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Militants attack Pak security post, 17 killed in 4-hr battle

Militants attack Pak security post, 17 killed in 4-hr battle

Afghanistan erupts over civilian deaths in Nato raid, 12 dead

Al-Makki was key courier between Osama, al-Zawahiri: report

13 dead in suicide attack on Afghan police

Suicide car bomb kills 13 in Afghanistan

Bin Laden audio praises Arab protests

Obama set for outreach to skeptical Arab world

Barack Obama to back Middle East democracy with billions in aid

Amnesty: Egypt still abusing human rights

Deadly Blasts in Kirkuk Hit Iraqi Security Forces

Karzai dismayed over NATO raid as 12 die in protests

Riyadh tightens security in Pakistan missions after assassination

US Defence Secretary Gates Says No Sign That Top Pakistanis Knew of Bin Laden

Afghan dies in apparent suicide at Guantanamo

Al-Qaida releases posthumous Osama bin Laden's audio

Pakistan's fourth nuclear reactor has India worried

Attack on Kaskar man to send message to Dawood?

China, Pak will always be good friends, partner: Chinese PM

Qaddafi forces shell villages

'Gaddafi's wife, daughter in Tunisia'

Pak PM Gilani calls for greater global role for China

Pakistan must focus on internal woes: scholars

Pak PM Gilani for using dialogue for global harmony, common development

Libya frees 4 foreign journalists

Chechens killed in Quetta were unarmed: witnesses

Al Qaeda terrorist Makki lived in Pakistan for 10 years

US should continue Pakistan aid, says defense chief

US image sour in Muslim nations: A Poll Report

Four killed in Tunisia gunfight with al-Qaeda suspects

Al-Jazeera journalist who went missing in Syria freed

Egypt’s army says has no plans to pardon Mubarak

Taliban condemns deaths following Afghan protest

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Militants attack Pak security post, 17 killed in 4-hr battle

19 MAY 2011

PESHAWAR: More than 70 militants armed with rockets and mortars attacked a security post on the outskirts of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, the latest in an upsurge of violence since Osama bin Laden was killed in the country this month.

Two members of the security forces and at least 15 insurgents were killed in a fourhour gunbattle that erupted following two successive attacks on the security post set up to defend Peshawar, the gateway to the troubled northwest region.

"They were well-armed . They had heavy weapons, rockets , mortars everything. The fighting lasted for about four and a half hours," Ejaz Khan, a city police officer, said. The attack took place near Khyber, part of Pakistan's lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border, which is regarded as a global hub of militants, including al-Qaida and the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban movements.

Two members of the security forces were killed and five wounded, Khan said. At least 15 insurgents were killed.

Security forces repulsed the first attack by the militants which was carried out just before midnight, officials said.

"Then they carried out a big attack early in the morning. We also called in reinforcements to counter the attack and we did it," a Peshawar security official said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility , but m ilitants linked to Qaida and Taliban have stepped up attacks in Pakistan after the killing of Osama.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Militants-attack-Pak-security-post-17-killed-in-4-hr-battle/articleshow/8431724.cms

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Afghanistan erupts over civilian deaths in Nato raid, 12 dead

19 MAY 2011

KUNDUZ: A deadly Nato raid in Afghanistan on Wednesday sparked protests that left 12 people dead and a furious president Hamid Karzai demanding an explanation from the US commander on the ground. Police opened fire as 2,000 people, some throwing rocks at a foreign military and civilian reconstruction base, took to the streets of Taloqan, capital of the usually peaceful northeastern province of Takhar.

Around 80 people, including two German soldiers, were also wounded in the troubles that broke out after Nato-led forces said they killed four insurgents , including two armed women, during an overnight raid in the town.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the raid targeted the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a militant group that operates from bases including in Afghanistan. But the protesters and the Westernbacked Karzai administration said those who died during the operation were civilians.

"The situation is calm and the demonstrations are over," said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi. "Twelve people have been killed and 80 others injured."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghanistan-erupts-over-civilian-deaths-in-Nato-raid-12-dead/articleshow/8431786.cms

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Al-Makki was key courier between Osama, al-Zawahiri: report

19 MAY 2011

Yemeni al Qaeda operative Abu Sohaib Al-Makki, arrested by Pakistani security agencies was a "key courier" between slain terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and his deputy Aiman al-Zawahiri. Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqub alias Abu Sohaib Al-Makki, described as a "senior al Qaeda operative", was arrested by

Yaqub was one of the main couriers between bin Laden, who was killed in a US raid in Abbottabad on May 2, and al-Zawahiri, unnamed security officials told BBC.

He was arrested in Karachi's central Gulshan-e-Iqbal area on May 4.

He had a satellite phone and a tracking device, which had yielded new information about al Qaeda's activities in the region, the officials said.

He is also said to have been an important recruiter, which led to him travelling abroad frequently.

Yaqub moved around Pakistan to avoid detection, living in Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Peshawar and Karachi.

He was involved in planning attacks on Saudi interests in Pakistan and had ordered retaliatory strikes following bin Laden's death, the officials said.

It could not immediately be ascertained if these retaliatory attacks included the killing of Saudi diplomat Hassan al-Kahtani in Karachi on Monday.

The Pakistani military's statement said Yaqub worked directly under al Qaeda's leaders along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

His arrest was a "major development in unravelling the al-Qaeda network operating in the region", the military said.

Diplomatic sources said it was too early to conclude that Pakistani authorities had initiated a crackdown on al Qaeda in the wake of the killing of bin Laden, an event that embarrassed and humiliated the powerful Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Some observers noted that Pakistani security agencies had launched a "crackdown" on the Jamaat-ud-Dawah in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks and sealed dozens of offices and detained over 100 activists and leaders.

Within months, most of the activists were freed and the offices too were subsequently reopened.

Yaqub's arrest was announced just a day after US Senator John Kerry said Pakistan needed to flush out terrorists from its soil and crack down on terrorist sanctuaries in the tribal areas.

The al-Qaeda operative, believed to be about 40 years old, had reportedly been living in Karachi with his wife and three children for some time.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/pakistan/Al-Makki-was-key-courier-between-Osama-al-Zawahiri-report/Article1-698959.aspx

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13 dead in suicide attack on Afghan police

19 MAY 2011

A suicide bomber killed 13 people and wounded at least 20, in an attack on a minibus carrying police cadets in the main city in Afghanistan's turbulent east on Wednesday, a government spokesman said. Ahmadzia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said the bomber had rammed a

n explosives-packed car into the bus carrying cadets in Jalalabad city.

"It was a suicide attack against a small bus carrying Afghan police," Abdulzai told Reuters.

Nearby cars and trucks lay upturned by the blast while pieces of human flesh were scattered across the street amid the debris, even as members of the Afghan National Police and local residents carried away scorched bodies.

"The dead and wounded include police and civilians," Abdulzai added.

Afghan and foreign security forces, as well as government officials, are often targeted in attacks by insurgents.

The Taliban said at the beginning of this month that it had begun its long awaited "spring offensive" and senior US commanders said they expected a significant spike in violence.

US and NATO commanders have claimed major success against insurgents in the south over the past 12 months, but insurgents in the east have proved harder to pin down.

While the Taliban dominates the insurgency in the south, the fight in the east is more fragmented and includes other groups such as the al Qaeda linked Haqqani network.

Despite the presence of around 150,000 foreign troops, violence across Afghanistan last year reached its worst levels since the Taliban was overthrown in late 2001, with record casualties on all sides of the conflict.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/afghanistan/13-dead-in-suicide-attack-on-Afghan-police/Article1-699202.aspx

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Karzai dismayed over NATO raid as 12 die in protests

19 MAY 2011

KUNDUZ: A deadly NATO raid in Afghanistan on Wednesday sparked protests that left 12 people dead and a furious President Hamid Karzai demanding an explanation from the US commander on the ground.

Police opened fire as 2,000 people, some throwing rocks at a foreign military and civilian reconstruction base, took to the streets of Taloqan, capital of the usually peaceful northeastern province of Takhar.

Around 80 people, including two German soldiers, were also wounded in the troubles that broke out after NATO-led forces said they killed four insurgents, including two armed women, during an overnight raid in the town.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the raid targeted the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a militant group that operates from bases including in Afghanistan.

But the protesters and the Western-backed Karzai administration said those who died during the operation were civilians.

"The situation is calm and the demonstrations are over," said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Faiz Mohammad Tawhidi. "Twelve people have been killed and 80 others injured."

Karzai, who frequently denounces foreign military operations that he says kill too many civilians, "strongly condemned" the raid, adding it had killed four members of the same family.

The president would demand an explanation of what happened from General David Petraeus, the US commander of troops in Afghanistan, his office said.

"The government of Afghanistan has a duty to assess the circumstances of the deaths of these individuals and demand an explanation from the commander of the NATO (in Afghanistan)," a statement from the office said.

Karzai also again called for an end to "unilateral" military operations by foreign forces in Afghanistan. ISAF had said earlier that the operation was conducted alongside Afghan forces.

ISAF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel John Dorrian had no immediate comment on Karzai's remarks.

During the protest, demonstrators threw rocks at the Provincial Advisory Team (PAT) compound, interior ministry spokesman Zemerai Bashary told AFP.

The local PAT is a German-led group of soldiers and civilians working to help Afghan government institutions improve their performance.

The two wounded soldiers did not sustain life threatening injuries, the German defence ministry said.

Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a regional police spokesman, accused "some opportunists and violence-seeking elements" of infiltrating the protests.

It was not immediately clear whether the casualties were shot by the police or other gunmen.

Although relatively peaceful compared to Taliban strongholds in the south, the north of Afghanistan has seen an increase in violence in recent years.

Seven UN staff were killed when their compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif was stormed during a protest against the burning of the Koran by an evangelical pastor in the United States.

Afghan and NATO forces have said that central Asian militant groups such as the IMU are active in the region.

ISAF said the operation against the house in Taloqan that triggered the protests targeted a key facilitator for the IMU who was involved in procuring and making weapons and explosives in the area.

It said it was a joint operation with Afghan forces and that weapons including a suicide vest and an AK-47 assault rifle were found at the scene.

All US-led international combat troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014 although this month's killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US troops in Pakistan has led to calls for this process to be speeded up.

Control of seven more peaceful Afghan areas is due to be handed to the fast-growing Afghan military and police from July.

There are currently around 130,000 international troops, around two-thirds from the United States, stationed in Afghanistan. (AFP)

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15702

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Riyadh tightens security in Pakistan missions after assassination

Atul Aneja

19 MAY 2011

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is set to tighten security around all its missions in Pakistan following the assassination in Karachi on Monday of one of its diplomats by suspected al-Qaeda elements.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/19/stories/2011051955551400.htm

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US Defence Secretary Gates Says No Sign That Top Pakistanis Knew of Bin Laden

By ELISABETH BUMILLER

19 MAY 2011

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that he surmised that “somebody” in Pakistan had been aware that Osama bin Laden was hiding in a compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, but that there was no evidence so far that anyone in the country’s senior leadership had known.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/world/asia/19pentagon.html?ref=world&pagewanted=print

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Afghan dies in apparent suicide at Guantanamo

May 19, 2011

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: An Afghan detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison died Wednesday in an apparent suicide, the US military said.

The prisoner, known only by the name Inayatullah, was not conscious or breathing when guards checked on him in the morning, and they immediately tried to resuscitate him, US Southern Command said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article413953.ece

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Al-Qaida releases posthumous Osama bin Laden's audio

19 MAY 2011

CAIRO/WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida's media arm released in full a posthumous full audio message from Osama bin Laden in which he speaks on the wave of Arab protests sweeping the Mideast and North Africa in recent months, a US monitoring group said Wednesday.

In the audio, the former al-Qaida leader, who was killed in a US raid on May 2 in Pakistan, praised revolutions sweeping the Arab world, and expressed joy at the victory of uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Al-Qaida-releases-posthumous-Osama-bin-Ladens-audio/articleshow/8431390.cms

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Pakistan's fourth nuclear reactor has India worried

Sachin Parashar

19 MAY 2011

NEW DELHI: Pakistan is focusing on building low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons which it can use in case of skirmishes at the border with India. After disclosures that Pakistan is building its fourth reactor at the Khushab military facility, fresh estimates made by security and intelligence officials here suggest that Pakistan now has the capability to add 8-10 such weapons in its kitty every year.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistans-fourth-nuclear-reactor-has-India-worried/articleshow/8427229.cms

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Attack on Kaskar man to send message to Dawood?

S Ahmed Ali & Mateen Hafeez

19 MAY 2011

MUMBAI: The Mumbai police on Wednesday said the slain bodyguard of Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother, Iqbal Kaskar, was the target of Tuesday's attack outside Kaskar's home on the city's Pakmodia Street. But authorities did not rule out the possibility of a rival gang's involvement to send a message to gangland's first family.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Attack-on-Kaskar-man-to-send-message-to-Dawood/articleshow/8430274.cms

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China, Pak will always be good friends, partner: Chinese PM

BEIJING: China on Wednesday came strongly in support of an internationally isolated Pakistan, which has been in the line of fire of the US after the Osama bin Laden episode, sealing a slew of agreements with its "good friend" to firm up their strategic partnership.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-Pak-will-always-be-good-friends-partner-Chinese-PM/articleshow/8422789.cms

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Qaddafi forces shell villages

By DIAA HADID

May 18, 2011

TRIPOLI: Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi shelled villages and towns to try to take control of the high ground in a western mountain range, while a UN official appealed for global assistance for some 2 million people displaced by fighting between Qaddafi’s forces and opposition fighters trying to oust him.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Libya said some 1.6 million people inside the North African country need aid because fighting has disrupted basic services and depleted food and medical stocks.

Coordinator Panos Moumtzis, who is based in Geneva, an additional 500,000 who have crossed borders to Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the region also need humanitarian assistance.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article412919.ece

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'Gaddafi's wife, daughter in Tunisia'

19 MAY 2011

MOSCOW: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's wife Safiya and his daughter Aisha have fled to Tunisia, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday , citing a source in Tunisia's defence ministry.

According to the sources, Safiya and Aisha crossed the Libyan-Tunisian border a few days ago and are currently at a refugee centre on the island of Djerba. The revolt in Libya against Gaddafi's 41-year rule, which began in mid-February , has already claimed thousands of lives, with Gaddafi's troops maintaining their combat capabilities despite Nato air strikes against them.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafis-wife-daughter-in-Tunisia/articleshow/8431843.cms

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Pak PM Gilani calls for greater global role for China

Ananth Krishnan

19 MAY 2011

SUZHOU (CHINA): Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday began his four-day visit to China voicing strong support for a greater role for Beijing on the international stage, and underscoring the deepening ties between the “all-weather” strategic allies.

Full report at:

The newspaper also said China was supportive of better ties between Pakistan and the U.S.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/19/stories/2011051955541400.htm

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Pakistan must focus on internal woes: scholars

19 MAY 2011

NEW YORK: Pakistan needs to strengthen democratic institutions, ramp up education spending and shift its focus away from India if it hopes to avoid an even worse crisis, a report by scholars said Wednesday.

A group of 31 leading US and Pakistani experts meeting under the aegis of the New York-based Asia Society said that while the nuclear-armed nation was not a failed state, its problems had "risen to a dangerous level."

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15709

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Pak PM Gilani for using dialogue for global harmony, common development

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

19 MAY 2011

SUZHOU: Addressing the first biannual meeting of the World Cultural Forum (WCF), visiting Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has urged the international community to use dialogue for a mutual harmonious relationship and said the cultural and civilizational contacts could do wonders in ensuring global peace.

The theme of the forum is "Dialogue and Cooperation for World Harmony and Common Development." Prime Minister Gilani arrived in the eastern city Suzhou by car from coast city Shanghai about one hundred miles from here to inaugurate the first biannual conference of WCF.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15696

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Libya frees 4 foreign journalists

19 MAY 2011

TRIPOLI: Libya freed on Wednesday four arrested journalists -- two Americans, a Briton and a Spaniard -- an AFP journalist witnessed as they arrived at the capital's Rixos Hotel.

American James Foley of GlobalPost, an online news agency, and freelance writer Clare Morgana Gillis, as well as Spain's Manu Brabo disappeared on April 4 while covering the conflict in Libya.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15708

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Chechens killed in Quetta were unarmed: witnesses

By Our Staff Correspondent

19 MAY 2011

QUETTA: While police and other law enforcement agencies’ investigators are silent about the killing on Tuesday of five Chechen suspects, witnesses say they were unarmed, had not put up any resistance and appeared ready to surrender.

Hospital sources said on Wednesday that the three women and two men had died on the spot of multiple bullet wounds.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/19/chechens-killed-in-quetta-were-unarmed-witnesses.html

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Al Qaeda terrorist Makki lived in Pakistan for 10 years

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

19 MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: Al Qaeda operative Mohammed Ali Qasim, alias Abu Sohaib al-Makki, who was recently arrested in Pakistan, had been living in the country for almost 10 years and was involved in recent terrorist activities in Karachi.

Makki’s arrest, according to a senior security official, yielded a ‘treasure trove’ of information. He is said to be an expert in computers and explosives.

It’s not clear when Makki, 34, started living in Karachi with his family.

The exact date of arrest is being kept secret because security agencies are working to unearth his “elaborate terror network” in the city.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/19/al-qaeda-terrorist-makki-lived-in-pakistan-for-10-years.html

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US should continue Pakistan aid, says defense chief

19 MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that continued American aid to Pakistan is of “significant” US interest, and that he saw “no evidence” Islamabad knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden before a US raid.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/18/us-should-continue-pakistan-aid-says-defense-chief.html

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US image sour in Muslim nations: A Poll Result

19 MAY 2011

The image of the United States has soured in Muslim nations in the past year, says a poll released two days before President Barack Obama is due to deliver a speech on the pro-democracy revolts sweeping the Arab world.

Meanwhile, President Obama will today seek to sketch a plausible policy response to the sudden, complex and often contradictory demands thrown up by an "Arab Spring" of popular revolt.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=186343

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Four killed in Tunisia gunfight with al-Qaeda suspects

19 MAY 2011

A shootout erupted yesterday between suspected Libyan al-Qaeda militants and troops in Tunisia, leaving the two alleged militants and two soldiers dead, security officials said.

The suspected militants were wearing belts of explosives and were "terrorists, strongly suspected of belonging to the al-Qaeda network," said a Tunisian security official.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=186357

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Al-Jazeera journalist who went missing in Syria freed

19 MAY 2011

Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz who went missing on her arrival in Syria last month is free and back in Doha, the news channel said on its website yesterday.

It said that Parvaz, 39, returned yesterday to Doha from Iran, after she disappeared on arrival in Damascus on April 29.

Al-Jazeera said Parvaz, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian passports, was "detained in Syria upon her arrival in Damascus 19 days ago, while on assignment." Syrian authorities had said she was expelled to Iran for travelling on an expired Iranian passport.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=186355

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Egypt’s army says has no plans to pardon Mubarak

19 MAY 2011

Egypt’s ruling military council on Wednesday dismissed speculation it would pardon former President Hosni Mubarak, who is under investigation for graft and abuse of power, and said it

does not interfere in judicial affairs. Mubarak, 83, is detained in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after officials said he had heart problems. His wife, Suzanne, who also fell ill when ordered detained, was freed on Tuesday after giving up assets but faces a graft probe.

The timing of their respective illnesses, which meant neither joined other top officials in jail, has fuelled talk that they were getting special treatment by the military.

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/19173.html

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Bin Laden audio praises Arab protests

May 19, 2011

WASHINGTON: Shortly before his death, Osama Bin Laden recorded a message praising the Middle East protest movements and predicting that revolutions would spread across the region.

“I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, with permission from Allah,” Bin Laden said in the 12-minute message released online Wednesday.

The message was released as a video, but it contains only an audio track and a photo of the terrorist leader.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article413964.ece

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Obama set for outreach to skeptical Arab world

May 19, 2011

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will lay out a new US strategy toward a skeptical Arab world on Thursday, offering fresh aid to promote democratic change as he seeks to shape the outcome of popular uprisings threatening both friends and foes.

In his much-anticipated “Arab spring” speech, Obama will try to reset relations with the Middle East, but his outreach could falter amid Arab frustration over an uneven US response to the region’s revolts and his failure to advance Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Obama is expected to unveil new economic aid packages to bolster political transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, nudge autocratic allies like Yemen and Bahrain to undertake reforms and harden his line against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article413976.ece

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Taleban condemns deaths following Afghan protest

May 19, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan: The Taleban has condemned the violence that killed 12 people during an Afghan protest against NATO that turned into a riot.

A statement issued Thursday by the Taleban describes the deaths in the northern city of Taloqan as a “crime against humanity.” An estimated 1,500 demonstrators in Taloqan filled the streets early Wednesday to protest a nighttime NATO raid that resulted in four deaths. NATO says the dead were insurgents but Afghan officials say they were civilians.

The protest later became a riot. The German military said two of its soldiers were wounded by rioters who threw hand grenades and Molotov cocktails. Afghan police opened fire on the protesters, though the Taleban blamed the German military for the shooting.

http://arabnews.com/world/article413909.ece

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Amnesty: Egypt still abusing human rights

May 19, 2011

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities continue to restrict freedom of assembly, torture detainees and try civilians in military courts, highlighting the urgent need for reform, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article413994.ece

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Barack Obama to back Middle East democracy with billions in aid

19 MAY 2011

Barack Obama is to announce that the United States and the west will pour billions of dollars into the Middle East in support of Egypt, Tunisia and other countries embracing democracy, a move the White House portrayed as being on the scale of aid to former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Speaking in Washington, the president will attempt to reposition the US as a champion of the newly-emerging Arab democracies. His speech comes amid criticism that the US has been too slow to support the uprisings, and has adopted contradictory approaches in its dealings with different countries.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/19/barack-obama-middle-east-aid

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Deadly Blasts in Kirkuk Hit Iraqi Security Forces

By JACK HEALY

19 MAY 2011

BAGHDAD — Three explosions aimed at Iraqi security forces ripped through the divided northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday morning, killing at least 25 people and wounding scores more.

The attackers used a now-familiar tactic, detonating a small improvised explosive device attached to a sedan in a parking lot outside the local police headquarters. After police rushed to the scene, a larger car bomb went off, killing 17 officers and eight civilians.

“I didn’t feel anything,” said Kaweh Hama Rashid, a police officer wounded in the second blast. “I just fell to the ground, and blood covered me. I saw all of my friends dying and wounded in front of my eyes.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20iraq.html?ref=world&pagewanted=print


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