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Mashaikh Board Protest Meeting against the Destruction of Islamic Relics and Sacred Buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Mashaikh Board Protest Meeting against the Destruction of Islamic Relics and Sacred Buildings

Hindu spiritual leader arrested for hate speech in Andhra Pradesh

Have government schemes failed Muslims?

LoC tension: India, Pakistan army commanders hold flag meeting

Spy ring passed info via social media, busted

Six years after Sachar report, Muslim lot no better

India stopped Pakistan from raising bilateral issues in UNSC

ISI sets up 2 new terrorist training camps near Jaisalmer-Ganganagar areas

Despite tension, trade and travel as usual on LoC

Kerala youth reunited with his family after serving five years in Kuwait jail

Hijacked Indian sailors' families SOS Pakistan activist

Activists up in arms about Mumbai cop’s poem on Azad Maidan riot

Sarabjit Singh's release possible: Pakistani lawyer

Uncertainty over participation of Pak delegation in Agra summit

LoC killings: Army chief says beheading of Indian soldier by Pak army 'unpardonable'

Border villagers bunker up amid Pakistan firing

Samjhauta accused had killed a nun in 2001

Beheaded soldier's case: Hunger strike by martyr's mother, wife 'petty'

Centre announces Rs 46 Lakh compensation; U P CM assures help to jawan's family

 

Africa

Ethiopian among maids facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Mali Islamists seize town amid French intervention

Nigerian government should address the Boko Haram problems

France Bombs Islamist Strongholds in North Mali

Nigerian jailed for social networking scam

French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.

Violence Plagues Tunisia's Politics 2 Years Later

Libya plans diplomatic security force after attacks

Tensions loom as Tunisia marks its Arab Spring revolution

Second French Commando Dies: Somali Rebels

 

Pakistan

Attack fuels Taliban comeback fears in Pak's Swat

14 sit-in demonstrations held against Shias’ mass killings

Cleric Tahir-ul Qadri leads thousands of protesters towards Islamabad

Shia Ulema Council call for strike in Sindh

Pakistan imposes governor's rule in the troubled province of Balochistan

‘I have always witnessed Shia-Sunni brotherhood’: an 80-year-old farmer

Quetta killings: Hundreds stage sit-in at Bilawal House

F M Khar to preside over counterterrorism debate at UNSC

Don’t mess with me, or I will mess with you double: Malik

 ‘Students defying rules will not be allowed at SMIU’

Mobile phone services resumed in Karachi

 

Europe

Join media, UK journalist tells Muslims in a Conference organised by Jamaat-e-Islami

France calls Security Council meeting on Mali

European Commission to give Pak 42 mn euro aid

55 countries demand UN Council orders Syria war crimes case

UNHCR expresses concern over Rohingya exodus

Mali: 'No UK army boots' on the ground - Cameron

Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia

Jailed Kurdish Militant Leader to Meet Brother after Killings

EU Rules Out Sending Combat Mission to Mali

Bomb Destroys War Memorial of fallen Muslim soldiers in Divided Bosnian Town

 

North America

No end in sight to misery of Guantanamo detainee

US assisted in failed Somalia rescue: Obama

Islamophobia at the heart of a New York murder case

U.S. Warplanes Enter Somalia Airspace

 

Arab World

Saudi man beheaded over murder

Syrian forces kill dozens in latest round of bombardments

Iraq finance minister escapes bomb attack on his convoy

Syria conflict causing 'staggering' humanitarian crisis

Children killed in Syria bombardment: watchdog

Approval required for mixed marriages after January 2010 in Kuwait

Man jailed for raping woman at knifepoint in Dubai

Tackling cybercrime: The world war of our times

The Withdrawal of US Combat Troops from Iraq does not signify an End to the Occupation

Steam bath banned in Jeddah barbershops 

Egyptian Court Rejects Verdict against Mubarak

 

South Asia

Rising migrant worker population threat to “Maldivianness, culture and nationhood”

Hasina fears ‘unconstitutional’ take over

Almost no border disputes with India, says Sheikh Hasina

Karzai: US Troop Immunity Up to Afghan Elders

Russia has always been true friend of Bangladesh, says Hasina

Bodies of 11 Bangladeshis to arrive in 10 days: FM

Hamidul Khan lauded for role in spreading Bangla culture

 

Mideast Asia

Policy of occupying Palestinian lands threatens existence of Israel

Iraq finance minister escapes bomb attack on his convoy

Yemen: Troops Used Schools, Endangering Children

Netanyahu Conundrum Faces Iranian Riddle

South Yemen Holds ‘Reconciliation-Tolerance Festival’ on Civil War Anniversary

Iran holds exercises in Strait of Hormuz

Israel plans 170 new settler homes in Jordan Valley

 

Southeast Asia

Constitutional Court chief Backs Inclusion of Sexual Bribery in Graft Law

Malim: An enduring faith in a spiritual Indonesian culture

Malaysian opposition Rally Ends Peacefully

Indonesia’s Information Ministry Denies the film 'Act of Killing' Website Censorship

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 14 sit-in demonstrations held against Shias’ mass killings

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India

 

Mashaikh Board Protest Meeting against the Destruction of Islamic Relics and Sacred Buildings

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 14-1-13

New Delhi:  The All India Mashaikh Board held a protest rally at Jantar Mantar here in protest against the destruction of Islamic religious and cultural heritage and sacred buildings all over the world especially in Saudi Arabia. National Secretary of the Board, Syed Babar Ashraf said that after the meeting, a delegation will go to the Saudi embassy and hand over a memorandum to the ambassador.  Mr Ashraf said that Muslims had no option but to protest against the destruction of the Ghausia Mosque in Delhi to the destruction of sacred Islamic buildings in Saudi Arabia.  He said that the move of the Saudi government to demolish the sacred structures on the pretext of the expansion of the Masjid Nabawi in Medina was condemnable. He said that the Board had written a letter to the Saudi Embassy on December 9, 2012 and wanted to their government’s stand on the issue. The Indian government was also apprised of the situation. But there was no reply from the Saudi government. That’s why the Board decided to hold a protest rally at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

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Hindu spiritual leader arrested for hate speech in Andhra Pradesh

 January 14, 2013

Police in Hyderabad Monday arrested spiritual leader Swami Kamlananda Bharati for allegedly making a hate speech against Muslims.

The police arrested him in Srisailam, about 250 km from Hyderabad. He is being brought to Hyderabad, police said. Two cases were booked against him by the police in two police stations in the old city.

Bharati has served as president of Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi, a committee fighting for the protection of Hindu temples.

He was arrested for allegedly making offensive remarks at a rally in Hyderabad Jan 8.

The rally was organised to condemn the Majlis-e-Ittehad ul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speech against Hindus. Owaisi was arrested last week.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Hyderabad/AP-Hindu-religious-leader-jailed-for-hate-speech/Article1-989384.aspx

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Have government schemes failed Muslims?

By Subodh Varma

 Jan 14, 2013

Six years ago, the Sachar Committee report showed that the Muslim community in India suffers from severe deprivations in education, employment, health services, public infrastructure, access to financial services leading to much higher poverty than other religious groups, somewhat like the condition of scheduled castes and tribes. The government responded by setting up a separate ministry for minority affairs, and launching several programs to provide benefits to the Muslims.

How have these programmes fared? And, what is the condition of Muslims in the key areas that the Sachar committee had underlined?

A report authored by Abusaleh Sharif, member secretary of the Sachar committee and the man widely regarded as being the main author of that committee's report, indicates that not much has changed. The report has been released by the US-India Policy Institute of which Sharif is now the chief scholar.

In a unique exercise, Sharif has calculated that providing education to Muslim and SC/ST communities would on its own boost the GDP growth rate up to 12%. At present, Muslims contribute only 11.2% to the country's GDP while dalits and adivasis contribute only 16.5%. This is because these communities are poorly educated and forced to work in traditional and low value creating occupations. In traditional services, the share of Muslims and SC/STs in the workforce is about 18% each while in modern services their respective shares are just 8 and 14%.

Comparing NSSO data of 2004-05 with 2009-10, the report notes that in this period literacy levels of Muslim OBCs improved by 5.9 percentage points in rural areas and 5.3 points in urban areas. In the same period, literacy among dalits improved by 8.5 points in rural areas and 5.1 points in urban areas. Among tribal communities, literacy shot up by 11.3 points in rural areas and 8.6 points in urban areas. As a result, Muslims, who were earlier roughly at the same level as dalits and tribals, are now beginning to lag behind.

At the class 10 level, a similar situation exists. In both rural and urban areas, the number of students clearing class 10 has increased by 13% and 11% for STs and SCs respectively in urban areas, and 10% and 9%, respectively in rural areas. For Muslims, the change is only about 5% to 7% in rural and urban areas.

The share of 17 to 29 years old youths who are in higher education has increased by just 1.6 percentage points for Muslim OBCs over the same period. For other Muslims, it has increased by a minuscule 0.8 points. Compare this with a 9.4 points increase among Hindu upper castes and 5.3 points among Hindu OBCs. The improvement in dalits and tribals are similar to the Muslims.

Analysis of the nature of employment across different types of work shows that Muslims continue to be concentrated in lower paying jobs. The source of income for almost a quarter of Muslim households is self-employment in non-agricultural occupations, mainly artisanal work. Only 14% of dalits and 6% of tribals earn their living from similar occupations. Another 23% of Muslims households earn by doing agricultural labour. Among dalits and tribals, the shares are 36% for this occupation.

In urban areas, over 45% of Muslims are self employed — more than any other community. They are usually involved in petty trade and various services like repair, etc. In the better paying and more secure salaried jobs, Muslims have the lowest share of all communities.

NSSO data from 2009-10 shows that in urban areas, over 88% of Muslims workers of age 15 years and above are in informal employment, the highest for any community. Muslims make up just over 6% of all government jobs, the lowest share of all communities and social groups.

Government schemes like the MGNREGS meant to provide a cushion for the unemployed too seem to have bypassed the Muslim community as Muslim households made up only 2.3% of those that got work under the scheme.

The report also points out that there is policy confusion about how minority communities are to be targeted for benefits under various schemes. Two sets of "minority concentration districts (MCDs)" have been flagged - one set is of 90 districts having 52% Muslim and 3.3% Christian population while the other set of 121 districts is the target of the prime minister's 15-point programme and has 66% Muslim and 11% Christian population.

Financial inclusion by extending credit facilities to the minority community on a priority basis is one of the big planks of the 15-point program. RBI data shows that in the 121 districts, average per capita advances to Muslims increased from Rs 50,000 in 2008 to over Rs 100,000 in 2011. But in the same districts, advances to Hindus increased from around Rs 230,000 in 2008 to Rs 270,000 by 2011.

The report reviews expenditure by the ministry of minority affairs and shows that while allocation has increased from Rs 500 cr in 2008-09 to Rs 3,135 cr in 2012-13, the actual per capita expenditure was working out to just Rs 230 in 2011-12 because 20% of the funds remained unutilized and also because coverage of the schemes was only about 50% of the total Muslim population.

For the multi-sectoral development programme of the ministry, of the Rs 2,966 cr available in 2011-12, only 44% had been spent. It is only in the case of the scholarship programs that targets are being surpassed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Have-government-schemes-failed-Muslims/articleshow/18013610.cms

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LoC tension: India, Pakistan army commanders hold flag meeting

Jan 14, 2013

JAMMU/NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan held a flag meeting of brigade commanders in Poonch sector on Monday to de-escalate tension along the Line of Control even as the two sides traded fire overnight after a bid by infiltrators to sneak in was foiled.

At the flag meeting, the Indian side strongly protested the Pakistani intrusion and the beheading of a soldier and demanded the return of the severed head believed to have been carried away by Pakistani army regulars as a trophy after the killing of two soldiers on January eight.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/LoC-tension-India-Pakistan-army-commanders-hold-flag-meeting/articleshow/18019040.cms

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Spy ring passed info via social media, busted

 Jan 14 2013

New Delhi, Jaipur : After a month-long probe and with the arrest of two persons, sleuths have busted an espionage ring that have been passing on sensitive information on Army training sessions and exercises held in the border areas of Rajasthan to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan through social media sites.

The special branch of Rajasthan Police arrested Pawan Kumar Sharma, 26, a lower-division clerk with Rajasthan government and Syed Nizamuddin, 28, a Bangalore-based trader, on charges of spying. The modus operandi of passing information through Facebook and Orkut, developed by their Pakistan handler, has set the alarm bells ringing in New Delhi.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1058942/

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Six years after Sachar report, Muslim lot no better

VIDYA SUBRAHMANIAM

 January 14, 2013

Difficulty in implementing schemes, owing to conceptual confusion at multiple levels: Khurshid External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday attributed the difficulty in administering and implementing welfare programmes for Muslims to conceptual confusion evident at multiple levels — from courts through policymakers and social scientists and experts.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/six-years-after-sachar-report-muslim-lot-no-better/article4304959.ece

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India stopped Pakistan from raising bilateral issues in UNSC

Jan 14, 2013

NEW DELHI: There is concern that Pakistan, as current president of the UN Security Council, might try to bring bilateral issues like the LoC firings to the international table. As India steps down from the UNSC after two years, South Block can take satisfaction from the fact that in the past two years, no bilateral issue by Pakistan saw the light of day.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-stopped-Pakistan-from-raising-bilateral-issues-in-UNSC/articleshow/18013546.cms

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ISI sets up 2 new terrorist training camps near Jaisalmer-Ganganagar areas

 Jan 14, 2013

JAISALMER: Pakistan Intelligence Agency ISI have reportedly opened two new centres to train a large number of youngsters on terrorism. The centres are in the Pakistani side just opposite the Jaisalmer-Ganganagar area along the international border.

Sources said one of centres is only 50 km away from the Jaisalmer border in the Ghotaki area of Pakistan. It is housed in an underground bunker and managed jointly by ISI and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-sets-up-2-new-terrorist-training-camps-near-Jaisalmer-Ganganagar-areas/articleshow/18012258.cms

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Despite tension, trade and travel as usual on LoC

Jan 14, 2013

SRINAGAR: The 'Carvan-e-Aman' bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad operated on schedule on Monday despite heightened tension between India and Pakistan. Cross-LoC trade has also continued as usual for four days last week.

Monday's Peace Bus service, which usually carries people to the 'Aman Setu' bridge in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, took three passengers back to Pakistan- administered Kashmir, after completion of their stay here. It also carried eight local people to Muzaffarabad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Despite-tension-trade-and-travel-as-usual-on-LoC/articleshow/18018730.cms

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Kerala youth reunited with his family after serving five years in Kuwait jail

T K Devasia / 14 January 2013

TRIVANDRUM - Four years after his death sentence was waived by a Kuwait court, a 30-year-old Kerala youth reunited with his family back home on Sunday.

Simil, a native of Thottappally in Aleppy district, was arrested in November 2007 following the accidental killing of his colleague in a scuffle that broke out between the winners and losers after a cricket match. The knife with which Simil was defending himself sliced through the neck of 31-year-old Suresh, a native of Cuddapah district in Andhra Pradesh.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Hijacked Indian sailors' families SOS Pakistan activist

Jan 14, 2013

NOIDA: After failing to get any help from the Centre, the families of 17 Indian crew members whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in March last year have sought help of a Pakistan-based NGO for their early release. Somali pirates had threatened they would start killing the Indian crew members if their families failed to arrange the ransom demanded by them by December 31, 2012.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hijacked-Indian-sailors-families-SOS-Pakistan-activist/articleshow/18013767.cms

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Activists up in arms about Mumbai cop’s poem on Azad Maidan riot

By Mateen Hafeez

 Jan 14, 2013

MUMBAI: A day after TOI reported about a highly objectionable poem in Mumbai police's bulletin, some social activists said they are going to file a writ petition in the Bombay high court against the publisher and the poet. Inspector Sujata Patil of the traffic police in her poem had called the Azad Maidan protesters as traitors, snakes and suggested that their hand should have been chopped off so that they could not dare to do it again.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Activists-up-in-arms-about-Mumbai-cops-poem-on-Azad-Maidan-riot/articleshow/18014257.cms

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Sarabjit Singh's release possible: Pakistani lawyer

 Jan 14, 2013

PATNA: A feeling is growing strong that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari would finally take the call on the mercy petition and issue the order for the release of Sarabjit Singh who is facing death sentence and is incarcerated in Pakistan jail for the last 22 years.

Now, an array of evidence on his identity has been collected and also well documented in a book that has been written by his Pakistani lawyer, Awais Sheikh. The other reason is the perception that his release could be one more step leading to improved Indo-Pak relations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sarabjit-Singhs-release-possible-Pakistani-lawyer/articleshow/18012719.cms

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Uncertainty over participation of Pak delegation in Agra summit

Jan 14, 2013

LUCKNOW: The escalating cross-border tension between India and Pakistan has come to cast its shadows on participation of Pakistan in the international industry summit scheduled later this month in Agra. Sources in Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) which is organizing the flagship event confirmed that there was growing uncertainty'' about Pakistani delegation presence in the event, jointly hosted by UP government.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Uncertainty-over-participation-of-Pak-delegation-in-Agra-summit/articleshow/18012328.cms

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LoC killings: Army chief says beheading of Indian soldier by Pak army 'unpardonable'

 January 14, 2013

Ahead of the India-Pak flag meeting in Poonch, Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday said that India won’t remain passive when attacked and termed India’s response to Pakistani firing at its posts in LoC as ‘measured and perfect’.

“India reserves its right to retaliate against Pakistan at time and place of its choice…” he said. Army commanders in the border have been given directions to respond immediately if provoked, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/wont-remain-passive-when-attacked-army-chief/article4306810.ece

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Border villagers bunker up amid Pakistan firing

By Sandeep Unnithan in Mendhar INDIA TODAY

 January 14, 2013

RESIDENTS of villages on the Line of Control say there has been steady firing on the border every night since the January 8 beheading of one Indian soldier.

“Dahshat ka mahaul hai (there’s fear in the air),” says Parveen Bali, 40, the deputy sarpanch of Jhalas village in Poonch district.

On Saturday night, the firing started around 10 pm. Locals reported seeing star shells fired by the Indian Army.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Samjhauta accused had killed a nun in 2001

Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times

January 14, 2013

Eleven years before he was caught for planting a bomb in the Samjhauta Express, Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar had committed his first act of terror by shooting a nun in Madhya Pradesh in August 2001, sources in the National Investigation Agency have revealed. Later, he graduated to planting bombs at mosques and places frequented by Muslims.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Samjhauta-accused-had-killed-a-nun-in-2001/Article1-989275.aspx

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Beheaded soldier's case: Hunger strike by martyr's mother, wife 'petty'

Jan 14 2013

Badaun (UP) : The beheaded soldier's case turned from bad to worse as an unfeeling SP minister in CM Akhilesh Yadav's govt seeks to play down demands and travails of the martyr's family.

Uttar Pradesh minister for sports and youth welfare Ramkaran Arya said the hunger strike by martyr soldier Hemraj's mother and wife will not solve the issue and it would be a "petty thing" to do on the matter.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/beheaded-soldiers-case-hunger-strike-by-martyrs.../1059109/

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Centre announces Rs 46 lakh compensation, U P CM  assures help to jawan's family

Jan 14 2013

Khairair (UP): : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today met the family of martyred soldier Hemraj and assured them that government will take all measures to help them.

Reaching the village, 160 km from Delhi and 50 km from Mathura, Akhilesh spoke to the family members of Hemraj this afternoon.

"The family have shown the strength to face this (tragedy). We have to stand by them. We should all support the family of Lance Naik Hemraj. We have assured that whatever demands they have made for village will be met," he told reporters here.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/akhilesh-yadav-assures-help-to-hemrajs-family-centre-announces-rs-4.../1059166/

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Africa

 

Ethiopian among maids facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia

January 13th, 2013

More than 45 foreign maids are facing execution on death row in Saudi Arabia, the Observer has learned, amid growing international outrage at the treatment of migrant workers.

The startling figure emerged after Saudi Arabia beheaded a 24-year-old Sri Lankan domestic worker, Rizana Nafeek, in the face of appeals for clemency from around the world.

The exact number of maids on death row is almost certainly higher, but Saudi authorities do not publish official figures. Indonesians are believed to account for the majority of those facing a death sentence. Human rights groups say 45 Indonesian women are on death row, and five have exhausted the legal process.

Full report at:

http://indepthafrica.com/ethiopian-among-maids-facing-the-death-penalty-in-saudi-arabia/#.UPPKNuRthm4

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Mali Islamists seize town amid French intervention

Jan 14 2013

Islamist fighters in Mali have seized a town in government-controlled territory amid a military intervention by France.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Diabaly, 400km (250 miles) from the capital, Bamako, was taken in a counter-attack on Monday.

Mr Le Drian insisted France's campaign was "developing favourably".

He said Islamists had retreated in the east but admitted French forces were facing a "difficult" situation against well-armed rebels in western areas.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21009368

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Nigerian government should address the Boko Haram problems

January 11th, 2013

If “official lawlessness is denied and goes unpunished”, Nigeria will not gain the stability it so badly needs.

Crimes of Boko Haram can never be a justification for a country’s “security forces to kill people with impunity” [AFP]

It has been another bloody Christmas and New Year period in Nigeria, with at least 43 people reported to have been killed by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Twenty-seven of those were attending church services. Past attacks have included outside mosques and in markets. It is difficult to disagree with the Nigerian task force, which described Boko Haram’s attacks as “incessant, callous, brutal, barbaric”.

Full report at:

http://indepthafrica.com/nigerian-government-should-address-the-boko-haram-problems/#.UPPJuuRthm4

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France Bombs Islamist Strongholds in North Mali

January 14, 2013

BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - French fighter jets pounded Islamist rebel strongholds deep in northern Mali on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country's north.

The attacks on Islamist positions near the ancient desert trading town of Timbuktu and Gao, the largest city in the north, marked a decisive intensification on the third day of the French mission, striking at the heart of the vast area seized by rebels in April.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/13/world/africa/13reuters-mali-

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Nigerian jailed for social networking scam

Woman claimed to have $11 million deposit

 January 13, 2013

Abu Dhabi: A Nigerian has been sentenced to one and a half years in jail and deportation for using the internet to scam victims and financially defraud them, the Criminal Court of Abu Dhabi said in a statement on Saturday.

The Arab plaintiff raised a case against the defendant and a woman, claiming that they had taken almost Dh6,000 from him after he met the woman on a social networking website. The woman alleged that she was an Arab residing outside of the UAE and had $11 million (Dh40.4 million) deposited in a finance company in the capital, adding that she could not receive this money because the company was asking for Dh5,730 in return.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/nigerian-jailed-for-social-networking-scam-1.1131518

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French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.

By ADAM NOSSITER, ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI.

January 14, 2013

BAMAKO, Mali — French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of international hesitation about storming the region after every other effort by the United States and its allies to thwart the extremists had failed.

For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/world/africa/french-jets-strike-deep-inside-islamist-

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Violence Plagues Tunisia's Politics 2 Years Later

January 14, 2013

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Two years after the revolution that overthrew an authoritarian president and started the Arab Spring, Tunisia is struggling with high unemployment and rising violence in its politics.

After sounding the alarm for months over the rise of religious extremists, the opposition now warns that the new threat to this North African country's democratic transition are vigilante bands allied to the elected government.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/14/world/middleeast/ap-ml-tunisia-two-years-

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Libya plans diplomatic security force after attacks

January 14, 2013

Libya plans to create a special force to protect diplomats, government sources said, after a gun attack on an Italian consul exposed the precarious security situation in the North African state.

Unidentified gunmen in Benghazi opened fire on Guido De Sanctis's armoured car on Saturday. The diplomat was unhurt but the attack was a reminder of the September 11 attack on the US mission there that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

"We are discussing putting in place a force that would look after diplomats. There are also plans to protect foreigners working for foreign companies," a defense ministry source said, declining to be named as the proposal was still being discussed.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43954

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Tensions loom as Tunisia marks its Arab Spring revolution

14 January 2013

Tunisians marked the second anniversary on Monday of veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s flight into exile in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings but insecurity and social tensions persist.

President Moncef Marzouki will kick off the celebrations at 0700 GMT by hoisting the national flag over Kasbah Square in Tunis, near the headquarters of the ruling coalition led by the Ennahda party.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Second French Commando Dies: Somali Rebels

January 14, 2013

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A second French soldier has died from gunshot wounds after an attempt to rescue a French agent failed at the weekend, Somalia's al Shabaab rebel group said on Monday.

French forces went into southern Somalia by helicopter under the cover of darkness on Saturday to try to free Denis Allex, held hostage since 2009, but were met with fierce resistance from the al Qaeda-linked militants.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/14/world/europe/14reuters-somalia-

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Pakistan

 

Attack fuels Taliban comeback fears in Pak's Swat

 January 14, 2013

The worst bomb attack in years has fuelled growing fears of a Taliban comeback in Pakistan's Swat valley, where schoolgirl rights activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head last October.

The 2009 air and ground offensive that appeared to have crushed a two-year Taliban insurgency in the scenic northwestern district was widely credited as Pakistan's most successful operation to date against Islamist militants.

It was a defining moment when almost the entire country united behind the army as it killed, arrested and expelled hundreds of Taliban fighters who had seized control of the former tourist destination once frequented by Westerners.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Attack-fuels-Taliban-comeback-fears-in-Pak-s-Swat/Article1-989339.aspx

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14 sit-in demonstrations held against Shias’ mass killings

By Danish Rafique

January 14, 2013

KARACHI: At least 14 sit-in demonstrations were held in different parts of the metropolis in which thousand of citizens participated to express solidarity with the bereaved families of Quetta bomb blast victims.

The Shia leaders vowed to continue protest till the government accepts the legal demands. The protesters staged sit-in at five points in Karachi on Saturday, but due to apathy of the government the number of protest demonstration increased to 14 on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\14\story_14-1-2013_pg12_2

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Cleric Tahir-ul Qadri leads thousands of protesters towards Islamabad

 14 January 2013

Thousands of Pakistanis crammed into hundreds of vehicles streamed towards Islamabad on Monday in a protest march led by a Pakistani-Canadian cleric demanding key electoral reforms.

Tahir-ul Qadri claims one million people are taking part in the rally but some witnesses put the number at 20,000-30,000, far short of the 100,000 he is estimated to have drawn at an initial rally in Lahore on December 23.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Shia Ulema Council call for strike in Sindh

January 14, 2013

KARACHI: The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) has called for a strike to be observed throughout Sindh on Monday, in response to the Quetta killings, DawnNews reported.

The SUC said that businesses and shops should be closed in the province in observance of the strike call.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/13/shia-ulema-council-call-for-strike-on-monday/

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Pakistan imposes governor's rule in the troubled province of Balochistan

Jan 14, 2013

QUETTA: The Pakistan government has imposed Governor's rule in the troubled province of Balochistan after dissolving the ruling provincial government.

Prime minister Raja Pervaz Ashraf made the announcement late last night after prolonged talks with Hazara Shia leaders who were staging a sit-in to demand the dismissal of provincial government and the army control of Quetta.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-government-imposes-governors-rule-in-the-troubled-province-of-Balochistan/articleshow/18015025.cms

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‘I have always witnessed Shia-Sunni brotherhood’: an 80-year-old farmer

January 14, 2013

QILA BHATTIAN WALA: In the village of Qila Bhattian Wala, nestled in wheat fields, Shia Muslims know nothing of the record levels of violence suffered by their community elsewhere in Pakistan.

Here 3,000 villagers live in harmony with their Sunni neighbours. They worship at the same mosque, guard each others’ religious processions, grow up together, intermarry and live in peace without fear or retribution.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/13/i-have-always-witnessed-shia-sunni-brotherhood/

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Quetta killings: Hundreds stage sit-in at Bilawal House

 January 14, 2013

KARACHI: Hundreds of protesters continued to stage sit-ins at Bilawal House and several other places in Karachi throughout Sunday till early morning on Monday, demanding the removal of the Balochistan Chief Minister and the deployment of the army in Quetta.

Men, women and children, with floor mats and edibles left their homes in a show of solidarity with the bereaved families of the victims of Thursday’s twin blasts in Quetta.

“There is no need for being related by blood… all Shias are brothers,” said Ali Naqvi, a young protestor.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/493694/quetta-killings-hundreds-stage-sit-in-at-bilawal-house/

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Khar to preside over counterterrorism debate at UNSC

January 14, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrives in New York to preside over a ministerial debate on comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism on Tuesday.

According to a statement, the debate has been proposed by Pakistan which holds the rotational presidency of the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the month of January.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/493695/formulating-responses-khar-to-preside-over-counterterrorism-debate-at-unsc/

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Don’t mess with me, or I will mess with you double: Malik

January 14, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday warned Dr Tahirul Qadri and his aides against resorting to hooliganism, saying that firearms would be used against miscreants in the long march. “Don’t mess with me. Otherwise I will mess with you,” the minister lobbed a warning at Dr Qadri while talking to the media after reviewing security arrangements in the Red Zone. Referring to the new charter of demands ‘envisaging’ the dissolution of the Election Commission of Pakistan, Malik said that Qadri wanted to delay general election for another six months. Calling the “prime minister wannabe” a liar, Malik offered to resign if Qadri could prove that landmines were laid in his way by the government. He also announced Rs 5 million reward for the person disclosing the source funding Dr Qadri.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\14\story_14-1-2013_pg1_6

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 ‘Students defying rules will not be allowed at SMIU’

January 14, 2013

KARACHI: Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), has said that the studentsm who had succeeded in getting admission at SMIU, had a distinction being called the fellows of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had studied at SMI for about five years.

Addressing the Orientation Day for the students of the first batch of newly established SMI University on Saturday at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, Shaikh said SMIU students are true heirs of the Quaid, who had bequeathed one third of his residuary property to his alma mater through the last will.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\14\story_14-1-2013_pg12_13

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Mobile phone services resumed in Karachi

January 14, 2013

KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) resumed mobile phone services in Karachi after a closure of about 10 hours on Monday, DawnNews reported.

The PTA, acting on the directives of the Interior Minister,  issued instructions to all cellphone companies pertaining to the resumption of mobile phone services across the city.

Earlier, mobile phone services were suspended indefinitely in Karachi whereas the blocked phone services were resumed in Lahore during the early hours of Monday, DawnNews reported.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/14/mobilephone-services-suspended-indefinitely-in-karachi/

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Europe

 

Join media, UK journalist tells Muslims in a Conference organised by Jamaat-e-Islami

P S Jayaram / 14 January 2013

HYDERABAD - Award winning British journalist Yvonne Ridley has urged Muslims to join the media since it was the most powerful and effective way to spread the message about the purity of Islam and also to counter Islamophobia around the world.

The London-based journalist, who was captured by the Taleban while on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan in 2001 and converted to Islam in 2003 after her release, was addressing a gathering of women and journalists at the “Spring of Islam” conference organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami in the city. Yvonne’s address was through video-conference since the Indian government had denied her visa to participate in the three-day conference.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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France calls Security Council meeting on Mali

 January 14, 2013

A spokesman for the French U.N. Mission said the Security Council will meet on Monday at France’s request to discuss Mali.

Spokesman Brieuc Pont said in a tweet posted on Sunday that the council will meet on Monday afternoon “to examine the situation in Mali.” French troops have intervened to oust al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremists who control northern Mali.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/france-calls-security-council-meeting-on-mali/article4305228.ece

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European Commission to give Pak 42 mn euro aid

 January 14, 2013

India will continue to be a focus of the European Community's humanitarian assistance in 2013, but five major global hotspots of crises, including Pakistan, will receive the largest chunk of over 661 million euros aid earmarked for this year, the European Commission has

said.

Vulnerable populations subjected to "long-enduring crises" in India and eight other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America will receive a part of the funds allocated under the commission's humanitarian aid plan for 2013, which has been just adopted in Brussels.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/European-Commission-to-give-Pak-42-mn-euro-aid/Article1-989345.aspx

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55 countries demand UN Council orders Syria war crimes case

January 14, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: At least 55 countries will on Monday demand that the UN Security Council refer the Syria conflict to the International Criminal Court for a war crimes investigation.

The demand will be made in a letter organised by Switzerland, which has spent seven months collecting signatories. The 15-member Security Council is the only body that can refer the case to the ICC.

Swiss UN mission spokesman Adrian Sollberger told AFP the letter would be handed over Monday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/493791/55-countries-demand-un-council-orders-syria-war-crimes-case/

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UNHCR expresses concern over Rohingya exodus

January 14, 2013

The UN refugee agency has expressed concern as Rohingyas are fleeing both Myanmar and Bangladesh in large numbers risking their lives on smugglers' boats in the Bay of Bengal following the recent violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Mounting frustration over lack of imminent solutions to the plight of Rohingyas is another reason for the exodus towards Southeast Asian countries, said a report of the UNHCR published on its website on January 11.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43969

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Mali: 'No UK army boots' on the ground - Cameron

January 14, 2013

The prime minister has restated that British troops will not go onto the ground in Mali, despite the UK offering logistical support to France.

The first of two RAF C17 cargo planes has arrived in Paris to help French military efforts against Islamist rebels, but the second has broken down.

David Cameron said: "What is being done in Mali is in our interests and should support France's actions."

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21009663

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Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia

 January 13, 2013

Russia on Sunday said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's removal from power was not a part of past international agreements on the crisis and impossible to implement. "This is a precondition that is not contained in the Geneva communiqué (agreed by world powers in June) and which is impossible to implement because it does not depend on anyone," news agencies quoted foreign minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Assad-s-removal-from-power-impossible-Russia/Article1-989208.aspx

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Jailed Kurdish Militant Leader to Meet Brother After Killings

January 14, 2013

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant chief Abdullah Ocalan was to be visited by his brother in prison on Monday after the killing of three Kurdish activists in Paris cast a shadow over nascent peace talks he is conducting with Turkish authorities.

The dialogue, which Turkish media reports say have yielded a framework for full negotiations, began after Ocalan called on hundreds of PKK inmates to end a hunger strike last November, an appeal issued through his brother.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/14/world/europe/14reuters-turkey-

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EU Rules Out Sending Combat Mission to Mali

January 14, 2013

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union ruled out taking any combat role in Mali on Monday and NATO said it had not received any French request for help, after France intervened against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in the north of the African state.

The EU plans to speed up preparations to send military trainers for the Malian army and expects to start that mission in late February or early March.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/14/world/europe/14reuters-mali-rebels-

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Bomb Destroys War Memorial of fallen Muslim soldiers in Divided Bosnian Town

January 14, 2013

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - A bomb blast destroyed a monument to fallen soldiers of Bosnia's Muslim-dominated wartime army on Monday in the southern town of Mostar, where divisions between ethnic Croats and Muslims still run deep.

Police said an "explosive device" had destroyed the lily-shaped monument in front of Mostar's city hall in the early hours of Monday morning.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/14/world/europe/14reuters-bosnia-

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North America

 

No end in sight to misery of Guantanamo detainee

CHANTAL VALERY

13 January 2013

US President Barack Obama begins his second term having failed to honor a promise from his first to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, to the bitter regret of prisoner 552, Fayez Al-Kandari.

The 34-year-old Kuwaiti, accused by US authorities of being an adviser to slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, was one of the first captives to be flown to the US naval base in Cuba and has languished there for 11 years.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/no-end-sight-misery-guantanamo-detainee

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US assisted in failed Somalia rescue: Obama

 14 January 2013

President Barack Obama says U.S. forces assisted in a failed attempt to rescue a French citizen in Somalia on Friday.

Obama says the U.S. forces provided limited technical support to French forces leading the operation. The president says the Americans had no direct role in the assault on the compound where a French intelligence agent was believed to be held hostage.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Islamophobia at the heart of a New York murder case

ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG

13 January 2013

Many New Yorkers were shocked when they learned, during the holidays, that an Asian immigrant was deliberately pushed to his death in front of a subway train. Their shock turned into disgust when it turned out that the motive for the crime was ethnic hatred.

On Thursday, Dec. 27 2012, Erika Menendez, of Rego Park, Queens, pushed Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, into the path of an approaching No. 7 train at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in the Sunnyside neighborhood of the Borough of Queens in New York.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/islamophobia-heart-new-york-murder-case

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U.S. Warplanes Enter Somalia Airspace

January 14, 2013

American warplanes entered Somali airspace on Friday in support of an attempt by French commandos to rescue a French agent held hostage by Al Shabab militants in Somalia, President Obama told Congress in a letter on Sunday.

The warplanes did not fire any weapons and took no direct part in the operation, the president’s letter said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/world/africa/us-warplanes-enter-somali-

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Arab World

 

Saudi man beheaded over murder

13 January 2013

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens in Eastern Province on Sunday after he was convicted of murder, the interior ministry announced.

Eid Al Dhufairi stabbed fellow Saudi Abdulaziz Al Mutairi during a dispute, said the statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Syrian forces kill dozens in latest round of bombardments

RJan 14, 2013

AMMAN: Government forces killed at least 36 people, 14 of them children, in a bombardment of rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, Syrian opposition activists said.

Video footage showed women weeping over the dismembered bodies of children strewn across a field in the Eastern Ghouta region, near an air defence base on the edge of the town of Muleiha, 5km (3 miles) east of Damascus.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrian-forces-kill-dozens-in-latest-round-of-bombardments-opposition-says/articleshow/18014115.cms

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Iraq finance minister escapes bomb attack on his convoy

January 14, 2013

BAGHDAD: A roadside bomb hit Iraqi Finance Minister Rafaie al-Esawi’s convoy west of Baghdad as he left a meeting on Sunday, wounding two of his guards, his office and security sources said.

It was not clear whether Esawi was the target of the bombing. The Sunni Muslim minister is caught up in a crisis that has triggered protests in Sunni regions and is straining Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s power-sharing government.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/14/iraq-finance-minister-escapes-bomb-attack-on-his-convoy/

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Syria conflict causing 'staggering' humanitarian crisis

January 14, 2013

The Middle East faces a "staggering" humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, an aid agency says.

With more then 600,000 Syrians having fled the country, the International Rescue Committee is calling on the outside world to step up its response.

The US-based group describes the level of rape and sexual violence occurring in the conflict as "horrific".

The UN estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the uprising, which began in March 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21007519

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Children killed in Syria bombardment: watchdog

January 13, 2013

Shelling on Sunday targeting the town of Hazzeh east of Damascus killed at least nine people including a number of children, a watchdog said, as the Syrian regime pressed its offensive against rebels. Warplanes also pounded rebel zones on the outskirts of Damascus and in the northern province of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added, giving a preliminary death toll of 28 for Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Children-killed-in-Syria-bombardment-watchdog/Article1-989148.aspx

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Approval required for mixed marriages after January 2010 in Kuwait

By Habib Toumi

January 14, 2013

Manama: Foreign women who married Kuwaiti men after January 2010 will need the approval of a special committee to be able to live in Kuwait.

“The interior ministry has stopped stamping residence permits to the foreign wives of Kuwaiti nationals and whose marriage took place after January 1, 2010,” security sources said.

“These couples now need the approval of the committee set up by Interior Minister Shaikh Ahmad Al Humood and which includes representatives from the interior, foreign and justice ministries and the National Security Agency,” the sources told Al Rai daily.

 Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/approval-required-for-mixed-marriages-in-kuwait-1.1131849

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Man jailed for raping woman at knifepoint in Dubai

28-year-old convicted of rape, theft and consuming alcohol

 January 13, 2013

Dubai: A man has been jailed for 10 years for raping a housemaid at knifepoint at her sponsor’s villa.

The 28-year-old defendant, A.M., who doesn’t carry personal identification documents, denied the woman’s allegations claiming he was drunk when he walked into her bedroom and had consensual sex with her.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/man-jailed-for-raping-woman-at-knifepoint-in-dubai-1.1131652

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Tackling cybercrime: The world war of our times

 January 13, 2013

Abu Dhabi: Smartphone, social networking sites and cloud systems are only some of the ways in which members of the public can fall victims to cyber crimes, according to a statement by the police’s 999 Magazine.

According to the Norton Cybercrime Report 2012, one in five adults (21 per cent) has been a victim of either social network or mobile phone cybercrimes, while in 2011, UAE residents lost Dh2.3 billion in cyber crimes. The number fell last year to just more Dh1 billion, which the official Ministry of Interior English monthly attributed to an improvement in cyber-defence.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/crime/tackling-cybercrime-the-world-war-of-our-times-1.1131642

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The Withdrawal of US Combat Troops from Iraq does not signify an End to the Occupation

By BRussells Tribunal

 January 13, 2013

Support Iraqi Protests against the Second Phase of the Occupation

Urgent Call for International Solidarity with the Iraqi Thawra (Revolution)

The International Anti-Occupation Network  (IAON)

The International Anti-Occupation Network (IAON) includes among others the B Russells Tribunal, The Spanish Campaign Against the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq (CEOSI), The International Action Centre (IAC), Women Solidarity for an Independent and Unified Iraq (WSIUI), the Portuguese Session of the World Tribunal on Iraq and the Iraq Solidarity Association in Stockholm.

Full report at:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-withdrawal-of-us-combat-troops-from-iraq-does-not-signify-an-end-to-occupation/5318739

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Steam bath banned in Jeddah barbershops 

JEDDAH: IBRAHIM NAFFEE

 13 January 2013

Barbers in Jeddah said they might face big losses due to the recent ban announced by the Jeddah municipality on sauna and steam bath services that bring high profits to barbershops. This decision will reduce their profits by 80 percent of their monthly income, some barbers claimed.

Many barbershops in Jeddah depend on sauna and steam bath services to pay for their expenses. A barbershop needs to earn at least SR400 a day so it can pay the salaries of its workers, rent, electricity bills and others costs. However, some shop owners need to earn at least SR5,000 per month. Haircuts and shaving are not enough to cover their expenses.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/steam-bath-banned-jeddah-barbershops

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Egyptian Court Rejects Verdict Against Mubarak

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

January 14, 2013

CAIRO — An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday threw out the guilty verdict and life sentence against former President Hosni Mubarak on charges that he allowed the killing of protesters. The court ordered a new trial, which would once again send the ailing autocrat rolling on a stretcher into the steel defendant’s cage in an Egyptian criminal court.

Whether this was a victory or a setback for Mr. Mubarak was confused and contested. Both the prosecution and the defense had appealed the verdict, one side seeking a stronger verdict and the other an acquittal. Lawyers for the Islamist party allied with President Mohamed Morsi argued that a new trial with new evidence could yield a death penalty.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/world/middleeast/egyptian-court-grants-hosni-

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South Asia

 

Rising migrant worker population threat to “Maldivianness, culture and nationhood”: President Waheed

By Luke Powell | January 13th, 2013

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has warned the Maldives will face difficulties in seeking foreign assistance should it descend to Tier 3 of the US State Department’s human-trafficking watch list.

Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate National Day, Waheed stated the Maldives is now “forced” to take measures against changes to the “national character” due to the rising number of migrant workers in the country.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/rising-migrant-worker-population-threat-to-maldivianness-culture-and-nationhood-president-waheed-51088

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Hasina fears ‘unconstitutional’ take over

HAROON HABIB

 January 14, 2013

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has feared that, like that of 2007, a conspiracy is on to install non-elected government in Bangladesh by vested quarters.

In a national address marking completion of four years of her government, Ms. Hasina, on Friday, alleged that those who were out to execute the so-called ‘minus two formula’ to see both Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina exiled were “still active”. She urged the people to remain alert to prevent any quarter from stripping people of their Constitutional right to vote.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/hasina-fears-unconstitutional-take-over/article4304950.ece

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Almost no border disputes with India, says Sheikh Hasina

Jan 14 2013

Dhaka : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her country's geographical position obliges it to live in peace with neighbouring countries like India with which now there are "almost no border disputes".

"The geographical position of Bangladesh obliges us to live in peace with all," Hasina told Itar-Tass ahead of her official visit to Russia, the first one by a leader of Bangladesh in 40 years.

Hasina recalled her father and former president Mujibur Rahman's words "'It is essential to be friendly with everyone and not to have a feud with anyone'" and said Bangladesh seeks to stress on the contentious issues of South Asia as little as possible, giving more room for discussion of peace and cooperation matters between neighbours.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/almost-no-border-disputes-with-india-says-sheikh-hasina/1059146/

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Karzai: US Troop Immunity Up to Afghan Elders

January 14, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai says a national meeting of elders should be called to decide whether U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014 would be immune from prosecution under Afghan law.

Karzai spoke on Monday on his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama about the future of the countries' alliance.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/01/14/world/asia/ap-as-

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Russia has always been true friend of Bangladesh, says Hasina

January 14, 2013

On the eve of her maiden official visit to Russia on Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed Russia as the true friend of Bangladesh.

"Russia has always been a true friend of Bangladesh. This manifested itself in a particularly significant way during the war for independence in 1971 when the then Soviet Union came to our people's aid," Hasina told Itar-Tass, a major news agency in Russia.

The premier's comment came during an exclusive interview to the news agency which was published on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43959

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Bodies of 11 Bangladeshis to arrive in 10 days: FM

Staff Correspondent

The bodies of 11 Bangladeshis who were killed in a fire that gutted a labour camp in Bahrain on Friday afternoon will be brought to the country in seven to ten days, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday.

Two more injured Bangladeshis are still undergoing treatment, she told reporters at a press conference at the ministry.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=265120

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Hamidul Khan lauded for role in spreading Bangla culture

January 14, 2013

Speakers at a reception yesterday lauded Hamidul Khan, president of German-Bangla Society, for his significant contribution in promoting Bangla language, literature and culture in the global community.

The expatriate introduced Bangladesh's culture in Germany and hence the global arena through various social activities and can be an inspiration for the next generation, they said.

The reception accorded to Hamidul was organised by Council for Bengali Language, Literature and Culture in Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=265175

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Mideast Asia

 

Policy of occupying Palestinian lands threatens existence of Israel

 13 January 2013

TEL AVIV - An apocalyptic tone has crept into Israel’s hitherto muted election season, with opposition leaders and others sounding increasingly desperate warnings that a few more years of rule by radical prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s heavily favoured right wing might well destroy the Jewish state.

The idea is that by holding onto the lands Palestinians want for their state — and continuing to settle them with Jews — the Israeli right is marching blindly towards a future in which Arabs could outnumber Jews in the country and ultimately take over.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Yemen: Troops Used Schools, Endangering Children

Armed Occupations in Capital During and After Uprising Harm Education

January 14, 2013

 Government forces and other armed groups deployed in schools in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, during the 2011-2012 uprising, putting students at risk and undermining education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The uprising ended the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemen should explicitly prohibit both government forces and non-state armed groups from occupying schools for military purposes when it endangers students, teachers, or the children’s education, Human Rights Watch said.

Full report at:

http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=5966&MainCat=5

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Netanyahu Conundrum Faces Iranian Riddle

January 14, 2013

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a simple message as he seeks a third term in office - he is a strong man and a vote for him at parliamentary elections on January 22 means Israel will be a powerful nation.

The Hebrew word for strong, "hazak", peppers the television adverts of his right-wing Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu party like a compulsive mantra and is smeared across the blue-and-white campaign posters that dominate billboards around the country.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/14/world/middleeast/14reuters-israel-election-

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South Yemen Holds ‘Reconciliation-Tolerance Festival’ on Civil War Anniversary

 January 14, 2013

The southern movement, Harak, organized on Sunday its largest ever festival in Yemen’s port cities of Aden and Mukalla on the 27th anniversary of the civil war of January 13, 1986.

The festival under the theme ‘reconciliation and tolerance’ was attended by many supporters of the southern movement who carried placards containing slogans calling for forgetting the impact of the civil war that deepened the division of the southerners.

 Full report at:

http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=6396&MainCat=3

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Iran holds exercises in Strait of Hormuz

January 14, 2013

DUBAI: The naval force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has held exercises to test new equipment and battle tactics in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

The drills tested the IRGC naval force’s combat-readiness, speed in responding to natural disasters and familiarity with new weapons, the Fars news agency reported.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\14\story_14-1-2013_pg14_4

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Israel plans 170 new settler units in Jordan Valley

Jan 13, 2013

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel’s defence ministry has published plans for 170 new housing units and another 84 guest rooms in the West Bank settlement of Rotem in the Jordan Valley, anti-settlement activists said on Sunday.

The settlement itself previously received government approval, but no building plan was set out, according to Hagit Ofran of the Peace Now organisation.

Full report at:

http://jordantimes.com/israel-plans-170-new-settler-units-in-jordan-valley

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Southeast Asia

 

Constitutional Court chief Backs Inclusion of Sexual Bribery in Graft Law

Jakarta Globe | January 14, 2013

Constitutional Court chief Mahfud MD has aired his support for the inclusion of sexual favours as a form of bribery in the country’s ant graft law, but warned of the legal complications it would create.

“Defining this act of a crime is difficult,” he said on Sunday. “The penalty for [sexual] misconduct is lenient. Meanwhile an act of bribery requires the bribe to come in material form. So where does that leave sexual favours? This needs to be discussed further.”

Mahfud agreed that offering prostitutes or other sexual favours to public officials should qualify as a form of payoff, saying the practice had long taken place in Indonesia.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/mahfud-backs-inclusion-of-sexual-bribery-in-graft-law/565646

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Malim: An enduring faith in a spiritual Indonesian culture

Sihol Sitanggang, Contributor

January 14 2013

Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity forms part of the face of Indonesia. In Huta Tinggi, a village in Balige, North Sumatra, a traditional faith that has grown out of the local ethnic group’s spiritual culture, has continued to stand the test of time without being affected by the teachings of major religions. It is the Malim faith.

One morning, three altars adorned with coconut leaves and white, red and black flags were set up.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/01/14/malim-an-enduring-faith-a-spiritual-culture.html

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Malaysian opposition Rally Ends Peacefully

January 14, 2013

Malaysian police allowed tens of thousands of opposition supporters to rally inside a stadium in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, avoiding a repeat of earlier street demonstrations when officers clashed with marchers.

Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party People’s Alliance secured permission for the “People’s Uprising Rally” to be held in Merdeka Stadium near the center of the capital, abiding by a ban on street protests introduced by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government last year.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/malaysian-rally-ends-peacefully-after-opposition-moves-indoors/565661

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Indonesia’s Information Ministry Denies the film 'Act of Killing' Website Censorship

Ethan Harfenist | January 14, 2013

The website for the film “The Act of Killing,” a controversial documentary examining the 1965 communist party killings, was briefly inaccessible in Indonesia since Saturday, the director recently announced.

Joshua Oppenheimer, one of the film’s creators, tweeted on January 11: “It seems that jagalfilm.com & theactofkilling.com can longer be accessed from Indonesia. Who did this?”

Attempts to access the sites on computers at The Jakarta Globe were unsuccessful on Monday morning. Both websites were accessible outside of Indonesia and back online in the archipelago Monday afternoon.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/information-ministry-denies-act-of-killing-website-censorship/565670

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