was crown prince.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/830751

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South Asia

 

29 IS-Khorasan militants killed in Nangarhar

Nov 05 2015

29 militants from the IS-Khorasan group which also goes by its Arabic name “Daesh” have been killed in military operations and an internal clash in eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement released by the police headquarters of Nangarhar province states that 28 insurgents were killed in airstrikes and mortar fire in Achin District, a stronghold of the group in the strategically important eastern province, Wednesday afternoon.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, spokesman for Nangarhar police further writes in the press release that eight other militants wounded in the attacks.

Meanwhile, a clash has erupted among militants in Wawishtama Wyala area of Ghanikhil District leaving one of them killed.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/29-is-khorasan-militants-killed-in-nangarhar-4084

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Bomb blast kills civil society activist in Zabul

Nov 05 2015

A bomb explosion has claimed the life of a civil society activist in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.

Reports suggest that Abdul Mohammad Haqyar was driving in his vehicle when it was blasted with a magnetic bomb in Shah Joy District Wednesday afternoon.

Governor of Zabul province while condemning the attack said that it was the work of Taliban.

He ordered security organs to arrest the culprits and drag them to judiciary.

Taliban had not commented on the report by the time it was filed.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/bomb-blast-kills-civil-society-activist-in-zabul-4082

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IS claims responsibility for Ashulia checkpost attack: SITE

November 05, 2015

Islamic State (IS) has claimed the responsibility for the attack at a police checkpost at Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka yesterday that left a police constable dead, US-based SITE Intelligence group says.

“The Islamic State (IS) claimed an attack on a police checkpoint in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka,” SITE Intelligence group reported hours into the brutal attack that also left another constable injured critically on Dhaka-Tangail highway.

Meanwhile, police yesterday said they didn't have any clue to the motive behind the attack.

The incident took place hardly two weeks after an assistant sub-inspector of Darus Salam Police Station was stabbed to death by a youth at a checkpoint in the capital's Gabtoli.

Earlier, the SITE Intel group had raised IS alerts saying they claimed responsibility for the murder of two foreigners and the attack on Shia Muslim community during Ashura that left one dead.

The government however has repeatedly asserted there is no organisational existence of IS in Bangladesh.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/country/claims-ashulia-checkpost-attack-site-167746

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ISIS claims behind Bangladesh policeman's murder

November 5, 2015

DHAKA: The self-styled Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the murder this week of a Bangladesh policeman, as fears of Islamist violence grow in the moderate Muslim-majority country.

A group of unknown men stabbed a police officer to death on Wednesday just outside the capital Dhaka, while another was badly injured, the second such attack in less than a month.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan blamed local hard-line Islamists, whom the government also suspects are behind a series of murders this year of secular bloggers and a publisher of secular books.

But the IS said its "soldiers of the state in Bangladesh" carried out Wednesday's killing, according to the US-based jihadist monitor group SITE.

Also read: Secular publisher killed in Bangladesh

In recent weeks, IS has also claimed responsibility for murders of an Italian aid worker and a Japanese farmer, along with a blast at the country's main Shiite shrine which left two people dead.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1217646/is-claims-behind-bangladesh-policemans-murder

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Afghan-Canadian appointed as Canadian cabinet minister, less than a month after becoming an MP

By ZABIHULLAH MOOSAKHAIL

Nov 05 2015

An Afghan-Canadian who recently won a seat in Canadian parliament has been appointed as a minister to the country’s cabinet, less than a month after becoming an MP.

The announcement of the appointment of Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, based on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of gender parity and diversity, was made on Wednesday.

Monsef will be serving as Minister of Democratic Institutions, a new title for Minister for Democratic Reform, and will be responsible for following through on the Trudeau government’s commitment to reform Canada’s “first past the post” electoral system.

Monsef migrated to Canada with her family about 20 years ago and became a member of Canadian parliament on October 19 by winning the most votes among her peers from Peterborough-Kawartha District of Ontario province.

On her official ‘facebook’ page, Monsef has thanked PM Trudeau for the trust.

“I am honoured to serve Canadians as Minister of Democratic Institutions alongside an excellent team from coast to coast to coast and incredibly grateful for the trust that has been placed in me by our Prime Minister. I look forward to getting to work on my new portfolio and serving the people of Peterborough-Kawartha as their voice in Ottawa,” Monsef writes in a post on her page.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/afghan-canadian-appointed-as-canadian-cabinet-minister-4085

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Afghan NSA to pay state visit to India in two days may get attack helicopters

Nov 05 2015

National Security Advisor to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will pay an official visit to India in two days, announced the advisor’s spokesman on Tuesday.

National Security Advisor to President to officially visit Republic of India on Sunday, 7th Nov 2015.1/3,” states a post on the twitter account of Tawab Ghorzang, spokesperson for the Office of National Security Council (NSA).

According to Ghorzang, joint struggle against terrorism and support for Afghan Air Force would be the main agenda’s of the trip.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/nsa-atmar-to-pay-state-visit-to-india-next-week-may-get-attack-helicopters-4086

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North America

 

Why 100 US cities are eager to welcome Muslim migrants despite ISIS terrorism risks

Hazel Torres

03 November 2015

Some have questioned why the United States has agreed to accept so many Syrian migrants into the country, with critics warning that terror group ISIS may try to use the migrant problem as a way of injecting lone wolf attackers into the country. However, some have now highlighted a recent Economist magazine article claiming that the reasons for the acceptance may be for economic reasons.

According to the magazine, 100 U.S. cities are competing with one another to accept migrants to take advantage of economic incentives that could come with the influx of refugees.

Mayors in some cities are relying on an influx of new immigrants to fill a void left by residents who have left their cities in droves. The Economist feature states that most of the residents who have left are native-born middle class whites who have moved to the suburbs.

One city highlighted is Baltimore, which it is claimed, needs a population boost in its inner-city areas. The city's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, told the Economist that Baltimore desperately needs new residents to keep its economy going, noting that the city has lost a third of its population since 1950.

Rawlings-Blake is one of 18 U.S. mayors asking the Obama administration to give them more Syrian refugees.

These 18 were among 100 mayors who have formed a group named "Cities United for Immigration Action."

Baltimore, Maryland's largest city, previously received refugees from United Nations camps in developing countries.

According to the Economist, Baltimore has been used for more than a decade as an entry point for refugees into the United States. Federal agencies led by the State Department have reportedly sent 700-800 refugees to the city each year in recent years, with refugees coming from troubled places as Nepal, Iraq and Eritrea.

However, the magazine also notes that after just a few years, two-thirds of these refugees left Baltimore and moved on to other cities.

Aside from Baltimore, other major U.S. cities that are in need of more people to man their industries include Detroit (which has lost almost half of its population) in Michigan, Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and Syracuse in New York.

These cities are now competing in attracting new residents, offering them jobs and assistance in overcoming language barriers and paper work needed for their employment. Some cities offer newcomers grants to enable them to quickly set up their own businesses, according to the Economist.

Full report at:

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/why.100.us.cities.are.eager.to.welcome.muslim.migrants.despite.terrorism.risks/69504.htm

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Russia’s Syria force grows to 4,000: U.S. officials

5 November 2015

Moscow’s military force in Syria has grown to about 4,000 personnel, but this and more than a month of Russian air strikes have not led to pro-government forces making significant territorial gains, U.S. security officials and independent experts said.

Moscow, which has maintained a military presence in Syria for decades as an ally of the ruling Assad family, had an estimated 2,000 personnel in the country when it began air strikes on Sept. 30. The Russian force has since roughly doubled and the number of bases it is using has grown, U.S. security officials said.

The Russians have suffered combat casualties, including deaths, said three U.S. security officials familiar with U.S. intelligence reporting, adding that they did not know the exact numbers.

The U.S. has extensive intelligence assets in the region, along with satellite imagery and electronic eavesdropping coverage and contacts with moderate Sunni and Kurdish rebels on the ground in Syria.

Russia’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the size of the Russian contingent in Syria or any casualties it has suffered. It referred questions to the Russian Defense Ministry, which did not respond to written questions submitted by Reuters.

The Kremlin has said there are no Russian troops in combat roles in Syria, though it has said there are trainers and advisers working alongside the Syrian military and also forces guarding Russia’s bases in western Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/11/05/Russia-s-Syria-force-grows-to-4-000-U-S-officials-say.html

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Pentagon welcomes advance by ISIS-fighting allies in Syria

5 November 2015

A coalition including Syrian Arab groups regained a swath of territory in northeastern Syria from ISIS militants, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday, calling it an encouraging success.

The fighters, who are from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its Syrian Arab Coalition subgroup, regained 87 square miles (255 square kilometers) near the town of al-Hawl, U.S. military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.

The group "conducted an attack ... driving ISIL back," Warren said by videoconference from Baghdad, using an alternate acronym for ISIS.

"This is not a large tactical action," he said, but "we are encouraged by what we saw."

The spokesman said the operation had pitted "well over a thousand friendly forces" against "several hundred enemies" in the vicinity, after heavy U.S. airstrikes had cleared the way.

Warren said the U.S. intended to "reinforce" the action, seeming to hint at further ammunition air drops to U.S.-allied groups after those that took place last month.

The Syrian Democratic Forces were formed in mid-October as an alliance between the powerful Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and other Syrian rebel groups.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/11/05/Pentagon-welcomes-advance-by-ISIS-fighting-allies-in-Syria.html

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Canadian Fighting Islamic State, Killed In Suicide Attack: Report

11/04/2015

TORONTO — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a Canadian fighting the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in a suicide attack.

The observatory says in a posting on its website that John Robert Gallagher was killed in the attack by an IS fighter on Wednesday at a farm near Dalhu village in the predominantly Kurdish province of Hassakeh that borders Iraq.

Maclean's magazine says Gallagher is a former infantryman with the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who went into Syria in July to fight with a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia known as the YPG.

A posting on Gallagher's Facebook page that says it was written by his mother, Valerie, says she heard from "representatives from the YPG in Syria and in London and it seems that John Robert was killed by a suicide bomber."

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/04/john-robert-gallagher-dead-reports_n_8475728.html

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Yitzhak Rabin’s Legacy Is As Contentious As The Conflict He Fought To Resolve

11/04/2015

WASHINGTON -- The day former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated was the worst day of Bill Clinton’s eight years in office, the former president said last Saturday. Clinton was speaking to a rally of 100,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv to commemorate Rabin, who 20 years ago was murdered by a Jewish Israeli extremist opposed to his push for peace with the Palestinians. 

"He refused to give up his dream of peace in the face of violence," said Clinton.

Now, on the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination, the dream for which he lost his life seems less attainable than ever.

Depressed by the present wave of violence and dwindling odds of a two-state solution, veteran analysts and interlocutors on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are debating whether the course of history would have been different, and a just peace more possible, if Rabin had lived.

“What would Rabin have done” is less about finding the truth than it is about determining whether the U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian process that Rabin embodied remains relevant -- or if, as many Palestinians argue, it has run its course, with the passage of time merely exposing its original flaws.

Rabin has become such a touchstone for divergent views in part because his death marks an apparent turning point in the conflict.

Under Rabin, Israel finally seemed to be progressing toward resolving differences with its neighbors. Rabin was the first and only Israeli premier to preside over a peace deal with Palestinians in the lands occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War in 1967. He joined then-Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat, once his sworn adversary, in signing the Oslo Accords in 1993 -- shortly after the first Palestinian Intifada. The agreement granted Palestinians limited autonomy in the West Bank and Gaza, and set a timetable for a permanent peace agreement between the two sides.

Rabin also led Israel to make peace with Jordan in 1994. It is an accord that has seen strain over the years, but it remains solid.

But advances toward Israeli-Palestinian peace slowed after his death. In the two decades since then, the prospects for a just peace have faded.

On one hand, key elements of the Oslo Accords remain in effect. The Palestinian Authority, a governing body created by the deal, remains in control of select areas of the West Bank, where even with the recent uptick in violence, there is close security coordination with Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yitzhak-rabin-20th-anniversary-death_56394df9e4b0307f2cab3437?section=india&adsSiteOverride=in

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Multiculturalism a key factor in Canada polls

04 November 2015

At Oct.19 general election in Canada, 46 non-white candidates, most of whom immigrants, were elected to the House of Commons, and are about to be sworn in as members of parliament.

"Even as recently as two years ago, if you asked, 'Would you ever become an MP in Canada?' I would say, 'Impossible'," said Ahmed Hussen, a Somalian immigrant, who will represent a Toronto constituency from Liberal Party.

"It speaks well of Canadians that they're willing to vote for a person based on his views and his platform, not where they come from," Hussen said.

Hussen's Liberal Party clinched massive victory in the general election. Analysts believe that one of the most important factors was the immigration and refugee policies of the losing Conservative government.

In a country that generally prizes immigrants as a source of economic growth and officially encourages newcomers to maintain their ethnic identities, the Conservatives and Prime Minister Stephen Harper were widely seen as anti-Muslim, especially after they made an issue of the face coverings worn by some Muslim women.

"The Conservative government tried to use wedge politics, but in the end, it backfired," said Andrew Griffith, a former director general of the government office that oversees citizenship matters and the author of a book about multiculturalism in Canada.

"It should give any political party in Canada food for thought, food for reflection."

Because Canada's immigration rules favor well-educated and affluent migrants, ethic communities are also an important source of donations to political parties, not least because the country's campaign finance laws ban contributions from corporations or unions and set a relatively low ceiling for individuals.

"It's empowering in that there are groups that can no longer be ignored," said Arif Virani, 43, a newly elected Liberal lawmaker from Toronto who came to Canada with his parents as an Ismaili Muslim refugee from Uganda in 1972. He noted that in some constituencies, all three major parties ran minority candidates.

Canada first introduced a policy of official multiculturalism, recognizing the differences in Canadians' heritage, in 1971 under Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a Liberal prime minister and the father of current Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau.

Canadians tend to think that, where the U.S. assimilates immigrants' cultures in a melting pot, Canada allows all cultures to flourish.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/america-canada/166000/us-says-no-to-keystone-xl-pipeline-review-delay

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US: Russian invite to warring Syrian parties ‘premature’

04 November 2015

An invitation to the Syrian regime and opposition delegates to talks in Moscow is “premature” before an international consensus can be established from meetings in Vienna, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Russian media Tuesday that Russia would make the invitation for a consultation meeting.

“We think that it is premature to have that meeting,” said State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Tradeau. “We think that there is a place for the Syrian opposition and a time for the Syrian opposition to gather to have those conversations.”

Pointing out that opposition groups will also be included at some point, she added: “We don't believe we're ready for the discussions until the international community can reach a greater consensus about the path forward.”

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/america-canada/165966/us-russian-invite-to-warring-syrian-parties-premature

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India

 

SC Statement On UCC Surprising As Case In Question Not Related To Minorities: AIMPLB

by Zeeshan Sheikh   

November 5, 2015

Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani is the General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). The board works for the applicability of Muslim Personal Law in India and is against a Uniform Civil Code (UCC). In an interview to The Indian Express, Rahmani tells Zeeshan Sheikh that if the code is forcibly implemented, Muslims would protest,

What is the AIMPLB’s stand on UCC?

We need to first see if UCC is required by our country or not. Our country is an amalgamation of different cultures and religions. If we try to bring in uniformity in religious matters, then the gains are few and the damage would be huge. The AIMPLB’s stand is that the system which worked for us, in which religions and cultures are allowed to flourish, should not be tampered. The UCC does not ensure equality, but disaffection in society. If you try to finish this multi-culturalism and homogenise everything, it will be harmful for the nation.

The directive principles laid down in the Constitution, however, talk about the state endeavouring to secure UCC across the country.

Such a thing is possible only when the hold of religion and culture on people breaks down and all religions get amalgamated. The Constitution does speak about the need to strive for UCC but Dr Ambedkar had said that only a mad government could think of implementing it. Based on Dr Ambedkar’s beliefs, I think that if the minds of the government and Supreme Court are not in the right place, only then should they tamper with personal law.

What the SC has stated on UCC is surprising because the case in which they made this statement was not related to minorities. It looks as if you are going down a particular street and decide to switch on the red light of the opposite street. At times even judges can make mistakes. To think that judges are learned is not the truth. They may be experts in law but their knowledge in these matters seems to be zero. They have claimed that marriage, divorce and inheritance are not related to religion. But they are related to religion where these things are decided by customs.

However, in the case of Muslims, these matters are directly related to the Quran which is the divine word. Those who are keen on UCC are failing to look at the complete picture of this country.

They do not understand the clout and hold of religion and culture on people. Just look at the outrage that has been generated over cow slaughter. There is no religious ordinance to stop cow slaughter. It is all cultural and this tradition is relatively new.

Even Gautam Buddha, when he attained Nirvana, is supposed to have slaughtered 70 calves. But today you speak about cow slaughter and see the outrage it generates. People are failing to look into how deeply we are affected by religion and traditions.

The UCC will affect all communities. However, there is a perception that Muslims are the main stumbling block for its implementation. Why is the AIMPLB so rigid about a uniform law?

We are ready to talk and hold discussions on this issue. The problem is that no one has approached us. AIMPLB has not uttered a word about UCC after the SC made a statement. However, we will protest if it is forcefully implemented. We are willing to talk and discuss on this issue. In a democracy, you need to converse. Moreover, the premise of our opposition to UCC is not so weak that we will be scared to negotiate on this subject. You also need to realise that it is not only Muslims who are opposed to such a move. Other communities including Sikhs have also spoken about the need for a separate personal law. The problem is that the media does not talk or write about them.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/sc-statement-on-ucc-surprising-as-case-in-question-not-related-to-minorities-aimplb/

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Yogi compares Shah Rukh to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed; BJP praises actor

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

Controversial parliamentarian of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yogi Adityanath Wednesday compared Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai carnage, over his “extreme intolerance” comment.

This is the second attack on the actor by a BJP leader in as many days, sparking condemnation.

However, BJP termed Adityanath’s remarks as  “uncalled for” which did not in any way reflect the core belief of the party or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Heaping praise on the actor, who was also attacked by senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday, BJP said there cannot be any comparison between a law-abiding Indian citizen and a Pakistani terrorist.

The pro-Hindu party Shiv Sena also condemned Adityanath’s remarks adding the superstar should not be targeted just because he is a Muslim.

“This country is tolerant and the Muslims are tolerant as well,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

Adityanath, hitting out at Shah Rukh two days after the actor added his voice to the protest by the intelligentsia against the ’climate of intolerance’, also suggested that he go to Pakistan.

The MP from Gorakhpur said Shah Rukh should remember that if a “huge mass” of people in the country would boycott his films, he would also have to wander on streets like a “normal Muslim”.

On Tuesday, Vijayvargiya triggered a controversy when he painted Shah Rukh as an “anti-nationalist.” In a series of tweets, he said the actor’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lived in India.

Under fire for the remark, he withdrew his controversial tweets Wednesday but asserted that had there been intolerance in India, Shah Rukh would not have been the most popular actor after Amitabh Bachchan. He, however, refused to apologise for his remarks.

The attack against Shah Rukh Khan by the two BJP leaders came notwithstanding the refrain of BJP’s top brass in the recent weeks that partymen avoid sensitive comments.

Claiming that in the name of secularism some artists and authors with radical views have started speaking as “anti-nationals”,  Adityanath said “unfortunately”, Shah Rukh has also matched their voice and lent his support.

According to Adityanath, this was not for the first time Shah Rukh was doing this.

“These people are speaking in a terrorist’ language. I think there is no difference between the language of Shah Rukh and Hafiz Saeed,” he said.

Full report at:

http://atimes.com/2015/11/yogi-compares-actor-shah-rukh-to-pak-terrorist-hafiz-saeed/

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India-Born Former Soldier Sworn In As Canada's New Defence Minister

By Reuters Published: November 5, 2015

OTTAWA: Harjit Sajjan, a former police officer and veteran of three military deployments to Afghanistan, was named Canada’s new minister of defence on Wednesday, bringing first-hand expertise to one of the country’s top cabinet positions.

Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s PM, pledges big changes

Sajjan will oversee an anticipated change in Canada’s military involvement in the battle against militants in Syria and Iraq. Newly sworn-in Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already said he wants to end Canada’s air strikes in the region in favour of providing humanitarian help.

Born in India and elected to Parliament for the first time in last month’s election, Sajjan is illustrative of the younger, more diverse cabinet Trudeau had aimed to create.

Two Pakistani women elected in Canadian elections

Outgoing Conservative defence minister Jason Kenney had taken a hardline stance on security, saying Canada needed to be fighting against Islamic State militants to prevent them from becoming a threat to Canada.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/985757/india-born-former-soldier-sworn-in-as-canadas-new-defence-minister/?utm_source=Daily+Roundup+Newsletter&utm_campaign=befe1f8f7b-Daily_Roundup_5pm&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_19961368d8-befe1f8f7b-65338937

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Pakistan

 

 

Militant attack from across Afghan border repulsed

ANWARULLAH KHAN

November 5, 2015

KHAR: Security forces claimed on Tuesday to have repulsed an attack on their checkpost in the border area of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency by militants from Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

Security officials said that a group of heavily armed militants attacked the check-post in Ghakhi area.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1217568/militant-attack-from-across-afghan-border-repulsed

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Any threat to Pakistan’s stability unacceptable: KSA

November 05, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has assured Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif that any threat to Pakistan’s integrity will be unacceptable to the Kingdom, and it will continue to support for peace and stability in the country. This assurance was given by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif Abdul Aziz and Defence Minister Muhammad bin Salman during their separate meetings with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in Riyadh on Wednesday.

“Both King Salman and the Army Chief re-emphasised on the need to join hands to eliminate the menace of terrorism and reinvigorate the mechanism to roll back extremism,” an ISPR statement said. It said that the Army Chief held meetings with the Saudi king, the crown prince and the Kingdom’s defence minister to discuss matters related to mutual interests and bilateral security cooperation.

The Saudi dignitaries re-assured General Raheel Sharif that the Kingdom considers any threat to Pakistan as unacceptable and would support peace and stability in the country. It was acknowledged during the meeting that both Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are vital players in the regional stability, “with significant responsibility towards Muslim ummah”. The army chief reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to safety and security of the Holy Mosques and also the territorial integrity of the Kingdom.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/national/05-Nov-2015/any-threat-to-pakistan-s-stability-unacceptable-ksa

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President, PM discuss Washington visit, matters of national interest

MATEEN HAIDER

November 5, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-i-Sadr on Thursday to brief him on his four-day official visit to Washington last month and discuss matters of national interest.

The premier told the president that relations between Pakistan and the United States (US) are on an upward trajectory, and that Pakistan had apprised the US on the Kashmir issue and need for nuclear energy to preserve regional stability.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1217642/president-pm-discuss-washington-visit-matters-of-national-interest

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Imran accuses centre of ruining people’s lives

KHAWAR GHUMMAN

November 5, 2015

ISLAMABAD: In his latest attack at the ruling party in the centre, PTI Chairman Imran Khan has blamed the federal government for ruining the lives of ordinary citizens by crippling the national economy under the burden of borrowed money.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the PTI chief hit out at what he called blinkered economic policy aimed at benefiting a “selected coterie of supporters”.

“Private banks are making billions in profits at the taxpayer’s expense because the government is borrowing at steep rates from them and repaying the loans with taxpayer money,” Mr Khan was quoted as saying in a press release.

Govt policies formulated to benefit a selected coterie

“These banks have effectively become sole lenders to the government,” Mr Khan said, adding that what should be happening is that consumers and private investors should obtain loans so that economic activity is encouraged in the country.

Mr Khan also questioned the government’s overall economic and financial policies, which he insisted were tailored to benefit a small group of supporters, while wreaking havoc with the lives of ordinary citizens.

Explaining the impact of excessive government borrowing from local commercial banks, Dr Ashfaque Hassan Khan – the dean of the NUST social sciences faculty – said that by doing so, the government was leaving little room for the private sector to secure credit, which slowed down growth.

Dr Hassan, who has advised the federal government in various capacities between 1998 and 2008, added: “With no investment in the private sector, growth will suffer, resulting in unemployment and poverty.”

In the first quarter of the current financial year, the government borrowed nearly half a trillion rupees, which showed how desperate a borrower the government had become, in that this was the only recourse available to them to cope with budgetary constraints.

Dr Hassan also lamented that the national economy was fast losing its capacity to produce more jobs.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1217594/imran-accuses-centre-of-ruining-peoples-lives

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Petition seeks Siegel’s personal appearance before ATC

MALIK ASAD

November 5, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The cross examination of American lobbyist Mark Siegel has been delayed after former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf demanded Mr Siegel’s physical appearance before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), claiming that his statement recorded earlier in the Benazir Bhutto murder case was illegal.

The Rawalpindi ATC on Wednesday admitted for hearing a petition filed by Barrister Farogh Naseem on behalf of Gen Musharraf which asked the court to declare Mr Siegel’s testimony unlawful.

Mr Siegel recorded the statement before the Rawalpindi ATC on October 1 through video link from the US. He was summoned for cross examination on November 4, again through video link.

Mr Siegel is the only material witness against Gen Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

The other witnesses, former interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah and former National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) director general retired Brig Javed Iqbal Cheema, did not support the prosecution’s case while one witness, the former Intelligence Bureau director general, has been withdrawn by the prosecution.

Petition filed by former president Musharraf claims testimony over video link was ‘unlawful’

Advocate Faisal Hussain, another counsel for Gen Musharraf, argued before ATC Judge Rai Mohammad Ayub Khan Marth that since Gen Musharraf is facing a criminal trial which entails a death penalty, the examination of a witness through video link could not be permitted.

He further argued that this was in violation of Article 10-A of the Constitution and Section 353 of the CrPC, which require that a witness appear in person before the court to record a statement and for cross examination.

Mr Hussain said that the charge against Gen Musharraf is very serious, and that it was imperative that Mr Siegel be cross examined in court over such a matter.

He asked the court to direct Mr Siegel to appear personally before the ATC to record his statement again as well as for cross examination.

The court issued a notice to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor and adjourned the hearing until November 11.

Mr Siegel recorded his statement before an ATC on October 1, in which he connected Gen Musharraf to Ms Bhutto’s murder on the basis that the former president, despite imminent threats to Ms Bhutto’s life, deliberately deprived her of the security detail she deserved as a former prime minister.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1217597/petition-seeks-siegels-personal-appearance-before-atc

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MQM’s Hammad Siddiqui, Others Declared Proclaimed Offenders

November 5, 2015

KARACHI: An antiterrorism court declared on Wed­­nesday former chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Mov­ement Karachi Tanzeemi com­m­­ittee Hammad Siddiqui and two others proclaimed offenders (PO) in a case pertaining to financing and instigating terrorism.

Faisal Masroor and Mujibullah Siddiqui, said to be officials of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation land department, along with their absconding accomplices have been booked for allegedly committing irregularities in land records, making fraudulent schemes of land allotment and land-grabbing through what was described as ‘China-cutting’ and using the embezzled money for terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1217540/mqms-hammad-siddiqui-others-declared-po

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Mideast

 

Erdogan: ‘no break’ in fighting Kurd rebels

4 November 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to press ahead with a military campaign against Kurdish militants after his ruling party swept back to power in a weekend election.

“The operations against the terrorist organisation inside and outside the country are continuing in a determined fashion,” he said. “There will be no break. We will keep on.”

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in fighting with Kurdish rebels in a southeastern town near the Iraqi border on Wednesday, the army said.

“Two hero comrades fell as martyrs during clashes that erupted after an operation” in Yuksekova, the army said on its website, adding that one soldier was also wounded.

On Wednesday, Turkish warplanes have again struck Kurdish rebel targets in the southeast of the country and northern Iraq, the military said.

“Sixteen targets were destroyed as a result of air strikes,” the army said after the operations Tuesday that focused on Turkey’s mountainous Daglica region near the Iraqi border as well as several regions in northern Iraq.

Similar strikes were carried out on Monday against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the day after an election that returned the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power.

Four Kurdish militants died Tuesday after clashes with Turkish security forces in several parts of the restive southeast, security sources said.

Also Tuesday, Ankara ruled out any resumption of the peace process with the outlawed PKK after a wave of violence erupted in July, leaving a 2013 ceasefire in tatters.

Meanwhile, one person was killed in clashes in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday, security sources said, as violence continued to rock the mainly Kurdish region days after a general election.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/11/04/Erdogan-no-break-in-operations-against-Kurd-rebels.html

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Hamas leader calls for unified leadership by Palestinian resistance groups

Nov 5, 2015

A senior leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has called for a unified leadership by all Palestinian groups in the face of a recent surge in Israeli violence against Palestinians.

On Wednesday, Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal urged other groups to join "an operational leadership of the Intifada (uprising)... to put in place an agreed strategy for common struggle covering all options."

The recent deadly tensions between the Tel Aviv regime and Palestinians was triggered by Israel’s imposition of sweeping restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Israeli settlers’ repeated attacks on the mosque.

Meshaal also called for "resistance in all of its forms, armed or not," to "confront the settlers and defend the Muslim holy places."

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/05/436347/Palestine-Hamas-Meshaal-Israel--

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Erdogan calls for new constitution

November 05, 2015

ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called for a new constitution after his ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) weekend triumph at the ballot box.

"Solving the issue of a new constitution was one of the most important messages of November 1," he said in a televised speech in Ankara.

Erdogan, the strongman of Turkish politics for more than a decade, has long been pushing for a new constitution to replace a military-drafted charter and expand the powers of the presidency.

Earlier Wednesday, his spokesman said Turkey was considering holding a referendum on changing from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

But opponents fear it would put too much power in the hands of a leader they already consider too authoritarian.

Erdogan called on all political parties to work on new civilian constitution that would replace the 1980 charter drafted by the military after a coup.

"I hope they will sit down at the table and solve this issue," he said, adding that he had discussed it at a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday.

Mmoreover, nine alleged members of Islamic State believed to have been preparing a suicide bomb attack on a political party's offices in Istanbul have been remanded in custody by a court in southeast Turkey, the local governor's office said.

Police detained two of the suspects after a brief car chase in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on Friday and seven more suspects were detained in subsequent police raids, the Gaziantep governor's office said in a statement dated Tuesday.

"The group members were caught with the vehicles, grenades, explosives and weapons they were going to use in the attack.

Bloody attacks aimed at creating an atmosphere of fear and chaos before the parliamentary elections were prevented," it said.

In Sunday's election, the ruling AK Party recovered the parliamentary majority which it lost in a vote five months earlier.

Turkey has conducted attacks on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, and President Tayyip Erdogan had said operations against them and Kurdish militants would continue after the vote.

The Gaziantep governor's office said the suspects were planning the attack on unidentified party's offices in Istanbul on the orders of senior IS members in Syria.

Turkish prosecutors last week said there was strong evidence that an IS cell in Gaziantep carried out a spate of bombings culminating in a double suicide attack that killed more than 100 people in Ankara.

Turkish warplanes have again struck Kurdish rebel targets in the southeast of the country and northern Iraq, the military said Wednesday.

"Sixteen targets were destroyed as a result of air strikes," the army said after the operations Tuesday that focused on Turkey's mountainous Daglica region near the Iraqi border as well as several regions in northern Iraq.

Similar strikes were carried out on Monday against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the day after an election that returned the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power.

Four Kurdish militants died Tuesday after clashes with Turkish security forces in several parts of the restive southeast, security sources said.

Also Tuesday, Ankara ruled out any resumption of the peace process with the outlawed PKK after a wave of violence erupted in July, leaving a 2013 ceasefire in tatters.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in fighting with Kurdish rebels in a southeastern town near the Iraqi border on Wednesday, the army said.

"Two hero comrades fell as martyrs during clashes that erupted after an operation" in Yuksekova, the army said on its website, adding that one soldier was also wounded.

Violence has flared again between Turkish security forces and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) since a weekend election that returned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party to power.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/05-Nov-2015/erdogan-calls-for-new-constitution

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Israel set to free hungerstrike Palestinian

November 05, 2015

DOUBLE JERUSALEM - Israel is to free a Palestinian detainee who survived a two-month hunger strike later Wednesday after holding him for a year without trial, the prison service said.

Mohammed Allan was arrested in November 2014 and held under a measure known as administrative detention, which allows imprisonment without trial for six-month periods renewable indefinitely.

In June, he began a two-month hunger strike that brought him near death and heightened tensions in the occupied West Bank.

Israel's High Court suspended his detention on August 19 as he was given medical treatment following his hunger strike, which twice left him in a coma.

His detention was renewed in September after his health improved and he was discharged from hospital.

Allan then resumed his hunger strike, only to call it off two days later.

Later in the month, the Israeli army announced his detention would not be renewed and he would be released on November 4.

A prison service spokeswoman confirmed Allan would be released later on Wednesday, without providing further details.

The radical Islamic Jihad group says the 31-year-old lawyer from Einabus, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, is a member.

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency says that before his arrest, Allan "was in contact with an Islamic Jihad terrorist" with the aim of carrying out large-scale attacks.

He was previously imprisoned from 2006 to 2009 for allegedly seeking to recruit suicide bombers and aiding wanted Palestinians.

Allan's release comes amid a wave of violence in the West Bank and Israel which has left nine Israelis, 68 Palestinians and an Arab Israeli dead since the start of October.

Moreover, Violence broke out Saturday in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron as Palestinians buried five teenagers killed in a wave of attacks and clashes with Israeli forces.

The funerals came as Israeli border guards shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel after he allegedly tried to stab one of them, police said.

The surge of unrest since early October has triggered fears of a third Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation by a generation gripped by despair and anger over stalled peace efforts.

Nine Israelis, 66 Palestinians and an Arab Israeli have been killed since the violence erupted in Jerusalem a month ago.

The violence has spread to the West Bank, with daily protests and attacks on Israeli soldiers, and to the Gaza Strip, where there have been clashes with Israeli forces along the enclave's borders.

Thousands of Palestinian mourners attended the funerals of the teenagers, two of whom were girls, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a powder-keg in the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

They waved Palestinian flags and chanted "we will die but Palestine will live on".

Clashes broke out between stone throwers and Israeli soldiers as the funerals began, and Palestinian medical sources said Israeli fire wounded 12 Palestinians.

One Palestinian was buried separately in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Israel has been withholding the bodies of suspected assailants as part of measures to dissuade attacks on Jews.

On Friday, it said it had released seven bodies, apparently to ease tensions.

Families of young people killed in the violence have clamoured for their bodies to be released and accuse authorities of "collective punishment".

Ziad Natsheh, who buried his son Tareq, 17, said as he received condolences Saturday that he was relieved to give him a "dignified burial".

"Living in a country where there is nothing else but war, everyone expects to know death, injury or lose a child," said Natsheh.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/05-Nov-2015/israel-set-to-free-hungerstrike-palestinian

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Flag-burning Iranians mark US embassy seizure

November 05, 2015

TEHRAN - Chanting “Death to America” and burning the US flag, thousands of Iranians joined protests Wednesday marking the 36th anniversary of the seizure of Washington’s embassy in Tehran.

The outpouring of anti-US sentiment came despite a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and major powers including Washington in July.

The storming of the embassy by students, months after the Islamic revolution, led to a 444-day hostage crisis and a break in diplomatic relations that continues to this day.

Demonstrators gathered outside the former US embassy in Tehran and across Iran for what was declared “national day of the fight against global arrogance” — a term often used by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Protesters held placards with slogans including “Down with U.

Full report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/05-Nov-2015/flag-burning-iranians-mark-us-embassy-seizure

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Senior Saudi Commander Killed in Yemen's Ta'iz

Nov 04, 2015

The Yemeni forces took control of a military base that had been occupied by Saudi forces in Ta'iz province a while ago, and killed a senior Saudi commander and his troops deployed in the base.

Saudi troops later launched a counter-offensive to take back the base, but they failed and escaped the region after losing a number of their vehicles.

Meanwhile, Ansarullah fighters also pounded a base in the Saudi border region of Jizan in a massive missile attack.

The Yemeni army also launched missile attacks on military bases in Zahran in the Asir border region of Saudi Arabia.

Yemeni Popular Committees fired a number of missiles at Saudi bases in the al-Khubah district in Jizan.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940813001252

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Saudi U.N. envoy optimistic about Yemen talks

5 November 2015

The Saudi ambassador to the United Nations said on Wednesday he was optimistic that a new round of peace talks for Yemen will get off the ground this month after many weeks of preparation.

U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has been laying the groundwork for talks between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Houthi militias who seized the capital Sanaa last year.

"We are optimistic. We are hopeful that the talks will take place," Saudi Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi said at a meeting with leaders of the Yemeni community in the United States.

Mouallimi said Houthi militias had sought to sidestep demands in a U.N. resolution that they withdraw from territory seized in their campaign, but that they had "recently backed down" and were ready to negotiate a pullback.

Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign in March to push back the Houthi offensive.

Yemen's Ambassador Khaled Alyemany said the agenda for the peace talks should be finalized this week and that the U.N. envoy will travel to New York to announce the talks next week.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed told AFP recently that he expected the new round to begin some time between November 10 and 15.

Alyemany said negotiations would focus on a gradual withdrawal from the capital Sanaa and other areas held by the Houthis.

"This is the picture that we have, and it's a positive picture," he said.

A U.N. bid to launch peace talks in June failed over demands for a Houthi withdrawal from seized territory, but this time, much effort has been put in ensuring there is agreement on the agenda.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/11/05/Saudi-U-N-envoy-optimistic-about-Yemen-talks-.html

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‘Operational intifada leadership’ urged by Hamas

5 November 2015

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called on all Palestinian groups to form a unified leadership of the current wave of violence against Israel, which he called an intifada, or uprising.

Speaking by video-link from Qatar, the head of the Islamist group urged other organizations to join “an operational leadership of the intifada... to put in place an agreed strategy for common struggle covering all options.”

Bloodshed that erupted at the start of October has claimed the lives of nine Israelis, 70 Palestinians and an Arab Israeli.

Much of the violence has involved Palestinians allegedly attacking Israelis with knives, or ploughing into them with vehicles, and about half the Palestinians fatalities consist of attackers who have been shot dead.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/11/05/Hamas-urges-unified-Palestinian-operational-leadership-.html

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Africa

 

Nigeria: Military Reforms Weaken Islamic Terrorists

November 4, 2015

President Buhari, being a retired army officer, ordered a change in the way the military does business as soon as he came to power in March. As a former general he knew how to assess and address the current commanders and has enacted a number of military reforms. This has led to the dismissal of a lot of officers, especially in the army. One general was even jailed for incompetence, misbehavior and losing a major battle to Boko Haram. There are new training programs, which the troops appreciate as a lot of corrupt or incompetent officers did not want to be bothered in the past. While most of the new training programs have been for the army, the navy, which is taking the lead against oil thieves in the south, has done the same. Sailors often find themselves battling heavily armed gangs and appreciate training that will make them less likely to be a casualty or on the losing side. The oil facilities are mostly in the Niger River Delta, which is a maze of waterways where the oil gangs hide their operations. Because of this the navy is heavily involved. The air force also lost a lot of officers in an attempt by Buhari to end the cycle of corruption that had left most aircraft unable to fly (because funds for maintenance had been stolen). That must be working because air force manned and unmanned aircraft are more frequently seen in the sky. The air force says it has carried out nearly 1,500 air strikes in September and October. The air force also coordinates with the army so air strikes on remote Boko Haram camps are followed up with a ground attack to capture prisoners and gather intelligence.

While of all of the changes ordered by Buhari have made a difference it is clear that the long-held belief that Boko Haram would be destroyed by the end of 2015 is not going to happen. The Islamic terrorists are surviving in the bush and still managing to gain recruits. Another problem is the continued delay (for several months) in the start of an offensive against Boko Haram by an international force of troops contributed by neighboring countries. This is apparently because of disputes over how the campaign will be run. The last one, in early 2015, led to complaints that the Nigerian troops would not cooperate with the foreign troops and often acted recklessly.

Full report at:

http://www.strategypage.com/%5Cqnd%5Cnigeria%5Carticles%5C20151104.aspx

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Muslims earned the right to participate in the Veterans Day Parade

Nov 2, 2015

By MIKE JONES

Tulsa’s annual Veterans Day Parade is always one of the more moving parades. It stirs the patriotism and the heart of even the most cynical.

It is the city’s chance to say thank-you to all those who served this country, and the chance to reflect on what they sacrificed for our freedoms.

It’s a parade for all American vets. All of them.

I am not one of them. The closest I got during the Vietnam War was 1-A status and a draft physical in Oklahoma City. Then I got lucky with a high lottery number. My late dad served in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. I had two other uncles who also served.

Nevertheless, I have attended my share of Tulsa Veterans Day parades in honor of my dad, and friends and co-workers who also served.

So, I and every other American ought to be offended by the reaction of some to the admission of a float in the upcoming parade by Oklahoma Muslims.

Upon notice of the Muslim float, a member of the Tulsa 912 Project, a conservative group, told Tulsa World Faith and Values Reporter Bill Sherman that it was “atrocious” to ask veterans to “march alongside people who represent our enemies in a current war.”

What? Really?

Here are some interesting facts: Muslims have fought in wars for the United States since the country began as both U.S. citizens and foreign fighters. They served under George Washington, they fought in the War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and, yes, in the Gulf wars.

And they died, just like the other Americans.

When are we going to get over the asinine idea that everyone has to be a Christian, or maybe Jewish, in order to be a real American?

Such ideas soil the very thing that we are celebrating on Veterans Day. The American veteran comes in all colors and faiths. They all ought to be respected and honored equally.

Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Sherman that “It’s something we have been wanting to do for years.” He said the float, sponsored by CAIR-Oklahoma, will “represent the Oklahoma Muslim community, which is a very diverse community of people from all walks of life, immigrants, indigenous people.”

Patsy Varnell, vice president of the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade Association, told Sherman that the parade is “non-religious.” “We feel that we are exercising the rights established by the Constitution of freedom of speech, and this group has the right to participate.”

The organizers of the parade have it right and are due our thanks for standing up.

This might seem an oversimplification to some, but does the gentleman at Tulsa Project 912 realize that he might also be marching next to some Germans or Japanese or Koreans? They also served in the U.S. military, many with great distinction. And they are Americans, too.

The practice of Islam does not exclude anyone from being an American. It does not mean that they cannot love their country. It does not mean that their service to their country ought to be ignored.

Full report at:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/mikejones/mike-jones-muslims-earned-the-right-to-participate-in-the/article_8f167ca7-d894-54d5-a3c0-5d51ce368109.html

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South Sudan warring sides violating peace deal: UN experts

Nov 5, 2015

Experts from the United Nations (UN) say crimes such as killings, rapes, and abductions continue in South Sudan despite a peace deal reached between the government and rebels.

A panel of experts reported to the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday that both sides to the South Sudan conflict were violating a ceasefire agreement reached in August.

The UN experts cited “numerous credible reports” of “killings, rapes, displacements, burning of villages, and abductions of women and children,” with more than 50 cases of rape having been reported for the month of October alone.

In their report, the experts told the UNSC that both government forces and rebels were “actively expanding their stockpiles of arms and ammunition,” in clear violation of the deal that was reached on August 26 in neighboring Ethiopia.

They also warned that the Unity and Upper Nile states are at risk of being exposed to an escalation of violence as the rainy season comes to an end.

The panel added that the humanitarian crisis in the African country was worsening with some 3.9 million people currently being threatened with famine.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/05/436358/South-Sudan-UN-experts-peace-deal

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Europe

 

Russia has deployed missile defense systems to Syria: Russian air force chief

Nov 5, 2015

Russia has deployed missile defense systems to Syria to protect its military forces and equipment stationed in the Arab country, the head of the Russian air force says.

Referring to the potential threats against Russian military forces and equipment in Syria, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev said fighter jets could be hijacked in countries neighboring Syria and used to attack the Russian forces.

“We have taken into account all possible threats. We have sent not only fighters, attack aircraft, bombers, and helicopters, but also missile defense systems because any sort of force majeure situation may occur,” Bondarev said in an interview with Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya.

“For example, the stealing of a warplane in a neighboring country with Syria or having to return fire. We need to be prepared for that,” he said.

‘Missile lock behind Turkish airspace violation’

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Russian air force commander commented on a Russian fighter jet’s violation of Turkey’s airspace in October. He said the Russian warplane had been forced to enter Turkish airspace while performing an evasive maneuver against “some kind of” a missile.

“Our fighter jet was on a combat mission in northern Syria in very dense cloud conditions. When the aircraft was passing along the Turkish border, the onboard equipment set off an alarm indicating the plane was being targeted by some kind of air defense system,” Bondarev told the Russian daily.

“The pilot had to take a split-second decision to perform an anti-missile maneuver. Well, [the plane] went a little bit into Turkish airspace. We acknowledged it frankly,” he added.

Bondarev did not explain to what country the surface-to-air missile locked on the Russian jet belonged.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/05/436370/Russia-Syria-missile-systems-Viktor-Bondarev

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Spain: 2 Arrested for Islamic Armed Group Links

NOV. 4, 2015

MADRID — The Spanish Interior Ministry says police have arrested two people of Moroccan origin on suspicion of recruiting militants and spreading propaganda for the Islamic State armed group.

A ministry statement said the two, one of whom has Spanish nationality, were arrested Wednesday in Cornella de Llobregat town, just outside the northeastern port city of Barcelona.

The operation came a day after police in Madrid arrested three Moroccans suspected of preparing to carry out an attack in Spain for IS.

The ministry said the two arrested Wednesday maintained contacts with Islamic State group members in conflict zones and organized propaganda support meetings in Spain to recruit members.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/11/04/world/europe/ap-eu-spain-terror-arrests.html

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Sweden requests EU help to relocate refugees

05 November 2015

The Swedish government will send a request to the European Commission on Thursday to arrange for migrants to be moved from the Scandinavian country to other EU member states.

"Sweden has long taken an incredible amount of responsibility in comparison to other countries in the EU, and now we are in a very strained situation," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a written statement to Swedish news agency TT on Wednesday.

Sweden received the greatest share of EU’s 626,000 asylum seekers last year based on its population size and is expected to receive 190,000 in total in 2015, according to its migration board.

"It is time that other countries now take responsibility and this is why the [Swedish] government requires redistribution of refugees from Sweden," Lofven said.

"The fact that Sweden may receive up to 190,000 asylum seekers in one year for a population of less than 10 million, is a proof of the generosity and solidarity of Sweden and the Swedish population," European Council President Donald Tusk said in a statement on Wednesday following his meeting with Lofven.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/europe/166015/sweden-requests-eu-help-to-relocate-refugees

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Amnesty urges UK to raise Egypt human rights concerns

04 November 2015

Amnesty International has called on the U.K. to raise Egyptian human rights concerns during Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s London visit this week.

The human rights body said the Egyptian leader had overseen a sweeping crackdown on dissent since the removal of Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, in July 2013.

It called on Britain’s prime minister to use Sisi’s visit, which begins on Wednesday, to show he is “prepared to do more than roll out red carpets for authoritarian leaders”.

Amnesty’s U.K. director Kate Allen said: “We want to see David Cameron personally raising human rights issues in talks with President el-Sisi.

“There have been horrifying mass death sentences since President el-Sisi came to power – some after grossly unfair trials – and thousands have been detained in an attempt to quash all opposition.

“Almost no-one’s escaped attention in el-Sisi’s crackdown, with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, peaceful protesters and journalists all now languishing in jail”.

The U.K. government said it needed to work with Egypt to combat terrorism and extremism and described the visit as an “opportunity to hold open and frank dialogue”.

Morsi was deposed by the Egyptian military in 2013 after a year in power, following mass protests against his rule.

Since then, the Egyptian authorities have cracked down on dissent through operations that have mainly targeted the ousted president’s supporters and members of his Muslim Brotherhood group.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/europe/166007/amnesty-urges-uk-to-raise-egypt-human-rights-concerns

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After attacks, France walks narrow line on Islam in schools

November 05 2015

This was the week that schoolchildren in one Paris suburb got a stark choice at the cafeteria: pork or nothing at all.

Chilly-Mazarin joined a handful of towns run by right-leaning mayors which have ended a practice of offering a substitute for students forbidden by their religion from eating pork.

The decisions have come amid increased discussions in France about its secularist ideals following the terror attacks in January that were blamed on French Islamic extremists — a discussion critics say has been hijacked by anti-Muslim forces on the far right.

On Wednesday, the Socialist government issued unusually direct criticism against the schools that have ended the pork substitutes as it was training dozens of appointees to mediate tense questions about the role of religion in schools and in public life.

In back-to-back speeches, the education and interior ministers walked the country's increasingly narrow line on religion in schools, with the unspoken threat of Islamic extremism hovering over the auditorium in Paris' tony 16th arrondissement.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said teachers at schools have to impart the secularist ideal, but "not a secularism that is a declaration of war against a religion, as we see when a mayor here or there decides that in the name of a so-called secular ideal, children will be forced to eat pork or skip school lunch."

France forbids "ostentatious" symbols of religion in schools and government buildings, a mandate generally interpreted to mean Muslim head scarves and one that includes parents who accompany school outings wearing them. Schools take seriously their mission to educate the next generation of secular French citizens, never more so than since the January terror attacks.

Vallaud-Belkacem alluded to that mission repeatedly in her speech to the mediators, whose job is to offer advice to local governments and schools about France's much-vaunted division between church and state.

"School is a place of knowledge, not of belief. This distinction is essential and we have to repeat it and teach it without cease," said Vallaud-Belkacem, who was born in Morocco and raised as a Muslim. Schools need to take responsibility for spotting and countering extremism, she said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/05/after-attacks-france-walks-narrow-line-islam-schools.html

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Croatians to vote in general elections amid refugee crisis

Nov 5, 2015

People in Croatia will head to the polls this weekend to vote in general elections amid a sluggish economy and an influx of refugees from the Middle East.

Croatians will start voting in parliamentary elections on Sunday morning, with polls showing the country’s center-right Croatian Democratic Union or HDZ led by Tomislav Karamarko having better chances.

However, the arrival of over 300,000 refugees has been a great boon to Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and his center-left Social Democratic Party (SDP); Milanovic has drawn on the issue to project himself as a compassionate leader fighting for national interests.

Forty nine-year-old Milanovic first clashed with neighboring Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia over the handling of the refugees arriving in the Balkans, and then struck a deal with Serbia to transport the refugees across their shared border.

“The government was lucky that ahead of the elections a political issue emerged that pushed everything else – namely resolving economic issues – into the background,” independent political consultant Davor Gjenero said.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/05/436372/Croatia-general-election-poll-refugee-crisis-economy-recession

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