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Mechanism worked out: PML-N, JUI-F in accord on Taliban talks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Pak woman loses legal fight to stay in India with family, Express archive

 

Pakistan

Mechanism worked out: PML-N, JUI-F in accord on Taliban talks

Taliban patron calls for in-sync approach

Karachi police rescue teen kidnapped through Facebook

Will support resolution against drone strikes in KP assembly, says Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl 420 lives lost: Rising terror indicates caretaker govt’s failure

PML-N formally nominates Nawaz Sharif for PM's office

Pak jihadists have replaced slain Qaeda leaders: Report

Bahrain jails 14 Shias for killing Pakistani national

‘Reserved seats deprive minorities of rights’

Imran Khan's party comes second in vote share

 

Arab World

At least ‘79 Hezbollah fighters’ killed in Qusayr

Clash between Syrian rebels and Kurds kills 11

600,000 jobs Saudised under Nitaqat

Kurds flee for Iraq as Syria war slogs on

Saudi clerics: White Ribbon campaign, an evil tool of the West

Old video comes back to haunt Hezbollah chief Nasrallah

Syrian opposition shake-up falters ahead of peace conference

Sunni grievances drive spike in Iraq unrest

Kuwait urges citizens to leave Lebanon ‘as quickly as possible’

Kuwait opposition to boycott polls under amended law

 

Europe

Russia Forges Risky Ties with Islamists

London mayor asks for tougher monitoring of UK Islamic societies

U.N. Rights Chief Says Governments Fail to Protect Victims of Syria Conflict

Switzerland denies Saudi sheikh entry for 5 years

Protest held against Athens mosque plan

Presidential dance linked to YouTube shutdown in Tajikistan

Syria conflict: EU to discuss amending arms embargo

Another stabbing reported in London's Woolwich area

 

India

Pak woman loses legal fight to stay in India with family

‘Bhatkal gave specific tasks to the terror module’

UP govt to pay Rs 6 lakh aid to Khalid’s family

 

South Asia

Maldives’ sovereignty threatened by “economic slavery”: President Waheed

30 Shibir men sent to jail in Chittagong

Russian corporation to hold seminar in Dhaka on nuclear energy

NATO Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

China parents apologise after teen's Egypt graffiti exposed

Interpol sounded for Khaleda’s son

Afghan police casualties rise as Taliban attacks surge

 

North America

US defends peace overtures to Taliban

Kerry: We use drones when kids are not around targets

John Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian investment plan

 

Mideast

Israeli MP enters Al-Aqusa compound on eve of wedding

Islamists attack Turkey ‘kissing protest’

In West Bank shadows, repressed Hamas breathes on

Netanyahu: Israel ‘most threatened state in the world’

Gunmen kill regional Special Forces commander in Yemen

 

Africa

Nigeria's "war on terror" wins tentative support

Somali militants launch deadly Kenya raid

Tunisian official: dismantling Ben Ali’s security was a ‘mistake’

Intense fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan

 

Southeast Asia

Two Malaysians charged in court for al Qaeda links

Yudhoyono Defends Statesman Award as Indonesia’s Pride

Indonesia’s Weak Institutions Spark Nostalgia for New Order

Eight policemen killed by communist rebels in the Philippines

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

Mechanism worked out: PML-N, JUI-F in accord on Taliban talks

May 27, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N and JUI-F may not have reached the power-sharing formula at the centre, but they claim to have worked out a mechanism for holding talks with the Taliban.

Sources in the two parties told Dawn that both sides had decided that the talks with the Taliban would be held through a “grand peace jirga” as suggested by all the mainstream political parties in a “declaration” of the all-party conference (APC) organised by the JUI-F in Islamabad on Feb 28.

When contacted, JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai quoted party Chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman as saying that an agreement had been reached between the two parties on the steps needed to be taken for achieving peace in the country through negotiations with the Taliban.

The JUI-F chief said that soon after coming to power, the PML-N government would prepare a “serious plan” for talks with the Taliban after taking all “stakeholders and policy-making institutions” on board. The government, he said, would then prepare a “roadmap” in the light of the outcome of the consultations.

The issue was discussed at a meeting of committees of the two parties currently engaged in dialogue to reach an understanding on a formula for sharing power at the centre.

About 30 mainstream political and religious parties had agreed at the APC to negotiate with militant elements through a broadened tribal jirga that had earlier been formed by the JUI-F. All members of the grand jirga were present at the conference.

The APC was hosted by the JUI-F two weeks after a similar gathering organised by the ANP which had also called for holding dialogue with the militant groups, but had not come up with any concrete plan.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had boycotted both the events and termed it a futile exercise.

The JUI-F spokesman said the PML-N leadership had already endorsed his party’s viewpoint that “indigenous conflict resolution mechanism” should be adopted. He explained that the two sides had agreed that the grand jirga constituted at the APC would be reconstituted and activated for talks with the Taliban.

He said the jirga backed by all mainstream parties could not start its work because of the general elections and had to wait till the formation of the new government.

Answering a question, he said the leadership of the two parties had already agreed on the mechanism and the talks at the committee level were being held on other issues, such as Madrasa reforms, legislative agenda of the new government, etc.

Mr Achakzai said national agenda of the two parties were by and large similar as both of them wanted peace and economic reforms.

When asked if the JUI-F wanted to have a written agreement with the PML-N, he said that was desirable, but it was not its demand.

A PML-N leader privy to the talks between the two parties endorsed the JUI-F’s version and said the former had told the Maulana that it would stand by its commitment made in the APC joint declaration.

He said Nawaz Sharif had himself attended the APC and they could not even think of backtracking on the commitment made in the joint declaration. He said the PML-N had assured the Maulana that it would fully cooperate with his efforts to bring peace in the country and the region by using his influence and links in the tribal areas.

Moreover, he said, the future PML-N government at the centre would also extend its full cooperation to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in its efforts for peace in the province.

The PML-N leader denied reports that his party was negotiating with the JUI-F because of any international pressure. “There is no truth in such reports that we want to take the JUI-F along because the US wants to see it happen,” he said in categorical terms. Actually, he said, the PML-N wanted to seek cooperation of all political parties in and outside parliament in its efforts to steer the country out of crisis.

A source in the JUI-F denied any foreign pressure, but admitted that “the line of communication between the Maulana Sahab and the US are open”. The source said any “concrete regional or international consensus” would be taken into account. But, he said, the supreme interest of the nation would override any such consensus if there would be any “conflict of interests”.

“There might be some international consensus and the party will definitely keep it in mind. But eventually the national interest will prevail,” he added.

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1014086/mechanism-worked-out-pml-n-jui-f-in-accord-on-taliban-talks

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Taliban patron calls for in-sync approach

 May 27, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The godfather of the Taliban, Maulana Sami ul Haq, says that the incoming political administration and the powerful security establishment have to be on the same page for the success of any peace overture towards the insurgents.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have requested Maulana Sami ul Haq to facilitate peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the ultraorthodox group which has claimed credit for most deadly violence in the country.

Maulana Sami ul Haq is the chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary, which is the alma mater of several Taliban commanders. He also heads his eponymous faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S).

Before accepting the role of go-between, I’d need an assurance that the future prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and Pakistan Army are on the same page on the issue,” Maulana Samiul Haq told The Express Tribune in an exclusive interview.

“The government will have to show a strong commitment to the proposed peace process,” he added. “Currently, it’s a wish of the government – but this festering issue demands commitment and seriousness.”

Nawaz Sharif has said that he believes ‘dialogue is the best option’ for restoring peace in the country which has been ravaged by Taliban violence since 2002. The TTP welcomed Nawaz’s statement and even offered a truce to the government-in-waiting.

“It is essential that the civilian and military leaderships take a unanimous decision on the issue of peace talks with the Taliban,” Maulana Samiul Haq said. “Meaningful talks cannot be pursued if the two stakeholders have divergent or conflicting approaches to the issue.”

The Taliban have blamed the government for giving in to international pressure and reneging its commitments and thus leading to the collapse of past peace agreements.  But the government blamed the Taliban for violating truces.

“I would need an assurance from Islamabad that it would not surrender to international pressure,” the JUI-S chief said, expressing apprehensions that foreign forces, the United States in particular, could oppose such an initiative. “If Pakistan backed out under US pressure, it would spell disaster,” he warned.

Although Maulana Samiul Haq believes that talks are the only option to end the bloodshed in Pakistan, he says that the issue needs careful handling. “It’s a delicate matter. I’ve conveyed it to Mian Sahib that he should think twice before entering into peace talks with the Taliban.”

Asked if he would seek help from Mullah Omar, to bring the TTP to the negotiating table, Maulana Samiul Haq said: “The Afghan Taliban and TTP are two separate issues.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554874/dialogue-option-taliban-patron-calls-for-in-sync-approach/

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Karachi police rescue teen kidnapped through Facebook

 May 27, 2013

KARACHI: Police in Karachi on Monday rescued a teenage boy who was kidnapped for a half-million dollar ransom after apparently being lured through Facebook, officers and relatives said.

Officers raided the gang’s hideout to the west of the city, killing four of the abductors in a shootout and arresting a fifth.

The kidnappers started chatting to their 13-year-old target, identified only as Mustafa, six months ago, senior police officer Niaz Khoso said. They enticed him to a meeting on Friday.

The youngster, the son of a senior customs official, was whisked away to the town of Hub outside Karachi and his family received calls demanding $508,000 in ransom.

Police said they used mobile phone records to track the kidnappers to the hideout in Hub and rescued him on Monday morning.

Mustafa’s mother made a tearful plea to parents to supervise their children’s use of social media.

“This is my request to all the parents to never let their children make friendship on Facebook,” she told media, sobbing as she sat beside her son.

“I beg you for God’s sake that you never do.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554986/karachi-police-rescue-teen-kidnapped-through-facebook/

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Will support resolution against drone strikes in KP assembly, says Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl May 27, 2013

PESHAWAR: Chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazl ur Rehman said on Monday that his party would support any resolution proposed against drone strikes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media persons after attending a meeting of the party's parliamentary committee and its central Majlis-i-Amla Fazl said that he not spoken with Nawaz Sharif over negotiating with the Taliban whereas talks between the two parties over formation over coalition government were still in progress.

He added that the PML-N was apprised of his party's priorities and dispelled the 'negative impression propagated in sections of the media' regarding demands for cabinet and ministerial posts.

Responding to another question the chief of the JUI-F said that the responsibility to nominate persons for the post of chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's assembly was handed to the party's provincial chapter of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1014168/will-support-resolution-against-drone-strikes-in-kp-assembly-says-fazl

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PML-N formally nominates Nawaz Sharif for PM's office

PTI | May 27, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N has formally nominated its chief Nawaz Sharif for the office of Prime Minister after the party moved towards a simple majority in the 342-member National Assembly or Pakistan's lower house of parliament.

The final approval for Sharif's nomination will be made during a meeting of the PML-N's parliamentary committee before the start of the first session of the new National Assembly.

The PML-N is all set to form government after emerging the single largest party in the National Assembly during the May 11 general election.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/PML-N-formally-nominates-Nawaz-Sharif-for-PMs-office/articleshow/20289126.cms

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Pak jihadists have replaced slain Qaeda leaders: Report

 May 27 2013

New York : From multibillion-dollar military aid to stealthy and secretive drone strikes, Pakistan, perhaps even more than Afghanistan, has been the central focus of America’s 12-year war on Islamist militancy.

Now, as President Barack Obama’s landmark policy speech on Thursday made clear, all of that is changing. Drone strikes are dwindling, the war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close and the battle against al-Qaeda is receding.

Pakistani leaders who have long demanded an American exit from their region may get their wish, but a broader disengagement is also likely to diminish the financing, prestige and political importance Pakistan held as a crucial player in global counterterrorism efforts, and could upset its internal stability.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-jihadists-have-replaced-slain-qaeda-leaders-report/1121067/

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Bahrain jails 14 Shias for killing Pakistani national

 May 27, 2013

DUBAI: A top Bahraini court upheld a 15-year jail term for 14 Shias on Monday after they were convicted of killing a Pakistani national in Manama during the 2011 uprising, a judicial source said.

The Court of Cassation announced its verdict in the presence of 12 of the accused, the source said, adding that the remaining two had been tried in absentia.

A court convicted the defendants of beating the victim to death “for terrorist purposes”, the source said, citing the charge sheet.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554988/bahrain-jails-14-shias-for-killing-pakistani-national/

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‘Reserved seats deprive minorities of rights’

May 27, 2013

The separate electorates and reserved seats for minorities and women continued to be criticised.

According to Article 51-2A, 10 seats in the National Assembly are reserved for minorities, four of which are for Christians, four for Hindus, one for Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis and one for Ahmadis.

Ahmadis have boycotted the elections. Several Christian groups have also protested the ‘selection’ of representatives to the National Assembly.

A petition filed in the Lahore High Court by a human rights organisation, challenging the relevant constitutional clause remains pending. It calls the selection of representatives a remnant of a dictator’s mutilation of the Constitution.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554800/reserved-seats-deprive-minorities-of-rights/

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Imran Khan's party comes second in vote share

AFP | May 27, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan's general election, data released Monday showed, despite finishing third in terms of seats.

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party polled 7.7 million votes in the May 11 election to win 28 national assembly seats, but the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) which led the outgoing government took 32 seats with only 6.9 million ballots.

Turnout at the election, which marked the first time a civilian government had completed a five-year term and handed over power at the ballot box, was 55 percent, the election commission said -- up from 44 percent in the 2008 poll.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-poll-Imran-Khans-party-comes-second-in-vote-share/articleshow/20294196.cms?

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Arab World

 

At least ‘79 Hezbollah fighters’ killed in Qusayr

 27 May 2013

At least 79 members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have been killed fighting alongside the Syrian army in the town of Qusayr since last week, a watchdog said on Monday.

“The number of Lebanese Hezbollah fighters killed in recent months in the outskirts of Damascus and Homs has risen to 141,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.

“That includes 79 fighters killed from the period starting at dawn on May 19 to dawn on Sunday yesterday, killed by mines, snipers and fighting in the town of Qusayr and its surroundings,” the group added.

On Sunday, a source close to Hezbollah said the group's toll in several months of fighting was 110, most of them killed in Qusayr.

Hezbollah has been sending fighters to fight alongside the Syrian army against rebels for several months.

But the battle to retake rebel stronghold Qusayr in the central province of Homs has been its biggest and bloodiest engagement so far.

On Saturday alone, 22 fighters from the Shiite group were killed in Qusayr, the source close to the group told AFP.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/27/At-least-79-Hezbollah-fighters-killed-in-Qusayr-.html

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Clash between Syrian rebels and Kurds kills 11

26 May 2013

Eleven rebels have been killed in clashes in northern Syria with Kurdish rebels of the main Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

"Fighting last night (Saturday) in the Afrin region between PYD armed wing the People's Protection Committees (YPG) and rebels left 11 dead and 20 wounded" among rebel forces, the Britain-based watchdog said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/26/Clash-between-Syrian-rebels-and-Kurds-kills-11.html

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600,000 jobs Saudised under Nitaqat

27 May 2013

More than 600,000 jobs have been nationalized under Nitaqat initiative.

This was revealed yesterday by Labour Minister Adel Fakeih at a Jeddah social dialogue workshop on policies and wage levels in the private sector.

Deputy Labour Minister Ahmad Al-Humaidan said the ministry is disappointed with the wage level of Saudi workers in the private sector.

He said the ministry is working on the question of raising wages. But, he added, the authorities are doing this within the framework of a social dialogue with the business sector. Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/453063

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Kurds flee for Iraq as Syria war slogs on

About 50,000 Syrians, mostly Kurds, have fled to the Domiz camp in northern Iraq as violence rages at home.

Brenda Stoter

25 May 2013

Duhok, Iraq - As Syria's brutal civil war slogs on, some of the country's ethnic Kurds have been fleeing the chaos and destruction and taking refuge across the border in Iraq.

About 50,000 people live in the Domiz camp, located near the city of Duhok about 60 kilometres from the Syria-Iraq border. The camp's residents are mainly Kurdish Syrians who do not want to participate in the war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops and the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/05/201352010390774966.html

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Saudi clerics: White Ribbon campaign, an evil tool of the West

26/05/2013

By Tariq A. Al Maeena

Taking notice of the growing trend of reported abuse against girls and women, two prominent Saudi social activists took it upon themselves to introduce a chapter of a global campaign by men against violence towards women. Abdullah Al Alami and Samar Fatany started the local chapter of the global White Ribbon campaign, the intent of which was to raise awareness of the issue of abuse and the means to eradicate it.

The campaign originally began in Canada as a reaction to an indiscriminate act of violence and massacre committed by a 25-year-old Canadian, Marc Lepine, in 1989. He had been upset that the École Polytechnique had twice rejected his application for admission, and blamed his misfortunes on the presence of women on the campus.

According to reports, he was resentful about women working in non-traditional jobs, ‘and Full report at:

http://www.mareeg.com/fidsan.php?Saudi-clerics-view-the-White-Ribbon-campaign,-aimed-at-raising-awareness-of-the-issue-of-violence-against-women,-as-an-evil-tool-of-the-West&sid=28905&tirsan=6

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Old video comes back to haunt Hezbollah chief Nasrallah

May 27, 2013

A video in which Hassan Nasrallah spoke about his dream goal in Lebanon before he became Hezbollah leader is being circulated again on social media following a speech on Saturday in which he officially admitted engagement in the Syrian civil war.

The video being circulated online reportedly dates back to 1988 and shows a younger Nasrallah saying: “Our plan, to which we, as faithful believers, have no alternative, is to establish an Islamic state under the rule of Islam.”

“Lebanon should not be an Islamic republic on its own, but rather, part of the Greater Islamic Republic, governed by the Master of Time [the Mahdi], and his rightful deputy, the Jurisprudent Ruler, Imam Khomeini,” he said.

report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/27/Old-video-comes-back-to-haunt-Hezbollah-chief-Nasrallah.html

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Syrian opposition shake-up falters ahead of peace conference

27 May 2013

International efforts to end the conflict in Syria continue on Monday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds key talks in Paris and Brussels to advance an initiative for a new peace conference.

Kerry will meet his Russian and French counterparts in Paris to push for an international conference on ending the unrest in Syria despite growing divisions within the Syrian opposition.

Syria's main opposition group ended a fourth day of talks in Beirut Sunday with little sign of a joint approach to the Russian-U.S. campaign to get all sides to participate.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/27/Syrian-opposition-shake-up-falters-ahead-of-peace-conference-.html

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Sunni grievances drive spike in Iraq unrest

 26 May 2013

A feud between Iraqi Sunnis and the Shiite authorities they accuse of marginalizing their community is driving a deadly spike in violence that stops short of all-out conflict for now, experts say.

Attacks including bombings that ripped through worshippers in mosques and cut down shoppers in markets killed over 430 people in Iraq so far in May, 461 in April and 220 or more every other month this year, according to AFP figures.

Crispin Hawes, the Middle East and North Africa director for the Eurasia Group consultancy, said policies of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that have politically isolated Iraqi Sunnis are the main factor behind the spike in violence.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/05/26/Sunni-grievances-drive-spike-in-Iraq-unrest-.html

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Kuwait urges citizens to leave Lebanon ‘as quickly as possible’

26 May 2013

Kuwait urged its citizens on Sunday to avoid traveling to Lebanon and those who are there to “leave as quickly as possible,” following a speech by Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah that pointed to an imminent escalation between Lebanese factions.

The country’s foreign ministry said in a statement published by the KUNA news agency that Kuwait is closely monitoring developments in the security situation in Lebanon with “grave concern and expressed hope the fellow Arab country overcome this period soon.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/26/Kuwait-urges-citizens-to-leave-Lebanon-as-quickly-as-possible-.html

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Kuwait opposition to boycott polls under amended law

27 May 2013

Kuwait’s opposition will boycott any future poll under a controversial electoral law amended last year, even if the constitutional court upholds the amendment next month, a former MP said on Monday.

The highly anticipated verdict is due to be handed down on June 16.

Opposition former MPs “decided to boycott the next election if the constitutional court confirms” the amendment, Faisal al-Muslim said after a lengthy meeting early on Monday.

Kuwait’s 50-seat parliament is entirely made up of government loyalists, with not a single opposition lawmaker after the opposition boycotted a general election last December.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/27/Kuwait-opposition-to-boycott-polls-under-amended-law.html

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Europe

 

Russia Forges Risky Ties with Islamists

2013-05-27

Russian President Vladimir Putin is countering foreign criticism of his pro-Assad policy and Russia’s declining credibility in sections of Arab public opinion by forging ties with Islamist detractors.

In a move that serves both Putin’s domestic and Russia’s foreign interests, a cross section of Islamist and secular political opinion in the Middle East and North Africa recently attended a Vaidal Discussion Club conference organised by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the RIA Novosti news agency and Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, with the backing of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Full report at:

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=59013

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U.N. Rights Chief Says Governments Fail to Protect Victims of Syria Conflict

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

May 27, 2013

GENEVA — The international community is failing to meet its obligations to victims of Syria’s conflict, the United Nations’ top human rights official said on Monday, invoking the responsibility of governments to protect civilians of another country from war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

“Appalling violations of the most basic human rights are occurring in Syria, and I fear that we in the international community are failing to meet our fundamental obligations to the victims,” Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for human rights, said in an address opening a session of the Human Rights Council.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/world/middleeast/syria-united-nations-human-rights-council.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0&gwh=5174BB23C904CD21A19A190A60924F7B&pagewanted=print

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London mayor asks for tougher monitoring of UK Islamic societies

 27 May 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson said that universities in the UK should not allow Islamic groups to teach segregated lectures, writing in his column in The Telegraph on Sunday.

Islamic groups in a London college have been debating over segregating seating in classrooms by gender, an issue that was seen as worrisome by University College London.

“The universities need to be much, much tougher in their monitoring of Islamic societies,” Johnson said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/05/27/London-mayor-asks-for-tougher-monitoring-of-UK-Islamic-societies.html

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Switzerland denies Saudi sheikh entry for 5 years

 27 May 2013

Saudi Sheikh Mohammad Al-Arifi has been banned again from entering Switzerland and all European Union countries, according to a Swiss official.

Jourg Walban, Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Swiss authorities issued a new decision that bans Al-Arifi from entering all EU states for five consecutive years.

Al-Arifi is known for his controversial statements and has a large following on Twitter and YouTube.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/452987

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Protest held against Athens mosque plan

Greek ultra-right party leads rally in Athens against construction of capital's first official mosque.

27 May 2013

Members of the ultra-right National Front have led dozens of protesters in a march against the Greek government's plans to build the first state-funded mosque in Athens, the capital.

The government has budgeted about one million euros ($1.3m) to build the mosque at a reduced price because of the country's economic crisis, which has delayed the process. However, construction was expected to begin next year.

The protesters, including a woman dressed in nun's clothing, waved Greek flags at the rally on Sunday as they shouted: "We don't want sharia, we want Greece and Orthodoxy" and "No to mosques, give money to the schools."

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/05/2013526234115105760.html

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Presidential dance linked to YouTube shutdown in Tajikistan

26 May 2013

Tajikistan has blocked YouTube in what appeared to be linked to a video showing the nation’s president dancing.

The video showed Tajik President Emomali Rahmon singing and dancing with guests at his son’s wedding in 2007, according to BBC Russia. The video was not published on the internet until May 18 of this year.

The government’s Communications Service ordered internet service providers to shut down YouTube without any official explanation, Indo Asian News Service reported, quoting Asomiddin Atoyev, head of the association of the country's internet service providers.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2013/05/26/Presidential-dance-linked-to-YouTube-shutdown-in-Tajikistan.html

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Syria conflict: EU to discuss amending arms embargo

May 27, 2013

European Union foreign ministers are discussing British and French calls for an easing of sanctions against Syria so weapons can be supplied to the rebels.

France and the UK are expected to argue that the move would increase pressure on Damascus for a political solution.

However, several EU states are totally opposed to ending the arms embargo, which expires on 31 May.

EU officials have warned against jeopardising a current initiative to hold an international peace conference.

Syria's foreign minister confirmed on Sunday that the government would "in principle" attend the conference which the US and Russia hope will take place in Geneva next month.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22677599

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Another stabbing reported in London's Woolwich area

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | May 26, 2013

LONDON: A fresh case of stabbing has been reported from Woolwich on Sunday evening in London.

A man in his 20s is in hospital after being stabbed, just 300 metres away from where soldier Lee Rigby was executed on Wednesday afternoon.

Metropolitan police told TOI that ambulances have rushed to the spot and transferred the young man to the hospital.

They say the injury isn't life threatening.

Around 500 police officers are already investigating the murder of Lee Rigby. A fresh investigation has been launched to find the attacker involved in the fresh case of stabbing.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Another-stabbing-reported-in-Londons-Woolwich-area/articleshow/20279924.cms

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India

 

Pak woman loses legal fight to stay in India with family

Pritha Chatterjee

May 27 2013

New Delhi: After 30 years of marriage with an Indian and a rough legal battle to stay together here, Pakistani woman Nuzhat Jahan (55) now waits to be separated and sent back to her country. Nuzhat and her husband Mohammad Gulfam have three grown-up children, all born in Delhi.

On May 17, the Delhi High Court had upheld a city court’s deportation order after her counsel withdrew the revision petition after initial arguments. “After some arguments, the petitioner’s counsel seeks permission to withdraw the petition. The petition is dismissed as withdrawn,” an order passed by Justice Kailash Gambhir said.

Nuzhat was lodged in Nirmal Chhaya Complex near Tihar Jail after Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar on May 8 stayed his own order for her immediate deportation to allow her time to file a review petition in a higher court. According to law, the time allowed for filing a review petition is 60 days.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-woman-loses-legal-fight-to-stay-in-india-with-family/1120975/

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 ‘Bhatkal gave specific tasks to the terror module’

Chandan Haygunde

 May 27 2013

Investigation by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) into the J M Road serial blasts has revealed that five of the eight suspects arrested in the case had visited Saudi Arabia allegedly to meet LeT operative Fayyaz Kagzi and were later given “specific tasks” by Indian Mujahideen (IM) chief Riyaz Bhatkal to execute the blasts. The low-intensity serial blasts rocked Pune’s J M Road on August 1, 2012, injuring one person.

The arrests

The Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrested four suspects — Imran Khan Wajid Pathan of Nanded, Irfan Mushtaq Landge (32) of Ahmednagar, Asad Khan Jamshedali Khan (33) of Aurangabad and Feroz alias Humza Abdul Hameed Sayyed (38) of Shukrawar Peth in Pune — between September 26 and October 9, 2012, for alleged terror activities.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1121058/

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UP govt to pay Rs 6 lakh aid to Khalid’s family

 May 27 2013

Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday announced monetary relief of Rs 6 lakh for the family of alleged terror accused Khalid Mujahid, who died mysteriously on May 18 while being brought to Lucknow jail after appearing in a court in Faizabad.

An accused in the 2007 serial blasts at Lucknow and Faizabad courts, Khalid was arrested along with Tariq Qasmi near the Barabanki railway station on December 22, 2007.

On May 3, the state government had moved an application in a Barabanki court for withdrawal of charges against both Khalid and Tariq. The court, however, rejected the government’s application on May 10.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1121114/

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South Asia

 

Maldives’ sovereignty threatened by “economic slavery”: President Waheed

By Minivan News | May 26th, 2013

President Dr Mohamed Waheed has said talk of the Maldives’ independence or sovereignty will be pointless if the country falls into “economic slavery”, following the passing out parade of the second Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Officer Candidate Course.

The comments were said to have been made in relation to the importance of “safeguarding” national security, according to the President’s Office.

Speaking after commissioning new officers from the course yesterday (May 25), President Waheed – in his capacity of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces – said it was not just the MNDF and police who were required to protect national security.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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30 Shibir men sent to jail in Chittagong

May 27, 2013

A Chittagong court yesterday sent 30 leaders and activists of pro-Jamaat Islami Chhatra Shibir to jail in connection with assaulting police and vandalising vehicles in Chittagong city on December 9 last year and February 6 this year.

Earlier in the day, they were shown arrested in two cases filed with Pansliash Police Station.

On Saturday, the arrestees were picked up from an award giving ceremony at a community centre in Chittagong city suspecting their involvement in subversive activities, said Panchlaish Police Station Officer-in-Charge Pradip Kumar Das.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/30-shibir-men-sent-to-jail-in-ctg/

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Russian corporation to hold seminar in Dhaka on nuclear energy

May 27, 2013

Russia’s state-run nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, will organise a two-day international seminar in Dhaka on May 29 to discuss nuclear energy, its safety and environmental aspects, and economic and socio-political implications in Bangladesh.

The theme of the seminar is “Nuclear Power: A Chance of Successful Economic and Socio-political Development”.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/russian-corporation-to-hold-seminar-in-dhaka-on-nuclear-energy/

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NATO Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

May 27, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan — An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said.

The U.S.-led military coalition says the service member died Sunday as a result of insurgent fire. It did not provide any other details.

The death brings the number of international force members killed this month in Afghanistan to 20.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/05/27/world/asia/ap-as-afghanistan.html?ref=asia&gwh=450B184FE104EFA3F82A1F393BCAE48D&pagewanted=print

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China parents apologise after teen's Egypt graffiti exposed

May 27, 2013

The parents of a Chinese teenager exposed and condemned by internet users for vandalising ancient Egyptian artwork have apologised, reports say.

On Friday a micro-blogger posted a photo of graffiti at a temple complex in Luxor, Egypt, which said: "Ding Jinhao was here".

Angry internet users then managed to identify the teen, posting his date of birth and school online, reports said.

His mother told a local paper they were sorry for his actions.

Luxor is home to a large temple complex, located on the bank of the Nile River, believed to be some 3,500 years old.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22677980

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Interpol sounded for Khaleda’s son

HAROON HABIB

May 27, 2013

A Dhaka court accepted a prosecution appeal on Sunday to bring back Tarique Rahman, elder son of BNP leader Khaleda Zia, from London, and issued arrest warrant against him on Sunday. The court said Interpol would be asked to execute the warrant.

Tarique, the senior vice-chairman of the opposition BNP, has been staying in London for six years. He was detained in 2007 by the military backed caretaker government but was allowed to travel abroad for “treatment” in 2008. He faces 15 cases for laundering money and also for grenade attack on a rally in August 2004, when Sheikh Hasina, now Prime Minister, miraculously survived but 22 leaders of the then opposition Awami League were killed .

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/interpol-sounded-for-khaledas-son/article4753605.ece

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Afghan police casualties rise as Taliban attacks surge

May 27, 2013

PESHAWAR: Taliban have claimed that on an average they have been carrying out more than 100 attacks daily since the beginning of their spring offensive, “Khalid bin Waleed” on April 28.

 A Taliban spokesman was responding to the recent statement by Afghan Interior Minister General Mujtaba Patang in which he conceded that casualties suffered by the Afghan National Police had increased due to the rise in the number of attacks by the armed opponents. The minister said 395 police personnel were killed and 592 injured in attacks over the past two months. He said the death toll of policemen and the number of attacks was higher compared to the corresponding two-month period last year. It may be added that in 2012, as many as 2,307 police personnel were killed and 3,672 were wounded in attacks by the armed opponents, a term normally used for the Taliban.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-180055-Afghan-police-casualties-rise-as-Taliban-attacks-surge

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North America

 

US defends peace overtures to Taliban

 May 27, 2013

ADDIS ABABA: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday defended the US move to try and open talks with the Taliban leadership, saying it was better to try to bring people to the table to resolve issues rather than try to fight it out.

“Years ago people thought the United States should not talk to China because of Mao Zedong,” Kerry told young Ethiopian students at an event hosted by the BBC at the University of Addis Ababa.

“People thought we shouldn’t talk to the Vietnamese during that war… but even as we fought them we had discussions in Paris about peace.”

Kerry also defended America’s use of drones to hunt down wanted terror leaders, saying the pilotless The drone programme has been one of the most controversial aspects of the US fight against al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Top leaders from both networks have been killed as a result of drone fire.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/554888/policy-shift-us-defends-peace-overtures-to-taliban/

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Kerry: We use drones when kids are not around targets

 27 May 2013

ADDIS ABABA: US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday defended America’s use of drones to hunt down wanted terror leaders, saying the pilotless planes are only used against confirmed targets and after much vetting.

“Let me very clear ... first of all there have been very few drone strikes in this last year. Why? Because we have been so successful in rooting out Al-Qaeda in Pakistan,” he told young Ethiopian students.

“Secondly the only people that we fire on are confirmed terrorist targets at the highest levels after a great deal of vetting.”

The drone program has been one of the most controversial aspects of the US fight against Al-Qaeda and Taleban militants.

Top leaders from both networks have been killed as a result of drone fire.

Yet the use of drones, mostly sent in covertly without the prior knowledge of other governments, has been sharply criticized particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire has sparked a groundswell of anger.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/453021

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John Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian investment plan

AFP | May 27, 2013

AL SHUNAH, JORDAN: US secretary of state John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people.

As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future.

He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries such as tourism, construction, information technology and agriculture.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/John-Kerry-unveils-4-billion-Palestinian-investment-plan/articleshow/20290084.cms

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Mideast

 

Israeli MP enters Al-Aqusa compound on eve of wedding

Soon-to-be-wed Likudnik MP Tzipi Hotovely enters precincts of Jerusalem's Al-Aqusa Mosque accompanied by cousins and handful of Jewish rabbis

 26 May 2013

Escorted by tight security, Tzipi Hotovely, Knesset member for Israel's right-wing Likud Party, entered the grounds of Jerusalem's Al-Aqusa Mosque on Sunday afternoon accompanied by her cousins and a handful of Jewish rabbis.

A statement issued by the Aqusa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said that Hotovely had coordinated her entry into the flashpoint area with Israeli police.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/72378/World/Region/Israeli-MP-enters-AlAqsa-compound-on-eve-of-weddin.aspx

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Islamists attack Turkey ‘kissing protest’

26 May 2013

Islamists attacked a group of kissing couples who locked lips in a Turkish metro station to protest a morality campaign by the authorities in Ankara, the local press reported on Sunday.

One person was stabbed when about 20 Islamists chanting “Allah Akhbar” (God is Greatest) and some carrying knives attacked the demonstrators on Saturday, the Milliyet and Hurriyet newspapers reported.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/26/Islamists-attack-Turkey-kissing-protest-.html

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In West Bank shadows, repressed Hamas breathes on

26 May 2013

In his sparse village home adorned only with framed verses from the Quran, Mohammed Ghannam opens his shirt, pointing silently to his bruised chest.

Ghannam, 44, whose job was to deliver the call to prayer in Dura’s local mosque, said plainclothes security forces from the Palestinian Authority (PA) detained him last month for belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas and beat him mute.

“They didn’t ask me any questions, just punched me hard in the face and the chest,” he wrote limply on a notepad. “They hit my head again and again against a concrete wall.”

Led by the secular Fatah party, the Western-backed PA has pursued surveillance, firings, arrests and torture to bar its Islamist militant rivals Hamas from public life in the West Bank, since the Palestinian territories were split in 2007 when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip coastal enclave.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/05/26/Insight-In-West-Bank-shadows-repressed-Hamas-breathes-on.html

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Netanyahu: Israel ‘most threatened state in the world’

26 May 2013

Israel launched on Sunday a national civil defense drill, which the army said will this year focus on the threat of unconventional weapons at a time of growing regional tensions.

“The threats against the Israeli home front have significantly increased in recent years,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting in remarks relayed by his office.

“Israel is the most threatened state in the world; it is under missile and rocket threat. We are prepared for any scenario,” said Netanyahu.

The annual drill, the seventh of its kind, will encompass the army’s home front command, the defense ministry, government bodies, municipalities and local authorities, rescue organizations and school systems, the army said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/26/Netanyahu-Israel-most-threatened-state-in-the-world-.html

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Gunmen kill regional special forces commander in Yemen

26 May 2013

Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a special forces commander in Yemen’s eastern Hadramaut region on Sunday, a security official said.

The attackers were believed to be al-Qaeda members, the official said. They shot Captain Majed Muttair as he left his home in the city of al-Qatar.

A bomb planted in a military vehicle killed a soldier and a civilian and wounded six other soldiers in Hadramaut on Saturday evening.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/26/Gunmen-kill-regional-special-forces-commander-in-Yemen.html

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Africa

 

Nigeria's "war on terror" wins tentative support

 26 May 2013

Nuradin Mohammed used to resent and fear the troops who swept past his fish stall in this northeast Nigerian city on the trail of Islamist insurgents Boko Haram. Now, for the first time, he thinks they may be on his side.

"We are pleased the president has finally recognised our peril and we pray his plan works," Mohammed said, frying fish by the roadside as a crowd of young children looked on hungrily and trucks packed with troops rumbled past.

President Goodluck Jonathan took a gamble when he launched a big offensive this month on Boko Haram's four-year-old attempt to establish an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/05/27/world/africa/27reuters-nigeria-violence.html?ref=europe&gwh=103885B015F8992E1D9E461CEB3E133E

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Somali militants launch deadly Kenya raid

May 27, 2013

At least six people have been killed in an attack by Somali militants on police posts over the Kenyan border, the Kenyan police have said.

At least two of the victims of the attack on the Abdisugow and Damajale posts were policemen.

A spokesman for the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab said it carried out the attack and that eight people had been killed.

An African Union force has weakened al-Shabab's power in Somalia in recent years but it still mounts border raids.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22675799

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Tunisian official: dismantling Ben Ali’s security was a ‘mistake’

 26 May 2013

Dismantling the robust security apparatus of ousted Tunisian dictator was a “mistake,” head of the centrist Initiative Party Kamel Morjane has told Al Arabiya in an interview.

After Morjane’s resignation from Tunisia’s coalition government as defense minister in 2011, he established his political party, which attracted many former members of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s Constitutional Democratic Rally.

Morjane supported the representation of RCD members in post-revolutionary politics.

“We can certainly say so many things about the past - positive and negative - but the mistake, made by the government was dismantling the security organizations in the ministry of interior,” Morjane, who served as the country’s defense minister from Aug. 17, 2005 to Jan. Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/2013/05/26/Ex-Tunisian-defense-minister-dismantling-Ben-Ali-s-security-was-a-mistake-.html

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Intense fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan

27 May 2013

Fierce fighting has erupted between Sudanese government troops and rebels near Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan, with both sides giving contradictory figures of casualties.

Sunday's clashes pitched government troops against fighters from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of three rebel groups, in the Dandur area 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Kadugli, Sudanese army spokesman Colonel Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP.

He said government forces had captured two T-55 tanks and killed 70 rebels.

But a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), part of the SRF, denied Khartoum's version.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/05/27/Intense-fighting-in-Sudan-s-south-Kordofan-.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Two Malaysians charged in court for al Qaeda links

May 27, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Two Malaysian men were arrested on Monday for having suspected links to a branch of al Qaeda, police said, as the moderate Muslim country attempts to sever a connection between some of its citizens and Islamist militants in Syria.

The scrutiny comes after two Malaysians were arrested last October in Lebanon for trying to make their way to Syria to join a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, where al Qaeda-linked militants are taking an increasingly prominent role.

The two men, aged 33 and 49, were brought before a lower court in the Malaysian capital where they were charged with joining the Tanzim al Qaeda Malaysia group between August last year and February.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/two-malaysians-charged-court-al-qaeda-links-124711579.html?.tsrc=appleww

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Yudhoyono Defends Statesman Award as Indonesia’s Pride

 May 27, 2013

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that the World Statesman Award, set to be bestowed on him this week, reflects on the development of democracy of Indonesia and should not be seen negatively.

Yudhoyono heads to Sweden today, followed by a visit to New York, to accept the World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Interfaith activists and human rights groups have said the president is undeserving of the award, which is handed out annually to “heads of state who have exemplified their commitment to freedom, human rights, peace and respect for religious and ethnic diversity, and endeavor to advance these essential democratic values on the international scene.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/yudhoyono-defends-statesman-award-as-indonesias-pride/

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Indonesia’s Weak Institutions Spark Nostalgia for New Order

A jurist and an economist say power abuse by elites and uneven growth has left people yearning for Suharto

May 27, 2013

Many Indonesians believe that life in the New Order era under President Suharto was better than today and that social elites dominate modern politics and law, according to a senior former jurist.

Speaking at a forum in Jakarta, former Constitutional Court chief justice Mahfud M.D. said that Indonesia is blighted by an oligarchy of elites that prioritize their interests over the public interest and do not abide by social rules, causing disillusionment and a lack of confidence in the law.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/weak-institutions-spark-nostalgia-for-new-order/

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Eight policemen killed by communist rebels in the Philippines

May 27, 2013

Eight policemen were killed and six others injured in an ambush by communist rebels in the northern Philippines on Monday, police said.

The unit was travelling towards the town of Allacapan in the province of Cagayan when it hit a landmine, said the province’s police spokesman, Senior Inspector Cesar Orlanes.

About 30 members of the New People’s Army rebel group opened fire at the policemen after the explosion, Mr. Orlanes said.

Seven policemen were killed on the spot, and one died later of his injuries.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/eight-policemen-killed-by-communist-rebels-in-the-philippines/article4756473.ece

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